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Bulletin 10.05.2018

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Bulletin 10.05.2018
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Good News from the IRS!

From Roger Watson: I am pleased to report that Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends has received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that they have accepted our 501(c)3 application and that SCYMF has been declared an exempt public charity qualified to received tax deductible contributions. I am grateful to have been able to work with my friend of almost 30 years, David Green, an attorney and member at Tigard Friends who did most of the work to prepare our application forms. His good work brought a quick and positive response from the IRS in this matter. Thanks, also to the various members of the Coordinating Committee and Finance Committee who provided information and support and to co-clerks Cherice Bock and Sarah Katreen Hoggatt for their input through the process.
 
 
FCNL Post for World Quaker Day

For FCNL, the Quaker imperative took form in 1943 and in a world on fire, when a body of some 54 Friends from different corners of the Society came together in Richmond, Ind. to follow the call of William Penn to “try then what Love will do.” Click here to read more.
 

Register for Quarterly Gathering

Come join us on October 20th 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?”

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org. Please state in your email:
  • Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you
  • Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they?
  • Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where?
  • Will you need place to stay the night?
 
 
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.
 
 
As part of the fellowship of peace churches, Friends are also members of Everence – an Anabaptist stewardship and finance organization. Founded after WWII, the then Mennonite Mutual Aid (MMA) was established to help conscientious objectors, who did not qualify for the GI bill, with loans and assistance as they returned home to their families. Over the years, MMA evolved into Everence, which aims to help individuals, congregations and organizations integrate their faith and finances. They do so by providing socially-responsible investments, employee benefits, stewardship education resources, college scholarships, financial counseling, banking services and grants that support congregations and community development.
 
Everence recently hired Colin Saxton, a Friend from the Northwest, as their national liaison to Quaker groups and as an instructor in their Creating Generous Congregations program. Colin is also working to connect with local churches and organizations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho – and is especially interested in finding helpful ways that Everence can assist local meetings/churches. You can learn more about Everence at www.everence.com. Colin can be contacted at 503-550-1599 or at colin.saxton@everence.com.
 
One program Everence offers is a unique partnership with churches through a Stewardship Advocate. This is a local member, chosen by the congregation, to be a liaison to and for Everence. Meetings/churches with an Advocate have access to matching grant funds set aside by Everence to assist individuals in need and to support local charities doing the same. Every year, Everence gives away around $1,000,000 through the Advocate Program. This past year, long-time Eugene Friend, Ked Dejmal, was honored as the Everence Advocate of the Year. Sadly, Ked passed away last March. During his 22 years as a Stewardship Advocate, Ked helped Eugene Friends donate $155,000 in matching funds to people and local projects.  You can find out more about the Advocate Program at https://www.everence.com/resources/stewardship-advocates.
 
For additional information about Stewardship Education and the Creating Generous Congregations program, check out https://www.everence.com/resources/stewardship-education.


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

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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