Innovators with a Center

Mark McMinn and Peggy Hanson

Thank you for allowing us to be your presiding co-clerks this year. It has been a humbling and enlivening experience for both of us, and we have enjoyed learning how to work together well in the process. As we anticipate our next meeting for worship and business on April 15, we invite you to consider these two aspects associated with Friends.

First, Friends have always been innovative thinkers. We are often counter-cultural souls, evidenced through our almost 300-year history. Friends have been agents of controversy in the church and in the societies where they live: opposing slavery, refusing to swear oaths, wearing plain clothes, fighting for prison reform, and so on. Some early Quaker ministers were women—something almost unheard of in the 17th Century. We have always been a people willing to step into difficult places, recognizing that we may be challenged to question assumptions and think about a thing in a different way. Our diversity and varying perspectives are a great gift, in part because they guide us toward a collective understanding of truth that none of us is likely to grasp on our own.

Second, Friends have always believed there is a Center. For those of us at NEFC, as with the early Quakers and many contemporary ones, the Center is Jesus, our present Teacher. Even in times of confusion and uncertainty the light of Christ illuminates us and guides us forward. This inward Light often calls us to be quiet, to sit still with our uncertainties and questions, to listen and wait for the guidance of the Spirit. In the stillness, we encounter the divine mystery that is so easily missed in the clamor of everyday life. This posture of waiting also places a high value on community, and on our care and respect for one another. We trust that each one has access to the Spirit’s leading, sharing what God has put on their heart, and releasing that message into the hands of the community, leaving space for the full truth to move us toward the Center.

What a privilege it is to be in community together—to think outside the box with you all, and to come back, over and over, to our center in Christ. We look forward to worshipping through business again on April 15.

Peggy Hanson and Mark McMinn are presiding co-clerks at NEFC this year.

Announcements

Peace and Justice Committee Meeting

April 8, 6:30 pm

We believe that following Jesus changes us and changes how we act and live. We believe following Jesus means joining what God is already doing to bring justice and peace in our world. Our Peace and Justice Committee tries to help our church community do just that. We want to raise awareness of areas of injustice, and explore together how we can do things right here in Newberg that make a practical difference for peace and justice in people’s lives. We would love to have you join us in that journey!

We’re meeting again on Sunday, April 8 at 6:30 pm after church. We will continue brainstorming how we might use some money the church has set aside to get outside our church and make a difference for Peace and Justice! Contact Gregg Koskela or Bailey Sherwood with any questions.

Spring Connection Opportunities

Intergenerational Game Night

April 7, 7:00 pm in the youth room at the church

Bring a board game and a snack and join the fun! Open to all ages!

Connection Dinner 8

April 14, 6:00 pm

Here’s a chance to connect with other adults in our community around a casual evening meal in which everyone brings a dish. Use the this form to rsvp as either a host or a guest for groups of 8 to dine together on Saturday, April 14 at 6pm.

Connection Groups

April or May

Connection groups have 8 to 9 people who will gather together weekly at someone’s home for 5-6 weeks this spring. Each person in the small group will have the opportunity to share the pivotal God sightings in their life story, giving people the chance to know one another better. If you would like to participate, please let us know here.

Sewing Party

April 14, 9:00 am

NEFC is hosting our second sewing party to make lap-sized weighted blankets. The first batch of 25 blankets went to Newberg High School and have been distributed to students in need and school counseling offices throughout the district. The next batch will be going to each of the Head Start classrooms in Yamhill County and some of the special education classrooms in the Newberg School District. If you are unfamiliar with the benefits of weighted blankets, read more here.

We’ve scheduled the sewing party for Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am to noon, at Joyful Servant Lutheran. The fabric and beads for 50 blankets have been purchased. Our goal is to recruit 12 experienced sewists who can bring their own machine and 12 non-experienced assistants (like me) who can pin, iron, cut, and fill blankets with weighted beads.

Would you like to join us? Do you have questions? Is there anyone else that you’d like to invite to join?

Thanks for considering!

Contact Josh Reid for more info: jreid@me.com

Spring Giving Tree

Starting on Easter, and lasting through the month of April, our Spring Giving Tree (a blooming Asian Pear tree!) will be covered in gift tags similar to the Advent Tree. Each tag has a list of supplies being requested by one of three ministries in the Newberg Area.

Supplies can be returned each Sunday and will be delivered to each local ministry.

This Easter season may we continue to celebrate the risen Christ. Easter is not just about one day a year, but about Jesus who is risen and alive among us at all times working in our individual and community lives.

Here are some areas we will consider together in our 5:00 gathered worship.

April 8- Jesus- Blessing and Sending us (John 20:19-23)
April 15- Jesus- What is the cross all about?
April 22- Jesus- Journeying with us (Luke 24:13-35)
April 29- Jesus- Meeting us in our grief and loss (John 19:24-29)
May 6- Jesus- Meeting us in daily life (John 21:1-14)
May 13- Jesus- Restoring us (John 21:15-25)
May 20- Jesus- Sending the Holy Spirit (Pentecost – Acts 2)
May 27- Memorial Day weekend parking lot meal and worship together
June 3- What are you celebrating? God sightings? Where have you seen the Holy Spirit?

April 15 Worship through Business

We will gather for business on April 15 after our 5:00 gathering.  During this time we will hear reports about our naming process and current progress on faith and practice, and continue discerning together as we consider worship and community life at NEFC.

6:15 Bring a snack to share
6:30 Business start

Childcare will be provided

How do I get something in this newsletter?

This newsletter is emailed each week on Thursday or Friday. If you have announcements, photos, items for the Community Board, or suggestions, please contact one of the current co-editors, Mark McMinn, David Sherwood, or Michael Sayler, by Tuesday noon.

NEWSLETTER@newbergemerging.org