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Bulletin 10.19.2018

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Bulletin 10.19.2018
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Quarterly Gathering in Eugene

Come join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities - worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”

10:00 – 10:30 am Derek Lamson and Ruba Byrd leading music and open worship
10:30 – 11:30 am  Dove John will present a workshop for the Equity and Inclusion Committee
11:30 – 12:00 pm  Get moving! Intergenerational scavenger hunt with Tom & Vicki Stave
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
1:00 – 2:00 pm  SCYMF committees meet 
2:10 – 3:50 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:30 pm  Discussion: Who does God want us to be?  
 

When we come together – to pray, to encourage each other, to make promises to God and to each other, and to count and deploy our resources – who in fact are we? More to the point, who does God want us to be? 

What language, scripture,  disciplines can we draw on to describe ourselves and make ourselves accessible to the world? 

Some of us already come with labels – evangelical, progressive, radical, conservative, -- and some of those labels carry great personal meaning. But the meaning can be positive for one person, and quite negative for another. Some of us are skeptical about all labels, but still want to communicate what God is doing with us and invite others into the adventure. 

Label or no, discerning what God wants us to become will help point the way to our next steps as a yearly meeting.
 

5:30 pm   Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)

Child care will be provided, except during meals and the scavenger hunt

Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR
 
 

William Penn’s birthday is October 24th, and many Quakers will be celebrating the amazing good he shared, while also shining a light on places where, as a colonialist, his vision and actions contributed to oppression. 

Penn’s influence goes well beyond the Quaker community – Thomas Jefferson called William Penn “the greatest lawmaker the world has produced.”  Jefferson borrowed from Penn in writing the Declaration of Independence. Additionally, the United Nations can trace its roots back to Penn. His “Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace in Europe” described the prototype for a league of nations promoting peace through diplomacy. That is why United Nations Day is observed on William Penn’s birthday.

Penn participated in the enslavement of Africans and their descendants. He was a slave owner at his Pennsbury estate. The land upon which he founded Pennsylvania – the result of a land grant from the King of England – was already home to Native Americans, including the Lenape.

Audrey Greenhall, adapted from QuakerBooks
 


Announcements

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church tomorrow, Saturday, 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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