Morningside United Methodist Church | December 2020
December 2020 Newsletter
Sunday Worship Services
Open Door Sunday Worship
"On the Road" Sermon Series
Sunday, November 29th@ 10:00 AM
Isaiah 64:1-9; Corinthians 1:3-9
Join us for worship this Sunday as we welcome the joy and anticipation during the season of Advent and begin our new sermon series, "On the Road."

All are invited to join us via our Open Door Churches Facebook page or the Open Door Churches YouTube Channel. Share this invitation with your family, friends and neighbors. These online services are a wonderful opportunity to share the love of our faith community with everyone, near and far!

See you online! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Advent Sermon Series
"On the Road"
Open Door Churches
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 Worship
Video Now Available
In case you weren't able to join us on Open Door Churches YouTube Worship this past Sunday, here is the video from the first service in our "Strength for Day and Bright Hope for Tomorrow" sermon series - "Strength Redemption."

It is loaded on YouTube so no Facebook account is needed. This is a wonderful way to be connected with our entire Open Door Churches family during these challenging times!
Midweek Devotional
Pastor Kalina leads us in this week's inspirational midweek devotional

Note: These devotionals are uploaded
on the Open Door Churches YouTube page scheduled for Wednesdays each week.
This Week's Pastor's Blog
This week Pastor Alyssa shares a special message of love and comfort for Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this year? How can we share God's love with those around us? God's blessings to you for a blessed Thanksgiving.

CLICK HERE to read this week's blog.
Our Church Family
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Joy Wilhite, Glenda Melton and the family of her sister, Ferrol, Gary Moore (husband of Kay Delaney Moore), Pastor John's father, Duane Medicine Crow, Ann Jeffries, Fred Wiedner, Jim and Phyllis Boston, Norm & Nancy Johnson, Joy Wilhite, Nahnie Williams, Liz Toy, Lynn Ham, Allen Patterson-Sterling, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Diane and Brigitte Rolph, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, and Elisa Reckendorf.
Staying Connected
Story Time with Ms. Tes
Story Time with Ms. Tes is on a quick break this week but will be back next week. Ms. Tes and her helpers are getting ready for celebrating the Advent season with all of us. So tune in again next week!
Family Advent Kits
We are looking for families or really anyone who would be interested in receiving an Advent Kit to help celebrate the season. We're planning to include crafts and activities suitable for the whole family.

We are asking folks to send in you name now so we have an idea of how kits we'll need to put together.

Send an email to Tes Lacy @ to let her know you are interested in receiving a kit.
Kids Connection
What's New for Kids and Families?

Kids Connection - Please email and ask to be sent the updated Zoom link for the twice a month online activity! The Zoom party precedes worship (9:30 a.m.) on those Sundays!

Hello Families,
I hope you all are doing well. I am happy to announce that Families and Children will also have the opportunity to join us in bi-weekly Zoom Parties in November on the 8th and the 22nd. In December we will be having our Zoom Parties weekly on the 6th, 13th, and the 20th.

~ Christina Gordon, FUMC Childcare Coordinator

Family Fun with Tes - Open to anyone (singles, couples and families) from Morningside or Open Door Churches! A chance to visit, laugh, check in and have some fun! Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom:
Open Door Churches Youth Group - December
We will meet every Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day) 7-8:30 for Game Night.

Contact Rev. Jeff for the code or see the weekly email.

Nov 22 Advent Preparation
Nov 29 You've Got the Look
Open Door Churches Young Adults - December
In October the Young Adult Group enjoyed getting together virtually to celebrate our annual Halloween Movie Night.

Their next Zoom get-together is November 25th for a time of spiritual conversation and community. Please contact Pastor Alyssa for more information:
Learning and Growing
Learning... Growing... Sharing... Study... Check out these opportunities to learn more about ourselves and share with others.

Starting November 10 -- Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
A new book for online discussion! The Myth of the American Dream - Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power, by D. L. Mayfield. Contact Jennie Pitney at for detailed information about the upcoming study and for the Zoom meeting connection.

Every Sunday, 9:00 a.m.: Prayers of the Heart - Online Zoom
This group gathers to share a short reading, a time of meditation, and lectio divina. Contact Dennis Lundeen for the Zoom link.

Every Sunday, 11:15 a.m.: Digging Deeper - Online Zoom
This group is reading and discussing Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice by Kerry Connelly (Westminster John Knox, 2020). Anyone who wants to work on systemic racism and our culture -- and our church -- is welcome to join us at 11:15 Sundays. Contact Charlie Wallace for the Zoom link.

Online Monthly:
Sunday School for People who may not Believe in God: send an email to The next meeting time is November 15!
Open Door Churches - Shalom Prayer Group Invitation
All are welcome to join in our Open Door Churches online prayer community via Facebook. CLICK HERE or search for "Shalom Prayer Group - Open Door Churches" from your Facebook page.
News, Announcements & Opportunities
Zoom Fellowship Time
Continues this Sunday - UPDATE
Are you interested in a time of fellowship? Would you like to meet the people you are chatting with in the live worship chat?

Join us for a Zoom Coffee/Fellowship Time after worship each Sunday so that we can have virtual fellowship after worship. Bring your own coffee.
MUMC/Open Door Churches Annual Charge Conference
Sunday, Dec. 6th, 1:00 PM
Via Zoom
Rev. Tim Overton-Harris will preside at the Annual session of the Charge Conference for the Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer (including Morningside UMC) on December 6. In light of the circumstances of the Covid-19 Pandemic, this year’s Charge Conference will be held in Virtual Space via Zoom.

Charge Conference members from each of our Congregations will receive an invitation, including a Zoom link and a packet of Charge Conference materials, and do not need to register for the event. Others who would like to attend the event must register by contacting their respective Church office and will receive their invitation upon request. In order to receive the materials for Charge Conference in advance, you must register on or before Tuesday, December 1.

If you would like to register and receive and invitation, please send an email to the person listed below, according to where your membership is recorded.

  • Salem First UMC: Katie Carpenter,
  • Keizer Clear Lake UMC: Rev. Alyssa Baker,
  • Trinity UMC: Julie Penge,
  • Morningside UMC: Vicki DeVol,
  • Las Naciones UMC: Rev. Zaida Huereca,

We look forward to sharing news about the work of the Open Door Churches on December 6!
Alternative Christmas Market
Alternative Christmas Market - 2020

Wreath Sales 2020 - Benefitting Hispanic Farm Worker Women - economic development and leadership skills!

Greetings to all! Now that we are part way through November (wow!) we can begin to think about our holiday traditions, such as the Alternative Christmas Market. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have an in-person Alternative Market at First United Methodist Church this year so we created a catalog and we are going virtual.

The Alternative Christmas catalog provides information about all the wonderful non-profits we support and how you can make a donation to them in a loved one’s name as an alternative to buying them a gift.
Blood Drive
Tuesday, December 29th
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Our friends at the American Red Cross have just reached out to Morningside with an urgent request for space to host their blood drive on December 29th. The previous host had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts so they asked if Morningside could fill in with a safe space for their event. Of course we said YES!

Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS and watch this space for information to sign up for a time to donate the gift of life! This opportunity is open the ALL Open Door Churches and the general public.
Advanced Directives Workshop
Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 7 PM
Time to Get Your Affairs in Order?

Have you started your health care directives or end-of-life planning paperwork a thousand times, only to get discouraged part way through and abandon the effort? Confused about what even applies to you and your family? Don’t know how to get something notarized during quarantine? Why not take a little time this fall and get it all tied up?

First UMC’s Heritage Fellowship is hosting a free workshop for all Open Door Churches on Advance Directives.

Join us for a 60-minute webinar at 7pm on December 8. You’ll learn firsthand how to wrangle that pesky paperwork from Salem attorney Barbara Smith. Barbara has been with Hetzel Williams for 25 years. Her focus is primarily estate planning and business law including tax issues. She is past-president of the Willamette Valley Estate Planning Council and past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the Oregon State Bar. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Estate Planning Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Get your wishes organized and down in writing, and give the gift of planning to your loved ones. All participants will receive advance directive for healthcare materials, as well as Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare documents.

RSVP to this no-cost event with Chuck Hudkins or Cesie Delve Scheuermann.
Contact the Pastors
Pastor John Fleming
Pastor Alyssa Baker
Pastor Kalina Malua-Katoa
Pastor Zaida Hureca
is Pastor for Las Naciones UMC.
Her ministry is focused on the Latinx Community of our Open Door Churches.
Rev. Jeff Lowery
is our United Methodist Open Door Churches Youth Director.
Contact Us
Morningside United Methodist Church
Physical Address: 3674 12th Street, SE
Mailing Address: PO Box 3076
Salem, OR 97302
Telephone: 503-364-5013
Office Hours: Office is currently CLOSED

Ministry Team
Ministers: All the Laity
Pastor Team:
  • Rev. John Fleming:
  • Rev. Alyssa Baker:
  • Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
Communications/Office Administrator: Vicki DeVol
Bookkeeper: Christine Stevens
Family & Program Ministry Director:  Tes Lacy
Chancel Choir Director: Sam Kinney 
Praise Band Leader: Jan Nelson 
Organist: Brace Langenwalter 
Keyboardist: Teresa Stewart 
Custodian: Jan Wetherbee 
Childcare: Noemi Morales, Fabiola Morales, Carlee Hunt, Maya Nelson-Tilkens, Natalie Kawell
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.