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What is God calling us to do?
Invitation to hold threshing meetings in preparation for February 16th quarterly meeting
 
by Judy Maurer
 
I was moved by the discussion at the October quarterly meeting about “What does God want us to be?” We listened as person after person stood and spoke with messages of grace, wisdom, sacrifice, openness, faith. The discussion itself had remarkable unity; one of the threads was the implications of following Christ.
 
The follow up question, which we will discuss at the February quarterly meeting, is “What is God calling us to do?
 
The task force for this discussion invites each Sierra-Cascades church to hold a threshing meeting before February 16th to reflect, discern, and listen around this question. These meetings help you know how the Spirit is moving in you and others in your church about the issue. It will also enrich the discussion when we are gathered as a yearly meeting in February.
 
A threshing meeting is about listening to God, oneself, and others gathered; it’s not a meeting to decide and bring a minute. Time is short, especially given the holidays, so please set a date soon that fits your church.

By December 21st, the discussion task force will share queries, guidelines, and possible formats you can use for the threshing meetings so that it will be a positive, inspiring experience. If you’d like, a member of the task force can come and facilitate the discussion. Churches who are still deciding whether to join Sierra-Cascades or not may participate and request a facilitator. Independent members or members who are at a distance can by participate by zoom or other methods. One of the task force members, Jim Teeters at East Hill, has a special concern for nurturing discussions among isolated or individual members of SCYMF.

I’m excited to see what the threshing sessions bring forth! In my own prayer and reflection on the question, my husband Johan alerted me to a passage in Ephesians 4. I’m intrigued that so many of the issues in the question “What is God calling us to do?” are in that passage:
 
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

The questions in the verses include:
  • “What shall we - Christ’s people -  do to equip ourselves?”
  • “What will be our works of service?”
  • “What will we do to build up the body of Christ?”
  • “How do we help each other increase in the knowledge of the Son of God?”
  • If Christ has given SCYMF apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, how do we  nurture them? How do we help them - us - attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ?”
I especially love the last bit of this passage – about how WE become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. It’s not me or you alone, it’s us. And it’s one of the many scriptures that unite social justice and faith  –  reflecting the many times Jesus called his audiences to sacrificial social justice. 

The question before us at quarterly meeting will be “How do we begin in the goal of reaching, as one body, the whole measure of the fullness of Christ?” 

It is a tall order – and we are honored and delighted to be engaging with you about it!  Come join us on February 16th at West Hills Friends Church in Portland.
 
Task Force members:
Judy Maurer, Clerk (Camas) - judypdx@gmail.com
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
Promise Partner (North Seattle)
Julie Peyton (West Hills)
Sue Scott (Eugene)
Jim Teeters (East Hill)

Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth.  Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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Bulletin 12.07.2018

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Growth
 
Get Away Give Away 2019
 
From Clyde Parker: It has been my hope that SCYMF churches can find ways to be together, minister together and build relationships. Our spring trip of 35 years seems to me to be the very kind of ministry that could do just that. Eugene Friends is committed to making this trip open to a group of up to 65 folks. We can facilitate transportation and the coordination of the project if local meetings will promote it within their fellowships.

Click here to view the GAGA Info Sheet.
 
Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly
 
From Marge Abbott: my new book Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly: Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets is available from Inner Light Books <www.innerlightbooks.com> as an ebook as well as in hardcopy and paperback. 

In this book, I lay out one vision of what a prophetic community might look like among Friends, recognizing fully how often we fall short and how our visions differ. Yet I have hope that in reaching far we might at least in part demonstrate what it means to live in the city of God. My work has been enriched by the many Friends from around the world who responded to my queries about their experience of the prophetic ministry, focusing on how they know and respond to the guidance of the Inward Light and looking to what underpins their witness. The book is enlivened by their words. I hope this work might be useful for opening conversations and encouraging others to pay attention to those often gentle nudges that can bring us to awareness of our callings and help reshape our lives.

I've also included a set of queries for each chapter, making it easy to use for groups. My final query reads: "Can you imagine Friends as a band of everyday prophets? What does this look like in your imagination? What are the preconditions that would allow this to happen? What might be your first step in becoming part of this band?"
 
 

Years ago, my vegetable garden was huge. I planted and watered, thinned and weeded. I worked like my family’s meals depended on it. Today my garden is a humble raised bed approximately 3' x 12', but I still get great pleasure from gardening tasks, planting to harvest.

I have to admit I’m most engaged in the first two to three weeks after planting. I can’t wait to see little green plantlets rise up through the soil. But after the initial excitement of germination, comes a lot of work. Sometimes we tire of weeding or forget to water. Or some nasty fungus attacks our plants, and they nearly die.

Our spiritual life can mirror plant growth drama. We love beginnings – the baptisms, the promises and vows, the births. But then the routine and hard work wear us down. Maybe we experience an attack that blindsides us and requires replanting. Perhaps we fail to take in the nourishment of prayer and meditation. We get busy and neglect our garden.

Growth proceeds through developmental stages. We have to throw in for the long haul and be patient. We can’t force a seedling to bear fruit, but we can faithfully tend it as it grows into maturity. If we’re faithful, we’ll reap the reward.

Our spiritual health reflects the faithful work we put into it. Our well-being suffers when we become complacent, but we thrive when we persevere in the ways of the Master Gardener, trusting God for the harvest.

