Weekly Bulletin: January 14, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin: January 14, 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

Presentation at the Summit Against Racism: PMM’s Working Group Against Racism in collaboration with the Wrestling with Racism Group (affiliated with Warren and 1st United Methodist churches) will be presenting a panel discussion, “Moving Beyond White Guilt to Insight, Empathy, and Action!” at the Summit from 12:45 – 2:15 on Saturday, January 20th at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This will be a highly interactive panel as presenters engage with each other and those in attendance about ways for primarily white communities to put their faith into action against racism. We are honored to be among those who are working to resist and overcome racism in our community.

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.

UPDATE on Adult Education, January 21st 12:15 – 1:45: Please join us for the first in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. Von Keairns and Chuck Slayton will lead a conversation in which we consider how we understand and experience compassion and why compassion is essential for the well-being of all communities—from the family to the nation. If you are so led, please consider these two queries in advance of our gathering:

  • In our personal day-to-day life, how do we create an atmosphere that allows for compassion to be present?
  • How do we build up our inner resources in order to maintain our ability to be/remain compassionate when a situation becomes difficult or adversarial?

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.

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 – please inform the Clerks if you will need this. This event is open to all.

 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.

HOLD THE DATE! Supporting Faithfulness: A Day-Long Workshop Facilitated by Marcelle Martin

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Do you want companionship and support to clarify the ways you’re called to be faithful in your daily life, in your leadings, and in the meeting? Come learn and practice ways to support one another to attend more deeply to Spirit and the promptings of Truth and Love. We will practice deep listening, asking evoking questions, and helping each other notice subtle inward and outward movements of the Spirit. We’ll hear about how Friends have found the faith and courage to be faithful. We’ll practice in pairs and small groups, and discuss how we can best support one another, as a meeting, in being faithful to the different ways we each are called to contribute to the life of the community and to the needs of the world.

Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore Meeting, is the author of Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey. For over twenty years, she has been leading workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings. She was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill for four years, and currently is the core teacher for the Nurturing Worship, Faith & Faithfulness program at Woolman Hill. Visit her website at awholeheart.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: 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.
Second Wednesday Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.
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 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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