Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin, July 9, 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
“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.
Presentation on Friends House Moscow, Wednesday July 26, 7 PM. Peace and Social Concerns will be hosting Julie Harlow, the Clerk of Friends House Moscow in the PFM Meeting House. She will be presenting an update, illustrated by slides, about the work of FHM.
Her previous presentations have been informative and well-received by PFM. This update promises to be especially timely, given that current concerns about Russia’s relationship with the United States have also been impacting that work. Please mark this event on your calendar, if it is at all possible for you to attend.
Bible Study Date Change: Please note that August’s Bible Study will be taking place on Sunday, July 31. We will resume our normal schedule (of First Sunday) in September. Questions? Email Mary Parish at email@example.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 email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|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 email@example.com|
|Second Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
AFSC Conference Call: How to Offer Sanctuary: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 8pm EDT
Presenters will include:
- Pastors and a Quaker leader who have offered sanctuary in their congregation.
- An individual who has lived in sanctuary.
- An attorney who can help participants understand the legal challenges of sanctuary.
- Experienced community organizers at the local and national levels.
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