June 6, 2019
Dear Reader,

“The annual conference is the basic body of The United Methodist Church.” This is where we gather, hold membership and organize most of the churches work. Dating back to a time when the ministers would arrive by horseback or train for a annual gathering, this has been the time to catch up, connect and have conversation.
Since the 2019 General Conference session and the passage of parts of the “Traditional Plan,” many have been waiting to “see what the annual conferences will do.”
Well, we’ve reached that point. Several conferences were held last week, and many of this week’s stories are about what happened at them. In addition to the ordination of openly LGBTQIA people, voting for delegates to the 2020 General Conference has shifted from previous trends.
Please pray for our sister Pacific Northwest conference as they begin meeting today and for those preparing for our Oregon-Idaho Conference beginning in six days. More details about that are below.
Grace and peace,
Greg Nelson, Director of Communications


Annual Conference Reminders

With our 51st Annual Conference Session just six days away, here are some reminders:

  • Can’t be there? Watch live online.
  • Get info you need: Be sure to download the pre-conference handbook to have the reports and legislation you will need.
  • Just released, a supplement to the financial report.
  • Join us for worship!: Those near Eugene can join in the conference worship. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and Friday at 7:30. All at First United Methodist Church, Eugene. Closing worship will be at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday at Hotel Eugene.
  • Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.

Hope UMC remembered

In a recent sermon, Rev. Lura Kidner-Miesen shared the history of Methodism in the towns of Drain and Yoncolla. Offering a presence since 1874, they were last merged church to be Hope United Methodist Church. Now, having voted to close, they’re legacy will be remembered when final action is taken Annual Conference.

Read their story on the conference website.


Peace with Justice Sunday, June 16

On Peace with Justice Sunday the denomination comes together to spread the gospel of peace and encourage cooperation locally, nationally and globally. Learn more at


Inspiring Generosity: Is your newsletter junk?

In this week’s edition of Inspiring Generosity, Cesie Delve Scheuermann shares tips for an engaging church newsletter that is sure to be read.

Read all about it on the conference website.

Greater NW Pride: Pride and Pentecost!

Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell looks at LGBTQA Pride events as Pentecost draws near. Both mark important days for people of faith as they come together.

Employment Opportunities

Worship Pianist/Accompanist – Tualatin, Oregon
Director of Administration/Treasurer – Wisconsin Conference
Director of Leadership Development – California-Nevada Conference
Get details on these and other openings at


Native American culture celebrated at pilgrimage

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A celebration of Native American culture, sponsored by the South Carolina Conference, was an effort to raise awareness of the history and contributions of Native Americans in South Carolina, including Native American United Methodists.

Read the rest of the story on the South Carolina Conference website.

Liberia pushes to recruit young people into ministry

MONROVIA, Liberia (UM News) — As young people continue to shy away from the church, The United Methodist Church in Liberia is frantically trying to recruit them to ministries — especially as clergy. The focus on young people is a major part of the Liberia Conference's strategic plan for the next five years.

Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

Two US conferences ordain, commission LGBTQ clergy

BALTIMORE — Two U.S. annual conferences have ordained and commissioned for ministry openly LGBTQ clergy. The Baltimore-Washington Conference ordained a married LGBTQ elder and commissioned a married lesbian as a provisional deacon. The Northern Illinois Conference ordained an openly transgender deacon and commissioned two openly LGBTQ provisional deacons.
Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.

Two LGBTQ candidates commissioned in Michigan

ACME, Mich. — Voters at the Michigan Annual Conference supported three measures designed to allow LGBTQ people to more fully participate in United Methodist life, and two openly gay candidates were commissioned as deacons or elders.

Read more on the Michigan Conference website.

North Texas Conference ordains openly gay pastor

PLANO, Texas (UM News) — At age 57, the Rev. Jane Graner is a new elder in the North Texas Conference. She’s believed to be the first openly gay person to be ordained in either of the southern U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church. Conference officials say that because she’s single and not a “practicing” homosexual, she’s qualified for ordination under church law.

Read the rest of this United Methodist News Service story.


Garrett offers new certificate programs

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has launched credit-bearing certificates in child advocacy, Christian education, evangelism and church planting, music ministry, and spiritual formation and direction. Designed to be affordable, accessible, and relevant, these are ecumenical certificates, most with a track of courses for those seeking The United Methodist Church’s professional certification. Certificates are perfect for those interested in professional development or lifelong learning, and those wanting to “try” theological education without the larger time and financial commitments of a degree program.
Students earn a certificate of completion in one of five areas of study and up to
15 credit hours to apply toward a degree program for $425 per credit hour. To learn more about the new certificate programs at Garrett-Evangelical, visit, or contact the Admissions Office at 847.866.3945 or


Dorothy E. Wood
September 20, 1927 – May 24, 2019

Dorothy E. Wood, surviving spouse of Reverend John Wood, died on May 24, 2019, in Pendleton, OR. Dorothy is survived by her children; David, Heather and Alfred. She is predeceased by her son, Keith.
Reverend John Wood served at Kentucky, Barbourville Circuit; Trial, Oregon, Portland: Garden Home; Myrtle point; Corvallis Assoc; Myrle Creek-Canyonville-Days Creek; Kimberly-Murtaugh; and most recently at Pendleton in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. He retired in 1993.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Burnes Mortuary of Pendleton, 336 SW Dorian Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801, phone 541-276-2331.
Friends may contact Alfred Wood at 2421 SW Olson Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801 to offer condolences or share with the family on the memorial page provided by the mortuary.

Elaine Stanovsky, Bishop
Dan Wilson-Fey, Conference Treasurer and Benefits Officer


Holy Incubation

By Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
 … So now we find ourselves on a Holy Saturday that follows the Good Friday damage to our mission and witness in St. Louis. God, in God’s time, will reveal to us what our resurrected Church will look like. …


This week in the
Annual Conference

Thursday, June 6

Conference Council on Finance and Administration

Monday, June 10

Greater NW Radical Compassion Network

Wednesday, June 12

Annual Conference Session 2019

Opening Worship 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 13

Annual Conference Session

Laity Session 8:30 a.m.
Clergy Session 8:30 a.m.
Plenary session 11:00 a.m.
CrossOver Town Hall 2:45 p.m.
Memorial Worship 4:30 p.m.
Awards Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 14

Annual Conference Session

Morning Plenary 8:30 a.m.
Afternoon Plenary 1:30 p.m.
Service of Commissioning and Ordination 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15

Annual Conference Session

Plenary Session 8:30 a.m.
Closing Worship 11:15 a.m.
Greater NW Area Inspiring Generosity Conference Journal

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