Morningside United Methodist Church
December 2017

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

Thurs. Dec 14th by 9:00 am
December  Birthdays
12/2   Earl Epperson
12/2   Judy Webster
12/2   Linda Shepherd
12/2   Eoseph Cherepanov Hollinshead
12/3   Brenna Norval
12/5   Edie Neff
12/5   Lynn Ham
12/7   Ashley Melton
12/9   Jim W Johnson
12/9   Vergie Olson
12/10 Gwen Christensen
12/12 Caleb Kent
12/13 Carolyn Estelle
12/15 Tes Lacy
12/16 Edith Benninghoff
12/17 Phoebe Watts
12/18 Meagan Watts
12/21 Joan Harmsen
12/27 Dorothy Green
12/27 Paul Wagner
12/29 Ken Amend
12/29 Mary Webster
12/30 Frank Reckendorf
12/31 Matt Stewart
12/31 Romona Thornburgh
Dec. Anniversaries
12/12 Archie & Barbara Jahnke 
12/13 Celeste & Paula Kent 
12/24 Maggie & Jim M. Johnson
12/28 Fred & Sharon Cooper
12/31 Mike & Lorene Vollmar

In our prayers are those with...Health Concerns, Illness, Loss of Loved Ones:

Sandy Riley and Family, Dawn Eckert and family, Luella Price, Geraldine Hammond, Royal Tarter, Gladys Sinanan, John Estelle, Lyle Dragoo, Jean Anderson, Glen McCall, Dorothy Green,   Robert Kuenzli, Jerry Perry, Ken Amend,  Joy Willhite, Paula Kent,, Maggie Johnson, and Elisa Reckendorf 
Giving Tree Shopping 
On December 9th the Morningsdide and Keizer Clearlake youth will be shopping for the Giving Tree. Please have your monetary donations to Nancy Johnson before then. 

Giving Tree Wrapping
We will be wrapping the gifts for the Giving Tree on the morning of December 10th. Please have your unwrapped gifts, with the tag attached at the church before the 10 o'clock service and plan on staying after the service and wrapping at 11:00. Thank you for participating in this wonderful outreach for Morningside Elementary School students. Any questions, call Nancy Johnson. 
The Salem Keizer Methodist Church family is invited
A celebration of 90 years of life for Bob Jewell. 

Saturday, January 6th 2018 @ 10:30 am
Morningside Methodist Church, 3674 12th Street SE, Salem
A sing-a-long of Old Time Humns will be followed bya Soup and Bread social (plus fruit pie!)

 Please join us for this first week of the new year, warm, family celebration. 
Greeting Cards From UNICEF
IRIS GIBSON and  PAUL LARUE  are selling greeting cards from the UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND.  Profits provide medical supplies and life support for children in many countries.
There are two choices of boxed cards  - 12 in a box:
-- PEACE, JOY, LOVE.....
-- Children in Many Lands .....
inside blank for your own greetings.
Cards will be available by  Sunday, Dec. 10 .
December Youth Group

December 3rd-Youth Group, Advent Abend
December 9th -youth group Giving Tree Shopping @ Keizer station @11am
December 10th -Youth at First UMC @12:30
December 17th-Youth at First UMC @12:30 
(location potential for change for Christmas party)
No more youth group til January
Youth Group Changes
Beginning in January we will move to a rotation for Open Door Churches youth group. Morningside UMC will be hosting the youth group for the entire month of January. We will begin with a Potluck on January 7th.
January 7th-Spring Potluck @ 12:30
January 14th-no youth group, Youth at Suttle Lake
January 21st  --Youth at Morningside UMC @12:30
January 28th -Youth at Morningside UMC @12:30
We will need helping providing lunch for the youth on January 21st and 28th. If you are interested in signing up please let Yajaira know.
Kenya Mission is Coming Soon

A huge thank you to all who have donated money, school supplies, or other items for our mission trip to Kenya in January! We are well on our way to being able to accomplish all our projects, but we're not quite there yet. We are still several thousand dollars short of having enough to fund all the construction and medical projects. We are also in need of a few specific items: receiving blankets, preemie-sized hats, and toothbrushes. And we would like to buy several more puncture-proof soccer balls.  Please ask me any questions you may have about specific donations.

 In order to be prepared to leave on January 4, I must have all donations by December 12 Some of you have asked if it is safe to go to Kenya in view of the political troubles there. Our contact people in the country are confident that we will be fine, and our team leaders are confident that the folks in Kenya will be honest about letting us know if the situation changes. Thank you for your concerns, and keep the prayers coming.
Jan  Nelson
Advent Labyrinth Walk

We will begin our Advent Labyrinth Journey in the sanctuary at 6:00 pm for worship and song. The labyrinth in Herrmann Hall will have a very special layout this year to mark a beginning of the journey through the Advent Season. 

Facilitators: Anni Powell & Sharon Cooper

Friday, December 1, 2017
6:00~6:30 pm Worship in the Sanctuary
6:30~8:00 pm Labyrinth Walk in Herrmann Hall

Morningside United Methodist Church 
3674 12th Street , Salem, Oregon  
Morningside UMC All Church Conference
January 7 at 11:15 at Morningside
Morningside will have an All Church Conference to hear updates and highlights of our ministries.  We will receive the Lay Leadership, Trustee and Membership Report. This will be following our morning worship service where our District Superintendent, Rev. Tim Overton-Harris will be our preacher. 

Rev. Tim will join us for the All Church Conference following worship on January 7, 2018.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

The Meeting will be at Bonaventure in Keizer with Phyllis Boston on  Tuesday, December 3 rd,  5525 McLoud Lane NE, Keizer
(across the main street from Keizer Station)
We will make 10 baskets to deliver to the shut-ins of our church. Bring ten items to put in baskets. We will wrap the baskets and  deliver each deliver a basket.
Bring a small gift for our fun time of exchanging with each other. 
This is our fun time together .
We will have lunch together in a small dining room. Bonaventure will furnish it at $7.00 each. That includes soup, salad, entrée and  dessert. They serve it to us and clean up. I do not know the entrée at this time.

Financial Update
When the finance committee met in November, we felt we have adequate cash flow to approve sending an additional $3,000 towards the payment of our apportionments.  That amount helps, but we are still very behind in paying our apportionments this year. 
You are invited to prayerfully consider a special designated gift for apportionments at this time.  Please make a note on the check that your donation is for apportionments, our Shared Ministries, that supports the work of our Cascadia District, the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, and The United Methodist Church both nationally and globally.  

Open Door Churches News
We are very excited for all the opportunities in our Open Door Churches for a meaningful Advent Season.  There is something for everyone - Labyrinth Walk, Alternative Christmas Market, Concerts by the "Just for Fun Singers" and John Nilson, Family festivals and celebrations. and the Blue Christmas service.  Attend a few events to nurture your spirit this season, prepare for the birth of Jesus and find yourself saying, "Yes, let's go to the manger!"
Winter clothing items are needed at the Jason Lee Food Bank.  Particularly coats, hats, gloves, socks and items for children.  Drop them off at your local church or Jason Lee.
An Open Door Churches Board planning retreat is scheduled for February 9-10 with leadership from Bill Gipson, Director of Strategic Faith Community Development for the Greater Northwest areas of the UMC and Tim  Overton-Harris, our District Superintendent.

Upcoming Events

The Yard Angels
 We will meet on Saturday, December 2nd  from 9-12. 
 Everyone is welcome to join us.

The Middlers meet Wednesday, December 13th @ 6:45 pm 
Brews and News Adult Education,
December  6th & 20th, 6:30 pm 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
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