August 21, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin August 21, 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:

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Today – FCNL Workshop – 12:15-1:15 Damon Motz-Storey, Visiting Friend with FCNL (; Friends Committee on National Legislation – “A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest”), will be with us for a workshop. Damon will share opportunities to get more involved with our legislative process and to learn more about advocating for peace and social justice. He will also tell us about funding available to help us travel to D.C. to learn how to lobby and to become experts in issues of mass incarceration, climate change, and immigration reform.

Meal Train for Sara Bowen-Salio is up and running. Check in at for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family is so grateful for the support they are receiving.

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 Kathie Hollingshead, or email

What does belonging really look like, and how do we put it into practice? At Fall Gathering (9/16/16-9/18/16) we will weave the fabric of trust and community and gain a deeper understanding of each other toward the goal of Seeing, Knowing, Caring, and Growing through games, worship, outdoor activities, bonfires, a talent show, and playing joyfully together. Rooms in Scott lodge are limited and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis so register early at Scholarships are available for Young Friends attending the gathering and Cari Burke plans to make this an engaging and meaningful gathering for all our young Friends! Pick up a brochure with the schedule and other pertinent information at Meeting! Or check it out on the PFM website:

The Library Committee wishes to sponsor a Friendly Writers’ Group in prose and poetry. We hope to meet monthly in the library for two hours, on a weekday afternoon or evening. Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell at or 412-389-3910 to sign up.

Child Care is looking for volunteers to work with our amazing children this summer! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon ( or Mary Beth Steisslinger ( While PA now requires all volunteers working with children to obtain a criminal background check, this is free and easy to do! Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead ( for assistance with online applications.

Get the weekly e-bulletin! To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to  Eric will invite you to join the right PFM Google group. To get a listing in the Meeting Directory (both print and e-versions) fill out a Green Card that sits in the parlor on a coffee can on the Newcomers table.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage,

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish,

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

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (( 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:

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.

Pennsylvania Shalom Conference: Building a Statewide Peacemaking Network: The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is hosting its first ever “Shalom Conference” on September 24-25 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 (  for conference information.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck


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