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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

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MEETING FOR BUSINESS SUNDAY, NOV. 11

Please remember to come to our monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business next Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m., in the committee room of our meetinghouse. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend as an important part of our life together in our spiritual community. Attenders may come by asking the clerk beforehand: Contact Sam Angell, at 610-446-8107.

AGENDA

Query reading
Worship
October 2018 minutes
Care and Visiting
Property Committee
Environmental Concerns Committee
Worship and Ministry
Burial Grounds Committee
Report on PYM Continuing Sessions
Closing Worship

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MEETING NEWS

SOUP & BREAD POTLUCK–NOV. 18

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Soup & Bread Potluck on Sunday, Nov. 18. We have plenty of soup coming, although more yummy bread and desserts wouldn’t hurt anyone! We still need a couple more people to set up tables and chairs at 8:30 a.m., BEFORE Adult Class. If you are coming for the class anyway, would you consider coming early to hoist some tables? We never have enough folks for that. We have a small clean-up crew, but please be willing to spare a hand if you see the same person washing dishes or running back and forth to the kitchen with platters and trash.
–Candice Price

Save the dates

December 7: Movie Night (movie TBA)

December 23: Christmas Potluck &Carole Sing

DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO MEETING?

From our Care & Visiting Committee: We hear from time to time of members and attenders of Meeting who have a hard time getting to meeting for worship because of transportation needs. We are interested in gathering information from everyone as to whether this need is being felt at the moment. It may be possible for us to put together a volunteer team of people who could be called on to provide rides to those in need. If you are someone who would welcome a ride to Meeting or would be willing to give a ride to someone in need, please communicate the information to Caroline Davidson (cdavidson@germantownfriends.org).

ARTICLES NEEDED FOR WINTER NEWSLETTER BY NOV. 30

The Communications Committee is looking for content for the Winter Newsletter. If you have been thinking of submitting an article, message, interview, poem, short story, PICTURES, please see Candice Price. Deadline: Nov 30. Please share your voice! So far, the content is great; it’ll be a good issue–even better if you contribute! –Candice Price

ADULT CLASS ON NOV. 18 ON GFS CAMPUS PLAN

In Adult Class on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m., we will hear a report about Phase 2 of the campus plan of Germantown Friends School (GFS), presented by Dana Weeks, head of GFS; Sam Rhoads, member of our Meeting and clerk of the GFS School Committee; and David Feldman, assistant clerk of the GFS School Committee. Everyone is welcome. Adult Class is held in the social room, with light refreshments beforehand.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

PAT REIFSNYDER’S LESSONS ON VOTING

Ed. note: This week, we received the following list of FaceBook comments on voting, by former students of our late member Pat Reifsnyder. Thanks go to our member Florence Battis Mini, a former teaching colleague of Pat’s at Germantown Friends School (GFS). Florence compiled this list:

CK: On an Election Day such as this I am often reminded of the passion and encouragement of a wonderful teacher, Pat Reifsnyder from GFS, and our many hours in Latin History class where we would discuss everything from the Roman Empire to the importance of voting. On a day like today, I know she would be encouraging all her “little petunias” to get out there and vote.

BS: I am pretty sure that voting was the most important “pearl of wisdom that flowed from her ruby lips.”

KF: Through a Minnesota snowstorm, sick with mono, I trudged through the snow in college because of Reify’s voice in my head urging me to get out there and VOTE! I think of her every election day…

MB: Thinking of my 10th grade history teacher today as I carefully filled in over 50 little ovals by hand as I was taught that part of my civic duty was to think carefully about each name and not fill in the single straight ticket bubble. All you “little petunias” go vote!

DG, responding to MB: We do not say that a person who takes no interest in politics is someone who minds their own business; we say that they have no business here at all. [A quotation from Pericles’ Funeral Oration.]

JC: I was telling stories about her to one of my classes, encouraging them to do their research and vote.

DW: I always think of her when I vote!

Florence Mini: And I confess, that I, too, was thinking of Pat as I colored a separate bubble for each of the Democrats I voted for, knowing that, if I just colored in the one straight Democratic bubble, Pat would pop out from the voting machine and yell at me. I know that, because I heard her tell her students that over and over.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GFS PRESENTS MUSICAL DRAMA, 1776, TONIGHT & SATURDAY

Come, see the musical drama, 1776, at Germantown Friends School (GFS) about events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The play dramatizes the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and sign the document. When it premiered on Broadway in 1969, it was nominated for five Tony awards, and won three, including one for best musical. The GFS performances will be given tonight (Friday, Nov. 9) and tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 10), both at 7:30 p.m., in Loeb Performing Arts Center on the GFS campus. Free and open to the public.

GEORGE LAKEY, WITH BILL MCKIBBON, TO SPEAK ON NONVIOLENT CAMPAIGNS, NOV. 13

Quaker peace activist and educator George Lakey will be joined by environmentalist Bill McKibbon on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at a presentation on “Active Nonviolence: A Living Revolution.” It will take place at Chestnut Hill College in the East Parlor on the main campus, 9601 Germantown Ave. George will draw from his recently published book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direction Campaigning, in which he examines a century’s experience of nonviolent campaigning to find lessons for today’s crisis in our nation. George is a recently retired Swarthmore professor who wrote a widely used manual for the civil rights movement and was a trainer in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer movement. He is a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and co-founder of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT).

TREE-PLANTING DAY IN FAIR HILL NEIGHBORHOOD, NOV. 17

Join others in helping plant 27 bare-root trees along the streets of the Fair Hill neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This project is sponsored by Historic Fair Hill, which manages Fair Hill Burial Grounds, 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133. Meet at the burial grounds at 9 a.m. Dress appropriately for weather and hard work. To send an email inquiry, click here, or call 215-870-8348.
TAKE ACTION

EQAT HOLDS TRAINING & ACTION TO INVESTIGATE PECO

There will be an action in Center City on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to urge investigation of PECO for its reliance on generating power from dirty sources, such as fossil fuels, and its failure to invest in renewable energy sources. It is sponsored by EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) and POWER Philadelphia, an interfaith organization of which Germantown Meeting is a member. The action will take place at 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., Phila., PA 19103. Two trainings will be offered beforehand, and participants are encouraged to attend one of them: (1) Saturday, Nov. 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the First Unitarian Church, or (2) Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19103. To find out more about this action or RVSP, click here or call Ryan Leitner, 925-818-2272.

HEARING ON PROPOSED GAS PLANT, NOV. 13

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., there will be a hearing on the gas plant SEPTA proposes to build in Nicetown. The hearing will be held in the offices of Philadelphia Licenses & Inspections, 1515 Arch St., 18th floor. It is the fourth hearing in response to a protest filed by 350 people, including our member Jondhi Harrell. Lawyers have battled this proposal for three sessions, with no resolution. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, (jsharpless@termantownfriends.org), who has been to two previous sessions.

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With thanks to contributors for this issue…

Dorothy Cary, Natasha Kassell, Sam Angell,Candice Price, Moira Duggan, Caroline Davidson, Florence Mini, George Lakey, Joanne Sharpless

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Nov. 2, 2018

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the work that we do, we sometimes feel like we are digging holes in the ocean. But we are reminded that we all share a relationship with God and to each other. As long as there are people like us, centering our actions in love, holding each other up, there will be resilience. In the words of A.J. Muste, another organizer influenced by Quakerism, “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.” We add: There is no way to love, love is the way. There is no way to beloved community, beloved community is the way.

–Excerpted from “Statement on Recent Acts of Violence,” issued this week by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in response to shootings in Pittsburgh, PA, and Kentucky.

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2018
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Bobbie Horowitz & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Anthony Stover & friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Candice Price will meet the youngest children in the kindergarten, where they can play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room for First-day School. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

YOUNG FRIENDS (8th-12th graders) … For information, contact Tash Kassell.

MEETING NEWS

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 3

“How do we, as Friends, center ourselves toward trust and love?” is the theme of the Saturday, Nov. 3, Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, beginning with check-in at 8 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Separate programs for all ages of children and young people. To see the complete schedule, click here. To register, click here.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE TO MEET SUNDAY, NOV. 4

Anyone who is interested in environmental issues is invited to attend the meeting this Sunday, Nov. 4, of the Environmental Concerns Committee. It will be held in the meeting room at 12 noon to discuss upcoming plans and current issues. For information, please contact the clerk, Bill Cozzens.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS NEXT SUNDAY, NOV. 11

Please remember to come to our monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business next Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m., in the committee room of our meetinghouse. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend as an important part of our life together in our spiritual community. Attenders may come by asking the clerk beforehand: Contact Sam Angell, at 610-446-8107.

ADULT CLASS ON NOV. 18 ON GFS CAMPUS PLAN

In Adult Class on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m., we will hear a report about Phase 2 of the campus plan of Germantown Friends School (GFS), presented by Dana Weeks, head of GFS; Sam Rhoads, member of our Meeting and clerk of the GFS School Committee; and David Feldman, assistant clerk of the GFS School Committee. Everyone is welcome. Adult Class is held in the social room, with light refreshments beforehand.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR UPCOMING FELLOWSHIP EVENTS

Our Fellowship Committee is planning some exciting events in the coming months. But more events mean more work, and everyone’s help is needed. There will be sign-up sheets posted in advance for each event to make sure no one person shoulders the burden alone. Upcoming events:

November 18: Soup and Bread potluck to get us through the chilly days of fall. Bring a cauldron full of your favorite soup, a couple of loaves of your favorite crusty bread, or a yummy dessert to share. There will be a sign-up sheet with spaces for five people to each provide 20 servings of soup, bread, or dessert; and spaces for people to help with set-up and clean-up. (See Candice Price to sign up).

Dec. 7 Movie Night

Jan. and Feb. Wine and Cheese (or afternoon noshes)

March 2 Annual Art Show of Germantown Monthly Meeting

ARTICLES NEEDED FOR WINTER NEWSLETTER

The Communications Committee is looking for content for our Meeting’s Winter Newsletter. If you have been thinking of submitting an article, message, interview, poem, or short story, please contact Candice Price, who says, “Please share your voice!” Deadline is Nov. 30.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

RIDE NEEDED TO PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 3

Our member Pat Libbey needs a ride tomorrow, Nov. 3, to Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) from her home in Roxborough. If anyone can give her ride, please contact her.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, NOV. 3

“How do we, as Friends, center ourselves toward trust and love?” is the theme of the Nov. 3 Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, beginning with check-in at 8 p.m.and continuing until closing at 4 p.m. Separate programs available for all ages of children and young people. To see the complete schedule, click here. To register, click here. For questions, contact Olivia Bangan, PYM community engagement coordinator, 215-241-7238.

GEORGE LAKEY GIVES TALK ON EFFECT OF DIRECT ACTION CAMPAIGNS, NOV. 5

This Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., teacher and peace activist George Lakey will give a lecture at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center, 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. It will be on “How Direct Action Campaigns Serve Personal & Social Liberation” and will be held in the Barn. He makes a case for nonviolent direction as a technique that supports change on personal, cultural, political, and economic levels. On the assumption that polarization is likely to increase in coming months, he suggests that nonviolent campaigns can be the most effective means for healing divisiveness and reversing current trends. George Lakey recently retired from teaching peace studies at Swarthmore College, and his tenth book is How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direction Action Campaigning. After his talk, he will play the piano and lead a sing-a-long of Broadway songs. To register, click here. For questions, call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

WATCH PENDLE HILL’S LECTURES ONLINE

From anywhere you have a desktop computer, laptop/tablet, or mobile device, you can now watch many of the lectures and presentations given every month at Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Delaware County (https://pendlehill.org). Some of the past speakers at the Monday Night Lecture Series are Eileen Flanagan, Barbara Briggs, and John and Diana Lampen. Enjoy conference lectures and presentations on topics of spiritual or personal interest to you. For a list of Pendle Hill lectures and presentations available online, click here.

COMMUNITY NEWS

FREE RIDES TO VOTING LOCATIONS — RESERVE YOURS NOW!

Do you or someone you know need a ride to your polling place to vote this Tuesday? Ralston My Way is providing free transportation to the polls on Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 215-525-5470 to reserve your ride now, and pass the information on to any other people in your neighborhood who might need rides.

WORSHIP IN SOLIDARITY WITH JEWS AT LOCAL SYNAGOGUES THIS WEEKEND

In response to the recent murdering of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, thousands of people of all faiths will show their solidarity with Jews this weekend by worshiping in synagogues with them. To find out how to participate and which synagogues are opening their doors, click here and learn about the Show-Up-For-Shabbat outreach campaign.

WORKDAY AT VERNON PARK, NOW. 10

Here’s your chance to get out in the fresh air and rake and weed and plant and have a good time with other Germantown folk: Help get Vernon Park ready for winter on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come at any time. An orientation will be given at the start of the session, with hands-on leadership throughout the afternoon and a wrap-up session at the end. No special skills needed. Light refreshments provided. The park is located at 5710 Germantown Ave. The park is between Germantown Ave. and Greene St. Meet at the shed on the Greene Street side. You’ll see and learn about the Vernon Park monuments, the rain garden, the Black Writers Museum, and more. Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes and expect to get dirty. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Tools and materials provided. Register by clicking here.

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP AT CENTER IN THE PARK, NOV. 13

Find out how to install and use a rain barrel at a one-hour workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m., at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. You will get a free rain barrel, a tour of Vernon Park’s rain garden, and learn ways you can help storm water management. Hosted by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Friends of Vernon Park in partnership with Philadelphia Water Department. For more information and to register, click here or call 215-988-1698.

TAKE ACTION

FORMING A COLLABORATIVE TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE, NOV. 3

During Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Friends interested in forming a collaborative to address gun violence will discuss bringing together Friends together to develop resources, share strategies, and coordinate advocacy. This will also involve developing a minute to pull together minutes adopted by monthly meetings and updating information on mass shootings and individual murders in the United States. This will continue discussions held in July at Annual Sessions. Click here for the schedule for tomorrow’s Continuing Sessions, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

HEARING ON PROPOSED GAS PLANT, NOV. 13

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., there will be a hearing on the gas plant SEPTA proposes to build in Nicetown. The hearing will be held in the offices of Philadelphia Licenses & Inspections, 1515 Arch St., 18th floor. It is the fourth hearing in response to a protest filed by 350 people, including our member Jondhi Harrell. Lawyers have battled this proposal for three sessions, with no resolution. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownmeeting.org); she has been to two of the previous sessions.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 26, 2018

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Friends should endeavor to work with one another in a humble and loving spirit, each giving to others credit for purity of motive, notwithstanding differences of opinion. They are cautioned, however, to exercise mutual forbearance and, having expressed their views, to refrain from pressing them unduly when the judgment of the meeting obviously inclines to some other view.
–George A. Selleck, “Principles of the Quaker Business Method”

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2018

10: 30 a.m. Meeting for Worship Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Bob & Ruth Seeley to provide coffee, tea, and juice
11:45 a.m. Potluck dinner in social room with guests from Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting
1 p.m. Program of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, “Moving Toward Abolition of Nuclear Weapons”* (see description below)
2:15 p.m. Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting
3 p.m. Clean up and departure

CHILDREN … This Sunday, Oct. 28, kids of all ages will decorate Halloween cupcakes in Kindergarten East with Candice Price, who says, “This was so much fun last year! Come and have sticky fun with us!” Of course, as always, children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

YOUNG FRIENDS (8th-12th graders) … For information, contact Tash Kassell.

MEETING NEWS

*POTLUCK & SPEAKER HERE FOR QUARTERLY MEETING, THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 28

Please bring yourself and a dish to share to a potluck meal after Meeting for Worship this Sunday, Oct. 28. We will have guests here for Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, some of whom will join us for worship, which will be followed by potluck lunch at 11:45 a.m., a program at 1 p.m., “Moving Toward Abolition of Nuclear Weapons,” presented by our Nuclear Disarmament Working Group, and, at 2:15 p.m., Quarterly meeting for business. The program features speaker Lydia Wood, national campaign coordinator for NuclearBan.us. She will give an update on other Quaker meetings that have minuted their support for the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, along with the worldwide situation with nuclear weapons, and steps that can be taken to build a safer future. NuclearBan.us is a program of ICAN, an international organization that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Its approach is to encourage and mobilize communities all over the world to take small, do-able steps to work toward social justice. NuclearBan.us was founded by two Quakers, Vicki Elson and Timmon Milne Wallis. At the meeting for business, this year’s new fellows in Quaker Voluntary Service-Philly will be introduced. Everyone is welcome.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR UPCOMING FELLOWSHIP EVENTS

Our Fellowship Committee is planning some exciting events in the coming months. But more events mean more work, and everyone’s help is needed. As Anne Stassen, clerk of the committee, said at our October meeting for business, our community’s fellowship is the responsibility of us all. So, to that end, there will be sign-up sheets posted in advance for each event to make sure no one person shoulders the burden alone. Upcoming events:

November 18: Soup and Bread potluck to get us through the chilly days of fall. Bring a cauldron full of your favorite soup, a couple of loaves of your favorite crusty bread, or a yummy dessert to share. There will be a sign-up sheet with spaces for five people to each provide 20 servings of soup, bread, or dessert; and spaces for people to help with set-up and clean-up. (See Candice Price to sign up).
Dec. 7 Movie Night
Jan and Feb Wine and Cheese (or afternoon nosh)
March 2 Annual Art Show of Germantown Monthly Meeting

UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER GETS GRANT FROM PYM QUAKER LIFE COUNCIL

The Ujima Friends Peace Center, in which several of our members are involved, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Quaker Life Council of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to advance its “profound connections with the community in which it is located in North Philadelphia.” In its first year, the Peace Center established a summer freedom school, teaching young people an adapted peace curriculum that synthesizes African principles and Quaker values. It offers weekly tenants’ rights classes, a monthly food give-away, and a weekly meeting for worship. As stated on its website, Ujima Friends Peace Center’s mission is to reduce violence and provide a safe haven–with educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities–for adults and young people. The Center is a ministry of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent.

PYM WORKSHOP ON MAINTENANCE OF HISTORIC MEETINGHOUSES, OCT. 27

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will host a Thread Gathering on Saturday, Oct. 27, about maintaining historic meetinghouses and burial grounds. It will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Downingtown Monthly Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. Three workshops will address maintaining historic burial grounds, fundraising for historic meetinghouses, and maintenance of historic meetinghouses. The workshops will run concurrently, with report-backs to the larger group. To see a complete schedule, click here. Although you are requested to RSVP (click here), it is okay to come at the last minute, even if you haven’t RSVP’d. To see a map to Downingtown Meeting, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 3

“How do we, as Friends, center ourselves toward trust and love?” is the theme of the Nov. 3 Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will be held at Arch Street Meeting, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, beginning with check-in at 8 p.m.and continuing until closing at 4 p.m. Separate programs for all ages of children and young people. To see the complete schedule, click here. To register, click here. For questions, contact Olivia Bangan, PYM community engagement coordinator, 215-241-7238.

COMMUNITY NEWS

CONFERENCE FOR CAREGIVERS, NOV. 3

“Loosening the Caregiving Knot” is a one-day conference for family caregivers, with special workshops and resources to address issues caregivers face. The conference will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m, to 4:30 p.m., at the Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut St., Phila., PA 19106. Attendees will learn methods of self-care and find out about additional community resources. Sponsored by JEVs At Home. To RSVP or get more information, click here.

LEARN ABOUT INSECT POLLINATORS AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, NOV. 4

Hear a lively presentation on insect pollinators and enjoy a catered reception on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Cope House, Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd., Phila., PA 19138. In celebration of the Year of the Pollinator, Daniel Duran will speak on “Beyond Honeybees: beetles, butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators,” the oft-unsung heroes at the heart of many ecological and agricultural systems. He will highlight lesser-known, but critical species and discuss the ways in which these tiny allies help keep humans alive and in business. Free and open to the public. No registration required. For more details, click here.

TAKE ACTION

CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON RAISING PA MINIMUM WAGE, NOV. 22

Support the drive to raise the minimum wage for Philadelphia city employees and contract workers to $15 by July 2022 by attending a hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m., at the Labor & Civil Committee of Philadelphia City Council in the Council’s Chambers on the 4th Floor of Philadelphia City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Phila., PA 19107. In late September, Mayor Jim Kenney announced this proposed city legislation. The Pennsylvania State Legislature has a similar effort before it: HB 1520, which would raise the state minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Attendance at this hearing is urged by the Economic Dignity Strategy Team of the interfaith group POWER, of which Germantown Monthly Meeting is a member.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 19, 2018

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The world is awaiting its own rebirth. With each new dawn, with each new day, the peoples of the earth have risen with the morning star, hoping that today will bring news of peace. Yet each day is a disappointment, as nations continue to arm, preparing for war, and looking upon their neighbors with hatred and suspicion.

Because of the incomparable evil presented by the threat of nuclear war, we are moved to bear a passionate witness for life and peace. As Christians, we believe that the example of Christ’s life, death, and rebirth requires among us and all peoples a rebirth of love and peace. So, with humility and hope, we seek to confront and overcome the evil of nuclear weaponry. We believe the presence of nuclear weapons in our midst threatens all of humanity and is incompatible with the life and living spirit of Christ. –Syracuse (NY) Monthly Meeting, February 1980

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class: Worship Sharing (see below) in social room. Child care available.
10: 30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Marian Moseley & Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Mary & Ed Segal

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Candice Price will meet the youngest children there, where they can play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room for First-day School. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

YOUNG FRIENDS (8th-12th graders) … For information, contact Tash Kassell.

MEETING NEWS

KIDS TO DECORATE CUPCAKES THIS SUNDAY!

A favorite event is back this year for our children: “This Sunday, Oct 28, during meeting for worship, our kids of all ages will decorate Halloween cupcakes in the Kindergarten East! It was a BIG hit last year! Make sure to come and have some sticky, delicious fun!” –Candice Price

ADULT CLASS THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 21

On Sunday, Oct. 21, we will have a worship sharing session on “How do you find a deep spiritual place in times of turbulence and uncertainty?” Come, join others in exploring this subject with deep listening and open-hearted sharing. We will gather at 9 a.m. in the social room. Light refreshments will be served beforehand. Everyone welcome. Childcare available. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

On Sunday, Oct. 28, there will be no early morning class. Please join us for a potluck lunch after meeting for worship with our guests, who are members of other meetings and will be here for Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM). After our potluck meal, our Nuclear Disarmament Working group will present a program at 1 p.m. (see next item), followed by the Quarter’s meeting for business, beginning 2:15 p.m., at which this year’s fellows in Quaker Voluntary Service will introduce themselves and their projects.

POTLUCK & SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT QUARTERLY MEETING AT GERMANTOWN MEETING, OCT. 28

Please bring yourself and a dish to share to a potluck meal after Meeting for Worship on Sunday, Oct. 28. Our guests will be members of other meetings in Philadelphia Quarter, who will join us for worship, lunch, an afternoon program presented by our Nuclear Disarmament Working Group, and meeting for business. The program will feature Lydia Wood, national campaign coordinator for NuclearBan.us, who will speak on “Quakers for Nuclear Abolition,” updating us on other Quaker meetings that have minuted their support for the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and progress throughout the United States. She will discuss the urgency of this, current situation, and steps that can be taken now to build a safer future. NuclearBan.us is a program of ICAN, an international organization that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Its approach is to encourage and mobilize communities all over the world to take small, do-able steps to work toward social justice. NuclearBan.us was founded by two Quakers, Vicki Elson and Timmon Milne Wallis. This program will begin at 1 p.m.; at 2:15 p.m., Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its meeting for business. Everyone is welcome.

MINUTES ATTACHED FROM SEPT. 16

The approved minutes from our Sept. 16 Meeting for Business are attached for everyone to read to get a sense of what’s going on in our Meeting. (See attachment “APVD September 16 2018.”) We thank our recording clerk, Becky Johnson, for her excellent work and ability to promptly compile these for all of us.

INVITATION TO WORSHIP WITH GFS COMMUNITY

We’re all invited to share worship with students, faculty, and staff at Germantown Friends School (GFS) at any or all of three times during the week, based on student age groups. This is not only a chance to worship with the students, but is also a way to be with young people who are, in a real sense, under our spiritual care. This is also an important way to support faculty and staff members, who carry out our ideals of teaching young people our Quaker values. Each age group worships in our meetinghouse, as follows:
11:20-noon Tuesday Middle School Meeting for Worship
9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Thursday Lower School Meeting for Worship
9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Thursday Upper School Meeting for Worship

QUAKER NEWS

FAIR HILL HARVEST WORKDAY RESCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW, OCT. 20

Hone your skills and get some fresh air and exercise at a joyful Harvest Workday at Historic Fair Hill Burial Grounds tomorrow, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll get a chance to help build a retaining wall, sheet-mulch the gardens, reset tilted gravestones, and paint pumpkins with kids. You’ll also get a chance to meet some fine folks and work side by side with them. If you haven’t been to Historic Fair Hill, this is a lovely time to go. This ancient Quaker burial ground is now converted into a beautiful, useful, and educational open space, where neighborhood children learn to grow vegetables, and community events are held for the public. The land was part of a large territory given by William Penn to his friend George Fox, the founder of Quakerism. On Fox’s death in 1691, he left this plot to American Quakers for use as “a stable, a Meetinghouse, and burying place.” At that time, it was farmland and a wooded area outside the Philadelphia city limits.The address is 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133. For more information, click here.

ONLINE PARENTING DISCUSSION GROUP AVAILABLE, OCT. 23-NOV. 20

You’re invited to take part in the online Quaker Parenting Discussion Group, a series that begins Oct. 23 and continues through Nov. 20, meeting online at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the Quaker Parenting Initiative, with support from New England, New York, and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings. Parents and household caregivers of children from infancy to 18 years of age can explore online with others Quakerism and its meaning in their lives with their children. For questions or to enroll, contact Harriet Heath by email or by phone at 413-338-6568. For more information about the Quaker Parenting Initiative, click here.

‘IMAGINING PHILLY WITHOUT CASH BAIL,’ OCT. 24

At a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 24, learn about the system of cash bail in Philadelphia, which tries to ensure defendants appear for court hearings–and entraps poor people in long-term detention because they can’t meet bail. This can cost them their jobs, homes, healthcare, and custody of their children while they await their day in court. Panel members are drawn from the Defenders Association and Philadelphia Community Bail Fund and includes a local person who has gone through arrest, jailing, and the bail process. Sponsored by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and POWER (of which Germantown Meeting is a member). Come, find out more about this system, alternatives, and how we can work to change it. Location: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19101. Registration and refreshments at 6 p.m,; program at 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. For information, call Dana Reinhold, 215-510-7125.

WORKSHOP ON MAINTAINING HISTORIC MEETINGHOUSES & BURIAL GROUNDS, OCT. 27

There will be a PYM Thread Gathering on Saturday, Oct. 27, about maintaining historic meetinghouses and burial grounds. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Downingtown Monthly Meeting, 800 E. Lanaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. Three workshops will address maintaining historic burial grounds, fundraising for historic meetinghouses, and maintaining historic meetinghouses. The workshops will run concurrently, with report-backs to the larger group. To see a complete schedule, click here. Although your are requested to RSVP (click here), it is okay to come at the last minute, even if you haven’t RSVP’d. To see a map to Downingtown Meeting, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 3

“How do we, as Friends, center ourselves toward trust and love?” is the theme of the Nov. 3 Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will be held at Arch Street Meeting, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, beginning with check-in at 8 p.m.and continuing until closing at 4 p.m. To see the complete schedule, click here. To register,click here. For questions, contact Olivia Bangan, PYM community engagement coordinator, 215-241-7238.

FOR THE YOUNG

YOUNG FRIENDS (high-school age)

Fall Gathering at PYM Continuing Sessions. Young Friends will join other members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) in exploring the themes of love and trust at Continuing Sessions on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Arch Street Meetinghouse, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Young Friends will continue their own discussion of those themes as they look at the idea of transition and its feelings of uncertainty and opportunity to create something new. There will be an optional pizza lunch for $10, or you are invited to bring your own brown-bag lunch. Young Friends will share lunch and a joint meeting for business with Middle School Friends. To help organizers make plans, please register right away by clicking here.

Interfaith ‘Walking the Walk’ Youth Initiative in Philadelphia. This national, year-long program provides high school students a chance to visit and explore one another’s communities of worship, develop skills and knowledge through interactive workshops, engage in creative reflection, and practice community-building through service with community partners. Opening kick-off meetings will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. The first activity will be a visit to a mosque in West Philadelphia. Apply by clicking here. For questions, contact Anneke Kat or call her at 215-222-1012, ext. 4.

Join the Young Friends Facebook Group The Young Friends program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has a Facebook page where program updates are posted, as well as photos and group discussions. Anyone who is a current or former Young Friend, parent, or Friendly Adult Presence may join. However, due to privacy concerns, this group requires you to be approved to join. If you’d like to be part of this group, send an email message to Melinda Wenner Bradley to ask to join.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

Fall Gathering at PYM Continuing Sessions Middle School. Friends will gather on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the same time as Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, at Arch Street Meetinghouse, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. This will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be an optional pizza lunch for $10, or you are welcome to bring your own brown-bag lunch. Middle School Friends will explore the them “How do we, as Friends, center ourselves toward trust and love?” through community-building games, stories, and share lunch and meeting for business with Young Friends. To register, click here.

Join the Middle School Friends Facebook group There is a Facebook page for Middle School Friends to post program updates and photos, and to participate in group discussion. Anyone who is a current or former Middle School Friend, parent, or Friendly Adult Presence is eligible to join. Due to privacy concerns, you must get approval to join. If you’d like to be part of this group, send an email message to Melinda Wenner Bradley.

COMMUNITY NEWS

VERNON PARK FALL BAZAAR RESCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW, OCT. 20

Vernon Park’s Fall Bazaar & Flea Market was cancelled last Saturday, due to rainy weather. It is rescheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 20, so you still have a chance to visit this beautiful park and shop the wares of local folk! More than 50 vendors will be selling their own art, food, and used treasures ready for new uses. For the kids, there will be treasure hunts and lots of free activities to tickle their fancies. You will also find free information about community resources and groups that provide them. The Bazaar opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Although tomorrow morning is expected to be cloudy, the sun is predicted to shine in the afternoon, with a high temperature of 65 degrees. Vernon Park is in the 5800 block, between Greene Street and Germantown Avenue, and may be entered from either street. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 12, 2018

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Friends come to meeting for business with an openness to the Spirit that inspires careful speaking and listening, trust, humility, compassion, and courage. Worship also enhances respect for others, as participants seek the Light revealed through others. An openness of spirit enables Friends to hear and incorporate differing, even contradictory, views. Friends generally welcome the participation in meeting for business of serious and consistent attenders (that is, persons who are not formally members but are active in the life of the meeting)*. At times, meetings may advise non-members to show sensitive restraint when addressing particular meeting affairs. In rare circumstances it may be necessary for a decision to be reached by the members only. In this case, non-members may be asked to hold the meeting in the Light during that time. –Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018 edition, available online by clicking here.

*In Germantown Monthly Meeting, attenders may come to Meeting for Business by asking the clerk (Sam Angell) beforehand.

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a concern for doing Business (See agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Jim Hart & Chris Nicholson
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Dave Mettler & Patty Gerrity

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Candice Price will meet the youngest children there, where they can play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room for First-day School. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

YOUNG FRIENDS (8th-12th graders) … This Sunday, October 14, Young Friends will meet at the Meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. and go for a Worship Walk around Germantown Friends School’s campus. It’s predicted to be chilly that day, so please dress accordingly. After the walk, we’ll head to the Main Building. If you’re running late, please meet us there. More details will be forthcoming. For information, contact Tash Kassell.

AGENDA

Meeting for Business, Oct. 14, 2018

Query #3
Worship
September 2018 minutes
Care and Visiting Committee Report
Standing Nominating Committee Report
Annual Meeting of the Corporation of Germantown Monthly Meeting
Fundraising Committee Report
Worship and Ministry Committee Report
First Day School Committee Report
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS IN OCTOBER

Sunday, Oct. 21 Worship Sharing on ” Finding a deep spiritual place in times of turbulence and uncertainty.” We will gather for listening and sharing at 9 a.m. in the social room. Light refreshments will be served beforehand.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, there will be no early morning class. Please join us for a potluck lunch after meeting for worship, followed by a program presented by our Nuclear Disarmament Working Group: A speaker, Lydia Wood, from NuclearBan.us headquarters in Massachusetts, will talk about “Quakers for Nuclear Abolition.” Lydia is campaign coordinator for NuclearBan.us, a program of ICAN, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. NuclearBan.us was founded by two Quakers, Vicki Elson and Timmon Milne Wallis. This program will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a brief break, and at 2:15 p.m., Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its meeting for business. Everyone is welcome.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF JOHN BOLES, FORMER MEETING MEMBER

John Boles, former member of Germantown Meeting, died on June 17, 2018, at the age of 92. He and his wife Chris were members of Germantown Monthly Meeting many years ago, and both taught at Germantown Friends School. In 1970-1971, John taught biology and a groundbreaking environmental/ecology course called “SOS (Study of Survival).” Chris taught modern dance. In our Meeting, they both taught First-day School, turning Bible stories into plays for the kids to act out. An obituary is attached, written by our member Daphne Stone, who was one of his students. (See attachment “John Boles 1926-2018.”)

QUAKER NEWS

EXTENDED WORSHIP AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING, OCT. 13

Here is your chance to try worshiping for a longer period of time without interruption: There will be an extended meeting for worship at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day begins at 9:15 a.m., with gathering and welcoming. The meeting for worship will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch (bring your own bag lunch). Worship sharing will 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., after which Friends will clean up and depart. For information, contact Janaki Spickard-Keeler, 215-776-9436.

ORCHARD HARVEST & WORKDAY AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND, OCT. 13

Come to the Orchard Harvest & Garden Workday at Historic Fair Hill burial ground on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help with harvesting, prepping the garden for fall, resetting headstones, splitting firewood, and building a retaining wall for the vault. Plus, a fringe benefit will be enjoying several hours of fresh air in a peaceful, outdoor setting. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., in North Philadelphia.

‘IMAGINING PHILLY WITHOUT CASH BAIL,’ OCT. 24

At a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 24, learn about the system of cash bail in Philadelphia, which tries to ensure defendants appear for court hearings–and entraps poor people in long-term detention because they can’t meet bail. This can cost them their jobs, homes, healthcare, and custody of their children while they await their day in court. Panel members are drawn from the Defenders Association and Philadelphia Community Bail Fund and includes a local person who has gone through arrest, jailing, and the bail process. Sponsored by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and POWER (of which Germantown Meeting is a member). Come, find out more about this system, alternatives, and how we can work to change it. Location: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19101. Registration and refreshments at 6 p.m,; program at 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. For information, call Dana Reinhold, 215-510-7125.

JOB OPENING AT FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE

Friends General Conference (FGC) is looking for a new associate secretary for development. Applications are being accepted now. The position will be kept open until filled. Consideration of applications begins Nov. 2. This is a full-time position with benefits, based in the Philadelphia office of FGC. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to Barry Crossno, General Secretary, Friends General Conference, 1216 Arch Street, 2B, Philadelphia, PA 19107. To read the job description, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 3

Save the date of Saturday, Nov. 3 for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s fall 2018 Continuing Sessions. More information will be forthcoming. For now, the available information is it will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St, Phila., PA, probably beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. However, these times may change. For questions, contact Olivia Bangan, PYM community engagement coordinator, 215-241-7238.

TAKE ACTION

DEMONSTRATION: ‘KEEP-SPACE-4-PEACE,’ OCT. 13, AT LOCKHEED MARTIN

Militarizing space has been a big part of every U.S. administration since World War II, with corporations of the military-industrial complex growing rich at the expense of human needs, justice, and peace on earth. The current administration upped the ante in June, when Donald Trump announced he would direct the Pentagon to create another military branch, a “Space Force” to ensure warring supremacy from space. Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 13) join the Brandywine Peace Community at Lockheed Martin, the world’s no. 1 war profiteer and the United States’ no. 1 nuclear weapons contractor and space militarizing corporation. Tomorrow, look to the heavens for peace; look away from hatred, and celebrate life! Demonstration begins at noon and ends at 2 p.m. at the headquarters of Lockheed Martin, Mall and Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall. Posters and banners provided. Bring kites for flying, bubbles for blowing, and your voice for making a joyful noise! For directions, click here. For questions, contact Bob Smith, coordinator, at 484-574-1148. (This demonstration marks the conclusion of 2018’s Keep-Space-for-Peace Week.)

TRAINING DAY FOR ‘ADVOCACY FROM A MORAL PERSPECTIVE,’ OCT. 13

A “Sustained Advocacy Training Day” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, 8000 St. Martins Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. It is sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA-IPL) and St. Martins Climate Action Team. Professional advocacy trainer Justin Wright and PA-IPL Executive Director Allison Cornish will lead this workshop. Learn how to build relationships with elected leaders and address them, based on shared morality and integrity on social and environmental justice issues. Cost is $10, and lunch is included. For more information and to register, click here.

WEAR PURPLE ON SPIRIT DAY TO SUPPORT LGBTQ YOUTH, OCT. 18

Spirit Day, part of a campaign against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth, will be Thursday, Oct. 18. An easy way to stand with LGBTQ youth on that day is to dress in purple and take a pledge against bullying at https://www.glaad.org/spiritday. Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) are targets of bullying and harassment in disproportionate numbers. Spirit Day is a way for everyone–people in companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends–to show solidarity with these young people by becoming part of the biggest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 5, 2018

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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 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. –Quaker Strongholds, Caroline E. Stephen, 1891

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Ed Nakawatase & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Margie & Ted Spaeth

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Candice Price will meet the youngest children there, where they can play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room for First-day School. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

YOUNG FRIENDS (8th-12th graders) … Young Friends meet as a group once a month. The next scheduled meeting is Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 a.m., during Meeting for Worship. More details will be forthcoming. For information, contact Tash Kassell (tashko@verizon.net).

MEETING NEWS

MEETING FOR BUSINESS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, OCT. 14

ADULT CLASS IN OCTOBER

Sunday, Oct. 21 Worship Sharing on “Finding a deep spiritual place in times of turbulence and uncertainty.” We will gather for listening and sharing at 9 a.m. in the social room. Light refreshments will be served beforehand.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, there will be no early morning class. Please join us for a potluck lunch after meeting for worship. There will be a program at 1 p.m. on “Quakers for Nuclear Abolition,” presented by our Meeting’s Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. At 2:15 p.m., Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its meeting for business. For information, click here.

LIST OF NEEDS FOR NEW QVS HOUSE

Philadelphia Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is in its second month of its new season. The life, work, and daily routine are coalescing for the young adults, who are establishing a community house in Mantua. Oskar Castro, coordinator, says the material donations from people in our Meeting “have been incredibly helpful.” Many people have asked to be kept informed of other specific items the QVS Fellows need or would like to have while living a year of simplicity. Below is an updated list. Please contact Oskar directly if you would like to donate anything on the list. He says, “Thanks again, and please share this among Friends.” Contact him at oskar@quakervoluntaryservice.org.

Needed Items:

Mop
Steel wool
Pliers

Items we would like:

Combo lock for backyard
Indoor chain lock for front door
Wooden cutting board
Projector for film screenings and house activities
Keyboard piano
Rise Up Singing songbook
Doormat
Fire pit for backyard
Outdoor table for backyard

QUAKER NEWS

EXPLORE VOCAL MINISTRY, WORSHIP & PASTORAL CARE, OCT. 6

Reading Friends Meeting will host an exploration of Quaker discernment in vocal ministry, worship, and pastoral care, as defined in the newly published Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). The gathering will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 N. 6th St., Reading, PA 19601. Free. Please bring your brown-bag lunch. Coffee and other beverages provided. To register, click here. For information, contact George Schaefer.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HELEN FILE, OCT. 13

Helen File, long-time member of Byberry Meeting, trustee of Abington Quarter for many years, member of AQM Home and Care committee, and former business manager of the Arch Street Meeting House died Sept. 2, after struggling with the effects of leukemia for several months. Her deep knowledge of Quakers in the Philadelphia area was a trusted resource, and her wise counsel will be sorely missed. There will be a memorial service at Byberry Meeting, 3001 Byberry/Southampton Rd., Phila., PA 19154, on Saturday, October 13, at 10 a.m., and a luncheon will follow.

ORCHARD HARVEST & GARDEN WORKDAY AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND, OCT. 13

Come to the Orchard Harvest & Garden Workday at Historic Fair Hill burial ground on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help with harvesting, prepping the garden for fall, resetting headstones, splitting firewood, and building a retaining wall for the vault. Plus, a fringe benefit will be enjoying several hours of fresh air in a peaceful, outdoor setting. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., in North Philadelphia.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT ARCH STREET, OCT. 10

Weekly mid-week Meeting for Worship will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106, for Friends and others seeking a midweek opportunity for silent worship. For information, call the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, 215-988-9393.

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION, OCT. 12-14

The Spiritual Formation Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is calling all who are interested in a deeper communion with Spirit, spiritual formation, and/or spiritual nurture to come to a retreat at Kenbrook Retreat Center, 190 Pine Meadow Road, Lebanon, PA 17046, on Oct. 12-14, to refresh, renew, deepen, listen, and learn. Participants will share their stories, encourage and nurture each other, enjoy music, celebration, and a commitment to move forward with joy. Scholarships are available: Cost is $158-$213. For questions, contact Jane Keller at 570 419-1870. For more information, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 3

Save the date of Saturday, Nov. 3 for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s fall 2018 Continuing Sessions. More information will be forthcoming. For now, the available information is it will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St, Phila., PA, probably beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. However, these times times may change. For questions, contact Olivia Bangan, PYM community engagement coordinator, 215-241-7238.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CONCERT AT GERMANTOWN MEETINGHOUSE, OCT. 7

A free concert by professional musicians will be presented in our meetinghouse on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. “As Time Goes By” is sponsored by Northwest Village Network and East Falls Village. Suzanne Schneider is the vocal soloist, and Gayle Koster is the pianist. They will perform a varied program of award-winning music from stage and screen. Open to everyone.

TRAINING DAY FOR ‘ADVOCACY FROM A MORAL PERSPECTIVE,’ OCT. 13

A “Sustained Advocacy Training Day” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, 8000 St. Martins Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. It is sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA-IPL) and St. Martins Climate Action Team. Professional advocacy trainer Justin Wright and PA-IPL Executive Director Allison Cornish will lead this workshop. Learn how to build relationships with elected leaders and address them based on shared morality and integrity on social and environmental justice issues. Cost is $10, and lunch is included. For more information and to register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

Keep Space 4 Peace Week, Oct. 6-Oct. 13

International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space

Sat., Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. DRONE DEATH WALK/VIGIL in Center City Philadelphia. To begin, meet others at 12th & Arch Streets. Please wear black. There will be plain white masks, banners, and signs available. Call Marge Van Cleef, 203-804-3013, for questions. This demonstration repeats each first Saturday of the month.

Thurs., Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. Showing of the documentary film, PAX AMERICANA and the weaponization of space at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Friends Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Directions and information at www.delcopeacecenter.org. This 85-minute feature documentary shows interviews with Noam Chomsky; Craig Eisendrath, Philadelphia resident and former diplomat at the U.S. State Department; Tim Weiner of The New York Times; and numerous others on both sides of the issue. Released in 2010, this film is a historic look at space militarization, what it means, and its impact on everyone on earth. Film trailer:click here. Program also features Will Griffin, former U.S. Army paratrooper and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Currently living in Mt. Airy, he is founder and director of The Peace Report and serves on the international board of directors of Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

Friday, October 12, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Anti-War “Reach Out” at Center City SEPTA subway entrance, 15th & Market Streets, across from the west side of Philadelphia City Hall. Help hand out leaflets and hold banners and posters opposing Trump’s plans for a Space Force, and the ongoing militarization of space. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

October 13 @ 12 noon – 2 p.m. No “Space Force” — Protest at Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia (Mall & Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall). Protest takes issue with Donald J Trump, and makes an issue of his “Space Force” and the lunacy of continued space militarization. Concludes International Keep Space 4 Peace Week. Bring your own kite, blow bubbles (provided), look up at the sky with joy, and celebrate it with songs and readings. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For background on Keep Space 4 Peace Week, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 28, 2018

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There are times of dryness in our individual lives when meeting may seem difficult or even worthless. At such times, one may be tempted not to go to meeting, but it may be better to go, prepared to offer as our contribution to the worship simply a sense of need. In such a meeting, one may not at the time realise what one has gained, but one will nevertheless come away helped. -Berks & Oxon Quarterly Meeting, Ministry & Extension Committee, 1948 (reprinted in Christian faith and practice in the experience of the Society of Friends of London Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018

9 a.m. Adult class* (See description below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship in social room*
Closers Anthony Stover & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Tom Grabe & Nancy Tyson

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. In the meetinghouse, Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & ADULT CLASS IN SOCIAL ROOM THIS SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

Come, join us this Sunday for worship, not in the big meeting room but in our social room, where we will celebrate this Fifth Sunday. Always slightly different, a Fifth Sunday is an opportunity for us to experience our form of worship in a new way. First come to adult class at 9 a.m., where our member Sydney Coffin will lead our group on the topic, ?Teaching From the Heart.” Afterward, experience this in worship, as Sydney starts it off with a devotional ode he created just for this occasion, directed to “the teachers who try to share with us their lessons.” We also invite you to consider the teachers who have touched your heart. Sydney, who holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and taught English, poetry, and art in Philadelphia for 20 years, is currently a graduate student in fine arts at New York University in Paris. Come a few minutes before 9 a.m. for light refreshments.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF CAROLINE WITTMAN

We recently received notice that our member Caroline Wittman died earlier this summer (date unavailable) at the age of 106. She lived at Hill House in Chestnut Hill prior to her death. She and her sister Edith, who preceded her in death several years ago, lived together for many years on Schuyler Avenue in Germantown. We have not received information about whether Caroline left any survivors. Although she did not attend Meeting in her later years, we understand she nonetheless wished to buried in our burial ground, and we hope she is with us in spirit.

CHANGES

Laura J. Seeley, teacher and costumer, laurajseeley@gmail.com, Find me on LinkedIn — Laura Seeley

QUAKER NEWS

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR TO BE HELD SEPT. 29

The Quaker College Fair gives all students an opportunity to become familiar with the benefits of higher education in a Quaker context. It also helps families understand the college process, learn about financial aid options, and get a sense of what the college search can be like from the perspective of students who have experienced it. This year it will be held on Sept. 29, from 11:45 A.M. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19101. For more information, click here.

T-SHIRT MEMORIAL FOR GUN VICTIMS AT YARDLEY MEETING, SEPT. 29

The Memorial to the Lost, a T-shirt memorial for people who have lost their lives by gun violence in the past decade, begins Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 23 at Yardley Monthly Meeting, 65 N. Main St., Yardley, PA 19067. The exhibit is the backdrop for other activities examining gun violence and its effects. For information, contact Peg Smedley, 610-597-5902. To see a map to get to the meetinghouse, click here.

TALK ON ‘NATURE’S RIGHTS’ AT PENDLE HILL, OCT. 1

Chad Nicholson will speak on “The Global Rise of Nature’s Rights: How It’s Moved from a Good Idea to Reality” on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. In 2006, Tamaqua Borough, a small town in Pennsylvania, became the first community on earth to grant legal rights to nature. In the years since, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) has worked with more than three dozen communities in the United States to give rights to nature, and the work continues to spread. At this talk, learn how the rights of nature increase in importance as we confront climate change. Chad Nicholson is the Pennsylvania organizer for CELDF, helping communities face industrial threats. This lecture is free, (with online registration required). For more information, call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

QUAKER FUNDRAISERS TO GATHER SEPT. 30-OCT. 2

The 2018 Quaker Fundraisers Gathering will be held this Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. There is still time to register online by clicking here. Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, will give the keynote address on Sunday. The gathering is an educational and networking conference for fundraising professionals and volunteers working in Quaker schools, organizations, meetings, and churches. It is sponsored by Friends Fiduciary Corporation, working with a volunteer planning group of Quaker fundraisers who guide, shape, and assist with it. A wide range of learning opportunities is presented, with dynamic speakers. For more information, click here.

EXPLORE VOCAL MINISTRY, WORSHIP & PASTORAL CARE, OCT. 6

Reading Friends Meeting will host an exploration of Quaker discernment in vocal ministry, worship, and pastoral care, as defined in the newly published Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). The gathering will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Reading Friends Meeting, 108 N. 6th St., Reading, PA 19601. Free. Please bring your own brown-bag lunch. Coffee and other beverages provided. To register, click here. For information, contact George Schaefer, 610-220-3735.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE

Would you enjoy sharing Quaker history with visitors at the historic Arch Street Meeting House? Volunteers are needed to be greeters, facilitate programs about Quakerism and history, and research Quaker history. The purpose is to create welcoming and informative experiences for visitors. You will learn lots of new things, meet people from many places, and get a chance to share what you already know. To find out more, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CROSSROADS WOMEN’S CENTER TO HOLD RUMMAGE SALE, SEPT. 29

After two years of hard work raising money and repairing a new space, Crossroad Women’s Center will celebrate with a final rummage sale this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place at the new Center, 5011/5013 Wayne Ave. Everything must go, so there will be some great bargains! There will be information available from Community Legal Services on dealing with energy/utility shutoffs; how to apply for General Assistance, which was recently reinstated in Pennsylvania; and how to get involved in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. There will also be a voter registration table. (Deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 9.) Help is needed with tabling or clean-up on Saturday: to volunteer, call 215-848-1120, or send an email to info@buildingcrossroads.center.

LAST WEEKEND TO SEE A RAISIN IN THE SUN

This weekend is the last chance to see A Raisin in the Sun, an extraordinary version of the stage drama about an African-American family trying to better themselves. Directed by our member Carla Childs, with our member Isaiah Price in a role, it is at Old Academy Players. Hugh Hunter, in a review in The Chestnut Hill Local, writes: “Though I have seen A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry many times, the revival now running at Old Academy Players in East Falls opened my eyes…. This production brought out its value. I realized for the first time that few performers have the acting chops to play its demanding central roles.” The play will be presented tonight (Friday) and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by clicking here or calling 215-843-1109.

CONCERT TO BE PRESENTED AT GERMANTOWN MEETINGHOUSE, OCT. 7

A free concert by professional musicians will be presented in our meetinghouse on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. It is sponsored by Northwest Village Network and East Falls Village. Suzanne Schneider is thevocal soloist, and Gayle Koster is the pianist. They will perform a varied program of award-winning music from stage and screen. Open to everyone.

TAKE ACTION

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR FCNL LOBBY DAYS

The early bird registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 5, for the Lobby Days and Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). The date for these events are Nov. 28-Dec. 2. If you register by the early bird deadline, you will get a discounted price. Lobbying this year will be in support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps. Congress is considering changes to the program to make it more difficult to get SNAP benefits. Details on the Annual Meeting and lobbying activities (officially called the Quaker Public Policy Institute) may be found by clicking here.

VOTERS’ RIGHTS DISCUSSED AT P.O.W.E.R. FORUM, OCT. 4

Learn more about voting rights from a panel of speakers from the Philadelphia legal community on Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., at Bible Way Baptist Church, 1323 N. 52nd St., Phila., PA 19131. It will include information on such topics as a person’s right to assistance when voting, when ID is required to vote, when you have the right to vote by paper ballot, the right to vote by people returning to society after serving prison sentences, and many other things. It is sponsored by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia and P.O.W.E.R. Staff from the offices of the Philadelphia City Commissioners will be on hand to register voters. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

TELL CONGRESS TO REAUTHORIZE ‘VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN’ ACT

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Friends and fellow travelers to tell your congressional representatives to support H.R. 6545 to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and expand protections for Native American women. In some rural communities, Native women face a murder rate ten times higher than the national average. Violence against Native women is committed by non-Native men, and 96 percent of these cases have not been prosecuted because tribal courts lack jurisdiction over these crimes. To write an online letter, click here.

WEAR PURPLE ON SPIRIT DAY TO SUPPORT LGBTQ YOUTH, OCT. 18

Spirit Day, part of a campaign against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth, will be Thursday, Oct. 18. An easy way to stand with LGBTQ youth on that day is to dress in purple and take a pledge against bullying at https://www.glaad.org/spiritday. Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) are targets of bullying and harassment in disproportionate numbers. Spirit Day is a way for everyone–people in companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends–to show solidarity with these young people by becoming part of the biggest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 21, 2018

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Faith Reflected in Practice and Daily Life

Bring the whole of your life under the healing and ordering of the Holy Spirit, remembering that there is no time but this present. Friends are reminded that we are called, as followers of Christ, to help establish the Kingdom of God on earth. –Advices IV

It is not easy to live faithfully as Friends in today’s world, to remain true to our heritage and principles while trying to live fully in that world. But it has always been so. Each generation of Friends has faced challenges involving the use of time and resources for education, work, marriage and family life, personal relationships, and civic and social commitments.

Friends understand that our lives are nurtured and enriched as we move into a deeper relationship with our Friends meeting community. The meeting community can help us meet the challenges that we inevitably must face as individuals. Active participation in the life of the meeting — in meetings for worship and business, and in social, educational and other meeting activities — enables us to belong to a caring and supportive spiritual community. — Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

9 a.m. Adult class* (See description below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Anders Fetterman & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Peter Samuel & Joanna Vaughan

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. In the meetinghouse, Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

*ADULT CLASSES ON SEPTEMBER 23 & 30

In September, we will get two opportunities to learn about Quaker spiritual values and how they play out in Friends’ lives. Both classes will be held at 9 a.m. on Sundays, with dates specified below. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Here are the topics and presenters:

Sept. 23 Tchet Dorman and our member Kathy Paulmier will present “Dialoging with SPICES: Engaging Diversity Through Transformational Intergroup Dialogue.” Kathy and Tchet will demonstrate how to use dialogue in interpersonal relationships by using the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Tchet is director of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion at Germantown Friends School (GFS), graduated from Oberlin College, and earned a doctorate from Temple University. Kathy is director of Community Involvement at GFS and is a graduate of Stanford University.

Sept. 30 Sydney Hunt Coffin, a member of our Meeting, will talk about “Teaching from the Heart,” in which he will revisit in greater detail the ideas and experiences he shared at a talk he gave at Arch Street Meeting several months ago as part of a series. He will explore how to plot a course forward in the classroom in light of the current political climate, leaving plenty of time for questions. Sydney, who holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and taught English, poetry, and art in Philadelphia for 20 years, is currently a graduate student in fine arts at New York University in Paris.

NOTE FROM BARBARA WYBAR

I wanted to say thank you to the Meeting members who so kindly supported our Bududa Project last Sunday as I sold some of the goods that are made in Bududa. I left the Meeting with $331. and that is simply wonderful, and it has already gone to Friends Peace Teams to the Bududa account. Thank you, everybody for your support. It means everything to me. Sincerely, Barbara Wybar

HELP NEEDED WITH CHILD CARE

We have an excellent, loyal, and consistent provider of child care during Meeting in Candice Price, but on rare occasions we do need assistance:

(1) Last spring I posted a request in the Bee to ask for help as a back-up child care provider for the rare instance when Candice is not available. Unfortunately, I did not hear from anyone. I am asking again if there are a couple of people who would be willing to be on a call list for these rare instances. (We will pay for your background clearances.)

(2) On Sept 30, Candice is unable to provide childcare as she will be busy with other projects in support of the Meeting. I will be away that day, as well. Is there anyone who would be able to step in? You need to have child abuse and criminal clearances. If we cannot find anyone, we will not be able to provide childcare that day: 10:30 a.m.-11:45a.m. would be great. 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. would be fabulous. — Peter Yeomans, clerk, Childcare Committee, Germantown Monthly Meeting (To volunteer, contact Peter at pdy234@gmail.com.)

HOSTS, ETC., NEEDED FOR FGC EXECUTIVE MEETING, SEPT. 28-30

Hosts are needed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 28-30, for members of the Executive Committee of Friends General Conference (FGC). They are holding their fall meeting at Chestnut Hill Meeting, which is jointly providing logistics with our Meeting. Many members of the committee come from a distance. Housing is still needed for several more people, preferably for Friday and Saturday, but possibly for just Friday. From our Meeting, Tom Sharpless, Tom Grabe, Joan McIlvaine, and Moira Duggan are assisting with arranging meals, transportation, and housing. They also need help picking up participants from the airport, trains, and local transportation on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Saturday, baked goods are needed for lunch, as well as help with clean-up at 5 p.m. If you can pitch in, please contact Moira Duggan (duggan@bbs-law.com).

COME, SEE AN AMAZING PRODUCTION OF A RAISIN IN THE SUN, SEPT. 30

On Sunday, Sept. 30, our Fellowship Committee is organizing a group outing to the Old Academy Players to attend the last matinee of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by our own Carla Childs. It is amazing! Some showings have sold out. [Click here to read a review in The Chestnut Hill Local.] What Carla is doing to enrich Old Academy is extraordinary, and I hope we can all support her successful efforts. Isaiah Price, a member of our Meeting, is playing in it, as well. We plan to have a simple luncheon together on the second floor of the theater at 12:30 p.m. — right after meeting for worship. The theater is a five-minute drive from our meetinghouse. The matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, but don’t let money deter you. — Candice Price (Contact Candice (candicegardendesign@verizon.net) for tickets.)

QUAKER NEWS

RADNOR MEETING TO HOLD 300TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, SEPT. 22

The 300th birthday celebration of Radnor Meeting will feature a presentation about critical roles Quakers and Bucks County played in operation of the underground railroad, which moved people fleeing slavery to safety and freedom in Canada and the North. The celebration will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jesse Crooks of the Doylestown Historical Society and the Rev. David Jackson of Mount Gilead Church will share stories of bravery and sacrifice. For more information, click here.

DIALOGUE ON CIVIC GOALS IN A POPULIST AGE TO FEATURE CORDELL CARTER, SEPT. 25

Cordell Carter, of the Aspen Institute, will lead a one-hour dialog about civic goals, responsibilities, and needs in a populist age. This will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m., in the Martin Luther King, Jr., room at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19101. Cordell Carter, who is nationally recognized for cross-sector successes in philanthropy, education, and technology, currently leads the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program, a global education forum for emerging leaders. He has held previous leadership roles with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Business Roundtable, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the IBM Corporation. This event is sponsored by Friends in Fellowship, which presents a series of free talks that bring Friends and others together for fellowship, refreshments, and networking. Topics deal with important, contemporary issues and how they connect to Quaker beliefs. For more information, click here.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR TO BE HELD SEPT. 29

The Quaker College Fair gives all students an opportunity to become familiar with the benefits of higher education in a Quaker context. It also helps families understand the college process, learn about financial aid options, and get a sense of what the college search can be like from the perspective of students who have experienced it. This year it will be held on Sept. 29, from 11:45 A.M. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19101. For more information, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SPEAKERS ON CLIMATE CHANGE TALK ABOUT WHAT’S WORKING, WHAT’S NOT

Find out what concerned citizens are thinking and doing about climate change in other parts of the country at a talk this Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m., at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St., Phila., PA 19119. A scientist and a teacher — Shahir Masri and Athina Seimolaris, will be the speakers. Shahir is an air pollution scientist at the University of California at Irvine and teaches at Schmid College of Science & Technology at Chapman University. Athina is an educator who also teaches at Irvine and joins her husband Shahir in a strong desire to advocate and educate for climate action, green energy, and effective strategies. They are on a 10-week, coast-to-coast speaking tour. For more information about them, click here. This event is sponsored by Citizens Climate Change Lobby.

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST END OF ‘BOOKS THROUGH BARS’ FOR PRISONERS

A new Pennsylvania prison policy restricts sending free books to prisoners, which eliminates access for “outside parties” such as the program Books Through Bars. As of Sept. 5, prisoners can no longer receive physical mail and must order and pay for all books through the centralized prison commissary. No free books are permitted. Those prisoners who use electronic books, known as “e-books,” are allowed to purchase only prison-issued e-readers and choose their e-books from a limited list of prison-approved titles. To protest this new and detrimental policy, sign an online petition demanding Gov. Tom Wolf cancel these punitive restrictions, and share your views on social media. Click here to participate in this protest.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 14, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Stewardship of Economic Resources

All that we have, in our selves and our possessions, are gifts from God, entrusted to us for our responsible use. Jesus reminds us that we must not lay up earthly treasures for ourselves, for where our treasures are, there will our hearts be also. We cannot serve both God and Mammon. Stewardship is a coming together of our major testimonies. To be good stewards in God’s world calls on us to examine and consider the ways in which our testimonies for peace, equality, and simplicity interact to guide our relationships with all life. -Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1972 revision

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2018

9 a.m. Meeting for Business in social room (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Pat Libbey & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Charley McPhedran & friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. In the meetinghouse, Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS, Sept. 14, 2018

Query #2

Worship
June 2018 Minutes
Care & Visiting Committee
Standing Nominating Committee
Worship & Ministry
Report from QVS Local Support Committee Members
Fellowship Committee Report
First-day School Committee Report
Report from Barbara Wybar about Bududa Learning Center
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

GMM MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SEPT. 16

Meeting for Business will take place this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. Please come to meeting for business to support our interim clerk, Sam Angell and the many other Friends who work hard to make our Meeting function. Meeting for Business is open to all Meeting members, and attenders may come if they talk to the clerk beforehand.

