Bulletin 3-22-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 22, 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
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 3/22. Your input is valued and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

First Day School: March 29th. students will be participating in Meeting for Worship.

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, abolitionist, 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.

First Day School’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the rise of 10:30 MfW on Sunday, April 5th. Parents of young children are asked to supervise their children as they will be receiving small toys inside of the Easter eggs.

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 bdbeal or by contacting any member of the Ministry Committee, so that we can better plan for these workshops.

North Hills Interfaith Gathering. This year the Gathering will be Sunday, April 26th, 3-5 p.m. at Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Hwy in McCandless. The theme will be “Living in Harmony: Path to Reconciliation.” If you would like to represent our Meeting in a presentation on this topic, contact Jim Morgan, morganjj

Library Committee: The red cart in the foyer during Hospitality each Sunday (and in the library throughout the week) now holds audio-visual items from our collection as well as children’s picture books. To enjoy the books here, or to sign out books or audio-visuals, please follow the instructions on the posted signs.

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.

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.

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 (morganjj) for more information.

First Day School invites you to join us for a Bonfire on May 9th, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Meeting House.

Quaker Community Fund (QCF) Scholarship Application Deadline: May 1, 2015. If you are planning to apply for a QCF scholarship for the Gathering, LEYM, or summer camp, the deadline is May 1. Information and applications are available online or from any QCF member:Walter Mead, Mary King, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf

2015 Gathering – FGC invites you to "Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week." Western Carolina University, July 5-11. Anyone who has attended a Gathering before will be happy to tell you more. Registration begins April 1. Register between April 1-12 for best choice of workshops.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck


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