590 Elma Avenue SE
Salem OR 97317

August 1, 2020 Updates

Open Door Sunday Worship
I am Sermon Series
August 2nd, 10:00 AM
Communion Sunday

(prepare your elements-bread and juice to have with you for worship)
Genesis 32: 22 -31 and Psalm 17: 1 - 7, 15
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.
Open Door Churches
All are invited to join us via our Open Door Churches Youtube page . 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!

As COVID-19 infections are increasing, our churches are still closed and we don't have a definite date of when it will be safe to worship in-person.

We will therefore continue to worship together online on Sunday morning, 10:00 a.m. or whenever you are able to join us for the foreseeable future.

The pastors received a couple questions recently regarding "when will communion be celebrated"?

We will hold communion on the first Sunday of every month beginning Sunday, August 2.

There may be times when an additional communion may be held and we will announce that ahead of time so you may be prepared.
Participate in a Sunday Worship Service
Would you be interested in participating in an upcoming Sunday service by reading a verse, playing music, or offering a prayer? We are looking for people throughout Open Door Churches to join in by recording a piece for our worship times together. Our worship coordinators can talk you through how to video yourself and upload it to our Dropbox folder. Simply   email Pastor Alyssa   and let her know you're interested.
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!
Open Door Churches Pastors Team
(new email addresses)
Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
Please contact
Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa for any urgent pastoral needs.
Board Meeting was held on Monday, July 27, 2020

  • The solar panel project for Open door churches of Salem/Keizer began on Tuesday, July 28. All of the ODC buildings should be completed by the end of August.
  • All of the churches are invited to join First UMC for their Saturday of Service projects.
  • The property title transfers for Englewood UMC and Jason Lee UMC, plus the parsonages, to the Open Door Churches is in the works. ODC is continuing to talk with a church that is interested in purchasing the Englewood building.
  • Open Door Churches Trustees are in need of more people on their committee.
  • Trinity UMC committee is continuing to work on the re-opening process for the church building. First UMC, Morningside UMC and Keizer Clearlake UMC all have been approved for Phase 2. Paul Hampson and Jerry Rempel are leading Trinity UMC committee.
  • Next Open Door Churches Board Meeting - Monday, August 32, 6:00 p.m.

Open Door Churches board members from Trinity are Kathy Webb and Ann Jeffries. Pat Gillespie is the Treasurer for ODC Board
Open Door Young Adults
Upcoming Events
Coffee, Conversation & Community on Zoom
August 5th and 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Will not meet on August 12th
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!
The Ridiculous Journey
Join us on Wednesday's at 7 on Zoom as we continue our series from The Work of The People. 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.
All are welcome!
Update on Trinity's Phase Two!
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. -   Psalm 46: 1, NRSV

The  Bishop is allowing the to move into Phase 2   of the   Re-imagining Life Together  area-wide plan but ONLY   IF  we have a DS-approved plan for Phase 2 can we begin to implement that plan. Trinity's Re-imaginiing Life Together Team is working on submitting an acceptable application for Phase 2. Their first attempt at a reopening plan was not accepted by the District Superintendent, so it was back to the drawing board. Jerry Rempel and Paul Hampson are talking with other Open Door Churches about their plans with the hopes of getting Trinity's Phase 2 plan accepted by our DS. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.  

NOTE: Open Door Churches has a team that is working with each church to develop plans for reopening. F or the time being t he Clergy team plans online worship services to continue indefinitely.
Here's a recap of Friday, July 31st's "virtual" bingo game!
There were 13 bingo players, 7 white elephant prizes and the BIG bingo winner for the night was Pastor Kalina!!
At present NO August virtual bingo game is planned. Many thanks to Judy and Eddie Wilson for setting up the virtual bingo games - everyone had a great time from a distance!
August JOY Group

Rose & Larry Rhodes regret they will not host the " ANNUAL "August BBQ this year due to COVID-19 virus! No JOY Group will be held in AUGUST this year!
by Pat Gillespie, Treasurer

With the help of a quarterly draw from the Foundation, July came out better than expected. While pledges are still higher than budgeted, non-pledged contributions continue to fall below the line. Lower expenses also helped us stay in the black.

