Morningside United Methodist Church | September 2021
September 2021
Sunday Worship Services
Morningside UMC Sunday Worship
Sunday, September 5th @ 10:00AM
Mark 7:24-37

All are invited to join us this Sunday (in person or online) for the beginning of our new Sermon Series, "Be Open." Pastor Alyssa lead worship this week and helps us to celebrate Holy Communion.

We look forward to seeing you in person or you can join us online by accessing the LIVE STREAM of our worship service via the Morningside UMC YouTube channel. (See below for the link.)

So, whether you join us in person or are home in your bunny slippers, hope you can join us!

See you in worship! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Worship Announcement from Pastor Alyssa
In July, Open Door Churches opened for in person worship and since then we as a pastoral team have received some concerns and desires. The ODC Pastoral Team has spent many hours in conversation to discern how best to respond to the concerns of pastoral presence and live preaching on Sunday mornings. Your Open Door Pastoral Team is made up of 3 full-time pastors who are serving 4 congregations with 5 in person and 1 online worship service every Sunday. To respond to your concerns we have developed a 3 circuit system that allows for pastors to be present for the full worship service and preach live in all of our congregations on a Sunday morning. The Open Door Board approved this as an interim circuit while they continue to discern and receive feedback on how best 3 pastors can serve the ODC community. Below is the circuit schedule that we will begin on Sunday, September 12th.

  • Circuit South -- 9:30am Trinity and 11:15am Sanctuary FUMC
  • Circuit Central -- 8:45am MICAH and 10:30am Morningside
  • Circuit North -- 10:00am Clear Lake
Click the blue "MORNINGSIDE LIVE WORSHIP" button above to join the live stream worship from our sanctuary each Sunday morning at 10:00 AM or watch it any time after that.
Click the green "ODC SUNDAY WORSHIP" button above to view the Open Door Churches worship video each Sunday morning at 10:00 AM or watch it any time after that.
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Open Door Churches
Sunday Worship Service
Video Now Available!
In case you missed the Open Door Churches worship service last Sunday (8/29/21). 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
Sharon Cooper brings peace and joy to our Music Monday this week with "Gratitude Prelude." Have a blessed week.
Our Church Family
9/2 David Nelson
Patty Smith
9/3 Tom Jewett
9/5 Iris Gibson
Jan Calvin
9/6 Sally Neff
9/8 Helene Gough
Miranda (Randi) Serrau
9/9 anni Powell
Bea Epperson
9/12 Wendy Woodworth
9/13 Mike Johnson
9/22 Emmaline Melton
9/23 Andrew Norval
9/25 Mike Vollmar
9/27 Barbara Jahnke
Bruce Nelson
9/28 Chris Watts
Fran Nelson
9/29 Abby Dusek
Barbara Lange
9/30 Diane Jackson
9/3 Betty & Del Funk
9/5 Elisa & Frank Reckendorf
9/8 Jim W & Kirsten Johnson
9/9 Glenn & Donna Gross
9/28 Jim & Jocelyn Smiley
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

  • Paul Wagner
  • Sam Kinney
  • Annie and Denny Chapman
  • Vicki DeVol
  • Harriet Mock
  • Gary Moore (husband of Kay Delaney Moore)
  • Joe Benninghoff
  • Sara Amend
  • Pastor Kalina's husband (Sione)
  • Wes Carr
  • Carol Cady
  • Allen Patterson-Sterling
  • Mary Jo and Layton Gilson
  • Duane Medicine Crow
  • Fred Wiedner
  • Jim and Phyllis Boston
  • Nahnie Williams
  • Liz Toy
  • Susi Bromley
  • Diane and Brigitte Rolph
  • Robert Kuenzli
  • Arlen Hollinshead
  • Elisa Reckendorf
Staying Connected
Family Fun Time
What's New for Kids and Families?

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:
Children's Message
Pastor Alyssa shares a important children's message this week based on Philippians 4:4-9. Get out your bible and read through those verses as Pastor shares a special message for the kids.
Open Door Churches Summer Youth Group - September
All youth 6-12th grade are welcome to join us.

There are lots of mixed emotions as we go back to school this week, some folks are excited, some are a little apprehensive. Most of our youth are going back full time in person and we keep each family in prayer as well as all of the teachers and staff as they begin a new year in an unprecedented time.

