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Morgan Schmidt

Nominated for  2017 Women of the Year Awards

Community Hero of the Year

Morgan Schmidt isn’t afraid of hard work. When the snow hit this year she could be found driving around town, shovel in hand ready to help out neighbors, friends and even strangers. Officially, she is the director of Teens and Twenty-somethings at Bend First Presbyterian Church and a leader of the Bend Youth Collective. As a published author and a national speaker, she is well suited for this role. But this title hardly does justice to Morgan’s  impact in her church or her town, or for that matter in the world beyond Bend.

Last Spring, Morgan led a group of high schoolers to the US-Mexico Border to find out more about the circumstances facing immigrants and refugees. The trip was not a typical youth group trip, but one that was meant to teach the students about how the world at large has lasting effects both in distant places, but also here at home. This perspective of mixing larger issues with what is happening in our town was again on display when she traveled to Portland with Middle Schoolers to spend time among the homeless population. This isn’t the first time that she has taken youth to see a larger glimpse of the world.

When looking to bring good news to Bend, Morgan asked what that would look like in a town that already has a lot of good news. Her answer has been the weekly service at First Presbyterian called TAP, where people who have been to church often and people who have not been in a very long time get together to share stories of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness and hope over beer, cider or kombucha. Morgan brings joy to everyone she meets, whether it is by being their youth group leader, their pastor, their friend, or the random person who shows up to shovel their driveway. This joy, mixed with Morgan’s passion for helping others is why she deserves to be a community hero.

Officially, Morgan Schmidt is Director of Teens and Twenty-somethings at Bend First Presbyterian Church and a leader of the Bend Youth Collective. Unofficially she is a pastor, a confidant, an advocate, a travel agent, a friend, a teacher and a leader. As a published author and a national speaker, she could be doing her good work anywhere, but chooses to make life better for those of us in Bend. Her current projects include leading a weekly service at First Presbyterian called TAP, where people who have been to church often and people who have not been in a very long time get together to share stories of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness and hope over beer, cider or kombucha.

 

 

 

 

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