Weekly Bulletin July 11, 2021

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin July 11, 2021

Queries for Seventh Month (July) on Unity in Meeting

  • Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?
  • If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue in a spirit of love & humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully & with openness to Truth?
  • Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us? Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light?
  • Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?
  • In what ways are we as a Meeting open to different messages and diversity of expression?
  • How do we move from a place of aloneness and separateness into a place of connectedness?
  • When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Thursday at noon.

Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at: pfmclerks@gmail.com

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Worship Opportunities

Hybrid Meeting for Worship each First Day (Sunday) 10:30-11:30 am

Join virtually. Ask the clerks for the link, which will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future, or subscribe to the bulletin to receive a reminder each week. After Worship, Breakout Rooms will be available for those on Zoom who would like to socialize in smaller groups.

Join in-person. Masks are no longer required, in accordance with the Commonwealth’s lifting of pandemic mandate.

Singing in the Parlor has made a welcome return and begins shortly after 10.

Contact Eric Starbuck at ericwilliamstarbuck@gmail.com for questions.

Since we no longer have a House Manager, we need volunteers to set up chairs for worship. Please Contact Debby Hollingshead, dymondhead1036@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.

Indiana, PA Worship Group: Friends in Indiana are now holding our own Zoom worship at 10:30 every First Day. The link, which will be the same every week, is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86487641805?pwd=T3VPUU9wK1RoQTRoTWVyNk40c2lu

Midweek Sing and Worship, 3832 Mintwood Street 15201 (Shiloh). All are welcome. Wednesdays: Sing at 11:15 am, worship at 12 noon. Questions about this opportunity can be directed to Chris Hollingshead chrishollingshead@hotmail.com

The Sherwood Oaks Worship Group resumed Fourth Sunday Meeting for Worship last month. For the time being, this will include residents only and a Zoom connection will not be provided. We will notify the meeting when visitors will be allowed to join us.

Upcoming Events:

July 11 Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Bringing the Ride Home: Summer Advocacy Opportunities You can read more information about the Bike Trip and our Advocacy Efforts here.

Regular Meeting Events:

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business Second Sunday of each month at 12:15 pm. This is a hybrid event happening in the Meeting room and on the regular Meeting for Worship zoom link.

A Meeting for Holding Concerns in the Light and In Love – Tuesdays at 7 pm. All are welcome.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81666009297?pwd=RmI4eTlXWUJRcUc5Y3VScXRmMVdJQT09

Meeting ID: 816 6600 9297 Passcode: 040163 Phone access in the US: +1 301 715 8592

Friendly Lunch 2ND Wednesdays at noon – Panera at the corner of Boulevard of the Allies and Halket Street. Questions? Contact Debby Hollingshead, dymondhead1036@gmail.com

Volunteers are needed to help weed at the Meetinghouse. Come lend a hand to help our house look cared for. Every Tuesday between 11 am & 2 pm. Questions ? Contact Judy Irvin judyk221@yahoo.com

Announcements:

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business: A hybrid meeting at 12:15 pm. Items on the agenda for this month’s meeting include the following reports.

  1. A Report from the Visioning Implementation Committee, action item. Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qxH3Z0Rr2RWzcRSSfJjKMX26m5OBZZ9Qf8lIP4DI-PE/edit?usp=sharing
  2. A Report from Personnel and Building Use, action item. Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wPQYnbrqpG7E74s0hGryplZ5dJTxAWAFe_FcBit4jX4/edit?usp=sharing
  3. A Report from the Clerking Committee, action item. Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jYHJXptWk4ISiPDEb2hpp_D9cILsuLjTw_N2uW1RSEU/edit?usp=sharing
  4. A Report from the Finance Committee: The Meeting’s List for Making Donations, action item. Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xs-EGNytVtJhEqsNcRSLQZqQ47dhdfwZ/view?usp=sharing

Rationale for the New Policy for Masks On June 24th the New York Times adjusted their Covid-19 risk assessment for unvaccinated people in Allegheny County from “moderate” to “low.” Clerks consulted with conveners of Ministry, Clearness and Care, and Personnel and Building Use regarding revisiting of our indoor masking requirement. The committee conveners were unanimous in their view that this was a wider community decision that did not fall under any particular committee and would require some kind of action from the clerks.

