Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: May 3, 2015
Queries for May (Fifth Month) on Participation in Meeting
• Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work?
• Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers?
• How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities?
• How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy? Are Meetings for Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding and forbearance?
Announcements and Upcoming Events
First Day School (FDS): There will be no FDS today due to the Pittsburgh Marathon. Child care will be available.
TODAY: Pittsburgh Meeting is a long-time member of Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). This year we and the other churches, synagogues and Islamic organizations are celebrating fifteen years of action for justice. The meeting representatives to PIIN encourage you to help our work with by attending our exciting celebration. If interested, see Jim Morgan morganjj.
East End Community Ministries: Circles is a nationally recognized, proven model to help families move out of poverty through relationships with allies. Circles East Liberty is hosting a Poverty Simulation – a unique and powerful experience that deepens understanding of poverty. Participants role-play a member of a low-income household and discover the difficulty and stressors of trying to meet a family’s basic needs when expenses are more than income. 6:00-8:30 pm Monday, May 4th at Levinson Hall of the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave, 15217. To register, email jodi.salant or call Jodi at Repair the World at (412)742-6103.
FDS invites you to a Bonfire at the Meeting House on Saturday, May 9th from 6:30 to 9 pm. We will roast marshmallows for s’mores, sing old favorites, and enjoy time with Friends around the campfire. Bring a friend. Bring a musical instrument if you play one. See you there!
FDS students will plant flowers around the Meeting House on Sunday, May 24th, during 10:30 Meeting for Worship. We will need extra work gloves, trowels and small shovels. If you have any of these items you can loan, please write your name on them, leave them on the front porch as you come in to Meeting that day and don’t forget to retrieve them as you leave. Thank you!
FDS will hold its annual Carnival on Sunday, June 7th, after the rise of 10:30 Meeting for Worship. Volunteers are needed to help set up, run and take down games. Those interested in helping should contact Walter Mead at 412-856-0195 or waltermead. Also, donations of books are now being accepted for a book sale the day of the Carnival with proceeds to benefit an organization the students will select. Books for adults and children may be left in the box on the landing of the Meeting House. Thank you!
Outreach Committee: Check out the expanded FIGs (Friendly Interest Groups) on the parlor bulletin board.
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 Esther. All are welcome! Child care is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish, mjparish
First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.
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 (waltermead or 412.856.0195) 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, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert
Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.
Meal Train arrangements are being made to provide meals to Jennifer Sydeski Hurd and her husband, Geoffrey Hurd following the birth of Augustus. You can sign up to provide a meal at ginamgodfrey.
Typists are needed! We will be scheduling typists through the summer months and more are needed for the service we provide each First Day to those Friends and Attenders who have difficulty hearing. Perfection is not expected. Nothing close to perfection, actually. Some typists listen to the vocal ministry and then share the essence of it. Others try to capture most of the message. In either case, those who are benefiting from the service are very forgiving of mistakes. Willing to give it a try? Contact Mary King kingmary1.
Saturday Salon in the parlor, sponsored by Library Committee: Saturday, May 23, 7-9 pm. Featured: Nancy Esther James reading her poetry. After light refreshments, there will be “Open Mike” for anyone wanting to share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell barrabard or 412-389-3910 for details and to sign up for Open Mike by May 20. All are welcome to attend as audience!
2015 Gathering – Friends General Conference 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.
Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Global Solutions Pittsburgh (formerly the World Federalist Association) is holding its 66th annual spring fundraiser at Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial Street, 15212, in Troy Hill on the North Side. It will feature musical guest Rising Moon and a live auction. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door (including appetizers and one drink). For further information and tickets, go to www.bit.ly/GSP-Spring2015. Parking is free.
Bible Study: Bible study will not take place in May. Please join us in June as we begin the study of the book of Esther. Childcare is available. Questions? Contact Mary Parish at maryjparish.
With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck