Weekly Bulletin, September 3, 2017

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, September 3, 2017

Queries for Ninth Month (September) on Children

●        Do we respect the dignity of our children?

●        Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?

●        How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?

●        Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?

●        Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?

●        What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?

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

Fall Gathering!: Our Fall Gathering will take place from Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA. The title is “Forgiveness, Gratitude and Compassion — Opening the way to more joy and connection.” A variety of camp activities will be offered, and there will be a talent show. Scholarships are available. (Contributions to the scholarship fund are also welcome.) Questions may be directed to Sam (sam2milford@gmail.com) or Chie (chie.togami@gmail.com). You can register at http://tinryurl.com/fallgathering17. (There will be a registration table at Meeting on a September date.)

Mark your calendars for the following events sponsored by Outreach Committee:   Sept 17th – Bring a Friend to Meeting Day;  Oct 1st.  Newcomer Recognition Day;  Oct 22nd.  Last day to sign up for Dinners for 8;  November 3r, 4th, 11th and 12th.  Dinners for 8 dates.

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!

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.

PIIN Action: Join PIIN (Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network) on Monday, September 4th at 7 AM for an action at McDonald’s in Oakland recognizing how low-wage worker conditions unfairly impact people of color.  Meet at 228 Semple Street Pgh 15213 (parking lot behind Marathon Gas Station). You can also join PIIN in the march in the Labor Day Parade.  Questions?  Contact Sue Thorn at sthorn@piin.org.

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

 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

 12:15

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)

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.

FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) is currently taking applications for the Traveling Ministry 2018 group, which will be composed of Young Adult Friends ages 18-35 who are: spiritual and religious, adventurous, and friendly. More information and the application form can be found at www.fwccamericas.org/traveling-ministry or by contacting Anne M. Hutchinson at 513.593.6042.

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.

 To receive the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

 

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