Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin May 29, 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
June 4th – Healing Communities Training at Meeting House from 10:30 am to 4:00pm – Rev. Dr. Harold Trulear, Director of Healing Communities will be conducting a Healing Communities Training for members of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. Rev Dr. Trulear has been conducting this training around the country as a way to work in our faith congregations and in the community to help those who have been incarcerated. The one-day Healing Communities training will equip and empower congregations with resources, information and support, while each congregation decides on its own action plan and approach to work toward being a healing community, based on its own culture, beliefs and demographics. We will have a potluck lunch and Child Care will be provided
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.
Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Mary Beth Steisslinger (mbsteisslinger). While PA now requires all volunteers working with children to obtain a criminal background check, this is free and easy to do! Please see or email Judy Hale Reed (judy.hale.reed), Claire Cohen (cmcmd) or Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks) for instructions or assistance. Yes, we can walk you through this process right at the meetinghouse if you prefer!
Aloha* Gathering – June 12, 5-7pm We will miss Jo Schlesinger and Allan Willinger during the two years they will be resident managers of the Honolulu Friends Meeting House. Stop by Biddle’s Escape (401 Biddle Ave, 15221; biddlesescape.com) to send them off with extra good wishes and joyous affection. Biddle’s has all sorts of drinks and a few menu items. First folks there, please snag two tables out on the deck (upstairs if raining). *[Alo- sharing, in the present; Oha- joyous affection: Ha- life energy, breath]
Quaker Community Fund: Please see the newsletter or talk with a committee member to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, and spiritual formation. Applications are 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.
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.
Fall Gathering Pre-Survey – The Fall Gathering committee is interested in creating a program that responds to the current energy and interest. We’d appreciate it if you could fill out the brief survey attached to the electronic version of the bulletin email and return it to one of the Fall Gathering committee members (or email it to susanloucks) before the 25th. Thanks!
Speaking Of Ministry: For months now, Ministry committee has been pointing you to a lot of stuff that talks about the awesome potential of vocal ministry. But what happens when you feel pretty strongly that it’s far from awesome? Does the word "eldering" make your bones shiver? This LA blogger explores his own experiences when "speaking of ministry" is difficult: .http://laquaker.blogspot.com/2014/01/eldering-and-vocal-ministry-guidelines.html
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!
Get the weekly e-bulletin! You can get the Meeting bulletin and monthly newsletter by email by talking to Eric Starbuck. He will invite you to join the PFM bulletin Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e-versions — the e-directory publishes more often) fill out a Green Card which sits in the parlor on a coffee can in the opposite corner from the piano.
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
4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)
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.
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.
The House Manager’s updated email is: pfmoffice7
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck