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Bulletin 03.15.2019

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Bulletin 03.15.2019
 
Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help at the registration table beginning Friday afternoon, May 24th. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 

Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions (Memorial Day Weekend). The individual would be responsible for scheduling the volunteers who will fill in with the paid staff for childcare. The childcare coordinator needs to pass an SCYMF background check. Scholarships are available to help with room and board if this is needed. Please contact Terri Beardsley terrib at me.com or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at outlook.com.
 
Recording Process

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.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

Inclusion in Quaker religious education: Embracing children with learning differences and their families


Detection of learning needs such as ADHD, autism and learning disabilities has advanced in recent years along with classroom accommodation methods. Join this conversation to discuss how to welcome children with special needs and their families into Quaker religious education programs, while also serving the class as a whole.  

Join one of these online conversation circles to explore how to create a sense of beloved community and divine connection for children with learning needs and their families. 
Tuesday, March 19, 1:00 pm ET
Thursday, March 21, 8:00 pm ET
 
Registration is required. See below!

March Facilitator: Beth Collea, Wellesley MM, NEYM

Queries for the Conversation: 
  • How can Quaker RE programs prepare to serve children with learning needs? 
  • How does Quaker faith and practice speak to classroom inclusion?
  • How can we welcome children with special needs while also serving the class as a whole? 
  • What inclusion methods are effective for small RE programs?

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, March 19
1:00 PM Eastern Time
(12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)
Register HERE

Thursday, March 21
8:00 PM Eastern Time
(7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT)
Register HERE

Announcements

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 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

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. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “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).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158; jr.heshelman@gmail.com, 1-317-908-8595

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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