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

Weekly Bulletin: September 7, 2014

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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 co-convener 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.

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!

8-31-14 bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 31, 2014

Queries for August (Eighth Month) on Vocations
 Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?
 In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and spirituality?
 Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?
 Do we have respect for all honest work, paid orunpaid, whether at home or in the community?
 Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

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/.

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

FDS: will kick off the school year with a Bonfire at the Meeting House on Saturday, Sept. 6th from 6:30 to 9 pm. All are welcome! Join us for singing, s’mores and camaraderie around the fire. Students 14 years old and younger must have adult supervision.
Sunday, Sept. 7th will be the first day of FDS for the new school year. Parents, if you have not registered yet, please either see Walter Mead after 10:30 MfW.

Outreach Committee is coordinating something new for Meeting for Worship on September 7, 2014 called "Bring a New Friend to Meeting Day!" Outreach folks will be providing special Hospitality treats, and generally encouraging interpersonal contact and Quakerism explanation/conversation that day with just a little more "oomph" than usual. So, although PFM welcomes fresh faces each Sunday, members and attenders are especially encouraged to bring along an interested pal or two on Sept. 7th! (To volunteer to provide some small extra effort that day, contact Rachel or Yvette. Possible volunteer roles: providing social introductions, pointing out favorite library resources, manage a newcomers’ brochure table, extra smiles and handshakes, etc.).

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.

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.

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!

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

bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 24, 2014

Queries for August (Eighth Month) on Vocations
-Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?
-In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and spirituality?
-Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?
-Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?
-Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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: Stories & Scones Book Club will meet today at 12:15 pm to discuss the writings and work of Rufus Jones, a founder of the American Friends Service Committee. Jones (1863-1948) has been called a “mystic of the everyday” and a great “spiritual philosopher.” A few books by and about Jones are available in the library and may be borrowed. All are welcome to attend the discussion. Child care will be provided.

Invitation to Walter Mead’s annual Pool Party today from 2:30-7 pm at his home at 1205 Northwestern Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please bring a dish to share for the cookout. Students must have adult supervision.

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/.

Concerned about the refugee children on the border? You can help. Casa San Jose is working with children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala right here in Pittsburgh! They are in immediate need of gift cards for food and clothing (or taking children to Goodwill and buying them clothes), people to provide transportation to medical and dental appointments, tutors for Kindergarten and school aged children, and people to help get children registered in the public schools. Transportation does not require that you speak Spanish. Also, they are looking for a list of potential, short-term foster families for children (not here yet) who are too young for group homes. This would require proficiency in Spanish. Contact Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks) for more information.

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

Help with Summer Childcare Needed: Do your part to maintain the intergenerational component of our community. Sign up on this Doodle poll http://doodle.com/uha4zpbry644i3pq

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.
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.

Outreach Committee is coordinating something new for Meeting for Worship on September 7, 2014 called "Bring a New Friend to Meeting Day!" Outreach folks will be providing special Hospitality treats, and generally encouraging interpersonal contact and Quakerism explanation/conversation that day with just a little more "oomph" than usual. So, although PFM welcomes fresh faces each Sunday, members and attenders are especially encouraged to bring along an interested pal or two on Sept. 7th! (To volunteer to provide some small extra effort that day, contact Rachel or Yvette. Possible volunteer roles: providing social introductions, pointing out favorite library resources, manage a newcomers’ brochure table, extra smiles and handshakes, etc.).

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 co-convener Anthony Flynn. P.S. Youth leaders receive free room and board!

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

PFM bulletin 8/10/14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 10, 2014

Queries for August (Eighth Month) on Vocations
* Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?
* In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and spirituality?
* Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?
* Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?
* Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

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/.

Concerned about the refugee children on the border? You can help. Casa San Jose is working with children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala right here in Pittsburgh! They are in immediate need of gift cards for food and clothing (or taking children to Goodwill and buying them clothes), people to provide transportation to medical and dental appointments, tutors for Kindergarten and school aged children, and people to help get children registered in the public schools. Transportation does not require that you speak Spanish. Also, they are looking for a list of potential, short-term foster families for children (not here yet) who are too young for group homes. This would require proficiency in Spanish. Contact Kathie Hollingshead for more information.

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

Help with Summer Childcare Needed: Do your part to maintain the intergenerational component of our community. Sign up on this Doodle poll http://doodle.com/uha4zpbry644i3pq

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, August 24, at 12:15 pm to discuss the writings and work of Rufus Jones, a founder of the American Friends Service Committee. Jones (1863-1948) has been called a “mystic of the everyday” and a great “spiritual philosopher.” Several books by and about Jones are in our library, including several copies of Rufus Jones: Essential Writings, selected and introduced by Kerry Walters.

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, 12:15 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.

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 co-convener Anthony Flynn. P.S. Youth leaders receive free room and board!

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!

Invitation to Walter Mead’s annual Pool Party on Sunday, August 24th from 2:30-7 pm at his home at 1205 Northwestern Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please bring a dish to share for the cookout. Students must have adult supervision.

Do you, or your children, love storytelling? Three Rivers Storytelling Festival (www.3rsft.org) is a free, family-oriented event on Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th at Winchester-Thurston’s North Campus. Barra Jacob-McDowell will be performing as Barra the Bard and doing a 45-minute harptelling program in the main tent at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday at 5pm.

Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 3, 2014

Queries for August (Eighth Month) on Vocations
 Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?
 In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and spirituality?
 Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?  Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?
 Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

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.

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

Help with Summer Childcare Needed: Do your part to maintain the intergenerational component of our community. Sign up on this Doodle poll http://doodle.com/uha4zpbry644i3pq

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, August 24, at 12:15 pm to discuss the writings and work of Rufus Jones, a founder of the American Friends Service Committee. All are welcome. Jones (1863-1948) has been called a “mystic of the everyday” and a great “spiritual philosopher.” A few books by and about Jones are on the library mantel. These books may be borrowed.

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!

Letter Writing: There will be no formal letter-writing Sunday, August 3. Please write to your elected officials on issues you feel strongly about and/or access the FCNL website regarding Ceasefire in
Israel/Palestine:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=63273901

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@gmail.com

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!

Remembering Hiroshima: On August 5th, Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace will present Kurosawa’s I Live in Fear at the Melwood Screening Room at 6pm. Join us on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima as we skype with peace activists in Japan following the film. $8 adults, $7 seniors & students. Other activities for the week of August 4th can be found at http://www.rememberinghiroshima.org.

Concerned about the refugee children on the border? You can help. Casa San Jose is working with children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala right here in Pittsburgh! They are in immediate need of gift cards for food and clothing (or taking children to Goodwill and buying them clothes), people to provide transportation to medical and dental appointments, tutors for Kindergarten and school aged children, and people to help get children registered in the public schools. Transportation does not require that you speak Spanish. Also, they are looking for a list of potential, short-term foster families for children (not here yet) who are too young for group homes. This would require proficiency in Spanish. Contact Kathie Hollingshead
(hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for more information.

Invitation to Walter Mead’s annual Pool Party on Sunday, August 24th from 2:30-7 pm at his home at 1205 Northwestern Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please bring a dish to share for the cookout. Students must have adult supervision.