590 Elma Avenue SE
Salem OR 97317

JULY 25, 2020 Updates

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Open Door Sunday Worship
Regaining our Center Sermon Series
Sunday, July 26th, 10:00 AM
Romans 8:38-39
This week we celebrate the "boundless love" of God through Jesus Christ.
Open Door Churches
All are invited to join us via our Open Door Churches Youtube page . 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!

As COVID-19 infections are increasing, our churches are still closed and we don't have a definite date of when it will be safe to worship in-person.

We will therefore continue to worship together online on Sunday morning, 10:00 a.m. or whenever you are able to join us for the foreseeable future.

The pastors received a couple questions recently regarding "when will communion be celebrated"?

We will hold communion on the first Sunday of every month beginning Sunday, August 2.

There may be times when an additional communion may be held and we will announce that ahead of time so you may be prepared.
Do your kids have questions they want to ask the pastors? For the next three weeks, we're inviting kids to send in videos of them asking the pastors a question. We'll show the videos over the next three weeks of worship during the children's time along with the pastors answering their questions. These questions can be about the pastors themselves, God, church - anything that is on the child's mind. Ask your child, "What are you wondering about?" Videos can be uploaded here.
Participate in a Sunday Worship Service
Would you be interested in participating in an upcoming Sunday service by reading a verse, playing music, or offering a prayer? We are looking for people throughout Open Door Churches to join in by recording a piece for our worship times together. Our worship coordinators can talk you through how to video yourself and upload it to our Dropbox folder. Simply   email Pastor Alyssa   and let her know you're interested.
Ask the Pastor
Do  you  have a question you want to ask the pastors ? We're starting a new series of having adults (or any age!) ask questions of the pastors. When we have several questions for the pastors to answer, we'll put together a special video with the pastors answering them all. These questions can be silly, serious, or things you are curious about. What do you want to ask the pastors?

We will have as many videos as it takes to answer your questions.  You can upload videos of you asking them here.
Open Door Churches Pastors Team
Rev. John Fleming
Rev. Alyssa Baker
Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
Please contact
Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa for any urgent pastoral needs.
Open Door Young Adults
Upcoming Events
Coffee, Conversation & Community on Zoom
July 29th at 7pm
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!
The Ridiculous Journey
Join us on Wednesday's at 7 on Zoom as we continue our series from The Work of The People on Wednesday July 22nd. The series is called "The Ridiculous Journey" and takes a closer look at Jesus life and helps us deeply think about why we follow him today. Don't worry if you missed previous sessions you can still join in.
All are welcome!
Update on Trinity's Phase Two!
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. -   Psalm 46: 1, NRSV

The  Bishop is allowing the to move into Phase 2   of the   Re-imagining Life Together  area-wide plan but ONLY   IF  we have a DS-approved plan for Phase 2 can we begin to implement that plan. Trinity's Re-imaginiing Life Together Team is working on submitting an acceptable application for Phase 2. Jerry Rempel and Paul Hampson are talking with other Open Door Churches about their plans with the hopes of getting Trinity's Phase 2 plan accepted by our DS. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.  

NOTE: Open Door Churches has a team that is working with each church to develop plans for reopening. F or the time being t he Clergy team plans online worship services to continue indefinitely.
Friday - July 31
6:30 p.m. - Social
7:00 p.m. - Bingo
Judy and Eddie Wilson will host ZOOM Bingo. Please email Eddie Wilson , and let him know you want to play and he will email you an invite .
White elephant prizes: Each household please be prepared to furnish one good white elephant prize if your name is drawn for a Bingo winner. Everyone is welcome to play! It's a FUN game night!!
August JOY Group

Rose & Larry Rhodes regret they will not host the " ANNUAL "August BBQ this year due to COVID-19 virus! No JOY Group will be held in AUGUST this year!
by Pat Gillespie, Treasurer

The work of Trinity UMC continues! Please remember to give your tithes, gifts, and offerings to keep vital ministries going.

We welcome you to mail your check to -
Trinity United Methodist Church
590 Elma Avenue SE
Salem OR 97317
For Meg who is battling COVID-19 and for her husband and caregivers; and prayers for all who have been infected with COVID-19 or who may be displaced because of it in any way; and for those with other health issues that have been unable to receive care.
Other concerns: For Lynette Gilmore who is now serving in Chicago doing COVID-19 samples and analyzing, and for her son Joshua who is now staying with Nadine and Edson Gilmore; Margaret, Velma's friend; for Mary Beth; Pastor Kalina's husband, Soine Halafuka; for Tim Bulletset; for Micah, Ardeth's granddaughter's husband; Jim Harless who will have heart oblation surgery the end of July and also keep his wife Karen in your prayers; Pat Lacy; for Velma Hampson's nephew Win; Ardeth Jerde's son Dan; Leon Chartier and for Judy as she cares for him; Bev Otjen; Ashley Haskell for health concerns; Jerry Rempel's sister-in-law Noreen Reed; Ann Jeffries' brother George who is on hospice; Pastor Mario Gonzalez; Dorothy Kliewer; Nathelle Brown; our country and its leaders; our home bound or those in care facilities; the elderly and disabled, the poor, the hungry, the homeless; care for the earth.
Those serving in the Military: Alex (Pat Hossner's grandson), Daniel (Wilson's and Petersen's grandson), Jacob Phillips (Sherry Petersen's grandson), Zach Gilmore (Nadine & Edson Gilmore's grandson) and Donald Kimbrow.
If there are others to add or remove from this list please let the
church office know.
Our long time member Valleda White
We hold Valleda's family and friends in our prayers as they grieve the
loss of Valleda on Friday, July 17, 2020.
Valleda had contracted COVID-19 for a couple of weeks and was taken to Salem Hospital on the evening of Thursday, July 16 and passed the following morning, Friday, July 17, 2020.

5 Shirley Boone
7 Tania Bellin
8 Ralph Burnley
13 Pat Gillespie
17 Jill Severson
21 Eric Severson
22 Paul Hampson
23 Van Ness Mosman
2 9 Dianna & Pat Gillespie
Open Door Churches
Summer Book Study

Join us in reading and discussing  How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi .

CLICK HERE  to order your copy.

We'll meet together over Zoom to discuss the book every Monday evening in August from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Register for updates on our discussion topics and to receive the Zoom link.

CLICK HERE  to register for the class.

Email Heather at  with questions or for more information.
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 summer, 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. 

If you have any questions, contact  Heather Ingersoll .

We have several options for gathering online throughout the summer to do that:

Let’s Read: Open Door Churches Summer Book Study  (See above)

Prayers of the Heart – Sundays at 9 AM on Zoom
This group gathers to share a short reading, a time of meditation, and lectio divina.  

Tuesday Evening Women’s Book Group- Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom
Join for a lively engaged discussion of a new book each month.
July book:  You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)    by Mike McHargue.
August book: TBD
Just a reminder that the Facebook Shalom Prayer Group is open to all Open Door Church members and a wonderful way to share your prayer concerns in a private and safe online place. Your prayers and comments are only visible to the group members and the page is facilitated by Morningside member Beth Fleisher.

In Facebook, search for Shalom Prayer Group - Open Door Churches and CLICK the JOIN button to submit your request to join the group page.

Go to  to see information about each of the churches and ways you can be involved. Links for the Sunday Services can also be found here.
NEWS: 2020 General Conference and the Jurisdictional Conference have been postponed to 2021. We will send out more information about other closings as we get it.