PFM Bulletin 7-27-14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: July 27, 2014

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 with 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?

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

Building Spiritual Space Committee: The architects’ presentation from the June 22, 2014 meeting has been posted online for those who could not attend and for those who would like to review it in further detail at This presentation shows plans and renderings of architectural concepts to enhance our worship space and to address some of the needs of the Meeting Room and the Meetinghouse. The Committee will be scheduling opportunities to discuss and share in this process in the coming weeks and months.

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:

Help with Summer Childcare Needed: Do your part to maintain the intergenerational component of our community. Sign up on this Doodle poll

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, August 24, at 12:15 pm to discuss the writings and work of Rufus Jones, a founder of the American Friends Service Committee. Jones (1863-1948) has been called a “mystic of the everyday” and a great “spiritual philosopher.” Several books by and about Jones are in our library, including several copies of Rufus Jones: Essential Writings, selected and introduced by Kerry Walters.

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!

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage,
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,
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
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.

Upcoming Ministry Committee Adult Classes:
We appear to be on the same wavelength as the Fall Gathering Committee. For the coming year we will be offering adult classes on the theme: “Toward a Caring Community,” which is also the theme for this year’s Fall Gathering. We are working on an adult class for October, after the Gathering, on the Topic “How Does a Quaker Meeting Provide Pastoral Care and Support for Friends in Difficulty.” In November we will focus on Thanksgiving with an adult class on “Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice.”
We then plan to return to the year’s theme “Toward a Caring
Community.” Please plan on joining us. Don’t miss out on all the excitement!

Invitation to Walter Mead’s annual Pool Party on Sunday, August 24th from 2:30-7 pm at his home at 1205 Northwestern Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146. Please bring a dish to share for the cookout. Students must have adult supervision.

Environmental Protection Agency Hearing July 31 Multi-Faith Gathering, to prayerfully witness to: the goodness of creation, the harm being caused by our actions, and support the proposed limits to carbon emissions. Multi-Faith Prayer Breakfast on July 31, 7:30am at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 615 Grant St., downtown Pittsburgh. Following the breakfast and some comments by key leaders from among the various faith communities, participants will process from the church to the Moorhead Federal Building, where the EPA Hearing will be held. To attend, contact If you are interested in registering to testify on July 31 or August 1, please see the EPA website:

Remembering Hiroshima, August 5. Imagining Peace will present Kurosawa’s I Live in Fear at the Melwood Screening Room at 6pm. Join us on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima as we skype with peace activists in Japan following the film. $8 adults,$7 seniors & students.


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