Bulletin 2-7-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 7, 2016

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation
• Is our commitment to simplicity reflected in our daily lives?
• Are we careful in our use of time and energy?
• Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?
• Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?
• Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind and spirit?
• Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?
• Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation?
• Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

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

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Ministry From video to the written word – this month’s Speaking of Ministry selection is still intended to provoke thinking about ministry. This month, voices both old and new. What do you agree with? What challenges you? Talk to a Friend! http://www.inwardlight.org/Some%20Quaker%20Voices%20about%20Vocal%20Ministry-3.pd

New Adventure – February 13 – Ever worshiped while sitting on moving boxes? If you’re game to try, Susan Loucks welcomes you during her first evening in her new house, Feb. 13, to help launch this space and her to this new adventure. RSVP (susanloucks) for the address. Optional pizza (from her) or potluck-without utensils at 6:30, worship at 7. If you’ve got cuttings or divided bits from your plants, feel free to bring them too!

LEYM 2016 Query February 14: For reflection and discussion at Meeting for Business on February 14, 2016. How might our meeting support individuals and the meeting as a whole in working to increase racial justice within our world? In what ways do we as a Meeting recognize white privilege in our own Meeting? What tools and practices do we use to foster awareness of our personal and corporate biases? Reflection: For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me. Matthew 25:35-36

Library Committee – February 28: The next meeting of Pamphlets & Pastries is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, at 12:15 pm. Our first meeting’s topic—Turnaround: Growing a Twenty-First Century Religious Society by Benjamin Lloyd—proved to be so thought-provoking that those attending wished to continue, taking it in smaller “bites”! So we will discuss the pamphlet’s first section, “Promote Quaker Identity,” pages 4-11. Other Pendle Hill Pamphlets with related topics will be available for reference. All are invited!

White Privilege Conference: This is a large, well-established, national conference that is held in a different city every year. This year’s meeting in Philadelphia is sponsored by many Quaker institutions. The conference has an impressive list of speakers and lots of workshops. Check it out: http://whiteprivilegeconference.com/

Memorial Service: A memorial service for Susan Patterson will be held in the meeting house on Saturday, February 13 from 1:30 to 2:30. Her sister, Elizabeth Burgwin, will host the event. The family is not affiliated with Pittsburgh Friends Meeting, but has in the past found comfort in memorial services in the manner of Friends.

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.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert

2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact. Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

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.

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Retreat Opportunities: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring two retreat opportunities in the next few months. “Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill. “The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment” May 13-15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape. Details can be found at the Ohio Yearly Meeting website under Programs, http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends-center/ or by calling Frances Taber at 740-425-1248.

East End Cooperative Ministry, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping vulnerable adults and children throughout our East End neighborhoods, has several volunteer roles available, including Café Host/ess on weekday mornings, tutors and homework helpers (clearances required) on weekday afternoons, receptionists, employment mentors, and meal preparation and service. For additional information contact Tracy Hudson at 412-3457124 or tracyh

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.

“Artist and activist," Vanessa German, will speak at Duquesne University (104 College Hall) on Wednesday, February 25 from 4:00-5:30 pm: "love and justice.creativity and courage; tamir rice, a broken tailight, and how to stay alive when no one wants to look you in the eye." Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Mary Parish @ maryjparish@gmail.com.”

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

1-31-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin January 31, 2016

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 to the clerks at this new address: pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Library Committee invites you to the first meeting of “Pamphlets & Pastries” for discussion of a Pendle Hill Pamphlet on Sunday, January 31, at 12:15 pm. We will read together and share thoughts about Turnaround: Growing a Twenty-First Century Religious Society by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be available. All are welcome.

February 14 is a Sunday! You know that John Woolman said "Love was the first motion…", but did you know that he also said "therefore take up scissors and paste, and make ye greeting cards for Friends in your meeting houses to illustrate the gladsome yoke of your fellowship"? Well, actually, he didn’t say that, but we’re going to do it anyway. You’re invited to enter your name in a random drawing to both make and receive a simple valentine greeting – a picture, a prayer, a favorite quote or poem. The drawing will be on the 31st – enough time to gather a little knowledge about your person, if necessary – and cards can either be mailed or brought to meeting on the appropriate day. We encourage people to keep their assigned person a secret until at least the 14th. Interested in participating? Give your name to Susan Loucks in person or by email (susanloucks).

