January 24, 2019
A Celebration of the Life & Ministry of Englewood United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2 p.m. 
Reception to follow.
 
"Englewood was the church home to a lot of really good people who shared their journeys in life and with God with each other and anyone who wanted to listen. They never knew a stranger and are caretakers." This is the legacy Vickie Plasker hopes will live on in the decades after Englewood closes it's doors this coming Sunday.  
 
A member for the last twenty-eight years, Vickie started there when she was looking for a local Methodist congregation. Joining her aunt and uncle at Englewood, she soon became a Sunday School teacher and loved the warm community who loved and supported each other throughout all their lives and spiritual journeys. A fun group and a tight-knit family, they enjoyed working in an astounding number and variety of ministries as well as getting together on a monthly basis for a night of fun and food.  
 
Relationships among the congregation at Englewood were strong and remain so for the 12-15 people who are closing the doors and transferring their memberships to other congregations. As they leave and grieve the loss of this tight-knit family, let's support them as members of the Open Door Churches family and welcome them into our local congregations wherever they each feel called to go.  
 
Englewood's History 
The Englewood congregation has a long and rich history. The first place of worship was a tent on Marion St. The church was chartered with 28 members in 1901, but when the tent had to be returned, Pastor Newton Crawford proclaimed that he believed that the Lord would provide another tent for them, and God did. That was a theme throughout the church's history... that God would provide. The church that began in a tent became a magnificent building, but it wasn't easy. Over the years, there were ups and downs and many changes. Those changes included changes in denominations from United Brethren, to the Evangelical United Brethren to the United Methodist Church. One pastor died while trying to build the current building. The Great Depression stopped construction for a while, but the Lord continued to provide.
 
Englewood's Building
There are several possibilities for the church building and parsonage being considered but with no clear answers for the immediate future. There are currently two non-Methodist Hispanic congregations meeting there and the Englewood congregation hope they will both be able to continue using the building with other ministerial uses down the road.  

Englewood's Legacy 
The worshipers of this church have worked hard and reached out to the Englewood community for many, many years, and served God faithfully in this place. There is a rhythm to life, up and down, back and forth, life and death, and change happens.  
 
Englewood is closing but will leave an important legacy through gifts to continue ministry and fund new ministries. As well as a church building and parsonage which will house new ministries in the future.
 
Please join us for the celebration of Englewood's life and ministry this coming Sunday, January 27th at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. If you can, please RSVP to: ewoodumc@comcast.net but even if you don't RSVP, please feel free to come and join us! 

1110 17th Street NE
Salem, Oregon  97301
(503) 364-4555
 
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
(Along with Sandy Kimbrow and Vickie Plasker) 
 
 

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

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

Open Door Churches Youth Group January and February Schedule 
 
Mark your calendars for some great youth group activities!  

For more details about youth group activities visit their Facebook page here.   
 
Open Door Churches Young Adults
January Schedule
 
The Open Door Churches Young Adult Group is made up of college students and young professionals ranging in age from 18-29 who are exploring questions of faith together. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30, usually at IKE Box. Please look at our Facebook page for specific dates, times, and places.

Thank you for your continued support of The Open Door Young Adults. Please contact Pastor Alyssa at   alyssabaker08@gmail.com
with any questions.  

Check out our group's Facebook Page: CLICK HERE 

Position Available - Director of Congregational Life at FUMC of Salem

First United Methodist Church has a job opening for a Director of Congregational Life. This is a part time position - approx. 15-20 hours a week. Goals are developing and maintaining a system to welcome and guide new or existing people into meaningful volunteer opportunities that enhance their faith development and establish relationships within the congregation.  Work under the direct supervision and direction of the pastor. On duty Sunday mornings for both worship services to greet and connect with visitors and return visitors. Administrative responsibilities include planning and goal setting, attending weekly Tuesday morning staff meetings, working collaboratively with all staff members, scheduling activities, providing publicity to the church secretary for announcements, newsletter or other communications, review website weekly for accuracy of information. A full job description will be provided upon request. $15,000-20,000 yearly salary.

For a detailed job description, click here.
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! Please 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!

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.