Weekly Bulletin 2016

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Weekly Bulletin

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


FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 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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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 or 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.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec.16, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The membership of a Friends Meeting or of the Society of Friends is made up of persons with varying gifts or abilities. Each gift or each type of ability may be a form of ministry, and hence of leadership, and each member is a part of ‘the body’ or the whole. Each member in the exercise of such a gift or gifts of ministry is a nurturing, functioning part of the body…

“Some members have gifts of teaching and counseling, or of organization and administration, or of vocal ministry or public speaking, or other similar gifts which identify them as leaders. Members with other gifts are not simply passive followers, but all are coworkers in the care and nurture of the body and its members. And al are coworkers in witness to our faith and in the service of love and justice among people and nations.”

–from “Friends as leaders: The vision, instrument and methods,” report on a workshop at Pendle Hill, 1979

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Bill Cozzens & friend

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

11:45 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeters & Refreshments: Caleb Schodt, Dylan Schodt, Fred Grabe

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

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 this Sunday. They will work together on final details for the Christmas Pageant, which they will present at rise of meeting.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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 one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING NEWS

THANK YOU FROM YOUNG FRIENDS

“A big thank you to Meeting members and attenders for their generous support of the Young Friends (YFs) bake sale on Dec. 2 for the Kidz After School Program at The Center for Returning Citizens. Thanks to your purchases and generous donations, YFs raised $550!” [See attached photo.]–Tash Kassell, YF co-leader

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT BY FIRST-DAY SCHOOL CHILDREN, DEC. 18

A special treat awaits us this Sunday, Dec. 18, at rise of meeting for worship: Our First-Day School children will put on their annual Christmas Pageant for us in the meeting room, with sheep, angels, shepherds, wise men, a shining star, and the Holy Family. So, don’t miss this sweetest of moments in our holidays!

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 18

Candlelight, Christmas carols, and delicious food — ingredients for Germantown Meeting’s favorite annual event! Every year, the fellowship room is packed with new, old, and returning Friends who gather to experience this lively, traditional celebration. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the meetinghouse, with enthusiastic caroling to follow. Please bring a dish to share, your company manners, and your singing voice. Let’s come together to Rejoice!

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, DEC.18

Come, help us spread the Yuletide spirit this Sunday, by helping us set up, serve, and clean up after the favorite party of the year, our Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing. Part of the magic of this wonderful night is that it’s a group effort, with everyone helping out. If you would like to help, please let Melissa Elliott know. Here is a list of tasks:

· The first thing that needs doing is to set up the banquet tables and chairs after meeting for worship. Strong backs and willing hands are needed for this chore.

· Then, we need help setting the banquet tables with tablecloths, napkins, tableware, hurricane lamps, and candles.

· Come at 5 p.m., if you can help set up the serving tables, light candles, and put out the food as people bring their potluck contributions.

· One or two people are needed to greet people as they come in, making sure that newcomers and newcomers and visitors from a distance feel welcome. It is helpful to reassure people they are in the right line and to usher people to the front of the line who are elderly, disabled, or struggling with small children.

· During the period when people are filling their plates, the emptied serving dishes need to be removed from the buffet tables and replaced with fresh food. Check in with Anne Stassen (probably in the kitchen) if you want to help with this.

· As people finish eating, we need help in the kitchen, washing serving dishes, throwing away trash, and organizing leftovers.

· When the meal is ended, everybody helps put away the tables and sets up the chairs in a semicircle around the piano for our Carol Sing. Just join in.

After the Carol Sing, we need a clean-up crew to put away chairs, vacuum the rug, tidy up the kitchen, and help people get their serving dishes and leftovers ready to take home.

And then, we can all pat ourselves on the back for bringing off another gala holiday celebration and go home to the warmth of our own homes and festivities, waiting for the holidays to unfold!

SECOND MEETING FOR HEALING, DEC. 20

Our next Meeting for Healing will be Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m., in the social room. Friends who cannot make it but would like a situation or condition held in the Light, please contact Wendy Wells, 267-879-1073.

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.

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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.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

CELEBRATION FOR REFUGEES AND THEIR SUPPORTERS, DEC. 18

This Sunday, Dec.18, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center there will be a community gathering for refugee families and those who help support them, sponsored by Al Bustan Seeds of Change. Coats and blankets donated by Germantown Meeting folks and the Human Rights Group of Germantown Friends School will be distributed. There will be refreshments and fun activities for children. Everyone is invited to join in celebrating our wider community and showing our support to the families who have come to our city.

TAKE A WISSAHICKON HIKE WITH FRIENDS IN THE CITY, DEC. 29

Refresh your spirits and wake up your body with a five- to seven-mile hike on Wissahickon trails on Saturday, Dec. 29, with Friends in the City, a nonprofit organization of active older adults, inspired by Quaker values, based in Center City. To take part in this hike, meet at 10:30 a.m. at Germantown and Rex Avenues, across from the Chestnut Hill West train station. Bring a daypack, containing a rain jacket with hood, light sweater, or fleece jacket; lunch; and at least one quart of water. Wear synthetics or wool, no cotton; and hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes. If you have balance problems, bring one or two hiking sticks. Leader, Liz Fox, is a trained Appalachian Mountain Club hike and backpack leader. You can borrow daypacks and walking sticks from here if you would like to try hiking before investing your own gear. Participants are required to sign a release of liability before the hike. Questions? Contact LizFox, 267-639-5257. To register, click here.

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 PYM Ecojustice Collaborative. There will video commentary to stimulated the discussion by Cornel West, Juliet Schor, Van Jones, and Naomi Klein. Light dinner will be 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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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HOLIDAY POTLUCK TO FEATURE CRAFTS, SINGING, DEC. 19

Celebrate the winter holidays at a get-together for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) on Dec. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be a potluck, crafts, and singing. Bring a musical instrument, if you wish. YAFs who are home for the holidays are especially welcome. Bring a dish, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. The location is still to be determined, so this may be an alcohol-free gathering, if the venue prohibits alcohol. For questions, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK’S WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY, DEC. 19

Come celebrate the winter solstice with live music and desserts on Dec. 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Library Meeting Room, 8711 Germantown Ave. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network. Please bring a dessert to share. Musicians who would like to perform should contact Barbara Bloomfield. For questions, contact Peter Javsicas.

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TAKE ACTION

CHRISTMAS ‘WAKE-UP CALL’ DEMO AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, DEC. 17

In the spirit of Christmas peace, there will be a demonstration in front of the Lockheed Martin’s local offices on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. The offices are located at Mall and Goddard Boulevards behind the King of Prussia Mall. Lockheed Martin, which specializes in technology, especially as applied to weaponry, is the world’s No. 1 war profiteer. Turn this holiday season into an outcry for world peace, and recommitment to the anti-war movement in this time of political uncertainty For information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community.

BEDDING NEEDED FOR WOMEN’S PROGRAM IN MT. AIRY

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 to work out delivery of the items. You may email her at rktpbt@me.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 9, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“’You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.’”—Matthew 5:13-16, NRSV

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business (see agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Dave Mettler & friend

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

Greeters & Refreshments: A Friend and a f/Friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN

… are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Upon leaving the meeting room, they will split into age groups for First-day School. The First Day School is rehearsing the Christmas Pageant, which will take place Dec.18. Pam Williams is helping run it.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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 one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

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AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, DEC. 11

Query 8 and opening worship

November’s minutes

GFS School Committee Report
Care and Visiting Committee report
Worship and Ministry Committee report
Standing Nominating Committee report
Fiscal Committee report
Outreach Committee update
Racial Justice and Social Concerns Committee report
Reflections from Continuing Sessions
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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MEETING NEWS

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 18!

Candlelight, Christmas carols, and delicious food—ingredients for Germantown Meeting’s favorite annual event! Every year, the fellowship room is packed with new, old, and returning Friends who gather to experience this lively, traditional celebration. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the meetinghouse, with enthusiastic caroling to follow. Please bring a dish to share, your company manners, and your singing voice. Let’s come together to Rejoice!

CANDLE LIGHTING MEMORIAL FOR CHILDREN, DEC. 11

Candlelight memorial services will be held worldwide this Sunday, Dec. 11, to honor and remember children who have died at any age, from any cause. In our Meeting, this will take the form of a Meeting for Worship at 7 p.m. this Sunday. Everyone is invited to come at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. The memorial service will begin with calling of children’s names. Then, everyone will form a circle in front of the fireplace, where each will have a chance to share a photo, name, and favorite story. It will close at approximately 8:30 p.m. This local service is organized by our group, Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Our Children, which formed after the death of Sabrina Sampson-Knapp, the daughter of our attender Linda Knapp. For information about the service, contact Linda.

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

‘JESUS GROUP’ TO MEET DEC. 11

Our Meeting’s “Jesus Group” will meet on Dec. 11 this month (instead of Dec. 4), due to schedule conflicts. The group will meet in the back of the meetinghouse at 11:45 a.m. and will continue sharing their letters to Jesus and responses. For information, contact Ayesha Imani or Dick Taylor, rktpbt@me.com.

BOOK GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. The books are:

1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin

2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

BOOK DISCUSSION ON ‘POST-TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME

“Hello, Friends, I am currently organizing a discussion group based on the book by Joy Degruy called Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. This is an incredibly important topic, particularly now when we have been blindsided by the worst form of racism rearing its ugly head AGAIN in our country. Real healing can only come if we face ourselves with love and awareness. This book starts the discussion. If you want to join us for this discussion in mid-January, email me, Candice Price, at CandiceGardenDesign@verizon.net.”

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

SYDNEY COFFIN RECEIVES EDUCATION AWARD

Our member Sydney Coffin recently received the Ethel and Alan Buddy Carruth Sustained Leadership in Education Award. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and a devoted public school teacher.

NEED HOLIDAY HOUSESITTING?

Our member Pam Williams is available for holiday housesitting, through the holidays. Contact her by email at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

HISTORIC FAIRHILL LIGHTS A CHRISTMAS STAR, DEC. 10

Help light a Christmas star at Historic Fairhill in North Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Then toast marshmallows around a campfire, drink hot chocolate, and sing carols in English and Spanish. Ends at 5 .m. Address: Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19133. Everyone welcome! For information, info@historicfairhill.org.

SPIRITUALITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE THREAD GATHERING, DEC. 10

How do we ground our work in spiritual discernment, partner with other groups to increase our efficiency, and network with an extended group of Quakers? Find ideas and meet new acquaintances at the Spirituality and Social Justice Thread Gathering on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Participants will also learn things about anti-racism and explore ways to take part in local social justice efforts. To find out more, click here.

AUTHOR REBECCA TRAISTER TO SPEAK AT GFS LIBRARY, DEC. 13

The New York Times bestselling author and 1993 graduate of Germantown Friends School (GFS) Rebecca Traister will speak about her new book All the Single Ladies at Friends Free Library of GFS, 5418 Germantown Ave., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. The book tells the story of a groundbreaking investigation into the economic, emotional, and sexual lives of unmarried women in the United States. The award-winning author writes about women in politics, the media, and the entertainment industry for national publications, such as The Nation, The New York Times, Elle, and The Washington Post. Her talk is part of the Friends Free Library Community Writers Series, which celebrates reading and writing, featuring nationally known authors with local ties to Germantown. This event is free and open to the public.

NOMINATIONS DUE FOR FRIENDS COUNCIL ON EDUCATION

The board of directors of Friends Council on Education invites you to make a nomination to the Friends Council board, committees, or working groups for the 2017-2018 school year. The directors are looking for nominees who demonstrate a clear understanding of the essential value of Friends schools and a broad commitment to Friends education. They are seeking diversity of the board and committee members by geography, school size, role in school, as well as ethnic, religious and racial diversity. Nominations are due by Jan. 16, 2017. The director of Friends Council on Education is Drew Smith, who may be reached by calling 215-241-7245.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

WINTER 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.

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 215-2417222.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HOLIDAY POTLUCK TO FEATURE CRAFTS, SINGING, DEC. 19

Celebrate the winter holidays at a get-together for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) on Dec. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be a potluck, crafts, and singing. Bring a musical instrument, if you wish. YAFs who are home for the holidays are especially welcome. Bring a dish, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. The location is still to be determined, so this may be an alcohol-free gathering, if the venue prohibits alcohol. For questions, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘PEACE AT HOME’ SYMPOSIUM ON DEC. 17

In response to the alarming rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric in the past year, there will be a symposium on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch provided. It will take place at Masjidullah, 7401 Limekiln Pike, Phila., PA 19138. There will be speakers, open discussions, and exploration of possible next steps. Sponsored by ICNA-Relief and CAIR-Philadelphia. Cost: $10. Please register by Monday, Dec. 12. For information, call 267-7515-6712.

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK’S WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY, DEC. 19

Come celebrate the winter solstice with live music and desserts on Dec. 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Library Meeting Room, 8711 Germantown Ave. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network. Please bring a dessert to share. Musicians who would like to perform should contact Barbara Bloomfield. For questions, contact Peter Javsicas.

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TAKE ACTION

CHRISTMAS ‘WAKE-UP CALL’ DEMO AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, DEC. 17

In the spirit of Christmas peace, there will be a demonstration in front of the Lockheed Martin’s local offices on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. The offices are located at Mall and Goddard Boulevards behind the King of Prussia Mall. Lockheed Martin, which specializes in technology, especially as applied to weaponry, is the world’s No. 1 war profiteer. Turn this holiday season into an outcry for world peace, and recommit to the anti-war movement in this time of political uncertainty For information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

BEDDING NEEDED FOR WOMEN’S PROGRAM IN MT. AIRY

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 to work out delivery of the items. You may contact her at rktpbt@me.com.

MATERIAL AID NEEDED FOR SYRIAN AND IRAQI REFUGEES

With cold temperatures upon us, there is a need for warm clothing and food staples for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Philadelphia. Especially needed are new or gently work gloves, hats, linens, warm blankets, and bedding. All goods must be received by Thursday, Dec. 15, and will be distributed in coordination with the Nationalities Service Center. Sponsored by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, American Friends Service Committee, Germantown Friends School (GFS), and other organizations. GFS is one of the drop-off locations. For information, contact Al-Bustan, info@albustanseeds.org 267-809-3668

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 2, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“True godliness don’t turn men out of the world but enables them better to live in it and excites their endeavors to mend it; not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.” –William Penn, 1682

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Karen Lightner & friend

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

Greeters & Refreshments: Bill Cozzens & friend

11:45 a.m. Bake Sale by Young Friends to benefit the Kidz Afterschool Program at The Center for Returning Citizens

INFANTS & TODDLERS

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN

… are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Upon leaving the meeting room, they will split into age groups for First-day School. The First Day School is beginning work on the Christmas Pageant, which will take place Dec.18. Pam Williams is helping run it. We’d love as many children as possible to take part in this annual event. Come one! Come All!

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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. This Sunday, Dec. 4, they will hold a bake sale after meeting for worship. (See news brief below.) For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, or Bill Stassen.

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, DEC. 11

Query 8 and opening worship
November’s minutes
GFS School Committee Report
Care and Visiting Committee report
Worship and Ministry Committee report
Nominating Committee report
Fiscal Committee report
Racial Justice and Social Concerns Committee report
Reflections from Continuing Sessions
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

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LETTER FROM OUR CLERK ABOUT POLITICAL CLIMATE

“Dear F/friends,

I write after two weeks of lots of personal soul-searching and listening to many who are in great sorrow and fear about the election results. As you know, we have seen an influx of visitors to our meeting who are seeking a community in which they can feel safe and connected to others who share values of love and justice in the world. The worship has been deep, and I think we all would agree that our visitors have been a great gift to Germantown Monthly Meeting (GMM)… I also am proud to hear the announcements from the facing bench each week about all that GMM is doing to promote peace and justice in the world.

“I believe Quakers have a very special responsibility right now. We have a reputation for being in the vanguard of protecting the most vulnerable in our society and for having the courage to follow God’s leadings to stand against injustice and oppression. I think that’s why so many new people have joined our worship of late, and I hope we can show them that we are a mighty people, led by the Spirit, unafraid to stand up for others… I also hope that we will continue to be in the vanguard of facing injustice. I have no idea what this new administration will bring, but there have been scary hints…

“There now is a bulletin board WHAT CAN I DO? in the committee room with ideas about what one person or many can do, ranging from supporting the American Civil Liberties Union, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the Southern Poverty Law Center, etc., in lieu of giving gifts at Christmas, to wearing a safety pin to show that you will stand up against harassment when you see it. There are paper strips and markers on the windowsill for you to add your ideas and, yes, safety pins to wear. Please add your ideas and check the board regularly for what you can do next.

“Each week we’ll have a letter-writing table, with suggestions of whom to write to advocate for a better society and world. My first letter will be to Mayor Kenney, who refuses to back down from Philadelphia being a “sanctuary city.” His stance takes courage, and I want to thank him for modeling how not to be cowed by threats.

“I know it feels pretty desperate right now, and there is a lot to worry about. However, we are truly blessed with a loving community that shares our belief in the power of love and will support us in our work. Each week we will be together, and I know we can be a beacon for the world of what is possible when a mighty people gather in the Spirit.”

Love, Penny

[Read the entire letter, attached to this email: “Ltr fm Penny re Political Climate”]

BAKE SALE THIS SUNDAY AFTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP

Tickle your taste buds after worship this Sunday, Dec. 4, by supporting the bake sale by our Young Friends. They are raising money for Kidz Afterschool Program at The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), an organization started by our member Jondhi Harrell. Come, support our Young Friends and this excellent cause–and get some goodies to eat here or take home! TCRC helps people who have been in prison make the transition back to society by providing job training, housing assistance, counseling services, legal aid, and referrals.

‘JESUS GROUP’ CHANGES MEETING DATE TO DEC. 11

Our Meeting’s ‘Jesus Group’ will meet on Dec. 11 this month (instead of Dec. 4), due to schedule conflicts. The group will continue sharing their letters to Jesus and responses. For information, contact Ayesha Imani or Dick Taylor.

BIT OF HISTORY: FACING BENCHES MADE FROM POPLAR TREE

Ever wonder where our meetinghouse benches came from? The source of the top row of facing benches recently came to light in a thank-you note, handwritten in pencil, unsigned and undated:

“Special thanks to Nick Dobrowolski, director of buildings and grounds at Germantown Friends School, for constructing the new top row of facing benches. The benches were made from a poplar tree approximately 150 years old. The log (11’x 3′) was salvaged from the old Strawbridge estate, where it was destined to be firewood. The log was taken to Quakertown to be milled and has been drying quietly in the meeting basement for the last year. Thanks also to members Betty Cary and John Harkins for suggesting that the log become benches, and to Bill Smith for arranging to have the log transported to Quakertown on a flatbed tow truck.”

A copy of the original note is attached to this Friday Bee.

BOOK GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee. The books are:

1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin

2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right–and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

BOOK DISCUSSION ON ‘POST-TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME’

You are invited to join a short-term discussion group on the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, by Joy Degruy, which is highly recommended by our member Candice Price. She has an accompanying DVD and study guide, and Jondhi Harrell has agreed to moderate a discussion on it. Please contact Candice if you would like to be part of this.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

BRUCE BEKKER NEW DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR AT BREAKTHROUGH

Our member, Bruce Bekker, is the new development director at Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, which helps underserved middle-school students get to college and make it through to a degree. The program was formerly known as Summerbridge and is a partner with Germantown Friends School (GFS). Based at 34 West Coulter Street, it is across from our meetinghouse. Bruce says, “I’m honored to serve at a GFS partner institution and to know that Breakthrough is further expanding GFS’s commitment to the community, to public education, and to Philadelphia region-wide.” He comes from a background in development at Girard College, a residential college-prep academy in North Philadelphia and a collaborator with Breakthrough.

LOOKING FOR ODD JOBS

Our member Pam Williams is seeking odd jobs in light housekeeping, cleaning, childcare, or helping with pre-holiday tasks, in locations accessible to SEPTA transportation lines from the Germantown-Mount Airy area. Her rate is $8 an hour.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

SPIRITUALITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE THREAD GATHERING, DEC. 10

How do we ground our work in spiritual discernment, partner with other groups to increase our efficiency, and network with an extended group of Quakers? Find ideas and meet new acquaintances at the Spirituality and Social Justice Thread Gathering on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Participants will also learn things about anti-racism and explore ways to take part in local social justice efforts. To find out more, click here.

AUTHOR REBECCA TRAISTER TO SPEAK AT GFS LIBRARY, DEC. 13

The New York Times bestselling author and 1993 graduate of Germantown Friends School (GFS) Rebecca Traister will speak about her new book All the Single Ladies at Friends Free Library of GFS, 5418 Germantown Ave., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. The book tells the story of a groundbreaking investigation into the economic, emotional, and sexual lives of unmarried women in the United States. The award-winning author writes about women in politics, the media, and the entertainment industry for national publications, such as The Nation, The New York Times, Elle, and The Washington Post. Her talk is part of the Friends Free Library Community Writers Series, which celebrates reading and writing, featuring nationally known authors with local ties to Germantown. This event is free and open to the public.

NOMINATIONS REQUESTED FOR FRIENDS COUNCIL ON EDUCATION

The board of directors of Friends Council on Education invites you to make a nomination to the Friends Council board, board committees, or work groups for the 2017-2018 school year. The directors are looking for nominees who demonstrate a clear understanding of the essential value of Friends schools and a broad commitment to Friends education. They are seeking diversity of the board and committee members by geography, school size, role in school, as well as ethnic, religious and racial diversity. Nominations are due by Jan. 16, 2017. The director of Friends Council on Education is Drew Smith, who may be reached by calling 215-241-7245.

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.

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 https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=900f76. For questions, contact Hannah Mayer, Young Friends Coordinator, at 215-241-7222.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HOLIDAY POTLUCK TO FEATURE CRAFTS, SINGING, DEC. 19

Celebrate the winter holidays at a get-together for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) on Dec. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be a potluck, crafts, and singing. Bring a musical instrument, if you wish. YAFs who are home for the holidays are especially welcome. Bring a dish, snack, dessert, or beverage to share. The location is still to be determined, so this may be an alcohol-free gathering, if the venue prohibits alcohol. For questions, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FILM ABOUT MUSLIMS & CHRISTIANS TONIGHT, DEC. 2

See a comedy/drama tonight about Muslim and Christian women in an isolated Lebanese village who conspire to keep their menfolk from getting caught up in the surrounding violence. Told with earthy, village humor and wry wisdom. Where Do We Go Now will show tonight, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA. Come early for light refreshments. Free. Large screen. In Arabic, with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. Cosponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here or call Bob Smith at 484-574-1148.

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK’S WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY, DEC. 19

Come celebrate the winter solstice with live music and desserts on Dec. 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Library Meeting Room, 8711 Germantown Ave. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network. Please bring a dessert to share. Musicians who would like to perform should contact Barbara Bloomfield. For questions, contact Peter Javsicas.

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INTERFAITH CLIMATE ADVOCACY TRAINING, DEC. 4

Climate change is a moral issue, so let’s learn to speak about it with authority! On Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be an Interfaith Advocacy Training at the Community Center at Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA. Speakers and workshops. Fees: $20-$30 range. Dinner and snacks provided. Please bring a mug or water bottle for your beverages Discounts available for people signing up in small groups from the same faith community or organization. Call 814-876-2597 or send an email to info@paipl.org

BEDDING NEEDED FOR WOMEN?S PROGRAM IN MT. AIRY

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 to work out delivery of the items.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 25, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Despite the fact that the Society of Friends developed in an age of violent revolution and has had a witness against war for all of its history, the origin of the peace witness did not start with a concern about war. The Quaker peace witness developed from a deep faith in the essential unity of mankind and the sacredness of each individual because of ‘that of God’ or the ‘Inward Light’ in each person comprising that unity.” –Lawrence Scott, ‘Nonviolent action and the Quaker peace witness,’ in No Time but This Present, 1965.

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Karen Lightner & friend

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

Greeters & Refreshments: Sydney Coffin & friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN

… are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Upon leaving the meeting room, they will split into age groups for First-day School.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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 one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell or Bill Stassen.

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MEETING ACTIVITIES

DOCUMENTARY SHOWING ON NOV. 30

The documentary 13th, by Ava DuVernay, will show in Yarnall Auditorium at Germantown Friends School on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. It is presented by our Meeting’s Racial & Social Justice Committee. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless. To RSVP, click here.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW FACEBOOK PAGE!

“Our Meeting now has a Facebook page! We want to spread the good word, so check us out clicking here, and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your page and help to widen our community. We have so much light to bring to the world!” –Laura Seeley

BOOK GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. The books are:

1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin
2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right–and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR PAT REIFSNYDER, NOV. 26

…will be held in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., to celebrate the life of our member Pat Reifsnyder, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center in Gwynedd. Cookies are needed, as a big turnout is expected. If you can bring some before the memorial meeting, contact Katy Hineline, katy-hineline@gmail.com.

LOOKING FOR ODD JOBS

Our member Pam Williams is seeking odd jobs in light housekeeping, cleaning, childcare, or helping with pre-holiday tasks, in locations accessible to SEPTA transportation lines from the Germantown-Mount Airy area. Her rate is $8 an hour. Contact her at pamelawilliams@gmail.com.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

ECONOMIC JUSTICE CONFERENCE AT PENDLE HILL, DEC. 1-4

What would a moral economy look like and how could we establish one? These are among the challenging questions that will face participants in a conference on economic justice at Pendle Hill on Dec. 1-4. It will include plenary sessions, speakers and panels, open forums, small group discussions, and visioning sessions. George Lakey will be one of several speakers. For more information and to register, click here.

SPIRITUALITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE THREAD GATHERING, DEC. 10

How do we ground our work in spiritual discernment, partner with other groups to increase our efficiency, and network with an extended group of Quakers? Find ideas and new acquaintances at the Spirituality and Social Justice Thread Gathering on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Participants will also learn things about anti-racism and explore ways to take part in local social justice efforts. To find out more, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

MEET STATE SEN. HAYWOOD ON NOV. 28

Here is your chance to meet Sen. Art Hayward, Minority Chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Aging and Youth. On Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., he will appear at Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. He will be available to answer questions about how the new state legislature might affect his work for elders and what he sees as the future for delivery of elder services, such as long-term care. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network, which serves people who are growing older in the community of Northwest Philadelphia. For information, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

JOIN ‘IGNITE PEACE’ DEMONSTRATION AT HORSHAM, NOV. 26

Stand up against our country’s continuing war drone attacks in the Middle East, by coming to the monthly demonstration tomorrow, Nov. 26, at noon, at Horsham Air Guard Station. A computer-controlled drone war command center is now operating from the Horsham center. The demonstration takes place outside the gates of the Guard center, at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham, less than a mile north of Horsham Friends Meeting. There will be speakers and music, with banners and signs provided. Come prepared to make some noise! “Stop Trump; Reach Out for Peace.” For information, call the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148, or click here.

BEDDING NEEDED FOR WOMEN’S PROGRAM IN MT. AIRY

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 to work out delivery of the items. You may email her at rktpbt@me.com.

INTERFAITH CLIMATE ADVOCACY TRAINING, DEC. 4

Climate change is a moral issue, so let’s learn to speak about it with authority! On Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be an Interfaith Advocacy Training at the Community Center at Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pa. Speakers and workshops. Fees: $20-$30. Dinner and snacks provided. Please bring a mug or water bottle for your beverages. Discounts available from people signing up in small groups from the same faith community or organization. Call 814-876-2597 or send an email to info@paipl.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 18, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The mind wanders and the will falters again and again. Even the great masters of the religious life have confessed they were always liable to be invaded by the most frivolous thoughts during their meditations. But it is foolish to allow failures in concentration to plunge us into profitless self-condemnation A mother does not condemn her child who is struggling with many a failure to learn how to walk, but rather is she pleased by each successful effort. [We are] at the corresponding stage in [our] spiritual development, and I like to believe that God is similarly pleased with our efforts and understanding of our many failures. What matters is whether or not the will, like a compass needle when deflected, is so pivoted that it can swing back to the true direction.” –Thomas F. Green, 1952

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

9 a.m. Adult Class, featuring special guest Diane Randall (see below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Parvin & Jean Sharpless

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Penny Colgan-Davis and Patty Gerrity

INFANTS & TODDLERS

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN

… are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Upon leaving the meeting room, they will split into age groups for First-day School.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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 one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com.

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MEETING ACTIVITIES

FCNL EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, NOV. 20

We are honored to welcome Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), to speak at Adult Class this Sunday, Nov. 20, at 9 a.m. She will give us an update on the post-election atmosphere in Washington, D.C., and the road ahead for prison sentencing reform bills. FCNL is a nonpartisan Quaker organization that lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, and environmental stewardship. This class will be recorded and posted on Germantown Meeting’s website. Everyone is welcome; childcare is provided. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Click here to read a recent statement by Diane Randall. For information about this event, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

CHILI LUNCH THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 20

Good food and fellowship — an absolutely unbeatable combination — will be on the menu at our famous Chili Lunch this Sunday, Nov. 20, at rise of Meeting (11:45 a.m.) in our social room. There will be several kinds of chili served over rice, with green salad, cornbread, and, if we’re lucky, a little dessert. Come one, come all to this happy day and delicious meal! It’s free, but donations are much appreciated. Questions? Contact Janet Kroll.

MEETING FOR HEALING, NOV. 20

There will be a Meeting for Healing this Sunday, Nov. 20, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. It is organized by our member Wendy Wells, who describes this the opportunity with words from Fayetteville (Ark.) Monthly Meeting’s website : “In a Meeting for Healing, we focus on individuals requiring wholeness and healing through holding them in silence’in light and love. In silent worship we make ourselves available to the healing power of the Spirit, to be used on behalf of those in need, in body, mind, or spirit. Not to persuade God, not in any way to deny the work of those in the healing professions: simply seeking the upholding of God’s love in the wholeness we recognize as health of spirit, the basis of healing.” Everyone is welcome. Questions? Contact Wendy Wells.

ARE YOU COMING TO MEETING ON CHRISTMAS OR NEW YEAR’S?

Dear Friends, I would like get a general idea of how many people are likely to come to Meeting for Worship on Christmas and New Year’s Days, so I know whether to schedule people to greet and provide refreshments, and how much refreshment needs to be provided. If you think you will be attending either or both of those days, email or call me. Thank you, Becky Johnson (blam.fam@verizon.net).

CHECK OUT OUR MEETING’S NEW FACEBOOK PAGE!

“Our Meeting now has a Facebook page! We want to spread the good word, so check us out by clicking here and ‘like’ us to see our posts. If you see something you like, share it to your page and help to widen our community. We have so much light to bring to the world!” –Laura Seeley

MEETING’S GMM WORK DAY, NOV. 19

Come, help keep our meetinghouse in shape and enjoy the companionship of working together on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Our main activity will be working in the basement, putting up strips to support the insulation that helps our radiant floor radiate. Other work is available, too, including weeding and pruning. Afterward, enjoy a light lunch with your coworkers. Property Committee members are reminded that there will be a meeting at 8:30 a.m. before the workday begins. For information, contact Tom Sharpless (tksharpless@gmail.com).

GMM ASKS CITY COUNCIL FOR HEARINGS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Our Meeting recently approved a letter requesting Philadelphia City Council to “hold public hearings on climate change with a focus on what the City of Philadelphia can do to address the problem.” The letter endorses a request by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. It was drafted by our member Bill Cozzens, clerk of our Environmental Concerns Committee, and signed by our Meeting clerk, Penny Davis. It will be sent to the Darrell Clarke, president of the Philadelphia City Council, with copies to Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Mayor Jim Kenney, and Christine Knapp, of the Office of Sustainability. Here is an excerpt: “As Friends we believe that climate change presents one of the most challenging moral issues of our time”. Public hearings by City Council would be a first step in identifying how the City of Philadelphia can best respond to this moral, scientific and economic challenge…” To read the letter, see attached file.

QVS HOUSE NEEDS SEVERAL HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

The QVS House, where the fellows of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) live in Germantown, needs several things to make life more comfortable:

· A Freezer to store food more efficiently. The refrigerator’s freezer compartment is not big enough for the house’s food storage needs.

· 2 Throw rugs — 5′ x 8′ or a little bigger

· 1 or 2 bikes

Our Meeting cosponsors the Philadelphia QVS House with Green Street Monthly Meeting. If you can help with these requests or have any questions, please contact local QVS coordinator Oskar Castro (oskar@quakervoluntaryservice.org). Our members Sam Angell, Howard Cell, and Paula Cell are our representatives on the QVS local support committee and can also answer your questions.

INVITATION TO VISIT AL-AQSA SOCIETY

Following up on presentation by Adab Ibrahim in our Adult Class on October 30, people who are interested in visiting the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society should contact Ed Nakawatase (jeanmas302@comcast.net). He will coordinate the timing of the visit with Adab Ibrahim from the Society.

BOOK GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org). The books are:

1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin

2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right — and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

DOCUMENTARY SHOWING ON NOV. 30

The documentary 13th, by Ava DuVernay, will show in Yarnall Auditorium at Germantown Friends School on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. It is presented by our Meeting’s Racial & Social Justice Committee. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org). To RSVP, click here.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR PAT REIFSNYDER, NOV. 26

…will be held in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of our member Pat Reifsnyder, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center in Gwynedd. Cookies are needed, as a big turnout is expected. If you can bring some before the memorial meeting, contact Katy Hineline, (katy-hineline@gmail.com).

LOOKING FOR ODD JOBS

Our member Pam Williams is seeking odd jobs in light housekeeping, cleaning, childcare, or helping with pre-holiday tasks, in locations accessible to SEPTA transportation lines from the Germantown-Mount Airy area. Her rate is $8 an hour. Contact her at pamelawilliams@gmail.com.

BARBARA WYBAR WRITES FROM BUDUDA

Our member Barbara Wybar from the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda, writes:”…my sense is that in rural Uganda there is not much of a middle class, and the peasants are getting poorer and the struggle to survive harder… How does the news relate to BLC [Bududa Learning Center]? The way I see it, we are helping to stem the flow of young people who leave their villages and head to the city. When people learn a trade and can make a living practicing that trade in the village they stay. That is what we do, we train young people to be carpenters, brick layers, tailors, nursery teachers, and computer literate individuals.” To read the entire newsletter, with stories and photos, click here.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY FILM SHOWING SUNDAY, NOV. 20

The film Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street in Center City, Philadelphia. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with Chief Coker of the Lenape Tribe of Delaware and Chief Perry of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation. Register online here.

SPIRITUALITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE THREAD GATHERING, DEC. 10

How do we ground our work in spiritual discernment, partner with other groups to increase our efficiency, and network with an extended group of Quakers? Find ideas and new acquaintances at the Spirituality and Social Justice Thread Gathering on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. Participants will also learn things about anti-racism and explore ways to take part in local social justice efforts. To find out more, click here.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE CONFERENCE AT PENDLE HILL, DEC. 1-4

What would a moral economy look like and how could we establish one? These are among the challenging questions that will face participants in a conference on economic justice at Pendle Hill on Dec. 1-4. It will include plenary sessions, speakers and panels, open forums, small group discussions, and visioning sessions. George Lakey will be one of several speakers. For more information and to register, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

GFS CHOIR & MADRIGALS CONCERT, NOV. 19

Enjoy hearing our meetinghouse filled with the joy of young voices tomorrow night, Saturday, Nov, 19, at 8 p.m., when the Choir and MadriGals of Germantown Friends School (GFS) will give their fall concert. This is a chance to hear firsthand some of the beautiful and accomplished musicianship for which GFS is famous. Free.

MEET STATE SEN. HAYWOOD ON NOV. 28

Here is your chance to meet Sen. Art Hayward, Minority Chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Aging and Youth. On Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., he will appear at Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. He will be available to answer questions about how the new state legislature might affect his work for elders and what he sees as the future for delivery of elder services, such as long-term care. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network, which serves people who are growing older in the community of Northwest Philadelphia. For information, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

BEDDING NEEDED FOR WOMEN’S PROGRAM IN MT. AIRY

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, Nov. 11, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“There is a spirit which I feel delights to do no evil, nor to revenge any wrong, but delights to endure all things, in hope to enjoy its own in the end. Its hope is to outlive all wrath and contention, and to weary out all exaltation and cruelty, or whatever is of a nature contrary to itself. It sees to the end of all temptations. As it bears no evil in itself, so it conceives none in thought to any other. If it be betrayed, it bears it, for its ground and spring is the mercies and forgiveness of God. Its crown is meekness, its life is everlasting love unfeigned; it takes its kingdom with entreaty and not with contention, and keeps it by lowliness of mind.” –James Nayler, 1660

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business (see agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Parvin & Jean Sharpless

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

Greeters & Refreshments: Ellie & Tom Elkinton

INFANTS & TODDLERS

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten, across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN

… are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Upon leaving the meeting room, they will split into age groups for First-day School.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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, some place 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 FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS

NOV. 13, 2016

Query 8 and opening worship
October’s minutes
Care & Visiting Committee report
Audit report
Treasurer’s report
Environmental Concerns Committee report (letter to City Council attached)*
Consideration for endorsement: the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent’s Minute Regarding

State Sanctioned Violence (see attached minute)
Report from Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting

Announcements and Correspondence

Closing Worship

* We will consider for approval a letter by our member Bill Cozzens, clerk of our Environmental Concerns Committee, to Philadelphia City Council President Clarke, requesting that City Council hold public hearings on climate change, focusing on what the City of Philadelphia can do to address the problem. He will explain the background on this letter at Meeting for Business.

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MEETING ACTIVITIES

GMM’S FIRST JAZZ COFFEE HOUSE, NOV. 11

Here’s the best antidote for election-campaign headaches — enjoy swinging jazz and coffeehouse socializing right here in our Meetinghouse on Friday, Nov. 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Two lively jazz ensembles from Germantown Friends School (GFS) will rock the house with favorites old and new, led by GFS music director Jeff Torchon. Students, GFS parents, and all of us from Germantown Meeting are invited for cool tunes, hot drinks, and snacks galore. A pass-the-hat voluntary donation will support a charitable cause chosen by the musicians… so everybody wins! Mark your calendars for our inaugural Coffeehouse, the first of many our Outreach Committee hopes to present.

GMM WORK DAY, NOV. 19

Come, help keep our meetinghouse in shape and enjoy the companionship of working together on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Our main activity will be working in the basement, putting up strips to support the insulation that helps our radiant floor radiate. Other work is available, too, including weeding and pruning. Afterward, enjoy a light lunch with your coworkers. Property Committee members are reminded that there will be a meeting at 8:30 a.m. before the workday begins. For information, contact Tom Sharpless, tksharpless@gmail.com.

CHILI (NO CRANBERRIES!) LUNCH NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 20!

Last chance for a big festive meal that doesn’t involve cranberries! It’s our wonderful pre-Thanksgiving chili lunch next Sunday, November 20, right after Meeting for Worship. Enjoy Chili, salad, and socializing, thanks to our Fellowship Committee. Everyone’s welcome — and we especially want to invite newcomers and recent attenders. Come, share a meal with us, and we can get to know each other better. Remember, as someone has told us lately, we are stronger together!

DIANE RANDALL, FCNL DIRECTOR, TO SPEAK NOV. 20

Find out what’s happening in Washington, D.C., and the world of Quaker lobbying on Sunday, Nov. 20, when Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, speaks at our Adult Class. Diane has reached out to us about our concerns on mass incarceration, the 13th amendment, climate change, and the post-election atmosphere. Everyone is welcome; childcare is provided. The class begins at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For more information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

INVITATION TO VISIT AL-AQSA SOCIETY

Following up on presentation by Adab Ibrahim in our Adult Class on October 30, people who are interested in visiting the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society should contact Ed Nakawatase at jeanmas302@comcast.net. He will coordinate the timing of the visit with Adab Ibrahim from the Society.

BOOKS GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at her email: jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. The books are:

1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin

2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right — and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

A MEMORIAL MEETING will be held in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of our member Pat Reifsnyder, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center in Gwynedd.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

CONFERENCE ON QUAKERS & AMERICAN INDIANS, NOV. 10-12

The relationship between Quakers and American Indians goes back to the beginnings of this country, with many turns, lessons to be learned, and fascinating insights to be gained. This is the subject of a conference three-day conference, which began on Nov. 10. On Friday, Nov. 11, sessions will be held at Bryn Mawr College, and on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Haverford College. Cost is free, and you may attend any portion of the conference. To see the program schedule, go to the McNeil Center for Early American Studies website.

FCNL’S ANNUAL MEETING THIS WEEKEND

Find out what’s happening at the national level of legislation and help set priorities at the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) on Nov. 10-13 in Washington, D.C. There is funding available to help people attend through PYM’s Legislative Policy Collaborative. There is also housing available. If you are interested in attending, please contact Margaret Mansfield right away. To find out more, click here.

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE TRAINING, NOV. 11-13

Learn how to resolve or avert violence in conflict situations at a training program on Alternatives to Violence (AVP). It will be held Nov. 11-13 at Haddonfield Meeting in New Jersey. It is an intensive, three-day workshop on interpersonal conflict resolution skills. $25 is the suggested donation. For more info or to register, go to the PYM website or contact Linda Lotz.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

PUB THEOLOGY TO MEET AT STRANGELOVE’S, NOV. 17

You can expect a great conversation, good company, good food, and pay-as-you-go protocol at the Pub Theology meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Strangelove’s, 216 S. 11th St., in Philadelphia. Everyone ages 18-35 is welcome to join in. Those who are 18-20 are expected not to drink alcohol. To read YAF’s guidelines and policy on alcohol use, go to the YAF website.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

DOCUMENTARY ON DRONES AT FRIENDS CENTER, NOV. 16

The documentary Drone will show on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Rufus Jones Room at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, in Center City Philadelphia. The film follows people on all sides of drone warfare technology. Showing of the film will be followed by a discussion. For information, contact Marge Van Cleef, 267-763-1644.

WORKSHOP ON SYSTEMIC RACISM, NOV. 12

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training is hosting an Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop in Philly on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Sliding fee options available; discount for registering before Oct. 18. Cosponsored by the Alternative Seminary.

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TAKE ACTION

COLLECT FOOD FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

Rice, pasta, kidney beans, and tomato sauce are being collected by the Narenj Tree Foundation for Syrian refugees. You may drop off your donations at Meeting this Sunday, Nov. 13 in the cardboard box on the bench next to the coffee-service window in the social room. The food will be shipped to a refugee camp on Nov. 20. Please be sure the expiration dates are at least December 2016 or later. For more information, go to narenjtree.org, call 484-8008-2434, or email info@narenjtree.org.

COLLECT BLANKETS FOR SYRIAN AND IRAQI REFUGEES

Warm blankets are needed for Iraqi and Syrian refugees and are being collected for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. by the Human Rights Group at Germantown Friends School (GFS). The blankets may be placed in the large box by the front door of GFS.

BEDDING NEEDED FOR WOMEN’S PROGRAM IN MT. AIRY

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 to work out delivery. You may contact her at rktpbt@me.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 4, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“[The early Friends] made the discovery that silence is one of the best preparations for communion [with God] and for the reception of inspiration and guidance. Silence itself, of course, has no magic. It may be just sheet emptiness, absence of words or noise or music. It may be an occasion for slumber, or it may be a dead form. But it may be an intensified pause, a vitalized hush, a creative quiet, an actual moment of mutual and reciprocal correspondence with God. The actual meeting of [us] with God and God with [us] is the very crown and culmination of what we can do with our human life here on earth.” –Rufus N. Jones, 1937

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STANDARD TIME RETURNS!!!

Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night because we’re switching back to Standard Time. That means 10:30 a.m. Sunday becomes 9:30 a.m. So, bag a few extra zzzzz’s and wake up bright and rested!

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Karen Lightner & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room
Greeters & Refreshments: Melissa Elliott, Anthony Stover, and Bob Smith

INFANTS & TODDLERS

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten, across the driveway, next to burial ground.

CHILDREN

… are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Upon leaving the meeting room, they will split into age groups for First-day School. This week, First-day Schoolers will look at civil disobedience. The younger group will be reading The Big Banyan Tree by Virginia Ormsby and doing a craft. The older group will be exploring and singing protest songs.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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, someplace outdoors on the campus. They share good times, spiritual exploration, and service projects for charities of their choice. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com

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AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS

NOV. 13, 2016

Query 8 and opening worship
October’s minutes
Care & Visiting Committee report
Treasurer’s report
Environmental Concerns Committee report
Consideration for endorsement: the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent’s Minute Regarding State Sanctioned Violence
Report from Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing Worship

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MEETING ACTIVITIES

GMM’S FIRST JAZZ COFFEE HOUSE, NOV. 11
Here’s the best antidote for election-campaign headaches — enjoy swinging jazz and coffeehouse socializing right here in our Meetinghouse on Friday, Nov. 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Two lively jazz ensembles from Germantown Friends School (GFS) will rock the house with favorites old and new, led by GFS music director Jeff Torchon. Students, GFS parents, and all of us from Germantown Meeting are invited for cool tunes, hot drinks, and snacks galore. A pass-the-hat voluntary donation will support a charitable cause chosen by the musicians… so everybody wins! Mark your calendars for our inaugural Coffeehouse, the first of many our Outreach Committee hopes to present.

‘JESUS GROUP’ TO MEET SUNDAY, NOV. 6
On Sunday, Nov. 6, our Meeting’s Jesus Group will meet in the rear of the Meetinghouse at the rise of Meeting for Worship. We plan to share personal “letters to Jesus” that each of us has written. For further information, contact either Dick Taylor, rktpbt@me.com; or Ayesha Imani, a.imani@sfacs.us.

