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Special offerings held throughout Annual Conference

5/15/2019

Special offerings held throughout Annual Conference

Annual Conference is enriched by the special worship services held throughout the gathering to honor our churches, offer remembrance to the deceased, celebrate the ordination and commissioning of new faith leaders and move us forward into a new year of ministry. Three of the four worship services will be held at Eugene First United Methodist Church, located not far from the Hotel Eugene where the Conference will be held. There will be shuttle buses available at the hotel. The church is located ...

Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

5/8/2019

Oregon-Idaho missionaries see border crisis up close

There’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as stumbling across a grave of a young migrant infant in the desert. But that’s what Oregon-Idaho Conference missionaries and volunteers Evelyn Erbele, Teri Erbele and Louise Kienzle got to see when they took an up-close tour of the U.S./Mexico border in early April near Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico. “You just can’t describe it. There is nothingness, but this heat and wind and then you come across a grave,” Evelyn Erbele said. “And you realize you’re in ...

Safe Sanctuaries training available at Annual Conference

5/8/2019

Safe Sanctuaries training available at Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Safe Sanctuaries team, a half-day training is open to everyone attending Annual Conference and others interested in learning more about safe sanctuaries and abuse prevention. The training will be held Wednesday, June 12, from 9 am to noon at the Wesley Community Center on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. This training is an opportunity for individuals and churches to: Learn more about how Safe Sanctuaries is an important and integral part of your church’s ministry ...

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

4/15/2019

Tigard teen deemed 'Hunger Hero' for service to Bethlehem House of Bread

Elena Villarreal is an award-winning hunger hero at just 14 years old. But why wouldn’t she be after all the work she’s put into helping Bethlehem House of Bread, a United Methodist Ministry sponsored by the Tigard United Methodist Church. Bethlehem House of Bread started in 2013 in what was once Metzger UMC southwest of Portland. Elena has been volunteering her time at the food pantry and community center since she was in 5th grade as part of her Girl Scouts volunteerism. She’s working on ...

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

4/4/2019

OR-ID Board of Ordained Ministry: Our Resistance to Discriminatory Restrictions from General Conference

We the, Oregon-Idaho Board of Ordained Ministry, believe that in light of the decisions of the 2019 General Conference this is a crucial time to declare how we operate in our work with those called by God into ordained ministry. Because we have been a Reconciling Conference since 1996, because we have seen the gifts and graces for ministry in LGBTQ persons and have seen these same gifts too often denied, and because we hope to help lead change in our denomination’s policy regarding LGBTQ ...

UMCOR continues to be vital ministry around the globe

3/27/2019

UMCOR continues to be vital ministry around the globe

As the church continues to grapple with the fallout of General Conference 2019, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is still on the ground, responding to disaster and calls for help across the globe. While the merits of the Traditional Plan are up for consideration by the Judicial Council, UMCOR has sent money and resources to respond to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique last week and continued flooding in Nebraska. This Sunday, churches can continue supporting life-saving ministries around the ...

Greater NW churches respond to GC2019 with messages of frustration, apology and love

3/6/2019

Greater NW churches respond to GC2019 with messages of frustration, apology and love

As soon as Rev. Barbara Nixon saw the votes tallied at General Conference that would ensure that The United Methodist Church would re-affirm and double-down on the unequal treatment of LGBTQ people within the church, she was on the phone ordering a banner for Corvallis First UMC. The sign, which was posted in the church’s front yard later that evening, reads: “We denounce the immoral decision of the global United Methodist Church. We stand with LGBTQ persons unconditionally.” Corvallis has ...

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

2/27/2019

IV team expands to keep church transformation going

Written in dry erase marker on the window of Leroy Barber’s office of innovation and vitality at the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center is the phrase: “Innovation happens at the intersection of difference.” It’s a heady charge – getting United Methodists in the Oregon-Idaho Conference and beyond to consider a church that doesn’t just revolve around traditional worship spaces. This is why, after one year in his position with the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Barber has added a team of ...

Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

2/27/2019

Portland churches join ‘plastics fast’ for Lent

Some people try giving up chocolate for Lent. Some people try letting go of anger or fears after their foreheads are dotted with Ashes at the beginning of the six-week holy season. But several Portland churches, spurred on by First United Methodist Church, will be attempting to care more for their planet by reducing their use of plastics during the season of Lent. “It’s a theological issue,” said Rev. Josh Kingsley, minister of discipleship from First UMC PDX. “We are in relationship with ...

MFSA spring event looks at law and justice

2/26/2019

MFSA spring event looks at law and justice

Rev. Neal Christie, from the General Board of Church and Society, and Portland Attorney Elden Rosenthal will be the speakers for the Oregon-Idaho Methodist Federation for Social Action’s spring event.   Rule of Law as a Tool of Christian Justice: the intersection of civil law and social principles will be their topic for the gather on Friday evening, March 22.   Rosenthal is a retired Portland attorney who was part of the team from the Southern Poverty Law Center that secured a $12.5 million ...

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