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Bulletin 06.15.2018

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Bulletin 06.15.2018
Faithful
 

Scholarship Fund
From Rachel Hampton: We made $918 toward the scholarship fund from the silent auction for next year’s annual sessions! And we came out ahead on expenses for the conference as well.
 

 
Visiting Friends
Would you be interested in representing Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting to other yearly meetings? Email the clerks, or reply to this email if you would like to serve as an official visitor to either of the following:

Northwest Yearly Meeting: July 22–26, Newberg, OR
New England Yearly Meeting: August 4–8, Castleton, VT
 

Ye Olde Fair Trader (aka Lorie Wood) forged a connection with Canaan Fair Trade and began selling products from small scale farmers in 2008. Although Lorie is completely recovered today, the following short essay from Lorie's husband, Wilbur, reflects on Lorie’s serious illness in 2010 and what it means to be faithful.

I am at my wife Lorie’s bedside in a hospital in Nazareth. This is not what we planned for this trip. She volunteers with Canaan Fair Trade distributing olive oil and other products. It is olive harvest time and we have come to the harvest festival. 

This has been a ministry for Lorie. The sale of Palestinian farmers’ products lifts up the poor of the land. Selling products from the West Bank is a peaceful protest against 43 years of oppressive occupation. Olive oil soap and couscous sales support women’s cooperatives, providing financial security for them. 

But now Lorie is ill. She has missed out on the celebration and the opportunity to connect with producers of what she sells. By the nature of her illness she may not be able to return to her ministry of selling Palestinian products. 

This is a great disappointment. We must remember that Jesus did not call us to be successful, but to be faithful. Times come when we must leave behind a work that has been an expression of our faith, even though that work is not finished. 

What continues is our faithfulness to labor at our tasks in God’s ministry of reconciliation. When one task is let go, there are others suitable to our gifts at any point in our lives. Whatever our situation, we are God’s agents working for justice, seeking peace, and witnessing to the love of God we know in Jesus Christ.

Wilbur Wood, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

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 jobs@reedwood.org.

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