GERMANTOWN MEETING WORKDAY ON NOV. 19

Come, help keep our meetinghouse in shape and enjoy the companionship of working together on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Our main activity will be working in the basement, putting up strips to support the insulation that helps our radiant floor radiate. Other work is available, too, including weeding and pruning. Afterward, enjoy a light lunch with your coworkers. Property Committee members are reminded that there will be a meeting at 8:30 a.m. before the workday begins. For information, contact Tom Sharpless, tksharpless@gmail.com.

DIANE RANDALL, FCNL DIRECTOR, TO SPEAK NOV. 20

Find out what’s happening in Washington, D.C., and the world of Quaker lobbying on Sunday, Nov. 20, when Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, speaks at our Adult Class. Diane has reached out to us about our concerns on mass incarceration, the 13th amendment, climate change, and the post-election atmosphere. Everyone is welcome; childcare is provided. The class begins at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For more information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

BOOKS GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. The books are:

1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin
2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right — and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

COLLECT BLANKETS FOR SYRIAN AND IRAQI REFUGEES

Winter will soon be upon us, and Iraqi and Syrian refugee families will soon need help keeping warm. The Human Rights Group at Germantown Friends School (GFS) is collecting warm blankets to help refugees make it through the coming cold months. The blankets may be new, used or handmade and may be brought to the meetinghouse and placed in the large box by the front door. GFS students will take them to Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, which provides programs about the Arabic language, arts, and culture to youth, families, educators and the general public. To learn more about Al-Bustan, click here.

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE TRAINING, NOV. 11-13

Learn how to resolve or avert violence in conflict situations at a training program on Alternatives to Violence (AVP). It will be held Nov. 11-13 at Haddonfield Meeting in New Jersey. It is an intensive, three-day workshop on interpersonal conflict resolution skills, taught in a step-by-step process in small groups. The aim is to build a sense of community and trust, focusing on affirmation, communication, cooperation, and creative conflict resolution. $25 is the suggested donation. For more info or to register, go to the PYM website or contact Linda Lotz at llotz25@hotmail.com.

BOOK DISCUSSION ON ‘POST-TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME’

“Would anyone like to have a short-term book club to read and discuss Joy Degruy Leary’s incredible book called, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome? It is pertinent to what we, as Quakers, and our country are focused on now: healing from a 300-year-old wound. I have the study guide, and, after reading the book, we could watch on DVD the lecture the author has given all over the world. Jondhi Harrell has graciously agreed to moderate a discussion about this. Please contact me here CandiceGardenDesign@verizon.net if you are interested. To watch Joy Degruy’s lecture online, click here.” –Candice Price

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

A MEMORIAL MEETING will be held in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of our member Pat Reifsnyder, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center in Gwynedd. We send our prayers to her family.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL, NOV. 5

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Nov. 5 at Westtown School in Chester County, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing all day. There are exciting programs for children and young folks of all ages. For many Friends, this is an occasion to experience the spiritual strength of their extended Quaker community, along with making many new F/friends and catching up on established friendships. Please bring a nonperishable lunch. Coffee, beverages, and snacks will be provided. A $5 contribution toward food is requested, or you may pay whatever you are able. Young Friends (high-school age) and Middle School Friends will have their own programs for the weekend, including a sleepover. If you want your child to be in the Children’s Program, you need to check to see if there is enough space by contacting the Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator at mrose@pym.org.

WORKSHOP: SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, NOV. 6

Legislation is pending that has implications for young people if they don’t register with the Selective Service System. Margaret Haviland, assistant head of Faculty and Program at Westtown Friends School, will discuss this at a workshop at in the South Room of the Main Building of Westtown School on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information, contact Charles B. Spadoni, concordquarter@pym.org.

WORKSHOP: RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIVE PEOPLES, NOV. 6

On Nov. 6 at a two-hour workshop at Radnor Meeting, learn more about the historic and continuing impact of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. It will be presented by Paula Palmer (see following brief) as part of the project ‘Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples,’ sponsored by Boulder (CO) Meeting. The workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Radnor Meeting is at 610 Conestoga Road at Sproul Road in Radnor, PA 19087. For more information, click here. boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc-right-relationship To register, contact Radnor.Meeting@gmail.com.

LECTURE: QUAKERS’ ROLE IN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS, NOV. 7

Hear about a relatively unknown chapter in Quaker history — supporting boarding schools for Native Americans — at a lecture and discussion at Pendle Hill on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. Paula Palmer, a Quaker from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will tell the story, with slides, about when Quakers and other Christian denominations collaborated with the U.S. government’s policy in the 1800s of forced assimilation of Native people. Tribes were confined to reservations and forced to send their children to school to be ‘Christianized and civilized.’ With support from many Quaker grants and fellowships, as well as the Native American Rights Fund, she has researched, written, and spoken widely on this subject. This lecture is free, but space is limited, so you may reserve a seat or sign up for live streaming by clicking here. For more information, click here.

ELECTION DAY VIGIL AT ABINGTON MEETING, NOV. 8

Abington Monthly Meeting is opening its doors to a silent Election Day Vigil on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. It will be an opportunity for individuals to meditate or pray for whatever they hold in their hearts. There will be no endorsement of candidates. The address is 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. For information, contact Loretta Fox, amm@abingtonfriends.net.

CONFERENCE ON QUAKERS & AMERICAN INDIANS, NOV. 10-12

The relationship between Quakers and American Indians goes back to the beginnings of this country, with many turns, lessons to be learned, and fascinating insights to be gained. This is the subject of a conference three-day conference, which will be held at the University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 10, at Bryn Mawr College on Nov. 11, and at Haverford College on November 12. Cost is free on Nov. 11 and 12. On Nov. 10, there is a charge for admission to Penn Museum. To find out more about the conference, including a program schedule, go to the McNeil Center for EarlyAmerican Studies website.

FCNL’S ANNUAL MEETING (NOV. 10-13) & LOBBY DAY (NOV. 9)

Find out what’s happening at the national level of legislation and help set priorities at the Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) on Nov. 10-13 in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be preceded by an FCNL Lobby Day on Nov. 9, at which you can learn how to be an effective lobbyist and put it into practice on the spot. There is funding available to help people attend through PYM’s Legislative Policy Collaborative. There is housing available. If you are interested in attending, please contact Margaret Mansfield at mmansfield14@gmail.com. as soon as possible. To find out more, click here.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (High school-age)

SELECTIVE SERVICE WORKSHOP, NOV. 6

What are the implications of pending legislation for young people who do not register with the Selective Service System? There will be a workshop on this subject on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Westtown Friends School in Chester County. Margaret Haviland, Assistant Head of Faculty and Program at Westtown, will be the speaker. Young Friends are especially invited to attend with parents or guardians. For more information, contact Charlie Spadoni at concordquarter@pym.org.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

OPENING IN QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE IN PHILLY

Due to an early exit by one of this year’s Philly fellows in Quaker Voluntary Service https://www.facebook.com/QuakerVoluntaryService/posts/1324289937583357 (QVS), there is an position to be refilled. This fellow would serve at the Nationalities Service Center and would move into the QVS house here in Germantown to live community with the other fellows. See the job description of the QVS Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QuakerVoluntaryService/posts/1324289937583357and, if interested, apply by Nov. 13 by using the online application. http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/apply/

PUB THEOLOGY TO MEET AT STRANGELOVE’S, NOV. 17

You can expect a great conversation, good company, good food, and pay-as-you-go food and beverages at the Pub Theology meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Strangelove’s, 216 S. 11th St., in Philadelphia. This is a Young Adult Friends (YAFs) regular event, and everyone ages 18-35 is welcome to join in. Those who are 18-20 are expected not to drink alcohol. Organizers are in the process of choosing a topic for discussion. To read YAF’s guidelines and policy on alcohol use, go to the YAF website.

PYM YOUTH PROGRAM INTERNS NEEDED

Do you like to work with kids and teens? Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for internships from young adults to work in the kids and teens program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). It requires putting in at least six days during the year with either Young Friends (high-school age), Middle School Friends (sixth to eighth graders), or the Children’s Program. At the end of service, interns receive a $500 scholarship, to be used for Quaker events or spiritual development. The aim of PYM’s program for young people is to guide them in exploring their spirituality and in creating a loving, inclusive community. More information and an online application may be found here.

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JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES

PROJECT RESIDENCIES AT PENDLE HILL

For those who have an interest in doing research on Quaker topics, activism, artwork, or would be interested in acting as Friends in Residence, Pendle Hill offers a variety of financial support. This is not only to encourage such work but to enrich the life of the community at Pendle Hill, where these writers, scholars, artists, and religious leaders will become part of the spiritual community’s daily rhythm of common meals, work, worship, and contemplation. To find out more about these select opportunities, click here.

MENTAL HEALTH PROS NEEDED FOR COUNSELING SERVICES

Friends Counseling Service of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is seeking qualified mental health practitioners to join the staff. Applicants must have experience, as well as an advanced degree in a related field. Examples of acceptable degrees and certifications are Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSC, and LPC. Applicants must currently be in private practice and be active members of the Religious Society of Friends. For more information, contact Ken Brick, Friends Counseling Service Coordinator, 302-655-8101, friendscounseling@pym.org.

ADMINISTRATOR NEEDED FOR SCHOOL OF THE SPIRIT

Applications/proposals are due by Dec. 1 for the position of administrator of School of the Spirit, a nonprofit organization that serves those who wish to deepen their spiritual lives in the contemplative tradition. This is an independent contractor position that can be done from any geographical location, particularly in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area. The current administrator estimates that he devotes half of each workday to his duties. Areas of responsibility include budgeting and financial services, support for development, program support, communications, and support for the board. A job description and application instructions can be found at the School of the Spirit website.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

DOCUMENTARY ON DRONES AT FRIENDS CENTER, NOV. 16

The documentary Drone will show on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Rufus Jones Room at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, in Center City Philadelphia. The film follows people on both sides of drone warfare technology. The perspective of drone victims is revealed, alongside that of drone pilots who operate the remote-control drones by computer and struggle with their role in this new warfare. Also explored is the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, world leaders who command use of drones in warfare, and people who oppose use of them. Showing of the film will be followed by a discussion. For information, contact Marge Van Cleef, 267-763-1644.

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TAKE ACTION

COLLECT FOOD FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

Rice, pasta, kidney beans, and tomato sauce are being collected by the Narenj Tree Foundation for Syrian refugees. You may drop off your donations to Meeting this Sunday, Nov. 6 or Nov. 13. There will be a clearly marked cardboard box on the bench next to the coffee-service window in the social room. This collection of nonperishable food will be shipped to a refugee camp on Nov. 20. Please be sure the expiration date on donations is at least December 2016 or later. For more information, go to narenjtree.org, call 484-8008-2434, or email info@narenjtree.org.

ANTI-DRONE DEATH WALK & VIGIL, NOV. 5

To join an anti-drone ‘death walk’ tomorrow (Saturday, Nov.5), wear black and meet at noon on the corner of 34th and Walnut Streets. Penn receives large grants from the U.S. government to research technology for use in war drones. The death walk lasts one hour. White masks are provided. For information, call Marge Van Cleef, 267-763-1644.

‘REACH OUT’ TO SPREAD INFO ABOUT WAR DRONES, NOV. 11

Help spread information about the Drone War Command Center in Horsham, PA, at a ‘Reach Out’ on Friday, Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the SEPTA entrance at 15th and Market Streets, across from the west side of Philadelphia City Hall. Banners, signs, flyers, and little goodies will be ready for you to hand out to passersby. For information, contact Bob Smith, coordinator of the Brandywine Peace Center, at 484-574-1148, brandywine@juno.com. If the SEPTA transit strike is still underway on Nov. 11, this Reach Out will be moved to the 30th Street train station, where it will take place on the corner of 30th and Market Streets.

WORKSHOP ON SYSTEMIC RACISM, NOV. 12

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training is hosting an Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop in Philly on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The aim is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power going beyond personal prejudice. Sliding fee options available; discount for registering before Oct. 18. Cosponsored by the Alternative Seminary. To register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 28, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The amount of solitude [that] is attainable or would be wholesome in the case of any individual life is a matter each of us must judge for himself… A due proportion of solitude is one of the most important conditions of mental health. Therefore, if it be our lot to stand apart from those close natural ties by which life is for most people shaped and filled, let us not be in haste to fill the gap; let us not carelessly or rashly throw away the opportunity of entering into that deeper and more continual acquaintance with the unseen and eternal things [that] is the natural and great compensation for the loss of easier joys. The loneliness, which we rightly dread, is not the absence of human faces and voices — it is the absence of love… Our wisdom therefore must lie in learning not to shrink from anything that may lie in store for us, but so to grasp the master key of life and to be able to turn everything to good and fruitful account.” –aroline E. Stephen, 1908

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

9 a.m. -10:20 a.m. Adult Class, social room. Adab Ibrahim from the Al Aqsa Islamic Society
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: David Mettler

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

Greeters & Refreshments: Ted and Margie Spaeth

CHILDREN

…are welcome to join adults in Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse for 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Upon leaving the meeting room, they will split into age groups for First-day School lessons and activities.

INFANTS & TODDLERS

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten, across the driveway, next to burial ground.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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, someplace outdoors on the campus. They share good times, spiritual exploration, and service projects for charities of their choice. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com

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TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS

NOV. 13, 2016

Query 8 and opening worship
October’s minutes
Care & Visiting Committee report
Treasurer’s report
Environmental Concerns Committee report
Consideration for endorsement: the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent’s Minute Regarding State Sanctioned Violence (see attached minute)
Report from Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing Worship

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MEETING ACTIVITIES

FIFTH SUNDAY TO FEATURE MUSIC & WORSHIP, OCT. 30

Since this Sunday, Oct. 30, is the fifth Sunday of the month, we will try something new and different in our worship. This week we will intersperse our worship with three different forms of sacred music, including selections from the Hindu Ramayana, the Jewish tradition, and a Gregorian chant from the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. The aim of this and other Fifth Sunday activities is to try something new and different, change our perspective, and to experience Quaker testimonies and worship in new and, we hope, compelling ways. As we make these special occasions a way of honoring diversity, we aspire to opening new understandings in each of us.

UPCOMING TOPICS IN ADULT CLASS

Our Adult Classes cover a range of topics, as you will see by the following sessions in October and November. Everyone is welcome, and childcare is provided. The classes begin at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Questions or suggestions for topics or speakers? Contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

October 30, Adab Ibrahim from the Al Aqsa Islamic Society will speak about the Islamic community in Philadelphia and issues Muslims face.

November 20, Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will speak.

OLD TENNIS COURT FARM RECEIVES GRANT FROM STATE

Fantastic news! Grant money recently came through to buy the property for the Old Tennis Court Farm from Germantown Friends School (GFS). This past summer, Friends of Cloverly Park and our Meeting’s Garden Working Group, arranged to have the Natural Lands Trust submit a grant application submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to purchase the property. Amazingly, most of the funding requested was granted. The grant will allow the Natural Lands Trust to pay GFS for the lot, which will then be preserved from development and donated to the Neighborhood Gardens Trust and eventually to the City of Philadelphia. To read more, go to state Rep. Shirley Youngblood’s website by clicking here.

BOOKS GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at her email: jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. The books are:
1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin
2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right — and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

‘JESUS GROUP’ TO MEET SUNDAY, NOV. 6

On Sunday, Nov. 6, our Meeting’s ‘Jesus Group’ will meet in the rear of the Meetinghouse at the rise of Meeting for Worship. We plan to share personal “letters to Jesus” that each of us has written. For further information, contact either Dick Taylor, at rktpbt@me.com; or Ayesha Imani, or a.imani@sfacs.us.

GMM’S FIRST JAZZ COFFEE HOUSE, NOV. 11

Here’s the best antidote for election-campaign headaches — enjoy swinging jazz and coffeehouse socializing right here in our Meetinghouse on Friday, Nov. 11, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Two lively jazz ensembles from Germantown Friends School (GFS) will rock the house with favorites old and new, led by GFS music director Jeff Torchon. Students, GFS parents, and all of us from Germantown Meeting are invited for cool tunes, hot drinks, and snacks galore. A pass-the-hat voluntary donation will support a charitable cause chosen by the musicians… so everybody wins! Mark your calendars for our inaugural Coffeehouse, the first of many our Outreach Committee hopes to present.

BOOK DISCUSSION ON ‘POST-TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME’

Would anyone like to have a short-term book club to read and discuss Joy Degruy Leary’s incredible book called, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome? It is pertinent to what we, as Quakers, and our country are focused on now: healing from a 300-year-old wound. I have the study guide, and, after reading the book, we could watch on DVD the lecture the author has given all over the world. Jondhi Harrell has graciously agreed to moderate a discussion about this. Please contact me at CandiceGardenDesign@verizon.net if you are interested. To watch Joy Degruy’s lecture online, click here. –Candice Price

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

A MEMORIAL MEETING will be held in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of our member Pat Reifsnyder, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center in Gwynedd. We send our sympathy and prayers to her family.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

CARE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEETINGS & SCHOOLS, OCT. 29
Here is a special opportunity for meetings and Friends schools to do some team building, as well as getting to know similar groups, learning from their experiences, and making connections. This workshop will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., in downtown Philadelphia, PA 19106. Cost is $10 per person. Friends from meetings without school affiliations are warmly welcomed. Cosponsored by Friend Council on Education and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Committee on Friends Education. For information, contact Deborra Sines Pancoe, at deborra@friendscouncil.org.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT CHESTNUT HILL, OCT. 29

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? One way might be to try worshiping in an extended format. You are invited to take part in such an opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. Please bring your lunch. Everyone is welcome. Childcare must be arranged well in advance. For information, contact Lola Georg, 484-368-4637. Future opportunities for extended meetings for worship are:

· December 3, 2016 at Middletown Friends Meeting at Langhorne
· January 28, 2017 at Hockessin Friends Meeting (to be confirmed)
· March 4, 2017 at Swarthmore Friends Meeting
· April 29, 2017 at Plymouth Friends Meeting
· June 3, 2017 at Chester Friends Meeting (to be confirmed)

WORKSHOP WITH JOHN CALVI, QUAKER HEALER, OCT. 29

There will be a workshop on healing and bodywork with a Quaker author and healer, John Calvi, at Lancaster Monthly Meeting on Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. He is a certified massage therapist, specializing in trauma and release of physical and emotional pain. He began his work in 1983 during the height of the AIDS epidemic. He has since worked with many kinds of people, including refugees who have been tortured, sexual abuse survivors, prison inmates, and war veterans. He has taught widely in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and he lives in Putney, Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothes in which you can move with ease. Bring a brown bag lunch, with a snack to share. Beverages provided. Workshop is free. For information, contact Jane C. Keller, 570-419-1870. Lancaster Meeting is at 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603.

STORIES ON RACIAL JUSTICE, TOLD TO MUSIC, OCT. 30

Part commentary, part memoir, “Say the Wrong Thing” is a dramatic reading on racial profiling, interracial relationships, and parenting by Amanda Kemp. Violinist Michael Jamanis will accompany the reading with Bach, African American freedom songs, and spirituals. It will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., in the Barn at Pendle Hill, on Plush Mill Road, in Wallingford. A free-will donation will be taken. For more information, click here www.dramandakemp.com or contact Amanda Kemp at 717-333-9563 or Amanda@dramandakemp.com. For directions to Pendle Hill, click here.

PROJECT RESIDENCIES AT PENDLE HILL

For those who have an interest in doing research on Quaker topics, activism, artwork, or would be interested in acting as Friends in Residence, Pendle Hill offers a variety of financial support. This is not only to encourage such work but to enrich the life of the community at Pendle Hill, where these writers, scholars, artists, and religious leaders will root their projects in the spiritual community’s daily rhythm of common meals, work, worship, and contemplation. To find out more about these select opportunities, click here.

REGULAR OPEN ART STUDIO SESSIONS AT PENDLE HILL

Spend a lovely Saturday afternoon working on art projects at the light-filled studio at Pendle Hill for the cost of $5, which includes supplies. There is one such session on Saturday, Nov. 5, with others scheduled throughout the year. These sessions are drop-in, self-directed art experiences, with a monitor on hand to help you find supplies and get started. The leader/monitor is Jesse White, the Arts & Spirituality coordinator at Pendle Hill. For more information, click here.

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS ON NOV. 5

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Nov. 5 at Westtown School in Chester County, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing all day. There are exciting programs for children and young folks of all ages. Many Friends this is an occasion where they experience the spiritual strength of their extended Quaker community, along with making many new F/friends and catching up on established friendships. Please bring a nonperishable lunch. Coffee, beverages, and snacks will be provided. A $5 contribution toward food is requested, or you may pay whatever you are able. Young Friends (high-school age) and Middle School Friends will have their own programs for the weekend, including a sleepover. Click here to register for the Middle School Program. Click here to register for the Young Friends Program, which costs $75, with scholarships available. It is advised to register your children for the Children’s Program before Oct. 25; after than date, you will need to check to see if there is enough space by contacting the Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator at mrose@pym.org.

WORKSHOP: SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, NOV. 6

Legislation is pending that has implications for young people if they don’t register with the Selective Service System. Margaret Haviland, assistant head of Faculty and Program at Westtown Friends School, will discuss this at a workshop at in the South Room of the Main Building of Westtown School on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information, contact Charles B. Spadoni, concordquarter@pym.org.

WORKSHOP: RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIVE PEOPLES, NOV. 6

On Nov. 6 at a two-hour workshop at Radnor Meeting, learn more about the historic and continuing impact of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. It will be presented by Paul Palmer (see following brief) as part of the project “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples,” sponsored by Boulder (CO) Meeting. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Radnor Meeting is at 610 Conestoga Road at Sproul Road in Radnor, PA 19087. For more information about this workshop, click here. To register, contact Radnor.Meeting@gmail.com.

LECTURE: QUAKERS’ ROLE IN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS, NOV. 7

Hear about a relatively unknown chapter in Quaker history — supporting boarding schools for Native Americans — at a lecture and discussion at Pendle Hill on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. Paul Palmer, a Quaker from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will tell the story, with slides, about when Quakers and other Christian denominations collaborated with the U.S. government’s policy in the 1800s of forced assimilation of Native people. Tribes were confined to reservations and forced to send their children to school to be “Christianized and civilized.” Paula Palmer has talked to many Native Americans about the trauma their family members and culture sustained by these schools. With support from many Quaker grants and fellowships, as well as the Native American Rights Fund, she has researched, written, and spoken widely on this subject. This lecture is free, but space is limited, so you may reserve a seat or sign up for live streaming by computer by clicking here. For more information, click here.

ELECTION DAY VIGIL AT ABINGTON MEETING, NOV. 8

Abington Monthly Meeting is opening its doors to a silent Election Day Vigil on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. It will be an opportunity for individuals to meditate or pray for whatever they hold in their hearts. There will be no endorsement of candidates. The address is 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. For information, contact Loretta Fox, amm@abingtonfriends.net.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

FALL GATHERING AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL, NOV. 4-6

The November Gathering of Middle School Friends (MSF) is a great time to make new friends and get reacquainted with old ones — plus try your skills at a ropes course, join in — or just enjoy — a talent show, take part in an array of workshops, and get to know each other through worship sharing. This year’s November Gathering will be at Westtown Friends School, near West Chester, PA. It will begin Friday at 7 p.m. and end Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to come on Saturday and hang out. Kids are encouraged to spend the weekend and get this vibrant community off to a good start for the school year ahead, since there will be several other gatherings throughout the coming months. (Check out upcoming events at the MSF website.) For more information and to register, click here.

YOUNG FRIENDS (High school-age)

SELECTIVE SERVICE WORKSHOP, NOV. 6

What are the implications of pending legislation for young people who do not register with the Selective Service System? There will be a workshop on this subject on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Westtown Friends School in Chester County. Margaret Haviland, Assistant Head of Faculty and Program at Westtown, will be the speaker. Young Friends are especially invited to attend with parents or guardians. For more information, contact Charlie Spadoni at concordquarter@pym.org.

JOIN THE YOUNG FRIENDS FACEBOOK GROUP

Keep up with the latest in Young Friends activities and discussions at the Young Friends Facebook Group. There you will find posted gathering photos, messages to the Young Friends community, and events and articles related to Young Friends. Check it out here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FREE SCREENING ON 13TH AMENDMENT, NOV. 1
A free screening and panel discussion will be presented on the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at the African American Museum, 701 Arch St., in downtown Philadelphia. It is entitled simply 13th and is directed by Ava DuVernay. The film depicts the progression from provisions in the 13th Amendment to end slavery to the horrors of mass imprisonment of people of color. This screening is presented by the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) of Pennsylvania and the Media Mobilizing Project. To reserve a seat, click here.

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH SHOWING AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, NOV. 4
The extraordinary film In the Valley of Elah will show at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Friends Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, in Springfield, on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. The film’s title refers to the biblical valley where the battle between David and Goliath took place. Based on the accounts of a true murder case in the Iraq war, the film is about a military father’s search for his son and the hunt for his son’s killers. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. Rated R. Free-will offering. Plenty of parking. Cosponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and the Peace Center of Delaware County. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. For information, call Bob Smith at 484-574-1148 or click here.

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TAKE ACTION

COLLECT FOOD FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

Rice, pasta, kidney beans, and tomato sauce are being collected by the Narenj Tree Foundation for Syrian refugees living in this area. You may drop off your donations tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 29, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Narenj Tree donation center, 101 Schuylkill Ave., Unit 2, Norristown, PA 19401. OR, bring your donations to Meeting this Sunday, Oc. 30, or Nov. 6 or Nov. 13. There will be a clearly marked cardboard box waiting for your donations on the bench next to the coffee-service window in the social room. This is a special collection of nonperishable food, which the Narenj Tree Foundation will ship to a refugee camp in a big container on Nov. 20. Please be sure the expiration date on donations is at least December 2016 or later. For more information about the Foundation, go to narenjtree.org, call 484-8008-2434, or email info@narenjtree.org.

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, OCT. 29

Join an interfaith, once-a-month demonstration against a drone war command center tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon at the Horsham Air Guard Station, at the intersection of Easton Road (Rt. 611) and County Line Road in Horsham. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community, participants come from churches and faith communities throughout eastern Pennsylvania. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148, or brandywinepeace@juno.com.

‘AN ENVIRONMENT OF JUSTICE’ CONFERENCE, OCT. 30

A conference on Sunday, Oct. 30, will gather people of faith from throughout Pennsylvania to learn, network, and act on the impact of climate change. It will be the annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd (known as “Good Shepherd Catholic Church”), in State College, PA. Jalonne White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will give the keynote address, “Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience.” Breakout sessions will explore climate change and justice issues such as racism, hunger, and poverty, with tips on how congregations and communities of faith can respond. A Green Fair will introduce participants to Pennsylvania organizations committed to caring for the earth. Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA-IPL) is a statewide organization that engages people of faith in responding to climate change as a moral issue. Learn more and register here.

WORKSHOP ON SYSTEMIC RACISM, NOV. 12

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training is hosting an Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop in Philly on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The aim is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power going beyond personal prejudice. Sliding fee options available; discount for registering before Oct. 18. Cosponsored by the Alternative Seminary. To register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 21, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Prayer offered in he right spirit … is a great power and has a wonderfully unifying and quickening effect. The times of silent waiting in our meetings for worship are not intended only for the refreshment of the individual worshipper. If the silence be a living one, in which the worshippers seek to enter each other’s needs and to bear in their hearts the sufferings of the world without, and the call to dedication in the service of the kingdom of God, silent prayer may naturally lead also to vocal prayer. The expression of prayer will not be of the nature of an address to the congregation, neither exhortation nor exposition of doctrine. If it is offered simply and humbly in fellowship with others and as a heart-felt cry of [our spirits] to [our] Heavenly Helper, it is of the utmost value in building up our common religious life. If we meet as members of one family in the presence of our [Creator], we should not shrink unduly from this offering of love.” –Christian Faith & Practice of London Yearly Meeting, 1960

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

9 a.m. -10:20 a.m. Adult Class, social room. See description below.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers: Jean & Parvin Sharpless

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

Greeters & Refreshments: Becky Johnson & friend

CHILDREN

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

Infants & Toddlers

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten, across the driveway, next to burial ground.

First Day School

This Sunday, Oct. 23, we’ll turn our attention to the subject of civil disobedience. We would welcome a visit from older members who have engaged in civil disobedience to speak to our older group.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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 Main Building of Germantown Friends School (GFS) or, if it is nice weather, someplace outdoors on the GFS campus. They share good times, spiritual exploration, and service projects for charities of their choice. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com

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TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS, NOV. 13, 2016

Query 8 and opening worship
October’s minutes
Care & Visiting Committee report
Treasurer’s report
Consideration for endorsement: the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent’s Minute
Regarding State Sanctioned Violence (see attached minute)
Report from Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting
Announcements and Correspondence
Worship

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MEETING ACTIVITIES

UPCOMING TOPICS IN ADULT CLASS

Our Adult Classes cover a range of topics, as you will see by the following schedule for October and November. Everyone is welcome, and childcare is provided. The classes begin at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Questions or suggestions for topics or speakers? Contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

October 23, our member Ayesha Imani will present a minute from the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This will be followed by worship sharing. Copies of the minute are attached to this newsletter and will be available before class. Germantown Monthly Meeting will consider the minute at its Meeting for Business on November 13.

October 30, Adab Ibrahim from the Al Aqsa Islamic Society will speak about the Islamic community in Philadelphia and the issues Muslims face.

November 20, Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will speak.

JOIN WORKDAY AT MEETINGHOUSE FOR LABOR & LUNCH, OCT. 22

The Property Committee of our Meeting needs everyone’s help to keep our meetinghouse strong and beautiful. So, if you can, please come to our Work Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. The agenda includes painting the East vestibule doorway, weeding and pruning, closing the meeting room vent, and taking a photographic survey of the outside stucco. You are promised fellowship, the satisfaction of honest labor, and refreshments, including a light lunch. For information, contact Tom Sharpless, tksharpless@gmail.com.

BOOKS GROUPS FORMING FOR READING & DISCUSSION

Two book discussion groups are forming, and those who are interested should contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at her email: jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. The books are:

1. Our Life Is Love: Quaker Spiritual Journeys, by Marcelle Martin
2. Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right–and How We Can, Too, by George Lakey

‘JESUS GROUP’ TO MEET SUNDAY, NOV. 6

On Sunday, Nov. 6, our Meeting’s ‘Jesus Group’ will meet in the rear of the Meetinghouse at the rise of Meeting for Worship. We plan to share personal “letters to Jesus” that each of us has written. For questions, contact: Dick Taylor.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

A MEMORIAL MEETING will be held in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of our member Pat Reifsnyder, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center in Gwynedd. We send our sympathy and prayers to her family.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, AT CHESTNUT HILL, OCT. 23

The focus of the Oct. 23 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will be business, plus a discussion about mass incarceration and the 13th Amendment, led by John Andrew Gallery. All are invited to join Chestnut Hill Friends for meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch (please bring a dish to share). The Quarter’s meeting for business will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program at 1:45 p.m., and ending at 3:15 p.m. Here are several queries John Gallery has offered for discussion:

· What can my meeting or I do to become more aware of the way incarcerated individuals are treated in prison or upon release?

· Could the changing of the 13th Amendment contribute to criminal justice reform and ending mass incarceration?

· How might we test whether Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are willing to support an effort to change the 13th Amendment?

· What are other ways we might end mass incarceration locally?

If you need childcare, email Tricia Walmsley (walmsley127@verizon.net) by Friday, October 21.

CARE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEETINGS & SCHOOLS, OCT. 29

Here is a special opportunity for meetings and Friends schools to do some team building, as well as getting to know similar groups, learning from their experiences, and making connections. This workshop will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., in downtown Philadelphia, PA 19106. Cost is $10 per person. Friends from meetings without school affiliations are warmly welcomed. Cosponsored by Friend Council on Education and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Committee on Friends Education. For information, contact Deborra Sines Pancoe, at deborra@friendscouncil.org.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT CHESTNUT HILL, OCT. 29

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? One way might be to try worshiping in an extended format. You are invited to take part in such an opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, in Chestnut Hill. Attend just a portion of the day or the full day. Please bring your lunch. Everyone is welcome. Childcare must be arranged well in advance. For information, contact Lola Georg, 484-368-4637. Future opportunities for extended meetings for worship are:

· December 3, 2016 at Middletown Friends Meeting at Langhorne
· January 28, 2017 at Hockessin Friends Meeting (to be confirmed)
· March 4, 2017 at Swarthmore Friends Meeting
· April 29, 2017 at Plymouth Friends Meeting
· June 3, 2017 at Chester Friends Meeting (to be confirmed)

WORKSHOP WITH JOHN CALVI, QUAKER HEALER, OCT. 29

There will be a workshop on healing and bodywork with a Quaker author and healer, John Calvi, at Lancaster Monthly Meeting on Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. He is a certified massage therapist, specializing in trauma and release of physical and emotional pain. He began his work in 1983 during the height of the AIDS epidemic. He has since worked with many kinds of people, including refugees who have been tortured, sexual abuse survivors, prison inmates, and war veterans. He has taught widely in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and he lives in Putney, Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothes in which you can move with ease. Bring a brown bag lunch, with a snack to share. Beverages provided. Workshop is free. For information, contact Jane C. Keller, 570-419-1870. The address of Lancaster Meeting is 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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PLAN AHEAD

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS ON NOV. 5

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Nov. 5 at Westtown School in Chester County, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing all day. There are exciting programs for children and young folks of all ages. Many Friends this is an occasion where they experience the spiritual strength of their extended Quaker community, along with making many new F/friends and catching up on established friendships. Please bring a nonperishable lunch. Coffee, beverages, and snacks will be provided. A $5 contribution toward food is requested, or you may pay whatever you are able. Young Friends (high-school age) and Middle School Friends will have their own programs for the weekend, including a sleepover. Click here to register for the Middle School Program. Click here to register for the Young Friends Program, which costs $75, with scholarships available. It is advised to register your children for the Children’s Program before Oct. 25; after than date, you will need to check to see if there is enough space by contacting the Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator at mrose@pym.org.

WORKSHOP ON SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, NOV. 6

Legislation is pending that has implications for young people if they don’t register with the Selective Service System. Margaret Haviland, assistant head of Faculty and Program at Westtown Friends School, will discuss this at a workshop at in the South Room of the Main Building of Westtown School on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information, contact Charles B. Spadoni, 610-256-3572.

ELECTION DAY VIGIL AT ABINGTON MEETING, NOV. 8

Abington Monthly Meeting is opening its doors to a silent Election Day Vigil on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. It will be an opportunity for individuals to meditate or pray for whatever they hold in their hearts. There will be no endorsement of candidates. The address is 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. For information, contact Loretta Fox, amm@abingtonfriends.net.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

NOVEMBER GATHERING AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL, NOV. 4-6

The November Gathering of Middle School Friends (MSF) is a great time to make new friends and get reacquainted with old ones — plus try your skills at a ropes course, join in–or just enjoy–a talent show, take part in an array of workshops, and get to know each other through worship sharing. This year’s November Gathering will be at Westtown Friends School, near West Chester, PA. It will begin Friday at 7 p.m. and end Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to come on Saturday and hang out. Kids are encouraged to spend the weekend and get this vibrant community off to a good start for the school year ahead, since there will be several other gatherings throughout the coming months. (Check out upcoming events at the MSF website.) For more information and to register, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

POTTER’S WIZARDRY COMING TO CHESTNUT HILL, OCT. 22

Harry Potter and his magical environs will take over Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill tomorrow, Saturday, Oct., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Harry Potter Festival. Kids activities include the Mirror of Erised photo booth, personalized acceptance letters to Hogwarts, and a spelling bee at noon for wizardry students ages eight to twelve. Here’s a chance to meet Harry Potter and friends, take a free ride on the Knight Bus, visit the Harry Potter Art Gallery at 8614 Germantown Ave., and eat and drink magical, delicious concoctions! This is a community-based festival that draws fans from near and far and is organized by the Chestnut Hill Business Association, a not-for-profit organization supporting the Chestnut Hill Business Community. For more information–and there’s lots of it–click here.

PANEL ON END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS, OCT. 23

End-of-life issues can be hard to face and difficult to discuss with families. Expressing one’s wishes requires a thoughtful approach and clear communication. Too often, families lack detailed direction, and final wishes may be ignored by medical institutions. Get ideas on how to work around these problems at a presentation, “Whose Life (and Death) Is It?”, on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave. Speakers will be Dan Ross, a lawyer in Mt. Airy, and Linda Good, a family doctor, with questions and answers following. Free parking. For information, talk to Peter or Anne Javsicas, jaypeejay@verizon.net, or annejavsicas@yahoo.com

WORKSHOP ON BATCH COOKING, OCT. 25

Tired of cooking dinner every night?! Welcome to the world of batch cooking. Nutrition educator Mercelyne Latortue will present the benefits and best practices of cooking in quantity on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at The Garage, 542 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy. You’ll go home with a few good recipes in your pocket. Free; donations welcome. RSVP here.

WORKSHOP ON ECOLOGY OF GARDENS & YARDS, OCT. 26
Your yard, while it may seem small, is just one piece of a larger patchwork utilized by birds and bees, mammals, reptiles and amphibians big and small, even seeds dispersed on the wind. Learn how and why this matters at a workshop on the Ecology of Gardens & Yards on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at The Garage, 542 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy. It will begin with a reading and discussion led by LandHealth Institute founder Scott Quitel. Free. RSVP here.

FORUM: BLACK LIVES MATTER, OCT. 26

Hear a panel discussion and take part in a conversation about solving racism in our communities on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 651 Lincoln Drive. Parking: off Johnson Street, between Wayne Avenue and Greene Street. Childcare provided. The forum will involve community members, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Philadelphia Police Department, and local houses of worship. Sponsored by the Ending Racism Committee at the Unitarian Society of Germantown. For information, contact kweiser7825@verizon.net.

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TAKE ACTION

VIGIL FOR BLACK LIVES AT FRIENDS CENTER, OCT. 26

ALL are welcome to join a meeting for worship and vigil each Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the front courtyard of Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, in downtown Philadelphia. The purpose is to bear witness that police killing must stop, and to join together in our own healing and trauma from recent events. This will take place this Wednesday, Oct. 26, and will be repeated on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. For information, contact Jenny Sheeks, 215-241-7115.

“AN ENVIRONMENT OF JUSTICE” CONFERENCE, OCT. 30

A conference on Sunday, Oct. 30, will gather people of faith from throughout Pennsylvania to learn, network, and act on the impact of climate change. It will be the annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd (known as “Good Shepherd Catholic Church”), in State College, PA. Jalonne White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will give the keynote address, “Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience.” Breakout sessions will explore climate change and justice issues such as racism, hunger, and poverty, with tips on how congregations and communities of faith can respond. A Green Fair will introduce participants to Pennsylvania organizations committed to caring for the earth. Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) is a statewide organization that engages people of faith in responding to climate change as a moral issue. Learn more and register here.

WORKSHOP ON SYSTEMIC RACISM, NOV. 12

Crossroads AntiracismOrganizing and Training is hosting an Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop in Philly on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The aim is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power going beyond personal prejudice. Sliding fee options available; discount for registering before Oct. 18. Cosponsored by the Alternative Seminary. To register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 14, 2016

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Testimony on Equality

“We believe there is that of God in every person, and thus we believe in human equality before God. Friends pioneered in recognizing the gifts and rights of women. Women were ministers and leaders of the early meetings. Friends came more slowly to recognize the evil of slavery and discrimination in general, and have often been guilty of sharing the prejudices of the broader society. In recent years, Friends have discovered and taken stands against other forms of discrimination and oppression to which they had earlier been insensitive An element of that insensitivity for some has been a failure to recognize the privileged status many [North] American Friends enjoy. As we continue to seek the Light, ingrained habits an attitudes are subject to searching reexamination.” –Faith & Practice, 1997 edition, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

9 a.m. -10:20 a.m. Adult Class, social room. See description below.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Karen Lightner & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Greeters & Refreshments: Joanne Ford & friend

CHILDREN

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

Infants & Toddlers

…go to childcare in East Kindergarten, across the driveway, next to burial ground.

First Day School

Last Sunday (Oct. 9), we had a wonderful time making cookies for refreshments. This Sunday (Oct. 16), we will return to classes to continue our work with the testimony of integrity. Next week we’ll turn our attention to Civil Disobedience. We would welcome a visit from older members who have engaged in civil disobedience to speak to our older group.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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 Main Building of Germantown Friends School (GFS) or, if it is nice weather, someplace outdoors on the GFS campus. They share good times, spiritual exploration, and service projects for charities of their choice. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com

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MEETING ACTIVITIES

UPCOMING TOPICS IN ADULT CLASS

Our Adult Classes cover a range of topics, as you will see by the following schedule for October and November. Everyone is welcome to come, and childcare is provided. The classes begin at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Questions or suggestions for topics or speakers? Contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

October 16, Rochell Bilal, head of the Guardian Civic League, will share some of the League’s history and current perspectives on police and community issues. The Guardian Civic League is an association of Philadelphia African American police officers, formed in the 1960s.

October 23, our member Ayesha Imani will present a minute from the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This will be followed by worship sharing. Copies of the minute will be available before class. Germantown Monthly Meeting will consider the minute at its Meeting for Business on November 13.

October 30, Adab Ibrahim from the Al Aqsa Islamic Society will speak about the Islamic community in Philadelphia and the issues Muslims face.

November 20, Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will speak.

JOIN WORKDAY AT MEETINGHOUSE FOR LABOR & LUNCH, OCT. 22

The Property Committee of our Meeting needs everyone’s help to keep our meetinghouse strong and beautiful. So, if you can, please come to our Work Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. The agenda includes painting the East vestibule doorway, weeding and pruning, closing the meeting room vent, and taking a photographic survey of the outside stucco. You are promised fellowship, the satisfaction of honest labor, and refreshments, including a light lunch. For information, contact Tom Sharpless, tksharpless@gmail.com.

‘JESUS GROUP’ TO MEET SUNDAY, NOV. 6

On Sunday, Nov. 6, our Meeting’s ‘Jesus Group’ will meet in the rear of the Meetinghouse at the rise of Meeting for Worship. We plan to share personal ‘letters to Jesus’ that each of us has written. For questions, contact: Dick Taylor.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

BIRTH OLIVER ROSS JAVSICAS was born Sept. 23 to Laura Javsicas and David Ross Javsicas. Laura is the daughter of our members Anne and Peter Javsicas. Laura and her husband David are both 1996 graduates of Germantown Friends School and now live in Red Hook, New York.

MARRIAGES

ELIZABETH ELKINTON and BRETT VIVYAN married on June 4 in Northern California. It was a Quaker-style wedding, not under the care of any monthly meeting, but overseen by two members of Charlottesville Meeting in Virginia, who are friends of the family. Elizabeth and her parents, Tom and Ellie Elkinton, are members of our Meeting.

DANIEL AXFORD COZZENS and ISHA FAITH-JANSEN were married on Sept. 25 at the Picnic House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. Daniel, who is a member of our Meeting, is the son of Carla Childs and Bill Cozzens, who are also members.

MEMORIAL MEETING A memorial meeting will be held in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of our member PAT REIFSNYDER, who died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center in Gwynedd. We send our sympathy and prayers to her family.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

DEDICATION FOR UNMARKED GRAVES AT ABINGTON, OCT. 15

Everyone is invited to a dedication ceremony tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m., at the burial grounds of Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. It will celebrate a new bronze plaque honoring the many unmarked graves, including early Quakers, settlers, many people of African descent, “and other persons whose race, creed, and identity are known only to God.” Weather permiting, there will be a short ceremony at the site of the plaque, followed by placing flowers on an unmarked grave. For questions, send an email message to amm@abingtonfriend.net.

FREE TRAINING ON MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID, OCT. 15

Tomorrow, Oct. 15, Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting will host a free workshop about giving support to someone experiencing mental illness or a crisis. The meetinghouse is located at 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Please bring your own lunch. To register, click here. For more information, click here.

FAIR TO BENEFIT COSTA RICA EXCHANGE PROGRAM, OCT. 15

Greene Street Friends School’s Fall Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 45 W. School House Lane. Proceeds will go to the Costa Rica Exchange Program, in which the seventh-grade class travels to Costa Rica for 10 days of Spanish language immersion, along with cultural and environmental experiences. The funds also support exchange students from Costa Rica who will visit eighth graders at Greene Street Friends School in November 2017. At the fair, enjoy pumpkin painting, tie-dying, a haunted house and dunk tank, a silent auction, homemade baked goods, grilled food, and an array of vendors. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 22.

HIKE THE WISSAHICKON GORGE WITH FitC FOLKS, OCT. 19

Join a hike in Wissahickon Park with members of Friends in the City (FitC), on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Germantown and Rex Avenues, across from the Chestnut Hill West Station. The hike will be five to seven miles long, with many steep ascents and descents; you should be able to climb two stories of steps without stopping or gasping for breath. The leader, Liz Fox, is a trained leader in backpacking and hiking with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Bring a daypack, containing a rain jacket with hood, light sweater, or fleece jacket; lunch; and at least one quart of water. Wear synthetics or wool, no cotton, and hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes. If you have any balance problems, bring one or two hiking sticks. Participants are required to sign a release of liability at the start of the hike. Questions: Contact Liz Fox at lizfox333@hotmail.com. To register for this or other FitC hikes, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, AT CHESTNUT HILL, OCT. 23

The focus of the Oct. 23 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will be business, plus a discussion about mass incarceration and the 13th Amendment, led by John Andrew Gallery. All are invited to join Chestnut Hill Friends for meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch (please bring a dish to share). The Quarter’s meeting for business will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program at 1:45 p.m., and will end at 3:15 p.m.

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PLAN AHEAD

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS ON NOV. 5

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be Nov. 5 at Westtown Friends School in Chester County, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing all day. There are exciting programs for children and young folks of all ages. Many Friends this is an occasion where they experience the spiritual strength of their extended Quaker community, along with making many new F/friends and catching up on established friendships. Please bring a nonperishable lunch. Coffee, beverages, and snacks will be provided. A $5 contribution toward food is requested, or you may pay whatever you are able. Young Friends (high-school age) and Middle School Friends will have their own programs for the weekend, including a sleepover. Click here to register for the Middle School Program. Click here to register for the Young Friends Program, which costs $75, with scholarships available. It is advised to register your children for the Children’s Program before Oct. 25; after than date, you will need to check to see if there is enough space by contacting the Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator at mrose@pym.org.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

NOVEMBER GATHERING AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL, NOV. 4-6

The November Gathering of Middle School Friends is a great time to make new friends and get reacquainted with old ones — plus try your skills at a ropes course, join in — or just enjoy — a talent show, take part in an array of workshops, and get to know each other through worship sharing. This year’s November Gathering will be at Westtown Friends School, near West Chester, PA. It will begin Friday at 7 p.m. and end Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to come on Saturday and hang out. Kids are encouraged to spend the weekend and get this vibrant community off to a good start for the school year ahead, since there will be several other gatherings throughout the coming months. For more information and to register, go to www.pym.org and look for “Middle School Friends.”

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

TWO WORKSHOPS PRESENTED BY NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK

“CITIZEN’S TOOLKIT FOR AFFECTING CHANGE,” OCT. 20 Maurice Sampson, husband of our attender Linda Knapp, will speak on “A Citizen’s Toolkit for Affecting Change: Progressive Ideals and Philadelphia Politics”, on Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m., at Quintessence Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave. He is a committeeman in Ward 22, District 6, in Philadelphia. All are welcome; admission is free.

PANEL ON END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS, OCT. 23 End-of-life issues can be hard to face and difficult to discuss with families. Expressing one’s wishes requires a thoughtful approach and clear communication. Too often, families lack detailed direction, and final wishes may be ignored by medical institutions. Get ideas on how to work around these problems at a presentation, “Whose Life (and Death) Is It?”, on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at First United Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave. Speakers will be Dan Ross, a lawyer in Mt. Airy, and Linda Good, a family doctor, with questions and answers following. Free parking. For information, talk to Peter or Anne Javsicas, jaypeejay@verizon.net, or annejavsicas@yahoo.com.

FORUM: BLACK LIVES MATTER, OCT. 26

Hear a panel discussion and take part in a conversation about solving racism in our communities on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 651 Lincoln Drive. Parking: off Johnson Street, between Wayne Avenue and Greene Street. Childcare provided. The forum will involve community members, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Philadelphia Police Department, and local houses of worship. Sponsored by the Ending Racism Committee at the Unitarian Society of Germantown. For information, contact kweiser7825@verizon.net.

“AN ENVIRONMENT OF JUSTICE,” OCT. 30

A conference on Sunday, Oct. 30, will gather people of faith from throughout Pennsylvania to learn, network, and act on the impact of climate change. It will be the annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd (known as “Good Shepherd Catholic Church”), in State College, PA. Jalonne White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will give the keynote address, “Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience.” Breakout sessions will explore climate change and justice issues such as racism, hunger, and poverty, with tips on how congregations and communities of faith can respond. A Green Fair will introduce participants to Pennsylvania organizations committed to caring for the earth. Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) is a statewide organization that engages people in responding to climate change as a moral issue. Register here.

WORKSHOP ON SYSTEMIC RACISM, NOV. 12

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training http://crossroadsantiracism.org/ is hosting an Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop in Philly on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The aim is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power going beyond personal prejudice. Sliding fee options available; discount for registering before Oct. 18. Cosponsored by the Alternative Seminary. To register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 7, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Do not let us be discouraged because we find the path of silent prayer difficult or because we do not experience that joy of conscious communion which is given to some. The sunlight shines through the cloud; even when the cloud is so thick that we cannot see the sun at all, its rays carry on their healing work, and it does us good to go out into the open, even on a grey day. The experience of many of the greatest saints points to the traversing of a dark night of dryness of spirit coming at intervals to test the faith and perseverance of the seeker.” –T. Edmund Harvey, 1929

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

9 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Monthly Meeting for Business, see agenda below
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers: Ross Hennesy & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room
Greeters & Refreshments: David Mettler & friend

CHILDREN

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

Infants & Toddlers

… go to childcare in East Kindergarten, across the driveway, next to burial ground.

First Day School

This Sunday (Oct. 9) is a “Gathered Sunday,” so classes will meet together to make cookies for the refreshments time.

YOUNG FRIENDS (grades 8-12)

Our Young Friends 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 Main Building of Germantown Friends School (GFS) or, if it is nice weather, someplace outdoors on the GFS campus. They share good times, spiritual exploration, and service projects for charities of their choice. For information, contact one of the co-leaders: Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com

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MONTHLY MEETING for BUSINESS

9 a.m – 10:20 a.m.

Agenda:

Query 7 and opening worship
September’s minutes
Meeting of the GMM Corporation
Care and Visiting Co. report
Property Co. report
Report from Philadelphia Quarter
Correspondence and Announcements
Closing worship

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MEETING NEWS.

UPCOMING TOPICS IN ADULT CLASS

Our Adult Classes cover a range of topics, as you will see by the following schedule for October and November. Everyone is welcome to come, and childcare is provided. The classes begin at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Questions or suggestions for topics or speakers? Contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

October 16, Rochell Bilal, head of the Guardian Civic League, will share some of the League’s history and current perspectives on police and community issues. The Guardian Civic League is an association of Philadelphia African American police officers, formed in the 1960s.

October 23, our member Ayesha Imani will present a minute from the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This will be followed by worship sharing. Copies of the minute will be available before class. Germantown Monthly Meeting will consider the minute at its Meeting for Business on November 13.

October 30, Adab Ibrahim from the Al Aqsa Islamic Society will speak about the Islamic community in Philadelphia and the issues Muslims face.

November 20, Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will speak.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF PATRICIA REIFSNYDER

Our member, Patricia Reifsnyder, died on Sept. 24 at the age of 87, at Foulkeways Retirement Center, after being in fragile health for some time. She served twice as clerk of our Meeting and worked diligently on many committees. She taught for 35 years at Germantown Friends School and left an imprint on many students. Her memorial service will in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. We send our sympathy and prayers to her family.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HAROLD JURAM, OCT. 9

The memorial service for our member Harold Juram, who died, Sunday, Sept. 4 will be at Foulkeways Community Center this Sunday Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Germantown Monthly Meeting or Historic Fair Hill. If you wish to send a note or a card, mail it to Rich Juram, 403 Deep Wood Cove, Fort Wayne, IN 46845-9502, and he will share it with the family. We send our love and prayers to them.

SERVICES FOR MOTHER OF EDWARD MARSHALL III, OCT. 8

Gertrude Marshall, mother of our member Edward Marshall III, died at the age of 104 on Sept. 28, at Medford Leas. She was an investment analyst during the Great Depression and a leader among Philadelphia Quakers. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Medford Leas, Medford, NJ. Burial is private. Notes and cards may be addressed to Edward Marshall and his family at 641 Harts Ridge Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428-2428. We send our loving sympathy to all. To read Gertrude Marshall’s obituary, click here.

HAVERFORD COLLEGE PLANTS TREE TO HONOR BETTY CARY, OCT. 12

The planting of a tree to honor our member Betty Cary seems appropriate, with its rootedness; ever-growing, ever-changing persistence, and gracious beauty. Haverford College will celebrate Betty’s life and innumerable contributions with a tree-planting ceremony this Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. It is open to anyone to attend. The tree is a Franklinia, a species from which William Bartram collected seeds and named in honor of his father’s friend, Benjamin Franklin. It will be planted next to the playground at Magill Library, near the sundial steps, where a selection of spring-flowering bulbs will be created. For information, call Bill Astifan, Haverford Arboretum director, 610-896-1101.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

CANCELLED: FINANCE & OUTREACH THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 8

The Finance & Outreach Thread Gathering that was planned for tomorrow, Oct. 8, is cancelled, due to a low number of people who registered and many competing events. It may be rescheduled for a future date. For information, contact Zachary Dutton, 215-241-7008, zdutton@pym.org.

JOIN OTHER PYM FRIENDS FOR POTLUCK DINNER, OCT. 16

Here’s your chance to meet Friends from other meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM): Attend one of the 100-plus potluck dinners in Friends’ homes on Sunday, Oct. 16! Registration is now open to sign up to host or attend a dinner by clicking here. After you sign up, organizers will assign you to a dinner location. All dinners will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone will engage in similar activities, such as responding to a query, making crafting suggestions for a yearly meeting-wide scavenger hunt, and … EATING! You may go to the home of someone from your own meeting or to the home of someone from a different monthly meeting.

RUAH SWENNERFELT TO SPEAK ABOUT NEW BOOK, OCT. 9

On October 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm, at Friends Center, Ruah Swennerfelt will speak about her new book, Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith. This event is hosted by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) and the EcoJustice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. There will be refreshments and copies of the book for sale. Click here for more information.

HIKE THE WISSAHICKON GORGE WITH FitC FOLKS, OCT. 19

Join a hike in Wissahickon Park with members of Friends in the City (FitC), on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Germantown and Rex Avenues, across from the Chestnut Hill West Station. The hike will be five to seven miles long, with many steep ascents and descents; you should be able to climb two stories of steps without stopping or gasping for breath. The leader, Liz Fox, is a trained leader in backpacking and hiking with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Bring a daypack, containing a rain jacket with hood, light sweater, or fleece jacket; lunch; and at least one quart of water. Wear synthetics or wool, no cotton, and hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes. If you have any balance problems, bring one or two hiking sticks. Participants are required to sign a release of liability at the start of the hike. Questions: Contact Liz Fox at lizfox333@hotmail.com. To register for this or other FitC hikes, click here.

FAIR TO BENEFIT COSTA RICA EXCHANGE PROGRAM, OCT.15

Greene Street Friends School’s Fall Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 45 W. School House Lane. Proceeds will go to the Costa Rica Exchange Program, in which the seventh-grade class travels to Costa Rica for 10 days of Spanish language immersion, along with cultural and environmental experiences. The funds also support exchange students from Costa Rica who will visit eighth graders at Greene Street Friends School in November 2017. At the fair, enjoy pumpkin painting, tie-dying, a haunted house and dunk tank, a silent auction, homemade baked goods, grilled food, and an array of vendors. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 22.

EXPLORE WAYS TO RECOVER RIGHTS OF COMMUNITIES, OCT. 15

Who decides what happens in your community? Industry or local citizens? How can community residents push back and reclaim self-governance? A day-long workshop at Pendle Hill, a Quaker study center in Wallingford, PA, will explore these questions with the help of co-leaders Ben Price and Chad Nicholson, on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is cosponsored by the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and West Chester Community Rights Alliance. The $25 fee includes a 700-page resource manual. Bring your own lunch or make reservations to have lunch at Pendle Hill for $10. For more information, click here. The workshop is nearly filled, so, if you want to register, call right away: 610-566-4507, ext. 129.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, AT CHESTNUT HILL, OCT. 23

The focus of the Oct. 23 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will be business, plus a discussion about mass incarceration and the 13th Amendment, led by John Andrew Gallery. All are invited to join Chestnut Hill Friends for meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch (please bring a dish to share). The Quarter’s meeting for business will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program at 1:45 p.m., and will end at 3:15 p.m.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

NOVEMBER GATHERING AT WESTTOWN SCHOOL, NOV. 4-6

The November Gathering of Middle School Friends is a great time to make new friends and get reacquainted with old ones … plus try your skills at a ropes course, join in — or just enjoy — a talent show, take part in an array of workshops, and get to know each other through worship sharing. This year’s November Gathering will be at Westtown Friends School, near West Chester, PA. It will begin Friday at 7 p.m. and end Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to come on Saturday and hang out. Kids are encouraged to spend the weekend and get this vibrant community off to a good start for the school year ahead, since there will be several other gatherings throughout the coming months. (Check out upcoming events at the MSFwebsite.) For more information and to register, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FRIENDS OF VERNON PARK HOLDS BAZAAR ON OCT. 9

Friends of Vernon Park will hold its Fall Bazaar this Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of Vernon Park, located between Germantown Ave. and Greene Street, half a block north of Chelten Ave. This is a community flea market, craft sale, and community information fair, plus more.

HEALTH DISPARITIES & MEDICINE: RACE, CLASS & COLOR, OCT. 13

How can we close gaps in medical service, and how can we reach out to potential doctors of color? These questions will be addressed in a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School (GFS). Presenters will be two GFS parents and physicians, Carmen Guerra and Michelle Hu. Come out for learning, sharing, and taking part in a community discussion. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 10, by clicking here.

WINONA LADUKE TO SPEAK FROM STANDING ROCK, OCT. 13

Winona Laduke, a noted Native American activist, speaker, author, and advocate for eco-justice, will give the keynote address for the American Philosophical Society’s symposium on endangered languages and cultural revitalization on Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. She will make her presentation via large-screen video from Standing Rock, North Dakota, and it may be viewed at Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia 19104. It is free and open to the public; preregistration is required. Her talk, entitled “Endangered Native Languages, Lands, and Natural Resources” is part of the Penn Humanities Forum. For more information and to preregister, click here.

Standing Rock is the location of a current, growing, gathering of Native American tribes and supporters who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. If it were to rupture and spill, it could poison their drinking water and their sacred land — a serious risk, given the well-documented history of pipeline leaks in the United States. To learn more, click here.

FORUM: BLACK LIVES MATTER, OCT. 26

Hear a panel discussion and take part in a conversation about solving racism in our communities on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 651 Lincoln Drive. Parking: off Johnson Street, between Wayne Avenue and Greene Street. Childcare provided. The forum will involve community members, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Philadelphia Police Department, and local houses of worship. Sponsored by the Ending Racism Committee at the Unitarian Society of Germantown. For information, contact kweiser7825@verizon.net.

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SAVE THE DATE

WORKSHOP ON SYSTEMIC RACISM, NOV. 12

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training http://crossroadsantiracism.org/ is hosting an Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop in Philly on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The aim is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power going beyond personal prejudice. Sliding fee options available; discount for registering before Oct. 18. Cosponsored by the Alternative Seminary. To register, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

REMINDER: REGISTER TO VOTE BY OCT. 11

Be sure to register to vote, if have not done so already, by Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Nov. 8 election will present candidates for president, U.S. Senator from this area, and many other offices. To register online, go to www.votespa.com.

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A BIT OF HISTORY

BEGINNINGS OF GERMANTOWN & HOW IT GOT ITS NAME

Yesterday, Oct. 6, was German-American Day. On this date in 1683, English Quaker William Penn brought the first group of German settlers to the American Colonies. He was granted a territory — a parcel of land nearly as large as England itself — as payment for a debt that the crown owed his father. The king dubbed the land Pennsylvania (“Penn’s Woods”) in honor of the senior Penn.

William Penn called Pennsylvania his “Holy Experiment,” and he set about to find a group of righteous men to form a new society founded on Quaker ideals of nonviolence, freedom of religious worship, and equality for all. “Freedom of religion” and “equality” were conditional terms, however. While a variety of religious traditions were tolerated in Pennsylvania, participation in government was restricted to Protestants. Those who were Catholic, Jewish, or Muslim could not vote or hold office. And Penn’s promises of equality didn’t extend to everyone: women couldn’t vote, and Penn himself was a slave owner.

He advertised his new colony in the Free Society of Traders, writing, “The air is sweet and clear, the heavens serene, like the south parts of France, rarely overcast.” He found one group of suitably righteous men, 13 in all, in the lower Rhine Valley. They lived in the town of Krefeld, and most of them were Quakers or Mennonites. He brought them with their families to America aboard the Concord. They were the first German immigrants to the Colonies, and they founded the settlement of Germantown.

Germantown became the birthplace of the antislavery movement in America five years later, when several town leaders sent a two-page condemnation of slavery to the governing body of the Quaker church.

German-American Day was first celebrated in the 19th century, but fell out of favor due to anti-German sentiment during World War I. President Reagan reinstated it in 1983 to commemorate the 300thh anniversary of the arrival of the settlers in Philadelphia.

–With thanks to Elizabeth Koopman, member of York (PA) Monthly Meeting

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 30, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Most of us need from time to time the experience of something spacious or space-making, when Time ceases to be the enemy, goad-in-hand, and becomes our friend. To read good literature, gaze on natural beauty, to follow cultivated pursuits until our spirits are refreshed and expanded, will not unfit us for the up and doing of life?. Rather will it help us to separate the essential from the unessential, to know where we are really needed and get a sense of proportion. We shall find ourselves giving the effect of leisure even in the midst of a full and busy life. People do not pour their joys or sorrows into the ears of those with an eye on the clock.” –Caroline C. Graveson, in her 1937 Swarthmore lecture, “Religion and Culture”

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2016

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

Closers: name not available
Greeters & Refreshments: Marion Heacock and friend

CHILDREN

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

Infants & Toddlers

… go to childcare in East Kindergarten, across the driveway, next to burial ground.

First Day School

Older children will study Quakerism this year in two age groups, Pre-K through grade 4, and grades 5 through 7. We read stories & talk about them, or act them out, and often do a related craft. This week, First Day School will be learning about the Quaker testimony of integrity.

Young Friends

Our Meeting’s Young Friends, grades 8-12, take part in all kinds of activities during the school year. In the past, they have done bake sale fundraisers and service projects for local causes. Several possibilities this year are: helping support a Syrian refugee family, helping clean up nearby woods through Friends of the Wissahickon, and taking part in a Habitat for Humanity Service Project. Young Friends share spiritual exploration and sheer fun, such as ice skating, rock climbing, and potluck meals. They spend a lot of time hanging out together and talking about everything under the sun, according to Tash Kassell, who co-facilitates the group with Bill Stassen. To join them, look for them in the social room at 10:45 a.m., each Sunday. They usually head to the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School, or, if it’s nice weather, to somewhere outdoors on the GFS campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com.

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MEETING NEWS.

“JESUS GROUP” MEETS THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 2

Right after meeting for worship this Sunday, Oct. 2, the group of Friends and attenders who are sharing their beliefs and experiences about Jesus will meet in the far back of the meeting room. For information, contact Dick Taylor, rktpbt@me.com.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DIRECT THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT?

Wanted: Energetic, imaginative adult to direct our First-day School’s Christmas pageant. It is a three-week commitment, with surprising results guaranteed. You will help our normal, everyday children transform themselves into sheep, kings, angels, and the Holy Family, if not other things. There are possible scripts for you to use, and the committee stands ready to help. If you would like to volunteer or find out more about this opportunity, contact Dorothy Cary, clerk of the First-day School Committee, at dcary@germantownfriends.org.

GFS OFFERS TUESDAY YOGA CLASS AND INVITES MEETING PARTICIPANTS

Germantown Friends School (GFS) is offering a Vinyasa style Yoga class to Upper School students on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Meeting folks are invited to participate. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in and refrain from eating heavily just prior to class. Mats are available to borrow or you may bring your own. For more information, contact dbrackett@germantownfriends.org.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

GAY JOHNSON’S MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE OCT. 1
Gay Johnson’s memorial service will take place in our meetinghouse on Saturday, Oct.1, at 2 p.m., with a reception following. Cookies are needed for the reception and should be delivered to the meetinghouse before the service. Although any cookies (without nuts) would be welcomed, the family especially suggests recipes for four of Gay’s favorite cookies, which are attached. Please do not use nuts in anything. If you are able to provide cookies, let Katy Hineline know at katy.hineline@gmail.com.

SECOND MEMORIAL FOR JOAN CARY’S PARENTS, OCT. 1

The second memorial meeting for Joan Cary’s parents, John and Cathy Cary. will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., at Lansdowne Meeting, 120 N Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050. Joan is a regular attender and active participant of our Meeting and is a member of Haverford Monthly Meeting.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HAROLD JURAM, OCT. 9

The memorial service for our member Harold Juram, who died Sept. 4, will be at Foulkeways Community Center on Sunday Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Germantown Monthly Meeting or Historic Fair Hill. If you wish to send a note or a card, please mail it to Rich Juram, 403 Deep Wood Cove, Fort Wayne, IN 46845-9502, and he will share it with the family.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

VISIONING SESSION FOR PYM YOUTH PROGRAMS, OCT. 1

There will be a visioning session for youth programs for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth and Arch Streets. Questions such as these will be addressed: ‘How can yearly meeting staff partner with monthly and quarterly meetings’ and ‘How can we meet local needs by drawing on a wider network of strengthening community?’ To let planners know you are coming, click here.

FINANCE & OUTREACH THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 8

You are invited to preregister now for the Finance & Outreach Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Birmingham Friends Meeting, 1245 S Birmingham Rd, West Chester, PA 19382. Childcare and a simple lunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring side dishes to round out the meal. Free. For information, contact Zachary Dutton, 215-241-7008, zdutton@pym.org. Click here to register.

JOIN OTHER PYM FRIENDS FOR POTLUCK DINNER, OCT. 16

Here’s your chance to meet Friends from other meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM): Attend one of the 100-plus potluck dinners in Friends’ homes on Sunday, Oct. 16! Registration is now open to sign up to host or attend a dinner by clicking here. After you sign up, organizers will assign you to a dinner location. All dinners will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone will engage in similar activities, such as responding to a query, making crafting suggestions for a yearly meeting-wide scavenger hunt, and — EATING! You may go to the home of someone from your own meeting or to the home of someone from a different monthly meeting.

DONATE BOOKS FOR NORTH PHILLY STUDENTS

New and gently used books are needed for elementary school students (pre-K to 8th grade) at Julia deBurgos, Potter-Thomas, Mastery Charter-Clymer, and Sheppard schools in North Philadelphia. Many of the children are first-generation English speakers with no books at home. Needed: fiction, non-fiction, science, social studies, and reference books. To set up a donation box, contact Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground: 215-870-8348 or www.historicfairhill.org.

RUAH SWENNERFELT TO SPEAK ABOUT NEW BOOK, OCT. 9

On October 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm, at Friends Center, Ruah Swennerfelt will speak about her new book, Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith. This event is hosted by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) and the EcoJustice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. There will be refreshments and copies of the book for sale. Click here for more information.

MONTHLY WORSHIP AT STAPELEY, OCT. 2

Meeting for worship at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) will take place next Sunday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come. This is an open meeting for worship takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Stapeley Hall is located at 6300 Greene Street in Germantown.

FAIR TO BENEFIT COSTA RICA EXCHANGE PROGRAM, OCT.15

Greene Street Friends School’s Fall Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 45 W. School House Lane. Proceeds will go to the Costa Rica Exchange Program, in which the seventh-grade class travels to Costa Rica for 10 days of Spanish language immersion, along with cultural and environmental experiences. The funds also support exchange students from Costa Rica who will visit eighth graders at Greene Street Friends School in November 2017. At the fair, enjoy pumpkin painting, tie-dying, a haunted house and dunk tank, a silent auction, homemade baked goods, grilled food, and an array of vendors. The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 22.

ABINGTON MEETING DEDICATES PLAQUE TO UNMARKED GRAVES

Many early Quaker settlers, people of African descent, and people whose race, creed, and identity are known only to God are buried in unmarked graves near historic Quaker meetinghouses in this area. Abington Monthly Meeting is dedicating a plaque to their memory at a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m., in the John Barnes Room of their meetinghouse, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Weather permitting, there will be a short gathering around the plaque, and flowers will placed on an unmarked grave. Click here to visit Abington Meeting’s website.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 23

At Chestnut Hill Meeting on Oct. 23, directly after meeting for worship, there will be a potluck lunch with Meeting members, followed by a business meeting and program by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. More details coming.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

FALL RETREAT AT CHESTNUT HILL, OCT. 7-9

A time for fellowship, worship, sharing, and fun will take place at a weekend retreat for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) on Oct. 7-9 at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, PA. It will begin with dinner Friday and end with a closing circle on Sunday morning. In between, there will be opening games, get-to-know-you activities, worship sharing, workshops, free time, and meeting for business. YAFs will sleep at the meetinghouse. Registration closes Oct. 2. For more information, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friends Coordinator, 215-241-7075 or epiersolschmidt@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FRIENDS OF VERNON PARK HOLDS BAZAAR ON OCT. 9

Friends of Vernon Park will hold its Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of Vernon Park, located between Germantown Ave. and Greene Street, half a block north of Chelten Ave. This is a community flea market, craft sale, and community information fair, plus more. Vendors welcome. Fee is $10 before Oct. 1, or $20 after, payable to ‘Friends of Vernon Park.? Spaces for sale tables are available on a first-come first served basis. Vendors must bring their own tables and chairs. Artists, crafts people, performers, secondhand ware sellers, local organizations, and non-profits are all welcome. Please note: no food vending is allowed in the park without proper city permits. Register online by clicking here or contact Angela Miles at info@friendsofvernonpark.org. If you would like to donate items for the Friends of Vernon Park table to support the work in the park, contact Ruth Seeley at ruthseeley@givewings.com.

FORUM: BLACK LIVES MATTER, OCT. 26

Hear a panel discussion and take part in a conversation about solving racism in our communities on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 651 Lincoln Drive. Parking: off Johnson Street, between Wayne Avenue and Greene Street. Childcare provided. The forum will involve community members, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the Philadelphia Police Department, and local houses of worship. Sponsored by the Ending Racism Committee at the Unitarian Society of Germantown. For information, contact kweiser7825@verizon.net.

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SAVE THE DATE

WORKSHOP ON SYSTEMIC RACISM, NOV. 12

Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training is hosting an Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The aim is to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power going beyond personal prejudice. Participants will be introduced to methods of organizing to dismantle racism in their institutions. Sliding fee options are available, and there is a discount for registration before Oct. 18. This event is cosponsored by the Alternative Seminary. Although this workshop is not explicitly faith-based, a large percentage of participants will be from faith backgrounds. To register and see price options, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

EQAT RALLY TO ENCIRCLE PECO HEADQUARTERS, OCT. 1

Join the EQAT Runaround & Walkathon of PECO headquarters tomorrow, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. to 12 noon, to urge the company to commit to solar energy. Supporters will walk, run, bicycle, stilt-walk, roller blade, etc., covering a one-mile course around the PECO headquarters at 2301 Market Street. This is just across the Schuylkill River from the 30th Street train station. The Earth Quaker Action Team’s (EQAT’s) current nonviolent direct action campaign aims to get PECO (our local electricity utility) to significantly increase its commitment to renewable energy — in particular, to solar. Currently, PECO gets less than 1 percent of its electricity from solar photo-voltaic sources. Click here to find out more about EQAT.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 16, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“For some it is right to give their whole lives explicitly to concrete forms of service, but for most, their service will lie ‘in the sheer quality of the soul displayed in ordinary occupations.’ Such ordinary occupations are sometimes an essential contribution to the liberation of another person for wider service, and in any case the inspiration of a dedicated life lived in simple surroundings, though often untraceable, may be profound in its reach.” —Gerald Littleboy, 1945, printed in Christian Faith and Practice in the Experience of the Society of Friends, published by London Yearly Meeting

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business, social room
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, social room

Closers: Ross Hennesy & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Ruth & Bob Seeley

CHILDREN

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

AGENDA

MEETING FOR WORSHIP WITH CONCERN FOR BUSINESS

Worship and Query 7
Minutes from June
Care and Visiting Committee report
Worship and Ministry Committee request
Report from the Nominating Committee’s Naming Committee
Marriage Committee report
Outreach Committee report
Fund Raising Committee update
Reflections from Annual Sessions
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing Worship

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MEETING NEWS

MEETING FOR BUSINESS THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 18

This month, Meeting for Business will be the third Sunday of the month, Sept. 18, at 9:30 a.m., in the social room of the Meetinghouse.

PLEASE READ HANDBOOK ON HOSTING QVS VOLUNTEERS

Attached is the handbook for Meetings that are hosting volunteers with Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS). Please read it before coming to Meeting for Business on Sept. 18. Germantown and Green Street Friends Meeting will cohost this year’s QVS fellows. The handbook gives many tips for how to be loving stewards.

CHILI LUNCH ON SEPT. 25 TO WELCOME QVS FELLOWS

Bring your appetites and your smile to our first Chili Lunch of the season, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at rise of Meeting, or approximately 11:45 a.m. We’ll all have the chance to meet and welcome the new fellows with Quaker Voluntary Service in Philadelphia. At the same time, we will dig into the famous fixin’s of our popular chili lunches: several kinds of chili served over rice, green salad, cornbread, and, if we’re lucky, a little dessert. Come one, come all to this happy day and delicious meal! It’s free, but donations are much appreciated.

OUR YOUNG FRIENDS (GRADES 8-12) ARE MEETING AGAIN NOW

Our Meeting’s Young Friends, grades 8-12, take part in all kinds of activities during the school year, and things are just getting underway for this year. In the past, they have done bake sale fundraisers and service projects at Cradles to Crayons, Books Through Bars, and new Leash on Life. Some of the possibilities this year are to help support a Syrian refugee family through service projects and fund raisers, help clean up the nearby woods through Friends of the Wissahickon, and take part in a Habitat for Humanity Service Project. Young Friends also share spiritual exploration and have outings for sheer fun, such as ice skating, rock climbing, and potluck meals. “Mostly, we hang out and talk about everything under the sun, from the role of silent in worship, to nourishing creativity, to exploring deep questions such as, ‘Would you rather be chased by a herd of rabid squirrels or go down a 200-foot ice slide in your birthday suit?’” says Tash Kassell, who co-facilitates the group with Bill Stassen. To join the Young Friends, look for them in the social room at 10:45 a.m., each Sunday. After gathering, they usually head for the reception area of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School, or, if it’s nice weather, to somewhere outside on the GFS campus. For information, contact Tash Kassell, tashko@verizon.net, or Bill Stassen, wstassen@foxrothschild.com.

ADULT CLASS TO EXPLORE CHRISTIANITY AND QU’RAN, SEPT. 25

On Sept. 25 at 9 a.m., our Adult Class will be a presentation by Malik Mubashshir, asking “Was Muhammad a Christian?: An examination of the Christology of the Qur’an.” He will explore how the Qur’an views Jesus, Mary, and the early Christian communities. He will also compare the Qur’an’s view of Jesus with that of the predominant Christian groups of Muhammad’s time, showing surprising similarities/commonalities, as well as differences. Malik has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University. Friends may remember his presentations at Adult Class two years ago, when he brought a scholarly perspective to a discussion of the book The Zealot, by Reza Aslan. Adult Class takes place in the social room and wraps up before meeting for worship starts. Light refreshments are served. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, jsharpess@germantownfriends.org.

ARTICLES NEEDED FOR NEXT NEWSLETTER

The Communications Committee is looking for articles for the fall edition of the Meeting Newsletter. Please contact Candice Price, newsletter editor, with your questions and ideas, at candicegardendesign@verizon.net.

GFS TO OFFER YOGA CLASS AND INVITES MEETING PARTICIPANTS

Germantown Friends School (GFS) is offering a Vinyasa style Yoga class to upper school students on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Meeting folks are invited to participate. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in and refrain from eating heavily just prior to class. Mats are available to borrow, or you may bring your own. For more information, contact dbrackett@germantownfriends.org.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

ROSS HENNESY WRITES BLOG FOR FUM
Our member Ross Hennesy recently wrote a blog for the online daily journal of Friends United Meeting about one of last year’s fellows in Philadelphia Quaker Voluntary Service. In it, he describes one person’s journey through working with inner-city children to help neighborhoods cut down on energy and water costs in their homes. Read it here.

JOINT MEMORIALS FOR JOAN CARY’S PARENTS

There will be two joint memorial meetings for worship for our attender Joan Cary’s parents, John and Cathy Cary. The first one will be this Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086-6023. The second will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., at Lansdowne Meeting, 120 N Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA 19050.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HAROLD JURAM

Our member Harold Juram died, Sunday, Sept. 4, at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. He and his wife Edwina and their five children–Rich, Sue, Bill, Pam, and Sally — were active in Germantown Meeting for many years before moving to Baltimore. The memorial meeting for worship will be at Foulkeways Community Center on Sunday Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Germantown Monthly Meeting or Historic Fair Hill. If you wish to send a note or a card, please mail it to Rich Juram, 403 Deep Wood Cove, Fort Wayne, IN 46845-9502, and he will share it with the rest of the family.

GAY JOHNSON’S MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE OCT. 1

Gay Johnson’s memorial service will take place in our Meetinghouse on Saturday, Oct.1, at 2 p.m., with a reception following. Becky Johnson has provided us with recipes for three of her mother’s favorite cookie recipes, which are attached. If you are able to offer cookies (these or others) please let Katy Hineline know (katy.hineline@gmail.com). Cookies should be delivered to the Meetinghouse kitchen prior to the service.

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QUAKER ACTIVITIES

FINANCE & OUTREACH THREAD GATHERING, OCT. 8

You are invited to preregister now for the Finance & Outreach Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Birmingham Friends Meeting, 1245 S Birmingham Rd, West Chester, PA 19382. Childcare and a simple lunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring side dishes to round out the meal. Free. For information, contact Zachary Dutton, zdutton@pym.org. Click here to register.

VISIONING SESSION FOR PYM YOUTH PROGRAMS, OCT. 1

There will be a visioning session for youth programs of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth and Arch Streets. Questions such as these will be addressed: “How can yearly meeting staff partner with monthly and quarterly meetings” and “How can we meet local needs by drawing on a wider network of strengthening community?” To let planners know you are coming, click here.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

PARENT MEET-UP AND MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS SLEEPOVER

A get-acquainted potluck for parents, Middle School Friends, and youth coordinators from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 School House Lane, in Germantown. Introductions will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the potluck After the parents go home at 8 p.m., Middle Schoolers will meet and mingle, share a few fun activities, talk about the program for the year, and then hold a sleepover. For the potluck, everyone is asked to bring a salad, main dish, or dessert for five to six people. Come Sunday morning, Middle Schoolers are invited to join Green Street Friends for meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to join them at that time or pick them up between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Cost: $30, with scholarships available. To register, click here.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

COLUMNIST TO SPEAK AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, SEPT. 21

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10:05 a.m., in the Loeb Auditorium of Germantown Friends School, Thomas Edsall, a political columnist at The New York Times will speak at an assembly. Open to Germantown Meeting folks. Free. Thomas Edsall will discuss what it’s like to write about politics during an election year.

FRIENDS OF VERNON PARK HOLDS BAZAAR ON OCT. 9

Friends of Vernon Park will hold its Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Greene Street side of Vernon Park, located between Germantown Ave. and Greene Street, half a block north of Chelten Ave. This is a community flea market, craft market, and information fair. Vendors welcome. Fee is $10 before Oct. 1, or $20 after, payable to “Friends of Vernon Park.” Spaces for sale tables are available on a first-come first served basis. Vendors must bring their own tables and chairs. Artists, crafts people, performers, secondhand ware sellers, local organizations, and non-profits are all welcome. Please note: no food vending is allowed in the park without proper city permits. Register online by clicking here, or contact Angela Miles at info@friendsofvernonpark.org. If you would like to donate items for the Friends of Vernon Park table to support the work in the park, contact Ruth Seeley at ruthseeley@givewings.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 2, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.’–Matt. 5:9. When our hearts are gentled and single, when we’ve tamed the animal instincts, we become peacemakers. We are no longer wielding the sword … that divides the world into good guys and bad guys, insiders and outsiders, winning team and losing team. When the field of vision has been unified, the inner being comes to rest, and that inner peaceableness flows into the outer world as harmony and compassion.”–Cynthia Bourgeault, The Wisdom Jesus

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016

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

Closers: Sydney Coffin and Nina Backe

CHILDREN

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTOCENTRIC FRIENDS TO MEET THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 4
“There are Christocentric meeting members who continue to explore their relationship with Jesus of Nazareth and would like to gather with others to share their experience. Thus, we are convening what we are calling a ‘Jesus’ group. If this speaks to you, please join us. The first meeting will be Sunday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m., at Dick and Phyllis Taylor’s home, Hathaway House, 515 W. Chelten Ave., Phila., PA 19144. This is on the corner of Chelten and Wissahickon Avenues and is a tall apartment building with balconies. You may park on the street or in the lot to the right of the building. Light refreshments will be served. The tentative agenda is ‘Who is Jesus to each of us? Who is Jesus to Friends?’ Feel free to invite others who are interested in this topic.” –Ayesha Imani. You may also contact Dick Taylor for information.

PAMELA WILLIAMS AVAILABLE FOR SHORT-TERM HOUSE SITTING, ODD JOBS

Our member Pamela Williams is available for short-term house sitting, help with gardening, deep cleaning, errands, etc. She hopes that her job plans will soon bear fruit, and these kinds of short-term projects would help get her over the bridge during her transition. She charges $8 an hour. She is available in the Northwest section of Philadelphia (Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill) and nearby suburbs. She may be contacted at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

GAY JOHNSON’S MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE OCT. 1
Gay Johnson’s memorial service will take place in our Meetinghouse on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m., with a reception afterward the social room. Call Becky Johnson well ahead of time (preferably right away), if you would like to come but need child care. She reports that the family would be more than happy to have families attend with young children, but time is needed to make arrangements. Get in touch with Becky at blam.fam@verizon.net.

WE THE PEOPLE TO SCREEN AT PENDLE HILL ON MONDAY
On this Monday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Pendle Hill is hosting a local premier of an award-winning documentary, “We the People 2.0 — The Second American Revolution, about the efforts of local communities across the country to reassert local control over their towns and cities for sustainable living conditions — clean water to drink and air to breathe — against corporate incursions, often sustained by state and federal laws. Free. Pendle Hill is at 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingtord, PA 19086. For information, contact John J. Meyer, Education Coordinator, 610-566-4507, ext. 129, or go to www.pendlehill.org (https://pendlehill.org/events/people-2-0-second-american-revolution/#.V8wbvvrUHlZ).

HIGH SCHOOL GATHERING AT BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 16-18

All high school age Friends from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and their friends are invited to the Bucks Quarter Peace Fair on Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18. High school age Friends play a key role in the Peace Fair’s purpose of supporting non-profit organizations that promote peace and social justice. They are warmly invited to perform community service, play games, get to know each other, join in worship sharing, and have fun. For information about this event, contact Karen Gallagher, karengbqpf@gmail.com, or Robert Rosenthal, robert.rosenthal84@gmail.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 8, 2016

NEXT ISSUE OF FRIDAY BEE: SEPT. 2, 2016

SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR MEETING OFFICE

Closed July 12-20
Closed Aug. 1-31

Phone messages and emails will be answered, possibly with short delays.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“What comes first is the religious experience that leads to religious belief. Out of this comes a compulsion to work for others in some way or other. For many it is in practical matters, for some, it is a drive towards a contemplative and mystical life — for this, too, serves others, bringing us all closer to true awareness of God through its actual being.” — Geoffrey Hubbard in Quaker by Convincement, 1974

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 10, 2016

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

Closers: Dick & Phyllis Taylor
Greeters & Refreshments: Ed Stivender & Carolyn Raskin

CHILDREN

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

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MEETING NEWS

SUMMER WORSHIP WITH GREEN STREET FRIENDS

Friends from Green Street Monthly Meeting will continue to worship with us every Sunday through the end of July, and then we will worship with them every Sunday in August in their meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane. This tradition is a special time for us to spend with old friends — and meet new folks who have joined or are visiting our meetings. It’s also a time for us to reach out to each other as neighbors and fellow spiritual travelers and share each other’s worship traditions. For questions or comments, please speak to Karen Lightner, clerk of our Worship & Ministry Committee, 267-230-1796 or at Lightnerk@aol.com.

RIDE NEEDED TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

Our member Patricia Libbey needs a ride to and from Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which takes place July 24-Aug. 1 at Muhlenberg College, near Allentown. If you can help, contact her at patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR FLORENCE & MICHAEL MINI

Our members Florence and Michael Mini are getting situated (read: unpacking boxes) in their new home at Kendal-at-Longwood, a lovely retirement center at Kennett Square in Chester County. They have their new phone number now, and their new address, in case you missed it before, is 155 Kendal Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

DEATH OF GAY JOHNSON, JULY 7

Our beloved member Gay Gilpin Johnson, died peacefully Thursday evening, July 7, at the age of 91, after a brief, unexpected illness and a difficult surgery. She will be remembered for her quiet, loving, and friendly ways among us, and her easy sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her husband Eric Warner Johnson, a birthright member of Germantown Meeting. Her family is planning a memorial service for the fall. To send notes or cards, address them in care of her daughter, our member Becky Johnson, at blam.fam@verizon.net, or 1028 W. Upsal St., Phila., PA 19119. We send our loving prayers to Gay’s family, with much gratitude for having her with us for so many wonderful years.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

HISTORIC FAIR HILL HOLDS SUMMER FESTIVAL, JULY 9

Tomorrow, July 9, will be a day of celebration and fun at the Summer Festival of Historic Fair Hill. It will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is a time to come together as a community and enjoy this outdoor space. There will be lots to do for kids and adults: pony rides, barbecue, games, crafts, music, plant potting, free books, and animal petting. The event will also host the annual Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Picnic, with many Philadelphia-area Quakers. It’s the biggest bash of the year for Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133. To read more, click here.

EQAT FUND RAISER IN CHESTNUT HILL, JULY 14

Everyone is invited to a summer porch fundraiser for EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) and local action on climate change. It will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Peter and Jean Warrington’s house, 319 W. Springfield Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.There will be food and drinks, plus a slideshow and talk by Eileen Flanagan, board clerk of EQAT and part of Chestnut Hill Meeting. RSVP to jeanwarrington@verizon.net.

‘PEACE JAM II’ AT BURLINGTON MEETINGHOUSE, JULY 15

Poems, prayers, and song will light up the evening of ‘Peace Jam II’ at Burlington Meetinghouse, 340 High St., Burlington, NJ, on Friday, July 15, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Theme is ‘Peaceful Consciousness, Anyone?’ Free. For more information or to become a presenter, contact Derrick Owings at willow0308@yahoo.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 1, 2016

SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY BEE

Please submit any news items for the BEE for July and August by next Thursday, July 7. After the July 8 BEE, there will not be another issue until September 2.

The office will be closed from July 12 through July 20, so the secretary can go to her 50th high school class reunion in Oregon!

AND, Friends are reminded that the office also is closed in August. Phone messages and emails will be answered, possibly with short delays.

Thanks for your patience, and may we all have a good time this summer!

–Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The silence gives me time to center, sometimes using a few simple words, sometimes watching the play of sunlight on the floor. In the silence, I may simply go over what needs to be done for the week, or focus on concerns for friends, or worry through a problem. In the silent worship, space is there to hold these all up to God. Other times I am drawn into a sense of awareness of Presence, a place of comfort, or instruction, or prayer, or awe.” –Margery Post Abbott, 1995

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 3, 2016

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

Closers: Jean & Parvin Sharpless, plus someone from Green Street Meeting
Greeters & Refreshments: Bruce Grant & Wendy Wells

CHILDREN

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

GREEN STREET FRIENDS JOIN US FOR WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY

Our F/friends from Green Street Meeting will join us for worship this Sunday, July 3, in our meetinghouse, continuing every Sunday in July. Then on Sundays in August, we will join them for worship in their meetinghouse a block away, at 45 W. School House Lane. This tradition is a special time for us to spend with old friends — and meet new folks who have joined or are visiting our meetings. It’s also a time for us to reach out to each other as neighbors and fellow spiritual travelers and honor each other’s worship traditions. We are told that Germantown Meeting Friends speak more frequently during worship than those in Green Street Meeting, so let’s be sure to not be overwhelming. On each Sunday through August, there will be closers from both meetings on the facing bench. For questions or comments, please speak to our member Karen Lightner, clerk of our Worship & Ministry Committee.

RIDE NEEDED TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

Our member Patricia Libbey needs a ride to and from Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which takes place July 24-Aug. 1 at Muhlenberg College, near Allentown. If you can help her out, send her an email message at patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF NANCY SPAETH

Nancy W. Spaeth, widow of our late member Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr., peacefully died at Cathedral Village in Andorra on Monday, June 27. There will be a memorial service for her at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 630 E. Cathedral Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19128, at 1 p.m., on Sunday, July 10.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘PEACE JAM II’ AT BURLINGTON MEETINGHOUSE, JULY 15

Poems, prayers, and song, will light up the evening of ‘Peace Jam II’ at Burlington Meetinghouse, 340 High St., Burlington, NJ, on Friday, July 15, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Theme is ‘Peaceful Consciousness, Anyone?’ Free. For more information or to become a presenter, contact Derrick Owings at willow0308@yahoo.com.

FROM OUR CLERK, TWO THINGS

1. Friends from across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will soon gather at Muhlenberg College on July 27-Aug. 1 for Annual Sessions, and I hope many from our meeting will attend. The five days are full of opportunities to get to know Friends from across four states, to worship with more than 350 people, to learn new skills, share our ministries, and have fun. PLEASE consider attending some, if not all, of the event. There is financial help available from our meeting’s Hacker Fund (contact the meeting’s office for information) and grants for work-study (contact Tricia Coscia at communityengagement@pym.org).

2. Two major decisions to be made at PYM Annual Sessions will be to approve the proposed revision of Faith and Practice and to approve the proposed PYM budget for FY2017. Both are on the PYM website, as follows:

Faith and Practice proposed revision — pym.org/faith-and-practice

Proposed budget for FY2017 — pym.org/finance/proposed-budget-2017

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TAKE ACTION

DRONE WAR PROTEST AT JULY 4 PARADE

Come out for something purposeful on July Fourth, and enjoy watching the Olde City Parade in downtown Philadelphia while you’re at it! Gather at 10 a.m. in front of the Federal Courthouse, 7th and Market streets. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here www.brandywinepeace.com/events or call 610-544-1818.

PHILLY ANTI-DRONE ‘REACH OUT’ ON FRIDAY, JULY 8

Reach out to people outside 30th Street Train Station on Friday, July 8, to tell them about the endless war enabled by drone warfare. Banners and signs are furnished, with a literature table and goodies for passersby. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, see above item.

MARCH FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION, JULY 24

On July 24, the eve of the Democratic National Convention, there will be a march in Center City, demanding action to prevent climate catastrophe and presenting these demands to policymakers. The march begins at City Hall at 1 p.m. and goes down Market Street to Independence, where there will be speakers. For more information, go to: marchforcleanenergy.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 24, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“We live and move and have our being in God; we are bound up in the bundle of life in [God], and it is reasonable to believe that prayer may often find its answer, even in outward things, by the reaction of mind upon mind. Prayer is not given us to make life easy for us or to coddle us, but to make us strong, … to make us masters of circumstance and not its slaves. We pray, not to change God’s will, but to bring our wills into correspondence with [it].” –William Littleboy

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 26, 2016

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

Closers: Deb Frazer & Jack Malinowski
Greeters & Refreshments: Caroline Davidson & Ed Nakawatase

CHILDREN

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

ONE MORE WEEK TO MEET END-OF-YEAR GIVING GOAL

It’s time to give our end-of-year giving one last, big boost by getting in our donations before June 30 so we can meet our budget for the year ahead. We are grateful to the many people who have given so far, AND we could use everyone’s help to bring in the remaining $21,000 (approximate). There are several ways to give:

· Mail a check to the Meeting Office, address below.

· Drop your check in the wooden donation box in the social room

· Give online (you may use your charge card) by clicking here.

A great, big THANK YOU to everyone who is making sure our coming year together can be paid for, so we can all relax and enjoy it together!

JOINT WORSHIP WITH GREEN STREET MEETING IN JULY & AUGUST

Once again, we will worship with Green Street Monthly Meeting in July and August, repeating a tradition of many years. In July, both meetings will worship in Germantown Meetinghouse, and in August both will worship in Green Street Meetinghouse. Our Worship & Ministry Committee, along with Green Street’s, has made the arrangements. Every Sunday, you will see a member of each meeting’s Worship & Ministry Committee sitting on the facing bench as closers. Karen Lightner, clerk of our Worship & Ministry Committee, asks us to please keep in mind these points: “How can we be more welcoming to members of Green Street Monthly Meeting when they worship with us in July, and what does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we are at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities among Meetings, some are quieter and others more talkative. Green Street is a quieter Meeting, and they cherish their quiet worship. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep, silent worship. Let us be enriched by the deep silence.”

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NEEDED FOR TCRC CLASS

Donations of musical instruments are needed to help start a new music class forming at The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC). Our attender Michelle Allen will teach the class. TCRC is looking for free or inexpensive used instruments of any kind. TCRC was founded and is directed by our member Jondhi Harrell. Questions? Call the Germantown office of TCRC at 215-223-1680. There will be a box in our social room for donations of small instruments.

FROM OUR CLERK, TWO THINGS:

1. Friends from across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will soon gather at Muhlenberg College on July 27-Aug. 1 for Annual Sessions, and I hope many from our meeting will attend. The five days are full of opportunities to get to know Friends from across four states, to worship with more than 350 people, to learn new skills, share our ministries, and have fun. PLEASE consider attending some, if not all, of the event. There is financial help available from our meeting’s Hacker Fund (contact the meeting’s office for information) and grants for work-study (contact Tricia Coscia at communityengagement@pym.org).

2. Two major decisions to be made at PYM Annual Sessions will be to approve the proposed revision of Faith and Practice and to approve the proposed PYM budget for FY2017. Both are on the PYM website, as follows:

Faith and Practice proposed revision — pym.org/faith-and-practice

Proposed budget for FY2017 — pym.org/finance/proposed-budget-2017

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW ADDRESS FOR FLORENCE & MICHAEL MINI

Our members Florence and Michael Mini will move to Kendal-at-Longwood retirement center in Chester County on or near July 11. They don’t have a new phone number yet. This is their new address: 155 Kendal Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Their new home will be directly across a lawn from our members Dave and B.J. Elder. Good luck to them in their new digs!

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

POSITION OPEN AT STONY RUN (MD) MEETING

Stony Run Monthly Meeting in Baltimore, MD, is seeking an Interim Meeting Facilitator. To qualify, an applicant should be a Friend with spiritual depth and commitment to Quaker values and practices and have a friendly personality with the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. This staff person will serve a large, metropolitan community, supervise the office manager and other meeting staff; and support the work of the ad hoc Committee on Meeting Vision, Functions, and Structure. This position includes facilitating the work of meeting committees and serving as liaison with the Head of Friends School of Baltimore. Other duties and responsibilities are stated in the job description at www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/meeting-facilitator- search. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to search-committee@stonyrunfriends.org by July 31.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING, JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be ‘Be humble, be faithful, be bold.’ For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, go to www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering.

‘PEACE JAM II’ AT BURLINGTON MEETINGHOUSE, JULY 15

Poems, prayers, and song, will light up the evening of ‘Peace Jam II’ at Burlington Meetinghouse, 340 High St., Burlington, NJ, on Friday, July 15, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Theme is “Peaceful Consciousness, Anyone?” Free. For more information or to become a presenter, contact Derrick Owings at willow0308@yahoo.com.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (YAF)

PUB THEOLOGY DISCUSSION, JULY 14

Come for an awesome conversation about good and evil at Pub Theology for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish), on July 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Strangelove’s, on the second floor, 216 S 11th St. in downtown Philadelphia. Questions asked will be: Why do bad things happen? Can God and evil both exist? Trevor Johnson and Lane Taylor will be the hosts. Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served at this venue. Friends who are underage are welcome to attend but expected to not drink alcohol. No admission charged, but you pay for your own food and beverages. For YAF’s guidelines and policy on alcohol use, click here. For information call Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075.

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TAKE ACTION

CONFERENCE ON ‘FAITHFUL WITNESS IN TIME OF WAR,’ JUNE 24-25

Speakers, followed by action, will address this weekend’s conference, “Faithful Witness in a Time of War,” which takes place at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, 1000 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, PA 19446. It will begin Friday, June 24, with a session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a second session on Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration is required by clicking here. Among the ten speakers will be:

· Christopher Aaron, who worked two years in the CIA Predator Drone program and resigned due to moral objections to drone warfare;

· Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Code Pink;

· Shane Claiborne, cofounder of The Simple Way, a faith-based Philadelphia community;

· Robert M. Smith, director of Brandywine Peace Community and organizer of the three-year, monthly protests at the Horsham Drone War Command Center.

This conference is organized by the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action and Mennonite peace groups. Among the cosponsors are Germantown Monthly Meeting, Brandywine Peace Community, American Friends Service Committee, and many others. For more information about the conference, click here. The conference will be followed by the demonstration listed next.

‘IGNITE PEACE in HORSHAM’: PROTEST OF DRONE WARFARE, JULY 25

Stand against the remote-controlled killing and terror of drone warfare and the policy of “endless war” at tomorrow’s demonstration at Horsham Air National Guard Station, Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham, PA. Speakers and participants from the above conference, will join this monthly demonstration, held on the last Saturday of each month. Remember to bring water and sunscreen lotion. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here.

MARCH FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION, JULY 24

On July 24, the eve of the Democratic National Convention, there will be a march in Center City, demanding action to prevent climate catastrophe and presenting these demands to policymakers. The march begins at City Hall at 1 p.m. and goes down Market Street to Independence, where there will be speakers. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 17, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The catch is, we can’t love God without loving our neighbor: whoever is next to us at this moment…. We have to love, really love, with that same love we feel pouring into and loving us.

“Some are easy to love. With some we feel at home. We run to them in joy. But we learn as we go that love is for each other one we encounter: those who are easy to love and those who are difficult. The love we feel loving us is as much for those who wound and betray us, and for those we perceive as ‘enemies,’ as it is for ourselves. This love is for the lost and the broken; the cantankerous, ugly, and lonely; yes, and even the brutal, the murderous, and cruel. If we are to love God, we must love them as well, not for their cruelties, but for the hidden Seed that would live and grow in them. We who are loved with a love that will not let us go, are to let that same love flow through us into the world.” —Carol Reilley Urner, 1994

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 19, 2016

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

Closers: Dorothy Cary & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Toni & Francis Sharp

CHILDREN

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

MEETING NEWS

OFFICE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17
The Meeting Office will be closed on Friday, June 17, because the secretary and her partner are taking his granddaughter to a long-promised overnight trip to the shore. Email messages and telephone calls will be returned on Monday.

FROM OUR CLERK, TWO THINGS:

1. Friends from across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will soon gather at Muhlenberg College on July 27-Aug. 1 for Annual Sessions, and I hope many from our meeting will attend. The five days are full of opportunities to get to know Friends from across four states, to worship with more than 350 people, to learn new skills, share our ministries, and have fun. PLEASE consider attending some, if not all, of the event. There is financial help available from our meeting’s Hacker Fund (contact the meeting’s office for information) and grants for work-study (contact Tricia Coscia at communityengagement@pym.org).

2. Two major decisions to be made at PYM Annual Sessions will be to approve the proposed revision of Faith and Practice and to approve the proposed PYM budget for FY2017. Both are on the PYM website, as follows:

Faith and Practice proposed revision — http://pym.org/faith-and-practice

Proposed budget for FY2017 — http://pym.org/finance/proposed-budget-2017

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NEEDED FOR TCRC CLASS

Donations of musical instruments are needed to help start a new music class forming at The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC). Our attender Michelle Allen will teach the class. TCRC is looking for free or inexpensive used instruments of any kind. TCRC was founded and is directed by our member Jondhi Harrell. Questions? Call the Germantown office of TCRC at 215-223-1680. There will be a box in our social room for donations of small instruments.

APPROVED MAY MINUTES ATTACHED

The approved minutes from our May 8, 2016, Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business are attached for your reading.

JOINT WORSHIP WITH GREEN STREET MEETING IN JULY & AUGUST

Once again, we will worship with Green Street Monthly Meeting in July and August, repeating a tradition of many years. In July, both meetings will worship in Germantown Meetinghouse, and in August both will worship in Green Street Meetinghouse. Our Worship & Ministry Committee, along with Green Street’s, has made the arrangements. Every Sunday, you will see a member of each meeting’s Worship & Ministry Committee sitting on the facing bench as closers. Karen Lightner, clerk of our Worship & Ministry Committee, asks us to please keep in mind these points: “How can we be more welcoming to members of Green Street Monthly Meeting when they worship with us in July, and what does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we are at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities among Meetings, some are quieter and others more talkative. Green Street is a quieter Meeting, and they cherish their quiet worship. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep, silent worship. Let us be enriched by the deep silence.”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILDCARE IN JULY

Volunteers are needed to help with childcare for preschoolers on three Sundays in July. Volunteers should arrive at 10:15 a.m., and, if you are not needed, you may go to Meeting for Worship at 10:45 a.m. Green Street Friends and their children will join us for worship in July. Please choose a date from July 10, 24, 31 and contact Maggie Lockwood at Maggie_lockwood@me.com. Many thanks to those who have already volunteered.

REBECCA HOENIG GIVES WATERCOLOR CLASS, JUNE 23

Our member Rebecca Hoenig will demonstrate basic watercolor techniques on Thursday, June 23, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at The Garage, 542 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy. This workshop, sponsored by Weavers Way Coop, is for anyone interested in experimenting with watercolors. Rebecca is an artist and an educator at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students will create a small painting to take home. All supplies will be provided. For info and to RSVP: outreach@weaversway.coop or 215-843-2350, ext. 118.

DONATIONS NEEDED TO MEET END-OF-FISCAL-YEAR GOALS

The end of June signals the end of our Meeting’s fiscal year, when we figure out whether we have raised enough money to meet our budget. This year we need $33,000 to reach that goal. Our five major expenses, covered by annual giving, are: upkeep of the Meetinghouse, support for the Meeting office, scholarships for Meeting children, support for our Meeting committees, and payment of our covenant with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. These commitments underpin the community that nurtures us in our spiritual journey. We really do need everyone’s help to achieve our goal. If you have not given, could you please give? And if you have given, thank you — and could you perhaps give just a little more? —Germantown Monthly Meeting Fundraising Committee (Michael Mini, clerk; Sydney Coffin, Patricia Gerrity, Margaret Lockwood, Jonathan Rhoads, Ruth Seeley)

REPORT OF GFS SENIOR COMMUNITY DAYS 2016

They cooked and they weeded; they mulched and they painted; they even turned a few new wooden bowls and folded clothes to give away. As a final bow to working together as classmates at Germantown Friends School, the class of 2016 made their Community Days into an energetic production of work projects for the community. To read the report of and comments, see the attachment, “GFS Senior Community Days 2016.” Thanks to our own member Kathy Paulmier who wrote the report and was one of the key organizers of the projects for seniors.

Pictured above is our attender Joan Cary, delivering the casseroles to Sabu at the Face-to-Face dining room at St. Vincent’s Church. (Photo by Kathy Paulmier)

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

IT’S A NEW GRANDDAUGHTER!

Aiko Samuel Mosca, the new granddaughter of our member Edmund Masaratu Nakawatase and his wife Jean Hunt, was born on Friday, June 10, at Pennsylvania Hospital. She weighed nine pounds, and she and her mother are doing well. Her parents are Michi Hunt and Jon Mosca.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

JOHN FEFFER TO SPEAK ABOUT NUCLEAR WAR, JUNE 23

John Feffer will speak on “Shall We Still Worry About Nukes?” at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., on June 23, at 5:30 p.m. He is a former staff member of the American Friends Service Committee and is currently director of Foreign Policy in Focus. His talk is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia and is part of the group’s general membership meeting, which is open to the public.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING, JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be “Be humble, be faithful, be bold.” For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, go to www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (YAF)

PUB THEOLOGY DISCUSSION, JULY 14

Come for an awesome conversation about good and evil at Pub Theology for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish), on July 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Strangelove’s, on the second floor, 216 S 11th St. in downtown Philadelphia. Questions asked will be: Why do bad things happen? Can God and evil both exist? Trevor Johnson and Lane Taylor will be the hosts. Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served at this venue. Friends who are underage are welcome to attend but expected to not drink alcohol. No admission charged, but you pay for your own food and beverages. For YAF’s guidelines and policy on alcohol use, click here. For information call Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

KIDS & TEENS EAT FREE ALL SUMMER!

This summer, more than 1,000 places in Philadelphia will offer free meals to kids and teens under age 18, and to disabled persons over 18 who participate in school programs for the disabled. The meals are free and include a nutritious breakfast, lunch, snack, and/or supper. Sites will be at playgrounds, faith-based organizations, childcare centers, public housing sites, and other community organizations. This program will run during June, July, and August. No ID, registration, or proof of income is required. For information, call Philly Summer Meals Hotline, 1-855-252-6325, or click here.www.phillysummermeals.org.

NEEDLECRAFTERS TO MEET AT ALMA MATER, JUNE 22

The needlecraft group of Northwest Village Network will meet on June 22 at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome. Bring a project. It’s a good chance to talk with each other, and get help with your project, if you need it. Questions? Call Deborah Cooper or Anne Javsicas.

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CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY CONFERENCE, JUNE 19-21

The annual conference of Citizens Climate Lobby will be held June 19-21 in Washington, DC. This is the organization that is promoting the “carbon fee and dividend” presented to our Meeting by Tom Wells in an adult class in February. The conference will offer education, training, and face-to-face lobbying with members of Congress. For more information or to register, click here.

PROGRAM ON BURNING HAZARDOUS WASTE, JUNE 21

There will be an informational program at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City, on June 21 at 7 p.m., on a proposed facility in Bucks County for incinerating hazardous waste. The new facility would be close to the Delaware River. It is opposed by The Delaware River Keeper, Clean Air Council, and other environment groups. The Philadelphia Water Department opposes the facility due to risks to the Philadelphia municipal water supply. This meeting will provide information about the facility and ways citizens can get involved in opposing it.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 10, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The Quaker group silence, the cooperative team work of the entire assembly, the expectant hush, the sense of divine presence, the faith that God and man can come unto mutual and reciprocal correspondence, tend to heighten the spiritual quality of the person who rises in that kind of atmosphere to speak. But that group situation, important as it is, will not work the miracle of producing a message for the hour in a person who is sterile and has nothing to say. Even the miracle of feeding the multitude in Galilee needed at least a nucleus of loaves and fishes to start with.

“Vital ministry is not abstract and doctrinal, it is charged with insight for the meaning and significance of life. It answers back to specific human need. It ‘speaks to the condition’ of souls. It correlates with concrete reality. It sets hearts beating. It quickens dropping spirits. It restores waning faith. It fortifies the wills of those who hear it. It makes the world look different. That means that it must come out of life and, if it is to have value, it must refresh life.”

—Rufus Jones, 1934

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 12, 2016

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Closers: Randal & Leanna Whitman
Greeters & Refreshments: Peter & Anne Javsicas

CHILDREN

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

*MEETING FOR BUSINESS, JUNE 12

Meeting for Business will be held this Sunday, June 12, at 9 am., in the social room. Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the clerk. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision. The agenda for this meeting is:

Query 6
Opening worship
Minutes from May
GFS Human Rights Club request
Care & Visiting Committee
Nominating Committee
Racial Justice and Social Concerns Committee’s recommendation for Corporate Giving
First Day School Committee report
Property Committee report
Worship & Ministry Committee report
Announcements and Correspondence
· Proposed draft of Faith and Practice
· Proposed PYM budget
· Fund Raising update
Closing Worship

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NEEDED FOR TCRC CLASS

Donations of musical instruments are needed to help start a new music class forming at The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC). Our attender Michelle Allen will be teaching the class. TCRC is looking for free or inexpensive used instruments of any kind. TCRC was founded and is directed by our member Jondhi Harrell. Questions? Call the Germantown office of TCRC at 215-223-1680.

JOINT WORSHIP WITH GREEN STREET MEETING IN JULY & AUGUST

Once again, we will worship with Green Street Monthly Meeting in July and August, repeating a tradition of many years. In July, both meetings will worship in Germantown Meetinghouse, and in August both will worship in Green Street Meetinghouse. Our Worship & Ministry Committee, along with Green Street’s, have made the arrangements. Every Sunday, you will see a member of each meeting’s Worship & Ministry Committee sitting on the facing bench as closers. Karen Lightner, clerk of our Worship & Ministry Committee, asks us to please keep in mind these points: How can we be more welcoming to members of Green Street Monthly Meeting when they worship with us in July, and what does it mean to be a visitor at another Meeting, as we are at Green Street in August? Each Meeting has its own culture. While there are many similarities among Meetings, some are quieter and others more talkative. Green Street is a quieter Meeting, and they cherish their quiet worship. When we visit there, let us be mindful of their Meeting culture of deep, silent worship. Let us be enriched by the deep silence.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILDCARE IN JUNE & JULY

Volunteers are needed to help with childcare for preschoolers on Sundays in June and July. Volunteers should arrive at 10:15 a.m., and, if you are not needed, you may go to Meeting for Worship at 10:45 a.m. Green Street Friends and their children will join us for worship in July. Please choose a date or two from the following list and contact Maggie Lockwood to sign up at maggie@computertalk.com. Here are the dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26, and July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

NEWS FROM BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER

Our member Barbara Wybar writes from Bududa, Uganda, to let us know she has just posted the June 2016 Newsletter of the Learning Center, of which she is the director. Catch up on the news about all the good things happening there in by clicking here.

GOT ANY ODD JOBS THAT NEED DOING?

Our member Pamela Williams is looking for odd jobs in the next four weeks. She is available to do housesitting, pet care, weeding, gardening, and other tasks of care or support. Anyone who has need for this assistance should contact her as soon as possible by email at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com.

DONATIONS NEEDED TO MEET END-OF-FISCAL-YEAR GOALS

The end of June signals the end of our Meeting’s fiscal year, when we figure out whether we have raised enough money to meet our budget. This year we need $36,405 to reach that goal. Our five major expenses, covered by annual giving, are: upkeep of the Meetinghouse, support for the Meeting office, scholarships for Meeting children, support for our Meeting committees, and payment of our covenant with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. These commitments underpin the community that nurtures us in our spiritual journey. We really do need everyone’s help to achieve our goal. If you have not given, could you please give? And if you have given, thank you — and could you perhaps give just a little more? —Germantown Monthly Meeting Fundraising Committee (Michael Mini, clerk; Sydney Coffin, Patricia Gerrity, Margaret Lockwood, Jonathan Rhoads, Ruth Seeley)

REMINDER: SAVE A STAMP BY USING DONATION BOX IN SOCIAL ROOM!

It needn’t cost a penny to make a donation to our Meeting, if, instead of mailing it, you drop it in the donation box on the little old wooden table as you enter the social room (where food is served). To receive acknowledgement for tax purposes, please include your name on your envelope or attach your name to your donation with a paper clip or sticky note.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

CORRECTION: NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR CHRIS & HELEN NICHOLSON

Please correct your Meeting Directory for Chris and Helen Nicholson’s new phone number. Last week’s notice in The BEE left out one digit. Chris & Helen recently moved to Stapeley Hall at Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene Street, Phila., PA 19144.

BILL COZZENS FEATURED IN GRID MAGAZINE

The June issue of Grid magazine takes on the subject of faith and environmental sustainability, and a description of the work of EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) leads off the article. Guess who is featured in the first paragraph? Our own member and environmental activist Bill Cozzens, who is clerk of our Environmental Concerns Committee! To read the article online and see Bill’s photo, click here, open the June 2016 issue, and click on page 32.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GARDEN WORK & HISTORY COMBINE AT FAIR HILL, JUNE 11

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 11) is your chance to help with the gardens at Historic Fair Hill burial ground, take home some plants to grow, and get a history tour of the great leaders of the abolition and early women’s rights movements. This gardening day will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fair Hill is at 2901 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19133. For more information about this gardening day, click here</>.

CLIMATE JUSTICE CONFERENCE, PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16-19

A conference exploring the issue of climate change as a spiritual issue will be held at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA, on June 16-19. There will be worship, speakers, workshops on lobbying and advocacy, and information about successful community projects and how to form nonviolent direct-action campaigns. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, will respond to questions via video before the conference. Costs are substantial: $325 to $685, depending on whether you commute or stay on campus. It may be worth inquiring at 215-566-4507, ext. 137, about scholarship assistance. For more information, click here.

JOHN FEFFER TO SPEAK ABOUT NUCLEAR WAR, JUNE 23

John Feffer will speak on “Shall We Still Worry About Nukes?” at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., on June 23, at 5:30 p.m. He is a former staff member of the American Friends Service Committee and is currently director of Foreign Policy in Focus. His talk is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia and is part of the group’s general membership meeting, which is open to the public.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING, JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be “Be humble, be faithful, be bold.” For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, go to www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 27-31

The 2016 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be held July 27-31 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Registration opens April 30. Friends of all ages will gather from throughout our yearly meeting for worship, Spirit-led discernment, and sharing of our work and witness, fellowship, creativity, and community. Come for the whole event, or just a day or two. There is financial aid available for meals and dormitory housing to help everyone attend. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org, 215 241-7238.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (YAF)

EVERYONE’S INVITED TO YAF PARTY IN NEW YORK CITY, JUNE 17-19

Organizers in New York Yearly Meeting are inviting all Friends who finished high school in 1990 or later to gather for a celebration on June 17-19 at 15th Street Meeting in New York City. This is sponsored by NYYM’s Young Adult Concerns Committee and is intended for Friends from New York Yearly Meeting, New England Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and Boston Yearly Meeting. For more information and to register, click here.

PUB THEOLOGY DISCUSSION, JULY 14

Come for an awesome conversation about good and evil at Pub Theology for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish), on July 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Strangelove’s, on the second floor, 216 S 11th St. in downtown Philadelphia. Questions asked will be: Why do bad things happen? Can God and evil both exist? Trevor Johnson and Lane Taylor will be the hosts. Food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served at this venue. Friends who are underage are welcome to attend but expected to not drink alcohol. No admission charged, but you pay for your own food and beverages. For YAF’s guidelines and policy on alcohol use, click here. For information call Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

MUSIC FESTIVAL AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, JUNE 12

The Philadelphia Folksong Society and Awbury Arboretum will present the second annual Heartwood Music Festival on June 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will celebrate the Arboretum’s 100th anniversary with excellent local music, food, crafts, and much more. People living in zip codes 19138 and 19144 can get in free. For others, tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information and to order tickets, go towww.pfs.org. For this event, enter Awbury Arboretum from Chew Avenue near Washington Lane.

FILM ON GUN VIOLENCE, PROFITS, AND THE NRA, JUNE 13

The Germantown Unitarian Church will screen the film Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA on Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. The film is approximately 90 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion. It tells the story of how gun violence threatens American lives and the billions of dollars made off guns by gun companies and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The address for the church is 6511 Lincoln Drive, and off-street parking may be reached from Greene Street. Free. Refreshments and childcare provided. All are welcome. For more information, click here.

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA TO GIVE CONCERT IN PARK, JUNE 15

Join Northwest Village Network to a picnic and concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra in Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. Bring your picnic dinner and a folding chair or a blanket and relax to beautiful music! If it rains, the concert will be moved to Springside Academy, 8000 Cherokee St. For information, contact Peter or Anne Javsicas, jaypeejay@verizon.net or annejavsicas@yahoo.com.

NEEDLECRAFTERS TO MEET AT ALMA MATER, JUNE 22

The needlecraft group of Northwest Village Network will meet on June 22 at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome. Bring a project. It’s a good chance to talk with each other, and get help with your project, if you need it. Questions? Contact Deborah Cooper or Anne Javsicas.

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CLEAN ENERGY LOBBY DAY IN HARRISBURG, JUNE 14

People supporting clean, non-fossil fuel sources of energy will gather in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 14, to lobby state senators and representatives to support the EPA Clean Power Plan. The plan would implement stronger state regulation of oil and gas drilling and pipelines, regulation of methane release, and more. It is supported by Penn Environment, the Pennsylvania Council of Churches and other organizations. One or more bus will leave from Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street at 8 a.m. Click here for more information and to sign up for a seat on the bus or find a carpool.

CELEBRATION OF DANIEL BERRIGAN’S LIFE, JUNE 12

Everyone is invited to a potluck and program on Sunday, June 12, at 4:30 p.m., to celebrate the life of Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, legendary war resister, political prisoner, poet, author, educator, and spiritual leader who died in April. There will be music by Tom Mullian and Melissa Elliott, and reading from letters between Dan Berrigan and his brother Phil. People are invited to bring a favorite literary passage from Dan’s writing, or a favorite memory, photos, or anecdote about him. The potluck begins at 4:30 p.m., and the program starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, this event takes place at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. For directions and more information, click here or call 610-544-1818.

CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY CONFERENCE, JUNE 19-21

The annual conference of Citizens Climate Lobby will be held June 19-21 in Washington, DC. This is the organization that is promoting the “carbon fee and dividend” presented to our Meeting by Tom Wells in an adult class in February. The conference will offer education, training, and face-to-face lobbying with members of Congress. For more information or to register, click here.

PROGRAM ON BURNING HAZARDOUS WASTE, JUNE 21

There will be an informational program at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City, on June 21 at 7 p.m., on a proposed facility in Bucks County for incinerating hazardous waste. The new facility would be close to the Delaware River. It is opposed by The Delaware River Keeper, Clean Air Council, and other environment groups. The Philadelphia Water Department opposes the facility due to risks to the Philadelphia municipal water supply. This meeting will provide information about the facility and ways citizens can get involved in opposing it.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 3, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Simplicity is closely akin to sincerity — a genuineness of life and speech in which there is no place for sham or artificiality. The care given by early Friends to avoid flattering titles and phrases and to aim for rectitude of speech undoubtedly has done much to turn attention to honesty in the spoken and the written word. Care is needed to avoid and discourage the insincerities and extravagance that are prevalent in the social world. We need also to speak the simple truth, in love, when occasion requires. Such an attitude does not exclude sincere cordiality and kindness. A life of simplicity and sincerity may be full of activity, but it must be a life centered in God.” –Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Faith & Practice, 1961

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 5, 2016

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. ANNUAL PICNIC, meetinghouse porch*

Closers: Donna Wilhelm & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Caroline Davidson & Tom Grabe

CHILDREN

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

MEETING NEWS

*PICNIC! PICNIC! AFTER MEETING, SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Once again, we’ll picnic right here at Germantown Meeting on our own porch, immediately after meeting for worship, on Sunday, June 5. There will be grilled burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and a delicious array of potluck food, so come and add your dish to the choices. There is lots of room for kids to run and play on the commons and green, while adults chat at tables on the porch. Mark your calendars now — and don’t leave town before celebrating the start of summer with us! ALL ARE WELCOME!! Questions? Contact Anne Stassen: 215-769-5958; annebillstassen@yahoo.com.

QVS COFFEEHOUSE, JUNE 4

Bring your poems, voices, stories, jokes, and comedy! Bring your ears and your appetite for adventure! The Philadelphia fellows of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) are hosting the final coffeehouse of their fundraising year on Saturday, June 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the QVS house at 106 W. Tulpehocken St. Contributions will go toward exit stipends for fellows who need them. Lights refreshments and fellowship begin at 4 p.m., followed by the program at 5 p.m.

GOT ANY ODD JOBS THAT NEED DOING?

Our member Pamela Williams is looking for odd jobs in the next four to six weeks. She is available to do housesitting, pet care, weeding, gardening, and other tasks of care or support. Anyone who has need for this assistance should contact her as soon as possible by email at pamelaawilliams@gmail.com, or by telephone at 267-861-1311.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP WITH CONCERN FOR BUSINESS, JUNE 12

Meeting for Business will be held next Sunday, June 12, at 9 am., in the social room. Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the clerk. Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision. The agenda for the upcoming meeting is:

Query 6
Opening worship
Minutes from May
GFS Human Rights Club request
Care & Visiting Committee
Nominating Committee
Racial Justice and Social Concerns Committee’s recommendation for Corporate Giving
Retreat Committee report
First Day School Committee report
Announcements and Correspondence
· Proposed draft of Faith and Practice
· Proposed PYM budget
· Fund Raising update
Closing Worship

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILDCARE IN JUNE & JULY

Volunteers are needed to help with childcare for preschoolers on Sundays in June and July. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 10:15 a.m., and, if you are not needed, you may go to Meeting for Worship at 10:45 a.m. Green Street Friends and their children will join us for worship in July. Please choose a date or two from the following list and contact Maggie Lockwood to sign up at Maggie_lockwood@me.com. Here are the dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26, and July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

DONATIONS NEEDED TO MEET END-OF-FISCAL-YEAR GOALS

The end of June signals the end of our Meeting’s fiscal year, when we figure out whether we have raised enough money to meet our budget. This year we need $36,405 to reach that goal. Our five major expenses, covered by annual giving, are: upkeep of the Meetinghouse, support for the Meeting office, scholarships for Meeting children, support for our Meeting committees, and payment of our covenant with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. These commitments underpin the community that nurtures us in our spiritual journey. We really do need everyone’s help to achieve our goal. If you have not given, could you please give? And if you have given, thank you — and could you perhaps give just a little more? — Germantown Monthly Meeting Fundraising Committee (Michael Mini, clerk; Sydney Coffin, Patricia Gerrity, Margaret Lockwood, Jonathan Rhoads, Ruth Seeley)

REMINDER: SAVE A STAMP BY USING DONATION BOX IN SOCIAL ROOM!

It needn’t cost a penny to make a donation to our Meeting, if, instead of mailing it, you drop it in the donation box on the little old wooden table as you enter the social room (where food is served). To receive acknowledgement for tax purposes, please include your name in your envelope or attach your name to your donation with a paper clip or sticky note.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

RUTH SEELEY WINS “PILLAR OF COMMUNITY” AWARD

Our member Ruth Seeley, who serves our Meeting in many ways, is being recognized for her considerable contributions for the betterment of the Germantown Community. She will receive the “Pillar of the Community” Award on June 16 from Germantown United Community Development Fund at an event to raise money for continued revitalization of our community. It will be held at Rittenhouse Soundworks, an arts complex at 219 W. Rittenhouse St. Since retiring, Ruth has worked tirelessly with Friends of Vernon Park, volunteering for a rain garden project for the Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, which proved to be a turning point for the park. Recently, as president of Friends of Vernon Park, Ruth helped transform a small group of supporters into a major force that has made positive changes in Vernon Park. To make reservations for the event, read more about Ruth’s background, and see a lovely photo of her, click here.

BIRTH: NAOMI ELIZABETH NYCE

Naomi Elizabeth Nyce was born on Wednesday, June 1, to our member Victoria Spaeth Nyce and her husband Andre Nyce. Our members Ted and Marjorie Spaeth are grandparents. (See the attached photo of Naomi and her mother, “Nyce, Naomi Elizabeth.pdf”.) Congratulations to all!

BIRTH: DAUGHTER TO DAN COZZENS & ISHAH JANSSEN-FAITH

A baby girl was born to our member Dan Cozzens and his partner Ishah Janssen-Faith, on Sunday, May 29. Mother and baby, father and big sister, are all doing well. The family’s new address is: 153 Garfield Place, apt. 2L, Brooklyn, NY 11215. The new baby is the granddaughter of our members Carla Childs and Bill Cozzens.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR REBECCA GERRITY, JUNE 4

The memorial meeting for worship for Rebecca Diane Gerrity will be tomorrow, June 4, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Becca, as she was known, died on May 23 after a long illness. She was the daughter of our member Patty Gerrity, sister of our member Alexander Gerrity George, and stepdaughter of our member David George. Contributions of cookies would be gratefully accepted for the reception, which will take place after the memorial service. Please bring them to the Meeting kitchen on Saturday after 12:30 p.m. but before the memorial meeting.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR HARRIS COOPERMAN, JUNE 4

The memorial meeting for Harris Cooperman, father of our member Morris Cooperman, will be June 4 at 2 p.m. in the William Penn Room of Kendall-Crosslands retirement center, near Kennett Square in Chester County. His wife Esther Leeds Cooperman, who was a long-time member of Germantown Meeting and a graduate of Germantown Friends School, survives him.

WEDDED: BIANCA WHITE & OMMAR DEL RIO

Our member Bianca Marisa White married Ommar del Rio in our meetinghouse last Saturday, May 28, 2016. Here is their new contact information: Bianca and Ommar del Rio, 1319 Maple St., Wilmington, DE 19805. Congratulations and best wishes to both of them in this new stage of life.

NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR CHRIS & HELEN NICHOLSON

Our members Chris and Helen Nicholson, who recently moved to Stapeley Hall at Wesley Enhanced Living, now have their new phone number (call Meeting office).

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

ANTHONY BENEZET MARKER TO BE DEDICATED ON JUNE 4

A historical marker describing Quaker reformer Anthony Benezet will be dedicated on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at 325 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. The ceremony is likely to be held in the park across the street. Anthony Benezet was a key figure in organizing local, national, and international antislavery movements in the 1700s, and he was a pioneer in education for girls and blacks in the colonies. From 1753 until his death in 1784, he lived in a building that was located at what is now 325 Chestnut Street. The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street) is sponsoring this dedication ceremony. Free and open to the public.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT MEDFORD MEETING, JUNE 4

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? You are invited to take part in an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, June 4, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Medford (NJ) Monthly Meeting, 14 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055. You are welcome to come for the entire day or just for part of it. Remember to bring your lunch. For information, click here or contact Lola Georg at lolageorg@gmail.com.

FIRST-SUNDAY WORSHIP AT STAPELEY HALL, JUNE 5

On June 5, everyone is welcome to join residents of Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) at 6:30 p.m. for their First-Sunday Meeting for Worship. Stapeley Hall is at 6300 Greene Street in Germantown.

CLIMATE JUSTICE CONFERENCE, PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16-19

A conference exploring the issue of climate change as a spiritual issue will be held at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA, on June 16-19. There will be worship, speakers, workshops on lobbying and advocacy, and information about successful community projects and how to form nonviolent direct-action campaigns. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, will respond to questions via video before the conference. Costs are substantial: $325 to $685, depending on how early your register and whether you commute or stay on campus. It may be worth inquiring at 215-566-4507, ext. 137, about scholarship assistance. For more information, click here.

JOHN FEFFER TO SPEAK ABOUT NUCLEAR WAR, JUNE 23

John Feffer will speak on “Shall We Still Worry About Nukes?” at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., at 5:30 p.m. He is a former staff member of the American Friends Service Committee and is currently director of Foreign Policy in Focus. His address is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia and his talk is part of the group’s general membership meeting, which is open to the public.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING, JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be “Be humble, be faithful, be bold.” For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE JULY 27-31

The 2016 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be held July 27-31 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Registration opens April 30. Friends of all ages will gather from throughout our yearly meeting for worship, Spirit-led discernment, and sharing of our work and witness, fellowship, creativity, and community. Come for the whole event, or just a day or two. There is financial aid available for meals and dormitory housing to help everyone attend. For information, click here or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org, 215 241-7238.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (YAF)

PUB THEOLOGY DISCUSSION, JULY 14

Come for an awesome conversation about good and evil at Pub Theology for Young Adult Friends (18-35ish), on July 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Strangelove’s, on the second floor, 216 S 11th St. in downtown Philadelphia. Questions asked will be: Why do bad things happen? Can God and evil both exist? Trevor Johnson and Lane Taylor will be the hosts. Food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served at this venue. Friends who are underage are welcome to attend but are expected to not drink alcohol. No admission charged, but you are expected to pay for your own food and beverages. For YAF’s guidelines and policy on alcohol use, click here. For information call Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, 215-241-7075.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEEDLECRAFTERS TO MEET AT TANGLED WEB, JUNE 10 & 22

The needlecraft group of Northwest Village Network will meet on June 10 and June 22 at The Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave., in Chestnut Hill, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome. Bring a project. It’s a good chance to talk with each other, and get help, if you need it. Questions? Call Deborah Cooper 215-248-0489 or Anne Javsicas 247-0457.

MUSIC FESTIVAL AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, JUNE 12

The Philadelphia Folksong Society and Awbury Arboretum will present the second annual Heartwood Music Festival on June 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will celebrate the Arboretum’s 100th anniversary with excellent local music, food, crafts, and much more. People living in zip codes 19138 and 19144 can get in free. For others, tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information and to order tickets, go to www.pfs.org. For this event, enter Awbury Arboretum from Chew Avenue near Washington Lane.

FILM ON GUN VIOLENCE, PROFITS, AND THE NRA, JUNE 13

The Germantown Unitarian Church will screen the film Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA on Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. The film is approximately 90 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion. It tells the story of how gun violence threatens American lives and the billions of dollars made off guns by gun companies and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The address for the church is 6511 Lincoln Drive and off street parking may be reached from Greene Street. Free. Refreshments and childcare provided. All are welcome. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY BEE (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 27, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“How does a Quaker Meeting work? Its foundation is the conviction that God is not a distant, remote being but a living presence to be discovered in the deep centre of every human being… The Quaker experience is that, in the silence, as we are open to one another in love, we help each other by sharing our strengths and weaknesses. The Quaker conviction is that, as we go deeper into ourselves, we shall eventually reach a still, quiet centre. At this point, two things happen simultaneously. Each of us is aware of our unique value as an individual human being, and each of us is aware of our utter interdependence on one another.” — George Gorman, 1982, as quoted in Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1997 revision

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 29, 2016

9 a.m. Adult Class: Worship Sharing on End-of-Life Issues*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship: Fifth Sunday experiment in worship**
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: David Mettler & Karen Lightner
Greeters & Refreshments: Katy Hineline & Teresa Maorbori

CHILDREN

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

*ADULT CLASS ON END-OF-LIFE ISSUES, MAY 29
This Sunday’s adult class (on May 29), we will hold a worship sharing on end-of-life issues. It is a follow-up session to Phyllis Taylor’s April presentation on this subject. Background reading: the article “Letting Go,” by Atul Gwande, from The New Yorker magazine. Adult class is held at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Everyone is welcome. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

**GET READY TO SING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 29!

“On the fifth Sunday of this month, May 29, we will hold the second in our series of Fifth Sunday Meetings for Worship where we do something different for worship. We will begin and end by singing and conduct worship sharing on a topic related to putting ourselves in other people’s shoes. We hope you will join us.” –Worship and Ministry Committee

PICNIC! PICNIC! AFTER MEETING, SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Once again, we’ll picnic right here at Germantown Meeting on our own porch, immediately after meeting for worship, on Sunday, June 5. There will be grilled burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and a delicious array of potluck food, so come and add your dish to the choices. There is lots of room for kids to run and play on the commons and green, while adults chat at tables on the porch. Mark your calendars now — and don’t leave town before celebrating the start of summer with us! ALL ARE WELCOME!! Questions? Contact Anne Stassen: annebillstassen@yahoo.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILDCARE IN JUNE & JULY

Volunteers are needed to help with childcare for preschoolers on Sundays in June and July. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 10:15 a.m., and, if you are not needed, you may go to Meeting for Worship at 10:45 a.m. Green Street Friends and their children will join us for worship in July. Please choose a date or two from the following list and contact Maggie Lockwood to sign up at Maggie_lockwood@me.com. Here are the dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26, and July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

QVS COFFEEHOUSE, JUNE 4

Bring your poems, voices, stories, jokes, and comedy! Bring your ears and your appetite for adventure! The Philadelphia fellows of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) are hosting the final coffeehouse of their fundraising year on Saturday, June 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the QVS house at 106 W. Tulpehocken St. Contributions will go toward exit stipends for fellows who need them. Lights refreshments and fellowship begin at 4 p.m., followed by the program at 5 p.m.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN A CARE CIRCLE?

One or more new care circles are forming, and there is still time to join one. Care circles are composed of members and active attenders who meet once a month in each others’ homes for worship, sharing their lives, discussions, even laughter and meals — anything the participants choose to do together. A care circle is a way to take care of each other while getting to know each other at a deeper level than is possible in our large Meeting. If you are interested, contact Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, gmm@germantownfriends.org; or Peter Samuel, clerk of Care & Visiting, peter.samuel@att.net.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF REBECCA GERRITY

Rebecca Diane Gerrity, daughter of our member Patty Gerrity, sister of our member Alexander Gerrity George, and stepdaughter of our member David George, died Monday, May 23, after a long illness. She was in her 30s. Her memorial service will be on Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m., in Germantown Meetinghouse. Cards and notes would be appreciated. Patty’s address is 21 Latham Parkway, Melrose Park, PA 19027. Our Funeral Arrangements Committee would gratefully accept contributions of cookies for the reception after the memorial service. If you need to drop them off before June 4, please bring them to the Meeting Office. If you bring them on the day of the service, June 4, please drop them off after 12:30 p.m. in the Meeting kitchen. Our hearts and prayers go out to Becca’s family at this time of sorrow.

FATHER OF MORRIS COOPERMAN DIES

Harris Cooperman, the father of our member Morris Cooperman, died recently from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. The memorial service will be June 4 at 2 p.m. in the William Penn Room of Kendall-Crosslands retirement center, near Kennett Square in Chester County. If you would like to send a card or a note to Morris and his family, their address is 44 Lindes Farne Ave., Haddonfield Township, NJ 08108. We send our sympathy and prayers to Morris and his family at this time.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FIRST-SUNDAY WORSHIP AT STAPELEY HALL, JUNE 5

On June 5, everyone is welcome to join residents of Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) at 6:30 p.m. for their First-Sunday Meeting for Worship. Stapeley Hall is at 6300 Greene Street in Germantown.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT MEDFORD MEETING, JUNE 4

Would you like to deepen your experience of worship? You are invited to take part in an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, June 4, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Medford (NJ) Monthly Meeting, 14 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055. You are welcome to come for the entire day or just for part of it. Remember to bring your lunch. For information, click here or contact Lola Georg at lolageorg@gmail.com.

ANTHONY BENEZET MARKER TO BE DEDICATED ON JUNE 4

A historical marker describing Quaker reformer Anthony Benezet will be dedicated on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at 325 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. The ceremony is likely to be held in the park across the street. Anthony Benezet was a key figure in organizing local, national, and international antislavery movements in the 1700s, and he was a pioneer in education for girls and blacks in the colonies. From 1753 until his death in 1784, he lived in a building that was located at what is now 325 Chestnut Street. The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street) is sponsoring this dedication ceremony. Free and open to the public.

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SAVE THE DATE

MUSIC FESTIVAL AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, JUNE 12

The Philadelphia Folksong Society and Awbury Arboretum will present the second annual Heartwood Music Festival on June 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will celebrate the Arboretum’s 100th anniversary with excellent local music, food, crafts, and much more. People living in zip codes 19138 and 19144 can get in free. For others, tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information and to order tickets, go to www.pfs.org. For this event, enter Awbury Arboretum from Chew Avenue near Washington Lane.

