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Bulletin 12.15.2017

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Bulletin 12.15.2017

Year-End Giving
As the end of 2017 approaches, Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is facing into a new year where we must establish ourselves as an independent non-profit and make difficult decisions about program and polity that will set a foundation for who God is calling us to be as a community of faith communities. We will have costs for gathering together. We will have costs for legal assistance. We will have basic operations costs. This is an exciting time!

Thank you for all the ways you have already invested in this emerging community, for all the ways you are already living for and serving God together. Thank you for your ideas and energy and enthusiasm. Thank you for your presence and work on committees, at annual sessions, at quarterly gatherings, and in your local meetings. If you are able to make a year-end financial gift to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, we would greatly appreciate it.

Because we have not filed articles of incorporation, contributions should be made to Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, 200 N Meridian St, Newberg OR 97132, and designated for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. Contribution receipts will be issued by NWYM.


Clerks Meeting
The clerks – Cherice Bock, Jon Kershner, Eric Muhr, and Matthew Staples – met on Monday, December 11. Their next meeting will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 8. Click here to read the agenda for business with some notes from the discussion:
  1. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  2. Twin Rocks Friends Camp
  3. End-of-Year Giving
  4. Discernment on Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
  5. Monthly Meetings Discernment Process
  6. Committee Updates
  7. Transition Team Report
  8. Sharing Information Between Churches
  9. Child Safety, Abuse Prevention, Reporting, Training

Peace Month
Peace and reconciliation resources, including a reader and possible teaching topics, have been an annual focus in January, going back to 2010. All of those resources have been preserved on our website. There are no new materials this year, but interested churches or small groups could go back to the very first Peace Month and read that reader from 2010 again, and explore the topics together, or choose one that seems meaningful and pertinent for this moment in our history together.

When I was in the second grade at boarding school in Burundi, Africa, the children were given a small plot to plant vegetables or flowers. We began by digging out all the rocks we could. My brother Phil and I had gardens next to each other. I had the advantage because mine was what was left of an old manure pile. We both planted squash at one end of our plots.

What excitement to watch the plants grow! As the vines grew bigger, a little squash appeared on each of ours. To make sure my squash didn’t get eaten by bugs or worms, I propped it up with a stick and covered it with a plastic bag. As time went on, mine grew to be twice as big as Phil’s. In fact, it was as big as a baby in my arms! From mine alone our dorm mother made fourteen squash pies – and they tasted as good as pumpkin!

Are we Christians as fruitful? Are we getting small or large “squashes”? First, we need to dig out all the rocks in our hearts, those things that don’t enrich our lives, such as hate, envy, and strive. We need to be planted in the richness of God’s Word, thriving on it, and watered by his Holy Spirit. Now we’ll grow. We will produce love, peace, patience, and joy in the Lord.

Miriam Bock in this year’s Advent reader: Do Not Be Afraid

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. 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.

Eugene Friends Church (EFC) is seeking applications for the position of Pastor, to fill a retirement-created vacancy. EFC is a growing congregation of about 160 affiliated persons, currently part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but in the process of becoming a founding member of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. We are a Christ-centered, affirming, high-involvement, outward-looking Quaker church seeking to be faithful to the call of Jesus in our community. To find out more about this opportunity, click here  for a position description with links to the full application package and the rest of our website. Preference will be given to applications received by today, December 15, 2017.

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