October 9, 2018

Electronic Giving in the Church

Have you been wondering

  • if it is time for your congregation to dive into electronic giving?
  • why your should offer electronic giving?
  • how you can make electronic giving happen in your church?
  • if you can afford electronic giving?

Then this is the workshop for you!  Have your questions answered and find out about Vanco, PushPay, and the Square.

Led by Rick Beadnell, Chair of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, and Cesie Delve Scheuermann, Stewardship Consultant and "Inspiring Generosity Blogger"

Saturday, November 10 from 9:30 - 12:30 at Tigard UMC.  

And it's FREE!  But please register so that they are prepared for your participation.

Register Here

Bonus:  for some more hints on best practices for handling money in your church, check out this information from GCFA:

Best Practices for Counting the Offering

Best Practices for Church Office Money Handling

CrossOver to Life

In the midst of an unsettled political and social climate, in the midst of denominational challenges and fears of what General Conference will decide in February 2019 about the future of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky invites us to turn our eyes upon Jesus and trust in his promise of life, and that abundantly.  We are calling this a crossover year, and what we are crossing over to is Life!

Watch the video below for more information:

Bishop Stanovsky link to video

Important Information for Clergy

Healthy Boundary Workshops

Many of you took advantage of attending the first Healthy Boundary Workshop this fall in Lake Oswego on Saturday, September 15th!  Congratulations!  You are done with that requirement for this quadrennium!  For those who still have to do this, see the information at (scroll to the bottom of the page) for future workshops (Oct. 20 in Boise and Dec. 8 in Eugene) and alternative ways to meet this requirement.

Online Sexual Ethics Policy Test and Annual Disclosure Form

The deadline for taking the online sexual ethics policy test and turning in your completed annual disclosure form is November 15th.  Go to for links to take the test and to download the Disclosure Form.  

Fall leaves graphic

Fall Charge Conferences are Here!!

Go to the Cascadia District webpage, and then click on "Cascadia District Fall Charge Conferences" in the left-hand menu to find all the information in one place! This page contains the link to the ever popular "Summary of Reports Due and Who is Responsible for What."

In addition to the usual suspects, this year District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris is asking churches to bring to the Charge Conference:

But, as always, I'm here to help!  So give me a call or write me an e-mail if you have any questions!

Cascadia District Administrative Assistant
(503) 581-3969

Upcoming events in the District Superintendent's Schedule:

Oct. 9                  Cascadia District Board of Church Location and Building
                            Cascadia District Superintendency Committee

Oct 10-13            Do No Harm Training - San Antonio, TX
Oct. 14                Preach at Newberg FUMC
Oct. 15-16           Cabinet
Oct. 16-18           Gathering of Orders
Oct. 21                Local Church Assessment Gathering - Cornelius UMC
Oct. 22                Meet with District AAs
Oct. 23                Engelwood Charge Conference
                            West Salem Charge Conference
                            Monmouth Charge Conference
Oct. 25                Communion at the District Office

Please let Tim know about significant events happening in your local congregation.  He may or may not be able to attend, but he would like to know about them!  You can e-mail him at 



This week in the
Cascadia District

Oct. 9
Cascadia District Board of Church Location and Building

Cascadia District Superintendency Committee

Oct. 13
O-I Reconciling UMs Meeting
"The Scoop on General Conference"

Looking Ahead

Oct. 16-18
Gathering of the Orders (Elders, Deacons, Licensed Local Pastors) - Alton L Collins Retreat Center

Oct. 18
Pre-Retirement Seminar
Portland FUMC

Oct. 19
Pre-Retirement Seminar

Oct. 20
Healthy Boundaries Workshop in Boise

Oct. 23
West Salem Fall Charge Conference

Christ's Church (Monmouth) Fall Charge Conference

Oct. 24
Salem Peace Lecture: Independent Journalism and Fake News

Oct. 25
Communion at the District Office

Oct. 28
Fossil Fall Charge Conference

McMinnville Fall Charge Conference

Oregon City, Williamette, Wilsonville, Tualatin, Sherwood, Mt. Home Group Fall Charge Conference

Jefferson, Falls City, Dallas, Woodburn Group Fall Charge Conference

John Day Fall Charge Conference

Nov. 1
Collins Lecture: Human Migration


Prayer Calendar

Oct. 7 - 13

Grand Ronde UMC
Bob Ledden, Pastor
Lyn Holtz, Lay Leader

Oct. 14-20

Hillsboro First UMC
Clay Andrew, Pastor

Oct. 21-27

Jefferson UMC
Teresa Salyer, Pastor
Tami Manning, Lay Leader

See the full prayer calendar



Early Response Team Training

Be ready to help when a disaster strikes.  Learn from experienced instructors how to clean out a flooded home, sift through ashes and work alongside survivors while staying safe. Classes are open to those 18 years or older.  Registration includes training materials, lunch and snacks.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bremerton UMC
Bremerton, WA

$25 ERT Basic
$10 ERT Advanced

Registration deadline is Friday, October 19.  Contact Larry Johnson, Oregon-Idaho Conference ERT Coordinator, for more information at 

Register Here

Contact us

DS Tim Overton-Harris

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 ~