Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: July 26, 2015
Queries for July: (Seventh Month) on Unity in Meeting
– Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
– If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue, in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?
– Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us?
– Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light? Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
– When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the following events: August 5, Hiroshima Mon Amour at Melwood Screening Room at 6:00pm followed by skyping with peace activists and students in Japan. All tickets $8.00. Cosponsored with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
August 8, Bike Around the Bomb, 9:30am Schenley Plaza for 12.5 mile bike ride to simulate a nuclear blast radius cosponsored by Global Zero. See bikearoundthebomb.org to register and rememberinghiroshima.org for details about all anniversary events.
Recorder Needed for August Meeting for Business: Both the Recording Clerk and the Asst. Recording Clerk will be unavailable to record August’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business (August 9th). If you are able to assist us, please advise Darryl Phillips at dp19 or 412-216-1149 or contact the clerks.
Childcare: We still have several spots open for childcare this summer, and signing up to watch the children of the meeting will be repaid in homemade illustrations (not guaranteed, but likely). Signing up is easy: go to http://doodle.com/ne7rbternh34qzqu, put in your name, and choose a date. You can also find Susan Vdovichenko or Dou-Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.
First Day School is having a carwash and bake sale on Sunday, July 26 at the rise of Meeting (11:30am – 1pm). This is a fundraiser for Casa Esperanza in Panama, an organization that prevents children from going into the agricultural labor force. Child labor has been a theme in FDS this year. Carsten Schmit and his family will be volunteering at Casa Esperanza from August 8-23.
First Day School requests donations of picture books; simple puzzles that are preferably wooden and have less than 36 pieces; old clothes for dress-up; duplos or other building materials that are too large to swallow; dolls; and a toy doctor’s kit for the preschool room. If you have any of these items, please give them to Claire Cohen or leave them in the box on the landing. Thank you! Questions? See Claire Cohen
LEYM’s Spiritual Formation Program is designed for anyone who longs for a deeper spiritual life. This year’s theme is “Experiment with the Light” led by JoAnne Seaver from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The Fall retreat will take place September 11 -13 in Adrian, MI. Registration will conclude on August 15. For more information, contact Aran Reinhart at aranreinhart or 567-230-7317. The flyer for the program is available on LEYM’s website at leym.org/spiritual-formation.
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 are studying Esther. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.
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.
Register for Fall Gathering any Sunday in August! Our 2015 Fall Gathering at Camp Crestfield will begin Friday evening, Sept. 18 and end with lunch Sunday, Sept. 20. Vonn New will lead us in “Sounding the Divine,” an exploration of worship. The weekend will also offer a variety of other activities for all ages. Members of Fall Gathering Committee will be on duty after Meeting for Worship every Sunday in August; or you may register online at http://goo.gl/forms/9r1SVkGujR;, or use the form printed in the August newsletter.
JULY 28-30 PARTICIPATION IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT: Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of LEYM’s service project immediately preceding the annual sessions. Youth aged 16 and up as well as adults are invited. Join us to continue the legacy of Quaker service! Financial support is available from LEYM and the registration form can be downloaded from Daub or call her at 734-668-8063. See LEYM reps Bill Lefler and Jo Posti for additional info.
LEYM ANNUAL MEETING is in need of Workers/Co-Conveners with children of all age groups; the coconvener is an organizational role not really a childcare role. Substantial discount on Annual Meeting fees provided. If people are interested please have them contact prattab, phone number (937)218-8888 or Kate Spry at kmspry
Please Consider: Flynn and Zedueh Godfrey will be attending Opequon Quaker Camp from July 26 to August 9. Friends may provide love and support to them on this adventure by writing to them c/o Opequon Quaker Camp, 2710 Brucetown Road, Clear Brook ,VA 22624.
College Supply Drive: In cooperation with EECM, our Meeting will be collecting school and dormitory supplies for a local college student in need (to remain anonymous). For a list of needed items, please see the box labeled, "College Supplies" in the front hall of the Meetinghouse. You can also drop any contributions in this box. Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.
Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck