October 4, 2018
Face to Face: A New Worship Experience

Fall has officially begun and we're off to an incredible start! Sunday School classes have started, the Halloween youth and children's events are right around the corner, our small groups are underway, and our new form of worship, Face to Face, starts next Sunday!

Perhaps you are looking at your fall schedule and finding it difficult to get to worship or maybe you know of a friend or family member who you want to share worship with but know they would be uncomfortable in a regular service. For these reasons and more, we have started "Face to Face," a new kind of worship experience t hat is participatory, inclusive, and progressive that is early at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings for 30-40 minutes so you have the rest of the day open.

We'll meet at Morningside in the Fireside Room with our chairs arranged in a circle to talk more "face to face!"

Our time together will include singing, hearing scripture, turning to a neighbor or forming small groups to discuss a thought provoking question, shared time of prayer, and we'll close with communion and/or singing. We will also have a kids table for coloring as desired.

Join us this next Sunday on October 7th to try out this new form of worship led by Pastor Wendy for yourself! We'll be meeting every week at Morningside and we look forward to sharing this special time together!

In This Issue
Open Door Churches newsletters are sent out every other Thursday.
New worship times! 

Two of our churches moved to new worship times!
  • Morningside moved to 10:30 a.m.
  • Trinity moved to 9:30 a.m.
Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be October 22nd at Morningside at 6:00 p.m.
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.
United Methodist DNA
Sunday Sermon Series
September 16 - October 7, 2018

Join us this fall as we study the DNA of what makes us United Methodists! The pastors will be taking turns preaching at our churches! Check your local church for when specific topics will be discussed.
Fall Discipleship Group Options

It's here! The fall discipleship groups hosted through the Open Door Churches are listed below. Let your local church office know which one you would like to attend and get set for a great experience.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again
If the Bible isn't a science book, instruction manual, or position paper, then what is it? Bestselling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present. Drawing upon recent scholarship and literary analysis, Evans creatively retells our favorite Bible stories, explains their contexts and possible interpretations, and then connects these ancient stories to our present-day ones. She invites readers to fall in love with Scripture all over again without checking their intellect --- or their imaginations --- at the door. The [8 weeks / $15]
  • 1:00 PM Tuesday starting on Tuesday, September 11. Meeting at Keizer-Clear Lake 7920 Wheatland Rd. N.
  • 1:30 PM Tuesday starting on Tuesday, September 25. Meeting at Morningside UMC, 3674 12th St. SE
  • 6:30 PM Tuesday starting on Tuesday, September 18. Meeting at First UMC, 600 State Street
  • 10 AM Thursday starting on Thursday, September 20. Meeting at First UMC, 600 State Street
The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a Divided World
Jim Wallis is a strong, evangelical Christian. For over 2 decades he has been a powerful national voice challenging the evangelical community to remember and reclaim that Jesus invites us followers to engage in ministries of social justice. This timely and provocative book invites participants to reclaim Jesus's compelling vision of the common good. Wallis contends that this concept impacts not only our politics, but also our personal lives, families, churches, neighborhoods, and world. [9 weeks / $12]
  • 2:30 PM Thursday starting on Thursday, September 27. Meeting at Trinity UMC, 590 Elma St. SE
Youth Group's Back in Session! Help Out by Providing Lunch
Youth group during the summer of 2018

Our youth group has started our regular meetings and we are looking for volunteers to provide lunches for them. We will be meeting at FUMC in September, Morningside UMC in October and Keizer Clear Lake UMC in December. Please take moment to go to Sign Up Genius to read the details for the lunches and to sign up. 

If you have any questions please contact Sheetal Luscomb at 503-990-5530. 

Click Here to Sign Up:

Open Door Young Adults

At the end of October the young adults will join young adults from around Oregon and go on retreat at Suttle Lake. If you would like to help sponsor a young adult to go to Suttle Lake please contact Pastor Alyssa. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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 at various locations. Please look at our Facebook page to find out dates, times, and places 

Thank you for your continued support of the Open Door Church Young Adults.

Check us out on Facebook:  
Out of the Darkness - Community Walks
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Join us October 13th for Salem's Out of the Darkness walk.

"When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss."

We will meet on the steps of of the MICAH building at First Church at 9:30 a.m. and walk over to the capitol together. Opening Ceremony Begins at 10 a.m. and the walk ends at 12 p.m. If you would like to join the Open Door Churches team or give a donation follow this link or contact Pastor Alyssa.
Mele  Ukulele

Would you like to learn to play the ukulele?  Whether you're  a  beginner or have enjoyed strummin' for lots of years, you will  totally enjoy strummin' with the "Mele Ukulele" strummers who  meet at First United Methodist Church on second Mondays each  month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Room 114. 
Come join the fun.  We're already rehearsing Christmas carols for  a couple events scheduled for this December.

Here's a picture from last year when we strummed up some  Christmas cheer for Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign  on the Macy's sky bridge at Salem Center.  We'll be helping out  Salvation Army again this December--and also strummin' up some Christmas tunes  in the Oregon State Capitol rotunda on Tuesday, December 18, 1-2 p.m.

Our next Mele Ukulele get-together is Monday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call Mary Ann Robinson at 503.393.7377.

Mele Kalikimaka

Help Out at Barn Dance/ Family Night Event

The Family Fun Night/Barn Dance committee is looking for volunteers!!! If you have ideas you would like to share with the group we would love to hear it. You can help in the planning of this event, help with set up, help during the event, help with clean up.. there is loads we can use your help with to make sure things run smoothly. Please contact David Deckelman at salemyouth@gmail.com if you are able to help in any capacity.

Open D oor Churches News and Notes

Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be October 22, at Morningside at 6:00 p.m. 

Open Door Churches Webpage
Go to  opendoorchurches.org  to see information about each of the churches and ways you can be involved.

Open Door Churches August Board Meeting Notes
  • The Open Door Churches Board meeting was held at Englewood UMC on Monday September 24th.
  • David Cox gave a solar presentation about the possibility of installing solar panels on the Open Door Churches. He had the information mostly worked out for Salem First, Morningside and Keizer Clearlake UMCs. He was asked to get the plans together for Las Naciones and Trinity UMC for the next Board meeting.
  • Vickie Plasker gave an update on Englewood UMC. She has been in contact with Tim Overton-Harris about everything that needs to happen. The Englewood members would like to sell the parsonage and use the money to keep the church facility taken care of. Their wish is for the Open Door Churches to take over the responsibilities of the building, with the First UMC Trustees being the legal owner.
  • The Englewood Faith Community Study Class has met two Sundays and that is going well.
  • The modification of the Open Door Churches Board Governance Structure was discussed and passed as presented, including the additions and corrections.
  • Pat Gillespie talked about the ODC becoming a Methodist legal entity. There is a questionnaire to be answered as we move forward.
  • At Annual Conference, each Church was given a grant for $500.00 to be used to create a new ministry of New People and New Places. Trinity needs to come up with a plan or decide to give our money to the Open Door Churches to do a ministry together.
  • When Leroy Barber was here for the September 9th Outdoor Worship, he visited all of the churches and the next morning talked to a small group about the possibilities for ministry in the Salem Keizer area. The next step is to check our cultural competency (diversity training).
  • The Open Door Churches Charge conference will be at First UMC on October 30th at 7 p.m.
  • Each church is asked to send Pat Gillespie what they plan to send as Pastoral Support in 2019. This will help in deciding 2019 pastor compensation next meeting.
  • The next board meeting will be at Morningside UMC on Monday October 22nd at 6:00 p.m.   

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.