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Weekly Bulletin February 17, 2019

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Proposed addition to Meeting House

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 17, 2019

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life? Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions? Does our recreation reflect moderation, and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

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

“Wisdom’s Wonders: The Heart of Sacred Conversations”, a Friends Couples Enrichment Retreat, will be held at the Meeting House the weekend of February 22-24.  ALL COUPLES ARE WELCOME.  The cost is $40/couple.  To learn more, go to: friendscoupleenrichment.wordpress.com.  For more information, or to register, contact Mary King (kingmary1@gmail.com) or Marcy Luek (marcyluek@consolidated.net).

On Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 – 8:30, at the Meeting House, P&SC is sponsoring an evening with George Lakey (co-founder of Earth Quaker Action Team) who will lead a workshop based on his new book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action CampaigningSign-up required: contact Nick Coles (coles@pitt.edu).  George will also give a book talk at White Whale bookstore, 4754 Liberty Ave, Pgh 15224, on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00.

Pamphlets & Pastries rescheduled: The Pendle Hill Pamphlets discussion group will meet in the library on Sunday, March 31, at 12:15 pm. We will pick up where we left off last September in PHP # 448, “The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love” by Christine Wolff.  Prior reading is not necessary. Copies will be available, and we briefly summarize sections already covered, then take turns reading aloud. A review of this pamphlet appears in “A Leading to Read” in the October 2018 newsletter.

House Meeting Information Gathering: At last week’s Meeting for Worship with attention to Business, a number of people expressed an interest in hosting worship in their homes as part of our BSS space strategy.  If this is something you’re drawn to, please write to pfmclerks@gmail.com with information including: the number of people you could comfortably host, accessibility (e.g. stairs, pets) and your address.  Thanks!

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

The financial support of the Meeting is a shared responsibility. There is a cash box outside the Library door. 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 Ecclesiastes. 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 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 February 10, 2019

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Friends Meeting sketch

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin February 10, 2019

Queries for Second Month (February) on Simplicity and Moderation

●       Is our commitment to simplicity and moderation reflected in our daily lives?

●       Are we careful in our use of time and energy? Do we incorporate opportunities for spiritual growth and service into our daily life? Do we avoid wasteful consumption and undue attachment to possessions? Does our recreation reflect moderation, and does it strengthen body, mind, and spirit? Do we avoid harmful practices and substances?

●       Do we practice simplicity in our manner of living, avoiding waste and ostentation? Does our commitment to simplicity bring beauty and harmony to our surroundings?

 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

IMPORTANT BSS UPDATE:  The guaranteed maximum price for the BSS project is due shortly, but will not be ready to be presented in time for this week’s MfWwAtB. Please anticipate a called meeting in the next couple of weeks as the contractor would like to start as early as the beginning of March.

February Adult Education Postponed: Ministry Committee unexpectedly found its members largely “on the road” over Presidents Day weekend. Hence, Adult Education will resume on the third Sunday in March as we continue to consider the aspects and impacts of “Families of the Heart.” More information to follow soon! If you have questions, please contact Von Keairns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

Pittsburghers – Let’s create community to change the world! Find out how you can contribute to national efforts to stop endless war and local work to promote reasonable gun control.  Join the Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team at their 2019 kick-off event Tuesday February 12, 7-8:30 pm at the Meeting House. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. FCNL Advocacy Teams are Quakers and friends from across the country who use their power as constituents to make change in Washington. In 2019 the national Advocacy Team network will be lobbying to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations to Use Military Force. The Pittsburgh team plans to use our skills and lobbying power at the local and state level to improve gun safety in our community.

P&SC is accepting feedback on the Social Justice queries presented at last month’s Business Meeting (found in February’s newsletter) until February 14th. Please submit your feedback to Eva Mergner or Nick Coles.

“Wisdom’s Wonders: The Heart of Sacred Conversations”, a Friends Couples Enrichment Retreat, will be held at the Meeting House the weekend of February 22-24.  ALL COUPLES ARE WELCOME.  The cost is $40/couple.  To learn more, go to: friendscoupleenrichment.wordpress.com.  For more information, or to register, contact Mary King (kingmary1@gmail.com) or Marcy Luek (marcyluek@consolidated.net).

On Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 – 8:30, at the Meeting House, P&SC is sponsoring an evening with George Lakey (co-founder of Earth Quaker Action Team) who will lead a workshop based on his new book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action CampaigningSign-up required: contact Nick Coles (coles@pitt.edu).  George will also give a book talk at White Whale bookstore, 4754 Liberty Ave, Pgh 15224, on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00.

Pamphlets & Pastries rescheduled: The Pendle Hill Pamphlets discussion group will meet in the library on Sunday, March 31, at  12:15 pm. We will pick up where we left off last September in PHP # 448, “The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love” by Christine Wolff.  Prior reading is not necessary. Copies will be available, and we briefly summarize sections already covered, then take turns reading aloud. A review of this pamphlet appears in “A Leading to Read” in the October 2018 newsletter.

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

The financial support of the Meeting is a shared responsibility. There is a cash box outside the Library door. 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 Ecclesiastes. 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 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

Agenda for MfWwAtB 2/10/19
Opening Worship
C&C Brenda -action
BSS Update – informational
Clerks Worship space alternatives – action
Correspondence

 

Weekly Bulletin January 27, 2019

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Meeting House

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 27, 2019

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:

pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

January 27, 12:15 pm: Brenda Benner will share about her spiritual journey and hospital chaplain ministry.  This time will not only be an opportunity to hear about hospital ministry as a Quaker, but will also be a great opportunity to get to know Brenda, who is seeking endorsement of her ministry (a professional requirement) from Pittsburgh Friends.

Bible Study Update: We will begin our new Bible Study on February 3rd at 12:15 with the study of Ecclesiastes from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Ecclesiastes (or Qohelet as it is known in some traditions) is part of the Wisdom Literature contained in the Hebrew Bible. This text is an unusual one, and seems an appropriate source for discussion and reflection in the current historical moment.  Scholar Robert Alter describes it as being filled with “subversive skepticism” as it grapples with the human condition. All are welcome to join us! If you require childcare, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by 1/ 30.

Pittsburghers – Let’s create community to change the world! Find out how you can contribute to national efforts to stop endless war and local work to promote reasonable gun control.  Join the Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team at their 2019 kick-off event Tuesday February 12, 7-8:30 pm at the Meeting House, The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. FCNL Advocacy Teams are Quakers and friends from across the country who use their power as constituents to make change in Washington. In 2019 the national Advocacy Team network will be lobbying to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations to Use Military Force. The Pittsburgh team plans to use our skills and lobbying power to also lobby at the local and state level to improve gun safety in our community.

“Wisdom’s Wonders: The Heart of Sacred Conversations”, a Friends Couples Enrichment Retreat, will be held at the Meeting House the weekend of February 22-24.  ALL COUPLES ARE WELCOME.  The cost is $40/couple.  To learn more about Friends Couple Enrichment Programs, go to: friendscoupleenrichment.wordpress.com.  For more information, or to register, contact Mary King (kingmary1@gmail.com/412-303-3542) or Marcy Luek (marcyluek@consolidated.net/412-398-7651).

Pamphlets & Pastries rescheduled for March 31: The Pendle Hill Pamphlets discussion group  will meet in the library on Sunday, March 31, at  12:15 pm. We will pick up where we left off last September in PHP # 448, “The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love” by Christine Wolff.  Prior reading of the pamphlet is not necessary. Copies will be available, and we briefly summarize sections already covered, then take turns reading aloud. A review of this pamphlet appears in “A Leading to Read” in the October 2018 newsletter.

