Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 15, 2015
Announcements and Upcoming Events
TODAY: Join us for Adult Education at 12:15pm
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.
February Workshop: “Decision-Making in the Spirit: Quaker Process, Community, and Unity” on Saturday, February 21st from 8:30-3:30 with Arthur Larrabee.
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.
Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15 pm in the library. The book for discussion is 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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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-meetingchallenge-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.
LEYM Query: Every year Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Ministry and Nurture Committee develops a new query for the spiritual exercise of monthly meetings and worship groups. This not only seeks to provide discernment for our own Meeting, but also helps the larger community understand the spiritual state of monthly meetings. This year, a discussion of the query will be facilitated at March’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business by the Ministry Committee. In preparation, we ask that members and attenders consider the query below individually, within your committees, or in informal settings. We welcome your input and look forward to a thoughtful and lively discussion March 8.
QUERY: How has our practice of expectant waiting in worship invited the Divine to guide our meeting’s actions? In what ways do our actions in the world as a meeting enrich and transform the spiritual life of the body?
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