Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin June 5, 2016
Queries for Sixth Month (June) on Spirituality
● Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to live according to its promptings?
● How does our religion find expression in daily life?
● Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?
● What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of our fellow worshipers?
● Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?
● Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?
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
Memorial Meeting for Ralph Peabody: 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 11th at Sherwood Oaks. Please join us in celebration of the life of Ralph Peabody. Below is additional information and requests for volunteer s. The service will be held in the auditorium. Please arrive early enough to allow for entering through the gatehouse, parking, and settling into the worship space.
Please contact Mary Parish ( maryjparish or pfmclerks if you are able to assist or have questions.
❖ Child care: Please let us know by June 6th if you will need child care. We will have a room available. We also ask that parents bring activities or books for their children. At this point we anticipate needing 2 child care providers.
❖ Greeters: We are hoping for two friendly faces to stand by the front doors and assist in directing people to the rest rooms and auditorium. It would also be helpful to have two more greeters at the doors of the auditorium to hand out programs and set a worshipful tone.
❖ Microphone Ushers : There will be three wireless microphones for vocal ministry. We need three volunteers to see that a mic is available for those offering ministry.
❖ Ushers : We are planning for as many as 150 attendees. We will need two or three ushers to assist with seating.
June 4th Healing Communities Training at Meeting House from 10:30am 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. All are welcome!
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, 57pm 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.
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 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, 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)
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
Collaboration and Vision (III) Meeting: On June 29th, we will continue our practice of gathering together at the meeting house to consider issues and concerns related to the life of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. There will be a potluck from 5:00-6:00pm, with the formal meeting beginning 6:00 and running no later than 8:30. The format of the meeting will be to have a representative from each committee present the committee’s goals and plans for the year (recognizing it is early in the committee “year”). Followed by a time of questions discussion, and the development of ideas. This meeting is open to all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting. Child care will be available. If you have questions, please contact the clerks at pfmclerks.
Fall Gathering PreSurvey 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/elderingandvocalministryguidelines.html
Library Committee: Once again, the Sunday morning parlor display is on summer vacation! But “Reading for a Rainy Day” books are displayed on the library mantel. This selection will be updated as summer goes on—especially if Friends borrow these books! Borrowing instructions are posted on the mantel and on the library desk.
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 eversions, 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.
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