ADULT CLASSES ON SEPTEMBER 23 & 30

In September, we will get two opportunities to learn about Quaker spiritual values and how they play out in Friends’ lives. Both classes will be held at 9 a.m. on Sundays, with dates specified below. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Here are the topics and presenters:

Sept. 23 Tchet Dorman and our member Kathy Paulmier will present “Dialoging with SPICES: Engaging Diversity Through Transformational Intergroup Dialogue.” Kathy and Tchet will demonstrate how to use dialogue in interpersonal relationships by using the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Tchet is director of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion at GFS, graduated from Oberlin College, and earned a doctorate from Temple University. Kathy is director of Community Involvement at GFS and is a graduate of Stanford University.

Sept. 30 Sydney Hunt Coffin, a member of our Meeting, will talk about “Teaching from the Heart,” in which he will revisit in greater detail the ideas and experiences he shared at a talk he gave at Arch Street Meeting several months ago as part of a lecture series. He will explore how to plot a course forward in the classroom in light of the current political climate, leaving plenty of time for questions. Sydney, who holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and taught English, poetry, and art in Philadelphia for 20 years, is currently a graduate student in fine arts at New York University in Paris.

GMM’S NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT WORK TO BE FEATURED AT OCT. 28 QUARTERLY MEETING

Current developments in nuclear weaponry in the Trump administration, within historical context, will be the program at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Oct. 28 at Gerrmantown Meeting. Our Nuclear Disarmament Working Group will present a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a discussion about growing support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, with tips on useful things people can do right now. Our Meeting passed a minute of support for the Treaty earlier this year, and the Working Group followed up by bringing a speaker and is making further plans. Quarterly Meeting will by joining our meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., with a potluck at 11:45 a.m. The program, “Quakers for Nuclear Disarmament,” will begin at 1 p.m., followed at 2:15 p.m. by the Quarter’s Meeting for Business, and ending at 4:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome. If you need child care, please request it by Oct. 23 by emailing pqmcoordinator@gmail.com.

QUAKER NEWS

DEATH OF HELEN FILE

Many Friends will remember Helen File as the person in Arch Street Meeting House who scheduled use of the building and conducted business affairs for it. Helen died on Sunday, Sept. 2, after struggling with leukemia for several months. She was a member of Byberry Monthly Meeting and of the Home & Care Committee of Abington Quarterly Meeting, and she was a source of wisdom about Quaker history and Quaker processes. The memorial service for Helen will be at Byberry Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon. The address of Byberry Meeting is 3001 Byberry/Southampton Rd., Phila., PA 19154, and the phone number is 215-637-7813 (weekends) or 215-364-1750, ext. 105 (Mon-Fri., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.).

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FRIDAY BEE (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 7, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The roots of racial prejudice lie deep within us, and, in seeking a solution to the evil results of racial tensions, we need to search our own hearts. Our belief in the significance of every individual in the sight of God and [each person’s] need for an abundant life can guide us even when we shrink before the vastness of the problem. -London Yearly Meeting, Proceedings, 1952, minute 41

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2018

10 a.m. Coffee time to Meet & Greet visitors from Germantown Friends School and Quaker Voluntary Service
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Wendy Wells & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Noon Sandwich lunch in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Alan Woodruff and friend

INFANTS & TODDLERS … usually go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. In the meetinghouse, Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

WELCOME GFS FAMILIES & QVS FELLOWS TO OUR MEETING, SEPT. 9

This Sunday, help us welcome families from Germantown Friends School (GFS) and the new fellows from Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), who will be visiting our meeting for worship. There will be a get-acquainted coffee time at 10 a.m., before worship, and after worship there will be a sandwich lunch for everybody. (Desserts would be welcome.) The invitation to GFS families was sent through the school’s e-bulletins, so, many people received it, and we are hoping for a good turnout. This is also the time of year when the new group of QVS fellows arrives in town to settle into their new digs and volunteer positions. First-day School will feature a “gathered activity” for all the kids to enjoy. This special day is presented by our Fellowship, Outreach, and First-day School committees, with a joyful spirit of outreach, hopefulness, and a lot of hard work. Let’s support all these efforts by filling up the meetinghouse and making our guests feel welcome! For information, contact Janet Kroll at janetkroll@earthlink.net.

GMM MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SEPT. 16

Meeting for Business will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. The agenda is not available yet but will be sometime next week. Sam Angell will clerk the meeting. As you may know, Sam, who is recovering from mid-summer abdominal surgery, has graciously agreed to serve as interim clerk of our Meeting for one year while someone is found to replace former clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, who died from cancer in May. Please come to meeting for business to support Sam and the many other Friends who work hard to make our Meeting function. Meeting for Business is open to all Meeting members, and attenders may come if they talk to the clerk beforehand.

ADULT CLASSES ON SEPTEMBER 23 & 30

In September, we will get two opportunities to learn about Quaker spiritual values and how they play out in Friends’ lives. Both classes will be held at 9 a.m. on Sundays, with dates specified below. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. \Here are the topics and presenters:

Sept. 23 Tchet Dorman and our member Kathy Paulmier will present “Dialoging with SPICES: Engaging Diversity Through Transformational Intergroup Dialogue.” Kathy and Tchet will demonstrate how to use dialogue in interpersonal relationships by using the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Tchet is director of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion at GFS, graduated from Oberlin College, and earned a doctorate from Temple University. Kathy is director of Community Involvement at GFS and is a graduate of Stanford University.

Sept. 30 Sydney Hunt Coffin, a member of our Meeting, will talk about “Teaching from the Heart,” in which he will revisit in greater detail some of the ideas and experiences he shared at a talk he gave at Arch Street Meeting several months ago as part of a lecture series. He will explore how to plot a course forward in the classroom in light of the current political climate. He will leave plenty of time for questions. Sydney, who holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, taught English, poetry, and art in Philadelphia for 20 years. He is currently a graduate student in fine arts at New York University in Paris.

ARTISTS IN OUR MIDST

We are lucky, as a Meeting, to enjoy the company of several artists among our membership. Currently, three of them have art on display, as follows:

Rebecca Hoenig–A selection of her watercolor paintings will be on display at Cathedral Village in the gallery at the top of the stairs through Oct. 27. She will give a talk on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. If you plan to attend the talk, please R.S.V.P. to Rebecca at rebeccajanehoenig@gmail.com. The address of Cathedral Village is 600 E. Cathedral Road, Phila., Pa 19128.

Candice Price–Artwork displayed at The 7th Annual Germantown Show through Oct. 6 at iMPeRFeCT Gallery, 5539 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. The opening reception will be Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ruth Seeley–Her watercolor paintings are included in a juried exhibit at Pendle Hill, called “Paint, Passion & Purpose.” It will remain up until Sept. 17, so, if you haven’t seen it yet, you still have time to go. It is displayed in the Tree Rooms Gallery in Main House and is free and open to the public. ” Ruth says, “I can’t imagine ever stopping learning and being excited by the infinite ways in which watercolor can be put on paper.”

ROB SMITH SHARES RESEARCH ON FINDINGS ON ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

Ed. note: Although the Friday BEE normally sticks to short length limits on lts articles, our member Rob Smith feels the following information is of great importance to everyone and should be widely shared:

A recent (Aug. 2018) study of alcohol consumption shows that that alcohol use, regardless of amount, leads to loss in health across populations. There was no “protective effect” of light drinking in comparison to abstinence. As Friends, we should be aware that serving wine is detrimental to health. At events where wine is served, it would be circumspect to make clear the risk from even light consumption of alcohol.

From the article: “Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none. This level is in conflict with most health guidelines, which espouse health benefits associated with consuming up to two drinks per day. Alcohol use contributes to health loss from many causes and exacts its toll across the lifespan, particularly among men. Policies that focus on reducing population-level consumption will be most effective in reducing the health loss from alcohol use.”

Link to newspaper story describing the study:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/safest-level-of-alcohol-consumption-is-none-worldwide-study-shows/2018/08/23/823a6bec-a62d-11e8-8fac-12e98c13528d_story.html

The link to the full article in The Lancet:
https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0140673618313102

Link to another recent article showing brain damage from moderate drinking:
https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/357/bmj.j2353.full.pdf

-Robert G. Smith, Research Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

NURSERY SCHOOL TEACHER NEEDED AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING

Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is seeking a nursery school teacher for children from infancy to four years old. The hours are 10 a.m. to 12 noon every Sunday, with additional afternoon hours once a month. This is a paid position. Qualifications include experience in caring for children in that age range, completion of CPR training for infants and children, and satisfactory completion of background checks. To read the job description, see the attachment “Nursery School Teacher at Chestnut Hill Meeting,” which also gives information about how to apply.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 27, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The resurrection, however literally or otherwise we interpret it, demonstrates the power of God to bring life out of brokenness; not just to take the hurt out of brokenness but to add something to the world. It helps us to sense the usefulness, the possible meaning in our suffering, and to turn it into a gift. The resurrection affirms me with my pain and my anger at what has happened. It does not take away my pain; it still hurts. But I sense that I am being transfigured; I am being enabled to begin again to love confidently and to remake the spirit of my world. –S. Jocelyn Burnell, 1989

SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 29, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Dan Jones & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Paula & Howard Cell

INFANTS & TODDLERS … usually go to Kindergarten East, but it is under construction at the moment, so child care will take place in the social room of the meetinghouse in July. Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

MEETING OFFICE TO BE CLOSED IN AUGUST

Our Meeting Office will be closed during August, although email, telephone messages, and U.S. mail will be regularly checked. Response time is likely to be delayed. Until Aug. 21, if you have an emergency that can’t wait, please call Toni Sharp, clerk of the Office & Records Committee. I am in the process of making a back-up plan after that date and will send out an announcement in mid-August. I am enormously grateful to Friends for making it possible for me to take this time off in August, when things are slower. This will provide a much-needed rest for me and a chance to get away for a few days with my partner, Bob Smith. It is a privilege to serve you and our Meeting community, and I look forward to seeing what the new season ahead of us will hold. Thank you all very much for your kindness and company. –Melissa Elliott, secretary of Germantown Meeting.

THIS IS THE LAST FRIDAY BEE UNTIL SEPTEMBER

If you have an important announcement that needs to go out right away and can’t wait till September, leave a message on the office voicemail (215-951-2235) and send an email to gmm@germantownfriends.org. If it is an emergency such as a death, call Melissa Elliot, or Toni Sharp.

*MEETING FOR WORSHIP TO BE HELD OUTSIDE THIS SUNDAY

Weather permitting, meeting for worship will be held outside this Sunday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m., in Harkins Garden, which is tucked behind the Main Building of Germantown Friends School, on the path to the preschool playground. There will be someone to guide you from the meetinghouse if you don’t know the way.

NEEDING BACK-UP FOR CHILDCARE

Our excellent child care provider, Candice Price, rarely if ever needs support. On the rare occasion where she is either ill or overwhelmed by big numbers of kids, we would love to have two or three people we could call to fill in. If you would be willing, please contact Peter Yeomans.

SAM ANGELL RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

Our clerk Sam Angell, who had surgery last week for diverticulitis, is out of the hospital now and at home, where recovery is expected to take at least another three to four weeks weeks. Cards and notes would be appreciated. May his healing move forward quickly, with help from all our prayers and best wishes!

CONDOLENCES FROM ARCH STREET MEETING

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, I wish to express heartfelt condolences on the recent death of your member, Penny Colgan-Davis.Penny was well-known and beloved by members of our community, in particular with her connection to Friends Select School, and to Quaker education overall. She will be missed, and we regret that her ability to lead Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as clerk was cut short so tragically. Leadership in the Society of Friends is not only a talent, but an avocation. Penny was blessed with both of those attributes, and her legacy will be to inspire others to continue on the worthy path. We will hold Penny and her family, including Germantown Monthly Meeting, in the Light.

In peace, Sandra Williams, clerk, Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia

CONDOLENCES FROM QUAKER HOUSE IN NORTH CAROLINA

Dear Friends,

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Penny Colgan-Davis. Please know that we are holding your meeting in the Light and are touched by your kindness towards us during this difficult time. –Kindra Bradley, executive director, Quaker House, Fayetteville, NC.

BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER’S BLOG

Barbara Wybar, a member of our Meeting, is executive director of the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda, which teaches skills to poor young adults, helps orphans learn to cope with life, and provides small business loans to poor women.To read a blog about this fascinating project, click here.

REMINDER: WE WILL WORSHIP AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST

Beginning next Sunday, Aug. 5, we will meet for worship with Green Street Friends through August at their meetinghouse at 45 W School Lane. We look forward to joining them in their own meetinghouse in this annual tradition of shared hospitality.

COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS

This is the last Sunday to bring your donations of school supplies to Germantown Meeting for families of murder victims, and then donations should be taken to the collection box at Green Street Meeting, where we will all worship together in August. Deadline for donations is August 13 to provide enough time for supplies to be sorted and packed before schools open. This collection is a project of Green Street Friends for the group Every Murder Is Real (EMIR). Parents in families where there has been a murder are often immobilized by grief and may need help purchasing school supplies for their children. EMIR has a list of 85 such children. To see an online list of needed supplies, click here. Donations of money are also welcome. For information, contact Chris Mohr.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘HOW OUR LIVES SPEAK’ IS THEME OF PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, NOW UNDERWAY

The 338th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. This is a time for Friends to gather for fun, worship, business, and fellowship. Planning for collective projects and opportunities to learn from other Friends in workshops are featured. Lively and memorable separate programs are available for all ages of young people. Participants are welcome to commute for a day or for the whole four-day session. Onsite housing is now full. Financial aid is available. For program details, a list of fees, information about financial aid, and to register online, click here. To speak to someone, all 215-241-7238.

COMMUNITY

‘SUMMER STAR PARTY’ AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, AUG. 3

Come, see the stars in the vast, summer, night sky through an astronomer’s telescope at the Summer Star Party at Awbury Arboretum on Friday, Aug. 3, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Rain date: Friday, Aug. 10) With clear skies, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Saturn will be visible. Enjoy hands-on children’s activities before dusk. Free; no registration required. Location: the Cope House, 1 Awbury Rd, Phila, PA 19138. For more details, visit the website.

STUDY PROVES BENEFITS OF LANDSCAPING VACANT LOTS

Fix up a vacant lot, and you can improve the mental health of people who live nearby. So found a study by the University of Pennsylvania using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale to survey residents who lived near lots that had been cleaned. In areas where many people lived below the poverty line, feelings of depression decreased by more than 68 percent! The study included 541 vacant lots in Philadelphia, divided into three groups: One group was cleared of trash and landscaped, given new grass and trees and a low wooden fence. One group was cleared of trash and mowed, if possible. The third group was the control group, in which the lots were left untouched. To read the entire article from the Tree Hugger website, click here. (Thank you to our member Rob Smith for sharing this article.)

ENTERTAINERS & INSTRUCTORS WANTED FOR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Local performing artists, entertainers, fitness instructors, and community organizations are wanted to add a dimension of entertainment and information to the Germantown Farmers Markets that takes place every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through October. This new series is called “Community Connections” and is coordinated by Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC). In addition to entertainers, community groups and service organizations are invited to set up tables and displays to present their information and resources. Participants providing arts and cultural programming or other entertainment, and fitness instruction or demonstrations will be paid $75. For complete details and to register, click here. To learn more about the farmers market, click here.

TAKE ACTION

LETTER WRITING FOR DECARCERATE PA, THIS SATURDAY, JULY 28

This Saturday, July 28, will be the date for monthly letter writing for Decarcerate PA, a campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. It will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. This is a chance to help Decarcerate PA catch up on writing letters to people in prison. The phone number of Decarcerate PA is 267-217-3372. Click here to go to the website.

‘IGNITE PEACE’ PROTEST AT HORSHAM DRONE COMMAND CENTER, JULY 28

Join the ongoing monthly protest of drone warfare on Saturday, July 28, at 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. at Horsham Air Guard Station at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road. An interfaith group of protesters, month after month, keep pressure on this military station, from which war drones are piloted by remote computers to bomb targets in Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Banners and posters provided. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, 474-584-1148.

REMEMBER ATOMIC BOMBINGS: HIROSHIMA DAY (AUG. 6) & NAGASAKI DAY (AUG. 9)

Threat of nuclear war has never been greater than in today’s political climate, yet it may seem distant and unreal to a younger generation. That is why the observances this year of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki take on new importance in presenting the reality of nuclear destruction. Join others in the following solemn remembrances that reach out to our community with their message (signs and banners provided):

On Monday, Aug. 6, at noon, there will be an observance of Hiroshima Day at Lockheed Martin’s offices behind the King of Prussia Mall on Mall and Goddard Boulevards, King of Prussia, PA. Call in advance if you would like to take part in nonviolent resistance. Lockheed Martin is the number one war profiteer in the world and the number one nuclear weapons contractor in the United States.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a vigil commemorating Nagasaki Day in front of the the Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, 18th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in downtown Philadelphia. The Basilica is chosen as a symbolic location because the Nagasaki bombing targeted and destroyed the Urakami St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Japan.

For information, contact Bob Smith, organizer and staff member of the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

LABOR-LED RALLY TO FREE CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS, AUG. 15

Join labor union members, members of local faith communities, and other concerned citizens in a rally on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 4 p.m., at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware riverfront in Philadelphia. The rally is to oppose separation of children from their immigrant parents at the Mexico-U.S. border. Pennsylvania is one of the states in which immigrant children are being held, and ICE (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement) has family detention centers here and in Texas. For information about the rally, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 20, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

…Jesus described the baptism and spirit of fire. He called for a physical witness, a continuous entry in the Temple to upset the ongoing corruptions of the money changers, the ongoing rebuilding of the institutional secular structures of wealth and power, political domination, sexism, and the other demons that interfere with a life of love in practice. A physical, spiritual activization of the inward Light was imperative. Without it we would simply be left with a passive, inward spirit with no function but to nourish our own individual idiosyncrasies. Without the outward expressions of the inward spirit, the fire would be truly only a moderate one, if a fire at all. The loss of the outward witness in turn reduces the flame that kindles the inward spirit as well. Inward revelation cries out for the outward spiritual witness of pacifism and nonviolence, which leads to courtrooms and prisons when practiced before the bastions of power. It cries out for corporate radical community, which characterized the first Meetings.
–William Durland, 1988

SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 22, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship outside, weather permitting. See below for directions.*
Closers Lois Volta & Karen Lightner
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Toni & Francis Sharp

INFANTS & TODDLERS … usually go to Kindergarten East, but it is under construction at the moment, so child care will take place in the social room of the meetinghouse in July. Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

*MEETING FOR WORSHIP TO BE HELD OUTSIDE THIS SUNDAY

Weather permitting, meeting for worship will be held outside this Sunday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m., in Harkins Garden, which is tucked behind the Main Building of Germantown Friends School, on the path to the preschool playground. There will be someone to guide you from the meetinghouse if you don’t know the way.

SAM ANGELL RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

Our clerk Sam Angell is in Bryn Mawr Hospital recovering from surgery. He is expected to go home in the middle of this coming week, where he will spend another three to four weeks weeks recovering. Cards and notes would be appreciated. We send him our best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery and better health.

MEMORIAL SERVICE SATURDAY FOR PENNY COLGAN-DAVIS

The memorial service for Penny Colgan-Davis will be tomorrow, Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse. Weather permitting, there will be an indoor-outdoor reception afterward, with tents in the parking lot (also known as the Commons) between the meetinghouse and Germantown Friends School. All other school parking lots will be open for cars. If you would like to contribute cookies or finger food for the reception and cannot deliver them to the meetinghouse between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, you may bring them to the kitchen an hour before the memorial service on Saturday. Friends are reminded that Lincoln Drive will be closed that day between Wissahickon Ave. and Ridge Ave., so remember to take a different route. For questions, contact Randal Whitman (rhwhitman36@gmail.com).

INQUIRER OBITUARY FOR PENNY COLGAN-DAVIS

To read the obituary about Penny that ran in The Philadelphia Inquirer, click here.

REMINDER: WE WILL WORSHIP AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST

Friends are reminded we will meet for worship every Sunday in August with Green Street Friends at their meetinghouse at 45 W School Lane. We have enjoyed their company in worship during July (with two more Sundays left in the month), and we look forward to joining them in their own meetinghouse in this annual tradition of shared hospitality.

COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS

We have two more Sundays in July to bring donations of school supplies to our meetinghouse for families of murder victims. There is a big collection box for this purpose in our social room, and then donations should be taken to the collection box at Green Street Meeting, where we will all worship together in August. Deadline for donations is August 13 to provide enough time for the supplies to be sorted and packed before schools open. This collection of school supplies is a project of Green Street Friends for the group Every Murder Is Real (EMIR). Parents in families where there has been a murder are often immobilized by grief and may need help purchasing school supplies for their children. EMIR has a list of 85 such children. To see an online list of needed supplies, click here. Donations of money are also welcome. For information, contact Chris Mohr.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FILM ON QUAKER HISTORY TO SHOW AT NEW HOPE FESTIVAL, JULY 21

The film Quakers: the Quiet Revolutionaries will show at the New Hope Film Festival on Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. The director is Janet Paxton Gardner, and the senior producer and narrator is Richard Nurse. The film was financed by grants from several Friends funds and support from many individual Friends. It will be shown at the New Hope Art Center, 2 Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA. For tickets, go to www.newhopefilmfestival.com.

UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER TO BE SITE OF QUARTERLY MEETING, JULY 22

Here’s a terrific opportunity to see Ujima Friends Peace Center, in which several of our Meeting members are deeply involved, by attending the business meeting and potluck of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, July 22. Everyone is invited to join Ujima’s meeting for worship at 2 p.m., followed by a social hour and potluck meal, a program put on by Ujima folks, and then the Quarter’s meeting for business. The Ujima Friends Peace Center is a worship community consisting primarily of Friends of African Descent. It is located at 1701 W Lehigh Ave., Phila., PA 19132, in the heart of the African-American community in North Philadelphia. The work of Ujima Friends Peace Center is to reduce violence and provide a safe haven with educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for adults and young people. For information about the potluck and meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, click here.

‘HOW OUR LIVES SPEAK’ IS THEME OF PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 25-29

The 338th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. This is a time for Friends to gather for fun, worship, business, and fellowship. Planning for collective projects and opportunities to learn from other Friends in workshops are featured. Lively and memorable separate programs are available for all ages of young people. Participants are welcome to commute for a day or for the whole four-day session. Onsite housing is now full. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting pays most of the program costs; participants pay for their housing and food. Financial aid is available. Registration is open now, and housing tends to fill first. For program details, a list of fees, information about financial aid, and to register online, click here. To speak to someone, all 215-241-7238.

COMMUNITY

GERMANTOWN FARMERS MARKET EVERY THURSDAY

Find delicious fresh produce and support local growers at the Germantown Farmers Market every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It takes place in Market Square, Germantown Avenue and E. Church Lane, across from Wells Fargo and Citizens banks. Demonstrations will show how to cook recipes, with samples of the prepared dishes. SNAP, Philly Food Bucks, FMNP, and cash accepted. This farmers market is part of The Food Trust’s network of farmers markets in this area, which provide fresh food and ideas for better nutrition in city neighborhoods.

POP-UP SHOPS OFFER FREE CLOTHING THIS SUMMER

Free clothing and accessories for men, women, and children throughout Philadelphia is available from “pop-up shops,” taking place on nine different dates from now till the end of August. Each event is 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Our Closet, a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia, the pop-up shops offer casual and professional wear, children and infant clothing, as well as shoes, accessories, and costume jewelry. Specific sizes or styles are not guaranteed, and everything is provided on a first-come, first served basis. The inventory changes from week to week. No referrals are necessary, and there are no eligibility requirements. Click here for dates and locations.

TAKE ACTION

RENEWABLE ENERGY FORUM AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE, JULY 23

There will be a panel discussion on July 23, at 6:30 p.m., on initiatives to support a transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Panelists will be PA State Representatives Mary Jo Daley and Greg Vitali; PA State Sen. Daylin Leach; and Madeleine Dean, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from PA. Organized by Penn Environment, it will take place in Zubrow Commons, Sharpless Hall, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA

VOTER ENGAGEMENT TEAM TRAINING BY POWER, JULY 25

You are invited to attend a training on Wednesday, July 25, for the Voter Engagement Team of the interfaith organization, POWER, of which Germantown Meeting is a member. The training will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Janes United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St., Philadelphia, PA 19144. There will be a guest from POWER’s national network, with special emphasis on data management for voter engagement. To RSVP, click here. For information, contact Kendra Cochran.

‘IGNITE PEACE’ PROTEST AT HORSHAM DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, JULY 28

Join the ongoing monthly protest of drone warfare on Saturday, July 28, at 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. at Horsham Air Guard Station at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road. An interfaith group of protesters, month after month, keep pressure on this military station, from which war drones are piloted by remote computers to bomb targets in Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Banners and posters provided. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, 474-584-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 13, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

For generations, our Meeting and School have faced a world beyond our walls marked by political upheaval, the pain and suffering of wars, and the many socioeconomic injustices of racism, inequity, and gender inequality. With the current state of our world and the rise of gun violence, we feel compelled to publicly recommit ourselves to the Truth of our shared values. As members of a loving community, we work hard to build relationships that allow us to know one another and support each other. We are committed to our belief in the power of love over hate and violence. –2018 report from the Religious Life Committee of Germantown Friends School

SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 15,2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Susan & Adam Corson-Finnerty

INFANTS & TODDLERS … usually go to Kindergarten East, but it is under construction at the moment, so child care will take place in the social room of the meetinghouse in July. Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

NEEDED: COOKIES & HELP SETTING UP FOR PENNY’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

The memorial service for Penny Colgan-Davis will be Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse. (Friends are reminded that Lincoln Drive will be closed that day between Wissahickon Ave. and Ridge Ave., so remember to take a different route.) During the service, wireless microphones will be used to amplify vocal ministry.

We expect a large group of people to attend and need lots of donations of cookies, brownies, and other finger-foods. Please bring your goodies to the meetinghouse on Friday, July 20, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., or an hour before the memorial service on Saturday.

We also need help setting up for the service on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and would appreciate any helping hands. Weather permitting, there will be an indoor-outdoor reception, with tents in the parking lot (also known as the Commons) between the meetinghouse and Germantown Friends School, which will open all its other parking lots for cars.

For questions, contact Randal Whitman (rhwhitman36@gmail.com).

COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS

We are joining Green Street Friends this summer in collecting school supplies for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real), of which Victoria Greene, a member of Green Street Meeting, is director. She says parents in these families are often immobilized by grief and need help purchasing school supplies for their children but may find it difficult and expensive. Victoria has 85 children in mind who would benefit from this “Fill-A-Book-Bag” campaign. During July, there will be a collection box for school supplies in the social room of our meetinghouse. In August, when we worship with Green Street Friends, there will also be a collection box there. To see an online list of needed supplies, click here. The deadline for donations is August 13 to provide enough time for supplies to be sorted and packed before schools open. For information, contact Chris Mohr (mohrandmohr@gmail.com).

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SUMMER FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JULY 14

Bring your family and friends to the 2018 Summer Festival of Historic Fair Hill this Saturday, July 14, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy live music, tons of food, and, for the kids, pony rides, games, face painting. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133.

DANCE & MULTIMEDIA TELLS NATIVE AMERICAN STORY ON ENVIRONMENT, JULY 14

In the multimedia production Tatanka vs. the Black Snake, you will be introduced to the devastating effects on the environment of oil production and its transportation through the combination of music, dance, costuming, and Native American music set against a multimedia backdrop. It will take place on Saturday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. This will be presented by Coopdanza, Inc., an indigenous organization that works for environmental awareness through music, dancing, and dramatic arts, inspired by the wisdom of Native American culture. Sponsored by the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Free admission and free parking.

FILM ON QUAKER HISTORY TO SHOW AT NEW HOPE FESTIVAL, JULY 21

The film Quakers: the Quiet Revolutionaries will show at the New Hope Film Festival on Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. The director is Janet Paxton Gardner, and the senior producer and narrator is Richard Nurse. The film was financed by grants from several Friends funds and support from many individual Friends. It will be shown at the New Hope Art Center, 2 Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA. For tickets, go to www.newhopefilmfestival.com.

UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER TO BE SITE OF QUARTERLY MEETING, JULY 22

Here’s a terrific opportunity to see the Ujima Friends Peace Center, in which several of our Meeting members are deeply involved, by attending the business meeting and potluck of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, July 22. Everyone is invited to join Ujima’s meeting for worship at 2 p.m., followed by a social hour and potluck meal, a program put on by Ujima folks, and then the meeting for business of Quarterly Meeting. The Ujima Friends Peace Center is a worship community consisting primarily of Friends of African Descent. It is located at 1701 W Lehigh Ave., Phila., PA 19132, in the heart of the African-American community in North Philadelphia. The work of the Ujima Friends Peace Center is to reduce violence and provide a safe haven with educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for adults and young people. For information about the potluck and meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, click here.

‘HOW OUR LIVES SPEAK’ IS THEME OF PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 25-29

The 338th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. This is a time for Friends to gather for fun, worship, business, and fellowship. Planning for collective projects and opportunities to learn from other Friends in workshops are featured. Lively and memorable separate programs are available for all ages of young people. While housing is available for those who want to stay onsite, others are welcome to commute for a day or for the whole four-day session. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting pays most of the program costs; participants pay for their housing and food. Financial aid is available. Registration is open now, and housing tends to fill first. For program details, a list of fees, information about financial aid, and to register online, click here. To speak to someone, all 215-241-7238.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 6, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In today’s world of economic interactions that are far more complex than when John Woolman lived, Friends are challenged to examine their decisions about money and other resources to see whether they contain not only the seeds of war, but also of self-indulgence, injustice and ecological disaster. Good stewardship of economic resources consists both in avoiding these evils and acting to advance peace, simple living, justice and a healthy ecosystem. Good stewardship also requires attention to the needs of organizations that advance Friends values, including our own meetings. –Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018

SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 8,2018

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Jondhi Harrel & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Chris Gallagher & Mark Kowit

INFANTS & TODDLERS … usually go to Kindergarten East, but it is under construction at the moment, so child care will take place in the social room of the meetinghouse in July. Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are also welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

WE MADE OUR FUND RAISING GOAL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018!

Congratulations and thank you to all the people who gave a little or gave a lot, but each stretched to lift our finances out of the doldrums with their generosity! It worked, folks, and we succeeded in making our budget for the first time in years! Some of the credit needs to be given to people who serve on our Meeting’s Fund Raising Committee and who are working hard to find new ways to ask for support for the Meeting. Jack Rhoads, clerk of the committee, will provide a full report with details at a later date, after all the figures are in. At this point, though, we know for sure that we are well over our goal, and this is a moment for all of us to celebrate! –Editor

COOKIES NEEDED FOR PENNY’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, JULY 21

The memorial service for Penny Colgan-Davis will be Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse. Her friendships and involvement in the Philadelphia area were far-reaching, and we expect a large group of people to be in attendance. Because of the size of the service, we are in special need of your generosity in cookies, brownies, and such. All foods should be finger-food only, as there will be no utensils. If you can help provide goodies, bring them to the meetinghouse on Friday, July 20, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., or an hour before the memorial service on Saturday. Germantown Friends School (GFS) will open all its parking lots; however, there will not be parking in the Commons between the meetinghouse and GFS. Weather permitting, that area will be used for tents for an indoor-outdoor reception, thanks to the kindness of Dana Weeks, head of GFS. For questions, contact Randal Whitman (rhwhitman36@gmail.com).

INQUIRER TO RUN FEATURE OBITUARY ABOUT PENNY NEXT WEEK

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Bonnie Cook called our Meeting Office today (Friday, July 6), asking for information about our late member Penny Colgan-Davis. Bonnie Cook is writing an article about Penny’s life, to run as a feature in the obituary section of the Inquirer on Monday, July 9, or shortly thereafter. Watch for it in the Inquirer or wait for the link to it online, which should be in next Friday’s BEE.

RIDE NEEDED TO & FROM PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 25

Our member Pat Libbey is seeking a ride to and from Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and hopes someone can find room in their car to include her in their trip. Annual Sessions are July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey near Trenton. If you can help Pat, please contact her at patricia.libbey@verizon.net.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

UJIMA FRIENDS PEACE CENTER TO BE SITE OF QUARTERLY MEETING, JULY 22

Here’s a terrific opportunity to see the Ujima Friends Peace Center, in which several of our Meeting members are deeply involved, by attending the business meeting and potluck of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, July 22. Everyone is invited to join Ujima’s meeting for worship at 2 p.m., followed by a social hour and potluck meal, a program put on by Ujima folks, and then the meeting for business of Quarterly Meeting. The Ujima Friends Peace Center is a worship community consisting primarily of Friends of African Descent. It is located at 1701 W Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19132, in the heart of the African-American community in North Philadelphia. The work of the Ujima Friends Peace Center is to reduce violence and provide a safe haven with educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for adults and young people. For information about the potluck and meeting for business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, click here.

COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS

We are invited to join Green Street Friends this summer in collecting school supplies for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real), of which Victoria Greene is director. She is a member of Green Street Meeting. She tells us that parents in these families are often immobilized by grief and need help in the next two months with purchasing school supplies for their children but may find it difficult and expensive. Victoria has 85 children in mind who would benefit from this “Fill-A-Book-Bag” campaign. During July, there will be a collection box for school supplies in the social room of our meetinghouse. In August, when we worship with Green Street Friends, there will also be a collection box there. To see an online list of needed supplies, click here. The deadline for donations is August 13 to provide enough time for supplies to be sorted and packed before schools open. For information, contact Chris Mohr.

‘HOW OUR LIVES SPEAK’ IS THEME OF PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 25-29

The 338th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. This is a time for Friends to gather for fun, worship, business, and fellowship. Planning for collective projects and opportunities to learn from other Friends in workshops are featured. Lively and memorable separate programs are available for all ages of young people. While housing is available for those who want to stay onsite, others are welcome to commute for a day or for the whole four-day session. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting pays most of the program costs; participants pay for their housing and food. Financial aid is available. Registration is open now, and housing tends to fill first. For program details, a list of fees, information about financial aid, and to register online, click here. To speak to someone, all 215-241-7238.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

AMISTAD TO SHOW AT DELAWARE COUNTRY PEACE CENTER, JULY 6

The Steven Spielberg movie Amistad, will show on Friday, July 6, at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064-1212. In this week of celebrating ideals of independence, come see this gripping historical drama of a ship full of slaves who, in 1839, break free of their bonds to take control of the ship and try to return to their African homeland. Free; donations appreciated. Air conditioned. Come at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Film begins at 7 p.m., with brief discussion afterward. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148. Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

CARILLON RECITALS ON MONDAY EVENINGS IN JULY

Come listen to a concert of pealing bells every Monday evening in July by bringing your chair or blanket to the front yard of Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The weekly recitals take place at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) and can be heard throughout the nearby area. Enjoyable for the whole family. The performance on Monday, July 9, will feature Geer D’hollander, of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. He is one of the preeminent carillonneurs in the world. For a complete listing of upcoming performers and dates, click here. Takes place rain or shine. Free-will offering.

BREAKTHROUGH HOLDS VISITING DAYS AT GFS SITE, JULY 10 & 18

The Breakthrough Program of Greater Philadelphia, of which Germantown Friends School (GFS) provides one location for the summer program, will hold visiting days for people to come see what’s going on. This Tuesday, July 10, and next Wednesday, July 18, at 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Breakthrough invites visitors to come to GFS, at the Sharpless Building, 31 W. Coulter St. To RSVP, contact Debra Stevens. Breakthrough encourages students, middle school and older, on a path to college success, and encourages outstanding college students to enter careers in education.

FESTIVITIES TO ANNOUNCE RENOVATIONS AT CROSSROADS WOMEN’S CENTER, JULY 10

What better way to announce the start of renovations than by throwing a community party, with fun and information for everybody! That’s what will take place on Tuesday, July 10, at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Crossoads Women’s Center, 5011/5013 Wayne Ave., in Germantown. There will be a bounce house for kids, along with a rummage sale, tables of information about community activities and local merchants, water ice, music, a chance to look over architectural plans for the Center, and information about what will be going on there. An official ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., where the many people–including Germantown Meeting–who made this project possible will be thanked. Everyone is invited and wanted! To find out more, go to the Crossroads Women’s Center Facebook page or call 215-848-1120. The Center is a grassroots, multiracial, community-based meeting place where women come together for support, programs, services, information, classes, training, referrals, and advocacy on issues of concern to women and our communities.

TAKE ACTION

ICE PROTEST CONTINUES IN CENTER CITY

Erin Kelly, who attends Germantown Meeting, emailed the Meeting Office this week to let Friends know there is currently an ongoing protest in Center City of the U.S. Administration’s policy of separating families and detaining immigrants. It began at the ICE (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement) office downtown, and, as of 10 a.m. today (Friday, July 6), protesters were on Juniper Street next to Philadelphia City Hall. Newcomers are welcome to join them. Erin is part of the protesters who stay day and night, sleeping onsite. She says, “We always appreciate people stopping by, as well as bringing food. People are also welcome to text me if they would like an update.”

P.O.W.E.R. HOSTS VOTER ENGAGEMENT TRAINING, JULY 10

The interfaith organization P.O.W.E.R. is offering a training session on Tuesday, July 10, for people who would like to help engage voters in combating fear and racism in our communities. Training will take place by live streaming at the POWER office, 1429 N. 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pizza will be available at 6:30 p.m. At the training session, there will be discussion and information about plans for the program, as well as strategies to engage friends, family, and community members in creating a vision of racial and economic justice for southeastern and central Pennsylvania. Please RSVP by clicking here so accommodations can be made. For more information contact Voter Engagement Organizer Kendra Cochran.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 29, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Central to the Friends testimony on simplicity is the injunction to seek first the kingdom of God. In a society that is becoming increasingly more complex, Friends are called to abandon those things that divert them from this goal. They may need to restrain themselves from involvement in many good causes and activities in order to remain true to their inner voice. Simple tastes in possessions and entertainment can do away with rivalry and the false sense of superiority created by undue luxury. A simple lifestyle promotes fullness of life. –Rufus M. Jones, The Faith and Practice of the Quakers, 1927

SCHEDULE, Sunday, July 1, 2018

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Tom & Joanne Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Maureen Carr & Denise DeLaurentis

INFANTS & TODDLERS … usually go to Kindergarten East, but it is under construction at the moment, so child care will take place in the social room of the meetinghouse in July. Candice Price will meet the youngest children by the children’s table (with the dolls in the window), rather than in the kindergarten. The favorite toys have been moved over to the meetinghouse from the kindergarten so the children can play. Older children may stay there or play outside.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

WELCOME, GREEN STREET FRIENDS!

This Sunday, July 1, marks the beginning of our summer tradition of meeting with Green Street Friends for worship. In July, they will join us in our meetinghouse, and in August, we will go to their meetinghouse to join them. We welcome them and look forward to the coming hours we will spend together waiting on the Spirit together.

FUND RAISING

Many, many thanks to those who have reached deep into their pockets and brought us very close to our budgeted goal. Some have given repeatedly and generously to make it happen, and we are deeply indebted to them for their generosity, and to everybody who participated in the financial support of our Meeting. The exact figures are not available yet, but we know enough to know we are very close to our goal. –Jonathan Rhoads, clerk, Fund Raising Committee

GMM SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE

To read our Meeting’s Spring 2018 newsletter, click here. We thank the editor Candice Price for turning out another beautiful, thought-provoking issue. Thanks also go to the group of people who provided the articles and photos, and to Rob Smith for putting the newsletter online. Well done, team!

REMINDER: SPEAK NOW TO JOIN A GROUP TO SEE A RAISIN IN THE SUN, SEPT. 30

Our Fellowship Committee is planning a group outing to see the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, at Old Academy Players on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the 2 p.m. matinee. It is directed by our member Carla Childs, and our member Isaiah Price will be a featured player. Tickets are $20, but if our group is large enough, we can get a discount. We might also have a luncheon in the banquet room before the show. If you are interested, please print your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet in the social room of the meetinghouse or contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SAM ANGELL TO SERVE AS OUR NEW CLERK

Friends, by now all of you know that our dear Friend and clerk Penny Colgan-Davis died on June 19. In her thoughtful and considerate way, she called me several weeks before our last meeting for business to say she was exhausted from her treatments for cancer and thought it best to step down from the clerkship of our Meeting, although at the time she was still hopeful about recovering. Sam Angell graciously agreed to fill in for her temporarily, and that was approved at our June Meeting for Business. Since Penney’s death, Sam has agreed to serve as our clerk for one year, for which we are grateful, and for the graceful transition this will provide after such a tragedy. –David Mettler, clerk, Standing Nominating Committee

REMINDER: MEMORIAL FOR PENNY TO BE SATURDAY, JULY 21. COOKIES, PLEASE!

The memorial service for Penny Colgan-Davis will be Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse. Her friendships and involvement in the Philadelphia area were far-reaching, and we expect a large group of people to be in attendance. Lots of cookies and finger food will be needed for the reception afterward. If you can help provide these goodies, please bring them to the meetinghouse on Friday, July 20, or an hour before the memorial service the following day. If you would like to send notes and cards to Penny’s husband John Colgan-Davis and son Evan Colgan-Davis, their address is 101 Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119-2439. The family requests that people do not try to contact them by phone or email.

TO READ AN INSPIRING ONLINE TRIBUTE TO PENNY, CLICK HERE.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR CHILDREN OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS

We are invited to join Green Street Friends this summer for more than joint worship: They are collecting school supplies for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real), of which Victoria Greene is director. (She is a member of Green Street Meeting.) She tells us that parents in these families who are often immobilized by grief, need help in the next two months with purchasing school supplies for their children but may find it difficult and expensive. Victoria has 85 children in mind who would benefit from this “Fill-A-Book-Bag” campaign. There will be a collection box for school supplies in the Green Street meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane, one block from our meetinghouse, where we will be worshiping in August. There will also be an online list of needed supplies, which you can reach by clicking here. The deadline for donations is August 13 so supplies can be sorted and packed before schools open. For information, contact Chris (mohrandmohr@gmail.com).

‘HOW OUR LIVES SPEAK’ IS THEME OF PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 25-29

The 338th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held on July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. This is a time for Friends to gather for fun, worship, business, and fellowship. Planning for collective projects and opportunities to learn from other Friends in workshops are featured. Lively and memorable separate programs are available for all ages of young people. While housing is available for those who want to stay onsite, others are welcome to commute for a day or for the whole four-day session. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting pays most of the program costs; participants pay for their housing and food. Financial aid is available. Registration is open now, and housing tends to fill first. For program details, a list of fees, information about financial aid, and to register online, click here. To speak to someone, all 215-241-7238.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

AMISTAD TO SHOW AT DELAWARE COUNTRY PEACE CENTER, JULY 6

The Steven Spielberg movie Amistad, will show on Friday, July 6, at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064-1212. In this week of celebrating ideals of independence, come see this gripping historical drama of a ship full of slaves who, in 1839, break free of their bonds to take control of the ship and try to return to their African homeland. Free; donations appreciated. Air conditioned. Come at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Film begins at 7 p.m., with brief discussion afterward. For information, contact Bob Smith (brandywine@juno.com). Cosponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

TAKE ACTION

SUPPORT ‘FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER’ ACTION IN DOYLESTOWN, JUNE 30

In response to the Trump administration’s treatment of refugees and their families, there will be a demonstration tomorrow, Saturday, June 30, beginning at 11 a.m., at 55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901. Everyone is asked to wear white to express solidarity with immigrants. This event is part of more than 500 events nationwide to oppose Trump’s immigration policies and support the human rights of immigrants. It is sponsored by MoveOn.org, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and other progressives allies. To sign up, click here.

OPPOSE DRONE WARFARE AT HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION, JUNE 30

Tomorrow, June 30, will be the monthly demonstration against drone warfare . It will take place outside the gates of Horsham Air Guard Station, from which drones are piloted by computer to make strikes on people in such places as Afghanistan and Yemen. This event begins at 12 noon at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Road, not far from Horsham Friends Meeting. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, this recurring protest is in its fifth year. If you would like to speak or read something, come prepared; tell Bob Smith when you arrive, and he will make a place for you on the program. Banners and posters provided. Bring your own drinking water and sunscreen. For information, contact Bob (brandywine@juno.com).

‘IGNITE PEACE’ AT JULY 4 PARADE IN DOWNTOWN PHILLY

Declare your independence from fear and war, hate, lies, and greed at an upbeat, noisy, demonstration at the Fourth of July Parade in Old City, Philadelphia. There will be signs and banners, bubble-blowing, and drumming, or bring your own noisemakers. This is a great way to see the parade, celebrate Independence Day by raising your voice with fellow travelers! Gather between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in front of the Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St., between 6th & 7th streets. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 22, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 24,2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Maggie Lockwood & family
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Bill Cozzens & friend

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

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

POETRY READING & DISCUSSION ON PRIVATIZATION OF SCHOOLS, JUNE 26

Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera and a line-up of other poets will do readings at the Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. Then there will be an open mic and conversation about the privatization of public schools. Our member Kathy Paulmier, a faculty member at GFS, will be among the speakers. Doors will open at 6:40 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information,call Friends Free Library at 215-951-2355

$6,000 STILL NEEDED TO MEET BUDGET BY JUNE 30

With only one week left in this fiscal year, we still need to raise $6,000 to meet our 2018 budget of $105,000. Many people have given generously, and several have made an additional donations to help us reach our goal. We are enormously grateful for their kindness and dedication to our community. You may feel the same way but have not managed to send us a check yet. If you’ve been waiting to give, please do it now so we can move forward without making cuts in things we’ve decided together are worth doing. Just drop your check in the mail, place your donation in the wooden donation box in the social room, leave it in the Meeting Office, or donate online by using your credit card and clicking here. Anything is appreciated, and we’re down to the wire now.

PLAN AHEAD

JOIN A GROUP TO SEE A RAISIN IN THE SUN, SEPT. 30

Our Fellowship Committee is planning a group outing to see the play A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, at Old Academy Players on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the 2 p.m. matinee. It is directed by our member Carla Childs, and our member Isaiah Price will be a featured player. Tickets are $20, but if our group is large enough, we can get a discount. We might also have a luncheon in the banquet room before the show. If you are interested, please print your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet in the social room of the meetinghouse or contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net),

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF PENNY COLGAN-DAVIS

Our beloved member and Meeting clerk Penny Colgan-Davis died Tuesday, June 19, at 5:30 a.m., at her Mt. Airy home, with her loving husband John and son Evan at her side. Penny fought cancer for months before her death, with a positive outlook and determined spirit. She cut back her activities in recent weeks but kept active as much as she was able, despite debilitating side effects of chemotherapy. Her memorial service is set for Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., in our meetinghouse. John and Evan Colgan-Davis would appreciate receiving notes and cards but respectfully ask people to not call, drop by, or send emails to them at this time. Their address is 101 Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119-2439.

NEWSLETTER FROM CARY ANNE KANE

For a glimpse into the life of a Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) fellow, read our member Cary Anne Kane’s spring newsletter to her friends and family, attached to this BEE.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘HOW OUR LIVES SPEAK’ IS THEME OF PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 25-29

The 338th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held on July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. This is a time for Friends to gather for fun, worship, business, and fellowship. Planning for collective projects and opportunities to learn from other Friends in workshops are featured. Lively and memorable separate programs are available for all ages of young people. While housing is available for those who want to stay onsite, others are welcome to commute for a day or for the whole four-day session. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting pays most of the program costs; participants pay for their housing and food. Financial aid is available. Registration is open now, and housing tends to fill first. For program details, a list of fees, information about financial aid, and to register online, click here. To speak to someone, all 215-241-7238.

‘BEYOND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE’ WORKSHOP AT PENDLE HILL, JULY 29-AUG. 1

A workshop at Pendle Hill will help participants grapple with the roots of gender-based violence and work toward a world where women, men, and people of all gender identities can thrive together. Entitled “Beyond Gender-Based Violence: Justice, Vision, and Accountability at the Intersection,” it will take place July 29 through August 1 at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA. Financial assistance available, as is a special rate for commuters. Click here for details or phone 610-566-4507 .

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LIVE MUSIC AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, JUNE 28

Enjoy an outdoor evening of live soul music and rhythm & blues at Awbury Arboretum on Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs, along with a picnic, if you wish, and your friends and family. Enter at the main entrance on Chew Avenue, and the concert area (McNabbtown Field) will be to your left. For a map, click here.

TAKE ACTION

MARCH IN D.C. WITH POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN, JUNE 23

Join thousands of others tomorrow, Saturday, June 23, at the Poor People’s Campaign March Against Racism & Poverty, in Washington, DC. It begins at 10 a.m. on the National Mall, between Madison Ave., N.W., and Jefferson Drive, S.W., at 7th Street. Jesse Jackson and Danny Glover will be part of the march, which kicks off a nationwide summer campaign to educate people about issues of poverty, to register and mobilize voters, and to build power in communities. For information, contact Phoebe Jones Schellenberg

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 15, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The duty of the Society of Friends is to be the voice of the oppressed but [also] to be conscious that we ourselves are part of that oppression. Uncomfortable, we stand with one foot in the kingdom of this world and with the other in the Eternal Kingdom. Seldom can we keep the inward and outward working of love in balance, let alone the consciousness of living both in time and in eternity, in timelessness. Let us not be beguiled into thinking that political action is all that is asked of us, nor that our personal relationship with God excuses us from actively confronting the evil in this world. The political and social struggles must be waged, but a person is more and needs more than politics, else we are in danger of gaining the whole world but losing our souls. –Eva I. Pinthus, 1987

SCHEDULE , Sunday, June 17, 2018
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Dorothy Cary & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Ed Nakawatase & Ed Stivender

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to childcare in the East Kindergarten across the driveway, next to the burial ground. They are also welcome in Meeting for Worship at their parents’ discretion.
CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

We are grateful to the menfolk in our lives for the loving care, guidance, support, and companionship they bring to us. On this special Sunday, June 17, we celebrate their importance to us and use the day as an opportunity to spend time together and express our gratitude. Happy Father’s Day to all!

TWO WEEKS LEFT TO DONATE IN FISCAL YEAR 2018

We need approximately $12,000 more in donations by June 30 to reach our fund raising goal for fiscal year 2018 and cover our budget of $105,000. Please help us by giving whatever amount you can spare. We are tremendously grateful to all those people who have given, with special thanks to those who have made additional gifts to help. It’s easy to give: Pop a check in the mail, drop off your donation in the wooden donation box in the social room, leave it in the Meeting Office, or donate online by using your credit card and clicking here. Anything is appreciated, because we still need a good bit more to keep things running without making cuts.

HELP KNIT SCARVES TO KEEP CHILDREN WARM THIS WINTER

Pull out your knitting needles and join others in the joy of knitting scarves for local children to wear this winter! The handmade scarves will be given out to children in kindergarten through eighth grade during the winter holiday season. A wide range of sizes are needed. Knitters are invited to use their own patterns or simply use plain stitches to knit scarves in suitable lengths and widths. All colors are welcome, keeping in mind that children enjoy bright things. The total number of scarves needed is 430, so now is the time to get out those needles and start clicking! This is a project of a group of volunteers at the Houston School in Mt. Airy, to which our member Deborah Cooper belongs. More than 70 percent of the children live below poverty level. For more information, call Deborah.

FOUR ATTACHMENTS TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE: (1) 2018 State of the Meeting Report, (2) PYM FY 2019 Proposed Budget, (3) Minutes from May 2018 Meeting for Business, and (4) Helen’s Cookies (see next news item).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

CELEBRATION OF A LIFE! HELEN NICHOLSON’S MEMORIAL, JUNE 16

Join everyone in celebrating the life of our dear member Helen Nicholson at her memorial service tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m., in our meetinghouse. The family invites you to “come as you are; aloha shirts and muu-muus are welcome” in honor of Helen’s childhood in Hawaii. If you would like to bake cookies for the reception after the service, that would be enormously appreciated. Several of Helen’s favorite cookie recipes are attached, provided by her daughter Kathy Paulmier. The reception will take place both inside and outside of the meetinghouse, weather permitting. Childcare will be available.

WELCOME, BABY DAISY!

Daisy Clara Irwin was born April 21 in Colorado, to our member Julia Marion Irwin and her husband Aren Irwin. Daisy is the granddaughter of our member Marion Childs and great-niece of our members Carla Childs and Bill Cozzens, and Norris and Usha Childs. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone!

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION AT PENDLE HILL TO INCLUDE RUTH SEELEY, JUNE 17

Our member Ruth Seeley’s artwork is part of a juried exhibit of seven painters in the Tree Rooms Gallery in Main House at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19063. There will be a free and open-to-the-public reception for the artists on Sunday, June 17 , from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit opened June 3 and will continue through Sept. 27.For information, call Pendle Hill at 610-566-4507 or send an email inquiry to info@pendlehill.org.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘HOW OUR LIVES SPEAK’ TO BE THEME OF PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 25-29

The 338th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will be held on July 25-29 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. This is a time for Friends to gather for fun, worship, business, and fellowship. Planning for collective projects and opportunities to learn from other Friends in workshops are featured. Lively and memorable separate programs are available for all ages of young people. While housing is available for those who want to stay onsite, others are welcome to commute for a day or for the whole four-day session. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting pays most of the costs; participants pay for their housing and food. Financial aid is available. Registration is open now, and housing tends to fill first. For program details, a list of fees, information about financial aid, and to register online, click here. To speak to someone, all 215-241-7238.

‘BEYOND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE’ WORKSHOP AT PENDLE HILL, JULY 29-AUG. 1

A workshop at Pendle Hill will help participants grapple with the roots of gender-based violence and work toward a world where women, men, and people of all gender identities can thrive together. Entitled “Beyond Gender-Based Violence: Justice, Vision, and Accountability at the Intersection,” it will take place July 29 through August 1 at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA. Financial assistance available, as is a special rate for commuters. Click here for details or phone 610-566-4507.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

DOCUMENTARY ON LORRAINE HANSBERRY AT OLD ACADEMY PLAYERS, JUNE 17

Everyone is invited to see a PBS documentary on Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun, at the Old Academy Players this Sunday, June 17, at 7 p.m. It is entitled Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart. Admission is free, but donations would be gratefully accepted. Seating is limited, so please register ahead for tickets by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

P.O.W.E.R TO DEMONSTRATE FOR EQUAL FINANCING FOR SCHOOLS, JUNE 20

On Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m., students, parents, community activists, and faith leaders will gather on the steps on our State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to demand support for legislation to require Pennsylvania to equally fund all of its school districts. Free buses will leave from Philadelphia that morning. To register and get more information, click here. The address of the Pennsylvani Capitol Building is 501 N. Thirds St., Harrisburg, PA 17120.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 8, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

George Fox was involved in the religious movement of 17th century England that found radical differences between the Christianity of the established church and the Christianity of the first century as portrayed in the Bible. Fox abandoned the church — but not the scriptures — as he searched for a direct relationship to God. He ultimately experienced that relationship in silent waiting, alone and in assemblies with other seekers. He received insights, or “openings” as he called them, first by God’s “immediate spirit and power,” and only later found them to be “agreeable to Holy Scriptures.” Fox realized that scriptures must be read in the same spirit that inspired those who wrote them. The Christ Within speaks in all ages in ways that people can understand in their situation and time.
— Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice (online at pym.org/faith-and-practice)

SCHEDULE, Sunday, June 10, 2018
9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Jean & Parvin Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room

Greetings & Refreshments Marion Childs & Jim Burns

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

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent..

AGENDA
Meeting for Business, Sunday, June 10, 2018

Reading of query & opening worship
Minutes from May
Nominating Committee report
Care & Visiting Committee report
Fiscal Committee recommendation in response to PYM request for additional funding
Request to host FGC Executive Committee in Sept. 2018
Religious Life of the School Committee report
Worship & Ministry report
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting report
Announcements & Correspondence
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

UPDATE ON OUR FUND RAISING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018

We badly need more money to reach our fund raising budget for fiscal year 2018, which ends June 30. Our goal is $105,000, and we’re still approximately $18,000 short. A great, big THANK YOU to all the people who have given generously. If we haven’t given yet, we sure could use your help. Or, if you’ve already given, could you could possibly give a little more? Giving is surprisingly easy and feels good afterward: Use your checkbook and then mail or drop off your donation, or donate online by using your credit card and clicking here. Anything is appreciated, and it takes something from everyone to keep our boat afloat.

CORPORATE GIVING RECOMMENTATIONS

This year’s recommendations are attached for our corporate giving to groups outside Meeting.These will be discussed and considered for approval at this Sunday’s Meeting for Business, so please go over them in advance.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

COOKIES NEEDED FOR HELEN’S MEMORIAL SERVICE [RECIPES ATTACHED]

The memorial service for Helen Nicholson will be Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m., in our meetinghouse. The family invites you to “come as you are; aloha shirts and muu-muus are welcome” in honor of Helen’s childhood in Hawaii. If you would like to bake cookies for the reception after the service, that would be enormously appreciated. Several of Helen’s favorite cookie recipes are attached, provided by her daughter Kathy Paulmier. The reception will take place both inside and outside of the meetinghouse, weather permitting. Childcare will be available.

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION AT PENDLE HILL TO INCLUDE RUTH SEELEY, JUNE 17

Our member Ruth Seeley’s artwork is part of a juried exhibit of seven painters in the Tree Rooms Gallery in Main House at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19063. There will be a free and open-to-the-public reception for the artists on Sunday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit opened on June 3 and will continue through Sept. 27. For information, call Pendle Hill at 610-566-4507 or send an email inquiry to info@pendlehill.org.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CLEAN-UP DAY AT VERNON PARK, JUNE 9

Lend a hand to pull weeds at Vernon Park on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. You’ll help your community polish up this beautiful park before the rain come in, and you’ll get it ready to lots of free and fun summer events. To sign up the morning clean up, click here. The street address for Vernon Park is 5800 Germantown Avenue; it occupies the big, green space between Greene Street and Germantown Ave., just north of Chelten Avenue in the heart of Germantown.

HISTORY, JAZZ, & FOOD COMBINE AT CLIVEDEN, JUNE 9

Explore the history of the Chew family and their enslaved and free workers at an outdoor afternoon of food and music on the beautiful grounds of Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144, on Saturday, June 9, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Foodways historian Michael Twitty will present a cooking demonstration, and local jazz artist Warren Oree will give a concert. You are encourage to bring your family, friends, a blanket or lawn chair, and your own picnic food. For information, call 215-848-1777.

TAKE ACTION

P.O.W.E.R. ASSEMBLY MEETS JUNE 12

Everyone is invited to its legislative assembly meeting on Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Philadelphia., PA 19128. Pizza will be available at 6:30 p.m. Member congregations (including Germantown Monthly Meeting) are asked to send representatives to discuss and vote on two projects: (1) Statewide expansion of work and a proposed name change to reflect organizational growth, and (2) upcoming voter engagement work in fall 2018. To register, click here.

WEEK FIVE IN PA POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN: ‘EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LIVE’

The theme of Week Five in the PA Poor People’s Campaign is “Everybody’s Got The Right To Live: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, Housing.” Please come to the rally and action on Monday, June 11, at 2 p.m., inside the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. RSVP by clicking here. Time is running out to participate in this campaign. After this Monday, there is only one more PA action (June 18) before the final big event in Wash., DC, on Saturday, June 23, to which there will be buses going from Philadelphia.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 1, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Respect for the Soul of a Child

Our belief in the divine spark in each individual person involves complete respect for the soul of a child: He [or she] belongs to him/herself even before belonging to parents, from whom [the child] is often different in temperament, taste, and abilities. The most important duty facing parents who take religion seriously is to hand on to their children those things that they hold to be true and good. –L’Education Religieuse des Enfants, France Yearly Meeting, 1963

SCHEDULE , Sunday, June 3, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Teresa Maebori & Katy Hineline

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

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

STAPELEY PLANTING THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 3

First-day Schoolers and their Friends will install the vegetable garden at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, 6300 Green Street, this Sunday, June 3. Anyone is welcome to help. Bring shovels or trowels and wear your gardening clothes. Cars will leave the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. and return by 11:30 a.m., in time for the Meeting picnic and barbecue on the porch.

MEETING NEWS

JUNE 3 PICNIC ON THE PORCH TO CELEBRATE SUMMER’S ARRIVAL

Our Meeting’s annual Picnic on the Porch will be this Sunday, June 3, at rise of worship (approximately 11:45 a.m.). This annual potluck picnic and barbecue on our meetinghouse porch is a joyous, bountiful, yummy send-off for summer! Bring your favorite picnic dishes to share, a big appetite, and your own friendly face. We’ll enjoy spending some time together before people take off for their summer adventures–and the rest of us dig into house repairs and raising tomatoes and taking kids to summer camp!

