Weekly Bulletin September 2, 2018

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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.

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

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.

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

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 connectionThere 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 (buddem@att.net) 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 (buddem@att.net) and she will forward the link to you.

 

 

Weekly Bulletin August 26, 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 August 26, 2018

 

Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations

●        Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?

●        In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?

●        Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?

●        Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?

●        Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

 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

THIS SUNDAY: Visit Sherwood Oaks worship group in Cranberry! Our Sherwood Oaks group meets on 4th Sundays. Walter Mead is offering rides to anyone who can attend this Sunday. Call him at 412-856-8355.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library. We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry plans to join us to hear our thoughts and to answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

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.

No Better Time to Donate! Update from Finance: The rosy donation reports were based on “half-budget” projections reflecting half a year of construction. Our “true” donation budget is $51,000. We are at $45,832. Another $5200 is needed by August 31 to make donation budget this fiscal year. We will try to avoid this confusion next fiscal year.

Empty House Syndrome:  Personnel and Building Use Committee reminds us that the rental space in the meetinghouse is an important part of both our ministry and income.  If you are part of a group, or know of one, that needs meeting space, meditation space, dancing space, music space, etc., the meetinghouse is available at affordable rates.  Overflow weekend guests may often be accommodated in the sojourner rooms, or you might know of someone in need of short term housing.  Contact Tim pfmoffice7@gmail.com for information.

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.

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

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 connectionThere 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 (buddem@att.net) 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 (buddem@att.net) and she will forward the link to you.

 

 

Weekly Bulletin August 19, 2018

MeetingHouse1Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin August 19, 2018

Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations

●        Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?

●        In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?

●        Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?

●        Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?

●        Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

Working Group Against Racism: Today from 12:15 – 1:45, you are invited to gather to discuss the first module of the AFSC program, Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance. To watch the webinar, click here.  If you haven’t had time to engage with the resources, we understand. These are busy times. If you are able, we encourage you to do three things prior to Sunday’s discussion:

If you haven’t had time to do any of these things, but wish to join the discussion, please know that you are welcome. All are welcome!! For questions, contact Eva Mergner (eva.mergner@gmail.com)  or Mary Parish (maryparish@gmail.com).

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library. We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry plans to join us to hear our thoughts and to answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

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 perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government regarding immigration and native American issues. We need you to join us.  Contact Sam Milford (Sam2Milford@gmail.com) to sign up or for more information.

No Better Time to Donate! Update from Finance: The rosy donation reports were based on “half-budget” projections reflecting half a year of construction. Our “true” donation budget is $51,000. We are at $45,832. Another $5200 is needed by August 31 to make donation budget this fiscal year. We will try to avoid this confusion next fiscal year.

Empty House Syndrome:  Personnel and Building Use Committee reminds us that the rental space in the meetinghouse is an important part of both our ministry and income.  If you are part of a group, or know of one, that needs meeting space, meditation space, dancing space, music space, etc. the meetinghouse  is available a to variety of groups at affordable rates.  Overflow weekend guests may often be accomodated in the sojourner rooms, or you might know of someone in need of short term housing.  Contact Tim pfmoffice7@gmail.com for any information about accommodations.

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.

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 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

September 8th 9:00 am Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace annual Bike around the Bomb. Schenley Plaza 4100 Forbes Ave.

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:

  • 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,.
  • 22, 1:30 pm  Gallery talk .  See Scilla Wahrhaftig for more information on speakers and program!

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/

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 connectionThere 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.

 

 

Weekly Bulletin August 12, 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 August 12, 2018

Queries for Eighth Month (August) on Vocations

●        Do we perform our work guided by the Light within?

●        In following our vocations do we contribute to the well being of the larger community? Does our work reflect Friends’ testimonies of honesty, equality, peace, and simplicity?

●        Do we conduct our business affairs so that all parties are treated fairly?

●        Do we have respect for all honest work, paid or unpaid, whether at home or in the community?

●        Are we open to helping individuals who are making vocational decisions?

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

Working Group Against Racism: Please mark your calendars. On August 19th from 12:15 – 1:45, you are invited to gather to discuss the first module of the AFSC program, Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance. To watch the webinar, click here. The materials to review and reflect upon in advance of our discussion on the 19th can be found here. If you need childcare, please contact Mary Parish by August 14th. For questions, contact Eva Mergner (eva.mergner@gmail.com)  or Mary Parish (maryparish@gmail.com).

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library. We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry plans to join us to hear our thoughts and to answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

Generosity Plant Share: get a house plant when you make a contribution to the Building Spiritual Space fund. Also, if you got a plant from a previous Share, and it’s still in its original container, bring it and a new, bigger pot (check out Home Depot) to give it room to grow. We’ll provide potting soil and do the transplanting for you, if you wish. There will be a few larger pots available, but you may get purple!

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 perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government regarding immigration and native American issues. We need you to join us.  Contact Sam Milford (Sam2Milford@gmail.com) to sign up or for more information.

No Better Time to Donate! Update from Finance: The rosy donation reports were based on “half-budget” projections reflecting half a year of construction. Our “true” donation budget is $51,000. We are at $42,732. Another $8300 is needed by August 31 to make donation budget this fiscal year. We will try to avoid this confusion next fiscal year.

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.

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 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

Events Commemorating Nuclear Bombing in Japan:

September 8th 9:00am Remembering Hiroshima Imagining Peace annual Bike around the Bomb. Schenley Plaza 4100 Forbes Ave.

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:

  • 21, 12:00pm:Lecture: The Quest for Nuclear Disarmament and the Growing Dangers of Wars Among Nuclear-Armed States
  • Sep 21st Opening Reception at 7:30 pm,.
  • 22, 1:30pm  Gallery talk .  See Scilla Wahrhaftig for more information on speakers and program!

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/

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 connectionThere 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.

 

 

Weekly Bulletin July 29, 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 July 29, 2018

Queries for Seventh Month (July) on Unity in Meeting

●     Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?

●     If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?

●     Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us? Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light?

●     Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?

●     When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

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

ABUELAS RESPONDEN   GRANNIES RESPOND

“We ride, because we care”

On July 31st a group of about 30 grannies and one granddad will set off from New York to McAllen Texas to protest the separation of refugee children from their families. They will be stopping in Pittsburgh on the way.

Help us welcome the New York Grannies on August 1st from  7:00pm to 8:30pm

First Methodist Church on Center and Aiken in Shadyside

Presentation by NY grannies and Casa San Jose, music by Pittsburgh Raging Grannies, an art project and things people can do. Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Raging Grannies.

Working Group Against Racism: Please mark your calendars. On August 19th from 12:15 – 1:45, you are invited to gather to discuss the first module of the AFSC program, Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance. To watch the webinar, click here. The materials to review and reflect upon in advance of our discussion on the 19th can be found here. If you need childcare, please contact Mary Parish by August 14th. For questions, contact Eva Mergner (eva.mergner@gmail.com)  or Mary Parish (maryparish@gmail.com).

It takes a village – Are you curious about how you can contribute to the care of the Meetings children and youth? First Day School will be hosting open houses this summer – coming up on August 5 at the rise of Meeting upstairs in the Fell or Woolman rooms. Stop by and find out how easy it can be to assist with this vital ministry.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library. We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry plans to join us to hear our thoughts and to answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team Updates:

  • The next Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team meeting will take place on August 7th. All are welcome to join us. This is not a “Quakers only” action committee, so please spread the word. For more information, anyone can contact Von Keairns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

No Better Time to Donate! Update from Finance: The rosy donation reports were based on “half-budget” projections reflecting half a year of construction. Our “true” donation budget is $51,000. We are at $42,732. Another $8300 is needed by August 31 to make donation budget this fiscal year. We will try to avoid this confusion next fiscal year.

LEYMSept. 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/

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.

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.

 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 July 22, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin July 22, 2018

Queries for Seventh Month (July) on Unity in Meeting

●     Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?

●     If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?

●     Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us? Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light?

●     Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?

●     When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

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

Memorial Service for Rusty Sweitzer will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 2pm at Sherwood Oaks. Friends are invited to bring cookies for a reception afterward – please contact Rosemary Coffey if you are planning to do so.

It takes a village – Are you curious about how you can contribute to the care of the Meetings children and youth? First Day School will be hosting open houses this summer – coming up on August 5 at the rise of Meeting upstairs in the Fell or Woolman rooms. Stop by and find out how easy it can be to assist with this vital ministry.

Pamphlets & Pastries, Sunday, August 26, 12:15 pm in the Library. We will conclude our reading and discussion of Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Jerry plans to join us to hear our thoughts and to answer questions. All are welcome. Copies of the pamphlet will be available—as well as tasty pastries.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance:A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team Updates:

  • We are collecting signatures on letters to our national representatives encouraging them strongly to support diplomacy to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula, and reminding them that it is Congress’s responsibility to make decisions that take us into war. No war declaration by tweet! Letter signing will take place in the Library. If you are unsure who your representatives are, we will have that information.
  • The July national call featured political and media strategist Daren Berringer, whose statement emphasizing the importance of attending and speaking out at candidate forums and town hall meetings can be found here. To prepare to attend one of these events, see the questions and other good information FCNL has pulled together More information to follow about events in our area.
  • The next Pittsburgh FCNL Advocacy Team meeting will take place on August 7th. All are welcome to join us. This is not a “Quakers only” action committee, so please spread the word. For more information, anyone can contact Von Keairns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

No Better Time to Donate! Update from Finance: The rosy donation reports were based on “half-budget” projections reflecting half a year of construction. Our “true” donation budget is $51,000. We are at $42,732. Another $8300 is needed by August 31 to make donation budget this fiscal year. We will try to avoid this confusion next fiscal year.

LEYMSept. 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/

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.

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.

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 July 8, 2018

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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin July 8, 2018

Queries for Seventh Month (July) on Unity in Meeting

●     Do we seek to nurture a spirit of unity in our Meeting?

●     If a problem or conflict arises within the Meeting, do we make timely efforts to address the issue in a spirit of love and humility? As we seek unity, do we listen to one another carefully and with openness to Truth?

●     Are we able to express our views honestly and with respect for those who differ with us? Are we prepared to set aside our individual desires or opinions in order to reach unity in the divine Light?

●     Are we willing to wait patiently for divine guidance rather than be hurried by the passing of time?

●     When the Meeting has made a decision, do we continue to care for and respect one another, regardless of our differing personal views?

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

Friends General Conference Institutional Assessment on Racism survey will close on Saturday, July 7th. Please take a moment to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FGC_IA

LEYM – Online registration is available through July 9 for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions from July 26-29. You will need to fill out one form per person. Full details can be found in the Spring Bulletin. To access both, go to leym.org/leym-bulletins/

Working Group Against Racism: Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, July 12th from 7:15-8:45 pm at the Meetinghouse. All attenders and members of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting are welcome! If you wish to attend and will need childcare, please contact Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com) by Monday July 9th. There is work for many hands. Please join us! To join the WGAR google group and receive action alerts, articles, and contact information for key authorities, contact Joe Marchesani  joe.marchesani2013@gmail.com.

Fall Gathering  is considering a return to Camp Crestfield for 2018 for the weekend of Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 – one week after Thanksgiving. To get a sense of the meeting regarding holding Fall Gathering this late in the year and of how many people would like to attend we have set up a Doodle Poll.  Please click on the link and identify whether you would come. https://doodle.com/poll/9c5w7i9nnkikhkqt If you have questions or comments please email, text or call Sam Milford (Sam2Milford@gmail.com) (412-719-8031)

It takes a village – Are you curious about how you can contribute to the care of the Meetings children and youth? First Day School will be hosting open houses this summer – coming up on July 15 and August 5 at the rise of Meeting upstairs in the Fell or Woolman rooms. Stop by and find out how easy it can be to assist with this vital ministry.

New Group! The Working Group Against Racism (WGAR) would like to invite the PFM community to join us in completing the Changing systems, changing ourselves: Anti-racist practice for sanctuary, accompaniment & resistance: A four-session monthly interactive e-course for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change.  https://www.afsc.org/CSCO-homework  Although this program formally started in May – we will complete this in our own time -each participant will complete the homework questions and watch the videos and we will meet after each one to discuss. The meeting to discuss the first video will be this summer. Please complete this doodle poll to indicate interest and times that you could meet. https://doodle.com/poll/2p5gh5355dz6629x  For questions, contact Eva Mergner eva.mergner@gmail.com or Mary Parish maryparish@gmail.com

FCNL Pittsburgh Advocacy Team: Advocates Wanted! Are you appalled/troubled/horrified by the actions of government particularly with regard to the separation of children from their parents seeking asylum? Do you believe we need to speak up and advocate for immigrants, particularly women and children? In the coming weeks and months the FCNL advocacy group plans to meet with our federal elected officials (both here and in Washington, DC) to discuss the perspectives of Quakers regarding legislation and the actions of our government. We need you to join us.  Contact Von Kearns (yekeairns@att.net) or Mary Parish (maryjparish@gmail.com).

This month, FCNL’s national call with its advisory teams featured Rep. Ro Khanna, Lead Co-Sponsor of H.R. 4837 “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act.” The recording of this call can be found here. Meetings of Pittsburgh’s FCNL Advocacy Team take place at the Meetinghouse on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:15 pm. All are welcome.

LEYMSept. 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/

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.

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 Thursday 2-4pm Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacobs-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.

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