Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: November 1, 2015
Queries for Eleventh Month (November) on Nonviolence
● Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action?
● How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes?
● What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
● Are we learning to channel our anger, fear, and frustration in healthy, creative, and peaceable ways?
● Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
● In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?
Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this new address: pfmclerks
Announcements and Upcoming Events
The FDS will host a Fun & Games Night on Sat., Nov. 7th from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Meeting House. Bring a friend and your favorite game(s). No dinner will be served, but snacks are welcome.
Saturday, November 14th, noon to 5 p.m.: It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.
November 15. Bring a Friend to Meeting Day. Of course, visitors are welcome at Meeting any time… but… the morning of Nov. 15 will be a distinctive day when we’re especially encouraging new, interested people to come visit the Meeting House, experience Meeting for Worship, and ask questions. So please invite or bring along those friends of yours with whom you have been discussing Quaker values. Special hospitality and fellowship will follow rise of Meeting. Arrival before 10:30 a.m. encouraged.
Join the FDS for an Art Party on Sun., Nov. 15th from 12:30-2:00 pm. Adults and students are invited to create art which will be sold to raise funds for a charity the students select.
Next Friends Bicycling Outing: First Day, November 15 at 12:30ish. Route will be down Neville, along the river trails, and back up Neville. We can go to Station Square / the Point or to the Eagles Nest Viewing Area / Costco; route to be finalized before we start. Pump up your tires and bring a patch kit, and dress for the weather that day.
Spiritual Friendship: A couple of spiritual friendship groups are currently moving from the percolation to the fully brewed stage! These small groups, meeting on a monthly basis, are intended to be a way to deepen connections and provide spiritual nurture and accountability to each other. One group – which will have its first meeting on the evening of Wednesday, November 4 still has room for a couple of members. If you’re interested in joining that group or being part of a group in general, please contact Susan Loucks, susanloucks .
The sixth annual Benefit Concert at the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House will take place Friday, December 4, starting at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00). This year’s beneficiaries are Youth Undoing Institutional Racism and the Center for Coalfield Justice. Come by for an evening of new and traditional acoustic music featuring Smokestack Lighting and Burlap Road, with special guests Raging Grannies, Meeting House Harmonizers, Louis Suarez, Wesley and Wynston Peters. Donation: $15 ($6 for students and unemployed). Desserts courtesy of the Quaker Bakers.
Special interest group: A group on relationship skills for couples will be facilitated by Barry Beal and Cynthia Magistro beginning Sunday, November 15 at 7 PM. Contact them for details, including location.
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!
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 Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 people. 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, 12:151:15 Adult Education
Third Sunday, 7:308:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 4129773526 (cell) or 4128315677 (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.
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.
Thursday November 12th, 11:30AM Pennsylvanians Rally for Climate Action, federal building downtown. As the EPA holds a hearing inside regarding the Clean Power Plan to protect our communities, improve air quality and health, Pittsburghers will be rallying outside to support strong climate action. They’ll be music (rusted root!), speakers, and fun. We also need folks to use their voices to testify Nov. 12 & 13th email eva.resnickday for more information.
Friday, Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial St., Pgh. 15212: Global Solutions Pittsburgh Fall Social 2015. Join others with international concerns and connections for an evening of hearty beer and live music over friendly conversation and sizzling food. This is an opportunity to have fun while supporting GSP! All proceeds will be used to fund educational and human rights programs. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, including 1 drink ticket. Reserve now at www.bit.ly/GSPFallSocial2015 or see Rosemary Coffey if you have any questions.
East End Cooperative Ministry, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping vulnerable adults and children throughout our East End neighborhoods, has several volunteer roles available, including Café Host/ess on weekday mornings, tutors and homework helpers (clearances required) on weekday afternoons, receptionists, employment mentors, and meal preparation and service. Apply online at tracyh .
Join 2000 PIIN members, supporters & partners as we launch our longterm agenda to end racial and economic inequity through securing commitments from local & state officials on public safety, jobs, education & ratepayer justice. MOVING TOWARD THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – FIGHTING FOR THE DREAM. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 7:008:30 pm. RODEF SHALOM, 4917 5TH AVE, PITTSBURGH 15213. For more information: piin.org or 4126219230
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. Please consider voting for him, once a day, every day until Nov 15.” Go to “Heroes” on the CNN website: (http://heroes.cnn.com/#.gd6lKiiDheKih.Winner )
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck