July 12, 2021

Cascadia District Lay Leader – Are you Feeling Called?

Cascadia District has been well served by a variety of lay leaders over the years, most recently by Paula Sadler.  Paula needed to step down a few months ago and it is time for a new leader to be discovered.
I have been at a disadvantage for the task of selecting our new lay leader because of not being able to interface with the laity of the district during my first year as DS due to Covid-19.  In order to discover who is being called to this ministry, I am eager to be in conversation with laity who are finding their interest piqued by this leadership position.
Below is some information about the role of the District Lay Leader and what is needed at this time in our ministry both in the Cascadia District and the wider Episcopal Area.
First of all, it is vital to feel called to this leadership position and to bring your unique gifts to the role.  It is also important to want to engage in personal growth and assist the district and conference in our focus areas of anti-racism, climate change and the future of the UMC.
There are a variety of work areas and committees the District Lay Leader is a part of:
  • Working with the DS on District -related ministries.  Some of this work will include an openness to new ways of being church and the importance of partnerships in ministry.
  • Member of the Conference Board of Lay Ministry, along with the Conference Lay Leader and the other District Lay Leaders.
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly.
  • Member of the Conference Nominations Committee.
  • Member of the District Committee on Ministry.
  • Member of the District Committee on Superintendency.
If you are feeling a call to be the Conference Lay Leader stirring within you, please contact me to be in conversation about whether this is the right time and fit for your gifts and passions.  Please email me at


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Cascadia District Superintendent Wendy Woodworth 

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Blessings to you all in Christ Jesus,

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Linda Grund-Clampit
Cascadia District Administrative Assistant

  Shout Out for Shared Giving Participation

Sharing Giving, or apportionments, are the gifts we share beyond our local congregations in order to make possible greater work than any one congregation could do on its own.  It is what makes possible the work of the district, annual conference, and denomination as a whole.  You can learn more about your congregation's apportionments and where it all goes on the conference website at

The percentage of apportionments paid by churches in the Cascadia District is up 7.5% so far this year (2021) over last year (2020)!

THANK YOU to Oregon City First UMC and Sheridan UMC, two congregations who have already paid 100% of their 2021 apportionments.

And kudos to the following churches who have improved their payment performance this year over last year:

Banks Community UMC                            Monmouth: Christ's Church
Canby UMC                                               Newberg First UMC
Dallas UMC                                                Morningside UMC - Salem
Falls City UMC                                           Trinity UMC - Salem
Forest Grove UMC                                     Tigard UMC
Keizer: Clear Lake UMC                            Tualatin UMC
Madras UMC                                              Willamette UMC
McMinnville Cooperative Ministry              Woodburn UMC
Molalla UMC 

     Safe Sanctuary Training - Online and Free!

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One of the requirements of the local church Safe Sanctuary policy is that each church provide an annual educational opportunity on abuse prevention.  It can be a challenge, but the Conference Safe Sanctuaries Committee has provided an easy and in-depth way for you to meet that responsibility!

As churches and other ministries begin to open, the Conference Safe Sanctuaries Committee is excited to offer the first on-line Safe Sanctuaries Training on Sunday, July 18 from 1:30 - 4 p.m. PT / 2:30 - 5 p.m. MT via Zoom.

This training is for local church staff and volunteers working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults AND for all interested members of the congregation.  This training meets the requirement that every local congregation offer an annual educational opportunity on abuse prevention

This training will be led by members of the committee and will offer opportunities to:

  • Participate in discussions around current issues
  • Ask questions about the Oregon-Idaho Conference template on abuse prevention policies for local congregations
  • Learn how Safe Sanctuaries is an important and integral part of your church's ministry

The training will also feature guest speaker Patrick Lemmon, Violence Prevention Health Educator.  Mr. Lemmon consults with nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, evaluation, and management issues, serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Greater Portland, and consults with the Men’s Engagement Committee for the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force.  Prior to his move West, he was the co-founder and Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape and a member of the Board of Directors for the DC Rape Crisis Center.

The training is FREE -- Register today!  
either as an individual or register a group from your congregation

If you have questions, please contact Lydia Henry, Conference Safe Sanctuaries Coordinator, at 



Thursday, July 15
Cascadia District Church Extension Society Exec Board Meeting

Sunday, July 18

Safe Sanctuary Online Training

Monday, July 26 

Registration Deadline for Mission U July 29-31 (see article in Resources below)

Prayer Calendar

July 4-10

Amity First UMC
Pastor Ken Johnson
Lay Leader Melva Rosenbalm

July 11 - 17

Astoria First UMC
Pastor Michael Avila
Lay Leader Chuck Albright

July 18 -24

Banks Community UMC
Pastor Margot Thompson
Lay Leader Mariana Knifer

July 25 - 31

Bay City UMC
Pastor David Hurd
Lay Leader Patrick Ryan



Mission U - Great Education and Free This Year!

Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women are offering two sessions of Mission U this year:  July 8-10, 2021   and   July 29-31, 2021.  

The first session has happened, but there is still time to register for the second! Two studies will be offered, but you can only take one study at one session.

  •  Pushout:  The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
  •  Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom:  Living into the Church's Moral Witness through Radical Discipleship

These studies are not just for UMW members, nor just for women!

Registration Deadline:
  July 29-31 School --  July 26

Study books can be purchased either from United Methodist Women Mission Resources or through Amazon.

To register, click HERE

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
     Bonnie McOmber, Dean --
     Leona Whitcomb, Assistant Dean --
     Ann Murchison, Assistant Dean --

Anti-Racism Resources

"Expanding the Table" is the General Commission On Religion and Race (GCORR)'s new podcast on practicing anti-racism.

There are 2 episodes out so far:

  • Episode 1 - Racism, Police Reform and Faith
  • Episode 2 - Theologians Explore the Roots of Anti-Asian Racism and What the Church Should Know

Listen a or on Spotify or Amazon Music.  You can also watch the video podcast at the link above.

And they have a course for learning about implicit bias.  It is a recourse for leaders, preachers and congregations.  Check it out by clicking here.  


Contact Us

DS Wendy Woodworth 

District Administrative Assistant
Linda Grund-Clampit

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