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Bulletin 02.23.2018

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Bulletin 02.23.2018
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Minutes
“Pay attention to spaces in yourselves where you are holding onto something tightly, maybe fear or trepidation about this conversation or its outcomes. Spend time exploring your expectations, whether its things that you look forward to or outcomes you fear. Release those things to the Spirit who is present here with us, and to one another.” Click here for the narrative minutes from our quarterly gathering at Camas Friends on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
 
 
Bylaws
A form of the bylaws for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends was approved on Saturday, February 17, and is now available online. The bylaws subcommittee will continue to work on a membership application between now and annual sessions. Other concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee any time between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Transfer of Recording
A process for transfer of recordings is available on the website, and all people who have existing recordings or licenses in Friends churches may transfer their recording, including any interested in joining us from the Western Association of the Religious Society of Friends. We also will reinstate the recordings of those who gave them up in NWYM because of the circumstances of their disagreeing with Faith and Practice and its enforcement. 

The recordings that will be transferred will take effect on the official day of the restructure, which is set for June 30, 2018. It is the recommendation of the task force that the annual sessions we will hold in May will include a celebration of those transferring their recordings. Click here for an outline of the transfer process.

A proposed process for recording is also available on the website and a method for offering feedback to the task force will be in place by the second week of March. Click here for the proposed process for recording.

 

 
FCNL Priorities Process
For 75 years Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has brought the concerns of Friends in U.S. Quaker meetings and churches directly to our senators and representatives in Washington, D.C.  FCNL lobbyists are guided by the results of a priorities discernment process where Friends nationwide express their concerns about federal policy.  FCNL is inviting Friends throughout the U.S. to participate in this priorities process, determining the issues FCNL will work to impact in the 116th Congress (2019-2020). 

The priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. Maurice and Dove can visit meetings to explain what FCNL does, to let them know how to get involved beyond the priorities process and how such involvement can benefit local meetings all year long.

Feel free to contact them:

Dove John – 206-245-3871 – missdove45@hotmail.com
Maurice Warner – 206-303-8582 – Warnerml17@gmail.com

 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, anyone with an idea may also share it with us via email – newsletter@scymf.org.
 

Join us for the first official annual sessions of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends!


As we continue the work of building relationships and creating an organization that upholds our values, our gathering will combine business with worship, education, community-building, and fun. Canby Grove Christian Center is a non-profit facility on 54 acres of forest, field, and riverfront, located just to the east of I-5, 20 minutes south of Portland.
 
Registration is required by May 1. Click here for more information.
Announcements

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

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


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