Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin September 2, 2018
|Queries for Ninth Month (September) on Children
● Do we respect the dignity of our children?
● Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
● How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, non- violently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?
● Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
● Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
● What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?
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
Working Group Against Racism: Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 4th from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Meetinghouse. All attenders and members of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting are welcome! There is work for many hands. Please join us!
Curious to Learn about Qukerism and Experience a Quaker Meeting? On Sunday, Sept. 9th and Sunday, Sept. 30th at 10 AM in the library, Outreach will be having an Intro. to Quaker Ideas before 10:30 AM meeting. This half-hour Intro. to Quaker Ideas program will include coffee, tea, and homemade baked goods (Sorry, no oatmeal;*). All interested are invited to attend!
FCNL Pittsburgh Advocacy Team: Advocates Wanted! On September 12th the FCNL advocacy group plans to visit Washington DC for Witness Wednesday to meet with our federal elected officials to discuss the Quaker perspectives on the legislation & actions of our government regarding immigration and native American issues. We need you to join us. Contact Sam Milford (Sam2Milford@gmail.com) for more information.
Guns in Public Schools: There has been a renewed push among advocates for guns in schools and, in particular, the Pittsburgh Police, to overturn the recent PPS School Board resolution banning guns in schools. Your voice and presence are needed at the following events (details to follow): October 1st—Policy Workshop Meeting where the Pittsburgh Police will make their case. There will be a protest action outside the meeting. October 22nd, please register to speak at the School Board Meeting. Please contact the School Board Directors leaning toward allowing guns in schools: Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls, Veronica Edwards, and Sylvia Wilson -currently on the fence. All city residents and taxpayers have the right to have their voices heard. Thank you!
Fall Gathering 2018: Mark your calendars for October 6th! Fall Gathering 2018. The program will be an engaging day at the meetinghouse followed by a potluck supper and our Fabulous Talent Show! Signup will begin in September. Fall Gathering is a special time when we meet for personal spiritual growth and to have fun and build community. This year will be inspirational to anyone who is challenged by the difficult times in which we find ourselves and the talent show and potluck will be a great time to share our talents.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|1st 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|
|2nd 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.|
|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|
|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.|
|Mid-Week Meeting – Join us in the Fell Room for silent worship.|
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
LEYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Sept. 7-8: In these stressful times, we are offering a spiritually enriching and relaxing retreat in September — A Spiritual Spa. Come relax, be stimulated, and also soothed by a variety of activities that you can take home with you for further practice. Together, we will explore the spirit-body connection. There will be chocolate! Full information and a registration form can be found on the web at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation, along with more information on LEYM’s Spiritual Formation program.
Environmental Justice Family Potluck Picnic: Saturday, September 8, 11 am to 3 pm, Westinghouse Park, 7051 Thomas Blvd, North Point Breeze (15208). Host: Randy.Francisco@SierraClub.org A day of learning, celebration and power as we meet our local state representatives, community members and leaders. We’ll be dancing, talking and deepening our commitment to defend our shared environment. Email Pat Buddemeyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
September 8th 9:00 am Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace annual Bike around the Bomb. Schenley Plaza 4100 Forbes Ave. RHIP is partnering with local entities to bring the international exhibit 50 Cities – 50 Traces to Pittsburgh for its US debut. Events associated with this include: Sept. 21, 12:00 pm: Lecture: The Quest for Nuclear Disarmament and the Growing Dangers of Wars Among Nuclear-Armed States; Sep 21st Opening Reception at 7:30 pm; Sept. 22 1:30 pm Gallery talk. See Scilla Wahrhaftig for more information!
LEYM Youth Retreat- Sept. 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/
30 days/30 ways to address global warming: Discover what you can do to address global warming through a series of daily emails from the Pachamama Alliance. Receive an email each day in September with a recommended action that is grounded in Earth-based wisdom and possibility. If you would like to sign up, send an email to Pat Buddemeyer (email@example.com) and she will forward the link to you.