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Bulletin 05.18.2018

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Bulletin 05.18.2018
Annual Sessions

 
 
From the Clerk
I look forward to gathering with you all this weekend to worship through business, song, silence, fellowship around meals, and sharing our stories. Each committee and working group will report on its current and future work, including a proposed budget and goals or hopes for the coming year. 

Action items we will be working on in gathered business sessions include:
  • Welcoming into membership West Hills Friends Church and individual Friends who would like to join as SCYMF members. Note: there will be a sign-up sheet for individuals. If you will not be at annual sessions and want to join, please email clerks@scymf.org with your full name, email, address, phone number, and a statement that you affirm you wish to join SCYMF as a member.
  • Nominations: approving the formation of a communications committee; bringing forth a number of names to fill roles on committees and working groups.
  • Amendments to bylaws based on feedback since February.
  • Faith and Practice: reading and discussing currently drafted sections for approval of direction of F&P, mostly just for feedback. Possibly seeking approval for section on “What this document is/is not”
  • Recording task force/Nurture of Ministry Committee: Discuss and seek approval for Recording Process. Recording and ministerial license transfers.
  • Finance/Treasurer: approve a budget.

Cherice Bock
 

In Preparation for Annual Sessions
Friends: We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the first annual SCYMF Yearly Meeting. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for annual sessions.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist Katherine Spinner, the children's program director. If you could help out for an hour or two during the weekend sessions, please contact Vicki Stave at vstave@hotmail.com.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction which will raise money for scholarships for next year’s annual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Craig at colorfulspikes@gmail.com

Please bring snacks to share with the group for the weekend. Some refrigeration is available.

If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing” please bring it for the Saturday evening songfest around the bonfire.

If you have children, please bring snacks for the children’s program that are compatible with your children’s dietary preferences.

If you have any further questions, you may reply to this email or contact the registrar at registrar@scymf.org.

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee is looking for a co-clerk, as well as more members for the finance committee, youth committee, committee for the nurture of ministry and the quarterly gathering planning committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or know someone who is, please send an email to nominating@scymf.org.
 


Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
 

Friday, May 18th

1-3:00 pm Registration and Relaxation
3-5:00 pm Committee Meetings
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Get-Acquainted Activity
8:00 pm Opening Session
9:00 pm Youth Gathering

Saturday, May 19th

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Opening Worship
10:15 am Business Session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Workshops
3:00 pm Training on Freedcamp communications tool
4:00 pm Business Session
4:45 pm Celebration of Ministers
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Songs around the fire

Sunday, May 20th

8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Worship
10:30 am Workshops
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Business Session
3:00 pm Closing
5:00 pm Departure



Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, this weekend, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Click here for June 2018 news from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, attended the following gathering at Pendle Hill, representing the Nakani Native Program, formerly the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Program – Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, held May 3-6, 2018. Dove is willing to report on this gathering to interested churches/meetings. Contact Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, office@northseattlefriends.org or 206-525-8800 to make arrangements.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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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Bulletin 05.13.2018

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Bulletin 05.13.2018
Annual Sessions

 
 
From the Clerk
I look forward to gathering with you all next weekend to worship through business, song, silence, fellowship around meals, and sharing our stories. Each committee and working group will report on its current and future work, including a proposed budget and goals or hopes for the coming year. 

Action items we will be working on in gathered business sessions include:
  • Welcoming into membership West Hills Friends Church and individual Friends who would like to join as SCYMF members. Note: there will be a sign-up sheet for individuals. If you will not be at annual sessions and want to join, please email clerks@scymf.org with your full name, email, address, phone number, and a statement that you affirm you wish to join SCYMF as a member.
  • Nominations: approving the formation of a communications committee; bringing forth a number of names to fill roles on committees and working groups.
  • Amendments to bylaws based on feedback since February.
  • Faith and Practice: reading and discussing currently drafted sections for approval of direction of F&P, mostly just for feedback. Possibly seeking approval for section on “What this document is/is not”
  • Recording task force/Nurture of Ministry Committee: Discuss and seek approval for Recording Process. Recording and ministerial license transfers.
  • Finance/Treasurer: approve a budget.

Cherice Bock
 

In Preparation for Annual Sessions
Friends: We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the first annual SCYMF Yearly Meeting. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for annual sessions.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist Katherine Spinner, the children's program director. If you could help out for an hour or two during the weekend sessions, please contact Vicki Stave at vstave@hotmail.com.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction which will raise money for scholarships for next year’s annual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Craig at colorfulspikes@gmail.com

Please bring snacks to share with the group for the weekend. Some refrigeration is available.

If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing” please bring it for the Saturday evening songfest around the bonfire.

If you have children, please bring snacks for the children’s program that are compatible with your children’s dietary preferences.

If you have any further questions, you may reply to this email or contact the registrar at registrar@scymf.org.

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee is looking for a co-clerk, as well as more members for the finance committee, youth committee, committee for the nurture of ministry and the quarterly gathering planning committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or know someone who is, please send an email to nominating@scymf.org.
 


Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
 

Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, attended the following gathering at Pendle Hill, representing the Nakani Native Program, formerly the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Program – Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, held May 3-6, 2018. Dove is willing to report on this gathering to interested churches/meetings. Contact Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, office@northseattlefriends.org or 206-525-8800 to make arrangements.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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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Bulletin 05.11.2018

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Bulletin 05.11.2018
Space

 
 
In Preparation for Annual Sessions
Friends: We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the first annual SCYMF Yearly Meeting. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for annual sessions.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist Katherine Spinner, the children's program director. If you could help out for an hour or two during the weekend sessions, please contact Vicki Stave at vstave@hotmail.com.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction which will raise money for scholarships for next year’s annual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Craig at colorfulspikes@gmail.com

Please bring snacks to share with the group for the weekend. Some refrigeration is available.

If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing” please bring it for the Saturday evening songfest around the bonfire.

If you have children, please bring snacks for the children’s program that are compatible with your children’s dietary preferences.

If you have any further questions, you may reply to this email or contact the registrar at registrar@scymf.org.

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

 

Epistle of NW Quaker Men’s Gathering
Seventeen men gathered from across the Pacific Northwest and across the traditions of the Religious Society of Friends of Truth in the rain and wind of the Long Beach peninsula to listen to one another and to the Source, the Seed of Christ, the in-dwelling spirit among us. We came to Find Our Way as Quakers who identify as men. We were greeted by a video from Nancy Irving, who was involved in the first women’s gathering and who welcomed us to this work. We shared prayers, poems and reflections in our opening spiritual potluck.

Click here to read the full epistle.

 

Prayer Committee
Requests for prayer can now be sent to members of the Prayer Committee through their email address: prayerteam@scymf.org

Prayer concerns are kept confidential by members of the committee.

 

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee is looking for more members for the finance committee, youth committee, committee for the nurture of ministry and the quarterly gathering planning committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or know someone who is, please send an email to nominating@scymf.org.  We are also looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form
 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force has an updated draft of its proposed Recording Process based on the feedback received so far.

Click here to read the new draft of the proposed process.

 


Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.  
 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

A couple of years ago my family gave me a NASA T-shirt that read, “I NEED MY SPACE.” Growing up, I loved NASA and space travel, yet there was more to that shirt. As I have grown older and experienced lots of transition, needing space has again been on my mind. This may be a bit different than outer space, but the sentiment still remains. We need space in our lives.

Recently, I was introduced to a new space, Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am not completely sure if it was the modern architecture, the utter silence, or simply the fact that I could hear my own thoughts for the first time in quite a while, but this space was special. It afforded me an opportunity to get out of my routine, pause, and reflect on my own well-being, something Jesus modeled for us.

Too often we abuse the spaces we occupy. Our homes can seem like bunkers off the front lines of war rather than places  of solitude and nurturing. Our work spaces can seem like fortresses to the American dream and industry rather than places where we are inspired and our creativity is expressed. Our worship spaces can seem like museums to our past instead of lively and welcoming places to engage God and our neighbors.

Reflect on the spaces you occupy. Do those spaces empower you? Do they afford you the opportunity to get out of your routine and meet God?

Bob Henry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine
Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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 05.04.2018

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Bulletin 05.04.2018
Greetings

 
 
Greetings from IYM
I send greetings on behalf of the Friends of Illinois Yearly Meeting on the occasion of your first yearly meeting sessions this May 18-20, 2018.

We wish that yearly meeting be a time for the Spirit to move among you, with many blessings, and grounding in faith and service.

Click here to read the full letter from Cathy Garra, Presiding Clerk of IYM

 

Greetings from NEYM
I’m heartbroken that I can’t be with you and SCYM Friends myself this year, but we will be sending two Friends from New England Yearly Meeting as traveling companions: Rosemary Zimmermann (who will be visiting Friends in the Northwest for the first time, and has felt a leading to visit you) and Kristina Keefe-Perry (who I know is well known to some Friends out there). Both are grounded Christians, beloved leaders in our yearly meeting, and awesome women. Our clerk, Fritz Weiss, is writing a letter to Sierra Cascades Friends to introduce them. If you haven’t yet received it, it should be coming soon.  

We’re also profoundly grateful for Jan Wood’s visit to lead the retreat for Friends in pastoral ministry in New York and New England Yearly Meetings.

Click here to read the full letter from Noah Merrill, Secretary of NEYM

 

Greetings from FWCC
We send you loving greetings from the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Office in London – and from across the world. We extend our best wishes for a full and gathered yearly meeting. We appreciate the yearly meeting’s continuing work of strengthening the Religious Society of Friends at all levels.

With gratitude for the many ways Friends come together, we cherish the fellowship, the sense of belonging, and the unity of Spirit we experience when two or more are gathered in his name. May you cherish the love in each other and the great joy of being a Quaker. We bask in God’s love and in the unity of the Quaker heart.

Click here to read the full letter from Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of FWCC

 
 
Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.  

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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 05.01.2018

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Register

 
 
Registration Deadline
Today is the deadline to register for annual sessions! If you haven't already, please send in your registration form, even if you'll only be there part of the time. You can download and fill out the registration form and send it to registrar@scymf.org. https://www.scymfriends.org/events/2018/5/18/annual-sessions-0518-05202018
 

Recording Transfers
Annual sessions are approaching fast! The Recording Task Force would like to encourage any who wish to transfer Recordings/Licenses to Sierra-Cascades to have it minuted by their business meeting or an anchor committee. Send the minute to recording@scymf.org. For the full transfer process, see: https://www.scymfriends.org/process-for-transfers/
 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.  

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register today!

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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 04.27.2018

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Bulletin 04.27.2018
Perfection

 
 
Recording Transfers
Annual sessions are approaching fast! The Recording Task Force would like to encourage any who wish to transfer Recordings/Licenses to Sierra-Cascades to have it minuted by their business meeting or an anchor committee. Send the minute to recording@scymf.org. For the full transfer process, see: https://www.scymfriends.org/process-for-transfers/
 
 
A Message from North Shore
I have just this week learned of division in Northwest Yearly Meeting and the formation of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting. From watching QuakerSpeak videos, I have heard the testimony, faith and wisdom of several of your members. I want to offer you my prayers as you embark on this new journey together. You have now concluded your first annual sessions. I hope they were a blessing – in your work, planning, discernment, and fellowship. May you grow closer and closer to our Guide and make a home that welcomes and nurtures many.

In hope and faith,
Paul Kelly
North Shore Friends Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting)

 

Register by May 1
Annual sessions are a month away. This is an important time for committees and working groups to meet in person, spend time in fellowship with one another and with other SCYMF people, and put in some good, focused effort regarding your committee and working group ministries. I hope that you can all make it to annual sessions to participate in your committee meetings and in the other events we will be experiencing together.

If you haven’t already, please register for annual sessions.

Click here to register by: May 1
Annual sessions: May 18-20, Canby Grove Christian Center
Committees meet: 3-5 pm on Friday, May 18

Cherice Bock, clerk

 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

When I was around sixteen years old, I got my first pair of dressy heels: beautiful blue suede pumps. The first time I wore them, I hobbled and wobbled four blocks to the church, and I can’t imagine what I looked like. But they were precious to me because they were my first ones and signified so much in my life. I felt beautiful when I wore them.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream where I looked down and saw blue suede pumps on my feet; my feet and legs were so beautiful – smooth, shapely, and young! I have a very tangible sense that God is preparing me for my future, and while I’m watching my body age in ways that are far from beautiful, God wants me to see that I am really moving toward perfection.

My first thought is to get rid of the inner burden of carrying around stuff – like self-pity, anger, resentment, judgment, or criticism of others. If I can’t let go of these things, I’m not ready to meet him.

No matter what age you are, God is preparing you for your future too. Do those closest to you find you to be cranky and unpleasant? What are you carrying around that keeps you from enjoying this life? Who are you unable to release from judgment, allowing God to love them through you? These get heavier the longer we carry them, and they cripple our souls. Ask God to do a soul-scan for long-time or hidden anger or resentment. And remember that you are moving toward beauty and perfection!

Vivian Thornburg in Fruit of the Vine
Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register by May 1!

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Center

 
 
West Hills approves joining SCYMF
On Sunday, April 15, West Hills Friends approved the following minute: “To expand our opportunities for fellowship, service and mutual encouragement, West Hills Friends meeting chooses to join Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.” 

Click here to see more information about any of the congregations that have joined Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting.

 

Register by May 1
Annual sessions are a month away. This is an important time for committees and working groups to meet in person, spend time in fellowship with one another and with other SCYMF people, and put in some good, focused effort regarding your committee and working group ministries. I hope that you can all make it to annual sessions to participate in your committee meetings and in the other events we will be experiencing together.

If you haven’t already, please register for annual sessions.

Click here to register by: May 1
Annual sessions: May 18-20, Canby Grove Christian Center
Committees meet: 3-5 pm on Friday, May 18

Cherice Bock, clerk

 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee met last Friday and approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 


Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. We are also looking for help with the epistle. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

 

I attend an unprogrammed worship service. Our benches are arranged in a circle where all eyes face the center. A few weeks ago I arrived late and took one of the few seats left. Someone had obviously set up the benches in a hurry, and instead of a circle, I found myself in the tail section of an oblong. My gaze went to the person across the way, and only by turning my head could I face the center. This position was too tiring to maintain, and I finally gave it up.

It’s strange how disconcerting this proved to be. But God used it to show me how my life was currently so cluttered with activity and stress that I was no longer facing my center, Jesus. I had become a spiritual oblong. I chuckled and began to recenter.

We practice resurrection by keeping our lives centered on the living Lord, both personally and as a faith community. I love the resurrection story of Mary Magdalene in the garden, head down, distraught, grieving, searching for the body of Jesus. When the Lord calls her name, “Mary,” she looks up into his face, and everything becomes centered and whole. Her life recenters. The whole universe realigns itself.

The writer of Hebrews encourages us as communities of believers to get on with our work for the kingdom of God by fixing our eyes on Jesus. Together we remind each other and find courage to do this.

Look upon his face. Stay centered in him. Practice resurrection.
 
Nancy Thomas in Fruit of the Vine
Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register by May 1!


C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.


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Spirit

 
 
Register by May 1!
If you are planning to attend Annual Sessions at Canby Grove, please register as soon as possible. You will need to register even if you are only coming during the day or for only part of the time. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 1.
 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee met last Friday and approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 


Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. We are also looking for help with the epistle. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

 

14

The Spirit of Life is
unseen,
unheard,
untouchable.

What a mystery we face.
We cannot grasp that
eternal,
unfathomable
Source.

