"Boldly Stepping Out"
Acts 28:23-31
Sunday, September 1, 2019
8:30 AM (Face to Face) and 10:30 AM (Blended Service)

Our "Boldly Stepping Out" sermon series comes to an end this week as we bring together the stories and lessons we've heard over the past couple of months.  We'll celebrate with communion  and commit our lives to boldly stepping out with the grace of God! 

See you at Morningside!  ❤️ �� �� �� �� ��
New Sermon Series
"Psalms of the Heart"
September 15th - October 6th

Join us for a 4 week-long series focused on some of your favorite psalms.  Each Sunday we will welcome one of our Open Door Churches pastors to bring us their message lifting up special versus of these psalms.  Join us!

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

September 23rd
September Birthdays

2     David Nelson
       Patty Smith
3     Tom Jewett
5     Iris Gibson
       Jan Calvin
6     Sally Neff
8     Helene Gough
       Miranda 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     Del & Betty Funk
5     Elisa & Frank
7     Craig & Martha Schreiter
8     Jim W & Kirsten
9     Glenn & Donna Gross
28   Jim & Jocelyn Smiley
Open Door Churches 2nd Annual
Worship & Celebration Potluck Picnic
Sunday, Sept. 8th, 10:30 AM
Riverfront Park - Salem

Preparations are being made, casseroles are being planned and music is being practice - it's time for this year's Open Door Churches annual Worship & Celebration Potluck Picnic.

Pastors Wendy and Dan, Sandy, Alyssa and Mario will lead us in worship along with our combined choirs and praise bands.

After worship, we'll share a potluck lunch along with games & activities. Ice water, silverware, & plates are all provided.  Besides bringing your potluck dish (with the ingredients marked), bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, outdoor games (if you have one), a sun hat and sunscreen.

Mark your calendars and plan to join in the fun and special time of worship.  As was the case last year, there will be no worship services held at Morningside that day.  See you at the park!  
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Denny Chapman (husband of Anni Chapman), Nahnie Williams, Geraldine Hammond, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Paula Kent, Ken Amend, Lynn Ham, Elisa Reckendorf, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, Diane and Brigitte Rolph and Liz Toy
MUMC Yard Angels Work Day
Sat., September 7th, 9:00 AM to Noon

Welcome to any and all willing volunteers! The Trustees have just a little bit of yard work to do and, if yard work is not your thing, we have some exterior window frames that need to be sanded and painted. 

It has been a while since the last painting and some are looking a bit cracked and will need to be sealed for the winter. We promise good people, good weather (fingers crossed) and good snacks. Would love to see you, anytime you can help, between 9 and 12 Saturday morning, Sept. 7.

Thanks so much,
The Trustees
Upcoming Chancel Choir  Schedule & Invitation!

Morningside's Chancel Choir will meet and share their musical gifts with us in worship this Sunday, September 1st, as well as the remaining Sundays in September.

The choir will meet at 10:00 AM, 1/2 hour before the service on 1,15, 22 and 29. We'll work on an accessible anthem and share with the congregation that morning. Starting September 26 we will start our traditional Thursday night rehearsals with an emphasis on our Advent music. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join, no audition necessary.

The choir will also participate in the Open Door Churches Worship in the Park next Sunday, September 8th.
Brews & News 
Wednesday, September 18th, 6:30 PM
Salem Ale Works (SAW)
2315 25th St SE, Salem

Brews & News is back from summer break, People!  All are welcome to join us as we gather together again to enjoy some fellowship, frosty cold beverages and some thought provoking discussion on current topics and issues effective us all.

We'll meet at Salem Ale Works (SAW) on Wednesday nights for the next few months - Sept. 18th, Oct. 16th, Nov. 13th and Dec. 11th.  If you'd like to join us, no RSVP necessary, but if you'd like to be added to the email reminder that is sent out (including the discussion topic for that week), just reply to this email and we'll get you signed up.  See you at SAW!
Open Door Churches Discipleship Group Options Are Here!

It's here - the discipleship group options for the various meetings hosted through the Open Door Churches this fall.

You can either sign up at your local church or use the online form.The due date to sign up is Monday, September 9th so let's get set for a great experience!

Dialogues: On the Refugee Crisis
Refugees in America,'s a rough topic, both at a local community level and from a national policy perspective. To bring perspective and meaningful conversations around this topic, the book offers 8 unique perspectives from experienced authors from renowned organization such as World Relief and Church World Service that provide insight into refugee stories and experiences. The DVD provides weekly helpful input and is created as a documentary which give viewers an inside look at the center of the refugee crisis and how it plays out in real life. [8 weeks / $18]
  • 6:30 pm Tuesday starting on September 24-Meeting at Morningside UMC, 3674 12th St. SE
  • 6:30 pm Wednesday starting on September 25-Meeting at First UMC, 600 State St.
White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
In this 2018 book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to bad people. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively in this important dialogue. [9 weeks / $10]
  • 1:30 pm Tuesday starting on October 1-Meeting at Morningside UMC, 3674 12th St. SE
  • 10:00 am Wednesday starting on October 2-Meeting at Trinity UMC, 590 Elma St. SE
Bible Study: Scriptures for the Upcoming Sunday
Bring your own Bible and join others in a great study focusing on the scripture which will serve as the focus for worship in all the ODC churches the upcoming Sunday. Led by Pastor Alyssa, this promises to be great opportunity to ground yourself in the scriptures used in worship.
  • 6:30 pm Thursday starting on September 12-Meeting at First UMC, 600 State St.
We Make the Road by Walking: Bishop's Study of a Cross Over Year
This Tuesday afternoon group has chosen to accept the Bishops invitation to participate in a Cross Over Year. The study is reading Brian McLaren's "We Make the Road by Walking". While this is a year-long study by the group at Keizer-Clear Lake, if this topic is of interest to you, you are very welcome to join the group for some or all the fall discipleship group season. You can even stay with the group in 2020 if you wish. Go on-line to get your book.
  • 1:00 pm Tuesday starting on September 10-Meeting at Keizer-Clear Lake UMC, 7920 Wheatland Rd. N
Transformations Prayer Retreat
Sept. 22nd to Sept. 27th, 2019
Suttle Lake Retreat Center

The time is quick approaching but there is still time to register for this year's annual Transformations Prayer Retreat at Suttle Lake, from Sept. 22nd to Sept. 27th. If you'd like to attend, please contact the 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,    CLICK HERE .
Solar Panel Project Update
Fred Cooper, MUMC Project Representative

We are entering the final stages of this project.

1. Phase 1 (Upgrades to Education Wing Roof including shingles and vent upgrades necessary to meet code prior to solar panel installation)

Challenge: We need to raise $20,000

Good News: The foundation will match what the congregation raises up to $20,000. In the last week we have gotten $3,490 so we have achieved about 35% of our goal. We can do this!

2. Phase 2 (installation of Solar Panels): This cost (and our fundraising goals) will be determined after we find out the results of the 3 Grants for which we applied.  We'll keep you posted in the coming weeks.

Thanks in advance for your support of this project and remember to put "Solar Project" on your donation.
- Parent's Night Out -
Getting Ready for the New Season!
Begins Friday, Oct. 11th, 6 PM

As we look forward to school beginning in a few weeks, we begin planning for one of Morningside's most successful outreach programs - Parents Night Out.

The program runs October to May, on the 2nd Friday night of the month.  It offers Morningside neighbors a safe and fun place to drop-off their kids, giving parents a well-deserved night out.

To make that happen, though, we need volunteers to help out. If you can spare one evening a month and enjoy working with kids, we could use your help!

We need people to:
  • Check in and register kids
  • Help in the nursery with the little ones
  • Work in the kitchen preparing and serving food
  • Organizing and leading games and activities

If you are able to help out, sign up on the Wall of Helping Hands in the main hallway or talk with Christopher.
Walk for Alzheimer's - Team Diane
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:30 AM
Timber-Linn Memorial Park, 900 Price Road SE, Albany

Every year Morningside UMC supports an ALZ Walk team called Team Diane! Save the Date and plan to join us.

This year we'll be participating in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Willamette Valley being held in Albany.   Over the years our team has raised some serious cash for ALZ research.  Let's do it again this year!
Open Door Churches Youth Group September Schedule 

Youth Group begins again Sunday, Sept. 15th.  Lots going on this month. Join us for conversation, movies, games and much more!

They will be welcoming new members to the group, especially those just entering 6th grade!  All middle and high school kids are welcome to join in the fun!

  • September 8th Worship Celebration for Open Door Churches at Riverfront Park
  • September 15th first day of fall youth group @ First UMC. We will welcome our new 6th graders.
  • September 22nd. Fall kick off potluck @ First UMC
For more details about youth group activities  visit their Facebook page here.  
Open Door Churches Young Adults September Schedule
T he Open Door Churches Young Adult Group is made up of college students and young professionals rangi ng in age from 18-29 who are exploring questions of faith together. 

They have also begun an Instagram account as we have noted young adults spend more time on Instagram than on Facebook. You can follow our Instagram - CLICK HERE to learn more about who our group is and what we are up to.

Here are a few of the activities planned for the next couple of weeks.  Hope you can join in!
  • Wednesday August 28th -- Coffee, Conversation, & Community at Ike Box at 7 pm
  • Wednesday September 4th -- Coffee, Conversation, & Community at Ike Box at 7 pm
  • Sunday September 8th -- Open Door Church Riverfront Park at 10:30 am
The Open Door Young Adult group meets on Wednesday's from 7-8:30. During the summer, the young adults rotate locations. Please email Pastor Alyssa ( to get on our email list. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the Open Door Young Adults.

Quick News Items, Volunteer Opportunities,
Save the Dates and Reminders
  • Open Door Churches Worship & Celebration Picnic - Sun., Sept. 8th, 10:30 AM (Riverfront Park)  Note: There will be NO worship services at MUMC this day.
  • Brews & News - Wed., Sept. 18th, 6:30 PM (SAW)
  • Backpack Lunch Program Lunch Packing Day - Sun., Sept. 29, 11:30 AM (Following worship) (HH)  
  • Parents Night Out - Fri., Oct. 11th, 6 PM (HH, FR, K)
  • Brews & News - Wed., Oct. 16th, 6:30 PM (SAW)
  • ALZ Walk Team Diane - Oct. 19th, 8:30 AM (Albany)
September Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?

For a larger, printable version:  Click Here

Morningside United Methodist Church
3674 12th Street, SE
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/Office 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.