Weekly Bulletin February 26, 2017


By Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 26, 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

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.

East End Community of Congregations – Upcoming Meeting March 9th, 7:00 P.M. at the Church of the Ascension, 569 North Neville St. at Ellsworth, 15213.  Dr. Ruth Kittner will speak about her work at the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, where she is the Executive Director.

Conveners Meeting on March 14th: All members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting are welcome to join in the discussion. With so much happening in the world and in our meeting community, it seems a good time to hold our semi-annual Conveners Meeting so that we can share across committees our ideas, challenges, feedback, and questions. As per our usual practice, the first part of the meeting would involve a quick overview of the key responsibilities and current initiatives of each committee. Time would be taken to allow for questions and comments after every four or five presentations. We would conclude by discussing the issues of most concern among committees, and, in a larger sense, among the members of the meeting. We will begin with a potluck at 5:45 pm, and begin our discussion at 6:30. 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).

This year’s White Privilege Conference will be in Kansas City April 28 – 30 2017. FGC is offering discounts to all Friends.  This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years.  Marvin Barnes will be attending and has offered to serve as a resource person for new attenders.  There will also be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference and possible opportunities for local hospitality for traveling Friends. For more information, please contact FGC Ministry on Racism: Vanessa Julye at 215-561-1700 x 3066 or vanessaj@fgcquaker.org or Lena Glickman at 215-561-1700 x 3022 or lenag@fgcquaker.org

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

From the Clerks: A quick reminder that Committee Annual Reports are due by April 15th, so that we can then submit a Meeting Report to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting.

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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