Weekly Bulletin 2015

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Weekly Bulletin

Published weekly on Friday afternoon. To subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin, please contact the Meeting office, gmm@germantownmeeting.org


FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 25, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Take on big jobs worth doing — jobs such as the spread of love, peace, and justice. That means refusing to be seduced by our cultural obsession with being effective as measured by short-term results. We all want our work to make a difference — but if we take on the big jobs and our only measure of success is next quarter’s bottom line, we’ll end up disappointed, dropping out, and in despair.

Our heroes take on impossible jobs and stay with them for the long haul because they live by a standard that trumps effectiveness. The name of that standard, I think, is faithfulness — faithfulness to your gifts, faithfulness to your perception of the needs of the world, and faithfulness to offering your gifts to whatever needs are within your reach.

The tighter we cling to the norm of effectiveness the smaller the tasks we’ll take on, because they are the only ones that get short-term results… Care about being effective, of course, but care even more about being faithful … to your calling, and to the true needs of those entrusted to your care. You won’t get the big jobs done in your lifetime, but if at the end of the day you can say, “I was faithful,” I think you’ll be okay. – Parker Palmer, in a commencement address at Naropa University, May 2015

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 27, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

12 noon Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

Closers: Bobbie Horowitz & friend

Greeters & Refreshments: Sophie Williams & Joanna Vaughan

CHILDREN

All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. And then:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, and will meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS

Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
Irregular hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week.

Please call before coming in to be sure someone is here.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

B.J. ELDER HOSPITALIZED IN CHESTER COUNTY

Early Thursday morning, B.J. (Betty Jean) Elder was admitted to Chester County Hospital for breathing difficulties. This problem grew out of interaction between a growing case of asthma — which she has not had for more than 75 years — and Parkinson’s- related dyskinesia, which puts an additional strain on her breathing. The medications she is receiving have helped a lot, but her doctors are watching to see if something else may be part of the picture. Earlier this week, her husband David Elder hoped she would be able to come home for Christmas.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU FOR SUCCESS OF CHRISTMAS POTLUCK!

Many, many hands once again made our Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing hum along last Sunday evening. There were those who set up tables and chairs, those who spread table cloths and set the tables, those who planned and shopped and organized, those who led the Carol Sing by playing the piano and showing the words on the wall — and all the wonderful cooks who brought food! There were many more who pitched in afterward to put things away, wash the dishes, take out the trash, vacuum the rug, wash the tablecloths,… and, and, and … all the practical touches around the edges that made our annual Christmas celebration absolutely magical and a time to remember. Thank you to everyone who worked and to everyone who came.

MEETING STATEMENT RUNS IN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Germantown Meeting’s statement decrying the incident several weeks ago at Al-Aqsa Mosque ran as a letter to the editor in Wednesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. In the incident, someone threw a pig’s head at the front of the mosque. At our Dec. 13 Meeting for Business, we approved the statement, which was written and presented by our Racial Justice/Social Concerns group and submitted to several local newspapers. To read the Inquirer article, click here (http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20151223_A_growing_climate_of_Islamophobia.html).

POP-UP POTLUCK ON SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS, JAN. 8

There will be a Pop-up Potluck Dinner on Friday, January 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in our social room, hosted by our clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, and Dan Jones, clerk of our Peace Committee, to discuss what our meeting can do to support Syrian refugees. Following short presentations about ways we can be of help, we will brainstorm and discern what Friends would like to do. Please RSVP to help the hosts plan: There is a sign-up sheet on the literature counter in the social room; be sure to include your contact information and what dish you will bring. All ages welcome.

APPLY NOW FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members with children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2016-2017 should be turned in not later than February 1, 2016, to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office.

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QUAKER EVENTS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

PYM is cosponsoring a conference on white privilege Conference on April 14 through 17 in Philadelphia. Many volunteers are needed to do an array of tasks before and during the actual conference. Green Street Meeting member Walter Sullivan is recruiting Friends from throughout the yearly meeting. If you’re interested or want more information, contact Walter at hjeltsullivan@gmail.com.

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TAKE ACTION

CHRISTMAS PEACE DEMONSTRATION AT HORSHAM, DEC. 26

What better time and place to stand for peace in this Christmas season than at Horsham Air National Guard Station this Saturday! In the climate of hate, fear, and war that surrounds us every day, take a little time to uphold the Christmas vision of peace by demonstrating against installation of a drone war command center at the Horsham Station from 12 noon to 2 p.m. There will be speakers, bell tolling, bold new banners, a broadcast of Joan Baez’s classic 1960s Christmas album “Noel,” and an original spoken word piece, “Buzzing of the Bee,” by Blew Kind. (To hear it online, click here. This last-Saturday-of-every-month demonstration will not take place in January and February but will start again in March. There will be NO pause, however, in the campaign and other activity to stop the drone war command center. For information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, www.brandywinepeace.com/events.

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SAVE THE DATE

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

Germantown Monthly Meeting and Germantown Friends School will once again participate in the citywide observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing, on January 18. Stay tuned for information about activities and ways to join in. For information, contact Kathy Paulmier at kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org.

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with other Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) to continue the business and fellowship stemming from Annual Sessions last summer. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meetinghouse, Friends are invited to discover the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting, and the companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high-school, middle-school, and elementary-school youth. Further information about scheduling, programs, and cost will be coming soon.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 18, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“I have been learning … that when we accept our finiteness realistically and without bitterness, each day is a gift to be cherished and savored. Each day becomes a miracle. I am learning to offer to God my days and my nights, my joy, my work, my pain, and my grief. I am striving to keep my house in order, and my relationships intact. I am learning to use the time I have more wisely … And I am learning to forget at times my puritan conscience, which prods me to work without ceasing, and, instead, to take time for joy.” — Elizabeth Watson, 1979

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 20, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11:30 a.m. First-day School Christmas Pageant in Meeting room

12 noon Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

6 p.m. Christmas Potluck& Carol Sing in social room

Closers: Karen Lightner & friend

Greeters & Refreshments: Jean & Parvin Sharpless

CHILDREN

All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, and will meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS

Closed Dec. 24 and 25
Irregular hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week.

Please call before coming in to be sure someone is here.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR BETTY CARY, DEC. 19

The memorial meeting for worship for our member Elizabeth (Betty) Summers Cary will be held in our meetinghouse tomorrow, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. Donations of cookies or brownies for the reception will be gratefully accepted. Please bring baked goods to the Meeting Office or kitchen before the beginning of the service. Thank you. — Donna Wilhelm, Funeral Arrangements Committee

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 20

Come, join this magical evening of candlelight, music, food, and friendship, at the Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing this Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. You will be enchanted to step into our social room, transformed by tables set and waiting in candlelight and the savory smells of food. After we eat our fill, we’ll clear the tables, put them away, pull out the piano, and sing our hearts out, heralding the midwinter story of hope and light and new birth. Free and open to all ages. (A few minutes ahead of time, please bring a dish to share that will feed at least six people.) For information, contact Melissa Elliott, gmm@germantownfriends.org.

PHOTO OF OUR KIDS AT CRADLES TO CRAYONS

To see a photo of our First-day School children, Young Friends, and their advisors at Cradles to Crayons, open the attachments to this email, Cradles to Crayons 2. Our young people collected items for young children and delivered them to this organization on Dec. 12. Thank you to everyone who helped by donating useful gifts.

POP-UP POTLUCK ON SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS, JAN. 8

There will be a Pop-up Potluck Dinner on Friday, January 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in our social room, hosted by our clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, and the Peace Committee, to discuss what our meeting can do to support Syrian refugees. Following short presentations about ways we can be of help, we will brainstorm and discern what Friends would like to do. Please RSVP to help the hosts plan: There is a sign-up sheet on the literature counter in the social room; be sure to include your contact information and what dish you will bring. Or, sign-up online by clicking here: GMM Syrian Refugee Crisis Potluck Dinner. All ages are welcome.

APPLY NOW FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members with children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2016-2017 should be turned in not later than Feb. 1, 2016, to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office.

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QUAKER EVENTS

BOOK CHOSEN FOR PYM-WIDE DISCUSSION

Every year, one book is chosen for members and attenders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to read together for deepening our faith and witness, and for anchoring our spiritual journey read and discuss together. This year’s choice is Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson, a story about the world of the 1960s and 1970s as seen through the eyes of a child of color. This is a book for all ages, with a set of queries to stimulate reading and discussion at pym.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

Germantown Monthly Meeting and Germantown Friends School will once again participate in the citywide observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing, on January 18. Stay tuned for information about activities and ways to join in. For information, contact Kathy Paulmier at kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org.

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with other Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) to continue the business and fellowship stemming from Annual Sessions last summer. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meetinghouse, Friends are invited to discover the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting, and the companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high-school, middle-school, and elementary-school youth. Further information about scheduling, programs, and cost will be coming soon.


FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 11, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the years immediately following the First World War, the Quakers worked in Poland distributing food and clothing. A woman worker who served a cluster of villages became ill with typhus, and, in twenty-four hours, she was dead. In this village there was only a Roman Catholic cemetery, and, by canonical law it was quite impossible to bury one not of that confession in its consecrated ground. They laid their cherished friend in a grave dug just outside the fence of the Roman Catholic cemetery, and the next morning they discovered that in the night the villagers had moved the fence so that it embraced the grave. This moving outward of every type of fence so that it may embrace but not erase the unique and very special witness of the different religious groups comes close to the core of the meaning of [an] ecumenical current. — Douglas Steere, 1984

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 13, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

Closers: Kathy & Chris Paulmier

Greeters & Refreshments: Caleb, Carolyn, and Dylan Rose Schodt

CHILDREN

All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, and will meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday …………. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, DEC. 13, 2015

Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to come as observers, after consulting with the Clerk. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

Query 11 and opening worship

November’s minutes

Care and Visiting Committee report

Worship and Ministry Committee report, including a recommendation about announcements from the facing bench and from the body

Nominating Committee report

Fiscal Committee report, including a recommendation about GMM’s covenant with PYM and the amount of funding for financial aid

Trustees Report

Racial Justice & Social Concerns proposed statement on Syria

Announcements and Correspondence

Closing worship

Note: The Property Committee was scheduled to present final plans for renovation of the bathrooms and information about how this work would be funded. However, the Committee requested delaying this until January’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business so all estimates and funding plans can be finalized.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR BETTY CARY, DEC. 19

The memorial meeting for worship for our member Elizabeth (Betty) Summers Cary will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. Large numbers of her F/Friends from our meeting, Germantown Friends School, Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley Hall, Haverford College, and elsewhere are expected to attend. Donations of cookies or brownies for the reception will be gratefully accepted. Please bring these baked goods to the Meeting Office or kitchen before the beginning of the service. Thank you. — Donna Wilhelm, GMM Funeral Arrangements Committee

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

GERMANTOWN MEETING SKATES! TOMORROW, DEC. 12

Join other Meeting folks for an early evening of ice-skating at River Rink Winterfest down by the Delaware River on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Come half an hour early to get your skates. Please sign up online at https://gmmskating.eventbrite.com to help planners. This is child-friendly, and open to all. Ice skating admission is $3, perhaps free with Blue Cross Insurance cards. Cost to rent skates: $10. For location, go to delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest). Questions? Ask Anne Stassen, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 20

Come, join this magical evening of candlelight, music, food, and friendship, at the most popular party of our year — the Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing. It will take place on its traditional Sunday before Christmas, Dec. 20 this year. The potluck begins at 6 p.m., and you will be enchanted to step into our social room, with tables set and waiting in candlelight and the savory smells of food. After we eat our fill, we’ll clear the tables, put them away, pull out the piano, and sing our lungs out, heralding the midwinter story of hope and light and new birth. Free and open to all ages. (A few minutes ahead of time, please bring a dish to share that will feed at least six people.) For information, contact Melissa Elliott, 215-951-2235, gmm@germantownfriends.org.

CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CHILDREN, DEC. 13

All are welcome to a memorial service this Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., to honor and remember children who have died at any age and from any cause. It will be held at Germantown Meetinghouse in the social room. There is an informal gathering at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments. The candle lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with calling of children’s names. Participants will be invited to join a circle in front of the fireplace, where each person will have a chance to share a photo, name, and favorite story. The service ends at approximately 8:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the group Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Our Children, in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting ceremony. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Our Children formed as a monthly sharing group, Quaker-style, in 2004 after the death of 18-year old Sabrina Sampson-Knapp, a Germantown Friends School graduate. Individuals came together in concern for Sabrina and her family. Eventually, the group broadened to include young people growing into adulthood, and participants came to see all children as “ours.” This event is open to the public. For more information, contact: Linda Knapp.

JOINT PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR MLK DAY

Are you interested in joining a planning committee for the observance of Martin Luther King Day of Service in Philadelphia on Jan. 18? This is the largest Day of Service to commemorate Dr. King in the country. Germantown Friends School (GFS) and Germantown Monthly Meeting (GMM) work together to plan a day of local activities. The planning committee includes GMM members, GFS parents, students, and staff. If you would like to be part of this, please come to a breakfast gathering this Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the GFS cafeteria. If you can’t make the meeting but have ideas for projects, please contact our member and GFS staff Kathy Paulmier at kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org.

POP-UP POTLUCK ON SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS, JAN. 8

During the past few weeks, Friends have expressed great distress about what is happening to people from Syria caught between warring groups. Events in Paris and California have exacerbated the situation, and there seems to be a rising tide of resentment and fear of extremely vulnerable people. This is not a time to despair but a time for all of us to get involved! Please join us Friday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse for a Pop-up Potluck Dinner focused on what we at Germantown Meeting can do in the face of what is happening to refugees from Syria. We will hear speakers from local organizations that are supporting refugees and would love our help, and we will brainstorm other ways we can be of service. Here is a way to put our concern into action! All ages are invited. There will be a sign-up sheet on the counter in the Social Room for those who wish to come. Please come and lend your head and heart to help us make a difference in these people’s lives. –Penny Colgan-Davis, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting, and Dan Jones, clerk, Peace Committee of Germantown Monthly Meeting.

CRAFT FAIR REPORTS SUCCESS!

The Assistance Committee is pleased to report that the Craft Fair made $1,822 this year. We are especially grateful to Young Friends, who made the event much more enjoyable and exciting, and to all our donors who worked hard to produce the goods we could sell. We thank you all for all the good work, and hope you all have a Merry Christmas! — Randall Whitman

GIFTS BUY NEW PROJECTOR FOR KELLY SCHOOL

Good news! Mrs. Crawford’s third grade class at Kelly School will be getting its new projector. The project was purchased with a matching grant from internet donors and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and it is on its way. Eight contributors to Donors Choose made it happen — and five were from Germantown Meeting, including one Friend in Montana and another in California. See the results at www.donorschoose.org/project/dreaming-of-a-tech-savvy-classroom/1644949/.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members with children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2016-2017 should be turned in not later than February 1, 2016, to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office.

QVS HOUSE LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Fellows at the Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) House in Germantown are looking for ways to spruce up their home– and their new Christmas tree — for the holidays. So far, they have one string of lights and ‘an awesome tree,’ and would love to add more lights and decorations to it, as well as to the inside of their house. Do you have any old or extra decorations you might like to get rid of? They are specifically looking for: strings of Christmas lights, tree ornaments, a Christmas tree skirt, and a tree topper. Please drop off your donations at the QVS House, 106 W. Tulpehocken St.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, DEC. 20

Express your inner elf by helping bring to life our Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing, on Sunday, Dec. 20. All kinds of helpers are needed for set up and clean up, setting tables, arranging chairs for the carol singing, plus many other roles. It is always a magical night together, with candlelight and music, good food, and the chance to sing carols to herald the Christmas night. Melissa Elliott is organizing this year’s event and needs your help! Please let her know if you can lend a hand by calling the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, gmm@germantownfriends.org, or puddinriver@sprintmail.com.

YOUNG PEOPLE COLLECTING SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN, DEC. 12

Our Young Friends and First-day School kids are collecting supplies for children, to be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 12, to Cradles to Crayons, with kids from Chestnut Hill Meeting. There is a box in the social room for contributions. Needed are new and nearly new clothing, shoes, books, baby items, and school supplies for children ages 0 to 12. (Visit the website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org.) Our First-day School kids, ages six and older, plus Young Friends and parents, are invited to join Chestnut Hill Meeting’s young people in sorting and

packing the donations for Cradles to Crayons. This will take place on Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., location to be announced. For questions or to RSVP, contact Tash Kassell at tashko@verizon.net.

FACEBOARD ‘PLUS’ to FOSTER NEW FRIENDSHIPS
Give us four facts about yourself, please, and drop them in the box by the Faceboard in the social room or give them to Janet Kroll. Your facts are your choice; here are some hints: your GMM job, if any, your current or former occupation, your favorite pastime, interest or skill. Your ‘factoids’ will be turned into a blurb to go with your photo on the Faceboard. If you don’t have a photo yet, please note that, and Karen Lightner will make a date with you to snap your picture after Meeting. These dabs of information will help people get to know each other and start conversations. Forms are next to the Faceboard in the social room. Contact Janet at janetkroll@earthlink.net.

COLLECTING CELL PHONES FOR ABUSED WOMEN

Folks, if you have an old, unused cell phone that you would like to get rid of, there’s a program for abused women that would be glad to have it. Give it to Deborah Cooper by Thursday, Dec. 17. You may leave it in the front doorway of her home, 125 W Durham St. There will also be a collection box in the social room of the meetinghouse. Please ask your friends and family to donate their old phones, too. For information about the phone program, go to

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/12/02/philadelphia-police-and-verizon-collect-phones-for-victims-of-domestic-violence/. Contact Deborah at deborahcoper125@gmail.com.

HOW TO HOLD A POP-UP POTLUCK DINNER

The first Pop-Up Potluck Dinner was a success — Young Friends (and parents) gathered for dinner while making crafts for the upcoming GMM Craft Fair. Fun for all! What is a Pop-Up Potluck? It is an individual, freestanding potluck dinner that can happen throughout the year. These dinners can have a theme around a shared interest or even a kind of food (for example: Mediterranean meal, or kids-welcome gathering, or Election 2016, or sports, or climate change, or a query, etc.). If you are interested in hosting one, please let Anne Stassen from Fellowship Committee know, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com, and she and other members of the committee will help promote it and get a sign-up sheet going!

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QUAKER EVENTS

GFS HUMAN RIGHTS CLUB FEATURES FOOD AND FILM, DEC. 11

The Human Rights Club of Germantown Friends School (GFS) invites everyone to come to an evening of Indian food, and a documentary film and panel discussion on sex trafficking. It will be held in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building at GFS. The film, Specks of Dust, tells the story of Guria School, in India, which works to ensure children are not forced into prostitution. On the panel will be Azza Cohen, who made the movie, and Morgan Carrin, a lawyer who works with victims of sex traficking at Project Dawn Rescue in Philadelphia. A donation of $20 is requested to benefit Guria School and Project Rescue in Varnasi, India. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, 215-951-2300.

CHRISTMAS STAR LIGHTING AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, DEC.12

Join in the tradition of lighting the Christmas star at Historic Fair Hill on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and caroling around a bonfire. It is located in the block in North Philadelphia between W. Indiana and W. Cambria, and Germantown Ave. and N. 9th Street. For information, go to historicfairhill.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

Germantown Monthly Meeting and Germantown Friends School will once again participate in the citywide observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing, on January 18. Stay tuned for information about activities and ways to join in. If you would like to be part of the planning committee, contact Kathy Paulmier at kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org.

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with other Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) to continue the business and fellowship stemming from Annual Sessions last summer. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meetinghouse, Friends are invited to discover the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting, and the companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high-school, middle-school, and elementary-school youth. Further information about scheduling, programs, and cost will be forthcoming soon.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

PICNIC TO THANK NEIGHBORS OF AL-AQSA MOSQUE, DEC. 12

To thank friends and neighbors in the community for their support after a pig’s head was thrown at their building, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is hosting a picnic barbecue at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 12. With the invitation, which was broadcasted by email, the mosque issued this statement about the incident: ‘While this was a bigoted and vile attempt to harass and humiliate our community, the reaction of friends and neighbors was overwhelmingly positive. The mosque is at 1501 Germantown Ave., three blocks north of 3rd Street and Girard Ave. If you want to bring something to the barbecue, that would be welcomed, but, in the tongue-in-cheek words of the invitation, — no pork products, please.’ Please let them know you are coming, so they can be prepared for the number of people, by sending an email message to Marwan Kreidie at marwankreidie@yahoo.com.

BRING YOUR NEEDLECRAFT PROJECT TO WORKSHOP, DEC. 18

Everyone is welcome to bring whatever needlework project on which they are working to a needlecraft workshop on Friday, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave., in Chestnut Hill. It is sponsored by Northwest Village Network, a group that works to help seniors keep living in their own homes. For information, contact Peter or Anne Javsicas, 215-2479-0457, at jaypeejay@verizon.net or annejavsicas@yahoo.com.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

YAF’s TO HOLD HOLIDAY POTLUCK, DEC. 21

On Monday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m., the Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold their annual Holiday Potluck & Fellowship. Location is as yet unknown, so stay tuned by going to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/holiday-yaf-potluck-2015/. Everyone is invited to bring a main dish, salad, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. Also bring a musical instrument and songbook, if you have them, and perhaps a joyful noise will erupt!

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

Join Young Adult Friends (YAFs) from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the Winter Retreat on Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. The theme is “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves for Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are in different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. They will gather Friday evening for dinner, opening games, get-to-know-you activities, and worship sharing. On Saturday there will be a choice of workshops, meeting for business, and free time. In the evening there will be a program, followed by small-group worship sharing on the theme. On Sunday morning, there will be a closing circle and worshiping with Swarthmore Friends. For information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, epiersolschmidt@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

YOUNG FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, DEC. 27-30

Join high-school age Quaker kids and Quaker-affiliated kids for a four-day Christmas gathering on Dec. 27-30 at Newtown Friends Meeting in Newtown, PA. They will explore the theme of ‘Culture, Cuisine, and Cinema’ in workshops and worship sharing. There will be lots of creative fun in games and exploration. Cost is $85, with full and partial scholarships available. For details and to register, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-christmas-gathering-2015/

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TAKE ACTION

FCNL CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF SYRIAN REFUGEES

Millions of families are fleeing Syria to escape violence and war, and yet some members of Congress are trying to keep them out of the United States — because of where they’re from and their religious beliefs. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is calling for all Friends and like-minded people to tell Congress to support refugees coming to the United States. In the next two weeks, Congress will consider a major spending package that could include dangerous anti-refugee provisions. To learn more background, go to fcnl.org, where you will find letter templates and a click-through function to email your opinions to your Congress people.

NAZARETH-TO-BETHLEHEM PEACE PILGRIMAGE, DEC. 12

The Annual Nazareth-to-Bethlehem Christmas Peace Pilgrimage will take place Sunday, Dec. 12, from 10:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A walk of approximately 10 miles, this decades-old Pilgrimage is a way to witness and share Christ’s message of peace. Buses load in Bethlehem to take walkers to Nazareth to start the walk. Light supper and evening program at 6 p.m., in Bethlehem, featuring Shane Claibourne as speaker. Cosponsored by Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting.

BRANDYWINE POTLUCK SHOWS FILM ABOUT NOAM CHOMSKY

This Sunday, Dec. 13, following a potluck at 4:30 p.m., the Brandywine Peace Community will show a documentary film, Noam Chomsky, Rebel Without a Pause. Call ‘the most important intellectual alive’ by The New York Times and ‘a rebel without a pause’ by rock star Bono, Chomsky is a native of Philadelphia and one of the world’s leading voices of dissent. If you’re coming to the potluck, please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The film will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. For information, contact Bob Smith, brandywine@juno.com.

ANTI-DRONE DEMONSTRATION AT 30TH ST STATION, Dec. 18

Next Friday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m., there will be a demonstration at 30th Street Station, at the corner of 30th & Market streets. It will feature the message of Christmas peace in banners, signs, and leaflets: ‘Stop U.S. Drone Terror,’ and ‘Stop Drone War Command Center in Horsham.’ For information, contact Bob Smith, brandywine@juno.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 4, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

‘The depth of Quaker worship, its richness, its power, and its ability to meet the needs of each worshiper, as well as the gathered group, depends on the commitment of every participant, and on the way we all come to our meetings with hearts and minds prepared.’ — Jack Dobbs, 1982

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 6, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

Closers: Paula & Howard Cell
Greeters & Refreshments: Bill & Anne Stassen

CHILDREN

All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, and will meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday …………. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, DEC. 13, 2015

Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to come as observers, after consulting with the Clerk. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

Query 11 and opening worship

November’s minutes

Care and Visiting Committee report

Worship and Ministry Committee report, including a recommendation

about announcements from the facing bench and from the body

Nominating Committee report

Fiscal Committee report, including a recommendation about GMM’s covenant with PYM and the amount of funding for financial aid

Announcements and Correspondence

Closing worship

Note: The Property Committee was scheduled to present final plans for renovation of the bathrooms and information about how this work would be funded. However, the Committee requested delaying this until January’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business so all estimates and funding plans can be finalized.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL AT STAPELEY FOR BETTY CARY, DEC. 6

There will be a memorial service for Betty Cary at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., after the Friendly First-Sunday Potluck (see below). The memorial will be held in the main dining room and is open to everyone. All are welcome to come early for the potluck and bring a dish to share. For information, call Nan Thompson, who was Betty’s next-door neighbor at Stapeley, at 267-350-2450. Betty died on Nov. 12 at the age of 92. (There will also be a memorial meeting for worship for her in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.)

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

DETAILS ABOUT CRAFT FAIR SUBMISSIONS

The Meeting’s Craft Fair is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec 6, immediately after rise of meeting. All members and attenders are invited to make their own crafts, edible and otherwise, for sale under their own names (e.g., “Randal Whitman’s T-bird Shirts”), with income going to our Assistance Committee and our Young Friends (who will give their earnings to the charity of their choice). Please deliver nonperishable products to the Meetinghouse on Saturday, Dec. 5, between noon and 2 p.m. Questions? Send an email inquiry to Randal at rwhitman@sprynet.com.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members with children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2016-2017 should be turned in not later than February 1, 2016, to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa in the Meeting Office.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, DEC. 20

Express your inner elf by helping bring to life our Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing, on Sunday, Dec. 20. All kinds of helpers are needed for set up and clean up, setting tables, arranging chairs for the carol singing, plus many other roles. It is always a magical night together, with candlelight and music, good food, and the chance to sing carols to herald the Christmas night. Melissa Elliott is organizing this year’s event and needs your help! Please let her know if you can lend a hand by calling the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, gmm@germantownfriends.org, or puddinriver@sprintmail.com.

FRIENDLY FIRST-SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, DEC. 6

This Sunday, Dec. 6, is the Friendly First-Sunday at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street. The potluck meal begins at 5 p.m. Please bring your dish to share a few minutes beforehand so it can be set out. Everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and warmly invited. This month, the meal will be followed by a memorial service for Betty Cary at 6:30 p.m. in the main dining room, and it, too, is open to everyone. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator-in-general for the Friendly Firsts (walmsley127@verizon.net). For questions about the memorial service, call Nan Thompson at Stapeley.

REPORT ON 2015 GFS FOOD DRIVE

Our member Kathy Paulmier, sent us this report on the recent food drive at Germantown Friends School: Reports are coming in that the food was much appreciated and that the turkeys and pies were good this year. Joan Cary helped deliver ten casseroles to Face to Face Dining Room at St. Vincent’s Church last week. The casseroles were made by ninth-grade students in the Meeting kitchen. We were able to share 3,045 food items with families in Germantown, 124 turkeys, and 21 pies. All of the food went to 152 Germantown households through these organizations: Holsey Temple CME church feeding ministry, St. Luke’s Food Pantry, Servants of Christ United Methodist Church, and Blakemore Street Seniors. Thanks to everyone who helped with our Thanksgiving food drive!

YOUNG PEOPLE COLLECTING SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN, DEC. 12

Our Young Friends and First-day School kids are collecting supplies for children, to be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 12, to Cradles to Crayons, with kids from Chestnut Hill Meeting. There is a box in the social room for contributions. Needed are new and nearly new clothing, shoes, books, baby items, and school supplies for children ages 0 to 12. (Visit the website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org.) Our First-day School kids, ages six and older, plus Young Friends and parents, are invited to join Chestnut Hill Meeting’s young people in sorting and packing the donations for Cradles to Crayons. This will take place on Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., location to be announced. For questions or to RSVP, contact Tash Kassell at tashko@verizon.net.

FACEBOARD ‘PLUS’ to FOSTER NEW FRIENDSHIPS

Give us four facts about yourself, please, and drop them in the box by the Faceboard in the social room or give them to Janet Kroll. Your facts are your choice; here are some hints: your GMM job, if any, your current or former occupation, your favorite pastime, interest or skill. Your ‘factoids’ will be turned into a blurb to go with your photo on the Faceboard. If you don’t have a photo yet, please note that, and Karen Lightner will make a date with you to snap your picture after Meeting. These dabs of information will help people get to know each other and start conversations. Forms are next to the Faceboard in the social room. Contact Janet at janetkroll@earthlink.net.

COLLECTING CELL PHONES FOR ABUSED WOMEN

Folks, if you have an old, unused cell phone that you would like to get rid of, there’s a program for abused women that would be glad to have it. Give it to Deborah Cooper by Thursday, Dec. 17. You may leave it in the front doorway of her home, 125 W Durham St. There will also be a collection box in the social room of the meetinghouse. Please ask your friends and family to donate their old phones, too. For information about the phone program, go to
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/12/02/philadelphia-police-and-verizon-collect-phones-for-victims-of-domestic-violence. Contact Deborah at deborahcoper125@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE TO ICE SKATE, DEC. 12

Join other Meeting folks for an early evening of ice-skating at River Rink Winterfest down by the Delaware River on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Come half an hour early to get your skates. Please sign up online at https://gmmskating.eventbrite.com to help planners. This is child-friendly, and open to all. Ice skating admission is $3, perhaps free with Blue Cross Insurance cards. Cost to rent skates: $10. For location, go to delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest). Questions? Ask Anne Stassen, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com.

HOW TO HOLD A POP-UP POTLUCK DINNER

The first Pop-Up Potluck Dinner was a success last Saturday — Young Friends (and parents) gathered for dinner while making crafts for the upcoming GMM Craft Fair. Fun for all! What is a Pop-Up Potluck? It is an individual, freestanding potluck dinner that can happen throughout the year. These dinners can have a theme around a shared interest or even a kind of food (for example — Mediterranean meal, or kids-welcome gathering, or Election 2016, or sports, or climate change, or a query, etc.). If you are interested in hosting one, please let Anne Stassen from Fellowship Committee know, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com, and she and other members of the committee will help promote it and get a sign-up sheet going!

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QUAKER EVENTS

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, DEC. 5, AT MIDDLETOWN MEETING

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? You are invited to experience extended worship. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day, which begins with a welcome at 9:15 a.m. and ends with clean up at 3:15 p.m. Remember to bring your lunch. If you will need childcare, send an email message by Monday, Nov. 23, to lolageorg@gmail.com, 484-368-4637. Website: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-langhorne-meeting. There will be two additional opportunities for extended worship in coming months: March 5 at Swarthmore Meeting in Delaware County; June 4 at Medford Meeting in New Jersey.

FILM ABOUT WORLD WAR I CHRISTMAS TRUCE, DEC. 4

A true antiwar legend about Christmas in the trenches of World War One is the subject of the film Joyeux Noel (‘Merry Christmas’). The annual Christmas showing will be Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County in Springfield Monthly Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, it tells the story about the unauthorized truce that inspired the John McCutcheon song, ‘Christmas in the Trenches.’ In English, French, and German with English subtitles, but the music and actions need no explanation. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For information or directions: www.delcopeacecenter.org, or 610-544-1818. Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

PEACE VIGIL AT BURLINGTON MEETING, DEC. 5

Join others to pray for world peace on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Burlington Friends Meetinghouse, 340 High Street, Burlington, NJ 08016. There will be silent worship, readings, and music. Everyone is welcome.

LENI LENAPE PASTOR SPEAKS AT PENDLE HILL, DEC. 7

The Rev. Pastor John Norwood, of the Lenni Lenape tribe in New Jersey, will speak on ‘Still Here: The Lenape Today’ at Pendle Hill, on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. While most indigenous people of our area were driven away generations ago, many Lenni-Lenape people still live in historic tribal communities near the Delaware Bay. Rev. Norwood will shed light on their current struggles and concerns. He is principal justice of the Tribal Supreme Court of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, senior minister to the Nanticoke-Lenape Tribal Christian Prayer Circle Ministry, and served for more than twenty years as pastor of the Ujima Village Christian Church in Ewing, NJ, a non-tribal urban congregation. He has represented his tribe at the national and international levels and has written and lectured on tribal history, culture, and current concerns. If you cannot attend, you may register for live online streaming of the lecture. Call Pendle Hill at 610-566-4507 or go to pendlehill.org.

GFS HUMAN RIGHTS CLUB FEATURES FOOD AND FILM, DEC. 11

The Human Rights Club of Germantown Friends School (GFS) invites everyone to come to an evening of Indian food, and a documentary film and panel discussion on sex trafficking. It will be held in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building at GFS. The film, Specks of Dust, tells the story of Guria School, in India, which works to ensure children are not forced into prostitution. On the panel will be Azza Cohen, who made the movie, and Morgan Carrin, a lawyer who works with victims of sex traficking at Project Dawn Rescue in Philadelphia. A donation of $20 is requested to benefit Guria School and Project Rescue in Varnasi, India. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, 215-951-2300.

CHRISTMAS STAR LIGHTING AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, DEC.12

Join in the tradition of lighting the Christmas star at Historic Fair Hill on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and caroling around a bonfire. It is located in the block in North Philadelphia between W. Indiana and W. Cambria, and Germantown Ave. and N. 9th Street. For information, go to historicfairhill.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM

Gather with other Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) to continue the business and fellowship stemming from Annual Sessions last summer. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meetinghouse, Friends are invited to discover the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting, and the companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high-school, middle-school, and elementary-school youth. Further information about scheduling, programs, and cost will be forthcoming soon.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

HELP KELLY SCHOOL RAISE MONEY FOR PROJECTOR

Your donation will double if you give now to help Kelly School raise money for a projector, in a matching-grant project by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The hoped-for projector will help third- to fifth-grade students learn from larger images, rather than having to crowd around a desktop computer. Mr. Crawford, the teacher proposing this, writes: ‘The projector will allow me to search and show relatable information, images, methods that are more engaging, rather than me just telling them.’ Some of the subjects for which the projector would be helpful are stories for reading, math, science projects, and studies about different cultures. John B. Kelly Elementary School, in southwest Germantown, is in a ‘high poverty’ area, meaning more than 65 percent of its students qualify for free lunch. Teaching resources at Kelly are scarce, and needs are enormous. Your donation will be matched up to $500 through Dec. 10 or whenever funds run out. Total cost of the projector, including shipping and handling is $359.99. To learn about the entire project and how to donate, go to

donorschoose.org/project/dreaming-of-a-tech-savvy-classroom/1644949

AWBURY GREENS SALE, DEC. 5

Tomorrow, Dec. 5, is a big day at Awbury Arboretum, where there will be a Greens Sale at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will offer big and small Christmas Trees, balsam wreaths, pine garlands, stained glass ornaments by a local artist, and handmade gifts such as soup mix, herbed vinegar, and fancy soaps by Teen Leadership. To find out more about Awbury Arboretum and get directions, go to awbury.org.

WORKSHOP ON CHRISTMAS FOR OUR TIMES, DEC. 5

There will be a workshop on ‘Peace on Earth & The Politics of Christmas’, a discussion about Christmas for our times, tomorrow, Dec. 5, at 9:30 a.m. Will O’Brien, coordinator of The Alternative Seminary, will conduct a workshop on the nativity narratives and how they express core biblical themes of justice and confrontation with empire. Location: PROJECT HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Light breakfast served. $5 donation (or whatever you can afford) is requested to cover costs. Co-sponsored by The Alternative Seminary, The Simple Way, Red Letter Christians, Catholic Peace Fellowship, Circle of Hope, House of Grace Catholic Worker, Brandywine Peace Community, and Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.

CANDLELIGHT CAROL SING AT HISTORIC MENNONITE CHURCH, DEC. 5

The Annual Candlelight Carol Sing at the historic Germantown Mennonite Church will be tomorrow night, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You are invited to join Mennonite voices from a variety of traditions to welcome the Advent season. Doors open at 5 p.m., and singing begins at 5:30 p.m. To accept this invitation, to facebook.com/events/542793875872073. To find out more about this event, go to freedomsbackyard.com/programs-events/annual-candelight-carol-sing/#sthas.YhafVzXM.dpuf.

SHABBAT SERVICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, DEC. 5

Tomorrow morning, Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., there will be a Shabbat service for human rights at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128. For information about this, plus a Hanukkah service on Dec. 11, and many other activities, go to mishkan.org.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

YAF’s TO HOLD HOLIDAY POTLUCK, DEC. 21

On Monday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m., the Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold their annual Holiday Potluck & Fellowship. Location is as yet unknown, so stay tuned by going to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/holiday-yaf-potluck-2015/. Everyone is invited to bring a main dish, salad, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. Also bring a musical instrument and songbook, if you have them, and perhaps a joyful noise will erupt!

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

Join Young Adult Friends (YAFs) from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the Winter Retreat on Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. The theme is “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves for Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are in different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. They will gather Friday evening for dinner, opening games, get-to-know-you activities, and worship sharing. On Saturday there will be a choice of workshops, meeting for business, and free time. In the evening there will be a program, followed by small-group worship sharing on the theme. On Sunday morning, there will be a closing circle and worshiping with Swarthmore Friends. For information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016.vContact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, epiersolschmidt@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR YF EVENTS IN 2015-2016

The dates and locations for Young Friends’ events are available for the 2014-2015 academic year. To check it out — and mark the dates on your calendar — click here.

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TAKE ACTION

LETTER-WRITING MARATHON TO DECARCERATE, DEC. 5

Join others in an all-day letter-writing campaign to help the organization Decarcerate PA. It will be held at the Institute for Community Justice, 1207 Chestnut St., second floor. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you can’t make this date, you can help by donating money to buy stamps. For information, go to decarcertepa.info or call 267-217-3372.

NAZARETH-TO-BETHLEHEM PEACE PILGRIMAGE, DEC. 12

The Annual Nazareth-to-Bethlehem Christmas Peace Pilgrimage will take place Sunday, Dec. 12, from 10:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A walk of approximately 10 miles, this decades-old Pilgrimage is a way to witness and share Christ’s message of peace. Buses load in Bethlehem to take walkers to Nazareth to start the walk. Light supper and evening program at 6 p.m., in Bethlehem, featuring Shane Claibourne as speaker. Cosponsored by Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting.

PHILADELPHIA’S RESPONSE TO GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS, DEC. 10

Hear about the global refugee crisis from speakers from the United Nations Refugee Agency and local refugee services in Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., at The Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Philadelphia. Preceding it will be an interfaith vigil in Rittenhouse Square in support of refugees. It is sponsored by a number of local groups, such as the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, Amnesty International, the New Sanctuary Movement, Grannies Peace Brigade, and the Brandywine Peace Community. For more information, contact Bob Groves, LFBG@comcast.net, or go una-gp.org.

FCNL LETTER WRITING ABOUT REFUGEES, DEC. 5

This Sunday, Dec. 5, after rise of meeting for worship, there will be an opportunity to write letters about the refugee crisis to your Congress people and other authorities. It will be hosted by the Peace Committee of Germantown Monthly Meeting and is part of the monthly letter-writing campaign of Friends Committee on National Legislation. For information about this Sunday’s effort, contact Dan Jones, djones2of3@verizon.net. For background on the refugee crisis and current legislation, go to fcnl.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 27, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The intent of all speaking is to bring into the life, and to walk in, and to possess the same, and to live in and enjoy it, and to feel God’s presence. –George Fox, 1657

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

Closers: Sydney Coffin & Nina Backe

Greeters & Refreshments: Francis & Toni Sharp

CHILDREN

All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, and will meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday …………. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF THOMAS FISHER, MEMORIAL ON DEC. 5

Our former attender, Thomas Fisher, who was known to many Friends in our Meeting, died peacefully Wednesday morning, Nov 25. He was 87 years old. The memorial meeting for worship to celebrate his life will be on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1:30 p.m., at Goshen Monthly Meeting, 814 North Chester Rd., West Chester, PA 19380. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Hebden Fisher, and her family; three children and their spouses: Rebecca Schneider , Ebon Fisher, and Elizabeth Kontz, all of whom are meeting members; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one on the way; and extended family. His first wife was Anna W. Fisher, who was a member of our Meeting and preceded him in death. He will be dearly missed for many reasons but especially for his great curiosity about the meaning of life, and for sharing that with all he met, and loved.

MEMORIAL AT STAPELEY FOR BETTY CARY, DEC. 6

There will be a memorial service for Betty Cary at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., after the Friendly First-Sunday Potluck (see below). The memorial will be held in the main dining room and is open to everyone. All are welcome to come early for the potluck and bring a dish to share. For information, call Nan Thompson, who was Betty’s next-door neighbor at Stapeley, at 267-350-2450. Betty died on Nov. 12 at the age of 92. (There will be a memorial meeting for her in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.)

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

DETAILS ABOUT CRAFT FAIR SUBMISSIONS

The Meeting’s Craft Fair is scheduled for next Sunday, Dec 6, immediately after rise of meeting. All members and attenders are invited to make their own crafts, edible and otherwise, for sale under their own names (e.g., “Randal Whitman’s T-bird Shirts”), with income going to our Assistance Committee and our Young Friends (who will give their earnings to the charity of their choice). Please deliver nonperishable products to the Meetinghouse on Saturday, Dec. 5, between noon and 2 p.m. To deliver items before that deadline, bring them to the Meeting Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, or on Tuesday between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A call first to the office is a good idea, since the Meeting secretary occasionally runs errands. Questions? Send an email inquiry to Randal at rwhitman@sprynet.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, DEC. 20

Express your inner elf by helping bring to life our Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing, on Sunday, Dec. 20. All kinds of helpers are needed for set up and clean up, setting tables, arranging chairs for the carol singing, and projecting the words on the wall, plus many other roles. It is always a magical night together, with candlelight and music, good food, and the chance to sing carols to herald the Christmas night. Melissa Elliott is organizing this year’s event and needs your help! It’s likely to be more fun than work, capped by a beautiful evening together. Please let Melissa know if you can lend a hand by contacting her at the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, gmm@germantownfriends.org, or puddinriver@sprintmail.com.

FRIENDLY FIRST-SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, DEC. 6

Next Sunday, Dec. 6, will be the Friendly First-Sunday at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street. The potluck meal begins at 5 p.m. Please bring your dish to share a few minutes beforehand so it can be set out. Everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and warmly invited. This month, the meal will be followed by a memorial service for Betty Cary at 6:30 p.m. in the main dining room, and it, too, is open to everyone. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator-in-general for the Friendly Firsts (walmsley127@verizon.net). For questions about the memorial service, call Nan Thompson, 267-350-2450.

FACEBOARD ‘PLUS’ to FOSTER NEW FRIENDSHIPS
Give us four facts about yourself, please, and drop them in the box by the Faceboard in the social room or give them to Janet Kroll. Your facts are your choice; here are some hints: your GMM job, if any, your current or former occupation, your favorite pastime, interest or skill. Your ‘factoids’ will be turned into a blurb to go with your photo on the Faceboard. If you don’t have a photo yet, please note that, and Karen Lightner will make a date with you to snap your picture after Meeting. These dabs of information will help people get to know each other and start conversations. Forms are next to the Faceboard in the social room. Contact Janet at janetkroll@earthlink.net, 747 N. Taylor St., Philadelphia 19130.

YOUNG PEOPLE COLLECTING SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN, DEC. 12

Our Young Friends and First-day School kids are collecting supplies for children, to be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 12, to Cradles to Crayons, with kids from Chestnut Hill Meeting. There is a box in the social room for contributions. Needed are new and nearly new clothing, shoes, books, baby items, and school supplies for children ages 0 to 12. (Visit the website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org.) Here is a list of immediate needs:

· New and gently used winter clothing, sizes newborn-14/16; specifically, boys/girls tops and bottoms, size 24 months
· New and gently used winter coats, sizes 0-14/16
· New socks, sizes 12-24 months
· New and gently used baby bibs
· New and gently used board games and puzzles, ages 7-12
· Baby board books, ages 0-2
· New and gently used baby carriers and diaper bags
· New and gently used crib and bassinet sheets
· New AA Batteries

KIDS, YOU’RE INVITED TO HELP DELIVER DONATIONS!

Our First-day School kids, ages six and older, plus Young Friends and parents, are invited to join Chestnut Hill Meeting’s young people in sorting and packing the donations for Cradles to Crayons. This will take place on Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., location to be announced. For questions or to RSVP, contact Tash Kassell at tashko@verizon.net.

SAVE THE DATE TO GO ICE SKATING, DEC. 12

Join other Meeting folks for an early evening of ice-skating at River Rink Winterfest down by the Delaware River (for location: delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest). The exact time is TBA, but it will likely be in the early evening (five-ish), so we can enjoy dinner together in the “lodge,” stay warm around the fire pits, and try our feet at gliding on the ice — or falling down! This is child-friendly, and open to all. Ice skating admission is just $3, perhaps free with Blue Cross Insurance cards. Cost to rent skates is$10. More information is coming about exact time, carpooling, etc. Questions? Ask Anne Stassen, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com.

QVS COFFEEHOUSE A BIG SUCCESS! NEXT ONE: JAN. 16
“We’re pleased to announce that our first coffeehouse was a success! We enjoyed the company and talents of friends from around the Philadelphia area. We also were able to raise a substantial amount of money toward our fundraising total required by QVS (Quaker Voluntary Service). Our second coffeehouse will be on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at our house, 106 W Tulpehocken Street. There will be coffee, tea, and light snacks. Folks are encouraged to perform a poem, song, or another talent, or simply come and enjoy the atmosphere! There will be a free will donation taken to help us complete our fundraising goal as soon as possible. Street parking is limited, so folks are encouraged to use public transportation. (Tulpehocken stop on the Chestnut Hill West line, and the H, XH, 23, and 65 busses). Contact: the QVS house at philadelphiahouse@quakervoluntaryservice.org. Best, QVS fellows.”

HOW TO HOLD A POP-UP POTLUCK DINNER

The first Pop-Up Potluck Dinner was a success last Saturday — Young Friends (and parents) gathered for dinner while making crafts for the upcoming GMM Craft Fair. Fun for all! What is a Pop-Up Potluck? It is an individual, freestanding potluck dinner that can happen throughout the year. These dinners can have a theme around a shared interest or even a kind of food (for example: Mediterranean meal, or kids-welcome gathering, or Election 2016, or sports, or climate change, or a query, etc.). If you are interested in hosting one, please let Anne Stassen from Fellowship Committee know, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com, and she and other members of the committee will help promote it and get a sign-up sheet going!

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QUAKER EVENTS

ILLUSTRATED TALK ABOUT GEORGE FOX IN WALES, NOV. 30

Find out about the establishment of Quakerism in Wales, with its subsequent persecutions and emigration to Pennsylvania. The talk is ‘Quaker Roots in Mid-Wales,’ and the speakers will be Lynda and Martin Williams, on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill. The speakers were wardens (resident elders, event managers, and caretakers) for 22 years for the Pales Quaker Meeting House in Radnorshire, Wales. This year they are Friends in Residence at Pendle Hill. Free and open to everyone.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, DEC. 5, AT MIDDLETOWN MEETING

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? You are invited to experience extended worship. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day, which begins with a welcome at 9:15 a.m. and ends with clean up at 3:15 p.m. Remember to bring your lunch. If you will need childcare, send an email message by Monday, Nov. 23. to lolageorg@gmail.com, 484-368-4637. Website: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-langhorne-meeting. There will be two additional opportunities for extended worship in coming months: March 5 at Swarthmore Meeting in Delaware County; June 4 at Medford Meeting in New Jersey.

FILM SHOWS ABOUT WWI CHRISTMAS TRUCE, DEC. 4

A true antiwar legend about Christmas in the trenches of World War One is the subject of the film Joyeux Noel (‘Merry Christmas’). The annual Christmas showing will be Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County in Springfield Monthly Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, it tells the story about the unauthorized truce that inspired the John McCutcheon song, ‘Christmas in the Trenches.’ In English, French, and German with English subtitles, but the music and actions need no explanation. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For information or directions: www.delcopeacecenter.org, or 610-544-1818. Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

PEACE VIGIL AT BURLINGTON MEETING, DEC. 5

Join others to pray for world peace on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Burlington Friends Meetinghouse, 340 High Street, Burlington, NJ 08016. There will be silent worship, readings, and music. Everyone is welcome.

LENI LENAPE PASTOR SPEAKS AT PENDLE HILL, DEC. 7

The Rev. Pastor John Norwood, of the Lenni Lenape tribe in New Jersey, will speak on ‘Still Here: The Lenape Today’ at Pendle Hill, on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. While most indigenous people of our area were driven away generations ago, many Lenni-Lenape people still live in historic tribal communities near the Delaware Bay. Rev. Norwood will shed light on their current struggles and concerns. He is principal justice of the Tribal Supreme Court of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, senior minister to the Nanticoke-Lenape Tribal Christian Prayer Circle Ministry, and served for more than twenty years as pastor of the Ujima Village Christian Church in Ewing, NJ, a non-tribal urban congregation. He has represented his tribe at the national and international levels and has written and lectured on tribal history, culture, and current concerns. If you cannot attend, you may register for live online streaming of the lecture. Call Pendle Hill at 610-566-4507 or go to pendlehill.org.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

‘FROM ACCUSED TO ADVOCATE,’ TALK ON AIDING SUICIDE

In 2013, Barbara Mancini was arrested and charged with aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year-old father, after handing him his prescribed morphine four days before his death. Now she speaks about this experience, prompting her audience members to ask themselves, ‘What would you do?’ She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters and has been a nurse for more than 30 years. She will speak on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library, on the corner of Germantown Avenue and Sedgwick Street. The title of her talk is ‘From Accused to Advocate.’ Free. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network. For information, call Peter or Anne Javsicas.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

YAF’s TO HOLD HOLIDAY POTLUCK, DEC. 21

On Monday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m., the Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold their annual Holiday Potluck & Fellowship. Location is as yet unknown, so stay tuned by going to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/holiday-yaf-potluck-2015/. Everyone is invited to bring a main dish, salad, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. Also bring a musical instrument and songbook, if you have them, and perhaps a joyful noise will erupt!

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

Join Young Adult Friends (YAFs) from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the Winter Retreat on Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. The theme is “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves for Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are in different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. They will gather Friday evening for dinner, opening games, get-to-know-you activities, and worship sharing. On Saturday there will be a choice of workshops, meeting for business, and free time. In the evening there will be a program, followed by small-group worship sharing on the theme. On Sunday morning, there will be a closing circle and worshiping with Swarthmore Friends. For information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016 Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, epiersolschmidt@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR YF EVENTS IN 2015-2016

The dates and locations for Young Friends’ events are available for the 2014-2015 academic year. To check it out — and mark the dates on your calendar — click here.

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TAKE ACTION

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST DRONE WARFARE, NOV. 28

The monthly demonstration against drone warfare and the coming of a drone war command center in Horsham, PA, will be this Saturday, Nov. 28, at noon to 2 p.m. It will take place outside the gates of the Horsham Air National Guard Station at Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Road, Horsham, PA 19044. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For information, go to brandywinepeace.com or call 610-544-1818.

LETTER-WRITING MARATHON TO DECARCERATE, DEC. 5

Join others in an all-day letter-writing campaign to help the organization Decarcerate PA. It will be held at the Institute for Community Justice, 1207 Chestnut St., second floor. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you can’t make this date, you can help by donating money to buy stamps. For information, go to decarcertepa.info or call 267-217-3372.

NAZARETH-TO-BETHLEHEM PEACE PILGRIMAGE, DEC. 12

The Annual Nazareth-to-Bethlehem Christmas Peace Pilgrimage will take place Sunday, Dec. 12, from 10:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A walk of approximately 10 miles, this decades-old Pilgrimage is a way to witness and share Christ’s message of peace. Buses load in Bethlehem to take walkers to Nazareth to start the walk. Light supper and evening program at 6 p.m., in Bethlehem, featuring Shane Claibourne as speaker. Cosponsored by Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 20, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

A Friends meeting for worship finds no room for debate or for answering (still less for contradicting) one another; if this is desirable, it will be left for another occasion. And if anything should seem to be spoken amiss, the spiritually minded worshipper will have the wit to get at the heart of the message, overlooking crudity and lack of skill in its presentation, and so far from giving way to irritation at what seems unprofitable, he will be deeply concerned for his own share in creating the right spiritual atmosphere in which the harm fades out and the good grows. Many a meeting has known this power, transforming what might have been hurtful into a means of grace. — A. Neave Brayshaw, 1921

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 22, 2015

9 a.m. Adult Class: Discussion on revisions of PYM Faith & Practice*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11:30 a.m Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

Closers: Laura Seeley & friend

Greeters & Refreshments: Howard & Paula Cell

CHILDREN

All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, will then meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF BETTY CARY
Our beloved member Betty Cary died Nov. 12, at 12:30 a.m., passing quietly at her home in Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living). She was 92 years old, born on Feb. 4, 1923. There will be a memorial service for her on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Our love, prayers, and sympathy go out to her daughter Dorothy Cary, son-in-law Philip Kane, and granddaughters Sara and Cary Kane, who are part of our meeting, and to other family members.

HAVERFORD COLLEGE REMEMBERS BETTY CARY

Kim Bentson, president of Haverford College, sent a letter last week, notifying people of Betty Cary’s death. The complete letter is attached. Here is the first paragraph: “I am sorry to report that Elizabeth (Betty) Summers Cary, a dear friend of Haverford College, died this past Thursday at the age of 92. Many will remember Betty with deep affection and gratitude as a vital member of our community who, with her remarkable late husband Steve (longtime servant at the College in many functions, including Board Manager, senior vice president, and, in 1977-78, Acting President), graced the campus with her lively intelligence, unfailing warmth, and keen commitment to Haverford’s Quaker heritage and values.”

NEWS FROM ERICA SIATE IN MONTANA

Our member Erica Siate, in reply to a question last week, sent a loving update by email about her new life in Montana with her kids, Ruby and Gabe. The complete message is attached. Here is a sample: “Really, it’s hard to imagine being happier than this moment. Though we miss our Philly friends, we meet such open friendly people all the time.”

LAST WEEK’S QUOTE BRINGS BACK MEMORIES

Our member Caroline Davidson responded to last week’s quotation in “Food for Thought” with this story of a long-ago connection to its writer: “I just had to write to you to say how amazed I was to see your quote of the week from none other than an old, dear friend of my parents, John Ormerod Greenwood! I haven’t heard his name for almost 50 years– it took me back to my teenage years, when my family went on a week-long summer school in Stratford-upon-Avon, where we checked out all the Elizabethan stately homes, saw plays at the Shakespeare theater, and, in between, put together scenes from Shakespeare plays, directed by Ormerod, played and sang music of the period and studied art of the time…thank you for a trip down memory lane!”

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

LET’S PULL THOSE WEEDS BEFORE WINTER!

Please come help us weed and rake on Saturday, Nov. 21, any time between 8:30 a.m. until noon or a little after. Bring gloves, a rake, a small shovel or your favorite weed-digging tool, and pruning shears if you like snipping. Even a half-hour can make a real difference. We will have juice and snacks, but perhaps not coffee as our kitchen will probably be in use by Grumblethorpe pie-bakers. Thanks, the Property Committee.

FAITH & PRACTICE REVISIONS TO BE DISCUSSED ON NOV. 22

Faith & Practice is not our Bible or our creed, but a guide for living in harmony with the Spirit. It also provides information about our Meeting’s organizational structures. Howard Cell, one of the editors of the new edition will sketch out some of the major proposed changes. This new version of Faith & Practice has been completely rewritten. Come and learn about Quaker process and continuing revelation. Howard encourages Meeting members to submit quotations by Quakers for the new edition, especially from contemporary people. If you have a favorite, bring it with you. In preparation, please read or skim the revision at:

http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice-revision-group/files/2015/07/PYM-Faith-and-Practice-Complete.7.9.2015-Posted.pdf. If you would like to join us by computer from home on Google Chat, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), who can help you get connected.

COME TO OUR THANKSGIVING TREE, NOV. 22

Please join First-day School children and Young Friends at rise of Meeting this Sunday, Nov. 22, for our annual Thanksgiving Day tree tradition. Our young people will pass out paper leaves, inviting you to write a message of something that you feel thankful for on your leaf. If you wish, you may share your message with the Meeting and hang it from our Thanksgiving tree. Our hope is to collectively create a tree brimming with the many gifts in our lives.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, DEC. 20

Express your inner elf by helping bring to life our Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing, on Sunday, Dec. 20! All kinds of helpers are needed for set up and clean up, serving beverages and setting tables, arranging chairs for the carol singing and projecting the words on the wall, plus many other roles. It is always a magical night together, with candlelight and music, good food, and the chance to join our voices on old favorites that herald the Christmas tale. Melissa Elliott is organizing this year’s event, and she needs your help! It’s likely to be more fun than work, capped by a beautiful evening together. Please let Melissa know if you can lend a hand by contacting either at the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, gmm@germantownfriends.org, or puddinriver@sprintmail.com.

SEE ISAIAH PRICE’S PLAY!

Here’s your chance to see Isaiah Price’s new play at New York University! His mother Candice Price has tickets for the showing on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., and would be interested in arranging carpooling to leave right after meeting for worship. The theater is tiny — only 40-person capacity — and tickets will sell out quickly. Contact Candice at candicegardendesign@verizon.net. Candice notes that there are three other performances, if you would like to make your own separate plans. The other performances are Saturday, Nov 21, at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8:30 p.m. The name of the play is There’s This Girl I Like, and it is written and directed by Isaiah. The website for the box office is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theres-this-girl-i-like-tickets-19348533986.

DETAILS ABOUT CRAFT FAIR SUBMISSIONS

The Meeting’s Craft Fair is scheduled for Sunday Dec 6 immediately following the rise of meeting. All members and attenders are invited to make their own crafts, edible and otherwise, for sale under their own names (e.g., “Randal Whitman’s T-bird Shirts”), with income going to the craft fair partners (the Meeting’s Assistance Committee and the Meeting’s Young Friends, who will be giving their earnings to the charity of their choice). Please deliver nonperishable products to the Meetinghouse on Saturday, Dec. 5, between noon and 2 p.m. To deliver items before Dec. 5, bring them to the Meeting Office between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, or on Tuesday between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A call first to the office is a good idea, since the Meeting secretary occasionally runs errands. Questions? Send an email inquiry to Randal at rwhitman@sprynet.com.

HOW TO HOLD A POP-UP POTLUCK DINNER

The first Pop-Up Potluck Dinner was a success last Saturday — Young Friends (and parents) gathered for dinner while making crafts for the upcoming GMM Craft Fair. Fun for all! What is a Pop-Up Potluck? It is an individual, freestanding potluck dinner that can happen throughout the year. These dinners can have a theme around a shared interest or even a kind of food (for example: Mediterranean meal, or kids-welcome gathering, or Election 2016, or sports, or climate change, or a query, etc.). If you are interested in hosting one, please let Anne Stassen from Fellowship Committee know, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com, and she and other members of the committee will help promote it and get a sign-up sheet going!

FACEBOARD ‘PLUS’ to FOSTER NEW FRIENDSHIPS
Give us four facts about yourself, please, and drop them in the box by the Faceboard in the social room or give them to Janet Kroll. Your facts are your choice; here are some hints: your GMM job, if any, your current or former occupation, your favorite pastime, interest or skill. Your ‘factoids’ will be turned into a blurb to go with your photo on the Faceboard. If you don’t have a photo yet, please note that, and Karen Lightner will make a date with you to snap your picture after Meeting. These dabs of information will help people get to know each other and start conversations. Forms are next to the Faceboard in the social room and also attached to this Friday BEE.

YOUNGSTERS TO DO SERVICE PROJECT, DEC. 12

Our Young Friends and First-day School kids will take part in a service project at Cradles to Crayons with kids from Chestnut Hill Meeting on Saturday, Dec. 12. There will be a box in the social room to donate things for our youngsters contribute. Cradles to Crayons needs donations of new and nearly new clothing, shoes, books, baby items, and school supplies for children ages 0 to 12. (Visit the website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org.

Immediate needs are:

· New and gently used winter clothing, sizes newborn-14/16; specifically, boys/girls tops and bottoms, size 24 months
· New and gently used winter coats, sizes 0-14/16
· New socks, sizes 12-24 months
· New and gently used baby bibs
· New and gently used board games and puzzles, ages 7-12
· Baby board books, ages 0-2
· New and gently used baby carriers and diaper bags
· New and gently used crib and bassinet sheets
· New AA Batteries

SAVE THE DATE: DEC. 12, TO GO ICE SKATING

Join other Meeting folks for an early evening of ice-skating at River Rink Winterfest down by the Delaware River (for location: delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest). The exact time is TBA, but it will likely be in the early evening (five-ish), so we can enjoy dinner together in the “lodge,” stay warm around the fire pits, and try our feet at gliding on the ice — or falling down! This is child-friendly, and open to all. Ice Skating admission is just $3, perhaps free with Blue Cross Insurance cards. Cost to rent skates is$10. More information is coming about exact time, carpooling, etc. Questions? Ask Anne Stassen, at annebillstassen@yahoo.com.

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QUAKER EVENTS

SPIRITUAL ART OF QUILTING: EXHIBIT AT PENDLE HILL

Quilts by Christiane Meunier and Amanda Ann Godwin will be on display in the Barn at Pendle Hill through Feb. 28. The exhibit is named “Patterned Prayers: The Spiritual Art of Quilting.” Christiane says, “I experience the process of creating as a pilgrimage toward my center, a way to become visible to myself.” Her feelings are echoed by Amanda, who says, “The repetitive nature of hand quilting often calls me to prayer, which creates a lovely balance between interior and exterior activity.” Free and open to the public. There will be a reception for the artists on Dec. 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for directions.

ILLUSTRATED TALK ABOUT GEORGE FOX IN WALES, NOV. 30

Find out about the establishment of Quakerism in Wales, with its subsequent persecutions and emigration to Pennsylvania. The talk is “Quaker Roots in Mid-Wales,” and the speakers will be Lynda and Martin Williams, on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill. The speakers were wardens (resident elders, event managers, and caretakers) for 22 years for the Pales Quaker Meeting House in Radnorshire, Wales. This year they are Friends in Residence at Pendle Hill. Free and open to everyone. Click here for directions.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, DEC. 5, AT MIDDLETOWN MEETING

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? You are invited to experience extended worship. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day, which begins with a welcome at 9:15 a.m. and ends with clean up at 3:15 p.m. Remember to bring your lunch. If you will need childcare, send an email message by Monday, Nov. 23. to lolageorg@gmail.com, 484-368-4637. Website: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-langhorne-meeting. There will be two additional opportunities for extended worship in coming months: March 5 at Swarthmore Meeting in Delaware County; June 4 at Medford Meeting in New Jersey.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

YAF’s TO HOLD HOLIDAY POTLUCK, DEC. 21

On Monday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m., the Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold their annual Holiday Potluck & Fellowship. Location is as yet unknown, so stay tuned by going to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/holiday-yaf-potluck-2015/. Everyone is invited to bring a main dish, salad, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. Also bring a musical instrument and songbook, if you have them, and perhaps a joyful noise will erupt!

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

Join Young Adult Friends (YAFs) from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the Winter Retreat on Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. The theme is “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are in different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. They will gather Friday evening for dinner, opening games, get-to-know-you activities, and worship sharing. On Saturday there will be a choice of workshops, meeting for business, and free time. In the evening there will be a program, followed by small-group worship sharing on the theme. On Sunday morning, there will be a closing circle and worshiping with Swarthmore Friends. For information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, epiersolschmidt@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR YF EVENTS IN 2015-2016

The dates and locations for Young Friends’ events are available for the 2014-2015 academic year. To check it out — and mark the dates on your calendar — click here.

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TAKE ACTION

EQAT USES PIES TO CARRY SOLAR ENERGY MESSAGE, NOV. 24
Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) will carry a message–with pies — urging PECO to get its solar energy power from North Philadelphia rather than someplace far away. The homemade pies represent this choice. If PECO chooses to get its solar energy from North Philadelphia, it will create good, clean, green jobs and a resilient energy grid. If they don’t choose that pie, EQAT representatives note they will return with their demand in December. After the action, everyone is invited to eat pie together, including PECO staff and ratepayers. If you want to be part of this action, meet at the ‘Porch’ at 30th Street Station, on the corner of 29th and Market streets, at 2 p.m. for training. Everyone will then walk to PECO’s headquarters, arriving by 3 p.m. The action ends at 4 p.m. Homemade pies are needed, and if you can bake one and bring it, please contact Sam Rubin, samrubin25@gmail.com. To RSVP, contact Sam Shain at samantha.shain2010@gmail.com. Bring your friends, family, kids — and pies.

TEACH-IN ON RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, NOV. 22

A teach-in entitled “From Punitive to Restorative Justice: The Job’s the Thing” will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. Hear speakers from local unions and state agencies, and discuss ways to create jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Meet leaders in the field, and get to know people from other groups who are involved in these issues. Light lunch is provided; a good-will donation is suggested. The site is handicapped-accessible. Parking is available behind the building. Preregister right away for childcare. Call 215-848-4623 or go to http://usguu.org/teachin-registration. To contact your representative by email and read more about what’s going on, go to the website of Friends Committee on National Legislation.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 13, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In my young, tempestuous days, I heard many things in the Friends meeting that I disliked and some that seemed to me quite false, and I felt the need to answer them. I was taught, and I believe correctly, that to insist on answering there and then would be to destroy the meeting; and that we all sit under the baptizing power of the spirit of Truth, which is its own witness. We sit in silence so as not to trip over words, and we trust the good in each other, which is from God, so that we may be kept from the evil. — J. Ormerod Greenwood, 1980

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 15, 2015

9 a.m. Adult Class: James Earl Davis will lead a discussion about the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. See description below.*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room

Closers: Phyllis & Dick Taylor

Greeters & Refreshments: Bob & Ruth Seeley

CHILDREN

All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, will then meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF BETTY CARY
Our beloved member Betty Cary died on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 12:30 a.m., passing quietly at her home in Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living). She was 92 years old, born on Feb. 4, 1923. There will be a memorial service for her on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. More information about her long and productive life will be available then. Although it may have been time for her to leave us, she will be deeply missed and leaves many memories behind and an empty spot among us. If you would like to offer help to her family, please talk to Carla Childs, who can advise you. Carla’s email address is cchilds@germantownfriends.org. Our love, prayers, and sympathy go out to her family, which includes her daughter Dorothy Cary, son-in-law Philip Kane, and granddaughters Sara and Cary Kane, who are part of our meeting, and to other family members.

UPDATE ON TOM FISHER

Tom Fisher, who recently suffered a severe stroke, is being transferred from Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center to the Respite Care hospice facility across from Chester County Hospital. He remains severely debilitated, although he is cheerful and greets people. His wife Evelyn Hibden reports that he especially enjoyed a letter from Chris Nicholson that included a photo of Chris and Helen. Cards and notes would be appreciated, sent to their home address, 15 Conistan Drive, West Chester, PA 19383.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS WIDESPREAD INJUSTICES, NOV. 15

This Sunday, Nov.15, our Adult Class will continue our exploration of injustices in our criminal justice system. James Davis will lead a discussion on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption, a book by Bryan Stevenson, a defense attorney who helps juveniles, death row inmates, and the poor. A video will be shown of a ‘Ted Talk’ by Stevenson, which you may also see at https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?language=en. The video will begin promptly at 9 a.m. You are encouraged to come a few minutes early to enjoy coffee and a muffin.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, DEC. 20

Express your inner elf by helping bring to life our Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing, on Sunday, Dec. 20! All kinds of helpers are needed for set up and clean up, serving beverages and setting tables, arranging chairs for the carol singing and projecting the words on the wall, plus many other roles. It is always a magical night together, with candlelight and music, good food, and the chance to join our voices on old favorites that herald the Christmas tale. Melissa Elliott is organizing this year’s event, and she needs your help! It’s likely to be more fun than work, capped by a beautiful evening together. Please Melissa know if you can lend a hand by contacting either at the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, gmm@germantownfriends.org, or puddinriver@sprintmail.com.

FAITH & PRACTICE REVISIONS TO BE DISCUSSED ON NOV. 22

Faith & Practice is not our Bible or our creed, but a guide for living in harmony with the Spirit. It also provides information about our Meeting’s organizational structures. Howard Cell, one of the editors of the new edition will sketch out some of the major proposed changes. This new version of Faith & Practice has been completely rewritten. Come and learn about Quaker process and continuing revelation. Howard encourages Meeting members to submit quotations by Quakers for the new edition, especially from contemporary people. If you have a favorite, bring it with you. In preparation, please read or skim the revision at:

http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice-revision-group/files/2015/07/PYM-Faith-and-Practice-Complete.7.9.2015-Posted.pdf. If you would like to join us by computer from home on Google Chat, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), who can help you get connected.

FACEBOARD ‘PLUS’ to FOSTER NEW FRIENDSHIPS
Our Outreach Committee’s “Faceboard” of photographs in the social room of our members and attenders has drawn praise for helping us connect faces with names. This makes it easier to greet and talk with each other. Now the Committee is planning a larger display that will not only show photos and names but will give four info points with each. You may choose what to share about yourself: short ‘factoids,’ such as your GMM job, if any, your current or former occupation, and your favorite pastime, interest or skill. (Form attached) Please submit your ‘factoids’ to Janet Kroll, a member of Outreach who is pulling together the information. You may send them to her by email (janetkroll@earthlink.net), mail them to her at 747 N. Taylor St., Philadelphia 19130, call them to her on the phone, or fill out and drop the attached form in the Faceboard Plus box in the social room. If your photo isn’t on our Faceboard yet, please note that on your list of factoids, so our ace photographer, Karen Lightner, can make a date to snap your picture after Meeting some Sunday.

SEE ISAIAH PRICE’S PLAY!

Here’s your chance to see Isaiah Price’s new play at New York University! His mother Candice Price has tickets for the showing on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., and would be interested in arranging carpooling to leave right after meeting for worship. The theater is tiny — only 40-person capacity — and tickets will sell out quickly. Contact Candice at candicegardendesign@verizon.net. Candice notes that there are three other performances, if you would like to make your own separate plans. The other performances are Saturday, Nov 21, at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8:30 p.m. The name of the play is There’s This Girl I Like, and it is written and directed by Isaiah. The website for the box office is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theres-this-girl-i-like-tickets-19348533986.

DETAILS ABOUT CRAFT FAIR SUBMISSIONS

This year’s Craft Fair will be Sunday, Dec. 6, in our social room after Meeting for Worship. Proceeds go to the Assistance Committee, which has had an unprecedented number of requests this past year and needs your help to make this fair even more successful than previously. Young Friends will be helping with it this year, which will make things especially vigorous. All products will be sold under the names of their makers. Each product must be made, not bought, although you may use store-bought ingredients or decorations. Ideas we have not seen yet at a Craft Fair but that might turn out popular as Christmas items include collages with dried flowers, dried floral arrangements; or quilted squares. Food items must be packaged to take away, rather than for eating on the spot. Zip-sealing plastic bags work well. Pricing is in even amounts of $5 to $50 so there will be no need for coins for change. Cookies or brownies, for instance, should be packaged in quantities sold for $5 (or more). (An exception is made for First-day School products, which are usually sold for $1 per item). Please contact Randal Whitman at rwhitman@sprynet.com to tell him what you will be making for this year’s Craft Fair.

YOUNGSTERS TO DO SERVICE PROJECT, DEC. 12

Our Young Friends and First-day School kids will take part in a service project at Cradles to Crayons with kids from Chestnut Hill Meeting on Saturday, Dec. 12. There will be a box in the social room to donate things for our youngsters to contribute. Cradles to Crayons needs donations of new and nearly new clothing, shoes, books, baby items, and schools supplies for children ages 0 to 12. (Visit the website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org).

Immediate needs are:

New and gently used winter clothing, sizes newborn-14/16; specifically, boys/girls tops and bottoms, size 24 months
New and gently used winter coats, sizes 0-14/16
New socks, sizes 12-24 months
New and gently used baby bibs
New and gently used board games and puzzles, ages 7-12
Baby board books, ages 0-2
New and gently used baby carriers and diaper bags
New and gently used crib and bassinet sheets
New AA Batteries

ATTACHMENTS

Attached to today’s BEE are three documents:

1. 2014-2015 Annual Report to Germantown Monthly Meeting from Germantown Friends School

2. Approved Minutes from October 2015 Meeting for Business

3. Form for Faceboard Plus, to be filled out and returned to Janet Kroll. (See brief above, “Faceboard ‘Plus’ to Foster New Friendships.”)

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QUAKER EVENTS

OPEN MIC FUNDRAISER AT QVS HOUSE, NOV. 14

Everyone’s invited to the Open Mic Fundraiser at the QVS (Quaker Voluntary Service) House, 106 W. Tulpehocken St., here in Germantown. It will be tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here is the invitation from the QVS Fellows: “We’re so grateful for the warm reception and welcome to Philly, and we’d like to continue to grow our relationships with y’all by inviting everyone to an Open Mic Night! Bring your poetry, music, short stories, jokes, funny talents, or whatever you’d like to share to our house for an afternoon of fun together. We’re asking for whatever freewill donation you can give toward our fundraising for our QVS year, but there is no obligation — we will also simply be happy to see your joyous faces! We’ll have baked goods, coffee, and tea.” For information, contact them by email at philadelphiahouse@quakervoluntaryservice.org.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, DEC. 5, AT MIDDLETOWN MEETING

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? You are invited to experience extended worship. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day, which begins with a welcome at 9:15 a.m. and ends with clean up at 3:15 p.m. Remember to bring your lunch. If you will need childcare, send an email message by Monday, Nov. 23. to lolageorg@gmail.com, 484-368-4637. Website: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-langhorne-meeting. There will be two additional opportunities for extended worship in coming months: March 5 at Swarthmore Meeting in Delaware County; June 4 at Medford Meeting in New Jersey.

AFSC DELEGATION TO ISRAEL/PALESTINE IN MAY

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will sponsor a delegation to Israel/Palestine in late May 2015 with Interfaith Peace Builders. Cost is $2,500, plus airfare. There are a limited number of scholarships to help people go on the delegation. For more information, go to http://afsc.org/event/delegation-palestineisrael-incarceration-detention-political-prisoners.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

The winter retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in Delaware County. The theme will be “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are in different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. Registration for this retreat opens in November. Keep your eye on pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR YF EVENTS IN 2015-2016

The dates and locations for Young Friends’ events are available for the 2014-2015 academic year. To check it out–and mark the dates on your calendar– click here [http://www.pym.org/young-friends/events].

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TAKE ACTION

SKILL BUILDING TO CONNECT ACROSS RACE AND CLASS, NOV 14

Learn ways to connect across personal differences such as race and class at this workshop on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) and is part of the group’s campaign to encourage more green jobs at a local level. The workshop will teach new ways of seeing ourselves and each other and becoming conscious of what we bring to these relationships when we welcome someone new. It will be facilitated by Celia Kutz of Training for Change and will take place at Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia. To RSVP, contact Ingrid at Ingrid@audiomind.com.

WORKSHOP ON MASS INCARCERATION, NOV. 15

Our member Jondhi Harrell will be one of the presenters at a workshop on mass incarceration to be held at The Peace Center, 102 West Maple Ave., Langhorne, PA. It will be this Sunday, Nov. 15, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hear presentations and discussion on the impact of mass incarceration and learn how to help raise awareness and foster change. To register, or for additional information, call 267-753-0550 or send an email message to cenjctrenton@gmail.com.

CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR AT NEUMANN UNIVERSITY, NOV. 21

How can investors combine financial duties with socially and environmentally responsible investment? How can individuals, organizations, and communities promote a healthy, low-carbon future by their choices? A free seminar, “Climate Change: Our Call to Ecological Consciousness,” will be offered on Saturday Nov. 21, at Neumann University in Aston, PA. It is sponsored by Philadelphia Coalition for Responsible Investment (PACRI); Friends Fiduciary, a member of PACRI, is a cosponsor. Featured speaker will be Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister from Washington, DC, who is a theologian, writer, and speaker on religion, science, ecological consciousness, and culture. There will be a panel discussion on grassroots engagement and investing, which will include Richard Kent, chief investment officer of Friends Fiduciary. The seminar will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. For information or to register, contact Tom McCaney at tmccaney@osfphila.org by Sunday, Nov. 15.

TEACH-IN ON RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, NOV. 22

A teach-in entitled “From Punitive to Restorative Justice: ‘The Job’s the Thing’” will be presented on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. Hear speakers from local unions and state agencies, and discuss ways to create jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Meet leaders in the field, and get to know people from other groups who are involved in these issues. Light lunch is provided; a good-will donation is suggested. The site is handicapped-accessible. Parking is available behind the building. Preregister right away for childcare. Call 215-848-4623 or go to http://usguu.org/teachin-registration.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CLEAN-UP DAY AT VERNON PARK, NOV. 14

Join the fun of fall by raking leaves at Vernon Park and cleaning up the area for winter. This takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a park tour at noon. All ages are welcome to come and enjoy the newly renovated park. For information, contact Ruth Seeley.

BOOK-PAPER-SCISSORS, ARTISTS’ BOOK FAIR, NOV. 14

Our member Karen Lightner invites everyone to the eighth annual Book Paper Scissors Artists’ Book Fair on Saturday, Nov.14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in the Grand Lobby and West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. This free, festive event features artists’ books, prints, handmade paper, ‘zines,’ origami, blank books, paper sculpture, and jewelry. There will be a kids’ activity table, a free two-hour workshop for adults and teens, and a relief printmaking demonstration. There will be a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 108 on making a flag book and a pocket accordion book. Although registration for the workshop is filled, if someone doesn’t show up, walk-ins will be accepted. Come to Book Paper Scissors to buy or just be inspired! You will find many affordable and interesting gifts for everyone on your list. Book Paper Scissors is sponsored by Philadelphia Center for the Book and the Art Department of The Free Library It is funded, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

PIHN’S EMPTY BOWL DINNER SUPPORTS HOMELESS FAMILIES, NOV. 18

The seventeenth annual Empty Bowl Dinner to benefit Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. For a donation of $20 for adults, $10 for students and children, you receive a handcrafted bowl and enjoy an all-you-can-eat spread of fresh soups, breads and desserts. Three seatings: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Special dinner host will be Mike McGrath of WHYY’s ‘You Bet Your Garden.’ Purchase your ticket in advance at www.philashelter.org or call 215-247-4663, ext. 102.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 6, 2015

This Friday’s BEE is severely compromised because the newsletter program is not working right, and the formatting has gone completely bonkers at the last minute. I am simply sending you what I’ve got, with my sincere apologies. I am especially sorry if your announcement does not appear, because we all lose out. It is my hope that this problem can be fixed or circumvented in time for next week’s BEE. –Melissa

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Ministry is what is on one’s soul, and it can be in direct contradiction to what is on one’s mind. It’s what the Inner Light gently pushes you toward or suddenly dumps in your lap. It is rooted in the eternity, divinity, and selflessness of the Inner Light; not in the worldly, egoistic functions of the conscious mind. –Marianne McMullen, 1987

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (See agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room
Closers: Ross Hennesy & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Charley McPhedran & Tom Grabe

CHILDREN
All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, will then meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, NOV. 8, 2015
Query 11 and opening worship
October’s minutes
Report from the GFS School Committee- Pat Rose, clerk, and Dana Weeks, Head of School
Nominating Committee report
Worship and Ministry Committee report
Treasurer’s report
Report of GMM’s audit
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR JOANNE NICHOLAS STOKES TO BE NOV. 7
The memorial service for Joanne Nicholas Stokes, wife of our member David Evans Stokes, will be at 11 a.m.on Saturday, Nov. 7. She died Oct. 22 at the age of 92. We extend our sympathy to her family.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADULT CLASSES IN NOVEMBER
There will be two Adult Classes on Sundays in November:

Nov. 15, James Earl Davis will lead a discussion about Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption. This book continues our series about the criminal justice system. To get an idea of the author’s perspective, see his “Ted Talk” by clicking here.

Nov 22, Howard Cell will explain the changes in the latest draft of the new Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The committee that is editing it, on which Howard serves, is still looking for suggestions for extracts from Friends writings, especially more contemporary quotes. For information on the process, click here. To read the revision, click here.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, DEC. 5, AT MIDDLETOWN MEETING
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? You are invited to experience extended worship. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. Remember to bring your lunch. Info: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or www.pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-langhorne-meeting.

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QUAKER EVENTS

FCNL PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE AND LOBBY DAY TO BE NOV. 12-13
Friends Committee on National Legislation will conducted its annual Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day in Washington, DC, on Nov. 12 and 13. Lobby Day trains participants in how to effectively lobby the federal officials, with the goal of pivoting our government toward peace building and away from military solutions to address problems. All ages, faiths, and levels of experience are welcome. At the Public Policy Institute session, Nancy Lindborg will give a talk on building structures for peace within the U.S. government. She is president of the United States Institute for Peace, formerly worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and was previously president of Mercy Corps. There are charges for both Lobby Day and the Public Policy Institute. For more information and to register, click here.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10
The winter retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in Delaware County. The theme will be “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. Registration for this retreat opens in November. Keep your eye on pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS PUBLISH THEIR GUIDELINES ON WEB PAGE
During the 2014-2015 school year, Young Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting reviewed and revised their rules and guidelines to better reflect the needs and expectations of their current community. The process is complete, and they have published their results online as the Young Friends Guidelines Affirmation form.

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR YF EVENTS IN 2015-2016
The dates and locations for Young Friends’ events are available for the 2014-2015 academic year. To check it out–and mark the dates on your calendar– click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS
FOULKEWAYS CRAFT FAIR, NOV. 6-7
Something for everybody — from baked goods and books to jewelry and plants, with fabric and buttons thrown in — that’s the Foulkeways Craft Fair on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.each day. Lunch is available. No admission is charged. Foulkeways retirement center is at 1120 Meetinghouse Road in Gwynedd, diagonally across from the William Penn Inn.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 30, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Each Friend who feels called upon to rise and deliver a lengthy discourse might question himself ? and herself ? most searchingly, as to whether the message could not be more lastingly given in the fewest possible words, or even through his or her personality alone, in entire and trustful silence. “Cream must always rise to the surface.” True. But other substances rise to the surface besides cream; substances that may have to be skimmed off and thrown away before bodies and souls can be duly nourished. “Is my message cream or scum?” may be an unusual and is certainly a very homely query. Still it is one that every speaker, in a crowded gathering especially, should honestly face. Some of the dangers of silent worship can best be guarded against by its courtesies. –Violet Holdsworth, 1919

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 1, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room
Closers: Melissa Elliott & Bob Smith
Greeters & Refreshments: Margie & Ted Spaeth

CHILDREN
All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, will then meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, NOV. 8, 2015
Query 10 and opening worship
Minutes from October’s meeting
Report from Germantown Friends School School Committee
Care and Visiting Committee report
Treasurer’s report
Report from the audit
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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REMINDERS

REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
It’s time to go back on Standard Time.

BE SURE TO VOTE THIS TUESDAY TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

For the first time since 1704, three positions for PA Supreme Court judges are up for election.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

TOM FISHER SUFFERS STROKE
Tom Fisher, an attender who lives in West Chester, suffered a stroke last week, with severe side effects, and is now at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center. Calling might not be helpful at this time, since his wife Evelyn is busy helping with his recovery. However, cards sent to their home would be appreciated to let them both know they are in our thoughts and prayers. This is their address: 15 Conistan Drive, West Chester, PA 19383

MEMORIAL FOR JOANNE NICHOLAS STOKES TO BE NOV. 7
The memorial service for Joanne Nicholas Stokes, wife of our member David Evans Stokes, will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. She died Oct. 22 at the age of 92. We extend our sympathy to her family.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

WARM UP TO FALL AT OUR CHILI LUNCH THIS SUNDAY

Germantown Meeting salutes autumn with our first delicious CHILI LUNCH of the year, this Sunday, Nov. 1, right after meeting for worship. Newcomers, members, attenders, and other Friends are heartily invited to come and enjoy chili, salad, cornbread and treats, and spend time getting to know one another better. Our Fellowship Committee, which hosts this event, is very short-staffed at the moment, so if you’d like to pitch in with set-up, serving, or clean-up, your help will be enthusiastically accepted! We hope you’ll join us for feasting, fellowship and fun! –GMM Fellowship Committee

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE TO MEET THIS SUNDAY

The Environmental Concerns Committee will meet from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the meetinghouse this Sunday, Nov. 1. For information, contact Bill Cozzens, clerk of the committee, william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

RIDE NEEDED TO PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7

Our member Patricia Libbey needs a ride to the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 7. If you can help her, please contact her at patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

BUSY HANDS AND CRAFTY IMAGINATIONS: CREATE FOR CRAFT FAIR, DEC. 6

Keep working! Keep working! We’re all in for a glorious surprise on Dec. 6 when we see what other people in our Meeting have made and can buy things for Christmas. This is a chance to be imaginative and bake or make something wonderful to sell to benefit of our Assistance Committee, which helps Friends who are in urgent need. For information, contact Deborah Cooper, deborahcooper125@gmail.com; or Randal Whitman, rwhitman@sprynet.com.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

‘RISE AGAIN’ SING-ALONG CONCERTS, NOV. 1
Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, creators of Rise Up Singing, will celebrate the release of their second songbook, Rise Again!, with a sing-along concert on Nov. 1. There will be two shows: a family concert at 4 p.m., and a concert for adults at 7 p.m. Cost is $10-$25. Tickets at the door will be sold on a sliding scale. Proceeds will go to Quaker programs that address racism. Peter and Annie will be joined by Tom Chapin John Flynn, Kim and Reggie Harris, Charlie King, and Two of a Kind. At Central Philadelphia Meeting, Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, in downtown Philadelphia. For information, call 413-256-8596 or send an email inquiry to info@riseupandsing.org.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7, AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold a day of work and worship and fun together on Nov. 7, at Westtown School. This is an extension of the powerful Annual Sessions that took place last summer at Muhlenberg College. It will begin and end with worship, with spiritual searching in keeping with the mission of the yearly meeting, punctuated with opportunities for fellowship. Programs for children and youth. Concurrent program for Middle School and High School Friends, who will have the opportunity to spend the weekend together. Free. Small charge for simple lunch, or bring your own. Check-in is 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; closing worship is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register at pym.org/continuing-sessions.

FCNL PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE AND LOBBY DAY TO BE NOV. 12-13

Friends Committee on National Legislation will conducted its annual Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day in Washington, DC, on Nov. 12 and 13. Lobby Day trains participants in how to effectively lobby the federal officials, with the goal of pivoting our government toward peace building and away from military solutions to address problems. All ages, faiths, and levels of experience are welcome. At the Public Policy Institute session, Nancy Lindborg will give a talk on building structures for peace within the U.S. government. She is president of the United States Institute for Peace, formerly worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and was previously president of Mercy Corps. There are charges for both Lobby Day and the Public Policy Institute. For more information and to register, click here.

ADULT CLASSES IN NOVEMBER

There will be two Adult Classes on Sundays in November:

Nov. 15, James Earl Davis will lead a discussion about Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption. This book continues our series about the criminal justice system. To get an idea of the author’s perspective, see his “Ted Talk” by clicking here.

Nov 22, Howard Cell will explain the changes in the latest draft of the new Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The committee that is editing it, on which Howard serves, is still looking for suggestions for extracts from Friends writings, especially more contemporary quotes. For information on the process, click here. To read the revision, click here.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, DEC. 5, AT MIDDLETOWN MEETING
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? You are invited to experience extended worship. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. And remember to bring your lunch. Info: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or www.pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-langhorne-meeting.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

The winter retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in Delaware County. The theme will be “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. Registration for this retreat opens in November. Keep your eye on pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS PUBLISH THEIR GUIDELINES ON WEB PAGE
During the 2014-2015 school year, Young Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting reviewed and revised their rules and guidelines to better reflect the needs and expectations of their current community. The process is complete, and they have published their results online as the Young Friends Guidelines Affirmation form.

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR YF EVENTS IN 2015-2016
The dates and locations for Young Friends’ events are available for the 2014-2015 academic year. To check it out–and mark the dates on your calendar– click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FOULKEWAYS CRAFT FAIR, NOV. 6-7
Something for everybody — from baked goods and books to jewelry and plants, with fabric and buttons thrown in — that’s the Foulkeways Craft Fair on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Lunch is available. No admission is charged. Foulkeways retirement center is at 1120 Meetinghouse Road in Gwynedd, diagonally across from the William Penn Inn.

AARP SAFE DRIVERS PROGRAM OFFERED NOV. 5 & 6

Northwest Village Network is offering the AARP Safe Drivers Programs for all licensed drivers 50 years of age and older on Nov. 5 and 6, at 1 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Lovett Library, on the corner of Sedgwick and Germantown avenues in Mt. Airy. Most auto insurance companies give a discount to those who complete the two-day course. To register, call Anne Javsicas.

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TAKE ACTION

STOP THE ‘HORROR FROM HORSHAM,’ OCT. 31
Speak out against the drone war command center coming to the Horsham Air Guard Station at a demonstration tomorrow, Oct. 31, from noon to 2 p.m. Dubbed “Halloween in Horsham,” the event will take place at the entrance to the Horsham Air Guard Station that is at the intersection of Easton Road (Rt. 611) and County Road in Horsham. Wear black, if possible. White death masks, posters, and banners will be available, and a large replica of a Reaper drone will be on display. Costumes with a Halloween theme are also fine. For more information, call 610-544-1818 or go to brandywinepeace/events.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 23, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Ministry should be of necessity, and not of choice, and there is no living by silence, or preaching merely.”
–John Churchman, 1734

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 25, 2015

9 a.m. ADULT CLASS: Phyllis Taylor moderates a panel of experts on human trafficking. Social Room. Light Refreshments.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room
Closers: Peter Samuel & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Teresa Maebori & Katy Hineline

CHILDREN
All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground).

First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, will then meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament. However, this Sunday is special! There will be a game of knowledge, with Halloween treats for prizes. ‘A Cavalcade of Old Testament Heroes, Heroines, Villains, and Victors’ will be presented on a room-length banner with pictures of famous Bible characters engaged in their catastrophes, battles, romances, adventures, and glimpses of heaven. The challenge will be to guess their names. For every right answer, kids win a chance at the Trick-or-Treat Halloween Candy Grab Bag. Organized by Janet Kroll.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday ……………………………………………..1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF JOANNE NICHOLAS STOKES

Joanne Nicholas Stokes, wife of our member David Evans Stokes, died Thursday, Oct. 22. She was 92. She is survived by her husband and children and their families. Arrangements are being made for her memorial service, and more details will be available later. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

PANEL ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 25
At Adult Class this Sunday, there will be a panel discussion on human trafficking, moderated by our member Phyllis Taylor. Speakers will be Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House; Jose Valdes, detective in the Victim Services Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Sister Terry Shields, board president of Dawn’s Place. The class will be held in the social room, beginning at 9 a.m. Light refreshments served. Everyone is welcome.

DOGS TO VISIT FROM ‘NEW LEASH ON LIFE,’ OCT. 25
Young Friends’ bake sale last Sunday raised $501 for New Leash on Life, a Philly-based organization that pairs pound puppies with inmates. This saves the dogs’ lives while improving the lives of prisoners. A staff member will bring a couple of the currently enrolled dogs to Germantown Meeting this Sunday, Oct. 25, to socialize with Young Friends. For information, contact Tash Kassell, co-advisor of Young Friends at tashko@verizon.net. See this website for more info about this terrific organization: newleashonlife-usa.org.?

‘MISH-MASH’ COOKIES DELIGHTED EVERYONE!
Their buttery flavor tickles the tongue, and their fresh-from-the-oven warmth comforts the soul. That’s our kids’ famous “Mish-Mash” cookies, Friends!. From the photo below, you can see why our kids love to make them–how often do they get to plunge their hands into a floury, gooey mess of cookie dough and squish the ingredients together with their fingers? As for the rest of us, we gobbled them up as fast as they came out of the oven and looked for more. Pictured below are two of Jondhi Harrell’s girls (far left and far right) and Dylan Rose Schodt (middle). The editor apologizes for not getting everybody’s names in time to include in today’s BEE. (Photo: Caleb Schodt)

RIDE NEEDED TO PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7
Are you going to the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on Nov. 7 at Westtown School? Do you have room in your car for one more person? Our member Patricia Libbey would like to attend and needs a ride. If you can help her out, please contact her: patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT QUAKERISM? TRY ‘INQUIRERS WEEKEND,’ OCT. 30-NOV. 1
Are you new to Quakerism or been around awhile and would like to know more? There is still space available in Pendle Hill’s Inquirers’ Weekend: Introduction to Basic Quakerism, on Oct. 30 ? Nov. 1. Leaders will be Emma Lapsansky-Werner and Chris Mohr. Register online here, or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137. Pendle Hill will match a meeting?s scholarship support up to half the workshop fee. Participants are encouraged to consider asking their Meeting for financial help, in addition to whatever they can themselves pay. Taking part in an Inquirers’ Weekend helps members and attenders grow and nurtures the spiritual life of the Meeting. For scholarship arrangements, call John Meyer at 610-566-4507, ext. 129 or email him at jmeyer@pendlehill.org.

KEEP MAKING ALL MANNER OF THINGS FOR CRAFT FAIR, DEC. 6
This is a rallying cry for everyone to work hard on their homemade goodies and handicrafts for selling at our Meeting’s Craft Fair on Dec. 6! Imagination is your only limitation, as long as your contributions are handmade. The Craft Fair will begin at 11:45 a.m. and continue until things have sold out, which is likely to be about an hour. Proceeds will benefit the Assistance Committee, which helps members or attenders in acute need, and for the Young Friends of the meeting. There will be many bargains suitable for seasonal use, and members of other meetings close by are invited to come and buy. For information, contact Deborah Cooper, or deborahcooper125@gmail.com, or Randal Whitman, rwhitman@sprynet.com.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

WILLIAM PENN FUNDRAISER, OCT. 23
The 2015 William Penn Fund Raiser will take place, Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It costs $75 per person and will benefit the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, a group that supports continued preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. Reception will be followed by a presentation by Sam Katz, creator of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series, “Philadelphia: the Great Experiment.” RSVP before Oct. 11. Tickets may be purchased online. Details: pym.org/arch-street-meeting-house/youre-invited.

JUMBLE SALE AT SWARTHMORE FRIENDS MEETING, OCT. 24
A bargain finder’s dream-come-true is the popular annual Jumble Sale at Swarthmore Friends Meeting, which will be Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Separate departments for appliances, bikes, books, furniture, gifts, house wares, jewelry, linens, plants and gardening, sporting goods, tools, toys and valuables. Artisanal handicrafts made by Meeting members. A country store features home-baked goods. A silent auction showcases fine furniture and jewelry, stays at vacation homes, catered dinners, workshops, gift baskets, theater tickets, restaurant gift certificates, etc. Quaker Café will serve its famous mushroom soup and chili, as well as other choices for lunch.

PQM GIVES PROGRAM ABOUT WHITE PRIVILEGE, OCT. 25
Noah White will present ?A Visual Walk: A Physical Definition of Privilege? at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s program this Sunday, Oct. 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street). Noah White grew up in Chestnut Hill Meeting and is the son of Carla White. All are welcome to attend Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m., after which there will be a potluck meal, and then the program.

‘RISE AGAIN’ SING-ALONG CONCERTS, NOV. 1

Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, creators of Rise Up Singing, will celebrate the release of their second songbook, Rise Again!, with a sing-along concert at Central Philadelphia Meeting, Nov. 1. There will be two shows: a family concert at 4 p.m., and a concert for adults at 7 p.m. Cost is $10-$25. Tickets at the door will be sold on a sliding scale; people won’t be turned away because they can’t afford to pay. Proceeds will go to Quaker programs that address racism. Peter and Annie will be joined by Tom Chapin, John Flynn, Kim and Reggie Harris, Charlie King, and Two of a Kind. When you purchase a concert ticket ahead of time, you may also order copies of the new songbook and pick them up at the performance. Central Philadelphia Meeting is in Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, in downtown Philadelphia. For information, call 413-256-8596 or send an email inquiry to info@riseupandsing.org.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, DEC. 5, AT MIDDLETOWN MEETING
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end when the clock struck the hour? You are invited to experience extended worship. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. And remember to bring your lunch. Info: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or www.pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-langhorne-meeting.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7, AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold a day of work and worship and fun together on Nov. 7, at Westtown School. This is an extension of the powerful Annual Sessions that took place last summer at Muhlenberg College. It will begin and end with worship, with spiritual searching in keeping with the mission of the yearly meeting, punctuated with opportunities to have fun together. Programs for children and youth. Concurrent program for Middle School and High School Friends, who will have the opportunity to spend the weekend together. Free. Small charge for simple lunch, or bring your own. Check-in is 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; closing worship is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register at pym.org/continuing-sessions.

FCNL PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE AND LOBBY DAY TO BE NOV. 12-13

Friends Committee on National Legislation will conducted its annual Public Policy Institute and Lobby Day in Washington, DC, on Nov. 12 and 13. Lobby Day trains participants in how to effectively lobby the federal officials, with the goal of pivoting our government toward peace building and away from military solutions to address problems. All ages, faiths, and levels of experience are welcome. At the Public Policy Institute session, Nancy Lindborg will give a talk on building structures for peace within the U.S. government. She is president of the United States Institute for Peace, formerly worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and was previously president of Mercy Corps. There are charges for both Lobby Day and the Public Policy Institute. For more information and to register, click here.

QUAKER PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND SET FOR JULY 11-17, 2016

See the actual places in England where the Religious Society of Friends was born. The seven-day 2016 Pilgrimage to England will take place next summer, July 11-17, led by Irene McHenry of Chestnut Hill Meeting and Debora Sines Pancoe of Abington Meeting. They are both affiliated with Friends Council on Education. They will be joined by guides from Britain Yearly Meeting.The group will climb the original Pendle Hill, tour Margaret Fell?s Swarthmoor Hall, visit Lancaster Jail and Castle, and worship in 17th century meetinghouses. Participants will gain a broader sense of their faith by developing friendships and sharing discussions with fellow travelers, while visiting more than a dozen historic sites. Space is limited to 27 ?pilgrims,” so early registration is advised. Go to pym.org/quaker-pilgrimage-to-england

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

The winter retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in Delaware County. The theme will be “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. Registration for this retreat opens in November. Keep your eye on pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS PUBLISH THEIR GUIDELINES ON WEB PAGE
During the 2014-2015 school year, Young Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting reviewed and revised their rules and guidelines to better reflect the needs and expectations of their current community. The process is complete, and they have published their results online as the Young Friends Guidelines Affirmation form.

DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR YF EVENTS IN 2015-2016
The dates and locations for Young Friends’ events are available for the 2014-2015 academic year. To check it out–and mark the dates on your calendar– click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FAIRMOUNT STRING QUARTET OF GFS TEACHERS GIVES CONCERT, OCT. 24
Please join the Fairmount String Quartet–GFS teachers Taia Harlos & Beth Dzwil, with Rachel Segal & Linda Metzler–in concert on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in our Meetinghouse. This is part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days’ “Harmony for Humanity,” an annual global concert network that affirms ideals of tolerance, friendship, and our shared humanity. The program features Haydn String Quartet Op.3 #5, Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 #6, and Schumann String Quartet Op. 41 #1. Suggested donation is $20 for adults, $5 for students. For more information on the Fairmount String Quartet, go to fairmountstrings.com.

GROWING COLORFUL PLANTS INDOORS IN WINTER
In cooperation with Northwest Village Network, Primex Garden Center will present information about how to grow colorful plants indoors in the winter: herbs, bloomers other than African violets, plants with colorful foliage. It will take place at 7 p.m. in Lovett Library, Sedgwick and Germantown Avenues. Primex will bring sample plants and will give them away at the program’s end. For information, contact Anne Javsicas.

TALK ON SLAVE DWELLINGS FEATURED AT CLIVEDEN, OCT. 30
The award-winning series of discussions at Cliveden on race, history, and memory will feature Joe McGill, director of The Slave Dwelling Project, on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. McGill has researched his subject by sleeping in slave dwellings that are still standing in fifteen states. Slaves commonly lived where they worked: in cabins near the fields, in or near blacksmiths shops, or near kitchens. Prior to this project, McGill was a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There will also be Southern-style food tasting. Suggested donation is $15. Space is limited; reserve a spot by calling 215-848-1777 or click here. Cliveden, a historical manor, is located at 6401 Germantown Ave.

AARP SAFE DRIVERS PROGRAM OFFERED NOV. 5 & 6

Northwest Village Network is offering the AARP Safe Drivers Programs for all licensed drivers 50 years of age and older on Nov. 5 and 6, at 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Lovett Library, on the corner of Sedgwick and Germantown avenues in Mt. Airy. Most auto insurance companies give a discount to those who complete the two-day course. To register, call Anne Javsicas.

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TAKE ACTION

JOIN SPIRAL Q’S PERSONHOOD PARADE, OCT. 24

Next Saturday, Oct. 24, join the Brandywine Peace Community at the Spiral Q PERSONHOOD Parade in West Philadelphia. Groups begin to line up at noon at 50th and Walnut streets, which is near the Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut Street. To find the Brandywine Peace Community group, look for the drone silhouettes on poles (created by our member Richard Harvey), with colorful banners and kites, and signs protesting the drone war command center in Horsham. Parade takes off at 1 p.m. and ends at approximately 2 p.m. at Clark Park, 45th St. & Chester Ave., where there will be displays about the arts and activism. To let the Brandywine Peace Community know you’re coming, RSVP by leaving a message at 610-544-1818. For more information about this event and other ones, go tobrandywinepeace.com/events. For specific information about this parade, see spiralq.org/peoplehood-2015.

‘HOPE IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CRISIS’ CONFERENCE, OCT. 25

In an afternoon of speakers and workshops, join others in considering “Hope in the Age of Climate Crisis: Finding Our Moral Compass,” on Oct. 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is the annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and will take place at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at the Philadelphia-Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119. The program will open with a panel presentation and discussion, providing expert information on climate related issues. Workshops will cover racial and environmental justice; interfaith liturgy, prayer, and worship that honors the earth; making changes to our carbon footprints; a study on Jewish creation theology, and ways to strengthen public advocacy with new strategies and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. Cost is $25 at the door, or $20 for advance registration, with $10 for students or those on limited income. Scholarships are available. To learn more, go to paipl.org or contact Cheryl Pyrch, at cpyrch@summitpres.net.

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FRIDAY BEE (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 16, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
All true ministry springs from the reality of experience, and uses our gifts of heart and mind in its expression. But ministry is not the place for intellectual exercise. It comes through us, not from us. Although we interpret the Spirit, it is that Spirit which will lead us to minister. The Spirit will decide which experiences are relevant and which will speak to the condition of the meeting. If you have to decide whether it is right to speak, consider that it isn’t. If your words are important the meeting will find them anyway. –Conference: “Exploring the Fundamental Elements of Quakerism,” 1986

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 18, 2015

9 a.m. ADULT CLASS: Peter Yeomans contrasts views on nonviolent pacifism between James Hillman and Quakers. See attachment, “Yeomans quotes-Hillman.” Social Room. Light Refreshments.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room
Closers: Randal & Leanna Whitman
Greeters & Refreshments: Nicole Juday & Sam Rhoads

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL: Hopes are that our First-day school classes will make mish-mash cookies this week.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday ……………………………………………..1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

JONDHI HARRELL’S TALK AVAILABLE ONLINE

If you would like to see and hear our member Jondhi Harrell’s Oct. 8 presentation at Franklin & Marshal College on incarceration, go to youtube.com/watch?v=N1e2xV-zmn4. You may reach Jondhi at jarrell@tcrcphilly.org.

QVS FELLOW LOOKING FOR BABYSITTING JOBS

Elizabeth Croce, who is a fellow with Quaker Voluntary Service working at Germantown Friends School this year, is looking for opportunities to babysit. Contact her at croceew@guilford.edu.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES FROM SEPT. 2015

The approved minutes are attached from our Sept. 20, 2015, meeting for business. See “Apvd Sept 2015.pdf.”

ADULT CLASSES IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & JANUARY

There will be two classes for adults in October and two in November. So far, one class is scheduled for January. Each will be held in the social room, beginning at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. These are the dates, speakers, and topics:

Sunday, Oct. 18 Our member Peter Yeomans will speak about nonviolence in peacemaking. He says, “Psychoanalyst and writer James Hillman argues that pacifists’ outright rejection of violence is an impediment to having any chance of ever ending war. I plan to use excerpts from his book, A Terrible Love of War, and excerpts from a recent documentary on the war in Afghanistan to explore his perspective. He writes: ‘The worst of war is that it ends in peace; it absents itself from remembrance beyond understanding, beyond remembrance…. Peace is the beginning of forgetting…. I will not march for peace, nor will I pray for it, because it falsifies all it touches.’ Come and help us better understand Hillman’s perspective and contrast it with Quaker pacifism.” (Read excerpts from Hillman’s book attached to this BEE: “Yeomans quotes Hillman.pdf.”)

Sunday, Oct. 25 A panel discussion on human trafficking will be moderated by our member Phyllis Taylor. Speakers will be Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House; Jose Valdes, detective in the Victim Services Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Sister Terry Shields, board president of Dawn’s Place.

Sunday, Nov. 15 James Davis will lead a discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption. This book is one of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s “all-meetings reads.” In this session of Adult Class, we will continue our discussion of the criminal justice system. Before coming, check out Bryan Stevenson’s “Ted” talk: ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice?language=en.

Sunday, Nov. 22 Led by our member Howard Cell, we will consider the draft version of Faith & Practice. Howard is one of the editors, and he will explain the changes to this edition. The committee is still looking for suggestions for extracts from Friends writing, because they would like to include more contemporary quotes. For information on the process, go to pym.org/faith-and-practice-revision-group/. To read the revision go to pym.org/faith-and-practice-revision-group/files/2015/07/PYM-Faith-and-Practice-Complete.7.9.2015-Posted.pdf.

Sunday, Jan. 17 One of our Young Friends, Nate Fisher Guerra, will talk about his work at the Heritage Academy in Africa this past summer. Stay tuned for details.

BAKE SALE THIS SUNDAY TO BENEFIT ‘NEW LEASH ON LIFE’

Our Young Friends will hold a bake sale this Sunday, Oct. 18, after meeting for worship to raise money for New Leash on Life, a Philly-based organization that pairs pound puppies with inmates. This saves the dogs’ lives while improving the lives of prisoners. The bake sale will take place in the social room. Please come prepared to purchase goodies or make donations to New Leash on Life. See this website for more info about this terrific organization: newleashonlife-usa.org/.

DOGS COMING TO GREET YOUNG FRIENDS, OCT. 25
One week after the bake sale, on Sunday, Oct. 25, a staff member from New Leash on Life will bring a couple of dogs that are currently enrolled in the program to Germantown. The dogs will get to socialize with Young Friends, who will learn how New Leash on Life got started, how it benefits both pound puppies and inmates alike, and how people can contribute and stay involved, especially when they are older. Questions? Contact Tash Kassell, co-advisor of Young Friends at tashko@verizon.net.

REMEMBER THE CRAFT FAIR! DEC. 6
There’s still plenty of time to prepare your homemade items to sell at our Meeting’s craft fair, to be held on Dec. 6. Woodworking, quilts, jams and jellies and chutneys, sewing and knitting, photos, flower seeds, potholders, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets — the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So get busy now and see what you can come up with! The proceeds benefit our Assistance Committee, which has had an especially heavy demand on its resources this past year and could use a little extra boost. For information or ideas, talk to Deborah Cooper of the Assistance Committee, deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

WILLIAM PENN FUNDRAISER, OCT. 23
The 2015 William Penn Fund Raiser will take place, Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It costs $75 per person and will benefit the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, a group that supports continued preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. Reception will be followed by a presentation by Sam Katz, creator of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series, “Philadelphia: the Great Experiment.” RSVP before Oct. 11. Tickets may be purchased online. Details: pym.org/arch-street-meeting-house/youre-invited

JUMBLE SALE AT SWARTHMORE FRIENDS MEETING, OCT. 24

A bargain finder’s dream-come-true is the popular annual Jumble Sale at Swarthmore Friends Meeting, which will be Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Separate departments for appliances, bikes, books, furniture, gifts, house wares, jewelry, linens, plants and gardening, sporting goods, tools, toys and valuables. Artisanal handicrafts made by Meeting members. A country store features home-baked goods and other specialty food. A silent auction showcases fine furniture and jewelry, stays at vacation homes, catered dinners, workshops, gift baskets, theater tickets, restaurant gift certificates, etc. (Information on the Silent Auction may be found prior to the sale at jumblesilentauction.org. Winning bids announced at 1 p.m.) Quaker Café will serve its famous mushroom soup and chili, as well as other choices for lunch.

‘RISE AGAIN’ SING-ALONG CONCERTS, NOV. 1

Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, creators of Rise Up Singing, will celebrate the release of their second songbook, Rise Again!, with a sing-along concert at Central Philadelphia Meeting, Nov. 1. There will be two shows: a family concert at 4 p.m., and a concert for adults at 7 p.m. Cost is $10-$25. Tickets at the door will be sold on a sliding scale; people won’t be turned away because they can’t afford to pay. Proceeds will go to Quaker programs that address racism. Peter and Annie will be joined by Tom Chapin John Flynn, Kim and Reggie Harris, Charlie King, and Two of a Kind. When you purchase a concert ticket ahead of time, you may also order copies of the new songbook and pick them up at the performance. Central Philadelphia Meeting is in Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, in downtown Philadelphia. For information, call 413-256-8596 or send an email inquiry to info@riseupandsing.org.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7, AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold a day of work and worship and fun together on Nov. 7, at Westtown School. This is an extension of the powerful Annual Sessions that took place last summer at Muhlenberg College. It will begin and end with worship, with spiritual searching in keeping with the mission of the yearly meeting, punctuated with opportunities to have fun together. Programs for children and youth. Concurrent program for Middle School and High School Friends, who will have the opportunity to spend the weekend together. Free. Small charge for simple lunch, or bring your own. Check-in is 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; closing worship is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register at pym.org/continuing-sessions.

QUAKER PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND SET FOR JULY 11-17, 2016

See the actual places in England where the Religious Society of Friends was born. The seven-day 2016 Pilgrimage to England will take place next summer, July 11-17, led by Irene McHenry of Chestnut Hill Meeting and Deborra Sines Pancoe of Abington Meeting. They are both affiliated with Friends Council on Education. They will be joined by guides from Britain Yearly Meeting.The group will climb the original Pendle Hill, tour Margaret Fell?s Swarthmoor Hall, visit Lancaster Jail and Castle, and worship in 17th century meeting houses. Participants will gain a broader sense of their faith by developing friendships and sharing discussions with fellow travelers, while visiting more than a dozen historic sites. Registration is now open. Space is limited to 27 ?pilgrims,” so early registration is advised. Go to pym.org/quaker-pilgrimage-to-england/

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

The winter retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in Delaware County. The theme will be “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. Registration for this retreat opens in November. Keep your eye on pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a fall weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS
MALT CLASS ON SPIRITUALITY, OCT. 21
What does spirituality mean for you? Is it a connection with your inner center, your soul, other people, or the universe, a divine source? Explore these questions and others at a class on spirituality, led by Jan Collins and offered through Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be held at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, 19118. Cost: $20. Bring paper for writing. To register, go to mtairylearningtree.org or call 215-843-6333, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FAIRMOUNT STRING QUARTET OF GFS TEACHERS GIVES CONCERT, OCT. 24
Please join the Fairmount String Quartet–GFS teachers Taia Harlos & Beth Dzwil, with Rachel Segal & Linda Metzler–in concert on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in our Meetinghouse. This is part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days’ “Harmony for Humanity,” an annual global concert network that affirms ideals of tolerance, friendship, and our shared humanity. The program features Haydn String Quartet Op.3 #5, Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 #6, and Schumann String Quartet Op. 41 #1. Suggested donation is $20 for adults, $5 for students. For more information on the Fairmount String Quartet, go to fairmountstrings.com.

TALK ON SLAVE DWELLINGS FEATURED AT CLIVEDEN, OCT. 30
The award-winning series of discussions at Cliveden on race, history, and memory will feature Joe McGill, director of The Slave Dwelling Project, on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. McGill has researched his subject by sleeping in slave dwellings that are still standing in fifteen states. Slaves commonly lived where they worked: in cabins near the fields, in or near blacksmiths shops, or near kitchens, for example. Prior to this project, McGill was a field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There will also be Southern-style food tasting. Suggested donation is $15. Space is limited; reserve a spot by calling 215-848-1777 or click here. Cliveden, a historical manor, is located at 6401 Germantown Ave.

AARP SAVE DRIVERS PROGRAM OFFERED NOV. 5 & 6

Northwest Village Network is offering the AARP Safe Drivers Programs for all licensed drivers 50 years of age and older on Nov. 5 and 6, at 1 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Lovett Library, on the corner of Sedgwick and Germantown avenues in Mt. Airy. Most auto insurance companies give a discount to those who complete the two-day course. To register, call Anne Javsicas.

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TAKE ACTION

JOIN SPIRAL Q’S PERSONHOOD PARADE, OCT. 24

Next Saturday, Oct. 24, join the Brandywine Peace Community at the Spiral Q PERSONHOOD Parade in West Philadelphia. Groups begin to line up at noon at 50th and Walnut streets, which is near the Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut Street. To find the Brandywine Peace Community group, look for the drone silhouettes on poles (created by our member Richard Harvey), with colorful banners and kites, and signs protesting the drone war command center in Horsham. Parade takes off at 1 p.m. and ends at approximately 2 p.m. at Clark Park, 45th St. & Chester Ave., where there will be displays about the arts and activism. To let the Brandywine Peace Community know you’re coming, RSVP by leaving a message at 610-544-1818. For more information about this event and other ones, go to brandywinepeace.com/events. For specific information about this parade, see spiralq.org/peoplehood-2015.

‘HOPE IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CRISIS’ CONFERENCE, OCT. 25

In an afternoon of speakers and workshops, join others in considering “Hope in the Age of Climate Crisis: Finding Our Moral Compass,” on Oct. 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is the annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and will take place at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at the Philadelphia-Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119. The program will open with a panel presentation and discussion, providing expert information on climate related issues. Workshops will cover racial and environmental justice; interfaith liturgy, prayer, and worship that honors the earth; making changes to our carbon footprints; a study on Jewish creation theology, and ways to strengthen public advocacy with new strategies and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. Cost is $25 at the door, or $20 for advance registration, with $10 for students or those on limited income. Scholarships are available. To learn more, go to paipl.org or contact Cheryl Pyrch, at cpyrch@summitpres.net.

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FRIDAY BEE (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 9, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Some think, through a mistaken judgment, that they must be doing something every meeting, (like the preachers of the letter, who must either be singing, preaching or praying all the time) and by such a conduct they lose their interest and place in the hearts of friends by too long and too frequent appearing in both preaching and prayer: For the avoiding of which, keep close to thy gift, intently waiting to know thy place, both when to speak and when to be silent; and when thou speakest, begin under a sense of divine influence, whether it be in preaching or praying; and without it, do not either preach or pray.–Samuel Bownas, 1750

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 11, 2015

9 a.m. Meeting for Business in social room (See agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments and fellowship in social room

Closers: Anthony Stover & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Valerie Nehez and Anthony Tyler

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL CLASSES: Our two First-day school classes will meet separately this week and continue their study of the Old Testament, with Sam Angell leading the younger group, and Carla Childs with the 4-7 grade students.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday ……………………………………………..1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, OCT.11, 2015

Annual Meeting of the Corporation of Germantown Monthly Meeting

Query 8 and opening worship
September’s minutes
Nominating Committee report
Care &Visiting Committee report
Worship & Ministry Committee report
Property Committee report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

BOBBY HILL NAMED ‘PERSON OF THE WEEK’ BY ABC NEWS
Our 14-year-old attender, Bobby Hill, was selected last Friday to be “Person of the Week” by ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. Bobby stunned the world with his brilliant, clear, boy-soprano solo of “Pie Jesu” at the concert for Pope Francis. He stepped in with poise and self-confidence to fill a gap in the concert schedule, with only a few minutes’ warning before he needed to step up to the microphone. His beautiful a cappella voice soared over the thousands of people in the live audience and over the airwaves to millions of people all over the world. Bobby is a member of the Keystone State Boys Choir and attends Central High School. Congratulations, Bobby! You make us proud, but, even more than that, you thrill our ears!

BETTY CARY TO MOVE BACK TO STAPELEY
Our member Betty Cary is expecting to move back to her apartment at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) in Germantown in the next few days. She underwent a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation this past summer, with stays in Bryn Mawr Hospital and The Quadrangle retirement center. She still has recovering to do but is ready to move back to living more independently. She still enjoys receiving notes of encouragement and especially phone calls.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL SHARES PLANS FOR NEW YEAR
Our First day school program is split into three age groups. The youngest group is for children in Pre-K to third grade, the middle group is for students in grades 4-7, and the Young Friends group is for students in grades 8-12. Once a month the groups meet together to do a craft, usually for the meeting. This year the Younger two groups will read Bible stories, do crafts, and discuss lessons from the stories. We believe that children should have some exposure to Bible stories, since these are the foundation of early Quaker belief and thought. The Young Friends group works on service projects and discusses issues, with an agenda largely set by the young people themselves. Our hope is that the program will be fun, educational, and build bonds among the children and families of the meeting. All children go to Meeting for the first 20 minutes and then come out together. We realize it may not be possible for children in some families to make it to First-day School every Sunday, and we welcome them whenever they are able to come. At the same time, we see the value of continuity and hope kids can come often enough to follow the lessons and become part of the group. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee.

PETER YEOMANS TO SPEAK ON VIOLENCE AND PACIFISM, OCT. 18
Our member Peter Yeomans will speak at Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m., in the social room, contrasting the perspective of James Hillman to Quaker pacifism. Psychoanalyst and writer James Hillman argues that the pacifist’s outright rejection of violence is an impediment to having any chance of ending war. James Hillman writes: “the worst of war is that it ends in peace, it absents itself from remembrance beyond understanding, beyond remembrance….Peace is the beginning of forgetting….I will not march for peace, nor will I pray for it, because it falsifies all it touches.” Peter will use excerpts from Hillman’s book, A Terrible Love of War, and excerpts from a recent documentary on the war in Afghanistan. Free and open to everyone. Light refreshments served.

‘HUMAN TRAFFICKING’ PANEL FEATURED AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 25
Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 25, will be a panel presentation on human trafficking, moderated by our member Phyllis Taylor. It will be 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Light refreshments will be served. Speakers will be Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House; Jose Valdes, detective in the Victim Services Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Sister Terry Shields, Board president of Dawn’s Place.

REMEMBER THE CRAFT FAIR! DEC. 6
There’s still plenty of time to prepare your homemade items to sell at our Meeting’s craft fair, to be held on Dec. 6. Woodworking, quilts, jams and jellies and chutneys, sewing and knitting, photos, flower seeds, potholders, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets — the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So get busy now and see what you can come up with! The proceeds benefit our Assistance Committee, which has had an especially heavy demand on its resources this past year and could use a little extra boost. For information or ideas, talk to Deborah Cooper of the Assistance Committee, deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

MEET OTHER FRIENDS AT FRIENDLY 800s POTLUCK DINNER, OCT. 18
You are invited to take part in the Friendly 800s Potluck Dinners, on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Groups of Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will gather in one another’s homes for simultaneous potluck dinners of approximately eight people each. This new PYM initiative is aimed at acquainting Friends with those from other meetings. Everyone is invited to participate by hosting or visiting. Each location will engage in similar activities, such as responding to a query or Skyping with another group, and, of course, eating. Register by Tuesday, Oct. 13, at pym.org/friendly-800s.

WILLIAM PENN FUNDRAISER, OCT. 23
The 2015 William Penn Fund Raiser will take place, Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It costs $75 per person and will benefit the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, a group that supports continued preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. Reception will be followed by a presentation by Sam Katz, creator of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series, “Philadelphia: the Great Experiment.” RSVP before Oct. 11. Tickets may be purchased online. Details: pym.org/arch-street-meeting-house/youre-invited

‘RISE AGAIN’ SING-ALONG CONCERTS, NOV. 1

Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, creators of the Rise Up Singing, will celebrate the release of their second songbook, Rise Again!, with a sing-along concert at Central Philadelphia Meeting, Nov. 1. There will be two shows: a family concert at 4 p.m., and a concert for adults at 7 p.m. Cost is $10-$25. Tickets at the door will be sold on a sliding scale; people won’t be turned away because they can’t afford to pay. Proceeds will go to Quaker programs that address racism. Peter and Annie will be joined by Tom Chapin John Flynn, Kim and Reggie Harris, Charlie King, and Two of a Kind. When you purchase a concert ticket, you may also order copies of the new songbook and pick them up at the performance. Central Philadelphia Meeting is in Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, in downtown Philadelphia. For information, call 413-256-8596 or send an email inquiry to info@riseupandsing.org.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7, AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold a day of work and worship and fun together on Nov. 7, at Westtown School. This is an extension of the powerful Annual Sessions that took place last summer at Muhlenberg College. It will begin and end with worship, with spiritual searching in keeping with the mission of the yearly meeting, punctuated with opportunities to have fun together. Programs for children and youth. Concurrent program for Middle School and High School Friends, who will have the opportunity to spend the weekend together. Free. Small charge for simple lunch, or bring your own. Check-in is 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; closing worship is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration begins soon at pym.org/continuing-sessions.

QUAKER PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND SET FOR JULY 11-17, 2016

See the actual places in England where the Religious Society of Friends was born. The seven-day 2016 Pilgrimage to England will take place next summer, July 11-17, led by Irene McHenry of Chestnut Hill Meeting and Deborra Sines Pancoe of Abington Meeting. They are both of the Friends Council on Education. They will be joined by guides from Britain Yearly Meeting.The group will climb the original Pendle Hill, tour Margaret Fell?s Swarthmoor Hall, visit Lancaster Jail and Castle, and worship in 17th century meeting houses. Participants will gain a broader sense of their faith by developing friendships and sharing discussions with fellow travelers, while visiting more than a dozen historic sites. Registration is now open. Space is limited to 27 ?pilgrims,” so early registration is advised. Go to pym.org/quaker-pilgrimage-to-england/

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10

The winter retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in Delaware County. The theme will be “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. Registration for this retreat opens in November. Keep your eye on pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a fall weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, OCT. 10

This annual community event at Awbury Arboretum will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Awbury Education Center, 901 E. Washington Lane. Admission is free, as will be many of the activities, but take a little money for food and perhaps flea market finds. A variety of things will be going on: live music, flea vendors, pumpkin painting, hayrides, cider pressing, and kids’ activities. The Harvest Festival is offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Orchard Project, which will offer plants for sale. For information, go to awbury.org or phillyorchards.org.

BREAKING DOWN THE BOX SHOWS AT MISHKAN SHALOM, OCT. 11

The film Breaking Down the Box will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., in Roxborough. The film examines the implications for mental health, racial justice, and human rights by use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. It voices a call to action to communities of faith to join the nationwide movement for restorative alternatives to isolated confinement. Produced by Matthew Gossage for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Sponsored by the Mass Incarceration Working Group of Mishkan Shalom. Discussion follows film showing. Donation requested of $5 to $10. For information, contact Lynne Iser, 215-913-8362.

WALTER TSO TO SPEAK ABOUT CUBA’S HEALTH SYSTEM, OCT. 11

Find out some of the reasons why Cuba’s health system ranks higher in statistics about effectiveness than the United States’. Walter Tso, a medical doctor with deep experience in health care delivery, will speak at a program and potluck dinner on Sunday, Oct. 11, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. He is adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center of Public Health Initiatives, former Philadelphia Health Commissioner, and director emeritus of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Tso recently visited Cuba on a health-care delegation to look at the delivery of health care in Cuba, which costs one percent of the amount spent on health care in the United States. The potluck dinner begins at 4:30 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to bring a main dish, salad, or dessert. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, go to brandywinepeace.com or call Bob Smith at 610-544-1818.

AARP SAVE DRIVERS PROGRAM OFFERED NOV. 5 & 6

Northwest Village Network is offering the AARP Safe Drivers Programs for all licensed drivers 50 years of age and older on Nov. 5 and 6, at 1 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Lovett Library, on the corner of Sedgwick and Germantown avenues in Mt. Airy. Most auto insurance companies give a discount to those who complete the two-day course. To register, call Anne Javsicas.

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TAKE ACTION

KEEP-SPACE-FOR-PEACE DEMONSTRATION AT LOCKHEED MARTIN

This Saturday, Oct. 10, there will be a demonstration at the entrance to Lockheed Martin, the world’s number one weapons manufacturer and war profiteer. Demonstrators will fly kites and hold signs and banners. It will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. The entrance is in front of Lockheed Martin’s headquarters at 230 Mall Boulevard, in King of Prussia, which is directly behind the King of Prussia Mall, near the IMAX theater and Best Buy. For information about this event and other actions worldwide for Keep-Space-for-Peace Week, go to brandywinepeace.com/events .

‘HOPE IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CRISIS’ CONFERENCE, OCT. 25

In an afternoon of speakers and workshops, join others in considering “Hope in the Age of Climate Crisis: Finding Our Moral Compass,” on Oct. 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is the annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and will take place at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at the Philadelphia-Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119. The program will open with a panel presentation and discussion, providing expert information on climate related issues. Workshops will cover racial and environmental justice; interfaith liturgy, prayer, and worship that honors the earth; making changes to our carbon footprints; a study on Jewish creation theology, and ways to strengthen public advocacy with new strategies and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. Cost is $25 at the door, or $20 for advance registration, with $10 for students or those on limited income. Scholarships are available. To learn more, go to paipl.org or contact Cheryl Pyrch, cpyrch@summitpres.net.

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FRIDAY BEE (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 2, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Remember that to every one is given a share of responsibility for the meeting for worship, whether that service be in silence or through the spoken word. Do not assume that vocal ministry is never to be your part. If the call to speak comes, do not let the sense of your own unworthiness, or the fear of being unable to find the right words, prevent you from being obedient to the leading of the Spirit. Ask wisdom of God that you may be sure of your guidance and be enabled humbly to discern and impart something of his glory and truth. Pray that your ministry may rise from the place of deep experience, and that you may be restrained from unnecessary and superficial words. Faithfulness and sincerity in speaking, even very briefly, may open the way to fuller ministry from others. Try to speak audibly and distinctly, with sensitivity to the needs of your fellow worshippers. Wait to be sure of the right moment for giving the message. Beware of making additions towards the end of a meeting when it was well left before. –Britain Yearly Meeting, Advices, 1964

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 4, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ed Nakawatase & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Ross Hennesy and Kate Pontvien-Jones

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday ……………………………………………..1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, OCT.13, 2015
Annual Meeting of the Corporation of Germantown Monthly Meeting

Query 8 and opening worship
September’s minutes
Nominating Committee report
Care and Visiting Committee report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR ANN HART THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 4
Our member Ann Hart died Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the age of 87. There will be a Meeting for Worship for Memorial for her in our Meetinghouse on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2:30 p.m., with a reception afterward. Condolences may be sent to her daughter Betsy Hart at 42 Fair Street, Warwick, RI 02888. Our love and prayers go out to her family at this time.

DEATH OF LEILA SAWYER’S MOTHER
The mother of our member Leila Sawyer died a week ago in Philadelphia after a prolonged illness. If you would like to send your condolences, address them to Leila and her family at 227 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144-3845. We hold them all in our love and sympathy at this time of loss.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

See attached minutes from June 2015 Meeting for Business.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS TO MEET SUNDAY, OCT. 4
The Environmental Concerns Working Group will meet this Sunday, Oct. 4, in the meetinghouse, at approximately 12 noon, after Meeting for Worship. We will discuss working group / committee plans for the coming year. We will also talk about several opportunities coming up in the near future for environmental and climate-related action and learning. –Bill Cozzens, clerk, Environmental Concerns Working Group, william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL AIRS PLANS FOR NEW YEAR
Our First-day school program is split into three age groups. The youngest group is for children in Pre-K to third grade, the middle group is for students in grades 4-7, and the Young Friends group is for students in grades 8-12. Once a month the groups meet together to do a craft, usually for the meeting. This year the younger two groups will read Bible stories and do crafts and discuss lessons from the stories. We believe children should have some exposure to Bible stories, since these are the foundation of early Quaker belief and thought. The Young Friends group works on service projects and discusses issues, with an agenda largely set by the Young Friends themselves.

Our hope is that the program will be fun, educational, and build bonds among the children and families of the meeting. All children go to Meeting for the first 20 minutes and then come out together. We realize it may not be possible for children in some families to make it to First-day School every Sunday, and we welcome them whenever they are able to come. At the same time, we see the value of continuity and hope kids can come often enough to follow the lessons and become part of the group. This Sunday, the youngest children will be reading about Joseph and his coat of many colors with Caleb Schodt, and the middle group will be learning about Adam & Eve and Cain & Abel with Carla Childs. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

VOCAL MINISTRY TO BE TRANSCRIBED DURING WORSHIP
If you see our former member Helene Pollack typing away on her computer during meeting for worship, don’t be alarmed. She’s not answering her emails; she’s transcribing vocal messages for our member Gail Woodbury, who will be sitting beside her. Gail, who is hard of hearing, says reading the messages helps her feel more included in the worship experience. “Her doing that has enabled me to be a part of meeting for worship in a way that I have not been able to be for years,” says Gail. This will not take place every Sunday but only when Helene is available for this voluntary kindness and Gail is able to come to meeting. All messages will be deleted afterward. Friends should be reassured that this new effort was brought to our committee on Worship and Ministry in September, where it was discussed and approved. You may have heard the announcement about this after meeting for worship two weeks ago, made by Karen Lightner, clerk of Worship & Ministry.

FRIENDLY FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, OCT. 4
This is the Sunday to enjoy a potluck meal with Friends at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street. Bring a dish to share and be prepared to savor the excellent company and yummy food. Everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and warmly encouraged to come. The meal starts at 5 p.m.; please bring your dish a few minutes early so it can be set out on time. After dinner, there will be a half-hour Meeting for Worship at 6:30 p.m. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill MM is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator-in-general for these potlucks. Contact her at walmsley127@verizon.net.

SPEAKING OF POTLUCK DINNERS, LET’S JOIN THE FRIENDLY 800s!
Friendly 8’s, our “getting to know you better” potluck dinners, will not be on the menu this year (2015-2016), while we take a break. However, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has scheduled a set of Friendly 800s potluck dinners on October 18, and we urge all to sign up for this grand feast—by either hosting or attending one. The Web address with details is www.pym.org/friendly-800s.–Joanne Ford

STORY TELLS OF ‘URBAN MIRACLE’ OF FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND
An article that appeared last Sunday at Philly.com weaves a lovely connection between Pope Francis’ kinship with Quaker ideals and the resurrection of Fair Hill Burial Ground in North Philadelphia. Here is an excerpt of Jamie Stiehm’s story: “In the course of human events, in Philadelphia, Pope Francis is among Friends, dead or alive. They are the people who built the city out of rich wilderness in the beginning and still influence its bedrock character…. The wildly popular pontiff may not have this on his itinerary, but there’s a beautiful old Quaker burial ground on Germantown Avenue that is testament to a biblical urban miracle. Historic Fair Hill has blossomed beyond the dreams of all hands who reclaimed the land from fear and violence.” To read the entire article, go to philly.com/philly/opinion/20150927_Quaker_echoes_in_pontiff_s_ideals.html#LbOswsBDFPKQ9GQQ.99

FAMILY NEEDS COUCH & BEDS
A formerly homeless family who have just rented a home need beds and furniture, especially a couch, reports Diana Gomez, a faculty member at Germantown Friends School. The family is composed of a mother and seven children. Other items of furniture may be needed, as well. This request comes from a community organizer for Mastery Charter Schools in Camden. If you have extra pieces of furniture in your home that you’re ready to part with, they might make loving gifts for a family that is trying to get on its feet again. Contact Diana at dgomez@germantownfriends.org, and she will put you in touch with someone who is helping the family get settled.

FRIENDS NEEDED FOR QVS CLEARNESS COMMITTEES
Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS)-Philly is looking for Friends who are willing to serve on clearness committees being formed for this year’s QVS Fellows. The committee members will help the Fellows come to clearness on specific, pressing decisions during the transition into and after QVS, meeting a few times in the winter and spring of 2016. If you have interest in helping a couple of young adults learn this particular Quaker technology and have a gift for deep listening, please send an email to Walter Sullivan at hjeltsullivan@gmail.com or Ross Hennesy at ross@quakervoluntaryservice.org with your contact info. The bios of the new QVS crew is on the website: quakervoluntaryservice.org/current-fellows/#Philadelphia%20Fellows.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH CHILD CARE
The Childcare Committee needs volunteers to help Candice Price, our staff child care worker, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., on Sundays. The volunteer checks in with Candice at the beginning of the hour to see if she needs another person to help her, in case of a large number of children turnout or if there is a big difference in ages of the children. If help is not needed, the volunteer is welcome to stay with the kids or return to meeting for worship. Five to ten volunteers are the hoped-for number to cover scheduling needs. If you are interested and available, please send an email to Lois Weaver, clerk of the Childcare Committee, at weaverlois@aol.com; or to Maggie Lockwood, a member of the First-day-School Committee, at maggie_lockwood@me.com. This plan will go into effect in October. A background check is necessary for volunteers. Maggie or Lois can help with the paperwork, and there will not be a cost to the volunteer.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 9
The September meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, because of transportation problems on the original date, which is on the weekend of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. It will be held at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln St., Philadelphia 19124. Snacks will be available at 6 p.m., and the meeting will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For questions, contact PQM Coordinator Margaret Wood, (215) 241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org.

PETER YEOMANS TO SPEAK ON VIOLENCE AND PACIFISM, OCT. 18
Our member Peter Yeomans will speak at Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m., in the social room, contrasting the perspective of James Hillman to Quaker pacifism. Psychoanalyst and writer James Hillman argues that the pacifist’s outright rejection of violence is an impediment to having any chance of ending war. James Hillman writes: “the worst of war is that it ends in peace, it absents itself from remembrance beyond understanding, beyond remembrance….Peace is the beginning of forgetting….I will not march for peace, nor will I pray for it, because it falsifies all it touches.” Peter will use excerpts from Hillman’s book, A Terrible Love of War, and excerpts from a recent documentary on the war in Afghanistan to explore Hillman’s ideas. Free and open to everyone. Light refreshments served.

‘HUMAN TRAFFICKING’ PANEL FEATURED AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 25
Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 25, will be a panel presentation on human trafficking, moderated by our member Phyllis Taylor. It will be 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Light refreshments will be served. Speakers will be Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House; Jose Valdes, detective in the Victim Services Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Sister Terry Shields, Board president of Dawn’s Place.

BOOK AVAILABLE TO READ FOR NOVEMBER ADULT CLASS
In November, our Adult Class will discuss Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption. Here is a link for an online review from The Washington Post: washingtonpost.com/opinions/book-review-just-mercy-a-story-of-justice-and-redemption-by-bryan-stevenson/2014/10/23/5d590580-3f67-11e4-9587-5dafd96295f0_story.html. This book is the choice for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s all-Meeting read and will be for sale from Joanne Sharpless for $10, beginning this Sunday. To purchase the book, see Joanne at the rise of Meeting.

REMEMBER THE CRAFT FAIR!
There’s still plenty of time to prepare your homemade items to sell at our Meeting’s craft fair, to be held on Dec. 6. Woodworking, quilts, jams and jellies and chutneys, sewing and knitting, photos, flower seeds, potholders, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets — the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So get busy now and see what you can come up with! The proceeds benefit our Assistance Committee, which has had an especially heavy demand on its resources this past year and could use a little extra boost. For information or ideas, talk to Deborah Cooper of the Assistance Committee, deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

NEW NAME FOR OUR E-BULLETIN
Friends, we have a shorter, easier-to-remember name on today’s email bulletin: The Friday BEE. The B is for Bulletin, with overtones of buzzing, busy-ness, and building our community. I hope you like it. Comments are welcome. Please sweeten them with honey, because I’m stuck on this. (don’t groan….) –Melissa Elliott, GMM secretary

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

DOULAS GWYN TO SPEAK AT PENDLE HILL, OCT. 3
Douglas Gwyn, longtime Quaker and former Bible Studies teacher at Pendle Hill, will speak on “A Great People to Be Scattered: The Life & Times of Pendle Hill,” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. His talk is part of the observation of Pendle Hill’s 85th anniversary and will be about ebbs and flows of activism and quietism in the first 80 years of Pendle Hill’s history, as detailed in his latest book, Personality and Place: The Life and Times of Pendle Hill. Doug has coined the term ‘bispiritual’ to describe Friends like himself who are engaged and nurtured by both pastoral and unprogrammed Friends. His wife Caroline Jones is a Friend and teacher in the Insight Buddhist tradition. He has written many books, including Apocalypse of the Word: The Life and Message of George Fox (1986). The talk is free. To register online or sign up for online streaming, go to pendlehill.org. For more information, call 610-566-4507.

MEET OTHER FRIENDS AT FRIENDLY 800s POTLUCK DINNER, OCT. 18
You are invited to take part in the Friendly 800s Potluck Dinners, on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Groups of Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will gather in one another’s homes for simultaneous potluck dinners of approximately eight people each. This new PYM initiative is aimed at acquainting Friends with those from other meetings. Everyone is invited to participate by hosting or visiting. Each location will engage in similar activities, such as responding to a query or Skyping with another group, and, of course, eating. Registration opens soon at pym.org/friendly-800s.

REVIEW THE NEW VERSION OF FAITH & PRACTICE ONLINE
The newly revised version of Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is available online. Feedback is wanted before January 2016. Take a look, share you thoughts and comments, and help out the Friends who have worked long and hard to bring this revision this far and are eager to finish it. Go to pym.org/faith-and-practice-revision-group/proposed-draft-july-2015/.

FRIENDS GROUP TO VISIT INDIA, OCT. 20-30
Would you like to visit Friends who live in India, learn about Gandhian peace work, meditate at Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, and join all-India gatherings of Friends and youth? Here’s your opportunity to go with a group of like-minded Quakers. For information, send an inquiry by email tohenrywb@gmail.com or nathannola@gmail.com.

WILLIAM PENN FUNDRAISER, OCT. 23
The 2015 William Penn Fund Raiser will take place, Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It costs $75 per person and will benefit the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, a group that supports continued preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. Reception will be followed by a presentation by Sam Katz, creator of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series, “Philadelphia: the Great Experiment.” RSVP before Oct. 11. Tickets may be purchased online. Details: pym.org/arch-street-meeting-house/youre-invited

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7, AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold a day of work and worship and fun together on Nov. 7, at Westtown School. This is an extension of the powerful Annual Sessions that took place last summer at Muhlenberg College. It will begin and end with worship, with spiritual searching in keeping with the mission of the yearly meeting, punctuated with opportunities to have fun together. Programs for children and youth. Concurrent program for Middle School and High School Friends, who will have the opportunity to spend the weekend together. Free. Small charge for simple lunch, or bring your own. Check in is 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; closing worship is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration begins soon at pym.org/continuing-sessions.

QUAKER PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND SET FOR JULY 11-17, 2016
See the actual places in England where the Religious Society of Friends was born. The seven-day 2016 Pilgrimage to England will take place next summer, July 11-17, led by Irene McHenry of Chestnut Hill Meeting and Deborra Sines Pancoe of Abington Meeting. They are both affiliated with Friends Council on Education. They will be joined by guides from Britain Yearly Meeting.The group will climb the original Pendle Hill, tour Margaret Fell’s Swarthmoor Hall, visit Lancaster Jail and Castle, and worship in 17th century meeting houses. Participants will gain a broader sense of their faith by developing friendships and sharing discussions with fellow travelers, while visiting more than a dozen historic sites. Registration is now open. Space is limited to 27 pilgrims, so early registration is advised. Go to pym.org/quaker-pilgrimage-to-england/

PENDLE HILL CONFERENCES THIS FALL

There are lots of new and old subjects to explore this fall at Pendle Hill, a Quaker study and conference center in Wallingford, PA, approximately 20 west of Philadelphia. Each of the titles below links to a web page description. All carry fees, so, if you are interested and don’t have the money, ask about financial assistance.

Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Inquirers’ Weekend. Ground yourself in the basics of Quaker faith and practice with Quaker historian Emma Lapsansky-Werner and Quaker publisher Chris Mohr. Experience worship, discussion, sharing, and questions with fellow seekers and seasoned Quaker leaders.

Nov. 1-5 Beyond Diversity 101. Become more effective in your work to overcome racism through this five-day intensive with skilled Quaker educators Niyonu Spann and Lisa Graustein. Use heart, mind, body and spirit together in a learning community that moves beyond blame and guilt to take responsibility, shift mindsets, and build useful skills.

Nov. 20-22 Clerking. Join master teacher Arthur Larrabee and clerks of Quaker meetings and committees for this annual must-attend for incoming clerks. New and experienced clerks come together to consider the role of presiding clerk. You will come away with new energy, enthusiasm, and skills for serving your community as clerk.

Nov. 27-29 Waiting on the Spirit. The Advent season invites us to slow down and enter a period of expectant waiting. Join Deborah Shaw and John Meyer for a retreat with worship, devotional reading, music, deep listening, and shared fellowship.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

FALL RETREAT THIS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
This is the big weekend for the fall retreat of Young Adult Friends at Newton Friends Meeting. If you have registered but would like to go to some or all of it, call as soon as possible to see if there’s still space. Contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075, epiersolschmidt@pym.org. The retreat begins today (Friday, Oct. 2) at 5:30 p.m. and ends Sunday, Oct. 4, at noon. There will be worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship, focusing on the subject of making your dreams and plans a reality. Cost is $35; financial aid is available.

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR WINTER RETREAT, JAN. 8-10
The winter retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Jan. 8-10 at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting in Delaware County. The theme will be “Unpacking Race, Equipping Ourselves For Justice.” Cost: $35, with financial aid available. This group recognizes that Young Adult Friends are at different places in their journeys, and they come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen their connections with one another and the Spirit. Registration for this retreat opens in November. Keep your eye on pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-winter-retreat-2016/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High School)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a fall weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS

LAUGH AT SHAKESPEARE AT TWELFTH NIGHT COMEDY, OCT. 2, 3 & 4
If you like to laugh at Shakespearean comedies, catch a performance of Twelfth Night at the Old Academy Players on Indian Lane in East Falls. Performances on Oct. 2 and 3 are at 8 p.m., and on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Two of our members are involved: Carla Childs as the production’s director and Laura Seeley in the role of the lady Olivia. For details, go to oldacademyplayers.org.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, OCT. 10
This annual community event at Awbury Arboretum will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Awbury Education Center, 901 E. Washington Lane. Admission is free, as will be many of the activities, but take a little money for food and perhaps flea market finds. A variety of things will be going on: live music, flea vendors, pumpkin painting, hayrides, cider pressing, and kids’ activities. The Harvest Festival is offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Orchard Project, will have plants for sale. For information, go to awbury.org or phillyorchards.org.

WALTER TSO TO SPEAK ABOUT CUBA’S HEALTH SYSTEM, OCT. 11
Find out some of the reasons why Cuba’s health system ranks statistically higher for effectiveness than the United States’ system. Walter Tso, a medical doctor with deep experience in health care delivery, will speak at a program and potluck dinner next Sunday, Oct. 11, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. He is adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Center of Public Health Initiatives, former Philadelphia Health Commissioner, and director emeritus of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Tso recently visited Cuba on a health-care delegation to look at the delivery of health care in Cuba, which costs one percent of the amount spent on health care in the United States. The potluck dinner begins at 4:30 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to bring a main dish, salad, or dessert. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, go to brandywinepeace.com or call Bob Smith at 610-544-1818.

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TAKE ACTION

FCNL CALLS FOR ACTION ON REFUGEES
In coming weeks, the U.S. House and Senate will both hold hearings on refugees, spurred by the Syrian refugee crisis. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges people to contact their representatives and senators and President Obama to encourage them to treat refugees with respect, openness, and compassion, not prejudice and fear. FCNL says that rhetoric has broad overtones of “Islamophobia,” fostering fear and anti-immigrant sentiment. For more background, go to FCNL.org. An easy way to make your voice heard is by using this website to send email messages: capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=67885841&type=ML.

KEEP-SPACE-FOR-PEACE DEMONSTRATION AT LOCKHEED MARTIN
Next Saturday, Oct. 10, there will be a demonstration at the entrance to Lockheed Martin, the world’s number one weapons manufacturer and war profiteer. Demonstrators will fly kites and hold signs and banners. It will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. The entrance is in front of Lockheed Martin’s headquarters at 230 Mall Boulevard, in King of Prussia, which is directly behind the King of Prussia Mall, near the IMAX theater and Best Buy. For information about this event and other actions worldwide for Keep-Space-for-Peace Week, go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events .

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The Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 25, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Remember that to every one is given a share of responsibility for the meeting for worship, whether that service be in silence or through the spoken word. Do not assume that vocal ministry is never to be your part. If the call to speak comes, do not let the sense of your own unworthiness, or the fear of being unable to find the right words, prevent you from being obedient to the leading of the Spirit. Ask wisdom of God that you may be sure of your guidance and be enabled humbly to discern and impart something of his glory and truth. Pray that your ministry may rise from the place of deep experience, and that you may be restrained from unnecessary and superficial words. Faithfulness and sincerity in speaking, even very briefly, may open the way to fuller ministry from others. Try to speak audibly and distinctly, with sensitivity to the needs of your fellow worshippers. Wait to be sure of the right moment for giving the message. Beware of making additions towards the end of a meeting when it was well left before. –Britain Yearly Meeting, Advices, 1964

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Becky Johnson & Larry Weisberg

Greeters & Refreshments: Linda Knapp and Philip & Claudette Grimes

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to the burial ground). All children are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday ……………………………………………..1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF ANN HART

Our member Ann Hart died Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the age of 87. There will be a Meeting for Worship for Memorial for her in the Germantown Friends Meetinghouse on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2:30 p.m., with a reception afterward. Condolences may be sent to her daughter Betsy Hart at 42 Fair Street, Warwick, RI 02888. Our love and prayers go out to her family at this time.

DEATH OF LEILA SAWYER’S MOTHER

The mother of our member Leila Sawyer died last weekend in Philadelphia after a prolonged illness. Although details were not available in time for this Friday’s email bulletin, condolences to the family would be appropriate. Leila and Hal Sawyer’s address is 227 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144-3845, and Leila’s email address is leilasawyer@gmail.com.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

See attached minutes from June 2015 Meeting for Business.

*NEW NAME FOR OUR E-BULLETIN

Friends, we have a shorter, easier-to-remember name on today’s email bulletin: The Friday BEE. The B is for Bulletin, with overtones of buzzing, busy-ness, and building our community. I hope you like it. Comments are welcome. Please sweeten them with honey, because I’m stuck on this. (don’t groan….) –Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

TWO GIFTS & A LOT OF GOODWILL FOR OUR KITCHEN

A big SHOUT OUT! goes to Friends who made gifts recently to improve our kitchen chores:

1. Thanks go to Becky Johnson and Larry Weisberg for donating a bigger and more functional coffee grinder so we can grind our own beans from Equal Exchange. This will allow us to lower the bill a little by buying beans in bulk and grinding them ourselves. It may even make for fresher coffee taste from this delicious stuff, which is shipped directly from coffee farms, giving the farmers a fairer price for their product and ensuring a rich blend of flavors.

2. Say goodbye to the fruit flies in the kitchen’s compost bucket, at last! Florence Mini ordered a darling new bucket with a lid on it to keep the flies out. Just big enough for one Sunday’s load of coffee grounds and peelings, it will be handy to carry out afterward and will make it easier to keep the area clean. Thank you, Florence for this thoughtful gift.

3. And, since we’re on the subject, thanks absolutely must also go to the many people who have learned to dump coffee grounds and peelings into the compost bucket so we can return those rich organic compounds to the soil. It’s taken a while to get the hang of it, but more people keep catching on, and the quantity of compost grows. Now we have a nice bucket with a lid to improve our system.

WECOME HOME, OLD DONATION BOX

After several months’ rest and relaxation at a lovely resort somewhere–or perhaps in someone’s closet under a pile of stuff, our old wooden collection box mysteriously reappeared in early September. Now, all we have to do is fill it with money to keep it happy so it won’t run off again. It has a companion now, since, in its extended absence, a handsome, red, wooden collection box was purchased and attached to the wall. Do you suppose they come alive at midnight and compare notes? We now have choices, choices about which one we’ll feed. So, let’s all toss something in the slots and keep them healthy and happy.

WE RAISED ENOUGH TO MEET THE BUDGET!

Good news from Michael Mini and the Fund Raising Committee: Donations for Fiscal Year 2015 reached $116,099, making it possible for us to cover our bills for the year. Although the goal for 2015 was $120,00, money was saved without too much pain, particularly in the Office & Records budget, which is no longer paying into the Friends Pension plan. However, mega-thanks go to many people who dug deeper into their pockets and gave a little more to help the Meeting. It was noticed, noted, and much appreciated. The goal for Fiscal Year 2016 is $106,000, which is a bit more modest, but work will begin right away to start raising it, so we can stay in the black.

CARDS ON BENCHES ABOUT MEETING FOR WORSHIP

Thanks to our Worship & Ministry Committee and the shepherding of its clerk, Karen Lightner, we now have cards that explain Meeting for Worship, which will be placed on the benches every Sunday for the benefit of newcomers and the rest of us.

FRIENDS NEEDED FOR QVS CLEARNESS COMMITTEES

Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS)-Philly is looking for Friends who are willing to serve on clearness committees being formed for this year’s QVS Fellows. The committee members will help the Fellows come to clearness on specific, pressing decisions during the transition into and after QVS, meeting a few times in the winter and spring of 2016. If you have interest in helping a couple of young adults learn this particular Quaker technology and have a gift for deep listening, please send an email to Walter Sullivan at hjeltsullivan@gmail.com or Ross Hennesy at ross@quakervoluntaryservice.org with your contact info. The bios of the new QVS crew is on the website: quakervoluntaryservice.org/current-fellows/#Philadelphia%20Fellows.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH CHILD CARE

The Childcare Committee needs volunteers to help Candice Price, our staff child care worker, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., on Sundays. The volunteer checks in with Candice at the beginning of the hour to see if she needs another person to help her, in case of a large number of children turnout or if there is a big difference in ages of the children. If help is not needed, the volunteer is welcome to stay with the kids or return to Meeting for Worship. Five to ten volunteers are the hoped-for number to cover scheduling needs. If you are interested and available, please send an email to Lois Weaver, clerk of the Childcare Committee, at weaverlois@aol.com; or to Maggie Lockwood, clerk of the First-day-School Committee, at maggie_lockwood@me.com. This plan will go into effect in October. A background check is necessary for volunteers. Maggie or Lois can help with the paperwork, and there will not be a cost to the volunteer.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 9

The September meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, because of transportation problems on the original date, which is on the weekend of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. It will be held at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln St., Philadelphia 19124. Snacks will be available at 6 p.m., and the meeting will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For questions, contact PQM Coordinator Margaret Wood, (215) 241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org.

PETER YEOMANS TO SPEAK ON VIOLENCE AND PACIFISM, OCT. 18

Our member Peter Yeomans will speak at our Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m., in the social room, contrasting the perspective of James Hillman to Quaker pacifism. Psychoanalyst and writer James Hillman argues that the pacifist’s outright rejection of violence is an impediment to having any chance of ending war. Peter will use excerpts from Hillman’s book, A Terrible Love of War, and excerpts from a recent documentary on the war in Afghanistan to explore Hillman’s ideas. Free and open to everyone. Light refreshments served.

‘HUMAN TRAFFICKING’ PANEL FEATURED AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 25

Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 25, will be a panel presentation on human trafficking, moderated by our member Phyllis Taylor. It will be 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Light refreshments will be served. Speakers will be Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House; Jose Valdes, detective in the Victim Services Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Sister Terry Shields, Board president of Dawn’s Place.

BOOK AVAILABLE TO READ FOR NOVEMBER ADULT CLASS

In November, our Adult Class will discuss Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption. Here is a link for an online review from The Washington Post: washingtonpost.com/opinions/book-review-just-mercy-a-story-of-justice-and-redemption-by-bryan-stevenson/2014/10/23/5d590580-3f67-11e4-9587-5dafd96295f0_story.html. This book is the choice for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s all-Meeting read and will be for sale from Joanne Sharpless for $10, beginning this Sunday. To purchase the book, see Joanne at the rise of Meeting.

REMEMBER THE CRAFT FAIR!

There’s still plenty of time to prepare your homemade items to sell at our Meeting’s craft fair, to be held on Dec. 6. Woodworking, quilts, jams and jellies and chutneys, sewing and knitting, photos, flower seeds, potholders, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets — the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So get busy now and see what you can come up with! The proceeds benefit our Assistance Committee, which has had an especially heavy demand on its resources this past year and could use a little extra boost. For information or ideas, talk to Deborah Cooper of the Assistance Committee, deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

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QUAKER EVENTS

WORLD QUAKER DAY ON OCT. 4

Quaker Meetings and Churches everywhere will celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, Oct. 4. Friends are invited to plan activities to unite in prayer and thanksgiving for the wider Religious Society of Friends and remember the shared history of all branches of Friends. They are encouraged to plan their World Quaker Day activities with the theme of the 2016 meeting of Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC), “Living the transformation: Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19) FWCC would like Friends to submit photos, videos, poems, and brief reports about activities to be posted on the FWCC website. For more information, creative ideas, and additional resources, go towww.worldquakerday.org.

DOULAS GWYN TO SPEAK AT PENDLE HILL, OCT. 3

Douglas Gwyn, longtime Quaker and former Bible Studies teacher at Pendle Hill, will speak on “A Great People to Be Scattered: The Life & Times of Pendle Hill,” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. His talk is part of the observation of Pendle Hill’s 85th anniversary and will be about ebbs and flows of activism and quietism in the first 80 years of Pendle Hill?s history, as detailed in his latest book, Personality and Place: The Life and Times of Pendle Hill. Doug has coined the term ?bispiritual? to describe Friends like himself who are engaged and nurtured by both pastoral and unprogrammed Friends. His wife Caroline Jones is a Friend and teacher in the Insight Buddhist tradition. He has written many books, including Apocalypse of the Word: The Life and Message of George Fox (1986). The talk is free. To register for the talk online or sign up for online streaming, go to pendlehill.org. For more information, call 610-566-4507.

MEET OTHER FRIENDS AT FRIENDLY 800s POTLUCK DINNER, OCT. 18

You are invited to take part in the Friendly 800s Potluck Dinners, on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Groups of Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will gather in one another’s homes for simultaneous potluck dinners of approximately eight people each. This new PYM initiative is aimed at acquainting Friends with those from other meetings. Everyone is invited to participate by hosting or visiting. Each location will engage in similar activities, such as responding to a query or Skyping with another group, and, of course, eating. Registration opens soon at pym.org/friendly-800s.

FRIENDS GROUP TO VISIT INDIA, OCT. 20-30

Would you like to visit Friends who live in India, learn about Gandhian peace work, meditate at Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, and join all-India gatherings of Friends and youth? Here’s your opportunity to go with a group of like-minded Quakers. For information, send an inquiry by email to henrywb@gmail.com or nathannola@gmail.com.

WILLIAM PENN FUNDRAISER, OCT. 23

The 2015 William Penn Fund Raiser will take place, Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It costs $75 per person and will benefit the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, a group that supports continued preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. Reception will be followed by a presentation by Sam Katz, creator of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series, “Philadelphia: the Great Experiment.” RSVP before Oct. 11. Tickets may be purchased online. Details: pym.org/arch-street-meeting-house/youre-invited

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 7, AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold a day of work and worship and fun together on Nov. 7, at Westtown School. This is an extension of the powerful Annual Sessions that took place last summer at Muhlenberg College. It will begin and end with worship, with spiritual searching in keeping with the mission of the yearly meeting, punctuated with opportunities to have fun together. Programs for children and youth. Concurrent program for Middle School and High School Friends, who will have the opportunity to spend the weekend together. w Free. Small charge for simple lunch, or bring your own. Check in is 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; closing worship is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration begins soon at pym.org/continuing-sessions.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS FALL RETREAT, OCT. 2-4

Join Young Adult Friends from throughout the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region for a weekend retreat at Newtown Friends Meeting on Oct.2-4. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship centered on the topic of making our dreams a reality. YAFs are at different places on their journeys, and they come together to rejuvenate their spirits and deepen their connections with one another. Cost: $35; financial aid available. Register by Sept. 26 at pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-fall-retreat-2015/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (HIGH SCHOOL)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8

High school-age Friends are invited to join a fall weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

BEHIND THE SCENES AT QUINTESSENCE THEATRE, SEPT. 28

Would you like to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at Quintessence Theatre? It is a small repertory company that is known for creating beautiful adaptations f classic works for the modern stage. Alexander Burns, founding artistic director and graduate of Germantown Friends School, will share insights about the company’s artistic inspiration and what goes into creating each season, from choosing the plays, casting the actors, designing the sets, and getting this company off the ground. The talk will take place at 7 p.m., Sept. 28, at The Sedgewick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. Come at 6:45 p.m. for light refreshments. This invitation is extended by Northwest Village Network (formerly Mutual Mt. Airy), which is an organization composed of neighbors in the northwest Philadelphia area who work to provide services and programs that help people live independently, stay active, and be socially engaged in their community. For information, go to northwestvillagenetwork.org or call 215 247-0457.

LAUGH AT SHAKESPEARE AT TWELFTH NIGHT COMEDY, OCT. 2, 3 & 4

If you like to laugh at Shakespearean comedies, catch a performance of Twelfth Night at the Old Academy Players on Indian Lane in East Falls. Performances on Oct. 2 and 3 are at 8 p.m., and on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Two of our members are involved: Carla Childs as the production’s director and Laura Seeley in the role of the lady Olivia. For details, go to oldacademyplayers.org.

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TAKE ACTION

TAKE POPE’S ANTIWAR MESSAGE TO HORSHAM, SEPT. 26
Tomorrow Pope Francis will arrive in Philadelphia, and traffic will clog the area. So, why not escape and carry his message, “War never again, never again war!” to Horsham to protest the coming of a drone war command center at the Air National Guard Station? Remote-controlled U.S. war drones drop deadly Hellfire missiles on civilians and combatants alike in Afghanistan and other parts of the world, killing innocent people, instilling terror, creating hatred for the United States, and perpetuating endless war. The intended command center in Horsham will NOT have drones onsite. Instead, it will house computers, monitors, and the desk-based pilots who will guide the drones on their missions of killing. The time of the protest is noon to 2 p.m.; location is the corner of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road, at a gated entrance to the Air National Guard Center. Bring religious symbols and noise makers. Listen to traffic reports on KYW-Radio 1060 to avoid snarls into the city, and consider coming early. For information, call Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

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GMM Friday E-Bulletin, Sept. 18, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

At meeting for worship relax and let your baby be with you; my small daughter called it “the best cuddle of the week,” when I couldn’t rush off and do something busy. It’s not easy for the parents to believe that their child’s gurglings actually help the meeting rather than interrupt it. Nonetheless, that is true, and you shouldn’t give way to the temptation to take a happily babbling child out of the meeting (though howling is something different!). –Anne Hosking, 1986

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Donna Wilhelm & friend
Greeters: LucyBell & Johannes Jarka-Sellers
Refreshments: Florence & Michael Mini

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

Agenda for Meeting for Worship for Business, Sept. 20
Reading of Query and opening worship
June minutes
Nominating Committee report
Care and Visiting Committee report
Fund Raising Committee report
Worship and Ministry Committee report
Marriage Committee report
First-day School and Young Friends committees reports
Reflections on Annual Sessions
Friends Committee on National Legislation report
Faith and Practice update
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing Worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE ON BETTY CARY
Our member Betty Cary, who recently underwent treatment in Bryn Mawr, has been moved to The Quadrangle for more care and help with rehabilitation. She is not able to read because of her eyesight, but she responds with gladness to telephone calls. To get her number and find out the best times to call or visit, contact her daughter Dorothy Cary, dcary@germantownfriends.org.

JOAN MCILVAINE’S DAUGHTER
Joan McIlvaine’s daughter Sandy, who was in a bad car accident a number of weeks ago and sustained multiple breaks and life-threatening injuries, is being moved today from Jefferson Hospital to Fairview Care Center in Chestnut Hill. Sandy underwent surgery last week, which is expected to be the first of many surgeries. She is still unable to talk or write. Joan is spending a great deal of time with her, and she welcomes cards, notes and especially our prayers. Her address is 3403 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119-1405.

DEATH OF PAT LIBBEY’S FATHER
Luther Marquart, 98, father of our member Patricia Libbey, died quietly last week in Ohio. His funeral was yesterday, Sept. 10. Cards and notes would be welcome; please send them to Pat Libbey at her home, 379 Ripka St., # 3B, Philadelphia, PA 19128-4608, or by email at patricia.libbey@verizon.net. If you would like to make a donation in her father’s memory, make out your check to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and mail it to Pat Libbey at her home.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

PHILLIP BERRYMAN TO SPEAK ABOUT POPE FRANCIS, SEPT. 19
Phillip Berryman will speak tomorrow, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m., on “Pope Francis: His Life and Impact,” in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building of Germantown Friends School. Berryman is a former priest and former staff member of the American Friends Service Committee, where he was based in Guatemala and became acquainted with the man who became Pope Francis. Berryman will talk about the basic elements of Pope Francis’ current directions. The presentation, which is sponsored by the Adult Class of Germantown Monthly Meeting, is free, and everyone is welcome. To read more about Phillip Berryman, one of the leading interpreters of liberation theology, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Berryman http://www.amazon.com/Liberation-Theology-Phillip-Berryman/dp/087722479X

EXHIBIT OF PETER SAMUELS’ PAINTINGS AT GEORGE SCHOOL
Our member Peter Samuels is holding a one-man show of his paintings, called “The Art to Eat,” in the Walton Gallery at George School in Newtown, PA, through October 10. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; on Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. George School is at 1690 Newtown-Langhorne Road (Rt. 413), Newtown, PA 18940.

VIDEO TAPE AVAILABLE OF ZIA MIAN’S SEPT. 3 TALK

If you missed Zia Mian’s Sept. 3 talk, “The Iranian Nuclear Agreement,” you may watch it at http://afsc.org/story/understanding-iran-deal. His presentation was hosted by the Adult Class of Germantown Monthly Meeting and cosponsored by several local peace groups.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 9
The September meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, because of transportation problems on the original date, which is on the weekend of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. It will be held at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln St., Philadelphia 19124. Snacks will be available at 6 p.m., and the meeting will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For questions, contact PQM Coordinator Margaret Wood, (215) 241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org.

PETER YEOMANS TO SPEAK ON VIOLENCE AND PACIFISM, OCT. 18

Our member Peter Yeomans will speak at our Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m., in the social room, contrasting the perspective of James Hillman to Quaker pacifism. Psychoanalyst and writer James Hillman argues that the pacifist’s outright rejection of violence is an impediment to having any chance of ending war. Peter will use excerpts from Hillerman’s book, A Terrible Love of War, and excerpts from a recent documentary on the war in Afghanistan to explore Hillerman’s ideas. Free and open to everyone. Light refreshments served.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH CHILD CARE
The Childcare Committee needs volunteers to help Candice Price, our staff child care worker, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., on Sundays. The volunteer checks in with Candice at the beginning of the hour to see if she needs another person to help her, in case of a large number of children turnout or if there is a big difference in ages of the children. If help is not needed, the volunteer is welcome to stay with the kids or return to Meeting for Worship. Five to ten volunteers are the hoped-for number to cover scheduling needs. If you are interested and available, please send an email to Lois Weaver, clerk of the Childcare Committee, at weaverlois@aol.com; or to Maggie Lockwood, clerk of the First-day-School Committee, at maggie_lockwood@me.com. This plan will go into effect in October. A background check is necessary for volunteers. Maggie or Lois can help with the paperwork, and there will not be a cost to the volunteer.

‘HUMAN TRAFFICKING’ PANEL FEATURED AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 25
Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 25, will be a panel presentation on human trafficking, moderated by our member Phyllis Taylor. It will be 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Light refreshments will be served. Speakers will be Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House; Jose Valdes, detective in the Victim Services Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Sister Terry Shields, Board president of Dawn’s Place.

BOOK AVAILABLE TO READ FOR NOVEMBER ADULT CLASS
In November, our Adult Class will discuss Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption. Here is a link for an online review from The Washington Post: washingtonpost.com/opinions/book-review-just-mercy-a-story-of-justice-and-redemption-by-bryan-stevenson/2014/10/23/5d590580-3f67-11e4-9587-5dafd96295f0_story.html. This book is the choice for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s all-Meeting read and will be for sale from Joanne Sharpless for $10, beginning this Sunday. To purchase the book, see Joanne at the rise of Meeting.

REMEMBER THE CRAFT FAIR!
There’s still plenty of time to prepare your homemade items to sell at our Meeting’s craft fair, to be held on Dec. 6. Woodworking, quilts, jams and jellies and chutneys, sewing and knitting, photos, flower seeds, potholders, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets — the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So get busy now and see what you can come up with! The proceeds benefit our Assistance Committee, which has had an especially heavy demand on its resources this past year and could use a little extra boost. For information or ideas, talk to Deborah Cooper of the Assistance Committee, deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

SEARCHING FOR HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT
“Hello Friends. I’m looking for a housing situation for a wonderful woman who is moving from Washington, DC, to Philadelphia to work with the Crossroads Women’s Center in Germantown at the end of September. She is seeking paid employment in addition to the volunteer work she will do with the Center, but until the employment part kicks in, she needs a room in a house for free or low-cost. Asantewaa is an interesting, responsible, quiet and neat woman in her 50s who would make a lovely companion, guest, or housemate. She used to work for Rep. Cynthia McKinney on Capitol Hill. Please let Phoebe Jones Schellenberg (Meeting member and Center coordinator) know if you can offer housing, if even for a month or two. And let us know if you have any leads for employment as well. She is interested in administrative assistant work. Thanks!” Phoebe Jones Schellenberg, phoebejs74@gmail.com or 610-505-4944.

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QUAKER EVENTS

WORLD QUAKER DAY CELEBRATES “LIVING THE TRANSFORMATION,” OCT. 4

Quaker Meetings and Churches everywhere are invited to celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, Oct. 4. Friends are invited to plan activities to unite in prayer and thanksgiving for the wider Religious Society of Friends and remember the shared history of all branches of Friends. They are encouraged to plan their World Quaker Day activities with the theme of the 2016 meeting of Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC), “Living the transformation: Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19) FWCC would like Friends to submit photos, videos, poems, and brief reports about activities to be posted on the FWCC website. For more information, creative ideas, and additional resources, go towww.worldquakerday.org.

DOULAS GWYN TO SPEAK AT PENDLE HILL, OCT. 5
Douglas Gwyn, longtime Quaker and former Bible Studies teacher at Pendle Hill, will speak on “A Great People to Be Scattered: The Life & Times of Pendle Hill,” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. His talk is part of the observation of Pendle Hill’s 85th anniversary and will be about the ebbs and flows of activism and quietism in the first 80 years of Pendle Hill’s history as detailed in his latest book, Personality and Place: The Life and Times of Pendle Hill. Doug has coined the term ‘bispiritual’ to describe Friends like himself who are engaged and nurtured by both pastoral and unprogrammed Friends. His wife Caroline Jones is a Friend and teacher in the Insight Buddhist tradition. He has written many books, including Apocalypse of the Word: The Life and Message of George Fox (1986). The talk is free. To register for the talk online or sign up for online streaming, go to pendlehill.org. For more information, call 610-566-4507.

FRIENDS GROUP TO VISIT INDIA, OCT. 20-30
Would you like to visit Friends who live in India, learn about Gandhian peace work, meditate at Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, and join all-India gatherings of Friends and youth? Here’s your opportunity to go with a group of like-minded Quakers. For information, send an inquiry by email to henrywb@gmail.comg or nathannola@gmail.com.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

WORSHIP SHARING IN WISSAHICKON WOODS, SEPT. 24
Young Adult Friends (YAFs) are invited to a hike and worship sharing in the Wissahickon woods on Thursday, Sept 24, at 6 p.m. Bring your own dinner and meet by the creek in front of Valley Green restaurant on Forbidden Drive. The hike begins at 6:40 p.m. For more information, check out the Young Adult Friends section at pym.org.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS FALL RETREAT, OCT. 2-4
Join Young Adult Friends from throughout the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region for a weekend retreat at Newtown Friends Meeting on Oct.2-4. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship centered on the topic of making our dreams a reality. YAFs are at different places on their journeys, and they come together to rejuvenate their spirits and deepen their connections with one another. Cost: $35; financial aid available. Register by Sept. 26 at pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-fall-retreat-2015/.

YOUNG FRIENDS (HIGH SCHOOL)

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR INVITES YOUNG FRIENDS
Young Friends are especially invited to come to the Bucks Quarter Peace Fair this weekend, beginning tonight, Sept. 18, and continuing until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. It will be held at Buckingham Friends School and Meeting, 5684 York Road, Lahaska, PA. Young Friends are invited to help with assembling and disassembling the Peace Fair and other services as needed, to join in worship sharing and fun, and to get to know each other. Young Friends will play a key roll in supporting the Peace Fair’s mission of supporting nonprofit groups that promote peace and social justice. Service at the Peace Fair qualifies for community service requirements. For information, go to peacefair.org or contact Karen Gallagher, karengbapf@gmail.com, 610-239-8550; or Robert Rosenthal, robert.rosenthal84@gmail.com.

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a fall weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FLEA MARKET AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, SEPT. 19
Furniture, jewelry, art, housewares, vintage delights–that’s just a fraction of the discoveries you’ll find at the Flea Market at Awbury Arboretum tomorrow, Saturday,Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Arboretum’s historic buildings, grounds, and programs. Free and open to all.

SCREENING OF I’M NOT RACIST … AM I? AT FUMCOG, SEPT. 20
This Sunday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m., the film I’m Not Racist … Am I? will be shown in Pillina Hall at the First United Methodist of Germantown (FUMCOG), 6001 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. After the showing, there will be a time for reflections and discussion, followed by light refreshments. RSVP to office@fumcog.org, “Sept. 20 event” in the subject line. The showing is open to adults and children in seventh grade or older. To learn more about the movie, go to
notracistmovie.com/about-the-film/.

PEACE PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Plan now to come to the Peace Picnic at Awbury Arboretum on Sunday, Sept. 20, which carries on the tradition of the Taylor Farm Peace Picnic held for many summers, organized by Quaker peace activist Suzanne Day. This year’s picnic is sponsored by Friends Meeting of Philadelphia (Arch Street Meeting) and hosted by Robert Peters, who lives at the Arboretum. Everyone who is interested in peace and justice issues is welcome and invited to bring children and guests. Bob Smith, long-time organizer of the Brandywine Peace Community will be the featured speaker. You are welcome to come early and enjoy the magical 80-acre forest and garden. For directions, go to awbury.org/direction. For information, call Rob Peters, 646-684-9638.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT QUINTESSENCE THEATRE, SEPT. 28
Would you like to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at Quintessence Theatre? It is a small repertory company that is known for creating beautiful adaptations f classic works for the modern stage. Alexander Burns, founding artistic director and graduate of Germantown Friends School, will share insights about the company’s artistic inspiration and what goes into creating each season, from choosing the plays, casting the actors, designing the sets, and getting this company off the ground. The talk will take place at 7 p.m., Sept. 28, at The Sedgewick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. Come at 6:45 p.m. for light refreshments. This invitation is extended by Northwest Village Network (formerly Mutual Mt. Airy), which is an organization composed of neighbors in the northwest Philadelphia area who work to provide services and programs that help people live independently, stay active, and be socially engaged in their community. For information, go to northwestvillagenetwork.org or call 215 247-0457

TAKE ACTION
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES?
Our member Marlena Santoyo has done a bit of research on organizations that are helping Syrian refugees, by contacting Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) for suggestions. Here is the reply she received: “Since FCNL doesn’t do on-the-ground work in the region, we’re not in a position to oversee and therefore formally endorse specific projects, but these are organizations that we partner with in our advocacy work and which do extensive on-the-ground projects:”

Save the Children: Syrian Children’s Relief Fund (they also work with refugees in Europe):
AFSC’s Work in Syria and with refugee communities in the region
UNHCR’s work directly with Syrian refugees

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Friday Bulletin, Sept. 11, 2015

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.” –Berks & Oxon QM Ministry & Extension Committee, Britain Yearly Meeting, 1948

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship in Germantown Friends Meetinghouse
Closers: Deb Frazer and Jack Malinowski
Greeters & Refreshments: Ed Marshall & Joanna Bassert

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

Agenda for Meeting for Worship for Business, Sept. 20
Reading of Query and opening worship
June minutes
Nominating Committee report
Care and Visiting Committee report
Fund Raising Committee report
Worship and Ministry Committee report
First-day School and Young Friends committees reports
Reflections on Annual Sessions
Faith and Practice update
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing Worship

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MEETING EVENTS

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED AT KELLY SCHOOL LIBRARY
It’s not too late to join the Kelly School Library volunteers! There will be an organizational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m., at Kelly School.This group has worked wonders in the space and now is ready to plan the program for the year. Please join us! Contact Jack Malinowski or Penny Colgan-Davis for more information.

RALLY & TEACH-IN SUPPORT POPE’S CLIMATE CHANGE MESSAGE, SEPT. 16
This Wednesday, Sept.16, a celebration, teach-in, walk, and vigil will take place at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, in Philadelphia. The theme will be “Climate, Jobs, and Justice: A Moral Response to the Pope’s Urgent Message” and will express support for Pope Francis’s encyclical calling for action to address climate change. Light refreshments will be provided at 5 p.m. The Speakers Forum will be from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m., followed by a walk from Friends Center to the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul and from there to Love Park, for a vigil. Sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Philadelphia, Sierra Club-Philadelphia, and others. People are encouraged to RSVP to help organizers plan food, at http://bit.ly/climatejobsjustice. Free. You may also contact Bill Cozzens, clerk of the Environmental Concerns Working Group of our Meeting, at william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

PHILLIP BERRYMAN SPEAKS ABOUT LIFE OF POPE FRANCIS, SEPT. 19
Phillip Berryman, former Catholic priest and a leading interpreter of liberation theology, will speak about the life and impact of Pope Francis on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, Germantown Friends School. Berryman will guide us in understanding the basic elements of Pope Francis’s tenure as pope thus far. Berryman worked for years as an American Friends Service Committee staff member in Latin America. His talk is sponsored by the Adult Class Committee of Germantown Monthly Meeting.

‘HUMAN TRAFFICKING’ PANEL FEATURED AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 25
Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 25, will be a panel on human trafficking, moderated by our member Phyllis Taylor. It will be held at 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Light refreshments will be served. Speakers will be Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House; Jose Valdes, detective in the Victim Services Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department; and Sister Terry Shields, Board president of Dawn’s Place.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 9
The September meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, because of transportation problems on the original date, which is on the weekend of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. It will be held at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln St., Philadelphia 19124. Snacks will be available at 6 p.m., and the meeting will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For questions, contact PQM Coordinator Margaret Wood, (215) 241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org.

REMEMBER THE CRAFT FAIR!
There’s still plenty of time to prepare your homemade items to sell at our Meeting’s craft fair, to be held on Dec. 6. Woodworking, quilts, jams and jellies and chutneys, sewing and knitting, photos, flower seeds, potholders, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets — the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So get busy now and see what you can come up with! The proceeds benefit our Assistance Committee, which has had an especially heavy demand on its resources this past year and could use a little extra boost. For information or ideas, talk to Deborah Cooper of the Assistance Committee, deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

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QUAKER EVENTS

WORLD QUAKER DAY CELEBRATES “LIVING THE TRANSFORMATION,” OCT. 4

Quaker Meetings and Churches everywhere are invited to celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, Oct. 4. Friends are invited to plan activities to unite in prayer and thanksgiving for the wider Religious Society of Friends and remember the shared history of all branches of Friends. They are encouraged to plan their World Quaker Day activities with the theme of the 2016 meeting of Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC), “Living the transformation: Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19) FWCC would like Friends to submit photos, videos, poems, and brief reports about activities to be posted on the FWCC website. For more information, creative ideas, and additional resources, go to www.worldquakerday.org.

FRIENDS GROUP TO VISIT INDIA, OCT. 20-30
Would you like to visit Friends who live in India, learn about Gandhian peace work, meditate at Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, and join all-India gatherings of Friends and youth? Here’s your opportunity to go with a group of like-minded Quakers. For information, send an inquiry by email to henrywb@gmail.comg or nathannola@gmail.com.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

INTERVISITATION & BRUNCH AT HAVERFORD, SEPT. 13
Want to attend meeting for worship with other young adult Quakers? Searching for a monthly meeting? Young Adult Friends (YAFs)from throughout the yearly meeting will join Haverford Friends Meeting for worship on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, they will have brunch with Haverford College Quaker students. For carpooling, contact YAFs clerk Damian Morden-Snipper at yafwgclerks@gmail.com. Or, take public transportation; Haverford Meeting, 855 Buck Lane, is a short walk from the Haverford stops on Septa Regional Rail and Norristown High Speed Line. To learn more and see a map, go to pym.org/calendar/events/intervisitation-with-haverford-friends-meeting-haverford-college.

WORSHIP SHARING IN WISSAHICKON WOODS, SEPT. 24
Young Adult Friends (YAFs) are invited to a hike and worship sharing in the Wissahickon woods on Thursday, Sept 24, at 6 p.m. Bring your own dinner and meet by the creek in front of Valley Green restaurant on Forbidden Drive. The hike begins at 6:40 p.m. For more information, check out the Young Adult Friends section at pym.org.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS FALL RETREAT, OCT. 2-4
Join Young Adult Friends from throughout the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region for a weekend retreat at Newtown Friends Meeting on Oct.2-4. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship centered on the topic of making our dreams a reality. YAFs are at different places on their journeys, and they come together to rejuvenate their spirits and deepen their connections with one another. Cost: $35; financial aid available. Register by Sept. 26 at pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-fall-retreat-2015/. If you have an idea for a workshop and would like to lead it, submit it online by Sept. 14, at the same internet address.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (HIGH SCHOOL)

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8
High school-age Friends are invited to join a fall weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

POTLUCK FOR PARENTS; SLEEPOVER FOR KIDS, IN WILMINGTON, SEPT. 19
Parents in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of children and young people 0-18 years old are invited to a potluck at Wilmington Friends Meeting, 401 N West St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Afterward, Middle School Friends will have a sleepover at the meetinghouse. To register, go to pym.org/children/parent-meet-up-registration. For more information, contact Benjamin Camp, program coordinator of Children’s Religious Life, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 215-241-7228, bcamp@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

HONEY FESTIVAL, SEPT. 11-13
The sixth annual Honey Festival will be held Sept. 11-13, featuring all manner information about bees and honey, such as an open hive demonstration, honey extraction demonstration, bee “bearding,” tasting, recipes, and learning experiences for kids. Free; donations suggested. Each day the festival will be held at one of three participating sponsors: Sept. 11, Wagner Free Institute of Science; Sept. 12, Wyck Historic House & Garden; and Sept. 13, Bartram’s Garden. For a complete schedule of events, go to phillyhoneyfest.com.

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TAKE ACTION

SPEAKER ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SUNDAY, SEPT. 13
Carol Metzker, writer, speaker, and author of Facing the Monster: One Person Can Fight Child Slavery, will give a presentation on “Facing the Monster of Human Trafficking” on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Brandywine Peace Community’s potluck and program. She is the clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s working group on Ending Modern Slavery. The potluck begins at 4:30 p.m. (bring a main dish, salad, or dessert), followed by the program at 5:30 p.m. It will take place at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. Please enter by rear door from parking lot because of construction blocking the main entrance to the church.

DEMONSTRATE WITH EQAT FOR GREEN JOBS, SEPT. 16
EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) is calling for energy corporations to make a major shift to locally generated solar rooftop power. All are invited to an EQAT demonstration on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to meet at 1:30 p.m. at 30th Street Station (Market St. side). The group is demanding that PECO, Philadelphia’s electric utility, commit to supporting the local economy by purchasing energy credits from rooftop solar units in North Philadelphia. PECO is asked to make it a priority to train and employ local workers, especially unionized workers and people of color, to provide much-needed jobs and income to Philadelphia neighborhoods. For information, contact Chris Baker Evens, chris.eqat@gmail.com

PEACE PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Plan now to come to the Peace Picnic at Awbury Arboretum on Sunday, Sept. 20, which carries on the tradition of the Taylor Farm Peace Picnic held for many summers, organized by Quaker peace activist Suzanne Day. This year’s picnic is sponsored by Friends Meeting of Philadelphia (Arch Street Meeting) and hosted by Robert Peters, who lives at the Arboretum. Everyone who is interested in peace and justice issues is welcome and invited to bring children and guests. Bob Smith, long-time organizer of the Brandywine Peace Community will be the featured speaker. You are welcome to come early and enjoy the magical 80-acre forest and garden. For directions, go to awbury.org/direction. For information, call Rob Peters, 646-684-9638.

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GMM Friday E-Bulletin, Sept 4, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The first 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 worshipped … 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, SEPT. 6, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship in Germantown Friends Meetinghouse
Closers: Ellie & Tom Elkinton
Greeters & Refreshments: To be determined

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

MEETING EVENTS

PHILLIP BERRYMAN TO SPEAK ABOUT LIFE OF POPE FRANCIS, SEPT. 19
Phillip Berryman, former Catholic priest and a leading interpreter of liberation theology, will speak about the life and impact of Pope Francis on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, Germantown Friends School. Berryman will guide us in understanding the basic elements of Pope Francis’s tenure as pope thus far. Berryman was an American Friends Service Committee staff member in Latin America. His talk is presented in anticipation of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia later that week. It is sponsored by the Adult Class Committee of Germantown Monthly Meeting.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 9
The September meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, because of transportation problems on the original date, which turns out to be the same weekend as the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. It will be held at Unity Monthly Meeting, 4371 Waln St., Philadelphia 19124. Snacks will be available at 6 p.m., and the meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For questions, contact PQM Coordinator Margaret Wood, (215) 241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org.

REMEMBER THE CRAFT FAIR!
There’s still plenty of time to prepare your homemade items to sell at our Meeting’s craft fair, to be held later in the fall. Woodworking, quilts, jams and jellies and chutneys, sewing and knitting, photos, flower seeds, potholders, greeting cards, refrigerator magnets — the possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. So get busy now and see what you can come up with! The proceeds benefit our Assistance Committee, which has had an especially heavy demand on its resources this past year and could use a little extra boost. For information or ideas, talk to Deborah Cooper of the Assistance Committee, deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

QUAKER EVENTS

FRIENDS GROUP TO VISIT INDIA, OCT. 20-30
Would you like to visit Friends who live in India, learn about Gandhian peace work, meditate at Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, and join all-India gatherings of Friends and youth? Here’s your opportunity to go with a group of like-minded Quakers. For information, send an inquiry by email to henrywb@gmail.com or nathannola@gmail.com

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

INTERVISITATION & BRUNCH AT HAVERFORD, SEPT. 13,

Want to attend meeting for worship with other young adult Quakers? Searching for a monthly meeting? Young Adult Friends (YAFs)from throughout the yearly meeting will join Haverford Friends Meeting for worship on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, they will have brunch with Haverford College Quaker students. For carpooling, contact YAFs clerk Damian Morden-Snipper at yafwgclerks@gmail.com. Or, take public transportation: Haverford Meeting, 855 Buck Lane, is a short walk from the Haverford stops on Septa Regional Rail and Norristown High Speed Line. To learn more and see a map, go to pym.org/calendar/events/intervisitation-with-haverford-friends-meeting-haverford-college.

YOUNG FRIENDS (HIGH SCHOOL

FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER MEETING, NOV. 6-8

High school-age Friends are invited to join a fall weekend gathering at West Chester Meeting, 425 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380, on Nov. 6-8. There will be fun and workshops and worship sharing in a beautiful setting of changing colors in the Pennsylvania countryside. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. To find out more, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-fall-gathering-2015 or contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222, HMayer@pym.org.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

POTLUCK FOR PARENTS; SLEEPOVER FOR KIDS, IN WILMINGTON, SEPT. 19
Parents in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of children and young people 0-18 years old are invited to a potluck at Wilmington Friends Meeting, 401 N West St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Afterward, Middle School Friends will have a sleepover at the meetinghouse. To register, go to pym.org/children/parent-meet-up-registration. For more information, contact Benjamin Camp, program coordinator of Children’s Religious Life, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 215-241-7228, bcamp@pym.org.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

EXPLORE GERMANTOWN HISTORY WITH LOCAL ARTISTS, SEPT. 11
See the history of Germantown come to life through the images of photographers Tieshka Smith and Jill Saul at “Engage. Envision. Experience: Community Art in Germantown” on Sept. 18 at 5501 Germantown Ave. This event is the first of two in September. The second event will be on Sept. 25 at Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, 6133 Germantown Ave., featuring the Monnete Sudler jazz/blues band, followed by a community jam session. For information, go to the website of Historic Germantown, freedomsbackyard.com.

HONEY FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEKEND, SEPT. 11-13
The sixth annual Honey Festival will be held Sept. 11-13, featuring all manner information about bees and honey, such as an open hive demonstration, honey extraction demonstration, bee “bearding,” tasting, recipes, and learning experiences for kids. Free; donations suggested. Each day the festival will be held at one of three participating sponsors: Sept. 11, Wagner Free Institute of Science; Sept. 12, Wyck Historic House & Garden; and Sept. 13, Bartram’s Garden. For a complete schedule of events, go to phillyhoneyfest.com.

TAKE ACTION

DEMONSTRATE WITH EQAT FOR GREEN JOBS, SEPT. 16
EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) is calling for energy corporations to make a major shift to locally generated solar rooftop power. All are invited to an EQAT demonstration on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to meet at 1:30 p.m. at 30th Street Station (Market St. side). The group is demanding the PECO, Philadelphia’s electric utility, commit to supporting the local economy by purchasing energy credits from rooftop solar units in North Philadelphia. PECO is asked to make it a priority to train and employ local workers, especially unionized workers and people of color, to provide much-needed jobs and income to Philadelphia neighborhoods. For information, contact Chris Baker Evens, chris.eqat@gmail.com

SPEAKER ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SUNDAY, SEPT. 13
Carol Metzker, writer, speaker, and author of Facing the Monster: One Person Can Fight Child Slavery, will give a presentation on “Facing the Monster of Human Trafficking” on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Brandywine Peace Community’s potluck and program. She is the clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s working group on Ending Modern Slavery. The potluck begins at 4:30 p.m. (bring a main dish, salad, or dessert), followed by the program at 5:30 p.m. It will take place at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. Please enter by rear door from parking lot because of construction blocking the main entrance to the church.

PEACE PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Plan now to come to the Peace Picnic at Awbury Arboretum on Sunday, Sept. 20, which carries on the tradition of the Taylor Farm Peace Picnic held for many summers, organized by Quaker peace activist Suzanne Day. This year’s picnic is sponsored by Friends Meeting of Philadelphia (Arch Street Meeting) and hosted by Robert Peters, who lives at the Arboretum. Everyone who is interested in peace and justice issues is welcome and invited to bring children and guests. Bob Smith, long-time organizer of the Brandywine Peace Community will be the featured speaker. You are welcome to come early and enjoy the magical 80-acre forest and garden. For directions, go to awbury.org/direction. For information, call Rob Peters, 646-684-9638.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, July 31, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“We highly prize silent waiting upon the Lord in humble dependence upon him. We esteem it to be a precious part of spiritual worship, and trust that no vocal offering will ever exclude it from its true place in our religious meetings. Let not the silence ? be spent in indolent or vacant musing but in patient waiting in humble prayerful expectancy before the Lord.” –Yearly Meeting in London, 1884; 1886

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THE MEETING OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED IN AUGUST. Email, telephone, and U.S. mail messages will be checked periodically but sometimes may not be answered right away. Regular office hours will resume in September.

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Aug. 2, 2015

We will join our friends at Green Street Monthly Meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday in August. In September, we will return to our regular Meeting for Worship in our own Meetinghouse. (Please see below, “Meetings for Worship in July & August.”)

Child Care The tradition at Green Street Meeting is that children go to child care at the beginning of Meeting for Worship and join adult worship for the last 15 minutes. So, arrive a few minutes early and take your kids in the far left front entrance of Green Street Meetinghouse before Meeting for Worship. It is the only door with a gate on it. Ask anyone you see in the hallway about the location of child care for that day.

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MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP IN JULY & AUGUST. The tradition of joint Germantown MM/Green Street MM Meetings for Worship in July and August has been going on longer than anyone can remember. On the facing bench each of those Sundays, you will see a member of each Meeting?s Worship and Ministry committee acting as closers. What does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we will be at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities among Meetings, some have frequent ministry and others are more inclined to worship in silence. Green Street is a more silent Meeting, generally, and they cherish their quiet worship. Some Friends there feel a bit discomforted by our frequent vocal ministry when we visit them in August. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep silent worship. Let us be enriched by the silence. — Karen Lightner, Clerk, Worship and Ministry

MEETING EVENTS

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL PLANS ADVENTURE TO RANCOCAS CREEK. All First-day School children ages 9-12 (grades 4-7) are invited to frolic in the water and play at the cabin of Carla Childs and Bill Cozzens on the Rancocas Creek on Aug. 28 and 29. There will be swimming and canoeing, with a campfire in the evening. The rustic setting is perfect for an overnight summer camp experience or a day trip, so come Friday evening and stay overnight, or come Saturday for the day. Details will be forthcoming, but save the date and let Carla Childs or Peter Yeomans know if you can attend. This will be a great beginning to a new year of First-day School participation. Carla: cchilds@germantownfriends.org; Peter: pdy234@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO HELP AT LIBRARY AT KELLY SCHOOL, AUG. 4. Volunteers are needed this Tuesday to help organize the library at Kelly Elementary School to get it ready for the return of students and teachers. This is the last date of a series of Tuesdays on which volunteers have worked as a team organized by Jack Malinowski and Penny Colgan-Davis. Please arrive at the school before 9 a.m., when the doors are locked. There is air conditioning, and snacks are provided. Kelly School is at 5116 Pulaski Street in Germantown. If you cannot come but would like to help, consider buying a few plastic baskets from a dollar store to make the library collection kid-friendly. Volunteers are needed to work with the students during the school year, too.

PUT UP A FEW EXTRA PRESERVES TO SELL AT OUR CRAFT FAIR. The Craft Fair is coming and will be held just before the holidays, so now’s the time to start canning and jamming to support our Friends in need. Homemade jams and chutneys are big sellers, so please bear this in mind as you preserve your fresh produce this summer. Lots of other handmade crafts are needed, too, so start exercising those creative brain cells and plan ahead. Proceeds will benefit the Assistance Committee. –Deborah Cooper, on behalf of the Assistance Committee

QUAKER EVENTS

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT, AUG. 21-23. “Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, meeting Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required; Contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com

FRIENDS GROUP TO VISIT INDIA, OCT. 20-30. Would you like to visit Friends who live in India, learn about Gandhian peace work, meditate at Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, and join all-India gatherings of Friends and youth? Here’s your opportunity to travel with a group of like-minded Quakers. For information, send an inquiry by email to henrywb@gmail.com or nathannola@gmail.com.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

WORSHIP & HANG OUT WITH IRISH YAFs, AUG. 9. All Young Adult Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and beyond are invited to worship with Young Adult Friends from Ireland on Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. High school-age Friends are also invited. After worship, everyone will have lunch together, spend time getting to know each other, and compare notes on what it’s like to be a Quaker in Ireland or the United States. For more information, go to pym.org.

WORSHIP SHARING IN WISSAHICKON WOODS, AUG. 20. Young Adult Friends are invited to an event of hiking and worship sharing together in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. Plans are afoot. Watch the YAF web page for details at pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (HIGH SCHOOL)

CAMP ONAS GATHERING, AUG. 16-22. Here’s a chance for Young Friends to spend a week together at Camp Onas, Aug. 16-22, finishing the summer with a burst of friendship and good times–or look at it as the beginning of a new year together, followed with activities in coming months. Young folk will swim and hike, put on a talent show, fly through the air on a rope swing, and get to know each other in worship sharing, workshops, and on work crews. Friendly Adult Presences are needed, too, if your parents would like to come, too. Camp Onas is in Ottsville, PA. Cost is $320; ask about scholarship help. To find out more or to register, go to pym.org/young-friends/.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PRODUCE VOUCHERS FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS. If you are over 60 years old and could use some help improving your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, you may be eligible for $20 worth of vouchers for Pennsylvania produce. The vouchers are distributed by Philadephia Corporation for Aging (PCA) and must be used at certified farmers’ markets in Philadelphia. They are distributed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PCA, 642 North Broad Street. Proof of age and Philadelphia residency are required. Seniors must sign in person (or through a proxy) and may receive the vouchers only once per year. For information, call the PCA Helpline, 215-765-9040. The vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used by Nov. 30. This program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture.

TAKE ACTION

FOOD & WATER WATCH URGES LETTERS TO REP. CHAKA FATTAH. Please take a look at this click-through message to Congressman Chaka Fattah and consider signing and sending it to him: http://bit.ly/1vDf9KZ. This would urge him to support a crucial environmental bill, the Protect Our Public Lands Act (POPLA), which would keep national parks, military bases, and other federal lands free from fracking. Areas such as the Delaware River National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and the Everglades in Florida sit atop oil and natural gas reserves. Extracting reserves from these areas would disrupt the beautiful spaces and local ecosystems, and shipping the gas through pipelines and trains would pose health and safety threats to our communities. For information, go to foodandwaterwatch.org or contact Dylan Devenyi at Food & Water Watch, 717-602-4326.

HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI BOMBINGS EVENTS BY BRANDYWINE PEACE COMMUNITY. Three events in August will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

August 6. Day of Remembrance & Resistance at Lockheed Martin, currently the world’s number one war profiteer and weapons manufacturer. It will be noon to 2 p.m. at the entrance to the Lockheed Martin offices, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, which is directly behind the King of Prussia Mall and across the road from the IMAX theater.

August 7. Showing of the film White Light, Black Rain, an HBO documentary that tells the powerful, discomfiting story of the atomic bombings through interviews with 14 survivors and four Americans who were intimately involved in the bombings. Takes place at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Friends Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, just off the corner of Old Marple and S. Sproul Roads (turn by Mr. Car Wash). Air conditioned. Light refreshments. Free will donation.

August 9. Sundown Ceremony to commemorate bombing of Nagasaki, with call to abolish nuclear weapons, at 7:30 p.m., on the Market Street Bridge next to 30th Street Station, corner of Market Street and Schuylkill Ave.

For information, contact Bob Smith, director of the Brandywine Peace Community: brandywine@juno.com

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GMM Friday Bulletin, July 24, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“We highly prize silent waiting upon the Lord in humble dependence upon him. We esteem it to be a precious part of spiritual worship, and trust that no vocal offering will ever exclude it from its true place in our religious meetings. Let not the silence ? be spent in indolent or vacant musing but in patient waiting in humble prayerful expectancy before
the Lord.” –Yearly Meeting in London, 1884; 1886

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 19, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Bob Dockhorn & Karen Lightner

Greeters & Refreshments: Sebastian & Allison Paulmier

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OFFICE CLOSED IN AUGUST

The Meeting Office will be closed in August. Mail, email, and telephone messages will be checked periodically but not daily. If you have a request or question, please take care of it next week (before July 31).

ON AUG. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, MEETING FOR WORSHIP WILL BE AT GREEN STREET FRIENDS MEETING, 47 W. SCHOOLHOUSE LANE.

MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP IN JULY & AUGUST

The tradition of joint Germantown MM/Green Street MM Meetings for Worship in July and August has been going on longer than anyone can remember. The clerks of Green Street’s Worship and Ministry Committee contacted us several months ago to discuss this arrangement. Both Meetings have confirmed that we wish to continue the arrangement. In a combined meeting of our and Green Street?s Worship and Ministry committees, we decided to mutually hold the care of Worship during the July and August Meetings for Worship. On the facing bench each of those Sundays, you will see a member of each Meeting’s Worship and Ministry committee acting as closers.

How can we be more welcoming to the members of Green Street Monthly Meeting when they worship with us in July, and what does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we are at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities amongst Meetings, some have frequent ministry and others are more inclined to worship in silence. Green Street is a more silent Meeting, generally, and they cherish their quiet worship. Some Friends there feel a bit discomforted by our frequent vocal ministry when we visit them in August. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep silent worship. Let us be enriched by the silence. — Karen Lightner, Clerk, Worship and Ministry

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE ON JOAN MCILVAINE’S DAUGHTER
One of Joan McIlvaine’s adult daughters, Sandy, was in a bad car crash a week-and-a-half ago and is still in intensive care with multiple fractures. The latest news is that she is making slow progress, although her prognosis is undetermined. Joan is spending a lot of time with her at the hospital and would appreciate all of us holding her and her daughter in the Light, with prayers for healing and wisdom at this time. Joan occasionally opens her email, and suggests that email messages would the best way of expressing concern; however, please don’t expect a reply, since she is spending most of her energy on being with her daughter and family. The more love we can send her, the better.

NEW BOOK BY ROB SMITH
Our member Robert G. Smith’s new book, The Vitamin Cure for Arthritis, has recently been released and can be ordered online and at local bookstores. In 440 pages, it describes the importance of vitamins and minerals for health, along with evidence that proper doses of these essential nutrients can prevent and reverse many forms of arthritis. The book includes chapters on joints and the causes of arthritis, the genetics of vitamin therapy for arthritis, on stem cell therapy, and on eating right, including doses and recipes. Rob is research associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.

JANAKI SPICKARD-KEELER IS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT PENDLE HILL

Janaki Spickard-Keeler, who sojourned at Germantown Monthly Meeting not long ago, is the new Minnie Jane Artist-in-Residence for 2015 at Pendle Hill. She is working on a screenplay, “Graduation,” the story of high school friends “who are forced into an abrupt coming of age in response to an act of violence against one of their own.” Janaki will be at Pendle Hill for ten weeks. To read her artist’s statement and more about her work, go topendlehill.org/welcome-janaki-spickard-keeler-pendle-hills-new-artist-residence/#.Va6HYCpVhBc

MEETING EVENTS

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL PLANS ADVENTURE TO RANCOCAS CREEK

All First-day School children ages 9-12 (grades 4-7) are invited to frolic in the water and play at the cabin of Carla Childs and Bill Cozzens on the Rancocas Creek on Aug. 28 and 29. There will be swimming and canoeing, with a campfire in the evening. The rust setting is perfect for those who would enjoy an overnight summer camp experience. You can come Friday evening and stay overnight into Saturday, or come Saturday for the day. Details will be forthcoming, but save the date and let Carla Childs or Peter Yeomans know if you can attend. This will be a great beginning to a new year of First-day School participation. Carla: cchilds@germantownfriends.org; Peter: pdy234@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO ORGANIZE LIBRARY AT KELLY SCHOOL

Jack Malinowski and Penny Colgan-Davis have put together a team of people to open up the Kelly School Library to classes in the fall. In addition to people who would like to volunteer in the fall during the school day, they are seeking volunteers to come Tuesday, July 28, and/or Tuesday, Aug. 4 to help organize the collection and get the library ready for students and teachers. No special talent or skill is required. You will need to be at Kelly School by 9 a.m., when the doors lock. There will be snacks and lots of fun, as well as doing some important work. (The school is air conditioned, too!) If you cannot come but would like to help, please consider buying a few plastic baskets from a dollar store to help them make the library collection as kid-friendly as possible. Just drop the baskets off at Meeting and talk with Jack or Penny if you have questions.

PUT UP A FEW EXTRA PRESERVES TO SELL AT CRAFT FAIR!

The Craft Fair is coming! So, it’s time to start canning and jamming to support our Friends in need! Home made jams and chutneys are big sellers, so please bear this in mind as you preserve your fresh produce this summer. Lots of other handmade crafts are needed, too, so now’s the time to exercise those creative brain cells and get to work. Proceeds will benefit the Assistance Committee. –Deborah Cooper, on behalf of the Assistance Committee

QUAKER EVENTS

QUAKER PERFORMERS GIVE BENEFIT IN SWARTHMORE, JULY 26
Cloggers, drummers, dancers, musicians, poets, and visual artists will put on a benefit performance this Sunday, July 26, at 6 p.m., at Swarthmore Meetinghouse, 12 Whittier Place, Swarthmore, PA 19081. Performers will be Quakers and their friends. Proceeds will go to support a woman from the Middle East who recently took a workshop at Pendle Hill on religious pluralism, peace, and interfaith dialog. She was part of a group of young people who were chosen by U.S. embassies in Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, and Turkey for their potential to become leaders. When this young woman tried to return to her home, she was barred from entering because of her interest in religions other than her own, and her family members were threatened with death if she came back. Her dream is to become an architect and build a temple in her home city where all faiths can worship together in love and respect. This benefit is organized by Jennifer Elam, who taught the Pendle Hill workshop, where she met this young woman, and this benefit is Jennifer’s effort to support the young woman in her current situation, as well as in following her dreams.

FRIENDS GROUP TO VISIT INDIA, OCT. 20-30

Would you like to visit Friends who live in India, learn about Gandhian peace work, meditate at Friends Rural Centre in Rasulia, and join all-India gatherings of Friends and youth? Here’s your opportunity to go with a group of like-minded Quakers this fall, Oct. 20-30. For information, send an inquiry by email to henrywb@gmail.com or nathannola@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE: PEACE PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM

Everyone is invited to a Potluck Peace Picnic at Awbury Arboretum on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. This picnic carries on the tradition of the Taylor Farm Peace Picnic held in summers past, led by Suzanne Day. This year’s picnic is sponsored by Arch Street Friends Meeting and hosted by Robert V. Peters, who lives at the Arboretum. Everyone interested in peace and justice issues is invited to attend and bring their kids and guests. Bob Smith, long-time leader of the Brandywine Peace Community, will give an update on a campaign to oppose the Drone Warfare Command Center in Horsham. A free-will offering will be taken to support his organization’s work. Local groups will present short summaries about their this year’s work for peace. Awbury Arboretum is easy to reach by the R7 SEPTA train (get off at Washington Ave. stop) or by car. Come early and enjoy this magical 80-acre forest and garden. For information, contact Robert Peters, 646-684-9638, RVP121353@aol.com

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

HANG OUT AND WORSHIP WITH IRISH YAFs, AUG. 9

All Young Adult Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and beyond are invited to worship with Young Adult Friends from Ireland on Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. High school-age Friends are also invited. After worship, everyone will have lunch together, spend time getting to know each other, and compare notes on what it’s like to be a Quaker in Ireland or the United States. For more information, go to pym.org.

WORSHIP SHARING IN WISSAHICKON WOODS, AUG. 20

Young Adult Friends are invited to hike and worship together in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. Plans are afoot. Watch the YAF web page for details at pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (HIGH SCHOOL)

CAMP ONAS GATHERING, AUG. 16-22

Here’s a chance for Young Friends to spend a week together at Camp Onas, Aug. 16-22, finishing the summer with a burst of friendship and good times–or, starting a new year together, to be followed with activities in coming months. Young folk will swim and hike, put on a talent show, fly through the air on a rope swing, and get to know each other in worship sharing, workshops, and on work crews. Friendly Adult Presences are needed, too, if your parents would like to come, too. Camp Onas is in Ottsville, PA. Cost is $320; ask about scholarship help. To find out more or to register, go to pym.org/young-friends/.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PRODUCE VOUCHERS FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS

If you are over 60 years old and could use some help improving your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, you may be eligible for $20 worth of vouchers for Pennsylvania produce. The vouchers are distributed by Philadephia Corporation for Aging (PCA) and must be used at certified farmers’ markets in Philadelphia. They are distributed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PCA, 642 North Broad Street. Proof of age and Philadelphia residency are required. Seniors must sign in person (or through a proxy) and may receive the vouchers only once per year. For information, call the PCA Helpline, 215-765-9040. The vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used by Nov. 30. This program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture.

TAKE ACTION

OPPOSE DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM, JULY 25

Say NO to the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station, this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., to protest the growing domestic network of drone bases, training, sites, and command centers across the United States. Mennonites from this week’s Mennonite World Assembly in Harrisburg will join this demonstration, which will take place at the entrance to the Horsham Air Guard Station at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Montgomery County. For information, go to brandypeace.com/events or call Bob Smith, director of the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-566-1818.

STOP OIL TRAINS IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Now is the time to submit comments to the Army Corps of Engineers on plans for a massive new oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington. This project would involve shipping 360,000 barrels of oil every day down the Columbia River, endangering communities, livelihoods, and the natural beauty and ecosystem of the Columbia River Gorge. It would be operated by energy giant Tesoro Savage. This geographical area includes tribal lands and life-sustaining resources for Native American peoples. The one ray of light is that the Army Corps of Engineers is seeking input from the public on whether to prepare a comprehensive environmental impact statement. To send your comments, go to this Friends of the Earth action site: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18240

ICE CREAM RALLY TO OPPOSE CLIMATE CHANGE, JULY 30

“Beat the Heat” with free ice cream at a rally on Thursday, July 30, and call for action on climate change, which is heating our planet. It will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. outside Sen. Robert Casey’s office at 2001 Market St., in downtown Philadelphia. The rally will call attention to the action of coal companies, and the politicians who support them, which are attacking the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Please RSVP tobit.ly/PhillyBeattheHeat. The Facebook event page is: facebook.com/events/1420886914907348/. It ice cream rally is sponsored by Penn Environment (pennenvironment.org).

SAVE THE DATE

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23

“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and registration forms are available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, July 10, 2015

OFFICE CLOSED TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

True silence is to the spirit what sleep is to the body: nourishment and refreshment. –William Penn, 1699

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 12, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Don Weightman & Rob Smith
Greeters & Refreshments: Janet Kroll & Tom Grabe

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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FIVE DAYS LEFT TO DONATE TO OUR FY2015
There are five more days to donate to the Meeting and have your gift applied to this fiscal year. (The cut-off date has been extended to July 15, instead of June 30.) We are still several thousand dollars short of reaching our goal.

Many people have given generously, and for this we are immensely grateful. We especially appreciate the way a number of Friends have dug into their pockets to give a bit more than last year. We’d like to give you a hug and a great big “Thank You.” If you have not given yet, please consider giving something now to help us through this crisis. Every dollar is important, and donations of any size are gladly received, so don’t be shy. We’re all in this together.

MESSAGE ABOUT MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP IN JULY & AUGUST
The tradition of joint Germantown MM/Green Street MM Meetings for Worship in July and August has been going on longer than anyone can remember. The clerks of Green Street~Rs Worship and Ministry Committee contacted us several months ago to discuss this arrangement. Both Meetings have confirmed that we wish to continue the arrangement. In a combined meeting of our and Green Street~Rs Worship and Ministry committees, we decided to mutually hold the care of Worship during the July and August Meetings for Worship. On the facing bench each of those Sundays, you will see a member of each Meeting~Rs Worship and Ministry committee acting as closers.

How can we be more welcoming to the members of Green Street Monthly Meeting when they worship with us in July, and what does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we are at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities amongst Meetings, some have frequent ministry and others are more inclined to worship in silence. Green Street is a more silent Meeting, generally, and they cherish their quiet worship. Some Friends there feel a bit discomforted by our frequent vocal ministry when we visit them in August. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep silent worship. Let us be enriched by the silence.
— Karen Lightner, Clerk, Worship and Ministry

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR PAT AMBLER
Since last week’s announcement about getting in touch with Pat Ambler, we’ve received an updated telephone number for her. As you may remember, she is putting a lot of hard, painful effort into recovering from a cracked pelvis and would enjoy hearing from those who know and love her. Here is her current address again:

Pat Ambler
Room 1, Willow Brooke Court
Spring House Estates
728 Norristown Road
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002

CAROL TODD’S MEMORIAL SERVICE TOMORROW, JULY 11
All are welcome to attend the memorial meeting for worship for Carol Todd, an Earlham graduate whose children attended Germantown Friends School, tomorrow, Saturday. July 11 at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse, followed by a reception at 11 a.m.

MEETING EVENTS
FIRST-DAY SCHOOL PLANS ADVENTURE TO RANCOCAS CREEK
All First-day School children ages 9-12 (grades 4-7) are invited to frolic in the water and play at the cabin of Carla Childs and Bill Coozens on the Rancocas Creek on Aug. 28 and 29. There will be swimming and canoeing, with a campfire in the evening. The rust setting is perfect for those who would enjoy an overnight summer camp experience. You can come Friday evening and stay overnight into Saturday, or come Saturday for the day. Details will be forthcoming, but save the date and let Carla Childs or Peter Yeomans know if you can attend. This will be a great beginning to a new year of First-day School participation. Carla: cchilds@germantownfriends.org; Peter: pdy234@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO ORGANIZE LIBRARY AT KELLY SCHOOL
Jack Malinowski and Penny Colgan-Davis have put together a team of people to open up the Kelly School Library to classes in the fall. In addition to people who would like to volunteer in the fall during the school day, we’re seeking volunteers to come every Tuesday from July 14 through August 4 to help us organize the collection and get the library ready for the students and teachers. No special talent or skill is required. You may come only once or as many Tuesdays as possible. You will need to be at Kelly School by 9 a.m., when the doors lock. We have snacks and lots of fun, and we’ll do some important work. (The school is air conditioned, too!) If you cannot come but would like to help, please consider buying a few plastic baskets from a dollar store to help us make the library collection as kid-friendly as possible. Just drop them off at Meeting and talk with Jack or Penny if you have any questions.

PUT BY A FEW EXTRA PRESERVES TO SELL AT CRAFT FAIR!
The Craft Fair is coming! So, it’s time to start canning and jamming to support our Friends in need! Home made jams and chutneys are big sellers, so please bear this in mind as you preserve your fresh produce this summer. Lots of other handmade crafts are needed, too, so now’s the time to exercise those creative brain cells and plan ahead. Proceeds will benefit the Assistance Committee. –Deborah Cooper, on behalf of the Assistance Committee

READ FCNL ARTICLE ONLINE ABOUT TCRC
This week, there is a new article on the blog of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) about the work being done by The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), founded and directed by our member Jondhi Harrell. To read it, go to fcnl.org/blog/of_peace_and_politics/faithful_work_on_mass_incarceration/

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

JOIN AN INTERVISITATION IN DELAWARE, WITH BEACH FUN, JULY 19
On Sunday, July 19, Young Adult Friends(YAFs) of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will join Lewes Worship Group in Delaware for worship, followed by fellowship with Lewes Friends, and then some time at the beach. Carpooling available. For details, go to pym.org and look for Young Adult Friends. On Aug. 9, YAFs will visit Arch Street Meeting in Philadelphia.

WORSHIP & HANG OUT WITH IRISH YAFs, AUG. 9
All Young Adult Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and beyond are invited to worship with Young Adult Friends from Ireland on Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. High school-age Friends are also invited. After worship, everyone will have lunch together, spend time getting to know each other, and compare notes on what it’s like to be a Quaker in Ireland or the United States. For more information, go to pym.org.

WORSHIP SHARING IN THE WISSAHICKON WOODS, AUG. 20
Young Adult Friends are invited to an event of hiking and worship sharing together in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. Plans are afoot. Watch the YAF web page for details at pym.org.

SEE LISTING OF JOBS AT pym.org/employment/home/opportunities/

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SUMMER FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JUNE 11
Lots of fun, and free, besides! That’s the Summer Festival on Saturday, June 11, at Historic Fair Hill, on Germantown Avenue between Indiana Avenue and Cambria Street. Treat your kids to pony rides and introduce them to Raheem the Snake Man. Enjoy a day of food, games, crafts, story times, book giveaways, and face painting, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. For directions, go to historicfairhill.org, call 215-880-5951, or send an email message to info@historicfairhill.org.

SUMMER CARILLON CONCERTS AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF GERMANTOWN
For a relaxing and enchanting evening, take in a carillon concert from the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) on the next two Mondays in July (July13, and 20) at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. To listen, bring your blanket or lawn chair and sit in the garden of the historic Wyck house across the street from FUMCOG, 6200 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19144. The performances are free; offerings are taken. For information, call 215-438-3677.

MUSIC FESTIVAL COMING TO AWBURY ARBORETUM, JULY 12
In collaboration with the Philadelphia Folksong Society, Awbury Arboretum will hold a new music festival in Germantown on Sunday, July 12. Rescheduled from May due to weather conditions, the Heartwood Music Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring food trucks, crafts, and kids’ activities, as well as a full schedule of outdoor performances on two stages. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. For directions and information, go to awbury.org or call 215-849-2855

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST THE ‘BOMB TRAIN’ TOMORROW, JULY 11
On Saturday, July 11, join people from across the Philadelphia area to stop oil trains from passing through the heart of Philadelphia. The demonstration will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Schuylkill River Park, Spruce and 25th streets, just upstream from South Street Bridge, at the footbridge that crosses the train tracks. Oil trains travel more than twice a day through this lovely city park, as well as through dozens of Philly~Rs neighborhoods, carrying Bakken crude oil that tends to explode in a fiery bomb if a train derails. The demonstration will call for banning oil tankers, for holding community worshops about emergency response plans, restoring environmental justice, and creating renewable and sustainable energy for Philadelphia’s future. It is part of the July 6-12 Week of Action to Stop Oil Trains and commemorates the 47 lives lost in the Canadian derailment of 2013. More than 700,000 Philadelphians live within the blast zone of the oil bomb trains. Event is sponsored by many national and local environmental groups. For information, go to stopoiltrains.org

SAVE THE DATE

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from CAfrica, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, July 3, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“True worship may be experienced at any time; in any place — alone on the hills or in the busy daily life — we may find God, in whom we live and move and have our being. But this individual experience is not sufficient, and in a meeting held in the Spirit, there is a giving and receiving between its members, one helping another with or without words. So there may come a wider vision and a deeper experience.” — Britain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice, 1925; 1994

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 5, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Don Weightman & Peter Javsicas
Greeters & Refreshments: Carolyn Raskin & Deborah Cooper

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

Office Hours
OFFICE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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UPDATE ON FUND RAISING FOR FY2015
We are still approximately $8,000 short of makiNg our fund raising goal of $120,000 for Fiscal Year 2015. If you haven’t made a donation yet or want to add to what you’ve given, there are 12 days left to have your gift applied to this fiscal year. (The cut-off date has been extended to July 15, instead of June 30.) Many people have given generously, and for this we are immensely grateful, and we especially appreciate the way a number of Friends have dug into their pockets to give a bit more than last year. We’d like to give you a hug and a great big “Thank You.” If you have not given yet, please consider giving something now to help us through this crisis. Every dollar is important, and donations of any size are gladly received, so don’t be shy. We’re all in this together.

MESSAGE ABOUT MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP IN JULY & AUGUST
The tradition of joint Germantown MM/Green Street MM Meetings for Worship in July and August has been going on longer than anyone can remember. The clerks of Green Street’s Worship and Ministry Committee contacted us several months ago to discuss this arrangement. Both Meetings have confirmed that we wish to continue the arrangement. In a combined meeting of our and Green Street’s Worship and Ministry committees, we decided to mutually hold the care of Worship during the July and August Meetings for Worship. On the facing bench each of those Sundays, you will see a member of each Meeting’s Worship and Ministry committee acting as closers.

How can we be more welcoming to the members of Green Street Monthly Meeting when they worship with us in July, and what does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we are at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities amongst Meetings, some have frequent ministry and others are more inclined to worship in silence. Green Street is a more silent Meeting, generally, and they cherish their quiet worship. Some Friends there feel a bit discomforted by our frequent vocal ministry when we visit them in August. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep silent worship. Let us be enriched by the silence.
— Karen Lightner, Clerk, Worship and Ministry

NEWS OF FRIENDS

GIVING PAT AMBLER A BIT OF ENCOURAGEMENT…
What do you do after you crack your pelvis? Answer: A lot of painful, tough work to get back on your feet again and get your life back. That’s the place where our dear Friend Pat Ambler finds herself at the moment. She could use a few notes, cards, an phone calls to cheer her forward. We know she’s got courage and pluck, so let’s help her keep at this — and remind her that we’re all here for her, and missing her face on the facing bench each Sunday! Here is her contact information:

Pat Ambler
Room 1, Willow Brooke Court
Spring House Estates
728 Norristown Road
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002

CAROL TODD’S MEMORIAL SERVICE ON JULY 11
All are welcome to attend the memorial meeting for worship for Carol Todd, an Earlham graduate whose children attended Germantown Friends School, on Friday, July 11 at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse, followed by a reception at 11 a.m.

MEETING EVENTS
STAPELEY POTLUCKS IN JULY AND AUGUST
First Sunday Potlucks will continue at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) through the summer, with dinners scheduled on July 5 and August 2, The meal starts at 5 p.m. in the recreation room; please bring your dish a few minutes early so it may be set out on time. After dinner, there will be a half-hour Meeting for Worship at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. Stapeley Hall is at the corner of Greene Street and Washington Lane. As always, anyone and everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator-in-general for these potlucks. Contact her at walmsley127@verizon.net.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL PLANS ADVENTURE TO RANCOCAS CREEK
All First-day School children ages 9-12 (grades 4-7) are invited to frolic in the water and play at the cabin of Carla Childs and Bill Coozens on the Rancocas Creek on Aug. 28 and 29. There will be swimming and canoeing, with a campfire in the evening. The rustic setting is perfect for those who would enjoy an overnight summer camp experience. You can come Friday evening and stay overnight into Saturday, or come Saturday for the day. Details will be forthcoming, but save the date and let Carla Childs or Peter Yeomans know if you can attend. This will be a great beginning to a new year of First-day School participation. Carla: cchilds@germantownfriends.org; Peter: pdy234@gmail.com.

CORRECT KELLY SCHOOL REPORT
Attached is a report on the volunteer Program at John B. Kelly Elementary School that was supposed to go out two weeks ago. The report that was attached to this email bulletin several weeks ago was written for the staff at Germantown Friends School and reached us by mistake. It placed more focus on GFS students and faculty and excluded some details, which appear in the correct version, attached to this email as “THIS ONE-GMM KELLY REPORT JUNE 2015.pdf.”

QUAKER EVENTS
JAZZ NIGHT AT ARCH STREET MEETINGHOUSE, JULY 3
McCoyTyner and Chasing the Trane is the theme of this month’s Jazz Night on July 3 at 7 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia 19106. Take this opportunity to learn to cha cha in a “Soul Train Line” with benefit of a dance instructor. Comedian Jacob Winterstein and singers Carol Harris and Bernard Samuel will perform. Refreshments. Free. Parking in the Meeting House parking lot (enter from 4th Street) will cost $10 per car.

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Register now for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions on July 29-Aug. 30 at Muhlenberg College, near Allentown. This year’s theme, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” will be reflected in speakers, plenaries, workshops, and programs of all kinds. This theme carries forward last year’s concern about racism and how to make improvements in every aspect of our lives and communities. Tribe1 will open the sessions with a rousing concert on Wednesday night, and Victoria Greene, our former attender and current member of Green Street Meeting, will give the keynote address. For a list of the wide array of workshops, go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015/sharing-your-work-and-witness-at-annual-sessions/workshops/. Register now to secure your choices in housing and other options by going to pym.org. Financial aid is available. (The proposed budget for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s fiscal year 2016 will be presented for approval at Annual Sessions. Friends are encouraged to review it in advance by
going to pym.org/financial-stewardship-committee/budget-proposal.)

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
WORSHIP & HANG OUT WITH IRISH YAFs, AUG. 9
All Young Adult Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and beyond are invited to worship with Young Adult Friends from Ireland on Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. High school-age Friends are also invited. After worship, everyone will have lunch together, spend time getting to know each other, and compare notes on what it’s like to be a Quaker in Ireland or the United States. For more information, go to pym.org.

TAKE ACTION
DEMONSTRATE AGAINST DRONE WARFARE, JULY 4, IN PHILLY
Meet in front of the Federal Courthouse, 601 Market Street, on Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m., to take part in a demonstration to oppose drone warfare. Hundreds of passersby who are downtown for the Independence Day Parade will see the signs and banners showing a shadow of a drone across the Constitution and the messae, “End Drone Warfare & Spying.” All signs and banners provided for participants to achieve a coordinated message. There will also be informational leaftlets to hand out. Bring an umbrella in case of rain. For information, contact Bob Smith at 610-544-1818 or go to brandywinepeace.com/events.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

CELEBRATE FOURTH OF JULY AT STENTON
Hot dogs and homemade ice cream, music and games, and a chance to meet Benjamin Franklin –these are a few of the attractions at the old-fashioned Fourth of July at historic Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia 19140. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. Please RSVP to 215-329-7312. For information, go to stenton.org.

SUMMER CARILLON CONCERTS AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF GERMANTOWN
For a relaxing and enchanting evening, take in a carillon concert from the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) on the next three Mondays in July (July 6, 13, and 20) at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. To listen, bring your blanket or lawn chair and sit in the garden of the historic Wyck house across the street from FUMCOG, 6200 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19144. The performances are free; offerings are taken. For information, call 215-438-3677.

SUMMER FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JUNE 11
Lots of fun, and free, besides! That’s the Summer Festival on Saturday, June 11, at Historic Fair Hill, on Germantown Avenue between Indiana Avenue and Cambria Street. Treat your kids to pony rides and introduce them to Raheem the Snake Man. Enjoy a day of food, games, crafts, story times, book giveaways, and face painting, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. For directions, go to historicfairhill.org, call 215-880-5951, or send an email message to info@historicfairhill.org.

MUSIC FESTIVAL COMING TO AWBURY ARBORETUM, JULY 12
In collaboration with the Philadelphia Folksong Society, Awbury Arboretum will hold a new music festival in Germantown on Sunday, July 12. Rescheduled from May due to weather conditions, the Heartwood Music Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring food trucks, crafts, and kids’ activities, as well as a full schedule of outdoor performances on two stages. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. For directions and information, go to awbury.org or call 215-849-2855.

SUMMER CLASSES BEGIN AT CENTER ON THE HILL
Summer is a great time to try out something you’ve always wanted to learn or deepen an interest you don’t have time for during the rest of the year. A great, inexpensive way to dip into such interests is by taking an inexpensive class at Center on the Hill, at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19118. Classes range from art to yoga, with lots of subjects in between. Center on the Hill’s programs are primarily for active adults. To see a list of classes, go to the online newsletter at chestnuthillpres.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Summer-2015-COTH-Newsletterv5.pdf.

SAVE THE DATE

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from CAfrica, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, June 26, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“In this humanistic age we suppose man is the initiator and God is the responder. But the living Christ within us is the initiator and we are the responders. God the Lover, the accuser, the revealer of light and darkness presses within us. “‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock.’ And all our apparent initiative is already a response, a testimonial to His secret presence and working within us. The basic response of the soul to the Light is internal adoration and joy, thanksgiving and worship, self-surrender and listening.” –Thomas R Kelly, 1941

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 28, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Florence & Michael Mini
Greeters & Refreshments: Becky Johnson & Larry Weisberg

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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FROM THE FUND RAISING COMMITTEE AND THE TREASURER
As of June 17, 2015, we raised $94,515 in Annual Giving donations toward our Fiscal Year 2015 goal of $120,000. Thus, we need to receive $25,485 more in these last few days of June. To facilitate this, all donations received by July 15, 2015, will be applied to Fiscal Year 2015, even though that fiscal year actually ends on June 30. –Michael Mini, clerk of the Fund Raising Committee, and Jim Pifer, Meeting treasurer.

MESSAGE ABOUT MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP IN JULY & AUGUST
The tradition of joint Germantown MM/Green Street MM Meetings for Worship in July and August has been going on longer than anyone can remember. The clerks of Green Street’s Worship and Ministry Committee contacted us several months ago to discuss this arrangement. Both Meetings have confirmed that we wish to continue the arrangement. In a combined meeting of our and Green Street’s Worship and Ministry committees we decided to mutually hold the care of Worship during the July and August Meetings for Worship. On the facing bench each of those Sundays, you will see a member of each Meeting’s Worship and Ministry committee acting as closers.

How can we be more welcoming to the members of Green Street Monthly Meeting when they worship with us in July, and what does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we are at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities amongst Meetings, some have frequent ministry and others are more inclined to worship in silence. Green Street is a more silent Meeting, generally, and they cherish their quiet worship. Some Friends there feel a bit discomforted by our frequent vocal ministry when we visit them in August. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep silent worship. Let us be enriched by the silence.
— Karen Lightner, Clerk, Worship and Ministry

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR EDWARD RHOADS ON SUNDAY, JUNE 28
CORRECTION: Please bring cookies to the kitchen for the reception by 2 p.m. on SUNDAY, JUNE 28.
The memorial meeting for worship for our member Edward Rhoads will be on Sunday, June 28, at 3 p.m., in our meetinghouse, followed by a reception in the social room. All are welcome. Edward died on June 7 at his home in Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living). Interment will be private. Address condolences to George Rhoads, Edward’s brother, 104 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA 18938, and he will share them with the rest of the family.

CAROL TODD’S MEMORIAL SERVICE ON JULY 11
All are welcome to attend the memorial meeting for worship for Carol Todd, an Earlham graduate whose children attended Germantown Friends School, on Friday, July 11 at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse, followed by a reception at 11 a.m.

MEETING EVENTS FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEE TO MEET JUNE 28
The annual committee meeting of the Funeral Arrangements Committee of our Meeting will be Sunday, June 26, at 9 a.m., in the Committee Room. For information, contact Donna Wilhelm, donnawilhem@gmail.com.

RUTH SEELEY TO SPEAK AT OPENING OF WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT, JUNE 30
Our member Ruth Seeley will speak at the opening of her watercolor exhibit on Tuesday, June 30, at 2:30 p.m., in the parlor of Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene Street. Her luminous scenes of nature and English towns and countryside will be on display through Sept. 11. Ruth’s talk on Tuesday will be followed by a reception on The Bridge at 3 p.m. For a preview of some of the paintings online, go to givewings.com.

STAPELEY POTLUCKS IN JULY AND AUGUST
First Sunday Potlucks will continue at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) through the summer, with dinners scheduled on July 5 and August 2, The meal starts at 5 p.m. in the recreation room; please bring your dish a few minutes early so it may be set out on time. After dinner, there will be a half-hour Meeting for Worship at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. Stapeley Hall is at the corner of Greene Street and Washington Lane. As always, anyone and everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill MM is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator-in-general for these potlucks. Contact her at walmsley127@verizon.net.

QUAKER EVENTS
FILM ON RACISM TO BE SHOWN AT FRIENDS CENTER, JUNE 27
The film “I’m Not Racist … Am I?” will be shown on Saturday, June 27, at 2 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia. After the film, there will be a facilitated conversation about race and racism. It is appropriate for high school students and adults. The topic is chosen in preparation for the 2015 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (see next brief). Sponsored by the Undoing Racism Group.

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Register now for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions on July 29-Aug. 30 at Muhlenberg College, near Allentown. This year’s theme, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” will be reflected in speakers, plenaries, workshops, and programs of all kinds. This theme carries forward last year’s concern about racism and how to make improvements in every aspect of our lives and communities. Tribe1 will open the sessions with a rousing concert on Wednesday night, and Victoria Greene, our former attender and current member of Green Street Meeting, will give the keynote address. For a list of the wide array of workshops, go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015/sharing-your-work-and-witness-at-annual-sessions/workshops/. Register now to secure your choices in housing and other options by going to pym.org. Financial aid is available. (The proposed budget for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s fiscal year 2016 will be presented for approval at Annual Sessions. Friends are encouraged to review it in advance by going to pym.org/financial-stewardship-committee/budget-proposal.)

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
WORSHIP & HANG OUT WITH IRISH YAFs, AUG. 9
All Young Adult Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and beyond are invited to worship with Young Adult Friends from Ireland on Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Philadelphia. High school-age Friends are also invited. After worship, everyone will have lunch together, spend time getting to know each other, and compare notes on what it’s like to be a Quaker in Ireland or the United States. For more information, go to pym.org.

TAKE ACTION
REACH OUT TO DRONE WAR OPERATORS AT HORSHAM, JUNE 27
The focus of this month’s protest in Horsham of the Drone War Command Center will be to encourage computer operators of the remote-controlled drones to leave their jobs and refuse to perform this grisly act of war. The demonstration is from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the grassy entryway to Horsham Air Guard Field Station, at the corner of Easton Road (Rte. 6100) and County Line Road in Horsham. U.S. war drones are remote-controlled from the United States, targeting victims on the other side of the world. Their images are picked up by satellite and transmitted from Rumstein Air Force Base in Germany to computer screens in drone war command centers, such as the one being installed at Horsham. Contrary to government reports, many civilians are killed by drone attacks, along with legitimate military targets.

In addition, the use of these unmanned aircraft in international air space creates a culture of perpetual, unauthorized war. Recently, several drone operators have left their jobs, and it is increasingly difficult to find new recruits. Although drone operators are able to perform their war duties and go home to their families, many find the transition to be fraught with psychological difficulties. The hours are long, the facilities are small and confined, and the pay is low compared to commercial opportunities. That is why this anti-war-drone campaign, which is in its third year, is reaching out to the operators in an appeal of conscience. Signs are furnished for participants. For more information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, at 610-544-1818, brandywine@juno.com.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
‘GETTING THE HISTORY OF VIETNAM WAR RIGHT’ AT SOCIAL FORUM, JUNE 27
Tomorrow at 5 p.m. will be a workshop on “Getting the History of the Vietnam War Right,” led by Veterans for Peace, at the U.S. Social Forum. It will take place in Room 220, Temple University Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St., Philadelphia 19122. It will take the form of a discussion led by veterans on countering the US government’s effort to portray the Vietnam War as an honorable enterprise. Veterans For Peace and the affiliated group Full Disclosure will present their views of the Vietnam War as either a tragic mistake or an international crime. Attenders will be asked how they understand the meaning of the Vietnam War, and the controversial aspects of the war’s history will be examined. There will be discussion about how to counter the well-funded Pentagon misinformation with grassroots efforts. For questions, call John Grant of Veterans for Peace, at 610-832-7028.

SAVE THE DATE
FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC), which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. Everyone gets a chance to renew friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, listed at FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, June 19, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“To me, worship is recognising and communing with the divine, whether it is within myself, in others, or in the world. The precondition of worship is my belief in worth-ship, my own and that of other people.” — by a member of the Quaker Women’s Group, 1986, published in Quaker Faith & Practice of Britain Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 21, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Carla Childs & Bill Cozzens
Greeters & Refreshments: Patty Gerrity & Nancy Tyson

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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FROM THE FUND RAISING COMMITTEE AND THE TREASURER
As of June 17, 2015, we raised $94,515 in Annual Giving donations toward our Fiscal Year 2015 goal of $120,000. Thus, we need to receive $25,485 more in these last few days of June. To facilitate this, all donations received by July 15, 2015, will be applied to Fiscal Year 2015, even though that fiscal year actually ends on June 30. –Michael Mini, clerk of the Fund Raising Committee, and Jim Pifer, Meeting treasurer.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR EDWARD RHOADS ON JUNE 28
The memorial meeting for worship for our member Edward Rhoads will be on Sunday, June 28, at 3 p.m., in our meetinghouse, followed by a reception in the social room. All are welcome. Edward died on June 7 at his home in Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living). Interment will be private. Address condolences to George Rhoads, Edward’s brother, 104 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA 18938, and he will share them with the rest of the family. The Funeral Arrangements Committee would be grateful for contributions of cookies for the reception. Please bring cookies to the Meeting kitchen on Friday, June 26 by 2 p.m., if possible.

DEATH OF ELISSA BERARDI’S FATHER
Frank P. Berardi, father of our member Elissa Berardi, father-in-law of our member Bruce Bekker, and grandfather of our member Julietta Bekker, died peacefully on June 4 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was the loving husband of Adele Berardi, and in April they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. He was born in Manhattan, New York, to Vito and Helen Berardi. He and his wife Adele met while studying at New York’s City College and spent 45 years of their married life in Bayside, New York, before moving to Lancaster. Cards may be addressed to Elissa and her family at 310 Paxson Ave., Glenside, PA 19038. To read his obituary, go to debordsnyder.com/frank-p-berardi/

PAT AMBLER RECOVERING FROM FALL
Our memer Patricia Ambler took a bad fall a week ago and cracked her pelvis. She is out of the hospital and at Spring House Estates in Lower Gwynedd.

CAROL TODD’S MEMORIAL SERVICE ON JULY 11
All are welcome to attend the memorial meeting for worship for Carol Todd, an Earlham graduate whose children attended Germantown Friends School, on Friday, July 1, at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse, followed by a reception at 11 a.m.

MEETING EVENTS FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEE TO MEET JUNE 28
The annual committee meeting of the Funeral Arrangements Committee of our Meeting will be Sunday, June 28, at 9 a.m., in the Committee Room. For information, contact Donna Wilhelm, donnawilhem@gmail.com.

RUTH SEELEY TO EXHIBIT WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS AT STAPELEY HALL
Did you know that our member Ruth Seeley has become an extraordinary artist since retiring a few years ago? Her scenes of nature and English towns and countryside glow with transluscence and the artist’s spirit. Come, see her beautiful paintings for yourself at Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene St., on June 28 through Sept. 11. The exhibit will formally open on June 30, with a talk by Ruth in the Parlor at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception on The Bridge at 3 p.m. For a preview of some of the paintings online, go to givewings.com.

TWO BUREAUS NEEDED FOR BURUNDI STUDENTS
Kate O’Shea and Peter Yeomans would like to borrow two bureaus for the two youth from Burundi who will be living with them starting August 10. They will need to use the bureau(s) for one to two years. If you have an extra bureau, please contact them with approximate dimensions at pdy234@gmail.com.

REPORTS AVAILABLE ON GFS/KELLY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Two reports are now available (attached to this email message) about the Germantown Friends School/Kelly Elementary School volunteer program, known as “Reading Buddies.” The reports are made available by Abby Brown, the Quaker Voluntary Service fellow who worked with the Community Office at Germantown Friends School and spoke in our adult class several weeks ago with other QVS fellows who served at community organizations during the past nine months. GFS students visited Kelly School on a regular basis during the school year to listen to Kelly students read and to give them some one-on-one attention. Teachers reported a marked change and many of the students reading skills and a heightened interest in reading, as a result of having the older GFS students’ working with them. To read the complete reports, open the attached documents: “GFS Kelly Report June 2015” and “Teacher Feedback Jan Reading” Our thanks to Abby Brown for sharing these reports with us.

QUAKER EVENTS

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Register now for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions on July 29-Aug. 30 at Muhlenberg College, near Allentown. This year’s theme, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” will be reflected in speakers, plenaries, workshops, and programs of all kinds. This theme carries forward last year’s concern about racism and how to make improvements in every aspect of our lives and communities. Tribe1 will open the sessions with a rousing concert on Wednesday night, and Victoria Greene, our former attender and current member of Green Street Meeting, will give the keynote address. For a list of the wide array of workshops, go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015/sharing-your-work-and-witness-at-annual-sessions/workshops/. Register now to secure your choices in housing and other options by going to pym.org. Financial aid is available. (The proposed budget for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s fiscal year 2016 will be presented for approval at Annual Sessions. Friends are encouraged to review it in advance by going to pym.org/financial-stewardship-committee/budget-proposal.)

FILM ON RACISM, JUNE 27
There will be a screening of the film I’m Not Racist … Am I? on Saturday, June 27, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. After the film, there will be a discussion. Come join the conversation as we prepare for the 2015 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The film is appropriate for high school students and adults. Information: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or pym.org/calendar/events/screening-of-im-not-racist-am-i.

EXHIBIT BY QUAKER PHOTOGRAPHERS AT PENDLE HILL, THROUGH JULY 31
An exhibit of photographs by Quaker artists is on display in the Barn at Pendle Hill, now through July 31. The theme is “Seeking the Light.” The artists are Terry Foss, David Foster, Emma Hohenstein, Elke Muller, Rufus Standefer, and Mary Waddington. For information, contact Jesse White, teacher of arts and spirituality, jwhite@pendlehill.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION
URGE CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
In Pope Francis’ recent groundbreaking encyclical on climate, he affirms our shared moral responsibility to care for our Earth and the most vulnerable people on our planet. He emphasizes what many faith traditions–including the Religious Society of Friends, the Catholic Church, and Native peoples–have long said: to care for our neighbors, children, and future generations, we must care for our Mother Earth. Friends Committee on National Legisation (FCNL) asks everyone to urge their members of Congress to speak out for bipartisan action on climate. To read the background and click through to the email template, go to fcnl.org/updates/encyclical/.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
NEEDLECRAFTERS TO MEET JUNE 27
Northwest VillageNetwork needlecraft interest group will meet Friday, June 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Tangled Web, across from Staples on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Everyone is welcome. You will find several members of our Meeting there, in the circle of needle crafters. Bring a current project, or just come to talk needlecraft ideas. Questions? Call Anne Javsicas, or Deborah Cooper.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International Education Opportunities (IEO), a Jenkintown-based company, is seeking warm, caring host families to host international students at private and parochial schools for the coming school year. Host families are paid a monthly stipend to help offset the cost of caring for a student. Families and students are supported by an Academic and Homestay Coordinator, who monitors the student’s progress and checks in on the family throughout the year. IEO takes pride in its role of nurturing students’ growth and connecting different cultures. For more information or to apply, contact homestay@ieopps.com or call 215-517-6000, ext. 108.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC), which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. Everyone gets a chance to renew friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, listed at FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, June 12, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Silent worship and the spoken word are both parts of Quaker ministry. The ministry of silence demands the faithful activity of every member in the meeting. As, together, we enter the depths of a living silence, the stillness of God, we find one another in the things that are eternal, upholding and strengthening one another. –Britain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice, 1994

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 14, 2015
9 a.m. Meeting for Business (agenda below*), in social room
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Joanne & Tom Sharpless
Greeters & Refreshments: Chris Gallagher & Mark Kowit

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

*AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015, 9 a.m.
Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the Clerk. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

Query 7
Opening worship
Minutes from May
Care and Visiting Committee report
Marriage Committee report
Fund Raising Committee report
Communications Committee report
Corporate Giving report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF EDWARD RHOADS
Our member Edward Otto Folin Rhoads (“Ted” or “Ed”) died suddenly last Sunday, June 7, at his home in Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living). A 1962 graduate of Germantown Friends School, Edward would have turned 71 on June 23. He loved baseball and board games, and he enjoyed being of service to others, using his accounting skills as treasurer of our Meeting and Philadelphia Quarter for many years, as well as for other organizations. He was a person whose steady, loving presence made a difference in many lives. There will be a memorial meeting for worship for him on Sunday, June 28, at 3 p.m. in our meetinghouse, with private interment. Our hearts go out to his family in their loss. George Rhoads, Edward’s brother, is the contact person for the family, address: 104 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA 18938.

LETTER FROM NATE GUERRA
Hello, Members of Germantown Monthly Meeting, My name is Nate Guerra, and I am an attender and a member of the Young Friends group here at GMM. I wanted to let you know that there will be a bake sale this Sunday, June 14, run by the Young Friends group to help support me in my fundraising efforts. I am raising money so I can go to Ghana this summer as an International Scholar with the Schoerke Foundation, to teach at the Heritage Academy. This Sunday, I will have treats for sale and a donation box, if you would like to help me, as well as a pamphlet that describes more about my trip. Also, if you would like to donate to my online fundraiser, go to: crowdrise.com/TeachinginGhana/fundraiser/nathanaelguerra.

ROSS HENNESY ON QUAKERSPEAK VIDEO
Hear our member Ross Hennesy, assistant director of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), speak on the subject “A Life Beyond Fear and Guilt” on Quaker Speak, at quakerspeak.com/a-life-beyond-fear-and-guilt. QuakerSpeak is a project of Friends Journal, in collaboration with Friends Committee on National Legislation, the American Friends Service Committee, and Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. The project, directed by Jon Watts, puts a short video on its website every Thursday, featuring a Quaker or Quaker-related topic. Some of the topics you can find there are “Why Are Quaker Cemeteries Different?”, “How Quakers Got Their Name,” and “Quakers and Israel-Palestine.”

TWO BURUNDIAN QUAKER YOUTH TO STAY WITH YEOMANS-O’SHEA FAMILY
“You may remember Adrien Niyongabo, a member of Burundi Yearly Meeting, and who worked for The African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams and has spoken at Germantown Meeting on two occasions. Adrien is coming to the U.S. for a two-year graduate program in International Peace Building at Notre Dame. His wife passed away in 2007, so he is bringing his four children with him. Two of them, Joshua, 11, and David, 9, will live with us [Peter Yeomans and Kate O’Shea] for the coming school year. Right now, the plan is that they will attend Wissahickon Charter School. We hope you will receive these boys as members of our family and as attenders of the Meeting. We know we will be in need of support from the Meeting to manage these additional responsibilities. Please consider how you might be able to help, and be sure to welcome the boys when they arrive in August”. –Peter Yeomans & Kate O’Shea

MEETING EVENTS REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Register now for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions on July 29-Aug. 30 at Muhlenberg College, near Allentown. This year’s theme, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” will be reflected in speakers, plenaries, workshops, and programs of all kinds. This theme carries forward last year’s concern about racism and how to make improvements in every aspect of our lives and communities. Tribe1 will open the sessions with a rousing concert on Wednesday night, and Victoria Greene, our former attender and current member of Green Street Meeting, will give the keynote address. For a list of the wide array of workshops, go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015/sharing-your-work-and-witness-at-annual-sessions/workshops/. Register now to secure your choices of housing and other options by going to pym.org. Financial aid is available.

The proposed budget for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s fiscal year 2016 will be presented for approval at Annual Sessions. Friends are encouraged to review it in advance by going to pym.org/financial-stewardship-committee/budget-proposal.

QUAKER EVENTS

FRIENDS OF COLOR AND THEIR FAMILIES HOLD RETREAT AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 19-21
F/friends of color in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and their immediate families will gather, worship, play, get to know one another better, support one another, eat, and determine what collective message may be brought forward to the yearly meeting. This opportunity will take place on June 19-21 at Pendle Hill Conference and Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA. For details, go to: pym.org/calendar/events/pym-friends-of-color-their-families-retreat.

FILM ON RACISM, JUNE 27
There will be a screening of the film I’m Not Racist … Am I? on Saturday, June 27, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. After the film, there will be a discussion. Come join the conversation as we prepare for the 2015 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The film is appropriate for high school students and adults. Information: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or pym.org/calendar/events/screening-of-im-not-racist-am-i.

EXHIBIT BY QUAKER PHOTOGRAPHERS AT PENDLE HILL, THROUGH JULY 31
An exhibit of photographs by Quaker artists is on display in the Barn at Pendle Hill, now through July 31. The theme is “Seeking the Light.” The artists are Terry Foss, David Foster, Emma Hohenstein, Elke Muller, Rufus Standefer, and Mary Waddington. For information, contact Jesse White, teacher of arts and spirituality, jwhite@pendlehill.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION

ED AGUILAR TO SPEAK ON ‘PEACE & THE PLANET,’ JUNE 14
This Sunday, June 4, Ed Aguilar will speak on “Bringing Peace & the Planet Into Alignment in the 21st Century?” at the Brandywine Peace Community’s monthly potluck supper and program at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. The potluck dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. (please bring a dish to share), and the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Ed Aguilar is the Pennsylvania of Coalition for Peace Action and a lawyer who has taught criminal justice and constitutional law. For information, go to brandywinepeace.com/events.

HOUSING NEEDED THIS SUMMER & FALL FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
Student volunteers from the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network need free or low-cost housing in Philadelphia so they can put their time into building a movement to take on the fossil fuel industry. “The fossil fuel divestment movement has ignited a generation of young organizers, committed to fighting for climate justice and a just economy for the long haul,” says K.C. Alvey, a young woman organizer with the effort. The Solidarity Housing Project is building a network of hosts across the country who are able to offer low- or no-cost guest rooms to young organizers.

If this is something you’re willing to consider now or at some point in the future, sign up to indicated your interest at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17hR5Eswys0_jXfpoa5nvbr_vIxSvhlJ9-8_raklU6n0/viewform.

For information on becoming a host, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KfVHvbEFOmxWF8lbpkLcqzs6TVjDDPj3XTaCfvW2iuo/edit
… or contact alumnidivestnetwork@gmail.com, 516-272-9892. For information on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, go to http://www.studentsdivest.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
FILM DEPICTS WORKERS WHO PICK UP TRASH, JUNE 13
On Saturday, June 13, the film Trash Dance will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene St. It is part of Green Street Monthly Meeting’s Documentary & Discussion series. In the film, choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides with Austin, TX, sanitation workers on their routes. Later, on an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver a stunningly beautiful and moving performance in front of an audience of thousands. Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak after the film. GLEC is across the street from Vernon Park in Germantown. Film and discussion are free of charge. Childcare and popcorn provided. To get on the mailing list for this series, contact Sharon Mullally at sharon.mullally@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC), which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. Everyone gets a chance to renew friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, listed at FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, June 5, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Verbal testimony to the experience of the living God is a counterpart to testimony in action: a life that speaks. Both are obedient to the promptings of the Spirit. In earlier periods of Quakerism, the testimonies … attested to the nature and requirments of God. Individuals testified to what they had experienced livingly–rather than to what they agreed with intellectually or deduced from principles. Today, we often flounder. We often fail to distinguish between testimony and principle. A testimony has spiritual force in discerning leadings. Its spiritual force comes from the experience of the Spirit to which it testifies. It comes from an experience of God breaking into the particularities of our lives, disquieting our hearts. They will not be stilled until we respond as required…. Principles have moral force, but they carry no personal experience of leading. Principles can be arrived at by a purely intellectual process. … When we begin from principle, or a moral generality, it is more difficult to know which circumstances of our lives constitute an encounter in which guidance by the Spirit is occurring.” –Patricia Loring, in Listening Spirituality, Vol. II, 1999

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 7, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Jean & Parvin Sharpless
Greeters & Refreshments: Joel Erland & Kate Kamen
11:30 a.m. Picnic on Porch to Celebrate Beginning of Summer! (See description below.)*

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015, 9 a.m.
Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the Clerk. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

Query 7
Opening worship
Minutes from May
Care and Visiting
Marriage Committee
Fund Raising Committee
Communications Committee report
Interim Meeting report
Corporate Giving report
PYM’s CONNECT
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

ROSS HENNESY ON QUAKERSPEAK VIDEO
Hear our member Ross Hennesy, assistant director of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), speak on the subject “A Life Beyond Fear and Guilt” on Quaker Speak, at quakerspeak.com/a-life-beyond-fear-and-guilt. QuakerSpeak is a project of Friends Journal, in collaboration with Friends Committee on National Legislation, the American Friends Service Committee, and Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. The project, directed by Jon Watts, puts a short video on its website every Thursday, featuring a Quaker or Quaker-related topic. Some of the topics you can find there are “Why Are Quaker Cemeteries Different?”, “How Quakers Got Their Name,” and “Quakers and Israel-Palestine.”

DIRECTORY CHANGE
Please make this change to your 2014-2015 Directory listing for Joanne Sharpless: jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

HONOR FOR OPPOSITION TO HORSHAM DRONE CENTER
Robert M. Smith, an attender at our Meeting and partner of our member Melissa Elliott, will be honored by Coalition for Peace Action (peacecoalition.org.) at Princeton Theological Seminary this Sunday, June 7. The award recognizes his work in the past three years, coordinating demonstrations and outreach to oppose drone warfare, especially establishment of a drone war command center at Horsham Air National Guard Station, just outside of Philadelphia. He is director and co-founder of the Brandywine Peace Center, which has opposed warfare, nuclear weaponry, and military profiteering for nearly 40 years (brandypeace.com), and is one of four honorees this Sunday.

MEETING EVENTS PICNIC! PICNIC! AFTER MEETING, SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Once again, we’ll be picnicking right here at Germantown Meeting on our own porch, immediatey after meeting for worship, on Sunday, June 7. There will be grilled burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and a delicious array of potluck food, so come and add your dish to the choices. Lots of room for the kids to run and play on the commons and green, while adults chat at tables on the porch. Mark your calendars now–and don’t leave town before celebrating the start of summer with us! Contact Tracy Mills for information, tracymills2@gmail.com.

FIRST SUNDAY FRIENDLY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, JUNE 7
Friends are invited to participate in Germantown Meeting’s twice yearly sponsorship of the First Sunday Friendly Potluck with Friends who live at Stapeley retirement community, 6300 Greene St. Each of the six monthly meetings in Philadelphia Quarter sponsors two potlucks per year, and June is one of our months. The potluck is Sunday, June 7, at 5 p.m., and is held in the main dining room. Approximately ten resident Friends attend; they recently reaffirmed their appreciation for the good food and opportunity to meet and mix with other Philadelphia Friends. A half-hour meeting for worship is held at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. If you are able to attend the potluck and bring a dish, please let Deb Frazer know at malfrazer@aol.com.

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Register now for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions on July 29-Aug. 30 at Muhlenberg College, near Allentown. This year’s theme, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” will be reflected in speakers, plenaries, workshops, and programs of all kinds. This theme carries forward last year’s concern about racism and how to make improvements in every aspect of our lives and communities. Tribe1 will open the sessions with a rousing concert on Wednesday night, and Victoria Greene, our former attender and current member of Green Street Meeting, will give the keynote address. For a list of the wide array of workshops, go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015/sharing-your-work-and-witness-at-annual-sessions/workshops/. Register now to secure your choices of housing and other options by going to pym.org. Financial aid is available.

The proposed budget for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s fiscal year 2016 will be presented for approval at Annual Sessions. Friends are encouraged to review it in advance by going to pym.org/financial-stewardship-committee/budget-proposal.

QUAKER EVENTS

JAZZ NIGHT AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE, TONIGHT, JUNE 5
Tonight is the First Friday of June, and it is Jazz Night at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, in downtown Philadelphia. The theme is “Nina Simone & The Fearless Voices,” featuring recordings by brave musical voices and special guests Sanovia Garrett and Ylanda Wisher. Everyone is invited to dance the Philly Bop while listening to guitarist Keisha Slaughter. Comedian Catzie Villaphon will get us laughing. This event is part of a series presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Producer’s Guild, in collaboration with Arch Street Meeting. It uses pre-recorded musical selections, live performances, social dancing, vendors, games, prizes, and refreshments to build a good time for all. Admission is free, and parking is available for $10 per car, on a first-come, first-served basis. So prick up your ears, grab your dancing shoes, bring your kids, and come for a delightful evening! For more information, contact: info@philajazzproject.org.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, June 6, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to lancasterpaquakers.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO FOCUS ON CORE AND CULTURE OF QUAKERISM, JUNE 7
“Unprogrammed Quakerism–What is essential, and what is cultural?” will be the focus of the June 7 program of Philadelphia Quarter. It will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry Street (Friends Center). All are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends at 11 a.m. for worship, followed by a potluck lunch. The program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Child care is provided during Meeting for Worship and the program. For questions, get in touch with Margaret Wood at 215-241-7067, or philaqtr@pym.org.

FRIENDS OF COLOR AND THEIR FAMILIES HOLD RETREAT AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 19-21
F/friends of color in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and their immediate families will gather, worship, play, get to know one another better, support one another, eat, and determine what collective message may be brought forward to the yearly meeting. This opportunity will take place on June 19-21 at Pendle Hill Conference and Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA. For details, go to: pym.org/calendar/events/pym-friends-of-color-their-families-retreat.

FILM ON RACISM, JUNE 27
There will be a screening of the film I’m Not Racist … Am I? on Saturday, June 27, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. After the film, there will be a discussion. Come join the conversation as we prepare for the 2015 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The film is appropriate for high school students and adults. Information: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or pym.org/calendar/events/screening-of-im-not-racist-am-i.

EXHIBIT BY QUAKER PHOTOGRAPHERS AT PENDLE HILL, THROUGH JULY 31
An exhibit of photographs by Quaker artists is on display in the Barn at Pendle Hill, now through July 31. The theme is “Seeking the Light.” The artists are Terry Foss, David Foster, Emma Hohenstein, Elke Muller, Rufus Standefer, and Mary Waddington. For information, contact Jesse White, teacher of arts and spirituality, jwhite@pendlehill.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION

CITY COUNCIL BILL TARGETS PLASTIC BAGS
Would a 5-cent fee on plastic bags help prevent litter in our neighborhoods, forests, and waterways? Currently, Bill 150373 is working its way through Philadelphia City Council, and it would establish this 5-cent fee on plastic bags. If you are interested in knowing more about this problem, read up on it at pffacts.blogspot.com/2015/05/its-not-in-bag-yet-tell-city-council.html, and contact your City Councilperson to make your feelings known. You may also testify this Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m., in support of the bill at the Finance Committee, City Hall Room 400. Contact Katie Bartolotta, bartolotta@pennfuture, if you’d like to sign up to speak. Katie is southeastern Pennsylvania outreach coordinator for PennFuture (pennfuture.org). Plastic bags wash into our storm drains and clutter our waterways, making a hazard for birds, animals, and fish. This bill is part of a country-wide effort to reduce the number of discarded plastic bags in our cities, communities, and environment.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES FOR COALITION TO ABOLISH DEATH BY INCARCERATION
You are invited to the launching of the campaign for the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, tomorrow, June 6, at 3:30 p.m., at Vineyard Church, 123 S. 51st Street, in West Philadelphia. There will be food, poetry reading, discussion, educational resources, and plans to take action. Pennsyvania prisons hold more than 5,000 people who are serving life sentene with no possiility of parole. This has been called “death by incarceration.” That is why this campaign is being launched by a group of organizations with related concerns: Decarcarate PA, the Human Rights Coalition, Fight for Lifers, and Right to Redemption. For information, go to decarceratepa.info/CADBI.

HOUSING NEEDED THIS SUMMER & FALL FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
Student volunteers from the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network need free or low-cost housing in Philadelphia so they can put their time into building a movement to take on the fossil fuel industry. “The fossil fuel divestment movement has ignited a generation of young organizers, committed to fighting for climate justice and a just economy for the long haul,” says K.C. Alvey, a young woman organizer with the effort. The Solidarity Housing Project is building a network of hosts across the country who are able to offer low- or no-cost guest rooms to young organizers.

If this is something you’re willing to consider now or at some point in the future, sign up to indicated your interest at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17hR5Eswys0_jXfpoa5nvbr_vIxSvhlJ9-8_raklU6n0/viewform.

For information on becoming a host, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KfVHvbEFOmxWF8lbpkLcqzs6TVjDDPj3XTaCfvW2iuo/edit … or contact alumnidivestnetwork@gmail.com, 516-272-9892. For information on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, go to http://www.studentsdivest.org.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)
Would you like to get to know Young Adult Friends (YAFs) in other meetings? On June 7, YAFs will join Gwynedd Friends Meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m., and, after worship, they will join Gwynedd Friends for fellowship and time to share spiritual experiences. On June 21, they will visit Lancaster Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603, where worship is at 10 a.m., with a potluck and conversation afterward. Carpooling is available. For information, go to pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)
The next opportunity for Young Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to be together is the 2015 Annual Sessions on July 29-Aug. 2 at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. There will be a round-the-clock resident session for Young Friends, from which they will join the rest of the community for intergenerational activities. Age-specific activities will be provided for them, including swimming, workshops, free time, worship sharing, and meals together and with the larger group of Friends. The time to register is now to reserve housing and other options. Go to pym.org.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

END AIDS 2015 CONFERENCE, JUNE 8
The End AIDS 2015 Conference on June 8 will bring the latest knowledge of prevention and treatment to the wider community and create more integrated outreach in Philadelphia. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pennsyvania Convention Center, 13th and Arch Streets, and will offer more than sixty workshops, with more than 1,500 people expected to attend. Alma Sanchez-Eppler, a fellow this year in Quaker Voluntary Service, spoke about this cpport Center for Prison Advocaonference in our adult class on Sunday, May 24. As her QVS placement, she works for Philadelphia FIGHT as coordinator of the Support Center for Prison Advocacy. She may be reached at 215-525-0460, ext 410, or asanchez@fight.org. For information about the conference, go to aidseducationmonth.org/events/end-aids-2015-conference/

NOMINATE A LOCATION FOR A ROSEBUSH
You’re invited to nominate a place along Germantown Avenue in the Germantown/ Mount Airy area for planting a gorgeous, fragrant heritage rose for all to enjoy. Your nominated place may be a business, church, school, or other institution, where the rose planting will be visible to the public. It must have staff or volunteers to care for the plant into the future. Wyck, a historic house, rose garden, and farm in Germantown will provide the plants, the initial planting, and the care instructions. Nominations will be accepted online until June 30. This is your chance to contribute to your community and revive Germantown’s botanical legacy by reintroducing the roses that were once plentiful here — you just suggest where by going to wyck.org/contact-us/.

FILM DEPICTS WORKERS WHO PICK UP TRASH, JUNE 13
On Saturday, June 13, the film Trash Dance will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene St. It is part of reen Street Monthly Meeting’s Documentary & Discussion series. In the film, choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides with Austin, TX, sanitation workers on their routes. Later, on an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver a stunningly beautiful and moving performance in front of an audience of thousands. Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak after the film. GLEC is across the street from Vernon Park in Germantown. Film and discussion are free of charge. Childcare and popcorn provided. To get on the mailing list for this series, contact Sharon Mullally at sharon.mullally@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC), which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. Everyone gets a chance to renew friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, listed at FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

COUPLE ENRICHMENT TRAINING AT FGC GATHERING, BEGINNING JULY 3
Couple enrichment training by Friends General Conference (FGC) will be offered at the Gathering, described in the above news brief. The training will begin with a pregathering retreat July 3-5 and continue with morning sessions during the Gathering. Participants must register for both the pregathering event and the full Gathering. Couples who feel a call to serve as leaders in the Couple Enrichment ministry are encouraged to register for this event. Couples who are not yet certain of their calling to this ministry are also encouraged to register, so they can learn and practice leadership skills and deepen their own relationship. Prerequisites for the training include participation in at least one Couple Enrichment event and a letter of recommendation from a current Couple Enrichment Leader. Interested? Fill out the information at fgcquaker.org/events/fgc-ce-training-2015 and someone from the Couple Enrichment program will contact you. You may also send questions directly to marshaquaker@gmail.com.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 29, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Seek on in patience and in hope. Be earnest in prayer. Do not fall back into selfish indifference, but do whatever thou canst truthfully do, for the help, socially and spiritually, of those around thee. Take comfort from the thought that others have passed through as great a strife, and have come forth into peace and happy trustfulness. If thy soul be walking but in twilight, look towards that quarter of the sky from which light seems to be dawning…. Thou wilt yet hear His words as a personal message to thy soul, ‘I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’” –London Yearly Meeting, 1893

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 31, 2015
9 a.m. Leanna Whitman and James Earl Davis will talk about Brown v. Board of Education. (see description below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ed Marshall and Joanna Bassert
Greeters & Refreshments: James Earl Davis and Penny Colgan-Davis

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015
Query 7
Opening worship
Minutes from May
Care and Visiting
Fund Raising Committee
Communications Committee report
Interim Meeting report
Corporate Giving report
PYM’s CONNECT
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF ELEANOR HEINZ, MOTHER OF LINDA CLAYTON
Eleanor Mae Heinz (nee Hart), mother of Linda Clayton and mother-in-law of Robert Clayton, died Saturday, May 23, at the age of 98, at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA. There will be a funeral service for her tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m., at the Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, #1900 (behind the Whole Foods store). Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park. Eleanor Heinz worked for decades as music director at Wilkey Prebyterian Church, loved teaching Sunday school and Bible studies, and especially loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Linda says of her family, “We all benefited from all the love and joy we had together. The world is an emptier place without her. We will miss her so much.” Robert says of his mother-in-law and father-in-law: “The last four years were really rough and sometimes touch and go. Would we do it again? Yes, in a heartbeat. Linda had two of the most loving, caring parents that anyone could ask for, and we have come to appreciate her whole family more than ever. May we all strive to live our lives not just as ‘good people,’ for they were more than that. They were people of faith who passed down their faith to the next generation. No matter how tumultuous life may be, we have a Savior who knows our names, whom we can talk to at any hour of the day, and you can’t put a price on that. Thank you so much, Mom/Eleanor and Dad/Bill. You know how much we love you both.” In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to JosephPrince.org or JoyceMeyers.org.

DIRECTORY CHANGE
Please make this change to your 2014-2015 Directory listing for Joanne Sharpless: jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

MEETING EVENTS
CIVIL RIGHTS CENTENARIAN TO SPEAK TONIGHT, MAY 29
Amelia Boynton Robinson, who is more than 100 years old and was a moving force in the Civil Rights Movement, will speak tonight, Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m., in the Germantown Meetinghouse. Amelia hosted Martin Luther King, Jr., and was one of the catalysts for the historic march in Selma, Alabama, where she was left for dead on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. That photo of her went around the world, moving public sentiment. She went to Selma in 1929 with George Washingon Carver and registered to vote in 1932. She and her husband, Samuel Boynton, worked for decades to register black voters. Tonight’s talk is free, although donations would be appreciated and would go toward Miss Amelia’s care and travel and to support Village of Hope-Tuskegee. This event is sponsored by Friends of Amelia.

ADULT CLASS ON MAY 31
The final adult class of May will be Sunday, May 31, at 9 a.m., in the social room. Leanna Whitman will lead a discussion of the legal history of Brown v. Board of Education. James Earl Davis will discuss how this case played out in our schools and what the landscape looks like now. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. Please read Leanna’s article, “Lou Pollak: The Road to Brown v. Board of Education & Beyond,” in preparation, online at amphilsoc.org/sites/default/files/proceedings/Whitman_Hayes_PDF.pdf. (To open this, highlight and copy this web address and paste it into the address line of your browser.)

PICNIC! PICNIC! AFTER MEETING, SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Once again, we’ll be picnicking right here at Germantown Meeting on our own porch, immediatey after meeting for worship, on Sunday, June 7. There will be grilled burgers and a delicious array of potluck food, so come and add your dish to the choices. Lots of room for the kids to run and play on the commons and green, while adults chat at tables on the porch. Mark your calendars now–and don’t leave town before celebrating the start of summer with us!

FIRST SUNDAY FRIENDLY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, JUNE 7
Friends are invited to participate in Germantown Meeting’s twice yearly sponsorship of the First Sunday Friendly Potluck with Friends who live at Stapeley retirement community, 6300 Greene St. Each of the six monthly meetings in Philadelphia Quarter sponsors two potlucks per year, and June is one of our months. The potluck is on Sunday, June 7, at 5 p.m., and now is held in the main dining room. Approximately ten resident Friends attend; they recently reaffirmed their appreciation for the good food and opportunity to meet and mix with other Philadelphia Friends. A half-hour meeting for worship is held at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. If you are able to attend the potluck and bring a dish, please let Deb Frazer know at malfrazer@aol.com.

LAPTOP OR TABLET COMPUTER NEEDED FOR ONE TO TWO MONTHS
Do you have a laptop or tablet computer that you would be willing to loan to our member Pamela Williams for one or two months? She needs to use one to help her attend to professional concerns. She may be contacted at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

READ THE KELLY SCHOOL REPORT BY QVS’s ABBY BROWN
Attached to this message is the electronic version of Abby Brown’s report about volunteer programs at John B. Kelly Elementary School. Abby served this past year as a fellow with Quaker Voluntary Services (QVS) and spoke about her experiences at last Sunday’s adult class at our meeting. Our member Kathy Paulmier, a teacher at Germantown Friends School, worked with her on the report. If you wish to learn more, you may contact Abby at abigailrbrown@gmail.com or 802-522-4770.

WHAT’S GOING ON AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS? READ ABOUT IT ONLINE AND IN ‘PYM TODAY’
Get a taste of what’s in store at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions on July 29-Aug. 30 by picking up a copy of “PYM Today” from the literature counter in our social room or going to pym.org. The magazine is packed with articles about every aspect of this exciting annual gathering, which draws Friends from across the Yearly Meeting. It will be held July 26-Aug. 30 at Muhlenberg College near Allentown, and financial aid is available to make it easier for everybody to attend. There will be two wonderful special events: Tribe1 will open the sessions with a rousing concert on Wednesday night, and Victoria Greene, our former attender and current member of Green Street Meeting, will give the keynote address. This year’s theme, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” will carry forward concerns from last year about racism among us and how to make improvements in our lives, meetings, communities, and wider world. Registration is open now by going to pym.org, where you can learn more, see the schedule, and learn about the many workshops that will be offered. Friends are also encouraged to review the proposed PYM budget for fiscal year 2016, which will be presented for approval at Annual Sessions. You may download the complete proposal at pym.org/financial-stewardship-committee/budget-proposal.

QUAKER EVENTS

JAZZ NIGHT AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE, JUNE 5
This First Friday, June 5, “Fearless Voices” will perform at Jazz Night at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It will feature recordings by “some of our bravest musical voices, like Nina Simone and Gil Scot-Heron,” as well as special guests Sanovia Garrett and Ylanda Wisher. This event is part of a series presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Producer’s Guild, in collaboration with Arch Street Meeting. The series features pre-recorded musical selections, live performances, social dancing, vendors, games, prizes, and refreshments. Admission is free, and parking is available for $10 per car, on a first-come, first-served basis. So tune up your ears, grab your kids and your dancing shoes, and come for a good time! For more information, contact: info@philajazzproject.org.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, June 6, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to lancasterpaquakers.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO FOCUS ON CORE AND CULTURE OF QUAKERISM, JUNE 7
“Unprogrammed Quakerism–What is essential, and what is cultural?” will be the focus of the June 7 program of Philadelphia Quarter. It will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry Street (Friends Center). All are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends at 11 a.m. for worship, followed by a potluck lunch. The program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Child care is provided during Meeting for Worship and the program. For questions, get in touch with Margaret Wood at 215-241-7067, or philaqtr@pym.org.

FRIENDS OF COLOR AND THEIR FAMILIES HOLD RETREAT AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 19-21
F/friends of color in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and their immediate families will gather, worship, play, get to know one another better, support one another, eat, and determine what collective message may be brought forward to the yearly meeting. This opportunity will take place on June 19-21 at Pendle Hill Conference and Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA. For details, go to: pym.org/calendar/events/pym-friends-of-color-their-families-retreat.

FILM ON RACISM, JUNE 27
There will be a screening of the film I’m Not Racist … Am I? on Saturday, June 27, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. After the film, there will be a discussion. Come join the conversation as we prepare for the 2015 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The film is appropriate for high school students and adults. Information: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or pym.org/calendar/events/screening-of-im-not-racist-am-i.

EXHIBIT BY QUAKER PHOTOGRAPHERS AT PENDLE HILL, THROUGH JULY 31
An exhibit of photographs by Quaker artists is on display in the Barn at Pendle Hill, now through July 31. The theme is “Seeking the Light.” The artists are Terry Foss, David Foster, Emma Hohenstein, Elke Muller, Rufus Standefer, and Mary Waddington. For information, contact Jesse White, teacher of arts and spirituality, jwhite@pendlehill.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION

HOUSING NEEDED THIS SUMMER & FALL FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
Student volunteers from the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network need free or low-cost housing in Philadelphia so they can put their time into building a movement to take on the fossil fuel industry. “The fossil fuel divestment movement has ignited a generation of young organizers, committed to fighting for climate justice and a just economy for the long haul,” says K.C. Alvey, a young woman organizer with the effort. The Solidarity Housing Project is building a network of hosts across the country who are able to offer low- or no-cost guest rooms to young organizers.

If this is something you’re willing to consider now or at some point in the future, sign up to indicated your interest at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17hR5Eswys0_jXfpoa5nvbr_vIxSvhlJ9-8_raklU6n0/viewform.

For information on becoming a host, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KfVHvbEFOmxWF8lbpkLcqzs6TVjDDPj3XTaCfvW2iuo/edit
… or contact alumnidivestnetwork@gmail.com, 516-272-9892.

For information on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, go to http://www.studentsdivest.org.

REACH OUT TO DRONE WAR OPERATORS AT HORSHAM, MAY 30
The monthly protest of the Drone War Command Center at Horsham will be Saturday, May 30, from noon to 2 p.m. It is held at a gated entrance to the Horsham Air Guard Station, scheduled to be the site of the Drone War Command Center, at the corner of Easton Road (Rte. 611) and County Line Road in Horsham, PA. U.S. war drones that target victims on the other side of the world are guided by computer operators in centers such as the one being installed in Horsham. Operators identify their victims on computer screens that pick up satellite images. Recently, there have been reports of drone operators who have left their jobs, refusing to perform this grisly exercise. Signs are furnished for participants. For more information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, at 610-544-1818, brandywine@juno.com.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

INTERVISITATION AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JUNE 7
Would you like to get to know Young Adult Friends (YAFs) in other meetings? On June 7, YAFs will join Gwynedd Friends Meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m., in the fourth intervisitation to meetings in the Philadelphia area. After worship, they will join Gwynedd Friends for fellowship and time to share spiritual experiences. Carpooling is available, and people may also be picked up at the North Wales or Gwynedd Valley train stations. The next intervisitation will be to Lancaster Meeting on June 21. For more information about this event, go to pym.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

WYCK FARMERS MARKET OPENS FOR SUMMER
Fresh local produce will be for sale today and every Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Wyck’s Farmers Market, 6026 Germantown Avenue, just outside the Wyck gate, continuing through Thanksgiving. This market is unique in accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, and Philly Food Bucks. It offers a wide variety of beautiful, chemical-free fruits and vegetables harvested just hours before the market opens and sold below market value. This year, it is expanding its offerings with an additional vendor, Old Homestead Farm and Greenhouses of Lancaster County. In addition, the nearby Wyck House is open for free, self-guided tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. You may also wish to wander the landscape and see where your food is grown. Wyck Farmers Market is produced in partnership with The Food Trust, which works to create access to affordable, nutritious food for everyone and information to make healthy decisions (thefoodtrust.org). For information, go to wyck.org/farm.

END AIDS 2015 CONFERENCE, JUNE 8
The End AIDS 2015 Conference on June 8 will bring the latest knowledge of prevention and treatment to the wider community and create more integrated outreach in Philadelphia. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pennsyvania Convention Center, 13th and Arch Streets, and will offer more than sixty workshops, with more than 1,500 people expected to attend. Alma Sanchez-Eppler, a fellow this year in Quaker Voluntary Service, spoke about this conference in our adult class on Sunday, May 24. As her QVS placement, she work for Philadelphia FIGHT as coordinator of the Support Center for Prison Advocacy. She may be reached at 215-525-0460, ext 410, or asanchez@fight.org. For information about the conference, go to aidseducationmonth.org/events/end-aids-2015-conference/

FILM DEPICTS WORKERS WHO PICK UP TRASH, JUNE 13
On Saturday, June 13, the film Trash Dance will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene St. It is part of Green Street Monthly Meeting’s Documentary & Discussion series. In the film, choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides with Austin, TX, sanitation workers on their routes. Later, on an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver a stunningly beautiful and moving performance in front of an audience of thousands. Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak after the film. GLEC is across the street from Vernon Park in Germantown. Film and discussion are free of charge. Childcare and popcorn provided. To get on the mailing list for this series, contact Sharon Mullally at sharon.mullally@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC), which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. Everyone gets a chance to renew friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, listed at FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

COUPLE ENRICHMENT TRAINING AT FGC GATHERING, BEGINNING JULY 3
Couple enrichment training by Friends General Conference (FGC) will be offered at the Gathering, described in the above news brief. The training will begin with a pregathering retreat July 3-5 and continue with morning sessions during the Gathering. Participants must register for both the pregathering event and the full Gathering. Couples who feel a call to serve as leaders in the Couple Enrichment ministry are encouraged to register for this event. Couples who are not yet certain of their calling to this ministry are also encouraged to register, so they can learn and practice leadership skills and deepen their own relationship. Prerequisites for the training include participation in at least one Couple Enrichment event and a letter of recommendation from a current Couple Enrichment Leader. Interested? Fill out the information at fgcquaker.org/events/fgc-ce-training-2015 and someone from the Couple Enrichment program will contact you. You may also send questions directly to
marshaquaker@gmail.com.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 22, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“I think it’s extremely important that we learn to listen. Listening is a lost art. And when I say ‘learn to listen,’ I mean listen to our spouses, listen to our children, listen to our fellow believers in our communities of faith. But I also want us to learn to listen to God. I know from personal experience that God speaks through the Scriptures. He speaks through preaching. He speaks through friends. But He also speaks directly. We can know that, but we must make time and space and silence in our lives, if we are to learn this in real ways and be the beneficiaries of His leading and His guidance directly. We are told in the 46th Psalm, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ In another translation, it says, ‘Stop fighting and know that I am God.’ Let’s take time to listen to God.” –Kara Cole Newell, 1982

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 24, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: This year’s Philadelphia fellows with Quaker Volunteer Service will reflect on their experiences.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Dan Jones & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Pat Libbey & Karen Lightner

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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MEETING EVENTS

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP TO MEET, MAY 24
The Environmental Concerns Work Group will meet at noon in the meetinghouse this Sunday, May 24. The new clerk is Bill Cozzens. To contact him: william_cozzens@yahoo.com.

ADULT CLASS ON MAY 31
The final adult class of May will be Sunday, May 31, at 9 a.m., in the social room. Leanna Whitman will lead a discussion of the legal history of Brown v. Board of Education. James Davis will discuss how this case played out in our schools and what the landscape looks like now. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. Please read Leanna’s article, “Lou Pollak: The Road to Brown v. Board of Education & Beyond,” in preparation, online at amphilsoc.org/sites/default/files/proceedings/Whitman_Hayes_PDF.pdf.

PICNIC! PICNIC! AFTER MEETING, SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Once again, we’ll be picnicking right here at Germantown Meeting on our own porch, immediatey after meeting for worship, on Sunday, June 7. There will be grilled burgers and a delicious array of potluck food, so come and add your dish to the choices. Lots of room for the kids to run and play on the commons and green, while adults chat at tables on the porch. Mark your calendars now–and don’t leave town before celebrating the start of summer with us!

FIRST SUNDAY FRIENDLY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, JUNE 7
Friends are invited to participate in Germantown Meeting’s twice yearly sponsorship of the First Sunday Friendly Potluck with Friends who live at Stapeley retirement community, 6300 Greene St. Each of the six monthly meetings in Philadelphia Quarter sponsors two potlucks per year, and June is one of our months. The potluck is on Sunday, June 7, at 5 p.m., and now is held in the Main Dining Room. Approximately ten resident Friends attend; they recently reaffirmed their appreciation for the good food and opportunity to meet and mix with other Philadelphia Friends. A half-hour meeting for worship is held at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor. If you are able to attend the potluck and bring a dish, please let Deb Frazer know at malfrazer@aol.com.

QUAKER EVENTS

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, June 6, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to http://lancasterpaquakers.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO FOCUS ON CORE AND CULTURE OF QUAKERISM, JUNE 7
“Unprogrammed Quakerism–What is esstential, and what is cultural?” will be the focus of the June 7 program of Philadelphia Quarter. It will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry Street (Friends Center). All are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends at 11 a.m. for worship, followed by a potluck lunch. The program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Child care is provided during Meeting for Worship and the program. For questions, get in touch with Margaret Wood at 215-241-7067, or philaqtr@pym.org

FRIENDS OF COLOR AND THEIR FAMILIES HOLD RETREAT AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 19-21
F/friends of color in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and their immediate families will gather, worship, play, get to know one another better, support one another, eat, and determine what collective message may be brought forward to the yearly meeting. This opportunity will take place on June 19-21 at Pendle Hill Conference and Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA. For details, go to: pym.org/calendar/events/pym-friends-of-color-their-families-retreat.

FILM ON RACISM, JUNE 27
There will be a screening of the film I’m Not Racist … Am I? on Saturday, June 27, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. After the film, there will be a discussion. Come join the conversation as we prepare for the 2015 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The film is appropriate for high school students and adults. Information: Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com or pym.org/calendar/events/screening-of-im-not-racist-am-i.

EXHIBIT BY QUAKER PHOTOGRAPHERS AT PENDLE HILL, THROUGH JULY 31
An exhibit of photographs by Quaker artists is on display in the Barn at Pendle Hill, now through July 31. The theme is “Seeking the Light.” The artists are Terry Foss, David Foster, Emma Hohenstein, Elke Muller, Rufus Standefer, and Mary Waddington. For information, contact Jesse White, teacher of arts and spirituality, jwhite@pendlehill.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

QUAKER CONVERSATIONS ONLINE
PYM Connect Online Conversations is a new and exciting way for people to connect with one another anytime, anywhere, 24/7, worldwide. This new online opportunity by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting features ways to connect, collaborate, and grow together. Conversations are virtual discussion groups that anyone may participate in to ask questions, share knowledge, explore spirituality, and more. To join, go to pym.org/connect.

KIT AVAILABLE TO TAKE PART IN QUAKER STORIES VIDEO PROJECT
The Quaker Stories Video Project provides a means for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends to talk about, listen to, and record one another’s stories of our spiritual journeys, and to collect and share these stories online and in a video library. A story kit, equipment, and video-making manual provide a template and means to share and record stories from Friends. It is beginner-friendly and includes the tools needed to video record individuals. To reserve the kit via the online form or learn more, visit: pym.org/volunteering/2014/10/join-the-quaker-stories-video-project.

TAKE ACTION

HOUSING NEEDED THIS SUMMER & FALL FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
Student volunteers from the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network need free or low-cost housing in Philadelphia so they can put their time into building a movement to take on the fossil fuel industry. “The fossil fuel divestment movement has ignited a generation of young organizers, committed to fighting for climate justice and a just economy for the long haul,” says K.C. Alvey, a young woman organizer with the effort. The Solidarity Housing Project is building a network of hosts across the country who are able to offer low- or no-cost guest rooms to young organizers.

If this is something you’re willing to consider now or at some point in the future, sign up to indicated your interest at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17hR5Eswys0_jXfpoa5nvbr_vIxSvhlJ9-8_raklU6n0/viewform.

For information on becoming a host, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KfVHvbEFOmxWF8lbpkLcqzs6TVjDDPj3XTaCfvW2iuo/edit
… or contact alumnidivestnetwork@gmail.com, 516-272-9892.

For information on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, go to http://www.studentsdivest.org.

PROTEST GERMAN HUB OF WAR DRONE OPERATION, MAY 26
There will be a demonstration on Tuesday, May 26, at 4 p.m., in front of the Federal Courthouse at 601 Market St., Philadelphia, to protest U.S. drone warfare and spying. Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, operated by the United States, is at the heart of America’s drone war. The base’s satellite relay station streams photos to drone command centers across the United States, from which operators pilot the drones by remote control, attacking and killing people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen. To find out more about the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, go to https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/17/ramstein/. For information about this and other events by the Philadelphia Area Anti-Drone Network, to to brandywinepeace.com/events or call 610-544-1818.

REACH OUT TO DRONE WAR OPERATORS AT HORSHAM, MAY 30
The monthly protest of the Drone War Command Center at Horsham will be Saturday, May 30, from noon to 2 p.m. It is held at a gated entrance to the Horsham Air Guard Station, scheduled to be the site of the Drone War Command Center, at the corner of Easton Road (Rte. 611) and County Line Road in Horsham, PA. U.S. war drones that target victims on the other side of the world are guided by computer operators in centers such as the one being installed in Horsham. Operators identify their victims on computer screens that pick up satellite images. Recently, there have been reports of drone operators who have left their jobs, refusing to perform this grisly exercise. Signs are furnished for participants. For more information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, at 610-544-1818, brandywine@juno.com.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)
CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, focusing on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

INTERVISITATION AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JUNE 7
Would you like to get to know Young Adult Friends (YAFs) in other meetings? On June 7, YAFs will join Gwynedd Friends Meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m., in the fourth intervisitation to meetings in the Philadelphia area. After worship, they will join Gwynedd Friends for fellowship and time to share spiritual experiences. Carpooling is available, and people may also be picked up at the North Wales or Gwynedd Valley train stations. The next intervisitation will be to Lancaster Meeting on June 21. For more information about this event, go to pym.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

NEEDLECRAFTERS CHANGE MEETING DATE TO MAY 29
Northwest Village Network’s Needlecraft group will next meet on May 29. (Because May 22 is the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend, the group will meet one week later than originally scheduled.) It will take place at 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Tangled Web on Germantown Avenue, across from Staples. Bring your current project or continue to learn needle felting with Jane Schofer. Several members of this group are members of our Meeting.

FILMMAKER TO SPEAK AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, MAY 26
Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, educator, and diversity trainer, will speak May 26, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School. His presentation is part of the school’s observation of Asian Heritage Month. He will share his insights about cultural heritage, racial healing, and community diversity. Everyone is welcome. Registration is required: go to goo.gl/forms/WRP8M6GxJM. Here is a link to a recent Ted Talk he gave, “The Secret to Changing the World”: youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5SNpCtiWk.

FILM DEPICTS WORKERS WHO PICK UP TRASH, JUNE 13
On Saturday, June 13, the film Trash Dance will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene St. It is part of Green Street Monthly Meeting’s Documentary & Discussion series. In the film, choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides with Austin, TX, sanitation workers on their routes. Later, on an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver a stunningly beautiful and moving performance in front of an audience of thousands. Bishop Dwayne Royster, executive director of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak after the film. GLEC is across the street from Vernon Park in Germantown. Film and discussion are free of charge. Childcare and popcorn provided. To get on the mailing list for this series, contact Sharon Mullally at sharon.mullally@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC), which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. Everyone gets a chance to renew friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, listed at FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

COUPLE ENRICHMENT TRAINING AT FGC GATHERING, BEGINNING JULY 3
Couple enrichment training by Friends General Conference (FGC) will by offered at the Gathering, described in the above news brief. The training will begin with a pregathering retreat July 3-5 and continue with morning sessions during the Gathering. Participants must register for both the pregathering event and the full Gathering. Couples who feel a call to serve as leaders in the Couple Enrichment ministry are encouraged to register for this event. Couples who are not yet certain of their calling to this ministry are also encouraged to register, so they can learn and practice leadership skills and deepen their own relationship. Prerequisites for the training include participation in at least one Couple Enrichment event and a letter of recommendation from a current Couple Enrichment Leader. Interested? Fill out the information at fgcquaker.org/events/fgc-ce-training-2015 and someone from the Couple Enrichment program will contact you. You may also send questions directly to
marshaquaker@gmail.com.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015. The event opens Wednesday evening, July 29, at 7:15 p.m., with a musical celebration by Tribe 1. Victoria Greene of Green Street Meeting will give he keynote address on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7:15 p.m. She is director of the organization Every Murder Is Real (EMIR), here in Germantown. There will be many workshops available at the sessions. To see descriptions, go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015/sharing-your-work-and-witness-at-annual-sessions/workshops/workshop-descriptions. Registration is now open!

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 15, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“As I silence myself, I become more sensitive to the sounds around me, and I do not block them out. The songs of the birds, the rustle of the wind, children in the playground, the roar of an airplane overhead are all taken into my worship. I regulate my breathing as taught me by my Zen friends, and, through this exercise, I feel the flow of life within me from my toes right through my whole body. I think of myself like the tree planted by the ‘rivers of water’ in Psalm 1, sucking up God’s gift of life and being restored. Sometimes I come to meeting for worship tired and weary, and I hear the words of Jesus, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are weary, and I will give you rest.’ And, having laid down my burden, I feel refreshed both physically and spiritually. This leads me on to wholehearted adoration and thanksgiving for all God’s blessings. My own name, Tayeko, means ‘child of many blessings,’ and God has surely poured them upon me. My heart overflows with a desire to give Him something in return. I have nothing to give but my own being, and I offer Him my thoughts, words, and actions of each day, and whisper, ‘Please take me as I am.’” –Tayeko Yamanouchi, 1980

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 17, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: This year’s Philadelphia fellows with Quaker Volunteer Service will reflect on their experiences.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Teresa Maebori & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Chris & Kathy Coxe

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

LOCATE THE NEW COLLECTION BOX IN SOCIAL ROOM
Friends are reminded that we now have a new, red, wooden collection box, mounted on the wall as you enter the social room, thanks to Michael Mini who ordered the new box, and Tom Sharpless, who mounted it on the wall. This is a handy way to make a donation of a few dollars out of your pocket or of a check, which won’t need an envelope or a stamp.

APPROVED MINUTES FROM APRIL 19 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
The approved minutes from our Meeting for Business on April 19 are attached to this email bulletin.

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MEETING EVENTS ADULT CLASSES IN MAY
There will be three adult classes in May. Each begins at 9 a.m. in the social room. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpless@gfsnet.org. Here are the dates and topics:

May 17– Damian Mordan-Snipper, a Young Adult Friend, will discuss his spiritual journey in relation to Friends Committee on National Legislation’s voice on national policies on peace, justice, and an earth restored.

May 24– Meet this year’s young adult fellows of Quaker Volunteer Service, who will talk about their experiences working for social justice and relocating to Germantown to live in an intentional Quaker community.

May 31– Leanna Whitman will lead a discussion of the legal history of Brown v. Board of Education. James Davis will discuss how this case played out in our schools and what the landscape looks like now. Please read Leanna’s article, “Lou Pollak: The Road to Brown v. Board of Education & Beyond,” in preparation. You can find it online at amphilsoc.org/sites/default/files/proceedings/Whitman_Hayes_PDF.pdf.

YARD SALE TO BENEFIT BUDUDA SCHOOL, MAY 16
Tomorrow, May 16, a multi-family yard sale will benefit the Bududa vocational school and orphans program, and to aid Young Friends in our Meeting visit Bududa in 2016. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 111 Rex Ave., in Chestnut Hill. Goods in excellent condition will be sold: housewares, kitchen ware, books, carpentry and garden tools, linens, clothes that include high-quality menswear, furniture, rugs and a kelim, pictures, frames, antique treasures, and more. There will also be for sale: new items made in Uganda of African fabric, such as aprons, little girls’ dresses, baskets, paper beads, cushion covers, and salad servers. For information, call Barbara Wybar, 843-471-0075, or her cell phone: 267-774-6368.

QUAKER EVENTS
QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MAY 16
This is a chance for all prospective college students to talk with representatives from Quaker colleges about what’s available, the benefits of a values-based college education, and characteristics of colleges that have a Quaker heritage. The Fair will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon till 3 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Plenty of free parking. Registration and details: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-quaker-college-fair.

QUAKER DISCUSSION OF FRACKING, MAY 17
On Sunday, May 17, there will be a presentation by experts on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, and its effects on Philadelphia and the rest of the state. It will be followed by a discussion. It will take place at 1 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA. Speakers will be Dr. Poune Saberi, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Matt Walker, Clean Air Council; Sam Bernhardt, Food & Water Watch.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO FOCUS ON CORE AND CULTURE OF QUAKERISM, JUNE 7
“Unprogrammed Quakerism–What is esstential, and what is cultural?” will be the focus of the June 7 program of Philadelphia Quarter. It will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry Street (Friends Center). All are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends at 11 a.m. for worship, followed by a potluck lunch. The program begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Child care is provided during Meeting for Worship and the program. For questions, get in touch with Margaret Wood at philaqtr@pym.org

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“Can I Get a Witness?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members support one another as Quakers and bear witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION
REACH OUT TO DRONE WAR OPERATORS AT HORSHAM, MAY 30
The monthly protest of the Drone War Command Center at Horsham will be Saturday, May 30, from noon to 2 p.m. It is held at a gated entrance to the Horsham Air Guard Station, scheduled to be the site of the Drone War Command Center, at the corner of Easton Road (Rte. 611) and County Line Road in Horsham, PA. U.S. war drones that target victims on the other side of the world are guided by computer operators in centers such as the one being installed in Horsham. Operators identify their victims on computer screens that pick up satellite images. Recently, there have been reports of drone operators who have left their jobs, refusing to perform this grisly exercise. This month’s protest will feature posters that say, “Dear drone operators, Just walk away; Stop the killing. Peace, Your neighbors.” Signs are furnished for participants. For more information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, at 610-544-1818, brandywine@juno.com.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)
CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, focusing on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

INTERVISITATION AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JUNE 7
Would you like to get to know Young Adult Friends (YAFs) in other meetings? On June 7, YAFs will join Gwynedd Friends Meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m., in the fourth intervisitation to meetings in the Philadelphia area. After worship, they will join Gwynedd Friends for fellowship and time to share spiritual experiences. Carpooling is available, and people may also be picked up at the North Wales or Gwynedd Valley train stations. The next intervisitation will be to Lancaster Meeting on June 21. For more information about this event, go to pym.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
ADAPT YOUR HOME AS YOU AGE, MAY 18
An architect will give tips on adapting your home to accommodate the needs of aging people on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m, at Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. Elie-Antoine Atallah of Metropolitan Studio Design will address safety and comfort issues common to many northwest Philly homes, such as stairs, lighting, and the need for a first floor bathrooms. The program is sponsored by Northwest Village Network, an organization that helps seniors find ways to continue living in their own homes. Admission is free. Come at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. For information, contact Peter Javsicas, jaypeejay@verizon.net.

FILMMAKER TO SPEAK AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, MAY 26
Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, educator, and diversity trainer, will speak May 26, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School. His presentation is part of the school’s observation of Asian Heritage Month. He will share his insights about cultural heritage, racial healing, and community diversity. Everyone is welcome. Registration is required: go to goo.gl/forms/WRP8M6GxJM. Here is a link to a recent Ted Talk he gave, “The Secret to Changing the World”: youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5SNpCtiWk.

SAVE THE DATE
EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, June 6, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. If you will need childcare, send a message by Monday, May 18, to Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to http://lancasterpaquakers.org.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. Everyone gets a chance to renew friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, listed at FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 8, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
From our Worship & Ministry Commmittee: “What happens in Meeting for Worship? We do not plan what will be said. Instead we wait to hear what the Divine is telling us or showing us. Through silence our Meeting becomes closer to the Divine.”

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 10, 2015
9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with attention to Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Dorothy Cary & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Deborah Frazer & Jack Malinowski

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

*INVITATION TO ATTEND MEETING FOR BUSINESS THIS SUNDAY
Meeting for Business will be held this Sunday at 9 a.m. Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, pcolgan.davis@gmail.com. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, MAY 10
Query 6
Opening worship
Minutes from April
Care and Visiting Committee
Marriage Committee
Fund Raising Committee
Fiscal Committee — Approval of proposed budget (Attached; see
“Preliminary 2016.pdf”)
Peace and Social Concerns and Racial Justice Committees–
approval of new structure (proposal attached)
Reflections from Meeting Retreat
Report from the Communications Committee — Peter Samuel
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

LOCATE THE NEW COLLECTION BOX IN SOCIAL ROOM
Friends are reminded that we now have a new, red, wooden collection box, mounted on the wall as you enter the social room, thanks to Tom Sharpless. This is a handy way to make a donation of a few dollars out of your pocket or of a check, which won’t need an envelope or a stamp.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

APPRECIATION FOR SPRING PLANTING
“A HUGE thank you to everyone who came and planted seeds and seedlings at Stapeley this past Sunday! We got everything in that needed a home, and our friends at Stapeley were most grateful for the help.” –Penny Colgan-Davis

MEETING EVENTS
ADULT CLASSES IN MAY
There will be three adult classes in May. Each will begin at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpless@gfsnet.org. Here are the dates and topics:

May 17– Damian Mordan-Snipper, a Young Adult Friend, will discuss his spiritual journey in relation to Friends Committee on National Legislation’s voice on national policies on peace, justice, and an earth restored.

May 24– Come meet this year’s young adult fellows of Quaker Volunteer Service, who will talk about their experiences working for social justice and relocating to Germantown to live in an intentional Quaker community.

May 31– Leanna Whitman will lead a discussion of the legal history of Brown v. Board of Education. James Davis will discuss how this case played out in our schools and what the landscape looks like now. Please read Leanna’s article, “Lou Pollak: The Road to Brown v.Board of Education & Beyond,” in preparation. You can find it online at amphilsoc.org/sites/default/files/proceedings/Whitman_Hayes_PDF.pdf.

QUAKER EVENTS

PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE, MAY 9
There will be a presentation and discussion on preventing and responding to child abuse on Saturday, May 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Guidelines will be presented from a pastoral care perspective, including best practices, legal obligations, and spiritual care and nurture. To register online, go to pym.org/calendar/events/caring-for-children-in-community-child-abuse-prevention-and-response. For details, contact Tricia Coscia, at volunteers@pym.org or 215-241-7238.

GOOD STEWARDSHIP AND OUR FAITH COMMUNITY, MAY 9
How well do we manage our assets to support our families and our faith community? These and other questions of importance to you and your loved ones will be the focus of an in-depth workshop on financial and estate planning. It will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. till 12 noon, at Mickleton Friends Meeting, 413 Kings Highway, Mickleton, NJ 08056. Details: pym.org/calendar/events/good-stewardship-its-not-just-about-money.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MAY 16
This is a chance for all prospective college students to talk with representatives from Quaker colleges about what’s available, the benefits of a values-based college education, and characteristics of colleges that have a Quaker heritage. The Fair will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon till 3 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Plenty of free parking. Registration and details: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-quaker-college-fair.

SPRING FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 16-17
The Spring Family Overnight at Camp Dark Waters, on May 16-17, is a one-night sleepover for families with kids, K-5th grade. Multigenerational activities for the whole family, a dinner together, free time to play, a campfire, canoeing, bedtime stories, giant First-day school, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. This gathering overlaps with the Young Adult Friends retreat (see “Young Friend,” below). Details: pym.org/calendar/events/spring-family-overnight-2015

QUAKER DISCUSSION OF FRACKING, MAY 17
On May 17, there will be a presentation by experts on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, and its effects on Philadelphia and the rest of the state. It will be followed by a discussion. It will take place on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA. Speakers will be Dr. Poune Saberi, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Matt Walker, Clean Air Council; Sam Bernhardt, Food & Water Watch.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“CAN I GET A WITNESS?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members are committed to supporting one another as Quakers and to bearing witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings that Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION

1870 PROCLAMATION OF MOTHER’S DAY FOR PEACE
As we celebrate and thank those women in our lives who have guided and directed us and cared for our needs, let us include a remembrance of the roots of this holiday. It was originally started in 1870 by mothers who lost their sons in the Civil War, and they called for a stop to all wars, which take the lives of sons and daughters on all sides of a conflict. The famous statement made by Julia Ward Howe is attached, along with an article with more background about Mother’s Day. (See “MothersDay Proclamation.pdf”)

ANTI-DRONE DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF AIR FORCE RECRUITING STATION, MAY 12
Demonstrators will gather on the sidewalk in front of the Air Force Recruiting Station, 1600 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, May 12 at noon. They will carry posters and hand out leaflets asking current or potential computer operators (“pilots”) of remote-controlled war drones to “Just walk away,” “Stop drone attacks and policy of ‘endless war,’” and “End the Killing.” Everyone is invited to join them in these nonviolent activities, sponsored by the Philadephia Anti-Drone Network. Drone operators are being drawn from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard for drone war command centers across the country, such as the one at the Horsham Air Guard Station outside of Philadelphia. For information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818 or brandywine@juno.com

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

STORYTELLING RETREAT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 15-17
Come, join a circle of Young Adult Friends for storytelling and discernment at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ, on May 15-17. There will be workshops and worship-sharing, canoeing and a campfire. The focus will be sharing one’s stories and discerning next steps. The group will be joined by families with young children on Saturday afternoon. Young Adult Friends who have children should contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org, so childcare can be arranged during program times. Cost is $50, with financial aid available. Register by May 10 at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7f9c0a. For more information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-spring-retreat-2015/.

CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, focusing on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

INTERVISITATION AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JUNE 7
Would you like to get to know Young Adult Friends (YAFs) in other meetings? On June 7, YAFs will join Gwynedd Friends Meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m., in the fourth intervisitation to meetings in the Philadelphia area. After worship, they will join Gwynedd Friends for fellowship and time to share spiritual experiences. Carpooling is available, and people may also be picked up at the North Wales or Gwynedd Valley train stations. The next intervisitation will be to Lancaster Meeting on June 21. For more information about this event, go to pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Registration is open for Friends General Conference (FGC), taking place July 5-11! FGC is a huge gathering of Quakers from all around North America. FGC’s High School Program is kind of like a gigantic yearly meeting Young Friends gathering, except with teens from all over the country. The High School Program is open to those who have completed ninth grade and have not yet turned 19 as of July 5, 2015. For more information and to register, go to fgcquaker.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

PLAY AT GREEN STREET MEETING TO RAISE MONEY FOR PENN-KNOX, MAY 8-9
The life and legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer will be explored in a drama to benefit the Penn-Knox Neighborhood Association on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, each at 7:30 p.m., at Green Street Friends Meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane. Tickets are $25 at the door. The one-person drama, called “The rags of time: J. Robert Oppenheimer, is based on Oppenheimer’s research, notes, and letters, and it explores his family and professional relationships, his sentiments about the Manhattan Project, and his scientific and spiritual legacies. The Penn-Knox Neighborhood Association represents a small, local, geographical area in Germantown, near our Meetinghouse. The association focuses on making neighborhood improvements, such as security and communication about local issues. For information, contact Julie Baranauskas, juliebaranauskas@gmail.com.

FILMMAKER TO SPEAK AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, May 26
Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, educator, and diversity trainer, will speak May 26, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School. His presentation is part of the school’s observation of Asian Heritage Month. He will share his insights about cultural heritage, racial healing, and community diversity. Everyone is welcome. Registration is required: go to goo.gl/forms/WRP8M6GxJM. Here is a link to a recent Ted Talk he gave, “The Secret to Changing the World”: youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5SNpCtiWk.

FIND OUT ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, MAY 29
State Rep. Rosita Youngblood will hold an information session and Health Insurance Enrollment Event on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at her Germantown office, 310 W Chelten Ave. You may also call her office with questions at 215-849-6426. There will also be information available about the Property Tax/Rest Rebate Program. If you don’t have health insurance by April 30, you may be fined by the federal government. By attending this event, you can find out if you’re eligible for an exemption from that fine.

SAVE THE DATE

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, May 18, at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. If you will need childcare, send a message by Monday, May18, to Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to http://lancasterpaquakers.org.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 8, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
From our Worship & Ministry Commmittee: “What happens in Meeting for Worship? We do not plan what will be said. Instead we wait to hear what the Divine is telling us or showing us. Through silence our Meeting becomes closer to the Divine.”

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 10, 2015
9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with attention to Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Dorothy Cary & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Deborah Frazer & Jack Malinowski

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

*INVITATION TO ATTEND MEETING FOR BUSINESS THIS SUNDAY
Meeting for Business will be held this Sunday at 9 a.m. Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, pcolgan.davis@gmail.com. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, MAY 10
Query 6
Opening worship
Minutes from April
Care and Visiting Committee
Marriage Committee
Fund Raising Committee
Fiscal Committee — Approval of proposed budget (Attached; see “Preliminary 2016.pdf”)
Peace and Social Concerns and Racial Justice Committees– approval of new structure (proposal attached)
Reflections from Meeting Retreat
Report from the Communications Committee — Peter Samuel
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

LOCATE THE NEW COLLECTION BOX IN SOCIAL ROOM
Friends are reminded that we now have a new, red, wooden collection box, mounted on the wall as you enter the social room, thanks to Tom Sharpless. This is a handy way to make a donation of a few dollars out of your pocket or of a check, which won’t need an envelope or a stamp.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

APPRECIATION FOR SPRING PLANTING
“A HUGE thank you to everyone who came and planted seeds and seedlings at Stapeley this past Sunday! We got everything in that needed a home, and our friends at Stapeley were most grateful for the help.” –Penny Colgan-Davis

MEETING EVENTS
ADULT CLASSES IN MAY
There will be three adult classes in May. Each will begin at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpless@gfsnet.org. Here are the dates and topics:

May 17– Come meet this year’s young adult fellows of Quaker Volunteer Service, who will talk about their experiences working for social justice and relocating to Germantown to live in an intentional Quaker community.

May 24– Damian Mordan-Snipper, a Young Adult Friend, will discuss his spiritual journey in relation to Friends Committee on National Legislation’s voice on national policies on peace, justice, and an earth restored.

May 31– Leanna Whitman will lead a discussion of the legal history of Brown v. Board of Education. James Davis will discuss how this case played out in our schools and what the landscape looks like now. Please read Leanna’s article, “Lou Pollak: The Road to Brown v.Board of Education & Beyond,” in preparation. You can find it online at amphilsoc.org/sites/default/files/proceedings/Whitman_Hayes_PDF.pdf.

QUAKER EVENTS

PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE, MAY 9
There will be a presentation and discussion on preventing and responding to child abuse on Saturday, May 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Guidelines will be presented from a pastoral care perspective, including best practices, legal obligations, and spiritual care and nurture. To register online, go to pym.org/calendar/events/caring-for-children-in-community-child-abuse-prevention-and-response. For details, contact Tricia Coscia, at volunteers@pym.org or 215-241-7238.

GOOD STEWARDSHIP AND OUR FAITH COMMUNITY, MAY 9
How well do we manage our assets to support our families and our faith community? These and other questions of importance to you and your loved ones will be the focus of an in-depth workshop on financial and estate planning. It will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. till 12 noon, at Mickleton Friends Meeting, 413 Kings Highway, Mickleton, NJ 08056. Details: pym.org/calendar/events/good-stewardship-its-not-just-about-money.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MAY 16
This is a chance for all prospective college students to talk with representatives from Quaker colleges about what’s available, the benefits of a values-based college education, and characteristics of colleges that have a Quaker heritage. The Fair will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon till 3 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Plenty of free parking. Registration and details: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-quaker-college-fair.

SPRING FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 16-17
The Spring Family Overnight at Camp Dark Waters, on May 16-17, is a one-night sleepover for families with kids, K-5th grade. Multigenerational activities for the whole family, a dinner together, free time to play, a campfire, canoeing, bedtime stories, giant First-day school, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. This gathering overlaps with the Young Adult Friends retreat (see “Young Friend,” below). Details: pym.org/calendar/events/spring-family-overnight-2015

QUAKER DISCUSSION OF FRACKING, MAY 17
On May 17, there will be a presentation by experts on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, and its effects on Philadelphia and the rest of the state. It will be followed by a discussion. It will take place on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA. Speakers will be Dr. Poune Saberi, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Matt Walker, Clean Air Council; Sam Bernhardt, Food & Water Watch.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET AUG. 21-23
“CAN I GET A WITNESS?” is the theme of this year’s gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, which will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia. This marks the twenty-fifth year of the Fellowship, which is composed of Friends from Africa, England, the United States, and the Caribbean. Members are committed to supporting one another as Quakers and to bearing witness to Friends testimonies worldwide. This gathering will feature rich periods of worship and fellowship, as well as exploring the unique offerings that Friends of African Descent can contribute to addressing racism and structural violence. Registration is required, and a registration blank is attached to this email, along with a letter of invitation (see “Frds of African Descent 8-2015.pdf”). Registration forms are also available from our Meeting Office. To have your name added to the mailing list, contact Deborah Saunders, outreach coordinator, at deborahsaunders1@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION

1870 PROCLAMATION OF MOTHER’S DAY FOR PEACE
As we celebrate and thank those women in our lives who have guided and directed us and cared for our needs, let us include a remembrance of the roots of this holiday. It was originally started in 1870 by mothers who lost their sons in the Civil War, and they called for a stop to all wars, which take the lives of sons and daughters on all sides of a conflict. The famous statement made by Julia Ward Howe is attached, along with an article with more background about Mother’s Day. (See “MothersDay Proclamation.pdf”)

ANTI-DRONE DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF AIR FORCE RECRUITING STATION, MAY 12
Demonstrators will gather on the sidewalk in front of the Air Force Recruiting Station, 1600 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, May 12 at noon. They will carry posters and hand out leaflets asking current or potential computer operators (“pilots”) of remote-controlled war drones to “Just walk away,” “Stop drone attacks and policy of ‘endless war,’” and “End the Killing.” Everyone is invited to join them in these nonviolent activities, sponsored by the Philadephia Anti-Drone Network. Drone operators are being drawn from the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard for drone war command centers across the country, such as the one at the Horsham Air Guard Station outside of Philadelphia. For information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818 or brandywine@juno.com

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

STORYTELLING RETREAT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 15-17
Come, join a circle of Young Adult Friends for storytelling and discernment at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ, on May 15-17. There will be workshops and worship-sharing, canoeing and a campfire. The focus will be sharing one’s stories and discerning next steps. The group will be joined by families with young children on Saturday afternoon. Young Adult Friends who have children should contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org, so childcare can be arranged during program times. Cost is $50, with financial aid available. Register by May 10 at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7f9c0a. For more information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-spring-retreat-2015/.

CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, focusing on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

INTERVISITATION AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JUNE 7
Would you like to get to know Young Adult Friends (YAFs) in other meetings? On June 7, YAFs will join Gwynedd Friends Meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m., in the fourth intervisitation to meetings in the Philadelphia area. After worship, they will join Gwynedd Friends for fellowship and time to share spiritual experiences. Carpooling is available, and people may also be picked up at the North Wales or Gwynedd Valley train stations. The next intervisitation will be to Lancaster Meeting on June 21. For more information about this event, go to pym.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Registration is open for Friends General Conference (FGC), taking place July 5-11! FGC is a huge gathering of Quakers from all around North America. FGC’s High School Program is kind of like a gigantic yearly meeting Young Friends gathering, except with teens from all over the country. The High School Program is open to those who have completed ninth grade and have not yet turned 19 as of July 5, 2015. For more information and to register, go to fgcquaker.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

PLAY AT GREEN STREET MEETING TO RAISE MONEY FOR PENN-KNOX, MAY 8-9
The life and legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer will be explored in a drama to benefit the Penn-Knox Neighborhood Association on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, each at 7:30 p.m., at Green Street Friends Meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane. Tickets are $25 at the door. The one-person drama, called “The rags of time: J. Robert Oppenheimer, is based on Oppenheimer’s research, notes, and letters, and it explores his family and professional relationships, his sentiments about the Manhattan Project, and his scientific and spiritual legacies. The Penn-Knox Neighborhood Association represents a small, local, geographical area in Germantown, near our Meetinghouse. The association focuses on making neighborhood improvements, such as security and communication about local issues. For information, contact Julie Baranauskas, juliebaranauskas@gmail.com.

FILMMAKER TO SPEAK AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, May 26
Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, educator, and diversity trainer, will speak May 26, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School. His presentation is part of the school’s observation of Asian Heritage Month. He will share his insights about cultural heritage, racial healing, and community diversity. Everyone is welcome. Registration is required: go to goo.gl/forms/WRP8M6GxJM. Here is a link to a recent Ted Talk he gave, “The Secret to Changing the World”: youtube.com/watch?v=Hp5SNpCtiWk.

FIND OUT ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, MAY 29
State Rep. Rosita Youngblood will hold an information session and Health Insurance Enrollment Event on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at her Germantown office, 310 W Chelten Ave. You may also call her office with questions at 215-849-6426. There will also be information available about the Property Tax/Rest Rebate Program. If you don’t have health insurance by April 30, you may be fined by the federal government. By attending this event, you can find out if you’re eligible for an exemption from that fine.

SAVE THE DATE

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, May 18, at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. If you will need childcare, send a message by Monday, May18, to Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to http://lancasterpaquakers.org.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, May 1, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
From Worship and Ministry: Silent worship is periodically broken by individuals rising to speak. When rising to speak, we are not responding directly to the previous speaker. Instead we rise and speak when the Divine guides us to break the silence.

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 3, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Peter Yeomans & Katie O’Shea
Greeters & Refreshments: The Angell family
11:30 a.m. Spring Brunch in social room

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO PLANT GARDEN AT STAPELEY: This Sunday, First-day School children will plant the vegetable garden at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living). Adults are welcome to come, too. This garden has been a project for First-day School children for a number of years. The food it produces is served in the Stapeley dining hall. To take part this Sunday, gather in the Meeting parking lot a few minutes before 10:30 a.m., where people will carpool to ride over together. Bring a trowel, if you have one. Questions? Contact Dorothy Cary.

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

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, MAY 12, 2015
Query 6
Opening worship
Minutes from April
Care and Visiting Committee
Fund Raising Committee
Fiscal Committee — Approval of proposed budget
Reflections from Meeting Retreat
Report from the Communications Committee — Peter Samuel
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

YOUNG FRIENDS DELIVER DONATION TO BOOKS THROUGH BARS
Young Friends and their parents participated in a fun and informative service project at Books Through Bars (BTB) last Sunday, April 26. Part of their experience was delivering the money they earned from a bake sale held after Meeting two weeks ago, which raised $300. In response to their donation, they received this note from their volunteer host, Tommy Hansen: “Thanks again for bringing your group to BTB. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did. Please pass on BTB’s gratitude for the donations we received! It matters hugely when groups can help cover the cost of packing and shipping. Your donations will also help toward the classes we give to Philadelphia high school students. Some of those students are from the areas most affected by mass incarceration.” A photo is attached of our Young Friends and their advisors who took part in this project.

NEW ADDRESSES

MEETING EVENTS

SPRING CLEANUP MAY 2 AT THE MEETINGHOUSE
Our annual Spring Cleanup day will be Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Please come and help the Property Committee get our grounds ready for the growing season. Bring a rake, clipper, gardening gloves, and the weed digging implement of your choice. Children are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

COME TO OUR SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET, MAY 3
Please join us for spring fellowship and a hearty brunch on Sunday, May 3, at rise of Meeting. There will be egg dishes, fruit, beverages, and other yummy foods. Take this opportunity to relax and connect with other Meeting members and attenders. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

ADULT CLASSES ON MAY 17 and 24
There will be two adult classes in May, both at 9 a.m. (1) May 17– Quaker Voluntary Service is in its second year in Philadelphia. Come meet this year’s young adult volunteers talk about their experiences working for social justice and relocating to Germantown to live in an intentional Quaker community. (2) May 24– Damian Mordan-Snipper, a Young Friend, will discuss his spiritual journey in relation to Friends Committee on National Legislation’s voice on national policies on peace, justice, and an earth restored. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpless@gfsnet.org.

QUAKER EVENTS

HAL TAUSSIG TO SPEAK AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, MAY 3
This Sunday, May 3, renowned theologian Hal Taussig will speak at 9:30 a.m. about the book he edited, A New, New Testament, at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 15th & Cherry streets. The book includes traditional books of the New Testament, plus ten additional books selected by a national council of religious leaders. The new books come from the Nag Hammadi discovery and other early texts. There will be time for questions and discussion. For information, contact Margo Tassi, Clerk, Adult Religious Education Committee of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, tassi_art@hotmail.com.

QUARTERLY MEETING & POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, MAY 3
The next Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarter will be on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Stapeley (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street, in Germantown. It will be followed by the First Sunday potluck dinner at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, with worship at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. As always, anyone and everyone in the Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator of these monthly potlucks (walmsley127@verizon.net).

2015 STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL, MAY 4
Quaker pastor, author, and blogger Philip Gulley will give this year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. The lecture is free, but reservations are required because seating is limited. You may also see the lecture through live streaming by registering at www.pendlehill.org/philgulley. The Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture series was endowed in 2004 by Norval and Ann Reece in conjunction with publication of Cary’s book, The Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace. Steve Cary was a much loved, admired, and respected member of Germantown Meeting for many years.

PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE, MAY 9
There will be a presentation and discussion on preventing and responding to child abuse on Saturday, May 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Guidelines will be presented from a pastoral care perspective, including best practices, legal obligations, and spiritual care and nurture. To register online, go to pym.org/calendar/events/caring-for-children-in-community-child-abuse-prevention-and-response. For details, contact Tricia Coscia, at volunteers@pym.org or 215-241-7238.

GOOD STEWARDSHIP AND SUPPORTING OUR FAITH COMMUNITY, MAY 9
How well do we manage our assets to support our families and our faith community? These and other questions of importance to you and your loved ones will be the focus of an in-depth workshop on financial and estate planning. It will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. till 12 noon, at Mickleton Friends Meeting, 413 Kings Highway, Mickleton, NJ 08056. Details: pym.org/calendar/events/good-stewardship-its-not-just-about-money.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MAY 16
This is a chance for all prospective college students to talk with representatives from Quaker colleges about what’s available, the benefits of a values-based college education, and characteristics of colleges that have a Quaker heritage. The Fair will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon till 3 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Plenty of free parking. Registration and details: pym.org/calendar/events/2015-quaker-college-fair.

SPRING FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 16-17
The Spring Family Overnight at Camp Dark Waters, on May 16-17, is a one-night sleepover for families with kids, K-5th grade. Multigenerational activities for the whole family, a dinner together, free time to play, a campfire, canoeing, bedtime stories, giant First-day school, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. This gathering overlaps with the Young Adult Friends retreat (see “Young Friend,” below). Details: pym.org/calendar/events/spring-family-overnight-2015

QUAKER DISCUSSION OF FRACKING, MAY 17
On May 17, there will be a presentation by experts on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, and its effects on Philadelphia and the rest of the state. It will be followed by a discussion. It will take place on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA. Speakers will be Dr. Poune Saberi, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Matt Walker, Clean Air Council; Sam Bernhardt, Food & Water Watch.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

TAKE ACTION

PETITION AND PROTEST ON FRACKING
Environmental Action, a national group founded in 1970 on the first Earth Day, is calling for signatures on a petition to demand a moratorium on new pipelines or export terminals to move natural gas from fracking. The petition also calls for reshaping our national priorities to find new solutions to dependence on fossil fuels. Beyond Energy, a colation of environmental groups and activists–including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Naomi Klein, Mark Ruffalo and Rev. Yearwood–will take this petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 21-29 to make their demands in person. To find out more about this and sign the petition, go to environmental-action.org.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

STORYTELLING RETREAT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 15-17
Come, join a circle of Young Adult Friends for storytelling and discernment at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ, on May 15-17. There will be workshops and worship-sharing, canoeing and a campfire. The focus will be sharing one’s stories and discerning next steps. The group will be joined by families with young children on Saturday afternoon. Young Adult Friends who have children should contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org, so childcare can be arranged during program times. Cost is $50, with financial aid available. Register by May 10 at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7f9c0a. For more information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-spring-retreat-2015/.

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO STUDY EDUCATION
The T. Wistar Brown Teachers’Fund provides financial grants supporting members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting who are over the age of 21 and who request assistance for professional development to prepare to teach at the primary or secondary school level. Deadlines are March 10 for summer; June 10 for fall/winter; November 1 for spring. Visit twbfund.org for information.

CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, focusing on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Registration is open for Friends General Conference (FGC), taking place July 5-11! FGC is a huge gathering of Quakers from all around North America. FGC’s High School Program is kind of like a gigantic yearly meeting Young Friends gathering, except with teens from all over the country. The High School Program is open to those who have completed ninth grade and have not yet turned 19 as of July 5, 2015. For more information and to register, go to fgcquaker.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
LEARN NEEDLE FELTING, MAY 8
The Needlecraft Interest Group of Northwest Village Network (NVN) will meet Friday, May 8, at 2:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. at Tangled Web, across from Staples on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill. Jane Shofer will teach the craft of needle felting and will supply all materials for this class. Questions? Call Anne Javsicas or Deborah Cooper.

ACLU EVENT ON MASS INCARCERATION, MAY 6
“Ending Mass Incarceration: Fixing a Broken and Racially Biased System” is the theme of the annual meeting of the American Civil Liberties Union, to take place on May 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the Philadelphia Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch St., in Philadelphia. Keynote speaker will be Ezekiel Edwards, director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. This event is free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation is available, with 72-hours’ notice. Email contact is ontact is info@aclupa.org.

PLAY AT GREEN STREET MEETING TO RAISE MONEY FOR PENN-KNOX, MAY 8-9
The life and legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer will be explored in a drama to benefit the Penn-Knox Neighborhood Association on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, each at 7:30 p.m., at Green Street Friends Meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane. Tickets are $25 at the door. The one-person drama, called “The rags of time: J. Robert Oppenheimer, is based on Oppenheimer’s research, notes, and letters, and it explores his family and professional relationships, his sentiments about the Manhattan Project, and his scientific and spiritual legacies. The Penn-Knox Neighborhood Association represents a small, local, geographical area in Germantown, near our Meetinghouse. The association focuses on making neighborhood improvements, such as security and communication about local issues. For information, contact Julie Baranauskas, juliebaranauskas@gmail.com.

FIND OUT ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, MAY 29
State Rep. Rosita Youngblood will hold an information session and Health Insurance Enrollment Event on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at her Germantown office, 310 W Chelten Ave. You may also call her office with questions at 215-849-6426. There will also be information available about the Property Tax/Rest Rebate Program. If you don’t have health insurance by April 30, you may be fined by the federal government. By attending this event, you can find out if you’re eligible for an exemption from that fine.

SAVE THE DATE

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, May 18, at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. If you will need childcare, send a message by Monday, May18, to Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to http://lancasterpaquakers.org.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 24, 2015

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, April 26, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Rebecca Hoenig
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Jondhi Harrell & family

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF HENRY HART
Our member Henry Hart died Saturday, April 18, at home in Mt. Airy, at the age of 65, from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was a lawyer, a graduate of Germantown Friends School (GFS), and a member of the School Committee for many years. His memorial service will be at Germantown Meeting this Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m., and is open to everyone.

‘THANK YOU’ FROM YOUNG FRIENDS
“Thank you all for so enthusiastically supporting Young Friends’ bake sale last Sunday, April 19. Through sales of baked goods and donations, Young Friends raised nearly $300 for Books Through Bars and will present these funds to during their service project this Sunday, April 26. Thanks again!” –Tash (Natasha Kassell-Osborne), YF advisor

MEETING EVENTS
JONDHI HARREL TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS ON APRIL 26
At adult class this Sunday, April 26, at 9 a.m., our member Jondhi Harrell will speak on “Social Justice, Mass Incarceration, and Rebuilding the Black Community.” Jondhi has spoken at other Meetings this past winter and will soon begin a speaking tour, so this is our chance to hear him. Please join us. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

SPRING CLEANUP MAY 2 AT THE MEETINGHOUSE
Our annual Spring Cleanup day will be Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Please come and help the Property Committee get our grounds ready for the growing season. Bring a rake, clipper, gardening gloves, and the weed digging implement of your choice. Children are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

COME TO OUR SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET, MAY 3
Please join us for spring fellowship and a hearty brunch on Sunday, May 3, at rise of Meeting. Take this opportunity to relax and connect with other Meeting members and attenders. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

QUAKER EVENTS

STEP OUT TO SALSA MUSIC, APRIL 24
To celebrate the arrival of spring and, above all, to celebrate the joys of being in community with one another, Chestnut Hill Meeting invites you to step out at an evening of Salsa dancing, or — for most of us — of learning how to dance the Salsa. The date is Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill meetinghouse, 22 Mermaid Lane. Guidance by the award-winning teacher Flaco. Free-will donation. Light snacks provided. All ages and stages are invited. This will be a fun-filled evening for Friends and their friends and families.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, APRIL 24
Get a good look at the night sky of springtime tonight, Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., at Historic Fair Hill, 5501 Germantown Ave. (between Indiana Ave. and Cambria St. in the 19133 zip code). Astronomers from Franklin Institute will bring their big telescopes to give everyone an up-close look at the night sky. The evening will include a campfire and marshmallow roasting. For more information, visit historicfairhill.org or send an email to info@historicfairhill.org.

HAL TAUSSIG TO SPEAK AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, APRIL 26 & MAY 3
On April 26 and May 3, renowned theologian Hal Taussig will speak at 9:30 a.m. about the book he edited, A New, New Testament, at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 15th & Cherry streets. The book includes traditional books of the New Testament, plus ten additional books selected by a national council of religious leaders. The new books come from the Nag Hammadi discovery and other early texts. There will be time for questions and discussion. For information, contact Margo Tassi, Clerk, Adult Religious Education Committee of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, tassi_art@hotmail.com.

SEE MICHELLE ALEXANDER’S TALK ON THE NEW JIM CROW, APRIL 30
All tickets are sold out for Michelle Alexander’s talk at Pendle Hill on April 30 at 9:30 a.m. However, Pendle Hill is making it available to everyone by live streaming, which makes it possible for anyone who has a computer, tablet, or smartphone to watch her from anywhere. Michelle Alexander is author of The New Jim Crow, the widely recognized, landmark book about mass incarceration of people of color, which our adult class discussed when it first came out in 2012. To register for the live streaming of her presentation at Pendle Hill, go to pendlehill.givezooks.com/events/michelle-alexander-the-new-jim-crow-presentation. For information, call 610-566-4507.

QUARTERLY MEETING & POTLUCK AT STAPELEY, MAY 3
The next Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarter will be on Sunday, May 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Stapeley (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street, in Germantown. It will be followed by the First Sunday potluck dinner at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, with worship at 6 p.m. in the parlor. As always, anyone and everyone in the Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s coordinator of these monthly potlucks (walmsley127@verizon.net).

015 STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL, MAY 4
Quaker pastor, author, and blogger Philip Gulley will give this year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. The lecture is free, but reservations are required because seating is limited. You may also see the lecture through live streaming by registering at www.pendlehill.org/philgulley. The Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture series was endowed in 2004 by Norval and Ann Reece in conjunction with publication of Cary’s book, The Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace. Steve Cary was a much loved, admired, and respected member of Germantown Meeting for many years.

PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE, MAY 9
There will be a presentation and discussion on preventing and responding to child abuse on Saturday, May 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Guidelines will be presented from a pastoral care perspective, including best practices, legal obligations, and spiritual care and nurture. To register online, go to pym.org/calendar/events/caring-for-children-in-community-child-abuse-prevention-and-response. For details, contact Tricia Coscia, at volunteers@pym.org or 215-241-7238.

GOOD STEWARDSHIP AND SUPPORTING OUR FAITH COMMUNITY, MAY 9
How well do we manage our assets to support our families and our faith community? These and other questions of importance to you and your loved ones will be the focus of an in-depth workshop on financial and estate planning. It will take place on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. till 12 noon, at Mickleton Friends Meeting, 413 Kings Highway, Mickleton, NJ 08056. Details: pym.org/calendar/events/good-stewardship-its-not-just-about-money.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MAY 16
This is a chance for all prospective college students to talk with representatives from Quaker colleges about what’s available, the benefits of a values-based college education, and characteristics of colleges that have a Quaker heritage. The Fair will take place on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon till 3 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. Plenty of free parking. Registration and details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2015-quaker-college-fair.

SPRING FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 16-17
The Spring Family Overnight at Camp Dark Waters, on May 16-17, is a one-night sleepover for the families with kids, K-5th grade. Multigenerational activities for the whole family, a dinner together, free time to play, a campfire, canoeing, bedtime stories, giant First-day school, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. This gathering overlaps with the Young Adult Friends retreat (see “Young Friend,” below). Details:
www.pym.org/calendar/events/spring-family-overnight-2015

QUAKER DISCUSSION OF FRACKING, MAY 17
On May 17, there will be a presentation by experts on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, and its effects on Philadelphia and the rest of the state. It will be followed by a discussion. It will take place on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA. Speakers will be Dr. Poune Saberi, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Matt Walker, Clean Air Council; Sam Bernhardt, Food & Water Watch.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS OFFERED THROUGH FACEBOOK
“How does the Truth fare with thee?” … is the question early Friends used when greeting each other, instead of “How are you?” They wanted to know about each other’s spiritual condition and relationship with the Divine. This practice is relevant today, and Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting have suggested modern queries for people to consider. One of them is posted each week on the group’s Facebook page, and anyone is invited to try it and consider sharing responses with other Friends. Go to facebook.com/philadelphiayearlymeeting.

TAKE ACTION

ACTIVITIES TO REMEMBER THREE KILLED IN PHILLY LAST YEAR
Join others tomorrow to remember Keisha Williams and her three children, who were killed in Philly last year when two men hijacked her car. Meet at 1 a.m. at the Germantown office of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), 3850 Germantown Ave., to canvass the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood, passing out flyers and talking to neighbors. At 1 p.m., a mural will be dedicated to the memory of Keisha and her children at Allegheny and Germantown avenues. Then, participants will walk to the Second Baptist Church, 3837 Germantown Ave., and speak out to demand that politicians be responsive to our community. For information, contact J. Jondhi Harrell.

DEMONSTRATE TO STOP THE DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM, APRIL 25
Join others to protest the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA, on Saturday, April 25, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Horsham Air Guard Station. Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road. There will be banners, signs, a replica of the Reaper drone, music, and bell tolling to catch attention of the hundreds of motorists who pass through that highway intersection. A new thrust in this campaign is an appeal to potential computer drone operators, training for remote-control warfare, to walk away from it. For information, call Brandywine Peace Community at (610) 544-1818 or go to brandywinepeace.com/events.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE, SUNDAY, APRIL 26
The 12th annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will be this Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. The theme this year is Reclaiming the Earth, Repairing the World. There will be programs at stops along the way: Al Aqsa Mosque, The Village of Arts & Humanities, and West Kensington Ministry. Please wear white, or at least a white top, as a sign of unity, with different head coverings to show our diversity. For many other details, be sure to go to interfaithpeacewalk.org and read the guidelines in advance.

BE A READING BUDDY AND HELP KIDS LEARN TO READ!
Reading buddies are needed at elementary schools in North Philly. It will only take one morning a week of your time. Volunteer through Historic Fair Hill by contacting Jean Warrington, jeanwarrington@ verizon.net.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

STORYTELLING RETREAT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 15-17
Come, join a circle of Young Adult Friends for storytelling and discernment at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ, on May 15-17. There will be workshops and worship-sharing, canoeing and a campfire. The focus will be sharing one’s stories and discerning next steps. The group will be joined by families with young children on Saturday afternoon. Young Adult Friends who have children should contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org, so childcare can be arranged during program times. Cost is $50, with financial aid available. Register by May 10 at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7f9c0a. For more information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-spring-retreat-2015/.

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO STUDY EDUCATION
The T. Wistar Brown Teachers’Fund provides financial grants supporting members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting who are over the age of 21 and who request assistance for professional development to prepare to teach at the primary or secondary school level. Deadlines are March 10 for summer; June 10 for fall/winter; November 1 for spring. Visit twbfund.org for information.
CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, focusing on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

YOUNG FRIENDS AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 1-3
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends and Middle School Friends for Caln Quarter’s weekend of fun and spirit at beautiful camp Swatara! There will be time for lots of fun and games, such as hiking a (small) portion of the Appalachian Trail and playing Ga-Ga-Ga and 4-Square. This is also our bridge gathering, where we say hello to middle schoolers moving into the Young Friends program and goodbye to Young Friends moving on to Young Adult Friends. The dates are May 1, at 6 p.m., through May 3, at 1 p.m. Cost is $103, with partial and full scholarships available. To find out more and register online, go to pym.org/young-friends/.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Registration is open for Friends General Conference (FGC), taking place July 5-11! FGC is a huge gathering of Quakers from all around North America. FGC’s High School Program is kind of like a gigantic yearly meeting Young Friends gathering, except with teens from all over the country. The High School Program is open to those who have completed ninth grade and have not yet turned 19 as of July 5, 2015. For more information and to register, go to fgcquaker.org.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

LEGACY OF ATOMIC BOMBS BY HIBAKUSHA, APRIL 28
Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) will tell their stories and talk about “The Legacy of the Atomic Bomb” on Tuesday, April 28, at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall, Golkin Room 223, 3417 Spruce St., Phila., PA 19104. Light refreshments. For more information contact Rob Buscher, telephone: 203-449-6140, rob@phillyasianfilmfest.org.

FIND OUT ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE, MAY 29
State Rep. Rosita Youngblood will hold an information session and Health Insurance Enrollment Event on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at her Germantown office, 310 W Chelten Ave. You may also call her office with questions at 215-849-6426. There will also be information available about the Property Tax/Rest Rebate Program. If you don’t have health insurance by April 30, you may be fined by the federal government. By attending this event, you can find out if you’re eligible for an exemption from that fine.

ACLU EVENT ON MASS INCARCERATION, MAY 6
“Ending Mass Incarceration: Fixing a Broken and Racially Biased System” is the theme of the annual meeting of the American Civil Liberties Union, to take place on May 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the Philadelphia Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch St., in Philadelphia. Keynote speaker will be Ezekiel Edwards, director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. This event is free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation is available, with 72-hours’ notice. Email contact is ontact is info@aclupa.org

SAVE THE DATE

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT LANCASTER MEETING, JUNE 6
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you ever wished that worship didn’t end after one hour? There will be an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, May 18, at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. Bring your lunch. All are welcome. If you will need childcare, send a message by Monday, May18, to Lola Georg, lolageorg@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details, go to pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-lancaster-meeting. For directions, go to http://lancasterpaquakers.org.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 17, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“I have never lost the enjoyment of sitting in silence at the beginning of meeting, knowng that everything can happen, knowing the joy of utmost surprise; feelng that nothing is preordained, nothing is set, all is open. The Light can come from all sides. The joy of experiecing the Light in a completely different way than one has thought it would come is one of the greatest gifts that Friends meeting for worship has brought me.” —Ursula Franklin, 1979

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 19, 2015
9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Sydney Coffin & Nina Backe
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: The Cary-Kane family

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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. This Sunday, First-day School will take place in classrooms at Germantown Friends School. Gather in our social room at 10:45 a.m., with Dorothy Cary, before going over to the school.

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

AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Meeting for Business will be held this Sunday at 9 a.m. Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the Clerk. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once, as they make this decision.

Opening worship
Query 5
Minutes from March meeting
Care and Visiting Committee report
Fiscal Committee presents proposed budget
Peace and Social Concerns/Racial Justice Co. proposal (see attached)
Interim meeting report
Reflections from the Meeting’s Retreat
Correspondence and Announcements
Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LOIS HAMILTON, APRIL 19
The memorial service for Lois Hamilton will be this Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., in our meetinghouse. It is open to everyone. Donations of cookies, baked bars, or other munchies are needed and would be much appreciated. If possible, let Katy Hineline know so she can plan quantities. Her email address is katyh@gfsnet.org. Please bring your munchie donations to the kitchen before the service begins.

MEETING EVENTS
YOUNG FRIENDS TO SELL BAKED GOODS THIS SUNDAY
Yummy baked treats will be for sale after Meeting for Worship this Sunday, to help our Young Friends support Books Through Bars, an organization in West Philly that sends free books to people in prison. Shipping and handling, combined with other routine expenses, are costly, and financial donations are needed to keep a steady flow going. Next Sunday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m., Young Friends will take part in a service project with Books Through Bars, reading letters from prisoners and packaging books for mailing. All Friends are invited to partake of the baked good this Sunday, pull out their wallets and help the kids with their service project, and, if you have an itch to contribute a baked good for the sale, please bring it in early so it can be included on the table of wares. For information, contact Natasha Kassell-Osborne at tashko@verizon.net or Bill Stassen at wstassen@foxrothschild.com.

JONDHI HARREL TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS ON APRIL 26
At adult class on Sunday, April 26, at 9 a.m., our member Jondhi Harrell will give a talk, “Social Justice, Mass Incarceration, and Rebuilding the Black Community.” Jondhi has spoken at other Meetings this past winter and will soon begin a speaking tour, so this is our chance to hear him. Please join us. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
QUAKER EVENTS

FINANCE THREAD GATHERING, APRIL 18
The Finance Thread Gathering on Saturday, April 18, will bring together Friends who carry the work of fund raising and stewardship in their monthly meetings to share best practices, learn effective ways to encourage giving, gain technical skills for managing finances, and deepen understanding of stewardship. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Plymouth Monthly Meeting, at the corner of Germantown and Butler pikes. To register online, go to pym.org. For information, contact Jennie Sheeks, 215-241-7115 or jsheeks@pym.org.

STEP OUT TO SALSA MUSIC, APRIL 24
To celebrate the arrival of spring and, above all, to celebrate the joys of being in community with one another, Chestnut Hill Meeting invites you to step out at an evening of Salsa dancing, or — for most of us — of learning how to dance the Salsa. The date is Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill meetinghouse, 22 Mermaid Lane. Guidance by the award-winning teacher Flaco. Free-will donation. Light snacks provided. All ages and stages are invited. This will be a fun-filled evening for Friends and their friends and families.

HOME HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR QVS BOARD, APRIL 23-26
The Board for Quaker Voluntary Service meets in Philadelphia on April 23-26. Hospitality is needed for ten board members for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, including bed and breakfast. If you are able to provide hospitality for one or more Board members, please contact Paula Cell at: hpcell2@gmail.com.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, APRIL 24
Get a good look at the night sky of springtime on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., at Historic Fair Hill, 5501 Germantown Ave. (between Indiana Ave. and Cambria St. in the 19133 zip code). Astronomers from Franklin Institute will bring their big telescopes to give everyone an up-close look at the night sky. The sight will be set off with a campfire and marshmallow roasting. For more information, visit historicfairhill.org or send an email to info@historicfairhill.org.

HAL TAUSSIG TO SPEAK AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, APRIL 26 & MAY 3
On April 26 and May 3, renowned theologian Hal Taussig will speak at 9:30 a.m. about the book he edited, A New, New Testament, at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 15th & Cherry streets. The book includes traditional books of the New Testament, plus ten additional books selected by a national council of religious leaders. The new books come from the Nag Hammadi discovery and other early texts. The council’s goal was to include texts to enrich our understanding of early Christian communities. There will be time for questions and discussion. For information, contact Margo Tassi, Clerk, Adult Religious Education Committee of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, tassi_art@hotmail.com.

SEE MICHELLE ALEXANDER’S TALK ON LIVE STREAMING, APRIL 30
All tickets are sold out for Michelle Alexander’s talk at Pendle Hill on April 30 at 9:30 a.m. However, Pendle Hill is making it available to everyone by live streaming, which makes it possible for anyone who has a computer, tablet, or smartphone to watch her from anywhere. Michelle Alexander is author of The New Jim Crow, the widely recognized, landmark book about mass incarceration of people of color, which our adult class discussed when it first came out in 2012. To register for the live streaming of her presentation at Pendle Hill, go to pendlehill.givezooks.com/events/michelle-alexander-the-new-jim-crow-presentation. Many of the lectures and presentations at Pendle Hill will be available in this format from now on. For information, call 610-566-4507.

QUARTERLY MEETING AT STAPELEY, MAY 3
The next Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarter will be on Sunday, May 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Stapeley (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street, in Germantown. It will be followed by the First Sunday potluck dinner at 5 p.m., with worship at 6 p.m.

2015 STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL, MAY 4
Quaker pastor, author, and blogger Philip Gulley will give this year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. The lecture is free, but reservations are required to attend because seating is limited. If you are not able to get there in person, you may see the lecture through live streaming by registering at www.pendlehill.org/philgulley. The Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture series was endowed in 2004 by Norval and Ann Reece in conjunction with publication of Cary’s book, The Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace. Steve Cary was a much loved, admired, and respected member of Germantown Meeting for many years.

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS OFFERED THROUGH FACEBOOK
“How does the Truth fare with thee?” … is the question early Friends used when greeting each other, instead of “How are you?” They wanted to know about each other’s spiritual condition and relationship with the Divine. This practice is relevant today, and Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting have suggested modern queries for people to consider. One of them is posted each week on the group’s Facebook page, and anyone is invited to try it and consider sharing responses with other Friends. Go to facebook.com/philadelphiayearlymeeting.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL VIDEO CONFERENCE CALL ON PRISON SENTENCE REFORM, APRIL 21
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) invites Friends and fellow travelers to take part in a video conference call on mass incarceration at 8 p.m. this Tuesday, April 21. Diane Randall, FCNL Executive Secretary, will give an update on what is in the pipeline in Congress, with a time for questions afterward. To RSVP, send an email message to christine@fcnl.org. You may also send advance questions to that address. To read more about this and other current topics before Congress, go to fcnl.org.

PEACE TRAIN TO NYC FOR PLANET MARCH, APRIL 26
Hop on the Peace Train to New York City on Sunday, April 26, for the Peace & Planet March, Rally, & Festival. It will be held on the evening of the five-year review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty at United Nations headquarters. There will be boardings at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, the Trenton Transit Station, and/or the Princeton Shuttle (Dinky). This is organized by the Coalition for Peace Action. For times, more details, and to register, go to
peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/39-cfpa/140-peace-train-to-global-nuclear-disarmament-march-rally-a-festival.html

PROTEST PENN’S DRONE RESEARCH AT PENN RELAYS, APRIL 23
Join a protest on the opening day of the Penn Relays to shine a light on the University of Pennsylvania’s involvement in research and development of war drone technology. It will be this coming Thursday, April 23, from noon to 4 p.m., at 34th & Walnut streets, in West Philadelphia. UPenn’s GRASP Lab (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Protection) is financed by money from the Pentagon. For information about the protest and leafleting, call 610-544-1818.

DEMONSTRATE TO STOP THE DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM, APRIL 25
Join others to protest the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA, on Saturday, April 25, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Horsham Air Guard Station. Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road. There will be banners, signs, a replica of the Reaper drone, music, and bell tolling to catch attention of the hundreds of motorists who pass through that highway intersection. A new thrust in this campaign is an appeal to potential computer drone operators, training for remote-control warfare, to walk away from it. For information, call Brandywine Peace Community at (610) 544-1818 or go to brandywinepeace.com/events.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

CARPOOL TO RADNOR MEETING THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Want to attend meeting for worship with other young adult Quakers? Wondering how to get more connected with the wider Philadelphia Yearly Meeting community? On Sunday, April 19, Young Adult Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meetig will join Radnor Friends Meeting for worship at 10 a.m., followed by lunch with Radnor Friends. To carpool, contact Damian Morden-Snipper, clerk of Young Adult Friends, at yafwgclerks@gmail.com.

STORYTELLING RETREAT AT CAMP DARK WATERS
Come, join a circle of Young Adult Friends for storytelling and discernment at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ, on May 15-17. There will be workshops and worship-sharing, canoeing and a campfire. The focus will be sharing one’s stories and discerning next steps. The group will be joined by families with young children on Saturday afternoon. Young Adult Friends who have children should contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org, so childcare can be arranged during program times. Cost is $50, with financial aid available. Register by May 10 at secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7f9c0a. For more information, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-adult-friends-spring-retreat-2015/.

CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, focusing on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

YOUNG FRIENDS AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 1-3
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends and Middle School Friends for Caln Quarter’s weekend of fun and spirit at beautiful camp Swatara! There will be time for lots of fun and games, such as hiking a (small) portion of the Appalachian Trail and playing Ga-Ga-Ga and 4-Square. This is also our bridge gathering, where we say hello to middle schoolers moving into the Young Friends program and goodbye to Young Friends moving on to Young Adult Friends. The dates are May 1, at 6 p.m., through May 3, at 1 p.m. Cost is $103, with partial and full scholarships available. To find out more and register online, go to pym.org/young-friends/.

SAVE THE DATE
KICK-OFF FOR ‘VIETNAM: THE POWER OF PROTEST’ IN WASH., D.C., MAY 1-2
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest” is the kick-off event in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, to reawaken lessons about public protest from the Vietnam War. It is sponsored by the Center for International Policy and is part of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Project. The aim is “to build a strong and sustained effort to tell the truth about the war, the role of the anti-war movement in ending it, the war’s lessons for today, and the war’s consequences for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, and U.S. veterans.” For information, contact Terry Provance, 202-686-7483, terryprovance@gmail.com; or Barbara Helmick, 202-462-6702, helmick.b.a.@gmail.com.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 10, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Worship is a hunger of the human soul for God. When it really occurs, it is as compelling as the hunger for food. It is as spontaneous as the love of boy for girl. If we feel it, no one needs to tell us we should worship. No one has to try to make us do it. If we do not feel it, or have no desire to feel it, no amount of urging or forcing will do any good. We simply cannot be forced from the outside to worship. Only the power within us, the life within, can move us to it.” –N. Jean Toomer, 1947

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 12, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Penny Colgan-Davis & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Cary-Kane family

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SARA SCATTERGOOD, APRIL 12
The memorial service for Sara Scattergood will be this Sunday, at 3 p.m., in our meetinghouse. It is open to everyone. Donations of cookies, baked bars, and other munchies would be much appreciated by our Funeral Arrangements Committee. Please bring them to the kitchen before the service begins.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LOIS HAMILTON, APRIL 19
The memorial service for Lois Hamilton will be next Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., in our meetinghouse. It is open to everyone. Again, donations of cookies, baked bars, or other munchies are needed and would be much appreciated. Please bring them to the kitchen before the service begins.

MEETING EVENTS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING’ REPORTS SUCCESS
A great big “Thank you” to everyone who helped make the “Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting Month” successful. Despite the awful weather, March saw many new faces in Meeting, people who said they had come because they’d been personally invited. That note of appreciation goes to both those who brought friends and everyone else who made the new folks feel welcome. Because of the promising response, we’ll be issuing this challenge again in the future, so stay tuned! — Janet Kroll, on behalf of Outreach Committee

CAMP SWATARA RETREAT, APRIL 10, 11, 12
This annual Meeting retreat will swing into high gear today, with carloads of Friends heading to the mountains to enjoy all kinds of multigenerational fun, good food, and fresh air of the woods. Registration is closed. If you missed your chance this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2016.

COOKIES, BARS & MIUNCHIES NEEDED FOR TWO MEMORIAL SERVICES, APRIL 12 & 19
We have two big memorial services coming up in April, each for a much-loved member of our Meeting. Our Funeral Arrangements Committee would greatly appreciate cookies, bars, and other munchies to help with refreshments. Both services will be held in our meetinghouse. The memorial services are: (1) Sally Scattergood on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m., and (2) Lois Hamilton on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. If you can lend a hand, please let Katy Hineline know so she can plan quantities. Her email address is katyh@gfsnet.org,

DATE FOR NEXT MEETING FOR BUSINESS: APRIL 19
Please make note that our next Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be April 19, rather than the usual second Sunday of the month. This change is because many Friends will be at our Annual Meeting Retreat at Camp Swatara on April 10, 11, and 12.

JONDHI HARREL TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS ON APRIL 26
At adult class on Sunday, April 26, at 9 a.m., our member Jondhi Harrell will give a talk, “Social Justice, Mass Incarceration, and Rebuilding the Black Community.” Jondhi has spoken at other Meetings this past winter and will soon begin a speaking tour, so this is our chance to hear him. Please join us. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

DEBORAH COOPER PRESENTS CLASS ON MEDITATION
Our member Deborah Cooper will present a seven-week class introducing mindfulness meditation, April 16 to May 28, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Friends Counseling Service and will take place at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 22 East Mermaid Lane. Cost is $195. Participants are asked to commit to attend all sessions and to practice meditation and relaxation techniques daily. Deborah, who is a psychotherapist, received training in mindfulness meditation at the Stress Reduction Program of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, at Oasis, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness meditation is similar to Buddhist meditation. For more information or to register, contact Deborah deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

NEWS FROM BUDUDA — APRIL 2015
Our member Barbara Wybar is back at her home in Uganda, where she is executive director of the Bududa Learning Center. This week, she published a new online update, with many details of her life there and current progress of the programs. Here is the beginning:

“Life and work in Bududa trigger many different emotions. Joy in seeing again the friendly and welcoming people, the brilliant sunshine, the abundant green, exotic vegetation, the colorful and plentiful birds, and, last but not least, the power of the pure black night sky, with the twinkling stars, and the moon rising over the hill 40 minutes later each night. Happiness to be back in my simple home on the hillside, with water from the bore hole and a little solar power, and Justine who takes such very good care of all of us. Pride in what we, as a group, have accomplished in building this center and working to make it better and better. A sense of being besieged by more work and details to attend to as the center grows and flourishes. Sadness following a visit to a young family of five children who have just lost their mother in childbirth.

“The center looks just great and much as I left it. The compound is clean, fresh paint has been applied where needed, and the trees are growing. There are more students than ever, and still the most popular subjects are tailoring for girls and brick laying and concrete practice for boys.”

To read the complete text, go to http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e51059194a23cbc0bde923e5d&id=49ab3c0029&e=be4b14b1fe

QUAKER EVENTS

INTERIM MEETING AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Interim Meeting will meet on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in the historic district of Philadelphia. Come at 9 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. Plenty of free parking is available in the lot next to the meeting house, which may be entered from 4th Street. For more information, go to pym.org/interim-meeting.

DOCUMENTARY FILM AND DISCUSSION AT GREEN STREET MEETING, APRIL 11
On Saturday, April 11, the film Inequality for All will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene Street. A talk by Joanna Adjoian, cofounder of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project, will follow. GLEC is across the street from Vernon Park. Free of charge, childcare and popcorn provided. Sponsored by Green Street Monthly Meeting. Upcoming documentary films will be shown on May 9 (Citizen Koch), and June 13 (Trash Dance). To be placed on the informational email list, write to sharon.mullally@gmail.com.

FINANCE THREAD GATHERING, APRIL 18
The Finance Thread Gathering on Saturday, April 18, will bring together Friends who carry the work of fund raising and stewardship in their monthly meetings to share best practices and spend time with each other. Every meeting is encouraged to send several members to learn effective ways to encourage giving, to gain technical skills for managing finances, and to deepen our understanding of stewardship. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Plymouth Monthly Meeting, at the corner of Germantown and Butler pikes. To register online, go to pym.org. For information, contact Jennie Sheeks, 215-241-7115 or jsheeks@pym.org.

STEP OUT TO SALSA MUSIC, APRIL 24
To celebrate the arrival of spring and, above all, to celebrate the joys of being in community with one another, Chestnut Hill Meeting invites you to step out at an evening of Salsa dancing, or — for most of us — of learning how to dance the Salsa. The date is Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill meetinghouse, 22 Mermaid Lane. Guidance by the award-winning teacher Flaco. Free-will donation. Light snacks provided. All ages and stages are invited. This will be a fun-filled evening for Friends and their friends and families.

HOME HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR QVS BOARD, APRIL 23-26
The Board for Quaker Voluntary Service meets in Philadelphia on April 23-26. Hospitality is needed for ten board members for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, including bed and breakfast. If you are able to provide hospitality for one or more Board members, please contact Paula Cell at: hpcell2@gmail.com.

HAL TAUSSIG TO SPEAK A CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, APRIL 26 & MAY 3
On April 26 and May 3, renowned theologian Hal Taussig will speak at 9:30 a.m. about the book he edited, A New, New Testament, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 4th & Arch streets. The book includes the traditional books of the New Testament, plus ten additional books selected by a national council of religious leaders. The new books come from the Nag Hammandi discovery and other early texts. The council’s goal was to include texts to enrich our understanding of early Christian communities. There will be time for questions and discussion. For information, call 215-625-0627 or send an email inquiry to office@archstreetfriends.org and allow several days for a reply.

QUARTERLY MEETING AT STAPELEY, MAY 3
The next Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarter will be on Sunday, May 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Stapeley (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street, in Germantown. It will be followed by the First Sunday potluck dinner at 5 p.m., with worship at 6 p.m.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 22-25
The theme for this year’s Memorial Day Weekend gathering for Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) is “The Archetypes of Aging: Cultivating and Satisfying the Wise Spirit.” It will be held on May 22-25 at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. Alden Josey, a member of Wilmington (DE) Monthly Meeting and a Jungian analyst, will speak at each day’s plenary session. Among the many workshops will be poetry, dreaming, writing, Tai Chi, and tissue paper collage. Each day begins with meeting for worship. FCRP is a 73-year-old Quaker organization that explores spirituality through Jungian psychology and related paths. For more information, go to fcrp.quaker.org.

TAKE ACTION

PEACE TRAIN TO NYC FOR PLANET MARCH, APRIL 26
Hop on the Peace Train to New York City on Sunday, April 26, for the Peace & Planet March, Rally, & Festival. It will be held on the evening of the five-year review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty at United Nations headquarters. There will be boardings at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, the Trenton Transit Station, and/or the Princeton Shuttle (Dinky). This is organized by the Coalition for Peace Action. For times, more details, and to register, go to http://www.peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/39-cfpa/140-peace-train-to-global-nuclear-disarmament-march-rally-a-festival.html

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SOPHIE QUINN-JUDGE TO SPEAK ON ‘A NEW HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR,’ APRIL 12
Sophie Quinn-Judge, a history professor at Temple University who spent much time in Vietnam during the American war there, will speak on Sunday, April 12, about her new book A New History of the Vietnam War: The Search for Peace and a Third Solution. A potluck supper will precede her talk at 4:30 p.m., and she will speak at 5:30 p.m. This is the monthly supper program of the Brandywine Peace Community, held at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. For information, call Bob Smith, 610-544-1818.

CLASSES FOCUS ON ‘HELP YOURSELF TO HEALTH’
Are you 60 or older with a chronic health condition? Or are you the caregiver of that older person? Northwest Village Network invites you to join us for ~SHelp Yourself to Health,~T a free six-week series of classes developed by Stanford University and offered in partnership with Center in the Park. Those who commit to the course will receive a free relaxation tape and copy of the Stanford textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. The book shows how a chronic disease or condition develops slowly and can be managed but probably not cured. The class will meet Wednesdays, from April 22 through May 27, at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Lovett Library (Germantown Ave. & East Sedgwick St.). Healthy snacks will be served. Free, thanks to funding by the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA). Register by April 15 by calling Anne Javsicas, or Anne Lee.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)
CARPOOL TO RADNOR MEETING TO VISIT OTHER YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, APRIL 19
Want to attend meeting for worship with other young adult Quakers? Searching for a monthly meeting? Wondering how to get more connected with the wider Philadelphia Yearly Meeting community? On Sunday, April 19, Young Adult Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meetig will join Radnor Friends Meeting for worship at 10 a.m., followed by lunch with people from Radnor Meeting. To plan carpooling to this gathering, contact Damian Morden-Snipper, clerk of Young Adult Friends, at yafwgclerks@gmail.com.

CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR YAFs AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends (YAFs), ages 18-35ish, are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, to focus on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, and growing edges of their community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)
YOUNG FRIENDS AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 1-3
Join other high-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends and Middle School Friends for Caln Quarter’s weekend of fun and spirit at beautiful camp Swatara! There will be time for lots of fun and games, such as hiking a (small) portion of the Appalachian Trail and playing Ga-Ga-Ga and 4-Square. This is also our bridge gathering, where we say hello to middle schoolers moving into the Young Friends program and goodbye to Young Friends moving on to Young Adult Friends. The dates are May 1, at 6 p.m., through May 3, at 1 p.m. Cost is $103, with partial and full scholarships available. To find out more and register online, go to pym.org/young-friends/.

CHILDREN
JUNIOR INTERIM MEETING TO VISIT SOLID WASTE CENTER, APRIL 11
Children, ages kindergarten through 5th grade, are invited to attend Junior Interim Meeting on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. They will visit the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Education Center to see a landfill and recycling. This is a follow-up to their ongoing concern about the handling of waste on our planet and how waste affects our spirits. The suggested donation is $5 per child. For more information and to register, copy this internet address and paste it into your browser: www.pym.org/calendar/events/spring-junior-interim-meeting-2/

SAVE THE DATE
KICK-OFF FOR ‘VIETNAM: THE POWER OF PROTEST’ IN WASH., D.C., MAY 1-2
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest” is the kick-off event in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, to reawaken lessons about public protest from the Vietnam War. It is sponsored by the Center for International Policy and is part of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Project. The aim is “to build a strong and sustained effort to tell the truth about the war, the role of the anti-war movement in ending it, the war’s lessons for today, and the war’s consequences for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, and U.S. veterans.” For information, contact Terry Provance, 202-686-7483, terryprovance@gmail.com; or Barbara Helmick, 202-462-6702, helmick.b.a.@gmail.com.

STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL ON QUAKER PASTORS, MAY 4
This year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture will be on “A Theology of Togetherness: A Quaker Pastor Speaks,” presented by Philip Gulley, on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor in a programmed meeting, understands there is a great deal of curiosity — and skepticism — among unprogrammed Friends about what a Quaker pastor actually does. His lecture will center on how one lives out this calling, what effect Quaker pastoring has on the Religious Society of Friends, and whether it might be a model to be used by unprogrammed Friends. He is the author of 18 books, including the series of Harmony novels about an eccentric Quaker community in the Midwest, and the bestselling book of inspirational and humorous stories, Porch Talk. His latest book is Living the Quaker Way, which shows how Friends ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life. Registrations will open Monday, April 6, at pendlehill.org/philgulley or call
610-566-4507, ext. 137.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration is open now. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, April 3, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The Society of Friends can make its greatest contribution to community by continuing to be a religious society–I mean by centering on the practice of a corporate worship that opens itself to continuing revelation. Again, community is simply too difficult to be sustained by our social impulses. It can be sustained only as we return time and again to the religious experience of the unity of all life. To put it in the language of Friends, community happens as that of God in you responds to that of God in me. And the affirmation that there is that of God in every person must mean more than ‘I’m okay, you’re okay.’ The silence of the Quaker meeting for worship can be an experience of unity. I am an orthodox, garden variety Christian; I find the image of God first in Jesus the Christ. But it is my joy in the silent meeting to seek with those who find different ways to express the inexpressible truth of religious experience. Words can divide us, but the silence can bring us together. Whatever kinds of community the world needs, it surely needs the kind that embraces human diversity” –Parker J. Palmer, 1977

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 5, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Karen Lightner & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Carolyn Raskin & Melissa Elliott

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

Office Hours (Return to regular hours as of April 6)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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MEETING EVENTS CAMP SWATARA RETREAT, APRIL 10, 11, 12
This annual Meeting retreat will swing into high gear next weekend, with carloads of Friends heading to the mountains to enjoy all kinds of multigenerational fun, good food, and fresh air of the woods. Registration is closed. If you missed your chance this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2016.

DATE FOR NEXT MEETING FOR BUSINESS: APRIL 19
Please make note that our next Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be April 19, rather than the usual second Sunday of the month. This change is because many Friends will be at our Annual Meeting Retreat at Camp Swatara on April 10, 11, and 12.

DEBORAH COOPER PRESENTS CLASS ON MEDITATION
Our member Deborah Cooper will present a seven-week class introducing mindfulness meditation, April 16 to May 28, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Friends Counseling Service and will take place at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 22 East Mermaid Lane. Cost is $195. Participants are asked to commit to attend all sessions and to practice meditation and relaxation techniques daily. Deborah, who is a psychotherapist, received training in mindfulness meditation at the Stress Reduction Program of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, at Oasis, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness meditation is similar to Buddhist meditation. For more information or to register, contact Deborah at deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

QUAKER EVENTS
APRIL 5 IS FRIENDLY FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY
All are invited and encouraged to come to potluck dinner this Sunday, April 5, at 5 p.m. at Stapeley (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street, in
Germantown. The monthly Friendly First potluck meal begins at 5 p.m. in the recreation room, followed at 6:30 p.m. by a half-hour meeting for worship in the parlor. As always, anyone and everyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Meeting is coordinator-in-general and may be reached at walmsley127@verizon.net.

INTERIM MEETING AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Interim Meeting will meet on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in the historic district of Philadelphia. Come at 9 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. Plenty of free parking is available in the lot next to the meeting house, which may be entered from 4th Street. For more information, go to pym.org/interim-meeting, where the agenda and advance documents are usually available one week in advance of the meeting.

DOCUMENTARY FILM AND DISCUSSION AT GREEN STREET MEETING, APRIL 11
On Saturday, April 11, the film Inequality for All will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene Street. A talk by Joanna Adjoian, cofounder of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project, will follow. GLEC is across the street from Vernon Park. Free of charge, childcare and popcorn provided. Sponsored by Green Street Monthly Meeting. Upcoming documentary films will be shown on May 9 (Citizen Koch), and June 13 (Trash Dance). To be placed on the informational email list, write to sharon.mullally@gmail.com.

FINANCE THREAD GATHERING, APRIL 18
The Finance Thread Gathering on Saturday, April 18, will bring together Friends who carry the work of fund raising and stewardship in their monthly meetings to share best practices and spend time with each other. Every meeting is encouraged to send several members to learn effective ways to encourage giving, to gain technical skills for managing finances, and to deepen our understanding of stewardship. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Plymouth Monthly Meeting, at the corner of Germantown and Butler pikes. To register online, go to pym.org. For information, contact Jennie Sheeks, 215-241-7115 or jsheeks@pym.org.

STEP OUT TO SALSA MUSIC, APRIL 24
To celebrate the arrival of spring and, above all, to celebrate the joys of being in community with one another, Chestnut Hill Meeting invites you to step out at an evening of Salsa dancing, or — for most of us — of learning how to dance the Salsa. The date is Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill meetinghouse, 22 Mermaid Lane. Guidance by the award-winning teacher Flaco. Free-will donation. Light snacks provided. All ages and stages are invited. This will be a fun-filled evening for Friends and their friends and families.

QUARTERLY MEETING AT STAPELEY, MAY 3
The next Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarter will be on Sunday, May 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Stapeley (Wesley Enhanced Living), 6300 Greene Street, in Germantown. It will be followed by the First Sunday potluck dinner at 5 p.m., with worship at 6 p.m. (see above announcement).

TAKE ACTION
GOOD FRIDAY PROTEST AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, APRIL 3
The annual Good Friday demonstration at Lockheed Martin, the world’s no. 1 war profiteer and weapons manufacturer, will take place at noon on Friday, April 3, at the entrance to the corporation’s offices at Mall and Goddard Boulevards. This is directly behind the King of Prussia Mall, across the street from the IMAX theater, Nordstrom’s, and Best Buy. This annual event features readings on justice, peace, and nonviolence that parallel the traditional Catholic stations of the cross. If you are interested in also participating in nonviolent resistance, call the Brandywine Peace Center, 610-544-1818. Bring an umbrella in case of rain.

MARCH FOR FULL EMPLOYMENT, HIGHER WAGES, APRIL 4
Join a march in North Philadelphia this Saturday, April 4, to demand a $15/hour livable minimum wage, full employment, and the right of fast-food and low-wage workers to organize to better their working conditions. It will begin with a rally against poverty at 1 p.m. at the New Vision UMC Church at North Broad Street and Westmoreland Avenue. The march following the rally will proceed to Broad Street and Erie Avenue, where marchers can catch the Broad Street subway to get home. The event is sponsored by the MLK D.A.R.E. coalition, which is composed of religious, union, and community organizations. To learn more, see this Facebook page: #ReclaimMLKPHL.

PETITION TO STOP POSTING OF ANTI-MUSLIM ADS ON SEPTA
Consider adding your signature to an online petition to oppose posting of anti-Muslim ads on SEPTA buses, subways, and trains. The petition is at thepetitionsite.com/800/825/876/stand-with-us-in-opposing-anti-muslim-ads-in-philadelphia/. In September a group known as “The American Freedom Defense Initiative” (AFDI) asked to purchase advertising space on SEPTA as part of an ad campaign to run in transit systems in several major cities, including New York City, Washington, and San Francisco. SEPTA declined to run the ads, due to the inflammatory, anti-Islamic content of the messages. A decision on March 11 by the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted AFDI’s motion for a preliminary injunction, and, since there has been no appeal, the ads will be posted soon. The petition is an endorsement of the letter written by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, which you can read at the above website, along with additional background.

SUBSCRIBE TO TCRC NEWSLETTER
The first edition of the newsletter for The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) will come out soon. Our member Jondhi Harrell is director of the organization, which helps at-risk youth and children of parents who are in prison. To subscribe, copy and paste this web address into your internet browser and click on it: http://eepurl.com/bfVnov.

OUR COMMUNITY
EASTER EGG HUNT AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 4
Bring the kids, along with your friends and neighbors, to a spring egg hunt at Awbury Arboretum this Sunday, April 4, at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children should bring their own Easter baskets or bags. Be sure to be on time; many eager hunters show up! Coffee and light refreshments will be available for purchase. For directions, go to awbury.org/directions.

SOPHIE QUINN-JUDGE TO SPEAK ON ‘A NEW HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR,’ APRIL 12
Sophie Quinn-Judge, a history professor at Temple University who spent much time in Vietnam during the American war there, will speak on Sunday, April 12, about her new book A New History of the Vietnam War: The Search for Peace and a Third Solution. A potluck supper will precede her talk at 4:30 p.m., and she will speak at 5:30 p.m. This is the monthly supper program of the Brandywine Peace Community, held at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. For information, call Bob Smith, 484-544-1148.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS
JOIN THE NEW ADVOCACY CORPS AT FCNL
Applications are due by April 10 for the new Advocacy Corps at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). If you are energetic, focused, and between the ages of 19 and 30, you are eligible to apply to become part of this new network of people who will be paid to organize their communities and influence members of Congress about climate change. Fifteen participants will be chosen to spend two, all-expenses-paid, weeks in Washington, D.C., to learn organizing and lobbying skills. They will then be expected to work 25 to 35 hours a month back on their college campuses or in their home communities to mobilize people to take action on climate change. For more information, go to futureadvocate.org/program/advocacycorps/.

CARPOOL TO RADNOR MEETING TO VISIT OTHER YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, APRIL 19
Want to attend meeting for worship with other young adult Quakers? Searching for a monthly meeting? Wondering how to get more connected with the wider Philadelphia Yearly Meeting community? On Sunday, April 19, Young Adult Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meetig will join Radnor Friends Meeting for worship at 10 a.m., followed by lunch with members and attenders of Radnor Meeting. To plan carpooling to this gathering, contact Damian Morden-Snipper, clerk of Young Adult Friends, at yafwgclerks@gmail.com.

CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR YAFs AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends (YAFs), ages 18-35ish, are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, to focus on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, our own growing edges as a community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, et. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

CHILDREN
JUNIOR INTERIM MEETING TO VISIT SOLID WASTE CENTER, APRIL 11
Children, ages kindergarten through 5th grade, are invited to attend Junior Interim Meeting on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. They will visit the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s Education Center to see a landfill and recycling. This is a follow-up to their ongoing concern about the handling of waste on our planet and how waste affects our spirits. The suggested donation is $5 per child. For more information and to register, copy this internet address and paste it into your browser: www.pym.org/calendar/events/spring-junior-interim-meeting-2/

SAVE THE DATE
KICK-OFF FOR ‘VIETNAM: THE POWER OF PROTEST’ IN WASH., D.C., MAY 1-2
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest” is the kick-off event in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, to reawaken lessons about public protest from the Vietnam War. It is sponsored by the Center for International Policy and is part of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Project. The aim is “to build a strong and sustained effort to tell the truth about the war, the role of the anti-war movement in ending it, the war’s lessons for today, and the war’s consequences for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, and U.S. veterans.” For information, contact Terry Provance, terryprovance@gmail.com; or Barbara Helmick, helmick.b.a.@gmail.com.

STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL ON QUAKER PASTORS, MAY 4
This year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture will be on “A Theology of Togetherness: A Quaker Pastor Speaks,” presented by Philip Gulley, on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor in a programmed meeting, understands there is a great deal of curiosity — and skepticism — among unprogrammed Friends about what a Quaker pastor actually does. His lecture will center on how one lives out this calling, what effect Quaker pastoring has on the Religious Society of Friends, and whether it might be a model to be used by unprogrammed Friends. He is the author of 18 books, including the series of Harmony novels about an eccentric Quaker community in the Midwest, and the bestselling book of inspirational and humorous stories, Porch Talk. His latest book is Living the Quaker Way, which shows how Friends ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life. Registrations will open Monday, April 6, at pendlehill.org/philgulley or call
610-566-4507, ext. 137.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, March 27, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“A concern for the fellow worshipers of our meetings that leads us to find the necessary time to know them, to visit them, to have them in our homes, and to make their needs our concern is a tested preparation for ministry of the highest importance. A person who throughout the week thinks of the approaching meeting for worship and holds up inwardly some of the needs of those who attend, is being prepared for that kind of participation in the meeting for worship that may open the way for helpful ministry. Ministry is often deepened by our natural exposure to those in greatest need, whether it be physical need, as in a constant visiting of the poor, of those in prison, of those whom group prejudice segregates; or to the poor in spirit, those who face mental turmoil and inner problems. Few who feel this kind of responsible love for the meeting do not in the course of the week find some experience, some insight, something they have read that has helped them, some crushing burden they know some member or some group is bearing, which they have held up to the Light, without these things appearing as seeds out of which ministry could grow.” –Douglas Steere, 1955

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 29, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: Phoebe Jones-Schellenberg and Derrick Stanley will lead a discussion about the Dallas Six Trial in Luzerne County, PA
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ruth & Bob Seeley
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Rebecca Hoenig & Becky Johnson

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

Office Hours, March 30-April 3 (Spring Break)
Monday………………………………………… CLOSED
Tuesday……………………………………….. CLOSED
Wednesday, Thursday……………………..10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday …………………………………………. CLOSED

To get assistance this week when the office is closed, send an email message to gmm@gfsnet.org. Email messages will be checked periodically. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, April 6.

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MEETING EVENTS
PLEASE NOTE DATE FOR NEXT MEETING FOR BUSINESS: APRIL 19
Please make note that our next Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be April 19, rather than the usual second Sunday of the month. This change is because many Friends will be at our Annual Meeting Retreat at Camp Swatara on April 10, 11, and 12.

DEBORAH COOPER PRESENTS CLASS ON MEDITATION
Our member Deborah Cooper will present a seven-week class introducing mindfulness meditation, April 16 to May 28, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Friends Counseling Service and will take place at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 22 East Mermaid Lane. Cost is $195. Participants are asked to commit to attend all sessions and to practice meditation and relaxation techniques daily. Deborah, who is a psychotherapist, received training in mindfulness meditation at the Stress Reduction Program of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, at Oasis, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. If you came to last week’s Adult Class, you received a taste of mindfulness meditation and may want to follow up with seven weeks of study and practice. If you didn’t come to last week’s Adult Class, this is your chance to learn the practice, which is similar to Buddhist meditation. For more information or to register, contact Deborah at deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

LETTER TO GOVERNOR WOLF
Attached is a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf from our Mass Incarceration Working Group, thanking him for putting a moratorium on executions for crimes. An excerpt: “Quakers have long taken an absolute position in opposition to the death penalty, knowing that it restores no one to life. We also know that the implementation of the death penalty is fraught with concerns about its basic fairness, exemplified by its racial and economic disparities…. We know that your position on this issue has many critics. For our part, we thank you for taking this courageous position, particularly in the face of significant political opposition.” To see the entire text, please open the attachment. Letter_to_Gov_Wolf.docx

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
As March winds down, we each have two Sundays left to invite a friend to join us for meeting for worship. March is “Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting Month, an effort by our Outreach Committee to engage us in sharing our experiences of worship with friends, neighbors, other family members, and interested acquaintances. So, if you haven’t brought a friend yet, now’s the time to act. And, if you have already brought someone new, maybe you’d like to bring someone else before the month is over and help us open the world of Quakerism to others. As one Friend recently said, “We have such a rich tradition of spirituality, and it makes sense that many other people might like to know about it.”

NEWS OF FRIENDS

KENNETH FORD’S BOOK DRAWS COMMENTS FROM U.S. ENERGY DEPARTMENT
A recent article in The New York Times tells about the controversy swirling around Kenneth Ford’s new book, “Building the H Bomb: A Personal History.” Kenneth, an attender whose wife Joanne Ford is a member of our meeting, is 88 and spent most of his career in academia, after working on the team of scientists that developed the hydrogen bomb in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was researching his latest book when a historian at the U.S. Department of Energy suggested he submit the manuscript to the agency for a review of classified information. After he did, a discussion with the agency ensued about possibly removing some of the information from it. To read this fascinating article, copy and paste this web address into your browser: nytimes.com/2015/03/24/science/hydrogen-bomb-physicists-book-runs-afoul-of-energy-department.html.

BIRTHS
Daniel Novoa, born January 26, to our member Susanna Novoa and her husband Alberto Novoa Henriquez. Daniel is the first grandchild of our members Susan and Adam Corson-Finnerty, who report their delight in helping take care of their new family member.

Lara Ellen Koopman, born February 15, to our member Ellen Blood Koopman and her husband Andrew Koopman. Lara is also the new granddaughter of our member George Blood and Martha Blood. Lara was born with a cataract in her right eye. To give her the best chance of having normal vision, she had surgery, which went well. She and her mother are at home taking it easy. Her mother says there is a lot of work to be done in coming months and years to encourage proper development of her vision, but they feel optimistic about it. Look them up on Facebook, where you may find a photo of baby Lara wearing a “pirate-themed onesie,” which her father purchased for her in honor of her eye patch!

TAKE ACTION

URGE SENATORS TO SUPPORT BILL TO CUT CARBON POLLUTION
The Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill would update building codes and create incentives to build more efficiently. This bill is one of four on energy and climate expected in the next few months that could open new paths forward for Congress to act on climate change. In a previous version of this bill, changes could remove 650 million metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere; create more than 190,000 jobs; and save families, governments, and businesses nearly $100 billion, according to a study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. It missed passage by Congress by just five votes, and there is real potential that it could pass into law this year. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges us to tell our senators to support this bill by going to FCNL’s online action center at capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=64210891. There, you will find a simple, briefly worded template to send a direct, briefly worded email message to your Senator and forward to your friends and family.

SUBSCRIBE TO TCRC NEWSLETTER
The first edition of the newsletter for The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) will come out soon. Our member Jondhi Harrell is director of the organization, which helps at-risk youth and children of parents who are in prison. To subscribe, copy and paste this web address into your internet browser and click on it: http://eepurl.com/bfVnov.

PROTEST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER AT HORSHAM, MARCH 28
Next Saturday, March 28, will will be the first demonstration in 2015 at the Horsham Air National Guard Center to protest establishment of a drone war command center there. Protesters come from several religious groups, including Quakers, as well as peacemaking organizations. Although the drones themselves are launched from other locations, the Horsham command center will provide the “brains” for executing bombing strikes by remote control. This is the third year of monthly demonstrations at Horsham, which take place on the last Saturday of every month from noon to 2 p.m., pausing in January and February for winter weather. Signs, banners, speakers, music, and a built-to-scale drone replica are featured. For directions, campaign background, and a written nonviolence discipline, go to brandywinepeace.com/events. Contact: Bob Smith, 610-544-1818 or brandywine@juno.com.

GOOD FRIDAY PROTEST AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, APRIL 3
The annual Good Friday demonstration at Lockheed Martin, the world’s no. 1 war profiteer and weapons manufacturer, will take place at noon on Friday, April 3, at the entrance to the corporation’s offices at Mall Boulevard and Goddard Boulevard. This is directly behind the King of Prussia Mall, across the street from the IMAX theater, Nordstrom’s, and Best Buy. This annual event features readings on justice, peace, and nonviolence that parallel the traditional Catholic stations of the cross. If you are interested in also participating in nonviolent resistance, call the Brandywine Peace Center, 610-544-1818. Bring an umbrella in case of rain.

QUAKER EVENTS

‘DARING TO STAND UP’ AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 28
Matthew Armstead, this year’s speaker at the William Penn Lecture, sees something shifting in American culture, with an increasing number of people turning to that “still, small voice” and speaking out in public ways, such as at the recent People’s Climate March in New York City, when 400,000 people showed up. He calls on us to reflect on previous social movements and take action on current issues. Armstead is a community builder, facilitator, and organizer who is coordinator of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and a faculty member in Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness Program. The William Penn Lecture is an annual event under the care of Young Adult Friends. It will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Childcare provided.

PENDLE HILL LAUNCHES TRAINING IN ‘RADICAL FAITHFULNESS’
This Wednesday, April 1, is the first day of Pendle Hill’s new initiative “Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness.” This is a certificate program that combines online learning and four residencies, ending on Aug. 31. It brings together an interfaith group of learners to deepen capacity for community action for positive change. Focusing on both the inner and an outer journeys, this course will help participants identify their gifts, while providing skills in social action. For information, go
to pendlehill.org.

PROPOSALS OPEN FOR WORKSHOPS AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Now is the time to submit proposals for workshops at the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which will take place July 29-Aug. 2 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” and subjects for workshops should reflect this focus. Deadline for proposals is April 5. A guideline for workshops may be found at pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

FINANCE THREAD GATHERING, APRIL 18
The Finance Thread Gathering on Saturday, April 18, will bring together Friends who carry the work of fund raising and stewardship in their monthly meetings to share best practices and spend time with each other. Every meeting is encouraged to send several members to learn effective ways to encourage giving, to gain technical skills for managing finances, and to deepen our understanding of stewardship. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Plymouth Monthly Meeting, at the corner of Germantown and Butler pikes. To register online, go to pym.org. For information, contact Jennie Sheeks, 215-241-7115 or jsheeks@pym.org.

STEP OUT TO SALSA MUSIC, APRIL 24
To celebrate the arrival of spring and, above all, to celebrate the joys of being in community with one another, Chestnut Hill Meeting invites you to step out at an evening of Salsa dancing, or– for most of us — of learning how to dance the Salsa. The date is Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill meetinghouse, 22 Mermaid Lane. Guidance by the award-winning teacher Flaco. Free-will donation. Light snacks provided. All ages and stages are invited. This will be a fun-filled evening for Friends and their friends and families.

CONFERENCE ON MASS INCARCERATION FEATURES MICHELLE ALEXANDER
Michelle Alexander, who wrote the bestselling book The New Jim Crow, will be the keynote speaker at a conference at Pendle Hill on “Ending Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow,” which takes place April 29-May 3. The conference will explore root causes of the unbalanced imprisoning of people of color, paths to landing in jail, conditions of confinement and harsh sentences, and issues of reentering the community after release from prison. The history of Friends, from the beginnings of our faith when Friends themselves were imprisoned for their beliefs to the current day, includes many efforts to understand and alleviate suffering of prisoners. Many Friends have been involved in prison ministry, the Alternatives to Violence Project, behind-bars education programs, efforts to eliminate the death penalty, and treatment of juveniles and the mentally ill in prisons. The conference costs $365-$665, with scholarship money available. For information, contact John Meyer, education coordinator,
610-566-4507, ext. 129, or go to pendlehill.org/events/ending-mass-incarceration-new-jim-crow/#.VRV2md6Jd0c

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

CARPOOL TO RADNOR MEETING TO VISIT OTHER YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, APRIL 19
Want to attend meeting for worship with other young adult Quakers? Searching for a monthly meeting? Wondering how to get more connected with the wider Philadelphia Yearly Meeting community? On Sunday, April 19, Young Adult Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meetig will join Radnor Friends Meeting for worship at 10 a.m., followed by lunch with members and attenders of Radnor Meeting. To plan carpooling to this gathering, contact Damian Morden-Snipper, clerk of Young Adult Friends, at yafwgclerks@gmail.com.

CONFERENCE ON EQUALITY FOR YAFs AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 5-10
Young Adult Friends (YAFs), ages 18-35ish, are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual six-day conference, June 5-10, to focus on equality, justice, the power of Truth and love, our own growing edges as a community. Participants will unpack the concepts of privilege and power and develop greater capacities to change systems of oppression. Contact coordinators Emily Higgs and Katrina McQuail for more information, 610-566-4507, ext. 123. Apply online at pendlehill.org.

CHILDREN

JUNIOR INTERIM MEETING TO VISIT SOLID WASTE CENTER, APRIL 11
Children, ages kindergarten through 5th grade, are invited to attend Junior Interim Meeting on Saturday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch streets, in downtown Philadelphia. They will visit the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’d Education Center to see a landfill and recycling. This is a follow-up to their ongoing concern about the handling of waste on our planet and how waste affects our spirits. The suggested donation is is $5 per child. For more information and to register, copy this internet address and paste it into your browser: www.pym.org/calendar/events/spring-junior-interim-meeting-2/

SAVE THE DATE

KICK-OFF FOR ‘VIETNAM: THE POWER OF PROTEST’ IN WASH., D.C., MAY 1-2
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest” is the kick-off event in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, to reawaken lessons about public protest from the Vietnam War. It is sponsored by the Center for International Policy and is part of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Project. The aim is “to build a strong and sustained effort to tell the truth about the war, the role of the anti-war movement in ending it, the war’s lessons for today, and the war’s consequences for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, and U.S. veterans.” For information, contact Terry Provance, terryprovance@gmail.com; or Barbara Helmick, helmick.b.a.@gmail.com.

STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL ON QUAKER PASTORS, MAY 4
This year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture will be on “A Theology of Togetherness: A Quaker Pastor Speaks,” presented by Philip Gulley, on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor in a programmed meeting, understands there is a great deal of curiosity–and skepticism– among unprogrammed Friends about what a Quaker pastor actually does. His lecture will center on how one lives out this calling, what effect Quaker pastoring has on the Religious Society of Friends, and whether it might be a model to be used by unprogrammed Friends. He is the author of 18 books, including the series of Harmony novels about an eccentric Quaker community in the Midwest, and the bestselling book of inspirational and humorous stories, Porch Talk. His latest book is Living the Quaker Way, which shows how Friends ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life. Registrations for this lecture will open Monday, April 6, at pendlehill.org/philgulley or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages build friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, March 20, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“When Friends worship, we reach out from the depths of our being to God, the giver of life and of the world around us. Our worship is the search for communion with God and the offering of ourselves body and soul for the doing of God’s will. The sense of worship can be experienced in the awe we feel in the silence of a meeting for worship or in the awareness of our profound connectedness to nature and its power. In worship we know repentance and forgiveness in the acknowledgment of God as the ultimate source of our being, and the serenity of accepting God’s will.

“In worship we discover direction for our lives and the uses of our resources. Leadings are often made clearer by reference to the life and teachings of Jesus and by the transforming power of the Inner Light. From worship there comes a fresh understanding of the two great commandments: to love ‘your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27). From PYM Faith & Practice

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 22, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: Karen Lightner will lead us in considering vocal ministry in meeting for worship.*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ed Stivender & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Marian Heacock & Melissa Elliott

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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MEETING EVENTS
*ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH
Adult class in March will meet at 9 a.m. in the social room on the following dates. Light refreshments served. Please join us!

March 22 Karen Lightner will lead us in considering vocal ministry in meeting for worship.

March 29 Phoebe Jones-Schellenberg and Derrick Stanley will lead a discussion about the Dallas Six Trial in Luzerne County, PA, who are on trial for protesting conditions for men in solitary confinement. For more information, go to scidallas6.blogspot.com.

PLEASE NOTE DATE FOR NEXT MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Please make note that our next Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be April 19, rather than the usual second Sunday of the month. This change is because many Friends will be at our Annual Meeting Retreat at Camp Swatara on April 10, 11, and 12.

NEW COLLECTION BOX
We have a new, red, wooden collection box in the social room, thanks to Michael Mini. It has a lock and can be attached to something, so it doesn’t walk away from the meetinghouse, the way the last one did. The old collection box, handcrafted by Tom Sharpless, disappeared this past winter. Although it’s a shame to lose our handmade box, the new one is a nice replacement. Oh, and if anybody knows where the old one went, please just quietly return it. We can always use two!

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
As March winds down, we each have two Sundays left to invite a friend to join us for meeting for worship. March is “Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting Month, an effort by our Outreach Committee to engage us in sharing our experiences of worship with friends, neighbors, other family members, and interested acquaintances. So, if you haven’t brought a friend yet, now’s the time to act. And, if you have already brought someone new, maybe you’d like to bring someone else before the month is over and help us open the world of Quakerism to others. As one Friend recently said, “We have such a rich tradition of spirituality, and it makes sense that many other people might like to know about it.”

DEBORAH COOPER PRESENTS CLASS ON MEDITATION
Our member Deborah Cooper will present a seven-week class introducing mindfulness meditation, April 16 to May 28, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Friends Counseling Service and will take place at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 22 East Mermaid Lane. Cost is $195. Participants are asked to commit to attend all sessions and to practice meditation and relaxation techniques daily. Deborah, who is a psychotherapist, received training in mindfulness meditation at the Stress Reduction Program of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, at Oasis, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. If you came to last week’s Adult Class, you have had taste of mindfulness meditation and may want to follow up with seven weeks of study and practice. If you didn’t come to last week’s Adult Class, this is your chance to learn the practice, which is similar to Buddhist meditation and focuses the mind. For more information or to register, contact Deborah at deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW PHONE NUMBER
Rebecca Goetz asks Friends to use her cell phone number to contact her and her family.

DEATH OF PAUL MANGELSDORF
Paul Mangelsdorf, father of our member Helen Mangelsdorf and grandfather of our member Anna Tybinko, died last Friday, March 13. He taught physics at Swarthmore College. He and his wife Mary, members of Swarthmore Meeting, lived at Whitehorse Village, a retirement center in Newtown Square. There will be a memorial service for him at Swarthmore Meeting on April 18 at 3 p.m. He is survived by his wife Mary, and his daughter Helen and her husband Roman Tybinko, and his granddaughter Anna Tybinko.

TAKE ACTION

SUBSCRIBE TO TCRC NEWSLETTER
The first edition of the newsletter for The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) will come out soon. Our member Jondhi Harrell is director of the organization, which helps at-risk youth and children of parents who are in prison. To subscribe, copy and paste this web address into your internet browser and click on it: http://eepurl.com/bfVnov.

URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT SMARTER SENTENCING ACT
Weigh in on the Smarter Sentencing Act (S.502/H.R.920) by contacting your Senators and Congress people through Friends Committe on National Legislation (FCNL), at fcnl.org. The Smarter Sentencing Act reduces mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses and addresses the growing costs of our federal prison system. Plus, it makes some of the new provisions retroactive and requires federal agencies to make public lists of federal laws and the crimina is sent directly to your legislators and key officials.

PROTEST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER AT HORSHAM, MARCH 28
Next Saturday, March 28, will will be the first demonstration in 2015 at the Horsham Air National Guard Center to protest establishment of a drone war command center there. Protesters come from several religious groups, including Quakers, as well as com. Although the drones themselves are launched from other places, the Horsham command center will provide the “brains” for the bombing strikes by remote control. This is the third year of monthly demonstrations at Horsham, which take place on the last Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m., pausing in January and February for winter weather. Signs, banners, speakers, music, and a built-to-scale drone replica. For directions, campaign background, and a nonviolence discipline, go to brandywinepeace.com/events. Contact: Bob Smith, 610-544-1818 or brandywine@juno.com.

KICK-OFF FOR ‘VIETNAM: POWER OF PROTEST’ IN WASH., D.C., MAY 1-2
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest” is the kick-off event in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, to reawaken the lessons about public protest from the Vietnam War. It is sponsored by the Center for International Policy and is part of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Project. The aim is “to build a strong and sustained effort to tell the truth about the war, the role of the anti-war movement in ending it, the war’s lessons for today, and the war’s consequences for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodian peoples, and for U.S. veterans.” For information, contact Terry Provance, 202-686-7483, terryprovance@gmail.com; or Barbara Helmick, 202-462-6702, helmick.b.a.@gmail.com.

QUAKER EVENTS

PROPOSALS OPEN FOR WORKSHOPS AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Now is the time to submit proposals for workshops at the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which will take place July 29-Aug. 2 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” and subjects for workshops should reflect this focus. Deadline for proposals is April 5. A guideline for workshops may be found at pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 21
This gathering will offer workshops, discussion, and sharing of experiences for Friends who are involved in working for faith-based peace and social justice. It will take place Saturday, March 21 at Fallsington Friends Meeting, 9300 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19054. Go to pym.org to register and read about the workshops. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 am. Lunch is potluck-style, with salad and drinks provided by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

ALICE PAUL TO BE SUBJECT OF TALK, MARCH 26
On March 26 at an 11:45 a.m. brown-bag luncheon, Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul, American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Please bring your own lunch, and a beverage will be provided. Free; donations appreciated. At Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th and Arch streets in Philadelphia. For information call 215-241-7238 or e-mail volunteers@pym.org.

‘DARING TO STAND UP’ AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 28
Matthew Armstead, this year’s speaker at the William Penn Lecture, sees something shifting in American culture, with an increasing number of people turning to that “still, small voice” and speaking out in public ways, such as at the recent People’s Climate March in New York City, when 400,000 people showed up. He calls on us to reflect on previous social movements and take action on current issues. Armstead is a community builder, facilitator, and organizer who is coordinator of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and a faculty member in Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness Program. The William Penn Lecture is an annual event under the care of Young Adult Friends. It will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Childcare provided.

STEP OUT TO SALSA MUSIC! APRIL 24
To celebrate the arrival of spring and, above all, to celebrate the joys of being in community with one another, Chestnut Hill Meeting invites you to step out at an evening of Salsa dancing, or– for most of us — of learning how to dance the Salsa. The date is Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill meeting house, 22 Mermaid Lane. Guidance by the award-winning teacher Flaco. Free-will donation. Light snacks provided. All ages and stages are invited. This will be a fun-filled evening for Friends and their friends and families.

YOUNG FRIENDS

YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering on March 27-29 at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions, contact Hannah Mayer at HMayer@pym.org or 215-241-7222.

SAVE THE DATE

STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL ON QUAKER PASTORS, MAY 4
This year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture will be on “A Theology of Togetherness: A Quaker Pastor Speaks,” presented by Philip Gulley, on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor in a programmed meeting, understands that there is a great deal of curiosity–and skepticism– among unprogrammed Friends about what a Quaker pastor actually does. His lecture will center on how one lives out this calling, what effect Quaker pastoring has on the Religious Society of Friends, and whether it might be a model to be used by unprogrammed Friends. He is the author of 18 books, including the series of Harmony novels, which are about an eccentric Quaker community in the Midwest, and the bestselling book of inspirational and humorous stories, Porch Talk. His latest book is Living the Quaker Way, which shows how Friends ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life. Registrations for this lecture will open Monday, April 6, at pendlehill.org/philgulley or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a weeith other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. Space fills quickly, especially for housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, March 13, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“How does a Quaker Meeting work? Its foundation is the conviction that God is not a distant, remote being but a living presence to be discovered in the deep centre of every human being…. The Quaker experience is that, in the silence, as we are open to one another in love, we help each other by sharing our strengths and weaknesses. The Quaker conviction is that as we go deeper into ourselves, we shall eventually reach a still, quiet centre. At this point,two things happen simultaneously. Each of us is aware of our unique value as an individual human being, and each of us is aware of our utter interdependence on one another.” –George Gorman, 1982

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 15, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: Deborah Cooper will lead us in mindfulness meditation techniques for settling into worship*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Phyllis & Dick Taylor
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Ed Nakawatase and Tom Grabe will provide beverages
Chili Lunch: Right after meeting for worship. Chili, salad, cornbread, and socializing

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

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

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MEETING EVENTS
END-OF-WINTER CHILI LUNCH MARCH 15!
This awful wintry weather seems endless, but the calendar says “Spring is Near!” Therefore, on Sunday, March 15, right after meeting for worship, we’ll celebrate with an “End-to-Winter!” Chili Lunch. It’s the perfect time to invite a friend or acquaintance to visit Germantown Meeting and afterwards enjoy chili, salad, and socializing. Everyone is welcome — share a meal, make new friends, and get to know fellow members better.

*ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH
Adult class in March will meet at 9 a.m. in the social room on the following dates. Light refreshments served. Please join us!

March 15 Deborah Cooper will help us explore settling into meeting for worship by using Mindfulness Meditation techniques. For information on this method, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness_meditation

March 22 Karen Lightner will lead us in considering vocal ministry in meeting for worship.

March 29 Phoebe Jones-Schellenberg and Derrick Stanley will lead a discussion about the Dallas Six Trial in Luzerne County, PA, who are on trial for protesting conditions for men in solitary confinement. For more information, go to scidallas6.blogspot.com.

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
Pick a Sunday in March to bring a friend to Meeting, and share your experience of worship with someone who may be interested. The Outreach Committee of our Meeting is challenging all of us to help expand our circle and open the world of Quakerism to our friends, neighbors, other family members, and interested acquaintances. According to Anthony Stover, clerk of the committee, “Our thought is that March could be a good month for the effort, with five First Days, for a member to come up with one friend to bring to Meeting for worship.” It will give the rest of us a chance to practice our social skills in making the visitors feel welcome.

BOOK BY VIETNAMESE AMERICAN TOPIC OF GFS TALK, MARCH 18
The author of the book The Gangster We Are All Looking For will speak Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., at the Friends Free Library, 5418 Germantown Ave. LA Thi Diem ThAy will recount the experience of a young girl arriving in San Diego, California, from Vietnam. Followed by reception and book signing. Part of the Friends Free Library’s Community Writer’s Series of Germantown Friends School.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR CAMP SWATARA RETREAT IS THIS SUNDAY
If you want to come to the Meeting retreat at Camp Swatara, you need to sign up by this Sunday, March 15. The retreat is April 10-12, and the theme is “Building our Beloved Community.” Tom Yeomans, our member in Massachusetts, will lead an adult session. There are programs for teens and youngsters, and plenty of intergenerational activities, including the annual hike to Boulder Field and the Saturday night bonfire (if it doesn’t rain). The main point is to have fun and get to know each other better in a relaxed atmosphere — a really good way to build a beloved community. There are scholarship funds available, so don’t stay away if money is tight! The registration form is attached, and there are more forms on the literature desk in the social room of the meetinghouse. Turn in your registration to the Meeting Office by this Sunday, with a $50 per person deposit. Questions? Contact Karen Lightner, Lightnerk@aol.com.

TAKE ACTION

TRAIN NOW TO REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE
Would you like to help people register to vote in the May primary election? There are two upcoming trainings to teach volunteers how to register voters, and about voting rights for people who are homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated. The trainings will be Monday, March 9, at 2:30-4:30 p.m., and Friday, March 13, at 9:30-11:30 p.m. at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave. Philadelphia. They are sponsored by Vote for Homes!, a nonpartisam coalition mobilizing thousands of Philadelphians who are living on low incomes in an effort to advocate for affordable housing, jobs, and quality human services. The deadline for voter registration for the May primary election is April 20. Training will cover voting rights and voter education, and will distribute materials to use in voter registration. To sign up for this training, go to http://bbit.ly/voterreg2015. Questions? Contact Heather Bargeron, heatherbargeron@projecthome.org. For a more complete view, go to voteforhomes.org.

STUDY POWER OF PROTEST IN WASH., D.C., MAY 1-2
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest” is the title of a kick-off event in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, to re-awaken the lessons learned about public protest from the Vietnam War. It is sponsored by the Center for International Policy and is part of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Project. The aim is “to build a strong and sustained effort to tell the truth about the war, the role of the anti-war movement in ending it, the war’s lessons for today, and the war’s consequences for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodian peoples, and for U.S. veterans. For more information, contact Terry Provance, terryprovance@gmail.com; or Barbara Helmick, helmick.b.a.@gmail.com.

QUAKER EVENTS

PROPOSALS OPEN FOR WORKSHOPS AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Now is the time to submit proposals for workshops at the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which will take place July 29-Aug. 2 and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme for this year is “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” and subjects for workshops should reflect this focus. Deadline for proposals is April 5. A guideline for workshops may be found at pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

OFFERING HOME HOSPITALITY FOR OUT-OF-TOWN FRIENDS
Would like to help Friends living at a distance from Philadelphia come to Yearly Meeting events by providing a place for them to stay? Home hospitality is especially needed for Friends who belong to outlying monthly meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, so they can attend such gatherings as Interim Meeting, committee meetings, and thread gatherings. Looking ahead, there will be a conference on white privilege in Philadelphia in 2016, and home hospitality would make it possible for Friends to attend who are on limited budgets. This is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people from outside our immediate area. To volunteer to provide regular or occasional home hospitality, contact Margaret Wood, coordinator of Philadelphia Quarter, philaqtr@pym.org.

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 21
This gathering will offer workshops, discussion, and sharing of experiences for Friends who are involved in working for faith-based peace and social justice. It will take place on Saturday, March 21 at Fallsington Friends Meeting, 9300 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19054. Go to pym.org to register and read about the workshops. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 am. Lunch is potluck-style, with salad and drinks provided by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Childcare is available with pre-registration by Friday, March 6.

ALICE PAUL TO BE SUBJECT OF TALK, MARCH 26
On March 26 at an 11:45 a.m. brown-bag luncheon, Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul, American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Please bring your own lunch, and a beverage will be provided. Free; donations appreciated. At Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th and Arch streets in Philadelphia. For information call 215 241-7238 or e-mail volunteers@pym.org.

‘DARING TO STAND UP’ AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 28
Matthew Armstead, this year’s speaker at the William Penn Lecture, sees something shifting in American culture, with an increasing number of people turning to that “still, small voice” and speaking out in public ways, such as at the recent People’s Climate March in New York City, when 400,000 people showed up. He calls on us to reflect on previous social movements and step up to taking action on issues that need to be addressed. Armstead is a community builder, facilitator, and organizer who serves as coordinator of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and is a faculty member at Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness Program. The William Penn Lecture is an annual event under the care of Young Adult Friends. It will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Childcare will be provided.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ADAPTING OUR HOMES AS WE GET OLDER
We all change physically as we get older, whether we like it or not! Join Northwest Village Network (NVN) members on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m., to hear occupational therapist Marlene Weiner, who specializes in geriatrics, physical disability, and rehabilitation. She will guide the group through questions to consider when planning for the future. To be held at Lovett Branch Library, Germantown Ave. & E. Sedgwick St. If you are new to Northwest Village Network, you may wish to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, light refreshments, and more information about NVN.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS, CHILDREN, AND YOUNG FRIENDS

‘QUAKER FIGHT!’ TO BE TOPIC OF MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING, MARCH 20-22
On March 20-22 at Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting, Middle School Friends will find out what the Hicksite/Orthodox split among Friends was all about. Plus, for kids in the Philadelphia area, this is an opportunity for a road trip together! Join the shuttle ride or meet everybody at Lehigh Friends Meeting. For information, contact Matt Sanderson, 215-241-7171, or msanderson@pym.org, or go the www.pym.org and look up Middle School Friends.

YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering on March 27-29 at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions, contact Hannah Mayer at HMayer@pym.org or 215-241-7222, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2.

2015 QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MAY 16
Three hours,14 colleges, and a chance to ask questions and meet people–that’s the Quaker College Fair, which takes place on Saturday, May 16, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Panelists will talk about admission, financial aid, and choosing your college. There will be plenty of chances for high school students to meet and talk with current college students. No gimmicks, no sales angles here–just honest, first-hand information. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m., and the panel presentation is at 12:45 p.m. To register online, go to: event.com/events/2015-quaker-college-fair/registration. Organized by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends Association for Higher Education. For information, contact Kimberly Haas, 215-241-7116, fahe@quaker.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FROM PA BLACK CAUCUS
Scholarships are now availabe for high school seniors and first-year college students from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC). To be eligible, students must be planning to enroll this fall in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university, must be from a minority, hold a minimum grade point average of 2.5, live in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member (such as State Rep. Rosita Youngblood), and demonstrate leadership qualities. The student must submit a 500-word essay about his or her academic plans and career goals. Only the first 250 applications will be considered. Ten scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded. For more details and application forms, go to pahouse.com/plc and click on “Scholarships” at the top of the page.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, March 6, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“In a truly covered meeting, an individual who speaks takes no credit to himself for the part he played in the unfolding of the worship…. For the feeling of being a pliant instrument of the Divine Will characterizes true speaking “in the Life.” Under such a covering, an individual emerges into vocal utterance, frequently without fear and trembling, and subsides without self-consciousness into silence when his part is played. For One who is greater than all individuals has become the meeting place of the group, and He becomes the leader and director of worship. With wonder, one hears the next speaker, if there be more, take up another aspect of the theme of the meeting. No jealousy, no regrets that he didn’t think of saying that, but only gratitude that the angel has come and troubled the waters and that many are finding healing through the one Life. A gathered meeting is no place for the enhancement of private reputations, but for self-effacing pliancy and obedience to the whispers
of the Leader.” –Thomas Kelly, 1945

REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD 1 HOUR ON SATURDAY NIGHT!

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 8, 2015
9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see agenda below)*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Sam & Jeanne Angell
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Valentin Gorsky & Matt Cadwallader

INFANTS & TODDLERS go to childcare in 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.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL WILL BE A GATHERED MEETING THIS WEEK. All classes will meet together and learn about how eggs became associated with Easter. Jodi Hobbs will lead the group.

*AGENDA: Meeting for Business
Reading of Query 4
Opening worship
Minutes from February 8, 2015
Care & Visiting report
Fund Raising report
Standing Nominating Committee report
Proposed statement about police violence from the Mass Incarceration Working Group (attached)
Old Tennis Court Farm update
Proposal to restructure the Peach & Social Concerns and Racial Justice committees (attached)
Reflections from Quarterly Meeting
Correspondence and Announcements
Closing worship

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

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MEETING EVENTS
SOLAR ENERGY WORKSHOP POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY, MARCH 12
The workshop on installing a solar energy system in your home that was scheduled for last night, March 5, was postponed due to the snowstorm. It will take place this coming Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. Through the end of March, there is a special program to encourge people in Northwest Philadelphia to install solar energy systems in their homes at greatly reduced costs. Monthly loan payments can be lower than your current electric bill. The program is sponsored by the Clean Air Council and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. This workshop is presented by our meeting’s Environmental Concerns Working Group. Registration is not required but would be helpful to planners. Contact Bill Cozzens, William.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

END-OF-WINTER CHILI LUNCH MARCH 15!
This awful wintry weather seems endless, but the calendar says “Spring is Near!” Therefore, on Sunday, March 15, right after meeting for worship, we’ll celebrate with an “End-to-Winter!” Chili Lunch. It’s the perfect time to invite a friend or acquaintance to visit Germantown Meeting and afterwards enjoy chili, salad, and socializing. Everyone is welcome — share a meal, make new friends, and get to know fellow members better.

ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH
Adult class in March will meet at 9 a.m. in the social room on the following dates. Light refreshments served. Please join us!

March 15 Deborah Cooper will help us explore settling into meeting for worship by using Mindfulness Meditation techniques. For information on this method, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness_meditation

March 22 Karen Lightner will lead us in considering vocal ministry in meeting for worship.

March 29 Phoebe Jones-Schellenberg and Derrick Stanley will lead a discussion about the Dallas Six Trial in Luzerne County, PA, who are on trial for protesting conditions for men in solitary confinement. For more information, go to scidallas6.blogspot.com.

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
Pick a Sunday in March to bring a friend to Meeting, and share your experience of worship with someone who may be interested. The Outreach Committee of our Meeting is challenging all of us to help expand our circle and open the world of Quakerism to our friends, neighbors, other family members, and interested acquaintances. According to Anthony Stover, clerk of the committee, “Our thought is that March could be a good month for the effort, with five First Days, for a member to come up with one friend to bring to Meeting for worship.” It will give the rest of us a chance to practice our social skills in making the visitors feel welcome.

BOOK BY VIETNAMESE AMERICAN TOPIC OF GFS TALK, MARCH 18
The author of the book The Gangster We Are All Looking For will speak Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., at the Friends Free Library, 5418 Germantown Ave. LA Thi Diem Thay will recount the experience of a young girl arriving in San Diego, California, from Vietnam. Followed by reception and book signing. Part of the Friends Free Library’s Community Writer’s Series of Germantown Friends School.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara. Save the date for this legendary spring get-together! Sign up on the poster at the literature counter in the social room to help planners. The registration deadline was March 1, but if you missed it and wish to go, contact Karen Lightner, Lightnerk@aol.com, to see if there is any room left.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF LOIS HAMILTON
Our member Lois Hamilton died Feb. 28, 2015, after living with declining health for several months. Her family was with her when she passed. Born in Sharon, PA, she would have been 90 years old this April. In recent years, Lois made her home at Masonic Village, from where she sent warm notes to our Meeting office, telling about her life in the retirement center and regretting she was no longer able to make the trip to join us for meeting for worship. Among her many contributions to the world were her kindness, intelligence, time, and energy. Lois taught first grade at Germantown Friends School in her younger years. She and her husband Donald Hamilton headed Eagle Springs Camp in Pine Grove, PA, a facility for mentally challenged adults. Her husband preceded her in death in 1994, when he was killed in an unprovoked shooting in Maplewood Mall. They are survived by their children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held for her in Germantown Meetinghouse on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and close friends for their loss, as we acknowledge this death of a beloved member of our spiritual community.

GREETINGS FROM ELIZE COXE IN OREGON
We recently received a note from our member Elize Coxe, who now lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is closer to family members. She sends a thank you to the Meeting for the Christmas card and Motto Calendar she received from our Care & Visiting Commmittee, and adds: “I also appreciate very much your email communications [Friday email bulletin], which keep me informed of Meeting activities and connectedto Meeting members and friends. Please give my regards and best wishes for the new year (that is well underway) to all who remember me. All the best to you, sincerely, Elize Coxe.”

DEATH OF JAMES KILIK, HUSBAND OF CAROLINE DAVIDSON
James Kilik, the beloved partner and husband of our member Caroline Davidson, died Feb. 20 after a short illness. He and Caroline met when he joined the faculty at Germantown Friends School as a clarinet and saxophone teacher in the 1990s. He had a considerable career as a performing clarinet and saxophone player with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly Pops, Delaware Symphony, and countless smaller orchestras and chamber groups. One of the highlights in his career was performing, with the Delaware Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand at Carnegie Hall. He had to give up performing after being diagnosed with focal dystonia in 2001, when little was known about the condition. Jim became a member of Musicians with Dystonia, an organization that publicized information about it. Jim was also a widely respected teacher and worked for many years for the Settlement Music School, Drexel University, and Widener University. We send our condolences to Caroline and his family.

DIRECTORY UPDATES
Below are more updates to note in your Meeting Directory. The hope is to place all of these updates on one page in Word and attach it to a future Friday email bulletin, so stay tuned. Please send any additional corrections or revisions to the Meeting Office, gmm@gfsnet.org. –Melissa

TAKE ACTION

TRAIN NOW TO HELP REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE
Would you like to help people register to vote in the May primary election? There are two upcoming trainings to teach volunteers how to register voters, and about voting rights for people who are homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated. The trainings will be Monday, March 9, at 2:30-4:30 p.m., and Friday, March 13, at 9:30-11:30 p.m. at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave. Philadelphia. They are sponsored by Vote for Homes!, a nonpartisam coalition mobilizing thousands of Philadelphians who are living on low incomes in an effort to advocate for affordable housing, jobs, and quality human services. The deadline for voter registration for the May primary election is April 20. Training will cover voting rights and voter education, and will distribute materials to use in voter registration. To sign up for this training, go to http://bbit.ly/voterreg2015. Questions? Contact Heather Bargeron, heatherbargeron@projecthome.org. For a more complete view, go to voteforhomes.org.

PLAN AHEAD TO STUDY POWER OF PROTEST IN WASH., D.C., MAY 1-2
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest” is the title of a kick-off event in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2, to re-awaken the lessons learned about public protest from the Vietnam War. It is sponsored by the Center for International Policy and is part of the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Project. The aim is “to build a strong and sustained effort to tell the truth about the war, the role of the anti-war movement in ending it, the war’s lessons for today, and the war’s consequences for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians peoples, and for U.S. veterans. For more information, contact Terry Provance, terryprovance@gmail.com; or Barbara Helmick, helmick.b.a.@gmail.com.

QUAKER EVENTS

PROPOSALS OPEN FOR WORKSHOPS AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS
Now is the time to submit proposals for workshops at the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which will take place July 29-Aug. 2 and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme for this year is “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” and subjects for workshops should reflect this focus. Deadline for proposals is April 5. A guideline for workshops may be found at pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE, MARCH 12-14, IN KENTUCKY
There will be a conference on white privilege in Louisville, KY, on March 12-14, for people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. It will examine concepts of privilege and oppression and offer solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. As in past years, Friends General Conference (FGC) is helping Quakers get there by offering a discounted group rate. More information: www.fgcquaker.org.

OFFERING HOME HOSPITALITY FOR OUT-OF-TOWN FRIENDS
Would like to help Friends living at a distance from Philadelphia come to Yearly Meeting events by providing a place for them to stay? Home hospitality is especially needed for Friends who belong to outlying monthly meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, so they can attend such gatherings as Interim Meeting, committee meetings, and thread gatherings. Looking ahead, there will be a conference on white privilege in Philadelphia in 2016, and home hospitality would make it possible for Friends to attend who are on limited budgets. This is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people from outside our immediate area. To volunteer to provide regular or occasional home hospitality, contact Margaret Wood, coordinator of Philadelphia Quarter, philaqtr@pym.org.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES RESTARTS AT GREEN STREET MEETING
Green Street Monthly Meeting will restart its documentary film and discussion series on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. and continue through June on the second Saturday of each month (April 11, May 9 and June 13). They will take place at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene Street. Free of charge. Childcare and popcorn provided. To get on the email list, contact Sharon Mullally at sharon.mullally@gmail.com

EILEEN FLANAGAN LAUNCHES HER ‘GREEN’ BOOK ON MARCH 17
Eileen Flanagan will speak on March 17, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, to launch her new book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope. For information about the book, visit eileenflanagan.com

WORSHIP & MINISTRY THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 14
There will be a Thread Gathering on Worship and Ministry on Saturday, March 14, at Haddonfield Friends Meeting, 45 Friends Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. It will bring together Friends who are involved in this work and will offer spiritual grounding and skills development. Go to www.pym.org to register and read about the workshops. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m.

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 21
This gathering will offer workshops, discussion, and sharing of experiences for Friends who are involved in working for faith-based peace and social justice. It will take place on Saturday, March 21 at Fallsington Friends Meeting, 9300 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19054. Go to pym.org to register and read about the workshops. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 am. Lunch is potluck-style, with salad and drinks provided by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Childcare is available with pre-registration by Friday, March 6.

ALICE PAUL TO BE SUBJECT OF TALK, MARCH 26
On March 26 at an 11:45 a.m. brown-bag luncheon, Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul, American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Please bring your own lunch, and a beverage will be provided. Free; donations appreciated. At Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th and Arch streets in Philadelphia. For information call 215 241-7238 or e-mail volunteers@pym.org.

‘DARING TO STAND UP’ AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 28
Matthew Armstead, this year’s speaker at the William Penn Lecture, sees something shifting in American culture, with an increasing number of people turning to that “still, small voice” and speaking out in public ways, such as at the recent People’s Climate March in New York City, when 400,000 people showed up. He calls on us to reflect on previous social movements and step up to taking action on issues that need to be addressed. Armstead is a community builder, facilitator, and organizer who serves as coordinator of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and is a faculty member at Pendle Hill’s new Radical Faithfulness Program. The William Penn Lecture is an annual event under the care of Young Adult Friends. It will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Childcare will be provided.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FREE TREES FOR YOUR YARD
Would you like to add a new tree to your yard? Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is offering Philadelphia residents the chance to sign up for FREE yard trees for their private property (front, back, and side yards). Trees may not be planted in the sidewalk or in a container. Participants who pre-register may choose between shade trees, flowering trees, and fruit trees. Participants may pick up their trees at special events at several location throughout the city in April. When you pick up your tree, you will be shown how to plant and care for it. The trees are several years old but still small enough to fit in a car. For details and to register for a tree, go to treephilly.org/yad-trees/

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 14-17
Join hundreds of young adults in Washington, D.C., to ask Congress to act on climate change at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). You will get training and experience in effective lobbying, greater knowledge of climate change and environmental policy, connections to hundreds of young activists from across the United States, and suggested ways to use this experience in your resume. To find out more, go to www.fcnl.org/events/slw.

2015 QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MAY 16
Three hours,14 colleges, and a chance to ask questions and meet people–that’s the Quaker College Fair, which takes place on Satrday, May 16, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Panelists will talk about admission, financial aid, and choosing your college. There will be plenty of chances for high school students to meet and talk with current college students. No gimmicks, no sales angles here–just honest, first-hand information. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m., and the panel presentation is at 12:45 p.m. To register online, go to: event.com/events/2015-quaker-college-fair/registration. Organized by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends Association for Higher Education. For information, contact Kimberly Haas, 215-241-7116, fahe@quaker.org.

FOR YOUNGER FRIENDS
‘QUAKER FIGHT!’ TO BE TOPIC OF MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING, MARCH 20-22
On March 20-22 at Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting, Middle School Friends will find out what the Hicksite/Orthodox split among Friends was all about. Plus, for kids in the Philadelphia area, this is an opportunity for a road trip together! Join the shuttle ride or meet everybody at Lehigh Friends Meeting. For information, contact Matt Sanderson, 215-241-7171, or msanderson@pym.org, or go the www.pym.org and look up Middle School Friends.

YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering on March 27-29 at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions, contact Hannah Mayer at HMayer@pym.org or 215-241-7222, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Feb.27, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Meeting for worship can be more than just an occasion on which one’s private religious needs are satisfied. Silent devotion should lead to an awareness that the meeting is less and less a place we choose ourselves, and more and more a place to which, out of love, God has called us. To understand this is to sense the meaning of those lovely phrases about the community of faith being the body of Christ.” –John Punshon, 1987.

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 1, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Laura Seeley & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Greg & Lillian Paulmier

Infants and toddlers go to childcare in 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.

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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MEETING EVENTS GAME NIGHT HERE TOMORROW NIGHT, FEB. 28!
Our 7th Annual Game Night will be tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. There will be all kinds of games, from Yahtzee to Bananagrams to Twister. It’s a great way to get to know people better while competing for the win. There will be pizza, sodas, and healthy snacks. You’re welcome to bring a friend, and so are your kids. We hope you’ll come and join the fun!

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
Pick a Sunday in March to bring a friend to Meeting, and share your experience of worship with someone who may be interested. The Outreach Committee of our Meeting is challenging all of us to help expand our circle and open the world of Quakerism to our friends, neighbors, other family members, and interested acquaintances. According to Anthony Stover, clerk of the committee, “Our thought is that March could be a good month for the effort, with five First Days, for a member to come up with one friend to bring to Meeting for worship.” It will be fun, too, for the rest of us to practice our social skills in making the visitors feel welcome.

FRIENDLY FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1
Everyone is invited and heartily encouraged to come to a potluck dinner, followed by meeting for worship, at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown. This monthly Friendly First Friday potluck starts at 5 p.m in the recreation room, followed by a half-hour meeting for worship in the parlor. Anyone in Philadelphia Quarter is welcome and wanted. Tricia Walmsley of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is coordinator-in-general for these events, and her contact information is walmsley127@verizon.net.

REPAIRS TO BE DONE IN WOMEN’S RESTROOM
This week, work will be done on the floor in the women’s restroom in our meetinghouse. Work will begin Monday morning and is expected to be completed by Wednesday evening. Every effort will be made to accommodate individuals and groups during this period of time.

SOLAR WORKSHOP HERE ON MARCH 5
Come, find out how to use our collective buying power to get a solar energy system for your house, to be explained at a workshop on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m., here at Germantown Meeting. Through the end of March, there is a program to encourage people in Northwest Philadelphia to install solar energy systems at greatly reduced cost. Monthly loan payments on a system can be less than your current electric bill, according to organizers. The program is sponsored by the Clean Air Council and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. This workshop is presented with help from our own Environmental Concerns Working Group. Registration is not required but would help planners know approximately how many people to expect. For questions, contact our member Bill Cozzens at william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

CHILI LUNCH COMING ON MARCH 15
Everyone, bring your appetites–and maybe a friend (see above)–to our early spring Chili Lunch, which will be Sunday, March 15, after meeting for worship. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details.

ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH
Adult class in March will meet at 9 a.m. in the social room on the following dates. Light refreshments served. Please join us!

March 15: Deborah Cooper will help us explore settling into meeting for worship by using Mindfulness Meditation techniques. For information on this method, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness_meditation

March 22: Karen Lightner will lead us in considering vocal ministry in meeting for worship.

March 29: Phoebe Jones-Schellenberg and Derrick Stanley will provide information and lead a discussion about the Dallas Six Trial in Luzerne County, PA, who are on trial for protesting conditions for men in solitary confinement. For more information, go to http://www.thedallas6.org/.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara. Save the date for this legendary spring get-together! Sign up on the poster at the literature counter in the social room to help planners. The registration form for this year is attached to this email message. You may also pick up a form from the literature counter. Please return it with your deposit to the Meeting Office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION NEXT WEEK
Although there was a promise in last week’s Friday bulletin that you would get a list of directory corrections today, the secretary hasn’t finished the them, so, please tune in again next week. (There is still time for you to contact the Meeting Office with changes in your personal information. Get them in by this coming Thursday, March 5, by sending them to gmm@gfsnet.org.)

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LYNNE SHIVERS
Two memorial services for Lynne Shivers will be held: (1) This Sunday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m., at Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene St., in Germantown. (2) On Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Lynne Shivers, who died on Feb. 3 in Wyndmoor, was a long-time Philadelphia peace activist non-violence trainer, teacher, writer, and life-long Quaker, Lynne worked for many years with George and Lillian Willoughby and others in the non-violent direct action and civil disobedience movement during the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war struggles. Her peace activism took her to Northern Ireland and Iran, and her work in Japan led to becoming Director of the Hiroshima World Friendship Center. To read more, go to http://www.chfmnewsletter.org/201503/Lynne-Shivers_short-obit.pdf

DEATH OF GEORGIA PETERS
Some Friends may remember Georgia Peters, a former member of Germantown Monthly Meeting and mother of our current member, Johanna Peters- Burton Greeson. Georgia died suddenly on Feb. 17, following an unforeseen and extremely sudden advanced cancer diagnosis. There will be a memorial service for her tomorrow, Saturday, Feb.28, at 1 p.m. at St Mark’s Church on Locust between 16th and 17th streets in Philadelphia.

TAKE ACTION

HELP SAVE GERMANTOWN YWCA BUILDING
The historic Germantown YWCA building at 5820 Germantown Ave. (next to Vernon Park) igoing to the following website, signing the community petition, and sharing it with others. You need not live in Germantown to support this campaign. http://savethegermantownywca.org/ –Bob Seeley

QUAKER EVENTS

PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING, FEB. 28
Tomorrow, Feb. 28, there will be a Thread Gathering on Pastoral Care from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Abington Friends Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkinton. This an opportunity for spiritual grounding and skills development for Friends active in the ministry of caring for Friends in meetings and communities. “Thread gatherings” are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to bring together Friends from throughout the region to learn, share wisdom, and meet with those who hold a common concern.
Tomorow, registration begins at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. A simple lunch is provided; Friends are encouraged to bring potluck dishes to round out the meal. The gathering is free. For more information, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering-2015.

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE, MARCH 12-14
There will be a conference on white privilege in Louisville, KY, on March 12-14, for people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. It will examine concepts of privilege and oppression and offer solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. As in past years, Friends General Conference (FGC) is helping Quakers get there by offering a discounted group rate. More information: www.fgcquaker.org.

EILEEN FLANAGAN LAUNCHES ‘GREEN’ BOOK ON MARCH 17
Eileen Flanagan will speak on March 17, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, to launch her new book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope. For information about the book, visit www.eileenflanagan.com.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES RESTARTS AT GREEN STREET MEETING
Green Street Monthly Meeting will restart its documentary film and discussion series on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. and continue through June on the second Saturday of each month (April 11, May 9 and June 13). They will take place at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center (GLEC), 5722 Greene Street. Free of charge. Childcare and popcorn provided. To get on the email list, contact Sharon Mullally at sharon.mullally@gmail.com

ALICE PAUL TO BE SUBJECT OF TALK, MAR. 26
On March 26 at an 11:45 a.m. brown-bag luncheon, Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul, American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Please bring your own lunch, and a beverage will be provided. Free; donations appreciated. At Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th and Arch streets in Philadelphia. For information call 215-241-7238 or e-mail volunteers@pym.org.

NEW PROGRAM IN COMMUNITY ACTION AT PENDLE HILL
Pendle Hill is starting an interfaith, online/on-campus certificate program in activism and community engagement. Called “Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness,” it will run from April through August to help people focus on bold, effective, and spiritually grounded work for peace, social justice, and sustainability. For more information, visit www.pendlehill.org/learn/radicalfaithfulness or contact Steve Chase, program director, schase@pendlehill.org, 610-566-4507, ext.123. Scholarships
available.

WEEKLY FACEBOOK DISCUSSION ON SPIRITUAL LIFE
When early Friends met one another, they would ask: “How does the Truth fare with thee?” They wanted to know about each other’s spiritual condition and relationship with the Divine. This practice is still relevant, and Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be posting a modern-day query each week on the PYM facebook age. To join the online discussion, go to www.facebook.com/philadelphiayearlymeeting and share your responses with others.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT SWARTHMORE MEETING, MARCH 7
Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? Have you wished that worship didn’t end after only one hour? The Worship and Care Standing Committee and the Meeting on Worship and Ministry of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting invite you to experience extended worship at Swarthmore Friends Meeting on Saturday, March 7. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. For information, go to: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2015-extended-worship-at-swarthmore-meeting, or contact Lola Georg at lolageorg@gmail.com.

WORSHIP & MINISTRY THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 14
There will be a Thread Gathering on Worship and Ministry on Saturday, March 14, at Haddonfield Friends Meeting, 45 Friends Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. It will bring together Friends who are involved in this work and will offer spiritual grounding and skills development. Go to www.pym.org to register and read about the workshops. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m.

PEACE & SOCIAL CONCERNS THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 21
This gathering will offer workshops, discussion, and sharing of experiences for Friends who are involved in working for faith-based peace and social justice. It will take place at Fallsington Friends Meeting, 9300 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19054. Go to pym.org to register and read about the workshops. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 am. Lunch is potluck-style, with salad and drinks provided by Philadelphia Yearly Meetin. Childcare is available with pre-registration by Friday, March 6.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 14-17
Join hundreds of young adults in Washington, D.C., to ask Congress to act on climate change at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). You will get training and experience in effective lobbying, greater knowledge of climate change and environmental policy, connections to hundreds of young activists from across the United States, and suggested ways to use this experience in your resume. To find out more, go to www.fcnl.org/events/slw.

INTERNSHIPS AT WOOLMAN SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA
There are two 10- to 12-month internship programs for young adults at the Woolman School in California:

1. Community interns work in the garden, kitchen, as teaching assistants in the classroom, and as mentors for other students as part of the Woolman educational community. The program offers room and board and learning opportunities in gardening, holistic cooking and nutrition, an intern seminar, and non-violent communication. Go to: http://woolman.org/employment/community-internship.

2. The Farm to Table Internship offers a chance to explore working in garden education and food advocacy. Participants grow and prepare nutritious and delicious food within the Woolman educational community, study the soil-food web, nutrient cycling, vermaculture, crop planning, seed saving, Permacultre, beekeeping, fruit tree pruning, herbalism, nutrition, cooking, fermentation, food justice, and more! Learn more: http://woolman.org/employment/farm-table-intern

FOR YOUNGER FRIENDS
‘QUAKER FIGHT!’ TO BE TOPIC OF MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING, MARCH 20-22
On March 20-22 at Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting, Middle School Friends will find out what the Hicksite/Orthodox split among Friends was all about. Plus, for kids in the Philadelphia area, this is an opportunity for a road trip together! Join the shuttle ride or meet everybody at Lehigh Friends Meeting. For information, contact Matt Sanderson, 215-241-7171, or msanderson@pym.org, or go the www.pym.org and look up Middle School Friends.

YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering on March 27-29 at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2. For questions, contact Hannah Mayer at HMayer@pym.org or
215-241-7222, or go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2.

WOOLMAN SEMESTER SCHOOL INVITES JUNIORS, SENIORS, AND ‘GAP YEAR’ STUDENTS
The Woolman Semester School is a Quaker program focused on peace, social justice, and sustainability. Open to high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students who want to make a difference in the world, this four-month experience includes seminar-style classes, trips to the San Francisco Bay Area to learn about social movements and food systems, and the opportunity to live on 230 acres of forest and meadows in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. While many staff members and students do
not identify as Quaker, the Quaker ideals of inquiry-based education, consensus decision making, peace, equality, and integrity provide the foundation to this experience. For information, go to www.woolman.org. or write to Woolman School,13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with
counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Feb.20, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“True worship may be experienced at anytime; in any place–alone on the hills or in the busy daily life–we many find God, in whom we live and move and have our being. But this individual experience is not sufficient, and in a meeting held in the Spirit, there is a giving and receiving between its members, one helping another with or without words. So there may come a wider vision and a deeper experience.” –Revision Committee, London Yearly Meeting, 1925 and 1994

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb.22, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: Discussion of the movie “Selma”*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Melissa Elliott & Bob Smith
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Norris & Usha Childs

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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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MEETING EVENTS *ADULT CLASS ON FEBRUARY 22
There will be an adult class this Sunday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m., in the social room, a discussion of the movie “Selma.” To prepare, see the movie or brush up on your history about incidents in Selma, Alabama, during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

GAME NIGHT ON FEB. 28!
Our 7th Annual Game Night will be next Saturday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. There will be all kinds of games, from Yahtzee to Bananagrams to Twister. It’s a great way to get to know people better, while competing for the win. There will be pizza, sodas, and healthy snacks. You’re welcome to bring a friend, and so are your kids. Please RSVP to the Meeting office at (215) 951-2235 or sending an email to gmm@gfsnet.org, so we can order enough pizza. But in any case, we hope you’ll come and join the fun.

MORE HALF-PRICE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PLAY ABOUT GORDON HIRABAYASHI, FEB. 28
So many people from our Meeting have signed up to see “Hold These Truths” on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. at Plays & Players Theatre, that the theater is kindly making more half-price tickets available–now also including the 2 p.m. matinee that day. However, don’t go to Ed Nakawatase to get your ticket, since he has sold all of the seats included in the original block for our Meeting. Thanks to the theater’s generous outreach to us, there are now two easy new ways to get half-price tickets to either the
matinee or evening performance: (1) Order by phone at 1-866-811-4111 and say you are from Germantown Friends Meeting, or (2) Order online at www.playsandplayers.org and use the code GERMAN. The play is about Gordon Hirabayashi, a courageous Japanese American Quaker who stood up to the internment laws of World War II and was arrested and convicted in a case that went to the Supreme Court. Tickets at half price cost $15.

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
Pick a Sunday in March to bring a friend to Meeting, and share your experience of worship with someone who may be interested. The Outreach Committee of our Meeting is challenging all of us to help expand our circle and open the world of Quakerism to our friends, neighbors, other family members, and even interested acquaintances. According to Anthony Stover, clerk of the committee, “Our thought is that March could be a good month for the effort, with five First Days, for a member to come up with one friend to bring to Meeting for worship.” It will be fun, too, for the rest of us to practice our social skills in making the visitors feel welcome.

SOLAR WORKSHOP HERE ON MARCH 5
Come find out how to use our collective buying power to get a solar energy system for your house, to be explained at a workshop on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m., here at Germantown Meeting. Through the end of March, there is a program to encourage people in Northwest Philadelphia to install solar energy systems at greatly reduced cots. Monthly loan payments on a system can be less than your current electric bill, according to organizers. The program is sponsored by the Clean Air Council and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. This workshop is presented with help from our own Environmental Concerns Working Group. Registration is not required but would help planners know approximately how many people to expect. For questions, contact our member Bill Cozzens at William.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

CHILI LUNCH COMING ON MARCH 15
Everyone, bring your appetites–and maybe a friend (see above)–to our early spring Chili Lunch, which will be Sunday, March 15, after meeting for worship. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara. 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. The registration form for this year is attached to this email message. You may also pick up a form from the literature counter or in the Meeting Office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION

Patricia Ambler: 728 Norristown Road–A211, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002, tele: 267-222-0490

Joan “Penny” Colgan-Davis, email: pcolgan-davis@gmail.com

Nancy Tyson, email: nancystyson@gmail.com

ED NOTE: There will be more Directory changes coming in the next Friday bulletin. If you have information you would like to change or correct, please send it before Thursday, Feb. 26 to the Meeting Office, at gmm@gfsnet.org.

WEST PHILADELPHIA FRIENDS BECOMES NEW PREPARATIVE MEETING
For the first time in many decades, there is a new preparative meeting in Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. It is West Philadelphia Friends Meeting, which will be under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting. It was officially recognized by the Quarter on January 25. Welcome, Friends! We look forward to getting to know you!

TAKE ACTION
Want to help a kid learn to read? Historic Fair Hill needs volunteers to be reading buddies with elementary students at Potter Thomas Elementary School, 3001 N. 6th St., in Philadelphia. Your commitment would be for Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and would entail reading to a child and listening to the child read to you. Carpool with others from northwest Philly or take a bus or train. The school is close to public transportation routes. For information, call 215-880-5951 or send an email with your questions to info@historicfairhill.org.

QUAKER EVENTS

QUARTERLY MEETING AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING, FEB, 22
The next gathering of Philadelphia Quarter will be Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. All members and attenders of Meetings of Philadelphia Quarter are welcome to come for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck of finger food (sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and dip, cheese, crackers, cookies, etc.), and a program from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program will address the question, “What is the work we need to do to become an inclusive community that makes each of us feel we belong, valued, and have a role?” Walk-ins are welcome. In case of inclement weather, check www.quakercloud.org/cloud/chestnut-hill-friends-meeting. Please call ahead if you plan to bring children so child care can be arranged: Margaret Wood, Quarter coordinator, 215-241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org.

PERFORMANCE AT GFS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH, FEB. 26
Come see the “Spoken Word/Talent Extravaganza” in Poley Auditorium at Germantown Friends School as part of the celebrations of Black History Month. It will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. The Multicultural Parents Alliance is sponsoring it, produced in partnership with upper school students.

PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING, FEB. 28
There will be a Thread Gathering on pastoral care Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Abington Friends Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkinton. This an opportunity for spiritual grounding and skills development for Friends active in the ministry of caring for Friends in meetings and communities. “Thread gatherings” are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to bring together Friends from throughout the region to learn, share wisdom, and be in fellowship with those who hold a common thread of concern. On Feb. 28, registration begins at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. A simple lunch is provided; Friends are encouraged to bring potluck dishes to round out the meal. Child care will be provide if requested well in advance. The gathering is free. For more information and online registration, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering-2015.

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE, MARCH 12-14
There will be a conference on white privilege in Louisville, KY, on March 12-14, for people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. It will examine concepts of privilege and oppression and offer solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. As in past years, Friends General Conference (FGC) is helping Quakers get there by offering a discounted group rate. More information: www.fgcquaker.org.

ALICE PAUL TO BE SUBJECT OF HISTORY TALK, MAR. 26
On March 26 at 11:45 a.m., Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul (Jan. 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977), American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the vote. This is a brown bag luncheon; bring your own lunch, and a beverage will be provided. Free; donations appreciated. At Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th and Arch streets in Philadelphia.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

APPLY FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT FCNL BY MARCH 1
Applications are being taken for six-week, unpaid internships for young adults to work this summer at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C. The internships provide a broad introduction to federal policy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management. Although this experience is advertised for people ages 18 to 23, older participants will also be considered. More information is available at www.fcnl.org. Applications are due March 1.

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 14-17
Join hundreds of young adults in Washington, D.C., to ask Congress to act on climate change at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). You will get training and experience in effective lobbying, greater knowledge of climate change and environmental policy, connections to hundreds of young activists from across the United States, and suggested ways to use this experience in your resume. To find out more, go to www.fcnl.org/events/slw.

FOR THE YOUNG
YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering of fun and community on March 27-29. It will be held at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions, contact
Tricia Coscia, 215-241-7238.

SAVE THE DATE

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with
counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Feb.13, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“He that lets his mind be ungoverned out of meeting, cannot set it so right as it should be when he comes into one; and such as get not forward in their spiritual journey when in meeting, it’s certain they will go backwards when out of them.” –John Bellers, 1703

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb.15, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: Ed Dreby on “Climate, Carbon, and Conscience”*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Rebecca Hoenig & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Anna Ferguson & Frank Fisher

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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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MEETING EVENTS *ADULT CLASSES ON FEBRUARY 15 and 22
There will be an adult class this Sunday, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m., in the social room on “Climate, Carbon, and Conscience.” Ed Dreby will discuss eco-justice projects of buying 100 percent renewable electricity, divesting from fossil fuel holdings (through the Green Fund), and supporting Friends Committee on National Legislation are among the things one can do to shift the political dynamic toward a carbon tax. Light refreshments will be served. On the following Sunday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m., there will be a discussion of the movie “Selma.” To prepare, see the movie or brush up on your history about incidents in Selma, Alabama, during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP MEETS THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 15
The Environmental Concerns Working Group will meet at 12 noon this Sunday, Feb. 15, in the meeting room. For any questions, contact Pat Libbey, patricia.libbey@verizon.com.

GAME NIGHT CHANGED TO FEB. 28!
Our 7th Annual Game Night has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 28. We’ll have our popular, rollicking night of fun on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., playing all kinds of games, from Yahtzee to Bananagrams to Twister. It’s a great way to get to know people better, while competing for the win. There will be pizza, sodas, and healthy snacks. You’re welcome to bring a friend, and so are your kids. It helps us estimate our pizza order, if you RSVP by calling the Meeting office at (215) 951-2235 or sending an email to gmm@gfsnet.org. But in any case, we hope you’ll come and join the fun– ON FEBRUARY 28!!

HALF-PRICE TICKETS TO FEB. 28 PLAY ABOUT GORDON HIRABAYASHI
Join your f/Friends at Germantown Meeting for half-price tickets to see a play about Gordon Hirabayashi, a courageous Japanese American who stood up to the internment laws of World War II. We have a special group rate for the 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 28 to “Hold These Truths,” at Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place in Center City. Hirabayashi intentionally violated the curfew that was part of the order to forcibly evacuate all people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. He was arrested and convicted in a case that went to the Supreme Court. The tickets at half price cost $15. If you are interested, contact Ed Nakawatase, at jeanmas302@comcast.net.

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
Pick a Sunday in March to bring a friend to Meeting, and share your experience of worship with someone who may be interested. The Outreach Committee of our Meeting is challenging all of us to help expand our circle and open the world of Quakerism to our friends, neighbors, other family members, and even interested acquaintances. According to Anthony Stover, clerk of the committee, “Our thought is that March could be a good month for the effort, with five First Days, for a member to come up with one friend to bring to Meeting for worship.” It will be fun, too, for the rest of us to practice our social skills in making the visitors feel welcome.

CHILI LUNCH COMING ON MARCH 15
Everyone, bring your appetites–and maybe a friend (see above)–to our early spring Chili Lunch, which will be Sunday, March 15, after meeting for worship. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara. 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. The registration form for this year is attached to this email message. You may also pick up a form from the literature counter or in the Meeting Office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR DONALD VAIL RHOADS, FEB. 15
The memorial meeting for our member Donald Vail Rhoads will be this Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m., in Germantown Meetinghouse, followed by a reception at 3 p.m. Because there is such a short time between the end of our fellowship hour and the beginning of the memorial service, there will be little time to prepare the social room, meetinghouse, and bathrooms for the service. Members of the Funeral Arrangements Committee asks that everyone attending meeting this Sunday plan to leave the meetinghouse by 12:15 p.m. to give them the time they need to get things ready. Contributions of cookies for the memorial reception may be brought to the Meeting kitchen before 2 p.m. on the day of the memorial service. Cards and letters to Donald Rhoads’ family may be sent to his wife Nancy Rhoads, at 214 Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436-1008.

ART EXHIBIT BY REBECCA HOENIG IN TRAPPE, PA, TILL MARCH 7
Our member Rebecca Hoenig has an exhibit, entitled “Color and Light,” of her artwork through March 7 at the Community Music School, 775 West Main Street, Trappe, PA. The exhibit opened Feb. 7. Rebecca works as Museum Educator of School and Teacher Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Several of her beautiful watercolor paintings are displayed in our Meeting Office and were a gift from her.

DEATH OF LYNNE SHIVERS, LONG-TIME PEACE ACTIVIST
Lynne Shivers, a long-time peace activist and writer who worked in Hiroshima and Northern Ireland, died early last week after an extended period of health problems. After many years as a member of Central Philadelphia Meeting, she moved to Stapeley Hall and transferred her membership to Chestnut Hill Meeting, when her health declined. Plans for a memorial service are underway.

QUAKER EVENTS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL
The Multicultural Parents Alliance invites everyone in the community of Germantown Friends School to celebrate Black History Month with two events this year: (1) Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Yarnall Auditorium: Screening and discussion of the film “Slave Routes: A Global Vision,” which explores the interconnected experiences of enslaved peoples of African descent across the world. (2) Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in Poley: Spoken Word/Talent Extravaganza produced in partnership with upper school students.

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE, RACE & JUSTICE, FEB. 21
Learn about and discuss the related issues of climate, race, and justice at a day-long conference on Feb. 21 at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. Sponsored by the Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. No cost. Simple meal provided; bring a mug and spoon. All are welcome. Childcare available if requested in advance. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m.; program begins at 10 a.m. To register, go to
www.pym.org/eco-justice-working-group/home/rsvp-for-climate-race-justice-conference-on-feb-21/. For information, contact Patricia Finley, clerk, at finleyp@temple.edu.

QUARTERLY MEETING AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING, FEB, 22
The next gathering of Philadelphia Quarter will be Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. All members and attenders of Meetings of Philadelphia Quarter are welcome to come for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck of finger food (sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and dip, cheese, crackers, cookies, etc.), and a program at 12:30 p.m., ending at 2:30 p.m. Please call ahead if you plan to bring children, so child care can be arranged: Margaret Wood, Quarter coordinator, 215-241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org. When more details are available, they will be posted at www.philadelphiaquarter.org

PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING, FEB. 28
There will be a Thread Gathering on pastoral care Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Abington Friends Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown. This an opportunity for spiritual grounding and skills development for Friends active in the ministry of caring for Friends in meetings and communities. “Thread gatherings” are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to bring together Friends from throughout the region to learn, share wisdom, and be in fellowship with those who hold a common thread of concern. On Feb. 28, registration begins at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. A simple lunch is provided; Friends are encouraged to bring potluck dishes to round out the meal. Child care will be provide if requested well in advance. The gathering is free. For more information and online registration, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering-2015.

HISTORY TALKS AT ARCH STREET MEETING, FEB. 29 AND MAR. 26
The history of meetinghouse benches at Arch Street and the Quaker suffragist Alice Paul are topics of two upcoming talks on Quaker history at Arch Street Meetinghouse. Both are brown-bag luncheons. Beverage is provided, and donations are appreciated. The talks are:

Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11:45 a.m. William (Bill) Robbins will give a talk on “The Benches of Arch Street.” The program starts on the second floor of the meetinghouse, with an overview and pictures, followed by a trip downstairs to see the benches.

Thursday, March 26, at 11:45 a.m. Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul (Jan. 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977), American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the vote.

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE, MARCH 12-14
There will be a conference on white privilege in Louisville, KY, on March 12-14, for people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. It will examine concepts of privilege and oppression and offer solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. As in past years, Friends General Conference (FGC) is helping Quakers get there by offering a discounted group rate. More information: www.fgcquaker.org.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

THREE DAYS LEFT TO APPLY FOR FCNL YOUNG FELLOWS PROGRAM
Applications are due Monday, Feb. 16, for positions in the Young Fellows Program at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C. Young Fellows work fulltime for eleven months with FCNL lobbyists and senior staff members on advocacy from a public interest perspective. They learn first-hand about the legislative process, organizing, and communications that are necessary to bring about policy change. They are paid a subsistence-level salary with benefits, and their term is from late August to the end of July. For more information, go to www.fcnl.org.

APPLY FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT FCNL BY MARCH 1
Applications are being taken for six-week, unpaid internships for young adults to work this summer at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C. The internships provide a broad introduction to federal policy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management. Although this experience is advertised for people ages 18 to 23, older participants will also be considered. More information is available at www.fcnl.org. Applications are due March 1.

NEW QVS PEACE FARM OPENS APPLICATIONS
The first group of young adult apprentices is sought for a brand-new project by Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) for six-month terms, which begin in late May. Applications are due March 15. The Peace Farm will be set up in partnership with two other groups, with generous support from the Forum for Theological Exploration. It will be established on a farm outside Philadelphia. Apprentices will work alongside professional organic farmers, doing regenerative agriculture–farming practices that sustain the earth and soil life. Apprentices will do everything from weeding to customer service and working with farm animals. The goal of the farm is to produce healthy food and sustain the bodies, minds and souls of its workers. For more information, go to www.thepeacefarm.org.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR QVS IN 2015-2016
Applications are now open for volunteer positions in Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) in 2015-2016. QVS offers young adults the opportunity to discover their gifts while serving others and helping change the world. QVS volunteers work in local nonprofit organizations and live in communal houses in Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Each location is connected to a Friends Meeting, which provides fellowship and spiritual guidance. For information about what’s involved, examples of work assignments, and how to apply, go to www.quakervoluntaryservice.org. Applications are due by March 15.

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 14-17
Join hundreds of young adults in Wshington, D.C., to ask Congress to act on climate change at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). You will get training and experience in effective lobbying, greater knowledge of climate change and environmental policy, connections to hundreds of young activists from across the United States, and suggested ways to use this experience in your resume. To find out more, go to www.fcnl.org/events/slw.

INTERNSHIPS WITH PYM YOUTH PROGRAMS
Internships are available for Young Adult Friends to work as Friendly Adult Presences (FAPs) with youth programs in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Interns are placed as FAPs in the yearly meeting’s Children’s, Middle School Friends, or Young Friends programs and receive $500 toward participation in Quaker events or educational experiences. More information and the application are available online at www.pym.org/volunteering/friendly-adult-presences/youth-program-internship/. Contact person is Tricia Coscia, 215-241-7238.

FOR THE YOUNG
YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering of fun and community on March 27-29. It will be held at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture. Cost is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions, contact Tricia Coscia, 215-241-7238.

SAVE THE DATE
MICHELLE ALEXANDER SPEAKS AT PENDLE HILL CONFERENCE, APRIL 29-MAY 3
Michelle Alexander will be the keynote speaker at a conference at Pendle Hill on mass incarceration, to be held April 29 through May 3. She is the author of The New Jim Crow, the focus of past discussions at Germantown Meeting’s adult class. The conference includes workshops and interest groups led by experienced activists and scholars on causes of mass incarceration of people of color, paths to incarceration, conditions of confinement, and re-entry into the community. For information about fees, scholarships, and online registration, contact John Meyer, education coordinator at Pendle Hill, at 610-566-4507.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
TALK AT STENTON ON AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETERIES, FEB. 21
African Americans in early Philadelphia were buried in churchyards, burial grounds, and cemeteries throughout the city, with many stories and locations long since forgotten. Archaeologist Douglas B. Mooney will speak at Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia 19140, on this subject Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. and will tell about where some of these forgotten burial sites are located. For more information, go to www.stenton.org, call 215-329-7312, or send an email inquiry to programs@stenton.org.

FRIENDS OF VERNON PARK HOLD OPEN MEETING, FEB. 18
Everyone is invited to an information session abut Friends of Vernon Park on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., in the auditorium of Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave. (Enter by the side entrance of W. Rittenhouse Street.) The group received a large amount of grant money to invest in the park, and there will be information available about it and how to get involved when the park reopens this summer. For information, contact our member Ruth Seeley at ruthseeley@givewings.com.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Feb. 6, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that 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.

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb. 8, 2015
9 a.m. Meeting for Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Paula & Howard Cell
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Chris & Kathy Paulmier

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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*AGENDA–FEB. 8 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Opening worship/Query 3
January’s minutes
Care and Visiting report
Fund Raising update
Quarterly Meeting report
Closing worship

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MEETING EVENTS GAME NIGHT CHANGED TO FEB. 28!
Our 7th Annual Game Night has been postponed until Saturday, Feb. 28. As you may recall, tomorrow night, Feb. 7, was the original date set for this year’s Game Night. However, that is also the date for the A Capella Fest at Germantown Friends School, one of the biggest events of the school year, and many Meeting members like to go to it. So, why compete? We’ll have our popular, rollicking night of fun on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., playing all kinds of games, from Yahtzee to Bananagrams to Twister. It’s a great way to get to know people better, while competing for the win. There will be pizza, sodas, and healthy snacks. You’re welcome to bring a friend, and so are your kids. It helps us estimate our pizza order, if you RSVP by calling the Meeting office at (215) 951-2235 or sending an email to gmm@gfsnet.org. But in any case, we hope you’ll come and join the fun– ON FEBRUARY 28!!

HALF-PRICE TICKETS TO FEB. 28 PLAY ABOUT GORDON HIRABAYASHI
Join your f/Friends at Germantown Meeting for half-price tickets to see a play about Gordon Hirabayashi, a courageous Japanese American who stood up to the internment laws of World War II. We have a special group rate for the 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 28 to this drama, “Hold These Truths,” at Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place in Center City. Hirabayashi intentionally violated the curfew that was part of the order to forcibly evacuate all people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. He was arrested and convicted in a case that went to the Supreme Court. The tickets at half price cost $15. If you are interested, contact Ed Nakawatase, at jeanmas302@comcast.net.

MARCH IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH’
Pick a Sunday in March to bring a friend to Meeting, and share your experience of worship with someone who may be interested. The Outreach Committee of our Meeting is challenging all of us to help expand our circle and open the world of Quakerism to our friends, neighbors, other family members, and even interested acquaintances. According to Anthony Stover, clerk of the committee, “Our thought is that March could be a good month for the effort, with five First Days, for a member to come up with one friend to bring to Meeting for worship.” It will be fun, too, for the rest of us to practice our social skills in making the visitors feel welcome.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara. 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. The registration form for this year is attached to this email message. You may also pick up a form from the literature counter in the social room or in the Meeting Office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY BOY
Our member Adam Daily and his wife Francesca Cichella had a baby boy on Feb. 3 at 5 a.m. His name is Roman Thomas Cichello Daily, and he weighed 7 pounds at birth. He is the grandson of our member Deborah Cooper, who is Adam’s mother. Welcome to the world, Baby Roman, and congratulations to the rest of your family!

NEW GRANDDAUGHTER ARRIVED IN NOVEMBER
A baby arrived on Nov. 7, 2014, who escaped unnannounced by this bulletin until today! Ella Hisako Nakawatase-Cabral is the new granddaughter of our member Edmund Nakawatase and his wife Jean Hunt. Ella is the daughter of their son Kenzo Nakawatase, and Leana Cabral, who live in West Philadelphia. Ella was warmly welcomed into the family at the holidays and continues to brighten lives and inspire wonder. Sorry we didn’t announce your arrival a bit sooner, little girl!

ART EXHIBIT BY REBECCA HOENIG OPENS FEB.7
Our member Rebecca Hoenig will have an exhibit, entitled “Color and Light,” of her artwork Feb. 7 through March 7 at the Community Music School, 775 West Main Street, Trappe, PA. The opening reception is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Rebecca works as Museum Educator of School and Teacher Programs at the Philadelphia Musum of Art. Several of her watercolor paintings are displayed in our Meeting Office.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR DONALD VAIL RHOADS, FEB. 15
The memorial meeting for our member Donald Vail Rhoads will be next Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m., in Germantown Meetinghouse, followed by a reception at 3 p.m. Donald Rhoads died on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the age of 86. Contributions of cookies for the reception will be gratefully received by the Funeral Arrangements Committee and may be given to a committee member or brought to the Meeting kitchen before 2 p.m. on the day of the memorial service. Cards and letters to his family may be sent to his wife Nancy Rhoads, also a meeting member, who lives at 214 Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436-1008.

QUAKER EVENTS

COUPLES’ ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP, FEB. 14
Treat yourself and your partner to the gift of a day for just the two of you to explore: “What are you grateful for? How can I help you to know yourself better? What sadness do you feel some days? How can I be more genuine with you? What worries do you carry?” This workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. Led by Pat McBee and Brad Sheeks, it is open to all couples who view themselves as committed partners, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, and who want to enhance their relationship. For more information and to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org/events/FGCCE-Valentines-Day-Philly-2015.

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE, RACE & JUSTICE, FEB. 21
Learn about and discuss the related issues of climate, race, and justice at a day-long conference on Feb. 21 at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. Sponsored by the Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. No cost. Simple meal provided; bring a mug and spoon. All are welcome. Childcare available if requested in advance. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m.; program begins at 10 a.m. To register, go to
www.pym.org/eco-justice-working-group/home/rsvp-for-climate-race-justice-conference-on-feb-21/. For information, contact Patricia Finley, clerk, finleyp@temple.edu.

QUARTERLY MEETING TO GATHER AT CHESTNUT HILL, FEB, 22
The next gathering of Philadelphia Quarter will be on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. All members and attenders of Meetings of Philadelphia Quarter are welcome to come for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck of finger food (sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and dip, cheese, crackers, cookies, etc.), and a program at 12:30 p.m., ending at 2:30 p.m. Please call ahead if you plan to bring children, so child care can be arranged: Margaret Wood, Quarter coordinator, 215-241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org. When more details are available, they will be posted at www.philadelphiaquarter.org

PASTORAL CARE THREAD GATHERING, FEB. 28
There will be a Thread Gathering on pastoral care Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Abington Friends Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkinton. This an opportunity for spiritual grounding and skills development for Friends active in the ministry of caring for Friends in meetings and communities. “Thread gatherings” are sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to bring together Friends from throughout the region to learn, share wisdom, and be in fellowship with those who hold a common thread of concern. On Feb. 28, registration begins at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. A simple lunch is provided; Friends are encouraged to bring potluck dishes to round out the meal. Child care will be provide if requested well in advance. The gathering is free. For more information and online registration, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/pastoral-care-thread-gathering-2015.

HISTORY TALKS AT ARCH STREET MEETING, FEB. 29 AND MAR. 26
The history of meetinghouse benches at Arch Street and the Quaker suffragist Alice Paul are topics of two upcoming talks on Quaker history at Arch Street Meetinghouse. Both are brown-bag luncheons. Beverage is provided, and donations are appreciated. The talks are:

1. Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11:45 a.m. William (Bill) Robbins will give a talk on “The Benches of Arch Street. The program starts on the second floor of the meetinghouse, with an overview and pictures, followed by a trip downstairs to see the benches.

2. Thursday, March 26, at 11:45 a.m. Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul (Jan. 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977), American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

NEW QVS PEACE FARM OPENS APPLICATIONS
The first group of young adult apprentices is sought for a brand-new project by Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) for six-month terms, which begin in late May. Applications are due March 15. The Peace Farm will be set up in partnership with two other groups, with generous support from the Forum for Theological Exploration. It will be established on a farm outside Philadelphia. Apprentices will work alongside professional organic farmers, doing regenerative agriculture–farming practices that sustain the earth and soil life. Apprentices will do everything from weeding to customer service and working with farm animls. The goal of the farm is to produce healthy food and sustain the bodies, minds and souls of its workers. For more information, go to www.thepeacefarm.org.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR QVS IN 2015-2016
Applications are now open for volunteer positions in Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) in 2015-2016. QVS offers young adults the opportunity to discover their gifts while serving others and helping change the world. QVS volunteers work in local nonprofit organizations and live in communal houses in Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Each location is attached to a Friends Meeting, which provides fellowship and spiritual guidance. For information about what’s involved, examples of work assignments, and how to apply, go to www.quakervoluntaryservice.org. Applications are due by March 15.

VALENTINE’S DAY WORSHIP SHARING & POTLUCK, FEB. 14
All Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) are invited to worship sharing and a potluck meal on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the home of a Young Friend at 4800 Pine St., Apt. 109, in West Philadelphia. The topic of worship sharing will be love and how it functions in our lives. There will first be several readings about love, followed by queries. During the potluck, Friends will be invited to discuss other questions about love. For more information, go to www.pym.org/young-adult-friends/, or contact Trevor at tr.ga.johnson@gmail.com. Questions about the YAF Community? Contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075, epiersolschmidt@pym.org.

INTERNSHIPS WITH PYM YOUTH PROGRAMS
Internships are available for Young Adult Friends to work as Friendly Adult Presences (FAPs) with youth programs in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Interns are placed as FAPs in the yearly meeting’s Children’s, Middle School Friends, or Young Friends programs and receive $500 toward participation in Quaker events or educational experiences. More information and the application are available online at www.pym.org/volunteering/friendly-adult-presences/youth-program-internship/. Contact person is Tricia Coscia, 215-241-7238.

FOR THE YOUNG
YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering of fun and community on the weekend of March 27-29. It will be held at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture, sponsored by Young Adult Friends. Cost for the weekend is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions, contact Tricia Coscia, 215-241-7238.

SAVE THE DATE
MICHELLE ALEXANDER SPEAKS AT PENDLE HILL CONFERENCE, APRIL 29-MAY 3
Michelle Alexander will be the keynote speaker at a conference at Pendle Hill on mass incarceration, April 29 through May 3. She is the author of The New Jim Crow, the focus of past discussions at Germantown Meeting’s adult class. The conference includes workshops and interest groups led by experienced activists and engaged scholars on root causes of mass incarceration of people of color, paths to incarceration, conditions of confinement, and re-entry into the community. For information about fees, scholarships, and online registration, contact John Meyer, education coordinator at Pendle Hill, at 610-566-4507.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young Adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone embraces and renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially housing and popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TALK AT STENTON ON AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETERIES IN PHILADELPHIA, FEB. 21
African Americans in early Philadelphia were buried in churchyards, burial grounds, and cemeteries throughout the city, with many stories and locations long since forgotten. Archaeologist Douglas B. Mooney will speak at Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia 19140, on this subject Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. and will tell about where some of these forgotten burial sites are located. For more information, go to www.stenton.org, call 215-329-7312, or send an email inquiry to programs@stenton.org.

FILM ON ANGELA DAVIS, FEB. 8
“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” a film about Angela Davis, will be shown at the Brandywine Peace Community’s monthly potluck and program this Sunday, Feb. 8, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. Angela Davis was a young African-American college professor at UCLA who become a fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and a political prisoner in the 1960s. This acclaimed documentary uses interviews with Davis and eyewitnesses to her trial and imprisonment, life and teaching. The film shows at 5:30 p.m., after a potluck thats begins at 4:30 p.m. Free. For questions, call 610-544-1818.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Jan. 30, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“He that lets his mind be ungoverned out of meeting, cannot set it so right as it should be when he comes into one; and such as get not forward in their spiritual journey when in meeting, it’s certain they will go backwards when out of them.” –John Bellers, 1703

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ross Hennesy & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson

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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA–FEB. 8 MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Opening worship/Query 3
January’s minutes
Care and Visiting report
Fund Raising update
Quarterly Meeting report
Consideration of the statement from the Racial Justice Committee
Closing worship
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MEETING EVENTS APPLICATIONS FOR TUITION AID ARE DUE FEB. 1
Friends are reminded that applications for Tuition Aid for their children enrolled in Friends schools should be completed by February 1. Forms and instructions are available at www.FriendsEducationFund.org. The form is to be completed by parents, then turned in at the Meeting Office or to Joanne Ford, member of the Scholarship Committee, joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

GAME NIGHT–GOOD FUN & PIZZA–COMING ON FEB. 7
Our 7th Annual Game Night will be next Saturday, Feb. 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Meetinghouse. This happy event for all ages becomes more popular every year, as we get together to banish the Winter Blahs! As many as sixty people, young and old, singles and families, turn out to play all kinds of games, from Yahtzee to Bananagrams to Twister! It’s a great way to get to know people better, while competing for the win. There will be pizza, sodas, and healthy snacks. You’re welcome to bring a
friend, and so are your kids. It helps us estimate our pizza order, if you RSVP by calling the Meeting office at (215) 951-2235 or sending an email to gmm@gfsnet.org. But in any case, we hope you’ll come and join the fun!

HALF-PRICE TICKETS TO FEB. 28 PLAY ABOUT GORDON HIRABAYASHI
Join your f/Friends at Germantown Meeting for half-price tickets to see a play about Gordon Hirabayashi, a courageous Japanese American who stood up to the internment laws of World War II. We have a special group rate for the 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 28 to this drama, “Hold These Truths,” at Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place in Center City. Hirabayashi intentionally violated the curfew that was part of the order that forcibly evacuated all people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. He was arrested and convicted in a case that went to the Supreme Court. The tickets at half price cost $15. If you are interested, contact Ed Nakawatase at jeanmas302@comcast.net.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place on April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara. 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. Stay tuned for more details.

NEWS OF FRIENDS
DEATH OF DONALD VAIL RHOADS
Our member Donald Vail Rhoads died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Foulkeways, surrounded by family. He was 86 years old and had a long and productive career as a physican. The son of Dr. Samuel Rhoads and HDonald V Rhoadselen Vail, he was a lifelong member of Germantown Meeting, serving nearly 20 years on the School Committee. He was a conscientious objector during the Korean War, doing alternative service at Rochester State Hospital. He later worked as a medical advisor for the American Friends Service Committee. He is survived by his wife Nancy, and their children and grandchildren: Mary and Troy, Katia and Mariana Alexander; Wistar Rhoads; Anne and Noureddine, Omar and Lilia Melikechi; Caroline Rhoads and Patrick Fleet; Samuel and his daughter Alexandra Rhoads; Nancy and Adam, Samuel and Eliza Glick; by his brother William G. Rhoads and his family; and by his sister-in-law Elsa Rhoads. His brother, S. Edward Rhoads, died in 2009. His memorial service at Germantown Meeting will be Sunday, Feb.
15, at 2 p.m. There will be a small service for him at Foulkeways on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m., especially for people who may not be able to travel easily from the retirement community. His wife Nancy’s address is: 214 Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436-1008. Photo attached.

MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR SALLY SCATTERGOOD
Two memorial services will be held for our late member Sally Scattergood, who died on Nov. 12. At Crosslands Retirement Center, where Sally lived at the time of her death, there will be a service on April 11, at 2 p.m, in the William Penn Room. Crosslands is at 1660 East Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. The second service will be at our own Germantown Monthly Meeting on April 12, at 3 p.m.

JONDHI HARRELL’S SPEECH ON “THE AFTERMATH OF I CAN’T BREATHE”
The transcript of our member Jondhi Harrell’s speech, “The Aftermath of I Can’t Breathe: Social Justice in America,” is attached. Click here to download Jondhi Harrell article.

QUAKER EVENTS
LECTURE ON ‘RADICALIZING SPIRIT’ AT PENDLE HILL, FEB. 2 & 9
The Henry Cadbury Scholar at Pendle Hill, Jeffrey Dudiak, will speak on Feb.2 and 9, about “Radicalizing Spirit: Quakerism and Christianity in the Contemporary Religious Society of Friends.” The lectures are free and will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086.

COUPLES’ ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP, FEB. 14
Treat yourself and your partner to the gift of a day for just the two of you to explore: What are you grateful for? How can I help you to know yourself better? What sadness do you feel some days? How can I be more genuine with you? What worries do you carry? This workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. Led by Pat McBee and Brad Sheeks, it is open to all couples who view themselves as committed partners, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, and who want to enhance their relationship. For more information and to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org/events/FGCCE-Valentines-Day-Philly-2015.

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE, RACE & JUSTICE, FEB. 21
Learn about and discuss the related issues of climate, race, and justice at a day-long conference on Feb. 21 at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. Sponsored by the Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. No cost. Simple meal provided; bring a mug and spoon. All are welcome. Childcare available if requested in advance. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m.; program begins at 10 a.m. To register, go to
www.pym.org/eco-justice-working-group/home/rsvp-for-climate-race-justice-conference-on-feb-21/. For information, contact Patricia Finley, clerk, finleyp@temple.edu.

QUARTERLY MEETING TO GATHER AT CHESTNUT HILL, FEB, 22
The next gathering of Philadelphia Quarter will be on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. All members and attenders of Meetings of Philadelphia Quarter are welcome to come for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck of finger food (sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and dip, cheese, crackers, cookies, etc.), and a program at 12:30 p.m., ending at 2:30 p.m. Please call ahead if you plan to bring children, so child care can be arranged: Margaret Wood, Quarter coordinator, 215-241-7067, philaqtr@pym.org. When more details are available, they will be posted at www.philadelphiaquarter.org

HISTORY TALKS AT ARCH STREET MEETING, FEB. 29 AND MAR. 26
The history of meetinghouse benches at Arch Street and the Quaker suffragist Alice Paul are topics of two upcoming talks on Quaker history at Arch Street Meetinghouse. Both are brown-bag luncheons. Beverage is provided, and donations are appreciated. The talks are:

1. Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11:45 a.m. William (Bill) Robbins will give a talk on “The Benches of Arch Street.” The program starts on the second floor of the meetinghouse, with an overview and pictures, followed by a trip downstairs to see the benches.

2. Thursday, March 26, at 11:45 a.m. Miriam Feyerherm will talk about Alice Stokes Paul (Jan. 11, 1885 – July 9, 1977), American suffragist, feminist, Quaker, women’s rights activist, and leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

MICHELLE ALEXANDER TO SPEAK AT PENDLE HILL CONFERENCE, APRIL 29-MAY 3
Michelle Alexander will be the keynote speaker at a conference at Pendle Hill on mass incarceration, April 29 through May 3. She is the author of The New Jim Crow, the focus of past discussions at Germantown Meeting’s adult class. The conference includes workshops and interest groups led by experienced activists and engaged scholars on root causes of mass incarceration of people of color, paths to incarceration, conditions of confinement, and re-entry into the community. For information about fees, scholarships, and online registration, contact John Meyer, education coordinator at Pendle Hill, at 610-566-4507.

FOR THE YOUNG
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR QVS IN 2015-2016
Applications are now open for volunteer positions in Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) in 2015-2016. QVS offers young adults the opportunity to discover their gifts while serving others and helping change the world. QVS volunteers work in local nonprofit organizations and live in communal houses in Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Each location is attached to a Friends Meeting, which provides fellowship and spiritual guidance. For information about what’s involved, examples of work assignments, and how to apply, go to www.quakervoluntaryservice.org. Applications are due by March 15.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS HOLD WINTER POTLUCK ON FEB. 1
Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will hold a winter potluck in West Philadelphia on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. All young adult Friends are welcome. Please bring a main dish, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. There will be a business meeting before the potluck, which is open to everyone, where future events and activities will be discussed. To get the details about the potluck, go to ww.pym.org/calendar/events/winer-yaf-potluck-fellowship. For more information, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt at 215-241-7074 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING, FEB. 6-8
Middle School Friends will gather on Feb. 6-8 at Swarthmore Meeting, with the topic of Quakers coming to America. There will also be an outing for ice skating. For information, go to pym.org/middle-school-friends/events or contact Matt Sanderson, msanderson@pym.org. Cost: $60, with scholarships available. Please register ASAP so planners can get an idea of numbers.

YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering of fun and community on the weekend of March 27-29. It will be held at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture, sponsored by Young Adult Friends. Cost for the weekend is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to
www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions, contact Tricia Coscia, 215-241-7238.

SAVE THE DATE
FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops, singing, worship, and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone embraces and renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially for popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
PLAY TO BENEFIT INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK, FEB. 1
“Something Intangible,” a play by Bruce Graham, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m., at Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Loosely based on the lives of Walt Disney and his brother Roy, the play portrays two brothers with different takes on life. One is flamboyant, egocentric, and a creative genius. The other is a practical, responsible, family man who supports and tries to understand his sibling. The presentation will benefit Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and its work with homeless families. Tickets are $20, available online at www.philashelter.org. For information, call 215-247-4663, ext. 102.

TALK AT STENTON ON AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETERIES IN PHILADELPHIA, FEB. 21
African Americans in early Philadelphia were buried in churchyards, burial grounds, and cemeteries throughout the city, with many stories and locations long since forgotten. Archaeologist Douglas B. Mooney will speak at Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia 19140, on this subject Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. and will tell about where some of these forgotten burial sites are located. For more information, go to www.stenton.org, call 215-329-7312, or send an email inquiry to programs@stenton.org.

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OFFICE NOTES
WEBSITE ADDRESSES FOR MEETING INFORMATION
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:

Germantown Meeting website: http://germantownmeeting.org/index.html
Calendar of events: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=41
Donation page: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=2303
Environmental Concerns web page: http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=190

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
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-2235

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Jan. 23, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Our worship is a deep exercise of our spirits before the Lord, which doth not consist in exercising the natural part or natural mind, either to hear or speak words, or in praying according to what we, of ourselves, can apprehend or comprehend concerning our needs; but we wait, in silence of the fleshly part to hear with the new ear what God shall please to speak inwardly in our own hearts, or outwardly through others, who speak with the new tongue which he unlooseth and teacheth to speak, and we pray in the spirit, and with a new understanding, as God pleaseth to quicken, draw forth, and open our hearts towards himself.” –Isaac Penington, 1661

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: Discussion on how service affects our spiritual lives and callings
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Tom Grabe & friend
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Caroline Davidson and Lois Weaver

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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday …………………………………………….1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW GRANDDAUGHTER ARRIVES
Lillian Claire Shields, the new granddaughter of our member Joan McIlvaine, arrived two months premature in an emergency Caesarean section on January 9. Lillian’s mother Margaret had pre-eclampsia; hence, the emergency delivery. Baby Lillian is in intensive care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and may be able to go home on the date she was due, March 7. We will see less of Joan this month, as she intends to devote as much of her energy as possible to supporting Margaret and Lily. Although this is not a good time for calls or visits, but notes would be treasured.

JIM HART CONTINUES HIS RECOVERY
Our member Jim Hart, who had emergency surgery two weeks ago to replace steel rods in his back, is continuing to recover at Jefferson Hospital. Cards would be much appreciated to brighten his days. You may send them to his home, and his wife Ruth will take them to him. Address: 241 W. Winona St., Phila., PA 19144-3923.

JANET KROLL STILL AT HOME, WOULD ENJOY WATCHING DVDs
Our member Janet Kroll, who has been nursing a painful and unusual condition in her feet, says she might enjoy watching movies on DVDs. If you have any you think she might like, call her to ask (telephone number and email address are in Meeting Directory). You may bring them to Meeting this Sunday for Melissa or one of her family members to take to her. Be sure to put your name on the outside jacket of the DVD so it will be easy to get back to you. Janet says the only thing wrong with her is the pain in her feet, so it’s hard to keep her mind occupied while being sidelined. She hopes to be back among us as soon as her feet allow it.

MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR SALLY SCATTERGOOD
Two memorial services will be held for our late member Sally Scattergood, who died on Nov. 12. At Crosslands Retirement Center, where Sally lived at the time of her death, there will be a service on April 11, at 2 p.m, in the William Penn Room. Crosslands is at 1660 East Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. The second service will be at our own Germantown Monthly Meeting on April 12, at 3 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADULT CLASS TO FOCUS ON SERVICE & SPIRIT, JAN. 25
The subject of Adult Classes in January will be how service affects our spiritual lives and what God is calling us to do. Last Sunday (Jan. 18), we were blessed with a thoughtful and inspiring presentation by Ross Hennesy, coordinator of Quaker Voluntary Service, followed by a discussion. This Sunday, Jan. 25, everyone is invited to share their own experiences and how Spirit guides and informs their work to serve others and help this needy world. Adult Class meets at 9 a.m. in the social room. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING ON JAN. 25
The next Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Frankford Friends Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street. All are invited to worship with Frankford Friends at 10:30 a.m., followed by fellowship and a brown-bag lunch. PQM ‘s Meeting for Business will begin at 12:30 p.m.

PANEL AT ST. VINCENT’S ON HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING ON JAN. 25
Our member Phyllis Taylor will facilitate a panel on human sex trafficking at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, 109 E. Price St., in Germantown on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will include officials and law enforcement professionals. For information, contact Phyllis at rktpbt@me.com.

APPLICATIONS FOR TUITION AID ARE DUE FEB. 1
Friends are reminded that applications for Tuition Aid for their children enrolled in Friends schools should be completed by February 1. Forms and instructions are available at www.FriendsEducationFund.org. The form is to be completed by parents, then turned in at the Meeting Office or to Joanne Ford, member of the Scholarship Committee, 215-844-8054, joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

PLAY TO BENEFIT INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
Something Intangible, a play by Bruce Graham, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m., at Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Loosely based on the lives of Walt Disney and his brother Roy, the play portrays two brothers with different takes on life. One is flamboyant, egocentric, and a creative genius. The other is a practical, responsible, family man who supports and tries to understand his sibling. The presentation will benefit Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and its work with homeless families. Tickets are $20, available online at www.philashelter.org. For information, call 215-247-4663, ext. 102.

LECTURE ON ‘RADICALIZING SPIRIT’ AT PENDLE HILL, FEB. 2 & 9
The Henry Cadbury Scholar at Pendle Hill, Jeffrey Dudiak, will speak on Feb.2 and 9, about “Radicalizing Spirit: Quakerism and Christianity in the Contemporary Religious Society of Friends.” The lectures are free and will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086.

FOR THE YOUNG
YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS HOLD WINTER POTLUCK ON FEB. 1
Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will hold a Winter Potluck & Fellowship in West Philadelphia on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. All young adult Friends are welcome. Please bring a main dish, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. There will be a business meeting before the potluck, which is open to everyone, where future events and activities will be discussed. To get the details about the potluck, go to ww.pym.org/calendar/events/winer-yaf-potluck-fellowship. For more information, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt at 215-241-7074 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR QVS IN 2015-2016
Applications are now open for positions in Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) in 2015-2016. QVS offers young adults the opportunity to discover their gifts while serving others and helping change the world. QVS volunteers work in local nonprofit organizations and live in communal houses in Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. Each location is attached to a Friends Meeting, which provides fellowship and spiritual guidance to the volunteers. For information about what’s involved, examples of work assignments, and how to apply, go to www.quakervoluntaryservice.org. Applicaions are due by March 15.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING, FEB. 6-8
Middle School Friends will gather for the weekend of Feb. 6-8 at Swarthmore Meeting, with the topic of Quakers coming to America. There will also be an outing for ice skating. For information, go to pym.org/middle-school-friends/events or contact Matt Sanderson, msanderson@pym.org. Cost: $60, with scholarships available. Please register ASAP so planners can get an idea of numbers.

YOUNG FRIENDS SPRING GATHERING, MAR. 27-29
High-school-age, Quaker-affiliated friends are invited to a spring gathering of fun and community on the weekend of March 27-29. It will be held at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia. Young folk will complete a service project, explore the city of Philadelphia, and go to the William Penn Lecture, sponsored by Young Adult Friends. Cost for the weekend is $60, with financial aid available. Registration opens the first week of March. For details, go to www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-gathering-2/. For questions,contact Tricia Coscia, 215-241-7238.

SAVE THE DATE
GAME NIGHT ON FEB. 7
Come play with us! Germantown’s Annual Intergenerational Game Night will be Saturday evening, February 7. Join us for board games, puzzles, pizza, and fellowship. Details to follow!

COUPLES’ ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP ON VALENTINE’S DAY
Treat yourself and your partner to the gift of a day for just the two of you to explore: What are you grateful for? How can I help you to know yourself better? What sadness do you feel some days? How can I be more genuine with you? What worries do you carry? This workshop will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. Led by Pat McBee and Brad Sheeks, it is open to all couples who view themselves as committed partners, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, and who want to enhance their relationship. For more information and to register, go to www.fgcquaker.org/events/FGCCE-Valentines-Day-Philly-2015.

DRAMA DEPICTS HIRABAYASHI’S CHALLENGE TO WWII EVACUATION ORDER
One man’s courageous stand against the U.S. government will be portrayed in the drama Hold These Truths at Plays and Players theater, 1714 Delancey Place in Center City on Feb. 22 through March 1. In 1942 in the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese American Quaker from Seattle, conscientiously violated the curfew that was part of Executive Order 9066, which forcibly evacuated all people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. He was arrested and convicted in a case that went to the Supreme Court. Although the case lost, Hirabayashi was vindicated by history, posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom two years ago. This one-person play is written by Jeanne Sakata and performed by Makoto Hirano. For the Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. performance, a limited number of tickets are available to Germantown Friends at half price: $15 each, as a special group rate. If you would like to be part of this reduced-price outing, call Ed Nakawatase, jeanmas302@comcast.net.

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
Germantown Meeting’s annual retreat will take place on April 10, 11, and 12, at Camp Swatara. 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.

FGC GATHERING TO MEET JULY 5-11 IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Seeking Wholeness” is the theme for this year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, on July 5-11. This is a great time to bring your kids and spend a week with other Friends, immersed in workshops and singing and worship and delicious community meals. The Spirit-led programs for children of all ages are renowned for building friendships that last for years. Teens have their own program and sleeping area, with counselors. Young adult Friends from all over the country get together for common interests and fun. And everyone embraces and renews friendships with people from everywhere at this once-a-year occasion. There’s enough room for approximately 1,200 people, but space fills quickly, especially for popular workshops, which you will find listed at www.FGCgathering.org. Registration opens April 1. Financial aid is available, especially to those who register early.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and just plain fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Jan. 16, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“On one never-to-be forgotten Sunday morning, I found myself one of a small company of silent worshipers who were content to sit down together without words, that each one might feel after and draw near to the Divine Presence unhindered, at least, if not helped by any human utterance. Utterance I knew was free, should the words be given; and before the meeting was over, a sentence or two were uttered in great simplicity by an old and apparently untaught man, rising in his place amongst the rest of us. I did not pay much attention to the words he spoke, and I have no recollection of their import. My whole soul was filled with the unutterable peace of the undisturbed opportunity for communion with God, with the sense that at last I had found a place where I might, without the faintest suspicion of insincerity, join with others in simply seeking His presence. To sit down in silence could at least pledge me to nothing; it might open to me (as it did that morning) the very gate of heaven.”
–Caroline E. Stephen, 1890

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015
9 a.m. Adult Class: Ross Hennesy, coordinator of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) in Philadelphia, speaks on how service affects one’s spiritual life.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Peter Yeomans and Kate O’Shea
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Toni & Frances Sharp
12 noon Environmental Concern Working Group in Meeting 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 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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

JIM HART RECOVERING FROM SURGERY
This week our member Jim Hart had emergency surgery to replace the two steel rods in his back, which caused excruciating pain earlier this week. The surgery was done at Jefferson Hospital. Cards would bring Jim much-needed messages of hope and caring. Send them to his home, and his wife Ruth will take them to Jim. Address: 241 W. Winona St., Phila., PA 19144-3923.

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, JANET KROLL?
Janet Kroll, who has been sidelined for a month with a rare but hobbling disorder affecting the feet(erythromelalgia), contacted the office to express gratitude for the many loving messages, including a card signed by dozens of well-wishers. She says she’s learning to cope somewhat with the condition, has good periods each day, is researching for specialists in this baffling disorder, and hopes to be back among us before too long.

A WORD OF THANKS
“Dear Friends, thank youfor welcoming me into your hearts and family through and beyond the QVS [Quaker Voluntary Service] year. Blessings this new year –and stay warm! Love, Maire” [Maire Moriarty, who became a new member of our Meeting in December.]

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR JONATHAN ROSADO
There will be a memorial meeting on Saturday, Jan. 17, at noon, for Jonathan Rosado, a young member of Arch Street Meeting who was shot and killed on Dec. 20. The meeting will be held in the West Room of Arch Street Meeting House, at 4th and Arch streets, and will be followed by a social hour. A potluck will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Green Street Meeting, 47 School House Lane, in Germantown. To read about Jonathan’s life and death, go to philly.com/philly/news/20150107_He
lived_for_kids_died_for_nothing.html. For information about tomorrow’s remembrances, contact Gael Livingston, secretary of Arch Street Meeting, at 215-625-0627.

ANNOUNCEMENTS ADULT CLASS TO FEATURE TALK AND DISCUSSION ON SERVICE & SPIRIT
The subject of Adult Classes in January will be how service affects our spiritual lives. On Sunday, Jan. 18, Ross Hennesy will speak about “Service As a Sacrament.” On Sunday, Jan. 25, members are invited to come and discuss how service has affected their spiritual lives. Both sessions will meet at 9 a.m. in the the social room. All are welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WORKING GROUP MEETS THIS SUNDAY, JAN. 18
This Sunday, Jan. 18, the Environmental Concerns Working Group will meet at noon in the Meeting Room to review and discuss upcoming events. For information, contact Pat Libbey, 215-983-4451 or patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

FUMCOG PRESENTS WEEKEND ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., JAN. 17-18
The First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) will present a weekend about Martin Luther King, Jr. On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., guest lecturer and preacher Willie J. Jennings will speak about “The Risk of Being Church in America.” He is associate professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School. His recent book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race explores what it means to form a community that disrupts the deadening patterns of race. On Sunday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., he will deliver a guest sermon, “To Dream Again,” at the church, which is located at 6001 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 9144. For information, call 215-438-3677, or go to www.fumcog.org.

WORKSHOP ON SOLAR ENERGY FOR HOMES, JAN. 17
There will be a workshop for people who live in Northwest Philadelphia to learn about how to use collective buying power to get solar energy systems for their homes and reduce energy costs and use of fossil fuel. It will be Saturday, Jan. 17, at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. Find out how 30 or 40 residents in a neighborhood can go solar at the same time and pay for it with monthly loan payments that are less than average electric bills. Sponsored by the Clean Air Council and Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. For information, call 215-267-4004.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE & CELEBRATION AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL ON JAN. 19
Martin Luther King Day of Service and Celebration will be Monday, Jan. 19. at Germantown Friends School (GFS), in partnership with Germantown Monthly Meeting. More than ever, we want to bring people together to work to build community and strengthen our shared vision for the future. We have added new activities, Iand will offer many old favorites, as well. New this year is a clean-up project at the Center for Returning Citizens, hosted by our member Jondhi Harrell (see description in item below).
Here is a preliminary schedule of the day:
8 a.m. Walk-in registration opens — Front Hall, Main Building (Pre-registration preferred; see next paragraph for web address.)
9 a.m. James and Dorothy Bristol Peace and Social Justice Speaker — Poley Auditorium, 2nd floor, Main Building
9:30 a.m.–Service projects on and off campus
11:30 a.m.– Multicultural Parents’ Alliance Luncheon — Lunchroom, basement level, Main Building
We hope you and your family will join us and bring your great energy and spirit to the day. Please pre-register to help organizers plan: www.germantownfriends.org. Remember to scroll down the menu of project choices, to see the new ones: www.germantownfriends.org/campus-life/community-involvement/mlk-day-registration/index.aspx –Kathy Paulmier, 215-951-2325 or kathyp@gfsnet.org.

MLK DAY SERVICE PROJECT AT TCRC, JAN. 19
Help clean and organize things at the office of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), 3850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, on Monday, Jan. 19, the Martin Luther King Day of Service. (This project is one of the choices for MLK Day at Germantown Friends School, described above.) The day will begin at 8 a.m. with coffee, check-in, and team assignments: (1) basement cleaning and organizing, (2) kitchen cleaning, and (3) street cleaning. Chores will end at approximately noon, and participants will be encouraged to join the “Black Lives Matter” rally in Center City (see below, under Take Action), followed by a march to City Hall and Independence Park. For information, call our member Jondhi Harrell, executive director of TCRC, 215-519-5335 or 215-791-0645.

CLEAN-UP AND KING OBSERVANCE AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JAN. 19
Help clean up Fair Hill Burial Ground on the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be readings from Dr. King’s writings, singing of protest-era songs, and hot chocolate around a campfire. For information, call 215-870-8348 or go to www.historicfairhill.org. Fair Hill Burial Ground is located at 2901 Germantown Ave. (between Indiana Ave. and Cambria St.), in North Philadelphia, zip code 19133.

‘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 Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia.
Free. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Beverages are provided.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING ON JAN. 25
The next Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Frankford Friends Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street. All are invited to worship with Frankford Friends at 10:30 a.m., followed by fellowship and a brown-bag lunch. PQM ‘s Meeting for Business will begin at 12:30 p.m. If you have agenda items, submit them by Monday, Jan. 12, to Margaret Wood, Quarter coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

PANEL AT ST. VINCENT’S ON HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING ON JAN. 25
Our member Phyllis Taylor will facilitate a panel on human sex trafficking at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, 109 E. Price St., in Germantown. It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will include officials and law enforcement professionals. For information, contact Phyllis at rktpbt@me.com.

APPLICATIONS FOR TUITION AID ARE DUE FEB. 1
Friends are reminded that applications for Tuition Aid for their children enrolled in Friends schools, should be completed by February 1. Forms and instructions are available at www.FriendsEducationFund.org. The form is to be completed by parents, then turned in at the Meeting Office or to Joanne Ford, member of the Scholarship Committee, joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

TAKE ACTION

‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ TO RECLAIM MLK DAY FOR JUSTICE, JOBS & EDUCATION, JAN. 19
Speakers and marchers will rally in Center City Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 19, to reclaim Martin Luther King Day for justice, jobs, and education. It will begin with a rally at 1:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia School District headquarters, 440 N. Broad St., from which people will march to City Hall and then to Independence Park, where there will be a concluding rally. Everyone is asked to bring gift cards for homeless men and women. The coalition of groups sponsoring this event is called “MLK
D.A.R.E.” (MLK Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment) and is composed of faith leaders, labor unions, parent groups, college and high school students, and grassroots activists and their organizations. MLK D.A.R.E. calls for an end to stop-and-frisk methods used by police officers, and establishment of an independent police review board, $15/hr. minimum wage, the right to form unions, and a fully funded local school system that listens to local people. For information, go to Facebook.com/ReclaimMLK.

CALL FOR HEARINGS ON DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, JAN. 20, HARRISBURG
Bring your voice and your presence to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg at the inauguration of Tom Wolf on Tuesday, Jan. 20. This demonstration will call for hearings to be held by state, county, and township authorities to give citizens a chance to voice their opinions about establishing a drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station. For information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, brandywinepeace.com/events.

LETTERS NEEDED TO CONGRESS TO CONSIDER SANCTIONS
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) calls upon Friends and fellow travelers to write to their U.S. senators now to oppose the Kirk/Menendez bill to impose sanctions on Iran and to encourage using diplomacy instead of sanctions. The position taken by FCNL is that imposing sanctions on Iran would sabotage the progress made so far by diplomacy. To read background material and send a click-through email message to you senator, go to www.fcnl.org.

FOR THE YOUNG

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING, FEB. 6-8
Middle School Friends will gather for the weekend of Feb. 6-8 at Swarthmore Meeting, with the topic of Quakers coming to America. There will also be an outing for ice skating. For information, go to pym.org/middle-school-friends/events or contact Matt Sanderson, msanderson@pym.org. Cost: $60, with scholarships available. Please register ASAP so planners can get an idea of numbers.

SAVE THE DATE

GAME NIGHT ON FEB. 7
Come play with us! Germantown’s Annual Intergenerational Game Night will be Saturday evening, February 7. Join us for board games, puzzles, pizza, and fellowship. Details to follow!

MEETING RETREAT SET FOR APRIL 10-12
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.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and just plain fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Jan. 9, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“When you come to your meetings … what do you do? Do you then gather together bodily only and kindle a fire, compassing yourselves about with the sparks of your own kindling, and so please yourselves, and walk in the light of your own fire, and in the sparks which you have kindled…? Or rather, do you sit down in True Silence, resting from your own Will and Workings, and waiting upon the Lord, with your minds fixed in that Light wherewith Christ has enlightened you, until the Lord breathes life in you, refresheth you, and prepares you, and your spirits and souls, to make you fit for his service, that you may offer unto him a pure and spiritual sacrifice?” –William Penn, 1677

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2015

10:30 a.m.: Meeting for Worship
Closers: Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson
11:30 a.m.: Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Ed & Mary Segal

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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday ……………………………………………………. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, JANUARY 11, MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Worship
Reading of Query 2
December’s Minutes
Fundraising Report
Care and Visiting Report
Worship and Ministry Report
Interim Meeting Report
Report from Called Session of PYM
Consideration of Minute from Racial Justice Committee (draft attached, “Police Violence and Racial Justice IV”)
Correspondence and Announcements
Worship

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
ADULT CLASS TO FEATURE TALK AND DISCUSSION ON SERVICE & SPIRIT
The subject of Adult Classes in January will be how service affects our spiritual lives. On Sunday, Jan. 18, Ross Hennesy will speak about “Service As a Sacrament.” On Sunday, Jan. 25, members are invited to come and discuss how service has affected their spiritual lives. Both sessions will meet at 9 a.m. in the the social room. All are welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

PHILA. YEARLY MEETING CALLS GATHERING TO ADDRESS RACISM, TOMORROW
Tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 10, there will be a called Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to discern how our faith community is led to address racism. It will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch streets, in Philadelphia. To RSVP, go to pym.org, where you will also find a related letter from Jada Jackson, presiding clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

MAS (ED) NAKAWATASE TO SPEAK ABOUT CASE OF LEONARD PELTIER, JAN. 11
Our member Mas (Ed) Nakawatase will speak about the case of Leonard Peltier next Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck and Program. Peltier is a Lakota man who is in federal prison for a shoot-out with FBI agents in 1976 in Oglala, South Dakota, in which two FBI agents and one Native American were killed. Despite a disturbing amount of conflicting evidence in a case long considered one of the most outrageous injustices in U.S. history, Peltier was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Now aging and in frail health, his one wish is to return to his Native lands to live what’s left of his life.The potluck begins at 4:30 and will be followed by Mas’s talk and a discussion at 5:30, and then the Robert Redford film, Incident at Oglala, will be shown. Mas was National Representative for Native American Affairs for30 years at the American Friends Service Committee. The potluck and program will be held at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street. Please bring a generous-sized dish to share. To learn more about Leonard Peltier, go towww.leonardpeltier.net.

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 Bethel, PA on Jan. 17 and 18. This is a multigenerational activity for families, 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

FUMCOG PRESENTS WEEKEND ON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., JAN. 17-18
The First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) will present a weekend about Martin Luther King, Jr. On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., guest lecturer and preacher Willie J. Jennings will speak about “The Risk of Being Church in America.” He is associate professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School. His recent book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race explores what it means to form a community that disrupts the deadening patterns of race. On Sunday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., he will deliver a guest sermon, “To Dream Again,” at the church, which is located at 6001 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 9144. For information, call 215-438-3677, or go to www.fumcog.org.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE & CELEBRATION AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL ON JAN. 19
Martin Luther King Day of Service and Celebration will be Monday, Jan. 19. at Germantown Germantown Friends School (GFS), which is planning a day of fellowship and service projects with Germantown Monthly Meeting. More than ever, we want to bring people together to work to build community and strengthen our shared vision for the future. We have added new activities, and will offer many old favorites, as well. New this year is a clean-up project at the Center for Returning Citizens, hosted by our member Jondhi Harrell. !f you are interested in helping to lead a project or to help plan part of the day, please contact Kathy Paulmier at 215-951-2325 or kathyp@gfsnet.org. Here is a preliminary schedule of the day:
8 a.m. Walk-in registration opens — Front Hall, Main Building
9 a.m. James and Dorothy Bristol Peace and Social Justice Speaker — Poley Auditorium, 2nd floor, Main Building
9:30 a.m.–Service projects on and off campus
11:30 a.m.– Multicultural Parents’ Alliance Luncheon — Lunchroom, basement level, Main Building
We hope you and your family will join us and bring your great energy and spirit to the day. Please pre-register next week so we can plan ahead: www.germantownfriends.org. Remember to scroll down the menu of project choices, to see the new ones: www.germantownfriends.org/campus-life/community-involvement/mlk-day-registration/index.aspx –Kathy Paulmier

CLEAN-UP AND KING OBSERVANCE AT FAIR HILL, JAN. 19
Help clean up Fair Hill Burial Ground on the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be readings from Dr. King’s writings, singing of protest-era songs, and hot chocolate around a campfire. For information, call 215-870-8348 or go to www.historicfairhill.org. Fair Hill Burial Ground is located at 2901 Germantown Ave. (between Indiana Ave. and Cambria St.), in North Philadelphia, zip code 19133.

APPLICATIONS FOR TUITION AID ARE DUE FEB. 1
Friends are reminded that applications for Tuition Aid for their children enrolled in Friends Schools, should be completed by February 1. Forms and instructions are available at www.FriendsEducationFund.org. The form is to be completed by parents, then turned in at the Meeting Office or to Joanne Ford, member of the Scholarship Committee,joanne.b.ford@gmail.com.

TAKE ACTION

INTERFAITH MORAL ACTION ON CLIMATE GATHERS IN HERSHEY ON JAN. 15
The Interfaith Moral Action on Climate is calling upon people of faith, spirituality, and good will to gather for an interfaith service at noon on Thursday, Jan. 15, outside of Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Following the service, there will be a procession around the building, where U.S. senators and representatives from the Republican Pary will be holding a three-day meeting. The gathering will call upon politicians to acknowledge the truth of climate change and institute responsible policies in our nation. Fracking will be high on the agenda, with a call to move away from it and toward energy conservation, increased efficiency, and renewable energy sources, such as the sun, wind, and water. For information, go to interfaithactiononclimatechange.org/rsvp-to-participate-in-mlk-action-in-hershey-pa-on-january-15-2015.html or contact Cindy Harris at imaclimate@gmail.com.

MLK DAY OF ACTION, RESISTANCE & EMPOWERMENT, JAN. 19
There will be a 1:30 p.m. rally on Monday, Jan. 19, to reclaim Martin Luther King Day for resistance, action, and empowerment. The rally will take place at 440 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, followed by a march to City Hall and on to Independence Mall. Demands are: (1) End stop-and-frisk policies of the Philadelphia Police Department; (2) Institute a $15/hour minimum wage, with a right to form unions; (3) Fund public schools fairly. Donations of gift cards will be collected for homeless people. It is organized by POWER and a coalition of more than 35 anti-racist groups in Philly. For information, go to Facebook.com/ReclaimMLKPHL

CALL FOR HEARINGS ON DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, JAN. 20, HARRISBURG
Bring your voice and your presence to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg at the inauguration of Tom Wolf on Tuesday, Jan. 20. This demonstration will call for hearings to held by state, county, and township authorities to give citizens a chance to voice their opinions about establishing a drone war command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station. For information, call Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818 or go to brandywinepeace.com/events.

PLAN AHEAD

‘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 Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. Free. Bring a brown-bag lunch. Beverages are provided.

WORSHIP & MINISTRY THREAD GATHERING, JAN. 24
There will be a gathering on Saturday, Jan. 24, on grounding and skills development for Friends who care for the worship and ministry in our Meetings. It will take place at Haddonfield Friends Meeting in New Jersey. Workshops are “Can Art Be Ministry?”, led by Brent Bill; “Mi Casa Su Casa,” led by Keira Wilson; and “The Presence in the Midst,” with Thomas Swain and Middletown Meeting’s Men”s Group. Register at pym.org/calendar/events/worship-and-ministry-thread-gathering-2015. For a detailed description, see the attachment, “Worship and Ministry Thread Gathering 2015.”

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING ON JAN. 25
The next Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Frankford Friends Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street. All are invited to worship with Frankford Friends at 10:30 a.m., followed by fellowship and a brown-bag lunch. PQM ‘s Meeting for Business will begin at 12:30 p.m. If you have agenda items, submit them by Monday, Jan. 12, to Margaret Wood, Quarter coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

PANEL ON HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING AT ST. VINCENT’S ON JAN. 25
Our member Phyllis Taylor will facilitate a panel on human sex trafficking at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, 109 E. Price St., in Germantown. It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will include officials and law enforcement professionals. For information, contact Phyllis at rktpbt@me.com.

FOR THE YOUNG

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING, FEB. 6-8
Middle School Friends will gather for the weekend of Feb. 6-8 at Swarthmore Meeting, with the topic of Quakers coming to America. There will also be an outing for ice skating. For information, go to pym.org/middle-school-friends/events or contact Matt Sanderson, msanderson@pym.org. Cost: $60, with scholarships available. Please register ASAP so planners can get an idea of numbers.

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.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 29 THRU AUG. 2
Join Friends from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for its Annual Sessions, “Open Our Eyes that We May See,” at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, on July 29-Aug. 2. Plans are in the works for programs for all ages. Financial aid available. Worship, fellowship, conduct of business, sharing our actions for social justice, and just plain fun together. Go to pym.org/annual-sessions-2015.

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GMM Friday Bulletin, Jan. 2, 2015

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Yea, though there be not a word spoken, yet is the true spiritual worship performed, and the body of Christ edified; yea, it may, and hath often fallen out among us, that divers meetings have passed without one word; and yet our souls have been greatly edified and refreshed, and our hearts wonderfully overcome with the secret sense of God’s power and Spirit, which without words hath been ministered from one vessel to another.” –Robert Barclay, 1677

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 5, 2015

10:30 a.m.: Meeting for Worship
Closers: Kathy and Chris Paulmier
11:30 a.m.: Refreshments & Fellowship in social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Tom & Ellie Elkinton

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
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday ……….. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday ……………………………………………………. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

AGENDA, JANUARY 11, MEETING FOR BUSINESS
Worship
Reading of Query 2
December’s Minutes
Care and Visiting Report
Worship and Ministry Report
Consideration of Minute from Racial Justice Committee
Correspondence and Announcements
Worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

HOUSE SITTING JOB OR ROOM NEEDED
Our member Pamela Williams needs a place to stay beginning Monday or Tuesday of next week (Jan. 5 or 6). She would be happy to housesit for you, or would be pleased to find a room in someone’s home. After the first week, she could pay $60 per week for housing. She can be reached at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

MAS (ED) NAKAWATASE TO SPEAK ABOUT CASE OF LEONARD PELTIER, JAN. 11
Our member Mas (Ed) Nakawatase will speak about the case of Leonard Peltier next Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Brandywine Peace Community Monthly Potluck and Program. Peltier is a Lakota man who is in federal prison for a shoot-out with FBI agents in 1976 in Oglala, South Dakota, in which two FBI agents and one Native American were killed. Despite a disturbing amount of conflicting evidence in a case long considered one of the most outrageous injustices in U.S. history, Peltier was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Now aging and in frail health, his one wish is to return to his Native lands to live what’s left of his life. There will be a showing of the Robert Redford film, “Incident at Oglala,” beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a discussion led by Mas, who was National Representative for Native American Affairs from 1974 to 2005 at the American Friends Service Committee. The program is preceded by a potluck beginning at 4:30 p.m., at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street. Please bring a generous-sized dish to share. To learn more about Leonard Peltier, go to leonardpeltier.net. For questions about this event, call 610-544-1818.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
GMM’S TALENT SHOW TO BE TOMORROW NIGHT!
Saturday, Jan. 3, is the big night for Germantown-Meeting’s-Got-Talent Show at 7 p.m. in the social room. Come watch our home-grown talent delight young and old, followed by dessert. There will be stories and music and sing-alongs and ever so much more. Contributions will go to support our meeting’s annual retreat at Camp Swatara in April. Be prepared to have a good time, with a lot of singing and laughter! For last-minute questions, call Jody Hobbs.

WORSHIP & DISCUSSION ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IN PHILLY, JAN. 3
Tomorrow, Jan. 3, there will be a Meeting for Worship at 3 p.m. in the Kurtz Center for Arts at William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. School House Lane, focusing on the query, “How can Friends achieve equity for Philadelphia’s public school students?” It will be followed by a moderated discussion at 4 p.m., pursuing issues raised during worship. For information, call our member Sydney Coffin.

FIRST-SUNDAY POTLUCK AT STAPELEY HALL, JAN. 4
This Sunday, Jan. 4, will be the first potluck of 2015 at Stapeley Hall in Germantown. The potluck begins at 4:45 p.m. in the recreation room, followed by a half-hour Meeting for Worship at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. This is a great opportunity to spend time with some of our older Friends, as well as with Friends from throughout Philadelphia Quarter. Please bring a dish for six to eight people to share. Stapeley in Germantown is at 6300 Greene St. (between Washington Lane and Johnson Street). Let Deb Frazer/Jack Malinowksi know if you are planning to attend: malfrazer@aol.com.

FRIENDS ECONOMIC INTEGRITY PROJECT HOLDS OPEN DISCUSSION, JAN. 6
You are invited to join an open discussion with Friends Economic Integrity Project on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the PYM Conference Room at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia 19102. This is one of the regular first-Tuesday-of-the-month discussions begun by the Growth 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.

PHILA. YEARLY MEETING CALLS GATHERING TO ADDRESS RACISM, JAN. 10
Next Saturday, Jan. 10, there will be a called Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to discern how our faith community is led to address racism. It will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th and Arch streets, in Philadelphia. To RSVP, go to pym.org, where you will also find a related letter from Jada Jacson, presiding clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

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 Bethel, PA on Jan. 17 and 18. This is a multigenerational activity for families, 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.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING ON JAN. 25
The next Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Frankford Friends Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street. All are invited to worship with Frankford Friends at 10:30 a.m., followed by fellowship and a brown-bag lunch. PQM ‘s Meeting for Business will begin at 12:30 p.m. If you have agenda items, submit them by Monday, Jan. 13, to Margaret Wood, Quarter coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

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. 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. 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 Bethel, PA 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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See our Weekly Bulletin 2014 Page.

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Germantown Friends Meeting
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Philadelphia, PA 19144
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