Annual Fall Youth Retreat Oct. 3 – 5, 2014

Families and friends are invited to bring their youth (K-8th grade) to the Pilgrim Hills Camp & Conference Center in mid-Ohio to explore our Quaker connections with each other and our environment. Older youth and single adults are also welcome to come and assist with activities.

Full information and registration materials

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FGC Position Available – Associate Secretary for Development

The Associate Secretary for Development has full responsibility for FGC’s Development Program and serves a key leadership role with FGC’s partner donors, organizational volunteer leadership, and the Staff Administrative Team. FGC has a $2.5 M annual budget and raises approximately $1 M a year.

The ideal Associate Secretary candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of five years professional development leadership experience, including comprehensive campaigns and the solicitation of major gifts.
  • Be an active member of the Religious Society of Friends.
  • Be committed to a journey of spiritual deepening, with a gift for encouraging others in their journey after the manner of Friends.
  • Be able to do extensive travel, work weekends, and accept homestay hospitality.

This is a key leadership position within FGC and the Religious Society of Friends. A full job description is available at

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to Barry Crossno, General Secretary, Friends General Conference, 1216 Arch Street, 2B, Philadelphia, PA 19107,, by October 31, 2014. Full-time. Full benefits. Based in the FGC Philadelphia office. Expected start date March 1, 2015. FGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Articles for Bulletin Wanted

Dear Friends:

LEYM members want, of course, to learn about activities of member Monthly Meetings. Other information about events (such as Representative Meeting 2015) will be solicited. But also we want to have a Bulletin that’s interesting to read, that helps us to know and understand each other better, that resonates with our own lives and helps us to understand more deeply.

So here are suggestions for those who want to write something along these lines:

1.    Use “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” to write or develop
–    a poem,
–    a short memoir (1 page or less, 350-500 words),
–    a meditation.
DO NOT use any of the four words in quotes, above. Avoiding those words will help you go deeper into what the theme or slogan really means to you.

2.    We have an insatiable desire to learn about Friends’ journeys. So write the details of
–    a recent spiritual journey, or
–    an actual literal journey that enabled you to learn about events, projects, and communities we’ve only heard about.

3.    Write a profile of someone we should know more about:
–    a speaker at LEYM,
–    an interesting person in your meeting, or
–    a visitor or guest of your meeting, your monthly meeting, or the yearly meeting.

4.    Clarify an issue or concern you’re grappling with
–    in living out Quaker testimony or tradition,
–    in LEYM or your own meeting,
–    in your community.
Note: This should not be the kind of essay that argues for a position or a “side”. Nor should it be a problem/resolution discussion with a neat ending. We suggest you burrow into one knot of a web of connected problems and difficulties. Show us the process of trying to understand and approaching clearness.

NOTE: We hope to have more submissions than we can use, and longer pieces than will fit. So we encourage you to write short, detailed, vivid accounts.

Submissions for the LEYM Bulletin’s next issue are due September 15, 2014.

If you’d like to run an idea by us, send a paragraph description to Susan via email:

Susan S. Carpenter
Berch R. Carpenter
Co-Editors, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Bulletin

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Schedule for Annual Meeting Posted

Schedule for 2014 Annual Meeting

More information on the Annual Meeting

Registration materials

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Teen Retreat July 18-20 is Service Project in Detroit

In conjunction with the all-ages service project LEYM is sponsoring in Detroit July 20-24, the summer teen retreat will have its own program of service the weekend of July 18-20. We will be volunteering with Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), which grew out of programs of the Cass Community United Methodist Church in Detroit. CCSS now prepares and serves one million meals annually, houses 285 homeless men, women, and children, operates a weekly free medical clinic and a day program for 100 adults with developmental disabilities, and employs 70 adults in their own Green Industries.

Medical Release

Please contact Robb Yurisko for any help, questions, etc at or 614-286-4829

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You are invited to participate in LEYM’s Spiritual Formation Program in 2014-15

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting sponsors a program to help participants in their spiritual growth.

Description of the program

Information and registration materials for the 2014-15 program

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Updated: Spring 2014 Bulletin and registration forms are online!

The spring 2014 edition of the LEYM Bulletin and separate registration forms for the 2014 Annual Sessions at Bluffton are available here to read online and download for printing.

