Care Corner (SFC Fellowship Committee)

IMG_6938The Fellowship Committee will once again this year be putting together WELLNESS BAGS for people who are under the weather and COLLEGE CARE BOXES to surprise our students away at college.

Might you be able to help by donating a couple items?

Boxes appropriately marked will be in the sanctuary on Sundays for you to place your items.

For our WELLNESS BAGS (supplies enough for 30+ bags)

  • EmergenC – variety of flavors
  • Teas – variety of flavors
  • Cough Drops – variety of flavors
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Pocket Sized Tissues
  • Individually wrapped mints/chocolates
  • Care notecards
  • Surprise us with any miscellaneous items of your choosing

For our COLLEGE CARE BOXES (Supplies enough for 4 boxes 2 times per year)

  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Granola Bars
  • Packets of Hot Cocoa
  • Starbucks Via – individual instant coffees
  • Movie Candy
  • “Thinking About You” note cards

Surprise us with any miscellaneous items of your choosing. We will be adding fresh home-backed cookies also when they are sent.  Thank you for helping us “weave a fabric of care” at SFC!


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Smart Phone Classes to be offered at SFC



Do you have an iPhone or an Android phone
and want to learn how to use it to its highest potential?

Topics to be covered:

Calendar                     Folder                Wifi/Data

Notification              Social Media              Cloud

App Store             Battery life         Phonebooks

And more …

Downloadable Phone Class Registration Form

WHEN: October 15th, 22th, 29th & November 5th
TIME:  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Silverton Friends Church
COST:  $20 per person
CONTACT:    Deborah Climer   (503) 873-5131

229 Eureka Avenue, Silverton, OR 97381

All proceeds will be donated to Silverton Friends Church Solar Panel Project

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Ready for Homecoming!

It’s October and that means schools and colleges across the country are celebrating homecomings with tailgate parties, home team spirit, backyard BBQs, parades, and big-screen TVs. As much fun as all this sounds, I want to talk about another “homecoming,” which should be just as exciting and celebrated.

This homecoming is about eternal matters, embracing a God who wants to welcome us home, and the mission of the church. To engage this important topic we are dedicating this year’s Book Study at Main Street Bistro to three books centered around the theme of “Homecoming.”

TheGreatDivorceOur first Book Study will look at the classic The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. This is Lewis’s classic vision of the afterworld experienced on a bus trip through heaven and hell – one trip you will not too soon forget. The characters and encounters in this book will challenge you to come to terms with your own beliefs about Heaven and Hell and just what this final “homecoming” is all about. Join us on October 22 ready to discuss the preface and the first three chapters. With this being a short book, we will only meet for four Thursdays (Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12.)

the-return-of-the-prodigal-sonOur second study will look at Henri Nouwen’s classic, The Return of the Prodigal Son. By utilizing Rembrant’s famous painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen wants to bring his readers to a place where they sense belonging and feel the comforts and consoling of home. This is a journey as Nouwen says, “from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved.” This study will begin on January 21 and we will again meet for only four Thursdays (Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11).

SurprisedByHopeOur final study of the year will look at award-winning author and Biblical scholar N.T. Wright’s, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. In a lively and accessible manner, Wright invites his readers to wrestle with their ideas of life after death and how they affect the way we live before we die. Quaker Richard Foster said, “I heartily commend to you Surprised by Hope. Without compromise or apology Wright lays out a bold and vigorous articulation of the ‘blessed hope’ of the Christian witness. Grappling with a vast array of controversial topics, this book is sure to surprise you and will no doubt fill you with hope.” This study will begin on April 7 and will meet for six weeks (May 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12).

Again, I invite you to join us at Main Street Bistro from 6:30-8:30pm for one or all of these great books and as we commit together to a journey home.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Bob+

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Coming this Fall to SFC!

Have you been wondering how to get involved this fall at SFC?  Here are several great opportunities to get you thinking, develop relationships, and learn to “weave a fabric of care” through your life. Check out these opportunities:

Meeting for Study @ 9:30am Sunday Mornings:
OPPORTUNITY 1: The Church, the Bible, and the LGBTQ CommunityTogether, we will read and discuss seven books over the course of nine months. The purpose of this class is to make us better able to live into Jesus’s great command: to love God and love our neighbors. Co-facilitated by Sally Enns (Elder) and John Pattison (Clerk of the Meeting), this class will meet in the Green Room starting Sept. 20.

Books to be discussed:
Love is an Orientation (Sept. 27 – Oct. 25)
A Letter to My Congregation (Nov. 1 – 22)
Oriented to Faith (Nov. 29 – Dec. 16)
Washed & Waiting (Jan. 10-24)
Redeeming Sex (Feb. 7- March 6)
What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? (March 13 – 20, April 3-10)
Torn (April 17-May 22)
Final Wrap Up (May 29)

10407501_901138003238898_4755839100098761991_nOPPORTUNITY 2: We Make the Road by Walking Together, we will explore what a difference an honest living, growing faith can make in our world today. Organized around the traditional church year, this study will give us an overview of the entire Bible and guide the group through rich study, interactive learning, and personal growth. Each week will include reading scripture together, study time, and queries to ponder throughout the week. Facilitated by Pastor Bob Henry, this class will begin on Oct. 4. at 9:30am in room 10 (classroom wing).

Other Opportunities @ SFC

Pastor Bob’s Book Study: This year’s theme is “Homecoming!” On Thursday nights (6:30-8:30pm) grab a cup of coffee and prepare for a great conversation @ Main Street Bistro, in Silverton, where we will be looking at the following books:

  • C.S. Lewis’s classic “The Great Divorce” (Oct. 22. 29, Nov. 5, 12)
  • Henri Nouwen’s classic “The Return of the Prodigal Son” (Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11)
  • N.T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.” (April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12)

Women’s Evening Fellowship: Tuesdays 7pm (@ The Hudson’s home – Mt. Angel) Contact Deborah Climer for more information  The study will be Finding Healthy.

  • About “Finding Healthy”: Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with her life. She felt like a single parent raising her four young daughters alone. She finally told her husband, “I quit,” and left the thriving church he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her and her marriage for the better. In this eight-session video Bible study Geri provides you a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This study is for every woman who wants to find emotional health and the true purpose for her life.

Continuing Opportunities

Ladies Bible Study: Tuesday 9am (@SFC) Study: Finding Healthy – See above for description (starting September 29, 2015) Contact Laurel Summers for more information.

Community Dinner: Every 3rd Wednesday 4:30pm (@ First Christian) Contact Mark Rediske for more information.

For Children and Youth

Children’s Church (Kindergarten – 5th grades) will continue to take place during our Sunday Meeting for Worship. Children are dismissed after the children’s message and during the sermon for lessons from the Scriptures, fun activities, crafts, and snacks. Contact Deborah Climer for more information.

Wyldlife (for 6-8th grade youth) – Every Other Saturday 7-8pm (@ Mark Twain Gym during the school year) – Contact Rebecca & Kevin Ortega  (2015 dates: Sept. 26, Oct. 10, 24, Nov. 7, 21, December 5, 19)

SFC Youth Coffee Hour (6th – 12th grades) – Sunday 9:30-10:30am will now be joining in the “We Make the Road by Walking” class facilitated by Pastor Bob in room 10 (classroom wing).

Bible Quizzing (for Jr. and Sr. High Youth) – Contact Erin & Tracy Wilson for more information.

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Weaving a Fabric of Care in 2015-2016!

Last year Silverton Friends Church committed to make the road by walking together. It was a time to learn new things, take new paths, and have important conversations with one another. Many of us sensed a genuine Quaker intentionality among our meeting to listen, wait, and discern together. This has been spiritually forming as it has allowed us to slow down and begin to explore our assets, our challenges, our opportunities, and most importantly our faith. I believe we have emerged upon a new season in the life of our meeting and that is exciting!

What this means for SFC is that together we have done a great work over the past year (yes, pat yourself on the back – or better yet, pat someone else on the back). We have learned more about who we are, what we believe, and where we have a diversity of thought. This doesn’t mean we have it all figured out or that we have arrived. No, we have only just begun to make the road by walking together.IMG_6552

In the coming year, my hope is that we will take another step in engaging who we are as a community by exploring the way we care for each other and those around us. Our theme will be Weaving a Fabric of Care. More than just walking a road together, this year we will be challenged to link, mingle, connect – interweave our lives with those we encounter in our daily life. And as we weave our lives together, my hope is that we will learn to develop an even more intentional caring atmosphere where our neighbors, colleagues, friends, and relatives will feel safe to grow, ask questions, and find healing.

Our theme verse is Galatians 6:1-10 from The Message. May these words challenge you and begin to prepare you for “weaving a fabric of care” this year at SFC.

Galatians 6:1-10 (MSG)
1-3 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

6 Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience.

7-8 Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

Grace and peace, Pastor Bob+

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State of the Church 2015


One of the roles of the clerk is to write an annual “State of the Church” message to our meeting. This was a difficult assignment for me to undertake for two reasons. First, I feel like I’ve already been too visible lately: two workshops at Northwest Yearly Meeting, two sermons at Silverton Friends, a couple all-church emails, a long business meeting, etc.

Second, as a writer, I struggle with the idea that I might be repeating myself. Because truth is, the things I most want to say to you have become like a mantra for me lately—covenant, new family, conversations, and love above all. You’ve heard these words from me before. And yet they do describe well the hard work we’ve been doing as a church.

What’s ahead? Probably more of the same. That’s part of the daily-ness of apprenticing ourselves to Jesus. The result, as I said in a different context a couple weeks ago, is that our church is growing into a community characterized by both gracious space and spacious grace. It’s pretty special to watch it unfold in “real time.”

This fall, Sally Enns and I will ask for an extra measure of your grace as we launch a controversial but necessary new Adult Education class.  Each Sunday morning, the two of us will be co-facilitating a discussion on “the Church, the Bible, and the LGBTQ community.” (This is a smaller, slower version of a monthly book club I am curating with the pastor of Oak Street Church, with participants from throughout the region.) Together, we will read and discuss seven books over the course of nine months. All seven books are written by evangelicals who love Jesus and take Scripture seriously, but they often come to very different conclusions.

August’s business meeting about the “release” of West Hills Friends Church from the NWYM kick-started a conversation about human sexuality that our local meeting has heretofore avoided. Rather than relegating that conversation to the shadows—to gossip and speculation, to hurt, silence, and neglect—we think it’s better to bring it into the light.

The purpose of the class is not to convince anyone to take a particular position on this controversial topic. The reading list is painstakingly balanced. Rather, the purpose of the class is to make us better able to live into Jesus’s great commands: to love God and love our neighbors. We also hope the class will knit us closer together as a church despite our differences. Christians believe that to follow Jesus is to be enfolded into a community that stretches across cultures, across old enmities, and throughout time. The history of American evangelicalism even hints that when people find a way to live in Christ-centered unity across differences, revival comes.

Spring is the season most commonly associated with rebirth. But after a summer of heat and drought and fire, I’m really looking forward to this autumn. School starts and temperatures cool. We scan the horizon (and the weather forecast) for much-needed rain. I believe this is a season of growth and renewal for Silverton Friends Church as well. I’m filled with hope.


John Pattison

Clerk of the Meeting

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Being Spiritually Formed in Your Neighborhood (Part 2)

607caa29e5c1b923647a1bb90b8fa1a8In our last Silverton Friends Together, I challenged you to think about what it means to be “Spiritually Formed in Your Neighborhood.” I would like to continue these thoughts in a follow–up article. My hope is that you will utilize the queries included to help you begin processing the ways you are being spiritually formed in your place.

Our busyness determines a great deal. If we are to engage our neighborhood and seek the spiritual benefits, we are going to need to spend some time there. Sabbath should be a key aspect of our neighborhoods. We should find time to rest well together and re-create in what gives us life. Take a moment to ponder these queries:

When do you go to work? (Who in your neighborhood leaves at the same time?) When do you return? (Who in your neighborhood comes home at the same time) When does your neighborhood seem the most active? What do people in your neighborhood do on the weekends? What is Sabbath to your neighborhood?

“Keeping up with the Joneses” may look very different from neighborhood to neighborhood. For some it may be coveting the new car a neighbor drives, or the new fence they put up that doesn’t allow one to see what they are doing, or the new pool that is the envy of the town. It could be a myriad of things. What we know is that it sets a socio-economic bar for the neighborhood. Take a moment to ponder these queries:

What are the specific things that people covet in your neighborhood? How do those who are struggling with “keeping up with the Joneses” see their neighborhood? What about single parents? The retired? The empty nesters?

Most likely, how we see our own home, determines how we see our neighbors and our neighborhood. If I see my own home as a “protected castle” then my view of my neighbors may be the same. A neighborhood of castles could create an interesting neighborhood environment. It may even cause people to be “at war” with each other – trying to outdo one another with finely manicured lawns, extra garages and storage, or by obtaining prime property. We all know of people who live with “walls and motes” and who seem held up in their house prisons.

Who in your neighborhood lives closed-up in a castle-like existence? What are the “walls and motes” in your neighborhood?

We could also see our homes as simply a “resting place” or “pit stop.” For some, the majority of life is spent at work. Home is only a place to lay one’s head at night to prepare for the next day. Life is too fast paced for much more. If we live like this, then our neighborhoods become simply a place to stop, crash, and brew the next day’s coffee as one heads out the door.

Who in your neighborhood simply makes a “pit-stop” and never seems to be home? Why are those neighbors always on the go? Trying to make ends meet? Keeping up with the Joneses? Trying to simply survive?

The analogies are endless. The important thing is to take a moment to process how you view your home and then challenge yourself to inquire about the other people in your neighborhood. Finally, we come down to the most important discussion – Is God present in my home and my neighborhood? If for you, God is only present at certain times, then you may find it difficult to see God present in your home or neighborhood. Many people live a dual life. God is present at church on Sunday and then they leave Him there until the next Sunday. Yet, when we begin to see our homes as sacred places, our neighborhoods become transformed as well. If each of us makes up the body of Christ, the Church, then our neighborhoods can be seen as places where we meet the present Christ TOGETHER.

Where do you, or have you, seen God present in your neighborhood? How is your neighborhood a “sacred place”? or how could it be? How do you embody Christ to your neighborhood?

My prayer is that our Church building is not the only place people are experiencing the present Christ. As you work through these queries with your families and possibly your neighbors, take some time to see our “place” in a new way. You may find the Kingdom of God right outside your door – literally! Grace and peace, Pastor Bob+

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