August 28, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin August 28, 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

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.

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

Don’t miss out on Fall Gathering! (9/16/16-9/18/16) Registration closes on September 4th!Registration for Fall Gathering is winding down! Registration closes NEXT SUNDAY! If you have not yet registered the time to do so is now! Scholarships are available for Young Friends attending the gathering and for adults who need financial assistance, there are funds available through the Quaker Community Fund. Rooms in Scott lodge are filling up and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis so register early at Cari Burke plans to make this an engaging and meaningful gathering for all our young Friends! Young Adult Friends plan an engaging and community building gathering so don’t miss out. The adult program will be awesome too! 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.

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.

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.

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.

Powell House retreat Sept 23-25 “Building Facilitation Skills Authentically.” The intention of this retreat is to help experienced, less experienced, and brand new facilitators grow into their gifts as facilitators in authentic ways, recognizing that “good” facilitators can be dramatically different from one another. Our biggest hope as a planning group for this retreat is to provide our next generation of facilitators with encouragement, support, and opportunities to connect with one another and with potential mentors.” For more information contact Hilary Burgin

Free Online Course: Radical Spirituality, the Early History of the Quakers – led by Ben Pink Dandelion, explores the origins of the Quaker movement the meaning it carries today:


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