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PNW secures $250K UMCOR grant to continue Okanogan Wildfire rebuilding

The Pacific Northwest Conference received a new United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) grant for $250,000 to continue assisting 2020 wildfire survivors in northcentral Washington. UMCOR has now committed $360,000 in multiple grants to assist with the Okanogan Long Term Recovery Group’s work to assist survivors and rebuild homes in Okanogan and Douglas Counties in Washington state, including the Colville Reservation.

When violence meets God’s whirlwind, perspective follows

In his latest blog post on the Greater NW News site, the Rev. Paul Graves reflects on the meaning of the whirlwind found in the biblical story of Job. He uses it to consider our human tendencies toward violence and the importance of recognizing our proper place in relation to God.

UMC youth launch “Good People of Gooding” series in Idaho

When it comes to getting to know your neighbor, just ask the youth of Gooding United Methodist Church in Idaho how to do it. Recently the church youth launched a YouTube channel “The Good People of Gooding” to hear the stories of people in their town and build connections.

UM Global Ministries Launches New Effort to Raise Funds for Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine Around the World

ATLANTA (October 18, 2021) – United Methodist Global Ministries is launching a new initiative and joining interfaith partners in an effort to increase the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world. Funds donated to a new Advance giving project will support “Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic” campaign supporting UNICEF’s global vaccine distribution efforts.

Thank you for the good you didn’t do.

"One of the challenges of navigating a pandemic is that we can't really see the good we are doing, only the missed opportunities of more people getting sick, hospitals overwhelmed, and far too many lives lost" writes Patrick Scriven, director of communications for the PNW Conference. Because of this, we need to stop and remember that our caution is actually saving lives.

COVID Burnout

Sue Magrath shares some words of encouragement for clergy who have been challenged with 18+ months of leadership responsibility in a pandemic. She shares an article recommended by the PNW Formation Committee and a reminder about a helping professionals resource listing those in mental health, spiritual direction and coaching.

Q: Can we safely celebrate the winter holidays in person this year?

As much of the US begins to see new coronavirus cases decline, people are starting to look ahead toward the holidays and the uncertainties of winter. Patrick Scriven provides this survey of what experts are suggesting at this stage of the pandemic.

New Lay Servant Ministries course: Leading in Prayer

In partnership with the Mountain Sky Conference, Lay Servant Ministries leaders from the Greater Northwest Area are inviting anyone interested to register for this new, five-week course, "Leading in Prayer" beginning Oct. 19. But hurry, the deadline to register is Oct. 12.

Sourdough starts an international legacy

"What important legacies will you share with your family and friends today?" Rev. Paul Graves uses a tradition of sharing sourdough starter to ask an important question.

IV Team

Latest posts from the Greater NW Innovation Vitality Team

Alaska Conference

COVID: A Cautionary Tale

While taking his daughters to get tested for COVID-19 after they had a slight exposure at an event, the Rev. Jim Doepken decided to get tested too. In this post on the GNW News Blog, he shares what happened next.

Oregon-Idaho Conference

UMC youth launch “Good People of Gooding” series in Idaho

When it comes to getting to know your neighbor, just ask the youth of Gooding United Methodist Church in Idaho how to do it. Recently the church youth launched a YouTube channel “The Good People of Gooding” to hear the stories of people in their town and build connections.

Pacific Northwest Conference

Sourdough starts an international legacy

"What important legacies will you share with your family and friends today?" Rev. Paul Graves uses a tradition of sharing sourdough starter to ask an important question.

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