December 27, 2018
Seeking Youth Auction Items 
February 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
This year's youth auction is just around the corner and the committee is hard at work seeking out donations to make this fund raiser a great success!
As the youth are heading to Costa Rica to work on construction projects, the amount needed to support this work is greater than last year. All the proceeds from the auction will go to pay for the 18 youth to go (the adult chaperones pay their own way).
In addition to seeking donations, we are also looking for corporate sponsors or individuals who would like to donate money for a specific youth.
Do you want to donate an item to auction off but aren't sure what it should be? Providing an experience, teaching a skill, or offering a service are wonderful donations and are much in demand! For ideas, please see the list below and let your church office know if you would like to donate something.
Thank you for all the effort and investment you put into the lives of our youth!

Providing an experience
  • Fishing trip
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Rollerblading
  • Ice skating
  • Rock climbing
  • Waterskiing
  • Horseback riding
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Airplane ride
  • A guided tour of a really cool place
Teaching a skill
  • Skiing
  • Golfing
  • Tennis
  • Weight lifting
  • Self ­defense
  • Scrap­booking
  • Flower arranging
  • Cooking
  • Canning
  • Baking
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Dancing
  • Musical instrument
  • Singing lessons
  • Drawing/Art lessons
  • First aid training
  • Survival training
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Cake decorating
  • Secrets to good photography
  • Yard work
  • Landscape design
  • Baking
  • Cooking a meal
  • Cookies delivered every week for a month
  • Fresh bread delivered every week for month
  • Hosting a picnic
  • Washing windows
  • Family/personal portrait
  • Host a birthday party
  • Tutoring
  • Provide musical talent at an event
  • Painting
  • Face painting at a birthday party
  • Interior design
  • House cleaning and/or organizing
  • Pet sitting
  • Makeup make­over
  • Haircut, color
  • Will preparation
  • Computer repair
  • Car repair/maintenance
  • Massage therapy
  • Deliver a week's worth of meals/deserts
  • Use of a vacation home
  • Tickets to the zoo
  • Carpentry work
  • Electrical work
  • Plumbing work

In This Issue
Open Door Churches newsletters are sent out every other Thursday.
Open Door Churches Webpage

Our webpage is live!!  Go to to see information about 
each of the churches and ways you can be involved.

Start 2019 with Service to Others!
January 12, 12- 3 p.m. 

The next Saturday of Service is January 12th from noon to 3 pm. We will start with a light lunch in the dining room, followed by a choice of several ways that you can help serve our community. Options include preparing backpacks of food for children here at the church or heading out to volunteer at a couple of community sites.

All are welcome!  We look forward to having you join us for a time of fun , friendship, and service!

Special General Conference 2019
January 14th at 7:00 p.m. @ Salem First 
January 15th at 1:30 p.m. @ Morningside
  • What is it all about?  
  • What are these three different plans I hear about? 
  • What did the Commission of a Way Forward decide?
  • Could the United Methodist Church really split?
If you are curious about these questions, there will be a forum on January 15 at Morningside UMC at 1:30 for our Open Door Churches.  Jan Nelson, our voting Lay Delegate to General Conference will lead the time together along with Wendy Woodworth, a clergy reserve delegate and possibly Mark Bateman, a lay reserve delegate.
Position Available - Program Director for Congregations Helping People (CHP)

CHP is seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Director of the agency in a half time position. CHP serves the Salem/Keizer community as a provider of assistance for basic needs and referral support. No social service background is required, but a desire to help community members in difficult circumstances is needed supported by a level of comfort with normal office computer skills.

If you are interested or desire more details concerning the position please call Alan at 503 569-9342 or email Hiring process for the position will begin December 12 th .
Las Naciones Update

Re verend Arturo Fernandez will be providing pastoral and ministerial leadership at Las Naciones beginning this week through January 31, 2019. Please contact Pastor Arturo for any questions or needs related to Las Naciones.
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.