Weekly Bulletin March 19, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin March 19, 2017

 

Queries for Third Month(March) on Stewardship

●            Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation? 

●           What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?

●           Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?

●           How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?

●           Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?

●           Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies? 

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

There will be a called Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on March 19 at 12:15.  Information about the renovation project presented from BSS Project Management, the Capital Campaign and Finance Committee. 

 Sunday, March 26, 12:15 – 1:30  “Witness for Earth”  The Meeting’s Earthcare Working Group is hosting an interactive session to share leadings on environmental and climate concerns.  We will explore the spirituality of our connections to the natural world and our responses to the damage is it suffering.  And we will seek to discern forms of action, collective and individual, that witness to our concerns and leadings.  In the Meeting Room.  All members and attenders welcome.

Peace & Social Concerns will facilitate a discussion on March 30th at 7:15 pm about the need for sanctuary everywhere and specifically what role our Meeting should play in protecting those in our society who are being persecuted.

Sunday, April 2, 12:15 pm –  Take a Slice of the Meeting! Pizza with Committees. Nominating Committee invites New, Young and Seasoned Friends upstairs in the Meeting House’s Margaret Fell Room to learn about the many ways you can share your gifts in service of the Meeting community. Pizza–including gluten-free and vegan–will be served. Representatives from committees will be available to answer questions about committee work. Bring your questions and your appetite!

 The Quaker Community Fund would like to remind the community that now is the time to plan for FGC, LEYM, Summer Camp for children and even our own Fall Gathering.  Scholarship monies are available but you need to submit the forms now. If you will need scholarships for more than one of these events, please apply for them all together, on one application. We can consider one request per family per year for support.  The forms are available online http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf or in the cupboard near doors to the meeting room. Questions? Please ask any QCF member: Scilla Wahrhaftig, Claire Cohen, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Walter Mead or Mary King.

Saturday Salon, April 8, 7pm in the parlor.  The next “Evening of Shared Creative Expression,” sponsored by Library Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Featured will be Music and Poetry by Nick Coles and Friends. Open Mic will follow refreshments. Those interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other creative expression in Open Mic, please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Watch for further announcements!
From the Clerks: A quick reminder that Committee Annual Reports are due by April 15th, so that we can then submit a Meeting Report to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting.

 Students are invited to participate in the Annual FDS Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.

The FDS Committee invites you to join us for an inter-generational Bonfire.  We will toast marshmallows and sing songs together on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Meeting House. Bring a friend!

 When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.  The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

 PIIN – Sarah Bowen-Salio is seeking 1-2 volunteers to help with recruiting advertisers and donations/tickets for the PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) annual banquet. If interested, please email Sarah at smbsalio@gmail.com.

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

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 are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
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 Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

Want to help assemble newsletters? Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details. ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Weekly Bulletin March 5, 2017

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Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin March 5, 2017

Queries for Third Month(March) on Stewardship

●            Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation? 

●           What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?

●           Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?

●           How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?

●           Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?

●           Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies? 

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Semi-annual Conveners Meeting – March 14th; : potluck at 5:45 pm, discussion begins at 6:30.  All members and attenders welcome to attend and share across committees our ideas, challenges, feedback, and questions. We will have reports from each committee, time for questions and comments, and discussing the issues of most concern among committees, and, the meeting as a whole.  For those whose work schedules may cause them to arrive later, all may feel free to grab a plate and eat as we meet. We will conclude by no later than 8:30. Child care will be available. Please contact the clerks for more information.

Peace & Social Concerns will facilitate a discussion on March 30th at 7:15 pm about the need for sanctuary everywhere and specifically what role our Meeting should play in protecting those in our society who are being persecuted.

Saturday Salon, April 8, 7pm in the parlor.  The next “Evening of Shared Creative Expression,” sponsored by Library Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Featured will be Music and Poetry by Nick Coles and Friends. Open Mic will follow refreshments. Those interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other creative expression in Open Mic, please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Watch for further announcements!

From the Clerks: A quick reminder that Committee Annual Reports are due by April 15th, so that we can then submit a Meeting Report to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting.

Students are invited to participate in the Annual FDS Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.

The FDS Committee invites you to join us for an inter-generational Bonfire.  We will toast marshmallows and sing songs together on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Meeting House. Bring a friend!

PIIN – Sarah Bowen-Salio is seeking 1-2 volunteers to help with recruiting advertisers and donations/tickets for the PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) annual banquet. If interested, please email Sarah at smbsalio@gmail.com

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

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 are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
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 Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)


Want to help assemble newsletters?
Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

 

Weekly Bulletin March 5, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin March 5, 2017

 

Queries for Third Month(March) on Stewardship

●            Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation? 

