PFM bulletin 2-8-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 8, 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

TODAY: Join us for Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business 12:15pm

Last Day to Sign up for Dinners for 8 Sponsored by Outreach Committee, this is an opportunity to meet and get to know other Friends. Sign up for dinner dates February 21 & 22 (Saturday & Sunday) or February 27 & 28 (Friday & Saturday). 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.

Also today: Thomas Berry: The Great Story — The Life and Work of the Famous Eco-Theologian February 8 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7100 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill. Following the screening, Karen Bernard and Wanda Guthrie will lead a discussion, "Dreaming the Earth." A Greenfaith Fellow, Karen Bernard is the spiritual counselor, new cosmology educator, and founder of Dream of the Earth. Wanda Guthrie chairs the Environmental Justice Committee of the Thomas Merton Center.

February Workshop: “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” on Saturday, February 21st from 8:30-3:30 with Arthur Larrabee, former General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Contact 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. There is no charge for this workshop. Please join us for this opportunity to learn, grow, and strengthen our community!

Global Divestment Day Friday, February 13, EQAT Pittsburgh will participate in at the University of Pittsburgh to encourage shifting investments from fossil fuels to renewable sources. At 11:30 AM, the event begins with a Rally at Schenley Plaza including short speeches from representatives from various groups supporting disinvestment in fossil fuels. Following the rally, EQAT Pittsburgh will be carrying out another account-closing action at a local PNC Bank branch, a follow-up to the action of December 6, 2014. [Members of the meeting who feel led to support the action are invited to attend a training for the action on Tuesday, February 10, at 7:00 PM in the Meeting House.] The event will conclude with a teach-in at 3:00 PM in The William Pitt Union, room 837.

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.

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 if you can help by greeting, typing, providing cookies, or helping with hospitality.

Peace and Social Concerns would like to encourage folks to consider attending the Friends General Conference White Privilege Conference http://www.fgcquaker.org/deepen/enrichment/help-your-meeting-challenge-racism/fgc-white-privilege-conference. Consider the Quaker Community Fund if you need financial support. If you do attend, please notify Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

Outreach Committee: The new season of Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) began three 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.

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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