EveryDay Stewards: 
Annual Stewardship Campaign

We will complete our annual stewardship campaign this week with the consecration of our pledge cards at the end of the 10:30 worship service.  Bring your completed pledge cards to worship or complete it during the service.

Everyone should have received their pledge cards by now - either after the service last week or in the mail.  If you haven't received one, cards will be available on Sunday before the consecration. 

The consecration of our pledges will be followed by a time of celebration during our fellowship hour next Sunday on November 11th.

May this be a time of reflection and growth in our faith as we consider how we each embrace being EveryDay Stewards.
Sermon Series
EveryDay Stewards
"Embrace Faithfulness"
Hebrews 11:1-3; 12:1-2
Sunday, November 4th at 8:30 and 10:30 AM

Completing our EveryDay Stewards Sermon Series this week, Pastor Wendy brings us a message of faith - the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not see.  We will affirm our faithfulness with the consecration of our annual pledges and celebrate the faithful who have gone before us as we commemorate All Saints Day.

See you at Morningside.
In This Issue
Worship Schedule
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.

Newsletter Deadline

November 26th by 9:00 am
November Birthdays
1    Antoinette Lawson
      Liz Toy
2    Don Pitt
3    John Ahlen
      Keli Davenport Silver
4    Joe Benninghoff
5    Tamara Funk
6    Chris Scofield
      Mikala Silver
9    Nyzelli Anderson
12  Colleen Heitmann
      Sandie Pattison
13  Janice Frerk
14   Lorene Vollmar
       Lynne Barkley
15   Kelly Raths
17   Diane Rolph
       Kelly Freels
18   Jan Wetherbee
       Paula Kent
21   Teresa Stewart
22   Pixie Rose Savage
23   Richard Reid
25   John Lee
28   Beth Taylor
       Roxie Smith-Munson
November Anniversaries
12   Tim & Julie Bulletset
17   Bonnie & Karen
22    Ellis & Lois Sanders
Tick, Tock!  Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday, Nov. 4th
Daylight savings ends this Sunday, Nov. 4th.  Don't forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night.  If you get to church early on Sunday, we'll put you to work!
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Family and friends of Brian Lundy, Alice Berends and Maggie Johnson.   Geraline Hammond, Paul Larue, Susi Bromley, Phyllis Boston, Nahnie Williams, Luella Price, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Robert Kuenzli,  Ken Amend,  Paula Kent, Maggie Johnson, Elisa Reckedorf,  Arlen Hollinshead,  Diane and Brigitte Rolph.
Celebrations of Life

This month we will celebrate the lives of three of our church family who passed away in October.  
  • Alice Berends, Saturday, Nov. 10th, 11:00 am
  • Brian Lundy, Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2:00 pm
  • Maggie Johnson, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2:00 pm

Holiday Craft Fair Holiday Craft Fair &
Jewelry Jamboree
Fri., Nov. 2nd 10-5; Sat., Nov. 3rd, 9-4 and
Sun. Nov. 4th (after worship)

Early holiday shopping and treats galore! Don't miss this year's annual Holiday Craft Fair to pick up some wonderful gift items and tasty treats.

The Jewelry Jamboree is also back and they've got hundreds of new items. Guest vendors will be set up selling gifts and goodies and the Holiday Sweet Shoppe will be tempting us all with their delicious selection of baked treats, candies and holiday crafts.  

Voter People!
Tuesday, November 6th

This coming Tuesday is voting day and/or your deadline for turning in your ballots!  Whether you are voting on election day or voting early, please be vigilant. Check your ballot to make sure your vote was correctly registered.
Volunteers Needed -
Las Naciones Community Dinner
Thursday, November 15th, 6:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 15th at 6:30 pm, is Morningside's evening to help serve the community dinner at Las Naciones UMC (formerly Jason Lee church.)

We need 5 or 6 people to help out.  If you are able to help that night, please sign up on the Wall of Helping Hands in the hallway outside the Narthex.
Join in the Discussion
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Trinity UMC

Open Door Churches is hosting a morning of open discussion about inclusion in our churches. Do we truly OPEN our doors to all who desire to enter? How do we welcome those who have backgrounds and lives different from our own? Kristina Gonzalez, Director of Innovation for an Inclusive Church for the Northwest Area will lead us through this exploration.
Labyrinth Worship & Walk
Friday, Dec. 7th, 7:00 pm (Worship)
Saturday, Dec. 8th, 1:00 - 6:00 pm (Labyrinth)

This year we are having a two day labyrinth event. On the evening of December 7th there will be a worship service at 7 PM filled with the music of Christmas.  

Don Main and Sharon Cooper will be sharing Christmas music on clarinet and piano.  The musical arrangements are sure to surprise! The worship experience will begin in a spirit of celebration and move toward a more reflective tone.  Introductions and guidelines will be given for walking the labyrinth at the December 7th worship service.  

