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Bulletin 03.29.2019

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Bulletin 03.29.2019
Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating met via Zoom on March 18 and discussed the following agenda items:

  • Temporary approval of a new treasurer until annual sessions
  • Details for annual sessions
  • Other means of connecting people outside of formal gatherings
Click here to read more of the minutes.
Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. 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.


2019 Annual Sessions Schedule

1-3:30 Registration and free time
3:30-5 Workshops
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30-7:30 Music and Worship
7:30 Board Games

8-9 Breakfast
9-10 Worship and Music
10-12 Business
12-1 Lunch
1-2:30 Workshops and Free time
3-5:30 Committee Meetings
5:30-6:30 Dinner
7-8 Sing-a-long around the campfire with s'mores

8-9 Breakfast
9-9:45 Worship and Music
9:45-10:30 Guest Speaker Benigno Sanchez-Eppler
10:30-12 Business
12-1 Lunch
1-4 Business and epistle reading
4 Pack up and be out by 5 PM


Have you ever been present when someone was being bullied, harassed or even attacked and you wanted to help but you didn't know what to do, and perhaps you did nothing? You're invited to attend a Bystander Intervention Training, Sunday, April 7, from 12:15-4:15 PM, at Multnomah Friends Meeting. Click here for more information.

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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