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 email@example.com for more information and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 (email@example.com), conference secretary, or Jan Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Ore.
Cost is $20 which includes lunch. For more information and to register online at http://emoregon.org/event/2019-interfaith-advocacy-day/
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 email@example.com
Upcoming events in the District Superintendent's Schedule: