Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: September 14, 2014
Queries for September (Ninth Month) on Children
• Do we respect the dignity of our children?
• Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
• How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media and society?
• Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
• Are we involved in the support, care and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
• What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?
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
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
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!
Celebration 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.
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/. 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.
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.
Memorial Service for Charles Mead, Walter’s brother, will be held at the meeting house on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am. We are asking for donations of cookies and cheese & crackers as well as volunteers for the following roles: set-up at 10:15, greeters, ushers, and clean-up. If you are available to offer any of these please email Cynthia Magistro or Virginia Mayo this week.
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