Yet if we become
quiet,
humble,
fully present,
we will
Know.

Jim Teeters in Because of This
Announcements

Each year, Creation Justice Ministries offers Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and more rightly share God’s creation. Our 2018 theme is “Sense of Place” and offers insights about living in harmony with local ecosystems and watersheds, rightly sharing places with a diversity of peoples, and respecting the history of your place. Click here for more information about and resources for Earth Day Sunday.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register by May 1!


C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.


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Music

 
 
Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee met last Friday and approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 


Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. We are also looking for help with the epistle. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

 

Dear Friends,
 
As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!
 
As much as I love to do music - and I do - I love to make a space for others to bring their gifts to this bountiful table.  We will have three occasions* to share:
 
  1. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 19th:  Worship / music leadership. In accord with our shared traditions this has customarily featured a music - worship team leading the congregation with about 15 - 20 minutes of congregational singing from hymnals or overheads;
     
  2. 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening, May 19th:  Coordinators are calling this,  “Songs around the fire;” I take this as encouragement to musicians to widen out our circles to include as many folks as we can.  A great venue to bring extra lyric sheets and old favorites. (Some planning definitely in order!)
     
  3. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, May 20th:  Worship / music leadership. Like Saturday.  Maybe different team(s)?
 
In all cases, I am your resource guy.  I will gladly research the facility in Canby ahead of time,  and be there to help sort out microphones, music stands, soundboards, and digital overhead projectors.  My wife Ruba and I look forward to leading some singing in worship with you. 
 
So.  Get yourselves together, get sorted out, and get back to me.  The more the merrier:  you sing harmony for me, I’ll play lead for you.  I’d say think Jesus-folk, Americana, and gospel as much as hymns and choruses.  Don’t forget percussion, bass, brass, and strings, or youth!  
 
I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Email your interest and questions to Derek at lamsonderek@gmail.com or text to 971-255-9788. And if you’re wondering whether you should be involved take it as a sign from God that you probably should be!
 
Yours in Christ’s peace and beautiful music,
Derek Lamson, West Hills Friends Church, Portland
* https://www.scymfriends.org/events/2018/5/18/annual-sessions-0518-05202018
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.


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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Praying

 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could also use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

I need to introduce the topic of praying for world peace with two general statements: 1) a robust spirituality integrates prayer with obedient action. While this topic focuses on prayer, it needs to be seen in the wider context of action. 2) Praying for world peace requires a marriage of opposites: humility (a sense of our smallness before the immensity of the issues) and audacity (faith that our prayers can make a difference).

Some guidelines include the following: 1) concentrate your prayer efforts on a particular area of the world and then regularly lift up this region. Follow the Spirit’s leading in choosing the region. 2) Learn all you can about that area (history, current leaders and issues, the church) so that you can pray with your mind, as well as your heart. 3) Begin by asking for wisdom; then spend time waiting for the Spirit to show you ways to pray (James 1:5). 4) Ask God to raise up more intercessors for this part of the world. Humility requires that we see our prayers as part of a larger movement of faith and commitment by God’s people. Meeting with others to intercede can also be helpful. 

Nancy Thomas, adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

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Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

It’s nearly Easter, and Christians across the globe will be mourning Jesus’ crucifixion and celebrating his resurrection. It is the signature event of Christianity. But the scriptural specifics can be challenging.

During my years of teaching adult Sunday school classes, I took part in or observed many salvation debates pitting works against grace. Misunderstanding Jesus’ “sermon on the mount” regarding fulfillment of the law often made the resolution of those disagreements significantly more difficult.

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matt 5:17-18, NASB).

But Jesus also instructed us, don’t condemn and you won’t be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven. He taught that love covers a multitude of sins and that God desires mercy, not sacrifice.

According to Paul, Christ cancelled the law, nailing it to the cross and Jesus became our peace by uniting Jews and gentiles and setting aside the law with its commands and regulations (Col. 2:14; Eph. 2:14-15).

Heaven and earth are still in their places, but the entirety of the law is said to have been abolished. How can this be? Did anything really change when Christ died on that cross? 

EVERYTHING changed, and it changed forever. 

The key is the second “until” statement in Matthew 5:18: “Until all is accomplished.” Has “all” actually been accomplished? Jesus says yes!

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to his mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished!’ And he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:28-30, NASB).

Jesus said that whoever believed in him would have eternal life. I pray that we, corporately and individually, will embrace and share the spiritual gift of grace to love one another as Christ loves every one of us.

The teacher is present still. 

Paul Frankenburger, Newberg Emerging Friends Church
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

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Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
Remixing Quaker Faith
C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/
 

The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

A grain of sand, a parasite, a bit of shell or some other irritant provides the impetus for the oyster to begin its amazing process of creating a pearl. For centuries, men and women around the world have marveled at the beauty and wonder of pearls; and they have been recognized as precious and valuable. Yet, what we see as precious and valuable is a natural response by the oyster to protect itself from pain or irritation.

Consider those irritations that affect your life. Those irritations may be harsh words, an inconsiderate coworker or difficult circumstances. Is your first inclination to respond in anger, impatience or self-advancement? Or, are you responding to those irritations in such a way that others will view your response as beautiful and full of wonder? As we seek personal and community growth and health, let us put on patience, goodness, kindness, long suffering, meekness and joy as our response to irritation. Surely these fruits of the Spirit working within our lives will be viewed as beautiful and precious as the pearl from an oyster. Opportunities to be a peace maker come from irritants, misunderstandings and difficulties. When irritated, make a pearl. 

Scot Headley – adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


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Friends Journal welcomes Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends to the family of Friends! We’re an independent Quaker magazine. Connect with us at friendsjournal.org and quakerspeak.com. We’d love to get to know you. Here are some pieces we’re proud to have published in the past few years, to give you a feel for what we’re about: communicating Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives. We’d love to extend a special offer: get a year of Friends Journal for $25 with promo code SIERRA25: http://fdsj.nl/sierra25
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Vision

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

Finding Our Way
Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts.

Click here for registration information.

 
 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

How do we treat the immigrants among us – the immigrants who plant, tend, harvest and process our food? Do we love them as we love ourselves? Do we treat them as we would want them to treat us, if our roles were reversed? If we were landless, jobless, without hope or opportunity in our country, would we want them to turn us away?

So often it seems we react toward immigrants out of fear, creating walls to keep them out and police to take away whatever they have gained here. We so quickly forget that our families, too, were mainly immigrants not long ago. Do we withhold our love behind laws – laws that we have made specifically to keep immigrants out – laws that we ignore when we want the benefit of cheap labor, and enforce when our own standard of living is threatened?

Are we at peace with those who, like it or not, are our neighbors, with the people who grow, harvest and process our food, who tend our nurseries, clean our restaurants and hotels? Do we acknowledge that they are created by the same God who created us, that they deserve the same rights and the same dignity as we do?

John Munson – adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


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Shalom

 
 
Finance Committee
The Finance Committee made decisions in February about support for Barclay Press, a down payment for Annual Sessions, possible legal fees associated with incorporation, and the need for more committee members. Click here for a copy of the minutes from the Finance Committee meeting.
 

Coordinating Committee
Joann opened the meeting. She expressed a personal time of “threshing” with all that is going on in the world and in Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. She highlighted the verse shared in worship. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1 - Click here for a copy of the minutes from the Coordinating Committee meeting.
 
 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
FCNL Priorities Process
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. Maurice and Dove can visit meetings to explain what FCNL does, to let them know how to get involved beyond the priorities process and how such involvement can benefit local meetings all year long.

Feel free to contact them:

Dove John – 206-245-3871 – missdove45@hotmail.com
Maurice Warner – 206-303-8582 – Warnerml17@gmail.com

 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

Instead of pushing legislation against war or electing peace candidates, the peacemaking that Jesus had in mind must have been something quite different. Perhaps the actions Jesus describes in his story about separating sheep from goats will teach us more. The sheep, who are unexplainably always the good guys, receive a blessing and a heritage of the kingdom. Why?
 
I was hungry and you gave me food.
I was thirsty and you gave me drink;
I was a stranger and you made me welcome;
Naked and you clothed me,
Sick and you visited me,
In prison and you came to see me.
(Matthew 25:35-36)

The concept of shalom is an idea of expansive wholeness. To follow through on this concept of peace, what would peacemaking mean? How would we be compelled to interpret the phrase, “Happy are those who make shalom?”

Clearly, such thinking immediately carries us into a much more demanding realm of action. To talk of making shalom, we must talk of justice and equity, of harmony and faithfulness. More specifically, to make shalom would require that we cannot be indifferent to abuses in criminal justice. We cannot ignore the continuing problems of prejudice, racial discord, and ethnic discrimination. We must give food to the starving and bring healing to the diseased. We must seek harmony in our relationships and pour our love into barren wastelands of hate. We must discharge our stewardship of nature faithfully. We must, as Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5, keep handing on the good news of reconciliation to God.

How else can we speak of making shalom? Eberhard Arnold, a notable peacemaker in the twentieth century, suggested that the Sermon on the Mount with its demands of love is a peace program. He calls it the “sharpest prophecy of the Kingdom of peace.”

And a seventeenth-century Friend Isaac Penington wrote, “Whoever desires to see this lovely state [of peace] brought forth in the general, must cherish it in the particular.” That gives us an important clue. We must be agents of peace where we are. At least that is where we must start.

an excerpt from The Shalom of God by Howard Macy
Announcements

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


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Ben Lomond Quaker Center is a self-service conference and retreat center in northern California that offers simple, modestly priced, comfortable accommodations. We are located on 80 acres of redwood forest, an hour and a half south of San Francisco and 25 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. BEN LOMOND QUAKER CENTER (CA) is now accepting applications for two full-time positions beginning spring 2019: Co-Directors, providing spiritual leadership to West Coast Friends. Develop workshops; manage staff, finances and facilities; fundraise; work closely with spirit-led Board. Compensation includes: salary, housing, utilities, benefits, glorious California coastal redwoods. Seeking applications from couples or two individuals. LGBTQ & persons of color encouraged to apply. Check the Quaker Center website to review job description: www.quakercenter.org.
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Join Us

 

Minutes
“Pay attention to spaces in yourselves where you are holding onto something tightly, maybe fear or trepidation about this conversation or its outcomes. Spend time exploring your expectations, whether its things that you look forward to or outcomes you fear. Release those things to the Spirit who is present here with us, and to one another.” Click here for the narrative minutes from our quarterly gathering at Camas Friends on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
 
 
Bylaws
A form of the bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends was approved on Saturday, February 17, and is now available online. The bylaws subcommittee will continue to work on a membership application between now and annual sessions. Other concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee any time between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Transfer of Recording
A process for transfer of recordings is available on the website, and all people who have existing recordings or licenses in Friends churches may transfer their recording, including any interested in joining us from the Western Association of the Religious Society of Friends. We also will reinstate the recordings of those who gave them up in NWYM because of the circumstances of their disagreeing with Faith and Practice and its enforcement. 

The recordings that will be transferred will take effect on the official day of the restructure, which is set for June 30, 2018. It is the recommendation of the task force that the annual sessions we will hold in May will include a celebration of those transferring their recordings. Click here for an outline of the transfer process.

A proposed process for recording is also available on the website and a method for offering feedback to the task force will be in place by the second week of March. Click here for the proposed process for recording.

 

 
FCNL Priorities Process
For 75 years Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has brought the concerns of Friends in U.S. Quaker meetings and churches directly to our senators and representatives in Washington, D.C.  FCNL lobbyists are guided by the results of a priorities discernment process where Friends nationwide express their concerns about federal policy.  FCNL is inviting Friends throughout the U.S. to participate in this priorities process, determining the issues FCNL will work to impact in the 116th Congress (2019-2020). 

The priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. Maurice and Dove can visit meetings to explain what FCNL does, to let them know how to get involved beyond the priorities process and how such involvement can benefit local meetings all year long.

Feel free to contact them:

Dove John – 206-245-3871 – missdove45@hotmail.com
Maurice Warner – 206-303-8582 – Warnerml17@gmail.com

 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, anyone with an idea may also share it with us via email – newsletter@scymf.org.
 

Join us for the first official annual sessions of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends!


As we continue the work of building relationships and creating an organization that upholds our values, our gathering will combine business with worship, education, community-building, and fun. Canby Grove Christian Center is a non-profit facility on 54 acres of forest, field, and riverfront, located just to the east of I-5, 20 minutes south of Portland.
 
Registration is required by May 1. Click here for more information.
Announcements

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


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Friends Journal welcomes Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends to the family of Friends! We’re an independent Quaker magazine. Connect with us at friendsjournal.org and quakerspeak.com. We’d love to get to know you. Here are some pieces we’re proud to have published in the past few years, to give you a feel for what we’re about: communicating Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives. We’d love to extend a special offer: get a year of Friends Journal for $25 with promo code SIERRA25: http://fdsj.nl/sierra25
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Bulletin 02.16.2018
Tomorrow

 

Bylaws
The Bylaws Subcommittee received 62 comments and 3 emails in response to the first public draft of the bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. The subcommittee met this last weekend and completed three documents for you to look over in preparation for our time together tomorrow.
  1. NARRATIVE – The Bylaws Subcommittee produced a report explaining some of the context for the proposed bylaws including general background for why what they produced is as lengthy and as detailed as it is. This report also addresses concerns about the introduction. Click here for a pdf of that report.
  2. ACTIONS – This document summarizes the written feedback received by the Bylaws Subcommittee, delineating the main points made for each section and the action the subcommittee took in response to those points. Click here for a pdf of the document.
  3. PROPOSED BYLAWS – This is the newest version of the proposed bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, following the work of the Bylaws Subcommittee on Saturday, February 10. Click here for a pdf of the document.
 
 
Pre-register
If you are planning to attend tomorrow, please pre-register. Especially if you have children! We need to know their names and ages. We want to make sure we have more-than-adequate coverage. Pre-register by sending an email to Rachel Hampton – hamptonrachel2002@outlook.com – with the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you.
 
 
Childcare
We may need more people to help provide childcare. We have two signed up and need one or two more. Please email Rachel Hampton – hamptonrachel2002@outlook.com – if you can help out, even for an hour. If you’ve already been through the NWYM video training, then you might be exactly the kind of person we’re looking for.
 

Recording Process
The subcommittee on the recording of ministers has completed a draft proposal for consideration at the quarterly gathering in Camas, tomorrow, Saturday, February 17.
 
 
FCNL Workshop
For 75 years Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has brought the concerns of Friends in U.S. Quaker meetings and churches directly to our senators and representatives in Washington, D.C.  FCNL lobbyists are guided by the results of a priorities discernment process where Friends nationwide express their concerns about federal policy.  FCNL is inviting Friends throughout the U.S. to participate in this priorities process, determining the issues FCNL will work to impact in the 116th Congress (2019-2020). 

In this workshop – held at Camas Friends at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, February 17 – participants will learn how to facilitate a spirit-led discernment process in their home communities, while learning how their community’s concerns will be interwoven with those of hundreds of other Quaker communities to focus FCNL’s efforts.

