Weekly Bulletin: February 25, 2018

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin: February 25, 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

PFM will host the upcoming meeting of the FGC Nominating Committee over the weekend of March 2. If you’re able to help with transportation or meals please contact Cynthia Magistro (cynmagistro@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, Jr.’s challenging, beautiful, and mighty Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Writing in 1963, Dr. King called out the racism of white religious congregations. Rising from that powerful document are four important queries for us to consider as we continue to work to end racism in our houses of worship, our communities, and ourselves.

  • Are we more devoted “to order than to justice”?
  • Do we “prefer a negative peace, which is the absence of tension, to a positive peace, which is the presence of justice?
  • Are we “lukewarm” in our rejection of racism?
  • Have we set up a paternalistic “timetable” for the freedom of people of color, “a more convenient season”?

Sam Milford and Yvette Shipman will facilitate this reading and discussion. All are welcome!!

In the season of Nominating, some information about the work of the Ministry Committee: Ministry Committee works to foster and strengthen the spiritual life of the Meeting. The Committee is concerned for the quality of the Meeting for Worship, which depends upon the devotion and preparation of each individual. Thus, it is the Committee’s responsibility to provide opportunities for the inner growth of all persons in the Meeting toward faithfulness to the Light Within. The Committee sponsors Bible Study and arranges for the adult education classes of the meeting. It may set up retreats or special meetings and make use of devotional and other literature to increase spiritual depth and sensitivity within the Meeting. If you would like to learn more about the joys and responsibilities of serving on Ministry, please contact Von Keairns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

On March 4th from 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Ministry Committee will present “The Quaker Way: Patterns and Traditions.” Participants will examine how our understandings of the testimonies, the inner light, and discernment have developed over time and how they play out in our own lives. We will consider how these beliefs and concepts have shaped the practices of Friends Monthly Meetings in the form of Clearness Committees and Faith and Practice. The program will be facilitated by Evan Pence. A simple lunch will be offered at rise of meeting. Child care will be available.

To receive the bulletin or newsletter by email, please send a request to ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com

What is Quaker worship? Is there a “right” or “wrong” way to do it? Join seasoned Friends and those interested in learning about the Quaker Way for Friend’s General Conference’s upcoming Spiritual Deepening Silence & Light eRetreat,  part of its Spiritual Deepening program.  The e-Retreat begins on March 4 and continues as an online community for 6 weeks.  Registration and more information available HERE.

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

Save the Date:  Wednesday, March 21st at 7 pm at the Meeting House.  Marcus Rediker, Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh, presents “Benjamin Lay and the Origins of Quaker Abolitionism,” based on his book about the “first Revolutionary Abolitionist” who lived in the 18th century.  More information to follow.

Stephen Foster Adult Day Service has openings for seniors who are living independently or with family members, who cannot be left alone during the day, and would benefit from a program focused on socialization, stimulation, maintaining independence, and safety. For more information, please contact Val Vogel Vkeepintouch@aol.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)

Stock Donations to Building Spiritual Space and Meeting – 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.


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