Pastor’s Message:

I sometimes wish Jesus hadn’t said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). I’d be more comfortable if he had said, “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.” But he said what he meant and he meant what he said. I’ve recently heard some curiosity about why we have ministry moment time before the offering that highlights ways our denomination, our congregation, or our partner ministry is being the hands and feet of Jesus.

We share this moment to inform everyone about ways our congregation seeks to share the love of Christ in our community. The hope is that they inspire more people to get involved in ongoing ministries in our congregation or community: Snack Sacks, Saturday Meals, Quilting Group, Sara Circle, Bible Studies, Worship, Choir, SACA, ASAP, Sheltering Silverton, Children’s Choir, etc. Its not an “advertisement” but a celebration of real live ministries that are taking place in our community. These moments hopefully help you connect how God’s work, our hands, and the offering you give to our congregation make a difference in tangible ways. Additionally, it allows people to consider what they can give above and beyond their money—their time and talent.

Our friends at Silverton United Methodist church are going above-and-beyond time and talent right now! On October 28, their Administrative Council agreed to help Trinity out and not only HOST but to make and serve the lunches during the 3-5 week hiatus that Trinity will need to close their kitchen down during their remodel. It will likely be through the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Mike Long and Janelia Thurman will be taking the lead in organizing  efforts for this project. Thank you Mike and Janelia! A HUGE THANK YOU to the Methodist folks for helping to make sure that the continuity of the Saturday Lunches are there for the folks who rely on it and need it the most! This is what being a partnership is all about!

Generous living is not just about giving money, or even just about giving. It has to do with the whole of who we are and how we care for our neighbors. Each of us brings our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Old Testament word for “heart” is literally the leaning or thrust of our lives. We might call it our lifestyle or nonverbal witness. In other words, it is how we care for 100 percent of our lives, not just the “religious” sector or the percentage we give away.

Our congregation has been blessed enormously in the last year, and I celebrate all that we have accomplished in the last year! Soon you will be receiving a pledge card in the mail. You will be asked to return it by December 8. Helping our congregation plan for the future is vital for the future ministries of our church here in Silverton! We are doing wonderful things in our community AND I believe God has great things planed for us—what better place than to celebrate it every week in worship!



Have a question, or want to meet with Pastor Laura about something?

Join her at Live Local at 9 a.m. Wednesday November 6 & 13 for coffee (or other hot beverage of your choice)!



Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 10am in the Fireside Room.  We will be reviewing “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.  Please bring your ideas and suggestions of books to pick from for us to read for this season. All are welcome to attend our book club.  Come check us out!    Cindi Rand




Adult Bible Studies aretaking a break!

Please let Pastor Laura know what kind of Bible Study or Educational offerings for adults you would like in the future.

The church office will be closed on November 28 and 29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Pastor Laura will be on vacation from November 19—30 

First Friday Concerts


On November 1 at 7:00 p.m., the First Friday Music series continues with a recital by multi-instrumentalist Mitch Iimori, of Portland.  Mitch hails originally from Japan and plays Japanese folk instruments, some of which he will play for us, but his Western classical training is with the oboe, which he will play for most of this recital.

Christopher Wicks will accompany him on music by Saint-Saens, Marcello, and a new sonata by Wicks himself.  As always, much appreciated donations will go to the guest artist, but donations are not required. Performances are held in the Sanctuary.


Our Semi-Annual Used Treasure Sale is approaching! If you have treasures you wish to donate, please bring them to the Fellowship Hall. The Fireside Room is closed until after the kitchen remodel, so please don’t put treasure sale items in the Fireside Room. We can use help setting up, running, and taking down the sale so if you are available to help see Nelda Maisel! This sale’s proceeds will go to repairing the tiles in the balcony! 15% of total sales will go to SACA.


Join with members of our various faith communities for a Silverton Community Thanksgiving worship service and Pie Social,

November 24 at 6:00 p.m.

An Opportunity to Help Our Community

As the weather becomes more wintry, Sheltering Services is preparing to open the doors of Silverton’s warming shelter, beginning November 29, at Oak Street Church. The warming shelter, which will provide a hot meal and a place to sleep away from the elements, will be open daily, from 8pm to 8am. From there, on week days, people will be welcomed at the Resource Center, in the basement of the Community Center, which will open at 8am. It offers a place to gather, stay warm and have something to eat.

Sheltering Services depends on support primarily from volunteers and local churches. Providing meals is one of the most pressing needs, and this is where SUMC can play an important role, delivering a light breakfast and a warm lunch to the Resource Center once or twice a month. Breakfast, for 20-30 people, might be a muffin, yogurt and banana. Lunch, for 15-20, could be a casserole, soup, or chili. Maybe three or four of us could share putting together the meals for a particular day. I can supply ideas and recipes.

If you are interested, or if you have questions, please call or email me. I will be in contact with Julia Marshall, who is the director of the warming shelter and coordinator for meal scheduling. I hope we, as a congregation, can help with this mission.

Thanks, Janelia Thurman




Kitchen Update!

The Cabinets have arrived! They are being stored in the Fireside Room until they are installed. Marion County has approved the kitchen design and plans so we are able to proceed! The Committee is working with the contractor to decide on a date to begin demolition of the existing kitchen!  What started as a simple Island Re-build project has turned into a complete kitchen remodel due to the generosity of donations from people in the community! We are very grateful that our Saturday Lunches are making such a positive impact on our Community and this remodel will allow us to continue the program with improvements that meet code requirements for Marion County!  Stay tuned for more updates as our project moves forward!  If you have any questions or would like to help with the demolition, please see Ray Kaser, Nancy Ohren, Nelda Maisel, Lucille Hatteberg, Kimberly Ferrier, or Nancy Kaser!



7—Don Henjum

12– Kerry Werch

14—Carol Brown

18—Nicole Hodson

20—Caleb Beville

26—Kathi Hodson

27– Rauna Hoene


Servers for this month: 

Lay Leader: Ray Kaser

Altar Guild: Nancy Ohern

Usher: Gary Ohren

Rozetta Totland, Emily James, Ray & Karen Meuchal, Estella & Alberto Gonzalez, Christie Diacetis, Mary Geck, Gary Veitenheimer