bulletin 7-5-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: July 5, 2015

Queries for July: (Seventh Month) on Unity in Meeting
 Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
 If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue, in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?
 Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us?
 Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light? Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
 When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
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.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from http://leym.org. Questions? E-mail LEYM Clerk Peggy Daub at Daub@hotmail.com or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, “College Supplies” in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen at connorobh@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Threshing Session on Sunday, July 19th at 12:15: After much discussion at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, there will be a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and our compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. The “new law” is actually over 20 new pieces of legislation that were enacted in 2013 and 2014 based on recommendations in a 2012 report from the Pennsylvania General Assembly appointed Task Force on Child Protection. The Post-Gazette has published a few articles regarding these legal updates, which would also give brief explanations of the new law. The “Keep Kids Safe PA” website contains useful information about the requirements and impact of these laws: http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/index.htm. All Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion.

Please Consider: Flynn and Zedueh Godfrey will be attending Opequon Quaker Camp from July 26 to August 9. Friends may provide love and support to them on this adventure by writing to them c/o Opequon Quaker Camp, 2710 Brucetown Road, Clear Brook ,VA 22624.

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@gmail.com.

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.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the vsummer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

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!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . . or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in August. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

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.

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

6/28/15 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 28, 2015

Queries for June (Sixth Month) on Spirituality
• Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to 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 fellow worshipers?
• Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
• Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

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.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen at connorobh if you have any questions. "

Threshing Session: After much discussion at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, the Clerks will soon be scheduling a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and our compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. The "new law" is actually over 20 new pieces of legislation that were enacted in 2013 and 2014 based on recommendations in a 2012 report from the Pennsylvania General Assembly appointed Task Force on Child Protection. The Post-Gazette has published a few articles regarding these legal updates, which would also give brief explanations of the new law. The current legal code for child protection can be accessed here: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter3490/subchapatoc.html The Threshing Session will be well advertised, and all Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion.

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.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

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!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . .or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in August. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

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.

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to the general public.

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

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

6/21/15 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 21, 2015

Queries for June (Sixth Month) on Spirituality
• Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to 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 fellow worshipers?
• Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
• Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
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

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, July5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.

After much discussion at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, the Clerks will soon be scheduling a special session to discuss Friends’ concerns regarding the Meeting’s Child Safety Policy, our compliance with our insurance company requirements, and our compliance with the updates to the Pennsylvania Child Protection Law. The "new law" is actually over 20 new pieces of legislation that were enacted in 2013 and 2014 based on recommendations in a 2012 report from the Pennsylvania General Assembly appointed Task Force on Child Protection. The Post-Gazette has published a few articles regarding these legal updates, which would also give brief explanations of the new law. The current legal code for child protection can be accessed here: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter3490/subchapatoc.html The special session will be well advertised, and all Members and Attenders are invited to join the discussion.

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!” Other activities will include the climbing wall or the ropes course, dancing, singing, and other surprises. Registration options: You may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR . . or use the form printed in the May newsletter . . .or come to the registration table in the parlor at rise of meeting, every Sunday in August. Members of the Fall Gathering Committee will be happy to answer your questions about the Gathering at any time!

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.

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to the general public.

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.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

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

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 14, 2015

Queries for June (Sixth Month) on Spirituality
• Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to 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 fellow worshipers?
• Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
• Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

Announcements and Upcoming Events
Today: Potluck Dinner to Discuss Forming a Special Interest Group for Practicing Relationship Enrichment
Cynthia Magistro and Barry Beal are hosting a potluck dinner on June 14 at 6:00pm to discuss the possible formation of a group to practice relationship enrichment skills. While Friends General Conference (FGC) offers workshops on "Couples Enrichment" and some monthly meetings around the country have regular couples enrichment groups based on this FGC method, Barry & Cynthia are more familiar with techniques based on the research of Dr John Gottman. All are encouraged to attend this potluck, whether or not you are in a committed relationship. There is no obligation for joining the group, if it gets started.

College Supply Drive: In cooperation with East End Cooperative Ministries, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.

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!

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to the general public.

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.

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.

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

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

6/7/15 bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 7, 2015

Queries for June (Sixth Month) on Spirituality
• Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to 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 fellow worshipers?
• Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
• Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

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, susanloucks

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 pfmclerks.

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to the general public.

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.

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

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.

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.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

Library Committee: The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on summer vacation! But look for “Reading for a Rainy Day” books displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as the summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are on library desk.

Potluck Dinner to Discuss Forming a Special Interest Group for Practicing Relationship Enrichment Skills. Cynthia Magistro and Barry Beal are hosting a potluck dinner on June 14 at 6 PM, to discuss the possible formation of a group to practice relationship enrichment skills. While Friends General Conference (FGC) offers workshops on "Couples Enrichment" and some monthly meetings around the country have regular couples enrichment groups based on this FGC method, Barry & Cynthia are more familiar with techniques based on the research of Dr John Gottman. All are encouraged to attend this potluck, whether or not you are in a committed relationship. There is no obligation for joining the group, if it gets started.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

Collaboration and Vision within Our Community

Dear Friends,

The clerking committee invites all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting to continue to explore the subject of “Collaboration and Vision within Our Community” on Thursday, June 11th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Meeting House. The purpose for this gathering is to resume the conversation we began last November when we shared information about the work of committees and considered together issues and concerns related to the Meeting. There will be opportunities for dialogue, questions, and discussion of the possibilities for collaborative efforts. Learning more about the work of committees and the wide variety of opportunities that exist within our community to work in service to the Spirit is of value to all who pass through the doors of Pittsburgh Meeting – whether a new attender or a Friend of long-standing. All are welcome!

We hope you will join us on June 11th. The potluck will begin at 5:30 and the meeting promptly at 6:00. Child care will be available. If you have questions, please contact pfmclerks.

Best wishes,
Von, Mary, and Gina

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

May 31 2015 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: May 31, 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: 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.

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!

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 pfmclerks.

Green Cards are in the parlor, sitting on a coffee can, on a table in the corner opposite the piano. They ask for name, address, phone, email, children, and how you want to get the newsletter or bulletin, and if you want to be in the Meeting Directory. All is optional, but it is good to be able to contact and be contacted by Meeting attenders (you don’t need to be a Member). The information will NOT be available to general public.

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.

June 16th at 7:00pm Catherine Camp will speak at the Meeting House on her trip to The Hague to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

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.

JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of Lake Erie YM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. It’s an occasion for building community among ourselves while helping others. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck