Staying Connected 2.28.19

Posted By vermonthills on Feb 28, 2019 | 0 comments

Is Jesus for the powerful or the powerless?  Here’s a new video on Facebook:

And for those who don’t do Facebook, here it is on Youtube:

For this Sunday, we’re reading Chapter 27 of We Make the Road by Walking: “A New Identity”

BrainStorming with Bo will be covering “L is for Liberation.”  Here’s an overview.

The Traditional Plan passed.  Now what?  Here is Bo’s take on the decision:

Here’s the response of the Western Jurisdiction, of which we are a part:

At the 2019 Special Called Session of the General Conference, Rev. Donna Pritchard, chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team made this statement on behalf of Western Jurisdiction Leadership:

“We have long appreciated the richness of the global diversity of our United Methodist Church and have embraced opportunities to join with you all in the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world.

“We also understand the purpose of the Church to be in mission and ministry. Consequently, we in the West have been functioning for years as One Church committed to full inclusion, seeking to be a home for all God’s people.

“Today we acknowledge the fracture of this body, yet we worship a God who tells us that the body of Christ has many parts, all equally valued. Rooted in Wesleyan tradition, grounded in Scripture and committed to mission and ministry, the Western Jurisdiction intends to continue to be one church, fully inclusive and open to all God’s children, across the theological and social spectrum.

“We know from experience we are stronger when we live together as progressives, traditionalists and centrists in our Church. Many times during this Conference we have sung or prayed or blessed each other with the reminder that we need each other.

Thank you.”

In two weeks, the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction will meet. We want to be clear that the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction believes in one church for all. Mission and ministry is too important. This is where we stand, we are not moving, we are not leaving, and we are not changing.

Ash Wednesday Service  We are invited to join West Portland UMC for their 7:00 pm service this Wednesday, March 6.  WPUMC is located at 4729 SW Taylors Ferry Rd.

District Table Talks  What really matters to most United Methodists is what happens since the “Traditional” Plan was adopted. The Oregon-Idaho Conference will hold discussion groups called Table Talks 3.0. Our local talk will be held on March 17, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, at First UMC, 1838 SW Jefferson St, in Portland. 

Habitat for Humanity  We’re volunteering at Habitat for Humanity again on Saturday, March 30, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  The build site is Cully Place, 5640 NE Killingsworth St.  The registration deadline is March 15.

Registration Instructions:

  1. Click this link:
  2. Create an account (if you already have an account, you will still need to click the link above and complete step 3).
  3. Register for your specific build day. You will receive an automated email with project details.

Town Hall Meeting  We’ll continue the conversation about the future (and other matters) during coffee time on March 24.  Plan to stay after worship.

SW Hope Fundraiser  The SW Hope Food Drive benefits the emergency food pantry at Neighborhood House.  Eat at Salvador Molly’s on Monday, March 11, from 4:00 pm to close, to have 20% of your bill donated.  More fundraising events may be found at

Opportunities to Serve Does your interest lie in marketing, social media, or surfing the ‘net?  Do you make a great cup of coffee?  Do you pay attention during worship?  The church needs more projectionists, coffee hosts, and a person to keep up on the latest ways to grow our attendance.  Sign up during coffee time or contact the office.

Pathways  A program offered by the Dougy Center for those who have a family member living with an advanced serious illness.  Brochures available by the door to the breezeway.

Save the Date!  Our annual auction will be on Saturday, May 4.  It’s not too early to begin soliciting donations from businesses you regularly patronize, starting that homemade project, or buying gift cards through our scrip program.  And invite your friends!  They’ll have fun and possibly contribute to our fundraising. 

BrainStorming with Bo  Join us at 9:00 am in the Fireside Room — and discover just how much fun Sunday School can be!This Sunday’s topic is “L is for Liberation.” 

ImBible Study  Our feisty, fantastic bible study group is exploring the book of Esther.  Join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room, with an optional second act at the pub afterwards.

Talk N Thought  The “dynamite” ladies of TnT would love to have you join them every Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the Fireside Room.  Expect great conversation, yummy snacks, and reading/discussing insightful books.  They will begin a new book soon, so attend now to help choose.

Prayer Chain  Please email your prayer requests to If you do not have access to email, you may call Linda Miller at 503.699.8628.  The ‘Prayers of the People’ is crafted each week from this information; please indicate if your prayer is private.

Thank you to all those who have volunteered their service:

Liturgist:                      Dori Killion
Storyteller:                  Bryan Cooper
Ushers:                        Jim Van Nest
                                    Bryan Cooper                         

Coffee:                         Dori Killion
            Mar 10            Melanie Wilson, Pat Sousa

Mark your calendars now for some upcoming dates and events:

 Mar 6             Ash Wednesday service at West Portland UMC

 Mar 10           Scrip Sunday

 Mar 10           Spiritual Practices at 4:00 pm

 Mar 11           SW Hope Fundraiser at Salvador Molly’s
 Mar 13           Church Council at 4:30 pm

 Mar 17           Annual Potato Bar after worship

 Mar 17           Table Talks 3.0 at Portland FUMC

 Mar 24           Town Hall Meeting

 May 4             Annual Auction!

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