Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin, July 30, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Volunteers Needed: If you would like to volunteer at the Saturday, August 19th Porch Party/Open House/Flea Market being organized by the Outreach Committee, please sign up ASAP with Retta or Rachel! email@example.com We want to know far in advance whether we will have the needed quantity of volunteers. Many volunteers are needed! You won’t have to volunteer the full hours of the event (10-3); we will work with your availability.
Bible Study Date Change: Please note that August’s Bible Study will be taking place on Sunday, July 30. We will resume our normal schedule (of First Sunday) in September. Questions? Email Mary Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, August 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. Back to our Pendle Hill Pamphlet reading/sharing group as summer draws to a close! We will pick up where we left off in PHP 383, “Answering the Call to Heal the World” by Patience A. Schenck. The pamphlet can be borrowed from the Library; copies will also be provided at the meeting. All are welcome, including those who haven’t participated in earlier discussions.
LEYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Sept 15-17, Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI – The theme of the retreat is Practicing Forgiveness as a Spiritual Discipline, and it is led by Sue Regen. More information and registration materials available at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation/ Financial support may be available.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.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, 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)|
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. Donations to the general operating fund are also appreciated.
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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