Weekly Bulletin: February 4, 2018


Meeting House

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin: February 4, 2018

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life?

●       Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions?

●       Does our recreation reflect moderation and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

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

Nominating encourages Friends to join and contribute to committees that interest them. For this coming Sunday, February 4th, we will have representatives from the Fall Gathering and Funeral committees making brief announcements regarding the activities of their committees.

PFM will host the spring meeting of the nominating committee of our national organization, Friend’s General Conference (FGC), over the weekend of March 2. We are looking for hosts to provide sleeping arrangements and/or transportation for up to 9 out-of-towners. If you are able to help, please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@gmail.com).

Friendly Writers Group Thursday, February 8, 2 to 4 pm in the Parlor. Please bring pen or pencil and paper or notebook for on-the-spot writing to a prompt from a list of suggestions. You are also invited to bring a short piece of your prose or poetry to read and share (copies appreciated). New attenders are welcome. Questions? Email nancyejames@verizon.net or barrabard@comcast.net.

Dinners for 8 Signup Deadline Feb 11th at meeting. Come break bread with new friends and old with a potluck dinner for Eight.   We offer both Friday and Sunday options along with two Saturday possibilities: Friday Feb 23rd, Saturday Feb 24th, Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th.  The signup sheet will be available after meeting through Feb 11th.  Mark the evenings you are available, and whether or not you can host.  We will form groups of eight based on availability, and give the host the date and contact information to form the group.

Supporting Faithfulness: A Day-Long Workshop Facilitated by Marcelle Martin on Saturday, February 17, 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. 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. Visit her website at awholeheart.com.

On February 18th, Ministry Committee will hold its Second Conversation on Compassion from 12:15 – 1:30. The topic will be self-compassion, and Barry Beal and Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. Queries to consider:

  • How do you acknowledge when you are experiencing pain, even small amounts of suffering?
  • What would you say to a friend in the same situation?
  • What day-to-day efforts can we make to remain centered and peaceful amid the reversals and suffering that are part of life?

If you would like to attend the Self-Compassion Conversation and require childcare, please email Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Feb 14.

PFM Film Series on Understanding Racism: The second of 3 films (Hidden Figures) will be Saturday, Feb. 24th from 2-5pm. Popcorn, fruit, and soft drinks will be available before the film and during intermission. After the 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).

Working Group Against Racism (WGAR): On February 25 at 12:15, WGAR will hold a reading and discussion of Dr. Martin Luther King’s challenging, beautiful, and mighty Letter from a Birmingham Jail. All are welcome! If you would like to join us and need childcare, please contact Mary Parish by February 20th maryjparish@gmail.com.

On March 4th from 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Ministry Committee will present “The Quaker Way,” a workshop providing  members and attenders an opportunity to deepen and refresh their knowledge and connection with the core tenets and practices of the Religious Society of Friends by considering them within the context of Quaker History. The program will be facilitated by Evan Pence. A simple lunch will be offered at rise of meeting. Child care will be available.

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.

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

YOUNG FRIENDS:  FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend March 17-20 Washington DC.  Hundreds of young Friends will gather to learn how to become change makers.   The main focus will be on Immigration. Hear from policy experts, lobby 3 members of Congress and practice advocacy techniques.  More information: fcnl.org/slw

Search for Welcoming Friend Project Assistant: To launch the Welcoming Friend Project, Friends General Conference is hiring a part-time, project assistant for approximately one year.  We are accepting applications beginning immediately through Friday, February 8th, at 5 pm Eastern time.  We will conduct interviews in mid-February and hope to have the new staff member working in early March. The person hired for this position can work at the FGC offices in Philadelphia or work remotely via phone and internet anywhere in the U.S. For additional information, please see the following job description.  https://www.fgcquaker.org/welcoming-friend-role-2018 To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Rachel Ernst Stahlhut, Spiritual Deepening Program Coordinator, RachelS@fgcquaker.org.

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)

Workshops on Compassion: A series of workshops on Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” will be held at Winchester-Thurston School from 1-5 pm over three Sundays: March 11, march 25, and April 8. The cost is $105, but some scholarships are available. More information is available at www.compassionatepittsburgh.org/upcomingevents.

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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