Morningside United Methodist Church | January 2020
January 2021 Newsletter
Sunday Worship Services
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Open Door Sunday Worship
Sunday, January 3rd @ 10:00 AM
"Wesley Covenant Service"
Communion Sunday
As we look forward to a new year and consider our New Year's resolutions, let us prepare for our resolution to do more of God's work in the world. This Sunday we will consider that promise as we celebrate communion during our Wesley Covenant Service.

All are invited to join us via our Open Door Churches Facebook page or the Open Door Churches YouTube Channel. Share this invitation with your family, friends and neighbors. These online services are a wonderful opportunity to share the love of our faith community with everyone, near and far!

See you online! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
LIVE Epiphany Worship Service - Via YouTube
Wednesday, January 6th, 7 pm
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
Did You Miss Any of Our Christmas Week Worship Services?
If so, here is what you missed...
If you missed any of the Christmas services last week, it's not too late to catch the beautiful sights, sounds and spirit. Just click below to watch or re-watch any of these services...

Carols with the Pastors

Christmas Eve Services
Open Door Churches
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 Worship
Video Now Available
In case you weren't able to join us on Open Door Churches YouTube Worship this past Sunday, here is the video from our service "Fear Not, I Am With You."

It is loaded on YouTube so no Facebook account is needed. This is a wonderful way to be connected with our entire Open Door Churches family during these challenging times!
Midweek Devotional
Pastor John helps us look forward to a new year... preparing to enter into a covenant for the new year.

Note: These devotionals are uploaded
on the Open Door Churches YouTube page scheduled for Wednesdays each week.
Our Church Family
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Ron and Lynn Ham, Duane Medicine Crow, Fred Wiedner, Jim and Phyllis Boston, Norm & Nancy Johnson, Nahnie Williams, Liz Toy, Allen Patterson-Sterling, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Diane and Brigitte Rolph, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, and Elisa Reckendorf.
Staying Connected
Kids Connection
What's New for Kids and Families?

Family Zoom Parties - Please email fumckids503@gmail.com and ask to be sent the updated Zoom link for the twice a month online activity! The Zoom party precedes worship (9:30 a.m.) on those Sundays!

Family Fun with Tes - Open to anyone (singles, couples and families) from Morningside or Open Door Churches! A chance to visit, laugh, check in and have some fun! Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom: https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/96441061184
Open Door Churches Youth Group - January
Open Door Youth Group will continue meeting twice a week via Zoom. We meet Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. for Jackbox games and every Sunday from 1-2:30.

Our Open Door confirmation class will meet this month on Wednesday January 20th from 7-8:30. Pastor Kalina will join us to teach us more about identifying and using our spiritual gifts.

If you have questions or would like the Zoom codes contact Jeff Lowery and revjeff@opendoorchurches.org

Our Youth Group Leaders:
Rev. Jeff Lowery
541-654-1878
revjeff@opendoorchurches.org

Kelly Mason
kelmason@gmail.com

Maddy Hickerson
maddy.hickerson@gmail.com
Open Door Churches Young Adults - January
The Open Door Church Young Adult Group will meet on Wednesday January 13th and 27th at 7pm on Zoom for a time of spiritual conversation and community. Please contact Pastor Alyssa to get connected. 
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
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 cwallace@willamette.edu 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 – 7:00-8:00pm (*More details can be found below this list)

Tuesday Evening Women’s Book Group- Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom
Send email to Jennie Pitney- jenniepitney@hotmail.com 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. sharingourdream2020@gmail.com

Christian Education for Children
Contact Christina Gordon at fumckids503@gmail.com for more information about their Zoom
gatherings.

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* Modern Christian Life: Getting Educated on Race & Racism
Monday evenings, Zoom – 7:00-8:00pm
January 2021

January 4: Who are the Proud Boys? Should We Be Worried?
Chris Young, a member of Salem FUMC, has been studying and watching the movement of the Proud Boys in Salem since June. Chris will fill us in on the history of and the latest information about the Proud Boys. He will give us ideas on actions to take.

January 11: What’s Happening at McKay High School? An Insider’s Perspective
Chris Torres, a member of Salem FUMC, is also an English teacher at McKay High School in Northeast Salem. He will give us his perspective on what it’s like working at a Title 1 school and the issues he sees facing the District and his students.

January 18 (MLK Day): Bryan Stevenson and the Work of the Equal Justice Initiative
We’ll watch Stevenson’s TED Talk during class and have a discussion about it and what Stevenson’s organization (EJI) does on behalf of adults in custody.

January 25: “Selma” and What it was Like to be There?
Prior to class, everyone should try to watch the 2014 movie “Selma” (available on Amazon Prime and On Demand - $3.99, Redbox on Demand - $2.99). We’ll have a discussion about the movie and then hear from Rev. Joe Scahill (FUMC) who marched across the Edmund Pettus
Bridge the Tuesday after Bloody Sunday in 1965.

Have any questions? Please feel free to call or text Cesie Delve Scheuermann at (503) 779-5546 or at Kim Martin (503) 383-8260.
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News, Announcements & Opportunities
We Need Your 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 (srkc@aol.com) by January 31st to be included in the video. 
Reverse Advent Calendar Food Donations - Results!
Thank you so much to the generous Morningside folks who donated food to the Reverse Advent Calendar Project. We took approximately 400 pounds of food to the Jason Lee food bank and to the Lord’s Table food bank at Trinity UMC. The people in charge were so appreciative to have the donations as this year there is a high need to feed more families.

Thank you again,
Kelly and Deb Freels

[And BIG THANKS to Kelly and Deb for all their efforts in leading this important project!]
Saturday of Service
Saturday, January 16th, 1-3 PM
Celebrate MLK Weekend with Saturdays of Service

Where and How – You Choose!

1. Bryan Johnston Park, laying down bark dust (unlimited #s)
2. Trinity UMC Food Bank (limited #s)
3. 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.
4. Drop by Las Naciones UMC – 820 Jefferson Street SE – with a jar (or two) of peanut butter for the Jason Lee Food Bank.
5. 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.
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 OpenDoorChurches.org.

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.

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Contact the Pastors
Pastor John Fleming
Pastor Alyssa Baker
Pastor Kalina Malua-Katoa
Pastor Zaida Hureca
is Pastor for Las Naciones UMC.
Her ministry is focused on the Latinx Community of our Open Door Churches.
Rev. Jeff Lowery
is our United Methodist Open Door Churches Youth Director.
Contact Us
Morningside United Methodist Church
Physical Address: 3674 12th Street, SE
Mailing Address: PO Box 3076
Salem, OR 97302
 
Telephone: 503-364-5013
Email: umcmorningside@gmail.com
Web: morningsideumc.net
 
Office Hours: Office is currently CLOSED

Ministry Team
Ministers: All the Laity
Pastor Team:
  • Rev. John Fleming: pastorjohn@opendoorchurches.org
  • Rev. Alyssa Baker: pastoralyssa@opendoorchurches.org
  • Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
............pastorkalina@opendoorchurches.org
Communications/Office Administrator: Vicki DeVol
Bookkeeper: Christine Stevens
Family & Program Ministry Director:  Tes Lacy
Chancel Choir Director: Sam Kinney 
Praise Band Leader: Jan Nelson 
Organist: Brace Langenwalter 
Keyboardist: Teresa Stewart 
Custodian: Jan Wetherbee 
Childcare: Noemi Morales, Fabiola Morales, Carlee Hunt, Maya Nelson-Tilkens, Natalie Kawell
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