Weekly Bulletin July 15, 2018

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4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Weekly Bulletin July 15, 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.

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.

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

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.

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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


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 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