Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 14, 2016
Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation
● Is our commitment to simplicity reflected in our daily lives?
● Are we careful in our use of time and energy?
● Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?
● Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?
● Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind and spirit?
● Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?
● Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation?
● Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?
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
Ministry From video to the written word this month’s Speaking of Ministry selection is still intended to provoke thinking about ministry. This month, voices both old and new. What do you agree with? What challenges you? Talk to a Friend! http://www.inwardlight.org/Some%20Quaker%20Voices%20about%20Vocal%20Ministry3.pd
New Adventure February 13 Ever worshiped while sitting on moving boxes? If you’re game to try, Susan Loucks welcomes you during her first evening in her new house, Feb. 13, to help launch this space and her to this new adventure. RSVP (susanloucks) for the address. Optional pizza (from her) or potluck-without-utensils at 6:30, worship at 7. If you’ve got cuttings or divided bits from your plants, feel free to bring them too!
LEYM 2016 Query February 14: For reflection and discussion at Meeting for Business on February 14, 2016. How might our meeting support individuals and the meeting as a whole in working to increase racial justice within our world? In what ways do we as a Meeting recognize white privilege in our own Meeting? What tools and practices do we use to foster awareness of our personal and corporate biases? Reflection: For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me. Matthew 25:35-36
Library Committee – February 28: The next meeting of Pamphlets & Pastries is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, at 12:15 pm. Our first meeting’s topic—Turnaround: Growing a Twenty-First Century Religious Society by Benjamin Lloyd—proved to be so thought-provoking that those attending wished to continue, taking it in smaller “bites”! So we will discuss the pamphlet’s first section, “Promote Quaker Identity,” pages 411. Other Pendle Hill Pamphlets with related topics will be available for reference. All are invited!
Memorial Service: A memorial service for Susan Patterson will be held in the meeting house on Saturday, February 13 from 1:30 to 2:30. Her sister, Elizabeth Burgwin, will host the event. The family is not affiliated with Pittsburgh Friends Meeting, but has in the past found comfort in memorial services in the manner of Friends.
FGC’s Committee for Nurturing Meetings is migrating to Pittsburgh for their Spring meeting and need help with housing. If you can offer accommodation for at least some nights from March 17-20, please let us know by clicking on this link: http://goo.gl/forms/u937iI242F We may need housing for as many as 25, so we appreciate any and all offers futons in the living room included!
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 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, 12:15-1:15 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
2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)
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.
Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. 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!
White Privilege Conference: This is a large, wellestablished, national conference that is held in a different city every year. This year’s meeting in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17 is sponsored by many Quaker institutions. The conference has an impressive list of speakers and lots of workshops. Check it out: http://whiteprivilegeconference.com/
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 1820, 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 7404251248.
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. For additional information contact Tracy Hudson at 412-345-7124 or tracyh
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. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.
“Artist and activist," Vanessa German, will speak at Duquesne University (104 College Hall) on Wednesday, February 25 from 4:00-5:30 pm: "love and justice, creativity and courage; tamir rice,a broken tailight, and how to stay alive when no one wants to look you in the eye." Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Mary Parish @ email@example.com.”
February MfB Agenda
● How might our meeting support individuals and the meeting as a whole in working to increase racial justice within our world?
● In what ways do we as a Meeting recognize white privilege in our own Meeting?
● What tools and practices do we use to foster awareness of our personal and corporate biases?
Reflection: For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me. Matthew 25:35-36
Clerks – Action – Moving MfB Agenda Deadline
Information – Child Care resources
Action – Formation of Ad Hoc Committee to Coordinate Plans for 50th Anniversary
Nominating– Action – Committee to Review Clearances for Child Care Providers
BSS– Information- Update
Finance– Information – List of outside organizations to whom we have made financial contributions last year. Friends are invited to identify any organizations that may no longer may be viewed as a priority for Meeting contributions, and suggest any new organizations that should be considered.
East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM)
American Friends Service Co. (AFSC)
AFSC PA Program
Friends Comm. on Nat’l Leg (FCNL)
Friends General Conference (FGC)
Thomas Merton Center
Earlham School of Religion (ESR)
Quaker United Nations Ofc. (QUNO)
Right Sharing World Resources
Quaker Bolivia Link
Quaker Earthcare Witness
Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Center on Conscience and War
OLNEY Friends School
Three Rivers Com. Found.
Quaker House of Fayetteville
Friends School in Detroit
Clearness and Care – Action- Marriage Cmte for Joe Marchesani and Georg Bradley.
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck