Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin April 17, 2016
Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring
*Do we care for those around us?
*How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
*When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
*Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
*As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
*In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?
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
The Clerks need your annual report by April 15. Please submit by email at pfmclerks.
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.
April 23, 7-9 p.m.- Bonfire- First Day School invites all Friends to come spend time around the fire for singing and s’mores. Bring your instruments!
April 24th, At rise of Meeting-The community will recognize our newest Members and those who have transferred from another Quaker Meeting to Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting. Do you know who these folks are? FDS is preparing hospitality and Clearness and Care assures us there will be a cake.
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.
Saturday, April 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Join The Friendly FolkDancers at the Meetinghouse for a potluck, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance at 7:00 and then participation dancing for everyone. People of all ages are welcome to dance, so bring the children as well as the grandparents! Dance suites will symbolically unite cultures of the world that are or have been at war, focusing on the Middle East, the Hindu-Moslem conflict, and others. Talk to FFD members Rosemary Coffey, Nancy James, or Barry Beal if you have any questions, and please let Rosemary (rosemarycoffey) know if you can host a dancer or two for the nights of Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Bring a friend or friends and show them that Quakers know how to have fun!
Dinners for Eight will be Friday May 13th, Saturdays May 14th and 21st, and Sunday May 22nd. Sign-up sheets will be available at meeting until May 1st, or email your possible dates and whether or not you can host to morganjj.
Saturday, May 21, 1 to 5 p.m.: It’s time for our Spring Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. Snacks and beverages will be available all afternoon. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.
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
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.
Speaking of Ministry resource: Most meetings have, at some point, gathered some language to help explain what happens in worship that leads to vocal ministry. How does what they say in Philly compare to what we say in Pittsburgh? Talk about it with a Friend! http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/friends-beliefs-and-practices/worship-and-the-meeting-for-worship/
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
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 Sunday, 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