February 18, 2021
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Zoom Fellowship Time on Sundays

Join us for a Zoom Coffee/Fellowship Time after worship each Sunday so that we can have virtual fellowship after worship. Bring your own coffee!

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Join in Worship
If you would like to participate in our worship services as a liturgist or a reader, or in other ways you see as opportunities in our worship videos, please contact Pastor Alyssa at pastoralyssa@opendoorchurches.org.

There are many people available to help you record your reading, and Pastor Alyssa can help connect you if you are interested!

Weekly Posts

Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the start of the Lenten Season on the Christian Calendar. Many people choose to engage in the spiritual discipline of giving something up during the season of lent in hopes of....
Every Monday we will release a new video on YouTube featuring one of music groups that contribute to our worship music!
Opportunity to Contribute
As members of Open Door Churches, it is safe to say that most, if not all of us have been touched by the talents of Sarah Katreen Hoggatt. As our Communications Director, her dedication to us and her commitment to her work has been extraordinary. What began as our dream for a communications expert has evolved into one of the most valued positions on our staff. Sarah is responsible for the text and graphics for this informative newsletter. She also creates the live stream video that enables us all to participate in worship every week.

The position allows for 25 hours weekly, half of which are required to produce the video. The newsletter requires an hour and the remaining time is dedicated to poster design, website, and blogs.

The Communications Director salary is currently funded through a bequest donated by Englewood UMC. We recognize the need to establish long term funding for this valuable position and are offering each of us the opportunity to contribute toward this special account. Please prayerfully consider a donation, perhaps a monthly commitment to ensure the permanence of our Communications Director.

Vickie Plasker, Chair ODC Board

-Make Checks payable to Open Door Churches and indicate Communications in the memo line.
-Mail to Open Door Churches, PO Box 4489, Salem OR 97302
-Donate electronically by identifying ODC Communications
-Giving statements will be issued
Lent Kits
We are having lent kits for individuals and families that want to do them. The kits are weekly activities similar to the ones we did during advent. There is also a Labyrinth Meditation for Ash Wednesday and activities for holy week. People can choose to get the entire kit or only certain parts if they wish. This is also something that can be done by individuals as well as families. If interested please let Tes Lacy know. Also let her know the number of kids and/or if an individual so that she can make sure how much supplies are included. Her email is morninsideprogram@gmail.com.

FUMC Job Opening - Director of Christian Education
We are hiring for the Director of Christian Education! This is a part-time and permanent position. For a full description, click the button below.
Food Donations Collection
Saturday, February 20th, 1:00-3:00 PM
Trinity UMC - South Parking
590 Alma St SE, Salem

This month's Saturday Food Drive Collection will be focused on: Canned Vegetables & Dry Spaghetti/Pasta
Pastor John will be hosting the drop-off at Trinity UMC on Saturday, Feb. 20th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM/ He will be parked in the south parking lot near the intersection of Elma and Durbin Streets. Bring your food donations by any time during those hours.
Thanks for your continued support of our Open Door Churches Food Drive efforts!
Financially Support 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

You can also give online
Christian Education Opportunities
Christian education is our invitation to understand God’s world and our experience in that world in deep and transformational ways. We will not be able to gather in person this winter, while our country and our communities engage in urgent conversations about racism, police brutality, power, government, creation care, and so much more. We want to provide opportunities for us as a faith community to learn, discuss, and inspire one another toward action for justice. As we begin the new year many of our classes are regrouping or changing topics, that makes for a great time to join a new class. 

If you have any questions, contact Rev. Jeff Lowery at RevJeff@opendoorchurches.org.

Prayers of the Heart - Meets via Zoom every Sunday at 9am
This group gathers to share a short reading, a time of meditation, and lectio divina. Contact Dennis Lundeen ddlundeen@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

Digging Deeper - Meeting on Zoom every Sunday morning at 11:15. All are welcome. Contact Charlie Wallace  cwallace@willamette.edu for the Zoom link. Click here to see the schedule.

Modern Christian Life: Getting Educated on Race & Racism 
Monday evenings, Zoom – 7:00-8:00 pm. Click here to see the schedule.

Tuesday Evening Women’s Book Group - Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom
Jennie Pitney- jenniepitney@hotmail.com for Zoom link. The group is joining the Monday night class on "Getting Educated on Race & Racism" for the month of January. See above.

Sunday School for those Who May Not Believe in God. Once a month class via Zoom, 2-3pm on Sundays, contact Heather Hawkins for Zoom details. sharingourdream2020@gmail.com. Click here to see the schedule. 

Christian Education for children.
Contact Christina Gordon at fumckids503@gmail.com for more information about their Zoom gatherings.
Lenten Study
NEW! All are Invited! Tuesday Lenten study starting February 23, 7:00 p.m.

Simon Peter by Adam Hamilton; Tuesday evenings . from Feb. 23-March 30.
Here's our reading schedule:

SIMON PETER - Flawed But Faithful Disciple
Feb. 23 - Intro & Chapter 1 (The Call of the Fishermen)
March 2 - Chapter 2 (Walking with Jesus in the Storm)
March 9 - Chapter 3 (Bedrock or Stumbling Block?)
Mar. 16 - Chapter 4 ("I Will Not Deny You")
Mar. 23 - Chapter 5 (From Cowardice to Courage)
Mar. 30 - Chapter 6 + Epilogue (The Rest of the Story)

Let Jennie Pitney at jenniepitney@hotmail.com know if you'd like to join us for this study & she will put you on the list to receive the Zoom links each week.
Youth Group
Upcoming Youth Activities

Youth group continues to meet on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 for Jackbox games and on Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30. This month we'll meet with our friends from Auburn Washington on Feb 21. Confirmation class meets on Wed Feb 17. Stay tuned for more details in the weekly emails.

Come to the Zoom youth group -- Email any of the youth leaders below for information about joining Zoom. Contact Rev. Jeff Lowery: revjeff@opendoorchurches.org for the link information.

You may also contact Maddy Hickerson maddy.hickerson@gmail.com;
and Kelly Mason kelmason@gmail.com for more information.
Young Adult Group
Coffee, Conversation, & Community
The Open Door Church Young Adult Group will meet on Wednesday February 10 and 24 at 7 pm on Zoom. They are still voting on a series so I can't share that with you yet.

The young adults meet regularly for a time of spiritual conversation and community. Please contact Pastor Alyssa for more information.

"As we move forward in our time together I have a couple of series for us to look at and consider engaging in together. Looking forward to spending time with all of you."
~Pastor Alyssa

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!
Family Zoom Party
Sunday, February 21 is the next Family Zoom Online Party! On the Sundays of the family Zoom time, the Zoom party precedes worship, 9:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

For the Zoom link, please email fumckids503@gmail.com
and ask to be sent the sign on information for this fun children's activity!
Rev. Alyssa Baker
Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa
Pastoral Care
Rev. John Fleming
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