Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin August 5, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events and Announcements
The EarthCare Working Group will meet on Saturday, August 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Meeting House. Everyone who cares about the integrity of our planet and the continued ability of humans to live on it is welcome.
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 (email@example.com) or Mary Parish (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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!
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 (email@example.com) or Mary Parish (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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Regular Meeting Events
|The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or|
|1st Sunday 12:15||Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, email@example.com.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|2nd Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (email@example.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.|
|2nd Wednesday||Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.|
|2nd Thurs. 2-4pm||Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacob-McDowell for more information.|
|3rd Tuesday 7:00 PM||Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.|
|3rd Sunday||Adult Education 12:15-1:15|
|Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.|
When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays. The House Manager’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 connection. There will be chocolate! Full information and a registration form can be found on the web at https://leym.org/spiritual-formation, along with more information on LEYM’s Spiritual Formation program.