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All Are Loved Here!

The mission of the United Methodist Church -

"Making Disciples of Jesus the Christ for the transformation of the world."

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can"  JOHN WESLEY, FOUNDER OF METHODISM

Thank you for visiting our website. We are the "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors" people and we welcome You with Open Arms.  Wherever you are on your faith journey, we invite you to journey with us!

 

We here at Ocean Park United Methodist Church Welcome You. 

We are a friendly bunch to get to know - we enjoy meeting new folks from here and from afar. So please join us on any Sunday morning for Adult Sunday School at 9:30 AM and singing favorite hymns at 10:45 AM. Worship is at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

WE CELEBRATE COMMUNION the first Sunday of each month and ALL are Welcome at the Lord's Table.


Join us after church in the Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations.

There are two wheelchair accessible entrances

Church history

In 1883 an association of ten ministers and ten lay persons formed a corporation under the laws of Oregon and Washington territories called “Ocean Park Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church”. The 250 acre property was divided into lots and the first camp meeting was held July 26th to August 5, 1883. These meetings continued for many years.

The present church building was started in 1913 and completed in 1914. It was built by the popular subscription with J. E. Hazeltine of Portland, Oregon matching the total funds collected. The cost of the building was $3,185.00. The Ocean Park Methodist Church was dedicated on August 9, 1914 by District Superintendent Dr. S. S. Sullinger. The Ocean Park Methodist Church bell hung originally in the Oysterville Methodist Church (1871-1921). It was a gift from John Crellin. The bell was made in Philadelphia about 1874 and shipped via railroad to San Francisco then to Oysterville on a sailing schooner used in the oyster trade. The bell is inscribed, “First M. E. Church, Oysterville, 1876.” The bell was taken down in 2005 for cleaning and restoration. It was reinstalled and rededicated in August 2005.

The bell still rings every Sunday before the start of service at Ocean Park United Methodist Church.

 

Announcements 

Sunday, April 12, Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 12, Easter Sunday.  I am inviting you to be in connection with United Methodists from the Pacific Northwest Conference, Oregon-Idaho Conference and Alaska Conference for Easter worship.  Bishop Elaine Stanovsky will bring the message.  Music and prayers will come from representatives from all of the conferences.  I believe it will be a wonderful service with extraordinary music.  It is important for us to remember that we are all in this together.  Worshipping together is one way of connecting.  The service will be available on the sites listed below.

  • Greater Northwest Area Facebook - Visit
  • Greater Northwest Area Vimeo Page - Visit
  • Alaska Conference Facebook Page - Visit
  • Oregon-Idaho Facebook Page - Visit
  • Pacific Northwest Facebook Page - Visit 

I know this is a lot of information.  Please know that I am working with other members of the congregation to stay in contact and bring worship to you in the best way we know-how.

Let us pray:

Loving One, as this quarantine continues, I pray for patience and understanding from all of your children.  I especially lift up to you the children who are learning to attend school in a new way.  This has been quite the learning experience for most of us.  I place into your care those in our congregation who undergoing medical tests, surgeries and death of family members.  May these wonderful people feel our care.  Blessed Lord, I know I don't need to ask you to be with us because you are always available.  These prayers I give to You.  Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor Denise


Bishop’s COVID-19 Notice #3, March 24, 2020

 

COVID-19 Notice #3

Bishop’s COVID-19 Notice #3, March 24, 2020

 

“Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Luke 10:25b, 27

In the midst of a crisis beyond our imagination, it’s good to go back to basics:

Love God  |  Love your neighbor  |  You will live

Jesus doesn’t say that if you do this you will not get the Coronavirus or that if you get it you will not die. Jesus says that, no matter what happens, if you live your life in love with God and neighbor, you will experience the blessing of living life in all its fullness. I pray this for all of us who try to walk in Jesus’ footsteps.

LOVING GOD WHILE PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH

Suspension of In-person Worship and Other Gatherings through April
As your bishop, I am charged to lead and oversee the spiritual and temporal affairs of The United Methodist Church. For the love of God and of our neighbors in every place, today I am directing continued suspension of in-person worship through April 30, 2020. This directive is in effect for United Methodist Churches across the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and anywhere in the Greater Northwest Area served by United Methodist clergy under my supervision. This suspension of worship includes Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. It applies to both indoor and outdoor worship, weddings and funerals and to all days of the week. Please continue to conduct worship, bible study, prayer groups, and fellowship groups if you can do so remotely.

The virus is spreading in every state in the country in an invisible, vicious cycle. When a person becomes infected, symptoms don’t appear for up to two weeks. If they don’t follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines, they will expose others, who won’t show symptoms for two weeks, while they, in turn, expose others. In order to slow the spread of the virus, and to protect health care systems from being overwhelmed, each of us must take precautions to protect ourselves and others as if we are carrying the virus ourselves and as if the people around us are infected. This is what loving ourselves and our neighbors looks like for the foreseeable future, no matter where you live or whether you know anyone who has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

Holy Week and Easter
For churches that are unable or choose not to lead worship remotely, I am working with a team to produce an Easter Sunday worship video resource that can be accessed by local churches at any time and in any place with internet service. It will include a variety of voices, faces, and landscapes from a wide variety of people and places across the greater northwest. We will encourage groups to organize watch parties on Facebook to share Easter together/apart.

Communion
The bishops in the Western Jurisdiction are issuing a letter regarding the online celebration of Holy Communion when we are not “congregating” for worship. This guidance will be available tomorrow.

Closure of Church facilities to all except essential services
All United Methodist church buildings and other facilities are to be closed, effective March 28 to all but essential services and only to the extent allowed by state and local government restrictions or advice. Protective cleaning and hygiene practices are mandatory for all exempt essential services held in United Methodist facilities:  

  1. Sanitizing cleaning of the building before and after every use
  2. 6 feet social distance among participants 
  3. Handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  4. Coughing and sneezing into tissues which are discarded into closed containers

LOVING NEIGHBORS

God loves the faithful, so the faithful can love God’s vulnerable children. This pandemic is putting many people at dire risk of disease, isolation, hunger, unemployment, mental illness. Protecting people from the virus is just the beginning. Our calling is to form life-giving relationships with people who are poor, homeless, outcast, unemployed, abused, despised or forgotten. In every place, I challenge you to think creatively about how your church can hear the cries of the needy and respond in ways that offer dignity, self-determination, and hope. Gift cards to grocery stores, drive-through food pantries, volunteers to purchase and deliver food to people with compromising conditions, phone calls, hygiene kits for homeless. If you ask people in your community what they need, they will tell you.

SHARING THE BURDEN IN CONNECTION

We know that this crisis will create hardships for local churches. Church budgets will be strained as people are laid off from their jobs, struggle to buy food and pay rent, and watch their retirement savings plummet. Your conference leaders are planning for reduced income in local churches and at the conference level. My priorities, as we make adjustments are 

  1. Finding ways to lighten the burden on local churches,
  2. Protecting income security for clergy and staff in our churches and conferences,
  3. Re-directing resources to relieve financial strain among the most vulnerable 

We recognize that funds saved for a rainy day, are needed now. Watch for concrete plans.

LET’S MAKE IT A STANDING DATE…

Every Wednesday morning through April, clergy and lay members of the Annual Conference can join a Zoom webinar with me and other conference leaders at 9 am PDT (10 am MDT, 8 am AKDT). If you want to be part of these gatherings, mark your calendar now for this hour every Wednesday and watch for the links.

May God bless you and take care of you;
May the GOD be kind and gracious to you;
May God look on you with favor and give you peace.


Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky


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