Last updated May 20, 2018

Welcome and thanks for using our website. Lake Oswego United Methodist Church (“us”, “we”, or “our”) is the owner of (the “Site”). Our Privacy Policy page is to inform you about the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of the Site.

Please note that your personal Information is used only to maintain and improve the website, or to send communications you have requested from us. We take your privacy very seriously.

By using our website, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site (“Log Data”). We use a third party service called Google Analytics that collects, monitors and analyzes this Log Data. This analysis helps us to improve our website.

This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.

Google Analytics uses “cookies” to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Site. Google Analytics’ privacy and cookie policy can be found at


When visitors leave comments on the site, data shown in the comments form is collected, as well as the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

Information from Contact forms is entered into a database in the church office and kept indefinitely for use in church communications. You may request to be removed from church communications by contacting the church office at


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


When you subscribe to our newsletter, your information will be entered into a database in our church office where it will be kept indefinitely and used for church communications. By subscribing, you agree to the collection and use of this information. You may unsubscribe at any time by contacting the church office.

When you subscribe to our weekly QuickNews, your information is sent to a third party service who uses cookies and tracking to monitor your interaction with the newsletter. This information may be used by the church office to improve our newsletter and to assist with accidental unsubscribes. The privacy policy for MailChimp can be found at

Who we share your data with

When you use our Online Giving page you are redirected to a secure payment page operated by Vanco Services LLC. Vanco collects certain information that you give to them so that they may assist the church in securely processing your transactions. View Vanco’s privacy and security policy at

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our plugin. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.

Further information about handling user data, can be found at and in Google’s privacy policy at

Our contact information

If you have privacy concerns or questions you may contact our communications manager at