Morningside United Methodist Church | Swptember 2020
September 2020 Newsletter
Sunday Worship Services
Open Door Sunday Worship -
"I Am" Sermon Series
Sunday, August 30th, 10:00 AM
"Being" - Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 26:1-8
We conclude our "I AM" sermon series this Sunday at 10:00 AM with our final sermon, "Being."

Join Pastors John, Alyssa and Kalina as we relive the profound experience of Moses and his encounter with God and the burning bush through our scripture.

All are invited to join us via our Open Door Churches Facebook page or the Open Door Churches YouTube Channel. Share this invitation with your family, friends and neighbors. These online services are a wonderful opportunity to share the love of our faith community with everyone, near and far!

See you online! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
New Sermon Series -
"This is My Story"
Our new sermon series begins next week for the month of September, "This is My Story."

Each week one of our Open Door Churches clergy will offer their stories and share their thoughts on that week's scripture. We'll even finish the month with a special guest, Rev. Jeff, who works with our Youth Ministry.

September 6th - Matthew 20:1-16
Pastor John Fleming

September 13th, Luke 8:22-25
Pastor Kalina Matua Katoa

September 20th, Luke 5:1-11
Pastor Alyssa Baker

September 27th, Mark 5:21-43
Rev. Jeff Lowery
Open Door Churches
Sunday, August 23, 2020 Worship
Video Now Available
In case you weren't able to join us on Open Door Churches YouTube Worship this past Sunday, here is the video from our "Deliverance" worship service - part of our "I AM" sermon series.

It is loaded on YouTube so no Facebook account is needed. This is a wonderful way to be connected with our entire Open Door Churches family during these challenging times!
Midweek Devotional
Join Pastor John this week for a special time of worship, prayer and devotion on the topic of forgiveness.

Note: These devotionals are uploaded
on the Open Door Churches YouTube page scheduled for Wednesdays each week.
Our Church Family
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Fred Wiedner, Layton Gilson, Celeste Kent, Jim and Phyllis Boston, Norm & Nancy Johnson, Joy Wilhite, Rev. Mario Gonzalez, Nahnie Williams, Liz Toy, Lynn Ham, Allen Patterson-Sterling, Layton Gilson, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Diane and Brigitte Rolph, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, and Elisa Reckendorf.
Staying Connected
Story Time with Ms. Tes
Wow... this week's story time should be a slam dunk! Ms. Tes is excited to be sharing a new book by basketball legend, LeBron James, and illustrated by Nina Mata.

Hope everyone enjoys this special story.
Kids Connection
Kid's Zoom Connect - Wednesday, July 29th 3:30 PM- Fort/Camping Theme - Children are invited to join us from a fort they build in their houses. We'll go on an animal hunt, tell silly stories, and talk about our favorite outdoor activities.

Parent's Happy Hour will continue on Friday's at 8:30 PM.

If you'd like the links for these zoom get-togethers or to receive Heather's weekly Kid's Connection newsletter, just email her at:
Open Door Churches Youth Group - September
We will continue our regular youth group zoom calls on Sunday at 1 PM. CLICK HERE to join the call.

There's another weekly chance to get together on Thursday evenings at 7 PM. (Use the same link above.)

If you have any prayer requests or questions let Jeff know


After consultation with Camp and Retreat Ministries, the Youth Council has decided to postpone our 2020 Fall Open Door All Church Retreat at Camp Magruder until the fall of 2021. We look forward to the day we can all gather again and enjoy God's creation together.

Confirmation Class information will be coming soon, the first informational meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 2nd and class will begin Wednesday, Sept. 16th.

The Youth Group will participate in a service project for Family Promise in lieu of a mission trip.Our Youth Group Leaders:

Rev. Jeff Lowery

Kelly Mason

Maddy Hickerson

Open Door Churches Young Adult Group - September
Join us on Wednesday's at 7 on Zoom. This week we will host a meet and greet with Pastor John Fleming. Next week we will continue our new series from The Work of The People on Wednesday July 29th. 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.

Open Door Church Young Adult Instagram

Are you following Open Door Young Adults on Instagram?

Check out the Instagram page to see what is happening with Young Adult Group and to see what some of our Young Adults are up to!
Open Door Churches - Shalom Prayer Group Invitation
All are welcome to join in our Open Door Churches online prayer community via Facebook. CLICK HERE or search for "Shalom Prayer Group - Open Door Churches" from your Facebook page.
News, Announcements & Opportunities
Habitat for Humanity is Happening!
Yes, Habitat for Humanity’s home building for 2020 is happening with two families now on their way to home-ownership. This year’s construction is on 20th Street behind Capital Park Wesleyan Church.

To learn more about the families, take a look at the family bios that are attached.

While Habitat is not able to host volunteers yet, sub-contractors are underway to get construction started. Excavation began at the end of July and Cashmere Construction will bring a crew to lay the
foundations. Duncan Construction is lined up to frame one house and Crossroads missions to frame the other house.

Also, a roofing company has been located and Western Partitions will install drywall. These partners are vital especially now when it is difficult to engage volunteers and also to help fulfill a critical need for stable housing for Salem residents. If you know of construction companies or sub-contractors
that Habitat can talk to for help, please let them know. They can be reached at

Since we are unable to volunteer to help with the construction, there are other ways that we can help:
  • For starters, consider shopping at the ReStore and/or donating to support the on-going construction.
  • Keep an eye out for a crowd funding type campaign that will be done in the fall in place of the HopeBuilder Breakfast.

The organization’s mission reads:

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Sounds very much like a Methodist thing, huh?!

Note: Thanks to our article contributor, Liz Hunt. Liz is a member of Morningside and a dedicated volunteer in Salem's Habitat for Humanity organization.
Looking for Content Contributors!
Morningside and Open Door Churches are looking for additional content contributors and more in-depth stories for our newsletters.

Do you have inspirational stories to share? Stories of God's grace at work in our world? How about stories of local charities in the area and ways they are helping families in need during these crazy times?

We'd love to hear from you. CLICK HERE to send me a message about your idea for a story and sign up to be a Content Contributor!
Food Bank Updates
Jason Lee Food Bank

JLFB has reopened with some social distancing modifications. The hours are Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Donations of food are greatly appreciated and are welcome any time they are open but encouraged before opening those days. The volunteer staff usually arrives by 8:00 AM on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Donations of grocery sacks are also welcome.

Lord's Cupboard @ Trinity UMC

Reopening Saturday, September 5th!
1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

With the reopening of Lord's Cupboard food
bank after a six month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity UMC will be filling a vital need in the community to assist persons affected by the corona virus.

This new model will be a drive-thru from the Marion-Polk Food Share and will help service clients on Saturday afternoons. NO direct client contact and there will be adherence to strict CDC protocols.

We are especially in need of LARGE grocery sacks or small to medium size cardboard boxes. If you can help supply those, please leave on the porch on the SE side of the church by the French Doors and we will get them.

Please contact Jerry Rempel, 503-393-8875 or 503-881-5141 for more information or concerns.
This Week's Pastor Blog
In this week's Pastor's Blog, Pastor Alyssa shares her recent adventures with Wesley (her faithful four-legged buddy) and thoughts on how need to celebrate taking one step at a time!

September/October "The Upper Room" has Arrived
The September/October edition of The Upper Room is now available. If you are stopping by the church for any reason, they are available on the main counter in the hallway. If you would like one mailed to you, let me know. I've got pocket-sized and large print. Send me and email and let me know which one you'd like.
Contact the Pastors - New Email Addresses!
NOTE: Pastor John will be on vacation from September 17th - 27th. During this time, please contact Pastor Aylssa or Pastor Kalina for you pastoral needs.
Contact Us
Morningside United Methodist Church
Physical Address: 3674 12th Street, SE
Mailing Address: PO Box 3076
Salem, OR 97302
Telephone: 503-364-5013
Office Hours: Office is currently CLOSED

Ministry Team
Ministers: All the Laity
Pastor Team:
  • Rev. John Fleming:
  • Rev. Alyssa Baker:
  • Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
Communications/Office Administrator: Vicki DeVol
Bookkeeper: Christine Stevens
Family & Program Ministry Director:  Tes Lacy
Chancel Choir Director: Sam Kinney 
Praise Band Leader: Jan Nelson 
Organist: Brace Langenwalter 
Keyboardist: Teresa Stewart 
Custodian: Jan Wetherbee 
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.