Weekly Bulletin March 19, 2017

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by Louis Suarez

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin March 19, 2017

 

Queries for Third Month(March) on Stewardship

●            Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation? 

●           What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?

●           Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?

●           How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?

●           Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?

●           Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies? 

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you. Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

There will be a called Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on March 19 at 12:15.  Information about the renovation project presented from BSS Project Management, the Capital Campaign and Finance Committee. 

 Sunday, March 26, 12:15 – 1:30  “Witness for Earth”  The Meeting’s Earthcare Working Group is hosting an interactive session to share leadings on environmental and climate concerns.  We will explore the spirituality of our connections to the natural world and our responses to the damage is it suffering.  And we will seek to discern forms of action, collective and individual, that witness to our concerns and leadings.  In the Meeting Room.  All members and attenders welcome.

Peace & Social Concerns will facilitate a discussion on March 30th at 7:15 pm about the need for sanctuary everywhere and specifically what role our Meeting should play in protecting those in our society who are being persecuted.

Sunday, April 2, 12:15 pm –  Take a Slice of the Meeting! Pizza with Committees. Nominating Committee invites New, Young and Seasoned Friends upstairs in the Meeting House’s Margaret Fell Room to learn about the many ways you can share your gifts in service of the Meeting community. Pizza–including gluten-free and vegan–will be served. Representatives from committees will be available to answer questions about committee work. Bring your questions and your appetite!

 The Quaker Community Fund would like to remind the community that now is the time to plan for FGC, LEYM, Summer Camp for children and even our own Fall Gathering.  Scholarship monies are available but you need to submit the forms now. If you will need scholarships for more than one of these events, please apply for them all together, on one application. We can consider one request per family per year for support.  The forms are available online http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf or in the cupboard near doors to the meeting room. Questions? Please ask any QCF member: Scilla Wahrhaftig, Claire Cohen, Dale Keairns, Barry Beal, Walter Mead or Mary King.

Saturday Salon, April 8, 7pm in the parlor.  The next “Evening of Shared Creative Expression,” sponsored by Library Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Featured will be Music and Poetry by Nick Coles and Friends. Open Mic will follow refreshments. Those interested in sharing their poetry, prose, music, or other creative expression in Open Mic, please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell, 412-389-3910 or barrabard@comcast.net. Watch for further announcements!
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.

 Students are invited to participate in the Annual FDS Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at the rise of 10:30 MfW.

The FDS Committee invites you to join us for an inter-generational Bonfire.  We will toast marshmallows and sing songs together on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Meeting House. Bring a friend!

 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

 PIIN – Sarah Bowen-Salio is seeking 1-2 volunteers to help with recruiting advertisers and donations/tickets for the PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) annual banquet. If interested, please email Sarah at smbsalio@gmail.com.

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

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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