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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...

Reflections from El Salvador: Newman UMC pastor embarks on important journey

11/20/2019

Reflections from El Salvador: Newman UMC pastor embarks on important journey

As her son quietly strummed on his guitar in the background, Candelaria García shared about the admiration she had for the four church women, US Catholic Missioners, who were killed in 1980. Just outside doors of the tin-roofed chapel, which was erected on the outskirts of Santiago Nonualco, a poor rural community in El Salvador, four US Catholic missioners were killed after having unimaginable things done to them. I say unimaginable, but that’s not really true. I was one of 18 United ...

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 ...

Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

10/17/2019

Sunnyside Community House brimming with new opportunities

Sunnyside Community House in southeast Portland is teeming with community-minded ministries and even more outreach and worship opportunities, thanks to a partnership between the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality (IV) team and The Groves Church PDX. The Groves Church PDX moved in this summer and will be one of the primary tenants and manager of the Sunnyside Community House, which formed after Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church closed. “We were definitely interested in a ...

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 ...

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

9/18/2019

Mission 200 celebration: Getting to know Abundant Health resources

 What Matters Most?   Jesus proclaimed: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 How can we as United Methodists in Oregon and Idaho continue growing together toward the mission Jesus set out for himself and for us?   Abundant Health is the mission priority of United Methodist Global Ministries for 2017 – 2020.  The global goal is to reach at least one million children with health promoting measures by 2020.   In response to Jesus’ invitation to love our neighbor ...

Finding God’s grace while pregnant in handcuffs

8/28/2019

Finding God’s grace while pregnant in handcuffs

A year ago, I found myself sitting in a cell inside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Portland with tears of laughter and fear streaming down my face. I was seven-and-a-half months pregnant. I was sitting in a jail cell because I was accidentally swept up in an arrest of peaceful protesters taking part in civil disobedience for the sake of immigrant families. I wasn’t there to protest. I wasn’t there to make waves. I was simply there to take photos and tell the ...

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

8/13/2019

Portsmouth Union creates affordable housing guidebook for other churches

As more and more churches around Portland and in the Oregon-Idaho Conference seek ways to create affordable housing for their communities, a how-to guide has surfaced from two of Portland’s pastors leading the way. Revs. Julia Nielsen and Andy Goebel of Portsmouth Union Church in north Portland have created a process guide for churches to use if they’re considering building affordable housing on church property. Portsmouth Union – formerly University Park UMC and St. Johns Community Church – ...

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