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- The February Valentines retreat was (Grugarious) heart felt fun,
with almost 20 Nevins playing our online substitute for Wink! :-)
Young Friends also enjoyed a requested presentation on election
issues with guest Kameryn Point of FCNL. Informative light was
brought to America's voting rights history and the election fraud
tactics of voter suppression, along side a review of the national
voting rights and election protection legislation currently advancing
though congress. SAYFers were also invited to participate in the
2021 Spring Lobby Weekend with training events and visits to
our elected officials taking place virtually from March 20-22.
Worship Journal offerings
from all SAYFers are welcome at
any time, submissions from February will be mailed out and
posted to the EPISTLES page with the March(tober) retreat

ALSO OF INTEREST to our SAYFers is an open invitation from
FGC for Middle and High School Friends to participate in ongoing
national Youth Summit events. The upcoming weekend of 02/20
& 02/21, FGC will be hosting another trio of virtual gatherings
in their Quake That Rocked the Continent theme:
"The Quake the Rocked the Continent" Youth Summit
> Saturday, February 20th, 2-4:00pm & 8-10:00pm EST
> Sunday, February 21st, 2-4:00pm EST
 (* zoom links provided through registration below *)
SAYF FAN Representative & Contact:
 Aaron Ruscetta <>

FGC February Quake Invitation Flyer (english)
FGC February Quake Invitation Flyer (spanish)
FGC February Quake Schedule Page

Additional Requests for our SAYFers:
-- To help us all stay better connected during these times
of Virtual gatherings, SAYFers are asked to please add or
confirm their contact info and preferences via this online
SAYFer Contact Form
-- We are now inviting "anytime" worship journal submissions
as another way to stay in touch with both our SAYF spirit and
your inner light.
Journal Submissions will be collected, mailed
with future retreat invitations, and regularly published to our
EPISTLES page. They
can be submitted online or via email to:
Autumn Woodward <>

and additional program information.  Parents can reference the annual
Parent Letter for a view of our organization plans for this year and
ways adults can participate. Contact Details for our Steering and
Nurturing committee, plus Bios of our current Steering volunteers
are also here: 

SAYF Nurturers & Steering List (updated 2020.09)
Parent Letter for 2020-2021 season
Steering Committee Bios (2020-2021)
Support Committee Bios (2020-2021)
Current Full SAYF Guidelines (rev 2019.08)
Kevin (the suggestion box) Guidelines (2019.02)
Queries for Young Friends (2018 update)

About our Retreats:
Each retreat is planned by the Young Friends of the meeting that is sponsoring
or hosting the gathering. They choose a theme and decide on worship, workshops,
activities and food. They experience Quaker process in this planning and produce
a schedule for the weekend.

Each retreat begins on Friday evening with a guideline review after all teens have
arrived, then a worship sharing circle follows as the first activity on Saturday morning.
The retreat ends on Sunday around noon, after gathering in silence to write and share
our worship journals about the weekend.

The young Friends have their own Nurturing Committee comprised of experienced
attenders who uphold the guidelines during the retreats and attend an additional
two retreats each year to conduct business and address any issues for the SAYF
community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.

Attenders of our retreats and their Parents are encouraged to help us improve the
program via our Feedback Form.



* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly distributable) PDF format.
Many free applications, both proprietary and Liberated Open Source, are available
to view and print PDF files. Mac OS X systems include the "Preview" viewer for this,
and Adobe's Acrobat reader for Mac, Linux & other systems can be downloaded for
free by clicking here.  The Free, Freely Distributable, Open Source LibreOffice suite
(for Mac, Linux & others) supports the reading, saving and editing of almost all
common document formats, both open and proprietary, including support for PDF
view, edit and conversion.  Gmail & Googledocs also support PDF for attachment
viewing and printing.
** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional, even when accidental. :-)


Last updated 2021.02.02