Bulletin 2-28-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin February 28, 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.pdf

Library Book Sale ongoing! ​The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: $.50 for a paperback, $1 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!

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 4­-11. Other Pendle Hill Pamphlets with related topics will be available for reference. All are invited!

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!

FDS invites you to a Fun & Games Night​ on Saturday, March 5th from 6:30­-9 pm at the Meeting House. (Apologies for an incorrect date announced during 10:30 MfW on Feb.7.) Bring a friend, your favorite game, and a snack if you like, and play board and card games with your Friends.

Saturday Salon: “20 Friendly Pieces,” April 2, 7-­9 pm. ​Library Committee invites you to our next Evening of Shared Creative Expression. In honor of the 20th anniversary of April “Poetry Month,” 20 short pieces—prose and music as well as poetry—will be presented by several Pittsburgh Friends. Following refreshments, others may share their work in “Open Mic.” (Contact Barra Jacob-­McDowell,​ barrabard or​ 412-­389-­3910​, if you wish to participate in Open Mic.) Suggested donation: non­perishable food items or stamps for letter ­writing in support of peace and social concerns.

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, 12:15-1:15 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.

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 13­15, 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.

Breakfast for dinner,​ in support of programs that fight hunger: it’s EECM’s annual ​Pancakes in the PM​ event on March 10 @ Pamela’s Diner in the Strip. First Seating Tickets from 5:30­-7:30pm are $40 ($50 at the door). Second Seating Tickets for 7:30-­8:30pm are $25 ($35 at the door). Children (age 12 and under) are $10 for either seating. For tickets, search "pancakes" on ​eventbrite.com​. They will be looking for volunteers as well.

Circles​ is a nationally ­known, proven, and innovative way of connecting people across socioeconomic lines in an effort to move people & families out of poverty. ​A Circle is a match of a Circle Leader (a low­ income person or couple) with 2 or 3 Circle Allies (middle or upper income volunteers) who work together to help the Leader achieve their goals. ​Circles East Liberty is looking for Allies. Training starts March 1st. More info: ​circles.

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.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

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