Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
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.
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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 (email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Parish email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Parish (email@example.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!
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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, email@example.com.|
|First Sunday||Letter Writing Write to your elected officials on local & national issues in Library following MfW.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Second Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (email@example.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|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
LEYM – Sept. 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.