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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 13, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The artist and the Quaker are on the same internal journey. Each is seeking a relationship with the Divine, and each is seeking a way to express that relationship. There are just as many different ways of expressing it. For many, the path to the Self has to be entered by way of the arts, whether or not we are gifted in that field. That doesn’t seem to matter… The process of working with and forming material things can lead beyond them to the spiritual, and the shape of clay or colors of paint can be a window into another world. –Janet Mustin, 1992, as quoted in 2017 Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

9 a.m. Adult Class: Sa’ed Atshan to speak*

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Tom Grabe & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Karen Lightner & Penny Colgan-Davis

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship at their parents’ discretion.

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

MEETING NEWS

QUAKER BASICS FOR NEWCOMERS: ‘MEETING FOR BUSINESS,’ ON OCT. 15

This Sunday’s after-worship class on ‘Quaker Basics’ will be about Meeting for Business, the second in a series of classes for newcomers every Sunday in October. The class is at noon in the kindergarten (across the driveway, on the burial ground side of the meetinghouse). Each session will consist of a 15-minute presentation by a Meeting member, followed by 15 minutes for questions. Here are the topics: Oct. 15 — Meetings for Business; Oct. 22 — The larger Quaker structure and alphabet soup; Oct. 29 — TBD (or, as way opens)

KIDS INVITED TO WEAR COSTUMES ON SUNDAY, OCT. 28

Children of all ages are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to parade around the social room of our meetinghouse on Sunday, Oct. 28. Special treats include a cupcake decorating bar!

SUBMIT PHOTOS, ARTICLES FOR NEXT MEETING NEWSLETTER

The Communications Committee of our Meeting is looking for content for the next newsletter. The hope is to feature articles about Friends in our Meeting who have passed away, but anything you want to share would be great! What did you do this summer? A message of renewal, a tribute to a member, living or passed, a joke, a poem, photos from our June picnic — any of these and more would be welcome. Deadline is Nov 15. Contact the editor, Candice Price.

LEARN TO LOBBY AGAINST INCREASED PENTAGON SPENDING, NOV. 1-3

The Quaker Public Policy Institute and Congressional Lobby Day of Friends Committee on NationalLegislation (FCNL) will be November 1-3 in Washington, DC. The thrust will be opposition to increased military spending, funded through cuts in health, social welfare and environmental programs. To encourage participation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) and FCNL are offering reduced registration fees and assistance with transportation costs (possibly a PYM Bus to DC). The annual FCNL meeting is also a great opportunity, to meet, worship, and socialize with Quakers from across the United States. –Bill Cozzens, one of our Meeting’s FCNL contacts and a PYM representative on the FCNL Board, can also tell you more.

SAVE THE DATE FOR CHILI LUNCH ON NOV. 1!!!

OCTOBER ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE

Adult class meets at 9 a.m. in the social room of the meetinghouse followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. Come a few minutes early for coffee and light refreshments. For additional information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk, GMM Adult Class.

*Sunday, Oct. 15 Sa’ed Atshan: “Joining the Struggles Against Anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, and Islamophobia: Reflections from a Palestinian Quaker” Sa’ed Atshan is a professor in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Read more about him here.

Sunday, Oct. 22 Pat Bass, board president of Johnson House, will discuss the history of Johnson House as well as its current efforts to increase anti-racist and social justice programming and to expand community alliances in that initiative. Possible collaboration with Friends will also be explored.

Sunday, Oct. 29 “Climate, Race, Justice: We’re All in this Together,” a video presentation with breaks for discussion and worship sharing. Video comments by Cornel West, Juliet Schor, Van Jones, and Naomi Klein about ways that climate disruption, social injustice, and institutional racism are driven by indiscriminate economic growth. Also included are comments by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends who have been inspired to engage on this issue. Burt Dallas of Radnor Meeting will facilitate.

JOIN A BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

There is interest in the following two books for discussion groups. If you would like to take part in either of these, contact Joanne Sharpless:

· Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. For a review, click here.

· The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China, by our late member, B.J. Elder

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY BOY IN SEGAL FAMILY

Our member Christopher Segal and his wife Christen Fornadel welcomed a new son into the world on Sept. 8. His name is Alexander George Fornadel-Segal. The family lives in Arlington, VA. Congratulations to them and to the new grandparents, our members Ed and Mary Segal!

BABY GIRL FOR CARTER-DAVISES JOINS OLDER SISTER

Here are a couple of Meeting children who weren’t announced when they arrived, so let’s welcome them now! Our members Paige Davis and Samuel Carter had their second daughter, Laila Maxfield Carter, on Jan. 18 of this year. She joins her three-year-old sister Penelope Belle Carter who was born Sept. 23, 2014. We’re glad you’re here!

WELCOME BABY NAOMI MAE PAULMIER!

Our members Allison Umansky Paulmier and Sebastian Paulmier are the new parents of a daughter, Naomi Mae Paulmier, who was born on Sept. 22 and joins the rest of the Paulmiers in our Meeting family. Congratulations to all!

PLEASE BRING COOKIES TO DAVID STOKES’ MEMORIAL, OCT. 21

Donations of cookies and brownies would be much appreciated for the memorial meeting for worship for our member David Evans Stokes on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. in our meetinghouse. He died on Sept. 28 at the age of 94, and is survived by four children. To read an obituary about him, click here.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

‘EMPOWERMENT THROUGH POETRY & COMMUNITY’ AT GFS

Two evenings of poetry are coming up as part of ‘Empowerment Through Poetry & Community’ at the Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS). Suggested donation: $5-$10. Questions? Contact Kate Garrity (kgarrity@germantownfriends.org), .

· Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., featuring Germantown poet Trapeta Mayson; and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher; Husnaa Hashim, Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate; and others. Presented by Women In Transition in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

· Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., Community Writers Series Event: “An Evening with Janet Benton.” Janet is a GFS parent and author of the book, Lilli deJong, about an unwed Quaker mother from Germantown in the 1880s. Janet will read from her book and speak about her writing process, including her research on local history, midwifery, and wet nursing, which provide the backdrop for the story. A book signing will take place afterward, with books be available for pre-purchase.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER MEETS ON OCT. 22

The program of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) on Oct.22 will feature POWER, an interfaith organization for social justice and change, of which Germantown Meeting is a member. It will take place at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Philadelphia. Come at 11 a.m. to worship with Central Philadelphia Meeting, followed by potluck lunch at 12:15 p.m. POWER’s presentation begins at 1 p.m., with PQM’s meeting for business at 2:15 p.m. Closing worship at 4 p.m.

APPLY NOW FOR FWCC’S TRAVELING MINISTRY CORPS

If you are interested in traveling in the ministry for Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC), the deadline application has been extended until Oct. 20. Applicants of all ages are encouraged to consider this calling. FWCC is looking for Friends with concerns deeply rooted in the Spirit who can transcend differences to seek unity in the Light. Training and support are provided, and accountability is expected from those chosen. Funding is available for travel expenses. Given the short time until the deadline, reference letters from clearness committees or pastors are not required at time of application but must be received by November 15. For more information and an application, click here.

COMMUNITY

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN FORECAST: VERNON PARK COMMUNITY BAZAAR

The community bazaar and flea market by Friends of Vernon Park will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, rather than tomorrow, due to a forecast of rain. The hours will be the same: from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will take place on the Greene Street side of the park block. There will be art, handicrafts, second-hand wares, and activities, alongside information tables about local organizations and nonprofit groups.

TAKE ACTION

‘KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE’ DEMONSTRATION TOMORROW, OCT. 14

Raise your voice for keeping outer space clear of weaponry by participating in a demonstration tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14, at noon-2 p.m. It will take place in front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s number one war profiteer, at the corner of Mall and Goddard Boulevards behind the King of Prussia Mall. Banners and signs provided. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community, telephone 484-574-1148. Keep Space for Peace Week is sponsored by Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 6, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To say that Friends have no creed is not to say that each Friend has no belief. Far otherwise. Each one and each group, has the responsibility to seek and seek and seek again where the Light is leading: to find what the life of God means in the life of a [person]; to wrestle with the great facts and mysteries in the heart of our Christian experience, and to know what we believe about them. It is only when we have formulated our faith for ourselves that we can communicate it to others or know its incisive power in our own day-to-day discipleship. –Hugh L. Doncaster, The Quaker Message: A Personal Affirmation, Pendle Hill Pamphlet 181

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business*

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Becky Johnson & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments David Mettler & Bobbie Horowitz

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN

Children join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. This week is a gathered Sunday. All the young people will make “Mish Mash” cookies, which the whole meeting will enjoy during refreshments. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship at their parents’ discretion.

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help. If you would like to help with one Sunday or a month of Sundays, please contact me. In particular, we need someone for the three Sundays in December who would like to direct the play. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

AGENDA

Meeting for Business, Oct. 8, 2017
Query reading and opening worship
Minutes from September’s meeting
Meeting of the Corporation of Germantown Monthly Meeting
Care and Visiting Committee report
Nominating Committee report
Outreach Committee report
Environmental Concerns Committee report
Marriage Committee report
Debrief from PYM Annual Sessions
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

MEETING NEWS

QUAKER BASICS FOR NEWCOMERS: “TESTIMONIES,” ON OCT. 8

This Sunday’s after-worship class on “Quaker Basics” will be about the Testimonies, the second in a series of classes for newcomers every Sunday in October. The class takes place at noon in the kindergarten (across the driveway on the burial ground side of the meetinghouse). Each session will consist of a 15-minute presentation by a Meeting member, followed by 15 minutes for questions. Here are the topics:

Oct 8 — Testimonies
Oct 15 — Meetings for Business
Oct 22 — The larger Quaker structure and alphabet soup
Oct 29 — TBD (or, as way opens)

SUBMIT PHOTOS, ARTICLES FOR NEXT MEETING NEWSLETTER

The Communications Committee of our Meeting is looking for content for the next newsletter. The hope is to feature articles about Friends in our Meeting who have passed away, but anything you want to share would be great! What did you do this summer? A message of renewal, a tribute to a member, living or passed, a joke, a poem, photos from our June picnic — any of these and more would be welcome. Deadline is Nov 15. Contact the editor, Candice Price.

LEARN TO LOBBY AGAINST INCREASED PENTAGON SPENDING, NOV. 1-3

The Quaker Public Policy Institute and Congressional Lobby Day of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be November 1-3 in Washington, DC. The thrust will be opposition to increased military spending, funded through cuts in health, social welfare and environmental programs. To encourage participation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) and FCNL are offering reduced registration fees and assistance with transportation costs (possibly a PYM Bus to DC). The annual FCNL meeting is also a great opportunity, to meet, worship, and socialize with Quakers from across the United States. –Bill Cozzens, one of our Meeting’s FCNL contacts and a PYM representative on the FCNL Board, can also tell you more.

OCTOBER ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE

Adult class meets at 9 a.m. in the social room of the meetinghouse followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. Come a few minutes early for coffee and light refreshments. For additional information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk, GMM Adult Class.

Sunday, Oct. 15 Sa’ed Atshan: “Joining the Struggles Against Anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, and Islamophobia: Reflections from a Palestinian Quaker” Sa’ed Atshan is a professor in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Read more about him here.

Sunday, Oct. 22 Pat Bass, board president of Johnson House, will discuss the history of Johnson House as well as its current efforts to increase anti-racist and social justice programming and to expand community alliances in that initiative. Possible collaboration with Friends will also be explored.

Sunday, Oct. 29 “Climate, Race, Justice: We’re All in this Together,” a video presentation with breaks for discussion and worship sharing. Video comments by Cornel West, Juliet Schor, Van Jones, and Naomi Klein about ways that climate disruption, social injustice, and institutional racism are driven by indiscriminate economic growth. Also included are comments by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends who have been inspired to engage on this issue. Burt Dallas of Radnor Meeting will facilitate.

JOIN A BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

There is interest in the following two books for discussion groups. If you would like to take part in either of these, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org):

— Never Caught: The Washingtons: Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. To read a review, click here.

— The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China, by our late member, B.J. Elder

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF DAVID EVANS STOKES

Our member David Evans Stokes died on Sept. 28 at the age of 94, at The Hill at Whitemarsh, a retirement community in Lafayette Hill. The memorial meeting for him will be Saturday, Oct.21, at 11 a.m., in our meetinghouse. He attended Germantown Friends School, graduated from Haverford College in 1944, worked in administrative positions in several prominent corporations, and enjoyed sports and outdoor activities. He and his wife Joanne Nicholas Stokes were married 68 years; she preceded him in death in 2015. David is survived by four children: Colin Stokes, Robert Stokes, Jonathan Stokes, and Pamela Stokes Elliott. To read an obituary about David Stokes, click here.

DEATH OF FLORENCE MINI’S MOTHER

The mother of our member Florence Mini died on Sept. 22. Her name was Isabel Benkert Daly. Florence has written a lovely account of her mother’s life to her Facebook page; a copy is attached to this bulletin. To send a message to Florence, click here or write to her at 155 Kendal Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. We send our loving prayers to Florence and her family at this time.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

“FEARLESS BENJAMIN LAY” PRESENTED BY AUTHOR, OCT. 12

All are welcome to attend a free presentation at Abington Friends Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. The Fearless Benjamin Lay, presented by distinguished author Marcus Rediker, is about a Quaker dwarf who “fiercely attacked slavery and imagined a new, more humane way of life.” A member of Abington Meeting who was disowned, Benjamin Lay was an outspoken abolitionist and revolutionary. He and his wife are buried in Abington Meeting’s burial ground. The address is 520 Meetinghouse Road, Abington, PA 19046. For questions, contact Loretta Fox, 215-884-2865.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER MEETS FOR BUSINESS & PROGRAM, OCT. 22

Learn firsthand about POWER — an interfaith organization for social justice and change, of which Germantown Meeting is a member — at the Oct. 22 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM). It will take place at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City Philadelphia. Come at 11 a.m. to worship with Central Philadelphia Meeting, followed by potluck lunch at 12:15 p.m. POWER’s presentation will begin at 1 p.m., followed at 2:15 p.m. by PQM’s meeting for business. Closing worship is at 4 p.m. For information, click here.

COMMUNITY

FILM ABOUT ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, OCT. 6

The Promise, a gripping film about the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s, will show on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County in the Springfield Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. The story is about a tender but painful love triangle, set against a backdrop of war, racism, and displacement in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Stars Christian Bale; rated PG. Release of this movie was fiercely opposed by those who deny that the Armenian genocide occurred. For more information and directions, click here or call 484-574-1148. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

VERNON PARK COMMUNITY BAZAAR, OCT. 14

Friends of Vernon Park will hold a community bazaar and flea market on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will take place on the Greene Street side of the park block. There will be art, handicrafts, second-hand wares, and activities, alongside information tables about local organizations and nonprofit groups. To learn more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER HOLDS FALL LEGISTLATIVE ASSEMBLY MEETING, OCT. 10

The interfaith organization POWER powerinterfaith.org (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) will hold its Fall Legislative Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Roxborough. Germantown Meeting is a member of Power. For an online map to Mishkan Shalom, click here.

ANTI-WAR “REACH OUT” IN CENTER CITY, OCT. 13

Reach out to Philadelphia commuters with anti-war educational leaflets on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., across from Philadelphia City Hall, at 15th & Market Streets. There will be banners, posters, and leaflets available for your use. This activity takes place on the second Friday of every month, alternating between the above location and the corner of 30th & Market Streets at the 30th Street Train Station. For information, call Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 29, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Like early Friends, we proclaim that every person has been endowed with the capacity to enter directly, without mediation, into an empowering relationship with God…. Friends seek to experience the presence of the living God in individual religious practice and in meetings for worship and for business. To be in the presence of God inspires awe, provides healing and comfort, and is a source of guidance for conduct. Out of this experience, we proclaim the intimate connection between religious faith and social justice and seek to express this understanding in our daily lives and actions. –Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, approved July 2017 and now being printed.

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Karen Lightner & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Margie & Ted Spaeth

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN

Children join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room, where they meet with their age group for classes. The First-day School students are studying Quaker ideas about the Bible. The younger group (pre-K through third grade) will learn about the creation story by doing an art project. The older group (fourth through seventh grades) will look at the birth of Jesus.

Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship at their parents’ discretion. Throughout the coming months, we will also have “gathered Sundays,” with projects for all of the children.

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help. If you would like to help with one Sunday or a month of Sundays, please contact me. In particular, we need someone for the three Sundays in December who would like to direct the play. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

MEETING NEWS

QUAKER BASICS FOR NEWCOMERS, BEGINNING OCT. 1

Here’s your chance to learn more about Quakerism, beginning this Sunday: a course for newcomers, called “Quaker Basics,” will take place every Sunday in October at 12 noon in the kindergarten (across the driveway on the burial ground side of the meetinghouse). Each session will consist of a 15-minute presentation by a Meeting member, followed by 15 minutes for questions. These are the topics: Oct. 1 — Worship; Oct. 8 — Testimonies; Oct. 15 — Meetings for Business; Oct. 22 — The larger Quaker structure and alphabet soup; Oct. 29 — TBD (or, as way opens) –Karen Lightner, clerk, Worship & Ministry Committee

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE TO MEET OCT. 1

Anyone interested in environmental concerns is invited to meet after worship this Sunday, Oct. 1, with our Environmental Concerns Committee in Stokes Library in Germantown Friends School. Please gather at 11:50 a.m. in the committee room where we have refreshments after worship, and everyone can go over to the school together. For information, contact Bill Cozzens (william_cozzens@yahoo.com).

DEATH OF FLORENCE MINI’S MOTHER

The mother of our member Florence Mini died recently. Her name was Isabel Benkert Daly. To send a message to Florence, click here or write to her at 155 Kendal Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. We send our loving prayers to Florence and her family at this time.

LEARN TO LOBBY AGAINST INCREASED PENTAGON SPENDING, NOV. 1-3

The Quaker Public Policy Institute and Congressional Lobby Day of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be November 1-3 in Washington, DC. The thrust will be opposition to increased military spending, funded through cuts in health, social welfare and environmental programs. To encourage participation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) and FCNL are offering reduced registration fees and assistance with transportation costs (possibly a PYM Bus to DC). The annual FCNL meeting is also a great opportunity, to meet, worship, and socialize with Quakers from across the United States. –Bill Cozzens (william_cozzens@yahoo.com), one of our Meeting’s FCNL contacts and a PYM representative on the FCNL Board, can also tell you more.

JOIN A BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

There is interest in the following two books for discussion groups. If you would like to be part of either of these, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownmeeting.org):

— Never Caught: The Washingtons: Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. To read a review, click here.

— The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China, by our late member, B.J. Elder

PLAN AHEAD

SA’ED ATSHAN TO SPEAK OCT. 15

The Adult Class Committee of Germantown Monthly Meeting would like to invite you to a talk by Sa’ed Atshan: “Joining the Struggles Against Anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, and Islamophobia: Reflections from a Palestinian Quaker” on October 15 at 9 a.m. in the social room, followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. Sa’ed Atshan is a professor in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Read more about him here. Come a few minutes early minutes early to Adult Class for light refreshments. –Joanne Sharpless, clerk, GMM Adult Class.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

‘FEARLESS BENJAMIN LAY’ PRESENTED BY AUTHOR, OCT. 12

All are welcome to attend a free presentation at Abington Friends Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. The Fearless Benjamin Lay, presented by distinguished author Marcus Rediker, is about a Quaker dwarf who “fiercely attacked slavery and imagined a new, more humane way of life.” A member of Abington Meeting who was disowned, Benjamin Lay was an outspoken abolitionist and revolutionary. He and his wife are buried in Abington Meeting’s burial ground. The address is 520 Meetinghouse Road, Abington, PA 19046. For questions, contact Loretta Fox (amm@abingtonfriends.net).

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY FORUM ON ENDING VIOLENCE, SEPT. 30

Come hear community leaders, City Council members, State congressmen, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner, and others address the issue of ending violence in our community. This community forum will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St., in Germantown, zip code 19144. It is organized by EMIR (Every Murder Is Real), which is directed by Victoria Greene, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting. For information, send an email to info@emirphilly.org.

HARPSICHORD CONCERT TO BENEFIT READING BUDDIES, OCT. 1

Enjoy a program of live harpsichord music on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 20 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. The music will be performed by Marcia Kravis, harpsichordist of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble, and will draw from well-known composers of England, Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Admission is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Reading Buddies program of Historic Fair Hill.

FILM ABOUT ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, OCT. 6

The Promise, a gripping film about the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s, will show on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County in the Springfield Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. The story is about a tender but painful love triangle, set against a backdrop of war, racism, and displacement in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Stars Christian Bale; rated PG. Release of this movie was fiercely opposed by those who deny the Armenian genocide occurred. For more information and directions, click here or call 484-574-1148. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

VERNON PARK COMMUNITY BAZAAR, OCT. 14

Friends of Vernon Park will hold a community bazaar and flea market on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will take place on the Greene Street side of the park block. There will be art, handicrafts, second-hand wares, and activities, alongside information tables about local organizations and nonprofit groups. If you would like to have a table for selling things or giving out information, sign up by Oct. 10 to get the $10 fee. After that, cost is $20. Food vendors must be licensed by the City Health Department. To learn more, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 22, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Be still and cool in thy own mind and spirit from thy own thoughts, and then thou wilt feel the principle of God to turn thy mind to the Lord God whereby thou wilt receive his strength and power from whence life comes, to allay all tempests, against blusterings and storms. That is it which moulds up into patience, into innocency, into soberness, into stillness, into stayedness, into quietness, up to God, with his power. –George Fox 1658

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Karen Lightner & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Edward Marshall & Joanna Bassert

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN

Students join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room, where they meet with their age group for classes. This week the First-day School students will continue their study of Quaker ideas about the Bible. The younger group (pre-K through third grade) will learn about the creation story by doing an art project. The older group (fourth through seventh grades) will look at the birth of Jesus.

Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship at their parents’ discretion. Throughout the coming months, we will also have “gathered Sundays,” with projects for all of the children.

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help. If you would like to help with one Sunday or a month of Sundays, please contact me. In particular, we need someone for the three Sundays in December who would like to direct the play. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

YOUNG FRIENDS

Our Young Friends will hold a bake sale this Sunday, Sept. 24, to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts.

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS ‘A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS,’ SEPT. 24

Our first adult class of this season will be Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. in the social room, when we will discuss the play A House with No Walls as part of our ongoing discussion about race. The play is being performed at Old Academy Players on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls and is directed by our member Carla Childs. Remaining performances will be Sept. 22, 23, and 24; on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Friends are asked to see this play before the adult class discussion. Read a plot synopsis here. Tickets are available at a discounted price of $17; financial aid is available, if the price is burdensome. To receive the discount, please order your tickets through Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), rather than through the theater. Everyone is welcome to participate.

LEARN TO LOBBY AGAINST INCREASED PENTAGON SPENDING, NOV. 1-3

The Quaker Public Policy Institute and Congressional Lobby Day of Friends Committee on NationalLegislation (FCNL) will be November 1-3 in Washington, DC. The thrust will be opposition to increased military spending, funded through cuts in health, social welfare and environmental programs. To encourage participation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) and FCNL are offering reduced registration fees and assistance with transportation costs (possibly a PYM Bus to DC). The annual FCNL meeting is also a great opportunity, to meet, worship, and socialize with Quakers from across the United States. Please see the attached flyer for details. –Bill Cozzens, one of our Meeting’s FCNL contacts and a PYM representative on the FCNL Board, can also tell you more.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE FORMING!

If you would like to be part of a group reading any of these selections, or if you would like to suggest another title, please contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org):

· Between the World & Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read a review, click here.

· Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. To read a review, click here.

· Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions: A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights, by Steve Chase (Pendle Hill Pamphlet)

· The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China, by our late member, B.J. Elder

PLAN AHEAD

The GMM Adult Class Committee would like to invite you to a talk by Sa’ed Atshan: Joining the struggles against anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, and Islamophobia: Reflections from a Palestinian Quaker on October 15th at 9AM in the social room followed by Worship at 10:30. Professor Atshan is a professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College and holds a PhD from Harvard University please read more about him at https://blogs.swarthmore.edu/academics/pcs/2016/12/13/atshan-position/

We regret the content and inaccuracies of last week’s Bee message and want to stress that the language was not Professor Atshan’s or the Adult Class Committee’s and want to be clear that the Friends Central School incident is not the topic of discussion. –Joanne Sharpless, clerk, GMM Adult Class.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

ANNUAL QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, SEPT. 23

The annual Quaker College Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Participating colleges offer a values-based education rooted in Quaker beliefs. Appropriate for high school-age students, especially juniors and their families. Allows one-on-one contact with admissions officers, and offers insight into the college search process. Information about financial aid and campus life also provided. Register now by clicking here.

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 23

The Bucks Quarter Peace Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse and School, Organizations represented will include the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Camp Onas, LEPOCO, United Nations Association, The Peace Center, A Woman’s Place, and many others. Potters, weavers, woodworkers, artists, and others will exhibit and sell their works. Lots of good food, including tasty vegetarian choices. Live entertainment, poetry, kids’ games, and a host of other activities to educate visitors about what local and regional nonprofit groups are doing to help make this a better world. An event for the whole family!

‘FEARLESS BENJAMIN LAY’ PRESENTED BY AUTHOR, OCT. 12

All are welcome to attend a free presentation at Abington Friends Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. The Fearless Benjamin Lay, presented by distinguished author Marcus Rediker, is about a Quaker dwarf who “fiercely attacked slavery and imagined a new, more humane way of life.” A member of Abington Meeting who was disowned, Benjamin Lay was an outspoken abolitionist and revolutionary. He and his wife are buried in Abington Meeting’s burial ground. The address is 520 Meetinghouse Road, Abington, PA 19046. For questions, contact Loretta Fox, 215-884-2865.

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS’ STUDIES

Financial help is available for Friends who feel called to teach at the primary or secondary school levels, or for those who need help to complete their training. This is available through the T. Wistar Brown Teacher’s Fund. Teachers from smaller schools are given first consideration for available funds because those schools are often unable to afford grants for educational assistance. In recent years, however, enough money has been available to help Friends in larger schools, as well. The next deadline is Nov. 1. For more information and applications, click here. You may send questions by email to suemartin522@gmail.com.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

YOUNG FRIENDS GATHER AT BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 22-24

All high school-age Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to a weekend gathering at the Bucks Quarter Peace Fair. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept 22, and end at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. High school-age Friends play a supportive service role in the Peace Fair’s mission of supporting nonprofits that promote peace and social justice. This is coupled with games, worship sharing, fun, and building community. This is an official Young Friends gathering, coordinated by Hannah Mayer, Young Friends program facilitator, 215-241-6222. Registration will soon be open, so be in touch! The Peace Fair will be held at Buckingham Friends Meeting & School, 5684 York Road, Lahaska, PA.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

FALL RETREAT AT FALSINGTON FRIENDS MEETING, OCT. 27-29

The fall retreat for Young Adult Friends will be at Falsington Monthly Meeting and Snipes Farm on Oct. 27-29. This retreat focuses on service and nature. There will be worship sharing, games, and fellowship. Much of the time will be spent at Snipes Farm and Education Center, doing service projects exploring the farm and woods. Saturday will end with a bonfire for everyone to gather around. The purpose of the retreat to provide a time and place for Young Adult Friends to come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and deepening their connections to one another and the Spirit. To learn more and to register online, click here.

GET YOUR PROJECT UNDERWAY WITH A PYM GRANT

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) has grants to support Young Adult Friends in travel and witness. Have a project you need funding to get going? Check out the grants available. Friends Institute funds projects; Pemberton funds travel; and International Outreach funds international projects and travel. The next application deadline is Nov. 1. Apply by using the Travel & Witness application form; to find that online and learn more, click here.

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY FORUM ON ENDING VIOLENCE, SEPT. 30

Come hear community leaders, City Council members, State congressmen, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner, and others address the issue of ending violence in our community. This community forum will take place Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St., in Germantown, zip code 19144. It is organized by EMIR (Every Murder Is Real), which is directed by Victoria Greene, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting. For information, send an email to info@emirphilly.org.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP KIDS READ AT JULIA DEBURGOS SCHOOL

Would you like to help a child learn to read? It will change a life. Now’s your chance! Adults are needed to help kids build their reading skills in the Reading Buddies program at Julia DeBurgos School near Fair Hill Burial Ground. Last year, this program helped second graders at the school raise their reading levels 15 percent to 53 percent. To get started, call 215-870-8348 for an application, clearance forms, and a training schedule.

HARPSICHORD CONCERT TO BENEFIT READING BUDDIES, OCT. 1

Enjoy a program of live harpsichord music on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 20 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. The music will be performed by Marcia Kravis, harpsichordist of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble, and will draw from well-known composers of England, Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Admission is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Reading Buddies program of Historic Fair Hill.

FILM ABOUT ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, OCT. 6

The Promise, a gripping film about the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s, will show on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County in the Springfield Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. The story is about a tender but painful love triangle, set against a backdrop of war, racism, and displacement in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Stars Christian Bale; rated PG. Release of this movie was fiercely opposed by those who deny that the Armenian genocide occurred. For more information and directions, click here or call 484-574-1148. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

TAKE ACTION

LETTER-WRITING DAY FOR DECARCERATE PA, SEPT. 23

Join Decarcerate PA for monthly letter writing tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1207 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, in Center City. Every month Decarcerate PA receives hundreds of letters from prisoners from throughout the state with requests for information, submissions to Decarcerate’s newsletter and website, and contributions. The monthly letter-writing day is an opportunity for people to learn more about the work and to connect with people with similar interests. For questions, call 276-217-DEPA or send an email to decarceratepa@mail.com.

FCNL LOBBY DAYS TO OPPOSE MILITARY SPENDING, NOV. 1-3

Congressional Lobby Days of FriendsCommittee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be Nov. 1-3 in Washington, DC. This year the focus is on opposing increased military spending, which would be funded through cuts in health, social welfare, and environmental programs. To encourage participation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) and FCNL are offering Friends reduced registration fees and help with transportation costs, which may even include a PYM bus to DC. Move quickly if you wish to take advantage of this. The annual FCNL meeting is a great opportunity, to meet, worship, and socialize with Quakers from across the United States. Bill Cozzens, one of our Meeting’s FCNL contacts and a PYM representative on the FCNL Board, can tell you more. Also, see the attached flyer for details.

FCNL: RESTORE PROTECTIONS FOR DREAMERS

Letters and phone calls are a good way to encourage our U.S. congressmen and senators to take action immediately to protect young immigrants from being deported. President Trump has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as “DACA,” which would result in deporting hundreds of thousands of young people who are earning their way here, paying taxes, and have known no other home. For additional background and to click through to send your representative and senators an email message, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulleting), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 15, 2017

May we be like the woman at the well, who turned her attention away from the shell of a surface identity that wasn’t deep enough to hold reality and became immersed in a larger identity that celebrates our oneness and responds from a place of love and inclusion.

–Elliott Robertson, member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting,

published in its Weekly Bulletin, Sept.10, 2017

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers TBA

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Donna Wilhelm & Peter Samuel

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7)

This year we will read Bible stories and talk about their meaning for Quakers. The younger group (pre-K through grade 3) will look at stories from the entire Bible. The older group (grades 4-7) will focus on the New Testament. Students join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room, where they meet with their age group for classes. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship at their parents’ discretion. Throughout the coming months, we will also have “gathered Sundays,” with projects for all of the children.

We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help. If you would like to help with one Sunday or a month of Sundays, please contact me. In particular, we need someone for the three Sundays in December who would like to direct the play.

–Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS TO HEAR SA’ED ATSHAN, OCT. 15

Sa’ed Atshan — the Palestinian-raised Swarthmore College professor who was dis-invited to speak at Friends Central School last winter after Jewish parents objected — will speak at our Adult Class on Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. in the social room. Come early for light refreshments. He is assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College, and a Palestinian Quaker human rights activist. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2013, his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore in 2006, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. Cancellation of his speech at Friends Select led to student protests and suspension of two teachers who invited him. Critics pointed to his support for boycott divestment, and sanctions to pressure Israel to end occupation of the West Bank. A quiet man, Atshan refused to be interviewed at the time. We feel privileged that he is coming to speak to us about his experiences and his position. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

HELP LOBBY AGAINST INCREASED PENTAGON SPENDING, NOV. 1-3

The Quaker Public Policy Institute and Congressional Lobby Day of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be November 1-3 in Washington, DC. The thrust will be opposition to increased military spending, funded through cuts in health, social welfare and environmental programs. To encourage participation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) and FCNL are offering reduced registration fees and assistance with transportation costs (possibly a PYM Bus to DC!). The annual FCNL meeting is also a great opportunity, to meet, worship, and socialize with Quakers from across the United States. Please see the attached flyer for details. Bill Cozzens, one of our Meeting’s FCNL contacts and a PYM representative on the FCNL Board, can also tell you more.

QVS FELLOWS RETURN TO VISIT OUR MEETING, SEPT. 17

To introduce themselves and get acquainted with our Meeting, the new group of fellows in Quaker Voluntary Service will join us for meeting for worship for the second time this Sunday, Sunday, Sept. 17. They will stick around after worship to share coffee and refreshments and talk with us. Let’s help them start the year off right by giving them a big welcome to our Meeting. To see their profiles and photos, click here.

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS ‘A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS,’ SEPT. 24

Our first adult class of this season will be Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. in the social room, when we will discuss the play A House with No Walls oldacademyplayers.org/season/ as part of our ongoing discussion about race. The play is being performed at Old Academy Players on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls and is directed by our member Carla Childs. Remaining performances will be Sept.15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24; on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Friends are asked to see this play before the adult class discussion. Read a plot synopsis here.Tickets are available at a discounted price of $17; financial aid is available, if the price is burdensome. To receive the discount, please order your tickets through Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), rather than through the theater. Everyone is welcome to participate.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE FORMING!

If you would like to be part of a group reading any of these selections, or if you would like to suggest another title, please contact Joanne Sharpless:

· Between the World & Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read a review, click here.

· Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. To read a review, click here.

· Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions: A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights, by Steve Chase (Pendle Hill Pamphlet)

· The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China, by our late member, B.J. Elder

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF FRITZ RENKEN

Our member Fritz Renken, who lived in Germany, died Friday, Sept. 8, at the age of 91. An enthusiastic– if long-distance — member of our Meeting, Fritz quietly kept in touch with the Meeting Office and a handful of other Friends. His telephone calls and notes were always upbeat, kind, and stressed his feeling of connection with our Meeting. We were notified of his death by members of his family, Stefan Renken and Kirsten Brown, who may be contacted by email. We send our loving sympathy to his family, with our appreciation for this good man who made an effort to be a part of our spiritual community from a great distance.

NEW GENERAL SECRETARY AT AFSC

The new general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee is Joyce Ajlouny, who grew up in Ramallah with dual citizenship as a Palestinian-American. She has held senior positions at Oxfam Great Britain and various United Nations agencies and, most recently, served as director of Ramallah Friends School in Palestine. As an adult, she has lived 12 years in the United States, and says, “As I tell my children, our world is much larger and richer and we should not confine ourselves with prescribed identities — we are who we are because of our experiences and personal values.” To read more about her, click here.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES
CHESTNUT HILL MEETING OPENS SKYSPACE TO RAISE RELIEF MONEY

Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting invites Friends to a special Skyspace opening this Saturday, Sept.16, at 7 p.m., to raise money for Live Oak Friends Meeting in Houston, TX. Donations will be used to help people in their meeting who were affected by Harvey, and for repairs to Friendswood Quaker Church, which was severely damaged. There is a suggested $5 donation. Please arrive extra early so everyone can be seated before the beautiful 50-minute light installation begins of the retractable roof. Space is limited, so register online. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate, send a check addressed to “Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting,” earmarked “Houston relief,” and mail it to Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118-3505.

PROGRAM ON WARNER MIFFLIN, QUAKER ABOLITIONIST, SEPT. 22

Warner Mifflin — energetic, uncompromising, and reviled — was a key figure connecting the abolitionist movements before and after the American Revolution. Historian Gary B. Nash will talk about his new book on Mifflin at Bartram’s Garden, 540 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia 19143, on Friday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. Free. Warner Mifflin upheld the Quaker peace testimony by traveling thousands of miles on horseback to encourage Quakers to maintain their neutrality during the war for independence. He was also a pioneer of slave reparations, championing the radical idea that after their liberation, Africans in America were entitled to cash payments and land or shared crop arrangements. For information, call 215-729-5281.

ANNUAL QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, SEPT. 23

The annual Quaker College Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Participating colleges offer a values-based education rooted in Quaker beliefs. Appropriate for high school-age students; particularly relevant for juniors and their families. Allows one-on-one contact with admissions officers, and offers insight into the college search process. Information about financial aid and campus life also provided. Register now by clicking here.

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 2 The Bucks Quarter Peace Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse and School, Organizations represented will include the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Camp Onas, LEPOCO, United Nations Association, The Peace Center, and A Woman’s Place, and many others. Potters, weavers, woodworkers, artists, and others will exhibit and sell their works. Lots of good food, including tasty vegetarian choices. Live entertainment, poetry, kids’ games, and a host of other activities to educate visitors about what local and regional nonprofit groups are doing to help make this a better world. An event for the whole family! Click here for details.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

YOUNG FRIENDS GATHER AT BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 22-24

All high school-age Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to a weekend gathering at the Bucks Quarter Peace Fair. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept 22, and end at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. High school-age Friends play a supportive service role in the Peace Fair’s mission of supporting nonprofits that promote peace and social justice. This is coupled with games, worship sharing, fun, and building community. This is an official Young Friends gathering, coordinated by Hannah Mayer, Young Friends program facilitator , 215-241-6222. Registration will soon be open, so be in touch! The Peace Fair will be held at Buckingham Friends Meeting & School, 5684 York Road, Lahaska, PA.

COMMUNITY

KELLY SCHOOL’S URBAN MEADOW REDUCES STORM RUNOFF

At the John B. Kelly Elementary School in Germantown, a new “pocket” meadow helps reduce storm water runoff, as it inspires and teaches a new generation of watershed stewards. An article featuring this project, “A Meadow Grows at an Urban School,” appears on the Friends of the Wissahickon website with lots of good photos and may be read in full by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

MEETING TO BUILD JUSTICE IN PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 24

On Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks will host a community meeting at First United Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave. Entitled “Beyond the Resistance, Building a Justice Agenda in Philadelphia,” The event will highlight current issue campaigns, propose a progressive platform, and explore how to build grass roots power within our neighborhood, with special emphasis on electing committee persons. Click here to register.

FCNL: RESTORE PROTECTIONS FOR DREAMERS

Letters and phone calls are a good way to encourage our U.S. congressmen and senators to take action immediately to protect young immigrants from being deported. President Trump has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as “DACA,” which would result in deporting hundreds of thousands of young people who are earning their way here, paying taxes, and have known no other home. For additional background and to click through to send your representative and senators an email message, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 8, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our meetings for worship … are at the very centre of our life… Do we come to our meetings as prepared men and women? Do we give of our best, of that which costs us something? Whether in speech or in silence, are we helpers one of another? It is here that we should find strength for the discharge of our individual and our corporate duty to the world. The stillness in which every soul is turned to God may bring us together into new regions of experience such as we could not hope to explore as isolated units.

–London Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends, 1912

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Kate O’Shea & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Joanna Vaughn & Anthony Stover

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7)

This Sunday, Sept. 10, is the first session of First-day School for 2017-2018. This year we will read Bible stories and talk about their meaning for Quakers. The younger group (pre-K through grade 3) will look at stories from the entire Bible. The older group (grades 4-7) will focus on the New Testament. Students join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and go to the social room, where they meet with their age group for classes. (Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship at their parents’ discretion.)

Throughout the coming months, we will also have “gathered Sundays,” with projects for all of the children.

We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help. If you would like to help with one Sunday or a month of Sundays, please contact me. In particular, we need someone for the three Sundays in December who would like to direct the play.

–Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

This Sunday, Sept. 10, we will hold Meeting for Business in the social room at 9 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend. Visitors are welcome but should consult the clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis (pcolgan.davis@gmail.com), beforehand.

AGENDA

Query reading

Opening worship

June minutes

Care & Visiting Committee

Worship &Ministry

Property Committtee

Discussion: Plans for Germantown Boys & Girls Club, Kathy Paulmier and Sam Rhoads

Report on Ujima Peace Center by Ayesha Imani

Racial & Social Justice Committee

Outreach Committee

Report from Annual Sessions

Announcements & Correspondence

Closing worship

MEETING NEWS

WELCOME QVS FELLOWS TO VISIT OUR MEETING ON SEPT. 10 AND 17

The new year begins in September for the new group of fellows in Quaker Voluntary Service. To introduce themselves and get acquainted with our Meeting, they will join us for meeting for worship this Sunday, Sept. 10, and next Sunday, Sept. 17. They will stick around after worship to share coffee and refreshments and talk with us. Let’s give them a big welcome and start the year off right — by personally greeting this remarkable group of young people. To see their profiles and photos, click here.

REPORT ON RACIAL JUSTICE MEETINGS

The written report is now available on the two meetings we held earlier this year to address racial attitudes in ourselves and injustices in our community: On May 31 there was a special called meeting by Germantown Monthly Meeting, in which participants shared their experiences with racism as an initial tool for self-awareness. Approximately 45 members attended. This was followed with a second session on July 18, in which all committee clerks of Germantown Meeting described if and how they dealt with race-related concerns within their respective committees. The complete report is attached (See “Report on Racial Justice Mtg 2017.”)

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS ‘A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS,’ SEPT. 24

Our first adult class of this season will be Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. in the social room, when we will discuss the play A House with No Walls oldacademyplayers.org/season/ as part of our ongoing discussion about race. The play is being performed at Old Academy Players on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls and is directed by our member Carla Childs. Performances will be Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24; on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Friends are asked to see this play before the adult class discussion. Read a plot synopsis here.

Tickets are available at a discounted price of $17; financial aid is available, if the price is burdensome. To receive the discount, please order your tickets through Joanne Sharpless, (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), rather than through the theater. Everyone is welcome to participate.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE FORMING!

If you would like to be part of a group reading any of these selections, or if you would like to suggest another title, please contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org):

· Between the World & Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read a review, click here.

· Never Caught: The Washingtons: Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. To read a review, click here.

· Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions: A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights, by Steve Chase (Pendle Hill Pamphlet)

· The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China, by our late member, B.J. Elder

NEW CONTACT INFO TO RESERVE MEETINGHOUSE

Joanne Sharpless asks Friends who wish to reserve use of our meetinghouse to contact her at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. Joanne, a member of our Meeting, has for several years coordinated reservations for use of the meetinghouse from her position at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. She has recently retired.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR BOB REIFSNYDER, SEPT. 9

The memorial meeting for worship for our long-time member Robert Reifsnyder will be on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. Cookie donations from meeting members for the reception would be greatly appreciated. Please deliver them to the meeting office on Thursday or Friday, Sept. 7 or 8, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or to the meeting kitchen on Saturday, Sept. 9, between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Thank you. –Donna Wilhelm and Randal Whitman, co-clerks, Funeral Arrangements Committee

DEATH OF CARMELLA CLARK PAULMIER

Carmella Clark Paulmier, wife of our former member Mark Paulmier, sister-in-law of our members Chris, Steve, Greg, Lillian, Emily, and Kathy Paulmier; and aunt of their children, died suddenly this past week from a cerebral aneurism. She was a gifted craftswoman and a member of the local spinners group. No other details are available about her death at the time this notice is being emailed to you. Please contact a member of the Paulmier family for further information. We send them our love and sympathy at this time of tragedy.

SYDNEY COFFIN TO SPEAK AT FAIR HILL FUNDRAISER, SEPT. 24

Sydney Coffin, a member of Germantown Meeting, an English teacher at Edison/Fareira High School, and a published poet, will speak at Historic Fair Hill’s Boathouse Fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 24. He will be joined by Claire Landau, chief of staff of the School Reform Commission. This is the annual fundraiser of Historic Fair Hill, and for that reason there is a healthy charge: $45 to $120 per person. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University Barge Club, 7 Boathouse Row, on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia. To ask about getting a ticket, call 215-870-8348 or email info@historicfairhill.com.

NEW ADDRESS FOR DEBORAH FRAZER & JACK MALINOWSKI

Our member Deb Frazer and attender Jack Malinowski have sold their home in West Mt. Airy and moved to 720 Wolcott Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19118, where they will live until their new apartment is finished. Their phone number remains the same.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, SEPT. 9

Need a spiritual boost? Feeling drained or weary? Try extended worship as a way to feel spiritually renewed and reconnected with the Divine. The next extended worship will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Southampton Friends Meeting, 710 Gravel Hill Road, Southampton, PA 18966. Most newcomers to extended worship are surprised at how quickly time passes and are surprised about how refreshed they feel. All are welcome. For details, click here, or contact Lola Georg.

ANNUAL QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, SEPT. 23

The annual Quaker College Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Participating colleges offer a values-based education rooted in Quaker beliefs. Appropriate for all high school-age students; particularly relevant for juniors and their families. Allows one-on-one contact with admissions officers, and offers insight into the college search process. Information about financial aid and campus life also provided. Register now by clicking here.

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 23

The Bucks Quarter Peace Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse and School, Organizations represented will include the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Camp Onas, LEPOCO, United Nations Association, The Peace Center, and A Woman’s Place, and many others. Potters, weavers, woodworkers, artists, and others will exhibit and sell their works. Lots of good food, including tasty vegetarian choices. Live entertainment, poetry, kids’ games, and a host of other activities to educate visitors about what local and regional nonprofit groups are doing to help make this a better world. An event for the whole family! Click here for details.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

YOUNG FRIENDS GATHER AT BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 22-24

All high school-age Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to a weekend gathering at the Bucks Quarter Peace Fair. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept 22, and end at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. High school-age Friends play a supportive service role in the Peace Fair’s mission of supporting nonprofits that promote peace and social justice. This is coupled with games, worship sharing, fun, and building community. This is an official Young Friends gathering, coordinated by Hannah Meyer, Young Friends program facilitator , 215-241-6222. Registration will soon be open, so be in touch! The Peace Fair will be held at Buckingham Friends Meeting & School, 5684 York Road, Lahaska, PA.

COMMUNITY

VOLUNTEER TO HELP KIDS READ AT JULIA DEBURGOS SCHOOL

Would you like to help a child learn to read? It will change a life. Now’s your chance! Adults are needed to help kids build their reading skills at Julia DeBurgos School near Fair Hill Burial Ground. Last year, this program helped second graders at the school raise their reading levels 15 percent to 53 percent. To get started, call 215-870-8348 for an application, clearance forms, and a training schedule.

FREE TUTORING FOR AGES 7-99!

Would you or someone you know like to get some help with math, reading, writing, Spanish, or other subjects? Free tutoring is being offered by the Chew & Belfield Neighborhood Cub at Wissahickon Charter School gymnasium, 815 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Tutoring will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and will run from October to April. A parent or guardian must be present if the student is a minor. Registration begins Sept. 23. Enrollment is limited. Contact Rev. Chester Williams, 215-849-8021, or Dr. Jenny Cressman, 267-280-7097.

TAKE ACTION

‘WOMEN IN POWER’ KICKOFF FOR TRAINING, SEPT. 16

This training series is for black and brown women, focusing on empowerment and honoring the importance of black and brown women’s impact and leadership in resisting racism and sexism. It will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the offices of POWER, an interfaith social justice organization of which Germantown Meeting is a member. The office is at 1429 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. For more information, contact Sheila Armstrong, community organizer for POWER.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 1, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In silence that is active, the Inner Light begins to glow — a tiny spark. For the flame to be kindled and to grow, subtle argument and the clamour of our emotions must be stilled. It is by an attention of full of love that we enable the Inner Light to blaze and illuminate our dwelling and to make of our whole being a source from which this Light may shine out. –William Penn 1699

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Information was lacking about those who will be Closers and provide Greeting & Refreshments this Sunday. Please bear with us till next week, when everyone will be “back in the saddle.”

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, unless they wish to stay in Meeting for Worship with their parents. At that time, an adult from Meeting will supervise them in recreation.

MEETING NEWS

COME SEE THE NEW WALLPAPER IN MEETING ROOM!

Be prepared for a lovely surprise when you walk into our Meeting room this Sunday morning! The new wallpaper positively glows and is complemented by freshly scrubbed benches (thanks to Joanne Sharpless) and clean floors (thanks to Richard Harvey). Many people helped move this project forward, with intense activity taking place while we were all meeting with Green Street Friends for worship in August. Many thanks go to our Property Committee members for their careful stewardship, as well as to Phil Reinhard and the crew from Michael Kelly, who did a superb job, from prep to cleanup. Special thanks go to Val Nehez, who located and bought the wall covering material. Tom Sharpless, clerk of the Property Committee, writes, “On behalf of the Meeting, thanks to everyone who helped this project go forward.”

MEETING FOR BUSINESS TO BE SEPT. 10

Next Sunday, Sept. 10, we will hold Meeting for Worship with Concern for Doing Business in the Social Room at 9 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend. Visitors are welcome but should consult the clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis (pcolgan.davis@gmail.com) beforehand. The agenda will appear in next Friday’s BEE.

NEW QVS FELLOWS TO VISIT GERMANTOWN MEETING, SEPT. 10 AND 17

The new year begins in September for the new group of fellows in Quaker Voluntary Service. To introduce themselves and get acquainted with our Meeting, which helps sponsor them, the new fellows will join us for meeting for worship on Sept. 10 and 17 and will stick around afterward to share coffee and refreshments, and talk with us. To see their profiles and photos, click here.

ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS ‘A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS,’ SEPT. 24

Our first adult class of this season will be Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9 a.m., in the social room we will discuss the play A House with No Walls as part of our ongoing discussion about race. The play is being performed at Old Academy Players on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls and is directed by our member Carla Childs. See below for the dates & times of the performances. We ask friends to see this play and come to the adult class for discussion. Tickets are now available at a discounted price of $17; financial aid is available, if the ticket price is burdensome. To receive the discount price, please order your tickets through Joanne Sharpless, rather than through the theater. Everyone is welcome to participate. Come a few minutes early for refreshments.

Performance Dates: Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE FORMING!

If you would like to be part of a group reading any of these selections, or if you would like to suggest another title, please contact Joanne Sharpless:

· Between the World & Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read a review, click here.

· Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. To read a review, click here.

· Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions: A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights, by Steve Chase (Pendle Hill Pamphlet)

· The Oriole’s Song: An American Girlhood in Wartime China, by our late member, B.J. Elder

NEW CONTACT INFO TO RESERVE MEETINGHOUSE

Joanne Sharpless asks Friends who wish to reserve use of our meetinghouse to contact her at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. Joanne, a member of our Meeting, has for several years coordinated reservations for use of the meetinghouse from her position at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. She has recently retired.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

A WORD OF GRATITUDE

We would like to thank Penny Colgan-Davis for her role as clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and for the extraordinary way in which she allowed the Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions to flow toward a “gathered meeting.” We went to Annual Sessions with anxieties carried over from last year’s sessions that left so many us feeling confused and wounded. This year’s meeting was planned carefully, and the planning perfectly executed. The revised edition of Faith & Practice was approved; the budget was passed; and initial steps in a “multicultural audit” of the yearly meeting was approved. To conclude the meetings, General Secretary Christie Duncan-Tesmer, gave a moving report of her year that included an apology for mistakes made and lessons learned. She forged a way forward for healing and strong leadership. The community came into unity with deepening awareness of how race and cultural differences can be addressed. Penny deserves our gratitude for helping to make this year’s Annual Sessions a real success. –Paula and Howard Cell, members of Germantown Monthly Meeting

NEW ADDRESS FOR DEBORAH FRAZER & JACK MALINOWSKI

Our member Deb Frazer and attender Jack Malinowski have sold their home in West Mt. Airy and moved to 720 Wolcott Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19118, where they will live until their new apartment is finished. Their phone number remains the same.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR BOB REIFSNYDER, SEPT. 9

The memorial meeting for worship for our long-time member Robert Reifsnyder, who died on July 6, will be on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. Cookie donations for the reception from meeting members would be greatly appreciated. Please deliver them to the meeting office on Thursday or Friday, Sept. 7 or 8, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or to the meeting kitchen on Saturday, Sept. 9, between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Thank you. –Donna Wilhelm and Randal Whitman, co-clerks, Funeral Arrangements Committee

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, SEPT. 9

Need a spiritual boost? Feeling drained or weary? Try extended worship as a way to feel spiritually renewed and reconnected with the Divine. The next extended worship will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Southampton Friends Meeting, 710 Gravel Hill Road, Southampton, PA 18966. Most newcomers to extended worship are surprised at how quickly time passes and are surprised about how refreshed they feel. All are welcome. For details, click here, or contact Lola Georg (lolageorg@gmail.com).

ANNUAL QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, SEPT. 23

The annual Quaker College Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Participating colleges offer a values-based education rooted in Quakerism. Appropriate for all high school-age students; particularly relevant for juniors and their families. Allows one-on-one contact with admissions officers, and offers insight into the college search process. Information about financial aid and campus life also provided. Register now by clicking here.

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 23

The Bucks Quarter Peace Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse and School, Organizations represented will include the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, Camp Onas, LEPOCO, United Nations Association, The Peace Center, and A Woman’s Place, and many others. Potters, weavers, woodworkers, artists, and others will exhibit and sell their works. Lots of good food, including tasty vegetarian choices. Live entertainment, poetry, kids’ games, and a host of other activities to educate visitors about what local and regional nonprofit groups are doing to help make this a better world. An event for the whole family! Click here for details.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

YOUNG FRIENDS GATHER AT BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 22-24

All high school-age Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to a weekend gathering at Bucks Quarter Peace Fair. It will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept 22, and end at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. High school-age Friends play a key service role in the Peace Fair’s mission of supporting nonprofits that promote peace and social justice. This is coupled with games, worship sharing, fun, and building community. This is an official Young Friends gathering, coordinated by Hannah Mayer (hmayer@pym.org), Young Friends program facilitator, 215-241-6222. Registration will soon be open, so be in touch! The Peace Fair will be held at Buckingham Friends Meeting & School, 5684 York Road, Lahaska, PA.

COMMUNITY

SHOWING OF SUFFRAGETTE AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, SEPT. 1
Tonight, Sept. 1, there will be a free showing of the film Suffragette at the Peace Center of Delaware County, in the Springfield Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. There will be a picnic beforehand at 5:30 p.m., and the film will show at 7 p.m. Suffragette depicts the hardships and courage it took women to win the vote in England at the turn of the 20th century. Stars Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, among others. For more information and directions, click here or call 484-574-1148. Co-Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP KIDS LEARN TO READ

Would you like to help a child learn to read? It will change a life. Now’s your chance! Adults are needed to help kids build their reading skills at Julia DeBurgos School near Fair Hill Burial Ground. Last year, this program helped second graders at the school raise their reading levels 15 percent to 53 percent. To get started, call 215-870-8348 for an application, clearance forms, and a training schedule.

TAKE ACTION

‘WOMEN IN POWER’ TO HOLD KICKOFF FOR TRAINING, SEPT. 16

This training series is for black and brown women, focusing on empowerment and honoring the importance of black and brown women’s impact and leadership in resisting racism and sexism. It will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the offices of POWER, an interfaith social justice organization of which Germantown Meeting is a member. The office is at 1429 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. For more information, contact Sheila Armstrong, community organizer for POWER.

OFFICE NOTES

DEADLINE FOR FRIDAY BEE is Thursday noon. Send your announcement with a short description of the event, including date, time, and name of contact person with phone number and email address to gmm@germantownfriends.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 28, 2017

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 ember 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.

— Faith & Practice, Britain Yearly Meeting, 1994

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Meeting for Worship to be held outdoors this Sunday, July 30…

in the Harkins Garden at Germantown Friends School. It is located in the walkway between the Main Building (across the parking lot from our meetinghouse) and Morris Gym, which is to the right of the Lower School, if you’re coming from the parking lot. This is part of the Fifth-Sunday series of experiments with adding new elements to our worship experience. It is organized by our Worship & Ministry Committee.

SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 30, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Karen Lightner (Germantown Mtg.) & Friend from Green Street Mtg., TBA

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Toni & Fran Sharp

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, unless they wish to stay in Meeting for Worship with their parents. At that time, an adult from Meeting will supervise them in recreation.

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MEETING NEWS

REMINDER: WORSHIP AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST BEGINS AUG. 6

In August we will worship at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, according to our annual tradition. If you drive, please park on the street or in the Citizens Bank parking lot next door. Green Street School is constructing a new building, and there is no parking behind the meetinghouse. For people with mobility issues, there is a small lot to the left of the meetinghouse. We have enjoyed worshipping with Green Street Friends in our own meetinghouse every Sunday in July and look forward to joining them for another month, worshiping in their meetinghouse, beginning Sunday, Aug. 6.

‘THANK YOU’ FROM UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER

“Just wanted to send a special note of thanks for the outpouring of support from members of Germantown Meeting for the work and ministry of the Ujima Friends Peace Center. I have been touched by the loving notes and contributions that have come from members of our Meeting. Continue to pray for and with us. It has been a joy to work with the young people … this summer, and it has especially been wonderful to worship weekly in North Philly. Our meetings have truly been powerful and gathered. Thank you again so much. I feel so blessed to be a part of Germantown Meeting. We encourage you to check our website for photos and announcements of future activity.” –Ayesha Imani, member of Germantown Monthly Meeting and clerk of Fellowship of Friends of African Descent

REMINDER: MEETING OFFICE TO BE CLOSED IN AUGUST

Please note that our Meeting Office will be closed most of the month of August. The Meeting secretary, Melissa Elliott, will work some irregular hours in August, but will mostly be taking off time to relax and vacation with her family. However, she will regularly check email and telephone messages. Responses may be somewhat delayed. For periods when she is out of town for several days, you will be notified of whom to contact for emergencies. Thank you for your consideration during this period.

NO FRIDAY BEE IN AUGUST

The Friday BEE will not be coming to you weekly in August. However, you may receive brief email notices about urgent things as need arises. The regular weekly appearance of the BEE will return in September.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

SYDNEY COFFIN ON RADIO TIMES PANEL

Our member Sydney Coffin spoke as a panel member on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on July 19. The segment featured a young woman who, with enormous determination, a troubled family life, and a new baby to take care of, returned to high school to earn her degree and graduate. She was a student of Sydney, who teaches English, Journalism, and Poetry at Edison Public High School in Philadelphia. He says of the young woman, whose name is Savannah Zayas, “She was buoyant, upbeat, and always came early” to class and was “enthusiastic about getting things done.” To listen online to the 49 minute interview, click here.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 30

You can still attend a day, evening, or morning at the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which continues through Sunday, July 30. There are a lot of good things left to participate in, such as meetings for worship and business, workshops and interest groups, music, and good conversations with new and old friends. (Registration for the Children’s and Young Friends (high schoolers) programs are closed. Although meal tickets for the cafeteria may be sold out, there are plenty of other places to eat on campus.) Annual Sessions are being held at The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628-0718. They began Wednesday, July 26. For a schedule, click here. Just ask for the walk-in registration site when you get there.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, AUG. 5

Everyone is welcome to join an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. You are welcome to attend all or any part of it. This is the schedule:

9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Gathering and Welcome
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Worship Sharing
3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Clean-up and departure

FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT TO MEET, AUGUST 25-27

The Fellowship of Friends of African Descent will hold its annual gathering on August 25-27 at Chestnut Hill Meeting. It will be a time of sharing, worship, and discussion, with time to nurture friendships and affirm spiritual purpose. The theme is “The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Us,” taken from Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18. Those who visited Ghana together earlier this year will give a presentation. There will be a dedication and open house of the Ujima Friends Peace Center, and a panel discussion of ‘Black Quakerism, Past & Present.’ For more details and to register, click here.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

CAMP ONAS GATHERING, AUG. 20-26

Young Friends will gather at Camp Onas on Aug. 2-26 for activities, fun, and fellowship. Cost: $320, with full and partial scholarships available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends coordinator, 215-241-7222.

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OUR COMMUNITY

KELLY GREEN PROJECT’S SUMMER EVENTS

Share Ideas for New Playground & Sample Garden Produce, July 29
Come hear about and share your ideas on Kelly School’s ‘pocket meadow’ on Saturday, July 29. Meet in front of the school on Pulaski Avenue, between Hansberry and Manheim. At 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Scott Quitel from the Land Health Institute will talk about what is growing in the pocket meadow and why. You will have a chance to offer ideas. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kelly Garden (off Morris Street), there will be cooking and tasting demonstrations, using fresh produce. Plus, Jeremy Taitano from the Audubon Society will talk about outdoor classroom plans, and ways you can help put them into action.

Every Monday Is Gardening & Harvest Day

Join others in weeding and watering in Kelly Garden every Monday at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then, participate in harvesting what’s ready to eat and take home a share. Enter the garden from Morris Street.

An Hour in the Meadow Every Other Wednesday

Learn how this space is helping restore urban habitats, and help keep it healthy every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Aug. 9 and 23, and Sept. 6)

Free Movie on Saturday, Aug. 26

A free, family-friendly movie (yet to be selected) will be shown on Saturday, Aug. 26. Bring your chairs and blankets. Gates open at 7:45 p.m.; movie begins at 8:30 p.m.

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TAKE ACTION

MONTHLY DEMONSTRATION AGAINST DRONE WARFARE, JULY 29

Join an interfaith demonstration against drone warfare at the Horsham Air Guard Station this Saturday, July 29, at 12 noon to 2 p.m. It will take place at the intersection of Route 611(Easton Road) and County Line Road. The monthly protest, now in its fourth year, takes place at the Horsham Air Guard Station, where there is now a drone war command center, which uses computer technology to target people thousands of miles away with remote-controlled drone strikes. This demonstration also reaches out to computer operators, whose view of ‘the enemy’ is reduced to what they can see and interpret on a computer screen. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here or call Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 21, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In this humanistic age, we suppose [the person] 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 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 Kelly, 1941

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 23, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Karen Lightner (Germantown Mtg.) & Bob Dockhorn (Green Street Mtg.)

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Charley & Susan McPhedran

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, unless they wish to stay in Meeting for Worship with their parents. When they exit meeting for worship, an adult from Meeting will supervise them in recreation.

MEETING NEWS

MEETING OFFICE CLOSED JULY 20-26

Please note that our Meeting Office will be closed July 20-26 while the secretary, Melissa Elliott, is attending a family wedding in Oregon. Your emails will be answered, with a possible short delay. Phone messages will be returned when she gets back on Thursday, July 27. For emergencies or things requiring immediate attention, please contact Toni Sharp, clerk of the Office & Records Committee, 267-264-1216.

ON FIFTH SUNDAY, WE WORSHIP OUTSIDE (JULY 30)

On the fifth Sunday in this month, July 30, our regular meeting for worship will be held outdoors in the Harkins Garden on the Germantown Friends School campus. The garden is located in the walkway between the Main Building and Morris Gym (to right of Lower School, if you’re coming from the parking lot). Please see the attached map of the campus for reference. The only thing different about this meeting for worship will be its outside location. This is part of the Fifth-Sunday series of experiments with adding new elements to our worship experience. It is organized by our Worship & Ministry Committee.

GREEN STREET MONTHLY MEETING JOINS US FOR WORSHIP IN JULY

In our annual tradition, we will meet with Friends from Green Street Monthly Meeting, worshiping together in July and August. In July, Green Street Friends will join us for worship in our meetinghouse. During August, we will meet with them in their meetinghouse at 45 Schoolhouse Lane. There will be no First-day School in July or August; however, childcare will be available.

WHEN WE WORSHIP IN AUGUST AT GREEN STREET MEETING…

Green Street School is constructing a new building, and so there is no parking behind the meetinghouse. There is a small lot to the left of the meetinghouse, as you face it, which is recommended for people with mobility challenges. Friends are encouraged to park on the street, or in the bank parking lot, which is on School House Lane on the left, just beyond Green Street Meeting. Refreshments will be in the room next to the meeting room.

NEW CONTACT INFO TO RESERVE MEETINGHOUSE

Joanne Sharpless asks Friends who wish to reserve use of our meetinghouse to contact her at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org or at her cell phone. Joanne, a member of our Meeting, has for several years coordinated reservations for use of the meetinghouse from her position at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. She has recently retired.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-30
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold its Annual Sessions July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and share in discernment of the Spirit. Although online registrations are now closed, late registration will take place onsite. Look for the registration table when you get there. Late registration for children and middle schoolers is subject to availability of adult Friendly Presences. Registration is closed for Young Friends (high schoolers). If you wish to participate in Annual Sessions, you may come for a day or attend full-time. There are a limited number of meal tickets available for commuters, but there are plenty of other places to eat on campus.

SPECIAL DINNER FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS AT ANNUAL SESSIONS
If you teach First-day School at any Meeting in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) region, you are invited to a special dinner at Annual Sessions (see above item) on Friday, July 28, from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. It will be held in a special room off the main dining hall at The College of New Jersey. The conversation will focus on next steps needed to pull together a network of First-day School teachers in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. If you would like to attend, please respond immediately to Zachary T. Dutton, PYM Associate Secretary for Program & Religious Life, telephone 215-241-7008.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, AUG. 5
Everyone is welcome to join an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. You are welcome to attend all or any part of it. This is the schedule:
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Gathering and Welcome
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Worship Sharing
3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Clean-up and departure

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

CAMP ONAS GATHERING, AUG. 20-26

Young Friends will gather at Camp Onas on Aug. 2-26 for activities, fun, and fellowship. Cost: $320, with full and partial scholarships available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends coordinator, 215-241-7222.

TAKE ACTION

P.O.W.E.R. CALLS FOR CONTACTING PA SEN. EICHELBERGER ON EDUCATION

P.O.W.E.R., the interfaith activist organization to which our Meeting belongs, urges people to contact PA Sen. John Eichelberger, asking for a date to be set for a hearing on educational apartheid. The PA Senate Education Committee agreed to schedule a hearing this fall on racial bias in funding for education. It might be encouraging to the Senator to hear thanks for bringing the issues this far, and it is time to urge him to set a special date for the hearing and to share with him why school funding is important to you. This effort grows out of an outpouring of demands on June 21, the Education Apartheid Day of Action, by nearly 400 parents, students, clergy, faith-based leaders, and political allies who traveled to Harrisburg to be heard. To contact Sen. Eichelberger, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 14, 2017

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. — Faith & Practice, Britain Yearly Meeting, 1925; 1994

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 16, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Norris Childs & Lucy Duncan

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Ed Stivender & Denise DeLaurentis

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, unless they wish to stay in Meeting for Worship with their parents. At that time, an adult from Meeting will supervise them in recreation.

MEETING NEWS

UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER OPENS ITS FREEDOM SCHOOL

Ujima Friends Freedom School will open this summer at the Ujima Friends Peace Center in North Philadelphia, a project of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. The School and Peace Center grew out of the Fellowship’s witness against state-sanctioned violence and other forms of oppression in African American communities. Germantown Monthly Meeting approved a minute supporting these projects in fall 2016, and we are making a donation of $1,000 to Ujima Peace Center this year.

The Freedom School will engage approximately 75 young people, grades K-12, in a summer of fun, cultural celebration, study, educational trips, and “peace works.” The goal is to build pride and awareness in African American literacy, numeracy, heritage, activism for social justice, and peacemaking capacities. Operating the Freedom School this summer will cost $20,000 to cover books, transportation, training costs, and supplies. Friends are invited to become part of this worthy project by donating to the project and volunteering to help.

Checks may be made out to the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, earmarked for Ujima Peace Center, and mailed to: Ujima Friends Peace Center, 1701 Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132. For information, contact Ayesha Imani.

GREEN STREET MONTHLY MEETING JOINS US FOR WORSHIP IN JULY

In our annual tradition, we will meet with Friends from Green Street Monthly Meeting, worshiping together in July and August. In July, Green Street Friends will join us for worship in our meetinghouse. During August, we will meet with them in their meetinghouse at 45 Schoolhouse Lane. There will be no First-day School in July or August; however, childcare will be available.

NEW CONTACT INFO TO RESERVE MEETINGHOUSE

Joanne Sharpless asks Friends who wish to reserve use of our meetinghouse to contact her at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. Joanne, a member of our Meeting, has for several years coordinated reservations for use of the meetinghouse from her position at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. She has recently retired.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

FILM & DISCUSSION ON MEDICARE-FOR-ALL SYSTEM, JULY 20

Interviews of health care workers and activists who are fighting to fix America’s broken healthcare system are the subject of a documentary film, Now Is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody, to be shown Thursday, July 20, at 6 p.m. Walter Tso, a medical doctor from Physicians for a National Health Plan and former Health Commissioner of Philadelphia, will host a discussion after the film. It will take place in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Room at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, in downtown Philadelphia. Click here for more information.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL COORDINATOR (PAID) OPEN AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING

Applications are being accepted for the paid position of coordinator of the First-day School program at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting. The position description is attached. This job runs from September 2017 through June 2018, with no classes in July and August. For further information and to apply, click here.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE REVISED FAITH & PRACTICE

Here’s your chance to take a careful look at the revised Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in preparation for adoption at Annual Sessions on July 26-30. You may read it online by clicking here. This revision has more writing extracts by women, young people, and people of color. “Guidelines and Procedures” are now collected in one section for easier accessibility. There are additional and updated resources for Meeting committees included, as well as listings and websites for Friends organizations, describing ways Friends carry their work and witness into the world.

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-30

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) pym.org will hold its Annual Sessions on July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and share movement of the Spirit. All are welcome. Commute for a day or two or attend full-time. There are separate, popular programs for young people and children, as well as intergenerational events. To see the schedule and to register online, click here.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, AUG. 5
Everyone is welcome to join an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. You are welcome to attend all or any part of it. This is the schedule:
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Gathering and Welcome
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Worship Sharing
3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Clean-up and departure

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

CAMP ONAS GATHERING, AUG. 20-26

Young Friends will gather at Camp Onas on Aug. 2-26 for activities, fun, and fellowship. Cost: $320, with full and partial scholarships available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends coordinator, 215-241-7222.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL URGES: KEEP UP PRESSURE AGAINST TRUMPCARE

The Republican senators are remaining in Washington, DC, postponing their summer break, under the mandate of Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to not leave until they pass a revised version of their Trumpcare bill. Friends are urged by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) to keep up the pressure on U.S. senators to oppose the bill. This bill would deprive 22 million Americans of health insurance and cripple the Medicaid program, using the money saved to give large tax cuts for Americans with the highest incomes.

Sen. Patrick Toomey (PA-R) is one of the authors of the bill and a key advocate. Please call, email, write, or visit him to urge rejection of it remind him of the adverse effects it would have on many of his constituents. The phone number for his office in Washington, DC, is (202) 224-4254, and his Philadelphia office is (215) 241-1090. Repeated calls and email messages are helpful.

Sen. Bob Casey (PA-D) has become an outspoken opponent of the Trumpcare bill. FCNL staff suggest that he be thanked for his effort to bolster his position. His Washington, DC, phone number is 202-224-6324, and in Philadelphia, it is 215-405-9660.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 7, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Quaker service springs from the roots of our faith. It grows out of the inner experience of that deep compassion and a sense of oneness with all humankind, which Jesus Christ revealed as the eternal love of God… We must seek to live our whole lives in the awareness of this presence of the love of God, giving time gladly to meditation and worship, to the outreach of preaching from the heart, and to the compassionate sharing of the burdens of our neighbours. –Friends World Conference of Friends, 1952

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OFFICE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JULY 7

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 9, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Joanne Sharpless (Germantown Mtg.) & Kyrie (kai-ree) Wilson (Green Street Mtg.)

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Chris Gallagher & Mark Kowit

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, unless they wish to stay in Meeting for Worship with their parents. At that time, an adult from Meeting will supervise them in recreation.

MEETING NEWS

GREEN STREET MONTHLY MEETING JOINS US FOR WORSHIP IN JULY

In our annual tradition, we will meet with Friends from Green Street Monthly Meeting, worshiping together in July and August. In July, Green Street Friends will join us for worship in our meetinghouse. During August, we will meet with them in their meetinghouse at 45 Schoolhouse Lane. There will be no First-day School in July or August; however, childcare will be available.

NEW CONTACT INFO TO RESERVE MEETINGHOUSE

Joanne Sharpless asks Friends who wish to reserve use of our meetinghouse to contact her at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org or at her cell phone, 215-279-2668. Joanne, a member of our Meeting, has for several years coordinated reservations for use of the meetinghouse from her position at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. She has recently retired.

UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER OPENS ITS FREEDOM SCHOOL

Ujima Friends Freedom School will open this summer at the Ujima Friends Peace Center in North Philadelphia, a project of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. The School and Peace Center grew out of the Fellowship’s witness against state-sanctioned violence and other forms of oppression in African American communities. Germantown Monthly Meeting approved a minute supporting these projects in fall 2016, and we are making a donation of $1,000 to Ujima Peace Center this year.

The Freedom School will engage approximately 75 young people, grades K-12, in a summer of fun, cultural celebration, study, educational trips, and “peace works.” The goal is to build pride and awareness in African American literacy, numeracy, heritage, activism for social justice, and peacemaking capacities. Operating the Freedom School this summer will cost $20,000 to cover books, transportation, training costs, and supplies. Friends are invited to become part of this worthy project by donating to the project and volunteering to help.

Checks may be made out to the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, earmarked for Ujima Peace Center, and mailed to: Ujima Friends Peace Center, 1701 Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132. For information, contact Ayesha Imani.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

DENIAL TO BE SHOWN AT PEACE CENTER OF DELAWARE COUNTY, JULY 7

The film Denial, about the value of historical truth regarding the Holocaust, will show at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064, on Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m. Based on the book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, the film depicts the lawsuit brought against author Deborah Lipstadt by David Irving, an international lecturer and Holocaust denier. The film argues for the importance of truth, as painfully relevant today as twenty years ago, when this story took place. Free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Air-conditioned. Click here for directions. Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

HISTORIC FAIR HILL SUMMER FESTIVAL, JULY 8

Come on over to Historic Fair Hill for the Summer Festival on July 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be pony rides, games, music, and a cookout. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., in North Philadelphia, zip code 19133. For information, call 215-870-8348.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE REVISED FAITH & PRACTICE

Here’s your chance to take a careful look at the revised Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in preparation for adoption at Annual Sessions on July 26-30. You may read it online by clicking here. This revision has more written extracts by women, young people, and people of color. “Guidelines and Procedures” are now collected in one section for easier accessibility. There are additional and updated resources for Meeting committees included, as well as listings and websites for Friends organizations, describing ways Friends carry their work and witness into the world.

LGBTQ FELLOWSHIP GATHERS AT FRIENDS CENTER, JULY 10

There will be a potluck gathering at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGTQ) Fellowship of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting on Monday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. Please bring a generous-size dish to share. There will also be a meeting for worship. Everyone is welcome.

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-30

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold its Annual Sessions on July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and share movement of the Spirit. All are welcome. Commute for a day or two or attend full-time. There are separate, popular programs for young people and children, as well as intergenerational events. To see the schedule and to register online, click here.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, AUG. 5
Everyone is welcome to join an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. You are welcome to attend all or any part of it. Here is the schedule:
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Gathering and Welcome
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Worship Sharing
3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Clean-up and departure

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school-age)

CAMP ONAS GATHERING, AUG. 20-26

Young Friends will gather at Camp Onas on Aug. 2-26 for activities, fun, and fellowship. Cost: $320, with full and partial scholarships available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends coordinator, 215-241-7222.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL URGES: KEEP UP PRESSURE AGAINST TRUMPCARE

Please keep up the pressure on U.S. senators to oppose Trumpcare, urges the staff of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). This bill would deprive 22 million Americans of health insurance and cripple the Medicaid program, using the money saved to give large tax cuts for Americans with the highest incomes. Sen. Mitch McConnell is still trying to find enough Republican votes to pass it. FCNL urges Friends to call, email, write, or visit their senators to urge rejection of it. Pennsylvania (R) Sen. Patrick Toomey is one of the authors of the bill and needs to be reminded of the adverse effects it would have on many of his constituents. The phone number for his office in Washington, DC, is (202) 224-4254, and his Philadelphia office is (215) 241-1090. Repeated calls and email messages are helpful.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 30, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Concern” is a word that has … become debased by excessively common usage among Friends, so that too often it is used to cover merely a strong desire. The true “concern” [emerges as] a gift from God, a leading of Spirit that cannot be denied. Its sanction is not that on investigation it proves to be the intelligent thing to do–though it usually is; it is that the individual … knows, as a matter of inward experience, that there is something the Lord would have done, however obscure the way, however uncertain the means to human observation. Often proposals for action are made that have every appearance of good sense, but as the Meeting waits before God, it becomes clear that the proposition falls short of “concern.”

–Robert Wilson, 1949

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 2, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Jean & Parvin Sharpless, and Don Weightman

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Maureen Carr & Cara Appleberry

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, unless they wish to stay in Meeting for Worship with their parents.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING OR PETER JAVSICAS, JULY 1

The memorial Meeting for Peter Javsicas will be Saturday, July 1, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory may be sent to either of the following:

— Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 1107, Philadelphia, PA 19102

— ACLU of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 60173, Philadelphia, PA 19102

MEETING NEWS

GREEN STREET MONTHLY MEETING JOINS US FOR WORSHIP IN JULY

In our annual tradition, we will meet with Green Street Monthly Meeting, worshiping together in July and August. In July (beginning this Sunday) Green Street Friends will join us for worship in our meetinghouse. During August, we will meet with them in their meetinghouse at 45 Schoolhouse Lane. There will be no First-day School in July or August; however, childcare will be available.

UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER OPENS ITS FREEDOM SCHOOL

Ujima Friends Freedom School will open this summer at the Ujima Friends Peace Center in North Philadelphia, a project of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. The School and Peace Center grew out of the Fellowship’s witness against state-sanctioned violence and other forms of oppression in African American communities. Germantown Monthly Meeting approved a minute supporting these projects in fall 2016, and we are making a donation of $1,000 to Ujima Peace Center this year.

The Freedom School will engage approximately 75 young people, grades K-12, in a summer of fun, cultural celebration, study, educational trips, and “peace works.” The goal is to build pride and awareness in African American literacy, numeracy, heritage, activism for social justice, and peacemaking capacities. Operating the Freedom School this summer will cost $20,000 to cover books, transportation, training costs, and supplies. Friends are invited to become part of this worthy project by donating to the project and volunteering to help.

Checks may be made out to the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, earmarked for Ujima Peace Center, and mailed to: Ujima Friends Peace Center, 1701 Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132. For information, contact Ayesha Imani.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT STAPELEY THIS SUNDAY, JULY 2
Since this coming Sunday, July 2, is the first Sunday of the month, we are invited to meet for worship with others from Philadelphia Quarter at Stapeley Hall, now known as Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St., in Germantown. Worship begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

NEW CONTACT INFO TO RESERVE MEETINGHOUSE

Joanne Sharpless asks Friends who wish to reserve use of our meetinghouse to contact her at or at her cell phone. Joanne, a member of our Meeting, has for several years coordinated reservations for use of the meetinghouse from her position at the front desk of Germantown Friends School. She has recently retired.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

DENIAL TO BE SHOWN AT PEACE CENTER OF DELAWARE COUNTY, JULY 7

The film Denial, about the value of historical truth regarding the Holocaust, will show at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064, on Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m. Based on the book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, the film depicts the lawsuit brought against author Deborah Lipstadt by David Irving, an international lecturer and Holocaust denier. The film argues for the importance of truth, as painfully relevant today as twenty years ago, when this story took place. Free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Air conditioned. Click here for directions or call 484-574-1148. Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE REVISED FAITH & PRACTICE

Here’s your chance to take a careful look at the revised Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in preparation for adoption at Annual Sessions on July 26-30. You may read it online by clicking here. This revision has more writing extracts in it, particularly by women, young people, and people of color. “Guidelines and Procedures” are now collected in one section for easier accessibility, and there new and updated resources for Meeting committees are also included, as well as listings and websites for Friends organizations, describing ways Friends carry their work and witness into the world.

