Bulletin 7-26-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: July 26, 2015

Queries for July: (Seventh Month) on Unity in Meeting
– Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
– If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue, in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?
– Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us?
– Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light? Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
– When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the following events: August 5, Hiroshima Mon Amour at Melwood Screening Room at 6:00pm followed by skyping with peace activists and students in Japan. All tickets $8.00. Cosponsored with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

August 8, Bike Around the Bomb, 9:30am Schenley Plaza for 12.5 mile bike ride to simulate a nuclear blast radius cosponsored by Global Zero. See bikearoundthebomb.org to register and rememberinghiroshima.org for details about all anniversary events.

Recorder Needed for August Meeting for Business: Both the Recording Clerk and the Asst. Recording Clerk will be unavailable to record August’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business (August 9th). If you are able to assist us, please advise Darryl Phillips at dp19 or 412-216-1149 or contact the clerks.

Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

First Day School is having a carwash and bake sale on Sunday, July 26 at the rise of Meeting (11:30am – 1pm). This is a fundraiser for Casa Esperanza in Panama, an organization that prevents children from going into the agricultural labor force. Child labor has been a theme in FDS this year. Carsten Schmit and his family will be volunteering at Casa Esperanza from August 8-23.

First Day School requests donations of picture books; simple puzzles that are preferably wooden and have less than 36 pieces; old clothes for dress-up; duplos or other building materials that are too large to swallow; dolls; and a toy doctor’s kit for the preschool room. If you have any of these items, please give them to Claire Cohen or leave them in the box on the landing. Thank you! Questions? See Claire Cohen

LEYM’s Spiritual Formation Program is designed for anyone who longs for a deeper spiritual life. This year’s theme is “Experiment with the Light” led by JoAnne Seaver from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The Fall retreat will take place September 11 -13 in Adrian, MI. Registration will conclude on August 15. For more information, contact Aran Reinhart at aranreinhart or 567-230-7317. The flyer for the program is available on LEYM’s website at leym.org/spiritual-formation.

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 Esther. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and 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

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.

Register for Fall Gathering any Sunday in August! Our 2015 Fall Gathering at Camp Crestfield will begin Friday evening, Sept. 18 and end with lunch Sunday, Sept. 20. Vonn New will lead us in “Sounding the Divine,” an exploration of worship. The weekend will also offer a variety of other activities for all ages. Members of Fall Gathering Committee will be on duty after Meeting for Worship every Sunday in August; or you may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR;, or use the form printed in the August newsletter.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of LEYM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

LEYM ANNUAL MEETING is in need of Workers/Co-Conveners with children of all age groups; the coconvener is an organizational role not really a childcare role. Substantial discount on Annual Meeting fees provided. If people are interested please have them contact prattab, phone number (937)218-8888 or Kate Spry at kmspry

Please Consider: Flynn and Zedueh Godfrey will be attending Opequon Quaker Camp from July 26 to August 9. Friends may provide love and support to them on this adventure by writing to them c/o Opequon Quaker Camp, 2710 Brucetown Road, Clear Brook ,VA 22624.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with EECM, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 7-19-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: July 19, 2015

Queries for July: (Seventh Month) on Unity in Meeting
• Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
• If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue, in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?
• Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us?
• Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light? Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
• When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Today: 12:15 Threshing Session on the Meetings Child Safety Policy
There will be a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. All Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion. Child care available.

Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the following events:
–August 5, Hiroshima Mon Amour at Melwood Screening Room at 6:00pm followed by skyping with peace activists and students in Japan. All tickets $8.00 co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
–August 8, Bike Around the Bomb, 9:30am Schenley Plaza for 12.5 mile bike ride to simulate a nuclear blast radius cosponsored by Global Zero. See bikearoundthebomb.org to register and rememberinghiroshima.org for details about all anniversary events.

Please Consider: Flynn and Zedueh Godfrey will be attending Opequon Quaker Camp from July 26 to August 9. Friends may provide love and support to them on this adventure by writing to them c/o Opequon Quaker Camp, 2710 Brucetown Road, Clear Brook ,VA 22624.

Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

First Day School is having a carwash and bake sale on Sunday, July 26 at the rise of Meeting (11:30am -1pm). This is a fundraiser for Casa Esperanza in Panama, an organization that prevents children from going into the agricultural labor force. Child labor has been a theme in FDS this year. Carsten Schmit and his family will be volunteering at Casa Esperanza from August 8-23.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on the library desk.

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 Esther. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and 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

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.

Registration for Fall Gathering 2015: Fall Gathering will be September 19-20th at Camp Crestfield. Vonn New will be the facilitator in an exploration of worship with her workshop “Sounding the Divine!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . . or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in Aug. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

LEYM ANNUAL MEETING: in need of Workers/Co-Conveners with children of all age groups the co-convener is an organizational role not really a childcare role. If people are interested please have them contact prattab phone number (937)218-8888 or Kate Spry at kmspry

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.

First Day School: The FDS requests donations of picture books; simple puzzles that are preferably wooden and have less than 36 pieces; old clothes for dress-up; duplos or other building materials that are too large to swallow; dolls; and a toy doctor’s kit for the preschool room. If you have any of these items, please give them to: Claire Cohen or leave them in the box on the landing.

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 7-12-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: July 12, 2015

Queries for July: (Seventh Month) on Unity in Meeting
– Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
– If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue, in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?
– Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us?
– Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light? Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
– When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Today: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business at 12:15

Threshing Session on Sunday, July 19th at 12:15: After much discussion at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, there will be a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and our compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. The "new law" is actually over 20 new pieces of legislation that were enacted in 2013 and 2014 based on recommendations in a 2012 report from the Pennsylvania General Assembly appointed Task Force on Child Protection. The Post-Gazette has published a few articles regarding these legal updates, which would also give brief explanations of the new law. The “Keep Kids Safe PA” website contains useful information about the requirements and impact of these laws: http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/index.htm. All Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion. Child care will be available.

Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the following events: August 5, Hiroshima Mon Amour at Melwood Screening Room at 6:00pm followed by skyping with peace activists and students in Japan. All tickets $8.00 co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Filmmakers. August 8, Bike Around the Bomb, 9:30am Schenley Plaza for 12.5 mile bike ride to simulate a nuclear blast radius cosponsored by Global Zero. See bikearoundthebomb.org to register and rememberinghiroshima.org for details about all anniversary events.

Please Consider: Flynn and Zedueh Godfrey will be attending Opequon Quaker Camp from July 26 to August 9. Friends may provide love and support to them on this adventure by writing to them c/o Opequon Quaker Camp, 2710 Brucetown Road, Clear Brook ,VA 22624.

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks, susanloucks

Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

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 Esther. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and 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.

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.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

Registration for Fall Gathering 2015: Fall Gathering will be September 19-20th at Camp Crestfield. Vonn New will be the facilitator in an exploration of worship with her workshop “Sounding the Divine!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . . or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in Aug. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

bulletin 7-5-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: July 5, 2015

Queries for July: (Seventh Month) on Unity in Meeting
 Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
 If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue, in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?
 Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us?
 Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light? Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
 When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference invites you to “Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week.” Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from http://leym.org. Questions? E-mail LEYM Clerk Peggy Daub at Daub@hotmail.com or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, “College Supplies” in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen at connorobh@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Threshing Session on Sunday, July 19th at 12:15: After much discussion at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, there will be a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and our compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. The “new law” is actually over 20 new pieces of legislation that were enacted in 2013 and 2014 based on recommendations in a 2012 report from the Pennsylvania General Assembly appointed Task Force on Child Protection. The Post-Gazette has published a few articles regarding these legal updates, which would also give brief explanations of the new law. The “Keep Kids Safe PA” website contains useful information about the requirements and impact of these laws: http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/index.htm. All Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion.

Please Consider: Flynn and Zedueh Godfrey will be attending Opequon Quaker Camp from July 26 to August 9. Friends may provide love and support to them on this adventure by writing to them c/o Opequon Quaker Camp, 2710 Brucetown Road, Clear Brook ,VA 22624.

