July 11, 2017
Vol.6 Issue 7.1
 Welcome District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris!

The bulk of this newsletter is from Tim Overton-Harris, the new Cascadia District Superintendent, introducing himself and sharing his beginning vision for his work with the churches and people of our district.  Clergy, please mark your calendars for September 20th, for an all-district gathering to meet Tim in person and look at the year ahead.

Another opportunity to meet with DS Tim is on the 4th Thursday of each month Tim will be celebrating communion in the district office from noon to 1 p.m..  All interested persons are invited to join us! 

As we prepare for a new program year in our local churches, check out the Resources section of this newsletter for leader training resources and a free way to update your library!

Thank you for your leadership in the local church -- that is where Jesus is touching lives -- through you!



Linda Grund-Clampit
Cascadia District Administrative Assistant


Tim Overton-Harris

DS Tim Overton-Harris

Let Me Introduce Myself!

As we begin a new adventure together I wanted to tell you a bit about myself.  I am a native Oregonian, born at Lakeview.  My family moved to Portland when I was almost two and I lived there until I went off to college. I grew up in North East Portland and attended Benson High School, graduating in 1976. (Those who have done the math might have figured out I am 58 years old). I went to Willamette University, graduating with my degrees in Religious Studies and History. I then moved across the country to Boston where I completed my Masters of Divinity at Boston University School of Theology in 1983. I stayed on in Boston for a couple more years and worked for an organization based on the Gray Panther’s model doing housing work for poor and elderly folks. While in Boston I met and married Amy who hails from upstate New York – Binghamton to be exact.
We moved to Oregon in 1985, me to serve as the Associate Pastor at Oregon City UMC and Amy as pastor at Carus UMC. In 1987, I moved to serve the Estacada and Marquam UMCs (a 61-mile round trip!) While there we celebrated the birth of our first child, Elizabeth. In 1989, I moved to become the Associate Pastor at Morningside UMC in Salem (I was the first male associate for a female senior pastor – Kate Conolly – in our conference) and Amy moved to Keizer: Clear Lake UMC. While serving in these churches we had two more children – Petter and Nicholas. In 1994, we moved to La Grande, Oregon to job share that appointment and share household and parenting duties for our family. In 1999, we moved to our present home in Aloha, Oregon and served Christ UMC in Cedar Hills, again as a job-sharing situation. In 2003, Amy became pastor of the Tongan Fellowship in the Lents area of Portland and I became solo pastor at Christ UMC. In 2004, I moved to Vermont Hills UMC in the SW hills of Portland while Amy moved to Trinity UMC in SE Portland. In 2011 Amy moved to Tualatin UMC where she presently serves. I served at Vermont Hills UMC for 13 years and now have become your District Superintendent.
Our children (I am not as old as my children make me!) are all adults now. Elizabeth is married to Robert, they live in Hood River where Robert is on faculty at the Columbia Gorge Community College and they have two children. Petter just finished his second year at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Western University of Health Sciences located in Lebanon, Oregon and begins his rotations this summer. Nick is going to Willamette University Law School and begins his second year there in August.
Petter will be living at home this year as many of his rotation sites are in the Portland area. Also living with us are 5 dogs and 2 cats. In my free time I like to read, play video games, watch movies and TV. Amy and I love to get away to the coast. We relish time with our family. I love to cook – I am a cook not a chef as a chef creates unique meals while a cook follows a recipe – and Amy’s biggest complaint about my taking this appointment is that I won’t be able to cook dinner as often. Projects around the house and the routine things of life keep us busy.
I look forward to the opportunities that will come for me to get to know you and for you to get to know me better. Please pray for me as I move into this new phase of ministry and pray for our District as we move into a future filled with possibility, change and challenge.
If you have a concern, want to meet, or if I can be of help in any way, please be in touch. My email is and the district office phone number is 503-581-3969. May God bless you and may our work together bear much fruit.

 What Can You Expect?

As I begin my work in the Cascadia District I know many of you are wondering about what you can expect from me and my work with you. To be honest, I am not sure of many of the details as yet but I do have some things I can share with you about our life and work together.
To begin with, I plan to use this first year to get to know you as individuals, and to get familiar with your churches and ministry settings. I want to familiarize myself with the communities and personalities of this vast district. I will do this in a couple of ways. This summer I will be moving about the district trying to meet each person who is assigned to serve a congregation or ministry setting. I will attend worship at a different church in the district each Sunday. Our annual fall Charge Conferences will be held in each individual charge and I will preside. I will meet with the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee before or after each charge conference. There will be monthly colloquies based on geographic location of those appointed to serve within the district and I will make every effort to attend as many of these as I can.
After this first year of getting acquainted I should have a better sense of what will come next. One thing I know will be in the mix is a specific responsibility I have as a DS. In case you haven’t studied your 2016 Discipline yet (not that I would expect you to have) I would refer you to paragraph 419 which lays out the specific responsibilities of a DS and in particular Section 1 which reads in part: “The Church expects, as part of the superintendent ministry, that the superintendent will be the chief missional strategist of the district…” I will be keeping this task in mind as I learn about our district this first year. I imagine that this focus will play a major role in what happens as we move forward together into the future to which God calls us.

Mark Your Calendars

In keeping with the tradition of our District there will be a District-wide afternoon apart for those appointed to serve within the Cascadia District and the retired clergy among us. It will be on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided. The location and other details will come out a bit later, but please save the date.

The goal of our time together will be to meet one another and to spend some time sharing with one another. The program content is still being worked out so look to future newsletters for more details.

This event is required of all those serving under appointment or assigned in the Cascadia District. All retired clergy who live in or have their Charge Conference within the Cascadia District are invited and we hope you can attend as well. Contact the District Office if you need to be excused.



This week in the
Cascadia District

We are all serving Christ in our own neighborhoods!

Looking Ahead

July 13

Cascadia District Church Extension Society Exec Team meeting  - Rockaway Beach

July 27

Communion at District office

August 5

RUM's summer gathering at Suttle Lake Camp

August 14-18

Spanish Language Immersion for Church Leaders, Beginning Level

August 17-20

School of Congregational Development - Atlanta

August 21-25

Spanish Language Immersion for Church Leaders, Intermediate Level

August 24

Communion at District Office

Sept. 20

All District Colloquy


Prayer Calendar

July 9 - 15

Astoria FUMC
Pastor Carol Prichard
Lay Leader Chuck Albright

July 16-22

Banks Community UMC
Pastor Margot Thompson
Lay Leaders Mariana Knifer and
Dave Bernel

See the full prayer calendar


Guidelines for Local Church Leaders

Every four years, The United Methodist Church publishes new handbooks for leaders in local congregations.  If you are the chair of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, or Trustees, or Christian Education or . . . these booklets are a wonderful foundation to guide you in your work.

They are available as a complete set, or for individual positions. You can buy a single hard copy booklet or download an electronic version for just $3.99.  They cover a wide range of roles and program/ministry focus areas possible in the life of the local church.  Check them all out here.

Books Available

Peggy Luckman, a Cascadia District clergy person, has retired and has many books which she is willing to pass on to anyone who would like to have them.  

If you would like to build your library, she has books about books of the BIble, pastoral encouragement books. building church community books, resource books, theologian writings, justice issue books, etc.

 If you would like to go to her home (in Aloha) and look through her books, please contact her at 503-642-4650.  If no one answers leave a message and she will call you back to arrange a time.

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DS Tim Overton-Harris

District Lay Leader
Paula Sadler

District Administrative Assistant
Linda Grund-Clampit

Check out the Cascadia District webpage:

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