JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER
"I Won't Back Down"
Acts 7:54-60
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Worship Services at 8:30 and 10:30

We stand steadfast.
We forgive.
We receive your unconditional love.
Show us your mercy and your grace.

We gather together in worship and prayer - led in song by Teresa Stewart and Joyful Noise.  We are pleased to welcome Pastor Sandy Kimbrow this week who will share her message of God's love for us.

See you at Morningside!  ❤️ �� �� �� �� ��
Morningside UMC
Annual Church Retreat
              Sunday, August 4, 2019, 10:30 AM
              Silver Falls State Park - North Hall

It's time, once again, for our Morningside Annual Retreat Day.  Back by popular demand... we will enjoy our day at the North Falls Meeting Hall at Silver Falls State Park.

We will begin our Church Retreat Day with singing and communion at 10:30 AM followed by a Potluck Brunch at the North Falls 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. There's something for everyone!

We will end the day with a yummy BBQ dinner.

We have reserved the North Falls Meeting Hall which is close to a playground, Nature Play Area and link to the Trail of 10 Falls. The parking and meeting hall are accessible and available for all to enjoy.

Come for Worship and Brunch or for the whole day. Invite your family, friends and neighbors. 

Carpool Sign-up Sheets will be coming soon.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  There will be NO 8:30 or 10:30 worship services at Morningside that day.
In This Issue
Worship Schedule
Sundays
8:30 am - Face to Face
                 Worship
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

July 24th by 9:00 am
July Birthdays
1    Gabriela Cortes
4    Brigitte Rolph
      Dawn Eckert
6    Joe Wetherbee
7    Katherine Evans-Gile
      Lauren Strobel
      Phyllis Boston
10  Carol Cady
      Darlene Wetherbee
      Mary Ellen Eichelberger
11  Mary Anne Spradlin
12  Nancy O'Loughlin
14  Erin McGrath
     Bonnie Garcia- Thornberg
      Dynashae Ybarra
         Mashadda
      Sandy Riley
15  Norm DeVol
18  Sue Reid
21  George Ann Evans
23  Bob Pattison
27  Rich Crossler-Laird
29  Karen Garcia Thornberg
30  Maree Fast
      
July Anniversaries
5    Frank & LaVelle Lasher
14  Joe & Edith Benninghoff
15  Mikala Davenport &
         Keli Silver
      Hale & Romona
         Thornburgh
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Mary Lou Snodgrass, Nahnie Williams, Geraldine Hammond, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Paula Kent, Ken Amend, Lynn Ham, Elisa Reckendorf, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, Diane and Brigitte Rolph and Liz Toy.
All are Invited!
From Janet Adkins

Join friends and family of Dean Adkins for an informal gathering to honor his memory at the park on Ewald Avenue (Morningside City Park) - Sunday, July 21st at 2:00 p.m.
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Open Door Young Adult Retreat
August 1st - 3rd
Seaside, OR

Topics we'll explore:
  • Ways to practice faith outside of worship
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • Dismantling toxic masculinity in the church
  • Intergenerational conversation
  • Sharing influential books
Please let Pastor Alyssa know by June 30  if you would like to attend the retreat.  The cost to attend the retreat will be minimal but will depend on how many people sign up. Please let me know if you have any questions. alyssabaker08@gmail.com
 
Who is My Neighbor?
2019 Vacation Bible School
Monday, August 12th through
Thursday, August 15th, 9:00 AM to Noon
Morningside United Methodist Church

Open Door Churches Vacation Bible School (VBS) is happening again this year and we are excited to be hosting it here at Morningside.

All kids from age 4 to 5th grade graduates are invited to four days of fun-filled adventure, faith exploration and discovery and making new friends. Each day as they sing, craft, snack and use their imaginations, the kids will learn more about themselves and what makes each and everyone unique, special and, yet, the same!

Online registration is encouraged this year (if possible) but paper registration forms will be available soon, if needed.  CLICK HERE  for a link to the online registration website.

Volunteers are still needed, too! If you have a heart for kids and want to help make sure our kids have a fun and meaningful VBS experience this summer, let Christopher know you are available ASAP!
Open Door Churches 2nd Annual
Worship & Celebration Picnic
Sunday, Sept. 8th, 10:30 AM
Riverfront Park - Salem

Preparations are being made, casseroles are being planned and music is being practice - it's time for this year's Open Door Churches annual Worship & Celebration Picnic.

Pastors Wendy and Dan, Sandy, Alyssa and Mario will lead us in worship along with our combined choirs and praise bands.

Mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun and special time of worship.  As was the case last year, there will be no worship services held at Morningside that day.  
Transformations Prayer Retreat
Sept. 22nd to Sept. 27th, 2019
Suttle Lake Retreat Center

It's time, once again, to plan your attendance at the annual Transformations Prayer Retreat at Suttle Lake, from Sept. 22nd to Sept. 27th. You may register beginning immediately through our GoCamping registrar at 503-802-9214.

This year's focus will be on Joan Chittister's book, "The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully." [Ed. The book is available on Amazon and other online websites.]

For additional details about the retreat and more information about this year's book/author,     CLICK HERE .
Pastor Wendy's Summer Schedule:
Vacation and Renewal Leave


Just a quick reminder with Pastor Wendy's schedule this month:

June 24-July 31:  Vacation and Renewal Leave

During this time, pastoral care will be available through the Open Door Churches Clergy: Dan Pitney, Sandy Kimbrow and Alyssa Baker. 

There is a great line-up of preachers for the Sunday's she is gone, including Mark Bateman, Jan Nelson, Sandy Kimbrow, Jeff Lowery and Alyssa Baker.  Alyssa Baker will also lead the Face to Face Service. 
Sunday of Service Thank-Yous
 
Thanks to EVERYONE organized and planned and to those who volunteered for a wonderful Sunday of Service last month.  It was a huge success, much was accomplished and God's love was spread to so many!  Here are just a few notes of thanks to share:

From Joy Wilhite:
Blessed are the Givers and Grateful are the Receivers.  Thanks so much!
The flowers were beautiful and still are!  I was so proud to say they are from "My Church!"  - Joy

From Nancy O'Loughlin:
They [the volunteers who worked on Nancy's yard] were incredible.  They pruned trees and bushes, cut down a tree, pruned the rose bushes and rhododendron and planted flowers.  Two loads of cuttings went to the dump.  Frederick and Aeson even tried to find the cordless phone I accidentally dropped in my Koi pond.  But the failure wasn't due to lack of trying.

The yard is much more open and I can now see my whole backyard.  It is fantastic.  What a crew!!!  Many, many thanks to all of them.  Lorie Long, Phil Wiseman, Eve Johnson, Alex Hecocta, Lori Alton, Ken Amend, Fred Cooper, Audon Pargas and his friend Juan.  I just hope they didn't over due it!  What a wonderful church family!!!! - Nancy

From Karna Johnson:
Many of you helped with making and delivering the flower bouquets [on Sunday of Service] to our hound-bound, not to mention the tons of flowers everyone brought to contribute.  To my knowledge, at lease 12 were delivered to people, another 3-4 were taken home with someone who was here on Sunday and another 6 were given to nursing/retirement/memory care homes in the area.

Considering I had never done that before, I was very grateful and proud of our work.  A big shout-out to Nancy Johnson, Beth Fleisher, Brigitte Rolph and others I have probably forgotten who are not on our team but were such a big help.

If you helped in any way with this service project, consider yourself gratefully patted on the back. - Karna
Open Door Churches Youth Group July Schedule 

Lots going on this month in Youth Group. Join us for conversation, delicious lunch, and games!     

July 9 NO YOUTH GROUP 
          (Due to Costa Rica Mission Trip)
July 16 Scavenger Hunt
July 23 Water Balloon Fight and Ice Cream at Bush Park
July 30 Pietro's Laser Tag


For more details about youth group activities  visit their Facebook page here.  
Open Door Churches Young Adults  July Schedule
 
The Open Do or Churches Young Adult Group is made up of college students and young professionals rangi ng 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.

Thank you for your continued support of The Open Door Young Adults. Please contact Pastor Alyssa at   alyssabaker08@gmail.com  with any questions. 

Check out our group's Facebook Page:  CLICK HERE 

Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders
  • Keizer Clear Lake UMC Annual Garage Sale - Fri., Aug. 2nd & Sat., Aug. 3rd, 9 - 4 (KCLUMC)
  • Morningside Annual Church Retreat, Sun., Aug. 4th, 10:30 AM (Silver Falls State Park)
    Note: There will be NO worship services at MUMC that day.
  • Vacation Bible School "Who's My Neighbor?" - Mon. thru Thurs., Aug. 12th - 15th (MUMC)
  • Morningside Family Fun Picnic - Sat., Aug. 24th, 12 - 2 PM (MUMC)
  • Open Door Churches Worship & Celebration Picnic - Sun., Sept. 8th, 10:30 AM (Riverfront Park)
July Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?

For a larger, printable version:  Click Here

Morningside United Methodist Church

PO Box 3076, Salem, OR 97302

Telephone: 
503-364-5013
Email umcmorningside@gmail.com
Web: morningsideumc.net

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.