January 30, 2020
Youth Auction - February 22, 2020
The Annual Youth Auction is Saturday February 22. Join us for an evening of fun and inspiration as we support our wonderful Open Door youth. The auction committee is currently seeking donations of items for our silent and live auctions. Of particular interest are experiences like hikes, BBQ's, tours, or other things to do.

Some of the items that have been donated so far include:

  • Framed Oregon Photography
  • A Honey and Bees Wax Basket
  • Creative Memories Scrapbooking Kit
  • Hard Cider and Pairings Basket
  • Swiss Dinner
  • House at Black Butte Ranch
Solar Project Giving

Greetings to all in the Open Door Churches of Salem,
I have recently had the pleasure of visiting the worship services for four of the five churches participating in the solar panel project. (Morningside has already done an initial fund raising drive for both a new roof and the solar project.) My purpose was to alert all in attendance that we’ve been awarded all the energy grants we applied for and will be ordering the solar panels soon!
During the month of January, we will try to answer all of your questions about solar energy and will be asking everyone to give boldly and generously to help raise the $100,000 balance needed to complete this fabulous project!
Please consider a gift to the Solar Project. You may give through your church noting “Solar Project” on the check or you can mail a check directly to Judy Allen at First United Methodist Church, 600 State St, Salem, OR 97301. However you send it, please mark your check clearly for the Solar Project.
If you have questions, please contact me at hudko@comcast.net or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. I will try to answer your questions or will put you in contact with someone who can.
Our committee members will be in touch this month with lots more information about the Solar Project. Thank you in advance for helping us improve God’s world and our churches.
Chuck Hudkins for the Solar Committee
Upcoming Events
Open Door Churches Bible Study
Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. at Keizer Clear Lake UMC
7920 Wheatland Road North.

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 Open Door Churches for the upcoming Sunday. Led by Pastor Alyssa Baker and Maddy Hickerson, this promises to be a great opportunity to ground yourself in the scriptures used in worship. 

Go to opendoorchurches.org to see information about each of the churches and ways you can be involved.
Our LGBTQ+ Fellowship is designed to be a safe space where members of the LGBTQ+ Community may freely share their life and faith, grow spiritually, enjoy fellowship and simply be themselves! We are open to growing our group beyond the Open Door Churches.

February 8 Saturday at 6:00 Potluck & Games at Wendy & Lori's. Bring a dish to share, following dinner there will be some game tables set-up. We will end our gathering by 9:00 as the preacher will need her beauty sleep!! A variety of beverages will be provided.

If you are interested in joining or need Wendy and Lori's address, contact Pastor Wendy through Morningside's church office.
Face to Face is on Break for the Winter

Face to Face is now on winter break. We will take a break during the winter and then begin meeting again in the spring.

If you haven't had a chance to join us yet, keep an eye out for when we start up again next year!
Wanted: Director of Family and Program Ministry
Morningside United Methodist Church
Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer

Average 20 hours per week, annual salary of $15,000-17,000. Paid Vacation per personnel policy. Supervisor will be the lead pastor at Morningside UMC, Salem, Oregon.

Direct and assist in the planning and carrying out of specified program ministries, involve volunteers at all levels of program ministries, communicate and market program plans and build participation within the local church(s) and community.

Our Program Ministry Includes:
  • Interactive Fellowship/Education/Worship Experiences       
  • Youth Ministry with Open Door Churches
  • Morningside Education Team                       
  • Family Enrichment Program: Parenting Classes and Children’s Activities               
  • VBS with Open Door Churches.
  • Parent’s Night Out

Application Process
  • Please send letter of interest and resume to pastorwendymumc@gmail.com
  • Position is open until filled. 
  • Full Job Description available upon request.
Youth Group
December is a busy month with lots of fun events for our youth group. Below are some of the highlights
  • February youth group meets at Morningside
  • February 15-17 - Winter Retreat @ Suttle Lake: Our Open Door Youth Group will once again have the opportunity to participate in the conference winter retreat at Suttle Lake. This is always one of the highlights of our program year. Join us for fun, games, inter tubing (if we have snow), and a chance to meet youth from other churches and grow in our faith. Cost is $50 per person. If you would like to sign up let Jeff know by December 15th and make your check payable to "Open Door Youth"
  • February 22 - Youth Auction  
Young Adults 
In January, the Open Door Church Young Adult Group took time to reflect on 2019 and look forward to 2020. Together we shared our favorite moments of Young Adult Group in 2019 and talked about what we would like to do in 2020. We are looking forward to more faith discussions and time of fellowship with one another.

This year we will continue to meet on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9. Please contact Pastor Alyssa (alyssabaker08@gmail.com) or see our social media pages for times and places. Thank you for your continued support of the Open Door Church Young Adults.

Come visit!
We, as Open Door Churches, are a wonderful community together. To continue building our relationships, it's good to visit each other. If you would like to visit one of the other Open Door Churches, here are all our Sunday service times:
  • Trinity - 9:30 a.m.
  • Morningside - 10:30 a.m.
  • Salem 1st - 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • Las Naciones - 12:30 p.m.
  • Keizer Clear Lake - 10 a.m.
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