The Bylaws Subcommittee approved draft bylaws on Saturday, January 13, and plans to meet again this next week to review the draft and consider all comments submitted up to this point. That initial draft is still available online. Click here to get to the table of contents page. From that page, click on the short title of any section in order to view that section of the bylaws. You may also download a pdf of the entire document. The subcommittee has set up a survey form at the bottom of each section for suggestions about additions, deletions, changes, and any other feedback that seems helpful or necessary. We plan to present the bylaws at the Quarterly Gathering, where we may
- approve the bylaws,
- approve portions of the bylaws and a process for continued work and subsequent approval for the remaining sections,
- decide not to approve the bylaws but instead approve a process for continued work and subsequent approval of the bylaws.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for Quarterly Gathering
Dear Friends who plan to attend the SCYMF meeting at Camas Friends, Saturday, February 17th:
I know we like good food. We had an awesome potluck at Hillsboro Friends last February. However, Hillsboro’s kitchen is better appointed than Camas’s is. In an attempt to keep things simple yet have adequate food for all, including those who have food restrictions/allergies, we are planning to host a crock-pot potluck. Here’s what you need to know:
We will provide:
- If you are coming from far and it is inconvenient to bring food, don’t bring any. There will be enough.
- If you bring a crock-pot dish, please bring a list of the ingredients. This will help people with food allergies/sensitivities to choose foods they can handle. We’ll have cards and pens in case you forget.
- Please keep your food simple. We only have an hour to eat, so people need to be able to simply get in line and serve themselves without a lot of last minute putting things together.
- Bring enough food to serve 6-8 people to compensate for those who can’t bring food.
- There will be friends greeting you to tell you where to take the food or who can take it to the designated place for you. We’ll have power strips to plug crock-pots into to hold the food at safe temperatures.
- If you would prefer to bring a salad, that would be nice too. Again, please list ingredients. Finger food veggies &/or fruit is always welcome.
- We will try to group gluten-containing foods into one area to help those who can’t tolerate it avoid it and be safe, but we do not have a gluten-free kitchen.
If you have questions, you can contact Norma Silliman email@example.com, 360-607-7546 or Kendra Purcell, firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to spending the day with you and getting better acquainted over our meal.
- Silverware and plates and bowls. We have some serving utensils.
- Sandwich makings for the end of the day. We will have bread (gluten-free for those who need it), lunch meat, cheese, condiments, lettuce, etc. We will not have peanut butter since that is a common allergen for children.
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).
In this workshop – held at Camas Friends at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17 – participants will learn how to facilitate a spirit-led discernment process in their home communities, while learning how their community’s concerns will be interwoven with those of hundreds of other Quaker communities to focus FCNL’s efforts.
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:
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:
- 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
Workshops at Annual Sessions
On the Recording of Ministers
The subcommittee on the recording of ministers has completed a draft proposal
for consideration at the quarterly gathering in Camas, on Saturday, February 17:
The peculiarly Quaker way of thinking about ministers comes into focus when one compares the Friends practice of “recording” with the more common practice of “ordination.” In many Christian denominations, one must first be ordained in order to become a minister. To be ordained, the potential minister must first meet a certain set of requirements or prerequisites. Usually, for example, there is a certain level of education one must attain.
As Friends, we reject the idea that some outward trait or experience could qualify someone to be a minister. Instead, we believe that anyone may be called to public ministry. Rather than setting human-engineered prerequisites, Quakers have chosen simply to observe those who work as ministers. When it becomes clear that a person is indeed doing public ministry, then we make an official record of what God seems to be doing. That person is “recorded” as a minister among Friends. (Adapted from http://www.westhillsfriends.org/QVWminister.html
Recording can come from either the local Meeting or the Yearly Meeting. Recording is permanent for the person unless there is cause to rescind it. It would be rescinded by the body that did the original recording.
Mark your calendars: The next quarterly gathering will be at Camas Friends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Email Rachel Hampton – email@example.com – with contact information, the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you. This information will help us to plan for food and childcare.
10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:30 pm || Business session
12:30 – 1:30 pm || Lunch – Crock-pot potluck with ingredients listed to accommodate for allergies
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet || FCNL priority training for non-committee members
2:30 – 4:30 or 5:00 pm || Business session
5:00 pm || Adjourn officially, but sandwich-makings will be on hand for people to make to go or to eat and hang around longer
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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