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.


Pastor Wendy