March 2020
“Pause with us here for awhile. Put your ear to the wall of your heart. Listen for the whisper of knowing there. Love will touch you if you are very still.”
Tom Barrett

Dear Friends,
In a world that overwhelms us with noise and distractions, creating space for silence and solitude is essential to our well-being. In the silence, we can listen and hear the wisdom that Christians call the Holy Spirit. God’s spirit always points us towards love—for God, for neighbor and for self. With a deep reverence for all of life, we can enter back into the cacophony grounded in a love that sustains us; a love that can heal and transform the world.

Jan Musgrove Elfers
EMO President
Upcoming Events
To learn more about upcoming EMO and faith community events, visit our Event Calendar . If you would like to submit an event for our website, please fill out our online Event Form .
Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice
March 6 & 7 @ First Presbyterian Church, Newberg.
The summit brings a holistic lens to being in relationship with our justice-involved neighbors. We hope to frame participants’ understanding of the “issue” of criminal justice as a matter of faith in action. Learn more and register .
NEFP Sustainers Luncheon
April 15, 12 to 1 pm @ Mosaic Church in Portland .
Help provide food and clothing for families in need by supporting EMO’s Northeast Emergency Food Program. No admission is charged for this luncheon; donations will be accepted. Learn more and RSVP .
Dining Out For Life
April 30
When you dine at a participating restaurant on April 30, between 20 to 35 percent of your payment benefits EMO’s HIV Day Center and OHSU’s Partnership Project . Both organizations work closely together to provide vital programs and services to individuals living with HIV in the Portland Metro area. Learn more about Dining Out For Life.
EMO's Benefit Dinner & Awards Celebration
May 20, 5 pm @ Hilton Portland Downtown.
In the words of Harriett Tubman, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” Join us at EMO’s annual Benefit Dinner & Awards Celebration to applaud the dreamers from across the state for their contributions in our communities. Purchase your tickets now and save $25 with an early bird discount!
Building Bridges – Neighbor to Neighbor (an Interfaith Conference about Immigration!)
April 24 & 25 @ Albany Mennonite Church. Faith communities and all people of good will are invited to come together to learn more about immigration, share stories and ideas, and identify actions to make our communities safe and welcoming places where everyone can thrive! Come participate in engaging presentations and learn how you can be involved. Find out what others are doing in their congregations and organizations to support and welcome immigrants. Hear their stories and share your own. We’ll also share music, art, and poetry. Learn more and register .

April 26, check-in at 12:15 pm and walk begins at 1 pm @ First Christian Church in downtown Portland. When you walk in the CROP Hunger Walk, you are raising money to help fight hunger. The local programs the Portland CROP Hunger Walk supports are EMO’s Northeast Emergency Food Program and Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon. Register for the Portland CROP Hunger Walk, raise funds, and take us one step closer to ending hunger once and for all. Individuals and groups from faith communities are encouraged to participate. Sign up now.

Gospel in the Gorge
May 29 to 31 @ Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in Corbett. Gospel in the Gorge is a weekend immersion in gospel music culture for people who love to sing. Register online now or for questions contact Lori Nance, Program Director, at or (503) 695-2243.

Save the Date!
2020 Collins Summit featuring Lisa Sharon Harper on Nov. 18 at Portland location TBD. Harper will speak on The Very Good Gospel: How in these politically divisive and turbulent times we as people of faith can come together to create a just peace, to create shalom.
Spring Workshops at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center
Northwest Catholic Counseling Center is hosting a series of workshops this spring, including "Trauma Echoes: Surviving and Thriving" on March 14. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register online . The cost to attend is $30 per workshop, but scholarships are available for those who need them. Call (503) 253-0964 to inquire about scholarships and to sign up.
Employment Opportunities at EMO
Join EMO's talented team making a difference in Oregon! EMO offers a generous benefits package. Visit our employment page for more details .
Assistant Cook (Food Services and HIV Services) : Provide support to EMO Food Service and HIV Services Program Managers, assisting in all aspects of EMO's food programs. Full time position with benefits. Position closes on March 6, 2020. View full description and how to apply .

Sexual Assault Advocate ( Russian Oregon Social Services ) : Provide effective, culturally specific sexual assault services to the Russian-speaking population. Full time position with benefits. Position closes on March 6, 2020. View full description and how to apply .

Second Home Regional Coordinator for Rural Clackamas County : Oversee and coordinate the operations of the Second Home program in rural Clackamas County. Half time position with benefits. Open until filled. View full position description and how to apply .
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
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