12/2715 Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: December 20, 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

Peace and Social Concerns: ​January 24​th 12:15pm. Please join us after Meeting for Worship for a discussion on the School­ to­ Prison ­Pipeline and the injustices of our prison system

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.

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

Save your stamps! Save the world!​Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. Somehow RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. There is an orange box on the mailboxes by the front door to deposit used stamps. Read more about their projects in an upcoming newsletter.

Outreach Committee is sponsoring dinners for eight ​to provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other friends, Fridays and Saturdays, January 22­-23 and 29­-30. Sign up after meeting by January 9​ th​. For more information, email Jim Morgan, ​morganjj​.

Library Book Sale ongoing! ​Look the small yellow cart with the sign under the far right window. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, h​ttp://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 approximately 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.

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.
  • “The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment” May 13­-15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape.

​Details can be found at the Ohio Yearly Meeting website under Programs, ​http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends­center/​ or by calling Frances Taber at 740­-425­-1248.

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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