October 17, 2019
West Salem United Methodist Church Joins Open Door Churches
West Salem United Methodist Church has recently joined our Open Door Churches community. While they have always been friends, we are delighted they are now officially a part of our church family and are excited to get to know them better!
If you come on a Sunday morning at 11 am to West Salem UMC, you’ll find a group of people gathered around a table, many with coffee in hand, singing along to worship music on a Youtube video. They then listen to Pastor Norm share according to the verses in the lectionary while they spend quality time together welcoming everyone.
In addition to their Sunday morning service, they are an active community being the hands of feet of Jesus to their neighbors.
West Salem Food Bank
The heart of this community is feeding their hungry neighbors through running the West Salem Food Bank. Serving 179 families every month, 387 individuals, it’s a place where people know they can come to get what they need. Between sorting the food, running the intake, and talking with the people who come in, 15 individuals keep it running. Unlike many other food banks who provide food boxes, West Salem runs theirs with a shopping system so people can pick what they need and less food goes to waste.
City Vibe
On Friday mornings you can find volunteers heading downstairs to the kitchen to start preparing the dinner they will later serve to 80-120 of their neighbors. First holding a short time of ministry with their guests, they then serve 2-4 entrees, vegetables, and a dessert. Using restaurant and individual donations, they are able to support this weekly dinner. In addition, with other donations, they also hold a giveaway every week with items such as flashlights, hygiene products, sleeping bags, clothes, and towels.

A Community Center
In addition to their food ministries, West Salem United Methodist Church also operates as a community center for other organizations as their building is one of the few meeting spaces in their neighborhood. Among the groups meeting in their building are Narcotics Anonymous, Red Door Community Church – a Nazarene church plant meeting on Sunday mornings, a Methodist prayer group on Saturday mornings, a counseling service that also runs a Bible study, and Adventure Club for Kids on Wednesday afternoons.

Future Steps
Pastor Norm will be retiring at the end of this year and the community has not yet decided what way they will go after that. For now, they would love to get to know you through Open Door Churches events or by you joining them on a Sunday morning to get to know them better or by volunteering to help feed their neighbors. We are excited to have them as a part of our community!

Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
Saturday of Service
October 19, 2019 – 12-3 p.m.

Saturdays of Service is an all church mission, offered quarterly for participants of all ages!

We first meet in the dining room of the historic Sanctuary building at Salem First United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon for a light lunch and time of fellowship. Then the group will divide into work teams to support community service projects and outreach including the Family Promise Day Center, The Marion Polk Food Share, making cards for those in need of comfort, and the Backpack Buddies Program. There is a project for each age group.

To make a difference in the lives of others and share time together, please use the volunteer sign-up.
Open Door Churches Discipleship Group Options
It's here! The discipleship group options for the various meetings hosted through the Open Door Churches this fall.

Dialogues: On the Refugee Crisis
Refugees in America,...it's a rough topic, both at a local community level and from a national policy perspective. To bring perspective and meaningful conversations around this topic, the book offers 8 unique perspectives from experienced authors from renowned organization such as World Relief and Church World Service that provide insight into refugee stories and experiences. The DVD provides weekly helpful input and is created as a documentary which give viewers an inside look at the center of the refugee crisis and how it plays out in real life. [8 weeks / $18]
  • 6:30 pm Tuesday starting on October 1-Meeting at Morningside UMC, 3674 12th St. SE

White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
In this 2018 book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to bad people. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively in this important dialogue. [9 weeks / $10]
  • 1:30 pm Tuesday starting on October 1-Meeting at Morningside UMC, 3674 12th St. SE
  • 10:00 am Wednesday starting on October 2-Meeting at Trinity UMC, 590 Elma St. SE

Bible Study: Scriptures for the Upcoming Sunday
Bring your own Bible and join others in a great study focusing on the scripture which will serve as the focus for worship in all the ODC churches the upcoming Sunday. Led by Pastor Alyssa, this promises to be great opportunity to ground yourself in the scriptures used in worship.
  • 6:30 pm Thursday starting on September 12-Meeting at Keizer Clear Lake UMC (At Salem FUMC on October 3rd), 1110 17th St. SE

We Make the Road by Walking: Bishop's Study of a Cross Over Year
This Tuesday afternoon group has chosen to accept the Bishops invitation to participate in a Cross Over Year. The study is reading Brian McLaren's "We Make the Road by Walking". While this is a year-long study by the group at Keizer-Clear Lake, if this topic is of interest to you, you are very welcome to join the group for some or all the fall discipleship group season. You can even stay with the group in 2020 if you wish. Go on-line to get your book.
  • 1:00 pm Tuesday starting on September 10-Meeting at Keizer-Clear Lake UMC, 7920 Wheatland Rd. N.
Open Door Churches Charge Conference
Monday, Nov. 25, 6 PM
Morningside UMC
Please mark you calendars and plan to join our sister Open Door Churches members as we welcome District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris for an annual review of our Open Door Churches organization. All are welcome.
Open Door Churches Board Meeting

The Board will meet next at Trinity UMC on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
Entrusted: Stewardship Sermon Series
October 13 - November 3, 2019 
Join us each week as we explore what it means to be entrusted with creation, resources, relationships, and ministry.
Halloween Fun!
Saturday, October 26th
2325 Egan Rd. NE, Silverton

Our Open Door Churches Halloween Family Fun Barn and Youth Group Halloween Barn Dance are on the schedule again this year!

The fun begins at 5:30 with a kid-friendly spooktacular event for families and kids ages 0 - 12. Costumes are encouraged, there'[ll be food and drink, pumpkins, games and activities. For questions or to offer your help as a volunteer, contact David Deckelmann at 503-508-5085.

Following the Family Fun Barn, the teens take over the barn for their annual Halloween Barn Dance. All youth from 6th grade to 18 are invited and encouraged to bring friends! There will be a costume contest, a DJ with music, a photo booth games and much more!
Youth Group
Our middle school youth spent a week serving and learning on their mission trip to Portland in August. Seven youth from Open Door Churches joined 35 other youth from around the Portland area. they stayed at Portland First UMC and each day went out to do a variety of service projects. Among them were serving a meal at Blanchet House in downtown Portland, sorting onions at the Oregon Food Bank, helping guests fill their food boxes at Bethlehem House of Bread, and serving under the Burnside Bridge on Thursday night at Nightstrike. Our youth learned, worked hard and had a great time.

The youth group schedule for the month of October is as follows:

  • October 19 - Saturday of Service
  • October 20 - Project at KCLUMC
  • October 26 - Barn Dance
  • October 27 - NO Youth Group

Future Events

  • November 17th - Costa Rica Presentation at Morningside UMC and Trinity UMC
  • February 15-17 - Winter Retreat @ Suttle Lake
  • February 22nd - Youth Auction  
Young Adults 
In September, the Open Door Church Young Adult Group shared in conversations on the book of Psalms.Together we have looked at the Psalms each Open Door pastor chose and searched for ways the Psalm informs our lives today. We are looking forward to taking what we have learned and applying it as we write our own Psalms. It was a great joy this past month to be asked to speak at the Open Door Church Park Worship Service as one of the diverse groups within Open Door Churches. Together we reflected on how we individually and as a community practice our faith as a part of the body of Christ. 
This month we have also been using our new Instagram page to share who we are and what we are up to. Please check us out on social media. Please contact Pastor Alyssa ( alyssabaker08@gmail.com)or see our social media pages for times and places. Thank you for your continued support of the Open Door Church Young Adults. 

The Open Door Young Adult group meets on Wednesday's from 7-8:30. Please email Pastor Alyssa her email to get on our email list. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the Open Door Young Adults. 
Upcoming Events 
  • Wednesday October 23rd - No Young Adult Group
  • Wednesday October 30th - Halloween Movie Night at Pastor Alyssa's home
Cascadia District Fall 2019 Cluster Meetings
District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris will be meeting with local congregations in geographic clusters on Sundays in October and November to discuss the options for the future of The United Methodist Church following the decisions made by the 2019 Special General Conference.

These events are informational and intended to provide a safe space to learn about the various options, ask questions, and to share opinions and preferences with the D.S. The discussions will take place using guidelines to allow all to share and to avoid judgement or debate or attempts to persuade.

The two times to meet in Salem are:

Sunday, Nov. 10 - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Open Door Churches @ Salem First UMC

Sunday, October 20 - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Heart of the Valley Cluster @ Taplin Hall, MICAH, Salem

Congregations Helping People is Seeking Volunteers
Congregations Helping People is overflowing with our neighbors who face the crisis of eviction or utility shut-off. Thank you for your ongoing financial support. CHP is in need of morning volunteers for our Monday-Thursday 9-12 office hours. If you'd like more information, please contact Rebecca Strader at 503-391-4365 or Rebecca.strader@chpsalem.org.

We are also looking for new ideas and "new blood" for our Board of Directors beginning in January 2020. If you would like more information, please contact Roberta Moore (503) 510-9006 or Albert@ipa.net.
Volunteers Needed at West Salem Food Bank 
The West Salem UMC food bank is in need of a few more volunteers. A person is needed on Monday mornings from 9:00 am - 10:00 to unload food delivered to the food bank. 

Another person or two are needed to record and help intake the food deliveries on either Monday or Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm.

If you can help, please let Dan Pitney or the FUMC church office know, 503-364-6709.

Thank you to those who have responded to the request for help! 
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 - (Face to Face) 8:30 a.m.,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.
  • West Salem - 11 a.m.
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