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Bulletin 03.16.2018

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Bulletin 03.16.2018

The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link:

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

Remixing Quaker Faith
C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at

The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at


Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
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 
Vicki Stave

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, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.


A grain of sand, a parasite, a bit of shell or some other irritant provides the impetus for the oyster to begin its amazing process of creating a pearl. For centuries, men and women around the world have marveled at the beauty and wonder of pearls; and they have been recognized as precious and valuable. Yet, what we see as precious and valuable is a natural response by the oyster to protect itself from pain or irritation.

Consider those irritations that affect your life. Those irritations may be harsh words, an inconsiderate coworker or difficult circumstances. Is your first inclination to respond in anger, impatience or self-advancement? Or, are you responding to those irritations in such a way that others will view your response as beautiful and full of wonder? As we seek personal and community growth and health, let us put on patience, goodness, kindness, long suffering, meekness and joy as our response to irritation. Surely these fruits of the Spirit working within our lives will be viewed as beautiful and precious as the pearl from an oyster. Opportunities to be a peace maker come from irritants, misunderstandings and difficulties. When irritated, make a pearl. 

Scot Headley – adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) 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. 

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

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

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

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