Burgi Family to visit SFC

1890653_10203212252817071_513097544_oMark you calendars! There are two opportunities planned to engage the Burgi family and find out what’s new in their life adventures. Please join us for a potluck dinner on Thursday, June 18th at the Pattison/Leslie house (1206 E. Main Street). Come anytime after 5pm and we’ll eat at about 6pm. The Burgi family will have a chance to update us on their ministry plans and we can all catch-up on life in general. Bring a salad, side, or dessert to share and the Leslie family will provide the protein and drinks. Then on Sunday, June 21 (Father’s Day), the Burgi Family will be with us for our spiritual formation hour 9:30-10:30am. We will meet in the sanctuary to hear an update from them. There will also be an update from them during the Global Outreach Minute during the service. For those who would like to join them for lunch, we will be heading to a local restaurant to share together.

For those who do not know the Burgi family, here is a updated bio:

Jon, Wanda and their three kids – Matthew (15), Joanna (14) and Rachel (9) will be moving to Managua, Nicaragua this summer.  They are going to Nicaragua with Engineering Ministries International (eMi).  eMi seeks to “design a world of hope” by partnering volunteer engineers, architects, surveyors and construction managers with ministries throughout the world who are sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping the physically needy.

The Burgi’s spent five years here at Silverton Friends Church as full time youth pastor from 1998 to 2003.  Since then, Jon returned to a career of Civil Engineering.  These last few years, Jon and Wanda have felt God calling them back to full time ministry.  This time using Jon’s technical engineering experience with their heart for ministry in Latin America.

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Upcoming Children’s Church Schedule

childrens_ministry-02Due to Miss Debbie being granted a one month sabbatical by our meeting, we wanted to let our parents know the Children’s Ministry Schedule for the next couple months.  Miss Debbie will actually be gone from June 1st through July 6th.  We will be having volunteers teaching Children’s Church on June 7th, 14th, and 21st.

Here is the plan for the coming months:

May 31st – Stamps for Camp Sunday & Spend Your Attendance Points Party

June 7th – Graduation Recognition and Children’s Church

June 21st – Make Father’s Day gifts and hand them out during our Meeting for Worship: Collect Baby Bottles filled with money for Birthright

There will be NO children’s church on June 28th and July 5th.  Children’s Church will return on July 12th.

Please join us as we pray for Miss Debbie to find rest and renewal during her month sabbatical.

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A Prayer Exercise to Use

10471094_665675141059_5339443558688408856_nFrom Christine Sine, Mustard Seed Associates

This was the exercise that Pastor Bob used at the beginning of his sermon, “Staring at an Empty Sky” on Ascension Sunday.

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Committing to a Vision at SFC

It states in the introduction to our Northwest Yearly Meeting’s Faith & Practice, “Friends hold that an authentic Christian belief includes both an inward and an outward expression of that belief.” For the past four years, I have dedicated myself to seeking the heart of our meeting and how we inwardly and outwardly live out our faith in the town of Silverton and its surrounding communities. Many people have asked me for my vision for SFC. When asked, I am quick to explain that as a Quaker minister, I work together with the people of our meeting in finding how best to express our Yearly Meeting’s vision and mission in our unique locale (to read our NWYM’s vision and mission go to nwfriends.org and click the tab, Faith & Practice).

Unique and local vision statements are almost never easy to create or express. Recently the elders and I explored a new way to articulate what we see as the key commitments at SFC. We believe them to be both helpful while simple in nature. Obviously, the following “Vision Commitments” are not all encompassing or narrow in focus. Instead they give us basic categories and broad actions to begin developing in the lives and ministries of SFC.


Vision Commitments of
Silverton Friends Church

We commit to
declaring the Gospel through our words and actions.
becoming a faithful presence in our neighborhoods.
incarnating the attributes and resurrected life of Christ.
practicing hospitality.
depending on prayer.
discovering, developing, and utilizing our assets.
embodying a non-violent, reconciling and supportive way of life together.
embracing our Quaker (Friends) identity as a unique expression of the Christian faith.


Our hope is that over the next several weeks and months, we will have a chance to explore, define, and develop these commitments through sermons, conversations, gatherings, and in simply living them out in our daily lives.

Now when people ask me, “What is SFC’s vision?” I have something to share and begin that deeper conversation. I pray you will take some time in the coming weeks and months to explore these vision commitments and find how your commitment to SFC is inwardly and outwardly an expression of your faith in Christ!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Bob+

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Take me out to the ballpark…


Volcanoes vs. Vancouver Baseball Game with Fireworks

Friday, June 19          6:35pm          $10/per ticket

Please join the Fellowship Committee for a FUN, FAMILY NIGHT in honor of DADS, GRANDFATHERS, MENTORS, UNCLES, FRIENDS … the Friday of Father’s Day weekend … JUNE 19 for an awesome VOLCANOES BASEBALL GAME with FIREWORKS following the game!

Please fill out a form and return it along with your payment to the church/school office by FRIDAY, MAY 22 to assure a reserved seat.

Forms will be available at the church/school office, in the Sunday bulletins and at the table in the back of church.  Sign up quickly as tickets are limited.  Thank you!

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An Invitation to Scripture Art Journaling

10999090_969544913056602_1683862557147829867_nCome join us in an “open studio” environment at Kim Shaw’s home in Mt. Angel once a month.  Our first get together is set for Friday, May 22 beginning at 6pm.

Meditating on God’s Word through creative play is the key.

This is not about combining devotional time or reading plans. There is no pace to keep up with and no required reading. This is about creatively enriching – not replacing – our individual God time. Sharing what our creative time with God brings about,  will be a sweet thing! This challenge is open to EVERYONE! Artists, scrapbookers, stampers, art journalers, the creatively interested and those with no creative experience…you will love this!

To get an idea of what we’ll be doing (more or less) you can go to a website that started the whole idea. Each Tuesday throughout 2015, Rebekah R. Jones posts a weekly Bible art journaling challenge, on her blog (www.rebekahrjones.com) with FREE artistic instruction and inspiration.  That’s 52 weeks of life-changing creative fun filmed in her art studio in England, where she can talk participants through what she created on the Bible page of the week and how to do it.  As God highlights topics in her reading she searches scripture and shares with us!  Any level of experience is welcome!

She does this challenge right along with us all year and her creative tutorials are meant for beginners and experienced alike.  You can join at any point in the year and respond to as few or as many challenges as you like.

11060297_953861584624935_3772027102988166776_nSee this as a once-per-week (or once-a-month) bonus to your time with God as your meditate on His Word with creative pleasure. You’ll be able to follow along, gain inspirations and go on to complete your own pages individually and with others from SFC, who will be meeting once a month for support, help, laughter, and companionship! You can interpret the challenge in any way you desire. We’ll enjoy God’s Word together in creative new ways and grow as a community in our relationship with God!

There will be more detailed information available in May and some samples to look at – stay tuned!



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A Psalm to Ponder…



The Lord is my constant companion.
There is no need that He cannot fulfill.
Whether His course for me points to the mountain tops of glorious ecstasy or to the valleys of human suffering,
He is by my side,
He is ever present with me.
He is close beside me when I tread the dark streets of danger,
and even when I flirt with death itself,
He will not leave me.
When the pain is severe,
He is near to comfort.
When the burden is heavy,
He is there to lean upon.
When depression darkens my soul,
He touches me with eternal joy.
When I feel empty and alone,
He fills the aching vacuum with His power.
My security is in His promise to be near to me always, and in the knowledge that He will never let me go.


This was shared as part of the sermon, “The Shepherd’s Call” from April 26, 2015.  This is a modern rendition of Psalm 23 from the book Psalms/Now by Leslie Brandt and Corita Kent.

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