Lake Oswego United Methodist Church offers a host of Adult programs to provide inspiration, support, and connection, as well as opportunities for spiritual growth and service.

For Women

This group meets on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30 to share Bible study, book discussions and fellowship.

The Craft Group began as an offshoot of the UMW, making handcrafted items to be sold at the annual bazaar. They meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 till 12:30 and, though they still make most of the items sold at the bazaar, they have a new mission! Since 2004, this dedicated group of ladies has been making Rag Dolls 2 Love and they have sent them all over the world to be enjoyed by children and adults living in poor, war-torn or disaster-stricken areas. These dolls have brought comfort, love and happiness to children at home and abroad.

Open Hearts is a group of women who meet every Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm for study, fellowship and discussion. Topics may be presented by a speaker or video, or the group might do a book discussion. The leadership is shared and the topics are chosen by the group. All are welcome to come and enjoy this fun group of ladies who share laughter and snacks as well as joys and concerns.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of laywomen within The United Methodist Church. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. United Methodist Women has been in mission for more than 140 years. The annual fundraiser for the UMW at LOUMC is our Home For the Holidays Bazaar. Typically held the first Saturday in Advent, the Bazaar is a fun event involving many within the church who bake, craft, make candy, serve lunch and more! The proceeds are used to fund annual UMW scholarships here at the church, as well as supporting many organizations who advocate and care for women and children.  

For Men

The United Methodist Men meet on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30pm for Bible study and fellowship. They are a part of the national organisation of United Methodist Men whose vision is "To Help Men Grow In Christ, So Others May Know Christ."

For All Adults

This class, which has discussed religious and philosophical ideas (as well as the moral aspects of current issues) for over 40 years, is continuing its mission. Books, articles, DVDs and outside speakers are the basis of discussion. Leadership is shared so that more topics are included. Join the open discussion each Sunday in the Library at 8:45 am. Coffee time begins at 8:30.
Community members are invited to participate in the Great Decisions discussions, which will begins in January each year and runs for eight weeks.  The Foreign Policy Association launched these citizen discussions in the 1950s; our local church has offered them for decades. 
This group meets at the church every Friday at 9:30am. New members are welcome at any time. Contact the church office for information.

All ages are welcome to enjoy a delicious lunch and warm fellowship at noon on the third Tuesday of every month. Sign up on the clipboard in the Fellowship Hall or by calling the church office at 503-636-8423. The cost is $4.00 per person.

The Sustainability Group works to help educate the congregation and the community about ways we can better care for our shared home, the Earth. They wrestle with the problem/challenge of sustainability and a wide range of partial solutions. As Methodists, they engage in this challenge in order to seek and offer morally sound solutions. They welcome the insights and input of all members of the congregation.

One Family treeThe Inclusiveness Committee is a program group of Lake Oswego UMC which is dedicated to honoring the call to inclusiveness as defined in paragraph 140 of the Book of Discipline:

“Inclusiveness means openness, acceptance, and support that enables all persons to participate in the life of the Church, the community, and the world. Inclusiveness denies every semblance of discrimination. The services of worship of every United Methodist Church shall be open to all persons.”

Our committee advocates for radical hospitality and full inclusion in the church. We network with other United Methodist congregations, campus ministries, and church-related communities who have engaged in a process of study and discernment to become “welcoming and affirming,” accepting and including people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the church. Our members drafted the Statement of Welcome and Inclusivity adopted by our Church Conference in 2012.

We work alongside other church leaders in making the church welcoming and accessible to persons of all abilities, and recently assisted in the installation of the T-Coil Hearing System in the sanctuary and in plans to improve accessibility for persons with limited mobility.

Forum on Poverty and Homelessness Provided

a Wealth of Information

On January 31, 2016, the Inclusiveness committee sponsored a “Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes” forum called “Experiencing Poverty & Homelessness.” The participants learned about factors contributing to and perpetuating homelessness. Mary Lee King, who works with the homeless, and Mary Alice Hunter, who has been homeless herself, described some experiences of one in this position.

There are usually multiple factors causing one to become homeless. It becomes a cycle which becomes more and more difficult to escape.
Housing and employment assistance are frequently targeted for addicts and alcoholics. A very high percentage of the poor & homeless are dealing with a mental illness.

The homeless are 16 times more likely to be shot by the police.
A criminal record, especially a felony, disqualifies you for virtually all housing and employment.
Once an individual or family becomes homeless, it is extremely difficult to break the cycle.
Being homeless becomes a full time effort. You stand in line for food, for a shower, and for a night of shelter. Without a home, individuals have no phone number and address to apply for employment or to receive assistance checks, continuing the cycle. If an affordable apartment can be found, the start up costs are prohibitive to someone who is unemployed or under employed. Deposits and first month’s rent can add up to $1,700+ to move in. The rental application itself costs $40 just to get you on the waiting list. And most subsidized housing lists are closed .
There are temporary shelters, but even the shelters have waiting lists, especially for women. Being on the streets, even staying in night shelters, is dangerous; one feels insecure.
King and Hunter say that our society criminalizes poverty. Our judgements and assumptions keep people down.
This moving presentation gave participants an opportunity to discuss homelessness and walk in the shoes of someone who has experienced it. This is one step towards the understanding it will take to address the problem.

August, 2015

Justice, Not Just Us: Racism in 2015

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