2013 Youth Volleyball Tournament: Young Friends from all around the NW gathered at George Fox University to play volleyball, worship together, and enjoy group activities. Silverton Friends brought home the Sportsmanship Award, Newberg Friends placed first for the Friends Division, and Anthem Friends took first in the Quaker Division.
Blazer Game: This year we invited folks of all generations to join us in raising the Rose Garden roof! Though voices might have grown sore as the night progressed, it was a great time of laughing and fellowship. Sadly, the Blazers lost.
Samuel School II: Quaker Hill hosted Samuel School II, a high school group selected by local elders, over Memorial Day weekend. It’s always a joy to see how our young friends are challenged, stretched, and discipled in their walk with God.
Peru Trip Team: Our Friends who travelled to Peru (May 4-24) enjoyed their time forming stronger relationships with Friends in Peru, especially among the younger generations.
China Team: For a second year, Teaching Abroad and George Fox University (GFU) partnered to sponsor a group of eight GFU students. Team members explored ministry in China, and built relationships with Chinese university students.
Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions: July 21-25, 2013. Registration is available online (nwfriends.org/ym-sessions), and registering before June 30 gives you a $10 discount.
Youth Challenged Through Local Service: Elsie McConaughey, Samuel Swan, Sky Lujan, Emily and Jake McMillin (leaders) will be serving in both a rural and urban setting June 17-30, 2013. The team will serve with BridgeTown Ministries for one week in Portland, Oregon, and then work with Living Water Ministries for another week in north Idaho.
Pastoral/NWYM Staff transitions
Roger Watson (photo left), CMA, joined the Northwest Yearly Meeting staff as Director of Finance and Development beginning April 15. He has 17 years of accounting experience with Touchmark Living Centers as accounting manager; has founded and is director and treasurer of a non-profit organization, Daytime Enrichment, Activities & Recreation, Inc.; and has given years of service to the Friends Church in the Northwest as a board member of the Friends Church Extension Fund and as a pastor. He and his wife, Sue, attend Tigard Community Friends Church.
David Rowe began at Whitney as a pulpit supply pastor in February 2013, then started a one-year call as part-time pastor in April. He and his wife, Rose, are enjoying a new chapter of ministry with the people of Whitney Friends Church.
Jim (Judy) Fields has resigned from Olympic View Friends Church.
2013 NWYM Youth Summer Interns: Mary Weaver (North Valley Friends, bottom left photo) and Mark Almquist (West Chehalem Friends, bottom right photo) have joined the NWYM staff for the summer. They will be working with the youth programming alongside Rachelle Staley.