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