December 31, 2020
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Zoom Fellowship Time on Sundays

Join us for a Zoom Coffee/Fellowship Time after worship each Sunday so that we can have virtual fellowship after worship. Bring your own coffee!

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Weekly Posts
Our pastors share written messages on the blog area of our Open Door Churches website. Pastor John, Pastor Alyssa, and Pastor Kalina want to continue to create ways to connect during these times when we cannot be together -- they will encourage, inspire, and lift you up in prayer!
Every Monday we will release a new video on YouTube featuring one of music groups that contribute to our worship music!
Epiphany Live Worship
Join us on Wednesday January 6th at 7pm on the Open Door Churches Youtube Channel for a live worship service with Pastor John, Pastor Kalina, and Pastor Alyssa.
Submitting Photos For Worship
On Sunday February 14th we would like to create a prelude that includes images of how Open Door Churches has shared God's love with the community. Please email your photos to Sharon Cooper ( by January 31st to be included in the video.
Financially Support Open Door Churches Worship
This year, the pandemic has shifted how we do many things including how the congregations of Open Door Churches worship on Sunday mornings. We transitioned from 6 in person services to worshiping together online with 1 worship service. This last month we also added worship on the telephone. 

Did you know that it costs just $40 a month to offer this phone service to our community? At this time, we are averaging 17 people a week who listen to worship on the phone. We were able to start up and offer this service by a generous financial donation.

Together we continue to reimagine how we worship in the middle of the pandemic while following our call to Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in love with God. As we continue to create spaces for worship costs come up and we need your help.
If you would like to financially support Open Door Churches Worship please make checks payable to Open Door Churches with Open Door Worship in the memo line and mail your check to our Open Door Churches PO Box. 

Open Door Churches
PO Box 4489
Salem Oregon 97302
Christian Education Opportunities
Christian education is our invitation to understand God’s world and our experience in that world in deep and transformational ways. We will not be able to gather in person this winter, while our country and our communities engage in urgent conversations about racism, police brutality, power, government, creation care, and so much more. We want to provide opportunities for us as a faith community to learn, discuss, and inspire one another toward action for justice. As we begin the new year many of our classes are regrouping or changing topics, that makes for a great time to join a new class. 

If you have any questions, contact Rev. Jeff Lowery at

Prayers of the Heart - Meets via Zoom every Sunday at 9am
 This group gathers to share a short reading, a time of meditation, and lectio divina. Contact Dennis Lundeen for the Zoom link.

Digging Deeper - Meeting on Zoom every Sunday morning at 11:15. On January 10, Ken Bierly is presenting an overview of Salem's Climate Action Plan, helping us understand what they are considering and how Open Door Churches might be involved. On January 17, we will discuss how we might want to follow up. Further details about our topics will follow.
 All are welcome. Contact Charlie Wallace for the Zoom link.

Modern Christian Life: Getting Educated on Race & Racism 
  • January 4: Who are the Proud Boys? Should We Be Worried? 
  • January 11: What’s Happening at McKay High School? An Insider’s Perspective 
  • January 18 (MLK Day): Bryan Stevenson and the Work of the Equal Justice Initiative 
  • January 25: “Selma” and What it was Like to be There?
Monday evenings, Zoom – 7:00-8:00 pm more details can be found on the attached sheet.

Tuesday Evening Women’s Book Group - Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom
Jennie Pitney- for Zoom link. The group will select a new book soon for the month of January.

Sunday School for those Who May Not Believe in God. Once a month class via Zoom, 2-3pm on Sundays, contact Heather Hawkins for Zoom details. 

Christian Education for children.
Contact Christina Gordon at for more information about their Zoom gatherings.
Saturdays of Service
Celebrate MLK Weekend with Saturdays of Service 
Saturday, January 16, 1-3pm

  • Where – You Choose! 
  • Bryan Johnston Park, laying down bark dust (unlimited #s)
  • Trinity UMC Food Bank (limited #s)
  • Write letters or call Open Door Church members and friends to stay connected (stop by Las Naciones UMC between 1-3pm to get your list). If you’re interested in helping with this but can’t be there on Saturday, call or text Melissa Berry at (503)851-8969.
  • Drop by Las Naciones UMC – 820 Jefferson Street SE – with a jar (or two) of peanut butter for the Jason Lee Food Bank 
  • Drop by Las Naciones (again!) to donate diapers, wipes and new baby blankets for precious babies

Can’t join us in person? We will be collecting financial donations to two causes: 
  1. BackPack Buddies – for gift cards to families at Hoover Elementary (see link below)
  2. Nellie Thompson-Dorothy Patch scholarship – this scholarship supports students of color who need assistance in pursuing post-high school education (and Dorothy Patch was a long-time FUMC member!)
Donations can be made on-line at

Sign-ups are a must. It’s Easy!
Go to Sign-Up Genius and let us know where or how you’d like to serve.

We look forward to seeing you – in person but still socially distant.
“Anybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Email us at or call or text Melissa Berry at (503)851-8969.
Youth Group
No Thursday youth group on Dec. 24 or 31! We DO look forward to Sunday togetherness online during winter break!
Come to the Zoom youth group -- Email any of the youth leaders below for information about joining Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays for the next two weeks. Contact Rev. Jeff Lowery: for the link information.

You may also contact Maddy Hickerson;
and Kelly Mason for more information.
Young Adult Group
Coffee, Conversation, & Community
The young adults meet regularly for a time of spiritual conversation and community. Please contact Pastor Alyssa for more information.

Open Door Church Young Adult Instagram

Are you following Open Door Young Adults on Instagram?

Check out the Instagram page to see what is happening with Young Adult Group and to see what some of our Young Adults are up to!
Rev. Alyssa Baker
Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
Pastoral Care
Rev. John Fleming
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