March 22, 2018
Safe Sanctuary

As many of you may already be aware, Morning Star Community Church, located in South Salem, is undergoing an investigation around sexual misconduct including the resulting resignation of their pastor. (Click here to read the Statesman Journal article.) 

The trust we place in each other, the leaders, and teachers of our churches is huge and precious. It's so important to be worthy of that trust that Open Door Churches has a policy called "Safe Sanctuary" in order to make sure everyone is safe.

Reviewing Policies
During this time, many of our congregations are reviewing our "Safe Sanctuary" policies with our staffs and congregations to go over the ways we are protecting each other from any potential abuse. Being aware of these regulations is important as we seek to care for one another with the love of Christ Jesus.

"As Christians we must take our responsibilities to our children, youth and vulnerable adults very seriously. While policies alone may not be able to completely prevent all harm, sexual abuse can be prevented. We as the people of Open Door Churches are dedicated to preventing child abuse within our ministry and within our community."

To be worthy of this trust and protect all people, we have many policies in place which all Open Door Churches adhere to:
  • Regular education on abuse prevention and awareness
  • Stringent screening for all staff and volunteers who must be involved at the church for six months before volunteering with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
  • All children, youth, and vulnerable adults must be supervised by at least two unrelated adults who are at least five years older than any children and youth being supervised.
  • Required reporting of any abuse allegation and immediate investigation and action.
  • Focus on the protection of and belief in any victims.
  • Full compliance with state and federal laws
If you know of any abuse
If you are ever aware of any abuse taking place, within or outside of Open Door Churches, it is vitally important to stand up for the person being hurt and report it. We do not tolerate any abuse of any kind whatsoever and will take swift and appropriate action.

If there is ever a time you feel unsafe or uncomfortable due to someone's words or actions, please let your pastor or the Person in Charge of the event know immediately. If you ever feel unsafe or uncomfortable due to the words or actions of the clergy or lay staff, contact one of the other pastors (or yours) or the district office. If you have had an experience in the past at one of our churches that made you uncomfortable, please contact a pastor or the adult with whom you feel most comfortable.

If you have any questions about these policies or would like to  see the whole "Safe Sanctuary: Abuse Risk Reduction and Prevention Policy" packet, your church office will be happy to provide you with one. 

Our prayers are with the Morning Star congregation.

Sarah Katreen Hoggatt

P.S. Thank you to Pastor Sandy and the "Safe Sanctuary Policy" for some of the wording in this article.
In This Issue
Open Door Churches newsletters are sent out every other Thursday.
Open Door Churches Webpage

Our webpage is live!!  Go to to see information about 
each of the churches and ways you can be involved.
Save the Date! Gun Safety Rally and March
March 24th at 11:00 a.m.

Join Pastors Alyssa and Wendy for "March for Our Lives" as we stand together for Gun Safety! We'll be going to the rally and marching together at the Oregon State Capital as Open Door Churches. The rally begins at 11 a.m. with the march at 12 p.m.

We'll be gathering in the MICAH building at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, check out the March for Our Lives Facebook event!

Reconciling Ministries Network 
Saturday - March 24th
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

S alem First United Methodist Church is working to become a Reconciling Ministry, to make an official statement welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.  As part of the process, Salem FUMC is hosting Building Inclusive Church training on March 24th.  The facilitator for the training will be Dr. Israel Alvaran, Reconciling Ministries Network Western Regional Organizer.
Staff and/or lay leaders from your church are invited to attend and learn more about becoming a Reconciling Church and strategies for creating inclusivity into the life and ministry of your church.

The basic details of this free training are:

Date:                          Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time:                          8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. (refreshments and light lunch provided)
Venue:                       Salem First United Methodist Church
                                    600 State Street, Salem, OR 97301                           
Registration:              Registration Website
Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday: March 25th
  • Services at all 6 churches at normal times
Maundy Thursday: March 29th
Worship Services at the following times and locations:
  • 12:00 p.m. Salem First UMC
  • 5:00 p.m.   Trinity UMC
  • 7:00 p.m.   Keizer Clear Lake UMC 
Good Friday: March 30th 
  • 7:00 pm Las Naciones 
Easter Sunday: April 1st
  • Englewood - 11:15 a.m.
  • Keizer Clear Lake - 10:00 a.m.
  • Las Naciones - 12:30 p.m.
  • Morningside - 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
  • Salem First - 8:45 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
  • Trinity - 9:00 a.m.
Youth Group Changes

For the month of February we will hold all of our meetings at Keizer Clear Lake UMC (7920 Wheatland Rd, Keizer). March will be at Salem First UMC.
  • March gatherings will be at Salem Frist UMC
  • April 1 Easter Sunday 
    - no youth group. See the youth newsletter for youth Easter activities.
  • April 8, 15, 22 Meet at Morningside UMC
  • April 29thYouth Sunday at FUMC and Clearlake  
Summer Mission Trip 2018
June 17-22

All youth 6-12th grade are invited to join us for our summer mission trip to the Yakama Reservation! Sign up details coming after the auction.

For details of youth group activities visit their Facebook page  Here
Open Door Young Adults

The Open Door Church Young Adult Group meets on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 at IKE Box. During the month of March together we will be engaging in conversation around the scriptures and themes we are hearing in the Open Door Churches worship services. Join us as we discuss "Whole Hearted - Our Lenten Journey."
  • March 14 - God's Heartbeat (John 3:14-21)
  • March 21 - A Courageous Heart (John 12:20-33)
  • March 28 - Holy Week / Easter Conversation
Lent Discipleship Classes Return 

During Lent and Easter season, we will be studying the book  "Final Words from the Cross" by Adam Hamilton. This will be an 8 week course and the books will be $16.00.

Group Study Time/Place Options
  • Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Keizer Clear Lake
  • Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. Keizer Clear Lake
  • Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Morningside
  • Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Salem First
  • Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. Trinity
  • Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Englewood (group discussion)
Open Door Churches Vavcation Bible School 2018!!! Save the Date!!!

We are excited to announce that Open Door Churches will be hosting VBS 3 times this summer! The theme this year will be "Shipwrecked."
  • June 25-28 at Clearlake                                       
  • July 9-12 at Morningside
  • Las Naciones date TBD  
If you would like to help with VBS at any of these locations please contact Pastor Alyssa.

There will be a VBS meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 5:00 p.m. at Keizer Clear Lake UMC.
Come Visit!
We, as Open Door Churches, are a wonderful community together. To continue building our relationships, it's good to visit each other. If you would like to visit one of the other Open Door Churches, here are all our Sunday service times:
  • Englewood - 11:15 a.m. 
  • Trinity - 9 a.m. (10 a.m. on August 20th)
  • Morningside - 10 a.m.
  • Salem 1st - 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • Las Naciones - 12:30 p.m.
  • Keizer Clear Lake - 10 a.m.