Bulletin 10-26-14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: OCTOBER 26, 2014

Queries for October Tenth Month on Home Life
• Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love and refreshment of the spirit?
• How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?
• In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?
• Do we share our religious insights with those we love?
• Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Today: Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative today. We’ll start by reviewing the design work that our architects presented in June. (You can also review it at http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.) Then, we’ll discuss questions, options, and concerns. Jim Morgan will provide the typing service for those who may have difficulty hearing. All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

Clerking and Nominating Committees invite all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting to a potluck and meeting on Wednesday, November 12th from 5:30-8:30 pm. At this gathering, committees will share their goals and vision for the coming year and identify opportunities for collaboration. Committee work is an essential part of the life and vitality of each Quaker community. We encourage all who have an interest in how we put our faith into action to join us. Childcare will be provided. Questions? Contact pfmclerks

Earth Quaker Action Team will host a weekend of training in spirit-based direct action on Saturday November 1, 9:30am. – Sunday November 2, 12 noon. Venue TBA. Friends and others concerned about climate and environment are invited to join in planning events for a national day of action December 6, in coordination with the Alliance for Appalachia. Cost: a sliding scale of $15 – 30 to cover trainers’ travel expense. Contact Nick Coles for more info.

Saturday, November 15th, noon to 5 p.m.: It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, November 23, at 12:15pm. Our topic will be From Parsonage to Prison: Collected Poems by Janeal Turnbull Ravndal. Margaret Lacey, another Quaker author, writes, “Janeal Ravndal is solidly Quaker . . . In felicitous words, rhymed or not, she tells us truth.” Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided. Copies of the book are in our library.

Library: Children’s books are on display during Hospitality every Sunday! Look for the Big Red Cart in the foyer. We invite kids to enjoy these books in the building, but please put books on the table behind the cart when finished. To borrow a book and take it home: Please follow instructions posted on signs.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s
Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, 12:15-1:15 Adult Education

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal.

Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

East End Cooperative Ministry is collecting warm winter coats for our neighbors who need them. Warm hats, gloves, scarves, and large shopping bags are also welcome. Please place these items in the large collection box in the coat room at the Meetinghouse. Other ways to help out: Tell your friends, knit a scarf, write a check to EECM (funds earmarked for the coat drive will be used to buy XXXL size coats, which are especially needed).: Collection at EECM: Sun., Nov 16, 9am – 4pm; Distribution at EECM: Wed., Nov 19, 3 – 6pm and Sat., Nov 22, 9am – 2pm. Volunteers are also needed to assist with collection and distribution.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: OCTOBER 19, 2014

Queries for October Tenth Month on Home Life
Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love and refreshment of the spirit?
How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?
In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?
Do we share our religious insights with those we love?
Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Adult Education: Today, October 19, 12:15pm; Sharing experiences about What is Pastoral Care? Childcare provided. Next month on November 16, 12:15pm, “Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice.” Learn how the daily practice of gratitude can change your life. We will cover the 3 keys to the practice of gratitude and some of the science behind why gratitude can change your brain and your thinking. When you practice gratitude you change yourself. When you change yourself, you change the world.

First Day School (FDS): Annual Halloween Party Friday, October 24th from 5-9 pm. Come in costume, and bring your favorite pizza topping and a side dish for the pizza potluck between 5 and 6 pm, then stay for the haunted house, stories and fun games with your Friends. Students aged 14 and under must have adult supervision. Also, on Sunday Nov. 2 from 12:30-3:30, First Day School will hold its annual Art Party!
Mark your calendars and plan to come help young artists create holiday crafts to sell to raise funds for charity.
All ages are invited. Creative talent to share, please contact Betsy Bangley.

Leaf Raking and Fire Drill: On Sunday, Oct. 26th, FDS students will conduct a (quiet) fire drill and rake leaves at the Meeting House during 10:30 MfW. If you have a leaf rake you could share, please place it on the front porch as you come into meeting, and don’t forget to label it with your name and retrieve it from the front porch as you leave the Mtg. House.

Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative on Sunday Oct 26 at 12:15pm. We’ll start by reviewing the design work that our architects presented in June. (You can also review it at http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.) Then, we’ll discuss questions, options, and concerns. Jim Morgan will provide the typing service for those who may have difficulty hearing. All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

Earth Quaker Action Team will host a weekend of training in spirit-based direct action on Saturday November 1, 9:30am. – Sunday November 2, 12 noon. Venue TBA. Friends and others concerned about climate and environment are invited to join in planning events for a national day of action December 6, in coordination with the Alliance for Appalachia. Cost: a sliding scale of $15 – 30 to cover trainers’ travel expense. Contact Nick Coles for more info.

Saturday, November 15th, noon to 5 p.m.: It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx. 30 homeless men.
Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, 12:15-1:15 Adult Education

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal.

Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

East End Cooperative Ministry is collecting warm winter coats for our neighbors who need them. Warm hats, gloves, scarves, and large shopping bags are also welcome. Please place these items in the large collection box in the coat room at the Meetinghouse. Other ways to help out: T ell your friends, knit a scarf, write a check to EECM (funds earmarked for the coat drive will be used to buy XXXL size coats, which are especially needed).
Collection at EECM: Sun., Nov 16, 9am – 4pm; Distribution at EECM: Wed., Nov 19, 3 – 6pm and Sat., Nov 22, 9am – 2pm. Volunteers are also needed to assist with collection and distribution.

Library: Children’s books are on display during Hospitality every Sunday! Look for the Big Red Cart in the foyer. We invite kids to enjoy these books in the building, but please put books on the table behind the cart when finished. To borrow a book and take it home: Please follow instructions posted on signs.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, November 23, at 12:15pm. Our topic will be From Parsonage to Prison: Collected Poems by Janeal Turnbull Ravndal. Margaret Lacey, another Quaker author, writes, “Janeal Ravndal is solidly Quaker . . . In felicitous words, rhymed or not, she tells us truth.” Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided. Copies of the book are in our library.

Working for Peace: Professor Ronni Alexander, professor of transnational relations at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University, will speak on "Living with Disaster: Stories from Northeastern Japan". She will speak on her Popoki Peace Project and the current situation at the Fukushima.
October 23, 4-6pm, 3431 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh. www.rememberinghiroshima.org

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

10/12/14 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: OCTOBER 12, 2014

Queries for October Tenth Month on Home Life
Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love and refreshment of the spirit?
How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?
In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?
Do we share our religious insights with those we love?
Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

Ministering to the Meeting
“There is an amazing blessing in holding the entire meeting and each individual in love.” – Patricia McBee

Announcements and Upcoming Events
TODAY: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business 12:15pm

Adult Education: October 19, 12:15pm; Sharing experiences about What is Pastoral Care? Childcare provided. See the Newsletter, facebook page, or a member of Ministry for details.

First Day School (FDS): Annual Halloween Party Friday, October 24 from 5-9 pm. Come in costume, and bring your favorite pizza topping and a side dish for the pizza potluck between 5 and 6 pm, then stay for the haunted house, stories and fun games with your Friends. Students aged 14 and under must have adult supervision.

Leaf Raking and Fire Drill: On Sunday, Oct. 26, FDS students will conduct a (quiet) fire drill and rake leaves at the Meeting House during 10:30 MfW. If you have a leaf rake you could share, please place it on the front porch as you come into meeting, and don’t forget to label it with your name and retrieve it from the front porch as you leave the Mtg. House.

Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative on Sunday Oct. 26 at 12:15pm. We’ll start by reviewing the design work that our architects presented in June. (You can also review it at http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.) Then, we’ll talk! What do we like about the proposed design? What are our concerns? Are there any alternative approaches to consider? What should be our next steps? All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

Art Party: Mark your calendars and plan to come help young artists create holiday crafts to sell to raise funds for charity. The FDS will hold its annual Art Party on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 12:30 to 3:30pm. All ages are invited. Creative talent to share, please contact Betsy Bangley @gmail.betsybangley@gmail.

Earth Quaker Action Team will host a weekend of training in spirit-based direct action on Saturday November 1, 9:30am. – Sunday November 2, 12 noon. Venue TBA. Friends and others concerned about climate and environment are invited to join in planning events for a national day of action December 6, in coordination with the Alliance for Appalachia. Cost: a sliding scale of $15 – 30 to cover trainers’ travel expense. Contact Nick Coles for more info: coles.

Ministry Committee Adult Class November 16, 12:15pm. Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice Come learn how the daily practice of gratitude can change your life. We will cover the 3 keys to the practice of gratitude and some of the science behind why gratitude can change your brain and your thinking. When you practice gratitude you change yourself. When you change yourself, you change the world.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, 12:15-1:15 Adult Education

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal.

Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

East End Cooperative Ministry is collecting warm winter coats for our neighbors who need them. Warm hats, gloves, scarves, and large shopping bags are also welcome. Please place these items in the large collection box in the coat room at the Meetinghouse. Other ways to help out: – tell your friends, knit a scarf, write a check to EECM (funds earmarked for the coat drive will be used to buy XXXL size coats, which are especially needed) -volunteer a few hours during one of these times:
Collection at EECM: Sun., Nov 16, 9am – 4pm;
Distribution at EECM: Wed., Nov. 19, 3 – 6pm and Sat., Nov. 22, 9am – 2pm

Library: Children’s books are on display during Hospitality every Sunday! Look for the Big Red Cart in the foyer. We invite kids to enjoy these books in the building, but please put books on the table behind the cart when finished. To borrow a book and take it home: Please follow instructions posted on signs.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, November 23, at 12:15pm. Our topic will be From Parsonage to Prison: Collected Poems by Janeal Turnbull Ravndal. Margaret Lacey, another Quaker author, writes, “Janeal Ravndal is solidly Quaker . . . In felicitous words, rhymed or not, she tells us truth.” Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided. Copies of the book are in our library.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 10-5-14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: OCTOBER 5, 2014

Queries for October Tenth Month on Home Life
• Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love and refreshment of the spirit?
• How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?
• In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?
• Do we share our religious insights with those we love?
• Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

Ministering to the Meeting
“There is an amazing blessing in holding the entire meeting and each individual in love.” – Patricia McBee

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Newcomer Recognition Day: Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Newcomer Recognition Day on Sunday, October 5th after Meeting for Worship. Outreach will provide pies & cider for this autumn celebration. Please be on hand to welcome again all the new folks who’ve come to Meeting for Worship this year.

Memorial Service for Charles Mead, Walter’s brother, will be held at the meeting house on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am. We are asking for donations of cookies and cheese & crackers as well as volunteers for the following roles: set-up at 10:15, greeters, ushers, and cleanup. If you are available to offer any of these please email Cynthia Magistro or Virginia Mayo this week.

Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative on Sunday Oct 26 at 12:15pm. We’ll start by reviewing the design work that our architects presented in June. (You can also review it at http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.) Then, we’ll talk! What do we like about the proposed design? What are our concerns? Are there any alternative approaches to consider? What should be our next steps? All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

First Day School: Halloween Party: FDS invites you to our annual Halloween Party on Friday, October 24th from 5-9 pm. Come in costume, and bring your favorite pizza topping and a side dish for the pizza potluck between 5 and 6 pm, then stay for the haunted house, stories and fun games with your Friends. Students aged 14 and under must have adult supervision.

Leaf Raking and Fire Drill: On Sunday, Oct. 26th, the FDS students will conduct a (quiet) fire drill and will rake leaves at the Meeting House during 10:30 MfW. If you have a leaf rake you could share, please place it on the front porch as you come into meeting, and don’t forget to label it with your name and retrieve it from the front porch as you leave the Mtg. House.

Art Party: Mark your calendars and plan to come help young artists create holiday crafts to sell to raise funds for charity. The FDS will hold its annual Art Party on Sunday, Nov. 2nd from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. All ages are invited. Creative talent to share, please contact Betsy Bangley.

Earth Quaker Action Team will host a weekend of training in spirit-based direct action on Saturday November 1, 9:30 a.m. – Sunday November 2, 12 noon. Venue TBA. Friends and others concerned about climate and environment are invited to join in planning events for a national day of action December 6, in coordination with the Alliance for Appalachia. Cost: a sliding scale of $15 – 30 to cover trainers’ travel expense. Contact Nick Coles for more info.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews.

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, 12:15-1:15 Adult Education

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal.

Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, November 23, at 12:15 pm. Our topic will be From Parsonage to Prison: Collected Poems by Janeal Turnbull Ravndal. Margaret Lacey, another Quaker author, writes, “Janeal Ravndal is solidly Quaker . . . In felicitous words, rhymed or not, she tells us truth.” Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided. Copies of the book are in our library.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Upcoming Ministry Committee Adult Classes: We appear to be on the same wavelength as the Fall Gathering Committee. For the coming year we will be offering adult classes on the theme: “Toward a Caring Community,” which is also the theme for this year’s Fall Gathering. We are working on an adult class for October, after the Gathering, on the Topic "How Does a Quaker Meeting Provide Pastoral Care and Support for Friends in Difficulty." In November we will focus on Thanksgiving with an adult class on "Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice." We then plan to return to the year’s theme "Toward a Caring Community.". Please plan on joining us. Don’t miss out on all the excitement!

East End Cooperative Ministry is collecting warm winter coats for our neighbors who need them. Warm hats, gloves, scarves, and large shopping bags are also welcome. Please place these items in the large collection box in the coat room at the Meetinghouse. Other ways to help out: – tell your friends, knit a scarf, write a check to EECM (funds earmarked for the coat drive will be used to buy XXXL size coats, which are especially needed) -volunteer a few hours during one of these times: Collection at EECM: Sun., Nov 16, 9am – 4pm; Distribution at EECM: Wed., Nov 19, 3pm – 6pm and Sat., Nov 22, 9am – 2pm

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

PFM bulletin 9-28-14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: September 26, 2014

Queries for September (Ninth Month) on Children
*Do we respect the dignity of our children?
*Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
*How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media and society?
*Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
*Are we involved in the support, care and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
*What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

Ministering to the Meeting
“There is an amazing blessing in holding the entire meeting and each individual in love.” – Patricia McBee

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Wedding Announcement: Barry Beal and Cynthia Magistro will be married at the Meeting House at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. The following day they will celebrate with a dance and potluck meal between 2 and 6 p.m. at the Swisshelm Park Community Center (1050 Windermere Drive, Pittsburgh, 15218). Friends are cordially invited!

Newcomer Recognition Day: Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Newcomer Recognition Day on Sunday, October 5th after Meeting for Worship. Outreach will provide pies & cider for this autumn celebration. Please be on hand to welcome again all the new folks who’ve come to Meeting for Worship this year.

Memorial Service for Charles Mead, Walter’s brother, will be held at the meeting house on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am. We are asking for donations of cookies and cheese & crackers as well as volunteers for the following roles: set-up at 10:15, greeters, ushers, and clean-up. If you are available to offer any of these please email Cynthia Magistro or Virginia Mayo this week.

Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative on Sunday Oct 26 at 12:15pm. We’ll start by reviewing the design work that our architects presented in June. (You can also review it at http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.) Then, we’ll talk! What do we like about the proposed design? What are our concerns? Are there any alternative approaches to consider? What should be our next steps? All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

Earth Quaker Action Team will host a weekend of training in spirit-based direct action on Saturday November 1, 9:30 a.m. – Sunday November 2, 12 noon. Venue TBA. Friends and others concerned about climate and environment are invited to join in planning events for a national day of action December 6, in coordination with the Alliance for Appalachia. Cost: a sliding scale of $15 – 30 to cover trainers’ travel expense. Contact Nick Coles for more info.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, 12:15-1:15Adult Education "How Does a Quaker Meeting Provide Pastoral Care and Support for Friends in Difficulty?

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal.

Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Upcoming Ministry Committee Adult Classes: We will be offering adult classes for the coming year on the theme: “Toward a Caring Community”. In October the topic will be "How Does a Quaker Meeting Provide Pastoral Care and Support for Friends in Difficulty?" In November we will focus on Thanksgiving with an adult class on "Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice." We then plan to return to the year’s theme "Toward a Caring Community." Please plan on joining us. Don’t miss out on all the excitement!

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, November 23, at 12:15 pm. Our topic will be From Parsonage to Prison: Collected Poems by Janeal Turnbull Ravndal. Margaret Lacey, another Quaker author, writes, “Janeal Ravndal is solidly Quaker . . . In felicitous words, rhymed or not, she tells us truth.” Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided. Copies of the book are in our library.