(My apologies for the earlier post with an incorrect link. – Web Master)

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LEYM workcamp opportunity for adults and children July 20-24 in Detroit


Following last year’s successful workday in Lima, we are once again offering an opportunity to gather in fellowship to work on a service project before our annual sessions. We have been accepted as a volunteer group by Cass Community Social Services in Detroit for a three-day, four-night workcamp Sunday-Thursday, July 20-24, immediately before we meet in Bluffton.

Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), which grew out of programs of the Cass Community United Methodist Church in Detroit, now prepares and serves one million meals annually, houses 285 homeless men, women, and children, operates a weekly free medical clinic and a day program for 100 adults with developmental disabilities, and employs 70 adults in their own Green Industries.

Our group will be housed and fed by CCSS at a cost of $20 per person per night, or $80. Financial assistance is available. The work we do will probably be different each of the three days and might be in their kitchen, gardens, or workshops, or involve rehabbing of buildings or helping clients directly. The evenings will be devoted to learning more about the city of Detroit and enjoying fellowship with each other, including worship and other activities for our group.

We hope that many in Lake Erie meetings will think about joining us on this adventure, whether you usually attend LEYM sessions or not. If you cannot join us in person, perhaps you can offer financial assistance so others can attend, or hold our work in prayer that week. Financial donations to allow us to offer scholarships (made out to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting and marked Workcamp) may be sent to LEYM treasurer Mike Hinshaw at 1641 Southwood Dr., Ashland, OH 44805.

Who is eligible? Anyone affiliated with a monthly meeting or worship group within Lake Erie Yearly Meeting. Children age 10 and up are welcome, but under 15 should be accompanied by a parent. The Teen Retreat Program will have its summer retreat with CCSS the preceding weekend, July 18-20. Details are available from Robb Yurisko (leymteenretreats at

The registration deadline is July 1st. Contact Peggy Daub (peggydaub at with questions.

Registration form to print, fill out, and mail in

Looking forward to an enriching experience in community while we work together!

On behalf of the Ad Hoc Service Project Committee (Nancy Taylor, Clerk; Peggy Daub, Rebecca Morehouse)

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Teen Retreats Nov. 7-9 and Jan. 16-19

Save the dates:

November 7-9, 2014: Fall Teen Retreat at the Ann Arbor Meeting House

January 16-19, 2015: The Quake That Rocked the Midwest in Chicago

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Job Opening at FGC for Spiritual Deepening Planning Coordinator

Friends General Conference
Spiritual Deepening Planning Coordinator
Job Opening

Friends General Conference is seeking a qualified Friend to work on a contract basis with FGC committees and staff to coordinate and develop a Quaker spiritual deepening program for use by individuals and meetings. The purpose of this work is to provide a clear plan on how FGC – in collaboration with other Quaker institutions, yearly meetings, and monthly meetings – can help seekers, Friends, and meetings enter fully and deeply into the Quaker way.

The inputs for this planning will include a careful review of existing spiritual deepening materials and activities that are currently available to meetings, seekers, and Friends, as well as extensive materials recently developed during an FGC Consultation on Spiritual Deepening attended by sixty-five Friends from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The planning coordinator will work with staff, committee members, and volunteers to create a detailed spiritual deepening program plan, including sample materials, activities, and experiential exercises.

The required end products are:

  • A detailed program plan as mentioned above.
  • A communications plan to help maximize interest and use of the spiritual deepening materials and methods. This part of the planning will involve working with a communications consultant (funded separately).
  • A detailed draft budget, including staffing recommendations, for moving forward with this work.

For a more detailed description of the position, please visit the FGC website at

The availability of this limited-term position is contingent upon approval of a grant request submitted recently for this project. We expect to be notified about the grant decision in late May or early June. In order to start this project as quickly as possible if funding is indeed available, letters of interest are due by April 30, 2014.

Please send your letter of interest stating clearly your experience in religious education and spiritual formation program development, your resume, and a statement of availability for what we believe is a seven to nine month full-time project beginning in June 2014. Send inquiries to Barry Crossno, FGC General Secretary. Please include “Spiritual Deepening Planning Coordinator” in the subject line.

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