Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee met last Friday and 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.
- 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
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 use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. We are also looking for help with the epistle. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
As much as I love to do music - and I do - I love to make a space for others to bring their gifts to this bountiful table. We will have three occasions* to share:
- 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 19th: Worship / music leadership. In accord with our shared traditions this has customarily featured a music - worship team leading the congregation with about 15 - 20 minutes of congregational singing from hymnals or overheads;
- 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening, May 19th: Coordinators are calling this, “Songs around the fire;” I take this as encouragement to musicians to widen out our circles to include as many folks as we can. A great venue to bring extra lyric sheets and old favorites. (Some planning definitely in order!)
- 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, May 20th: Worship / music leadership. Like Saturday. Maybe different team(s)?
In all cases, I am your resource guy. I will gladly research the facility in Canby ahead of time, and be there to help sort out microphones, music stands, soundboards, and digital overhead projectors. My wife Ruba and I look forward to leading some singing in worship with you.
So. Get yourselves together, get sorted out, and get back to me. The more the merrier: you sing harmony for me, I’ll play lead for you. I’d say think Jesus-folk, Americana, and gospel as much as hymns and choruses. Don’t forget percussion, bass, brass, and strings, or youth!
I look forward to hearing from you soon
. Email your interest and questions to Derek at email@example.com
or text to 971-255-9788. And if you’re wondering whether you should be involved take it as a sign from God that you probably should be!
Yours in Christ’s peace and beautiful music,
Derek Lamson, West Hills Friends Church, Portland
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/.
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.
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