Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin May 13, 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: email@example.com
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Monday, May 14, 7:15 p.m.: Interested Friends are invited to discuss Nontheism Among Friends. Did you know that one of the very early Quakers in Britain was a nontheist? How could that be? Come share and learn!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Parish at email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are available to help.
“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!
A member of Buckingham Monthly Meeting in Bucks County works for an organization in Philadelphia that helps international students study in the US, International Education Opportunities. They are 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 email@example.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://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf. Please see Walter, Mary King, Scilla, Dale, Claire, or Barry for more information.
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.
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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, email@example.com.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Second Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (email@example.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|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (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)
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.