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The mission of the United Methodist Church -

"Making Disciples of Jesus 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 

Bishop Stanovsky announces Greater Northwest Area guiding coalition

October 8, 2019
 
Greater NW
 

Bishop Stanovsky announces Greater Northwest Area guiding coalition

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In the wake of the exclusionary and punitive actions of General Conference 2019, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky is announcing the formation of a Greater Northwest Area Guiding Coalition. The coalition will help to shape and lead a new movement of Methodism in the Northwest that fully includes LGBTQIA+persons in membership, participation, and leadership, both lay and ordained.

In conversations with people inside and outside our churches, listening deeply to voices on the margins, the group will develop proposals for United Methodists across the Greater Northwest to move into a future of vital, inclusive, innovative, multiplying, engaged Christian ministry in the Wesleyan Tradition.

“We are forming this Guiding Coalition in response to many conversations since last February, and to legislation passed at the annual conference sessions earlier this year,” shared Stanovsky. “It is clear that we need to be both strategic and collaborative at this moment when the generous practice of United Methodism is under attack. The coming months may require us to move quickly and rely on our collective strength.”

The Guiding Coalition is comprised of representatives from the three conferences that make up the Greater NW Episcopal Area – The Alaska Conference, the Oregon-Idaho Conference, and The Pacific Northwest Conference.

Bishop Elaine JW StanovskyAccording to Stanovsky, the coalition will embody practices and values that build on strengths already present in the Greater NW Area. Previous discussions in the area have identified the need for deeper Christian discipleship and community engagement, including stronger ministries of solidarity, justice, and mercy.

The Guiding Coalition will invite workgroups of laity and clergy to examine areas where the conferences can shape or define a way forward. One group will consider how the area can continue to resist the harmful remnants of the Traditional Plan that were passed by the 2019 General Conference while seeking to reform the Church through legislative action in 2020. Another will look at financial resources, including apportionments, seeking to align them with the values and concerns of United Methodists in the Northwest. And yet another will strive to discern what a new expression of Methodism might look like if designed for 21st-century people living in the Greater Northwest Area.

One group will envision what a “grassroots” connection might look like, built on authentic relationships. Vital conversations across difference — between established and emerging leaders, churches of different hearts, minds, and experiences — will be explored. The group will also look forward to the 2020 Shared Greater NW Annual Conference Session in June, with anticipation for the potentially monumental decisions that may need to take place.

Members of the Greater NW Guiding Coalition include: Jim Doepken, Jo Anne Hayden, Kelly Marciales and Carlo Rapanut from the Alaska Conference; Wendy Woodworth, Jan Nelson, Mark Bateman, Rick Shewell, Jeremy Smith, Paul Cosgrove, Karen Hernandez, Allen Buck, Carter Lybeck, Laurie Day, Donna Pritchard and Duane Anders from the Oregon-Idaho Conference; and Skylar Bihl, Brant Henshaw, Joe Kim, Marie Kuch-Stanovsky, David Reinholz, Katy Ritchey, Elizabeth Schindler, Dionica Sy, Kathleen Weber, Karen Yokota Love, David Valera and Kristina Gonzalez from the Pacific Northwest Conference.

Many more people will participate in the workgroups as they form in the weeks ahead.

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The Greater Northwest Episcopal Area provides leadership for the Alaska Conference, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, and the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference.

www.greaternw.org | bishop@greaternw.org
206.870.6810 | Toll- Free: 800.755.7710


Ocean Park UMC Appointment Update

Pastor Denise Westfall-Neuschwander will continue at OPUMC in the 1/2 time capacity for another year. This will allow Pastor Denise to continue the good work she is doing and to keep exploring pastoral options for the church over the coming year.

Pastor Mary Evelyn Long will be working with us and provide Sunday service about once a month as "Pastor of Spiritual Development" and continue to explore potential partnerships the Ocean Park UM Camp and Retreat Center. Pastor Denise and Pastor M.E. will be great partners for “Team Jesus" and will work together for our community and church.

Blessings to all.


WJ Update: A message from Western Jurisdiction Leaders

A Home for All God’s People

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WJ Update: A message from Western Jurisdiction Leaders

 


Regular Schedule
Office Hours
  • Sunday
    – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday
  • Adult Sunday School
    – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Singing your favorite hymns
    – 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Sunday Service
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations
    – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
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