April 1, 2021
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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

The holy week provides me a time and space to reflect on my faith journey. It has been a long journey of twenty-eight years in my island Kingdom, Tonga, and thirty-eight years in the Democracy United States of America. I had lived in two worlds, one classed as an under-developed, agrarian society. The other is …
Every Monday we will release a new video on YouTube featuring one of music groups that contribute to our worship music!
Holy Week & Easter Services
This Holy Week, the pastors shared a devotional time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, the recording will be accessible using your phone, (as is Sunday Worship), and by visiting the Open Door Churches Youtube Channel.
The Maundy Thursday Service premieres at 7 p.m. and Good Friday, also at 7 p.m., will have a prerecorded service that features a dramatic presentation - imagining some of the people who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus. 

Please join us during this Holy time of preparing for Easter Sunday!

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 1st, 7:00 PM

Good Friday
Friday, April 2nd, 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4th, 10:00 AM

A special Easter Service (featuring our virtual Open Door Churches Choir in a rousing Easter anthem) will be premiered on Sunday morning, April 4th at 10:00 AM. Let your family and friends know and plan to join us.

NOTE: Links for all Holy Week and the Easter service will be sent out prior to each service.
Saturdays of Service
Mark your calendar for April
Saturdays of Service
Community Day

Saturday, April 17, 1-3pm
You Choose:
  • Hoover Elementary School, working with Salem Parks, laying down bark dust, weeding, ice storm clean-up (unlimited #s, perfect for kids and families)
  • Lee Cemetery clean-up and weeding (unlimited #s)
  • Trinity UMC Food Bank (limited #s)
  • Write letters or call Open Door Church members and friends to stay connected.
  • Collecting financial donations for BackPack Buddies – for gift cards to families at Hoover Elementary. You can stop by Clear Lake UMC in Keizer between 1-3 p.m. with your donation or donations can be made on-line at OpenDoorChurches.org
  • Food donation: “What Kids Loooove to Eat!” Bring peanut butter and boxes of mac and cheese for “Feed the Children” ministry. Drop off at Keizer Clearlake UMC.
Sign-ups are a must to participate. It’s Easy! If you are unable to sign up online and would like to participate, Call the church office and we will connect you with Melissa Berry.
We look forward to seeing you – in person but still socially distant, and please continue to wear a mask!
“Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us.” 1 John 4:19 (TPT)

A Note about BackPack Buddies
  • $20 will support one family
  • $100 supports five families.
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 RevJeff@opendoorchurches.org.

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 ddlundeen@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Digging Deeper - Meeting on Zoom every Sunday morning at 11:15. All are welcome. Contact Charlie Wallace  cwallace@willamette.edu for the Zoom link. Click here to see the schedule.

Modern Christian Life: Getting Educated on Race & Racism 
Monday evenings, Zoom – 7:00-8:00 pm. Click here to see the schedule.

This Monday evening online group continues to explore topics of "how we got here" in our thinking of racial issues. The group works hard to provide interesting and relevant guest speakers each week, so don't miss it!

Click here for more about the upcoming class topics for the "History, Close to Home Series"
For more information, contact Cesie Delve Scheuermann (cesiedelve@gmail.com) or Chris Young (socialmediaFUMC@gmail.com).

Tuesday Evening Women’s Book Group - Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom
Jennie Pitney- jenniepitney@hotmail.com for Zoom link. The group is joining the Monday night class on "Getting Educated on Race & Racism" for the month of January. See above.

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. sharingourdream2020@gmail.com.
The next online gathering for Sunday School for People Who May Not Believe in God
Is Sunday, March 28 th , 4-5:30. The topic: The Universal Christ 2.0 (by Fr. Richard Rohr)

Christian Education for children.
Contact Christina Gordon at fumckids503@gmail.com for more information about their Zoom gatherings.
Sunday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. is the next Family Zoom Online Party!

The hosts this Sunday are Carolyn and Rachel, so be sure your little ones tune in online!

The Zoom party precedes worship at 9:30 a.m.

For the Zoom link, please email fumckids503@gmail.com
and ask to be sent the sign on information for this fun children's activity!
FUMC Hosts Family Promise
Thank you again to everyone who helped with our January hosting of Family Promise! During the Covid restrictions our “hosting” means providing dinner for the families. We appreciate all the willing helpers and the families appreciate all the delicious food every time we host!

On Sunday, March 28 through April 3 rd we are hosting again! This is Holy Week and what a great time to reach out and lend a hand to those who need support, such as what Family Promise gives to families! Put these days on your calendar and if you know when and how you would like to help, please contact Judy Allen or Paula Sullivan to get your favorite spot on the calendar. We are also looking for ideas and suggestions to make this week especially nice for the families. Please contact Judy Allen or Paula Sullivan to sign up!
Youth Group
Upcoming Youth Activities
Open Door Youth Group continues to meet every Thursday evening from 7-8:30 for Jackbox Games and on Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30 for a variety of activities. All youth 6-12th grade are welcome to join us. If you would like more information contact Jeff Lowery at Revjeff@opendoorchurches.org for more information and to get signed up for our weekly emails. Two important dates to put on your calendar. Saturday April 24th our youth will be putting on a virtual Talent Show to showcase the many talents of our youth.

Come to the Zoom youth group -- Email any of the youth leaders below for information about joining Zoom. Contact Rev. Jeff Lowery: revjeff@opendoorchurches.org for the link information.

You may also contact Maddy Hickerson maddy.hickerson@gmail.com;
and Kelly Mason kelmason@gmail.com 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.

"As we move forward in our time together I have a couple of series for us to look at and consider engaging in together. Looking forward to spending time with all of you."
~Pastor Alyssa

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!
Opportunity to Give
Open Door Churches Worship
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

You can also give online
Pastor Alyssa Baker
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