2020 Financial Status through July 31, 2020
*The budget is designed to reflect seasonal fluctuations in income and expenses and to zero out at the end of the year.
If you have questions or comments please give me a call, 503-798-2599 or email me .

The work of Trinity UMC continues! Please remember to give your tithes, gifts, and offerings to keep vital ministries going.

Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know I am moving from fear to love. Henri Nouwen

We welcome you to mail your check to -
Trinity United Methodist Church
590 Elma Avenue SE
Salem OR 97317
For Meg and Roger who are both battling COVID-19 ; and prayers for all who have been infected with COVID-19 or who may be displaced because of it in any way; and for those with other health issues that have been unable to receive care.
Other concerns: For Glenda & Charlie, Ann Jeffries friends; for Kathleen Kaplan who is on hospice; for Lynette Gilmore who is now serving in Chicago doing COVID-19 samples and analyzing, and for her son Joshua who is now staying with Nadine and Edson Gilmore; Margaret, Velma's friend; for Mary Beth; Pastor Kalina's husband, Soine Halafuka; for Tim Bulletset; for Micah, Ardeth's granddaughter's husband; Jim Harless who will have heart oblation surgery the end of July and also keep his wife Karen in your prayers; Pat Lacy; for Velma Hampson's nephew Win; Ardeth Jerde's son Dan; Leon Chartier and for Judy as she cares for him; Bev Otjen; Ashley Haskell for health concerns; Jerry Rempel's sister-in-law Noreen Reed; Ann Jeffries' brother George who is on hospice; Pastor Mario Gonzalez; Dorothy Kliewer; Nathelle Brown; our country and its leaders; our home bound or those in care facilities; the elderly and disabled, the poor, the hungry, the homeless; care for the earth.
Those serving in the Military: Alex (Pat Hossner's grandson), Daniel (Wilson's and Petersen's grandson), Jacob Phillips (Sherry Petersen's grandson), Zach Gilmore (Nadine & Edson Gilmore's grandson) and Donald Kimbrow.
If there are others to add or remove from this list please let the
church office know.
5 Shirley Boone
7 Tania Bellin
8 Ralph Burnley
13 Pat Gillespie
17 Jill Severson
21 Eric Severson
22 Paul Hampson
23 Van Ness Mosman
29 Dianna & Pat Gillespie

The Benton Electric crew began work on the solar installation on Tuesday, July 28 and expect to take about a week to complete the work.
The Benton crew does not need access to the interior of the building at this time.
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
Lord's Cupboard

Jerry Rempel is working on reopening plans for Lord's Cupboard.
Reopening Lord's Cupboard involves meeting all the safety and sanitation requirements in the areas of the church which house the food bank.
The plan is to provide a drive through operation at the north church entrance from the school parking lot. Pre-assembled bags would be passed out. Currently this is being done by school volunteers from the Four Corners gym area during the noon hour on Wednesdays. We are hopeful to have a once a week operation on Saturdays beginning on September 5th. We will keep you posted on the progress!
Open Door Churches
Summer Book Study

Join us in reading and discussing  How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi .

CLICK HERE  to order your copy.

We'll meet together over Zoom to discuss the book every Monday evening in August from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Register for updates on our discussion topics and to receive the Zoom link.

CLICK HERE  to register for the class.

Email Heather at  with questions or for more information.
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.
Volunteer Opportunity
Just a reminder that the Facebook Shalom Prayer Group is open to all Open Door Church members and a wonderful way to share your prayer concerns in a private and safe online place. Your prayers and comments are only visible to the group members and the page is facilitated by Morningside member Beth Fleisher.

In Facebook, search for Shalom Prayer Group - Open Door Churches and CLICK the JOIN button to submit your request to join the group page.

Go to  to see information about each of the churches and ways you can be involved. Links for the Sunday Services can also be found here.
NEWS: 2020 General Conference and the Jurisdictional Conference have been postponed to 2021. We will send out more information about other closings as we get it.