Bulletin 1-11-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: January 11, 2015

Queries for January on Justice and Equality
• Do we look for opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships with people of different class, race, gender, age or sexual orientation?
• Do we avoid stereotyping people?
• In what ways do we work to change our society so that it provides equal opportunities for everyone?
• What are we doing to remove the institutional causes of suffering and want?
• Do we help to care for those in need?
• Are we working to end the death penalty?
• What are we doing to humanize the treatment and care of people in institutions?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Hospitality: Hospitality Hosts continue to be needed for all Sundays, including Second Sunday Potlucks. Signup on the kitchen door bulletin board. Sign up at this Doodle link:http://doodle.com/4p8ehwshgrbwknt4

First Day School Events Update: The Fun and Games Potluck will take place on January 17 from 6:00- 9:00pm. Please bring a potluck dish to share for dinner from 6-7 pm, and your favorite game to play from 7-9 pm. All ages are invited. Students aged 14 and under must have adult supervision. In addition, FDS has rescheduled Karaoke night for Feb. 7 from 5:00-10:00 pm.

February Workshop: Registration for the upcoming workshop, “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” has begun. On Saturday, February 21st from 8:30-3:30, Arthur Larrabee, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will present a workshop on this subject at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House. There is no charge to attend. Please advise the clerks (Jo Schlesinger, Von Keairns, or Mary Parish) by February 11th at pfmclerks, via phone, or in person if you are planning to attend, so that we may provide ample food and handouts, as well as child care and support for those who require assistance with hearing. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, grow, and strengthen our community!

Martin Luther King Day Event: Join EECM’s Council of Congregations and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday 1/18 at St Paul’s Baptist Church, 6701 Penn Ave. The celebration begins at 3:30 pm with musical and dance performances from the host congregations and others. The formal service begins at 4:00. The keynote speaker will be Cecile M. Springer, who has devoted her life and career to social and economic justice, ethical leadership, and community service. Admission is free. Donations of non-perishable food for the EECM food pantry will be collected at the door. More info: http://www.eecm.org/events/martin-luther-king-jr-celebration/ and http://www.pts.edu/Kelso_2015

Outreach Committee: Our Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) are now forming for the winter and spring. Signup sheets will be posted in the parlor of the Meeting House this first day. If you would like to form a new group, use a form on the table in the parlor, or email Jim Morgan for a copy of the form. In the past groups have been formed around singing, dining, excursions, etc. Continuing groups looking for more members include the harmony group, the healthy eating group, and a monthly Oakland lunch group.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reminder from the Clerks: If you wish to place an announcement of an event or other meeting-related information in the bulletin, please send the notice in a finished form to the clerks by Wednesday. Our thanks.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck

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