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April 18, 2017
Vol.6 Issue 4.3
 
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us... So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God,"  - Ephesians 2: 13-14, 19 NRSV
 
The apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, says that the meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection is that "the dividing wall" between us has been broken down -- not only the dividing wall between God and humanity, but the dividing wall between all our various human identities.  
 
This is a challenge to us when our reality has been stated as "11 a.m. Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week" -- not only racially, but culturally and age-wise, too. Can we as Christians, can we as the church, model a different reality to our world?  Can we live into the new life that we just celebrated on Easter?
 
In today's newsletter, we highlight an event sponsored by United Methodist Ministries of Salem-Keizer about Immigrant Justice and Sanctuary.  What does that experience look like through the eyes of those other than the majority of our congregants?  And we lift up the Vital Conversations video series which gives voice to those we don't hear from in most of our congregations, faithful voices which can challenge and encourage us if we're willing to engage.
 
And finally, many of you will have already received an e-mail of Bishop Stanovsky's pastoral letter to the Greater NW Area about our denomination's Judicial Council review of the legality (in church law) of the election of Karen Oliveto last fall to the position of bishop in the Western Jurisdiction.  But here is a direct link to that if you haven't seen it.  
 
How do we engage with those we have framed as "The Other," knowing that in Christ Jesus the dividing wall of hostility has been broken down?  How do we do that without insisting that acceptance on our part requires that "they" become like "us"?  We start by listening.  May the opportunities highlighted in this newsletter provide some beginning.
 
Christ is risen!  Christ is risen indeed!  And he has given us some work to do!
 

Immigrant Justice and Sanctuary Talk

Learn about immigrant justice and sanctuary on Saturday April 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Morningside United Methodist Church in Salem.
 
The presenters will be Rev Jorge Rodriguez Flores, one of the pastors with United Methodist Ministries of Salem and Keizer (UMMSK), and Francisco Lopez, political director of Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario (Hispanic Voice for Community Change).
 
Francisco has 37 years of experience in US and Latin America in the areas of community organizing and leadership development. He was actively involved with the Sanctuary Movement in the eighties. Francisco came to the US in 1985 as a refugee from the war in El Salvador. The presentation will include facts that will help to understand the current crisis in Oregon and the United States, and also a faith perspective on immigrants. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
 
Morningside UMC is located at 3674 12th St SE in Salem. The event is sponsored by the Social Justice Team of UMMSK. All people are welcome from every faith tradition or with no faith connection. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with others interested in taking action to support immigrants in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Vital Conversations

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Are you longing to engage with your church family, your neighbors, your community in deep, life-giving conversations about our life together, but aren't sure how to start?

The General Commission on Religion and Race has created a series of videos under the heading "Vital Conversations" which are wonderful for personal engagement with important issues, but also can serve as springboards for you to talk with your church family, neighbors, or community.  

A recent video is "My Story: Building Bridges with Music" featuring Joseph Kye, who currently lives in Portland.  There will be a live conversation tonight at 6 p.m. with him about his story. Register here.

Other recent topics of Vital Conversations are: 

And there are many more fascinating conversations scheduled over this next year.  

Check out past and future conversations here: http://www.gcorr.org/vital-conversations-video-series


Jason Lee UMC - Final Worship Sunday, April 23rd

Jason Lee United Methodist Church, a congregation founded in 1910, is ending its ministry this month. A closing service, celebrating its 106 years of service to God and the Salem community, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, April 23.
 
Friends of the congregation are invited to join in this Worship Celebration at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 23.   The church is located at the intersection of Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson St. NE, and Winter St. NE.  The primary parking lot is south of the church on Norway St.

The current members of the Jason Lee UMC congregation, proud of their 106-year-plus legacy, have prayerfully discerned that the time for an ending has come.  But that they are also proud of their ability to contribute to new ministry beginnings.  It is especially fitting that this transition is coming in the Easter season!

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

This week in the
Cascadia District

April 20

Legislation proposed for consideration at AC Session June posted on Conference website

April 21-23

Confirmation Retreat (Suttle Lake)

April  23

Last worship at Jason Lee UMC, Salem  –  3 p.m.

Looking Ahead

April 28-30

Emergency Response Team Spring Training, Ellensburg, WA

April 29

Certified Lay Ministry class  (Boise)

Immigration Justice Event at Morningside UMC (Salem) - 2 p.m. (see article in this newsletter)

April 30

Local Church Audits Due

May 6

Certified Lay Ministry class  (Vancouver)

May 7-12

Ev & Terri Erbele Itineration in Oregon-Idaho (see 3/29/17 district newsletter for info)

May 30

Last day to register for AC Session online without late fee

June 6

AC Online registration ends (a late fee of $75 is assessed for those registering online between May 31 and June 6)

June 14-17

Annual Conference Joint Session with Pacific Northwest Conference - Portland
 


Prayer Calendar

April 16-22

Tigard UMC
Pastor Jeremy Hajdu-Paulen
Lay Leader Wanda Snyder

April 23 - 29

Tillamook UMC
Pastor Jerry Jefferies
Lay Leader Nancy Kershaw


Resources

UMCOR Sunday All Year Long

If celebrating UMCOR Sunday on March 26 was not possible for your congregation, you can celebrate at any time of the year. Choose a Sunday that better fits your church calendar and order resources for that time. 

UMCOR's ability to respond is due to the generosity of United Methodist congregations and individuals around the world. Gifts to UMCOR Sunday underwrite UMCOR's costs of serving local churches in times of disaster. This helps keep the promise that 100 percent of every gift made to UMCOR projects goes directly to those in need. Please encourage your congregations to give on UMCOR Sunday.

Download resources for UMCOR Sunday: posters, bulletin inserts and worship materials are all available online. Enhance your UMCOR Sunday celebration with these print resources
 

 

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District Lay Leader
Paula Sadler

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District Administrative Assistant
Linda Grund-Clampit

linda@umoi.org
503-581-3969

Check out the Cascadia District webpage:
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