April Events To Consider!

As we do Church together, Sage District, please consider attending and/or participating in the following events in our area and in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area. We are Easter People - and Eastertide is brimming! - Terri Bartish, Sage District Administrative Assistant.

Table Talk Conversations Underway This Month. Please Come!

Dear Sage District Clergy and Church Leaders,

Gwen DrakeI encourage you to come to the table and talk, either in Nampa on April 28 or Pocatello on May 19. Both Saturday events are from 1-5 p.m.  If you are coming, please register because it will help the facilitators plan for materials and set up.

If you are nervous about whether your thoughts and position will be accepted, our covenant together will be to remain curious and non-judgmental.  (If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, please check out this great article by Oregon-Idaho Lay Leader Jan Nelson on the conference website.)The purpose is not to persuade you to change your position or to even oppose your position. We need to listen to each other, no matter what. 

The only outcome we are hoping for in these Table Talks is to provide a safe place to talk and to provide a model to do that around the Communion Table.  I hope you will come and participate.  Be sure to register at the link provided above, or you can find it on the Greater Northwest website ( .

Lastly, I will let you know that there will be other opportunities, just not before Annual Conference, for Table Talk.

Looking forward to talking with you,

Rev. Gwen Drake, Sage District Superintendent,, 503-530-0035

UMCOR Relief Kit Deadline Approaching Fast!

If your church has been gathering UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) kit supplies, please know that they need to be delivered to one of the area collection point churches by Thursday, April 26.  Transportation is being coordinated to deliver them from those churches to Salt Lake City on the weekend of April 28-29. 

The collection point churches who are storing kits (Sage District churches are highlighted, with addresses provided in the link) are: Newman UMC in Grants Pass, Coburg UMC, Trinity UMC in Salem, Tabor Heights UMC and Lake Oswego UMC in the Portland area, La Grande UMC, Caldwell UMC, Boise First UMC, Jerome UMC and Pocatello UMC.   

If you have kit items, take them to a collection point nearest you by April 26. Contact Donna Waltman, 503-622-3226 if you have any questions. Here is more information on kit contents.

In other UMCOR/UMVIM news,

  • there is general information about needs, money, transportation, housing in Salt Lake City on the conference website at  .
  • West Depot could use individuals and teams to work there this summer. You can go for a few days or longer. Contact Rev. Brian Diggs, director, at Besides quality control and packing kits, you can experience mission projects in the area. Crossroads Urban Center is sponsored by our General Board of Global Ministries.
  • Donna Waltman offers this good idea: have your church collect one item per month from the list for one of kits - hygiene, school or cleaning.

Asset-Based Community Development Training Offered!

As church in today's world, we have challenges ahead of us. We need to gain a deeper understanding of the communities where we worship. How do we become good partners in the public square? What gifts are resources are available? How do we learn from those around us, and what is our role as a community of faith? This training will get us on the path toward answering these questions.

A pre-event to the Love Thy Neighbor conference in Seattle, the Asset-Based Community Development training will take place at Seattle First United Methodist Church (180 Denny Way, Seattle 98109) on Thursday, April 26 from 10-4 p.m. Here is a flyer for more information, and you can register here. You can also contact Leroy Barber at for more information. 

Sage District Office of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference
1505 SW 18th Ave, Portland OR 97201(503) 802-9225 ~