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PNW Camps suspend operations for the summer due to COVID-19

PNW Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries Alan Rogstad shared this message with camping ministry supporters this week, sharing the difficult decision to suspend summer camp and retreat operations at all four camps within the Pacific Northwest Conference.

Getting Unstuck Takes Some Effort

In his latest column, Rev. Paul Graves discusses a feeling that may be somewhat universal in these COVID-19 times — being stuck. Graves notes that for many, this may be something we brought with us into this moment.

PNW Connectional Table redirects up to $940k to support local churches, outreach to those most financially vulnerable to COVID-19

Meeting virtually, the PNW Conference’s Connectional Table approved an aggressive plan to redirect up to $940,000 in connectional dollars toward local churches to support and, in places, augment existing services to those in financial distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Milton-Freewater church deeply thankful for ability to help food insecure people

When Tillie MakePeace, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, heard about the opportunity to apply for a grant to buy Safeway gift cards she was excited and thankful. With Columbia District Superintendent Erin Martin’s help she applied for and received $5,000 to purchase 100 gift cards for $50 each.

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

Recently, Eugene’s First United Methodist Church opened a 30-day emergency shelter for youth to try and help alleviate some of their worries.

Bishop calls on to individuals to make masks for local churches

As churches begin “Reimagining Life Together” in the Greater Northwest Area there are a lot of decisions to...

Pastor in La Grande challenges other churches to give to Grocery Gift Cards effort

As word went out that partners were needed to provide funds, La Grande United Methodist Church requested $1,000 through the Grocery Gifts Cards for Families program.

Prosser UMC adapts ministries to community needs

by Hannah Shepperd Prosser is a small town nestled on the Yakima...

Prophetic Narratives for leaders in COVID-times

In the great stories of our faith, God provides sustenance to those faithfully at work. In a post on clergy wellness, Sue Magrath reminds us that God also "has our back," encouraging us to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the hard work we've been able to do already.

IV Team

Latest posts from the Greater NW Innovation Vitality Team

Need an IV, Stat!

Rev. Dr. William Gibson shares how the Greater NW's Innovation Vitality Team is "collaborating for a new vital church — one that empowers younger, queer, and people of color." That collaboration is impacting both New projects and revitalization work.

New Expression of Methodism

The Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber shares provocative thoughts on the new expression of Methodism that is coming, one with a "deeper and wider understanding of inclusion." Barber writes, "For too long, monocultural expressions have created the decline that we have seen."

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Oregon-Idaho Conference

Milton-Freewater church deeply thankful for ability to help food insecure people

When Tillie MakePeace, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, heard about the opportunity to apply for a grant to buy Safeway gift cards she was excited and thankful. With Columbia District Superintendent Erin Martin’s help she applied for and received $5,000 to purchase 100 gift cards for $50 each.

Houseless youth find support and safety at Eugene UMC

Recently, Eugene’s First United Methodist Church opened a 30-day emergency shelter for youth to try and help alleviate some of their worries.

Pacific Northwest Conference

Prophetic Narratives for leaders in COVID-times

In the great stories of our faith, God provides sustenance to those faithfully at work. In a post on clergy wellness, Sue Magrath reminds us that God also "has our back," encouraging us to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the hard work we've been able to do already.

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Bishop calls on to individuals to make masks for local churches

As churches begin “Reimagining Life Together” in the Greater Northwest Area there are...

A Christmas Message from Bishop Stanovsky – 2019

Please enjoy this Christmas message for United Methodists across the Greater Northwest...

PNW WJ Fresh Summit Report

During the Western Jurisdiction Fresh United Methodism Summit, attendees received a number...

VIDEO: WJ Bishops declare Safe Harbor for LGBTQ+ clergy, candidates

VIDEO: WJ Bishops declare Safe Harbor for LGBTQ+ clergy, candidates #UMC4All

Resources

Best Practices for Church Cleaning and Management

At some point, public COVID-19-related health restrictions will ease and church buildings will open in some fashion. Larry Johnson, Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, shares how his local church is assessing their need for cleaning along with helpful CDC Guidelines for disinfecting your facility.

Understanding Virtual Worship Attendance Reporting

As churches explore more digital ministry options, GCFA has developed some guidance on reporting and counting the number of viewers of your online worship and Bible study attendance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Alaska as Mission District of the PNW Conference

The following questions are among those we’ve been asked or have...

insideout: What if we focused on abundance?

Using the vivid example of creative problem solving featured in the movie Apollo 13, the Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Gibson offers a fresh look at the feeding of the multitudes in Matthew's Gospel discovering a message for today's church. Gibson argues that too often in the church, we allow our anxieties to shift our own thinking away from "what God is already up to" toward what he calls "the scarcity of the moment" to the detriment of what is possible.

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Best Practices for Church Cleaning and Management

At some point, public COVID-19-related health restrictions will ease and church buildings will open in some fashion. Larry Johnson, Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, shares how his local church is assessing their need for cleaning along with helpful CDC Guidelines for disinfecting your facility.

As New 2020 Restrictions Loom, Western Jurisdiction Bishops Pledge Safe Harbor for LGBTQ+ United Methodist Clergy, Seek Support

Western bishops lead with grace, not persecution. Active United Methodist Bishops in the Western Jurisdiction announce their intention to set aside complaints against clergy accused of being gay or performing LGBTQ+ weddings; urge others to join them. #UMC4All