"A Voice Raises out of Silence: Zechariah"
Luke 1:68-79
Sunday, December 1, 2019
10:30 AM (Blended Service)

"Prepare the way of the Lord.  Make your hearts ready for the coming king."

We enter this season of Advent with anticipation, excitement and joy.  May the voices of those who where part of the story help to ready our hearts for the coming of Christ.

Special musical guests, Don Main and Sharon Cooper, along with Joyful Noise, our Chancel Choir and Brace Langenwalter will add their musical gifts to this special Advent service.

See you at Morningside!  ❤️ �� �� �� �� ��
In This Issue
Worship Schedule
Face to Face - On break until the Spring
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

January 25th! 
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 Rechendorf
31   Matt Stewart
       Romona Thornburgh

December  Anniversaries

12    Archie & Barbara Jahnke
13    Celeste & Paula Kent
28    Sharon & Fred Cooper
31    Lorene & Mike Vollmar
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Allen Patterson-Sterling, Lois Sanders, Joyce Light, Liz Toy, Glenda Melton, Joy Wilhite, Lynn Ham, Layton Gilson, Nahnie Williams, Geraldine Hammond, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Paula Kent, Ken Amend, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, Diane and Brigitte Rolph, and Elisa Reckendorf, 

Advent Festival
Sunday, Dec. 1st (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)

Join in our celebration of the season of Advent!

This family friendly, multi-generational event will feature a soup lunch, crafts for all ages, cookies, ornament stations, a photo booth wall and music for the season.

Invite friends and family-bring Grandma & Grandpa! Our festival is open to the community.

Get Christmas Wreaths this Week!
Order by Dec. 1st

Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Fighting for Progress) are selling wreaths again this year to help support farm worker women as they work towards leadership and economic development. Through their organization, these women have the opportunity to actively participate in the planning and management of their workplace and activities.

Each wreath measures 24 inches in diameter, are hand made of noble fir, pine cones, holly and have a red bow. Wreaths are $35. This is the same project Morningside has participated in for several years.

Order and pay by December 1. If you will not be at church next Sunday but want to order, call or text Jan Nelson at 503-689-3688.
Advent Study
Advent Class
"Light of the World"
Tuesdays @ 1:30 (11/26, 12/3, 10 and 17 or
Sundays @ 9:30 (12/1, 8, 15 and 22)

It's not too late to join in the discussion... Tuesday afternoons or Sunday mornings.  Pastor Wendy will lead us through a an informal look at some of the rich characters of the Christmas story.
- Parents Night Out -
Friday, December 13th, 6 PM

Offering our Morningside neighbors a safe and fun place to drop-off their kids, giving parents a well-deserved night out is what Parents Night Out is all about.  Our next PNO is scheduled for Friday, Dec.. 13th.

To make that happen, though, we REALLY need volunteers to help out. If you can spare one evening a month and enjoy working with kids, we could use your help!

We need people to:
  • Check in and register kids
  • Help in the nursery with the little ones
  • Work in the kitchen preparing and serving food
  • Organizing and leading games and activities
If you are able to help out, sign up on the Wall of Helping Hands in the main hallway or call the office.
Blue Christmas Service
Friday, Dec. 13th, 7:00 PM
First UMC - Carrier Room (116)

If you're struggling with the upcoming holidays for any reason, whether you're experiencing loss, hurting, or just not feeling the joy of the season, Stephen Ministers are hosting a "Blue Christmas" at Salem First. We'll light candles, share our pictures and pray together. Stephen Ministers will be available for support and light refreshments will be provided. Come join us.

Annual Giving Tree Project
Sun., December 15th, 11:30 AM

One of several service projects we have going on this year is our annual Gift Tree. It's a chance for us to support some of the families at our local elementary school who need a little extra help this holiday season.

It's so easy to participate... take a gift tag (or two) off the Giving Tree in the narthex, buy a gift matching the tag and bring it back to church.

We'll get together after worship on Sunday, December 15th to wrap our gifts and enjoy some holiday music.
Advent Potluck &  Carol Singing
Sun. Dec. 22nd, 11:30
Herrmann Hall

Let's bring our church family and friends together for a traditional Sunday Potluck celebrating the holiday season and featuring a good ol' Christmas Carol Sing-along!

Bring a main dish, yummy side or salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided.

Holiday Sock Drive

Beginning Sunday, Dec. 1st, the Nurture and Care Team will be sponsoring a Holiday Sock Drive. Plan to bring your new sock donations and place them in the SOCK BOX in the main hallway.

Take advantage of those Black Friday and after-Christmas sales. Let's make sure everyone's toes stay warm and dry this winter!
Reverse Advent Calendar

It's time to begin collecting your Reverse Advent Calendar items!  It's easy to do... just get a list of foods to be donated from the shelf above the food bank donations or CLICK below to print out a copy. Get a large box for the items and start shopping.

You don't have to follow the suggested items, just have fun and know that your generosity is greatly appreciated by folks in need. At the end of December, bring your box of food to church and let me know if you need help bringing it in from your car. I'll deliver all the boxes to Jason Lee food bank. 

CLICK HERE  for a list of suggested items.

Thank you, Deb Freels
Open Door Churches Youth Group 
December Schedule 

December is a busy month with lots of fun events for our youth group. Below are some of the highlights

December 1  - Youth group at First UMC 12:30-2: We know some of your are headed off to your Thanksgiving plans this weekend. For those that are still in town you can join Jeff, Kelly, and Maddy on Sunday at Pietros for some pizza and laser tag. 12:30-2:00, cost is $5. We will buy pizza and pay for the laser tag. Bring extra money for any drinks or other games. 1637 Hawthorne NE
December 6 - Cooking baking at Morningside
December 7-8 - Alternative Christmas Market First UMC (9-3 Saturday, 9-2 Sunday)
December 8 - Youth group at First UMC (Alternative Christmas shopping)
December 15 - Youth Group Christmas Party 12:30-2
December 22 - Keizer Festival of Lights Volunteering 6-8 p.m.

Also, mark your calendars for these future special activities:
  • February 15-17 - Winter Retreat @ Suttle Lake: Our Open Door Youth Group will once again have the opportunity to participate in the conference winter retreat at Suttle Lake. This is always one of the highlights of our program year. Join us for fun, games, inter tubing (if we have snow), and a chance to meet youth from other churches and grow in our faith. Cost is $50 per person. If you would like to sign up let Jeff know by December 15th and make your check payable to "Open Door Youth"
  • February 22 - Youth Auction

 For more details about youth group activities visit their Facebook page here. 

Open Door Churches Young Adults December Schedule
In November, the Open Door Church Young Adult Group has been sharing in conversations about the future of The UMC in response to the Bishops announcement of Safe Harbor and the Western Jurisdictions All Belong statement and legislation.Together we have shared our thoughts on what the future of The UMC may look like along with our hopes and fears.

This month we also shared in an evening of remembering our saints and had a conversation about what being a saint means to us. At the beginning of November, Maddy and Hannah attended Exploration in Florida which is a conference for young adults to explore their call to ordained ministry. You can follow their journey on our Instagram Story Highlights.

The Open Door Young Adults meet weekly on Wednesday evenings. Please contact Pastor Alyssa ( or see our social media pages for times and places. Thank you for your continued support of the Open Door Church Young Adults.
  • November 27th - NO YOUNG ADULT GROUP
  • December 4th @ 7 p.m.- Coffee, Conversation, & Community
  • December 11th @ 7 p.m.- Coffee, Conversation, & Community
  • December 18th @ 7 p.m. - Christmas Party
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Wanted: Director of Family and Program Ministry

We are still in search of a new Director of Family and Program Ministries here at Morningside.  If you know of someone who might "fit the bill", have them email Pastor Wendy (see below for Application Process.)

Morningside United Methodist Church
Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

Average 20 hours per week, annual salary of $15,000-17,000. Paid Vacation per personnel policy. Supervisor will be the lead pastor at Morningside UMC, Salem, Oregon.

Direct and assist in the planning and carrying out of specified program ministries, involve volunteers at all levels of program ministries, communicate and market program plans and build participation within the local church(s) and community.

Our Program Ministry Includes:
  • Interactive Fellowship/Education/Worship Experiences       
  • Youth Ministry with Open Door Churches
  • Morningside Education Team                       
  • Family Enrichment Program: Parenting Classes and Children's Activities               
  • VBS with Open Door Churches.
  • Parent's Night Out

Application Process
  • Please send letter of interest and resume to
  • Position is open until filled. 
  • Full Job Description available upon request.
Immigration Immersion Trip in March 2020
  Oregon-Idaho Volunteers in Mission are sponsoring a 6-day experience at the Mexican border
near Tuscon. The dates are March 8 - 13. Participants will stay in a local hotel and see the
border crisis from different perspectives that will include a visit with the border patrol and to
several places that care for immigrants who have been released. For those with current
passports, there will be a visit to Nogales, Mexico.

The cost is $750 including hotel, most meals, and transportation from the airport. There is a
flyer with more detail on the Church and Society bulletin board in Herrmann Hall. For more
questions or to register, email Louise Kienzle at

Quick News Items, Volunteer Opportunities,
Save the Dates and Reminders
  • Advent Festival - Sun., Dec. 1st (11:30 AM) (HH)
  • Christmas Tree Decorating - Sat., Dec. 7th (10:00 AM) (S)
  • Giving Tree Wrapping Party - Sun., Dec. 15th (11:30 AM) (HH)
  • LGBTQ+ Fellowship - Wed., Dec. 18th (7 PM) (FR)
  • Advent Potluck & Carol Singing - Sun., Dec. 22nd (11:30 AM) (HH)
  • ODC Board Meeting - Mon., Dec. 23rd (6 PM) (TBD)
  • Christmas Eve Services - Wed., Dec. 25th (5 PM & 7 PM)
December Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?

For a larger, printable version:  Click Here

Morningside United Methodist Church
3674 12th Street, SE
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/Office Administrator: Vicki DeVol
Bookkeeper: Christine Stevens
Family & Program Ministry Director:  
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,
                   Maya Nelson-Tilkens, Natalie Kawell
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.