"Ready, Set, Go"
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Worship Services at 8:30 and 10:30
As Jesus was blessing the disciples, he withdrew from
them and ascended up to heaven. -Luke 24:51
Join us Sunday as we commemorate Jesus' ascension and the disciples being called upon to trust and believe that which they could not see. We will also come together
as one body in celebrating the bread and the cup.
Gifts of the Spirit
2019 Spring ChallengeFundRaiser
$ 8,055 Campaign to Date
We're Getting So Close!
Another great week as we work toward meeting our Spring Challenge! We've now received over $8,000 toward our $10,000 goal. If you haven't been able to pitch in yet, hope you will be able to help us reach our goal this week - we're almost there!
We are asking everyone to consider giving a gift
equivalent to 5% of your annual giving. All gifts are
appreciated and we realize that some will be able to give more than the 5% and others will need to give less than 5%.
These funds help support many ministries here at Morningside including worship, family and youth ministries and education.
Our Spring Challenge continues through June 9th, Pentecost Sunday, when we will conclude with a celebration during fellowship time with red velvet cupcakes!
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.
June 24th by 9:00 am
1 Bill Burgess
2 Glen McCall
3 Chelsie Martin
4 Susan Johnson
7 Tim Lacy
12 Anne Sondgroth
Mary Lou Hornaday
13 Dick Hornaday
15 Karen Gray
16 Joyce Light
21 Ron Chase
23 Kayla Eichelberger
24 Doug Norval
27 Marjorie Bowser
28 S. Noelle Melton
8 Mary Lou & Dick
10 Vicki & Norm DeVol
15 Phyllis & Jim Boston
18 Cindy & Bill Burgess
Darlene & Joe Wetherbee
19 Duane & Gwen
George Ann & Roger
Fran & Bruce Nelson
21 Deb & Kelly Freels
anni & Michael Powell
25 Phil Wiseman &
29 Carolyn & Don Pitt
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:
Edith Benninghoff, Nahnie Williams, Geraldine Hammond, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Paula Kent, Ken Amend, Elisa Reckendorf, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, Lynn Ham, Diane and Brigitte Rolph
Sunday, June 2nd, 11:45 AM
Morningside UMC Fireside Room
Pastor Wendy and Jan Nelson and I are offering a forum after worship at Morningside this Sunday, June 2 beginning at 11:45 in our Fireside Room.
We will be sharing what came out of the UMCNext meeting that happened in Kansas City last week, what our experience was being at that meeting and what both Oregon-Idaho and the Greater Northwest are doing as a result of GC 2019. It is open to all.
Moving Forward to What's Next
Thoughts from Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
I just returned from two gatherings that I believe will shape the future of Methodism for years to come. Taken together, they could mark a turn toward LGBTQ+ persons being fully recognized, included and honored in Methodism in the future, whatever form it takes. More than 900 people participated in one or both of the two events, including leaders from the Greater Northwest.
As you know, the actions of General Conference 2019 stirred up deep distress within The United Methodist Church. Many are asking: how do we live in a church that has adopted values and rules that we believe are not Christian? Do we stay and try to change the Church? Or is Jesus, who makes all things new, leading us to create a new expression of Methodism that is more faithful to the gospel? It feels like we are in a great season of sorting out how much diversity can remain united, and what are the limits beyond which some may have to leave.
to read Bishop Stanovsky's complete article...
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Gathering in Salem: "Choosing to be One Another's Companions"
Monday, June 3rd, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (5090 Center Street NE, Salem)
Join IMIrJ - the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice - on Monday, June 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm at Unitari
alist Congregation of Salem (5090 Center Street NE, Salem, OR 97317) for our Spring Gathering - an opportunity to con
nect as faith communities around immigrant and refugee justice.
At this gat
g of faith leaders (lay and clergy), we'll
- map out how and where ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is most active in our region (and hear stories from other parts of the state)
- consider strategies and concrete actions we can take as faith communities to advance immigrant justice and protect immigrant families from predatory ICE enforcement, with a focus on the impacts of ICE presence at our county courthouses
- deepen the relationships across our communities, as we explore what it means to accompany and be one another's companions - as fellow people of faith, as immigrants and refugees, and as allies - as we live out our faith in the world
Whether you've been involved in this work for 30 minutes, 30 days or 30 years, there is a place for you here, and we are eager to connect! We encourage you to attend with at least 2-3 (or more!) people from your faith community. All are welcome.
Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you will need childcare, English to Spanish interpretation, or have other accessibility requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Door Churches Town Hall
Sunday, June 9th, 3:00 pm
Taplin Hall, the Micah Building @ First UMC
Open Door Churches Board would like your input on leadership needs for our ministry. We know that two of our clergy will be retiring next year. This is a good time for us to re-imagine how we staff our congregations. Please join us for a "Town Hall Meeting" on Sunday, June 9, 3:00 pm in Taplin Hall, the Micah Building of First UMC. It will be a time to hear from you what you think is important as we look towards our future.
Confirmation and Youth Sunday
Sunday, June 16th, 10:30 AM Worship
We are excited that Aeson Pargas (grandson of Karna Johnson and Ron Chase) is among this year's Youth Confirmation Class!
The confirmation class and Open Door Churches youth will join us in worship on Sunday, June 16th - leading us in worship and sharing their confirmation with our confirmation.
Let's celebrate and support our youth with our presence on this special day.
Morningside Sunday of Service
Sunday, June 23rd
10:30 AM Worship, 11:00 AM Service Projects
All are invited to join in our upcoming Sunday of Service event, Sunday, June 23rd. We will first gather for a brief worship service at 10:30, focused on our calling to perform acts of service as Christians, followed by a variety of service projects for everyone who would like to participate. There will be projects for all ages, abilities and interests - some indoors, some outdoors, some here at Morningside and others just a quick drive to a nearby shut-in's home.
Plan to join in this very special Sunday of Service.
New Sermon Series
"Boldly Stepping Out"
June 23rd to September 1st
As we near the end of our current sermon series, we look forward to our new series, "Boldly Stepping Out."
Join us each week as we explore the many ways our faith inspires us, supports us and allows us to live life boldly - within our community and the world, in the face of adversity and opposition and when we need change in our life.
This series is sure to fill our souls and give us courage to boldly step out!
Open Door Churches Youth Group June Schedule
We have lots of great opportunities for our youth as we quickly approach a busy summer filled with mission trips and summer camps. This month we'll meet at Morningside United Methodist Church from 12:30-2 p.m. for our Sunday youth groups but we'll start meeting on Tuesdays beginning June 18th. Join us for conversation, delicious lunch, and games!
Mark your calendars for some great youth group activities!
For more details about youth group activities
visit their Facebook page here.
- June 2 Youth Group @ Morningside UMC
- June 9 Youth Group @ Morningside UMC
- June 16 Confirmation/Youth Sunday @ Morningside
- June 18 Summer Youth Group Begins (Tuesday) - Locations TBA
- August 12-16 Vacation Bible School @ Morningside
Open Door Churches Young Adults
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.
Thank you for your continued support of The Open Door Young Adults. Please contact Pastor Alyssa at
with any questions.
Walk for Hope & Fun Run
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:30 AM
This year's event is taking place on
June 1st at 9:30am at Salem's Minto Brown Park.
Walk for Hope & Fun Run will not only have the 5k walk/run options, but will also include a 10k run for our avid running friends in the community. This will be a chip-timed event!
he cost is $35. A UGM t-shirt can be ordered when you register.
Additionally, there will be a BBQ lunch that will be provided FREE of charge for those that have registered.
Let Mary Ann Robinson 503-393-7377
know if you'd like to join the Open Door Church team. You can register online at
Make sure to register under our team name: "Open Door Churches/United Methodist Churches of Salem/Keizer."
Pastor Wendy's Summer Schedule:
Annual Conference, Vacation and Renewal Leave
June and July will have a different rhythm for me this year. Between Annual Conference, vacation and renewal leave, it will be an interesting time. I will be here on Sundays: June 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Ordained United Methodist clergy have the opportunity once every 4 years to have a 4 week renewal leave in addition to vacation time (per the Book of Discipline.) In our annual conference, we are granted 30 days of vacation each appointment year, of which 4 can typically be Sunday's.
I will be combining vacation days and 4 weeks of renewal leave in June and July. During this
time, I will be reflecting on the completion of my first 25 years of local church ministry and discerning how I want to continuing answering my call to ministry for the remaining 10 years (plan A.) How have I answered God's call thus far that has been fulfilling, meaningful to people' lives, brought people into a closer relationship with God and challenged people to ask how they are called to be in ministry? What is God calling me to continue doing and/or what new things is God placing upon my heart as I continue in ministry for approximately the next 10 years? To aid in the reflection, I will be reading the books pictured below:
Some of this time I will be camping, some I will be at home and during one week I will be at a 3-D fabric art workshop outside of Leavenworth, Washington. There are addition books I will be reading as well:
This is what my schedule will look like:
June 1-10 Focus on orders of worships, sermons for June, preparing for Board of Ordained
Ministry and and Annual Conference.
June 11-12 Board of Ordained Ministry Meeting
June 12-15 Annual Conference
June 16 Worship with Morningside and Youth Sunday
June 16-18 Finish Orders of Worship for July
June 19-20 Vacation Days
June 23 Worship with Morningside and Sunday of Service
June 24- 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 I am gone: Mark Bateman, Jan Nelson, Sandy Kimbrow, Jeff Lowery and Alyssa
Baker. Alyssa Baker will also lead the Face to Face Service. I am in gratitude to all of their
assistance as I have this time away.
Annual Morningside UMC
Church Retreat Day
Sunday, August 4th
Everyone is invited. It's our chance to be together as a church family, enjoy the beauty of nature and share a unique worship experience. Our spot is reserved and we are making plans now for the annual Church Retreat Day! Dust off you camping chairs, your canoes and ukuleles... Mark you calendars and plan to join in the fun.
Worship, pot-luck brunch, crafts, games, outdoor activities, BBQ, glorious setting and wonderful fellowship!
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.
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!
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,
Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders
- Walk for Hope & Fun Run - Sat., June 1st, 9:30 (Young Adults - Open to All)
- UMC Next Forum, Sun., June 2nd, 11:45 (FR)
- Morningside UMC Sunday of Service - Sun., June 23rd, 10:30 Worship, 11 Service Projects
- Keizer Clear Lake UMC Annual Garage Sale - Fri., Aug. 2nd & Sat., Aug. 3rd (9 - 4) (KCLUMC)
- Morningside Annual Church Retreat, Sun., Aug. 4th (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)
June Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?
Morningside United Methodist Church
PO Box 3076, Salem, OR 97302
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30-2:30
Office is CLOSED on Friday
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.