The labyrinth will be available Saturday afternoon, December 8, from 1 pm to 6 pm. Christmas music is reflective and music of hope.  During the labyrinth walk Saturday soft Christmas carols will be playing.   As we walk with the Christmas music of hope and reflect on the meaning of Christmas we invite all who participate to release concerns for a brief time.  Finger labyrinths will be available, also, on Saturday.  

We invite all who walk on December 8th to simply walk in peace and allow the insights of the Advent season arise in the mind and heart as it will. 
A Whole Lot of Thank Yous!
Seems like so many have been doing so much to help lately.  Here are a few "thank yous" that have come in to be shared.

Congregations Helping People:  A BIG thanks for the financial contributions and volunteer hours.  Year to date, CHP has provided assistance to 382 individuals and families with significant needs such as rental and utility assistance, bus passes and more.  CHP continues to need volunteers on a weekly or twice monthly basis, however.  Send an email to if you can help.

Habitat for Humanity:  Thank you to all those who attended the HopeBuilder Breakfast in October.  The event was a great success with $64,000 raised so far and donations still coming in.  (We had quite the Morningside representation at the event!)

Walk 4 Alzheimer's:  A Note of Thanks from Brigitte Rolph.

Time flies!  I apologize for not contacting all the Morningside supporters of TEAM DIANE about the successful "Walk 4 Alzheimer's" more timely.

It was an exciting and meaningful event.  There were about 1,000 walkers that day.  The weather was perfect and some of the Morningsiders crossed the new pedestrian bridge to Minto Brown for the first time.  All in all total donations were about $50,000!  Morningside's share was over $2,000.

Diana and I thank all of you for your generous donations and participation.  Thank you!  Thank you!  God bless all of you!  -Brigitte
Open Door Churches  Youth Group November Schedule

Mark your calendars...

November 4, 12:30 pm  Keizer Clearlake UMC
November 11, 12:30 pm  KCLUMC
November 18, 12:30 pm  KCLUMC
November 25,  NO YOUTH GROUP

For more details about youth group activities visit their Facebook page  Here
Open Door Churches Young Adults
November Schedule
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 Starbucks. 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. 

Check out our group's Facebook Page:  CLICK HERE 
Open Door Churches News and Notes

Board Meeting:
The next Board meeting will be November 26, 6:00pm.

Open Door Churches Webpage:
Go to to see information about each of the churches and ways you can be involved.

Open door Churches October Board Meeting Notes:
The Open Door Churches Board meeting was held at Morningside UMC on Monday October 22nd.   Pat Gillespie presented the 2019 Clergy Compensation plans for the Open Door Churches clergy. After considering the pastors request that they not receive a raise at this time, the board voted not to recommend any increases in Clergy Compensation and benefit to the Charge Conference October 30th.

Mark Bateman gave a preliminary update about the Solar panels for the churches. It was approved to ask a committee (chaired by David Cox) to move forward to begin the process of fund-raising in the Open Door Churches' name to put solar panels on the roofs of every Open Door Church. This also allows the committee to promote investment in Oregon Power Co-op funding for the Open Door Projects.

Vickie Plasker, Pastor Sandy, Pat Gillespie and others are on a committee to complete the Englewood UMC assessment. A report will be given next month.

Pastor Sandy has arranged for a Cultural Competency Training to be held at Trinity on Saturday November 17th, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This will be led by Kristina Gonzalez, Director of Innovation for an Inclusive Church for the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC. Kristina has worked in this field for 20 years. Everyone is invited to attend. From 1:30-5:00 the Board will receive additional training based on the assessments each board member will complete online.

After some discussion the board decided to become a legal United Methodist entity.

The Open Door Churches Charge Conference will be at First UMC on Tuesday October 30th at 7 p.m.

The next board meeting will be at Trinity UMC on Monday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders
  • Morningside's Annual Holiday Fair - Fri., Nov. 2nd, 10 am - 5 pm; Sat., Nov. 3rd,
  • 9 am - 4 pm; Sun. Nov. 4th, after worship only
  • Election Day - VOTE PEOPLE!!! - Tues., Nov. 6th
  • Parents Night Out - Fri., Nov. 9th, 6:00 pm (HH, FR, K)
  • Las Naciones Community Dinner (Volunteer Opportunity) - Thurs., Nov. 15th, 6:30 pm
  • Open Door Churches: Inclusion Discussion - Sat., Nov. 17th, 9:00 - 12:30 (Trinity UMC)
  • Labyrinth Worship & Walk, Fri., Dec. 7th, 7 pm (S); Sat., Dec. 8th, 1-6 pm,(HH)
November Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?

For a larger, printable version:  Click Here

Morningside United Methodist Church

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 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.