Please mark your A.C. Calendar with important workshop dates Wednesday and Saturday.

Across the denomination United Methodist leaders and congregants are gathering to learn more about Sanctuary. Trainings are cropping up across the country, in Annual Conferences from Texas to the Rockies, and last month leaders from 5 Jurisdictions came together to the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) to discuss Immigration and Sanctuary as a concern of the church and God’s people.

Last month’s training at the General Board in Washington DC and many others across the country have been led by Kristin Kumpf, Director of Organizing for GBCS. Kristin has spearheaded the church sanctuary movement within The United Methodist Church.

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Welcome from the Lay Leaders

Welcome to Annual Conference 2017 and to this new adventure!

We are living in a time of significant changes and challenges to our lives, our church, our country and the world. While there are strong differences that pull us in many directions, we also have core values and beliefs that hold us together; the very heart of United Methodism.

This year we are doing something different, meeting as Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho conferences together along with representatives from Alaska. This will be an opportunity for us to know more people and to share the exciting ministries that are happening all across our episcopal area.

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AC Update #2: Theme & Jesus, Highlights, Scooters

Some thoughts about our theme and the Jesus behind it

By Patrick Scriven
Our simple tagline, “Do this and you will live!” is a direct quote of Jesus from Luke 10. This statement strikes people in different ways with some liking its boldness and the way it begs a question: What is the “this” one needs to do to live? Others aren’t as fond, often for the same reasons. Let me explain why I find myself among the former.
The Jesus I encountered as a young person trying to decide if this Christianity thing was worth doing was provocative. He lived with, and brought healing to, those who were poor, hungry, and lost in sorrow and he heaped condemnation upon those who did nothing when they could do much more. Jesus challenged his disciples to love, not our family or friends, but our enemies. In contrast to other religious teachers of his day, he bound grace received to one’s willingness to extend it to others. And most attractive to the young person I was, there didn’t seem to be any social convention, nicety, or prejudice that Jesus would allow to get in the way of God’s love.
All of this gained Jesus the attention of many, the affection of a few, and the condemnation of those with the most to lose. Read more.

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I was asked to write about our 2017 Annual Conference theme for this week’s newsletter. As I was considering the different tasks I had for the week, I was inclined to take the easy route and simply reuse the “About our Theme” language I’d compiled for the website (please do check it out if you haven’t already).

Unfortunately for me, the opportunity to write about Jesus is a hard one to resist.

Our simple tagline, “Do this and you will live!” is a direct quote of Jesus from Luke 10. This statement strikes people in different ways with some liking its boldness and the way it begs a question: What is the “this” one needs to do to live? Others aren’t as fond, often for the same reasons. Let me explain why I find myself among the former.

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This year the Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho annual conferences will be meeting in a shared session at the Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon. Many are asking why this is happening and if it points to a conference merger or other structural change. While the church and its organization are dynamic and always open to change, the reason for the shared session is more straight forward.

It all started in 2014. As area leaders began planning to host the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, the team was looking for ways to help prospective volunteers from both conferences get to know the Oregon Convention Center, which would be the site of the General Conference.

That plan faded when no available date could be found on the calendar, but the idea of an opportunity for the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences to gather together lived on. Bishop Grant Hagiya, assigned to the Greater Northwest Area at that time, asked the two conferences to move forward with the plan in 2017.

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A shared annual conference session

This year the Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho annual conferences will be meeting in a shared session at the Red Lion on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon. Many are asking why this is happening and if it points to a conference merger or other structural change. While the church and its organization are dynamic and always open to change, the reason for the shared session is more straight forward.

It all started in 2014. As area leaders began planning to host the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, the team was looking for ways to help prospective volunteers from both conferences get to know the Oregon Convention Center, which would be the site of the General Conference.

That plan faded when no available date could be found on the calendar, but the idea of an opportunity for the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences to gather together lived on. Bishop Grant Hagiya, assigned to the Greater Northwest Area at that time, asked the two conferences to move forward with the plan in 2017.

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Healthflex Participants:

This is a reminder that registration is open for the Blueprint for Wellness Screening that will be held at Annual Conference.

The details for registering are below and in this attachment. Keep in mind that since we are having a shared annual conference we will have more people participating in the screening, Quest is sending more examiners but the appointments will fill up.

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During Annual Conference in June we plan to highlight abundant life enhancing ministries taking place in our local church and ministry settings. We are looking for photos! Because we expect to have a large number of submissions, a selection committee will make the final decision on which photos will be used. If you would like to submit a digital photograph please:

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Petitions/recommendations to be considered at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Session need to be submitted to the PNW Conference Office by April 15. Resolutions submitted by this date will be reviewed by the Director of Connectional Ministries for consideration at a joint gathering of the Connectional Table and the Council on Finance and Administration on May 19. At that meeting, individuals submitting legislation may also be invited to participate. Alternatively, legislation may be directed to a conference board or agency, after consultation with the author, for direct action by that group. Conference staff may also be in contact to assist in clarifying the petitions intent or to offer other forms of assistance.

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We need your Email address!

Email is the standard way you will receive important information about Annual Conference. Please be sure we have a current email address for you.

If you are in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, please contact your district office with your current email address:

If you are in the Pacific Northwest Conference, please contact please contact Anna Conklin at 206-870-6803 or aconklin@pnwumc.org.

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A shared site for the Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Session