News and Reflections of and about Northwest Yearly Meeting
NWYM is a Christ-centered, discerning, inter-generational community of Friends, committed to discipleship and outreach to impact society locally and globally.
Welcome the Newly Hired Associate Superintendent!
We are pleased to announce that Alan Weinacht has accepted the position of Associate Superintendent for NWYM, effective October 1, 2022! 

Alan was born and grew up in Colorado in a Friends Church setting. He says that his parents “modeled a living faith and walking in obedience to the Lord” that proved influential in his life. He and his wife, Margie, met at Fort Collins Friends and were married in 1975. They have four grown children who live in Oregon, Montana, Minnesota and Arizona.  Alan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Barclay College, received instruction from several graduate schools and seminary programs, and completed full-immersion Spanish studies in Costa Rica.

Alan brings a breadth and depth of ministry and leadership experiences to his new position with NWYM.  Most recently, he served for 17 years as the lead pastor at Greenleaf Friends Church in Idaho.  Prior to that, he served in youth ministry and an associate role at Haviland Friends Church, and as pastor at two Friends Churches in Indiana Yearly Meeting (Little Blue River and Dayspring).  In addition to pastoral experience, Alan has provided broader leadership among Friends as the General Superintendent for Indiana Yearly Meeting.

We anticipate that Alan and Margie will continue to live in Idaho while he serves in this part-time role – providing additional ties to Friends in that region, while also traveling and connecting electronically with other parts of NWYM when needed.  He will be in regular communication as a teammate with our General Superintendent, Jim Le Shana, with a special focus on providing leadership with church revitalization and help with existing churches, pastors, and leaders.  Jim said that “we are very thankful and excited for Alan to step into this strategic new role for NWYM.”  He went on to explain, “Alan’s giftedness compliments my own, we share a common heartbeat for the mission field in which we live in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and the desire to plant more churches, and we both have a vision for the potential of what God can do in and through our existing churches in NWYM in the days ahead.  I believe that Alan will make a strong, positive contribution to our ministry team!”

Here is the way that Alan described his sense of what is happening in NWYM and his new role within it: “I am very excited about the kinds of decisions that our yearly meeting is making and for the reports we are hearing from various groups. Our sense of moving forward with purposeful, ministry-focused decisions is excellent. Churches are being challenged to make changes that foster revitalization. I can see myself being a pastoral, encouraging, supportive presence to the churches taking steps forward. Churches that truly engage with outreach ministry and revitalization will need emotional and relational support. Change is work. Change is hard and has moments of tremendous discouragement and disorientation.  I believe I can be a helpful player at the yearly meeting level in walking with churches and encouraging them along the way.”

Please be in prayer during these days ahead for Alan and Margie, and for Jim and the rest of the NWYM staff, as together they aim to help NWYM fulfill its calling and to make a difference in our world for Christ! 
International Friends Church Multiplication Conference
November 9-11, 2022
Main Speakers:
1. Ed Stetzer

2. John Muhanji

3. Larry Walkemeyer

4. Albert Adhikari

5. Matthew Cork
The 2022 International Friends Church Multiplication Conference is an inspiring, world-wide Great Commission gathering that may be the largest of its kind in history among evangelically-minded Friends! Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to this conference in 2020, we are offering it again as a 100% online experience. Although some groups may choose to meet in-person as small groups, watch-parties, churches, or campuses, any individual is also welcome to participate. This format allows us to connect with Friends from homes, cities, local churches, Yearly Meetings, and regions all over the globe!
Northwest Yearly Meeting has a coupon code for to use at registration.  Enter NWYM2022 to apply the scholarship.
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Thank you George Fox University!
We appreciated the help we received from students and staff at George Fox University on Serve Day 2022 last week.  The Yearly Meeting office has a new roof, new exterior paint, and with the help of the students on Serve Day, attention was given to the landscaping. 
Shine Retreat '22
Shine Retreat: September 30-October 2nd, 2022

Beloved, let us love one another,  for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Leave it all behind and take a weekend to be refreshed. Relax! Let someone else cook for you! Focus on Jesus, worship, do a craft, ride the zipline, have an uninterrupted conversation or take a peaceful walk on the beach. This weekend is yours and we are here to help you better connect with God and each other.
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Job Openings


Metolius Friends Community Church is receiving resumes for a full time Youth & Family Pastor. The selected candidate will be invited to work with the Church to identify a start date which would tentatively be set somewhere between October 1 - Nov. 1, 2022. To apply, please send a resume and a statement of faith to Pastor Jadon Ross at by August 28, 2022. Please include three character/professional references with your resume.

Newberg Friends Church is receiving applications for a full-time pastoral position with responsibilities in preaching, intergenerational and family ministries and evangelistic outreach. Contact <>.

Crossroads Community Church is seeking a lead pastor.  The church has been part of the rural Community of Svensen (located approximately 12 miles East of Astoria) since 1957.  Crossroads Community Church desires to be a light in the community; a Church body which demonstrates in everyday life the love of Jesus Christ.  Please contact Sheri Posey for more information.  

Greenleaf Friends Church is seeking a lead pastor.  The church is located in Southern Idaho and their community includes the Hispanic group, La Casa del Alfarero, as well as having a direct connection to Greenleaf Friends Academy, a K-12 Christian School, on their property.  Here is the job posting.

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Small Friends

Houston Wendell Tessneer was born on April 16th, 2022 to Julie & Dustin Tessneer of Star Friends.  

Jael Diane Liddell was born on September 7th, 2022 to Fred and Jonelle Liddell of Peninsula Evangelical Friends Church.
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Passing of Friends

Bonnie Arbogast, of Newberg Friends Church, passed away on August 20th, 2022.

Ronald Watson, a recorded minister and longtime pastor at Marion Friends and South Salem Friends, passed away on August 26th, 2022.

Dorothy Farmer, of Newberg Friends Church, passed away on August 28th, 2022.  

Betty Hockett, of Newberg Friends Church, passed away on September 20th, 2022.  A memorial service is planned for October 18th at Newberg Friends Church, starting at 2:30 pm.
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