Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin April 22, 2018
|Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring
● Do we care for those around us?
● How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
● When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
● Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
● As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
● In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?
Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
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Upcoming Events and Announcements
Sunday, April 22 at 12:15 — Please join Peace and Social Concerns Committee for a discussion on immigration. Guest speaker will be Sister Janice Vanderneck, founder of Casa San Jose, a resource center for Latino immigrants to southwestern PA. Discussion will include action items for immigration allies.
EARTHCARE WORKING GROUP: this Sunday (April 22nd), which is Earth Day, make a button expressing your thoughts about our planet and its web of life. Beltane, also known as May Day, is a holiday which honors life and fertility. It marks the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. There are many ways to celebrate this symbolic beginning of life and growth, including: (1) writing on paper something you wish to see blooming in your life – such as harmony, happiness, financial security, strong relationships or healing – then burn (or plant!) the paper, and (2) planting seeds. On April 29th, we will provide paper with seeds embedded for you to write your aspirations on and then plant.
Sunday, April 29, rise of Meeting. Clearness and Care Committee will welcome new members who have joined this year. Celebration will continue at hospitality.
Sunday, April 29, 12:15-1:15: The FCNL Advocacy Group invites you to a roundtable discussion with Sarah Kennedy from the national office of Friends Committee for National Legislation focusing on the work of FCNL in reducing gun violence and military spending/armed intervention. Please bring your questions. All are welcome to attend. If child care is needed, please contact Mary Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 25. For more information, please contact Von Keairns at email@example.com.
Ministry Committee will not be holding an Adult Education session in April. The theme of May’s gathering will be “Compassion in Action.” Ministry Committee invites you to pose questions or share your thoughts on what “ Compassion in Action” might look like in lives of Friends in advance of the May adult ed session. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your suggestions.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are available to help.
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
Online PFM Calendar is available at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or
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://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf. Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Parish at email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); Assistant Yearly Meeting Clerk/Yearly Meeting Clerk. This is a FOUR-year commitment. Interested? Please contact Mike Holaday (email@example.com); Database Manager-Interested? Please contact Mathilda Navias (firstname.lastname@example.org). Less critical committee vacancies: Finance Committee Clerk; Ministry & Nurture; Peace & Justice; Publications & Archives Committee. Interested? Please contact Clémence Mershon (email@example.com)
Regular Meeting Events
|Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or|
|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 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). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.|
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.