Regional Assembly
May 20-21

What's new since April 15 mailing....

  • Regional Assembly Theme Scripture Reflection
  • Updated registration #s
  • Honored Minister Pins presented Saturday

Mission project and donation links are at the bottom of this email...................

You can access registration info HERE and the schedule HERE.

At Regional Assembly gathers members and friends from 44 congregations that make up the Christian Church in Oregon and SW Idaho. We are from two states, worship in three languages, worship in houses, rented spaces, buildings we own, and on fields where we hope to build buildings. We are congregations as long serving as 175 years plus and as new as 3 years old.

And we serve one God. Together we will share worship, meet church leaders, reunite with friends and make new ones hosted by Salem First Christian Church.
Regional Assembly Theme Scripture
Luke 24:13
As you reflect on our theme scripture this week, reread it for the content of the story. See how the Disciples, when they recognized Jesus, ran through the night about 7 miles in order to tell people about seeing Jesus. Look at your phone or a map and figure out a place 7 miles from where you live so you can get a sense of how far they ran when it dawned on them that Jesus was alive and with them.

For me, Cathy Myers Wirt, that would mean running from my home to the regional church office through the night -- which includes several rises and falls of elevation. I have never once considered walking to work even in the daytime. Knowing how far they ran helps me to imagine the story.
Who is coming?
Have you Registered?

What we know so far, is that 78 people have registered from 30 of our 44 different congregations have registered. Help us to get the word out!! Share these posts and talk up assembly. If you are planning to come, PLEASE REGISTER, see below how to do so. We want to be ready for you!!
Honored Minister Pins
to be Presented
on Saturday
The honored minister pin is an emblem presented by the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to people who have retired from full time ministry service and may still be doing interims, pulpit supply or part time ministry. This is meant to thank pastors for their long term service.

The picture on the right is Rev. Greg Widener receiving his pin on his recent retirement from Grants Pass First Christian Church. Sometimes these are presented in congregational settings and sometimes in larger gatherings. This year, on Saturday of Regional Assembly, we will be presenting Honored Minister pins to:

Rev. Larry Crist, retired Regional Minister of South Idaho, current pastor of Treasure Valley Christian Church/Caldwell, ID, and currently serving as one of our Regional Elders. He continues work with the Cascade Christian Camp in Cascade, Idaho.

Rev. Jim Edwards, retired administrator of the Willamette View Manor senior living community and active member of Portland First Christian, having served in multiple offices and leadership positions there.

Rev. Eugene Hill, retired from settled ministry and work in community college settings, and is currently serving in the music ministry of a Methodist Congregation in Nampa, ID. Gene most recently served Interim Ministries in Silverton, OR and Helena MT.

Rev. Michael Kennedy, retired from the faculty of Bushnell University, former Regional Moderator and active member in Eugene First Christian Church and a Regional Elder.

Rev. Carol Miller, retired hospital chaplain, current Regional Elder and member of the Regional Commission on Ministry. Carol is a long time member of Medford First Christian Church.

Rev. Renee Windsor-White, retired from full time service, recently serving interim ministries in Corvallis, Silverton, Murray Hills congregations and as veterinary chaplain at OSU training hospital. Renee is currently also employed part time with the Christian Church in OR and SW ID as Administrative Assistant in our office.

On Sunday, Rev. Joyce Frame will receive her honored minister pin during the worship time at Salem First Christian Church, her home congregation. Joyce is retired pastor of Keizer Christian Church and served as interim minister with Corvallis FCC and provided pulpit supply in several other congregations. Joyce currently serves as the lead Regional Elder.

We look forward to celebrating these leaders in our regional church.
You can register now and pay later by check or on line. We just want to know you are coming. We have reduced the price by $10.00 per person from 4 years ago. We have offered a first time attender discount. Kids and Youth are invited to come to programs that are offered for free. We hope this will help more people decide to come. We will be streaming some parts of the service, for now we need to know who plans to come in person.

We just need to know that you plan to come.
Let us know and tell your friends to come with you!
Link to the page with registration info HERE

If you cannot come, yet you want to help the assembly provide a gathering for the region, consider making a donation to the costs of the assembly, since this year we are reducing the cost to participants but costs to provide the assembly are higher than previous years.

We look forward to hearing from you!!
Programs and resources are provided to you by your Regional Church and the whole church ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which are supported by Disciples Mission Fund, Annual Fund gifts, the Christmas Offering, designated gifts, and invested funds Learn more about the Christian Church in Oregon and SW Idaho HERE.