PFM bulletin 9-28-14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: September 26, 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
Wedding Announcement: Barry Beal and Cynthia Magistro will be married at the Meeting House at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. The following day they will celebrate with a dance and potluck meal between 2 and 6 p.m. at the Swisshelm Park Community Center (1050 Windermere Drive, Pittsburgh, 15218). Friends are cordially invited!

Newcomer Recognition Day: Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Newcomer Recognition Day on Sunday, October 5th after Meeting for Worship. Outreach will provide pies & cider for this autumn celebration. Please be on hand to welcome again all the new folks who’ve come to Meeting for Worship this year.

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.

Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative on Sunday Oct 26 at 12:15pm. We’ll start by reviewing the design work that our architects presented in June. (You can also review it at Then, we’ll talk! What do we like about the proposed design? What are our concerns? Are there any alternative approaches to consider? What should be our next steps? All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

Earth Quaker Action Team will host a weekend of training in spirit-based direct action on Saturday November 1, 9:30 a.m. – Sunday November 2, 12 noon. Venue TBA. Friends and others concerned about climate and environment are invited to join in planning events for a national day of action December 6, in coordination with the Alliance for Appalachia. Cost: a sliding scale of $15 – 30 to cover trainers’ travel expense. Contact Nick Coles for more info.

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 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, 12:15-1:15Adult Education "How Does a Quaker Meeting Provide Pastoral Care and Support for Friends in Difficulty?

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.

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:

Upcoming Ministry Committee Adult Classes: We will be offering adult classes for the coming year on the theme: “Toward a Caring Community”. In October the topic will be "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!

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, November 23, at 12:15 pm. Our topic will be From Parsonage to Prison: Collected Poems by Janeal Turnbull Ravndal. Margaret Lacey, another Quaker author, writes, “Janeal Ravndal is solidly Quaker . . . In felicitous words, rhymed or not, she tells us truth.” Everyone is welcome to attend. Child care will be provided. Copies of the book are in our library.

News of Friends: Eric Starbuck will be appearing in another opera, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Sorcerer running from Oct. 10-19. A sorcerer spikes the punch and everyone falls in love. What could go wrong? Dancing galore- English Country, Morris, contra, maypole, even waltz and tango. Live orchestra.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck


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