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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.