Weekly Bulletin May 28, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 28, 2017

  Queries for Fifth Month (May) on Participation in Meeting
 Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work? 
Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers?      
How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities? 
How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy?      
Are Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance? 

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

Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Sunday, May 28th during 10:30 MfW – FDS Flower planting: The FDS will be planting flowers in front of the Meeting House and would appreciate the loan of small shovels, trowels and gloves that day. If you have items to loan, please label them with your name, place them on the front porch as you come into Meeting on May 28th, and don’t forget to pick them up on your way out.  Thank you!

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, May 28 pm in the Library.​ We will gather to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library;  copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

Annual FDS Carnival: June 4th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.​ All ages are invited to play carnival games outdoors on the front lawn. Parents are asked to supervise their children. We are still in need of volunteers for staffing the games. If you can assist, please contact Betsy Bangley at ​betsybangley@gmail.com or Walter Mead at ​waltermead@hotmail.com​.

PFM EarthCare Working Group – Saturday, June 10, 1 PM – Gather at the Guthrie home, 5815 Hays Street, 15206. We will be discussing articles we found interesting in the online ‘zine.  quakerearthcare.org/bfc/volume-30-number-2

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)

S​ave 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.

The Friends General Conference 2018 Gathering Committee invites Friends from LEYM to join them in envisioning a challenging, fruitful, and inspirational week by becoming a member of the FGC 2018 Gathering Committee. The 2018 Gathering will be held in Toledo OH. An invitation is posted on the bulletin board and Friends can find an Expression of Interest Form online at​ http://www.FGCquaker.org/gathering-committee.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Friends have extended an invitation to other yearly meetings to send one or two

Friends as visitors to BYM’s annual sessions from July 31–August 6, 2017 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. BYM will cover registration costs as well as room and board! BYM is an FGC-affiliated yearly meeting. If you are interested or feel led to serve as a visitor and report back to LEYM, contact the clerk of LEYM’s Advancement & Outreach Committee, Mathilda Navias, at ​galaxy@woh.rr.com​ or ​419 448-0578​.

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

 

Weekly Bulletin May 21, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 21, 2017

Queries for Fifth Month (May) on Participation in Meeting

●         Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work? 

●        Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers?   

●        How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities?

●        How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy?   

●        Are Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance?  

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

May 21, PFM Group Picture, Rise of Meeting – The Outreach Committee of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting is working to organize a BIG GROUP PHOTO of Members and Attenders on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The photo would take place between Announcements and Hospitality, and we hope to do the line-up and photo as quickly as possible.  We would like as many Members and Attenders as possible to be in this photo, but ONLY if you feel comfortable being in a photo that would be used on the Internet and printed on paper PFM Outreach flyers. There will not be any close-ups of faces– it would be a photo of a large group of people standing and sitting together, cheerfully, in rows. Parents, please advise your kids/teens (in advance) whether you give them permission to be in the p…

This month’s Adult Ed program, on May 21 at 12:15, will explore the Quaker notion of inner light. We’ll use excerpts from Rex Amblers pamphlet, “The Light Within,” to guide our conversation.

 Sunday, May 21 12:15 p.m. All ages Bike Ride from Meeting to Hays Eagle Nest 12:15 p.m.  Shorter and flatter trail options available.  Contact Jim Morgan (morganjj@gmail.com) or see https://www.facebook.com/events/678548192352034/ for details.

 Sunday, May 28th during 10:30 MfW – FDS Flower planting:  The FDS will be planting flowers in front of the Meeting House and would appreciate the loan of small shovels, trowels and gloves that day.  If you have items to loan, please label them with your name, place them on the front porch as you come into Meeting on May 28th, and don’t forget to pick them up on your way out.  Thank you!

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, May 28 pm in the Library. We will gather to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

Annual FDS Carnival:  June 4th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.  All ages are invited to play carnival games outdoors on the front lawn.  Parents are asked to supervise their children. We are still in need of volunteers for staffing the games.  If you can assist, please contact Betsy Bangley at betsybangley@gmail.com or Walter Mead at waltermead@hotmail.com.

The Friends General Conference 2018 Gathering Committee invites Friends from LEYM to join them in envisioning a challenging, fruitful, and inspirational week by becoming a member of the FGC 2018 Gathering Committee. The 2018 Gathering will be held in Toledo OH. An invitation is posted on the bulletin board and Friends can find an Expression of Interest Form online at www.FGCquaker.org/gathering-committee.

Spiritual Support Groups Forming:  Ministry committee would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining a spiritual support group!  These small groups (not more than 6 people) are kind of like a Friendly Interest Group, but with a focus on exploring or growing your spiritual lives together, in the “spiritual friendship” mold.  Groups would meet once a month for 6 months (before an optional re-up!)   We recognize that people may have different ways they want to work together, and we’ll see how to make the best matches – some may be more interested in reading and discussion, some in personal sharing.  FGC also has a new spiritual deepening program that is an option – we’ll facilitate the use of that if groups are interested.  If you’d like to be added to the list, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/dyGqICqRcxngrJGW2 or talk to a Ministry committee member.  If you’re already part of a group and want to switch it up, please feel free to enter your name as well!

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

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

Weekly Bulletin May 7, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 7, 2017

  Queries for Fifth Month (May) on Participation in Meeting
 Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work? 
Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers? 
How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities? 
How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy? 
Are Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance? 

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

Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Sunday the 7th is the Pittsburgh Marathon, so please allow extra time to navigate. Child care and/or FDS will be available. A reference map showing how to get around can be found here: http://www.thepittsburghmarathon.com/Files/Admin/2017%20Course%20Maps/2017-Marathon-City-of-PGH-Esc%20ape-Map.pdf

Saturday, May 6th, 12 to 5 p.m.: Spring Work Party  Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. 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 for the entire afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you. If anyone would like to provide a simple lunch or snacks around 1 PM, please let me know (wslefler@gmail.com).

The ​Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network​’s (PIIN’s) annual fundraising banquet will be held on ​May 7th at 5 PM at the Westin Convention Center downtown. PIIN is a network of more than 40 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations in the Pgh area that works on social justice issues. Tickets are $50-$55 and financial assistance may be available. Questions? Want to sign up? Contact Sarah Bowen-Salio at smbsalio@gmail.com . Deadline to register and turn money in is April 30.

Cirque du Spiritual Space May 13 – to build meeting spirit and solidarity. We are a larger and more diverse group than a year ago, and we want to celebrate our new and old strengths. If you want to sing, speak a poem, perform music, or something else that will bring us together, sign up! Contact Nick Coles <coles@pitt.edu> or Eric Starbuck <ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com> or Chie Togami <chie.togami@gmail.com > and let’s have some fun!

The Friendly Writers’ Group will be meeting on Thursday, May 11th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. ​We had such a good result from the timed writing prompt last time, we want to do it again, so please bring writing materials. Thank you!

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, our Working Group Against Racism​ is sponsoring a workshop open to all members of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. The workshop will run from ​9 AM until 4 PM at the Meeting House​. Lunch will be provided. Like charity, healing begins at home. Using interactive and kinetic exercises, the workshop will enable Friends to explore many unconscious assumptions they have about race and the impact of those assumptions on their thinking, speech, and behavior. This work is important for the spiritual dynamics of our faith, translating aspirations into action. If it is at all possible for you, please attend. Intended as the first of several workshops over the coming year, the event will be facilitated by Yvette Shipman and etta cetera, founders of ​Walk the Talk​.

Pamphlets and Pastries rescheduled! Sunday, ​May 28​, 12:15 pm. Because of various conflicts, the Pamphlets and Pastries session has been moved to the fourth Sunday in May. At that time will gather in the Library to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

The Quaker Community Fund would like to remind the community that now is the time to plan for FGC, LEYM, Summer Camp for children and even our own Fall Gathering. Scholarship monies are available but you need to submit the forms now. If you will need scholarships for more than one of these events, please apply for them all together, on one application. We can consider one request per family per year for support. The forms are available online http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf or in the cupboard near doors to the meeting room. Questions? Please ask any QCF member: Scilla Wahrhaftig, Claire Cohen, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Walter Mead or Mary King

Spiritual Support Groups Forming: ​ Ministry committee would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining a spiritual support group!  These small groups (not more than 6 people) are kind of like a Friendly Interest Group, but with a focus on exploring or growing your spiritual lives together, in the “spiritual friendship” mold.  Groups would meet once a month for 6 months (before an optional re-up!)   We recognize that people may have different ways they want to work together, and we’ll see how to make the best matches – some may be more interested in reading and discussion, some in personal sharing.  FGC also has a new ​spiritual deepening program​ that is an option – we’ll facilitate the use of that if groups are interested.  If you’d like to be added to the list, please fill out this form:  https://goo.gl/forms/dyGqICqRcxngrJGW2 or talk to a Ministry committee member.  If you’re already part of a group and want to switch it up, please feel free to enter your name as well!

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, mailto: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)

S​ave 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 receive the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

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

Weekly Bulletin April 30, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin April 30, 2017

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring

●         Do we care for those around us? 

●        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? 

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com
Upcoming Events and Announcements

There will be a called Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on April 30th regarding the BSS renovation project, including a proposal regarding a construction loan for the project.

Trillium Walk: Join Sherwood Oaks Friends to view spring trilliums on a hillside at Sherwood Oaks.  Sunday, April 30th, 2:30 p.m. The rain date, in case of inclement weather, will be May 7th.  Email Jim Morgan for directions or ridesharing: morganjj@gmail.com.

First Day School is in need of teacups and saucers for repurposing. Sets, even if they are mismatched, are preferable, but we will take anything you have at home that you want to get rid of. A box will be put on the landing of the stairs for collection. If you have something to give, please bring it to the meetinghouse by April 30. If you have questions contact Phoebe Stern at phoebe.jane.stern@gmail.com.

April 30: New member welcome– Clearness & Care Committee is planning an event to welcome new members at the rise of meeting and to provide hospitality afterwards.

Saturday, May 6th, 12 to 5 p.m.: Spring Work Party   Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. 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 for the entire afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.  If anyone would like to provide a simple lunch or snacks around 1 PM, please let me know (wslefler@gmail.com).

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network‘s (PIIN’s) annual fundraising banquet will be held on May 7th at 5 PM at the Westin Convention Center downtown.  PIIN is a network of more than 40 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations in the Pgh area that works on social justice issues.  Tickets are $50-$55 and financial assistance may be available.  Questions?  Want to sign up?  Contact Sarah Bowen-Salio at smbsalio@gmail.com.  Deadline to register and turn money in is April 30.

Cirque du Spiritual Space May 13 – to build meeting spirit and solidarity.  We are a larger and more diverse group than a year ago, and we want to celebrate our new and old strengths. If you want to sing, speak a poem, perform music, or something else that will bring us together, sign up! Contact Nick Coles <coles@pitt.edu> or Eric Starbuck <ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com> or Chie Togami <chie.togami@gmail.com > and let’s have some fun!

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 Working Group Against Racism of the Peace & Social Concerns Committee will be offering its first in a series of workshops about structural oppression and racism. “Challenging Oppression at PFM and Beyond” will be offered at the meeting house on Saturday, May 20 from 9 am – 4 pm. The facilitators are from the group Walk the Talk. We hope that what the participants learn can be infused throughout the meeting and all of its committees.

Pamphlets and Pastries rescheduled! Sunday, May 28, 12:15 pm. Because of various conflicts, the Pamphlets and Pastries session has been moved to the fourth Sunday in May. At that time will gather in the Library to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

The Quaker Community Fund would like to remind the community that now is the time to plan for FGC, LEYM, Summer Camp for children and even our own Fall Gathering.  Scholarship monies are available but you need to submit the forms now. If you will need scholarships for more than one of these events, please apply for them all together, on one application. We can consider one request per family per year for support.  The forms are available online http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf or in the cupboard near doors to the meeting room. Questions? Please ask any QCF member: Scilla Wahrhaftig, Claire Cohen, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Walter Mead or Mary King