●           What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?

●           Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?

●           How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?

●           Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?

●           Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies? 

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Thursday, March 9th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm Friendly Writers’ Group.  Please bring copies of something to share for the first portion, and writing materials for a free writing (prompts provided) for the last part.

Semi-annual Conveners Meeting – March 14th; : potluck at 5:45 pm, discussion begins at 6:30.  All members and attenders welcome to attend and share across committees our ideas, challenges, feedback, and questions. We will have reports from each committee, time for questions and comments, and discussing the issues of most concern among committees, and,the meeting asa whole.  For those whose work schedules may cause them to arrive later, all may feel free to grab a plate and eat as we meet. We will conclude by no later than 8:30. Child care will be available. Please contact the clerks for more information.

Saturday Salon, April 8, 7pm in the parlor.  The next “Evening of Shared Creative Expression,” sponsored by Library Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Featured will be Music and Poetry by Nick Coles and Friends. Open Mic will follow refreshments. Those interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other creative expression in Open Mic, please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Watch for further announcements!

From the Clerks: A quick reminder that Committee Annual Reports are due by April 15th, so that we can then submit a Meeting Report to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting.

Building Spiritual Space update: We are working with the architect to develop the detailed plans that will be necessary to get City zoning approval for the project and to negotiate the final project scope and price with the contractor. The contractor has identified ways to simplify the design, including potentially keeping the existing glass doors as windows, and possibly reusing the existing steps by moving them to the new location.  We are in discussions with the contractor on the process for City approval and developing a draft contract for review.  When the plans and draft contract are ready, we will make them available for review by the Meeting community before they are presented to Business Meeting.  There is a tremendous amount of work to be done by many committees, but the project is moving ahead as planned.

The Ministry committee is planning  a celebration of Spirit, Space and Community in the form of an intergenerational Quaker talent show  in May. If you would like to serve on the team that plans and hosts the event please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com), Barry Beal (bdbeal@verizon.net) or Nick Coles (coles@pitt.edu).

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.  The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

East End Community of Congregations – Upcoming Meeting March 9th, 7:00 P.M. at the Church of the Ascension, 569 North Neville St. at Ellsworth, 15213.  Dr. Ruth Kittner will speak about her work at the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, where she is the Executive Director.

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting recently launched a Facebook page that we’d like you to Like!  Visit www.facebook.com/leymfriends to take a survey about LEYM programming, learn more about this summer’s annual sessions, details on how to submit a workshop proposal before 2/15, and find other helpful LEYM information as it becomes available.

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 are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
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 Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

Want to help assemble newsletters? Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

 

Weekly Bulletin February 26, 2017

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By Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 26, 2017

 

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?

●       Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?

●       Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Peace and Social Concerns is sponsoring Resilience Circles – 4th Sunday February 26th after Meeting for two hours with Scilla and Wanda. In the Resilience Circle we work together to share our gratitude, honor our pain, and see with new eyes as we find and experience our power as a way to go forth as a group dedicated to a resilient community. We will work in pairs and groups of four, bringing our collective wisdom to the Resilience Circle to share our collective strengths and ability to act together.

East End Community of Congregations – Upcoming Meeting March 9th, 7:00 P.M. at the Church of the Ascension, 569 North Neville St. at Ellsworth, 15213.  Dr. Ruth Kittner will speak about her work at the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, where she is the Executive Director.

Conveners Meeting on March 14th: All members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting are welcome to join in the discussion. With so much happening in the world and in our meeting community, it seems a good time to hold our semi-annual Conveners Meeting so that we can share across committees our ideas, challenges, feedback, and questions. As per our usual practice, the first part of the meeting would involve a quick overview of the key responsibilities and current initiatives of each committee. Time would be taken to allow for questions and comments after every four or five presentations. We would conclude by discussing the issues of most concern among committees, and, in a larger sense, among the members of the meeting. We will begin with a potluck at 5:45 pm, and begin our discussion at 6:30. For those whose work schedules may cause them to arrive later, all may feel free to grab a plate and eat as we meet. We will conclude by no later than 8:30. Child care will be available. Please contact the clerks for more information.

The Ministry committee is planning a celebration of Spirit, Space and Community in the form of an intergenerational Quaker talent show  in May. If you would like to serve on the team that plans and hosts the event please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com), Barry Beal (bdbeal@verizon.net) or Nick Coles (coles@pitt.edu).

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

From the Clerks: A quick reminder that Committee Annual Reports are due by April 15th, so that we can then submit a Meeting Report to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting.

