Weekly Bulletin September 25, 2016

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 to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23: As we celebrate 50 years in our Meetinghouse, please join as we honor and remember those whose hard work, commitment, and love created this space, and the worship, action, and community that have been nurtured within its walls. Saturday evening there will be a potluck, followed by a talk by Jay Marshall, Dean of Earlham School of Religion, “Movements, Revelations, and the Life in the Meeting.” Sunday, following Meeting for Worship, we will share a simple potluck. We will be inviting distant Friends to join us, and there may be a need for overnight hospitality and clean up. If you are able to host visitors, please contact Gina Godfrey.

First Day School: The FDS Committee is looking for a shopper for foods for Hospitality on Sunday September 25th. The FDS students will create and serve special Indian dishes in celebration of Diwali that day. We will provide you with a list of items to be purchased. Please contact Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com) or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com) if you are able to be our grocery shopper.

Meal Train for Sara Bowen­Salio is still up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family will be grateful for any support they receive.

FDS and Child Care: All Friends interested in working with children are now required to obtain criminal background checks, which are free and easy to do! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com), Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com), or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com). Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for assistance with online applications.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, October 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlet discussion group, sponsored by Library Committee, will meet to continue sharing thoughts about PHP #388, “Expectant Listening” by Michael Wajda. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided; copies are also available for borrowing. All are welcome.

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob-­McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net or 412-389-­3910 to sign up.

Saturday Salon, November 12, 7pm in the parlor. Featured will be Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob­McDowell, reading from their writings. This evening of shared creative expression will include refreshments followed by Open Mic. Those interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression, please contact the Open Mic Coordinator, Barrra Jacob­McDowell, 412­389­3910 or barrabard@comcast.net.

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

Get the weekly e­bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e­-versions) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can on the Newcomers table.

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 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@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.

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, 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)

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

Free Online Course: Radical Spirituality, the Early History of the Quakers ­ led by Ben Pink Dandelion, explores the origins of the Quaker movement the meaning it carries today: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1

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.

Bulletin 9-18-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Weekly Bulletin September 18, 2016

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 to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23: As we celebrate 50 years in our Meetinghouse, please join as we honor and remember those whose hard work, commitment, and love created this space, and the worship, action, and community that have been nurtured within its walls.Saturday evening there will be a potluck, followed by a talk by Jay Marshall, Dean of Earlham School of Religion, “Movements, Revelations, and the Life in the Meeting.” Sunday, following Meeting for Worship, we will share a simple potluck. We will be inviting distant Friends to join us, and there may be a need for overnight hospitality and clean up. If you are able to host visitors, please contact Gina Godfrey.

Saturday, September 17: A celebration of the life of Dick Baker, Lila Cornell’s husband, will take place at Sherwood Oaks beginning at 2:00 pm. All Friends are invited to attend.
First Day School: The FDS Committee is looking for a shopper for foods for Hospitality on Sunday September 25th. The FDS students will create and serve special Indian dishes in celebration of Diwali that day. We will provide you with a list of items to be purchased. Please contact Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com) or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com) if you are able to be our grocery shopper.

Meal Train for Sara Bowen-­Salio is still up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family will be grateful for any support they receive.

FDS and Child Care: All Friends interested in working with children are now required to obtain criminal background checks, which are free and easy to do! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com), Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com), or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com). Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com)  for assistance with online applications.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, October 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlet discussion group, sponsored by Library Committee, will meet to continue sharing thoughts about PHP #388, “Expectant Listening” by Michael Wajda. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided; copies are also available for borrowing. All are welcome.

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

Get the weekly e-­bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e­-versions) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can on the Newcomers table.

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 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@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.

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, 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)

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 

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob­-McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net  or 412­-389­-3910 to sign up.

Saturday Salon: Saturday, November 12: The next “evening of shared creative expression” will feature Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-­McDowell reading from their writings. Beginning at 7 pm, the program will include refreshments followed by Open Mic, in which others may share poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression. Watch for more information and/or contact members of the Library Committee.