Jan Pierce, adapted from Fruit of the Vine



Announcements

The annual Peace Through Pieces sale is tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Seattle Friends Church in the Fireside Room. The sale benefits the survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Items for sale are handmade in Burundi and Congo by the women served by this ministry. Click here for more information about the sale.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth.  Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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Bulletin 11.30.2018

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Bulletin 11.30.2018
Renew
 
Visit from Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting

From Lorraine Watson: On Sunday, we were delighted to welcome Wesley Weima from Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and Thousand Islands Friends Meeting in Kingston, Ontario. Wesley is a representative to Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and they met recently in Victoria, B.C. Wesley joined us in Meeting for Worship on Sunday morning. In addition, he visited our quilting ministry on Monday before we had lunch together. Wesley is here on inter-visitation and specifically wanted to visit a Meeting in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. While he had hoped to meet with clerks or Young Friends, he was delighted to visit with those of us gathered in Meeting. I told him that should he find it possible to return for annual sessions, we would be honored to have him visit.

I learned a couple of interesting facts. Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting is separate from Canadian Yearly Meeting. Also, Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting is the oldest Convergent Meeting, having joined together in 1931 following an earlier split. Wesley has been following our split from Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church and formation as SCYMF. It was a joy to share additional parts of our story with him. Since he couldn’t meet with the larger group of Friends in SCYMF, I wanted to pass on his greetings and tell of his visit.
 
Way of the Spirit Retreats

Several SCYMF are alumni of Way of the Spirit, a retreat and learning program from the wisdom of the Quaker way. Read participant comments on our website, with details on the the start of the 2019 retreat cycle, February 15-18 in Mt. Angel, Oregon: https://goodnewsassoc.org/spirit/  Apply now. 

Free, online Show N Tell meetings with pictures and stories can help to discern if Way of the Spirit might be a fit for you. The same content will be offered twice in December through Zoom.com (no account needed). Preregister through one of the links below.  
Get Away Give Away 2019

From Clyde Parker: It has been my hope that SCYMF churches can find ways to be together, minister together and build relationships. Our spring trip of 35 years seems to me to be the very kind of ministry that could do just that. Eugene Friends is committed to making this trip open to a group of up to 65 folks. We can facilitate transportation and the coordination of the project if local meetings will promote it within their fellowships.

Click here to view the GAGA Info Sheet.
 
 

From C. Wess Daniels:

My new eBook “Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal” is now available for (free) download as an eBook or a .PDF.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to refine and summarize some of my thinking as it pertains to the concept of convergent Friends, remix, and renewing faith traditions and share it with Friends in a public talk. In that talk, I worked to distill down some of the ideas I think are most important.

I have put this talk together in ebook form complete with lots of pictures and illustrations and formatting that adds to the reading experience. I wanted to share this with all of you and make it as accessible as possible, so it is free to download. It should work with most modern-day eBook readers and apps. If that doesn’t work for you, I have also turned the talk into a downloadable .PDF.

This eBook is a great entry point into some of the key ideas around convergent Friends, remix, and other concepts found in my book “A Convergent Model of Renewal (or Amazon link).”



Announcements

The annual Peace Through Pieces sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at North Seattle Friends Church in the Fireside Room. The sale benefits the survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Items for sale are handmade in Burundi and Congo by the women served by this ministry. Click here for more information about the sale.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Bulletin 11.23.2018

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Bulletin 11.23.2018
Simplicity
 
Way of the Spirit Retreats

Several SCYMF are alumni of Way of the Spirit, a retreat and learning program from the wisdom of the Quaker way. If you know them, they might use words like “life-changer,” “rebirth” or “got me grounded.” They may describe enjoying “a feast of spiritual food” or “growing confidence in God’s guidance.”

Read more participant comments on our website, with details on the the start of the 2019 retreat cycle, February 15-18 in Mt. Angel, Oregon: https://goodnewsassoc.org/spirit/  Be immersed in Spirit with group support and topics like: “self” and God, discernment, varieties of prayer, spiritual giftedness, leadings, spiritual accompaniment, and everyday prophets. Apply now. 

Free, online Show N Tell meetings with pictures and stories can help to discern if Way of the Spirit might be a fit for you. The same content will be offered twice in December through Zoom.com (no account needed). You can use your phone for audio only, or connect visually with a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Preregister through one of the links below.  
Get Away Give Away 2019

From Clyde Parker: It has been my hope that SCYMF churches can find ways to be together, minister together and build relationships. Our spring trip of 35 years seems to me to be the very kind of ministry that could do just that. Eugene Friends is committed to making this trip open to a group of up to 65 folks. We can facilitate transportation and the coordination of the project if local meetings will promote it within their fellowships.

Click here to view the GAGA Info Sheet.
 
AFSC Strategic Plan

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. By using a consultative process, they hope to envision a plan together that will inspire the organization to a successful second century. Quakers, as the foundational group in the organization, are a key part of the discussion.

Responses from local churches and monthly meetings will be shared with AFSC.

Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
Simplicity is not just a move to have less stuff; it’s a way of seeing and loving all created things. Much like purity of heart, simplicity is a way of seeing through God’s eyes, a way of recognizing the sacred in all things. Such a view makes one loathe to waste the resources at one's disposal. Simplicity is always a corollary to purity of heart and cannot be separated from that virtue.

