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Bulletin 12.29.2017

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Bulletin 12.29.2017

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends has received contributions totaling $10,801.93 which carries us over the $10,000 goal for 2017. We’ve had a few expenses, particularly the deposit for annual sessions, so we don’t have that much in the bank account, but the income has come in.

Click here for a simple profit and loss report.
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.


The Big Questions
The Bylaws Subcommittee asked us to discern around two questions in preparation for our next quarterly gathering on February 17, 2018. Many of you have gathered in your meetings and between meetings. Some of you have plans to gather. It will be important that we get feedback from your discussions to the Bylaws Subcommittee by mid-January so they can incorporate our collective thoughts and discernment into the document they will present at the quarterly gathering. Heather Tricola, a member of that committee, has set up a form to collect that information. You may also send reflections and responses by email to 

The Big Questions:

#1. Why are we joining together instead of going our separate ways? What holds SCYMF together? (Examples: Common beliefs/theology? Relationships? Friends’ testimonies? Other?)

#2. How should we make decisions that affect the whole of SCYMF? (Examples: refer all decisions to the yearly meeting as a whole? Choose reps to make some or all decisions? Let a specified group make urgent decisions? Other?)

Click here to access the form.

Those interested in discerning whether or not non-NWYM churches will hold kids and youth camps at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in summer 2018 are welcome to attend a meeting on Sunday, January 7, at 3 p.m. at Tilikum (15321 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg, OR 97132). We will enjoy dinner together, so please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. (We will try to accommodate these needs, and will let you know if we cannot.) Please also let us know if you will need childcare.

Click here to let us know if you will come!

To love God, we are asked to love our neighbors as ourselves. You have probably heard the idea that our relationship with God is not only vertical (between us and God), it is also horizontal (depends on how we treat those around us). We can also say that our relationship with God is not only internal, but that our internal state of mind affects others and the way we relate to them. So in a way, taking care of ourselves spiritually, leaving space to experience the peace of Christ in our own hearts, is a gift to the world, and calls us out into the world in loving ways.

This week, think about what it means for us to love ourselves – the healing required from God in order for us to love ourselves healthily, and the way this contributes to both internal and external peace.

Romans 12 is one of my favorite chapters. It begins by sharing with us how we are to become transformed into the image of Christ internally, and then details relationships between ourselves and those with whom we live and worship. Then it speaks to us about our relationships with those outside our worshiping community. In each case we must come back to our own state of being, internally with God.

How is Christ calling you to be transformed into a New Creation?

Cherice Bock – adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader

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

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