April 30, 2021
Communion Sunday!
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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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Weekly Posts
Unexpected Sacred Space
When I was in seminary school at Boston University my love for podcasts began. Living in a large city and relying on public transportation there are many hours of your day devoted to
Every Monday we will release a new video on YouTube featuring one of music groups that contribute to our worship music!
CHP Working On Re-Opening, Location Change for Now
Are you ready to get out of your home or apartment and help someone? Are you ready to see some friendly faces in person (still masked and socially distanced!)?
Congregations Helping People is excited to reopen to serve our community after a year on hiatus due to the corona virus/covid-19 pandemic. We are in great need of volunteers!
We are going to do things a little differently than before the pandemic. We are starting out to serve clients at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, located at 1770 Baxter Rd SE, Salem, OR 97306. We are going to open with at least one or two board members -- and hopefully, two volunteers every session. 
We plan to have sessions where we will see clients by appointment only, either in person or remotely, just two Saturdays a month from 10 am to 1 pm. Masks will be required, we will social distance, and hand sanitizer and masks will be available for those who need those things while in their appointment. 
Volunteers will greet clients, check to be sure they have brought necessary paperwork, and work with the board members to help clients in our community. Volunteers are not expected to be there for every session, and we will train you. Just help as you are able!
You can help! We are going to have a training session for volunteers on Saturday, May 22nd from 10 am to noon. We hope to start our CHP sessions on Saturday, June 5th. You can attend the training session to find out if this is something that you might be interested in, and you do not have to make a commitment, if you just want to check it out! Likewise, if you are interested in volunteering but can’t come on May 22nd, we can find another time to train you. 
If volunteering is not in the cards, but if you would like to support Congregations Helping People in the work that they do to provide direct aid to the community, donations can be given through their website at Chpsalem.org, or mailed to Congregations Helping People, PO Box 12412, Salem, OR. 97309
If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Metzger at metzgerlaura@mac.com.
Thank you and God Bless You!
Rolo Cookies!
In worship on Sunday April 25th, Pastor Alyssa shared a cookie recipe during children’s time. A few people in the chat asked for the recipe so we have included it here for you. If you try out the recipe let Pastor Alyssa know how it goes. 

Rolo Cookie Recipe:

Ingredients:
   1 ⅛ cup flour (⅛ cup is 2 Tbsp.)
   ½ tsp. baking Soda
   ⅜ cup unsweetened Cocoa
   ½ cup sugar
   ½ cup brown sugar
   ½ cup margarine
   1 egg
   1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup chopped pecans (optional
24 Rolo candies (there are 8-10 in each roll of Rolos)
1 Tbsp. sugar - this is to roll balls of cookie dough in

Directions:
  1. Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda, blend well. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and margarine. Add vanilla and egg. Beat well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, mix 1tbsp sugar and ¼ cup chopped pecans.
  4. For each cookie, with floured hands, shape approx. 1 tbsp. Dough around 1 Rolo, covering completely. Dip one side of the cookie into sugar mixture. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 375 for 7-10 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack.
Worship Training
Recently, I attended a training put on by the Greater NW area of The United Methodist Church entitled “Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences”. This training was taught by worship media consultant and coach Jason Moore.

I found the training to be extremely helpful as we have been encouraged by Bishop Elaine Stanofsky to Reimagine our Life Together. I was encouraged to see some of the online practices we have already been engaging in at Open Door Churches and looking forward to trying some new things shared in the training.

Luckily, this training was recorded and offered to participants' congregations for 90 days. As we find ourselves in the beginnings of conversations about the future of worship at Open Door Churches I encourage you to check out this training. Below is a link to the training and a handbook that pairs with the video. Send me an email to let me know what you learned.

~Pastor Alyssa
pastoralyssa@opendoorchurches.org


Bishop Stanovsky's letter to all churches in the Pacific Northwest
Dear Siblings in Christ,

We are making progress, but we are not quite there yet. It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life as we knew it. We continue to persevere, exhausted at times, yet anticipating the day when we can gather, greet each other, share communion and other precious rhythms of life and spiritual practice in person without risking harm to one another. Hopeful also that we now carry with us new learnings and practices, hard lessons of necessity that will continue to connect us in new ways in life and ministry.

The rapid vaccine rollout gives us hope that we can enjoy more freedom to gather as families and faith communities soon. Vaccinations coupled with continuous strict adherence to safety protocols are expected to lower infection rates, hospitalizations and COVID-19 related deaths. Overall, we have seen the number of cases decline since the winter peak in many places, but progress has been stalled by premature re-openings, the easing of restrictions in some places, resistance by some to being vaccinated and observing simple safety practices: washing hands, social distancing, wearing a mask. I hope that each of us is continuing to follow these practices, as well as being vaccinated, consistent with medical advice, as soon as we are eligible.

I was surprised by the deep joy that welled up in me when those shots went in my arm, protecting not only me but also everyone I encounter from the dangers of this virus. I’m grateful to every person who is able and willing to join this movement toward health and safety.

As Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reminded us in a briefing earlier this year,

“We may be done with the virus, but clearly the virus is not done with us. We cannot get comfortable or give in to a false sense of security that the worst of the pandemic is behind us – not now; not when mass vaccination is so very close.”

Permissible not Necessarily Beneficial
In an article for The Atlantic, Dr. James Hamblin of the Yale School of Public Health points out,

“Our social lives can resume, but only when the whole community is ready. The turning point does not arrive for individuals, one by one, as soon as they’ve been vaccinated; it comes for all of us at once, when a population becomes immune.”

With this understanding, we are advised that the number of coronavirus cases needs to decrease further before we resume regular activities, especially in light of the arrival of new fast-spreading variants of the virus. A premature reopening, even if allowed by the state, may run the risk of not just stalling but even reversing the recent progress we have already achieved.

I am reminded of Saint Paul’s admonition that things that are “permissible” are not necessarily things that are “beneficial” to the common good. (I Corinthians 10:23).

While we should celebrate the good news of vaccines providing a layer of protection already for a significant number of members in some of our congregations, the church does not belong solely to those who are vaccinated. Especially as we have just now reached a time when all adults are eligible to receive a vaccine, we must continue to be patient to allow them the privilege of receiving this gift of security before we consider letting our guard down. At the same time, we will need to find ways to protect and include children in church life while continuing to wait for vaccination eligibility to be extended to them.

As the church, God calls us always to do things that are beneficial because we bear responsibility towards the well-being of others, especially the most vulnerable among us.

A Posture of Hopeful Caution
The progress we see in vaccinations, tempered by the potential threat of variants we race, leads me toward a posture of hopeful caution we are almost there but not quite there yet. Even as our hope is renewed with the increasing percentage of those vaccinated, our decisions and actions must continue to manifest the utmost concern for one another as an act of love in response to Jesus’ command for us to love one another as he had loved us (John 13:34).

Accordingly, I am asking churches to remain vigilant in their planning and decision-making processes. The COVID-19 Response Team, made up of lay and clergy members from across the area, is continuing to review and amend its guidance to local churches. By May 5th, we will release updated guidelines for Phase 3, shifting more responsibility to local leaders to guide their congregation’s, camp’s or other ministry setting’s COVID-19 response.

I am grateful for each of you and your faithfulness and commitment, especially during this long time of physical separation due to this pandemic. May the hard lessons learned as we have persevered, and new skills developed as you have adapted, empower our work together and witness to God’s love which never fails us.

“Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31)

With love and grace,
Elaine JW Stanovsky
Bishop, Greater Northwest Episcopal Area

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Offered in consultation with the COVID-19 Response Team, as currently composed:

  • Rev. Alyssa Baker, pastor, Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer, OR-ID Conference
  • Laurie Day, OR-ID Conference Director of Connectional Ministries
  • Rev. Jim Doepken, pastor, Moose Pass & Seward Memorial UMCs, Alaska Conference
  • Rev. Mark Galang, Puget Sound District Superintendent, PNW Conference
  • Rhondalei Gabuat, Executive Assistant for Bishop Stanovsky, Greater Northwest Episcopal Area
  • Rev. Karen Hernandez, Sage District Superintendent, OR-ID Conference
  • Rev. Pat Longstroth, pastor, Bremerton UMC, PNW Conference
  • Becky Platt, lay member, Boise (ID): Whitney UMC, OR-ID Conference
  • Patrick Scriven, PNW Conference Director of Communications
  • Jim Truitt, lay member, Renton (WA): Fairwood Community UMC, PNW Conference
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.

If you have any questions, contact Heather Hawkins at christianedfumc@wvi.com

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.

This Monday evening online group continues to explore topics of "how we got here" in our thinking of racial issues. The group works hard to provide interesting and relevant guest speakers each week, so don't miss it!
 
For more information, contact Cesie Delve Scheuermann (cesiedelve@gmail.com) or Chris Young (socialmediaFUMC@gmail.com).

Tuesday Evening Women’s Book Group - Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom

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.

Christian Education for children.
Contact Christina Gordon at fumckids503@gmail.com for more information about their Zoom gatherings.
Youth Group
Upcoming Youth Activities
Open Door Youth Group continues to meet every Thursday evening from 7-8:30 for Jackbox Games and on Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30 for a variety of activities. All youth 6-12th grade are welcome to join us.

Sunday May 23rd will be our confirmation Sunday, we will be confirming our youth in worship on Pentecost Sunday.

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 Kelly Mason kelmason@gmail.com for more information.
Young Adult Group
Coffee, Conversation, & Community

The Young Adult Group meets Online twice a month on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for a time of spiritual conversation and community on Zoom online!

The next Zoom meeting dates are May 5 and May 19!

We hope you can join us!

Please contact Pastor Alyssa Baker for sign in information!

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!
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

You can also give online
ODC Board Meeting Minutes
The below write up of notes from the April Open Door United Methodist Churches were compiled by Julie Penge, Office Manager at Trinity UMC. You may notice a specific reference to Trinity UMC, because the minutes were created for their newsletter. Watch for more Open Door United Methodist Churches minutes in the future!
Pastors
Pastor Alyssa Baker
Worship
Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa
Pastoral Care
Pastor John Fleming
Administration
Pastora Zaida Huereca
pastorazaida@opendoorchurches.org
Rev. Jeff Lowery
Open Door Churches | Website