Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin August 7, 2016
Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations
Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?
In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?
Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?
Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?
Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?
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: email@example.com
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Message from the Clerks-In the Spirit of Love: During this political season, please bear in mind that Friends and Attenders are of many minds about the issues that confront our nation and that Meeting for Worship is not a political forum. We understand that passions are running high, and the Spirit may move us to speak about the concerns of the day. To quote the disciple Paul, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Let us speak from the Light we are given to the Light in others under the guidance of this Spirit.
Invitation from the Clerks:
Each week, Pittsburgh Friends Meeting closes worship with a reading of the monthly Queries, which serve as a guide to us as we live out our faith in our daily lives. Recently, events in our nation have caused many Friends to consider the role of attitudes towards race, ethnicity, and bigotry that inform our culture and its institutions. In PFM, both members and regular attenders are increasingly uncomfortable with this status quo and are asking how to become more active in fighting this blight on our world. Please consider joining a newly formed “working group” that will meet to discuss and develop Queries and Practices that allow us as Friends to be more actively aware of AND actively engaged in resisting and eliminating the harmful effects of racism in our Religious Society and our civil communities. (Please note: these Queries will not replace our existing Queries, nor will they “compete” with them.) Participation in this group is open to all Friends and Attenders of Pittsburgh Meeting. For more information, contact Mary Parish, Gina Godfrey, or Kathy Hollingshead, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Online registration is open by following this link: https://goo.gl/forms/iTPnZmkV1JJWcZUt1
Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 2425 at the Hartman Center (a UCC camp, conference, and retreat facility) 5725 Old US Hwy. 322, Milroy, PA. The Council’s goal is to launch a statewide network of peacemakers that will promote communication and sharing to make peacemaking less lonely. Registration deadline: Sept. 17. At least 3 members of Peace and Social Concerns will be attending. If you want to register, please contact Joe Marchesani (email@example.com) for conference information.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/2016-gathering.html.
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 (email@example.com 412-719-8031) or Walter (Waltermead@hotmail.com 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.”
Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Beth Steisslinger (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further instructions or assistance. Yes, we can walk you through this process right at the meetinghouse if you prefer!
Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to email@example.com. Eric will invite you to join the right PFM 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 that 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck