Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: NOVEMBER 2, 2014
Queries for November (Eleventh Month) on Nonviolence
Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action? How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes?
What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
Are we learning to channel our anger, fear and frustration in healthy, creative and peaceable ways?
Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life
and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?
Announcements and Upcoming Events
The Clerking and Nominating Committees invite all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting to a potluck and meeting on Wednesday, November 12th from 5:30-8:30pm. 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. Please also note: Nominating Committee is updating general informational resources (FAQs) about committees, which we will make available at this meeting. If you have a question about how something is done or which committee is responsible for a particular activity, please send your inquiry to Jim Morgan at morganjj. If you have information about committees that you believe is important to share, please send that as well.
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 1:00pm. 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, Nov. 23, at 12:15 pm. We will share thoughts about Janeal Turnbull Ravndal’s From Parsonage to Prison: Collected Poems, reviewed in our November newsletter. Copies of the book are in the library, and handouts of selected poems will be available at the meeting. All are welcome.
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.
Request from Library Committee: When borrowing books from our library, please write your name AND phone number or email address on the card found in the pocket of the book. Place the card in the front of the box provided for that purpose on the library desk. Thank you!
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:
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, mjparish
First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials. Topics: Diplomacy with Iran and Repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.
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 (waltermead or 412.856.0195) 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: Sunday, November 16, 9am – 4pm; Distribution at EECM: Wednesday, November 19, 3 – 6pm and Saturday, November 22, 9am – 2pm. Volunteers are also needed to assist with collection and distribution.
Monday, November 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Please support Global Solutions Pittsburgh by attending the Fall Social, featuring live music (provided by Pittsburgh natives Rising Moon), food (provided by Bar Marco), drinks (one comes with the ticket), and conversation, to be held at Wigle Whiskey (2401 Smallman St. in the Strip). Dr. Carolyn Ban (former Dean of GSPIA at Pitt) will talk about "International Organizations: Why they don’t work well and why we need them anyway." Tickets are only $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Order on-line at www.bit.ly/GSP-FallSocial2014 or see Rosemary Coffey for further information.
Aida in concert November 15, 7 pm, at Chatham, Eric Starbuck in the chorus. Listen to Giuseppe Verdi’s incredible opera in the original Italian. This is unstaged, no scenery, just Verdi’s beautiful music by singers and live orchestra. Tickets are $25 at the door. Eric has tickets for $15.
With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck