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SAYF NEWS

- The spooky MarchTober Halloween virtual zoom retreat was very
well attended and was even rated "the best yet" by some of the
participating SAYFers. The date also marked the sad time when we
went into Covid-19 lock down and had to start canceling all of our
in person retreats. The worship circle brought a lot of emotional
memories and spiritual reflections, some of which were shared
in the the March worship journals on our EPISTLES page.
This serves as a reminder that while we are still in precautionary
isolation, Worship Journals and spiritual thoughts from all SAYFers
are welcome at any time.  They can be sent via email to our program
coordinator, Autumn Woodward at <AwesomeSAYFers@gmail.com>
or Gmail users can share via this online form.  

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NURTURERS: PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL for invites
and zoom links to the next full business meeting
of the Nurturing, Steering and Support committees
being held Tuesday, March 30th. 7pm - 8pm ET
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We also have our next regular virtual retreat "booked",
and we encourage all of our SAYFers to join us for
   ** LITERATURE & STORIES **
Saturday, April 10th, 2021, 7:00-10:00pm ET
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Planning: Our Well Read Volunteer Team
Lead FANs:
    John Saderholm <jsaderholm@gmail.com>
    Ian Saderholm   <ian.saderholm@gmail.com>

April 10th, 2021 Lit & Stories Cover Page
April 10th, 2021 Retreat Invite & Zoom Link
Historic Book Recommendations Graffiti Photos
2020-2021 Virtual Event Permission & Registration
2020-2021 Virtual Retreat Abbreviated Guidelines

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Additional Connection Encouragements for our SAYFers:
-- The April 2021 retreat inspired us to capture the historic
Young Friends Book Recommendations posted as graffiti in
the AFM High School room. Photos are Here, and the page
includes links to slide shows of historic SAYF white water
rafting outings from 2010-2014.
-- 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 sent via email to:
Autumn Woodward <awesomeSAYFers@gmail.com>
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VIRTUAL RETREAT FEES AND OTHER DONATIONS:
Retreat attenders, parents and Friends are now welcomed to
make tax deductible contributions to the SAYF program of the
Southern Appalachian Yearly meeting and Association (SAYMA)
via our PayPal account:



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PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW for the  CURRENT\ GUIDELINES
and additional program information.  Parents can reference the annual
Parent Letter and Schedule of Retreats 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
and Support committee volunteers are also here: 

SCHEDULE of Virtual Retreats, Spring 2020-2021
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.

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Last updated 2021.02.02