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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 ...

Abundant Health Focus: March is Disability Awareness month

3/18/2021

Abundant Health Focus: March is Disability Awareness month

Did you know The United Methodist Church has a nationwide Disability Ministries Committee? Their ministry website has a wealth of information and resources for learning about ways to include everyone in worship and activities, and useful articles for those just learning about “ableism.” As churches prepare to move toward more in-person gatherings, now is a good time to give some thought to how welcoming and accessible your planned events are for people of all abilities.  A great place to start ...

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 ...

Madras UMC provides support, encouragement for local inmates

2/26/2020

Madras UMC provides support, encouragement for local inmates

Editor's note: KH's initials are being used in this story to protect his privacy. When Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart moved to Madras in 2017, she was pleasantly surprised to know the church was partnering with Central Oregon Community College to provide educational programs at the minimum-security Deer Ridge Corrections Center, but chaplaincy wasn’t what she was after. “I certainly have the skill to be helpful. But, I wanted to help the men in the education department with a wider range of options—...

Personal essay: An inmate's journey to a second chance

2/26/2020

Personal essay: An inmate's journey to a second chance

By KH Deer Ridge Correctional Institution inmate Editor's note: KH has been mentored by Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart of Madras UMC. Read more about their work together on the Conference website. His initials are being used because of confidentiality concerns. I grew up in a typical middle-class neighborhood in New Orleans. The houses were nicely kept up; the parents had good careers; and the children could ride their bikes in the neighborhood and feel safe. One block away, were the projects: large ...

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