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Churches can apply for OHA grants to address public health needs in Oregon

12/21/2021

Churches can apply for OHA grants to address public health needs in Oregon

 The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has released a request for grant applications from community and faith-based organizations that are partnering – or are willing to partner with – marginalized communities within Oregon to help the OHA reach its strategic goal to eliminate health inequities by 2030. Specifically, OHA names the need for community-based and faith-based organizations who will work with: communities of color, tribal communities, disability communities, immigrant and refugee ...

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

11/24/2021

You are a Light of the World! Celebrating Advent 2021

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.” – Matthew 5: 14-16 Join us this Advent season as we journey to the manger by celebrating the laity in the Oregon-Idaho Conference who light up this world! Each day of Advent, beginning this ...

UMCOR Sunday 2021 holds special meaning for the GNW Area

3/18/2021

UMCOR Sunday 2021 holds special meaning for the GNW Area

Photo provided by Dana & Kathy Bryson. .   In the last year, disaster response coordinators from the Greater Northwest Area have had to call on the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for a wide range of support after devastating floods, then wildfires ravaged communities across conference boundaries – on top of a global pandemic.  “UMCOR has always been our strongest partners in response to natural disasters in the Greater Northwest Area,” said GNW Area Disaster Response ...

A Reimagined Thanksgiving Meal in Wilsonville

11/24/2020

A Reimagined Thanksgiving Meal in Wilsonville

Volunteers work at Wilsonville UMC to prepare more than 300 turkey dinners for the community for Thanksgiving, instead of hosting an in-person dinner. (Photo by Hannah Toth) by Sally Blanchard Wilsonville United Methodist Church is well-known in the community for serving their annual Thanksgiving dinner to all-comers. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the church couldn’t do it. But the congregation knew there was still a need, and they reimagined a way forward. An idea came from members ...

The Dalles UMC triples gift card goal with support of partners

5/21/2020

The Dalles UMC triples gift card goal with support of partners

By Sally Blanchard Volunteers pack food bags at The Dalles UMC in Oregon. The Dalles UMC is across the street from the high school and organized a successful food backpack program since 2012. They provided up to 165 bags per week of supplemental food for students on the school lunch program in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank food pantry and volunteers from other churches. When the churches had to close their doors in March and most of the volunteers had to stay at home, they came...

Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

4/23/2020

Presbyterian and ELCA churches join gift card effort

At a time when people in our communities need support, the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church is excited to launch Grocery Gift Cards for Families initiative in partnership with the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Cascades Presbytery. With a $100,000 grant from the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The UMC, $100,000 from the Cascades Presbytery and $25,000 in contribution so far from ELCA churches in the Oregon Synod, the goal is to respond to ...

Conference commits $100,000 to Grocery Gift Cards for Families

4/9/2020

Conference commits $100,000 to Grocery Gift Cards for Families

After a successful pilot program of approximately 300 grocery gift cards being distributed to low-income families in and around Portland, the Oregon-Idaho Conference Ministry Leadership Team is excited to offer a $100,000 grant to help churches get grocery gift cards into the hands of families across Oregon and Idaho. The launch of “Grocery Gift Cards for Families” is meant to inspire churches to identify and engage with people in their community to reach those most in need during the COVID-19 ...

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

4/2/2020

Reflections from the Border: Report from recent UMVIM trip

Written by Louise Kienzle, Oregon-Idaho UMVIM coordinator  Early in March, a team of 15 traveled to Tucson. This team included friends and new friends from Oregon and Tennessee. We spent a very busy 5-days learning about the real issues at the border, both in Tucson and Nogales.   I’ve been home for almost two-weeks now, but visions of what our team saw and words that we heard still resonate.   One meeting early in the week was with Rocio, a woman from Bolivia who spent 2 years and 1-month in ...

Hillsboro UMC community trading post becomes necessity for community

3/19/2020

Hillsboro UMC community trading post becomes necessity for community

For several years now, the Hillsboro United Methodist Church has operated a Community Trading Post in their building.  Stocking non-perishable food, hygiene items, blankets and clothing for men, women and children, the space operates on a take what you need, share what you can basis.  As the COVID-19 guidelines started, they realized they could no longer safely process clothing, so that part of the operation was temporarily suspended.  Next, as worship was canceled and moved online and group ...

Madras UMC uses drive-in food pantry to continue serving community in crisis

3/19/2020

Madras UMC uses drive-in food pantry to continue serving community in crisis

For years, Madras United Methodist Church has housed a community food pantry to serve low-income families in their community and for years, it has been well-used. But coronavirus concerns meant the normally bustling lobby outside of the pantry sat nearly vacant and volunteers were worried, knowing people depend on the food pantry for supplemental assistance. In just one week, volunteers -- not just from Madras UMC but Catholics and Baptists in the community – turned their normal “grocery store...

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