October 8, 2019
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'Tis the Season . . . for Charge Conferences!

In the midst of everything else which is going on this Fall, we are still holding the annual charge conference meetings at which local churches report to their membership and to the Annual Conference through the District about this past year in ministry and administration.

You can find everything you need to know about this Fall's charge conferences in the Cascadia District at

This year the charge conferences will be presided over by an elder from another church in your area.  The presiding elders and the church are working out the dates.  

Most of the forms are online, even the compensation form!  

Don't let this sneak up on you.  Talk this next week with your church leadership about:

  • The date of your charge conference meeting
  • Who is responsible for which reports by when

As always, contact me in the district office with any questions!

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Linda Grund-Clampit
Cascadia District Administrative Assistant

Bishop Announces Coalition to Guide Future of UMC in the Greater NW

In the wake of the exclusionary and punitive actions of General Conference 2019, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is announcing as of today the formation of a Greater Northwest Area Guiding Coalition. The coalition will help to shape and lead a new movement of Methodism in the Northwest that fully includes LGBTQIA+persons in membership, participation, and leadership, both lay and ordained.

Read the full announcement here . . . and plan to attend one of the Cluster Gatherings in the Cascadia District this month and next as DS Tim brings the conversation to you (see immediately below).

Options for the Future of The UMC

Cascadia District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris will be meeting with local congregations in geographic clusters on Sundays in October and November to discuss the options for the future of The United Methodist Church following the decisions made by the 2019 Special General Conference.

These events are informational and intended to provide a safe space to learn about the various options, ask questions, and to share opinions and preferences with the D.S.  The discussions will take place using guidelines to allow all to share and to avoid judgement or debate or attempts to persuade. 

DS Tim hopes that attendance from each congregation will include at least the

  • pastor,
  • SPRC chair or representative,
  • Trustees chair or representative,
  • Lay Leader and/or
  • Church Board chair 

Other leaders and interested members are welcome as well.

Click here to see the locations and church clusters for each Sunday.  (They are also listed in the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter, right-hand column)

Please make note of the date for your cluster meeting and plan to attend.  Pre-registration will help us prepare for your participation!  There is no cost.


Celebration of Mission Past and Future - Sign Up!

Two hundred years ago John Stewart, an African American farmer in Ohio, began a ministry to the Wyandot tribe of Native Americans. This humble beginning even then reflected the “from everywhere to everywhere” understanding of global missions that is leading us into the 21st century. 

We in Oregon and Idaho are the direct descendants of that mission movement. As we mark the 200th anniversary of Methodist global ministry, the Oregon-Idaho Global Ministry Team is bringing a Bicentennial celebration to three locations- Roseburg (10/5), Tigard (10/12), and Boise (10/26) this Fall. 

It will be a celebration of our history, but also a chance for individuals and churches to equip themselves with resources and information on current mission opportunities both locally and globally. These events are for everyone with a heart for mission, and especially for those seeking new ways to engage locally and globally.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Hartley, Professor of Christian Mission at George Fox University and a clergy member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  In his work as an ordained deacon Ben is appointed to both George Fox University and Mountain Home United Methodist Church on Chehalem mountain, a few miles north of Newberg. 

Workshops will include 

  • Disaster Preparedness/Connecting Neighbors
  • Disaster Response 
  • United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
  • Current Missionary Service
  • Abundant Health for All
  • The Advance/UMCOR

Cost: $20.00 Includes lunch and all program materials.

Here are some promotional resources to use in your local church and with other interested parties:

Register at

For more information, please contact Roz Collins at or 503.618.9999.




This week in the
Cascadia District

Oct. 12

Mission Celebration - Tigard

Reconciling UMs meeting - Christ UMC, Portland

Oct. 13

Molalla & Pudding Rivers Cluster Gathering: Options for Future of UMC - Woodburn

Looking Ahead

Oct. 15

Pre-Retirement Seminar for Clergy and Conference Staff

Oct. 19

Early Response Team (ERT) Basic Training - Lake Oswego

Oct. 20

Heart of the Valley Cluster Gathering - Options for Future of UMC - Salem

Oct. 23

Executive Committee of Cascadia District Church Extension Society meeting

Oct. 27

Wine Country Cluster Gathering - Options for Future of UMC - McMinnville


Prayer Calendar

Oct. 6-12

Grand Ronde UMC
Pastor Bob Ledden
Lay Leader Lyn Holtz

Oct. 13-19

Hillsboro First UMC
Pastor Clay Andrew

Sept. 20-26

Las Naciones: Hillsboro
Pastor Jorge Rodriguez Vasquez

See the full prayer calendar

DS Schedule

Please let District Superintendent 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:

Oct. 9 Conference Personnel Comm
Oct. 13   Molalla & Pudding Rivers Cluster Gathering
Oct. 20   Heart of the Valley Cluster Gathering
Oct. 23   CDCES Exec Committee
Oct 24   OR-ID Cabinet Meeting
Oct. 27   Wine Country Cluster Meeting
Oct. 28   Ministry Leadership Team
Oct. 29   CST and Field Ed Mtg

In addition to what is listed here, Tim is meeting with local church SPRCs in Oct-Dec.  Contact Linda ( to schedule your SPRC's meeting with Tim!

Contact us

DS Tim Overton-Harris

District Lay Leader
Paula Sadler

District Administrative Assistant
Linda Grund-Clampit

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