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Bulletin 01.25.2019

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Bulletin 01.25.2019
 
Second Annual Pastors Conference

When: Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon)

Where: McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060)

Last April, a small group of ministers gathered for rest, play, and mutual support. This group included current and former pastors of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) congregations, pastors of congregations who are not members of SCYMF but are engaged in the ongoing formation of SCYMF, recorded ministers not currently pastoring but engaged in the ongoing emergence of SCYMF, as well as partners/spouses of the above.

We will once again meet for two days at McMenamins Edgefield, following a structured but spacious schedule that includes professional massages, soaking pool, fireside chats, porch discussions, open worship, and solitude. We intend to create a space for ministers to continue building supportive relationships with each other, to verbally reflect on our respective ministries and receive encouragement, and to listen to how the Spirit is working in our congregations and in SCYMF as a whole. All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry.

Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect. 
 
Join the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!

Want to connect with other folks in SCYMF? Want to read and discuss stimulating topics pertinent to our faith, community, and calling? Join the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!

First reading – Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal in the Quaker Tradition by Wess Daniels

Wess’s recently released e-book is 40 pages, a digest of his full-length book that came out in 2015. The format is engaging with queries, images, etc. I’ve been reading it and it’s stirring up lots of questions and possibilities and a desire to connect with others and see what they think. You can download a free e-book or pdf version here.

Dates – 7 to 8:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference
  • Tuesday, February 5 — Ch 2: A Convergent Model of Renewal, pp 14-25
  • Wednesday, February 20 — Ch 3: Four Features of Convergent Renewal, pp 26-39
  • Monday, March 4 — Ch 4: Conclusion: Building a Community That Does Not Yet Exist, pp 40-41
I’m scheduling the discussions so that we have the opportunity to go deep with the ideas and what they bring up for us. Though there are few pages to read, you’ll find lots to think about! You do not need to attend all of the sessions. Please come to whichever you are able, having read and considered the text through that chapter.

Format – We will start with open worship, then introduce ourselves and check in, so that we are welcoming the Spirit and building relationships. We’ll go over some guidelines for our time together, establishing ground rules so that everyone can participate fully. I’ll facilitate using worship sharing, in which everyone has the opportunity to share in response to queries, and worshipful discussion when we respond to one another. If there are over 10 people, we may utilize “break out rooms” to talk in smaller groups.

Sign up — Please email Promise Partner (pbpartner@gmail.com) to indicate which of the discussions you plan to join and to receive the emails with the links to the Zoom calls. To participate in the second discussion, contact me by Friday, February 1!
 
What is your passion for ministry? How do you love bringing light to the world?

Inside each one of us is a driving force – a passion for something which brings light to the world. This light bringing can be anything and each of us expresses it differently. One person may love planning retreats, another may love making sure people on the outskirts are brought into the circle and heard, another person may want to do the quiet, behind the scenes work of adding financial numbers.

Whatever your passion is, however you want to bring light into the world, we as a yearly meeting want to hear about it so we can support you and give you the help you need. We as a yearly meeting are not here to simply fill predefined roles that keep the organization going but to create an organization that supports our passions and ministries, helping each other with what we are called to do and holding each other when we’re hurting. We want to be a community that celebrates and who is there for each other, always putting people first since we are all a light of loving God.

Over the past few months, several people have felt called to various tasks and our yearly meeting has come alongside them to give the support and resources needed. Some of these include:
  • Holding a regular book group meeting via Zoom to build community, talk about subjects important to us, and to help us feel connected with each other across the distances
  • Planning a retreat for pastors
  • Writing encouraging letters
  • Traveling around our yearly meeting area to visit Friends in other places
What are you called to do? What is your community called to do? How can we as a yearly meeting help you?

As we ponder these queries and hold discussions in our meetings about what we feel called to do and talk with each other about it at Quarterly, we are remembering that being called to do something now isn’t a final answer nor does it have to be one huge idea. It can be something smaller like going to a conference or writing an article on a topic you’re passionate about. Personally, I think God enjoys giving us one step at a time and surprising us with the results as one step leads to another.

Whatever you are called to do does not need to fit into any predetermined box. You may have something in your heart no one else has thought of or you may be thinking about things others are pondering as well and we can connect you. We are all called to be God’s light. What are you being called to do today? How can we as a yearly meeting help you take that step?

We will be talking further about this at annual sessions but if you have something you want help with now, please send the clerks an email at clerks@scymf.org so we can help connect you with what or who you need to take that step.

Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
co-presiding clerk

Announcements

Eugene Friends Meeting is offering a special presentation by Dalit Baum, PhD, who serves as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Economic Activism Director. The focus of her work is on Human Rights. The presentation will be at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 5-6:30 pm. Doors open at 4:45. Light refreshments will be provided.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Preregister by sending your name, email address and church/meeting affiliation to registrar@scymf.org. If you are bringing children under 18, please send their names and ages. Please let us know if you need transportation or housing before or after the Quarterly Gathering. West Hills Friends is located at  7425 SW 52ndAve, Portland, OR 97219. Click here for the full schedule.

Quaker Heritage Day 2019 at Berkeley Friends Church, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00am to 3:30pm. “The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman” presented by Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D. Click here for more details.

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeks a Development Director, who is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals and foundations in support of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s (BYM) ministries and programs. The Development Director builds relationships and affinity for BYM and for the future of the Religious Society of Friends throughout the Yearly Meeting. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant and successful fundraising experience. Click here for more information.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth.  Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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