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 Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and 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 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.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the vsummer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

Registration for Fall Gathering 2015: Fall Gathering will be September 19-20th at Camp Crestfield. Vonn New will be the facilitator in an exploration of worship with her workshop “Sounding the Divine!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . . or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in August. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks.

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon.
Thank you.

6/28/15 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 28, 2015

Queries for June (Sixth Month) on Spirituality
• Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to live according to its promptings?
• How does our religion find expression in daily life?
• Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?
• What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of fellow worshipers?
• Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
• Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen at connorobh if you have any questions. "

Threshing Session: After much discussion at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, the Clerks will soon be scheduling a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and our compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. The "new law" is actually over 20 new pieces of legislation that were enacted in 2013 and 2014 based on recommendations in a 2012 report from the Pennsylvania General Assembly appointed Task Force on Child Protection. The Post-Gazette has published a few articles regarding these legal updates, which would also give brief explanations of the new law. The current legal code for child protection can be accessed here: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter3490/subchapatoc.html The Threshing Session will be well advertised, and all Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion.

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 Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and 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.

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.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

Registration for Fall Gathering 2015: Fall Gathering will be September 19-20th at Camp Crestfield. Vonn New will be the facilitator in an exploration of worship with her workshop “Sounding the Divine!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . .or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in August. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks.

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to the general public.

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon.
Thank you.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

6/21/15 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 21, 2015

Queries for June (Sixth Month) on Spirituality
• Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to live according to its promptings?
• How does our religion find expression in daily life?
• Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?
• What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of fellow worshipers?
• Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
• Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 27, 7:00-12:00pm – Farewell karaoke party The Stacey Atwell-Keister/Sean Strickland family is moving to Oregon in July. Potluck supper starting at 6:00pm and/or come for karaoke at 7:00pm

2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.

After much discussion at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, the Clerks will soon be scheduling a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and our compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. The "new law" is actually over 20 new pieces of legislation that were enacted in 2013 and 2014 based on recommendations in a 2012 report from the Pennsylvania General Assembly appointed Task Force on Child Protection. The Post-Gazette has published a few articles regarding these legal updates, which would also give brief explanations of the new law. The current legal code for child protection can be accessed here: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter3490/subchapatoc.html The special session will be well advertised, and all Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion.

Registration for Fall Gathering 2015: Fall Gathering will be September 19-20th at Camp Crestfield. Vonn New will be the facilitator in an exploration of worship with her workshop “Sounding the Divine!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . .or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in August. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks.

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to the general public.

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 Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and 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

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.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 14, 2015

Queries for June (Sixth Month) on Spirituality
• Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to live according to its promptings?
• How does our religion find expression in daily life?
• Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?
• What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of fellow worshipers?
• Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
• Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Today: Potluck Dinner to Discuss Forming a Special Interest Group for Practicing Relationship Enrichment
Cynthia Magistro and Barry Beal are hosting a potluck dinner on June 14 at 6:00pm to discuss the possible formation of a group to practice relationship enrichment skills. While Friends General Conference (FGC) offers workshops on "Couples Enrichment" and some monthly meetings around the country have regular couples enrichment groups based on this FGC method, Barry & Cynthia are more familiar with techniques based on the research of Dr John Gottman. All are encouraged to attend this potluck, whether or not you are in a committed relationship. There is no obligation for joining the group, if it gets started.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks.

Registration for Fall Gathering 2015: Fall Gathering will be September 19-20th at Camp Crestfield. Vonn New will be the facilitator in an exploration of worship with her workshop “Sounding the Divine!” Included in this year’s plans are exciting activities such as the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. At rise of meeting, members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be answering questions about the gathering and taking registrations or you can ask any of us at any time! Forms will be available, or you can register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR. Register early so you won’t miss out!

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to the general public.

2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more.

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 Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and 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.

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.

Saturday, June 27, 7:00-12:00pm – Farewell karaoke party The Stacey Atwell-Keister/Sean Strickland family is moving to Oregon in July. Potluck supper starting at 6:00pm and/or come for karaoke at 7:00pm

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck