May 11, 2017

Dear Reader,
As a hint of summer comes to the northwest (briefly), it’s time to make some plans! If attending the shared Annual Conference session will be part of your summer, you need to register now. About half of the members still need to register for the conference. More information and links are below.
There also are opportunities to hear an African choir, learn about health insurance options, and learn Spanish in a new interactive way. Check it all out below.
Greg Nelson, Director of Communications


Annual Conference reminders

With just five weeks until Annual Conference, and less than three weeks until the late registration charge kicks in, it’s time to register for Annual Conference Session, June 14-17 in Portland.

Every clergy and lay member of the Annual Conference needs to register before arrival to help things move smoothly and make sure that conference staff and volunteers are ready to welcome you.
Guests are welcome and encouraged at Annual Conference. If guests would like to participate in a meal, they need to order those ahead of time, and can do so on the guest registration page (you get a name tag too!)
Annual Conference pre-conference reports and legislation are now available for review. Other parts of the complete Conference Handbook will be available soon. See the schedule and all other information on the conference page,

Health insurance update sessions

Conference Board of Pensions and Conference staff are presenting a series of informational sessions on changes to the health insurance offerings for active clergy and some lay staff. Plan participants, and members of Annual Conference who will be voting on the recommendation are encouraged to come learn about the new offerings and options that will be part of the offering for 2018.
Read more about the plan and sign up to attend an informational session on the conference website.


Appointment announcements

It is Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky's intention to make the following appointments, effective July 1, 2017:

  • Earl Lane to Emmett and Sweet United Methodist Churches in Emmet and Sweet, Idaho. Lane is a Licensed Local Pastor who currently serves Pateros United Methodist Church in the Pacific Northwest Conference. It was previously announced that Rev. David Thompson, who currently serves Emmett and Sweet will be appointed to Roseburg United Methodist Church, Roseburg, Oregon.
  • The Rev. Keith Brudevold to Heppner United Methodist Church in Heppner, Oregon. Brudevold is a retried elder who will serve quarter-time. He previously served in Heppner from 2002-2008.

See a list of all announced appointments and assignments at


Bishops support plan to fund
immigration crisis ministry

DALLAS, Texas —  The Council of Bishops last week voted to support a proposal to seek $200,000 for immigration and migration crisis ministry for jurisdictional immigration task forces that are being organized to resource annual conferences.
A proposal for funding will be presented to the Connectional Table at its upcoming meeting by the United Methodist Immigration Task Force. The funding would be shared equally among five jurisdictional immigration task forces to train and organize conference leaders to address the immigration and migration crisis. Read the full press release.

Mission challenges at the border

JUAREZ, Mexico — Twenty years ago, Patricia Esquivel lived in the United States, where her daughter was born. She was there without papers, and one day she was caught and deported. So now she proudly watches from afar as her daughter crosses the border to get an education. In the May edition of Response, the United Methodist Women’s magazine, Paul Jeffrey looks at mission challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border.

South Central lawyer on meaning of bishop ruling

NEWARK, N.J. (UMNS) — The lawyer who argued for the request for a declaratory decision on the election, consecration and nomination of a gay bishop writes that while the case did not name Bishop Karen Oliveto specifically, the ruling means a cloud covers her episcopacy. The Rev. Keith Boyette offers his interpretation of the Judicial Council ruling.

Last week, Richard Marsh, lawyer for the Western Jurisdiction, offered his point of view.


Canby host Uganda children’s choir

Canby United Methodist Church will be hosting the Imani Milele Children’s Choir, May 18, at 7:00 p.m. Imani was established in 1989 and currently serves over 3,500 at risk children and orphaned children, by providing housing, education and skill training. The purpose of the Imani Milele Children’s Choir is to promote and bring awareness to the plight of these vulnerable children in Uganda. Through their craft in music and dance, their performances have earned them recognition as one of the best children’s choirs in the nation. The concert is free. Canby United Methodist Church is located at 1520 N. Holly St., in Canby, Oregon.

Peace with Justice Sunday

Peace with Justice Sunday is June 11. This Special Sunday of The United Methodist Church makes possible our ongoing ministries of peace and reconciliation. Learn more and order resources at You can download a toolkit for pastors and local church leaders to share about this important part of United Methodist heritage.

Spanish language learning experience

Church leaders looking to increase their abilities to engage with Spanish speaking persons in their churches, neighborhoods and communities, should consider two course offerings offered this August at New Harvest UMC in Toppenish, WA. Utilizing a participative and multi-method teaching style, Suzy Martinez will guide participants through immersive experiences toward delivering basic language and cultural skills.
Beginning and intermediate levels are being offered for participants to consider. For more information, contact Rev. Lyda Pierce at 509-778-3864,
Follow these links for more information about costs, housing, the learning method, and to register: Beginning level – August 14 through 18 or Intermediate level – August 21 through 25.


How a House Divided Tortures its Pastors

By John Fanestil
… Of course the United Methodist Church does not instruct its pastors so straightforwardly, because to do so would make transparent a number of harsh and inconvenient truths …


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