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Bulletin 03.08.2019

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Bulletin 03.08.2019
 
Quaker Poets Read

Some folks at West Hills have started a new, weekly micro-podcast called “Quaker Poets Read.” We are hoping to feature one poem every week! Interested? Click here to see the instructions!
 
Quaker Heritage Day

Berkeley Friends Church hosts Quaker Heritage Day each year, inviting a scholar to share about a topic of interest to Friends. Programmed and unprogrammed Friends from around the Bay Area attend the event. Every other year, this event occurs in concert with the Western Association for the Religious Society of Friends (WARSF) annual gathering of members, so Cherice was able to attend both events.

Click here to read Cherice’s full report.
 
Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions. 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.
 

 

After being gone about three weeks, I stopped to see my two godchildren. Three-year-old Timothy came to the door and excitedly exclaimed, “Dorty! Dorty!” He gave me some big bear hugs then ran off to play. A few minutes later he came running to where I was sitting, threw his arms around my neck and repeated, “Dorty, Dorty!” He did this three or four times. Each time it was as though he had just discovered me. Of course, this warmed the cockles of my heart.

As I drove home, it occurred to me that our God would be pleased if we also would come with such spontaneity and delight. We would simply exclaim, “Lord, Lord, I’m so glad you’re here,” and we would revel in God’s presence. We wouldn’t come with the usual list of requests. It would be a natural, unsophisticated communion with our God, just saying, “Lord, I love You.” We would be practicing the presence – not planned, not organized, just spontaneous outbursts of praise and delight because God is there.

The psalmist said, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long” (89:15–16).

On my drive home I had some time at the table – a very informal time to acknowledge God’s wonderful presence.

Dorothy E. Barratt, adapted from Fruit of the Vine

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.

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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