Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin July 17, 2016
Queries for Seventh Month (July) on Unity in Meeting
● Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
● If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?
● Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us? Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light?
● Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
● When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?
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
Fall Gathering 2016 is Sept 16, 17 & 18 at Camp Crestfield: The theme of this year’s gathering is Seeing, Knowing, Sharing, Growing. Cari Burke who has been active in leading the FGC Young Friends and LEYM young friends program in the past, will be the facilitator and her focus will be on the Young Friend’s program. The adult program will still be exciting and new and offer opportunities for spiritual growth and community building. Registration will begin in August.
Make a contribution! In order to ensure that all Young Friends are able to attend Fall Gathering for the special program led by Cari Burke, we are asking Friends to sponsor a child or making a contribution to our own “kickstarter campaign so we can defray the cost of room and board for these young friends.” The cost for one child is close to $50 for the weekend. There will be pledge forms available in the meeting house. We would like to have your pledges in soon so when registration begins in August we will be able to share the good news with parents regarding the reduced cost for their children. Contact Sam (drpatriciam 412-719-8031) or Walter (Waltermead 412-856-1095) with your pledge or leave a check in the Fall Gathering mailbox at the Meeting House or with Eric Starbuck. Please note on your check “FG16 Young Friends fund.”
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. Online 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! Fellowship of Friends of African Descent was formed out of a desire that Black Quakers know each other. 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/2016gathering.html.
Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon) or 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! 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) for further instructions or assistance. Yes, we can walk you through this process right at the meeting house if you prefer!
Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, July 24, 12:15 pm in the Library. This discussion group, sponsored by the Library Committee, will meet to read and share thoughts about Pendle Hill Pamphlet #388, “Expectant Living,” by Michael Wadja. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided; copies are also available for borrowing. This topic will be followed at our next meeting (date to be decided) by PHP #383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World,” by Patience A. Schenck. All are welcome to attend.
EECM “Off to College” Supplies: Every summer East End Cooperative Ministry sends off to college a bunch of the high school students they have mentored–some since grade school. For many, these are the first members of their families to go to college. These teens have developed the sense of purpose and self-worth to give themselves real chances as adults. EECM asks its member congregations to provide things they’ll need at college. Please check the box near the coatracks for a list of items to contribute. EECM is asking that the donations be in by July 29.
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
Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck. 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.
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
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