Clerks met that evening and reviewed the current data. It was noted that, for Allegheny County:

∙ Vaccination rates were >50% amongst those eligible to receive them (12+ years old) and >75% for those 65 and above.

∙ Reported infections had dropped to a 7 day average of 65.

∙ PCR testing positivity rate was 1%, indicating that there are few undiagnosed cases in the county.

∙ Although masks had been optional for vaccinated people since mid-May, rates had continued to decline over that time

∙ The state was scheduled to lift the mask mandate on June 28th.

∙ While the new delta variant is of concern, since vaccines are effective, the risk and the need for behavior modifications falls heavily on the unvaccinated. Although we feel concern for their wellbeing, the masking or unmasking of vaccinated people in a situation like our county, where vaccination rates are high, is not a significant factor in controlling the spread.

There have been an above average number of called meetings for business this year and it was undesirable to have another such event. The Clerks, therefore, reached unity to rely on the authority that had been used to close the meetinghouse in response to the declared state of emergency in March 2020 to declare an end to the masking requirement for vaccinated individuals effective June 27. This decision has been relayed through the bulletin and worship reminder emails. Responses have been positive and the more relaxed interaction seems to be aiding our return to community.

Working Group Against Racism: Our next meeting will take place via Zoom on Monday, July 19th, from 6:00 -7:30 pm. All members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting are welcome! If you would like to attend but are not a member of the WGAR Google Group, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) for the Zoom link and/or if you have any questions about WGAR.

Ministry Committee Adult Ed Session: Ministry invites all members and attendees to join us for Adult Ed on July 18 at 12:30 PM via the Meeting’s Zoom link. During this session, we discuss how Friends can take the opportunity presented by the re-opening of the Meetinghouse to create a community of transformative worship and actions in the coming year. Ministry recommends that Friends read the short article from Friends Journal before the session. Link to the article: https://www.friendsjournal.org/transformative-return-for-quaker-communities/

Please mark the date and join us.

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting – Volunteer Opportunity

With the Meeting House opening up more, it requires more frequent and extensive cleaning. Since we are not currently in a position to hire a janitorial service, we are asking for volunteers who will work in teams to get it done. All of the areas listed below need attention at least once a week.

It would be wonderful if committees would volunteer to take on a particular area, e.g., FDS – FDS area; Peace & Social Concerns – Penn Center area; etc. Perhaps committees might be able to combine volunteer service with a committee meeting once a month.

Please let Bill Lefler wslefler@gmail.com, know where you can help or confirm your present status if you’ve already signed up.

Responsibility areas:

  • New level, Restroom & Meeting Room (especially before Meeting for Worship)
  • Parlor
  • Foyer & Restroom
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Mott Room
  • Hospitality Area & Restroom
  • Stairways
  • Fell Room
  • Fox Room
  • Woolman Room & Restroom
  • Fry Room & Restroom
  • Penn Center & Hall Restroom

The American Friends Service Committee is seeking AFSC Meeting/Church liaisons. Friends in this role would be key in facilitating connections and communications between their Monthly Meeting and AFSC. They will be responsible for forwarding AFSC engagement opportunities to their Monthly Meeting’s Newsletter, Listserv, and/or social media sites and announce key activities. We hope these Friends would organize and mobilize their Monthly Meeting community for specific engagement opportunities. Contact the clerks, pfmclerks@gmail.com, to have the full announcement email forwarded to you.

Friends General Conference has announced a Spiritual mentoring program for youth and young adults. Full program description is posted on the FGC website.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM) collects and shares Friends names and contact information. If you object to having clerks share your information with the yearly meeting, please contact us at pfmclerks@gmail.com

Save the dates: July 28-Aug 1- Lake Erie Yearly Meeting once again convenes virtually! Come for as much programming as you desire – pick from Bible half-hours, worship sharing and interest groups, a plenary speaker ( From Truth to Healing with Native Peoples – Paula Palmer), business sessions, and/or a talent show. Full schedule is here.

Registration is open until July 23

Job opportunity at Friends General Conference (FGC): Communications Manager.

https://www.fgcquaker.org/serve/opportunities/communications-manager

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The financial support of the Meeting is a shared responsibility. To contribute online follow the Contribute link on our website. For additional information about contributing, email the treasurer or assistant treasurer: pghfmtreasurer@gmail.com

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