JULY NEWSLETTER
Sunday Sermon Series
"The Next Adventure"
Season of Ordinary Time

Two Sunday's remain of our "The Next Adventure" Sermon Series.  This Sunday, July 1st, Pastor Wendy will share her thoughts on "Truth or Dare" in her sermon "Daring to Trust & Speak the Truth."  We will conclude the sermon series the following Sunday, July 8th, with "Risky Business" considering our calling to lead courageously, follow faithfully and to do God's good deeds in our world.

Coming Soon to a Worship Service Near You...
"Living Out Love"
Our new Sermon Series begins, Sunday, July 15th

Beginning July 15th, Morningside UMC (along with our sister Open Door Churches) will delve into Ephesians - examining how we live and practice our faith.


In This Issue
Worship Schedule
Sundays
10 a.m. - Worship
11 a.m. - Fellowship Time
9:30 -11 a.m. Childcare is offered for infants and toddlers every Sunday morning.

Newsletter Deadline

July 23rd by 9:00 am
July Birthdays
1    Gabriela Cortes
4    Brigitte Rolph
      Dawn Ekert
6    Joe Wetherbee
7    Katherine Evans-Gile
      Lauren Strobel
      Phyllis Boston
10  Carol Cady
      Darlene Wetherbee
      Mary Ellen Eichelberger
11  Mary Anne Spradlin
12  Nancy O'Laughlin
14  Erin McGrath
     Bonnie Garcia Thornberg
      Dynashae Ybarra
      Sandy Riley
15  Norm DeVol
18  Sue Reid
21  George Ann Evans
23  Bob Pattison
27  Bob Maxey
      Rich Crossler-Laird
29  Karen Thornberg Garcia
30  Maree Fast

July Anniversaries
5    Frank & LaVelle Lasher
14  Joe & Edith Benninghoff
15  Mikala Silver & Keli
         Davenport
      Hale & Ramona
         Thornburgh
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness,
and loss of loved ones:


The family of Edie Neff, Phyllis Boston, Vergie Olson,
Lorene Vollmar and family, Nahnie Williams, Luella Price, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Robert Kuenzli,  Ken Amend, Paula Kent, Maggie Johnson, Elisa Reckedorf, Arlen Hollinshead, Diane and Brigitte Rolph.
Remembering Edie Neff
Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, August 11th, 11:00 am

Family and friends will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Edie Neff on Saturday, August 11th, at 11:00 AM, here at Morningside.  The service will be followed by a light reception in Herrmann Hall.  All are invited - please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Families Belong Together Rally
Saturday, June 30th, 10:45 AM
Micah Building (First UMC) - Walk to Rally Site

This Saturday we're participating as an Open Door Churches community in the "Families Belong Together Rally" at the Families Belong Together event in Wilson Park at the Capital building.

We'll gather at 10:45 a.m. on the steps of the Micah Building (next to FUMC) to walk over together.

It's so important to stand up for those who are being hurt and especially for those who are unable to stand up for themselves. Stronger together, let's combine our voices!

Everyone's Invited!
Come Celebrate Joe Wetherbee's 90th
Sunday, July 8th, 11 AM, Herrmann Hall

Dee Wetherbee and family are hosting a "Happy Birthday, Joe, Celebration" immediately following the worship service on Sunday, July 8th, in Herrmann Hall.
 
Everyone is invited to join them for coffee, cake and root beer floats!  Mark your calendars and plan to stay after worship that day to help them celebrate Joe's 90th! It's sure to be a fun time.
Vacation Bible School
Monday, July 9th through Thursday, July 12th
Morningside UMC
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Don't miss out! Have you registered your youngsters yet... Your children? Your grandchildren? Your neighbor's children?  This is sure to be the highlight of their summer.

All kids from age 4 to 5th grade graduates are invited to four days of venturing onto an uncharted island where we will learn about how Jesus carries us through all of life's storms such as loneliness, struggles, feeling powerless, and worrying.  Each day as we sing, craft, snack and use our imaginations, we'll see how Jesus is always there for us!

Registration forms are available in the church hall on the Youth Bulletin Board and on the Facebook event page. 

Volunteers are still needed, too! If you have a heart for kids and want to venture onto an uncharted island, too, call the church!
Worship Time Discussion & Feedback
Time Change Proposal
 
Morningside UMC is part of Preaching Circuit #2 for Open Door Churches. What that means is that most Sunday's I start my day at Trinity UMC's 9:00 worship service and after I deliver my sermon, I head over to Morningside UMC. I get here around 9:45 and am here for the entire service, worship leading and preaching, and then leave about 11:20 to Englewood UMC's 11:15 service to preach there. As far as this schedule goes for me, it has been fine, although sometimes challenging to make sure I leave Morningside on time.

The part of the schedule that is not working is Trinity's service beginning at 9:00am. The time is too early for a good number of the members and their worship attendance has suffered. At the Open Door Churches Board meeting and with the clergy, we have begun to look at solutions to this. One possibility is for Trinity to begin at 9:30am and Pastor Sandy believes this time change will make a difference for them.

What that change means of us is to either leave our time at 10:00 and have Lay Leadership begin the service and I will arrive after it has begun (10:15) or to move our service to 10:30 allowing me to be present for the beginning. We are also looking at making an adjustment to the worship time at Englewood and there is a very good chance that I will have more time to be present at Morningside following our worship. Englewood is in the process of discerning what the future of their worship life and ministry will be.

It looks like the earliest we would look at making this change is September 16, 2018; but at this time, that date is rather fluid.

