Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin, September 10, 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: email@example.com
Upcoming Events and Announcements
From Outreach – Thanks to all who helped with our porch sale in August, our musicians, our donors, our volunteers and particularly Rachel, who inspired it all. We raised a total of $675.75 for Building Spiritual Space, and were able to show a number of visitors around the Meeting House.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will provide a training workshop on effective advocacy Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30-9pm (there will be a light supper at 5:30, and the workshop will begin at 6pm). FCNL Advocacy Teams are starting up around the country, and we are working on creating one in Pittsburgh. Quakers and non-Quakers are welcome. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass this message on to them. Child care will be provided. Please RSVP at the following link: http://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams_attend/156 at your earliest convenience in order to reserve a place. Registration will close on September 22th. If you have questions, contact Von Keairns at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Parish at email@example.com.
Bring a Friend to Meeting Day September 17 Of course, visitors are welcome at Meeting any time but the morning of Sept 17th will be a distinctive day when we’re especially encouraging new, interested people to come visit the Meeting House, experience Meeting for Worship, and ask questions. So, those interested friends of yours that you tend to discuss Quaker stuff with, off and on, here and there– go ahead and invite them or bring them along! Special snacks and fellowship will follow rise of Meeting. Arrival before 10:30 a.m. encouraged.
October 1: World Quaker Day! Interested in celebrating through a visit to another branch of the Friends tradition? Evangelical Friends and Conservative Friends both have meetings within very do-able drives (less than 1.5 hours). We will be inviting representatives from those Meetings to visit us, and If you’re interested in carpooling for a reciprocal visit, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate!
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 (email@example.com) or Chie (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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: Oct 1st. Newcomer Recognition Day; Oct 22nd. Last day to sign up for Dinners for 8; November 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th. Dinners for 8 dates.
Saturday Salon, sponsored by Library Committee: October 21, 7-9 pm. Construction plans permitting, the next Saturday Salon will be held in the parlor on the evening of Saturday, October 21. Featured will be the ClarSheannachie duo: Linda McNair (harper) and Barra Jacob McDowell (storyteller) presenting “Tales with Celtic Harp.” A break for light refreshments will be followed by Open Mic in which F/friends may share their spoken word (poetry, storytelling, essay, book excerpt) and/or musical talents (vocal and/or instrumental). Please contact Barra Jacob-McDowell (email@example.com), 412-389-3910 or Nancy E. James (firstname.lastname@example.org), 412-361-1901 for details and to sign up for Open Mic.
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.
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: 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)|
September 24 – Friends General Conference kicks off a Spiritual Deepening Silence & Light eRetreat, one of several they will be running over the academic year. The program creates an online community to explore the theme over 8 weeks. For more information or to register, please visit https://www.fgcquaker.org/deepen/spiritual-deepening/spiritual-deepening-program-eretreats
The application deadline for FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) Traveling Ministry 2018 group is September 30, 2017. Young Adult Friends ages 18-35 who are: spiritual and religious, adventurous, and friendly are invited to apply. 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.
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