Since simplicity recognizes the divine origin in all things, it moves us to love all things
according to the Creator’s purpose for them, even those that are manufactured from the Earth’s resources. We find that purpose for created things by being transformed so that we see all things through the eyes of God.

Simplicity sees wealth through God’s eyes as well. Both the rich and the poor encumber
themselves with money-making ventures at great cost to their families, their lives (often devoid of joy), and the chance for a meaningful experience of church as community. Thomas Hamm puts it very well: “Luxury is a contagious and killing disease. It creeps into all classes and types of people. The poorest people often exceed others in their ability to indulge their appetite. And the rich frequently wallow in those things that please the lusts of their eye and flesh and pride of life” (Quakers in America, p. 100).

Lastly, simplicity is a deterrent to war and wasteful disputes that grow out of our desire for
more. As James indicates, when one puts material things above love, really bad things happen. Greed and covetousness kill the soul and tend to block our love for created things and dull our ears to God’s instruction.

Stan Thornburg, adapted from the 2012 Daily Reader


Announcements

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is delighted to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund. Please visit the World Office website to read the case statementinvitation to apply and download the application form. These documents are also available in Spanish. For questions, please feel free to write to Susanna Mattingly.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Bulletin 11.16.2018

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Bulletin 11.16.2018
Calling
 
AFSC Strategic Plan

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. By using a consultative process, they hope to envision a plan together that will inspire the organization to a successful second century. Quakers, as the foundational group in the organization, are a key part of the discussion.

Responses from local churches and monthly meetings will be shared with AFSC.

Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed
 
Young Adult Friends Development Fund

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is delighted to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund. The fund has been created from Quaker Youth Pilgrimage monies, and we hope it will generate similarly powerful experiences of deep spiritual connection and encouragement for Young Adult Friends across all four FWCC Sections. 

Please visit the World Office website to read the case statementinvitation to apply and download the application form. These documents are also available in Spanish. For questions, please feel free to write to Susanna Mattingly.
 
Reports from World Quaker Day (FWCC)

Quakers around the world joined together for the 5th World Quaker Day on Sunday 7 October. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories drew us into our shared experience of worship, and celebrated our diversity of expression. We are grateful for the wonderful collection of reports, photos and videos we have received already. Reading the reports from churches and meetings across many different countries and sections, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. 

Visit www.worldquakerday.org for more information. You can still submit reports about what your meeting, church or group did on the day by emailing submit@worldquakerday.org.
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
How do you define wellness? When you think about your physical, economic, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual experiences, how do they contribute to your wellness? Are you in need of healing? What about your neighbor?

In some instances, healing comes through a reversal of situations or diagnosis, but healing can also come through acceptance of the self that emerges in the midst of a difficult situation or diagnosis. 

When Jesus healed ten men with leprosy, he acted as both rabbi and friend. He invited these men who had lived in isolation into relationship with himself, with God, and with their communities. Yet, because of the way this healing exchange unfolded, Jesus’ community also expanded.

Suffering is deepened through isolation, but healing occurs through dynamic connection, often challenging our own ideas of inclusion.

Rachel Jordan, Camas Friends


Announcements

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Bulletin 11.09.2018

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Calling
 
From the Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met on Saturday, October 20, 2018, with the following agenda:
  • membership
  • quarterly gatherings
  • budgeting guidelines and a process for reimbursing expenses
  • child abuse prevention, including minimum standards
Click here to read the minutes from that meeting.
 
From the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee met on Saturday, October 20, 2018, with the following agenda:
  • Nominating Committee members
  • Business meeting report of new members
  • Representatives to the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 

Religious Education Resources for the Holidays

 

November 13 & 15:
Friendly Resources for the Holiday Season
 

As the Christmas season approaches, we're bombarded with messages from the world around us. How can we, in Friends meetings and schools, help Quaker families and children celebrate the season in a spirit of joy and simplicity? Join the conversation to share and learn about resources for the holidays with your Quaker religious education colleagues.

Facilitator: Sita Diehl, QREC Steering Circle, Madison (WI) Friends Meeting, Northern Yearly Meeting

Queries for the Conversation:

  • How do we approach these celebrations as Friends?
  • What can we share with RE colleagues from our experiences?
  • What can we share with families in our communities?
Registration is required. After registration you will receive an email with login information:

Tuesday, November 13
1:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)

Register HERE

Thursday, November 15
8:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT)

Register HERE



Announcements

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Bulletin 11.02.2018

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Light
 
From the Clerks

Affiliation Representatives
This winter and spring, we are sending out representatives to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). We want people to go to these gatherings and bring information around several questions:
  • What does this organization do?
  • What are their values?
  • What are the practical steps to affiliation?
  • What are the commitments work-wise and financially?
The meetings are as follows:
  • FCNL in November in Washington D.C.
  • FWCC in March in Kansas City, Missouri
  • AFSC in April in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
If you are interested in going and representing SCYMF, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org.

February Task Force
We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” then lead a larger discussion around the question at our quarterly gathering in February. If you would like to be a part of this, please contact the nominating committee.
 
Membership Queries
We have received several membership requests from people outside our geographical region including places like Montana, Boston, and Kenya. Keep considering how we want to handle these requests and we will discuss the topic at a future gathering.
  • Do we have a calling to be a spiritual home to Friends from other regions who find themselves in need of a faith community that is LGBTQ+ friendly, Quaker, and Christ-centered? 
  • Do we have Friends who are willing and able to have a traveling ministry to these Friends and explore the possibility of, and help set up, a local meeting? 
  • What do we do with Friends desiring dual affiliation with other Friends groups?
Recording Workshops
The Nurture of Ministry Committee wants to send two people to each meeting to hold workshops on the new recording process between January and May. Jan Wood needs to know from each meeting when to schedule your workshop so they can come. When workshops are scheduled, we will post the times and locations in the newsletter so individual yearly meeting members can attend as well.

Quarterly Meeting Minutes
We are gathering the minutes from quarterly gathering and they will be available soon.
 

Reedwood Friends Celebrates 125 Years

This Sunday, NOVEMBER 4, 2018, Reedwood will celebrate 125 years of active service to the Portland community. Worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a meal and more history of this Friends (Quaker) church from its beginning in 1893 to 2018. Everyone is invited to join us for the celebration at
 
2901 SE Steele St., Portland OR 97202, 503-234-5017

The meal will consist of pork roast, baked vegetables, tossed green salad and chocolate cake. Please RSVP to REEDWOOD.ORG with the number coming so we will have enough food.
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
“All of us at the table came to this moment from very different paths. We were drawn together by Truth and Love – the searching for them and longing for them. The common ground that we hold dear is our listening to the present leading of the present Christ – right here, right now. It guides our actions and change and growth and everything we do. It includes listening very carefully to the experience of those in our midst, especially people who have experience of being shut out, especially if we haven’t had that experience.”
 
So began Catherine Olson’s description of the comments at her table in the “What is God calling us to be?” discussion at SCYMF’s quarterly meeting. One hundred and five people attended the event at Eugene Friends Church on October 20th. I found the discussion energizing; it was full of hope, inspiration, joy, wisdom. 
 
Sue Scott of Eugene had planned it all as a “Conversation Cafe.” I was part of her little task force, but I mostly just cheered her on. In the last half hour that day, the table hosts described the discussions at their tables. Remarkably, their comments generally had these elements:
  • a radical invitation to others, especially the young, the marginalized, the hurting 
  • the why of it all – Christ
  • how we treat each other – with integrity, respect, grace, joy.
  • celebration of what we have done so far 
  • the work yet to be done
As I go over my notes, I was struck by how much those at Catherine Olson’s table talked about so many of these things. The  rest of  Catherine’s summary follows. I give it to you as an example of what the entire discussion at quarterly meeting was like:
 
“It’s also the act of showing up as a lively quarterly meeting, with enthusiasm. Generosity – showing up with generosity of finances and showing support for people who are local, who are far around the world – that speaks very powerfully into many people’s lives. 
 
“Curiosity and discovery are also our shared characteristics. And the realization that we are distinctly Quaker, and being able to celebrate that and define that together, as a body, thinking about in the future.
 
“At our table we all kind of jumped when someone said, ‘I want to be able to be proud to say that I am a Christian.’ I was like YESSSS!!! I WANT THAT!!! So apparently that resonated with me, too.  And we are on that path, toward accepting instead of punishing/dismissing/judging individuals and groups. We need to create safe spaces. 
 
“We need to keep following that present, relevant voice of Christ with this amazing, life-giving enthusiasm that we have today. We need to define ourselves by what we are, not what we are AGAINST. It requires a lot of continued healing on an individual and a corporate basis. It requires having faith that we can do that healing. It also requires realizing that the healing never stops  - it's not like DONE, CHECK. Instead it’s seeing how healing continues until the emotions pop up and we see how we deal with them. It’s about developing skills, then being able to stand with others – in a very real way – who bring their own pain. 
 
“Many of us are drawn here by people in community. That is encouraging and should remain at the center of our hearts as we gather.”
 
Thank you to Catherine and her table! Thanks also to Sarah Katreen Hoggatt who facilitated the discussion. A special thanks to the table hosts, and to all who participated. 
 
The next query for discussion is “What is God calling us to do?” Is it social justice? Spiritual nurture? Youth programs? All of the above, or something else entirely? What is the Holy Spirit whispering to us about it? The discussion will be part of the next SCYMF quarterly meeting February 16th at West Hills Friends. Come join us.

from Judy Maurer


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Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Breathe
 

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Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends has a public Facebook page and a private or closed Facebook group. This week, Judy Maurer posted photos from our gathering in Eugene to the private group.

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5

Life breathes,
is ever changing.
When we get stuck
in our prejudices,
we miss truth and beauty.
Best to empty yourself –
seek silence and balance.

Our world serves up
both wonder and danger.
The Spirit-filled one
judges not,
offers love to both
saints and sinners alike.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

If you are in the Portland area (or would like to be), consider joining Quaker Voluntary Service for a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at Multnomah Friends Meeting from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Find more information on Facebook and RSVP here!

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

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Bulletin 10.19.2018

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Join Us
 

Quarterly Gathering in Eugene

Come join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities - worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”

10:00 – 10:30 am Derek Lamson and Ruba Byrd leading music and open worship
10:30 – 11:30 am  Dove John will present a workshop for the Equity and Inclusion Committee
11:30 – 12:00 pm  Get moving! Intergenerational scavenger hunt with Tom & Vicki Stave
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
1:00 – 2:00 pm  SCYMF committees meet 
2:10 – 3:50 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:30 pm  Discussion: Who does God want us to be?  
 

When we come together – to pray, to encourage each other, to make promises to God and to each other, and to count and deploy our resources – who in fact are we? More to the point, who does God want us to be? 