As we begin our fall schedule, we are watching closely the COVID numbers and will make decisions that are best for the safety of all our youth. Our intention is to meet on Thursday evenings online for Jackbox games and on Sunday afternoons in person/outside. We will meet next Thursday September 9th from 7-8:30 and will meet on Sunday September 12th from 1-2:30 for another round of frisbee golf. This time we'll try the course at the Oregon State Hospital. More details about where to meet will be emailed out next week. No youth group this Sunday, enjoy your labor day weekend.

NOTE: As we begin to host "in-person" events, we are asking all youth to have their parents fill out an updated permission health form. You can fill out the form by the PERMISSION SLIP link.

If you would like more information contact Jeff Lowery at for more information and to get signed up for our weekly emails.

Contact Rev. Jeff Lowery: for questions.

You may also contact Kelly Mason: for more information.
Open Door Churches Young Adults - September
What: A time of fun in community with one another. We'll be reading and discussing "Doers of the World."

When: Tuesday September 14 at 7pm

Where: Archive Coffee and Bar
102 Liberty St NE

Please contact Pastor Alyssa Baker for information about upcoming meet-ups!

Open Door Church Young Adults on 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!
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 & Opportunities
Huge Thanks!
Sending out a special thank you to all who are helping to make our worship happen each week.

They coordinate our greeter/ushers, liturgists, communion preparations, music and the technology that allows us to hear in the sanctuary and watch our services from the safety of our homes.

Sam Kinney, Shawn Clark, Fran Nelson, Jan Nelson and Joyful Noise, Brace Langenwalter, Fred Cooper and Bruce Nelson!

We are blessed to benefit from your time and talents!
Educating Ourselves About Racism -
We're Back!
Goodbye summer! Hello fall!

Kim and I have been making plans for our upcoming class season. And we’re glad you’re a part of it!

While we had hoped to have an in-person social, the Delta variant has made that impossible for now. Ugh.
We’ll be Zoom gathering again beginning Monday, September 13 from 7-8pm PST. Here’s the first thing we’ll be doing:

September 13
Welcome back. Where have we been, where are we going?

We’ve missed you! As we gather again on this journey to educate ourselves, we’ll take some time to reflect on what we’ve learned and where we’ll be heading. What have been your favorite sessions? What has blown your mind? How have you changed because of this class? What can we be doing? What will we be talking about this fall and winter?
Here’s a head’s up for what’s in store for the rest of September:

September 20
Being a Racial Ally - Lori Murphy

As we commit more and more to challenging the system of racism and its effects on others and ourselves, we likely will come across the idea of becoming and being a racial ally. This session's topic is based on the work of Anneliese Singh, PhD and LPC.

September 27
Raise Your Race Consciousness - Lori Murphy

Race-consciousness means that we are aware of how racism works as a system. We'll discuss how we can do things that help us claim an antiracist identity and expand our knowledge about our own race and the race of others. This session's topic is based on the work of Anneliese Singh, PhD and LPC.
Lori Murphy Cole had the joyous career of working in education at Chemeketa Community College. Since her retirement, she's continued teaching and working with a variety of communities on equity issues. She has been class participant over the past year.

And there’s more. We look forward to being together again and sharing with you. Let us know if you have any questions. We’ll send out Zoom info in the next email. See you soon!

“But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” Amos 5:24

- Cesie and Kim
Quick News Items, Volunteer Opportunities,
Save the Dates and Reminders

  • Morningside Online Fellowship Meetings - Tuesdays (1:30 PM) (Via Zoom) Contact Karna Johnson; Thursdays (7:00 PM) (Via Zoom) Contact Sharon Cooper
  • Disabilities Connection Team - Tues., Sept. 7th (1:00 PM) (Via Zoom) Contact Nancy O'Loughlin or Deb Freels
  • Finance Committee - Mon., Sept. 13th (7:00 PM) (Via Zoom) Contact Bill Burgess
  • Church Council - Mon., Sept. 20th (6:00 PM) (Via Zoom) Contact Phil Wiseman
  • Trustees - Tues., Sept. 21st (7:00 PM) (Viz Zoom) Contact Fred Cooper
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 hours vary but generally open Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

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 
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.