As you may have heard, we owe a debt of gratitude to New York Yearly Meeting. Last weekend, at Spring Sessions, we received enough money to finish the year of 2011, and were approved to have a permanent line in the NYYM budget! This is great news. A big big thank you to all of you for your support in the past few years, and for showing that support at sessions last weekend.
We now embark upon a gratitude project. Of course, the three of us are very grateful to NYYM for its support, but we are not the only ones affected by the YFIR program. Our program touches many many people - the youth that attend our retreats, the folks that are part of Anna's adult religious education classes, those who have taken us into their homes when we travel, everyone who has contributed financial, emotional, and spiritual support, you are as much a part of this program as we are. I want to thank NYYM, but I also want to give you the chance to thank them.
Over the next few months I will be collecting expressions of gratitude from those touched by our program. This can be in the form of stories or anecdotes, pictures, or even just a sentence saying something about why YFIR is important to you. I'm hoping to put this all together for our table at Summer Sessions. Please send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail to 599 Trumbulls Corners Rd, Newfield, N.Y. 14867. Please include your name and monthly meeting.
If you are a youth attender, you'll have the chance to help me put this all together at our upcoming retreats - so think about creative ways to express our gratitude!