Weekly Bulletin May 7, 2017

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Weekly Bulletin May 7, 2017

  Queries for Fifth Month (May) on Participation in Meeting
 Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work? 
Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers? 
How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities? 
How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy? 
Are Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance? 

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

Sunday the 7th is the Pittsburgh Marathon, so please allow extra time to navigate. Child care and/or FDS will be available. A reference map showing how to get around can be found here: http://www.thepittsburghmarathon.com/Files/Admin/2017%20Course%20Maps/2017-Marathon-City-of-PGH-Esc%20ape-Map.pdf

Saturday, May 6th, 12 to 5 p.m.: Spring Work Party  Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or for the entire afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you. If anyone would like to provide a simple lunch or snacks around 1 PM, please let me know (wslefler@gmail.com).

The ​Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network​’s (PIIN’s) annual fundraising banquet will be held on ​May 7th at 5 PM at the Westin Convention Center downtown. PIIN is a network of more than 40 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations in the Pgh area that works on social justice issues. Tickets are $50-$55 and financial assistance may be available. Questions? Want to sign up? Contact Sarah Bowen-Salio at smbsalio@gmail.com . Deadline to register and turn money in is April 30.

Cirque du Spiritual Space May 13 – to build meeting spirit and solidarity. We are a larger and more diverse group than a year ago, and we want to celebrate our new and old strengths. If you want to sing, speak a poem, perform music, or something else that will bring us together, sign up! Contact Nick Coles <coles@pitt.edu> or Eric Starbuck <ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com> or Chie Togami <chie.togami@gmail.com > and let’s have some fun!

The Friendly Writers’ Group will be meeting on Thursday, May 11th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. ​We had such a good result from the timed writing prompt last time, we want to do it again, so please bring writing materials. Thank you!

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, our Working Group Against Racism​ is sponsoring a workshop open to all members of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. The workshop will run from ​9 AM until 4 PM at the Meeting House​. Lunch will be provided. Like charity, healing begins at home. Using interactive and kinetic exercises, the workshop will enable Friends to explore many unconscious assumptions they have about race and the impact of those assumptions on their thinking, speech, and behavior. This work is important for the spiritual dynamics of our faith, translating aspirations into action. If it is at all possible for you, please attend. Intended as the first of several workshops over the coming year, the event will be facilitated by Yvette Shipman and etta cetera, founders of ​Walk the Talk​.

Pamphlets and Pastries rescheduled! Sunday, ​May 28​, 12:15 pm. Because of various conflicts, the Pamphlets and Pastries session has been moved to the fourth Sunday in May. At that time will gather in the Library to continue reading and discussing Pendle Hill Pamphlet 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. This PHP can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome.

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

Spiritual Support Groups Forming: ​ Ministry committee would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining a spiritual support group!  These small groups (not more than 6 people) are kind of like a Friendly Interest Group, but with a focus on exploring or growing your spiritual lives together, in the “spiritual friendship” mold.  Groups would meet once a month for 6 months (before an optional re-up!)   We recognize that people may have different ways they want to work together, and we’ll see how to make the best matches – some may be more interested in reading and discussion, some in personal sharing.  FGC also has a new ​spiritual deepening program​ that is an option – we’ll facilitate the use of that if groups are interested.  If you’d like to be added to the list, please fill out this form:  https://goo.gl/forms/dyGqICqRcxngrJGW2 or talk to a Ministry committee member.  If you’re already part of a group and want to switch it up, please feel free to enter your name as well!

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, mailto: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)

S​ave 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 receive the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

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

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