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Conference scholarships now available

1/15/2019

Conference scholarships now available

 Scholarships for higher education -- undergraduate, graduate, and seminary -- are available for members of The United Methodist Church through a variety of channels. There are many ways to qualify. Applicants for the two scholarships below must intend to be a full-time student and must have been a member of a United Methodist church within the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (or a baptized participant in a UM campus ministry or other UM ministry setting) for at least one year.  Applications for...

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

9/12/2018

Montavilla UMC “paves” way for church outreach in Portland neighborhood

Montavilla United Methodist Church has decided to take church to the streets – well, the sidewalks at least – in its Portland neighborhood as a new way of reaching out to the community. The church recently installed 22 12-inch by 12-inch concrete pavers engraved with inspirational quotes that reflect how diversely the church defines Christianity. “We thought, ‘What would it look like to have 22 one-sentence sermons outside of the church?’” said Rev. Tim Winslea. Quotes such as: “Hope will ...

New HR specialist joins Conference staff

9/12/2018

New HR specialist joins Conference staff

Joshua Alexander started this week as the Conference’s new human resources and benefits specialist after 15 years spent working in the non-profit and faith-based organizations. “I’m excited to be working somewhere that is heavily focused on community and has a purpose and wants to help others,” he said. The 36-year-old holds degrees in biblical studies and communications. Raised in Eastern and Central Oregon, Alexander moved to Portland in 2003. He started working for the non-profit Because ...

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

8/22/2018

International gathering focuses on listening to global concerns

A group of United Methodists from around the globe will take time to listen to one another for the next week.   “Listening with Open Hearts: Building Bridges and Deepening Relationships” will be held in Portland August 24 to 29. It will include representatives from Africa, the Philippines and Europe, and the United States in a time designed to engage participants in a global conversation to: provide an opportunity to share issues and concerns related to our various contexts, especially those ...

Hillsboro First UMC brings "Common Good" to kids this summer

8/1/2018

Hillsboro First UMC brings

At Hillsboro First United Methodist Church they decided to do something “good” for a change with vacation bible school and youth in their community this summer. Instead of a week-long, Bible-lead, craft and song fest, church members decided it was time to fill a void in their community and opted to create a four-week “Camp Common Good” this summer. The camp is providing much-needed no cost childcare and learning opportunities to kids in their community – along with a little singing, crafting, ...

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

7/11/2018

Adamah to offer spiritual community, housing in Portland

A new spiritual community for young adults – along with some much-need affordable housing – is currently under construction in Portland. House Adamah is set to open later this summer, offering housing for five individuals looking for intentional Christian community, in what was once the parsonage for Lincoln Street United Methodist Church. Adam Jenkins, a leader at Gresham United Methodist Church, has been working with the Missional Wisdom Foundation and Lincoln Street UMC to get this project ...

Greater NW Ordinary Revival brings diverse voices to church

7/5/2018

Greater NW Ordinary Revival brings diverse voices to church

When Rev. Jon Umbdenstock walked into Sunnyside United Methodist Church in Portland last weekend, he saw a lot of people he didn’t recognize and a lot of people who he didn’t look like. He knew he was in the right place for a revival – an Ordinary Revival put on by the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area in collaboration with the Parish Collective. “I enjoyed connecting with people from different walks of life and different ethnic backgrounds,” said Umbdenstock, leader of the aCrossCulture new ...

Bringing Home the Congo

10/3/2016

Bringing Home the Congo

Earlier this year, Sally Jones of the Clatskanie United Methodist Church looked into the refugee program at the Collister United Methodist Church on behalf of umoi.org. She was amazed at what she learned about the Congolese community that is being supported in Boise, Idaho. Here is her story:   “We are afraid we will break the church!” they said. “Break it?” I asked. “Yes, that is why we are here. We need help. We dance and sing and move when we worship and we are afraid we will break the old ...

It is to say goodbye, and to sincerely thank you for being in ministry with me

7/18/2016

It is to say goodbye, and to sincerely thank you for being in ministry with me

By Bishop Grant Hagiya Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Without a doubt, this is the hardest letter that I have had to write as your Bishop of the Greater Northwest Area. As you have heard by now, the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy has assigned me to the Los Angeles Area, and I will be starting there on September 1, 2016. I have to be honest, this news caught me completely by surprise, and I have been reeling from it ever since. Although United Methodist bishops are subject to ...

Oliveto Elected Bishop

7/15/2016

Oliveto Elected Bishop

By Larry Hygh, California-Nevada Annual Conference The Rev. Dr. Karen P. Oliveto was elected to the episcopacy on the 17th ballot by the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC). “Today we took a step closer into living into beloved community,” said Oliveto. Since 2008, Oliveto has served as the senior pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco. CA. Glide is the Western Jurisdiction’s largest membership congregation, and one of the top 100 largest membership congregations ...

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