Weekly Bulletin June 17, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin June 17, 2018

                                          Queries for Sixth Month (June) on Spirituality                                     

●       Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and live according to its promptings?

●       How does our religion find expression in daily life?

●       Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?

●       What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of our fellow worshippers?

●       Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?

●       Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

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

Adult Education on June 17th from 12:15 – 1:30: Please join us for the fourth and final in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore Compassion in Action. Wherever we find ourselves—at school, work, home, on the street, or in the store—we have the ability to offer a small act of kindness and compassion that can make an important difference in someone’s life, even if just in the moment. Please consider this query: What habits of thought and feeling will help me extend compassion to those who need it? Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome! If you need child care, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Wednesday, June 13th.

Monday, June 18, 7:15 p.m. Please join the Non-Theist Friends Discussion Group at its last meeting before the summer hiatus. Come learn about the changes that Britain Yearly Meeting is proposing to its Faith and Practice in order to acknowledge the existence of non-theists in the Society of Friends!

June 24, 12:15-1:15: Do you know how much of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s budget goes to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM)?  Have you ever wondered what LEYM does?  Friends are invited to a discussion about LEYM, the role that yearly meetings play in supporting their monthly meetings and what we’d like to see in the future.  We invite Friends who have been involved in LEYM activities as well as those who don’t know anything about our yearly meeting to join us, share their hopes and concerns and provide feedback prior to LEYM’s annual sessions at the end of July.

Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library.  Pamphlets & Pastries,  We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry hopes to join us to hear our thoughts and answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance: A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

FCNL Pittsburgh Advocacy Team: Advocates Wanted! Are you appalled/troubled/horrified by the actions of government particularly with regard to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum? Do you believe we need to speak up and advocate for immigrants, particularly women and children? In the coming weeks and months the FCNL advocacy group plans to meet with our federal elected officials (both here and in Washington, DC) to discuss the perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government. We need you to join us.  Contact Von Kearns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

This month, FCNL’s national call with its advisory teams featured Rep. Ro Khanna, Lead Co-Sponsor of H.R. 4837 “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act.” The recording of this call can be found here. Meetings of Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Team take place at the Meetinghouse on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm. All are welcome.

“Reading for a Rainy Day”: Check out the library mantel for summer reading suggestions—then check out a book! Once again, the Sunday parlor book display is on vacation, but the offerings on the mantel will be periodically updated—especially when books are borrowed!

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

LEYM – Online registration is now available for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions from July 26-29. You will need to fill out one form per person. Full details can be found in the Spring Bulletin. To access both, go to leym.org/leym-bulletins/

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

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. Unusual stamps are more valuable: US Flag stamps cannot be profitably sold.

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Weekly Bulletin May 27, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 27, 2018

                                          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 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

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com) if you are available to help.

New Date! Adult Education on June 17th from 12:15 – 1:30: Please join us for the fourth and final in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore Compassion in Action. Wherever we find ourselves—at school, work, home, on the street, or in the store—we have the ability to offer a small act of kindness and compassion that can make an important difference in someone’s life, even if just in the moment. Please consider this query: What habits of thought and feeling will help me extend compassion to those who need it? Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome! If you need child care, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Wednesday, June 13th.

June 24, 12:15-1:15: Do you know how much of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s budget goes to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM)?  Have you ever wondered what LEYM does?  Friends are invited to a discussion about LEYM, the role that yearly meetings play in supporting their monthly meetings and what we’d like to see in the future.  We invite Friends who have been involved in LEYM activities as well as those who don’t know anything about our yearly meeting to join us, share their hopes and concerns and provide feedback prior to LEYM’s annual sessions at the end of July.

“Reading for a Rainy Day”: Check out the library mantel for summer reading suggestions—then check out a book! Once again, the Sunday parlor book display is on vacation, but the offerings on the mantel will be periodically updated—especially when books are borrowed!

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://pghpamm.quaker.org/paper.html.    Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Friends General Conference Gathering, Toledo OH July 2-7: Registration is in full swing, and FGC staff is eager to help Friends get ready for a week of workshops, worship, and community for all ages. Take a look at upcoming registration deadlines and use this link below to register on the Gathering website.

Registration Deadlines for Families: May 31: Last day for Junior Gathering Registrations, June 10: Last day for High School Registration

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.

