Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 | GNW Area News

Dear Reader,

As a Montana transplant to this area, I've learned not to wish a snow and/or ice storm on anyone -- especially after watching the news and talking to many of my colleagues who have been without power and heat in their homes during this time.

My husband and I like to puff up our chests and say this sort of storm would be "no big deal" for us at home, because we have the infrastructure to handle it and the experience to withstand it. But it can be so overwhelming here and we are grateful to have weathered this storm unscathed.

If there can be a silver lining to this weather out here, it's that it causes everything to stop. Everyone slows down. Since we weren't scrambling to find heat or electricity, we got to watch the magic unfold as our son experienced his first snow. We helped him shape a snowball in the palm of his mittens. He felt the joy of falling backward into the fluff while spreading his arms and legs out to make the perfect snow angel.

I tried my hardest to appreciate the gift of the slowness. As Lent begins, my hope and prayer is to take more moments to be still and know.

With grace & gratitude,

Kristen Caldwell
Oregon-Idaho Conference Communications Manager


Alaska Conference


In his blog post, Alaska Conference Superintendent, Rev. Carlo Rapanut, compares the encouragement he received last weekend running a 50K race to the words of encouragement United Methodist healthcare workers in Alaska sent to Alaska Conference churches for their sacrifice of in-person worship for the benefit of public health during the pandemic. Affirmations make a difference in our spiritual lives.

Read more of his blog post on the Alaska Conference website.

Oregon-Idaho Conference

Collister UMC's "Turning Pages" lifts BIPOC voices in Boise

In its efforts to dismantle racism, Collister UMC in Boise has partnered with non-profits and businesses across Boise to establish the "Turning Pages" project for 12 elementary schools featuring local BIPOC leaders reading stories reflective of BIPOC people.

Read more about this project on the GNW News site.

Webb-Mitchell spends 3 years building LGBTQ+ advocacy in Oregon-Idaho Conference

For three years, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell has been a dedicated, passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church. As funding for his position runs out, February marks his last month on the staff of the Oregon-Idaho Conference.

Read more of this story on the Oregon-Idaho Conference website.

Read Brett's latest blog on the Oregon-Idaho Conference website as well.

Pacific Northwest Conference

Greater Northwest Area churches invited to join Holy Week/Easter virtual choir

As the Greater Northwest Area enters the season of Lent, again experiencing a time of physical distancing, one local church musician is inviting all United Methodists in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to celebrate Holy Week and Easter together through music.

Learn more on the GNW News site.


Where Love Lives: Personal Piety and Social Holiness

Faith leaders from across California-Nevada have come together to create compelling videos and webinars for the Western Jurisdictional campaign Where Love Lives. February’s theme is Committed to our Wesleyan roots: The inseparability of Personal Piety and Social Holiness

Monday School | Then & Now | Saturdays with Mr. Wesley | Webinars


Scrutinizing the proposed hold on new bishops

Citing strained finances and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist bishops laid out their case for urging no U.S. bishop elections until 2024. The bishops organized a public webinar on Feb. 13 mainly with the goal of reaching U.S. General Conference and jurisdictional conference delegates — the United Methodists with final say on the number of U.S. bishops.

Read this story from UM News Service.

'Black Church' film taps United Methodist resources

The United Methodist Church has a supporting role in the new PBS documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” which aired Feb. 16-17 across the U.S. 

Read this story from UM News Service.

Schools, students in Zimbabwe struggle with COVID-19 closures

In Zimbabwe, like other countries worldwide, the second surge of COVID-19 continues to disrupt education as teachers, children and parents shelter at home. With another government-imposed lockdown in place, families are scrambling to adapt to online learning.

Read this story from UM News Service.


2021 Global Ministries Racial Ethnic Local Church grant application now available

The Global Ministries Racial Ethnic Local Church (RELC) Grant application cycle is now open. RELC grants are provided to assist local racial/ethnic congregations with projects and programs on one of the four focus areas.

Find more information on the GNW News site.


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