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Bulletin 12.07.2018

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Bulletin 12.07.2018
Growth
 
Get Away Give Away 2019
 
From Clyde Parker: It has been my hope that SCYMF churches can find ways to be together, minister together and build relationships. Our spring trip of 35 years seems to me to be the very kind of ministry that could do just that. Eugene Friends is committed to making this trip open to a group of up to 65 folks. We can facilitate transportation and the coordination of the project if local meetings will promote it within their fellowships.

Click here to view the GAGA Info Sheet.
 
Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly
 
From Marge Abbott: my new book Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly: Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets is available from Inner Light Books <www.innerlightbooks.com> as an ebook as well as in hardcopy and paperback. 

In this book, I lay out one vision of what a prophetic community might look like among Friends, recognizing fully how often we fall short and how our visions differ. Yet I have hope that in reaching far we might at least in part demonstrate what it means to live in the city of God. My work has been enriched by the many Friends from around the world who responded to my queries about their experience of the prophetic ministry, focusing on how they know and respond to the guidance of the Inward Light and looking to what underpins their witness. The book is enlivened by their words. I hope this work might be useful for opening conversations and encouraging others to pay attention to those often gentle nudges that can bring us to awareness of our callings and help reshape our lives.

I've also included a set of queries for each chapter, making it easy to use for groups. My final query reads: "Can you imagine Friends as a band of everyday prophets? What does this look like in your imagination? What are the preconditions that would allow this to happen? What might be your first step in becoming part of this band?"
 
 

Years ago, my vegetable garden was huge. I planted and watered, thinned and weeded. I worked like my family’s meals depended on it. Today my garden is a humble raised bed approximately 3' x 12', but I still get great pleasure from gardening tasks, planting to harvest.

I have to admit I’m most engaged in the first two to three weeks after planting. I can’t wait to see little green plantlets rise up through the soil. But after the initial excitement of germination, comes a lot of work. Sometimes we tire of weeding or forget to water. Or some nasty fungus attacks our plants, and they nearly die.

Our spiritual life can mirror plant growth drama. We love beginnings – the baptisms, the promises and vows, the births. But then the routine and hard work wear us down. Maybe we experience an attack that blindsides us and requires replanting. Perhaps we fail to take in the nourishment of prayer and meditation. We get busy and neglect our garden.

Growth proceeds through developmental stages. We have to throw in for the long haul and be patient. We can’t force a seedling to bear fruit, but we can faithfully tend it as it grows into maturity. If we’re faithful, we’ll reap the reward.

Our spiritual health reflects the faithful work we put into it. Our well-being suffers when we become complacent, but we thrive when we persevere in the ways of the Master Gardener, trusting God for the harvest.

Jan Pierce, adapted from Fruit of the Vine



Announcements

The annual Peace Through Pieces sale is tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Seattle Friends Church in the Fireside Room. The sale benefits the survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Items for sale are handmade in Burundi and Congo by the women served by this ministry. Click here for more information about the sale.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth.  Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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