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Weekly Bulletin July 22, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin July 22, 2018

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 and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and 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?

●     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 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

Memorial Service for Rusty Sweitzer will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 2pm at Sherwood Oaks. Friends are invited to bring cookies for a reception afterward – please contact Rosemary Coffey if you are planning to do so.

It takes a village – Are you curious about how you can contribute to the care of the Meetings children and youth? First Day School will be hosting open houses this summer – coming up on August 5 at the rise of Meeting upstairs in the Fell or Woolman rooms. Stop by and find out how easy it can be to assist with this vital ministry.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library. We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry plans to join us to hear our thoughts and to answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance:A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team Updates:

  • We are collecting signatures on letters to our national representatives encouraging them strongly to support diplomacy to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula, and reminding them that it is Congress’s responsibility to make decisions that take us into war. No war declaration by tweet! Letter signing will take place in the Library. If you are unsure who your representatives are, we will have that information.
  • The July national call featured political and media strategist Daren Berringer, whose statement emphasizing the importance of attending and speaking out at candidate forums and town hall meetings can be found here. To prepare to attend one of these events, see the questions and other good information FCNL has pulled together More information to follow about events in our area.
  • The next Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team meeting will take place on August 7th. All are welcome to join us. This is not a “Quakers only” action committee, so please spread the word. For more information, anyone can contact Von Keairns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

No Better Time to Donate! Update from Finance: The rosy donation reports were based on “half-budget” projections reflecting half a year of construction. Our “true” donation budget is $51,000. We are at $42,732. Another $8300 is needed by August 31 to make donation budget this fiscal year. We will try to avoid this confusion next fiscal year.

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

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

Email for the treasurer and assistant treasurer: pghfmtreasurer@gmail.com

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, maryjparish@gmail.com.
1st  Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues in Library following MfW.
2nd Sunday

 12:15

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 pfmnews@gmail.com
2nd  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.
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
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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.

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

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Weekly Bulletin July 8, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin July 8, 2018

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 and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and 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?

●     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 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

Friends General Conference Institutional Assessment on Racism survey will close on Saturday, July 7th. Please take a moment to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FGC_IA

LEYM – Online registration is available through July 9 for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions from July 26-29. You will need to fill out one form per person. Full details can be found in the Spring Bulletin. To access both, go to leym.org/leym-bulletins/

Working Group Against Racism: Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, July 12th from 7:15-8:45 pm at the Meetinghouse. All attenders and members of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting are welcome! If you wish to attend and will need childcare, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Monday July 9th. There is work for many hands. Please join us! To join the WGAR google group and receive action alerts, articles, and contact information for key authorities, contact Joe Marchesani  joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com.

Fall Gathering  is considering a return to Camp Crestfield for 2018 for the weekend of Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 – one week after Thanksgiving. To get a sense of the meeting regarding holding Fall Gathering this late in the year and of how many people would like to attend we have set up a Doodle Poll.  Please click on the link and identify whether you would come. https://doodle.com/poll/9c5w7i9nnkikhkqt If you have questions or comments please email, text or call Sam Milford (Sam2Milford@gmail.com) (412-719-8031)

It takes a village – Are you curious about how you can contribute to the care of the Meetings children and youth? First Day School will be hosting open houses this summer – coming up on July 15 and August 5 at the rise of Meeting upstairs in the Fell or Woolman rooms. Stop by and find out how easy it can be to assist with this vital ministry.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance: A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

FCNL Pittsburgh Advocacy Team: Advocates Wanted! Are you appalled/troubled/horrified by the actions of government particularly with regard to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum? Do you believe we need to speak up and advocate for immigrants, particularly women and children? In the coming weeks and months the FCNL advocacy group plans to meet with our federal elected officials (both here and in Washington, DC) to discuss the perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government. We need you to join us.  Contact Von Kearns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

This month, FCNL’s national call with its advisory teams featured Rep. Ro Khanna, Lead Co-Sponsor of H.R. 4837 “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act.” The recording of this call can be found here. Meetings of Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Team take place at the Meetinghouse on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm. All are welcome.

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

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

Email for the treasurer and assistant treasurer: pghfmtreasurer@gmail.com

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, maryjparish@gmail.com.
1st  Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues in Library following MfW.
2nd Sunday

 12:15

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 pfmnews@gmail.com
2nd  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.
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 Thursday 2-4pm Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacobs-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
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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.

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

Weekly Bulletin July 1, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin July 1, 2018

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 and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and 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?

●     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 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

Engaging our Political Reality: Feeling overwhelmed and confused about what actions to take given emergent national and local issues? The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR)’s google group has been a great resource for many in the last weeks, sharing action alerts, articles, and contact information for key authorities.  To join the google group and receive these posts, contact Joe Marchesani  JOE.MARCHESANI2013@ GMAIL.COM.  Some samples from this week were this list of how to help protests against the killing of Antwon Rose II and this article on immigrant children separated from their parents in Pittsburgh.

