Morningside United Methodist Church | August 2020
August 2020 Newsletter
Sunday Worship Services
Open Door Sunday Worship - Communion Sunday
"I Am" Sermon Series
Sunday, August 2nd, 10:00 AM
Genesis 32:22-31 & Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM as we begin a new sermon series for the month of August - "I Am." We will also be celebrating communion.

Pastors John, Kalina and Alyssa will lead us in communion and share their morning messages as we begin the series by exploring the story of Joseph.

We'll also enjoy the beautiful worship music presented by the many talented members of our Open Door Church family including the MICAH Praise Band and Joyful Noise.

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!

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Upcoming Worship Services
Join us as we begin a new Sermon Series in August, "I Am."

August 9th - "Dreamer"
Genesis 25:37:1-4, 12-28 & Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45

August 16th - "Harmony"
Genesis 45:1-15 & Psalm 133

August 23rd - "Deliverance"
Exodus 1:8, 2:10 & Psalm 124

August 30th - "Being"
Exodus 3:1-15 & Psalm 26:1-8
Quilt and Prayer Shawl Photos Needed
Sharon Cooper is preparing special music for the worship service on August 16th and is looking for people to send her photos of quilts and prayer shawls for her visual presentation. The photos can be emailed directly to Sharon at
Hey Kids... Got a Question?
Do your kids or grand kids have questions they want to ask the pastors? For the next three weeks, we're inviting kids to send in videos of them asking the pastors a question.

We'll show the videos over the next three weeks of worship during the children's time along with the pastors answering their questions. These questions can be about the pastors themselves, God, church - anything that is on the child's mind.

Ask your child, "What are you wondering about?" Just  CLICK HERE to uploaded your videos.
Open Door Churches
Sunday, July 26, 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 special Open Door Churches "Worship as Boundless Love" worship service.

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!
Our Church Family
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Judy Webster's new grandson, Zacheaus,, 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
This week, Ms. Tes is sharing one of her favorite books, "Say It", written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Charlotte Voake.

Hope everyone enjoy's 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 - August
We've had some really great youth gatherings the past few weeks. We've seen a few youth that we haven't seen in a while which has been great.

If you haven't joined a call recently we would love to see you and hear how your summer is going. This Sunday we will be playing some new quiz games. One week from Sunday, July 26th, we will be doing our second round of Eat it or Yeet It!. The Chef Bros will be trying to defend their title and we will be making Pumpkin Pie Tacos. CLICK HERE for recipe.

The link below has a recipe that I will be using but you are welcome to create a Pumpkin Pie Mini Tacos with any ingredients of your choice. Gather some ingredients, get permission to use your kitchen and join us a week from Sunday.

I hope you and your families are keeping healthy and holding in there under this quarantine. We want to try to stay connected with you the best we can and will hold Zoom call for any youth to join during our usual youth group time. Just click on this Link and you can join the call starting at 1pm on Sunday and at 7 pm on Thursdays.

Our Youth Group Leaders:
Rev. Jeff Lowery

Kelly Mason

Maddy Hickerson

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 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.
Open Door Churches Young Adult Group - August
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!
News, Announcements & Opportunities
A Summer Camp 
to Inspire the Young Social Activists Among Usโ€‹
Home Based Summer Camp
Kicks Off Monday, August 17th
CommUNITY Allies is a home based summer camp to inspire the young social activists in our community! The program kicks-off August 17th with material pick-up or drop-off (at your house) including a t-shirt, snacks, and supplies for all the activities. Families will have access to online videos with stories, music, lessons, art, science, and movement activities all about empathy, social activism, and our connection to the global community. Children will have an opportunity to explore how they can support efforts for change in their community. Visit our  CommUNITY Allies website for more information and to register.

We'd love to have you and your families involved - and please pass this along to friends, neighbors, parent groups! We want to be sure families in Salem and Keizer have access to this material - it is really good. For those friends or family that might be leery of a camp led by a church, visit the  LEARN MORE page of the website. The last question speaks to the "churchiness" of the program.
Saturdays of Service
Saturday, August 15th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Registration Opens: August 1st on (We will share the registration link once available.)

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all projects will be outdoors and registration will be required so that the organizers can divide up the work parties in numbers that benefit the project and uphold the social/physical distancing rules. We will not be having a meal together and volunteers will meet at outdoor job sites.
Solar Project - Update
Solar panels are in...
Permits received...

Contractors are installing Morningside's solar panels starting Monday morning! Watch this space for progress updates.
Town Hall with the Pastors...
What do you want to know?
We are creating a town hall for people to ask the pastors questions. It will be prerecorded and released in early August.

Do you have a question you want to ask? No video is required. Just send your questions to one of the pastors or

The finished question and answer sessions will be released in the near future! We will let you know and send out the link!
Contact the Pastors - New Email Addresses!
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.