Bulletin 12-13-15

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

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

Queries for 12th Month (December) on Peace
 Do we live in the strength of that Life and Power which takes away the occasion for all war?
 What are we doing to remove the causes of war? Where there is hatred, division, or strife, how are we instruments of reconciliation? Where there is oppression, how are we instruments of justice?
 How do we communicate to others the basis of our peace testimony? Do we join with them in working for peace?
 Are we ready to stand by our peace testimony when it conflicts with the opinions of others or with established public policy?
 How do we reconcile our peace testimony with the payment of taxes that support war? What are we doing to encourage consideration of alternatives to military service?

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

Summit Against Racism: Saturday, January 23, 2016, is the date for the 18th annual Summit Against Racism, to be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in East Liberty. Workshops, speakers, and a community lunch provide opportunities to educate ourselves about racism and work together to end it.

Holiday Potluck at Meetinghouse: All in the PFM Community are invited to a Holiday Potluck Dinner at the Meetinghouse on December 24th. Please RSVP to Rachel Harvey at 412-688-0128. Bring a potluck dish or beverage if you are able. Volunteers needed for set-up and clean-up. Volunteers may also be needed to drive those in need of a lift. Set-up begins at 3:30; Dinner at 5:00.

First Day School Events:
 The FDS will present the annual Holiday Play on Sun., Dec. 20th after rise of 10:30 Meeting for Worship. Please bring finger foods that day for a potluck Hospitality. Thank you!
 Please note: Students in the play are invited to attend the dress rehearsal for the play on Friday, Dec. 18th from 6-9 pm. We will serve pizza for dinner.
 The last day for Art Party sales will be Sun., Dec. 13th. Please stop by the table in the foyer to pick out a card or gift. Proceeds will be divided between the Building Spiritual Spaces fund and the Animal Shelter. So far, the FDS has raised over $300!

Bible Study: We will begin the Gospel of John on January 3rd. We hope to see you there! Questions? Please email Mary Parish @ maryjparish

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 e-mailed 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, 12:15-1:15 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.

Retreat Opportunities: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring two retreat opportunities in the next few months
“Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill. http://leym.org/1916/01/05/travel-in-the-ministry-retreat-march-18-20-2016-friendscenter-of-ohio-yearly-meeting/
"The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment" May 13-15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape. http://leym.org/1916/03/01/the-discerning-community-retreat-may-13-15-2016friends-center-of-ohio-yearly-meeting/

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

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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