Morningside United Methodist Church
August 2017
Morningside Worship & Brunch
at Silver Falls State Park on
August 6th.
Morningside will be having our worship service, including singing and Holy Communion, at Silver Falls State Park at the North Meeting Hall. Worship will begin at 10:00 followed by a Potluck Brunch. There is a refrigerator to keep items cold and an oven to keep items warm. This is the beginning of Morningside's Retreat Day!   There will be carpooling sign-up sheets for those who want to come for worship and brunch only. Those carpooling can meet at Morningside at 9:00.
There will not be a worship service at Morningside on August 6th. If you prefer not to come to Silver Falls State Park, you are encouraged to visit one of our Open Door Churches worship services:
               8:45   FUMC - Praise Service in the Micah Building
              9:00   Trinity UMC - Traditional Service
            10:00   Keizer Clear Lake UMC - Blended Service
            11:15   Englewood UMC - Traditional Service
            11:15   FUMC - Tradition Service in the Sanctuary
Morningside Retreat Day :
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Silver Falls State Park
Come for a Day of : Fellowship
           Fun       Waterfalls         Worship         
       Hiking      Crafts         Games
  Eating       Campfire         Kayaking 
We will begin with Singing and Communion at 10:00am followed by a Potluck Brunch at the North Meeting Hall. The afternoon will be the time to enjoy activities from table games inside the meeting hall to outdoor games to kayaking and hiking.

We will end the day with a fun BBQ dinner followed by a campfire and s'mores!!

We have reserved the North Meeting Hall which is close to a playground, Nature Play Area and link to the Trail of 10 Falls.
The lodge is handicap accessible and this event is inter-generational for families of all sizes and people of all ages.

Come for Worship and Brunch or for the whole day! Invite your family, friends and neighbors! Carpool Sign-up sheets are available in the office.

Cost: Adults - $20 for all day, youth and kids are free.
Worship & Brunch Only - free will donation.
Scholarships are available.
Family Day Picnic!

Join us in ending the summer with a fun afternoon filled with a bouncy house, games, stories, crafts, BBQ and school supply giveaway!

People of all ages are welcome to join us and engage in these various activities as we share what programs and services are available in our community!

Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!

School Supplies

Join us in providing school supplies to the children of our community. We will be handing them out at our Family Day picnic and also to various school in the neighborhood whose children are in need of them throughout the school year. 

Please look at the youth and families bulletin board for specific items and place your donations on the table!
 Walk 4 Alzheimer's - Save the Date

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
                  200 Water St., 
                  Salem Oregon
There will be lunch, Live Music by Virtual Ground, and a 
Family Wellness Fair.    
In This Issue
Worship Schedule
10 a.m. - Worship
11 a.m. - Fellowship Time
Childcare is offered for infants and toddlers from 9:30 -11 a.m. every Sunday morning.

Newsletter Deadline

Thursday, Sept. 14th by 9:00 am

August Birthdays
8/1  Necia Hollinshead
8/2  Sandra Adams
8/5  Brandi Cortes 
8/5  Francis Fredrickson
8/6  Karel Reckendorf
8/8  Tim Bulletset
8/9  Jocelyn Smiley
8/10 Madeline Smiley
8/11 Jill Summers 
8/15 Lilly Watts
8/15 Maggie Johnson
8/16 Skyler Duncan Hollinshead
8/17 Celeste Kent
8/19 Jim Boston
8/21 Arlen Hollinshead
8/21 Carol Dragoo
8/24 Renee Cornwell
8/26 Lyle Dragoo
8/31 Shawn Savage  
Aug. Anniversaries
8/2  John & Carolyn       Estelle
8/5  Ken & Sara Amend
8/5  Richard & Sue Reid
8/6  Ed & Vergie Olson
8/1 John & Joanne Eggink
8/20 Bob & Bunnie Maxey
8/21 Lyle & Carol Dragoo
8/24 DougReed & Karen Crooch

In our prayers are those with...

