Bulletin 4/12/15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: April 12, 2015

Queries for April (Fourth Month) on Caring
• Do we care for those around us?
• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
• When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
• Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
• As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
• In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
TODAY: 12:15. Meeting for Business

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

North Hills Interfaith Gathering. This year the Gathering will be Sunday, April 26th, 3:00-5:00pm at Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Hwy in McCandless. The theme will be “Living in Harmony: Path to Reconciliation.” If you would like to represent our Meeting in a presentation on this topic, contact Jim Morgan, morganjj

April 24-26 Join us in New York City to support the United Nation’s 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Peace and Planet Conference on April 25 and 25 at Cooper Union will be followed by a rally at the UN on April 26. We have generously been offered hospitality with NYC Quakers. Scholarships available. Contact Scilla Wahrhaftig or Jo Schlesinger.

Meal Train arrangements are being made to provide meals to Jennifer Sydeski Hurd and her husband, Geoffrey Hurd following the birth of Augustus. You can sign up to provide a meal at ginamgodfrey.

Annual Committee Reports from conveners due to pfmclerks by April 10.

Memorial Service for Jim Beggs a long time active attender of Meeting will be held Friday evening (7p.m.) APRIL 24th. at the Meeting House. Friends are needed to help with hospitality, ushering and child care. If you are able to help please contact Virginia Mayo or Jo Schlesinger.

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 will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish, mjparish

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 Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. 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

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

Outreach Committee: Check out the expanded FIGs (Friendly Interest Groups) on the parlor bulletin board.

Quaker Community Fund (QCF) Scholarship Application Deadline: May 1, 2015. If you are planning to apply for a QCF scholarship for the Gathering, LEYM, or summer camp, the deadline is May 1. Information and applications are available online or from any QCF member: Walter Mead, Mary King, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf

2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more. Registration begins April 1. Register between April 1-12 for best choice of workshops.

Library Committee: The red cart in the foyer during Hospitality each Sunday (and in the library throughout the week) now holds audio-visual items from our collection as well as children’s picture books. To enjoy the books here, or to sign out books or audio-visuals, please follow the instructions on the posted signs.

First Day School invites you to join us for a Bonfire on May 9th, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Meeting House.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 4-5-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: April 5, 2015

Queries for April (Fourth Month) on Caring
• Do we care for those around us?

• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
• When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
• Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
• As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
• In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
TODAY: First Day School’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the rise of Meeting for Worship. Parents of young children are asked to supervise their children as they will be receiving small toys inside of the Easter eggs.

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

North Hills Interfaith Gathering. This year the Gathering will be Sunday, April 26th, 3:00-5:00pm at Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Hwy in McCandless. The theme will be “Living in Harmony: Path to Reconciliation.” If you would like to represent our Meeting in a presentation on this topic, contact Jim Morgan.

April 24-26 Join us in New York City to support the United Nation’s 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Peace and Planet Conference on April 25 and 25 at Cooper Union will be followed by a rally at the UN on April 26. We have generously been offered hospitality with NYC Quakers. Scholarships available. Contact Scilla Wahrhaftig or Jo Schlesinger.

Meal Train arrangements are being made to provide meals to Jennifer Sydeski Hurd and her husband, Geoffrey Hurd following the birth of Augustus. You can sign up to provide a meal at https://mealtrain.com/6nn7rz or contact Gina Godfrey.

Annual Committee Reports from conveners due to pfmclerks by April 10.

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 will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

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

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

Outreach Committee: Check out the expanded FIGs (Friendly Interest Groups) on the parlor bulletin board.

Quaker Community Fund (QCF) Scholarship Application Deadline: May 1, 2015. If you are planning to apply for a QCF scholarship for the Gathering, LEYM, or summer camp, the deadline is May 1. Information and applications are available online or from any QCF member:Walter Mead, Mary King, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf

2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more. Registration begins April 1. Register between April 1-12 for best choice of workshops.

Library Committee: The red cart in the foyer during Hospitality each Sunday (and in the library throughout the week) now holds audio-visual items from our collection as well as children’s picture books. To enjoy the books here, or to sign out books or audio-visuals, please follow the instructions on the posted signs.

