Morningside United Methodist Church | July 2020
July 2020 Newsletter
Our Church Family
How's Everybody Doing?

Thanks for the responses from last week. We received a video and a "checking in" email but it would be GREAT to get more!

Email me a quick note or video (< 30 seconds) just saying hello to your Morningside Church family and a quick comment about how you are. (Send the videos or email hellos to:

Doesn't need to be anything fancy or formal. Just say a quick hello, show us your dog or cat or your prized flower bed or a #Pandem2020 project you are working on.

Enjoy this week's greetings from Deb & Kelly and MaryLou.

Who will be get a HELLO from next week?
Dick an I are doing well here at Capital Manor. Although surrounded with hall mates and long time friends of Dick’s from work and high school, I do miss my Church family. I do see Glenda, Karen, Doug and Bob K once in awhile and I try to Call Mary Jo as I walk by her window so that we can wave. Keep well!

Kids Connection
Godly Play (Sunday morning kids time before worship) is taking a break for the month of June. The planning team will be working on planning new opportunities for the summer.

There will be a Children's Time included during worship service each Sunday, though, and Heather will send and post that special Children's Time video to Facebook with a suggested family follow-up activity.

Children's Connect Zoom 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.

Email Christian Education for Zoom meeting links.

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

If you'd like to receive Heather's weekly Kid's Connection newsletter, just email her at:
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Eudora Zagyva and the friends and family of Mike Zagyva, Celeste Kent and the friends and family of Paula Kent, Glen McCall, 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
Special Story Time with Ms. Tes
Ms. Tes is sharing another story in the book series "The Magic of Me." This week she is sharing "The Magic of Me - My Magical Words" written by Becky Cummings and illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova.

Gather the kids around to enjoy this special story time.
Open Door Churches Youth Group - July
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

Book Club

For those interested in our youth group book study, we will be reading "So you want to talk about race" together. Our first meeting will be next Sunday, July 5. We'll meet after regular Zoom youth group for no more than an hour. You should have read the first 4 chapters of the book and be ready to discuss.

You can purchase the book here if you want to join us.
Open Door Churches Young Adult Group - June
Join us on Wednesday's at 7 PM on Zoom for our weekly get-together. We'll meet up online, chat, share, laugh and play games. This month we will celebrate our graduates on June 17th. We hope you can join in this special online celebration!

Meeting ID: 131 231 344
Password: 033240
Sunday Worship Services
Open Door Sunday Worship
Regaining our Center Sermon Series
Sunday, July 5th, 10:00 AM
"Worship as an Open Door"
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 and Psalm 145:8-14
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM for our first worship service with the new ministerial team. Pastors John, Kalina and Alyssa will all be sharing in this special service. We'll also enjoy the beautiful music presented by Jon Stuber, at the orgran, the MICAH Praise Band, Aimee Amend and Brace Langenwalter, at the priano.

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!

Open Door Churches Facebook page at: or simply CLICK HERE

Open Door Churches YouTube Channel page at: or simply CLICK HERE

See you online! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Upcoming Worship Services
Our Sermon Series, "Regaining our Center" continues throughout July.

July 12th - "Worship as a Work of Creation
Genesis 25:10-19 and Isaiah 55:10-13

July 19th - "Worship as a Moveable Feast"
Genesis 28:10-19 and Isaiah 44:6-8

July 26th - "Worship as Boundless Love"
Romans 8:26-39
Open Door Churches
Sunday, June 28, 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 "Visions for the Future" 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!
News & Announcements
From Our New Ministry Team
And so it begins...
July 1, 2020, marks an important day in the life of the Open Door Churches (ODC) of Salem-Keizer!
It’s a great joy to be here in Salem to join this incredible ministry team of Lay and Clergy leaders and to have a hand in guiding the continuing development of this unique vision for ministry. On behalf of the clergy team, I’d like to share some thoughts about the ways we will be working with you over the next several months.
Many of you have asked questions and even expressed some anxiety about the departure of your three beloved pastors, Dan Pitney, Wendy Woodworth, and Sandra Kimbrow. As you all know, the three of them, along with Alyssa Baker, primarily served specific congregations of ODC. But the vision has been for that to eventually change, so that the clergy serving ODC would be assigned to serve the broader group of churches, rather than the congregations, and that vision takes effect today, July 1.
As Pastor Alyssa said so well in one of our meetings together, we have decided to organize our work with you around “gifts and graces,” rather than around locations. In order to facilitate effective communication with one another and with the staff and laity of our congregations, we will each begin leading on various areas of responsibility as of July 1.
We will each be the “go-to” for a major area of responsibility:

  • Alyssa for Worship and Young Adult Ministries;
  • Kalina Malua-Katoa for Congregational Care, including Pastoral Care;
  • John Fleming for Administrative Committees;
  • Zaida Huereca and Arturo Fernandez and for Las Naciones and Hispanic Ministries
  • And, of course, we are so fortunate to have Jeff Lowery continuing as leader of our Youth Ministry!
Being the go-to person means that we will be your primary contact for questions and concerns in each of these areas. In other words, if you have a question or concern, call/text/email the person listed above that seems to align closest to your needs.
Of course, we will all be working with all of these areas at different times. As we all live into this new way of doing ministry together, however, it’s important that you know who to call.
On the other hand, these ministry areas are broadly defined and it may be that you have a question that doesn’t fit neatly into one of the categories we have named. In any case, we just want you to know we are here to help! Whatever you need, just call one of us and we will find a way to assist or guide you to the place you need to be.
Furthermore, we are all your pastors, and we want to know as many of you as possible. I want to know the people who work in areas related to Worship and Congregational Care, just as Kalina wants to know people who are involved in the Administrative work of the church. And many of you are involved in multiple areas, so there will be some natural crossover anyway—that’s all healthy.
The main purpose for offering this structure is to help us work together more effectively. With the help of Lay leadership, Staff of the churches, and the ODC Board, we will continue to evaluate this structure on a monthly basis and shape it accordingly. If something isn’t working as well, we will change it, and if something seems to be working well, we will keep it.

Pastor John Fleming
Pastor Alyssa Baker
Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa
Morningside Zoom Account
Do you have a church group or head a church committee that would like to get together or hold an online video meeting? With the support of the Greater Northwest Conference, we now have a Morningside UMC Zoom account that we can use to stay connected.

If you would like the login and password information for our Zoom Account, please send me (Vicki) an email for the information.
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
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.