August 2, 2022

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Blessings to you all in Christ Jesus,

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Linda Grund-Clampit
Cascadia District Administrator



Zoom Lectionary Study Group Starting Up

Rev. Dr. David D.M. King, OSL, pastor at Forest Grove UMC, is starting a new lectionary study group for United Methodist preachers (or preachers at United Methodist churches) in Oregon-Idaho.

It will be Wednesday afternoons, beginning August 3, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific, 3:00 p.m. Mountain via Zoom (Zoom link here).

The plan is simple. The group will spend 10-15 minutes checking in with one another, followed by a brief centering prayer. Then 45-60 minutes discussing the texts assigned for the upcoming Sunday.

Rev. King is also the author of Reclaiming the Radical Economic Message of Luke

If you’re interested, but the time doesn’t work for you, let Rev. King know at .

 The Cells Remember - A Safe Sanctuary Event

Tuesday, August 16 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Zoom

Safe Sanctuaries is more than a policy, it is a way of life.

Safe Sanctuaries acknowledges that all members of our congregations have experienced trauma in one form or another over the past several years. Children come to VBS knowing how to hide from active shooters. Youth face ridicule and peer pressure from online and in-person bullies. As adults, we bring the news into our lives through media outlets. Our nightly news brings the chaos and concerns of our world into our living rooms. Where do we go when this is too much? How can we as a caring congregation support each other?

John Wesley calls us to "First, do no harm, do all the good you can, stay in love with God” and our baptismal vows remind us of our need to care for all people.  This is why the Safe Sanctuaries team has created an event around trauma.  In our 90 minutes gathering we will discuss what trauma is, how it affects our lives, and how as a spiritual community we can learn self-care.

We are excited to announce our guest presenters for the August 16th zoom gathering:
Robert Marrs, LCSW speaking on "The Cells Remember - the impact of trauma"
Kristi and Mel Phillips speaking on "The Church's response to Trauma"

Registration is free and the event will be on Zoom.  Register now by clicking here.

Fall Confirmation Invitation

Doing a confirmation class for your local church youth can be more fun and teach about our UMC connection when you do it with another congregation.

 Newberg First United Methodist Church will be holding a confirmation class in the fall, using the Colaborate Methodist Confirmation: Methodist History & Doctrine curriculum, which has 15 lessons, a leader guide, student workbook, and DVD. 

Newberg FUMC will do the first 10 lessons in the local church, but the final 5 lessons will be held at Camp Magruder November 11-13 (Friday evening through Sunday morning). 

Would your youth group like to do the Colaborate confirmation curriculum, too, and join Newberg FUMC at Camp Magruder to share the final five lessons, meals, and camp activities? 

One lodge is already reserved, but depending on interest, additional lodges may need to be reserved soon.  Cost is $120 per youth, $141.50 per adult which covers 2 nights and 5 meals (special diet available for additional fee). 

If interested, please contact Rev. Casey Banks at        

Offering Hope in a Hurting World

The work of UMCOR and GBGM

A team from United Methodist News, UMCOR and Global Ministries recently visited partners and ministries in Eastern Europe, hearing stories of how the church is present, persistent and making a difference in the lives of many people as the war in Ukraine continues.
Click here to look at a powerful photo essay that documents how The United Methodist Church is offering hope.

The work continues to support internally displaced persons in Afghanistan following the collapse of the US-supported government there.  UMCOR is able to work with the International Blue Crescent to get aid to people in the country who are in dire need.  Read more here . . .

UMCOR is providing aid to those who are being effected by the civil unrest in Ethiopia.  A recent clash between separatists and government forces last month lasted for three days, killing 37 people. At least three of the deceased were members of Ethiopia United Methodist Church. Read what UMCOR is doing in Ethiopia by clicking here.

Disaster Kits in Short Supply

As wildfire season ramps up across the western United States, Oregon-Idaho Conference interim disaster response coordinator Louise Kienzle is sounding the alarm on a low supply of disaster kits across the Conference.

The  hope is that churches and ministry settings can either a) make more kits (there are various types that can be made) or b) contribute to the Disaster Response Fund to help out. | Read more of this story on the Conference website to help.



Tuesday, July 12 - August 10
Wendy has one-to-one appointments with Cascadia District clergy
Thursday, August 4

#StillInMission Zoom event to hear from UMC Missionaries
Tuesday, August 16
The Cells Remember - Safe Sanctuary Event on Trauma
Monday, August 22
Cascadia Retiree Colloquy - Zoom
Thursday, Sept. 8
Cascadia Grants and Loans: Empowering Ministries 
(formerly Cascadia District Extension Society)
Executive Meeting
Grant and loan requests due by August 25

Prayer Calendar

July 31 - Aug 6

Bend First UMC
Pastor Jen Stuart

Aug 7 - 13

Bend: Storydwelling
Pastor Erika Spaet

Aug 14 -20

Canby UMC
Pastor Marty Williams
Lay Leader Janet Groat

See the whole Prayer Calendar by clicking here


Learn about the work of UMC Missionaries

Are you interested in learning more about United Methodist missionaries? Do you wonder what day-to-day life is like in mission? Join us for #STILLINMISSION to see how missionaries are deeply engaged in sharing God’s love in partnership with communities around the world.

#STILLINMISSION is a monthly Zoom event where you can hear first-hand experience from missionaries about their call to mission and the communities they serve.

Learn more and register for the Zoom event by clicking here.  The next Zoom event is Thursday, Aug 4 at 9 a.m. PT


2022 AC Session Wrap-Up Report Available

The summary report from the 54th session of the Oregon-Idaho Conference has been published on our Conference website and shared with UM News Service.

It includes a summary of actions taken, reports given and statistics on the state of the Conference.

Additionally, the recording of the Oregon-Idaho laity session held June 15 via Zoom has been uploaded to the Vimeo showcase from Annual Conference.

Access both the report and laity session video on the Annual Conference page of our website.

Contact Us

DS Wendy Woodworth 

District Lay Leader
Dawn Chastler

District Administrator
Linda Grund-Clampit

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