What language, scripture,  disciplines can we draw on to describe ourselves and make ourselves accessible to the world? 

Some of us already come with labels – evangelical, progressive, radical, conservative, -- and some of those labels carry great personal meaning. But the meaning can be positive for one person, and quite negative for another. Some of us are skeptical about all labels, but still want to communicate what God is doing with us and invite others into the adventure. 

Label or no, discerning what God wants us to become will help point the way to our next steps as a yearly meeting.
 

5:30 pm   Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)

Child care will be provided, except during meals and the scavenger hunt

Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR
 
 

William Penn’s birthday is October 24th, and many Quakers will be celebrating the amazing good he shared, while also shining a light on places where, as a colonialist, his vision and actions contributed to oppression. 

Penn’s influence goes well beyond the Quaker community – Thomas Jefferson called William Penn “the greatest lawmaker the world has produced.”  Jefferson borrowed from Penn in writing the Declaration of Independence. Additionally, the United Nations can trace its roots back to Penn. His “Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace in Europe” described the prototype for a league of nations promoting peace through diplomacy. That is why United Nations Day is observed on William Penn’s birthday.

Penn participated in the enslavement of Africans and their descendants. He was a slave owner at his Pennsbury estate. The land upon which he founded Pennsylvania – the result of a land grant from the King of England – was already home to Native Americans, including the Lenape.

Audrey Greenhall, adapted from QuakerBooks
 


Announcements

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church tomorrow, Saturday, October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

If you are in the Portland area (or would like to be), consider joining Quaker Voluntary Service for a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at Multnomah Friends Meeting from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Find more information on Facebook and RSVP here!

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

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Love
 

Register for Quarterly Gathering

If you need a ride to Eugene or a place to stay overnight during Quarterly Gathering, please pre-register by today - Friday, October 12th, so we can organize. If you have asked for help with either of these issues and haven't received a response, please contact us again at registrar@scymf.org. Also, please tell us if you are bringing children so that we can arrange the appropriate number of childcare providers.
 
 
Friends Around the World

The family of Friends is beautifully diverse. It is indeed our strength. We need each other – for sustenance and companionship, to broaden our perspective of what it means to be a Quaker, and to give us hope in a world of great challenge. As we imagine peace and justice in our world, we need to know that each of our actions contributes to a greater whole, a wholeness we share in the abundant God we worship.

Click here to read more and to visit the directory.
 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
About nine years before my paternal Grandma (Grama) died, she had a heart attack. The family gathered at her bedside. She spoke elegant and eloquent goodbyes. She was so ready to go to heaven – and then she didn’t die. This made her angry. It took some time for her to accept with peace the extra days God granted her.

As I sat outside the hospital, prepared to say goodbye to Grama, this song was playing in my car: “My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine.... I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, and praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath.” I was in tears. As much as I didn’t want to say goodbye to Grama, I knew that this song gave voice to her life and faith.

In the years that followed, Grama descended into dementia. When she couldn’t remember us, when she couldn’t remember what year it was or that her husband had died thirty years before, she remembered the name of Jesus. I can still hear her calling out to him as I walked away from my last visit with her.

As a hospice social worker, I often heard the last words that people could remember, held in some worn pathway of their mind. I wonder, with some trepidation, what will my mind hold on to? I hope they will be kind words. I hope I will say, “If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus, ’tis now.”

Kathi Perry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

If you are in the Portland area (or would like to be), consider joining Quaker Voluntary Service for a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at Multnomah Friends Meeting from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Find more information on Facebook and RSVP here!

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

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Advocate
 
 
Good News from the IRS!

From Roger Watson: I am pleased to report that Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends has received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that they have accepted our 501(c)3 application and that SCYMF has been declared an exempt public charity qualified to received tax deductible contributions. I am grateful to have been able to work with my friend of almost 30 years, David Green, an attorney and member at Tigard Friends who did most of the work to prepare our application forms. His good work brought a quick and positive response from the IRS in this matter. Thanks, also to the various members of the Coordinating Committee and Finance Committee who provided information and support and to co-clerks Cherice Bock and Sarah Katreen Hoggatt for their input through the process.
 
 
FCNL Post for World Quaker Day

For FCNL, the Quaker imperative took form in 1943 and in a world on fire, when a body of some 54 Friends from different corners of the Society came together in Richmond, Ind. to follow the call of William Penn to “try then what Love will do.” Click here to read more.
 

Register for Quarterly Gathering

Come join us on October 20th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities – worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org. Please state in your email:
  • Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you
  • Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they?
  • Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where?
  • Will you need place to stay the night?
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
As part of the fellowship of peace churches, Friends are also members of Everence – an Anabaptist stewardship and finance organization. Founded after WWII, the then Mennonite Mutual Aid (MMA) was established to help conscientious objectors, who did not qualify for the GI bill, with loans and assistance as they returned home to their families. Over the years, MMA evolved into Everence, which aims to help individuals, congregations and organizations integrate their faith and finances. They do so by providing socially-responsible investments, employee benefits, stewardship education resources, college scholarships, financial counseling, banking services and grants that support congregations and community development.
 
Everence recently hired Colin Saxton, a Friend from the Northwest, as their national liaison to Quaker groups and as an instructor in their Creating Generous Congregations program. Colin is also working to connect with local churches and organizations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho – and is especially interested in finding helpful ways that Everence can assist local meetings/churches. You can learn more about Everence at www.everence.com. Colin can be contacted at 503-550-1599 or at colin.saxton@everence.com.
 
One program Everence offers is a unique partnership with churches through a Stewardship Advocate. This is a local member, chosen by the congregation, to be a liaison to and for Everence. Meetings/churches with an Advocate have access to matching grant funds set aside by Everence to assist individuals in need and to support local charities doing the same. Every year, Everence gives away around $1,000,000 through the Advocate Program. This past year, long-time Eugene Friend, Ked Dejmal, was honored as the Everence Advocate of the Year. Sadly, Ked passed away last March. During his 22 years as a Stewardship Advocate, Ked helped Eugene Friends donate $155,000 in matching funds to people and local projects.  You can find out more about the Advocate Program at https://www.everence.com/resources/stewardship-advocates.
 
For additional information about Stewardship Education and the Creating Generous Congregations program, check out https://www.everence.com/resources/stewardship-education.


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

If you are in the Portland area (or would like to be), consider joining Quaker Voluntary Service for a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at Multnomah Friends Meeting from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Find more information on Facebook and RSVP here!

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Gathering
 
 
Register for Quarterly Gathering

Come join us on October 20th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities – worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org. Please state in your email:
  • Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you
  • Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they?
  • Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where?
  • Will you need place to stay the night?
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 

The Quarterly Gathering Committee released an updated schedule for our time together at Eugene Friends on Saturday, October 20.

10:00 – 10:30 am Derek Lamson and Ruba Byrd leading music and open worship
10:30 – 11:30 am  Dove John will present a workshop for the Equity and Inclusion Committee
11:30 – 12:00 pm  Get moving! Intergenerational scavenger hunt with Tom & Vicki Stave
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
1:00 – 2:00 pm  SCYMF committees meet 
2:10 – 3:50 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:30 pm  Discussion: Who does God want us to be?
5:30 pm   Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

A planning meeting for the next Northwest Quaker Men's Gathering will be hosted by Camas Friends Church on 29 September, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Click here for more details.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Bulletin 09.21.2018

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Justice
 
 
Register for Quarterly Gathering

Come join us on October 20th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities – worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org. Please state in your email:
  • Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you
  • Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they?
  • Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where?
  • Will you need place to stay the night?
 

Young Adult Friends Development Fund

Friends World Committee for Consultation is happy to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund. The Fund has been created from Quaker Youth Pilgrimage monies, and we hope it will generate similarly powerful experiences of deep spiritual connection and encouragement for Young Adult Friends.  

Please consider applying for events and projects that benefit and strengthen the network of Young Adult Friends around the world according to the objectives and requirements. We have a preference for engaging in partnerships and for working across theological and cultural differences and across Sections.

Click here to find the case statement, the invitation to apply, and the application form. This is also posted on the FWCC World Office web site fwcc.world/.  In the invitation there is a list of people you can contact in your Section and in the World Office. We encourage you to test your proposal – to share your thinking – with someone in FWCC before submitting an application. Feel free to write to Susanna Mattingly at susannam@fwcc.world

So be creative!  Work in partnership across the world!  Think in terms of possibilities!
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 

I grew up in the civil war years of Beirut. I was taught early on the meaning of Christ’s love and constancy. This was important as civil war raged around me for most of my childhood. From my childhood experience I drew my initial conviction to seek reconciliation, healing and restoration of relationships in Christ. Peacemaking as a faith conviction was later more fully developed at George Fox University and through subsequent experience.

From 2002-2009 my wife, Holly, and I worked with World Vision in Jerusalem. We were driven by a motivation to act because of events here at home after 9/11 and a new war offensive in Palestine and Israel. This phase of our life was a life-changing experience that vividly merged calling with practical application. We worked with Palestinians and Israelis, sought justice and nonviolent resolutions, and witnessed tangible ways advocacy and peace-building contributed to furthering the goals outlined in Luke 4. These goals are all decisive elements for real transformation to take place. True and lasting reconciliation cannot happen without the holistic addressing of justice issues, while also seeking to put in place the space to build trust, reconciliation and to allow the Spirit to work in transforming the oppressed and the oppressor alike.

Since returning to the U.S. in May 2009 after seven years working in Jerusalem, I entered seminary, praying for a renewed sense of leading in peacemaking that will nurture healing and transformation

Allyn Dhynes, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

A planning meeting for the next Northwest Quaker Men's Gathering will be hosted by Camas Friends Church on 29 September, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Click here for more details.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Together
 
 
Quarterly Gathering Discussion

Here’s the central question for discussion at SCYMF’s quarterly meeting Oct. 20th: 

Who does God want us to be? 

When we come together – to pray, to encourage each other, to make promises to God and to each other, and to count and deploy our resources – who in fact are we? More to the point, who does God want us to be? 

What language, scripture, or disciplines can we draw on to describe ourselves and make ourselves accessible to the world? 

Some of us already come with labels – evangelical, progressive, radical, conservative – and some of those labels carry great personal meaning. But the meaning can be positive for one person and quite negative for another. Some of us are skeptical about all labels but still want to communicate what God is doing with us and invite others into the adventure. 

Label or no, discerning what God wants us to become will help point the way to our next steps as a yearly meeting. The discussion will be facilitated by a task force of Sarah Katreen Hoggatt, Sue Scott, and Judy Maurer. 

