Weekly Bulletin January 15, 2017


by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 15, 2017


Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality

●       Do we answer that of God in every person?

●       Do we look for opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships with people of different class, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation? Do we avoid stereotyping people?

●       In what ways do we work to change our society so that it provides equal opportunities for everyone?

●        What are we doing to remove the institutional causes of suffering and want? Do we help to care for those in need?

●       Are we working to end the death penalty? What are we doing to humanize the treatment and care of people in institutions?

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

Exploring the Quaker Way: January 15, 12:30-3:30  We’ll be meeting to hear from – and talk to – both seasoned and newer Friends about testimonies, worship, and what matters to us as Quakers in each of our faith journeys. It will be useful to bring a pen.   All are welcome, regardless of background. For questions or RSVP’s (not required, but useful) email Susan (susanloucks@gmail.com)

Dinners for Eight Signups end January 15th  Here’s your opportunity to meet and get to know other friends.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday options available, Saturday 1/21;  Sunday, 1/22; Friday 2/3 and Saturday 2/ 4. Sign up sheets are in the parlor.  Mark the evenings you can attend, and whether or not you can host a dinner.  Dinner hosts coordinate the food, and find a location (usually but not necessarily in the host’s home).  The Outreach Committee will form groups of roughly 8 people based on those available each day, and give the host of each group the date and contact information for the group.

The FDS invites you to a  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, but contains references to child brides, a verbal assault on a young girl and other scenes that might not be suited to young children.  For a parents guide, go to:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258858/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification.  The movie is in Arabic with English subtitles.

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.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting recently launched a Facebook page that we’d like you to Like!  Visit www.facebook.com/leymfriends to take a survey about LEYM programming, learn more about this summer’s annual sessions, details on how to submit a workshop proposal before 2/15, and find other helpful LEYM information as it becomes available.

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

LEYM: The Program Committee is in the process of planning the 2017 annual session from July 27 – 30 at Bluffton University. We would like to have the topic of the workshops relate to this year’s theme, Quakerism into the New Millennium if possible. If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please see the LEYM Facebook page for details and contact information to Claire Cohen at claire_cohen@me, or Dale Pratt-Harrington at dphdo@aol.com no later than February 15, 2017.

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)

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

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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