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24­-25 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) 5725 Old US Hwy. 322, Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to make peacemaking less lonely. Registration deadline: Sept. 17. At least 3 members of Peace and Social Concerns will be attending. If you want to register, please contact Joe Marchesani (joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com)  for conference information.

Free Online Course: Radical Spirituality, the Early History of the Quakers ­ led by Ben Pink Dandelion, explores the origins of the Quaker movement the meaning it carries today: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1

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.

Powell House retreat Sept 23-­25 “Building Facilitation Skills Authentically.” The intention of this retreat is to help experienced, less experienced, and brand new facilitators grow into their gifts as facilitators in authentic ways, recognizing that “good” facilitators can be dramatically different from one another. Our biggest hope as a planning group for this retreat is to provide our next generation of facilitators with encouragement, support, and opportunities to connect with one another and with potential mentors.” For more information contact Hilary Burgin hilary@neym.org .

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

September 11, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin September 11, 2016

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 to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Don’t miss out on Fall Gathering! (9/16/16-­9/18/16): Cari Burke plans to make this an engaging and meaningful gathering for all our young Friends! Young Adult Friends plan an engaging and community­-building gathering, The adult program will be awesome too! Pick up a brochure with the schedule and other pertinent information at Meeting! Or check it out on the PFM website: http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/Fall%20Gathering%20Flyer%202016.pdf. Questions? Contact Sam Milford or Walter Mead.

FDS and Child Care: All Friends interested in working with children are now required to obtain criminal background checks, which are free and easy to do! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com), Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com), or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com). Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for assistance with online applications.

Save the date! Our Meeting community will celebrate 50 years in our meetinghouse the weekend of October 22 & 23. There will be events both Saturday and Sunday. We will be inviting distant Friends to join us, and there may be a need for overnight hospitality and clean up after the potluck. If you are able to host visitors this weekend, please notify Gina Godfrey.

Meal Train for Sara Bowen-­Salio is still up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family will be grateful for any support they receive.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, October 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlet discussion group, sponsored by Library Committee, will meet to continue sharing thoughts about PHP #388, “Expectant Listening” by Michael Wajda. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided; copies are also available for borrowing. All are welcome.

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

Get the weekly e­bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e­-versions) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can on the Newcomers table.

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 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@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.

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, 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)

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

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob-­McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net or 412-­389­-3910 to sign up.

Saturday Salon: Saturday, November 12: The next “evening of shared creative expression” will feature Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob­-McDowell reading from their writings. Beginning at 7 pm, the program will include refreshments followed by Open Mic, in which others may share poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression. Watch for more information and/or contact members of the Library Committee.

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24-­25 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) 5725 Old US Hwy. 322, Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to make peacemaking less lonely. Registration deadline: Sept. 17. At least 3 members of Peace and Social Concerns will be attending. If you want to register, please contact Joe Marchesani (joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com) for conference information.

Free Online Course: Radical Spirituality, the Early History of the Quakers ­ led by Ben Pink Dandelion, explores the origins of the Quaker movement the meaning it carries today: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1

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.

Powell House retreat Sept 23-­25 “Building Facilitation Skills Authentically.” The intention of this retreat is to help experienced, less experienced, and brand new facilitators grow into their gifts as facilitators in authentic ways, recognizing that “good” facilitators can be dramatically different from one another. Our biggest hope as a planning group for this retreat is to provide our next generation of facilitators with encouragement, support, and opportunities to connect with one another and with potential mentors.” For more information contact Hilary Burgin hilary@neym.org .

