November 2017: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

FWCC NEWSLETTER
November 2017
Sharing the Love in 2017 and 2018
GrayDear Robin,

It is hard for me to believe that 2017 is drawing to a close. This year has been busy but productive, and as I look at the calendar and see the year-end holidays getting nearer, I can’t help but reflect on all we’ve accomplished over the past eleven months.
In the first quarter of the year we brought together over 120 Friends and Section Representatives for the 2017 Section Meeting in Stony Point, NY. The planning hit some snags, as events generally seem to, but the end result was a gathered group of Quakers seeking to support and move along the work of the Friends World Committee.
We also convened the first cohort of the Traveling Ministry Corps for training before embarking on their first journeys. To date, the TMC has visited meetings in New England, North Carolina, Jamaica and more. Ministers have connected with Friends around the Section; this  interconnectivity will nourish individuals and meetings as they embark on their own projects and peace work. In December we will be announcing the Friends who will be the 2018-2019 Corps members – so stay tuned!
This Fall we celebrated World Quaker Day. I always enjoy seeing the beautiful, creative, loving ways that Friends celebrate our shared faith – and make it their own. This year we heard reports from more Friends than ever before!
Finally, our Nominating and Representative Engagement Committees just finished a joint meeting in Houston, TX. Their work will help us plan what will come next – and who will be doing it! As the days of 2017 dwindle, I feel thankful for all the Reps and volunteers who have made this year successful, and I look forward to meeting the new faces and hearing their new ideas for our work.
Blythe Davenport face
In friendship,
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Blythe Davenport
Coordinator for Communication and Administration

Legacy Gifts: Put Love into Your Giving
Mother Teresa once said, “It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into our giving.” Among the ways of putting love into your giving is by making a legacy gift to FWCC, which may be in the form of a charitable annuity or trust.
With a Gift Annuity you may give cash or securities, and in return, you will receive guaranteed lifetime annuity payments at a fixed rate. At the end of your lifetime, the remainder goes to support the work of FWCC. A Charitable Remainder Trust is a way of gifting appreciated real estate or securities to a charitable trust. The trust provides you with income for your lifetime, or for a certain term. At the end of this period, the remainder is given as a legacy gift.
Visit our Legacy Giving page to learn about these giving options. A legacy gift to FWCC can provide you with income, offer tax advantages, and give you a way to make a lasting expression of love.

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Friends and Hurricanes
(by Anthony Manousos)
At our office in Philadelphia, we have received many calls and emails about Quakers and their communities who have been affected by hurricanes this year. We have reached out to Friends in the Caribbean, Latin America, and parts of the United States to provide a report on the damage and ways that interested people can help.
Hurricanes are not respecters of persons, or places. Intensified by climate disruption, deadly hurricanes and storms swept through equatorial lands with unprecedented force. Quakers were among those affected by these historic storms.
Kenya Casanova, a Cuban Friend, reported the damage from hurricane Irma in her area mostly affected agriculture and homes. The hurricane swept across the nation, damaging 2,582 houses and totally demolishing nearly 100 homes. There was a lack of some food and construction materials. The properties of Friends Churches were spared.
Live Oak Meeting in Houston, TX, was unharmed by Hurricane Harvey but other Houston Friends were not so fortunate. Friendswood Friends Church was flooded, as well as many of their members’ homes. For information on repairs and how to donate, go to their websiteBayshore Friends Church in Baycliff, Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends in League City, and Friends Community Church in Angleton were also affected.
Hurricane Irma did not affect Tampa, FL, Meeting as badly as expected, though a Tampa Friend reports that residents are feeling the effects of climate change through more frequent and more severe flooding.
Monteverde Friends School was seriously affected by Tropical Storm Nate which created a state of emergency in Costa Rica and also in Monteverde, a small community located in the Cordillera de Tilarán. Monteverde’s small community of Quakers came together to support each other and safely navigate the challenges.
Monteverde was first settled by 11 Quaker families from Alabama who decided to leave the United States and settle in Costa Rica in the early 1950’s.  They founded Monteverde Friends School soon after their arrival, and it has operated ever since. The first settlers wrote, “We believe we should try to create an atmosphere for our children in which real values, as we see them, are given first place. As part of this, a school is maintained in which we try to help our children grow strong spiritually and mentally.”  For the many Friends who have asked how they can help, the most tangible support is financial donations to the school. Visit mfschool.org/donate to see donation options,.

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Bogert Memorial Fund Grants
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The Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund was established to support the study and practice of Christian mysticism. As a general guideline, the Bogert Fund understands the mystical element in Christianity to be that aspect of its belief and practices that relates to an immediate and direct sense of the presence of the Divine.
Grants of up to $1000 are awarded each year in support of people and organizations dedicated to this purpose. The application deadline is March 1st of each year. For contact information, please click the link below.

Bogert Fund