May 25, 2023

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"We Will Run"

by MICA Praise Band

Worship Series

Celebrating Pastors Alyssa & Kalina

As you are hopefully aware, ODC is in the midst of a significant change within the Pastoral Team. As we welcome new people into the ODC Pastoral Team, please take the time to thank the clergy members that are moving on to new appointments. The Open Doors Community will be holding two separate farewell events:

Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa

Pastor Kalina’s celebration will be held at Trinity UMC on June 4th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Please feel free to come to Trinity's worship service which begins at 9AM. If you would like to send a note or gift to Pastor Kalina, please direct it to the Trinity UMC:

Pastor Kalina Malua-Katoa

Trinity United Methodist Church

590 Elma Ave SE

Salem, OR 97317

Pastor Alyssa Baker

Pastor Alyssa’s celebration will be held at Morningside UMC on June 25th beginning with a light lunch at 12:00PM with a program starting at 1PM and cake served afterwards. Cake and some finger foods will be provided, but please consider bringing drinks, a dessert, or a snack to share. If you would like to send a note or gift to Pastor Alyssa, please direct it to Morningside UMC:

Pastor Alyssa Baker

Morningside United Methodist Church

PO Box 3076

Salem, OR 97302

ODC Needs Volunteers

ODC is looking for two individuals to serve on its Board. The first opening is for the Chair of the ODC Trustees and the second is for ODC Treasurer. If you are interested in knowing more about either of these positions, please reach out to Margaret Gander-Vo at or to one of the ODC Representatives for your campus.

End of Life Planning Seminar

End of Life Planning Seminar (Planning Now for Later)

Saturday, June 10, 2023 - 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Morningside will be hosting an end of life planning seminar organized by the Morningside Foundation Committee on June 10, 2023 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the Morningside sanctuary. Box lunches will be provided.

Speakers have been scheduled around Oregon’s new advance directive and how to fill out the forms; 23 (at least) questions to ask before someone dies; and planned giving and basic information about probate. Also, a representative from Golden’s Funeral Service will be discussing information needed by the funeral home.

The seminar is geared towards people making end of life decisions and families tasked with carrying out those decisions. Oftentimes, families are left with unanswered questions that can add stress during a difficult time. This seminar is intended to provide background on end of life specifics and to generate discussions within families to provide an easier transition during an emotional time.


We expect this will be a time for learning new things and sharing experiences. Because handouts and lunch will be provided, it is important that we know the number of attendees.  To register or ask questions, please call MUMC at 503-364-5013 by June 1st (voice mail messages are fine). If you have a food preference (gluten free and/or vegetarian), please also include that information when you register. 

Music in Bloom Concert

Music in Bloom Concert

Saturday, June 17, 2023, 2:00 PM

Morningside UMC Sanctuary

Mark your calendars for Morningside UMC's “Music in Bloom” FunRaiser, June 17th at 2:00 PM, in the Morningside UMC Sanctuary. We are suggesting a donation of $10 per person or $20 per family. No tickets will be sold in advance.

Music is a kind of garden which can be viewed and heard any season, anytime, anywhere. Each note is like a seed ready to be planted into a concoction of song. These songs blossom through the sounds of voices and musical instruments.

Come and join us for a celebration of music followed by a reception in Herrmann Hall. For more information contact Pastor Alyssa or Sharon Cooper or send an email to the church at

A Cascadia District Project

Have you heard? The Cascadia district is being encouraged to celebrate the Resurrection by giving the gift of life to others in a very practical way through donations of food and household items.  

One specific ask is for local congregations to collect toilet paper throughout the month of May.  


If the district is able to collect 4,000 rolls of toilet paper between now and May 28th, Cascadia District's District Superintendent, Rev. Wendy Woodworth will do something dramatic with her hair for viewing at Annual Conference in June. In addition to making a difference in the life of others, seeing what she does is quite motivating!


Please drop off your new packages of toilet paper at the food collection station at your church or at the church office during office hours. Call your church office to identify times for weekday donations. Help us reach the goal! 


Thank you for your generosity during this Eastertide season. 

Food Donations

Vacation Bible School

Save the date for Open Doors VBS coming up every Wednesday evening in August!

It will be from 5:30-7:30pm at our Morningside campus. It will be open to all kids ages pre-school through 5th grade.

We are currently looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering! If you are at all curious in how you could serve our young people, please email Lauren Keller at

Spiritual Formation Classes

Wednesday Morning Devotion with Pastor Kalina

Wednesday Mornings @ 7:00 AM through 6/28/2023 (Via Zoom)

FOR EARLY BIRDS, you are invited to join in, via Zoom at 7:00 am on Wednesday mornings, for Devotion & Prayer, for 15-30 minutes with friends and Pastor Kalina. This will be a weekly gathering.

CLICK HERE to join on Wednesdays at 7:00 AM.

Youth Group

No Youth Group for this Sunday, May 28, due to

the Memorial Holiday Weekend.

Please email Amy Doerfler at for an update on activities or with any questions.


Hello Youth Friends! (I’m borrowing a phrase our friend Kift always liked to use!)

As you can see, the UMOI Camp dates are up and registration is active. I hope that your summer schedules will allow you to participate in one of the Summer Camp experiences this year. I am hopeful your families will be able to take advantage of the opportunity, so please keep these thoughts in mind …

  • We have money available to help with camp registration fees! Any Open Door Churches youth participant in one of our Conference Summer Camp experiences can receive a 50% Scholarship from the Youth Fund just by asking. And, if you need more help, please contact me so I can help find a way to make this happen.
  • I am hoping to work at one of the camps where some of our youth are going, so please let me know what camp you’re hoping to attend. I want to support our youth and their families with my time this summer.

I’ve included my contact information below, so please get in touch!

Grace and peace,

Pastor John


Mobile: (214) 384-1139

Youth Leaders

For more information about the ODC Youth Group, please contact Kelly Mason or Pastor John Fleming.

Kelly Mason:

Pastor John:

Young Adult Group

As April comes to a close, here is what we are looking forward to this May! 

May 2nd and May 16th: Coffee, Conversation, and Community at Pastor Alyssa’s Home from 6:30-8pm. 

May 28th to May 30th: Retreat at the Coast. 

Please contact Pastor Alyssa ( with any questions including meeting dates and locations.

Confluence Concert

Members of our Open Door Churches' community are singing in this concert and would like to invite you to attend.

Opportunity to Give

Open Door Churches Worship

Together we continue to reimagine how we worship in the middle of the pandemic while following our call to Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in love with God. As we continue to create spaces for worship costs come up and we need your help.
If you would like to financially support Open Door Churches Worship please make checks payable to Open Door Churches with Open Door Worship in the memo line and mail your check to our Open Door Churches PO Box. 

Open Door Churches
PO Box 4489
Salem Oregon 97302

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Pastor Alyssa Baker

Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa

Pastor John Fleming

Pastora Zaida Huereca
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