Advent Sermon Series
"Carols of the Season"
December 2nd, 2018 - January 6, 2019

For the next 6 weeks, we will be celebrating the great carols of our Advent traditions and follow the Christmas story as it unfolds in scripture and in song.  

Join us in worship as we light the advent candles and celebrate the HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE of the season. 

See you at Morningside. 

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Worship Services at 8:30 and 10:30

O Come, Emmanuel, come to us, for we yearn for your presence...

Join us for the lighting of the first Advent candle, the candle of Hope, for communion, prayer and music of the season.  

At 10:30 service, we will also welcome very special guests from the Chemawa Indian School who will be on-hand with a important presentation.

In This Issue
Worship Schedule
8:30 am - Face to Face
10:30 a.m. - Worship
11:30 a.m. - Fellowship Time
10 - 11:30 a.m. Childcare is offered for infants and toddlers every Sunday morning.

Newsletter Deadline

November 26th by 9:00 am
December Birthdays
2    Earl Epperson
      Eoseph Cherepanov
      Judy Webster
      Linda Shepherd
3    Breanna Norval
5    Lynn Ham
7    Ashley Melton
      Donna Gross
9    Jim W. Johnson
      Vergie Olson
10  Gwen Christensen
12  Caleb Kent
13  Carolyn Estelle
15   Tes Lacy
16   Edith Benninghoff
17   Phoebe Watts
18   Meagan Watts
21   Joan Harmsen
27   Paul Wagner
29   Ken Amend
30   Frank Reckendorf
31  Matt Stewart
      Romona Thrornburgh
December Anniversaries
12  Archie & Barbara Jahnke
13  Celeste & Paula Ken
28  Sharon & Fred Cooper
31   Mike & Lorene Vollmar
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Geraldine Hammond, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall,  Robert Kuenzli, Ken Amend,  Paula Kent, Elisa Reckedorf, Arlen Hollinshead, Diane and Brigitte Rolph.
Poinsettias for Advent

Beginning Sunday, December 2nd, the youth will, once again, be taking orders for poinsettias. They are $10 each and are available to dedicate in honor or in memory of someone special.
Christmas Wreaths

If you ordered a Christmas Wreath to help support the Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Fighting for Progress) through Jan Nelson, those wreaths will be available to pick up from Jan this Sunday.
Red Shawl Project
Sunday, December 2nd, 10:30 am

Come learn more about this important cause this Sunday as special guests from the Chemawa Indian School will be on hand to share with us.
Labyrinth Worship & Walk
Friday, Dec. 7th, 7:00 pm (Worship)
Saturday, Dec. 8th, 1:00 - 6:00 pm (Labyrinth)

"Walking with the Music of Hope" this year will be a two day Labyrinth Advent event.  

On the evening of December 7th there will be a worship service at 7 PM filled with the music of Christmas, carols, and readings.  Don Main and Sharon Cooper will be sharing Christmas music on clarinet and piano during the service. The musical arrangements are sure to surprise! The worship experience will begin in a spirit of celebration and move toward a more reflective tone.  At the end of the worship service, Introductions and guidelines will be given for walking the labyrinth the next day.  (The indoor labyrinth will be not be available to walk on Friday evening.)
The labyrinth will be available Saturday afternoon, December 8, from 1 pm to 6 pm. During the labyrinth walk Saturday, soft Christmas carols will be playing.   As we walk with the Christmas music of hope and reflect on the meaning of Christmas we invite all who participate to join us in a spirit of meditation and prayer.  Finger labyrinths will be available, also, on Saturday.  Pastor Michael Powell will be available at a prayer station in the Fireside Room for anyone who wishes to share prayer concerns.
We want to thank all who have volunteered to help with this event. For more information contact Anni Powell at 503-371-6913.
Reverse Advent Calendar? What's That?
Advent Giving Opportunity

How about, instead of opening a little window each day and taking something out of an Advent Calendar, you put something in?  Here's an opportunity to really help out this year and have some fun while you are doing it.  Get the kids involved!  Ask your neighbors to help out!  Or, how about making it a holiday project with your co-workers.

Then bring your box in to church by December 23rd.  Deb and Kelly Freels have volunteered to take all the boxes, baskets and sacks from our Reverse Advent Calendars to the Jason Lee Food Bank for distribution.

What's better than GIVING this time of year?

Reverse Advent Calendar

Each day add an item to a box.  Bring your filled boxes to Morningside by December 23rd or drop it off at a local food bank for distribution to those in need.

December 1-box of cereal
December 2-jar of peanut butter
December 3-box of stuffing mix
December 4-boxed potatoes
December 5-macaroni and cheese
December 6-canned fruit
December 7-canned tomatoes
December 8-canned tuna or chicken
December 9-box of brownie or cookie mix December 10-jar of applesauce
December 11-canned sweet potatoes December 12-can of cranberry sauce December 13-canned green beans
December 14-box of crackers
December 15-package of rice
December 16-box of oatmeal
December 17-package of pasta
December 18-jar of spaghetti sauce
December 19-can of chicken noodle soup 
December 20-can of tomato or mushroom soup 
December 21-canned corn
December 22-canned mixed vegetables 
December 23-canned carrots
December 24-can of chili
Holiday Happenings at Morningside and All Around the Town 

There are so many events happenings here at Morningside,  within our Open Door Churches and all around Salem this Advent season - something for everyone!

Holiday Happenings at Morningside

Check out what's happening at Morningside during Advent:

Advent Events at Open Door Churches

There are also wonderful Advent special services and fun, family-friendly events going on at our Open Door Churches here in Salem.  Here are just some:


Confluence Chorus Holiday Concerts

If you are looking for some festive holiday music, you won't want to miss this special holiday concert by our friends, Confluence!  

"Season of Hope and Swing" is the theme of the holiday concert by Confluence Chorus at First Congregational Church in Salem on Friday, December 15, at 7:30 pm. You will hear traditional and not-so-traditional music of the season, including some jazz and swing arrangements. Tickets at the door are $18 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and students; there is a $3 discount if you buy online or from a chorus member (Jan Nelson, Beth Taylor, Sam Kinney, Erin McGrath, Kira Kinney). The website for online purchase is  J oin with friends for a joyful and uplifting evening of music.

Open Door Churches Youth Group December Schedule (And Beyond)

Mark your calendars...

December 1-2 Alt Christmas Market FUMC
December 2 youth group @ FUMC 12:30-2
December 5 Confirmation 7-8:30
December 8 youth group @ FUMC
December 16 Keizer Christmas lights 6-8pm

January 6 winter youth group kick off @ Morningside UMC

February 16-18 Winter retreat/Suttle Lake

February 23, 2019 Youth Auction

For more details about youth group activities visit their Facebook page  Here
Open Door Churches Young Adults
December 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, usually at IKE Box. Please look at our Facebook page for specific dates, times, and places.

During the season of advent, Open Door Churches is going to be taking a closer look at the Carols of the Season. 

Thank you for your continued support of The Open Door Young Adults. Please contact Pastor Alyssa at with any questions. 

Check out our group's Facebook Page:  CLICK HERE 
Open Door Churches News and Notes

Board Meeting:
The next Board meeting will be December 17th, 6:00pm at Salem First UMC.

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

Open Door Churches November Board Meeting Notes:

The Open Door Churches Board meeting was held at Trinity UMC on Monday November 26th.

The guests from Chemawa Indian School explained about the "Red Shawl Dance" that they are sponsoring at the next Powwow on February 23rd. There are 75 participants already signed up for the dance honoring and praying for the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls/children. The indigenous people feel that their missing women are just being ignored as the majority of them are never even logged into the Department of Justice database. Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian/Alaska Native women. To present each dancer with a red shawl will cost $36 per handmade shawl. So they need the support of the local Open Door Churches to help raise the needed money.
Scott Berry, Chair of the Youth Council, talked about the need for the Youth Director to become more supported by the Open Door Churches. The two paid positions are now funded by First UMC and Morningside UMC. Pat Gillespie will coordinate a first meeting to come up with a proposal to bring back to the ODC for where the money will come from for the paid staff for 2019-2020.

District Extension Grants: It was decided to divide the pooled money equally between a new Native American Ministry and Las Naciones' Youth Ministry.

More discussion about the closing of Englewood UMC. It was decided to look into having a property management company to do the management of Englewood and its parsonage. The Closing Celebration for Englewood will be on January 27th at 2 p.m.

Las Naciones will be having a children's Program on December 22nd. They are needing toys for about 100 children.

In December, an Open Door Churches committee will meet with the District Superintendent and the Conference Treasurer to continue dialog about becoming a legal United Methodist entity.

The next board meeting will be at First UMC on Monday December 17th at 6:00 p.m.

The Open Door Churches board members from Englewood are Bev Ellis and Vickie Plasker.

Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders
  • Advent Abend Celebration, Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 12 - 2 pm (HH)
  • Labyrinth Worship & Walk, Fri., Dec. 7th, 7 pm (S); Sat., Dec. 8th, 1-6 pm,(HH)
  • Parents Night Out - Fri., Dec. 14th, 6 - 9 pm (Volunteer Opportunity)
  • Giving Tree - Sun., Dec. 16th, 11:45 am (HH)
  • Family Christmas Festival - Sun., Dec. 23rd, 12 pm (HH)
  • Christmas Eve Services - Mon., Dec. 24th, 7 pm and 11 pm (S)
  • Parents Night Out - Fri., Jan. 11th, 6 - 9 pm (Volunteer Opportunity)
  • All Church Meeting - Sun., Jan. 13th, 11:45 am (HH) (STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!)
  • Las Naciones Community Dinner - Thurs., Jan. 17th, 6:30 pm (Volunteer Opportunity)
December 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.