8-31-14 bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 31, 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 orunpaid, 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

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 http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.

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

FDS: will kick off the school year with a Bonfire at the Meeting House on Saturday, Sept. 6th from 6:30 to 9 pm. All are welcome! Join us for singing, s’mores and camaraderie around the fire. Students 14 years old and younger must have adult supervision.
Sunday, Sept. 7th will be the first day of FDS for the new school year. Parents, if you have not registered yet, please either see Walter Mead after 10:30 MfW.

Outreach Committee is coordinating something new for Meeting for Worship on September 7, 2014 called "Bring a New Friend to Meeting Day!" Outreach folks will be providing special Hospitality treats, and generally encouraging interpersonal contact and Quakerism explanation/conversation that day with just a little more "oomph" than usual. So, although PFM welcomes fresh faces each Sunday, members and attenders are especially encouraged to bring along an interested pal or two on Sept. 7th! (To volunteer to provide some small extra effort that day, contact Rachel or Yvette. Possible volunteer roles: providing social introductions, pointing out favorite library resources, manage a newcomers’ brochure table, extra smiles and handshakes, etc.).

September 14, 4-7 pm at the Meeting House: Please join us as we celebrate 10 years of community effort on AFSC PA program work under the leadership of Scilla Wahrhaftig. There will be opportunities to share stories about the work we have done and cake to mark Scilla’s retirement. Drop in for a minute or stay for the afternoon.

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.

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.

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 coconvener 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!

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck


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