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Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

8/8/2018

Corvallis UMC pastor arrested in peaceful protest outside ICE in Portland

Corvallis First United Methodist Church pastor Barbara Nixon was one of three clergy from different faiths arrested outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office building in Portland during a peaceful protest on Tuesday. Nixon was detained by officers with Homeland Security and charged with two crimes, disobeying a federal officer and disrupting the peace on federal property. She was cited and released Tuesday afternoon. The arrests came as a result of clergy and other people of ...

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

6/15/2018

Awards honor service, courage, social justice efforts

The spirit and vitality of the Oregon-Idaho Conference is alive and well, with several people earning special recognition for their ministerial efforts during Friday night’s awards ceremony. For her fearlessness in addressing the issue of immigration and speaking out on her own personal story as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, Yuni Rueda earned the Bishop’s Award from Bishop Elaine Stanovsky. Rueda reminds us why we are United Methodists, Stanovsky said as she took the ...

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

5/23/2018

Conference Peace with Justice funds available -- just ask

Claudia Roberts would love for people to ask her for money – Peace with Justice money, that is. As the Peace with Justice coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, she said she’d like to see more people accessing this important resource when it comes to funding projects in churches and local communities that are working to bring about positive change and social justice. “We’re trying to help people,” Roberts said. “It seems like one of the best-kept secrets not just in Oregon-Idaho, but the...

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

5/17/2018

The Dalles UMC woman honored for hunger advocacy

Sharon Thornberry was recognized as by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon with their Ecumenical Serve Award at a Benefit Dinner and Award Celebration held Wednesday, May 16 at the Benson Hotel. Thornberry is a member of The Dalles First United Methodist Church and works for the Oregon Food Bank as Rural Community Liaison.   The award was presented in recognition of her dedication and leadership to eliminate hunger and its root causes from Oregon’s communities. This has been shown not only in her ...

Oregon Food Bank names Bethlehem House of Bread 2017 Hunger Hero

11/9/2017

Oregon Food Bank names Bethlehem House of Bread 2017 Hunger Hero

By Sally Blanchard At the October 21 Oregon Food Bank donor event Bethlehem House of Bread (BHOB) in Tigard was named one of the four 2017 Hunger Heroes for their collaborative efforts to advocate on behalf of and with families and individuals who are facing hunger.   Linda Dove, center. Linda Dove, Pastoral Director of BHOB, was on hand to receive the Jerry Tippins Advocacy Award. She explains that in addition to continuing the food pantry, community garden, weekend backpack ...

Sewing machines hummed at Kit Kamp

11/9/2016

Sewing machines hummed at Kit Kamp

By Dee Poujade Sixteen women from the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference spent a glorious fall weekend at Camp Magruder sewing school bags and layette items for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot in Salt Lake City (UMCOR West).  It was the Conference’s second annual “Kit Kamp,” so named because the items made will find their way into some of the Depot’s seven “kits” that are used in disaster relief situations worldwide.   During the Thursday-Sunday event, the sewers made 130 ...

L.A.S.T. 2014: Jesus, Justice and Mercy

1/6/2015

L.A.S.T. 2014: Jesus, Justice and Mercy

2014 was a wonderful summer of ministry at L.A.S.T. (Learning and Serving Together). This mission program designed to link youth and young adults with service opportunities, helps participants connect their service to their faith. More than 200 people from 20 different churches traveled to the sites in Portland or Eugene, Oregon for one of the seven week-long summer mission trips. Rev. Jeff Lowery and his staff hosted church groups from Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  Each day youth were ...

KICK OUT THE ELF and REFILL THE SHELF

1/5/2015

KICK OUT THE ELF and REFILL THE SHELF

KICK OUT THE ELF and REFILL THE SHELF Food Drive   Last month was a very busy time for our food banks. So many families were fed through the generous giving of others! Now that the elf’s off the shelf, let’s refill it with food!   During the month of January, please bring your non-perishable food items to your United Methodist Church. Remember – when we feed the hungry, it’s Jesus Christ we feed. Can you find an extra jar of peanut butter or can of tuna? Can your family fast for one meal to feed...

Peru - Bolivia Lake Titicaca Border Mission<br>Mision Fronteras

12/28/2011
Misión Fronteras serves the predominantly Aymara communities of Peru and Bolivia surrounding Lake Titicaca. Located in the altiplano at 12,500 feet above sea level, this is the poorest economic region of both countries. Boise First United Methodist Church has been visiting this rural area with Salem’s retired Reverend Arturo Fernandez since 2001. Teams have gone nearly annually to work with Methodist churches and communities as well as national church leadership of both countries. In 2009 a ...

Hunger Ministry Receives Regional Award

4/26/2011

Hunger Ministry Receives Regional Award

Klamath Falls United Methodist Church Awarded United Way Volunteer of the Year Award – Public Service Division for Provide A Loving Meal PALM Dinners Program The Provide a Loving Meal (PALM) dinners program has won the Klamath County Volunteer of the Year award in the Public Service Division. The United Methodist Church of Klamath Falls, Oregon received the award and plaque at the 18th Annual Volunteer of the Year Appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, April 12. Program developer and coordinator ...

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