Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: August 23, 2015
Queries for August (Eighth 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
Called Meeting for Business: On Sunday, August 23 rd, there will be a called Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to discuss the meeting’s child safety policy and compliance with new requirements in Pennsylvania law regarding background checks for volunteers who work with the children of the Meeting. The meeting will begin at 12:15 and child care will be available. We invite all members and attenders to join this discussion, which builds on the threshing session we held on the same topic on July 19th. More information about how the state law will impact volunteers is available at
http://www.pano.org/Public-Policy/LegislativeIssues/Volunteerism/ and http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/C_135249.pdf.
A Community Need: We are in need of an immediate replacement laptop for the meeting room to support the needs of Friends and Attenders who have difficulty hearing spoken ministry and announcements. The laptop requires up-to-date word processing software but no other
capabilities. Quietness is important; however we do have a quiet bluetooth keyboard as supplementary equipment. If anyone has either a short-term loaner while we determine needs or a reliable longer term option, please talk to Susan Loucks or Debby Hollingshead. Your assistance is very much appreciated.
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.
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.
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 e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
College Supply Drive: Please note we need the following items in order to complete our college supply drive: **Small dry-erase board for door; **pocket folders’ shower caddie; **toothbrushes;** toothpaste; **reusable laundry bag; **clothes hangers;** twin extra long sheets; **pillowcases; **pillows; **twin comforter; **laundry basket; **$25-40 Target gift card; **microwave popcorn. All donations can be dropped off in the labeled box in the Meetinghouse foyer! Thanks for your support! Please contact Connor Hestdalen if you have any questions.
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
Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.