Morningside Weekly News & Updates
January 10, 2019
"Endless Possibilities"
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, 8:30 & 10:30
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Remembering the baptism of the Lord and celebrating our own.

By the water... by the light... by the spirit... we rejoice in the One who blesses us in baptism.

Join us as we welcome our special guest preacher, Rev. Sandy Kimbrow.

See you at Morningside! ❤️
Sunday, January 13th, 11:30 AM
Herrmann Hall

Everyone is encouraged to attend the All Church Meeting on Sunday, January 13th, immediately following the 10:30 AM worship service.

Let's pause to take a look at how we are doing as a church - as a community of faith. 

*2018 Year-End Review
*What's Coming in 2019?
*Ministry & Program Updates
*Membership Report
*Review & Approve 2019
Operating Budget
Oregon-Idaho Reconciling United Methodists (OI RUMs)
“Drag Queen Story Time at Hillsboro FUMC”
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:45 am
Oregon City UMC
18955 South End Rd, Oregon City
The gathering begins at 9:45 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. members of Hillsboro FUMC will share their church's exciting experience of connecting with their wider community in a program entitled, "Drag Queen Story Time at Hillsboro FUMC"

The potluck luncheon at noon will be followed by a conversation about the Special General Conference in February 2019, including a time of prayer and blessing for those who will be attending as members of the delegation and as witnesses or volunteers.  

For more information contact Rev. Bonnie Parr Philipson at or (503) 547-3822.
Creating a World That Works for All
Sunday, Jan. 13th, 2:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem

Morningside's Church and Society Team are sharing information about this informative workshop open to the public.

More information about the presenter:

Shariff Abdullah, J.D., is a consultant, speaker, author and advocate for societal transformation.  His mission is to bring currently dysfunctional systems and structures into alignment with our common human and spiritual values, to create a world that works for all living things.

Shariff consults with people and organizations on the leading edge of change, including government agencies, businesses and social service organizations.

As Director of Commonway Institute, he has visited over 43 countries and over 100 distinct cultures, giving him a unique perspective on our global human and spiritual issues, and a vision which spans culture and class. He has proven experience in working with all peoples and in many different situations, bringing harmony in conditions of actual or potential conflict and discord.

His books on leadership and societal change include the award-winning Creating a World That Works for All, and Seven Seeds for a New Society.
Special General Conference 2019
Update & Discussion
Monday, January 14th, 7:00 pm (FUMC)
Tuesday, January 15th, 1:30 pm (MUMC)
What is it all about?  What are these three different plans I hear about? What did the Commission of a Way Forward decide? Could the United Methodist Church really split?

If you are curious about these questions, there will be 2 opportunities to hear about what's happening. On January 14 at Salem First UMC at 7:00 pm and January 15 at Morningside UMC at 1:30 pm. Jan Nelson, our voting Lay Delegate to General Conference will lead the time together along with Wendy Woodworth, a clergy reserve delegate and possibly Mark Bateman, a lay reserve delegate.
Volunteers NEEDED!

There are many volunteer opportunities in the next few weeks. Here are just a few. Please sign up on the Wall of Helping Hands in the main hallway.

  • Las Naciones Community Dinner, Thursday, January 17th, 6:30 PM
Food service, etc.

  • Red Shawl Sewing Days, Saturdays, January 19th & February 2nd, 9:00 PM
Sewers with machines, Sewers with needle & thread, Cutters, Pressers, etc...
(Let Pastor Wendy know if you are interested)
2019 Worship Flower
Adding to the worship experience by providing flowers for the altar on Sunday mornings is a long-standing tradition in the United Methodist Church. Honoring the memory of a departed loved one... paying tribute to a cherished friend or spouse on their birthday... or just sharing the bountiful beauty of your spring garden. We love the beauty the flowers bring to each service.

The 2019 Flower Sign-up is now posted in the main hall next to the entrance of the fellowship hall. Sign up on Sunday for your special dates!
Methodoers Meeting
Tues., Jan. 22nd, 10:30 am
(Date moved from Jan. 15th)
Nancy O’Loughlin will be our guest speaker at this month’s meeting. Join us as Nancy presents “Finding Your Talents.” Bring your sack lunch to enjoy during the meeting. Dessert and beverages will be served. All are welcome.
Annual Youth Auction
"Puttin' on the Ritz"
Sat., Feb. 23, 2019, 5:30 PM
This year's youth auction is just around the corner and the committee is hard at work seeking out donations to make this fund raiser a great success!
As the youth are heading to Costa Rica to work on construction projects, the amount needed to support this work is greater than last year. All the proceeds from the auction will go to pay for the 18 youth to go (the adult chaperones pay their own way).
In addition to seeking donations, we are also looking for corporate sponsors or individuals who would like to donate money for a specific youth.
Do you want to donate an item to auction off but aren't sure what it should be? Providing an experience, teaching a skill, or offering a service are wonderful donations and are much in demand! For  ideas,  please see the list below and let the church office know if you would like to donate something.
Thank you for all the effort and investment you put into the lives of our youth!

Providing an experience
· Fishing trip
· Snowmobiling
· Cross country skiing
· Snowshoeing
· Rollerblading
· Ice skating
· Rock climbing
· Waterskiing
· Horseback riding
· Camping
· Canoeing
· Kayaking
· Sailing
· Airplane ride
· A guided tour of a really cool place

Teaching a skill
· Skiing
· Golfing
· Tennis
· Weight lifting
· Self ­defense
· Scrap­booking
· Flower arranging
· Cooking
· Canning
· Baking
· Sewing
· Quilting
· Dancing
· Musical instrument
· Singing lessons
· Drawing/Art lessons
· First aid training
· Survival training
· Dutch oven cooking
· Cake decorating
· Secrets to good photography
· Yard work
· Landscape design
· Baking
· Cooking a meal
· Cookies delivered every week for a month
· Fresh bread delivered every week for month
· Hosting a picnic
· Washing windows
· Family/personal portrait
· Host a birthday party
· Tutoring
· Provide musical talent at an event
· Painting
· Face painting at a birthday party
· Interior design
· House cleaning and/or organizing
· Pet sitting
· Makeup make­over
· Haircut, color
· Will preparation
· Computer repair
· Car repair/maintenance
· Massage therapy
· Deliver a week's worth of meals/deserts
· Use of a vacation home
· Tickets to the zoo
· Carpentry work
· Electrical work
· Plumbing work
Congregations Helping People
Hiring a Program Director
Our friends at Congregations Helping People is looking for that special someone to serve as the Director of the agency in a half time position.

CHP serves the Salem/Keizer community as a provider of assistance for basic needs and referral support. No social service background is required, but a desire to help community members in difficult circumstances is needed, supported by a level of comfort with normal office computer skills.

If you are interested or desire more details concerning the position, please call Alan at 503-569-9342 or send an email to The hiring process for the position will begin December 12th. (They are still actively looking as of the beginning of January.)

Maybe the perfect candidate for this Program Director is you... or, maybe it's someone you know!
Activities and Events to Note!
  • Parents Night Out - Fri., Jan. 11th, 6 - 9 pm (HH, FR, K) (Volunteer Opportunity)
  • Reconciling United Methodists - Program & Potluck, Sat., Jan. 12th, 9:45 am, Oregon City UMC
  • All Church Meeting - Sun., Jan. 13th, 11:45 am (HH)
  • General Conference 2019 Update & Discussion - Mon., Jan. 14th, 7 pm (FUMC Micah Bldg); Tues., Jan. 15th, 1:30 pm (FR)
  • Las Naciones Community Dinner - Thurs., Jan. 17th, 6:30 pm (Volunteer Opportunity)
  • Red Shawl Sewing Days, Sat., Jan. 19th & Feb. 2nd, 9 am (Chemawa Indian School) (Volunteer Opportunity)
Here's What's Happening @ Morningside Next Week...