January Adult Education Postponed: Adult education will resume on the third Sunday in February as we continue to consider the aspects and impacts of “Families of the Heart.” More information to follow soon! If you have questions, please contact Von Keairns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

Please return all library materials you may already have checked out by Sunday, February 3d: PFM Library to temporarily become a Reading Room.  In preparation for putting our library collection in boxes for safe storage during the BSS construction, materials cannot be checked out now until construction affecting the library is complete, but you are welcome to read them in the library.    The library committee thanks you for helping us prepare in a timely way for safe storage.

Naida Reed invites us to join her in protesting the impacts of the government shutdown not with rage, but with love. As federal workers and the poor find it harder to pay for necessities, please donate money to your local food bank, or to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Dollars go farther than actual food donations.

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 Ecclesiastes. 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 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 January 20, 2019

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Friends Meeting House, near Pitt & CMU

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 20, 2019

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: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

What’sSUP? Challenge 2019:  The three-month What’sSUP? Challenge (Single-Use Plastics reduction) kicks off on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House (1:30 – 5:30 pm). We’ll review the SUP facts, hear from Dianne Peterson, the owner of an eco-products store, form action teams, enjoy snacks and watch the documentary “Bag It.” Facebook: “SUP Challenge 2019.” Please RSVP to SUPpgh2019@gmail.com if you are planning to attend; be sure to let us know if you need child care.

Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit — Saturday January 26 2019  9am-6pm at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Friends from the FCNL advocacy team will be at a table sharing the effectiveness of direct Legislative advocacy as a social justice tool and would like some help at the table handing out literature and collecting contact info from those interested.  If You are planning to be at the summit anyway, stop by and hang out between your other events, or take this as a call to attend the summit and help out too.

January 27, 12:15 pm: Brenda Benner will share about her spiritual journey and hospital chaplain ministry.  This time will not only be an opportunity to hear about hospital ministry as a Quaker, but will also be a great opportunity to get to know Brenda, who is seeking endorsement of her ministry (a professional requirement) from Pittsburgh Friends.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, January 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlets discussion group will begin the new year by picking up where we left off last September in PHP # 448, The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love by Christine Wolff.  Prior reading of the pamphlet is not necessary. Copies will be available, and we briefly summarize sections already covered, then take turns reading aloud. A review of this pamphlet appears in “A Leading to Read” in the October 2018 newsletter

Bible Study Update: We will begin our new Bible Study on February 3rd at 12:15 with the study of Ecclesiastes from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Ecclesiastes (or Qohelet as it is known in some traditions) is part of the Wisdom Literature contained in the Hebrew Bible. This text is an unusual one, and seems an appropriate source for discussion and reflection in the current historical moment.  Scholar Robert Alter describes it as being filled with “subversive skepticism” as it grapples with the human condition. All are welcome to join us! If you require childcare, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by 1/ 30.

January Adult Education Postponed: Adult education will resume on the third Sunday in February as we continue to consider the aspects and impacts of “Families of the Heart.” More information to follow soon! If you have questions, please contact Von Keairns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

Pittsburghers – Let’s create community to change the world! Find out how you can contribute to national efforts to stop endless war and local work to promote reasonable gun control.  Join the Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team at their 2019 kick-off event Tuesday February 12, 7-8:30 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. The FCNL Advocacy Teams are Quakers and friends from across the country who use their power as constituents to make change in Washington. In 2019 the national Advocacy Team network will be lobbying to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations to Use Military Force. The Pittsburgh team plans to use our skills and lobbying power to also lobby at the local and state level to improve gun safety in our community.

Please return all library materials you may already have checked out by Sunday, February 3d: PFM Library to temporarily become a Reading Room.  In preparation for putting our library collection in boxes for safe storage during the BSS construction, materials cannot be checked out now until construction affecting the library is complete, but you are welcome to read them in the library.    The library committee thanks you for helping us prepare in a timely way for safe storage.

