March 13, 2020
NEW: An important update about Sunday
gathering for worship:   

Worship with all Open Door Churches
on Facebook Live !

In person Sunday Worship for all
Open Door Churches is canceled.

We will livestream one 11:15 a.m worship service being recorded at First UMC on Facebook Live .

Instructions for worshiping with Facebook Live
(You must have a Facebook Account to watch this live stream):

  • Open your Facebook page and in the search bar at the top of your page, search for the First United Methodist Church’s page using the church’s account name:  Salem First United Methodist Church

  • OR in Google or your regular browser, search for @FUMCSalem. A link to the Facebook page will pop up. Click on it.
  • Watch the Facebook Live feed at 11:15 a.m. (It will automatically come up on while recording)

Rev. Wendy Woodworth is preaching and special music is being arranged by Aimee Larsen-Amend.

If you do not have Facebook or wish to listen to an audio recording of the service go to
WEBSITE - a nd find the SERMON tab at the top of the page. It will be loaded to this website immediately following the service.

If you already have liked Salem First United Methodist Church on Facebook , the livestream should show up on your Facebook news feed…click on it for full screen. 


Easy Links:

Tune into our Facebook page at 11:15 a.m.

This link will take you to the Sermon page on the website:

Print version of our worship bulletins for Sunday, March 15

All classes are also canceled. W e will keep updating you as we are given new information.


We have also canceled all non-essential meetings and gatherings among our church members and those who use our facilities.

Announcement from Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky
Dear United Methodist Clergy, Members and Friends:

John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules, adapted.

Day by day we are learning more about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. We know that as many as 14 days may pass between when a person is exposed to the virus, and when symptoms begin. This means that, as in King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State, the virus can go undetected for some time before it is identified. During that time, the person infected with the virus is exposing others to infection without even knowing it. We also know the virus is highly contagious but that cautious measures can slow down the rate of its spread. Slowing the spread flattens the curve of the peak of an epidemic like this. If there are too many cases needing medical attention at the same time, they can swamp our hospitals and clinics, making it impossible for all the critical COVID-19 cases, as well as other unrelated medical emergencies to receive timely and proper treatment.
Consistent with the directives and recommendations issued by  Oregon Governor Brown  and  Washington Governor Inslee  and recognizing that persons over 60 or who have compromising health conditions are advised not to attend gatherings of more than 10 people, I am directing the local churches of any size and other ministries in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to suspend in-person worship and other gatherings of more than 10 people for the next two weeks, starting today. Your conference leaders and I will assess unfolding events and update this directive as appropriate, but no later than March 24, before Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

Some people wonder if this strong action is warranted in Alaska, where the first case was just confirmed and Idaho, where COVID-19 has not been detected yet. I am asking you to adopt this discipline as a courageous act of prevention. It is likely that the virus is present, though undetected, as it has been in so many places. We don’t want to risk anyone contracting or spreading this virus in church!

I am also asking conference staff to suspend unnecessary air travel and advising clergy to do the same until further notice.


The Oregon Health Authority reminds us that “Together, we can minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable community members”. United Methodists strive to live in ways that promote the well-being of others. In this season of spreading disease, I appeal to “extend hospitality to strangers:”

  • keep a social distance of 6 feet, no hugs, hand-shakes or elbow bumps
  • stay home if you don’t feel well
  • practice healthy hygiene

“Contribute to the needs of the saints,” by continuing to support your local church and other vital ministries by your prayers, presence (in spirit and online), gifts (including financial support), service, and witness so that ministries of compassion and justice are uninterrupted. Oregon-Idaho Conference  emergency preparedness info , PNW Conference  preparedness info , Alaska Conference  preparedness info .

In order for ministries serving vulnerable populations to remain open – like childcare, feeding programs, homeless services, AA – strict adherence to safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control or other public health agencies for cleaning, social distancing and health screening  guidelines is mandatory .


In times of uncertainty and vulnerability, human contact and spiritual connection are important. I encourage you to find creative ways to keep in contact with your colleagues and your parishioners during this time. Social media is great, but it’s no substitute for a phone call or face time.

Even as we are encouraged to stay at home, avoid social contact, and worship online, churches and social service agencies need unfailing community support to continue their crucial work of justice and compassion. I hope you will experiment with offering online worship, donations and meetings during this pause. There is great news for churches about  Zoom and CCLI licenses .

Finally, in times of crisis fear gives way to hate. People of Asian descent, or those who have traveled abroad report that they have been harassed and stigmatized on the assumption that they brought the virus here. Individuals are not responsible for the virus, and any of us could be carriers. Only perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4: 18). As people of faith, let your words and actions cultivate love all God’s people.

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers." Romans 12: 12-13

Please take precautions to keep yourself, loved ones, strangers, congregations, and communities safe.
With gratitude for you and your leadership, and with confidence in the steadfast love and grace of Jesus Christ,

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky
Upcoming Events
Wanted: Director of Family and Program Ministry
Morningside United Methodist Church
Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

Average 20 hours per week, annual salary of $15,000-17,000. Paid Vacation per personnel policy. Supervisor will be the lead pastor at Morningside UMC, Salem, Oregon.

Direct and assist in the planning and carrying out of specified program ministries, involve volunteers at all levels of program ministries, communicate and market program plans and build participation within the local church(s) and community.

Our Program Ministry Includes:
  • Interactive Fellowship/Education/Worship Experiences       
  • Youth Ministry with Open Door Churches
  • Morningside Education Team                       
  • Family Enrichment Program: Parenting Classes and Children’s Activities               
  • VBS with Open Door Churches.
  • Parent’s Night Out

Application Process
  • Please send letter of interest and resume to
  • Position is open until filled. 
  • Full Job Description available upon request.
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:
  • Trinity - 9:30 a.m.
  • Morningside - 10:30 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.
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