Health Concerns, Illness, Loss of Loved Ones:

Royal Tarter, Gladys Sinanan, John Estelle,  Lyle Dragoo, Jean Anderson, Lillis Larson, Dick Riley, Glen McCall, Dorothy Green,   Robert Kuenzli, Renee Cornwell, Jerry Perry, Ken Amend,  Joy Willhite, Paula Kent, , Maggie Johnson, and Elisa Reckendorf 

Worship Themes:

August 6 : Worship at 
Silver Falls State Park
"You Feed Them"     
Matthew 14:13-21

August 13:
"Step into Radical Faith"
Matthew 14:22-33

August 20:
"Persist in Faith"
Matthew 15:21-28

August 27
"Take a Stand"
Matthew 16:13-20

A Word From Our New District Superintendent 
Reverend Tim Overton - Harris

 "Let Me Introduce Myself"  

As we begin a new adventure together I wanted to tell you a bit about myself. I am a native Oregonian, born at Lakeview. My family moved to Portland when I was almost two and I lived there until I went off to college. I grew up in North East Portland and attended Benson High School, graduating in 1976. (Those who have done the math have figured out I am 58 years old). I went to Willamette University, graduating with my degrees in Religious Studies and History. I then moved across the country to Boston where I completed my Masters of Divinity at Boston University School of Theology in 1983. I stayed on in Boston for a couple more years and worked for an organization based on the Gray Panther's model doing housing work for poor and elderly folks. While in Boston I met and married Amy who hails from upstate New York Binghamton to be exact. 

We moved to Oregon in 1985, me to serve as the Associate pastor at Oregon City UMC and Amy as pastor at Carus UMC. In 1987, I moved to serve the Estacada and Marquam UMCs (a 61-mile round trip!) While there we celebrated the birth of our first child, Elizabeth. In 1989, I moved to become the Associate Pastor at Morningside UMC in Salem ( I was the first male associate for a female senior pastor - Kate Conolly - in our conference) and Amy moved to Keizer Clear Lake UMC. While serving in these churches we had two more children - Petter and Nicholas. In 1994, we moved to LaGrande, Oregon to job share that appointment and share household and parenting duties for our family. In 1999, we moved to our present home in Aloha, Oregon and served Christ UMC in Cedar Hills, again as a job sharing situation. In 2003, Amy became pastor of the Tongan Fellowship in the Lents area of Portland and I became solo pastor at Christ UMC. In 2004, I moved to Vermont Hills UMC in the SW hills of Portland a  while Amy moved to Trinity UMC in SE Portland.  In 2011, Amy moved to Tualatin UMC where she presently serves. I served at Vermont Hills UMC for 13 years and now have become your District Superintendent. 

Our children (I am not as old as my children make me) are all adults now . Elizabeth is married to Robert, they live in Hood River where Robert is on faculty at the Columbia Gorge Commumity College and they have two children. Petter just finished his second year at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific - Western University of Health Sciences located in Lebanon, Oregon and begins his rotations this summer. Nick is going to Willamette University Law School and begins his second year there in August. 

Petter will be living at home this year as many of his rotation sites are in the Portland area. Also living with us are 5 dogs and 2 cats. In my free time I like to read, play video games, watch movies and TV. Amy and I love to get away to the coast. We relish time with our family. I love to cook - I am a cook not a chef as a chef creates umique meals while a cook follows a recipe - and Amy's biggest complaint about my taking this appointment is that I won't be able to cook dinner as often. Projects around the house and the routine things of life keep us busy.

I look forward to the opportunities that will come for me to get to know you and for you to get to know me better. Please pray for me as I move into this new phase of ministry and pray for our District as we move into a future filled with possibility, change and challenge. 

If you have a concern, want to meet, or if I can be of help in any way, please be in touch. My email is and the district office phone number is  503-581-3969
May God bless you and may our work together bear much fruit. 

30th Annual Transformations Prayer Retreat
September 24-29 2017
Location: Suttle Lake
Fee: $365
Leaders: Rev. Kate Conolly and Rev. Michael Powell

The Transformations Prayer Retreat blendscontemplation and community. Emphasis is on the communal sharing of the sacraments, with ample time for the solitude of prayer, meditation, and reflection. Come apart to renew your spirit and re-center yourself through time in Christian community and intentional time with God.

There are  three worship experiences each day, grounded in daily scripture. Each 
morning begins with Holy Communion. At noon we gather for quiet, contemplative 
worship. At 5 o'clock we share an interactive worship time focusing on the scripture 
that we have lived with during the day. There is ample free time for rest, hiking, 
reading, and canoeing on the lake. Kate and Michael will lead evening discussions.

