"Rise Up and Follow"
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Worship Services at 8:30 and 10:30
Join us Sunday for celebrate the bread and the cup and the faithful conviction that Easter is still alive - that life triumphs over death, hope over despair and love concurs hate and fear.
Be open to the words that Jesus shared and prepare to rise up and follow, because you are a person of faith!
Gifts of the Spirit
2019 Spring Challenge FundRaiser
"The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." - Galatians 5:22
One of the gifts or fruit of the Spirit is generosity. The years of generosity of Morningsiders has built the community of faith we have today. Your generosity of time, talents and financial gifts, has provided the opportunity of people all ages and differences to come together for worship, classes, fellowship and fun Through these experiences many have been embraced by the fruit of the Spirit and grown in their lives of faith to be ones who share the gifts of the Spirit with others.
One of our fundraisers for the general budget is the annual spring challenge. This year, you are asked to consider giving a gift equivalent to 5% of your annual giving. Here is a chart to help you calculate your gift:
Annual Giving 5% Spring Challenge Gift
$ 500 $ 25
$1,200 $ 60
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%. If we all participate, we will easily reach our goal of $10,000 and even surpass that goal. The members of the Finance Team have begun their giving to help get us started. These funds support of ministries of worship and education at Morningside.
Our Spring Challenge begins Sunday, May 5th and continues through June 9th, Pentecost Sunday, when we will conclude with a celebration during fellowship time with Strawberry Shortcake!!
Blessings, Pastor Wendy and Your Finance Team
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.
May 27th by 9:00 am
1 Ruby Cortes
3 Allen Patterson-Sterling
4 Annie Chapman
5 Sharon Cooper
6 Kathy Pressler
8 Duane Christensen
9 Lily Lacy
11 Karna Johnson
13 Brad Mercure
14 Lorie Long
15 Jan Nelson
16 Lillis Larson
17 Kira Kinney
18 John Eggink
20 Jennifer Blakely
21 Allison Calvin
23 Gary Quinliven
24 Bob Kuenzli
27 Chalice Savage
28 Deb Freels
29 Debra Arends
30 Fred Cooper
10 Carol & Leon Berkeley
11 Tes & Tim Lacy
16 Edward & Jean Johnson
21 Don Main & John Ahlen
A statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops:
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has ruled on the constitutionality of the plan known as "The Traditional Plan" that was passed at the Special Called Session of General Conference 2019 (St. Louis, Missouri). In its ruling, some of the petitions were ruled constitutional while others were ruled unconstitutional, and a petition related to a plan for churches to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church was ruled constitutional. With humble gratitude, we acknowledge the diligent and faithful work of the Judicial Council. The decision, made during the Council's April 23-26 meeting, means that less than half of the Traditional Plan will take effect in the U.S. on January 1, 2020, with Africa, Europe, and the Philippines taking effect twelve months after the next General Conference. The petition on a gracious exit goes into effect immediately. You may review the Judicial Council's Ruling No. 1378 at http://bit.ly/JCR1378 and No. 1379 at http://bit.ly/JCR1379. An explanation of both rulings is available at http://bit.ly/UMNSApr26.
While graciously received, the intent of the Western Jurisdiction remains the same as was stated on the floor of General Conference 2019: to live in the spirit of "One Church." The Mission Cabinet and the delegations of the Western Jurisdiction endorsed the One Church Plan before the Special Session, believing it to be the best option for allowing faithful United Methodists of differing theological perspectives to be in ministry together. We believed the One Church Plan was an expression of Wesleyan values that we practice in the West. In the wake of the Judicial Council decisions, we continue our commitment to live into Beloved Community as one church in each of the conferences of the Western Jurisdiction.
Even now, efforts are underway to coalesce our plans and energy to help forge the future of our church. If you are interested and energized in assisting, we invite you to visit the Western Jurisdiction website to volunteer and join this movement. (http://westernjurisdictionumc.org/ahomeforall)
We commit to be true to John Wesley's tradition of the entire world being our parish. We will continue to relate with one in another in such a way that all people may find our United Methodist Church to be their spiritual home. We will remain united in our determination to make our Jurisdiction a home for all.
Next month, on May 17-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and May 20-22 in Leawood, Kansas, persons of courage and faith from the Western Jurisdiction will participate in discussions that are happening and are connecting with representatives from Conferences around the world about the next steps for our Church. Those discussions will continue as annual conferences convene this summer and when our Western Jurisdiction leadership gathers in the fall.
The ruling by our Judicial Council will spark new discussions in our churches and in our Annual Conferences and across the connection. We anticipate that difficult decisions will take place during General Conference 2020. Thus, the road ahead may feel like a wilderness. But we, your bishops, are prayerfully in conversation in many places, with many individuals and groups about your hopes and your vision for being Church in this challenging time. We remain committed to ministry as one church for all and we ask for your prayers for the church and for the future of the love and grace as we travel this road together, not knowing where it will lead us, yet, but confident in God's presence with us.
The Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church
Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata, President
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto
Bishop Wilbur W. Y. Choy
Bishop Calvin D. McConnell
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
Bishop Roy I. Sano
Bishop Elias G. Galvan
Bishop Mary Ann Swenson
Bishop Beverly J. Shamana
Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr.
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:
The family of Gordon Johnson, 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
Robert (Bob) Maxey
Celebration of Life Service - Saturday, May 18th, Time TBA
Friday, May 3rd (9:30 - 3:30 in the Fireside Room)
Saturday, May 4th (9 - 3 in the Fireside Room)
Sunday, May 5th (After Worship in Herrmann Hall)
Put May 3rd, 4th and 5th on your calendar. Mother's Day is coming and you can get something for your sweetheart, mom, daughter or sister! We will have just the right item at this year's Mother's Day Sale. Don't miss out on the amazing deals and beautiful selection!
Parents Night Out
Friday, May 10th, 6 - 9 PM (Herrmann Hall)
The final Parents Night Out of the school season is quickly approaching! This year's program has been tremendously successful with attendance each month at all-time highs! If you are available to lend a hand this month, please let Christopher know. They would really appreciate the extra help!!
Tuesday, May 21st, 11:00 (Carpool)
The luncheon begins at 11:30 at Cafe 22
The Methodoers Group will meet for the last time this season on Tuesday, May 21st. Their annual luncheon meeting will be held at Cafe 22 where everyone will enjoy a time of friendship and celebrate the Cafe's wonderful strawberry shortcake!
If you'd like to carpool to the restaurant, meet in the church parking lot at 11:00 and they'll head over to the restaurant. Plan to gather by 11:30 at the restaurant.
Methodoers will take a break through the summer and start up again in Sept.
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!]
Is there a moment you remember when you confirmed with God that you loved Jesus and wanted to walk with him? Coming soon on May 19th at Salem First at the 8:45 service then a confirmation recognition at the 11:15 service and then June 16th at 10:30 a.m. at Morningside will be one of those times for several of our youth. These two dates are both Youth Sunday and Confirmation Sunday when our youth make their first profession of faith. This will be a special time in the lives of our confirmands (those making their profession) and it is our blessing to be a part of their day as we renew professions of our own.
In our community, most youth confirm their faith in either the 8th or 9th grades. Offered every other year, the youth who wish to do so take part in the confirmation program where they are mentored for a year by an adult member of the church and take classes with the other confirmands to explore their faith and learn about Methodist history and theology. This in-depth study helps form their faith and their spiritual walk for a lifetime. Just this last weekend the confirming youth went on a retreat together to Suttle Lake Camp - a time that was rich and meaningful for all.
Another part of our confirmation process is "Ask the Pastor" when the youth sit down with some of our Open Door Churches pastors and ask them whatever questions they want. Held next week on May 8th, this is a special discussion around the issues on the youth's hearts and the questions they've started to ask themselves as they prepare for the ceremony.
The confirmation ceremony itself, the culmination of their study, is closely linked with baptism in that the youth confirms their desire to walk this spiritual path in their first public declaration of faith made before their church community. According to the Book of Discipline, the vows confirmands make include:
- To renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of the world, and repent of their sin
- To accept the freedom and power God gives them to resist evil, injustice, and oppression;
- To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put their whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as their Lord
- To remain faithful members of Christ's holy church and serve as Christ's representatives in the world
- To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries
- To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness
- To receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments
According to This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy, confirmation includes three aspects
- God confirms the divine promise to those who were too young to grasp what God was doing in their baptism
- The youth respond by professing their own acceptance of the grace they have received and their own faith in Christ
- The Church, as represented by the congregation, confirms the commitments they make
While confirmation is focused on the youth professing their faith, this special service is also a time for us to profess faith of our own and to respond to their growth by confirming our support of the youth. Throughout the ceremony, there will be places for us to renew our own spiritual vows and our community, rededicating ourselves to the work and love of God.
The youth in this year's confirmation ceremony are:
- Austin Gienger - FUMC
- Erika Bateman - FUMC
- Elisabeth Rich - FUMC
- Sophia Miller - FUMC
- Lauren LeRoy - FUMC
- Aeson Pargas - Morningside
Let's celebrate our youth and support them in whatever ways we can as they take these important next steps in their lives of faith!
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt, Open Door Churches Communications
News from Your Morningside UMC
Many of you are aware of the Family Enrichment program that is part of our Education Ministries Team. This program teaches families good parenting skills. It is open to all families in the community and has been very successful. We are blessed at Morningside to be able to offer such a program. Your MUMC Foundation donated $3,000.00 from the Starla Thomas, Alice Berends and Tomas Chavez memorial funds to help continue the program through June of this year.
We also donated $225.00 for Camp Hope scholarships in memory of Brian Lundy. Camp Hope is offered at Camp Magruder, and is through the Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries office.
