Building Consecration, Hosting New Legal Aid Clinic Intake, Kitchen Party, and More ...
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A Newsletter of Joseph United Methodist Church

Save the Date for Our Consecration Ceremony - May 15th at 2:30

All are invited to join us as we consecrate, or dedicate, our new ministry building, The Place, to God. Stay as we celebrate and honor the people that have helped to see this project come through to completion. A cookie and fruit reception to follow.

First Sunday of the Month, May 1st
Collections for the Food Bank
and Imagine No Malaria

Hosting New Legal Aid Clinic

Many families in Wallowa County struggle with serious challenges.  Sometimes families need legal services they cannot afford. Starting in June, Joseph United Methodist Church (JUMC) will utilize its new building (The Place) to house a monthly legal aid intake clinic.  This clinic will serve as the Wallowa County branch of the St Andrew Legal Clinic (SALC). Since 1979 SALC has served struggling Portland families by working to assist them with legal advocacy relative to divorce, separation, adoption, child custody, support, protection orders, guardianship, parenting time, and spousal support. The website for SALC is  This website will soon list the SALC – Wallowa County as a new part of its operation.

Initial intake or evaluation meetings with family members will take place on the following dates at the church. Subsequent meetings with attorneys will take place in offices within the county, including the Enterprise courthouse. 

On the following dates in 2016, between 4:00P and 8:00PM, people with family law issues will be able to have a confidential thirty-minute meeting with a SALC-trained lawyer at the new JUMC facility. Persons wanting to schedule a meeting on one of these nights can call the St Andrew Legal Clinic – Wallowa county at 541-215-4442. If no answer, leave a message. The calls will be returned. All discussions with the attorneys are confidential.  During the thirty-minute meeting the particular family law issue can be discussed and an assessment of the situation will be given at that time. Subsequent meetings will be scheduled as needed.   
1)    June -- Monday 6/6/2016 
2)    July – Tuesday 7/5/2016  
3)    August – Monday 8/1/2016
4)    September – Tuesday 9/6/2016
5)    October – Monday 10/3/2016
6)    November – Monday 11/7/2016
7)    December – Monday 12/5/2016

Three JUMC members have volunteered to help the intake attorney on these days. By having three training support people, the meetings with the attorney(s) will be more efficient.  Training for these three support volunteers will be provided in advance of these scheduled intake dates.  

No one with legal needs within the scope of services described above will be turned away. Families able to pay for such services will be charged at a very low rate with all proceeds going to support SALC in Portland and in Wallowa County. The lawyers proving the intake and actual legal services will not be compensated. 

The local court staff and have offered their strong support as have local and distant lawyers. 

Initially, this clinic will focus exclusively on family law issues and not take on cases outside this narrow scope.  Many cases will involve simply helping people through a self-help process involving completing a packet of forms available at the courthouse. This applies to short-term marriages without children, assets and debts. For more complicated cases requiring active legal representation, legal representation will be provided, even where trials are involved.
Adjustments to this effort will be made as those involved gain more experience and as the extent of the need is better understood.

by Mike Harvey
All are invited as the United Methodist Women host a "Kitchen Party" on Thursday, May 5th at 1:00 pm, as we move all the items and equipment from the old kitchen downstairs in the church to the new kitchen in the new building. Help us move forward in this exciting change. You do not have to be a woman or in United Methodist Women to participate. See you there!

Pentecost is May 15th.

Help us to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit by wearing RED to worship that day.

United Methodist Women Meet Thursday, May 19th

This month we will be celebrating the Spring Season with a Potluck Salad Luncheon at Jane Wiggins' at Wallowa Lake. Contact the church office for more information or address information at or (541) 432-3102 (or "reply" to this email).

All women of the church are encouraged to be apart of United Methodist Women. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month except July and August. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 19th at 12:00 pm.

Wondering whether Pastor Cherie is in at the church, but don't see her car? Be sure to check the Pastor is In/Out sign. With the warmer weather, Cherie is trying to be more active and is enjoying the opportunity to walk to the church more and more often.
You are Invited to Worship with Us on Sunday Mornings at 10:00 AM.
Adult Sunday School at 9:00 AM.
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