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Bulletin 10.12.2018

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Bulletin 10.12.2018
Love
 

Register for Quarterly Gathering

If you need a ride to Eugene or a place to stay overnight during Quarterly Gathering, please pre-register by today - Friday, October 12th, so we can organize. If you have asked for help with either of these issues and haven't received a response, please contact us again at registrar@scymf.org. Also, please tell us if you are bringing children so that we can arrange the appropriate number of childcare providers.
 
 
Friends Around the World

The family of Friends is beautifully diverse. It is indeed our strength. We need each other – for sustenance and companionship, to broaden our perspective of what it means to be a Quaker, and to give us hope in a world of great challenge. As we imagine peace and justice in our world, we need to know that each of our actions contributes to a greater whole, a wholeness we share in the abundant God we worship.

Click here to read more and to visit the directory.
 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
About nine years before my paternal Grandma (Grama) died, she had a heart attack. The family gathered at her bedside. She spoke elegant and eloquent goodbyes. She was so ready to go to heaven – and then she didn’t die. This made her angry. It took some time for her to accept with peace the extra days God granted her.

As I sat outside the hospital, prepared to say goodbye to Grama, this song was playing in my car: “My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine.... I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, and praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath.” I was in tears. As much as I didn’t want to say goodbye to Grama, I knew that this song gave voice to her life and faith.

In the years that followed, Grama descended into dementia. When she couldn’t remember us, when she couldn’t remember what year it was or that her husband had died thirty years before, she remembered the name of Jesus. I can still hear her calling out to him as I walked away from my last visit with her.

As a hospice social worker, I often heard the last words that people could remember, held in some worn pathway of their mind. I wonder, with some trepidation, what will my mind hold on to? I hope they will be kind words. I hope I will say, “If ever I loved Thee, My Jesus, ’tis now.”

Kathi Perry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

If you are in the Portland area (or would like to be), consider joining Quaker Voluntary Service for a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at Multnomah Friends Meeting from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Find more information on Facebook and RSVP here!

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

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