Bulletin 10-26-14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: OCTOBER 26, 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?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Today: Building Spiritual Space – New Meeting Room Design. Please join us for further consideration of this initiative today. 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 discuss questions, options, and concerns. Jim Morgan will provide the typing service for those who may have difficulty hearing. All are welcome. Childcare will be provided.

Clerking and Nominating Committees invite all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting to a potluck and meeting on Wednesday, November 12th from 5:30-8:30 pm. At this gathering, committees will share their goals and vision for the coming year and identify opportunities for collaboration. Committee work is an essential part of the life and vitality of each Quaker community. We encourage all who have an interest in how we put our faith into action to join us. Childcare will be provided. Questions? Contact pfmclerks

Earth Quaker Action Team will host a weekend of training in spirit-based direct action on Saturday November 1, 9:30am. – 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.

Saturday, November 15th, noon to 5 p.m.: It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, November 23, at 12:15pm. 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.

Library: Children’s books are on display during Hospitality every Sunday! Look for the Big Red Cart in the foyer. We invite kids to enjoy these books in the building, but please put books on the table behind the cart when finished. To borrow a book and take it home: Please follow instructions posted on signs.

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

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.

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).: Collection at EECM: Sun., Nov 16, 9am – 4pm; Distribution at EECM: Wed., Nov 19, 3 – 6pm and Sat., Nov 22, 9am – 2pm. Volunteers are also needed to assist with collection and distribution.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

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