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE JUSTICE AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16-19

A conference exploring the issue of climate change as a spiritual issue will be held at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA, on June 16-19. There will be worship, speakers, workshops on lobbying and advocacy, and information about successful community projects and how to form nonviolent direct-action campaigns. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, will respond to questions via video before the conference. Costs are substantial: $325 to $685, depending on how early you register and whether you commute or stay on campus. It may be worth inquiring at 215-566-4507, ext. 137, about scholarship assistance. For more information, click here.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING, JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be “Be humble, be faithful, be bold.” For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE JULY 27-31

The 2016 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be held July 27-31 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Registration opens April 30. Friends of all ages will gather from throughout our yearly meeting for worship, Spirit-led discernment, and sharing of our work and witness, fellowship, creativity, and community. Come for the whole event, or just a day or two. There is financial aid available for meals and dormitory housing to help everyone attend. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org, 215 241-7238.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

SPRING BAZAAR AT VERNON PARK, MAY 28

A community flea and craft market, with community information fair, will be held at Vernon Park on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is just north of Chelten Avenue, between Greene Street and Germantown Avenue. The fair will be held of the Greene Street side of the park. Sponsor of the event is Friends of Vernon Park. Questions? Contact Ruth Seeley, at ruth@friendsofvernonpark.org.

FILM ON GUN VIOLENCE, PROFITS, AND THE NRA, JUNE 13

The Germantown Unitarian Church will screen the film Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA on Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. The film is approximately 90 minutes long and will be followed by a discussion. It tells the story of how gun violence threatens American lives, and the billions of dollars made off guns by gun companies and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The address for the church is 6511 Lincoln Drive and off-street parking may be reached from Greene Street. Free. Refreshments and childcare provided. All are welcome. For more information, click here.

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TAKE ACTION

HELP CLEAN UP GERMANTOWN AVE. WITH TCRC, MAY 28

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) will hold a community clean-up tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m., on Germantown Avenue. It begins at 3850 Germantown Ave. and will extend to Broad Street and Erie Avenue. Refreshments, water, and cleaning tools will be provided. TCRC assists citizens who are returning to society after being imprisoned by providing job training, counseling services, legal aid, and assistance with housing. Our member Jondhi Harrell is executive director and founder of TCRC. For information on TCRC, click here.

MEMORIAL DAY PROTEST IN HORSHAM, May 28

A good way to remember all the people who have died in wars might be to protest the use of drone warfare, at a last-Saturday-of-every-month demonstration in Horsham, PA. A war drone command center is now in operation at the Air National Guard Station in Horsham, where pilots guide drones by remote control to bombing targets in other countries. The demonstration will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the gate to the Air Guard Station at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham. Bring an umbrella if it rains, sunblock to protect your skin, and a bottle of water. Signs and banners will be provided. For information, contact Bob Smith of Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818, or click here.

URGE SEN. TOOMEY TO HELP MOVE S2123 TO FLOOR FOR VOTE

Please consider writing to Sen. Pat Toomey, asking him to urge that S2123 Sentencing Reform and Correction Act be brought to the floor of the Senate for discussion and vote. The bill is sponsored by Democrats and Republicans and has the support of Friends Committeeon National Legislation. As you know the war on drugs has resulted in mass incarceration, and this bill begins to address this problem. To read more about sentencing and other prison issues, click here. A sample letter is attached (‘Ltr to Toomey 5-2016’). You may edit as you feel called. Be sure to add the date and your name and address; then print and mail. –Joanne Sharpless, clerk of Racial & Social Justice Committee

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 20, 2016

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, May 22, 2016

9 a.m. Adult Class: Emily Temple on her yearlong experience at FCNL
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: Peter Samuel & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Anthony Stover & friend

CHILDREN

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASSES ON MAY 22 AND MAY 29
Adult class is held at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Everyone is welcome. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. These are the remaining classes for May:

May 22: Emily Temple, of FCNL’s Visiting Friends Program, will share her yearlong experience as an FCNL program assistant. She is a graduate of Haverford College, a member of Downingtown Friends Meeting, and is going into public interest law.

May 29: Worship-Sharing on End-of-Life Issues. Follow-up to our April 24 class on “Letting Go: End of Life Issues,” presented by Phyllis Taylor. Background reading: the article “Letting Go,” by Atul Gwande, from The New Yorker magazine, which may be read online by clicking here.

GET READY TO SING ON FIFTH SUNDAY, MAY 29!

“On the fifth Sunday of this month, May 29, we will hold the second in our series of Fifth Sunday Meetings for Worship where we do something different for worship. We will begin and end by singing and conduct worship sharing on a topic related to putting ourselves in other people’s shoes. We hope you will join us.” –Worship and Ministry Committee

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN A CARE CIRCLE?

One or more new care circles are forming, and there is still time to join one. Care circles are composed of members and active attenders who meet once a month in each others’ homes for worship, sharing their lives, discussions, even laughter and meals — anything the participants choose to do together. A care circle is a way to take care of each other while getting to know one another at a deeper level than is possible in our large Meeting. If you are interested, contact Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, or at gmm@germantownfriends.org; or Peter Samuel, clerk of Care & Visiting, at peter.samuel@att.net.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW ADDRESS FOR CHRIS & HELEN!

Our dear members Chris and Helen Nicholson are moving into their new residence at Stapeley Hall, Wesley Enhanced Living this week. Chris writes: “The movers come on Tuesday, and we will get plugged into the outside world of TV and the internet by Friday, May 27.” Here is their new address and telephone numbers: 6300 Greene St., Apt. SW 404, Philadelphia, PA 19144; If the address sounds familiar, it is; this was our late member Betty Cary’s apartment.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GFS TO RAISE MONEY FOR REFUGEES WITH BARBECUE, MAY 22

This Sunday, May 22, Germantown Friends School (GFS) will hold an All-You-Can-Eat-for-$10 Barbecue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Commons (parking lot between the meetinghouse and main building of the school). There will be lots of food and lots of music. The money will go toward refugee assistance and the major project involving this, which will be in full swing this coming fall. The barbecue is sponsored by the GFS Human Rights Group.

HOST FAMILY NEEDED FOR AFSC VOLUNTEER

A host family is needed for a volunteer at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) from approximately May 28 through June 25. The young woman is a Chinese exchange student who is attending high school in California. Her family would be happy to pay rent and living expenses for the period if such an arrangement can be worked out. If you are interested, contact Marianne Elias at melias@afsc.org.

ANTHONY BENEZET MARKER TO BE DEDICATED ON JUNE 4

A historical marker describing Quaker reformer Anthony Benezet will be dedicated on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at 325 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. The ceremony is likely to be held in the park across the street. Anthony Benezet was a key figure in organizing local, national, and international antislavery movements in the 1700s, and he was a pioneer in education for girls and blacks in the colonies. From 1753 until his death in 1784, he lived in a building that was located at what is now 325 Chestnut Street. The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street) is sponsoring this dedication ceremony. Free; open everyone.

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SAVE THE DATE

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE JUSTICE AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16-19

A conference exploring the issue of climate change as a spiritual issue will be held at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA, on June 16-19. There will be worship, speakers, workshops on lobbying and advocacy, and information about successful community projects and how to form nonviolent direct-action campaigns. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, will respond to questions via video before the conference. Costs are substantial: $325 to $685, depending on how early your register and whether you commute or stay on campus. It may be worth inquiring at 215-566-4507, ext. 137, about scholarship assistance. For more information, click here.

MUSIC FESTIVAL AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, JUNE 12

The Philadelphia Folksong Society and Awbury Arboretum will present the second annual Heartwood Music Festival on June 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will celebrate the Arboretum’s 100th anniversary with excellent local music, food, crafts, and much more. People living in zip codes 19138 and 19144 can get in free. For others, tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information and to order tickets, go to www.pfs.org. For this event, enter Awbury Arboretum from Chew Avenue near Washington Lane.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING, JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be ‘Be humble, be faithful, be bold.’ For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE JULY 27-31

The 2016 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be held July 27-31 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Registration opens April 30. Friends of all ages will gather from throughout our yearly meeting for worship, Spirit-led discernment, and sharing of our work and witness, fellowship, creativity, and community. Come for the whole event, or just a day or two. There is financial aid available for meals and dormitory housing to help everyone attend. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions, or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org, 215 241-7238.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

SPEAKER ON JEWISH & MUSLIM PEACE STRATEGIES, MAY 21

On Saturday, May 21, Jacob Bender, executive director of Philadelphia Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), will speak at a potluck luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. at our Meetinghouse. His subject will be “A Jew in the Muslim World: Strategies for Peace and Justice.” He will examine connections between U.S. foreign policy, endless war, the refugee crisis, and Islamophobia. It is sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), Greater Philadelphia Branch. Elizabeth Leonard, lifelong peace activist, will be honored with an award. Cost is $5. RSVP to Stelle Sheller. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages provided.

SPRING BAZAAR AT VERNON PARK, MAY 21

A community flea and craft market, with community information fair, will be held at Vernon Park on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is just north of Chelten Avenue, between Greene Street and Germantown Avenue. The fair will be held on the Greene Street side of the park. (Rain date: May 28) Vendors are still welcome register at www.friendsofvernonpark.org. You may also donate items for sale, which will benefit Friends of Vernon Park, sponsor of this event. Questions? Contact Ruth Seeley, at ruth@friendsofvernonpark.org.

FORUM ON BUILDING NATURAL GAS PLANT IN NICETOWN, MAY 25

SEPTA is proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Nicetown, near the corner of Wissahickon and Roberts Avenues, next to the Midvale bus depot. There will be a community forum on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Wissahickon Charter School, 4700 Wissahickon Ave. There is concern that the power plant would contribute to health problems in the community, as well as to global warming. The forum is sponsored by the organization 350 Philadelphia, which is urging SEPTA to invest in clean and renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, rather than building a gas power plant. RSVP by clicking here.

POP-UP PET CLINIC TO PROVIDE FREE SHOTS, MAY 26

This Thursday, May 26, there will be a free “Pot-up Pet Clinic” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,

At 555 Carpenter Lane. This walk-in, mobile clinic will provide low-cost vaccinations, deworming, and microchipping at this location on the fourth Thursday of every month through September. It is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA). For information, go to pspca.org/veterinary-services/vaccine-clinics.

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TAKE ACTION

URGE SEN. TOOMEY TO HELP MOVE S2123 TO FLOOR FOR VOTE

Please consider writing to Sen. Pat Toomey, asking him to urge that S2123 Sentencing Reform and Correction Act be brought to the floor of the Senate for discussion and vote. The bill is sponsored by Democrats and Republicans and has the support of Friends Committee on National Legislation. www.fcnl.org. As you know the war on drugs has resulted in mass incarceration, and this bill begins to address this problem. To read more about sentencing and other prison issues, click here. A sample letter is attached (Ltr to Toomey 5-2016). You may edit it as you feel called. Be sure to add the date and your name and address; then print and mail. — Joanne Sharpless, clerk of Racial & Social Justice Committee

SUPPORT IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL NOW, SAYS FCNL

Now is the time to voice your support for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, according to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Critics of this deal are stepping up their opposition to it. As a result of the deal, there have already been more conversations between the United States and Iran about other regional conflicts. Now that this diplomatic channel is wider, the United States should lift more of the economic sanctions against Iran, says Kate Gould, an expert on the Middle East policy and FCNL staff member. To see a short video of her speaking on this subject, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 13, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end or under any pretence whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world. The spirit of Christ, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ, which leads us into all Truth, will never move us to fight any war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world.” –George Fox, in a declaration presented to King Charles II, 1661.

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 15, 2016

9 a.m. Adult Class: Margaret Mansfield on monitoring state legislature*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: Ed (Mas) Nakawatase & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Deb Frazer & Jack Malinowski

CHILDREN!

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

GALA SPRING BRUNCH TO BE MAY 15 — FOR ALL!

Spring is finally here, and chili seems too wintery for our fun & fellowship meals … hence the Second Annual Festive GMM BRUNCH, on May 15, next week, right after worship service. One and all are invited for food and sociability. Feast on delicioso breakfast stratas, fritattas, yummy French toast, bagels, fruit… while you enjoy conversations with f/Friends. Spring for it… join us and bring a newcomer with you!

GET READY TO SING ON FIFTH SUNDAY, MAY 29!

“On the fifth Sunday of this month, May 29, we will hold the second in our series of Fifth Sunday Meetings for Worship where we do something different for worship. We will begin and end by singing and conduct worship sharing on a topic related to putting ourselves in other people’s shoes. We hope you will join us.” –Worship and Ministry Committee

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN A CARE CIRCLE?

One of the ways our Care & Visiting Committee enriches the lives of our members and active attenders is through care circles, small groups that meet monthly in homes. Care circle members may choose to worship together, share joys and sorrows, and help each other through difficult times. They may also share food, stories, and laughter or reflections on topics of the group’s choosing. Each group chooses its own format and has no leader, except to convene the first meeting. By being part of a care circle, many people find they feel known, accepted, and loved in a way that is deeper and more intimate than in the larger Meeting. There are currently two care circles, and one or more additional ones are forming. The Care & Visiting Committee is eager to hear from Friends — members or attenders– who would like to participate. If you are interested, contact Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, or at gmm@germantownfriends.org; or Peter Samuel, clerk of Care & Visiting, at peter.samuel@att.net.

*ADULT CLASS ON TRACKING ISSUES IN STATE LEGISLATURE, MAY 15
“But someone may say: ‘One chooses faith, another action.’ To which I reply, ‘Show me this faith you speak of with no actions to prove it, while I by my actions will prove to you my faith. — James 2:18.

This Sunday, May 15, Margaret Mansfield, a member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) and a representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will help us develop techniques and strategies for monitoring and responding to the legislative branch of state government on the issue of mass incarceration and prison reform. Please consider the following query: “What personal experience brings this issue alive for you and how is it rooted in your faith” — Adult Class is open to everyone and begins at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. -Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, jsharpless@germantownfriends.org

APRIL MINUTES ATTACHED

The approved minutes are attached from our April 17, 2016, Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

HISTORIC FAIRHILL HOLDS WORK DAY, MAY 14
Tomorrow is a big day of gardening, historic tours, and picnicking at Historic Fairhill, 2901 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19133. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the monthly workday on the gardens and orchards will take place, including planting annuals. There will be a volunteer orientation session at the same time, where you can learn how to help out in beautifying the neighborhood and providing fresh vegetables to the neighbors. Also, if you would like to just come and hang out and relax at the beautiful, 300-year-old Fairhill Burial Grounds, you’re welcome to take a walking tour, with or without a docent. Bring your kids and a picnic lunch, and enjoy the tire swing. For questions, call 215-870-8348.

At a Distance

SONG FEST AT MT. HOLLY MEETING, MAY 14

How would you like to spend an evening singing with f/Friends’ Tomorrow night is your chance. Mt. Holly Friends Meeting in New Jersey holds a Second Saturday Song Fest every month, and this month it falls on May 14, taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring your Rise Up Singing book, plus an instrument if you have one, and your dancing feet! The meetinghouse is at 81 High St., Mt. Holly, NJ 08060. The phone number is 609-261-7575, and the website is http://www.mthollyquakers.org/

THREE-DAY TOUR OF HISTORIC SITES IN NEW YORK STATE

Friends Historical Association is sponsoring a three-day tour of historic sites in upstate New York on May 20-22. The sites being visited relate to Quakers and movements for equality for Native Americans, African Americans, and women in the local area. This tour is held in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Quaker meetinghouse in Farmington, New York. For details, click here.

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SAVE THE DATE

ANTHONY BENEZET MARKER TO BE DEDICATED ON JUNE 4

A historical marker describing Quaker reformer Anthony Benezet will be dedicated on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at 325 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. The ceremony is likely to be held in the park across the street. Anthony Benezet was a key figure in organizing local, national, and international antislavery movements in the 1700s, and he was a pioneer in education for girls and blacks in the colonies. From 1753 until his death in 1784, he lived in a building that was located at what is now 325 Chestnut Street. The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street) is sponsoring this dedication ceremony. Free and open to the public.

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE JUSTICE AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16-19

A conference exploring the issue of climate change as a spiritual issue will be held at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA, on June 16-19. There will be worship, speakers, workshops on lobbying and advocacy, and information about successful community projects and how to form nonviolent direct action campaigns. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, will respond to questions via video before the conference. Costs are substantial: $325 to $685, depending on how early your register and whether you commute or stay on campus. The best rates are available before May 2. It may be worth inquiring at 215-566-4507, ext. 137, about scholarship assistance. For more information, click here.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING TO BE JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be “Be humble, be faithful, be bold.” For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE JULY 27-31

The 2016 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be held July 27-31 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Registration opens April 30. Friends of all ages will gather from throughout our yearly meeting for worship, Spirit-led discernment, and sharing of our work and witness, fellowship, creativity, and community. Come for the whole event, or just a day or two. There is financial aid available for meals and dormitory housing to help everyone attend. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org, 215 241-7238.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

OPEN HOUSE AT EMIR HEALING CENTER, MAY 14

Come, find out more about the EMIR Healing Center at an open house at its new location at 57 E. Haines St. in Germantown on Saturday, May 14, at 1 p.m. There will be a volunteer orientation beforehand from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EMIR, “Every Murder Is Real,” is a local organization that works with and provides support for families of murder victims. Its director is Victoria Greene, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting and a member of our Mass Incarceration Working Group. To RSVP, call 215-848-4068.

TEACH A CLASS AT MT. AIRY LEARNING TREE!

Do you have a skill or area of expertise you would like to share with other people? Mt. Airy Learning Tree, a community education organization in Northwest Philadelphia, is taking proposals for fall classes at this time. Make your proposal online by June 1 at http://mtairylearningtree.org/want-to-teach/, by describing the class you would like to teach. Keep your description short but informative, telling the skills and knowledge you would share, what your students would get out of it, and fees for materials you would provide, such as handouts, art supplies, cost of ingredients, and so on. Say what day(s) of the week and the time(s) you are available to teach. The fall term is Sept. 18-Dec. 10.

EXHIBIT ON RACIAL BIAS AT AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

See an art exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia about the impact of racial bias in our judicial system. It is entitled “Arresting Pattern: Perspectives on Race, Criminal Justice, Artistic Expression, and Community” and will be on display until Sept. 11. The work by some of the leading contemporary artists in the United States uses visual forms to sentencing policies in the past 40 years that have transformed the nation’s prison system, targeting people of color. There will be a Town Hall discussion on June 24. For information, go to http://www.aampmuseum.org/

PEACE TRAIN EVENT TO SHOW WHEN VOICES MEET, MAY 15

A showing of the film When Voices Meet will take place on Sunday, May 15 to benefit The Peace Train, a tour of 150 diverse singers and musicians that will perform in five eastern cities this summer. The film will be shown at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Ave., in Mt. Airy, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. The Peace Train will perform at World Café Live in Philadelphia on July 13. To find out more about The Peace Train, visit GetOnThePeaceTrain.org.

SPRING BAZAAR AT VERNON PARK, MAY 21

A community flea and craft market, with community information fair, will be held at Vernon Park on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is just north of Chelten Avenue, between Greene Street and Germantown Avenue. The fair will be held of the Greene Street side of the park. (Rain date: May 28) Vendors are still welcome register at www.friendsofvernonpark.org. You may also donate items for sale, which will benefit Friends of Vernon Park, sponsor of this event. Questions? Contact Ruth Seeley, at ruth@friendsofvernonpark.org.

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TAKE ACTION

ACHIEVING 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY IN PENNSYLVANIA

On Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m., there will be a seminar at Friends Center on achieving 100 percent renewable energy in Pennsylvania. The “Solutions Project” has done a state-by-state analysis of how each state could achieve 100 percent renewable energy with different mixes of on-shore and off-shore wind, concentrating solar, solar photo-voltaic, geothermal, etc. Please RSVP by clicking here.

SUPPORT IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL NOW, SAYS FCNL

Now is the time to voice your support for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, according to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Critics of this deal are stepping up their opposition to it. As a result of the deal, there have already been more conversations between the United States and Iran about other regional conflicts. Now that this diplomatic channel is wider, the United States should lift more of the economic sanctions against Iran, says Kate Gould, an expert on the Middle East policy and FCNL staff member. To see a short video of her speaking on this subject, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 6, 2016

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, May 8, 2016

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business (agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: Melissa Elliott & Bob Smith
Greeters & Refreshments: Bianca White & family

CHILDREN

Planting at Stapeley: First- day School will be planting at Stapeley this Sunday, because we were rained out last week. We will gather at the Meetinghouse in the social room at 10:30 a.m. and drive over to Stapeley to do the planting. Let’s hope for better weather!

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016

1. Reading of Query 4
2. Opening worship
3. Minutes from April’s Meeting for Business
4. Care & Visiting Committee report
5. Fiscal Committee — approval of proposed budget for FY 2017 (Please review the budget that was distributed last month in advance of this meeting and email your comments to Gail Woodbury, gailwoodbury1@juno.com.)
6. Fund Raising Committee update
7. QVS proposal- approval of the request from QVS for GMM to become a co-host next year (Please review the attached material.)
8. Reflections from Friends who attended Continuing Sessions in March and the White Privilege Conference in April
9. The report from the Retreat Committee is postponed until June’s Meeting for Business.
10. Announcements and Correspondence
11. Closing Worship

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MEETING NEWS

BREAKFAST AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 7

Our Outreach Committee will cook and serve breakfast for 40 families at the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, May 7, and needs donations of money and breakfast foods. They have a full roster of cooks and servers. The Ronald McDonald House provides hospitality to families who have a critically ill child in a nearby hospital. If you would like to support this effort, please let Anthony Stover know by contacting him at astover@verizon.net.

QVS HANDBOOK FOR MEETING SUPPORT

Germantown Monthly Meeting has been asked to cosponsor, with Green Street Monthly Meeting, the local Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) project this coming school year. We will consider this at Sunday’s Meeting for Business. To find out what would be involved, read the guidelines online at
http://germantownmeeting.org/QVS_Handbook_on_Support.pdf

PROPOSAL ATTACHED FOR FAIRHILL YOUTH PROJECT

At this Sunday’s Meeting for Business, a proposal will be discussed to provide financial backing for a project for at-risk youth in the Fairhill community in North Philadelphia. The proposal is attached for your reading as “Crossroads Grant Proposal 5-2016.”

GALA SPRING BRUNCH TO BE MAY 15 — FOR ALL!

Spring is finally here, and chili seems too wintery for our fun & fellowship meals … hence the Second Annual Festive GMM BRUNCH, on May 15, next week, right after worship service. One and all are invited for food and sociability. Feast on delicioso breakfast stratas, fritattas, yummy French toast, bagels, fruit… while you enjoy conversations with f/Friends. Spring for it… join us and bring a newcomer with you!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN A CARE CIRCLE?

One of the ways our Care & Visiting Committee enriches the lives of our members and active attenders is through Care Circles, small groups that meet monthly in homes. Care Circle members may choose to worship together, share joys and sorrows, and help each other through difficult times. They may also share food, stories, and laughter or reflections on topics of the group’s choosing. Each group chooses its own format and has no leader, except to convene the first meeting. By being part of a Care Circle, many people find they feel known, accepted, and loved in a way that is deeper and more intimate than in the larger Meeting. There are currently two Care Circles, and one or more additional ones are forming. The Care & Visiting Committee is eager to hear from Friends –members or attenders — who would like to participate. If you are interested, contact Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, or at gmm@germantownfriends.org; or Peter Samuel, clerk of Care & Visiting, at peter.samuel@att.net.

ADULT CLASSES IN MAY

Our Adult classes at our Meeting in May will focus on Spirit-led activism for peace and justice and ways to lobby our state representatives, plus a follow-up to our April 24 class on end-of-life issues. Adult class is held at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Everyone is welcome. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. This is the schedule for May:

May 15: Margaret Mansfield, a member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and a representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will teach techniques for monitoring and responding to the state legislative branch of government. Conservative groups have been pushing through policies on gun rights, voter ID, gay rights, and women’s health care at the state level. Progressive groups have also successfully used this technique, such as for legalizing same-sex marriage. This adult class will help us become more aware of how to respond to these issues when they do not coincide with our values.

May 22: Emily Temple, of FCNL’s Visiting Friends Program, will share her yearlong experience as an FCNL program assistant. She is a graduate of Haverford College, a member of Downingtown Friends Meeting, and is going into public interest law.

May 29: Worship-Sharing on End-of-Life Issues. Follow-up to our April 24 class on “Letting Go: End of Life Issues,” presented by Phyllis Taylor. Background reading: the article “Letting Go,” by Atul Gwande, from The New Yorker magazine, which may be read online at http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2

If you are not able to come to these sessions in person, you can arrange to participate via Google Chat by contacting Joanne Sharpless at jsharpless@germantownfriends.org.

REPORT FROM GFS MIDDLE SCHOOL’S COMMUNITY DAY IN APRIL

“The 2016 GFS Middle School Community Day on April 29 was a terrific success, thanks to the energetic students, the thoughtful teachers who led the groups, and the wonderful community site leaders who hosted us, many of whom were Germantown Meeting members! Despite the cold and grey weather, it was a great day for GFS Middle School and for Germantown…”. To read the complete report, written by our member and GFS teacher Kathy Paulmier, see the attachment, “GFS MS Community Day 2016.docx.”

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

PAID INTERNSHIP OPENING IN COMMUNICATIONS AT FGC

There is a paid internship as an Online Communications Fellow at Friends General Conference (FGC) in downtown Philadelphia. It is envisioned for a young adult or recent college graduate who would like to gain an understanding of technology and tools for professional communications. Applicants need familiarity with the web and comfort with computers and online communications; however, a high level of technical skills is not necessary. The position will begin in fall 2016. For details, go to www.fgcquaker.org/serve/opportunities/online-communications-fellow.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TONIGHT: READING AT BURLINGTON CONFERENCE CENTER

Carol Suplee, an award-winning journalist and author, will read tonight from her latest book, West New Jersey 1677: A Quaker Experience, at 7 p.m., at the Burlington Conference Center, 340 High Street, Burlington, NJ 08016. Tickets are $10.

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 21-22

Families with kids in K-5th grade are invited to a one-night sleepover at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ. There will be multigenerational activities for everybody, a dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, a giant First-day School, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. The gathering ends in time for everyone to get home before Sunday and prepare for the rest of the week. Costs are intentionally kept low. For details, go to pym.org/children/events/family-overnight or contact Benjamin Camp, bcamp@pym.org.

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ANTHONY BENEZET MARKER TO BE DEDICATED ON JUNE 4

A historical marker describing Quaker reformer Anthony Benezet will be dedicated on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at 325 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. The ceremony is likely to be held in the park across the street. Anthony Benezet was a key figure in organizing local, national, and international antislavery movements in the 1700s, and he was a pioneer in education for girls and blacks in the colonies. From 1753 until his death in 1784, he lived in a building that was located at what is now 325 Chestnut Street. The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street) is sponsoring this dedication ceremony. Free and open to the public.

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE JUSTICE AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16-19

A conference exploring the issue of climate change as a spiritual issue will be held at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA, on June 16-19. There will be worship, speakers, workshops on lobbying and advocacy, and information about successful community projects and how to form nonviolent direct action campaigns. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, will respond to questions via video before the conference. Costs are substantial: $325 to $685, depending on how early your register and whether you commute or stay on campus. The best rates are available before May 2. It may be worth inquiring at 215-566-4507, ext. 137, about scholarship assistance. For more information, go to http://www.pendlehill.org/learn/powerful-faith-based-organizing-for-climate-justice/#.VyOv-SMrK74

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING TO BE JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be “Be humble, be faithful, be bold.” For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, go to www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE JULY 27-31

The 2016 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be held July 27-31 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is: ‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Registration opens April 30. Friends of all ages will gather from throughout our yearly meeting for worship, Spirit-led discernment, and sharing of our work and witness, fellowship, creativity, and community. Come for the whole event, or just a day or two. There is financial aid available for meals and dormitory housing to help everyone attend. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org, 215 241-7238.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

TAKE A WALK, SEE THE SIGHTS OF GERMANTOWN, MAY 7

Tomorrow, May 7, our member Bob Seeley will co-lead a “Jane’s Walk” with Emaleigh Doley in west central Germantown. The walk is approximately 1-1/4 miles and will take 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours. Highlights will be Vernon Park, the Tulpehocken Station Historic District, Pastorius Community Garden, and A&N Produce. The walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Greene Street and Chelton Avenue. Jane’s Walk is an international organization, named for pioneering urbanist Jane Jacobs, and it organizes group walks in city neighborhoods, led by one or two local people who talk about the sights. For more information, go to http://janeswalk.org/united-states/philadelphia/discover-germantownhistory-hope-and-promise-future/

PLANT SALE AT HANSBERRY GARDEN & NATURE CENTER, MAY 7

Seedlings and flower arrangements will be for sale at reasonable prices at Hansberry Garden & Nature Center, at the corner of Hansberry and Wayne Avenues, tomorrow, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hansberry Garden is behind the Kelly Green Project at Kelly Elementary School, where members and attenders of our Meeting volunteer. For information, go to hansberrygarden.org.

FILM ON GUN VIOLENCE TO SHOW AT BRANDYWINE POTLUCK, MAY 8

The film that is turning up the heat on the industry of gun violence, Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA, will show this Sunday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the monthly potluck and supper program of the Brandywine Peace Community. It will be held at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street, in West Philadelphia. There will be a potluck at 4:30 p.m., followed by the 90-minute film. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert. For information, call Bob Smith at 610-544-1818.

PEACE TRAIN EVENT TO SHOW WHEN VOICES MEET, MAY 15

A showing of the film When Voices Meet will take place on Sunday, May 15 to benefit The Peace Train, a tour of 150 diverse singers and musicians that will perform in five eastern cities this summer. The film will be shown at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Ave., in Mt. Airy, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. The Peace Train will perform at World Café Live in Philadelphia on July 13. To find out more about The Peace Train, visit GetOnThePeaceTrain.org.
SPRING BAZAAR AT VERNON PARK, MAY 21

A community flea and craft market, with community information fair, will be held at Vernon Park on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is just north of Chelten Avenue, between Greene Street and Germantown Avenue. The fair will be held of the Greene Street side of the park. (Rain date: May 28) Vendors are still welcome register at www.friendsofvernonpark.org. You may also donate items for sale, which will benefit Friends of Vernon Park, sponsor of this event. Questions? Contact Ruth Seeley, at ruth@friendsofvernonpark.org.

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EQAT RALLY FOR SOLAR POWER, MAY 10

This Tuesday, May 10, there will be a Rally for Solar Power, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the headquarters of PECO, 2301 Market Street, in downtown Philadelphia. The Earth Quaker Action Team’s (EQAT’s) current action campaign is to convince our electric utility, PECO, that it should procure electricity generated from solar power from rooftop photo-voltaic installations in North Philadelphia. The POWER LOCAL GREEN JOBS Campaign would reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuel power generation, support job training for local solar installation jobs, and contribute to community economic development. An ally in the campaign is the organization POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild. For more information see the EQAT website, http://www.eqat.org/may_10_celebrate_or_escalate. For information or join a group of Germantown Friends at the rally, contact Bill Cozzens, clerk of the Environmental Concerns Committee, at william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 29, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The way to [submerge oneself in the one eternal Self] is through prayer. Some Friends use a short and oft-repeated prayer or a mantra as an aid to concentration. Prayer often involves adoration, gratitude, and love. Passages from the Psalms, incidents in the life of Jesus, or sayings of spiritual leaders may be brought to mind, pondered and related to your life. Sometimes prayer takes the form of petition, not to tell God of your desires, for God knows already, nor to seek special favors, for that would be impossible, but to set your deepest longings in the Light to see if they are pure. In this silence comes a deep peace beyond words and thoughts, as natural as breathing. The Native American Chief Papunehang, who had attended a meeting with Woolman, said, “I love to feel where words come from.” –George Peck, 1988

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 1, 2016

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

Closers: Peter Yeomans & Katie O’Shea
Greeters & Refreshments: Jondhi Harrell & family

CHILDREN

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

Afterward:

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016

Reading of Query 5
Opening worship
Minutes from April’s meeting
Fiscal Committee– approval of proposed budget (attached)
Nominating Committee report
Care and Visiting Committee report
Retreat Committee report
Sharing from Friends who attended Continuing Sessions in March on April’s White Privilege Conference
Announcements and Correspondence
Worship

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MEETING NEWS

CHILDREN TO HELP PLANT GARDEN AT STAPELEY, MAY 1

It is planting time at Stapeley! The First-day school children will go to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley this Sunday, May 1, to help plant a garden. Children will gather at 10:30 a.m. at the Meetinghouse and carpool to Stapeley. The residents have a garden plot, plants, and seeds ready for us. If you would like to come, and if you have space in your car for extra children or adults, please email Dorothy Cary at dcary@germantownfriends.org. We hope to see you there.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETS SUNDAY, MAY 1

The Environmental Concerns Committee will meet this Sunday, May 1, at noon, after meeting for worship. There will be announcements of upcoming environment and climate “activist opportunities.” The location of the meeting will be announced after meeting for worship. For questions, call Bill Cozzens, clerk of the committee.

PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FY2017 ATTACHED

The proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 is attached. Please look it over before Meeting for Business on May 8, when we will consider approving it.

FCNL’S 2016 REPORT TO YEARLY MEETINGS ATTACHED

For a closer look at the workings, daily challenges, and accomplishments of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), please see the attached 2016 FCNL Report to Annual Meetings.

ADULT CLASSES IN MAY ON LOBBYING AND FCNL EXPERIENCE

Adult classes at our Meeting in May will focus on Spirit-led activism for peace and justice and ways to lobby our state representatives, as follows:

May 15: Margaret Mansfield, a member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and a representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will teach techniques for monitoring and responding to the state legislative branch of government. Conservative groups have been pushing through policies on gun rights, voter ID, gay rights, and women’s health care at the state level. Progressive groups have also successfully used this technique, such as for legalizing same-sex marriage. This adult class will help us become more aware of how to respond to these issues when they do not coincide with our values.

May 22: Emily Temple, of FCNL’s Visiting Friends Program, will share her yearlong experience as an FCNL program assistant. She is a graduate of Haverford College, a member of Downingtown Friends Meeting, and is going into public interest law.

If you are not able to come to these sessions in person, you can arrange to participate via Google Chat by contacting Joanne Sharpless jsharpless@germantownfriends.org. Adult class begins at 9 a.m. and is open to everyone. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1, IN WISSAHICKON WOODS

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

“REFUGEE 101” PROGRAM TO PRESENT INFO, WAYS TO HELP

The program “Refugee 101” will present ways for meetings and individuals to help with the Syrian refugee crisis. It will take place on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. Juliane Ramic of the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia will give a talk, and there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions. It is sponsored by the Middle East Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For information, contact Tricia Coscia, communityengagement@pym.org, 215-241-7238 (office).

LGBTQ RIGHTS IN MIDDLE EAST TO BE TOPIC OF TALK, MAY 2

A lecture at Pendle Hill will take a look at the challenges faced by gay rights groups in the Middle East and the advances they have made in the last decade. Sa’ed Atshan will be the speaker. The talk will take place on Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in The Barn and will be streamed over the internet. The talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To learn more or to register online, click here. For questions, call Pendle Hill, 215-566-4507, ext. 137.

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 21-22

Families with kids in K-5th grade are invited to a one-night sleepover at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ. There will be multigenerational activities for everybody, a dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, a giant First-day School, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. The gathering ends in time for everyone to get home before Sunday and prepare for the rest of the week. Costs are intentionally kept low. For details, go to pym.org/children/events/family-overnight or contact Benjamin Camp, bcamp@pym.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

BREAKFAST AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 7

Our Outreach Committee will cook and serve breakfast for 40 families at the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, May 7, and needs donations of money and breakfast foods. They have a full roster of cooks and servers. The Ronald McDonald House provides hospitality to families who have a critically ill child in a nearby hospital. If you would like to support this effort, please let Anthony Stover know by contacting him at astover@verizon.net.

ANTHONY BENEZET MARKER TO BE DEDICATED ON JUNE 4

A historical marker describing Quaker reformer Anthony Benezet will be dedicated on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at 325 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. The ceremony is likely to be held in the park across the street. Anthony Benezet was a key figure in organizing local, national, and international antislavery movements in the 1700s, and he was a pioneer in education for girls and blacks in the colonies. From 1753 until his death in 1784, he lived in a building that was located at what is now 325 Chestnut Street. The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street) is sponsoring this dedication ceremony. Free and open to the public.

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE JUSTICE AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16-19

A conference exploring the issue of climate change as a spiritual issue will be held at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA, on June 16-19. There will be worship, speakers, workshops on lobbying and advocacy, and information about successful community projects and how to form nonviolent direct action campaigns. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author, will respond to questions via video before the conference. Costs are substantial: $325 to $685, depending on how early your register and whether you commute or stay on campus. The best rates are available before May 2. It may be worth inquiring at 215-566-4507, ext. 137, about scholarship assistance. For more information, click here.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING TO BE JULY 3-9

This year’s Gathering of Friends General Conference will be held July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The theme will be “Be humble, be faithful, be bold”. For information on the program, registration, and financial aid, go to www.FGCgathering.org.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS TO BE JULY 27-31

The 2016 Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will be held July 27-31 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. The theme is: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Registration opens April 30. Friends of all ages will gather from throughout our yearly meeting for worship, Spirit-led discernment, and sharing of our work and witness, fellowship, creativity, and community. Come for the whole event, or just a day or two. There is financial aid available for meals and dormitory housing to help everyone attend. For information, go to www.pym.org/annual-sessions or contact Tricia Coscia, sessions@pym.org, 215 241-7238.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

“DANCE & FAIR/FARE” AT G’TOWN ENRICHMENT CENTER, APRIL 30

A dance, featuring food and local vendors, will take place tomorrow night, Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Germantown Life Enrichment Center, 5722 Greene St. It will benefit Bread & Roses Community Fund. Cost is $10; children attend free. Plenty of free parking. For information, call 215-438-6106.

MEMORY EXPERTS TALK ABOUT “FEAR OF FORGETTING”, MAY 1

Learn from a panel of memory experts about what is normal memory loss, signs it may not be normal, and what to do about it. This forum will focus on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and will take place next Sunday, May 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. Speakers: Jason Karlawish, co-director of Penn Memory Center; Felicia Greenfield, director of Penn’s Memory Center Care Programs; and Fredericka Waugh, outreach coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley. Cosponsored by Northwest Village Network, My Way, Weavers Way, and the Unitarian Society of Germantown.

“WELCOMING REFUGEES” AT LUTHERAN SEMINARY, MAY 2

A reception to welcome refugees will be held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., in Mt. Airy, on Monday, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will take place in the Brossman Learning Center, Room 101 C. At the reception, information will be provided about the work of Lutheran Children and Family Services of Pennsylvania in resettling refugees and helping them rebuild their lives. An RSVP is requested to Sam DiDonato at SDidonato@lirs.org. For background information, visit lirs.org/refugeesinpa.

PANEL OF EXPERTS DISCUSS “WHAT’S IN OUR WATER?” ON MAY 3

Would you like to know specifically what’s in the water we drink here in Philadelphia? There will be a panel discussion by local experts on May 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 19103. The event is free, but registration is required by clicking here.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN CLASSIC TO SHOW AT PEACE CENTER, MAY 6

Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 classic film about buffoonery and political satire, The Great Dictator, will be screened at the Peace Center of Delaware County in the Springfield Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield 19064. The farcical plot mixes drama and satire, stirring controversy and condemnation of the brutal rise of Hitler and Mussolini’s fascism. Nominated for five Oscars. Free. Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments; movie airs at 7 p.m. For directions, visit www.delcopeacecenter.org.

PEACE TRAIN EVENT TO SHOW WHEN VOICES MEET, MAY 15

A showing of the film When Voices Meet will take placeon Sunday, May 15 to benefit The Peace Train, a tour of 150 diverse singers and musicians that will tperform in five eastern cities this summer. The film will be shown at Alma Mater, 7165 Germantown Ave., in Mt. Airy, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. The Peace Train will perform at World Café Live in Philadelphia on July 13. To find out more about The Peace Train, visit GetOnThePeaceTrain.org.

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TAKE ACTION

DEMONSTRATE AT HORSHAM AGAINST DRONE WARFARE, APRIL 30

Stand against the remote-controlled killing of drone warfare on Saturday, April 30, at noon to 2 p.m. at the Horsham Air Guard Station. Drone war is at the center of our government’s current policy of “endless war” and the related hatred and fear it generates in other countries. The station at Horsham houses a command center from which pilots guide U.S. drones to make attacks in other countries. The demonstration will take place outside the entrance to the Horsham Air Guard Station at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road. For information, go to brandywinepeace.com or call 610-544-1818.

URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT PRISON SENTENCING REFORM

Congressional support is needed to keep moving a bill to reform prison sentencing through Congress. Phone calls, email messages, and letters to your senators are urged by Friends Committee on National Legislation at this strategic time. Please refer specifically to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S.2123 in your communications and ask that it be brought before the Senate for a vote. For more background on the bill and an easy, online click-through way to send your opinion, click here.

INTERFAITH PEACEWALK TAKES PLACE MAY 1

The 13th Annual Interfaith Peacewalk will take place on Sunday, May 1. The pre-walk gathering is at 12:30 p.m. at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 N. Germantown Ave., where there is free parking and a bus shuttle to West Oak Lane. The walk itself starts at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, 2050 E. Walnut Lane. There will be a stop at Grace United Methodist Church. The walk will end at 5 p.m. at Masjidullah, 7401 Limekiln Pike, where there will be a dialogue called “sacred conversation” and delicious food. At each venue there will be cross-cultural music, reflection, poetry, and sharing. The only signs that are permitted will proclaim commitment to peace, reconciliation, and unity. The tone of the walk is contemplative, and the intention is to celebrate the oneness of people of faith as walkers proceed from one house of worship to the next. For program information, go to www.interfaithpeacewalk.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 15, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As a black Quaker, I see the Inner Light as the great liberator and equalizer able to erase the psychological deficit of racism. The internalization of this divine principle has the potential to remove the sense of powerlessness that so often characterizes the thinking of the downtrodden. For if the Divine Light is the Seed of God planted in the souls of human beings, in that Seed lies all the characteristics of its source. Consequently, the Light within is also the Divine Power within. It is the indestructible power in us that is able to create from nothing, able to make ways out of no way, able to change what appears to be the natural order of things. It is the power in us that can never be overcome by the darkness of fear and hatred or altered by the might or money of people. It is the power in us in which lies unfathomable capacity to love and forgive even the most heinous of crimes. –Ayesha Imani, 1988, printed in the 1997 revision of Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 17, 2016

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

Closers: (We will know this on Sunday.)
Greeters & Refreshments: Greg & Lillian Paulmier

CHILDREN

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

Afterward:

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, APRIL 17, 2016

Query 3 and opening worship
Minutes from March
Care and Visiting report
Fiscal Committee presentation of the proposed budget
Consideration of the minute about Climate Change (see below)*
Communications Committee report
Nominating Committee report
Property Committee report
Worship & Ministry Committee report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing Worship

*PROPOSED MINUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

“CO2 and other greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, largely as the result of burning fossil fuels, are causing harm to the environment and to human health, both in the United States and elsewhere around the world. To minimize further damage, it is critical that the release of greenhouse gases be reduced as quickly as possible.

“Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, at Meeting for Business on (date to be filled in), 2016, asks the U.S. Congress to consider legislation that would impose a steadily rising fee on the carbon content of all fossil fuels, imposed on the producer when the fuel is extracted from the earth or imported from abroad, and that the moneys collected in fees be distributed in equal shares to every household in our country. We urge Friends throughout our Yearly Meeting to examine this approach for transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and to communicate with members of the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures about the importance of reducing carbon emissions in a way that assists lower-income households and others who would be most affected by this transition.”

MEETING NEWS

BARBARA WYBAR BRINGING AFRICAN WARES THIS SUNDAY

Our member Barbara Wybar, who directs a school in Bududa, Rwanda, will be with us this Sunday, April 17, bringing handcrafted items from her African community to sell during social hour. Proceeds go to benefit the school. Stop by and take a look at the beautiful things!

END-OF-LIFE ISSUES DISCUSSED AT ADULT CLASS, APRIL 24

Our member Phyllis Taylor will lead a discussion on end-of-life issues at our Adult Class on April 24. Please read The New Yorker article, ‘Letting Go,’ by Atul Gawande at newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2 before class. Printed copies are available from Joanne Sharpless and from the Meeting Office. This article in The New Yorker was the stimulus for Gawande’s bestselling book Being Mortal. Adult class meets at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

NARENJ TREE PROJECT ENDS ON APRIL 29

All donations to the Narenj Tree Project to help Syrian Refugees will be boxed and delivered on April 29, and that will be it for this school year. Before that deadline, please consider donating school supplies, personal hygiene products, baby formula or any clean, and lightly used clothing. The following is excerpted from a thank-you letter from Colleen Christian of the Narenj Tree Foundation:

“Imagine for a moment what it would be like to leave behind every single thing that defines our lives — school or work; your home, your bedroom, your friends, the sports you play and the activities you do, and even your cell phone. To leave behind all the things that connect us to others, and have them replaced entirely by uncertainty — about your next meal, where you will sleep that night, your education, your health, where you might possibly be able to start a new life. Currently, there are more than12 million refugees from Syria in exactly this position — 5.5 million of them are children.

“The Narenj Tree Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in the United States, with a mission to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to displaced Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Syria. It ships clothing, food, medical equipment, personal hygiene products, school supplies, and other essential goods to them. As hundreds of thousands of children are displaced, many of them no longer go to regular schools. Local organizations and volunteers are establishing school camps where students learn basic skills. Narenj Tree Foundation provides books and school supplies to these makeshift schools.

“Last month, I was able to deliver 26 boxes of school supplies collected by Germantown Monthly Meeting and Germantown Friends School students, staff, and faculty members, to the distribution center, in Norristown. The center is only open on Saturday mornings, and was feverishly busy with volunteers sorting out different donations — but the team leader literally burst into tears when she saw the boxes and boxes of beautiful pencils, paper, and other school supplies in these 26 boxes. She said this crisis has gone on so long now, the children are slipping behind in their education, and these donations will allow them to continue their studies in the camp schools.”

BREAKFAST OUTREACH AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 7

Our Outreach Committee will cook and serve breakfast to 40 families at the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, May 7, and need donations of money and breakfast foods. They have a full roster of cooks and servers. The Ronald McDonald House provides hospitality to families who have a critically ill child in the hospital. “Fortifying these families with a nourishing breakfast may offer a small measure of comfort,” says Anthony Stover, clerk of the Outreach Committee. If you would like to support this effort, please let Anthony know by contacting him at astover@verizon.net.

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF JOAN CARY’S MOTHER

Catharine Morris Brinton Cary, mother of our attender Joan Cary, died March 9 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Arrangements for a memorial are pending. Cards and notes would be appreciated. Joan’s address is 2979 W Schoolhouse Lane, Apt. 210, Philadelphia, PA 19144, and her email address is jmcary@yahoo.com.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR NED SPAETH, APRIL 24

Our member Edmund (Ned) Spaeth, Jr., father of our members Ted Spaeth and Suzanne Marinell, died on Thursday, March 31, at Cathedral Village at the age of 95. There will be a memorial meeting for worship, followed by a reception, on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. We send our love and sympathy to his family.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

PUB THEOLOGY: ARTS, CRAFTS & GOD, APRIL 19

The second Young Adult Friends Pub Theology event will take place on Tuesday, April 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Second Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut St., in downtown Philly. This discussion will center on ‘Arts, Crafts, and God,’ asking: Where is the source of our creativity? What connection do visual and performance arts have with God and our spiritual lives? This location is an all-ages venue, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices. Everything is pay-as-you-go. Friends who are 18 to 20 years old are welcome but are expected not to drink alcohol. To see the Young Adult Friends guidelines and policy on alcohol use, go to http://www.pym.org/young-adult-friends/minutes-yaf/.

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1, IN WISSAHICKON WOODS

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age)

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO GATHERING AT CAMP SWATARA

Join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with Caln Quarter at Camp Swatara on April 29-May 1. There will be games, worship sharing, a hike to the rock pile, workshops, and singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). The weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Deadline for registration is April 18; to get a discount, register by March 31. For information and registration: pym.org/event/yf-campswatara2016/?instance_id=244, Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PASTORAL CARE & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION GATHERING, APRIL 23

A Thread Gathering that combines the topics of pastoral care and religious education will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lancaster Friends Meeting. Thread Gatherings, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, bring together Friends with responsibilities in their meetings to spend time together, learn, and share information. Speakers will be George Schaefer and Jean-Marie Barch, who will talk about setting boundaries while remaining warm and welcoming to people. Free. Bring a sack lunch. For details, go to pym.org/event/pastoral-care-and-religious-education-thread-gathering-2016/?instance_id=234.

APRIL 24 QUARTERLY MEETING POSTPONED

The April 24 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting is postponed until May 22, with details to be forthcoming. For details, go to fgcquaker.org/cloud/philadelphia-quarterly-meeting/announcements/meeting-worship-attention-business-may-22nd-2016

ISRAELI CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS SPEAK APRIL 24 AND 25

Two Israeli conscientious objectors will speak about their refusal to serve in Israel’s military on Sunday, April 24, at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, in Germantown, and on Monday, April 25, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. The talks are co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Mishkan Shalom. For information, contact Mike Merryman-Lotze, AFSC Palestine-Israel Program Director, 215-241-7162.

“REFUGEE 101” PROGRAM TO PRESENT INFO, WAYS TO HELP

The program “Refugee 101” will present ways for meetings and individuals to help with the Syrian refugee crisis. It will take place on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. Juliane Ramic of the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia will give a talk, and there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions. It is sponsored by the Middle East Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For information, contact Tricia Coscia, communityengagement@pym.org, 215-241-7238 (office).

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 21-22

Families with kids in K-5th grade are invited to a one-night sleepover at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ. There will be multigenerational activities for everybody, a dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, a giant First-day School, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. The gathering ends in time for everyone to get home before Sunday and prepare for the rest of the week. Costs are intentionally kept low. For details, go to pym.org/children/events/family-overnight or contact Benjamin Camp, bcamp@pym.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

ANTHONY BENEZET MARKER TO BE DEDICATED ON JUNE 4

A historical marker describing Quaker reformer Anthony Benezet will be dedicated on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at 325 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. The ceremony is likely to be held in the park across the street. Anthony Benezet was a key figure in organizing local, national, and international antislavery movements in the 1700s, and he was a pioneer in education for girls and blacks in the colonies. From 1753 until his death in 1784, he lived in a building that was located at what is now 325 Chestnut Street. The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street) is sponsoring this dedication ceremony. Free and open to the public.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

WELCOME NEW SYRIAN REFUGEES, APRIL 16

Join the community at the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society tomorrow, April 16, in welcoming newly settled Syrian refugees in the Philadelphia area. Activities will include a barbecue, festivities for adults, and activities for children. Please bring a vegetarian dish or dessert. Everyone is welcome, and there is no admission. It will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Al-Aqsa parking lot at 1501 N. Germantown Ave. in North Philadelphia.

YARD WORKERS NEEDED AT RALSON MY WAY

Ralston My Way, a nonprofit agency that serves seniors in Northwest Philadelphia, is looking for individuals with yard work experience to help with a wide variety of outdoor needs this spring and summer. If you love being outdoors and have experience mowing lawns, weed whacking, gardening, hedge trimming, or doing general yard cleanup, you are probably qualified. Applicants with cars are preferred, but all are welcome to apply. Yard workers may work as many hours as they desire, specifying hours of availability when applying. This can be a temporary or permanent position. Contact Eric Wilden, ewilden@mywayonline.org.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, APRIL 22

This family-friendly stargazing event is a chance to learn about the night skies. In partnership with the Franklin Institute, Historic Fair Hill will host a free Astronomy Night on Friday, April 22, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at 2901 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19133. Explore the constellations and planets and learn how slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad used their knowledge of stars to find their way to freedom. For more information, call 215-870-8348.

MEMORY EXPERTS TALK ABOUT “FEAR OF FORGETTING”, MAY 1

Learn from a panel of memory experts about what is normal memory loss, signs it may not be normal, and what to do about it. This forum will focus on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and will take place on Sunday, May 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. The experts are Jason Karlawish, co-director of Penn Memory Center; Felicia Greenfield, director of Penn’s Memory Center Care Programs; and Fredericka Waugh, outreach coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware Valley. Cosponsored by Northwest Village Network, My Way, Weavers Way, and the Unitarian Society of Germantown.

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TAKE ACTION

INTERFAITH PEACEWALK TAKES PLACE MAY 1

The 13th Annual Interfaith Peacewalk will take place on Sunday, May 1. The pre-walk gathering is at 12:30 p.m. at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 N. Germantown Ave., where there is free parking and a bus shuttle to West Oak Lane. The walk itself starts at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, 2050 E. Walnut Lane. There will be a stop at Grace United Methodist Church. The walk will end at 5 p.m. at Masjidullah, 7401 Limekiln Pike, where there will be a dialogue called “sacred conversation” and delicious food. At each venue there will be cross-cultural music, reflection, poetry, and sharing. The only signs that are permitted will proclaim commitment to peace, reconciliation, and unity. The tone of the walk is contemplative, and the intention is to celebrate the oneness of people of faith as walkers proceed from one house of worship to the next. For program information, go to www.interfaithpeacewalk.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 8, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Give over thine own willing; give over thine own running; give over thine own desiring to know or be anything; and sink down to the seed, which God sows in thy heart; and let that grow in thee, and be in thee, and breathe in thee, and act in thee, and thou shalt find by sweet experience that the Lord knows that, and loves and owns that, and will lead it to the inheritance of life, which is God’s portion.” –Isaac Penington

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 10, 2016

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

Closers: Anthony Stover & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Norris & Usha Childs

CHILDREN

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

Afterward:

Infants & Toddlers go to childcare in East Kindergarten (across the driveway, next to burial ground).
First-day School: After leaving Meeting for Worship, children will split into two classes, according to age, and will meet separately to continue their study of the Old Testament.

OFFICE HOURS

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

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, APRIL 17, 2016

Query 3 and opening worship
Minutes from March
Care and Visiting report
Fiscal Committee presentation of the proposed budget
Consideration of the minute about Climate Change (see below)*
Communications Committee report
Nominating Committee report
Property Committee report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing Worship

*PROPOSED MINUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

“CO2 and other greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, largely as the result of burning fossil fuels, are causing harm to the environment and to human health, both in the United States and elsewhere around the world. To minimize further damage, it is critical that the release of greenhouse gases be reduced as quickly as possible.

“Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, at Meeting for Business on (date to be filled in), 2016, asks the U.S. Congress to consider legislation that would impose a steadily rising fee on the carbon content of all fossil fuels, imposed on the producer when the fuel is extracted from the earth or imported from abroad, and that the moneys collected in fees be distributed in equal shares to every household in our country. We urge Friends throughout our Yearly Meeting to examine this approach for transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and to communicate with members of the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures about the importance of reducing carbon emissions in a way that assists lower-income households and others who would be most affected by this transition.”

MEETING NEWS

BREAKFAST OUTREACH AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, MAY 7

Our Outreach Committee will cook and serve breakfast to 40 families at the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, May 7, and need donations of money and breakfast foods. They have a full roster of cooks and servers. The Ronald McDonald House is on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital in West Philadelphia. It provides hospitality to families who have a critically ill child in the hospital. “Fortifying these families with a nourishing breakfast may offer a small measure of comfort,” says Anthony Stover, clerk of the Outreach Committee. If you would like to support this effort, please let Anthony know by contacting him at stover@verizon.net.

DO YOU KNOW OF A FARM JOB?

Do you know someone near Philadelphia who owns and operates a working farm? Carolyn Schodt, wife of our member Caleb Schodt, has been gardening in her backyard since childhood and is interested in working or volunteering at a farm. If you have any leads or suggestions, please get in touch with Caleb at cischodt@gmail.com.

END-OF-LIFE ISSUES DISCUSSED AT ADULT CLASS, APRIL 24

Our member Phyllis Taylor will lead a discussion on end-of-life issues at our Adult Class on April 24. Please read The New Yorker article, “Letting Go,” by Atul Gawande at newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2 before class. Printed copies are available from Joanne Sharpless and from the Meeting Office. This article in The New Yorker was the stimulus for Gawande’s bestselling book Being Mortal. Adult class meets at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. ? Florence Mini

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF EDMUND B. SPAETH

Our member Edmund (Ned) Spaeth, Jr., father of our members Ted Spaeth and Suzanne Marinell, died on Thursday, March 31, at Cathedral Village at the age of 95. There will be a memorial meeting for worship, followed by a reception, on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. The obituary of this remarkable man and Pennsylvania Superior Court judge ran in The Inquirer early this week and is attached to this email. Our sympathy and prayers are with his family.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1, IN WISSAHICKON WOODS

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age)

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO CALN QUARTER AT CAMP SWATARA

Join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with Caln Quarter at Camp Swatara on April 29-May 1. There will be games, worship sharing, a hike to the rock pile, workshops, and singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). The weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Deadline for registration is April 18; to get a discount, register by March 31. For information and registration: pym.org/event/yf-campswatara2016/?instance_id=244, Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WORKSHOP ON SPIRITUAL ACTIVISM AT RADNOR MEETING, APRIL 9

Steve Chase, Director of Education at Pendle Hill, will lead a workshop on Spiritual Activism for Peace and Eco-Justice at Radnor Monthly Meeting on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inspiration for the workshop came from the epistle of the Sixth World Conference of Friends, held in 2012 at Kabarak University in Kenya. It called upon Friends to engage in spiritual activism to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. Steve Chase is a longtime Quaker activist, writer, and educator who is founding director of Antioch University’s graduate program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability. To attend, send an email message to Caroline Cherry at ccherry@eastern.edu.

GARDENING DAY AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, APRIL 9

Next Saturday, April 9, will be Opening Day at Fair Hill Burial Grounds and will launch the gardening season with a workday. Everyone is invited to help clean up after winter, prepare gardens, and plant early vegetables and flowers. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. No gardening experience is necessary; and someone will walk you through the basics. For information, go to historicfairhill.org/events/spring-garden-day/.

FCNL STAFF TO VISIT PHILLY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9

Staff members from Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will hold an open reception to introduce its new capital campaign next Saturday, April 9, at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia. Diane Randall executive secretary of FCNL, will be on hand to explain the purpose of the capital campaign, entitled “The World We Seek: Now Is the Time,” and to talk with Philadelphia Friends about it. If you would like to go, please RSVP online by Monday, April 4, by going to fcnl.org/nowisthetime/rsvp. For further information, contact Andrew Silva at Andrew@fcnl.org or 202-903-2526.

PASTORAL CARE & RELIGIOUS ED GATHERING, APRIL 23

A Thread Gathering that combines the topics of pastoral care and religious education will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lancaster Friends Meeting. Thread Gatherings, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, bring together Friends with responsibilities in their meetings to spend time together, learn, and share information. Speakers will be George Schaefer and Jean-Marie Barch, who will talk about setting boundaries while remaining warm and welcoming to people. Free. Bring a sack lunch. For details, go to pym.org/event/pastoral-care-and-religious-education-thread-gathering-2016/?instance_id=234.

APRIL 24 QUARTERLY MEETING POSTPONED

The April 24 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting is postponed until May 22, with details to be forthcoming. For details, go to fgcquaker.org/cloud/philadelphia-quarterly-meeting/announcements/meeting-worship-attention-business-may-22nd-2016

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 21-22

Families with kids in K-5th grade are invited to a one-night sleepover at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ. There will be multigenerational activities for everybody, a dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, a giant First-day School, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. The gathering ends in time for everyone to get home before Sunday and prepare for the rest of the week. Costs are intentionally kept low. For details, go to pym.org/children/events/family-overnight or contact Benjamin Camp, bcamp@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

FILM ON POLICE BRUTALITY & MASS INCARCERATION, APRIL 9

The documentary film The Throwaways will be shown on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Germantown Life Enrichment Center, 5722 Greene Street. It tells the story of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community, as seen through the eyes of formerly imprisoned activist Ira McKinley. More than an illumination of marginalized people at their weakest moments; this film is a call to action, a story of directly engaging in the fight for justice. Free admission; refreshments and childcare are provided.

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TAKE ACTION

DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER NOW ACTIVE AT HORSHAM

In a news center earlier this week, the U.S. Air Force reported that the drone war command center at the Horsham Air National Guard Station in Horsham, PA, is now active. To read this article, go to 111attackwing.ang.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123471811.

FILM ON LATINOS IN AMERICA, APRIL 10

At a time of heated and misinformed debate about immigration in this country, the film Harvest of Empire documents the connection between U.S. intervention in Latin America and today’s immigration crisis. It will be shown at 5:30 p.m., after the Brandywine Peace Community’s Monthly Potluck, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., in West Philadelphia. The potluck begins at 4:30 p.m., and everyone is asked to bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. The film is based on a book by Juan Gonzalez, the award-winning journalist and cohost of Democracy Now! Free and open to everyone.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 1, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 3, 2016

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

Closers: Teresa Maobori & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Valentin & Adina Gorski

CHILDREN

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

Afterward:

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETS SUNDAY, APRIL 3

This Sunday, April 3, The Environmental Concerns Committee will meet after the rise of Meeting (noon) in the Meeting House. For information, contact Bill Cozzens, william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS TO BE HELD SUNDAY, APRIL 17

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business in April will be held one week later than usual, because the Meeting retreat at Camp Swatara will take place on the “normal” date. This means our business meeting will be Sunday, April 17.

END-OF-LIFE ISSUES DISCUSSED AT ADULT CLASS, APRIL 24

Our member Phyllis Taylor will lead a discussion on end-of-life issues at our Adult Class on April 24. Please read The New Yorker article, “Letting Go,” by Atul Gawande at newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2 before class. Printed copies are available from Joanne Sharpless and from the Meeting Office. This article in The New Yorker was the stimulus for Gawande’s bestselling book Being Mortal. Adult class meets at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

GET YOUR COPY OF OUR SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER!

Dear Meeting Members and Attenders, the Spring Newsletter is available! Click this link to open it: http://germantownmeeting.org/newsletter/Newsletter_Spring_2016.pdf. The Communications Committee hopes you enjoy it and sends a special thank you to the folks who contributed such wonderful articles, stories, and poems. If you would like to share your stories, articles, reflections, committee news, or spiritual journeys of any kind, please send them to ccom@germantownmeeting.org. The intention of the committee is for the Newsletter to be inclusive, to hear every voice, and to bring us together as a community. Share! –Communications Committee

SEE ATTACHED MINUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (DRAFT)

The draft of the proposed minute on climate change, presented at the March Meeting for Business, is attached for your review. There was not enough time for consideration and approval at the March 13 meeting. The minute urges legislative adoption of a fee to be imposed on carbon dioxide emissions, with proceeds to be returned equally to all households. It will be taken up for consideration at our April 18 Meeting for Business. Please refer your questions and comments to Bill Cozzens, clerk of the Environmental Concerns Committee, at William_cozzens@yahoo.com.

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. — Florence Mini

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

POTLUCK & DISCUSSION ON MASS INCARCERATION, APRIL 7

Young Adult Friends who went to the Spring Lobby Weekend by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will share what they learned and talk about where they lobbied for prison sentencing reform. There will also be a presentation about work being done by Books Through Bars. This is a potluck dinner, so everyone is asked to bring a dish to share with the group. It will take place on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 5142 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, PA. For more information about Young Adult Friends’ effort to end mass incarceration, go to pym.org/event/whats-role-ending-mass-incarceration/?instance_id=285. For specific questions about the potluck, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1, IN WISSAHICKON WOODS

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age)

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO CALN QUARTER AT CAMP SWATARA

Join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with Caln Quarter at Camp Swatara on April 29-May 1. There will be games, worship sharing, a hike to the rock pile, workshops, and singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). The weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Deadline for registration is April 18; to get a discount, register by March 31. For information and registration: pym.org/event/yf-campswatara2016/?instance_id=244, Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CARY LECTURE BY QUAKER HISTORIAN, APRIL 4

Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Emeritus Professor of History and curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College, will deliver the Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA. Her subject is “Raising Quakers in a Secular Society.” She will approach it through the lens of correspondence of 19th century Quaker families and through the life and letters of Bayard Rustin, a 20th century African-American Quaker activist. These sources reveal early and modern Quaker efforts to raise their children with value placed on “true Godliness,” aiming to help them “live better in the world, exciting their endeavors to mend it.” The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Go to pendlehill.org/events/stephen-g-cary-memorial-lecture-2016.

COLLEGE GRANTS FOR PYM MEMBERS

Two separate funds are awarding grants for higher education to members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, with application deadlines coming up soon:

1. The Mary Jeanes & Anne Townsend Fund awards grants for undergraduate and graduate study, and post-secondary technical programs. The application deadline is May 1, 2016, for the academic year beginning in Fall 2016. For more information and an application form, go to pym.org/grants/grants-resources/forms-and-guidelines. For questions, write to grants@pym.org or call Carol Walz at 215-241-7201.

2. The T. Wistar Brown Teachers Fund makes grants to PYM members who are over 21 years of age and preparing themselves to teach at the primary or secondary level. The next deadline is June 10 for Fall/Winter 2016. Go to twbfund.org for information.

GARDENING DAY AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, APRIL 9

Next Saturday, April 9, will be Opening Day at Fair Hill Burial Grounds and will launch the gardening season with a workday. Everyone is invited to help clean up after winter, prepare gardens, and plant early vegetables and flowers. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. No gardening experience is necessary; just stop by, and someone will walk you through the basics. For information, go to historicfairhill.org/events/spring-garden-day/.

FCNL STAFF TO VISIT PHILLY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9

Staff members from Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will hold an open reception to introduce its new capital campaign next Saturday, April 9, at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia. Diane Randall executive secretary of FCNL, will be on hand to explain the purpose of the capital campaign, entitled “The World We Seek: Now Is the Time,” and to talk with Philadelphia Friends about it. If you would like to go, please RSVP online by Monday, April 4, by going to fcnl.org/nowisthetime/rsvp. For further information, contact Andrew Silva at Andrew@fcnl.org or 202-903-2526.

PASTORAL CARE & RELIGIOUS ED GATHERING, APRIL 23

A Thread Gathering that combines the topics of pastoral care and religious education will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lancaster Friends Meeting. Thread Gatherings, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, bring together Friends with responsibilities in their meetings to spend time together, learn, and share information. Speakers will be George Schaefer and Jean-Marie Barch, who will talk about setting boundaries while remaining warm and welcoming to people. Free. Bring a sack lunch. For details, go to pym.org/event/pastoral-care-and-religious-education-thread-gathering-2016/?instance_id=234.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING HERE, APRIL 24

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will be held in our meetinghouse on April 24. Germantown Monthly Meeting is the host. Everyone is invited to Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck meal at 11:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Minutes and background materials will be posted as they come in at fgcquaker.org/cloud/pages/quarterly-meeting-schedule. Please send agenda items by April 10 to Margaret Wood, PQM Coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 21-22

Families with kids K-5th grade are invited to a one-night sleepover at Camp Dark Waters near Medford, NJ. There will be multigenerational activities for everybody, a dinner together, free time to play, bedtime stories, a giant First-day School, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. The gathering ends in time for everyone to get home before Sunday and prepare for the rest of the week. Costs are intentionally kept low. For details, go to pym.org/children/events/family-overnight or contact Benjamin Camp, bcamp@pym.org.

HELP FOR A SMALL, DIVERSE QUAKER SCHOOL

Friends Academy of Westampton in New Jersey is asking for financial help to keep its doors open next year. If you would like to take part in supporting this small, diverse Friends school, go to saveourschoolfaw.com/go-fund-me-landing.html.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEXT NVN NEEDLECRAFTERS MEETING, APRIL 8

The next get-together of the Needlecrafters of Northwest Village Network (NVN) will be Friday, April 8, at 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave, in Chestnut Hill. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome to join us. Bring a project. There is lots of good conversation, and everybody helps each other, if invited. Questions? Call Deborah Cooper or Anne Javsicas.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 25, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“We do not regard those who have the gift of ‘ministry’ as infallible, or even as necessarily closer to God than many of the silent worshipers who form the great majority in every congregation. We feel that the gift is from above, and that on all of us lies the responsibility of being open to it, willing to receive it, should it be bestowed, and to use it faithfully while entrusted with it. But we fully recognize that to do this perfectly requires a continual submission of the will and an unceasing watchfulness. We know that to ‘keep close to the gift’ is not an easy thing. We know that the singleness of eye which alone can enable any one always to discern between the immediate guidance of the Divine Spirit and the mere prompting of our own hearts, is not attained without much patience, and a diligent and persevering use of all the means of instruction provided for us.” –Caroline E. Stephen, Quaker Strongholds, 1891

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 27, 2016

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

Closers: Florence & Michael Mini
Greeters & Refreshments: Frank Fisher & children

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

GET YOUR COPY OF OUR SPRING 2016 NEWSLETTER!

Dear Meeting Members and Attenders,

The Spring Newsletter is available! Click this link to open it: http://germantownmeeting.org/newsletter/Newsletter_Spring_2016.pdf. The Communications Committee hopes you enjoy it and sends our special thank you’s to the folks who contributed such wonderful articles, stories, and poems. If you would like to share your stories, articles, reflections, committee news, or spiritual journeys of any kind, please send them to ccom@germantownmeeting.org. The intention of the committee for the Newsletter is to be inclusive, to hear every voice, and to bring us together as a community. Share! –Communications Committee

END-OF-LIFE ISSUES DISCUSSED AT ADULT CLASS, APRIL 24

Our member Phyllis Taylor will lead a discussion on end-of-life issues at our Adult Class on April 24. Please read The New Yorker article, “Letting Go,” by Atul Gawande at newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2 before class. Printed copies are available from Joanne Sharpless. This article in The New Yorker was the stimulus for Gawande’s bestselling book Being Mortal. Adult class meets at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

REGISTER FOR OUR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA

Now is the time to get your registration in for our Meeting Retreat at beautiful Camp Swatara on April 8-10. Everyone is warmly invited — Bring your family! Bring your friends! — for a weekend of fun and informal socializing. Many indoor and outdoor activities are planned. There are accommodations to fit all needs, from camping to rustic cabins to fully equipped, heated rooms. Camp Swatara is located two hours northwest of Philadelphia. Our theme will be ‘A Focus On Us — Renewing Our Energy, Revitalizing Our Spirit.’ Registration forms are attached to this email message. Payment is due by March 20. Return completed forms and payment to the Meeting Office, labeled “Retreat Registration,” or to a Retreat Committee member. We look forward to seeing everyone at Camp Swatara! –Jody Hobbs, on behalf of the Retreat Committee

COLLECT TOILETRIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN MARCH

For March, Friends will be collecting personal care items for Syrian refugees. Items needed are shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, feminine hygiene items, diapers, wipes, razors, and cotton swabs. Please, no glass jars. At the end of the month, volunteers will take the items to Narenj Tree Foundation’s warehouse in Norristown. From there, they will be shipped to a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Turkey, which will distribute them to refugees in camps along the border between Turkey and Syria. Want to help but don’t want to schlep stuff around? Cash contributions are needed for shipping costs, which are approximately $5,000 per container. You can make a contribution by using Pay Pal at www.narenjtree.org .

SEE ATTACHED MINUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (DRAFT)

The draft of the proposed minute on climate change, presented at the March Meeting for Business, is attached for your review. There was not enough time for consideration and approval at the March 13 meeting. The minute urges legislative adoption of a fee to be imposed on carbon dioxide emissions, with proceeds to be returned equally to all households. It will be taken up for consideration at our April 18 Meeting for Business. Please refer your questions and comments to Bill Cozzens, clerk of the Environmental Concerns Committee, at William_cozzens@yahoo.com.

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. –Florence Mini

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/ .

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age)

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO CALN QUARTER AT CAMP SWATARA

Join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with Caln Quarter at Camp Swatara on April 27-May 1. There will be games, worship sharing, a hike to the rock pile, workshops, and singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). The weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Deadline for registration is April 18; to get a discount, register by March 31. For information and registration: pym.org/event/yf-campswatara2016/?instance_id=244 , Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org , 215-241-7222.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CARY LECTURE BY QUAKER HISTORIAN, APRIL 4

Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Emeritus Professor of History and curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College, will deliver the Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA. Her subject is “Raising Quakers in a Secular Society.” She will approach it through the lens of correspondence of 19th century Quaker families and through the life and letters of Bayard Rustin, a 20th century African-American Quaker activist. These sources reveal early and modern Quakers’ efforts to raise their children with value placed on “true Godliness,” aiming to help them “live better in the world, exciting their endeavors to mend it.” The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Go to pendlehill.org/events/stephen-g-cary-memorial-lecture-2016.

SUBSCRIBE TO PYM’s NEW MAGAZINE

To get on the mailing list for Faith in Practice, the new magazine from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, send your email and street addresses to Melissa Elliott at gmm@germantownfriends.org. She will pass on the information to PYM. The new magazine replaces PYM News and will come out three times a year, highlighting what’s going on throughout our yearly meeting. If you received the first copy, you are already on the mailing list.

PASTORAL CARE & RELIGIOUS ED GATHERING, APRIL 23

A Thread Gathering that combines the topics of pastoral care and religious education will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lancaster Friends Meeting. Thread Gatherings, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, bring together Friends with similar interests to spend time together, learn, and share information. Speakers will be George Schaefer and Jean-Marie Barch, who will talk about setting boundaries while remaining warm and welcoming to people. Free. Bring a sack lunch. For details, go to pym.org/event/pastoral-care-and-religious-education-thread-gathering-2016/?instance_id=234.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING TO BE AT GMM, APRIL 24

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will be held in our meetinghouse on April 24. Germantown Monthly Meeting is the host. Everyone is invited to Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck meal at 11:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Minutes and background materials will be posted as they come in at fgcquaker.org/cloud/pages/quarterly-meeting-schedule. Please send agenda items by April 10 to Margaret Wood, PQM Coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

NEXT NVN NEEDLECRAFTERS MEETING, MARCH 25

The next get-together of the Needlecrafters of Northwest Village Network (NVN) will be Friday, March 25, at 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave, in Chestnut Hill. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome to join us. Bring a project. There is lots of good conversation, and everybody helps each other, if invited. Questions? Call Deborah Cooper or Anne Javsicas.

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TAKE ACTION

LETTER-WRITING MARATHON FOR DECARCERATE, PA, MARCH 26

This Saturday, March 26, there will be a gathering to write letters to prisoners throughout Pennsylvania who have written to Decarcerate PA with requests for information, submission to the organization’s newsletter and website, and suggestions for organizing strategies. You may stop by anytime between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Institute for Community Justice, 1207 Chestnut Street, second floor, in Philadelphia. Letter-writing marathons are held on the fourth Saturday of every month. If you can’t make the marathon but want to help, there is terrific need for first-class stamps and money to buy them. Go to decarceratepa.info/donate for information. To find out more about Saturday’s event, call 276-217-3372 or inquire at decarceratepa@gmail.com.

IGNITE PEACE! AT DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, MARCH 26

It’s time again to stand against the remote-controlled killing and violence of drone warfare and the policy of ‘endless war.’ Join the anti-drone-warfare demonstration at the Horsham PA Air Guard Station this Saturday, March 26, from noon to 2 p.m., at the intersection of Easton Road (Rt. 611) and County Line Road in Horsham. The Horsham station houses a new drone-war command center, from which operators guide war drones by computer to drop bombs in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. For directions, go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events. This protest resumes the regular last-Saturday-of-the-month actions, after a two-month pause for winter. For information, call Bob Smith.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 18, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Simplicity is closely akin to sincerity — a genuineness of life and speech in which there is no place for sham or artificiality. The care given by early Friends to avoid flattering titles and phrases and to aim for rectitude of speech undoubtedly has done much to turn attention to honesty in the spoken and the written word. We need also to speak the simple truth, in love, when occasion requires it. Such an attitude does not exclude sincere cordiality and kindness. A life of simplicity and sincerity may be full of activity, but it must be a life centered in God.” –Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Faith & Practice, 1961

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 20, 2016

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

Closers: Rebecca Hoenig & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

SEE ATTACHED MINUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE (DRAFT)

The draft of the proposed minute on climate change, presented at the March Meeting for Business, is attached for your review. There was not enough time for consideration and approval at the March 13 meeting. The minute urges legislative adoption of a fee to be imposed on carbon dioxide emissions, with proceeds to be returned equally to all households. It will be taken up for consideration at our April 10 Meeting for Business. Please refer your questions and comments to Bill Cozzens, clerk of the Environmental Concerns Committee, at William_cozzens@yahoo.com.

MARCH IS INVITE-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH!

Last year we designated March as our “Invite A Friend to Meeting Month,” and people liked the idea so much, we’re doing it again this year. The Outreach Committee encourages all members and attenders to check their circle of friends for people who might be interested in coming to Quaker Meeting — co-workers, fellow alumni, a newcomer to town, your neighbor, or a friend from your book group, lunch bunch, or block committee. The Welcome Table in our social room will have materials with ways to reach out and invite people to “try us out” during March. Start making your list now! –Janet Kroll, on behalf of the Outreach Committee

END-OF-LIFE ISSUES DISCUSSED AT ADULT CLASS, APRIL 24

Our member Phyllis Taylor will lead a discussion on end-of-life issues at our Adult Class on April 24. Please read The New Yorker article, ‘Letting Go,’ by Atul Gawande at newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2 before class. Printed copies are available from Joanne Sharpless. This article in the New Yorker was the stimulus for Gawande’s bestselling book Being Mortal. Adult class meets at 9 a.m. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

REGISTER FOR OUR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA

Now is the time to get your registration in for our Meeting Retreat at beautiful Camp Swatara on April 8-10. Everyone is warmly invited — Bring your family! Bring your friends! — for a weekend of fun and informal socializing. Many indoor and outdoor activities are planned. There are accommodations to fit all needs, from camping to rustic cabins to fully equipped, heated rooms. Camp Swatara is located two hours northwest of Philadelphia. Our theme will be ‘A Focus On Us — Renewing Our Energy, Revitalizing Our Spirit.’ Registration forms are attached to this email message. Payment is due by March 20. Return completed forms and payment to the Meeting Office, labeled ‘Retreat Registration,’ or to a Retreat Committee member. We look forward to seeing everyone at Camp Swatara! — Jody Hobbs, on behalf of the Retreat Committee

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE, APRIL 14-17

The White Privilege Conference will be held on April 14-17 in Philadelphia and is in need of volunteers! This conference, which is held annually in changing locations, provides a powerful way for people to grow in anti-racism and anti-oppression work. This year, it is hosted by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends General Conference. Can you give a chunk of your time during the week of the conference? Anyone may volunteer the Tuesday and Wednesday (April 12 and 13) before the conference. However, to be a volunteer during the conference, you must be a registered participant. For more information and to sign up, go to http://tinyurl.com/WpcPhillyVolunteers.

COLLECT TOILETRIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN MARCH

For March, Friends will be collecting personal care items for Syrian refugees. Items needed are shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, feminine hygiene items, diapers, wipes, razors, and cotton swabs. Please, no glass jars. At the end of the month, volunteers will take the items to Narenj Tree Foundation’s warehouse in Norristown. From there, they will be shipped to a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Turkey, which will distribute them to refugees in camps along the border between Turkey and Syria. Want to help but don’t want to schlep stuff around? Cash contributions are needed for shipping costs, which are approximately $5,000 per container. You can make a contribution by using Pay Pal at www.narenjtree.org.

TURN OFF THE JUICE FOR “EARTH HOUR,” MARCH 19

On Saturday, March 19, everyone with a concern for climate change and our earth’s health is asked to turn off all their electrical usage from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. That means such things as heaters, lights, computers, washers and dryers, and anything else that uses electricity. This is intended to raise consciousness and solidarity about climate change and other environmental issues. For more information about this effort, called “Earth Hour,” go to https://www.earthhour.org.

CELEBRATE “EARTH HOUR” LOCALLY, MARCH 19

Locally, there will be an Earth Hour celebration, organized by the Pennsylvania chapter of Interfaith Power & Light (PA-IPL), at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, on Saturday, March 19, at 6:45 PM. This event is a fundraiser to support PA-IPL in raising awareness and encouraging action to address climate change. The James Turrell Skyspace, an open-air ceiling in the meetinghouse, will be opened, weather permitting. Music provided by Acoustic Blender. Dessert buffet. Admission is $25. Space is limited, so register at www.paipl.us/event/earthhourphilly/. Questions? Contact Bill Cozzens, clerk of our meeting’s Environmental Concerns Committee.

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. –Florence Mini

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to http://www.pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age)

SPRING GATHERING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their spring gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO CALN QUARTER AT CAMP SWATARA

Join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with Caln Quarter at Camp Swatara on April 27-May 1. There will be games, worship sharing, a hike to the rock pile, workshops, and singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). The weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Deadline for registration is April 18; to get a discount, register by March 31. For information and registration: www.pym.org/event/yf-campswatara2016/?instance_id=244, Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

MARY CRAUDERUEFF SPEAKS AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

Mary Crauderueff will speak on “Spirit Works — Exploring Quaker Leadership” at the 2016 William Penn Lecture on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event, which is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth & Arch streets. Details:www.pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, youngadultfriends@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

SUBSCRIBE TO PYM’s NEW MAGAZINE

To get on the mailing list for Faith in Practice, the new magazine from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, send your email and street addresses to Melissa Elliott in our Meeting Office, gmm@germantownfriends.org. She will pass on the information to PYM. The new magazine replaces PYM News and will come out three times a year, highlighting what’s going on throughout our yearly meeting. If you received the first copy, you are already on the mailing list.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING TO BE HERE, APRIL 24

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will be held in our meetinghouse on April 24. Germantown Monthly Meeting is the host. Everyone is invited to Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck meal at 11:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Minutes and background materials will be posted as they come in at fgcquaker.org/cloud/pages/quarterly-meeting-schedule. Please send agenda items by April 10 to Margaret Wood, PQM Coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

POTLUCK DINNER BY NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK, MARCH 20

Join Northwest Village Network (NVN) for its annual potluck dinner at Chestnut Hill Meeting on Sunday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Rescheduled from January, due to a snowstorm.) Treat yourself to lots of wonderful music, great food, and conversation. Get to know more about NVN, which is a network of older neighbors in the northwest Philadelphia area who work together to provide services and programs that help members live independently, stay active, and be socially engaged. If you come to the potluck, please bring a dish to share. Questions? Call Peter or Anne Javsicas.

NEXT NVN NEEDLECRAFTERS MEETING, MARCH 25

The next get-together of the Needlecrafters of Northwest Village Network (NVN) will be Friday, March 25, at 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave, in Chestnut Hill. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome to join us. Bring a project. There is lots of good conversation, and everybody helps each other, if invited. Questions? Call Deborah Cooper or Anne Javsicas.

YARD WORKERS NEEDED AT RALSTON MY WAY

Ralston My Way, a nonprofit agency serving NW Philadelphia seniors, is looking for individuals with yard work experience to help with yard work. If you love being outdoors and have experience mowing lawns, weed whacking, gardening, hedge trimming, or doing yard cleanup, apply as soon as possibly. Applicants with cars will take top priority, but all are welcome to apply. This can be a temporary or permanent position, and you may work as many hours as you would like. Contact Eric Wilden, ewilden@mywayonline.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 11, 2016

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS SUNDAY!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“When we gather together in worship, let us remember that there is committed to each of us, as disciples of Christ, a share in the priesthood. We should help one another, whether in silence or through spoken prayer or words of ministry. Let none of us assume that vocal ministry is never to be our part.

“Our daily lives should be linked with the meeting for worship. Day by day we can dwell prayerfully on thoughts that may at some time lead to ministry. We should try to discern and to interpret the spiritual meaning of the movements of thought and action at work in the world around us, entering into understanding sympathy with our fellow worshippers.

“If the call comes, there should be no quenching of the spirit; the sense of our own unworthiness must not exempt us from this service, nor the fear of being unable to find the right words.

“Faithfulness in speaking, even very briefly, may open the way for fuller ministry from others. The tender and humble-minded utterance, given faithfully, can carry its message to the hearts of its hearers. Above all, in vocal prayer, even broken and imperfect words springing from a deep place in the heart may wonderfully draw those present into communion with God and with one another.” –London Yearly Meeting (now Britain Yearly Meeting), 1949, Advice on the Ministry

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 13, 2016

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: Peter Yeomans & Kate O’Shea
Greeters & Refreshments: Tom & Ellie Elkinton

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

AGENDA, MEETING FOR BUSINESS, MARCH 13, 2016

Query 2
Opening worship
Minutes from February
Care and Visiting Committee report
Worship and Ministry — Feedback on our first Fifth Sunday
Peace Committee report
Update on archiving meeting records
Racial and Social Concerns Committee report
Outreach Committee report
Green Street Friends School’s request for a minute of support
Request from students at Germantown Friends School
Correspondence and Announcements
Closing worship

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MEETING NEWS

NEW MEETING DIRECTORIES ARE HERE!

Please pick up your copy of the new Meeting Directory when you come to Meeting this Sunday, March 13. There will be a box of them in the social room. After the longest struggle on record with our aging database, I finally made a couple of compromises with intended perfection and sent it to the printer last week. So, we finally have an updated Directory for 2016, with the revisions you all so kindly sent to me. It has a baby-blue cover this year. If you would like to receive an electronic version, just let me know. –Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

MARCH IS INVITE-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH!
Last year we designated March as our “Invite A Friend to Meeting Month,” and people liked the idea so much, we’re doing it again this year. The Outreach Committee encourages all members and attenders to check their circle of friends for people who might be interested in coming to Quaker Meeting — co-workers, fellow alumni, a newcomer to town, your neighbor, or a friend from your book group, lunch bunch, or block committee. The Welcome Table in our social room will have materials with ways to reach out and invite people to “try us out” during March. Start making your list now! –Janet Kroll, on behalf of the Outreach Committee

REGISTER FOR OUR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA

Now is the time to get your registration in for our Meeting Retreat at beautiful Camp Swatara on April 8-10. Everyone is warmly invited — Bring your family! Bring your friends! — for a weekend of fun and informal socializing. Many indoor and outdoor activities are planned. There are accommodations to fit all needs, from camping to rustic cabins to fully equipped, heated rooms. Camp Swatara is located two hours northwest of Philadelphia. Our theme will be “A Focus On Us — Renewing Our Energy, Revitalizing Our Spirit.” A registration form is attached to this email message. Payment is due by March 20. Return completed forms and payment to the Meeting Office, labeled ‘Retreat Registration,’ or to a Retreat Committee member. We look forward to seeing everyone at Camp Swatara! –Jody Hobbs, on behalf of the Retreat Committee

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE, APRIL 14-17

The White Privilege Conference will be held on April 14-17 in Philadelphia and is in need of volunteers! This conference, which is held annually in changing locations, provides a powerful way for people to grow in anti-racism and anti-oppression work. This year, it is hosted by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends General Conference. Can you give a chunk of your time during the week of the conference? Anyone may volunteer the Tuesday and Wednesday (April 12 and 13) before the conference. However, to be a volunteer during the conference, you must be a registered participant. For more information and to sign up, go to tinyurl.com/WpcPhillyVolunteers.

COLLECT TOILETRIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN MARCH

For March, Friends will be collecting personal care items for Syrian refugees. Items needed are shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, feminine hygiene items, diapers, wipes, razors, and cotton swabs. Please, no glass jars. At the end of the month, volunteers will take the items to Narenj Tree Foundation’s warehouse in Norristown. From there, they will be shipped to a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Turkey, which will distribute them to refugees in camps along the border between Turkey and Syria. Want to help but don’t want to schlep stuff around? Cash contributions are needed for shipping costs, which are approximately $5,000 per container. You can make a contribution by using Pay Pal at narenjtree.org.

TURN OFF THE JUICE FOR ‘EARTH HOUR,’ MARCH 19

On Saturday, March 19, everyone with a concern for climate change and our earth’s health is asked to turn off all their electrical usage from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. That means such things as heaters, lights, computers, washers and dryers, and anything else that uses electricity. This is intended to raise consciousness and solidarity about climate change and other environmental issues. For more information about this effort, called ‘Earth Hour,’ go to earthhour.org.

CELEBRATE ‘EARTH HOUR’ LOCALLY, MARCH 19

Locally, there will be an Earth Hour celebration, organized by the Pennsylvania chapter of Interfaith Power & Light (PA-IPL), at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, on Saturday, March 19, at 6:45 PM. This event is a fundraiser to support PA-IPL in raising awareness and encouraging action to address climate change. The James Turrell Skyspace, an open-air ceiling in the meetinghouse, will be opened, weather permitting. Music provided by Acoustic Blender. Dessert buffet. Admission is $25. Space is limited, so register at paipl.us/event/earthhourphilly/. Questions? Contact Bill Cozzens, clerk of our meeting’s Environmental Concerns Committee.

COPIES OF GFS NEWSPAPER AVAILABLE IN SOCIAL ROOM

Copies of Earthquake, the newspaper of Germantown Friends School, will be available on the literature counter of our social room, courtesy of the editor, Si Affron. You are invited to borrow a copy to read, and then return it for others to enjoy. The publication has a new format, which gives it a whole, new, updated look. Content in this issue includes: a nice obit for Betty Cary; a delightful article about the journey to the New World of Monika Goldborough, who runs the snack bar in Hargroves; an article about graffiti in Philadelphia; an editorial continuing an ongoing discussion about gender-specific bathrooms at GFS; an article on human trafficking; and more. Lots of good photographs and thoughtful writing. –Florence Mini

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. –Florence Mini

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/.

APPLICATIONS FOR QVS DUE MARCH 15

Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is accepting applications for 2016-2017 year in Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; an Boston, MA. Deadline is March 15. QVS Fellows live together in community, use Quaker spiritual practices, and work full time in organizations that support marginalized individual and communities or work to change unjust structures. For more information, go to quakervoluntaryservice.org/apply/.

POSITIONS OPEN ON FCNL ADVOCACY CORPS

Applications are being accepted for the Advocacy Corps, a group of young adults who work for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). As a member of the Advocacy Corps, you would connect local activists and leaders with your members of Congress to affect long-term change. You would learn organizing skills and gain leadership experience. Participants spend 10, all-expenses-paid days in Washington, DC, in the summer and then work 25 to 35 hours a month back on their own college campus or home community, mobilizing people to engage with Congress. Each member of the Corps develops an individual plan to fit his or her community and, upon successful completion, receives $3,000. For information, go to fcnl.org/about/jobs/advocacy_corps_faq/. Deadline to apply is April 11.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age)

SPRING GATHERING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their spring gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO CALN QUARTER AT CAMP SWATARA

Join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with Caln Quarter at Camp Swatara on April 27-May 1. There will be games, worship sharing, a hike to the rock pile, workshops, and singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). The weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Deadline for registration is April 18; to get a discount, register by March 31. For information and registration: pym.org/event/yf-campswatara2016/?instance_id=244, Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

MARY CRAUDERUEFF SPEAKS AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

Mary Crauderueff will speak on ‘Spirit Works — Exploring Quaker Leadership’ at the 2016 William Penn Lecture on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event, which is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth & Arch streets. Details: pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, youngadultfriends@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING TO BE HERE, APRIL 24

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will be held in our meetinghouse on April 24. Germantown Monthly Meeting is the host. Everyone is invited to Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck meal at 11:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Minutes and background materials will be posted as they come in at fgcquaker.org/cloud/pages/quarterly-meeting-schedule. Please send agenda items by April 10 to Margaret Wood, PQM Coordinator, at philaqtr@pym.org.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

POTLUCK DINNER BY NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK, MARCH 20

Join Northwest Village Network (NVN) for its annual potluck dinner at Chestnut Hill Meeting on Sunday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Rescheduled from January, due to a snowstorm.) Treat yourself to lots of wonderful music, great food, and conversation. Get to know more about NVN, which is a network of older neighbors in the northwest Philadelphia area who work together to provide services and programs that help members live independently, stay active, and be socially engaged. If you come to the potluck, please bring a dish to share. Questions? Contact Peter or Anne Javsicas.

NEXT NVN NEEDLECRAFTERS MEETING, MARCY 25

The next get-together of the Needlecrafters of Northwest Village Network (NVN) will be Friday, March 25, at 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave, in Chestnut Hill. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome to join us. Bring a project. There is lots of good conversation, and everybody helps each other, if invited. Questions? Contact Deborah Cooper or Anne Javsicas.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 4, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“We are aware that there is no separation between caring for the land and caring for our fellow human beings, and the exploitation of the earth and the exploitation of human beings are part of the same sickness: a lack of connections among one another. Racism, sexism, pollution, drug abuse, causing the extinction of species, and war are all results of that disconnectedness.” –New England Yearly Meeting, Faith & Practice, 1985

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 6, 2016

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

Closers: Dan Jones & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Valerie Nehez & Anthony Tyler

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

TONIGHT! SEE QUIET RIOT AT ARCADIA UNIVERSITY

Quiet Riot, the techno entertainment duo featuring our member Dave Mettler and his brother Bill Mettler, will perform tonight at the Citizens Climate Lobby Conference at Arcadia University’s Stiteler Auditorium. The speaker will be James Edward Hansen, a climate scientist at NASA who is an activist and a grandfather. The topic is ‘Help Us Save Our Livable Future!’ Cost is $10. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. To find out more about the conference, go to http://bit.ly/1U7GZGi.

MARCH IS INVITE-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH!

Last year we designated March as our “Invite A Friend to Meeting Month,” and people liked the idea so much, we’re doing it again this year. The Outreach Committee encourages all members and attenders to check their circle of friends for people who might be interested in coming to Quaker Meeting — co-workers, fellow alumni, a newcomer to town, your neighbor, or a friend from your book group, lunch bunch, or block committee. The Welcome Table in our social room will have materials with ways to reach out and invite people to “try us out” during March. Start making your list now! –Janet Kroll, on behalf of the Outreach Committee

PROGRAM ON DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN YOUTH, MARCH 5

‘Detaining Dreams,’ a presentation about detention of Palestinian youth, will take place Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the social room of our Meetinghouse. Presenters will be Jennifer Bing and Nawal Musleh of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Yazan Meqbil, public relations coordinator for Shi’b Alseer Committee, which supports families whose homes are under threat of demolition by the Israeli government. This program is cosponsored by our Adult Class and the AFSC. For more information on the campaign, visit nowaytotreatachild.org/detaining-dreams/. Light refreshments will be served; all are welcome; please join us.

REGISTER FOR OUR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA

Now is the time to get your registration in for our Meeting Retreat at beautiful Camp Swatara on April 8-10. Everyone is warmly invited — Bring your family! Bring your friends! — for a weekend of fun and informal socializing. Many indoor and outdoor activities are planned. There are accommodations to fit all needs, from camping to rustic cabins to fully equipped, heated rooms. Camp Swatara is located two hours northwest of Philadelphia. Our theme will be ‘A Focus On Us — Renewing Our Energy, Revitalizing Our Spirit.’ Registration forms are attached to this email message. Payment is due by March 20. Return completed forms and payment to the Meeting Office, labeled ‘Retreat Registration,’ or to a Retreat Committee member. We look forward to seeing everyone at Camp Swatara! — Jody Hobbs, on behalf of the Retreat Committee

COLLECT TOILETRIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN MARCH

For March, Friends will be collecting personal care items for Syrian refugees. Items needed are shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, feminine hygiene items, diapers, wipes, razors, and cotton swabs. Please, no glass jars. At the end of the month, volunteers will take the items to Narenj Tree Foundation’s warehouse in Norristown. From there, they will be shipped to a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Turkey, which will distribute them to refugees in camps along the border between Turkey and Syria. Want to help but don’t want to schlep stuff around? Cash contributions are needed for shipping costs, which are approximately $5,000 per container. You can make a contribution by using Pay Pal at www.narenjtree.org.

HOSPITALITY NEEDED FOR TWO BRITISH FRIENDS

The clerk and recording clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting need hospitality for July 23-25. They will be here to attend PYM’s Annual Sessions and would love to connect with PYM Friends. This man and woman are not related, so two separate spaces are needed. If you can host one or both of them, please let Penny Colgan-Davis know at pcolgan.davis@gmail.com.

WATCH OUT FOR GFS KIDS IN DRIVEWAY

Please watch out for young children in the meetinghouse driveway during school hours — especially during arrivals (8 a.m.- 8:45 a.m.) and dismissals (2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.). In fact, it would be better not to drive onto campus at all during those times, if at all possible. During the school day, the driveway to the right of the meetinghouse is closed for safety reasons. At those times, visitors to the meetinghouse may drive up the “out” driveway — to the left of the meetinghouse–with extreme caution. Please drive slowly and stop for any pedestrians, understanding that young children may not realize there could be cars around. We all want the campus to be as safe as it can possibly be. Many thanks for your vigilance! — Penny Colgan-Davis

DELIVERY OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

Report from GFS parent Colleen Christian

“First, they were so profoundly grateful — two of the supervisors burst into tears to see all the lovely, new, clean, school supplies, and everyone was clearly taken by how many boxes the GFS students [and Meeting members] were able to gather. The drop-off warehouse is a small space — maybe the size of a GFS classroom, and they had different tasks set up in each corner. In one, two men were building boxes (they could use moving-size boxes or funds to buy strong boxes); in another, a group of high school students were carefully sorting through piles of clothes to see what was usable and what needed to be washed. Everyone stopped what they were doing to look at all the lovely pencils and notebooks. They said what they really need now are more school supplies, baby formula and diapers . . . I loved this, from their website:

Narenj Tree Foundation Philosophy
Give excess — There is enough to go around! Everyone has something
they don’t need that someone else can use.
Give always — Make it part of your routine. Go through your items
once a month and give away things you don?t need.
Give extra — When you shop for your families or yourself, keep
others in mind and pick up a couple of extra cans of food at the
grocery store.
Give a little — If everyone gives a little, there will be more
than enough for those who have none.”

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE DURING ADULT CLASS

Our Childcare Committee reminds everyone that childcare is available on Sundays beginning at 9 a.m., so parents can participate in Adult Class and Meeting for Business. This is always the case, unless there are no adult activities that are open to everyone before Meeting for Worship. Candice Price, a member of our Meeting, is available to watch young ones from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and looks forward to seeing them. If you every have a question about this, contact Candice or Maggie Lockwood, member of the Childcare Committee.

BACK-UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILDCARE

The Childcare Committee wants to re-establish a list of volunteers to serve as a backup to Candice Price, our regular childcare provider, in case she is unable to make it one week. Childcare is provided on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (or the conclusion of Meeting for Worship). If you just want to cover part of the time, you would also be welcome to volunteer. Please let Maggie Lockwood know if you would like to volunteer and how to contact you on short notice. Maggie may be reached at Maggie@computertalk.com.

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. — Florence Mini

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

HIKING & WORSHIP SHARING, MAY 1

Young Adult Friends are invited to go hiking in the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be worship sharing on the hike. Meet at 4 p.m. at Valley Green, which is on Forbidden Drive, near Valley Green Road. Enter from Henry Avenue. This is an alcohol-free event. Restrooms and a snack bar are at Valley Green. For more information, go to http://www.pym.org/event/yaf-worship-sharing-in-the-woods/.

APPLICATIONS FOR QVS DUE MARCH 15

Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is accepting applications for 2016-2017 year in Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; an Boston, MA. Deadline is March 15. QVS Fellows live together in community, use Quaker spiritual practices, and work full time in organizations that support marginalized individual and communities or work to change unjust structures. For more information, go to www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/apply/.

POSITIONS OPEN ON FCNL ADVOCACY CORPS

Applications are being accepted for the Advocacy Corps, a group of young adults who work for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). As a member of the Advocacy Corps, you would connect local activists and leaders with your members of Congress to affect long-term change. You would learn organizing skills and gain leadership experience. Participants spend 10, all-expenses-paid days in Washington, DC, in the summer and then work 25 to 35 hours a month back on their own college campus or home community, mobilizing people to engage with Congress. Each member of the Corps develops an individual plan to fit his or her community and, upon successful completion, receives $3,000. For information, go to fcnl.org/about/jobs/advocacy_corps_faq/. Deadline to apply is April 11.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school age)

SPRING GATHERING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their spring gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO CALN QUARTER AT CAMP SWATARA

Join Young Friends for a weekend of fun and community with Caln Quarter at Camp Swatara on April 27-May 1. There will be games, worship sharing, a hike to the rock pile, workshops, and singing at the traditional bonfire (weather permitting). The weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Deadline for registration is April 18; to get a discount, register by March 31. For information and registration: www.pym.org/event/yf-campswatara2016/?instance_id=244, Hannah Mayer, hmayer@pym.org, 215-241-7222.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT SWARTHMORE MEETING, MARCH 5

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will host an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, March 5, at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. Friends are invited to come for the whole day, a portion of the day, or a portion of worship as they are able. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. with gathering and welcome. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is meeting for worship. There will be a brown-bag lunch (bring your own) at 12:30 p.m. >From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. will be worship sharing. At 3 p.m., people are asked to help with a brief cleanup, with departure at 3:15 p.m. Worship sharing in the afternoon usually focuses on personal experiences in worship from the morning and/or reflections on messages. For information on arranging childcare, contact Swarthmore Friends Meeting at 610-328-8699, or send an email message to meeting@swarthmore.edu.

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 12-15

Learn how to lobby your Congress people and then use your skills on the spot, at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 12-15, in Wash., DC. This spring’s focus is on mass incarceration, although the skills you will learn are applicable to any issue. For information, go to http://fcnl.org/events/slw/.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

MARY CRAUDERUEFF SPEAKS AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

Mary Crauderueff will speak on ‘Spirit Works — Exploring Quaker Leadership’ at the 2016 William Penn Lecture on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event, which is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth & Arch streets. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, youngadultfriends@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 26, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The witness for peace is an affirmation of the divine Light in every human being. Christ teaches us to love our enemies. George Fox calls us to seek that of God in everyone. Warfare denies these teachings, denies the sanctity of human life.

“God’s essential nature is love . . . We are called to respect all other persons, to love them as we love ourselves, to overcome evil with good, and to meet our enemies with positive good will”.

“Friends hold that it is inconsistent with these religious principles to participate in military service and have, therefore, sought exemption on grounds of conscience. But more than a mere refusal to participate in the military is required of the servant of peace.

“We are called to root out the causes of war from our own lives and from the political and social structures about us. We must seek out and remove the seeds of hatred and greed. In [place of] self-seeking, we must put sacrifice; instead of domination, cooperation. Fear and suspicion must give place to trust and the spirit of understanding. The barriers of race and class, of exaggerated notions of national sovereignty must give way to a fellowship that makes all humanity a society of friends. Our peace testimony must be inclusive of the whole of life.”

–New England Yearly Meeting, 1985 Faith & Practice, pp. 182-183

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

9 a.m. Adult Class “What can and should be done about climate change?” (See below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: Tom & Joanne Sharpless
Greeters & Refreshments: Adam & Susan Corson-Finnerty

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS: WHAT TO DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?

This Sunday, Feb. 28, our Environmental Concerns Committee will raise the question, “What should and can be done about climate change?” Tom Wells, a member of Fallsington Meeting, will talk about the political advocacy he does on behalf of Citizens Climate Lobby. We should decarbonize the economy and the world, but how? The Paris Climate agreement and its shortcomings will be summarized, with a look at the need for further action. There will be a discussion about putting a price on carbon and the need for political advocacy at local, state, and national levels. Begins at 9 a.m.; takes place in our social room. Everyone welcome. Come early for light refreshments.

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE DURING ADULT CLASS

Our Childcare Committee reminds everyone that childcare is available on Sundays beginning at 9 a.m., so parents can participate in Adult Class and Meeting for Business. This is always the case, unless there are no adult activities that are open to everyone before Meeting for Worship. Candice Price, a member of our Meeting, is available to watch young ones from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and looks forward to seeing them. If you every have a question about this, contact Candice or Maggie Lockwood, member of the Childcare Committee.

BACK-UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILD CARE

The Childcare Committee wants to re-establish a list of volunteers to serve as a backup to Candice Price, our regular child care provider, in case she is unable to make it one week. Childcare is provided on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (or the conclusion of Meeting for Worship). If you just want to cover part of the time, you would also be welcome to volunteer. Please let Maggie Lockwood know if you would like to volunteer and how to contact you on short notice. Maggie may be reached at Maggie@computertalk.com.

REGISTER FOR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA

Everyone is warmly invited to our Meeting’s 13th Annual Retreat on April 8-10 at beautiful and peaceful Camp Swatara, located two hours northwest of Philadelphia. There are a variety of accommodations to fit all needs. Bring your family! Bring your friends! All are welcome to join us in a weekend of fun and informal socializing. A host of activities is planned. Our theme will be ‘A Focus On Us — Renewing Our Energy, Revitalizing Our Spirit.’ Registration forms are attached to this email message. Payment is due by March 20. Return completed forms and payment to the Meeting Office, clearly labeled ‘Retreat Registration,’ or to a Retreat Committee member. We look forward to seeing everyone at Camp Swatara! ‘Jody Hobbs, on behalf of the Retreat Committee

DEADLINE FOR NEWSLETTER ARTICLES: FEB. 29

Now that our printed newsletter is back in publication on a quarterly basis, the Communications Committee invites F/friends to submit articles for it. These submissions may be spiritual leadings/journeys/experiences, social/political editorials, creative writing, or reflections on topics from adult class. Photos of Meeting activities are especially welcome. There is an editorial process to make sure submissions are appropriate or to ask the author to make changes, if deemed necessary. To get a copy of the Winter 2016 issue, send a request to ccom@germantownmeeting.org or pick one up from the literature counter in the social room. Deadline for submissions for the spring issue is Feb. 29.

MARCH IS INVITE-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH!

Last year we designated March as our “Invite A Friend to Meeting Month,” and people liked the idea so much, we’re doing it again this year. The Outreach Committee encourages all members and attenders to check their circle of friends for people who might be interested in coming to Quaker Meeting — co-workers, fellow alumni, a newcomer to town, your neighbor, or a friend from your book group, lunch bunch, or block committee. The Welcome Table in our social room will have materials with ways to reach out and invite people to “try us out” during March. Start making your list now! –Janet Kroll, on behalf of the Outreach Committee

PROGRAM ON DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN YOUTH, MARCH 5

‘Detaining Dreams,’ a presentation about detention of Palestinian youth and action to pressure Congress, will take place Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the social room of our Meetinghouse. Presenters will be Jennifer Bing and Nawal Musleh of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Yazan Meqbil, public relations coordinator for Shi’b Alseer Committee, which supports families whose homes are under threat of demolition by the Israeli government. This program is cosponsored by the Adult Class of Germantown Monthly Meeting and the AFSC. For more information on this campaign, visit www.nowaytotreatachild.org/detaining-dreams/. Light refreshments will be served; all are welcome; please join us.

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at www.germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to www.germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. –Florence Mini

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HOLDS ‘CROSS POLLINATION’ EVENT, FEB. 28

Here’s your chance to meet and compare notes with Friends from other Meetings in Philadelphia Quarter who have similar meeting responsibilities. Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold a ‘Cross Pollination’ event on Sunday, Feb. 28, at Green Street Meeting, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. Potluck lunch begins at approximately 11:45 a.m. Registration is at 12:15 p.m., and small-group meetings will be 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share if you come for lunch. Questions? Need child care? Contact PQM coordinator Margaret Wood at philaqtr@pym.org.

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT SWARTHMORE MEETING, MARCH 5

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will host an extended meeting for worship on Saturday, March 5, at Swarthmore Monthly Meeting. Friends are invited to come for the whole day, a portion of the day, or a portion of worship as they are able. The day begins at 9:15 a.m. with gathering and welcome. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is meeting for worship. There will be a brown-bag lunch (bring your own) at 12:30 p.m. From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. will be worship sharing. At 3 p.m., people are asked to help with a brief cleanup, with departure at 3:15 p.m. Worship sharing in the afternoon usually focuses on personal experiences in worship from the morning and/or reflections on messages. For information on arranging childcare, contact Swarthmore Friends Meeting at 610-328-8699, or send an email message to meeting@swarthmore.edu.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

THROUGH EYES OF A BLACK MUSLIM, FEB. 28

In keeping with the theme of Black History Month of February, Imam Abdul-Halim Hassan will tell the story of a man who, through faith, went from humble beginnings as a slave to become a revered companion of the Prophet Mohammad. This presentation will take place this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. This story about Bilal ibn Rabah tells the impact of belief in the unity of God on society and today’s world, as seen through the eyes of a Black Muslim. The speaker, Imam Abdul-Halim Hassan, speaks at interfaith gatherings across the country and has traveled throughout the Middle East. His talk will be part of the worship service at the Unitarian Society and will be followed by a question-and-answer session about Islam, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. If you wish, bring a brown-bag lunch. Parking is off Johnson Street, near Wayne Avenue.

ODD JOBS SOUGHT BY SYRIAN IMMIGRANT

Yousef Abbara, who spoke at our potluck dinner about helping Syrian refugees, has injured his leg and is looking for odd jobs to tide him over until he can renew his search for work as a chemical engineer. He is looking for such jobs as elderly care, pet sitting, house sitting, office work, or teaching Arabic. He is fluent in Arabic and speaks conversational English. His resume is attached. To contact him, call 267-702-7362 or send an email message to yousefabbara15@gmail.com. References available upon request.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

SPRING GATHERING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their Spring Gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship-sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org

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TAKE ACTION

URGE NONPARTISAN REVIEW OF SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

The death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia sets the constitutional process in motion for the president to nominate a new Supreme Court justice — and for the Senate to provide “advice and consent” on the nomination. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks people to press their senators to give a fair hearing to whomever President Obama nominates. With more than 300 days before a new president takes office, there is plenty of time for the nomination and confirmation process to be completed. Six Supreme Court justices have been confirmed during presidential election years. An easy way to make your views known is by going to http://fcnl.org/action/alert/2016/scotus/, where there is background information and a link to a click-through letter template to use in emailing your senator.

VOLUNTEER AT JULIA DE BURGOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Become a Reading Buddy at Julia de Burgos Elementary School and help kids learn to read! A Reading Buddy works one-on-one with children. No experience is necessary; training, support, and transportation are provided. Besides getting to know little people, the camaraderie of other volunteers can be wonderful. Help in the library is also needed, cleaning, organizing, and reading aloud at story time. These volunteer opportunities are coordinated by Historic Fair Hill, a Friends organization that cleaned up and maintains the Fair Hill Burial Ground and sponsors neighborhood activities. To get involved, send an inquiry to info@historicfairhill.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 12-15

Learn how to lobby your Congress people and then use your skills on the spot, at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 12-15, in Wash., DC. This spring’s focus is on mass incarceration, although the skills you will learn are applicable to any issue. For information, go to http://fcnl.org/events/slw/.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

MARY CRAUDERUEFF SPEAKS AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

Mary Crauderueff will speak on ‘Spirit Works — Exploring Quaker Leadership’ at the 2016 William Penn Lecture on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event, which is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth & Arch streets. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, youngadultfriends@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 19, 2016

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 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.” — Pierre Lacout, 1969

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SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

9 a.m. Adult Class on issues in the Islamic community (See below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: Joanna Bassert & Ed Marshall
Greeters & Refreshments: Matt Cadwallader & friend

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MOTHER OF AUDREY TUCKER DIES

Our member Audrey Tucker reports that her mother, Sara C. Tucker, died on Friday, Feb. 12. Memorial services will were today, Feb. 19, at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown. We send our loving sympathy to Audrey and her family at this time of sadness.

MAIRE MORIARTY ON COVER OF FRIENDS JOURNAL
Our member Maire Moriarty appears on the cover of the February issues of Friends Journal. An interview with her about her faith journey is featured inside, under the series, “Let’s Grow Together.” The daughter of an atheist father and an agnostic mother, Maire found her way to Quakerism through visiting meetings, and she eventually became a fellow in Quaker Voluntary Service in Philadelphia. “What attracted me to the Quakers was their history of pursuing peace in the name of faith. Then I got a better view from an insider’s perspective of what the community really is, which is a group of people that are together for a lot of different reasons. Getting to feel those nuances, I felt more at home.” Maire joined Germantown Monthly Meeting in 2014 and now lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where she works as a software instructor for Blackbaud. Read the Friends Journal article about her at www.friendsjournal.org/maire-moriarty/.

KUDOS FOR REBUILDING KELLY SCHOOL’S LIBRARY
Ukee Washington, a local television broadcaster for CBS-3’s Eyewitness News, recently wrote about the work of volunteers to clean up, reorganize, and reopen the library at John B. Kelly Elementary School in Germantown. The story, printed this week in Washington’s online series “Brotherly Love,” tells about this remarkable success, spearheaded by our member and clerk Penny Colgan-Davis, her husband John Colgan-Davis, and fellow retired educator Bernice Sherman. The library had fallen into messiness and disuse because of cuts in staffing. Now Kelly students can use the library, check out books, and stick around to be read to by the same volunteers who cleaned it up. To read this wonderful story, go to

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MEETING NEWS

POTLUCK LUNCH & SERENADE THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 21

Come for a feast and fellowship at a potluck lunch after Meeting for Worship this Sunday, Feb. 21. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. While we munch and mingle, we’ll enjoy a rousing, close-harmony songfest by the Havertones, a barbershop and doo-wop quartet that includes two Angells (Sam and Christopher). The Havertones have performed at many community events in Haverford Township and wowed baseball fans with performances at three Phillies games. We want YOU to be part of the food and fun, so cook up your casserole (or shop for some take-out) and join us for the festivities! Please bring your potluck dish to the kitchen before worship. Questions: contact Fellowship Committee members Jeanne Angell at angellsrus@comcast.net or Janet Kroll at janetkroll@earthlink.net.

ADULT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY

Adult classes in February will take place on Feb. 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome. Light refreshments are served. These are the topics:

February 21: Marwan Kreidie is executive director of the Arab-American Development Corporation based at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Marwan will talk about the Islamic community in the United States, Islamophobia, strategies and challenges of settling Iraqi and Syrian families in Philadelphia, and the impact of the Syrian war.

February 28: Our Environmental Concerns Committee will make its second presentation, postponed from January due to weather conditions. This session will address the question, “What should and can be done about climate change?” Tom Wells, a member of Fallsington Meeting, will discuss the political advocacy work he does on behalf of Citizens Climate Lobby. We should de-carbonize the economy and the world, but how? The Paris Climate agreement and its shortcomings will be summarized, with a look at the need for further action. There will be a discussion about putting a price on carbon and the need for political advocacy at local, state, and national levels.

REGISTER FOR RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA

Everyone is warmly invited to our Meeting’s 13th Annual Retreat on April 8-10 at beautiful and peaceful Camp Swatara, located two hours northwest of Philadelphia. There are a variety of accommodations to fit all needs. Bring your family! Bring your friends! All are welcome to join us in a weekend of fun and informal socializing. A host of activities are planned. Our theme will be “A Focus On Us — Renewing Our Energy, Revitalizing Our Spirit.” Registration forms are attached to this email message. Payment is due by March 20. Completed forms and payment may be returned to the Meeting Office (clearly labeled “Retreat Registration”) or to a Retreat Committee member. We look forward to seeing everyone at Camp Swatara! — Jody Hobbs, on behalf of the Retreat Committee

DEADLINE FOR NEWSLETTER ARTICLES: FEB. 29

Now that our printed newsletter is back in publication on a quarterly basis, the Communications Committee invites F/friends to submit articles for it. These submissions can be spiritual leadings/journeys/experiences, social/political editorials, creative writing, or reflections on topics from adult class. Photos of Meeting activities are especially welcome. There is an editorial process to make sure submissions are appropriate or to ask the author to make changes, if deemed necessary. To get a copy of the Winter 2016 issue, send a request to ccom@germantownmeeting.org or pick one up from the literature counter in the social room. Deadline for submissions for the spring issue is Feb. 29.

DONATE PENCILS & NOTEBOOKS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE KIDS

This is the last week to bring in school supplies for the Narenj Tree Foundation for Syrian refugees in Turkey and Syria. We will take what we have collected to Narenj Tree on Saturday, Feb. 27. If you can help pack and transport our donations, please contact Faye Steacy, at fayesteacy@gmail.com.

JANUARY MINUTES FROM MEETING FOR BUSINESS

The approved Minutes from our Jan. 9 Meeting for Business are attached to this email.

MARCH IS INVITE-A-FRIEND-TO-MEETING MONTH!
Last year we designated March as our “Invite A Friend to Meeting Month,” and people liked the idea so much, we’re doing it again this year. The Outreach Committee encourages all members and attenders to check their circle of friends for people who might be interested in coming to Quaker Meeting — co-workers, fellow alumni, a newcomer to town, your neighbor, or a friend from your book group, lunch bunch, or block committee. The Welcome Table in our social room will have materials with ways to reach out and invite people to “try us out” during March. Start making your list now! — Janet Kroll, on behalf of the Outreach Committee

PROGRAM ON DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN YOUTH, MARCH 5

“Detaining Dreams,” a presentation about detention of Palestinian youth and action to pressure Congress, will take place Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the social room of our Meetinghouse. Presenters will be Jennifer Bing and Nawal Musleh of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Yazan Meqbil, public relations coordinator for Shi’b Alseer Committee, which supports families whose homes are under threat of demolition by the Israeli government. This program is cosponsored by the Adult Class of Germantown Monthly Meeting and the AFSC. For more information on this campaign, visit www.nowaytotreatachild.org/detaining-dreams/. Light refreshments will be served; all are welcome; please join us.

FUND RAISER FOR GFS COMMUNITY SCHOLARS, APRIL 15

A celebration dinner and fundraiser to support the Community Scholars Program (CSP) at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will be held at the Constitution Center on April 15. Tickets are $250, of which a substantial amount goes to CSP, which brings students from the Germantown neighborhood to GFS on scholarships. Many of them are African American. The Community Scholars Program is fifty years old, and many of its students have gone on to outstanding schools and notable achievements. You may pick up an invitation from the literature counter in the social room of our Meetinghouse, or you may buy tickets online at www.germantownfriends.org/support-gfs/CSP-50th-Anniversary/CSP-50th-tickets/index.aspx. To find out more about the Community Scholars Program, go to www.germantownfriends.org/admissions/community-scholars-program/index.aspx. — Florence Mini

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HOLDS ‘CROSS POLLINATION’ EVENT, FEB. 28

Here’s your chance to meet and compare notes with Friends from other Meetings in Philadelphia Quarter who have similar meeting responsibilities. Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold a ‘Cross Pollination’ event on Sunday, Feb. 28, at Green Street Meeting, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. Potluck lunch begins at approximately 11:45 a.m. Registration is at 12:15 p.m., and small-group meetings will be 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share if you come for lunch. Questions? Need child care? Contact PQM coordinator Margaret Wood at philaqtr@pym.org.

PYM LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

If you haven’t visited the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) recently, take a look at some of the new features, such as a totally redesigned calendar, a centralized news section, collaboration tools for groups, a redesigned map of meetings, and much more. These new communication tools are intended to help connect Friends throughout the yearly meeting community. Check it out at www.pym.org.

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

The White Privilege Conference on April 14-17 in Philadelphia will give participants a chance to examine concepts of privilege and oppression, and to learn strategies to create a more equitable world. To register, click here. Be sure to include the monthly meeting of which you are a member or active attender and indicate the level of need you would ideally require.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION PRESENTED AT MT. AIRY LIBRARY, FEB. 22

Our member Deborah Cooper will give an introduction to Mindfulness Meditation on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library, Sedgewick and Germantown Avenues in Mt. Airy. Deborah teaches Mindfulness Meditation to groups in several Friends meetings, at St. Martin’s Church, and at other venues. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network. All are welcome.

NEEDLE CRAFTERS TO MEET FRIDAY, FEB. 26

Northwest Village Network Needlecraft group will meet at The Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave., in Chestnut Hill, on Friday, Feb. 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or enjoy needlepoint, you are welcome to join us and bring a project. We all like to talk, and offer help to each other. Questions? Call Deborah Cooper, or Anne Javsicas. (This group meets regularly; future dates are March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, May 13 and 27, and June 10 and 24.

ODD JOBS SOUGHT BY SYRIAN IMMIGRANT

Yousef Abbara, who spoke at our potluck dinner about helping Syrian refugees, has injured his leg and is looking for odd jobs to tide him over until he can renew his search for work as a chemical engineer. He is looking for such jobs as elderly care, pet sitting, house sitting, office work, or teaching Arabic. He is fluent in Arabic and speaks conversational English. His resume is attached. To contact him, call 267-702-7362 or send an email message to yousefabbara15@gmail.com. References available upon request.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

LOOKING FOR YAF TO GO TO FCNL LOBBY WEEKEND

Arch Street Meeting (Friends Meeting of Philadelphia) is seeking a young person, age 18 or older, to send to FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend, March 12-15. Financial assistance is available. Go to fcnl.org to find out more about this event. If you are interested, contact Nancy Love at nancylove@yahoo.com.

YAF MEET-UP AT CALN QUARTERLY MEETING, FEB. 21

Young Adult Friends (YAFs) from Exeter Meeting invite all YAFs to Caln Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21, at their meetinghouse, 191 Meetinghouse Road, Douglasville, PA 19518. After Meeting for Worship and completion of business matters, there will be lunch and a presentation by Joe Moore and Joe DiGarbo of Lancaster Meeting on their work with the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) in Palestine and Israel. For information, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Young Adult Friend coordinator, at youngadultfriends@pym.org, or call 215-241-7075.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

SPRING GATHERING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their Spring Gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship-sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org.

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TAKE ACTION

VOLUNTEER AT JULIA DE BURGOS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Become a Reading Buddy at Julia de Burgos Elementary School and help kids learn to read! A Reading Buddy works one-on-one with children. No experience is necessary; training, support, and transportation are provided. Besides getting to know little people, the camaraderie of other volunteers can be wonderful. Help in the library is also needed, cleaning, organizing, and reading aloud at story time. These volunteer opportunities are coordinated by Historic Fair Hill, a Friends organization that cleaned up and maintains the Fair Hill Burial Ground and sponsors neighborhood activities. To get involved, send an inquiry to info@historicfairhill.org.

FCNL LETTER WRITING POSTONED TO THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 21

Come prepared this Sunday after Meeting for Worship to write letters to your U.S. senators and representatives, urging passage of the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015. This would take a major step toward reducing mandatory minimum sentences by allowing judges more latitude in sentencing. Although the Act has broad bipartisan support in Congress, it is unlikely to be passed during this election year unless members of Congress hear from their constituents. Sunday’s letter-writing effort is the result of an action alert from Friends Committee on National Legislation and is put forward by our Meeting’s Peace Committee and our Social & Racial Concerns Committee. Postcards will be supplied at the big wooden table in the committee room during fellowship hour.

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SAVE THE DATE

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 12-15

Learn how to lobby your Congress people and then use your skills on the spot, at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 12-15, in Wash., DC. This spring’s focus is on mass incarceration, although the skills you will learn are applicable to any issue. For information, go to http://fcnl.org/events/slw/.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

MARY CRAUDERUEFF SPEAKS AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

Mary Crauderueff will speak on “Spirit Works — Exploring Quaker Leadership” at the 2016 William Penn Lecture on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event, which is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, Fourth & Arch streets. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, youngadultfriends@pym.org, or 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 12, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

True silence – is to the spirit what sleep is to the body: nourishment and refreshment.

–William Penn, 1699

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

9:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship, social room

Closers: Penny Colgan-Davis & friend
Greeters & Refreshments: Alan Woodruff & Marian Heacock

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

AGENDA, FEB. 14, MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Query 1 and opening worship
January’s minutes
Care and Visiting Committee report
Nominating Committee report
Property Committee report
FCNL update
Fund Raising Committee report
Marriage Committee report
Clerk’s Correspondence & Announcements
Closing Worship

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR PATSY HUNT, SATURDAY, FEB. 13

The memorial meeting for worship to celebrate the life of our member Patricia Hunt will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in our meetinghouse. Patsy, as she was known to us, died Jan. 25 at The Quadrangle retirement center after a long illness. She was the mother of our member Sydney Coffin. We send our love and sympathy to her family.

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MEETING NEWS

POTLUCK LUNCH ON SUNDAY, FEB. 21

Come for a feast and fellowship at a potluck lunch after Meeting for Worship next Sunday, Feb. 21. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. Sponsored by our Fellowship Committee.

ADULT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY

Adult classes in February will take place on Feb. 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. in the social room. All are welcome. Light refreshments are served. These are the topics:

February 21: Marwan Kreidie is executive director of the Arab-American Development Corporation based at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Marwan will talk about the Islamic community in the United States, Islamophobia, the strategies and challenges of settling Iraqi and Syrian families in Philadelphia, and the impact of the Syrian war.

February 28: Our Environmental Concerns Committee will make its second presentation, postponed from January due to weather conditions. This session will address the question, “What should and can be done about climate change?” Tom Wells, a member of Fallsington Meeting, will discuss the political advocacy work he is doing on behalf of Citizens Climate Lobby. We should de-carbonize the economy and the world, but how? We will summarize the Paris Climate agreement and its shortcomings and look at the need for further action. We will discuss putting a price on carbon and the need for political advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN THIS SUNDAY FOR OUR FACEBOARD
This Sunday, Feb.14, Karen Lightner will be taking photos of Friends and attenders for our new Faceboard, a display board in our social room, which holds photos of each us with four ‘factoids’ about each person. The Faceboard makes it possible to put faces with names, and the ‘factoids’ provide fodder for starting conversations with one another. If you haven’t yet submitted four facts about yourself, forms are available on the literature counter, along with a box in which to put them.

GMM NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE INVITES ARTICLES

Now that our newsletter is back in publication, the Communications Committee would like to invite F/friends to submit articles for it. According to Candice Price, “I think Friends would love to hear from the children and Young Friends as often as from adults! These submissions can be spiritual leadings/journeys/experiences, social/political editorials, creative writing, or reflections on topics from adult class. And, of course, PICTURES!” There is an editorial process in place to make sure submissions are appropriate or to ask the author to make changes, if deemed necessary. To get a copy of the Winter 2016 issue, send a request by email to ccom@germantownmeeting.org. Deadline for submissions for the spring issue is Feb. 29.

DONATE PENCILS & NOTEBOOKS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE KIDS

Want to reach out to Syrian refugees? Join other folks at Germantown Monthly Meeting in supporting the Narenj Tree Foundation (http://narenjtree.org/) by collecting pencils and notebooks for children in Syrian refugee camps, where there are few, if any school supplies. Notebooks should be spiral or sewn-together composition notebooks. During February, you may leave your contributions in the large cardboard boxes in the vestibule outside the men’s room in the meetinghouse. These supplies will be delivered to the Narenj Tree Foundation in Norristown, which works with an NGO in Turkey to provide material aid (clothing, bedding, medical supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene items) to Syrian refugees in southern Turkey. Questions? Contact Florence Mini at fbmini@gmail.com.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PREREGISTRATION OPEN FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

Now is the time to preregister for the White Privilege Conference to be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. If you register before Feb. 15 through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), you are eligible for a $200 discount. The Yearly Meeting has additional funds to help PYM Friends attend. This conference will give participants a chance to examine concepts of privilege and oppression, and to learn solutions and team-building strategies to create a more equitable world. To register, first go to www.fgcquaker.org/register-2016-white-privilege-conference and fill out a “Receive FGC discount code.” Once you have your discount code, complete your registration at www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/index.html. Be sure to include the monthly meeting of which you are a member or active attender and indicate the level of need you would ideally require. Then, forward your registration confirmation email to Zachary Dutton at zdutton@pym.org.

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YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

LOOKING FOR YAF TO GO TO FCNL LOBBY WEEKEND

Arch Street Meeting (Friends Meeting of Philadelphia) is seeking a young person, age 18 or older, to send to FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend, March 12-15. Financial assistance is available. Go to fcnl.org to find out more about this event. If you are interested, contact Nancy Love at nancylove@yahoo.com.

PUB THEOLOGY (GOD TALK), FEB. 17

Is it possible to characterize God? Can we really say who or hat God is? Is it possible to relate in words our experience of the Divine? Expect these questions, plus lots of conversation about beliefs, non-beliefs, and spiritual experiences at Young Adult Friends’ “Pub Theology (God Talk)” gathering on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Revolution House, 200 Market St., in Philadelphia. This establishment welcomes all ages and serves food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Everything is pay-as-you-go. Friends who are 18 to 20 years old are welcome to attend but are expected to not consume alcohol. Questions: contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt at youngadultfriends@pym.org.

YAF MEET-UP AT CALN QUARTERLY MEETING, FEB. 21

Young Adult Friends (YAFs) from Exeter Meeting invite all YAFs to Caln Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21, at their meetinghouse, 191 Meetinghouse Road, Douglasville, PA 19518. After Meeting for Worship and completion of business matters, there will be lunch and a presentation by Joe Moore and Joe DiGarbo of Lancaster Meeting on their work with the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) in Palestine and Israel. For information, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt at the above email address.

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

SPRING GATHERING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their Spring Gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship-sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org

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TAKE ACTION

FCNL LETTER WRITING THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 14

Come prepared this Sunday after Meeting for Worship to write letters to your U.S. senators and representatives, urging passage of the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015. This would take a major step toward reducing mandatory minimum sentences by allowing judges more latitude in sentencing. Although the Act has broad bipartisan support in Congress, it is unlikely to be passed during this election year unless members of Congress hear from their constituents. Sunday’s letter-writing effort is the result of an action alert from Friends Committee on National Legislation and is put forward by our Meeting’s Peace Committee and our Social & Racial Concerns Committee. Postcards will be supplied at the big wooden table in the committee room during fellowship hour.

BE PART OF A PRESENCE TO BAR PIPELINE AT PA FARM

A family farm that produces maple syrup in New Milford, PA, is being seized by eminent domain for a pipeline to convey natural gas. Megan Holleran (tele: 570-709-3268) and Alex Lotorto (tele: 570-269-9589, after 5 p.m.) are organizing a presence on the property to deter tree-clearing crews to make way for the pipeline, which is to be 124 miles long, from Montrose, PA, to Albany, NY. (Construction is on hold in New York.) The goal is to have people present in two shifts, from 7 a.m. to noon, and noon to 4:30 p.m. The property is located at 2131 Three Lakes Road, New Milford, PA. Find updates at www.facebook.com/events/1519906745006626.

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HUMOR CORNER

A biblical reason for computer problems?

A doctor, an architect, and a computer scientist were arguing about whose profession was the oldest. In the course of their arguments, they went all the way back to the Garden of Eden. The doctor said, “The medical profession is clearly the oldest because Eve was made from Adam’s rib, as the story goes, and that was an incredible surgical feat.” The architect did not agree. He said, “But if you look at the Garden itself, in the beginning there was chaos and void, and out of that, the Garden and the world were created. So God must have been an architect.” The computer scientist, who had listened to all of this said, “Yes, but where do you think the chaos came from?” (Reprinted with permission from Greene Street Monthly Meeting’s newsletter)

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SAVE THE DATE

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 12-15

Learn how to lobby your Congress people and then use your skills on the spot, at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 12-15, in Wash., DC. This spring’s focus is on mass incarceration, although the skills you will learn are applicable to any issue. For information, go to http://fcnl.org/events/slw/.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to www.pym.org.

MARY CRAUDERUEFF TO SPEAK AT WILLIAM PENN LECTURE

Mary Crauderueff will speak on “Spirit Works — Exploring Quaker Leadership” at the 2016 William Penn Lecture on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This event, which is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YoungAdultFriends@pym.org or 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 5, 2016

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 & Practice, 1925; 1994

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb. 7, 2016

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

Closers: Parvin & Jean Sharpless
Greeters & Refreshments: Tom Grabe & Joan McIlvaine

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

AGENDA, FEB. 14, MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Query 1 and opening worship
January’s minutes
Care and Visiting Committee report
Nominating Committee report
FCNL update
Marriage Committee report
Clerk’s correspondence & Announcements
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

NEW FACEBOARD DISPLAY IS HERE!
Last Sunday, we got our first look at our new “FACEBOARD Plus FOUR” display board, with the initial line-up of photos and brief facts about each person. This is a way to learn new things about each other — and we want to know more about you! All you have to do is fill out the “Faceboard + Four” form, available on the literature counter, and drop it in the nearby box. Just write four quick items about your GMM doings, family, “day job” or past work, and a “wild card” (enthusiasm, hobby, what you do for fun). If you haven’t time or inclination for that, just get in touch with Janet Kroll, at janetkroll@earthlink.net, and she’ll do all the work FOR you! (Attached is the form for you to print and fill out, if desired.)

GMM NEWSLETTER COMMITTEE INVITES ARTICLES

Now that our newsletter is back in publication, the Communications Committee would like to invite F/friends to submit articles for it. According to Candice Price, “I think Friends would love to hear from the children and Young Friends as often as from adults! These submissions can be spiritual leadings/journeys/experiences, social/political editorials, creative writing, or reflections on topics from adult class. And, of course, PICTURES!” There is an editorial process in place to make sure submissions are appropriate or to ask the author to make changes, if deemed necessary. To get a copy of the Winter 2016 issue, send a request by email to ccom@germantownmeeting.org. Deadline for submissions for the Spring issue is Feb. 29, 2016.

COLLECT PENCILS & NOTEBOOKS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE KIDS

Want to reach out to Syrian refugees? Join other folks at Germantown Monthly Meeting in supporting the Narenj Tree Foundation (http://narenjtree.org/) by collecting pencils and notebooks for children in Syrian refugee camps, where there are few, if any school supplies. Notebooks should be spiral or sewn-together composition notebooks. During February, you may leave your contributions in the large cardboard boxes in the vestibule outside the men’s room in the meetinghouse. These supplies will be delivered to the Narenj Tree Foundation in Norristown, which works with an NGO in Turkey to provide material aid (clothing, bedding, medical supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene items) to Syrian refugees in southern Turkey. Questions? Contact Florence Mini at fbmini@gmail.com.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

NEW READING GROUP AT STAPELEY BEGINS FEB. 7

Join Friends at 6 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Anna Jeanes Room at Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene St., in Germantown, for the first of a series of discussions about readings from the Spiritual Formation Program. Brad Sheeks of Central Philadelphia Meeting will be the leader, beginning with a one-page handout excerpted from Bill Tabor’s Four Doors to Worship. All are invited to join residents in Stapeley for their regular first-Sunday-of-the-month worship. Contact Brad Sheeks at bsheeks@verizon.net to get a copy of the handout in advance.

PREREGISTRATION OPEN FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

Now is the time to preregister for the White Privilege Conference to be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. If you register before Feb. 15 through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), you are eligible for a $200 discount. The Yearly Meeting has additional funds to help PYM Friends attend. This conference will give participants a chance to examine concepts of privilege and oppression, and to learn solutions and team-building strategies to create a more equitable world.

To register, first go to www.fgcquaker.org/register-2016-white-privilege-conference and fill out a ‘Receive FGC discount code.’ Once you have your discount code, complete your registration at www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/index.html. Be sure to include the monthly meeting of which you are a member or active attender and indicate the level of need you would ideally require. Then, forward your registration confirmation email to Zachary Dutton at zdutton@pym.org.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR TERRY FOSS, APRIL 23

There will be a memorial service for Terry Foss, longtime staff photographer at the American Friends Service Committee, former longtime member of Chestnut Hill Meeting, and more recently a member of Medford Leas Meeting. Terry is survived by his wife, Roberta Foss. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m., at Medford Leas, a retirement community in New Jersey. For directions, go to www.medfordleas.org.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER GATHERING, FEB. 12-14

High school-age Quakers and Quaker-friendly youth are invited to the Winter Gathering of Young Friends on Feb. 12-14, at Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE. The subject will be Quaker tolerance, exploring acceptance of different ideologies and practices within the Religious Society of Friends, as well in the world around us. There will be plenty of time for having fun together and sharing meals. Cost is $60. Full and partial aid is available. For more information and to register online, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-winter-gathering-2015/.

SPRING GATHERING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their Spring Gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship-sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

NEEDLECRAFT GROUP TO MEET FEB. 12

The needlecraft group of Northwest Village Network will meet on Friday, Feb. 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The Tangled Web, 7709 Germantown Ave., in Chestnut Hill. Whether you knit, crochet, tat, embroider, quilt, sew, or do needlepoint, you are welcome to join. Bring a project. Everybody likes to talk and offer help to each other. Questions? Call Deborah Cooper or Anne Javsicas.

EDWARD SNOWDEN FILM TO AIR FEB. 5 AT DELCO PEACE CENTER

CITIZENFOUR, last year’s Oscar winner for ‘Best Documentary’ film about National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden, will show tonight, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. This is the gripping, firsthand account of the biggest national security intelligence coup of our time and the young man who initiated it. Edward Snowden, who still lives in exile, used the code name ‘citizenfour’ when he revealed the reach and extent of the U.S. government’s online spying. Free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. For directions, go to www.delcopeacecenter.org or call 610-544-1818. Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

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SAVE THE DATE

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 12-15

Learn how to lobby your Congress people and then use your skills on the spot, at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 12-15, in Wash., DC. This spring’s focus is on mass incarceration, although the skills you will learn are applicable to any issue. For information, go to http://fcnl.org/events/slw/.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

The 2016 William Penn Lecture will be Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. This annual event is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and began in 1916. The name of the speaker will be available soon. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YoungAdultFriends@pym.org or 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 29, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

— Thomas R. Kelly, 1941

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 31, 2015

9 a.m. Adult Class — “Climate Science, the Future and Our Values,” led by Bill Cozzens, clerk of Environmental Concerns Comittee.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, with Fifth Sunday innovations. See description below.*
11:30 a.m. Chili Lunch in social room

Closers: Dave Mettler & Karen Lightner
Greeters & Refreshments: Joel Erland & Kate Kaman

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF ELIZABETH SCATTERGOOD

Our member Elizabeth (Betty) MacLeod Scattergood died Jan. 17 at Crosslands, a retirement center near Kennett Square in Chester County. She was 98 years of age. Before moving to Crosslands, she and her husband Roger Scattergood lived at in Germantown, at Awbury Arboretum. They had no children. He preceded her in death. Betty was a social worker. Her nieces are making plans for a memorial service, most likely at Crosslands.

DEATH OF PATSY HUNT

Our member Patricia Hunt died Tuesday, Jan.25, at 74 years of age, at The Quadrangle retirement center in Haverford. She was the mother of our member Sydney Hunt Coffin. His brother Dean and stepfather Jack Hagele were both with her when she died. She had been in hospice care for nearly a week. Plans are underway for a memorial service.

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MEETING NEWS

*GMM TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP ON FIFTH SUNDAYS

Last October, Germantown Monthly Meeting’s committee clerks met and decided to ask each committee to bring forth ideas on how to help revitalize the meeting, increase membership, and build a stronger community. Worship and Ministry Committee, having been impressed by the positive effect of Green Street Meeting’s Fifth Sunday family worship, brought forward a plan to institute a trial period of Fifth Sunday Worship at Germantown Meeting. There are four months in 2016 with five Sundays: January, May, July, and October. Each Fifth Sunday’s focus or activity will be different. We will begin with small steps, starting January 31, with a ‘Gathering Meeting.’ Most of the meetinghouse benches will be roped off, so we will sit together at the center of the meetinghouse. After a brief introduction, a regular Meeting for Worship will commence. We will be interested to see what effect sitting closely together this one day might have on our worship. [This plan was approved by Meeting for Business, Jan. 10, 2016.) — Dave Mettler, for Worship & Ministry Committee

ADULT CLASS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, JAN. 31

“Climate Change: Climate Disruption Is an Urgent Moral Issue” Is the topic of this Sunday’s (Jan. 31) adult class. Bill Cozzens, clerk of our Environmental Concerns Committee, will present the latest data and lead a discussion on what’s going on with the climate and trends for the future. We will discuss distributive and intergenerational justice arguments for taking action and what is our fair share of the world’s ‘carbon budget.’ We will look at the moral and faith-based arguments for action; our Friends position and perspectives from the Papal encyclical, and from Jewish, Muslim, and other Christian churches. This adult class will be followed by a second one in late February that will look at the Climate Agreement from the Paris Conference in December 2015 and action that needs to be taken.

COME ONE, COME ALL TO CHILI LUNCH THIS SUNDAY, JAN. 31!

This coming Sunday, Jan. 31, we will be treated to a delicious Chili Lunch, thanks to our Fellowship Committee. Join us for a delightful, after-blizzard get-together, focusing on good food and fellowship! The meal will take place in the social room after rise of Meeting. Look for several kinds of chili and all the fixin’s: cornbread, salad and treats… and a chance to crowd together for warmth and friendship! Find your tall boots, put your mittens on, and join us for food, fun and togetherness. Since the committee is small and our appetites are large, any potluck contributions are welcome. Just call or leave a message with Anne Stassen to find out what’s needed.

PREVIEW OF DOCUMENTARY BLOCKADE, JAN. 31

You are invited to a preview showing of the documentary Blockade in Yarnall Auditorium at Germantown Friends School this Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. This film is about the canoe blockade on the Delaware River in 1971 that protesters organized to prevent U.S. military equipment being sent to Pakistan to put down a political rebellion. Our members Dick and Phyllis Taylor took part in this action.

COLLECT PENCILS & NOTEBOOKS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE KIDS

Want to reach out to Syrian refugees? Join other folks at Germantown Monthly Meeting in supporting the Narenj Tree Foundation by collecting pencils and notebooks for children in Syrian refugee camps, where there are few, if any school supplies. Notebooks should be spiral or sewn-together composition notebooks. During the month of January, you may leave your contributions in the large cardboard boxes in the vestibule outside the men’s room in the meetinghouse. These supplies will be delivered to the Narenj Tree Foundation, which is located in Norristown and works with an NGO in Turkey to provide material aid (clothing, bedding, medical supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene items) to Syrian refugees in southern Turkey. Questions? Contact Florence Mini at fbmini@gmail.com.

OFFICE CHAIR UP FOR GRABS

The office chair that served our Meeting for a good number of years was recently replaced because the secretary’s aching back. The old chair has many useful miles left on it and needs a new home. Please let Melissa Elliott know if you want it for your own. Contact her at 215-951-2235 or gmm@germantownfriends.org. First come, first served.

NEW RULES FOR OUR LIBRARY

Our Meeting Library (the little room next to our office) is now cleared of nearly all the clutter that has jammed it up, thanks to a team of resolute Friends who put their shoulders to the task. Now we once again have a place for one-on-one meetings, and the trick will be to keep out the clutter. So, the new rule for the Library is: Do not leave anything in it without asking Melissa first, and be prepared for the answer to be NO. That little room is not for storage anymore.

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET JAN. 31

This Sunday, Jan. 31, Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will hold its Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business at Friends Center City — Riverfront, 22 S. Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. All are warmly welcome to come to this meeting, which is being held in this residential community under the care of PQM. It will begin with Meeting for Worship at 12 noon, followed by lunch and a tour of the residential area at 1 p.m. Please bring your own brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. The Meeting for Business will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For driving and public transportation directions, agenda, and background materials, click here. In the event of bad weather, check the website.

SHAN CRETIN TO SPEAK ON ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT, JAN. 31

Shan Cretin, executive director of the American Friends Service Committee, will speak Sunday, Jan. 31, at 12:45 p.m., on ‘Compassion in the Face of Difficult Conflict: Working and Witnessing in Israel/Palestine.’ Her talk will be at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA, and is sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, where Shan is a sojourning Friend. All are welcome and are invited to join the Meeting for worship at 11 a.m., before the talk. Childcare will be provided with advance notice: call 215-241-7260, or email cpmm@afsc.org.

JAN. 31 DEADLINE FOR SUGGESTIONS FOR FAITH & PRACTICE

The deadline is this Sunday, Jan. 31, to submit suggestions and recommendations for the new, revised Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). The revision process began in 2009, specifically to reflect the new governing structure and practices of PYM. To download and read the current draft, go to pym.org/faith-and-practice-revision-group/proposed-draft-july-2015. Submit your suggestions to Martha Bryans, clerk of the Revision Working Group, at mbryans26@gmail.com. On April 30, the Revised Final Proposed Revision will be posted by the Faith & Practice Revision Working Group.

SCREENING OF I’M NOT RACIST … AM I? — FEB. 4

The documentary I’m Not Racist … Am I? will be screened on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6:15 p.m., in the Loeb Performing Arts Center of Germantown Friends School (GFS). The film is about how the next generation will confront racism. Filmmakers asked twelve teenagers from New York City to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members. After the screening, filmmaker Andre Robert Lee, a GFS Community Scholar who graduated from GFS in 1989, will guide the audience in a discussion about racism, socioeconomic status, and multiculturalism, and potential action. This screening is part of a series of events to mark the 50-year celebration of the Community Scholars Program at GFS. To read more about this, click here.

FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCKS AT STAPELEY CANCELLED

The First Sunday Potlucks at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) are no longer happening. The potlucks have been laid down, effective January 2016. Stapeley residents will still happily welcome anyone who wants to join them in their meeting for worship at 6:30 p.m. on the First Sunday of every month.

PREREGISTRATION OPEN FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

Now is the time to preregister for the White Privilege Conference to be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. If you register before Feb. 15 through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), you are eligible for a $200 discount. The Yearly Meeting has additional funds to help PYM Friends attend. This conference will give participants a chance to examine concepts of privilege and oppression, and to learn solutions and team-building strategies to create a more equitable world. To register, first go here and fill out a ‘Receive FGC discount code.’ Once you have your discount code, complete your registration, click here. Be sure to include the monthly meeting of which you are a member or active attender and indicate the level of need you would ideally require. Then, forward your registration confirmation email to Zachary Dutton at zdutton@pym.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

PYM is a cosponsoring the White Privilege Conference, which will be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. Many volunteers are needed to do an array of tasks before and during the actual conference. If you would like to help or want more information, contact Walter Sullivan, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting, at hjeltsullivan@gmail.com.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER GATHERING, FEB. 12-14

High school-age Quakers and Quaker-friendly youth are invited to the Winter Gathering of Young Friends on Feb. 12-14, at Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE. The subject will be Quaker tolerance, exploring acceptance of different ideologies and practices within the Religious Society of Friends, as well in the world around us. There will be plenty of time for having fun together and sharing meals. Cost is $60, and full and partial aid is available. For more information and to register online, click here.

SPRING GATHERING TO BE AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their Spring Gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All high-school-age youth who are Friends or connected to Friends organizations are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship-sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. For details, click here. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

FEB. 1 DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR WINTER GATHERING

The deadline is Monday, Feb. 1, to register for the Middle School Friends Winter Gathering at Haverford Friends Meeting on Feb. 5-7. Participants will go ice skating rink Saturday night, have free time to spend with each other, and enjoy lots of pizza and other food together. In addition, there will be worship sharing and building loving community. Cost is $60, with scholarships available. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

MURAL PAINTING FOR AL-AQSA ISLAMIC SOCIETY, JAN. 30

Join others tomorrow, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m., to paint pieces for a mural at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 N. Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19122. This project is a collaboration between Al Aqsa, ArtWell, Mural Arts, and the interfaith community. Al-Aqsa Mosque was the target of an ugly racial incident earlier this winter, in which people in a passing car threw a pig’s head at the mosque. The mural painting event is family friendly and meant to be a time to have fun together and be supportive of our Muslim community. Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for painting. Please let organizers know you are coming by going to https://www.facebook.com/events/1500297393598796/,

‘RESPONDING TO ISLAMOPHOBIA’ IN WILMINGTON, JAN. 31

A symposium on ‘Partnership Against Prejudice: Responding to Islamophobia’ will take place this Sunday, Jan, 31, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Wilmington, DE. Guest speakers will address these topics: ‘The Challenge of Being a Young Muslim in America,’ ‘The Challenge of Being a Muslim Woman in America,’ ‘The Golden Age of Islam: Islamic Heritage as Antidote to Hate,’ and ‘How Can We Respond to the Rising Tide of Islamophobia?’ It is presented by Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs, and Movement for a Culture of Peace. No admission fee is listed, but it would be advisable to be prepared to make a free-will donation. The symposium will take place at Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. For more information, call 302-656-2721 or send an email inquiry to info@paceminterris.org.

FEB. 1 DEADLINE FOR DELEGATION TO ISRAEL/PALESTINE

Applications are due Monday, Feb. 1, for the May 21-June 3 Interfaith Peace-builders Delegation to Palestine/Israel. This group will explore detention and incarceration, the Israeli military court system, and the situation of political prisoners, as well as making visits to religious and cultural sights. Leaders will be experienced with delegations, and knowledgeable local guides will be used, in addition. Participants will meet with community leaders and organizers from settlements, communities of refugees and displaced Palestinians, and local activists. Post-delegation support will be offered for to help delegates reach out to their communities with education and advocacy. Cost is $2,500, not including airfare. Partial scholarships are available. The delegation is sponsored by Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) and cosponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. For information, contact IFPB at 202-24-0821 or office@ifpb.org.

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SAVE THE DATE

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 12-15

Learn how to lobby your Congress people and then use your skills on the spot, at the Spring Lobby Weekend of Friends Committee on National Legislation, March 12-15, in Wash., DC. This spring’s focus is on mass incarceration, although the skills you will learn are applicable to any issue. For information, click here.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to explore the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

The 2016 William Penn Lecture will be Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. This annual event is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and began in 1916. The name of the speaker will be available soon. For details, click here. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YoungAdultFriends@pym.org or 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 24, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

‘To me, worship is recognizing and communing with the divine, whether it is within myself, in others, or in the world. The precondition of worship is my belief in worth-ship, my own and that of other people.’ — A member of the Quaker Women’s Group, 1986

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 24, 2015

BLIZZARD PLAN FOR SUNDAY’S MEETING

NO ADULT CLASS THIS SUNDAY

Adult Class is cancelled for this Sunday, Jan. 24, because of the snowstorm, and is rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31. That, in turn, means moving the next Adult Class back a week, as follows:

— January 31 Climate Science, the future and our values. What’s happening now to greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on the Earth? What are the future scenarios: best case, worst case? What are the moral and faith-based arguments for action — papal encyclical; Jewish, Muslim, Quaker and other Christian perspectives? One or two members of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will join us for this discussion of the religious/moral perspectives on climate change.

— February 21 What should and can be done about climate change? We should de-carbonize the economy and the world, but how? The Paris Climate agreement and its shortcomings will be summarized, and we will look at need for further action. We will discuss putting a price on carbon and the need for political advocacy at the local, state and national level. Tom Wells, a member of Fallsington Meeting, will discuss the political advocacy work he is doing on behalf of the Citizens Climate Lobby.

REFRESHMENTS THIS SUNDAY

For those hardy souls who make it to Meeting this Sunday in spite of the blizzard, be warned that the people are doing refreshments may not be able to make it in, too. Rebecca Hoenig, who is one of them, and her husband Larry Hoenig, have graciously stashed cookies and juice in the kitchen. Please help yourselves, if you make it to meeting this Sunday, and kindly set things out for other people. Cookies are on the long counter to the right of the stoves. Juice is in big bottles in the left-hand refrigerator.

9 a.m. NO ADULT CLASS. Postponed till Sunday, Jan. 31, due to snow warnings
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:30 a.m. Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

Closers: Ruth & Bob Seeley, if they can get there.
Greeters & Refreshments: Rebecca Hoenig & Greg Paulmier, if they can get there.

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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MEETING NEWS

REPORT FROM MLK DAY AT GFS

Our GFS Martin Luther King Day of Service 2016 was remarkably successful, despite the bitter cold. Philip Hunter, the speaker who began the day, provided food for thought and inspiration with his stories of Selma, Alabama, and his experience marching across the Pettus Bridge with Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1965. Many people helped in leading 33 different service projects and the Social Justice Teach-in. More than 500 volunteers came out, representing Germantown Friends School (GFS), Germantown Monthly Meeting, and our Germantown neighborhood. GFS food service staff and a crew of volunteers provided a luncheon to finish the day. Joseph Block and his jazz band entertained during the luncheon. Thank you to all of these people and to the many others who worked behind the scenes to make this day a success. If you have photos and/or stories of the day, please share them with Laura Jamieson in our Communications office: ljamieson@germantownfriends.org. — Kathy Paulmier

OFFICE CHAIR UP FOR GRABS

The office chair that served our Meeting for a good number of years was recently replaced because the secretary’s back hurt. This means the old chair needs a new home. It has a lot of good left in it. Please let Melissa Elliott know if you want it for your own. Contact her at gmm@germantownfriends.org. First come, first served.

NEW RULES FOR OUR LIBRARY!

Our Meeting Library (the little room next to our office) is now cleared of nearly all the clutter that has jammed it up, thanks to a team of resolute Friends who put their shoulders to the task. Now we once again have a place for one-on-one meetings, and the trick will be to keep out the clutter. So, the new rule for the Library is: Do not leave anything in it without asking Melissa first, and be prepared for the answer to be NO. That little room is not for storage anymore.

COLLECT PENCILS & NOTEBOOKS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE KIDS

Want to reach out to Syrian refugees? Join other folks at Germantown Monthly Meeting in supporting the Narenj Tree Foundation (http://narenjtree.org/) by collecting pencils and notebooks for children in Syrian refugee camps, where there are few, if any school supplies. Notebooks should be spiral or sewn-together composition notebooks. During the month of January, you may leave your contributions in the large cardboard box in the vestibule outside the men?s room in the meetinghouse. These supplies will be delivered to the Narenj Tree Foundation, which is located in Norristown and works with an NGO in Turkey to provide material aid (clothing, bedding, medical supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene items) to Syrian refugees in southern Turkey. Questions? Contact Florence Mini at fbmini@gmail.com.

GMM TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP ON FIFTH SUNDAYS

Last October, Germantown Monthly Meeting’s committee clerks met and decided to ask each committee to bring forth ideas on how to help revitalize the meeting, increase membership, and build a stronger community. Worship and Ministry Committee, having been impressed by the positive effect of Green Street Meeting’s Fifth Sunday family worship, brought forward a plan to institute a trial period of Fifth Sunday Worship at Germantown Meeting. There are four months in 2016 with five Sundays — January, May, July, and October. Each Fifth Sunday’s focus or activity will be different. We will begin with small steps, starting January 31, with a ‘Gathering Meeting.’ Most of the meetinghouse benches will be roped off, so we will sit together at the center of the meetinghouse. After a brief introduction, a regular Meeting for Worship will commence. We will be interested to see what effect sitting closely together this one day might have on our worship. [This plan was approved by Meeting for Business, Jan. 10, 2016.] — Dave Mettler, for Worship & Ministry Committee

FEB. 1 DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR TUITION AID FOR QUAKER SCHOOLS

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

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

DEADLINE LOOMS FOR SUGGESTIONS FOR FAITH & PRACTICE

The deadline is Sunday, Jan. 31, to submit suggestions and recommendations for the new, revised Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). The revision process began in 2009, specifically to reflect the new governing structure and practices of PYM. To download and read the current draft, go to pym.org/faith-and-practice-revision-group/proposed-draft-july-2015. Submit your suggestions to Martha Bryans, clerk of the Revision Working Group, at mbryans26@gmail.com. On April 30, the Revised Final Proposed Revision will be posted by the Faith & Practice Revision Working Group.

FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCKS AT STAPELEY CANCELLED

The First Sunday Potlucks at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) are no longer happening. The potlucks have been laid down, effective January 2016. Stapeley residents will still happily welcome anyone who wants to join them in their meeting for worship at 6:30 p.m. on the First Sunday of every month.

PREREGISTRATION OPEN FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

Now is the time to preregister for the White Privilege Conference to be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. If you register before Feb. 15 through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), you are eligible for a $200 discount. The Yearly Meeting has additional funds to help PYM Friends attend. This conference will give participants a chance to examine concepts of privilege and oppression, and to learn solutions and team-building strategies to create a more equitable world. To register, first go to www.fgcquaker.org/register-2016-white-privilege-conference and fill out a ‘Receive FGC discount code.’ Once you have your discount code, complete your registration at www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/index.html. Be sure to include the monthly meeting of which you are a member or active attender and indicate the level of need you would ideally require. Then, forward your registration confirmation email to Zachary Dutton at zdutton@pym.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

PYM is a cosponsoring the White Privilege Conference, which will be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. Many volunteers are needed to do an array of tasks before and during the actual conference. If you would like to help or want more information, contact Walter Sullivan, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting, at hjeltsullivan@gmail.com

DOCENTS NEEDED AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE

Would you like to learn how to convey Quaker history and the background of Arch Street Meeting House to visitors? It’s a fun and rewarding way to talk to people from all over the world. There are two upcoming information sessions: Feb. 4 at 6 p.m., and Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. To attend a session, please R.S.V.P. to aschaffer@pym.org.

JEAN WARRINGTON NEW DIRECTOR OF HISTORIC FAIR HILL

Jean Warrington, a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting, is the new executive director of Historic Fair Hill, Inc. A lifelong educator, social worker, and community advocate, Jean has served at Historic Fair Hill for more than 10 years a filmmaker, fundraiser, community partner, board member, and program director. She has built productive partnerships with neighborhood schools, businesses, and individuals, as well as with city-wide organizations. To learn more about Historic Fair Hill, its background, and many engaging events, go to www.historicfairhill.org.

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO PREPARE FOR TEACHING CAREERS

Grants are available for professional development for members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting who are 21 years of age or older to prepare themselves for teaching at the primary or secondary level. Deadlines to apply to the T. Wistar Brown Teachers Fund are March 10 for summer, June 10 for fall/winter, and November 1 for spring. For information, go to www.twbfund.org.

QUAKER PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND SET FOR JULY 11-17

See the actual places in England where the Religious Society of Friends was born. The seven-day 2016 Pilgrimage to England will take place this summer, July 11-17, led by Irene McHenry of Chestnut Hill Meeting and Deborra Sines Pancoe of Abington Meeting. They are both affiliated with Friends Council on Education and will be joined by guides from Britain Yearly Meeting. The group will climb the original Pendle Hill, tour Margaret Fell’s Swarthmoor Hall, visit Lancaster Jail and Castle, and worship in 17th century meeting houses. For more information, go to pym.org/quaker-pilgrimage-to-england/.

JOBS OPEN AT PYM

There are three employment opportunities at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). To find out more, go to pym.org and click on ‘Employment.’

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER GATHERING, FEB. 12-14

High school-age Quakers and Quaker-friendly youth are invited to the Winter Gathering of Young Friends on Feb. 12-14, at Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE. The subject will be Quaker tolerance, exploring acceptance of different ideologies and practices within the Religious Society of Friends, as well in the world around us. There will be plenty of time for having fun together and sharing meals. Cost is $60, and full and partial aid is available. For more information and to register online, go to pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-winter-gathering-2015/.

SPRING GATHERING TO BE AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, MARCH 18-20

Young Friends will hold their Spring Gathering on March 18-20 at Germantown Monthly Meeting. All are welcome to join in this weekend of fun and community, featuring workshops and worship-sharing on the theme of arts and creative expression. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-spring-2016. Contact: Hannah Mayer, 215-241-7222 or hmayer@pym.org

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

GATHERING AT HAVERFORD MEETING, FEB. 5-7

Middle School Friends are invited to a gathering at Haverford Friends Meeting on Feb. 5-7. Participants will take a trip to an ice skating rink and have free time to spend with each other. addition we will spend time enjoying the winter weather, worship sharing, and creating safe loving community. Cost is $60, with scholarships available. For more information and to register, go to

http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK HOLDS POTLUCK, JAN. 23

Northwest Village Network, a local group that works toward helping seniors remain in their homes, invites everyone to a potluck at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. To sign up, contact SuzAnne Moore at SuzAnneRLiss815@aol.com or 215-621-7146. Tell her what you will bring and the names of those coming with you. Admission is free, donations welcome.

SINGLE MOTHER LOOKING FOR CLEANING JOBS

Our member Phyllis Taylor is helping a young, single, mother find cleaning jobs to support herself and her nine-year-old child. ‘She is an excellent cleaner, and I vouch for her in terms of capability and being trustworthy,’ says Phyllis. She cleans kitchens, bathroom, bedrooms, living spaces, stairs, hallways, and windows. The name of her company is Kristien’s Cleaning Services, and she encourages people to call for a free estimate at 610-937-3940.

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SAVE THE DATE

SHAN CRETIN TO SPEAK ON ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT, JAN. 31

Shan Cretin, executive director of the American Friends Service Committee, will speak Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 12:45 p.m., on ‘Compassion in the Face of Difficult Conflict: Working and Witnessing in Israel/Palestine.’ Her talk will be at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA, and is sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, where Shan is a sojourning Friend. All are welcome and are invited to join the Meeting for worship at 11 a.m., before the talk. Childcare will be provided with advance notice: call 215-241-7260, or email cpmm@afsc.org.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET AT GREEN STREET, FEB. 28

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will hold a program at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 47 W. School House Lane, on Sunday, Feb. 28, after coffee hour. Information will be posted at philadelphiaquarter.org a week or two before the meeting.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue business and fellowship stemming from the inspiring Annual Sessions of summer 2015. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to discover the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. To keep posted as plans develop, go to pym.org.

WILLIAM PENN LECTURE, MARCH 19

The 2016 William Penn Lecture will be Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets. This annual event is under the care of Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and began in 1916. The name of the speaker will be available soon. Details: www.pym.org/calendar/events/2016-william-penn-lecture. Contact: Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, YoungAdultFriends@pym.org or 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 15, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 17, 2015

9 a.m. Adult Class: Nate Guerra, one of our Young Friends, on his experience teaching in Ghana last summer

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

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

Closers: Jeanne & Sam Angell
Greeters & Refreshments: Maureen Carr & Anthony Stover

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

OBITUARY OF THOMAS FISHER, April 19, 1928 — November 25, 2015

Tom Fisher was a beloved husband, father, teacher, and self-taught architect. After studies in economics at Princeton University and receiving an MBA from Columbia University, he worked at several Philadelphia area businesses, but found his calling teaching economics and world cultures at Harriton High School in Lower Merion, PA. Tom’s influence on his students was well known and was reflected when his student, Larry Summers, who became president of Harvard and head of President Obama’s economic policy team, spoke fondly of Tom and his inspired teaching in a speech he gave locally a few years ago. Tom’s teaching, and his love of life and people, was enriched through his sabbaticals traveling throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia, often with his first wife and fellow educator, Anna Whitson Fisher, who passed away in 1993. She was a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting and an educator at Germantown Friends School. Tom’s deep fondness for the outdoors and nature was expressed when he built his summer home in New Hampshire during several summer breaks. Tom was a deeply devoted Quaker and served on Quaker committees to aid Bosnian refugees and assist students from other countries to find opportunities in the United States. He attended Germantown Monthly Meeting, where his three children are members: Ebon Thomas Fisher of New Lisbon, NJ, Rebecca Schneider of Media, PA, and Elizabeth Kontz of Bell Buckle, TN. They survive him, as does his second wife, Evelyn Hebden, of West Chester, PA, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held December 5, 2015, at the East Goshen Quaker Meeting House, and his body will be interred in New Hampshire.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

GFS HOSTS MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

All are invited to join Germantown Friends School on Monday, Jan. 18, for its Martin Luther King Day of Service. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a talk by Phillip Hunter, this year’s Dorothy & James Bristol Peace and Social Justice Speaker. He grew up in Selma, Alabama, and marched as a 17-year-old with Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1965. He will speak in Poley Auditorium in the Main Building on campus. This will be followed by opportunities to take part in an array of workshops. New ones this year will be:

– Syrian Refugee Supply Drive Kick-off, led by Germantown Meeting member Florence Mini;

– Origami Animals for Maplewood Manor Nursing Home, led by GFS & Drexel University Japanese teacher (and GMM attender!) Chihiro Williams;

– Fairmount Park Outdoor Volunteers at the Thomas Mansion, led by Fairmount Park volunteer coordinator (and GMM attender) David Bower;

– Singing Songs of the Civil Rights Movement with Residents at Stapeley, led by retired GFS music teacher and Meeting member Caroline Davidson.

Please note: the Center for Returning Citizens neighborhood clean-up, led by our member Jondhi Harrell, will begin slightly later than other projects (10 a.m.) so this might appeal to those who would like to sleep in.

Preregistration will be open until noon. Walk-ins are welcome; come to the Front Hall of the Main Building at 31 W. Coulter Street on Monday morning and choose a project that has space for volunteers. For a complete schedule of the day’s events and to sign up for lunch, click here. Contact Kathy Paulmier, kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org, if you would like to lead a project.

POTLUCK ON SYRIAN REFUGEES GENERATES PROJECTS

The potluck last Friday evening about how to help Syrian refugees drew 30 Friends from several local meetings and generated action plans in four areas:

Advocacy. This group will sponsor training for advocacy, lobbying, letter writing, and use of social media by bringing in an expert from Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) or the American Friends Service Committee. It is hoped to recruit Meeting members, especially Young Fiends, to attend FCNL’s March training in lobbying.

Narenj Tree Foundation. This organization collects medical, educational, and material goods to ship to refugee camps in Turkey. Each month it holds a collection drive for a needed material. In January, we will collect notebooks and pencils for schools in the camps (see below).

Nationalities Services Center. This group collects “boxes” to set up homes in Philadelphia for arriving refugee families. Each box has a specific purpose: Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, School, etc.

Lutheran Children and Families Services. This organization also collects boxes or kits for refugee families coming to Philadelphia.

— Penny Colgan-Davis, GMM Clerk

COLLECT PENCILS & NOTEBOOKS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE KIDS

Want to reach out to Syrian refugees? Join other folks at Germantown Monthly Meeting in supporting the Narenj Tree Foundation (http://narenjtree.org/) by collecting pencils and notebooks for children in Syrian refugee camps, where there are few, if any school supplies. Notebooks should be spiral or sewn-together composition notebooks. During the month of January, you may leave your contributions in the large cardboard box in the vestibule outside the Men’s room in the meetinghouse. These supplies will be delivered to the Narenj Tree Foundation, which is located in Norristown and works with an NGO in Turkey to provide material aid (clothing, bedding, medical supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene items) to Syrian refugees in southern Turkey. Questions? Contact Florence Mini at fbmini@gmail.com.

ADULT CLASSES in JANUARY

There will be three Adult Classes in January. They will begin at 9 a.m. in the social room. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments are served. If you are unable to be there in person, let Joanne Sharpless know (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), and she will arrange for you to join the group online by Google Chat. Here is a list of dates and topics:

January 17 — Young Friend Nate Guerra will share his experience last summer at the Heritage Academy in Ghana, where he taught creative writing, American culture, and sports.

January 24 — Climate science, the future, and our values. Update on the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the Earth. Future scenarios, best and worst. What are the moral and faith-based arguments for action? One or two members of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will join us.

January 31 — What should and can be done about climate change? How can we de-carbonize the economy and the world? The Paris Climate agreement will be summarized, including its shortcomings and need for action. Tom Wells, a member of Fallsington Meeting, will discuss the political advocacy work he is doing on behalf of the Citizens Climate Lobby, and we will talk about how to advocate at local, state, and national levels.

GMM TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP ON FIFTH SUNDAYS

Last October, Germantown Monthly Meeting’s committee clerks met and decided to ask each committee to bring forth ideas on how to help revitalize the meeting, increase membership, and build a stronger community. Worship and Ministry Committee, having been impressed by the positive effect of Green Street Meeting’s Fifth Sunday family worship, brought forward a plan to institute a trial period of Fifth Sunday Worship at Germantown Meeting. There are four months in 2016 with five Sundays — January, May, July, and October. Each Fifth Sunday focus will be different. We will begin with small steps, starting January 31, with a “Gathering Meeting.” Most of the meetinghouse benches will be roped off so that we will sit together at the center of the meetinghouse. After a brief introduction, a regular Meeting for Worship will commence. We will be interested to see what effect sitting closely together this one day might have on our worship. [This plan was approved by Meeting for Business, Jan. 10, 2016.] — Dave Mettler, for Worship & Ministry Committee

FEB. 1 DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR TUITION AID FOR QUAKER SCHOOLS

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

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

DOCENTS NEEDED AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE

Would you like to learn how to convey Quaker history and the background of Arch Street Meeting House to visitors? It’s a fun and rewarding way to talk to people from all over the world. There are three upcoming information sessions: Jan. 16 at 11 a.m., Feb. 4 at 6 p.m., and Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. To attend a session, please R.S.V.P. to aschaffer@pym.org.

IMPROMPTU FLGTQC GATHERING IS THIS WEEKEND

The annual Midwinter gathering of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGTQC), which was scheduled to be held this weekend in Texas, was cancelled because the site was appropriated by the U.S. government to house young, unaccompanied immigrants from Central America. An unofficial gathering of FLGTQC is being held in Philadelphia, probably this weekend. If you are interested, please contact Karen Lightner, 267-230-1796, Lighterk@aol.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

PYM is a cosponsoring the White Privilege Conference, which will be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. Many volunteers are needed to do an array of tasks before and during the actual conference. If you would like to help or want more information, contact Walter Sullivan, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting, at hjeltsullivan@gmail.com.

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

Gather with others from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to continue the business and fellowship stemming from the inspiring Annual Sessions of last summer. On Saturday, March 19, at Arch Street Meeting House, Friends are invited to discover the vast array of ministry that connects us. The day will begin and end in worship, focusing on the mission and priorities of Yearly Meeting and the companionship of spiritual deepening. Programs for adults, and high school, middle school, and elementary school youth. More information will be coming soon. For now, keep posted by going to pym.org.

QUAKER PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND SET FOR JULY 11-17

See the actual places in England where the Religious Society of Friends was born. The seven-day 2016 Pilgrimage to England will take place this summer, July 11-17, led by Irene McHenry of Chestnut Hill Meeting and Deborra Sines Pancoe of Abington Meeting. They are both affiliated with Friends Council on Education and will be joined by guides from Britain Yearly Meeting. The group will climb the original Pendle Hill, tour Margaret Fell’s Swarthmoor Hall, visit Lancaster Jail and Castle, and worship in 17th century meeting houses. For more information, go to pym.org/quaker-pilgrimage-to-england/.

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YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

YOUNG FRIENDS WINTER GATHERING, FEB. 12-14

High school-age Quakers and Quaker-friendly youth are invited to the Winter Gathering of Young Friends on Feb. 12-14, at Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 401 N. West St., Wilmington, DE. The subject will be Quaker tolerance, exploring acceptance of different ideologies and practices within the Religious Society of Friends, as well in the world around us. There will be plenty of time for having fun together and sharing meals. Cost is $60, and full and partial aid is available. For more information and to register online, go to http://www.pym.org/calendar/events/young-friends-winter-gathering-2015/.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

GATHERING AT HAVERFORD MEETING, FEB. 5-7

Middle School Friends are invited to a gathering at Haverford Friends Meeting on Feb. 5-7. Participants will take a trip to an ice skating rink, and will spend time with each, ! In addition we will spend time enjoying the winter weather, worship sharing, and creating safe loving community. Cost is $60, with scholarships available. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/.

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TAKE ACTION

KING’S MESSAGE OF PEACE HONORED AT JAN. 18 PROTEST

This Monday, Jan. 18, at noon, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, message of nonviolent action for justice and peace will be remembered at a protest at Lockheed Martin, the world’s number one war profiteer and weapons maker. There will be readings and bell tolling to protest the lives lost because of the nuclear weapons, jet fighters, and drone war technology manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The protest will be held at the driveway entrance to Lockheed Martin at the corner of Mall and Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall, directly across from the IMAX movie theater. Everyone is welcome. For those planning to face arrest and legal action for nonviolent civil resistance, please arrive onsite at 11 a.m. for planning. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith at 610-544-1818 or go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING IN CHESTNUT HILL, JAN. 16

Tomorrow, Jan. 16, you can get rid of you old electronic stuff at a recycling event sponsored by Weavers Way Environment Committee and Green in Chestnut Hill (GRinCH). It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave. Recycle computers, televisions, keyboards, cell phones, etc. — ‘anything with a plug.’ Voluntary donations of $10 to $20 are suggested to benefit the sponsoring organizations. There is a required charge of $20 for televisions and computer monitors to cover the cost of recycling. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to http://tinyurl.com/qy4wkhl.

NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK HOLDS POTLUCK, JAN. 23

Northwest Village Network, a local group that works toward helping seniors remain in their homes, invites everyone to a potluck at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. To sign up, contact SuzAnne Moore at SuzAnneRLiss815@aol.com. Tell her what you will bring and the names of those coming with you. Admission is free, donations welcome.

DAUGHTER OF MEETING MEMBER OPENS PASTRY SHOP

Jenny Low, daughter of our member Kelley White has opened a cake, pastry, and coffee shop in Mt. Airy, called ‘The Frosted Fox.’ Everything is freshly made with high-quality ingredients and professionally presented with an eye for beauty. It is located on Germantown Avenue between Upsal and Sharpnack streets.

SINGLE MOTHER LOOKING FOR CLEANING JOBS

Our member Phyllis Taylor is helping a young, single, mother find cleaning jobs to support herself and her nine-year-old child. “She is an excellent cleaner, and I vouch for her in terms of capability and being trustworthy,” says Phyllis. She cleans kitchens, bathroom, bedrooms, living spaces, stairs, hallways, and windows. The name of her company is Kristien’s Cleaning Services, and she encourages people to call for a free estimate at 610-937-3940.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 8, 2016

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Silence is a tool that helps; not the silence of a negative space or an inert state, but rather a vital experience of being fully present, focused, attentive to the divine promptings. I stand in the Light, willing to be open and vulnerable, ready to be challenged and directed. Why? Because my yearning to be more fully my true self, to realize the potential of what I am and what l can be in relation to the Divine and to all others requires it. I have found the analogy of coming to an ever-present stream a helpful reminder of how the Source is always present and active; it requires only my attention to it to be surrounded and moved by it.

-from Twelve Quakers and Worship, by Quaker Quest

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 10, 2015

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with concern for Business, social room. Agenda below.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

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

Closers: Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson

Greeters & Refreshments: Edwin & Mary Segal

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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

AGENDA

Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business

Jan. 10, 2016

Reading of the query and opening worship

December’s minutes

Care and Visiting Committee report

Worship and Ministry Committee report

Ad hoc Communications Committee report

Property Committee presentation on proposed renovation of bathrooms

Announcements and Correspondence

Worship

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

B.J. ELDER IS HOME FROM HOSPITAL

B.J. Elder has been back from the hospital for a couple of weeks, after a bout with a bronchial infection, complicated by asthma. She is doing well and appreciates notes and phone calls.

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEETING FOR BUSINESS, JAN. 10

Meeting for Business will be held next Sunday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m., in the social room. Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with the Clerk; those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision. See Agenda above.

CALLING ALL FUN-LOVING GMM’ers!

It’s time to put our money down to reserve Camp Swatara for our Meeting Retreat on April 8-10 — if we intend to go. That’s why the Retreat Committee would like to hear from you, so they know whether it’s safe to put send in our nonrefundable $1,000 deposit. If you want to go and can commit to those dates, please contact Jody Hobbs by this Sunday, Jan. 10, at jodeen@aol.com. Please include your name and the number of adults and children who would be coming to the Retreat from your household.

PROGRESS REPORT ON ‘FACEBOARD PLUS 4’

If you haven’t yet turned in your “four factoids” about yourself to include with your picture on the Faceboard in the social room, now is the time to do it. Forms are available next to the Faceboard, which is on the literature counter in our social room, and the form is also attached to this newsletter. Our Outreach Committee is adding personal information to people’s pictures to help us get to know each other better, attach names to faces, and provide conversation starters. A larger board is on order to accommodate the expanded format. To return your “four factoids,” you may drop your completed form in the cardboard box next to the current Faceboard, email it to Janet Kroll at jjanetkroll@earthlink.net.

ADULT CLASSES in JANUARY

There will be three Adult Classes in January. They will begin at 9 a.m. in the social room. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments are served. If you are unable to be there in person, let Joanne Sharpless know (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), and she will arrange for you to join the group online by Google Chat. Here is a list of dates and topics:

January 17 Young Friend Nate Guerra will share his experience last summer at the Heritage Academy in Ghana, where he taught creative writing, American culture, and sports.

January 24 Climate science, the future, and our values. Update on the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the Earth. Future scenarios, best and worst. What are the moral and faith-based arguments for action? One or two members of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will join us.

January 31 What should and can be done about climate change? How can we de-carbonize the economy and the world? The Paris Climate agreement will be summarized, including its shortcomings and need for action. Tom Wells, a member of Fallsington Meeting, will discuss the political advocacy work he is doing on behalf of the Citizens Climate Lobby, and we will talk about how to advocate at local, state, and national levels.

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

Germantown Monthly Meeting and Germantown Friends School will take part in the citywide observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing, on Monday, January 18. This year’s Dorothy and James Bristol Peace and Social Justice speaker will be Phillip Hunter, who received a Freedom diploma signed by Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965. For a schedule of the day and list of service projects, click here.

FEB. 1 DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR TUITION AID FOR QUAKER SCHOOLS

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

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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

PYM is a cosponsoring the White Privilege Conference, which will be held in Philadelphia on April 14-17. Many volunteers are needed to do an array of tasks before and during the actual conference. If you would like to help or want more information, contact Walter Sullivan, a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting, at hjeltsullivan@gmail.com

WINTER FAMILY OVERNIGHT, JAN. 16-17

Families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to a one-night sleepover at Camp Onas in Ottsville, NJ, on Jan. 16-17. There will be intergenerational activities for the whole family, a dinner together, free time to play, a fireplace, hot chocolate, bedtime stories, giant First-day School, worship, and a chance for adults to spend time with other parents. The event begins at noon Saturday and ends on Sunday in time to get home and prepare for the rest of the week. Cost: $35. To register, click here.

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

MOVIE & MUSIC AT BRANDYWINE POTLUCK, JAN. 10

The film Selma will be shown this Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Brandywine Peace Community’s monthly potluck and program, at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. The movie depicts Martin Luther King, Jr., as a dynamic figure of contradictions, shrewd political skills, spiritual motivations, and human flaws. It is two hours, seven minutes long and rated PG-13. The potluck precedes the program and begins at 4:30 p.m. (Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert.) The program begins at 5:30 p.m., with singer-songwriter Tom Mullian performing a couple of original songs. Free and open to all. Limited parking in rear of church. For information, call 610-544-1818 or go to www.brandywinepeace.com/events.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING IN CHESTNUT HILL, JAN. 16

Next Saturday, Jan. 16, you can get rid of you old electronic stuff at a recycling opportunity sponsored by Weavers Way Environment Committee and Green in Chest Hill (GRinCH). It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave. Recycle computers, televisions, keyboards, cell phones, etc. — “anything with a plug.” Voluntary donations of $10 to $20 are suggested. Donations will benefit the sponsoring organizations. There is a required charge of $20 for televisions and computer monitors to cover the cost of recycling. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to http://tinyurl.com/qy4wkhl.

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SAVE THE DATE

POTLUCK WITH NORTHWEST VILLAGE NETWORK, JAN. 23

Escape the winter doldrums by meeting friends and enjoying good music and good food on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m., at a potluck dinner sponsored by Northwest Village Network. It will be held at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. All you need to bring is a dish to share that will feed six or more people. Free-will contribution. For more info and to sign up, contact SuzAnne Moore at SuzAnneRLiss815@aol.com.

SHAN CRETIN TO SPEAK ON ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT, JAN. 31

Shan Cretin, executive director of the American Friends Service Committee, will speak Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 12:45 p.m., on “Compassion in the Face of Difficult Conflict: Working and Witnessing in Israel/Palestine.” Her talk will be at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA, and is sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, where Shan is a sojourning Friend. All are welcome and are invited to join the Meeting for worship at 11 a.m., before the talk. Childcare will be provided with advance notice: call 215-241-7260, or email cpmm@afsc.org.

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

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

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin) Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 1, 2016

Today’s BEE is shorter than usual, because of the holiday. It will be back to usual next week.

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 3, 2016

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

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

CHILDREN
Children meet with adults in the meeting room for the first 15 minutes of worship. Then the two classes of children will meet separately at 11″45 a.m.. Dorothy Cary will lead the older class in a study of the story of Jacob, specifically Jacob’s dream, and how to make Jacob’s ladder (the string game, with wood). Caleb Schodt will teach the younger group, looking at the story of the three kings.

OFFICE HOURS

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

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

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEXT SUNDAY IS MEETING FOR BUSINESS, JAN. 10

Next Sunday, Jan. 10, Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be held in the social room at 9 a.m. The agenda will be printed in the Friday BEE on Jan. 8.

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

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

APPLY NOW FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

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

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QUAKER EVENTS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

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

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SAVE THE DATE

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

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

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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

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

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 27, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

12 noon Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

Closers: Bobbie Horowitz & friend

Greeters & Refreshments: Sophie Williams & Joanna Vaughan

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

B.J. ELDER HOSPITALIZED IN CHESTER COUNTY

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

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU FOR SUCCESS OF CHRISTMAS POTLUCK!

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

MEETING STATEMENT RUNS IN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

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

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

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

APPLY NOW FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

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

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QUAKER EVENTS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE

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

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TAKE ACTION

CHRISTMAS PEACE DEMONSTRATION AT HORSHAM, DEC. 26

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

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SAVE THE DATE

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

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

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

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

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 20, 2015

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

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

12 noon Refreshments & Fellowship in social room

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

Closers: Karen Lightner & friend

Greeters & Refreshments: Jean & Parvin Sharpless

CHILDREN

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

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

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

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NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR BETTY CARY, DEC. 19

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

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MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 20

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

PHOTO OF OUR KIDS AT CRADLES TO CRAYONS

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

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

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

APPLY NOW FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

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

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QUAKER EVENTS

BOOK CHOSEN FOR PYM-WIDE DISCUSSION

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

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SAVE THE DATE

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

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

2016 SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 19

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


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