Morningside United Methodist Church | February 2020
February 2020 Newsletter
"Blessed by the Light"
Matthew 5:1-12
Sunday, February 2, 2020
10:30 AM (Blended Service)

We are your children. You bless us always. Your light shines upon us when we are poor in spirit, when we mourn, when we are meek and when we are hungry and thirst for righteousness.

Join us in celebration of the many blessings in our lives and for the presence of Christ's spirit in the world. We will celebrate and remember through Holy Communion this Sunday.

See you at Morningside!  ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

The family of Hugh Nelson, Everleigh Martin, Francis Fredrickson, Shawn Clark, Rev. Mario Gonzalez, Nahnie Williams, Allen Patterson-Sterling, Liz Toy, Joy Wilhite, Lynn Ham, Layton Gilson, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Glen McCall, Diane and Brigitte Rolph, Paula Kent, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, and Elisa Reckendorf
wooden hearts
Hugh Nelson - Celebration of Life
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Morningside United Methodist Church
Reception to follow (Herrmann Hall)
Current & Upcoming Events

* Contribute to our Celebrating Relationships feature on the #ResistHarm bulletin board

Standing Together to #ResistHarm
#ResistHarm is a movement of faithful resistance to the anti-LGBTQ Traditional Plan adopted last year by the United Methodist Church’s General Conference.
Showing our support of the #ResistHarm movement in the month of February, we invite everyone to bring in a photo that celebrates your loving relationship with someone you hold dear. Your photo can be current, of you with someone who has passed or of you and an important person in your past.

We'll feature the photos on our #ResistHarm bulletin board and celebrate those relationships during a special reflection during worship this month. Loving relationships are special and unique to each and every couple. The common link is, of course, love... ❤️

“Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God: everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love God does not know God, for God is love.”
1 JOHN 4:7-8 (NRSV)

For more information about the Resist Harm movement and other ways to support this effort, visit the website: #ResistHarm
Annual Youth Group Dinner & Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, February 22nd, 5 PM
First UMC - Micah Building
Tickets are being sold online this year and are now available to order. An Auction Volunteer will also be available after worship on Sunday to help with ticket orders, if you need help.   

We are still looking for donations, too. Providing an experience, teaching a skill, or offering a service are wonderful donations.  Forms are available on the Auction Bulletin Board in the main hallway. Donation forms are due by February 9th or you can register your donations on the auction website.

Finally, Morningside still needs 3 more people to supply lasagna for the auction dinner. There is a sign-up sheet on the Auction Bulletin Board. You will be contacted with the recipe info. If you’d prefer to prepare a gluten-free or vegetarian version, just indicate that on the sign-up form.  

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online or register your auction donation.
Friday, February 14th @ 6 PM
Offering our Morningside neighbors a safe and fun place to drop-off their kids, giving parents a well-deserved night out is what Parents Night Out is all about. Our next PNO is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14th.
To make that happen, though, we REALLY 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 call the office.
Lunch Share Program - UPDATE
Nearly 50 nutritious bag lunches per week are donated to the Union Gospel Mission to help feed homeless and hungry people through this program. We had another successful month in January, thanks to Jan & Renee, and Eva & Alex.

Looking forward to February, we still need a volunteer to pick up lunches at the church and deliver them to UGM on Saturdays. It's quick and easy and is so appreciated by the folks who receive them!

Sign up on the Wall of Helping Hands in the main hallway.
Open Door Churches/ Morningside’s Solar Project
Phase 2 — UPDATE
Congratulations to all you members of Morningside who have helped us come closer to meeting our ODC’s goal of $100,000 needed to make the Solar Panel Project actually happen this spring.
As of January 30th ODC have raised the following amount towards our goal:
Funds received:                 $ 65,814
Additional Funds Pledged: $ 14,220
Total                                   $ 80,034
We’ve reached 80% of our target at this point. We are on the last leg of making this happen, so if you have not yet made a donation or a pledge, please do so as soon as possible so the solar panels can be ordered and the contracts signed.
Open Door Churches Youth Group  February Schedule
This month we will meet at Morningside UMC for youth group. 

  • Feb 2 12:30-2 Morningside UMC
  • Feb 9 12:30-2 Morningside UMC
  • Feb 16 Winter Retreat (No regular youth group)
  • Feb 22 Open Door Youth Auction
  • Feb 23 No Youth Group 

February is one of the busiest months for Open Door Youth Ministry. We have 23 youth signed up for the Suttle Lake Winter retreat and the following week is our annual youth auction.

Tickets for the auction will be for sale at all of our Open Door Churches in the weeks leading up to the auction. We hope you will be able to come out and support our wonderful youth. It's not too early to start thinking about summer camp.

Youth can sign up for camps at For any youth needing financial assistance we have a scholarship program to help. Let Jeff or Brenda Bateman know if you need a scholarship application.

For more details about youth group activities  visit their Facebook page here.  
Open Door Churches Young Adults February Schedule
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 ( or see our social media pages for times and places. Thank you for your continued support of the Open Door Church Young Adults.
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Season of Lent Begins
We are quickly approaching the season of Lent and you should mark your calendars and plan to attend these events:

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Feed
Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 5:30 PM
Keizer Clear Lake UMC

Keizer Clear Lake UMC is hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feed from 5:30– 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 25 at Friendship Hall. Pancakes, ham, and applesauce will be served. There is no set price for the meal, but donations are accepted. All donations go to the Nurture and Care Committee, who facilitates this event. 

Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 7:00 PM
Morningside UMC

Morningside UMC is hosting this year's Open Door Churches Ash Wednesday service. Taize music will be featured and the service will allow for quiet and prayerful reflection.
Quick News Items, Volunteer Opportunities, Save the Dates and Reminders
  • Morningside Yard Angels - Sat., Feb. 8th (9 AM) (FR)
  • LGBTQ+ Fellowship Potluck - Sat., Feb. 8th (6 PM) (Pastor Wendy's House)
  • Hugh Nelson - Celebration of Life - Sun., Feb. 9th (2 PM) (S, HH, FR, K)
  • Native American Fellowship - Sun., Feb. 9th (3 - 5 PM) (FR)
  • Parents Night Out - Fri., Feb. 14th (6 - 8:30 PM) (HH, FR, K)
  • Youth Group Winter Retreat - Sat. - Mon., Feb. 15-17th (Suttle Lake)
  • Youth Auction - Sat., Feb. 22nd (5:00 PM) (FUMC - Micah Bldg)
  • Backpack Lunch Packing - Sun., Feb. 23 (11:30 AM) (HH)
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast - Tues., Feb. 25th (5:30 PM - Keizer Clearlake UMC)
  • Open Door Churches Ash Wednesday Service - Wed., Feb. 26th (7 PM - MUMC)
February Activities Calendar - What's Happening at Morningside?

For a larger, printable version:  Click Here
Worship Schedule
Face to Face - On break until the Spring
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.
Contact Us
Morningside United Methodist Church
3674 12th Street, SE
PO Box 3076
Salem, OR 97302
Telephone:  503-364-5013
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:   
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, Maya Nelson-Tilkens, Natalie Kawell
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, copies are available on the counter in the Narthex.