Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: June 29, 2014
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 our fellow worshipers?
-Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear and spiritual leading?
-Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?
Ministering to the Meeting
“There is an amazing blessing in holding the entire meeting and each individual in love.” – Patricia McBee
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Friends General Conference (FGC) EVENING PROGRAMS are FREE and OPEN to the public! You do not have to attend Gathering to join in evening plenaries from 7-8:45pm at nearby California University from June 30 to July 4. Monday – a TED talk format on the theme: Let Love Be the First Motion, Tuesday – interest groups, Wednesday – Tony Vacca & Bideew Bou Bess percussion ensemble concert for all ages, Thursday – Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on social activism and climate change, Friday – Laura Magnani of AFSC on solitary confinement in US prisons. The bookstore is also open to the public. More information: https://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering/programs-and-events/evening-programs.
Finance Committee: FY 2014-15 Committee Budgets: Finance committee requests committees send their FY15 budget to the Finance Committee by July 7.
Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. There is a sign-up list located on the bulletin board just inside the kitchen door. You can also sign up at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4
Help with Summer Childcare Needed: Do your part to maintain the intergenerational component of our community. Sign up on this Doodle poll http://doodle.com/uha4zpbry644i3pq
Invitation to Walter Mead’s annual Pool Party on Sunday, August 24th from 2:30-7pm at his home at 1205 Northwestern Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please bring a dish to share for the cookout. Children must have adult supervision.
NO SITTING ON STEPS: For safety reasons, please keep the steps clear during and after Meeting for Worship.
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 of James. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.
First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.
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.
Check out PIIN’s new webpage http://piin.org
Lake Erie Yearly Meeting PRE-YEARLY MEETING WORK CAMP serving Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, MI. July 20-24. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. Children 10 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent and teens 15 to 17 must be with a responsible adult. Total cost of $80 includes meals and sleeping in shared dorm/air mattresses in a church (or make your own sleeping arrangements). Financial assistance is available. Bill Lefler, Rosemary Coffey, and the Avners participated in last year’s LEYM work camp in Lima, OH. Contact them or coordinator Peggy Daub for further information. peggydaub
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is seeking a Pittsburgh Friend to offer brief testimony at a public hearing in Pittsburgh on the new EPA carbon pollution standards on July 31, 2014. FCNL staff is developing written testimony that could adapted to Pittsburgh’s situation. The hearing will be at the Federal Building, Room 1310, 1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, from 9 am to 8 pm. Contact Kathy Stackhouse, kathy.stackhouse, 412-999-4158.
Fall Gathering Youth leaders needed. Sept. 19-21. Would you like to assist the Young Friends program at this year’s Fall Gathering? We need adult leaders for all age groups as we explore the Gathering theme, “Toward a More Caring Community.” If you are interested, please contact Fall Gathering Committee co-convener Anthony Flynn. P.S. Youth leaders receive free room and board!
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!