New Sermon Series
United Methodist DNA
Begins Sunday, Sept. 16th at 10:30 AM*
(* New Worship Time*)

What does it mean to be United Methodist?  The answer can be different for each person.  However, there is likely common ground for all of us.  Over the next several weeks, our Open Door Churches clergy will each take a turn sharing their thoughts about what makes us United Methodists.

Open Door Churches Worship,
Celebration & Picnic
Sunday, September 9, 2018 10 am - 1 pm

Come worship and enjoy a special message from our guest preacher, Leroy Barber. This exciting worship service will also feature the glorious sounds of our Open Door Churches combined music teams.

Stick around afterward to feast on our grand potluck lunch, meet some new friends and learn about the other Open Door Churches in our area.

Remember, all Open Door Churches will be participating in this special service so no worship services will be available at any of the church sites that day.

In This Issue
Worship Schedule
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

August 27th by 9:00 am
September Birthdays
3   Tom Jewett
5   Iris Gibson
     Jan Calvin
6   Sally Neff
8   Helene Gough
     Randi Serrau
9   anni Powell
     Bea Epperson
12 Wendy Woodworth
13 Mike Johnson
22 Emmaline Melton
23 Andrew Norval
     Betsy Stuller
25 Mike Vollmar
27 Barbara Jahnke
     Bruce Nelson
28 Chris Watts
     Fran Nelson
29 Abby Minahan
     Barbara Lange

September Anniversaries
3   Betty & Del Frank
5   Elisa & Frank Reckendorf
6   Royal & Phyllis Tarter
7   Craig & Martha Schreiter
8   Jim W. & Kirsten Johnson
9   Glenn & Donna Gross
10 Jean Martin
27 Joan Harmsen
28 Jim & Jocelyn Smiley
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Paul Larue, Susi Bromley, Alice Berends, Glen McCall,  
Mary Lu Snodgrass, Phyllis Boston, Nahnie Williams,
Luella Price, Lyle Dragoo, Robert Kuenzli,  Ken Amend, Paula Kent, Maggie Johnson, Elisa Reckedorf, Arlen Hollinshead, Diane and Brigitte Rolph.
Reminder - Worship Time Change!
Beginning Sunday, September 16th
Sunday Morning Worship is at 10:30 AM

Reminder that our worship service will begin at 10:30 AM beginning  Sunday, September 16, 2018. So, feel free to sip that second cup of  coffee, read that extra chapter of your current book club book or sleep  in just a wee bit longer... we'll be ready for worship at 10:30!
Methodist DNA Classes
Sunday, September 16th & 23rd, 11:45 am

Are you new to the United Methodist Church? Looking for a refresher course on what it means to be a United Methodist?

Pastor Wendy will be hosting a 2 part class meant just for you: United Methodist DNA Class - Being a United Methodist. On Sunday, Sept. 16th and Sunday, Sept. 23rd, Pastor Wendy will present this 2 part class to help uncover the mysteries of the United Methodist Church.

What do United Methodists believe in? What are our principles? We'll learn about the Wesleyan Quadrilateral which makes up the cornerstones of our beliefs - scripture, tradition, reason and experience. And discuss the importance of personal piety (our faith) and social action (doing good works.)

All are welcome. Let Pastor Wendy know if you are interested or drop us an email: .

Face to Face - A New Worship Experience Coming Soon...  
Beginning Sunday, Oct. 7th, 8:30 am
Morningside UMC - Fireside Room

Have a busy Sunday? Not enough time to be at church your usual hour plus-try Face to Face: A Worship Experience. Lasting 30-40 minutes on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am at Morningside UMC in the Fireside Room, this inclusive service will feature progressive theology, be participatory, organic in nature and allow for small group sharing Face to Face.

Pastor Wendy will lead this early morning, interactive worship experience here at Morningside and it will be open to the whole of Open Door Churches members. It is planned to be "simply" worship, without the formalities of official greetings, announcements, ushers, etc. Face to Face will be organic in nature, with participants volunteering to read scripture and allowing for time to share one on one and in small groups.

Face to Face - it's a new worship experience. Plan to join us and experience it for yourself!
Fall Discipleship Group Options
The Results Are In...

It's here! The fall discipleship groups hosted through the Open Door Churches are listed below. Let your local church office know which one you would like to attend by Monday, September 10th and get set for a great experience.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again
If the Bible isn't a science book, instruction manual, or position paper, then what is it? Bestselling author Rachel Held Evans invites readers on a journey of rediscovery as she explores the magic of the Bible, engaging the old, familiar stories in new ways that honor the past and enlighten the present. Drawing upon recent scholarship and literary analysis, Evans creatively retells our favorite Bible stories, explains their contexts and possible interpretations, and then connects these ancient stories to our present-day ones. She invites readers to fall in love with Scripture all over again without checking their intellect --- or their imaginations --- at the door. The [8 weeks / $15]
  • 1:00 PM Tuesday starting on Tuesday, September 11. Meeting at Keizer-Clear Lake 7920 Wheatland Rd. N.
  • 2:30 PM Tuesday starting on Tuesday, September 25. Meeting at Morningside UMC, 3674 12th St. SE
  • 6:30 PM Tuesday starting on Tuesday, September 18. Meeting at First UMC, 600 State Street
  • 10 AM Thursday starting on Thursday, September 20. Meeting at First UMC, 600 State Street

The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a Divided World

Jim Wallis is a strong, evangelical Christian. For over 2 decades he has been a powerful national voice challenging the evangelical community to remember and reclaim that Jesus invites us followers to engage in ministries of social justice. This timely and provocative book invites participants to reclaim Jesus's compelling vision of the common good. Wallis contends that this concept impacts not only our politics, but also our personal lives, families, churches, neighborhoods, and world. [9 weeks / $12]
  • 2:30 PM Thursday starting on Thursday, September 27. Meeting at Trinity UMC,
    590 Elma St.
Walk for Alzherimer's
Saturday, September 8th

Every year Morningside UMC supports a team called Team Diane for the Walk for ALZ!  Beginning August 12th, stop by after church to sign up for Team Diane.  Lorie Long and Phil Wiseman will be outside Herrmann Hall to help you sign up. 
Thanks!  LET'S DO THIS!
Open Door Churches  Youth Group September Schedule

We will resume regular youth group starting Sunday, September 16. This is our kick off Sunday. Remember this is a potluck. Bring a dish to share with the group. For the month of September we will meet at FUMC from 12:30 - 2:00 pm 

For more details about youth group activities visit their Facebook page  Here
Open Door Churches Young Adults
September Schedule
The Open Door Young Adult group meets on Wednesdays from 7-8:30. This past month the young adults spent a day in Lincoln City together and have been preparing for their table at the Open Door Churches Celebration at Riverfront Park. This month we are going to share with one another our foundational beliefs and talk about what informs those beliefs.

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

Check out the group's Facebook Page:  CLICK HERE 
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
Cascadia District Fall Event
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10 am - 4 pm
Salem First UMC, Micah Building

On Saturday, September 22nd the Cascadia District will hold an event in Salem for all clergy and members of our district churches!
  • In the morning there will be a time for clergy to gather, the all-district fall kick-off colloquy.  
  • At noon there will be a catered lunch for lay and clergy with a program by the Cascadia District Church Extension Society (CDCES). The Extension Society is an example of our connectional system, with churches supporting other churches through the Extension Society Asking (has your church paid theirs? Check with your treasurer!) and the legacy of resources from closed churches. The CDCES gives loans for building improvements and grants for new ministry. Check it out by clicking here! CDCES is also the source for the New Places for New People micro-grants given to each Cascadia church and ministry setting. If you haven't heard about that yet, check it out here!
  • In the afternoon there will be an event for clergy and laity on engaging in dynamic ministry in our communities! See Tim's column above for the focus of our time together. To prepare to talk about the people in your neighborhood, Tim asks that each local church group come with a report from the demographic resource MissionInsite. Your church has free access to this resource through the Annual Conference. See the Resource Section in the right-hand column of this newsletter for more information.
The cost is only $6 for a single person or $10 for a group of any size from one congregation!
Register Online Here Now!!
We look forward to being together on September 22, 2018
Transformations Prayer Retreat
September 23rd - 28th, 2018
Suttle Lake, $365

It's time, once again, for the Transformations Prayer Retreat. The retreat blends contemplation and community. Emphasis is on the communal sharing of the sacraments, with ample time for the solitude of prayer, meditation, and reflection.

Discussions will be based on Richard Rohr's book, "Breathing Under Water - Spirituality and the Twelve Steps."

CLICK HERE for details and additional information about registering. To ask questions or speak to the someone, please contact Holly Dolan, camp registrar:
503-802-9214 or

Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 8 - 9 am
The Willamette Room, Salem Convention Center

As a continuation of our support for the Mid-Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, we have all been invited to the 2018 HopeBuilder Breakfast. The breakfast is fully underwritten by sponsors so there is no charge; however, donations are accepted to support the local Habitat organization.

Those of you that have participated in Habitat events should have received an invitation or e-mail with the details. And those of you wanting to support this worthy cause are very much encouraged to attend. I am hoping that Morningside can fill a table with ten people or maybe even two tables with twenty people!

To RSVP, you can either respond to the invitation you received directly, pick up an invitation in the narthex or call the local Habitat Office at 503-364-6642. To fill the Morningside table(s), please note or mention that you are Invited by table host: Liz Hunt. Come join us in fellowship while supporting an organization that "Helps families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter."   - Liz Hunt
Voter Forums!
Sunday, September 30th & October 7th, 11:45 am
Morningside UMC - Herrmann Hall

Elections are coming!  The Church & Society team wants to help you be an informed voter.  There will be forums on the statewide ballot measures after worship on both September 30th and October 7th.

Join us for information and discussion of these important issues we will decide this November.  

Quick News Items, Save the Dates and Reminders ,  MUMC
  • Walk 4 Alzheimer's - September 8th, 9 am Registration, 11 am Walk, Riverfront Park
  • Open Door Churches Worship & Celebration, September 9th, 10 am, Riverfront Park
  • United Methodist DNA Classes - September 16th & 23rd, 11:45 am, Fireside Room
  • Cascadia District Event - September 22nd, 10 am - 4 pm, FUMC, Micah Bldg
  • Transformations Prayer Retreat - Sept. 23rd to 26th
  • Voter Forums - September 30th & October 7th, 11:45 am, Herrmann Hall

FunRaiser Reminders

Here is a list of the remaining FunRaisers.  Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun activities this summer!

If you signed up for one or more, please note the date, time and location and mark them in your calendar!

FunRaiser Date Time Location
Portland/Willamette River   *FULL* Sat., Sept. 15th 8:30 AM Meet at MUMC to carpool
Game Night/Dinner
Saturday, Oct. 6th 6:00 PM TBA

September 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.