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Bulletin 06.21.2019

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Bulletin 06.21.2019
 
Nominating Committee

Do you notice people? Do you like observing others and noticing what they are gifted at, sometimes when they don’t even recognize it themselves? If you said “yes!” to those questions, then perhaps you would consider joining the Nominating Committee.

We are in search of a few people to join in this good work. If you think, “that sounds like fun! But I’m not sure I’m qualified...”, then please send Joann Boswell (joannrenee@gmail.com), representing the Coordinating Committee, an email and she will be happy to discuss this with you.

If you would like to nominate yourself, also email Joann. The Coordinating Committee functions as the Naming Committee for the Nominating Committee. Thank you!
 


 

 

I love the word “stuff.” Its cocky irreverence encourages me to hold my possessions more lightly. Not that that’s easy to do. I have boxes of precious stuff in the attic and garage that challenge me – someday, maybe soon – to take another step in the simplification of my life.

To the question of the psalmist, “Who or what do we possess in heaven or on earth that compares to our relationship with God,” I like to add Paul’s rhetorical question, “What do we have that we did not receive?” In various of his letters Paul presents an interesting paradox in regards to our “possessions.” He tells us that in Christ, we possess nothing of our own, yet “all things” belong to us. In his list of hardships as a missionary, he includes “having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Cor. 6:10).

How can this be? And, harder yet to answer, how can I make this real in my life? The ideal of open-handed living clashes with the cultural values of consumerism, ownership, and doing all we can to insure security and some measure of the “good life” in our retirement years. I struggle with this on a daily basis.

In his book, The Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster points to a New Testament response to this dilemma in what he calls “unconditional generosity.” He writes that Jesus and others in the Bible “point to us a way of living in which everything we have we receive as a gift, and everything we have is cared for by God, and everything we have is available to others when it is right and good. This reality frames the heart of Christian simplicity.”

Today, think of one concrete way you can live out unconditional generosity.

Nancy Thomas, adapted from the 2012 Daily Reader


Announcements

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).

North Pacific Yearly Meeting is July 17–24, at Linfield College in McMinnville. The theme is Abyss: Faith, Hope, Kinship; and their clerk offers a video welcome. Click here for more details.

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

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