Bulletin 11/30/14

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: November 30, 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

TODAY: First Day School Art Party Sale Students will sell handmade holiday cards and crafts on Sundays after rise of Meeting today and December 7th. All proceeds will benefit the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education. Thank you for supporting this service project!

American Friends Service Committee -PA All are invited to meet with AFSC PA staff on Monday, December 1st at 4:00pm at the Meetinghouse to hear from AFSC PA’s Human Rights and Youth Coalition Liaison intern, Jeff Martin, about his recent participation in FCNL’s 2014 Lobby Days. Jeff met with PA’s congressional representatives and staff to advance U.S. diplomatic alternatives to sanctions and military options in Iran and will share about his trip and things he learned.

Peace and Social Concerns: All who are intending to move their money from PNC on or around the December 6 action are asked to attend a training at the Meetinghouse Thursday, December 4, 2014. All who would like to participate in the action are also invited to join the training.

Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm: Fifth Annual Friends Benefit Concert. Music by Smokestack Lightnin’ and Friends, Burlap Road, Saro and Willie, and other Friendly musicians, in support of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, and AFSC’s Quilting Bee Love project on gun violence. Bake sale — contributions welcome! At the Friends Meeting House. Donation: $15 ($6 for students / unemployed). Doors open at 7:00pm

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Sign-up on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle

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.

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@verizon.net

First Sunday Letter Writing. Following Meeting for Worship, letter-writing to elected officials.

December 7 – Human Rights City Alliance and EQAT Action

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@gmail.com

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.

Ministry Committee would like to know if there is interest in re-starting a Wednesday evening Meeting for Worship. From time to time in the past we have had Worship on Wednesday evenings, and we are exploring whether there is interest in doing so again. If you are seriously interested in attending meetings for worship on Wednesday evenings, please let a member of the Ministry Committee know. We would need a commitment from at least 5 to 10 people to get it started.

News from Junior Meeting : Scilla Wahrhaftig has been selected as the new Junior Meeting Elder. Junior Meeting has chosen the Malala Fund, which works to educate females all over the world, as this Winter’s charity. We will also be donating to the King George VI School and Centre for Children with Physical Disabilities in the Spring. The students in Junior Meeting have selected a theme for the Holiday Play, and are in the process of writing it.

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


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