November Pastor’s Message (2016)

The Weaving Grows…

It was such a joy to have our United Methodist Ministries of Salem-Keizer Youth share about their summer mission trip in worship on Oct. 23. I was inspired to see the various service projects they engaged in and to hear of how they grew in both their understanding of service and their relationship with God.  Morningside was part of that service project through our support of the Youth Dinner/Auction that happened earlier in the year, through individual  sponsorships for the trip and with one youth and one adult participating.  It is the beginning of our area wide Youth group.  

There are signs of growth as we begin this school year for the youth program.  An event in September had participation from three of our church’s, including 5 youth from Morningside and 2 from Clear Lake.  The youth have also occasionally held youth meetings at Morningside. We are in the process of interviewing additional youth interns and hope to have one at Morningside in the near future.  A vital UMMSK Youth Ministry is happening.

What else has been happening with UM Ministries of Salem-Keizer?  

*Messy Church is now happening at three locations, including Morningside.  The Trinity location is called Fiesta Church and is bi-lingual and already having strong attendance.  Morningside is starting out small, but the programing has been great – especially the October theme of “Make a Joyful Noise.”  

*Rev. Jorge Rodriguez and his family has moved to Salem and he is beginning to make connections for the development of our Hispanic Ministries.

*The clergy went to the “Time to Sow” retreat to plan worship themes and texts for the next liturgical year.

*We have submitted a grant application to develop a comprehensive communication and marketing strategy and for implementation. We should hear word about this application in November and quickly get to work on this important aspect.

*The clergy and board are working on a plan for better utilizing clergy time and passions to further the ministries of both local congregations and our work together.

*One future goal is to develop new worship opportunities for targeted populations.

Would you like to know more, do you have questions?  We will have our United Methodist Ministries of Salem-Keizer Charge Conference on November 28 at Jason Lee UMC at 7:00. We will gather with a hymn sing, share information on our ministry together, present clergy salaries which will be voted on by the UMMSK Charge Conference and have a time of fellowship.

Are you curious about specific Morningside Ministries ~ please stay after worship on Nov. 6 for Pie and Ice Cream, presentation of fall reports and our Morningside goals for 2017.

Blessings,

Pastor Wendy

October Pastor’s Message (2016)

The Weaving Grows …

You are all invited to the most exciting, amazing, fun-filled event of the year!  What could it be, hold on to your hats and please be sit down.  You are invited to a church gathering to celebrate our ministries from the past year and to lift up ministry goals for the next year.  Okay, I know you are saying, “Really — Wendy thinks this is the most exciting event of the year!”  In all honesty, let’s just say I rank it up there in the top ten, because it will be spirit-filled! Sunday, October 9, you are invited following worship to pack a few lunches for the backpack lunch program for Morningside Elementary School, get your refreshments and sit together at tables for a time of conversation related to the ministries of Morningside UMC and United Methodist Ministries of Salem-Keizer.  We will share what we have done this past year that we feel good about and think about what we would like to see happen during the next year or two.  Karna and I will lead our time together and we expect to finish by 12:00.  Please plan to stay for as long as you are able.

To help us being to think about goals for the coming year, please ask yourself “How is God calling Morningside UMC to be in ministry?”  We will reflect on this question as it relates to our mission of faith and priorities for our ministry.  

We are all God’s people! We are called by Christ to ministries of love, justice and reconciliation with our church, community and world.

We embrace this call by being      

 Inclusive          Connected          Progressive    

God’s presence, the example of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit guide us in answering this call.    

We are an inclusive, safe and welcoming church where every person can experience the gift of God’s love.

We are in ministry with the people in our neighborhood and community, sharing the gift of God’s love.    

We are engaged in the exploration of beliefs, scripture, spirituality, social justice and how we are called to live our faith. 

I am looking forward to this exciting, amazing and spirt-filled event!    Pastor Wendy

September Pastor’s Message (2016)

The Weaving Grows …

Worship represents the heartbeat of our congregation.  How we worship reflects who we are, our vision of faith and our passions for ministry.  As our worship identifies us, it is also the time our community comes together in gratitude to God, to be inspired and to grow deeper in our faith.  We use music, prayers, scripture and a message as our vehicle.  During this past year, we have taken a step back to reflect on how we are worshipping and does is it communicate who we are and allow us to grow as a community of faith.

We gathered in the latter part of January to reflect on our worship at Morningside with both surveys and times of discussion.  The worship committee listened carefully and has been discussing the best way for us to move forward as a worshipping community.  Both the worship committee and myself believe it is be best to have one worship service on Sunday morning year round.  We realize that this change will be difficult for some and not of their choosing, we also know that many feel it is the right time to make this change.   

There were a variety of factors that went into the decision that were expressed through the surveys and discussion time.  Here are some primary reasons for making this change.

  • The desire for a larger attended service to provide the needed critical mass for a more  energizing service of worship ~ more voices for congregational singing and a general feeling of a congregation that is diverse and has a passion for ministry.  We have been feeling this energy this summer.
  • The need to address the problem of being spread too thin on Sunday mornings.  It has become increasingly difficult to find enough volunteers for the various responsibilities that need tended to for two services of worship including ushers, liturgists, technical staff, and fellowship time hosts.  One service is allowing more people to simply worship on Sunday morning and not have a “job” every Sunday.
  • Address the desire to re-energize Adult Education on Sunday morning.  There will be a better opportunity to have adult classes and forums on Sunday morning.  Our first Sunday Sermon chat will be September 11 in the Fireside Room.
  • The opportunity for our music staff and volunteers to work together and provide a diverse experience of music for worship.  Our music will include traditional hymn singing and praise music with Joyful Noise along with Taize music, folk music with guitars, instrumental duets and ensembles.  From week to week there will be variety so that each person experiences the music of their heart of faith along the way.

We believe that through this year round change, we will better express who we are as a community of faith, our passions for ministry and we will enhance and deepen our worship experience at Morningside UMC.

See you at our 10:00 Sunday Worship Service,  Pastor Wendy