UPDATE ON OUR FUND RAISING FOR FISCAL YEAR

Our fund raising budget for the year is $105,000. As of May 31, we have raised about $82,000, leaving $23,000 to raise before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Many thanks to all who have contributed. For those who have yet to contribute, please do so now. For those who have already contributed, please contribute something additional. –From the Fund Raising Committee

CHILI LUNCH FOR COMMUNITY OF GERMANTOWN, JUNE 2

Germantown and Green Street Meetings will provide the food for a community Chili Lunch at our meetinghouse on Saturday, June 2, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The theme is “Call to Action: Healing Our Community.” Members of the local organization Men Who Care will talk about their scholarship program at Martin Luther King High School, their community outreach at MLK High School and Roosevelt Middle School, and other community efforts. Menu: chili, cornbread, and dessert. For information, contact Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

GERMANTOWN MEETING PICNIC, JUNE 3

This annual potluck picnic and barbecue on our meetinghouse porch is a joyous, bountiful, yummy send-off for summer! Get ready to bring your favorite picnic dishes, a big appetite, your own friendly face, and enjoy spending some time together before people take off for their summer adventures.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SEEKING OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS FOR NICHOLSON FAMILY & FRIENDS

The Nicholson family is seeing overnight accommodations within a few miles of Germantown Meeting for family and friends who are coming from out of town for Helen Nicholson’s memorial service. They will need lodging on June 15 and 16. (The memorial service will be Saturday, June 16, at our meetinghouse.) If you are willing and able to share a room for both nights, please contact Kathy Paulmier (kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org).

RUTH SEELEY’S PAINTINGS SELECTED FOR PENDLE HILL EXHIBIT

Our member Ruth Seeley’s artwork will be part of a juried exhibit of seven painters in the Tree Rooms Gallery in Main House at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19063. The exhibit will open on June 3 and continue through Sept. 27. There will be a free and open-to-the-public reception for the artists on Sunday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Pendle Hill at 610-566-4507 or send an email inquiry to info@pendlehill.org.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PENDLE HILL LECTURE ON LGBTQ ISSUES OF DIGNITY AND INCLUSION, JUNE 4

Chloe Schwenke, a transgender Quaker author, ethicist, educator, human rights activist, and feminist, will speak at Pendle Hill on June 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. Her subject will be “Liberation Begins with Being There.” She has lived in more than 40 countries, supporting people’s efforts to achieve dignity, inclusion, freedom, and hope. The Obama administration selected her to be a senior political advisor on human rights in Africa and on LGBTQ issues worldwide. She is a member of Adelphi (MD) Friends Meeting and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. The lecture is free and open to the public, with online registration. Live streaming of the lecture is also available to registrants. For information, click here or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

OPEN ART STUDIO SESSION AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16

You are invited to “bring your playful, creative spirit” to the light-filled art studio at Pendle Hill on Saturday, June 16, at 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an afternoon of creating art in a group of fellow artists. A monitor will be present to help people find supplies and get started on a self-directed project. A minimum donation is asked of $5 per hour. For information, click here.

TAKE ACTION

WEEK 4 IN THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

This upcoming week, June 3-9, of the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign will focus on “The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care.” There will be a weekly rally and action on Monday, June 4, at 2 p.m., inside the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. RSVP online (http://papoorpeoplescampaign.org). A bus will leave from Philadelphia at 7 a.m.; get there 15 minutes early to board; meet at the corner of 45th and Kingsessing (Clark Park) in West Philadelphia. But will return to Philly at approximately 7 p.m.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 25, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the Earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room — plenty good room — for all God’s children. And when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all, and we are brothers and sisters, children of God. –Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church, delivered the sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

SCHEDULE , Sunday, May 27, 2018

9 a.m. Called Meeting to review 2017 State of the Meeting report, in social room
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Frank Fisher & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greetings & Refreshments Karen Lightner & Jessica Sandberg

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

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

NO STAPELEY PLANTING THIS WEEK! RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 3

A new date is set for First-day Schoolers and Friends to plant the vegetable garden at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, 6300 Green Street. It will be June 3. The original date was changed because the Stapeley gardener, Marshall Thomas, was temporarily hospitalized. He needs another week to recover and then will be ready to supervise this energizing project. Everyone is welcome to help. Bring shovels or trowels and wear your gardening clothes. Cars will leave the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. and return by noon.

MEETING NEWS

UPDATE ON OUR FUND RAISING FOR FISCAL YEAR

As of May 17, our Meeting community has contributed approximately two-thirds of our annual giving budget, which is needed to support our Meeting and its programs. Many thanks to all who have given. The current fiscal year will end June 30. If you have not given this fiscal year, please do so now. If you have given already, please give something additional at this time. –from the Fund Raising Committee
[To donate online, click here.]

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR SYRIAN STUDENT AT GFS

Drivers are needed to transport Rokaia, the daughter of the Syrian refugee family we cosponsor, from Germantown Friends School (GFS) to the family’s new home in northeast Philadelphia. The family is delighted to have been able to purchase a home of their own, but the downside is that GFS is not able to change the bus stop for Rokaia. So, she needs a ride to get home from school next week, from someone who can pick her up after school at 3 p.m. These are the dates for which rides are needed: Tuesday, May 29; Wednesday, May 30; Thursday, May 31; and Friday, June 1. If you can help, please contact Penny Colgan-Davis (pcolgan-davis@gmail.com).

CHILI LUNCH FOR COMMUNITY OF GERMANTOWN, JUNE 2

Germantown and Green Street Meetings will provide the food for a community Chili Lunch at our meetinghouse on Saturday, June 2, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The theme is “Call to Action: Healing Our Community.” Members of the local organization Men Who Care will talk about their scholarship program at Martin Luther King High School, their community outreach at MLK High School and Roosevelt Middle School, and other community efforts. Menu: chili, cornbread, and dessert. For information, contact Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

GERMANTOWN MEETING PICNIC, JUNE 3

This annual potluck picnic and barbecue on our meetinghouse porch is a joyous, bountiful, yummy send-off for summer! Get ready to bring your favorite picnic dishes, a big appetite, your own friendly face, and enjoy spending some time together before people take off for their summer adventures.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SEEKING OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS FOR NICHOLSON FAMILY & FRIENDS

The Nicholson family is seeking overnight accommodations within a few miles of Germantown Meeting for family and friends who are coming from out of town for Helen Nicholson’s memorial service. They will need lodging on June 15 and 16. (The memorial service will be Saturday, June 16, at our meetinghouse.) If you are willing and able to share a room for both nights, please contact Kathy Paulmier (kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org).

DEATH OF CHARLOTTE READ, FORMER GMM MEMBER

Charlotte Read, former longtime member of Germantown Meeting, died peacefully at home in Concord, MA, on May 13, at the age of 97. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. in Concord, MA. Her obituary is attached to this Friday BEE. She and her husband Charlie, who died in 1997, were active in Germanown Meeting from 1950 until 1987, when they moved to Massachusetts. Their children Martha, Susan, Clifton, and Roger now live in Massachusetts. Should you wish to reach them, here is contact information for Roger, who will be glad to share your message with the family: Roger Read, 62 Munroe St., Belmont, MA 02478.

RUTH SEELEY’S PAINTINGS SELECTED FOR PENDLE HILL EXHIBIT

Our member Ruth Seeley’s artwork will be part of a juried exhibit of seven painters in the Tree Rooms Gallery in Main House at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19063. The exhibit will open on June 3 and continue through Sept. 27. There will be a free and open-to-the-public reception for the artists on Sunday, June 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Pendle Hill at 610-566-4507 or send an email inquiry to info@pendlehill.org.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PENDLE HILL LECTURE ON LGBTQ ISSUES OF DIGNITY AND INCLUSION, JUNE 4

Chloe Schwenke, a transgender Quaker author, ethicist, educator, human rights activist, and feminist, will speak at Pendle Hill on June 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. Her subject will be “Liberation Begins with Being There.” She has lived in more than 40 countries, supporting people’s efforts to achieve dignity, inclusion, freedom, and hope. The Obama administration selected her to be a senior political advisor on human rights in Africa and on LGBTQ issues worldwide. She is a member of Adelphi (MD) Friends Meeting and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. The lecture is free and open to the public, with online registration. Live streaming of the lecture is also available to registrants. For information, click here or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

OPEN ART STUDIO SESSION AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 16

You are invited to “bring your playful, creative spirit” to the light-filled art studio at Pendle Hill on Saturday, June 16, at 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an afternoon of creating art in a group of fellow artists. A monitor will be present to help people find supplies and get started on a self-directed project. A minimum donation is asked of $5 per hour. For information, click here.

FOR THE YOUNG

CONFERENCE ON ‘CONTINUING REVOLUTION’ AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 1-6

This year’s Young Adult Friends conference at Pendle Hill will be June 1-6, with the theme “Continuing Revolution 2018: Building Intentional Lives.” It will look at the impact on young adults of work, love and relationships, justice, and spiritual practice. Each day features different workshops and presenters, with opportunities to get to know like-minded young adults from distant and local places. There will be regular worship and skill-building workshops, with focus on establishing routines that lead to personal and communal transformation. Conference coordinator is our member Ross Hennesy, formerly Philadelphia coordinator for Quaker Voluntary Service. Cost is $395 for participants who stay on campus, $150 for commuters, and $50 per day for part-time attenders. Financial aid available. For information, click here.

TAKE ACTION

THIS WEEK IN THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

Week Three’s focus of the PA Poor People’s Campaign is “The War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence.” On Tuesday, May 29, at 2 p.m. there will be a rally at the capitol rotunda, 501 N 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17120. Register by clicking here for pre-action training at 10:30 a.m., a light lunch at a nearby church, and the afternoon rally. Once you register, you will be contacted about the availability of rides. For information, contact Phoebe Schellenberg.

PROTEST DRONE WARFARE ON MAY 26 AT HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION

On Saturday, May 26, of Memorial Day Weekend, remember all the war dead and protest drone warfare at an observance at the Horsham Air Guard Station, intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham. War drones are piloted by computer operators at the Horsham station, who guide deadly bombing raids in countries thousands of miles away, such as Afghanistan, Yemen, or Pakistan. This interfaith demonstration is organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here or call 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 18, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The resurrection, however literally or otherwise we interpret it, demonstrates the power of God to bring life out of brokenness; not just to take the hurt out of brokenness but to add something to the world. It helps us to sense the usefulness, the possible meaning in our suffering, and to turn it into a gift. The resurrection affirms me with my pain and my anger at what has happened. It does not take away my pain; it still hurts. But I sense that I am being transfigured; I am being enabled to begin again to love confidently and to remake the spirit of my world. –S. Jocelyn Burnell, 1989

SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 18, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class: Ross Hennesy discusses his soon-to-be-published Pendle Hill Pamphlet on spirituality.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Kate O’Shea & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments
Greetings & Refreshments Val Nehez & Anthony Tyler

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

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

MEETING NEWS

ROSS HENNESY TO SPEAK ON SPIRITUALITY, MAY 20

Our member Ross Hennesy wll speak at Adult Class on Sunday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in the social room. He will talk about his soon-to-be-published Pendle Hill Pamphlet on spirituality. A draft copy of the text is attached. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

GERMANTOWN MEETING’S SPRING SEMI-POTLUCK BRUNCH, MAY 20

Stay after worship and enjoy breakfast entrees prepared by our Fellowship Committee. If you want to add to the meal, bring your favorite breakfast sides (suggestions: fruit or juices, bagels and toppings, desserts, vegetarian or gluten-free options). Maybe the weather will be nice enough to load up our plates and head outside to eat. This gives us a wonderful excuse to linger and enjoy each other!. Bring a friend to worship, and EAT!

SPRING CONCERT BY GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, MAY 20

Come enjoy a spectacular concert of a cappella choral music, folk songs, and spirituals at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 20, in our meetinghouse. Germantown Friends School’s Upper School Choir, Chorus, MadriGals, and Middle School Choir will provide the music. The program includes two of Handel’s Coronation Anthems, with orchestral accompaniment. Free and delightful!

UPDATE ON OUR FUND RAISING FOR FISCAL YEAR

As of May 17, our Meeting community has contributed approximately two-thirds of our annual giving budget, which is needed to support our Meeting and its programs. Many thanks to all who have given. The current fiscal year will end June 30. If you have not given this fiscal year, please do so now. If you have given already, please give something additional at this time. –from the Fund Raising Committee

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO PLANT VEGGIES AT STAPELEY, MAY 27

A new date is set for First-day Schoolers and Friends to plant the vegetable garden at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, 6300 Green Street. It will be May 27. The original date was changed because the Stapeley gardener, Marshall Thomas, was temporarily hospitalized. He is now back on his feet and will be ready to supervise this energizing project by the new date. Everyone is welcome to help. Bring shovels or trowels and wear your gardening clothes. Cars will leave the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. and return by noon.

CHILI LUNCH FOR COMMUNITY OF GERMANTOWN, JUNE 2

Germantown and Green Street Meetings will provide the food for a community Chili Lunch at our meetinghouse on Saturday, June 2, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The theme is “Call to Action: Healing Our Community.” Members of the local organization Men Who Care will talk about their scholarship program at Martin Luther King High School, their community outreach at MLK High School and Roosevelt Middle School, and other community efforts. Menu: chili, cornbread, and dessert. For information, contact Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

GERMANTOWN MEETING PICNIC, JUNE 3

This annual potluck picnic and barbecue on our meetinghouse porch is a joyous, bountiful, yummy send-off for summer! Get ready to bring your favorite picnic dishes, a big appetite, your own friendly face, and enjoy spending some time together before people take off for their summer adventures.

APPROVED MINUTES FROM APRIL 8 MEETING FOR BUSINESS

The approved minutes from our April 8 Meeting for Business are attached, with many thanks to our recording clerk, Becky Johnson.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

MERION MEETING HISTORY FESTIVAL, MAY 19

Enjoy a visit to the historical past of local Quakers at the Merion Friends Meeting History Festival on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be carriage rides, silhouette cutting, exhibits about Quakers and the Underground Railroad, plain dress of early Friends, quilts, and period food for sale. For more information, click here or call Janet Frazer at 610-937-7094.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 25-28

The theme for this year’s Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology is “TRAUMA: The Brain, the Body, and Compassionate Witness.” It will take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, and Pendle Hill Conference & Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA. World-renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and author Bessel Van Der Kolk will speak about his bestselling book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and the Body in the Healing of Trauma. Two therapists in body work will speak, and there will be a choice of interest groups. For information about the conference, costs, and financial aid, click here.

PYM FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 26-27

The annual Spring Family Overnight will begin Saturday, May 26, at 4 p.m., and conclude on Sunday, May 27, at noon. It will take place at Burlington Meetinghouse & Conference Center in Burlington, NJ.. It is specifically intended for families in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region who have children from kindergarten to fifth grade. Participants will prepare meals, eat, worship, play games, and do craft activities together. In the evening, everyone will gather around a campfire under the sky and share stories. On Sunday, they will worship with Burlington Meeting Friends and go home afterward, leaving plenty of time to prepare for the coming week. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Cost is $35 per person for the first four family members who are kindergarten age or older, and $10 per person for any additional people per family. For more information and a map, click here or contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, 215-241-7171.

PENDLE HILL LECTURE ON LGBTQ ISSUES OF DIGNITY AND INCLUSION, JUNE 4

Chloe Schwenke, a transgender Quaker author, ethicist, educator, human rights activist, and feminist, will speak at Pendle Hill on June 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. Her subject will be “Liberation Begins with Being There.” She has lived in more than 40 countries, supporting people’s efforts to achieve dignity, inclusion, freedom, and hope. The Obama administration selected her to be a senior political advisor on human rights in Africa and on LGBTQ issues worldwide. She is a member of Adelphi (MD) Friends Meeting and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. The lecture is free and open to the public, with online registration. Live streaming of the lecture is also available to registrants. For information, click here or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

FOR THE YOUNG

CONFERENCE ON ‘CONTINUING REVOLUTION’ AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 1-6

This year’s Young Adult Friends conference at Pendle Hill will be June 1-6, with the theme “Continuing Revolution 2018: Building Intentional Lives.” It will look at the impact on young adults of work, love and relationships, justice, and spiritual practice. Each day features different workshops and presenters, with opportunities to get to know like-minded young adults from distant and local places. There will be regular worship and skill-building workshops, with focus on establishing routines that lead to personal and communal transformation. Conference coordinator is our member Ross Hennesy, formerly Philadelphia coordinator for Quaker Voluntary Service. Cost is $395 for participants who stay on campus, $150 for commuters, and $50 per day for part-time attenders. Financial aid available. For information, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TRUDY RUBIN TO SPEAK ON SYRIAN CIVIL WAR, MAY 19

Trudy Rubin, international columnist and expert on the Middle East for the Philadelphia Inquirer, will speak Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Her presentation is entitled “7 Years, 4 Months, and Counting: The Syrian Civil War.” Tickets are $10-$15 and benefit St. Martin’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry. For information, click here or call 215-247-7466.

CELEBRATION OF ROSES AT WYCK HISTORIC HOUSE, MAY 26

All are welcome to join in the Celebration of Roses at Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144, on Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a walk through the 1820 rose garden, featuring more than 50 heritage roses. Free. Light refreshments. Tours of the Wyck House and children’s activities will also be available. You are welcome to bring your camera. For more information, click here.

TAKE ACTION

THIS WEEK IN THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

This is Week 2 of the PA Poor People’s Campaign, and the theme is “Connecting Systemic Racism and Poverty.” Register to attend the activities in Harrisburg by clicking here, where you can also indicate you interest in carpooling or reserving a seat on the bus that leaves from West Philadelphia, 46th and Market Streets, at 7:15 a.m., on Monday, May 21.

PROTEST DRONE WARFARE ON MAY 26 AT HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION

On Saturday, May 26, of Memorial Day Weekend, remember all the war dead and protest drone warfare at an observance at the Horsham Air Guard Station, intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham. War drones are piloted by computer operators at the Horsham station, who guide deadly bombing raids in countries thousands of miles away, such as Afghanistan, Yemen, or Pakistan. This interfaith demonstration is organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here or call 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 11, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the fulfillment of our fundamental responsibility of bringing men and women to God, there are openings for every Friend. Some have gifts that will help those with spiritual problems; others are better equipped to meet intellectual difficulties; all must strive for a rich and joyous fellowship in the meetings into which we should draw seeking souls. We must go out o those around us in a spirit of love and prayer, letting our lives speak. –Minute from London Yearly Meeting, 1953

SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 11, 2018

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business (agenda below) in social room

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Anthony Stover & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Deb Frazer & Jack Malinowski

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

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

AGENDA

Meeting for Business Sunday, May 13, 2018
Query reading and worship
Minutes from April
Care& Visiting Committee report
Worship & Ministry Committee report
Outreach Committee report
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting report
Standing Nominating Committee report
Draft of State of the Meeting report
Property Committee request
Request from PYM
Announcements & Correspondence
Worship

MEETING NEWS

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO PLANT MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS, MAY 13

First-day School children will go to Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, 6300 Green Street, this Sunday, May 13, to pot plants for Mother’s Day gifts. They will leave in a carpool from the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. and return by noon. For information, contact Carla Childs (carlapricechilds@gmail.com).

ROSS HENNESY TO SPEAK ON SPIRITUALITY AT ADULT CLASS, MAY 20

Our member Ross Hennesy wll speak at Adult Class on Sunday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in the social room. He will talk about his soon-to-be-published Pendle Hill Pamphlet on spirituality. A draft copy of the text is attached.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO PLANT VEGGIES AT STAPELEY, MAY 27

A new date is set for First-day Schoolers and Friends to plant the vegetable garden at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, 6300 Green Street. It will be May 27. The original date was changed because the Stapeley gardener, Marshall Thomas, was temporarily hospitalized. He is now back on his feet and will be ready to supervise this delightful project by the new date. Everyone is invited to help. Bring shovels or trowels and wear your gardening clothes. Cars will leave the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. and return by noon.

SAVE THE DATES

May 20: SPRING SEMI-POTLUCK BRUNCH

Stay after worship and enjoy breakfast entrees prepared by our Fellowship Committee. If you want to add to the meal, bring your favorite breakfast sides (suggestions: fruit or juices, bagels and toppings, desserts, vegetarian or gluten-free options). Maybe the weather will be nice enough to load up our plates and head outside to eat. This gives us a wonderful excuse to linger and enjoy each other! Bring a friend to worship, and EAT!

June 2: CHILI LUNCH FOR COMMUNITY OF GERMANTOWN

Germantown and Green Street Meetings will provide the food for a community Chili Lunch at our meetinghouse on Saturday, June 2, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The theme is “Calling to Action: Healing Our Community.” Members of the local organization Men Who Care will talk about their scholarship program at Martin Luther King High School, their community outreach at MLK High School and Roosevelt Middle School, and other community events. For information, contact Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

June 3: MEETING PICNIC

This annual potluck picnic and barbecue on our meetinghouse porch is a joyous, bountiful, yummy send-off for summer!

NEWS OF FRIENDS

HELEN NICHOLSON’S MEMORIAL MEETING SET FOR JUNE 16

The memorial meeting for worship for our member Helen Nicholson will be Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. in our meetinghouse. Helen died on May 2 at the age of 88. Here is the contact information for her husband Chris Nicholson and daughter Kathy Paulmier, who will share your message with their family:

Chris Nicholson, chnichol8@gmail.com, 6300 Greene St., Apt. 404, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Chris is open to receiving calls.
Kathy Paulmier, kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org, 5321 Baynton St., Philadelphia, PA 19144

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

DON BELL TO SPEAK ON DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN GOVERNMENT, MAY 16

Don Bell, former president of the U.S. Senate’s Black Legislative Staff Caucus, will speak on Wednesday, May 16, at 8:15 a.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19101. He is director of the Black Talent Initiative in Washington, DC, in which, with bipartisan support, he leads the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, promoting increased representation of communities of color in federal government. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, click here.

EDWARD MUNGAI TO SPEAK ON KENYA’S RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE, MAY 17

On Wednesday, May 17, at 8:15 a.m., Edward Mungai will speak about Kenya’s initiative to develop, market, and disseminate clean technologies addressing climate change. He is the principal NGO leader behind this initiative. He is also CEO of The Kenya Climate Innovation Center, a hub providing incubation, capacity building, and financing services for entrepreneurs developing innovate solutions in energy, water, and agribusiness. Edward Mungai was a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow and is currently a faculty member at Strathmore Business School, where he teaches Corporate Sustainability and Innovation to executives. To RVSP, click here.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT ARCH STREET MEETINGHOUSE, MAY 16

The next midweek meeting for worship at Arch Street Meetinghouse will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. It is 45 minutes long and will take place in the monthly meeting room. Arch Street Meetinghouse, the home of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, is at 4th and Arch Streets in the Old City section of Philadelphia.

BIRMINGHAM (DE) MEETING APPROVES MINUTE ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Following the lead of Multnomah (OR) Meeting, Friends in Birmingham (DE) Monthly Meeting approved a minute (attached) in May 2018 supporting the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Germantown Monthly Meeting approved a similar minute in January of this year. Since that time, our Meeting has formed a Nuclear Disarmament Working Group, which has sponsored one speaker, Zia Mian, in April and is planning upcoming events to educate people, draw attention to this looming issue, and encourage other meetings to minute their support. If you would like to be part of this effort, contact Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office, and she will convey your message to the working group.

FOR THE YOUNG

CONFERENCE ON ‘CONTINUING REVOLUTION’ AT PENDLE HILL, JUNE 1-6

This year’s Young Adult Friends conference at Pendle Hill will be June 1-6, with the theme “Continuing Revolution 2018: Building Intentional Lives.” It will look at the impact on young adults of work, love and relationships, justice, and spiritual practice. Each day features different workshops and presenters, with opportunities to get to know like-minded young adults from across the world. There will be regular worship and skill-building workshops, with focus on establishing routines that lead to personal and communal transformation. Conference coordinator is our member Ross Hennesy, formerly Philadelphia coordinator for Quaker Voluntary Service. Cost is $395 for participants who stay on campus, $150 for commuters, and $50 per day for part-time attenders. Financial aid available. For information, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

YOGA AT AWBURY ARBORETUM TO CONTINUE IN MAY

Yoga sessions on the Cope House porch at Awbury Arboretum will be held on May 16 and May 30, at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bring your own mat or borrow a community mat. Led by Lauren Stables and Julian Hinson. Free; donations appreciated. For details and registration, click here.

WORKSHOP ABOUT NATIVE BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS, MAY 19

Learn easy techniques for supporting native bees and other pollinators in your garden at “Pollinator Friendly Plants & Hints for Community Gardners,” a one-hour workshop at Awbury Arboretum on Saturday, 19, at 9 a.m. It will take place in the Community Garden of Awbury Agricultural Village, which is by the intersection of Ardleigh and Duval Streets. Free. Click here for more details and to register.

CELEBRATION OF ROSES AT WYCK HISTORIC HOUSE, MAY 26

All are welcome to join in the Celebration of Roses at Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144, on Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a walk through the 1820 rose garden, featuring more than 50 heritage roses. Free. Light refreshments. Tours of the Wyck House and children’s activities will also be available. You are welcome to bring your camera. For more information, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH ON MAY 14 IN HARRISBURG

Pennsylvania joins 32 other states in the National Poor People’s Campaign, with its launch in Harrisburg on May 14, at 2 p.m., at the State Capitol, 501 N. 3rd St. The campaign continues for 40 days, emphasizing a different issue each week. Poor people, clergy, activists, and caring people of all kinds will join together to demand moral justice from state legislators. They will address the connected issues of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, devastation of the environment, and a distorted national morality. The week beginning May 14 will focus on people in poverty, specifically children, women, and people with disabilities. To find out more about the campaign, click here. To talk to a human being, contact our member Phoebe Jones (phoebejs@allwomencount.net).

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 4, 2018

Because the Meeting Office’s internet connection is working sporadically and needs repair, this Friday BEE is shortened to only the most time-sensitive announcements. More next week…

SCHEDULE, Sunday, May 6, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Rebecca Hoenig & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Ross Hennesy & Becky Johnson

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

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

MEETING NEWS.

TENTATIVE DATE FOR PLANTING STAPELEY VEGGIE GARDEN: MAY 13

The tentative date for the First-day Program to install this year’s vegetable garden at Stapeley Hall is Sunday, May 13. Marshall Thomas, the Stapeley gardener, is in the hospital, and his release date has not been set. There is also the possibility that he may need recovery time before he can return to gardening. So, stay tuned for more information next week!

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO ‘PLANT’ MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS, MAY 13

Regardless of whether the children are able to help with Stapeley’s vegetable garden, they will go to Stapeley Hall on Sunday, May13, to pot plants for Mother’s Day gifts. They will leave the meetinghouse as a group at 10:30 a.m. and return by noon. More on this next week.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON MAY 13

Sunday, May 13, is our May Meeting for Business, which will be held in the social room, beginning at 9 a.m. If you have items for the agenda, please contact our clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis (pcolgan-davis@gmail.com).

ROSS HENNESY TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, MAY 20

Our member Ross Hennesy will speak at Adult Class on May 20 at 9 a.m. in the social room. He will discuss his soon-to-be-published Pendle Hill Pamphlet on spirituality. A copy of the text will be sent to everyone by email as soon as the Meeting’s internet connection is repaired and reliable, expected to be next week.

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES MAY 14 IN HARRISBURG

The Pennsylvania chapter of the National Poor People’s launches on May 14 in Harrisburg. It will focus on a different issue each week until it ends. The first week will be about women, children, and people with disabilities who live in poverty. The launch event will take place at 2 p.m. at the State Capitol, 501 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA. To find out more, click here. If you want to help, contact our Meeting member Phoebe Jones (phoebejs@allwomencount.net)

SAVE THE DATES

May 20: SPRING Semi-Potluck BRUNCH

Stay after worship and enjoy breakfast entrees prepared by our Fellowship Committee. If you want to add to the meal, bring your favorite breakfast sides (suggestions: fruit or juices, bagels and toppings, desserts, vegetarian or gluten-free options). Maybe the weather will be nice enough to load up our plates and head outside to eat. This gives us a wonderful excuse to linger and enjoy each other! Bring a friend to worship, and EAT!

June 3: MEETING PICNIC

This annual picnic on the porch is a joyous, bountiful, yummy send-off for summer!

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF HELEN NICHOLSON

Our beloved member Helen Bowles Nicholson died on Wednesday, May 2, surrounded by her family. She was 88 years old. There will be more details coming about plans for a memorial service and the life of this extraordinary woman who lived in our midst and at the heart of our Meeting. The family would appreciate cards and email messages. We grieve the death of Helen along with her family and surround them with our loving sympathy. Here is contact information for her husband Chris and daughter Kathy, who will share our messages with the rest of their family:

Chris Nicholson, 6300 Greene St., Apt. 404, Philadelphia, PA 191444, chnichol8@gmail.com. Chris is open to receiving phone calls (please ask the office for the number).

Kathy Paulmier, 5321 Baynton St., Philadelphia, PA 19144, kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org

NEW DIGS — AT LAST — FOR DEB & JACK!!

Congratulations go to Deb Frazer and Jack Malinowski, who, after a long wait, moved into their new condominium. Now, all that’s left to deal with is the boxes, no small job but perhaps the last grueling one in a long and frustrating process of downsizing from their Mt. Airy house. Their new address is: 520 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 27, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Are there not different states, different degrees, different growths, different places? … What wisdom and spirit is that, which doth not acknowledge this, but would make all equal? … Therefore, watch every one to feel and know his own place and service in the body, and to be sensible of the gifts, places, and services of others, that the Lord may be honoured in all, and every one owned and honoured in the Lord, and no otherwise. –Isaac Penington, 1667

SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 29, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class Jody Dodd speaks on the Restorative Justice Initiative in Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney. Come early for light refreshments.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Ross Hennesy & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Zoe and Matt Rankin

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

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

MEETING NEWS.

INSTALLING VEGGIE GARDEN AT STAPELEY THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 29

Children from First-day School, their teachers, and any interested adults will go to Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene St., on Sunday, April 29, to install this year’s vegetable garden there. This has been a much-loved and much-appreciated annual event for a number of years. Our group will leave the meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m. and return by noon. Bring spades and shovels and wear your gardening clothes.

GERMANTOWN MEETING SUPPORTS POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

Germantown Monthly Meeting, at its April 8 Meeting for Business, affirmed its support for The Poor People’s Campaign — A National Call for a Moral Revival. This effort intends to unite people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation. Here is an opportunity to help: Monday, May 14 Action in Harrisburg focusing on women’s and children’s poverty, youth, and people with disabilities. Kicks off 40 days of weekly actions on Monday. People needed to come out and support the effort, offer rides, and contact other people all over Pennsylvania. Also, organizers are looking for people to be part of a smaller group doing nonviolent civil disobedience. To find out more, click here. To commit to helping, contact Germantown Meeting member Phoebe Jones (phoebejs@allwomencount.net).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MCDONALD HOUSE BREAKFAST, MAY 5

Many hands are needed to help prepare breakfast on May 5 for families of ill children at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Preparations begin at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast with the families and then clean up. Everything is finished by 11 a.m. If you are interested in pitching in for this joyful, helpful experience, or would like to donate money or breakfast items, contact Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net).

The House is located at Front & Erie Streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital,100 E. Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134.

SAVE THE DATES

May 20: SPRING Semi-Potluck BRUNCH

Stay after worship and enjoy breakfast entrees prepared by our Fellowship Committee. If you want to add to the meal, bring your favorite breakfast sides (suggestions: fruit or juices, bagels and toppings, desserts, vegetarian or gluten-free options). Maybe the weather will be nice enough to load up our plates and head outside to eat. This gives us a wonderful excuse to linger and enjoy each other! Bring a friend to worship, and EAT!

June 3: MEETING PICNIC

This annual picnic on the porch is a joyous, bountiful, yummy send-off for summer!

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PROGRAM ON BAYARD RUSTIN AT CENTRAL PHILA. MEETING, APRIL 29

Bayard Rustin, a remarkable Quaker who aided Martin Luther King, Jr., in civil rights activism in the 1960s, will be the subject of a program on April 29 at 1 p.m. at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Walter Naegle, who was Bayard Rustin’s life partner, will be the facilitator. Rustin, who was an African American, a homosexual at a time when that was not accepted, and a talented singer, was an activist and a pacifist, participating in many of the historic actions of his time. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Steven Davison.

BOOK SALE TO BENEFIT YEARLY MEETING, MAY 4 & 6

You’ll find lots of worthwhile, interesting books for sale at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., on May 4 and 6. The proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Library. On Friday, May 4, the book sale will go on all day; on Sunday, May 6, it will be open during the social hour of Central Philadelphia Meeting, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to sort books beforehand and to help staff tables at the sale. Donations are still being accepted of books that might be of interest to Quakers. If you can help, contact Jeff Keith, 267-969-1761.

PLAN AHEAD

RETREAT, REBALANCE, RECHARGE WITH JOHN CALVI, MAY 18-20

Quaker healer and teacher John Calvi will lead a workshop at Pendle Hill, “Retreat, Rebalance, Recharge.” Take in the quiet beauty of the Pendle Hill campus in late spring and refresh yourself with gentle, clothes-on foot and head massages. Create a life chart for reflection and rebalancing your energy. Cost: $300/commuter, $430/shared room, $495 private room. Financial assistance available. For details, click here or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

QUAKER HISTORY FESTIVAL AT MERION MEETING, MAY 19

For a dose of fun, with an entertaining trip of history,visit to the Merion Meeting History Festival on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The theme focuses on local Quakers, 1820-1860. Enjoy carriage rides, silhouette cutting, period food for sale, and exhibits on Quakers and the underground railroad, plain dress, and quilts. For details, click here.

SPRING FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 26-27

Families will come together from across the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region and beyond for an overnight retreat on May 26-27 at Camp Dark Waters. People will gather Saturday afternoon, with plenty of time to settle into their rooms, explore the space, and take part in welcoming activities. Dinner is prepared and eaten together. In the evening people will gather around the fire for s’mores and stories. After kids go to bed, there will be time for parents to spend together. On Sunday, everyone gathers for breakfast, worships together, and goes home early enough for families to prepare for the coming week! Click here for details or contact
Melinda Wenner Bradle.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 29

The 15th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beginning of the march and the first worship venue will be at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. The second worship venue will be at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19106. The third worship venue will be at Al Aqsa Islamic Center Mosque, 1501 Germantown Ave. (at 3rd and Jefferson streets), Philadelphia, PA 19122. Complete the entire march or join at any point. For details on times, route, recommended clothing, parking, etc. click here. Send questions by email to InterfaithPeaceWalk@gmail.com. See more information at facebook.com/PhiladelphiaInterfaithPeaceWalk.

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER AT HORSHAM, APRIL 28

Join an interfaith protest on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 2 p.m., at the entrance to Horsham Air Guard Station, where drones are piloted by remote control to perform bombing raids on targets across the world. Drums, banners, and posters provided. Bell tolling, music, and speakers. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 20, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is no effective way to combat evil with weapons that harm or kill those through whom evil is working. We must turn instead, in the words of early Friends, to the “weapons of the spirit,” allowing God to reach out through us to that of God in those with whom we are in conflict. “Spiritual weapons” –love, truth-saying, nonviolence, imagination, laughter–are weapons that heal and don’t destroy. –Author unknown

SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 22, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Karen Lightner & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Chris Coxe & Kathy Regele

6 p.m. Adult Class: potluck, with guest speaker Mike Huber from Quaker Voluntary Service

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

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

MEETING NEWS.

PHYSICIST TO SPEAK ON RISK FROM NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Zia Mian will speak on “Raising the Risk of Nuclear War: The U.S., Russia, North Korea, and Iran” on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium on the campus of Germantown Friends School. Zia Mian is a physicist and co-director of the Program on Science & Global Security at Princeton University. The talk is presented by Germantown Monthly Meeting’s Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. The danger posed by nuclear weaponry is at an all-time high, as the U.S. administration threatens to withdraw from our nuclear treaty with Iran, and tensions build with North Korea and Russia. Come, hear this expert speaker talk about today’s threats and opportunities. Plenty of free parking, with guides to direct you to Yarnall Auditorium. For questions, call or email the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235.

GERMANTOWN MEETING SUPPORTS POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN

Germantown Monthly Meeting, at its April 8 Meeting for Business, affirmed its support for The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. This effort intends to unite people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation. Here are opportunities to help:

Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Phone banking and training at Crossroads Women’s Center, 33 Maplewood Mall, in Germantown. This is a good way to find out more about the Poor People’s Campaign while helping out.

Monday, May 14 Action in Harrisburg focusing on women’s and children’s poverty, youth, and people with disabilities. Kicks off 40 days of weekly actions on Monday. People needed to come out and support the effort, offer rides, and contact other people all over Pennsylvania. Also, organizers are looking for people to be part of a smaller group doing nonviolent civil disobedience.

To find out more, click here. To commit to helping, contact Germantown Meeting member Phoebe Jones (phoebejs@allwomencount.net).

ADULT CLASSES IN APRIL

There are two more Adult Classes this month, both on a Sunday but at different times:

April 22, at 6 p.m. Potluck dinner, so please bring enough food to share with the group. Mike Huber from Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) will lead a discussion on ways for QVS fellows and monthly meetings work together.

April 29, at 9 a.m. Jody Dodd will speak on the Restorative Justice Initiative in Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney. Come early for light refreshments.

DEDICATION OF BETTY CARY ARBORETUM AT GFS, APRIL 27

There will be a dedication of the Betty Cary Arboretum of Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Friday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Current and retired faculty and staff members, and members and attenders of Germantown Monthly Meeting are invited. There will be a few remarks, light refreshments, and a tour of the trees. For information, contact Kate Stover, GFS Archivist.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MCDONALD HOUSE BREAKFAST, MAY 5

Many hands are needed to help prepare breakfast at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House on May 5 for families of ill children. Preparations begin at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast with the families and then clean up. Everything is finished by 11 a.m. If you are interested in pitching in for this joyful, helpful experience, or would like to donate money or breakfast items, contact Anthony Stover (astover@verizon.net). The House is located at Front & Erie Streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital,100 E. Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his ­for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome. To see an article from The Philadelphia Inquirer about the laying of the grave marker, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER MEETS APRIL 22

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its next meeting for business, potluck, and a program on spiritual deepening and healing on Sunday, April 22, at Green Street Meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. Friends are invited to worship with Green Street Meeting at 10:30, followed by a potluck lunch at 11:45 a.m. The program begins at 1 p.m., followed by meeting for business at 2:30 p.m. The day will end at 4 p.m. All are welcome. For information, click here.

PROGRAM ON BAYARD RUSTIN AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MTG, APRIL 29

Bayard Rustin, a remarkable Quaker who aided Martin Luther King, Jr., in civil rights activism in the 1960s, will be the subject of a program on April 29 at 1 p.m. at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Walter Naegle, who was Bayard Rustin’s life partner, will be the facilitator. Rustin, who was an African American, a homosexual at a time when that was not accepted, and a talented singer, was an activist and a pacifist, participating in many of the historic actions of his time. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Steven Davison .

MIDWEEK WORSHIP AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE

On each Wednesday in May, there will be a midweek meeting for worship at Arch Street Meetinghouse, corner of 4th and Arch Streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It will take place at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. For details, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

TRY A SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES: EXTENDED WORSHIP, MAY 5

If you would like to try worshiping for an extended period of time, here’s your opportunity. On Saturday, May 5, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., there will be an Extended Worship Day at Marlborough Friends Meeting, at 36 Marlborough Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. There will be a bring-your-own brown bag lunch, followed by worship sharing. For a schedule of the day, click here. For a map and directions, click here. To talk to a human, contact Lola Georg.

SPEAKER ON HUMAN GENOME & HEALTH DISPARITIES, MAY 10

Max Muenke, a member of Lansdowne Meeting and genetics researcher at Penn and the National Institute of Health, will speak on “The Human Genome & Health Disparities” on Thursday, May 10, at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, in downtown Philadelphia. Free, with lots of free parking. This lecture is part of the Friends in Fellowship series, which brings Friends — and friends of Friends– together for learning, fellowship, refreshments, and networking. The short talks highlight how our Quaker beliefs are relevant to choices in our personal and professional lives. Find more details by clicking here or contact Grace Sharples Cooke.

QUAKER HISTORY FESTIVAL AT MERION MEETING, MAY 19

For a good time, with an entertaining dose of history, consider going to the Merion Meeting History Festival on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The theme focuses on local Quakers, 1820-1860. Enjoy carriage rides, silhouette cutting, period food for sale, and exhibits on Quakers and the underground railroad, plain dress, and quilts. For details, click here.

SPRING FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 26-27

Families will come together from across the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region and beyond for an overnight retreat on May 26-27 at Camp Dark Waters. People will gather Saturday afternoon, with plenty of time to settle into their rooms, explore the space, and take part in welcoming activities. Dinner is prepared and eaten together. In the evening people will gather around the fire for s’mores and stories. After kids go to bed, there will be time for parents to spend together. On Sunday, everyone gathers for breakfast, worships together, and goes home early enough for families to prepare for the coming week! Click here for details or contact Melinda Wenner Bradley (mwennerbradley@pym.org).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘CITYWIDE STAR PARTY’ INCLUDES AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 20

Bring your kids and come look at the stars through telescopes on Friday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19138. You will have a chance to learn from astronomer Ray Nickola. Free. Park on Ardleigh Street and use the guest entrance across from the intersection of Duval and Ardleigh Streets. This viewing at Awbury is part of the Citywide Star Party, during which Philadelphians look toward the sky with telescopes and local astronomers at various locations throughout the area on this one night only. Children’s activities from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. include make-and-take activities, snacks, and a resource table. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars, telescopes, blankets, and chairs. In the event of rain or clouds, click here.

PANEL ON RE-ENTRY OF WOMEN FROM PRISON, APRIL 21

On Saturday, April 21, hear a panel of experts discuss the experience of women returning to society after serving prison terms and ways to support their transition. The event will take place from noon until 4 p.m. at LaSalle University, Music Room, 1900 Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141. Sisters Returning Home, located here in Germantown, is presenting this program. For information, send an email message to operations@sistersreturninghome.org.

DISCUSSION GROUP ON LIVING WITH LOSS STARTS APRIL 23

A new group is starting that is designed to assist people in any stage of the grief process. Each week’s meeting will provided guided discussions and opportunities to share, process, reflect, and connect with other people. It will meet for four weeks on Mondays, at 1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m., beginning April 23, at Center on the Hill, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Fee is $15 per session. To register, contact Leslie Lefer (llefer@chestnuthillpres.org).

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 29

The 15th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beginning of the march and the first worship venue will be at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. The second worship venue will be at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19106. The third worship venue will be at Al Aqsa Islamic Center Mosque, 1501 Germantown Ave. (at 3rd and Jefferson streets), Philadelphia, PA 19122. Complete the entire march or join at any point. For details on times, route, recommended clothing, parking, etc. click here. Send questions by email by clicking here. See more information and feedback here.

TAKE ACTION

CUT PENN’S TIES TO WAR-MAKING PROFITS, APRIL 27

You are invited to join a demonstration on the University of Pennsylvania campus at noon on April 27 to ask Penn President Amy Guttman to stand against the Vanguard Group’s investments in war, mass incarceration, and the small arms trade. Amy Guttman is a board member of Vanguard, a $3 trillion investment firm whose top investments are in Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Boeing, major players in the military-industrial complex and the biggest war profiteers in the world. The Vanguard Group also invests in The Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit private prison building company in the United States, as well as the Smith & Wesson and Sturm-Ruger gun manufacturers. The demonstration will take place on the corner of 34th and Walnut Streets in West Philadelphia, which will be a busy intersection on that day, due to the Penn Relays, which attract people from around the world. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

PLANNING MEETING FOR POWER ECONOMIC DIGNITY TEAM, APRIL 24

All are welcome to attend the next planning meeting of POWER’s Economic Dignity Team, on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the POWER office, 1419 N. 11 St., in Philadelphia. On the agenda will be planning for introduction of the 21st Century Living Wage Legislation at Philadelphia City Council on Monday, May 3, at 10 a.m. Other items will include information on the “I Am Human” Campaign and updates on the statewide minimum wage efforts. For information, contact Jordan Ford.

PROTEST DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER AT HORSHAM, APRIL 28

Join an interfaith protest on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 2 p.m., at the entrance to Horsham Air Guard Station, where drones are piloted by remote control to perform bombing raids on targets across the world. Drums, banners, and posters provided. Bell tolling, music, and speakers. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

CALENDAR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM EVENTS

The organization 350 Philadelphia provides an excellent online calendar of many opportunities for environmental activists To see it, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee, Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 13, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Prayer is the attitude of mind in which we may get into contact with God and renew our strength. In it our desires are brought before God with an open mind to try to understand His will. This attitude involves a complete surrender on our part. We would encourage Friends, therefore, reverently yet daringly to make fuller experiment of the life of trust and consecration through prayer that they may know relief from the burden of anxiety and perplexity and realize the joy of health and victory whereby they may become centres of radiant energy for the help and healing of others. –Christian Faith & Practice, London Yearly Meeting, 1960

SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 15, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class: Melinda Werner Bradley,* PYM Youth Engagement Coordinator

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers David Mettler & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Peter Yeomans & Kate O’Shea

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

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

MEETING NEWS

JOIN US FOR CHILI LUNCH, APRIL 15 — AND BRING A FRIEND!

Come one, come all for delicious food and divine company at our spring Chili Lunch this Sunday, April 15! Everyone is invited to bring a friend to worship at 10:30 a.m. and stay for chili lunch because this a “Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting” event. There will be several kinds of chili, including vegetarian, as well as other “fixin’s.” We’ll pull out board games and playing cards for more fun and fellowship, so bring your friend and your favorite games. This much-loved event (with a new twist) is brought to us by our Young Friends, and our Outreach and Fellowship committees. Although there is no charge, donations are appreciated to help cover costs. For information, talk to Anne Stassen.

PHYSICIST TO SPEAK ON RISK FROM NUCLEAR WEAPONS, APRIL 26

Zia Mian will speak on “Raising the Risk of Nuclear War: The U.S., Russia, North Korea, and Iran” on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium on the campus of Germatown Friends School. The talk is presented by Germantown Monthly Meeting’s Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. Zia Mian is a physicist and co-director of the Program on Science & Global Security at Princeton University. The danger posed by nuclear weaponry is at an all-time high, as the U.S. administration threatens to withdraw from our nuclear treaty with Iran, and tensions build with North Korea and Russia. Last year, the United Nations adopted a landmark treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons from the planet. This took an enormous effort by nongovernmental organizations and individual countries but was not approved by those that possess nuclear weapons, including the United States. (In January, Germantown Meeting approved a minute to support this treaty, which is attached.) Come hear this expert speaker unpack today’s threats and opportunities. Plenty of free parking, with guides who will direct you to Yarnall Auditorium once you reach the Meetinghouse. For questions, contact the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235.

ADULT CLASSES IN APRIL

There will be three Adult Classes this month, each on a Sunday but at different times:

*April 15, at 9 a.m. Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Engagement Coordinator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will give a presentation of “Hand in Hand: a conversation about planning and welcoming an active children and youth community in the meeting.” Come early for light refreshments.

April 22, at 6 p.m. potluck dinner, so please bring enough food to share with the group. Mike Huber from Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) will lead a discussion. Mike’s role at QVS is to help fellows and monthly meetings work better together.

April 29, at 9 a.m. Jody Dodd will speak on the Restorative Justice Initiative in Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney. Come early for light refreshments.

DEDICATION OF BETTY CARY ARBORETUM AT GFS, APRIL 27

There will be a dedication of the Betty Cary Arboretum of Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Friday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Current and retired faculty and staff members and members and attenders of Germantown Monthly Meeting are invited. There will be a few remarks, light refreshments, and a tour of the trees. For information, contact Kate Stover, GFS Archivist.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MCDONALD HOUSE BREAKFAST, MAY 5

Many hands are needed to help prepare breakfast on May 5 for families of ill children at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Preparations begin at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast with the families and then clean up. Everything is finished by 11 a.m. If you are interested in pitching in for this joyful, helpful experience, or would like to donate money or breakfast items, contact Anthony Stover, 215-868-9954. The House is located at Front & Erie Streets on the campus of St. Christopher’s Hospital,100 E. Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134.

LETTER FROM GFS RELIGIOUS LIFE COMMITTEE

The letter from the Religious Life Committee of Germantown Friends School that was read by Caroline Davidson at last Sunday’s Meeting for Business is available as an attachment to this email.

MINUTES FROM MARCH 11 MEETING FOR BUSINESS

The approved Minutes from our March 11 Meeting for Business are attached to this email for your reading.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

DOCUMENTARY FILM & DISCUSSION ON RIVER BLUE, APRIL 14

The documentary film RiverBlue will be show Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m., at Green Street Friends Meeting, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. The film delves into the destruction of some of the world’s most vital rivers, due to waste from clothing manufacturing. Free admission, child care, refreshments, and parking. For more, click here to send an email inquiry or call 267-285-0553.

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his ­for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER MEETS APRIL 22

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its next meeting for business, potluck, and a program on spiritual deepening and healing on Sunday, April 22, at Green Street Meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. Friends are invited to worship with Green Street Meeting at 10:30, followed by a potluck lunch at 11:45 a.m. The program begins at 1 p.m., followed by meeting for business at 2:30 p.m. The day will end at 4 p.m. All are welcome. For information, click here.

PROGRAM ON BAYARD RUSTIN AT CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA MTG, APRIL 29

Bayard Rustin, a remarkable Quaker who aided Martin Luther King, Jr., in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, will be the subject of a program on April 29 at 1 p.m. at Central Philadelphia Meeting, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Walter Naegle, who was Bayard Rustin’s life partner, will be the facilitator. Rustin, who was an African American, a homosexual at a time when that was not accepted, and a talented singer, was an activist and a pacifist, participating in many of the historic actions of his time. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Steven Davison.

MIDWEEK WORSHIP AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE

On each Wednesday in May, there will be a midweek meeting for worship at Arch Street Meetinghouse, corner of 4th and Arch Streets, in downtown Philadelphia. It will take place at 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. For details, click here.

PLACES STILL OPEN ON QUAKER PILGRIMAGE, JULY 16-22

Places are still open on the July 16-22 Quaker Pilgrimage to Fox & Fell Country, sponsored by Friends Council on Education and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Approximately 30 Quakers and educators from Friends schools will compose the pilgrimage, examining the origins of Quakerism in the English countryside as it relates to the present. Guides from Britain Yearly Meeting will help with the pilgrimage. Registration is by mail and must be accompanied by at $500 nonrefundable deposit. For details, click here or contact Deborra Sines Pancoe.

GRANTS FROM PYM COVER WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) makes more than 500 grants every year to individuals, meetings, and nonprofit organizations. Grants are made from income from restricted bequests and trusts given to our yearly meeting by generous donors since 1795. All granting deadlines are listed by month at the PYM website. For further information, contact Carol Walz, 215-241-7201.

PLAN AHEAD

TRY A SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES: EXTENDED WORSHIP, MAY 5

If you would like to try worshiping for an extended period of time, here’s your opportunity. On Saturday, May 5, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., there will be an Extended Worship Day at Marlborough Friends Meeting, at 36 Marlborough Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. There will be a bring-your-own brown bag lunch, followed by worship sharing. For a schedule of the day, click here. For a map and directions, click here. To talk to a human, contact Lola George.

SPEAKER ON HUMAN GENOME & HEALTH DISPARITIES, MAY 10

Max Muenke, a member of Lansdowne Meeting and genetics researcher at Penn and the National Institute of Health, will speak on “The Human Genome & Health Disparities” on Thursday, May 10, at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, in downtown Philadelphia. Free, with lots of free parking. This lecture is part of the Friends in Fellowship series, which brings Friends — and friends of Friends — together for learning, fellowship, refreshments, and networking. The short talks highlight how our Quaker beliefs are relevant to choices in our personal and professional lives. Find more details by clicking here or contact Grace Sharples Cooke.

QUAKER HISTORY FESTIVAL AT MERION MEETING, MAY 19

For a good time, with an entertaining dose of history, consider going to the Merion Meeting History Festival on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The theme focuses on local Quakers, 1820-1860. Enjoy carriage rides, silhouette cutting, period food for sale, and exhibits on Quakers and the underground railroad, plain dress, and quilts. For details, click here or contact Janet Frazer at 610-937-7094.

SPRING FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, MAY 26-27

Families will come together from across the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region and beyond for an overnight retreat on May 26-27 at Camp Dark Waters. People will gather Saturday afternoon, with plenty of time to settle into their rooms, explore the space, and take part in welcoming activities. Dinner is prepared and eaten together. In the evening people will gather around the fire for s’mores and stories. After kids go to bed, there will be time for parents to spend together. On Sunday, everyone gathers for breakfast, worships together, and goes home early enough for families to prepare for the coming week! Click here for details or contact
Melinda Wenner Bradley.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PRESENTATION ON IMMIGRATION CRISIS, APRIL 13

Donald M. Kerwin, executive director of the Center for Migration Studies in New York City, will speak on “The Country We Want to Be: A Faith-based Reflection on Immigrants and Refugees in the 21st Century” on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., at Sugarloaf Conference Center, 9220 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Presented by New Sanctuary Movement and cosponsored by a several churches in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, and Germantown. Everyone welcome. Free admission and parking. For directions, click here.

‘CITYWIDE STAR PARTY’ INCLUDES AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 20

Bring your kids and come look at the stars through telescopes on Friday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19138. You will have a chance to learn from astronomer Ray Nickola. Free. Park on Ardleigh Street and use the guest entrance across from the intersection of Duval and Ardleigh Streets. This viewing at Awbury is part of the Citywide Star Party, during which Philadelphians look toward the sky with telescopes and local astronomers at various locations throughout the area on this one night only. Children’s activities from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. include make-and-take activities, snacks, and a resource table. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars, telescopes, blankets, and chairs. In the event of rain or clouds, click here.

DISCUSSION GROUP ON LIVING WITH LOSS STARTS APRIL 23

A new group is starting that is designed to assist people in any stage of the grief process. Each week’s meeting will provided guided discussions and opportunities to share, process, reflect, and connect with other people. It will meet for four weeks on Mondays, at 1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m., beginning April 23, at Center on the Hill, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Fee is $15 per session. To register, contact Leslie Lefer, 215-247-4654.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 29

The 15th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beginning of the march and the first worship venue will be at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. The second worship venue will be at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19106. The third worship venue will be Al Aqsa Islamic Center Mosque, 1501 Germantown Ave. (at 3rd and Jefferson streets), Philadelphia, PA 19122. Complete the entire march or join at any point. For details on times, route, recommended clothing, parking, etc. click here. Send questions by email to InterfaithPeaceWalk@gmail.com. See more information and feedback by clicking here.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (YAFs))

REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING RETREAT, APRIL 27-29

It’s time to get your registration in for the Young Adult Friends Spring Retreat, which will be held April 27-29 at Green Street Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Registrations are due by April 22. The theme is “Renewal,” which will be carried out in worship sharing, a hike in the Wissahickon, a free time activities. It will end Sunday morning with a closing circle and worship with Green Street Meeting. Cost: $35, with scholarships available. To register online, click here.

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR YAFs TRAVEL & WITNESS

PYM has grants that can support Young Adult Friends in travel and witness. Have a project you need funding to get going? Check out the grants available: Friends Institute funds projects, Pemberton funds travel, and International Outreach funds international projects and travel. The next application deadline is June 1. To get information online, click here and look for the Travel & Witness application.

MIDDLE SCHOOL & YOUNG FRIENDS

WEEKEND OUTING AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 4-6

Middle Schoolers and Young Friends are invited to a weekend outing on May 4-6 with Caln Quarterly Meeting at Camp Swatara in the Pokonos. Enjoy games, worship sharing, hiking to the rock pile, and lots of activities for non-hikers, too. You must register by April 20 to ensure your place by clicking here. No walk ins are permitted. If you miss the deadline, you must contact coordinator Melinda Werner Bradley to be placed on a waiting list in case there are cancellations.

TAKE ACTION

CALENDAR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM EVENTS

The organization 350 Philadelphia provides an excellent online calendar of many opportunities for environmental activists To see it, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 6, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Reflection on Healing by a British Friend

My first experience of healing came when I was ill for many weeks with lung and respiratory problems and in an extremely physically weak condition. Whilst fighting for each painful breath, I began to think I might not recover and lay in a twilight world of sleep, pain, and exhaustion, but yet knowing “Thy will be done.”

It would have been so easy to let life slip at this point, but it was exactly then that I felt a surge of energy go through my body, and I knew that it was right for me to be given more time on earth and that I would recover…

As that energy passed through me, I remembered clearly and strongly a dear member of my Meeting and wondered if she was praying for my recovery. I continued to hold onto her image in my mind and began to feel the strength returning to my body. She later told me she had indeed prayed for me daily and had sometimes been joined by other Friends for intercession.

I knew experientially I had been upheld in God’s healing light and power, and it is this experience that has made me so convinced of the healing ministry. I know there may be more mundane, matter-of-fact explanations for my recovery, but in extremis and in great need, I was reaching for far more than the mundane.

–Joolz Saunders, reprinted in Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2002

SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 8, 2018

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

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Becky Johnson & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Margaret Guerra & Frank Fisher

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

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

*AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

APRIL 8, 2018

Reading of query and opening worship

March’s minutes

Care and Visiting Committee report

Fiscal Committee presentation of draft budget

Standing Nominating Committee report

Racial and Social Justice Committee report

Approval of FCNL priorities (attached)

Consideration of CPMM Minute on Mass Incarceration (attached)

Worship and Ministry Committee report

Presentation of Minute from Religious Life of the School Committee

Announcements and Correspondence

Closing worship

MEETING NEWS

JOIN US FOR CHILI LUNCH, APRIL 15 — AND BRING A FRIEND!

Come one, come all for delicious food and divine company at our spring Chili Lunch on Sunday, April 15! Everyone is invited to bring a friend to worship at 10:30 a.m. and stay for chili lunch because this a “Bring-a-Friend-to-Meeting” event. There will be several kinds of chili, including vegetarian, as well as other yummy “fixin’s.” We’ll pull out board games and playing cards for even more fun and fellowship, so bring your friend and your favorite games. This much-loved event (with a new twist) is brought to us by the kindness of our Young Friends, and our Outreach and Fellowship committees. Although there is no charge, donations are appreciated to help cover costs. For information, contact Anne Stassen (annebillstassen@yahoo.com).

PHYSICIST TO SPEAK ON RISK FROM NUCLEAR WEAPONS, APRIL 26

Zia Mian will speak on “Raising the Risk of Nuclear War: The U.S., Russia, North Korea, and Iran” on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Zia Mian is a noted speaker, physicist, and co-director of the Program on Science & Global Security at Princeton University. The location for his talk will be either the social room in our meetinghouse or Yarnall Auditorium at Germantown Friends School, depending on availability. This will be announced next week.

Last year, the United Nations adopted a landmark treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons from the planet, but this was not approved by those countries possessing nuclear weapons, such as the United States. The danger posed by nuclear weaponry is at an all-time high, as the current U.S. administration threatens to withdraw from our nuclear treaty with Iran, and tensions build with North Korea and Russia. Come hear this expert speaker unpack today’s threats and opportunities. Presented by Germantown Meeting’s Working Group on the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. (Germantown Monthly Meeting approved a minute to support this treaty at our January 14 Meeting for Business.)

ADULT CLASSES IN APRIL

There will be three Adult Classes this month, each on a Sunday but at different times:

April 15, at 9 a.m. Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Engagement Coordinator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will give a presentation on “Hand in Hand: a conversation about planning and welcoming an active children and youth community in the meeting.” Come early for light refreshments.

April 22, at 6 p.m. potluck dinner, featuring Mike Huber and fellows from Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), who will lead a discussion. Mike’s role at QVS is to help fellows and monthly meetings work better together. Please bring a dish large enough to share with the group

April 29, at 9 a.m. Jody Dodd will speak on the Restorative Justice Initiative in the Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney. Come early for light refreshments.

GFS NEEDS HOMESTAY FAMILIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Families who could provide homestays to international students are needed by Germantown Friends School (GFS) for the 2018-2019 school year. Considerable support is offered through a $1,000 per month stipend for each family; sharing of information and news with other host families; gatherings and celebrations; and academic, social, and emotional support for the students. If you are interested, contact Penka Slavova, GFS Coordinator of International Student Life (pslavova@germantownfriends.org).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

LETTER FROM CARL SIGMOND

Dear Friends,

I have accepted the Operations Manager position at Earthdance! For those who don’t know, Earthdance is a workshop and retreat center in western Massachusetts that is also a global hub for the type of dance that I practice – contact improvisation [CI]. CI has become an increasingly important part of my life over the past year and a half, teaching me so much about myself, the world, and the relationship of the two. In accepting this position at Earthdance, I am honored to be supporting a community and organization that has CI at its core. I have been wanting to live and work at Earthdance since last May, and that was a big part of my decision to move east in November. AND NOW I’M HERE!

To all who have supported me through this huge life transition, THANK YOU! I worked so hard to get here, mainly because I felt so intensely drawn to serve this community. Now that I am here and stepping into the Operations Manager position, that chapter closes and a new one opens. I am expecting that this next chapter will bring its own challenges and difficulties, which of course will just be opportunities for more learning and growth.

Sending love from the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts,

Carl [Sigmond]

MEMORIAL FOR LOVIDA HARDIN COLEMAN, JR., MAY 19 IN D.C.

The memorial service for our member Lovida Hardin Coleman, Jr., will be on Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m., at Friends Meeting of Washington, DC, 2111 Florida Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20008-1912. Lovida Coleman, Jr., 68, died Jan. 5 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. She is survived by her mother, Lovida Hardin Coleman, Sr.; her brothers, William Thaddeus Coleman, III, and wife Allegra, and Hardin L. Kennedy Coleman and wife Gail; four nephews, a step-niece and many loving friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lovida Hardin Coleman Scholarship at Germantown Friends School, 31 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144, or to the Lovida Hardin Coleman Fund at Smith College, 23 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

DRUM CIRCLE MEETS AT BURLINGTON MEETINGHOUSE, APRIL 8

Bring your drum, tambourine, shakers, or any other instruments to add to the music at a community drum circle to be held at Burlington Meetinghouse & Conference Center, 340 High St., Burlington, NJ 08016. It will take place on Sunday, April 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A few instruments are available to borrow. Designed so everyone can participate. Cost: $5. Future drum circles will be held every month; to see the schedule, click here. For information on taking public transportation to the meetinghouse, driving directions, or free parking space, click here.

ROB SMITH TO SPEAK ON PANEL ABOUT WELLNESS, APRIL 12

Our member Rob Smith will be on a panel of experts on wellness, speaking on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. The title of the presentation is “Friends in Fellowship: Living Well: A Panel Discussion on Tools for Wellness.” Other panel members are Glenn Ellis, a wellness expert and medical ethicist with a weekly radio program on health strategies and well-being, and Katy Hawkins of Chestnut Hill Meeting engages body, mind, and spirit through the study of yoga. Rob, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, has written a number of books, including The Vitamin Cure for Arthritis and The Vitamin Cure for Eye Disease. Free. To register online, click here. For information, contact Grace Sharples Cook, 215-241-7115.

DOCUMENTARY FILM & DISCUSSION ON RIVER BLUE, APRIL 14

The documentary film RiverBlue will be show Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m., at Green Street Friends Meeting, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. The film delves into the destruction of some of the world’s most vital rivers, due to waste from clothing manufacturing. Free admission, child care, refreshments, and parking. For more, click here to send an email inquiry or call 267-285-0553.

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his ­for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER MEETS ON APRIL 22

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its next meeting for business, potluck, and a program on spiritual deepening and healing on Sunday, April 22, at Green Street Meetinghouse, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. Friends are invited to worship with Green Street Meeting at 10:30, followed by a potluck lunch at 11:45 a.m. The program begins at 1 p.m., followed by meeting for business at 2:30 p.m. The day will end at 4 p.m. All are welcome. For information, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LECTURE ON INTERACIAL JUSTICE BY POWER, APRIL 12

Maya Wiley will speak on sustaining POWER’s movement for racial justice and confronting today’s challenges on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m., at Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123. Afterward, there will be a panel discussion moderated by the Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler. This event is part of the Inaugural Racial Justice Lecture and Conversation, presented by POWER, an interfaith organization to which Germantown Meeting belongs. For information on POWER, click here.

PRESENTATION ON IMMIGRATION CRISIS, APRIL 13

Donald M. Kerwin, executive director of the Center for Migration Studies in New York City, will speak on “The Country We Want to Be: A Faith-based Reflection on Immigrants and Refugees in the 21st Century” on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., at Sugarloaf Conference Center, 9220 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Presented by New Sanctuary Movement and cosponsored by a several churches in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, and Germantown. Everyone welcome. Free admission and parking. For directions, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 29

The 15th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beginning of the march and the first worship venue will be at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. The second worship venue will be at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19106. The third worship venue will be at Al Aqsa Islamic Center Mosque, 1501 Germantown Ave. (at 3rd and Jefferson streets), Philadelphia 19122. Complete the entire march or join at any point. For details on times, route, recommended clothing, parking, etc. click here. Send questions by email to InterfaithPeaceWalk@gmail.com. See more information and feedback at facebook.com/PhiladelphiaInterfaithPeaceWalk.

FCNL TAKING APPLICATION FOR ADVOCACY CORPS

The Advocacy Corps is a 9 month-long program where young adults between the ages of 19-30 get paid to organize their local community around federal legislation. Advocacy Corps organizers connect local activists and leaders with their local member of Congress to affect big, long-term change. During the course of this program, Advocacy Corps organizers learn critical organizing skills and put them into practice with hands-on leadership experience. Click here for more information and an online application.

TAKE ACTION

SPRING CLEAN UP AT VERNON PARK, APRIL 8

Join other folk from the Germantown area to help clean up Vernon Park on Sunday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the tool shed when the day begins or come whenever you can. Tools and work gloves provided. Dress for outside wok and bring drinking water. Register online. (Rescheduled from Saturday, April 7, due to a predicted snow storm.)

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 30, 2018

The Meeting Office will be closed on Good Friday, March 30. Emails and telephone calls will be returned on Monday, April 2.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

And this is the Comfort of the Good,
That the Grave cannot hold them,
And that they live as soon as they die.
For Death is no more
Than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
Death, then, being the way and condition of life,
We cannot love to live,
If we cannot bear to die.

They that love beyond the World, cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies.
Nor can Spirits ever be divided
That love and live in the same Divine Principle
The Root and Record of their Friendship.
If Absence be not Death, neither is theirs.

–William Penn, ‘Some Fruits of Solitude’ in The Witness of William Penn

SCHEDULE, Sunday, April 8, 2018

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see Agenda* below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Jean & Parvin Sharpless

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson

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

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

*AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

APRIL 1, 2018

Reading of query and opening worship
March’s minutes
Care and Visiting Committee report
Standing Nominating Committee report
Racial and Social Justice Committee report
Approval of FCNL priorities
PQM Minute on Mass Incarceration (attached)
Worship and Ministry Committee report
Announcements and Correspondence
Closing worship

MEETING NEWS

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE DISCUSSION GROUP BEGINS APRIL 5

The first meeting of the book discussion group on The Doomsday Machine, by Daniel Ellsberg, will be Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse. Those attending should read at least the first two chapters of the book in advance. Daniel Ellsberg, who is famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers in the early 1970s, was an inside planner of the U.S. government’s nuclear schemes. If you would like to be part of this book group, contact Joanne Sharpless or Ed Nakawatase.

GMM ART EXHIBIT A ROUSING SUCCESS!

What a wonderful time we had! A big “Thank You!” to all the incredibly talented artists who submitted and trusted me with their art! Another big “Thank you!” to Rob Smith and Richard Harvey, who helped me hang the show. What patience and kindness! I am so grateful to have had this experience with all of you! And “Thank you!” to the generous art lovers who bought several pieces and books!! We raised almost $500 for the GMM General Fund, with promises of more to come!

Cary Anne Kane’s critters and copies of Lucy-Bell’s book Meet John Dough, Superhero; A Political Fantasy will be for sale after worship this Sunday. After that, you may contact them directly to make purchases.

Note: Several people requested the art exhibit be an annual event. There was also an idea for a musical version. Let me know if this is desirable or if you have any other ideas for Fellowship and FUN! Stay tuned for a Game Night soon! –Candice Price and the Fellowship Committee

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his ­for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER MEETS ON APRIL 22 AT GREEN STREET MEETING

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its next meeting for business, potluck, and a program on spiritual deepening and healing on Sunday, April 22, at Green Street Meeting, 45 W. School House Lane, in Germantown. Friends are invited to worship with Green Street Meeting at 10:30, followed by a potluck lunch at 11:45 a.m. The program begins at 1 p.m., followed by meeting for business at 2:30 p.m. The day will end at 4 p.m. All are welcome. For information, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

EASTER EGG HUNT AT AWBURY ARBORETUM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Take the family to Awbury Arboretum for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. Free, although donations are appreciated. No registration required. Spring bulbs and light refreshments for sale. Awbury Arboretum is at 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138. For more information, click here.

YOGA ON THE PORCH AT AWBURY ARBORETUM

Every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., there will be a free yoga session on the porch of the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia PA 19138. Bring your own mat or borrow one from the Awbury community. Led by Lauren Stables and Julian Hinson. Sessions will be held April 4, 11, 18, and 25, and May 2 and 9. For information, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 29

The 15th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beginning of the march and the first worship venue will be Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. The second worship venue will be Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19106. The third worship venue will be Al Aqsa Islamic Center Mosque, 1501 Germantown Ave. (at 3rd and Jefferson streets), Philadelphia 19122. Complete the entire march or join at any point. For details on times, route, recommended clothing, parking, etc. click here. Send questions by email to InterfaithPeaceWalk@gmail.com. See more information and feedback.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 23, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

And let us remember that true prayer begins when we put aside spasmodic, erratic, and irregular efforts, when we take ourselves in hand and subject ourselves to a discipline, when we order our existences according to the principles that will deepen the life of prayer, owing that the right relationship with God is of prime importance and that prayer is at the heart of it. Gradually, irrevocably, we find as we walk the path that every part of our lives calls for revision: routine, recreation, relationship with others, perhaps even our vocation — all must be brought together so as to operate from the center. –Helen Hole, Prayer, Pendle Hill Pamphlet no. 123, p.19, 1962

SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 25, 2018

9 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Adult Class: Follow-up on setting FCNL priorities, led by Bill Cozzens

Closers Bobbie Horowitz & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Tom Grabe & friend

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

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

This week children will meet in age level groups. The older group will learn about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the last summer of his life. The younger group will look at a similar theme.

Call for supplies for Easter egg hunt: We need donations of hard boiled eggs to dye and candy to fill plastic Easter eggs, which will be used in our traditional Easter Day hunt. If you can help, please email Dorothy Cary.

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS TO FOLLOW UP ON FCNL PRIORITIES, MARCH 24

Bill Cozzens, our Meeting’s representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will lead us in a discussion to firm up our recommendations for FCNL’s 2019 legislative priorities. Adult class begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 10:20 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments beforehand. Childcare available.

MEETING’S ART EXHIBIT, MARCH 24

Germantown Meeting will present an Artists and Artisans Exhibit on Saturday, March 24, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the front entry hall of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School. It will feature fine art in a range of media, created by our members and attenders. Several artists will sell a piece of their art and donate the proceeds to our Meeting’s general fund. Come, see our fellow members’ talents and help meet this year’s budget. The show will remain hung through Sunday afternoon, so you can view it after meeting for worship. The exhibitors are Rebecca Hoenig, Richard Harvey, Peter Samuels, Jim Hart, Ruth Seeley, Rob Smith, Tom Sharpless, Karen Lightner, Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers, Cary Anne Kane, Jondhi Harrell, Ian Cozzens, Leila Sawyer, Derek Gant, and Candice Price. Cary Anne Kane will also sell crafts to benefit Quaker Voluntary Service in Boston. –Candice Price

NEWS OF FRIENDS

JAMES DAVIS FEATURED IN ONLINE WHYY ARTICLE

Every wonder what other people see in Germantown? Our member James Davis has lots of good answers and shares them in a delightful article by Annette John-Hall on the WHYY website: “Black middle class finds refuge in East Germantown’s diversity, gentrifying on their own terms.” To read it, click here. (With a tip of the hat to Ruth Seeley for submitting this great find of an article about one of our own!)

If something new or exciting has happened to you or one of your family members, please send it to Melissa Elliott, editor of the BEE, so she can share it in this space, where everybody else hear about it, too!

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

YEARLY MEETING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 24

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on the theme “How Our Lives Speak,” will take place March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3303 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. This is a one-day event where Friends gather for fellowship, worship, learning, and carrying out the work of our yearly meeting. Features programs for youth of all ages, as well as adults

PLAN AHEAD

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his wife. The unveiling will take place in the burial ground, followed by a memorial meeting for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 29

The 15th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beginning of the march and the first worship venue will be at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. The second worship venue will be at Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St, Philadelphia 19106. The third worship venue will be at Al Aqsa Islamic Center Mosque, 1501 Germantown Ave. (at 3rd and Jefferson streets), Philadelphia 19122. Complete the entire march or join at any point. For details on times, route, recommended clothing, parking, etc., click here. Send questions by email to InterfaithPeaceWalk@gmail.com.

TAKE ACTION

PHILADELPHIA MARCH FOR GUN CONTROL, MARCH 24

Tomorrow, March 24, there will be a march in Philadelphia–in solidary with the march in Washington, DC — to demand an end to the epidemic of gun violence and to honor the lives lost in Florida last month. For more information, click here.

POWER PRESENTS OSCAR ROMERO SOLIDARITY LECTURE, MARCH 26

Sheila Armstrong and David Mosenkis will speak on the disparity in education funding in Pennsylvania at the Oscar Romero Solidarity Lecture on Monday, March 26. The lecture will take place in Driscoll Auditorium at Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085. It is sponsored by POWER, an interfaith organization that brings together Philadelphians across lines of race, income levels, faith traditions, and diverse cultures and tradition to build broad-based power for policy change. For information, click here.

GOOD FRIDAY ‘PRAYER FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY,’ MARCH 30

Honor the many meanings of Good Friday and take part in nonviolent resistance on Friday, March 30, at noon, at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest nuclear weapons contractor and war profiteer. The demonstration takes place at Mall and Goddard Boulevards, directly behind the King of Prussia Mall. For those who want to participate in nonviolent resistance/civil disobedience and face arrest, meet onsite at 11 a.m. to discuss intended actions. To read the nonviolent discipline of the Brandywine Peace Community, click here. For information, call Bob Smith at 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 18, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the fulfillment of our fundamental responsibility of bringing men and women to God, there are openings for every Friend. Some have gifts that will help those with spiritual problems; others are better equipped to meet intellectual difficulties; all must strive for a rich and joyous fellowship in the meetings into which we should draw seeking souls. We must go out to those around us in a spirit of love and prayer, letting our lives speak. –Christian Faith & Practice, London Yearly Meeting, 1933

SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 18, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class: Continued spiritual self-assessment of our Meeting*

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Tom & Ellie Elkinton

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Pam Pittenger & Laura Seeley

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

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

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.
MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS, MARCH 18: SPIRITUAL SELF-ASSESSMENT OF MEETING

This Sunday, March 18, at 9 a.m., we will continue our work on spiritual self-assessment of our Meeting, which we began at a Meeting retreat on Saturday, March 10. The discussion will be led by Karen Lightner. This is for a report requested by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Come a little early for light refreshments and coffee. Child care is available. The two queries we will address this Sunday are:

1. What practices and strategies are employed by our Meeting to help members and attenders of all ages prepare for worship — whether in meeting for worship or in meeting for business? What can we do better?

2. To what priorities does God call our Meeting?

ADULT CLASS, MARCH 24, FOLLOWING UP ON FCNL PRIORITIES

Bill Cozzens, our Meeting’s representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will lead us in a discussion to firm up our recommendations for FCNL’s 2019 legislative priorities. This class begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 10:20 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments beforehand. Childcare available.

COMING SOON: MEETING’S ART EXHIBIT, MARCH 24

Germantown Meeting will present an Artists and Artisans Exhibit on Saturday, March 24, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the front entry hall of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School. It will feature fine art in a range of media, created by our members and attenders. Several artists will sell a piece of their art and donate the proceeds to our Meeting’s general fund. Come, see our fellow members’ talents and help meet this year’s budget. The show will remain hung through Sunday afternoon, so you can view it after meeting for worship. The exhibitors are Rebecca Hoenig, Richard Harvey, Peter Samuels, Jim Hart, Ruth Seeley, Rob Smith, Tom Sharpless, Karen Lightner, Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers, Cary Anne Kane, Jondhi Harrell, Ian Cozzens, Leila Sawyer, Derek Gant, and Candice Price. Cary Anne Kane will also sell crafts to benefit Quaker Voluntary Service in Boston. –Candice Price

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS FORMING

Juicy subjects and lively sharing are in store for those who take part in the following book discussion groups. If you would like to take part in any or all of these, contact Joanne Sharpless, 215-279-2668. Here they are:

1. Last call for folks interested in discussing Never Caught by Erica Dunbar

2. Just forming: The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg

3. Midnight in Broad Daylight : A Japanese Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

‘VIOLENCE & NONVIOLENCE,’ A PASTORAL THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 17

This event will include workshops and panels about resolving and transforming interpersonal conflict in Quaker meetings, managing violent people, and making our meeting safe places. Entitled “Violence & Nonviolence,” it is a Thread Gathering sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Falsington Meeting, 9300 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054. Please RSVP by clicking here.

LECTURE: AFRICAN AMERICANS, QUAKERS, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, MARCH 20

Learn about how Quaker ideals of religious freedom contrasted with the reality of African Americans in the Jim Crow days of the early twentieth century. Tisa Wenger, from Yale Divinity School, will speak on this subject in Chase Auditorium at Haverford College on Tuesday, March 20, at 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by Quaker Studies at Haverford, the Distinguished Visitors Program. For more information, click here.

YEARLY MEETING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 24

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on the theme “How Our Lives Speak,” will take place March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3303 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. This is a one-day event where Friends gather for fellowship, worship, learning, and carrying out the work of our yearly meeting. Features programs for youth of all ages, as well as adults. Register here so planners can get a count for lunch preparations.

PLAN AHEAD

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his wife. The unveiling will take place in the burial ground, followed by a memorial meeting for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SPRING HIKES IN WISSAHICKON WOODS

Hike in the Wissahickon woods this spring with FitC (Friends in the City). Click on the dates to get more information about individual hikes and register for when you want to go: March 21; April 4; April 18. Liz Fox is coordinating and leading these hikes. Contact her by clicking here or call her at 215-432-8747.

TAKE ACTION

KATHY KELLY TO SPEAK AT PROJECT HOME, MARCH 18

International peace activist and long-time war resister, Kathy Kelly, will speak on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m., at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 19130. Sometimes called “the spiritual embodiment of the peace movement,” Kathy Kelly has traveled extensively throughout the world, bringing a personal message of love and commitment to end violence and improve people’s lives. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and The Alternative Seminary. Free; donations welcome. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 17-20

Spring Lobby Weekend for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be March 17-20 this year in Washington, D.C. It will focus on the subject of immigration. Hundreds of F/friends attend this annual event, learning lobbying skills, hearing policy briefings, visiting congressional offices, and joining a network of passionate advocates. For information, click here.

‘DEMAND THE BAN’ OF ASSAULT WEAPONS, MARCH 21

Join a demonstration on Wednesday, March 21, to call for making semi-automatic assault weapons illegal nationwide. Gather at 10 a.m. at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, in Old City, Philadelphia, to see the “re-purposing” of an assault weapon into a garden tool. At 11 a.m., join a procession to Sen. Pat Toomey’s office, 200 Chestnut St., where there will be a rally demanding Toomey cosponsor S.2095, Assault Weapons Ban of 2017. For those trained in nonviolent civil disobedience, there will be an action at noon in which participants will risk arrest. To participate in nonviolent civil disobedience, call in advance: Terry Rumsey, 484-326-1370. To find out more about “Demand the Ban,” click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 9, 2018

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS SUNDAY!

Be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. That way, you’ll make it to Meeting for Worship on time. (Sleepy stragglers welcome, however.) For more information on Daylight Saving Time, click here. (Thanks to Rob Smith for this reminder)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

A Quaker social concern seems characteristically to arise in a sensitive individual or very small group… The concern arises as a revelation to an individual that there is a painful discrepancy between existing social conditions and what God wills for society and that this discrepancy is not being adequately dealt with. The next step is the determination of the individual to do something about it — not because this individual is particularly well-fitted to tackle the problem, but simply because no one else seems to be doing it. –Dorothy H. Hutchinson, 1961

SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 11, 2018

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

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Anthony Stover & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Lisa Holgash & Dudley Burdge

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

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

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.

AGENDA — MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Query reading and worship

Minutes from February

Care & Visiting Committee Report

Standing Nominating Committee Report

Friends Council on National Legislation Report

Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

HEAT’S ON! WE WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY IN BIG MEETING ROOM, AS USUAL

Thank you, Tom Sharpless, for all the hard work of getting heat in the meetinghouse again! Tom reports that the company from which we purchased the heater for the meetinghouse just three years ago came and replaced it this week. It’s nice and cozy in the meetinghouse now, so we will hold meeting for worship in the meeting room this Sunday, March 11.

A special thank you also goes to members of our Worship & Ministry Committee for making arrangements for us to hold worship in the Committee Room last Sunday. It involved setting up a number of space heaters and a lot of chairs, and getting the word out to all of us.

And, thank you to all the people who made a special effort to come to meeting for worship, regardless of the situation. It turned out to be a warm and loving time together, with many lovely, thought-provoking messages about the worth of being together. –Ed.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS FORMING

Juicy subjects and lively sharing are in store for those who take part in the following book discussion groups. If you would like to participate in any or all of these, contact Joanne Sharpless. Here they are:

1. Last call for folks interested in meeting to discuss Never Caught by Erica Dunbar

2. Just forming: TheDoomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg

3. Midnight in Broad Daylight :A Japanese Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR MEETING’S ART EXHIBIT, MARCH 24

Germantown Meeting will present an Artists and Artisans Exhibit on Saturday, March 24, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the front hall of the entry hall of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School. It will feature paintings, illustrations, photographs, drawings, prints, and fiber art by our members and attenders. The show will remain hung through Sunday afternoon so anyone who cannot come Saturday evening can see the show after meeting for worship. The exhibitors are Rebecca Hoenig, Richard Harvey, Peter Samuels, Jim Hart, Ruth Seeley, Rob Smith, Tom Sharpless, Karen Lightner, Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers, Cary Anne Kane, Jondhi Harrell, Ian Cozzens, and Candice Price. Beverages will be served. It should be wonderful! –Candice Price

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘VIOLENCE & NONVIOLENCE,’ A PASTORAL THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 17

This event will include workshops and panels about resolving and transforming interpersonal conflict in Quaker meetings, managing violent people, and making our meeting safe places. Entitled “Violence & Nonviolence,” it is a Thread Gathering sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Falsington Meeting, 9300 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054. Please RSVP by clicking here.

FRIENDS SCHOOLS TAKE ACTIONS ON GUN VIOLENCE

The mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has given rise to a wave of student activism across the country, such as student-led marches, walk-outs, and legislative demands. Several Friends schools have joined this initiative to our knowledge, notably Wilmington Friends School, Westtown School, and Friends Select School. Plus, the heads of six Friends schools in New York state joined heads of more than 150 schools in New York state in signing an open letter to the nation’s president and lawmakers, stating their position against gun violence. The letter was published as a full-page ad in The New York Times on Sunday, Feb. 25. To read more from the online newsletter of Friends Council on Education, click here.

YEARLY MEETING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 24

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on the theme “How Our Lives Speak,” will take place March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3303 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. This is a one-day event where Friends gather for fellowship, worship, learning, and carrying out the work of our yearly meeting. Features programs for youth of all ages, as well as adults. Please Register here so planners can get a count for lunch preparations.

PLAN AHEAD

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his wife. The unveiling will take place in the burial ground, followed by a memorial meeting for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward worship, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SPRING HIKES IN WISSAHICKON WOODS

Hike in the Wissahickon woods this spring with FitC (Friends in the City). Click on the dates to get more information about individual hikes and register for when you want to go: March 21; April 4; April 18. Liz Fox is coordinating and leading these hikes. Contact her by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

KATHY KELLY TO SPEAK AT PROJECT HOME, MARCH 18

International peace activist and long-time war resister, Kathy Kelly will speak on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m., at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 19130. Sometimes called “the spiritual embodiment of the peace movement,” Kathy Kelly has traveled extensively throughout the world, bringing a personal message of love and commitment to end violence and improve people’s lives. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and The Alternative Seminary. Free; donations welcome. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

REGISTER NOW FOR FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 17-20

Spring Lobby Weekend for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be March 17-20 this year in Washington, D.C. It will focus on the subject of immigration. Hundreds of F/friends attend this annual event, learning lobbying skills, hearing policy briefings, visiting congressional offices, and joining a network of passionate advocates. For information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 2, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity. –Malcolm X, in Letter to the Egyptian Gazette

SCHEDULE, Sunday, March 4, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship in Committee Room*

Closers Becky Johnson & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Kate Kaman & friend

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

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

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.
MEETING NEWS

*MEETING FOR WORSHIP IN COMMITTEE ROOM THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 4

This Sunday, March 4, we will meet for worship in the Committee Room (the big room where we hold meeting for business) because the boiler in the meetinghouse has died. Space heaters will be used to make the temperature comfortable, and chairs will be arranged in concentric circles. It will be a cozy and lovely time together, so, be sure to join us. — Karen Lightner, clerk of Worship & Ministry

RETREAT ON STATE OF THE MEETING REPORT, MARCH 10

Our Meeting will hold a day-long retreat on Saturday, March 10, to work on the State-of-the-Meeting Report, which is requested from us the year by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Lunch will be provided. Talk to DaveMettler or Karen Lightner for details.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS FORMING

Juicy subjects and lively sharing are in store for those who take part in the following book discussion groups. If you would like to take part in any or all of these, contact Joanne Sharpless. Here they are:

1. Last call for folks interested in meeting to discuss Never Caught by Erica Dunbar

2. Just forming: TheDoomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg

3. Midnight in Broad Daylight :A Japanese Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR MEETING’S ART EXHIBIT, MARCH 24

Germantown Meeting will present an Artists and Artisans Exhibit on Saturday, March 24, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the front entry hall of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School. The exhibit will feature paintings, illustrations, photographs, drawings, prints, and fiber art by our Meeting members and attenders. The show will remain hung through Sunday afternoon so anyone who cannot come Saturday evening can see it after meeting for worship. The exhibitors are Rebecca Hoenig, Richard Harvey, Peter Samuels, Jim Hart, Ruth Seeley, Rob Smith, Tom Sharpless, Karen Lightner, Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers, Cary Anne Kane, Jondhi Harrell, Ian Cozzens, and Candice Price. Beverages will be served. It should be wonderful! –Candice Price

NEWS OF FRIENDS

THREE MEETING MEMBERS IN LOCAL ART EXHIBIT

LucyBell Jarka-Sellers, Emily Paulmier, and Rebecca Hoenig, all members of Germantown Meeting, are among nearly 60 women artists whose work is displayed in an all-woman show at the iMPeRFeCT Gallery imperfectgallery.quarespace.com, 5539 Germantown Ave. the opening reception is Saturday, March 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 31

If something new or exciting has happened to you or one of your family members, please send it to Melissa Elliott, so she can share it in this space, where everybody else hear about it, too! –Ed.
QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

DOCUMENTARY ON TRUMP’S ELECTION TACTICS, MARCH 10

Donald Trump won the presidential election by three states, a victory that was engineered by big, conservative money and Facebook ads targeted at potential swing voters. These are among the facts detailed in the documentary Trumping Democracy, will on Saturday, March 10, at 6 p.m. at Green Street Monthly Meeting as part of the Documentaries and Discussion Series. The film will be followed by a speaker (to be named), who will lead a discussion on protecting the integrity of our election process. Free admission, childcare, and parking. For information, contact Bethann DiGiovanni, secretary of Green Street Meeting.

‘VIOLENCE & NONVIOLENCE,’ A PASTORAL THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 17

This event will include workshops and panels about resolving and transforming interpersonal conflict in Quaker meetings, managing violent people, and making our meeting safe places. Entitled “Violence & Nonviolence,” it is a Thread Gathering sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Falsington Meeting, 9300 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054. Please RSVP by clicking here.
YEARLY MEETING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 24

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on March 24, from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3303 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. This is a one-day event where Friends gather for fellowship, worship, learning, and carrying out the work of our yearly meeting. Features programs for youth of all ages, as well as adults. For information, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

UNVEILING OF GRAVE MARKER FOR SARAH & BENJAMIN LAY, APRIL 21

The grave marker for Benjamin and Sarah Lay will be unveiled in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Abington Monthly Meeting, 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046. Benjamin Lay was an eccentric Quaker abolitionist, vegetarian, and humanitarian in the mid-1700s. Sarah Smith Lay was his wife. The unveiling will take place in the burial ground, followed by a memorial meeting for worship in the meetinghouse. Afterward, Quaker actor Benjamin Lloyd will present a reenactment of Benjamin Lay’s activism. Everyone is welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WOMEN’S HISTORY SERIES AT WYCK HOUSE BEGINS MARCH 3

A series of three Saturday presentations in March will honor women who called the historic Wyck House their home in periods during 1690-1973. The series begins on March 3, with a session at 11 a.m. about three sisters who grew up as members of Germantown Monthly Meeting. Their commitment to horticulture continues to influence practices at Wyck and local gardens. On Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., Lucy Say, a gifted artist and naturalist, is the subject, and on March 17, Harriet Tubman will take the limelight. There is a charge for admission for each session. Tickets may be arranged in advance by clicking here, where you will also find more details.

HERB GARDENING WORKSHOP AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, MARCH 6

Learn how to propagate and tend a thriving herb garden at a workshop by Emily Murphy, organic gardener and author of Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plants Families to Change Your Life, on March 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Cost: $10. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Find out more and register online by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

KATHY KELLY TO SPEAK AT PROJECT HOME, MARCH 18

International peace activist and long-time war resister, Kathy Kelly, will speak on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m., at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 19130. Sometimes called “the spiritual embodiment of the peace movement,” Kathy Kelly has traveled throughout the world, bringing a message of love and commitment to end violence and improve people’s lives, and standing with the oppressed, resulting in repeated arrests and prison terms. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and The Alternative Seminary. Free; donations welcome. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

REGISTER NOW FOR FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 17-20

Spring Lobby Weekend for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be March 17-20 this year in Washington, D.C. It will focus on the subject of immigration. Hundreds of F/friends attend this annual event, learning lobbying skills, hearing policy briefings, visiting congressional offices, and joining a network of passionate advocates. For information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 23, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Recognition that God’s Light is in every person helps us to overcome our apparent separation and differences from others; it leads to a sympathetic awareness of their needs and a sense of responsibility towards them. Friends believe that the more widely and clearly the Light is recognized and followed, the more the human family will come into harmony and peace. “Therefore,” wrote George Fox, “in the Light wait, where unity is.” –Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class: “Charter Schools & Public Education” (see below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers TBA

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Lucy Bell & Hannes Jarka-Sellers

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

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

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.
MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS: ‘CHARTER SCHOOLS & PUBLIC EDUCATION,’ FEB. 25

This Sunday, Feb. 25, our adult class will hear a presentation on “Charter Schools & Public Education,” by our members Kate O’Shea, James Earle Davis, and Ayesha Imani, all of whom are educators in Philadelphia. It will begin at 9 a.m., with light refreshments beforehand. For information, contact JoanneSharpless.