 
The next quarterly gathering will be at Camas Friends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow, February 17, 2018. Email Rachel Hampton – hamptonrachel2002@outlook.com – with contact information, the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you. This information will help us to plan for food and childcare.
10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:30 pm || Business session
12:30 – 1:30 pm || Lunch – Crock-pot potluck with ingredients listed to accommodate for allergies
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet || FCNL priority training for non-committee members
2:30 – 4:30 or 5:00 pm || Business session
5:00 pm || Adjourn officially, but sandwich-makings will be on hand for people to make to go or to eat and hang around longer

 
In an attempt to keep things simple yet have adequate food for all, including those who have food restrictions/allergies, we are planning to host a crock-pot potluck at tomorrow’s Camas gathering. Here’s what you need to know:
  • If you are coming from far and it is inconvenient to bring food, don’t bring any. There will be enough.
  • If you bring a crock-pot dish, please bring a list of the ingredients. This will help people with food allergies/sensitivities to choose foods they can handle. We’ll have cards and pens in case you forget. 
  • Please keep your food simple. We only have an hour to eat, so people need to be able to simply get in line and serve themselves without a lot of last minute putting things together. 
  • Bring enough food to serve 6-8 people to compensate for those who can’t bring food. 
  • There will be friends greeting you to tell you where to take the food or who can take it to the designated place for you. We’ll have power strips to plug crock-pots into to hold the food at safe temperatures. 
  • If you would prefer to bring a salad, that would be nice too. Again, please list ingredients. Finger food veggies &/or fruit is always welcome. 
  • We will try to group gluten-containing foods into one area to help those who can’t tolerate it avoid it and be safe, but we do not have a gluten-free kitchen. 
We will provide:
  • Silverware and plates and bowls. We have some serving utensils.
  • Drinks
  • Sandwich makings for the end of the day. We will have bread (gluten-free for those who need it), lunch meat, cheese, condiments, lettuce, etc. We will not have peanut butter since that is a common allergen for children. 
If you have questions, you can contact Norma Silliman normaruth.silliman@gmail.com, 360-607-7546 or Kendra Purcell, office@camasfriends.org. We look forward to spending the day with you and getting better acquainted over our meal. 
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Bulletin 02.14.2018

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Bulletin 02.14.2018
Prepare

 

Bylaws
The Bylaws Subcommittee received 62 comments and 3 emails in response to the first public draft of the bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. The subcommittee met this last weekend and completed three documents for you to look over in preparation for our time together this weekend.
  1. NARRATIVE – The Bylaws Subcommittee produced a report explaining some of the context for the proposed bylaws including general background for why what they produced is as lengthy and as detailed as it is. This report also addresses concerns about the introduction. Click here for a pdf of that report.
  2. ACTIONS – This document summarizes the written feedback received by the Bylaws Subcommittee, delineating the main points made for each section and the action the subcommittee took in response to those points. Click here for a pdf of the document.
  3. PROPOSED BYLAWS – This is the newest version of the proposed bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, following the work of the Bylaws Subcommittee on Saturday, February 10. Click here for a pdf of the document.
 
 
Pre-register
If you are planning to attend this Saturday, please pre-register. Especially if you have children! We need to know their names and ages. So far we only have three children preregistered, but we believe there are more than that planning to attend and we want to make sure we have more-than-adequate coverage. Pre-register by sending an email to Rachel Hampton – hamptonrachel2002@outlook.com – with the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you.
 
 
Childcare
We may need more people to help provide childcare. We have two signed up and need one or two more. Please email Rachel Hampton – hamptonrachel2002@outlook.com – if you can help out, even for an hour. If you’ve already been through the NWYM video training, then you might be exactly the kind of person we’re looking for.
 
The next quarterly gathering will be at Camas Friends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday, February 17, 2018. Email Rachel Hampton – hamptonrachel2002@outlook.com – with contact information, the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you. This information will help us to plan for food and childcare.
10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:30 pm || Business session
12:30 – 1:30 pm || Lunch – Crock-pot potluck with ingredients listed to accommodate for allergies
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet || FCNL priority training for non-committee members
2:30 – 4:30 or 5:00 pm || Business session
5:00 pm || Adjourn officially, but sandwich-makings will be on hand for people to make to go or to eat and hang around longer

 
In an attempt to keep things simple yet have adequate food for all, including those who have food restrictions/allergies, we are planning to host a crock-pot potluck at the Camas gathering. Here’s what you need to know:
  • If you are coming from far and it is inconvenient to bring food, don’t bring any. There will be enough.
  • If you bring a crock-pot dish, please bring a list of the ingredients. This will help people with food allergies/sensitivities to choose foods they can handle. We’ll have cards and pens in case you forget. 
  • Please keep your food simple. We only have an hour to eat, so people need to be able to simply get in line and serve themselves without a lot of last minute putting things together. 
  • Bring enough food to serve 6-8 people to compensate for those who can’t bring food. 
  • There will be friends greeting you to tell you where to take the food or who can take it to the designated place for you. We’ll have power strips to plug crock-pots into to hold the food at safe temperatures. 
  • If you would prefer to bring a salad, that would be nice too. Again, please list ingredients. Finger food veggies &/or fruit is always welcome. 
  • We will try to group gluten-containing foods into one area to help those who can’t tolerate it avoid it and be safe, but we do not have a gluten-free kitchen. 
We will provide:
  • Silverware and plates and bowls. We have some serving utensils.
  • Drinks
  • Sandwich makings for the end of the day. We will have bread (gluten-free for those who need it), lunch meat, cheese, condiments, lettuce, etc. We will not have peanut butter since that is a common allergen for children. 
If you have questions, you can contact Norma Silliman normaruth.silliman@gmail.com, 360-607-7546 or Kendra Purcell, office@camasfriends.org. We look forward to spending the day with you and getting better acquainted over our meal. 
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Newberg, OR 97132-2024

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Bulletin 02.09.2018

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Bulletin 02.09.2018
Recording

 

Bylaws
The Bylaws Subcommittee approved draft bylaws on Saturday, January 13, and plans to meet again this next week to review the draft and consider all comments submitted up to this point. That initial draft is still available online. Click here to get to the table of contents page. From that page, click on the short title of any section in order to view that section of the bylaws. You may also download a pdf of the entire document. The subcommittee has set up a survey form at the bottom of each section for suggestions about additions, deletions, changes, and any other feedback that seems helpful or necessary. We plan to present the bylaws at the Quarterly Gathering, where we may
  1. approve the bylaws,
  2. approve portions of the bylaws and a process for continued work and subsequent approval for the remaining sections,
  3. decide not to approve the bylaws but instead approve a process for continued work and subsequent approval of the bylaws.
 
 
Food for Quarterly Gathering
Dear Friends who plan to attend the SCYMF meeting at Camas Friends, Saturday, February 17th:

I know we like good food. We had an awesome potluck at Hillsboro Friends last February. However, Hillsboro’s kitchen is better appointed than Camas’s is. In an attempt to keep things simple yet have adequate food for all, including those who have food restrictions/allergies, we are planning to host a crock-pot potluck. Here’s what you need to know:
  • If you are coming from far and it is inconvenient to bring food, don’t bring any. There will be enough.
  • If you bring a crock-pot dish, please bring a list of the ingredients. This will help people with food allergies/sensitivities to choose foods they can handle. We’ll have cards and pens in case you forget. 
  • Please keep your food simple. We only have an hour to eat, so people need to be able to simply get in line and serve themselves without a lot of last minute putting things together. 
  • Bring enough food to serve 6-8 people to compensate for those who can’t bring food. 
  • There will be friends greeting you to tell you where to take the food or who can take it to the designated place for you. We’ll have power strips to plug crock-pots into to hold the food at safe temperatures. 
  • If you would prefer to bring a salad, that would be nice too. Again, please list ingredients. Finger food veggies &/or fruit is always welcome. 
  • We will try to group gluten-containing foods into one area to help those who can’t tolerate it avoid it and be safe, but we do not have a gluten-free kitchen. 
We will provide:
  • Silverware and plates and bowls. We have some serving utensils.
  • Drinks
  • Sandwich makings for the end of the day. We will have bread (gluten-free for those who need it), lunch meat, cheese, condiments, lettuce, etc. We will not have peanut butter since that is a common allergen for children. 
If you have questions, you can contact Norma Silliman normaruth.silliman@gmail.com, 360-607-7546 or Kendra Purcell, office@camasfriends.org. We look forward to spending the day with you and getting better acquainted over our meal. 
 
 
FCNL Workshop
For 75 years Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has brought the concerns of Friends in U.S. Quaker meetings and churches directly to our senators and representatives in Washington, D.C.  FCNL lobbyists are guided by the results of a priorities discernment process where Friends nationwide express their concerns about federal policy.  FCNL is inviting Friends throughout the U.S. to participate in this priorities process, determining the issues FCNL will work to impact in the 116th Congress (2019-2020). 

In this workshop – held at Camas Friends at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17 – participants will learn how to facilitate a spirit-led discernment process in their home communities, while learning how their community’s concerns will be interwoven with those of hundreds of other Quaker communities to focus FCNL’s efforts. 

 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, anyone with an idea may also share it with us via email – newsletter@scymf.org.
 

On the Recording of Ministers


The subcommittee on the recording of ministers has completed a draft proposal for consideration at the quarterly gathering in Camas, on Saturday, February 17:

The peculiarly Quaker way of thinking about ministers comes into focus when one compares the Friends practice of “recording” with the more common practice of “ordination.” In many Christian denominations, one must first be ordained in order to become a minister. To be ordained, the potential minister must first meet a certain set of requirements or prerequisites. Usually, for example, there is a certain level of education one must attain. 

As Friends, we reject the idea that some outward trait or experience could qualify someone to be a minister. Instead,  we believe that anyone may be called to public ministry. Rather than setting human-engineered prerequisites, Quakers have chosen simply to observe those who work as ministers. When it becomes clear that a person is indeed doing public ministry, then we make an official record of what God seems to be doing. That person is “recorded” as a minister among Friends. (Adapted from http://www.westhillsfriends.org/QVWminister.html)

Recording can come from either the local Meeting or the Yearly Meeting.  Recording is permanent for the person unless there is cause to rescind it.  It would be rescinded by the body that did the original recording. 
 
Announcements

Mark your calendars: The next quarterly gathering will be at Camas Friends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Email Rachel Hampton – hamptonrachel2002@outlook.com – with contact information, the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you. This information will help us to plan for food and childcare.
10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:30 pm || Business session
12:30 – 1:30 pm || Lunch – Crock-pot potluck with ingredients listed to accommodate for allergies
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet || FCNL priority training for non-committee members
2:30 – 4:30 or 5:00 pm || Business session
5:00 pm || Adjourn officially, but sandwich-makings will be on hand for people to make to go or to eat and hang around longer

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.


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