Spiritual Support Groups Forming:  Ministry committee would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining a spiritual support group!  These small groups (not more than 6 people) are kind of like a Friendly Interest Group, but with a focus on exploring or growing your spiritual lives together, in the “spiritual friendship” mold.  Groups would meet once a month for 6 months (before an optional re-up!)   We recognize that people may have different ways they want to work together, and we’ll see how to make the best matches – some may be more interested in reading and discussion, some in personal sharing.  FGC also has a new spiritual deepening program that is an option – we’ll facilitate the use of that if groups are interested.  If you’d like to be added to the list, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/dyGqICqRcxngrJGW2 or talk to a Ministry committee member.  If you’re already part of a group and want to switch it up, please feel free to enter your name as well!

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

Weekly Bulletin April 23, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin April 23, 2017

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring

●         Do we care for those around us? 

●        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? 

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

There will be a called Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on April 30th regarding the BSS renovation project, including a proposal regarding a construction loan for the project.

The FDS Committee invites you to join us for an inter-generational Bonfire.  We will toast marshmallows and sing songs together on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Meeting House. Bring a friend!

Ministry Committee – Adult Ed will be offered on Sunday, April 23. Mary Davidson will share and lead a discussion of the Pendle Hill pamphlet, “Holding One Another in the Light” by Marcelle Martin.

Transportation Update: The CMU carnival is the 4/21-4/23 weekend. Some roads around the campus & parts of Schenley Park are blocked to traffic. Please allow extra time.

Sunday, April 23, at rise of meeting the Climate Ribbon Project. Members of our EarthCare Working Group invite members and attenders to craft a ribbon for the  4/29 march: Climate Ribbon Project: “I LOVE AND HOPE TO NEVER LOSE… “ Look within. Pause for a moment and consider what is worth saving. What do you love most that you hope to never lose to Climate Chaos. Be specific and personal. What’s at stake for you? At the end of the march people will be invited to tie our ribbons onto a frame. They will then take a strangers ribbon that  “speaks to them”, untie it and take it as their own then read it aloud adding, “I am with you” or, “I’ve got your back!” and then assist each other in tying the ribbon to their wrists.

Earth Care Working Group – April 29 – Climate action march/rally starting at the Cathedral of Learning at 10 am (a sister march to the big one in D.C.). We’ll end up at FutureFest on the Phipps lawn–a fair for all ages with artists, gardeners, and builders showing their visions of Pittsburgh’s sustainable future. Also, participate in the communal Climate Ribbons project, where we tie one on (a ribbon, that is) expressing what we love and would hate to lose to climate change. For march and ribbon-making details, contact wanda.guthrie@gmail.com.

Trillium Walk: Join Sherwood Oaks Friends to view spring trilliums on a hillside at Sherwood Oaks.  Sunday, April 30th, 2:30 p.m. The rain date, in case of inclement weather, will be May 7th.  Email Jim Morgan for directions or ridesharing: morganjj@gmail.com.

First Day School is in need of teacups and saucers for repurposing. Sets, even if they are mismatched, are preferable, but we will take anything you have at home that you want to get rid of. A box will be put on the landing of the stairs for collection. If you have something to give, please bring it to the meetinghouse by April 30. If you have questions contact Phoebe Stern at phoebe.jane.stern@gmail.com.

April 30: New member welcome– Clearness & Care Committee is planning an event to welcome new members at the rise of meeting and to provide hospitality afterwards

Pamphlets and Pastries, Sunday, April 30, 12:15 pm in the Library.  We will gather to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

Saturday, May 6th, 12 to 5 p.m.: Spring Work Party   Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. 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 for the entire afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.  If anyone would like to provide a simple lunch or snacks around 1 PM, please let me know (wslefler@gmail.com).

Cirque du Spiritual Space May 13 – to build meeting spirit and solidarity.  We are a larger and more diverse group than a year ago, and we want to celebrate our new and old strengths. If you want to sing, speak a poem, perform music, or something else that will bring us together, sign up! Contact Nick Coles <coles@pitt.edu> or Eric Starbuck <ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com> or Chie Togami <chie.togami@gmail.com > and let’s have some fun!

The Quaker Community Fund would like to remind the community that now is the time to plan for FGC, LEYM, Summer Camp for children and even our own Fall Gathering.  Scholarship monies are available but you need to submit the forms now. If you will need scholarships for more than one of these events, please apply for them all together, on one application. We can consider one request per family per year for support.  The forms are available online http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf or in the cupboard near doors to the meeting room. Questions? Please ask any QCF member: Scilla Wahrhaftig, Claire Cohen, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Walter Mead or Mary King

Spiritual Support Groups Forming:  Ministry committee would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining a spiritual support group!  These small groups (not more than 6 people) are kind of like a Friendly Interest Group, but with a focus on exploring or growing your spiritual lives together, in the “spiritual friendship” mold.  Groups would meet once a month for 6 months (before an optional re-up!)   We recognize that people may have different ways they want to work together, and we’ll see how to make the best matches – some may be more interested in reading and discussion, some in personal sharing.  FGC also has a new spiritual deepening program that is an option – we’ll facilitate the use of that if groups are interested.  If you’d like to be added to the list, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/dyGqICqRcxngrJGW2 or talk to a Ministry committee member.  If you’re already part of a group and want to switch it up, please feel free to enter your name as well!

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

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

Saturday, April 29 10 am – 12 pm Pittsburgh “Sister” PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH in Oakland Gather at Bigelow and Fifth.  March to Flagstaff Hill across from the Phipps Conservatory where FutureFest will give us a glimpse of the world of tomorrow through art, demonstrations, performances, science and hands-on activities for all ages — from scavenger hunts to craft stations.  350 Pittsburgh will have a hands-on activity.

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)

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network‘s (PIIN’s) annual fundraising banquet will be held on May 7th at 5 PM at the Westin Convention Center downtown.  PIIN is a network of more than 40 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations in the Pgh area that works on social justice issues.  Tickets are $50-$55 and financial assistance may be available.  Questions?  Want to sign up?  Contact Sarah Bowen-Salio at smbsalio@gmail.com.  Deadline to register and turn money in is April 30.

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

Weekly Bulletin April 16, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin April 16, 2017

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring

●         Do we care for those around us? 

●        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? 

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Students are invited to participate in the Annual FDS Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.

 The East End Council of Congregations will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 20, at 7:15 P.M. at the Friends Meeting House.  The guest speaker will be Michael Stanton of Open Hand Ministries.  All are invited to attend.

The FDS Committee invites you to join us for an inter-generational Bonfire.  We will toast marshmallows and sing songs together on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Meeting House. Bring a friend!

Ministry Committee – Adult Ed will be offered on Sunday, April 23. Mary Davidson will share and lead a discussion of the Pendle Hill pamphlet, “Holding One Another in the Light” by Marcelle Martin.

Transportation Update: The CMU carnival is the 4/21-4/23 weekend. Some roads around the campus & parts of Schenley Park are blocked to traffic. Please allow extra time.

Earth Care Working Group – April 29 – Climate action march/rally starting at the Cathedral of Learning at 10 am (a sister march to the big one in D.C.). We’ll end up at FutureFest on the Phipps lawn–a fair for all ages with artists, gardeners, and builders showing their visions of Pittsburgh’s sustainable future. Also, participate in the communal Climate Ribbons project, where we tie one on (a ribbon, that is) expressing what we love and would hate to lose to climate change. For march and ribbon-making details, contact wanda.guthrie@gmail.com.

First Day School is in need of teacups and saucers for repurposing. Sets, even if they are mismatched, are preferable, but we will take anything you have at home that you want to get rid of. A box will be put on the landing of the stairs for collection. If you have something to give, please bring it to the meetinghouse by April 30. If you have questions contact Phoebe Stern at phoebe.jane.stern@gmail.com.

April 30: New member welcome– Clearness & Care Committee is planning an event to welcome new members at the rise of meeting and to provide hospitality afterwards.

