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Newman UMC rainbow flag brings hope to Grants Pass

2/26/2020

Newman UMC rainbow flag brings hope to Grants Pass

  Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass, Oregon, took another step in their journey to be a welcoming and inclusive congregation to LGBTQ+ people. The Church council at NUMC was in unanimous agreement after General Conference 2019 that the church needed to be clear in its welcome to all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Beginning Feb. 4, 2020 Newman UMC began flying a rainbow pride flag from its main entrance. There was concern among some church members ...

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

2/12/2020

Portsmouth Union earns $2.35 million for affordable housing project

What started more than five years ago as a ministry to the local neighborhood is finally taking root on the grounds of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland. The church, a combined United Methodist and Disciples of Christ Church, is the recipient of a $2.35 million grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services to build an affordable housing apartment complex on its grounds. “I can’t even begin to describe how excited we are,” said Rev. Julia Nielsen. Portsmouth Union Church is one of ...

Churches Partner with Clackamas County for Shelter

1/30/2020

Churches Partner with Clackamas County for Shelter

Where do houseless people go when it’s freezing, stormy or flooding? What if they could go to church?   “When we first talked about the possibility of providing shelter at Oak Grove United Methodist, we knew the need existed in our community and that we had enough space in our building to share, but lining up enough volunteers to staff the shelter all night long for much of the winter was too much,” said Pastor Heather Riggs. “Temporary shelter regulations require that someone be awake all ...

Roseburg pastor, wife donate 200 pounds of turkey celebrating weight loss

1/30/2020

Roseburg pastor, wife donate 200 pounds of turkey celebrating weight loss

For Rev. Dave Thompson and his wife, Kim, the journey to better health has been a long and winding road full of milestones to honor along the way, most recently with the purchase of 200 pounds of turkey. The 200 pounds of turkey, purchased for the local food bank in Roseburg, Oregon, where they serve First United Methodist Church, honored the combined 200 pounds of weight the couple has lost in the last year-and-a-half. “Our journey began with a simple prayer. For too long we had focused on ...

Rose City Park UMC seeks community through new gospel chorus

1/9/2020

Rose City Park UMC seeks community through new gospel chorus

As we enter into a new decade, Kita Montgomery hopes to bring the Rose City Park community together through the Rose City Gospel Chorus. She envisions this group as offering their talents to the local community by performing in a wide range of places from festivals to nursing homes. In Montgomery’s estimation, community singing allows for a blending and bonding that builds up solidarity and morale among those participating. “Our community needs to bond more than before. We’re not as socially ...

Fremont UMC, neighbors answer the question of HOW?

12/12/2019

Fremont UMC, neighbors answer the question of HOW?

How can we help folks who are homeless? The need is so overwhelming. In the interest of taking at least a step in answer to the question, Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland used the online Nextdoor app to invite their Irvington and Alameda neighbors to provide gift bags for folks without housing. HOW (Hand Out Windows) gift bags contained a small flashlight, small pack of wet wipes, socks, hand warmers, TriMet hop pass, and a granola or protein bar. The team packed 100 bags and about...

Letting go of old tradition leads to new connections at Oak Grove UMC

10/30/2019

Letting go of old tradition leads to new connections at Oak Grove UMC

A little more than three years ago the volunteers for Oak Grove United Methodist Church’s summer picnic were tired, the food was getting expensive, and there were only a few community members engaged, so they held what would be their last summer picnic in 2016.   But Rev. Heather Riggs said she and church members weren’t ready to give up on the idea of connecting with the community.   “In an effort to see if we could connect this great idea with our community, I went to the Oak Grove Community ...

Micro grant makes space for cyclists atop mountain

10/23/2019

Micro grant makes space for cyclists atop mountain

With cyclists coming and going through the hills surrounding Mountain Home United Methodist Church, members there decided to extend a little hospitality this past year. Using the well located on church property, members added a drinking fountain to the edge of their property near the road as a rest stop for cyclists. The church used a $500 micro grant from the Cascadia District Extension Society to pay for the project. “We did it because we’re a rural church on top of the mountain and there ...

Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

10/3/2019

Christ UMC hoping to build senior affordable housing

Sometimes a church goes out looking for a mission project and the project chooses them. That’s been the case for Christ UMC Cedar Mill on the west edge of Portland, where the congregation has been actively engaged in conversations about how to best use church property to better help the community it serves – and that happens to be affordable housing for senior citizens. While researching options on affordable housing, Rev. Ric Shewell said the congregation learned the property they own ...

Twin Falls UMC sponsors Drag Queen Theology event

10/3/2019

Twin Falls UMC sponsors Drag Queen Theology event

In Twin Falls, there’s a growing pocket of progressives who are working to be more loving and more inclusive and Twin Falls United Methodist Church has been doing its part to support these conversations. Most recently it resulted in a Drag Queen Theology gathering at the local Yellow Brick Café. Local drag queens performed a show while also answering questions in a pub-style question and answer session with Oregon-Idaho Conference LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell last ...

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