Weekly Bulletin December 11, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin December 11, 2016

 

Queries for Twelfth Month (December) on Peace

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

FDS students are invited to the Holiday Program Rehearsal on Friday, December 16, from 6-9 pm. We will serve pizza to the kids.  The FDS will present their Holiday Program on Sunday, Dec. 18th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.  Please plan to attend and bring finger foods to share for Hospitality.  Thank you!

Saturday Salon: December 17, 7pm in the parlor. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature readings by Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell. Anyone interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression in the Open Mic portion, please contact Coordinator Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Donations requested: Stamps  (or stamp money) for letters in support of peace and social concerns.

Outreach Committee is organizing the 2nd Annual PFM Holiday Potluck. All Members and Attenders of our Meeting are invited, as well as friends/family! It will be December 24, 2016, in the evening, at our Meetinghouse. Suggested arrival 5:30; dinner 6:00; socializing/games and clean-up until about 9:00. Please bring a dish to share, or a store-bought beverage or dessert. Please RSVP in the event on Facebook, or by calling Rachel at 412-378-1271.

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

Exploring the Quaker Way: Ministry Committee is sponsoring an afternoon retreat on a Sunday afternoon in January.  All are welcome – especially people who may feel like they’re finding a spiritual home with us, but are curious about what this Quaker faith is really about!  There will be both information and plenty of opportunities for discussion and interaction.  We’d be glad to know any questions people have as we continue to consider the shape of the day.  To contribute your thoughts or share other thoughts, email Susan: susanloucks@gmail.com We’d like to see if there’s a Sunday that works better for those who are interested.  If you’re among them, please take a minute to fill out this doodle poll.  http://doodle.com/poll/etkn82xgq8k5zp8y  We’ll be announcing a firm date and more details in December.

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

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

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.

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

Regular Meeting Events

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

10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

 

Weekly Bulletin December 4, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin December 4, 2016

 

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

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Work Party Rescheduled: Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Friday, December 2, 7:30 – 10:00: 7th Annual Benefit Concert This year’s beneficiaries are the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and the Pittsburgh Student Action Coalition. Musicians include Smokestack Lightning, Raging Grannies, and Sweetheart of the Barricades. Donation $15 at the door ($6 for students). Friends and friends of Friends are invited to help us make a joyful noise and raise funds for two good causes. Bake sale volunteers also needed.  

Thursday, December 8, 7:15 8:45 at the Meetinghouse: Please join us for the next meeting of the Working Group Against Racism (WGAR). All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary at maryjparish@gmail.com.

Saturday Salon Rescheduled: December 17, 7pm in the parlor. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature readings by Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell. Anyone interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression in the Open Mic portion, please contact Coordinator Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Donations requested: Stamps (or stamp money) for letters in support of peace and social concerns.

Exploring the Quaker Way: Ministry Committee is sponsoring an afternoon retreat on a Sunday afternoon in January.  All are welcome – especially people who may feel like they’re finding a spiritual home with us, but are curious about what this Quaker faith is really about! There will be both information and plenty of opportunities for discussion and interaction. We’d be glad to know any questions people have as we continue to consider the shape of the day. To contribute your thoughts or share other thoughts, email Susan: susanloucks@gmail.com We’d like to see if there’s a Sunday that works better for those who are interested. If you’re among them, please take a minute to fill out this doodle poll. http://doodle.com/poll/etkn82xgq8k5zp8y We’ll be announcing a firm date and more details in December.

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

First Day School: FDS students are invited to the Holiday Program Rehearsal on Friday, December 16, from 6-9 pm. Pizza will be served. On Sunday, December 18th at rise of 10:30 Worship, First Day School Students will present their Holiday Program. Please plan to attend and bring finger foods to share for hospitality. Thanks!  

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

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.

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Gathering 2017 will be held on the 13-15th of October 2017. The fall colors should be spectacular! Please note that this is a month later than in the recent past. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

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

Regular Meeting Events

  Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,  10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor

Castle (724-776-8307)

 

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

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

Bulletin Nov 27, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin November 27, 2016

 

  Queries for Eleventh Month (November) on Nonviolence
Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action?
How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes? What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
Are we learning to channel our anger, fear and frustration in healthy, creative and peaceable ways?
Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Work Party Rescheduled: Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Friday, December 2, 7:30 – 10:00: 7th Annual Benefit Concert This year’s beneficiaries are the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and the Pittsburgh Student Action Coalition. Musicians include Smokestack Lightning, Raging Grannies, and Sweetheart of the Barricades. Donation $15 at the door ($6 for students). Friends and friends of Friends are invited to help us make a joyful noise and raise funds for two good causes. Bake sale volunteers also needed.  

