May 17, 2015

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: May 17, 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
TODAY: Scilla Wahrhaftig will give a presentation today at 12:15 after Meeting for Worship on the Quaker Conference on Mass Incarceration held recently at Pendle Hill and the new Quaker Network Against Mass Incarceration

First Day School (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. 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!

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 for details and to sign up for Open Mike by May 20. All are welcome to attend as audience!

Typists are needed! If you would like to volunteer as a typist for those with difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship please contact Susan Loucks.

Bible Study: No Bible study in May. Please join us in June as we begin the study of the book of Esther. Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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,

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We will be studying Esther in June. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish.

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 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.

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 or contact Gina Godfrey.

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.

Talk and Panel Discussion May 31 on Social Justice in a Transition Economy featuring Rick Wilson, American Friends Service Committee West Virginia Economic Justice coordinator. After meeting for Worship at 12:15 – Rick Wilson will speak about his work in West Virginia focusing on economic justice and a post-coal economy, followed at 1:15 by a Panel discussion Moderated by Nick Coles and Scilla Wahrhaftig. In addition to Rick, the panel will include Veronica Coptis from center for Coalfield Justice and possibly Deb Nardone from Beyond Natural Gas amongst other organizations

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 Parking is free.

Saturday, June 27, 7:00-12:00pm – Farewell karaoke party The Stacey Atwell-Keister/Sean Strickland family is moving to Oregon in July. Potluck supper starting at 6:00pm and/or come for karaoke at 7:00pm.

With gratitude and good wishes, Eric Starbuck


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