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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.
Change and Certainty
This is one of my favorite times of year in the Pacific Northwest, in large part because of the changes that we experience.  I love the changing colors of the leaves, the cooler weather, getting dark earlier, and yes, I don’t even mind the additional rain.  And who doesn’t like the change that is coming this Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 am?!  Of course, I’m talking about the “time change” (yes, this is the one when in theory we get an extra hour of sleep)! 😊

As we look around us, it can feel as though many other things are changing these days, too.  Sometimes it has felt tumultuous and chaotic.  I don’t need to go into detail, but think about all we have experienced in the past 18 months – the Covid pandemic, social unrest, political divides, racial tension, technological innovations/challenges, and so much more.  At our annual sessions last July, Thom Rainer (our main speaker) reminded us that whatever we thought was “normal” (pre-pandemic), was probably not coming back.  To be sure, not all of the changes have been bad or unwelcomed, and some innovations are helping us to reach people for Christ in new ways, but even positive upgrades can feel unfamiliar if not strange.

Although we are surrounded by change, there are some powerful truths that endure, providing a sure foundation for our lives, families, and churches.  You can probably think of several, but let me remind you of one:

God is faithful.  Always.   He is faithful to be with us even in hard times (Hebrews 13:5). He is faithful to forgive sin (1 John 1:9) and to provide a way of escape from temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). Faithfulness is a part of God’s character – who he IS and how He describes Himself (Exodus 34:6). His faithfulness never ends (Psalm 117:2).
God’s faithfulness is true for you!  You can turn to Him in your times of uncertainty, doubt, confusion, and fear.  When it feels as though the world around you is shaking, you can trust in the Lord who desires to be your rock, your solid fortress, and your deliverer (2 Samuel 22:2-3).  You can depend upon Him who is ultimately and always faithful.  He is our certainty! 

He wants to be faithful to others, too.  As hard as it may feel to navigate uncharted waters when someone is a follower of Christ, can you imagine the challenges faced by those who have no anchor for their souls?  As we enter into the final two months of 2021, let me invite you to keep your eyes open for the moments that God brings into your life to represent Him well.  May He help us all as evangelically-minded Friends to be “wise in the way [we} act toward outsiders,” and to “make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:2-6), so that others can come to know Him and His faithfulness for their lives, too!

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

- Jim Le Shana, General Superintendent, NWYM

 
Reflections on Pastor's Advance
The Pastor's Advance was held at Twin Rocks Friends Camp last month (October 11-14), with about 50 in attendance.  Here are a few of the many positive responses from participants:

"Fellowship with other pastors and leaders. The sessions had some really good information to put into practice at home." 

"I really enjoyed having 'our own' be the presenters and they were all very good and informative."

"I want to note that this was an excellent advance this year!!!! It was life giving and deeply encouraging to me. I loved everything about it."
Evangelical Friends Missions Spotlight
EFM’s 2021 Fall Offering, “Pressing Towards the Goal,” is now available! This year’s offering features six missionaries and ministries that are currently underfunded. The leadership of EFM is praying that many of us will be inspired to give a fall offering to help close the total underfunded gap of $109,600 for these faithful workers. This will release them to concentrate on their God-given assignments unencumbered by financial concerns.
You can be part of this effort by making a commitment to support them at https://catalog.friendsmission.com/fall
Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity.
Online Giving
You can donate to the General Fund or any project funded through Northwest Yearly Meeting using this link.  

Job Openings



Greenleaf Friends Church is seeking a Lead Pastor.  Click here for more information.

2nd Street Community Church is seeking a Worship Arts Pastor.  Click here for more information.  

Crossroads Community Church is seeking a lead pastor.  Please contact Vicki Sullivan, clerk of elders, to learn more.

Twin Rocks Friends Camp is accepting applications for a Harbor Villa Caretaker. To learn specifics about this volunteer, year-round position click here for more information.


Melba Friends is seeking a youth pastor.  Click here for more information.
 
Paonia Friends Church (CO) in Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting is seeking a student ministry pastor.  Click here for more information.

Chandler Friends Church (OK) in Mid-America Yearly Meeting is seeking a lead pastor.  Click here for more information.

Colorado Springs First Friends Church (CO) in Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting is seeking a part-time Pastor.  Click here for more information.
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Passing of Friends

Harold Magee of West Chehalem Friends passed away on August 11, 2021.

Howard Harmon passed away on October 2nd, 2021.   He was a recorded minister in NWYM.  He grew up in Tacoma/Puyallup, WA.  Their family attended McKinley Hill Friends Church.  He attended George Fox and Western Evangelical Seminary.  His college days are when he really gave his life to the LORD.  He married Bethlin Judd from Second Friends in 1951 and they graduated in 1952.  He pastored at Springbrook Church, Holly Park Friends Church, Netarts Friends Church and then helped at Sherwood Friends under Gordon St. George while studying at WES.  From there he accepted a call to Lynwood Friends Church and then Clackamas Park Friends.  

They moved to Kansas to be the Assistant Superintendent under Maurice Roberts, and then came back to Oregon to become the superintendent for Northwest Yearly Meeting.  He retired from NWYM, but still accepted jobs to fill in as a pastor to churches that were in need.  

He was excited about sharing the Good News whether across the street or through mission work overseas.  He supported our camping programs and colleges.  In his last years, he prayed for revival in our churches.  


You are invited to join the family to celebrate the goodness of God and their father's life at a memorial service on November 20th, 2:00 pm at Newberg Friends Church.
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