Weekly Bulletin October 28, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin October 28, 2018

Queries for Tenth Month (October) on Home Life

●        Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love, and refreshment of the spirit? How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?

●        In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?

●        Do we share our religious insights with those we love?

●        Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

 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

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:15 p.m.: The Nontheism Group meets to talk about the intersection of nontheism and Quakerism. All are welcome to join in and contribute to the discussion! Contact Rosemary Coffey (rosemarycoffey@aol.com, or 412-682-0296) if you have questions.

EarthCare Working Group: Sign up to attend the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light annual conference, “Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save Our Sacred Common Home,” Sat. Oct. 27th with Wanda Guthrie at go to http://paipl.us/what-do-we-do/annual-meeting/

Working Group Against Racism Community Read on October 28 at 12:15: In 1979, the brilliant Black lesbian poet and scholar, Audre Lorde, wrote about the separation within feminism between middle-class white women and older, Black, poor, and lesbian women, “Without community there is no liberation … [we must] learn how to take our differences and make them strengths … For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They … will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”  All are welcome to join us to read together and discuss the essay “History as a Weapon”, a call for unity with and among those who are considered “other” that continues to resonate across generations. Please talk with or email Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) if you have questions.

Sunday, October 28, 5:30 PM: Celebration potluck to bid farewell to Scilla and Paul Wahrhaftig and Dolores and David Avner, who will be moving to Ohio and Arizona, respectively. Food will be served at 6:00.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Please join the EarthCare Working Group for a Meeting for Worship in the Manner of Friends with Attention to EarthCare at the Friends Meeting House. Share worship that will reflect on our love of the Earth and the crisis of climate change.  Stay afterward for introductions, announcements, an opportunity for conversation, and light snacks.

A reminder from Ministry Committee: LIFT YOUR VOICE IN MINISTRY:  With the planned renovations to the meeting room, help is on the way for us to better hear each other in vocal ministry.  Until then, let’s see what our voices can do by speaking strongly and projecting to all in the room.  YOUR MESSAGE IS GIFT AND NOURISHMENT FOR OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.

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!

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 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 Dolores Avner, 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.

4th Weds.

6:00 PM

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: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

 

 

Weekly Bulletin October 21, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin October 21, 2018

Queries for Tenth Month (October) on Home Life

●        Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love, and refreshment of the spirit? How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?

●        In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?

●        Do we share our religious insights with those we love?

●        Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

 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

Collaboration and Visioning Meeting Tues. Oct. 23: Potluck will begin at 5:30 with meeting starting at 6:15 and ending at 8:30. All are welcome for an evening of information sharing from committees and exploring opportunities to work together! If you need child care, please contact Kathie by Sunday Oct. 18.

The EarthCare Working Group will meet at 6 pm on Sunday, October 21st, at the Meeting House. All are welcome. We’re planning a challenge to reduce our consumption of Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) and a meeting for worship with attention to earth care. Join us if you can.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:15 p.m.: The Nontheism Group meets to talk about the intersection of nontheism and Quakerism. All are welcome to join in and contribute to the discussion! Contact Rosemary Coffey (rosemarycoffey@aol.com, or 412-682-0296) if you have questions.

Guns in Public Schools: Your voice and presence are needed at the school board meeting on October 22nd. If you are a resident/taxpayer in the city, you have the right to speak. Requests to speak at the public hearing will be accepted beginning Beginning Monday 10/15 until noon of the day of the hearing. Call 412-529-3868 to register. In addition, please contact the School Board Directors leaning toward allowing guns in schools: Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls, Veronica Edwards, and Sylvia Wilson, who is currently on the fence, and encourage those who are against taking this action to stay strong. Reminder, all city residents and taxpayers have the right to have their voices heard! 

November Dinners for Eight Sign Up – Join a Dinner for Eight to meet and get to know other friends.  The four dates for the dinners, 11/3, 11/4, 11/9 and 11/10.  Sign up for the evenings you would be available and whether or not you can host a dinner.  The committee will form the groups and give the host of each group the date and contact information for the group.  Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until October 21st. 

