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Bulletin 03.30.2018

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Bulletin 03.30.2018
Praying

 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could also use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
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: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

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 nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
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 www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
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.
 
 
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.
 

 

I need to introduce the topic of praying for world peace with two general statements: 1) a robust spirituality integrates prayer with obedient action. While this topic focuses on prayer, it needs to be seen in the wider context of action. 2) Praying for world peace requires a marriage of opposites: humility (a sense of our smallness before the immensity of the issues) and audacity (faith that our prayers can make a difference).

Some guidelines include the following: 1) concentrate your prayer efforts on a particular area of the world and then regularly lift up this region. Follow the Spirit’s leading in choosing the region. 2) Learn all you can about that area (history, current leaders and issues, the church) so that you can pray with your mind, as well as your heart. 3) Begin by asking for wisdom; then spend time waiting for the Spirit to show you ways to pray (James 1:5). 4) Ask God to raise up more intercessors for this part of the world. Humility requires that we see our prayers as part of a larger movement of faith and commitment by God’s people. Meeting with others to intercede can also be helpful. 

Nancy Thomas, adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader
Announcements

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.


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 http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

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