Morningside United Methodist Church | May 2021
May 2021 Newsletter
COVID-19 Update: Effective immediately, we are back to phase 2, which permits no more than ten persons in any of our facilities at a time. DS Tim Overton-Harris will contact us in the coming week with further information about extensions to this policy.
Sunday Worship Services
Sunday Worship
Links for this coming Sunday Worship Service will be sent at the end of the week.
Open Door Churches
Sunday Worship Service
Video Now Available!
In case you missed our worship service last Sunday (4/25), CLICK the video link to watch last week's service now. (The LINK for the 5/2 service will be sent out on Friday.)

And remember, all past services are available to view at any time via the Open Door Churches YouTube Channel...
Our Church Family
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Pastor John and his family, Wes Carr, The family of Lou Haugen, Margie Lowe, Christine Kinney (Sam Kinney's daughter), Nancy Johnson and family, Carol Cady, Gary Moore (husband of Kay Delaney Moore), Eudora Zagyva, Allen Patterson-Sterling, Mary Jo and Layton Gilson, Harriet Mock, Ron and Lynn Ham, 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, and Elisa Reckendorf.
Disabilities Connections Team
Part 3 of 4
Here is this week's Disability Connections video featuring mask wearing safety tips!

So informative... take a minute to watch!
Staying Connected
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! Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom:
Open Door Churches Youth Group - May
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 9th - There is NO Youth Group (Mother's Day)
  • Sunday May 23rd - Confirmation Sunday, we will be confirming our youth in worship on Pentecost Sunday.

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

When: May 5th and May 19th via Zoom

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!
Creating Bigger Stories
During our May gatherings we will continue our series from "Creating Bigger Stories." We hope you can join us!
Faith Formation Opportunities
Prayers of the Heart - Zoom every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

This group gathers to share a short reading, a time of meditation, and lectio Divina. Contact Dennis Lundeen for the Zoom link.

Digging Deeper - Zoom every Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m.

Beginning April 11 we will explore the book "Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear: Choosing Trust over Safety in an Anxious Age" by Scott Bader-Saye (2nd edition, 2020). Bader-Saye teaches ethics and theology and serves as Academic Dean at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Join us Sundays at 11:15, right after Open Door worship. Our discussions are led by Jody Felton and Charlie Wallace, either of whom can provide you with our Zoom connection details.

All are welcome. Contact Charlie Wallace for the Zoom link.

Modern Christian Life: Getting Educated on Race & Racism - Zoom every Monday evenings from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Study of James Baldwin, The Fire Nest Time & Related African American Authors.

For more information, contact Cesie Delve Scheuermann or Chris Young

Tuesday Evening Lenten Study - Zoom Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

This group will take a couple of weeks off to re-group and announce a new book series soon.

Contact Jennie Pitney: details.

Sunday School for those Who May Not Believe in God - Once a month class via Zoom, on Sundays, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Contact Heather Hawkins for Zoom details.:

Christian Education for Children - Contact Christina Gordon at for more information about their Zoom gatherings.
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, 11 AM - 4 PM
Morningside UMC - Herrmann Hall
It's time for Morningside's quarterly Blood Drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. Join us on Wednesday, June 2nd from 11:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The blood drive will be held in the church's fellowship hall and all Covid-19 safety precautions will be practiced.

This blood drive is open to all of 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!
Youth Talent Show & Fundraiser
Saturday, June 5th @ 7 PM
The Open Door Youth are a talented group of folks and they want to share that talent with you! We’ll be holding an online talent show/fundraiser, which will debut on Saturday June 5 at 7 p.m. They not only want to share their talent but they also want to invite folks from the Open Door congregations to submit videos as well. Do you have a talent/no talent you would like to share via video with the congregation? Contact Jeff Lowery at for instructions on how to be a part of this event.

Start working on your magic tricks, juggling, storytelling, music *, or unique athletic feats. All ages are welcome to participate. Join us on June 5 for a fun fellowship event and celebration.

*Note: Due to copyright restrictions we do have some limitations on what music we can show on YouTube, contact Jeff for more info.
youth events
Morningside Yard Angels - April Results
We had nine people helping on Saturday, April 22nd: Sara Amend, Fred Cooper, Kelly Freels, Tom Jewett, Karna Johnson, Candace Nichols, Sue Reid, Paul Wagner, and Judy Webster.

Everybody worked hard and got wet and cold and tired. But we greeted each other happily, shared hot coffee, tea, donuts, and the latest news of our families and friends. It is a 'get together' event that we all enjoy, in spite of the hard work, frequent rain and cold. We happily share friendship and time.

Fred and all of us Trustees really appreciate people’s participation. We want to ensure that when we are allowed to come back to church, Morningside won’t look as if we abandoned it to ruffians or elements.

Sue Reid,
for the Trustees
CHP Working On Re-Opening, Location Change for Now
Are you ready to get out of your home or apartment and help someone? Are you ready to see some friendly faces in person (still masked and socially distanced!)?
Congregations Helping People is excited to reopen to serve our community after a year on hiatus due to the corona virus/covid-19 pandemic. We are in great need of volunteers!

We are going to do things a little differently than before the pandemic. We are starting out to serve clients at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, located at 1770 Baxter Rd SE, Salem, OR 97306. We are going to open with at least one or two board members -- and hopefully, two volunteers every session.

We plan to have sessions where we will see clients by appointment only, either in person or remotely, just two Saturdays a month from 10 am to 1 pm. Masks will be required, we will social distance, and hand sanitizer and masks will be available for those who need those things while in their appointment.

Volunteers will greet clients, check to be sure they have brought necessary paperwork, and work with the board members to help clients in our community. Volunteers are not expected to be there for every session, and we will train you. Just help as you are able!

You can help! We are going to have a training session for volunteers on Saturday, May 22nd from 10 am to noon. We hope to start our CHP sessions on Saturday, June 5th. You can attend the training session to find out if this is something that you might be interested in, and you do not have to make a commitment, if you just want to check it out! Likewise, if you are interested in volunteering but can’t come on May 22nd, we can find another time to train you.

If volunteering is not in the cards, but if you would like to support Congregations Helping People in the work that they do to provide direct aid to the community, donations can be given through their website at, or mailed to Congregations Helping People, PO Box 12412, Salem, OR. 97309

If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Metzger at

Thank you and God Bless You!
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.