Weekly Bulletin, June 25, 2017


Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, June 25, 2017


Queries for Sixth Month (June) on Spirituality

●        Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and to live according to its promptings? 

●       How does our religion find expression in daily life?   

●       Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?

●       What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of fellow worshipers?   

●       Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?

●       Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?  

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

Working Group Against Racism (WGAR): Please join us for the next meeting of WGAR, taking place on Sunday, June 25th from 12:15 – 1:45. We will be continuing to discern next steps on action items emerging from the May workshop on “Resisting Racism and Oppression.” We welcome all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. Questions? Please talk with or email Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com), Eva Mergner (eva.mergner@gmail.com), or Joe Marchesani (joemarchesani2013@gmail.com). If you would like to join us, and need child care, please let Mary know by Friday, June 23rd.

Friendly Utility Players – These are folks who might be willing to help out with a specific need of a committee, a short-term or one-off task. It’s easy. Volunteers, add your name to the list. Committee members, when there is a need, send me a request and I’ll pass it on to the list. Members of the list should only get two emails per request – one asking for help and one notifying that a match has been made. This seems like a friendly way to support the ongoing work of our committees, particularly for those whose schedules make serving on committees difficult. If you’d like to join the volunteer list, please email Mary King kingmary1@gmail.com.

YUIR Summer Kick-Off June 27-29, from 10-4 each day at The Shop in Homewood (621 N Dallas) This 3-day anti-racism training is free and open to youth ages 14-23. Snacks and Lunch will be provided each day.  Morning activities will focus on building a shared anti-racist analysis asking the question why are people poor and looking at the history of race and racism in this country. We also look at Internalized Racial Oppression and how that affects our organizing. A big focus is the School to Prison Pipeline and understanding why and how students of color are targeted to end up in the criminal justice system. The afternoon activities will be arts and culture related. An open mic and hands on arts activities are planned.   If possible, youth are asked to register online at https://goo.gl/forms/G3H01mZ3xJpI1PR03Youth are welcome to show up even if they haven’t already registered.

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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

Library Committee: “Reading for a Rainy Day” Look for summer reading suggestions on the library mantel. The Sunday morning parlor display has gone on vacation—but the mantel selection will be periodically updated. Note “New Books” there, too. See borrowing instructions on library desk, and have a good read!

Baltimore Yearly Meeting‘s Opequon camp is looking for your trash to become their treasure! If you have any of the following to donate, Gina Godfrey will coordinate getting the items to Opequon.  Camping equipment such as camping backpacks, lightweight sleeping bags with stuff sacks, sleeping pads, good quality water bottles, water shoes, hiking boots, hiking socks, warm layers like fleeces, etc.  Reusable grocery bags. coffee mugs, kitchen towels and sturdy oven mitts. Dry erase white boards. -Books (appropriate for all ages)  Art supplies in general, i.e. paint, fabric, paper, markers, yarn, beads, etc. Musical instruments. Sports equipment, i.e. basketballs, soccer balls and playground style balls (for games like GaGaGa–a camp favorite–and Four Square) Fun garments for the often-used costume shed are always welcome!     ginamgodfrey@gmail.com

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


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)

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  The Schwab account is in the name of ‘Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh’ with account number is 1979-0981.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can have their broker send stocks to this Schwab account number.  The stock will be cashed and the funds transferred to our Dollar Bank account.

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.

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