Weekly Bulletin May 20, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 20, 2018

 

                                          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 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

Bring a Friend to Meeting Day, May 20th.  Visitors are welcome at Meeting any time but Sunday, May 20th of will be a distinctive day when we’re especially encouraging new, interested people to come visit the Meeting House, experience Meeting for Worship, and ask questions. So, those interested friends of yours that you tend to discuss Quaker stuff with, off and on, here and there– go ahead and invite them or bring them along! Outreach will be providing hospitality with strawberries and cream at the rise of Meeting. Arrival before 10:30 a.m. encouraged to give time for introductions

Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Group has the opportunity to participate in the May 23rd Witness Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (For information: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/witness-wednesdays-1161) The events of the day would include: a visit to the Supreme Court; a tour of FCNL’s new office building; lobby training; lunch at the Dirksen Café; visits to our members of Congress; and time for reflection and worship. More information will follow. If you are interested in participating, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com ) if you are available to help.

New Date! Adult Education on June 17th from 12:15 – 1:30: Please join us for the fourth and final in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore Compassion in Action. Wherever we find ourselves—at school, work, home, on the street, or in the store—we have the ability to offer a small act of kindness and compassion that can make an important difference in someone’s life, even if just in the moment. Please consider this query: What habits of thought and feeling will help me extend compassion to those who need it? Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome! If you need child care, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com ) by Wednesday, June 13th.

“Reading for a Rainy Day”: Check out the library mantel for summer reading suggestions—then check out a book! Once again, the Sunday parlor book display is on vacation, but the offerings on the mantel will be periodically updated—especially when books are borrowed!

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

A member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks County is looking for families to host Chinese girls who are coming to study at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and arriving this September 2018.  Host families receive a stipend of $1100.00 per month to each host family for the academic year which is 10 months. For more information, please reach out to Amy Popkin at 215.259.4053 or amy@ieopps.com.

Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://pghpamm.quaker.org/paper.html.   Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund is sponsoring a two-week tour to visit Friends in the Andes and the altiplano area of Bolivia July 25th – August 9th.  For information, see BQEF.org, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj@gmail.com).

LEYM CRITICAL VACANCIES for 2018. Nominating Committee asks for your consideration and help in filling these crucial positions:  Assistant Clerk of the Children & Youth Program at Annual Sessions; Interested? Please contact Greg Mott (mott@findlay.edu); Assistant Yearly Meeting Clerk/Yearly Meeting Clerk. This is a FOUR-year commitment.  Interested? Please contact Mike Holaday (mikeholaday@att.net); Database Manager-Interested? Please contact Mathilda Navias (galaxy@woh.rr.com). Less critical committee vacancies: Finance Committee Clerk; Ministry & Nurture; Peace & Justice; Publications & Archives Committee.  Interested? Please contact Clémence Mershon (andre14@earthlink.net)

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.

Weekly Bulletin May 13, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 13, 2018

                                          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 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

Monday, May 14, 7:15 p.m.: Interested Friends are invited to discuss Nontheism Among Friends. Did you know that one of the very early Quakers in Britain was a nontheist? How could that be? Come share and learn!

Bring a Friend to Meeting Day, May 20th.  Visitors are welcome at Meeting any time but Sunday, May 20th of will be a distinctive day when we’re especially encouraging new, interested people to come visit the Meeting House, experience Meeting for Worship, and ask questions. So, those interested friends of yours that you tend to discuss Quaker stuff with, off and on, here and there– go ahead and invite them or bring them along! Outreach will be providing hospitality with strawberries and cream at the rise of Meeting. Arrival before 10:30 a.m. encouraged to give time for introductions.

Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Group has the opportunity to participate in the May 23rd Witness Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (For information: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/witness-wednesdays-1161) The events of the day would include: a visit to the Supreme Court; a tour of FCNL’s new office building; lobby training; lunch at the Dirksen Café; visits to our members of Congress; and time for reflection and worship. More information will follow. If you are interested in participating, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com) if you are available to help.

“Reading for a Rainy Day”: Check out the library mantel for summer reading suggestions—then check out a book! Once again, the Sunday parlor book display is on vacation, but the offerings on the mantel will be periodically updated—especially when books are borrowed!

A member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks County works for an organization in Philadelphia that helps international students study in the US,  International Education Opportunities.  They are looking for families to host Chinese girls who are coming to study at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and arriving this September 2018.  Host families receive a stipend of $1100.00 per month to each host family for the academic year which is 10 months. For more information, please reach out to Amy Popkin at 215.259.4053 or amy@ieopps.com.

Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf.   Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund is sponsoring a two-week tour to visit Friends in the Andes and the altiplano area of Bolivia July 25th – August 9th.  For information, see BQEF.org, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj@gmail.com).

LEYM CRITICAL VACANCIES for 2018. Nominating Committee asks for your consideration and help in filling these crucial positions:  Assistant Clerk of the Children & Youth Program at Annual Sessions; Interested? Please contact Greg Mott (mott@findlay.edu); Assistant Yearly Meeting Clerk/Yearly Meeting Clerk. This is a FOUR-year commitment.  Interested? Please contact Mike Holaday (mikeholaday@att.net); Database Manager-Interested? Please contact Mathilda Navias (galaxy@woh.rr.com). Less critical committee vacancies: Finance Committee Clerk; Ministry & Nurture; Peace & Justice; Publications & Archives Committee.  Interested? Please contact Clémence Mershon (andre14@earthlink.net)

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.

 

Weekly Bulletin May 6, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 6, 2018

                                          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 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

Trillium Walk at Sherwood Oaks Saturday May 5th, 2pm (Rain date 5/12). The early white trillium are already blooming, and the other varieties will follow soon.  Come out to visit Friends at SO, and enjoy the garden.  For ride co-ordination or more information, email Jim Morgan at morganjj@gmail.com.

Monday, May 14, 7:15 p.m.: Interested Friends are invited to discuss Nontheism Among Friends. Did you know that one of the very early Quakers in Britain was a nontheist? How could that be? Come share and learn!

Ministry Committee: The theme of May’s gathering will be “Compassion in Action.” Ministry Committee invites you to pose questions or share your thoughts on what “ Compassion in Action” might look like in lives of Friends in advance of the May adult ed session. Please email maryjparish@gmail.com or yekeairns@att.net with your suggestions.

Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Group has the opportunity to participate in the May 23rd Witness Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (For information: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/witness-wednesdays-1161) The events of the day would include: a visit to the Supreme Court; a tour of FCNL’s new office building; lobby training; lunch at the Dirksen Café; visits to our members of Congress; and time for reflection and worship. More information will follow. If you are interested in participating, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com ) if you are available to help.

A member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks County works for an organization in Philadelphia that helps international students study in the US,  International Education Opportunities.  They are looking for families to host Chinese girls who are coming to study at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and arriving this September 2018.  Host families receive a stipend of $1100.00 per month to each host family for the academic year which is 10 months. For more information, please reach out to Amy Popkin at 215.259.4053 or amy@ieopps.com.

Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf.   Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

 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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund is sponsoring a two-week tour to visit Friends in the Andes and the altiplano area of Bolivia July 25th – August 9th.  For information, see BQEF.org, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj@gmail.com).

LEYM CRITICAL VACANCIES for 2018. Nominating Committee asks for your consideration and help in filling these crucial positions:  Assistant Clerk of the Children & Youth Program at Annual Sessions; Interested? Please contact Greg Mott (mott@findlay.edu); Assistant Yearly Meeting Clerk/Yearly Meeting Clerk. This is a FOUR-year commitment.  Interested? Please contact Mike Holaday (mikeholaday@att.net); Database Manager-Interested? Please contact Mathilda Navias (galaxy@woh.rr.com). Less critical committee vacancies: Finance Committee Clerk; Ministry & Nurture; Peace & Justice; Publications & Archives Committee.  Interested? Please contact Clémence Mershon (andre14@earthlink.net)

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.

 

Weekly Bulletin April 29, 2018

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Friends Meeting House Pittsburgh

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin April 29, 2018

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

Sunday, April 29, rise of Meeting. Clearness and Care Committee will welcome new members who have joined this year. Celebration will continue at hospitality.

April 29 – For their fifth Sunday service project,  Junior Friends and First Day School will host a bake sale at rise of Meeting.  Please bring your cash to purchase delicious treats! Junior Friends are in the process of determining where they will donate the funds.

Sunday, April 29, 12:15-1:15: The FCNL Advocacy Group invites you to a roundtable discussion with Sarah Kennedy from the national office of Friends Committee for National Legislation focusing on the work of FCNL in reducing gun violence and military spending/armed intervention. Please bring your questions. All are welcome to attend. If child care is needed, please contact Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 25. For more information, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net .

Ministry Committee will not be holding an Adult Education session in April. The theme of May’s gathering will be “Compassion in Action.” Ministry Committee invites you to pose questions or share your thoughts on what “ Compassion in Action” might look like in lives of Friends in advance of the May adult ed session. Please email maryjparish@gmail.com or yekeairns@att.net with your suggestions.

Trillium Walk at Sherwood Oaks Saturday May 5th, 2pm (Rain date 5/12). The early white trillium are already blooming, and the other varieties will follow soon.  Come out to visit Friends at SO, and enjoy the garden.  For ride co-ordination or more information, email Jim Morgan at morganjj@gmail.com.

Monday, May 14, 7:15 p.m.: Interested Friends are invited to discuss Nontheism Among Friends. Did you know that one of the very early Quakers in Britain was a nontheist? How could that be? Come share and learn!

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com ) if you are available to help.

Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf.   Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Group has the opportunity to participate in the May 23rd Witness Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (For information: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/witness-wednesdays-1161) The events of the day would include: a visit to the Supreme Court; a tour of FCNL’s new office building; lobby training; lunch at the Dirksen Café; visits to our members of Congress; and time for reflection and worship. More information will follow. If you are interested in participating, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.

LEYM CRITICAL VACANCIES for 2018. Nominating Committee asks for your consideration and help in filling these crucial positions:  Assistant Clerk of the Children & Youth Program at Annual Sessions; Interested? Please contact Greg Mott (mott@findlay.edu); Assistant Yearly Meeting Clerk/Yearly Meeting Clerk. This is a FOUR-year commitment.  Interested? Please contact Mike Holaday (mikeholaday@att.net); Database Manager-Interested? Please contact Mathilda Navias (galaxy@woh.rr.com). Less critical committee vacancies: Finance Committee Clerk; Ministry & Nurture; Peace & Justice; Publications & Archives Committee.  Interested? Please contact Clémence Mershon (andre14@earthlink.net)

The clerks are in receipt of a message from a member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks County. Amy Popkin works for an organization in Philadelphia that helps international students study in the US,  International Education Opportunities.  They are looking for families to host Chinese girls who are coming to study at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and arriving this September 2018.  Host families receive a stipend of $1100.00 per month to each host family for the academic year which is 10 months. For more information, please reach out to Amy at 215.259.4053 or amy@ieopps.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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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

The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund is sponsoring a two-week tour to visit Friends in the Andes and the altiplano area of Bolivia July 25th – August 9th.  For information, see BQEF.org, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj@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.

 

Weekly Bulletin April 22, 2018

pfmsign9-9-07.jpgReligious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin April 22, 2018

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

Sunday, April 22 at 12:15 — Please join Peace and Social Concerns Committee for a discussion on immigration.  Guest speaker will be Sister Janice Vanderneck, founder of Casa San Jose, a resource center for Latino immigrants to southwestern PA. Discussion will include action items for immigration allies.

EARTHCARE WORKING GROUP: this Sunday (April 22nd), which is Earth Day, make a button expressing your thoughts about our planet and its web of life. Beltane, also known as May Day, is a holiday which honors life and fertility. It marks the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. There are many ways to celebrate this symbolic beginning of life and growth, including: (1) writing on paper something you wish to see blooming in your life – such as harmony, happiness, financial security, strong relationships or healing – then burn (or plant!) the paper, and (2) planting seeds. On April 29th, we will provide paper with seeds embedded for you to write your aspirations on and then plant.

Sunday, April 29, rise of Meeting. Clearness and Care Committee will welcome new members who have joined this year. Celebration will continue at hospitality.

Sunday, April 29, 12:15-1:15: The FCNL Advocacy Group invites you to a roundtable discussion with Sarah Kennedy from the national office of Friends Committee for National Legislation focusing on the work of FCNL in reducing gun violence and military spending/armed intervention. Please bring your questions. All are welcome to attend. If child care is needed, please contact Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 25. For more information, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net.

Ministry Committee will not be holding an Adult Education session in April. The theme of May’s gathering will be “Compassion in Action.” Ministry Committee invites you to pose questions or share your thoughts on what “ Compassion in Action” might look like in lives of Friends in advance of the May adult ed session. Please email maryjparish@gmail.com or yekeairns@att.net  with your suggestions.

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com) if you are available to help.

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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

Online PFM Calendar is available at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or

Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf.   Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Group has the opportunity to participate in the May 23rd Witness Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (For information: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/witness-wednesdays-1161) The events of the day would include: a visit to the Supreme Court; a tour of FCNL’s new office building; lobby training; lunch at the Dirksen Café; visits to our members of Congress; and time for reflection and worship. More information will follow. If you are interested in participating, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.

LEYM CRITICAL VACANCIES for 2018. Nominating Committee asks for your consideration and help in filling these crucial positions:  Assistant Clerk of the Children & Youth Program at Annual Sessions; Interested? Please contact Greg Mott (mott@findlay.edu); Assistant Yearly Meeting Clerk/Yearly Meeting Clerk. This is a FOUR-year commitment.  Interested? Please contact Mike Holaday (mikeholaday@att.net); Database Manager-Interested? Please contact Mathilda Navias (galaxy@woh.rr.com). Less critical committee vacancies: Finance Committee Clerk; Ministry & Nurture; Peace & Justice; Publications & Archives Committee.  Interested? Please contact Clémence Mershon (andre14@earthlink.net)

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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

The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund is sponsoring a two-week tour to visit Friends in the Andes and the altiplano area of Bolivia July 25th – August 9th.  For information, see BQEF.org, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj@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.