JULY 2-8, FGC GATHERING
The annual Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 2-8 at Niagara University, Lewiston, NY. The theme is “Ripples Start Where the Spirit Moves.” Click here for more information.

HISTORIC FAIR HILL SUMMER FESTIVAL, JULY 8

Come on over to Historic Fair Hill for the Summer Festival on July 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be pony rides for the kids, games, music, and a cookout. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., in North Philadelphia, zip code 19133. For information, call 215-870-8348.

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-30

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold its Annual Sessions on July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and share the movement of the Spirit. All are welcome. Come for a day or two or make arrangements to stay full-time on campus for the entire session. There are separate programs for young people and children, as well as intergenerational events. To see more details and a schedule and to register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL URGES: KEEP UP PRESSURE AGAINST TRUMPCARE

The Republican controlled U.S. Senate delayed a vote on its version of Trumpcare until after the July 4 recess, hoping to find sufficient votes to deprive 22 million Americans of health insurance and cripple the Medicaid program. The money saved would be used to finance significant tax cuts for the highest income Americans. Friends Committee onNational Legislation (FCNL) urges Friends everywhere to call, email, write, or visit their senators to urge rejection of such regressive legislation.

In Pennsylvania, Senator Casey should be thanked for opposing this legislation. Senator Toomey needs to be reminded of the adverse effects the bill will have on low and moderate income families, children and women. Attached are two fact sheets from FCNL about the impact this would have in Pennsylvania. More can be found at Keep Up the Pressure.

The phone number for Senator Toomey’s Washington, DC, office is (202) 224-4254, and his Philadelphia office is (215) 241-1090. The phone number for Senator Casey in Washington is 202-224-6324, and in Philadelphia, 215-405-9660.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 23, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Friends gather for worship in quiet waiting upon God. We come together out of our care for one another and out of our shared hunger to know God, to follow the leading of the Spirit, to feel with clarity our shortcomings and the reality of forgiveness, to give voice to our anguish, faith, praise, joy, and thanksgiving.

“Friends Beliefs and Practices: Worship,”

Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1997

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 25, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Rob Smith & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Deb Frazer & Jack Malinowski

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ARTICLE ABOUT PETER JAVSICAS IN CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL

There is an article in this week’s Chestnut Hill Local newspaper about our member Peter Javsicas, who died as a result of injuries in an accident on June 13. Click here to read it online.

MEMORIAL MEETING OR PETER JAVSICAS, JULY 1

The memorial Meeting for Peter Javsicas will be Saturday, July 1, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Peter is survived by his wife Anne, son Aaron, daughter Laura, sister Michele Childers, and three grandchildren. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory may be sent to either of the following:

Bicycle Coalition ofGreater Philadelphia, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 1107, Philadelphia, PA 19102
ACLU of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 60173, Philadelphia, PA 19102

MEETING NEWS

NEW CONTACT INFO TO RESERVE MEETINGHOUSE

Joanne Sharpless asks Friends who wish to reserve use of our meetinghouse to contact her at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org or at her cell phone. Joanne, a member of our Meeting, has for several years coordinated reservations for use of the meetinghouse from her position at the front desk of Germantown Friends School, from which she recently retired.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

TAKE A LOOK AT THE REVISED FAITH & PRACTICE

Here’s your chance to take a careful look at the revised Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in preparation for adoption at Annual Sessions (see next announcement). You may read it online by clicking here. This revision has more writings in it, particularly by women, young people, and people of color. Guidelines and Procedures are now collected in one section for easier accessibility and include new and updated resources for Meeting committees. There are listings and websites for Friends organizations, describing ways Friends carry their work and witness into the world.

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-30

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold its Annual Sessions on July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and share the movement of the Spirit. All are welcome. Come for a day or two or make arrangements to stay fulltime on campus for the entire session. There are separate programs for young people and children, as well as intergenerational events To see more details and a schedule, and to register online, click here.

BOOK LAUNCHING AT FRIENDS CENTER, JUNE 25

There will be a launching on Sunday, June 25, at 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., of Becky Birtha’s new book, Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family When a Loved One Is Incarcerated. It will take place at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

GFS OPENS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM IN CENTER CITY

Germantown Friends School (GFS) will open a second location for its Early Childhood Program, to be on the corner of 6th and Walnut Streets on Washington Square in Center City. There will be three classrooms, a movement studio of interactive play, and an area for art and science. For information, visit the GFS website by clicking here.

HISTORIC FAIR HILL SUMMER FESTIVAL, JULY 8

Come on over to Historic Fair Hill for the Summer Festival on July 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be pony rides for the kids, games, music, and a cookout. HistoricFair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., in North Philadelphia, zip code 19133. For information, call 215-870-8348.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR AWBURY TEEN LEADERSHIP CORPS

High school youth are welcome to apply for the Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) at Awbury Arboretum. They will learn skills in urban agriculture, cullinary arts, and entrepreneurship. To apply, click here. For more information, contact Christina Moresi, TLC Program Manager.

CAMP ONAS GATHERING, AUG. 20-26

It’s time for Young Friends to gather at Camp Onas for swimming, rope swinging, learning, getting to know each other before the upcoming year’s activities, and enjoying a bit of relaxation before school starts again. Cost: $320, with full and partial aid available. For information, contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7222.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

PUB THEOLOGY TO DISCUSS BIBLES, PROPHECIES, TRUTH ON JUNE 27

Join a round-the-table discussion at Plough & the Stars, 123 Chestnut St., on June 27, at 5:30 p.m. — that is, if you happen to 18 to 35 years old and of the Quaker persuasion. This regular Young Adult Friends (YAFs) get-together will focus on a discussion of “bibles, prophecies, and truth.” Those who are 21 and older are welcome to order alcoholic beverages. Everyone is expected to observe YAF Community Expectations, including the policy on alcohol use. If you would like to take part, please RSVP (so organizers can figure out how many tables and chairs are needed) by contacting Meg Rose, Interim YAF Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

TAKE ACTION

URGENT: CALL YOUR SENATORS ABOUT HEALTH CARE BILL

It is urgent to call Senators Toomey and Casey about defeating the health care bill, on which the Senate is expected to vote next week. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges immediate action to prevent the negative, life-and-death impact this bill would have on people in every state who are poor, elderly, or children. It would cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars and leave the most vulnerable people in our country with no access to affordable health care. Go to fcnl.org for more background information and to get the senators’ phone numbers. (It is recommended that, even though Senator Casey will be voting to defeat the bill, calls to his office are important to let him know he is supported.)

ANTI-WAR DRONE DEMONSTRATION IN HORSHAM, JUNE 24

Protest the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station tomorrow, June 24, at 12 noon to 2 p.m. It is located at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road. This monthly protest is in its fourth year. Posters and banners are provided. Bring folding chairs, sunblock, and your own drinking water. For information, click here. For information, call Bob Smith, Brandywine Peace Community.

PROTEST BUILDING OF NEARBY SEPTA POWER PLANT, JUNE 27

Opponents of SEPTA’s proposed gas-burning power plant are encouraged to sign on to a letter, submit comments, and attend a public hearing on June 27. The new plant would be located at 4301 Wissahickon Ave. and would be allowed to emit more than 38 tons of health-damaging air pollutants each year. To sign onto the already written letter, click here. The public hearing is on Tuesday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at Panati Playground, 3101 N. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19132. (Come at 5:30pm for a press conference, if you can.) For information contact Lynn Robinson.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 16, 2017

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, in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice, 2002, p. 141

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 18, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Karen Lightner & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Michael Moulton & friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO MEET OUR BUDGET BY JUNE 30

Many people have already donated to our Meeting’s budget for this year, but we’re still struggling to bring in enough to cover our goals. Can you help? Please? You can give by several easy ways: (1) Send a check to the Meeting Office, address below; (2) Drop your check in the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room; or (3) Give online by using your credit card by clicking here. We are grateful for every single dollar given, but we still need a little more.

SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR SUMMER 2017 NEWSLETTER

Stories, tributes, and reflections are sought for the new Summer 2017 issue of our Meeting newsletter. In the words of editor Candice Price, “The theme is a memorial to all the lovely souls that have passed this year from our Meeting. Please help me create a publication to honor them.” Send your submission(s) or questions to Candice (CandiceGardenDesign@verizon.net).

HELP SOUGHT FOR MEETING CHILDCARE THIS SUMMER

During the summer months, First-day School is not in session during our Meeting for Worship, but childcare is offered, courtesy of volunteers from Meeting. Help would be greatly appreciated on any of the following Sundays: June 25, July 9, July 16, and Sept. 3. Please contact Peter Samuel, clerk of Care & Visiting, if you can take a Sunday.

MINUTES FROM MAY 14 MEETING FOR BUSINESS

The approved minutes from our May 14 Meeting for Business are attached.

FULL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PENDLE HILL COURSES ON QUAKERISM

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study and retreat center in Delaware County, is offering full scholarships for two upcoming conferences on Quakerism, taught by Ben Pink Dandelion and Deborah Shaw. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact John Meyer, 610-566-4507, ext.129, to find out more. These are the courses:

June 19-23 Quakers in the World but not of it: Faith and Citizenship Yesterday and Today. Runs Monday evening to Friday noon, addressing the questions: What lessons can we learn from our forebears about standing in our integrity and participating authentically in today’s world? How can we support each other as we face daily temptations that draw us away from our spiritual centers?

June 23-25 A Quaker Refresher. Runs Friday evening to Sunday noon, focusing in depth on Quaker faith and practice. If you would like to refresh or add to your knowledge of the Quaker world and gain fresh insight for your spiritual journey, this is the course for you.

GMM BURIAL GROUND INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE
Our Burial Grounds Committee wants to call your attention to available information about the Burial Grounds now on our Meeting’s website. There is now a list of the 585 burials in the “new” burial grounds (since 1860), with notes about relationships between individuals buried here. There is also a map of the burial grounds interments. Soon there will also appear historical commentaries relating to some of the burials. If you have questions concerning individuals buried there, please ask Randal Whitman.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF PETER JAVSICAS

Our beloved member, Peter Javsicas, 76, was killed in an accident on Tuesday, June 13, after being hit by an out-of-control minivan that jumped the curb in Center City. Peter was the husband of Anne for 46 years, father of Aaron (Lucinda Bartley) and Laura (David), grandfather of John David, Daniel, Evan, and Oliver, and sister of Michele Childers. Peter’s family will welcome visitors at their home at 7130 Cresheim Road, Philadelphia 19119, today, June 16, and Saturday, June 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 1, at 2 p.m., at Germantown Monthly Meeting. The meetinghouse is not air conditioned, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Earphones will be available for those who are hearing impaired. To read an article about Peter in an online newsletter, Plan Philly, click here. Donations in honor of Peter’s memory may be made to: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 1107, Philadelphia, PA 19102; or to ACLU of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 60173, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Our hearts and prayers go out to Peter’s family at this tragic time.

UPDATE FROM CARL SIGMOND

Our member Carl Sigmond has moved from his position as operations manager at Woolman/Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. He will be starting fulltime this month as the disability community advocate at FREED Center for Independent Living in Grass Valley, CA, where he will support disability-related campaigns in a five-county service area and will do local, state, and national public policy advocacy and education. He will continue to live at Woolman Friends Center.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

FRIENDS JOURNAL HOLDS INFORMATION SESSION, JUNE 18
Friends Journal, the award-winning, monthly magazine of unprogrammed Friends, is using online videos known as ‘QuakerSpeak’ to reach out to an ever-widening audience. The goal is “to nurture and educate new generations of seekers, standing up for Quaker values in a changing world.” Find out how this is going and what comes next at an informational event on Sunday, June 18, at 3 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Light refreshments will be served. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 215-563-8629.

WELCOME SUMMER AT CHESTNUT HILL SKYSPACE, JUNE 21

Enjoy the latest sunset of the year at the June 21 opening of the Skyspace, a retractable roof at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Sunset will be at 8:32 p.m.; come a few minutes early to watch the unfolding scene. Bring friends, a yoga mat, and pillow. Registration is limited, so sign up now by clicking here. Then click the ‘Register’ button and select June 21 from the drop-down list of dates. The program lasts an hour. In case of rain, there will be a shorter program of an interior lights display.

CALLED SESSION OF PYM ON RACISM AND STAFFING CHANGES, JUNE 24

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold a called session on June 24 at Arch Street Meeting House to labor together on conflicts about racism and recent staffing changes. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited; organizers hope every Meeting within PYM will send at least one person and as many as possible. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. Childcare for infants through middle-school-age children is available if you call before June 16. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING TO MEET JULY 2-8

The weeklong Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) will meet July 2-8 at Niagara University, Lewiston, NY. The theme is “Ripples Start Where the Spirit Moves.” The deadline to register for meals and housing is June 10. Much more information, including schedules of the many programs and workshops, is available at fgcquaker.org. Financial aid is available from FGC.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR, JUNE 17

Free health screenings will be available at a Community Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 208 W. Chelten Ave., in Germantown. Get your blood pressure checked; be screened for your glucose readings; or find out your Body Mass Index (BMI). Gifts related to wellness topics will be given out hourly, along with gift bags for families. The Wellness is sponsored by Excel Medical Center. RSVP by calling 267-335-5264, ext. 248. To learn more, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CAMP, JULY 24-27

Here is an opportunity to learn practical sustainability skills and meet other students, as well as faculty members and professionals working in the field. Full scholarships are available for students and educators to cover all expenses at ‘Energypath 2017 for Our Future: Carbon Reduction,’ a conference on sustainable energy and carbon reduction. It will take place July 24-27 at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. To register or learn more, call 610-264-4440.

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PYM 2017 ANNUAL SESSIONS

‘FAITH MAGNIFIED,’ JULY 26-30 This year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and seek the movement of the Spirit. There will be meals together, worship sharing, and lots of fellowship and fun, with separate programs for all ages of youngsters and young adults. All are welcome. You may make arrangements to stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. Click here for details and online registration.

WANT TO GO TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS FOR FREE?

One way to go to PYM’s Annual Sessions for free is to volunteer as a Friendly Adult Presence with the program for Middle School Friends. Planners are looking for “fun and caring adults to join us for our program time.” Here’s a terrific opportunity to get to know some wonderful kids by joining in their activities and helping out as need. You will still have time to participate in the rest of the community and go to workshops with adults — and sleep in your own bed, since Middle Schoolers will be housed with their families or guardians. If this sounds like a fit for you, send an email message to trubinstein@pym.org.

GATHERINGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT ANNUAL SESSIONS

There will be separate programs for Children (K-5), Middle School Friends, Young Friends (high schoolers), and Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions in July. Please keep in mind that it is important for planning purposes to register well beforehand. Here are brief descriptions of the age-specific programs and contact information:

CHILDREN (kindergarten through fifth grade) will play together, learn things, take a field trip, and help with the work of the community. In the mornings, they will gather for learning in the style of First-day School, on subjects reflecting the theme of Annual Sessions, .Faith Magnified.. After lunch, there will be lots of indoor and outdoor activities from which to choose. In the evenings when adults are in Meeting for Business, children will spend time together in less structured fun. During the week, there will be several special activities, including a field trip to Snipes Farm, a performance from Spiral Q Puppet Theater, and other things. Children will be welcome to join the larger community for meals and for some of the Annual Sessions programs. For details, click here or contact Meg Rose, Interim Children.s Religious Life Program Coordinator, 215-241-7228.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS will have lots to do and adventures to share at the 2017 Annual Sessions. There will be an art workshop with people from Spiral Q Puppet Theater, a rafting trip on the Delaware River with Young Friends, a workshop on environmental activism, and an array of other activities. Every Middle School Friend must register with an adult, which is different than MSF gatherings during the school year. Middle School Friends (MSF) will be housed with their families or guardians in the Family Neighborhood, where they can get to know other Quaker kids and families. To learn more about what to bring and other details, click here. To talk to a person, contact Tara Rubinstein, Middle School Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7171.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age) encompass Quaker kids who are going into the ninth grade through recent high school graduates. This high-energy group will have lots of time to hang out together at Annual Sessions, take workshops, go on a river rafting trip, take part in worship sharing, and lots more! Cost is $240, with full and partial financial aid available. To learn more about their program, click here or contact Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222. To register, click here.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, ages 18 through “35ish,” will be immersed in all aspects of Annual Sessions, from taking part in Meeting for Business, to leading youth programs, to facilitating worship sharing groups. Young Adult Friends meet for discussions, retreats, and other activities throughout the year for fellowship and to provide a spiritual anchor for young people transitioning into and out of this age range. Young Adult Friends register as adults for Annual Sessions, which you may do by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 9, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We declare our faith in those abiding truths taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ — that every individual of every race and nation is of supreme worth; that love is the highest law of life, and that evil is to be overcome, not by further evil, but by good. The relationship of nation to nation of race to race, of class to class, must be based on this divine law of love, if peace and progress are to be achieved. We believe in those principles, not as mere ideals for some future time, but as part of the eternal moral order and as a way of life to be lived here and now. –Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice, 1961, in a statement adopted in 1934

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 11, 2017

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see agenda below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Rebecca Hoenig & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Marion Childs and Jim Burns

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS, JUNE 11

Query and opening worship
May’s minutes
Care &Visiting Committee report
Racial and Social Justice Committee proposal for Corporate Giving
Nominating Committee report
Fund Raising Committee report
First Day School Committee report
Update from the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
Follow-up on our Called Meeting
Announcements and Correspondence- please see attached*
Closing worship

*Attachments

PYM 2017 Draft Budget
PYM Budget Cover Letter
NIHN invitation from Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting

*PLEASE REVIEW PYM BUDGET BEFORE JUNE 11 MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Our clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, asks Friends to please review the PYM 2017 Draft Budget and PYM Budget Cover Letter (both attached) in preparation for this Sunday’s Meeting for Business. We will go over the PYM draft budget so we can offer feedback to the PYM Finance Committee.

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MEETING NEWS

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PENDLE HILL COURSES ON QUAKERISM

Pendle Hill, a Quaker study and retreat center in Delaware County, is offering full scholarships for two upcoming conferences on Quakerism, taught by Ben Pink Dandelion and Deborah Shaw. If you are interested, contact John Meyer, 610-566-4507, ext.129, to find out about these scholarships. Here are descriptions of the courses:

June 19-23 Quakers in the World but not of it: Faith and Citizenship Yesterday and Today

Runs Monday evening to Friday noon, addressing the questions: What lessons can we learn from our forebears about standing in our integrity and participating authentically in today’s world? How can we support each other as we face daily temptations that draw us away from our spiritual centers?

June 23-25 A Quaker Refresher

Runs Friday evening to Sunday noon, focusing in depth on Quaker faith and practice. If you would like to refresh or add to your knowledge of the Quaker world and gain fresh insight for your spiritual journey, this is the course for you.

FILM SHOWS LEGACY OF COAL INDUSTRY, JUNE 11

The film From the Ashes will be shown at a pre-release screening on Sunday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Yarnall Auditorium of the Sharpless Building at Germantown Friends School. It is hosted by our Environmental Concerns Committee. From the Ashes is a National Geographic documentary about people across the United States as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. The film goes beyond rhetoric to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. Learn more by clicking here.

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO MEET OUR BUDGET BY JUNE 30

Many people have already donated to our Meeting’s budget for this year, but we’re still struggling to bring in enough to cover our goals. Not doing so is not a pleasant prospect. Can you help? Please’ You can give by several easy ways: (1) Send a check to the Meeting Office, address below; (2) Drop your check in the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room; or (3) Give online by using your credit card by clicking here. We are grateful for every single dollar given, but we still need a little more.

GMM BURIAL GROUND INFORMATION NOW ON WEBSITE
Our Burial Grounds Committee wants to call your attention to available information about the Burial Grounds now on our Meeting/s website. There is now a list of the 585 burials in the “new” burial grounds (since 1860), with notes about relationships between individuals buried here. There is also a map of the burial grounds interments. Soon there will also appear historical commentaries relating to some of the burials. If you have questions concerning individuals buried there, please ask Randal Whitman.

SLIDE SHOW AND AUDIO TAPE AVAILABLE OF BJ’S SERVICE

Copies of the spoken messages and 20-minute slide show of BJ Elder’s memorial service are available on flash drives for $5. The tapes are provided by David Elder, BJ’s husband. If you would like one, please talk to Melissa Elliott after Meeting for Worship this Sunday or send her an email message by clicking here.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

FRIENDS JOURNAL HOLDS INFORMATION SESSION, JUNE 18
Friends Journal, the award-winning, monthly magazine of unprogrammed Friends, is using online videos known as ‘QuakerSpeak’ to reach out to an ever-widening audience. The goal is “to nurture and educate new generations of seekers, standing up for Quaker values in a changing world.” Find out how this is going and what comes next at an informational event on Sunday, June 18, at 3 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. Light refreshments will be served. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Monday, June 12, by clicking here.

CALLED SESSION OF PYM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 24

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold a called session on June 24 at Arch Street Meeting House to labor together on conflicts about racism and recent staffing changes. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited; organizers hope every Meeting within PYM will send at least one person and as many as possible. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. Childcare for infants through middle-school-age children is available if you call before June 16. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING TO MEET JULY 2-8

The weeklong Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) will meet July 2-8 at Niagara University, Lewiston, NY. The theme is “Ripples Start Where the Spirit Moves.” The deadline to register for meals and housing is June 10. Much more information, including schedules of the many programs and workshops, is available on the FGC website. Financial aid is available from FGC.

PYM 2017 ANNUAL SESSIONS

‘FAITH MAGNIFIED,’ JULY 26-30 This year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and seek the movement of the Spirit. There will be meals together, worship sharing, and lots of fellowship and fun, with separate programs for all ages of youngsters and young adults. All are welcome. You may make arrangements to stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. Click here for details and online registration.

WANT TO GO TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS FOR FREE?

One way to go to PYM’s Annual Sessions for free is to volunteer as a Friendly Adult Presence with the program for Middle School Friends. Planners are looking for “fun and caring adults to join us for our program time.” Here’s a terrific opportunity to get to know some wonderful kids by joining in their activities and helping out as need. You will still have time to participate in the rest of the community and go to workshops with adults — and sleep in your own bed, since Middle Schoolers will be housed with their families or guardians. If this sounds like a fit for you, send an email message to Tara Rubinstein.

YOUNG PEOPLE AT ANNUAL SESSIONS

There will be separate programs for Children (K-5), Middle School Friends, Young Friends (high schoolers), and Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Annual Sessions in July. Please keep in mind that it is important for planning purposes to register well beforehand. Here are brief descriptions of the age-specific programs and contact information:

CHILDREN (kindergarten through fifth grade) will play together, learn things, take a field trip, and help with the work of the community. In the mornings, they will gather for learning in the style of First-day School, on subjects reflecting the theme of Annual Sessions, ‘Faith Magnified.’ After lunch, there will be lots of indoor and outdoor activities from which to choose. In the evenings when adults are in Meeting for Business, children will spend time together in less structured fun. During the week, there will be several special activities, including a field trip to Snipes Farm, a performance from Spiral Q Puppet Theater, and other things. Children will be welcome to join the larger community for meals and for some of the Annual Sessions programs. For details, click here or contact Meg Rose, Interim Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator, 215-241-7228.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS will have lots to do and adventures to share at the 2017 Annual Sessions. There will be an art workshop with people from Spiral Q Puppet Theater, a rafting trip on the Delaware River with Young Friends, a workshop on environmental activism, and an array of other activities. Every Middle School Friend must register with an adult, which is different than MSF gatherings during the school year. Middle School Friends (MSF) will be housed with their families or guardians in the Family Neighborhood, where they can get to know other Quaker kids and families. To learn more about what to bring and other details, click here. To talk to a person, contact Tara Rubinstein, Middle School Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7171.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age) includes Quaker kids who are going into the ninth grade through recent high school graduates. This high-energy group will have lots of time to hang out together at Annual Sessions, take workshops, go on a river rafting trip, take part in worship sharing, and lots more! Cost is $240, with full and partial financial aid available. To learn more about their program, click here or contact Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222. To register, click here.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, ages 18 through 35ish, will be immersed in all aspects of Annual Sessions, from taking part in Meeting for Business, to leading youth programs, to facilitating worship sharing groups. Young Adult Friends meet for discussions, retreats, and other activities throughout the year for fellowship and to provide a spiritual anchor for young people transitioning into and out of this age range. Young Adult Friends register as adults for Annual Sessions, which can be done by clicking here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

INTERFAITH POST-RAMADAN DINNER, JUNE 15

Everyone is invited to an interfaith, post-Ramadan dinner on Thursday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd and Spruce Streets, in Philadelphia. This is the third annual Iftar dinner hosted by The Peace Islands Institute, a Turkish Islamic outreach group. It is organized by Center City Residents Association and sponsored by the Philadelphia Shambhala Center with nine other Center City congregations. Please preregister by clicking here. Suggested donation is $10 per person, with proceeds going to Bethesda Project, an organization that provides services to homeless people in Philadelphia.

HIKE THE WISSAHICKON WITH FRIENDS IN THE CITY

Enjoy a five- to seven-mile hike on various trails in the Wissahickon with trained hike leader Liz Fox on two Wednesdays this month: June 14 and June 28. The hikes are sponsored by Friends in the City (FitC). Participants will gather at 10:30 a.m. at a designated location in Chestnut Hill. Each hike will end at approximately 2:30 p.m. Register by clicking on the appropriate date(s) above. For questions, contact Liz Fox lizfox333@hotmail.com.

COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR, JUNE 17

Free health screenings will be available at a Community Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 208 W. Chelten Ave., in Germantown. Get your blood pressure checked; be screened for your glucose readings; or find out your Body Mass Index (BMI). Gifts related to wellness topics will be given out hourly, along with gift bags for families. The Wellness Fair s sponsored by Excel Medical Center. RSVP by calling 267-335-5264, ext. 248. To learn more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CAMP, JULY 24-27

Here is an opportunity to learn practical sustainability skills and meet other students, as well as faculty members and professionals working in the field. Full scholarships are available for students and educators to cover all expenses at ‘Energypath 2017 for Our Future: Carbon Reduction,’ a conference on sustainable energy and carbon reduction. It will take place July 24-27 at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. To register or learn more, call 610-264-4440.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 2, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In our Society, visiting is a ministry that many should share. It should not be restricted to an official body in the meeting. It cannot be neglected if inner fellowship is to flourish. Any group within the Society of Friends who have ever tried to establish a new meeting or to revive a dying one knows that the first essential is to visit, and the second essential is to visit, and the third essential is to continue visiting. These visits help to draw the meeting for worship into a basic fellowship that can yield to the Spirit. If the members of the meeting know of difficulties that one or another in their midst may be facing, they can literally draw on the bank of God’s healing power for that member.

— Douglas Steere, Community and Worship (Pendle Hill pamphlet no. 10), 1940

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 4, 2017

9 a.m. No Adult Class today

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Parvin & Jean Sharpless

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments: Annual Picnic after Meeting for Worship

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

PICNIC! PICNIC! PICNIC ON OUR PORCH, JUNE 4

It’s that time of year again — for the Annual Germantown Meeting Picnic! It will be Sunday, June 4, immediately following worship, on the Meetinghouse porch. We will have the grill going with burgers and hot dogs. Bring your favorite picnic dishes to share with the crowd! Join everyone for food, fun, fellowship, and games, as we welcome summer! We will also celebrate graduations of our former Young Friends who are completing college this spring, as well as the current Young Friends who are finishing high school! –Anne Stassen, co-clerk, GMM Fellowship Committee

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETING CANCELLED

Because of the Meeting picnic this Sunday, June 4, our Environmental Concerns Committee will NOT meet formally at its usual time, 12 noon. For questions, talk to Bill Cozzens.

MOSCOW FRIEND TO SPEAK ON CONDITIONS IN RUSSIA, JUNE 6

Julie Harlow of Friends House in Moscow will speak on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., in the Hargroves Building at Germantown Friends School. She will talk about ‘Current Conditions in Russia and the Work of Friends in the Region.’ Julie Harlow began working toward fulfillment of the vision of a Quaker presence in Russia immediately after collapse of the USSR in 1991. She is currently active with the international governing board of Friends House Moscow and is the clerk. She will share the challenges, disappointments, and successes from its beginnings up to today. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

FILM SHOWS LEGACY & FUTURE OF COAL INDUSTRY, JUNE 11

The film From the Ashes will be shown at a pre-release screening on Sunday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Yarnall Auditorium of the Sharpless Building at Germantown Friends School. It is hosted by our Environmental Concerns Committee. From the Ashes is a National Geographic documentary about people across the United States as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. The film goes beyond rhetoric to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. (Learn more by clicking here.)

HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET BY THE END OF JUNE!

This time of year has urgency for our Meeting’s finances — it’s when we hope to bring in enough donations to cover our year’s budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Can you please help? We are having a surge in new attenders and request for membership and are delighted in this increase in fellow spiritual travelers. So, we’re eager to keep pace with all the new activities by supporting our budget. Here are three easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set periodic donation, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need for stamps. The box is locked and is checked regularly.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you’ve shown with your gifts in the past. Let’s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

GMM BURIAL GROUND INFORMATION NOW ON WEBSITE
Our Burial Grounds Committee wants to call your attention to available information about the Burial Grounds now on our Meeting’s website. There is now a list of the 585 burials in the “new” burial grounds (since 1860), with notes about relationships between individuals buried here. There is also a map of the burial grounds interments. Soon there will also appear historical commentaries relating to some of the burials. If you have questions concerning individuals buried there, please ask Randal Whitman.

SLIDE SHOW AND AUDIO TAPE AVAILABLE OF BJ’S SERVICE

Copies of the spoken messages and 20-minute slide show of BJ Elder’s memorial service are available on flash drives for $5. The tapes are provided by David Elder, BJ’s husband. If you would like one, please talk to Melissa Elliott after Meeting for Worship this Sunday or send her an email message by clicking here.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, JUNE 3

Would you like to have an opportunity to worship with Friends for longer than just the hour we spend on Sunday mornings? There will be an extended Meeting for Worship on Saturday, June 3, at Chester Friends Meeting, 520 E 24th St., Chester, PA 19103. For details, contact Lola Georg or click here.

‘QUAKER SPRING’ TO FOCUS ON INWARD CHRIST, JUNE 23-28

This year’s them for Quaker Spring is “Experiencing the Inward Christ Together.” It will be held on June 23-28, at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Each day will include Bible study, worship, quiet time, evening explorations, and fellowship. For information, visit click here.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING TO MEET JULY 2-8

The week-long Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) will meet July 2-8 at Niagara University, Lewiston, NY. The theme is “Ripples start where the spirit moves.” The deadline to register for meals and housing is June 10. Much more information, including schedules of programs and workshops, is available on the FGC website. Financial aid is available from FGC.

PYM CALLED SESSION ON RACISM & STAFF CHANGES, JUNE 24

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold a called session on June 24 at Arch Street Meeting House to labor together on conflicts about racism and recent staffing changes. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited; organizers hope every Meeting within PYM will send at least one person and as many as possible. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. Childcare for infants through middle-school-age children is available if you call before June 16.

YEARLY MEETING SESSIONS: ‘FAITH MAGNIFIED,’ JULY 26-30

This year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and seek the movement of the Spirit. There will be meals together, worship sharing, and lots of fellowship and fun. Separate programs for all ages of youngsters and young adults. All are welcome. You may make arrangements to stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. Click here for details and online registration.

GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR PYM

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) makes more than 500 grants every year to individuals, Meetings, and nonprofit organizations. Grants are made from income from restricted bequests and trusts given to our Yearly Meeting by generous donors since 1795. All granting deadlines are listed by month at clicking here. Or, get in touch with Carol Walz, 215-241-7201.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FILM EXPLORES ROMANCE & HEARTACHE IN WWI, JUNE 2

The film A Testament of Youth will be shown tonight, Friday, June 2, at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Set in the disjointed times of World War I in Great Britain, the film is based on the true story of Vera Brittain’s experiences as a young woman in wartimes, with her hopes shattered and dreams pushed to the edge of despair and back again. 129 min. Rated PG-13 for adult themes and war-related images. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. For more information and directions, click here or call 484-574-1148. Cosponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

‘ENCORE CAREERS’ FEATURED AT SUNDAY PROGRAM, JUNE 4

“Encore careers” is the phenomenon of retirement-age people who return to the workforce in new roles and new areas of interest. Northwest Village Network, Weavers Way, and the Rotary Club of Chestnut Hill will sponsor a program on encore careers this Sunday, June 4, at 3-5 p.m., at Weavers Way Garage, on Carpenter Lane near McCallum St. Admission is free. Contact Peter Javsicas for more information.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 26, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Many early Friends were victims of an arbitrary and unreasonable criminal justice system. Knowledge of that experience has opened many later Friends to that of God in convicted persons. Friends continue to undertake work in prisons, ministering to the spiritual and material needs of inmates. Believing that the penal system often reflects structural and systemic injustice in our society, Friends seek alternatives. Friends have acted out of the conviction that redemption and restorative justice, not retribution, are the right tasks of the criminal justice system. –Faith & Practice, 1997 revision, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 28, 2017

9 a.m. No Adult Class today

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Peter Samuel & daughter

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Ross Hennesy and Anna Ferguson

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room. This Sunday, as part of their study of the Peace Testimony, Caleb Schodt will run games– Capture the Flag, if we get enough people. Come one, Come all!

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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CALLED MEETING ON RACIAL ISSUES AND FRIENDS

Wednesday, MAY 31, at 7 p.m.

Committee Room, Germantown Meetinghouse

In a worship sharing format, we will share our experience of racism as individuals and as Friends, in our community, and in the Meeting. This date and format were approved at our Meeting for Business on May 14, 2017, in response to a minute from Philadelphia Quarter.
Joanne Sharpless graciously agreed to bring sandwiches for those coming directly from work to this called Meeting. In the tradition of our Meeting, attenders are welcome to come to the called meeting, with permission of the clerk. Sam Angell, who will be clerking this session, may be contacted at angellsrus@comcast.net.

GET READY FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING PICNIC, JUNE 4

It’s that time of year again — for the Annual Germantown Meeting Picnic! It will be Sunday, June 4, immediately following worship, on the Meetinghouse porch. We will have the grill going with burgers and hot dogs. Bring your favorite picnic dishes to share with the crowd! Join everyone for food, fun, fellowship, and games, as we welcome summer! We will also celebrate graduations of our former Young Friends who are completing college this spring, as well as the current Young Friends who are finishing high school! –Anne Stassen, co-clerk, GMM Fellowship Committee

SLIDE SHOW AND AUDIO TAPE AVAILABLE OF BJ’S SERVICE

Copies of the spoken messages and 20-minute slide show of BJ Elder’s memorial service are available on flash drives for $5. The tapes are provided by David Elder, BJ’s husband. If you would like one, please talk to Melissa Elliott after Meeting for Worship this Sunday or send her an email message by clicking here.

MOSCOW FRIEND TO SPEAK ON JUNE 6

Julie Harlow of Friends House in Moscow will speak on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., in the Hargroves Building at Germantown Friends School. She will talk about ‘Current Conditions in Russia and the Work of Friends in the Region.’ Julie Harlow began working toward fulfillment of the vision of a Quaker presence in Russia immediately after collapse of the USSR in 1991. She is currently active with the international governing board of Friends House Moscow and is the clerk. She will share the challenges, disappointments, and successes from its beginnings up to today. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET BY THE END OF JUNE!

This time of year has urgency for our Meeting’s finances — it’s when we hope to bring in enough donations to cover our year’s budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Can you please help? We are having a surge in new attenders and request for membership and are delighted in this increase in fellow spiritual travelers. So, we’re eager to keep pace with all the new activities by supporting our budget. Here are three easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set periodic donation, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need for stamps. The box is locked and is checked regularly.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you’ve shown with your gifts in the past. Let’s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

GMM CRAFT FAIR WILL NOT CONTINUE

The Assistance Committee of our Meeting wishes to let everyone know that it is laying down the Craft Fair. Members of the Assistance Committee report that they enjoyed doing the Craft Fair, “and we are very appreciative of the efforts made by many contributors over the years. They would also like to thank those people such as Chris Paulmier and Bill Cozzens who helped with selling at the Craft Fair, as well as Young Friends who were an important part of the last Fair. The Assistance Committee is “over future ventures and would appreciate any suggestions Friends may have.” Please send those suggestions to Randal Whitman.

GMM BURIAL GROUND INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE
Our Burial Grounds Committee wants to call your attention to available information about the Burial Grounds now on our Meeting’s website. There is now a list of the 585 burials in the “new” burial grounds (since 1860), with notes about relationships between individuals buried here. There is also a map of the burial grounds interments. Soon there will also appear historical commentaries relating to some of the burials. If you have questions concerning individuals buried there, please ask Randal Whitman.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, JUNE 3

Would you like to have an opportunity to worship with Friends for longer than just the hour we spend on Sunday mornings? There will be an extended Meeting for Worship on Saturday, June 3, at Chester Friends Meeting, 520 E 24th St., Chester, PA 19103. For details, contact Lola Georg.

CALLED SESSION OF PYM, JUNE 24

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold a called session on June 24 at Arch Street Meeting House to labor together on conflicts about racism and recent staffing changes. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited; organizers hope every Meeting within PYM will send at least one person and as many as possible. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. Childcare for infants through middle-school-age children is available if you call before June 16.

YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-30

This year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and seek the movement of the Spirit. There will be meals together, worship sharing, and lots of fellowship and fun. Separate programs for all ages of youngsters and young adults. All are welcome. You may make arrangements to stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. Click here for details and online registration.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘CELEBRATION OF THE ROSES’ AT WYK HOUSE, MAY 27

The Celebration of the Roses will take place at Wyck Historic House and its Heritage Rose Garden tomorrow, Saturday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. There will activities for the children, and picnickers are welcomed. Guests are encouraged to bring art supplies or a camera to capture the beauty of the garden. Tours, music, sale of rose cuttings, light refreshments, presentations on beekeeping. The grounds are located at 6026 Germantown Avenue (at W. Walnut Lane) and may be reached by the 23, H, or XH Septa bus routes. For more information about Wyck events and programs, click here.

YOGA SESSIONS AT AWBURY ARBORETUM

You are invited to bring your yoga mat and join in several Wednesday evening yoga sessions at the Cope House in Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, zip code 19138. The dates will be May 31, June 7, and June 14, at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Techniques and secrets of the mind will be offered to sustain energy. For information, click here.

LEARN HOW TO GARDEN FOR POLLINATORS

Gardening to benefit pollinators is a great way to expand your gardening skills, while it supports the survival of local native pollinator species. Awbury Arboretum is offering learning sessions on this subject through the summer, weather permitting: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the last Sunday of each month. You need an appointment to take part; to RSVP and to get information and updates, by contacting Lesley Cerk.

FREE HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIRS THIS SUMMER

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to two free Health & Wellness Fairs in Northwest Philadelphia this summer, sponsored by Excel Medical Center. You will receive free health screenings, gift bags for families, and have a chance to meet doctors, ask questions, and get medical help. To RSVP, click here www.excelmedicalcenter.com/events/health-fairs/. The two dates and locations are:

Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 208 W Chelten Ave, Phila., PA 19144,
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 7515 Stenton Ave., Phila., PA 19150

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 19, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Let none allow the rush of engagements or the hurry of business to crowd their opportunities for private retirement and waiting upon God. The more our engagements multiply, the greater is the call to watch unto prayer. He who is a stranger to prayer enters upon them in his own strength, and finds, to his unspeakable loss, that a life without prayer is a life practically without God. –London Yearly Meeting, 1888, 1877

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 21, 2017

9 a.m. Adult Class: Update on Quaker Voluntary Service (see below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Charlie McPhedran & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Allen Woodruff & friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS FEATURES QVS LEADERS AND FELLOWS, MAY 21

At our Adult Class on Sunday, May 21, we will hear an update on the Philadelphia chapter of Quaker Voluntary Service. Leaders Ross Hennesy and Oskar Castro will be joined by some of this year’s QVS fellows to give the presentation and answer questions. Adult Class starts at 9 a.m., with light refreshments available for those who come a few minutes early. Childcare is available.

NO ADULT CLASS ON SUNDAY, MAY 28

HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET BY THE END OF JUNE!

This time of year has urgency for our Meeting’s finances — it’s when we hope to bring in enough donations to cover our year’s budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 31. Can you please help? We are having a surge in new attenders and request for membership and are delighted in this increase in fellow spiritual travelers. So, we’re eager to keep pace with all the new activities by supporting our budget. Here are three easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set periodic donation, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need for stamps. The box is locked and is checked regularly.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you’ve shown with your gifts in the past. Let’s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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SAVE THE DATE

CALLED MEETING ON RACIAL ISSUES AND FRIENDS, MAY 31

Germantown Friends will hold a Called Meeting for Business on Wednesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m., in our meetinghouse. This is in response to a request by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting for each Meeting in the Quarter to discuss issues about racism among us and staffing changes at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. More specific information will be coming; this notice is to encourage Friends to save the date. This Meeting will be open to all members of Germantown Meeting, and also to visitors and attenders by contacting Sam Angell, who will be clerking the meeting.

OUR ANNUAL MEETING PICNIC, JUNE 4

It’s that time of year again — for the Annual Germantown Meeting Picnic! It will be Sunday, June 4, immediately following worship, on the Meetinghouse porch. We will have the grill going with burgers and hot dogs. Bring your favorite picnic dishes to share with the crowd! Join everyone for food, fun, fellowship, and games, as we welcome summer! We will also celebrate graduations of our former Young Friends who are completing college this spring, as well as the current Young Friends who are finishing high school! –Anne Stassen, co-clerk, GMM Fellowship Committee

MOSCOW FRIEND TO SPEAK ON JUNE 6

Julie Harlow of Friends House in Moscow will speak on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., in the Hargroves Building at Germantown Friends School. She will talk about ‘Current Conditions in Russia and the Work of Friends in the Region.’ For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

FILM SHOWING & FORUM WITH CHIEF OF NEARBY LENAPE TRIBE

The documentary Doctrine of Discovery will be shown Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m., at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. Chief Dennis Coker of the Lenape Tribe of Delaware will lead a discussion afterward. The film explains how the Doctrine of Discovery set forth the ‘right’ of explorers to take lands to which they travelled if the inhabitants were not subjects of a European Christian monarch. The doctrine has been used to disenfranchise Native Americans of their tribal lands to the benefit of colonial or post-colonial governments.

HISTORY FAIR AT MERION MONTHLY MEETING, MAY 20

Here’s a chance to have some fun and learn some history about the area around Merion Friends Meeting, where there will be a free History Fair on May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be reenactments about suffragette Lucretia Mott and underground railroad agent William Still; free horse-drawn carriage rides; a textile and quilt display, foods of the 1800s for sale; silhouette cutting, a blacksmith demonstration, and games and crafts for children. Merion Meetinghouse is the oldest in this area and was built by Welsh settlers. For information and directions, click here.

GFS ACTIVIST DAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CAUSES. MAY 21

On Sunday, May 21, twelve student social action clubs at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will present ‘GFS Activist Day.’ There will be food and fun and plenty for everyone to enjoy. Proceeds will go to activist organizations of each club’s choice. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the GFS Commons (the “parking lot” between our meetinghouse and Main Building of the school). In case of rain, the event will be held in the GFS Field House on the corner of Greene Street and School House Lane. Everyone is welcome. For information, call GFS, 215-951-2300.

CALLED SESSION OF PYM ON RACISM AND STAFFING CHANGES, JUNE 24

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold a called session on June 24 at Arch Street Meeting House to labor together on conflicts about racism and recent staffing changes. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited; organizers hope every Meeting within PYM will send at least one person and as many as possible. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. Childcare for infants through middle-school-age children is available if you call before June 16, at 215-241-7000.

YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS: ‘FAITH MAGNIFIED,’ JULY 26-30

This year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 26-30 at

The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and seek the movement of the Spirit. There will be meals together, worship sharing, and lots of fellowship and fun. Separate programs for all ages of youngsters and young adults. All are welcome. You may make arrangements to stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. Click here for details and online registration.

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JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

COORDINATOR NEEDED FOR PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting is looking for a coordinator to support its programs and administrative work with the eight Quaker Meetings in its region. The coordinator is also responsible for sharing information about the work its Friends and member Meetings to the wider community. For a job description and information about applying, click here.

FRIEND(S) IN RESIDENCE NEEDED AT CAMBRIDGE MEETING

Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Massachusetts, seeks a gifted Friend or couple to serve in residence for three to six years. Cambridge Meeting has 400 members, is unprogrammed, and is a thriving, vibrant, spiritual community. The fulltime position of Resident Friend is responsible for facilitating the functioning of the whole Meeting, and, with input from committees and individuals supervising seven to ten staff members, in addition to coordinating work for many other areas, as well as attending to the meeting’s administrative needs. The job description, with application details, is attached (Cambridge Resident-Friends.pdf). The job starts this summer.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL COORDINATOR, CHESTNUT HILL MEETING

Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is looking for a First-day School Coordinator for September 2017-June 2018. Deadline for applications is June 15. The job description is attached (CHMM-FDSCoordinator.docx). Submit your application by email by clicking here or mail your application to Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118-3505, ATTN: RE Committee.

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

Friends Counseling Service of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is seeking qualified mental health practitioners for its staff. Applicants must have experience or hold an advanced degree in a related field. Examples of qualifying degrees at Ph.D, Psy.D, LCSW, or LPC. Applicants must currently be in private practice and be active members of the Religious Society of Friends. For information: contact Ken Brick, Friends Counseling Service Coordinator, 302-655-8101.

CHILDCARE PROVIDERS, PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is seeking on-call childcare assistants to provide childcare during meetings and PYM events. Applicants are needed who have childcare experience and either have their background checks in place or are willing to apply for them. Pay is $10-$15 per hour, depending on experience. To apply, send an email expressing your interest and qualifications to Meg Rose, Interim Children’s Religious Life Coordinator.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

PUB THEOLOGY: ‘APOCALYPSE & UTOPIA & ALE,’ MAY 23

Young Adult Friends (YAFs) will get together on Tuesday, May 23, at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for ‘Pub Theology,’ a discussion, with food, and fellowship. The location is yet to be determined, so get in the loop now. The topic is ‘Apocalypse, Utopias, and Ales,’ and will cover life after death, utopian ideals, and whether the kingdom of God is actually at hand. Queries will be provided to stimulate the conversation. RSVP here to help planners reserve the right size of tables. As usual at these events, everyone will be expected to observe YAFs guidelines, including its policy on alcohol use. Young Adult Friends under 21 years of age are welcome to attend but are expected to refrain from consuming alcohol.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR YAF COORDINATOR POSITION

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is looking for a Young Adult Engagement Coordinator for activities with Quakers age 18 to 35. The job is 22.75 hours per week at $21 per hour, with benefits. The coordinator plans events to support and encourage young adults to become active members in the Quaker community, as well as many related tasks involving communication and outreach. The job description is attached (YAF-Coordinator-2017.05.09).

YAF FIELD SECRETARY NEEDED FOR NEW YORK YM

New York Yearly Meeting is looking for a Field Secretary to work with Young Adult Friends. This person will work on communications and outreach, multigenerational community development, mentoring, and pastoral care. Part of the job will be to help Young Adult Friends develop their gifts and find a home in the Religious Society of Friends. This is a half-time position requiring frequent travel and weekend commitments. To see the job announcement, click here. To read the full job description, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS
HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR BY 39TH PRECINCT, MAY 20

The 39th Police District is sponsoring a Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at 2201 W. Hunting Park Ave., Phila., PA 19140. There will be health screenings for individuals, plus vendors, games, and food. Rain date: Sunday, May 21.

NPR PIONEER TO SPEAK AT CHESTNUT HILL LIBRARY, MAY 22

On Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Library, Northwest Village Network will offer ‘A Conversation with Bill Siemering.’ Bill is a pioneer of National Public Radio and an active advocate for public radio in developing countries. For more information contact our member Peter Javsicas.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEEDED FOR KIDS CENTER

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is looking for donations of children’s books for its Kids Drop-in Center. The books are also for other organizations and potentially for prison visiting rooms. The address is 3850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140; telephone: 215-223-1680. TCRC’s founder and director is Jondhi Harrell, a member of Germantown Meeting.

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TAKE ACTION

WRAP-UP CELEBRATION FOR 100-MILE-WALK, MAY 22

This Monday, May 22, marchers will wrap up their 100-miles walk for Green Jobs & Justice by marching up Market Street in Philadelphia to PECO’s headquarters. There, they will demand that PECO move into using solar power by 2025. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon at Philadelphia City Hall. In the past 11 days, EQAT and POWER members have walked most of the 100-mile route through PECO’s five-county service territory to publicize their campaign for green jobs through solar power. For information on the campaign, click here. Contact our member Bill Cozzens for details on the final march and rally.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 12, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

On one never-to-be-forgotten Sunday morning, I found myself one of a small company of silent worshippers who were content to sit down together without words, that each one might feel after and draw near to the Divine Presence… My whole soul was filled by 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 [God’s] presence. To sit down in silence could at least pledge me to nothing; it might open to me (as it did that morning) to the very gate of heaven. And since that day … Friends meetings have indeed been to me the greatest of outward helps to a fuller and fuller entrance into the spirit from which they have sprung; the place of the most soul-subduing, faith-restoring, strengthening, and peaceful communion, in feeding upon the bread of life, that I have ever known.

–Caroline E. Stephen, Quaker Strongholds, 1891

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 14, 2017

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see agenda below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Joanna Bassert & Ed Marshall

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Ed Nakawatase & James Davis

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

MAY 14, 2017

Query 3 and opening worship

April minutes

Care & Visiting Committee report

Nominating Committee report

Fund Raising Committee report

Report from Teresa Maebori about photo exhibit she hosted at Friends Center

Request from Chestnut Hill Meeting to serve as a co-host for the NW Interfaith Hospitality Network (Please read attachment “Chestnut Hill NIHN request.pdf”)

Report from Phila. Quarterly Meeting (Background materials sent by email)

Announcements and Correspondence

Closing worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY FOR PAIGE DAVIS CARTER & SAM CARTER

Laila Maxfield Carter was born January 18 to our members Paige Davis Carter and Samuel Carter. Laila is now 3-1/2 months old, and she joins a big sister, 2-1/2-year-old Penelope Carter.

DEATH OF KAREN LIGHTNER’S FATHER

Roy Lightner, father of our member Karen Lightner, died Monday, May 8, in Durham, NC, at the age of 96. Karen and her sister Laura were with him when he passed. They and their brother Kevin survive him. He will be buried next to his wife in West Chester. The graveside service was held today, May 12. There will be a memorial service in Durham, NC, on Thursday, May 18. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Hock Family Pavillion (Duke Hospice), 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704, or to Croasdaile Benevolent Fund, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, NC 27705. To read the online obituary, click here. We send Karen and her family our deepest sympathy.

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MEETING NEWS

HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET BY THE END OF JUNE!

This time of year has urgency for our Meeting’s finances — it’s when we hope to bring in enough donations to cover our year’s budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 31. Can you please help? We are having a surge in new attenders and request for membership and are delighted in this increase in fellow spiritual travelers. So, we’re eager to keep pace with all the new activities by supporting our budget. Here are three easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set periodic donation, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need for stamps. The box is locked and is checked regularly.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you’ve shown with your gifts in the past. Let’s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

TREE PLANTED IN BETTY CARY’S MEMORY

A Persian Ironwood tree is now growing in the Commons area of Germantown Friends School (GFS) in honor of our late member, Betty Cary. You can see it across from the lilac bushes in back of the Meeting Office, and across from the Smith Gym entrance. There will be a plaque and bench coming soon. The tree, whose scientific name is parrotia persica, was planted by the Faculty Staff Stewardship Committee and the Maintenance Department of GFS.

ADULT CLASS FEATURES QVS LEADERS AND FELLOWS, MAY 21

At our Adult Class on Sunday, May 21, we will hear an update on the Philadelphia chapter of Quaker Voluntary Service. Leaders Ross Hennesy and Oskar Castro will be joined by some of this year’s QVS fellows to give the presentation and answer questions. Adult Class starts at 9 a.m., with light refreshments available for those who come a few minutes early. Childcare is available.

NO ADULT CLASS ON SUNDAY, MAY 28

MOSCOW FRIEND TO SPEAK ON JUNE 6

Julie Harlow of Friends House in Moscow will speak on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., in the Hargroves Building at Germantown Friends School. She will talk about “Current Conditions in Russia and the Work of Friends in the Region.” For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING PICNIC, JUNE 4

It’s that time of year again — for the Annual Germantown Meeting Picnic! It will be Sunday, June 4, immediately following worship, on the Meetinghouse porch. We will have the grill going with burgers and hot dogs. Bring your favorite picnic dishes to share with the crowd! Join everyone for food, fun, fellowship, and games, as we welcome summer! We will also celebrate graduations of our former Young Friends who are completing college this spring, as well as the current Young Friends who are finishing high school! –Anne Stassen, co-clerk of our Fellowship Committee

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

PANEL ON LUCRETIA MOTT’S SPEECHES & SERMONS, MAY 15

Hear a panel of historians discuss the newly published Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons on Monday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at

Universalist Hagar Spiritual Church, across from Fair Hill Burial Ground, at 2950 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19133. For more information, click here.

CALLED SESSION OF PYM ON RACISM AND STAFFING CHANGES, JUNE 24

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will hold a called session on June 24 at Arch Street Meeting House to labor together on conflicts about racism and recent staffing changes. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited; organizers hope every Meeting within PYM will send at least one person and as many as possible. Please bring a brown-bag lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. Childcare for infants through middle-school-age children is available if you call before June 16.

YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSIONS: “FAITH MAGNIFIED,” JULY 26-30

This year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 26-30 at

The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Friends will gather to conduct business, worship together, take part in workshops, and seek the movement of the Spirit. There will be meals together, worship sharing, and lots of fellowship and fun. Separate programs for all ages of youngsters and young adults. All are welcome. You may make arrangements to stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home. Click here for details and online registration.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

PUB THEOLOGY: “APOCALYPSE & UTOPIA & ALE,” MAY 23

Young Adult Friends (YAFs) will get together on Tuesday, May 23, at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for “Pub Theology,” a discussion, with food, and fellowship. The location is yet to be determined, so get in the loop now. The topic is “Apocalypse, Utopias, and Ales,” and will cover life after death, utopian ideals, and whether the kingdom of God is actually at hand. Queries will be provided to stimulate the conversation. RSVP here to help planners reserve the right size of tables. As usual at these events, everyone will be expected to observe YAFs guidelines, including its policy on alcohol use. Young Adult Friends under 21 years of age are welcome to attend but are expected to refrain from consuming alcohol.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

NPR PIONEER TO SPEAK AT CHESTNUT HILL LIBRARY, MAY 22

On Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Library, Northwest Village Network will offer “A Conversation with Bill Siemering.” Bill is a pioneer of National Public Radio and an active advocate for public radio in developing countries. For more information contact our member Peter Javsicas.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEEDED FOR KIDS CENTER

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is looking for donations of children’s books for its Kids Drop-in Center. The books are for other organizations and potentially for prison visiting rooms. The address is 3850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140; telephone: 215-223-1680. TCRC’s founder and director is Jondhi Harrell, a member of Germantown Meeting.

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PLAN AHEAD

PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM TO HONOR GAY JOHNSON, MAY 20

A picnic at Awbury Arboretum on May 20 will focus on Awbury’s educational programs and inaugurate the Gay Gilpin Johnson Archives & Education Fund. This will honor her legacy of birthing and shepherding many of Awbury’s programs in the sixty years she lived on the grounds. Tickets are $75. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with self-guided walks to projects that are underway and opportunity to taste things being produced. At 5:45 p.m., everyone gathers for brief remarks. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., featuring food from local sources. Reserve your seat by May 15 by clicking here.

HISTORY FAIR AT MERION MONTHLY MEETING, MAY 20

Here’s a chance to have some fun and learn some history about the area around Merion Friends Meeting, where there will be a free History Fair on May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be reenactments about suffragette Lucretia Mott and underground railroad agent William Still; free horse-drawn carriage rides; a textile and quilt display, foods of the 1800s for sale; silhouette cutting, a blacksmith demonstration, and games and crafts for children. Merion Meetinghouse is the oldest in this area and was built by Welsh settlers. For information and directions, click here.

GFS ACTIVIST DAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CAUSES. MAY 21

On Sunday, May 21, twelve student social action clubs at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will present “GFS Activist Day.” There will be food and fun and plenty for everyone to enjoy. Proceeds will go to activist organizations of each club’s choice. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the GFS Commons (the “parking lot” between our meetinghouse and Main Building of the school). In case of rain, the event will be held in the GFS Field House on the corner of Greene Street and School House Lane. Everyone is welcome. For information, call the front desk of GFS, 215-951-2300.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 5, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We can renew our commitment to one another in the disciplined practice of humble listening to one another. Our humility lies in submission to the reality that hard differences and conflicting views or desires are part of the human condition. Our differences aren’t a matter for shame or guilt unless we are unwilling to learn from them and move beyond them. It’s our glory and surely God’s intention that we are inevitably different. No two galaxies or snowflakes are the same. Each has its place in the midst of differences, and it’s to the glory of God that we find our way through differences into harmony with one another and with God’s will. –Patricia Loring, Listening Spirituality, Volume II

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 7, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Rebecca Hoenig & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Jondhi Harrell & family

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

THIS YEAR’S GRADUATES — WHO ARE YOU?

Congratulations to this year’s high school and college graduates who are part of our Meeting! We would love to share your names with readers of the Friday BEE and include a few tidbits about you, such as: What school did you graduate from? What subject(s) did you major in? What are your next steps? What are you especially looking forward to? Please send your name and information to Melissa Elliott, GMM secretary, by U.S. Mail or email, and she’ll do the rest. We would love to celebrate your accomplishment with everybody in Meeting!

TRANSPORTATION TO BJ ELDER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, MAY 13

If you are planning to go to BJ Elder’s memorial service on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at Kendal retirement center, would you be willing to stop at Meeting to take a passenger or two there and back? If so, please notify Randal Whitman. If you are looking for a ride, let him know about that, too.

FOR DRIVERS: DIRECTIONS TO BJ’S MEMORIAL SERVICE
There are four main ways, all about the same in time and distance, of getting to Kendal-at-Longwood: (1) via U.S. 202 from the northwest, (2) I-476 from the northwest, (3) U.S. 1 from Philadelphia, or (4) I-95 from the northeast, turning onto U.S. 322 going north and west.

All four ways come together on U.S. Rte. 1 (Baltimore Pike), going west and south. From the intersection of U.S. 322, Kendal is about 6 ½ miles further. Then, when you pass Creek Road and Chadd’s Ford, it’s still another 3 miles to Kendal Drive on the right. The Kendal stoplight is the next light after the light for Independence Way. If you come to PA 52 or to Longwood Gardens, you’ve gone too far.

David Elder says to allow about 1¼ hours from our Meetinghouse. He recommends taking U.S. Rte. 1, because it is the least likely to get backed up with traffic and accidents. David also warns those who are accustomed to coming down U.S. 202 that they must not turn onto PA 926 (a short-cut) because the bridge is out; instead continue south on U.S. 202 to U.S. 1.

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MEETING NEWS

FILM SCREENING ABOUT STANDING ROCK, MAY 5

There will be a film screening of Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building, Germantown Friends School. It is about the peaceful resistance of the Standing Rock Lakotas against the U.S. government’s plan to build an oil pipeline through their land.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETS THIS SUNDAY, MAY 7

The Environmental Concerns Committee will meet after the rise of Meeting (approx.11:45 a.m.) this Sunday, May 7, to discuss next steps for planning energy and environmental improvements to the meetinghouse.

HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET BY THE END OF JUNE!

This time of year has urgency for our Meeting’s finances–it’s when we hope to bring in enough donations to cover our year’s budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 31. Can you please help? We are having a surge in new attenders and request for membership and are delighted in this increase in fellow spiritual travelers. So, we’re eager to keep pace with all the new activities by supporting our budget. Here are three easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set periodic donation, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need for stamps. The box is locked and is checked regularly.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you’ve shown with your gifts in the past. Let’s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community. We extend a hearty “thank you” to our member Laura Seeley, who is doing a wonderful job of keeping up our Facebook page!

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

MONTHLY MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT STAPELEY, MAY 7

Join other members of meetings in Philadelphia Quarter and residents of Stapeley Hall for the monthly meeting for worship this Sunday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stapeley Hall, now known as Wesley Enhanced Living, is located at 6100 Greene St., here in Germantown.

JOB OPENING AT PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING

A new coordinator is needed by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) because the current person, Trevor Johnson, will be going to seminary this fall. Applications are being taken now, and someone will be hired as soon as possible to ensure a long training period. If you are interested, submit your resume and several references to Hollister Knowlton, clerk of PQM.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

VERNON PARK’S SPRING BAZAAR TO BE TOMORROW, MAY 6

The Spring Vernon Park Bazaar and Flea Market will be Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of the park. This is a community flea market, craft market, community information fair, and more. There is lots of fun to be had, along with good food and nice bargains!

MT. AIRY DAY TO BE THIS SATURDAY, MAY 6

Food, fellowship, and fun will be the motif for the annual Mt. Airy Day, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held on the grounds of Cliveden, 6400 Germantown Ave., zip code 19119. There will be live entertainment all day long, with lots of food, shopping for goods of all kinds, a “Mad Kidzone” where kids can enjoy themselves, and tours of the Cliveden Main House. Rain date: May 7.

INVITATION TO “MORAL HEALING CEREMONY” FOR VETS, MAY 8

You are invited to take part in a Healing Ceremony for U.S. Veterans on Monday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m., in the chapel on the third floor at the VA Medical Center, 3800 Woodland Ave., in West Philadelphia. This invitation is extended by our member Peter Yeomans, who works at the VA Medical Center, in part supporting veterans in healing and coming to terms with what is called “moral injury.” This concept focuses on feelings veterans may have about betrayal of moral or ethical boundaries during combat deployments. The Healing Ceremony on May 8 is about reconciliation between veterans and civilians. “Success depends on the presence of a compassionate civilian audience,” says Peter, adding, “Your presence could go a long way toward helping a small group of Vietnam veterans continue to find their way home.” For questions, contact Peter Yeomans.

“YOGA ON THE PORCH” AT AWBURY ARBORETUM ON WEDNESDAYS

Spend airy Wednesday evenings doing “Yoga on the Porch” at Awbury Arboretum, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The class is led by Lauren Stables on the porch of the Cope House at 1 Awbury Road and will meet May 10, and 17. The class is free; donations are appreciated. All levels of experience and ability are welcome; modifications suggested as needed. Bring your own mat or borrow one of the community’s mats. For more information, click here.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEEDED FOR KIDS CENTER

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is looking for donations of children’s books for its Kids Drop-in Center. The books are for other organizations, and potentially for prison visiting rooms. The address is 3850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140; telephone: 215-223-1680. TCRC’s founder and director is Jondhi Harrell, a member of Germantown Meeting.

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PLAN AHEAD

PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM TO HONOR GAY JOHNSON, MAY 20

A picnic at Awbury Arboretum on May 20 will focus on Awbury’s educational programs and inaugurate the Gay Gilpin Johnson Archives & Education Fund. This will honor her legacy of birthing and shepherding many of Awbury’s programs in the sixty years she lived on the grounds. Tickets are $75. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with self-guided walks to projects that are underway and opportunity to taste things being produced. At 5:45 p.m., everyone gathers for brief remarks. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., featuring food from local sources. Reserve your seat by May 15 by clicking here.

HISTORY FAIR AT MERION MONTHLY MEETING, MAY 20

Here’s a chance to have some fun and learn some history about the area around Merion Friends Meeting, where there will be a free History Fair on May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be reenactments about suffragette Lucretia Mott and underground railroad agent William Still; free horse-drawn carriage rides; a textile and quilt display, foods of the 1800s for sale; silhouette cutting, a blacksmith demonstration, and games and crafts for children. Merion Meetinghouse is the oldest in this area and was built by Welsh settlers. For information and directions, click here.

GFS ACTIVIST DAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CAUSES. MAY 21

Activist Day on Sunday, May 21, at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be a mini-version of Fun Day. This gathering is sponsored by 12 student clubs that have joined together to take part in student activism. Proceeds from Activist Day will go to activist organizations of each club’s choice. This coalition of clubs has generated other activities, as well, such as organizing a group to go to the March of Science in April in Washington, DC. The young people ask everyone to support their effort by coming to Activist Day, which will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the GFS Commons (the “parking lot” between our meetinghouse and Main Building of the school). In case of rain, the event will be held in the GFS Field House on the corner of Greene Street and School House Lane. For information, call the front desk of GFS, 215-951-2300.

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TAKE ACTION

100-MILE WALK FOR GREEN JOBS & JUSTICE IN PHILLY, MAY 8- 22

Join for any or all of a 100-mile Walk for Green Jobs & Justice, embarking this Monday, May 8, and visiting sites in the counties of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks. There will be a big finish at noon, May 22, at the Philadelphia PECO office. The purpose of the walk is to convince PECO to move toward producing 20 percent of its electricity by solar power by 2025, subsequently creating a considerable number of green jobs for our community. Walkers will be served lunch and hosted overnight at Friends Meetings and other religious communities along the way. Sponsored by POWER and the Local Green Jobs campaign of Earth Quaker Action Team. Learn details, including route maps, and sign up by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 28, 2017

Walking Gently on the Earth

We recognize that the well-being of the earth is a fundamental spiritual concern. From the beginning, it was through the wonders of nature that people saw God. How we treat the earth and its creatures is a basic part of our relationship with God. Our planet as a whole, not just the small parts of it in our immediate custody, requires our responsible attention.

As Friends become aware of the interconnectedness of all life on this planet and the devastation caused by neglect of any part of it, we have become more willing to extend our sense of community to encompass all living things. We must now consider whether we should lay aside the belief that we humans are acting as stewards of the natural world, and instead view human actions as the major threat to the ecosystem.

— Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, p. 81, 1972 revision,

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 30, 2017

9 a.m. Adult Class (see below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (Fifth Sunday, see below)

Closers: Rebecca Hoenig & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Maggie Lockwood & friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

READY FOR FIFTH SUNDAY THIS MONTH?

This Sunday (April 30) will be a fifth Sunday, and, as has become our custom, we will use a slightly different format for Meeting for Worship. This time, our Young Friends will guide us in something new, yet to be unveiled. So come with a willing heart and an open mind!

ADULT CLASS FEATURES MEMBER OF CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS, APRIL 30

At our Adult Class on April 30, Kody Hersh will share his reflections from trips he has made as a member of Christian Peacemakers Team. He is currently a reservist (part-time volunteer) with two teams: the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, based in Winnipeg, Canada; and the Colombia team. With those teams this year, he visited Grassy Narrows reservation in Ontario, made two trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota, and spent a month in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m., with childcare available, and, for those who come a few minutes early, light refreshments.

FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 28, 2017

Walking Gently on the Earth

We recognize that the well-being of the earth is a fundamental spiritual concern. From the beginning, it was through the wonders of nature that people saw God. How we treat the earth and its creatures is a basic part of our relationship with God. Our planet as a whole, not just the small parts of it in our immediate custody, requires our responsible attention.

As Friends become aware of the interconnectedness of all life on this planet and the devastation caused by neglect of any part of it, we have become more willing to extend our sense of community to encompass all living things. We must now consider whether we should lay aside the belief that we humans are acting as stewards of the natural world, and instead view human actions as the major threat to the ecosystem.

— Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, p. 81, 1972 revision,

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 30, 2017

9 a.m. Adult Class (see below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (Fifth Sunday, see below)

Closers: Rebecca Hoenig & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Maggie Lockwood & friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

READY FOR FIFTH SUNDAY THIS MONTH?

This Sunday (April 30) will be a fifth Sunday, and, as has become our custom, we will use a slightly different format for Meeting for Worship. This time, our Young Friends will guide us in something new, yet to be unveiled. So come with a willing heart and an open mind!

ADULT CLASS FEATURES MEMBER OF CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS, APRIL 30

At our Adult Class on April 30, Kody Hersh will share his reflections from trips he has made as a member of Christian Peacemakers Team. He is currently a reservist (part-time volunteer) with two teams: the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, based in Winnipeg, Canada; and the Colombia team. With those teams this year, he visited Grassy Narrows reservation in Ontario, made two trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota, and spent a month in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m., with childcare available, and, for those who come a few minutes early, light refreshments.

FILM SCREENING ABOUT STANDING ROCK, MAY 5

There will be a film screening of Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building, Germantown Friends School. It is about the peaceful resistance of the Standing Rock Lakotas against the U.S. government’s plan to build an oil pipeline through their land. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, 215-951-2300.

HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET BY THE END OF JUNE!

This time of year has urgency for our Meeting’s finances — it’s when we hope to bring in enough donations to cover our year’s budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 31. Can you please help? We are having a surge in new attenders and request for membership and are delighted in this increase in fellow spiritual travelers. So, we’re eager to keep pace with all the new activities by supporting our budget. Here are three easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set periodic donation, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need for stamps. The box is locked and is checked regularly.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you’ve shown with your gifts in the past. Let’s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

TRANSPORTATION TO BJ ELDER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, MAY 13

If you are planning to go to BJ Elder’s memorial service on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at Kendal retirement center, would you be willing to stop at Meeting to take a passenger or two there and back? If so, please notify Randal Whitman. If you are looking for a ride, let him know about that, too.

FOR DRIVERS: DIRECTIONS TO BJ’S MEMORIAL SERVICE
There are four main ways, all about the same in time and distance, of getting to Kendal-at-Longwood: (1) via U.S. 202 from the northwest, (2) I-476 from the northwest, (3) U.S. 1 from Philadelphia, or (4) I-95 from the northeast, turning onto U.S. 322 going north and west.

All four ways come together on U.S. Rte. 1 (Baltimore Pike), going west and south. From the intersection of U.S. 322, Kendal is about 6 ½ miles further. Then, when you pass Creek Road and Chadd’s Ford, it’s still another 3 miles to Kendal Drive on the right. If you come to PA 52 or to Longwood Gardens, you’ve gone too far.

David Elder says to allow about 1.5 hours from our Meetinghouse. He recommends taking U.S. Rte. 1, because it is the least likely to get backed up with traffic and accidents. David also warns those who are accustomed to coming down U.S. 202 that they must not turn onto PA 926 (a short-cut) because the bridge is out; instead continue south on U.S. 202 to U.S. 1.

FOR DRIVERS: DIRECTIONS TO BJ’S MEMORIAL SERVICE
There are four main ways, all about the same in time and distance, of getting to Kendal-at-Longwood: (1) via U.S. 202 from the northwest, (2) I-476 from the northwest, (3) U.S. 1 from Philadelphia, or (4) I-95 from the northeast, turning onto U.S. 322 going north and west.

All four ways come together on U.S. Rte. 1 (Baltimore Pike), going west and south. From the intersection of U.S. 322, Kendal is about 6 ½ miles further. Then, when you pass Creek Road and Chadd’s Ford, it’s still another 3 miles to Kendal Drive on the right. If you come to PA 52 or to Longwood Gardens, you’ve gone too far.

David Elder says to allow about 1.5 hours from our Meetinghouse. He recommends taking U.S. Rte. 1, because it is the least likely to get backed up with traffic and accidents. David also warns those who are accustomed to coming down U.S. 202 that they must not turn onto PA 926 (a short-cut) because the bridge is out; instead continue south on U.S. 202 to U.S. 1.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 6

On Saturday, May 6, our Outreach Committee will prepare and serve breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Although the committee has adequate people-power to do the job, financial contributions in any amount would be greatly appreciated. This Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at local hospitals. For further information, contact Anthony Stover, 267-969-6270.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT PLYMOUTH MEETING, APRIL 29

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship by having more than one hour on Sundays? Next Saturday, April 29, there will be an extended meeting for worship at Plymouth Friends Meeting, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. It will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., including a gathering and welcome at 9:15 a.m., meeting for worship from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., brown-bag lunch at 12:30 p.m., and worship sharing at 1:30 p.m. There will be a brief time of clean-up and departure at 3 p.m. You are welcome to come for all or any part of the day. For information, call Lola Georg.

MONTHLY MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT STAPELEY, MAY 7

Join other members of meetings in Philadelphia Quarter and residents of Stapeley Hall for the monthly meeting for worship next Sunday, May 7, at 6:30-7 p.m. Stapeley Hall, now known as Wesley Enhanced Living, is located at 6100 Greene St., here in Germantown.

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7? You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Cost is $75, but, if you don’t have the money, organizers encourage you to call and let them know so they can help. For information or to register, click here.

FOR DRIVERS: DIRECTIONS TO BJ’S MEMORIAL SERVICE
There are four main ways, all about the same in time and distance, of getting to Kendal-at-Longwood: (1) via U.S. 202 from the northwest, (2) I-476 from the northwest, (3) U.S. 1 from Philadelphia, or (4) I-95 from the northeast, turning onto U.S. 322 going north and west.

All four ways come together on U.S. Rte. 1 (Baltimore Pike), going west and south. From the intersection of U.S. 322, Kendal is about 6 ½ miles further. Then, when you pass Creek Road and Chadd’s Ford, it’s still another 3 miles to Kendal Drive on the right. If you come to PA 52 or to Longwood Gardens, you’ve gone too far.

David Elder says to allow about 1.5 hours from our Meetinghouse. He recommends taking U.S. Rte. 1, because it is the least likely to get backed up with traffic and accidents. David also warns those who are accustomed to coming down U.S. 202 that they must not turn onto PA 926 (a short-cut) because the bridge is out; instead continue south on U.S. 202 to U.S. 1.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 6

On Saturday, May 6, our Outreach Committee will prepare and serve breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Although the committee has adequate people-power to do the job, financial contributions in any amount would be greatly appreciated. This Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at local hospitals. For further information, contact Anthony Stover, 267-969-6270.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT PLYMOUTH MEETING, APRIL 29

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship by having more than one hour on Sundays? Next Saturday, April 29, there will be an extended meeting for worship at Plymouth Friends Meeting, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. It will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., including a gathering and welcome at 9:15 a.m., meeting for worship from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., brown-bag lunch at 12:30 p.m., and worship sharing at 1:30 p.m. There will be a brief time of clean-up and departure at 3 p.m. You are welcome to come for all or any part of the day. For information, call Lola Georg.

MONTHLY MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT STAPELEY, MAY 7

Join other members of meetings in Philadelphia Quarter and residents of Stapeley Hall for the monthly meeting for worship next Sunday, May 7, at 6:30-7 p.m. Stapeley Hall, now known as Wesley Enhanced Living, is located at 6100 Greene St., here in Germantown.

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7? You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Cost is $75, but, if you don’t have the money, organizers encourage you to call and let them know so they can help. For information or to register, click here.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR GFS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Host families are needed for the International Student Program at Germantown Friends School (GFS). The students are placed by Penka Slavova, coordinator of International Student Life at GFS, after all interested families are interviewed. Each student receives careful attention to be located in a household that provides a nurturing home environment that will support the student’s academic and social growth. Special events and get-togethers are planned separately for the students and their host families to provide support. The school takes care of insurance, banking, and contractual matters. If you are interested, contact Penka Slavova.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK HOLDS ANNUAL POTLUCK, APRIL

Everyone is invited to “Spring into Spring,” the annual potluck of Northwest Village Network, on Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. Enjoy good food, good company, and live music! It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 20 East Mermaid Lane. For information, contact Anne Javsicas or Peter Javsicas.

INTERFAITH PEACE WALK, APRIL 30

This year’s Interfaith Peace Walk will be held on Sunday, April 30, beginning with a gathering at 12:30 p.m., at Al Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Ave., rain or shine. From there, people will be bused to the walk’s beginning at Masjidullah in West Oak Lane. Walkers are asked to wear white to symbolize peace. Buses will be available along the walk to pick up any walkers who need to get off their feet. Medical personnel will also be present. The walk will be accompanied by the Civil Affairs Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department to control traffic and ensure safety. This is not a political demonstration or march. The focus is on peace and unity, with no signs or banners permitted. Cost is free, and the closing vegetarian dinner is also free. For information, click here.

RUTH SEELEY TO SPEAK AT CENTRAL LIBRARY, MAY 2

Our member Ruth Seeley will speak as part of an interfaith panel on May, at 7 p.m., at the Central Library on the Parkway in Center City. The subject will be the intersection of civic engagement and faith. It will be presented in rooms 405/406/407 on the fourth floor of the library. For information, click here.

‘YOGA ON THE PORCH’ AT AWBURY ARBORETUM ON WEDNESDAYS

Spend airy Wednesday evenings doing ‘Yoga on the Porch’ at Awbury Arboretum, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The class is led by Lauren Stables on the porch of the Cope House at 1 Awbury Road and will meet May 3, 10, and 17. The class is free; donations are appreciated. All levels of experience and ability are welcome; modifications suggested as needed. Bring your own mat or borrow one of the community’s mats. For more information, click here.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEEDED FOR KIDS CENTER

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is looking for donations of children’s books for its Kids Drop-in Center, for other organizations, and potentially for prison visiting rooms. The address is 3850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140; telephone: 215-223-1680. TCRC’s founder and director is Jondhi Harrell, a member of Germantown Meeting.

RESERVE SALES SPACE AT VERNON PARK BAZAAR FOR MAY 6

The Spring Vernon Park Bazaar and Flea Market will be Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of the park. This is a community flea market, craft market, community information fair, and more. Now is the time — before May 1 — to reserve space for a sales table for $10 (bring your own table, chairs, etc.). After May 1, this costs $20. To view complete policies, FAQs, and to register online (preferred), click here or contact Angela Miles, or leave her a message at 215-359-7816. Set up your own table or donate items to the Friends of Vernon Park table in support of the park. Please note: No food vending is allowed in the park without proper city permits.

INVITATION TO “MORAL HEALING CEREMONY” FOR VETS, MAY 8

You are invited to take part in a Healing Ceremony for U.S. Veterans on May 8, at 4:30 p.m., at the VA Medical Center, 3800 Woodland Ave., in West Philadelphia. It will be held in the chapel on the third floor. This invitation is extended by our member Peter Yeomans, who works at the VA Medical Center, in part supporting veterans in healing and coming to terms with what is called “moral injury. This concept focuses on feelings veterans may have about betrayal of moral or ethical boundaries during combat deployments. The Healing Ceremony on May 8 is about reconciliation between veterans and civilians. ‘Success depends on the presence of a compassionate civilian audience,’ says Peter, adding, ‘Your presence could go a long way toward helping a small group of Vietnam veterans continue to find their way home’. For questions, contact Peter Yeomans.

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PLAN AHEAD

PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM TO HONOR GAY JOHNSON, MAY 20

A picnic at Awbury Arboretum on May 20 will focus on Awbury’s educational programs and inaugurate the Gay Gilpin Johnson Archives & Education Fund. This will honor her legacy of birthing and shepherding many of Awbury?s programs in the sixty years she lived on the grounds. Tickets are $75. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with self-guided walks to projects that are underway and opportunity to taste things being produced. At 5:45 p.m., everyone gathers for brief remarks. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., featuring food from local sources. Reserve your seat by May 15 by clicking here.

HISTORY FAIR AT MERION MONTHLY MEETING, MAY 20

Here’s a chance to have some fun and learn some history about the area around Merion Friends Meeting, where there will be a free History Fair on May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be reenactments about suffragette Lucretia Mott and underground railroad agent William Still; free horse-drawn carriage rides; a textile and quilt display, foods of the 1800s for sale; silhouette cutting, a blacksmith demonstration, and games and crafts for children. Merion Meetinghouse is the oldest in this area and was built by Welsh settlers. For information and directions, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

NATIONAL CLIMATE MARCH IN WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 29

People from across the United States are going to the National Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, to show their support for environmental issues and demand action from leaders in Congress. For details, click here.

OPTIONS FOR BUS RIDES TO CLIMATE MARCH IN DC, APRIL 29

Although there will not be a bus from Germantown Meeting going to the Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, there are other options for people who need a bus ride. If you act quickly, you can reserve a seat on the bus leaving from St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill at 6 a.m. Cost is $45, with a few less expensive, subsidized seats available. It is sponsored by PA Interfaith Power & Light. To register, have a credit ready and click here.

LOCAL MARCH CELEBRATES PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOVEMENT, APRIL 29 There will be a sister march in Philadelphia, in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29. It will start at 1 p.m. from Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, in Center City, and end at 5 p.m. For information and to register online, click here.

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY, MAY 4

Hear candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney at a public forum on May 4, at 7 p.m. It will be held at Mishkan Shalom, at 4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128, (Roxborough). It is sponsored by POWER, an interfaith organization our Meeting recently joined. The DA position will have direct bearing on criminal justice issues, such as ‘stop and frisk,’ the cash bail system, police accountability, and other crucial concerns. All concerned citizens are invited to attend. The election will be on May 16.

‘IGNITE PEACE’ AT HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION, APRIL 29

On Saturday, April 29, join people of faith from Lancaster, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in protesting the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station. Meet at noon at the grassy triangle next to the entryway at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road, Horsham, PA. For more information and directions, visit the Brandywine Peace Community’s website, or call 484-574-1148.

100-MILE WALK FOR GREEN JOBS & JUSTICE IN PHILLY, MAY 8- 22

Join for any-or-all of a 100-mile Walk for Green Jobs & Justice, embarking on Monday, May 8, and visiting sites in the counties of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks before the big finish at noon, May 22, at the Philadelphia PECO office. Sponsored by POWER and the Local Green Jobs campaign of Earth Quaker Action Team, the walk will stop at energy sites from fossil fuel sites to solar installations. Walkers will visit communities to demand green jobs in high-unemployment areas. Learn details and sign up by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 21, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In our personal lives, Friends seek to acknowledge and nurture sexuality as a gift from God for celebrating human love with joy and intimacy. In defining healthy sexuality, Friends are led in part by our testimonies: that sexual relations be equal, not exploitative; that sexual behavior be marked by integrity; and that sex be an act of love, not of aggression. Sexuality is at once an integral and an intricate part of personality. Our understanding of our own sexuality is an essential aspect of our journey toward wholeness. Learning to incorporate sexuality in our lives responsibly, joyfully, and with integrity should be a lifelong process beginning in childhood. –Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice, revised 1997

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 23, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Penny Colgan-Davis & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Margaret Guerra and Frank Fisher

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

BEFORE THE FLOOD SHOWING TONIGHT AT GERMANTOWN MEETING

The Leonardo DiCaprio movie Before the Flood will be shown tonight (Friday, April 21) at Germantown Meeting. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m. in the social room before the film. It is hosted by our Environmental Concerns and Outreach committees. Everyone is welcome. This film presents a riveting account of dramatic changes occurring all over the world due to climate change, and suggests actions we can take now, as individuals and as a society, to prevent disruption of life on our planet. For the potluck, please bring a dish to feed six to eight people — either an appetizer, main course, vegetable, salad, dessert, bread, or beverage. Contact Bill Cozzens, for questions.

FUND RAISING COMMITTEE TO MEET THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Our Fund Raising Committee will meet at noon this Sunday, April 23, in the meetinghouse. For questions, contact Jack Rhoads.

HELP US MEET OUR BUDGET BY THE END OF JUNE!

This time of year has urgency for our Meeting’s finances — it’s when we hope to bring in enough donations to cover our year’s budget before the end of the fiscal year on June 31. Can you please help? We are having a surge in new attenders and request for membership and are delighted in this renewal of interest and increase in fellow spiritual travelers. So, we’re eager to keep pace with all the new activities by supporting our budget. There are three easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set giving periodically this way, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need for stamps.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you’ve shown with your gifts in the past. Let?s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

MARCELLE MARTIN TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, APRIL 23

Quaker mystic and workshop leader Marcelle Martin will discuss her new book, Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey, at our Adult Class this Sunday, April 23, at 9 a.m. Her book describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within as their guide. Marcelle has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States, served four years as the Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill, and was a core teacher in the School of the Spirit program. Childcare available. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

APRIL 30 ADULT CLASS FEATURES MEMBER OF CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS

At our Adult Class on April 30, Kody Hersh will share his experiences and reflections from trips he has made as a member of Christian Peacemakers Team. He is currently a reservist (part-time volunteer) with two teams: the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, based in Winnipeg, Canada; and the Colombia team. With those teams this year, he visited Grassy Narrows reservation in Ontario, made two trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota, and spent a month in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m., with childcare available, and, for those who come a few minutes early, light refreshments.

TRANSPORTATION TO BJ ELDER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, MAY 13

If you are planning to go to BJ Elder’s memorial service on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at Kendal retirement center, would you be willing to stop at Meeting to take a passenger or two there and back? If so, please notify Randal Whitman (rwhitman@sprynet.com). If you are looking for a ride, let him know about that, too.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 6

On Saturday, May 6, our Outreach Committee will prepare and serve breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Although the committee has adequate people-power to do the job, financial contributions in any amount would be greatly appreciated. This Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at local hospitals. For further information, contact Anthony Stover, 267-969-6270.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES
AFSC CELEBRATES ITS CENTENNIAL THIS WEEKEND, APRIL 21-23

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is celebrating its 100 years of service this weekend, with an extensive list of speakers and workshops at the Sheraton Hotel, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Although there are no more seats left for the evening speakers, walk-in participants are welcome to attend workshops on Saturday. For a schedule of workshops, click here.

SCREENING OF I AM JANE DOE AT GFS, APRIL 21

Tonight there will be a screening of the film I Am Jane Doe at 7:30 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School. This is a critically acclaimed documentary about the battle against human trafficking in the United States. John Ducoff, executive director of Covenant House in Pennsylvania, is interviewed in the movie and will be on hand to answer questions.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, APRIL 23

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for business and a program on Sunday, April 23, at Frankford Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Schedule:

9 a.m. Business Meeting

10:45 a.m. Worship with Frankford Friends

11:15 a.m. Fellowship & Light Breakfast

11:30 a.m. Program: ‘Taking Action on Immigration,’ with two Quaker lawyers who specialize in immigration law, Jon Landau from Chestnut Hill Meeting and Joe Hohenstein from Frankford Monthly Meeting.

12:45 p.m. Closes

For information, contact Hollister Knowlton, clerk, Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, 215-241-0718.

GFS STUDENTS PERFORM TO HONOR BYRON DAVIS, APRIL 28

‘Scenes from the Kitchen,’ a presentation of music and stories inspired by the kitchen spaces of Cliveden, will take place Friday, April 28, at noon. It is presented in remembrance of Byron Davis, the late head of Upper School of GFS. Students from GFS, in association with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, created the scenes and music. This event is part of the Cliveden Conversation series. Suggested donation is $5. Cliveden is located at 6401 Germantown Ave. To reserve a seat, click here.

CORK MEETING IN IRELAND ASKS HELP FOR RENOVATIONS

The meetinghouse in Ireland where William Penn first came into contact with Quakers and become one himself — Cork — is scheduled to be expanded and refurbished. Cork Friends are raising money for this historic project and are spreading the word to Friends all over the world, hoping to get financial help. If you would like to be part of this effort, click here to donate through Pay Pal. You can find information about sending bank transfers at that same location or by sending an email (corkmonthlymeeting@gmail.com).

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT PLYMOUTH MEETING, APRIL 29

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship by having more than one hour on Sundays? Next Saturday, April 29, there will be an extended meeting for worship at Plymouth Friends Meeting, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. It will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., including a gathering and welcome at 9:15 a.m., meeting for worship from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., brown-bag lunch at 12:30 p.m., and worship sharing at 1:30 p.m. There will be a brief time of clean-up and departure at 3 p.m. You are welcome to come for all or any part of the day. For information, contact Lola Georg.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR GFS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Host families are needed for the International Student Program at Germantown Friends School (GFS). The students are placed by Penka Slavova, coordinator of International Student Life at GFS, after all interested families are interviewed. Each student receives careful attention to be located in a household that provides a nurturing home environment that will support the student’s academic and social growth. Special events and get-togethers are planned separately for the students and their host families to provide support. The school takes care of insurance, banking, and contractual matters for each student. If you are interested, contact Penka Slavova (pslavova@germantownfriends.org).

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

INVITATION TO ‘MORAL HEALING CEREMONY’ FOR VETS, MAY 8

You are invited to take part in a Healing Ceremony for U.S. Veterans on May 8, at 4:30 p.m., at the VA Medical Center, 3800 Woodland Ave., in West Philadelphia. It will be held in the chapel on the third floor. This invitation is extended by our member Peter Yeomans, who works at the Center, in part supporting veterans in healing and coming to terms with what is called “moral injury.” This concept focuses on feelings veterans may have about betrayal of moral or ethical boundaries when there are no good choices. The Healing Ceremony on May 8 is about reconciliation between veterans and civilians. “Success depends on the presence of a compassionate civilian audience,” says Peter, adding, “Your presence could go a long way toward helping a small group of Vietnam veterans continue to find their way home.” For questions, contact Peter Yeomans.

INTERFAITH PEACE WALK, APRIL 30

This year’s Interfaith Peace Walk will be held on Sunday, April 30, beginning with a gathering at 12:30 p.m., at Al Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Ave., rain or shine. From there, people will be bused to the walk’s beginning at Masjidullah in West Oak Lane. Walkers are asked to wear white to symbolize peace. Buses will be available along the walk to pick up any walkers who need to get off their feet. Medical personnel will also be present. The walk will be accompanied by the Civil Affairs Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department to control traffic and ensure safety. This is not a political demonstration or march. The focus is on peace and unity, with no signs or banners permitted. Cost is free, and the closing vegetarian dinner is free of charge. For information, click here.

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK HOLDS ANNUAL POTLUCK, APRIL 29

Everyone is invited to ‘Spring into Spring,’ the annual potluck of Northwest Village Network, on Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. Enjoy good food, good company, and live music! It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 20 East Mermaid Lane. For information, contact Anne Javsicas or Peter Javsicas,

LOCAL MARCH CELEBRATES PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOVEMENT, APRIL 29

There will be a sister march in Philadelphia, in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29. It will start at 1 p.m. from Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, in Center City, and end at 5 p.m. For information and to register online, click here.

RESERVE SALES SPACE AT VERNON PARK BAZAAR, MAY 6

The Spring Vernon Park Bazaar and Flea Market will be Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of the park. This is a community flea market, craft market, community information fair, and more. Now is the time — before May 1 — to reserve space for a sales table for $10 (bring your own table, chairs, etc.). After May 1, this costs $20. To view complete policies, FAQs, and to register online (which is preferred), click here or contact Angela Miles, or leave her a message at. Set up your own table or donate items to the Friends of Vernon Park table in support of the park. Please note: No food vending is allowed in the park without proper city permits.

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PLAN AHEAD

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7? You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Cost is $75, but, if you don’t have the money, organizers encourage you to call and let them know so they can help. For information or to register, click here.

A picnic at Awbury Arboretum on May 20 will focus on Awbury’s educational programs and inaugurate the Gay Gilpin Johnson Archives & Education Fund. This will honor her legacy of birthing and shepherding many of Awbury’s programs in the sixty years she lived on the grounds. Tickets are $75. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with self-guided walks to projects that are underway and opportunity to taste things being produced. At 5:45 p.m., everyone gathers for brief remarks. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., featuring food from local sources. Reserve your seat by May 15 by clicking here.

HISTORY FAIR AT MERION MONTHLY MEETING, MAY 20

Here’s a chance to have some fun and learn some history about the area around Merion Friends Meeting, where there will be a free History Fair on May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be reenactments about suffragette Lucretia Mott and underground railroad agent William Still; free horse-drawn carriage rides; a textile and quilt display, foods of the 1800s for sale; silhouette cutting, a blacksmith demonstration, and games and crafts for children. Merion Meetinghouse is the oldest in this area and was built by Welsh settlers. For information and directions, click here.

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FOR THE YOUNG

RETREATS AT SWATARA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS & YOUNG FRIENDS

On May 5-7, there will be retreats at Camp Swatara in the Poconos for Middle School Friends and Young Friends, meeting separately. Each will open on Friday night with games and worship sharing, with rock climbing, hiking, and lots of other choices on Saturday. Meetings in Caln Quarter will also gather at Camp Swatara that weekend, so there will be opportunities to spend time with adults, as well as in the young people’s groups. There is a charge for either retreat, although scholarship money is available in both cases.

For details about the Middle School Friends retreat, click here.

For details about the Young Friends Retreat, click here, or contact Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (YAFs)

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY FOR YOUNG ADULTS, APRIL 23

Spend time and have dinner with other Young Adult Friends (18-35ish), learning about their work and how to do legislative advocacy for causes in which you believe, on Sunday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Green Street Meetinghouse. Dinner is provided. The Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will use recent experiences from the 2017 Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) as a springboard for the discussion. All Young Adult Friends are invited, whether or not they attended the FCNL event, and the discussion will engage everyone. To RSVP, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

PROTEST UPENN’S DRONE RESEARCH, APRIL 27, AT PENN RELAYS

Reach out to people attending the Penn Relays this Thursday, April 27, and let them know about Penn’s multimillion-dollar involvement in research in war drone technology. This demonstration will furnish information to the public at the same time it demands that UPenn cut its long-standing ties to the Pentagon and ongoing war. Thousands of people from around the world will be at Penn for the Relays next week. Meet them where they are with information about what’s going on. The demonstration begins at noon, 34th & Walnut streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

NATIONAL CLIMATE MARCH IN WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 29

People from across the United States are going to the National Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, to show their support for environmental issues and demand action from leaders in Congress. For details, click here.

OPTIONS FOR BUS RIDES TO CLIMATE MARCH IN DC, APRIL 29

Although there will not be a bus from Germantown Meeting going to the Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, there are other options for people who need a bus ride. If you act quickly, you can reserve a seat on the bus leaving from St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill at 6 a.m. Cost is $45, with a few less expensive, subsidized seats available. It is sponsored by PA Interfaith Power & Light. To register, have a credit ready and click here.

‘IGNITE PEACE’ AT HORSHAM DEMO, APRIL 29

On Saturday, April 29, join people of faith from Lancaster, Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in protesting the drone war command center at Horsham Air Guard Station. Meet at noon at the grassy triangle next to the entryway at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road & County Line Road, Horsham, PA. For more information and directions, visit the Brandywine Peace Community’s website or call 484-574-1148.

100-MILE WALK FOR GREEN JOBS & JUSTICE IN PHILLY, MAY 8- 22

Join for any-or-all of a 100-mile Walk for Green Jobs & Justice, embarking on Monday, May 8, and visiting sites in the counties of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks before the big finish at noon, May 22, at the Philadelphia PECO office. Sponsored by P.O.W.E.R. and the Local Green Jobs campaign of Earth Quaker Action Team, the walk will visit energy sites from fossil fuel sites to solar installations. Walkers will visit communities to demand green jobs in high-unemployment areas. Learn details and sign up by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 14, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To you who are seekers, to you young and old who have toiled all night and caught nothing but who want to launch out into the deeps and let down your nets for a draught, I want to speak as simply, as tenderly, as clearly as I can. For God can be found. There is a last rock for your souls, a resting place of absolute peace and joy and power and radiance and security. There is a Divine Center into which your life can slip, a new and absolute orientation in God, a Center where you live with [God] and out of which you see all of life, through new and radiant vision, tinged with new sorrows and pangs, new joys unspeakable and full of glory…. –Thomas R. Kelly

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 16, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Jean and Parvin Sharpless

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments and, for kids, and Easter Egg Hunt!

Greeting & Refreshments: Barry Halkin and Cindy Hodgson

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities. This Sunday, children will be dying eggs for Easter, and then there will be a Easter Egg hunt in the graveyard at the rise of Meeting.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

MEETING OFFICE CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY

The Meeting Office will be closed on Good Friday, April 14. If you have an emergency, please call Toni Sharp, clerk of the Office & Records Committee. Otherwise, the best way to leave a message is by sending an email to gmm@germantownfriends.org, and the secretary will get back to you early next week.

TIME FOR RENEWAL BY MAKING DONATIONS!

In these challenging times, Germantown Meeting has responded with vital topics in our Adult Classes, lots of activities and learning for our kids, and outreach to newcomers who are becoming part of our spiritual community and are seeking our Quaker values. To support this resurgence, we’re asking everyone to take one simple action: renew — and, if possible, increase — your financial support so we can meet our budget this year. Contributions are behind at the moment, perhaps because we haven’t sent out as many reminders as usual. So, we’re eager to catch up and keep all the good things happening! There are several easy ways to give:

1. Click here to donate online to Germantown Meeting through the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. With a credit card, you can give instantly, without using a stamp, writing a check, or running to the mailbox. You can also set giving periodically this way, and then it takes care of itself!

2. Checks are always welcome, of course. Just drop them off in the Meeting Office or stick them in the mail, addressed to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

3. Pop your donation into the red, wooden collection box on the wall of the social room. There are envelopes nearby and no need to use stamps.

Thanks, everyone, for all the generosity you shown with your gifts in the past. Let’s keep up our good work by giving this a big push right now! –Fundraising Committee

ADULT CLASSES IN APRIL

There will be two adult classes in April. Each will meet in the social room of the meetinghouse at 9 a.m. Childcare is available, and there will be light refreshments a few minutes before each class. Here is the roster:

April 23 Marcelle Martin will discuss her new book, Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey, which describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within as their guide. Marcelle Martin, a Quaker mystic, has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States. She has served for four years as the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill and was a core teacher in the School of the Spirit program.

April 30 Kody Hersh will share his experiences and reflections from trips he has made as a member of Christian Peacemakers Team. He is currently a reservist (part-time volunteer) with two teams: the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, based in Winnipeg, Canada; and the Colombia team. With those teams this year, he has visited Grassy Narrows reservation in Ontario, made two trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota, and spent a month in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region.

BEFORE THE FLOOD SHOWING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, APRIL 21

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 21, to see the Leonardo DiCaprio movie Before the Flood at Germantown Meeting. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by showing of the film, expected to finish by 9 p.m. It is hosted by our Environmental Concerns Committee and Outreach Committee. Meeting members and attenders, as well as neighbors and the Germantown Friends School community are invited to attend. Contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu) for questions. (Please note that Green Street Monthly Meeting is showing this film on Saturday, April 15.)

OPTIONS FOR BUS RIDES TO CLIMATE MARCH IN DC, APRIL 29

Although there will not be a bus from Germantown Meeting going to the Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, there are other options for people who need a bus ride. If you act quickly, you can reserve a seat on the bus leaving from St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill at 6 a.m. Cost is $45, with a few less expensive, subsidized seats available. It is sponsored by PA Interfaith Power & Light. To register, have a credit ready and click here.

TRANSPORTATION TO BJ ELDER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, MAY 13

If you are planning to go to BJ Elder’s memorial service on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at Kendal retirement center, would you be willing to stop at Meeting to take a passenger or two there and back? If so, please notify Randal Whitman. If you are looking for a ride, let him know about that, too.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 6

On Saturday, May 6, GMM’s Outreach Committee will prepare and serve breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Although the committee has adequate people-power to do the job, financial contributions in any amount would be greatly appreciated. This Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at local hospitals. For further information, contact Anthony Stover, 267-969-6270.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

FIRST GRANDCHILD FOR ROUSE FAMILY

Solomon Wakeman Rouse was born in Seattle, WA, on Monday, April 10, to Nathan Rouse (GFS 2002) and Alexandra Wakeman Rouse. He is the first grandchild of our member Daniel Rouse and Carol Sudtelgte, and weighed in at 10 lbs, 1oz. “The baby and family are doing very well, indeed!” says the new grandfather.

REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING, LIGHT HOUSEWORK

Our member Pamela Williams is seeking temporary housing and odd jobs while she seeks more permanent arrangements. She can do light housework, housesitting, or pet sitting. Contact her at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

EASTER EGG HUNT AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 15

Join friends and neighbors for a spring egg hunt at Awbury Arboretum on Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. Free; donations appreciated. Light refreshments available for purchase. Children should bring their own Easter baskets or bags. For information, click here.

WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG WISSAHICKON, APRIL 22

Join members of the Green Party for a walk along the Wissahickon to explore the wildflowers on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. It begins at Valley Green Inn on Forbidden Drive (enter from Henry Avenue) at 10 a.m. Three experienced guides will be on the walk to point out things. Easy-to-moderate walk of two miles. No dogs permitted. To register, click here. Carpooling available from the SEPTA Wissahickon Transportation Center, 4900 Ridge Ave. To register for the carpool, contact Margie Neary.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, APRIL 23

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for business and a program on Sunday, April 23, at Frankford Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Schedule:

9 a.m. Business Meeting

10:45 a.m. Worship with Frankford Friends

11:15 a.m. Fellowship & Light Breakfast

11:30 a.m. Program: “Taking Action on Immigration,” with two Quaker lawyers who specialize in immigration law, Jon Landau from Chestnut Hill Meeting and Joe Hohenstein from Frankford Monthly Meeting.

12:45 p.m. Closes

For information, contact Hollister Knowlton, clerk, Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, 215-241-0718.

GFS STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE TO HONOR BYRON DAVIS, APRIL 28

‘Scenes from the Kitchen,’ a presentation of music and stories inspired by the kitchen spaces of Cliveden, will take place Friday, April 28, at noon. It is presented in remembrance of Byron Davis, the late head of Upper School of GFS. Students from GFS, in association with Philadelphia Young Playwrights will perform created the scenes and music. This event is part of the Cliveden Conversation series. Suggested donation is $5. Cliveden is located at 6401 Germantown Ave. To reserve a seat, click here.

INTERFAITH PEACE WALK, APRIL 30

This year’s Interfaith Peace Walk will be held on Sunday, April 30, beginning with a gathering at 12:30 p.m., at Al Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Ave., rain or shine. From there, people will be bused to the walk’s beginning at Masjidullah in West Oak Lane. Walkers are asked to wear white to symbolize peace. Buses will be available along the walk to pick up any walkers who need to get off their feet. Medical personnel will also be present. The walk will be accompanied by people from the Civil Affairs Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department to control traffic and ensure safety. This is not a political demonstration or march. The focus is on peace and unity, with no signs or banners permitted. Cost is free, and the closing vegetarian dinner is free of charge. For information, click here.

RESERVE SALES SPACE AT VERNON PARK BAZAAR, MAY 6

The Spring Vernon Park Bazaar and Flea Market will be Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of the park. This is a community flea market, craft market, community information fair, and more. Now is the time — before May 1 — to reserve space for a sales table for $10 (bring your own table, chairs, etc.). After May 1, this costs $20. To view complete policies, FAQs, and to register online (which is preferred), click here or contact Angela Miles, or leave her a message at 215-359-7816. Set up your own table or donate items to the Friends of Vernon Park table in support of the park. Please note: No food vending is allowed in the park without proper city permits.

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

It’s time to submit proposals for workshops at the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which will take place July 26-30 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. The focus for workshops this year is strengthening the connections between faith and activism. Deadline for proposals is April 20. For more information and the online proposal form, click here.

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PLAN AHEAD

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7? You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Cost is $75, but, if you don’t have the money, organizers encourage you to call and let them know so they can help. For information or to register, click here.

PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM TO HONOR GAY JOHNSON, MAY 20

A picnic at Awbury Arboretum on May 20 will focus on Awbury’s educational programs and inaugurate the Gay Gilpin Johnson Archives & Education Fund. This will honor her legacy of birthing and shepherding many of Awbury’s programs in the sixty years she lived on the grounds. Tickets are $75. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with self-guided walks to projects that are underway and opportunity to taste things being produced. At 5:45 p.m., everyone gathers for brief remarks. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., featuring food from local sources. Reserve your seat by May 15 by clicking here.

HISTORY FAIR AT MERION MONTHLY MEETING, MAY 20

Here’s a chance to have some fun and learn some history about the area around Merion Friends Meeting, where there will be a free History Fair on May 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be reenactments about suffragette Lucretia Mott and underground railroad agent William Still; free horse-drawn carriage rides; a textile and quilt display, foods of the 1800s for sale; silhouette cutting, a blacksmith demonstration, and games and crafts for children. Merion Meetinghouse is the oldest in this area and was built by Welsh settlers. For information and directions, click here.

INFO ABOUT GRANTS FROM PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

More than 500 grants are made every year to individuals, meetings, and nonprofit organizations from special funds through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The grants cover a wide range of purposes, such as funds for education, assistance for older Friends, peace and justice projects, to name just a few. The money comes from income received by restricted bequests and trusts given to PYM by donors since 1795. Be sure to notice the deadlines for application. Guidelines are available online. Click here for information or contact Carol Walz, or 215-241-7201.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK HOLDS ANNUAL POTLUCK, APRIL 29

Everyone is invited to ‘Spring into Spring,’ the annual potluck of Northwest Village Network, on Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. Enjoy good food, good company, and live music! It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse, 20 East Mermaid Lane. For information, contact Anne Javsicas or Peter Javsicas.

LOCAL MARCH CELEBRATES PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOVEMENT, APRIL 29

There will be a sister march in Philadelphia, in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29. It will start at 1 p.m. from Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, in Center City, and end at 5 p.m. For information and to register online, click here.

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FOR THE YOUNG

RETREATS AT SWATARA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS & YOUNG FRIENDS

On May 5-7, there will be retreats at Camp Swatara in the Poconos for Middle School Friends and Young Friends, meeting separately. Each will open on Friday night with games and worship sharing, with rock climbing, hiking, and lots of other choices on Saturday. Meetings in Caln Quarter will also gather at Camp Swatara that weekend, so there will be opportunities to spend time with adults, as well as in the young people’s groups. There is a charge for either retreat, although scholarship money is available both cases.

For details about the Middle School Friends retreat, click here or contact Tara Rubinstein

For details about the Young Friends Retreat, click here, or contact Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222.

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY FOR YOUNG ADULTS, APRIL 23

Spend time and have dinner with other Young Adult Friends (18-35ish), learning about their work and how to do legislative advocacy for causes in which you believe, on Sunday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Green Street Meetinghouse. Dinner is provided. The Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will use recent experiences from the 2017 Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) as a springboard for the discussion. All Young Adult Friends are invited, whether or not they attended the FCNL event, and the discussion will engage everyone. To RSVP, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST MILITARY WEAPONRY ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14

One way to observe the courage and sacrifice of Jesus on Good Friday is by demonstrating against war-making and riches of weaponry at Lockheed Martin’s offices at noon tomorrow, April 14. Lockheed Martin is the largest weapons manufacturer and war profiteer in the world. This demonstration is an annual protest by the Brandywine Peace Community, and it has a history of several decades. Signs and banners will be provided. If you plan to face arrest, come to an on-site organizing meeting at 11 a.m. Your participation assumes a commitment to nonviolent discipline. Lockheed Martin is located at 230 Mall Boulevard, behind the King of Prussia Mall and across the street from the King of Prussia movie theater. For information, click here or call Bob Smith.

CALL TO STOP FRACKED GAS PLANT IN NICETOWN

There is still a chance that City Councilwoman Cindy Bass can stop the fracked gas plant to be built in our community. The plan was approved by the SEPTA Board two weeks ago, but Cindy Bass has publicly stated she has the legal authority to rezone the land of the proposed plant, which would be located in Nicetown, next door to Southwest Germantown. To encourage her to stop this plant, call her at 888-997-5202.

NATIONAL CLIMATE MARCH IN WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 29

People from across the United States are going to the National Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, to show their support for environmental issues and demand action from leaders in Congress. For details, click here.

100-MILE WALK FOR GREEN JOBS & JUSTICE IN PHILLY, MAY 8- 22

Join for any-or-all of a 100-mile Walk for Green Jobs & Justice, embarking on Monday, May 8, and visiting sites in the counties of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks before the big finish at noon, May 22, at the Philadelphia PECO office. Sponsored by P.O.W.E.R. and the Local Green Jobs campaign of Earth Quaker Action Team, the walk will visit energy sites from fossil fuel sites to solar installations. Walkers will visit communities to demand green jobs in high-unemployment areas. Learn details and sign up by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 7, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The truth that the artist seeks and expresses through Art is part of the Universal truth, just as the truth sought and expressed by the philosopher and the scientist and the theologian is part of the Universal Truth… The [person] who can only see the significance of [his or her] own specialized field of vision may not mar his own contribution, but inevitably will impoverish it. Happy is the artist, the philosopher, the scientist, or the theologian who recognizes that all Truth is one. –Elfrida Vipont Foulds, William Penn Lecture at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1955

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 9, 2017

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see below agenda)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Ross Hennesey & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Kate O’Shea and Peter Yeomans

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

AGENDA

Meeting for Business, April 9, 2017

Query 13
Opening worship
Minutes from March
School Committee presentation
Fiscal Committee presentation of the draft budget
Funeral Arrangements Committee update
Nominating Committee report
Care and Visiting Committee report
Environmental Concerns Committee report
Correspondence and Announcements
Closing worship

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MEETING NEWS

CHILI BRUNCH ON SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Join others for a chili brunch on Saturday, April 8, at noon to 2 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. Sponsored by our Outreach Committee, it will be cohosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, with special guests from Men Who Care of Germantown, staff from Roosevelt Middle School, and members from Germantown Mennonite Church. Men Who Care is a local nonprofit organization that works on educational projects in our community, as well as mentoring and crime prevention programs. The brunch features several kinds of chili, accompanied by salad, cornbread, and dessert. Donations would be welcomed to help pay for the food. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Anthony Stover, clerk of Outreach, 267-969-6270.

DO YOU NEED A BUS RIDE TO PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN DC?

Please let Bill Cozzens know as soon as possible if you would like a bus ride to the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29. Although there are other buses going from Philadelphia, our Environmental Concerns Committee is evaluating whether there is sufficient demand for one leaving from Germantown. Per-person cost would be in the $40-$60 range for the round trip. The purpose of the march, which is planned by 350.org, is to demonstrate that many American people support strong policies to address climate change and widely oppose the slashing of fossil fuel regulations.

BEFORE THE FLOOD SHOWING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, APRIL 21

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 21, to see the Leonardo DiCaprio movie Before the Flood at Germantown Meeting. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by showing of the film, expected to finish by 9 p.m. It is hosted by our Environmental Concerns Committee and Outreach Committee. Meeting members and attenders, as well as neighbors and the Germantown Friends School community are invited to attend. Contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu) for questions. (Please note that Green Street Monthly Meeting is showing this film on Saturday, April 15.)

ADULT CLASSES IN APRIL

There will be three adult classes in April. Each will meet in the social room of the meetinghouse at 9 a.m. Childcare is available, and there will be light refreshments a few minutes before each class. Here is the roster:

April 16 (Easter) TBA

April 23 Marcelle Martin will discuss her new book, Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey, which describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within as their guide. Marcelle Martin, a Quaker mystic, has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States. She has served for four years as the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill and was a core teacher in the School of the Spirit program.

April 30 Kody Hersh will share his experiences and reflections from trips he has made as a member of Christian Peacemakers Team. He is currently a reservist (part-time volunteer) with two teams: the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, based in Winnipeg, Canada; and the Colombia team. With those teams this year, he has visited Grassy Narrows reservation in Ontario, made two trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota, and spent a month in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region.

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MEETING NEWS

CHILI BRUNCH ON SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Join others for a chili brunch on Saturday, April 8, at noon to 2 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. Sponsored by our Outreach Committee, it will be cohosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, with special guests from Men Who Care of Germantown, staff from Roosevelt Middle School, and members from Germantown Mennonite Church. Men Who Care is a local nonprofit organization that works on educational projects in our community, as well as mentoring and crime prevention programs. The brunch features several kinds of chili, accompanied by salad, cornbread, and dessert. Donations would be welcomed to help pay for the food. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Anthony Stover, clerk of Outreach, 267-969-6270.

DO YOU NEED A BUS RIDE TO PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN DC?

Please let Bill Cozzens know as soon as possible if you would like a bus ride to the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29. Although there are other buses going from Philadelphia, our Environmental Concerns Committee is evaluating whether there is sufficient demand for one leaving from Germantown. Per-person cost would be in the $40-$60 range for the round trip. The purpose of the march, which is planned by 350.org, is to demonstrate that many American people support strong policies to address climate change and widely oppose the slashing of fossil fuel regulations.

BEFORE THE FLOOD SHOWING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, APRIL 21

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 21, to see the Leonardo DiCaprio movie Before the Flood at Germantown Meeting. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by showing of the film, expected to finish by 9 p.m. It is hosted by our Environmental Concerns Committee and Outreach Committee. Meeting members and attenders, as well as neighbors and the Germantown Friends School community are invited to attend. Contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu) for questions. (Please note that Green Street Monthly Meeting is showing this film on Saturday, April 15.)

ADULT CLASSES IN APRIL

There will be three adult classes in April. Each will meet in the social room of the meetinghouse at 9 a.m. Childcare is available, and there will be light refreshments a few minutes before each class. Here is the roster:

April 16 (Easter) TBA

April 23 Marcelle Martin will discuss her new book, Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey, which describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within as their guide. Marcelle Martin, a Quaker mystic, has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States. She has served for four years as the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill and was a core teacher in the School of the Spirit program.

April 30 Kody Hersh will share his experiences and reflections from trips he has made as a member of Christian Peacemakers Team. He is currently a reservist (part-time volunteer) with two teams: the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, based in Winnipeg, Canada; and the Colombia team. With those teams this year, he has visited Grassy Narrows reservation in Ontario, made two trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota, and spent a month in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region.

NEED TRANSPORTATION FOR BJ ELDER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE?

Would you be interested in sharing a bus ride with other Meeting folks to BJ Elder’s memorial service on May 13? It will be at 2 p.m. at Kendal-at-Longwood in Chester County. Because many people from our Meeting will probably want to go, our Funeral Arrangements Committee is considering renting a bus or van with a driver. If you would like to travel to the service on a van or bus, please contact Randal Whitman, or Katy Hineline before April 8. They need to know the number of people who are interested to decide whether this is feasible. Cost would be shared equally among the riders and has yet to be determined. The entire trip would be from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 6

On Saturday, May 6, GMM’s Outreach Committee will prepare and serve breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Although the committee has adequate people-power to do the job, financial contributions in any amount would be greatly appreciated. This Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at local hospitals. For further information, contact Anthony Stover, 267-969-6270.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING, LIGHT HOUSEWORK

Our member Pamela Williams is seeking temporary housing and odd jobs while she seeks more permanent arrangements. She can do light housework, housesitting, or pet sitting. Contact her here.

ARTICLE HONORING GAY JOHNSON IN AWBURY’S NEWSLETTER

Gay Johnson, one of our late, much-loved members, is honored this month in an affectionate and appreciative article in The Leaflet, the newsletter of Awbury Arboretum. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: “Gay Gilpin Johnson, who made the preservation and promotion of Awbury Arboretum her life’s work and lived for six decades in the neighborhood surrounding the Arboretum, passed away at the age of 91 on July 7, 2016…’ To read the entire enjoyable article, click here.

DEATH OF WILLIAM T. COLEMAN

William T. Coleman, Jr., prominent civil rights lawyer and former U.S. cabinet member, died March 31 at the age of 96, at his home in Alexandria, VA. He was the husband of our member Lovida Coleman, Sr., and the father of our member Lovida Coleman, Jr., both of whom survive him, as do his sons William T. Coleman, III, and Hardin Coleman. His children were students at Germantown Friends School, as he was in his youth. He was born in Germantown. With a brilliant mind and determined spirit, he cut through the racism of his times to become a national figure in law. He became the first black staff member to be accepted into the Harvard Law Review, and he graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School in 1946. Thurgood Marshall recruited Coleman to be a lead strategist and coauthor of the legal brief in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Pres. Bill Clinton awarded Mr. Coleman the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1995, saying, “If you are looking for an example of constancy, consistency, disciplined devotion to the things that make this country a great place, you have no further to look than William Coleman, Jr.” To read more about his fascinating life, read his online obituary in The New York Times or The Washington Post. Condolences may be sent to Lovida H. Coleman, Sr., and Lovida H. Coleman, Jr., at Goodwin House # 1558, Alexandria, VA 22311-5070.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FILM LOOKS AT IMMIGRATION THROUGH PERSONAL STORY, APRIL 7

Tonight, April 7, see a poignant film about a professor who lets two immigrants into his life, only to see one whisked away by deportation after he’s grown close. The Visitor, written and directed by Oscar-winning Tom McCarthy, is showing at the Peace Center of Delaware County in Springfield at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For more information and directions, click here.

SPRING CLEAN-UP AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 8

Tomorrow, April 8, help clean up Awbury Arboretum after a long winter, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. Please park on Avonhoe Road, which is near the Arboretum’s front entrance, where you register and pick up gloves, tools, task assignments, and breakfast snacks. The location of the clean-up project will be along Chew Avenue, between Belfield Avenue and the Chew Avenue business district. After the clean-up, there will be a hot dog cookout at Why Not Prosper, 717 E. Chelten Ave. For questions, contact Leslie Cerk.

EASTER EGG HUNT AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 15

Join friends and neighbors for a spring egg hunt on the beautiful grounds of Awbury Arboretum on Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. Free; donations appreciated. Light refreshments available for purchase. Children should bring their own Easter baskets or bags. For information, click here.

WILDFLOWER WALK ALONG WISSAHICKON, APRIL 22

Join members of the Green Party for a walk along the Wissahickon to explore the wildflowers on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. It begin at the Valley Green Inn on Forbidden Drive (enter from Henry Avenue) at 10 a.m. Three experienced guides will be on the walk to point out things. Easy to moderate walk of two miles. No dogs permitted. To register, click here. Carpooling available from the SEPTA Wissahickon Transportation Center, 4900 Ridge Ave. To register for the carpool, contact Margie Neary.

RESERVE SALES SPACE AT VERNON PARK BAZAAR, MAY 6

The Spring Vernon Park Bazaar and Flea Market will be Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of the park. This is a community flea market, craft market, community information fair, and more. Now is the time — before May 1 — to reserve space for a sales table for $10 (bring your own table, chairs, etc.). After May 1, this costs $20. To view complete policies, FAQs, and to register online (which is preferred), click here or contact Angela Miles, or leave here a message. Set up your own table or donate items to the Friends of Vernon Park table in support of the park. Please note: No food vending is allowed in the park without proper city permits.

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PLAN AHEAD

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, APRIL 23

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for business and a program on Sunday, April 23, at Frankford Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Schedule:

9 a.m. Business Meeting

10:45 a.m. Worship with Frankford Friends

11:15 a.m. Fellowship & Light Breakfast

11:30 a.m. Program: “Taking Action on Immigration,” with two Quaker lawyers who specialize in immigration law, Jon Landau from Chestnut Hill Meeting and Joe Hohenstein from Frankford Monthly Meeting.

12:45 p.m. Closes

For information, contact Hollister Knowlton, clerk, Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting,

215-241-0718.

GFS STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE TO HONOR BYRON DAVIS, APRIL 28

“Scenes from the Kitchen,” a presentation of music and stories inspired by the kitchen spaces of Cliveden, will take place Friday, April 28, at noon. It is presented in remembrance of Byron Davis, the late head of Upper School of GFS. Students from GFS, in association with Philadelphia Young Playwrights will perform created the scenes and music. This event is part of the Cliveden Conversation series. Suggested donation is $5. Clivedon is located at 6401 Germantown Ave. To reserve a seat, click here.

INTERFAITH PEACE WALK, APRIL 30

This year’s Interfaith Peace Walk will be held on Sunday, April 30, beginning with a gathering at 12:30 p.m., at Al Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Ave., rain or shine. From there, people will be bused to the walk’s beginning at Masjidullah in West Oak Lane. Walkers are asked to wear white to symbolize peace. Buses will be available along the walk to pick up any walkers who need to get off their feet. Medical personnel will also be present. The walk is accompanied by people from the Civil Affairs Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department to control traffic and ensure safety. This is not a political demonstration or march. The focus is on peace and unity, with no signs or banners permitted. Cost is free, and the closing vegetarian dinner is free of charge. For information, click here.

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7. You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Cost is $75, but, if you don’t have the money, organizers encourage you to call and let them know so they can help. For information or to register, click here.

PICNIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM TO HONOR GAY JOHNSON, MAY 20

A picnic at Awbury Arboretum on May 20 will focus on Awbury’s educational programs and inaugurate the Gay Gilpin Johnson Archives & Education Fund. The Arboretum established the fund in her honor, recognizing her legacy of birthing and shepherding many of Awbury’s programs in the sixty years Gay lived on the grounds. Tickets for the event are $75. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with self-guided walks to see projects underway at the Arboretum and taste things being produced. At 5:45 p.m., everyone gathers to listen to remarks about the occasion and its purpose, and the dinner will begin at 6 p.m., featuring food from local sources. Reserve your seat by May 15 by clicking here. The event will take place at Awbury Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Lane.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

WEEKEND RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 5-7

For a weekend of fun and vibrant community in the woods, come join Young Friends at Camp Swatara on May 5-7. It will open with games and worship sharing on Friday night. On Saturday, everyone will have a chance to hike to the rock pile and on part of the Appalachian Trail. Here will be an alternative activity if you don’t want to hike. On Saturday, there will be workshops and time to spend with Friends from Caln Quarter, who are also meeting at Camp Swatara that weekend. Cost: $110, if you register by April 6, and $122 after that date. Scholarship money is available. To learn more about what to bring, sleeping arrangements, and carpooling to the camp, click here, where you can also register. To talk to a person, contact Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222.

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TAKE ACTION

CALL TO STOP FRACKED GAS PLANT IN NICETOWN

There is still a chance that City Councilwoman Cindy Bass can stop the fracked gas plant to be built in our community. The plan was approved by the SEPTA Board two weeks ago, but Cindy Bass has publicly stated she has the legal authority to rezone the land of the proposed plant, which would be located in Nicetown, next door to Southwest Germantown. To encourage her to stop this plant, call her at 888-997-5202.

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST MILITARY WEAPONRY ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14

What are you doing on Good Friday this year? This is a day on which Christians observe the courage and sacrifice of Jesus in the name of love and justice. One way to observe this is by demonstrating against the hatred and destruction of war-making and the riches of weaponry at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons manufacturer and war profiteer. The Brandywine Peace Community will hold this annual observance and protest at noon on Friday, April 4, at Lockheed Martin’s offices at King of Prussia. Signs and banners will be provided. If you plan to face arrest, please come to an onsite organizing meeting at 11 a.m. Your participation assumes a commitment to nonviolent discipline, refraining, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “from the violence of fist, tongue, and heart.” Lockheed Martin is located at 230 Mall Boulevard, which is behind the King of Prussia Mall and across the street from the King of Prussia movie theater. For more information, including directions, click here or call Bob Smith.

EARTH DAY MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 22

Celebrate this Earth Day by speaking out for science and its importance to wildlife conservation by joining the March for Science on Saturday, April 22, in Washington, DC. Begins at 10 a.m. For more information or to register, click here.

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 29

The People’s Climate Movement will stage a massive march ‘for jobs, justice, and the climate’ in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 29. If you are interested in sharing a bus ride from Germantown, contact our member Bill Cozzens, as soon as possible. (See related brief under “Meeting News.”)

LOCAL MARCH CELEBRATES PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MOVEMENT, APRIL 29

There will be a sister march in Philadelphia on April 29 in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. It will start at 1 p.m. from Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, in Center City, and is expected to end at 5 p.m. For more information and to register online, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 31, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We are called to obedient love even though we may not be feeling very loving. Often it is through the performance of loving acts that loving feelings can be built up in us. We may start with small, perhaps very tiny steps. It is only as we begin to allow Christ’s love to act in and through us that it can become a part of us. –Sandra Cronk, 1983

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 2, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Teresa Maebori & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greeting & Refreshments: Val Nehez and Anthony Tyler

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities. First Day school classes will look at the Peace Testimony this week. The older group (4th-7th grade) will consider the idea of sanctuary.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

DO YOU NEED A BUS RIDE TO CLIMATE MARCH IN DC?

If you would like a bus ride to the Climate March in Washington, DC, on April 29, please contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu), to let him know. Although there are other buses going from Philadelphia, our Environmental Concerns Committee is evaluating whether there is sufficient demand for one leaving from Germantown. Per-person cost would be in the $40-$60 range for the round trip. The purpose of the march, which is planned by 350.org, is to demonstrate to the President and Congress that many American people support strong policies to address climate change and widely oppose the slashing of fossil fuel regulations.

BEFORE THE FLOOD SHOWING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, APRIL 21

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 21, to see the Leonardo DiCaprio movie Before the Flood at Germantown Meeting. There will be a potluck at 6 p.m., followed by showing of the film, expected to finish by 9 p.m. It is hosted by the Environmental Concerns Committee in cooperation with the Outreach Committee of our Meeting. Meeting members and attenders, as well as neighbors and the Germantown Friends School community are invited to attend. Contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu), for questions. (Please note that Green Street Monthly Meeting is also showing this film, but on Saturday, April 15.)

ADULT CLASSES IN APRIL

There will be three adult classes in April. All will meet in the social room of the meetinghouse at 9 a.m. Childcare is available, and there will be light refreshments a few minutes before each class. Here is the roster:

April 16 (Easter) TBA

April 23 — Marcelle Martin will discuss her new book, Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey,which describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within as their guide. Marcelle Martin, a Quaker mystic, has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States. She has served for four years as the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill and was a core teacher in the School of the Spirit program.

April 30 — Kody Hersh will share his experiences and reflections from trips he has made as a member of Christian Peacemakers Team. He is currently a reservist (part-time volunteer) with two teams: the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity team, based in Winnipeg, Canada; and the Colombia team. With those teams this year, he has visited Grassy Narrows reservation in Ontario, made two trips to Standing Rock in North Dakota, and spent a month in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 6

On Saturday, May 6, GMM’s Outreach Committee will prepare and serve breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Although the committee has adequate people-power to do the job, financial contributions in any amount would be greatly appreciated. This Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at local hospitals. For further information, contact Anthony Stover (anthony@philarmh.org), 267-969-6270.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER OPPORTUNITIES

WORKSHOP ON SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL MINISTRIES, APRIL 1

There will be a workshop on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on supporting individual calls to ministries. It will take place at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., in Center City, and is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This gathering is the introductory session in a new program to give Friends a process for foster faithfulness to leading, called the Peer Group Series. It will be composed of three Saturday sessions during a six-month period. The next two sessions will be held on June 24 and Sept. 30. For information or to register, click here.

OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS AT PENDLE HILL, APRIL 8 & 22

Here’s a chance to create things in the beautiful, light-filled Firbank art studio at Pendle Hill! There are two drop-in, self-directed, open-studio dates left in a series that started in late winter, and they are on Saturday, April 8, and Saturday, April 22. The art studio will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the charge is $5 an hour, including supplies. A monitor will be present to help you find supplies and get started. To find out more, click here.

ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT PENDLE HILL THROUGH APRIL 30

Artwork by Adrienne Jenkins will be on display in the Barn Gallery at Pendle Hill through April 30. The exhibit, entitled ‘Guardians of the Meadow,’ is a series of paintings from 2014 to 2016 that explore connections between human, animal, and natural worlds, prompting thought about our role as stewards of the earth. To find out more about the art and artist, click here, where you can also find directions to Pendle Hill, which is near Wallingford in Delaware County.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

WEEKEND RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 5-7

For a weekend of fun and vibrant community in the woods, come join Young Friends at Camp Swatara on May 5-7. It will open with games and worship sharing on Friday night. On Saturday, everyone will have a chance to hike to the rock pile and on part of the Appalachian Trail. Here will be an alternative activity if you don’t want to hike. On Saturday, there will be workshops and time to spend with Friends from Caln Quarter, who are also meeting at Camp Swatara that weekend. Cost: $110, if you register by April 6, and $122 after that date. Scholarship money is available. To learn more about what to bring, sleeping arrangements, and carpooling to the camp, click here, where you can also register. To talk to a person, contact Hannah Mayer (hmayer@pym.org), 215-241-7222.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

YAFs SPRING RETREAT AT NEWTOWN, APRIL 7-9

Young Adult Friends from throughout the PYM region and beyond will hold a weekend retreat on April 7-9 at Newtown Monthly Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship on the theme “Embodying Spirit: music, dance, movement, art, and storytelling.” Deadline for registering is Sunday, April 2. To register online, click here.To speak to a person, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends coordinator, 215-241-7075.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MIDDLE EAST SCHOLAR SPEAKS AT STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE, APRIL 3

Stephen Zunes, a Quaker and leading U.S. Middle East scholar, will speak on “Quakers Addressing Israel/Palestine: Advocacy or Reconciliation?” at the annual Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture at Pendle Hill on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn. Stephen Cary was a long-time member of Germantown Meeting, as are several members of his family. The speaker Stephen Zunes is a professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program on Middle Eastern Studies. Reservations required. Call 610-566-4507, ext. 137, or register online by clicking here. Live streaming is available for this event.

RESERVE SALES SPACE AT VERNON PARK BAZAAR, MAY 6

The Spring Vernon Park Bazaar and Flea Market will be on Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of the park. This is a community flea market, craft market, community information fair, and more. Now is the time — before May 1 — to reserve space for a sales table for $10 (bring your own table, chairs, etc.). After May 1, this costs $20. To view complete policies, FAQs, and to register online (which is preferred), click here or contact Angela Miles (info@friendsofvernonpark.org). Set up your own table or donate items to the Friends of Vernon Park table in support of the park. Please note: No food vending is allowed in the park without proper city permits.

VIEW ONLINE GFS VIDEO ABOUT VERNON PARK

To see a YouTube video made about people being interviewed about Vernon Park, click here. The video was made by students at Germantown Friends School.

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PLAN AHEAD

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, APRIL 23

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for business and a program on Sunday, April 23, at Frankford Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Schedule:

9 a.m. Business Meeting

10:45 a.m. Worship with Frankford Friends

11:15 a.m. Fellowship & Light Breakfast

11:30 a.m. Program: “Taking Action on Immigration,” with two Quaker lawyers who specialize in immigration law, Jon Landau from Chestnut Hill Meeting and Joe Hohenstein from Frankford Monthly Meeting.

12:45 p.m. Closes

For information, contact Hollister Knowlton, clerk, Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, 215-241-0718.

GFS STUDENTS CO-SPONSOR PERFORMANCE TO HONOR BYRON DAVIS

“Scenes from the Kitchen,” a presentation of music and stories inspired by the kitchen spaces of Cliveden, will take place Friday, April 28, at noon. It is presented in remembrance of Byron Davis, the late head of Upper School of GFS. Students from GFS, in association with Philadelphia Young Playwrights will perform created the scenes and music. This event is part of the Cliveden Conversation series. Suggested donation is $5. Cliveden is located at 6401 Germantown Ave. To reserve a seat, click here.

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7. You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Cost is $75, but, if you don’t have the money, organizers encourage you to call and let them know so they can help. For information or to register, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

TRAINING FOR NONVIOLENT ACTION, APRIL 2

Learn about the thinking behind civil disobedience, including how to handle oneself, and strategic uses at a training session on April 2, at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia. Cosponsored by EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team), POWER, and Training for Change. Childcare is available; to arrange, send an email to kathryn.rowlett@gmail.com. To learn more, click here.

EARTH DAY MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 22

Celebrate this Earth Day by speaking out for science and its importance to wildlife conservation by joining the March for Science on Saturday, April 23, in Washington, DC. Begins at 10 a.m. For more information or to register, click here.

RESOURCES FOR TAKING ACTION, FROM PYM

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has an extensive online list of resources and helpful websites for getting involved and taking action. To see what’s available, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 24, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The experience of John Wilhelm Rowntree, 1894

Just as he was entering young manhood and was beginning to feel the dawning sense of a great mission before him, he discovered that he was slowly losing his sight. He was told that before middle life he would become totally blind. Dazed and overwhelmed, he staggered from the doctor’s office to the street and stood there in silence. Suddenly he felt the love of God wrap him about as though a visible presence enfolded him, and a joy filled him, such as he had never known before. From that time … he was a gloriously joyous and happy man. His physical limitations have all along been turned into inward profit. His long, hard battle with a stubborn disease that was attacking the very citadel of his powers — his sight, his hearing, and his memory — has only made him more heroic and gentle. –Rufus M. Jones, 1905

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 26, 2017

9 a.m. No Adult Class

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Deb Frazer and Jack Malinowski

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Greeting,

Greeting & Refreshments: Paula & Howard Cell

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

LAST DISCUSSION ON POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME, MARCH 26

The last part of the group discussion on the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome will be Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m., in the social room. It will focus on the last chapter of the book, which is about healing. You do not have to have attended the other meetings to attend this one. It is suggested that you read the book, but it is not necessary to be an important voice in the discussion. For questions, contact Candice Price.

GFS GRAD TO SPEAK ABOUT HER BOOK ON RUNAWAY SLAVE, APRIL 4

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, a 1990 graduate of Germantown Friends School (GFS), will speak on April 4, at 7 p.m., in GFS’s Friends Free Library, about her new book Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. Dunbar is the spring speaker in the Community Writers Series of GFS, and her talk is cosponsored by Historic Germantown. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For information, contact Kate Gerrity.

CHILI BRUNCH ON SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Join others for a chili brunch on Saturday, April 8, at noon to 2 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. Sponsored by our Outreach Committee, it will be cohosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, with guests from Men Who Care of Germantown, staff from Roosevelt Middle School, and members from Germantown Mennonite Church. Men Who Care is a local nonprofit organization that works on educational projects in our community, as well as mentoring and crime prevention programs. The brunch features several kinds of chili, accompanied by salad, cornbread, and dessert. Donations would be welcomed to help pay for the food. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Anthony Stover, clerk of our Outreach Committee, 267-969-6270.

BREAKFAST TO BE SERVED AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 6

On Saturday, May 6, GMM’s Outreach Committee will prepare and serve breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Although the committee has adequate people-power to do the job, financial contributions in any amount would be greatly appreciated. This Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at local hospitals. Contact Anthony Stover (see previous brief) for further information.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER OPPORTUNITIES

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS TO BE ‘RADICAL MULTIGENERATIONAL’

On Saturday, March 25, Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place 12:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m. at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia. The theme is ‘Toward a Radically Multigenerational Continuing Session.’ For more information or to register, click here.

MUSIC DUO TO PLAY AT PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 25

Young Adult Friends (also known as ‘YAFs’) will present City Love, an acoustic music duo from West Philly, on Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m., at PYM’s Continuing Sessions (see preceding news brief). This concert is the first of the Seeking Faithfulness Series, which is a continuation of the former William Penn Lecture. For information, click here.

TALK ON SLAVERY IN PHILADELPHIA, MARCH 31

Hear a talk by Phillip Seitz on his book Slavery in Philadelphia: A History of Resistance, Denial, and Wealth at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. It is recommended that you read the book before coming. Copies will be available in the Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse in mid-March.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

GATHERING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, MARCH 24-26

Join other high school-age Friends on March 24-26 for a weekend together at Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1500 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and end at noon on Sunday. On Saturday morning, participants will spend time together and then travel to Arch Street Meeting House to join Friends of all ages for Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Young Friends will lead and participate in intergenerational workshops and activities. In the evening, there will be a concert by the musical duo City Love. Then, Young Friends will go back to the Frankford meetinghouse to hang out together before bedtime. Cost is $75, scholarships available.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

YAFs SPONSOR MUSICAL DUO AT CONTINUING SESSIONS

On Saturday, March 25, Young Adult Friends (YAFs) of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will gather at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, in Philadelphia. This get-together is part of yearly meeting’s Continuing Sessions, but there will also be time for YAFs to spend time together and tend to their business concerns. The day will be capped off by Young Adult Friends hosting the musical duo City Love, featuring Serling Duns and Caselli Jordan. The concert is part of the Seeking Faithfulness series, formerly known as William Penn Lectures.

YAFs SPRING RETREAT AT NEWTOWN, APRIL 7-9

Young Adult Friends from throughout the PYM region and beyond will hold a weekend retreat on April 7-9 at Newtown Monthly Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship on the theme “Embodying Spirit: music, dance, movement, art, and storytelling.” Deadline for registering is Sunday, April 2. To register online, click here. To speak to a person, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends coordinator, 215-241- 7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

DISCUSSION: ‘DEATH WITH DIGNITY,’ MARCH 25

A forum and discussion on ‘Death with Dignity’ will take place on Sunday, March 26, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG), 6001 Germantown Ave. Sponsored by Ralston My Way, this is part of an series of events to educate and advocate for the elderly, their families, and caregivers. For information, contact Ralston My Way, 215-525-5470.

WORKSHOP ON SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL MINISTRIES, APRIL 1

There will be a workshop on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on supporting individual calls to ministries. It will take place at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., in Center City, and is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as a Thread Gathering. For information and to register, click here.

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THRU APRIL 23

‘Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC’s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice and preventing violence. It depicts stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

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PLAN AHEAD

FILM: BEFORE THE FLOOD, APRIL 15

The film National Geographic Film, Before the Flood, will be shown on Saturday, April 15, at 6 p.m., at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 W. School House Lane. The film features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a UN Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness and document climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists, meets with political leaders, and reveals details about the misinformation campaign by special interests to mask the growing urgency of climate change. Free admission and free childcare. Light refreshments and plenty of free parking.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, APRIL 23

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for business and a program on Sunday, April 23, at Frankford Meeting, 1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Schedule:

9 a.m. Business Meeting

10:45 a.m. Worship with Frankford Friends

11:15 a.m. Fellowship & Light Breakfast

11:30 a.m. Program: ‘Taking Action on Immigration,’ with two Quaker lawyers who specialize in immigration law, Jon Landau from Chestnut Hill Meeting and Joe Hohenstein from Frankford Monthly Meeting.

12:45 p.m. Closes

For information, contact Hollister Knowlton, clerk, Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, 215-241-0718.

ISRAEL/PALESTINE IS SUBJECT OF CARY LECTURE, APRIL 23

Stephen Zunes, a Quaker and leading U.S. Middle East scholar, will speak on ‘Quakers Addressing Israel/Palestine: Advocacy or Reconciliation?. at the annual Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture at Pendle Hill on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Register to attend in person or for live streaming by clicking here.

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7. You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The retreat will be led by Melinda Wenner-Bradley and Beth Collea. For information and to register, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

PROTEST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, MARCH 25

Monthly demonstrations will resume on Saturday, March 25, to end drone warfare and protest the drone war command center in Horsham. This month’s demonstration will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in Horsham, at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here or contact Bob Smith.

WRITE LETTERS FOR DECARCERATE PA, MARCH 25

Write letters to prisoners and learn more about the work of Decarcerate PA on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Institute for Community Justice, 1207 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, Philadelphia. You will be helping answer the hundreds of letters received from prisoners every month. Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania, stop further building of prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities. Get in touch at decarceratepa@gmail.com, or call 267-217-3372.

TRAINING FOR NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION, APRIL 2

Learn about the thinking behind civil disobedience, including how to handle oneself and strategic uses, at a training session on April 2, at 2 p.m.-6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia. Cosponsored by EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team), POWER, and Training for Change. Childcare is available; to arrange, send an email to kathryn.rowlett@gmail.com. To learn more, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 17, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

A far-reaching part of the Quaker message, affecting character and behavior unconsciously, is the affirmation that if God is revealing himself to every human person, then there can be no parts of life that are “secular” in contrast to other parts that are “sacred.” God is equally relevant to every part of life, whether it is Saturday (recreation), Sunday (worship), or Monday (work). The attempt is made to level up, even though in practice we sometimes level down; the underlying faith is that at all times our behavior should reflect the conviction that God is at work in those with whom we mix, and in ourselves; that every human encounter can fan or quench the divine spark in another; and that our lives are at all times lived in the presence of God.–Hugh L. Concaster, The Quaker Message, Pendle Hill pamphlet no. 181, 1972

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 19, 2017

9 a.m. Adult Class, with George Lakey (see below description)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Randal and Leanna Whitman

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Greeting,

Greeting & Refreshments: Susan & Adam Corson-Finnerty

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF BJ ELDER

Our dear member BJ Elder died early Tuesday morning, March 14, in the skilled nursing facility at Kendal-at-Longwood, a retirement community in Chester County. Her husband David Elder and their younger daughter Renee were with her. BJ is also survived by their daughter Jennifer and four grandsons. The family anticipates holding a memorial service for BJ at Kendal-at-Longwood on May 13 at 2 p.m. Condolences can be sent to:

David Elder
Jennifer Lee Elder

Since the GMM office does not have Renee’s contact information, you may forward your notes to David or Jennifer, and they will send them on. We send our love and prayers to BJ’s family and are grateful for having BJ among us for so many years.

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MEETING NEWS

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, MARCH 19

George Lakey, a Quaker, former Eugene M. Lang visiting professor for issues of social change at Swarthmore College and author of the book Viking Economics, How the Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too will speak at adult class on Sunday, March 19, at 9 a.m. His talk will be about what U.S citizens can learn from Scandinavian countries and their choices in supporting the social welfare of their people. Haven’t read the book? come anyway! Want more information? Check out this article in The Atlantic Everyone is welcome. Childcare is available. Come a few minutes early for coffee and light refreshments.

PHILLY CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD HEARING ON ENVIRONMENT, MARCH 22

Partially as a result of a letter from Germantown Monthly Meeting, the Environment Committee of Philadelphia City Council will hold an initial hearing this Wednesday, March 22, at 3 p.m., in Philadelphia City Hall, room 400, to investigate the current and future state of Philadelphia’s environment. Bill Cozzens, clerk of our Environmental Concerns Committee, is working with Friends from other Meetings and with members of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light to ensure that our concerns about climate change and ways the city can address the issue are included in the testimony. Come, and help fill room 400 to emphasize the importance we put on this issue. For information, contact Bill.

MORE DISCUSSION ON POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME, MARCH 26

The last part of the group discussion on the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome will be Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m., in the social room. It will focus on the last chapter of the book, which is about healing. Once the group has identified how past traumas have affected and changed our current lives, it is possible to begin healing ourselves, our families, and then our community. You do not have to have attended the other meetings to attend this one. It is suggested that you read the book, but it is not necessary to be an important voice in the discussion. For questions, contact Candice Price.

GFS GRAD TO SPEAK ABOUT HER BOOK ON RUNAWAY SLAVE, APRIL 4

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, a 1990 graduate of Germantown Friends School (GFS), will speak on April 4, at 7 p.m., in GFS’s Friends Free Library, about her new book Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. Dunbar is the spring speaker in the Community Writers Series of GFS, and her talk is cosponsored by Historic Germantown. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For information, contact Kate Gerrity.

VISIT OUR MEETING’S FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting has a Facebook page, and we want to spread the good word. Find it by clicking here and ‘like’ it to view the posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to expand our community.

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QUAKER OPPORTUNITIES

AFSC STAFF TO SPEAK ON U.S. ROLE IN MIDDLE EAST, MARCH 19

Michael Merryman-Lotze, the Israel-Palestine coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will speak on Sunday, March 19, at 11:15 a.m., at Haddonfield Meeting, 45 Friends Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. The topic is ‘The U.S. role in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Israel-Palestine and what this means for those who seek peace.’ His presentation will follow meeting for worship, which begins at 10 a.m. A covered-dish luncheon will follow his talk. Everyone is welcome. For further information, contact Linda Lotz.

QUAKER MINDFULNESS MEDITATION GROUP FORMING

Sarah Whitman, a member of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, is forming a monthly Quaker/mindfulness meditation group. Part book group, part discussion of mindfulness practices, and part discussion of Quaker spirituality, the group is for those with a regular meditation practice or who would like to establish one. Contact Sarah if you are interested.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS TO BE ‘RADICAL MULTIGENERATIONAL’

On Saturday, March 25, Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place 12:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m. at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia. The theme is ‘Toward a Radically Multigenerational Continuing Session.’ For more information or to register, click here.

MUSIC DUO TO PLAY AT PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 25

Young Adult Friends (also known as ‘YAFs’) will present City Love, an acoustic music duo from West Philly, on Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m., at PYM’s Continuing Sessions (see preceding news brief). This concert is the first of the Seeking Faithfulness Series, which is a continuation of the former William Penn Lecture. For information, click here.

TALK ON SLAVERY IN PHILADELPHIA, MARCH 31

Hear a talk by Phillip Seitz on his book Slavery in Philadelphia: A History of Resistance, Denial, and Wealth at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. It is recommended that you read the book before coming. Copies will be available in the Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse in mid-March.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

GATHERING AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, MARCH 22-24

Enjoy some intergenerational fellowship with adults and young folks at the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Meeting on March 22-24. The gathering of Middle School Friends will begin at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., and travel to join the larger group at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets. There will also be time to have fun and enjoy activities together. Cost: $75, with scholarships available. To register, click here. For information, contact Tara Rubinstein, 215-241-7171.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

GATHERING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, MARCH 24-26

Join other high school-age Friends on March 24-26 for a weekend together at Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1500 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and end at noon on Sunday. On Saturday morning, participants will spend time together and then travel to Arch Street Meeting House to join Friends of all ages for Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Young Friends will lead and participate in intergenerational workshops and activities. In the evening, there will be a concert by the musical duo City Love. Then, Young Friends will go back to the Frankford meetinghouse to hang out together before bedtime. Cost is $75, scholarships available. Register by March 20 by clicking here.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 18-21

Young Adult Friends will gather in Washington, D.C., for a weekend of training and advocacy about economic justice at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), on March 18-21. Inquire about financial support from your Meeting or yearly meeting. For information or to register, click here.

YAFs SPONSOR MUSICAL DUO AT CONTINUING SESSIONS

On Saturday, March 25, Young Adult Friends (YAFs) of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will gather at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, in Philadelphia. This get-together is part of yearly meeting’s Continuing Sessions, but there will also be time for YAFs to spend time together and tend to their business concerns. The day will be capped off by Young Adult Friends hosting the musical duo City Love, featuring Serling Duns and Caselli Jordan. The concert is part of the Seeking Faithfulness series, formerly known as William Penn Lectures.

YAFs SPRING RETREAT AT NEWTOWN, APRIL 7-9

Young Adult Friends from throughout the PYM region and beyond will hold a weekend retreat on April 7-9 at Newtown Monthly Meeting. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship on the theme “Embodying Spirit: music, dance, movement, art, and storytelling.” Deadline for registering is Sunday, April 2. To register online, click here. To speak to a person, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends coordinator, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

VOLUNTEER TUTORS WANTED AT HISTORIC FAIRHILL

Historic Fairhill is calling for volunteers to tutor adults learning English as a Second or Foreign language and working toward their GEDs. If you are interested, contact Jean Warrington at info@historicfairhill.org.

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THRU APRIL 23

‘Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC’s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice and preventing violence. It depicts stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

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PLAN AHEAD

WORKSHOP ON SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL MINISTRIES, APRIL 1

There will be a workshop on Saturday, April 1, on supporting individual calls to ministries. It will take place at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., in Center City, and is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as one of its Thread Gatherings. For information and to register, click here.

PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE IS SUBJECT OF CARY LECTURE

Stephen Zunes, a Quaker and leading U.S. Middle East scholar, will speak on ‘Quakers Addressing Israel/Palestine: Advocacy or Reconciliation?’ at the annual Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture at Pendle Hill on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Register to attend in person or for live streaming by clicking here.

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7? You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The retreat will be led by Melinda Wenner-Bradley and Beth Collea. For information and to register, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

UPDATE ON PIPELINES IN SE PENNSYLVANIA, MARCH 20

Find out what’s going on with pipeline projects scheduled for Southeast Pennsylvania at an event on Monday, March 20, at 6:45 p.m., in Room C2-28, Center for Business & Industry, Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), 18th and Callowhill Streets. Hosted by The Sierra Club of Southeastern PA and the CCP Coalition for a Sustainable Future. Speakers will be Bernard Greenberg, M.D., and Karen Feridun founder of Berks Gas Truth. They will discuss the Penn East pipeline, Mariner East 2, and DTE Birdsboro and the recent actions that will allow these projects to move forward. For information, click here.

NEED FOR BEDDING CONTINUES FOR WOMEN’S PROGRAM

The need for bedding is continual at Interim House, a residential program in Mt. Airy for women with addiction and trauma issues. The House also provides transitional services and outpatient care. If you have pillows, blankets, or quilts that are in good shape and not needed by you, please contact Phyllis Taylor (rktpbt@me.com) to work out delivery of the items.

PROTEST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, MARCH 25

Monthly demonstrations will resume on Saturday, March 25, to end drone warfare and protest the drone war command center in Horsham. This month’s demonstration will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in Horsham, alongside the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin)

Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 10, 2017

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

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 12, 2017

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Doing Business,* committee room

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Becky Johnson & Larry Weisberg

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Deborah Cooper & Caroline Davidson

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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AGENDA

Meeting for Business, March 12, 2017

Query and opening worship
Minutes from February
Care & Visiting Committee
Worship & Ministry Committee
Racial Justice & Social Concerns Committee
Announcements and Correspondence
Worship

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MEETING NEWS

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, MARCH 19

George Lakey, author of the book Viking Economics, will speak at our adult class on Sunday, March 19, at 9 a.m. His talk will be about what U.S citizens can learn from Scandinavian countries and their choices in supporting the social welfare of their people. For details, contact JoanneSharpless or click here. Everyone is welcome. Childcare is available. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

MORE DISCUSSION ON POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME, MARCH 26

The last part of the group discussion on the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome will be Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m., in the social room. It will focus on the last chapter of the book, which is about healing. Once the group has identified how past traumas have affected and changed our current lives, it is possible to begin healing ourselves, our families, and then our community. You do not have to have attended the other meetings to attend this one. It is suggested that you read the book, but it is not necessary to be an important voice in the discussion. For questions, contact Candice Price.

HELP WORSHIP & MINISTRY COMMITTEE WITH ONLINE SURVEY

Our Worship & Ministry Committee has prepared a short online survey to get a better sense of how Meeting members and attenders feel about the Fifth Sundays we held during the past year. The survey is simple and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. It is anonymous, unless you choose to give your name. Please click here to take the survey online. Members of Worship & Ministry will appreciate your feedback. –Karen Lightner, clerk, Worship & Ministry Committee

VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting now has a Facebook page! We want to spread the good word, so find us by clicking here and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to share our community. We have so much light to bring to the world!

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QUAKER OPPORTUNITIES

AFSC STAFF TO SPEAK ON U.S. ROLE IN MIDDLE EAST, MARCH 19

Michael Merryman-Lotze, the Israel-Palestine coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will speak on Sunday, March 19, at 11:15 a.m., at Haddonfield Meeting, 45 Friends Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. The topic is ‘The U.S. role in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Israel-Palestine and what this means for those who seek peace.’ His presentation will follow meeting for worship, which begins at 10 a.m. A covered-dish luncheon will follow his talk. Everyone is welcome. For further information, contact Linda Lotz at 856-979-4560.

EQAT TO GIVE TRAININGS FOR NONVIOLENT ACTIONS, MARCH 19

Training in creative ways to use nonviolent direct action will be presented by Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) on Thursday, March 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19101. There will be simultaneous sessions for high schoolers, adults, and students in grades 2-7. You will have a chance to practice designing inventive actions and share ideas for creative, strategic tactics. Younger participants will get to play, as well as learn about the reasons for actions. To learn more, click here.

QUAKER MINDFULNESS MEDITATION GROUP FORMING

Sarah Whitman, a member of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, is forming a monthly Quaker/mindfulness meditation group. Part book group, part discussion of mindfulness practices, and part discussion of Quaker spirituality, the group is for those with a regular meditation practice or who would like to establish one. Contact Sarah (Sarah.whitman@drexelmed.edu) if you are interested.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS TO BE ‘RADICAL MULTIGENERATIONAL’

On Saturday, March 25, Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place 12:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m. at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia. The theme is ‘Toward a Radically Multigenerational Continuing Session.’ For more information or to register, click here.

MUSIC DUO TO PLAY AT PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 25

Young Adult Friends (also known as ‘YAFs’) will present City Love, an acoustic music duo from West Philly, on Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m., at PYM’s Continuing Sessions (see preceding news brief). This concert is the first of the Seeking Faithfulness Series, which is a continuation of the former William Penn Lecture. For information,click here.

TALK ON SLAVERY IN PHILADELPHIA, MARCH 31

Hear a talk by Phillip Seitz on his book Slavery in Philadelphia: A History of Resistance, Denial, and Wealth at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. It is recommended that you read the book before coming. Copies will be available in the Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse in mid-March.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

GATHERING AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, MARCH 22-24

Enjoy some intergenerational fellowship with adults and young folks at the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Meeting on March 22-24. The gathering of Middle School Friends will begin at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., and join the larger gathering at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, for sharing stories on racism. There will also have time for fun and activities. Cost: $75, with scholarships available. To register, click here or contact Tara Rubinstein (trubinstein@pym.org).

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

GATHERING AT FRANKFORD MEETING, MARCH 24-26

Join other high school-age Friends on March 24-26 for a weekend together at Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1500 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and end at noon on Sunday. On Saturday morning, participants will spend time together and then travel to Arch Street Meeting House to join Friends of all ages for Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. There, they will lead and participate in intergenerational workshops and activities. In the evening, they will go to the concert by the musical duo City Love. Afterward, they will travel back to the Frankford meetinghouse for some time to hang out before going to bed. Cost is $75, with full and partial scholarships available. Register by March 20 by clicking here.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)
FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 18-21
Young Adult Friends will gather in Washington, D.C., for a weekend of training and advocacy about economic justice at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), on March 18-21. Inquire about financial support from your Meeting or yearly meeting. For information or to register, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

WORKSHOP ON WELCOMING REFUGEES, MARCH 12

Learn more about refugee resettlement and how you can become an advocate at a community-wide conversation and discussion on Sunday, March 12, from 2 p.m., to 4:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave. Billed as ‘A Community Conversation on Refugee Resettlement & Building a Welcoming Northwest Community,’ the event will teach the realities of refugee resettlement and how people can become an advocate for refugee assistance. There will be a chance to ask questions, take part in small group discussions, and find out how to build a supportive community for refugees in Northwest Philadelphia. This event is sponsored by Mt. Airy USA and the NW Refugee Resettlement Support Committee. To register, click here.

VOLUNTEER TUTORS WANTED AT HISTORIC FAIRHILL

Historic Fairhill is calling for volunteers to tutor adults learning English as a Second or Foreign language and working toward their GEDs. If you are interested, contact JeanWarrington (info@historicfairhill.org).

REDUCE-YOUR-TRANSPORTATION-FOOTPRINT WORKSHOP, MARCH 16

Pick up some tips on how to reduce you transportation footprint at a workshop on March 16, at 7 p.m. It will take place at Weavers Way Co-op, 559 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy. For information, click here or call 215-843-2350.

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THRU APRIL 23

‘Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC’s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice and preventing violence. It depicts stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

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PLAN AHEAD

WORKSHOP ON SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL MINISTRIES, APRIL 1

There will be a workshop on Saturday, April 1, on supporting individual calls to ministries. It will take place at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., in Center City, and is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as one of its Thread Gatherings. For information and to register, click here.

PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE IS SUBJECT OF CARY LECTURE, APRIL 3

Stephen Zunes, a Quaker and leading U.S. Middle East scholar, will speak on “Quakers Addressing Israel/Palestine: Advocacy or Reconciliation?” at the annual Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture at Pendle Hill on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Register to attend in person or for live streaming by clicking here.

RETREAT FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MAY 5-7

If you teach First-day School, why not join others with your interests for a weekend retreat on May 5-7? You’ll learn about available resources, renew your spirits and commitment, and get to know First-day School teachers from throughout the region of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The retreat will be led by Melinda Wenner-Bradley and Beth Collea. For information and to register, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

PUBLIC HEARING ON HOMELESSNESS, MARCH 13

Join the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) and Family Housing Providers Network at a public hearing at Philadelphia City Hall on Monday, March 13, at 10 a.m. It will be held in room 400 of City Council Chambers. For more information, contact PIHN, 215-247-4663, ext. 136, or Peoples Emergency Center (policy@pec-cares.org), 267-777-5851.

NEED FOR BEDDING CONTINUES FOR WOMEN’S PROGRAM

The need for bedding is continual at Interim House, a residential program in Mt. Airy for women with addiction and trauma issues. The House also provides transitional services and outpatient care. If you have pillows, blankets, or quilts that are in good shape and not needed by you, please contact Phyllis Taylor (rktpbt@me.com), to work out delivery of the items.

PROTEST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM, MARCH 25

Monthly demonstrations will resume on Saturday, March 25, to end drone warfare and protest the drone war command center in Horsham. It will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in Horsham, alongside the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith (brandywine@juno.com).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 3, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

…A life becomes simplified when dominated by faithfulness to a few concerns. Too many of us have too many irons in the fire… We learn to say No as well as Yes by attending to the guidance of inner responsibility. Quaker simplicity needs to be expressed, not merely in dress and architecture and the height of tombstones, but also in the structure of a relatively simplified and coordinated life-program of social responsibilities. –Thomas R. Kelly, A Testament of Devotion

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 5, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Becky Johnson & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Laura Seeley & Nancy Tyson

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell (tashko@verizon.net), or Bill Stassen (wstassen@foxrothshild.com).

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MEETING NEWS

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE TO MEET SUNDAY, MARCH 5

The Environmental Concerns Committee will meet in the meetinghouse this Sunday, March 5, at noon, after rise of Meeting. There is much concern about the direction being taken in the environmental and climate arena by the new administration. But there is also a lot going on at the state and local level. We will discuss opportunities and committee plans for this spring and summer. Meeting members, attenders, and visitors are welcome. –Bill Cozzens, clerk, Environmental Concerns Committee, (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu)

JESUS GROUP TO MEET SUNDAY, MARCH 5

Friends and attenders who are interested in the subject of Jesus in their spiritual lives will meet this Sunday, March 5, at 11:45 a.m., after meeting for worship. If you are interested and have not attended before, please contact beforehand Dick Taylor (rkbpt@me.com), or Ayesha Imani (ayeshaimani1@aol.com).

HELP WORSHIP & MINISTRY WITH ONLINE SURVEY

Our Worship & Ministry Committee has prepared a short online survey to get a better sense of how Meeting members and attenders feel about the five Fifth Sundays we held during the past year. The survey is simple and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. It is anonymous, unless you choose to give your name. Please click here to take the survey online. Members of Worship & Ministry will appreciate your feedback. — Karen Lightner, clerk, Worship & Ministry Committee

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, MARCH 19

George Lakey, author of the book Viking Economics, will speak at our adult class on Sunday, March 19, at 9 a.m. His talk will be about what we as U.S citizens can learn from Scandinavian countries and the choices they have made in supporting the social welfare of their people. For details, contact Joanne Sharpless or click here. Everyone is welcome. Childcare is available. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting now has a Facebook page! We want to spread the good word, so find us by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/germantownmeeting and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to share our community. We have so much light to bring to the world!

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QUAKER OPPORTUNITIES

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT SWARTHMORE, MARCH 4

Would you like a chance to worship for a longer period of time than the traditional one hour we normally spend on Sundays? There will be an extended meeting for worship at Swarthmore Meeting on Saturday, March 4, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. It is sponsored by the Worship & Care Standing Committee and Worship & Ministry Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Attend for the entire session or for just a portion. Please bring your lunch. Everyone is welcome. For details, contact Lola George or click here.

PEACE & JUSTICE SONG TEACH-IN, MARCH 5

Join a combined teach-in and jam session to learn and lead songs that we can take to the streets. You will work on classics, such as ‘Step by Step,’ new hits, rewritten lyrics to familiar tunes, short songs, and multi-verse songs with strong refrains. The purpose is to empower ourselves to sing and lead movement songs to carry our message further. The workshop is free and will be held on Sunday, March 5, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Cherry Street Room, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. You are welcome to bring snacks to share, but this is not required.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT STAPELEY HALL, MARCH 5

You are invited to come to a meeting for worship on Sunday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene St., in Germantown. It lasts 30 minutes. This is a monthly event, taking place on the first Sunday of every month. It is open to Stapeley residents and to members and attenders of meetings in Philadelphia Quarter.