First Day School invites you to join us for a Bonfire on May 9th, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Meeting House.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 3/29/15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 29, 2015

Queries for March (Third Month) on Stewardship
• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
• Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generation? How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
• Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share them with others?
• Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us?
• How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

TODAY: Stories & Scones Book Club will meet at 12:15pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. The book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, has been reviewed in the March newsletter.

Also Today: Empty Bowls from 2:00-6:00pm at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Avenue. This simple meal of bread and soup benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest. www.justharvest.org/event/empty-bowls-2015/

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

North Hills Interfaith Gathering. This year the Gathering will be Sunday, April 26th, 3:00-5:00pm at Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Hwy in McCandless. The theme will be “Living in Harmony: Path to Reconciliation.” If you would like to represent our Meeting in a presentation on this topic, contact Jim Morgan, morganjj

Meal Train arrangements are being made to provide meals to Jennifer Sydeski Hurd and her husband, Geoffrey Hurd following the birth of their baby. You can sign up to provide a meal at https://mealtrain.com/6nn7rz or contact Gina Godfrey.

First Day School’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place Sunday, April 5th at the rise of 10:30 MfW. Parents of young children are asked to supervise their children as they will be receiving small toys inside of the Easter eggs.

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 will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

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

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

April 24-26 Join us in New York City to support the United Nation’s 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Peace and Planet Conference on April 24 and 25 at Cooper Union will be followed by a rally at the UN on April 26. We have generously been offered hospitality with NYC Quakers. Scholarships available. Contact Scilla Wahrhaftig or Jo Schlesinger.

Outreach Committee: Check out the expanded FIGs (Friendly Interest Groups) on the parlor bulletin board.

Quaker Community Fund (QCF) Scholarship Application Deadline: May 1, 2015. If you are planning to apply for a QCF scholarship for the Gathering, LEYM, or summer camp, the deadline is May 1. Information and applications are available online or from any QCF member: Walter Mead, Mary King, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf

2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more. Registration begins April 1. Register between April 1-12 for best choice of workshops.

Library Committee: The red cart in the foyer during Hospitality each Sunday (and in the library throughout the week) now holds audio-visual items from our collection as well as children’s picture books. To enjoy the books here, or to sign out books or audio-visuals, please follow the instructions on the posted signs.

First Day School invites you to join us for a Bonfire on May 9th, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Meeting House.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 3-22-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 22, 2015

Queries for March (Third Month) on Stewardship
• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
• Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generation? How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
• Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share them with others?
• Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us?
• How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
TODAY: WELCOME FRIENDS
The ad hoc committee for clearness on Hospitality is compiling information on Friends’ experience and expectations of Meeting hospitality and requests your help. Please complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/57NQ72W There will also be paper copies available from a committee member after Meetings for Worship through 3/22. Your input is valued and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

First Day School: March 29th. students will be participating in Meeting for Worship.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. The book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, has been reviewed in the March newsletter.

First Day School’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the rise of 10:30 MfW on Sunday, April 5th. Parents of young children are asked to supervise their children as they will be receiving small toys inside of the Easter eggs.

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

North Hills Interfaith Gathering. This year the Gathering will be Sunday, April 26th, 3-5 p.m. at Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Hwy in McCandless. The theme will be “Living in Harmony: Path to Reconciliation.” If you would like to represent our Meeting in a presentation on this topic, contact Jim Morgan, morganjj

Library Committee: The red cart in the foyer during Hospitality each Sunday (and in the library throughout the week) now holds audio-visual items from our collection as well as children’s picture books. To enjoy the books here, or to sign out books or audio-visuals, please follow the instructions on the posted signs.

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 will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. No library letter-writing today. Try using the user-friendly FCNL website to contact your representatives about ending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which will keep the president from going to war without Congress. http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=64126336

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 Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

Request from Library Committee: When borrowing books from our library, please write your name AND phone number or email address on the card found in the pocket of the book. Place the card in the front of the box provided for that purpose on the library desk. Thank you.

Outreach Committee: We have so many Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) that we are putting in a larger bulletin board. Join a group or start our own. Currently we have Fish Fry Friday on 3/20 (Dou-Yan), Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly or email Jim Morgan (morganjj) for more information.

First Day School invites you to join us for a Bonfire on May 9th, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Meeting House.

Quaker Community Fund (QCF) Scholarship Application Deadline: May 1, 2015. If you are planning to apply for a QCF scholarship for the Gathering, LEYM, or summer camp, the deadline is May 1. Information and applications are available online or from any QCF member:Walter Mead, Mary King, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf

2015 Gathering – FGC invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more. Registration begins April 1. Register between April 1-12 for best choice of workshops.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 15, 2015

Queries for March (Third Month) on Stewardship
• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
• Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generation? How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
• Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share them with others?
• Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us?
• How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Ministry Committee Adult Class, March 15 “How a Caring Community Helps Us to Live Our Testimonies”. Eileen Flanagan will address the role of community in helping us to be faithful, whether we feel called to living simply or to taking on unjust systems. The importance of community is one of the themes of Eileen’s new book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, which describes her journey to climate justice work. She is the clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, one of the core faculty in Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness program, and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. For more information on her work, please visit eileenflanagan.com.

The ad hoc committee for clearness on Hospitality is compiling information on Friends’ experience and expectations of Meeting hospitality and requests your help. Please complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/57NQ72W There will also be paper copies available from a committee member after Meetings for Worship through 3/22. Your input is valued and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1 -4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

Bring a Friend to Meeting Day, March 22nd. Of course, visitors are welcome at Meeting any time… but… the morning of March 22 will be a distinctive day (mini-event?) that we’re especially encouraging new, interested people to visit the Meetinghouse, experience Meeting for Worship, and ask questions. (In other words, it’s a regular Meeting for Worship day at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting—with just a few extra special touches!) So, that interested friend of yours that you tend to discuss Quaker stuff with, off and on, here and there—go ahead and invite them or bring them along! Special snacks and fellowship will follow rise of Meeting. Arrival before 10:30 a.m. encouraged.

North Hills Interfaith Gathering. This year the Gathering will be Sunday, April 26th, 3-5 p.m. at Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Hwy in McCandless. The theme will be “Living in Harmony: Path to Reconciliation.” If you would like to represent our Meeting in a presentation on this topic, contact Jim Morgan.

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 will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. No library letter-writing today. Try using the user-friendly FCNL website to contact your representatives about ending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which will keep the president from going to war without Congress. http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=64126336

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 Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx. 30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

Library Committee: The red cart in the foyer during Hospitality each Sunday (and in the library throughout the week) now holds audio-visual items from our collection as well as children’s picture books. To enjoy the books here, or to sign out books or audio-visuals, please follow the instructions on the posted signs.

Request from Library Committee: When borrowing books from our library, please write your name AND phone number or email address on the card found in the pocket of the book. Place the card in the front of the box provided for that purpose on the library desk. Thank you.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. The book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, has been reviewed in the March newsletter.

Outreach Committee: Outreach Committee: We have so many Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) that we are putting in a larger bulletin board. Join a group or start our own. Currently we have Fish Fry Friday on 3/20 (Dou-Yan), Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly or email Jim Morgan (morganjj) for more information.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 3/8/2015

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 8, 2015

Queries for March (Third Month) on Stewardship
• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
• Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generation? How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
• Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share them with others?
• Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us?
• How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Ministry Committee Adult Class, March 15 “How a Caring Community Helps Us to Live Our Testimonies”. Eileen Flanagan will address the role of community in helping us to be faithful, whether we feel called to living simply or to taking on unjust systems. The importance of community is one of the themes of Eileen’s new book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, which describes her journey to climate justice work. She is the clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, one of the core faculty in Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness program, and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. For more information on her work, please visit eileenflanagan.com.

FDS invites everyone to join us for Pi ( π) Day. March 14th (3/14/15) has been internationally declared Pi Day ( π= 3.1415) in celebration of mathematics and nerdy fun. Join FDS for board games, math puzzles, and pie on Saturday, March 14th from 6:30-9 pm. If you would like to donate a pie for the event please contact Kathy Rubel or Betsy Bangley. How many digits of π can you remember?

