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Bulletin 03.22.2019

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Bulletin 03.22.2019
New Treasurer Nominated

A note from Beth Oppenlander, clerk of the Finance Committee:

As most of you heard during our February gathering, Roger Watson gave notice of his resignation effective immediately following  Annual Sessions in May. Roger felt a strong call to provide transitional leadership as we embarked on becoming a new yearly meeting; which has been completed! He was involved with the effort to obtain our 501c3 status, he advocated on our behalf to receive seed funding from NWYM, and he also established our accounting systems and processes to ensure the ministries of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) would continue to thrive. On behalf of SCYMF, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of these efforts. Thank you for not only helping us find our footing, but also for paving way forward for miraculous good works to come.

In response for SCYMF’s need for a new treasurer, Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for SCYMF. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.
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, 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 or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at
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.


"O God, you are my God, I seek you,
    my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water...

    My soul clings to you..." (Psalm 63:1, 8a)

The Psalmist speaks from deep down. Among many other possible objects of devotion, other causes, other "solutions" and quick fixes, other gods, other things to which our world invites us to give allegiance, the Psalmist seeks and clings to God above all else.

More vividly, the Psalmist thirsts for God, drawing on imagery that may to an extent be lost on many of us who can conveniently turn on the faucet or open a plastic bottle when we need a drink of water. 

How do these words give language to your own spiritual experience, if they do? Do you seek God? Do you thirst for God? Do you cling to God? How is your experience of seeking, clinging to, or thirsting for God lived out in a way others can observe and experience?

Matt Boswell
Camas Friends


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 ( 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.

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat 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;, 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, To see the complete job description, click here

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