Pamphlets and Pastries, Sunday, April 30, 12:15 pm in the Library.  We will gather to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

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

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

Cirque du Spiritual Space May 13 – to build meeting spirit and solidarity.  We are a larger and more diverse group than a year ago, and we want to celebrate our new and old strengths. If you want to sing, speak a poem, perform music, or something else that will bring us together, sign up! Contact Nick Coles <coles@pitt.edu> or Eric Starbuck <ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com> or Chie Togami <chie.togami@gmail.com > and let’s have some fun!

The Quaker Community Fund would like to remind the community that now is the time to plan for FGC, LEYM, Summer Camp for children and even our own Fall Gathering.  Scholarship monies are available but you need to submit the forms now. If you will need scholarships for more than one of these events, please apply for them all together, on one application. We can consider one request per family per year for support.  The forms are available online http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf or in the cupboard near doors to the meeting room. Questions? Please ask any QCF member: Scilla Wahrhaftig, Claire Cohen, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Walter Mead or Mary King

PIIN – Sarah Bowen-Salio is seeking 1-2 volunteers to help with recruiting advertisers and donations/tickets for the PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) annual banquet. If interested, please email Sarah at smbsalio@gmail.com

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

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

Weekly Bulletin April 9, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin April 9, 2017

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring

●         Do we care for those around us? 

●        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? 

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements

The Friendly Writers’ Group will be having their April meeting on the second Thursday of the month, April 13th, from 2:00 – 4:00. This month we’re going to begin with a timed free writing, before sharing some other pieces, so please be sure to bring materials for writing!

From the Clerks: A quick reminder that Committee Annual Reports are due by April 15th, so that we can then submit a Meeting Report to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting.

Students are invited to participate in the Annual FDS Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.

The FDS Committee invites you to join us for an inter-generational Bonfire.  We will toast marshmallows and sing songs together on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Meeting House. Bring a friend!

First Day School is in need of teacups and saucers for repurposing. Sets, even if they are mismatched, are preferable, but we will take anything you have at home that you want to get rid of. A box will be put on the landing of the stairs for collection. If you have something to give, please bring it to the meetinghouse by April 30. If you have questions contact Phoebe Stern at phoebe.jane.stern@gmail.com.

April 30: New member welcome– Clearness & Care Committee is planning an event to welcome new members at the rise of meeting and to provide hospitality afterwards.

Pamphlets and Pastries, Sunday, April 30, 12:15 pm in the Library.  We will gather to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

Cirque du Spiritual Space May 13 – to build meeting spirit and solidarity.  We are a larger and more diverse group than a year ago, and we want to celebrate our new and old strengths. If you want to sing, speak a poem, perform music, or something else that will bring us together, sign up! Contact Nick Coles <coles@pitt.edu> or Eric Starbuck <ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com> or Chie Togami <chie.togami@gmail.com > and let’s have some fun!

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 Quaker Community Fund would like to remind the community that now is the time to plan for FGC, LEYM, Summer Camp for children and even our own Fall Gathering.  Scholarship monies are available but you need to submit the forms now. If you will need scholarships for more than one of these events, please apply for them all together, on one application. We can consider one request per family per year for support.  The forms are available onlinehttp://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf or in the cupboard near doors to the meeting room. Questions? Please ask any QCF member: Scilla Wahrhaftig, Claire Cohen, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Walter Mead or Mary King

 PIIN – Sarah Bowen-Salio is seeking 1-2 volunteers to help with recruiting advertisers and donations/tickets for the PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) annual banquet. If interested, please email Sarah at smbsalio@gmail.com

Racism and Resistance in Pittsburgh 1763-1870 (Bouquet, Girty, Delany and Grant) A lecture by Charles McCollester in Pittsburgh. April 12, 7PM in Room 111 of the Pitt Law Building (3900 Forbes Avenue) Join us after the lecture for an open discussion on racism, resistance, and the importance of historical memory in modern times. And for more information, contact antiwarpgh@protonmail.com

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

Regular Meeting Events

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

10:30 AM

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

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

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

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