Weekly Bulletin September 25, 2016

Queries for Ninth Month (September) on Children
● Do we respect the dignity of our children?
● Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
● How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?
● Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
● Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
● What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

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

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23: As we celebrate 50 years in our Meetinghouse, please join as we honor and remember those whose hard work, commitment, and love created this space, and the worship, action, and community that have been nurtured within its walls. Saturday evening there will be a potluck, followed by a talk by Jay Marshall, Dean of Earlham School of Religion, “Movements, Revelations, and the Life in the Meeting.” Sunday, following Meeting for Worship, we will share a simple potluck. We will be inviting distant Friends to join us, and there may be a need for overnight hospitality and clean up. If you are able to host visitors, please contact Gina Godfrey.

First Day School: The FDS Committee is looking for a shopper for foods for Hospitality on Sunday September 25th. The FDS students will create and serve special Indian dishes in celebration of Diwali that day. We will provide you with a list of items to be purchased. Please contact Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com) or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com) if you are able to be our grocery shopper.

Meal Train for Sara Bowen­Salio is still up and running. Check in at http://mealtrain.com/w7vz8q for information on available dates, food preferences, etc. The family will be grateful for any support they receive.

FDS and Child Care: All Friends interested in working with children are now required to obtain criminal background checks, which are free and easy to do! For more information, please see or email Anya Moon (anyaemoon@gmail.com), Kathy Rubel (kathyrubel@gmail.com), or Betsy Bangley (betsybangley@gmail.com). Required forms are available at the Meeting House or you can see Kathie Hollingshead (hollingsheadks@gmail.com) for assistance with online applications.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, October 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlet discussion group, sponsored by Library Committee, will meet to continue sharing thoughts about PHP #388, “Expectant Listening” by Michael Wajda. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided; copies are also available for borrowing. All are welcome.

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 barrabard@comcast.net or 412-389-­3910 to sign up.

Saturday Salon, November 12, 7pm in the parlor. Featured will be Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob­McDowell, reading from their writings. This evening of shared creative expression will include refreshments followed by Open Mic. Those interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression, please contact the Open Mic Coordinator, Barrra Jacob­McDowell, 412­389­3910 or barrabard@comcast.net.

Friendly Interest Groups (FIGS): Our Friendly Interest Groups are now forming for the winter and spring. Sign­up sheets will be posted in the parlor of Meeting House beginning this first day. If you would like to form a new group, please use a form on the table in the parlor, or email Jim Morgan (morganjj@gmail.com) for a copy of the form. In the past groups have been formed around singing, dining, excursions, etc. Continuing groups looking for more members include the harmony group, the healthy eating group, and a monthly Oakland lunch group.

Get the weekly e­bulletin! 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) 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, 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 e­mailed 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

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: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1

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.

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