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Bulletin 03.02.2018

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Bulletin 03.02.2018
Shalom

 
 
Finance Committee
The Finance Committee made decisions in February about support for Barclay Press, a down payment for Annual Sessions, possible legal fees associated with incorporation, and the need for more committee members. Click here for a copy of the minutes from the Finance Committee meeting.
 

Coordinating Committee
Joann opened the meeting. She expressed a personal time of “threshing” with all that is going on in the world and in Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. She highlighted the verse shared in worship. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1 - Click here for a copy of the minutes from the Coordinating Committee meeting.
 
 
Bylaws
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 – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
FCNL Priorities Process
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. 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, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

Instead of pushing legislation against war or electing peace candidates, the peacemaking that Jesus had in mind must have been something quite different. Perhaps the actions Jesus describes in his story about separating sheep from goats will teach us more. The sheep, who are unexplainably always the good guys, receive a blessing and a heritage of the kingdom. Why?
 
I was hungry and you gave me food.
I was thirsty and you gave me drink;
I was a stranger and you made me welcome;
Naked and you clothed me,
Sick and you visited me,
In prison and you came to see me.
(Matthew 25:35-36)

The concept of shalom is an idea of expansive wholeness. To follow through on this concept of peace, what would peacemaking mean? How would we be compelled to interpret the phrase, “Happy are those who make shalom?”

Clearly, such thinking immediately carries us into a much more demanding realm of action. To talk of making shalom, we must talk of justice and equity, of harmony and faithfulness. More specifically, to make shalom would require that we cannot be indifferent to abuses in criminal justice. We cannot ignore the continuing problems of prejudice, racial discord, and ethnic discrimination. We must give food to the starving and bring healing to the diseased. We must seek harmony in our relationships and pour our love into barren wastelands of hate. We must discharge our stewardship of nature faithfully. We must, as Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5, keep handing on the good news of reconciliation to God.

How else can we speak of making shalom? Eberhard Arnold, a notable peacemaker in the twentieth century, suggested that the Sermon on the Mount with its demands of love is a peace program. He calls it the “sharpest prophecy of the Kingdom of peace.”

And a seventeenth-century Friend Isaac Penington wrote, “Whoever desires to see this lovely state [of peace] brought forth in the general, must cherish it in the particular.” That gives us an important clue. We must be agents of peace where we are. At least that is where we must start.

an excerpt from The Shalom of God by Howard Macy
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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