July 17, 2020 - Communion Sunday
Sunday's worship service will premier at 9:45 a.m. on July 19th, 2020 with announcements and music then the service will begin at 10 a.m.

Go to Open Door Churches' YouTube channel or click the link below.

This Sunday is Communion Sunday so please have your elements ready to take together during the service.
Contact the Pastor
Please check out our website and Facebook for the most up to date information regarding online worship and other ways to be in community. Please feel free to contact our pastors if you have a concern:
Rev. Alyssa Baker
Rev. John Fleming
Rev. Kalina Malua- Katoa
PLEASE NOTE: Please contact Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa for any urgent pastoral needs. You may reach her at 503-381-5142 or at kmkatoa@gmail.com.
Adults Ask the Pastor
Do you have a question you want to ask the pastors? We're starting a new series of having adults (or any age!) ask questions of the pastors. When we have several questions for the pastors to answer, we'll put together a special video with the pastors answering them all. These questions can be silly, serious, or things you are curious about. What do you want to ask the pastors?

We will have as many videos as it takes to answer your questions. You can upload videos of you asking them here.
Participate in a Sunday Service!
Do you want to participate in an upcoming Sunday service by reading a verse, playing music, or offering a prayer? We are looking for people throughout Open Door Churches to join in by recording a piece for our worship times together.

We can talk you through how to video yourself and upload it to our Dropbox folder.

Simply  email Pastor Alyssa  and let her know you're interested!
Watch below for tips and tricks on how to record yourself. The only thing that has changed since this video was created is we now send you a link to directly upload your video via Dropbox. Let us know if you have any questions!
Learn About Racism Through Zoom
Join our Zoom conversation about an issue that has plagued our country since its inception. One of the first things we will do – rather than trying to “fix” the problem – is to educate ourselves. We’ll do this through the use of videos, readings, and talks from people who have immersed themselves in this issue.
 
This is a long-term venture. The pandemic gives us an opportunity to take a deep dive into this topic. We’ll meet initially for six weeks, take a break, and reconvene to educate ourselves some more.
 
We’d like to hear what you are interested in learning about too. Feel free to send us an email with your suggestions.
 
  • Week 6 – July 20: We’ll watch Trevor Noah’s commentary on the broken “social contract” with African Americans. We’ll discuss the implications for this time and place.


Open Door Churches Summer Book Study

Join us in reading and discussing How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi.

CLICK HERE to order your copy.

We'll meet together over Zoom to discuss the book every Monday evening in August from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Register for updates on our discussion topics and to receive the Zoom link.

CLICK HERE to register for the class.

Email Heather at christainedfumc@wvi.com with questions or for more information.
Christian Education Opportunities
Christian education is our invitation to understand God’s world and our experience in that world in deep and transformational ways. We will not be able to gather in person this summer, while our country and our communities engage in urgent conversations about racism, police brutality, power, government, creation care, and so much more. We want to provide opportunities for us as a faith community to learn, discuss, and inspire one another toward action for justice. 

If you have any questions, contact Heather Ingersoll.

We have several options for gathering online throughout the summer to do that:

Let’s Read: Open Door Churches Summer Book Study (online gathering times will vary)
Choose from the book(s) you want to read and register here .
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi (July)

Prayers of the Heart – Sundays at 9 AM on Zoom
This group gathers to share a short reading, a time of meditation, and lectio divina.  

Getting Educated on Race – Mondays at 7 PM on Zoom (through July 20th)
A weekly gathering addressing topics related to racism (such as white fragility, race based trauma, racism, etc.) using a wide variety of resources to ground the conversation.  

Tuesday Evening Women’s Book Group- Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom
Join for a lively engaged discussion of a new book each month.
July book: You’re a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)  by Mike McHargue.
Open Door Churches Directory
This is an on-going project and we will let you know when it is ready to share, but to complete it we need you!!

Send us your pics as soon as possible!!

Kids' Corner
Contact the Christian Education Email Address to request the email with the links to these activities and more...

It has been quite a week. So much to process, to pray for, and to do. Many of our families have young children, and our children all have different levels of exposure to current realities of racism and anti-racist work being done in the world right now. Throughout our time together, I will be introducing the subject, and giving families the opportunity and resources to go deeper into the subject.
Kid's Opportunities
 
Children's Connect Zoom: We will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday's at 4:30 and the 2nd and 4th Sundays will be a story time or activity video posted. Here is our schedule for June:

  • Godly Play: Normally last Sunday would be our last day of Godly Play for the year! So we are going to take a break for June to spend some time planning new opportunities for the summer.
  • Children's Time: Each week there is a children's time during the worship service. I know it is difficult for some to find the time to "go to worship" so I will be sure to send you the children's time separately, and post it in Facebook along with a suggested family follow-up activity.

Parent Opportunities
 
  • Parent Happy Hour continues on Fridays at 8:30 
  • Book Club: The CE Committee is starting up a book club with opportunities to read and reflect together. Look for information soon. 
  • Stories from the Inside: We are doing a series of interview with church members/families as a way to keep connected to one another stories throughout the summer. 
 
Prayers about for peace, justice, hope, healing, and love during this time.
Youth Group
Open Door UM Youth Group Zoom meetings and all Open Door Churches fall retreat

The youth still have a lot of future plans, even with the "shelter-at-home" world we are living in! We are planning the future fall retreat for all Open Door Churches and will also be recognizing our graduates, however we can! Keep youth, Ashley, Maya, Anna, and Kelsey in your prayers and encourage them as you are able!

Book Club

We are reading a book together on race and discussing it. We have chosen the book "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo. Any youth who wants to join us should purchase the book. Email Jeff at directoroflast@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.

The youth and youth council are planning the October 2-4 fall retreat for all Open Door Churches, that will be held at Camp Magruder. We will start an interest list soon and then let people know well in advance if the camp remains closed as we get closer to the fall.

Email any of the youth leaders below for information about joining Zoom on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Rev. Jeff Lowery - directoroflast@gmail.com
Maddy Hickerson - maddy.hickerson@gmail.com
Kelly Mason - kelmason@gmail.com
Young Adult Group
Coffee, Conversation, & Community July 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for "The Ridiculous Journey"

Join us on Wednesday's at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom we will continue our new series from The Work of The People on Wednesday July 1. The series is called "The Ridiculous Journey" and takes a closer look at Jesus life and helps us deeply think about why we follow him today.

Don't worry if you missed previous sessions you can still join in.

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