Evening programs will focus on the book, Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World, which describes the value of meditation, leisure, relaxing the body, and keeping silent for a period of time all within the context of the ordinary demands of life, by Beatrice Bruteau.

For registration information, please contac Genev  a Cook, camp registrar: 
503- 802-9213 or .

KUDOS to our Parent's Night Out Team
For 8 months during the school year for the past several years, a very small team (Chris Kester, Lynda Sloan, Jan Nelson, Shawn Clark and Renee Cornwell) have tirelessly planned, organized, provided snack and led our Parent's Night Out events.  They have had the support of a devoted group of folks who carry out their plans and engage the children.
Parent's Night Out has been and continues to be our most successful outreach ministry to our community.  It serves over 35 children from over 20 families.  The children and their families all appreciate it, one parent stated, "This is my son's favorite time of the month, because he is homeschooled so most of his friends are through this program."
HOWEVER, our leadership team has gotten tired and needs a break.  In order for Parent's Night Out to run well and provide the safe, fun and supportive environment it has developed the reputation for, we need some people who are willing to step into that organizational role. 
This would not necessarily mean that the organizational team would have to lead the event every month but it would need to plan the activities and make sure the materials needed were available.
We believe in this ministry and are proud of the reputation it has in the community.  We do not want it to end.  The new team would need to start meeting in early August in order to be prepared for the first Parent's Night Out in October.
Thank you for prayerfully considering giving of your time and energy on this team.  If you have questions, check with Yajaira or any of the outgoing members of the Parent's Night Out team.

News From Our Board Meeting:

Our new logo and coloring has been deciding for Open Door Communication and Website. Individual churches may use the rainbow design or other color patterns. 

The board welcomed new members from the churches. Margie Lowe will continue to serve from Morningside and we are in the process of confirming our new board member. 

Las Naciones will be holding a VBS August 14-17.

Jason Lee Foodbank is now open on the 1st & 3rd Thursday evenings from 
7:00pm - 8:30pm, beginning with dinner at 6:30pm.

Volunteers are needed, contact Reverend Jorge Rodriguez.

Youth Upcoming Events
August 1 Bowling
August 8 Scavenger Hunt
August 12 Saturdays of Service 9-12 FUMC
August 15 Game Night and Popcorn Bar
August 22 Pietro's Night and Lazer Tag
August 29 Keizer Volcanoes Game
September 10 Youth Group Fall Kickoff
September 24 Live Action Clue (Tigard UMC)
October 28 Halloween Barn Dance
V acation Bible School
All kids from age 4 to 5th grade graduates are invited to four days of epic exploration in Peru as we learn about God's love! Each day as we sing, craft, snack and explore Peru, we'll see how God gives us comfort, patience, peace, and joy!

Here are the  registration forms for downloading. Please turn them in to one of the two churches above. There will be a limit of 50 kids at each site. If you have any questions, email Yajaira.

Volunteers are needed for the following areas:
  • Registration
  • Prepping crafts ahead of time
  • Decorating the Sanctuary
  • Snack staff
  • Shepherds with children and others
 If you have a heart for kids and want to explore Peru too, call your church office!
Upcoming Events
The Yard Angels
 We will meet on Saturday, August 5th from 9-12. Everyone is welcome to join us.

The Middlers meet Wednesday, August 9th @ 6:45 pm 
UMW Potluck Salad Lunch
United Methodist Women are sponsoring a potluck salad lunch on Sunday, August 20th  
@ 11:15 am. We will meet in Herrmann Hall. Please bring a salad, side, or dessert for the potluck.   Thank you for your support!
Brews and News Adult Education, August 2nd & 16th, 6:30 at Santiam Brewery
Join us for discussions that are always insightful and rich. We do not always agree with each other, but we respect each others opinions. 
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Morningside United Methodist Church

PO Box 3076, Salem, OR 97302


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30-3:30
                        Friday 7:30 -10:30

Ministry Team
Ministers: All the Laity 
Office Manager: Jacque Bailey 
Bookkeeper: Jacque Bailey 
Family & Program Ministry Director: Yajaira Hernandez Trejo 
Chancel Choir Director: Sam Kinney 
Praise Band Leader: Jan Nelson 
Organist: Brace Langenwalter 
Keyboardist: Teresa Stewart 
Custodian: Tim Bulletset 
Childcare: Noemi Morales, Skyler Bailey, Fabiola Morales
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.