Weekly Bulletin February 19, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 19, 2017

 

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

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


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

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

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

Weekly Bulletin February 12, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 12, 2017

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing:  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

Weekly Bulletin February 5, 2017

 

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 5, 2017

 

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

Weekly Bulletin January 29, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 29, 2017

Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality

●       Do we answer that of God in every person?

●       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?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

The FDS invites you to a Movie Night on Saturday, January 28th from 6:30 – 9 pm. at the Meeting House.  We will be showing the movie “Wadjda” a 2012 Saudi Arabian drama film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. A rebellious Saudi girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The film is rated PG, but contains references to child brides, a verbal assault on a young girl and other scenes that might not be suited to young children.  For a parents guide, go to:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258858/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification.  The movie is in Arabic with English subtitles.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:15 pm in the Library. At the first Pendle Hill Pamphlet session in the New Year, we will begin reading and discussing PHP 383, Answering the Call to Heal the World by Patricia A. Schenck. Copies are available for borrowing and will also be available at the meeting. All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Bulletin January 22, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 22, 2017

 

Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality

●       Do we answer that of God in every person?

●       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?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

The FDS invites you to a  Movie Night on Saturday, January 28th from 6:30 – 9 pm. at the Meeting House.  We will be showing the movie “Wadjda” a 2012 Saudi Arabian drama film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. A rebellious Saudi girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The film is rated PG, but contains references to child brides, a verbal assault on a young girl and other scenes that might not be suited to young children.  For a parents guide, go to:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258858/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification.  The movie is in Arabic with English subtitles.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:15 pm in the Library. At the first Pendle Hill Pamphlet session in the New Year, we will begin reading and discussing PHP 383, Answering the Call to Heal the World by Patricia A. Schenck. Copies are available for borrowing and will also be available at the meeting. All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

Weekly Bulletin January 15, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 15, 2017

 

Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality

●       Do we answer that of God in every person?

●       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?

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Exploring the Quaker Way: January 15, 12:30-3:30  We’ll be meeting to hear from – and talk to – both seasoned and newer Friends about testimonies, worship, and what matters to us as Quakers in each of our faith journeys. It will be useful to bring a pen.   All are welcome, regardless of background. For questions or RSVP’s (not required, but useful) email Susan (susanloucks@gmail.com)

Dinners for Eight Signups end January 15th  Here’s your opportunity to meet and get to know other friends.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday options available, Saturday 1/21;  Sunday, 1/22; Friday 2/3 and Saturday 2/ 4. Sign up sheets are in the parlor.  Mark the evenings you can attend, and whether or not you can 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 of roughly 8 people based on those available each day, and give the host of each group the date and contact information for the group.

The FDS invites you to a  Movie Night on Saturday, January 28th from 6:30 – 9 pm. at the Meeting House.  We will be showing the movie “Wadjda” a 2012 Saudi Arabian drama film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. A rebellious Saudi girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The film is rated PG, but contains references to child brides, a verbal assault on a young girl and other scenes that might not be suited to young children.  For a parents guide, go to:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258858/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification.  The movie is in Arabic with English subtitles.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:15 pm in the Library. At the first Pendle Hill Pamphlet session in the New Year, we will begin reading and discussing PHP 383, Answering the Call to Heal the World by Patricia A. Schenck. Copies are available for borrowing and will also be available at the meeting. All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,

10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

Bulletin January 8, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 8, 2017

 

  Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality 
Do we answer that of God in every person?
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?

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

Please submit items for the bulletin to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Further Healing Communities training January 7th from 1-6pm at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. RSVP Scilla Wahrhaftig scillahw@gmail.com.

Friendly Writers’ Group, Thursday, January 12, 2 – 4 pm sponsored by the Library Committee, will meet for the first time in the library. For more information or to sign up, please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net or 412-389-3910.

Exploring the Quaker Way: January 15, 12:30-3:30 We’ll be meeting to hear from – and talk to – both seasoned and newer Friends about testimonies, worship, and what matters to us as Quakers in each of our faith journeys. It will be useful to bring a pen. All are welcome, regardless of background. For questions or RSVP’s (not required, but useful) email Susan (susanloucks@gmail.com)

Dinners for Eight Signups end January 15th Here’s your opportunity to meet and get to know other friends. Friday, Saturday and Sunday options available, Saturday 1/21; Sunday, 1/22; Friday 2/3 and Saturday 2/ 4. Sign up sheets are in the parlor. Mark the evenings you can attend, and whether or not you can 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 of roughly 8 people based on those available each day, and give the host of each group the date and contact information for the group.

FDS Family Movie Night, Saturday, January 28th 6:30 – 9 pm. We will be showing the movie “Wadjda, ” a 2012 Saudi Arabian drama film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. A rebellious Saudi girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The film is rated PG.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:15 pm in the Library. At the first Pendle Hill Pamphlet session in the New Year, we will begin reading and discussing PHP 383, Answering the Call to Heal the World by Patricia A. Schenck. Copies are available for borrowing and will also be available at the meeting. All are welcome.

Friendly Interest Groups (FIGS): New Friendly Interest Groups are forming. One is “Frugal Friends: we will share resources to help each other and others in meeting, such as coupons, tips, or places with services we might not know about, in the Spirit of Right Sharing.” Another is “Role Playing Games: Playing Pen-and-paper RPGs, using dice and rulebooks”. See the Outreach Bulletin Board to sign up or start a group that interests you.

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

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

 

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)

 

It is time for The Quake that Rocked the Midwest – an annual gathering of high school aged teens from LEYM, OVYM (Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting) and ILYM (Illinois Yearly Meeting). If teens are interested please have them register with Rose Dennis of ILYM and notify Robb Yurisko of LEYM so he can liaise with Rose and possibly aid in travel. In years past this has been a wonderful opportunity for high school-aged Quaker teens to bond and spend time together. Contact Robb for more information at (614) 286-4829 or rlyurisko@gmail.com.

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

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