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Western Yearly Meeting
of Friends Church


203 S. East St., Plainfield, IN 46168
(317)839-2789       (800)909-3452

Friends Churches and Meetings in Indiana and Illinois

2015 Yearly Meeting Sessions
July 16-19

Click here for Registration Information

Purpose Statement

Seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Western Yearly Meeting equips Friends Meetings in the Gospel of Jesus Christ by exercising mutual care and extending cooperative ministries.

Through various expressions of our Christian faith, we strive to inspire ministry and the release of gifts of leadership.

News:

4/10 2015

Yearly Meeting Report Forms

Churches/Meetings should fill these forms out in preparation for Yearly Meeting Sessions July 16-19

State of Society Report (Due March 31)

Statistical Report (Due March 31)

Meeting Survey Form (Due March 31)

Memorial Form (Due July 1)

4/2 2015

PME Fundraiser Auction UpdatePMEQuilt

Bids in the silent auction for this beautiful quilt are now being accepted at dellasgwym@gmail.com. [PLEASE USE SUBJECT LINE: QUILT BID} The current high bid is $550. Please note that your bid MUST be higher than the high bid and in WHOLE dollar amounts.

Opening bids were first accepted on March 21 at WYM Administrative Council. Highest bids will be announced periodically here in the WYM webside, in the Western Work Updates, in Western Work and on the WYM facebook page.

Your next opportunity to bid in person on this quilt will be at the Quilt Retreat at Quaker Haven Camp on April 23-26.

Bids will be accepted during Western Yearly Sessions beginning July 16. The exact time for the closing bids will be announced prior to sessions

PMEQuiltAuctinThe quilt was machine-stitched and hand-quilted by Betty Heshelman of Mooresville Friends Church and donated to benefit the Western Yearly Meeting Pastoral Ministry Excellence Fund.

3/25 2015

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2015 Quaker Haven Camp Schedule

LIVE YOUR LIFE, June 5-7, Ages 16-25
JUNIOR HIGH CAMP , June 7- 12, Grades 7 & 8
SENIOR HIGH CAMP 1, June 14-19, Grades 9-2015 Grads
BEGINNER'S CAMP, June 19-21, Grades K-2 (with parent/grandparent/legal guardian)
ADVENTURE CAMP, June 21-26, Grades 5 & 6
SENIOR HIGH CAMP 2 , June 28-July 3, Grades 9-2015 Grads
LITTLE FRIENDS CAMP , July 19-22, Grades 2, 3 & 4

Deadline for Early Bird Registration Rate: May 23

Camp Brochure/Information

Important Note:pricing information is correct on the actual registration form, but not on the brochure.

Camp Registration Form

Camp Scholarship Application (Due May 15)

Camp FAQs

Camp Counselor Application

Counselor-in-training Application

3/25 2015

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Young Adult Leadership Camp
at Quaker Haven
June 5-7

Download the
Information/Registration Form

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3/9 2015

Interns Wanted

2015 Sundesmos Intern Opportunities

The purpose of the Yearly Meeting Intern Program is to equip, support and send College aged students to build God's Kingdom in a variety of ministry contexts.

Through this experience, a second goal is to encourage Monthly Meetings and Western Yearly Meeting as a whole to be safe places that encourage leadership development.

Job Descriptions

-Summer Intern
-Year-Long Intern
-Summer Intern Calendar
-Video Intern Contract

Forms

-Application Form
-Reference Sheet
-Reference Form

Return Forms to:
Western Yearly Meeting
205 S East St
PO BOX 70
Plainfield, IN 46168

11/3 2014

Pastoral Ministry Excellence Initiative

The Western Yearly Meeting Pastoral Ministry Excellence (WYM-PME) project was started with a grant from the Lilly Endowment as part of its Economic Challenges Facing Indiana Pastors (ECFIP) initiative. The initial grant and the sustainability grant, both from Lilly Endowment, were received by Western Yearly Meeting with the understanding that the yearly meeting would work toward achieving the following goals:

1. Inform congregational leaders about the economic conditions pastors face.
WYM-PME is accomplishing this goal through providing workshops as well as sharing information and resources. Look for an increased emphasis on this goal in 2015.

2. Provide financial educational programs for clergy.
Each year at the Pastors' Winter Gathering a financial education program has been an essential component of the retreat. Additional opportunities for financial education were provided in 2014 and will continue in 2015.

3. Create a pool of funds to address identified needs so pastors can prosper.
-The identified needs for pastors in WYM are for economic support in health care and retirement costs as well as ongoing financial education. The three programs of WYM- PME are addressing these needs through HEALTH SAVING GRANTS, RETIREMENT GRANTS, and EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT of the Pastors' Winter Gathering and Training and Recording classes.

-Through the leadership of the WYM- PME Sustainability Task Group, the yearly meeting has raised $39,507.69 (as of 9/30/2014) toward the goal of $100,000 to continue to address these needs. The yearly meeting has also designated funds from the Bone Leadership Fund to support this work.

4. Build financial and organizational resources to sustain the initiative.
The WYM-PME Sustainability Task Group, the Spiritual Life sub-committee of WYM Board on Christian Ministries and Evangelism and PME Project Director (Della Stanley-Green) are focusing attention in these two areas while also making sure that the current fundraising and program elements continue.

The Lilly Endowment provided initial funding. The Yearly Meeting is undertaking a fundraising program to make the program self-sustaining. Please help our pastors by supporting the PME program.

More Information:

2015 Grant Application Form for Pastors (available in December)

PME Program Summary

PME Fund Raising Program

PME Frequently Asked Questions

PME Giving Chart

10/11 2011

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Nurture Questionnaire
WYM Board on Meeting Development
and Nurture

The Western Yearly Meeting Board on Meeting Development and Nurture is looking for ways to carry out the "nurture" part of its responsibilities. Faith and Practice calls for the Board "to be an extensive resource to existing meetings within the yearly meeting."

Anytime you are looking for guidance, want to know what other Meetings are doing to reach others, or just want to discuss some growth ideas, we invite you to complete the questionnaire and enter into a discussion with the Board.
NOTE: Board meetings are third Saturdays of January, May and September. If you are submitting a questionnaire please send at least two weeks prior to each scheduled meeting.

Link to Questionnaire

Also see information about MD&N Growth Grants on the Resource Page.

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