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Learn tips for social justice and action in Boise Oct. 26

10/17/2019

Learn tips for social justice and action in Boise Oct. 26

Do you want to get involved in projects that help feed low income children in your community? Are you looking for a way to use your  skills to help survivors clean up after a winter storm or hurricane? Does the idea of traveling to Kenya to help people better access medical care excite you? Are you planning a mission trip and need information about insurance and best practice tips? If so, you need to be in Boise on Oct. 26 for the Crossing Boundaries: Celebrating 200 years of Missions event ...

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 ...

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

8/1/2019

Day begins work with Oregon-Idaho Conference

Already in her work as the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, Laurie Day has learned what “other duties as assigned” really means in her job description. In just her second week in the office, Day found herself putting garbage bags over her legs and wading into a plumbing and sewer situation that temporarily shut down the office. “When you jump in with both feet you never know what you’re going to get into,” Day said with a laugh. “I appreciate the great team of ...

Rupert food pantry offers community meals; second chances

4/3/2019

Rupert food pantry offers community meals; second chances

For nearly two years, Edwina “Wendy” Kent came to the Open Hearts Food Pantry at Rupert United Methodist Church to keep her own pantry stocked and her stomach full. Having called this small town in Idaho’s Magic Valley home for nearly 14 years, Kent found herself needing more support in September when she found herself in a little bit of trouble with the law. Little did she know the Rupert Food Pantry would be her saving grace. “I liked the people at the church, and I like to see the families ...

Wilder girl creates animated video to help friends understand DACA

8/22/2018

Wilder girl creates animated video to help friends understand DACA

At just 13 years old, Sherlyn Rueda is doing her part to help her friends and classmates understand immigration issues. After her school in Wilder, Idaho, started an animation class, with urging from school officials, she got to work creating a short, child-friendly animated video to explain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which supports children who were brought to the U.S. illegally. Sherlyn and her siblings are all DACA recipients. “I wanted to help little kids of ...

Ontario FUMC to close its doors, remain a family

5/23/2018

Ontario FUMC to close its doors, remain a family

What would be considered unconventional evangelism techniques today somehow worked in 1963 to get Don and Jo Hicks in the door of Ontario First United Methodist Church. Jo Hicks said the couple was “called on” by Rev. Tom Foster not long after they arrived in Ontario. They were somewhat-surprised by the quick reach of the pastor, until they learned every month he would call the power company to find out who was new in town. “They probably don’t do that anymore,” Hicks said, but they’ve stuck ...

Oregon-Idaho churches respond to floods

11/9/2016

Oregon-Idaho churches respond to floods

The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the Methodist Church has shown, yet again, that when the need arises, it rises to the need.  In late August of 2016, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) sent word that it was in serious need of cleanup kits, aka ‘flood buckets’ to restock its supply depots after the recent devastating floods in Texas and Louisiana; little did they know that those very buckets would be needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  And, with a bit of organizational help, ...

100 Disaster Cleaning Buckets for UMCOR

10/6/2016

100 Disaster Cleaning Buckets for UMCOR

Reprinted from the Joseph United Methodist Church Rejoice! Newsletter by Cherie Dearth Last Saturday, we along with our neighbors assembled 100 cleaning buckets for disaster relief for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). It was a slick operation set up like an assembly line. People would take a five gallon bucket, go down the row, and put in all the required supplies. David Cook was at the end of the line to seal the lid of the bucket to be stacked and made ready for transport. ...

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 ...

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

9/19/2016

New Federal Laws to Impact Overtime Pay

Note: As of late November, an injunction has halted implementation of this change. However IRS changes regarding what type of workers should be classified as "exempt" are still in force and should be reviewed. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemption rules. The final rule strengthens protection for workers by increasing the standard salary level for qualification for overtime exemption from $455 per ...

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