I welcome your feedback on this possibility. Some committees at church have begun discussing it. Feel free to give me a call, 503-290-6653 or email me, pastorwendymumc@gmail.com. 
There may be time for a church discussion of this on July 29 following worship - I will let you know.

If you'd prefer and you are ready to share your preference, you're invited to take our ONE QUESTION/ONE CLICK survey by clicking here:  WORSHIP TIME SURVEY

Blessings,

Pastor Wendy
Open Door Churches  Youth Group July Schedule

July 3   NO YOUTH GROUP

July 10  Scavenger Hunt
              Location - TBA
              6:30 - 8:00 pm

July 17  Hike
             Location - TBA
             Time - TBA

July 24  Pietro's Laser Tag
              Pietro's Pizza Salem
              6:30 - 8:00 pm

July 31  Water Balloon Games Bush Park
               Cesie and Tom's House
               6:30 - 8:00 pm

For more details about youth group activities visit their Facebook page  Here
Open Door Churches Young Adults July Schedule
 
The Open Door Churches Young Adult Group is made up of college students and young professionals ranging in age from 18-29 who are exploring questions of faith together. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 at IKE Box.

This past month we have spent time talking about the future of The UMC as The Commission on A Way Forward has been meeting and as statements come out from The Council of Bishops. The young adults also attended the Table Talk event hosted by the conference in which they engage in round table discussion about the church's future. As news continues to come out we will continue in our conversations. Thank you for your continued support of The Open Door Young Adults. Please contact Pastor Alyssa with any questions.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OpenDoorChurchesYoungAdults 
Annual Church Retreat Day
Sunday, August 5th, 10 AM

It's time, once again, for our Morningside Annual Retreat Day. Back by popular demand... we will enjoy our day at the North Falls Meeting Hall at Silver Falls State Park.

We will begin our Church Retreat Day with singing and communion at 10 AM followed by a Potluck Brunch at the North Falls Meeting Hall. The afternoon will be the time to enjoy activities - from table games (inside the meeting hall) to outdoor games, to kayaking and hiking. There's something for everyone!

We will end the day with a yummy BBQ dinner followed by a campfire and s'mores (depending on the weather).

We have reserved the North Falls Meeting Hall which is close to a playground, Nature Play Area and link to the Trail of 10 Falls. The parking and meeting hall are accessible and available for all to enjoy.

Come for Worship and Brunch or for the whole day. Invite your family, friends and neighbors. Carpool Sign-up Sheets will be coming soon.

We're kicking off the registration process now!  CLICK HERE to download a registration form or pick one up at church on Sunday.

 
Reminder... there will be NO worship scheduled here (at Morningside) that Sunday.
Open Door Churches Worship & Celebration
Sunday, September 9th, 10 AM

Planners are planning... Excitement is building... We are getting closer and closer to our big Open Door Churches Worship & Celebration.

We are thrilled to have Renee Cornwell representing Morningside on the ODC planning team.  She reports that the planning team is presently focused on identifying what rentals will be needed, possibly expanding the handicap parking area, mobility access to the amphitheater, possible shuttle service, plans for a potluck, worship service, kids activities, music and much, much more!

Be sure to mark this on your calendars and keep watching for updates from the planning team.  Reminder... there will be NO worship scheduled here (at Morningside) that Sunday.

Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders

  • Vacation Bible School - July 9th through July 12th, 9 AM to 12 PM,
                                          Morningside UMC
  • Morningside Church Retreat Day - August 5th, 10 AM, Silver Falls State Park
  • Morningside Church Family Fun Picnic - August 25th, 12 PM - 2 PM,
                                                                     Morningside UMC
  • Walk 4 Alzheimer's - September 8th, 9 AM Registration, 11 AM Walk, Riverfront Park
                                      Walking for "Team Diane."  More details later.
  • Open Door Churches Worship & Celebration, September 9th, 10 AM, Riverfront Park

FunRaiser Reminders

Here is a list of the upcoming FunRaisers.  If you signed up for one or more, please note the date, time and location and mark them in your calendar!

FunRaiser Date Time Location
Scottish Celebration
*OPEN SLOTS*
Friday, July 27th 6:30 PM Morningside UMC - Herrmann Hall
Salmon Feed
*FULL*
Sunday, Aug. 12th 4:00 PM Pastor Wendy's Home
BBQ, Campfire &
Sing-a-long  *FULL*

Thurs, Aug. 16th 5:30 PM Jan Nelson & Renee Cornwell Home
Amend Rummy
*FULL*
Friday, Aug. 17th TBA Sara & Ken Amend's Home
Portland/Willamette River   *FULL* Sat., Sept. 15th 8:30 AM Meet at MUMC to carpool
Game Night/Dinner
*FULL*
Saturday, Oct. 6th 6:00 PM TBA

Looks like the first FunRaiser was a great time!

July Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?

For a larger, printable version:  Click Here

Morningside United Methodist Church

PO Box 3076, Salem, OR 97302

Telephone: 
503-364-5013
Email umcmorningside@gmail.com
Web: morningsideumc.net

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30-2:30
                        Office is CLOSED on Friday

Ministry Team
Ministers: All the Laity
Lead Pastor: Rev. Wendy Woodworth 
Communications Administrator: Vicki DeVol
Bookkeeper: Christine Stevens
Family & Program Ministry Director: Christopher Frost 
Chancel Choir Director: Sam Kinney 
Praise Band Leader: Jan Nelson 
Organist: Brace Langenwalter 
Keyboardist: Teresa Stewart 
Custodian: Tim Bulletset 
Childcare: Noemi Morales, Fabiola Morales, Carlee Hunt
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.