Weekly Bulletin, September 17, 2017



Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin, September 17, 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

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 yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.
Sunday September 17, 12:15 P.M. Ministry Committee will be holding an adult education session with Jerry Knutson making a presentation based on his newly published pamphlet is Individual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power. Please join us!

Working Group Against Racism (WGAR): Please join us for the next meeting of WGAR, taking place on Wednesday, September 20th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. We will be updating the progress we’ve made on current initiatives and planning new ways to move forward. We welcome all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. Questions? Please talk with or email Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com), Eva Mergner (eva.mergner@gmail.com), or Joe Marchesani (joemarchesani2013@gmail.com). If you need child care, please let Mary know by Sunday, September 17th.

PFM Film Series on Understanding Racism: First of 3 films (The Queen of Katwe) will be Saturday, Sept. 30th from 2-5pm. Popcorn, fruit, and soft drinks will be available before the film and during intermissions. After each screening, there will be a discussion on the film’s perspective on racism. There will be a sign-up sheet on the piano or you can contact Joe Marchesani at (joemarchesani2013@gmail.com).

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 pfmclerks@gmail.com so we can coordinate!

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.

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.)

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 (barrabard@comcast.net), 412-389-3910 or Nancy E. James (nancyejames@verizon.net), 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: 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


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)

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 stamp

into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

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