Morningside United Methodist Church | November 2020
November 2020 Newsletter
Sunday Worship Services
Open Door Sunday Worship
"I Promise" Sermon Series - Witness
Sunday, November 1st, 10:00 AM
Join us for this very special Sunday worship commemorating the saints in our lives through our celebration of All Saints Day. We will also close out the month's "I Promise" stewardship campaign with the dedication of our commitments of prayers, service, participation and financial gifts.

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! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
November Sermon Series
"Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow"
Open Door Churches
Sunday, Oct. 25, 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 service focused on "Service" in our current sermon series, "I Promise."

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
Pastor Kalina brings us our midweek devotional this week. May you be blessed through her words and prayers.

Note: These devotionals are uploaded
on the Open Door Churches YouTube page scheduled for Wednesdays each week.
This Week's Pastor's Blog
This week's blog is an important one as it was jointly penned by all of Open Door Churches' pastors as a response to the recent "Proud Boys" activities here in Salem.

Please read and share their response to this display of hatred and racism in our community.

CLICK HERE to read this week's blog.
Our Church Family
In our prayers...
Those with health concerns, illness, and loss of loved ones:

Joy Wilhite, Gary Moore (husband of Kay Delaney Moore), Pastor John's father, Duane Medicine Crow, Ann Jeffries, Fred Wiedner, Layton Gilson, Celeste Kent, Jim and Phyllis Boston, Norm & Nancy Johnson, Joy Wilhite, Nahnie Williams, Liz Toy, Lynn Ham, Allen Patterson-Sterling, Susi Bromley, Lyle Dragoo, Diane and Brigitte Rolph, Robert Kuenzli, Arlen Hollinshead, and Elisa Reckendorf.
Staying Connected
Story Time with Ms. Tes
Ms. Tes is bringing us more Halloween fun this week with "The Berenstain Bears Halloween is Sweet!" Hope you enjoy more Halloween adventures as you make your final preparations for our scariest holiday!

Drive Through Halloween
Saturday, Oct. 31st, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Morningside UMC

Pack up the car with the kids and join us for a spooktacular and fun Drive Through Halloween event in the parking lot of Morningside. As you drive through the church grounds you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Halloween - trying your luck spotting the ghosts and goblins in the interactive drive-thru scavenger hunt and snack on some Halloween goodies as you depart.

See you there... if you dare!
Kids Connection
What's New for Kids and Families?

Sunday School in a Box - Having trouble keeping keeping the kids focused on the online worship service? How about a kid-friendly activity box to help keep them engaged and increase their understanding of each week's service theme? Ms. Tes and her team are busy working out the logistics of preparing and distributing these activity boxes to those who would like to sign up for them.... stay tuned for more information.

Online Get-Togethers - There are several opportunities throughout the month, for families (kids and parents) to meet-up via Zoom for fun, conversation and fellowship.

Here's the schedule this month:

Zoom Party - Kids and Parents get together. October 11th and the 25th (2nd or 4th Sunday of each month) from 9:30-10:00 AM! (Contact Christina Gordon for more information:

Family Fun with Tes - Open to anyone (singles, couples and families) from Morningside or Open Door Churches! A chance to visit, laugh, check in and have some fun! Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom:
Open Door Churches Youth Group - November
We will meet every Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day) 7-8:30 for Game Night.

This coming Sunday Nov 1 we are meeting with a youth group from Auburn UMC in Washington. Special note, we will be meeting at 12:45 (15 minutes earlier than usual) and the Zoom code will be different. Contact Jeff for the code or see the weekly email.

Nov 1 Meet a New Youth Group Day
Nov 8 Thanksgiving Video Day
Nov 15 Eat it or Yeet It, Thanksgiving Sides Edition
Nov 22 Advent Preparation
Nov 29 You've Got the Look
Open Door Churches Young Adults - November
Young Adults meet via Zoom twice a month for fun, fellowship and sharing. Contact Pastor Alyssa for the Zoom connection information to join in.
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
Yard Angels - Update
Garden Party - Sat., October 31st
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Calling all Yard Angels!

Please excuse us. We changed the Yard Angel work day to October 31st. (Usually, Yard Work days are the first Sat. of the month.) Because……. November 1st, is the drive through Pledge Drive, at MUMC.

Morningside Members will be driving through the church property to drop off their Promise for Pledges for the coming year. For many of them, they have not been to Morningside Church since the quarantine began. We would like to have it looking nice for all those folks.

It looks pretty good now, we think just a bit of a touch up and we are all good. Of course, we can’t stop the leaves from falling, or the weeds from growing, but we can pick up wind-fall branches, trash left by visitors and make sure the plants are all trimmed and looking neat.

As you know, any time you can spare, half an hour, an hour or two….. We really plan that it will be our last big outdoor work day.
We promise camaraderie, getting together with friends, and treats. Come if you can, we love seeing you!

Thank you so much!
The Trustees
ALZ Walk Results - Tremendous Success!
Dear Friends,

Thanks to the generosity of Open Door Churches UMSK, especially Morningside UMC, and family and friends. TEAM DIANE surpassed our goal of $3,000 in the WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S.

We are the first ELITE GRAND CHAMPION - GREATER SALEM AREA of the Alzheimer's Association walk to end Alzheimer's. Congratulations to all of you. We are touched by your support.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's leading event to raise funds for awareness,
advocacy, support and research to fight Alzheimer's and Dementia disease.

We are very grateful for the support of TEAM DIANE during these difficult times, and for the first time we done it virtual! We hope we will be able to do the ninth Walk next year, 2021 and be able to come
together to take a beautiful TEAM DIANE picture with all the walkers.

Blessings to all of you!

Anni Powell Sally Neff Brigitte Rolph
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Ballot Recommendations
For those who appreciate additional insight around some of the ballot measures, CLICK HERE to view the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Voter Guide. This is the electronic version of the pamphlet our Church and Society team typically bring in for us.

MAKE YOU PLAN AND VOTE! When you receive your ballots in the mail, get them filled out and mailed back right away or drop them off.
Contact the Pastors
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.