Calendar for the Week

June 22 to July 2, 2017

Sunday, June 25

8:30am Silent Worship
9:30am Meeting for Learning
11am Meeting for Worship
12:15pm Meeting for Business

Monday, June 26

10am Stone Soup Quilting, Quilt Studio
10:30am Administry, Room 103

Wednesday, June 28
7pm Quaker Quilters, Quilt Studio

Thursday, June 29

9:30am Bible Study, Landaas Residence


Brief Meeting for Business today following worship. The agenda includes a membership request and Nominating Committee matters.

Can you help? Our new yearly meeting/association needs a name! Send your ideas to the Interim Committee member, Carol Whorton, cwhorton@gmail.com. The list of ideas will be considered in Our New Thing business session at Yearly Meeting, July 23-26, 2017.

Volunteers are needed for Our New Thing. Are you called to volunteer? Here are the needs:

OFFICERS:
Clerk (1 volunteer)
Recording Clerk (1 volunteer)

COMMITTEES:
Interim Committee (5 at large members, up to 5 members nominated by local churches). This group will be the facilitating structure to oversee all the component facets of what needs to be done during the year.

Spiritual Care Committee (no limit). This group will give special attention to the emotional and spiritual healing that needs to happen among us so we can be a healthy body.

Prayer Team (no limit). This new creation is a fragile thing. In the human scheme of things there are minefields and pitfalls galore. It is only by the gracious work of the Holy Spirit that we can move in Life-giving ways together. Prayer is the work that undergirds this process.

Finance Committee (3-5 members). This group will be dealing with the practical financial tasks involved in our set-up.

WORKING GROUPS:
*One group to work on bylaws for incorporation and perhaps beginning the framework for a new Faith & Practice.

*One group will be doing the “people work.” By this we are meaning that we are gathering folks who don’t necessarily know one another. Or don’t know one another at any depth that builds trust and respect. This working group will be giving real attention to how we can know and be known.

*One group will be responsible for whatever shape ongoing gatherings might happen during the year. Gatherings that could incorporate worship, fellowship, content that enlarges our understanding of ourselves as Quakers, etc.

If one of the above jobs calls to you, please email Helen May at helen.morasch.may@gmail.com.

How has Northwest Yearly Meeting impacted you? For our final yearly meeting together, we are taking time to celebrate our joint legacy, grieve the loss and grace both groups as we move towards the future. Finish the statement “Because of yearly meeting…”, take a photo and pass it on to Patty and Lorraine so we can share it during NWYM.

You are all invited to attend Yearly Meeting at George Fox University, Newberg, OR, July 23-26. There will be joint meetings with Northwest Yearly Meeting each evening and on Monday morning. Our New Thing will meet separately Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday and Wednesday. You are encouraged to participate in this inaugural gathering of Our New Thing. To have on-campus housing, register at nwfriends.org/ym-sessions. Discounts are available through June 30.

Friends Rapid Response Network acts promptly, in a seasoned manner, in the event of emergencies like the recent anti-Muslim decrees. This organization is comprised of programmed and non-programmed Friends. Next Friends Rapid Response Network meeting is 2:30pm Monday, July 10 in the Fireside Room. For more information speak with Dove John or contact the church office.

Tim Burdick is a leader for the 2017 YCEW team for Northwest Yearly Meeting. YCEW stands for Youth (and young-at-heart) Challenged to Expand their Worldview. This summer the team will travel to Rwanda and work alongside the Friends Church there. Support team members with prayer and financial donations. For more information click here.

Early alert! Join the Meeting for Learning 9:30am on July 16th for a presentation on the Doctrine of Discovery, which has underlain slavery, genocide, plunder of the New World and serves as the basis of U.S. court decisions to this day. The Doctrine of Discovery has been called the “why of whys” concerning worldwide social injustice.

Quaker Social Concerns Network has formed, where Friends meet to consider how we can collaborate to uphold Friends testimonies on peace and social concerns. Meetings and churches represented so far include

* North Seattle Friends Church
* University Friends Meeting
* Eastside Friends Meeting
* South Seattle Friends Meeting

The next meeting is Monday, August 7, 1:30 pm at North Seattle Friends Church. All Friends are invited.

Praying for Justice: A Lectionary of Christian Concern has prayers for every day of the next four years of the current presidential term. This book was written by professors at George Fox University and published by Barclay Press. See Barclay Press for more information and to purchase a copy of the book.

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