“Wisdom’s Wonders: The Heart of Sacred Conversations”, a Friends Couples Enrichment Retreat, will be held at the Meeting House the weekend of February 22-24.  ALL COUPLES ARE WELCOME.  The cost is $40/couple.  To learn more about Friends Couple Enrichment Programs, go to: friendscoupleenrichment.wordpress.com.  For more information, or to register, contact Mary King (kingmary1@gmail.com/412-303-3542) or Marcy Luek (marcyluek@consolidated.net/412-398-7651).

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 Ecclesiastes. 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 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 January 13, 2019

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 13, 2019

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: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Saturday, Jan. 12, 3-5 p.m.: Please join us for a memorial service for long-time PFM member Bob Connamacher. The service will being promptly at 3 p.m., to be followed by a reception in the parlor.

What’sSUP? Challenge 2019:  The three-month What’sSUP? Challenge (Single-Use Plastics reduction) kicks off on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House (1:30 – 5:30 pm). We’ll review the SUP facts, hear from Dianne Peterson, the owner of an eco-products store, form action teams, enjoy snacks and watch the documentary “Bag It.” Facebook: “SUP Challenge 2019.” Please RSVP to SUPpgh2019@gmail.com if you are planning to attend; be sure to let us know if you need child care.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, January 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlets discussion group will begin the new year by picking up where we left off last September in PHP # 448, The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love by Christine Wolff.  Prior reading of the pamphlet is not necessary. Copies will be available, and we briefly summarize sections already covered, then take turns reading aloud. A review of this pamphlet appears in “A Leading to Read” in the October 2018 newsletter.

Bible Study Update: We will begin our new Bible Study on February 3rd at 12:15 with the study of Ecclesiastes from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Ecclesiastes (or Qohelet as it is known in some traditions) is part of the Wisdom Literature contained in the Hebrew Bible. This text is an unusual one, and seems an appropriate source for discussion and reflection in the current historical moment.  Scholar Robert Alter describes it as being filled with “subversive skepticism” as it grapples with the human condition. All are welcome to join us! If you require childcare, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by 1/ 30.

Please return all library materials you may already have checked out by Sunday, February 3d: PFM Library to temporarily become a Reading Room.  In preparation for putting our library collection in boxes for safe storage during the BSS construction, materials cannot be checked out now until construction affecting the library is complete, but you are welcome to read them in the library.    The library committee thanks you for helping us prepare in a timely way for safe storage.

“Wisdom’s Wonders: The Heart of Sacred Conversations”, a Friends Couples Enrichment Retreat, will be held at the Meeting House the weekend of February 22-24.  ALL COUPLES ARE WELCOME.  The cost is $40/couple.  To learn more about Friends Couple Enrichment Programs, go to: friendscoupleenrichment.wordpress.com.  For more information, or to register, contact Mary King (kingmary1@gmail.com/412-303-3542) or Marcy Luek (marcyluek@consolidated.net/412-398-7651).

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

New Library locations: Please return borrowed items to first drawer of the recently acquired file cabinet. Please place donations of books or other items in second drawer of the file cabinet. (See signs on side of cabinet.) Thank you!

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 Ecclesiastes. 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 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 January 6, 2019

meeting by suarez IMG_20161213_065144766Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin January 1, 2019

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: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Thurs., Jan. 10, 7:15 p.m.: Nontheism Discussion Group meets to continue consideration of the intersection of Quakerism and nontheism. All are welcome to join the discussion.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2019, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. will be the kick-off event for the What’sSUP? challenge, which will continue through Earth Day in April. Get ready to have some fun while doing good for your health and the planet.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, January 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlets discussion group will begin the New Year by picking up where we left off last September in PHP # 448, The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love by Christine Wolff.  Prior reading of the pamphlet is not necessary. Copies will be available, and we briefly summarize sections already covered, then take turns reading aloud. A review of this pamphlet appears in “A Leading to Read” in the October 2018 newsletter.

Bible Study Update: We will begin our new Bible Study on February 3rd at 12:15 with the study of Ecclesiastes from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Ecclesiastes (or Qohelet as it is known in some traditions) is part of the Wisdom Literature contained in the Hebrew Bible. This text is an unusual one, and seems an appropriate source for discussion and reflection in the current historical moment.  Scholar Robert Alter describes it as being filled with “subversive skepticism” as it grapples with the human condition. All are welcome to join us! If you require childcare, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by January 30.

Please return all library materials you may already have checked out by Sunday, February 3d: PFM Library to temporarily become a Reading Room.  In preparation for putting our library collection in boxes for safe storage during the BSS construction, materials cannot be checked out now until construction affecting the library is complete, but you are welcome to read them in the library while they are still available.    The library committee thanks you for helping us prepare in a timely way for safe storage.

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

Save the Date:  There will be a Weekend Couples Enrichment Retreat held at the Meeting House on February 22-24.  The leaders will be Jaimie and Dan Mudd of Friends Couples Enrichment.  All couples are invited.  For more information please see Retta or Asghar Aghbar, Drew Kysel, or Marcy Luek.

New Library locations: Please return borrowed items to first drawer of the recently acquired file cabinet. Please place donations of books or other items in second drawer of the file cabinet. (See signs on side of cabinet.) Thank you!

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 Ecclesiastes. 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 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 December 30, 2018

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting meets in this building in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh near the Pitt and CMU campuses.

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin December 30, 2018

Queries for Twelfth Month (December) on Peace

●        Do we live in the strength of that Life and Power which takes away the occasion for all war?

●        What are we doing to remove the causes of war? Where there is hatred, division, or strife, how are we instruments of reconciliation? Where there is oppression, how are we instruments of justice?

●        How do we communicate to others the basis of our peace testimony? Do we join with them in working for peace?

●        Are we ready to stand by our peace testimony when it conflicts with the opinions of others or with established public policy?

●        How do we reconcile our peace testimony with the payment of taxes that support war? What are we doing to encourage consideration of alternatives to military service?

 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

Thurs., Jan. 10, 7:15 p.m.: Nontheism Discussion Group meets to continue consideration of the intersection of Quakerism and nontheism. All are welcome to join the discussion.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2019, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. will be the kick-off event for the What’sSUP? challenge, which will continue through Earth Day in April. Get ready to have some fun while doing good for your health and the planet.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, January 27, 12:15 pm in the Library. The Pendle Hill Pamphlets discussion group will begin the new year by picking up where we left off last September in PHP # 448, The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love by Christine Wolff.  Prior reading of the pamphlet is not necessary. Copies will be available, and we briefly summarize sections already covered, then take turns reading aloud. A review of this pamphlet appears in “A Leading to Read” in the October 2018 newsletter.

Please return all library materials you may already have checked out by Sunday, February 3d: PFM Library to temporarily become a Reading Room.  In preparation for putting our library collection in boxes for safe storage during the BSS construction, materials cannot be checked out now until construction affecting the library is complete, but you are welcome to read them in the library while they are still available.    The library committee thanks you for helping us prepare in a timely way for safe storage.

Save the Date:  There will be a Weekend Couples Enrichment Retreat held at the Meeting House on February 22-24.  The leaders will be Jaimie and Dan Mudd of Friends Couples Enrichment.  All couples are invited.  For more information please see Retta or Asghar Aghbar, Drew Kysel, or Marcy Luek.

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

New Library locations: Please return borrowed items to first drawer of the recently acquired file cabinet. Please place donations of books or other items in second drawer of the file cabinet. (See signs on side of cabinet.) Thank you!

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 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.

Quake that Rocked the Midwest: 7pm January 18th to 1pm on the 21st. Every year, ILYM hosts a weekend event to bring together teens from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, and beyond! Over the four days, teens will engage in activities that they planned during their previous meeting for business. Evanston Friends Meetinghouse, 1010 Greenleaf St, Evanston, IL 60202. Registration info here.

 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