Speaking of Ministry: Ministry committee is interested in fostering ongoing learning and curious conversations about vocal ministry – both in theory and in practice. As one part of this, we’re going to be introducing different resources over the course of the year and creating both on-line and in-person spaces for discussion about the resources. Our inaugural resource is this FGC video (url below). What do you think? Ministry committee is interested. Talk to a Friend! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-r97fEzGE2T8B5F9asWa6x8IyQ8rRSZr

Volunteer opportunity for Buddhists and meditators: The Stillworkers are a non-sectarian Pittsburgh-based group of engaged dharma practitioners whose main focus at this time is bringing Buddhism and meditation to inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. We offer both Buddhist and secular meditation practices to inmates, and teach a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence curriculum in the HOPE pre-release program. If you are interested or think you might be interested in taking your practice into the jail with us, we want to meet you. You are cordially invited to a meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Shambhala Meditation Center of Pittsburgh, 733 North Highland Ave (rear carriage house), Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

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.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert

2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307).

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.

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

1-24-16 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin January 24, 2016

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 to the clerks at this new address: pfmclerks.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Today: Peace and Social Concerns: At 12:15. Please join us after Meeting for Worship for a discussion on the School-to- Prison-Pipeline and the injustices of our prison system.

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. Somehow RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. There is an orange box on the mailboxes by the front door to deposit used stamps. Read more about their projects in an upcoming newsletter.

Outreach Committee is sponsoring dinners for eight to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other friends, Fridays and Saturdays, January 29-30. Sign up after meeting by January 9th. For more information, email Jim Morgan, morganjj@gmail.

Library Committee invites you to the first meeting of “Pamphlets & Pastries” for discussion of a Pendle Hill Pamphlet on Sunday, January 31, at 12:15 pm. We will read together and share thoughts about Turnaround: Growing a Twenty-First Century Religious Society by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be available. All are welcome.

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

February 14 is a Sunday! You know that John Woolman said "Love was the first motion…", but did you know that he also said "therefore take up scissors and paste, and make ye greeting cards for Friends in your meeting houses to illustrate the gladsome yoke of your fellowship"? Well, actually, he didn’t say that, but we’re going to do it anyway. You’re invited to enter your name in a random drawing to both make and receive a simple valentine greeting – a picture, a prayer, a favorite quote or poem. The drawing will be on the 31st – enough time to gather a little knowledge about your person, if necessary – and cards can either be mailed or brought to meeting on the appropriate day. We encourage people to keep their assigned person a secret until at least the 14th. Interested in participating? Give your name to Susan Loucks in person or by email (susanloucks).

Speaking of Ministry: Ministry committee is interested in fostering ongoing learning and curious conversations about vocal ministry – both in theory and in practice. As one part of this, we’re going to be introducing different resources over the course of the year and creating both on-line and in-person spaces for discussion about the resources. Our inaugural resource is this FGC video. What do you think? Ministry committee is interested. Talk to a Friend!

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.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert

2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact. Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

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.

Retreat Opportunities: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring two retreat opportunities in the next few months. “Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill. “The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment” May 13-15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape. Details can be found at the Ohio Yearly Meeting website under Programs, http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends-center/ or by calling Frances Taber at 740-425-1248.

East End Cooperative Ministry, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping vulnerable adults and children throughout our East End neighborhoods, has several volunteer roles available, including Café Host/ess on weekday mornings, tutors and homework helpers (clearances required) on weekday afternoons, receptionists, employment mentors, and meal preparation and service. Apply online at tracyh

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

1-17-16 bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin January 17, 2016

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 to the clerks at this new address: ​pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Singing, Biking, Standing on one’s head.­ What do these have in common? They are all ways that people in Pittsburgh meeting have successfully enabled themselves to center into worship. Join members of the ministry committee this Sunday, January 17 at 12:15, as we explore the theory and practice of preparing for the experience of worship!

Peace and Social Concerns:​ January 24​ th 12:15pm. Please join us after Meeting for Worship for a discussion on the School ­to­ Prison ­Pipeline and the injustices of our prison system.

Summit Against Racism: ​Saturday, January 23, 2016, is the date for the 18th annual Summit Against Racism, to be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in East Liberty. Workshops, speakers, and a community lunch provide opportunities to educate ourselves about racism and work together to end it.

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. Somehow RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. There is an orange box on the mailboxes by the front door to deposit used stamps. Read more about their projects in an upcoming newsletter.

