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Bulletin 05.17.2019

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Bulletin 05.17.2019
From the Clerks

We have a SCYMF Travel Fund application from the People Care committee. We want people to read over and send comments to the clerk of the People Care committee or reply to this newsletter email if you want anything revised before we get to annual sessions.

Also, at annual sessions this year, we will be talking about some specific Quaker organizations and groups we are considering partnering with. We have encouraged meetings and individuals to think about and discern whether SCYMF should join these groups.

We are providing a list of the organizations we’ll be considering at annual sessions this year with brief information about each one and a link to their website (embedded in the document linked below). Please look at it beforehand and send questions and comments to the clerks, or by replying to this newsletter email. If you have a question, please send it in before Wednesday, May 22, so we have a little bit of time to find answers to any questions you may have and be well prepared to answer them at annual sessions.  
Registration Ends Tomorrow

Registration for Annual Session has been extended. The new deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. If you are planning to come just one day and haven't registered yet, please do so. The cost is $26 for the weekend no matter how many days you come. Of course, meals and housing are extra. This is going to be really fun!

Yearly Meeting Reminders

Friends: It is almost time for Annual Sessions! This email is to remind you of a few things. Please bring snacks to share with others, board games to play Friday evening, and items for the silent auction. If you will be staying in a cabin, remember your bed linens and towels. We could still use a couple more volunteers to help our wonderful childcare staff with the children. If this is something you can do, please let me know immediately as we must get background checks completed beforehand. I've pasted the schedule below so you will have it if needed. Looking forward to seeing you all in two weeks.

Rachel Hampton, Registrar

Updated Nominations List for Annual Sessions

This is the updated list of those who will be presented at Yearly Meeting for approval for the committees and yearly meeting officers. If you have any feedback, please send it to All of the committees except Faith and Practice could use more members. We especially need people for Coordinating, Nominating, Finance, Quarterly Gathering committee and Abuse Prevention Task Force. Fill out a nomination form if you are interested.

Go to this link to get more information about each committee or working group:

If you would like to apply to be a member of a committee, please fill out the form at this link:

Click here to see the updated list of nominees.

Minutes from Quarterly Gathering

From our gathering at West Hills in February: Today we have met to ask ourselves, and the Holy Spirit, “What does God want us to do?” What we heard in our time of Conversation Café was that we care a lot about how we do what we do, about being lovingly genuine and transparent even as we lovingly listen to those who differ or who don’t know us yet. We do not want to repeat or create structures that will inhibit Friends’ callings or dreams, instead using a metaphor from Jesus, we have some new wine that requires new wine skins.

Click here to read the rest of the minutes.

In March of last year, three young Hispanic men – Luis. Josue and Eddie – were arrested and charged with the murder of my stepson, Matthew, and his buddy, Noel – a murder that had taken place nearly ten years earlier on September 4, 2008, while Matt and his friends, Noel and December, were walking down a San Francisco street. The arrest was made by the Department of Homeland Security under the federal racketeering act which allows the federal government to seek the death penalty.

This event prompted me to think deeply about the meaning of justice. 

My meditation has now been published by Fernwood Press in Newberg, Oregon. The writing of this small, little book was a labor of love that I could not avoid once I heard the news of these three young men's arrest. My desire is that folks will read my meditation, which I call What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration and use it as a catalyst for their own personal journey, their own examination of their beliefs about the meaning of justice and then to reach out to their family, friends and colleagues to engage in a similar group exploration.

Thank you and blessings,
Bill Denham


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. Please register by tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!

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.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more:

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).

Newberg Emerging Friends Church Music Ministries Coordinator Position Open: We would like to announce that the process for hiring our permanent Music Ministry Coordinator is open. This position begins July 1, and applicants are invited to apply by May 20. Below is the link to the job description and the application. Please be praying for wisdom as we engage in this process. NEFC Music Ministries Coordinator Info and Application

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