Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 1, 2015
Queries for February on Simplicity and Moderation
Is our commitment to simplicity reflected in our daily lives?
Are we careful in our use of time and energy?
Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?
Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?
Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind and spirit?
Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?
Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation?
Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?
Announcements and Upcoming Events
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!
Outreach Committee: Our Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) The new season of Friendly Interest Groups began two weeks ago, and five groups have launched. The groups are Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), Armchair Travel meeting 2/7 (Mary King), Harmony Singing currently on Fridays at 11 (Eric Starbuck), Day Walkers (Walter Mead), Eco-Theology and New Cosmology (Wanda Guthrie), and Science Talks (Jim Morgan). Contact the organizer directly if you can’t get to meeting to sign up. If you need contact information, email Jim Morgan (morganjj).
Outreach Committee is sponsoring Dinners for 8 to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other Friends. We have four possible dinner dates – February 21 & 22 (Saturday & Sunday) and February 27 & 28 (Friday and Saturday). Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until February 8th. Please mark the dates you are available to participate, and please indicate too if you would like to volunteer to host a dinner. Dinner hosts coordinate the food, and find a location (usually, but not necessarily in the host’s home). The Outreach Committee will form groups, and inform the host of each group the date, along with the contact information for Friends who will attend the dinner.
Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15 pm in the library. The book for discussion will The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, a historical novel about Sarah Grimke, 19th century Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. This book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, will be reviewed in the March newsletter.
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.
First Day School Events: Karaoke night will take place on Feb. 7 from 5:00-10:00 pm.
Adult Education on February 15 at 12:15: “How Can We Improve Pastoral Care In PFM?” We will explore what pastoral care we offer each other and how we can be more responsive to the needs within our community. Childcare provided.
Funeral Committee – A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jerry Lynn, Walter Mead’s brother-in-law, will be held on Sunday, February 22, at 3 PM. Jerry’s family will be here from California. Please contact Mary King (kingmary1) if you can help by greeting, typing, providing cookies, or helping with hospitality.
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
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.
Fall Gathering: Readings recommended by Fall Gathering 2014 speaker Jim Higginbotham are the focus of “A Leading to Read” in the February newsletter. Multiple copies of the articles mentioned are available in a green folder on the library mantel. Please take a copy, read it and return it to the folder, or keep it, or pass it on to someone else.
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