Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: March 11, 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.
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Upcoming Events and Announcements
Friday, March 16, Friends are cordially invited to join the Wrestling with Racism Team of First United Methodist Church and Warren United Methodist from 7-9 for a reception open to the public with artist Bonnie Mettler and to view the exhibit entitled My Racial Ignorance on display at First United Methodist Church this year during Lent. These paintings were previously displayed for a year at Historic St George’s United Methodist Church in Philadelphia. The gallery is otherwise open Wednesday evenings February 14–March 28, 6:30-9:00 pm and by appointment.
Adult Education on March 18th from 12:15 – 1:30: Please join us for the third in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore Cultivating Compassion. The Dalai Lama says, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Cultivating compassion asks us to be open to our own suffering as well as the suffering of others, to practice gratitude, forgiveness, and kindness, and to connect with others and our own heart. Please consider these queries: How would your life be changed if compassion were a testimony? To what extent do you find the idea/practice of living compassionately to be overwhelming? Chuck Slayton and Mary Parish will facilitate a discussion and reflection on the transforming power of compassion. All are welcome! If you would like to join us and need child care, please contact Mary Parish (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday, March 14th.
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. Q & A and book signing will follow the talk. Cash and checks will be accepted for purchase of The Fearless Benjamin Lay. Refreshments will be served. Sign up sheet on the board above the newcomer’s table just for planning purposes. All welcome!
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 (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Parish (email@example.com).
Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, good news! If you will be requesting funds for more than one event this year, please apply at the same time. We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered. There is a new and simplified application form available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf. Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|First Sunday||Letter Writing Write to your elected officials on local & national issues. In Library following MfW.|
|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 email@example.com|
|Second Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (firstname.lastname@example.org 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|
|Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)|
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
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.
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 (email@example.com). To receive a discount by registering through Friends General Conference (and to be eligible for assistance from LEYM), click HERE. The 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.
The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund is sponsoring a two-week tour to visit Friends in the Andes and the altiplano area of Bolivia July 25th – August 9th. For information, see BQEF.org, or email Jim Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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: email@example.com
Faithful Responses to Gun Violence: a Pittsburgh Conversation – Monday, March 19, 7:00-9:30, JCC, 5738 Forbes Avenue. Join the Center for Loving Kindness and people of faith from around the region for an evening of inspiration and hope, a time to get involved. All are welcome. RSVP by March 16 by visiting www.casp.org/gunviolence
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 412-621-9230.
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