2013 NCYM Annual Sessions
The 316th Annual Session of the North of the Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends (Friends United Meeting) began on Aug 30 with a worship service and Collin Saxton, the FUM General Secretary, speaking on "Simplicity of the Gospel". In his message, he spoke of the ostrich being mentioned several times in the Bible. The ostrich is a large fightless bird with the brain the size of a walnut. In spite of these challenges, his eyes are large and can see almost 360 degress, allowing the bird from 2 miles away to keep an eye on its clutch of eggs. We should be like the ostrich. We must keep our eyes fixed on God. This simple strategy will help us in tune with the teachings Jesus Christ.
Aug 31, 2013 began with a Morning Call To Worship at 7:15. Following breakfast, the business meeting began. Superintendent Randy Quate gave his report which included that the NCYM will be working on improving outreach and leadership development. The Program Ministries Department gave its reports on MOWA-Choctaw, Young Sdults, Young Friends, Intern Program, Friends Campus Ministry, Jamaica Partnership, and Quaker Lake. Ministry and Council reported of the change in the Spiritual Condition Report that Meetings complete tearly. The Treasurer and Trustees of Trust Funds also reported. Four ministers were approved for Recording. Multiple other reports and organizations spoke. Workshops began at 4:15 on three topics- "What In The World Is Going on With FUM?" by Colin Saxton, "Simplifying Simplicity" by Sara Beth Terrell, and "Prayer:Don't Do Missions Without It" by Ken Thames.
The evening worship service began with Steve Woods singing "Pray There" and "He is love." Daniel Thames,the minister of Hopewell Friends, led the evening worship service speaking on "Simple Living." In his message, he reminded us of the song we all sang as children-
Jesus loves me!
This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus Loves Me.....
When we are young, we trust our fathers. We have confidence in him and believe that he is smart, strong, and that he will protect us.
Faith is not complicated. We try to make it so. We should trust GOD with a faith that a child has in his father. Jesus knew that all of his needs would be taken care of by his father. He set about doing what his father wanted-to spread the word of God to all people-to us.