Weekly Bulletin March 22, 2020

MeetingHouse1Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin March 22, 2020

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?
  • How does our ministry to care for the environment connect us to issues of justice and equality?

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: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Pittsburgh and the country in general. The safety of our members, guests, and staff is of paramount importance. We have, therefore, made the difficult decision to close our facility to all users and members for at least the next 3 weeks.

For those with the necessary technology, PFM Meeting for Worship will be hosted on Zoom from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for at least the next two Sundays. You can enter the Zoom meeting as early as 10:15. Please follow this link to join the Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/230527982 Then enter Meeting ID: 230 527 982

For a brief tutorial on joining a Zoom meeting, please follow this link: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

We hope that any who are put off by the technology or do not have the equipment might settle into silence at 10:30 on Sunday and worship in spirit.

We are exploring additional ways to maintain connection, share spiritual insights, and build community with Friends, and we will work with committees to develop a list of these in upcoming weeks.

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting – Mutual Aid and Connection during Social Distancing and Isolation

While we encourage people to continue to reach out to each other, we also wanted to create a centralized place for information. We can continue to evolve with the situation – as new ideas, needs, and resources emerge, we’ll continue to share!

Please follow this link to indicate support that you would appreciate receiving or are able to give as we grapple with challenges associated with the pandemic: https://forms.gle/xyUhyTKrTaiCJq498 .

We will be sharing responses with others in Meeting. If you have a need that you would like to share more confidentially, or you just want to make a direct connection, please reach out to any of the following:

Clearness and Care – Asghar and Jo S (aaaghbar@gmail.com, joschlesinger@verizon.net)

Clerks – Susan Loucks, Richard Shaw and Cynthia Magistro (pfmclerks@gmail.com)

April 5 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is tentatively planned for April 5 (first Sunday) as opposed to our usual second-Sunday schedule. We will continue to discern if it is appropriate for us to meet together as the date approaches.

Tuesday March 23nd and 30th from 7pm-8pm, the spiritual healing group will be holding the health and well being of all of our global community in the Light, each from our own homes. You are invited to join us in the Spirit from your own home as we hold one another in love.

From the Library Committee: Friends, During this time of in person social distancing, here are two online opportunities to connect with other Friends: Quaker Speak: Weekly Videos-Vital Ministries found at QuakerSpeak.com. Also try friendsjournal.org for online featured articles. April’s newsletter will feature more online books and references.

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

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

ALL REGULAR MEETING EVENMeetingHouse1TS have been suspended until further notice.

From East End Cooperative Ministry: “At this time, because of the increased need for food and meal distribution for those who can’t afford to go to supermarkets to stock up during this health emergency, EECM requests monetary donations to our agency at eecm.org/give.” The organization continues to serve the needy with daily community lunch (take out) and a food pantry.

Black Men Rising is organizing a drop-off of supplies for people in the African-American community who are having a hard time finding what they need to meet the crisis. Supplies needed include liquid hand washing soap, hand sanitizer, rubber gloves, kleenex, toilet paper, thermometers, surface cleaning liquids, cleansing cloths, disinfectant spray, etc. Drop-offs are from March 16-27, 9am-5pm at 7120 Kelly St, Pgh. More information available HERE.

The financial support of the Meeting is a shared responsibility. To contribute online follow the Contribute link on our website. There is a cash box outside the Library door. Email for the treasurer and assistant treasurer: pghfmtreasurer@gmail.com

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