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Bulletin 08.31.2018

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Bulletin 08.31.2018
Gathering
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 

Quarterly Gathering in Eugene

Proposed Schedule for Quarterly Meeting
Eugene Friends Church, October 20, 2018

10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:00 pm || Dove John will present a workshop for Equity and Inclusion
12:00 – 1:00 pm || Meal provided by Eugene Friends by donation
1:00 – 1:30 pm || Fun activity
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet
2:45 – 4:45 pm || Discussion groups on queries set by the Coordinating Committee
5:00 pm || Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends by donation
 
 
Committee Business

Please let the clerks know if your committee has any updates to announce or business you need to take care of at quarterly gathering. Send an email to clerks@scymf.org or by replying to this message!
 
 
NWYM 2018 Epistle

To All Friends Everywhere:

We send you our love in Christ from the campus of George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, USA where we gathered from our local meetings in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, for our 126th Annual Sessions. We received greetings from Phil Baisley from Earlham School of Religion, Jay Thatcher from North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Brockie Follette from Kaleo Academy, and Anna Baker from Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Click here to read the rest of the NWYM 2018 Epistle.
 

Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering

It’s time once again to begin planning for our 2019 gathering of Quaker men. The 2018 gathering in Ocean Park, Washington, was a great event with lots of spiritual stretching, fresh ideas, and making (F) friends with men across the Quaker spectrum. This year we will be gathering from March 29th through the 31st at Camp Tilikum in Newberg, Oregon. There will be plenty of room to include as many who wish to come.

Click here to read the full letter from Al Hendrix.
 
 

Before we get swept too far along, we wanted to report on our July trip to visit our Samburu Mission point. This report is a bit long. But we hope the background of this ministry will help you understand the ministry better.
  
The Samburu region is a large area to the northeast of us and is also a desert climate but not quite as extreme of conditions as the Turkana desert. Approximately 90% of the population are also pastoralists and their tribe is very closely related to the Massai. The Turkana and Samburu people have often had violent conflicts over grazing territories and cattle rustling. In 1995 Isaiah Bikokwa, a Quaker from Western Kenya, who helped start the Turkana mission, reached out to the Samburu people and started a small outreach there. Today there are 10 growing village meetings, a dispensary, several schools, educational and clean water projects, and an income generating market center that is nearing completion. Sammy Letoole is a Samburu pastor who received his pastoral training at Friends Theological College and became the mission director in 2013. He is enthusiastic and passionate about reaching, equipping, and empowering his own people.
 
We had been looking forward to visiting Samburu for quite some time and it was definitely an adventure.  We traveled with our colleague Ken Saina who is the Finance Director for the AMO and has been working closely with Samburu Friends Mission. He was an excellent guide for our first visit! The drive takes 8-12 hours depending on current road conditions and there are long stretches where there are no services and it isn’t safe to stop, so one must be prepared! Fortunately, the journey was uneventful except for spotting some of our first real wildlife! None were close to the road but we were excited to see zebras, giraffes, and even a few elephants back in the trees! We stayed in Maralal which is the only real town in the area. It is small and dusty and looks like the African version of a western frontier town because that is exactly what it is!

Click here to read the rest of Shawn & Katrina’s report.


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

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/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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