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, bolitionist , and women’s rights activist. The book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, has been reviewed in the March newsletter.

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to Barry Beal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

Outreach Committee: We have so many Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) that we are putting in a larger bulletin board. Join a group or start our own. Currently we have Fish Fry Friday on 3/20 (Dou-Yan), Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly or email Jim Morgan for more information.

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 will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. No library letter-writing today. Try using the user-friendly FCNL website to contact your representatives about ending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which will keep the president from going to war without Congress. http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=64126336

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 Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

Ministry Committee: How has our practice of expectant waiting in worship invited the Divine to guide our meeting’s actions? In what ways do our actions in the world as a meeting enrich and transform the spiritual life of the body? We will discuss at the March 8 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

Request from Library Committee: When borrowing books from our library, please write your name AND phone number or email address on the card found in the pocket of the book. Place the card in the front of the box provided for that purpose on the library desk. Thank you.

Library: Children’s books are on display during Hospitality every Sunday! Look for the Big Red Cart in the foyer. We invite kids to enjoy these books in the building, but please put books on the table behind the cart when finished. To borrow a book and take it home: Please follow instructions posted on signs.

Ministry Committee would like to know if there is interest in re-starting a Wednesday evening Meeting for Worship. From time to time in the past we have had Worship on Wednesday evenings, and we are exploring whether there is interest in doing so again. If you are seriously interested in attending meetings for worship on Wednesday evenings, please let a member of the Ministry Committee know. We would need a commitment from at least 5 to 10 people to get it started.

The ad hoc committee for clearness on Hospitality is compiling information on Friends’ experience and expectations of Meeting hospitality and requests your help. Please complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/57NQ72W. There will also be paper copies available from a committee member after Meetings for Worship through March 22nd. Your input is valued and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

3-1-2015

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 1, 2015

Queries for March (Third Month) on Stewardship
• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
• Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generation? How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
• Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share them with others?
• Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us?
• How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Ministry Committee Adult Class, March 15 “How a Caring Community Helps Us to Live Our Testimonies”. Eileen Flanagan will address the role of community in helping us to be faithful, whether we feel called to living simply or to taking on unjust systems. The importance of community is one of the themes of Eileen’s new book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, which describes her journey to climate justice work. She is the clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, one of the core faculty in Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness program, and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. For more information on her work, please visit eileenflanagan.com.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15pm in the library. The book for discussion is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist , and women’s rights activist. The book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, has been reviewed in the March newsletter.

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

Outreach Committee: Join Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Armchair Travel meeting (Mary King), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly or email Jim Morgan (morganjj) for more information.

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Sign-up on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle link:http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

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 will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish, mjparish

First Sunday Letter Writing. No library letter-writing today. Try using the user-friendly FCNL website to contact your representatives about ending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which will keep the president from going to war without ¬ Congress. ¬http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=64126336

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 Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

Ministry Committee: How has our practice of expectant waiting in worship invited the Divine to guide our meeting’s actions? In what ways do our actions in the world as a meeting enrich and transform the spiritual life of the body? This query will be discussed at the March 8 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

Request from Library Committee: When borrowing books from our library, please write your name AND phone number or email address on the card found in the pocket of the book. Place the card in the front of the box provided for that purpose on the library desk. Thank you

Library: Children’s books are on display during Hospitality every Sunday! Look for the Big Red Cart in the foyer. We invite kids to enjoy these books in the building, but please put books on the table behind the cart when finished. To borrow a book and take it home: Please follow instructions posted on signs.

Ministry Committee would like to know if there is interest in re-starting a Wednesday evening Meeting for Worship. From time to time in the past we have had Worship on Wednesday evenings, and we are exploring whether there is interest in doing so again. If you are seriously interested in attending meetings for worship on Wednesday evenings, please let a member of the Ministry Committee know. We would need a commitment from at least 5 to 10 people to get it started.

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck