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Bulletin 01.19.2018

Bulletin 01.19.2018
Peace

 

Bylaws
The Bylaws Subcommittee approved draft bylaws on Saturday, January 13. That draft is now 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. 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.
The subcommittee also continues to collect responses to the Big Questions via a form set up to collect that information. You may also send reflections and responses by email to thebigquestions@scymf.org 
 


Quarterly Gathering at Camas Friends
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

 

Camas to Join SCYMF
From Heather Tricola – “MINUTE APPROVED at our business meeting on January 14, 2018: Camas Friends will join Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.” Three churches have now minuted decisions to join SCYMF. The other two are Eugene and North Seattle.
 

Jesus promises to leave us peace – but not as the world understands peace. We need not be troubled and afraid. Instead, we can claim and inhabit the peace provided by Jesus.

Does this sound too pious and wishful? Should we stop working for peace in the world and just focus on private bliss? Not at all! We just need to be clear what Jesus promises – and doesn’t promise.

Jesus promises peace within a specific context – our relationship with him. Outside that context, the world shows no sign of embracing peace. Millions continue to believe killing people is the best way to resolve conflicts. If by happy accident we live far from these conflicts, we nevertheless don’t have the choice to build our discipleship around this relative safety. Our beliefs must be true even if we live near the target zone of a drone bomber or suicide terrorist. In fact, it must be true even if we are killed by one of those drones, and after two or three days of newspaper coverage, our own names are forgotten.

Jesus’ promise of peace is more powerful than bombs, but he never asks us to pretend that bombs don’t exist. Working without illusion for peace means acknowledging risk. It means bracing to be shocked by what human beings seem ready to do to each other ... and even so to continue to preach the gospel and organize for peace. We want to do whatever it takes for others to hear Jesus’ promise of peace. To do so with integrity means already knowing and trusting the peace that Jesus gives us. 
 
Johan Maurer – adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader
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. Childcare will be provided for young children. Schedule below:
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

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


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