November 1, 2018
Englewood United Methodist Church is Closing

At the Charge Conference on Tuesday evening, the community officially voted  to close Englewood United Methodist Church effective December 31, 2018. 

The church has been preparing for this closure for the last several months by cleaning out their church, completing paperwork, and they stopped holding services in September. Instead, they have been meeting together as a community to study the book, Jesus Calling and they will start visiting the other churches throughout the next month or two.

If your family has given memorial items to the church, and you would like those items returned, please contact one of the Englewood Board members.

Celebration Service
After the first of the year, t here will be a final worship service to celebrate the long history of this congregation's service to the Englewood community. When the exact time is decided, we will announce it in this newsletter so we can all share our support and love with our brothers and sisters in the Englewood community. 

Members on the rolls of Englewood UMC will soon receive a letter asking where they would like to transfer their membership to or if they want to simply withdraw it. If the church doesn't hear from the person, their membership will be transferred  to Trinity UMC.

Englewood has been a blessing to the community for many years. Even now, they are still doing ministry and giving into the lives of others.Thank you for everything you have done and are doing Englewood!

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.
EveryDay Stewards
Sunday Sermon Series
October 14 - November 4, 2018

Join us this fall as we study ways we can be stewards of God's spirit every day of our lives through our gratitude, living graciously, acting mindfully, and embracing faithfulness! 

Youth Group's Back in Session! Help Out by Providing Lunch
Youth group during the summer of 2018

Our youth group is looking for volunteers to provide lunches for their gatherings. They are meeting at Keizer Clear Lake UMC in November. Please take moment to go to Sign Up Genius to read the details for the lunches and to sign up. 

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November 4, 12:30 pm Keizer Clearlake UMC
November 11, 12:30 pm KCLUMC
November 18, 12:30 pm KCLUMC
November 25, NO YOUTH GROUP
Open Door Churches Board Meeting Notes
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Open Door Churches October Board Meeting Notes
  • The Open Door Churches Board meeting was held at Morningside UMC on Monday October 22nd.
  • Pat Gillespie presented the 2019 Clergy Compensation plans for the Open Door Churches clergy. After considering the pastors request that they not receive a raise at this time, the board voted not to recommend any increases in Clergy Compensation and benefit to the Charge Conference October 30th.
  • Mark Bateman gave a preliminary update about the Solar panels for the churches. It was approved to ask a committee (chaired by David Cox) to move forward to begin the process of fund-raising in the Open Door Churches' name to put solar panels on the roofs of every Open Door Church. This also allows the committee to promote investment in Oregon Power Co-op funding for the Open Door Projects.
  • Vickie Plasker, Pastor Sandy, Pat Gillespie and others are on a committee to complete the Englewood UMC assessment. A report will be given next month.
  • Pastor Sandy has arranged for a Cultural Competency Training to be held at Trinity on Saturday November 17th, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This will be led by Kristina Gonzalez, Director of Innovation for an Inclusive Church for the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC. Kristina has worked in this field for 20 years. Everyone is invited to attend. From 1:30-5:00 the Board will receive additional training based on the assessments each board member will complete online.
  • After some discussion the board decided to become a legal United Methodist entity.
  • The Open Door Churches Charge Conference will be at First UMC on Tuesday October 30th at 7 p.m.
  • The next board meeting will be at Trinity UMC on Monday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Craft FairHoliday Craft Fair &  Jewelry Jamboree
Fri., Nov. 2nd 10-5; Sat., Nov. 3rd, 9-4 and 
Sun. Nov. 4th (after worship)
Morningside UMC

Early holiday shopping and treats galore at Morningside United Methodist Church! Don't miss this year's annual Holiday Craft Fair to pick up some wonderful gift items and tasty treats. 

The Jewelry Jamboree is also back and they've got hundreds of new items. Guest vendors will be set up selling gifts and goodies and the Holiday Sweet Shoppe will be tempting us all with their delicious selection of baked treats, candies and holiday crafts.  

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:
  • Englewood - 11:15 a.m. 
  • 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.