Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin May 21, 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?
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Upcoming Events and Announcements
May 21, PFM Group Picture, Rise of Meeting – The Outreach Committee of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting is working to organize a BIG GROUP PHOTO of Members and Attenders on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The photo would take place between Announcements and Hospitality, and we hope to do the line-up and photo as quickly as possible. We would like as many Members and Attenders as possible to be in this photo, but ONLY if you feel comfortable being in a photo that would be used on the Internet and printed on paper PFM Outreach flyers. There will not be any close-ups of faces– it would be a photo of a large group of people standing and sitting together, cheerfully, in rows. Parents, please advise your kids/teens (in advance) whether you give them permission to be in the p…
This month’s Adult Ed program, on May 21 at 12:15, will explore the Quaker notion of inner light. We’ll use excerpts from Rex Amblers pamphlet, “The Light Within,” to guide our conversation.
Sunday, May 21 12:15 p.m. All ages Bike Ride from Meeting to Hays Eagle Nest 12:15 p.m. Shorter and flatter trail options available. Contact Jim Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see https://www.facebook.com/events/678548192352034/ for details.
Sunday, May 28th during 10:30 MfW – FDS Flower planting: The FDS will be planting flowers in front of the Meeting House and would appreciate the loan of small shovels, trowels and gloves that day. If you have items to loan, please label them with your name, place them on the front porch as you come into Meeting on May 28th, and don’t forget to pick them up on your way out. Thank you!
Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, May 28 pm in the Library. We will gather 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.
Annual FDS Carnival: June 4th at the rise of 10:30 MfW. All ages are invited to play carnival games outdoors on the front lawn. Parents are asked to supervise their children. We are still in need of volunteers for staffing the games. If you can assist, please contact Betsy Bangley at email@example.com or Walter Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends General Conference 2018 Gathering Committee invites Friends from LEYM to join them in envisioning a challenging, fruitful, and inspirational week by becoming a member of the FGC 2018 Gathering Committee. The 2018 Gathering will be held in Toledo OH. An invitation is posted on the bulletin board and Friends can find an Expression of Interest Form online at www.FGCquaker.org/gathering-committee.
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, email@example.com.|
|First Sunday||Letter Writing Write to your elected officials on local & national issues. In Library following MfW.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Second Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (email@example.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|
|Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)|
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