Saturday, April 4, 2009

Beyond the Monthly Meeting/Churches

As Friends prepared to attend Alaska Friends Conference Spring Quarterly Meeting March 27-29, in Homer, they received the following concern: “Mount Redoubt is Blowing her top ~ She is located between Anchorage and Homer. As we all know Planes and Cars should not operate if there is ash falling. Please keep this in mind as you travel down the Peninsula.”
The Middle School Group of Palo Alto Meeting (CA) is sponsoring a weekend retreat for 5th-9th Grade Friends from College Park Quarterly Meeting on April 3-5 at the Palo Alto Meetinghouse.
College Park Quarterly Meeting will gather May 15-17 with the theme, “Care for Younger Friends.” Special guest will be Emily Stewart, Friends General Conference Youth Ministries Coordinator.
Colorado Regional Meeting will meet March 28-29 at Mountainview Meeting in Denver, CO. John Calvi will be the featured speaker.
The Reading Group of Delta Meeting (Stockton, CA) is reading Lost Christianities by Bart Ehrman.
Evangelical Friends Church Southwest will sponsor the C.W. Perry Memorial Gold Tournament on June 1st. to raise the resources needed to plant new churches in the Southwest, and memorialize the life of Senior Pastor C.W. Perry, who not only loved golf, but loved the cause of starting new churches.
Friends General Conference has sent a request to Pacific Yearling Meeting asking PYM to host FGC in 2013.
Friends House Retirement Community in Santa Rosa, California is celebrating 25 years on April 24-26 with a trip down memory lane with a panel of founders and original employees, a hors d’oeuvre buffet, birthday cake and garden tours.
Intermountain Yearly Meeting will gather June 8-14 at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
The 2009 New Mexico Spring Quaker Women’s Retreat was March 27-29 in Las Cruces.
Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting will gather April 24-26 with the theme, “Clearing the Clutter and Caring for what Matters.” Bellingham Meeting and Lopez Island Worship Group are co-hosts.
The Puget Sound Area Friends Women Retreat will be April 17-19 at Camp McCullough, Covington, WA. Jan Wood will speak on the theme, “Blessing.”
The Southern California Quarterly Meeting Spring Gathering will take place on Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at Santa Barbara Monthly Meeting.
Utah Friends Fellowship will meet Friday May 1 through Sunday May 3 at Gold Bar Campground outside of Moab, Utah.
Willamette Quarterly Meeting will gather May 1-3 at Sky Camp east of Eugene, OR.

PS. Personal note:

Last week was Spring Break so Sophie and I spent two days together, including an overnight. The first day we went to a local park near her house, the library, and a beautiful park full of ponds, spring flowers, and many, many waterfowl. It was a perfect day and we can’t wait to go back.
The next day we went to OMSI—Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It was our first visit so we took a little time finding the age-appropriate places for Sophie, but she did find her niche and, again, can’t wait to go back.
Last week was my birthday. I was touched that so many of you took the time to wish me a “Happy Birthday,” especially those on Facebook. How did you figure it out? The evening before my birthday I was treated to a wonderful dinner at Becky, Amanda, and Sophie’s house. Bruce happened to be in town so he was able to join us as well.
I spent several hours of the actual day, sitting in uncomfortable chairs at my public library, waiting for the AARP tax person to check my taxes. It was worth it because he found a mistake, saving me $200. The day got much better at a Stone Soup Supper with Bridge City Friends Meeting. We all brought vegetables, put them in a pot and had a very tasty soup to eat. We also heard a presentation from the Oregon Food Bank.

In Friendship,

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