Bulletin 3/8/2015

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 8, 2015

Queries for March (Third Month) on Stewardship
• Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
• What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
• Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generation? How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
• Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share them with others?
• Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us?
• How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Ministry Committee Adult Class, March 15 “How a Caring Community Helps Us to Live Our Testimonies”. Eileen Flanagan will address the role of community in helping us to be faithful, whether we feel called to living simply or to taking on unjust systems. The importance of community is one of the themes of Eileen’s new book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, which describes her journey to climate justice work. She is the clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, one of the core faculty in Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness program, and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. For more information on her work, please visit eileenflanagan.com.

FDS invites everyone to join us for Pi ( π) Day. March 14th (3/14/15) has been internationally declared Pi Day ( π= 3.1415) in celebration of mathematics and nerdy fun. Join FDS for board games, math puzzles, and pie on Saturday, March 14th from 6:30-9 pm. If you would like to donate a pie for the event please contact Kathy Rubel or Betsy Bangley. How many digits of π can you remember?

Stories & Scones Book Club will meet Sunday, March 29 at 12:15pm 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, bolitionist , and women’s rights activist. The book will be reviewed in the April newsletter. A related biography of the Grimke family, Lift Up Thy Voice, has been reviewed in the March newsletter.

Ministry Committee April 25 & 26: Larry Jalowiec, Director of Stewardship Services at Friends General Conference (FGC), along with a representative from Everence, a Mennonite run financial services organization, will present two workshops on how your values can shape your financial decisions. These will be Saturday April 25, 1-4PM on Estate Planning and Sunday April 26, 12:15-2:30PM on Stewardship Investing. Both workshops will be in the Meeting Room. Please let us know if you are interested in attending either or both of these workshops by sending an email to Barry Beal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

Outreach Committee: We have so many Friendly Interest Groups (FIGs) that we are putting in a larger bulletin board. Join a group or start our own. Currently we have Fish Fry Friday on 3/20 (Dou-Yan), Healthy Eating (Claire Cohen), Friendly Lunches in Oakland (Debby Hollingshead), 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 or email Jim Morgan for more information.

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. No library letter-writing today. Try using the user-friendly FCNL website to contact your representatives about ending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which will keep the president from going to war without Congress. http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=64126336

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.

Ministry Committee: 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? We will discuss at the March 8 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

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.

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.

The ad hoc committee for clearness on Hospitality is compiling information on Friends’ experience and expectations of Meeting hospitality and requests your help. Please complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/57NQ72W. There will also be paper copies available from a committee member after Meetings for Worship through March 22nd. Your input is valued and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck


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