Bulletin December 25, 2016


by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin December 25, 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  

PFM Earthcare Working Group Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 6 pm, at the Guthries’, 5815 Hays Street, East Liberty. Potluck dinner followed by a video. This group is open to all seeking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies. For more info please call 412-596-0066.

Further Healing Communities training January 7th from 1-6pm at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. RSVP Scilla Wahrhaftig scillahw@gmail.com

Exploring the Quaker Way: We’ve fixed a date! Save 1-4 on the afternoon of January 15 if you’re interested in learning more about what being a Quaker really means – both historically and to us, right now! The Ministry Committee is sponsoring this program that will spend time on Quaker theology and worship, some historical background, the testimonies – all with an interactive and participatory approach. All are welcome, regardless of background. Questions? Email Susan (susanloucks@gmail.com)

FDS invites you to a family Movie Night on Saturday, January 28th from 6:30 – 9 pm. at the Meeting House. We will be showing the movie “Wadjda,” a 2012 Saudi Arabian drama film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. A rebellious Saudi girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The film is rated PG.

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”. See the Outreach Bulletin Board to sign up or start a group that interests you.

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.

Want to help assemble newsletters? Robert Sterbal prints them. I go to visit and assemble. The evening we do it depends on our schedules. If you want to join us, you’ll be welcome. Pizza and games too. Contact Eric Starbuck for details ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com  

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.

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)


It is time for The Quake that Rocked the Midwest – an annual gathering of high school aged teens from LEYM, OVYM (Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting) and ILYM (Illinois Yearly Meeting). If teens are interested please have them register with Rose Dennis of ILYM and notify Robb Yurisko of LEYM so he can liaise with Rose and possibly aid in travel. In years past this has been a wonderful opportunity for high school-aged Quaker teens to bond and spend time together. Contact Robb for more information at (614) 286-4829 or rlyurisko@gmail.com.


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.


To get the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com


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