May 31, 2020 Greater Northwest Area Pentecost

Online Gathering for Worship Sunday, May 31st, is Pentecost Sunday. The Cabinet of the Greater Northwest Area has invited several churches across the Greater Northwest to offer virtual worship and we are invited to join them online. With at least one church from each district, the chosen hosts include a variety of worship styles from faith communities serving diverse communities. On this day, when we remember the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples gathered “all together in one place,” it is fitting for local churches to gather together. In the season of COVID-19, it is fitting for the “gathering” to take place virtually. The miracle will be that the people will hear and understand each other, even though separated by great distances. Joining with another church for Pentecost will offer respite for many pastors who have stretched to lead worship virtually for many weeks at the same time they have tended to the needs of congregations and community members during this extraordinary time of uncertainty and anxiety. And it can be a powerful experience of the power of the Holy Spirit to evoke community among people who do not know each other – yet. Worship leaders in the following local churches offer their hospitality as a gift to their colleagues and to the members of other Greater Northwest Area local churches. Below you can find a list of these locations, their worship information including times and URLs for members of other local churches to join them. Each one is but a click away. Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky and Pastor Craig Pesti-Strobel Alaska Conference Homer United Methodist Church Worship Instructions: This Pentecost, join us as we explore how Church Is Dangerous. Worship with us on Facebook Sundays @ 11:00 AM AST https://www.facebook.com/HomerUnitedMethodistChurchAlaska/ Oregon-Idaho Conference Cascadia District Open Door Churches (Salem/Keizer area)Worship Instructions: Sunday mornings at 10 AM PDT all are invited to join us via our Open Door Churches Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/opendoorchurches) or our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmLpQDtNqJf4rktDOZFqSJw). Columbia District Portland First United Methodist Church On Pentecost, May 31, Rev. Josh Kingsley will preach on “God’s Fire in Our World”.Worship Instructions: Worship is live-streamed every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM PST and can be found on our YouTube channel by going to www.fumcpdx.org/livestream. You can download the bulletin by Friday, May 29, for a more interactive experience (https://fumcpdx.org/event/sanctuary-service/2020-05-31/). For more information contact the church office, 503-228-3195. Crater Lake District Wesley United Methodist ChurchWorship Instructions: Join others as we watch the service together. We’ll be doing a Facebook Premiere, so we can all watch the service together at 10 AM PST on May 31. https://www.facebook.com/wesleyumceugene/ Sage District Joseph United Methodist Church Worship Instructions: The Bell is ringing! It’s time for worship. Get something to eat and drink, and light a candle as...

Read More

Charge Conference 6/10/20 4pm via Zoom

That is right……We are having a Charge Conference in June. This will not replace the Charge Conference that will take place in the fall. District Superintendent Reverend John Tucker has been working with your Staff, Parish Relationship Committee (SPRC) to come up with a plan for the next year that is best for all concerned. All of us have reviewed, asked questions, prayed (a lot) and consulted with Arnie our treasurer and DS John several times over the last month. The plan that we would like to put forth to you is that for the next year Pastor Craig be 3/4 time at our church. Arnie has crunched the numbers many times for us and we can make this work. Finances are looking good at this time. This charge conference will just be the Pastor’s Pay Package. Increasing from 1/2 time to 3/4 time will be an increase of $1,038.00 a month. This will start July 1st. District Superintendent John Tucker will oversee this Charge Conference. It will be a Zoom meeting. For those of you who do not do Zoom we will find a way to include you. It may be one of us will call you and keep the phone on. We will do what we can in these difficult times. The pay package page will be presented and explained at this meeting. A link to the Zoom meeting has been included in the Church Update emailed to you. If you need a link and password to the meeting, please contact Susan Inman or Sue Huntley. The difference between a Charge Conference and a Church Conference is this: According to the Book of Discipline (in simple language): Church Conference is an ALL church meeting where all are welcome and all members can vote on a decision. Like the selling of the property or building plans for the remodel. Charge Conference is where all are welcome to attend. Only elected members will vote. I am giving you a bit today to mull over and pray about for a week. Next week we will do another update with more details as they are clearer for us. If you have questions that can not wait OR you need a Zoom meeting link and password, please contact: Susan Inman, Leadership Team Leader: 541-890-2009 dr.susan.inman@gmail.com or Sue Huntley, SPRC Chairperson: 541-998-2480...

Read More