Bulletin

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin June 26, 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@gmail.com

Announcements and Upcoming Events

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 5:00-6:00 pm, 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. questions, please contact the clerks at pfmclerks@gmail.com.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Gathering will be held at Bluffton University July 28-31! This year’s program is “What Would John Woolman Do?” and features strong speakers, an interesting variety and lots of downtime to get to know Friends from MI, OH, PA and WV. On-line registration: http://leym.quaker.org/reg/registration.htm There are discounts for first-time attenders and kids!

Fellowship of Friends of African Descent 2016 Gathering Philadelphia August 12-14, 2016 Recharge, Renew, and Rejoice! This year’s theme invites us to take time for ourselves and Recharge; calls us to Renew our commitment to social justice; and offers the opportunity to Rejoice in the Fellowship of Friends. Registration is now open! Please click on the below link: http://www.fofad.org/2016-gathering.html Fellowship of Friends of African Descent was formed out of a desire that Black Quakers know each other.

Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com) or Mary Beth Steisslinger ((mbsteisslinger@gmail.com).

While PA now requires all volunteers working with children to obtain a criminal background check, this is free and easy to do! All the required forms are also attached to the email circulating the bulletin. Paper copies of these forms are available at the Meeting House. You can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for further instructions or assistance. Yes, we can walk you through this process right at the meetinghouse if you prefer!

Typists needed! Summer months mean spottier schedules. Are you interested in being one of the typists that captures ministry and announcements during Meeting for Worship? If so, please contact Susan for more information: susanloucks@gmail.com

Speaking of Ministry: Bringing it home. We’ve been giving you links this year to various resources that (hopefully) provoke some thinking about the ways we engage with vocal ministry. What would it look like if we, as individuals in Pittsburgh Meeting, took this on? We, on Ministry committee, encourage you to share with each other what would help engage us deeply with worship and what happens in that space.

Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM 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.

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.

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@gmail.com.
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@gmail.com
Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead ((waltermead@hotmail.com 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@gmail.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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