Weekly Bulletin, September 17, 2017

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, September 17, 2017

Queries for Ninth Month (September) on Children

●        Do we respect the dignity of our children?

●        Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?

●        How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?

●        Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?

●        Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?

●        What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will provide a training workshop on effective advocacy Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30-9pm (there will be a light supper at 5:30, and the workshop will begin at 6pm). FCNL Advocacy Teams are starting up around the country, and we are working on creating one in Pittsburgh.  Quakers and non-Quakers are welcome. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass this message on to them. Child care will be provided.  Please RSVP at the following link: http://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams_attend/156 at your earliest convenience in order to reserve a place. Registration will close on September 22th.   If you have questions, contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.
Sunday September 17, 12:15 P.M. Ministry Committee will be holding an adult education session with Jerry Knutson making a presentation based on his newly published pamphlet is Individual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power. Please join us!

Working Group Against Racism (WGAR): Please join us for the next meeting of WGAR, taking place on Wednesday, September 20th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. We will be updating the progress we’ve made on current initiatives and planning new ways to move forward. We welcome all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. Questions? Please talk with or email Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com), Eva Mergner (eva.mergner@gmail.com), or Joe Marchesani (joemarchesani2013@gmail.com). If you need child care, please let Mary know by Sunday, September 17th.

PFM Film Series on Understanding Racism: First of 3 films (The Queen of Katwe) will be Saturday, Sept. 30th from 2-5pm. Popcorn, fruit, and soft drinks will be available before the film and during intermissions. After each screening, there will be a discussion on the film’s perspective on racism. There will be a sign-up sheet on the piano or you can contact Joe Marchesani at (joemarchesani2013@gmail.com).

October 1: World Quaker Day! Interested in celebrating through a visit to another branch of the Friends tradition? Evangelical Friends and Conservative Friends both have meetings within very do-able drives (less than 1.5 hours). We will be inviting representatives from those Meetings to visit us, and If you’re interested in carpooling for a reciprocal visit, send a message to pfmclerks@gmail.com so we can coordinate!

Mark your calendars for the following events sponsored by Outreach Committee:   Oct 1st.  Newcomer Recognition Day;  Oct 22nd.  Last day to sign up for Dinners for 8;  November 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th.  Dinners for 8 dates.

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

Saturday Salon, sponsored by Library Committee: October 21, 7-9 pm. Construction plans permitting, the next Saturday Salon will be held in the parlor on the evening of Saturday, October 21. Featured will be the ClarSheannachie duo: Linda McNair (harper) and Barra Jacob McDowell (storyteller) presenting “Tales with Celtic Harp.” A break for light refreshments will be followed by Open Mic in which F/friends may share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell (barrabard@comcast.net), 412-389-3910 or Nancy E. James (nancyejames@verizon.net), 412-361-1901 for details and to sign up for Open Mic.

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.

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

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

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

 

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday

 12:15

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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

September 24 – Friends General Conference kicks off a Spiritual Deepening Silence & Light eRetreat, one of several they will be running over the academic year.  The program creates an online community to explore the theme over 8 weeks.  For more information or to register, please visit  https://www.fgcquaker.org/deepen/spiritual-deepening/spiritual-deepening-program-eretreats

The application deadline for FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) Traveling Ministry 2018 group is September 30, 2017. Young Adult Friends ages 18-35 who are: spiritual and religious, adventurous, and friendly are invited to apply. More information and the application form can be found at www.fwccamericas.org/traveling-ministry or by contacting Anne M. Hutchinson at 513.593.6042.

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamp

into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

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

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Weekly Bulletin, September 10, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, September 10, 2017

Queries for Ninth Month (September) on Children

●        Do we respect the dignity of our children?

●        Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?

●        How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?

●        Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?

●        Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?

●        What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

From Outreach – Thanks to all who helped with our porch sale in August, our musicians, our donors, our volunteers and particularly Rachel, who inspired it all.  We raised a total of $675.75 for Building Spiritual Space, and were able to show a number of visitors around the Meeting House.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will provide a training workshop on effective advocacy Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30-9pm (there will be a light supper at 5:30, and the workshop will begin at 6pm). FCNL Advocacy Teams are starting up around the country, and we are working on creating one in Pittsburgh.  Quakers and non-Quakers are welcome. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass this message on to them. Child care will be provided.  Please RSVP at the following link: http://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams_attend/156 at your earliest convenience in order to reserve a place. Registration will close on September 22th.   If you have questions, contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.

Bring a Friend to Meeting Day September 17 Of course, visitors are welcome at Meeting any time but the morning of Sept 17th will be a distinctive day when we’re especially encouraging new, interested people to come visit the Meeting House, experience Meeting for Worship, and ask questions. So, those interested friends of yours that you tend to discuss Quaker stuff with, off and on, here and there– go ahead and invite them or bring them along! Special snacks and fellowship will follow rise of Meeting. Arrival before 10:30 a.m. encouraged.

October 1: World Quaker Day! Interested in celebrating through a visit to another branch of the Friends tradition? Evangelical Friends and Conservative Friends both have meetings within very do-able drives (less than 1.5 hours). We will be inviting representatives from those Meetings to visit us, and If you’re interested in carpooling for a reciprocal visit, send a message to pfmclerks@gmail.com so we can coordinate!

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

 Mark your calendars for the following events sponsored by Outreach Committee:   Oct 1st.  Newcomer Recognition Day;  Oct 22nd.  Last day to sign up for Dinners for 8;  November 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th.  Dinners for 8 dates.

 Saturday Salon, sponsored by Library Committee: October 21, 7-9 pm. Construction plans permitting, the next Saturday Salon will be held in the parlor on the evening of Saturday, October 21. Featured will be the ClarSheannachie duo: Linda McNair (harper) and Barra Jacob McDowell (storyteller) presenting “Tales with Celtic Harp.” A break for light refreshments will be followed by Open Mic in which F/friends may share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell (barrabard@comcast.net), 412-389-3910 or Nancy E. James (nancyejames@verizon.net), 412-361-1901 for details and to sign up for Open Mic.

 Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.

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

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

 Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday

 12:15

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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

September 24 – Friends General Conference kicks off a  Spiritual Deepening Silence & Light eRetreat, one of several they will be running over the academic year.  The program creates an online community to explore the theme over 8 weeks.  For more information or to register, please visit  https://www.fgcquaker.org/deepen/spiritual-deepening/spiritual-deepening-program-eretreats

 The application deadline for FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) Traveling Ministry 2018 group is September 30, 2017. Young Adult Friends ages 18-35 who are: spiritual and religious, adventurous, and friendly are invited to apply. More information and the application form can be found at www.fwccamericas.org/traveling-ministry or by contacting Anne M. Hutchinson at 513.593.6042.

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

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

 

 

Weekly Bulletin, September 3, 2017

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, September 3, 2017

Queries for Ninth Month (September) on Children

●        Do we respect the dignity of our children?

●        Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?

●        How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?

●        Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?

●        Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?

●        What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

Mark your calendars for the following events sponsored by Outreach Committee:   Sept 17th – Bring a Friend to Meeting Day;  Oct 1st.  Newcomer Recognition Day;  Oct 22nd.  Last day to sign up for Dinners for 8;  November 3r, 4th, 11th and 12th.  Dinners for 8 dates.

Library Committee: “Reading for a Rainy Day” Look for summer reading suggestions on the library mantel. The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on vacation—but the mantel selection will be periodically updated. Note “New Books” there, too. See borrowing instructions on library desk, and have a good read!

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.

PIIN Action: Join PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) on Monday, September 4th at 7 AM for an action at McDonald’s in Oakland recognizing how low-wage worker conditions unfairly impact people of color.  Meet at 228 Semple Street Pgh 15213 (parking lot behind Marathon Gas Station). You can also join PIIN in the march in the Labor Day Parade.  Questions?  Contact Sue Thorn at sthorn@piin.org.

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

 Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday

 12:15

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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

LEYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Sept 15-17, Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI  – The theme of the retreat is Practicing Forgiveness as a Spiritual Discipline, and it is led by Sue Regen. More information and registration materials available at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation/  Financial support may be available.

FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) is currently taking applications for the Traveling Ministry 2018 group, which will be composed of Young Adult Friends ages 18-35 who are: spiritual and religious, adventurous, and friendly. More information and the application form can be found at www.fwccamericas.org/traveling-ministry or by contacting Anne M. Hutchinson at 513.593.6042.

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

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

 

Weekly Bulletin, August 27, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, August 27, 2017

Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations

●        Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?

●        In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?

●        Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?

●        Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?

●        Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, August 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. Back to our Pendle Hill Pamphlet reading/sharing group as summer draws to a close! We will pick up where we left off in PHP 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. The pamphlet can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome, including those who haven’t participated in earlier discussions.

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

Mark your calendars for the following events sponsored by Outreach Committee:   Sept 17th – Bring a Friend to Meeting Day;  Oct 1st.  Newcomer Recognition Day;  Oct 22nd.  Last day to sign up for Dinners for 8;  November 3r, 4th, 11th and 12th.  Dinners for 8 dates.

Library Committee: “Reading for a Rainy Day” Look for summer reading suggestions on the library mantel. The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on vacation—but the mantel selection will be periodically updated. Note “New Books” there, too. See borrowing instructions on library desk, and have a good read!

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.

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

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

 Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday

 12:15

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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

LEYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Sept 15-17, Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI  – The theme of the retreat is Practicing Forgiveness as a Spiritual Discipline, and it is led by Sue Regen. More information and registration materials available at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation/  Financial support may be available.

FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) is currently taking applications for the Traveling Ministry 2018 group, which will be composed of Young Adult Friends ages 18-35 who are: spiritual and religious, adventurous, and friendly. More information and the application form can be found at www.fwccamericas.org/traveling-ministry or by contacting Anne M. Hutchinson at 513.593.6042.

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

 

Weekly Bulletin, August 20, 2017

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, August 20, 2017

Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations

●        Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?

●        In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?

●        Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?

●        Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?

●        Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

First Day School Information Session: August 20.  For teachers, those considering teaching and those who are willing to help in some way but would rather not teach. Join us at 12:15 in the Margaret Fell room.

Sunday, August 20th: On August 4, 2017, 34 members of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent flew to Ghana for a five to ten day tour in response to an invitation from the Hill House Meeting, an unprogrammed Ghanaian Quaker Meeting  in Accra, Ghana. Claire, Wes and Norma were among the nine who stayed for five days. At 1 PM, Claire, Wes and Norma will present an iMovie of their trip. Hope you can be there.

FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) is currently taking applications for the Traveling Ministry 2018 group, which will be composed of Young Adult Friends ages 18-35 who are: spiritual and religious, adventurous, and friendly. More information and the application form can be found at www.fwccamericas.org/traveling-ministry or by contacting Anne M. Hutchinson at 513.593.6042.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, August 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. Back to our Pendle Hill Pamphlet reading/sharing group as summer draws to a close! We will pick up where we left off in PHP 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. The pamphlet can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome, including those who haven’t participated in earlier discussions.

LEYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Sept 15-17, Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI  – The theme of the retreat is Practicing Forgiveness as a Spiritual Discipline, and it is led by Sue Regen. More information and registration materials available at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation/  Financial support may be available.

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

Library Committee: “Reading for a Rainy Day” Look for summer reading suggestions on the library mantel. The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on vacation—but the mantel selection will be periodically updated. Note “New Books” there, too. See borrowing instructions on library desk, and have a good read!

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

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

 Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday

 12:15

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.

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

Weekly Bulletin, August 13, 2017

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, August 13, 2017

Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations

●        Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?

●        In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?

●        Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?

●        Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?

●        Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Volunteers Needed: If you would like to volunteer at the Saturday, August 19th Porch Party/Open House/Flea Market being organized by the Outreach Committee, please sign up ASAP with Retta or Rachel! fortunecookie409@gmail.com  We want to know far in advance whether we will have the needed quantity of volunteers. Many volunteers are needed! You won’t have to volunteer the full hours of the event (10-3); we will work with your availability.

Outreach Committee: Please invite all your local friends and family to join in the fun at PFM’s Porch Party on Saturday, August 19th. Event will include an Open House and Flea Market as well as live music, free cookies and punch, and festival-food lunches for sale. Lots going on, all in one event, all at the Meetinghouse. Please help get the word out into the community. Flea Market items, music performers, and EVENT GUESTS are all still needed! Get ready for an exciting day with something for everyone! Rain or shine!

Presenting the Kids of King George VI (KGVI) School for children with disabilities in Zimbabwe Slide show Tuesday August 15th 6:00pm at Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Oakland. Using pictures and video Scilla will share KGVI’s 60th anniversary celebration and introduce you to the students and staff from this amazing little school in Bulawayo. Light refreshments will be served.

EECM College Supply Drive: Each summer, East End Cooperative Ministry sends to a number of the high school students they have mentored, some since grade school, to college. For many, these are the first members of their families to go to college. These teens have developed the sense of purpose and self-worth to give themselves real chances as adults. EECM asks its member congregations to provide things they’ll need at college. Please check the box near the coat racks for a list of items to contribute. EECM is asking that the donations be in by August 18.

First Day School Information Session: August 20.  For teachers, those considering teaching and those who are willing to help in some way but would rather not teach. Join us at 12:15 in the Margaret Fell room.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, August 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. Back to our Pendle Hill Pamphlet reading/sharing group as summer draws to a close! We will pick up where we left off in PHP 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. The pamphlet can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome, including those who haven’t participated in earlier discussions.

LEYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Sept 15-17, Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI  – The theme of the retreat is Practicing Forgiveness as a Spiritual Discipline, and it is led by Sue Regen. More information and registration materials available at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation/  Financial support may be available.

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

Library Committee: “Reading for a Rainy Day” Look for summer reading suggestions on the library mantel. The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on vacation—but the mantel selection will be periodically updated. Note “New Books” there, too. See borrowing instructions on library desk, and have a good read!

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday

 12:15

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.

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

Weekly Bulletin, August 6, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, August 6, 2017

Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations

●        Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?

●        In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?

●        Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?

●        Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?

●        Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Volunteers Needed: If you would like to volunteer at the Saturday, August 19th Porch Party/Open House/Flea Market being organized by the Outreach Committee, please sign up ASAP with Retta or Rachel! fortunecookie409@gmail.com  We want to know far in advance whether we will have the needed quantity of volunteers. Many volunteers are needed! You won’t have to volunteer the full hours of the event (10-3); we will work with your availability.

EECM College Supply Drive: Each summer, East End Cooperative Ministry sends to a number of the high school students they have mentored, some since grade school, to college. For many, these are the first members of their families to go to college. These teens have developed the sense of purpose and self-worth to give themselves real chances as adults. EECM asks its member congregations to provide things they’ll need at college. Please check the box near the coat racks for a list of items to contribute. EECM is asking that the donations be in by August 18.

First Day School Information Session: August 20.  For teachers, those considering teaching and those who are willing to help in some way but would rather not teach. Join us at 12:15 in the Margaret Fell room.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, August 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. Back to our Pendle Hill Pamphlet reading/sharing group as summer draws to a close! We will pick up where we left off in PHP 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. The pamphlet can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome, including those who haven’t participated in earlier discussions.

LEYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Sept 15-17, Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI  – The theme of the retreat is Practicing Forgiveness as a Spiritual Discipline, and it is led by Sue Regen. More information and registration materials available at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation/  Financial support may be available.

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

Friendly Utility Players – These are folks who might be willing to help out with a specific need of a committee, a short-term or one-off task. It’s easy. Volunteers, add your name to the list. Committee members, when there is a need, send me a request and I’ll pass it on to the list. Members of the list should only get two emails per request – one asking for help and one notifying that a match has been made. This seems like a friendly way to support the ongoing work of our committees, particularly for those whose schedules make serving on committees difficult. If you’d like to join the volunteer list, please email Mary King kingmary1@gmail.com.

Library Committee: “Reading for a Rainy Day” Look for summer reading suggestions on the library mantel. The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on vacation—but the mantel selection will be periodically updated. Note “New Books” there, too. See borrowing instructions on library desk, and have a good read!

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

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

 Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday

 12:15

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.

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