Annual Church Retreat Day
Sunday, August 5th
Silver Falls State Park

We continue our Sunday Sermon Series, "Living Out Love"  and celebrate our Annual Church Retreat Day this Sunday, August 5th.  Everyone's looking forward to celebrating the day in fellowship and nature in the beautiful Silver Falls State Park. 

We'll consider the next chapter of our series with communion and worship focused on the message "Rooted & Grounded," based on the scripture passages from Ephesians 3:14-21.  Our Music Team will be there to help lead us in songs of God's love and glory.

If you are not signed up to join us... IT'S NOT TOO LATE -  just come on up!  Silver Falls is only a 35 minute drive from Morningside.  
If you need a map of the park, CLICK HERE.  I've circled the area of the park where the North Falls Meeting Hall is located.  When you enter the park, follow the signs to the North Falls Day-Use and Group Camp area.  

Take Highway 214 through the park toward North Falls and then toward Silverton.  Still on Highway 214 (passed North Falls Parking) you will take a left turn entrance to the North Falls Day-Use and Group Camp area.  You should see the North Falls Meeting Hall shortly after taking that turn back into the park.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

REMEMBER:  There are no services here at Morningside this week.  If you are not able to join us at Silver Falls, enjoy visiting one of our "sister" Open Door Churches here in the Salem/Keizer area.  Here is a list of the ODC's and their worship times:
  • Salem 1st - 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • Trinity - 9 a.m.
  • Keizer Clear Lake - 10 a.m.
  • Englewood - 11:15 a.m.
  • Las Naciones - 12:30 p.m.
In This Issue
Worship Schedule
10 a.m. - Worship
11 a.m. - Fellowship Time
9:30 -11 a.m. Childcare is offered for infants and toddlers every Sunday morning.

Newsletter Deadline

August 27th by 9:00 am
August Birthdays
1    Necia Hollinshead
2    Sandra Adams
3    Meredith Carr
5    Brandi Cortes
      Francis Fredrickson
6    Karel Beckendorf
8    Tim Bulletset
9    Jocelyn Smiley
10  Madeline Smiley
11  Jill Summers
15  Lilly Watts
      Maggie Johnston
      Vicki DeVol
16  Skyler Duncan
17  Celeste Kent
19  Jim Boston
21  Arlen Hollinshead
      Carol Dragoo
24  Renee Cornwell
26  Lyle Dragoo
31  Shawn Savage

August Anniversaries
6    Vergie & Ed Olson
13  John & Joanne Eggink
20  Bob & Bunnie Maxey
21  Lyle & Carol Dragoo
24  Karen Crooch & Doug
27  Gary & Karen Gray
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Alice Berends, Mary Lu Snodgrass, Phyllis Boston, Nahnie Williams, Luella Price, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Robert Kuenzli,  Ken Amend, Paula Kent, Maggie Johnson,
Elisa Reckedorf,  Arlen Hollinshead, Diane and Brigitte Rolph.
Remembering Edie Neff
Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, August 11th, 11:00 am

Family and friends will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Edie Neff on Saturday, August 11th, at 11:00 AM, here at Morningside.  The service will be followed by a light reception in Herrmann Hall.  All are invited - please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Grace House
BBQ Cook Off
Sunday, August 12th, 5:00 pm

Grace House is a Christ Centered Faith Based transitional shelter for homeless single women, without dependents, located in Salem.  They offer case management, refuge, support, classes and individual counseling to each women for up to 6 months.  During this time women are encouraged to seek employment and education  gain independence and prepare them to become more self- sufficient and reduce homelessness.

Women at the Well Grace House will be presenting their  2nd Annual BBQ Cook Off, Sunday, August 12th from 5 - 8 pm at Creekside Golf Club. 

Everyone is invited to come and help support this wonderful program!
Community Family Picnic
Saturday, August 25th, 12-2 pm
Morningside UMC

It's time for our 2nd Annual Community Family Picnic for Morningside and our neighbors! Last year was a huge success with over 80 people coming to say hello, visit our church and enjoy some lunch and some fun!

Here is what we'll need help with:


1. First of all, mark your calendars and plan to attend!


2. We'd like to put "grade level" sacks together with school supplies to go into the backpacks they receive from the school. Perhaps people can go together to adopt-a-list. Some stores already have the lists up or you can go to Salem Keizer Schools and find the lists there.


3. We would also like for people to hang onto their empty water jugs for us to use on this day. We don't need a ton, maybe 15 or so.


4. Finally, we will be grilling hot dogs again with sides of chips, watermelon and orange slices. Last year the congregation provided homemade cookies which were a big hit! If you could make some cookies ahead and freeze them for this event, that would be great! More info coming soon. 


- Christian Education Committee

Come Celebrate our Newest Member
Well, he's almost here...

The Nurture and Care Ministry Team are hosting a baby shower for Tes, Tim and Lily Lacy to welcome Lily's new little brother on August 26th after the service.  They will have refreshments for the whole congregation.  

Those who wish to participate in the shower can come by the Fireside Room just after the service has ended. (Tes and Tim and registered at
Walk for Alzherimer's
Saturday, September 8th

Every year Morningside UMC supports a team called Team Diane for the Walk for ALZ!  Beginning August 12th, stop by after church to sign up for Team Diane.  Lorie Long and Phil Wiseman will be outside Herrmann Hall to help you sign up. 
Thanks!  LET'S DO THIS!
Open Door Churches  Youth Group August Schedule

August 7  Bowling
             Location - Firebird Lanes
             6:30 - 8:00 pm

August 14   Worship Night and Movie
              Location - Lopez Barn
              6:30 - 8:00 pm

August 18  Youth/Family Night at the Volcanoes (Reserve your tickets with Jeff)
              Location - Volcanoes Stadium
              Time - 6:00 (Meet at the Stadium)

August 21  Games and Ice Cream
              Location - First UMC
              6:30 - 8:00 pm

After August 21st, Youth Group is on a break until the Open Door Churches Celebration & Worship on September 9th at Riverfront Park.

Youth Group will resume with their regular Sunday schedule on September 16th.

For more details about youth group activities visit their Facebook page  Here
Open Door Churches Young Adults
August Schedule
The Open Door Churches Young Adult Group is made up of college students and young professionals ranging in age from 18-29 who are exploring questions of faith together. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 at Starbucks.

All young adults are welcome to join in.  Thank you for your continued support of The Open Door Young Adults. Please contact Pastor Alyssa with any questions.

Check out the group's Facebook Page:  CLICK HERE 
Trip Report & Thanks from FCO
Festival Chorale Oregon

You may have noticed a large number of singers wandering the halls and making joyful noises from the sanctuary over the summer.  They were members of the Festival Chorale Oregon's tour choir and spent several weeks in preparation for their recent tour of Eastern Europe.

Several of our Morningside members (whom are also members of FCO) were fortunate to travel on that tour.  Hale Thornburgh was nice enough to put together a little summary of the trip and thank you note to share with us.

Five Morningsiders recently completed a choir tour of Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany as members of the Festival Chorale Oregon.  (Shown in the photo are (L - R) Betsy Strobel, Teresa Stewart, Erin McGrath, Romona Thornburgh and Hale Thornburgh, relaxing at a celebratory dinner in Hahnheim, Germany, where they were hosted by the Männergesangverein, (MGV) the local choir with whom FCO has had a close relationship since the mid 1980's.)

The FCO performed a program of American songs dating from the mid 1700's to modern times, including spirituals, Shaker melodies, folk music, cowboy songs, gospel and even Broadway musicals. We performed in Salzburg, Vienna, Prague and Hahnheim in venues ranging from cathedrals to a small church in Hallstatt, Austria, to the Bergkirche in Eisenstadt (Haydn's city), Peterskirche in Vienna, the Czech Museum of Music and St. Nicholas Church in Prague to the community center in Hahnheim, a village south of Mainz, Germany, in the heart of the Rhine River wine growing area.  Every audience was absolutely blown away by the quality of the performance, clamoring for an encore via standing ovations.  The residents of Hahnheim threw open their doors to us, treating us like long-lost prodigals finally coming home.

The trip was a fine musical experience, the music was both uplifting and fun, the travel was sometimes tiring but necessary, but the people to people experience was outstanding.  

Many thanks to Morningside for allowing FCO to use the church for our rehearsal space for the weeks prior to the trip.  If was a perfect space for us to focus on our music and prepare for this amazing tour!

Vita brevis, ars longa:    Life is short, art lives on.
Kairos Soup Kitchen Report

Morningside members and their friends served 46 people sack lunches. Lunches included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples, granola bars, candy, and dessert. Helping and or supplying food were Nancy Jonson, Deb and Kelly Freels, Fred Cooper, Sandy Riley, Gary Patterson-Sterling, Karen Crooch, Doug Reed, Eva Johnson and grandson Alexander, Rick Neff, Susan Priest, and Michael Powell, .

Mark your calendars for the next time we get a chance to serve, September 30, 2018.

Thank you for your support!
Sally Neff

Kairos Community Lunch:  Each Sunday afternoon local people in need know that they can get a free hot meal. The program is called Kairos Community Lunch (formerly known as Kairos Soup Kitchen) and is hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Lunch is served up by dedicated volunteers including folks from 19 area churches. It is an all-volunteer project, serving between 60 and 130 people soup, sandwiches and dessert.
Open Door Churches - News & Notes

Open Door Churches July Board Meeting Notes:

The Open Door Churches Board meeting was held at First UMC on Monday July 23rd.
Pastor Dan Pitney gave an overview of the things happening at First UMC. Coming soon: Claremont Seminary, which will be housed in the bottom floor at MICAH.

The All-Church Worship & Celebration event is scheduled for September 9 at Riverfront Park in the amphitheatre. The Message will be given by LeRoy Barber. The planning committee is continuing to work on the transportation issues.

Pastor Wendy Woodworth talked about the New People/New Places for the Open Door Churches that was part of our discussion from the February Planning Retreat. There are three categories that fall under this heading: New Congregation, New Worshiping Community (the center is worship) and New Faith Community (the center is faith, but is not an organized worship experience). Las Naciones falls in the first two categories. It is processing towards a chartered congregation and they worship regularly on Sunday. The Young Adult Ministry is a New Faith Community.

A discussion about Communication for the Open Door Churches. The new web page is up and functioning. There are numerous newsletters available online. There are problems for getting the information to those that do not have internet.

The budget and Stewardship campaign will be discussed at the next meeting
There was a discussion about the worship times, including the too early time at Trinity UMC. Morningside is still considering options with a time for their worship if Trinity changes to 9:30 a.m.

Englewood said that to help Trinity, they will stop worshiping as a standard worship experience in September. They will instead do a fellowship time that may include a Bible study. They are looking to close by the end of December

We need to continue to claim and support Las Naciones and the Young Adult Ministry. Las Naciones needs help with the Thursday evening Service/Dinner. There is also a need for gently used or new clothing for people to wear to work.

Morningside's Open Door Churches Board members are Margie Lowe and Rob Chenoweth.
The next Board meeting  will be August 27, at Trinity UMC, at 6:00 p.m. 

Open Door Churches Webpage:  Go to to see information about each of the churches and ways you can be involved.

Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders
  • Morningside Church Retreat Day - August 5th, 10 AM, Silver Falls State Park
  • Keizer Clear Lake UMC's Annual Garage Sale - August 10th & 11th
  • Celebration of Life Service for Edie Neff - August 11th, 11 AM, MUMC
  • Reconciling United Methodists Picnic - August 11th, 3 PM, Beaverton UMC/City Park
  • Youth Group's Family Night @ the Volcanoes - Sat., August 18th, 6:30 PM (Meet at the Ball Park)
  • Morningside's Community Family Fun Picnic - August 25th, 12 PM - 2 PM,  MUMC
  • Walk 4 Alzheimer's - September 8th, 9 AM Registration, 11 AM Walk, Riverfront Park
  • Open Door Churches Worship & Celebration, September 9th, 10 AM, Riverfront Park
  • Transformations Prayer Retreat - Sept. 23rd to 26th

FunRaiser Reminders

Here is a list of the upcoming FunRaisers.  If you signed up for one or more, please note the date, time and location and mark them in your calendar!

FunRaiser Date Time Location
Salmon Feed
Sunday, Aug. 12th 4:00 PM Pastor Wendy's Home
BBQ, Campfire &
Sing-a-long  *FULL*

Thurs, Aug. 16th 5:30 PM Jan Nelson & Renee Cornwell Home
Amend Rummy
Friday, Aug. 17th TBA Sara & Ken Amend's Home
Portland/Willamette River   *FULL* Sat., Sept. 15th 8:30 AM Meet at MUMC to carpool
Game Night/Dinner
Saturday, Oct. 6th 6:00 PM TBA

A peek at our last FunRaiser, the Scottish Ceilidh.  Yummy food, old friends and new and lots of music!  Thanks, Sam and Erin!

August Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?

For a larger, printable version:  Click Here

Morningside United Methodist Church

PO Box 3076, Salem, OR 97302


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30-2:30
                        Office is CLOSED on Friday

Ministry Team
Ministers: All the Laity
Lead Pastor: Rev. Wendy Woodworth 
Communications Administrator: Vicki DeVol
Bookkeeper: Christine Stevens
Family & Program Ministry Director: Christopher Frost 
Chancel Choir Director: Sam Kinney 
Praise Band Leader: Jan Nelson 
Organist: Brace Langenwalter 
Keyboardist: Teresa Stewart 
Custodian: Tim Bulletset 
Childcare: Noemi Morales, Fabiola Morales, Carlee Hunt
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.