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Bulletin 02.22.2019

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Bulletin 02.22.2019
 
Plans for Annual Sessions Coming Together

The Quarterly Gathering Committee met on Saturday, February 16, prioritizing work on the upcoming Annual Sessions, scheduled for May 24–26, at Canby Grove. Click here to read the full minutes.

Registration materials are now available online.
 
Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee met on Saturday, February 16, to work through the names of all committee and task force members whose terms are ending, to discuss possible renewals, and to consider new nominees. Click here to read the full minutes.
 
Youth Summer Camp 2019

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. One of their primary purposes will be to create and foster a safe, trusting, and caring (aka: Christlike) community that brings to life the fruit of Jesus’ Spirit. Every camper, counselor, teacher, and director will be affirmed as a child of God regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
 
Summer Camp 2019: Registration Open
June 30-July 4, 2019 @ Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR
“The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019)
“Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019)

Picture yourself in the foothills of the Three Sisters, overlooking Suttle Lake. Your schedule includes a hike in the surrounding forest, team bonding at the “Spider’s Web”, Slip N’ Slide Quidich, and a Lip Sync Battle. Each night, you lay in your bunk with the smell of campfire and Smore’s in the air, settled in a peace that comes from an evening gathered in community, attending to the Presence of Jesus and learning to listen for the Voice of Love. How does that sound? 

Both camps (“Fireside” and “The Woods”) will be taking place at Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR during the same week. If you’re interested in volunteering at camp, please give Josh a call [503.537.6894].
 

 
Did you attend quarterly meeting at West Hills? The task force for the discussion would like your feedback. Click here for a very brief survey. Thank you!

 

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns. The author of the feedback must identify themselves and give contact information to the committee in case further conversation is warranted. However, upon request, any identifying details in the content of the messages and the identity of the person providing feedback will be held in strict confidentiality by the committee to be shared with none other than emergency response professionals in the case of imminent danger or a reportable offense.

Cherice Bock is our first candidate. Click here for more information. Commenting is open through April 23, 2019.

Announcements

Brian Drayton will lead a retreat, “Dwelling in Watchfulness: a Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry” the weekend of March 15–17, at Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio. Email Ken Jacobsen (kenkatharine@earthlink.com) for more information.

Paul Buckley will lead a retreat at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, March 19–24, on Quaker Revival: We will consider how Friends today are called to model a covenant community. We'll look at which outward behaviors speak to today’s conditions and what Quaker practices might need to be scraped away and discarded. Find out more and register early.

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, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). 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.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  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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