News of Friends: Eric Starbuck will be appearing in another opera, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorcerer running from Oct. 10-19. A sorcerer spikes the punch and everyone falls in love. What could go wrong? Dancing galore- English Country, Morris, contra, maypole, even waltz and tango. Live orchestra. www.pittsburghsavoyards.org.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Weekly Bulletin: September 21, 2014

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: September 21, 2014

Queries for September (Ninth Month) on Children
 Do we respect the dignity of our children?
 Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
 How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media and society?
 Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
 Are we involved in the support, care and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
 What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

Ministering to the Meeting
“There is an amazing blessing in holding the entire meeting and each individual in love.” – Patricia McBee

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Newcomer Recognition Day: Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Newcomer Recognition Day on Sunday, October 5th after Meeting for Worship. Outreach will provide pies & cider for this autumn celebration. Please be on hand to welcome again all the new folks who’ve come to Meeting for Worship this year.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Memorial Service for Charles Mead, Walter’s brother, will be held at the meeting house on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am. We are asking for donations of cookies and cheese & crackers as well as volunteers for the following roles: set-up at 10:15, greeters, ushers, and clean-up. If you are available to offer any of these please email Cynthia Magistro or Virginia Mayo this week.

Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative on Sunday Oct 26 at 12:15pm. We’ll start by reviewing the design work that our architects presented in June. (You can also review it at http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.) Then, we’ll talk! What do we like about the proposed design? What are our concerns? Are there any alternative approaches to consider? What should be our next steps? All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews.

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx. 30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, 12:15-1:15 Adult Education

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal.

Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

Upcoming Ministry Committee Adult Classes: We appear to be on the same wavelength as the Fall Gathering Committee. For the coming year we will be offering adult classes on the theme: “Toward a Caring Community,” which is also the theme for this year’s Fall Gathering. We are working on an adult class for October, after the Gathering, on the Topic "How Does a Quaker Meeting Provide Pastoral Care and Support for Friends in Difficulty." In November we will focus on Thanksgiving with an adult class on "Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice." We then plan to return to the year’s theme "Toward a Caring Community." Please plan on joining us. Don’t miss out on all the excitement!

News of Friends: Eric Starbuck will be appearing in another opera, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorcerer running from Oct. 10-19. A sorcerer spikes the punch and everyone falls in love. What could go wrong? Dancing galore: English Country, Morris, contra, even waltz and tango. Live orchestra. www.pittsburghsavoyards.org.

PFM bulletin 9-14-14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: September 14, 2014

Queries for September (Ninth Month) on Children
• Do we respect the dignity of our children?
• Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
• How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media and society?
• Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
• Are we involved in the support, care and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
• What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

Ministering to the Meeting
“There is an amazing blessing in holding the entire meeting and each individual in love.” – Patricia McBee

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Fall Gathering Youth leaders needed. Sept. 19-21. Would you like to assist the Young Friends program at this year’s Fall Gathering? We need adult leaders for all age groups as we explore the Gathering theme, “Toward a More Caring Community.” If you are interested, please contact Fall Gathering Committee coconvener Anthony Flynn. P.S. Youth leaders receive free room and board!

Celebration September 14, 4-7 pm at the Meeting House: Please join us as we celebrate 10 years of community effort on AFSC PA program work under the leadership of Scilla Wahrhaftig. There will be opportunities to share stories about the work we have done and cake to mark Scilla’s retirement. Drop in for a minute or stay for the afternoon.

Building Spiritual Space Committee The architects’ presentation from the June 22, 2014 meeting has been posted online for those who could not attend and for those who would like to review it in further detail at http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/. This presentation shows plans and renderings of architectural concepts to enhance our worship space and to address some of the needs of the Meeting Room and the Meetinghouse. The Committee will be scheduling opportunities to discuss and share in this process in the coming weeks and months.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews.

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx. 30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, 12:15-1:15 Adult Education

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal.

Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

Memorial Service for Charles Mead, Walter’s brother, will be held at the meeting house on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am. We are asking for donations of cookies and cheese & crackers as well as volunteers for the following roles: set-up at 10:15, greeters, ushers, and clean-up. If you are available to offer any of these please email Cynthia Magistro or Virginia Mayo this week.

Upcoming Ministry Committee Adult Classes: We appear to be on the same wavelength as the Fall Gathering Committee. For the coming year we will be offering adult classes on the theme: “Toward a Caring Community,” which is also the theme for this year’s Fall Gathering. We are working on an adult class for October, after the Gathering, on the Topic "How Does a Quaker Meeting Provide Pastoral Care and Support for Friends in Difficulty." In November we will focus on Thanksgiving with an adult class on "Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice." We then plan to return to the year’s theme "Toward a Caring Community." Please plan on joining us. Don’t miss out on all the excitement!

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck