Weekly Bulletin 2014

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Published weekly on Friday afternoon. To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact the Meeting office, gmm@gfsnet.org

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Dec. 26, 2014

CANCELLED: Called Meeting on Racial Justice Statement, formerly scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 28. The next discussion will be sometime in January and will be announced.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and
lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, peace among those whom he favors!'” -Luke 2: 8-14 (NRSV)

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 2014

10:30 a.m.: Meeting for Worship
Closers: Bobbie Horowitz & friend
11:30 a.m.: Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Marion Burns and Bill Cozzens

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in the Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon., Tues., Wed. — 9 a.m. to 12 noon
CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FOR HOLIDAY

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF ALMANINA BARBOUR
Our member Almanina Barbour died Saturday, Dec. 20, at the age of 90 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In her younger years, she was deeply involved in civil rights and political issues, with wonderful stories to tell. Till the end of her life, she was feisty and independent. Although she was unable in her later years to attend Meeting, she expressed her gratitude for the kindness and connection she received from her meeting visitor, sent by our Care & Visitng Committee. There are no details about a memorial service at this time.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WARREN WITTE
The memorial service for Warren Witte, member of Chestnut Hill Meeting, past director of Friends Services for the Aging, and long-time AFSC staff member, will be Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m., at the George School meetinghouse on the campus of George School, adjacent to Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA 18940.

ANNOUNCEMENTS PYM YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 27-30
High-school-age Young Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold their Christmas gathering on Dec. 27-30 at Fallsington Monthly Meeting in Lower Bucks County. Carpooling available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer at 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-christmas-gathering-2.

GOT A TALENT? LET IT SHINE ON JAN. 3 — OR COME WATCH!
Talent and a large, peppy audience are needed for GMM’s-Got-Talent Show on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m., in the Meeting’s Social Room. Bring your friends and family–and your talent–to the Third Annual Germantown Meeting Talent Show and Dessert Social. Contributions will go to support our Meeting’s annual retreat. If you have a talent (and any old one will do), please contact Jody Hobbs at jodeen@aol.com to sign up. Dessert contributions would also be appreciated.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 2-4
Young Adult Friends (ages 18-35ish) from the Philadelphia region will hold their Winter Retreat at Swarthmore Meeting on Jan. 2-4. The theme is “What Lights Your Fire?”, with exploring and sharing what participants are passionate about, where their gifts are, and how they are supported in what they love to do. There will be worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship. Young Friends come from many different places and many different journeys and come together in these gatherings for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections to each other and the Spirit. Cost is $35. Register by Dec. 28 at pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2015. For more information, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at 215-241-7075 or at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

FRIENDS ECONOMIC INTEGRITY PROJECT HOLDS OPEN DISCUSSION, JAN. 6
You are invited to join an open discussion with Friends Economic Integrity Project on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the PYM Conference Rom at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, in Center City, Philadelphia 19102. This is one of the regular first-Tuesday-of-the-month discussions begun by the Grown Dilemma Project of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Eco-Justice Working Group. The discussions examine the intersection of economy and ecology and how individuals can respond in their lives, in their meetings, and in the wider community. The evening starts with 30 minutes of worship, followed by a brief presentation of new information, discussion, and updates from participants on how projects they’re working on are developing. For information, contact Pamela Haines, pamelahaines1@gmail.com.

RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS ON JAN. 10
Is your old electronic gear crowding you out of your home? Would you like to get rid of it and don’t know how? Bring it to Weavers Way’s Recycle Day for Electronics on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot off Highland Avenue, behind Valley Green Bank in Chestnut Hill. Anything with a plug will be accepted, such as computers, televisions, keyboards, cell phones. These will be responsibly recycled by eForce Compliance, a metro Philadelphia electronic recycling company that adheres to strict recycling regulations. A voluntary donation of $10 to $20 is suggested, which will benefit Weavers Way Environment Committee’s grants program. Household batteries will be accepted for $1 per pound. There is a required charge of $20 for TVs and monitors, and the money will go help eForce cover its costs. The Weavers Way Environment Committee is sponsoring this recycling opportunity.

PLAN AHEAD

WINTER OVERNIGHT GATHERING FOR FAMILIES OF KIDS K-5th, JAN. 17-18
Bring your kids (K-5th) to a one-night sleepover for families at Camp Onas in the Poconos on Jan. 17 and 18. This is a multigenerational activity for the whole family, with dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, a giant First-day School, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. Everyone gets home in time to prepare for school the next day. This family overnight “is an intentional village for the purpose of being a family of Friends,” according to the
website: pym.org/calendar/events/winter-famly-overnight-2015/

‘CLOCKS OF PETER HILL’ TO BE TOPIC AT BROWN-BAG LECTURE, JAN. 21
Peter Hill was the first African American clockmaker in North America. Enslaved by a Quaker family in Burlington County, NJ, his craft was shaped–and controlled–by the land and the people who surrounded him. Learn about his unique place in Quaker history and the success of his business. “The Clocks of Peter Hill: Production & Consumption in a Quaker Community, 1780-1820” will be presented at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Free. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Beverages are provided.

SAVE THE DATE

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12, 2015
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place on April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara in Bethel, PA. Save the date for this legendary spring get-together! Plans are underway. In the meantime, sign up on the poster at the literature counter in the social room to help planners, and stay tuned for more details.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Dec. 19, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues.” -Brother Lawrence (1614-1691)

HEADLINERS FOR SUNDAY, DEC. 21

CALLED MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON RACIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT
This Sunday, Dec. 21, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a CALLED Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to consider the proposed statement about racial justice by the Mass Incarceration Working Group. Come early for refreshments; the Meeting will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. The draft of the proposed statement is attached as “POLICE VIOLENCE AND RACIAL JUSTICE.”

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY THIS SUNDAY
Our First-day School children will perform their interpretation of the Christmas nativity story this Sunday, Dec. 21, after Meeting for Worship, in the meetinghouse. Come, enjoy the panoply of shepherds, angels, cows, sheep, kings, at least one big STAR, and the starring cast!

HELPERS NEEDED TO SET UP FOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING
For an extra jolt of fellowship, come early to the Meetinghouse to help set up for the Meeting’s traditional Christmas Potluck and Carol Sing, to be held this Sunday, Dec. 21. Set-up begins at 5 p.m. and includes setting up tables, chairs, and our sumptuous buffet table, as well as “decking the halls” and other odd jobs to transform the social room into a magical scene of welcome and wonder. Please let Jeanne Angell know if you can help.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING TO BE SUNDAY, DEC. 21
Our Meeting’s traditional Christmas Potluck and Carol Sing will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, in the social room of our meetinghouse. Everyone is invited and asked to bring a generous dish to share. Please arrive a few minutes ahead of time so your dish of potluck food can be placed on the buffet table, and be ready to have a wonderful time!

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2014
9:30 a.m.: CALLED Meeting for Business (see above)
10:30 a.m.: Meeting for Worship
Closers: David Mettler & friend
11:30 a.m.: Christmas Nativity drama, presented by First-day School children
12 noon: Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Sydney Coffin and Ed Stivender
5 p.m.: Set-up for Christmas Potluck (More helpers needed; please come early to lend a hand, if you can.)
6 p.m.: Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing in social room

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF WARREN WITTE, BELOVED AND LONG-TIME QUAKER LEADER
Warren Witte, member of Chestnut Hill Meeting and beloved friend of many people in our meeting, as well as Friends throughout North America and other countries, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m., at Temple University Hospital. As a staff member at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), he served as director of the Communications Department, director of two regional offices, and associate executive director of the AFSC as a whole. After leaving the AFSC, he became the first executive director of Friends Services for the Aging, setting it on a path that strengthened and joined Quaker retirement centers and senior services in the Philadelphia region, with ties throughout the United States. In the 1990s, he served as clerk of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, helping Friends work through a discernment process that resulted in building a new meetinghouse.
The son of a Methodist minister, Warren grew up in the Midwest, learning the importance of a life of service. His life eventually took him to many parts of the world. His personal warmth, humor, integrity, generosity, and extraordinary leadership skills, made lifelong friends for him everywhere he went. He met and married Patricia Anderson when they were both working in the mountain states of the West. They had a son and a daughter, and the four of them shared many years of adventures. After retiring, he and Pat moved to Pennswood Village in Bucks County, where Pat died of pancreatic cancer.
More recently, Warren married Yoma Ullman, also a Pennswood resident, in a Quaker ceremony in the old Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse. They shared a love of photograhy and travel that took them far and wide together, visiting family members and recording with their cameras the beauty they saw. Warren had a particularly difficult bout of asthma in fall this year, which developed into pneumonia. When he was hospitalized, he learned he also had pulmonary embolisms and drug-resistant infections. He was transferred to Temple University Hospital a few weeks before his death.
Since his children and their families and other family members live at a distance, his memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced. He was a Friend to many whose lives were enriched and altered by his work, words, and deeds. We send our love and sympathy to his wife Yoma and to his children and grandchildren.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
MUTUAL MT. AIRY HOSTS HOLIDAY POTLUCK, DEC. 20
Mutual Mt. Airy invites you to a potluck on Sat., Dec. 20, at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. There will be live music, good food, and great conversation until 8 p.m. If you have not attended a Mutual Mt. Airy event before, this is a welcoming way to meet members and new friends. For more information, please talk with Germantown Meeting members Deborah Cooper, Betty-Ann Workman, or Peter & Anne Javsicas.

HOLIDAY FRUIT SALE AT W.B. SAUL HIGH SCHOOL
W. B. Saul High School, the school district’s agricultural magnet school on Henry Avenue, is having its annual fruit sale from now until Dec. 23. The students operate the sale all day. Besides offering a wide variety of fruit, there is honey, beeswax candles, jams, BBQ sauces, salad dressing, different salsas, and all kinds of fruit baskets. It is a great place to get small hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, etc. And it supports a local public school. The students are friendly and will help you load your car. –Joanne Sharpless

ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE ABOUT VERNON PARK
Friends of Vernon Park had a busy year and are looking forward to exciting changes in 2015. If you are interested in learning more and would like to receive a copy of the 2014 annual report, please send an e-mail to Ruth Seeley: ruthseeley@givewings.com.

PLAN AHEAD

GOT A TALENT? LET IT SHINE ON JAN. 3 — OR COME WATCH!
Talent and a large, peppy audience are needed for GMM’s-Got-Talent Show on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at 7 p.m., in the Meeting’s Social Room. Bring your friends and family–and your talent–to the Third Annual Germantown Meeting Talent Show and Dessert Social. Contributions will go to support our Meeting’s annual retreat. If you have a talent (and any old one will do), please contact Jody Hobbs at jodeen@aol.com to sign up. Dessert contributions would also be appreciated.

RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS ON JAN. 10
Is your old electronic gear crowding you out of your home? Would you like to get rid of some of it and don’t know how? Bring it to Weavers Way’s Recycle Day for Electronics on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot off Highland Avenue, behind Valley Green Bank in Chestnut Hill. Anything with a plug will be accepted, such as computers, televisions, keyboards, cell phones. These materials will be responsibly recycled by eForce Compliance, a metro Philadelphia electronic recycling company that adheres to strict recycling regulations. A voluntary donation of $10 to $20 is suggested, which will benefit Weavers Way Environment Committee’s grants program. Household batteries will be accepted for $1 per pound. There is a required charge of $20 for TVs and monitors, and the money will go help eForce cover its costs. The Weavers Way Environment Committee is sponsoring this recycling opportunity.

FOR THE YOUNG

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 27-30
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends for this year’s Christmas gathering, on Dec. 27-30, at Fallsington Monthly Meeting. Carpooling available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer at 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-christmas-gathering-2.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, JAN. 2-4, 2015
The biggest gathering of the year–the Winter Gathering–for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will take place Jan. 2-4, 2015, at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship, as well as good food and fun. The cost is $35, with financial aid available. Register by Dec. 29. More info at: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2015, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at 215-241-7075 or at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

PEACE VIGIL AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, DEC. 20
Join others in this annual tradition of lifting up the Christmas vision of world peace by standing, singing, and holding signs in front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons manufacturer and profiteer from war. This vigil will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1:30, at 230 Mall Boulevard (corner of Mall and Goddard Boulevards), at the rear of the King of Prussia Mall and across the street from the IMAX theater, in King of Prussia, PA 19406. Bell-tolling and caroling. Signs will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. For information, call Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

SAVE THE DATE
MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12, 2015
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place on April 10, 11, and 12, 2015, at Camp Swatara in the Poconos. Save the date for this legendary spring get-together! Plans are underway. Stay tuned for more details.
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GMM Friday Bulletin, Dec. 12, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“And as many candles lighted, and put in one place, do greatly augment the light and make it more to shine forth; so when many are gathered together into the same life there is more of the glory of God, and his power appears, to the refreshment of each individual, for that he partakes not only of the light and life raised in himself, in all the rest.” –Robert Barclay, 1678

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Business* (see agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Peter Samuel & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Karen Lightener & Joan McIlvaine

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

REHEARSAL FOR CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY
Our First-day school children will perform the Christmas nativity story on Sunday, Dec. 21. Prior to that, they will rehearse and learn Christmas carols this Sunday, Dec. 14.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Agenda for Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 2014
Reading of the query
Opening worship
Minutes from November
Care and Visiting
Treasurer’s report
Fiscal Committee report
Worship and Ministry report
Property Committee report
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

SENDING OUR PRAYERS WITH THOSE WHO MARCH TOMORROW FOR EQUALITY & JUSTICE
Our hearts and our prayers go with those who board the bus tomorrow, take a train, carpool, or just get there somehow to take part in the nationwide March on Washington (DC) Against Police Brutality. Our own member Kathy Paulmier played a key role, with the help of others at Germantown Friends School, in organizing a teach-in and worship that was held at the school today, and in arranging a bus to take people from Germantown to the March. God go with them, as they represent those of us who will be with them in solidarity and spirit in demanding justice in light of recent events.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTMAS STAR LIGHTING AT FAIR HILL, DEC. 13
Join others around the campfire at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for carol singing, hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, and lighting of Christmas stars. Free. Dress for the temperature. Under the care of Philadelphia Quarter. More information at www.historicfairhill.org, or contact Jean Warrington, at jeanwarrington@verizon.net.

NAZARETH TO BETHLEHEM (PA) PEACE PILGRIMAGE, DEC. 13
Tomorrow (Sat., Dec. 13) is the 50-year-old tradition of walking from Nazareth, PA, to Bethlehem, PA, to spread the message of joy and peace. The Pilgrimage began in 1960 as a Christian witness for peace. People of all ages are welcome to join the Pilgrimage, symbolic of the journey of Mary and Joseph. In the ten-mile trek and in the rally that follows it, marchers seek to reflect the nonviolent life of Jesus Christ and his truth of forgiving love. Walk with your family and friends and make new friends with others who seek a more peaceful world. To join the march at the beginning, meet at 520 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA, before 10:45 a.m.

WORLDWIDE CANDLE LIGHTING MEMORIAL SERVICE, DEC. 14
Meeting for Worship with Concern for Our Children will host a memorial service in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Germantown Meetinghouse. It will honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with an informal gathering and light refreshments, followed by the candle lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. and a calling of children’s names. Participants will be invited to join a circle by the fireplace where they may share a photo, name, and a favorite story. Closing will be at approximately 8:30 p.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Our Children formed as a monthly sharing group, Quaker-style, in 2004, shortly after the death of 18-year old Sabrina Sampson-Knapp, a Germantown Friends School graduate and daughter of Linda Knapp and Maurice Sampson. Over time, the group’s focus broadened to include all young people, coming to see all children as “ours.” Free and open to everyone. For information, contact: Linda Knapp, lmilesknapp@gmail.com.

SHOWING OF JOYEAUX NOEL AT BRANDYWINE POTLUCK, DEC. 14
Come, join in a true carol of peace by watching Joyeaux Noel, the classic Christmas film about soldiers on the front in World War I, who spontaneously joined in an unauthorized truce on Christmas Eve 1914. It will be shown at the Brandywine Peace Community’s monthly potluck and program this Sunday, Dec. 14. The potluck begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the program at 5:30 p.m. One hundred years ago, soldiers on opposite sides of the WWI conflict heard each other singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve and joined in. Soon they were hesitantly exchanging chocolates and playing soccer in “no man’s land,” the ground that separated the opposing trenches. This film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The story is told in the John McCutcheon song “Christmas in the Trenches.” Join others in watching this Christmas miracle unfold. For information, contact Bob Smith, brandywine@juno.com.

PLAN AHEAD

MUTUAL MT. AIRY HOSTS HOLIDAY POTLUCK, DEC. 20
Mutual Mt. Airy invites you to a potluck on Sat., Dec. 20, at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and, until 8 p.m. we will enjoy live music, good food, and great conversation. If you have not attended a Mutual Mt. Airy event before, this is a welcoming way to meet members and friends of MMA. For more information, please talk with Germantown Meeting members Deborah Cooper, Bettyann Workman, or Peter & Anne Javsicas.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING TO BE SUNDAY, DEC. 21
Our Meeting’s traditional Christmas Potluck and Carol Sing will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, in the social room of our meetinghouse. Everyone is asked to arrive a few minutes ahead of time so their dish of potluck food can be placed on the buffet table before it is time to eat. The Carol Sing takes place after the meal. Bring your voice, your gusto, and your Christmas spirit to this favorite occasion and be ready to have a wonderful time!

GOT A TALENT? LET IT SHINE ON JAN. 3 — OR COME WATCH!
Talent and a large, peppy audience needed for GMM’s-Got-Talent Show on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at 7 p.m., in the Meeting’s Social Room. Bring your friends and family–and your talent–to the Third Annual Germantown Meeting Talent Show and Dessert Social. Contributions will go to support our Meeting’s annual retreat. If you have a talent (and any old one will do), please contact Jody Hobbs at jodeen@aol.com to sign up. Dessert contributions would also be appreciated.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12, 2015
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place on April 10, 11, and 12, 2015, at Camp Swatara in the Poconos. Save the date for this legendary spring get-together! Plans are underway. Stay tuned for more details.

FOR THE YOUNG

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 27-30
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends for this year’s Christmas gathering, on Dec. 27-30, at Fallsington Monthly Meeting. Carpooling available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer at 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-christmas-gathering-2.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, JAN. 2-4, 2015
The biggest gathering of the year–the Winter Gathering–for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will take place Jan. 2-4, 2015, at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship, as well as good food and fun. The cost is $35, with financial aid available. Register by Dec. 29. More info at: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2015, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at 215-241-7075 or at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

BOOKS NEEDED FOR FOR NORTH PHILLY SCHOOLS
New and gently used books are needed for elementary school students (pre-K through 8th grade) at Potter-Thomas, Mastery Charter, Clymer, and Sheppard schools in North Philadelphia. This is the annual book drive sponsored by Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground. Many of the children who will receive the books are first-generation English speakers with no books at home. Needed genres: fiction, nonfiction, science, social studies, reference, and books to motivate reading and inspire imagination. Call to arrange drop-off or pick-up, or set up a donation box in your school or office. For information, call 215-870-8348 or go to www.historicfairhill.org.

SAVE THE DATE

2015 PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE HELD JULY 29-AUG. 2, 2015
The residential sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held next summer, July 29 through Aug. 2, at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. “Open Our Eyes That We May See” is the theme. There will be programs for all ages, with financial aid available. It will include worship, fellowship, conduct of business, discussion of public issues, sharing of actions, and lots of time for fun and talking. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Dec. 5, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“And as many candles lighted, and put in one place, do greatly augment the light and make it more to shine forth; so when many are gathered together into the same life, there is more of the glory of God, and his power appears, to the refreshment of each individual, for that he partakes not only of the light and life raised in himself, but in all the rest.” –Robert Barclay, 1678

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, DEC. 7, 2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Robert Smith & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Susan and Adam Corson-Finnerty

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

REHEARSALS FOR CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY
Our First-day school children will perform the Christmas nativity story on Sunday, Dec. 21. Prior to that, they will rehearse and learn Christmas carols this Sunday, Dec. 7, and next Sunday, Dec. 14.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Agenda for Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 2014
Reading of the query
Opening worship
Minutes from November
Care and Visiting
Treasurer’s report
Fiscal Committee report
Property Committee report
Worship and Ministry report
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF HARRIET GALLUP JONES
Harriet Gallup Jones, mother of our member Daniel P. Jones, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 3, at a retirement center in New Jersey, where she had lived for the past eight years. Details about a memorial service for her will be announced later. The following remembrance was written by Dan, in consultation with his two brothers: “Early this morning, Mom passed away in an amazingly peaceful way after years of a life gradually whittled down, both mentally and physically. My two brothers and I, along with other family members were extremely fortunate to have been able to be with her these last few days. We wish to remember Mom as a caring mother and a woman of amazing capabilities, no matter her field of interest: manifold church and community organizations, a half-acre of landscaping and vegetable garden, stunning African violets. She loved nature and the ‘great outdoors’ and (with our father) took us hiking and camping throughout the United States and Canada. A brilliant biochemist at a time when women were supposed to be wives and mommies, she lent her science to cooking and became a health
food ‘nut’ way before it was fashionable. Her loss is deeply felt.”

MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR PETER SELLERS
The memorial service for Peter Sellers, father of our member LucyBell Jarka-Sellers, will be Saturday, Dec.6, at 1 p.m., at Old Saint David’s Church, 763 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA. Here is a link to a newspaper obituary about him: www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=173188100.

RIDE NEEDED TO MEMORIAL SERVICE FROM FRIENDS CENTER
Pamela Williams is seeking a ride to Peter Sellers’ memorial service (see above announcement). She will be going to tomorrow’s extended meeting for worship at Friends Center and would like to leave from there. If you can help, contact her at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com or 267-356-7495.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CRAFTS FROM BUDUDA TO BE FOR SALE TOMORROW, DEC. 6
Karen Lightner will sell crafts from Bududa, Uganda, and photos of her last summer’s visit there at a pop-up craft market in West Mt. Airy tomorrow, Dec.6, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Crafters will sell their wares inside different local businesses on the 7100 block of Germantown Ave (between Mt. Pleasant & Mt. Airy Aves.). Proceeds will benefit programs at the Bududa Learning Center.

‘PEACE ON EARTH & THE POLITICS OF CHRISTMAS’ WORKSHOP TO BE TOMORROW, DEC. 6
A workshop and discussion on “Peace on Earth & the Politics of Christmas” will take place tomorrow, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Project Home, 1515 Fairmount Ave., in Philadelphia. Will O’Brien, coordinator of the Alternative Seminary, will focus on how nativity narratives express core biblical themes of justice and confrontation with empire. Light breakfast served. Donation of $5, or whatever you can afford, is requested to cover costs. Sponsored by the Alternative Seminary and cosponsored by The Simple Way, Brandywine Peace Community, Red Letter Christians, Catholic Peace Fellowship, and House of Grace Catholic Worker. If you would like to go, call Will O’Brien at 215-842-1790.

VOLUNTEERS 55+ YEARS OLD NEEDED TO TUTOR AT KELLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking volunteers 55 years and older, working or retired, to tutor students at Kelly Elementary School, 5116 Pulaski Ave., Philadelphia. There will an informational program at the school on Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning with registration and light breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by a one-hour program at 10 a.m. Volunteer need to be available for two to four hours per week. For information, contact Sandi Friedman, RSVP coordinator, at sfriedman@kleinjcc.org or 267-345-7787. For general questions about volunteering at Kelly School, contact Abby Brown, volunteer coordinator, at abigailrbrown@gmail.com.

NEW MEETING DIRECTORIES ARE HERE
The new Meeting Directories for 2014-2015 have arrived from the printer. Pick up your copy in the social room after Meeting or in the Meeting Office during weekday office hours. If you would like to receive an electronic copy, call Melissa Elliott at 215-951-2235 or send an email message at gmm@gfsnet.org, giving your email address, and Melissa will send you the digital file.

EXTENDED WORSHIP THIS SATURDAY, DEC. 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of Worship? Have you wished that Worship didn’t end when the clock strikes the hour? There will be an extended Meeting for Worship at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 15th & Cherry streets, in downtown Philadelphia, tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 6. It is organized by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. Bring a brown-bag lunch. All are welcome; however, childcare will not be provided. Schedule:
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.– Gathering and welcome
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.– Extended Meeting for Worship
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.– Brown-bag lunch
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.– Worship sharing
3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.– Clean up and departure

DAVID HARTSOUGH TO SPEAK AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, DEC. 7
David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco Friends Meeting, executive director of Peaceworks, and cofounder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, will speak at Germantown Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m., about his new book Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. David is a native of the Philadelphia area, born at Tanguy Homesteads in Glenn Mills. In 1952, his family joined the Religious Society of Friends. David became an anti-war activist in the 1950s and has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence and living as though we are all sisters and brothers. He spent eighteen years with the AFSC and was active in the Occupy Movement. Inspired by Gandhi and King, Hartsough spends his life engaging in active nonviolence, working in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons & drones, and to end the state of perpetual war in which our country is engaged. His articles have appeared in many national and regional magazines. For information,
contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpless@gfsnet.org.

MARLENA SANTOYO SPEAKING AT HORSHAM MEETING, DEC. 7
Our member Marlena Santoyo will speak at Horsham Monthly Meeting on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m., about her trip last summer on the 2014 Quaker Pilgrimage to the Lake District of 1652, also known as George Fox Country. Everyone is welcome to attend. Meeting for Worship will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by Marlena’s talk. For information, contact Marlena at marsantoyo@gmail.com.

FIRST-SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY HALL, DEC. 7
All are invited and heartily encouraged to come to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m., for the monthly Friendly First-Sunday potluck. It will be held in the recreation room, followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. As always, anyone and everyone in the Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Please bring a generous-sized dish to share. For information, contact Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, who is coordinator of the potlucks, at walmsley127@verizon.net.

CHRISTMAS STAR LIGHTING AT FAIR HILL, DEC. 13
Join others around the campfire at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for carol singing, hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, and lighting of Christmas stars. Free. Dress for the temperature. Under the care of Philadelphia Quarter. More information at www.historicfairhill.org, or contact Jean Warrington, at jeanwarrington@verizon.net.

WORLDWIDE CANDLE LIGHTING MEMORIAL SERVICE, DEC. 14
Meeting for Worship with Concern for Our Children will host a memorial service in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Germantown Meetinghouse. It will honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with an informal gathering and light refreshments, followed by the candle lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. and a calling of children’s names. Participants will be invited to join a circle by the fireplace where they may share a photo, name, and a favorite story. Closing will be at approximately 8:30 p.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Our Children formed as a monthly sharing group, Quaker-style, in 2004, shortly after the death of 18-year old Sabrina Sampson-Knapp, a Germantown Friends School graduate and daughter of Linda Knapp and Maurice Sampson. Over time, the group’s focus broadened to include all young people, coming to see all children as “ours.” Free and open to everyone. For
information, contact: Linda Knapp, 215-438-6912, or lmilesknapp@gmail.com.

PYM LIBRARY HOURS
The library of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on the first Thursday of each month from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Any member of a monthly meeting that is part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting may become a member of the library. Register by calling the library at 215-241-7220 or filling out a form at pym.org/library/forms. Once registered, you may start borrowing books. The online catalog of the library’s holdings is at pym.org/library/catalog. Books may be picked up and returned at the library, which is in Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, in Center City Philadelphia, or may be delivered and returned by U.S. mail.

PLAN AHEAD

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING TO BE SUNDAY, DEC. 21
Our Meeting’s traditional Christmas Potluck and Carol Sing will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, in the social room of our meetinghouse. Everyone is asked to arrive a few minutes ahead of time so their dish of potluck food can be placed on the buffet table before it is time to eat. The Carol Sing takes place after the meal. Bring your voice, your gusto, and your Christmas spirit to this favorite occasion and be ready to have a wonderful time!

GOT A TALENT? LET IT SHINE ON JAN. 3 — OR COME WATCH!
Talent and a large, peppy audience needed for GMM’s-Got-Talent Show on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at 7 p.m., in the Meeting’s Social Room. Bring your friends and family–and your talent–to the Third Annual Germantown Meeting Talent Show and Dessert Social. Contributions will go to support our Meeting’s annual retreat. If you have a talent (and any old one will do), please contact Jody Hobbs at jodeen@aol.com to sign up. Dessert contributions would also be appreciated.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12, 2015
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place on April 10, 11, and 12, 2015, at Camp Swatara in the Poconos. Save the date for this legendary spring get-together! Plans are underway. Stay tuned for more details.

FOR THE YOUNG

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 27-30
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends for this year’s Christmas gathering, on Dec. 27-30, at Fallsington Monthly Meeting. Carpooling available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer at 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-christmas-gathering-2.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, JAN. 2-4, 2015
The biggest gathering of the year–the Winter Gathering–for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will take place Jan. 2-4, 2015, at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship, as well as good food and fun. The cost is $35, with financial aid available. Register by Dec. 29. More info at: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2015, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at 215-241-7075 or at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

BOOKS NEEDED FOR FOR NORTH PHILLY SCHOOLS
New and gently used books are needed for elementary school students (pre-K through 8th grade) at Potter-Thomas, Mastery Charter, Clymer, and Sheppard schools in North Philadelphia. This is the annual book drive sponsored by Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground. Many of the children who will receive the books are first-generation English speakers with no books at home. Needed genres: fiction, nonfiction, science, social studies, reference, and books to motivate reading and inspire imagination. Call to arrange drop-off or pick-up, or set up a donation box in your school or office. For information, call 215-870-8348 or go to www.historicfairhill.org.

SAVE THE DATE

2015 PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE HELD JULY 29-AUG. 2, 2015
The residential sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held next summer, July 29 through Aug. 2, at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. “Open Our Eyes That We May See” is the theme. There will be programs for all ages, with financial aid available. It will include worship, fellowship, conduct of business, discussion of public issues, sharing of actions, and lots of time for fun and talking. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Nov. 28, 2014
(Sent Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“I find hope in the communal cries, tears, and indignation. I hope they burn deep, leaving a mark so deep in our souls that we will seek to unearth the laws, institutional practices, actions, and inactions that bred and continue to feed the climate in Ferguson, Missouri, and the mindsets that enable such events to occur, not just in Ferguson, but also in our own towns and cities; our own blocks, civic groups and workplaces; our own schools and government; and in our own Quaker congregations, our meetinghouses, and our families. And in the shadows of our own hearts. I cannot pray to ease our pain and discomfort, for when I do I hear the same response each time: ‘Get off your knees. This is your work. Go do it.’ –Jada S. Jackson, Presiding Clerk, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Nov. 26, 2014 [To see Jada’s entire letter and her prayer, see the attachment, “Jada’s statement-Ferguson 2014.]

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 30, 2014
9 a.m. No Adult Class or committee meetings
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Anthony Stover and his daughter Taylor Stover
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Bob & Ruth Seeley

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR PETER SELLERS
The memorial service for Peter Sellers, father of our member LucyBell Jarka-Sellers, will be Saturday, Dec.6, at 1 p.m., at Old Saint David’s Church, 763 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA. Here is a link to an obituary submitted to a newspaper by the place where he worked: www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=173188100.

NOTE OF APPRECIATION TO MEETING
“Please extend notice of my deep appreciation of Germantown Meeting’s involvement in my life, particularly in these recent months. In this time of Thanksgiving, with great gratitude, Pamela Williams”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OCTOBER MINUTES ATTACHED
Yes, Friends, the minutes from our Oct. 12, 2014, meeting for business are attached for your reading. They were approved at the Nov. 9 meeting for business. Thank you, Becky Johnson, you are an extraordinary recording clerk!

NEW MEETING DIRECTORIES ARE HERE
The new Meeting Directories for 2014-2015 have arrived from the printer. Pick up your copy in the social room after Meeting or in the Meeting Office during weekday office hours. If you would like to receive an electronic copy, just call Melissa Elliott at 215-951-2235 or send her an email message at gmm@gfsnet.org. Give her your email address, and she will send you the digital file.

SHARE A WORKSHOP, PRAYER, AND POTLUCK AT MISHKAN SHALOM
Rabbi Arthur Waskow will lead an interfaith workshop, “Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters,” on Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, Shurs Lane and Friedland Avenue, Manayunk. There will be a vegetarian potluck, coordinated by PA Interfaith Power & Light. For information, call the Shalom Center, (215) 844-8494, or email email: office@theshalomcenter.org

FILM ABOUT SHOOTING OF A BLACK MAN TO SHOW AT PEACE CENTER OF DEL. CO.
Fruitvale Station, a film about the 2008 shooting of Oscar Grant, an unarmed, 22-year-old black man, by a police officer in Oakland, CA, will be shown next Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Rated R and 85 minutes long, the film was produced by Forest Whitaker and stars Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer. It is a dramatic telling of the actual incident, captured on video by onlookers, inciting protests, unrest, and argument across the country. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments, and there will be an after-film discussion. Cosponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Directions www.delcopeacecenter.org/

PLAN AHEAD

HELEN THORPE TO SPEAK AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE, DEC. 2
Nationally acclaimed Quaker author Helen Thorpe will discuss her new book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, at Haverford College on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium. Her talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. Go to www.haverford.edu for details.

CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ECONOMY AND ECOLOGY TO BE DISCUSSED, DEC. 2
There will be an open discussion Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m., of the Friends Economic Integrity Project. It will take place at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Philadelphia. All are invited to join in learning about the intersection of economy and ecology. For information, contact Pamela Haines, pamelahaines1@gmail.com, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/friends-economic-integrity-project-open-discussion-support-group.

EXTENDED WORSHIP SCHEDULED FOR NEXT SATURDAY, DEC. 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of Worship? Have you wished that Worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? There will be an extended Meeting for Worship at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 15th & Cherry streets, in downtown Philadelphia, on Saturday, Dec. 6. It is organized by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. Bring a brown-bag lunch. All are welcome; however, childcare will not be provided.
Schedule:
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.– Gathering and welcome
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.– Extended Meeting for Worship
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.– Brown-bag lunch
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.– Worship sharing
3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.– Clean up and departure

DAVID HARTSOUGH TO SPEAK AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, DEC. 7
David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco Friends Meeting, executive director of Peaceworks, and cofounder of Nonviolent Peaceforce, will speak at Germantown Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m., about his new book Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. David
is a native of the Philadelphia area, born in 1941 at Tanguy Homesteads in Glenn Mills. In 1952, his family joined the Religious Society of Friends. David became an anti-war activist in the 1950s and has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence and living as though we are all sisters and brothers. He spent eighteen years with the AFSC and was active in the Occupy Movement. Inspired by Gandhi and King, Hartsough spends his life engaging in active nonviolence, working in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons & drones, to end the Vietman, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, and to prevent an attack on Iran. Waging Peace is David’s third book, and his articles have appeared in many national and regional magazines. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, 215-843-9226 or jsharpless@gfsnet.org.

MARLENA SANTOYO SPEAKING AT HORSHAM MEETING, DEC. 7
Our member Marlena Santoyo will speak at Horsham Monthly Meeting on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m., about her trip last summer on the 2014 Quaker Pilgrimage to the Lake District of 1652, also known as George Fox Country. Everyone is welcome to attend. Meeting for Worship will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by Marlena’s talk. For information, contact Marlena at 215-247-4385 or marsantoyo@gmail.com.

FIRST-SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY HALL, DEC. 7
All are invited and heartily encouraged to come to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m., for the monthly Friendly First-Sunday potluck. It will be held in the recreation room, followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. As always, anyone and everyone in the Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Please bring a generous-sized dish to share. For information, contact Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, who is coordinator of the potlucks, at 215-248-1514 or walmsley127@verizon.net.

CHRISTMAS STAR LIGHTING AT FAIR HILL, DEC. 13
Join others around the campfire at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for carol singing, hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, and lighting of Christmas stars. Free. Dress for the temperature. Under the care of Philadelphia Quarter. More information at www.historicfairhill.org, or contact Jean Warrington, at jeanwarrington@verizon.net.

NEW YEAR’S RETREATS AT PENDLE HILL
Three New Year’s retreats at Pendle Hill will take place Dec. 28 through Jan. 1 and will include:
Love’s Labour’s Won in Music of the Ages–Explore musical expressions of affection, rapture, and devotion from the Medieval Ages to today. Led by Karl Middleman, a musician and composer.
Open Heart, Peaceful Mind–Relax into a time of rest and renewal and open to the unfolding of a new year. Led by Valerie Brown.
Creative Reflection: New Year’s Arts and Spirituality–Express the inner rythms of your heart through fun, paper-and-arts collage, and creative writing. Led by Melanie Weidner.
The retreats are expensive, but scholarship help is available. Contact Pendle Hill at 610-566-4507.

FOR THE YOUNG

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHER ON DEC. 5-7
The December gathering of Middle School Friends will be Dec. 5-7 at Valley Friends Meeting, 1121 Old Eagle School Road, Wayne, PA 19087. Cost is $60, with scholarships available. Young folk will explore the lives of rabble-rousing Quakers from earlier years and how those early actions relate to Quaker activism today. There will also be a talent show, so come prepared to showcase your strange and wonderful gifts! To register, go to
http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/middle-school-friends-december-gathering-quakers-rabble-rousers/

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 27-30
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends for this year’s Christmas gathering, on Dec. 27-30, at Fallsington Monthly Meeting. Carpooling available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer at 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-christmas-gathering-2.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, JAN. 2-4, 2015
The biggest gathering of the year–the Winter Gathering–for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will take place Jan. 2-4, 2015, at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship, as well as good food and fun. The cost is $35, with financial aid available. Register by December 29. More info at: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2015, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at 215-241-7075 or at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

BOOKS NEEDED FOR FOR NORTH PHILLY SCHOOLS
New and gently used books are needed for elementary school students (pre-K through 8th grade) at Potter-Thomas, Mastery Charter, Clymer, and Sheppard schools in North Philadelphia. This is the annual book drive sponsored by Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground. Many of the children who will receive the books are first-generation English speakers with no books at home. Needed genres: fiction, nonfiction, science, social studies, reference, and books to motivate reading and inspire imagination. Call to arrange drop-off or pick-up, or set up a donation box in your school or office. For information, call 215-870-8348 or go to www.historicfairhill.org.

REMINDER: REACH OUT TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT IRAN
Negotiations with Iran are reaching a critical stage in the U.S. Congress, and it is urgent to let your members know how important this effort at diplomacy is to you. It is easy to send a letter through Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): go to www.fcnl.org and click on “Action” at the top of the screen. Then follow the cues to create and send a message electronically, and you’ve done it! You can even use the letter template that is provided, choosing the paragraphs you wish to include in your message.
So far, eleven Congressionial offices have responded to lobbying efforts on this issue by participants in FCNL’s recent Lobbying Days. These offices have requested help from FCNL’s professional lobbyists in crafting statements in support of negotiations with Iran, which will be important in coming months when the negotiations reach a critical stage. Your efforts during these crucial days can make a big difference in shaping opinions. For background information, as well as for click-through letter-sending, go to the FCNL website listed above.

DEMONSTRATE IN HORSHAM AGAINST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, NOV. 29
Come, help protest establishment of a drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station. The monthly demonstration will take place this Saturday, Nov. 29, two days after we give thanks for our lives of plenty and the bounty of this good Earth. The pending command center will not have war drones on site but will house the computer equipment to send off and guide drones from other locations, guiding them by remote control to their targets in the Middle East and elsewhere. Thus, Horsham will become a nerve center for United States’ continual and often undeclared, and it will eventually make the Philadelphia area a target for retaliatory actions.
The demonstration will display a large replica of a Reaper drone and will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on the triangular piece of lawn at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road, one of the gateways to the Air Guard Station. Organized by Brandywine Peace Community and cosponsored by many local peace groups, including the American Friends Service Committee and Germantown Monthly Meeting. For information, call (610) 544-1818.

SAVE THE DATE
2015 PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE HELD JULY 29-AUG. 2, 2014
The residential sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held next summer, July 29 through Aug. 2, at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. “Open Our Eyes That We May See” is the theme. There will be programs for all ages, with financial aid available, including worship, fellowship, conduct of business, discussion of public issues, sharing of actions, and lots of time for fun and talking. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Nov. 21, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“For, when I came into the silent assemblies of God’s people I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart; and as I gave way unto it I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up; and so I became thus knit and united unto them, hungering more and more after the increase of this power and life, whereby I might feel myself perfectly redeemed….” –Robert Barclay, 1678

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class: Worship sharing, using queries on racial issues*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ed Nakawatase & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Joan & Ross Reese

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*ADULT CLASS TO EXAMINE RACISM THROUGH WORSHIP-SHARING
This Sunday’s adult class (9 a.m., social room) will give us a chance to offer our insights and experiences with racism through a worship-sharing format. All are welcome. To spark your thinking, consider this quotation by our member Ayesha Imani from Faith & Practice: Beliefs, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1988:
“As a black Quaker, I see the Inner Light as the great liberator and equalizer, able to erase the psychological deficits of racism. The internalization of this divine principle has the potential to remove the sense of powerlessness that so often characterizes the thinking of the downtrodden. For if the Divine Light is the Seed of God planted in the souls of human beings, in that Seed lies all the characteristics of its source. Consequently, the Light within is also the Divine Power within. It
is the indestructible power in us that is able to create from nothing, able to make ways out of no way, able to change what appears to be the natural order of things. It is the power in us that can never be overcome by the darkness of fear and hatred or altered by the might or money of people. It is the power in us in which lies unfathomable capacity to love and forgive even the most heinous of crimes.”
We will read aloud: http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/queries/7-social-responsibility-and-witness.
Queries for our worship sharing:
How can we as a meeting best serve as an effective resource for racial justice in the community, the nation, and the world?
What are the ways and means for personal and collective transformation to this end?

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

‘THANK YOU’ FROM YOUNG FRIENDS
Young Friends want to express their gratitude to the Meeting for the successful bake sale and fundraising to fight Ebola. Through your efforts, Young Friends raised $583 for Women’s Campaign International, which is combating the spread of Ebola in Liberia by providing food to quarantined families, training people in how to protect themselves, and providing cleaning supplies. –Bill Stassen and our Young Friends

REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING DURING MEDICAL TREATMENT
“A friend of mine in Maine (former AFSC staff) has written with the following request for assistance: ‘A friend of mine has a friend with a 20-year-old daughter (Laine), who dances with the Joffrey Ballet Company. At least she did until she became very sick with eating disorders and attendant emotional distress. She’s in a clinic in Philly right now, but her inpatient insurance is almost out, and her MD wants her to continue on an outpatient basis for three weeks, from 11/24 until 12/14. Her mother lives in California and will pay for lodging and taxi service for her daughter, if only her daughter can find a place to stay.’ Please contact Margaret Marshall (my friend) if you can help. Margaret’s email is iamspirit@myottmail.com. Thanks for any help or suggestions you can give.” –Susan Corson-Finnerty

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SALLY SCATTERGOOD
The memorial service for our beloved member Sally Scattergood is expected to be held sometime this coming spring, according to her daughter, Mary Scattergood. Diane Mallery, Director of Alumni and Planned Giving at Germantown Friends School (GFS), 1980 graduate of GFS, and former student of Sally’s, provided the following information: Sally died on Nov. 12 at the age of 100 at Crosslands Retirement Center, Kennett Square, PA. She was the wife of Henry Scattergood, who was head of GFS from 1954 to 1970. He died in 1995. They had five children, all graduates of GFS: Anne Scattergood Fogg ’58, Sarah Scattergood Ashe ’60, Eleanor Scattergood Lash ’63, Tom Scattergood ’66, and Mary Scattergood ’70; and three grandchildren. Sally served in numerous roles at GFS from 1964 through 1979, among them: teaching fourth grade, 1967-1966; lower school social studies, 1967-1979; and occasionally middle and upper school social studies. She formally retired in 1979 and went on to found Educating Children for Parenting, an experimental program designed for students to observe development of infants to gain insights about parenting–and to discourage them from becoming parents in their teens. Her curriculum for this program was used in 2,500 classrooms across the country, reaching more than 85,000 students, and received national recognition. She was a highly respected educator, a master teacher and curricular innovator. Her extraordinary intellect went hand-in-hand with her endearing and engaging personality. She was adored and respected by her students.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FREE TURKEY TO FIRST PERSON WHO SPEAKS FOR IT!
Charles McPhedran writes: “We received a free turkey from the grocery store, which we will not use at Thanksgiving and would like to “re-gift.”
It is a 20-pound, frozen turkey from Pathmark. If interested, send an e-mail to Charley McPhedran at charlesmcphedran@hotmail.com. First come, first served!”

NEW MEETING DIRECTORIES ARE HERE
The new Meeting Directories for 2014-2015 have arrived from the printer. Pick up your copy in the social room after Meeting or in the Meeting Office during weekday office hours. If you would like to receive an electronic copy, just call Melissa Elliott at 215-951-2235 or send her an email message at gmm@gfsnet.org. Give her your email address, and she will send you the digital file.

GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL CHOIR CONCERT, SATURDAY, NOV. 22
The choir of Germantown Friends School will give its annual holiday concert on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., in the Meetinghouse. The program will feature collaborations between the choir and other artists, including a string ensemble, a percussion ensemble, and a modern dance ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.

FRIENDS BIBLE ASSOCIATION TO MEET NOV. 22
Next Saturday, Nov. 22, the Bible Association of Friends in America will hold its annual meeting at Arch Street Friends Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. Dan Seeger will speak on “Revelation and Revolution: The Book of Revelation in the Quaker and African-Amerian Spiritual Traditions.” The program starts at 1:30 p.m.

‘THE NEW JIM CROW’ IS CHOICE FOR 2014 ONE BOOK, ONE YEARLY MEETING
Every year, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) chooses one book for Friends throughout the yearly meeting area to read and discuss together. The choice this year is The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, who challenges the idea that election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. You may remember this book from the lively presentations and discussions the Adult Class of our Meeting held approximately a year ago. Now is your chance to participate in more discussions with a wider
group of Friends. Alexander shows us how targeting black men in the War on Drugs has turned the U.S. criminal justice system into one of racial control. The Sprint Group of One-Book-One-Yearly-Meeting has a set of queries for Quaker communities to use in exploring the book and related issues. There are resources for youth and adults as well. All can be found at www.pym.org/one-book-one-yearly-meeting.

INVITATION TO JOIN ‘UNDOING RACISM AMONG PYM FRIENDS’
A second phase of activities is planned for addressing racism experienced by Friends of color in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This will involve planning programs to help our meetings become safe spiritual homes for Friends of all colors and backgrounds. Tentatively identified as “Undoing Racism Among PYM Friends,” the group’s roots go back to the Long-range Plan review at this past summer’s Annual Sessions of yearly meeting. At that time, Friends spoke with passion and concern about their vision
to become a community reflecting the diverse composition of their surrounding communities, addressing racism in our midst that may be unseen and unacknowledged. This group is moving forward, preparing for a second set of meetings. Friends who wish to be involved are invited to:

— Become a member of the online discussion group by sending an email to pym-undoing- racism@googlegroups.com;

— Contact Margaret Wood at woodmargaret19@gmail.com to become involved in developing programs and resources;

— Contact Joan Broadfield at 610-874-5860 or broadfieldje@gmail.com with questions.

PLAN AHEAD

KELLY GREEN PROJECT TO HOLD FUND RAISER GALA FOR NOV. 23
Dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction will be featured at a fund raiser for the Kelly Green Project of Kelly Elementary School on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be held at the Pegasus Room at 5534-46 Pulaski Avenue in Germantown. All of the proceeds will go toward the project, which is creating a beautiful and useful green space for school children on the school’s grounds. Several Meeting members are engaged in this project and volunteer in classrooms at Kelly School.
Tickets are $60 in advance, and may be reserved by calling 215-844-0597 or going to kellygreenproject.com/gala.

VALUE OF VACCINES FOR SENIORS, Nov. 24
A pharmacist with 22 years of experience, Megan Gill, will talk about vaccines available for seniors and why these are an important way to fight illness. The talk will take place on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Branch Library, at the corner of Germantown Ave. and East Sedgwick Street. Megan Gill is manager of Chestnut Hill Pharmacy and will address how medicines affect our bodies as we age, what questions we should ask our pharmacist, and how the role of pharmacist is changing in the
medical profession. It is sponsored by Mutual Mt. Airy, a community group that looks for ways for people to stay in their homes as they age. Come at 6:30 p.m., if you would like to learn more about Mutual Mt. Airy, visit with people, and enjoy refreshments. For information, contact Peter or Anne Javsicas, 215-247-0457.

QUAKER AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE, DEC. 2
Nationally acclaimed author Helen Thorpe will discuss her new book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, at Haverford College on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium. Her talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. Go to www.haverford.edu for details.

CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ECONOMY AND ECOLOGY TO BE DISCUSSED, DEC. 2
There will be an open discussion Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., of the Friends Economic Integrity Project. It will take place at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Philadelphia. All are invited to join in learning about the intersection of economy and ecology. For information, contact Pamela Haines, pamelahaines1@gmail.com, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/friends-economic-integrity-project-open-discussion-support-group.

DAVID HARTSOUGH TO SPEAK HERE ON DEC. 7
David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco Friends Meeting, exectutive director of Peaceworks, and cofounder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, will speak at Germantown Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m., about his new book Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. David spent eighteen years with the AFSC and was active in the Occupy Movement. Inspired by Gandhi and King, Hartsough spends his life engaging in active nonviolence, working in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons & drones, to end the Vietman, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, and to prevent an attack on Iran. Waging Peace is David’s third book, his other books are Discovering Another Russia: The Journal of a Camping Trip and Backyard Russia: Getting to Know the Russian People. He has published articles in Sojourners, Fellowship, Peacework, Friends Journal, Western Friend/Friends Bulletin, Waging Nonviolence, and National Catholic Reporter. Can’t make it to Germantown on Dec.7? Check out David’s tour schedule for other opportunities to see him: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/blog/david-hartsough-book-tour

MARLENA SANTOYO SPEAKING AT HORSHAM MEETING, DEC. 7
Our member Marlena Santoyo will speak at Horsham Monthly Meeting on Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m., about her trip last summer on the 2014 Quaker Pilgrimage to the Lake District of 1652, also known as George Fox Country. Everyone is welcome to attend, including Meeting for Worship, which will be at 10:30 a.m. For information, contact Marlena at 215-247-4385 or marsantoyo@gmail.com.

FOR THE YOUNG

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHER ON DEC. 5-7
The December gathering of Middle School Friends is coming up quickly– Dec. 5-7–and there is only a week left to register for it. It will be held at Valley Friends Meeting, 1121 Old Eagle School Road, Wayne, PA 19087. Cost is $60, with scholarships available. Young folk will explore the lives of rabble-rousing Quakers from earlier years, and they will talk about how those early actions relate to Quaker activism today. There will also be a talent show, so come prepared to showcase your strange
and wonderful gifts! To register, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/middle-school-friends-december-gathering-quakers-rabble-rousers/

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 27-30
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends for this year’s Christmas gathering, to be Dec. 27-30, at Fallsington Monthly Meeting. Carpooling available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer at 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-christmas-gathering-2.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, JAN. 2-4, 2015
The biggest gathering of the year–the Winter Gathering–for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will take place Jan. 2-4, 2015, at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship, as well as good food and fun. The cost is $35, with financial aid available. Register by December 29. More info at: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2015, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at 215-241-7075 or at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL ASKS FRIENDS TO URGE CONGRESS TO USE DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN
Today is just three days before the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Friends to contact their national legislators to advocate for using diplomacy with Iran, rather than threats or other pressure. To contact your senator’s or representative’s office, call 1-877-429-0678 and ask to be connected with the legislator’s office. Here is a suggested script for your phone call: “Hi, my name is _______, and I’m from _________, PA. I believe that
negotiations with Iran are the best way to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and another war in the Middle East. Please make a public statement in support of diplomacy with Iran. Thank you.” To look up your members of Congress, go to www.fcnl.org/congress. You may also send them an email message through FCNL’s website.

DEMONSTRATE IN HORSHAM AGAINST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, NOV. 29
Two days after we give thanks for our lives of plenty and the bounty of this Earth, there will be a demonstration in Horsham against a drone war command center, which is to be established at the Horsham Air Guard Station. The drone war command center will become a pivot point for U.S. remote-controlled warfare in the Middle East and other strategic locations. It will advance development of today’s continual war — at the same time it makes enemies and breeds hate for the United States all over
the world. The Saturday, Nov. 29, demonstration is part of a campaign to stop the drone war command center, dating back more than 1-1/2 years with a demonstration on the last Saturday of every month. It will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on the triangular piece of lawn outside the gate to the Horsham Air Guard Station at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road). Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community and cosponsored by many local peace groups, as well as by
Germantown Monthly Meeting. For information, call (610) 544-1818.

OPPORTUNITIES

START-UP ORGANIZER, QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE IN BOSTON
Quaker Voluntary Service seeks a highly motivated and well-organized person to join in launching the fourth QVS house– in Boston, MA– in late August, 2015. Candidate should be a Quaker or very familiar with Quakerism, possess administrative and organizing skills, have successful experience working with volunteer committees, and resonate deeply with the vision and mission of Quaker Voluntary Service. The position of Program Start-Up Contractor will run from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2015. More info and application instructions at: www.qvs.org. Application deadline is Dec. 5.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT PENDLE HILL
Are you a Quaker artist looking for a spiritual education community to live in while working on a creative project of your choice? Did you know that Pendle Hill provides one to three annual Artist-in-Residence opportunities through its Minnie Jane Arts Scholarship? As an Artist-in-Residence, you will be supported to focus on a project in fine arts, crafts, performing arts, creative writing, music composition, or another artistic pursuit demonstrateing commitment to Quaker values, spirituality,
ministry, witness, and outreach in consultation with the Arts and Spirituality teacher of Pendle Hill. The residencies are for ten to thirty weeks. More information at www.pendlehill.org, or email jwhite@pendlehill.org. Rolling applications are now being accepted for residencies to take place between January through August, 2015. The deadline is March 1, 2015, to apply for residencies that will take place between September 2015 and August 2016.

SAVE THE DATE
2015 PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE HELD JULY 29-AUG. 2, 2014
The residential sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held next summer on July 29 through Aug. 2 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. “Open Our Eyes That We May See” is the theme. There will be programs for all ages, with financial aid available. There will be worship, fellowship, conduct of business, discussion of public issues, sharing of actions, and lots of time for fun and talking. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Nov. 14, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“There are times of dryness in our individual lives, when meeting may seem difficult or even worthless. At such times one may be tempted not to go to meeting; but it may be better to go, prepared to offer as our contribution to the worship simply a sense of need. In such a meeting one may not at the time realise what one has gained, but one will nevertheless come away helped.” Ministry and Extension Committee, Berks and Oxon Quarterly Meeting, London Yearly Meeting, 1958

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class on Palestinian/Israeli conflict*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Florence & Michael Mini
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Dawn Aparin & Lesley Buck
11:30 Young Friends bake sale to benefit Women’s Campaign International**
12 noon: Meeting of Environmental Concerns Working Group,*** location to be announced

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). There will be a Gathered Meeting of First-day School this Sunday, Nov. 16, at which kids will make sugar scrubs and scented bath salts to share and to sell at the Young Friends bake sale to be held after Meeting for Worship.

Office Hours
Mon. — Office Closed Nov. 17
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*ADULT CLASS: NOV. 16 AND 23, (9 a.m., in social room)
November 16: Tory Smith of the American Friends Service Committee will lead a worship sharing session on the Palestinian/Israel conflict. Tory is a graduate of Earlham College’s Peace and Global Studies Program who studied briefly in Palestine during the Arab Spring.

November 23: Worship Sharing, using queries on current racial issues. All are welcome; join us as we continue to learn how to make our Meeting more sensitive to and inclusive of all members and attenders.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

STARRING ROLES FOR CARLA CHILDS AND JESSICA HOBBS-PIFER!
Two members of our community, Carla Childs and Jessica Hobbs-Pifer, have roles in a play running at the Old Academy Players: As It Is In Heaven, by Arlene Hutton. This is a carefully researched story about a Shaker community in Kentucky in 1838, giving insight into the lives of Shakers. Performances are Nov. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. Reservations may be made at 215-843-1109. More details: www.oldacademyplayers.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

**YOUNG FRIENDS HOLD BAKE SALE THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 16
Our Young Friends will sell homemade baked goods after Meeting this Sunday (Nov. 16) to raise money for women who are helping with the ebola crisis in Liberia. The money will go Women’s Campaign International, (WCI) an organization chosen by the Young Friends after researching which groups are best placed to have an immediate impact. Their choice was influenced by learning that Quakers have had a connection to Liberia for generations. Many abolitionist Friends were part of the American Colonization Society, which partnered with the U.S. government to create the nation of Liberia in the 1800s.
One of our Young Friends, Jessica Hobbs-Pifer writes: “WCI has been working to battle the recent Ebola outbreak by going into more rural areas, where major response efforts do not necessarily reach. WCI treats and feeds people who are in need, cleaning up infected areas and teaching about preserving health. As news regarding Ebola begins to settle down, and as the number of survivors increases, many people believe the work is all done. While this is all good news, in reality, the work has only just started. It is important to Young Friends that we as a community help with the aftermath, and we would greatly appreciate any and all support at our bake sale this Sunday. I’m really excited about the bake sale and hope others are, too!”
So, please bring your sweet tooth and a contribution to help with the Ebola crisis in Liberia! –Bill Stassen and Natasha Kassell

NEW MEETING DIRECTORES ARE HERE!
The new Meeting Directories for 2014-2015 have arrived from the printer. Come pick up your copy in the Meeting Office. If you would like to receive an electronic copy, that can be easily arranged. Just call Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office at 215-951-2235 or send her an email message at gmm@gfsnet.org.

***ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP TO MEET SUNDAY, NOV. 16
At noon this Sunday, Nov. 16, our Meeting’s Environmental Concerns Working Group will gather in the meetinghouse to discuss “Where we go from here?” The working group coordinated our adult classes in October, which featured panels on threats to clean water and the impact of fracking on the environment. For information, contact Pat Libbey, 215-983-4451. The meeting is open to anyone, especially to those who might be interested in becoming part of the working group.

ROSS HENNESY TO SPEAK ABOUT QVS AT BUCKS QUARTER, NOV. 16
“Service as a Sacrament” is the topic our member Ross Hennesy will address in a talk at Bucks Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. It will take place at Solebury Monthly Meeting, 2680 Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Ross is coordinator of the Philadelphia program of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), which provides young people with a year-long opportunity to live in community while working in organizations that serve marginalized people. Ross will speak about how service becomes a sacrament through which the giver receives the healing power and life of the Spirit by working for the good of others.

VISIT OTHER MEETINGS IN NOVEMBER WITH PYM GENERAL SECRETARY
Christie Duncan-Tesmer, general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), invites any and all Friends to join her in visiting several different monthly meetings in November. At each, Friends will share a meal of baked potatoes and green salad, which will be provided. Friends are asked to bring toppings for the baked potatoes, such as crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, minced onions, chili, sour cream, butter, and anything else that would taste good “loaded” on a baked potato. For more information, go to www.pym.org. These are the next four meetings and dates:
Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. — Gwynedd Meeting, 1101 Dekalb Pike,Gwynedd, PA 19454
Sunday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. — Millville Meeting, 351 E. Main St., Millville, PA 17846
Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. — Princeton Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Sunday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m. — Lancaster Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 20-23
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) invites everyone to come to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23 for its Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute. Learn how to lobby at the national level and practice it on the spot. Meet FCNL’s professional Quaker lobbyists. Update your knowledge about Iran and its nuclear development program. Join other Quakers from your area to lobby your member(s) of Congress. Both the Annual Meeting and Public Policy Institute are open to all adults, but FCNL is making a special effort to engage Young Adult Friends by making funds available to cover travel, lodging, and registration for the Policy Institute in particular. For information, contact Julia Neuman, FCNL program assistant, at julia@fcnl.org. Cost for the Quaker Public Policy Institute (Nov. 20-21) is $25-$50. Cost for the Annual Public Meeting and the Policy Institute (Nov. 20-23) is $250 for Young Adult Friends (under 30 years of age).

GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL CHOIR CONCERT, SATURDAY, NOV. 22
The choir of Germantown Friends School will give its annual fall concert on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., in the Meetinghouse. The program will feature collaborations between the choir and other artists, including a string ensemble, a percussion ensemble, and a modern dance ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.

FRIENDS BIBLE ASSOCIATION TO MEET NOV. 22
Next Saturday, Nov. 22, the Bible Association of Friends in America will hold its annual meeting at Arch Street Friends Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. Dan Seeger will speak on “Revelation and Revolution: The Book of Revelation in the Quaker and African-Amerian Spiritual Traditions.” The program starts at 1:30 p.m.

PLAN AHEAD

KELLY GREEN PROJECT TO HOLD FUND RAISER GALA FOR NOV. 23
Dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction will be featured at a fund raiser for the Kelly Green Project of Kelly Elementary School on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be held at the Pegasus Room at 5534-46 Pulaski Avenue in Germantown. All of the proceeds will go toward the project, which is turning the school’s grounds into a beautiful and useful green space for school children. Several of our Meeting members are engaged in this project and in volunteering in classrooms at Kelly School. Tickets are $60 in advance, by calling 215-844-0597 or going to kellygreenproject.com/gala.

PHARMACIST TO TALK ABOUT FLU SEASON–AND VALUE OF VACCINES FOR SENIORS, Nov. 24
A registered pharmacist with 22 years of experience, Megan Gill, will talk about the vaccines available for seniors and why vaccines–especially flu shots– are an important way to fight illness. The talk will take place on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Branch Library, at the corner of Germantown Ave. and East Sedgwick Street. Megan Gill is manager of Chestnut Hill Pharmacy and will address the topics of how medicines affect our bodies as we age, what questions we should ask our pharmacist, and how the role of pharmacist is changing in the medical profession. It is sponsored by Mutual Mt. Airy, a community group that looks for ways for people to stay in their homes as they age. Come at 6:30 p.m., if you would like to learn more about Mutual Mt. Airy, visit with people, and enjoy refreshments. For information, contact Peter or Anne Javsicas, 215-247-0457.

HOSPITALITY NETWORK HOSTS ‘EMPTY BOWL’ DINNER TO RAISE MONEY
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) is hosting a fund raising dinner to support its programs for people in the area who are homeless. Cost is $20. It will take place Nov. 29, with three seatings, beginning at 4 p.m., at Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Avenue

QUAKER AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE
Nationally acclaimed author Helen Thorpe will discuss her new book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, at Haverford College on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium. Her talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. Go to www.haverford.edu for details.

DAVID HARTSOUGH TO SPEAK HERE ON DEC. 7
David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco Friends Meeting, exectutive director of Peaceworks ,and co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, will speak at Germantown Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m., about his new book Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. David spent eighteen years with the AFSC and was active in the Occupy Movement. Inspired by Gandhi and King, Hartsough spends his life engaging in active nonviolence, working in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons & drones, to end the Vietman, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, and to prevent an attack on Iran. Waging Peace is David’s third book, his other books are Discovering Another Russia: The Journal of a Camping Trip and Backyard Russia: Getting to Know the Russian People. He has published articles in Sojourners, Fellowship, Peacework, Friends Journal, Western Friend/Friends Bulletin, Waging Nonviolence, and National Catholic Reporter. Can’t make it to Germantown on December 7? Check out David’s tour schedule for other opportunities to see him: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/blog/david-hartsough-book-tour

SAVE THE DATE
2015 PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE HELD JULY 29-AUG. 2, 2014
The residential sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held next summer on July 29 through Aug. 2 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. “Open Our Eyes That We May See” is the theme. There will be programs for all ages, with financial aid available. There will be worship, fellowship, conduct of business, discussion of public issues, sharing of actions, and lots of time for fun and talking. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Nov. 7, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
We earnestly advise all who attend our meetings to lift their hearts to God immediately on taking their seats. The avoidance of distracting conversation beforehand is a great help to this end, and the walk to meeting may often prove a true preparation for divine worship. The meeting affects the ministry quite as truly as the ministry affects the meeting. If those who come together do so in expectant faith, and in genuine love and sympathy with one another, striving to put far from them thoughts of criticism and fault-finding, and praying earnestly that the right persons may be led to speak and the right messages be given, they will not go away unhelped. It is in such an atmosphere that the Holy Spirit can work effectively to bring forth the utterances that are needed, and to check those that are not required. On the other hand, the spirit of indifference or of cold and unfriendly criticism injures the whole life of the meeting, and we need not wonder if in such an atmosphere speakers
mistake their guidance. –Revision Committee, London Yearly Meeting, 1911

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 9, 2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Business (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Leanna and Randall Whitman
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Jarka-Sellers family

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AGENDA
Meeting for Business, Nov. 9, 2014
Query 12
Opening worship
October’s minutes
School Committee report (See attached: “Report_to_GMM_Fall”)
Care & Visiting report
Trustees’ report
Update from Treasurer
Update on Bududa by Barbara Wybar (See News of Friends, below.)
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

ADULT CLASS: NOV. 16 AND 23, (9 a.m., in social room)
On November 16: Tory Smith of the AFSC will join us. He will lead a worship sharing on the Palestinian/Israel conflict. Tory is a graduate of Earlham College Peace and Global Studies Program. He was studying in Palestine during the Arab Spring. Please join us for this important topic.

On November 23: We will have Worship Sharing, using queries on current racial issues. All are welcome; please join us as we continue to help the Meeting be more sensitive and inclusive to all members and attenders.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

WELCOME TO THE WORLD!
Ella Nakawatase-Cabral was born on the morning of November 7 at Pennsylvania Hospital, weighing six pounds, five ounces. She is the daughter of Leana Cabral and Kenzo Nakawatase, who is the son of Jean Hunt and our member Masaru Edmund Nakawatase.

BARBARA WYBAR TO BE WITH US THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, our member Barbara Wybar will be with us to give us an update in Meeting for Business on her work in Bududa, Uganda, and to sell handmade materials from Bududa during social hour. Purchase of these lovely items is a great way to support Barbara’s work and the people in Bududa.

HAVERFORD QUAKER COLLECTION THANKS GMM FOR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES
A number of people in our Meeting are working behind the scenes to put our records in order, part of which involves depositing our older records in Haverford College Library’s Quaker Collection. We received a lovely letter of acknowledgement this week from Curator Ann W. Upton, naming several of our Friends who have been working hard. (Please note that there are other Friends who are working on other parts of our records, and they are not all named here.): “Today Leanna Lee Whitman brought 89 marriage certificates from Germantown Monthly Meeting (1968-1999) to Haverford College for deposit. This valuable addition to your meeting’s records continues the sequence of such records. Within the week I will place the marriage certificates with the other records of your meeting and update the inventory on the web for easy future access. Many thanks to Leanna, who worked with Carla Childs, Joanne Sharpless, and Randal Whitman to collect, organize, and index these certificates.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SYMPOSIUM THIS WEEK AT GFS ON WORLD WAR ONE
A symposium on World War I is taking placing today through next Friday at Germantown Friends School. There will be showings of several films, an assembly on Monday about World War I, and a commemoration of Armistice Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11. On Thursday, the Upper School will hold a programmed Meeting for Worship at 10:05 a.m., reflecting on this passage from PYM Faith & Practice: “We support those who resist cooperation with conscription and those who oppose war by performing work as conscientious objectors. While counseling against military service, we hold in love our members who feel they must undertake it…. The almost unimaginable devastation that results from modern war makes ever more urgent its total elimination…. Our historic peace testimony must be also be a living testimony, as we work to give concrete expression to our ideals, often in opposition to prevailing opinion.” Following Meeting for Worship on Thursday, our member Michael Mini will, at 11 a.m. in the West Room of Loeb Auditorium, discuss: “It Was The Worst War Ever For Soldiers.” All events are open to Friends and attenders from Germantown Meeting. A schedule is attached: “Symposium on WWI.”

JIM & DEB FINE TO SPEAK ON WAR & THE ISLAMIC STATE, SUNDAY, Nov. 9
Long-time aid workers and Friends, Jim and Deb Fine, who just returned from Iraq, will speaker about “Missing from the War Narrative: Why it will be hard for the U.S. to contain and weaken, let alone degrade and destroy, the Islamic State,” accompanied by photos. It will take place this Sunday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m., at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. There will be a potluck dinner before their talk, beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share.) Jim and Deb recently worked for Mennonite Central Committee, based in Erbil, capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq, where they administered relief, development, and peacebuilding work with Iraqi partners. Both served with the American Friends Service Committee in Jerusalem in the 1970s and 1980s. Hear what you’re not going to hear elsewhere, and bring your questions and concerns. For more information: call Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818.

LAKEY TO DISCUSS PNC BANK & MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL, Nov. 13
This Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., George Lakey and Hannah Jeffrey of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) will discuss their work to call attention to PNC Bank’s financing of mountaintop removal, for which they have used nonviolent demonstrations to challenge and publicize. They will show a short video of the devastating result of mountaintop removal. The talk will be in the social room of Germantown Meeting. Free. All are welcome. For more information, contact Chris Nicholson, 215-844-7076.

VISIT GWYNEDD MEETING ON NOV. 14 WITH PYM GENERAL SECRETARY
Christie Duncan-Tesmer, general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), invites any and all Friends to join her in visiting several different monthly meetings in November. At each, Friends will share a meal of baked potatoes and green salad, which will be provided. Friends are asked to bring toppings for the baked potatoes, such as crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, minced onions, chili, sour cream, butter, and anything else that would taste good “loaded” on a baked potato. For more information, go to www.pym.org. These are the next four meetings and dates:
Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. — Gwynedd Meeting, 1101 Dekalb Pike,Gwynedd, PA 19454
Sunday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. — Millville Meeting, 351 E. Main St., Millville, PA 17846
Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. — Princeton Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Sunday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m. — Lancaster Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603

HELP RESTORE JOHN WOOLMAN MEMORIAL
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the John Woolman Memorial in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, Friends are needed to help restore the property and donate toward the project. Woolman was a widely known and admired advocate for peaceful relations with Native Americans and an advocate for abolition of slavery. Volunteers are also needed to plan the 2015 celebration and carry it out. If you would like to get involved, contact jwoolman@bellatlantic.net. Contributions may be sent to John Woolman Memorial, 99 Branch St., Mt. Holly, NJ 08060.

TUTORS NEEDED FOR ADULTS AT ST. VINCENT’S LEARNING CENTER
Did you know that one in five adults in Philadelphia struggle with basic reading and math tasks? You can become part of helping them learn these basic skills by volunteering at Community Learning Center at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church near Germantown and Chelten avenues. Volunteers work with small groups of adult learners during daytime hours on Tuesday and Thursday. Training and materials provided. Bachelor’s degree required. Contact volunteer@communitylearningcenter.org, or call 267-463-2306, ext. 1.

PLAN AHEAD

OUTREACH & COMMUNICATIONS THREAD GATHERING, NOV. 15
The Outreach & Communications Thread Gathering is an opportunity for grounding and skills development for Friends who are active in the ministry of communicating and connecting within our meetings. Free. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Thread Gatherings offer wisdom and experience sharing, workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For information, go to www.pym.org.

ROSS HENNESY TO SPEAK ABOUT QVS AT BUCKS QUARTER, NOV. 16
“Service as a Sacrament” is the topic our member Ross Hennesy will address in a talk at Bucks Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. It will take place at Solebury Monthly Meeting, 2680 Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Ross is coordinator of the Philadelphia program of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), which provides young people with a year-long opportunity to live in community while working in organizations that serve marginalized people. Ross will speak about how service becomes a sacrament through which the giver receives the healing power and life of the Spirit by working for the good of others.

ALL ARE INVITED TO FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 20-23
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) invites everyone to come to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23 for its Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute. Learn how to lobby at the national level and practice it on the spot. Meet FCNL’s professional Quaker lobbyists. Update your knowledge about Iran and its nuclear development program. Join other Quakers from your area to lobby your member(s) of Congress. Both the Annual Meeting and Public Policy Institute are open to all adults, but FCNL is making a special effort to engage Young Adult Friends by making funds available to cover travel, lodging, and registration for the Policy Institute in particular. For information, contact Julia Neuman, FCNL program assistant, at julia@fcnl.org. Cost for the Quaker Public Policy Institute (Nov. 20-21) is $25-$50. Cost for the Annual Public Meeting and the Policy Institute (Nov. 20-23) is $250 for Young Adult Friends (under 30 years of age).

PHARMACIST TO TALK ABOUT FLU SEASON–AND VALUE OF VACCINES FOR SENIORS
A registered pharmacist with 22 years of experience, Megan Gill, will talk about the vaccines available for seniors and why vaccines–especially flu shots– are an important way to fight illness. The talk will take place on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Branch Library, at the corner of Germantown Ave. and East Sedgwick Street. Megan Gill is manager of Chestnut Hill Pharmacy and will address the topics of how medicines affect our bodies as we age, what questions we should ask our pharmacist, and how the role of pharmacist is changing in the medical profession. It is sponsored by Mutual Mt. Airy, a community group that looks for ways for people to stay in their homes as they age. Come at 6:30 p.m., if you would like to learn more about Mutual Mt. Airy, visit with people, and enjoy refreshments. For information, contact Peter or Anne Javsicas.

HOSPITALITY NETWORK HOSTS ‘EMPTY BOWL’ DINNER TO RAISE MONEY
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) is hosting a fund raising dinner to support its programs for people in the area who are homeless. Cost is $20. It will take place Nov. 29, with three seatings, beginning at 4 p.m., at Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Avenue.

DAVID HARTSOUGH TO SPEAK HERE ON DEC. 7
David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco Friends Meeting, exectutive director of Peaceworks and co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, will speak at Germantown Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. about his new book Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. David spent eighteen years with the AFSC and was active in the Occupy Movement. Inspired by Ghandi and King, Hartsough spends his life engaging in active nonviolence, working in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons & drones, to end the Vietman, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, and to prevent an attack on Iran. Waging Peace is David’s third book, his other books are Discovering Another Russia: The Journal of a Camping Trip and Backyard Russia: Getting to Know the Russian People. He has published articles in Sojourners, Fellowship, Peacework, Friends Journal, Western Friend/Friends Bulletin, Waging Nonviolence, and National Catholic Reporter. Can’t make it to Germantown on December 7th? Check out David’s tour schedule for other opportunities to see him: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/blog/david-hartsough-book-tour

FOR THE YOUNG

Call for Submissions for Friends Journal’s Student Voices Project
Middle schoolers (grades 6-8) and high schoolers (grades 9-12) are invited to submit entries on the theme “Peace, Conflict, and Justice” to Friends Journal by January 5, 2015, to be considered for publication in April as part of the Annual Student Voices Project. Submissions are welcome from all students at Friends schools (Quaker and non-Quaker) and also Quaker students in other educational venues. There are eight categories, such as Story Time, Interview, Visual Art, and Photography. Email questions to departments@friendsjournal.org. Information: www.friendsjournal.org/studentvoices.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Oct. 31, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The first [person] that enters into the place of your meeting …turn in thy mind to the light, and wait upon God singly, as if none were present but the Lord; and here thou art strong. Then the next that comes in, let them in simplicity of heart sit down and turn in to the same light, and wait in the spirit; and so all the rest coming in, in the fear of the Lord, sit down in pure stillness and silence of all flesh, and wait in the light…. Those who are brought to a pure still waiting upon God in
the spirit, are come nearer to the Lord than words are; for God is a spirit, and in the spirit is he worshiped…. In such a meeting there will be an unwillingness to part asunder, being ready to say in yourselves, it is good to be here; and this is the end of all words and writings to bring people to the eternal living Word. –Alexander Parker, 1660

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 2, 2014

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: TBA
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Bassert-Marshall family

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: Meeting for Business, Nov. 9, 2014
AGENDA
Query 12
Opening worship
October’s minutes
School Committee report
Care & Visiting report
Treasurer’s report
Fiscal Committee’s Report on the audit
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

SHARPLESS-AUERBACH WEDDING ON OCT. 11
Our member Sarah Kite Sharpless wedded Brian Auerbach on Saturday, Oct. 11, in an evening ceremony at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. They will both take the name “Sharpless” as their middle name and use “Auerbach” as their last name. Sarah is the daughter of Thomas and Joanne Sharpless, who are members of our Meeting.

SEE OUR YOUNG FRIENDS ON A HIKEYoung_Friends_hiking_smallest
Attached to this bulletin is a photo of our Young Friends on a late-summer hike to Hawk Mountain with their adult advisors. The photo was taken by Natasha Kassell and sent to the Meeting Office by email. Take a look at this enthusiastic group!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TALK BY HELEN FILE ON HOUSE OF INDUSTRY
Helen File, former director of the Arch Street Meeting House, will give a talk about the House of Industry on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m., at 4th & Arch streets. All are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch. The House of Industry was opened by the Philadelphia Society for the Employment and Instruction of the Poor as a practical response to the influx of immigrant poor in the mid-1800s. It offered shelter, food, job training, lessons in speaking English, and other practical programs. Helen File is the former long-time director of the Arch Street Meeting House.

INVITATION TO VISIT FIVE OTHER MEETINGS IN NOVEMBER
Christie Duncan-Tesmer, general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), invites any and all Friends to join her in visiting five different monthly meetings in November. At each, Friends will share a meal of baked potatoes and green salad, which will be provided. Friends are asked to bring toppings for the baked potatoes, such as crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, minced onions, chili, sour cream, butter, and anything else that would taste good “loaded” on a baked potato. For more information, go to www.pym.org.These are the meetings and dates:
Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. — Centre Meeting, Center Meeting Road, Wilmington,DE 19807
Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. — Gwynedd Meeting, 1101 Dekalb Pike,Gwynedd, PA 19454
Sunday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. — Millville Meeting, 351 E. Main St., Millville, PA 17846
Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. — Princeton Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Sunday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m. — Lancaster Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603

HELP GET JOHN WOOLMAN MEMORIAL IN SHAPE
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the John Woolman Memorial in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, Friends are asking for helpers and donations to work on maintenance and restoration of the property. Woolman was a widely known and admired advocate for peaceful relations with Native Americans and an advocate for the abolition of slavery. Volunteers are also needed to plan the 2015 celebration and carry it out. If you would like to get involved, contact jwoolman@bellatlantic.net. Contributions may be sent to John Woolman Memorial, 99 Branch St., Mt. Holly, NJ 08060.

PLAN AHEAD

OUTREACH & COMMUNICATIONS THREAD GATHERING, NOV. 15
The Outreach & Communications Thread Gathering is an opportunity for grounding and skills development for Friends who are active in the ministry of communicating and connecting within our meetings. Free. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Thread Gatherings offer wisdom and experience sharing, workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For information, go to www.pym.org.

ROSS HENNESY TO SPEAK ABOUT QVS AT BUCKS QUARTER, NOV. 16
“Service as a Sacrament” is the topic our member Ross Hennesy will address in a talk at Bucks Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. It will take place at Solebury Monthly Meeting, 2680 Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Ross is coordinator of the Philadelphia program of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), which provides young people with a yearlong opportunity to live in community while doing work in organizations that serve marginalized people. Ross will speak about how service becomes a sacrament, through which the giver receives the healing power and life of the Spirit from open-hearted work for others.

HOSPITALITY NETWORK HOSTS ‘EMPTY BOWL’ DINNER TO RAISE MONEY
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) is hosting a fund raising dinner to support its programs for people in the area who are homeless. Cost is $20. It will take place Nov. 29, with three seatings, beginning at 4 p.m., at Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Avenue.

DAVID HARTSOUGH TO SPEAK HERE ON DEC. 7
David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco Friends Meeting, exectutive director of Peaceworks and co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, will speak at Germantown Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. about his new book Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. David spent eighteen years with the AFSC and was active in the Occupy Movement. Inspired by Ghandi and King, Hartsough spends his life engaging in active nonviolence, working in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons & drones, to end the Vietman, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, and to prevent an attack on Iran. Waging Peace is David’s third book, his other books are Discovering Another Russia: The Journal of a Camping Trip and Backyard Russia: Getting to Know the Russian People. He has published articles in Sojourners, Fellowship, Peacework, Friends Journal, Western Friend/Friends Bulletin, Waging Nonviolence, and National Catholic Reporter.

FOR THE YOUNG

Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

Middle School and Young Friends, and adults program about Native Peoples of North America on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Called “Re-Discovering America,” the program lasts approximately one hour, raises issues of peace and justice, and is known as “authentic, experiential, moving, powerful.” The co-creator of the program, Paula Palmer from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will be the leader. For information, contact Irene McHenry,member CHMM Religious Education Committee.

Call for Submissions for Friends Journal’s Student Voices Project
Middle schoolers (grades 6-8) and high schoolers (grades 9-12) are invited to submit entries on the theme “Peace, Conflict, and Justice” to Friends Journal by January 5, 2015, to be considered for publication in April as part of the Annual Student Voices Project. Submissions are welcome from all students at Friends schools (Quaker and non-Quaker) and also Quaker students in other educational venues. There are eight categories, such as Story Time, Interview, Visual Art, and Photography. Email questions to departments@friendsjournal.org. Information: www.friendsjournal.org/studentvoices.

Apply Now for PYM Youth Programs Internship
This program offers valuable experience to young adults by involving them in one of the youth programs of the yearly meeting. As an award for their service, interns receive $500 toward their participation in Quaker events or on experiences of professional development toward Quaker service. For more information, contact Tricia Coscia, PYM Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, 215 241-7238, volunteers@pym.org, or visit www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/featured-program-opportunities/youth-program-internship.

TAKE ACTION

REMEMBER TO VOTE — TUESDAY, NOV. 4!
For non-partisan information on the candidates and the three questions on the ballot, go to the website of The Committee of Seventy, www.seventy.org, or call 1-855-738-3689 .

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Oct. 24, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.” –Isaac Penington, 1667

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 26, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class on fracking and environmental issues in the social room (See below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Donna Wilhelm & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Cary-Kane family

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). After that, children will gather for a community-building activity. This month we are baking cookies.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OCTOBER ADULT CLASSES TO FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

On October 26, Adult Class will focus on fracking and the environment. 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome. Panel of speakers will include:
Poune Saberi, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter Coordinator
Sam Bernhardt, Phila. Coordinator, Food and Water Watch
Matt Walker, Clean Air Council
Special thanks to the Environmental Concerns Working Group for organizing the presentations this week and last week.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

KEN ALDRIDGE TO HEAD WILMINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL
Our member Ken Aldridge will be the new head of Wilmington (DE) Friends School, beginning July 2015. He replaces Bryan Garan, who is moving on to become the head of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. Ken is currently Assistant Head of School for Academics at Wilmington Friends. Prior to that, he spent 18 years at Germantown Friends School, most recently serving as middle school princpal and, before that, as head of the science department. He began his career as a science teacher, coach, and Assistant Dean for Students at George School. He has served in many leadership roles at Friends Council on Education and at Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, an academic enrichment program for low-income students. He has served on numerous regional school accreditation teams and as a mentor to future school leaders at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, from which he received his master’s degree. We congratulate him on his new position, and we wish him a productive and happy future in his new role.

BARBARA BIRD & DONNA ANDERTON SEND THANKS FOR THEIR WEDDING CELEBRATION
“Barbara Bird and Donna Anderton want to express gratitude to the Meeting for support of their Spirit-led wedding on October 12 in Germantown Monthly Meeting, their spiritual home. It was a beautiful day in every way, and we so much appreciate our oversight committee, those who were able to come, and the overwhelming messages of celebration. All these made it particularly, and overwhelmingly, special for us. Thank you so very much. We look forward to seeing you all in June, we think,… Love from both of us, Barbara (pennbird@aol.com) and Donna (dkanderton@aol.com)”

MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW FOR JACK HAGNER
Jack Hagner, a former longtime GFS School Committee member, a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting, and a 1948 graduate of Germantown Friends School, died Oct. 20 after a long illness. A memorial service will be held for him tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m at Germantown Monthly Meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOIN A CIRCLE OF CARE THIS FALL
How do we take care of each other? Some Friends at Germantown Meeting have formed “circles of care” to provide pastoral care and spiritual support to each other. The circles meet monthly in homes, and each circle sets its own agenda. It’s a great way to form a smaller, more intimate community within our larger Meeting. If this sounds like something you would like to become part of, contact either Florence Mini (fbmini@gmail.com) or the Meeting office.

FRIENDLY EIGHTS DINNERS BEGIN IN NOVEMBER, SO SIGN UP NOW!
Everyone is warmly invited to sign up for Friendly Eights, a series of three informal dinners planned for the Meeting. Sign-up sheets will be in the social room each Sunday during October. The first dinner is Nov. 16. The next two are in January and March. Newcomers are encouraged to sign up, and everyone is warmly invited to take part. For information, contact Joanne Ford, joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

‘HAPPY 370th BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM PENN,’ OCT. 24-25
John Gallery, a Friend from Chestnut Hill Meeting and recent speaker at our Meeting’s adult class, will give an illustrated lecture on “William Penn, America’s First Real Estate Developer” at a fundraiser to benefit Arch Street Meetinghouse Preservation Trust, 4th & Arch streets, on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a free celebration, open to everyone, in honor of William Penn’s 370th birthday, and his wife Hannah Penn. It will include guided tours of the building and grounds, exhibits, craft demonstrations, and musical performances. For information, email WilliamPennBirthday@gmail.com.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 25
This is an opportunity for Friends to development skills in nurturing the spiritual lives of children in our meetings. At Thread Gatherings, Friends share their wisdom and experience on a common issue, take part in workshops, and get acquainted with others who have the same concern–a “thread” that runs through our meetings. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. For information, contact Benjamin Camp, at 215-241-7228 or Children@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/first-day-school-thread-gathering.

STENTON’S HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL, OCT. 25
All ages are welcome to take part in games, crafts, pumpkin painting, and a spooky cellar tour at Stenton’s Halloween Harvest Festival tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 25. Wear your Halloween costume, if you’ve got one. Light refreshments. Free; reservations requested by calling 215-329-7312 or emailing programs@stenton.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 26, EXAMINES RACE AND CLIMATE ISSUES
Philadelphia Quarter will hold a program on Sunday, Oct. 26, on “Building Resilience and Integrity in the Face of Racism and Climate Change.” It will be held at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 School House Lane. These two great challenges of our time will be considered, and queries will be drafted to take back to monthly meetings. Please bring a dish to share for lunch. Childcare will be available, beginning at 12:30 p.m., when the program begins. All are invited to join Friends of Green Street Monthly Meeting for a Bible study program at 9:15 a.m., followed by meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m.

INTERFAITH CONFERENCE ON ‘CLIMATE JUSTICE: FAITH IN ACTION,’ OCT. 26
Why is climate change a justice issue, and what does faith have to do with it? These questions will be addressed by a panel of environmental and faith-based activists at a conference this Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St., Philadelphia 19144. Sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. It will feature a video presentation by Bill McKibbon. There will also be workshops about changing socio-economic systems, raising public awareness, emotional obstacles to making change, preaching about climate change, and learning to be a teen leader on climate change issues. Cost is $10. To register or arrange for child care, contact go to www.paipl.org.

MUTUAL MT. AIRY PROGRAM ON LOSSES IN LIFE, OCT. 27
Everybody experiences losses – loss of a job, a parent, a home, a pet, a partner, a friend. It’s just part of life. In times of stress, knowing when and how to speak up for ourselves or with others can be difficult. So developing a “tool kit” can help us not only to face our own challenges, but to give compassionate support to friends and loved ones. You are invited to join Mutual Mt. Airy for a program with Ellen Weaver, rabbinic pastor, interfaith minister, spiritual guide, and director of
Weaving Wholeness. She will talk about steps in the processes of loss, practices for sustaining oneself, and exercises for healing. This will take place Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library, Germantown Ave. & East Sedgwick St.

PLAN AHEAD

OUTREACH & COMMUNICATIONS THREAD GATHERING, NOV. 15
The Outreach & Communications Thread Gathering is an opportunity for grounding and skills development for Friends who are active in the ministry of communicating and connecting within our meetings. Free. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Thread Gatherings offer wisdom and experience sharing, workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For information, go to www.pym.org.

ROSS HENNESY TO SPEAK ABOUT QVS AT BUCKS QUARTER, NOV. 16
“Service as a Sacrament” is the topic our member Ross Hennesy will address in a talk at Bucks Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. It will take place at Solebury Monthly Meeting, 2680 Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Ross is coordinator of the Philadelphia program of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), which provides young people with a yearlong opportunity to live in community while doing work in organizations that serve marginalized people. Ross will speak about how service becomes a sacrament, through which the giver receives the healing power and life of the Spirit from open-hearted work for others.

FOR THE YOUNG

Middle School Friends Fall Gathering, October 24-26, George School
“Quakers, the Early Days” is the theme for this gathering, as well as the all-important pumpkin carving. Go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

Middle School and Young Friends, and adults program about Native Peoples of North America on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Called “Re-Discovering America,” the program lasts approximately one hour, raises issues of peace and justice, and is known as “authentic, experiential, moving, powerful.” The co-creator of the program, Paula Palmer from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will be the leader. For information, contact Irene McHenry, member CHMM Religious Education Committee.

Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

Call for Submissions for Friends Journal’s Student Voices Project
Middle schoolers (grades 6-8) and high schoolers (grades 9-12) are invited to submit entries on the theme “Peace, Conflict, and Justice” to Friends Journal by January 5, 2015, to be considered for publication in April as part of the Annual Student Voices Project. Submissions are welcome from all students at Friends schools (Quaker and non-Quaker) and also Quaker students in other educational venues. There are eight categories, such as Story Time, Interview, Visual Art, and Photography. Email questions to departments@friendsjournal.org. Information: www.friendsjournal.org/studentvoices.

Apply Now for PYM Youth Programs Internship
This program offers valuable experience to young adults by involving them in one of the youth programs of the yearly meeting. As an award for their service, interns receive $500 toward their participation in Quaker events or on experiences of professional development toward Quaker service. For more information, contact Tricia Coscia, PYM Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, 215 241-7238, volunteers@pym.org, or visit
www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/featured-program-opportunities/youth-program-internship.

TAKE ACTION

FLY KITES, NOT KILLER DRONES!
Bring your kite, as a symbol of peace, to fly in the skies that enfold us all–to the Horsham Air Guard Station tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 25, at noon. This is the monthly demonstration to protest establishment of the Drone War Command Center at the station, which is moving forward. The protests have continued for more than a year and a half and draw people from many denominations to make their feelings known. There will be plenty of signs to hold. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community and cosponsored by many local peace, faith, and activist groups, including Germantown Friends Meeting. The location is at the entry gate to the Horsham Air Guard Station on the corner of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham. For information, background, or directions, go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events (Oct. 25) or call 610-544-1818.

JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting – Philadelphia, PA
Shuttle Driver Do you love PYM Youth Programs and want to support young people in attending them while ALSO getting paid? Consider being a shuttle driver! Shuttle Drivers will reserve an agreed-upon weekend for driving youth to and from a PYM youth event. Shuttle Drivers will be responsible for communications with families, including arranging pick up locations and will be responsible for maintaining an environment consistent with the community’s value. More info and a job description available
at www.pym.org.

Haddonfield Friends School – Haddonfield, NJ
Haddonfield Friends School is in need of a temporary, part-time employee in the finances department. This person needs to be detail-oriented, accurate, comfortable working with numbers and Excel, and have a high degree of discretion. General office assistance work will include making copies, sending faxes, writing letters, etc. Starts immediately. Preferred work hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday. For information, contact Ventina Hershey at 856-42-6786, ext. 218, or at
vhershey@haddonfieldfriends.org.

Pendle Hill – Wallingford, PA
For full job descriptions, go to www.pendlehill.org.

• Cook to work on a team to plan and prepare three meals a day, year round, for a community that varies from 30 to 120 people, due to conferences and short-term educational programs.

Facilities Manager to work as part of a team that tends to 24 acres and 20 buildings. Supervises one maintenance worker and outside contractors. Performs hands-on work, maintaining and improving buildings and equipment. Coordinates work orders and preventative maintenance, participates in planning and completing maintenance projects. Needs strong working knowledge of HVAC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, roofing, painting. Provides technical expertise for all physical plant problems.

Marketing Manager to work with colleagues in program and service, setting strategies for promoting Pendle Hill. Crafts messages about programs; identifies target audiences, attracts new guests to campus; uses media to raise the profile of Pendle Hill in new markets. Strengthens relationships with established constituents; uses resources effectively and stays within budget.

Director for Advancement works with executive director, senior staff members, and members of the board on development and marketing, especally a new capital campaign. Supervises several staff members. Speaking and outreach duties.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Oct. 17, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“I saw that an humble man, with the blessing of the Lord, might live on a little, and that where the heart was set on greatness, success in business did not satisfy the craving; but that commonly with an increase of wealth, the desire of wealth increased. There was a care on my mind so to pass my time that nothing might hinder me from the most steady attention to the voice of the true Shepherd.” –John Woolman

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 19, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class on environmental issues in mountaintop removal to extract coal. Social room (See description below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Bruce Bekker & Elissa Berardi
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Becky Johnson

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. After that, children meet with their respective age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OCTOBER ADULT CLASSES TO FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

On October 19 and 26, Adult Class will focus on environment concerns, meeting at 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome.

10/19 — Mountaintop Removal: Its present/future effects on air & water, with guests:
Frank Schaller, Soil-Food-Health Forum
Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council
Mike Roles, Clean Water Action

10/26 — Fracking, with guests:
Poune Saberi, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter Coordinator
Sam Bernhardt, Phila. Coordinator, Food and Water Watch
Matt Walker, Clean Air Council

Special thanks to the Environmental Concerns Working Group for organizing these opportunities to learn about and discuss these issues.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

ROSS HENNESY WRITES ABOUT VISIT TO FRIENDS IN STOCKHOLM
“I recently returned from a much-needed vacation in Scandinavia. While there, I worshiped with the local Friends in Stockholm, a small meeting set up by Quakers who were rebuilding there after the first World War. I was invited to dinner by a woman, a member of the meeting, who held dual citizenship in Sweden and the United States, and had been living there outside of Stockholm for more than 50 years. Over dinner, she showed me relics from her earlier years of service and activism. She had a piece of a sail from Pete Seeger’s Clearwater, as she had partnered with him to do “peace sails” to Russia during the Cold War. There were old etchings from her husband, a Swedish artist who used his craft to oppose the arms race in both the United States and the Soviet Union. There were also strewn about the house boxes of donated seeds for her current project, establishing environmental education centers in the former Soviet Union….”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GREENE ST. FRIENDS SCHOOL’S FALL FAIR, OCT. 18, TO BENEFIT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Greene Street Friends School’s Fall Fair will be Saturday, Oct.18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With carnival games, crafts such as pumpkin painting and tie-dyeing, the ever-popular haunted house and dunk tank, a silent auction featuring local businesses, homemade baked goods, lunch off the grill, and an array of vendors. Each spring the seventh grade class travels to Costa Rica for 10 days of Spanish language immersion, as well as cultural and environmental experiences. The funds also support exchange students from Costa Rica who will visit in November.

AWBURY’S HARVEST FESTIVAL & FLEA MARKET, OCT. 18
Get ready for celebrating the glories of fall at Awbury Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a flea market, with food, pumpkins, and cider for sale, accompanied by music, and many other events. It will be held at the Education Center at the Awbury Agricultural Village, 1011 E. Washington Lane. Entrances are on Washington Lane and Ardleigh Street.

HISTORIC FAIR HILL’S ORCHARD HARVEST DAY, OCT. 18
Lend a hand with putting the garden to be for the season and join in fall festivities at ORCHARD HARVEST DAY tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Historic Fair Hill, Germantown Avenue & Cambria Street in North Philadelphia. You will get a chance to make corn husk dolls, harvest Gingko Biloba fruit to process as a memory aid, and warm up around a campfire, with hot cider, popcorn, and apples. For more information, go to www.historicfairhill.org.

QUAKER APPROACHES TO END-OF-LIFE ISSUES, OCT. 19
There will be a one-day workshop on “Living and Dying Well in Quaker Community” on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Medford Friends Meeting, 14 Union Street, Medford NJ 08055. Learn about Quaker approaches to end-of-life issues and the role of the meeting community in providing pastoral care and support to Friends. Worship is at 10 a.m. The program (including lunch) will be from 10:45 a.m. till 3 p.m. Free. Child/adult day care available with pre-registration. Features Barbara Spring, of New York Yearly Meeting’s Aging Resources & Consultation Services, and George Schaefer, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Care & Aging Programs. For more information and registration, go to info@medfordfriendsmeeting.org or call 609-953-8914.

JOIN A CIRCLE OF CARE THIS FALL
How do we take care of each other? Some Friends at Germantown Meeting have formed “circles of care” to provide pastoral care and spiritual support to each other. The circles meet monthly in homes, and each circle sets its own agenda. It’s a great way to form a smaller, more intimate community within our larger Meeting. If this sounds like something you would like to become part of, contact either Florence Mini (fbmini@gmail.com) or the Meeting office.

FRIENDLY EIGHTS DINNERS BEGIN IN NOVEMBER, SO SIGN UP NOW!
Everyone is warmly invited to sign up for Friendly Eights, the series of three informal dinners planned for the Meeting. Sign-up sheets will be in the social room each Sunday during October. The first dinner is Nov. 16. The next two are in January and March. Newcomers are encouraged to sign up, and everyone is warmly invited to take part. For information, contact Joanne Ford, joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

PLAN AHEAD

‘HAPPY 370th BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM PENN,’ OCT. 24-25
John Gallery, a Friend from Chestnut Hill Meeting and recent speaker at our Meeting’s adult class, will give an illustrated lecture on “William Penn, America’s First Real Estate Developer” at a fundraiser to benefit Arch Street Meetinghouse Preservation Trust, 4th & Arch streets, on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a free celebration, open to everyone, in honor of William Penn’s 370th birthday, and his wife Hannah Penn. It will include guided tours of the building and grounds, exhibits, craft demonstrations, and musical performances. For information, call 215-413-1804 or email WilliamPennBirthday@gmail.com.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 25
This is an opportunity for Friends to development skills in nurturing the spiritual lives of children in our meetings. At Thread Gatherings, Friends share their wisdom and experience on a common issue, take part in workshops, and get acquainted with others who have the same concern–a “thread” that runs through our meetings. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. For information, contact Benjamin Camp, at 215-241-7228 or Children@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/first-day-school-thread-gathering-oct-18.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING OCT. 26 AT GREEN STREET FRIENDS
Philadelphia Quarter will hold a program meeting on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 School House Lane. The topic is likely to be about a new commitment on the part of the Yearly Meeting to become a more welcoming community for people of color.

MUTUAL MT. AIRY PROGRAM FEATURES SPEAKER ON LOSSES IN LIFE, OCT. 27
Everybody experiences losses – loss of a job, a parent, a home, a pet, a partner, a friend. It’s just part of life. In times of stress, knowing when and how to speak up for ourselves or with others can be difficult. So developing a “toolkit” can help us not only to face our own challenges, but to give compassionate support to friends and loved ones. You are invited to join Mutual Mt. Airy for a program with Ellen Weaver, rabbinic pastor, interfaith minister, spiritual guide, and director of Weaving Wholeness. She will talk about steps in the processes of loss, practices for sustaining oneself, and exercises for healing. This will take place Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library, Germantown Ave. & East Sedgwick St.

FOR THE YOUNG

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Middle School Friends Fall Gathering, October 24-26, George School “Quakers, the Early Days” is the theme for this gathering, as well as the all-important pumpkin carving. Go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

Middle School and Young Friends, and interested adults are invited to a program about Native Peoples of North America on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Called “Re-Discovering America,” the program lasts approximately one hour, raises issues of peace and justice, and is known as “authentic, experiential, moving, powerful.” The co-creator of the program, Paula Palmer from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will be the leader. For information, contact Irene McHenry, member CHMM Religious Education Committee.

REGISTER NOW! Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR FRIENDS JOURNAL’S STUDENT VOICES PROJECT
Middle schoolers (grades 6-8) and high schoolers (grades 9-12) are invited to submit entries on the theme “Peace, Conflict, and Justice” to Friends Journal by January 5, 2015, to be considered for publication in April as part of the Annual Student Voices Project. Submissions are welcome from all students at Friends schools (Quaker and non-Quaker) and also Quaker students in other educational venues. There are eight categories, such as Story Time, Interview, Visual Art, and Photography. Email questions to departments@friendsjournal.org. Information: www.friendsjournal.org/studentvoices.

APPLY NOW FOR PYM YOUTH PROGAM INTERNSHIP
An opportunity for young adults. This program offers valuable experience to young adults by involving them in one of the youth programs of the yearly meeting. As an award for their service, interns receive $500 toward their participation in Quaker events or on experiences of professional development toward Quaker service. For more information, contact Tricia Coscia, PYM Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, 215 241-7238, volunteers@pym.org, or visit www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/featured-program-opportunities/youth-program-internship.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Oct. 10, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Business (See agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Carla Childs and Bill Cozzens
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Ken & Joanne Ford

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. After that, children meet with their respective age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS, Sunday, Oct. 12
Query 11/Opening worship
September’s minutes
Care and Visiting
Worship and Ministry- QVS reflection and evaluation
Fundraising update
Annual Sessions reflections
Interim Meeting report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

Query about our experience with Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS): What has the Meeting learned that would be helpful to another Meeting that wishes to serve as host for Quaker Voluntary Service?

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OCTOBER ADULT CLASSES TO FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

On October 19 and 26, Adult Class will focus on environment concerns, meeting at 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome.

10/19 – Talking about Mountaintop Removal and its present/future effects on air & water with guests:
Frank Schaller, Soil-Food-Health Forum
Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council
Mike Roles, Clean Water Action

10/26 – Talking about Fracking with guests:
Poune Saberi, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter Coordinator
Sam Bernhardt, Phila. Coordinator, Food and Water Watch
Matt Walker, Clean Air Council

Special thanks to the Environmental Concerns Working Group for organizing these opportunities to learn about and discuss these important issues.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

WEDDING OF DONNA ANDERTON & BARBARA BIRD ON SUNDAY, OCT 12
Everyone is invited to the marriage of Donna Anderton and Barbara Bird, this Sunday, Oct.12, at 3 p.m. in the Meeting House. Although they now live in Florida, they are long-term members of Germantown Meeting and are pleased to now be able to be legally married in Pennsylvania. Come at 2:30 to hear a string trio perform before the Meeting for Worship for Marriage. Light refreshments served afterward.

GAY JOHNSON COMING HOME FROM REHAB TODAY
Today we celebrate Gay Johnson’s continued healing from knee replacement surgery, because she is coming back to her own home from rehab. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in Meeting again, we hope in the not-too-distant future. Her daughter Becky Johnson reports that Gay has enjoyed all the cards and phone calls she has received from concerned F/friends.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FORUM ON THE WAR ON DRUGS, TOMORROW, OCT. 11
There will be a forum entitled “The War on Drugs: How Can We End It?,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. Featured will be Reggie Shuford, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Joseph Hayden, longtime activist on criminal justice issues in New York City. The forum will focus on origins of the war on drugs, its role as a major driver of mass incarceration, its racist effects on neighborhoods, and its impact on foreign policy. The forum will also explore ways to end the war on drugs, including decriminalization and legalization of some currently illegal substances, and examine this issue as a public health, not a criminal justice, concern. The forum is sponsored by our Meeting’s Working Group on Mass Incarceration.

JOIN A CIRCLE OF CARE THIS FALL
How do we take care of each other? Some Friends at Germantown Meeting have formed “circles of care” to provide pastoral care and spiritual support to each other. The circles meet monthly in homes, and each circle sets its own agenda. It’s a great way to form a smaller, more intimate community within our larger Meeting. If this sounds like something you would like to become part of, please contact either Florence Mini (fbmini@gmail.com) or the Meeting office.

FRIENDLY EIGHTS DINNERS BEGIN IN NOVEMBER, SO SIGN UP NOW!
Everyone is warmly invited to sign up for Friendly Eights, the series of three informal dinners planned for the Meeting. Sign-up sheets will be in the social room each Sunday during October. The first dinner is Nov. 16. The next two are in January and March. Newcomers are encouraged to sign up, and everyone is warmly invited to take part. For information, contact Joanne Ford, 215-844-8054 or joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

BARBARA WYBAR ANNOUNCES NEW NEWSLETTER FOR BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER
Our member Barbara Wybar, founder of the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda, announces that the Center has a new online newsletter and invites everybody to take a look and catch up on things that are going on there. Here is the web address: http://bududa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/NL1014.pdf

CALLING ALL WOODWORKERS TO CREATE BEAUTY AT PENDLE HILL
Pendle Hill Quaker study and conference center invites all woodworkers to apply their creative skills to beautiful pieces of wood from the center’s 300-year-old American Beech tree and other storm-damaged trees on the grounds. Beech, walnut, cherry, and Kentucky coffee wood will furnish the makings of functional and decorative projects, by the hands of crafts people. The items will be exhibited and sold at auction to raise funds for Pendle Hill. For further information, contact Wright Horne at (609) 774-3049 or wrightfurniture@msn.com.

TRY THESE WEBSITE ADDRESSES FOR OUR MEETING
Find more information about Meeting events, a calendar of activities, and webpages by our Environmental Concerns Working Group at the below web addresses. If these links do not work for you from this document, highlight them, copy, and paste them into your web browser’s address line. Thanks go to our member Rob Smith for providing these.

The meeting’s website: http://germantownmeeting.org/index.html
The meeting’s calendar of events: http://gmm.gfsnet.org/wordpress/?page_id=41
The meeting’s donation page: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=2303
The Environmental Concerns web page: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=190

PLAN AHEAD

GREENE ST. FRIENDS SCHOOL’S FALL FAIR, OCT. 18, TO BENEFIT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Greene Street Friends School’s Fall Fair will be Saturday, Oct.18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With carnival games, crafts such as pumpkin painting and tie-dyeing, the ever-popular haunted house and dunk tank, a silent auction featuring local businesses, homemade baked goods, lunch off the grill, and an array of vendors. Each spring the seventh grade class travels to Costa Rica for 10 days of Spanish language immersion, as well as cultural and environmental experiences. The funds also support exchange students from Costa Rica who will visit in November.

AWBURY’S HARVEST FESTIVAL & FLEA MARKET, OCT. 18
Get ready for celebrating the glories of fall at Awbury Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a flea market, with food, pumpkins, and cider for sale, accompanied by music, and many other events. Volunteers are still needed, if you would like to get in the thick of things. Sign up at www.awbury.org/events/save-date-fall-harvest-festival-flea-market/. It will be held at the Education Center at the Awbury Agricultural Village, 1011 E. Washington Lane. Entrances are on Washington Lane and Ardleigh Street.

QUAKER APPROACHES TO END-OF-LIFE ISSUES, OCT. 19
There will be a one-day workshop on “Living and Dying Well in Quaker Community” on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Medford Friends Meeting, 14 Union Street, Medford NJ 08055. Learn about Quaker approaches to end-of-life issues and the role of the meeting community in providing pastoral care and support to Friends. Worship is at 10 a.m. The program (including lunch) will be from 10:45 a.m. till 3 p.m. Free. Child/adult day care available with pre-registration. Features Barbara Spring, of New York Yearly Meeting’s Aging Resources & Consultation Services, and George Schaefer, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Care & Aging Programs. For more information and registration, go to info@medfordfriendsmeeting.org or call 609-953-8914.

‘HAPPY 370th BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM PENN,’ OCT. 24-25
John Gallery, a Friend from Chestnut Hill Meeting and recent speaker at our Meeting’s adult class, will give an illustrated lecture on “William Penn, America’s First Real Estate Developer” at a fundraiser to benefit Arch Street Meetinghouse Preservation Trust, 4th & Arch streets, on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a free celebration, open to everyone, in honor of William Penn’s 370th birthday, and his wife Hannah Penn. It will include guided tours of the building and grounds, exhibits, craft demonstrations, and musical performances. For information, call 215-413-1804 or email WilliamPennBirthday@gmail.com.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 25
This is an opportunity for Friends to development skills in nurturing the spiritual lives of children in our meetings. At Thread Gatherings, Friends share their wisdom and experience on a common issue, take part in workshops, and get acquainted with others who have the same concern–a “thread” that runs through our meetings. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. For information, contact Benjamin Camp, at 215-241-7228 or Children@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/first-day-school-thread-gathering-oct-18.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING ON OCT. 26 AT GREEN STREET FRIENDS
Philadelphia Quarter will hold a program meeting on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 School House Lane. The topic is likely to be about a new commitment on the part of the Yearly Meeting to become a more welcoming community for people of color.

MUTUAL MT. AIRY PROGRAM FEATURES SPEAKER ON LOSSES IN LIFE, OCT. 27
Everybody experiences losses of a job, a parent, a home, a pet, a partner, a friend. It’s just part of life. In times of stress, knowing when and how to speak up for ourselves or with others can be difficult. So developing a “toolkit” can help us not only to face our own challenges, but to give compassionate support to friends and loved ones. You are invited to join Mutual Mt. Airy for a program with Ellen Weaver, rabbinic pastor, interfaith minister, spiritual guide, and director of
Weaving Wholeness. She will talk about steps in the processes of loss, practices for sustaining oneself, and exercises for healing. This will take place Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library, Germantown Ave. & East Sedgwick.

TAKE ACTION

GLOBAL FRACKDOWN TAKES PLACE TOMORROW, OCT. 11
People who oppose fracking will gather tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Food & Water Watch office, 232 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, to take part in “Global Frackdown,” a world-wide day of action. More than 200 partner organizations will join Food & Water Watch members in taking a stand against fracking.

FLY KITES & PROTEST DRONE WARFARE, OCT. 11, AT LOCKHEED MARTIN
Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., join others at Lockheed Martin in protesting drone war and spying, and in flying kites to fill the skies with color and good will. Lockheed Martin, which is the world’s number one war profiteer, “makes a killing” in drone war and spying technology. It builds remote-control technology to operate drones, as well as the space-based satellites that direct war drones and their deadly Hellfire missiles. Bring your kite for flying in the skies that
belong to everyone. On display will be the Reaper Drone replica (housed in the basement of Germantown Meeting). The demonstration will take place outside Lockheed Martin’s offices behind the King of Prussia Mall, across from the IMAX theater, at Mall and Goddard boulevards. For more information, call Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

FOR THE YOUNG

PEACEMAKERS: YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION FORUM, OCT. 11
Tomorrow, Oct. 11, there will be a Youth Violence Prevention Forum at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia 19101, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is at 9 a.m. There will be speakers and workshops on knowing your rights, the impact of violence on families and communities, domestic violence and youth, and gun violence. Our member Jondhi Harrell will be one of the speakers. It is hosted by The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) and Frontline Dads, which is a mentoring program that serves “at-risk” and underserved youth in the Philadelphia area, particularly African Americans. For information and to register online, go to http://peacemakers014.eventbrite.com.

Junior Interim Meeting, October 11, Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch Streets
For Quaker kids, k-5th grade, working together on projects, playing together, having fun, and getting acquainted. Go to www.pym.org/children/events/junior-interim-meeting/.

Middle School Friends Fall Gathering, October 24-26, George School
“Quakers, the Early Days” is the theme for this gathering, as well as the all-important pumpkin carving. Go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

Middle School and Young Friends, and interested adults are invited to a program about Native Peoples of North America on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Called “Re-Discovering America,” the program lasts approximately one hour, raises issues of peace and justice, and is known as “authentic, experiential, moving, powerful.” The co-creator of the program, Paula Palmer from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will be the leader. For
information, contact Irene McHenry, member CHMM Religious Education Committee.

Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

APPLY NOW FOR PYM YOUTH PROGRAM INTERNSHIP
An opportunity for young adults. This program offers valuable experience to young adults by involving them in one of the youth programs of the yearly meeting. As an award for their service, interns receive $500 toward their participation in Quaker events or on experiences of professional development toward Quaker service. For more information, contact Tricia Coscia, PYM Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, 215 241-7238, volunteers@pym.org, or visit
www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/featured-program-opportunities/youth-program-internship.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Oct. 3, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness; it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy; it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death; it’s indifference.” –Elie Wiesel
[Original attribution is in unclear; the first sentence of this quotation is attributed to many sources.]

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 5, 2014
9 a.m. Worship & Ministry Committee in Friends Free Library (Germantown Friends School)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Deb Frazer and Jack Malinowski
11:30 a.m. CHILI LUNCH in Social Room
Greeters & Refreshments: Denise DeLaurentis & family

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join Meeting for Worship with adults in Meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10: 30 a.m. After that, children meet with their respective age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OCTOBER ADULT CLASSES TO FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

On October 19 and 26, Adult Class will focus on environment concerns, meeting at 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome.

10/19 – Talking about Mountaintop Removal and it’s present/future effects on air & water with guests:
Frank Schaller, Soil-Food-Health Forum
Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council
Mike Roles, Clean Water Action

10/26 – Talking about Fracking with guests:
Poune Saberi, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter Coordinator
Sam Bernhardt, Phila. Coordinator, Food and Water Watch
Matt Walker, Clean Air Council

Special thanks to the Environmental Concerns Working Group for organizing these opportunities to learn about and discuss these important issues.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

COME TO OUR SCRUMPTIOUS CHILI LUNCH THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 5!
Please join us for fall fellowship and a hearty lunch this Sunday, Oct. 5, in the social room at rise of Meeting. Several varieties of chili will be served, along with cornbread, salad, and dessert. Relax and connect with other Meeting members and attenders over a delicious bowl of chili. All are welcome and warmly encouraged to attend.

TRY THESE WEBSITE ADDRESSES FOR OUR MEETING
Find more information about Meeting events, a calendar of activities, and webpages by our Environmental Concerns Working Group at the below web addresses. Remember, if these links do not work for you from this document, highlight them, copy, and paste them into your web browser’s address line. Thanks go to our member Rob Smith for providing these.

The meeting’s website: http://germantownmeeting.org/index.html
The meeting’s calendar of events: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=41
The meeting’s donation page: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=2303
The Environmental Concerns web page: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=190

JOIN A CIRCLE OF CARE THIS FALL
How do we take care of each other? Some Friends at Germantown Meeting have formed “circles of care” to provide pastoral care and spiritual support to each other. The circles meet monthly in each other’s homes, and each circle sets its own agenda. It’s a great way to form a smaller, more intimate community within our larger Meeting. If this sounds like something you would like to become part of, please contact either Florence Mini (fbmini@gmail.com) or the Meeting office.

FRIENDLY EIGHTS DINNERS BEGIN IN NOVEMBER, SO SIGN UP NOW!
Everyone is warmly invited to sign up for Friendly Eights, the series of three informal dinners planned for the Meeting. Sign-up sheets will be in the social room each Sunday during October. The first dinner is Nov. 16. The next two are in January and March. Newcomers are encouraged to sign up, and everyone is warmly invited to take part. For information, contact Joanne Ford, joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

FAIR HILL FIELD HOSPITAL TENT TOMORROW, OCT. 4
Get your wounds bandaged and learn to make herbal poultices tomorrow, Oct. 4, at the Fair Hill Field Hospital Tent at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Germantown in 1777, Fair Hill Friends Meeting was used as a hospital. The tent will be at 6401 Germantown Ave, between E. Johnson St. and E. Cliveden St. For more information, call 215-844-1683.

OKTOBERFEST AT GRUMBLETHORPE, TOMORROW, OCT. 4
Tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a traditional Oktoberfest celebration at Grumblethorpe, 5264 Germantown Ave.. Admission is free, with fees charged for house tours and foods that include traditional fare such as grilled sausages, potato salad, coleslaw, and cider. Children’s games and activities. For more information, call 215-843-4820.

PRAYERS TO FLOW AROUND THE GLOBE ON WORLD QUAKER DAY, OCT. 5
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites Quaker meetings and churches across the world to celebrate World Quaker Day on October 5. As the sun rises in each time zone, we will think about Friends in other parts of the world who will be joining us on this day in worship, celebrating deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. You will be able to share your meeting’s activities by posting to the FWCC World Office Facebook page, or Twitter, hashtag #wqd. Flyers and a
resource framework are available at www.worldquakerday.org.

DISCUSSION ON ECONOMIC INTEGRITY AND FRIENDS, OCT. 7
Join members of the Friends Economic Integrity Project for an open discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 7, to learn about economy and ecology and ways to respond in our lives, our meetings, and the wider community. The evening starts with 30 minutes of worship at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be a brief presentation, followed by updates from participants on their own projects. Information: Pamela Haines, pamelahaines1@gmail.com.

‘PEACEMAKING IN AN ERA OF DRONE WARFARE,’ FEATURING MEDEA BENJAMIN, OCT. 7
At a program at Project HOME this Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., Medea Benjamin, international peace activist, will speak on “Peacemaking in an Era of Drone Warfare” as part of Interntional Keep-Space-for-Peace Week (Oct. 4-11). She is cofounder of CodePink and Global Exchange and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. The program will also feature the film Wounds of Waziristan, music, spoken-word poetry, and other religious voices for justice and and peace, including Shane and Katie Claiborn, and Will O’Brien. Sponsored by Philadelphia Interfaith Network Against Drone Warfare, a coalition of a number of local peace groups. Project HOME is at 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 19130, two blocks east of the Fairmount stop of the Broad Street subway. For information, call the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

FORUM ON THE WAR ON DRUGS, OCT. 11
There will be a forum entitled “The War on Drugs: How Can We End It?,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, Germantown Friends School. Featured will be Reggie Shuford, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Joseph Hayden, longtime activist on criminal justice issues in New York City. The forum will focus on origins of the war on drugs, its role as a major driver of mass incarceration, its racist effects on neighborhoods, and its impact on foreign policy. The forum will also explore ways to end the war on drugs, including decriminalization and legalization of some currently illegal substances, and examine this issue as a public health, not a criminal justice, concern. The forum is sponsored by our Meeting’s Working Group on Mass Incarceration.

CALLING ALL WOODWORKERS TO CREATE BEAUTY AT PENDLE HILL
Pendle Hill Quaker study and conference center invites all woodworkers and woodcrafters to apply their creative skills to beautiful pieces of wood from the center’s 300-year-old American Beech tree and other storm-damaged trees on the grounds.
Beech, walnut, cherry, and Kentucky coffee wood will furnish the makings of functional and decorative projects, by the hands of crafts people. The items will be exhibited and sold at auction to raise funds for Pendle Hill. For further information, contact Wright Horne at (609) 774-3049 or wrightfurniture@msn.com.

PLAN AHEAD

GREENE ST. FRIENDS SCHOOL’S FALL FAIR, OCT. 18, TO BENEFIT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Greene Street Friends School’s Fall Fair will be Saturday, Oct.18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With carnival games, crafts such as pumpkin painting and tie-dyeing, the ever-popular haunted house and dunk tank, a silent auction featuring local businesses, homemade baked goods, lunch off the grill, and an array of vendors. Each spring the seventh grade class travels to Costa Rica for 10 days of Spanish language immersion, as well as cultural and environmental experiences. The funds also support exchange students from Costa Rica who will visit in November.

AWBURY’S HARVEST FESTIVAL & FLEA MARKET, OCT. 18
Get ready for celebrating the glories of fall at Awbury Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a flea market, with food, pumpkins, and cider for sale, accompanied by music, and many other events. Volunteers are still needed, if you would like to get in the thick of things. Sign up at www.awbury.org/events/save-date-fall-harvest-festival-flea-market/. It will be held at the Education Center at the Awbury Agricultural Village, 1011 E. Washington Lane. Entrances are on Washington Lane and Ardleigh Street.

QUAKER APPROACHES TO END-OF-LIFE ISSUES, OCT. 19
There will be a one-day workshop on “Living and Dying Well in Quaker Community” on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Medford Friends Meeting, 14 Union Street, Medford NJ 08055. Learn about Quaker approaches to end-of-life issues and the role of the meeting community in providing pastoral care and support to Friends. Worship is at 10 a.m. The program (including lunch) will be from 10:45 a.m. till 3 p.m. Lunch provided. Free. Child/adult day care available with pre-registration. Features Barbara Spring, of New York Yearly Meeting’s Aging Resources & Consultation Services, and George Schaefer, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Care & Aging Programs. For more information and registration, go to info@medfordfriendsmeeting.org or call 609-953-8914.

‘HAPPY 370th BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM PENN,’ OCT. 24-25
John Gallery, a Friend from Chestnut Hill Meeting and recent speaker at our Meeting’s adult class, will give an illustrated lecture on “William Penn, America’s First Real Estate Developer” at a fundraiser to benefit Arch Street Meetinghouse Preservation Trust, 4th & Arch streets, on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 each. On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a free celebration, open to everyone, in honor of William Penn’s 370th birthday, and his wife Hannah Penn. It will include guided tours of
the building and grounds, exhibits, craft demonstrations, and musical performances. For information, call 215-413-1804 or email WilliamPennBirthday@gmail.com.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 25
This is an opportunity for Friends to development skills in nurturing the spiritual lives of children in our meetings. At Thread Gatherings, Friends share their wisdom and experience on a common issue, take part in workshops, and get acquainted with others who have the same concern–a “thread” that runs through our meetings. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. For information, contact Benjamin Camp, at 215-241-7228 or Children@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/first-day-school-thread-gathering-oct-18.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING ON OCT. 26 AT GREEN STREET FRIENDS
Philadelphia Quarter will hold a program meeting on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 School House Lane. The topic is likely to be about a new commitment on the part of the Yearly Meeting to become a more welcoming community for people of color.

TAKE ACTION

SILENT DEATH WALK AND VIGIL AGAINST WAR DRONES, TOMORROW, OCT. 4
Wear black and joing the Silent Death Walk and Vigil against war drones tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 4, at noon, in Center City Philadelphia. Signs and masks provided. Tomorrow is Global Action Day Afainst the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing. Gather at 12th and Market streets. Please RSVP to Marge Van Cleef.

FLY KITES & PROTEST DRONE WARFARE, OCT. 11, AT LOCKHEED MARTIN
Next Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., join others at Lockheed Martin in protesting drone war and spying, and in flying kites to fill the skies with color and good will. Lockheed Martin, which is the world’s number one war profiteer, “makes a killing” in drone war and spying technology. It builds remote-control technology to operate drones, as well as the space-based satellites that direct war drones and their deadly Hellfire missiles (also built by Lockheed Martin).

Bring your kite for flying in the skies that cover this Earth and belong to everyone. On display will be the Reaper Drone replica that is housed in the basement of Germantown Meeting, which minuted its opposition to drone warfare in June 2013 (attached). The demonstration will take place outside the Lockheed Martin offices behind the King of Prussia Mall, across from the IMAX theater, at Mall and Goddard boulevards. For more information, call Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818. To learn more about the kite-flying connection, go to http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/2014/03/fly-kites-not-drones-in-afghanistan/

FOR THE YOUNG

Junior Interim Meeting, October 11, Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch Streets
For Quaker kids, k-5th grade, working together on projects, playing together, having fun, and getting acquainted. Go to www.pym.org/children/events/junior-interim-meeting/.

Middle School Friends Fall Gathering, October 24-26, George School
“Quakers, the Early Days” is the theme for this gathering, as well as the all-important pumpkin carving. Go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

Middle School and Young Friends, and interested adults are invited to a program about Native Peoples of North America on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Called “Re-Discovering America,” the program lasts approximately one hour, raises issues of peace and justice, and is known as “authentic, experiential, moving, powerful.” The co-creator of the program, Paula Palmer from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will be the leader. For
information, contact Irene McHenry, member CHMM Religious Education Committee, 215-939-2107.

Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

APPLY NOW FOR PYM YOUTH PROGAM INTERNSHIP
An opportunity for young adults. This program offers valuable experience to young adults by involving them in one of the youth programs of the yearly meeting. As an award for their service, interns receive $500 towards their participation in Quaker events or on experiences of professional development toward Quaker service. For more information, contact Tricia Coscia, PYM Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, 215 241-7238, volunteers@pym.org, or visit
www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/featured-program-opportunities/youth-program-internship.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Sept.26, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“In our world of degrees, exams, and training programs, it is easy to forget that ministry is not primarily a task; it is a way of being in the world. It is living in relationship with God and being a witness to God. Ministry is being able to listen to the Word of God and thereby have a word of life to share with others. Fundamentally, we do no do ministry. We are ministers.”
–Sondra Cronk, 1991

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class, with John Gallery speaking about his book Living in the Kingdom of God in social room*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Jean & Parvin Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & fellowship in Social Room
Greeters & Refreshments: Teresa Maebori & Katy Hineline

Infants and toddlers will go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). Children will go to their respective age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*ADULT CLASS ON SEPT. 28 FOCUSES ON ‘LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD’
John Gallery of Chestnut Hill Meeting will be with us again to discuss his book Living in the Kingdom of God (http://www.johnandrewgallery.com/#!living-in-the-kingdom-of-god/cqan). The book is for sale for a discounted price of $9, from Joanne Sharpless. Adult class meets from 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room. Light refreshments served. All are welcome.

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OCTOBER ADULT CLASSES TO FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
On October 19 and 26, Adult Class will focus on environment concerns, meeting at 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome.

10/19 – Talking about Mountaintop Removal and its present/future effects on air & water with guests:
Frank Schaller, Soil-Food-Health Forum
Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council
Mike Roles, Clean Water Action

10/26 – Talking about Fracking with guests:
Poune Saberi, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter Coordinator
Sam Bernhardt, Phila. Coordinator, Food and Water Watch
Matt Walker, Clean Air Council

Special thanks to the Environmental Concerns Working Group for organizing these opportunities to learn about and discuss these important issues.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

TEMPORARY HOUSING NEEDED
Our member Pamela Williams is seeking a temporary place to live, starting Oct.10, with low-cost, month-to-month rent, which could include barter for light household tasks, childcare, tutoring in English, social sciences, or learning support. She has official clearances for child abuse safety and by an FBI background check. She would like to firm up living arrangements before this Thursday, Oct. 2, after which she will be travelling for a week. Please email her at: pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TONIGHT: SLIDES & TALK ON ‘GEORGE FOX COUNTRY’
Our member Marlena Santoyo will show slides and share her experience next Friday, Sept. 26, from her summer trip to “George Fox Country” in the Lake District of the English countryside. Her presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the social room of Germantown Meetinghouse. Marlena took part in the annual Quaker Pilgrimage, an experience that she uses as a volunteer guide and interpreter at Arch Street Meeting House. Marlena says she loves educating visitors from all over the world about Quakerism and its part in the founding of the United States. Visiting England, she adds, gives her a fresh, new view and excitement to her interpretation. For information, contact Marlena at marsantoyo@gmail.com.

TONIGHT: PHILADELPHA QUARTER HOLDS MEETING FOR BUSINESS AT UNITY MEETING
There will be a Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business for Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting tonight, Friday, Sept. 26, at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln Street, Philadelphia. Worship is at 6:30 p.m., with Meeting for Business at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All members and attenders of Meetings in Philadelphia Quarter (which includes Germantown) are invited to attend. The Quarter requests that all agenda items be submitted to the Quarter Coordinator at philaqtr@pym.org right away.

CALLING ALL WOODWORKERS TO CREATE BEAUTY AT PENDLE HILL
Pendle Hill Quaker study and conference center invites all woodworkers and woodcrafters to apply their creative skills to beautiful pieces of wood from the center’s 300-year-old American Beech tree and other storm-damaged trees on the grounds. Beech, walnut, cherry, and Kentucky coffee wood will furnish the makings of functional and decorative projects, by the hands of crafts people. The items will be exhibited and sold at auction to raise funds for Pendle Hill. For further information, contact Wright Horne at (609) 774-3049 or wrightfurniture@msn.com.

RALLY TO REGISTER RETURNING CITIZENS TO VOTE, SEPT. 27
People who once served time in prison are eligible to vote after they are released.* There will be a rally to register any and all voters, called “The Bloc Party,” at Vernon Park, 580 Germantown Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy food, vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities, as well as registering to vote and picking up information on how to get out the vote. The Bloc Party is sponsored by The Center for Returning Citizens, the director of which is our member Jondhi Harrell. For information, call 267-519-5336 or go to www.theblocparty.org. *Individuals who can NOT register and vote are those who are still in prison on felony charges or living in halfway houses on pre-release status, and those who have been convicted of violating state election laws within the past four years.

RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON SEPT. 27
Here is a chance to relieve the clutter in your house by getting rid of any old electronic devices, such as computers, TVs, keyboards, cell phones, etc. — anything with a plug! Take them to the Chestnut Hill branch of Valley Green Bank, 23 West Highland Ave. (in parking lot behind the bank) on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Weavers Way Environment Committee is sponsoring this collection. All materials collected will be recycled by eForce Compliance, a Philadelphia electronic recycling company that adheres to strict recycling regulations. A voluntary donation of $10 to $20 is suggested. There will be a required charge of $15 for TVs and computer monitors, which will help eForce cover its costs. Donations will benefit the Weavers Way Environment Committee’s grants program, providing assistance to help community groups establish gardens, beautify our neighborhoods, and educate people about environmental issues.

CONCERT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO GFS MUSIC TEACHER
Germantown Friends School will host a Tribute Concert in honor of beloved former GFS music and history teacher and acclaimed ragtime pianist Don Kawash, who died earlier this month. Performers will include GFS alumni, current and former faculty, and friends of Don’s, such as: Obie Award winner Michael Friedman ’93, David Buffum ’88, Davey Cope ’95, Caroline Davidson, Teri Gemberling-Johnson, Larry Hoenig, Keisha Hutchins ’93, Alex Levin ’93 and Miles Thompson ’81. The concert will feature selected ragtime, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and original works honoring Don’s life, incredible talent, and inspiring teaching. The concert is Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Loeb Performing Arts Center at Germantown Friends School. It is free and open to the public.

‘PURSUING THE SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF PROTEST,’ SEPT. 28
This gathering, “Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest,” will consider responses to today’s world situation by looking at historical Christian peacemakers, such as Dan and Phil Berrigan, John Howard Yoder, A.J. Muste, Jim Forrest, and Tom Cornell. Fifty years ago, they met for a retreat to process ideas about the contrast between spiritual and social “privilege,” the role of technology, the relationship between church and society, our right to protest, and sources of hope. Gordon Oyer, the author of a new book about that meeting, Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest, will speak at the Sept. 28 gathering. He will discuss how their conversations inform us today in our struggle to find spiritually grounded responses to war and terrorism, economic inequities, and environmental dangers. The gathering is cosponsored by The Alternative Seminary, Brandywine Peace Community, Catholic Peace Fellowship, the House of Grace Catholic Worker, and the Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker. It will take place at 3 p.m. at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. For information or to RSVP, contact Will O’Brien, wobrien@alternativeseminary.net.

DONATE TO GERMANTOWN MEETING ONLINE
Here’s a stamp-free, check-free, cash-free way to donate online to our Meeting in fewer minutes than you have fingers on one hand: Go to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website (www.pym.org), and, on the banner menu across the top of the page, click “Supporting PYM.” The screen that will open has a small box in the middle, which says “Make a Gift.” Click on that, and then follow the easy instructions, which show you how to make a gift by charging it to your credit card.

WOOLMAN SEMESTER SCHOOL SEEKS NEW HEAD ADMINISTRATOR
The Woolman Semester School in northern California, where our member Carl Sigmond works, is seeking a new Head of School. (See attached position announcement.) The deadline for applications is Oct. 15. For a complete job description, go to http://woolman.org/head-of-school.

PLAN AHEAD

OUR SCRUMPTIOUS CHILI LUNCH TO TAKE PLACE OCT. 5
Please join us for fall fellowship and a hearty lunch on Sunday, Oct. 5, in the social room at rise of Meeting. Several varieties of chili will be served, along with cornbread, salad, and dessert. Relax and connect with other Meeting members and attenders over a delicious bowl of chili. All are welcome and warmly encouraged to attend.

PRAYERS TO FLOW AROUND THE EARTH ON WORLD QUAKER DAY, OCT. 5
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites Quaker meetings and churches across the world to celebrate World Quaker Day on October 5. As the sun rises in each time zone, we will think about Friends in other parts of the world who will be joining us on this day in worship, celebrating deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. You will be able to share your meeting’s activities by posting to the FWCC World Office Facebook page, or Twitter, hashtag #wqd. Flyers and a resource framework are available at www.worldquakerday.org.

DISCUSSION ON ECONOMIC INTEGRITY AND FRIENDS, OCT. 7
Join members of the Friends Economic Integrity Project for an open discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 7, to learn about economy and ecology and ways to respond in our lives, our meetings, and the wider community. The evening starts with 30 minutes of worship at 6:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. there will be a brief presentation, followed by updates from participants on their own projects. Information: Pamela Haines, pamelahaines1@gmail.com.

FORUM ON THE WAR ON DRUGS, OCT. 11
There will be a forum entitled “The War on Drugs: How Can We End It?,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, Germantown Friends School. Featured will be Reggie Shuford, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Joseph Hayden, longtime activist in New York City on criminal justice issues. The forum will focus on origins of the War on Drugs, its role as a major driver of mass incarceration, its racist effects on neighborhoods, and its impact on foreign policy. The forum will also explore ways to end the War on Drugs, including decriminalization and legalization of some currently illegal substances, and examine this issue as a public health, not a criminal justice, concern. The forum is sponsored by the Germantown Friends Meeting’s Working Group on Mass Incarceration.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 25
This is an opportunity for skills development for Friends who nurture the spiritual lives of children in our meetings. At Thread Gatherings, Friends share their wisdom and experience on a common issue, take part in workshops, and get acquainted with others who have the same concern–a “thread” that runs through our meetings. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. For information, contact Zachary Dutton, at 215-241-7008 or programs@pym.org, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/first-day-school-thread-gathering-oct-18.

QUAKER APPROACHES TO END-OF-LIFE ISSUES, OCT. 19
There will be a one-day workshop on “Living and Dying Well in Quaker Community” on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Medford Friends Meeting, 14 Union Street, Medford NJ 08055. Learn about Quaker approaches to end-of-life issues and the role of the meeting community in providing pastoral care and support to Friends. Free. Worship is at 10 a.m. The program (including lunch) will be from 10:45 a.m. till 3 p.m. Lunch provided. Child/adult day care available with pre-registration. Features Barbara Spring, of New York Yearly Meeting’s Aging Resources & Consultation Services, and George Schaefer, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Care & Aging Programs. For more information and registration, go to info@medfordfriendsmeeting.org or call 609-953-8914.

TAKE ACTION

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM
Take a stand against establishing a war drone command center in our backyard–at the Horsham Air National Guard Station two miles from Horsham Friends Meetinghouse. The demonstration will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 2 p.m., at the corner of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham. There will be a large drone replica on display, with lots of posters, banners, music, speakers, and tolling of the peace bell. Friends, Mennonites, Catholics, Veterans for Peace, members of Northwest Greens, Buddhists, Unitarians, Baptists, Methodists, and people from many other denominations and organizations will be represented. Each day the war drone command center gets closer to being operational, as we watch the results of remote-controlled warfare in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and other sites in the Middle East. For information, call Bob Smith, coordinator, Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, or email him at brandywine@juno.com.

FOR THE YOUNG

Junior Interim Meeting, October 11, Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch Streets
For Quaker kids, k-5th grade, working together on projects and playing together for having fun and getting acquainted. Go to www.pym.org/children/events/junior-interim-meeting/.

Middle School Friends Fall Gathering, October 24-26, George School
“Quakers, the Early Days” is the theme for this gathering, as well as the all-important pumpkin carving. Go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

Middle School and Young Friends, and interested adults are invited to a program about Native Peoples of North America on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Called “Re-Discovering America,” the program is approximately one hour long, raises issues of peace and justice, and is called “authentic, experiential, moving, powerful.” The co-creator of the program, Paula Palmer from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will be the leader. For information, contact Irene McHenry, member CHMM Religious Education Committee.

Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Sept.19, 2014

Invocation of the Universal Unity
(honoring the 2014 Climate Change March)

We breathe in what the trees breathe out
And the trees breathe in what we breathe out.

Hear in the stillness the still silent voice,
The silent breathing that intertwines life.

If we Breathe in the quiet,
Interbreathe with all Life
Still small Voice of us all —-
We will feel the Connections;
We will make the connections
And the rain will fall rightly
The grains will grow rightly
And the rivers will run:
All creatures will eat well in harmony,
Earthlings / good Earth.

What must we do?
Connect what we see with our eyes
To what we do with our hands.
Turn to sun and to wind
To empower all peoples.

Then the grass will grow,
The forests will flourish,
And all life will weave future in fullness.

Honor the web that all of us weave —
Breathe together the Breath of all Life.

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow of The Shalom Center
Derived from the Jewish Invocation of the Sh’ma — An Interpretation for the 21st Century

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class, with John Gallery speaking about his book Living in the Kingdom of God in social room*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Penny Colgan-Davis and friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & fellowship in Social Room
Greeters & Refreshments: Peter Yeomans & Kathleen O’Shea

Infants and toddlers will go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).
Children will go to their respective age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*ADULT CLASS ON SEPT. 21 AND 28 FOCUSES ON ‘LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD’
John Gallery of Chestnut Hill Meeting will be with us to discuss his book Living in the Kingdom of God (http://www.johnandrewgallery.com/#!living-in-the-kingdom-of-god/cqan). The book is for sale for a discounted price of $9, from Joanne Sharpless. Adult class meets from 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room. Light refreshments served. All are welcome.

OCTOBER ADULT CLASSES TO FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
On October 19 and 26, Adult Class will focus on environment concerns, meeting at 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome.

10/19 – Talking about Mountaintop Removal and it’s present/future effects on air & water with guests:
Frank Schaller, Soil-Food-Health Forum
Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council
Mike Roles, Clean Water Action

10/26 – Talking about Fracking with guests:
Poune Saberi, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter Coordinator
Sam Bernhardt, Phila. Coordinator, Food and Water Watch
Matt Walker, Clean Air Council

Special thanks to the Environmental Concerns Working Group for organizing these opportunities to learn about and discuss these important issues.

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SEVERAL SEATS OPEN UP ON BUS TO CLIMATE MARCH!
Several seats just opened up on the bus going to the Climate March in New York City from Germantown. To claim a seat, immediately call our Meeting member Bill Cozzens. The bus will leave Germantown at 7:30 a.m., and a seats costs approximately $20.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

JONATHAN VAUGHAN DIES
Our member Jonathan Vaughan, died Sunday, Sept. 14, in Boston, of throat cancer. He was the brother of Joanna Vaughan and the son of Deborah Vaughan, both of whom survive him and are members of our Meeting. He is also survived by his wife Virginia Gray Vaughan, his sons Joseph and Alexander Vaughan and their wives, and two grandchildren. He was 70 years old on June 10. Jonathan was a professor of psychology at Hamilton College.

LOIS HAMILTON’S CONDITION IMPROVES
Our member Lois Hamilton, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, is feeling better and is now in the health care center in Masonic Village, where she has an apartment. For those who wish to send cards, her address is Masonic Village, 801 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DONATE TO GERMANTOWN MEETING ONLINE
Here’s a stamp-free, check-free, cash-free way to donate online to our Meeting in fewer minutes than you have fingers on one hand: Go to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website (www.pym.org), and, on the banner menu across the top of the page, click “Supporting PYM.” The screen that will open has a small box in the middle, which says “Make a Gift.” Click on that, and then follow the easy instructions, which give you the opportunity to make a gift by charging it to your credit card.

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR TOMORROW, Sept. 20
Come browse the crafts and dozens of information tables, listen to the free music, and enjoy the food tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Bucks Quarter Peace fair. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse, 5684 York Road (Rtes. 202 and 263), Lahaska, PA 18931 (just south of Peddlers’ Village). The Peace Fair provides a family-friendly atmosphere in which adults and children can learn about how groups promote peaceful relations. Cost is free; donations
requested. Tours offered of Buckingham Quaker Meetinghouse, a National Landmark. For information, go to http://www.peacefair.org.

FAMILY FUN DAY AT VERNON PARK TOMORROW, SEPT. 20
The Friends of Vernon Park will hold their annual Flea Market, Family Fun Day, and “Mums” sale in Vernon Park on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Greene Street end of the park. Please come and support the Friends as they work to keep Vernon Park a green, clean, and friendly place for everyone to use. If you would like more information, contact Ruth Seeley at: info@friendsofvernonpark.org or check out the website: www.friendsofvernonpark.org.

PEACE DAY ACTIVITIES CULMINATE ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 21
After a week of events and activities in Philadelphia, Global Peace Day will take place place this Sunday, Sept. 21, with a 9:30 a.m. kick-off ceremony in Independence Park on Market Street between 5th and 6th streets. The day will be filled with 13 events throughout the Philadelphia region, including concerts and plays, a sing-along, hip-hop presentation, a film, and jazz vespers. This celebration is part of the traditional Global Peace Day, aligned with the work of the United Nations and worldwide organizations to build a “Culture of Peace.” To see the day’s schedule of events, go to www.peacedayphilly.org/events/.

FUNDRAISING DINNER AT KELLY SCHOOL, SEPT. 21
Help Kelly Green Elementary School raise money for its Green Project by attending its fund raising dinner on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m., at Happy Hollow Playground. Enter at 4800 Pulaski Ave. Tickets are $35 each or two for $65. There will be a dessert bar at 7:30 p.m. for an additional charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For information, call Rise Gravely.

WOOLMAN SEMESTER SCHOOL SEEKS NEW HEAD ADMINISTRATOR
The Woolman Semester School in northern California, where our member Carl Sigmond works, is seeking a new Head of School. (See attached position announcement.) The deadline for applications is Oct. 15. For a complete job description, go to http://woolman.org/head-of-school.

PLAN AHEAD

SLIDES & TALK ABOUT ‘GEORGE FOX COUNTRY,’ SEPT. 26
Our member Marlena Santoyo will show slides and share her experience next Friday, Sept. 26, from her summer trip to “George Fox Country” in the Lake District of the English countryside. Her presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the social room of Germantown Meetinghouse. Marlena took part in the annual Quaker Pilgrimage, an experience that is useful background in her volunteer work as a guide and interpreter at Arch Street Meeting House. Marlena says she loves educating visitors from all over the world about Quakerism and its part in the founding of the United States. Visiting England, she adds, gives her a fresh new view and excitement to her interpretation. For information, contact Marlena at marsantoyo@gmail.com.

PHILADELPHA QUARTER TO HOLD MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON SEPT. 26
There will be a Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business for Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Friday, Sept. 26, at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln Street, Philadelphia. Worship is at 6:30 p.m., with Meeting for Business at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All members and attenders of Meetings in Philadelphia Quarter (which includes Germantown) are invited to attend. The Quarter requests that all agenda items be submitted to the Quarter Coordinator at philaqtr@pym.org right away.

RALLY TO REGISTER RETURNING CITIZENS TO VOTE, SEPT. 27
People who once served time in prison are eligible to vote after they are released.* There will be a rally to register any and all voters, called “The Bloc Party,” at Vernon Park, 580 Germantown Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy food, vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities, as well as registering to vote and picking up information on how to get out the vote. The Bloc Party is sponsored by The Center for Returning Citizens, the director of which is our member
Jondhi Harrell. For information, call 267-519-5336 or go to www.theblocparty.org. *Individuals who can NOT register and vote are those who are still in prison on felony charges or living in halfway houses on pre-release status, and those who have been convicted of violating state election laws within the past four years.

RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON SEPT. 27
Here is a chance to relieve the clutter in your house by getting rid of any old electronic devices, such as computers, TVs, keyboards, cell phones, etc. — anything with a plug! Take them to the Chestnut Hill branch of Valley Green Bank, 23 West Highland Ave. (in parking lot behind the bank) on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Weavers Way Environment Committee is sponsoring this collection. All materials collected will be recycled by eForce Compliance, a Philadelphia electronic recycling company that adheres to strict recycling regulations. A voluntary donation of $10 to $20 is suggested. There will be a required charge of $15 for TVs and computer monitors, which will help eForce cover its costs. Donations will benefit the Weavers Way Environment Committee’s grants program, providing assistance to help community groups establish gardens, beautify our neighborhoods, and educate people about environmental issues.

‘PURSUING THE SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF PROTEST,’ SEPT. 28
This gathering, “Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest,” will consider responses to today’s world situation by looking at historical Christian peacemakers, such as Dan and Phil Berrigan, John Howard Yoder, A.J. Muste, Jim Forrest, and Tom Cornell. Fifty years ago, they met for a retreat to process ideas about the contrast betwwen spiritual and social “privilege,” the role of technology, the relationship between church and society, our right to protest, and sources of hope. Gordon Oyer, the author of a new book about that meeting, Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest, will speak at the Sept. 28 gathering. He will discuss how their conversations inform us today in our struggle to find spiritually grounded responses to war and terrorism, economic inequities, and environmental dangers. The gathering is cosponsored by The Alternative Seminary, Brandywine Peace Community, Catholic Peace Fellowship, the House of Grace Catholic Worker, and the Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker. It will take place at 3 p.m. at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. For information or to RSVP, contact Will O’Brien, wobrien@alternativeseminary.net.

TAKE ACTION

RESPOND TO WARTIME ACTIONS THROUGH FCNL’S WEBSITE TO CONGRESS
If you would like a quick and easy way to tell your federal legislators how you feel about President Obama’s proposed actions to eradicate ISIL in Iraq and Syria, go to www.fcnl.org/action/alert/. There, you’ll find background information and a click-through format for sending your messages directly to your legislators.

FOR THE YOUNG

Junior Interim Meeting, October 11, Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch Streets
For Quaker kids, k-5th grade, working together on projects and playing together for having fun and getting acquainted. Go to www.pym.org/children/events/junior-interim-meeting/.

Middle School Friends Fall Gathering, October 24-26, George School
“Quakers, the Early Days” is the theme for this gathering, as well as the all-important pumpkin carving. Go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Sept.12, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God. –from A Course in Miracles

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Tom & Joanne Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & fellowship in Social Room
Greeters & Refreshments: Deborah Cooper and her grandchildren

Infants and toddlers will go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). Children will go to their respective age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AGENDA FOR SEPT. 14 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Opening worship
Reading of Query
June & July’s minutes
Care and Visiting report
Fund Raising report
Nominating Committee report
Marriage Committee report on marriages
Worship and Ministry report
New Treasurer’s update
Sharing about Annual Sessions
Closing worship

ADULT CLASS ON SEPT. 21 AND 28 FOCUSES ON ‘LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD”
John Gallery of Chestnut Hill Meeting will be with us to discuss his book Living in the Kingdom of God (http://www.johnandrewgallery.com/#!living-in-the-kingdom-of-god/cqan). The book will be available this Sunday, Sept. 14, after Meeting for Worship for a discounted price of $9. Adult class will meet from 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF RICHARD KIMBER
Our member Richard Kimber died on Aug. 4. There will be a memorial service for him this Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., at Plymouth Monthly Meeting, at the corner of Germantown and Butler Pikes, near Plymouth Meeting Mall.

IT IS ACTUALLY GAY’S KNEE THAT IS NEW!
Gay Johnson underwent KNEE replacement surgery last week and is now rehabbing for a few weeks at the Hill at Whitemarsh. She would be pleased to receive get-well cards and notes. You may send them to her home, 6110 Ardleigh St., Philadelphia, PA 19138, and her daughter Becky will pick them up and deliver them to her.

PAT LIBBEY BREAKS ARM IN TWO PLACES
Our member Pat Libbey fell last week and broke her right arm in two places. She underwent surgery this week and is recovering at home, with help from her daughter. She enjoys getting calls, cards, and notes. Her contact information is 379 Ripka St., #3B, Philadelphia, PA 19128-4608.

LOIS HAMILTON SUFFERS A STROKE
Our member Lois Hamilton suffered a stroke and is in Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Her condition is fragile, and calls or visits are not recommended. There is currently no more information, but any updates will be shared.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ACT NOW TO RESERVE SPACE ON THE BUS TO SEPT. 21 CLIMATE MARCH
There is still space on the Germantown bus to the Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21, if you act quickly to reserve your seat. This bus is cosponsored by Friends from Germantown and Green Street meetings. It will leave from the vicinity of Germantown Meeting around 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Friends and other community members are welcome. Exact cost is still being determined, but it will be around $20, with some lower cost seats available for people in special circumstances. Friends who would like to ride with us should contact Bill Cozzens, william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu. You may also reserve a seat and pay for your ticket with a credit card online at https://www.eventjoy.com/e/germantown-bus-to-the-peoples-climate-march-363521.

QUAKER PARENTS’ MEET-UP & POTLUCK AT GREEN STREET MEETING, SEPT. 13
Quaker parents from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to Green Street Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13, for a potluck dinner. It will be followed by a skyspace opening just for them at Chestnut Hill Meeting. The dinner is hosted by the Youth Program Team, which has fun with the kids and teens all year long. This is a chance for adults to join in, find out more about the youth programs, and enjoy each other’s company. Please bring a generous dish to share. Middle School Friends
(grades 6-8) are invited to the potluck and a sleepover at Green Street Meetinghouse that same evening. (See below, “For the Young.”) Free. For details, go to www.pym.org/2014-parent-meetup. Child care available.

FILM SCREENINGS ON ‘MUSLIM VOICES OF PHILADELPHIA,’ SEPT. 14
This Sunday, Sept. 14, four short documentary films will be presented on “Muslim Voices of Philadelphia,” at Hagan Hall Amphitheater, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. The event is a project of Scribe Video Center and is presented by the Reconstructionist Rabbincal College and Lutheran Theological Seminary. It will explore the rich histories and experiences of Philadelphia-area Muslim communities and will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The screenings are followed by a panel discussion. For information, contact Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, 215-576-0800, ext. 255.

MUTUAL MT. AIRY TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING, SEPT. 15
Mutual Mt. Airy invites the Germantown Meeting community to a public meeting on Monday, Sept. 15, at Lovett Library, Sedgewick Street and Germantown Avenue. There will be refreshments at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Mutual Mount Airy is a nonprofit organization formed to enrich the lives of seniors who wish to age in their own community. A member of the national Village to Village Network, Mutual Mount Airy began two years ago with a meeting to assess interest. This Tuesday’s meeting will be a chance to reassess priorities and poll community interests and concerns. Open to everyone. For information, contact Betty-Ann Workman, Deborah Cooper, or Peter or Anne Javsicas.

PEACE DAY ACTIVITIES BEGIN WEEK OF SEPT. 15
Peace Day Philly welcomes organizations, neighborhoods, community groups, schools, law enforcement, civic leaders and individuals to participate in this global day by creating and participating in peace and non-violence activities the week of Sept. 15 in the Philadelphia region. The week of activities will culminate on Sunday, Sept. 21, which is the official day when Peace Day is celebrated throughout the world. Peace Day Philly was founded in 2011 with help from the United Nations Association of
Greater Philadelphia. Each year, local organizations sponsor dozens of activities in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. It is aligned with the work of the United Nations and many nongovernmental organizations throughout the world to build a “Culture of Peace.” To find out more and to identify local events, go to www.peacedayphilly.org/events/.

EVENT MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FREEDOM SUMMER & CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, SEPT. 16
Come hear our member Joan Countryman and her son Matthew Countryman speak on “Up South: Freedom Summers in Philadelphia” this Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., in the Dan Rodden Theatre, LaSalle University. This event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and passage of the Civil Rights Act. To reserve your seat, go to www.lasalle.edu/freedomsummer.

JOAN & MATTHEW COUNTRYMAN TO SPEAK AT CLIVEDEN ON SEPT. 17
Our member Joan Countryman will be joined by her son Matt Countryman to speak on “Germantown as an Idea: How One Community Has Shaped the Careers of Two Civil Rights Path Breakers,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Cliveden Conversations at the Carriage House on the historical grounds at 6401 Germantown Ave. Joan, who is a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will speak on the summer of 1964 in Mississippi and in Philadelphia, PA. Matt, author of Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia and professor of history at the University of Michigan, will provide his perspective on how growing up in Germantown shaped their perspectives on civil rights. Cliveden Conversations is an award-winning forum of public speaking that brings guest speakers, poets, educators, and historians to ignite conversations on race and history in our local area. The talks are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Reservations are encouraged but not required. To register online, go to www.cliveden.org/cliveden-conversations.

FAMILY FUN DAY AT VERNON PARK, SEPT. 20
The Friends of Vernon Park will hold their annual Flea Market, Family Fun Day, and “Mums” sale in Vernon Park on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Greene Street end of the park. Please come and support the Friends as they work to keep Vernon Park a green, clean, and friendly place for everyone to use. If you would like to receive more information, please contact Ruth Seeley at: info@friendsofvernonpark.org or check out the website: www.friendsofvernonpark.org.

FUNDRAISING DINNER AT KELLY SCHOOL, SEPT. 21
Help Kelly Green Elementary School raise money for its Green Project by attending its fund raising dinner on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m., at Happy Hollow Playground. Enter at 4800 Pulaski Ave. Tickets are $35 each or two for $65. There will be a dessert bar at 7:30 p.m. for an additional charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For information, call Rise Gravely.

TAKE ACTION

RESPOND TO WARTIME ACTIONS THROUGH FCNL’S WEBSITE TO CONGRESS
If you would like a quick and easy way to tell your federal legislators how you feel about President Obama’s proposed actions to eradicate ISIL in Iraq and Syria, go to www.fcnl.org/action/alert/. There, you’ll find background information and a click-through format for sending your messages directly to your legislators.

AFSC PALESTINE-ISRAEL PROGRAM DIRECTOR TO SPEAK ON SEPT. 14
On Sunday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m., Mike Merryman-Lotz, national program director of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Palestine-Israel National Program, will speak on “After Gaza: Moving Beyond Partition,” at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Mike works with AFSC offices in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and throughout the United States. He will discuss the Israeli attack on Gaza, looking at what led up to the brutal bombings, the impact, and the future.
Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program. Bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. Potluck starts at 4:30 p.m.; program begins at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 610-544-1818.

SCREENING OF NEW DOCUMENTARY ON RISKS OF FRACKING TO HEALTH
This Wed., Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. there will be a screening of Groundswell Rising, a new documentary film about what we can do to stop the risks to our health, our clean air, and our water, by hydraulic fracking in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Free. Sponsored by PA Coalition for Peace Action and cosponsored by a host of other groups. The screening will take place at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia. For more information, visit
http://www.peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/39-cfpa/517-screening-of-groundswe ll-rising.html.

PLAN AHEAD

PHILADELPHA QUARTER TO HOLD MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON SEPT. 26
There will be a Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business for Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Friday, Sept. 26, at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln Street, Philadelphia. Worship is at 6:30 p.m., with Meeting for Business at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All members and attenders of Meetings in Philadelphia Quarter (which includes Germantown) are invited to attend. The Quarter requests that all agenda items be submitted to the Quarter Coordinator at philaqtr@pym.org right away.

RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONIC DEVICES ON SEPT. 27
Here is a chance to relieve the clutter in your house by getting rid of any old electronic devices, such as computers, TVs, keyboards, cell phones, etc. — anything with a plug! Take them to the Chestnut Hill branch of Valley Green Bank, 23 West Highland Ave. (in parking lot behind the bank) on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Weavers Way Environment Committee is sponsoring this collection. All materials collected will be recycled by eForce Compliance, a Philadelphia electronic
recycling company that adheres to strict recycling regulations. A voluntary donation of $10 to $20 is suggested. There will be a required charge of $15 for TVs and computer monitors, which will help eForce cover its costs. Donations will benefit the Weavers Way Environment Committee’s grants program, providing assistance to help community groups establish gardens, beautify our neighborhoods, and educate people about environmental issues.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION’S INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM BEGINS SEPT.27
Would you like to deepen your spiritual life, commit to a spiritual discipline, and enter into friendships with others on a similar path? On Saturday, Sept. 27, the intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program begins. It features three retreats throughout the seven-month period, and regular meetings for reading groups and regional groups, as well as development of personal spiritual disciplines and spiritual friendships. Several Friends from Germantown Meeting have completed this program in past years and speak highly of it. There are minimal costs for books, retreat expenses, and tuition. Register online by Wednesday, Sept. 10. Financial assistance may be available: Amelia Diamond, aediamond7@gmail.com.

GATHERING ON NONVIOLENT RESPONSES IN A TIME OF WAR, SEPT. 28
This gathering, “Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest,” will consider responses to today’s world situation by looking at historical Christian peacemakers, such as Dan and Phil Berrigan, John Howard Yoder, A.J. Muste, Jim Forrest, and Tom Cornell. Fifty years ago, they met for a retreat to process ideas about the contrast betwwen spiritual and social “privilege,” the role of technology, the relationship between church and society, our right to protest, and sources of hope. Gordon Oyer, the author of a new book about that meeting, Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest, will speak at the Sept. 28 gathering. He will discuss how their conversations inform us today in our struggle to find spiritually grounded responses to war and terrorism, economic inequities, and environmental dangers. The gathering is cosponsored by The Alternative Seminary, Brandywine Peace Community, Catholic Peace Fellowship, the House of Grace Catholic Worker, and the Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker. It will take place at 3 p.m. at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. For information or to RSVP, contact Will O’Brien, wobrien@alternativeseminary.net.

TWO-DAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR WILLIAM PENN, OCT. 24-25
The first annual fundraiser for Arch Street Meeting House will feature a catered reception, followed by a lecture by John Andrew Gallery, former executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and member of Chestnut Hill Meeting. It will be held at the Meeting House on Friday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $65.

A birthday party for William Penn, who would be 370 years old this year, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia. Take a tour of the Meeting House and grounds, view exhibits, meet William and Hannah Penn, and join in multigenerational fun, such as a scavenger hunt.

For more information about these two events or to volunteer or help sponsor them, contact John Gallery, jagphila@mac.com. Watch for details, coming in early September, at www.archstreetmeetinghouse.org.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING, NOV. 20-23
Exciting times are ahead for those who attend the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23. There are scholarships for Young Adult Friends, who are especially encouraged to attend. Highlights of the program are: (1) briefings and lobbying to support diplomacy with Iran, (2) keynote address by Quaker writer Parker Palmer, and (3) decisions about legislative priorities for FCNL in the next session of Congress. Important components of the Annual Meeting are worship and Spirit-led discernment. On Thursday and Friday (Nov. 20-21) before the Annual Meeting, there will be a Quaker Public Policy Institute, sponsored by FCNL. At this, Friends will be briefed and then have a chance to do some lobbying. You may register online by going to www.fcnl.org/annualmeeting or by calling Andrew for a paper registration at 800-630-1330.

FOR THE YOUNG

Middle School Friends Sleepover, September 13-14, Green Street Friends Meeting
This is the first Middle School Friends event of the year. Middle Schoolers will participate in get-to-know-you activities, talk a bit about Quaker history (which is the theme for the coming year), and play some games before joining Green Street Friends Meeting for Worship on Sunday morning. Free. Information: Matt Sanderson, middleschoolfriends@pym.org, 215-241-7171, www.pym.org/calendar/events/youth-parents-potluck-and-msf-sleepover-at-greene-st.

Junior Interim Meeting, October 11, Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch Streets
For Quaker kids, k-5th grade, working together on projects and playing together for having fun and getting acquainted. Go to www.pym.org/children/events/junior-interim-meeting/.

Middle School Friends Fall Gathering, October 24-26, George School “Quakers, the Early Days” is the theme for this gathering, as well as the all-important pumpkin carving. Go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

Young Friends Fall Gathering, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Yardley Monthly Meeting
A weekend of fun and community for Young Friends (high school age), with worship sharing and workshops, lots of games, and down-time to enjoy each other’s company. Go to http://www.pym.org/young-friends/.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Sept. 5, 2014

Welcome back to worshipping in our own Meetinghouse this week, the first Sunday of September and the beginning of a new and lively year in Germantown Meeting, our spiritual community. This is the first e-bulletin of the fall, and, as you will see, there are a lot of events coming up. It’s good to be together again!

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Sydney Coffin and Nina Backe
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & fellowship in Social Room
Greeters & Refreshments: Randal & Leanna Whitman

This Sunday, all children are invited to join a Gathered Meeting as we open our new First-day School year. After the first 15 minutes of Meeting, we will leave to have some fun getting to know each other! As usual, infants and toddlers will go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AGENDA FOR SEPT. 13 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Opening worship
Reading of Query
June’s minutes
Care and Visiting report
Fund Raising report
Nominating Committee report
Marriage Committee report
Worship and Ministry report
New Treasurer’s update
Sharing about Annual Sessions
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF RICHARD KIMBER
Our member Richard Kimber died on Aug. 4. There will be a memorial service for him on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., at Plymouth Monthly Meeting, at the corner of Germantown and Butler Pikes, near Plymouth Meeting Mall.

HIP, HIP HOORAY FOR GAY!
Gay Johnson underwent hip replacement surgery this week and is home recovering, under her daughter Becky Johnson’s tender, loving, and expert care. Becky reports that things are going well. Phone calls to Gay wouldn’t be a good idea while she’s off her feet, but receiving get-well cards and notes would be delightful.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ACT NOW TO RESERVE SPACE ON THE BUS TO SEPT. 21 CLIMATE MARCH
There is still space on the Germantown bus to the Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, if you act quickly to reserve your seat. This bus is cosponsored by Friends from Germantown and Green Street meetings. It will leave from the vicinity of Germantown Meeting around 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Friends and other community members are welcome. Exact cost is still being determined, but it will be around $20, with some lower cost seats available for people in special circumstances. Friends who would like to ride with us should contact Bill Cozzens, william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu. After Meeting for Worship this Sunday, Bill will be available to sign up riders and sell tickets at a table in the social room. You may also reserve a seat and pay for your ticket with a credit card online at https://www.eventjoy.com/e/germantown-bus-to-the-peoples-climate-march-363521.

POTLUCK AT STAPELEY THIS SUNDAY
Bring a generous dish of food to share and enjoy a good meal and good company this Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Friendly First Sunday Potluck at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street, Germantown. It will begin with the potluck meal at 5 p.m. followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. Anyone in Philadelphia Quarter is invited and wanted. Green Street Monthly Meeting is hosting this one. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Meeting is general coordinator (walmsley127@verizon.net). Andy Jickling is coordinating this month’s potluck (andyjicklilng@gmail.com).

QUAKER PARENT MEET-UP & POTLUCK AT GREEN STREET MEETING, SEPT. 13
Quaker parents from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to Green Street Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13, for a potluck dinner. It will be followed by a skyspace opening just for them at Chestnut Hill Meeting. The dinner is hosted by the Youth Program Team, which has fun with the kids and teens all year long. This is a chance for adults to join in, find out more about the youth programs, and have a good time together. Please bring a generous dish to share. Middle School Friends (grades 6-8) are invited to the potluck and a sleepover at Green Street Meetinghouse. (See below, “For the Young.”) Free. For details, go to www.pym.org/2014-parent-meetup.

FILM SCREENINGS ON ‘MUSLIM VOICES OF PHILADELPHIA,’ SEPT. 14
Next Sunday, Sept. 14, four short documentary films will be presented on “Muslim Voices of Philadelphia,” at Hagan Hall Amphitheater, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. The event is a project of Scribe Video Center and is presented by the Reconstructionist Rabbincal College and Lutheran Theological Seminary. It will explore the rich histories and experiences of Philadelphia-area Muslim communities and will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The screenings are followed by a panel discussion. For information, contact Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, 215-5766-0800, ext. 255.

JOAN & MATTHEW COUNTRYMAN TO SPEAK AT CLIVEDEN ON SEPT. 17
Our member Joan Countryman will be joined by Matt Countryman to speak on “Germantown as an Idea: How One Community Has Shaped the Careers of Two Civil Rights Path Breakers,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Cliveden Conversations at the Carriage House on the historical grounds at 6401 Germantown Ave. Joan, who is a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will speak on the summer of 1964 in Mississippi and in Philadelphia, PA. Matt, author of Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia and professor of history at the University of Michigan, will provide his perspective on how growing up in Germantown shaped their perspectives on civil rights. Cliveden Conversations is an award-winning forum of public speaking that brings guest speakers, poets, educators, and historians to ignite conversations on race and history in our local area. The talks are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Reservations are encouraged but not required. To register online, go to www.cliveden.org/cliveden-conversations.

PHOTOS & MINUTES OF ANNUAL SESSIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE
If you would like to see for yourself what went on at Annual Sessions this year — or relive it, if you attended, you may read the minutes and see photos at www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2014/daily-updates-from-sessions-2014.

REGISTER FOR A TABLE AT VERNON PARK’S SEPT. 20 FLEA MARKET
Clean out your closets, unclutter your space … and sell your stuff at the flea market on Fall Family Fun Day in Vernon Park on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fees for a space are $15 for individuals, $25 for Germantown businesses and organizations, and $35 for groups from outside of Germantown. Space is 10’x10′, on a first-come, first serve basis. Load-in driving is permitted; free parking is available; bring your own table/blanket and chair. Contact Angela Miles, program coordinator, programs@friendsofvernonpark.org.

… OR BRING A PICNIC TO ENJOY FAMILY FUN DAY AT VERNON PARK (SEPT. 20)
Bring a picnic and play outdoor games…enjoy the green space and browse the flea market at Vernon Park on Family Fun Day, Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. What a great way to relax and find a few inexpensive treasures from someone else’s attic or basement! There will be Frisbee games, hula hooping, badminton, hopscotch, and lots of other things to do. Rain date: Sunday, Sept. 21. For more information: www.friendsofvernonpark.org.

VISIONING SESSIONS FOR PYM LIBRARY
Join other Friends who share a concern for providing printed and visual resources, services and coordination of Friends volunteer opportunities in religious education, witness, and outreach. You have the opportunity to become part of a focus group and ad hoc advisory board to take stock of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s transition to becoming a volunteer-run service. Participants will consider how the library’s mission can be achieved through onsite and virtual (online) volunteers, as well as
coordination of projects. For information and to RSVP: 215-241-7220 or library@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

Sat., Sept. 6, at noon – 1p.m. — Phila. Center City
Monthly Silent Drone Death Walk and Vigil. Gather at 12th & Market streets. Signs, banners, white masks provided. RSVP to Marge Van Cleef.

Friday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. — Bellevue Hotel, 200 S. Broad Street
Rush-hour leafletting to stop the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station. Leaflets provided. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

Sunday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m. — University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Phila., PA 19104
Talk by Mike Merryman-Lotz, national program director of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Palestine-Israel National Program, “After Gaza: Moving Beyond Partition.” Mike works closely with AFSC offices in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and throughout the United States. He will discuss the Israeli attack on Gaza, looking at what led up to the brutal bombings, the impact, and the future. Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck Supper & Program. Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. For information, call 610-544-1818.

Wed., Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia.
Screening of Groundswell Rising, a new documentary film about hat we can do to stop the risks to our health, our clean air, and our water, by hydraulic fracking in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Free. Sponsored by PA Coalition for Peace Action and cosponsored by a host of other groups. For more information, visit http://www.peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/39-cfpa/517-screening-of-groundswell-rising.html

PLAN AHEAD

PHILADELPHA QUARTER TO HOLD MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON SEPT. 26
There will be a Meeting for Worshiop with Attention to Business for Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Friday, Sept. 26, at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln Street, Philadelphia. Worship is at 6:30 p.m., with Meeting for Business at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All members and attenders of Meetings in Philadelphia Quarter (which includes Germantown) are invited to attend. The Quarter requests that all agenda items be submitted to the Quarter Coordinator at philaqtr@pym.org right away.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION’S INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM BEGINS SEPT.27
Would you like to deepen your spiritual life, commit to a spiritual discipline, and enter into friendships with others on a similar path? On Saturday, Sept. 27, the intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program begins. It features three retreats throughout the seven-month period, and regular meetings for reading groups and regional groups, as well as development of personal spiritual disciplines and spiritual friendships. Several Friends from Germantown Meeting have completed this program in past years and speak highly of it. There are minimal costs for books, retreat expenses, and tuition. Register online by Wednesday, Sept. 10. Financial assistance may be available: Amelia Diamond, aediamond7@gmail.com.

GATHERING ON NONVIOLENT RESPONSES IN A TIME OF WAR, SEPT. 28
This gathering, “Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest,” will consider responses to today’s world situation by looking at historical Christian peacemakers, such as Dan and Phil Berrigan, John Howard Yoder, A.J. Muste, Jim Forrest, and Tom Cornell. Fifty years ago, they met for a retreat to process ideas about the contrast betwwen spiritual and social “privilege,” the role of technology, the relationship between church and society, our right to protest, and sources of hope. Gordon Oyer, the author of a new book about that meeting, Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest, will speak at the Sept. 28 gathering. He will discuss how their conversations inform us today in our struggle to find spiritually grounded responses to war and terrorism, economic inequities, and environmental dangers. The gathering is cosponsored by The Alternative Seminary, Brandywine Peace Community, Catholic Peace Fellowship, the House of Grace Catholic Worker, and the Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker. It will take place at 3 p.m. at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. For information or to RSVP, contact Will O’Brien, wobrien@alternativeseminary.net.

TWO-DAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR WILLIAM PENN, OCT. 24-25
The first annual fundraiser for Arch Street Meeting House will feature a catered reception, followed by a lecture by John Andrew Gallery, former executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and member of Chestnut Hill Meeting. It will be held at the Meeting House on Friday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $65.

A birthday party for William Penn, who would be 370 years old this year, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia. Take a tour of the Meeting House and grounds, view exhibits, meet William and Hannah Penn, and join in multigenerational fun, such as a scavenger hunt.

For more information about these two events or to volunteer or help sponsor them, contact John Gallery, jagphila@mac.com. Watch for details, coming in early September, at www.archstreetmeetinghouse.org.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING, NOV. 20-23
Exciting times are ahead for those who attend the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23. There are scholarships for Young Adult Friends, who are especially encouraged to attend. Highlights of the program are: (1) briefings and lobbying to support diplomacy with Iran, (2) keynote address by Quaker writer Parker Palmer, and (3) decisions about legislative priorities for FCNL in the next session of Congress. Important components of the Annual Meeting are worship and Spirit-led discernment. On Thursday and Friday (Nov. 20-21) before the Annual Meeting, there will be a Quaker Public Policy Institute, sponsored by FCNL. At this, Friends will be briefed and then have a chance to do some lobbying. You may register online by going to www.fcnl.org/annualmeeting or by calling Andrew for a paper registration at 800-630-1330.

FOR THE YOUNG

Middle School Friends Sleepover, September 13-14, Green Street Friends Meeting
This is the first Middle School Friends event of the year. Middle Schoolers will participate in get-to-know-you activities, talk a bit about Quaker history (which is the theme for the coming year), and play some games before joining Green Street Friends Meeting for Worship on Sunday morning. Free. Information: Matt Sanderson, middleschoolfriends@pym.org, 215-241-7171, www.pym.org/calendar/events/youth-parents-potluck-and-msf-sleepover-at-greene-st

PYM Youth Program Accepting Application for Internships
This program offers valuble experience to young adults by involving them in one of the youth programs of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. As an award for their service, interns receive $500 toward participation in Quaker events or experiences of professional development in Quaker service. For information, go to www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/featured-program-opportunities/youth-program-internship. You may also contact Trish Coscia, PYM Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, 215-241-7238, volunteers@pym.org.

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Aug. 1, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The membership of a Friends Meeting, or of the Society of Friends, is made up of persons with varying gifts or abilities. Each gift or type of ability may be a form of ministry, and hence leadership…. Some members have gifts of teaching and counseling, or of organization and administration, or of vocal ministry or public speaking, or other similar gifts that identify them as leaders. Members with other gifts are not simply passive followers, but all are coworkers in the care and nurture of the body and its members. And all are coworkers in witness to our faith and in the service of love and justice among people and nations.” –Faith & Practice, New England Yearly Meeting

Beginning this Sunday–Worshipping with Green Street Monthly Meeting
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Green Street Friends, 45 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia 19144, telephone 267-285-0553. We will meet for worship with Green Street Friends through August.

Next Meeting for Worship in Germantown Meetinghouse will be Sunday, Sept. 7.

The Meeting Office will be closed during August, ..
… because the secretary will be taking vacation time. During the first two weeks, I will check messages from home. On Aug. 13, I will have foot surgery and will be in bed until nearly the end of August. Please don’t call me, because it will be hard to get up and down, and I won’t be able to do much for you because I won’t be able to get to the office. If you have an urgent question, please get in touch with someone else in the Meeting. Try me if you have an absolute emergency. As I start to feel better, I will check messages and respond, as possible. Thank you all for your patience and consideration. –Melissa

This will be the last Friday E-bulletin until September.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

Reminder: The memorial service for Jack Childs will be on Saturday, August 23 at 2 p.m. at Germantown Monthly Meeting. If you would like to bring some of Jack’s favorite ginger snaps to share, the recipe is attached. See “Dinnie Childs’ Ginger Snaps.” Please reply to Donna Wilhelm at donnacwilhelm@gmail.com if you can bring ginger snaps.

POSTCARD FROM 1652 COUNTRY
A postcard arrived this week from England from our member Marlena Santoyo, who was part of the Quaker Pilgrimage to “1652 Country” in July. She wrote: “Dear Friends at Germantown MM: the Quaker Pilgrimage here in the 1652 Lake District was so much more inspiring than I imagined. The hills, sharing by British Friends, the inspiration and commitment of George Fox, Margaret Fell, and others have filled my soul’s being. Thank you, Friends for your love and support.” Marlena

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LOOKING FOR ODD JOBS IN AUGUST
Our member Pamela Williams is available and looking to do various jobs in August on a temporary basis, such as house/pet sitting, yard work, childcare, working your Weavers Way Coop hours, etc. Reasonable, Friendly rate! Please email pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR FIRST-TIME CAMPER
The first recipient of the Sampson-Knapp Scholarship Fund set out for her camping trip last week when she traveled to Northwaters Camp in the Temagami Wilderness, Ontario Province, Canada, for a canoe experience. Her name is Kenya, and she is a fourteen-year old from Frederick Douglass Charter School. Since it is new experience for her to travel away from home, she could use our prayers. The Sabrina Sampson-Knapp Scholarship Fund was created by Portia Sampson-Knapp in memory of her sister, who died ten years ago. Both Portia and Sabrina, the daughters of our attender Linda Knapp and her husband Maurice Sampson, had many memorable experiences at Northwaters, bonding with fellow campers as they canoed on clear lakes and unspoiled rivers. Linda requests that we please hold Kenya in the Light on her journey.

NEWS ON DIVESTMENT OF ASSETS FROM FOSSIL FUELS
The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting recently announced that more than $2 million of assets from fossil fuels have been divested and reinvested in a new Quaker Green Fund offered by Friends Fiduciary Corporation. By this action, Friends in the Philadelphia area join a growing number of religious communities, colleges, towns, and states that are bringing pressure to bear on government and industry to act immediately to slow climate change. Monthly Meetings that have shifted funds include Central Philadelphia, Lansdowne, Westtown, Lehigh Valley, Old Haverford, and Newtown. “We understand that addressing the climate crisis is a moral imperative,” said Bruce Harrison of Westtown Monthy Meeting. “The divestment movement draws attention to the seriousness of climate disruption and the need to combat the powerful coal, oil, and gas companies.” Paula Kline, a member of the Eco-Justice Working Group, says, “By divesting and reinvesting, we communicate the urgency of our concern for protecting a stable climate future for the commonwealth of life. We want to invite meaningful conversation about the transition to clean energy.” Friends have a long history of concern for ethical investing, and many have excluded from their portfolios industries such as tobacco, gambling, and arms manufacturing because of the harm they do. Their understanding is that the use of our money is an instrument of moral choice. For updates and more information about related activities, go
to http://www.pym.org/eco-justice-working-group/category/updates/.

TAKE ACTION
WAYS TO HELP CHILDREN WHO IMMIGRATE FROM CENTRAL AMERICA
Friends in the Southwest are reaching out to Quakers throughout the country with information about what can be done to help children who immigrate to the United States from Central America. This information comes from Marion Newton, a Friend at Gila Monthly Meeting in Silver City, New Mexico. She says that Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, is providing hospitality, food, and other needed services to the young people, who number in the hundreds each week and far exceed available capacities.

Annunciation House is asking for volunteers to come help and for donations of money and supplies, such as food, toiletries, and clothing. To read more, go to: http://annunciationhouse.org/2014/07/03/whirlwind/. In New Mexico, the Las Cruces Diocese has opened its doors through the Oak Tree Project. Here are several recommended articles about the crisis:

http://www.lascrucesbulletin.com. Look up July 11 issue.
http://newspapertree.com/articles/2014. Look for “Volunteer sites quickly mobilize to aid immigrant familes.”
http://www.siren-bayarea.org/newsroom/2014/07/11. Look for “What can YOU do to help our chidren at the border?”

DEMONSTRATION & NONVIOLENT ACTION TO REMEMBER BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA
This Wednesday, July 6, is the 69th anniversary of the United States’ atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the single deadliest wartime action in the history of the earth. On tht day, come join a noon demonstration at Lockheed Martin to commemorate that action and the bombing of Nagasaki three days later, deadly attacks that forever changed our world. Lockheed Martin, the world’s number-one war profiteer, is located next to the King of Prussia Mall and Mall and Goddard boulevards, across the street from the United Artists movie theater. Lockheed Martin is the major supplier of nuclear weapons, drone war technology, and war-making equipment, as well as the largest supplier of bombs and jet fighters for Israel. At the demonstration, there will be a litany and readings, with ashes, incense, and water. A temporary Memorial to Innocents will be built, so bring a stuffed toy or doll. If you wish to take part in nonviolent resistance (for those willing to face arrest) call the Brandywine Peace Community right away at 610-544-1818. Bring an umbrella in case of rain and sunscreen.

PLAN AHEAD

QUAKER PARENT MEET-UP & POTLUCK IN SEPTEMBER
Quaker parents from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to Green Street Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13, for a potluck dinner. It will be followed by a sky space opening just for them at Chestnut Hill Meeting. The dinner will be hosted by the Youth Program Team, which has fun with the kids and teens all year long. This is a chance for adults to join in, find out more about the youth programs, and have a good time together. Please bring a generous dish to share. Middle School Friends (grades 6-8) are invited to the potluck and a sleepover at Green Street Meetinghouse. (See below “For the Young.”) Free. For details, go to www.pym.org/2014-parent-meetup.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION’S INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAM BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER
Would you like to deepen your spiritual life, commit to a spiritual discipline, and enter into friendships with others on a similar path? This September, the intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program is starting a new session, which features three retreats throughout the seven-month period, and regular meetings for reading groups and regional groups. Several Friends from Germantown Meeting have completed this program in past years and speak highly of it. There are minimal costs for books, retreat expenses, and tuition. If cost is of concern for you, the registrar may be able to help you find financial assistance: Amelia Diamond, aediamond7@gmail.com.

TWO-DAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR WILLIAM PENN, OCT. 24-25
The first annual fundraiser for Arch Street Meeting House will feature a catered reception, followed by a lecture by John Andrew Gallery, former executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and member of Chestnut Hill Meeting. It will be held at the Meeting House on Friday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $65.

A birthday party for William Penn, who would be 370 years old this year, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia. Take a tour of the Meeting House and grounds, view exhibits, meet William and Hannah Penn, and join in multigenerational fun, such as a scavenger hunt.

For more information about these two events or to volunteer or help sponsor them, contact John Gallery, jagphila@mac.com. Watch for details, coming in early September, at www.archstreetmeetinghouse.org.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING, NOV. 20-23
Exciting times are ahead for those who attend the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23. There are scholarships for Young Adult Friends, who are especially encouraged to attend. Highlights of the program are: (1) briefings and lobbying to support diplomacy with Iran, (2) keynote address by Quaker writer Parker Palmer, and (3) decisions about legislative priorities for FCNL in the next session of Congress. Important components of the Annual Meeting are worship and Spirit-led discernment. On Thursday and Friday (Nov. 20-21) before the Annual Meeting, there will be a Quaker Public Policy Institute, sponsored by FCNL. At this, Friends will be briefed and then have a chance to do some lobbying. You may register online by going to www.fcnl.org/annualmeeting or by calling Andrew for a paper registration at 800-630-1330.

FOR THE YOUNG

Young Friends Camp Onas Gathering, August 17-23, Ottsville, PA
Join high-school-aged Quaker-affiliated Young Friends at Camp Onas for a big bash, beginning-of-the-year gathering! They will enjoy the regular aspects of a gathering, such as worship sharing, workshops, and work crews, along with the special Camp Onas treats, such as flying through the air on the rope swing, hiking to the Sheep’s hole, and good times in the swimming pool. Financial aid is available! Visit www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-camp-onas-gathering or contact Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

Middle School Friends Sleepover, September 13-14, Green Street Friends Meeting

This is the first Middle School Friends event of the year. Middle Schoolers will participate in get-to-know-you activities, talk a bit about Quaker history (which is the theme for the coming year), and play some games before joining Green Street Friends Meeting for Worship on Sunday morning. Free. Information: Matt Sanderson, middleschoolfriends@pym.org, 215-241-7171, www.pym.org/calendar/events/youth-parents-potluck-and-msf-sleepover-at-greene-st

Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish), Fall Retreat, Oct. 17-19, Abington Friends Meeting
This is a time of games and fellowship, worship and discussion, and chilling out together. The focus will be on healing, self-care, and movement. Cost is $35. Register by Oct. 13. Costs are kept low by keeping arrangements simple, with everyone helping with the work. Bring an air mattress or sleeping pad and expect to pitch in on cooking and clean-up. Come for good food, good friends, and good fun! For details, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friend-fall-retreat-2014.

QUAKER JOBS
Development Associate at Friends General Conference: Immediate full-time opening with benefits, in Philadelphia office. Seeking an energetic, responsible, detail-oriented individual with an interest in strengthening the Religious Society of Friends. Duties include annual fund support, information management, web content revision, gift entry and reconciliation, and mailing coordination. Good writing skills, database experience, and general computer savvy are essential. This is an entry-level position that will give a wide range of experiences. Position open until filled, ideally to begin by Sept. 2. More information at www.fgcquaker.org/jobs.

Associate Executive Director of Friends Center: The Board of Directors of Friends Center Corporation announces the retirement of Executive Director Patricia McBee, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Pat is known for her exceptional talent for making Friends Center a friendly hub of activity for the equity partners, tenants, visitors, and vendors, alike. The search for a new Friends Center Executive Director is in the planning stage. The position description is posted at www.friendscentercorp.org. Applications will be accepted up to Aug. 31, with interviews in early fall. Starting date for the new director is Dec. 1, 2014.

Principal of Frankford Friends School: The current principal of Frankford Friends School, Germantown Meeting clerk and member Penny Colgan-Davis, will retire from her position after the 2014-2015 school year. The search has begun for a new principal for the 2015-2016 school year. School Committee member Marion Parkinson is leading the search for the new principal and may be contacted at ffssearch@frankfordfriendsschool.org. The position is posted at http://www.frankfordfriendsschool.org.

Secretary for Program and Religious Life at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Leadership role in framing, articulating, and championing a vision of Quaker faith, practice, and witness that inspires, connects, and nurtures our faith community. Leads and supervises a team of program and administrative staff. Full-time position with benefits. Requires active membership, a bachelor’s degree, and five or more years of relevant experience. Go to www.pym.org/employment/opportunities.

Young Adult Friends Coordinator at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Responsible for encouraging meaningful relationships among Quakers, ages 18-35. Part-time position with benefits. Requires active participation in the Quaker community, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and three or more years of relevant experience. Go to www.pym.org/employment/opportunities.

Licensed Mental Health Providers: The Friends Counseling Service, a program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, is looking for licensed mental health providers who are Quakers and active in their monthly meetings, to join the service. We need counselors in Upper Bucks County, Salem, Caln and Upper Susquehanna Quarters. The FCS provides mental health counseling to members and attenders of friends meetings. The service is provided on a sliding scale for those with limited income. Interested applicants should have their own office space and malpractice insurance coverage and have been in practice for a minimum of 3 years. For more information contact Ken Brick at FriendsCounseling@pym.org or 215-241-7019.

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OFFICE NOTES

REMINDER: RESERVE USE OF MEETINGHOUSE WITH JOANNE SHARPLESS
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless at 215-951-2300. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts and to make sure the heat is on.

DEADLINE FOR FRIDAY E-BULLETIN
Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person, including phone number and email address to gmm@gfsnet.org.

Publication of the monthly printed newsletter is suspended for now.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary
Germantown Friends Meeting
47 W Coulter Street

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GMM Friday Bulletin, July 25, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Committee work can be a microcosm of our spiritual development or transformation in relation to other people. It challenges us to find ways for engaging with one another in love, in spite of boredom, exasperation, or active dislike to find and grow in the ways of proceeding with business without being manipulative or coercive; to be responsible in seeing through what we initiate; to let go of seeking to have personal agendas, ego needs, or emotional needs satisfied by a captive audience; to grow in the ability to wait on those whose thought processes or discernment processes may move more slowly –possibly more deeply; to grow in our ability to wait on the Spirit, rather than to be driven by a plan to manage the process.” –Paticia Loring in Listening Spirituality, Vol. II

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 27, 2014

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Dick and Phyllis Taylor
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Tom Grabe & friend greeting, with Florence & Michael Mini providing refreshments.
CHILD CARE: We are now on summer schedule, and there will not be any First-day School classes until fall. Infants and toddlers still should go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground).

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The Meeting Office will be closed this Wednesday, July 30, because I am taking a vacation day. I will check the Meeting’s email messages in the late afternoon and will answer urgent messages at that time and less urgent ones the next morning. The office will re-open Thursday, July 31, at 10 a.m. –Melissa

Office Hours
Monday — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday — 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday — CLOSED
Thursday, Friday — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

TWO DEATHS
Leona (Lee) Pollock Van Gobes, widow of our beloved member Sylvain van Gobes, died this past Monday, July 21, of a massive heart attack. She was a resident of Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley. She and Sylvain married late in life and filled each other’s last years with joy.

Jamie McEwan, husband of our member Sandra Boynton, died on June 14 after a five- or six-year battle with bone cancer.

We greet the news of these passings with sorrow, and with sympathy for their families and loved ones. More information will be provided as it becomes available and details are arranged.

DINNIE CHILDS’ GINGER SNAP COOKIE RECIPE
Below is Dinnie Childs’ recipe for Ginger Snaps, Jack Childs’ favorite cookie, which is offered for your family’s enjoyment, and to request contributions of these cookies for the reception after the memorial meeting for worship for Jack on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. All members of Jack’s large family plan to be there. Come to celebrate Jack’s long life and meet with his family. Please reply to Donna Wilhelm at donnacwilhelm@gmail.com if you can bring cookies.

Dinnie Childs’ Ginger Snaps
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 beaten egg
Beat shortening and sugar together, then thoroughly mix in molasses and egg.

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon each ginger and cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sift these dry ingredients together and stir into the mixture above to make a dough.

Form the dough into 1″ balls, and roll the balls in sugar. Place them 2″ apart on a greased cookie sheet; bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Yield: 90 -100 cookies

ANNOUNCEMENTS
NEW MEETING COTTAGE TENANTS
Effective August 1, the Meeting Cottage will have new residents. Please welcome Lois Keenan and her three daughters: Madeline, age 8; Jane, 7; and Penelope, 5. Lois is a business person and musician, previously living in one of Ross Hennesy’’s houses on Baynton Street. The girls are students at Wissahickon Charter School. –Bill Cozzens

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR AFSC BOARDS & COMMITTEES
Nominations are sought for the governing bodies of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): the Board of Directors, Corporation, and all Board and regional executive committees and task groups. Qualifications include but are not limited to:
1. Membership in the Religious Society of Friends or understanding and commitment to Friends values and testimonies;
2. Ability to attend AFSC committee meetings regularly (AFSC will cover costs);
3. Knowledge, understanding, or experiece with AFSC programs and philosophy;
4. Understanding of and commitment to a Spirit-led method of conducting business;
5. Commitment to support and participate in AFSC fundraising.
People of all colors and backgrounds, young people and differently abled, and from a wide geographical range are especially needed. The Standing Nominating Committee of AFSC will use the names suggested in making the final recommendations. To submit your nomination(s), go to www.starcafe.org/GovRecruit/SitePages/Home.aspx)

FREE FOOD COUPONS FOR SENIORS
Coupons worth $20 are available for free produce from local farmers markets for any low-income person over 60 years of age from the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging. Income guidelines are: maximum of $21,590 for one person, $29,101 for two people; $36,612 for three people; $44,123 for four people. To get your coupons, take your ID to the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging, 642 N. Broad St. — just below Fairmount Ave. on west side of Broad. The coupons must be used by Aug. 31. For a list of participating farmers markets (Weavers Way is one of them), go to www.pcacares.org. For information, call 215-765-9040.

INVITATION TO TAKE PART IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
“I am doing preliminary field work to refine a topic I plan to research. The topic is: the impact of community partnerships to improve student achievement, targeting STEAM curriculum, where current fiscal funding allocations challenge the ability to adequately provide programming to achieve this target. I am interested in listening directly to groups of neighbors in communities regarding educational concerns and solutions that can lead to achieving improved student performance in STEAM areas. A representative of an interested group of neighborhood collaborators may contact me about scheduling a meeting in their area to listen to their viewpoint. I expect to be available for the next two weeks in the Philadelphia area and expect to return intermittently during the 2014-15 school year. Contact email for this project is: edudataleader@gmail.com.” –Pamela Williams

EVENTS

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS: ‘WORSHIP IS A DOOR TO LOVE’
Right now, the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are taking place at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and will continue through mid-day this Sunday, July 27. Although there is no more onsite housing available, commuters may register when they arrive onsite. For information about youth programs, call 215-241-7238. For more information about the gathering, visit the Annual Sessions web pages at http://www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2014.

WEEKLY MOVIES AT VERNON PARK
Bring your own chair and settle in for a free movie every Friday night through August 1 at Vernon Park, Germantown Ave. and E. Price Street. The evenings start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Food vendors are available. The films will be: July 25, “Despicable Me;” and Aug. 1, “Thunderstruck.” The rain date for any movie is Aug. 8. For information, call 215-991-4744.

PLAN AHEAD

QUAKER PARENT MEET-UP & POTLUCK IN SEPTEMBER
Quaker parents from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to Green Street Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13, for a potluck dinner. It will be followed by a skyspace opening just for them at Chestnut Hill Meeting. The dinner will be hosted by the Youth Program Team, which has fun with the kids and teens all year long. This is a chance for adults to join in, find out more about the youth programs, and have a good time together. Free. For details, go to www.pym.org/2014-parent-meetup.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROGRAM BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER
Would you like to deepen your spiritual life, commit to a spiritual discipline, and enter into friendships with others on a similar path? This September, the intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program is starting a new session, which features three retreats throughout the seven-month period, and regular meetings for reading groups and regional groups. Several Friends from Germantown Meeting have completed this program in past years and speak highly of it. To learn more about it, go to
http://www.pym.org/committee/spiritual-formation. There are minimal costs for books, retreat expenses, and tuition. If cost is of concern for you, the registrar may be able to help you find financial assistance: Amelia Diamond, aediamond7@gmail.com.

TWO-DAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR WILLIAM PENN, OCT. 24-25
The first annual fundraiser for Arch Street Meeting House will feature a catered reception, followed by a lecture by John Andrew Gallery, former executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and member of Chestnut Hill Meeting. It will be held at the Meeting House on Friday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $65.

A birthday party for William Penn, who would be 370 years old this year, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia. Take a tour of the Meeting House and grounds, view exhibits, meet William and Hannah Penn, and join in multigenerational fun, such as a scavenger hunt.

For more information about these two events or to volunteer or help sponsor them, contact John Gallery, jagphila@mac.com. Watch for details, coming in early September, at www.archstreetmeetinghouse.org.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING, NOV. 20-23
Exciting times are ahead for those who attend the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23. There are scholarships for Young Adult Friends, who are especially encouraged to attend. Highlights of the program are: (1) briefings and lobbying to support diplomacy with Iran, (2) keynote address by Quaker writer Parker Palmer, and (3) decisions about legislative priorities for FCNL in the next session of Congress. Important components of the Annual Meeting are worship and Spirit-led discernment. On Thursday and Friday (Nov. 20-21) before the Annual Meeting, there will be a Quaker Public Policy Institute, sponsored by FCNL. At this, Friends will be briefed and then have a chance to do some lobbying. You may register online by going to www.fcnl.org/annualmeeting or by calling Andrew for a paper registration at 800-630-1330.

FOR THE YOUNG

Young Friends Camp Onas Gathering, August 17-23, Ottsville, PA . Join high-school-aged Quaker-affiliated Young Friends at Camp Onas for our big bash beginning-of-the-year gathering! We’ll get to enjoy the regular aspects of a gathering, such as worship sharing, workshops, and work crews, along with the special Camp Onas treats, such as flying through the air on the rope swing, hiking to the Sheep’s hole, and good times in the swimming pool. Financial aid is available! Visit
www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-camp-onas-gathering or contact Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

Middle School Friends Sleepover, September 13-14, Green Street Friends Meeting, This is the first Middle School Friends event of the year. Middle Schoolers will participate in get-to-know you activities, talk a bit about Quaker history (which is the theme for the coming year), and play some games before joining Green Street Friends Meeting for Worship on Sunday morning. Free. Information: Matt Sanderson, middleschoolfriends@pym.org, 215-241-7171,
www.pym.org/calendar/events/youth-parents-potluck-and-msf-sleepover-at-greene-st

TAKE ACTION

FCNL CALLS FOR URGING CEASEFIRE IN GAZA
With everyday punctuated by new and unbearable stories about the massive violence in Gaza, it is of tremendous importance to make your feelings heard by contacting your elected officials to call for a ceasefire and end to the blockade on Gaza. By going to www.fcnl.org, you can choose this topic from the array of issues and click through to send an email message directly to your senators and representatives. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has letter templates ready for you to edit online, then sign electronically, and send. There is plenty of background information and links to other informative sites, so you can bone up on the issues. Taking this action is a practical response that will make your voice heard, as well as giving you an outlet for your concern. Don’t settle for silence.

DEMONSTRATE TO STOP THE DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM
Oppose the coming of a drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station at tomorrow’s (July 26) monthly demonstration from noon to 2 p.m. It will take place at the entrance to the Guard Station on the corner of Easton Road (Rt. 611) and County Line Road. Features large drone replica display, banners and signs, bell-tolling, music, and reading of names of drone strike victims. There will be a public die-in (people fall to the ground and lie motionless) in symbolic witness, demonstrating the effect of drone strikes on civilians and the whirlwind of violence and war in today’s world. Bring a stuffed toy or doll to build a temporary memorial to the innocent people killed in Gaza and Iraq, and by drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. For directions, details, and an explanation of nonviolence discipline, go to http://www.brandywinepeace.com/events/. For questions, call Bob Smith, demonstration coordinator, at 610-544-1818 or 215-843-4827.

RESERVE YOUR BUS SEAT FOR EPA HEARING ON JULY 29
Low-cost bus seats are available, subsidized by the Sierra Club, for people to attend a hearing this Tuesday, July 29, about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) historic Clean Power Plan. For the first time, it would regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants, a major step toward cutting greenhouse gases that cause climate change. A show of public support for this plan may be crucial to keeping it from being weakened by pressure from industry interests. The Sierra Club bus will leave from 30th Street Station at 7:30 a.m.; reach Washington, D.C., in time for the 11 a.m. rally outside the EPA; and get back to Philly by 8 p.m. Similar bus seats are going for $30 apiece, but the Sierra Club is subsidizing this trip, and riders are asked to pay what they can. To see details and sign up to take the bus, go to http://sierrabus2dc.eventbrite.com. For questions, contact these local organizers: Sue Edwards at sueedwards79@gmail.com, or Karen Melton at karen.melton50@gmail.com.

QVS CORNER
The house is wishing a fond farewell to the Meeting this week. We are just finishing our last week of work and are gearing up for the end-of-the-year retreat and move-out. The house seems to be in a flurry of packing and trying to fit in last-minute this-and-thats. And we are all looking forward to the retreat in the Poconos and opportunities this next year. Many of you have been wondering what those plans are, so we put together a little thank-you and report from each of us. We do add our thanks as a community. It is often mentioned week-to-week and month-to-month that our experience would not have been as fulfilling without the wonderful house we lived in, the furnishings inside it, and of course the relationships that we made with so many at Meeting. Thank you.

Fairleigh Barnes: “I am excited to say that, after a year of working in the Community Involvement Office at Germantown Friends School, I will be continuing on as a teaching assistant in a fourth grade classroom in the fall! I have really enjoyed being part of the GFS and GMM communities this year, and I am very glad to have the opportunity to continue to explore Quaker education. I am sure that I will see many of you around next year! Thank you so much for all the hospitality and generosity you have given us volunteers this year; we are very lucky to have had your support.”

Malcolm Culleton will be leaving the comfortable chair in his Center City office to resume his career as a Renaissance Man, hoping to cobble together rent money as a freelance writer/editor, mapmaker, and folk musician. In his free time, Malcolm will roam the streets in search of protests, press conferences, and direct actions, taking occasional breaks to mutter to himself at local coffee shops. The long-term goal is to create a more awesome world, and for Malcolm himself to also become awesome.

Jossie Dowling will be moving to West Philly to start a Young Adult Friends house with a few other QVS alumni and YAFs. She will be traveling around the East Coast during the month of August, ending her journey in Atlanta, Georgia, to help lead workshops for QVS orientation for the incoming 2014-2015 group. She has been hired by Baltimore Yearly Meeting as their new Junior Young Friends Program Assistant and is excited to be working at the BYM middle school Quaker conferences in the upcoming
year.

Elizabeth Duthinh: “Germantown Friends, I was very sorry to leave the QVS program slightly early but, thanks to the support of many of you, I received a fantastic offer to attend Bryn Mawr College’s post-baccalaureate premedical program. I have just completed a semester of general chemistry in a month, and I am in the midst of round two. By spring next year, I will be applying to medical schools. I’m so grateful to the many members of GMM who helped me find shadowing opportunities and helped me explore this new career path and discern whether to go back to school. I love my program, but I will always remember QVS as one of the best years of my life.”

Trevor Johnson is very excited and joyful about how the year turned out. He found a lot of spiritual growth in the year and was able to set down some roots in the Quaker faith due to the great relationships built and worships shared. As for the next year, he is moving to West Philadelphia to live with a friend and nearer to other f/Friends. He has been hired at DePaul Catholic School in Germantown for another year and is continuing in his work teaching music to adorable children. Trevor will be participating in the Spiritual Formation Program with PYM and hopes to help with spiritual formation in West Philly Friends Meeting.

Maire Elizabeth Moriarty will relocate on Aug. 1 to Wilmington, DE, to work at the Ministry of Caring’s finance office. She will return to database work, but also takes with her a passion for racial justice work in the context of Quakerism, as Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s representative to the White Privilege Conference Host Team. She is so grateful for this year of exploring Quakerism and the support of the Germantown Monthly Meeting community — and definitely intends to be present with all!

Madeline Smith-Gibbs looks forward to applying what she learned this year about intentional community, spirituality, and cooking obscene amounts of food to a Young Adult Friends house in West Philly next year. Although moving out of the QVS house and leaving the Institute for Community Justice is a bittersweet experience, she’s excited about the next adventure.

Talia Tiffany truly reveled in the opportunity to work at Mariposa Food Cooperative. She is invigorated by the cooperative model, her amazing coworkers, and democratic workplaces. She can’t wait to continue to explore the solidarity economy. Talia is proud of her work expanding Mariposa’s educational offerings, community partnerships, and anti-oppression work. She plans to stay a member of the co-op and return to Germantown regularly to visit the Wyck gardens, her favorite picnic spot in the city, and her fantastic QVS community mates. In the fall she will try her hand at a wood-fired sourdough bakery in Vermont, fulfilling a long-standing dream of making people’s lives a little fuller with artisanal gluten.

QUAKER JOBS
Development Associate at Friends General Conference: Immediate full-time opening with benefits, in Philadelphia office. Seeking an energetic, responsible, detail-oriented individual with an interest in strengthening the Religious Society of Friends. Duties include annual fund support, information management, web content revision, gift entry and reconciliation, and mailing coordination. Good writing skills, database experience, and general computer savvy are essential. This is an entry-level position that will give a wide range of experiences. Position open until filled, ideally to begin by Sept. 2. More information at http://www.fgcquaker.org/jobs.

Associate Executive Director of Friends Center: The Board of Directors of Friends Center Corporation announces the retirement of Executive Director Patricia McBee, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Pat is known for her exceptional talent for making Friends Center a friendly hub of activity for the equity partners, tenants, visitors, and vendors, alike. The search for a new Friends Center Executive Director is in the planning stage. The position description is posted at www.friendscentercorp.org. Applications will be accepted up to Aug. 31, with interviews in early fall. Starting date for the new director is Dec. 1, 2014.

Principal of Frankford Friends School: The current principal of Frankford Friends School, Germantown Meeting clerk and member Penny Colgan-Davis, will retire from her position after the 2014-2015 school year. The search has begun for a new principal for the 2015-2016 school year. School Committee member Marion Parkinson is leading the search for the new principal and may be contacted at ffssearch@frankfordfriendsschool.org. The position is posted at
http://www.frankfordfriendsschool.org/FFS-Announcement-FactSheet.pdf.

Secretary for Program and Religious Life at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Leadership role in framing, articulating, and championing a vision of Quaker faith, practice, and witness that inspires, connects, and nurtures our faith community. Leads and supervises a team of program and administrative staff. Full-time position with benefits. Requires active membership, a bachelor’s degree, and five or more years of relevant experience. Go to www.pym.org/employment/opportunities.

Young Adult Friends Coordinator at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Responsible for encouraging meaningful relationships among Quakers, ages 18-35. Part-time position with benefits. Requires active participation in the Quaker community, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and three or more years of relevant experience. Go to www.pym.org/employment/opportunities.

Licensed Mental Health Providers: The Friends Counseling Service, a program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, is looking for licensed mental health providers who are Quakers and active in their monthly meetings, to join the service. We need counselors in Upper Bucks County, Salem, Caln and Upper Susquehanna Quarters. The FCS provides mental health counseling to members and attenders of friends meetings. The service is provided on a sliding scale for those with limited income. Interested applicants
should have their own office space and malpractice insurance coverage and have been in practice for a minimum of 3 years. For more information contact Ken Brick at FriendsCounseling@pym.org or 215-241-7019.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, July 18, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” James 3:17-18 NRSV

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 20, 2014

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: TBA
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Kate Kaman & Joel Erland
CHILD CARE: We are now on summer schedule, and there will not be any First-day School classes until fall. Infants and toddlers still should go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground).

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The Meeting Office will be closed this Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23, because I will be getting a medical test. I will check the Meeting’s email messages in the afternoons of those two days. Please don’t call me at home. The office re-open Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. –Melissa

Office Hours

Monday, Thursday & Friday — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CLOSED Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF PATRICIA LYNN
Patricia Lynn, mother of our member Chris Lynn, died on June 19 at Stapeley Hall in Germantown. She was a Quaker who taught painting and was herself an accomplished painter. The memorial service was Tuesday, July 15, at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Chris and Claudia Lynn and their children Maja and Ricir family.

NEWS FROM 1652 COUNTRY…
The Lake Country: Dear Friends, I’m here in England, walking up Kendal Hill, being in the countryside, the mountaintop, and Friends Meetings, where George Fox spoke so powerfully of his vision, a vision that speaks to that of God, the light that resides in each of us. Wishing you opportunity and joy, Marlena [Marlena Santoyo sent this from England, where she is on the Quaker Pilgrimage Tour of historic sites where the Religious Society of Friends was founded.]

REFLECTIONS ON WATERCOLOR PAINTING, BY RUTH SEELEY
An exhibit of watercolors by our member Ruth Seeley is on display at Pendle Hill through October 31, 2014. It is free and open to the public. This is Ruth’s story about her journey in art (taken from www.pendlehill.org):

“I grew up loving color, drawing, and all sorts of art. I am also a birthright Friend from England. Although art was never discouraged in our house, and I studied it to advanced level general certificate of education, I absorbed a subliminal Quaker sense that art was . . . not useful, that time would be better spent helping others, and the old adage, I wouldn’t be able to earn a living painting…. I traveled, worked in Africa, moved to the United States in the late 1960s, and joined the non-profit world. When I found myself retired a couple of years early, I rushed out to sign up for a watercolor class and bought paper and paint. What a revelation! I learned not only from my teacher, but also from my fellow students…. I work primarily from my own photographs and have a partiality for landscapes and earthy colors. I’m constantly trying to loosen up – to use detail only as a special focus. Each painting is an adventure that starts off in my head but ends up affected by color, line, and experimental changes. I can’t imagine ever stopping learning and being excited by the infinite ways in which water color can be put on paper. I hope the viewer will enjoy living with a painting as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SHARE A RIDE TO ANNUAL SESSIONS?
Our member Pamela Williams would like to share a ride on Friday, July 24, to and from Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Muhlenberg College. If you are interested, call her at 410-279-8114.

FREE FOOD COUPONS FOR SENIORS
Coupons worth $20 are available for free produce from local farmers markets for any low-income person over 60 years of age from the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging. Income guidelines are: maximum of $21,590 for one person, $29,101 for two people; $36,612 for three people; $44,123 for four people. To get your coupons, take your ID to the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging, 642 N. Broad St. — just below Fairmount Ave. on west side of Broad. The coupons must be used by Aug. 31. For a list of participatig farmers markets (Weavers Way is one of them), go to www.pcacares.org. For information, call 215-765-9040.

INVITATION TO TAKE PART IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
“I am doing preliminary field work to refine a topic I plan to research. The topic is: the impact of community partnerships to improve student achievement, targeting STEAM curriculum, where current fiscal funding allocations challenge the ability to adequately provide programming to achieve this target. I am interested in listening directly to groups of neighbors in communities regarding educational concerns and solutions that can lead to achieving improved student performance in STEAM areas. A representative of an interested group of neighborhood collaborators may contact me about scheduling a meeting in their area to listen to their viewpoint. I expect to be available for the next two weeks in the Philadelphia area and expect to return intermittently during the 2014-15 school year. Contact email for this project is: edudataleader@gmail.com.”
–Pamela Williams

ODD JOBS WANTED BY YOUNG FRIEND
Nate Guerra, A Young Friend and member of our meeting, would like everyone to know that he is available to do:
babysitting, yard work, co-op shifts, and other odd jobs, as needed. Please call 267-616-0894 or email at ninlet44@gmail.com

EVENTS

WEEKLY MOVIES AT VERNON PARK
Bring your own chair and settle in for a free movie every Wednesday night through August 1 at Vernon Park, Germantown Ave. and E. Price Street. The evenings start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Food vendors are available. The films will be: July 18, “Cool Runnings;” July 25, “Despicable Me;” and Aug. 1, “Thunderstruck.” The raindate for any movie is Aug. 8. For information, call 215-991-4744.

PLAN AHEAD

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS: ‘WORSHIP IS A DOOR TO LOVE’
This year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Wed., July 23, through Sun., July 27, at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. In Annual Sessions, Friends get to know each other in a community setting, where they worship and eat together, practice spirit-led discernment in meetings for business, have intergenerational events, fun in age groups, and enjoy quiet times. There are opportunities to share ideas and activities from meetings and the wider world. Although there is no
more onsite housing available, commuters may register when they arrive onsite. There are exciting, separate programs for all ages of children and young people. For information about youth programs, call 215-241-7238. For more information about the gathering, visit the Annual Sessions web pages at http://www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2014, call 215-241-7238, or send an email inquiry to sessions@pym.org,

SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROGRAM BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER
Would you like to deepen your spiritual life, commit to a spiritual discipline, and enter into friendships with others on a similar path? This September, the intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program is starting a new session, which features three retreats throughout the seven-month period, and regular meetings for reading groups and regional groups. Several Friends from Germantown Meeting have completed this program in past years and speak highly of it. To learn more about it, go to
http://www.pym.org/committee/spiritual-formation. There are minimal costs for books, retreat expenses, and tuition. If cost is of concern for you, the registrar may be able to help you find financial assistance: Amelia Diamond, aediamond7@gmail.com.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING, NOV. 20-23
Exciting times are ahead for those who attend the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23. There are scholarships for Young Adult Friends, who are especially encouraged to attend. Highlights of the program are: (1) briefings and lobbying to support diplomacy with Iran, (2) keynote address by Quaker writer Parker Palmer, and (3) decisions about legislative priorities for FCNL in the next session of Congress. Important components of the
Annual Meeting are worship and Spirit-led discernment. On Thursday and Friday (Nov. 20-21) before the Annual Meeting, there will be a Quaker Public Policy Institute, sponsored by FCNL. At this, Friends will be briefed and then have a chance to do some lobbying. You may register online by going to www.fcnl.org/annualmeeting or by calling Andrew for a paper registration at 800-630-1330.

TAKE ACTION

JOIN A CONFERENCE CALL ON ‘PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH’
Would you like to learn more about the People’s Climate March, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 in New York City? This Thursday, July 24, at 4 p.m., there will be an open conference call to mobilize people to take part and organize local groups in participating. Topics on the call will include: (1) details about the coming march; (2) free resources for groups to use; (3) ways to participate, whether in NYC or not; (4) information about an international, interfaith campaign for a strong climate
treaty, which will follow the march. If you are interested but can’t be on the call, register anyway, and organizers will send you a link to a recording of the conversation. GreenFaith is the organization that is helping mobilize people of faith to participate in this outreach and information effort. To register, go to https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/greenfaith/eventRegistration.jsp?event=300&. For more information about the march and ways to participate, go to www.peoplesclilmate.org/march/

BUS SEATS AVAILABLE FOR D.C. ACTION TO SUPPORT EPA
The Sierra Club is making a bus available for those who want to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) historic Clean Power Plan by attending a hearing on Tuesday, July 29. It would for the first time regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants, a major step toward cutting greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. A show of public support for this plan may be crucial to keeping it from being weakened by pressure from industry interests. The Sierra Club bus will leave from 30th Street Station at 7:30 a.m.; reach Washington, D.C., in time for the 11 a.m. rally outside the EPA, and get back to Philly by 8 p.m. Similar bus seats are going for $30 apiece, but the Sierra Club is subsidizing this trip. Riders are asked to pay what they can. To see the details and sign up to take the bus, go to http://sierrabus2dc.eventbrite.com.

TESTIFY AT D.C. HEARING ON EPA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN
For anyone who would like to testify at the hearing for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (see preceding item), in Washington, D.C., you may register at http://ww2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/forms/public-hearings-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule#register. If you are assigned a time to testify that is inconvenient for you, it may be possible to swap slots with other testifiers.

For questions about either of these two opportunities, contact these local organizers: Sue Edwards at sueedwards79@gmail.com, or Karen Melton at karen.melton50@gmail.com.

QVS CORNER
The house has entered the season of “lasts” these past two weeks. Our last QVS day was last Friday. We did a meditation out of “Experiments with Light” with Joanne Seaver. Afterward we joined a video conference with another QVS house so we could share a few reflections from the year. (And we also took advantage of free Slurpee day at a local 7/11.) We are about to start our last week of work at our placements, and it will also be our last “normal week” of the year. Blessings, Trevor Johnson

JOBS & VOLUNTEER ROLES

Development Associate at Friends General Conference: Immediate full-time opening with benefits, in Philadelphia office. Seeking an energetic, responsible, detail-oriented individual with an interest in strengthening the Religious Society of Friends. Duties include annual fund support, information management, web content revision, gift entry and reconciliation, and mailing coordination. Good writing skills, database experience, and general computer savvy are essential. This is an entry-level
position that will give a wide range of experiences. Position open until filled, ideally to begin by Sept. 2. More information at http://www.fgcquaker.org/jobs.

Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Leadership role in framing, articulating, and championing a vision of Quaker faith, practice, and witness that inspires, connects, and nurtures our faith community. Leads and supervises a team of program and administrative staff. Full-time position with benefits. Requires active membership, a bachelor’s degree, and five or more years of relevant experience. Go to www.pym.org/employment/opportunities.

Young Adult Friends Coordinator at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Responsible for encouraging meaningful relationships among Quakers ages 18-35. Part-time position with benefits. Requires active participation in the Quaker community, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and three or more years of relevant experience. Go to www.pym.org/employment/opportunities.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, July 4, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Our modern surroundings have changed, but the need to deal honestly with everyone we meet and with ourselves, known as the testimony of integrity, is still the foundation of Friends’ behavior in the world. Integrity is the testimony we can use all day, every day — at work, home, or school, with colleagues, clients, teachers, students, or family.

“Integrity also means being true to oneself and not trying to be somebody we are not. By being obedient to the divine spirit — often called the Light — we seek wholeness in our lives and communities.” –Germantown Friends School, Faith & Practice

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 6, 2014

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ed Marshall & Joanna Bassert
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Florence and Michael Mini will greet; Leila and Hal Sawyer will bring refreshments.

CHILD CARE: We are now on summer schedule, and there will not be any First-day School classes until fall. Infants and toddlers still should go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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CALLED MEETING FOR BUSINESS THIS SUNDAY
On Sunday, there will be a brief called Meeting for Business immediately after worship to consider the request of Donna Anderton and Barbara Bird to married under the care of our Meeting.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

RUTH SEELEY’S WATERCOLORS SHOWING AT PENDLE HILL
Our member Ruth Seeley is having an exhibit of her watercolors in the Barn at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every weekday through October 31. Paintings will be for sale Monday to Friday through the Pendle Hill bookstore or registration desk. Staffing on the weekend is limited. Purchase inquiries may be made by calling Pendle Hill, 610-566-4507 or by emailing shorne@pendlehill.org. For travel directions go to: http://pendlehill.org/travel-directions. For additional information, contact Ruth Seeley, ruthseeley@givewings.com. Additional paintings may be viewed at: http://www.givewings.com/paintings/index.html.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TAKE PART IN ENERGY STUDY ABOUT PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONERS
Do you have a portable air conditioner, and would you be willing to take part in a study to understand energy consumption in homes? This summer, our member David Mettler is working on a study about portable air conditioners by the Energy Efficiency group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). A portable air conditioner is similar to a window unit, except it is designed with wheels to move around easily, rather than being installed in a window. If you have a portable air conditioner or
know someone else who might be interested, contact Dave at 215-869-8878 or damettler@aol.com. LBNL is offering $100 to those selected to be part of the study.

EVENTS

CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN FREEDOM’S BACKYARD!
Germantown Avenue, from the 4900 block to the 6300 block, will buzz with acivities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 4th, to celebrate the nation’s independence. All events are free and open to the public. Here is the schedule of events:

11 a.m.-– 3 p.m. Purchase fresh, organic produce from the Farmer’s Market at Wyck (6026 Germantown Ave.) Wyck’s landscape and garden will be open to the public.

11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Visit Stenton (4601 N. 18th Street) for hot dogs, make your own ice cream, a flag themed fan activity, and games! Features Benjamin Franklin and music by Run of the Mill String Band.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour the Johnson House (6306 Germantown Ave.) and the Concord School Upper Burying Ground (6309 Germantown Ave.) and hear the bell ring once for every year since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Ceremony, bell ringing, and meeting Martha Washington at 2p.m.

12 noon – 4 p.m. Cliveden (6401 Germantown Ave.), the site of the 1777 Battle of Germantown, will be open for tours and children’s activities. Meet and greet Martha Washington at 1p.m.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tour Hood Cemetery (4901 Germantown Ave.) and see where 41 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried

‘FRIENDLY FIRST’ POTLUCK AT STAPELY THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, July 6, is the monthly potluck supper and meeting for worship at Stapeley Hall. Anyone and everyone from any Meeting is invited. Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting is coordinating the affair, which is the summer celebration, so it is appropriate to bring picnic- and barbecue-type foods. Cooking facilities are limited, but things can be reheated or pan-fried, and there are a refrigerator and freezer available. This is promised to be an ant-free, mosquito-free event! Dinner is at 5 p.m., followed by a half-hour meeting for worship at 6:30 p.m. If possible, please let Tricia Walmsley know what you are going to bring so she can plan accordingly.

PLAN AHEAD

COME TO SUMMER FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL
Pony rides, great food, music and dancing, all kinds of games, face painting, and the return of Raheem the Snake Man will all be part of the Summer Festival at Historic Fair Hill. It will take place on Saturday, July 12, at 3 p.m. to 7 p.m at Germantown and Indiana avenues in North Philadelphia. Come one, come all!

SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROGRAM BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER
Would you like to deepen your spiritual life, commit to a spiritual discipline, and enter into friendships with others on a similar path? This September, the intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program is starting a new program, which features three retreats throughout the seven-month period, and regular meetings for reading groups and regional groups. Several Friends from Germantown Meeting have completed this program in past years and speak highly of it. To learn more about it, go to
http://www.pym.org/committee/spiritual-formation. There are minimal costs for books, retreat expenses, and tuition. If cost is of concern for you, the registrar may be able to help you find financial assistance: Amelia Diamond, 215-677-2868 or aediamond7@gmail.com.

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND FCNL ANNUAL MEETING, NOV. 20-23
Exciting times are ahead for those who attend the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20-23. There are scholarships for Young Adult Friends, who are especially encouraged to become involved. Highlights of the program are: (1) briefings and lobbying to support diplomacy with Iran, (2) keynote address by Quaker writer Parker Palmer, and (3) decisions about legislative priorities for FCNL in the next session of Congress. Important
components of the Annual Meeting are worship and Spirit-led discernment. On Thursday and Friday (Nov. 20-21) before the Annual Meeting, there will be a Quaker Public Policy Institute, sponsored by FCNL. At this, Friends will be briefed and then have a chance to do some lobbying. You may register online by going to www.fcnl.org/annualmeeting or by calling Andrew for a paper registration at 800-630-1330.

TAKE ACTION

HELP REPEAL THE LAW BEHIND WAR ON TERROR
This summer, U.S. senators will consider legislation to repeal the law behind the war on terror. To ask your senators to support repeal of this law and bring this chapter of our country’s history to a close, go to the website of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) at www.fcnl.org, and click on “Action.” This will take you to current topics of legislation and click-through letter templates that will go directly to your senator’s office. There is also a wealth of background information
on repealing the law behind the war on terror and many other current issues.

WAR DRONE PROTEST AT FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
Join others to protest drone warfare and spying by lining the sidewalk in front of the Philadelphia Federal Building Courthouse at 6th & Market streets on the Fourth of July. They will all hold posters (provided by organizers) of a war drone shadow on the U.S. Constitution, and the message, “Stop Drone Warfare & Spying.” Participants will gather at 10:30 a.m., as the floats and red, white, and blue pageantry pass by to the cheers of thousands and waving flags. Make some noise and create a
meaningful sight with your poster and opinion. More information: (610) 544-1818 or go to http://www.marching.com/events/philadelphia-independence-day-parade/

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9: MEMORIAL & PROTEST TO MARK EXPLOSION IN QUEBEC
A memorial and protest on Wednesday, July 9, will mark the anniversary of an oil train explosion in Quebec, in which 47 people died. The protest will begin at 12 noon at 25th Street & Locust Avenue in Philadelphia, and will protests all derailments, explosions, and spills, and will honor the dead and call for stopping oil bomb trains. This local event is part of a national event and is sponsored locally by Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 350 Philly, Protecting Our Waters, Philadelphia Interfaith Power & Light, and Rising Tide Philly. To find out more about this campaign, go to https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/oil-by-rail-week-of-action.

‘WE DIVEST’ NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON JULY 9 AT 12:30 P.M.
People of all faiths are invited to gather on Wednesday, July 9, at 12:30 p.m., to ask Williams-Sonoma to stop selling SodaStreet, a home carbonation machine manufactured in a West Bank settlement, using Palestinian labor. This demonstration marks the 10-year anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s historic ruling declaring Israel’s Wall in Palestine to be illegal. The protest will take place in front of Williams-Sonoma at Walnut and Broad streets in Center City, Philadelphia. For information, contact Jewish Voice for Peace, at info@jewishvoiceforpeace.org.

JULY 13 MARCH IN WASH., D.C., TO STOP FRACKED GAS EXPORTS
Anti-fracking activists will rally at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, July 13, to call for a change in course by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on its policies about exporting fracked gas from Cove Point, MD. To learn the background and get details about this event, go to http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/covepoint/

QVS CORNER
Hi Friends! It’s Maire, sending love from California, PA. It’s Jossie’s, Trevor’s, and my first opportunity to attend the Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC). What a treat! I’m meeting so many new and wonderful folks among this community of 1,200. My work with FGC this year has me very much involved in the People of Color Center, where Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Racial Healing is held, as well as an interest group entitled “Love: A First Motion Against Racial Inequity,” and another on the White Privilege Conference (and much more!). I can’t wait to join kids and adults alike for the reading of children’s books by and about People of Color!

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GMM Friday Bulletin, June 27, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it…. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you cannot murder the hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate…. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 29, 2014

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Dorothy Cary & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Linda Knapp and Phil & Claudette Grimes
CHILD CARE: We are now on summer schedule, and there will not be any First-day School classes until fall. Infants and toddlers still should go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

JACK CHILDS’ OBITUARY BY INQUIRER IS NOW ONLINE
Find out more about the wonderful man we knew as “Jack” Childs by using this link to read the Philadelphia Inquirer’s obituary about him: http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-26/news/50859081_1_germantown-monthly-meeting-daughter-germantown-friends-school

NEWS FROM AFRICA ABOUT ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY ACT IN UGANDA
David Zarembka, of the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams, sends us a report on the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda. He begins: “On February 14, 2014, President Museveni of Uganda signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act which legislated the imprisonment of homosexuals for 14 years to life. It also stipulated punishment for anyone supporting homosexuals with jail sentences of 5 to 7 years. The western international community has solidly condemned the Act, but President Museveni, looking towards the February 2016 election, realized it was a popular measure.” To see the rest of his report, open the attachment “African Great Lakes Initiative.”

RUTH SEELEY’S WATERCOLORS SHOWING AT PENDLE HILL
Our member Ruth Seeley is having an exhibit of her watercolors in the Barn at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, June 17 through October 31. Paintings will be for sale Monday to Friday through the Pendle Hill bookstore or registration desk. Staffing on the weekend is limited. Purchase inquiries may be made by calling Pendle Hill, 610-566-4507 or by emailing shorne@pendlehill.org. For travel directions go to: http://pendlehill.org/travel-directions. For additional information, contact Ruth Seeley, 215-849-4941 or ruthseeley@givewings.com. Additional paintings may be viewed at: http://www.givewings.com/paintings/index.html.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DONATIONS NEEDED BY MONDAY FOR END OF OUR FISCAL YEAR
Have you made your donation yet to help Germantown Meeting reach its goal for this fiscal year? Monday, June 30, is the deadline, so please get your check to the Meeting Office right away to help us make our goal of $120,000. This will make it possible to meet our commitments and plan for next year. You may also leave your check on Sunday in the the wooden contribution box next to the literature counter in the social room. Every gift counts, large or small, and we are tremendously grateful to the many Friends who have already donated so far.

PRINTER DONATED TO MEETING!
A great, big shout-out goes to Celine Harris, a friend of Joan McIlvaine’s who donated her office’s nice Lexmark printer to our Meeting when she was moving this week. Another big round of applause goes to Joan herself, who made the connection, and also to Carla Childs and Rosi Cozzens for picking up the printer in their van and delivering it to the Meeting Office on Thursday. It is a far nicer machine than we could have afforded, and we have our hopes up that it will work a lot better, too. The old printer now is up for grabs, if anybody wants it–it works but is extremely temperamental. It is a color printer. Call the office, if you would like to have it.

EVENTS•

‘DIPLOMACY, NOT WAR!’ CONFERENCE TAKES PLACE JULY 2
An “Action Conference for Peace” will take place this Wednesday, July 2, at 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Kate Gould. of Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak to the topic “Diplomacy, Not War,” followed by break-out groups on a multitude of topics, including a discussion on next steps. There will be a reception at 8:30 p.m. The conference is free, but a donation is suggested. Cosponsors include the American Friends Service Committee; The Center for Returning Citizens; Brandywine Peace Community; and many other local peace groups. Online registration is recommended; go to http://www.peacecoalition.org/news-and-events/upcoming-events.html and click on “News & Events,” then on “Upcoming Events,” and look for “Diplomacy Not War Action Conference.”

PLAN AHEAD

‘FRIENDLY FIRST’ POTLUCK AT STAPELY NEXT WEEK
Next Sunday, July 6, is the date for the monthly potluck supper and meeting for worship at Stapeley Hall. Anyone and everyone from any Meeting is invited. Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting is coordinating the affair, which is the summer celebration, so it is appropriate to bring picnic- and barbecue-type foods. Cooking facilities are limited, but things can be reheated or pan-fried, and there are a refrigerator and freezer available. This is promised to be an ant-free, mosquito-free event! If possible, please let Tricia Walmsley know what you are going to bring so she can plan accordingly.

COME TO SUMMER FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL!
Pony rides, great food, music and dancing, all kinds of games, face painting, and the return of Raheem the Snake Man will all be part of the Summer Festival at Historic Fair Hill. It will take place on Saturday, July 12, at 3 p.m. to 7 p.m at Germantown and Indiana avenues in North Philadelphia. Come one, come all!

TAKE ACTION

WAR DRONE PROTEST AT FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
Join protesters to protest drone warfare and spying by lining the sidewalk in front of the Philadelphia Federal Building Courthouse at 6th & Market streets on the Fourth of July. They will all hold posters (provided by organizers) of a war drone shadow on the U.S. Constitution, and the message, “Stop Drone Warfare & Spyng.” Participants will gather at 10:30 a.m., as the floats and red, white, and blue pageantry pass by to the cheers of thousands and waving flags. Make some noise and create a meaningful sight, with your poster and opinion. More information: (610) 544-1818 or go to
http://www.marching.com/events/philadelphia-independence-day-parade/
Event details

QVS CORNER

“We can’t believe how quickly our last month has arrived upon us! Many folks have started asking what our last day is — our last day at our site placements is July 25th, after which we have our closing retreat and move out on the 30th. A few of us are going to FGC’s Gathering next week, and Ross will even be holding a session on QVS there!”
Love, Maire

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GMM Friday Bulletin, June 13, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The last fruit of holy obedience is the simplicity of the trusting child, the simplicity of the chidren of God. It is the naivete that is the yonder side of sophistication. It is the beginning of spiritual maturity, which comes after the awkward age of religious busyness for the Kingdom of God…. The mark of this simpified life is radiant joy. It lives in the Fellowship of the Transfigured Face. Knowing sorrow to the depths, it does not agonize or fret and strain, but in serene, unhurried calm,
it walks in time with the joy and assurance of Eternity.”

–Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion, 1941

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 15, 2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Phyllis & Dick Taylor
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Chris Gallagher & Mark Kowitt
CHILD CARE: We are now on summer schedule, and there will not be any First-day School classes until fall. Infants and toddlers still should go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF JACK CHILDS
Friends, our member John Norris Childs, Jr. (Jack), died early in the morning on June 11, 2014, at the age of 91. Many of us have loving memories of Jack from the many years he spent among us. We remember with gratitude the countless ways he supported our Meeting, with his bright spirit, time, and talents, as well as with his steadfast presence. The memorial service for him at Germantown Monthly Meeting will be on Saturday, August 23 at 2 p.m. Our sympathy and prayers are with his family as they face the days ahead.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
SHORT, CALLED MEETING FOR BUSINESS AFTER WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
There will be a SHORT meeting for business after worship this Sunday, June 15, to review recommendations for corporate giving for 2014 from the Peace & Social Concerns Committee. Please review the attached report before Sunday. It is entitled “Preview 2012-2014.”

OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEETS THIS SUNDAY
Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend the Outreach Committee Meeting this Sunday, June 15. It will be held after Meeting for Worship, and then after the short, called Meeting for Business. For information, contact Karen Lightner.

HIKE THE WISSAHICKON WITH GERMANTOWN FRIENDS THIS SUNDAY
A group of First-day Schoolers and Young Friends families are headed for a hike in the Wissahickon this Sunday (June 15), beginning at 10 a.m. at Blue Bell Park. The plan is to meet at Blue Bell Park, have a few minutes of Meeting for Worship together, say some nice things about the Dads in attendance, and then head into the Wissahickon Valley for a hike. Very casual and hopefully very fun. YOE (bring your own everything, such as good walking/hiking shoes, water, anything else you may need, etc). Any questions, contact Jody Hobbs at [ mailto:jodeen@aol.com ]jodeen@aol.com. Directions to the park: [ http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-bell-park-philadelphia-county ]http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-bell-park-philadelphia-county

From GMM: Follow Schoolhouse Lane, and turn right on Wissahickon Avenue. Then turn left on Walnut Lane. The driveway into Blue Bell Field is 200 yards on left.

From Center City: Take Kelly Drive and then turn right on Midvale Avenue. Proceed on Midvale and turn left on Henry Avenue. Go to Walnut Lane and turn right. The driveway into Blue Bell Field is on the right, just after the bridge and the traffic circle.

From Main Line: Take I-76 Schuylkill Expressway or City Avenue to Lincoln Drive. Stay in right lane on Lincoln Drive. Pass Gypsy Lane on right. Continue on Lincoln, bear right onto exit lane (Rittenhouse Street). Left on Wissahickon Ave. Left on Walnut Lane. The driveway into Blue Bell Field is 200 yards on the left.

By Bus: Take the City Line Bridge to the ramp onto Ridge Avenue West. Stay on Ridge Avenue and go about 1.3 miles. Turn right on Walnut Lane and go .7 miles. The driveway into Blue Bell Field is on the right just after the bridge and traffic circle.

UPDATE ON SUMMER CHILDCARE NEEDS
Needed: one volunteer to help with childcare on July 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. At the beginning of the hour, check in with Lydia Harvey, our summertime childcare employee. If there aren’t many children, she will let you off free, and you can go to Meeting for Worship. If she needs help, get ready for some play time and meet some wonderful kids. If you can lend a hand, contact Maggie Lockwood right away at 215-842-1148 or at maggie_lockwood@me.com. (For future reference: during the summer, Lois Weaver will coordinate the volunteers in the childcare room.)

END-OF-YEAR NUDGE FROM FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
What does June 30th mean to you? A birthday, an anniversary, first day of vacation? June 30 is the last day of the fiscal year for our wonderful Germantown Monthly Meeting and for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). Both need you to contribute to meet their goals. Germantown Meeting has had a richly rewarding year. Now, we have to make a final push to reach our goal of $120,000 so we can meet our commitments and plan ahead for next year. Several Germantown MM Friends are on PYM committees and are aware of the huge changes that PYM has made made in the past five years. I’m on the PYM General Services Standing Committee and have observed the major reorganization to put the yearly meeting on a sound and sustainable financial model so it can make the best use of our resources, both spiritual and financial. You can give online to both PYM and GMM, using a checking account or credit card at www.pym.org/nurture. To donate to Germantown Meeting, send a check to the Meeting office. Every check counts, large or small. Thank you! –Ruth Seeley

JOB OPENING AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL
There is an immediate opening for an administrative assistant/receptionist to work part-time at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. A list of responsibilities and directions for applying are attached to this bulletin, entitled “GFS Admin Asst-Receptionist 6-02014.”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
Would you like to help this summer in the office of Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN)? This organization helps families who are homeless make the transition to housing and more stable lives. Volunteers are needed to help with errands, childcare, tutoring, office work, intakes, organizing, cleaning, playtime with kids, and other duties. Contact Keyonnee Thalia, director of family services, at 215-247-4663, ext. 139, or keyonnee@philashelter.org.

WORSHIP WITH FRIENDS AT JERSEY SHORE
Will you be traveling to the Jersey shore this summer? Friends at Seaville Meeting in Cape May, NJ, invites anyone and everyone to worship with them at three sites:

Seaville Meeting, 3088 South Shore Rd., Seaville, NJ (1 mile south of Rt. 50), at 10 a.m. on Sundays year round

Cape May Beach Meeting, Windsor Ave., Cape May (near LG Headquarters) at 9 a.m. on Sundays during the summer. Clerk is Bob Ewing.

Ocean City Beach Meeting, 23rd Street, Ocean City, NJ, at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays during summer. Clerk is Sue Forrest-

EVENTS

FCNL TELEPHONE BRIEFING ON YEMEN THIS MONDAY
Dial up a telelphone briefing about Yemen this Monday, June 16, at 8 p.m., and learn about the recent trip to Yemen by Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) He will be joined by Diane Randall, FCNL executive secretary. Michael will share observations from his trip, and he and Diane will talk about current efforts on Capitol Hill to advance a more effective U.S. foreign policy. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. RSVP by sending a message to dianerandall@fcnl.org. You may dial in to the call toll free at 866-261-3182.

INTERACTIVE DRAMA STAGED AT CLIVEDEN
“Liberty to Go See,” an interactive drama, will be presented at Cliveden on Thursday, June 19; Friday, June 20; and Saturday, June 21. The play is based on the Chew family papers, which contain thousands of documents related to the Chew familiy plantations and people who toiled on them from the 1760s through the 1860s. Narrator Jim Smith, a freed African servant, leads the audience through episdes of daily life and work with the Chew family and their indentured, enslaved, and immigrant workers. It is produced in collaboration with New Freedom Theatre. Space is limited to a 20-person audience, so reservations are advised. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at noon on Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $12. To make reservations, go to www.cliveden.org.

RUTH SEELEY’S WATERCOLORS SHOWING AT PENDLE HILL
Our member Ruth Seeley is having an exhibit of her watercolors in the Barn at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. The opening event is Sunday, June 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Otherwise, the exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, June 17 through October 31. Paintings will be for sale Monday to Friday through the Pendle Hill bookstore or registration desk. Staffing on the weekend is limited. Purchase inquiries may be made by calling Pendle Hill, 610-566-4507 or by emailing shorne@pendlehill.org. For travel directions go to: http://pendlehill.org/travel-directions. For additional information, contact Ruth Seeley, ruthseeley@givewings.com. Additional paintings may be viewed at: http://www.givewings.com/paintings/index.html.

INQUIRERS WEEKEND AT PENDLE HILL
Pendle Hill is offering an Inquirers’ Weekend for those interested in learning more about Quaker faith and practice on June 20-22. Explore the basics of Quaker faith and practice with seasoned Friends Deborah Saunders and Martin Kelley.Examine how these connect with your own spiritual experience. You will find opportunities for worship, discussion, sharing, and questions with fellow seekers and facilitators. All who seek a solid introduction to Quakerism are welcome. More information and online registration available. For information, contact John J. Meyer, Coordinator of Short-Term Education Programs, Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086, telephone: 610-566-4507, ext. 129, or go to http://www.pendlehill.org.

PLAN AHEAD

POTLUCK FOR PEACE TEAM LEADERS FROM LATIN AMERICA
Leaders of Friends Peace Teams from Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatamala, will tell their stories and lead a discussion at Green Street Meeting, on the evening of Tuesday, June 24. There will be a potluck to greet the visitors, beginning at 6 p.m. The program will follow at 7 p.m. The peacemakers will talk about how Quakers and others provide healing through the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) and other means, in conditions of civil war. Discussion question: How does
this relate to violence in our neighborhoods here at home? For information, contact JoAnn Seaver at joann.seaver@verizon.net; or Helene Pollock at pollockhelene@yahoo.com.•

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HOLDS GATHERING ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to http://www.fgcquaker.org.

EQAT TO TAKE ACTION IN PITTSBURGH DURING FGC GATHERING
On July 3, buses will take demonstrators from the Gathering of Friends General Conference at California University (see above announcement) into nearby Pittsburgh for a prayerful protest near the headquarters of PNC Bank. There will be no civil disobedience nor risking arrest. The protest, organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT, pronounced “equate”), will call on PNC to end its practice of financing coal mining companies that blow up mountains, poison streams, and destroy Appalachian communities, all while fueling climate change. Friends will stand together to insist PNC stop profiting from this destructive practice and finance renewable alternatives instead. (PNC is a bank with Quaker roots and many Quaker customers.) Signing up now would help planning. Register at http://www.eqat.org/July3. For information, contact Chris Baker Evens, campaign organizer, at 267-269-1179.

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS 2014
Join other Friends and attenders on July 23-27 for the 2014 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Muhlenberg College. “Worship is a Door to Love” is the theme for this special time together to worship, listening to one another, conducting business, waiting for the Spirit, and enjoying one another’s company. There are special, separate programs for young people and children. Friends may stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. To register, visit http://www.pym.org/annualsessions. For information: Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org or 215 241-7238.

QVS CORNER

Some of us are exploring our options for life after QVS. The possibility of starting a Young Adult Friends House in West Philly has been proposed, and we are wondering if folks have or know people with potential property/real estate we could connect with? The QVS Day theme for the month of June was “Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: Race and Poverty in America.” We were fortunate enough to have Vanessa Julye join us and lead a workshop on how this challenging topic manifests in the modern world — and what work still has to be done within the Religious Society of Friends. Then we were blessed with a full- day anti-racism workshop through Training For Change! It has been a challenging but important month, leading to powerful conversations and learnings about issues of race and intersectionality. Love, Maire

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GMM Friday Bulletin, June 6, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“All valleys are shadowed with death, yet they live in beauty. And the shadow, as in painting, is what gives roundness and ripeness to shapes and colors that would otherwise have little beauty at all. Death rims Life with the beauty of waters flowing, leaves scattering, youth aging – that it so pierces our hearts.” –Bradford Smith, Dear Gift of Life

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 8,2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Doing Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Melissa Elliott & Bob Smith
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Rebecca Hoenig & Matt Cadwallader

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground)

CHILDREN: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*AGENDA FOR JUNE 8 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Reading of Query 8
Opening worship
May’s minutes
Discussion of new structure for minutes
Care and Visiting
Worship and Ministry
Nominating Committee
Fund Raising Committee
Marriage Committee
Report of the Religious Life of the School Committee of the GFS School Committee
Peace and Social Concerns Committee
Interim Meeting?
Closing worship

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NOW HEAR THIS!

MEETING PICNIC HERALDS START OF SUMMER ON JUNE 8!
Please join the Fellowship Committee for our end-of-the-year picnic after meeting for worship this Sunday, June 8. This is a lovely time to celebrate another year gone by and to say goodbye to some of our Friends who head out for the summer. The Fellowship Committee will set up the chairs and tables on the meetinghouse porch and provide the grill and grillables. We ask everyone else to bring a salad, side dish, dessert, or drinks to serve eight people. We look forward to another wonderful picnic.

UPDATE ON SUMMER CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS
Needed: one volunteer to help with childcare on July 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. At the beginning of the hour, check in with Lydia Harvey, our summertime childcare employee. If there aren’t many children, she will let you off free, and you can go to Meeting for Worship. If she needs help, get ready for some play time and meet some wonderful kids. If you can lend a hand, contact Maggie Lockwood right away at maggie_lockwood@me.com. (For future reference: during the summer, Lois Weaver will coordinate the volunteers in the childcare room.)

END-OF-YEAR NUDGE FROM FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
What does June 30th mean to you? A birthday, an anniversary, first day of vacation? June 30 is the last day of the fiscal year for our wonderful Germantown Monthly Meeting and for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). Both need you to contribute to meet their goals. Germantown Meeting has had a richly rewarding year. Now, we have to make a final push to reach our goal of $120,000 so we can meet our commitments and plan ahead for next year. Several Germantown MM Friends are on PYM committees and are aware of the huge changes that PYM has made made in the past five years. I’m on the PYM General Services Standing Committee and have observed the major reorganization to put the yearly meeting on a sound and sustainable financial model so it can make the best use of our resources, both spiritual and financial. You can give online to both PYM and GMM, using a checking account or credit card at www.pym.org/nurture. To donate to Germantown Meeting, send a check to the Meeting office. Every check counts, large or small. Thank you! –Ruth Seeley

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PAUL HAYDEN PRITCHARD
The memorial service for Paul Hayden Pritchard will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., in Germantown Meetinghouse. Everyone is welcome to attend. He was the firstborn son of our member Susan Corson-Finnerty. He died May 28 at the age of 48, of a bacterial infection of the heart, following a long illness. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Susan and her family.

ANNOUNCMENTS

RUTH SEELEY’S WATERCOLORS SHOWING AT PENDLE HILL
Our member Ruth Seeley is having an exhibit of her watercolors in the Barn at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. The opening event is Sunday, June 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Otherwise, the exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, June 17 through October 31. Paintings will be for sale Monday to Friday through the Pendle Hill bookstore or registration desk. Staffing on the weekend is limited. Purchase inquiries may be made by calling Pendle Hill, 610-566-4507 or by emailing shorne@pendlehill.org. For travel directions go to: http://pendlehill.org/travel-directions. For additional information, contact Ruth Seeley, ruthseeley@givewings.com. Additional paintings may be viewed at: http://www.givewings.com/paintings/index.html.

FRIENDS COUNSELING SERVICE AVAILABLE
Friends Counseling Service offers psychological support to members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), their families, and regular attenders and staff. Services include individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and family therapy. Therapists in the Counseling Service are mental health practitioners licensed and insured in the states where they work. All are active members of PYM. Fees are on a sliding scale, and there is sometimes financial help available from one’s monthy meeting. To make a confidential inquiry, call Friends Counseling Service at 215-241-7019.

YEARLY MEETING LIBRARY OPEN TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
The library of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. If you are a member of a meeting in PYM, you are eligible for borrowing books, but you must register by calling 215-241-7200 or filling out a form at www.pym.org/library. Books may also be ordered online, and delivered and returned by mail. The library has an especially outstanding selection of children’s books, as well as many books on Quaker history, spirituality, and biographies.

EVENTS

MICHELLE ALEXANDER TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, will be the keynote speaker at a conference entitled “Beyond the Walls: Prison Health Care & Re-entry Summit.” It will take place on Tuesday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. Registration is free, but participants are asked to register in advance by calling 215-985-4448, ext. 200, or online at www.aidseducationmonth.org. For more information, contact Hannah Zellman, director of Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice, at 215-525-0460, ext. 402, or at zellman@fight.org.

PYM WEBINAR: COPING WITH DIMINISHED ABILITY & AGING
If you are helping an aging loved one or looking ahead to your own senior years, this webinar will provide information about some of the key issues. It will take place on Thursday, June 12, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), it will be hosted by George Schaefer, PYM Care & Aging Coordinator. Topics covered will be: (1) adaptive devices for more capable living, (2) being cared for: autonomy and interdependence, and (3) discernment of long-term care needs. To participate, you only need a computer with internet access. Webinar technical assistance will be provided if you request it. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pym.org/aging-services/lunchtime-webinars/, or call George Schaeffer at 215-241-7068, or send him an email at gschaefer@pym.org.

INQUIRERS WEEKEND AT PENDLE HILL
Pendle Hill is offering an Inquirers’ Weekend for those interested in learning more about Quaker faith and practice on June 20-22. Explore the basics of Quaker faith and practice with seasoned Friends Deborah Saunders and Martin Kelley.Examine how these connect with your own spiritual experience. You will find opportunities for worship, discussion, sharing, and questions with fellow seekers and facilitators. All who seek a solid introduction to Quakerism are welcome. More information and online registration available. For information, contact John J. Meyer, Coordinator of Short-Term Education Programs, Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086, telephone: 610-566-4507, ext. 129, or go to http://www.pendlehill.org.

PLAN AHEAD

POTLUCK FOR PEACE TEAM LEADERS FROM LATIN AMERICA
Leaders of Friends Peace Teams from Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatamala, will tell their stories and lead a discussion at Green Street Meeting, on the evening of Tuesday, June 24. There will be a potluck to greet the visitors, to begin at 6 p.m., followed by the interactive program from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Through their personal stories, the peacemakers will talk about how Quakers and others provide healing through the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) and other means, in conditions of civil war. Participants will be asked to consider how this relates to violence in our neighborhoods here at home. For information, contact JoAnn Seaver at joann.seaver@verizon.net; or Helene Pollock at pollockhelene@yahoo.com.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HOLDS GATHERING ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to
http://www.fgcquaker.org.

EQAT TO TAKE ACTION IN PITTSBURGH DURING FGC GATHERING
On July 3, buses will take demonstrators from the Gathering of Friends General Conference at California University into nearby Pittsburgh for a prayerful protest near the headquarters of PNC Bank. There will be no civil disobedience nor risking arrest. The protest, organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT, pronounced “equate”), will call on PNC to end its practice of financing coal mining companies that blow up mountains, poison streams, and destroy Appalachian communities, all while fueling climate change. Friends will stand together to insist PNC stop profiting from this destructive practice and finance renewable alternatives instead. (PNC is a bank with Quaker roots and many Quaker customers.) Signing up now would help planning. Register at http://www.eqat.org/July3. For information, contact Chris Baker Evens, campaign organizer, at 267-269-1179.

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS 2014
Join other Friends and attenders on Juy 23-27 for the 2014 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Muhlenberg College. “Worship is a Door to Love” is the theme for this special time together to worship, listening to one another, conducting business, waiting for the Spirit, and enjoying one another’s company. There are special, separate programs for young people and children. Friends may stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. To register, visit http://www.pym.org/annualsessions. For information: Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org or 215 241-7238.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 30, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger…. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear…. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” –Ephesians 4:25, 26, 29, 31, 32

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 1,2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Tracy Mills & Kent Julye
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Laura Seeley & Marlena Santoyo

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground)

CHILDREN: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AGENDA FOR JUNE 8 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Reading of Query 8
Opening worship
May’s minutes
Discussion of new structure for minutes
Care and Visiting Committee
Nominating Committee
Fund Raising Committee
Marriage Committee
Report of the Religious Life of the School Committee of the GFS School Committee
Peace and Social Concerns Committee
Interim Meeting?
Closing worship

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MEETING PICNIC HERALDS START OF SUMMER ON JUNE 8!
Please join the Fellowship Committee for our-end-of-the-year picnic after meeting for worship this Sunday, June 8. This is a lovely time to celebrate another year gone by and to say goodbye to some of our Friends who head out for the summer. The Fellowship Committee will set up the chairs and tables on the meetinghouse porch and provide the grill and grillables. We ask everyone else to bring a salad, side dish, dessert, or drinks to serve eight people. We look forward to another wonderful picnic.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SAD NEWS
Our heartfelt sympathy to our member Susan Corson-Finnerty on the death of her son Paul Hayden Pritchard, 48, on May 28. Please hold Susan and her family in the Light as they mourn Paul’s death.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR PLANS & NEXT STEPS WITH US!
Everyone loves to know what’s next for our young people, so, if you feel like sharing your news with the Meeting, drop an email message to the Meeting Office, gmm@gfsnet.org, and let us know what’s going on. Are you graduating this year from high school or college? Are you going on to work in an internship or pursue a graduate degree or go into a training program? Are you getting your first job? There are many possibilities, and we’d love to know YOURS!

DEATH OF BARBARA WILTBANK ALLEN

Barbara Wiltbank Allen died May 25 in Portland Oregon, a month after her 90th birthday. She was a former member of Germantown Monthly Meeting, and a graduate of Germantown Friends School and Wellesley College. She is survived by her husband Charles M. Allen and their four daughters. Messages of sympathy may be sent to: Charles M. Allen, 32100 SW French Prairie Road, Apt. 113, Wilsonville, OR 97070; and Bonnie (barbara.purinton@gmail.com); Beth (bethandfred@gmail.com); Debbie (foltynde@gmail.com); and Jenny (jhallen@pdx.edu)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY
Bring you appetite, good humor, and a dish for eight people to this Sunday’s potluck at Stapeley Hall, which will begin at 5 p.m. Germantown Meeting is host of this month’s potluck, so, if you could get there early and help set up tables and chairs, it would be much appreciated by our coordinators, Deb Frazer and Paula Cell. Please contact one of them to say you’ll be there.To help people with food allergies, consider bringing a 3×5 card listing the ingredients of you food contribution, which could be a salad, dessert, or side dish. Meeting for worship begins at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor upstairs and lasts for half an hour. Usually 20 to 30 people attend these meals, described by one person as “a sweet time together with no agenda.”

RUTH SEELEY’S WATERCOLORS SHOWING AT PENDLE HILL
Our member Ruth Seeley is having an exhibit of her watercolors in the Barn at Pendle Hill, the Quaker study center, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. The opening event is Sunday, June 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Otherwise, the exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, June 17 through October 31. Paintings will be for sale Monday to Friday through the Pendle Hill bookstore or registration desk. Staffing on the weekend is limited. Purchase inquiries may be made by calling Pendle Hill, 610-566-4507 or by emailing shorne@pendlehill.org. For travel directions go to: http://pendlehill.org/travel-directions. For additional information, contact Ruth Seeley, ruthseeley@givewings.com. Additional paintings may be viewed paintings at: http://www.givewings.com/paintings/index.html.

FRIENDS COUNSELING SERVICE AVAILABLE
Friends Counseling Service offers psychological support to members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), their families, and regular attenders and staff. Services include individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and family therapy. Therapists in the Counseling Service are mental health practitioners licensed and insured in the states where they work. All are active members of PYM. To make a confidential inquiry, call Friends Counseling Service at 215-241-7019.

UPDATE ON SUMMER CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS
Lydia Harvey will be our summer childcare employee from 10:30-11:30 a.m., on Sundays in July. A number of volunteers have signed up to help her on specific dates, but there are two opportunities left for additional people to help with the kids and get to know them: July 6 and 20. If you are interested in lending a hand, pick a date and get in touch right away with Maggie Lockwood, at maggie_lockwood@me.com. (During the summer, Lois Weaver will coordinate the volunteers in the childcare room.)

EVENTS

EXTENDED WORSHIP-SHARING THIS SUNDAY AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting invites all Friends to an extended worship sharing program on Sunday, June 1, at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., with a potluck meal at noon, and worship sharing at12:3,0-2:30 p.m. The subject is “Lifting up our leadings, our calls as individuals, and strengthening our ministries.” Come share, listen, and be inspired. For more information, call 215-241-7067.

CONFERENCE HONORS HAL TAUSSIG TOMORROW
Everyone is invited to a conference on Saturday, May 31, ending with a party to honor Hal Taussig, who is retiring as co-pastor of Chestnut Hill United Church. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “Renewing, Reproaching, and Re-thinking Church in America.” The party will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118. To RSVP, contact Sue Wyatt at suewytt7@aol.com.

‘GROWTH DILEMMA’ DISCUSSION ON JUNE 3
There will be an open discussion about the Growth Dilemma Project on Tuesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. The Growth Dilemma Project is part of the Ecojustice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The discussion will focus on learning about the intersection of economy and ecology. For information, contact Pamela Haines, pamelahaines1@gmail.com, or go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/growth-dilemma-project-open-discussion.

‘REVITALIZING OUR QUARTERLY MEETINGS’ TO BE HELD IN READING
There will be a day-long conference for Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to discuss, evaluate, and set direction for their quarterly meetings on Saturday, June 7. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Reading Monthly Meeting, 108 North 6th St., Reading, PA 19610. With yearly meeting having had to cut its staff and expenses, there is room and need for quarterly meetings to revamp their functions and perk up their outreach. This conference gives Friends a chance to compare notes about what’s going on in their quarters, discuss what works and what needs work, and go home with ideas for further exploration. The deadline for registering is past, but call John Hayden for information at 717-340-2055, if you are interested.

PYM WEBINAR: COPING WITH DIMINISHED ABILITY & AGING
If you are helping an aging loved one or looking ahead to your own senior years, this webinar will provide information about some of the key issues. It will take place on Thursday, June 12, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), it will be hosted by George Schaefer, PYM Care & Aging Coordinator. Topics covered will be: (1) adaptive devices for more capable living, (2) being cared for: autonomy and interdependence, and (3) discernment of long-term care needs. To participate, you only need a computer with internet access. Webinar technical assistance will be provided if you request it. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pym.org/aging-services/lunchtime-webinars/, or call George Schaeffer at 215-241-7068, or send him an email at gschaefer@pym.org.

INQUIRERS WEEKEND AND PENDLE HILL
Pendle Hill is offering an Inquirers’ Weekend for those interested in learning more about Quaker faith and practice on June 20-22. Explore the basics of Quaker faith and practice with seasoned Friends Deborah Saunders and Martin Kelley. Examine how these connect with your own spiritual experience. You will find opportunities for worship, discussion, sharing, and questions with fellow seekers and facilitators. All who seek a solid introduction to Quakerism are welcome. More information and online registration available. For information, contact John J. Meyer, Coordinator of Short-Term Education Programs, Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086, telephone: 610-566-4507, ext. 129, or go to http://www.pendlehill.org.

PLAN AHEAD

‘QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE’ HOLDS RESEARCH SEMINAR
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to http://www.quakerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

HOME HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR QUAKER INSTITUTE
Do you have a spare bedroom in your home, and would you like to get to know an interesting, new Friend by offering home hospitality? The Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) on June 23-27 (see above item) is looking for home hospitality for its participants to keep costs down. Its summer seminars such as this one encourage spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection, including daily worship. Home hospitality needs to be close to public transportation. To offer a bed to
a participant, email Viv Hawkins at friendviv@gmail.com. To inquire about participating, visit http://www.quakerinstitute.org/?page id+75 or contact Shelly Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HOLDS GATHERING ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to http://www.fgcquaker.org.

EQAT TO TAKE ACTION IN PITTSBURGH DURING FGC GATHERING
On July 3, buses will take demonstrators from the Gathering of Friends General Conference at California University into nearby Pittsburgh for a prayerful protest near the headquarters of PNC Bank. There will be no civil disobedience nor risking arrest. The protest, organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT, pronounced “equate”), will call on PNC to end its practice of financing coal mining companies that blow up mountains, poison streams, and destroy Appalachian communities, all while fueling climate change. Friends will stand together to insist PNC stop profiting from this destructive practice and finance renewable alternatives instead. (PNC is a bank with Quaker roots and many Quaker customers.) Signing up now would help planning. Register at http://www.eqat.org/July3.

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS 2014
Join other Friends and attenders on Juy 23-27 for the 2014 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Muhlenberg College. “Worship is a Door to Love” is the theme for this special time together to worship, listening to one another, conducting business, waiting for the Spirit, and enjoying one another’s fellowship. There are special, separate programs for young people and children. Friends may stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. To register, visit
http://www.pym.org/annualsessions. For information: Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org or 215 241-7238.

YOUNG PEOPLE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS INVITED TO PARTY AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING
Come join the fun at Chestnut Hill Meeting on Friday, May 30. At 6:30 p.m., there will be pizza and games; at 7:30 p.m., there will be a bonfire outside, and at 8:20 p.m. participants will watch the sun set through the skyscape–an opening in the ceiling inside the Meetinghouse. It is a free party for all Middle School Friends, sponsored by Chestnut Hill Meeting, with help from their Middle Schoolers.

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to http://www.pendlehill.org.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, 215-241-7526, or at childrenssessions@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

STOP THE PA DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM ON MAY 31
Tomorrow, May 31, a demonstration will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. to oppose establishment of a war drone command center at Horsham Air National Guard Station. This monthly demonstration, which has continued for more than a year, attracts concerned people from many denominations and peace organizations near and far and has taken on the feeling of a determined and hopeful community. It will take place on the grassy area at the corner of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham in Montgomery County. For information, contact Bob Smith at the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818 or brandywine@juno.com.

JOIN MOVEMENT FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE THIS SUNDAY
Be part of planning the next move for climate justice by attending a 350 Philly planning session at Friends Center this Sunday, June 1, at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In April this group sponsored a bus to Wash., D.C., where people called on President Obama to reject the KXL Pipeline and coordinated a press conference outside Sen. Bob Casey’s office. 350 Philly is looking for people to join and share their skills, ideas, and passion for change. This new group usually meets on the last Saturday of the month but changed its meeting date in May because of the Memoral Day holiday. For information, contact Aarati Katurirangan at aarati.kasturirangan@gmail.com.

REAMS OF PAPER STILL NEEDED AT KELLY SCHOOL
It’s hard to imagine children finishing their end-of-year projects without enough paper for drawing and writing. That’s why Kelly Elementary School, a public school in southeast Germantown, would gladly receive a few more donations of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper of any color. To donate one or more reams, bring the paper to the Meetinghouse and look for the cardboard box in the social room. It’s on the window bench next to where coffee is served.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 23, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field. I will meet you there.” –Rumi

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 25,2014
9 a.m. Adult Class–Continued discussion about the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Bob & Ruth Seeley
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Lois Weaver

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground)

CHILDREN: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW GRANDSON ARRIVES
Rachmael Solly Battis, a new grandson for our members Florence and Michael Mini, was born May 3 in Boston, MA, to our former member Seth Battis and his wife Jordana Schuster Battis.

CARL SIGMOND SOJOURNING IN CALIFORNIA
Our member Carl Sigmond is now sojourning at Grass Valley Friends Meeting in California, near his place of work and residence, The John Woolman Semester School.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR PLANS & NEXT STEPS
Everyone loves to know what’s next for our young people, so, if you feel like sharing your news with the Meeting, drop an email message to the Meeting Office, gmm@gfsnet.org, and let us know what’s going on. Are you graduating this year from high school or college? Are you going on to work in an internship or pursue a graduate degree or go into a training program? Are you getting your first job? There are many possibilities, and we’d like to know YOURS and cheer you on!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPDATE ON SUMMER CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS
Lydia Harvey will be our summer childcare employee from 10:30-11:30 a.m., on Sundays in June and July. A number of volunteers have signed up to help her on specific dates, but there are several opportunities left for additional people to help with the kids and get to know them: June 22, and July 6 and 20. If you are interested and available to lend a hand, pick a date and get in touch by May 30 with Maggie Lockwood, at maggie_lockwood@me.com. (During the summer, Lois Weaver will coordinate the volunteers in the childcare room.)

CHECK OUT FRIENDS FIDUCIARY WEBSITE FOR NEWS & RESOURCES
Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC), long-time financial service of Friends organizations, offers a wealth of information on its website about its stands on investment issues throughout the world. These reflect the socially responsible investment policies of Friends Fiduciary and explain issues involved, key players, and reasons for the positions taken by FCC. The information is succinct and provides links for additional reading. Some of the current issues are: corporate disclosure on water usage and stewardship; regulation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans; prevention of labor trafficking and protection of child victims; setting stricter limits on speculation in commodity markets that raise prices of food staples throughout the world; assessment of risks in extracting fossil fuels; and support for stronger standards for the palm oil industry, among many other issues. To read, go to http://www.friendsfiduciary.org/news-resources/ and click on “News & Resources.”

NOW ONLINE: PYM QUAKER COMMUNITY CALENDAR
The PYM Quaker Community Calendar is a new online service designed to make information available about programs and events under the care of monthly and quarterly meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). It will also help Friends publicize their events, make more people aware of the many activities taking place, and eventually make Quaker events more visible to the public. Visit the calendar at http://www.pym.org/community-calendar. Monthly and quarterly meetings are encouraged to submit notices about events that are under their care by going to www.pym.org/community-calendar/submit-an-event.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FALL AT PENDLE HILL
Would you like to spend several months studying, writing, creating art, and living in community at Pendle Hill Study & Conference Center in Wallingford, PA? There are scholarships available for applicants with a variety of backgrounds and interests, such as Quaker scholars, writers, artists, and activists. To find out more, go to http://www.pendlehill.org or call 610-566-4507.

EVENTS

PREMIERE OF FILM ABOUT FBI BREAK-IN COMING TO CONSTITUTION CENTER
On May 28, there will be a premiere showing of the film 1971 about the raid on the Media FBI office. The film will show at the Constitution Center at Independence Park in Philadelphia. Free, with advance registration at http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/worthwhile-tradeoffs-surveillance-in-a-constitutional-democracy-part-2.

CONFERENCE HONORS RETIREMENT OF HAL TAUSSIG
Everyone is invited to a conference on Saturday, May 31, ending with a party to honor Hal Taussig, who is retiring as co-pastor of Chestnut Hill United Church. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “Renewing, Reproaching, and Re-thinking Church in America.” The party will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118. To RSVP, contact Sue Wyatt at suewytt7@aol.com.

‘REVITALIZING OUR QUARTERLY MEETINGS’ TO BE HELD IN READING
There will be a day-long conference for Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to discuss, evaluate, and set direction for their quarterly meetings on Saturday, June 7. It will take place from 1 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Reading Monthly Meeting, 108 North 6th St., Reading, PA 19610. With yearly meeting having cut its staff and expenses, there is room and need for quarterly meetings to revamp their functions and perk up their outreach. This conference gives Friends a chance to compare notes about what’s going on in their quarters, discuss what works and what needs work, and go home with ideas for further exploration. The deadline for registering is past, but you might call John Hayden for information at 717-340-2055, if you are interested.

PLAN AHEAD

‘QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE’ HOLDS RESEARCH SEMINAR
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to http://www.quakerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

HOME HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR QUAKER INSTITUTE
Do you have a spare bedroom in your home, and would you like to get to know an interesting, new Friend by offering home hospitality? The Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) on June 23-27 (see above item) is looking for home hospitality for its participants to keep costs down. Its summer seminars such as this one encourage spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection, including daily worship. Home hospitality needs to be close to public transportation. To offer a bed to a participant, email Viv Hawkins at friendviv@gmail.com. To inquire about participating, visit http://www.quakerinstitute.org/?page id+75 or contact Shelly Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HOLDS GATHERING ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to http://www.fgcquaker.org.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS 2014

Join other Friends and attenders on Juy 23-27 for the 2014 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Muhlenberg College. “Worship is a Door to Love” is the theme for this special time together to worship, listening to one another, conducting business, waiting for the Spirit, and enjoying one another’s fellowship. There are special, separate programs for young people and children. Friends may stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. To register, visit http://www.pym.org/annualsessions. For information: Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org or 215 241-7238.

YOUNG PEOPLE
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS INVITED TO PARTY AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING
Come join the fun at Chestnut Hill Meeting on Friday, May 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.! It is a free party for all Middle School Friends, sponsored by Chestnut Hill Meeting, with help from their Middle Schoolers. RSVP by going to: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=098a61. Then, come and hang out with other kids your age, eat pizza, and have a good time!

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to http://www.pendlehill.org.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, 215-241-7526, or at childrenssessions@pym.org.

NOTES FROM ROSS HENNESY, QVS coordinator in Philadelphia

LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK
This season of QVS (Quaker Voluntary Service) is one of balance. The current Volunteers, the first ever in Philadelphia, are having to balance their commitment to finishing out their year of service while looking forward to what comes next. I too am having to balance celebrating the last few months with this inaugural team, even while I prepare for next year’s Volunteers. I thank you all for your many prayers, donations, and worthy lives as we live into that tension between present and future, continuing to learn, and evolve everyday in our task of ongoing rebuilding. Thank you for your partnership in this work.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPIRITUAL NURTURERS
I wanted to say a special thank you to the spiritual nurturers this year, who have given so much time and energy meeting with the Volunteers monthly. Many have gone beyond their commitments, serving on clearness committees, and helping out when Volunteers have called upon them. They have tried to create a space in which each Volunteer has the opportunity to practice listening to the Inner Guide, and much of the success of this year can be attributed to their service. Thank you to Walter Sullivan, who has coordinated this aspect of the program and to Nurturers: Bill Van Stone, Amy Kietzman, Jada Jackson, Karen Lightner, Kate O’Shea, Lucy Duncan, Eric Evans, Marion Heacock. [If anyone who is reading this feels led to serve as a Spiritual Nurturer next year, please contact Ross Hennesy at ross@quakervoluntary service.org.]

TAKE ACTION

STOP THE PA DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM ON MAY 31
Next Saturday–a week from tomorrow–on May 31, a demonstration will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. to oppose establishment of a war drone command center at Horsham Air National Guard Station. This monthly demonstration, which has continued for more than a year, attracts concerned people from many denominations and peace organizations near and far and has taken on the feeling of a determined and hopeful community. It will take place on the grassy space at the corner of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham in Montgomery County. For information, contact organizer Bob Smith at the Brandywine Peace Community, brandywine@juno.com.

REAMS OF PAPER STILL NEEDED AT KELLY SCHOOL
It’s hard to imagine children finishing their end-of-year projects without enough paper for drawing and writing. That’s why Kelly Elementary School, a public school in southeastern Germantown, would be glad to receive a few more donations of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper of any color. To donate one or more reams, bring the paper to the Meetinghouse and look for the cardboard box in the social room. It’s on the window bench next to where coffee is served.

WEAVERS WAY CO-OP WANTS YOUR (GENTLY USED) SHOES
Want to get rid of that pile of shoes you never wear? You cannot only do that, but you can make sure they get to people who need them by giving them to the Shoe Box Recycling program, which is partnering with Weavers Way Co-op this spring. Here’s how it works: Bring your gently used shoes to the Community Recycling box at Philadelphia Salvage, 542 Carpenter Lane. No skates, blades, flip-flops, slippers, or heavy winter boots, please. Your shoes are then re-sold at a minimal price to people who can’t afford full-price shoes. A portion of the profit is donated to Weavers Way. For more information about the Shoe Box Recycling program, visit https://shoeboxrecyclilng.com. For questions about Weavers Way’s shoe collection campaign, call 215-843-2350, ext. 312, or email wwcp@weaversway.coop.

EMPLOYMENT & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION TO OPEN AT FRIENDS CENTER
The position of executive director of Friends Center will be open later this year when the current director, Patricia McBee, retires, effective Dec. 31. Under Pat’s direction, Friends Center has been a hub of activity for many organizations. The search process is being planned, and a position description will be posted by July 1 at www.friendscentercorp.org. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31, and interviews will be held in early fall. The new director will start on Dec. 1.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE INTERPRETER
Meet people from all over the world, have the chance to talk about Quakerism, and enjoy teaching curious kids and their friends and families when they come to visit at Arch Street Meeting House. Located in Olde City, next to Independence Park in downtown Philadelphia, the historic meetinghouse hosts hundreds of curious tourists each year. Volunteer interpreters provide friendly outreach to them and explain Quaker faith and practice, history, ideals, and faith in action. If interested in joining this congenial group of volunteers, contact Tricia Coscia, PYM Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@pym.org, or call 215-241-7238, or go to http://www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/arch-street-interpreters/.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 16, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 18, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class–Malik Mubashir will lead a discussion iabout the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Laura Seeley & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Peter & Anne Javsicas

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground)

CHILDREN: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH IN STASSEN FAMILY
Glen Harold Stassen, father of our member Bill Stassen, father-in law of Anne Stassen, and grandfather of Ben and Dan Stassen, died on April 26 after a battle with prostate cancer. Bill was able to be with his father for the last three weeks of his life. There was a funeral on May 3 in Pasadena, CA, where he was a renowned and much-loved professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. There will be another memorial in Louisville, KY, on June 21. Glen Stassen was known internationally for his Christian Ethics perspective on peacemaking. We send our condolences to his family at this difficult time.

GRADUATE SCHOOL AHEAD FOR JANAKI SPICKARD-KEELING
Janaki Spickard-Keeler, who is sojourning here while working at Friends General Conference, will be going to Bryn Mawr’s School of Social Work in the fall. She conveys her excitement about furthering her education–and also about staying in the Philadelphia area and continuing to worship with us in Germantown Meeting. Good for you, Janaki!

INVITATION TO SHARE YOUR PLANS & NEXT STEPS
Everyone loves to know what’s next for our young people, so, if you feel like sharing your news with the Meeting, drop an email message to the Meeting Office, gmm@gfsnet.org, and let us know what’s going on. Are you graduating this year from high school or college? Are you going on to work in an internship or pursue a graduate degree or go into a training program? Are you getting your first job? There are many possibilities, and we’d like to know YOURS and cheer you on!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHILDCARE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND SUBSTITUTES
The Childcare Committee is developing a list of volunteers to be contacted to serve as a helper or as a substitute in the childcare room on Sundays. Descriptions of both are below. If you’d be willing to serve on either list, please let Maggie Lockwood know by May 23 at maggie_lockwood@me.com.• Helpers will serve as a second set of hands from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the kindergarten room, supporting Candice Price. The routine is to check in with Candice to see if she has a large group of kids. If she feels it’s a manageable group, then the helper is free to attend Meeting or spend the morning with the children. Helpers receive an email in advance, asking who’s free for the upcoming month and preferred dates.• Substitutes are in the childcare room from 9 a.m.-12 noon, if Candice is sick or unable to work. Everyone on the list of subs would receive an email on short notice, asking for help. The sub would manage the whole room of children for the entire time, although an effort would be made to schedule a volunteer helper from 10:30-11:30 a.m. If the sub is interested in payment, the rate is $15/hour for this work. The sub needs to have child abuse clearence on file in the Meeting office and to complete paperwork to receive payment through the Meeting’s payroll system.

EVENTS

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR TO BE HELD TOMORROW
Here’s your chance to get acquainted with a number of Quaker colleges without going to visit them in person. The annual Quaker College Fair will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. The day begins with registration at 11:45 a.m., followed by a panel presentation at 12:15 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., guests are invited to visit with representatives and students from six Quaker colleges: Bryn Mawr, Earlham, Guilford, Haverford, Long Island University Global, and Swarthmore, and Pendle Hill Study Center. There will also be people from Friends Association for Higher Education who will have information about Barclay College, Friends University, George Fox University, Malone University, and Whittier College. For more information and to register, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/quaker-college-fair-2014.

REGISTER NOW FOR ‘REVITALIZING OUR QUARTERLY MEETINGS’
Registrations are due by May 17 for a gathering to share ideas about how to revitalize our quarterly meetings. It will take place on Saturday, June 7, at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, in Reading, PA. Overnight hospitality and carpooling are available. Participating quarters are Abington, Bucks, Burlington, Caln, Chester, Concord, Haddonfield, Haverford, Philadelphia, Salem, Southern, Upper Susquehanna, and Western. Doors open for refreshments at 10 a.m., and the program ends with clean-up at 3:30 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. For information, contact John Haydn, at 717-340-2055.

FLEA MARKET TOMORROW AT AWBURY ARBORETUM
The search is on for good buys and unrecognized treasures at tomorrow’s flea market at Awbury Arboretum. It takes place from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Proceeds will go to support care of Awbury’s historic landscape, which has remained free and open to the public for nearly 100 years, and to continuation of the Arboretum’s education and outreach programs, which serve more than 8,000 people each year. For information, go to www.awbury.org.

WALKING TOUR OF STENTON TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY
Join a guided walking tour of the grounds of Stenton on Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. It will be led by landscape architect Claudia Levy and horticulturist Denis Lucey. The tour traces the history and evolution of Stenton’s landscape, with discussions about plants, past and present, including those that grew in colonial periods. This is the peak blooming season at Stenton. The program is free. For more information or to RSVP, call 215-329-7312 or send an email to programs@stenton.org.

WORSHIP IN THE ROSE GARDEN AT WYCK HOUSE
The roses will be in bloom for an outdoor meeting for worship on Sunday, May 18, in the rose garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. The garden features 70-plus kinds of roses and was established in 1824. It is the oldest rose garden in the United States. The Wyck House is a preserved 323-year-old Quaker home in historic Germantown. For information, call 215-843-1690.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DON KAWASH
This Sunday, May 18, there will be a memorial service for Don Kawash at 4 p.m. in the Meetinghouse. He was a beloved teacher at Germantown Friends School in the history and music departments. Donations of food would be greatly appreciated for the fellowship time after the service. Please bring them to the kitchen beforehand.

PLAN AHEAD
PREMIERE OF FILM ABOUT FBI BREAK-IN COMING TO CONSTITUTION CENTER
On May 28, there will be a premiere showing of the film 1971 about the raid on the Media FBI office. The film will show at the Constitution Center at Independence Park in Philadelphia. Free, with advance registration at http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/worthwhile-tradeoffs-surveillance-in-a-constitutional-democracy-part-2.

CONFERENCE HONORS RETIREMENT OF HAL TAUSSIG
Everyone is invited to a conference on Saturday, May 31, ending with a party to honor Hal Taussig, who is retiring as co-pastor of Chestnut Hill United Church. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “Renewing, Reproaching, and Re-thinking Church in America.” The party will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118. To RSVP, contact Sue Wyatt at suewytt7@aol.com.

‘QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE’ HOLDS RESEARCH SEMINAR
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to www.quakerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

HOME HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR QUAKER INSTITUTE
Do you have a spare bedroom in your home, and would you like to get to know an interesting, new Friend by offering home hospitality? The Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) on June 23-27 (see above news brief) is looking for home hospitality for its participants to keep costs down. Its summer seminars such as this one encourage spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection, including daily worship. Home hospitality needs to be close to public transportation. To offer a bed to a participant, email Viv Hawkins at friendviv@gmail.com. To inquire about participating, visit http://www.quakerinstitute.org/?page id+75 or contact Shelly Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HOLDS GATHERING ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE SPRING RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
The spring retreat of Young Adult Friends (YAF) will take place on May 16-18, with the theme “More than Money: Quaker Queries on Wealth and Class.” (Young Adult Friends are ages 18 to 35ish.) It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and ending at noon on Sunday. Cost: $35. Register by Monday, May 12. Contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YAF coordinator, at epiersolschmidt@pym.org. For information, go to
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q1w92wO2js5pwmlU0Uek-FLMwrmH9XOFIRK8nz_R9FQ/viewform.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS INVITED TO PARTY AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING
Come join the fun at Chestnut Hill Meeting on Friday, May 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.! It is a free party for all Middle School Friends, sponsored by Chestnut Hill Meeting, with help from their Middle Schoolers. RSVP by going to: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=098a61. Then, come and hang out with other kids your age and eat pizza!

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference on community for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to www.pendhill.org.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, 215-241-7526, or at childrenssessions@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION
WEAVERS WAY COOP WANTS YOUR (GENTLY USED) SHOES
Want to get rid of that pile of shoes you never wear? You cannot only do that, but you can make sure they get to people who need them by giving them to the Shoe Box Recycling program, which is partnering with Weavers Way Co-op this spring. Here’s how it works: Bring your gently used shoes to the Community Recycling box at Philadelphia Salvage, 542 Carpenter Lane. No skates, blades, flip-flops, slippers, or heavy winter boots, please. Your shoes are then re-sold at a minimal price to people who can’t afford full-price shoes. A portion of the profit is donated to Weavers Way. For more information about the Shoe Box Recycling program, visit https://shoeboxrecyclilng.com. For questions about Weavers Way’s shoe collection campaign, call 215-843-2350, ext. 312, or email wwcp@weaversway.coop.

SAY NO! TO KILLER DRONES
Medea Benjamin, international peace activist and cofounder of Code Pink, will speak tomorrow, Saturday, May 17 (Armed Forces Day), at 1 p.m., on the lawn in front of the Visitors Center of Independence Mall, 5th and Market streets. The event is sponsored by the Granny Peace Brigade-Philadelphia Chapter. For information, call 215-896-9839 or267-253-7849.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 9, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 11, 2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Business in social room (See agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Teresa Maebori & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Alan Woodruff & Marion Heacock

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across driveway, next to burial ground)

CHILDREN: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AGENDA FOR MAY 11 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Query 7
Opening worship
April’s minutes
Care and Visiting
Marriage Committee
Fund Raising report
Personnel Working Group report
Standing Nominating Committe report
Fiscal Committee– approval of the budget
Peace and Social Concerns Corporate Giving report
Request to sponsor First-Sunday Potluck at Stapeley
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

PATTY GERRITY INTERVIEWED ON CBS ABOUT HEALTH CENTER EXPANSION
We know our member Patty Gerrity is doing wonderful and innovative things as director of the 11th Street Family Health Services Center. Now thousands of other people know, too. In feature on “Health Watch” on CBS-Channel 3 last week, Stephanie Stahl interviewed Patty and others at the health center about the Center’s expansion, which will double the space and allow programs to expand. The center takes a wholistic approach toward wellness, using art, yoga, a fitness center, nutritional counseling, as well as teams of medical professionals and social workers. It is run by nurses and is part of Drexel University’s medical facilities. To see the television broadcast and read related material, highlight and paste this web address into your internet browser: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/04/30/health-local-health-center-set-to-expand-helping-more-physically-mentally/

ANNOUNCEMENTS
BOOK ABOUT JESUS TO BE SUBJECT OF ADULT CLASS IN MAY
On May 18 and 25, at 9 a.m., Malik Mubashir will lead a discussion in our Adult Class about the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (http://www.amazon.com/Zealot-Life-Times-Jesus-Nazareth/dp/140006922X). The books are available for $16 from Joanne Sharpless.

CHILDCARE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND SUBSTITUTES
The Childcare Committee is developing a list of volunteers to be contacted to serve as a helper or as a substitute in the childcare room on Sundays. Descriptions of both are below. If you’d be willing to serve on either list, please let Maggie Lockwood know by May 23 at maggie_lockwood@me.com.
• Helpers will serve as a second set of hands from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the kindergarten room, supporting Candice Price. The routine is to check in with Candice to see if she has a large group of kids. If she feels it’s a manageable group, then the helper is free to attend Meeting or spend the morning with the children. Helpers receive an email in advance, asking who’s free for the upcoming month and preferred dates. Substitutes are in the childcare room from 9 a.m.-12 noon, if Candice is sick or unable to work. Everyone on the list of subs would receive an email on short notice, asking for help. The sub would manage the whole room of children for the entire time, although an effort would be made to schedule a volunteer helper from 10:30-11:30 a.m. If the sub is interested in payment, the rate is $15/hour for this work. The sub needs to have child abuse clearance on file in the Meeting office and needs to complete paperwork to receive payment through the Meeting’s payroll system.

EVENTS
GFS’s SPRING CHOIR CONCERT TO BE TOMORROW, SATURDAY, MAY 10
Come hear some celestial music by the voices of Upper School Students and Madrigals at Germantown Friends School, who will perform tomorrow, Saturday, May 10, at 3 pm. in the Loeb Performing Arts Center on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

MAY 10-17 IS ‘LOVE YOUR PARK’ WEEK!
Friends of Vernon Park are holding a gardening and clean-up day tomorrow, Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. They will work in the rain garden in front of Center in the Park and at the flower beds along Germantown Avenue. Come and help move compost. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Greene Street entrance to the park, which is beside the gas station. For information, send an email to info@friendsofvernonpark.org.

WEEK-LONG SERIES TEACHES ABOUT NEEDS OF SENIORS IN LATER LIFE
A week-long series of workshops will address the needs of people who are 55 and older in planning for finances and housing in later years. The series, called “No Place Like Home: Balancing Dollars and Sense,” will begin tomorrow, May 10, and continue through Saturday, May 17. Topics to be covered are: Preparing to Sell Your Home; Reverse Mortgages & Property Taxes; Preventing Financial Exploitation; The Affordable Health Care Act; Wills, Power of Attorney & Advanced Directives; and Insurance Basics. It is sponsored by Center in the Park, Mt. Airy USA, Elfant-Wissahickon Realtors, and My Way. To find out more, go to gomtairy.com/events/noplacelikehome.html. To sign up for a workshop, call 215-844-6021.

WEBINARS ON FRACKING
Physicians for Social Responsibility is sponsoring two more national webinars in a three-part series on Health & Hydraulic Fracking. The next one is on May 14 at 7 p.m.: “Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing,” and focuses on how fracking works. The second webinar is on June 12 at 8 p.m.: “Health Impacts Reported by Families Residing near Hydro Fracking Operations.” Both webinars feature professionals on the subjects. To find out more or register, visit
http://www.psr.org/news-events/events/health-and-fracking-2.html.

FILM ON EFFECTS OF FRACKING TO SHOW THURSDAY
The film Groundswell Rising will show this Thursday, May 15, at 5:15 p.m., at Drexel University, in Mitchell Auditorium of Bossone Research Center. It is a documentary showing science and health concerns related to hydraulic drilling for natural gas. Followed by a discussion at 6:45 p.m., with a panel of a Drexel faculty member and a student, the film producer, and a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Come at 5 p.m. for refreshments. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Register by tomorrow, May 10, at www.psrphila.org.

WALKING TOUR OF STENTON TAKES PLACE NEXT SATURDAY
Join a guided walking tour of the grounds of Stenton on Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. It wil be led by landscape architect Claudia Levy and horticulturist Denis Lucey. The tour traces the history and evolution of Stenton’s culturally significant landscape, with discussions about plants, past and present, including those that grew in colonial periods. This is the peak blooming season at Stenton. The program is free. For more information or to RSVP, call 215-329-7312 or send an email to programs@stenton.org.

PYM WEBINAR ON ‘MEANINGFUL RETIREMENT’
Learn how to navigate the issues facing retirees through a webinar to take place on Thursday, May 15, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. It will cover second careers, new educational challenges, and volunteer service work. To participate, you need a computer with internet access. Webinar technical assistance provided upon request. Preregister through May 14. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). For information, contact George Schaefer, PYM Care & Aging Coordinator, at gschaefer@pym.org.

WORSHIP IN THE ROSE GARDEN AT WYCK HOUSE
The roses will be in bloom for an outdoor meeting for worship on Sunday, May 18, in the rose garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. The garden features 70-plus kinds of roses and was established in 1824. It is the oldest rose garden in the United States. The Wyck House is a preserved 323-year-old Quaker home in historic Germantown. For information, call 215-843-1690.

PLAN AHEAD
PREMIERE OF FILM ABOUT FBI BREAK-IN COMING TO CONSTITUTION CENTER
On May 28, there will be a premiere showing of the film 1971 about the raid on the Media FBI office. The film will show at the Constitution Center at Independence Park in Philadelphia. Free, with advance registration at http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/worthwhile-tradeoffs-surveillance-in-a-constitutional-democracy-part-2.

CONFERENCE HONORS RETIREMENT OF HAL TAUSSIG
Everyone is invited to a conference on Saturday, May 31, ending with a party to honor Hal Taussig, who is retiring as co-pastor of Chestnut Hill United Church. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “Renewing, Reproaching, and Re-thinking Church in America.” The party will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118. To RSVP, contact Sue Wyatt at suewytt7@aol.com.

REGISTER NOW FOR ‘REVITALIZING OUR QUARTERLY MEETINGS’
Registrations are due by May 17 for a gathering to share ideas about how to revitalize our quarterly meetings. It will take place on Saturday, June 7, at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, in Reading, PA. Overnight hospitality and carpooling are available. Participating quarters are Abington, Bucks, Burlington, Caln, Chester, Concord, Haddonfield, Haverford, Philadelphia, Salem, Southern, Upper Susquehanna, and Western. Doors open for refreshments at 10 a.m., and the program ends with clean-up at 3:30 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. For information, contact John Haydn, at 717-340-2055.

‘QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE’ HOLDS RESEARCH SEMINAR
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to www.quakerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

HOME HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR QUAKER INSTITUTE
Do you have a spare bedroom in your home, and would you like to get to know an interesting, new Friend by offering home hospitality? The Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) on June 23-27 (see above news brief) is looking for home hospitality for its participants to keep costs down. Its summer seminars such as this one encourage spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection, including daily worship. Home hospitality needs to be close to public transportation. To offer a bed to a participant, email Viv Hawkins at friendviv@gmail.com. To inquire about participating, visit http://www.quakerinstitute.org/?page id+75 or contact Shelly Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HOLDS GATHERING ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE SPRING RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
The spring retreat of Young Adult Friends (YAF) will take place on May 16-18, with the theme “More than Money: Quaker Queries on Wealth and Class.” (Young Adult Friends are ages 18 to 35ish.) It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and ending at noon on Sunday. Cost: $35. Register by Monday, May 12. Contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YAF coordinator, at epiersolschmidt@pym.org. For information, go to
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q1w92wO2js5pwmlU0Uek-FLMwrmH9XOFIRK8nz_R9FQ/viewform.

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference on community for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to www.pendlehill.org.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, 215-241-7526, or at childrenssessions@pym.org.

QVS CORNER
With spring here, members of the Quaker Voluntary Service community have been enjoying more time outside and around the city. Many of us have busy schedules, including travel and work obligations, but still we’ve been enjoying spending time together. Sadly, one of the members of our community will be leaving shortly. Elizabeth Duthinh has enrolled in the post-baccalaureate premedical program at Bryn Mawr College, inspired by experiences with her clients at Nationalities Services Center to provide
medical care for people in difficult situations. We are sad she is leaving us but are very excited that she is pursuing this calling. Good luck, Elizabeth!

TAKE ACTION
TODAY! HAND OUT LEAFLETS IN CENTER CITY ABOUT DRONE COMMAND CENTER
Join others today in handing out informational leaflets in Center City about the government’s plans to install a war drone command center in the Horsham Air National Guard Station. So far, volunteers have handed out more than 10,000 leaflets in front of the Bellevue Hotel, where Governor Corbett, head of the PA National Guard, has his Southeast Pennsylvania office. It is located at 200 S. Broad Street, near the busy Walnut Street corner and is a good place to get the word out and spread knowledge about what a war drone command center would mean to this area. Leafleting takes place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.–just when downtown workers are leaving for the weekend. A few people can make a difference! Come and be one of them. For information on the monthly leafleting campaign, call the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND HELP AWBURY ARBORETUM!
Here’s a chance to clear out some household clutter, offer the wealth of your unused stuff to people who might need it, and contribute to the well-being of Awbury Arboretum at the same time. The goods will be sold at the Arboretum’s Spring Flea Market & White Elephant Sale next Saturday, May 17, to raise money to care for Awbury’s historic landscape, and for its education and outreach programs. During this coming week, you may take your contributions to the Francis Cope House, One Awbury Road, Philadelphia 19138, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Suggested items are furniture, vintage things, jewelry, housewares, and instruments. Vendors are also sought–space is $15, if you bring your own table; $20 if you wish to rent a table. For information, call 215-849-2855. For directions to the Arboretum, visit www.awbury.org/directions.

WEAVERS WAY COOP WANTS YOUR (GENTLY USED) SHOES
Want to get rid of that pile of shoes you never wear? You cannot only do that, but you can make sure they get to people who need them by giving them to the Shoe Box Recycling program, which is partnering with Weavers Way Co-op this spring. Here’s how it works: Bring your gently used shoes to the Community Recycling box at Philadelphia Salvage, 542 Carpenter Lane. No skates, blades, flip-flops, slippers, or heavy winter boots, please. Your shoes are then re-sold at a minimal price to people who can’t afford full-price shoes. A portion of the profit is donated to Weavers Way. For more information about the Shoe Box Recycling program, visit https://shoeboxrecyclilng.com. For questions about Weavers Way’s shoe collection campaign, call 215-843-2350, ext. 312, or email wwcp@weaversway.coop.

SAY NO! TO KILLER DRONES
Medea Benjamin, international peace activist and cofounder of Code Pink, will speak next Saturday, May 17 (Armed Forces Day), at 1 p.m., the lawn in front of the Visitors Center of Independence Mall, 5th and Market streets. The event is sponsored by the Granny Peace Brigade-Philadelphia Chapter. For information, call 215-896-9839 or267-253-7849.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 2, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep,and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

–Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NRSV

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 4, 2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Howard & Paula Cell
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Deborah Frazer & Jack Malinowski

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

CHILDREN: This Sunday, May 4, all First-day School children and interested Young Friends will travel to Stapeley to help residents plant their garden. Children should not go into Meeting first. Instead, at 10:30 a.m., they should go directly to Stapeley, 6300 Greene Street, or gather in the Social Room. The team will return to the Meetinghouse by 12 noon. IMPORTANT: If your child requires a car seat, please contact Jody Hobbs at jodeen@aol.com so necessary arrangements can be made. Also, children should wear clothes for gardening work and, if able, bring any gloves and digging devices WITH NAME LABELS. This is a really fun event that has become a much-loved FDS tradition. Please join us if you can! –Jody and Sarah

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DRAFT AGENDA FOR MAY 11 MEETING FOR WORSHIP WITH A CONCERN FOR BUSINESS
Query 7
Opening worship
April’s minutes
Care and Visiting
Marriage Committee
Fund Raising report
Personnel Working Group report
Standing Nominating Committe report
Fiscal Committee– approval of the budget
Peace and Social Concerns Corporate Giving report
Request to sponsor First-Sunday Potluck at Stapeley
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

REMINDER: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR MARY CLARK
The memorial meeting for Mary Clark will take place on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. (changed from 2 p.m.). Contributions of cookies would be a big help and should be delivered to the kitchen before the service.

DEATH OF FAMILY MEMBER
Patricia Brown Wells, mother of Xandy Wells, the wife of Dan Jones, died early in the morning on Wednesday, April 30, at the age of 91. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Martin’s-of-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 8000 St. Martins Lane in Chestnut Hill 19118.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHILDCARE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND SUBS
The Childcare Committee is developing a list of volunteers to be contacted to serve as a helper or as a sub in the childcare room on Sundays. Descriptions of both are below. If you’d be willing to serve on either list, please let Maggie Lockwood know by May 23 at maggie_lockwood@me.com.

• Helpers will serve as a second set of hands from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the kindergarten room, supporting Candice Price. The routine is to check in with Candice to see if she has a large group of kids. If she feels it’s a manageable group, then the helper is free to attend Meeting or spend the morning with the children. Helpers receive an email in advance, asking who’s free for the upcoming month and preferred daule.

• Subs are in the childcare room from 9 a.m.-12 noon, if Candice is sick or unable to work. Everyone on the list of subs would receive an email on short notice, asking for help. The sub would manage the whole room of children for the entire time, although an effort would be made to schedule a volunteer helper from 10:30-11:30 a.m. If the sub is interested in payment, the rate is $15/hour for this work. The sub needs to have child abuse clearence on file in the Meeting office and needs to complete
paperwork to receive payment through the Meeting’s payroll system.

BOOK ABOUT JESUS TO BE SUBJECT OF ADULT CLASS IN MAY
On May 18 and 25, at 9 a.m., Malik Mubashir will lead a discussion in our Adult Class about the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (http://www.amazon.com/Zealot-Life-Times-Jesus-Nazareth/dp/140006922X).
The books are available for $16 from Joanne Sharpless.

EVENTS

JOB-HUNTING SKILLS FAIR IN CHESTNUT HILL ON MAY 3
Learn how to target specific employers, create connections, and use postings in your job search at a skills fair on Saturday, May 3, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Center on the Hill, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19118. For unemployed, underemployed, and recent local graduates. Presentations on “The Hidden Job Market,” “The Art of the Informational Interview,” and “Taming Your Inner Critic.” Plus, there will be opportunities to join a networking support group and to receive career counseling in writing resumes, job interview skills, and using LinkedIn. Sponsored by Time4Time, the Chestnut Hill Community Fund, and Center on the Hill. Space is limited and registration is required at http://www.time4timexchange.org/t4t/job-fair/#register, or by calling Leslie Lefer at 215-247-4654.

POTLUCK AT STAPELEY HALL THIS SUNDAY
All Friends and friendly folks are invited and heartily encouraged to come to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown, 6300 Greene Street, this Sunday, May 4. The monthly Friendly First potluck evening meal, starting at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, will be followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. As always, anyone and everyone in the Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Meeting is coordinator-in-general for the Friendly Firsts Potlucks (walmsley127@verizon.net).

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING HERE THIS SUNDAY
All members and attenders of Philadelphia Quarter are invited to the Quarter’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on Sunday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m., at Germantown Monthly Meeting. Bring a brown bag lunch. The session will run until 3:30 p.m., to include a discussion on Long-range Planning, concentrating on what the new Yearly Meeting structure will mean for Quarters and Monthly Meetings.

PYM WEBINAR ON ‘MEANINGFUL RETIREMENT’
Learn how to navigate the issues facing retirees through a webinar to take place on Thursday, May 15, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. It will cover second careers, new educational challenges, and volunteer service work. To participate, you only need a computer with internet access. Webinar technical assistance provided upon request. Preregister through May 14. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). For information, contact George Schaefer, PYM Care & Aging Coordinator at gschaefer@pym.org.

WORSHIP IN THE ROSE GARDEN AT WYCK HOUSE
The roses will be in bloom for an outdoor meeting for worship on May 18 in the rose garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. The garden features 70-plus kinds of roses and was established in 1824. It is the oldest rose garden in the United States. The Wyck House is a preserved 323-year-old Quaker home in historic Germantown. For information, call 215-843-1690.

PLAN AHEAD

PREMIERE OF FILM ABOUT FBI BREAK-IN COMING TO CONSTITUTION CENTER
On May 28, there will be a premiere showing of the film “1971” about the raid on the Media FBI office. The film will show at the Constitution Center at Independence Park in Philadelphia. Free, with advance registration at http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/worthwhile-tradeoffs-surveillance-in-a-constitutional-democracy-part-2.

CONFERENCE HONORS RETIREMENT OF HAL TAUSSIG
Everyone is invited to a conference on Saturday, May 31, ending with a party, to honor Hal Taussig, who is retiring as co-pastor of Chestnut Hill United Church. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “Renewing, Reproaching, and Re-thinking Church in America.” The party will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118. To RSVP, contact Sue Wyatt at suewytt7@aol.com.

REGISTER NOW FOR ‘REVITALIZING OUR QUARTERLY MEETINGS’
Registrations are due by May 17 for a gathering to share ideas about how to revitalize our quarterly meetings. It will take place on Saturday, June 7, at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, in Reading, PA. Overnight hospitality and carpooling are available. Participating quarters are Abington, Bucks, Burlington, Caln, Chester, Concord, Haddonfield, Haverford, Philadelphia, Salem, Southern, Upper Susquehanna, and Western. Doors open for refreshments at 10 a.m., and the program ends with clean-up at 3:30 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. For information, contact John Haydn, at 717-340-2055.

‘QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE’ GIVES SEMINAR IN JUNE
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to www.quakerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HOLDS GATHERING ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE SPRING RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
The spring retreat of Young Adult Friends (YAF) will take place on May 16-18, with the theme “More than Money: Quaker Queries on Wealth and Class.” (Young Adult Friends are ages 18 to 35ish.) It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and ending at noon on Sunday. Cost: $35. Register by Monday, May 12. Contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YAF coordinator, at epiersolschmidt@pym.org. For information, go to
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q1w92wO2js5pwmlU0Uek-FLMwrmH9XOFIRK8nz_R9FQ/viewform.

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference on community for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to www.pendlehill.org.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, or at childrenssessions@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

URGE EPA TO REOPEN FRACKING INVESTIGATIONS
Next Friday, May 8, is the day of a nationwide call-in to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, asking that investigations be reopened to examine drinking water contamination by gas extraction in three communities. Get a list of talking points and call numbers from http://bit.ly/DRN-USEPAcall. [This notice is from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in Bristol, PA. The phone number is 215-369-1188, ext. 104, and website is www. delawareriverkeeper.org]

URGE PASSAGE OF ENERGY SAVINGS ACT (FCNL)
The current letter-writing focus for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is criminal justice reform, asking people to support the “Smarter Sentencing Act,” which addresses the problem of mass incarceration. Strict sentencing laws result in a high percentage of minority men being imprisoned for minor drug offenses. After release, these men are unable to find decent jobs, due to prison records. The proposed law will reduce mandatory sentencing and make other reforms. Go to www.fcnl.org for more information, plus sample online letters that can be edited and sent directly to legislators and other officials.

STATEWIDE CALL-IN DAY TO SUPPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
This Tuesday, May 6, you can join thousands of parents, students, teachers, and community members from all over Pennsylvania in speaking up for support for our public schools. During the past three years, schools throughout the state have lost teachers, librarians counselors, nurses, and art and music programs. Classrooms are overcrowded in many areas, and learning opportunities constricted, due to lack of funding. Governor Corbett recently announced that state revenue is projected to be lower than expected this year, implying further cuts. To download a flyer about the May 6 call-in campaign, go to http://freepdfhosting.com/b872d0a736.pdf. To get tips on how to make a great call, go to http://freepdfhosting.com/4cd40b4b7e.pdf.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 25, 2014

“The presence of inner peace was the main Quaker test of right guidance. It had nothing to do with the results of an action. The outcome was in God’s hands. Peace comes to him who lives up to the divine requirement, even though that requirement may not take him very far at first. Where there is no fear of failure and no sense of compromise, the soul is at peace. Man can be internally free and at peace, even though God may lay upon him the burden of the world’s suffering. He may, as Fox often expressed in his epistles, ‘keep his head above the waters … in which there is a tempest,” even though the rest of him be caught in the storm.” –Howard Brinton, Friends for 300 Years

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 27, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class: Review proposed changes to Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. (See attachments: “II.A. Faith Reflected in Our Daily Lives” and “II.B. Faith Reflected in Our Organization”)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Rebecca Hoenig & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Chris & Kathy Paulmier

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

REMINDER: MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SYLVAIN VAN GOBES
The memorial service for our member Sylvain van Gobes will be held tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m., in the Meeting House. A reception will follow in the social room. Cookies would be appreciated and may be delivered to the kitchen prior to the service.

SINGERS PERFORM WORLD PREMIERE ABOUT MINERS
This weekend — April 26 and 27 — the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will give two performances of the world premiere of Anthracite Fields, inspired by research and interviews with miners’ families, by composer Julia Wolfe. In the chorus are two of our members, Tom and Ellie Elkinton. For information on tickets, go to www.mcchorus.org.

REMINDER: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR MARY CLARK
The memorial meeting for Mary Clark will take place on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. (changed from 2 p.m.). Contributions of cookies would be a big help and should be delivered to the kitchen before the service.

JOHANNA GREESON’S WORK ADDRESSES ISSUES ABOUT AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE
Our member Johanna Greeson, assistant professor in the School of Social Policy & Prctice at the University of Pennsylvania, is co-organizing the National Summit on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care, to take place at Penn on May 29-30. Johanna is working to reform the child welfare system for children who, between ages 18-21, age out of foster care. The Summit will bring together practitioners, researchers, advocates, lawmakers, and students, along with current and former foster care youth. To read an article about Johanna’s work, go to: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/focus-penn-researcher-leads-national-summit-youth-aging-out-foster-care. (Photo of Johanna attached to this bulletin)

CARL SIGMOND HIRED AT WOOLMAN SCHOOL
Meeting member Carl Sigmond has been hired as the next Operations Manager at The Woolman Semester School and Sierra Friends Center. With the support of our Meeting, Carl attended the Spring 2009 Woolman Semester when he was a senior in high school, and the experience changed his life. Carl returned to Woolman in August 2013 as the Media and Technology Intern. As Woolman’s Operations Manager, Carl will continue his work improving the school’s technological infrastructure but will also oversee general operations at the Center and work closely with the Head of School and Directors of Outreach and Admissions on development and finance. His new position starts June 1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH CHILDCARE
The Childcare Committee is soliciting volunteers to help on Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Requirements include enjoying free play with creative and entertaining preschoolers and a desire to support young families who come to Meeting for Worship looking for a warm, caring place to leave their children while in meeting for worship. Child abuse clearance is required, and the Childcare Committee can help you through that process if you don’t already have proof of clearance. For anyone who’d like to put his/her name on the email list of volunteers, please contact Maggie Lockwood by email (maggie_lockwood@me.com). Families are encouraged to use childcare in the kindergarten room across the driveway from the Meeting House, as Candice Price is there each week to welcome Friends ages five and under.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP TO MEET APRIL 27
The Environmental Concerns Working Group will resume meeting, with Pat Libbey as clerk. The first meeting will be this Sunday, April 27, at noon, in the meetinghouse. Anyone who is interested in joining, as well as all former members, are welcome to attend. For information or to let her know you’re coming, email her at patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

BOOK ABOUT JESUS TO BE SUBJECT OF ADULT CLASS IN MAY
On May 18 and 25, at 9 a.m., Malik Mubashir will lead a discussion in our Adult Class about the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (http://www.amazon.com/Zealot-Life-Times-Jesus-Nazareth/dp/140006922X).
The books are available for $16 from Joanne Sharpless.

CHRISTIE DUNCAN-TESSMER IS NEW GENERAL SECRETARY OF PYM
Christie Duncan-Tessmer, the new general secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), is a Friend from Chestnut Hill Meeting who has worked for PYM for many years. She began as Children’s Religious Education Coordinator and then as Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life. Prior to working for PYM, she worked for Friends General Conference, and before that was First-day School coordinator at Chestnut Hill Meeting.

EVENTS

TONIGHT: KAREN LIGHTENER SHOWS SLIDES FROM TRIP TO UGANDA
Karen Lightener, who represented Germantown Meeting at the opening of a new school building in Bududa, Uganda, will present a slide show about her experiences tonight, Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in our meetinghouse.. She will have Ugandan crafts for sale, to benefit the Bududa Learning Center. Karen, a member of our Meeting, is a librarian at the Free Library, and is an excellent photographer. Her four weeks of travel in Uganda included trekking to see mountain gorillas and other wild animals and birds, and working for two weeks at a school in a very poor, rural area of Uganda. Come see photos and hear her stories about this developing country, where there is practically no infrastructure but everyone has a cell phone. She will give a second showing on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m., in room 108 of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. (Logan Square), of the Free Library of Philadelphia. (There is metered parking near the building.)

CANCELLED: ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT AWBURY ARBORETUM
Due to prediction of rain this evening, there will be no stargazing at Awbury Arboretum tonight, Friday, April 25. For future updates, keep an eye on www.awbury.org.

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS THREAD GATHERING ON APRIL 26
Learn skills and ground your work in sharing and worshiping with other Friends who are involved in peace and justice issues tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will take place at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 North 6th Street, Reading, PA 19610. Thread Gatherings offer workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For more info or to register, go to www.pym.org/thread-gatherings/.

INVITATION TO CEREMONY AT MISHKAN SHALOM
Everyone is invited to the installation ceremony of Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit and community celebration at Mishkan Shalom on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. A potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. precedes the ceremony and is open to all. For more information, contact Gari Weilbacher at GWeilbacher@mishkan.org.

INTERFAITH PEACE WALK TO BE SUNDAY, APRIL 27
The annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk will begin with a program at 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 27, at the Al Aqsa Mosque, 1501 Germatown Ave., in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Come at 2:30 p.m. and enter the mosque by way of either the men’s or women’s entrance (pick the appropriate one). The Walk will incude stops and programs at the St. Francis Inn, 2441 Kensington Avenue, Phila. 19125; and at West Kensington Ministry, 2140 North Hancock Street, Phila. 19122. The Interfaith Peace Walk is a walking dialogue between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans, Baha’is, and others. This year’s theme is “Side by Side on Sacred Ground: Celebrating Transformations.” Participants are asked to wear white as a sign of unity (at least a white shirt), and bring water. A “poop-out” bus will be available for anyone who needs medical assistance or a break from walking. For information, go to www.interfaithpeacewalk.org.

EARTH & ARBOR DAY AT AWBURY ARBORETUM
Celebrate Earth Day at Awbury Arboretum this Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be tree planting, plant sales, games, tours, crafts, food for sale, and much more. Fun for the whole family. Free and open to the public. Participating organizations include many local groups. For more information, go to www.awbury.org.

FILM ON ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, BASED ON ORAL HISTORY
The Adult Class and Peace & Social Concerns Committees of Germantown Meeting invite and encourage all to attend the screening of Voices Across the Divide, a powerful documentary and oral history exploring the Israeli/Palestinian, conflict by Alice Rothchild and Sharon Mullally (a member of Green Street Meeting) in Yarnall Auditorium (Sharpless Building/Germantown Friends School) this Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Alice Rothchild will be available for a discussion following the film, and there will be light refreshments.

APRIL EVENTS, from PYM
The following events are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For details, see attachment, “April 2014 Events from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.pdf”

Peace & Social Concerns Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Reading Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 1960

Yellow Fever in Philadelphia-1793, Arch Street Brown Bag Lecture Series. Tuesday, April 29, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

FILM ABOUT LATINOS IN AMERICA TO SHOW AT MAY DAY RALLY
“Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America,” a documentary film, will show at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 1, at Philadelphia Community College, Winnet Student Life Building, Room S2-3, 1700 Spring Garden St., in Philadelphia. The film is part of the May Day Rally for labor, which will be Saturday, May 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at Bartram High School, 2401 S. 67th St. (between Elmwood & Linmore avenues). At 12:30 p.m., there will be a five-block march to Elmwood Park Labor Monument at South 71st and Buist streets, where there will be live music, speakers, fun for kids, a precision drill team, and grilled burgers and hot dogs. Organized by May Day USA Education Committee, 215-301-2633.

JOB-HUNTING SKILLS FAIR IN CHESTNUT HILL ON MAY 3
Learn how to target specific employers, create connections, and use postings in your job search at a skills fair on Saturday, May 3, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Center on the Hill, at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19118. For unemployed, underemployed, and recent local graduates. Presentations on “The Hidden Job Market,” “The Art of the Informational Interview,” and “Taming Your Inner Critic.” Plus, there will be opportunities to join a networking support group, and to receive career counseling in writing resumes, job interview skills, and using LinkedIn. Sponsored by Time4Time, the Chestnut Hill Community Fund, and Center on the Hill. Space is limited and registration is required at http://www.time4timexchange.org/t4t/job-fair/#register.

POTLUCK AT STAPELEY HALL ON FIRST FRIDAY
All Friends and friendly folks are invited and heartily encouraged to come to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown on Sunday, May 4. The monthly Friendly First potluck evening meal, starting at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, will be followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. As always, anyone and everyone in the Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Meeting is coordinator-in-general for the Friendly Firsts Potlucks (walmsley127@verizon.net).

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING COMING HERE ON MAY 4
All members and attenders of Philadelphia Quarter are invited to the Quarter’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on Sunday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m., at Germantown Monthly Meeting. Bring a brown bag lunch. More information at http://www.philadelphiaquarter.org/.

PLAN AHEAD
… AND SMELL THE ROSES!
Spring is coming at last, and the roses will be in bloom for a meeting for worship on May 18 in the rose garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. Stay tuned for more information about this cherished annual event, which is scheduled by our neighbors at FUMCOG (First United Methodist Church of Germantown).

PREMIERE OF FILM ABOUT FBI BREAK-IN COMING TO CONSTITUTION CENTER
On May 28, there will be a premiere showing of the film “1971” about the raid on the Media FBI office. The film will show at the Constitution Center at Independence Park in Philadelphia. Free, with advance registration at http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/worthwhile-tradeoffs-surveillance-in-a-constitutional-democracy-part-2.

CONFERENCE HONORS RETIREMENT OF HAL TAUSSIG
Everyone is invited to a conference on Saturday, May 31, ending with a party, to honor Hal Taussig, who is retiring as co-pastor of Chestnut Hill United Church. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on “Renewing, Reproaching, and Re-thinking Church in America.” The party will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Both will be held at Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19118. To RSVP, contact Sue Wyatt at suewytt7@aol.com.

‘QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE’ GIVES SEMINAR IN JUNE
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to www.quakerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

ANNUAL GATHERING OF FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE
SPRING RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
The spring retreat of Young Adult Friends (YAF) will take place on May 16-18, with the theme “More than Money: Quaker Queries on Wealth and Class.” (Young Adult Friends are ages 18 to 35ish.) It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and ending at noon on Sunday. Cost: $35. Register by Monday, May 12. Contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YAF coordinator, at epiersolschmidt@pym.org. For information, go to
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q1w92wO2js5pwmlU0Uek-FLMwrmH9XOFIRK8nz_R9FQ/viewform.

VISIONING MEETING FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS TO SET DIRECTION
There will be a called meeting on May 9 for Young Adult Friends to brainstorm and worship together, focusing on the query, “Where is the life in our comunity?” A goal of the meeting is to come away with a fuller understanding of where the energy is in the YAF community, what structure might best support that energy, and how to set up a nominating process that honors Friends’ gifts and leadings. The terms of both co-clerks of YAF are coming to an end this year, and it is a good time to reflect on current work, future directions, and how to get there. Friends can also be part of this through video conferencing by contacting Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt at epiersolschmidt@pym.org. Agenda and background are available at www.pym.org/young-adult-friends.

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference on community for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to www.pendlehill.org.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, at childrenssessions@pym.org.

QVS CORNER
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TAKE ACTION

URGE PASSAGE OF ENERGY SAVINGS ACT (FCNL)
Strong action is needed to support more efficient use of our nation’s use of energy, and Senate Bill 2074 is such a piece of legislation. Entitled the “Energy Savings and Industral Competitiveness Act,” it is championed by a bipartisan group of Senate leaders and will come to the floor for a vote in early May. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) encourages Friends and others concerned about climate disruption to urge their senators to pass S.2074. To send your senators an email message, go to http://www.capwiz.com/fcnl/issues/alert/?alertid=63194486&type=CO. It provides a suggested message that can be edited, and, if you provide your zip code, will send your message directly to your senators, either by email or on paper. More information about this bill and many others is available at http://fcnl.org/action/alert/

DONATIONS OF PAPER STILL NEEDED FOR KELLY SCHOOL
With only a couple of months left in the school year, students at Kelly Elementary School in Germantown have many projects to complete. Our meeting’s gifts of reams of paper are much appreciated–and still much-needed to finish out the school year. Look for the donation box in the social room, on the bench next to the coffee window. Or, if you would like to order a case, you may wish to have it delivered to the meetinghouse. All colors of paper are useful and tremendously appreciated.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 18, 2014

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”

“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.”

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

–Joseph Campbell

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 20, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class: Review proposed changes to Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. (See attachment: “I. Experience and Faith)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ruth & Bob Seeley
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Chris & Kathy Paulmier

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

PHOTOS OF GARDEN DAY AT OLD TENNIS COURT FARM
In case you missed getting to the garden day last Saturday at the Old Tennis Court Farm, take a look at the sunny faces and photos captured by Kathy Paulmier’s camera. They are attached to this email, labeled “OTCF Work Day.”

SINGERS PERFORM WORLD PREMIERE ABOUT MINERS
Next weekend — April 26 and 27 — the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will give two performances of the world premiere of Anthracite Fields, inspired by research and interviews with miners’ families, by composer Julia Wolfe. In the chorus are two of our members, Tom and Ellie Elkinton. For information on tickets, go to www.mcchorus.org.

REMINDER: MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SYLVAIN VAN GOBES
The memorial service for our member Sylvain van Gobes will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m., in the Meeting House. A reception will follow in the social room. Cookies would be appreciated and may be delivered to the kitchen prior to the service

REMINDER: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR MARY CLARK
The memorial meeting for Mary Clark will take place on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. (changed from 2 p.m.).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS CHANGES TO FAITH & PRACTICE
This Sunday, April 20 and next Sunday, April 27, at 9 a.m., our Adult Class will discuss proposed changes to Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Our responses will be submitted to PYM. The section this Sunday is attached to this email: “I. Experience and Faith.” The second two sections, also attached (“II. Faith Reflected in Our Daily Lives;” and “II.B Faith Reflected in Our Organization”) will be discussed next Sunday.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH CHILDCARE
The Childcare Committee is soliciting volunteers to help on Sundays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Requirements include enjoying free play with creative and entertaining preschoolers and a desire to support young families who come to Meeting for Worship looking for a warm, caring place to leave their children while in meeting for worship. Child abuse clearance is required, and the Childcare Committee can help with you through that process if you don’t already have proof of clearance. For anyone who’d like to put his/her name on the email list of volunteers, please contact Maggie Lockwood by email (maggie_lockwood@me.com). Families are encouraged to use childcare in the kindergarten room across the driveway from the Meeting House, as Candice Price is there each week to welcome Friends ages five and under.

RACIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO RESUME MEETING IN APRIL
On Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Racial Justice Committee will meet in the social room of the Meetinghouse. To suggest items for the agenda, contact Ed Nakawatase, committee clerk, at jeanmas302@comcast.net.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP TO MEET APRIL 27
The Environmental Concerns Working Group will resume meeting, with Pat Libbey as clerk. The first meeting will be on Sunday, April 27, at noon, in the meetinghouse. Anyone who is interested in joining, as well as all former members, are welcome to attend. For information or to let her know you’re coming, call email Pat at patrica.libbey@verizon.net.

BOOK ABOUT JESUS TO BE SUBJECT OF ADULT CLASS IN MAY
On May 18t and 25, at 9 a.m., Malik Mubashshir will lead a discussion in our Adult Class about the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (http://www.amazon.com/Zealot-Life-Times-Jesus-Nazareth/dp/140006922X). The books will be available for sale for $16 from Joanne Sharpless, beginning this Sunday.

EVENTS

THREAD GATHERING TOMORROW ON FINANCIAL CONCERNS IN MEETINGS
Are you interested in raising money for meetings and stewarding our resources? Tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a Thread Gathering on “Stewardship of Financial Resources” at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. This will be an opportunity for grounding and skills development for Friends who are active in raising and stewarding money in our meetings. Thread Gatherings offer wisdom and experience sharing, workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For more info or to register, go to www.pym.org/thread-gatherings/.

EARTH DAY BREEZES IN THIS TUESDAY!
Celebrate the beauty of this Earth, and speak up for the greening of our communities and for creating a sustainable environment for all God’s creature this Tuesday, April 22. Awbury Arboretum will hold a celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tree planting, plant sales, games, tours, crafts, food for sale, and much more. For information, go to www.awbury.org.

JOSH RUEBNER SPEAKS ON OBAMA’S ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN POLICIES
On Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., author Josh Ruebner will speak at Haverford College on “Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” in Chase Auditorium. Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service. Ruebner’s presentation is free and open to the public and is cosponsored by the Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Voices for Palestine at Bryn Mawr College, and Students for Justice in Palestine at Haverford College. For information, contact Karen Barton, astrique@aol.com.

KAREN LIGHTENER SHOWS SLIDES FROM TRIP TO UGANDA
Karen Lightener, who represented Germantown Meeting at the opening of a new school building in Bududa, Uganda, will present two slide shows about her experiences and will have Ugandan crafts for sale, on: (1) Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m., at Germantown Meeting; and (2) Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m., in room 108 of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. (Logan Square), of the Free Library of Philadelphia. (There is kiosk and metered parking around the building.) The craft sales will benefit of the Bududa Learning Center, where Karen visited. Karen is a librarian at the Free Library, as well as a photographer. Her four weeks of travel in Uganda included trekking to see mountain gorillas and other wild animals and birds, and working for two weeks at a school in a very poor, rural area of Uganda. Come see photos and hear her stories about this developing country, where there is practically no infrastructure but everyone has a cell phone.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT AWBURY ARBORETUM
Next Friday, April 25, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., visit the clear, dark skies of Awbury Arboretum and do some stargazing with a professional astronomer, using a truly awesome telescope. Free and open to the public, the event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival and will take place at the Francis Cope House at the arboretum, 1 Awbury Road. For directions, go to www.awbury.org.

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS THREAD GATHERING ON APRIL 26
Learn skills and ground your work in sharing and worshiping with other Friends who are involved in peace and justice issues on Saturday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will take place at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 North 6th Street, Reading, PA 19610. Thread Gatherings offer workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For more info or to register, to to www.pym.org/thread-gatherings/.

INTERFAITH PEACE WALK TO BE SUNDAY, APRIL 27
The annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk will begin with a program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at the Al Aqsa Mosque, 1501 Germatown Ave., in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Be there at 2:30 p.m. and enter the mosque by way of either the men’s or women’s entrance (pick the appropriate one). The Walk will include stops and programs at the St. Francis Inn, 2441 Kensington Avenue, Phila. 19125; and at West Kensington Ministry, 2140 North Hancock Street, Phila. 19122. The Interfaith Peace Walk is a walking dialogue between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans, Baha’is, and others. This year’s theme is “Side by Side on Sacred Ground: Celebrating Transformations.” Participants are asked to do the following: wear white as a sign of unity (at least a white shirt), and bring water. A “poop-out” bus will be available for anyone who needs medical assistance or a break from walking. For information, go to www.interfaithpeacewalk.org.

FILM ON ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, BASED ON ORAL HISTORY
The Adult Class and Peace & Social Concerns Committees of Germantown Meeting invite and encourage all to attend the screening of Voices Across the Divide, a powerful documentary and oral history exploring the Israeli/Palestinian, conflict by Alice Rothchild and Sharon Mullally (a member of Green Street Meeting) in Yarnall Auditorium (Sharpless Building/Germantown Friends School) on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Alice Rothchild will be with us for a discussion following the film, and there will be light refreshments.

APRIL EVENTS, from PYM
The following events are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For details, see attachment, “April 2014 Events from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.pdf”

Stewardship of Financial Resources Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill

Peace & Social Concerns Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Reading Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 1960

Yellow Fever in Philadelphia-1793, Arch Street Brown Bag Lecture Series. April 29, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

PLAN AHEAD
… AND SMELL THE ROSES!
Spring is coming at last, and the roses will be in bloom for a meeting for worship on May 18 in the rose garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. Stay tuned for more information about this cherished annual event, which is scheduled by our neighbors at FUMCOG (First United Methodist Church of Germantown).

QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE OFFERS SEMINAR IN JUNE
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center, on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to www.quaerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

ANNUAL GATHERING OF FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE AWBURY ARBORETUM HOSTS EGG HUNT THIS SUNDAY
At 10 a.m. this Sunday, April 20, there will be an Easter egg hunt on the gorgeous grounds of Awbury Arboretum. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For directions to the arboretum, go to www.awbury.org.

CAMP SWATARA TO HOST MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS & YOUNG FRIENDS IN MAY
Registrations must be in by Monday, April 21, for the May 2-4 outing to Camp Swatara for Middle School Friends and Young Friends. This gathering is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and is part of Caln Quarter’s annual family retreat. Cost is $100, with financial aid available. For more information and to register, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/msf-and-yf-at-caln-quarterly-meeting-swatara/.

SPRING RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
The spring retreat of Young Adult Friends will take place on May 16-18, with the theme “More than Money: Quaker Queries on Wealth and Class.” Friends are needed to lead workshops. For information, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q1w92wO2js5pwmlU0Uek-FLMwrmH9XOFIRK8nz_R9FQ/viewform. (Young Adult Friends are defined as ages 18 to 35ish.)

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference on community for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to www.pendhill.org.

INTERNSHIPS WITH PYM ECO-JUSTICE WORKING GROUP
The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, seeks two interns to work 15 to 20 hours per week in creating and taking surveys, learning about institutional energy issues, and preparing reports. They will be mentored and supervised by members of the Eco-Justice Working Group. The starting time of the four-week internships is flexible, but should begin late May or early June. Interns must be 18 years of age or older. The internships are unpaid, but there is a $550 stipend. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to ecojustice.internship@pennpod.org, with “Internship Position” in the subject line. Deadline is April 18. For more information, visit www.pym.org/eco-justice-working-group/.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, at childrenssessions@pym.org.

QVS CORNER
It seems like spring is finally arriving, and many of us at the QVS house are eager to spend some time outdoors, as we’re sure most of you are, too! In fact, we spent some of our last QVS day outside in the sunshine, and on Saturday several of us helped at a fundraiser for a Quaker summer camp in Maryland. On another weather-related note, we’d like to enjoy some of our meals outside this spring. If you have any old or unwanted deck/lawn furniture that you wouldn’t mind donating, we would really appreciate it! We’ve also been doing some travelling this month. Trevor Johnson recently attended a Theological Discernment conference in Chicago, where he learned a lot and had a great time. With only three months left, many of us are starting to think more about what we want to be doing after QVS. But of course we are still committed to making the most of the time we still have together as a community. –Malcolm

READ ABOUT DC EXPERIENCE FROM VIEW OF QVS VOLUNTEER
For an upbeat, insightful essay about one QVS volunteer’s experience at the recent Lobby Day of Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C., see the attachment to this email entitled “DC visit essay by Maire.pdf”

TAKE ACTION

DONATIONS OF PAPER STILL NEEDED FOR KELLY SCHOOL
With only a couple of months left in the school year, students at Kelly Elementary School in Germantown have many projects to complete. Our meeting’s gifts of reams of paper are much appreciated–and still much-needed to finish out the school year. Look for the donation box in the social room, on the bench next to the coffee window. Or, if you would like to order a case, you may wish to have it delivered to the meetinghouse. All colors of paper are useful and tremendously appreciated.

INFORMATION ONLINE ABOUT FRACKING
Want to learn more about fracking and the dangers of gas drilling? Take a look at the website of Protecting Our Waters, which offers lots of current information, including recent news stories, a tool kit for opposing fracking and spreading the word, and information sheets and letters to use when contacting legislators. Go to www.protectingourwaters.wordpress.com

SERVICE & EMPLOYMENT

ANNUAL SESSIONS 2014, RESERVE SPACE FOR YOUR EXHIBIT NOW
Exhibit space reservations are now being accepted for PYM Annual Sessions 2014, “Worship is a Door to Love,” July 23-27 at Muhlenberg College. Organizations, groups, and committees may reserve space for table-top displays and handouts such as pamphlets or other small items. Contact Tricia Coscia, Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, sessions@pym.org.

VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR INTERIM MEETINGS
A volunteer is needed to help prepare packets for Interim Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which meets periodically throughout the year. Office support is needed for approximately two weeks prior to each Interim Meeting. Days are flexible, and transportation costs will be reimbursed. Meet other PYM Friends, learn lots about the inner workings of Yearly Meeting, and be of service to a wide group of people. Contact Marille Thomas, Executive Assistant to General Secretary, mthomas@pym.org.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 11, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“A Quaker meeting for business is sometimes called a meeting for worship with attention to business. Meeting for business begins in silent worship. As in meeting for worship, the silence is an opportunity to open oneself to the guiding hands of the Holy Spirit. It is not a time to organize one’s thoughts or to devise the strategy of an argument to persuade others. If I have come with my mind made up, it is the time to ‘unmake up’ my mind, to feel my way into the centre, to encounter God on God’s terms, which are always loving, even if they require that I set aside my personal predispositions. That quiet encounter with God can renew my faith in the collective wisdom of the community, when it also is grounded in God. Finding God’s love in the silence awakens love for others in the room, and the community is ready to be led.” –Michael l. Birkel, in Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 13, 2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Business (Agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Chris & Kathy Paulmier
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Joan McIlvaine and Nancy Tyson

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Agenda for Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
Query 7
Opening worship
March’s minutes
Care and Visiting
Fund Raising
Office and Records
Peace and Social Concerns
Fiscal Co.- proposed budget
Leanne Whitman reporting on the Oral History Project
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

REMINDER: MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SYLVAIN VAN GOBES
The memorial service for our member Sylvain van Gobes will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m., in the Meeting House. A reception will follow in the social room. Cookies would be appreciated and may be delivered to the kitchen prior to the service.

SYLVAIN VAN GOBES FEATURED IN DUTCH CLUB’S ONLINE TRIBUTE
Sylvain Van Gobes is the subect of many written tributes and several photos on the website of “the Dutch Club”–properly known as The Netherlands-Aemrica Association of the Delaware Valley. Sylvain helped found the club and is remembered fondly by many members. To read about his friendships, his remarkable life, and the impact he had on many, many people, go to www.naadv.org/sylvain.htlml. Don’t miss the picture of the little boy Sylvain, in his wooden shoes and high-waisted Dutchboy pants. He was born in a Dutch-speaking region of Belgium and came to the United States as a young man, serving on the front lines in Europe during World War II. A person who didn’t seek the limelight, he nonetheless contributed in countless ways to the happiness and well-being of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

REMINDER: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR MARY CLARK
The memorial meeting for Mary Clark will take place on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. (changed from 2 p.m.).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY AT FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND
Bring your work gloves, gardening tools, and energy to Fair Hill Burial Ground tomorrow, Saturday, April 12, to help clean up things for the first burst of spring. The session lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fair Hill is a 300-year old Quaker burial ground that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a beautiful, fenced, and well-maintained 4.5-acres at 2900 Germantown Ave. in North Philadelphia between Lehigh & Allegheny. Current-day Friends brought the burial grounds back from weeds and ruin a number of years ago, and it is now a place where neighborhood children study nature and play in a beautiful, open area. To see a video about this, go to www.historicfairhill.org/photos/city-kids-and-big-trees.

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS CHANGES TO FAITH & PRACTICE
On April 20 and April 27, at 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., Adult Class will hold discussions to review proposed changes to the Faith & Practice booklet of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Our responses will be submitted to PYM. (See attachments: I. Experience and Faith; II. Faith Reflected in Our Daily Lives; and II.B Faith Reflected in Our Organization.)

RACIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO RESUME MEETING IN APRIL
On Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Racial Justice Committee will meet in the social room of the Meetinghouse. To suggest items for the agenda, contact Ed Nakawatase, committee clerk, at jeanmas302@comcast.net.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP TO MEET IN APRIL
The Environmental Concerns Working Group will resume meeting, with Pat Libbey as clerk. The first meeting will be on Sunday, April 27, at noon, in the meetinghouse. Anyone who is interested in joining, as well as all former members, are welcome to attend. For information or to let her know you’re coming, email her at patrica.libbey@verizon.net.

EVENTS

OPEN ‘HOUSE’ AT OUR MEETING’S GARDEN (OTCF) ON APRIL 12
Have you heard that four years ago our Meeting started a neighborhood garden? It is located on the former GFS tennis courts at 5407 Wissahickon Avenue in West Germantown, and is known as “Old Tennis Court Farm” (OTCF). In just three growing seasons, the .9 acre is a sight to behold. The Meeting’s Garden Group invites you to come see what’s growing, support the garden effort with labor and/or love, and join together for fellowship, food, and worship on Saturday, April 12. The day’s schedule is: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: garden tours and hands-on gardening/landscaping projects; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: potluck picnic lunch and brief outdoor worship service. Friends are warmly welcome to attend either or both parts of the “open garden.” RSVP by April 10 to Kathy Paulmier: kathyp@gfsnet.org, or Rob Smith: rob@retina.anatomy.upenn.edu

THREAD GATHERING ON FINANCIAL CONCERNS IN MEETINGS
Are you interested in raising money for meetings and stewarding our resources? Next Saturday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a Thread Gathering on “Stewardship of Financial Resources” at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. This will be an opportunity for grounding and skills development for Friends who are active in raising and stewarding money in our meetings. Thread Gatherings offer wisdom and experience sharing, workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For more info or to register, go to www.pym.org/thread-gatherings/.

JOSH RUEBNER SPEAKS ON OBAMA’S ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN POLICIES
On Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., author Josh Ruebner will speak at Haverford College on “Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” in Chase Auditorium. Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service. Ruebner’s presentation is free and open to the public and is cosponsored by the Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Voices for Palestine at Bryn Mawr College, and Students for Justice in Palestine at Haverford College. For information, contact Karen Barton, astrique@aol.com.

KAREN LIGHTENER SHOWS SLIDES FROM TRIP TO UGANDA
Karen Lightener, who represented Germantown Meeting at the opening of a new school building in Bududa, Uganda, will present two slide shows about her experiences and will have Ugandan crafts for sale, on: (1) Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m., at Germantown Meeting; and (2) Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m., in room 108 of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. (Logan Square), of the Free Library of Philadelphia. (There is kiosk and metered parking around the building.) The craft sales will benefit of the Bududa Learning Center, where Karen visited. Karen is a librarian at the Free Library, as well as a photographer. Her four weeks of travel in Uganda included trekking to see mountain gorillas and other wild animals and birds, and working for two weeks at a school in a very poor, rural area of Uganda. Come see photos and hear her stories about this developing country, where there is practically no infrastructure but everyone has a cell phone.

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS THREAD GATHERING ON APRIL 26
Learn skills and ground your work in sharing and worshiping with other Friends who are involved in peace and justice issues on Saturday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will take place at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 North 6th Street, Reading, PA 19610. Thread Gatherings offer workshops and community around a thread of concern that runs through our meetings. For more info or to register, to to www.pym.org/thread-gatherings/.

FILM ON ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, BASED ON ORAL HISTORY
The Adult Class and Peace & Social Concerns Committees of Germantown Meeting invite and encourage all to attend the screening of Voices Across the Divide, a powerful documentary and oral history exploring the Israeli/Palestinian, conflict by Alice Rothchild and Sharon Mullally (a member of Green Street Meeting) in Yarnall Auditorium (Sharpless Building/Germantown Friends School) on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Alice Rothchild will be with us for a discussion following the film, and there will be light refreshments.

INTERFAITH PEACE WALK TO BE SUNDAY, APRIL 27
The annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk will step off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, from the Al Aqsa Mosque, 1501 Germatown Ave., in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Be there at 2:30 p.m. to get ready to leave. The Walk will incude stops and programs at the St. Francis Inn, 2441 Kensington Avenue, Phila. 19125; and at West Kensington Ministry, 2140 North Hancock Street, Phila. 19122. The Interfaith Peace Walk is a walking dialogue between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans, Baha’is, and others. This year’s theme is “Side by Side on Sacred Ground: Celebrating Transformations.” For information, go to www.interfaithpeacewalk.org.

APRIL EVENTS, from PYM
The following events are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For details, see attachment, “April 2014 Events from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.pdf”

Junior Interim Meeting, Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

Stewardship of Financial Resources Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill

Peace & Social Concerns Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Reading Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 1960

Yellow Fever in Philadelphia-1793, Arch Street Brown Bag Lecture Series. April 29, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

PLAN AHEAD
… AND SMELL THE ROSES!
Spring is coming at last, and the roses will be in bloom for a meeting for worship on May 18 in the rose garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. Stay tuned for more information about this cherished annual event, which is scheduled by our neighbors at FUMCOG (First United Methodist Church of Germantown).

QUAKER INSTITUTE FOR FUTURE OFFERS SEMINAR IN JUNE
Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will offer a seminar on June 23-27 at Friends Center, on environmental sustainability, economics, and Quaker values. Do you have an idea, a project, or a work-in-progress with a concern for a sustainable environment and a just economy? This is a chance to share it with others and find out about their projects. For more information and descriptions of other QIF seminars: go to www.quaerinstitute.org or contact Shelley Tanenbaum at sheltan@pacbell.net.

ANNUAL GATHERING OF FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE ON JUNE 29-JULY 5
Register now for Friends General Conference’s annual Gathering, which will be held at Cal U, south of Pittsburgh, on June 29-July 5, with the theme, “Let Love be the First Motion.” The Gathering is attended by more than 1,000 Quakers from across the United States & Canada. There is extra scholarship money this year for Young Adult Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area, and especially for Friends who haven’t attended the Gathering in a while. For information or to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE CAMP SWATARA TO HOST MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS & YOUNG FRIENDS IN MAY
Middle School Friends will join Young Friends for a weekend of fun, worship, and discussion at Camp Swatara in the Pocono Mountains on May 2-4. This gathering is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and is part of Caln Quarter’s annual family retreat. Cost is $100, with financial aid available. For more information and to register, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/msf-and-yf-at-caln-quarterly-meeting-swatara/.

SPRING RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
The spring retreat of Young Adult Friends will take place on May 16-18, with the theme “More than Money: Quaker Queries on Wealth and Class.” Friends are needed to lead workshops. For information, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q1w92wO2js5pwmlU0Uek-FLMwrmH9XOFIRK8nz_R9FQ/viewform. (Young Adult Friends are defined as ages 18 to 35ish.)

PENDLE HILL OFFERS CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
A conference on community for Young Adult Friends, called “Continuing Revolution,” will take place at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on June 6-11. It will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, and service. The program will focus on community as a way to examine the need for change, the strength of human action, our own growing edges, the power of a gathered body, and more radical understandings of the community testimony. Cost is $300, with scholarships available. Register early; there’s a maximum of 45 participants. For information and to register, go to www.pendlehill.org.

INTERNSHIPS WITH PYM ECO-JUSTICE WORKING GROUP
The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, seeks two interns to work 15 to 20 hours per week in creating and taking surveys, learning about institutional energy issues, and preparing reports. They will be mentored and supervised by members of the Eco-Justice Working Group. The starting time of the four-week internships is flexible, but should begin late May or early June. Interns must be 18 years of age or older. The internships are unpaid, but there is a $550 stipend. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to ecojustice.internship@pennpod.org, with “Internship Position” in the subject line. Deadline is April 18. For more information, visit www.pym.org/eco-justice-working-group/.

VOLUNTEER WITH QUAKER KIDS THIS JULY
Young Adult Friends are encouraged to volunteer for teaching in the children’s program of Annual Sessions, July 23-27, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Your fees will be paid for Annual Sessions, and you will have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers while having fun with the kids. Plenty of work grant opportunities are available for all levels of involvement! For information, contact Gracie Coscia, Children’s Sessions Coordinator, at childrenssessions@pym.org.

QVS CORNER
(All quiet on the QVS front.)

TAKE ACTION

SIGN UP FOR ACTION ALERTS FROM FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL LEGISLATION
Here’s a convenient and painless way to take action on issues that matter to you: sign up to receive email action alerts from Friends Committee on National Legislation. The alerts present issues in understandable terms, with lots of additional information. There are click-throughs to send letters to your congress people, with suggested wording to make it easy to frame your thoughts. Go to www.fcnl.org and click on “Action” at the top of the web page.

INFORMATION ONLINE ABOUT FRACKING
Want to learn more about fracking and the dangers of gas drilling? Take a look at the website of Protecting Our Waters, which offers lots of current information, including recent news stories, a tool kit for opposing fracking and spreading the word, and information sheets and letters to use when contacting legislators. Go to www.protectingourwaters.wordpress.com

‘WAR TAX RESISTANCE: THEN & NOW, HOW & WHY’
Showing of film, Death & Taxes (30 min.) on this Sunday, followed by discussion with war tax resisters Ari Rosenberg and Robin Harper, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. Potluck dinner at 4: 30 p.m. (please bring a dish to share), with film showing at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818.

SERVICE & EMPLOYMENT

COORDINATOR NEEDED FOR SPIRITUAL DEEPENING
Friends General Conference (FGC) is seeking a qualified Friend to work on a contract basis with FGC committees and staff to coordinate and develop a Quaker spiritual deepening program for use by individuals and meetings. The purpose is to provide a clear plan on how FGC– in collaboration with other Quaker institutions, yearly meetings, and monthly meetings — can help seekers, Friends, and meetings enter fully into the Quaker way. Apply by April 30. Go to www.fgcquaker.org.

ANNUAL SESSIONS 2014, RESERVE SPACE FOR YOUR EXHIBIT NOW
Exhibit space reservations are now being accepted for PYM Annual Sessions 2014, “Worship is a Door to Love,” July 23-27 at Muhlenberg College. Organizations, groups, and committees may reserve space for table-top displays and handouts such as pamphlets or other small items. Contact Tricia Coscia, Sessions and Volunteer Coordinator, sessions@pym.org.

VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR INTERIM MEETINGS
A volunteer is needed to help prepare packets for Interim Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which meets periodically throughout the year. Office support is needed for approximately two weeks prior to each Interim Meeting. Days are flexible, and transportation costs will be reimbursed. Meet other PYM Friends, learn lots about the inner workings of Yearly Meeting, and be of service to a wide group of people. Contact Marille Thomas, Executive Assistant to General Secretary, mthomas@pym.org.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 4, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This day is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we remember him by sharing several of his most famous quotations:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that…. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear….

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it….

“I refuse to accept the view tht mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war tht the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MEETING DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! PICK UP YOUR COPY ON SUNDAY.
Anyone who hasn’t picked up a directory yet and wants one, should get one soon or call to have one set aside. They will be in a box on the big wooden table in the social room on Sunday. Names have been removed, so simply take a copy for yourself.

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 6, 2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Kate O’Shea & Peter Yeomans
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Toni & Francis Sharp

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014: Agenda for Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
Opening worship
Approval of March’s minutes
Care and Visiting
Fund Raising Committee report
Office and Records Committee report
Fiscal Committee- Proposed budget for next fiscal year
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS
Hollister Knowlton is recuperating from knee replacement surgery and would enjoy hearing from F/friends. Her email address is: hollisterknowlton@gmail.com.

Tom Ambler, a Germantown Meeting member who died on March 5 at the age of 98, was buried in our burial ground in a casket made by his sons from a tree Tom planted many, many years ago. His family has shared three photos of the process of the tree, casket, and pallbearers carrying it to the gravesite, and they are attached to this email bulletin.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS CHANGES TO FAITH & PRACTICE
On April 20 and April 27, at 9 a.m. to10:20 a.m., Adult Class will hold discussions to review proposed changes to the Faith & Practice booklet of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Our responses will be submitted to PYM. (See attachments: I. Experience and Faith; II. Faith Reflected in Our Daily Lives; and II.B Faith Reflected in Our Organization.)

RACIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO RESUME MEETING IN APRIL
On Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Racial Justice Committee will meet in the social room of the Meetinghouse. To suggest items for the agenda, contact Ed Nakawatase, committee clerk, at jeanmas302@comcast.net.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP TO MEET IN APRIL
The Environmental Concerns Working Group will resume meeting, with Pat Libbey as clerk. The first meeting will be on Sunday, April 27, at noon, in the meetinghouse. Anyone who is interested in joining, as well as all former members, are welcome to attend. For information or to let her know you’re coming, email Pat at patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

EVENTS

SPEAKER ON INTEGRATION IN MT. AIRY
Abigail Perkiss will speak today, April 4, at 7 p.m., at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, about her new book, Making Good Neighbors. It is about the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods, focusing on Mt. Airy. She is an assistant professor of history at Kean University in New Jersey and specializes in the history of race, ethnicity, and urban identity in post-WWII U.S. cities. She lives in West Mt. Airy. The Big Blue Marble is at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

HELP CLEAN UP AWBURY ARBORETUM THIS SATURDAY
See what wonders can be wrought by group energy tomorrow, Saturday, April 5, at spring clean-up day at Awbury Arboretum. Gloves and equipment are provided; food donations are welcomed. Meet at the Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Road, off Chew Avenue near Washington Lane. Awbury Arboretum is one of several sites chosen for the seventh annual Philly Spring Cleanup. Hours of the clean-up are 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

‘EMPTY-PLATE DINNER’ THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
Tomorrow, Saturday, April 5, will be the annual fund-raising dinner for the Northeast Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN) at 5 p.m. at St. Dominic Parish’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia 19136. NPIHN seeks solutions to family homelessness. To buy tickets to the dinner go to http://www.philashelter.org.

GFS CHOIR PERFORMS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
Please join the Germantown Friends School Choir for its concert tomorow, Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Meetinghouse. They will perform Durufle’s “Requiem;” Eric William Barnum’s “Afternoon on a Hill;” folksongs from Bosnia, Ireland, Haiti, and Costa Rica; and gospel selections. Open to the public; no charge.

STAPELEY POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 6
All Friends and friendly folks are invited and encouraged to come to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown on Sunday, April 6. The monthly Friendly First Sunday potluck meal begins at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. Everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Please bring a generous-size dish to share. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator-in-general for the Friendly Firsts (walmsley127@verizon.net).

OVERCOMING RACIAL, GENDER, AND CULTURAL DIVISIONS IN CONGREGATIONS
Diana Hayes will speak on “The Many Faces of the Church: how parishes are overcoming racial, gender, and cultural divisions by implementing the Spirit of Vatican II.” This will take place this Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m., at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 109 E. Price St., Philadelphia 19144. Dr. Hayes is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical Doctorate and receive the U.S. Catholic Award for Furthering the Role of Women in the Church. She is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University and holds a law degree, as well as doctorates in religious studies and in sacred theology. For information, call 215-843-1139 or go to www.saint-vincent-church.org.

2014 CARY LECTURE FEATURES WILLIAM GRAUSTEIN
Bill Graustein will present the seventh annual Cary Lecture at Pendle Hill on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. He will speak about “Prophets and Nonprofits–Tending Quaker Seeds in Secular Soil.” The Cary Lecture honors the late Stephen G. Cary, a much-loved member of Germantown Meeting, as well as a life-long humanitarian and activist. Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, conference, and retreat center in Media, PA. For information and directions, go to www.pendlehill.org

PLAN AHEAD

OPEN ‘HOUSE’ AT MEETING’S GARDEN (OTCF) ON APRIL 12
Have you heard that four years ago our Meeting started a neighborhood garden? It is located on the former GFS tennis courts at 5407 Wissahickon Avenue in West Germantown. We gave it the name, “Old Tennis Court Farm” (OTCF). In just three growing seasons, the .9 acre is a sight to behold. The Meeting’s Garden Group invites you to come see what’s growing, support the garden effort with labor and/or love, and join together for fellowship, food, and worship on Saturday, April 12.

What? An “Open House/Open Garden”
Where? The Old Tennis Court Farm: 5407 Wissahickon Ave.
When? Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: garden tours and hands-on gardening/landscaping projects.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: potluck picnic lunch and brief outdoor worship service.

Friends are warmly welcome to attend either or both parts of the “open garden” on April 12. RSVP by April 10 to Kathy Paulmier: kathyp@gfsnet.org, or Rob Smith: rob@retina.anatomy.upenn.edu

SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY AT FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND
Bring your work gloves, gardenig tools, and energy to Fair Hill Burial Ground next Saturday, April 12, to help clean up things for the first burst of spring. The session lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fair Hill is a 300-year old Quaker burial ground, that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a beautiful, fenced, and well-maintained 4.5-acres at 2900 Germantown Ave. in North Philadelphia between Lehigh & Allegheny. Current-day Friends brought the burial grounds back from weeds and ruin a number of years ago, and it is now a place where neighborhood children study nature and play in this beautiful, open area. To see a video about this, go to http://www.historicfairhill.org/photos/city-kids-and-big-trees.

APRIL EVENTS, from PYM
The following events are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For details, see attachment, “April 2014 Events from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.pdf”

Junior Interim Meeting, Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

Stewardship of Financial Resources Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill

Peace & Social Concerns Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Reading Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 1960

Yellow Fever in Philadelphia-1793, Arch Street Brown Bag Lecture Series. April 29, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

SAVE THE DATE
… AND SMELL THE ROSES!
Spring is coming at last, and the roses will be in bloom for a meeting for worship on May 18 in the garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. Stay tuned for more information about this cherished annual event, which is scheduled by our neighbors at FUMCOG.

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST OIL TRAINS COMING THRU PHILLY
Protect Philadelphia from the danger of oil trains by joining a prayerful protest next Thursday, April 10. Meet at noon in front of the offices of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, 1735 Market Street, which brings train shipments into Philadelphia every day, filled with explosive shale oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. In other parts of North America, such trains have derailed and exploded, causing damage and fatalities. Insist that the rail transport company, CSX, repair its tracks and bridges, that the Department of Transportation halt the use of tanker cars prone to derailments, and that hearings be held to examine safety issues and create Emergency Preparedness plans for neighborhoods through which these trains travel. Sponsored by Interfaith Power and Light (Philadelphia Chapter). For information, contact Cheryl Pyrch at cpyrch@summitpres.net.

YOUNG PEOPLE

‘ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK’ FOR TEENS AT AWBURY ARBORETUM
Here is an opportunity for high school teens to have meet other peers while doing something valuable for the environment during Spring break this year: Staff members at Awbury Arboretum will introduce teens to outdoor field work in an English-style landscape setting. Afterward, teens will spend time socializing, listening to music, and enjoying refreshments at Awbury’s historic Cope house. Participants should wear an old pair of work shoes or sneakers, jeans, and a long sleeve shirt to protect their arms. Awbury will provide soap and water for clean up before vegetarian and healthy snacks are served. Leslie Cerf, volunteer coordinator, will be the leader, accompanied by other adult Awbury volunteers. Dates are April 4 and April 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. either day. Come to one or both. Free. For ages 14 to 18 years old. Registration is required; go to www.awbury.org

CAMP SWATARA TO HOST MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS IN MAY
Middle School Friends will meet for a weekend of fun, worship, and discussion at Camp Swatara in the Pocono Mountains on May 2-4. The camp is well-known to Germantown Friends as the location of our annual retreat, which was canceled this year. If your middle school child missed the chance to go to the woods with the rest of Meeting, here is a new opportunity. This gathering is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The kids will be joined by Young Friends (high school age) as part of Caln Quarter’s annual family retreat. Cost is $100, with financial aid available. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/msf-and-yf-at-caln-quarterly-meeting-swatara/.

EVENTS FOR YOUNG FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD
Young Friends around the world are organising regular events, many of which are open to visitors. For a listing of these events, go to http://www.fwccworld.org/fwccworld/yfevents.html. Here are links to several organizations that have groups of Young Friends, which plan events: [ http://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering/adult-young-friends ]Friends General Conference Adult Young Friends, [ http://yfgm.quaker.org.uk/ ]Young Friends General Meeting (Britain), [ http://emeyf.quaker.eu.org/ ]European and Middle East Young Friends, [ http://inelaperu.blogspot.com/2010/05/actividades-ujelap.html ]Young Friends in Peru (UJELAP) – En Españo

QVS CORNER
Things have been relatively quiet at the QVS house recently. Some of us have been away on work-related trips, and others have been or will soon be taking vacations. For these reasons and others, our attendance at meeting has been a little thin recently–but we’ll be back, so don’t worry! We want to thank members of the GMM community for your continued support, especially recent donations, whichincluded a pressure cooker and a soccer ball. Also, we want to remind you that on Sunday evenings we are hosting open dinners for community members. If you want to come and connect with us, this is your chance! Please let us know on the preceding Friday if you’d like to stop by, and understand that many of us have personal commitments on weekends and thus we might not all be home for dinner. We will not be holding an open dinner this Sunday (4/6) due to a special event.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, March 28, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath had different names. It is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms of religion nor excluded from any where the heart stands in perfect sincerity. In whomsoever this takes root and grows, of what nation soever, they become brethren in the best sense of the expression.” –John Woolman, 1774

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MEETING DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! PICK UP YOUR COPY ON SUNDAY.
Anyone who hasn’t picked up a directory yet and wants one, should get one soon or call to have one set aside. They will be in a box on the big wooden table in the social room on Sunday. Names have been removed, so simply take a copy for yourself.

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class: Ross Hennesy will discuss his Friends Journal article The Most Effective Instrument of Peace, [ www.friendsjournal.org/effective-instrument-peace ]www.friendsjournal.org/effective-instrument-peace

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Bobbie Horowitz & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Susan Heckrotte & Pat Libbey

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SYLVAIN VAN GOBES
The memorial service for our member Sylvain van Gobes will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m., in the Meeting House. A reception will follow in the social room. Cookies would be appreciated and may be delivered to the kitchen prior to the service.

FRITZ RENKEN WRITES FROM GERMANY
Dear Friends,
… You seem to have had more than your portion of snow this winter – in contrast to us here: the season has been one of the warmest ever, and now spring is at the door. There is not much news about me – my movements are limited by the handicap of osteoporosis, which is why I don’t travel – otherwise I’m fine, most of the time writing biographical sketches of my love – today happens to be our wedding day (as you know, GMM 1950). You can imagine how much it means to me to be in touch with you all! All my best wishes and greetings in friendship to … the Meeting. –Fritz

ALEX-MICHAEL HOENE PLAYS TITLE ROLE AT EARLHAM COLLEGE
Our member Alex-Michael Hoene played the title role in “The Giver” at Earlham College in March. See him in the attached poster, “The Giver-EC Picture[1].jpg. He is an alumnus of Earlham, and he now lives in Cornersville, IN. He expects to be in Philadelphia on family business sometime this month.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TOM SHARPLESS TO SPEAK ON FUTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
On Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., our member Thomas Sharpless will speak on “Beyond the Lens: Making Photographs with a Computer” at iMPeRFeCT Gallery, at 5601 Greene Street (corner of Maplewood Mall). His panoramic photography is on display there through April 5. He will explain how and why he made the images and why he sees virtual reality technology as integral to the future of photography. The exhibit features interactive computer displays as well as prints of spherical (360 degree) photos.

The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1-6 p.m., or by appointment. For information, phone Rocio Cabello, (215) 869-100 or Renny Molenaar (917) 957-4504

APRIL MEETING FOR BUSINESS CHANGED BACK TO APRIL 13
Because the Meeting’s Retreat at Camp Swatara is cancelled this year, our April Meeting for Business will now take place on its usual second Sunday, which is April 13. It had been moved because the Retreat was planned to take place on that weekend.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP TO MEET IN APRIL
The Environmental Concerns Working Group will resume meeting, with Pat Libbey as clerk. The first meeting will be on Sunday, April 27, at noon, in the meetinghouse. Anyone who is interested in joining, as well as all former members, are welcome to attend. For information or to let her know you’re coming, email her at patrica.libbey@verizon.net.

EVENTS

CARL SIGMOND SPEAKING AT HAVERFORD
Meeting member Carl Sigmond, who is currently interning at The Woolman Semester School in Nevada City, CA, will make a presentation today, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., Stokes Auditorium at Haverford College. It is the final event of Disability Awareness Week at the college. Carl will speak about his own life with a disability and how it has affected him. Mia Mingus will also speak on her life as a “queer, physically disabled, Korean woman, transracial, and transnational adoptee.” Their talks will be followed by a Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.

WORKSHOP ON RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIVE AMERICANS
This Sunday, March 30, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia, there will be a program created by Boulder Friends Meeting on establishing right relationships with the Native peoples of North America. Sponsored by the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the presentation will trace the impact of the Doctrine of Discovery, a 15th-century justification for European subjugation of Native peoples, containing deep roots of cultural injustice. A resource kit is provided, with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action. To register, contact Paul Ricker at phricker1@hotmail.com.

SPEAKER ON INTEGRATION IN MT. AIRY
Abigail Perkiss will speak next Friday, Apri 4, at 7 p.m., at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, about her new book, Making Good Neighbors. It is about the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods, focusing on Mt. Airy. She is an assistant professor of history at Kean University in New Jersey and specializes in the history of race, ethnicity, and urban identity in post-WWII U.S. cities. She lives in West Mt. Airy. The Big Blue Marble is at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

HELP CLEAN UP AWBURY ARBORETUM NEXT SATURDAY
Next Saturday, April 5, is the seventh annual Philly Spring Cleanup. Two of the sites in the city are Awbury Arboretum and the Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club. Hours of the clean-up are 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Gloves and equipment are provided; food donations are welcomed. Meet at the Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Road, off Chew Avenue near Washington Lane.

STAPELEY POTLUCK NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 6
All Friends and friendly folks are invited and encouraged to come to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown on Sunday, April 6. The monthly Friendly First Sunday potluck evening meal begins at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. Everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Please bring a generous-size dish to share. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator-in-general for the Friendly Firsts (walmsley127@verizon.net).

OVERCOMING RACIAL, GENDER, AND CULTURAL DIVISIONS IN CONGREGATIONS
Diana Hayes will speak on “The Many Faces of the Church: how parishes are overcoming racial, gender, and cultural divisions by implementing the Spirit of Vatican II.” This will take place next Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m., at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 109 E. Price St., Philadelphia 19144. Dr. Hayes is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical Doctorate and receive the U.S. Catholic Award for Furthering the Role of Women in the Church. She is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University and holds a law degree, as well as doctorates in religious studies and in sacred theology. For information, call 215-843-1139 or go to www.saint-vincent-church.org.

2014 CARY LECTURE FEATURES WILLIAM GRAUSTEIN
Bill Graustein will present the seventh annual Cary Lecture at Pendle Hill on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. He will speak about “Prophets and Nonprofits–Tending Quaker Seeds in Secular Soil.” The Cary Lecture honors the late Stephen G. Cary, a much-loved member of Germantown Meeting, as well as a life-long humanitarian and activist. Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, conference, and retreat center in Media, PA. For information and directions, go to www.pendlehill.org

PLAN AHEAD

OPEN ‘HOUSE’ AT MEETING’S GARDEN (OTCF) ON APRIL 12
Have you heard that four years ago our Meeting started a neighborhood garden? It is located on the former GFS tennis courts at 5407 Wissahickon Avenue in West Germantown. We gave it the name, “Old Tennis Court Farm” (OTCF). In just three growing seasons, the .9 acre is a sight to behold. The Meeting’s Garden Group invites you to come see what’s growing, support the garden effort with labor and/or love, and join together for fellowship, food, and worship on Saturday, April 12.

What? An “Open House/Open Garden”
Where? The Old Tennis Court Farm: 5407 Wissahickon Ave.
When? Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: garden tours and hands-on gardening/landscaping projects.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: potluck picnic lunch and brief outdoor worship service.

Friends are warmly welcome to attend either or both parts of the “open garden” on April 12. RSVP by April 10 to Kathy Paulmier: kathyp@gfsnet.org, or Rob Smith: rob@retina.anatomy.upenn.edu

SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY AT FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND
Bring your work gloves, gardenig tools, and energy to Fair Hill Burial Ground on Saturday, April 12, to help clean up things for the first burst of spring. The session lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fair Hill is a 300-year old Quaker burial ground, that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a beautiful, fenced, and well-maintained 4.5-acres at 2900 Germantown Ave. in North Philadelphia between Lehigh & Allegheny. Current-day Friends brought the burial grounds back from weeds and ruin a number of years ago, and it is now a place where neighborhood children study nature and play in this beautiful, open area. To see a video about this, go to www.historicfairhill.org/photos/city-kids-and-big-trees.

APRIL EVENTS, from PYM
The following events are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For details, see attachment, “April 2014 Events from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.pdf”

Growth Dilemma Project Open Discussion & Support Group, Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m., Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Junior Interim Meeting, Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

Stewardship of Financial Resources Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill

Peace & Social Concerns Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Reading Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 1960

Yellow Fever in Philadelphia-1793, Arch Street Brown Bag Lecture Series. April 29, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

SAVE THE DATE
… AND SMELL THE ROSES!
Spring is coming at last, and the roses will be in bloom for a meeting for worship on May 18 in the garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. Stay tuned for more information about this cherished annual event, which is scheduled by our neighbors at FUMCOG.

TAKE ACTION

JOIN THE WALK FOR A NEW SPRING TOMORROW IN HORSHAM
For a breath of fresh air and a new outlook on peacemaking, join the Buddhist Walk for a New Spring tomorrow, Saturday, March 29 in Horsham. Walkers will meet at The Quaker School at Horsham at approximately 10:30 a.m. and walk two miles to the entrance of Horsham Air National Guard. There, everyone will take part in the 12 noon protest against installation of a Drone War Command Center. The theme of the Buddhist walk is “Walking for Peace … for the people … for the earth.” The Quaker School at Horsham is at 250 Meetinghouse Road, Horsham 19044, just off Easton Road/Route 611. For more details about their entire route, see the attachment, “Walk for a New Spring brochure.pdf.” For information about Saturday, contact the Brandywine Peace Center, 610-544-1818.

PROTEST OIL TRAINS COMING THRU PHILLY
Protect Philadelphia from the danger of oil trains by joining a prayerful protest on Thursday, April 10. Meet at noon in front of the offices of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, 1735 Market Street, which brings train shipments into Philadelphia every day, filled with explosive shale oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. In other parts of North America, such trains have derailed and exploded, causing damage and fatalities. Insist that the rail transport company, CSX, repair its tracks and bridges, that the Department of Transportation halt the use of tanker cars prone to derailments, and that hearings be held to examine safety issues and create Emergency Preparedness plans for neighborhoods through which these trains travel. Sponsored by Interfaith Power and Light (Philadelphia Chapter). For information, contact Cheryl Pyrch at cpyrch@summitpres.net.

YOUNG PEOPLE

‘ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK’ FOR TEENS AT AWBURY ARBORETUM
Here is an opportunity for high school teens to have meet other peers while doing something valuable for the environment during Spring break this year: Staff members at Awbury Arboretum will introduce teens to outdoor field work in an English-style landscape setting. Afterward, teens will spend time socializing, listening to music, and enjoying refreshments at Awbury’s historic Cope house. Leslie Cerf, volunteer coordinator, will lead them, accompanied by other adult Awbury volunteers.

Day: Three Fridays to choose from; March 28, April 4, and April 11. Come to one or all three!
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Free!
Age Restriction: 14 to 18 years old
Registration: Required! Register online as an individual or group at www.awbury.org
Other info: Wear an old pair of work shoes or sneakers, jeans and a long sleeve shirt on top to protect your arms. Awbury will provide soap and water for clean up before vegetarian and healthy snacks are served.

MENTORSHIP GATHERING FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
“Friends Sharing Their Individual Gifts” is the title of a gathering about mentorship for Young Adult Friends, which will take place Saturday, March 29, at 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. As we come into an awareness of our gifts and needs, we may wish for connection with others on this journey. The Young Adult Friends group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting feels called to work with F/friends in the wider Yearly Meeting to help build a loving and helpful interenerational mentoring network. If you are interested, come to this 90-minute interactive workshop. It will take place before the William Penn Lecture at 7 p.m., leaving enough time for dinner in between events. For more information, contact Jen Bowman at gotwhales@gmail.com or Ken Park at kpark459@gmail.com, or visit www.pym.org/calendar/events/mentorship-project-sharing-gifts.

QVS CORNER
It’s been a busy March for the Philadelphia QVS volunteers! Last weekend, several people from our house journeyed to Washington, DC, for FCNL’s spring lobby weekend. They were joined by 200 other young adult friends, including QVS volunteers from Portland (OR) and Atlanta (GA)! Together, the group participatedin advocacy to convince members of congress to put an end to US militarism and the continuation of the war on terror. Today, we will be joined by the director of Quaker Voluntary Service, Christina Repoley, who is in town to give the annual William Penn lecture at Arch Street Meeting on Saturday evening. Her talk is entitled “Prophetic Service as Formation and Transformation.” We encourage you to go check out her talk!

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GMM Friday Bulletin, March 21, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Stand still in that which is pure, after you see yourselves, and then mercy comes in. After thou seest thy thoughts and thy temptations, do not think but submit; and then the power comes…. Stand still in the Light and submit to it, … sink down in that which is pure, and all will be hushed, and fly away … and then strength comes from the Lord, and help, contrary to your expectation. Then ye grow up in peace, and no trouble shall move you.” –George Fox, Epistle 10, 1652

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MEETING DIRECTORIES ARE HERE! PICK UP YOUR COPY ON SUNDAY.
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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class: Dick Taylor will speak and lead a discussion about his Pendle Hill pamphlet Nonviolent Direct Action as a Spiritual Path.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Peter Samuel & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Becky Johnson & Larry Weisberg

CHILD CARE: Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes, then leave to join their age groups for First-day School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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NEWS OF FRIENDS

GIVE HIM A CALL …
Our member Jim Hart, who had emergency back surgery several weeks ago, is recuperating at home and would enjoy getting cards and calls from Friends.

NEW BABY IN JAVSICAS FAMILY
Evan Ross Javsicas came into the world on February 25, 2014, in New York state, weighing 7lbs., 11oz. and measuring 22.5.” He is the son of Laura Javsicas and David Ross Javsicas, and the grandson of our members Peter and Anne Javsicas. Congratulations to you all!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADULT CLASS ON MARCH 30
March 30: Ross Hennesy will discuss his Friends Journal article The Most Effective Instrument of Peace, www.friendsjournal.org/effective-instrument-peace/

APRIL MEETING FOR BUSINESS CHANGED BACK TO APRIL 13
Because the Meeting’s Retreat at Camp Swatara is cancelled this year, our April Meeting for Business will now take place on its usual second Sunday, which is April 13. It had been moved because the Retreat was planned to take place on that weekend.

TOM SHARPLESS’ PHOTOS ON DISPLAY IN LOCAL GALLERY
Through April 5, the panoramic photography of our member Tom Sharpless will be on display at iMPeRFeCT Gallery, at 5601 Greene Street (corner of Maplewood Mall). The exhibit features interactive computer displays as well as prints of spherical photos in various formats. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Phone Rocio Cabello, (215) 869-1001 for more information.

EVENTS

SERMON BY JONDHI HARRELL ON ‘NEW UNDERGROUND RAILROAD’
This Sunday, March 23, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., our member Jondhi Harrell will give a sermon on “The New Underground Railroad” at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2126 Chestnut Street, in downtown Philadelphia.

FORUM ON CHOICES FACING RETIREES
Swarthmore Friends Meeting will host a forum on Sunday, March 23, at 11:45 a.m., about the choices facing people about where to spend their retirement years.Topics will include life-care communities, conventional retirement communities, and support for aging in place, including a range of costs. Several Friends will talk about their experiences and reasons for their choices for themselves or their parents. The forum is open to everyone. Swarthmore Friends Meeting is at 12 Whittier Place, on the edge of the Swarthmore College campus. Visitors are encouraged to come 15 minutes early to enjoy the social hour.

CARL SIGMOND SPEAKING AT HAVERFORD
Meeting member Carl Sigmond, who is currently interning at The Woolman Semester School in Nevada City, CA, will make a presentation next Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., Stokes Auditorium at Haverford College. It is the final event of Disability Awareness Week at the college. Carl will speak about his own life with a disability and how it has affected him. Mia Mingus will also speak on her life as a “queer, physically disabled, Korean woman, transracial, and transnational adoptee.” Their talks will be followed by a Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.

WORKSHOP ON RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIVE AMERICANS
Next Sunday, March 30, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia, there will be a program by Boulder Friends Meeting on establishing right relationships with the Native peoples of North America. Sponsored by the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the presentation will trace the impact of the Doctrine of Discovery, a 15th-century justification for European subjugation of Native peoples, containing deep roots of cultural injustice. The workshop’s purpose is to raise awareness, knowledge, and concern about the impact of this doctrine and ways to take action. A resource kit is provided, with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action. To register, contact Paul Ricker at phricker1@hotmail.com.

PLAN AHEAD

STAPELEY POTLUCK COMING UP APRIL 6
All Friends and friendly folks are invited and heartily encouraged to come to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown on Sunday, April 6. The monthly Friendly First Sunday potluck evening meal begins at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship in the parlor. Everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Please bring a generous-size dish to share. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meetingís coordinator-in-general
for the Friendly Firsts (walmsley127@verizon.net).

OPEN ‘HOUSE’ AT MEETING’S GARDEN (OTCF) ON APRIL 12
Have you heard that four years ago our Meeting started a neighborhood garden? It is located on the former GFS tennis courts at 5407 Wissahickon Avenue in West Germantown. We gave it the name, “Old Tennis Court Farm” (OTCF). In just three growing seasons, the .9 acre is a sight to behold. The Meeting’s Garden Group invites you to come see what’s growing, support the garden effort with labor and/or love, and join together for fellowship, food, and worship on Saturday, April 12.

What? An “Open House/Open Garden”
Where? The Old Tennis Court Farm: 5407 Wissahickon Ave.
When? Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: garden tours and hands-on gardening/landscaping projects.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: potluck picnic lunch and brief outdoor worship service.

Friends are warmly welcome to attend either or both parts of the “open garden” on April 12. RSVP by April 10 to Kathy Paulmier: kathyp@gfsnet.org, or Rob Smith: rob@retina.anatomy.upenn.edu

2014 CARY LECTURE FEATURES WILLIAM GRAUSTEIN
Bill Graustein will present the seventh annual Cary Lecture at Pendle Hill on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. He will speak about “Prophets and Nonprofits–Tending Quaker Seeds in Secular Soil.” The Cary Lecture honors the late Stephen G. Cary, a much-loved member of Germantown Meeting, as well a life-long humanitarian and activist. Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, conference, and retreat center in Media, PA. For information and directions, go to www.pendlehill.org

REGISTER FOR FINAL FRIENDS CONSULTATION, TO BE HELD IN NORTH CAROLINA
The last consultation in the series of four sponsored by Friends World Committee on Consultation will take place in High Point, NC, on April 11-14. These events bring together Friends from around the world, representing yearly meetings from all branches of Quakerism, from evangelical to pastoral to unprogrammed. Meet new and different Friends, reach across theological divisions, and come home with a refreshed perspective on Quaker spirtuality. Register by March 31 at www.fwcc.org.

OVERCOMING RACIAL, GENDER, AND CULTURAL DIVISIONS IN CONGREGATIONS
Diana Hays will speak on “The Many Faces of the Church: how parishes are overcoming racial, gender, and cultural divisions by implementing the Spirit of Vatican II.” This will take place Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m., at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 109 E. Price St., Philadelphia 19144. Dr. Hayes is the first African American woman to earn a Pontifical Doctorate and receive the U.S. Catholic Award for Furthering the Role of Women in the Church. She is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University and holds a law degree, as well as doctorates in religious studies and in sacred theology. For information, go to www.saint-vincent-church.org.

APRIL EVENTS, from PYM
The following events are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For details, see attachment, “April 2014 Events from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.pdf”

Growth Dilemma Project Open Discussion & Support Group, Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m., Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Junior Interim Meeting, Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

Stewardship of Financial Resources Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill

Peace & Social Concerns Thread Gathering, Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Reading Meeting, 108 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 1960

Yellow Fever in Philadelphia-1793, Arch Street Brown Bag Lecture Series. April 29, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia

SAVE THE DATE AND SMELL THE ROSES!
Spring is coming at last, and the roses will be in bloom for a meeting for worship on May 18 in the garden at The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. Stay tuned for more information about this cherished annual event, which is scheduled by our neighbors at FUMCOG.

TAKE ACTION

JOIN THE WALK FOR A NEW SPRING
For a breath of fresh air and a new outlook on peacemaking, join the Buddhist Walk for a New Spring. It is coming through the Philadelphia area March 24-29, and people are welcome to join the walkers at any point. Next Saturday, March 29, is a special opportunity to walk with staff and friends from The Quaker School at Horsham, who will gather with the Buddhist monks at the school at approximately 10:30 a.m. and walk two miles to the entrance of Horsham Air National Guard. There, walkers will
take part in a protest against installation of a Drone War Command Center. The theme of the Buddhist walk is “Walking for Peace … for the people … for the earth.” The Quaker School at Horsham is at 250 Meetinghouse Road, Horsham 19044, which is just off of Easton Road/Route 611. To see more details, open the attachment “Walk for a New Spring brochure.pdf.” For information, contact the Brandywine Peace Center, 610-544-1818.

PROTEST OIL TRAINS COMING THRU PHILLY
Protect Philadelphia from the danger of oil trains by joining a prayerful protest on Thursday, April 10, at noon at 1735 Market Street, in front of the offices of the Carlyle Group, which brings daily trains into Philadelphia filled with explosive shale oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. In other parts of North American, such trains have derailed and exploded, causing damage and fatalities. Demand that these shipments end! Come together to raise your voices to greet the spring and protect our planet and all who live upon it. Sponsored by Interfaith Power and Light (Philadelphia Chapter). For information, contact Cheryl Pyrch at cpyrch@summitpres.net.

YOUNG PEOPLE

INTEREST SESSION ON SPIRITUAL FORMATION FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
Tomorrow, March 22, there will be an interest session for Young Adults and other Friends who are interested in the Spiritual Formation Program. It will be held from 11 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. This course of study extends over several months, with small discussion groups in between sessions. The program focuses on deepening the spiritual experience and building an intergenerational spiritual community. For more information, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/spiritual-formation-interest-session or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS TO GATHER MARCH 28-30
Come join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community! We’ll do some community service, travel into center city Philadelphia for dinner, and go to the William Penn Lecture. Location of the gathering is yet to be determined. For updates, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering. For more information, contact Hannah Mayer at hmayer@pym.org.

MENTORSHIP GATHERING FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
“Friends Sharing Their Individual Gifts” is the title of a gathering about mentorship for Young Adult Friends, which will take place Saturday, March 29, at 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. As we come into an awareness of our gifts and needs, we may wish for connection with others on this journey. The Young Adult Friends group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting feels called to work with F/friends in the wider Yearly Meeting to help build a loving and helpful interenerational mentoring network. If you are interested, come to this 90-minute interactive workshop. It will take place before the William Penn Lecture at 7 p.m., leaving enough time for dinner in between events. For more information, contact Jen Bowman at gotwhales@gmail.com or Ken Park at kpark459@gmail.com, or visit www.pym.org/calendar/events/mentorship-project-sharing-gifts.

QVS CORNER
Hello friends! Here are some updates from the Quaker Voluntary Service Volunteers:

The house still needs some bath mats, and we would love the use of a pressure cooker. We are also fixing up the basement a little and need a few items for that, namely, about 25-ft. total length of 2” x 4”, also one hundred 3-inch decking screws, and a few grounded extension cords.

Because many members of local Quaker and social justice communities have expressed interest in visiting our house, the QVS volunteers have decided to host “community dinner” nights every Sunday evening. Any and everyone from Germantown Meeting is welcome to attend! Please let us know by the preceding Friday if you would like to join us for dinner on Sunday. Since we are on a tight budget, please plan to bring a food or beverage item or two dollars for the house food fund. Also, be advised that not all members of our house are home for dinner on any given Sunday.

There will not be a community dinner on Sunday, April 6.
–Malcolm Culleton

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GMM Friday Bulletin, March 7, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This quotation is offered in memory of our member Tom Ambler, who died Wednesday (see announcement below). One of the few recorded ministers in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, he took his role seriously and brought us many messages from biblical passages, often about the greatness of God and living a faithful life.

PSALM 121, Assurance of God’s Protection, A Song of Ascents

I lift up my eyes to the hills– from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.

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THIS SUNDAY: CHANGE YOUR ALARM CLOCK TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!
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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Dan Jones & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Chris & Kathy Coxe

CHILD CARE & FIRST-DAY SCHOOL
Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School, which will meet in its usual place: Lower School Science rooms in the Main Building of Germantown Friends School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*AGENDA FOR THIS SUNDAY’S MEETING FOR BUSINESS (March 9)
Query 5
Opening worship
February minutes
Care and Visiting
Marriage Committee
Interim Meeting- We will respond to Paula Cell’s presentation last month about the proposed re-structure of PYM by asking ourselves the following queries:

1. How has the Yearly Meeting been of service to Germantown Meeting; in other words, how has it served the meeting well?
2. Are there areas in which we at GMM wish Yearly Meeting could be more helpful to us and isn’t right now? If yes, what areas? How would the proposed structure help Yearly Meeting better meet those needs?
3. How do we see the proposed structure creating a better connection between GMM and Yearly Meeting?

Correspondence and Announcements
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DEATH OF THOMAS AMBLER
One our oldest and most faithful members, Thomas Sayre Ambler, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. A recorded minister, he and his wife Patricia sat on the facing bench of Germantown Monthly Meeting for many years. His vocal ministry often included biblical passages and spoke of the constancy of God’s love and of a life grounded in the Spirit. Born on May 18, 1915, he was 98 years old. His death was sudden, which is exactly the way he wanted it to be. According to his wishes, there will be no
memorial meeting for him. Cards would be welcomed by his family, who are all members of our Meeting:

Patricia Ambler (wife), at Grindleton Lane, Ambler, PA 19002
Jonathan Ambler (son) & family, 380 Bell Road, Christiana, PA 17509
David Ambler (son) & family, 238 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02140

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GEAR UP FOR GAME NIGHT, MARCH 8!
How to survive this seemingly Eternal Winter?? One strategy –- come to our popular Annual Game Night, Saturday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 pm., at the Meetinghouse. This happy event becomes more popular every year! More than 60 people, young and old, singles and families, turn out to play all kinds of games, from checkers to Twister! Activities for pre-schoolers, too, and, of course, plenty of pizza, sodas, and healthy snacks. Pizza will cost $5, with drinks and dessert provided.) It helps us estimate the pizza order, if you RSVP by calling the Meeting Office at (215) 951-2235 or emailing gmm@gfsnet.org, But, in any case, we hope you’ll come and join the fun.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW CLEANING PERSON: RICHARD HARVEY!
We have a new cleaning person tending to our Meetinghouse now, and it’s our own member, Richard Harvey! We know him as an artist, member of Care & Visiting, and parent of three students at Germantown Friends School. Here’s another side of him: hard work and elbow grease and careful attention to whatever needs it in our Meetinghouse. Take a look at what he’s doing with the nasty water stain in front of the kitchen sink — you’ll discover what determined scraping will do. Nice to have you taking care of things, Richard.

NEW BABY GIRL ARRIVES IN COZZENS-CHILDS FAMILY
Our member Daniel Cozzens and his wife Ishah Jansen-Faith welcomed their first baby, Calliope Rose Jansen Cozzens, into the world on Thursday, February 13, in Brooklyn, NY. She is the first grandchild of our members Bill Cozens and Carla Childs, who report that everyone is doing fine.

ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH
March 16: QVS volunteers will speak about the three aspects of their experience with QVS: community, service and Quaker experience.

March 23: Dick Taylor will speak about his Pendle Hill pamphlet Nonviolent Direct Action as a Spiritual Path. Copies are available in the Meeting Office for $6.50.

March 30: Ross Hennesy will discuss his Friends Journal article The Most Effective Instrument of Peace [ http://www.friendsjournal.org/effective-instrument-peace/ ]http://www.friendsjournal.org/effective-instrument-peace/

2014 RETREAT POSTPONED THIS YEAR
We are sad to report that we need to postpone this year’s Meeting retreat at Camp Swatara. There were several major factors playing into this decision. Camp Swatara is now under new management, and they have instituted some new rules; the most important is “minimum numbers” for renting cabins (10/cabin), North Lodge (20) and West Retreat (10) this would not normally be a problem except that our numbers of attendees are very low this year. Usually we have 60-80 people attending, but this year we have fewer than 30 signed up. The costs would be considerably higher with fewer people. In interviewing those who normally attend, there is still strong interest in the idea of a retreat, but there are an unusually large number of conflicts with the date this particular year. Because of our long history, Camp Swatara has graciously applied this year’s deposit to next year. We are sorry for all of you who have signed up and hope that you will join us next year. –Report from the Retreat Committee

APRIL MEETING FOR BUSINESS CHANGED BACK TO APRIL 13
Because the Meeting’s Retreat at Camp Swatara was cancelled this year, our April Meeting for Business will now take place on its usual second Sunday, which is April 13. It had been moved because the Retreat was planned to take place on that weekend.

TOM SHARPLESS’ PHOTOS ON DISPLAY IN LOCAL GALLERY
>From March 15 through April 5, iMPeRFeCT Gallery, at 5601 Greene Street (corner of Maplewood Mall) will be showing panoramic photography by our member Tom Sharpless, featuring interactive computer displays as well as prints of spherical photos in various formats. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Phone Rocio Cabello, (215) 869-1001 for more information.

PRICE REDUCTION ON QUAKER ‘MOTTO CALENDAR’!!
Since the months of the year are passing quickly, the price is now reduced to $1.50 for the little Quaker Motto Calendar for 2014. It is only 5″x 6.5,” and it’s inspiring sayings can be read at a glance and will help you return to a grounded state of mind. The copies for sale are in the Meeting office on the desk. Please leave your payment in the top middle drawer.

EVENTS
OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM ‘DIRTY WARS’ SHOWS AT DELAWARE COUNTY PEACE CENTER
Tonight, Friday, March 7, the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Dirty Wars,” will show at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Delaware County in Springfield, PA. It follows the journey of author and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill in uncovering the truth of the United States’ expanding covert wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere. Its narrative and suspensefulness flow like a mystery thriller. Free and open to the public. For information, go to www.delcopeace.org.

‘FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS’ TO SHOW AT FRIENDS CENTER
On Saturday, March 8, at 7:15 p.m., there will be a showing of the documentary, “Five Broken Cameras,” at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. It shows how a photojournalist lost five separate cameras while shooting film about the conflict in Palestine and Israel. Iyad Burnat, a leader in the nonviolent struggles in B’ilin in Palestine, will speak about opposing the taking of village land and the building of the Separation Wall. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Peter Lems, plems@afsc.org.

SPEAKERS & PERFORMERS CELEBRATE INTN’L WOMEN’S DAY
All are invited to “Rock, Rap & Speakout on Poverty, Prison & War,” an event on Saturday, March 8, to highlight International Women’s Day, at Tabernacle United Church, 3700 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. It will take place from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. and features Ursula Rucker and local performers/speakers, as well as a video commemoration of 1971 break-in of the FBI office in Media, PA. Suggested donation is $10 to $20 at the door. The event is sponsored by Global Women’s Strike, and Germantown Meeting’s Working Group on Mass Incarceration is one of the cosponsors. Proceeds will go to Haiti grassroots and prisoner family groups. For information, call 215-848-1120, or go to www.globalwomenstrike.net

RECYCLE ‘ANYTHING WITH A PLUG’ ON SUNDAY, MARCH 9
Here’s your chance to get rid of all those old pieces of electronic equipment and make a little room in your house and office: This Sunday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be Electronics Recycling at the Germmantown Jewish Center. This opportunity is open to community members and small businesses that have fewer than 50 employees. No smoke detectors accepted. Data will be wiped off or destroyed on devices containing information. A donation of $20 is requested for glass tube TVs and computer monitors. Donations will benefit Germantown Jewish Center’s Social Action Committee. For information, contact Maxine Margolies, mmargx@aol.com.

FILM ON IMPACT OF MASS INCARCERATION AT FRIENDS CENTER
This Sunday, March 9, there will be a film screening and discussion at 4 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. The films “Comrade Sunshine” and Detroit’s Native Son” will be shown. Three speakers from the American Friends Service Committee’s Friend-of-a-Friend Program will share their insights from work and experiences in the prison system. It is free and open to the public. For information, contact Peter Lems at plems@afsc.org.

POTLUCK & PROGRAM SHOWS FILM ‘UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS’
This Sunday, March 9, the Brandywine Peace Community will hold its monthly potluck at 4:30 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by showing of the film “UNMANNED: America’s Drone Wars.” It will also include an opening film short, produced by the Brandywine Peace Community, observing the anniversary of the Media FBI Breakin on March 8, 1971: “The Sights of the FBI, from COINTELPRO to Today’s Assaults on Civil Liberties.” It will take place at University Lutheran Church, 37th and Chestnut streets, in West Philadelphia. For information, call the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, or go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events.

AUTHOR WESLEY STACE TO SPEAK AT GFS
Wesley Stace, author of the new novel Wonderkid, will speak this Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS). He is joined by David Grand, author of Mount Terminus. Wesley, who is the parent of a GFS student, records music, contributes to The New York Times, teaches at Princeton University, and lives in Philadelphia. David, a friend of Wesley, is author of Louse, a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Their presentation is part of the Friends Free Library’s Community Writers Series, which features nationally know authors with ties to GFS.

LUNCHTIME WEBINAR ON MENTAL HEALTH IN OLDER PEOPLE
This Thursday, March 13, at 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a webinar about pastoral care for older adults, especially dealing with emotional and behavioral problems such as depression and anxiety. Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Free. Access needed to the internet. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/OlderMentalHealthWellness. For information, call 215-241-7268 or email PastoralCare@pym.org.

PLAN AHEAD
WORKSHOP ON RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIVE AMERICANS
On Saturday, March 30, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., there will be a workshop by Boulder Friends Meeting on establishing right relationships with the Native peoples of North America. Sponsored by the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the workshop will trace the impact of the Doctrine of Discovery, a 15th-century justification for European subjugation of Native peoples, containing deep roots of cultural injustice. The workshop’s purpose is to raise awareness, knowledge, and concern about the impact of this doctrine and ways to take action. A resource kit is provided, with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action. To register, contact Paul Ricker at phricker1@hotmail.com. For more information, go to www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc-right-relationship.

2014 CARY LECTURE FEATURES WILLIAM GRAUSTEIN
Bill Graustein will present the seventh annual Cary Lecture at Pendle Hill on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn. He will speak about “Prophets and Nonprofits–Tending Quaker Seeds in Secular Soil.” The Cary Lecture honors the late Stephen G. Cary, who was a much-loved member of Germantown Meeting, as well a life-long humanitarian and activist. Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, conference, and retreat center in Media, PA. For information and directions, go to www.pendlehill.org

TAKE ACTION
‘MEET-UP IN MEDIA’ ON MARCH 8 TO MARK THE FBI BREAK-IN OF 1971
Join others in celebrating the truth-tellers who broke into the Media FBI offices in 1971 and publicized the records of people who were targeted by the FBI for antiwar actions and resisting the draft for the war in Vietnam. This celebration will take place on Saturday, March 8, beginning at noon with a gathering in front of the Delaware County Courthouse, Front St. and South Ave., (Veterans Square) in Media, 19063. Features speakers, banners, noise-makers, music, and a walk through downtown Media. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For information, go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events/

EQAT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
On Monday, March 10, the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) will sponsor an action using civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, as promised in the group’s earlier pledge of resistance. Participants are asked to meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Arch Street Meetinghouse (4th and Arch streets) to check in and go over the plans for a midday action at the Federal Building at 6th and Market streets. This is part of a national strategy to convince the Obama Administration that the 77,000 people who signed the pledge are serious about stopping the Tar Sands from being extracted. Please note, if you haven’t received EQAT training in civil disobedience, there will be one on Saturday, March 8, at the Arch Street Meeting House from 1 to 4 p.m. To check for updated information, get legal info, and let organizers know you will participate, go www.eqat.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE
MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS TO GATHER MARCH 14-16
Middle School Friends will gather March 14-16 at Wicomico River Meeting in Delaware, to focus on the theme of “Simplicity.” Participants are urged to register as soon as possible, because an accurate head count is needed to make arrangements for transportation and sleeping space. Participants will sleep in a small meetinghouse, and, if there isn’t enough room for everybody, some will sleep outside in tents. There will be time for exploring the outdoors, getting to know each other, and having a good time together. Cost is $65, with scholarships available. For information, contact Matt Sanderson at msanderson@pym.org.

INVITATION TO YOUNG ADULTS TO JOIN FCNL’S SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND
If you are a college student or recent graduate, you are warmly invited to join the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Commmittee on National Legislation (FCNL) on March 22-25. Focus of the weekend will be advocating for the repeal of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a law that has been used to justify drone strikes, the Guantanamo Bay prison, warrantless wiretapping, the war in Afghanistan, and more. At Spring Lobby Weekend, you will gain advocacy skills, learn about Quakerism and government, and how Congress works. You will find yourself part of a community that will support your continued growth in a life of political engagement. Note to older Friends: The cost of transportation and housing for the weekend can be a major barrier for young adults. If you or your meeting could help financially, it would make a big difference. For information, go to www.fcnl.org.

QVS CORNER
APPLY NOW TO BECOME A QVS VOLUNTEER IN 2014-2015
The national Quaker Voluntary Service Program is accepting applications for young adults to be part of the 2014-2015 class. The deadline is March 15. QVS volunteers work in local nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; and Portland, OR. They live together in a communual house, sharing chores and expenses, and are connected to one or more local Meetings, which act as spiritual mentors and caring communities for the young people. For information and to apply, go to www.quakervolutaryservice.org.

NEWS FROM UGANDA

PLEASE SEE ATTACHED REPORT FROM BUDUDA, WITH PHOTOS ….

LATEST LETTER FROM KAREN LIGHTENER IN UGANDA
I got a text message (even though I have everything turned off on my phone) from the PA alerts at 3 am this morning announcing the snow emergency. So more snow, eh? It’s hot, hot, hot here. This is my first time on the internet for it seems like, a week. Going through my e-mail. Got all my photos uploaded to my computer yesterday and I had 974 photos, and some video! We did a slide show last night at the guest house. People loved it.

Saturday was the big celebration here at the school. We had a parade with all the Children of Bududa (the orphans program) in new matching outfits, from the guest house to the school. They had come to pick up the outfits on Saturday and I took 2 instant photos of each child. One was for them and the other is to be sent to their North American sponsors. It was an hour long hike in the hot sun. Halfway there the marching band from Mbale showed up. They were great and helped liven the spirits. Some Americans were dancing gown the road, and I started doing the Mummer’s Strut, to have Philadelphia fully represented. After we got there there and cooled off a bit in the shade, there was a long period of speeches.

Barbara introduced me and I read the travel minute from my Meeting, and one of the MCs translated into the local language as I was going along. We after the official ribbon cutting, we had a big lunch. The Honored guests (like me) had Indian food, and the students, their families and orphans had a meal of local food, including meat (which is special). After lunch the students and orphans did a number of dances and other performances, of which I only saw a few, unfortunately. Got a ride in a truck back to the guest house and we had a big dinner in the courtyard of the guesthouse — about 16 or 18 people.

Sunday I just rested and and worked on getting my photos and videos off my camera and started editing them.

The internet really only works at the school. The signal is bad at the guesthouse, so I’ll have contact sporadically. I’m leaving Bududa on the 12th and spending 3 nights in Jinga, then 2 night in Entebbe before heading home.

Learning lots, there’s lots to learn.

Lots of love,
Karen

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OFFICE NOTES
NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS FINALLY BEING PRINTED!!!
After a long wait and many struggles with figuring out our database, the new Meeting Directory is finally being printed! What a relief! Thanks, too, for the patience by all of you in waiting for this much-used resource for our Meeting. –Melissa Elliott

WATCH HERE FOR NOTICE WHEN THE NEW DIRECTORIES ARE READY

REMINDER: RESERVE USE OF MEETINGHOUSE WITH JOANNE SHARPLESS
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless at 215-951-2300. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts and to make sure the heat is on.
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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)
Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person, including phone number and email address. Publication of the monthly printed newsletter is temporarily suspended.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary
Germantown Friends Meeting
47 W Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-2235
Germantown Friends Meeting

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Feb. 28, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” –James 2:14
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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Rob Smith & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Anne & Bill Stassen

CHILD CARE & FIRST-DAY SCHOOL
Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School, which will meet in its usual place: Lower School Science rooms in the Main Building of Germantown Friends School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEXT SUNDAY: CHANGE YOUR ALARM CLOCK TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!
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AGENDA FOR NEXT SUNDAY’S MEETING FOR BUSINESS (March 9)
Query 5
Opening worship
February minutes
Care and Visiting
Interim Meeting- We will respond to Paula Cell’s presentation last month about the proposed re-structure of PYM by asking ourselves the following queries. See Interim Meeting page:

1. How has the Yearly Meeting been of service to Germantown Meeting; in other words, how has it served the meeting well?
2. Are there areas in which we at GMM wish Yearly Meeting could be more helpful to us and isn’t right now? If yes, what areas? How would the proposed structure help Yearly Meeting better meet those needs?
3. How do we see the proposed structure creating a better connection between GMM and Yearly Meeting?

Correspondence and Announcements
Closing worship

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GEAR UP FOR GAME NIGHT, MARCH 8!
How to survive this seemingly Eternal Winter?? One strategy –- come to our popular Annual Game Night, Saturday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 pm., at the Meetinghouse. This happy event becomes more popular every year! More than 60 people, young and old, singles and families, turn out to play all kinds of games, from checkers to Twister! Activities for pre-schoolers, too, and of course, plenty of pizza, sodas, and healthy snacks. (Pizza will cost $5, with drinks and dessert provided.) It helps us estimate the pizza prder, if you RSVP by calling the Meeting Office at (215) 951-2235 or emailing gmm@gfsnet.org, But, in any case, we hope you’ll come and join the fun.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

2014 RETREAT WILL BE POSTPONED THIS YEAR
We are sad to report that we need to postpone this year’s Meeting retreat at Camp Swatara. There were several major factors playing into this decision. Camp Swatara is now under new management, and they have instituted some new rules; the most important is “minimum numbers” for renting cabins (10/cabin), North Lodge (20) and West Retreat (10) this would not normally be a problem except that our numbers of attendees are very low this year. Usually we have 60-80 people attending, but this year we have fewer than 30 signed up. The costs would be considerably higher with fewer people. In interviewing those who normally attend, there is still strong interest in the idea of a retreat, but there are an unusually large number of conflicts with the date this particular year. Because of our long history, Camp Swatara has graciously applied this year’s deposit to next year. We are sorry for all of you who have signed up and hope that you will join us next year. –Report from the Retreat Committee

DICK TAYLOR’S PAMPHLET TO BE DISCUSSED AT ADULT CLASS ON MARCH 30
On Sunday, March 30, our member Dick Taylor will lead our 9 a.m. Adult Class in a discussion on his Pendle Pamphlet No. 424, “Nonviolent Direct Action as a Spiritual Path.” Copies are available in the Meeting office for $6.50 each. (See Dick Taylor’s letter to the Meeting at the bottom of this bulletin.)

PRICE REDUCTION ON QUAKER ‘MOTTO CALENDAR’!!
Since the months of the year are passing quickly, the price is now reduced to $1.50 for the little Quaker Motto Calendar for 2014. It is only 5″x 6.5″ and doesn’t take up much room. Try one on the corner of your desk, next to your living room chair, pinned to your kitchen bulletin board, or on the nightstand next to your bed. The calendar’s pithy sayings can be grabbed off at a glance and will help you return to a grounded state of mind in the midst of hustle and bustle. The copies for sale are
in the Meeting office on the desk. Please leave your payment in the top middle drawer.

EVENTS

POTLUCK AT STAPELEY THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, March 2, is the monthly potluck at Stapeley for Friends in Philadelphia Quarter. The meal begins at 5 p.m., followed by a half-hour of worship at 6:30 p.m. This month’s potluck is hosted by Arch Street Meeting. This is a good chance to visit with our Friends who live at Stapeley, as well as to see Friends from other local meetings. Be sure to bring a dish to share that will feed at least ten people. For information, contact Tricia Walmsley, 215-248-1514, or walmsley127@verizon.net.

OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM ‘DIRTY WARS’ SHOWS AT DELAWARE COUNTY PEACE CENTER
Next Friday, March 7, the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Dirty Wars,” will show at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Delaware County in Springfield, PA. It follows the journey of author and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill in uncovering the truth of the United States’ expanding covert wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and elsewhere. Its narrative and suspensefulness flow like a mystery thriller. Free and open to the public. For information, go to www.delcopeace.org.

‘FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS’ TO SHOW AT FRIENDS CENTER
On Saturday, March 8, at 7:15 p.m., there will be a showing of the documentary, “Five Broken Cameras,” at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. It shows how a photojournalist lost five separate cameras while shooting film about the conflict in Palestine and Israel. Iyad Burnat, a leader in the nonviolent struggles in B’ilin in Palestine, will speak about opposing the taking of village land and the building of the Separation Wall. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Peter Lems, staff
member, at the American Friends Service Committee, 215-241-7177 or plems@afsc.org.

SPEAKERS & PERFORMERS CELEBRATE INTN’L WOMEN’S DAY
All are invited to “Rock, Rap & Speakout on Poverty, Prison & War,” an event on Saturday, March 8, to highlight International Women’s Day, at Tabernacle United Church, 3700 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. It will take place from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. and features Ursula Rucker and local performers/speakers, as well as a video commemoration of 1971 break-in of the FBI office in Media, PA. Suggested donation is $10 to $20 at the door. The event is sponsored by Global Women’s Strike, and Germantown Meeting’s Working Group on Mass Incarceration is one of the cosponsors. Proceeds will go to Haiti grassroots and prisoner family groups. For information, call 215-848-1120 , or go to www.globalwomenstrike.net

RECYCLE ‘ANYTHING WITH A PLUG’ ON MARCH 9
Here’s your chance to get rid of all those old pieces of electronic equipment and make a little room in your house and office: Next Sunday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be Electronics Recycling at the Germmantown Jewish Center. This opportunity is open to community members and small businesses that have fewer than 50 employees. No smoke detectors accepted. Data will be wiped off or destroyed on devices containing information. A donation of $20 is requested for glass tube TVs and computer monitors. Donations will benefit Germantown Jewish Center’s Social Action Committee. For information, contact Maxine Marolies, mmargx@aol.com.

FILM ON IMPACT OF MASS INCARCERATION AT FRIENDS CENTER
Next Sunday, March 9, there will be a film screening and discussion at 4 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. The films “Comrade Sunshine” and Detroit’s Native Son” will be shown. Three speakers from the American Friends Service Committee’s Friend-of-a-Friend Program will share their insights from work and experiences in the prison system. It is free and open to the public. For information, contact Peter Lems at plems@afsc.org.

PLAN AHEAD
‘WHITE PRIVILEGE’ CONFERENCE ON MARCH 26-29
Friends are warmly invited to attend a conference on white privilege in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 26-29. Discounts are available by registering through Friends General Conference (FGC), which is sponsoring a group plan that qualifies for lower rates. Young people are encouraged to attend. The conference focuses on inspiring and equipping a wide variety of participants to work for equity and justice. For information, contact Vanessa Julye at FGC, 215-561-1700, ext. 3006, or write to Ministryonracism@fgcquaker.org.

TAKE ACTION
SILENT DEATH WALK TO OPPOSE WAR DRONES TOMORROW
Noam Chomsky calls drone warfare “the most extreme terrorist war in history.” To make a public statement and spread information about drone warfare, join the Anti-war Drone Silent Death Walk tomorrow, Saturday, March 1. Meet to begin the one-hour walk at noon at 12th and Arch streets, across from the Philadelphia Convention Center. Signs, banners, and masks will be available. Wear black clothing.

‘MEET-UP IN MEDIA’ ON MARCH 8 TO MARK THE FBI BREAK-IN OF 1971
Join others in celebrating the truth-tellers who broke into the Media FBI offices in 1971 and publicized the records of people who were targeted by the FBI for antiwar actions and resisting the draft for the war in Vietnam. This celebration will take place on Saturday, March 8, beginning at noon with a gathering in front of the Delaware County Courthouse, Front St. and South Ave., (Veterans Square) in Media, 19063. Features speakers, banners, noise-makers, music, and a walk through downtown Media. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For information, go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events/

EQAT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE
On Monday, March 10, the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) will sponsor an action using civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, as promised in the group’s earlier pledge of resistance. Participants are asked to meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Arch Street Meetinghouse (4th and Arch streets) to check in and go over the plans for a midday action at the Federal Building at 6th and Market streets. This is part of a national strategy to convince the Obama Administration that the 77,000 people who signed the pledge are serious about stopping the Tar Sands from being extracted. Please note, if you haven’t received EQAT training in civil disobedience, there will be one on Saturday, March 8, at the Arch Street Meeting House from 1 to 4 p.m. To check for updated information, get legal info, and let organizers you will participate, go www.eqat.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE
MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS TO GATHER MARCH 14-16
Middle School Friends will gather March 14-16 at Wicomico River Meeting in Delaware, to focus on the theme of “Simplicity.” Participants are urged to register as soon as possible, because an accurate head count is needed to make arrangements for transportation and sleeping space. Participants will sleep in a small meetinghouse, and, if there isn’t enough room for everybody, some will sleep outside in tents. There will be time for exploring the outdoors, getting to know each other, and having a good time together. Cost is $65, with scholarships available. For information, contact Matt Sanderson at msanderson@pym.org.

PYM YOUTH PROGRAMS INTERNSHIP STILL AVAILABLE
Are you a young adult who likes to work with youth programs? Philadelphia Yearly Meeting offers an internship for just that purpose, working with Middle School Friends in planning programs and activities. In payment, the interns receive $500 toward a Quaker activity of their choice, and build strong connections with younger Friends. To get a taste of what goes on, go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

INVITATION TO YOUNG ADULTS TO JOIN FCNL’S SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND
If you are a college student or recent graduate, you are warmly invited to join the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Commmittee on National Legislation (FCNL) on March 22-25. Focus of the weekend will be advocating for the repeal of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a law that has been used to justify drone strikes, the Guantanamo Bay prison, warrantless wiretapping, the war in Afghanistan, and more. At Spring Lobby Weekend, you will gain advocacy skills, learn about Quakerism and government, and how Congress works. You will find yourself part of a community that will support your continued growth in a life of political engagement. Note to older Friends: The cost of transportation and housing for the weekend can be a major barrier for young adults. If you or your meeting could help financially, it would make a big difference. For information, go to www.fcnl.org.

QVS CORNER
Hello, GMM! Unfortunately, you will not being seeing our faces at worship this Sunday because we will be spending the weekend in the woods of French Creek State Park for our mid-year retreat. That is right folks: we have officially reached the halfway point of our year of service with Quaker Voluntary Service. We are all looking forward to retreating and spending time worshiping, discussing, playing, and cooking together. See you next week! –Jocelyn Dowling

APPLY NOW TO BECOME A QVS VOLUNTEER IN 2014-2015
The national Quaker Voluntary Service Program is accepting applications for young adults to be part of the 2014-2015 class. The deadline is March 15. QVS volunteers work in local nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; and Portland, OR. They live together in a communual house, sharing chores and expenses, and are connected to one or more local Meetings, which act as spiritual mentors and caring communities for the young people. For information and to apply, go to www.quakervolutaryservice.org.

LETTERS, WE’VE GOT LETTERS …..

FROM KAREN LIGHTENER IN UGANDA
FEB. 23: Internet too slow to post on Facebook. Trekked to see mountain gorrillas – AMAZING! Yesterday an all day drive – of only about200 miles. Roads will be perfect for 10 miles, then full of pot holes we have to weave around , then fairly smooth dirt , but mostly potholes. Another long days drive to Murchison Falls today, safari tomorrow. Having a great time. The vistas are spectacular. We saw an elephant feeding just along side the road as we drove through queen Elizabeth National Park!
Gotta run we have to leave.

FEB. 27: I am constantly processing what I’m seeing and learning and adjusting/dealing with my western viewpoint. I wanted to share an observation or two. My friend Barbara Wybar has talked to me about how primary family and community are here. In the West we say “I think, therefore I am” (we’re all about the individual) here they might say “I think, therefore we are.” I met a woman whose Aunt and Uncle fled the country in 1986 when war broke out here and are living in Virginia. She said several times in the course of the conversation “we miss them so much!” I’m not sure she was more than a small child when they left, but that longing remains.

It’s hard to process and talk about the poverty here. I am very aware of my cultural difference and privilege. There are vast portions of the country with no electricity. Even those on the grid lose power on a regular basis. Yet many people have cell phones and the network seems so powerful, it’s astonishing. It was amazing to see, a couple of times, men on bicycles, pretty much in the middle of nowhere, stopped and talking on their cell phones. They buy minutes as needed, rather than having plans, and the networks don’t really handle data.

There are no traffic lights or street lights in Mbale, this town of 80,000, where I just spent the night. Traffic is chaotic by our standards, but flows. Outside the cities the people live in huts made of brick or sticks and mud, with sheet metal or thatched roofs. And yet you see them walking along the roads on Sundays, going to or from church, dressed in their Sunday best–which could be dresses in African style and print or western style suits for the women, and western style dress shirts or suits for the men. I’m incredibly curious to see what the inside of the homes are like.

Hardly anyone has a private vehicle. There are motorcycle taxis called boda-bodas that carry one or two riders on the back for a few shillings. And car and van taxis or trucks that are filled to the brim with people, belongings and perhaps animals going to or from market. Jobs are nearly impossible to find. Many people live on the food they and their neighbors raise and sell at market. People take jerry cans to local wells or streams to get water, sometimes walking miles for it.

Those are a few observations from driving around the country for 6 days, looking, and listening to stories. Today we’re off to Bududa, the village where I’ll be living for the next 2 weeks.

Lots of love to you all,
Karen

UPDATE FROM DICK TAYLOR
o bring you up to date on the illness that has laid me up for the last 8 months, but I’ve been plagued with exhaustion, very low energy, and the “brain fog” that, I’m told, often accompanies this kind of sickness. I’m so grateful for all the concern and support you’ve given me and Phyllis–visits, letters, phone calls, meals, prayers, advice, spiritual counsel, gifts and more.

I’m glad to say that, after being bedridden and unable to walk for months, I’m finally home in our apartment in Germantown and am beginning to get around with the help of a wheelchair, a walker and, just recently, a cane. I’ve gotten a lot of very helpful physical therapy, which probably will need to continue for a couple of more months. I see small improvements nearly every day. I’m so looking forward to spring and, among other joys, being able to get out into the woods. It was wonderful to be back at Meeting on Sunday 2/23 and to feel welcomed so warmly.

Phyllis has been unbelievable in her support, 24/7. I don’t think I could have made it without her–at least I would be in much, much worse shape. She’s had to make an enormous sacrifice–quitting her job at the prison in order to be completely available to me and to fight, when necessary, with hospital authorities and others with whom we had problems. (Since July of last year, I’ve been in two hospitals and a nursing home and received extensive physical therapy in two other facilities and have been on a variety of meds.)

I’ve been hit with a cascade of maladies: pneumonia, cellulitis, inflammation in my right shoulder’s AC joint, pseudo gout, Diabetes, a Baker’s cyst, discitis, and erosion of L-4 and L-5 vertebrae which caused them to collapse on each other. Hopefully, they are in the process of fusing, which should be the most important part of my body’s long-term healing. X-rays indicate that the fusing is happening.

The cause of much of this has been a bacterial infection in my spine. No one knows how it got there, but, fortunately, it appears to have been successfully treated by 40 days of a powerful anti-biotic administered directly into a major vein in my chest through a special IV “pic” line.

Spiritually, I must admit to going through some very dark times, but faith and prayer (mine and other’s) have given me a sense of being in touch with God and Christ’s Light in spite of the darkness. I know that many Meeting members have held me and Phyllis in the Light. Please feel free to be in touch, but know that I probably will not be able to respond personally for a while.

–Dick Taylor

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OFFICE NOTES
NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS FINALLY BEING PRINTED!!!
After a long wait and many struggles with figuring out our database, the new Meeting Directory is finally being printed! What a relief! Much gratitude and praise go to Florence Mini, who came in and spent a number of hours fiddling with the database to straighten out the bugs–not to mention soothing anxieties with her matter-of-fact approach, and even bringing me a piece of Valentine chocolate. These were acts of pure kindness, and I love her for it and know a lot more about how to find and correct things in many years of Meeting records in FileMaker Pro. Thanks, too, for the patience by all of you in waiting for this much-used resource for our Meeting. –Melissa Elliott

WATCH HERE FOR NOTICE WHEN THE NEW DIRECTORIES ARE READY

REMINDER: RESERVE USE OF MEETINGHOUSE WITH JOANNE SHARPLESS
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless at 215-951-2300. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts and to make sure the heat is on. If you don’t reserve space in advance, your group may not be able to meet at its planned time. Be sure
this doesn’t happen by calling Joanne to make appropriate arrangements.
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GMM Bulletin, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Editor’s Note: This week’s Friday e-bulletin is coming to you on Wednesday, because it may be impossible to get to the office in the next day or two, if as much snow falls tomorrow as is predicted.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Most of us need from time to time the experience of something spacious or space-making, when Time ceases to be the enemy, goad-in-hand, and becomes our friend. To read good literature, gaze on natural beauty, to follow cultivated pursuits until our spirits are refreshed and expanded, will not unfit us for the up and doing of life, … Rather will it help us to separate the essential from the unessential, to know where we are really needed, and get a sense of proportion.”
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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb.16, 2014
9 a.m. Adult Class–continuing discussion of The Spirit Level, with speakers Dan Jones and David George, joined by Walter Tsou
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Florence & Michael Mini
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and Fellowship
Greeters & Refreshments: Anthony Tyler

CHILD CARE & FIRST-DAY SCHOOL
Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School, which will meet in its usual place: Lower School Science rooms in the Main Building of Germantown Friends School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIRD SESSION ON THE SPIRIT LEVEL TO BE THIS SUNDAY
The adult class will continue its study of The Spirit Level this Sunday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m. in the social room. Please join us for this discussion on economic equality and how it can benefit societies. Speakers for this session will be Meeting members Dan Jones and David George, with our earlier speaker Walter Tsou joining them.

APPLY NOW FOR SCHOOL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Families are reminded that Friends children attending Friends schools in PYM who have demonstrated financial need are eligible for a grant from the Committee on Friends Education. Friends are encouraged to go to the PYM website: [ http://www.pym.org ]www.pym.org- for information about the application process. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.

EVENTS
COMMUNICATIONS THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 15
Friends who are involved or interested in communicating within their meetings are invited to a Communications Thread Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Abington Meeting. They will have a chance to share their experiences and concerns with each other, learn new skills, and pick up new ideas. For information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, at cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/communications-thread-gathering-3. (Check ahead in case of snow.)

CLIVEDEN CONVERSATIONS TO LOOK AT RICHARD ALLEN’S LEGACY
On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., the Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, will speak at Cliveden on “Bishop Ricard Alen’s Living Legacy in American History.” Cliveden is located at 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. To make a reservation, call 215-843-1777.

EQAT PUTS ON 3-PART ‘SPIRITUAL ACTIVIST TRAINING’
The Environmental Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is sponsoring a three-part training series on spiritual activism designed to clarify one’s spiritual journey and how to access spiritual power for nonviolent direct action; support sharper awareness for making bold choices during actions; and increase skills in leading, planning, and preparing actions. The dates and topics are: (1) Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1-5 p.m., “Starting Strong and Being Loud”; (2) Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m.-4 p.m., “Skills for Getting In”; (3) Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., “Changing Roles and Expectations.” For information, go to www.eqat.org or send an email to [mailto:eqateam@gmail.com?subject=Powerful%20Spiritual%20Activist%20Training ]]eqateam@gmail.com. Participants are asked to RSVP.

LATER IN FEBRUARY
PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 22
There will be a Thread Gathering on pastoral care on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to – 3:30 p.m., at Mullica Hill Meeting and School, 2 Woodstown Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. This will provide an opportunity to connect for Friends who are active in caring for people in our meetings and spiritual communities. For information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering.

EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITUALITY TALK ON FEB. 23
On Sunday, Feb. 23, Richard Siebels will speak on Evolutionary Spirituality at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., at 1 p.m. As Richard states, “Evolutionary spirituality might be described as combining current scientific knowledge regarding evolution, beginning with the ‘Big Bang,’ with the insights of the great mystics throughout history. This perspective can give us a new cosmology in which we are an integral part of an unfolding mystery, much as the epic myths have done in the past. The sense of connection to this mystery can bring us to a deep sense of awe and gratitude, which can be transforming.” Richard is a long-time attender at Radnor Meeting and is the office manager of Haverford Meeting.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HOLDS ‘CROSS POLLINATION’ EVENT
All members and attenders of Philadelphia Quarter are invited to attend a “Cross Pollination Event” at Central Philadelphia Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning with worship at 11 a.m., followed by the program at 1 p.m., ending at 3 p.m. Friends from various meeting committees — such as Worship & Ministry, Finance, Outreach, and so forth — will meet together. Discussions will be structured around queries, such as, “What collective wisdom do we have to give to other Meetings?” and, “What are challenges other Meetings might help you with?” For information, go to www.philadelphiaquarter.org/, or contact Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

‘LEGAL ISSUES FOR SENIORS’ BY MUTUAL MT. AIRY
Do you have an up-to-date will? Have you set up a provision for power of attorney and a living will? Do you need a revocable/living trust? Do you have an executor? These and other questions will be addressed on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. The speaker will be Dan Ross, a Mt. Airy-based attorney and local resident who specializes in estate law. This program is sponsored by Mutual Mt. Airy, an organization for adults who wish to age in a community setting. To find out more about it, come fifteen minutes early for a brief orientation, or go to http://mutualmtairy.org ]mutualmtairy.org

PLAN AHEAD
‘WHITE PRIVILEGE’ CONFERENCE ON MARCH 26-29
Friends are warmly invited to attend a conference on white privilege in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 26-29. Discounts are available by registering through Friends General Conference (FGC), which is sponsoring a group plan that qualifies for lower rates. Young people are also encouraged to attend. Local Friends in Wisconsin are offering hospitality and carpooling for out-of-state participants who register through FGC by Feb. 20. The conference focuses on inspiring and equipping a wide variety of participants to work for equity and justice. For information, contact Vanessa Julye at FGC, ministryonracism@fgcquaker.org.

2014 WILLIAM PENN LECTURE ON MARCH 29
This year’s William Penn Lecture will be Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Christina Repoley is this year’s speaker. She is a member of Atlanta Friends meeting and the executive director of Quaker Voluntary Service, which has houses in Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; and Portland, OR. She will speak on “Prophetic Service as Formation & Transformation.” The William Penn Lecture is presented annually in Philadelphia by Young Adult Friends and comes out of a history of lectures that began in 1916. To learn more, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/2014-william-penn-lecture, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at YoungAdultFriends@pym.org.

‘WORSHIP IS A DOOR TO LOVE,’ AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 23-27
Save these dates–July 23-27– to join other Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) at Annual Sessions at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. There will be time to worship together, conduct business with guidance of the Spirit, listen to one another, and spend time with new and old Friends. For more information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2014, or contact Tricia Conscia, sessions and volunteer coordinator at sessions@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION
UPDATE ON PAPER DONATIONS FOR KELLY SCHOOL
Thanks to all who have contributed reams (and even cases) of copy paper in the past three weeks for Kelly School here in Germantown. Word is, the folks at Kelly can use all the colored and white copy paper we can provide, so please keep bringing donations, if you want to help out. The collection box is in the social room, next to the coffee window. Marlena Santoyo is the contact person, at marsantoyo@gmail.com.

YOUNG PEOPLE
REGISTER NOW FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS’ MARCH GATHERING
Middle School Friends are encouraged to register early for the March 14-16 gathering at Wicomico River Friends Meeting in Delaware because an accurate head count is needed to make arrangements for transportation and sleeping space. Participants will sleep in a small meetinghouse, and, if there isn’t enough room for everybody, some will sleep outside in tents. The more people who register early, the more people can be accommodated. Theme of the gathering is “Simplicity.” There will be time for exploring the outdoors and getting to know each other. Cost is $65, with scholarships available. For information, contact Matt Sanderson at msanderson@pym.org.

INVITATION TO YOUNG ADULTS TO JOIN FCNL’S SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND
If you are a college student or recent graduate, you are warmly invited to join the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Commmittee on National Legislation (FCNL) on March 22-25. More than 100 young people are already planning to attend, but many more are wanted! Focus of the weekend will be advocating for the repeal of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a law that has been used to justify drone strikes, the Guantanamo Bay prison, warrantless wiretapping, the war in Afghanistan, and more. At Spring Lobby Weekend, you will gain advocacy skills, learn about Quakerism and government, and how Congress works. You will find yourself part of a community that will support your continued growth in a life of political engagement. Note to older Friends: The cost of transportation and housing for the weekend can be a major barrier for young adults. If you or your meeting could help financially, it would make a big difference. For information, go to www.fcnl.org.

QVS CORNER
[No report this week, but stay tuned for word from the young folks next week.–Ed.]

OFFICE NOTES
UPDATE ON NEW DIRECTORY
The new Meeting Directory is available in a temporary electronic form for anyone who would like to receive it as a pdf file. We will publish the new directly shortly, but in the meantime, you will find the electronic directory perfectly usable. Please call or email the Meeting Office (gmm@gfsnet,org) if you would like a temporary electronic copy, and Melissa Elliott will send you one.

REMINDER: RESERVE USE OF MEETINGHOUSE WITH JOANNE SHARPLESS
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless at 215-951-2300. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts and to make sure the heat is on. If you don’t reserve space in advance, your group may not be able to meet at its planned time. Be sure this doesn’t happen by calling Joanne to make appropriate arrangements.
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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)
Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person, including phone number and email address. Publication of the monthly printed newsletter is temporarily suspended.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary

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GMM Bulletin, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

ATTENTION: Friends, we are watching the weather for winter storms that may come soon. Monthly Meeting for Business is currently scheduled for this Sunday, Feb 9, at 9 a.m. If it is necessary to postpone Monthly Meeting, we will place an announcement at http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=2248

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“In our individual lives, the peace testimony leads us to accept conflict as an opportunity for loving engagement with those with whom we disagree. That love can often be expressed in creative, nonviolent resolution of the disagreement. … We must become sensitive to the covert as well as the overt violence in herent in some of our long-estabished social practices and institutions. We need to avoid, for example benefiting not only from the manufacture of arms, but also from company practices that do violence to employees, consumers, or the natural world.” –Faith & Practice, 1955, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb. 9, 2014
9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Tom & Ellie Elkinton
Greeters & Refreshments: Jondhi Harrell & family

CHILD CARE & FIRST-DAY SCHOOL
Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School, which will meet in its usual place: Lower School Science rooms in the Main Building of Germantown Friends School.

*DRAFT AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP WITH CONCERN FOR BUSINESS

Query 4
Opening worship
Minutes from January’s meeting
Childcare Committee
Care & Visiting Committee
Interim Meeting- Presentation of the proposed new structure of Yearly Meeting*
Nominating Committee
Peace and Social Concerns Commitee
Correspondence and Announcements
Closing worship

*NOTE: Paula Cell will talk us through the proposal for a new structure for PYM at our meeting. However, we understand it will be a lot of information and suggest you read the attached outline in advance.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Several people have expressed dismay about the venetian blinds and social room window shades being closed on Sunday. The property Committee would like you to know that we put them that way to minimize heat loss. It actually makes a big difference, cutting the loss of heat through the windows by almost 50 percent, or roughly 10 percent of the total loss, compared to the customary position. At present, the limit on how warm we can get our rooms is the rate of heat transfer through the floors, which has proved not quite adequate in really cold weather. We are going to have to add some radiators in the basement to provide a bit of supplementary hot air. When that is done, we could consider leaving the blinds open again. However it would be both thriftier and greener to keep them drawn during the long periods when we are not in the Meetinghouse. It would be reasonable to open the blinds during Meeting for Worship and social hour, If Friends could take responsibility for closing them again.
–Tom Sharpless

NEW CLEANING PERSON NEEDED
Germantown Meeting needs a new cleaning person, to start in 2 to 3 weeks. The job involves vacuuming and dusting the whole Meetinghouse at least once a week, checking the kitchen at least every other day and keeping it clean and neat, and being able to come in at night after Saturday events when necessary. Pay is $19 per hour for 12-15 hours per week. A conscientious and responsible person is needed who can make day-to-day decisions and take pride in their work. If you know someone who might be interested in this job, please get in touch with Tom Sharpless at tksharpless@gmail.com.

EVENTS

TONIGHT: MEDIA (PA) FBI BREAK-IN: AN INSIDER’S STORY
Keith Forsyth, a member of the anti-war group that uncovered unconstitutional practices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the agency’s files in Media in 1971, will speak at Yarnall Auditorium at Germantown Friends School tonight, Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The talk is sponsored by our Adult Class Committee. Subject of the recently published book, The Burglary, by Betty Medsger, the break-in of FBI files made public the widespread and illegal surveillance of Black, student, anti-war organizations, and individual activists. Keith will talk about how and why he became active in one of the most startling actions of the movement against the war in Vietnam. All are welcome to come and hear his story. For more information about Keith, go to: http://truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/21420-how-anti-war-activists-robbed-the-fbi-got-away-with-it-and-exposed-massive-covert-surveillance.

TOMORROW: PENNY COLGAN-DAVIS IS ON ‘YOU BET YOUR GARDEN’
Our member and clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis will be heard asking a question on tomorrow’s WHYY radio show “You Bet Your Garden,” which airs from 11 a.m. till noon. Penny, who is principal of Frankford Friends School and an avid gardener, was invited to call in to ask a question about the school’s planned “outdoor classroom” The host, Mike McGrath, graduated from Frankford Friends School years ago, and was wonderfully supportive and interested in Penny’s question. She asked about how to remove the rubble in a vacant lot the school would like to use. Estimates for the work were $45,000 to $75,000. Mike’s response was, “Why would you want to dig up rocks? Trees know how to take care of themselves.” To hear the rest of the exchange, including his suggestions, tune in to WHYY (90.9 FM) tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW: AWARD CEREMONY FOR BLACK HISTORY ESSAYS
Awards will be presented for the best essays on Black history tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., at Father’s House of Prayer Mission Baptist Church, 3040 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19133. Winning students will read their essays, which are about Robert Purvis, an African American abolitionist and Philadelphia businessman who is buried in Fair Hill Burial Ground. In 1898, The New York Times described him as president of the Underground Railroad. Guest speaker will be Darlene Lomax-Garrett,
principal at Sheppard Elementary School. For information, contact Jean Warrington at jeanwarrington@verizon.net

PETE SEEGER PROGRAM THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 9
“Presente, Pete Seeger: A Celebration” will take place this Sunday at the Brandywine Peace Community’s Monthly Potluck Supper and Program, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, Phila., PA 19104. The acclaimed PBS American Masters film, “Peter Seeger: The Power of Song,” (93 min.) will be shown. Be prepared to sing! … with singer-songwriter Tom Mullian, and song leader Melissa Elliott. Potluck at 4:30 p.m.: Bring main dish, salad, or dessert to share. Program at 5:30 p.m. For more information: go to Events at [ http://www.brandywinepeace.com ]www.brandywinepeace.com, or call (610) 544-1818

LATER IN FEBRUARY

COMMUNICATIONS THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 15
Friends who are involved or interested in communicating within their meetings are invited to a Communications Thread Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Abington Meeting. They will have a chance to share their experiences and concerns with each other, learn new skills, and pick up new ideas. For information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, at cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/communications-thread-gathering-3.

EQAT PUTS ON 3-PART ‘SPIRITUAL ACTIVIST TRAINING’
The Environmental Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is sponsoring a three-part training series on spiritual activism designed to clarify one’s spiritual journey and how to access spiritual power for nonviolent direct action; support sharper awareness for making bold choices during actions; and increase skills in leading, planning, and preparing actions. The dates and topics are: (1) Saturday, Feb. 15, 1-5 p.m., “Starting Strong and Being Loud”; (2) Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-4 p,m., “Skills for Getting In”; (3) Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 4p.m., “Changing Roles and Expectations.” For information, go to www.eqat.org or send an email to [ mailto:eqateam@gmail.com?subject=Powerful%20Spiritual%20Activist%20Training ]eqateam@gmail.com. Participants are asked to RSVP.

PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 22
There will be a Thread Gathering on pastoral care on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to – 3:30 p.m., at Mullica Hill Meeting and School, 2 Woodstown Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. This will provide an opportunity for Friends to connect who are active in caring for people in our meetings and spiritual communities. For information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering.

EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITUALITY TALK ON FEB. 23
On Sunday, Feb. 23, Richard Siebels will speak on Evolutionary Spirituality at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., at 1:00 p.m. As Richard states, “Evolutionary spirituality might be described as combining current scientific knowledge regarding evolution, beginning with the ‘Big Bang,’ with the insights of the great mystics throughout history. This perspective can give us a new cosmology in which we are an integral part of an unfolding mystery, much as the epic myths have done in the past. The sense
of connection to this mystery can bring us to a deep sense of awe and gratitude, which can be transforming.” Richard is a long-time attender at Radnor Meeting and is the office manager of Haverford Meeting.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HOLDS ‘CROSS POLLINATION’ EVENT
All members and attenders of Philadelphia Quarter are invited to attend a “Cross Pollination Event” at Central Philadelphia Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning with worship at 11 a.m., followed by the program at 1 p.m., ending at 3 p.m. Friends from various meeting committees — such as Worship & Ministry, Finance, Outreach, and so forth — will meet together. Discussions will be structured around queries, such as, “What collective wisdom do have to give to other Meetings?” and, “What are
challenges other Meetings might help you with?” For information, go to www.philadelphiaquarter.org/, or contact Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter coordinator, at (215) 241-7067, or philaqtr@pym.org.

‘LEGAL ISSUES FOR SENIORS’ BY MUTUAL MT. AIRY
Do you have an up-to-date will? Have you set up a provision for power of attorney and a living will? Do you need a revocable/living trust? Do you have an executor? These and other questions will be addressed on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. The speaker will be Dan Ross, a Mt. Airy-based attorney and local resident who specializes in estate law. This program is sponsored by Mutual Mt. Airy, an organization for adults who wish to age in a community
setting. To find out more about it, come fifteen minutes early for a brief orientation, or go to [ http://mutualmtairy.org ]mutualmtairy.org

PLAN AHEAD

2014 WILLIAM PENN LECTURE ON MARCH 29
This year’s William Penn Lecture will be Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Christina Repoley is this year’s speaker. She is a member of Atlanta Friends meeting and the executive director of Quaker Voluntary Service, which has houses in Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; and Portland, OR. She will speak on “Prophetic Service as Formation & Transformation.” The William Penn Lecture is presented annually in Philadelphia by Young Adult Friends and comes out of a history of lectures that began in 1916. To
learn more, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/2014-william-penn-lecture, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at 215-241-70575 or YoungAdultFriends@pym.org.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA!
The Meeting retreat will be April 11-13 this year, again at beautiful Camp Swatara in the Poconos. Enjoy a weekend in the woods with other Meeting members and attenders. Kids love it, adults do, too. Families and singles! Camping, cabins, and motel-like accommodations. More details later.

TAKE ACTION
There is a need for reading glasses in Bududa, Uganda. If you can, please buy or give a pair or two to Karen Lightner to take with her. The need is greatest for the lower magnification styles. Please get them to Karen by this Sunday, Feb. 9. Her email address is Lightnerk@aol.com.

Reams of paper, either colored or white, are still needed at Kelly Elementary School, where several of our Meeting members volunteer. The box for collecting the paper is next to the coffee window in the social room. For information, contact Marlena Santoyo, marsantyo@gmail.com.

YOUNG PEOPLE

REGISTER NOW FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS’ MARCH GATHERING
Middle School Friends are encouraged to register early for the March 14-16 gathering at Wicomico River Friends Meeting in Delaware because an accurate head count is needed to make arrangements for transportation and sleeping space for everyone. Participants will be sleeping in a small meetinghouse, and, if there isn’t enough room for everybody, some will need to sleep outside in tents. The more people who register early, the more can be accommodated. Theme of the gathering is “Simplicity.” There will be time for exploring the outdoors and getting to know each other. Cost is $65, with scholarships available. For information, contact Matt Sanderson at msanderson@pym.org.

INVITATION TO YOUNG ADULTS TO JOIN FCNL’S SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND
If you are a college student or recent graduate, you are warmly invited to join the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Commmittee on National Legislation (FCNL) on March 22-25. More than 100 young people are already planning to attend, but many more are wanted! Focus of the weekend will be advocating for the repeal of the the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a law that has been used to justify drone strikes, the Guantanamo Bay prison, warrantless wiretapping, the war in Afghanistan, and
more. At Spring Lobby Weekend, you will gain advocacy skills, learn about Quakerism and government, and how Congress works. You will find yourself to be part of a community that will support your continued growth in a life of political engagement. Note to older Friends: The cost of transportation and housing for the weekend can be a major barrier for young adults. If you or your meeting could help financially, it would make a big difference. For information, go to www.fcnl.org.

QVS CORNER
Thanks for coming to the auction put on by QVS! It was so exciting to see such a large and enthusiastic group. We are so grateful for everyone that bid on items, as well as those that made other donations. Our house worked hard to plan this event, and it couldn’’t have gone more smoothly. We made approximately $2,000. We still have a juicer that is up for bid; let us know if you’re interested. –Jocyelyn Dowling

OFFICE NOTES

UPDATE ON NEW DIRECTORY
The new Meeting Directory is available in a temporary electronic form for anyone who would like to receive it as a pdf file. We will be publishing the new directly shortly, but in the meantime, you will find the electronic directory perfectly usable. Please call or email the Meeting Office (gmm@gfsnet,org) if you would like a temporary electronic copy, and Melissa Elliott will send you one.

REMINDER: RESERVE USE OF MEETINGHOUSE WITH JOANNE SHARPLESS
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless at 215-951-2300. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts and to make sure the heat is on. If you don’t reserve space in advance, your group may not be able to meet at its planned time. Be sure this doesn’t happen by calling Joanne to make appropriate arrangements.

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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)

Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person, including phone number and email address. Publication of the monthly printed newsletter is temporarily suspended.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary

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GMM Bulletin, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“A friend tells lme that when she prays for someone she does not so much pray TO God for them as FOR God for them. This seems to me a vital clue about prayer. It is God that the troubled person needs, not our advice and instructions. As we learn more about worship, we learn to listen more deeply so that we can be channels through which God’s love reaches the other person. It is God at work, not we ourselves; we are simply used.”
–Diana Lampen, 1979

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb. 2, 2014

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Silent Auction for QVS (Quaker Voluntary Service)
Closers: Randal & Leanna Whitman

CHILD CARE & FIRST-DAY SCHOOL
Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School, which will meet in its usual place: Lower School Science rooms in the Main Building of Germantown Friends School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

QVS SILENT AUCTION TO BE HELD THIS SUNDAY AFTER WORSHIP
There will be a silent auction in the Meeting House social room this Sunday, Feb. 2, at rise of Meeting (approx. 11:40 a.m.) to 1:30 p.m. Check out the fantastic variety of homemade goods and services offere by our loval QVS volunteers. (The catalog of offerings is attached to this email bulletin.)This is a great way to support the QVS volunteers, who are each responsible for raising a certain amount of money during the year. They are able to take checks, cash, and credit, although credit charges
involve processing fees. For more information, contact the QVS volunteers at [ mailto:philadelphiahouse@quakervoluntaryservice.org ] philadelphiahouse@quakervoluntaryservice.org.

COME TO FIRST-SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY HALL!
This Sunday evening will be the First-Sunday Potluck at Stapeley Hall, on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Lane in Germantown. This month it is co-hosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting and Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. Supper is at 5 p.m., followed by meeting for worship at 6:30-7 p.m. This is a great way to keep in touch with our Friends in this retirement community, as well as Friends from the other seven meetings in the Quarter. Please bring a salad, main dish, or dessert to feed
at least 15 people. You are welcome to come to only the meeting for worship, if time is a constraint. For information, contact Tricia Walmsley, 215-248-1514.

NEW CLEANING PERSON NEEDED
Germantown Meeting needs a new cleaning person, to start in 2 to 3 weeks. The job involves vacuuming and dusting the whole Meetinghouse at least once a week, checking the kitchen at least every other day and keeping it clean and neat, and being able to come in at night after Saturday events when necessary. Pay is $19 per hour for 12-15 hours per week. A conscientious and responsible person is needed who can make day-to-day decisions and take pride in their work. If you know someone who might be
interested in this job, please get in touch with Tom Sharpless, at tksharpless@gmail.com.

EVENTS

READINGS & DISCUSSION ABOUT BAYARD RUSTIN AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING
There will be a dramatic reading of scenes from the new play, Rustin & the March, tomorrow, Feb., 1, at 8 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Bayard Rustin, a Friend, was an adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, promoted nonviolent resistance, participated in one of the first Freedom Rides, and fought tirelessly for marginalized communities everywhere. Playwright William di Canzio and director Benjamin Lloyd will do
the presentation and guide a discussion. No admission will be charged, but a free-will offering will be taken to help finance the premiere production of this play, planned for next fall. In case of bad weather, check www.quakercloud.org/cloud/Chestnut-Hill-Friends-Meeting.

QUILTING LECTURE TO BE AT ARCH STREET MEETING
“Quilting and the Sense of Community” will be the topic at the Lunch & Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb., 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia. Linda Vizi, an outstanding quilter, will share her knowledge of quilts, quilt designs, and history. This will be followed by a brown-bag lunch and informal discussion. Bring your own lunch; drinks will be provided. For more information, contact volunteers@pym.org, or go to
www.pym.org/calendar/events/quilting-and-the-sense-of-community-arch-street-brown-bag-lecture/.

MEDIA (PA) FBI BREAK-IN: An Insider’s Story
Keith Forsyth, a member of the anti-war group that uncovered unconstitutional practices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the agency’s files in Media in 1971, will speak at Yarnall Auditorium at Germantown Friends School on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The talk is sponsored by our Meeting’s Adult Class Committee. Subject of the recently published book, The Burglary, by Betty Medsger, the break-in of FBI files that made public the widespread and illegal surveillance of Black, student,
anti-war organizations, and individual activists. Keith will talk about how and why he became active in one of the most startling actions of the movement against the war in Vietnam. All are welcome to come and hear his story. Here is a link to more information about him: http://truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/21420-how-anti-war-activists-robbed-the-fbi-got-away-with-it-and-exposed-massive-covert-surveillance#.

AWARD CEREMONY FOR BLACK HISTORY ESSAYS
Awards will be presented for the best essays on Black history next Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., at Father’s House of Prayer Mission Baptist Church, 3040 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19133. Winning students will read their essays, which are about Robert Purvis, an African American abolitionist and Philadelphia businessman who is buried in Fair Hill Burial Ground. In 1898, The New York Times described him as president of the Underground Railroad. Guest speaker will be Darlene Lomax-Garrett,
principal at Sheppard Elementary School. For information, contact Jean Warrington at [ mailto:jeanwarrington@verizon.net ]jeanwarrington@verizon.net

LATER FEBRUARY EVENTS

ENJOY GREAT HARMONY FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The third annual “Harmony for the Homeless” concert, an a cappella concert to benefit Swarthmore Friends Meeting’s Cooking for the Homeless program, will take place Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m., in the Swarthmore Meetinghouse. It will be hosted by The Trolley Stoppers, a quartet based in Media, who will be joined by two college a cappella groups: Sixteen Feet (Swarthmore College) and Chaverim (with singers from Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr colleges). The Cooking for the Homeless program
prepares, delivers, and serves hot, nutritious meals to approximately 100-125 people at a shelter on the edge of Philadelphia in Upper Darby. The concert is free, but a donation of $5 for students and $10 for non-students is encouraged. Refreshments afterward.

COMMUNICATIONS THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 15
Friends who are involved or interested in communicating within their meetings are invited to a Communications Thread Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Abington Meeting. They will have a chance to share their experiences and concerns with each other, learn new skills, and pick up new ideas. For information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, at cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/communications-thread-gathering-3.

PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 22
There will be a Thread Gathering on pastoral care on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to – 3:30 p.m., at Mullica Hill Meeting and School, 2 Woodstown Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. This will provide an opportunity for Friends to connect who are active in caring for those in our meetings and spiritual community. For information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HOLDS ‘CROSS POLLINATION’ EVENT
All members and attenders of Philadelphia Quarter are invited to attend a “Cross Pollination Event” at Central Philadelphia Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning with worship at 11 a.m., followed by the program at 1 p.m., and ending at 3 p.m. Friends from various meeting committees — such as Worship & Ministry, Finance, Outreach, and so forth — will meet together. Discussions will be structured around queries, such as, “What collective wisdom do have to give to other Meetings?” and, “What are
challenges other Meetings might help you with?” For information, go to www.philadelphiaquarter.org/, or contact Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter coordinator, at (215) 241-7067, or philaqtr@pym.org.

PLAN AHEAD

2014 WILLIAM PENN LECTURE ON MARCH 29
This year’s William Penn Lecture will be Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Christina Repoley is this year’s speaker. She is a member of Atlanta Friends meeting and the executive director of Quaker Voluntary Service, which has houses in Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; and Portland, OR. She will speak on “Prophetic Service as Foration & Transformation.” The William Penn Lecture is presented annually in Philadelphia by Young Adult Friends and comes out of a history of lectures that began in 1916. To
learn more, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/2014-william-penn-lecture, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, at YoungAdultFriends@pym.org.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA!
The Meeting retreat will be April 11-13 this year, again at beautiful Camp Swatara in the Poconos. Enjoy a weekend in the woods with other Meeting members and attenders. Kids love it, adults do, too. Families and singles! Camping, cabins, and motel-like accommodations. More details later.

TAKE ACTION
There is a need for reading glasses in Bududa, Uganda. If you can, please buy or give a pair or two to Karen Lightner to take with her. The need is greatest for the lower magnification styles. Please get them to Karen by February 9. Her email address is Lightnerk@aol.com.

YOUNG PEOPLE

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER GATHERING ON FEB. 7-9
Come join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with other Quaker-affiliated high schoolers when they meet for their Winter Gathering at Haddonfield Friends Meeting in New Jersey on Feb. 7-9. They will explore the theme of Identity through workshops and worship sharing, leaving plenty of time for creative & spontaneous fun. For more information, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-winter-gathering, or contact Hannah Mayer, youngfriends@pym.org.

QVS CORNER

We’ve had great discussions this month on the topic of privilege in general, and specifically in regard to gender and sexuality. Our theme this month is “Faithfulness Within Empire: Power, Privilege, Gender, and the Domination System.” Many of these discussions were sparked by the programming for our January QVS days. As this update is being written, we are holding the second QVS day of this theme, and we will discuss related items, including bell hooks’s book Feminism is for Everybody:
Passionate Politics.

QVS APPEAL LETTER ATTACHED
The Quaker Voluntary Service Volunteers have asked, with Germantown Meeting’s approval, for assistance in reaching their personal fundraising goals. The attached letter explains this situation and provides information about how the members of Germantown Meeting can help. –Howard Cell

OFFICE NOTES

UPDATE ON NEW DIRECTORY
The new Meeting Directory is available in a temporary electronic form for anyone who would like to receive it as a pdf file. Publishing of the directory is held up by glitches in the database program that stubbornly refuse to be fixed, and we don’t want to put money into printing it until everything can be corrected. You will find the electronic directory perfectly usable, but with several incomplete names and one incomplete address. The Office & Records Committee knows that Friends need current
contact information for doing Meeting business, as well as for many other reasons, and so we are offering this temporary fix. Please call or email the Meeting Office (gmm@gfsnet,org) if you would like a temporary electronic copy, and Melissa Elliott will send you one.

REMINDER: RESERVE USE OF MEETINGHOUSE WITH JOANNE SHARPLESS
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts and to make sure the heat is on. If you don’t reserve space in advance, your group may not be able to meet at its planned time. Be sure
this doesn’t happen by calling Joanne to make appropriate arrangements.

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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)

Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person, including phone number and email address.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary
Germantown Friends Meeting
47 W Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-2235

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GMM Bulletin, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto itself. Yielding to these persuasions, gladly committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly and completely, to the Light Within, is the beginning of true life.” –Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 26, 2014

9 a.m. Adult Class, discussion of the book The Spirit Level, in social room**
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Chili Lunch in social room*
Greeter: Anthony Stover
Refreshments: Valentin & Adina Gorski
Closers: Donna Wilhelm & friend

CHILD CARE & FIRST-DAY SCHOOL
Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School, which will meet in its usual place: Lower School Science rooms in the Main Building of Germantown Friends School.

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

*CHILI LUNCH THIS SUNDAY!

This has been quite a winter, and to get through January is an achievement. So, this Sunday, right after Meeting for Worship, come and celebrate at our midwinter Chili Lunch. Enjoy chili, salad, and socializing. Everyone is welcome — We especially want to invite new attenders — come share a meal with us and get to know us better! –Janet Kroll

**WALTER TSOU TO SPEAK ON EONOMIC EQUALITY AT SUNDAY’S ADULT CLASS
Walter Tsou, a medical doctor and president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility will speak and lead a discussion based on his experience and how it relates to the book The Spirit Level this Sunday, Jan. 26, at 9 a.m. at the Adult Class in the social room of Germantown Meeting. Dr. Tsou is a dedicated advocate for establishing a single-payer, public health care program. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Ed Nakawatase, or Joanne Sharpless.

THANKS TO ALL FOR MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT GFS
Thanks to everyone who supported or participated in our 19th annual MLK Day. We had a wonderful turnout of 569 participants from various branches of the extended family of Germantown Meeting and Germantown Friends School, and of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Wister Townhouses, and members of a church in Bryn Athyn! In the Greater Philadelphia area, 125,000 people participated in this Day of Service, the biggest observance in the country. Faculty, staff, Meeting members, parents, Friends Free
Library staff, advancement office staff, CulinArt staff, security staff, the transportation department, cleaning staff, and maintenance department folks all put in extra hours to create projects and synchronize logistics. It was a beautiful thing! THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN! –Kathy Paulmier

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETS THIS SUNDAY
For its usual meeting on the last Sunday of the month, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee will meet this Sunday over Chili Lunch, instead of our usual by-the facing-benches venue. (When you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.) We’ll have a separate table set aside for the committee–and a few of Jondhi’s grandchildren. –Dan Jones

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE ON JIM HART’S CONDITION
Our member Jim Hart, who had 13-hour emergency surgery on his spine last week and spent several days in the intensive care unit of the hospital, was scheduled to come off the ventilator this week. We have not had further word on this. However, we are told that his recovery and therapy will be arduous and most likely will involve inpatient rehabilitation, once his basic condition is stabilized. His wife Ruth may appreciate
receiving single-portion dinners to make life easier during this difficult period.

JACK RHOADS RECOVERING FROM CAR ACCIDENT
Best wishes for a speedy recovery for our member Jack Rhoads, recuperating at Stapeley after breaking his leg in a recent automobile accident. Cards would be welcome, addressed to Jack at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

DEATH OF SYLVAIN VAN GOBES
As previously announced, our long-time and much-loved member, Sylvain Van Gobes, died Tuesday, Jan. 14. His memorial service will be at Germantown Meeting on Saturday, April 26, with Meeting for Worship at 2 p.m. and a reception at 3 p.m.

ARTICLES ABOUT SYLVAIN
Two online articles about Sylvain Van Gobes’ life may be viewed at: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9f3fa5900d46e6853a05a2a34&id=5448e6fe49&e=331b1d94db

CHANGE IN TIME FOR MARY CLARK’S MEMORIAL MEETING
As previously announced, there is a change in the time for Mary Clark’s memorial meeting for worship, which will take place on May 3 at 11 a.m. (changed from 2 p.m.).

EVENTS

WORSHIP & MINISTRY THREAD GATHERING TOMORROW
A gathering will be held tomorrow for Friends to develop skills and share information about worship, ministry, and adult religious education in Quaker meetings. It will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Kennett Meeting in Chester County. Thread gatherings offer grounding and sharing of wisdom and experience about a common need or concern within meetings and are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For information, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/worship-ministry-thread-gathering.

EQAT TO HONOR FIVE WISE ELDERS
On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Earth Quaker Action Team will honor five wise elders: Vint Deming, Ann Yasuhara, George Lakey, Robin Harper, and the late Allen Bacon. It will be held at Friends Centbe er, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City. Their long lives of nonviolent activism will be celebrated, and they will honored for all they have taught others as beloved members of the Environmental Quaker Action Team (EQAT). There will be storytelling, testimonials, worship, singing, and refreshments from 2 p.m.

TAKE ACTION

DONATE YOUR RECYCLING POINTS TO KELLY SCHOOL
If you are collecting recycling points from the city recycling program and have no idea what to do with them, you can donate them to John B. Kelly School to be used in its green initiative project. Anybody who has accrued points in the Philadelphia recycling program can do this. Go to www.recyclebank.com/contest and log into your account to make a donation. Kelly School, which is in Germantown, is the public school where several Meeting members volunteer in the classroom. If it receives all the
recycling points allowed for one school, you can contribute to one of the other public schools on the website. –Marlena Santoyo

REAMS OF PAPER STILL NEEDED AT KELLY SCHOOL
Donations of reams of white or colored paper are still very much needed at Kelly School. If you would like to help, you may drop off a ream at the Meetinghouse, by placing it in the box in the social room, provided by Marlena Santoyo.

YOUNG PEOPLE

APPLY NOW FOR PYM YOUTH PROGRAM INTERNSHIP, WINTER/SPRING 2014
This opportunity for young adults offers valuable experience by involving them in one of the youth programs of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. As an award for their service, interns receive $500 toward participation in Quaker events or experiences of professional development toward Quaker service. For more information, go to www.pym.org/volunteering/ongoing-volunteer-opportunities/program-volunteers/featured-program-opportunities/youth-program-internship. Contact Tricia Coscia, PYM Sessions and
Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER GATHERING TO BE FEB. 7-9
Come join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with other Quaker-affiliated high schoolers when they meet for their Winter Gathering at Haddonfield Friends Meeting in New Jersey on the weekend of Feb. 7-9. They will explore the theme of Identity through workshops and worship sharing, leaving plenty of time for creative & spontaneous fun. For more information, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-winter-gathering, or contact Hannah Mayer, youngfriends@pym.org.

FEBRUARY EVENTS

READINGS & DISCUSSION ABOUT BAYARD RUSTIN AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING
There will be a dramatic reading of scenes from the new play, Rustin & the March, next Saturday, Feb., 1, at 8 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Bayard Rustin, a Friend, was an adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, promoted nonviolent resistance, participated in one of the first Freedom Rides, and fought tirelessly for marginalized communities everywhere. Playwright William di Canzio and director
Benjamin Lloyd will do the presentation and guide a discussion. No admission will be charged, but a free-will offering will be taken to help finance the premiere production of this play, planned for next fall. In case of bad weather, check www.quakercloud.org/cloud/Chestnut-Hill-Friends-Meeting.

QUILTING LECTURE TO BE AT ARCH STREET MEETING
“Quilting and the Sense of Community” will be the topic at the Lunch & Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb., 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia. Linda Vizi, an outstanding quilter, will share her knowledge of quilts, quilt designs, and history. This will be followed by a brown-bag lunch and informal discussion. Bring your own lunch; drinks will be provided. For more information, contact volunteers@pym.org or 215-241-7238, or go to
www.pym.org/calendar/events/quilting-and-the-sense-of-community-arch-street-brown-bag-lecture/.

MEDIA (PA) FBI BREAK-IN: An Insider’s Story
Keith Forsyth, a member of the anti-war group that uncovered unconstitutional practices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the agency’s files in Media in 1971, will speak at Yarnall Auditorium in Germantown Friends School on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The talk is sponsored by our Meeting’s Adult Class Committee. Subject of the recently published book, The Burglary by Betty Medsger, the break-in made public FBI files that revealed widespread and illegal surveillance of Black, student,
anti-war organizations, and individual activists. Keith will talk about how and why he became active in one of the most startling actions of the movement against the war in Vietnam. All are welcome to come and hear his story.

ENJOY GREAT HARMONY FOR A GOOD CAUSE
The third annual “Harmony for the Homeless” concert, an a cappella concert to benefit Swarthmore Friends Meeting’s Cooking for the Homeless program, will take place Sunday, Feb.9, at 3 p.m., in the Swarthmore Meetinghouse. It will be hosted by The Trolley Stoppers, a quartet based in Media, who will be joined by two college a cappella groups: Sixteen Feet (Swarthmore College) and Chaverim (with singers from Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr colleges). The Cooking for the Homeless program
prepares, delivers, and serves hot, nutritious meals to approximately 100-125 people at a shelter on the edge of Philadelphia in Upper Darby. The concert is free, but a donation of $5 for students and $10 for non-students is encouraged. Refreshments afterward.

COMMUNICATIONS THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 15
Friends who are involved or interested in communicating within their meetings are invited to a Communications Thread Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Abington Meeting. They will have a chance to share their experiences and concerns with each other, learn new skills, and pick up new ideas. For information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, at cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/communications-thread-gathering-3.

PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING ON FEB. 22
There will be a Thread Gathering on pastoral care on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to – 3:30 p.m., at Mullica Hill Meeting and School, 2 Woodstown Rd., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. This will provide an opportunity for Frie information, contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, cduncan-tessmer@pym.org; or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HOLDS ‘CROSS POLLINATION’ EVENT
All members and attenders of Philadelphia Quarter are invited to attend a “Cross Pollination Event” at Central Philadelphia Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning with worship at 11 a.m., followed by the program at 1 p.m., and ending at 3 p.m. Friends from various meeting committees — such as Worship & Ministry, Finance, Outreach, and so forth — will meet together. Discussions will be structured around queries, such as, “What collective wisdom do have to give to other Meetings?” and, “What are
challenges other Meetings might help you with?” For information, go to www.philadelphiaquarter.org/, or contact Margaret Wood, Philadelphia Quarter coordinator, at or philaqtr@pym.org.

QVS CORNER

Though the weather has been a little frightful, we have all enjoyed how beautiful Germantown is, blanketed in snow. We hope that everyone has been staying safe and warm! We are trying to furnish our basement into a living space to help a set of roommates who have genuinely incompatible sleep needs. It would help to get:
– room dividers/screens
– wall hangings/fabrics/coverings/curtains/pegboard – anything to cover up walls
– area rugs or tile carpet
– lighting

Another reminder: the QVS Philadelphia volunteers will hold a silent auction in the Meetinghouse social room on Sunday, Feb. 2, from the rise of meeting until 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in supporting QVS and getting your hands on some great homemade goods and services, join us with your checkbooks! We can also take cash and process credit cards online, but these are slightly more difficult, and for credit cards we must pay a processing fee. (Catalog is attached of goods and services offered
at auction.)

Please read our letter (attached) to Germantown Friends, summarizing our year in service so far and providing an online way to donate.

OFFICE NOTES

UPDATE ON NEW DIRECTORY
The new Meeting Directory is available in a temporary electronic form for anyone who would like to receive it as a pdf file. Publishing of the directory is being held up by glitches in the database program that stubbornly refuse to be fixed, and we don’t want to put money into printing it until everything can be properly corrected. You will find the electronic directory perfectly usable, but with several incomplete names and one incomplete address. The Office & Records Committee knows that
Friends need current contact information for doing Meeting business, as well as for many other reasons, and so we are offering this temporary fix. Please call or email the Meeting Office (gmm@gfsnet,org) if you would like a temporary electronic copy, and I will happily send you one. –Melissa Elliott

REMINDER: RESERVE USE OF MEETINGHOUSE WITH JOANNE SHARPLESS
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts and to make sure the heat is on. If you don’t reserve space in advance, your group may not be able to meet at its planned time. Be sure
this doesn’t happen by calling Joanne to make appropriate arrangements.

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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)

Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person, including phone number and email address.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary
Germantown Friends Meeting
47 W Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-2235

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GMM Bulletin, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“True religion of the Spirit is bound to bring into play transcendent forces, which carry the soul beyond what is and has been. The difference between a Meeting [for worship] and a lecture or a debate lies in the fact that the Meeting looks for and expects revelation, the break in of the Eternal. It ought to be like the rising of the water in a lock, which enables the ship to go out for its journey on a higher level….” PYM Faith & Practice, 1955

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan.19, 2014

9 a.m. Adult class, discussion of “The Spirit Level,” in social room**
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Greeters & Refreshments: Anthony & Iwona Stover
Closers: Donna Wilhelm & friend

CHILD CARE & FIRST-DAY SCHOOL
Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground)

Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School.

ROOM CHANGE FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL: West Room of the Loeb Building (instead of in the Lower School)

This Sunday, Jan. 19, all age groups in First-day School will gather at 9:45 a.m.to work together on making hats and scarves to be donated in honor of Martin Luther King Day. It is a great project in honor of a great person. Anyone is welcome to join in.

ROOM CHANGE FOR OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEETING (9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 19): West Room of Loeb Building

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS
Our long-time and much-loved member, Sylvain Van Gobes, died Tuesday, Jan. 14. His memorial service will be at Germantown Meeting on Saturday, April 26, with Meeting for Worship at 2 p.m. and a reception at 3 p.m. Several members of our Meeting are working closely with his family on arrangements. Our hearts go out to his widow Lee and daughter Michele during this difficult time. For now, it would be more helpful to send cards, rather than telephoning.

CHANGE IN TIME FOR MARY CLARK’S MEMORIAL MEETING
There is a change in the time for Mary Clark’s memorial meeting for worship, which will take place on May 3. Note that it will begin at 11 a.m. (changed from 2 p.m.).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*CHILI LUNCH NEXT SUNDAY!

This has been quite a winter, and to get through January is an achievement. So a week from Sunday, right after Meeting for Worship, come and celebrate, at our midwinter Chili Lunch. Enjoy chili, salad, and socializing. Everyone is welcome — We especially want to invite new attenders — come share a meal with us and get to know us better!

**WALTER TSOU TO SPEAK AT SUNDAY’S ADULT CLASS ON EONOMIC EQUALITY
Walter Tsou, a medical doctor and member of Chestnut Hill Meeting, will speak and lead a discussion based on his experience and how it relates to the book “The Spirit Level” this Sunday, Jan. 19, at 9 p.m. at the Adult Class in the social room of Germantown Meeting. Dr. Tsou is president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, past president of the American Public Health Association, and former health commissioner of Philadelphia. He is a dedicated advocate for establishing a single-payer, public health care program. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Ed Nakawatase or Joanne Sharpless.

BUDUDA CRAFTS FOR SALE THIS SUNDAY
Karen Lightner will be selling crafts from Uganda at the rise of Meeting this Sunday, Jan. 19, in the social room. The proceeds will benefit Barbara Wybar’s school, The Bududa Learning Center (http://bududa.org/?page_id=198).

MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT GFS
Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing will be this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Germantown Friends School, Germantown Monthly Meeting, and Community organizations are collaborating once again this year on a day of projects, workshops, and a delicious luncheon. The Dorothy and James Bristol Peace and Social Justice speaker this year is Norman Bayard, Dean of Students at the Sankofa Freedom Academy. He will speak from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Poley Auditorium, 2nd floor of the Main Building at GFS. (Attached is some background information on the Bristols, beloved members of Germantown Meeting, and why we connect them with MLK Day.) Service projects will run from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Please join us for all or part of the morning.

New projects this year include:
• A Social Justice Teach-in, led by GFS students and Multicultural Affairs Director, Mirangela Buggs.
• School supplies sorting and organizing for Kelly and Wister Elementary Schools
• Cleaning and decorating at the Germantown Boys & Girls Club
• Brand new this year: Clean-up at Fair Hill Burial Ground

The online Pre-registration deadline has passed, but walk-in participants are welcome to register, beginning at 8 a.m. in the front hall of the main building at GFS. In case of poor weather on Monday, check the GFS website for announcements: www.germantownfriends.org/mlk

RESERVING SPACE AT MEETINGHOUSE
Be sure to reserve meetinghouse space in advance by calling Joanne Sharpless at 215-951-2300. Joanne, who is a member of our Meeting and is known to most of us, works at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. Please understand that many people use our Meetinghouse for many different activities, and space reservations must be carefully coordinated to avoid overlaps and conflicts, and to make sure the heat is on. If you don’t reserve space in advance, your group may not be able to meet at its planned time. Please be sure this doesn’t happen by calling Joanne to make appropriate arrangements.

TAKE ACTION

LAST WEEK TO BRING FOOD FOR ST. LUKE’S PANTRY
This Sunday is the last day of our Meeting’s food drive for contributions for St. Luke’s Food Pantry in Germantown. Nonperishable food items are needed to help local folks make it through the winter. Recommended items are nutrition-rich soups and stews, spaghetti sauces, tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, dried or canned milk, cereal, pasta, rice, beans, and muffin mix. There is a box in our social room for contributions. We are working in partnership with Germantown Friends School. Help is needed to deliver the food. Contact Kathy Paulmier at kathyp@gfsnet.org.

DONATE YOUR RECYCLING POINTS TO KELLY SCHOOL
If you are collecting recycling points from the city recycling program and have no idea what to do with them, you can donate them to John B Kelly School to be used in its green initiative project. Anybody who has accrued points in the Philadelphia recycling program can do this. Go to www.recyclebank.com/contest and log into your account to make a donation. Kelly School, which is in Germantown, is the public school where several Meeting members volunteer in the classroom. If it receives all the recycling points allowed for one school, you can contribute to one of the other public schools on the website. –Marlena Santoyo

CLICK AND WATCH ONLINE PARODY
Friends who have seen the ubiquitous “What Does the Fox Say?” video will enjoy a Quaker-themed parody video. Just search on Youtube for “What does George Fox Say?” and enjoy! –Charley McPhedran

EVENTS

‘PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN CRISIS’ TO BE FORUM TOPIC
Tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 18, there will be a panel presentation on “Public Schools in Crisis: Striving for Educational Justice” at the Germantown Jewish Center, 400 W. Ellet Street, Philadelphia. Panelists will explain full and fair school funding and why it is crucial to the entire state, how budget cuts affect everyday lives of students, and what we can do to help. Panelists are education professionals. For information, contact the Germantown Jewish Centre, 215-8484-1507, ext. 19.

EQAT TO HONOR FIVE WISE ELDERS
On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Earth Quaker Action Team will honor five wise elders: Vint Deming, Ann Yasuhara, George Lakey, Robin Harper, and the late Allen Bacon. It will be held at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City. Their long lives of nonviolent activism will be celebrated, and they will honored for all they have brought and taught others as beloved members of the Environmental Quaker Action Team (EQAT). There will be storytelling, testimonials, worship, singing, and refreshments from
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP at http://bit.ly/1cUR8iu. Snow date: 2/2/14

PLAN AHEAD

SAVE THE DATE FOR PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY ‘PROGRAM’ MEETING
Mark you calendars for February 23, when the Philadelphia Quarter will hold its Program Meeting at Central Philadelphia: Worship at 11 a.m., Program from 1-3 p.m. Plans for the program will be announced.

QVS CORNER
Plans are underway for a silent auction fundraiser to be held on Feb. 2 after Meeting for worship. The catalog for auction items is attached to this email message; be sure to check the final copy in two weeks because some items may change.

Also, a reminder
– House members are interested in babysitting jobs or other odd jobs to fulfill our fundraising requirements.
– House members would love to walk or play with your pets!

Please read our letter (attached) to Germantown Friends, summarizing our year in service so far and providing an online way to donate.

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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)

Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person including phone number and email address.

Monthly Newsletter: last Monday of the month. Photos are always welcome in digital format as jpg’s.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary
215-951-2235

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GMM Bulletin, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Prayer is understood as an inner formal religious service, a service to ask and achieve some compassion for yourself from the higher force; this is a misconception. On the other hand, the desire of our heart to please God with all our actions–this is the spirit of real prayer, whch should always exist in us.” –Immanuel Kant

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan.12, 2014

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Doing Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room

Greeters & Refreshments: Tom and Ellie Elkinton
Closers: Deb Frazer and Jack Malinowski
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours
Mon. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tues. — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Thur., Fri. — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*AGENDA for MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Query #3
Opening worship
Minutes from December
Care and Visiting report
Fund Raising update
Interim Meeting report
Closing worship

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUCCESS FOR KAREN LIGHTNER’S FUNDRAISING GOAL
Karen Lightner has reached her fundraising goal for her trip to Bududa, Uganda, to represent Germantown Meeting at the dedication of the new school building at the Bududa Vocational Academy! Thanks to everyone who contributed! She also received grants from GMM’s Hacker Fund and PYM’s Pemberton Fund and International Outreach Granting Group. She leaves on February 16 and returns March 18.

YALE GLEE CLUB TO GIVE CONCERT AT MEETINGHOUSE WITH GFS CHOIR
The Yale Glee Club, an 80-voice choir, will sing at 8 p.m. this Saturday, Jan 11, with the GFS choir. The concert will be held in the Meetinghouse, featuring a variety of a cappella music. The choir of Germantown Friends School will join the Glee Club for select pieces. No tickets necessary! For information, contact Emma Schmidt. To get an dea of the Yale Glee Club’s reportoire, go to http://yalegleeclub.org/Current_Season/repertoire.

JANUARY ADULT CLASS TO FOCUS ON EONOMIC EQUALITY WITH ‘THE SPIRIT LEVEL’
To prepare for our adult classes in January, everyone is encouraged to read the book The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The authors are epidemiologists who have considered the problem of inequlity in violence, imprisonment, sustainability, and more. Their sources are well-documented, and their book is said to be fascinating. Paperback copies are available in the Meeting Office for $14.50.

CHANGE IN TIME FOR MARY CLARK’S MEMORIAL MEETING
There is a change in the time for Mary Clark’s memorial meeting for worship. It still is planned to take place on May 3, but please note that the time is now 11 a.m. (changed from 2 p.m.)

TAKE ACTION

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE OFFERS MANY WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Germantown Friends School, Germantown Monthly Meeting, and community organizations will collaborate once again on a day of projects, workshops, and a delicious luncheon on Monday, Jan. 20. The Dorothy and James Bristol Peace and Social Justice speaker this year is Norman Bayard, dean of students at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School. He will speak from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Poley Auditorium, on the second floor of the Main Building at GFS. (See attachment about the Bristols and why we
connect them with MLK Day.) Service projects will run from approximately 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.
Please join us for all or part of the morning.

New projects this year include:
• Social Justice Teach-in, led by GFS students and Multicultural Affairs Director, Mirangela Buggs.
• School supplies sorting and organizing for Kelly and Wister Elementary Schools
• Cleaning and decorating at the Germantown Boys & Girls Club

The online pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan.15. Walk-in participants are welcome to register, beginning at 8 a.m. in the front hall of the main building at GFS.

We are still in need of leaders for projects! If you are interested in leading a project, contact Kathy Paulmier at kathyp@gfsnet.org. Let’s make this a day to both remember and to motivate us!

LET’S FILL ANOTHER BOX WITH FOOD FOR ST. LUKE’S PANTRY
We’ve filled one box to overflowing! Let’s fill a second one for St. Luke’s Food Pantry, which is just up the street from the Meetinghhouse. The food drive continues until Jan. 19 and delivers nonperishable food items to local folks who are having a hard time making it through the winter. Recommended items are nutrition-rich soups and stews, spaghetti sauces, tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, dried or canned milk, cereal, pasta, rice, beans, and muffin mix. There is a box in our social room
for contributions. We are working in partnership with Germantown Friends School. Help is needed to deliver the food. Contact Kathy Paulmier at kathyp@gfsnet.org.

THANK YOU TO THE PERSON CONTRIBUTED THE CASE OF COPY PAPER!
A full case of copy paper, addressed “for Kelly School,” appeared in the hallway of the meetinghouse this week. Thank you to whomever made the generous donation. It will be put to good use! For anyone else who would like to donate a ream of white or colored copy paper for the kids at Kelly School, there is a box in the Meeting Library just waiting to receive it. For information, contact Marlena Santoyo, marsantoyo@gmail.com.

EVENTS

AFSC PROGRAM ON DRONE WARFARE THIS SUNDAY
A program on drone warfare, with an update on the current campaign to stop establishment of a drone command center in Horsham will be the subjects of a presentation by Peter Lems and Tory Smith of the American Friends Service Committee, and Robert M. Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community. There will also be a video and slideshow. The event will be this Sunday, Jan. 12, beginning with a potluck at 4:30 p.m., followed by the program at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at University Lutheran, 3637
Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. For information, go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events. In the case of severe weather, call 610-544-1818 for event status.

TRAIN-THE-TRAINERS WORKSHOPS FOR AVP IN LOCAL SCHOOLS
Join the team that will bring skills from the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) to Germantown schools and community groups. The first step is to get training in basic skills at a three-day workshop on Jan. 18-20. It will take place at Germantown Life Enrichment Center in the YMCA, 5722 Greene St. AVP workshops are based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolent trainings for the civil rights marches. There is no formal charge, but participants are asked to contribute according to their ability; the emphasis is on building a team of capable trainers who can carry out upcoming workshops in Germantown. For information and to register, call Carolyn Schodt, 267-972-3708.

PLAN AHEAD

FORUM ON ‘PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN CRISIS’ AT JEWISH CENTRE
Next Saturday, Jan. 18, there will be a program at the Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W Ellet Street, about “Public Schools in Crisis: Striving for Educational Justice.” It will begin at 9:45 a.m., with services in the morning, a light Kiddush lunch, and, in the afternoon, a panel of speakers, followed by a discussion.The event honors Ralph Granger, a much loved, longtime building manager at the center, who was a Christian African American known for his love for the synagogue and service to the
community. The Granger Memorial Shabbat annually pays tribute to his memory while focusing on current social issues of importance to the local community. For information, go to www.germantownjewishcentre.org.

EQAT TO HONOR FIVE WISE ELDERS
On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Earth Quaker Action Team will honor five wise elders: Vint Deming, Ann Yasuhara, George Lakey, Robin Harper, and the late Allen Bacon. It will be held at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City. Their long lives of nonviolent activism will be celebrated, and they will honored for all they have brought and taught others as beloved members of the Environmental Quaker Action Team (EQAT). There will be storytelling, testimonials, worship, singing, and refreshments from
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP at http://bit.ly/1cUR8iu. Snow date: 2/2/14

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHER TO DISCUSS EQUALITY
All middle school-age Friends are invited to the January 17-19 gathering at Fallsington Friends Meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 12 p.m. on Sunday. In between, there will be a trip to an ice skating rink, and discussions and games focusing on what equality means. Cost is $65, with scholarships available. Register early, if possible, by going to https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=6dcf20. For information, contact Matt Sanderson, msanderson@pym.org.

OVERNIGHT SLEEPOVER FOR FAMILIES WITH K-5 KIDS
The Winter Family Overnight for families with kids in kindergarten through fifth grade will be Jan. 18-19 at Camp Onas in Ottsville, PA. There will be lots of intergenerational activities, with dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, a giant First-day school, worship, and a chance for adults to get to know each other. It begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and ends at noon on Sunday, allowing plenty of time to get home and prepare for the coming week. Scholarships and work grants
available. Register at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?est+cb3bbe

QVS CORNER
Hello and Happy New Year! We are all excited to be back from our various holiday escapades to join everyone once again at meeting (although many of us didn’t go too far!). Thank you so much to those of you who helped us with travel arrangements! We are also excited to announce that the QVS Philadelphia volunteers will be holding a silent auction! It will be held in the Meeting House Social Room on Sunday, Feb. 2, from the rise of meeting until 2:30 p.m. If you are interested in supporting QVS
and getting your hands on some great homemade goods and services, please join us with your checkbooks! Please note that we can also take cash and process credit cards online, but these are slightly more difficult, and for credit cards we will have to pay a processing fee. Hope to see you there! [A catalog is attached of items and services to be sold at the auction.]
Also, a reminder
– House members are interested in babysitting jobs or other odd jobs to fulfill our fundraising requirements.
– House members would love to walk or play with your pets!

Best wishes, Fairleigh

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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)

Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person including phone number and email address.

Monthly Newsletter: last Monday of the month. Photos are always welcome in digital format as jpg’s.

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GMM Bulletin, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“When I refer to nonviolent direct action I am thinking about an active, bold method of social change in which participants, without using violence, put forward their own unarmed bodies and determined spiritis to resist injustice or oppression.

“For many people, participation in nonviolent direct action has been not only involvement in a powerful method of social or political change, but also a path to a closer relationship with God. As we ponder these encounters with God in direct action, we might ask ourselves whether further reflection on — and cultivation of — such experiences can be for us an importat source of courage, guidance, and power as we seek to be faithful, to follow our Quaker testimonies, and to contribute even more
deeply to peace, justice, and environmental sanity in our crippled world.

“Because of my own experience of God in direct action, I am inspired and deeply moved when I hear how the great practitioners of nonviolence in the past have come to know God while participating in nonviolent movements for justice and peace.”

–Dick Taylor, in Nonviolent Direct Action as a Spiritual Path, Pendle Hill Pamphlet 424
(copeis available in the Meetinghouse office for $6.50 each)

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 29, 2013

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Ruth & Bob Seeley
Closer: Karen Lightner
Children: In Meeting for Worship for first 15 minutes and then gather in age groups for First-day School. Infants and toddlers go to childcare in the East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

Office Hours will be shorter during the holidays. Please call to make sure someone will be in before you come by. Email messages and requests will be answered promptly.

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TAKE ACTION

LET’S FILL ANOTHER BOX WITH FOOD FOR ST. LUKE’S PANTRY
We’ve filled one box to overflowing! Let’s see how fast we can fill a second one for St. Luke’s Food Pantry, which is just up the street from the Meetinghhouse. The food drive continues until Jan. 19 and delivers nonperishable food items to local folks who are having a hard time making it through the winter. Recommended items are nutrition-rich soups and stews, spaghetti sauces, tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, dried or canned milk, cereal, pasta, rice, beans, and muffin mix. There is a box
in our social room for contributions. We are working in partnership with Germantown Friends School. Help is needed to deliver the food. Contact Kathy Paulmier at kathyp@gfsnet.org.

LAST ANTI-DRONE CENTER DEMONSTRATION UNTIL MARCH 2014
Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 28, at 12 noon, will be the last Protest to Stop the Drone War Comand Center at Horsham Air Guard Station until March 2014. Other anti-drone actions will take place in Philadelphia and elsewhere, primarily at offices of public officials. Tomorrow’s protest will feature a replica of a drone, many banners and signs, and speakers. The demonstration site is at one of the entrances to the Horsham Air Guard Station, at the corner of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road
in Montgomery County. For information, call the Brandywine Peace Center, 610-544-1818 or go the website: www.brandywinepeace.com/events/

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ONLINE FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN TO HELP KAREN LIGHTNER GO TO BUDUDA
Karen Lightner is going to Bududa, Uganda, in February 2014 as our Meeting’s representative to the opening celebration of a new building at the Bududa Vocation Academy, run by our member Barbara Wybar. Karen has just launched an online fund raising campaign to raise the money she needs for the trip (in addition to grants from the Meeting and PYM). The link is: www.kickstarter.com/projects/790544623/what-does-uganda-look-like.
If you make a pledge, be sure to click through to amazon.com and register with your credit card. Thanks for your support. If you have any questions, give Karen a call at 267-230-1796. –Karen Lightner

EVENTS

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK ON CLASSISM
George Lakey will address the issue of classism within the familiar lenses of diversity and equality on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 11:45 a.m., in the Whittier Room of Swarthmore Meeting. He teaches at Swarthmore College, has taught and spoken at many conferences and workshops, and has written eight books and led many nonviolent action campaigns. He will teach a course on leadership at Pendle Hill this spring. For information, contact Jenifer Elam at jenelam@aol.com.

PLAN AHEAD

GET READY FOR OUR JAN. 4 TALENT SHOW!
The second-ever GMM’S-GOT-TALENT SHOW AND FUNDRAISER will take place at 7 p.m. in the social room of our Meetinghouse on Saturday, Jan. 4. Fabulous acts are waiting to entertain and astound you … Piano players, singers, joke and story tellers, actors, and more! The night will be filled with joyous music, great fellowship, and a lot of laughs. (“Talent,” please arrive at 6:30 p.m.) Donations will go to the Meeting’s general fund. Last year this event raised $600! The show will be followed by a
casual dessert reception. Please let Jody Hobbs know (jodeen@aol.com) if you are willing to bring a sweet treat to share.

JANUARY ADULT CLASS TO FOCUS ON ECONOMIC EQUALITY WITH BOOK, ‘THE SPIRIT LEVEL’
To prepare for our adult classes in January, everyone is encouraged to read the book The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The authors are epidemiologists who have considered the problem of inequlity in violence, imprisonment, sustainability, and more. Their sources are well-documented, and their book is said to be fascinating. Paperback copies are available in the Meeting Office for $14.50.

TRAIN-the-TRAINERS WORKSHOP FOR ALTERNATIVES-TO-VIOLENCE PROGRAMS FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS
Join the team that will bring skills from the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) to Germantown schools and community groups. The first step is to get training in basic skills at a three-day workshop on Sat., Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20. It will take place at Germantown Life Enrichment Center in the YMCA, 5722 Greene St. AVP workshops are based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolent trainings for the civil rights marches. There is no formal charge, but participants are asked to
contribute according to their ability; the emphasis is on building a team of capable trainers who can carry out upcoming workshops in Germantown. For information and to register, call Carolyn Schodt, 267-972-3708.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE JULY 23-27 IN ALLENTOWN
Save the dates now to attend the residential session of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on July 23-27, 2014, at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA. Join other Friends in fellowship, business, and spiritual exploration. Kids are especially encouraged to attend, as many good times await them in the Children’s Program. For information about what’s afoot and how to take part, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions-2014, or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions and volunteer coordinator, 215-241-7238, volunteers@pym.org.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

(See attachment for details)
Young Friends Christmas Gathering, Dec. 27-30, Abington Monthly Meeting, 9th-12th graders
Young Adult Friends Winter Retreat, Jan. 3-5, Swarthmore Friends Meeting, for Friends 35 and under

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS TO HOLD JANUARY GATHERING
All middle school-age Friends are invited to the January 17-19 gathering at Fallsington Friends Meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 12 p.m. on Sunday. In between, there will be a trip to an ice skating rink, and discussions and games focusing on what equality means. Cost is $65, with scholarships available. Register early, if possible, by going to https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=6dcf20. For information, contact Matt Sanderson, msanderson@pym.org.

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PUBLICATION DEADLINES (Send to gmm@gfsnet.org)

Weekly E-mail Bulletin: Thursday at noon. Send your announcement with short description of event, date and time, cost, location, and name of a contact person including phone number and email address.

Monthly Newsletter: last Monday of the month. Photos are always welcome in digital format as jpg’s.

Melissa Elliott, Secretary
Germantown Friends Meeting
47 W Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-2235

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