3-1-2015

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 1, 2015

Queries for March (Third Month) 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 generation? 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 them 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Ministry Committee Adult Class, March 15 “How a Caring Community Helps Us to Live Our Testimonies”. Eileen Flanagan will address the role of community in helping us to be faithful, whether we feel called to living simply or to taking on unjust systems. The importance of community is one of the themes of Eileen’s new book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, which describes her journey to climate justice work. She is the clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, one of the core faculty in Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness program, and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. For more information on her work, please visit eileenflanagan.com.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist , and women’s rights activist. The book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, has been reviewed in the March newsletter.

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

Outreach Committee: Join Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Armchair Travel meeting (Mary King), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly or email Jim Morgan (morganjj) for more information.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Sign-up on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle link:http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

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

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

First Sunday Letter Writing. No library letter-writing today. Try using the user-friendly FCNL website to contact your representatives about ending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which will keep the president from going to war without ¬ Congress. ¬http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=64126336

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.

Ministry Committee: How has our practice of expectant waiting in worship invited the Divine to guide our meeting’s actions? In what ways do our actions in the world as a meeting enrich and transform the spiritual life of the body? This query will be discussed at the March 8 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

Request from Library Committee: When borrowing books from our library, please write your name AND phone number or email address on the card found in the pocket of the book. Place the card in the front of the box provided for that purpose on the library desk. Thank you

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

Ministry Committee would like to know if there is interest in re-starting a Wednesday evening Meeting for Worship. From time to time in the past we have had Worship on Wednesday evenings, and we are exploring whether there is interest in doing so again. If you are seriously interested in attending meetings for worship on Wednesday evenings, please let a member of the Ministry Committee know. We would need a commitment from at least 5 to 10 people to get it started.

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 2-22-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 22, 2015

Queries for February on Simplicity and Moderation
• Is our commitment to simplicity 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

TODAY: A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jerry Lynn, Walter Mead’s brother-in-law, will be held today at 3 PM. Jerry’s family will be here from California.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15 pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. This book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, will be reviewed in the March newsletter.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Signup on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle link:http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Outreach Committee: The new season of Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) began three weeks ago, and five groups have launched. The groups are Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Armchair Travel meeting 2/7 (Mary King), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly if you can’t get to meeting to sign up. If you need contact information, email Jim Morgan (morganjj).

Fall Gathering: Readings recommended by Fall Gathering 2014 speaker Jim Higginbotham are the focus of “A Leading to Read” in the February newsletter. Multiple copies of the articles mentioned are available in a green folder on the library mantel. Please take a copy, read it and return it to the folder, or keep it, or pass it on to someone else.

Peace and Social Concerns would like to encourage folks to consider attending the Friends General Conference White Privilege Conference http://www.fgcquaker.org/deepen/enrichment/help-your-meetingchallenge-racism/fgc-white-privilege-conference. Consider the Quaker Community Fund if you need financial support. If you do attend, please notify Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEYM Query: Every year Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Ministry and Nurture Committee develops a new query for the spiritual exercise of monthly meetings and worship groups. This not only seeks to provide discernment for our own Meeting, but also helps the larger community understand the spiritual state of monthly meetings. This year, a discussion of the query will be facilitated at March’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business by the Ministry Committee. In preparation, we ask that members and attenders consider the query below individually, within your committees, or in informal settings. We welcome your input and look forward to a thoughtful and lively discussion March 8.
QUERY: How has our practice of expectant waiting in worship invited the Divine to guide our meeting’s actions? In what ways do our actions in the world as a meeting enrich and transform the spiritual life of the body?

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday. Our thanks.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

2-15-15 bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 15, 2015

Announcements and Upcoming Events

TODAY: Join us for Adult Education at 12:15pm
Adult Education on February 15 at 12:15: “How Can We Improve Pastoral Care In PFM?” We will explore what pastoral care we offer each other and how we can be more responsive to the needs within our community. Childcare provided.

February Workshop: “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” on Saturday, February 21st from 8:30-3:30 with Arthur Larrabee.

Funeral Committee – A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jerry Lynn, Walter Mead’s brother-in-law, will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3 PM. Jerry’s family will be here from California. Please contact Mary King if you can help by greeting, typing, providing cookies, or helping with hospitality.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15 pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. This book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, will be reviewed in the March newsletter.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Signup on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle link:http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Outreach Committee: The new season of Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) began three weeks ago, and five groups have launched. The groups are Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Armchair Travel meeting 2/7 (Mary King), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly if you can’t get to meeting to sign up. If you need contact information, email Jim Morgan.

Fall Gathering: Readings recommended by Fall Gathering 2014 speaker Jim Higginbotham are the focus of “A Leading to Read” in the February newsletter. Multiple copies of the articles mentioned are available in a green folder on the library mantel. Please take a copy, read it and return it to the folder, or keep it, or pass it on to someone else.

Queries for February on Simplicity and Moderation
-Is our commitment to simplicity 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace and Social Concerns would like to encourage folks to consider attending the Friends General Conference White Privilege Conference http://www.fgcquaker.org/deepen/enrichment/help-your-meetingchallenge-racism/fgc-white-privilege-conference. Consider the Quaker Community Fund if you need financial support. If you do attend, please notify Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

LEYM Query: Every year Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Ministry and Nurture Committee develops a new query for the spiritual exercise of monthly meetings and worship groups. This not only seeks to provide discernment for our own Meeting, but also helps the larger community understand the spiritual state of monthly meetings. This year, a discussion of the query will be facilitated at March’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business by the Ministry Committee. In preparation, we ask that members and attenders consider the query below individually, within your committees, or in informal settings. We welcome your input and look forward to a thoughtful and lively discussion March 8.
QUERY: How has our practice of expectant waiting in worship invited the Divine to guide our meeting’s actions? In what ways do our actions in the world as a meeting enrich and transform the spiritual life of the body?

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday. Our thanks.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

PFM bulletin 2-8-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 8, 2015

Queries for February on Simplicity and Moderation
-Is our commitment to simplicity 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

TODAY: Join us for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business 12:15pm

Last Day to Sign up for Dinners for 8 Sponsored by Outreach Committee, this is an opportunity to meet and get to know other Friends. Sign up for dinner dates February 21 & 22 (Saturday & Sunday) or February 27 & 28 (Friday & Saturday). Please mark the dates you are available to participate, and please indicate too if you would like to volunteer to host a dinner. Dinner hosts coordinate the food, and find a location (usually, but not necessarily in the host’s home). The Outreach Committee will form groups, and inform the host of each group the date, along with the contact information for Friends who will attend the dinner.

Also today: Thomas Berry: The Great Story — The Life and Work of the Famous Eco-Theologian February 8 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7100 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill. Following the screening, Karen Bernard and Wanda Guthrie will lead a discussion, "Dreaming the Earth." A Greenfaith Fellow, Karen Bernard is the spiritual counselor, new cosmology educator, and founder of Dream of the Earth. Wanda Guthrie chairs the Environmental Justice Committee of the Thomas Merton Center.

February Workshop: “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” on Saturday, February 21st from 8:30-3:30 with Arthur Larrabee, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Contact the clerks (Jo Schlesinger, Von Keairns, or Mary Parish) by February 11th at pfmclerks,via phone, or in person if you are planning to attend, so that we may provide ample food and handouts, as well as child care and support for those who require assistance with hearing. There is no charge for this workshop. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, grow, and strengthen our community!

Global Divestment Day Friday, February 13, EQAT Pittsburgh will participate in at the University of Pittsburgh to encourage shifting investments from fossil fuels to renewable sources. At 11:30 AM, the event begins with a Rally at Schenley Plaza including short speeches from representatives from various groups supporting disinvestment in fossil fuels. Following the rally, EQAT Pittsburgh will be carrying out another account-closing action at a local PNC Bank branch, a follow-up to the action of December 6, 2014. [Members of the meeting who feel led to support the action are invited to attend a training for the action on Tuesday, February 10, at 7:00 PM in the Meeting House.] The event will conclude with a teach-in at 3:00 PM in The William Pitt Union, room 837.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Education on February 15 at 12:15: “How Can We Improve Pastoral Care In PFM?” We will explore what pastoral care we offer each other and how we can be more responsive to the needs within our community. Childcare provided.

Funeral Committee – A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jerry Lynn, Walter Mead’s brother-in-law, will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3 PM. Jerry’s family will be here from California. Please contact Mary King if you can help by greeting, typing, providing cookies, or helping with hospitality.

Peace and Social Concerns would like to encourage folks to consider attending the Friends General Conference White Privilege Conference http://www.fgcquaker.org/deepen/enrichment/help-your-meeting-challenge-racism/fgc-white-privilege-conference. Consider the Quaker Community Fund if you need financial support. If you do attend, please notify Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

Outreach Committee: The new season of Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) began three weeks ago, and five groups have launched. The groups are Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Armchair Travel meeting 2/7 (Mary King), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly if you can’t get to meeting to sign up. If you need contact information, email Jim Morgan.

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday. Our thanks.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

2-1-15 bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 1, 2015

Queries for February on Simplicity and Moderation
 Is our commitment to simplicity 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

February Workshop: Registration for the upcoming workshop, “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” has begun. On Saturday, February 21st from 8:30-3:30, Arthur Larrabee, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will present a workshop on this subject at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House. There is no charge to attend. Please advise the clerks (Jo Schlesinger, Von Keairns, or Mary Parish) by February 11th at pfmclerks, via phone, or in person if you are planning to attend, so that we may provide ample food and handouts, as well as child care and support for those who require assistance with hearing. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, grow, and strengthen our community!

Outreach Committee: Our Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) The new season of Friendly Interest Groups began two weeks ago, and five groups have launched. The groups are Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Armchair Travel meeting 2/7 (Mary King), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly if you can’t get to meeting to sign up. If you need contact information, email Jim Morgan (morganjj).

Outreach Committee is sponsoring Dinners for 8 to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other Friends. We have four possible dinner dates – February 21 & 22 (Saturday & Sunday) and February 27 & 28 (Friday and Saturday). Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until February 8th. Please mark the dates you are available to participate, and please indicate too if you would like to volunteer to host a dinner. Dinner hosts coordinate the food, and find a location (usually, but not necessarily in the host’s home). The Outreach Committee will form groups, and inform the host of each group the date, along with the contact information for Friends who will attend the dinner.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15 pm in the library. The book for discussion will The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. This book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, will be reviewed in the March newsletter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Day School Events: Karaoke night will take place on Feb. 7 from 5:00-10:00 pm.

Adult Education on February 15 at 12:15: “How Can We Improve Pastoral Care In PFM?” We will explore what pastoral care we offer each other and how we can be more responsive to the needs within our community. Childcare provided.

Funeral Committee – A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jerry Lynn, Walter Mead’s brother-in-law, will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3 PM. Jerry’s family will be here from California. Please contact Mary King (kingmary1) if you can help by greeting, typing, providing cookies, or helping with hospitality.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Signup on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle link:http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

Ministry Committee would like to know if there is interest in re-starting a Wednesday evening Meeting for Worship. From time to time in the past we have had Worship on Wednesday evenings, and we are exploring whether there is interest in doing so again. If you are seriously interested in attending meetings for worship on Wednesday evenings, please let a member of the Ministry Committee know. We would need a commitment from at least 5 to 10 people to get it started.

Fall Gathering: Readings recommended by Fall Gathering 2014 speaker Jim Higginbotham are the focus of “A Leading to Read” in the February newsletter. Multiple copies of the articles mentioned are available in a green folder on the library mantel. Please take a copy, read it and return it to the folder, or keep it, or pass it on to someone else.

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday. Our thanks.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

1-25-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: January 25, 2015

Queries for January on Justice and Equality
• Do we look for opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships with people of different class, race, gender, age or sexual orientation?
• Do we avoid stereotyping people?
• In what ways do we work to change our society so that it provides equal opportunities for everyone?
• What are we doing to remove the institutional causes of suffering and want?
• Do we help to care for those in need?
• Are we working to end the death penalty?
• What are we doing to humanize the treatment and care of people in institutions?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

February Workshop: Registration for the upcoming workshop, “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” has begun. On Saturday, February 21st from 8:30-3:30, Arthur Larrabee, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will present a workshop on this subject at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House. There is no charge to attend. Please advise the clerks (Jo Schlesinger, Von Keairns, or Mary Parish) by February 11th at pfmclerks, via phone, or in person if you are planning to attend, so that we may provide ample food and handouts, as well as child care and support for those who require assistance with hearing. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, grow, and strengthen our community!

Outreach Committee: Our Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) are now forming for the winter and spring. Signup sheets will be posted in the parlor of the Meeting House this first day. If you would like to form a new group, use a form on the table in the parlor, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj) for a copy of the form. In the past, groups have been formed around singing, dining, excursions, etc. Continuing groups looking for more members include the harmony group, the healthy eating group, and a monthly Oakland lunch group.

Outreach Committee is sponsoring Dinners for 8 to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other Friends. We have four possible dinner dates – February 21 & 22 (Saturday & Sunday) and February 27 & 28 (Friday and Saturday). Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until February 8th. Please mark the dates you are available to participate, and please indicate too if you would like to volunteer to host a dinner. Dinner hosts coordinate the food, and find a location (usually, but not necessarily in the host’s home). The Outreach Committee will form groups, and inform the host of each group the date, along with the contact information for Friends who will attend the dinner.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15 pm in the library. The book for discussion will The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. This book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, will be reviewed in the March newsletter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Education on February 15 at 12:15: “How Can We Improve Pastoral Care In PFM?” We will explore what pastoral care we offer each other and how we can be more responsive to the needs within our community. Childcare provided.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 1-18-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: January 18, 2015

Queries for January on Justice and Equality
• Do we look for opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships with people of different class, race, gender, age or sexual orientation?
• Do we avoid stereotyping people?
• In what ways do we work to change our society so that it provides equal opportunities for everyone?
• What are we doing to remove the institutional causes of suffering and want?
• Do we help to care for those in need?
• Are we working to end the death penalty?
• What are we doing to humanize the treatment and care of people in institutions?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

February Workshop: Registration for the upcoming workshop, “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” has begun. On Saturday, February 21 st from 8:30-3:30, Arthur Larrabee, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will present a workshop on this subject at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House. There is no charge to attend. Please advise the clerks (Jo Schlesinger, Von Keairns, or Mary Parish) by February 11th at pfmclerks, via phone, or in person if you are planning to attend, so that we may provide ample food and handouts, as well as child care and support for those who require assistance with hearing. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, grow, and strengthen our community!

Martin Luther King Day Event: Join EECM’s Council of Congregations and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday 1/18 at St Paul’s Baptist Church, 6701 Penn Ave. The celebration begins at 3:30 pm with musical and dance performances from the host congregations and others. The formal service begins at 4:00. The keynote speaker will be Cecile M. Springer, who has devoted her life and career to social and economic justice, ethical leadership, and community service. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food for the EECM food pantry will be collected at the door. More info: http://www.eecm.org/events/martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/ and http://www.pts.edu/Kelso_2015

Outreach Committee: Our Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) are now forming for the winter and spring. Signup sheets will be posted in the parlor of the Meeting House this first day. If you would like to form a new group, use a form on the table in the parlor, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj)for a copy of the form. In the past groups have been formed around singing, dining, excursions, etc. Continuing groups looking for more members include the harmony group, the healthy eating group, and a monthly Oakland lunch group. Outreach Committee is sponsoring Dinners for 8 to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other Friends. We have four possible dinner dates – February 21 & 22 (Saturday & Sunday) and February 27 & 28 (Friday and Saturday). Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until February 8th. Please mark the dates you are available to participate, and please indicate too if you would like to volunteer to host a dinner. Dinner hosts coordinate the food, and find a location (usually, but not necessarily in the host’s home). The Outreach Committee will form groups, and inform the host of each group the date, along with the contact information forFriends who will attend the dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Education on February 15 at 12:15: “How Can We Improve Pastoral Care In PFM?” We will explore what pastoral care we offer each other and how we can be more responsive to the needs within our community. Childcare provided.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Signup on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle link:http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

First Day School Events: Karaoke night will take place on Feb. 7 from 5:00-10:00 pm.

Request from Library Committee: When borrowing books from our library, please write your name AND phone number or email address on the card found in the pocket of the book. Place the card in the front of the box provided for that purpose on the library desk. Thank you

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

Ministry Committee would like to know if there is interest in re-starting a Wednesday evening Meeting for Worship. From time to time in the past we have had Worship on Wednesday evenings, and we are exploring whether there is interest in doing so again. If you are seriously interested in attending meetings for worship on Wednesday evenings, please let a member of the Ministry Committee know. We would need a commitment from at least 5 to 10 people to get it started.

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday. Our thanks.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck