Weekly Bulletin: January 7, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin: January 7, 2018

Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality

●       Do we answer that of God in every person?

●       Do we look for opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships with people of different class, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation? Do we avoid stereotyping people?

●       In what ways do we work to change our society so that it provides equal opportunities for everyone?

●        What are we doing to remove the institutional causes of suffering and want? Do we help to care for those in need?

●       Are we working to end the death penalty? What are we doing to humanize the treatment and care of people in institutions?

 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

RESCHEDULED – Working Group Against Racism (WGAR): The next meeting of WGAR will take place on Thursday, January 11th from 7:15 – 8:45 pm. 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).

Adult Education on January 21st 12:15 – 1:45: Please join us for the first in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore The Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”), considering how we understand and define compassion and why compassion is essential for the well-being of all communities—from the family to the nation. All are welcome! If you would like to join us and need child care, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Wednesday, January 17th.

Childcare at the Summit for Racism: The Working Group Against Racism has been advised that childcare will not be provided at the Summit on January 20th. If you are planning to attend and will need childcare or if you would like to volunteer to be a provider of childcare for those attending from Pittsburgh Friends Meeting (only), please advise Eva Mergner (eva.mergner@gmail.com) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by January 15th.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Rescheduled!  Sunday, January 28, 12:1 we will gather in the Library to continue discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill pamphlet 443 “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Copies will be available, and of course, tasty pastries to enjoy.  All are welcome.

Collaboration and Visioning in Our Communities – aka Conveners’ Meeting. Wednesday, January 24th.   We will continue our practice of gathering together to consider issues and concerns related to the life of the Meeting.  Potluck from 5-6 and the formal meeting will run from 6-8:30.  We will have presentations from each committee, followed by a time for questions, discussion, and the development of ideas.  Child care will be available. This event is open to all. More details forthcoming.

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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 1:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info. second Wednesday
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)

Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active.  Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can contact Treasurer, Eric Starbuck or Asst. Treasurer, Phoebe Stern Irwin for more information.

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.

East End Cooperative Ministry – Job opportunity for a part time driver (16 hrs/wk) at $14.00/hr. Interested Friends can contact LexiN@eecm.org

Marcus Rediker presents The Fearless Benjamin Lay, his new biography of the radical Quaker and unsung hero of the Abolitionist movement.  Monday, January 22nd, 8 p.m.  City of Asylum @ Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue.  More information is available at http://www.alphabetcity.org/.  Tickets are free and available at https://cityofasylumpittsburgh.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F5A00000HtnrtUAB

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