August 1, 2019

Dear Reader,

A friend of mine posted a meme on Facebook yesterday (meem is the correct pronunciation for the funny images with quips people post on social media) about how fast July moved along (see the image to your right). Even though there are 31 days in the month, it seems like we blinked and it was over!

Has your church wrapped up its vacation Bible school? Are you starting to harvest the fruits of the labor in your community gardens? How has your ministry to low-income families gone this summer?

Or are things just ready to begin?

Here at the Oregon-Idaho Conference Center, we’re ready to begin a new day – with quite literally a new Day – Laurie Day, that is! Laurie joined us in July as our new Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop. You can read about how she’s literally waded into the work of this Conference in a short time as you scroll down this page.

Help us welcome Laurie by sending us stories of what new ministry you and your congregation might be engaged in this coming year. If you want to send us chocolate, too, we don't mind! We’d love to hear from you. Just email

Kristen Caldwell, Interim Director of Communications


Day begins new job as Conference DCM

Already in her work as the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, Laurie Day has learned what “other duties as assigned” really means in her job description.

In just her second week in the office, Day found herself putting garbage bags over her feet and wading into a plumbing and sewer situation that temporarily shut down the office.

“When you jump in with both feet you never know what you’re going to get into,” Day said with a laugh. “I appreciate the great team of staff and leaders throughout the conference who are willing to brainstorm, troubleshoot and innovate our next steps.”

She’s navigated those waters, while also managing Zoom calls about communications strategies, meeting one-on-one with mission and ministry staff, talking to leaders throughout the Conference – and bought a house in Portland on top of everything else.

Read more of this story on the Conference website.

Conference 2019 Journal coming soon

This year’s Oregon-Idaho Conference Journal is now complete, and is in the process of being formatted for posting on the conference website within a few days. There are two ways to access the Journal

  • Download either the full Journal or individual sections. We anticipate that the 2019 Journal will be ready for download at this very soon. All of the chapters—with the exception of the clergy/laity directories—are accessible by anyone. Annual Conference members with a password (it’s the same as last year; also available from your district office) may access the full Journal or the clergy/laity directories chapter.
  • A printed booklet you can order online will also become available, although this will likely not be available until later this month. The printed version costs just under $20, including shipping. The district offices are happy to offer technical assistance to those who may be struggling with the challenge of ordering the Journal online.

Churches are encouraged to order their printed copy of the Journal, to make it available for use by congregational leaders. The digital version is in full color, is searchable, and can be accessed by computer, tablet, or other mobile device. And it’s free! For questions about the Journal, please contact the editor, Laura Jaquith Bartlett, at


Inspiring Generosity: What you need to know about millennial giving

Throw away the pre-conceived notions about millennials. They are giving back to their communities in bigger ways than we thought, according to research Cesie Delve Scheuermann recently read.

“Compiled from 36 sources, Non-Profit Source had these stats on Millennials and their giving:

  • Millennials make up 25.9% of the US population
  • 40% of Millennial donors are enrolled in a monthly giving program (perfect for churches – don’t miss out)”

Want to know more? Read the rest of Cesie’s blog on the Conference website.

Marysville United Methodist Church invites the community to an innovative exploration of spirituality

From the PNW, Sasha Terry

Marysville United Methodist Church is currently living into a challenge to birth 10 new expressions of faith with its surrounding community over the next 30 years. The church recently initiated its first expression of faith by utilizing nearby Living Room Coffee House to introduce the community to God in a new way.
Before this challenge came to life, Rev. Jenny Smith was convinced that the church needed to experiment with different ways of connecting people to God. She started several years ago by inviting her congregation to pray for guidance in building an idea. This prompted the church to invite Rev. Dr. William Gibson to Marysville for a visioning conversation, and encounters with new ideas and resources, sparking the idea of 10 expressions of faith over the next 30 years.

Ten expressions of faith in the next 30 years, or 10 in 30, is an idea of discipleship and for encouraging the community to explore faith and God in alternative ways from attending a church service.

Read more of this story on the Pacific Northwest Conference’s website.

Greater NW Pride: “Single-User, Gender-Neutral, Accessible, Lockable Rest Rooms” in UMC Churches by 2020

“Using a bathroom without fear of violence or harassment is a human right, not a privilege. The growing number of gender-neutral bathrooms is not just for LGBTQ+ people, but for all people,” writes LGBTQ+ advocacy coordinator Brett Webb-Mitchell in one of his latest blog posts.

One of his latest blogs discusses Oregon-Idaho Conference’s Actions and Resolutions from 2015 calling for single-user, gender-neutral, accessible, lockable restrooms by the year 2020.

Read more of this on the Conference website.


Church leaders affirm Baltimore after tweets

Church leaders in Baltimore are urging United Methodists to resist “reactionary responses” to President Donald Trump’s disparaging tweets about their beloved city.

“Prophetically choose: Community over Chaos (Jeremiah 29:7); Courage over Cowardice (2 Timothy 1:7) and Calling over Conflict (Luke 4:18),” said the bishop and Baltimore district superintendent in an emailed newsletter posted July 30.

Baltimore-Washington Conference Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling, and the Rev. Wanda Bynum Duckett, superintendent, Baltimore Metropolitan District, stepped back from what they called the president’s “disparaging and one-side characterization” of their annual conference to speak with peace, pride and respect of their home.

“As is our biblical mandate, we pray for President Trump and all of our elected officials,” write the two leaders. “However, we are convinced that we must not rest in a place of offense—or even defense—over the comments made by the president about Baltimore.”

Read more of this story from United Methodist News Service.

Filipino Cooperative models faith in action

Since 2002, the Wesley Savings and Multipurpose Cooperative has transformed lives and livelihoods in the Philippines.

Established by the United Methodist Church of San Isidro in the Isabela Province, the cooperative has grown from 30 to 1,500 regular members. An additional 500 younger members form a group of children and youth savers. Beginning with the equivalent of $235 U.S. in seed money, the cooperative today has more than $1.1 million U.S. in total assets.
The cooperative’s purpose is “to alleviate poverty and enhance the dignity and quality of life of people,” said the Rev. Ferdinand J. Valdez, top executive of the cooperative.

One individual who has benefited is Margarita Mindaros. A street food vendor in Isabela Province for 11 years, Mindaros bicycled around to sell fish balls. Today, as a co-op member, she can send her children to school. Wesley also provided capital for her small business.

Read more of this story from United Methodist News Service.

New Charlottesville church draws suspicions

Three United Methodist pastors view a nondenominational new church start as an effort by traditionalist organizations to challenge the denomination — a claim members of those organizations deny.
The Virginia Conference interim bishop and the Charlottesville District superintendent said any concern is overblown.

Mission Charlottesville defines itself on its website as “a missional church, obedient to God’s command to take the good news of Jesus Christ to others. We do this through what we say and how we live.” The pastor declined to talk to UM News for the story.

But pastors of three nearby churches say the new church, which is a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, aims to undermine the ministry of The United Methodist Church.

“Is it a direct attempt to compete with The United Methodist Church? Yeah,” said the Rev. Phil Woodson, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church. Woodson researched the new church’s connections with the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a group that formed in 2016 to encourage the denomination to hold the line on restrictions related to homosexuality.

Read more of this story from United Methodist News Service.

Council of Bishops invites applications for two ecumenical programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for the following programs:

  • 2020 Local Initiatives Grants
  • Scholarship to Attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Find out more information on the Council of Bishops website.


Summer time is singing time

If it’s August, it’s the perfect time for a trip to the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center for another edition of “Great Hymns of the Faith" on Aug. 22. This popular program mixes singing, stories, and amazing food with the beautiful forested setting of the Retreat Center. Throw in some good fellowship along with the humor, knowledge, and passion for hymnody of the program’s leader, the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett, and the end result is a delightful day that is both relaxing and stimulating. The cost for the program, including lunch, is $20 (and this month’s menu features Italian Wedding Soup, Caprese Salad, Garlic Cheesy Bread, and Double Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies along with iced tea and coffee). For more information on time and event specifics register online on the Collins website.

Mediation training available for church leaders this fall near Seattle

Clergy and other church leaders are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), a practical workshop that teaches participants how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. This inter-denominational training event will be hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Wash., (Seattle–Tacoma area) from 8:30am-5:00pm daily Oct. 14-18, 2019.  Early birds who register no later than Sept. 13 can save $200 (non-discounted rate is $895).  Register either through Brown Paper Tickets (a small fee will be added for online registrations).  For more information, please visit the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center website or call 630-627-0507.


Albert “Bert” Hanson                                       

January 7, 1938 – July 20, 2019

Reverend Albert “Bert” Hanson died on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Forest Grove, OR. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Hanson; daughters Kirsten Locke and Marlis Sears; sons, Albert Hanson, Jr. and Lewis Hanson; and eight grandchildren.

Reverend Hanson served at Warrenton, Sheridan, John Day/Prairie City and Sutherlin/Wilber in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. He retired in 2004.  

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the Aloha United Methodist Church, 2270 SW 198th Ave, Aloha, OR 97006. 

Friends may contact Sherry Hanson at 22980 MW Fisher Road, Buxton, OR 97109 or email for condolences or more information. 

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


Random acts? No. Lifestyle change? Yes.

Rev. Carlo Rapanut

         “ … Before I was running ultras, I ran marathons. Before I was running marathons, I ran half-marathons. Before those, 10Ks. Before 10Ks, 5Ks. And it’s the shorter daily, regular runs that allow me to run any of these longer distances. Running, for me, has become a lifestyle.

My point? When we go about transforming the world for Jesus Christ, we don’t suddenly decide to do that in one major, earth-shaking act. We do so in smaller acts of kindness, justice, grace, love, and mercy …”



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