Come join the conversation at the next SCYMF quarterly meeting, October 20, 2018 at Eugene Friends Church. 
 
 
Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met by conference call on August 27 and discussed items on the following agenda:
  • Conference calling and database software
  • Quarterly Gathering discussion
  • Bank account and P.O. Box
  • Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Committee reports
  • Tri-annual gatherings - October, February, and May
  • Nonprofit status and the disbursement from Northwest Yearly Meeting
Click here to read the edited minutes.
 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 

Program & Registration Information for Quarterly Meeting:
 
Come join us on October 20th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities – worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”
 
Here’s the full program:
 
10:00 – 11:00 am Derek Lamson and Ruba Byrd leading music and open worship
 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  Dove John will present a workshop for Equity and Inclusion Committee
 
12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
 
1:00 – 1:30 pm  Get moving! Intergenerational scavenger hunt with Tom & Vicki Stave
 
1:30 – 2:30 pm  SCYMF committees meet 
 
2:45 – 4:45 pm Discussion: Who does God want us to be? 
 
5:00 pm   Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
 
Child care will be provided, except during meals and the scavenger hunt.
 
Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org 
Please state in your email:
  • Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you
  • Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they?
  • Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where?
  • Will you need place to stay the night?
 
Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

A planning meeting for the next Northwest Quaker Men's Gathering will be hosted by Camas Friends Church on 29 September, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Click here for more details.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Seeds
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
Committee Business

Please let the clerks know if your committee has any updates to announce or business you need to take care of at quarterly gathering. Send an email to clerks@scymf.org or by replying to this message!
 
 
64

Stop, look inward.
Be aware by becoming still.
Notice your thoughts.
They are seeds.
Plant with care.

This may be difficult
because we want to
progress quickly,
but even the longest journey
starts with
a single movement.
A tower rises from
a single brick.

Just be.
Don’t worry about failure or success.
Breathe.
Step by step,
life emerges.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

A planning meeting for the next Northwest Quaker Men's Gathering will be hosted by Camas Friends Church on 29 September, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Click here for more details.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Gathering
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 

Quarterly Gathering in Eugene

Proposed Schedule for Quarterly Meeting
Eugene Friends Church, October 20, 2018

10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:00 pm || Dove John will present a workshop for Equity and Inclusion
12:00 – 1:00 pm || Meal provided by Eugene Friends by donation
1:00 – 1:30 pm || Fun activity
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet
2:45 – 4:45 pm || Discussion groups on queries set by the Coordinating Committee
5:00 pm || Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends by donation
 
 
Committee Business

Please let the clerks know if your committee has any updates to announce or business you need to take care of at quarterly gathering. Send an email to clerks@scymf.org or by replying to this message!
 
 
NWYM 2018 Epistle

To All Friends Everywhere:

We send you our love in Christ from the campus of George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, USA where we gathered from our local meetings in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, for our 126th Annual Sessions. We received greetings from Phil Baisley from Earlham School of Religion, Jay Thatcher from North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Brockie Follette from Kaleo Academy, and Anna Baker from Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Click here to read the rest of the NWYM 2018 Epistle.
 

Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering

It’s time once again to begin planning for our 2019 gathering of Quaker men. The 2018 gathering in Ocean Park, Washington, was a great event with lots of spiritual stretching, fresh ideas, and making (F) friends with men across the Quaker spectrum. This year we will be gathering from March 29th through the 31st at Camp Tilikum in Newberg, Oregon. There will be plenty of room to include as many who wish to come.

Click here to read the full letter from Al Hendrix.
 
 

Before we get swept too far along, we wanted to report on our July trip to visit our Samburu Mission point. This report is a bit long. But we hope the background of this ministry will help you understand the ministry better.
  
The Samburu region is a large area to the northeast of us and is also a desert climate but not quite as extreme of conditions as the Turkana desert. Approximately 90% of the population are also pastoralists and their tribe is very closely related to the Massai. The Turkana and Samburu people have often had violent conflicts over grazing territories and cattle rustling. In 1995 Isaiah Bikokwa, a Quaker from Western Kenya, who helped start the Turkana mission, reached out to the Samburu people and started a small outreach there. Today there are 10 growing village meetings, a dispensary, several schools, educational and clean water projects, and an income generating market center that is nearing completion. Sammy Letoole is a Samburu pastor who received his pastoral training at Friends Theological College and became the mission director in 2013. He is enthusiastic and passionate about reaching, equipping, and empowering his own people.
 
We had been looking forward to visiting Samburu for quite some time and it was definitely an adventure.  We traveled with our colleague Ken Saina who is the Finance Director for the AMO and has been working closely with Samburu Friends Mission. He was an excellent guide for our first visit! The drive takes 8-12 hours depending on current road conditions and there are long stretches where there are no services and it isn’t safe to stop, so one must be prepared! Fortunately, the journey was uneventful except for spotting some of our first real wildlife! None were close to the road but we were excited to see zebras, giraffes, and even a few elephants back in the trees! We stayed in Maralal which is the only real town in the area. It is small and dusty and looks like the African version of a western frontier town because that is exactly what it is!

Click here to read the rest of Shawn & Katrina’s report.


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Welcome
 

Individual Membership Interest Form

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends welcomes to membership local meetings and individuals who desire to participate with SCYMF in worship, ministry, and service as we seek to experience and follow Christ in the manner of Friends. Friends of any age are welcome to request membership.