It takes a village – Are you curious about how you can contribute to the care of the Meetings children and youth? First Day School will be hosting open houses this summer – coming up on July 15 and August 5 at the rise of Meeting upstairs in the Fell or Woolman rooms. Stop by and find out how easy it can be to assist with this vital ministry.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance: A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

FCNL Pittsburgh Advocacy Team: Advocates Wanted! Are you appalled/troubled/horrified by the actions of government particularly with regard to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum? Do you believe we need to speak up and advocate for immigrants, particularly women and children? In the coming weeks and months the FCNL advocacy group plans to meet with our federal elected officials (both here and in Washington, DC) to discuss the perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government. We need you to join us.  Contact Von Kearns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

This month, FCNL’s national call with its advisory teams featured Rep. Ro Khanna, Lead Co-Sponsor of H.R. 4837 “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act.” The recording of this call can be found here.. Meetings of Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Team take place at the Meetinghouse on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm. All are welcome.

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

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, maryjparish@gmail.com.
1st  Sunday Letter Writing  Write to your elected officials on local & national issues in Library following MfW.
2nd Sunday

 12:15

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 pfmnews@gmail.com
2nd  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.
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 Thursday 2-4pm Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacobs-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
4th Sundays

10:30 AM

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.

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

LEYM – Online registration is now available for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions from July 26-29. You will need to fill out one form per person. Full details can be found in the Spring Bulletin. To access both, go to leym.org/leym-bulletins/

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Virtual Quaker Parenting Discussion Groups Starting in the Fall!   The Quaker Parenting Initiative is introducing three 5-week series – one will meet beginning September 18th through October 16th,  the second September 19th through October 17th, and the third October 23rd through November 20th.  The facilitated group will allow space to consider questions of parenting as a spiritual journey and how the Quaker faith can inform behavior challenges, among others.  Cost is $50/family. For more information or to enroll contact the Coordinator of the Quaker Parenting Initiative, harriet.e.heath@gmail.com, 413 238 6568 or see www.quakerparenting.org

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

Weekly Bulletin June 24, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin June 24, 2018

                                          Queries for Sixth Month (June) on Spirituality                                     

●       Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and live according to its promptings?

●       How does our religion find expression in daily life?

●       Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?

●       What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of our fellow worshippers?

●       Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?

●       Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

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

June 24, 12:15-1:15: Do you know how much of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s budget goes to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM)?  Have you ever wondered what LEYM does?  Friends are invited to a discussion about LEYM, the role that yearly meetings play in supporting their monthly meetings and what we’d like to see in the future.  We invite Friends who have been involved in LEYM activities as well as those who don’t know anything about our yearly meeting to join us, share their hopes and concerns and provide feedback prior to LEYM’s annual sessions at the end of July.

It takes a village – Are you curious about how you can contribute to the care of the Meetings children and youth? First Day School will be hosting three open houses this summer, June 24, July 15 and August 5 at the rise of Meeting upstairs in the Fell or Woolman rooms. Stop by and find out how easy it can be to assist with this vital ministry.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance: A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

Virtual Quaker Parenting Discussion Groups Starting in the Fall!   The Quaker Parenting Initiative is introducing three 5-week series – one will meet beginning September 18th through October 16th,  the second September 19th through October 17th, and the third October 23rd through November 20th.  The facilitated group will allow space to consider questions of parenting as a spiritual journey and how the Quaker faith can inform behavior challenges, among others.  Cost is $50/family. For more information or to enroll contact the Coordinator of the Quaker Parenting Initiative, harriet.e.heath@gmail.com, 413 238 6568 or see www.quakerparenting.org

FCNL Pittsburgh Advocacy Team: Advocates Wanted! Are you appalled/troubled/horrified by the actions of government particularly with regard to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum? Do you believe we need to speak up and advocate for immigrants, particularly women and children? In the coming weeks and months the FCNL advocacy group plans to meet with our federal elected officials (both here and in Washington, DC) to discuss the perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government. We need you to join us.  Contact Von Kearns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

This month, FCNL’s national call with its advisory teams featured Rep. Ro Khanna, Lead Co-Sponsor of H.R. 4837 “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act.” The recording of this call can be found here.. Meetings of Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Team take place at the Meetinghouse on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm. All are welcome.

Quaker Art Center At FGC Gathering wants to borrow:

Easels; a projector with audio (plus adapters);  a few headsets (no earbuds);

And needs transportation from Kalamazoo or Lansing for a loaned PA system (speakers, soundboard, mics) and a multimedia station (free-standing screen, laptop)

They also seek  Volunteers to help in the Quaker Arts Center during the Gathering, and submissions for the gallery

More info is available at http://fqaquaker.org/fqa-fgc, on facebook  at “QACGathering” or you can contact them at  quakerartscenter@gmail.com.

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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

 12:15

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 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.
2nd Thursday 2-4pm Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacobs-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.
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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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

LEYM – Online registration is now available for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions from July 26-29. You will need to fill out one form per person. Full details can be found in the Spring Bulletin. To access both, go to leym.org/leym-bulletins/

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

 

Weekly Bulletin June 17, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin June 17, 2018

                                          Queries for Sixth Month (June) on Spirituality                                     

●       Do we seek to keep ourselves sensitive and responsive to the Inner Light and live according to its promptings?

●       How does our religion find expression in daily life?

●       Do we respond to that of God in those with whom we differ?

●       What are we doing to develop our own spiritual gifts and those of our fellow worshippers?

●       Does our vocal ministry arise from a clear spiritual leading?

●       Do we encourage mutual respect for varying expressions of religious belief among fellow Quakers?

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

Adult Education on June 17th from 12:15 – 1:30: Please join us for the fourth and final in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore Compassion in Action. Wherever we find ourselves—at school, work, home, on the street, or in the store—we have the ability to offer a small act of kindness and compassion that can make an important difference in someone’s life, even if just in the moment. Please consider this query: What habits of thought and feeling will help me extend compassion to those who need it? Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome! If you need child care, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Wednesday, June 13th.

Monday, June 18, 7:15 p.m. Please join the Non-Theist Friends Discussion Group at its last meeting before the summer hiatus. Come learn about the changes that Britain Yearly Meeting is proposing to its Faith and Practice in order to acknowledge the existence of non-theists in the Society of Friends!

June 24, 12:15-1:15: Do you know how much of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s budget goes to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM)?  Have you ever wondered what LEYM does?  Friends are invited to a discussion about LEYM, the role that yearly meetings play in supporting their monthly meetings and what we’d like to see in the future.  We invite Friends who have been involved in LEYM activities as well as those who don’t know anything about our yearly meeting to join us, share their hopes and concerns and provide feedback prior to LEYM’s annual sessions at the end of July.

Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library.  Pamphlets & Pastries,  We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry hopes to join us to hear our thoughts and answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance: A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

FCNL Pittsburgh Advocacy Team: Advocates Wanted! Are you appalled/troubled/horrified by the actions of government particularly with regard to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum? Do you believe we need to speak up and advocate for immigrants, particularly women and children? In the coming weeks and months the FCNL advocacy group plans to meet with our federal elected officials (both here and in Washington, DC) to discuss the perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government. We need you to join us.  Contact Von Kearns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

This month, FCNL’s national call with its advisory teams featured Rep. Ro Khanna, Lead Co-Sponsor of H.R. 4837 “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act.” The recording of this call can be found here. Meetings of Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Team take place at the Meetinghouse on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm. All are welcome.

“Reading for a Rainy Day”: Check out the library mantel for summer reading suggestions—then check out a book! Once again, the Sunday parlor book display is on vacation, but the offerings on the mantel will be periodically updated—especially when books are borrowed!

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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

 12:15

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 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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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

LEYM – Online registration is now available for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions from July 26-29. You will need to fill out one form per person. Full details can be found in the Spring Bulletin. To access both, go to leym.org/leym-bulletins/

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

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. Unusual stamps are more valuable: US Flag stamps cannot be profitably sold.

Weekly Bulletin May 27, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 27, 2018

                                          Queries for Fifth Month (May) on Participation in Meeting                                         

●       Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work?                                   

●       Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers? How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities?                                        

●       How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy?                                       

●       Are Meetings for Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance?

 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

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com) if you are available to help.

New Date! Adult Education on June 17th from 12:15 – 1:30: Please join us for the fourth and final in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore Compassion in Action. Wherever we find ourselves—at school, work, home, on the street, or in the store—we have the ability to offer a small act of kindness and compassion that can make an important difference in someone’s life, even if just in the moment. Please consider this query: What habits of thought and feeling will help me extend compassion to those who need it? Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome! If you need child care, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Wednesday, June 13th.

June 24, 12:15-1:15: Do you know how much of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s budget goes to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM)?  Have you ever wondered what LEYM does?  Friends are invited to a discussion about LEYM, the role that yearly meetings play in supporting their monthly meetings and what we’d like to see in the future.  We invite Friends who have been involved in LEYM activities as well as those who don’t know anything about our yearly meeting to join us, share their hopes and concerns and provide feedback prior to LEYM’s annual sessions at the end of July.

“Reading for a Rainy Day”: Check out the library mantel for summer reading suggestions—then check out a book! Once again, the Sunday parlor book display is on vacation, but the offerings on the mantel will be periodically updated—especially when books are borrowed!

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

Quaker Community Fund – If you are applying for a scholarship from QCF for summer camp, Lake Erie Yearly meeting, Fall Gathering or FGC Gathering, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://pghpamm.quaker.org/paper.html.    Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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

 12:15

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 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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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

LEYMSept. 28-30. You’re invited to the Annual LEYM Fall K-12 Youth Retreat at Templed Hills UCC Camp in Bellville, OH! https://leym.org/news/

Friends General Conference Gathering, Toledo OH July 2-7: Registration is in full swing, and FGC staff is eager to help Friends get ready for a week of workshops, worship, and community for all ages. Take a look at upcoming registration deadlines and use this link below to register on the Gathering website.

Registration Deadlines for Families: May 31: Last day for Junior Gathering Registrations, June 10: Last day for High School Registration

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.

Weekly Bulletin May 20, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin May 20, 2018

 

                                          Queries for Fifth Month (May) on Participation in Meeting                                         

●       Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work?                                   

●       Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers? How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities?                                        

●       How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy?                                       

●       Are Meetings for Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance?

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

Bring a Friend to Meeting Day, May 20th.  Visitors are welcome at Meeting any time but Sunday, May 20th of will be a distinctive day when we’re especially encouraging new, interested people to come visit the Meeting House, experience Meeting for Worship, and ask questions. So, those interested friends of yours that you tend to discuss Quaker stuff with, off and on, here and there– go ahead and invite them or bring them along! Outreach will be providing hospitality with strawberries and cream at the rise of Meeting. Arrival before 10:30 a.m. encouraged to give time for introductions

Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Group has the opportunity to participate in the May 23rd Witness Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (For information: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/witness-wednesdays-1161) The events of the day would include: a visit to the Supreme Court; a tour of FCNL’s new office building; lobby training; lunch at the Dirksen Café; visits to our members of Congress; and time for reflection and worship. More information will follow. If you are interested in participating, please contact Von Keairns at yekeairns@att.net or Mary Parish at maryjparish@gmail.com.

First Day School volunteer opportunities – no clearances required – FDS will be holding our end of year carnival on June 3 at the rise of Meeting. We need 2-3 volunteers on June 2 at noon to transport the games from their of site storage location. We also need a few volunteers to help set up the games during worship on the 3rd and up to 12 volunteers are needed during the carnival to run games and staff the prize table. Please tell Debby Hollingshead (dymondhead1036@gmail.com ) if you are available to help.

New Date! Adult Education on June 17th from 12:15 – 1:30: Please join us for the fourth and final in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. In this session we will explore Compassion in Action. Wherever we find ourselves—at school, work, home, on the street, or in the store—we have the ability to offer a small act of kindness and compassion that can make an important difference in someone’s life, even if just in the moment. Please consider this query: What habits of thought and feeling will help me extend compassion to those who need it? Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome! If you need child care, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com ) by Wednesday, June 13th.

“Reading for a Rainy Day”: Check out the library mantel for summer reading suggestions—then check out a book! Once again, the Sunday parlor book display is on vacation, but the offerings on the mantel will be periodically updated—especially when books are borrowed!

Mid-Week Meeting – Need a little silence once a month between Sundays?   Join us 4th Wednesdays in the Fell Room at 6 pm for silent worship.

A member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks County is looking for families to host Chinese girls who are coming to study at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and arriving this September 2018.  Host families receive a stipend of $1100.00 per month to each host family for the academic year which is 10 months. For more information, please reach out to Amy Popkin at 215.259.4053 or amy@ieopps.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, you can apply for more than one event at the same time! We encourage you to apply for the funds even if you haven’t yet registered.  A new and simplified application form is available online and the deadline for application is now 30 days prior to the event, not 60.   http://pghpamm.quaker.org/paper.html.   Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.

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

Regular Meeting Events

The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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

 12:15

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 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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.

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

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 (morganjj@gmail.com).

LEYM CRITICAL VACANCIES for 2018. Nominating Committee asks for your consideration and help in filling these crucial positions:  Assistant Clerk of the Children & Youth Program at Annual Sessions; Interested? Please contact Greg Mott (mott@findlay.edu); Assistant Yearly Meeting Clerk/Yearly Meeting Clerk. This is a FOUR-year commitment.  Interested? Please contact Mike Holaday (mikeholaday@att.net); Database Manager-Interested? Please contact Mathilda Navias (galaxy@woh.rr.com). Less critical committee vacancies: Finance Committee Clerk; Ministry & Nurture; Peace & Justice; Publications & Archives Committee.  Interested? Please contact Clémence Mershon (andre14@earthlink.net)

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.