April 20, 2017
Dear Reader,
Most United Methodists are unaware of the role of the church’s Judicial Council. That may change next week as the council reviews the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. Bishop Stanovsky shared a letter this week to update church members and attempt to answer questions some may have. Leaders have also called for churches to be in prayer for our church and the people of the Mountain Sky Area where Bishop Oliveto is assigned.

Patrick Scriven, Director of Communications for the Pacific Northwest Conference has compiled a detailed timeline of "How we Got Here."

The reminder I would add is that this is not the beginning, and it will not be the end of the process of The United Methodist Church coming to resolution on how it welcomes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, queer and intersex people into the life of the church. We are on a journey of discerning the will of God. Such a journey requires that we listen for God’s word.
Greg Nelson, Director of Communications


Bishop shares update on Judicial Council

In advance of the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council meeting next week, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky shared a message this week with the people of the Greater Northwest Area. At the request of the South Central Jurisdiction, the Judicial Council will be reviewing the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto by the Western Jurisdictional Conference. Stanovsky’s letter shares the viewpoint of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops and includes a link to a question and answer sheet. Bishops throughout the Western Jurisdiction shared similar messages with their conferences.


Crosspoint in the news

One of the Oregon-Idaho Conference’s new church starts recently was featured in the Idaho Statesman. Crosspoint Church in Boise is reaching out to people who might not consider a traditional church. Read more in the Idaho Statesman..

Assignment Announcement

Columbia District Superintendent, Rev, Erin Martin, has announced her intention to assign Bo Sanders to Vermont Hills United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon, effective July 1, 2017. Sanders is a Doctoral Candidate at Claremont School of Theology and will be seeking licensing as a Local Pastor. He was previously ordained in the Christian Missionary Alliance denomination. He currently is completing a year of teaching as a Visiting Professor of Theology at George Fox University's Portland Seminary.
It was previously announced that Bishop Elaine Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Tim Overton-Harris, who currently serves the Vermont Hills congregation, as the Cascadia District Superintendent, effective July 1, 2017.
A summary of appointment announcements can be found on the conference website at Clear openings are listed on the Greater Northwest Area website.


Children's thoughts on miracles add depth at Easter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( — “Do you believe in miracles?” That simple question, which might challenge adults, elicited some remarkable replies when a United Methodist pastor asked children. Learn more on UMC.ORG about a question that is part of The United Methodist Church’s Easter advertising campaign.

Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop

NEWARK, N.J. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s top court faces a number of questions about the election of the denomination’s first openly gay bishop — including whether it should weigh in at all. Read a summary of some of the arguments in this United Methodist News Service story.

Connecticut churches to provide sanctuary

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — First and Summerfield United Methodist Church is one of two churches here that declared themselves short-term sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants who fear they may be deported. Read more in the New Haven Register.

Clergy speak out against executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS) — As Arkansas fights in multiple courts to move ahead with a series of double executions, United Methodist clergy were among those speaking out against the plan to execute seven men by April 27. Read more of this United Methodist News Service story.

Opening borders to the Spirit

SEATTLE — A recent trip to cities along the Texas-Mexico border is prompting members of Wallingford United Methodist Church to share what they’ve learned with their Seattle neighbors. “We are complicit in certain ways, if we don’t educate ourselves,” said one church member. Members of the Pacific Northwest Conference report on the experience.


Are you interested in starting an intergenerational worship? 

Make plans to attend a one-day Messy Church workshop training on Saturday May 6th at Tigard UMC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Messy Church began in one church in England over 12 years ago and is now spread throughout the world with over 3,000 registered Messy Churches. The foundational principles of Messy Church include Christ-Centered creativity, celebration, and hospitality with all-ages together. 
Rev. Roberta J. Egli, regional coordinator for Messy Church and Kristyn Stephens will be leading this training event drawing on their experience of starting a Messy Church at Trinity UMC Eugene in October 2013. Gather a team of five people from your community and learn what you need to get Messy Church started in your community. Contact Staci Lieuallen at for more information and to register. Registration forms can be found at Cost is $25/person or $100 for teams of 4 or more.

Native American Ministries Sunday

Native American Ministries Sunday is April 30. Learn about the impact of this program by watching a video of Rev. Hilburn talking about his ministry with Native Americans and the growth his church has seen. Share it with your congregation, so that they, too, may see the difference they are making when they give generously on Native American Ministries Sunday. Learn more and get resources for celebrating the denomination wide day at


Don’t miss early bird discount

Register for summer vamp by May 5 to receive $25 Early Bird Discount!
For Camp and Retreat Ministries' summer youth camps, if parents register their children prior to May 5th, a $25 discount will be applied! Register now to take advantage!


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