PFM bulletin 8/10/14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 10, 2014

Queries for August (Eighth Month) on Vocations
* Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?
* In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and spirituality?
* Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?
* Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?
* Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

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

Concerned about the refugee children on the border? You can help. Casa San Jose is working with children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala right here in Pittsburgh! They are in immediate need of gift cards for food and clothing (or taking children to Goodwill and buying them clothes), people to provide transportation to medical and dental appointments, tutors for Kindergarten and school aged children, and people to help get children registered in the public schools. Transportation does not require that you speak Spanish. Also, they are looking for a list of potential, short-term foster families for children (not here yet) who are too young for group homes. This would require proficiency in Spanish. Contact Kathie Hollingshead for more information.

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.

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, 12:15 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.

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!

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.

Do you, or your children, love storytelling? Three Rivers Storytelling Festival ( is a free, family-oriented event on Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th at Winchester-Thurston’s North Campus. Barra Jacob-McDowell will be performing as Barra the Bard and doing a 45-minute harptelling program in the main tent at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday at 5pm.


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