June 13, 2023

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Virtual Coffee Hour

June 11, 2023

12:00 PM


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Music Monday

"Holy Ground"

by Joyful Noise

Celebrating Pastors Alyssa & Kalina

As you are hopefully aware, ODC is in the midst of a significant change within the Pastoral Team. As we welcome new people into the ODC Pastoral Team, please take the time to thank the clergy members that are moving on to new appointments. The Open Doors Community will be holding two separate farewell events:

Pastor Alyssa Baker

Pastor Alyssa’s celebration will be held at Morningside UMC on June 25th beginning with a light lunch at 12:00PM with a program starting at 1PM and cake served afterwards. Cake and some finger foods will be provided, but please consider bringing drinks, a dessert, or a snack to share. If you would like to send a note or gift to Pastor Alyssa, please direct it to Morningside UMC:

Pastor Alyssa Baker

Morningside United Methodist Church

PO Box 3076

Salem, OR 97302

Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa

Bishop Cedrick D. Bridgeforth intends to appoint Rev. Kalina Malua Katoa to serve Trinity United Methodist Church in Toledo, Oregon, effective July 1, 2023.


Pastor Malua Katoa is a provisional elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference currently serving as a pastor in the Open Door Churches of Salem-Keizer, Oregon. Her new appointment to Trinity UMC Toledo will be half-time.

We send our prayers and blessings to Pastor Kalina as she heads out to her new church appointment.

Pastor Kalina’s celebration was held at Trinity UMC on June 4th.

If you would like to send a note or gift to Pastor Kalina, please direct it to the Trinity UMC:

Pastor Kalina Malua-Katoa

Trinity United Methodist Church

590 Elma Ave SE

Salem, OR 97317

ODC Needs Volunteers

ODC is looking for two individuals to serve on its Board. The first opening is for the Chair of the ODC Trustees and the second is for ODC Treasurer. If you are interested in knowing more about either of these positions, please reach out to Margaret Gander-Vo at margaret.gandervo@gmail.com or to one of the ODC Representatives for your campus.

Introducing Incoming ODC Clergy

Welcome Reception

SUNDAY - JULY 9 - 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Morningside United Methodist Church

All ODC church members are invited

This will be an opportunity to meet all of the incoming clergy

followed by a question and answer session regarding

Open Door Churches from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Music Concerts

Music in Bloom Concert

Saturday, June 17, 2023, 2:00 PM

Morningside UMC Sanctuary

Mark your calendars for Morningside UMC's “Music in Bloom” FunRaiser, June 17th at 2:00 PM, in the Morningside UMC Sanctuary. We are suggesting a donation of $10 per person or $20 per family. No tickets will be sold in advance.

Music is a kind of garden which can be viewed and heard any season, anytime, anywhere. Each note is like a seed ready to be planted into a concoction of song. These songs blossom through the sounds of voices and musical instruments.

Come and join us for a celebration of music followed by a reception in Herrmann Hall. For more information contact Pastor Alyssa or Sharon Cooper or send an email to the church at umcmorningside@gmail.com.

June 21 is Make Music Day in Downtown Salem!

We are participating in this city wide event by having live music on the MICAH porch, hosted by Pastor John!

If there are people who would like to play some music, please contact Pastor John by email or leave a message with the church office, 503-364-6709.

There will be two blocks of times for this live music event, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5-7:00 p.m.

What to bring if you want to come listen:

Chairs or blankets to sit on if you want to stay and listen to music.

Don't forget your water!

Or just come and wander around downtown and check out all the different locations where there is live music! The link is here!

Vacation Bible School

Save the date for Open Doors VBS coming up every Wednesday evening in August!

It will be from 5:30-7:30pm at our Morningside campus. It will be open to all kids ages pre-school through 5th grade.

We are currently looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering! If you are at all curious in how you could serve our young people, please email Lauren Keller at lauren.robby@gmail.com.

Over 4,000 Rolls of Toilet Paper!

Cascadia District surpassed the goal of

4,000 rolls of Toilet Paper!

Thank you to everyone who took the challenge!

Here is Wendy's promised crazy hairdo she is wearing

for Annual Conference!

Spiritual Formation Classes

Wednesday Morning Devotion with Pastor Kalina

Wednesday Mornings @ 7:00 AM through June 28th (Via Zoom)

FOR EARLY BIRDS, you are invited to join in, via Zoom at 7:00 am on Wednesday mornings, for Devotion & Prayer, for 15-30 minutes with friends and Pastor Kalina. This will be a weekly gathering.

CLICK HERE to join on Wednesdays at 7:00 AM.

Youth Group

On Sundays -- 1:00-2:30 p.m.

United Methodist Open Door Churches Youth Group i

Please email Amy Doerfler at doerfler1321@msn.com for an update on activities or with any questions.


Hello Youth Friends! (I’m borrowing a phrase our friend Kift always liked to use!)

As you can see, the UMOI Camp dates are up and registration is active. I hope that your summer schedules will allow you to participate in one of the Summer Camp experiences this year. I am hopeful your families will be able to take advantage of the opportunity, so please keep these thoughts in mind …

  • We have money available to help with camp registration fees! Any Open Door Churches youth participant in one of our Conference Summer Camp experiences can receive a 50% Scholarship from the Youth Fund just by asking. And, if you need more help, please contact me so I can help find a way to make this happen.
  • I am hoping to work at one of the camps where some of our youth are going, so please let me know what camp you’re hoping to attend. I want to support our youth and their families with my time this summer.

I’ve included my contact information below, so please get in touch!

Grace and peace,

Pastor John

Email: pastorjohn@opendoorchurches.org

Mobile: (214) 384-1139

Youth Leaders

For more information about the ODC Youth Group, please contact Kelly Mason or Pastor John Fleming.

Kelly Mason: kelmmason@gmail.com

Pastor John: pastorjohn@opendoorchurches.org

Young Adult Group

Please contact Pastor Alyssa (pastoralyssabaker@gmail.com) with any questions including meeting dates and locations.

Opportunity to Give

Open Door Churches Worship

Together we continue to reimagine how we worship in the middle of the pandemic while following our call to Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in love with God. As we continue to create spaces for worship costs come up and we need your help.
If you would like to financially support Open Door Churches Worship please make checks payable to Open Door Churches with Open Door Worship in the memo line and mail your check to our Open Door Churches PO Box. 

Open Door Churches
PO Box 4489
Salem Oregon 97302

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Pastor Alyssa Baker


Pastor Kalina Malua Katoa


Pastor John Fleming


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