8-2-15 bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 2, 2015

Queries for August (Eight Month) on Vocations
● Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?
● In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?
● Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?
● Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?
● Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

All Roads Lead to Ferguson­ August 2.­ ​A group of artists and speakers headed for Ferguson, MO for the events to be held around the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death is coming to Pittsburgh Mennonite Church ​(2018 S Braddock Ave, Swissvale) ​to hold a Justice Gathering. They are building awareness and solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement. Peter Yarrow, of Peter Paul and Mary, hip­hop artists The Peace Poets, folk singer Kristen Graves, poet, speaker, and activist Te V. Smith, and singer Bishop John Selders will all be performing and bringing a message of justice to Pittsburgh. The event is free with a free will offering that will go to defray costs and toward the Ferguson bail fund that will help incarcerated activists and protesters in Ferguson who are arrested in the coming weeks.

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.

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. Please drop any contributions in this box no later than August 9. Please contact Connor Hestdalen at connorobh if you have any questions.

Midweek Meeting for Worship ­Wednesday, August 5 ​­ Please join Friends starting at 6:30 pm. Hope you’ll attend! All are welcome!

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 Dou­Yan Yang at meeting and have them help you through it. Thank you in advance.

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.

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 e­mailed 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, 12:15­1:15 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 ofworship. The weekend will also offer a variety ofother 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.

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.

First Day School r​equests donations of picture books; simple puzzles that are preferably wooden and have less than 36 pieces; old clothes for dress­up; 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 11­13 in Adrian, MI. Registration will conclude on August 15. For more information, contact Aran Reinhart at aranreinhart or 567­230­7317. The flyer for the program is available on LEYM’s website at leym.org/spiritual­formation.

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you​.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

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