Weekly Bulletin December 4, 2016

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin December 4, 2016


  Queries for Twelfth Month (December) on Peace
Do we live in the strength of that Life and Power which takes away the occasion for all war?
What are we doing to remove the causes of war? Where there is hatred, division or strife, how are we instruments of reconciliation? Where there is oppression, how are we instruments of justice?
How do we communicate to others the basis of our peace testimony? Do we join with them in working for peace?
Are we ready to stand by our peace testimony when it conflicts with the opinions of others or with established public policy?
How do we reconcile our peace testimony with the payment of taxes that support war? What are we doing to encourage consideration of alternatives to military service?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.

Please submit items for the bulletin to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Work Party Rescheduled: Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m. It’s time for our fall Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the winter months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. A light lunch will magically appear around 1 p.m. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Friday, December 2, 7:30 – 10:00: 7th Annual Benefit Concert This year’s beneficiaries are the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and the Pittsburgh Student Action Coalition. Musicians include Smokestack Lightning, Raging Grannies, and Sweetheart of the Barricades. Donation $15 at the door ($6 for students). Friends and friends of Friends are invited to help us make a joyful noise and raise funds for two good causes. Bake sale volunteers also needed.  

Thursday, December 8, 7:15 8:45 at the Meetinghouse: Please join us for the next meeting of the Working Group Against Racism (WGAR). All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary at maryjparish@gmail.com.

Saturday Salon Rescheduled: December 17, 7pm in the parlor. This “Evening of Shared Creative Expression” will feature readings by Claire Cohen and Barra Jacob-McDowell. Anyone interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other artistic expression in the Open Mic portion, please contact Coordinator Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Donations requested: Stamps (or stamp money) for letters in support of peace and social concerns.

Exploring the Quaker Way: Ministry Committee is sponsoring an afternoon retreat on a Sunday afternoon in January.  All are welcome – especially people who may feel like they’re finding a spiritual home with us, but are curious about what this Quaker faith is really about! There will be both information and plenty of opportunities for discussion and interaction. We’d be glad to know any questions people have as we continue to consider the shape of the day. To contribute your thoughts or share other thoughts, email Susan: susanloucks@gmail.com We’d like to see if there’s a Sunday that works better for those who are interested. If you’re among them, please take a minute to fill out this doodle poll. http://doodle.com/poll/etkn82xgq8k5zp8y We’ll be announcing a firm date and more details in December.

Friendly Interest Groups (FIGS): New Friendly Interest Groups are forming. One is “Frugal Friends: we will share resources to help each other and others in meeting, such as coupons, tips, or places with services we might not know about, in the Spirit of Right Sharing.” Another is “Role Playing Games: Playing Pen-and-paper RPGs, using dice and rulebooks”, organized by See the Outreach Bulletin Board to sign up for these or start a group on some idea that interests you.

First Day School: FDS students are invited to the Holiday Program Rehearsal on Friday, December 16, from 6-9 pm. Pizza will be served. On Sunday, December 18th at rise of 10:30 Worship, First Day School Students will present their Holiday Program. Please plan to attend and bring finger foods to share for hospitality. Thanks!  

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 12:15 pm in the Library. At the first Pendle Hill Pamphlet session in the New Year, we will begin reading and discussing PHP 383, Answering the Call to Heal the World by Patricia A. Schenck. Copies are available for borrowing and will also be available at the meeting. 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.

SAVE THE DATE. Fall Gathering 2017 will be held on the 13-15th of October 2017. The fall colors should be spectacular! Please note that this is a month later than in the recent past. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

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

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 & 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 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.
3rd 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)


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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