Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin November 11, 2018
|Queries for Eleventh Month (November) on Nonviolence
● Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action?
● How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes? What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
● Are we learning to channel our anger, fear, and frustration in healthy, creative, and peaceable ways?
● Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
● In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events and Announcements
A reminder from Ministry Committee: LIFT YOUR VOICE IN MINISTRY: With the planned renovations to the meeting room, help is on the way for us to better hear each other in vocal ministry. Until then, let’s see what our voices can do by speaking strongly and projecting to all in the room. YOUR MESSAGE IS GIFT AND NOURISHMENT FOR OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.
#Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions) FCNL yard signs have been ordered for Friends who would like to spread this message at their home or have one to take to events. The cost was $11 each, but please don’t let cost keep you from taking a sign. For more information talk to Kathie Hollingshead. You can also download a free PDF or purchase bumper stickers, pins, and car magnets with this link.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:15 p.m.: Nontheist Discussion Group meets in the Library to continue the conversation. Do join us if you’re interested in the conjunction of Quakerism and Nontheism! For questions, see Rosemary Coffey or email her at email@example.com.
Updated Information on Adult Education “Families of the Heart” Discussion on Nov. 18th, 12:15-1:15: With election day behind us and the holidays ahead, to what extent are you concerned about how the current social and political climate might affect those you consider your family? Please join us to reflect upon the following queries as we seek to cultivate environments and practices in which that of God is acknowledged and respected in each family member. •How can the Quaker testimonies of integrity, peace, community, simplicity, and equality be a source of strength or comfort to us as we come together with our families? •What can I do to encourage and cultivate peaceful and respectful practices within my family? •What limitations and boundaries must I recognize? Family connections exist in many forms, including ties of blood, affection, faith, and common cause. Sometimes they are vibrant and readily available to us; sometimes they are not. What are the connections that bind us in history, love, and commitment, and how do they impact us? Child care will be available. If you have questions, please contact Von Keairns (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Parish (email@example.com). All are welcome!
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Email for the treasurer and assistant treasurer: email@example.com
New Library locations: Please return borrowed items to first drawer of the recently acquired file cabinet. Please place donations of books or other items in second drawer of the file cabinet. (See signs on side of cabinet.) Thank you!
Anti-Racism work at FGC: You can read the October Progress Report for FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within FGC on FGC’s website here.
Regular Meeting Events
|The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or|
|1st Sunday 12:15||Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|1st Sunday||Letter Writing Write to your elected officials on local & national issues in Library following MfW.|
|Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending 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|
|2nd 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.|
|2nd 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.|
|2nd Thurs. 2-4pm||Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacob-McDowell for more information.|
|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.|
|3rd Sunday||Adult Education 12:15-1:15|
|Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle
(724-776-8307). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.
|Mid-Week Meeting – Join us in the Fell Room for silent worship.|
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