Building Spiritual Space update: We are working with the architect to develop the detailed plans that will be necessary to get City zoning approval for the project and to negotiate the final project scope and price with the contractor. The contractor has identified ways to simplify the design, including potentially keeping the existing glass doors as windows, and possibly reusing the existing steps by moving them to the new location.  We are in discussions with the contractor on the process for City approval and developing a draft contract for review.  When the plans and draft contract are ready, we will make them available for review by the Meeting community before they are presented to Business Meeting.  There is a tremendous amount of work to be done by many committees, but the project is moving ahead as planned.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting recently launched a Facebook page that we’d like you to Like!  Visit www.facebook.com/leymfriends to take a survey about LEYM programming, learn more about this summer’s annual sessions, details on how to submit a workshop proposal before 2/15, and find other helpful LEYM information as it becomes available.

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 are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
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 Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

Want to help assemble newsletters? Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Weekly Bulletin February 19, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 19, 2017

 

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?

●       Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?

●       Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Earth Care Working Group: The next meeting will be at noon on Saturday, February 18, at the home of Wanda and Joe Guthrie, 5815 Hays Street. It will be a “soup luncheon”. You are invited to bring anything you think will be soup enhancing. This group is open to all seeking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies. Our primary calling will be to explore and facilitate transformation of our attitudes, values, identity, and worldview that underlie much of the environmental destruction going on in the world today.

Good conversations – when you disagree! February 19’s religious education program, sponsored by the Ministry committee:   There are lots of topics these days (national right down to Meeting-level) where we might see things very differently.  If one of our primary goals is to be furthering community, what can we do to maximize the potential of conversations to leave us feeling more understanding and understood? Join us at 12:15 to learn more.

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting will host a memorial service for Michael Taylor, son of longtime member Celeste Taylor, on February 25 beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you are able to contribute food for the reception or are available to serve as an usher or greeter, please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com or 412-537-3890) or Rosemary Coffey (rosemarycoffey@aol.com or 412-682-0296).

Peace and Social Concerns is sponsoring Resilience Circles – 4th Sunday February 26th after Meeting for two hours with Scilla and Wanda. In the Resilience Circle we work together to share our gratitude, honor our pain, and see with new eyes as we find and experience our power as a way to go forth as a group dedicated to a resilient community. We will work in pairs and groups of four, bringing our collective wisdom to the Resilience Circle to share our collective strengths and ability to act together.

Semi-annual Conveners Meeting – March 14th; : potluck at 5:45 pm, discussion begins at 6:30.  All members and attenders welcome to attend and share across committees our ideas, challenges, feedback, and questions. We will have reports from each committee, time for questions and comments, and discussing the issues of most concern among committees, and, the meeting as a whole.  For those whose work schedules may cause them to arrive later, all may feel free to grab a plate and eat as we meet. We will conclude by no later than 8:30. Child care will be available. Please contact the clerks for more information.

The Ministry committee is planning a celebration of Spirit, Space and Community in the form of an intergenerational Quaker talent show in May. If you would like to serve on the team that plans and hosts the event please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com), Barry Beal (bdbeal@verizon.net) or Nick Coles (coles@pitt.edu).

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind thatthe Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

Building Spiritual Space update: We are working with the architect to develop the detailed plans that will be necessary to get City zoning approval for the project and to negotiate the final project scope and price with the contractor. The contractor has identified ways to simplify the design, including potentially keeping the existing glass doors as windows, and possibly reusing the existing steps by moving them to the new location.  We are in discussions with the contractor on the process for City approval and developing a draft contract for review.  When the plans and draft contract are ready, we will make them available for review by the Meeting community before they are presented to Business Meeting.  There is a tremendous amount of work to be done by many committees, but the project is moving ahead as planned.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting recently launched a Facebook page that we’d like you to Like!  Visit www.facebook.com/leymfriends to take a survey about LEYM programming, learn more about this summer’s annual sessions, details on how to submit a workshop proposal before 2/15, and find other helpful LEYM information as it becomes available.

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 are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
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 Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)


Want to help assemble newsletters?
Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Weekly Bulletin February 12, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 12, 2017

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?

●       Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?

●       Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Working Group Against Racism: WGAR will be meeting Wednesday, February 15th from 7:00 -8:30 pm at the Meetinghouse. There will be updates regarding individual’s experiences at the Summit Against Racism and the Women’s March on Washington as well as discussion about future initiatives both within the meeting and in collaboration with the larger community. All Members and Attenders of Pittsburgh Meeting are welcome! Questions? Please contact one of the clerks at pfmclerks@gmail.com.

Good conversations – when you disagree! February 19’s religious education program, sponsored by the Ministry committee:   There are lots of topics these days (national right down to Meeting-level) where we might see things very differently.  If one of our primary goals is to be furthering community, what can we do to maximize the potential of conversations to leave us feeling more understanding and understood? Join us at 12:15 to learn more.

Earth Care Working Group: The next meeting will be at noon on Saturday, February 18, at the home of Wanda and Joe Guthrie, 5815 Hays Street. It will be a “soup luncheon”. You are invited to bring anything you think will be soup enhancing. This group is open to all seeking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies. Our primary calling will be to explore and facilitate transformation of our attitudes, values, identity, and worldview that underlie much of the environmental destruction going on in the world today.

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting will host a memorial service for Michael Taylor, son of longtime member Celeste Taylor, on February 25 beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you are able to contribute food for the reception or are available to serve as an usher or greeter, please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com or 412-537-3890) or Rosemary Coffey (rosemarycoffey@aol.com or 412-682-0296).

Peace and Social Concerns is sponsoring Resilience Circles – 4th Sunday February 26th after Meeting for two hours with Scilla and Wanda. In the Resilience Circle we work together to share our gratitude, honor our pain, and see with new eyes as we find and experience our power as a way to go forth as a group dedicated to a resilient community. We will work in pairs and groups of four, bringing our collective wisdom to the Resilience Circle to share our collective strengths and ability to act together.

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

Building Spiritual Space update: We are working with the architect to develop the detailed plans that will be necessary to get City zoning approval for the project and to negotiate the final project scope and price with the contractor. The contractor has identified ways to simplify the design, including potentially keeping the existing glass doors as windows, and possibly reusing the existing steps by moving them to the new location.  We are in discussions with the contractor on the process for City approval and developing a draft contract for review.  When the plans and draft contract are ready, we will make them available for review by the Meeting community before they are presented to Business Meeting.  There is a tremendous amount of work to be done by many committees, but the project is moving ahead as planned.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting recently launched a Facebook page that we’d like you to Like!  Visit www.facebook.com/leymfriends to take a survey about LEYM programming, learn more about this summer’s annual sessions, details on how to submit a workshop proposal before 2/15, and find other helpful LEYM information as it becomes available.

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 are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing:  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
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 Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

Want to help assemble newsletters? Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Weekly Bulletin February 5, 2017

 

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 5, 2017

 

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?

●       Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?

●       Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Who couldn’t use some cheering up? Maybe Secret Friends would do it for you? Participants will put their name in a pool, and will both create an appreciative card for the name they pick  (keep it a secret ahead of time!) and receive a card from someone else by February 14.  If you don’t know the name you drew  – what a great opportunity to do a little clandestine research!  If you’re interested in participating, talk to Susan (or write susanloucks@gmail.com) before February 5.

Race and Educational Equity Great Issues Forum will explore the topic of educational equity in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, February 7, 7-9pm at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill. Fred Brown, President and CEO of Homewood Children’s Village, will be joined by Dr. Jamil Bey, director of the UrbanKind Institute, Pittsburgh, Dr. James Huguley, Asst. Professor, Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Lori A. Delale of-O’connor, Assoc. Dir. of Research and Development Univ. of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education.

LEYM: The Program Committee is in the process of planning the 2017 annual session from July 27 – 30 at Bluffton University. We would like to have the topic of the workshops relate to this year’s theme, Quakerism into the New Millennium if possible. If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please see the LEYM Facebook page for details and contact information to Claire Cohen at claire_cohen@me, or Dale Pratt-Harrington at dphdo@aol.com no later than February 15, 2017.

Earth Care Working Group: The next meeting will be at noon on Saturday, February 18, at the home of Wanda and Joe Guthrie, 5815 Hays Street. It will be a “soup luncheon”. You are invited to bring anything you think will be soup enhancing. This group is open to all seeking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies. Our primary calling will be to explore and facilitate transformation of our attitudes, values, identity, and worldview that underlie much of the environmental destruction going on in the world today.

Peace and Social Concerns is sponsoring Resilience Circles – 4th Sunday February 26th after Meeting for two hours with Scilla and Wanda. In the Resilience Circle we work together to share our gratitude,  honor our pain, and see with new eyes as we find and experience our power as a way to go forth as a group dedicated to a resilient community. We will work in pairs and groups of four, bringing our collective wisdom to the Resilience Circle to share our collective strengths and ability to act together.

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that

the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting recently launched a Facebook page that we’d like you to Like!  Visit www.facebook.com/leymfriends to take a survey about LEYM programming, learn more about this summer’s annual sessions, details on how to submit a workshop proposal before 2/15, and find other helpful LEYM information as it becomes available.

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 are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
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 Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

Want to help assemble newsletters? Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com