GEORGE LAKEY INTERVIEWS JON SMUCKER AT PENDLE HILL, MARCH 6

George Lakey, long-time peace activist, Quaker, and scholar on nonviolent direct action, will interview author Jonathan Matthew Smucker, on Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Pendle Hill. Jon Smucker is author of Hegemony How-to: A Roadmap for Radicals, which is about how to forge dynamic, focused, and sustained campaigns to build a better world. A book signing will follow the presentation. To watch it by live-streaming online, register here.

EXHIBIT ON JAPANESE-AMERICAN LABOR CAMPS, THRU MAR. 9

A remarkable photo exhibit about the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is on display at Friends Center on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through March 9. The photos by Russell Lee document the story of how Japanese-American citizens were removed from their homes during World War II and placed in internment camps, where many of them went to work in crop production and harvest. Admission is free. More information about the exhibit is available by clicking here.

EQAT TO GIVE TRAININGS FOR NONVIOLENT ACTIONS, MARCH 19

Training in creative ways to use nonviolent direct action will be presented by Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) on Thursday, March 16, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19101. There will be simultaneous sessions for high schoolers, adults, and students in grades 2-7. You will have a chance to practice designing inventive actions and share ideas for creative, strategic tactics. Younger participants will get to play, as well as learn about the reasons for actions. To learn more, click here.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

GATHERING AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MEETING, MARCH 22-24

Enjoy some intergenerational fellowship with adults and young folks at the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Meeting on March 22-24. The gathering of Middle School Friends will begin at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., and join the larger gathering at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, for sharing stories on racism. There will also have time for fun and activities. Cost: $75, with scholarships available. To register online, click here. For information, contact Tara Rubinstein (trubinstein@pym.org).

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

YAF BOARD GAME NIGHT, MARCH 4

Bring your best playing skills to Board Game Night for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) next Saturday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m., at 217 Church Street, No. 2F, Philadelphia, PA 19106. There will be lots of different games to play, both new and old standbys, plus socializing on the side. Eat dinner before arriving; however, there will snacks available, and you are welcome to bring something to share. The apartment in which it is being held is up one flight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. To be let in, ring the buzzer for 2F at the front door of the building. If you are legal age or older, you are welcome to BYOB. If you are underage, you are welcome to attend but are expected to not drink alcohol. For more information, click here. To speak to a human being, contact Elizabeth Piersol Shmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 18-21

Young Adult Friends will gather in Washington, D.C., for a weekend of training and advocacy about economic justice at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), on March 18-21. Inquire about financial support from your Meeting or yearly meeting. For information or to register, click here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR QVS FELLOWS: MARCH 10

It’s time to get your application in, if you wish to be considered for becoming a fellow in the coming year with Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS). The deadline is March 10. Fellows live together in a community house in one of four cities, work as volunteers in local nonprofit organizations, and are connected to a nearby Friends meeting. Click here for the online application. To find out more about Quaker Voluntary Service and the projects undertaken by past fellows, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

TALK TO REP. DWIGHT EVANS ON MARCH 6

Here’s a chance to talk with Congressman Dwight Evans The opportunity, sponsored by Northwest Village Network, will be Monday, March 6, at the 7165 Lounge on Germantown Avenue. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., when you will have a chance to talk with others and develop questions for Congressman Evans. At 7 p.m., he will give a presentation, followed by a discussion. The restaurant will give a 15 percent discount on your bill. For information, contact,Peter or Anne Javsicas.

‘HOW TO AVOID FALLS’: WORKSHOP FOR OLDER ADULTS, MARCH 7

If you are an older adult, you may be interested in a workshop of how to avoid falls, which will be held Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Free Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. For more information, contact our member Peter Javsicas.

WORKSHOP ON WELCOMING REFUGEES, MARCH 12

Learn more about refugee resettlement and how you can become an advocate at a community-wide conversation and discussion on Sunday, March 12, from 2 p.m., to 4:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave. Billed as ‘A Community Conversation on Refugee Resettlement & Building a Welcoming Northwest Community,’ the event will teach the realities of refugee resettlement and how people can become an advocate for refugee assistance. There will be a chance to ask questions, take part in small group discussions, and find out how to build a supportive community for refugees in Northwest Philadelphia. This event is sponsored by Mt. Airy USA and the NW Refugee Resettlement Support Committee. To register,click here.

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THRU APRIL 23

‘Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC’s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice, overcoming oppression, and preventing violence. It depicts provocative stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

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TAKE ACTION

SILENT VIGIL TO OPPOSE DRONE WARFARE, MARCH 4

This month’s silent vigil and death walk to oppose drone warfare will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at 12th and Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia. Please wear black. White masks will be furnished. For information, call Marge Van Cleef, 203-804-3013.

STOP DRONE COMMAND CENTER IN HORSHAM, MARCH 25

Monthly demonstrations will resume on Saturday, March 25, to end drone warfare and protest the drone war command center in Horsham. It will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in Horsham, alongside the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 24, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence that allows us to deepen our awareness of the Divine and to find the inward Source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God’s guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.” — Quakers in Great Britain, a quotation borrowed from the March 2017 Newsletter of Green Street Monthly Meeting

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Anthony Stover & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Rebecca Hoenig and Kate Kaman

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell (tashko@verizon.net), or Bill Stassen (wstassen@foxrothschild.com).

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MEETING NEWS

LOBBYING WORKSHOP TOMORROW (FEB. 25) AT HAVERFORD MEETING

Call today — Friday, Feb. 24–, if you would like to go to a lobbying skills workshop tomorrow, Feb. 25, at Haverford Meeting, 855 Buck Lane in Haverford, PA 19041. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with refreshments provided. The workshop is presented by Haverford Quarterly Meeting and is open to other Friends, as well. To RSVP, contact Sylvia Bronner (sylvia1113@verizon.net). –Bill Cozzens, contact for Friends Committee on National Legislation from Germantown Meeting.

HELP SET UP AND TAKE DOWN EXHIBIT AT FRIENDS CENTER

Our member Teresa Maebori needs help setting up (at 10 a.m.) and taking down (at 3:15 p.m.) the display for the Japanese Farm Labor Camp exhibit at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City. It takes about five to ten minutes. Help is needed on three days: March 2, March 6, and March 9. If you can help on one of these days, please let Penny Colgan-Davis know (pcolgan.davis@gmail.com).

WORKSHOP ON NURTURING VOCAL MINISTRY, FEB. 26

Walter Hjelt Sullivan will give a workshop at our Adult Class on Sunday, Feb.26, on ‘Nurturing Vocal Ministry in Meeting for Worship: Listening, Discernment, Personal Preparation, and Community Support.’ He has served as a faculty member and dean of students at Pendle Hill, is a member of EQAT, is a trained facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project, and leads workshops on spiritual discernment. He is also a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting and director of Quaker Affairs at Haverford College. Everyone is welcome. Childcare is available. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting now has a Facebook page! We want to spread the good word, so find us by clicking here and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to share our community. We have so much light to bring to the world!

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QUAKER OPPORTUNITIES

PEACE & JUSTICE SONG TEACH-IN, MARCH 5

Join a combined teach-in and jam session to learn and lead songs we can take to the streets. You will work on classics, such as ‘Step by Step,’ new hits, rewritten lyrics to familiar tunes, short songs, and multi-verse songs with strong refrains. The purpose is to empower ourselves to sing and lead movement songs to carry our message with us. The workshop is free and will be held on Sunday, March 5, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Cherry Street Room, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. You are welcome to bring snacks to share, but this is not required.

EXHIBIT ON JAPANESE-AMERICAN LABOR CAMPS, THRU MAR. 9

A remarkable photo exhibit about the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is on display at Friends Center on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through March 9. The photos by Russell Lee document the story of how Japanese-American citizens were removed from their homes during World War II and placed in internment camps, where many of them went to work in crop production and harvest. Admission is free. More information about the exhibit is available by clicking here.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER GATHERING, FEB. 24-26

Young Friends Winter Gathering will be February 24-26 at Haddonfield Friends Meeting, 45 Friends Ave, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. The gathering starts at 7 p.m. on Friday. Participants should have dinner before arriving because only snacks will be served Friday evening. Parents are welcome to attend Meeting for Worship with Haddonfield Friends Meeting on Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

YAF BOARD GAME NIGHT, MARCH 4

Bring your best playing skills to Board Game Night for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) next Saturday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m., at 217 Church Street, No. 2F, Philadelphia, PA 19106. There will be lots of different games to play, both new and old standbys, plus socializing on the side. Eat dinner before arriving; there will snacks available, and you are welcome to bring something to share. The apartment in which it is being held is up one flight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. To be let in, ring the buzzer for 2F at the front door of the building. If you are legal age or older, you are welcome to BYOB. If you are underage, you are welcome to attend but are expected to not drink alcohol. For more information, click here. To speak to a person, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

SONG STORY TELLS OF CONCEALING ESCAPED SLAVES, FEB. 25

Hear the story of escaped slaves and a community’s effort to conceal them in a ‘sung story’ at The Johnson House on Saturday, Feb. 25. Entitled ‘The Good Raised Up,’ the fateful night is recalled through music provided by Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and Find Your Instrument! Choir. Due to limited space, there will be four performances so more people can enjoy it: 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Text written by Charlotte Blake Alston; music composed by John Blake; commissioned by Commonwealth Youthchoirs. Free will offering. Reserve seats by clicking here. The Johnson House is located at 6306 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19144.

TALK TO REP. DWIGHT EVANS ON MARCH 6

Here’s a chance to talk with Congressman Dwight Evans The opportunity, sponsored by Northwest Village Network, will be Monday, March 6, at the 7165 Lounge on Germantown Avenue. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., when you will have a chance to talk with others and develop questions for Congressman Evans. At 7 p.m., there will a presentation and discussion with him. The restaurant will give a 15 percent discount on your bill. For information, contact, Peter (jaypeejay@verizon.net) or Anne Javsicas (annejavsicas@yahoo.com).

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THRU APRIL 23

‘Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC’s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice, overcoming oppression, and preventing violence. It depicts provocative stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

High school seniors and college students from minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC). Only the first 250 applications will be considered for the 10 positions. Scholarships are $1,000. Deadline for submission is April 22. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualilties. Two 250-word essays are required from each applicant; see descriptions of essay requirements, as well as other details, by clicking here. Questions: Call 717-772-6955 or State Rep. Rosita Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426.

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TAKE ACTION

HELP WRITE LETTERS TO PRISONERS, FEB 25

Help write letters tomorrow, Feb. 25, to prisoners across the state who have requested information, submitted articles for the newsletter and website, and contributed organization strategies. This is the Monthly Letter Writing event by Decarcerate PA, a grassroots campaign demanding that Pennsylvania stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities. It will take place at the Institute for Community Justice, 1207 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, in Center City, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You are welcome to stop by anytime during that window. To find out more about Decarcerate PA, click here. Get in touch by email (decarceratePA.pgh@gmail.com) or call 267-217-3372.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 17, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The duty of the Society of Friends is to be the voice of the oppressed but [also] to be conscious that we ourselves are part of that oppression. Uncomfortable we stand with one foot in the kingdom of this world and with the other in the Eternal Kingdom. Seldom can we keep the inward and outward working of love in balance, let alone the consciousness of living both in time and in eternity, in timelessness. Let us not be beguiled into thinking that political action is all that is asked of us, nor that our personal relationship with God excuses us from actively confronting the evil in this world. The political and social struggles must be waged, but a person is more and needs more than politics, else we are in danger of gaining the whole world but losing our souls.” — Eva I. Pinthus, 1987

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Wendy Wells & Bruce Grant

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Norris & Usha Childs

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they break into age groups for lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: TashKassell, or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

DISCUSSION ON ‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO,’ FEB. 22

I Am Not Your Negro, the Oscar-nominated documentary based on writings and thoughts of James Baldwin, will be the subject of a discussion sponsored by our Meeting’s Racial and Social Justice Committee this Wednesday, Feb.22, at 7:30 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. All Meeting members and attenders who have seen the film, currently playing in local theaters, are welcome to participate in the conversation. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Mas (Ed) Nakawatase.

ADULT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY

The following Adult Classes will take place on two Sundays in February. Everyone is welcome. Childcare is available. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

February 19: Lili Sharpless and Marissa Vergnetti, teachers in the Early Education Program at Germantown Friends School (GFS), traveled to Israel and Palestine in November 2016 as recipients of the GFS Class of 1952 Grant for Faculty Travel on humanitarian issues. They visited schools in Israel that teach tolerance and worked with students at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine on an art collaboration project that is part of an ongoing partnership. They will share their experiences with us.

February 26: Walter Hjelt Sullivan will give a workshop on ‘Nurturing Vocal Ministry in Meeting for Worship: Listening, Discernment, Personal Preparation, and Community Support.’ Walter has served as a faculty member and dean of students at Pendle Hill, is a member of EQAT, is a trained facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project, and leads workshops on spiritual discernment. He is also a member of Green Street Friends Meeting and director of Quaker Affairs at Haverford College.

PHOTO DAYS for FACEBOARD!

February is the month to put your best face forward, on our Meeting’s popular Faceboard. On this First Day, Feb.19, our volunteer cameraman will take photographs after meeting for worship, during hospitality hour. This is both for newcomers, and for “old hands” who want to replace an outdated photo with a new look. So comb your hair, say cheese, and smile for our friendly Faceboard photographers!

VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting now has a Facebook page! We want to spread the good word, so find us by clicking here and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help to share our community. We have so much light to bring to the world!

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QUAKER EVENTS.

EXHIBIT ON JAPANESE-AMERICAN LABOR CAMPS, FEB. 18 – MAR. 9

Our member Teresa Maebori will host the opening reception on Feb. 18 of a remarkable photo exhibit about the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., where the exhibit will be on display until March 9. The photos by Russell Lee document the story of how Japanese-American citizens were removed from their homes during World War II and placed in internment camps, where many of them went to work in crop production and harvest. There is a $5 charge to attend the reception. Beginning Monday, Feb. 20, the exhibit will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission. More information about the exhibit is available by clicking here.

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR WORKSHOP ON RACIAL JUSTICE

Space is still available in next weekend’s workshop at Pendle Hill, ‘Say the Wrong Thing: Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community.’ Pendle Hill is offering a 10 percent discount for two or more people who register together. Also, if a meeting sponsors two attendees and pays for one, Pendle Hill will cover the fees of the second person for up to $405 for a shared room. Led by Amanda Kemp, the workshop will provide practice in having hard conversations about race to foster deeper communion for all. For more details about the workshop, click here. Call 610-566-4507, ext. 137, to inquire about these discounts.

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK AT CENTRAL PHILA. MTG., FEB. 19

George Lakey will speak about his book, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got it Right and How We Can Too, on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:45 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

Young Friends Winter Gathering will be held February 24-26 at Haddonfield Friends Meeting, 45 Friends Ave, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.The gathering starts at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Participants should have dinner before arriving because only snacks will be served Friday evening. Parents are welcome to attend Meeting for Worship with Haddonfield Friends Meeting on Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

ZEN APPROACH TO OVERCOMING RACISM

A panel discussion on how Buddhism can help people understand and confront racism will take place on Tuesday, Feb.21, at 7 p.m. This will be followed by a workshop on aspects of Zen Buddhism that will help people recognize bias in themselves and meet racism in others with compassion. It will take place in the Skyline Room on the fourth floor of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia. Free, no tickets needed, but an RSVP would be appreciated: click here.

NEEDLECRAFT WITH NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK MEMBERS

Bring your current needlework project and enjoy good company and sharing the art of needlecraft at Tata, on the corner of Mt. Airy and Germantown Avenues. This will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Deborah Cooper, or Anne Javsicas, annejavsicas@yahoo.com.

SONG STORY TELLS OF CONCEALING ESCAPED SLAVES

Hear the story of escaped slaves and a community’s effort to conceal them in a ‘sung story’ at The Johnson House on Saturday, Feb. 25. Entitled ‘The Good Raised Up,’ the fateful night is recalled through music provided by Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and Find Your Instrument! Choir. Due to limited space, there will be four performances so more people can enjoy it: 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Text written by Charlotte Blake Alston; music composed by John Blake; commissioned by Commonwealth Youthchoirs. Free will offering. Reserve seats by clicking here. The Johnson House is located at 6306 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19144.

TALK TO REP. DWIGHT EVANS ON MARCH 6

Here’s a chance to talk with Congressman Dwight Evans The opportunity, sponsored by Northwest Village Network, will be Monday, March 6, at the 7165 Lounge on Germantown Avenue. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., when you will have a chance to talk with others and develop questions for Congressman Evans. At 7 p.m., there will a presentation and discussion with him. The restaurant will a 15 percent discount on your bill. For information, contact, Peter or Anne Javsicas.

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THROUGH APRIL 23

/Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC’s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice, overcoming oppression, and preventing violence. It depicts provocative stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

High school seniors and college students from minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC). Scholarships are $1,000. Only the first 250 applications will be considered for the 10 positions; however, deadline for submission is April 22. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. Two 250-word essays are required from each applicant; see descriptions of essay requirements, as well as other details, by clicking here. Other scholarship opportunities are listed here. Questions: Call 717-772-6955 or State Rep. Rosita Youngblood/s office at 215-849-6426.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 10, 2017

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“In meeting for business, Friends are seeking to discover and to implement the will of God. Aware that they meet in the presence of God, Friends try to conduct their business reverently, in the wisdom and peaceable spirit of Jesus. Insofar as a divine-human meeting takes place, there is order, unity, and power.

“The Quaker way of conducting business is of central importance. It is the way Friends have found of living and working together. It can create and preserve the sense of fellowship in the meeting, and from there it can spread to other groups and decisions in which individual Friends or meetings have a part. Thus it contributes to the way of peace in the world.” –Faith & Practice of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, 1985

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business, committee room

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Michael Moulton & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social & committee rooms

Greeting & Refreshments: Joan McIlvaine & family

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they divide into age groups for First-day School lessons and activities.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell (tashko@verizon.net) or Bill Stassen (wstassen@foxrothschild.com).

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Meeting for Business will be held this Sunday, Feb.12, 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. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

Agenda for February 12 Meeting for Business

Reading of Query 12 and worship
January’s minutes
Care & Visiting Committee report
Nominating Committee report

Racial & Social Justice Co. report — This committee will be requesting approval for the meeting to join POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild). For more information about POWER, visit the website www.powerinterfaith.org.

Fiscal Committee
Property Committee
Correspondence & Announcements
Worship

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MEETING NEWS

MEETING RETREAT POSTPONED
Due to a variety of scheduling conflicts, the Meeting retreat is being postponed. A new date has not yet been selected, and a variety of options are being considered, including a fall date. The Retreat Committee will schedule a meeting to invite input on the best way to plan the most successful retreat possible. Many thanks to all who expressed interest in attending this year. –Jody Hobbs, on behalf of the Retreat Committee

YOUR INPUT NEEDED ON FIFTH SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

Worship and Ministry has prepared a short online survey to get a better sense of how Meeting members and attenders have felt about the five Fifth Sundays we have held in the past year. The survey is simple and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. It is anonymous, unless you choose to give your name. Please click here to access the survey. Thanks so much for your feedback. –Karen Lightner, on behalf of Worship & Ministry Committee

END-OF-YEAR DONATION SUMMARIES AVAILABLE SOON

End-of-year donation summaries are being produced now, and you should receive yours in approximately two weeks. If you would like a summary of your 2016 donations to Meeting before that time so you can move ahead with your income tax return, please call or email the Meeting Office, and the figures will be sent to you, with the official letter for your records to arrive later in the mail. –Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

PHOTO DAYS for FACEBOARD!

February is the month to put your best face forward, on our Meeting’s popular Faceboard. On this First Day, Feb. 19, our volunteer cameraman will take photographs after meeting for worship during hospitality hour. This is both for newcomers, and for “old hands” who want to replace an outdated photo with a new look. So comb your hair, say cheese, and smile for our friendly Faceboard photographer! –Janet Kroll, on behalf of Outreach Committee

ADULT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY

The following Adult Classes will take place in February. Everyone is welcome. Childcare is available. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

February 19: Lili Sharpless and Marissa Vergnetti, teachers in the Early Education Program at Germantown Friends School (GFS), traveled to Israel and Palestine in November 2016 as recipients of the GFS Class of 1952 Grant for Faculty Travel on humanitarian issues. They visited schools in Israel that teach tolerance and worked with students at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine on an art collaboration project that is part of an ongoing partnership. They will share their experiences with us.

February 26: Walter Hjelt Sullivan will give a workshop on ‘Nurturing Vocal Ministry in Meeting for Worship: Listening, Discernment, Personal Preparation, and Community Support.’ Walter has served as a faculty member and dean of students at Pendle Hill, is a member of EQAT, is a trained facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project, and leads workshops on spiritual discernment and spirituality. He is also a member of Green Street Friends Meeting and is the director of Quaker Affairs at Haverford College.

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QUAKER EVENTS

OPENING OF EXHIBIT ON JAPANESE-AMERICAN LABOR CAMPS, FEB. 18

Next Saturday, Feb. 18, our member Teresa Maebori will host the opening reception of a new exhibit on Japanese-American labor camps, which will hang Feb. 18 — March 9 at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. in Center City. The reception will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $5; please RSVP for the reception to jalaborcaps@gmail.com by Monday, Feb. 13. The exhibit itself, which features photos by Russell Lee, will be open weekdays after the reception, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission.

More information about the exhibit is available by clicking here.

CORRECTION: GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK FEB. 19

George Lakey will speak about his book, Viking Economics, on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:45 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

YARD SIGNS SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS, SOLD BY CHESTNUT HILL MTG.

Would you like to show your support for immigrants and refugees? Chestnut Hill Meeting has yard signs available at the meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill, zip code 19118. There are two styles: (1) ‘Hate Has No Home Here,’ $5, blue on one side and red on the other; (2) ‘No matter where you are from…,’ $10. Contact the meeting to see if they are still available.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

GFS FRONT DESK RECEPTION & SECURITY COORDINATOR

This position at Germantown Friends School merges two current roles, creating a full-time job, working from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday, with a 45-minute lunch. The job requires self-management skills, along with strong writing, interpersonal communication, and computer systems skills. See the attached position description and, if interested, apply by Feb. 13.

FGC CONFERENCE & EVENT ASSOCIATE

Friends General Conference (FGC) is seeking to fill the position of Conference & Event Associate, which provides programmatic and administrative support for the FGC Gathering and event management for FGC committee meetings. Click here for more information. The deadline for applications is Feb. 13, at 9 a.m.

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For the YOUNG

Young Friends (high-school age) Winter Gathering, February 24-26, Haddonfield Friends Meeting. The gathering starts at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Participants should have dinner before arriving because only snacks will be served on Friday evening. Parents are welcome to attend Meeting for Worship with Haddonfield Friends Meeting on Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information, click here or contact Hannah Mayer (hmayer@pym.org).

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT QVS HOUSE, FEB. 11

Gather for a LOVE-ly celebration of Valentine’s Day with Young Adult Friends at the Philadelphia House of Quaker Voluntary Service on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. A potluck dinner will be followed by nail painting, facial masques, and massage trains. There will also be time for worship and reflection on love and its many different forms. The QVS House is at 106 W. Tulpehocken St. in Germantown. For more information, click here.

‘PUB THEOLOGY’ TO TAKE PLACE FEB. 23

Young Adult Friends are invited to get together and talk about their spiritual lives on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The topic is being finalized. This get-together will take place at a local bar/restaurant to be determined. There will be food as well as a variety of beverages available. Those who are under legal drinking age are expected not to consume alcohol. To find out more details as plans are firmed up, or contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

JOBS, FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has grants to support Young Adult Friends in travel and witness. To see the grant application, click here. For questions,contact Carol Walz, 215-241-7201, or Nicholas Gutowski, 215-241-7218.

Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 year for fellows to serve in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, or Portland (OR). Applications are due March 10. For information, click here.

The Quaker Experiential Service & Training Program (QuEST) is seeking a director to support its six volunteers, manage the budget and operations, and act as a liaison with the University Monthly Meeting community. Volunteers live simply while serving in the Seattle (WA) area as agents of social change. Deadline to apply for the position is March 1, and the job starts April 15. For a job description, send an email to jobsearch@quest-seattle.org. For the organization’s website, click here.

Friends Committee on National Legislation is seeking young adults to fill roles as Young Fellows (applications due Feb.13) and Summer Interns (applications due March 6). For descriptions and online applications, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THROUGH APRIL 23

‘Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC’s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice, overcoming oppression, and preventing violence. It depicts provocative stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

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TAKE ACTION

EQAT OFFERS DIRECT ACTION TRAINING, FEB. 19

The Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is offering training on direct action, focusing on roles such as police liaison, marshal, media spokesperson, and other key responsibilities. The training will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City. Upcoming trainings will be (1) ‘Beyond Marches and Rallies,’ on designing inventive actions and creative tactics, on March 19; and (2) ‘Ground for Civil Disobedience,’ on April 2. The times and locations for these upcoming trainings are yet to be determined. For information about EQAT and its activities, click here.

VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED AT FAIRHILL

Historic Fairhill is calling for volunteers to tutor adults learning English as a Second or Foreign Language and working toward their GEDs. Contact Jean Warrington at info@historicfairhill.org for more information or to volunteer.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 3, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“For more than three hundred years, Friends have acted upon shared concerns through practices that historically have been distinctive and definitive. While the specifics of Friends practice have varied as times have changed, Friends today continue to have concerns and underlying beliefs similar to those of past generations. The word testimonies is used to refer to this common set of deeply held, historically rooted attitudes and modes of living in the world.

“Testimonies bear witness to the truth as Friends in community perceive it — truth known through relationship with God. The testimonies are expressions of lives turned toward the Light, outward expressions reflective of the inward experience of divine leading, differently described by various Friends and in changing eras. Often in the past they were defined specifically, such as the testimony against taking oaths; recently it has become customary to speak of them more generally, as in the testimony of simplicity Through the testimonies, with that measure of the Light that is granted, Friends strive for unity and integrity of inner and outer life, both in living with ourselves and others and in living in the world.” –Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1997

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Toni Sharp & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Leanna & Randal Whitman

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room. This Sunday all ages will meet together to make valentines for meeting members and attenders.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

Tentative Agenda for February 12 Meeting for Business

Reading of Query 12 and worship

January’s minutes

Care & Visiting Committee report

Nominating Committee report

Racial & Social Justice Co. report — This committee will be requesting approval for the meeting to join POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild). For more information about POWER, visit the website.

Correspondence & Announcements

Worship

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MEETING NEWS

JESUS GROUP MEETS THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 5

Our ‘Jesus Group,’ which is a small group of Friends who discuss their beliefs and experiences with Jesus, will meet again this Sunday, Feb. 5, at 11:45 a.m., in the meeting room. If you would be interested in joining, contact Dick Taylor, or Ayesha Imani in advance.

PHOTO DAYS for FACEBOARD!
February is the month to put your best face forward, on our Meeting’s popular Faceboard. On this First Day, Feb. 5, and the next two as well — February 12 and 19 — our volunteer cameramen will take photographs after meeting for worship, during hospitality hour. This is both for newcomers, and for “old hands” who want to replace an outdated photo with a new look. So comb your hair, say cheese, and smile for our friendly Faceboard photographers!

RECYCLE YOUR OBSOLETE ELECTRONICS, FEB. 6-10

Here’s your chance to reduce the clutter of old, worn-out stuff in your house. Next week, February 6-10, Germantown Friends School will hold a recycling event for electronic equipment. This is FREE to all residents, and to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Electronics will be recycled by eForce Compliance, Philadelphia’s first certified responsible recycler. All data media will be destroyed or wiped clean. Acceptable items are: laptops computers, calculators, small appliances, typewriters, cameras, telephones, cell phones, fax machines, keyboards, and computer peripherals. NOT acceptable are: smoke detectors, large appliances, televisions, CRT computer monitors, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, microwave ovens, or dormitory refrigerators.

ADULT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY

The following Adult Classes will take place on two Sundays in February. Everyone is welcome. Childcare is available. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless.

February 19: Lili Sharpless and Marissa Vergnetti, teachers in the Early Education Program at Germantown Friends School (GFS), traveled to Israel and Palestine in November 2016 as recipients of the GFS Class of 1952 Grant for Faculty Travel on humanitarian issues. They visited schools in Israel that teach tolerance and worked with students at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine on an art collaboration project that is part of an ongoing partnership. They will share their experiences with us.

February 26: Walter Hjelt Sullivan will give a workshop on ‘Nurturing Vocal Ministry in Meeting for Worship: Listening, Discernment, Personal Preparation, and Community Support.’ Walter has served as a faculty member and dean of students at Pendle Hill, is a member of EQAT, is a trained facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project, and leads workshops on spiritual discernment and embodied spirituality. He is also a member of Green Street Friends Meeting and is the director of Quaker Affairs at Haverford College.

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QUAKER EVENTS

FIRST SUNDAY WORSHIP AT STAPELEY

Join other Friends and some of the residents of Stapeley Hall for meeting for worship this Sunday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. This is a chance to spend some worshipful time with our Friends at Stapeley, now known as Wesley Enhanced Living, at 6300 Greene Street in Germantown. These once-a-month meetings for worship are sponsored by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BYRON DAVIS, FEB. 9

Byron Davis, former history teacher and head of the Upper School of Germantown Friends School, died this week after an extended illness. He was also a neighbor of the Meeting and School, living directly across Coulter Street from both. His memorial service will be this coming Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth & Arch Streets, in Philadelphia.

EXHIBIT ON JAPANESE-AMERICAN LABOR CAMPS, FEB. 18 – MAR. 9

One of the saddest stories in our nation’s history is the removal of Japanese-American citizens from their homes during World War II and placement in internment camps. This was the product of war hysteria, racial prejudice, and failure by political leaders to understand these American citizens were hardworking, patriotic people who would not betray their country, anymore than would Americans from other ethnic backgrounds. This exhibit features photos by Russell Lee, who captured the spirit of these individuals, from their incarceration to the labor camps, where they worked for the war effort in the fields. It is showing at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, from Feb. 18 through March 9, open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free admission. Our member Teresa Maebori will host the opening reception on Feb. 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., for which admission is $5. RSVP for the reception to jalaborcaps@gmail.com by Monday, Feb. 13. More information about the exhibit is available by clicking here.

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK AT CENTRAL PHILA. MTG., FEB. 29

George Lakey will speak about his book, Viking Economics, on Sunday, Feb. 29, at 12:45 p.m., at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

YARD SIGNS SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS, SOLD BY CHESTNUT HILL MTG.

Would you like to show your support for immigrants and refugees? Chestnut Hill Meeting has yard signs available at the meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill, zip code 19118. There are two styles: (1) ‘Hate Has No Home Here,’ $5, blue on one side and red on the other; (2) ‘No matter where you are from…,’ $10. Contact the meeting to see if they are still available.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

GFS FRONT DESK RECEPTION & SECURITY COORDINATOR

This position at Germantown Friends School merges two current roles, creating a full-time job, working from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday, with a 45-minute lunch. The job requires self-management skills, along with strong writing, interpersonal communication, and computer systems skills. See the attached position description and, if interested, apply by Feb. 13.

FGC CONFERENCE & EVENT ASSOCIATE

Friends General Conference (FGC) is seeking applications for the position of Conference & Event Associate, which provides programmatic and administrative support for the FGC Gathering and event management for FGC committee meetings. Click here for more information. Apply before Feb. 13.

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For the YOUNG

Middle School Friends Gathering, February 10-12, Kennett Monthly Meeting. Middle School Friends will convene at Kennett Monthly Meeting for a cozy winter weekend. The kids will go ice skating, followed by hot cocoa. There will be lots of outdoor games and indoor activities, along with worship sharing, workshops, and community building. For details, click here or contact Tara Rubinstein.

Young Friends (high-school age) Winter Gathering, February 24-26, Haddonfield Friends Meeting. The gathering starts at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Participants should have dinner before arriving because only snacks will be served on Friday evening. Parents are welcome to attend Meeting for Worship with Haddonfield Friends Meeting on Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information, click here or contact Hannah Mayer.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT QVS HOUSE, FEB. 11

Gather for a LOVE-ly celebration of Valentine’s Day with Young Adult Friends at the Philadelphia House of Quaker Voluntary Service on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. A potluck dinner will be followed by nail painting, facial masques, and massage trains. There will also be time for worship and reflecting on love and its many different forms. The QVS House is at 106 W. Tulpehocken in Germantown. For more information, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

TRUMBO TO SHOW AT DELAWARE COUNTRY PEACE CENTER, FEB. 3

Trumbo is a film about the McCarthy era of the late 1940s-early1950s and how a repressive political climate can threaten, destroy, and change lives. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo, a top-tier Hollywood screenwriter, got caught in the web of interrogations to root out communists in the entertainment industry. When he refused to comply, his career crashed, and he went to jail. Issued in 2015, this film was nominated for ten Academy Awards. It will be shown on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Friends Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield. For directions and more information, click here or call 484-574-1148. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments.

AFSC EXHIBIT AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM THROUGH APRIL 23

‘Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action’ is an interactive traveling exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The exhibit, presented by the American Friends Service Committee, celebrates the AFSC?s 100th anniversary by showing the effectiveness of nonviolent action in building justice, overcoming oppression, and preventing violence. It depicts provocative stories of people who fought against injustice and those who were helped by the resulting changes. It opened Jan. 14 and continues through April 23.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 27, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Some Friends develop their own special ‘rituals’ to help them enter into worship, while other Friends may use a variety of methods, using whichever ones seem appropriate at any given time. Yet, in spite of all this seeming variety and lack of a single practice, most of these approaches include three important qualities. The first is desire, a profound yearning to be in the Presence; ‘blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled… ‘ The second is focus. Whatever technique or lack of technique people may use during these opening moments of worship, they all aim toward a relaxed, alert attentiveness in the presence of God. And the third is trust, a synonym of faith, for it takes trust to go out into the deep water; it takes trust to let go and rest or float in the deep and Living Water of the Stream.” –William Taber, Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, Pendle Hill Pamphlet 306, 1992

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Fifth-Sunday Organizers

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: LucyBell & Johannes Jarka-Sellers

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they split into age groups for First-day School.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell (tashko@verizon.net), or Bill Stassen (wstassen@foxrothschild.com).

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MEETING NEWS

THIS IS FIFTH SUNDAY, SO BE READY FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

Just a reminder, Friends: This Sunday–Jan. 29–is the fifth Sunday of the month, which means there will be something a little different in our meeting for worship. This Sunday, we will be sitting closer together in the meetinghouse, just as we did once before on a fifth Sunday, which proved to be a gentle and pleasant change of perspective for many of us. When you enter the meetinghouse, you will discover the two back sections of benches are roped off, so please just settle into a spot in the two front quadrants. Whoever is closing meeting will introduce and explain any other innovations.

FOUR DOORS TO … WORSHIP TO BE DISCUSSED JAN. 29

Our Adult Class on Sunday, Jan. 29, will focus on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, by Bill Taber (see quotation above). The discussion will be led by our members Wendy Wells and Karen Lightner. The pamphlet deals with ways in which we find our spiritual centers in meeting for worship. Copies will be available for $5 at the class, if you have not already purchased one. It is recommended that you read it in advance, if possible. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Come early for light refreshments.

BOOK DISCUSSION ON SLAVE SYNDROME MEETS JAN. 29, FEB. 5

The book discussion group for Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy Degruy will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, and on Sunday, Feb. 5, in our meetinghouse. If you would like to join the group, read the book and just show up. All are welcome. Questions: contact Candice Price (CandiceGardenDesign@verizon.net).

JANUARY IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING’ MONTH

Now’s the time to invite our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members to join us at Meeting for Worship and share this special experience. This is ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting’ Month, organized by our Outreach Committee, which will be on hand every Sunday to give a warm welcome and heartfelt thank you for coming, along with greetings from the rest of us. Questions? Ask Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net) .

JOIN OUR FACEBOARD FAMILY!
As you know, our Meeting has a “Faceboard” to help us get better acquainted. It has pictures of members and attenders with captions that tell a little something about each of us. The problem is, some of us have not provided those little somethings! If you are among those who haven’t yet, here’s a quick and easy solution. After meeting for worship, come to the Welcome Table in the corner of the social room, and Janet Kroll will help you fill out a form, worded just the way you want. Knowing even a little about each other helps a LOT in sharing common interests and becoming better f/Friends … and we all want that. –Janet Kroll

CALLING ALL SHUTTERBUGS!
We need help from several of our photographers to bring our Faceboard (see above) up to date by taking photos of individuals after meeting for worship. You don’t have to sign up for an endless responsibility; we’re just asking you to sign up for one Sunday of your choosing. If we get two or three volunteers for this, we can update our entire Faceboard gallery. To voice an interest, contact Janet Kroll (janetkroll@earthlink.net), who can be found at the Welcome Table in the social room after worship.

FEB. 1 DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR TUITION AID FOR QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online by clicking here and going to “Download Application and Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2017-2018 should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

CAN YOU HELP RECYCLE OUR OLD OFFICE PRINTER?

We’ve finally replaced the old printer in the Meeting Office, but the problem remaining is: What do we do with the old printer? At the moment, it is taking up a sizable piece of real estate in the Meeting Library, making it difficult for people to sit comfortably and use the space for conversations. The old printer is heavy — too heavy for the Meeting Secretary to throw in the back of her car, or, for that matter, to move at all. Do you have a strong back and the determination to get it out of here? There is still life in it, for someone who has patience and an interest in electronic equipment. And there are places to recycle electronic equipment, if you know of one and could take it AWAY!!! If so, Melissa Elliott, 215-951-2235 (gmm@germantownmeeting.org), would love to hear from you.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

RIDE NEEDED TO CONCERT ON JAN. 28

Our member Pamela Williams is looking for a ride to the Philomusica Chorale concert this Saturday, Jan. 28, at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. in Oreland. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature music inspired by the style of Isaye Barnwell. Contact Pam by email (pamelaawilliams@gmail.com).

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

INFORMATIONAL HOUSE PARTY ABOUT FARM & WILDERNESS CAMP

Would you like to know more about the Farm & Wilderness summer camps in Vermont? There will be a house party this Sunday, Jan. 29, from noon to 3 p.m., at the home of Carl O’Donoghue and Will Anninger, 607 West Upsal St., in Mt. Airy. Zac Heyman, one of the directors of Flying Cloud, and Amy Bowen, director of Tamarack Farm, will give short presentations about all of Quaker-based Farm & Wilderness’s programs and will answer questions. RSVP to Carol O’Donoghue. To find out more about Farm & Wilderness camps, click here or call 802-422-3761.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 13-21

It’s time to get your application in for the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation http://www.fcnl.org/ (FCNL), March 18-21, in Washington, D.C. Attendees will be trained on how to urge Congress to enact laws to eliminate economic injustice. Then they will visit their respective representatives to urge them to take action. Funds are available to support 15 young adult Friends to attend the weekend on behalf of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. All expenses will be covered, with the exception of meals not provided at the conference. Applications will be reviewed February 1, with funding allotted after that date. Participants who receive help will be asked to write about their experiences and take part in report-backs to other Friends. Find out more about the weekend here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

WELCOMING SYRIAN & IRAQI FAMILIES TO PHILLY, JAN. 28

You are invited to join in welcoming Syrian and Iraqi families to Philadelphia at a gathering for adults and children at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a chance to meet some of the refugees and get to know some of the many people and groups that work with them in this region.

TRUMBO TO SHOW AT DELAWARE COUNTY PEACE CENTER, FEB. 3

Trumbo is a 2015 film about the McCarthy era of the late 1940s-early1950s and how a repressive political climate can threaten, destroy, and change lives. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo, a top-tier Hollywood screenwriter, got caught in the web of interrogations to root out communists in the entertainment industry. When he refused to comply, his career crashed, and he went to jail. This film was nominated for ten Academy Awards. It will be shown on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Friends Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield. For directions and more information, click here or call 484-574-1148. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments.

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TAKE ACTION

SPEAK UP FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BY CALLING CONGRESS

Members of Congress need to hear from you right away, if you do not want to see repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacare.’ Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) reports that, although the phones are ringing off the hook in congressional offices and voicemail boxes are full, members of Congress still aren’t getting the message. Many are still pushing hard to repeal the healthcare act. FCNL reports that advocacy against repeal is nonetheless having some effect — Congress hoped to repeal the act on inauguration day and then pushed back the deadline to mid-February. Now it could be March before there is a final vote. FCNL is especially eager to receive stories about how repealing the healthcare act will affect individuals and families, since real-life stories can make the urgency vivid to legislators. There are telephone numbers for your legislators on the FCNL website, as well as a script for you to use or adapt in making your calls. For a discussion about what you can do to protect healthcare for everyone, join a conference call with FCNL staff member Amelia Kegan on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. EST. Go to the FCNL website to find out how to make the connection.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 20, 2017

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Frank Fisher & Friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Peter & Anne Javsicas

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they split into age groups for First-day School.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

JANUARY IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING’ MONTH

Now’s the time to invite our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members to join us at Meeting for Worship and share this special experience. This is ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting’ Month, organized by our Outreach Committee, which will be on hand every Sunday to give a warm welcome and heartfelt thank you for coming, along with greetings from the rest of us. Questions? Ask Anthony Stover.

ERRATUM: WINTER NEWSLETTER

1. There is a missing line at the bottom of “Birth of a Nation,” page 5: “for many, Nat Turner is now a hero, a righteous prophet, and a martyr to Black liberation. (Cont’d on pg 13).” The full article is available here.
2. On pages 8 and 11, the minutes of the Undoing Racism Group are from July 30, 2016, not 2017.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POWER

Many thanks to Sara Palmer, a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM), for joining us last Sunday to share her meeting’s process in deciding to join POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild). Questions arose about the financial commitment congregations assume when they join, and Sara wrote to me (Penny Colgan-Davis), that POWER requests congregations consider giving .5 percent (1/2 of 1 percent) of their annual budget. CPMM decided at its business meeting on May 8, 2016 to join POWER and to set aside $1,000 a year to support its work.

— Penny Colgan-Davis, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE QVS ALUMNI FELLOW WORK AT MEETING

If a grant comes through, it may be possible for our Meeting to have an Alumni Fellow from Quaker Voluntary Service work for us for a year. Ross Hennesy, coordinator of the program and a member of our Meeting, presented a proposal at our January Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to apply for a grant to fund the position. Although details are yet to be fleshed out, the grant is specifically for a pastoral care intern at Germantown Meeting who would focus on engaging Young Adult Friends in the life of our meeting. Friends are invited to review the grant application and email suggestions to strengthen it to Ross by January 30. In addition, our clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, is forming a group to create a proposed job description. If you are interested in serving in this group, please contact Penny by email (pcolgan.davis@gmail.com).

JOIN OUR FACEBOARD FAMILY!
As you know, our Meeting has a “Faceboard” to help us get better acquainted. It has pictures of members and attenders with captions that tell a little something about each of us. The problem is that some of us have not provided those little somethings! If you are among those who haven’t yet, here’s a quick and easy solution. After meeting for worship, come to the Welcome Table in the corner of the social room, and Janet Kroll will help you fill out a form, worded just the way you want. Knowing even a little about each other, helps a LOT in sharing common interests and becoming better f/Friends … and we all want that. –Janet Kroll

CALLING ALL SHUTTERBUGS!
We need help from several of our photographers to help bring our Faceboard (see above) up to date by taking photos of individuals after meeting for worship. You don’t have to sign up for an endless responsibility; we’re just asking you to sign up for one Sunday of your choosing. If we get two or three volunteers for this, we can update our entire Faceboard gallery. To voice an interest, talk to Janet Kroll, who can be found at the Welcome Table in the social room after worship, or send her an email message (janetkroll@earthlink.net).

CLASS ON FAIR FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, JAN. 22

This Sunday, Jan. 22, two members from POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak at our Adult Class about their campaign for full and fair funding for public schools in Pennsylvania. The Racial & Social Justice Committee of our Meeting is suggesting we join POWER, an interfaith movement. This class is an opportunity to learn about POWER’s work before the decision comes to Monthly Meeting. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m., with childcare available. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

FOUR DOORS TO … WORSHIP TO BE DISCUSSED JAN. 29

Our Adult Class on Sunday, Jan. 29, will focus on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, by Bill Taber. The discussion will be led by our members Wendy Wells and Karen Lightner. The pamphlet deals with ways in which we find our spiritual centers in meeting for worship. Copies are available for $5 from Karen Lightner or Joanne Sharpless or from the Meeting Office.

DISCUSSION ON POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME TO MEET JAN. 29 AND FEB. 5

The book discussion group for Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy Degruy will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, and on Sunday, Feb. 5, in the social room of our meetinghouse. If you would like to join the group, read the book and just show up. All are welcome. Questions: contact Candice Price.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online by clicking here http://www.friendseducationfund.org/ and going to “Download Application and Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2017-2018 should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

WANTED: VOLUNTEER TUTORS FOR ADULTS IN FAIRHILL

Would you like to help adults in the Fairhill in North Philadelphia learn English as a Second Language (ESL) and get their GEDs’ Friends are needed as volunteer tutors for this inspiring project. Contact Jean Warrington or respond by email to info@historicfairhill.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JAN. 22

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for doing business and enjoying a program on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, 4th and Arch Streets, in Old City, Philadelphia. More details will be forthcoming.

OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE QVS ALUMNI FELLOW WORK AT MEETING

If a grant comes through, it may be possible for our Meeting to have an Alumni Fellow from Quaker Voluntary Service work for us for a year. Ross Hennesy, coordinator of the program and a member of our Meeting, presented a proposal at our January Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to apply for a grant to fund the position. Although details are yet to be fleshed out, the grant is specifically for a pastoral care intern at Germantown Meeting who would focus on engaging Young Adult Friends in the life of our meeting. Friends are invited to review the grant application and email suggestions to strengthen it to Ross by January 30. In addition, our clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, is forming a group to create a proposed job description. If you are interested in serving in this group, please contact Penny by email.

JOIN OUR FACEBOARD FAMILY!
As you know, our Meeting has a “Faceboard” to help us get better acquainted. It has pictures of members and attenders with captions that tell a little something about each of us. The problem is that some of us have not provided those little somethings! If you are among those who haven’t yet, here’s a quick and easy solution. After meeting for worship, come to the Welcome Table in the corner of the social room, and Janet Kroll will help you fill out a form, worded just the way you want. Knowing even a little about each other, helps a LOT in sharing common interests and becoming better f/Friends … and we all want that. –Janet Kroll

CALLING ALL SHUTTERBUGS!
We need help from several of our photographers to help bring our Faceboard (see above) up to date by taking photos of individuals after meeting for worship. You don’t have to sign up for an endless responsibility; we’re just asking you to sign up for one Sunday of your choosing. If we get two or three volunteers for this, we can update our entire Faceboard gallery. To voice an interest, talk to Janet Kroll, who can be found at the Welcome Table in the social room after worship, or by calling 215-238-4897, or by clicking here to send her an email message.

CLASS ON FAIR FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, JAN. 22

This Sunday, Jan. 22, two members from POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak at our Adult Class about their campaign for full and fair funding for public schools in Pennsylvania. The Racial & Social Justice Committee of our Meeting is suggesting we join POWER, an interfaith movement. This class is an opportunity to learn about POWER’s work before the decision comes to Monthly Meeting. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m., with childcare available. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

FOUR DOORS TO … WORSHIP TO BE DISCUSSED JAN. 29

Our Adult Class on Sunday, Jan. 29, will focus on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, by Bill Taber. The discussion will be led by our members Wendy Wells and Karen Lightner. The pamphlet deals with ways in which we find our spiritual centers in meeting for worship. Copies are available for $5 from Karen Lightner or Joanne Sharpless or from the Meeting Office.

DISCUSSION ON POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME TO MEET JAN. 29 AND FEB. 5

The book discussion group for Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy Degruy will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, and on Sunday, Feb. 5, in the social room of our meetinghouse. If you would like to join the group, read the book and just show up. All are welcome. Questions: contact Candice Price (CandiceGardenDesign@verizon.net).

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online by clicking here and going to “Download Application and Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2017-2018 should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

WANTED: VOLUNTEER TUTORS FOR ADULTS IN FAIRHILL

Would you like to help adults in the Fairhill in North Philadelphia learn English as a Second Language (ESL) and get their GEDs’ Friends are needed as volunteer tutors for this inspiring project. Contact Jean Warrington or respond by email to info@historicfairhill.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JAN. 22

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for doing business and enjoying a program on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, 4th and Arch Streets, in Old City, Philadelphia. More details will be forthcoming.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 13, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Our vision of our Meetings for Worship is of places where God is present, where God brings us into unity, where through corporate worship and the ministry arising out of it, we may be strengthened in our convictions, awareness, work, and faithfulness. Our vision is of the unity of faith and works. We recognize that some come to works only after gaining faith, and some come to faith through woking. Ideally, we reach inward to the Spirit that speaks to us and guides us, ad outward to the world which needs us and which we need if we are not to drift into empty piety or self-glorification.”–Pendle Hill workshop, “Friends as leaders: the vision, instrument, and methods,” July 1979

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Rob Smith & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Jean & Parvin Sharpless

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents? discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool-grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they split into age groups for First-day School.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell (tashko@verizon.net), or Bill Stassen (wstassen@foxrothschild.com).

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AGENDA, Meeting for Business, Jan. 15

Worship
Query reading
Opening worship
December’s minutes
Care and Visiting Co. report
Worship and Ministry Co. report
Racial and Social Justice Concerns Co
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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MEETING NEWS

ARTICLE ABOUT OLD TENNIS COURT FARM’S COMING TRANSITION

The coming transition of the Old Tennis Court Farm into part of Cloverly Park is the subject of an upbeat article by Mike Weilbacher, director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. He says, in part, “So in the holiday season, I’m thrilled to report that there’s another piece of green space in the area that will soon be permanently protected, another open space success story. And that’s important, as open space success stories don’t, pardon the pun, grow on trees…” Enjoy the entire article by clicking here. The Old Tennis Court Farm is approximately one acre in size and abuts Cloverly Park, located on the corner of Wissahickon Avenue and School House Lane in Germantown.

JANUARY IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING’ MONTH

Now’s the time to invite our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members to join us at Meeting for Worship and share this special experience. This is ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting’ Month, organized by our Outreach Committee, which will be on hand every Sunday to give a warm welcome and heartfelt thank you for coming, along with greetings from the rest of us. Questions? Ask Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

BOOK COLLECTION FOR MLK DAY

If you have any children’s books in good condition that your family has outgrown and are willing to donate, a neighbor of our member Deborah Cooper is collecting books to give out to kids on Martin Luther King Day. Apparently, there were not nearly enough books to meet the demand last year, and she would gratefully receive more this year. Deborah says you may leave them on her porch, in Mt. Airy, zip code 19119-2439.

JOIN OUR FACEBOARD FAMILY!
As you know, our Meeting has a “Faceboard” in our social room to help us get better acquainted. It has pictures of members and attenders with captions that tell a little something about each of us. The problem is, some of us have not provided those little somethings! If you are among those who haven’t yet, here’s a quick and easy solution. After meeting for worship, come to the Welcome Table in the corner of the social room, and Janet Kroll will help you fill out a form, worded just the way you want. Knowing even a little about each other helps a LOT in sharing common interests and becoming better f/Friends … and we all want that. –Janet Kroll

CALLING ALL SHUTTERBUGS!
We need help from several of our photographers to bring our Faceboard (see above) up to date by taking photos of individuals after meeting for worship. You don’t have to sign up for an endless responsibility; we’re just asking you to sign up for one Sunday of your choosing. If we get two or three volunteers for this, we can update our entire Faceboard gallery. To voice an interest, talk to Janet Kroll, who can be found at the Welcome Table in the social room after worship (janetkroll@earthlink.net).

FRIENDLY EIGHTS ARE BACK — SIGN UP NOW!

After a two-year hiatus, the Meeting is reviving Friendly Eights dinners, but in a somewhat altered form. This year, the dinners will be held on Saturdays, and participants may sign up for one, two, or all three dinners. Those who sign up for all three should consider hosting one. Modest accommodations are fine if you do not have a large home. Please advise the organizer, Dan Jones, about whether your home is safe for small or highly energetic children. Also, let Dan know the ages of your children so he can match you up to the right host(s). In this year’s Friendly Eights, you don’t have to be a couple to join in. Another option for singles: Would you like to invite someone of whatever gender to go as your partner? Just let Dan know. The dinners will be announced by email, telephone, and in the Friday BEE. Dan will be available after Meeting to sign up participants this Sunday, Jan. 8, and next Sunday, Jan. 15. You may also sign up by contacting Dan by email (djones2923@gmail.com).

GFS DAY OF SERVICE HONORS MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., JAN. 16

Germantown Friends School (GFS) and Germantown Monthly Meeting will once again participate in the citywide observance of Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing on Monday, Jan. 16. This is the largest of its kind in the country. The day begins with light refreshments, registration, and a sign-up for service projects or discussions. There will be an opening assembly at 9 a.m. in Poley Auditorium on the second floor of the Main Building of GFS. From 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., participants will engage in their choice of community service projects or discussions, after which everyone will gather for lunch in the GFS cafeteria. Please bring one of the following to share: rice and beans, macaroni and cheese, a salad, beverage, or dessert. Lunch ends at 12:45 p.m., with clean-up and good-byes. Please come for all or part of the day. All ages are welcome! Sign up by clicking here.

MEETING FOR HEALING, JAN. 17

A Meeting for Healing will be held in the social room on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. If you would like the circle to hold a person, an issue, or a community in the Light, or if you have any questions, contact Wendy Wells (willfindmyway@gmail.com).

ADULT CLASS: FAIR FUNDING FOR PA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, JAN. 22

On Sunday, Jan. 22, two members from POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak at our Adult Class about their campaign for full and fair funding for public schools in Pennsylvania. The Racial & Social Justice Committee of our Meeting is suggesting we join POWER, an interfaith movement. This class is an opportunity to learn about POWER’s work before the decision comes to Monthly Meeting. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m., with childcare available. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

FOUR DOORS TO … WORSHIP TO BE DISCUSSED JAN. 29

Our Adult Class on Sunday, Jan. 29, will focus on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, by Bill Taber. The discussion will be led by our members Wendy Wells and Karen Lightner. The pamphlet deals with ways in which we find our spiritual centers in meeting for worship. Copies are available for $5 from Karen Lightner or Joanne Sharpless or from the Meeting Office.

BOOK DISCUSSION TO MEET JAN. 29 AND FEB. 5

The book discussion group for Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy Degruy will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, and on Sunday, Feb. 5, in our meetinghouse. If you would like to join the group, read the book and just show up. All are welcome. Questions: contact Candice Price. CandiceGardenDesign@verizon.net

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO CAMP SWATARA RETREAT THIS YEAR?

It’s that time of year again–when we take a poll about who is interested AND able to commit to attending our fun-filled weekend Meeting Retreat. Camp Swatara, the site that has been best able to accommodate our range of housing needs, is available the weekend of April 7-9 (the weekend before Easter). Camp Swatara is approximately 2.5 hours northwest of Philly, with lots of opportunities for fellowship and fun: Hiking. Games. Shared meals. Adult sessions. Meeting for Worship. Crafts. Sing-a-longs. We do it all! Last year the cost was approximately $125 per adult and $65 per child for shared, heated cabin space and somewhat higher for hotel style rooms. We will do our best to meet or beat this cost this year. Financial assistance is available so as many Meeting members and attenders as possible can participate. We highly encourage those new to GMM to join us, as the Retreat is a fabulous way to get to know Meeting members and attenders and to build strong connections within our wonderful community. Please email Jody Hobbs (jodeen@gmail.com) as soon as possible, and no later than Jan. 13, to let her know how many adults and children from your family will be able to attend. Or, sign up Sunday on the clipboard in the social room. If enough people are interested, we will move forward with the planning and circulate more details!

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting now has a Facebook page, thanks to Laura Seeley, who coordinates it. We want to spread the good word, so find us here and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help us reach a broader community. We have so much light to bring to the world! For comments or suggestions, please contact Laura (laurajseeley@gmail.com).

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online by clicking here and going to “Download Application and Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2017-2018 should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary.

READ THE CURRENT MEETING NEWSLETTER ONLINE

If you haven’t seen the current Meeting Newsletter, published by our Communications Committee, you can read it online by clicking here. It contains beautiful photos and longer articles than appear in The BEE, and they are written by our members and attenders. Comments, feedback, and submission of new articles are welcomed. Please contact Candice Price, newsletter editor, or Kathy Paulmier, clerk of the Communications Committee (ccom@germantownmeeting.org), with your ideas.

QUAKER ACTIVITIES

WANTED: VOLUNTEER TUTORS FOR ADULTS IN FAIRHILL

Would you like to help adults in the Fairhill in North Philadelphia learn English as a Second Language (ESL) and get their GEDs? Friends are needed as volunteer tutors for this inspiring project. Contact Jean Warrington, or respond by email to info@historicfairhill.org.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT HISTORIC FAIRHILL, JAN. 16

Historic Fairhill will hold a day of remembrance and celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will begin with two hours of clean-up of the grounds, a four-and-a-half acre, historic Quaker burial ground and green space, at 2901 Germantown Ave., in North Philadelphia, zip code 19133. At 12 noon, everyone will gather around a bonfire to read aloud from Dr. King’s letters, sing songs in his honor, and enjoy hot chocolate. For information, send an email to info@historicfairhill.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JAN. 22

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for doing business and enjoying a program on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, 4th and Arch Streets, in Old City, Philadelphia. More details will be forthcoming.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 13-21

It?s time to get your application in for the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee onNational Legislation (FCNL, https://www.fcnl.org), March 18-21, in Washington, D.C. Attendees will be trained on how to urge Congress to enact laws to eliminate economic injustice. Then they will visit their respective representatives to urge them to take action. Funds are available to support 15 young adult Friends to attend the weekend on behalf of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. All expenses will be covered, with the exception of meals not provided by the conference. Applications will be reviewed February 1, with funding allotted after that date. Participants who receive help will be asked to write about their experiences and take part in report-backs to other Friends. Find out more about the weekend here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

RIDE AVAILABLE TO WASHINGTON, D.C., ON JAN. 20

Our member Pamela Pittinger has room in her car for three more people to ride with her to and from Washington, D.C. She will leave Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, Jan. 20, and return on Sunday, Jan. 22. She is also able to arrange sleeping accommodations for her riders for Friday and Saturday nights, but you must bring their own sleeping bag. In return, she asks for help with gas and tolls, and contributions toward food if you eat with group that is staying together. Everyone is responsible for taking public transportation into Washington to and from the March site and paying for it themselves. Pamela suggests it may be advisable to arrange for tickets or tokens or passes ahead, since lines may be long. The origin for boarding to go into the city will be on McArthur Blvd., but the exact address is unknown. Riders are welcome to go one way or round trip, but Pam would like to know in advance. Get a hold of Pam by email (pampitt17@gmail.com).

SERIES ON MINDFULNESSS & WHITE PRIVILEGE BEGINS JAN. 15

A seven-session course, running Jan. 15 through April 8, will take place at the Church of St.Martin-in-the Fields, 8000 St. Martin?s Lane, in Chestnut Hill. It will blend mindfulness practices with exploration of racial conditioning. Fee: $320. Led by our member Deborah Cooper, a mindfulness practitioner and licensed professional counselor in private practice, and Pamela Freeman, a psychotherapist, mindfulness practitioner, and consultant on issues of racial diversity. Sponsored by Wellspring at St. Martin?s and Springboard Meditation Sangha. For more information and to register, click here.

RECYCLE YOUR E-WASTE ON JAN. 16 AT ARCADIA UNIVERSITY

As a way to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., there will be a day of recycling electronic waste and shredding documents at Arcadia University on Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a collection of donations for a variety of local nonprofit organizations. Student volunteers will help unload and sort the items to be given away. For a list of participating nonprofit organizations and needed goods, click here. At the bottom of that list, unacceptable items are noted, too, for your discernment when making your donations. The event will take place at Murphy Hall on the Arcadia campus, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. For directions and a map of the campus, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

INAUGURATION PROTEST IN PHILLY, JAN 20

There will be a protest of the Inauguration right here in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 20, at noon. It will take place in front of the Philadelphia Federal Building, 601 Market St., in Center City. For information, contact Bob Smith, director of Brandywine Peace Community, click here.

BUSES GOING TO JAN. 20 PROTESTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

To arrange a seat on a chartered bus going to the protests in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 20, click here. Cost: $30 for round-trip ticket. Bus leaves at 4 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m.

ONGOING NEED FOR BEDDING FOR WOMEN?S PROGRAM

Pillows, blankets, and quilts are needed for Interim House, a residential program in Mt. Airy for women with addiction and trauma issues. The House also provides transitional services and outpatient care. If anyone has items in good shape that are no longer needed, please contact our member Phyllis Taylor (rktpbt@me.com) to work out delivery of the items.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 6, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” –I Corinthians 13:1-8, NRSV

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Kate O’Shea & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeting & Refreshments: Sam Rhoads & Nicole Juday

INFANTS & TODDLERS … are welcome to go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents? discretion.

CHILDREN (preschool thru grade 7) … join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. After 15 or 20 minutes, they go to our social room, where they split into age groups for First-day School.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) … meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

AGENDA, Meeting for Business, Jan. 15

Worship
Query reading
Opening worship
December’s minutes
Care and Visiting Co. report
Worship and Ministry Co. report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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MEETING NEWS

JANUARY IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING’ MONTH

Now’s the time to invite our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members to join us at Meeting for Worship and share this special experience. This is ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting’ Month, organized by our Outreach Committee, which will be on hand every Sunday to give a warm welcome and heartfelt thank you for coming, along with greetings from the rest of us. Questions? Ask Anthony Stover.

FRIENDLY EIGHTS ARE BACK–SIGN UP NOW!

After a two-year hiatus, the Meeting is reviving Friendly Eights dinners, but in a somewhat altered form. This year, the dinners will be held on Saturdays, and participants may sign up for one, two, or all three dinners. Those who sign up for all three should consider hosting one. Modest accommodations are fine if you do not have a large home. Please advise the organizer, Dan Jones, about whether your home is safe for small or highly energetic children. Also, let Dan know the ages of your children so he can match you up to the right host(s). In this year’s Friendly Eights, you don’t have to be a couple to join in. Another option for singles: Would you like to invite someone of whatever gender to go as your partner? Just let Dan know. The dinners will be announced by email, telephone, and in the Friday BEE. Dan will be available after Meeting to sign up participants this Sunday, Jan. 8, and next Sunday, Jan. 15. You may also sign up by email, or phone.

GFS DAY OF SERVICE HONORS MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., JAN. 16

Germantown Friends School (GFS) and Germantown Monthly Meeting will once again participate in the citywide observance of Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing on Monday, Jan. 16. This is the largest of its kind in the country. The day begins with light refreshments, registration, and a sign-up for service projects or discussions. There will be an opening assembly at 9 a.m. in Poley Auditorium on the second floor of the Main Building of GFS. From 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., participants will engage in their choice of community service projects or discussions, after which everyone will gather for lunch in the GFS cafeteria. Please consider bringing rice and beans, macaroni and cheese, a salad, beverage, or dessert to share. Lunch ends at 12:45 p.m., with clean-up and good-byes. Please come for all or part of the day. All ages are welcome! Sign up by clicking here.

ADULT CLASS: FAIR FUNDING FOR PA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

On Sunday, Jan. 22, two members from POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) will speak at our Adult Class about their campaign for full and fair funding for public schools in Pennsylvania. The Racial & Social Justice Committee of our Meeting is suggesting we join POWER, an interfaith movement. This class is an opportunity to learn about POWER’s work before the decision comes to Monthly Meeting. Adult Class begins at 9 a.m., with childcare available. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

FOUR DOORS TO — WORSHIP TO BE DISCUSSED JAN. 29

Our Adult Class on Sunday, Jan. 29, will focus on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, by Bill Taber. The discussion will be led by our members Wendy Wells and Karen Lightner. The pamphlet deals with ways in which we find our spiritual centers in meeting for worship. Copies are available for $5 from Karen Lightner or Joanne Sharpless or from the Meeting Office.

BOOK DISCUSSION TO MEET JAN. 29 AND FEB. 5

The book discussion group for Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy Degruy will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Stokes Library in the Main Building of Germantown Friends School and on Sunday, Feb. 5, in the social room of the meetinghouse. If you would like to join us, read the book and come on over. All are welcome. Let’s start the process to healing. Questions: contact Candice Price.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO CAMP SWATARA RETREAT THIS YEAR?

It’s that time of year again–when we take a poll about who is interested AND able to commit to attending our fun-filled weekend Meeting Retreat. Camp Swatara, the site that has been best able to accommodate our range of housing needs, is available the weekend of April 7-9 (the weekend before Easter). Camp Swatara is approximately 2.5 hours northwest of Philly, with lots of opportunities for fellowship and fun: Hiking. Games. Shared meals. Adult sessions. Meeting for Worship. Crafts. Sing-a-longs. We do it all!

Last year the cost was approximately $125 per adult and $65 per child for shared, heated cabin space and somewhat higher for hotel style rooms. We will do our best to meet or beat this cost this year. Financial assistance is available so as many Meeting members and attenders as possible can participate. We highly encourage those new to GMM to join us, as the Retreat is a fabulous way to get to know Meeting members and attenders and to build strong connections within our wonderful community.

Please email Jody Hobbs as soon as possible, and no later than Jan. 13, to let her know how many adults and children from your family will be able to attend. Or, sign up Sunday on the clipboard in the social room. If enough people are interested, we will move forward with the planning and circulate more details!

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting now has a Facebook page, thanks to Laura Seeley, who coordinates it. We want to spread the good word, so find us at https://www.facebook.com/germantownmeeting/ and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help us reach a broader community. We have so much light to bring to the world! For comments or suggestions, please contact Laura.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online by clicking here and going to “Download Application and Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2017-2018 should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

READ THE CURRENT MEETING NEWSLETTER ONLINE

If you haven’t seen the current Meeting Newsletter, published by our Communications Committee, you can read it online by clicking here. It contains beautiful photos and longer articles than appear in The BEE, and they are written by our members and attenders. Comments, feedback, and submission of new articles are welcomed. Please contact Candice Price, newsletter editor, or Kathy Paulmier, clerk of the Communications Committee, with your ideas.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, JAN. 7

Our member Deborah Cooper will teach an introduction to Mindfulness Meditation on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Springboard Meditation Sangha, 530 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy. Fee: $50. No previous experience necessary. Bring your own lunch and a yoga mat, if you have one. Registration is required; click here.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

WANTED: VOLUNTEER TUTORS FOR ADULTS IN FAIRHILL

Would you like to help adults in the Fairhill part of North Philadelphia learn English as a Second Language (ESL) and get their GEDs? Friends are needed as volunteer tutors for this inspiring project. Call Jean Warrington, or respond by email to info@historicfairhill.org.

DISCUSSION; CLIMATE, RACE & JU$TICE, JAN. 11

There will be a discussion group about climate disruption, social injustice, and institutional racism on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Video commentary by Cornel West, Juliet Schor, Van Jones, and Naomi Klein will be followed by worship-sharing about how Friends can respond with integrity, resilience, and spiritually grounded faith. This event is sponsored by the Ecojustice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Light supper provided: Please let Margaret Mansfield know you are coming so she can plan the food. For information, click here. http://www.pym.org/event/climateracejutice-we-are-all-in-this-together/

DISCUSSION: COURAGE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE IN TRUMP ERA, JAN. 13

Share an evening with others who are concerned about racial justice on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City. Chris Crass, author of the new book Toward the ‘Other America,’ will speak. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments served. Childcare provided. To learn more, click here.

WINTER FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP ONAS, JAN. 14-15

This is the time of year when Quaker families in our area gather for an overnight event at Camp Onas, north of Philadelphia near Ottsville and Route 611. The theme is “What does ‘gratitude’ mean?” It will be explored through crafts, stories, shared meals, worship, and play. The festivities begin on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and end at noon on Sunday. Cost: $35 per person, with scholarships available. Carpooling possible. For more information, click here. Questions? Cal Meg Rose, coordinator, 215-241-7228. To see photos of a previous year’s overnight for families, click here.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT HISTORIC FAIRHILL, JAN. 16

Historic Fairhill will hold a day of remembrance and celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will begin with two hours of clean-up of the grounds, a four-and-a-half acre, historic Quaker burial ground and green space, at 2901 Germantown Ave., in North Philadelphia, zip code 19133. At 12 noon, everyone will gather around a bonfire to read aloud from Dr. King’s letters, sing songs in his honor, and enjoy hot chocolate. For information, call or send an email to info@historicfairhill.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JAN. 22

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet for doing business and enjoying a program on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, 4th and Arch Streets, in Old City, Philadelphia. More details will be forthcoming.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 30, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The impetus for service is often a concern, which, as Friends use the word, is a quickening sense of the need to do something or to demonstrate sympathetic interest in an individual or group, as result of what is felt to be a direct intimation of God’s will. A concern as an impetus to action arises out of Friends’ belief that the realm of God can be realized here and now, not just in another place or time. A concern may emerge as an unexpected insight from prayerful study of a problem or situation, such as a concern to support national policies that promote international peace. It may also grow from an anxious interest in the welfare of a person or group that may result in inquiries or practical support” –Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1997 revision. To read more about “Concerns, Leadings, and Testimonies,” go to page 65.

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Karen Lightner

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeter & Refreshments: TBA

INFANTS & TODDLERS …go to childcare in East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN All First-day School children should come to the social room at the beginning of meeting for worship.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12) meet on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the social room and then head off to another spot, usually to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School (GFS) or, if it is nice weather, outdoors on the campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell (tashko@verizon.net), or Bill Stassen (wstassen@foxrothschild.com).

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MEETING NEWS

JANUARY IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING’ MONTH

Now’s the time to invite our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members to come with us to Meeting for Worship and share this special experience. This is ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting’ Month, organized by our Outreach Committee, which will be on hand every Sunday to give a warm welcome and heartfelt thank you for coming. It will give us all a chance to practice our people skills, as well. Questions? Ask Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

OFFICE HOURS AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY

The Meeting Office will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, and open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Office hours for the rest of the week will be announced by email Tuesday evening. This is because I need to schedule a brief medical procedure and will be out of the office for several days after surgery. You may send email messages to the Meeting Office, and Toni Sharp, clerk of Office & Records, or I will answer you, as needed. Things are expected to get back to normal after approximately one week. –Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

REMINDER: READ THE CURRENT NEWSLETTER ONLINE

If you haven’t seen the current Meeting Newsletter, published by our Communications Committee, you can read it online by clicking here. It contains beautiful photos and longer articles than appear in The BEE, written by our members and attenders. Comments, feedback, and submission of new articles are welcomed. Please contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net), newsletter editor, or Kathy Paulmier (kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Communications Committee, with your ideas.

CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

Our Meeting now has a Facebook page, thanks to Laura Seeley, who coordinates it.our. We want to spread the good word, so find us by clicking here and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your own Facebook page and help reach a broader community. We have so much light to bring to the world! For comments or suggestions, please contact Laura (laurajseeley@gmail.com).

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online by clicking here and going to “Download Application and Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2017-2018 should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford (joanne.b.ford@gmail.com), clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott (gmm@germantownmeeting.org) in the Meeting office.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, JAN. 7

Our member Deborah Cooper will teach an Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Springboard Meditation Sangha, 530 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy. Fee: $50. No previous experience necessary. Bring your own lunch and a yoga mat, if you have one. Registration is required; click here.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

DISCUSSION; CLIMATE, RACE & JU$TICE, JAN. 11

There will be a discussion group about climate disruption, social injustice, and institutional racism on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. It is sponsored by the Ecojustice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To spark the discussion, there will video commentary by Cornel West, Juliet Schor, Van Jones, and Naomi Klein. Light dinner provided. For more information, click here.

DISCUSSION: COURAGE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE IN TRUMP ERA, JAN. 13

Share an evening with others who are concerned about racial justice on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City. Chris Crass, author of the new book Toward the ‘Other America,’ will speak and lead the discussion. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments served. Childcare provided. To learn more, click here.

WINTER FAMILIY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP ONAS, JAN. 14-15

This is the time of year when Quaker families in our area gather for an overnight event at Camp Onas, north of Philadelphia near Ottsville and Route 611. The theme is “What does ‘gratitude’ mean?” It will be explored through crafts, stories, shared meals, worship, and play. The festivities begin on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and end at noon on Sunday. Cost: $35 per person, with scholarships available. Carpooling possible. For more information, click here. Questions? Cal Meg Rose, coordinator, 215-241-7228. To see photos of a previous year’s overnight for families, click here.

‘EXPLORING THE QUAKER WAY’ IS NEW ONLINE COURSE

Learn more about Quakerism in an online course offered by Pendle Hill, beginning Jan. 15 and continuing through April 5. This is especially designed for seekers, attenders, and new or interested members in Friends meetings who wish to deepen their understanding of our faith tradition. Themes will explore aspects of Quakerism through personal reflection, focused study, and deep dialog within a learning community, guided by seasoned Quaker educators. Cost: $500; ask about scholarships. To register online, click here.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

WINTER RETREAT FOR YAFs, JAN 6-8, AT SWARTHMORE MEETING

The Winter Retreat for Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be at Swarthmore Friends Meeting on Jan. 6-8. The theme is ‘Relationships, Communication, and Sexuality.’ Discussion will focus on all types of relationships, such as romantic, familial, and platonic, addressing what it looks like to live out one’s values in relationships and sexuality. For details, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt (epiersolschmidt@pym.org), or click here.

PLAN NOW FOR FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 13-21

It’s time to get your application in for the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), March 18-21, in Washington, D.C. Attendees will be trained in how to urge Congress to enact laws to eliminate economic injustice. Then they will visit their respective representatives to urge them to take action. Funds are available to support 15 young adult Friends to attend the weekend on behalf of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. All expenses will be covered, with the exception of meals not provided by the conference. Applications will be reviewed February 1, with funding allotted after that date. Participants who receive help will be asked to write about their experiences and take part in report-backs to other Friends.

Find out more about the weekend click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEW YEAR’S EVE ‘KIRTAN’ SERVICE WITH MUSIC BY MANDALA

Start the New Year on a meditative note by spending New Year’s Eve at a Kirtan service at the Church of St.Martin-in-the Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, in Chestnut Hill. It will be at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kirtan is an ancient chant tradition with prayers sung in a call-and-response style. Scott Robinson and his band, Mandala, will lead this enchanting, participative devotion. No registration required.

SERIES ON MINDFULNESSS & WHITE PRIVILEGE, BEGINS JAN. 15

A seven-session course, running Jan. 15 through April 8, will take place at the Church of St.Martin-in-the Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, in Chestnut Hill. It will blend mindfulness practices with exploration of racial conditioning. Fee: $320. Led by our member Deborah Cooper, a mindfulness practitioner and licensed professional counselor in private practice, and Pamel Freeman, a psychotherapist, mindfulness practitioner, and consultant on issues of racial diversity. Sponsored by Wellspring at St. Martin’s and Springboard Meditation Sangha. For more information and to register, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

SEE OUT THE YEAR BY PROTESTING DRONE WARFARE, DEC. 31

See out the old year and get ready for the New Year by protesting the Drone War Command Center in Horsham and resisting Trump’s America on Saturday, Dec. 31, at noon to 2 p.m. It will be at Horsham Air Guard Station, Rte. 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham, PA. From this new center, computer operators direct remote-controlled drone strikes against people thousands of miles away. For directions, call 484-574-1148. Banners, props, and signs provided. Bring an umbrella in case of rain and dress for cold weather. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. This will be the last monthly protest until March 25.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 23, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“To you who are seekers, to you, young and old who have toiled all night and caught nothing, but who want to launch out into the deeps and let down your nets for a draught, I want to speak as simply, as tenderly, as clearly as I can. For God can be found. There is a last rock for your souls, a resting place of absolute peace and joy and power and radiance and security. There is a Divine Center into which your life can slip, a new and absolute orientation in God, a Center where you live with Him and out of which you see all of life through new and radiant vision, tinged with new sorrows and pangs, new joys unspeakable and full of glory… The reality of Presence has been very great at times recently. One knows at first hand what the old inquiry means, ‘Has Truth been advancing among you?'” –Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941)

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Penny Colgan-Davis & friend

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeter & Refreshments: Joanne Sharpless

INFANTS & TODDLERS …go to childcare in East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN — All First-day School children should come to the social room at the beginning of meeting for worship.

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MEETING NEWS

OFFICE HOURS DURING HOLIDAYS

The Meeting Office will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, for the holidays. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week (Dec. 27-30), the Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email messages and phone calls will be answered, although some delays are possible. Regular office hours will return on Tuesday, Jan. 3. –Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online by clicking here and going to “Download Application and Timeline”. Applications for the school year 2017-2018 should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee (joanne.b.ford@gmail.com), or to Melissa in the Meeting office.

JANUARY IS ‘BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING’ MONTH

Following the success of last winter’s ‘Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting’ Month, our Outreach Committee is again asking us each to bring a Friend to meeting any or every Sunday in January. The person could be a neighbor, relative, colleague, or your very own sleepy-headed spouse. The Outreach committee will be on hand every Sunday to give a warm welcome and heartfelt thank you for coming out. Questions? Ask Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEED HOLIDAY HOUSESITTING?

Our member Pam Williams is available for holiday housesitting, through the holidays. Contact her by email at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, JAN. 7

Our member Deborah Cooper will teach an introduction to Mindfulness Meditation on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Springboard Meditation Sangha, 530 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy. Fee: $50. No previous experience necessary. Bring your own lunch and a yoga mat, if you have one. Registration is required; click here.

SERIES ON MINDFULNESSS & WHITE PRIVILEGE, BEGINS JAN. 15

A seven-session course, running Jan. 15 through April 8, will take place at the Church of St.Martin-in-the Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, in Chestnut Hill. It will blend mindfulness practices with exploration of racial conditioning. Fee: $320. Led by our member Deborah Cooper, a mindfulness practitioner and licensed professional counselor in private practice, and Pamel Freeman, a psychotherapist, mindfulness practitioner, and consultant on issues of racial diversity. Sponsored by Wellspring at St. Martin’s and Springboard Meditation Sangha. For more information and to register, click here.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

DISCUSSION; CLIMATE, RACE & JU$TICE, JAN. 11

There will be a discussion group about climate disruption, social injustice, and institutional racism on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. It is sponsored by the Ecojustice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To stimulate the discussion, there will video commentary by Cornel West, Juliet Schor, Van Jones, and Naomi Klein. Light dinner provided. For more information, click here.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

WINTER BREAK GATHERING AT ABINGTON MEETING, DEC. 27-30

A three-night winter break gathering for Middle School Friends will feature baking goodies, singing karaoke, and holding a clerking workshop. There will be chances to play outside, enjoy crafts, and relax. A pre-New Year’s pajama dance party is guaranteed to launch the new year with joy and exuberance. It will be held at Abington Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 30, at noon. Cost is $95, with scholarship money available. Register by Dec. 19 or sooner by clicking here. Questions? Contact Tara Rubinstein, Middle School Friends Program Coordinator, 215-241-7171.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (HIGH SCHOOLERS)

CHRISTMAS GATHERING AT WOODSTOWN MEETING, DEC. 27-30

Escape into memories of warmer days and good times at a winter gathering with other Young Friends. It will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 27, beginning at 7 p.m., through Friday, Dec. 30, at noon, at Woodstown Friends Meeting. The theme is “In the Spirit of Play.” There will be a Young Friends Olympics, a workshop on play as spiritual practice, a talent show, and a workshop on justice for indigenous people, and time for committees and business, as well as free time. Cost is $95, with full and partial aid available. Click here to register. For questions, contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, at 215-241-7222.

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