Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: January 21, 2018
|Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality
● Do we answer that of God in every person?
● Do we look for opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships with people of different class, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation? Do we avoid stereotyping people?
● In what ways do we work to change our society so that it provides equal opportunities for everyone?
● What are we doing to remove the institutional causes of suffering and want? Do we help to care for those in need?
● Are we working to end the death penalty? What are we doing to humanize the treatment and care of people in institutions?
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
Nominating will be introducing our committees over the next six weeks to encourage Friends to join and contribute. For this coming Sunday, January 21, we will have representatives from Child Care, Child Care Clearness, and First Day School available after meeting to inform people about the nature of their committees and answer questions.
Adult Education, January 21st 12:15 – 1:45: Please join us for the first in a series of Four Conversations on Compassion. Von Keairns and Chuck Slayton will lead a conversation in which we consider how we understand and experience compassion and why compassion is essential for the well-being of all communities—from the family to the nation. If you are so led, please consider these two queries in advance of our gathering: In our personal day-to-day life, how do we create an atmosphere that allows for compassion to be present? How do we build up our inner resources in order to maintain our ability to be/remain compassionate when a situation becomes difficult or adversarial? All are welcome! If you would like to join us and need child care, please contact Mary Parish (email@example.com) by Wednesday, January 17th.
Collaboration and Visioning in Our Communities – aka Conveners’ Meeting. Wednesday, January 24th. We will continue our practice of gathering together to consider issues and concerns related to the life of the Meeting. Potluck from 5-6 and the formal meeting will run from 6-8:30. We will have presentations from each committee, followed by a time for questions, discussion, and the development of ideas. This event is open to all. Child care will be available – please inform the Clerks if you will need this (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From the ad hoc Committee to Update our Faith and Practice: The draft of the updated version has been sent to you via e-mail for your comments. There is also a hard copy in the Library. Please forward your suggested changes to Asghar Aghbar (email@example.com) or Rosemary Coffey (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb 4, one week before the February Meeting for Business. Thank you!
Dinners for 8 Signup Deadline Feb 11th at meeting. Come break bread with new friends and old with a Potluck Dinner for Eight. We offer both Friday and Sunday options along with two Saturday possibilities: Friday Feb 23rd, Saturday Feb 24th, Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th. The signup sheet will be available after meeting through Feb 11th. Mark the evenings you are available, and whether or not you can host. We will form groups of eight based on availability, and give the host the date and contact information to form the group.
Pamphlets & Pastries: Rescheduled! Sunday, January 28, 12:1 we will gather in the Library to continue discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill pamphlet 443 “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Copies will be available, and of course, tasty pastries to enjoy. All are welcome.
Monday, Jan. 29, 7:15 p.m.: Discussion group on Non-Theism among Friends. Bring your questions, share your stories, listen and learn! All are invited to come.
Supporting Faithfulness: A Day-Long Workshop Facilitated by Marcelle Martin on Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Do you want companionship and support to clarify the ways you’re called to be faithful in your daily life, in your leadings, and in the meeting? Come learn and practice ways to support one another to attend more deeply to Spirit and the promptings of Truth and Love. Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore Meeting, is the author of Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey. For over twenty years, she has been leading workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings. Visit her website at awholeheart.com.
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
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)|
Donations to Building Spiritual Space – 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.
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