January 31, 2019

FREE Training for Responding to Mentally Ill

Mental health recovery puzzle


Community resources are often scarce for people facing acute mental illnesses – and more frequently churches are becoming first responders in this crisis.

Pastor Tim Winslea of Montavilla UMC, also a registered nurse, is inviting clergy and church staff to attend a FREE two-hour training on how to respond with compassion to people with mental illnesses.  This training will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Beaverton First United Methodist Church 12555 SW 4th Street in Beaverton 97005

The two-hour training is designed to give participants important communication skills useful when working with depressed and potentially suicidal individuals, and training on well-tested tools on making the appropriate referrals to law enforcement or medical support. The workshop will also provide participants with ways to make a congregation an effective therapeutic community for those with mental illness.

If interested in attending, call Rev. Winslea at Montavilla UMC at 503–254-5529.  There is no cost for this event and all church leaders, lay and clergy, are invited.  Clergy can use this free training for two contact hours of professional continuing education.

- Kristen Caldwell, originally published in the UMConnector, 1/24/19


Praying Our Way Forward - for Youth and Youth Leaders

UMC Prays logo

Cascadia and Columbia District youth and their leaders are invited to a Prayer-A-Thon from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., February 22-23, at West Portland UMC.

This year’s event will take place as the UM General Conference is happening in St Louis. As they discern a way forward as a denomination, we will be praying for the delegates, bishops, and the outcome.  Prayer requests will also be solicited from your connections and from the participants. 4 teams rotate in 15 minute shifts throughout the evening, praying on behalf of others and with each other. When their team is not praying, they are playing games, hanging out, and enjoying each other’s company. Snacks and a Slurpee run are included in the evening’s events.

Contact Christy DIrren  at for more information and e-mail by Feb 18th to register your group.

 General Conference Special Session News

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

Here are some places to start learning about the General Conference next month in St. Louis:

If you have questions, send them to Greg Nelson at He'll try to help find answers and add them to the frequently asked questions list.


Even as we are appropriately focused on the Special General Conference Session in February, it is now time to nominate persons to serve as our delegates to the regularly scheduled General Conference Session in 2020.  

Delegates and Reserves will be elected during the 2019 Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference session in June.
The nominating procedure is similar for laity and clergy delegates. To self-nominate, simply send an email to the conference secretary, Laura Jaquith Bartlett ( Laity and full-member clergy are also invited to nominate up to four other names (five total), and send those names to the conference secretary by March 1. Persons offering nominations need to include their name and church/charge conference in the nominating email.
Clergy must be members in full connection of the annual conference at the time of nomination. Laity can be any age but must be professing members of The UMC for at least two years, and active in The UMC for at least four years (in Oregon-Idaho). Nominees will be asked to submit a short biography and photo along with written responses to pre-determined questions (for clergy, these can be found in Conference Rule 2.210).
Questions? Contact Laura Jaquith Bartlett (, conference secretary, or Jan Nelson (, conference lay leader.

Interfaith Advocacy Day at the State Capital

Monday, March 4, 2019,  9 am to 4 pm

Oregon United Methodist Women will join forces again this year with the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for their Interfaith Advocacy Day on March 4, 2019 at the Capitol in Salem.  Don't miss this opportunity to attend this educational and impactful event which occurs every other year when the legislature is meeting in long session.

There will be briefings and workshops for legislation on climate, criminal justice, health care, housing, hunger and immigration  and  a chance to meet  our legislators after our march to the State Capitol.

Registration & Morning Session
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem, Ore.
Afternoon Session
Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Ore.

Cost is $20 which includes lunch. For more information and to register online at
Deadline for registration is February 25.

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!  Tim is also occasionally available to preach at your church!  You can e-mail him at

Upcoming events in the District Superintendent's Schedule:

Feb. 6                   Cabinet Meeting
Feb. 11-12            Cabinet Meetings
Feb. 14                 Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Bishops and Executives
Feb. 20                 Cabinet Meeting
Feb. 21                 Meeting with O-I District Admin Assistants
Feb. 27                 Cabinet Meeting
Feb. 28                 Communion at District Office

Tim is also beginning consultation meetings with churches regarding pastoral appointments effective July 1, 2019



This week in the
Cascadia District

Jan. 31
Year-End Reports Due

Looking Ahead

Feb. 20
Coast Colloquy

Feb. 21
Free Training to Respond to Mentally Ill
(see article in this newsletter)

Feb. 22-23
Youth Prayer-A-Thon
(see article in this newsletter)

February 23-26

General Conference Special Session, St. Louis, MO

Feb. 27
Suburban Ring Colloquy

Feb. 28
Communion at District Office

March 1
Deadline to nominate persons as delegates for GC 2020
(see article in this newsletter)

March 4
Interfaith Advocacy Day

March 22 & 23
Columbia & Cascadia District UMW Spiritual Retreat

Prayer Calendar

Jan. 27- Feb. 2

Open Door Churches: Salem-Keizer UMs 
Englewood UMC
(this congregation is closing and they held their celebration of ministry on January 27th.  Please keep the congregants in your prayers as they transfer to other congregations)

Feb. 3 - 9

Open Door Churches: Salem-Keizer UMs
Salem First UMC
Lay Leaders: Fran Eriksen and Ray Lewallen

Feb. 10 - 16

Open Door Churches: Salem-Keizer UMs 
Keizer: Clear Lake UMC
Lay Leader Debbie Cox

See the full prayer calendar


College Scholarships Available - Apply Now!

Scholarships for higher education - undergraduate, graduate, and seminary - are available for members of The United Methodist Church through a variety of channels.  

For scholarships offered through the General Church and through the Annual Conference, applications are available now through March 1, 2019.

Check out all the options at


Several opportunities are coming up to learn about how you can care for your neighbor by advocating for vulnerable persons in our society:

Sun, Feb 3  2-4 p.m. a presentation on Oregon's Death Penalty law will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland.  Presented by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Learn more by clicking here.

Tues, Feb 19 is the 17th Annual Jobs with Justice Faith-Labor Breakfast in Portland.  Learn more by clicking here.

On Mon, March 4 Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women will join in the annual Interfaith Advocacy Day at the State Legislature in Salem.  Save the date and watch for more details from UMW.  General information is available by clicking here.  All interested persons are welcome to participate.


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DS Tim Overton-Harris

District Lay Leader
Paula Sadler

District Administrative Assistant
Linda Grund-Clampit

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