The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!
Annual sessions are a month away. This is an important time for committees and working groups to meet in person, spend time in fellowship with one another and with other SCYMF people, and put in some good, focused effort regarding your committee and working group ministries. I hope that you can all make it to annual sessions to participate in your committee meetings and in the other events we will be experiencing together. Recording Transfers
Annual sessions are approaching fast! The Recording Task Force would like to encourage any who wish to transfer Recordings/Licenses to Sierra-Cascades to have it minuted by their business meeting or an anchor committee. Send the minute to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full transfer process, see: https://www.scymfriends.org/process-for-transfers/
I have just this week learned of division in Northwest Yearly Meeting and the formation of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting. From watching QuakerSpeak videos, I have heard the testimony, faith and wisdom of several of your members. I want to offer you my prayers as you embark on this new journey together. You have now concluded your first annual sessions. I hope they were a blessing – in your work, planning, discernment, and fellowship. May you grow closer and closer to our Guide and make a home that welcomes and nurtures many.
A Message from North Shore
In hope and faith,
North Shore Friends Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting)
Register by May 1
If you haven’t already, please register for annual sessions.
Click here to register by: May 1
Annual sessions: May 18-20, Canby Grove Christian Center
Committees meet: 3-5 pm on Friday, May 18
Cherice Bock, clerk
Music for Annual Sessions
Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.
Workshops for Annual Sessions
- The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
- Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
- Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
- Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
- Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
- Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
- The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
- Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert
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.
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 email@example.com.
Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee
The Recording Process
More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
When I was around sixteen years old, I got my first pair of dressy heels: beautiful blue suede pumps. The first time I wore them, I hobbled and wobbled four blocks to the church, and I can’t imagine what I looked like. But they were precious to me because they were my first ones and signified so much in my life. I felt beautiful when I wore them.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream where I looked down and saw blue suede pumps on my feet; my feet and legs were so beautiful – smooth, shapely, and young! I have a very tangible sense that God is preparing me for my future, and while I’m watching my body age in ways that are far from beautiful, God wants me to see that I am really moving toward perfection.
My first thought is to get rid of the inner burden of carrying around stuff – like self-pity, anger, resentment, judgment, or criticism of others. If I can’t let go of these things, I’m not ready to meet him.
No matter what age you are, God is preparing you for your future too. Do those closest to you find you to be cranky and unpleasant? What are you carrying around that keeps you from enjoying this life? Who are you unable to release from judgment, allowing God to love them through you? These get heavier the longer we carry them, and they cripple our souls. Ask God to do a soul-scan for long-time or hidden anger or resentment. And remember that you are moving toward beauty and perfection!
Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register by May 1!
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/.
Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.
Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor. We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to email@example.com.
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