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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: September 13, 2015

Queries for Nine Month (September on Children)
● Do we respect the dignity of our children?
● Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
● How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?
● Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
● Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
● What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public 28 schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Welcome to First Day School! Classes begin Sun., Sept 13th. We will be studying Quaker History and Beliefs this year. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

Saturday Salon: At 7 pm Saturday, October 3, the Library Committee will again offer “An Evening of Shared Creative Expression” in the parlor. Featured will be storyteller Barra the Bard (Barra Jacob-McDowell) and the Harmony Singers (of Sunday morning fame). The second half of the program will be “Open Mic.” In cooperation with Peace & Social Concerns Committee, donations of stamps, non-perishable food items, or warm hats, gloves, or scarves are requested. For more information, including participation in Open Mic, see the flyers available on the table in the parlor, or contact Nancy James.

TORTURE BY ANY OTHER NAME…Solitary Confinement: The Immoral Treatment of Prisoners in America’s Prison System October 3rd 6:00pm at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Refreshments followed by a talk by Ron Stief, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and Shandre Delaney whose son Carrington Keys was held in solitary for over 9 years.

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, 12:15-1:15 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.

Sherwood Oaks is now holding a Worship Service on both the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 10:30 in the Chapel.

Meeting is abuzz with excitement about Fall Gathering! On the program side of things, Vonn New will lead us in “Sounding the Divine,” an exploration of worship. As for activities, Friday night we will begin with a potluck dinner. Please bring something to share at the potluck and snacks to share over the weekend. There will be singing and games on Saturday so please bring your guitar, favorite game, Frisbee, or activity to share. It is not too late to sign up for the ropes course! If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sam Milford, Walter Mead, Susan Loucks or Phoebe Stern. Directions to Camp Crestfield are available in the parlor.

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.

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

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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