October 5, 2017
Dear Reader,
Two things stood out for me as I followed the news reports from Las Vegas on Monday. One was how the hospital system was prepared for a large trauma event. They didn’t know exactly what it would be, or how many would be involved, but they had a plan. And second was that mental health counselors turned out to respond to the event. They went to hospitals and triage sites to listen and help people process the pain and suffering they had experienced and witnessed.
Messages of consolation, prayer and challenge have been shared by Desert Southwest Area Bishop, Robert Hoshibata and California Pacific Area Bishop, Grant Hagiya.
Greg Nelson, Director of Communications


Inspiring Generosity

In this week’s Inspiring Generosity blog, stewardship consultant Cesie Delve Scheuermann sits down with Clif Christopher, author of Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate an Rich Church/Poor Church: Keys to Effective Financial Ministry. Christopher shares what he sees as the biggest financial risk for churches. Read it on the conference website, and sign up to be sure you get it every week.


Be a prepared church

When emergency or disaster strikes your community, is your church prepared to help? Learn simple things your church can do to learn how to be resilient and ready to respond. Come to the event at Pocatello First UMC, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., on October 14. Register online now. Download a brochure to share, and contact Michael at for more information.
Is Pocatello too far away for you? – Contact Becky Platt at to talk about hosting a training.

Be a prepared person

The best time for training is before a disaster. The second-best time is right now. So, if you want to learn about being part of Early Response Teams (ERT) from the Oregon-Idaho Conference to areas hit by flooding and hurricanes this year, attend the ERT training on October 21 at First United Methodist Church in Portland from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Early Response Teams respond soon after a crisis to help protect and stabilize property and be a caring Christian presence. They might do initial cleaning of homes or property in preparation for longer term support from contractors or volunteer teams. Register online now or contact Becky Platt at to learn more. Is Portland too far away? Contact Becky about gathering a group in your area and hosting a training.

A flood of cleaning buckets

Churches across the United Methodist Connection have responded to a call for cleaning and hygiene kits at UMCOR depots in the United States. In fact, they’ve responded so well that the depots report they are nearing capacity and ask churches to turn their efforts to other ways of responding at this time. Cleaning buckets and hygiene kits that are in process will still be accepted.
A volunteer will be picking up kits from churches around the conference in mid-October at these churches:

For drop-off hours and info contact the individual church or Donna Waltman, UMCOR Depot Liaison, at or 503-622-3226. If your church is not near a collection point, or might be able to serve as one, also contact Donna.

Churches can best support disaster recovery in Texas, Louisana, Florida, and Puerto Rico by giving to the U.S. Disaster Relief Fund at United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Read bishop Stanovsky’s call for all churches to support UMCOR and the Oregon-Idaho Emergency Response Teams.


Accompanist - Mill Plain, WA
Contemporary Music Worship Leader - Mill Plain, WA
Accounts Payable Clerk - Portland, Oregon
Registrar - Camp and Retreat Ministries, Portland
Several positions are open in the conference office and area churches. Check the listings at


Standing in solidarity with Puerto Rico

ATLANTA — As Hurricane Maria need assessments continue, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is in communication with the leaders of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and expects to travel there soon to plan for relief and recovery programs. Read more on the UMCOR website.

Read a United Methodist News Service about outreach to Puerto Rico.

Donations to UMCOR’s US Disaster Response fund (#901670) will be used to support response in Puerto Rico, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. You can make a donation in your church’s offering plate, or online at 100% of your gift goes to response efforts because administrative costs are paid through the annual “UMCOR Sunday” special offering.

Florida recovery begins

Estimates are that it will take five years for Florida to recover from Hurricane Irma’s damage. The United Methodist Church plans to be there for all of it and beyond. Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

After mass shooting, churchgoers offer help

LAS VEGAS (UMNS) — Even as they pray for Las Vegas, United Methodists are giving blood and preparing to respond to the long-term trauma of what’s being called the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’

WASHINGTON – United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military.

In a statement released today, the bishops said they are praying and urging action for the young people affected by the U.S. government’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The young immigrants, also known as Dreamers, had an October 5 deadline to renew their permits one last time.

“We are praying for DACA recipients and their families and all undocumented immigrant communities as they continue to find themselves in the unending crisis of being undocumented in this country.  By March 5th, 2018, Congress must determine how it will respond to this crisis.  We urge Congress to begin by passing a Clean Dream Act,” the statement from the bishops said.


Church votes no weddings until all can wed

AUSTIN, Texas (UMNS) — First United Methodist Church, across the street from the Texas capitol, has taken the unusual step of voting not to have weddings in its facilities while the denomination does not permit same-gender marriage. Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

Registration opens for UMW Assembly 2018

NEW YORK — The United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 will mark the official celebration of the organization’s 150th anniversary, returning to Columbus, Ohio, where the first assembly was held in 1942. Registration for the May 18-20 event is now open. Learn more.


Justice skills are focus of MFSA fall event

Stranger in a Strange Land – Even at Home, Learning and Using Social Justice Skills is the title of the 2017 Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) fall event.
The day will give a theological grounding for why Christians are called to work for social justice; take participants beyond feeling like they are the only ones and connect them with others who are doing the same kinds of work; and teach the most helpful ways to have conversations with others, including our legislators.
This one-day event will take place at Bend United Methodist Church on October 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $20 for the event, which includes lunch. Register now by e-mailing your contact information to Louise Kienzle at You can pay your $20 at the door on October 21. Registration is due by October 16.
The presenters come from a variety of places and backgrounds and will offer ideas as well as time to share the work currently being done or desired.
It’s the perfect time of year for a drive to central Oregon and an opportunity to meet with other social justice advocates. There will also be possibilities to spend the weekend in the area with housing at Suttle Lake UM Camp or a Bend homestay. More information about housing possibilities can be found on the Oregon-Idaho MFSA website:

Messy Church national conference

There is still time to register for the “Getting Messy in the USA” Messy Church national conference at Community UMC in Huntington Beach, CA on October 20-21! If you are thinking of starting a Messy Church or have been worshipping as Messy Church for a while, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss. Lucy Moore, the founder of the Messy Church global movement and Martyn Payne from Messy Church UK will be the plenary speakers.  Stephen Fischbacher, a Scottish composer who founded Fischy Music, will be providing music.
The conference officially ends after a bonfire on the beach on Saturday night. Guests are welcome to stay for Sunday worship with Lucy, Martyn, Stephen and the Messy Church USA planning team. Online registration is open now.
Cost for Conference is $120. There are a limited number of "home-stay" options with members of Community UMC so register today!
For more information contact Roberta Egli at or 541-760-3909.  


Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

By Beth Kanter
 … Then, I look for local charities on the ground, many times there is a local community foundation that is stepping up. And increasingly,I look at and try to find a reputable crowdfunding campaign from a site like GoFundMe or YouCaring, usually through a friend or connection. I’m not alone, according to Pew Research, 22% of Americans have donated to a crowdfunding campaign. …

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