Churches Invited to Showcase a Ministry


Marilyn Zeigler and Jan Rogers love children. And they love to sew. So it was a natural project for them and other members of the Lake Oswego United Methodist Church (LOUMC) Craft Group to make rag dolls for hurting children.

Since 2004, nearly 6,000 “Rag Dolls 2 Love” made at LOUMC have been sent to agencies all over the world for distribution to children who are victims of war, natural disasters, orphaned or infected by HIV/AIDS. The history of the ministry is at www.ragdolls2love.org . They are seeking donations of printed cotton fabric.  Contact Marilyn Zeigler at lmzeigler@comcast.net for donation information.

The Conference Center welcomes displays from local churches and church members. Last year a display of 5,000 peace cranes was shared.

Churches that have a creative ministry to share with others from across the Oregon-Idaho Conference are invited to contact the Conference office about a display time. The Conference Center in Portland is an excellent place to showcase projects and ideas. In addition to Bishop Grant Hagiya, the four District Superintendents, and other leaders and staff in our Conference, groups from around the state often meet at the downtown Portland center. Camping, finance and stewardship, communication, the bishop’s office and Columbia District staff are housed there.

The exhibit will change monthly. Examples might include crafts, quilts, or other artwork, projects on hunger ministry, youth ministry, mission trips, or creative fundraising, and more. Think of visual impact to tell the story.

Contact Sally Blanchard at the Conference Center at sally@umoi.org to schedule your display. The next opening is November.

(Photos by Sally Blanchard)