Weekly Bulletin, July 2, 2017

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, July 2, 2017


Queries for Seventh Month (July) on Unity in Meeting

●        Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?

●        If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?

●        Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us? Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light?

●        Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?

●        When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

 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

“Earthcare Sundae”, July 16. “We are called to live in right relationship with Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected.” Whew, that’s a tall order! Let’s start simply by sharing what actions we’re taking now and how we can help one another to move forward. There will be ice cream, because everything is easier when there’s ice cream. July 16, 12:15 pm after meeting.

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 email is: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

 Update from Building Spiritual Space: We are negotiating minor revisions to the proposed contract with Bridges, Inc, the contractor.   The architect, Cochran Associates, has completed work on the plans and sent them to the contractor last week.  The contractor is reviewing the plans and will be working on the revised price estimate and submitting the plans to the City for review.  The City may require us to submit an additional review of the project’s energy efficiency; but we need their review to give the architect further guidance on this step.

Finance Committee has submitted a loan application to Dollar Bank and has been providing them with additional supporting information.

At this point, these pieces — final contract language, the permit, the price estimate and the loan — are out of our control and are in the hands of the contractor, the City, and the bank.  Executing the guaranteed maximum price agreement and providing notice to proceed to the contractor won’t happen until these are all in place.  Until then, we aren’t able to provide a definite schedule for when construction will begin and when our use of the building will be affected, but we anticipate that work will be underway in the fall.  A copy of the latest plans will be posted on the Meeting web site.

 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.

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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