Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: OCTOBER 5, 2014
Queries for October Tenth Month on Home Life
• Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love and refreshment of the spirit?
• How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?
• In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?
• Do we share our religious insights with those we love?
• Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?
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
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 cleanup. 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 http://buildingspiritualspace.tumblr.com/.) 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.
First Day School: Halloween Party: FDS invites you to our annual Halloween Party on Friday, October 24th from 5-9 pm. Come in costume, and bring your favorite pizza topping and a side dish for the pizza potluck between 5 and 6 pm, then stay for the haunted house, stories and fun games with your Friends. Students aged 14 and under must have adult supervision.
Leaf Raking and Fire Drill: On Sunday, Oct. 26th, the FDS students will conduct a (quiet) fire drill and will rake leaves at the Meeting House during 10:30 MfW. If you have a leaf rake you could share, please place it on the front porch as you come into meeting, and don’t forget to label it with your name and retrieve it from the front porch as you leave the Mtg. House.
Art Party: Mark your calendars and plan to come help young artists create holiday crafts to sell to raise funds for charity. The FDS will hold its annual Art Party on Sunday, Nov. 2nd from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. All ages are invited. Creative talent to share, please contact Betsy Bangley.
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, 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.
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.
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
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!
East End Cooperative Ministry is collecting warm winter coats for our neighbors who need them. Warm hats, gloves, scarves, and large shopping bags are also welcome. Please place these items in the large collection box in the coat room at the Meetinghouse. Other ways to help out: – tell your friends, knit a scarf, write a check to EECM (funds earmarked for the coat drive will be used to buy XXXL size coats, which are especially needed) -volunteer a few hours during one of these times: Collection at EECM: Sun., Nov 16, 9am – 4pm; Distribution at EECM: Wed., Nov 19, 3pm – 6pm and Sat., Nov 22, 9am – 2pm
With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck