Morningside United Methodist Church | June 2021
June 2021 Newsletter
Sunday Worship Services
Open Door United Methodist Churches Sunday Worship
Trinity Sunday
Sunday, May 30th @ 10:00 AM
Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17
Living according to the spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body and live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

Join us as we celebrate God's spirit within us though word and song this Sunday in worship.

All are invited to join us via our 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! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Open Door Churches
Sunday Worship Service
Video Now Available!
In case you missed our worship service last Sunday (5/23). CLICK the video link to watch last week's service now.

And remember, all past services are available to view at any time via the Open Door Churches YouTube Channel...
Music Mondays
We are celebrating the music of the Open Door Churches' Youth with a performance of "Strangely Warmed" by the First UMC "Sanctuary" band from yesterday's amazing, youth-led Pentecost worship service.
Midweek Devotional
In this week's devotional Pastor John shares insights into how the Wesleyan influences and traditions (which are part of our United Methodist heritage) offer practical applications for us in our lives today.
Pastor's Blog
Pastor Alyssa shares some history as she commemorates Aldersgate Day - as we celebrate the day in 1738 when John Wesley experienced assurance of his salvation.
Our Church Family
Do We Have Graduates?
We will be recognizing the names of our high school and college graduates on Sunday, June 13th in our online worship recording!

Please fill out the graduate questionnaire CLICK HERE and follow the instructions to submit the name of your family's graduate! The deadline for Heather to receive this information is June 4! You may also call in your request to the church office and we will take your information!

If you have questions about this process, you may contact Heather Hawkins at
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

  • Joe Benninghoff
  • Lynn Ham and family
  • Sara Amend
  • Kay Delaney-Moore and Gary Moore
  • The family of Eudora Zagyva
  • Joanne Eggink and family
  • Pastor Kalina's husband (Sione)
  • Pastor John and his family
  • Wes Carr
  • Margie Lowe
  • Christine Kinney (Sam Kinney's daughter)
  • Carol Cady
  • Allen Patterson-Sterling
  • Mary Jo and Layton Gilson
  • Harriet Mock
  • Duane Medicine Crow
  • Fred Wiedner
  • Jim and Phyllis Boston
  • Nahnie Williams
  • Liz Toy
  • Susi Bromley
  • Lyle Dragoo
  • Diane and Brigitte Rolph
  • Robert Kuenzli
  • Arlen Hollinshead
  • Elisa Reckendorf
Staying Connected
Open Door Churches - A Vision for the Future (Survey Opportunity)
Hoping to get many more folks to complete our Open Door Churches Survey. (Remember, each person in your household should complete their own survey.)

If you haven't filled out your survey yet, please take a moment to do it now. It's not long and takes only a couple of minutes!

Here is the link for the Survey -
Story Time with Ms. Tes
We are excited to have Ms. Tes back for Story Time! This week she reads a cute story written in the style of a play that could be done with actors. Enjoy "Medals and Memorials" written by Nancy K. Wallace and illustrated by Nina Mata.
Kids Connection
What's New for Kids and Families?

Family Zoom Parties - Please email 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! Monday evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Contact Tes Lacy for Zoom details:
Open Door Churches Youth Group - June
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 for more information and to get signed up for our weekly emails.

Important dates to put on your calendar:
  • Sunday, May 30th - NO Youth Group (Memorial Day)
  • Saturday, June 5th - Youth Talent Show and Fundraiser
  • Sunday, June 6th - Frisbee Golf

If you have questions or would like the Zoom codes contact Jeff Lowery and
Open Door Churches Young Adults - June
What: Coffee Conversation and Community Online

When: June 9th, 16th and 30th at 7:00 PM
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 131 231 344
Password: 033240

The Young Adult Group meets twice a month online for a time of spiritual conversation and community on Zoom online!
Faith Formation Opportunities
Faith formation classes are an invitation to understand God’s world and our experience in that world in deep and transformational ways. While we are not yet able to gather in person, we hope you will join us over zoom- while our country and our communities engage in urgent conversations about racism, police brutality, power, government, creation care, and so much more. We are committed to providing opportunities for us to learn, discuss, and inspire one another toward actions for justice and love for Christ and our neighbor. If you have any questions, or have class suggestions for the Fall 2021 season, contact Heather Hawkins at
Prayers of the Heart - Sundays 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 - Sundays at 11:15am.
All are welcome. Contact Charlie Wallace for the Zoom link. CLICK HERE to see the schedule.
Educating Ourselves on Race & Racism - Mondays at 7pm. 
This 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! 

Check out the summer series - it begins on June 7th. CLICK HERE for the summer series listing. For more information, contact Cesie Delve Scheuermann at
Women’s Book Group - Tuesdays at 7 pm. 
The current book is "Simple & Free." by Jen Hatmaker. This book study will go through June 29th. Guests are welcome to join at any time! Contact Jennie Pitney at for Zoom link. CLICK HERE for information on their current book.
Sunday School for those Who May Not Believe in God - Monthly on Sundays at 4pm, Sept.-May. You can sign up for their weekly newsletter or for an upcoming gathering, CLICK HERE. Curious what this gathering is all about? Check out our Check out our Sunday School Class Introduction.
Faith Formation for Children - Our childcare staff host weekly zoom parties for young children and families. To get connected contact Christina Gordon at
We hope that you find a class for you! To help you connect with others and deepen your faith. 
Open Door Churches - Shalom Prayer Group Invitation
All are welcome to join in our Open Door Churches online prayer community via Facebook. CLICK HERE or search for "Shalom Prayer Group - Open Door Churches" from your Facebook page.
News, Announcements & Opportunities
Blood Drive
Wednesday, June 2nd, 9 AM - 2 PM
Morningside UMC - Herrmann Hall
This blood drive is open to all Open Door Churches and the general public, so let your friends and neighbors know about it, too. Please call 800-733-2767 or CLICK THE LINK to go to and enter the word "Morningside" in the FIND A BLOOD DRIVE box in the top right-hand corner of the page to schedule an appointment.

Be sure to sign up soon to reserve the timeslot that works best for you. Participants will receive this great Red Cross Blood Drive t-shirt!
Great Outdoor Adventures Await!
Welcome Back to Camp!

The Camp and Retreat Ministries have just re-opened registration for summer and fall camping experiences for all ages. Click below for a list of the youth, adult and family camp opportunities which are currently announced and available for registration.

For youth 6-12th grade the Open Door Youth Group has scholarships available for any youth who wants to attend camp and needs financial assistance. For members of the confirmation class this year camp also offers a $50 discount to any camp session. Contact Jeff ( for more information on scholarships and discounts for youth. Children 5th grade and under needing financial assistance to attend camp should contact their local church office for scholarship availability. It's going to be a great summer.

CLICK HERE for a list of camping adventures that await you and your family!

The Go Camping ministry is a partnership between the United Methodist Church of Oregon and Idaho and the Oregon Diocese of the Episcopal Church. They are people dedicated to creating quality environments of Christian hospitality and learning.

Their goals are to nurture persons so they may...

  • Grow in wisdom and in healthy self-esteem.
  • Develop lifestyles of loving interdependence with each other and all of creation.
  • Affirm and expand their faith in God and their service as Christian disciples within God's world.

Note that not all camp opportunities are available for registration yet but will be added, so check back for additional dates. For more information, visit their website at
Update from MUMC Finance Committee
MUMC Finance Committee Report
May 16, 2021

Good news. Despite the pandemic, we are presently covering all budgeted operational
expenses. Thank you for your gracious giving and steadfast support of MUMC.

Our January to April Ledger to Budget report shows $92,997.81 in revenue and $77,125.64 in expenses.

Our balance sheet at the end of April states $67,317.33 in General Checking, with $12,603.13 restricted and $53,242.30 available cash. Pledge giving, at $81,605.96 is at 35.71%, a bit over the 33.3% expected for the first 4 months of the year. A small number of donors have paid their annual pledge in advance. Non-pledge giving is also healthy, $7,231.85, at 60.27% of budget.

There was no Spring Challenge this year and no “Fun-raising” program due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. COVID relief funds might fill some of the $12,500 budgeted fundraising gap.

Expenses are at 31.92% of budget, a bit lower than budgeted (1%) due to savings in the Choir Director, Childcare and Custodian positions and scant use of program funds. Also, though winter utility expenses were high, we are seeing savings in electricity with the solar panels and LED lighting.

We are on track to pay our full Conference and District 2021 Shared Ministry Apportionment of $34,930. We have been paying $3,000 per month. This year’s apportionment is a reduction from last year’s $40,458 apportionment. We are also asked to consider $6,032 in optional Direct Program Support and $530 in District Funding for the Cascadia District Church Extension.

The District Program Support programs are the Church Development/Vital Church Project at $2,320, the Campus Ministry at $1,740, the Youth and Adult Ministries at $232 and the Hispanic Ministry at $1,700.

Hosting the Family Building Blocks child development programs will have a financial impact as well as impacts on kitchen and classroom renovations and building and parking lot usage.

Blessings always,
Bill Burgess, MUMC Finance Committee
Quick News Items, Volunteer Opportunities,
Save the Dates and Reminders

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive - Wed., June 2nd (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM) (MUMC - Herrmann Hall)
  • Youth Group Talent Show & Fundraiser - Sat., June 5th (7 PM) (More information to follow)
Contact the Pastors
Pastor John Fleming
Open Door Churches Pastor
Pastor Alyssa Baker
Open Door Churches Pastor
Pastor Kalina Malua-Katoa
Open Door Churches Pastor
Pastor Zaida Hureca
Pastor of Las Naciones Hispanic Fellowship
Rev. Jeff Lowery
Director of Youth Ministries and Community Organizer for Mission & Outreach
Contact Us
Morningside United Methodist Church
Physical Address: 3674 12th Street, SE
Mailing Address: PO Box 3076
Salem, OR 97302
Telephone: 503-364-5013
Office Hours: Office is currently CLOSED

Ministry Team
Ministers: All the Laity
Pastor Team:
  • Rev. John Fleming:
  • Rev. Alyssa Baker:
  • Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
Communications/Office Manager: Vicki DeVol
Bookkeeper: Christine Stevens
Family & Program Ministry Director:  Tes Lacy
Praise Band Leader: Jan Nelson 
Organist: Brace Langenwalter 
Keyboardist: Teresa Stewart 
Custodian: Jan Wetherbee 
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.