Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: November 29, 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
Sun., Nov. 29th , During Hospitality, FDS students will begin selling the handicrafts made at the Art Party. The proceeds will be split between the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House and an Animal Shelter. Our thanks to all the artists who provided their creativity and to those who donated supplies.
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.
The Clerks invite all Young Adult Friends/Attenders to join them for lunch and conversation (the Clerks’ treat at the restaurant of your choice) after Meeting for Worship on December 6 th —so that we can discuss the ways you would like to be involved with Pittsburgh Friends Meeting and how we and the meeting might support them. We’ll gather in the parlor at noon on the 6 th to determine our location. If you have questions, please email us at pfmclerks.
Bible Study: Bible Study will not be held on December 6 th . We will begin the Gospel of John on January 3 rd. We hope to see you there! Questions? Please email Mary Parish @ maryjparish.
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.
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 the Gospel of John. 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, 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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who voted for Dr Jim Withers, finalist for the 2015 CNN hero of the Year. Although he did not win the top prize, he will be among the 10 finalists showcased in the year-end special. The special airs Sunday Dec 6 @ 8pm on CNN. It is a great way to see some of the work being done in Pittsburgh to help the homeless.
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck