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Our Paypal account currently has a problem. PayPal will return when our treasurer is able to find and fix the problem. Meanwhile, you can send your membership gift the old-fashioned way. Download the brochure and send the form with your check to Rhoda P Markus at the address on the form. We will let you know when PayPal is again an option. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Calling all knitters!

Anyone who has lived in western Oregon knows that the weather in May can feel like anything from winter to summer. This coming May, we will be hosts to General Conference delegates from all over the world. Remembering that some of the delegates in 2012 thought Tampa was cold (hard for us to imagine!), we are collecting handmade hats and scarves to offer to any delegates who would like them, as part of our hospitality.

This effort is being coordinated by Claudia Roberts for our chapter, but the hats will be distributed by the local host committee as a part of the overall welcome of our annual conference. Anyone can participate. Download the flyer for more details and instructions. This is a great activity for those who live too far from Portland to feel connected to the hospitality effort.

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Texas in August may not sound attractive to us in the Northwest, but this event will be worth the trip! Gather at the River is a joint event of MFSA and Reconciling Ministries Network. It will take place at Travis Park UMC in San Antonio August 6 through 9, and it will bring together United Methodists from all the world for worship, Bible study, and inspiration for our journey as we move toward General Conference 2016. Registration is now open, and the early registration deadline is coming soon. Scholarships are available. Get all the details and register at www.gather2015.org.

Support our work with your membership gift

It’s time to renew your MFSA membership for 2015 or to become a financial supporter for the first time. Get all the details by downloading the current MFSABrochure. You can mail your contribution to the address on the brochure, or you can use PayPal directly from this page. The listed gift amounts are suggestions; we appreciate your gift of any amount. Thanks for your support!

Spring event “Oregon-Idaho Hosts the World”

Join us at Fremont UMC in Portland on Saturday, March 21 to learn more about what it means to have General Conference in Oregon next year. Learn about the conference as a whole and about how justice seekers are uniting to make a strong witness for justice to our entire denomination. Lots of volunteers will be needed next year, and this is a good way to find out how your skills and interests might best be used. Get all the details on this flyer. Print a copy to post at church and another copy to give to a friend. We hope to see you there!

Follow-up from our Palestine-Israel event

On November 15, people from at least 22 churches in the conference attended our event at Clear Lake UMC in Keizer. If you were there, you know that there was a lot of great information shared. If you were not able to be there, you can still get some of it.

Rev Diane Dulin began our program with a talk focused on Kairos Theology. You can download the text of her remarks here: KAIROS THEOLOGY. Diane also wrote the liturgy for our closing worship, which you can download here: closing liturgy.

Another highlight of the day was the screening of a new movie called “Land and Honor” by filmmaker Art Wright, who was present at the event. Art is a Portland-area photographer/filmmaker who has both taught film and photography and worked as a photographer (for KOIN TV, among other entities).  He made his first trip to Palestine/Israel this past March, and returned with footage of the Occupation, viewed from the eyes of one who is new to this issue.  In the film, we hear from Israelis and Palestinians, and observe how the Palestinian people live under the shadows of settlements and checkpoints.  The film won’t answer your questions, but it will raise a lot of good discussion points.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the film, contact Art at awrighton@comcast.net.

Members of MFSA and HLTF hope that every church in the conference will have a study of the issues around peace in Palestine and Israel before Annual Conference 2015. If you would like help with resources or a speaker, please contact Dee Poujade, Task Force chair, at traveling.mimi@gmail.com, or Jan Nelson, MFSA chapter president, at jannelson515@msn.com.