Thursday, December 8, 7:30 8:45 at the Meetinghouse: Please join us for the next meeting of the Working Group Against Racism (WGAR). All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary at maryjparish@gmail.com.

Saturday Salon Rescheduled: December 17, 7pm in the parlor. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature readings by Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell. Anyone interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression in the Open Mic portion, please contact Coordinator Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Donations requested: Stamps (or stamp money) for letters in support of peace and social concerns.

Exploring the Quaker Way: Ministry Committee is sponsoring an afternoon retreat on a Sunday afternoon in January.  All are welcome – especially people who may feel like they’re finding a spiritual home with us, but are curious about what this Quaker faith is really about! There will be both information and plenty of opportunities for discussion and interaction. We’d be glad to know any questions people have as we continue to consider the shape of the day. To contribute your thoughts or share other thoughts, email Susan: susanloucks@gmail.com. We’d like to see if there’s a Sunday that works better for those who are interested. If you’re among them, please take a minute to fill out this doodle poll. http://doodle.com/poll/etkn82xgq8k5zp8y We’ll be announcing a firm date and more details in December.

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

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

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.

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Gathering 2017 will be held on the 13-15th of October 2017. The fall colors should be spectacular! Please note that this is a month later than in the recent past. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until

5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.   The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

Regular Meeting Events

  Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com) or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
3rd Tuesday,  7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.
Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15
4th Sundays,  10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact  Elinor

Castle (724-776-8307)

 

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

 

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

 

November 20, 2016 PFM Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin November 20, 2016

Queries for Eleventh Month (November) on Nonviolence

  • Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action?
  • How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes? What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
  • Are we learning to channel our anger, fear and frustration in healthy, creative and peaceable ways?
  • Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
  • In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?     

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Saturday, November 19th, noon to 4 p.m.: It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Finding Light: Nov. 20, at 12:15,  Ministry Committee will offer a 1 hour session that will introduce and provide an opportunity to practice some methods – sacred and secular – that may be useful in finding Light in the Other and with each other.   No easy guarantees, but hey, we’ll take anything we can get.  Join us if you’re able!

Friday, December 2, 7:30 – 10:00 7th Annual Benefit Concert   This year’s beneficiaries are the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and the Pittsburgh Student Action Coalition.  Musicians include Smokestack Lightning, Raging Grannies, and Sweetheart of the Barricades.  Donation $15 at the door ($6 for students).  Friends and friends of Friends are invited to help us make a joyful noise and raise funds for two good causes.  Bake sale volunteers also needed.  

Saturday Salon Rescheduled: December 17, 7pm in the parlor. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature readings by Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell. Anyone interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression in the Open Mic portion, please contact Coordinator Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Donations requested: Stamps  (or stamp money) for letters in support of peace and social concerns.

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

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

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.

Exploring the Quaker Way: Ministry Committee is sponsoring an afternoon retreat on a Sunday afternoon in January.  All are welcome – especially people who may feel like they’re finding a spiritual home with us, but are curious about what this Quaker faith is really about!  There will be both information and plenty of opportunities for discussion and interaction.  We’d be glad to know any questions people have as we continue to consider the shape of the day.  To contribute your thoughts or share other thoughts, email Susan: susanloucks@gmail.com We’d like to see if there’s a Sunday that works better for those who are interested.  If you’re among them, please take a minute to fill out this doodle poll.  http://doodle.com/poll/etkn82xgq8k5zp8y  We’ll be announcing a firm date and more details in December.

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Gathering 2017 will be held on the 13-15th of October 2017. The fall colors should be spectacular! Please note that this is a month later than in the recent past. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

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

Regular Meeting Events

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

10:30 AM

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

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

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

Weekly Bulletin November 13, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin November 13, 2016

Queries for Eleventh Month (November) on Nonviolence

  • Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action?
  • How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes? What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
  • Are we learning to channel our anger, fear and frustration in healthy, creative and peaceable ways?
  • Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
  • In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?     