Here is a look at the Morningside UMC Foundation's finances. Endowment funds are just over $174,500 as of March 31. Earnings on these funds dropped by 6.7 percent in 2018, but have increased over 10 percent in the first three months of 2019. Money with Pioneer Trust Bank totals $6,674.00 after reductions for the two donations mentioned above.
Finally, thank you to all who continue to support the Foundation through your memorial or annual gifts. We appreciate your trust!
Your Foundation Board includes Hugh Nelson, president, Brigitte Rolph, Caroline Smith, Phil Wiseman, and Kelly Freels, with Royal Tarter as a member emeritus.
The MUMC Women's group would like to thank all the people who helped in so many
ways with the Rummage/Jewelry Sale this year. Volunteers include: Anni and Michael Powell,
Beth Fleisher, Nancy Ross and her niece Christine, Deb and Kelly Freels, Eva Johnson and her grandson Alex Hococta, Janet, George, and Dean Adkins, Judy Manlove, Judy Webster, Karna Johnson, Lori Alton, Lura Morris, Lynda Sloan, Mary Anne Spradlin, Mary Lou Snodgrass, Matt Stewart, Meagan & Chris Watts, Nancy O'Loughlin, Norm DeVol, Paula Kent, Renee Cornwell, Richard Reid, Sally Neff, Sam and Nancy McPhaill, Sara Amend, Shawn Clark, Wendy Woodworth, Brigitte Rolph, Gladys Sinanan, Carol Cady, Phyllis Boston, Phyllis Tarter, Maryann Lundy, Nancy Johnson, and all the youth and others who helped bring down rummage from upstairs. (That group included Aeson, Luis, Lupe, Eugenia, Eva, Alex, Christopher, and others.)
If we didn't get everyone's name, we are very sorry. Please consider yourself appreciated and know that we are grateful. We couldn't have done it without all your help. Jobs included setting up, sorting, displaying, pricing, cashiering, selling, crowd control, clean-up and that's just the jobs that were on our list! We know that people did some quieter tasks; putting up and taking down signs, washing dishes, packing books, researching items for sale, fixing our lunch, packing boxes, loading cars and trucks, and much more!
We had a very successful rummage and jewelry sale. The sale took in more than $4,000
for the food bank and towards the kitchen remodel fund. THANKS SO MUCH!
Sincerely, The Rummage Sale Committee (Vergie Olson, Teresa Stewart, Sue Reid, Dawn
Eckert, Renee Cornwell, Helene Gough, Phyllis Boston)
[AND A HUGE THANKS TO THE RUMMAGE SALE COMMITTEE FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION! - Ed.]
Open Door Churches Youth Group May Schedule
We have lots of great opportunities for our youth this Spring as we approach a busy summer filled with mission trips and summer camps. This month we'll meet at Salem First United Methodist Church from 12:30-2 p.m. for our Sunday youth groups. Join us for conversation, delicious lunch, and games!
Part of our time together this month will be spent preparing for Youth Sunday @ FUMC on May 19th and @ Morningside on June 16th. At those services we will conf
irm our 6 confirmation students who have been working hard all year exploring their faith.
Mark your calendars for some great youth group activities!
- May 5 Youth Group 12:30-2 (FUMC)
- May 8 Confirmation Meeting (Ask the Pastor)
- May 12 No Youth Group Mother's Day
- May 19 Youth Sunday at FUMC both services/Confirmation Sunday
- May 19 Youth Group 12:30-2 - Costa Rica Mission Team Building (FUMC)
- May 26th Youth Group 12:30-2 (FUMC)
Middle School Mission Trip
Our second Mission Trip for the summer of 2019 will be to Portland. Details are below. Cost will be $50 per person. Let Jeff know if you have any questions.
The week of City Camp is August 5-9 in Portland, OR.
This will be a great opportunity for us to live out our faith by serving in a variety of ways, including serving a meal at a soup kitchen, working at the Oregon Food Bank and working in a community garden. During the week we will stay at First United Methodist Church in Portland (which has Air Conditioning!) and on Thursday we will participate in Nightstrike, a ministry to the homeless under the Burnside bridge.
to print the sign-up form. Complete the form and turn it in to Jeff at Youth Group!
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."
Annual Morningside UMC Church Retreat Day
Sunday, August 4th
Our spot has been 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!
Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders
- Jewelry Jamboree - Fri., May 3rd, 9:30 - 3:30 and Sat., May 4th, 9:00 - 3:00 (FR)
- Parents Night Out - Fri., May 10th, 6 - 9 PM (HH)
- Native American Sunday - Sun., May 26th, 8:30 & 11:30 AM Worship
- Walk for Hope & Fun Run - Sat., June 1st, 9:30 (Young Adults - Open to All)
- KCLUMC Annual Garage Sale - Fri., Aug. 2nd & Sat., Aug. 3rd (9 - 4)
- 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
May 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.