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Kuna UMC creates community through back-to-school haircuts

8/31/2022

Kuna UMC creates community through back-to-school haircuts

For years, Kuna United Methodist Church in Kuna, Idaho, has worked with local stylists to offer free back-to-school haircuts for kids. These usually happened on a weekday. This year, the haircut event was combined with a church BBQ and game night on the Sunday evening just before the first day of school.  Despite temperatures approaching 100 degrees, three stylists from Dapper Dan’s, a local salon/barbershop in Kuna, set up outdoors under shade canopies with fans. Whole families enjoyed dinner ...

Regional Youth Event: Live Action Clue

8/30/2022

Regional Youth Event: Live Action Clue

Portland Area Youth Workers will be hosting a regional youth event on Sunday October 9th. Live Action Clue is a fun event where youth participants become detectives and try to solve a mystery, interviewing the six suspects from the popular board game. It's a wild and fun race to the finish and there are prizes for the winners. This is the first time our area youth will come together in person since 2019 and we can't wait to restart this yearly tradition! The event is at Salmon Creek United ...

Suttle Lake Camp marks 100 years of ministry in Oregon with Labor Day weekend celebration

8/16/2022

Suttle Lake Camp marks 100 years of ministry in Oregon with Labor Day weekend celebration

This year marks 100 years since outdoor ministry began at Suttle Lake Camp. A Labor Day Weekend event will celebrate the generations of campers and leaders that have passed through the forest 14 miles west of Sisters, Oregon in the Deschutes National Forest. Beginning as an outdoor adventure for Methodist Church of Madras members in 1920, the first of many Epworth League Institutes in 1922 provides a beginning marker for ministry to youth and adults over the century. From that outpost beginning,...

New staff bring experience, passion to work for Oregon-Idaho Conference

7/27/2022

New staff bring experience, passion to work for Oregon-Idaho Conference

Earlier this month, the Oregon-Idaho Conference welcomed two new members to the team in order to better serve churches and ministry settings. Rev. Laura Beville of Silverton, Oregon, began her part-time appointment as the Conference’s new ministry resource specialist in the Office of Connectional Ministries on July 1. Beville will continue to serve Silverton UMC part-time as well. Utilizing existing financial resources, Beville’s position was created in the Office of Connectional Ministries ...

Camp Hope ready to welcome campers, volunteers

4/26/2022

Camp Hope ready to welcome campers, volunteers

What’s the name of the camp that’s made for you and me?  C-A-M-P  H-O-P-E! One of the best kept secrets in the Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries is Camp Hope. Camp Hope, offered every summer at Camp Magruder, is a ministry space for adults with intellectual disabilities to experience God’s love in a camp setting. Campers are given the chance to participate in crafts, music, games, boating, beach time, worship and fellowship. For this group of campers, they may not have been able to ...

Apply now for Oregon-Idaho Conference higher education scholarships

12/21/2021

Apply now for Oregon-Idaho Conference higher education scholarships

There are two general education scholarships available through the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are open now. Oregon-Idaho Conference Undergraduate Leadership Award ($800) A scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student from each of the four districts of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, a total of four $800 scholarships, annually. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their leadership or potential leadership skills. Financial need is ...

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 ...

Sage District hires new Twin Falls-based administrative assistant

7/20/2021

Sage District hires new Twin Falls-based administrative assistant

Etha Carruthers might be new in her position as the Oregon-Idaho Conference Sage District Administrative Assistant, but her name will likely not be new to those living in, and serving, churches in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon as she has been heavily involved in the local United Methodist Church scene for years. A lifelong United Methodist with origins in the legacy Yellowstone Conference (Montana) of the UMC, Carruthers has called Twin Falls, Idaho, home for 30 years and for the last ...

Camp Latgawa offers multi-generational camps this summer

6/10/2021

Camp Latgawa offers multi-generational camps this summer

Camp Latgawa is nestled in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon, surrounded by magnificent mountains, towering trees and two year-round creeks. This natural environment offers a spirit of healing and calm. You are invited to make the journey to Camp Latgawa and experience the wonder of God in Creation. You can walk the labyrinth, wade in the pool, slide down the natural waterfall (a short walk from camp), sit in the shade, and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you....

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

4/16/2021

Barber receives national recognition for entrepreneurial, innovative work in the church

Sometimes being a misfit in the church makes all the difference. For Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, director of innovation for an engaged church in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, being an innovator, entrepreneur and leader of color in an institution that needs disrupting, has earned him national recognition. He has been named one of five Tom Locke Innovative Leaders for 2021 by Wesleyan Investive (formerly the United Methodist Development Fund). The award recognizes five individuals who are ...

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