Trinity United Methodist Church
The Messenger
From the Pastor

Thank  you for your love and support for the Englewood Church and it's members. The service Sunday was well attended, with all Open Door Churches represented. The stories told of how important the Englewood family of faith was to people and the church made a difference in the lives of many, showed how much of a legacy Englewood will leave in this community.  

Most of the members have already found places of worship and service in other Open Door churches.

Trinity welcomes Linda Beerbower, Cloydine Bower, Rose Bradley, Shirley Cross, Bev and Tom Ellis, Carolyn Orr, Doris Russell and Cindy Yarnell.

General Conference is coming soon.  Please see the information below.If you have questions,  I will be available after worship on Sunday to talk with anyone interested about what this all means and why it makes a difference to us.  See you Sunday!

Pastor Sandy
2019 Special Session of the
General Conference
February 23 - 26, 2019

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, which usually meets every four years, but will be gathering for a special session on February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The sole purpose of this special session will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The 2016 Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

In May of 2018, the Council of Bishops endorsed the One Church Plan as the best solution to a 50-year-old global debate. Eight hundred and sixty-four elected United Methodist delegates, about 42 percent from outside of the United States, will participate in the decision-making process in February.
The Mission Cabinet calls upon United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction to continue in prayer for the upcoming work of this special session of the General Conference, even as they continue their most meaningful work of calling and nurturing disciples, and loving God and neighbor more fully.   
This information was taken from a much longer United Methodist News Service article.  There is so much information available online, it is hard for many people to understand it or even get through it all.  Others may not understand the structure of the church and what that has to do with Trinity and how we may be impacted by decisions made at the General Conference. Pastor Sandy will be available after worship on Sunday to talk with anyone interested about what this all means.
Worship in February

February 3, 2019     Epiphany 4      
"Shattering Expectations"
 Luke 4:21-30
Pastor Wendy Woodworth Preaching

February 10, 2019   Epiphany 5    
"Claiming our Superpower"
Luke 5:1-11
Pastor Sandy Kimbrow Preaching

February 17, 2019     Epiphany 6
"The Great Reversal"
Luke  6:17-26
Pastor Wendy Woodworth Preaching

February 24, 2019     Epiphany 7
"Going Against the Grain"
Luke 6:27-38
Pastor Alyssa Preaching
February JOY Group
Saturday, February 9 , 5:00 p.m.
Great Wall Restaurant
Hosted by Ann & Wayne Petersen
All are welco me! 
Enjoy a fun night out for a go od cause. The purpose of Ann's Heart is to develop transitional housing for all types of women who are unhoused in the Springfield area.  There will be entertainment and good food.
The funds raised will help Ann's Heart obtain a house and develop this much needed program. We ae currently sponsored by St. Vincent De Paul of Lane County and the Center for Gender Equity of Lane Community College. Contributions can be made to SVDP-Ann's Heart. 
For more information calll 541-603-8706 
or check out our facebook page Ann's Heart.
Living the Way of Love: A 40-Day Devotional
by Mary B. Sullivan
Thursdays - 1:30 p.m. -  beginning March 7
at Trinity UMC

Reflections follow the practices of The Way of Love: Turn, Learn, Pray, worship, Bless, Go, Rest.
Each devotion includes a passage of scripture, a story, and reflection questions.
Rotating through each practice so that each is covered once a week, going deeper into the practice throughout the forty days.

If you are interested in another day of the week other than Thursdays at Trinity UMC, the following locations are conducting the same Discipleship Group -

Tuesdays - 1:30 p.m. - beginning March 12
Morningside UMC - 3674 12th St. SE, Salem

Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. - beginning March 5
First Salem UMC - 600 State Street, Salem

Thursdays - 10:00 a.m. - beginning March 7
First Salem UMC - 600 State Street, Salem

Please contact Trinity UMC at
by Monday, February 18 to let us know you will be attending so that we may reserve a book for you. (Cost of book is $10). More information and reservation forms are also included in the Sunday worship bulletin. 
In This Issue
Worship Schedule
Sunday Worship 
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Blending traditional, Chancel Choir, Congregational Hymn and Praise Singing with Organ and Guitar.

Following Worship 
there is a time for 
coffee and fellowship

  2  Doug Sams
   5  John Bray
      Bob Hawkes
  6  John Kimbrow
15  Joyce Schmidt
18  Doris Spenner
23  Catherine Jordan
24  David Dryden 

We are in need of books for our younger children. If you can provide a few books our little children would be grateful. We can also use books in Spanish.  Thank y ou!
Have you seen the white bucket in the foyer? Do you know what it's for? It's for your loose change. All donations go to support Outreach Projects. Let's try to fill up the bucket!
Lord's Cupboard

The Lord's Cupboard will be closed on Monday, February 4, 6 and 8 and also on February 18. 
Volunteers are needed , please contact Jerry Rempel, 503-393-8875 or and let him know when you are available. Thank you! Plastic bags are needed!   First Sunday Food: cereal, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter.
Family Game Night

This month the game night will be held 
Friday, February 22  in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
Please bring a game and/or snacks to share. 
For more information contact Ann Jeffries, email or phone 503-393-8590

Ash Wednesday
March 6
Imposition of Ashes Service
7:00 p.m.
Salem First United Methodist Church

Saturday, February 2
11:00 a.m.
There is a sewing day at Chemawa on Saturday, February 2. You must show ID at the entrance and you will be given directions to the dorm where you will check in. Students will be available to help move sewing machines into the building where you will be sewing. Snacks are usually provided for folks. Usually finish up between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. All are welcome!
P lease Remember in Prayer
Our loved ones in care facilities:
  • Pat Moe, Portland
  • Mary Zeek, Private Foster Home
  • Nellie Wolcott, Salem Trasitional Care
Other concerns:
Patti Burnley and her son John Stevens, Dorothy Thompson, Harlow Atwood, Tammi Hossner Firman's husband, Linda Beerbower, Rev. Debbie and John Pitney, Rev. Kathy Matthews, the family of Scott Webb especially his wife Kathy, Ken Horn, Marlene Richardson's friend Joty and her son Brett, Elisa Potter's grandson Cody, Larry Rhoads sister Judy Dusa, Dorotha Bolen, Glen Hossner, AJ Kinkaid, Rose Rhoads. 

Those serving in the Military:

The Board will meet next on 
March 4 - 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Trinity UMC
Open Door Churches January Board Meeting Notes
  • The Open Door Churches (ODC) Board meeting was held at Morningside UMC on Monday January 28th.
  • According to the 2016 Book of Discipline, the Open Door Churches of Salem Keizer is basically like the "Large Parish Co-Operative Ministry", which is described as a group of churches operating independently but under one board. We passed a motion to move forward to be identified as such. The board also agreed to form a Board of Trustees to oversee future property.
  • The Open Door Churches will add a Youth Director position (half Time) to the Open Door Staff. Jeff Lowery, currently the Youth Director hired by First UMC Salem (FUMC) and providing leadership for the Open Door Youth Group will be retained in this position, effective January 1, 2019. Open Door Churches will pay 1/3 third of the salary ($7,000 annually) and FUMC will pay the balance of the salary plus taxes and benefits. Funds from the Jason Lee Bedford Funds will be used to pay the ODC's share. These monies are overseen by the Cascadia District Extension Society.
  • The local churches donated about $1,800 to the Native American "Red Shawl Dance" project. There are still shawls to be made, if you would like to help, contact Pastor Wendy. A Blessing of the shawls will be at Morningside UMC on February 17th.
  • The Second Annual Riverfront Park outdoor worship service will be held on September 8th  2019.
  • Claremont School of Theology is moving forward with the plan to merge with Willamette University. The classes will start in the Fall.
  • Small groups identified some possible major goals for us as a Board and also some concerns. The top goals are: Support for the Las Naciones Church, the Young Adult Ministry, and a way to integrate the Hispanic & Native American kids into the youth program.
  • The next board meeting will be held at Trinity UMC on Monday March 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Open Door Churches board members from Trinity are Pat Gillespie and Ann Jeffries.
  • The Open Door Churches board members from Trinity are Pat Gillespie and Ann Jeffries.   
  Quote from Pastor Dan Pitney: 
"For Christians, there is always a WORD of HOPE."

Open Door Churches Webpage
Go to to see information about each of the churches and ways you can be involved.
Open Door Young Adults Schedule
Meet on Wednesdays from 7-8:30. 

Thank you for your continued support of The Open Door Young Adults. Please contact Pastor Alyssa at with any questions. Check us out on Facebook: 
$ollars and Cents
by Pat Gillespie, Treasurer

In December the revenue did not catch up with expenses. Lower than budgeted expenses lessen the pain. We ended the year with the biggest loss in several years. In 2019 we need to be mindful this can happen again and attempt to keep up our giving.

  2018 Financial Status through December 31, 2018

Over/ (Under) 

* 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 talk to me, put a note in my church box or email me at 

The major reason that churches ask people to give money as part of the worship service each Sunday - because our giving money helps us to give a far more important gift: Ourselves. Herb Miller

M inistry and Support Staff
T rinity United Methodist Church
590 Elma Ave SE, Salem OR 97317
Telephone: 503-364-8851  
Fax: 503-585-4319
Pat Clark, Lay Leader:  503-364-6092
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Mon. and Wed.
By appointment Tues. and Thurs.
Church Office Closed on Fridays
Sandy Kimbrow . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Pastor         Julie Penge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Manager   
Paul Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . Choir Director       Na dine Gilmore . . . . . . . . . . .  Accompanist
Tim Bulletset  . . . . . .  . . . . . .  Custodian
 If you need a printed copy of the newsletter, please let the church office know.