Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin May 1, 2016
Queries for Fifth Month (May)on Participation in Meeting
● Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work?
● Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers?
● How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities?
● How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy?
● Are Meetings for Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance?
Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Final request for Annual Reports! Please submit by email at pfmclerks.
Trillium Viewing: Sherwood Oaks friends invite us on Saturday, 4/30, at 2pm to view this year’s crop of rare trillium flowers, which should be at their height and share a period of worship in the outdoors. Friends should use parking lots H and I. Contact Jim Morgan (morganjj) if you can offer or need a ride.
No FDS on May 1st due to road closures caused by the Pittsburgh Marathon.
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.
On May 22nd, the FDS will plant flowers around the Meeting House. If you have a trowel or pair of small gloves you could share, please write your name on them and leave them on the front porch as you come in to 10:30 MfW that day. Don’t forget to pick them up on your way out.
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.
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.
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 and can be found at:. 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
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/
June 5th- The FDS holds its Carnival and is in need of children’s and adult books to be used as prizes. If you have books to share, please leave them on the landing. Thank you.
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.
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
SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 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.
Parenting Creatively in a Quakerly Manner is a discussion series based on Quaker beliefs, testimonies and practices integrated with current developmental principles. For further information go to harriet.e.heath.
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.
May 25th from 6 -8 pm: The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh welcomes you to become a Muslim Ally. Through its new and improved Diversity Training you will gain knowledge about how to interact with Muslims in America not only to ensure compatibility, but also to demonstrate solidarity. To register for “How to Be a Muslim Ally,” go to http://icpmuslimally.eventbrite.com.
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck