May 17, 2017
Vol.6 Issue 5.2 - corrected

OOPS!  I sent this out yesterday without doing a thorough proof.  The late fee for members registering online May 31-June 6 is $50 and the late fee if you don't register until the event is $75.  I apologize for the error.  I have corrected it below. Either way, it is best to register online by May 30th.-- Linda

The 2017 Annual Conference Session is four weeks away!  It seems like the focus of the District and Conference staff is honing in on all that will happen when we gather at The Red Lion on the River in Portland, June 14-17.  Please see below for related content for both members and for regular folks!

But our ministry is both more local and more wide spread than our annual meeting.  You may find inspiration and tools for ministry with families -- of all kinds -- in your community through the Messy Church program.  If you've missed prior trainings, you have another opportunity on Friday, May 26th at Nehalem Bay UMC on the north Oregon Coast.  

And there are opportunities later this summer after the AC Session that reflect the breadth of our life together. Get these on your calendar now, and maybe even sign up!


Linda Grund-Clampit
Cascadia District Administrative Assistant

2017 AC Session: Of Interest to Everyone
2017 AC Session: Information for Members
Prayer Calendar
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2017 AC Session: Of Interest to Everyone

Many events at the Annual Conference Session are open to everyone, many without a need to register or a fee. Come join us!  Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place in the Grand Ballroom of The Red Lion on the River in Portland.

Wednesday, June 14 from 1 - 7 p.m. - UMCOR Kit and supplies donations will be received on the front porch of the Red Lion.  

Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.- Installation Service for Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, followed by a short business meeting and then a reception.  All are welcome for the service and reception.  Bishop Stanovsky will preach.

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. - Memorial Worship Service, followed by a reception.  All are welcome.  Rev. Shalom Agatrap, of the Pacific NW Conference, will preach.

Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m.  - Celebration of Abundance Banquet.  Dinner tickets are included in member's meal package.  Guests may purchase tickets online before June 6th for $38 each.

Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.-  A selection of workshops and service activities will be happening.  All are welcome.  The workshops are free. Guests may register online, and may also purchase tickets before June 6th for the lunch following for $25 each.

Saturday, June 17 2 p.m.- Ordination and Commissioning Worship Service, followed by a reception.  All are welcome.  Rev. Jeremy Smith of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference will preach.

2017 AC Session: Information for Members

Register Now!

Please note that the registration deadline is May 30th (only two weeks from today!)  That is the last day to register without a fee.  Register online here. Registration will be available online from May 31st through June 6th, but you will be charged a $50 late fee in addition to your meal package cost.  After June 6th, you can only register at the event, and a late fee of $75 will be charged.

Download Legislation and Pre-Conference Reports

You can begin your reading and preparations for the business of the session by downloading the legislative packet and pre-conference reports at The financial reports will be posted on that same page soon.  If you cannot download documents to a computer or tablet, or you can't print them out yourself, please contact the District Office.  Only very limited paper copies of these materials will be available at the event.

Read the AC Updates

Information you need to make the most of your presence at the AC Session is being sent out in bi-weekly e-mail AC Updates.  If you are not receiving those, please contact the District Office.  If you have missed some, you can review them all at 

If you are not able to attend . . .

Clergy members need to contact the District Superintendent to request an excused absence.  E-mail DS Steve Sprecher at
Lay members need to contact the District Office and let us know if an alternate will be serving in your place (hopefully) or if no lay member will be attending from your church (sadly).  E-mail Linda at


This week in the
Cascadia District

Cascadia District UMs are living, loving and changing the world with the power of the Spirit!

Looking Ahead

May 26

Messy Church Training at Nehalem Bay UMC

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

May 14-20

Willamette UMC
Pastor Kathy Boyes
Lay Leader Chris Heilman

May 21-27

Wilsonville UMC
Pastor Dylan Hyun
Lay Leaders Bruce & Mary Waldo


Information Sessions on new Conference Health Insurance Proposal 

The Conference Board of Pensions is inviting Clergy, Lay Members of Annual Conference, and any other interested church leaders to attend informational gatherings to learn about the 2018 health insurance offerings proposed by the Board of Pensions. This proposal will be voted on at the AC Session in June.

The informational gatherings will provide updates on the cost of providing insurance, how these charges are passed on to churches, and what plans will be available to participants.

Cost projections will be available to allow participants to begin planning for their selection in November.

A session will be held in Eugene on May 17


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Interim DS Steve Sprecher

District Lay Leader
Paula Sadler

District Administrative Assistant
Linda Grund-Clampit

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Cascadia District Office of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference
680 State Street, Suite 200, Salem, Oregon, 97301 ~ (503) 581-3969 ~