Bulletin 5-24-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: May 24, 2015

Queries for May (Fifth Month) 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

FDS will hold its annual Carnival on Sunday, June 7th, after the rise of 10:30 Meeting for Worship. Volunteers are needed to help set up, run and take down games. Those interested in helping should contact Walter Mead. Also, donations of books are now being accepted for a book sale the day of the Carnival with proceeds to benefit an organization the students will select. Books for adults and children may be left in the box on the landing of the Meeting House. Thank you!

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks.

Registration for Fall Gathering 2015:
Fall Gathering will be September 19-20th at Camp Crestfield. Vonn New will be the facilitator in an exploration of worship with her workshop ”Sounding the Divine!”. Included in this year’s plans are exciting activities such as the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. At rise of meeting, members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be answering questions about the gathering and taking registrations or you can ask any of us at any time! Forms will be available, or you can register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR. Register early so you won’t miss out!

From the Clerks: Collaboration and Vision within Our Community—Part II”: We invite all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting to a potluck and meeting on Thursday, June 11 th from 5:30-8:30 pm. At this gathering, we will continue our discussion about the goals and work of committees, opportunities for collaboration across committees, and other issues of interest and concern to the community. We encourage all who have an interest in how we put our faith into action to join us. Questions? Contact the clerks.

Talk and Panel Discussion May 31 on Social Justice in a Transition Economy featuring Rick Wilson, American Friends Service Committee West Virginia Economic Justice coordinator. After meeting for Worship at 12:15 – Rick Wilson will speak about his work in West Virginia focusing on economic justice and a post-coal economy, followed at 1:15 by a Panel discussion Moderated by Nick Coles and Scilla Wahrhaftig. In addition to Rick, the panel will include Veronica Coptis from center for Coalfield Justice and possibly Deb Nardone from Beyond Natural Gas amongst other organizations.

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 Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Global Solutions Pittsburgh (formerly the World Federalist Association) is holding its 66th annual spring fundraiser at Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial Street, 15212, in Troy Hill on the North Side. It will feature musical guest Rising Moon and a live auction. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door (including appetizers and one drink). For further information and tickets, go to www.bit.ly/GSP-Spring2015. Parking is free.

Saturday, June 27, 7:00-12:00pm – Farewell karaoke party The Stacey Atwell-Keister/Sean Strickland family is moving to Oregon in July. Potluck supper starting at 6:00pm and/or come for karaoke at 7:00pm.

ALERT TO JOB SEEKERS- JUNE 4TH JOB FAIR: On Thursday, June 4th more than 90 employers will fill the event halls of Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 250 N. Highland Avenue in East Liberty for the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center’s Annual Job Fair. Attendees will be able to fully engage prestigious employers such as UPMC, PNC Bank, and ALDI from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Trade organizations and educational organizations such as CCAC, the Builders Guild, and Pittsburgh Job Corps will also be present. Veterans, youth in foster care, and individuals with background issues will receive early entry to the job fair at 2:00 p.m. For a complete listing of employers, visit www.enecpittsburgh.org.

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

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

May 17, 2015

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: May 17, 2015

Queries for May (Fifth Month) 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
TODAY: Scilla Wahrhaftig will give a presentation today at 12:15 after Meeting for Worship on the Quaker Conference on Mass Incarceration held recently at Pendle Hill and the new Quaker Network Against Mass Incarceration

First Day School (FDS) students will plant flowers around the Meeting House on Sunday, May 24th, during 10:30 Meeting for Worship. We will need extra work gloves, trowels and small shovels. If you have any of these items you can loan, please write your name on them, leave them on the front porch as you come in to Meeting that day and don’t forget to retrieve them as you leave. Thank you!

FDS will hold its annual Carnival on Sunday, June 7th, after the rise of 10:30 Meeting for Worship. Volunteers are needed to help set up, run and take down games. Those interested in helping should contact Walter Mead. Also, donations of books are now being accepted for a book sale the day of the Carnival with proceeds to benefit an organization the students will select. Books for adults and children may be left in the box on the landing of the Meeting House. Thank you!