PFM Bulletin 9-4-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin September 4, 2016

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 to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Don’t miss out on Fall Gathering! (9/16/16-9/18/16) Registration closes on September 4th! Registration for Fall Gathering is winding down! Registration closes on SUNDAY! If you have not yet registered the time to do so is now! Scholarships are available for Young Friends attending the gathering and for adults who need financial assistance, there are funds available through the Quaker Community Fund. Rooms in Scott lodge are filling up and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis so register now at tinyurl.com/FG16reg Cari Burke plans to make this an engaging and meaningful gathering for all our young Friends! Young Adult Friends plan an engaging and community-building gathering, so don’t miss out. The adult program will be awesome too! Pick up a brochure with the schedule and other pertinent information at Meeting! Or check it out on the PFM website: http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/Fall%20Gathering%20Flyer%202016.pdf

FDS and Child Care: All Friends interested in working with children are now required to obtain criminal background checks, which are free and easy to do! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com), Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com), or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com). Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for assistance with online applications.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary Mirrors of White Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible on Wednesday, September 7. There will be a 6pm potluck, 6:40 film showing, and 7:30 discussion at the Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Ave. The documentary features white women and men who have worked to gain insights into what it means to challenge the notion of racism and white supremacy in the US.
Everybody is welcome. RSVP 412-661-7149.

Save the date! Our Meeting community will celebrate 50 years in our meetinghouse the weekend of October 22 & 23. There will be events both Saturday and Sunday. We will be inviting distant Friends to join us, and there may be a need for overnight hospitality and clean up after the potluck. If you are able to host visitors this weekend, please notify Gina Godfrey.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, October 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlet discussion group, sponsored by Library Committee, will meet to continue sharing thoughts about PHP #388, “Expectant Listening” by Michael Wajda. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided; copies are also available for borrowing. All are welcome.

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 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@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.

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, 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)

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

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net or 412-389-3910 to sign up.

Meal Train for Sara Bowen-Salio is still up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family will be grateful for any support they receive.

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24-25 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) 5725 Old US Hwy. 322, Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to make peacemaking less lonely. Registration deadline: Sept. 17. At least 3 members of Peace and Social Concerns will be attending. If you want to register, please contact Joe Marchesani (joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com) for conference information.

Free Online Course: Radical Spirituality, the Early History of the Quakers – led by Ben Pink Dandelion, explores the origins of the Quaker movement the meaning it carries today: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1

Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e-versions) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can on the Newcomers table.

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.
Powell House retreat Sept 23-25 “Building Facilitation Skills Authentically.” The intention of this retreat is to help experienced, less experienced, and brand new facilitators grow into their gifts as facilitators in authentic ways, recognizing that “good” facilitators can be dramatically different from one another. Our biggest hope as a planning group for this retreat is to provide our next generation of facilitators with encouragement, support, and opportunities to connect with one another and with potential mentors.” For more information contact Hilary Burgin hilary@neym.org.

August 28, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin August 28, 2016

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 to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Meal Train for Sara Bowen-Salio is up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family is so grateful for the support they are receiving.

Invitation from the Clerks: Each week, Pittsburgh Friends Meeting closes worship with a reading of the monthly Queries, which serve as a guide to us as we live out our faith in our daily lives. Recently, events in our nation have caused many Friends to consider the role of attitudes towards race, ethnicity, and bigotry that inform our culture and its institutions. In PFM, both members and regular attenders are increasingly uncomfortable with this status quo and are asking how to become more active in fighting this blight on our world. Please consider joining a newly formed “working group” that will meet to discuss and develop Queries and Practices that allow us as Friends to be more actively aware of AND actively engaged in resisting and eliminating the harmful effects of racism in our Religious Society and our civil communities. (Please note: these Queries will not replace our existing Queries, nor will they “compete” with them.) Participation in this group is open to all Friends and Attenders of Pittsburgh Meeting. For more information, contact Mary Parish, Gina Godfrey, or Kathie Hollingshead, or email pfmclerks@gmail.com.

Don’t miss out on Fall Gathering! (9/16/16-9/18/16) Registration closes on September 4th!Registration for Fall Gathering is winding down! Registration closes NEXT SUNDAY! If you have not yet registered the time to do so is now! tinyurl.com/FG16reg Scholarships are available for Young Friends attending the gathering and for adults who need financial assistance, there are funds available through the Quaker Community Fund. Rooms in Scott lodge are filling up and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis so register early at tinyurl.com/FG16reg Cari Burke plans to make this an engaging and meaningful gathering for all our young Friends! Young Adult Friends plan an engaging and community building gathering so don’t miss out. The adult program will be awesome too! Pick up a brochure with the schedule and other pertinent information at Meeting! Or check it out on the PFM website: http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/Fall%20Gathering%20Flyer%202016.pdf

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net or 412-389-3910 to sign up.

Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e-versions) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can on the Newcomers table.

Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com) or Mary Beth Steisslinger (mbsteisslinger@gmail.com). While PA now requires all volunteers working with children to obtain a criminal background check, this is free and easy to do! Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for assistance with online applications.

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 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@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.

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, 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)

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
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.

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24-25 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) 5725 Old US Hwy. 322, Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to make peacemaking less lonely. Registration deadline: Sept. 17. At least 3 members of Peace and Social Concerns will be attending. If you want to register, please contact Joe Marchesani (joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com) for conference information.

Powell House retreat Sept 23-25 “Building Facilitation Skills Authentically.” The intention of this retreat is to help experienced, less experienced, and brand new facilitators grow into their gifts as facilitators in authentic ways, recognizing that “good” facilitators can be dramatically different from one another. Our biggest hope as a planning group for this retreat is to provide our next generation of facilitators with encouragement, support, and opportunities to connect with one another and with potential mentors.” For more information contact Hilary Burgin hilary@neym.org.

Free Online Course: Radical Spirituality, the Early History of the Quakers – led by Ben Pink Dandelion, explores the origins of the Quaker movement the meaning it carries today: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1

August 21, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin August 21, 2016

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 to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Today – FCNL Workshop – 12:15-1:15 Damon Motz-Storey, Visiting Friend with FCNL (www.fcnl.org; Friends Committee on National Legislation – “A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest”), will be with us for a workshop. Damon will share opportunities to get more involved with our legislative process and to learn more about advocating for peace and social justice. He will also tell us about funding available to help us travel to D.C. to learn how to lobby and to become experts in issues of mass incarceration, climate change, and immigration reform.

Meal Train for Sara Bowen-Salio is up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family is so grateful for the support they are receiving.

Message from the Clerks—In the Spirit of Love: During this political season, please bear in mind that Friends and Attenders are of many minds about the issues that confront our nation and that Meeting for Worship is not a political forum. We understand that passions are running high, and the Spirit may move us to speak about the concerns of the day. To quote the disciple Paul, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Let us speak from the Light we are given to the Light in others under the guidance of this Spirit.

Invitation from the Clerks: Each week, Pittsburgh Friends Meeting closes worship with a reading of the monthly Queries, which serve as a guide to us as we live out our faith in our daily lives. Recently, events in our nation have caused many Friends to consider the role of attitudes towards race, ethnicity, and bigotry that inform our culture and its institutions. In PFM, both members and regular attenders are increasingly uncomfortable with this status quo and are asking how to become more active in fighting this blight on our world. Please consider joining a newly formed “working group” that will meet to discuss and develop Queries and Practices that allow us as Friends to be more actively aware of AND actively engaged in resisting and eliminating the harmful effects of racism in our Religious Society and our civil communities. (Please note: these Queries will not replace our existing Queries, nor will they “compete” with them.) Participation in this group is open to all Friends and Attenders of Pittsburgh Meeting. For more information, contact Mary Parish, Gina Godfrey, or Kathie Hollingshead, or email pfmclerks@gmail.com.

What does belonging really look like, and how do we put it into practice? At Fall Gathering (9/16/16-9/18/16) we will weave the fabric of trust and community and gain a deeper understanding of each other toward the goal of Seeing, Knowing, Caring, and Growing through games, worship, outdoor activities, bonfires, a talent show, and playing joyfully together. Rooms in Scott lodge are limited and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis so register early at tinyurl.com/FG16reg Scholarships are available for Young Friends attending the gathering and Cari Burke plans to make this an engaging and meaningful gathering for all our young Friends! Pick up a brochure with the schedule and other pertinent information at Meeting! Or check it out on the PFM website: http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/Fall%20Gathering%20Flyer%202016.pdf

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net or 412-389-3910 to sign up.

Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com) or Mary Beth Steisslinger (mbsteisslinger@gmail.com). While PA now requires all volunteers working with children to obtain a criminal background check, this is free and easy to do! Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for assistance with online applications.

Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com.  Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e-versions) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can on the Newcomers table.

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 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@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.

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, 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)

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

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.

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24-25 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) 5725 Old US Hwy. 322, Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to make peacemaking less lonely. Registration deadline: Sept. 17. At least 3 members of Peace and Social Concerns will be attending. If you want to register, please contact Joe Marchesani (joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com)  for conference information.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 8-14-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin August 14, 2016

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 to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks

Meal Train for Sara Bowen-Salio is up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family is so grateful for the support they are receiving.

Message from the Clerks—In the Spirit of Love: During this political season, please bear in mind that Friends and Attenders are of many minds about the issues that confront our nation and that Meeting for Worship is not a political forum. We understand that passions are running high, and the Spirit may move us to speak about the concerns of the day. To quote the disciple Paul, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Let us speak from the Light we are given to the Light in others under the guidance of this Spirit.

Invitation from the Clerks: Each week, Pittsburgh Friends Meeting closes worship with a reading of the monthly Queries, which serve as a guide to us as we live out our faith in our daily lives. Recently, events in our nation have caused many Friends to consider the role of attitudes towards race, ethnicity, and bigotry that inform our culture and its institutions. In PFM, both members and regular attenders are increasingly uncomfortable with this status quo and are asking how to become more active in fighting this blight on our world. Please consider joining a newly formed “working group” that will meet to discuss and develop Queries and Practices that allow us as Friends to be more actively aware of AND actively engaged in resisting and eliminating the harmful effects of racism in our Religious Society and our civil communities. (Please note: these Queries will not replace our existing Queries, nor will they “compete” with them.) Participation in this group is open to all Friends and Attenders of Pittsburgh Meeting. For more information, contact Mary Parish, Gina Godfrey, or Kathy Hollingshead, or email pfmclerks@gmail.com.

What does belonging really look like, and how do we put it into practice? At Fall Gathering (9/16/16-9/18/16) we will weave the fabric of trust and community and gain a deeper understanding of each other toward the goal of Seeing, Knowing, Caring, and Growing through games, worship, outdoor activities, bonfires, a talent show, and playing joyfully together. Rooms in Scott lodge are limited and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis so register early at tinyurl.com/FG16reg Scholarships are available for Young Friends attending the gathering and Cari Burke plans to make this an engaging and meaningful gathering for all our young Friends! Pick up a brochure with the schedule and other pertinent information at Meeting! Or check it out on the PFM website:
http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/Fall%20Gathering%20Flyer%202016.pdf

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell at barrabard@comcast.net or 412-389-3910 to sign up.

Typists needed! Summer months mean spottier schedules. Are you interested in being one of the typists that captures ministry and announcements during Meeting for Worship? If so, please contact Susan for more information: susanloucks@gmail.com

Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com) or Mary Beth Steisslinger (mbsteisslinger@gmail.com). While PA now requires all volunteers working with children to obtain a criminal background check, this is free and easy to do! All the required forms are also attached to the email circulating the bulletin. Paper copies of these forms are available at the Meeting House. You can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for further instructions or assistance. Yes, we can walk you through this process right at the meetinghouse if you prefer!

Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e-versions — the e-directory publishes more often) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can in the opposite corner from the piano.

Library Committee: Once again, the Sunday morning parlor display is on summer vacation! But “Reading for a Rainy Day” books are displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are posted on the mantel and on the library desk.

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 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@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.

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, 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)

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

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.

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24-25 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) 5725 Old US Hwy. 322, Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to make peacemaking less lonely. Registration deadline: Sept. 17. At least 3 members of Peace and Social Concerns will be attending. If you want to register, please contact Joe Marchesani (joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com) for conference information.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck