September 15, 2023

Online Worship Number: 888-655-8086

Virtual Coffee Hour

September 17, 2023

12:30 PM


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Free Concert on Sunday Night!

Concert This Sunday!

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

Morningside UMC Sanctuary

We're excited to host a concert this Sunday, September 17 at 5:00 pm with Karyn Oliver! All are welcome!

Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C.

In 2009, Karyn moved to a town called Boring, MD with a broken heart and a cheap guitar. It was from this place that she created her first solo album, Red Dress, that earned her Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner. In 2011, Oliver moved to New York City, with a renewed heart and a better guitar. It is from this place that she created her latest solo album, Magdalene, and became a Kerrville New Folk Finalist for a second time in 2016.

2017 brought Oliver to North Carolina. She is steeping herself in the great writers of the South. In 2019 she released, “A List of Names." Learn more at

Wesley Groups Offered in October & November

The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, met with a group of friends to invite accountability in their growth as followers of Jesus. There are 22 questions they asked themselves every day. Questions like, “Did the Bible live in me today?” and “Am I defeated in any part of my life?” and “Am I enjoying prayer?” It’s a powerful list of questions that we can practice today.

Join Pastor Jenny in a Wesley Group this fall! This one-hour gathering includes reflection on a biblical passage and space to engage the Wesley questions, along with check-ins and joys and concerns. It’s a great way to connect with others and tend our spiritual lives together.

There are two options to participate in a Wesley Group. Wednesdays at 11:00 am in person at Morningside UMC. Or Thursdays at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Both groups meet for seven weeks starting the week of October 1 through November 12. Sign up at

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Upcoming Peace Lectures

Young Adult

Please email Pastor Jenny Smith for information about upcoming meet-ups or check out their Instagram posts!

Transformation Prayer Retreat

Transformations Prayer Retreat

October 1 - 6, 2023, Suttle Lake

Co-Deans: Michael Powell & Kate Conolly

We are looking forward to being together at beautiful Suttle Lake once again. The dates are Sunday, Oct. 1st through Friday the 6th. To register go to and type in Suttle Lake and Transformation Prayer Retreat. Our focus this year will be on a book entitled Wholehearted Faith, by Rachel Held Evans. 

 Evans "was part of a vanguard of progressive-Christian women who fought to change the way Christianity is taught and perceived in the United States." Evans' legacy is "her unwillingness to cede ownership of Christianity to its traditional conservative-male stewards" and that her "very public, vulnerable exploration of a faith forged in doubt empowered a ragtag band of writers, pastors, and teachers to claim their rightful place as Christians." (Emma Green, writing for The Atlantic,)

Our schedule includes three worship services each day, daily communion, times of silence and contemplative prayer, singing, optional day hikes, wonderful meals, provocative discussions and the Christian fellowship which nourishes our souls.


Youth Group

September Events

  • September 17 – Game Day (Salem First Church) 1:00 - 2:30 PM
  • September 19 – Youth Council Meeting 7:00 PM
  • September 24 – River Front Park 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Dual Track Retreat

The Dual Track Retreat is a gathering for a confirmation track and leadership track (dual tracks) retreat to connect our students and leaders.

Date: The evening of Friday, November 3 through the late morning of Sunday, November 5.

Place: Suttle Lake (29551 Suttle Lake Rd., Sisters, OR 97759).

Participant: Youth 6th-12th grade.

Cost: The full cost is only $75/person for the first 60 people.

Register: This process is still being created, but it will be through Camp & Retreat Ministries.

Confirmation will be UMC-specific. Bishop Cedrick will be joining us for this event on November 3.

If you are planning on going please RSVP by September 21.

If you have questions, please send an email or text to Pastor Kift.

(, 909-541-7849)

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Suttle Lake (29551 Suttle Lake Rd., Sisters, OR 97759)


11/03/23 7:00pm - 11/05/23 11:00am US/Pacific

Event Description

Please join us for the Salem Peace Lecture on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall on the Willamette University Campus. This event is free. Simply come and join in!

The topic this year is Poverty, Racism and Militarism, the focus of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work at the time of his assassination. 

The speaker is the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches at Union Theological Seminary in NYC and serves as Co-Chair of the Poor People's Campaign and director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice.

Young Adult Group

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Together we continue to reimagine how we worship in the middle of the pandemic while following our call to Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in love with God. As we continue to create spaces for worship costs come up and we need your help.
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