PFM bulletin 3-27-16

Announcement:
Friends, No one volunteered to host hospitality for this week, March 27. Please bring ready to serve finger food items to share. Members of hospitality committee and some FDS students will be available to set up the serving table, but will not be able to do any preparation. Fruit and vegetables should be washed and cut up. Likewise, bread and cheese should be ready to be placed on platters and served. Please do not bring items that need to be cooked or kept warm. Thank you for contributing to making our worship time a warm and welcoming experience.

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin March 27, 2016

Queries for Third Month (March) on Stewardship
*Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
*What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
*Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?
*How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
*Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?
*Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

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

Seed-starting workshop Sunday, March 27th from 12-2pm, : Join the Adult Young Friends! Materials for seed cups, soil, and a modest offering of seeds will be available. Please bring your own seeds that you wish to plant if you have specific preferences. Location will be on the back porch if the weather permits. Otherwise, we will meet on the front porch. See you then!

Saturday Salon this Saturday! April 2, 7-9 pm. This evening of shared creative expression, sponsored by Library Committee, will begin with “20 Friendly Pieces” of poetry, prose or song presented by Pittsburgh Friends. Even more Friendly Pieces will follow in Open Mic after a refreshments break. Donations requested: stamps for letters in support of peace and social concerns, or non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry.

Sunday April 3rd, 12:15 to 1:45pm.: Jondhi Harrell, Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens will be speaking from his experience of being incarcerated, after Meeting for Worship. There will be child care.

April 5th at 7:00pm: Jondhi Harrell will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh in Alcoa Room, University Of Pittsburgh Law Department – Do Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Individuals and the Community.

April 17 – Dan Kasztelan will be visiting us to share reflections on programmed Friends worship. Dan is a member of Pittsburgh Meeting and graduate of Earlham School of Religion. He has served as pastor at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, chaplin at Wilmington College and recently began a new position as Director of Communications at Friends United Meeting. Dan is also an independent documentary photographer. You can see some of his work here: https://websta.me/n/djkasztelan Sponsored by Ministry Committee.

Quaker Community Fund – Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, 800-932-0313.

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, April 24, following Hospitality. This new discussion group will meet in the Library to conclude our reading and consideration of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #387, Turnaround by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided. We will also decide upon the date and pamphlet for our next meeting. All are welcome to attend.

If yoga makes up even a part of your spiritual practice, this month’s Speaking of Ministry resource may speak to you! Interested in what someone trained in Eastern spirituality has to say about the phenomenon of vocal ministry? Check it out: https://throughtheflamingsword.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/vocal-ministry-discernment/

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!

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 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, Adult Education 12:15-1:15

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

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, well-established, 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/

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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