State of the Meeting  2018

Bear Creek Monthly Meeting has sojourned the valleys of loss and grief

with the passing of a dear long time member, a member’s wife, and other close Yearly Meeting Friends, and family. Yet, we still celebrate the circle of life as we welcome new attenders, grandchildren, and new, hopeful relationships into our covenant community.

Our Meeting for Worship took on an enhanced intimacy when a spontaneous innovative rearrangement of our benches created a circle of worship that echoed, to some, the importance of the sacred circle to Indigenous spirituality.

We continue to cherish the devoted input from distant members to our query discussions, and extended relationships have developed with various Care committees.  We are grateful for our ties with Laughing  Waters Friends Preparative Meeting as we seek Divine guidance, and grow to know each other more deeply.

We have always had tributaries of concerns that our meeting carries. This year the flow of those concerns has increased, and we seek to remain faithful to that which God may require of us.

The Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is well attended and our small group is strong through the selfless sharing of talents. We have raised the possibility that our Meeting may seem too casual, although we accomplish much in a timely matter. The Meeting is also exploring the possibilities of options to help our clerk in the business of the community.

When we discern how our Bear Creek community is faithful to what God has called us to do, we reflect on our simple worship, the opportunity for hospitality at Midyear Meeting and monthly meeting and potluck, we come to an awareness that our focus becomes less about what the meeting means to individual members, and more about  how our faithful journeys enhance the Spirit of the meeting.

Mid-Year Meeting 2018



Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (C)



Dates: April 7 & 8, 2018

Topic: Conservative Friends. Lead by Jeffrey Cox

Place: Bear Creek Meetinghouse, near Earlham, Iowa (1 mile north and 1/4 east of Interstate 80, Earlham exit 104)



April 7 (Saturday)

9:00     Registration and Overnight assignments Refreshments-

You may bring non-sugar snacks

10:30   Meeting for Worship

11:30   Bear Creek Friends welcome you


11:45   Lunch

1:30     Session 1 Conservative Friends: Our History

3:30     Interim Committee

Peace and Social Concerns Committee

Other Interest Groups 5:30 Supper

7:30     Session 2 Conservative Friends: Our Testimonies

9:00     After evening Meeting- singing (bring your instruments)

April 8 (Sunday)

7:30     Breakfast

9:00     Session 3 Conservative Friends: Our Worship

10:30   Meeting for Worship

12:00   Lunch

So that all may attend, no fees have been established. We encourage donations to help offset costs. Friends wishing to help with meals are invited to bring fruit.

Friends are reminded that use of fragrances should be avoided.

Emergency Telephone for the weekend is 515-447-6156 or 515- 451-7542

Contact for Junior Yearly Meeting/Young Friends D. J.Newlin 515-276-5673,

Child Care (infant-school age) will be provided as needed. Please register ahead by April 1.
It is helpful if children bring books and toys to share.

The Junior Yearly Meeting Committee will be planning activities for elementary and junior high school age young Friends. Bring appropriate clothes for outdoor activities. High School and college age young Friends will attend the scheduled sessions.
The AFSC Program Committees of our Yearly Meeting will again sponsor a craft, white elephant, and food sale. This is a fund raiser that depends on bringing and spending for its success!

Donations to support Midyear Meeting may be made to “Midyear Meeting “ and sent to Osa Bricker, 510 W. Court Ave. , Box 64, Winterset IA 50273








Jackie Leckband 19186 Bear Creek Road , Earlham, IA 50072

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If reservations have not been mailed by April 1, you may email or telephone Jackie at 515-758-2232. Advance registration helps with planning.

Name(s) _____________________________________________________

Address________________________________town, __________zip_____

Email ________________________________ Phone ________________ _________

# of adults _________ Preschool (advance registration) _______________

Junior Yearly Meeting (1st - 8th )_____ Young Friends (high school) _______

# who will be present for meals- can add “V” if vegetarian, “G" for Gluten free Sat noon_______Sat. eve. ______ Sun. morn ______Sun. noon _______

A vegetarian and gluten free options will be offered at each meal.
Those with other dietary needs are welcome to bring their own food.

We will make our own arrangements for ( ) motel ( ) camping ( ) cabin Please arrange local hospitality, if available ( )


Some Lodging options for Midyear Meeting*

AmericInn Lodge and Suites Stuart, Iowa 515-523-9000

America’s Best Value Inn and Suites (formerly Super 8)
Stuart, Iowa 515-523-2888

Stuart Motor Lodge
Stuart, Iowa 515-523- 1935

Countryside Inn
De Soto, Iowa 515-834-9140

Cobblestone Inn and suites Winterset, Iowa 515-462-4889

Super 8 motel
Winterset, Iowa 1-800-454-3213

KOA Campground and cabins 515-834-2729

*If Friends require financial assistance to stay in a motel, the Midyear Planning Committee may be able to help.

Jeff Cox was raised a Southern Baptist in Texas and while a student at Rice University served as a Baptist Student Missionary in Viet Nam in the summer of 1968. After receiving his PhD from Harvard, he came to the University of Iowa in 1977 to join the History Department, and has published books and articles on secularization in Britain, British and American missionaries in India, and a history of British foreign missions. Since the 1980s he has attended the Iowa City Friends Meeting as well as Iowa Yearly Meeting, where he developed an interest in the history of Conservative Friends. He assisted Herbert Standing in revising the history sections of Faith and Practice, and organized a panel on Conservative Friends’ Testimonies for the Friends General Conference Meeting at Grinnell.

Program and Registration form here