Click here to let us know if you are interested in individual membership.
 
 
Donations/Contributions

We can now send donations directly to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends! Contributions sent directly to SCYMF are tax deductible.
 
SCYMF
Attn: Roger Watson
P.O. Box 508
Newberg, OR 97132
 

 
West Hills Friends Meeting (WHF) is seeking a temporary Released Minister (“Interim Pastor”) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period, which resulted from the resignation of our greatly loved founding pastor.

As Quakers, we believe we are all ministers, and we also welcome the opportunity for consistency and coordination a paid interim minister can provide. We desire to find the right candidate soon to provide additional capacity to support WHF attendees and ministries while reducing the extra workload on our Elders and our released Children/Youth minister.

Our hope is that having an interim while we continue to discern where God is leading us next will provide our meeting more time for this discernment and allow objective feedback about us and our process.

We aren’t looking for someone with all the answers or someone who wants to be in charge. We are looking for an individual strongly committed to Quaker process and practice, whose first priority in life is to follow God’s leading, who is a great listener, and who has experience as a released minister.  

WHF is a Quaker meeting in Southwest Portland and a member of the newly formed Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF); WHF was previously part of Northwest Yearly Meeting (NWYM).  

Next Steps
We invite interested candidates to explore our website and the about us section https://westhillsfriends.org/about-us-1 to start to understand who we are.  If you are interested in finding out more about the position for yourself or someone you know, please contact office@westhillsfriends.org for details on the requirements and job description.
  
Note - The individual hired for this interim minister position will be ineligible for any WHF regular released ministry position; we will be considering only applicants interested in an interim role.


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Awake
 

Individual Membership Interest Form

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends welcomes to membership local meetings and individuals who desire to participate with SCYMF in worship, ministry, and service as we seek to experience and follow Christ in the manner of Friends. Friends of any age are welcome to request membership.

Click here to let us know if you are interested in individual membership.
 
 
Donations/Contributions

We can now send donations directly to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends! According to Roger Watson, SCYMF’s treasurer, contributions sent directly to SCYMF are tax deductible. So feel free to celebrate this milestone by sending a contribution to
 
SCYMF
Attn: Roger Watson
P.O. Box 508
Newberg, OR 97132

Thank you! Together we're building a grace-filled home for worship and service. 
 

 
Psalm 150:1, 2, 6

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise him, all creatures here below; 
Praise him above, you heavenly host; 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

For several years I was part of a leadership team conducting week-long personal retreats. The daily program included gathering for a time of morning and evening worship. One of the hymns we sang during our times of worship one year became very meaningful to me. After I returned home I put the words  of five stanzas on my desktop and prayed them daily for several months.

Each Sunday believers around the world gather in worship and sing one of the verses of this hymn known as the “Doxology.” The words exhort every creation of God to praise God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Few people know that this is part of a much longer hymn of fourteen stanzas written in 1709. Most hymnals list it as “Awake, My Soul.” Click here to look at some of the stanzas and allow God to encourage and teach you.

Gary Fawver, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

To anyone who may be interested in becoming the next Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service, the full job description and how to apply is now posted online: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Seeing
 

Task Force for Abuse Prevention

The Nominating Committee is looking for people for a task force to create the abuse prevention policy for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. If you are interested in serving, please reply to this email or contact members of the nominating committee by email - nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
NWYM Restructure Allocations

Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church released a document, Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council. The Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Coordinating Committee has recommended sharing this document.

Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council
 


2018 Junior Meeting Epistle NCYMC

The 2018 [North Carolina] Yearly Meeting [Conservative] was one of the best Yearly Meetings Junior Meeting has had. We enjoyed many exciting activities. Including going to the pool and bowling. We also went on several nature walks with Brad, we learned about many trees and leaves as well as civil rights.

Click here to read the entire 2018 epistle from North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) Junior Meeting.
 
 
If I had my way I would refuse to watch the evening news, read the newspaper, or be aware of current events. I would hide my eyes and close my ears to pain and suffering so as not to trouble myself with the darkness of broken families, reoccurring violence, unquenchable greed, unprecedented loss of species of plants and wildlife, famine, war, deadly epidemics, injustice toward women, children, and minorities...I could go on but I think I’ve made my point. I wonder if you have shared some of my feelings?

“I don’t want to know.”

“The information and worrisome details are overwhelming.”

“What can one person do?”

I have noticed a growing challenge to incorporate my belief in peacemaking into a spiritual practice. I am conscious of Christ asking me to take off my blinders and partner in his feelings of anger, sorrow and compassion for those who are experiencing pain, suffering and injustice. Just as Christ turned to three of his disciples in his final hours in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ has turned to me and asked me to watch and pray. Humbly, I have had to take off my blinders and see the reality of my own brokenness and the cumulative result of all of our brokenness. Sometimes when I enter this new-found space of prayer I feel as if I have entered a place of collective pain, and I shed tears with Christ for the suffering of others and the injustice done to them. As strange as it may seem, this is holy ground for me and in this particular time it is a new way I experience God’s presence.

My challenge is to resist my initial response to close my eyes and turn away. As you go through the day notice the times or circumstances you resist “seeing” and consider Christ’s invitation to watch and pray.

Lynn Clouser Holt, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available soon. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

To anyone who may be interested in becoming the next Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service, the full job description and how to apply is now posted online: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

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