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

November 17th at 7 P.M.  PA Network Against Torture invites you to a viewing and conversation  of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th  at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House “Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them.” (The Atlantic, Oct 6th)

Saturday, November 19th, noon to 4 p.m.: It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Friday, December 2, 7:30 – 10:00 7th Annual Benefit Concert   This year’s beneficiaries are the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and the Pittsburgh Student Action Coalition.  Musicians include Smokestack Lightning, Raging Grannies, and Sweetheart of the Barricades.  Donation $15 at the door ($6 for students).  Friends and friends of Friends are invited to help us make a joyful noise and raise funds for two good causes.  Bake sale volunteers also needed.  

Saturday Salon Rescheduled: December 17, 7pm in the parlor. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature readings by Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell. Anyone interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression in the Open Mic portion, please contact Coordinator Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Donations requested: Stamps  (or stamp money) for letters in support of peace and social concerns.

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

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.

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Gathering 2017 will be held on the 13-15th of October 2017. The fall colors should be spectacular! Please note that this is a month later than in the recent past. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

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

Regular Meeting Events

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


Beacon Hill Friends House (Boston) seeks interim director: The current director is taking a 3-month sabbatical starting no earlier than December and no later than February.  It’s an opportunity to try on directing a community based on Quaker principles, live steps away from the capital, and come home by summer! More information here: http://bhfh.org/

EECM is asking for donations of gently used coats, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves by November 14.  Please place items you wish to donate in the box near the Meeting House coat rack. The last collection day will be Sunday, November 13.  Thanks for your help.

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

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

PFM Bulletin November 6, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin November 6, 2016

Queries for Eleventh Month (November) on Nonviolence

  • Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action?
  • How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes? What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
  • Are we learning to channel our anger, fear and frustration in healthy, creative and peaceable ways?
  • Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
  • In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?     

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

PA Network Against Torture invites you to a viewing and conversation  of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th  at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House on November 17th at 7 P.M. “Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them.” (The Atlantic, Oct 6th)

Saturday, November 19th, noon to 4 p.m.: It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Saturday Salon Rescheduled: December 17, 7pm in the parlor. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature readings by Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell. Anyone interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression in the Open Mic portion, please contact Coordinator Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Donations requested: Stamps  (or stamp money) for letters in support of peace and social concerns.

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.

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.

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
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)

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Gathering 2017 will be held on the 13-15th of October 2017. The fall colors should be spectacular! Please note that this is a month later than in the recent past. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

From the Clerks: We are trying to gauge the reach of items in the bulletin. If you read this, come and tell one of the Clerks to receive a special gift.

Beacon Hill Friends House (Boston) seeks interim director: The current director is taking a 3-month sabbatical starting no earlier than December and no later than February.  It’s an opportunity to try on directing a community based on Quaker principles, live steps away from the capital, and come home by summer! More information here: http://bhfh.org/

EECM is asking for donations of gently used coats, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves by November 14.  Please place items you wish to donate in the box near the Meeting House coat rack. The last collection day will be Sunday, November 13.  Thanks for your help.

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.

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

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

October 30, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin October 30, 2016

 

Queries for Tenth Month (October) on Home Life

·       Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love, and refreshment of the spirit?
How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?

·       In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?

·       Do we share our religious insights with those we love?

·       Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Peace & Social Concerns invites you to a viewing and conversation  of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th  at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House on November 17th    7 P.M. “Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them.” (The Atlantic, Oct 6th)

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.

Newcomer Recognition Day: Following the rise of Meeting on Sunday October 30th, there will be a recognition of those who are new to Meeting this year, giving us a second chance to welcome them. We will have pies & cider for this autumn celebration. Please be on hand to welcome again all those who have joined us in worship for the first time this year.

Saturday Salon Rescheduling! Due to a space use conflict, the date of the Fall 2016 Saturday Salon must be changed! Please see a member of the Library Committee, or consult this bulletin and the bulletin boards for further announcements. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell, and will include refreshments and Open Mic.

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Gathering 2017 will be held on the 13-15th of October 2017. The fall colors should be spectacular! Please note that this is a month later than in the recent past. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

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.

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 for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family will be grateful for any support they receive.

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html
First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions?  Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish@gmail.com.
First Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues.  In Library following MfW.
Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.  Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal:  Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead@hotmail.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.
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)

 

EECM is asking for donations of gently used coats, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves by November 14.  Please place items you wish to donate in the box near the Meeting House coat rack. The last collection day will be Sunday, November 13.  Thanks for your help.

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.

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

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