bulletin 10-25-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: October 25, 2015

Queries for Tenth Month (October) on Home Life
– Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love, and refreshment of the spirit?
– How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?
– In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?
– Do we share our religious insights with those we love?
– Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit to the clerks at pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Newcomer Recognition Day: Outreach Committee is holding a Newcomer Recognition Day on Sunday October 25th after Meeting for Worship. Outreach will provide pies & cider for this autumn celebration. Please be on hand to welcome again all the new folks who’ve come to Meeting for Worship this year.

First Day School: FDS students will rake the front yard of the Meeting House on Sunday, Oct. 25th during 10:30 MfW. If you have a rake and/or a pair of gloves you could loan the students, please label your items, leave them on the front porch as you come in to meeting, and don’t forget to retrieve them as you leave that day. Thank you!

Halloween Party: The FDS invites you to their annual Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 30th from 5-9 pm. We will have a pizza potluck dinner from 5-6 pm. We will provide pizzas and cheese, and party-goers are asked to bring their favorite topping and/or a side dish. Come in costume, bring a friend, and tour the haunted basement! Volunteers are needed to set up the haunted house on Oct.20th and 27th-29th, and clean up the haunted house on Sunday,Nov.1. Email Walter Mead at waltermead if you can volunteer. Thank you!

The FDS needs magazines and calendars with pretty illustrations and photos for an art project. Please leave them in the box on the landing. Thank you!

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.

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

Request: Dr. Jim Withers, Medical Director and founder of Operation Safety Net and a pioneer of the street medicine movement to help the homeless, has been nominated for CNN Hero of the Year. Dr Withers and his staff of outreach workers help the homeless in Pittsburgh. Please consider voting for him, once a day, every day until Nov 15. It’s easy. Go to “Heroes” on the CNN website (http://heroes.cnn.com/#.gd6lKiiDheKih.Winner)

Future Meeting Events

  • Fun & Games Night – Saturday, November 7, 6:30‐9pm
  • Art Party Sunday, November 15, 12:30-2:00pm
  • Holiday Play practice Friday, December 18, 6‐9pm

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 emailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) 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

Second and Fourth Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.

Sunday, Oct. 25, beginning at 12:30 (from Judy Hale Reed): Are there any takers for a bicycle ride to Station Square and back, leaving from Meeting (with a rain date of 11/1)? The route would be down Neville St to Panther Hollow, hook up with the Jail Trail to the Smithfield Bridge, and then loop down to Station Square. If we are vigorous (extra), we could jaunt across the Fort Pitt Bridge to the Point and then come back on the same route, or return on the South Side trail and come across the Hot Metal Bridge and back up Neville St to the Meetinghouse. My GoogleMaps ™ overlord says this will take about 1 hour round trip to Station Square, and 1.5 hours if we add the jaunt to Point Park. Power to the pedals!!

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2-4:00 p.m., Carlow University (AJ Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology in the Atrium, 3333 Fifth Avenue). The Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition hosts an interfaith panel discussion titled "Exploring Compassion through Multi-Faith Lenses." The panel features representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Moreover, the GPIC would be delighted to have Quaker representation on the Coalition! Check it out on http://www.episcopalpgh.org/docs/ and see if you are led to participate.

Library Committee is pleased to announce that the loan period for books, pamphlets and audio-visual materials will be extended from 4 weeks to 6 weeks as of Sunday, November 1. Due dates will be clearly posted, and scratch paper and pencil provided so that borrowers may note the dates and take these reminders with them. We request that borrowers write not only name but also e-mail address or telephone

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.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck


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