EarthCare Working Group: Sign up to attend the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light annual conference, “Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save Our Sacred Common Home,” Sat. Oct. 27th with Wanda Guthrie at go to http://paipl.us/what-do-we-do/annual-meeting/

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

Working Group Against Racism Community Read on October 28 at 12:15: In 1979, the brilliant Black lesbian poet and scholar, Audre Lorde, wrote about the separation within feminism between middle-class white women and older, Black, poor, and lesbian women, “Without community there is no liberation … [we must] learn how to take our differences and make them strengths … For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They … will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”  All are welcome to join us to read together and discuss the essay “History as a Weapon”, a call for unity with and among those who are considered “other” that continues to resonate across generations. Please talk with or email Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) if you have questions.

Sunday, October 28, 5:30 PM: Celebration potluck to bid farewell to Scilla and Paul Wahrhaftig and Dolores and David Avner, who will be moving to Ohio and Arizona, respectively. Food will be served at 6:00.

Sarah Bowen-Salio is looking for a babysitter for her two-year-old son at their home, 3-4 hours during some weekends and weeknights.  It is preferable that the babysitter be trained/certified in infant/child cpr and have clearances. Please contact Sarah at smbsalio@gmail.com with suggestions.

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 Dolores Avner, 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.

4th Weds.

6:00 PM

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: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

A Call to Action–Guns in Pittsburgh Public Schools

Dear Friends,

A Call to Action:

The movement to bring guns into Pittsburgh Public Schools has been reinvigorated. The case to arm PPS police officers is grounded in the belief that doing so would keep “the bad guys” in check, and it is gaining traction despite evidence that suggests bringing guns into close proximity to black youth puts the kids (not a potential shooter) at risk. Your voice and presence are needed at the school board Public Hearing on October 22nd.  (If you would like more information, a brief overview of the issues is provided at the end of this email along with links to articles that provide more robust content).

Our understanding is that all 20+ PPS police officers will be present and on the agenda to speak. Other voices are needed.

Actions you can take:

  • Speak at the upcoming PPS School Board Meeting (October 22nd, beginning at 6:00 pm.) Conference Room A, 341 Bellefield Avenue, 15213. To get on the agenda, beginning Monday 10/15 until noon of the day of the hearing, call 412-529-3868 (leave a message and you will receive a call back).
  • Contact the School Board Directors leaning toward allowing guns in schools: Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls, Veronica Edwards, and Sylvia Wilson (who is currently on the fence). Encourage those who are against taking this action to stay strong. See PPS School Board Members for whom to contact. Phone calls and letters have greater impact than email.
  • Contact the PPS hotline: (412) 529-HELP (4357) or by email at mailto:parenthotline@pghschools.org.
  • Contact Laura Getty, Board Executive Assistant, Room 245, Administration Building 341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Phone: 412-529-3770 | Fax: 412-325-4319 | Email: mailto:lgetty1@pghschools.org.

If you plan on attending the School Board Public Hearing on October 22, please send an email to Mary Parish, convener of the Meeting’s Working Group Against Racism, to let her know (mailto:maryjparish@gmail.com). She will coordinate among all potential attendees so that Friends will have a good idea about who will be present and participating. Important note: Sending this message is not a requirement; it is simply a way to help us support each other. Esprit de Quaker, as it were.

A Brief Overview of the Issue

  • Those in favor of arming police officers identify this action as a way to increase safety in the schools, specifically to avoid or minimize the tragic outcomes of an “active shooter” situation, as has occurred in Parkland, FL earlier this year. (“Board Members Raise Concerns”)
  • Some of those against arming police officers raise the concern that because most (80% according to Public Source) charges filed by Pittsburgh school police are against African American youth, there is a great risk of escalation involving the use of weapons against these young people. Others note that having guns in schools will change the atmosphere, limiting relations with students and creating a sense of danger or of the need to address conflict with weapons rather than other nonviolent means. (“Board Members Raise Concerns” and “PPS Board Passes Resolution Opposing Armed Teachers in Schools”)
  • We have also learned that the Executive Committee of the Teacher’s Union is in support of (as are a significant minority of teachers) a “compromise” measure that would place weapons on schools in a “secure” location. This proposal assumes that in an active shooter situation, school police would be able to access these guns and stop the shooting. It also assumes that this location would be inaccessible and unbreachable by those who are not school police.

Mary J. Parish

“It’s really important that you understand

that it’s time for you

to be exhausted in your rejection of white supremacy …

It’s time for you

to be exhausted on a daily basis.”

Vanessa German

Weekly Bulletin October 14, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin October 14, 2018

Queries for Tenth Month (October) on Home Life

●        Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love, and refreshment of the spirit? How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?

●        In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?

●        Do we share our religious insights with those we love?

●        Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

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

Collaboration and Visioning Meeting Tues. Oct. 23:

Potluck will begin at 5:30 with meeting starting at 6:15 and ending at 8:30. All are welcome for an evening of information sharing from committees and exploring opportunities to work together! If you need child care, please contact Kathie by Sunday Oct. 18.

EarthCare Working Group: Sign up to attend the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light annual conference, “Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save Our Sacred Common Home,” with Wanda Guthrie at go to http://paipl.us/what-do-we-do/annual-meeting/

Generosity Plant Share continued – Sunday, October 14: get a house plant when you make a contribution to the EarthCare Working Group. Pothos, English ivy, jade plants, and a few odds and ends to absorb CO2 and release oxygen in your home or office.

The EarthCare Working Group will meet at 6 pm on Sunday, October 21st, at the Meeting House. All are welcome. We’re planning a challenge to reduce our consumption of Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) and a meeting for worship with attention to earth care. Join us if you can.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:15 p.m.: The Nontheism Group meets to talk about the intersection of nontheism and Quakerism. All are welcome to join in and contribute to the discussion! Contact Rosemary Coffey (rosemarycoffey@aol.com, or 412-682-0296) if you have questions.

The WGAR will host a reading and discussion on October 28 at 12:15. Please join us as we continue to examine texts that explore the intrinsic connection between antiracism work and our faith.

Guns in Public Schools: Your voice and presence are needed at the school board meeting on October 22nd. If you are a resident/taxpayer in the city, you have the right to speak. Requests to speak at the public hearing will be accepted beginning Beginning Monday 10/15 until noon of the day of the hearing. Call 412-529-3868 to register. In addition, please contact the School Board Directors leaning toward allowing guns in schools: Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls, Veronica Edwards, and Sylvia Wilson, who is currently on the fence, and encourage those who are against taking this action to stay strong. Reminder, all city residents and taxpayers have the right to have their voices heard!

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

 November Dinners for Eight Sign Up – Join a Dinner for Eight to meet and get to know other friends.  The four dates for the dinners, Saturday 11/3, Sunday 11/4, Friday 11/9 and Saturday 11/10.  Sign up for the evenings you would be available and whether or not you can host a dinner.  The committee will form the groups, assign you to one of the groups, and give the host of each group the date and contact information for the group.  Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until October 21st.

Sunday, October 28, 5:30 PM: Celebration potluck to bid farewell to Scilla and Paul Wahrhaftig and Dolores and David Avner, who will be moving to Ohio and Arizona, respectively. Food will be served at 6:00.

 Sarah Bowen-Salio is looking for a babysitter for her two-year-old son at their home, 3-4 hours during some weekends and week-nights.  It is preferable that the baby sister be trained/certified in infant/child cpr and have clearances. Please contact Sarah at smbsalio@gmail.com with suggestions.

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 Dolores Avner, 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.
4th Weds.

6:00 PM

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: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

 EECM is collecting gently used coats October 1-19. Either drop off in designated box at the Meetinghouse or bring directly to Strong II Dry cleaners (Downtown and Homewood) and receive a dry cleaning discount – tell them its for EECM. No leather, suede or fur.

 

Weekly Bulletin October 7, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin October 7, 2018

Queries for Tenth Month (October) on Home Life

●        Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love, and refreshment of the spirit? How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?

●        In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?

●        Do we share our religious insights with those we love?

●        Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?

 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

World Quaker Day is October 7, 2018, and the theme is Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories. At rise of MfW on the 7th, our Hospitality table will be a multicultural/multinational potluck spread. How many countries will be represented? Be there to see! For more about World Quaker Day, see www.worldquakerday.org.

EarthCare Working Group: Sign up to attend the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light annual conference, “Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save Our Sacred Common Home,” with Wanda Guthrie at Fall Gathering on Saturday, October 6th, or go to http://paipl.us/what-do-we-do/annual-meeting/ anytime.

Generosity Plant Share – Sunday, October 7: Get a house plant when you make a contribution to the EarthCare Working Group.

Working Group Against Racism: Our next meeting will take place at the meetinghouse on Thursday, October 11th from 7:15-8:45. All are welcome! If childcare is needed, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by October 8th.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m.: All are invited to attend the Memorial Meeting for Worship for longtime member Anne Holzner, Nov. 9, 1931 – July 31, 2018. The Meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments.

The Meeting’s EarthCare Working Group will meet at 6pm on Sunday, October 21st, at the Meeting House. All are welcome.

Guns in Public Schools: The movement to bring guns into Pittsburgh Public Schools has been reinvigorated. The case is being made for the necessity for guns to “save our babies,” and it is gaining traction despite the evidence that suggests that bringing guns into close proximity to black youth puts the kids (not a potential shooter) at risk. Your voice and presence are needed at the school board meeting on October 22nd. If you are a resident/taxpayer in the city, you have the right to speak. Requests to speak at the public hearing will be accepted beginning one week prior to the date of the hearing until noon of the day of the hearing. Call 412-529-3868 to register. In addition, the old-fashioned power of the pen or the conversation is also effective. Please contact the School Board Directors leaning toward allowing guns in schools: Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls, Veronica Edwards, and Sylvia Wilson, who is currently on the fence, and encourage those who are against taking this action to stay strong. Reminder, all city residents and taxpayers have the right to have their voices heard. Thank you!

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

November Dinners for Eight Sign Up – Join a Dinner for Eight to meet and get to know other friends.  The four dates for the dinners, Saturday 11/3, Sunday 11/4, Friday 11/9 and Saturday 11/10.  Sign up for the evenings you would be available and whether or not you can host a dinner.  The committee will form the groups, assign you to one of the groups, and give the host of each group the date and contact information for the group.  Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until October 21st.

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 Dolores Avner, 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.

4th Weds.

6:00 PM

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: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

EECM is collecting gently used coats October 1-19. Either drop off in designated box at the Meetinghouse or bring directly to Strong II Dry cleaners (Downtown and Homewood) and receive a dry cleaning discount – tell them it’s for EECM. No leather, suede or fur.

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin September 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 September 30, 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.

Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Curious to Learn about Quakerism and Experience a Quaker Meeting? On 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!

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, September 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. We’ll begin to read and discuss a new Pendle Hill Pamphlet: # 448, The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love by Christine Wolff.  This pamphlet, which will be reviewed in the next newsletter, was suggested as an appropriate follow-up to the pamphlet we recently concluded. Copies are available in the library.

What is Central Committee? What does this have to do with Friends General Conference and Pittsburgh Friends Meeting? On Sept. 30 at 12:15pm Claire Cohen will facilitate an informational session about three current options under consideration for restructuring FGC and will take feedback to Central Committee meeting in late October. Everyone is welcome! If you need child care to attend, please contact Kathie Hollingshead.

Fall Gathering 2018: What? At Fall Gathering this year, we will listen to the address by Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-founder of the Poor People’s Campaign, delivered at the annual FGC Gathering of Friends. Together and explore how we might respond in the Quaker tradition with fresh understanding and renewed purpose. Where? At the meetinghouse! When? October 6th, Noon – 9:00pm Come for all or any part of the day! Who? Everyone is welcome! Guests, members, attendees! Adults, kids, students!  EVERYONE! Why?  Fall Gathering is an opportunity to build community and enhance personal growth. Registration begins Sunday 9/16/18. Sign up after meeting or email Sam2Milford@gmail.com

Saturday, 13 Oct., 10:30 a.m.: All are invited to attend the Memorial Meeting for Worship for longtime member Anne Holzner, Nov. 9, 1931 – July 31, 2018. The Meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments.

 

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 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 Dolores Avner, 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.

4th Weds.

6:00 PM

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: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

EECM is collecting gently used coats October 1-19. Either drop off in designated box at the Meetinghouse or bring directly to Strong II Dry cleaners (Downtown and Homewood) and receive a dry cleaning discount – tell them its for EECM. No leather, suede or fur.

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!

Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace 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!

 

Weekly Bulletin September 23, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin September 23, 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.

Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Curious to Learn about Quakerism and Experience a Quaker Meeting? On 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!

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, September 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. We’ll begin to read and discuss a new Pendle Hill Pamphlet: # 448, The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love by Christine Wolff.  This pamphlet, which will be reviewed in the next newsletter, was suggested as an appropriate follow-up to the pamphlet we recently concluded. Copies are available in the library.

Fall Gathering 2018: What? At Fall Gathering this year, we will listen to the address by Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-founder of the Poor People’s Campaign, delivered at the annual FGC Gathering of Friends. Together and explore how we might respond in the Quaker tradition with fresh understanding and renewed purpose. Where? At the meetinghouse! When? October 6th, Noon – 9:00pm Come for all or any part of the day! Who? Everyone is welcome! Guests, members, attendees! Adults, kids, students!  EVERYONE! Why?  Fall Gathering is an opportunity to build community and enhance personal growth. Registration begins Sunday 9/16/18. Sign up after meeting or email Sam2Milford@gmail.com

Saturday, 13 Oct., 10:30 a.m.: All are invited to attend the Memorial Meeting for Worship for longtime member Anne Holzner, Nov. 9, 1931 – July 31, 2018. The Meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments.

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 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 Dolores Avner, 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.

4th Weds.

6:00 PM

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: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

 

EECM is collecting gently used coats October 1-19. Either drop off in designated box at the Meetinghouse or bring directly to Strong II Dry cleaners (Downtown and Homewood) and receive a dry cleaning discount – tell them its for EECM. No leather, suede or fur.

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!

Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace 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!

 

Weekly Bulletin September 16, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin September 16, 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.

Please submit items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks@gmail.com

Upcoming Events and Announcements

The Meeting’s EarthCare working group will meet at 6pm on Sunday, September 16th, at the Meeting House. All are welcome.

Monday, 17 Sept., 7 p.m.: Please join the Nontheist Friends Discussion Group for conversation and consideration of why nontheism and Quakerism are not contradictory concepts! You are all welcome, regardless of where you think you fit on the spectrum.

Curious to Learn about Quakerism and Experience a Quaker Meeting? On 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!

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, September 30, 12:15 pm in the Library. We’ll begin to read and discuss a new Pendle Hill Pamphlet: # 448, The Inner Guide versus the Inner Critic: The Journey from Judgement to Love by Christine Wolff.  This pamphlet, which will be reviewed in the next newsletter, was suggested as an appropriate follow-up to the pamphlet we recently concluded. Copies are available in the library.

Fall Gathering 2018: What? At Fall Gathering this year, we will listen to the address by Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-founder of the Poor People’s Campaign, delivered at the annual FGC Gathering of Friends. Together and explore how we might respond in the Quaker tradition with fresh understanding and renewed purpose. Where? At the meetinghouse! When? October 6th, Noon – 9:00pm Come for all or any part of the day! Who? Everyone is welcome! Guests, members, attendees! Adults, kids, students!  EVERYONE! Why?  Fall Gathering is an opportunity to build community and enhance personal growth. Registration begins Sunday 9/16/18. Sign up after meeting or email Sam2Milford@gmail.com

Saturday, 13 Oct., 10:30 a.m.: All are invited to attend the Memorial Meeting for Worship for longtime member Anne Holzner, Nov. 9, 1931 – July 31, 2018. The Meeting will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments.

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 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 Dolores Avner, 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.

4th Weds.

6:00 PM

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: pfmoffice7@gmail.com

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!

Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace 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/