Outreach Committee is sponsoring dinners for eight ​to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other friends, Fridays and Saturdays, January 22­-23 and 29-­30. Sign up after meeting by January 9​ th​ . For more information, email Jim Morgan, ​morganjj@gmail.

Library Committee​ invites you to the first meeting of “Pamphlets & Pastries” for discussion of a Pendle Hill Pamphlet on ​Sunday, January 31, at 12:15 pm. ​We will read together and share thoughts about ​Turnaround: Growing a Twenty­ First Century Religious Society by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be available. All are welcome.

Library Book Sale ongoing! ​The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution​ ​ box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

February 14 is a Sunday!​ You know that John Woolman said "Love was the first motion…", but did you know that he also said "therefore take up scissors and paste, and make ye greeting cards for Friends in your meeting houses to illustrate the gladsome yoke of your fellowship"? Well, actually, he didn’t say that, but we’re going to do it anyway. You’re invited to enter your name in a random drawing to both make and receive a simple valentine greeting: a picture, a prayer, a favorite quote or poem. The drawing will be on the 31st,­ enough time to gather a little knowledge about your person, if necessary,­ and cards can either be mailed or brought to meeting on the appropriate day. We encourage people to keep their assigned person a secret until at least the 14th. Interested in participating? Give your name to Susan Loucks in person or by email (susanloucks).

Speaking of Ministry:​ Ministry committee is interested in fostering ongoing learning and curious conversations about vocal ministry both in theory and in practice. As one part of this, we’re going to be introducing different resources over the course of the year and creating both on-­line and in-­person spaces for discussion about the resources. Our inaugural resource is ​ this​ FGC video. What do you think? Ministry committee is interested. Talk to a Friend!

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.

First Sunday Letter Writing.​ Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: ​Friends provide evening meal​ to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

Third Sunday, 7:30-­8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: ​Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412­977­3526 (cell) or 412­831­5677 (home), or Robert

2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. ​For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-­77-6­8307).

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.

Retreat Opportunities​: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring two retreat opportunities in the next few months. ​“Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18­-20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill. “The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment” May 13-­15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape. ​Details can be found at the Ohio Yearly Meeting website under Programs, http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends­center/​ or by calling Frances Taber at 740-­425-­1248.

East End Cooperative Ministry,​ an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping vulnerable adults and children throughout our East End neighborhoods, has several volunteer roles available, including Café Host/ess on weekday mornings, tutors and homework helpers (clearances required) on weekday afternoons, receptionists, employment mentors, and meal preparation and service. Apply online at ​tracyh

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 1-10-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin January 10, 2016

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 to the clerks at this new address: pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Peace and Social Concerns: January 24th 12:15pm. Please join us after Meeting for Worship for a discussion on the School-to-Prison-Pipeline and the injustices of our prison system.

Summit Against Racism: Saturday, January 23, 2016, is the date for the 18th annual Summit Against Racism, to be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in East Liberty. Workshops, speakers, and a community lunch provide opportunities to educate ourselves about racism and work together to end it.

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. Somehow RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. There is an orange box on the mailboxes by the front door to deposit used stamps. Read more about their projects in an upcoming newsletter.

Outreach Committee is sponsoring dinners for eight to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other friends, Fridays and Saturdays, January 22-23 and 29-30. Sign up after meeting by January 9th. For more information, email Jim Morgan: morganjj

Library Committee. Invites you to Pamphlets & Pastries a discussion of a Pendle Hill pamphlet (title to be announced). Please join us in the library at 12:15 on Sunday, January 31st. PHP’s are available on many subjects to the left of the Library.

Library Book Sale ongoing! Look the small yellow cart with the sign under the far right window. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

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.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412831-5677 (home), or Robert

Second and Fourth Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Ellie Castle, 724-776-8307.

Retreat Opportunities: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring two retreat opportunities in the next few months.

  • “Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill.
  • “The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment” May 13-15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape.

Details can be found at the Ohio Yearly Meeting website under Programs, http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends-center/ or by calling Frances Taber at 740-425-1248.

East End Cooperative Ministry, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping vulnerable adults and children throughout our East End neighborhoods, has several volunteer roles available, including Café Host/ess on weekday mornings, tutors and homework helpers (clearances required) on weekday afternoons, receptionists, employment mentors, and meal preparation and service. Apply online at tracyh

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.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 1-3-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: December 27, 2015

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 to the clerks at this new address: ​pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Bible Study:​ We will begin the Gospel of John on January 3​ rd​ . We hope to see you there! Questions? Please email Mary Parish @ ​maryjparish

Peace and Social Concerns: ​January 24​ th​ 12:15pm. Please join us after Meeting for Worship for a discussion on the School­to­ Prison­Pipeline and the injustices of our prison system

Summit Against Racism: ​Saturday, January 23, 2016, is the date for the 18th annual Summit Against Racism, to be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in East Liberty. Workshops, speakers, and a community lunch provide opportunities to educate ourselves about racism and work together to end it.

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. Somehow RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. There is an orange box on the mailboxes by the front door to deposit used stamps. Read more about their projects in an upcoming newsletter.

Outreach Committee is sponsoring dinners for eight ​to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other friends, Fridays and Saturdays, January 22-­23 and 29-­30. Sign up after meeting by January 9​ th​ . For more information, email Jim Morgan,​ morganjj​ .

Library Book Sale ongoing! ​Look for the small yellow cart with the sign under the far right window. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, h​ ttp://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 and national issues. In Library following MfW.

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: ​Friends provide evening meal ​ ​ to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

Third Sunday, 7:30­-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: ​Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412­-977­-3526 (cell) or 412-­831-­5677 (home), or Robert

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

Retreat Opportunities​: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring two retreat opportunities in the next few months. ​

  • “Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-­20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill.
  • “The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment” May 13-­15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape. ​Details can be found at the Ohio Yearly Meeting website under Programs, ​http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends­center/​ or by calling Frances Taber at 740­-425-­1248.

East End Cooperative Ministry,​ an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping vulnerable adults and children throughout our East End neighborhoods, has several volunteer roles available, including Café Host/ess on weekday mornings, tutors and homework helpers (clearances required) on weekday afternoons, receptionists, employment mentors, and meal preparation and service. Apply online at ​tracyh

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.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

12/2715 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: December 20, 2015

Queries for 12th Month (December) on Peace
● Do we live in the strength of that Life and Power which takes away the occasion for all war?
● What are we doing to remove the causes of war? Where there is hatred, division, or strife, how are we instruments of reconciliation? Where there is oppression, how are we instruments of justice?
● How do we communicate to others the basis of our peace testimony? Do we join with them in working for peace?
● Are we ready to stand by our peace testimony when it conflicts with the opinions of others or with established public policy?
● How do we reconcile our peace testimony with the payment of taxes that support war? What are we doing to encourage consideration of alternatives to military service?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit to the clerks at this new address: ​pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Peace and Social Concerns: ​January 24​th 12:15pm. Please join us after Meeting for Worship for a discussion on the School­ to­ Prison ­Pipeline and the injustices of our prison system

Summit Against Racism: ​Saturday, January 23, 2016, is the date for the 18th annual Summit Against Racism, to be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in East Liberty. Workshops, speakers, and a community lunch provide opportunities to educate ourselves about racism and work together to end it.

Bible Study: ​We will begin the Gospel of John on January 3​rd. We hope to see you there! Questions? Please email Mary Parish @ ​maryjparish.

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. Somehow RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. There is an orange box on the mailboxes by the front door to deposit used stamps. Read more about their projects in an upcoming newsletter.

Outreach Committee is sponsoring dinners for eight ​to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other friends, Fridays and Saturdays, January 22­-23 and 29­-30. Sign up after meeting by January 9​ th​. For more information, email Jim Morgan, ​morganjj​.

Library Book Sale ongoing! ​Look the small yellow cart with the sign under the far right window. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, h​ttp://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.

First Sunday Letter Writing. ​Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: ​Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

Third Sunday, 12:15­1:15 Adult Education

Third Sunday, 7:30­8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: ​Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412­-977­-3526 (cell) or 412-­831-­5677 (home), or Robert

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

Retreat Opportunities: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring two retreat opportunities in the next few months. ​

  • “Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-­20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill.
  • “The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment” May 13­-15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape.

​Details can be found at the Ohio Yearly Meeting website under Programs, ​http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends­center/​ or by calling Frances Taber at 740­-425­-1248.

East End Cooperative Ministry, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping vulnerable adults and children throughout our East End neighborhoods, has several volunteer roles available, including Café Host/ess on weekday mornings, tutors and homework helpers (clearances required) on weekday afternoons, receptionists, employment mentors, and meal preparation and service. Apply online at ​tracyh.

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.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck