Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin April 28, 2019
Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring
|● What things do we do or say that continue racism and other types of oppression?
● Do we care for those around us?
● What would our meeting be like if everyone felt that they belonged?
● How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
● When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
● Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
● As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
● In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?
Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
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Upcoming Events and Announcements
BSS UPDATE: The concrete contractor required an additional stamped drawing from the architect on foundation details. We expect foundation work to begin soon.
Adult Education on April 28th 12:15-1:15: Please join us as we continue our series “Families of the Heart.” However we define “family,” those relationships sometimes present real and difficult challenges, and communication—in which integrity, tenderness, equality, compassion, empathy, simplicity, self-respect, and good faith, all come into play—remains an essential ingredient in maintaining our connection to one another. Join as we seek to become our best Quaker self as we consider the following queries:
- How do we communicate constructively (truthfully, but not hurtfully) when disagreements arise?
- How can conflict or serious challenges be handled within a family in a way that aligns with Quaker values?
- What so we need to do to hold open space for forgiveness and the readiness to begin again?
- When faced with disagreement or disruption in an important relationships, how do we maintain good faith and self-respect?
Saturday May 4th 10:30 a.m. (Rain Date 5/11) Trillium Walk at Sherwood Oaks. The white and multicolor trillium are already blooming, and the other varieties will follow soon. Come out to visit Friends at SO, and enjoy the garden. For ride co-ordination or more information, email Jim Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends, please reserve with Tim to use the Meeting House! Construction has started and rooms will close as contractors work in them. Be mindful that renters have reserved rooms and parking spaces and Meeting members must share. There may not always be room for everyone. Help Tim balance the load by reserving rooms and parking spaces as far in advance as possible, and be flexible as we build.
Contact Tim at email@example.com or 412-683-2669.
|REGULAR MEETING EVENTS|
|The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or|
|1st Sunday 12:15||Bible Study: We are studying Ecclesiastes. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|1st Sunday||Letter Writing Write to your elected officials on local & national issues in Library following MfW.|
|Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to email@example.com|
|2nd Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide, serve, and share an evening meal for approximately 30 people experiencing homelessness. Contact Walter Mead firstname.lastname@example.org 412-856-0195 if you would like to join in this effort. More helpers are always welcome.|
|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 Weds. 2-4pm||Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacob-McDowell for more information.|
|3rd Tuesday 7:00 PM||Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.|
|3rd Sunday||Adult Education 12:15-1:15|
|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.|
The financial support of the Meeting is a shared responsibility. To contribute online follow the Contribute link on our website. There is a cash box outside the Library door. Email for the treasurer and assistant treasurer: email@example.com
FGC Gathering 2019: Peace in our Hearts, Justice in the World
Friends would be happy to share their Gathering experiences or visit the Gathering website: https://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering to learn more. FGC is offering discounts and reduced fees this year to help families and young adults attend. Our own Quaker Community Fund (QCF) can help with the cost of attending if this is a concern for you, with special consideration for first time attenders. There is also a possibility of work grants and help with transportation costs. Please email Mary King for an application (firstname.lastname@example.org), due June 1, or see any member of QCF for more information – Walter Mead, Barry Beal, Ruth Dymond, Dale Keairns, or Mary King.
The LEYM executive committee has advertised both the meeting worker and database manager positions but do not think someone will be in place prior to annual sessions. They welcome volunteers to fill the role until Annual Sessions. This work would include: Update website, May 8 – update, create new or update current registration form, disseminate information to listserv.
The Section of the Americas Friends World Committee has a new position open for an Advancement Manager who will work closely with the Executive Secretary to collectively raise $500,000 annually through a combination of individual gifts, grants, and contributions from other denominational bodies. The position will require excellent communication skills, including written and in-person solicitation of donors, and hands-on database experience. A strong commitment to the future of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as the Friends Church, is essential. For more information please visit https://fwccamericas.org/_wp/2019/03/27/now-hiring-advancement-manager/
Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network This year’s PIIN banquet will be on May 19 at the Westin Hotel. The featured speaker, Diane Nash, is a founding member of SNCC. The tickets are $75.00 and reservations must be made by May. Contact Sarah Bowen-Salio for additional details about PIIN and the banquet. Peace and Social Concerns is encouraging enough Friends to attend so we can reserve a ten-person table. Caitlin Koerber (email@example.com) has volunteered to collect the money ($75.00) from anyone reserving. Please let Caitlin know if you are interested in joining a table for ten with others from PFM at PIIN’s banquet. You may also make your reservation online: www.PIIN.org. Reservations close on May 14, people want to join the table, we will reserve one. In addition to reservations, you may donate ($10 minimum) to be listed by name (or anonymously) as a patron in the program booklet.As soon as possible.
Those who remember Oriana Reilly may be interested to know that she is traveling to visit Quakers in Bolivia where she will be helping out with both English classes and biosand filter work at the Friends International Bilingual Center in La Paz. The Center was started by Emma Condori, a Bolivian Quaker, and is mostly run by local Bolivian young adult Quaker volunteers. Those interested in supporting this work (either to general funds or specifically naming biosand filters or workshop and seminar programs) can donate at this link: https://www.centrobilingueinternacionalamigos.org/give
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