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Bulletin 09.15.2017

Clerks Meeting
Cherice Bock, Eric Muhr, and Matthew Staples met with Jon Kershner by Skype on Monday. We’ll gather again on Monday, September 25. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of what we’re working on:
  • Organizing an agenda for business at our gathering in Eugene on Saturday, October 7
  • Thinking through the tension between a need for external structure (stability) and the need for flexibility and change (responsiveness, health)
  • Details on visiting Friends
  • Much of our business is being done collaboratively online. This increases our flexibility and agility, but it comes with extra communications burdens
  • Continued work on what recording is for, what it does, and what that means for us

People Work
The People Work group met in Newberg this last Saturday to begin defining the parameters of their work. Click here for an outline overview of their discussion.

A Brief History of the Quaker Practice of Recording
From Jon Kershner: Of course, this is not an exhaustive history of ministers among Friends. Instead, this description attempts to focus on the meaning of ministers as it changed and evolved into the pastoral system with particular importance for the recording of ministers in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting. At its best, this document provides a historical context, pointing out tensions within Quaker views of ministry, and does not attempt to make prescriptions for solutions. That will be the work we accomplish in discernment together. Click here to read the full report.

Gathering in Eugene
Our next, large-group gathering – anyone can come – is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 7, at Eugene Friends. There will be a shared meal. Childcare is provided. If you are planning to attend, please send the following information to Rachel Hampton Your name and the names of those coming with you, the age of anyone under 18, and an email address for contact.

As much as possible, we’d like to accommodate food sensitivities, but we may not be able to meet your needs. If you have severe dietary restrictions, please plan ahead. We can accommodate vegetarian/vegan, gluten and dairy and nut allergies. We will have programs for all ages as well as nursery for preschoolers, so youth and children are encouraged to come.

Finally, if you need housing during the weekend, please let Rachel know at the email address above.
Hello  Friends,

I am Sue Scott from Eugene Friends Church (EFC), convinced Friend. Convinced as a lonely young mom, who decided to check out Jesus for myself. Convinced by the bible, devoured from John to Revelation and backward through the rest of the gospels. Convinced, despite stubbornness and pride, by Jesus’ witness, love, and example of action. Further convinced by the good folks at Silverton Friends Church who welcomed the new little hippie family to worship. Fast forward to 2017 when I find myself still convinced by the power of Jesus to enlighten, change, convict, teach, and yes, to save.

At EFC, I have been an elder, on the outreach committee, and taught kindergarten Sunday School for 20 years (the best!) I developed and led a parenting class designed for the community. I am currently on our new Communication Committee, and I lead a women’s bible study called Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. I just joined the Spiritual Care and People Work committees for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). I am very hopeful about fostering strong connections. I am excited by our focus on welcome because I have been welcomed, and I know how that feels. I look forward to working with our Quaker distinctives.

People, especially little ones, are my thing. Therefore, La Leche League, a support and education organization for breastfeeding mothers, is my other extensive  volunteer space. There I have enjoyed teaching and learning about group dynamics, parenting, communication skills, meetings, how people learn and work together, and organizational change. Which is where we are right now in SCYMF.

I make jewelry and do crossfit with my daughter, Anna. We both love weightlifting. I draw sometimes and read a lot. I especially look forward to our SCYMF meetings where I can learn from you all. I expect Jesus’ witness, love, and action to abound. 

One of my favorite verses now is Micah 6:8
   He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
   And what does the Lord require of you?
   To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God.

Sue Scott is part of the People Work group and the Spiritual Care Committee. She attends Eugene Friends.

Folks from West Hills and Klamath Falls are joining together on Saturday, September 16, and other Friends are welcome to come. Schedule below: 
  • 2 p.m. - Welcome and community building at West Hills Friends, 7425 SW 52nd Ave, Portland, OR 97219, (503) 246-7654
  • 3 p.m. - SoulCollage® Workshop: SoulCollage® is a fun, intuitive collage process that facilitates self-discovery, meditation, and prayer of the heart. Through a simple guided process, you will create individual cards that express your unique connection to God's Spirit.
  • 5 p.m. - Community dinner: We’re anchoring the potluck with a taco bar (beans, rice, cheese, lettuce, tortillas, etc.).  If you can join us for dinner, please bring some food to share.
  • 6:30 p.m. - Coffee House: Seven WHF musicians have agreed to perform! Bring a dessert to share and join us for a fun evening.

If you have prayer requests for the Prayer Team, please share them by email with Carol Whorton -

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