Noah Baker Merrill, Yearly Meeting Secretary
Noah Baker Merrill, Yearly Meeting Secretary
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More than 600 Friends attended NEYM Sessions. 58 of those were first-time attenders, and 120 of them were youth. Together we came to unity on:
Legacy Gift Committee: The New England Yearly Meeting Future Fund and the NEYM Released Ministry Fund are now named and established. Application guidelines will soon be posted online. The first application deadline will be December 1, 2015 with disbursements to begin in February 2016.
Public Statements: Hearing a hunger for Quaker public witness, Sessions approved a mechanism for the Yearly Meeting Clerk and Secretary to issue statements and take actions that align with Friends testimony and minutes. Monthly and Quarterly Meetings will be notified when any such statements are made, and meetings are encouraged to develop their own means to speak in a timely way.
Long-Term Financial Planning Committee:Sessions approved the core organizational purpose and priorities recommended by the Committee. The Committee begins its implementation phase. See “We Need a Plan” for detailed information and for important background. LTFPC will now begin its implementation phase.
Archives: Sessions approved moving the NEYM archives to a permanent home at the W.E.B. Dubois Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Structural Review Committee: The Committee recommended increasing support for local meetings, providing more opportunities for Friends to gather and connect for worship and fellowship, and streamlining and making more accessible our committee structure and work. Permanent Board will carry forward this work.
Student Loan Committee: After careful discernment, the committee has been laid down, its work now done. A sub-committee of Permanent Board will distribute remaining funds as grants.
Budget: Sessions approved the fiscal year 2016 budget, projecting a reduced deficit over last year
Friends Camp: Director Nat Shed reports that this summer’s campers were the most racially integrated in Friends Camp history.
Images of Covenant Community, a large- format picture display, is available to lend to monthly meetings. Contact Beth Collea, email@example.com(link sends e-mail).
Details/recordings/minutes will be posted at neym.org/sessions
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Visit our website at www.pendlehill.org/learn/radicalfaithfulness or contact PFM meeting member Steve Chase, who is the program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-566-4507,x 123. Some scholarship funds are still available.
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4 Oct. 2015
Friends World Committee for Consultation…
. . . invites every Quaker meeting and church from around the world to celebrate WORLD QUAKER DAY (WQD) on October 4, 2015. As the sun rises in each area of the world, we want to remember that Quakers are worshiping through every time zone, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. We are united in love and can accompany each other on this special day that draws us together. As we worship, let us hold each other in prayer and thanksgiving, and let our hymns of praise resound across the world.
The theme of the Plenary is Living the transformation: Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God (Romans 8:19). More information can be found on the World Office website.
PUTNEY FRIENDS INTERGENERATIONAL RETREAT
Saturday Sept 26 9 to 5 &
Sunday Sept 27 9:30 to 10:20
Theme: Exploring our Gifts
Come to whatever parts appeal to you. Childcare provided 10-12:30 and 1:30-4:00
Saturday, September 26
9 a.m. Muffins, tea, coffee, and OJ
9:30 All ages celebration of our new Peace Pole – outside parking lot
with Francie Marbury and Brent Seabrook
10 a.m. Exploring Our Gifts
All ages presentation by Laurie Rizzo Medved using Godly Play
materials and an opportunity to draw/collage/write afterwards and sharing
our responses with all ages. Bring your own journal if you have one.
Writing and art supplies provided.
11:15 Choose one of these two activities
- Worship Sharing in the Meeting Room – getting to know better some
of the folks you worship with – led by Elisabeth Dearborn
- Making pizza for lunch with Gail Haines and Ann Coakley
12:30 Lunch starting with gathering songs led by Julie Forsythe
1:30 Clean Up
2:00 Choose one of these two activities
- Deep Relaxation with John Calvi in the meetingroom. Bring your
own yoga mat if you have one, blanket, pillow as needed
- Hiking to Putney Mountain led by ???
4:00 Lemonade and Cookies
4:30- 5:00 Intergenerational Games led by Richard Brady and Gail Haines.
Get to know your community of Friends in new ways!
5:00 Closing Song(s) led by Francie Marbury
Sunday, September 27
9:30 to 10:20 Noah Merrill will be offering some reflections on exploring
our gifts. All are welcome! Let us know if you need childcare because
you plan to attend this.
LOOK FOR THE FOOD AND FLOWER SIGN UP SHEET & help it happen !
Be in touch with Gail Haines or Elisabeth Dearborn with questions
Bring your Rise Up Singing book if you have one.
Note: Childcare is available Saturday 10-12:30 and 1:30-4:00
Putney Friends Meeting House,
Friday August 28th at 6:00pm
We will start with a potluck so bring something to share.
Saturday, 8 August, 2015
Blessings and love to all my dear Putney MM f/Friends. I hold you all in my heart with deep, wide gratitude! After a wonder-full six days at Yearly Meeting sessions, I have spent two days with my new beloved F/friend Anne Moore of Northampton Friends Meeting. Today I will attend the weekly Peace Vigil here and take the train to Hartford. Tomorrow, Wanny McDonald and I will walk the first two days together, staying the first night in New Britain and the second in Middletown. I’ve already lined up two lakes to swim!
Special message to my support team – I have sent my boots to my son who will have them for me when we meet up in Maine for Thanksgiving. I will wear sandals and walking shoes and my beloved Darn Tough socks!
I have made many contacts and continue to do so with the help of lots and lots of folks. Thanks so much for all yours, inc. contacts and prayers. If you think of anyone else you know, esp. in VA and SC please let me know. And if you are led, hold a special prayer for if I am meant to be either in Philly or DC when the Pope is there. I am asking that logistic query right now.
I will be holding you all in my prayers, too. I have my prayer flag in a special pocket and I take it out each day. And, yes, I did get my Travel Minute.