Weekly Bulletin February 19, 2017


by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 19, 2017


Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?

●       Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?

●       Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

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

Earth Care Working Group: The next meeting will be at noon on Saturday, February 18, at the home of Wanda and Joe Guthrie, 5815 Hays Street. It will be a “soup luncheon”. You are invited to bring anything you think will be soup enhancing. 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. Our primary calling will be to explore and facilitate transformation of our attitudes, values, identity, and worldview that underlie much of the environmental destruction going on in the world today.

Good conversations – when you disagree! February 19’s religious education program, sponsored by the Ministry committee:   There are lots of topics these days (national right down to Meeting-level) where we might see things very differently.  If one of our primary goals is to be furthering community, what can we do to maximize the potential of conversations to leave us feeling more understanding and understood? Join us at 12:15 to learn more.

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting will host a memorial service for Michael Taylor, son of longtime member Celeste Taylor, on February 25 beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you are able to contribute food for the reception or are available to serve as an usher or greeter, please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com or 412-537-3890) or Rosemary Coffey (rosemarycoffey@aol.com or 412-682-0296).

Peace and Social Concerns is sponsoring Resilience Circles – 4th Sunday February 26th after Meeting for two hours with Scilla and Wanda. In the Resilience Circle we work together to share our gratitude, honor our pain, and see with new eyes as we find and experience our power as a way to go forth as a group dedicated to a resilient community. We will work in pairs and groups of four, bringing our collective wisdom to the Resilience Circle to share our collective strengths and ability to act together.

Semi-annual Conveners Meeting – March 14th; : potluck at 5:45 pm, discussion begins at 6:30.  All members and attenders welcome to attend and share across committees our ideas, challenges, feedback, and questions. We will have reports from each committee, time for questions and comments, and discussing the issues of most concern among committees, and, the meeting as a whole.  For those whose work schedules may cause them to arrive later, all may feel free to grab a plate and eat as we meet. We will conclude by no later than 8:30. Child care will be available. Please contact the clerks for more information.

The Ministry committee is planning a celebration of Spirit, Space and Community in the form of an intergenerational Quaker talent show in May. If you would like to serve on the team that plans and hosts the event please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com), Barry Beal (bdbeal@verizon.net) or Nick Coles (coles@pitt.edu).

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind thatthe 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

Building Spiritual Space update: We are working with the architect to develop the detailed plans that will be necessary to get City zoning approval for the project and to negotiate the final project scope and price with the contractor. The contractor has identified ways to simplify the design, including potentially keeping the existing glass doors as windows, and possibly reusing the existing steps by moving them to the new location.  We are in discussions with the contractor on the process for City approval and developing a draft contract for review.  When the plans and draft contract are ready, we will make them available for review by the Meeting community before they are presented to Business Meeting.  There is a tremendous amount of work to be done by many committees, but the project is moving ahead as planned.

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.

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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