Saturday Salon in the parlor, sponsored by Library Committee: Saturday, May 23, 7-9 pm. Featured: Nancy Esther James reading her poetry. After light refreshments, there will be “Open Mike” for anyone wanting to share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell for details and to sign up for Open Mike by May 20. All are welcome to attend as audience!

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks.

Bible Study: No Bible study in May. Please join us in June as we begin the study of the book of Esther. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talk and Panel Discussion May 31 on Social Justice in a Transition Economy featuring Rick Wilson, American Friends Service Committee West Virginia Economic Justice coordinator. After meeting for Worship at 12:15 – Rick Wilson will speak about his work in West Virginia focusing on economic justice and a post-coal economy, followed at 1:15 by a Panel discussion Moderated by Nick Coles and Scilla Wahrhaftig. In addition to Rick, the panel will include Veronica Coptis from center for Coalfield Justice and possibly Deb Nardone from Beyond Natural Gas amongst other organizations

Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Global Solutions Pittsburgh (formerly the World Federalist Association) is holding its 66th annual spring fundraiser at Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial Street, 15212, in Troy Hill on the North Side. It will feature musical guest Rising Moon and a live auction. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door (including appetizers and one drink). For further information and tickets, go to www.bit.ly/GSP-Spring2015. Parking is free.

Saturday, June 27, 7:00-12:00pm – Farewell karaoke party The Stacey Atwell-Keister/Sean Strickland family is moving to Oregon in July. Potluck supper starting at 6:00pm and/or come for karaoke at 7:00pm.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: May 10, 2015

Queries for May (Fifth Month) 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

TODAY: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 12:15pm

First Day School (FDS) students will plant flowers around the Meeting House on Sunday, May 24th, during 10:30 Meeting for Worship. We will need extra work gloves, trowels and small shovels. If you have any of these items you can loan, please write your name on them, leave them on the front porch as you come in to Meeting that day and don’t forget to retrieve them as you leave. Thank you!

FDS will hold its annual Carnival on Sunday, June 7th, after the rise of 10:30 Meeting for Worship. Volunteers are needed to help set up, run and take down games. Those interested in helping should contact Walter Mead. Also, donations of books are now being accepted for a book sale the day of the Carnival with proceeds to benefit an organization the students will select. Books for adults and children may be left in the box on the landing of the Meeting House. Thank you!

Saturday Salon in the parlor, sponsored by Library Committee: Saturday, May 23, 7-9 pm. Featured: Nancy Esther James reading her poetry. After light refreshments, there will be “Open Mike” for anyone wanting to share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell for details and to sign up for Open Mike by May 20. All are welcome to attend as audience!

Typists are needed! We will be scheduling typists through the summer months and more are needed for the service we provide each First Day to those Friends and Attenders who have difficulty hearing. Perfection is not expected. Nothing close to perfection, actually. Some typists listen to the vocal ministry and then share the essence of it. Others try to capture most of the message. In either case, those who are benefiting from the service are very forgiving of mistakes. Willing to give it a try? Contact Mary King.

Bible Study: No Bible study in May. Please join us in June as we begin the study of the book of Esther. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Global Solutions Pittsburgh (formerly the World Federalist Association) is holding its 66th annual spring fundraiser at Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial Street, 15212, in Troy Hill on the North Side. It will feature musical guest Rising Moon and a live auction. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door (including appetizers and one drink). For further information and tickets, go to www.bit.ly/GSP-Spring2015. Parking is free.

Saturday, June 27, 7:00-12:00pm – Farewell karaoke party The Stacey Atwell-Keister/Sean Strickland family is moving to Oregon in July. Say good bye with a potluck supper starting at 6:00pm and/or come for karaoke at 7:00pm. DJ Curt will preside.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

bulletin 5/3/15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: May 3, 2015

Queries for May (Fifth Month) 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

First Day School (FDS): There will be no FDS today due to the Pittsburgh Marathon. Child care will be available.

TODAY: Pittsburgh Meeting is a long-time member of Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). This year we and the other churches, synagogues and Islamic organizations are celebrating fifteen years of action for justice. The meeting representatives to PIIN encourage you to help our work with by attending our exciting celebration. If interested, see Jim Morgan morganjj.

East End Community Ministries: Circles is a nationally recognized, proven model to help families move out of poverty through relationships with allies. Circles East Liberty is hosting a Poverty Simulation – a unique and powerful experience that deepens understanding of poverty. Participants role-play a member of a low-income household and discover the difficulty and stressors of trying to meet a family’s basic needs when expenses are more than income. 6:00-8:30 pm Monday, May 4th at Levinson Hall of the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave, 15217. To register, email jodi.salant or call Jodi at Repair the World at (412)742-6103.

FDS invites you to a Bonfire at the Meeting House on Saturday, May 9th from 6:30 to 9 pm. We will roast marshmallows for s’mores, sing old favorites, and enjoy time with Friends around the campfire. Bring a friend. Bring a musical instrument if you play one. See you there!

FDS students will plant flowers around the Meeting House on Sunday, May 24th, during 10:30 Meeting for Worship. We will need extra work gloves, trowels and small shovels. If you have any of these items you can loan, please write your name on them, leave them on the front porch as you come in to Meeting that day and don’t forget to retrieve them as you leave. Thank you!

FDS will hold its annual Carnival on Sunday, June 7th, after the rise of 10:30 Meeting for Worship. Volunteers are needed to help set up, run and take down games. Those interested in helping should contact Walter Mead at 412-856-0195 or waltermead. Also, donations of books are now being accepted for a book sale the day of the Carnival with proceeds to benefit an organization the students will select. Books for adults and children may be left in the box on the landing of the Meeting House. Thank you!

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

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying Esther. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish, mjparish

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

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

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

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

Typists are needed! We will be scheduling typists through the summer months and more are needed for the service we provide each First Day to those Friends and Attenders who have difficulty hearing. Perfection is not expected. Nothing close to perfection, actually. Some typists listen to the vocal ministry and then share the essence of it. Others try to capture most of the message. In either case, those who are benefiting from the service are very forgiving of mistakes. Willing to give it a try? Contact Mary King kingmary1.

Saturday Salon in the parlor, sponsored by Library Committee: Saturday, May 23, 7-9 pm. Featured: Nancy Esther James reading her poetry. After light refreshments, there will be “Open Mike” for anyone wanting to share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell barrabard or 412-389-3910 for details and to sign up for Open Mike by May 20. All are welcome to attend as audience!

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

Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Global Solutions Pittsburgh (formerly the World Federalist Association) is holding its 66th annual spring fundraiser at Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial Street, 15212, in Troy Hill on the North Side. It will feature musical guest Rising Moon and a live auction. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door (including appetizers and one drink). For further information and tickets, go to www.bit.ly/GSP-Spring2015. Parking is free.

Bible Study: Bible study will not take place in May. Please join us in June as we begin the study of the book of Esther. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish at maryjparish.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: April 26, 2015

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

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Typists are needed! We will be scheduling typists through the summer months and more are needed for the service we provide each First Day to those Friends and Attenders who have difficulty hearing. Perfection is not expected. Nothing close to perfection, actually. Some typists listen to the vocal ministry and then share the essence of it. Others try to capture most of the message. In either case, those who are benefiting from the service are very forgiving of mistakes. Willing to give it a try? Contact Mary King (kingmary1).

EECM: Circles is a nationally recognized, proven model to help families move out of poverty through relationships with allies. Circles East Liberty is hosting a Poverty Simulation – a unique and powerful experience that deepens understanding of poverty. Participants role-play a member of a low-income household and discover the difficulty and stressors of trying to meet a family’s basic needs when expenses are more than income. 6:00-8:30 pm Monday, May 4th at Levinson Hall of the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave, 15217. To register, email jodi.salant or call Jodi at Repair the World at (412)742-6103.

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

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Pennsylvania (FCAWP) is having its annual meeting here at the Meetinghouse on April 26th at 2:00 p.m. Meeting members and attenders are invited to attend, learn more about what FCAWP is and listen to an informative presentation by Colin Morgan, an attorney with Julian Gray Associates who, among other topics, will discuss how the changes to the law governing Pennsylvania Powers of Attorney made by Act 95 in 2014 may change some of the estate planning you are doing. David and Dolores Avner serve on the FCAWP board and can share with you the merits of becoming a member.

Pittsburgh Meeting is a long-time member of PIIN, and this year we and the other churches, synagogues and Islamic organizations are celebrating fifteen years of action for justice. The meeting representatives to PIIN encourage you to help our work with by attending our exciting celebration on May 3rd. Sign up for the banquet in the foyer after Meeting or email Jim Morgan (morganjj).

First Day School: There will be no FDS on Sunday, May 3rd due to the traffic difficulties caused by the Pittsburgh Marathon that day. Child care will be available.

FDS invites you to a Bonfire at the Meeting House on Saturday, May 9th from 6:30 to 9 pm. We will roast marshmallows for s’mores, sing old favorites, and enjoy time with Friends around the campfire. Bring a friend. Bring a musical instrument if you play one. See you there

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying Esther. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Paris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Salon in the parlor, sponsored by Library Committee: Saturday, May 23, 7-9 pm. Featured: Nancy Esther James reading her poetry. After light refreshments, there will be “Open Mike” for anyone wanting to share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell (barrabard) or 412-389-3910 for details and to sign up for Open Mike by May 20. All are welcome to attend as audience!

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

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

Bible Study: Bible study will not take place in May. Please join us in June as we begin the study of the book of Easter. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

4-19-15 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: April 19, 2015

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

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Typists are needed! We will be scheduling typists through the summer months and more are needed for the service we provide each First Day to those Friends and Attenders who have difficulty hearing. Perfection is not expected. Nothing close to perfection, actually. Some typists listen to the vocal ministry and then share the essence of it. Others try to capture most of the message. In either case, those who are benefiting from the service are very forgiving of mistakes. Willing to give it a try? Contact Mary King (kingmary1).

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

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

Annual Committee Reports from conveners due to pfmclerks as soon as possible.

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

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Pennsylvania (FCAWP) which was formerly known as the Pittsburgh Memorial Society is having its annual meeting here at the Meetinghouse on April 26th at 2:00 p.m. Meeting members and attenders are invited to attend, learn more about what FCAWP is and listen to an informative presentation by Colin Morgan, an attorney with Julian Gray Associates who, among other topics, will discuss how the very new broad changes to the law governing Pennsylvania Powers of Attorney made by Act 95 in 2014 may change some of the estate planning you are doing. David and Dolores Avner serve on the FCAWP board and can share with you the merits of becoming a member.

Pittsburgh Meeting is a long-time member of PIIN (Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network), and this year we and the other churches, synagogues and Islamic organizations are celebrating fifteen years of action for justice. The meeting representatives to PIIN encourage you to help our work with by attending our exciting celebration on May 3rd. Sign up for the banquet in the foyer after Meeting or email Jim Morgan (morganjj).

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying Esther. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Salon in the parlor, sponsored by Library Committee: Saturday, May 23, 7-9 pm. Featured: Nancy Esther James reading her poetry. After light refreshments, there will be “Open Mike” for anyone wanting to share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell (barrabard) or 412-389-3910 for details and to sign up for Open Mike by May 20. All are welcome to attend as audience!

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

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

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

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 4/12/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying the Epistle to the Hebrews. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish, mjparish

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

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

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck