Weekly Bulletin: March 3, 2018

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin: March 3, 2018

Queries for Third Month(March) on Stewardship

●            Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation? 

●           What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?

●           Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?

●           How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?

●           Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?

●           Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies? 

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

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.” – a workshop designed to introduce newcomers to Quaker foundations and provide an understanding of Friends’ practices and beliefs that is both historically informed and personally relevant. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Quaker testimonies and their historic/contemporary expressions
  • Longstanding controversies in Quakerism, and the fundamentals of Quaker theology.

More specifically, the workshop will address questions like:

  • “How do Quakers relate to other faith communities?”
  • “What is the role of God in Quakerism?”
  • “In what ways does the ‘inner light’ express itself?”

No background is necessary, and all terms will be defined as they are presented. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and to ask any that arise. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the core questions and, ideally, should come away with a sense not only of how figures such historic figures as George Fox and Robert Barclay characterized the light within but also how it manifests in themselves. The program will be facilitated by Evan Pence. A simple lunch will be offered at rise of meeting. Child care will be available.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, March 25, 12:15 pm. in the Library. Discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power,” continues. We will read aloud from the pamphlet and share our thoughts. All are welcome, including newcomers to the group. Copies will be available—and, yes, pastries.

The Meeting’s Earthcare Working Group is emerging from hibernation. If you would like to help set the group’s agenda and meeting schedule, contact Pat Buddemeyer (buddem@att.net).

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 FRIENDSFCNL 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.

Contemplation and Joy: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends,” led by April Allison (of Red Cedar Meeting) and Roger Hansen from April 5-8, 2018 in Racine, Wisconsin.  For more information or to register, click HERE.

 The annual PIIN Banquet for 2018 is 5:00 PM on April 15 in the Westin Convention Center, 1000 Penn Avenue. Each year, the Banquet is the major fundraising project for PIIN. The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting is one of the original members of PIIN. To find out more about the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network and its activities, go to the website at http://www.piin.org . Tickets are $75.00 for an individual, and $750.00 for a table of ten. Purchase your tickets today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-annual-piin-banquet-tickets-422

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the PIIN Office at office@piin.org, or call 412-621-9230.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting has scholarship funds available for LEYM Friends who attend the White Privilege Conference (Grand Rapids, MI April 4-7) and register through Friends General Conference. To apply, send a letter with the requested amount and reasons for attending the conference to Shelley Kotz at 2951 Emmick Dr., Toledo, OH 43606 by March 1. To find out more, contact Shelley (s3ktz@bex.net). To receive a discount by registering through Friends General Conference (and to be eligible for assistance from LEYM), click HEREThe White Privilege Conference raises awareness of white privilege, racism, and how to become anti-racist. LEYM Friends are encouraged to attend and ask for scholarships.

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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