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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 ...

Hunger Crop Walks adapt well during pandemic

2/25/2021

Hunger Crop Walks adapt well during pandemic

Judy Halverson and Debbie Mallis participated in the Boise Crop Walk during the pandemic/Photo provided by Debbie Mallis   Judy Halverson, a member of Hillview United Methodist Church in Boise has coordinated Hunger Crop Walks since 1987. In October of 2020, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic concerns, and realizing the growing strain on food pantries, she needed to reimagine the annual event to be safe for all participants.   What is a Hunger Crop Walk? Church World Service, an ...

Collister UMC’s “Turning Pages” lifts BIPOC voices in Boise

2/18/2021

Collister UMC’s “Turning Pages” lifts BIPOC voices in Boise

Videographers for the Turning Pages project in Boise record Fowzia Adan reading "The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family." Inspired by a Netflix series “Bookmarks” with famous celebrities of color reading books about people of color for children, Rev. Jenny Hirst – with the support of the ministry team at Collister United Methodist Church – set out to do something similar in Boise, Idaho. “It started with just me and my iPhone,” said Hirst, who is also a ...

Wallowa UMC closes after 144 years of faithful ministry

9/1/2020

Wallowa UMC closes after 144 years of faithful ministry

  When Peggy Gentle and her family arrived in Wallowa, Oregon, in 1960 from California, it was a pretty easy decision to start attending Wallowa United Methodist Church. “I was Episcopalian, but the church was 20 miles away and I have five children,” said Gentle, who is now 97. “We lived two blocks from the (UMC) church. I marched all five of them down there.” Through thick – and thin – Gentle raised her children and helped raise other children as a Sunday school teacher for more than 30 years ...

It really was a happy place!

8/25/2020

It really was a happy place!

Nyssa UMC in Nyssa, Oregon by Sally Blanchard The last in-person worship service at Nyssa United Methodist Church in Nyssa, Oregon, was held in early March. The pastor and lay member say the hardest part of closing the church has been no chance to have a concluding celebration while under the COVID-19 in-person worship closure. Lay member Sheila Turner has part of the congregation for 20 years. “It’s been really tough because it got to the point where there were five people going to the church...

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

8/14/2020

Oregon-Idaho Conference appointments for 2020

  Appointments for the OREGON-IDAHO ANNUAL CONFERENCE effective July 1, 2020 Elaine Stanovsky, Presiding Bishop The Greater Northwest Area, The United Methodist Church   CONFERENCE RELATIONSHIP CODES:   AM--Associate Member DC--Deaconess DM--Diaconal Minister DR--Retired Diaconal Minister FD--Deacon in Full Connection FE--Elder in Full Connection FL--Full-time Local Pastor LM--Certified Lay Minister OA--Associate Member, Other Conference OE--Elder Member of Other Annual Conference or Other ...

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

8/7/2020

Boise church deconsecrates and removes stained glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee as it repents of racism

BOISE – Building on their commitment to fight racism, leaders of First United Methodist Church of Boise (Cathedral of the Rockies) deconsecrated a stained-glass window depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Friday before workers will remove it permanently soon.   The service of deconsecration and removal of the window is the latest step taken by members of the United Methodist congregation as they move forward in repenting of racism.   The stained-glass window was installed in the church...

Pastor in La Grande challenges other churches to give to Grocery Gift Cards effort

5/21/2020

Pastor in La Grande challenges other churches to give to Grocery Gift Cards effort

By Sally Blanchard In La Grande 100 percent of the school district children receive free or reduced lunch. That meant when school closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district became the food lifeline for these families. As word went out that partners were needed to provide funds, La Grande United Methodist Church requested $1,000 through the Grocery Gifts Cards for Families program. That $1,000 was quickly matched through church funds. The local UMC challenged other ...

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

2/12/2020

Conference assisting with eastern Oregon flood relief

Larry Johnson headed out the door on Wednesday of the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center in order to get to Pendleton, Oregon, by the late afternoon to assist with flood relief. “This would be the first time I know of, that we’ve responded in Oregon,” said Johnson, who is the Conference’s Emergency Response Teams coordinator. He plans to be in Pendleton for a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) gathering on Thursday to aid those who had to evacuate their homes due to flooding or suffered ...

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 ...

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