FCNL ADVOCACY GROUPS FORMING

If you would like to find out about forming an FCNL Advocacy Group, contact Margie Spaeth. The theme for 2018 is avoiding war with North Korea, but the training will be helpful in addressing other advocacy issues as well.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS FORMING

Juicy subjects and lively sharing are in store for those who take part in the following book discussion groups. If you would like to take part in any or all of these, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org). Here they are:

1. Last call for folks interested in meeting to discuss Never Caught by Erica Dunbar

2. Just forming: TheDoomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg

3. Just forming: Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto

RETREAT ON STATE OF THE MEETING REPORT, MARCH 10

Our Meeting will hold a day-long retreat on Saturday, March 10, to work on the State-of-the-Meeting Report, which is requested from us this year by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Lunch will be provided. More details will be forthcoming.
NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE ON HELEN NICHOLSON

Our member Helen Nicholson, who took a bad fall earlier this winter, is now back at Stapeley Hall, continuing her recovery. We are told that she would probably enjoy receiving cards and notes and messages. The address is Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley Hall, 6300 Greene St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

If something new, exciting, or noteworthy has happened to you or one of your family members, please send it to Melissa Elliott, editor of the BEE, so she can share it in this space, where everybody else hear about it, too!

YOUNG FRIENDS (18 to 35ish)

REGISTER NOW FOR FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 17-20

Spring Lobby Weekend for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be March 17-20 this year in Washington, D.C. It will focus on the subject of immigration. Hundreds of young adults annually attend this event, learning lobbying skills, hearing policy briefings, visiting congressional offices, and joining a network of passionate young advocates. For information, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS
DOCUMENTARY FILM: TEACH US ALL AT GFS, FEB. 25

The documentary film Teach Us All will be shown Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building at Germantown Friends School. The film depicts the movement to provide equal access to quality education for all students in the United States. Everyone is welcome to this screening, which will be followed by a town hall-style talk back. Appropriate for children in grade six and above, as well as adults Light refreshments. Please RSVP right away by clicking here.

WORKSHOP ON ‘LGBTQ-FRIENDLY BIBLE STORIES,’ MARCH 2-4, AT PENDLE HILL

A weekend workshop will be held March 2-4 at Pendle Hill on ‘Reclaiming Our Stories: Exploring LGBTQ-friendly Bible Stories.’ Performance artist and Bible scholar Peterson Toscano will lead the group in studying, discussing, and exploring Bible stories. Participants will reassess the anti-LGBTQ readings of the Bible, comparing notes and using playful exercises to bring the characters to life. For information and to register online, click here.

‘VIOLENCE & NONVIOLENCE,’ A PASTORAL THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 17

This event will include workshops and panels about resolving and transforming interpersonal conflict in Quaker meetings, managing violent people, and making our meeting safe places. Entitled “Violence & Nonviolence,” it is a Thread Gathering sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Falsington Meeting, 9300 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054. Please RSVP by clicking here.

YEARLY MEETING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 24

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on March 24, from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3303 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. This is a one-day event where Friends gather for fellowship, worship, learning, and carrying out the work of our yearly meeting. Features programs for youth of all ages, as well as adults. More information will be available soon.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

INFO SESSION ON SENIOR LEGAL ISSUES, FEB. 26

“The Nuts and Bolts of Senior Legal Issues” will be presented by tax and estates lawyer Daniel Ross at Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Includes information on the new tax law. Free. Sponsored by Northwest Village Network. For information, contact Faye Ross.

PROGRAM ON HEALTHY HEART HABITS FOR OLDER ADULTS, FEB. 27

How do you maintain or improve your heart health as you age? This and related questions will be addressed at a free educational program on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the downtown Ralston Center, 3615 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Elisabeth Collins, a doctor and fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Geriatrics, will answer questions and talk about what you can do now to improve your cardiovascular health and overall well-being. The free program is followed by a free lunch. Registration is required: call 215-386-2984 or email contact@ralstoncenter.org. Cosponsored by Ralston Center and Keystone Center for Geriatric Care & Education. Supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

WOMEN’S HISTORY SERIES AT WYCK HOUSE BEGINS MARCH 3
A series of three Saturday presentations in March will honor women who called the historic Wyck House their home in periods during 1690-1973. The series begins on March 3, with a session at 11 a.m. about three sisters who grew up as members of Germantown Monthly Meeting. Their commitment to horticulture continues to influence practices at Wyck and local gardens. On Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., Lucy Say, a gifted artist and naturalist, is the subject, and on March 17, Harriet Tubman will take the limelight. There is a charge for admission for each session. Tickets may be arranged in advance by clicking here, where you will also find more details.

HERB GARDENING WORKSHOP AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, MARCH 6

Learn how to propagate and tend a thriving herb garden at a workshop by Emily Murphy, organic gardener and author of Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plants Families to Change Your Life, on Tuesday, March 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Cost: $10. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Find out more and register online by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

WORK TO CREATE GREEN JOBS & LEGISLATION FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

POWER, an interfaith organization, is looking for committed people to join its Climate Justice Working Group. POWER is building a movement of people to spread information and advocate to change corporate policies, affect legislation, and make an impact on state regulations. For more information, send an email message to jgreenberg@powerinterfaith.org or agiancatarino@powerinterfaith.org.

HEAR KATHY KELLY SPEAK ON HUMAN FACE OF WAR, MARCH 18

International peace activist and long-time war resister, Kathy Kelly, will speak on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m., at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia 19130. Sometimes called “the spiritual embodiment of the peace movement,” Kathy Kelly has traveled extensively throughout the world, bringing a personal message of love and commitment to end violence and improve people’s lives. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and The Alternative Seminary. Free; donations welcome. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 16, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It is a bold and colossal claim that we put forward — that the whole of life is sacramental, that there are innumerable “means of grace” by which God is revealed and communicated — through nature and through human fellowship, and through a thousand things that may become the “outward and visible sign” of an “inward and spiritual grace.” –A. Barrett Brown, 1932

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class: FCNL’s 1019 legislative priorities,* presented by Bill Cozzens

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Ted & Margie Spaeth

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Joan McIlvaine & family

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

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

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY

Adult Class will be held at 9 a.m., on the following two Sundays. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

*February 18 “The World We Seek: FCNL’s Statement of Legislative Policy,” presented by Bill Cozzens, our Meeting’s representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Bring your concerns to discuss what FCNL’s priorities should be for lobbying during the 116th Congress, which starts in January 2019. Attached is a file of the FCNL booklet “The World We Seek,” which describes the ideals behind FCNL’s lobbying. To read it online, click here.

February 25 “Charter Schools and Public Education,” presented by our members Kate O’Shea, administrative staff at Wissahickon Charter School, and James Davis, faculty member in the College of Education of Temple University.

FOR AN EASY JOB WITH A GOOD VIEW, TRY BEING A MEETING CLOSER!

What is a closer? One of the two people who sit on the facing bench in meeting for worship and signal worship is ended by shaking hands. Then one of the closers stands and introduces both of them, welcomes everyone to our spiritual fellowship, asks visitors to introduce themselves, and reads the announcements. It’s as simple as that. There’s even a sheet of directions. Plus, those who have done it often say that just sitting up front and looking into people’s faces, along with taking that little bit of responsibility, gives a person a new view of our community. Would you like to try it? Please say yes, and call Rebecca Hoenig who is filling slots for the coming months. These are the dates currently available: February 25, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 20, May 20, and all Sundays in June.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE ON BOBBY HILL’S SINGING EVENTS

Our attender Bobby Hill, who, as a boy soprano, sang for Pope Francis when he was in Philadelphia in September 2015, is now an extraordinary tenor with many performances to his credit. To see photos from some of these, go to his Facebook page by clicking here.

MARRIAGE OF ABIGAIL CARY

Our member Abigail Densmore Cary married Max Hillman on July 7, 2017, “in a largely Jewish ceremony,” according to her Aunt Dorothy Cary. The couple’s new address is in St. Louis, MO 63130. The bride goes by the name “Abigail Cary Hillman.”

If something new and exciting has happened to you or one of your family members, send it to Melissa Elliott gmm@germantownfriends.org, editor of the BEE, so she can share it in this space, where everybody else can find out about it and learn more about you!

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

PUB THEOLOGY TO TAKE PLACE ON FEB. 22

The next Pub Theology even for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) — both Quakers and friends of Friends — will be on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5:40 p.m. to 8 p.m. The location is to be determined. For information, contact Meg Rose, Young Adult Engagement Coordinator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 215-241-7228. Go to the website by clicking here.

REGISTER NOW FOR FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 17-20

Spring Lobby Weekend for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will be March 17-20 this year in Washington, D.C. It will focus on the subject of immigration. Hundreds of young adults annually attend this event, learning lobbying skills, hearing policy briefings, visiting congressional offices, and joining a network of passionate young advocates. For information, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

DOCUMENTARY FILM: TEACH US ALL AT GFS, FEB. 25

The documentary film Teach Us All will be shown Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, in the Sharpless Building at Germantown Friends School. The film depicts the movement to provide equal access to quality education for all students in the United States. Everyone is welcome to this screening, which will be followed by a town hall-style talk back. Appropriate for children in grade six and above, as well as adults Light refreshments. Please RSVP right away by clicking here.

PLAN AHEAD

‘VIOLENCE & NONVIOLENCE,’ A PASTORAL THREAD GATHERING, MARCH 17

This event will include workshops and panels about resolving and transforming interpersonal conflict in Quaker meetings, managing violent people, and making our meeting safe places. Entitled “Violence & Nonviolence,” it is a Thread Gathering sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Falsington Meeting, 9300 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054. Please RSVP by clicking here.

YEARLY MEETING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 24

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on March 24, from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, 3303 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. This is a one-day event where Friends gather for fellowship, worship, learning, and carrying out the work of our yearly meeting. Features programs for youth of all ages, as well as adults. More information will be available soon.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PROGRAM ON HEALTHY HEART HABITS FOR OLDER ADULTS, FEB. 27

How do you maintain or improve your heart health as you age? This and related questions will be addressed at a free educational program on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the downtown Ralston Center, 3615 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. Elisabeth Collins, a doctor and fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Geriatrics, will answer questions and talk about what you can do now to improve your cardiovascular health and overall well-being. The free program is followed by a free lunch. Registration is required: call 215-386-2984 or email. Cosponsored by Ralston Center and Keystone Center for Geriatric Care & Education. Supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

WOMEN’S HISTORY SERIES AT WYCK HOUSE IN MARCH

A series of three Saturday presentations in March will honor women who called the historic Wyck House their home in periods during 1690-1973.The series begins on March 3, with a session at 11 a.m. about three sisters whose commitment to horticulture continues to influence practices at Wyck and local gardens. On Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., Lucy Say, a gifted artist and naturalist, is the subject, and on March 17, Harriet Tubman will take the limelight. There is a charge for admission for each session. Tickets may be arranged in advance by clicking here, where you will also find more details.

HERB GARDENING WORKSHOP AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, MARCH 6

Learn how to propagate and tend a thriving herb garden at a workshop by Emily Murphy, organic gardener and author of Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plants Families to Change Your Life, on March 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Cost: $10. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Find out more and register online by clicking here.

REMINDER
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR JAPANESE AMERICANS, FEB. 17

Pamela Rotner Sakamoto will speak on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., on her book, Midnight in Broad Daylight, at Cathedral Village Hall, 600 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. To read an introduction and reflection about the book by our member Teresa Maebori, see the attachment to this email message: Day of Remembrance-TMaebori 2-2018.

TAKE ACTION

JOIN P.O.W.E.R.’S FEDERAL ISSUES WORKING GROUP
Would you like to work with a local interfaith group on federal issues and legislation? P.O.W.E.R. https://powerinterfaith.org, of which Germantown Monthly Meeting is a member, is inviting people to join its Federal Issues Working Group. Topics to be addressed include Dreamers and immigrant families, the Affordable Care Act, and the tax bill that makes corporate welfare permanent and gives 85 percent of its benefits to the wealthiest 1 percent of U.S. citizens. If interested, contact Kate Esposito with the subject line “Federal Issues.” P.O.W.E.R. is committed to building communities of opportunity that work for everyone and represents more than 50 congregations in Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER WITH EARTH QUAKER ACTION TEAM (EQAT)

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is always looking for volunteers to help it address the effects of climate change and wok for a just and sustainable economy. Some of the skills needed are: researching issues to build understanding of its campaign, making phone calls to volunteers, creating arts and crafts for action props, cooking food to bring people together, facilitating large and small groups, proofreading communications materials, videotaping to share EQAT’s story, and fundraising to keep the organization financially stable. EQAT is a grassroots, nonviolent action group that includes Quakers and people of other beliefs. To get involved,read more, and fill out an application, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 2, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There are times of dryness in our individual lives, when meeting may seem difficult or even worthless. At such times one may be tempted not to go to meeting, but it may be better to go, prepared to offer as our contribution to the worship simply a sense of need. In such a meeting, one may not at the time realise what one has gained, but one will nevertheless come away helped. –Berks & Oxon QM Ministry & Extension Committee, Britain Yearly Meeting, 1948

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Kate O’Shea & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Norris & Usha Childs

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

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

This Sunday, Feb. 4, First-day School children will make Valentines to be mailed to older Meeting members.

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.

MEETING NEWS

COMING: ‘GERMANTOWN MEETING ART GALLERY’

The Fellowship Committee presents “The Germantown Meeting Art Gallery!” Fine Arts and Crafts made by our very own talented Members (and attenders). Come out and see Friends’ talent and enjoy refreshment in March (exact date and time TBA). Please email Candice Price if you are interested in submitting some of your finished pieces to a one-night art exhibit. Would you be interested in selling them as a donation to the retreat fund? or assistance fund? Not a requirement. –Candice Price

THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HATS, GLOVES & SCARVES FOR TCRC! We collected bags and boxes of warm clothing for the folks at The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), an agency directed by our member Jondhi Harrell for people returning from prison and their families. It’s just in time for the next cold spell, which, according to weather forecasters, is headed our way! A great, big THANK YOU to everybody who donated the beautiful, warm things to help protect people from the wind and the weather and the freezing temperatures!

READ THE WINTER GMM NEWSLETTER ONLINE

To read the winter issue of our Meeting’s newsletter online, click here. Thanks go to our newsletter editor, Candice Price, as well as to Rob Smith, who posts the newsletter online, and to a crew of back-up people who help with writing, editing, and other tasks.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR J. MORRIS EVANS, FEB. 10

The memorial service for J. Morris Evans will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., at Gwynedd Friends Meeting, 1101 Dekalb Pike, North Wales, PA 19454. A reception will follow in the community room of the Meeting. His ashes will be interred with his wife’s in Germantown Meeting’s burial ground. For information, contact his son, Joseph M. Evans, Jr., 302 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

FOR THE YOUNG

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is a year-long fellowship program (August 26, 2018, through July 2019) in which young adults 21 to 30 years old live communally, work full time at social service and social change agencies, and explore themes of spiritual and personal growth with local Quakers. The application deadline is March 15. More information about the fellowship program and the application form are available by clicking here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FRIENDS IN FELLOWSHIP: WISSAHICKON HABITAT REPAIR, FEB. 8 Restoration ecologist and field botanist Will Ryan will speak on ‘Wissahickon Habitat Repair–Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things’ on Thursday, Feb. 8, at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, in Philadelphia. Gather at 7 p.m. in the parlor. The 30-minute talks begins at 7:20 p.m. in the meeting room, followed by questions and answers. This event is part of series of free events, called ‘Friends in Fellowship,’ which bring together Friends and fellow travelers for fellowship, refreshments, and networking. You are encouraged to RSVP by clicking here so planners can make sure there are enough refreshments. To view other events in this series, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FILM ON BONHOEFFER TO BE SHOWN AT PROJECT HOME, FEB. 10 The film Bonhoeffer: A Legacy of Faith and Resistance for Our World Today will be shown at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 9:30 a.m. This 93-minute documentary tells the dramatic story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the young German theologian who openly challenged the Church during the Nazi regime to stand with the Jews. He eventually joined his family in a plot to kill Hitler, a crisis of conscience for those who believe in nonviolent resistance. Light breakfast to be served. A $10 donation is requested to cover costs, although you are encouraged to come even if you can’t pay. Sponsored by The Alternative Seminary. Please RSVP by Feb. 6 to Will O’Brien, 215-842-1790.

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMPS Pamela Rotner Sakamoto will speak on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., on her book, Midnight in Broad Daylight, at Cathedral Village Hall, 600 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. The book is an intimate look at the lives of a Japanese American family in World War II, physically split between Japan and the United States, and on opposite sides of the international conflict. The event is sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League, University of Pennsylvania/Asian American Studies Program, and Pan-Asian Community House. To read an introduction and reflection about the book by our member Teresa Maebori, see the attachment to this email message: Day of Remembrance-TMaebori 2-2018.

TAKE ACTION

CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL IN SPIRIT OF OLYMPIC TRUCE OF KOREAS There will be a candlelight vigil on Friday, Feb. 9, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Philadelphia City Hall’s plaza on the side facing 15th & Market Street. The vigil calls for peace, with no more threats of nuclear war, in the spirit of the historic decision by North and South Korea to march into the upcoming Winter Olympic Games together. Candles, signs, and banners will be available. Sponsored by a coalition of regional peace groups, including the Coalition for Peace Action, Brandywine Peace Community, Granny Peace Brigade, and the Peace Center of Delaware County. For information, click here or call Ed Aguilar, 215-480-7744.
OFFICE NOTES

With thanks to our contributors for this issue: Jody Hobbs, Rebecca Hoenig, Becky Johnson, Dorothy Cary, Rob Smith, Jondhi Harrell, Candice Price, Joseph Evans, Jr., Teresa Maebori, Bob Smith. –Ed

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 26, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

God’s revelations are more likely to be perceived and used to better advantage if the body has been trained for health, the hand for work, the mind for thought, and if the attention has been directed toward spiritual truth … When called to serve in public office, Friends should consider the public good rather than personal preference and convenience. –Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Race Street), 1927

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

9 a.m. Adult Class: Report on Meeting in Holy Land,* by Christie Duncan-Tessmer

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Karen Lightner & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Randall & Leanna Whitman

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

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

Next Sunday, Feb. 4, First-day School children will make Valentines to be mailed to older Meeting members.
Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.

MEETING NEWS

*ADULT CLASS, JAN. 28: PYM REPORT ON MEETING IN HOLY LAND

On Sunday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m., there will be an Adult Class in our social room. Christie Duncan-Tessmer, General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will report on the National Council of Churches’ meeting in Beirut, Cairo, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org). Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

CANCELLED: MEETING RETREAT AT CAMP SWATARA

Sadly, we did not have enough confirmed interest in a Retreat on April 6-8 so we did not book Swatara. There is not a clear path forward at the moment, but I am sure we will be looking at ways to foster the sense of community that the Retreat provided. –Jody Hobbs, clerk of Retreat Committee

REMINDER: GMM COMMITTEE CLERKS TO MEET JAN. 31

There will be a meeting of all committee clerks of Germantown Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., in the social room. Dessert will be served. If the clerk of a community cannot attend, a representative is requested. The agenda will be to plan the process for creating our State of the Meeting Report.

READ THE WINTER GMM NEWSLETTER ONLINE

To read the winter issue of our Meeting’s newsletter online, click here. Thanks go to our newsletter editor, Candice Price, as well as to Rob Smith, who posts the newsletter online, and to a crew of back-up people who help with writing, editing, and other tasks.

COMING: ‘GERMANTOWN MEETING ART GALLERY’

The Fellowship Committee presents “The Germantown Meeting Art Gallery!” Fine Arts and Crafts made by our very own talented Members (and attenders). Come out and see Friends’ talent and enjoy refreshment in March (exact date and time TBA). Please email Candice Price candicegardendesign@verizon.net if you are interested in submitting some of your finished pieces to a one-night art exhibit. Would you be interested in selling them as a donation to the retreat fund? or assistance fund? Not a requirement. –Candice Price

COLLECTING HATS, GLOVES & SCARVES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is collecting hats, gloves, and warm scarves throughout January, due to this frigid weather. These items will be given to returning citizens (people who are returning to society after being in prison), their families, kids in TCRC’s after-school neighborhood program, at-risk youth, and any kids seen walking past the TCRC office without gloves, hats, or scarves. Jondhi Harrell, director of TCRC and a member of Germantown Meeting, says the clothing need not be expensive — just warm, clean, and in like-new condition. There will be a box for donations located in the social room this Sunday and throughout January.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members of Germantown Monthly Meeting who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to http://www.friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the schoo year 2018-2019 should be turned in no later than Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SYDNEY COFFIN TO SPEAK ABOUT TEACHING, JAN. 25

Our member Sydney Hunt Coffin will speak on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., on ‘Teaching to the Heart, Teaching to the Mind’ at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Sydney teaches English at Edison-Fareira High School in North Philadelphia, is a Yale National Initiative Fellow for improvement of public education, and serves on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council. He will share his methods for fostering students’ creative expression through poetry and art. He will be joined by Chris Bond, an attender at Crosswicks Meeting and a high school social studies teacher. Chris will address the impact of research in neuroscience on educational decisions and the importance of learning standards that involve social and emotional aspects of students. Free. For information, contact Grace Sharples Cooke, 215-241-7115.

DEATH OF LOVIDA COLEMAN, JR.

Our member Lovida Coleman, Jr., age 68, of McClean, VA, died on January 5. She was a graduate of Germantown Friends School, Smith College, Harvard College, and Yale Law School. Her long and distinguished career in law and service to the Rand Corporation, the NAACP, and as an International Election Observer. She is survived by her mother Lovida Coleman, Sr., and her brother: William T. Coleman III and his wife Allegra, and HardinL.K. Coleman and his wife Gail. Her father, William Coleman, Jr., died last year. There will be a memorial service for her on May 19 at Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to scholarship funds in her name at Germantown Friends School or Smith College. Please see the attached obituary for details. We send our condolences to her family for the loss of this remarkable woman.

MEMORIAL FOR J. MORRIS EVANS, FEB. 10

The memorial service for J. Morris Evans will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., at Gwynedd Friends Meeting, 1101 Dekalb Pike, North Wales, PA 19454. A reception will follow in the community room of the Meeting. His ashes will be interred with his wife’s in Germantown Meeting’s burial ground. For information, contact his son, Joseph M.Evans, Jr., 302 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JAN. 27

Would you like to have a chance to spend a longer block of time worshiping with Friends? There will be an opportunity on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Gwynedd Meeting, 1101 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA 19454. All are welcome. Attend just a portion of the day or the entire day. It begins at 9:15 with arrival and gathering, worship at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a bring-your-own brown-bag lunch at 12:30 p.m., worship sharing 1:30 to 3 p.m., and clean-up and departure at 3 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET FOR BUSINESS & PROGRAM, JAN. 28

The regular Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Friends in the City (FiTC), Riverfront, 22 S. Front St., in Old City. Meeting for Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch. There will be a program at 12:30 p.m. on ‘Aging as Quakers.’ Meeting for Business will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

LECTURE: EARLY QUAKERS & LENAPE INDIANS, JAN. 28

Nancy Webster, a member of Swarthmore Meeting and scholar of Native American history, will speak on ‘The Lenape and Early Quakers in the Delaware Valley’ on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 12 noon, at Merion Friends Meetinghouse, 615 Montgomery Ave., Merion, PA 19066. She will present the culture of the Lenape Indians prior to the arrival of Europeans and the history of early interactions with Europeans, including Quakers. Nancy Webster is curator of Friends Historical Association and a long-time member of the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. (Snow date: Feb. 4).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE OF FRIENDS OF VERNON PARK

The illustrated annual report of Friends of Vernon Park is available by clicking here. Our member Ruth Seeley invites people to come to the group’s monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. to get acquainted and find out about opportunities to become involved with this lively organization. To attend, enter the Center in the Park from W. Rittenhouse St.
OFFICE NOTES

With thanks to our contributors for this issue: Rebecca Hoenig, Becky Johnson, Jody Hobbs, Dorothy Cary, Joanne Sharpless, Penny Colgan-Davis, Rob Smith, Jondhi Harrell, Candice Price, Joanne Ford, Hardin Coleman, Joseph Evans, Jr., Deborah Frazer, Ruth Seeley. –Ed

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 19, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We seem to be at a turning point in human history. We can choose life or watch the planet become uninhabitable for our species. Somehow, I believe that we will pass through this dark night of our planetary soul to a new period of harmony with the God that is to be found within each of us; and that S/He will inspire renewed confidence in people everywhere, empowering us all to cooperate to use our skills, our wisdom, our creativity, our love, our faith–even our doubts and fears–to make peace with the planet. Strengthened by this fragile faith, empowered by the Spirit within, I dare to hope. –Pat Saunders, 1987

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

9 a.m. Presentation of Germantown Friends School’s campus master plan*

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers TBA

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments TBA

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

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

This Sunday … all of the classes and Young Friends will work together on a project making hats and scarves for Martin Luther King Day. Many hands will make lots of hats and scarves, so everyone is welcome to help!

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS, JAN. 21: GFS CAMPUS MASTER PLAN, JAN. 21

This Sunday’s Adult Class will be a presentation about the master plan for the campus of Germantown Friends School, with a discussion of issues and possibilities Representatives from DIGSAU Architecture and Leslie Gill Architect will be present to lead the discussion. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org). Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

ADULT CLASS, JAN. 28: PYM REPORT ON NCC MEETING IN HOLY LAND

On Sunday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m., there will be an Adult Class in the social room of our meetinghouse. Christie Duncan-Tessmer, General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will report on the National Council of Churches’ meeting in Beirut, Cairo, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments.

COLLECTING HATS, GLOVES & SCARVES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is collecting hats, gloves, and warm scarves throughout January, due to this frigid weather. These items will be given to returning citizens (people who are returning to society after being in prison), their families, kids in TCRC’s after-school neighborhood program, at-risk youth, and any kids seen walking past the TCRC office without gloves, hats, or scarves. Jondhi Harrell, director of TCRC and a member of Germantown Meeting, says the clothing need not be expensive–just warm, clean, and in like-new condition. There will be a box for donations located in the social room this Sunday and throughout January.

COMING: ‘GERMANTOWN MEETING ART GALLERY’

We’re going to have an exhibit of our own members’ and attenders’ arts and crafts, and everyone is invited to submit things. Sponsored by our Fellowship Committee, it is expected to take place in March, with the exact date to be arranged. If you are interested in submitting some of your finished pieces for this one-night exhibit, please get in touch with Candice Price. Also, would you be interested in selling one or more of your things, with the money going toward a Meeting interest such as the retreat fund or assistance fund? This is not a requirement to enter, just a note that the opportunity exists.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members of Germantown Monthly Meeting who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to http://www.frindseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2018-2019 should be turned in no later than Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SYDNEY COFFIN TO SPEAK ABOUT TEACHING, JAN. 25

Our member Sydney Hunt Coffin will speak on Thursday, Jan. 25, on ‘Teaching to the Heart, Teaching to the Mind’ at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Sydney teaches English at Edison-Fareira High School in North Philadelphia, is a Yale National Initiative Fellow for improvement of public education, and serves on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council. He will share his methods for fostering students’ creative expression through poetry and art. He will be joined by Chris Bond, an attender at Crosswicks Meeting and a high school social studies teacher. Chris will address the impact of research in neuroscience on educational decisions and the importance of learning standards that involve social and emotional aspects of students. Free. For information, contact Grace Sharpless Cooke, 215-241-7115.

MEMORIAL FOR J. MORRIS EVANS, FEB. 10

The memorial service for J. Morris Evans will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., at Gwynedd Friends Meeting, 1101 Dekalb Pike, North Wales, PA 19454. A reception will follow in the community room of the Meeting. His ashes will be interred with his wife’s in Germantown Meeting’s burial ground. For information, contact his son, Joseph M. Evans, Jr., 302 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.
QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SPEAKER ON DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY, JAN. 22

The documentary ‘The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code’ will be shown at Pendle Hill, a Quaker study and conference center, on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn. It presents the origins of our nation’s laws in a Christian-based sanction to seize territory and subdue non-Christian people. Free. Pendle Hill’s address is 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. For information, call John Meyer, 610-566-4507, ext. 129, or click here.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JAN. 27

Would you like to have a chance to spend a longer block of time worshiping with Friends? There will be an opportunity on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Gwynedd Meeting, 1101 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA 19454. All are welcome. Attend just a portion of the day or the entire day. It begins at 9:15 a.m. with arrival and gathering, worship at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a bring-your-own brown-bag lunch at 12:30 p.m., worship sharing 1:30 to 3 p.m., and clean-up and departure at 3 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET FOR BUSINESS & PROGRAM, JAN. 28

The regular Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Friends in the City (FiTC), Riverfront, 22 S. Front St., in Old City. Meeting for Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch. There will be a program at 12:30 p.m. on ‘Aging as Quakers.’ Meeting for Business will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

LECTURE: EARLY QUAKERS & LENAPE INDIANS, JAN. 28

Nancy Webster, a member of Swarthmore Meeting and scholar of Native American history, will speak on ‘The Lenape and Early Quakers in the Delaware Valley’ on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 12 noon, at Merion Friends Meetinghouse, 615 Montgomery Ave., Merion, PA 19066. She will present the culture of the Lenape Indians prior to the arrival of Europeans and the history of early interactions with Europeans, including Quakers. Nancy Webster is curator of Friends Historical Association and a long-time member of the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. (Snow date: Feb. 4)

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE OF FRIENDS OF VERNON PARK

The illustrated annual report of Friends of Vernon Park is available by clicking here. Our member Ruth Seeley invites people to come to the group’s monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. to get acquainted and find out about opportunities to become involved with this lively organization. To attend, enter the Center in the Park from W. Rittenhouse St. in Germantown.

OFFICE NOTES

With thanks to our contributors for this issue: Rebecca Hoenig, Becky Johnson, Dorothy Cary, Joanne Sharpless, Jondhi Harrell, Candice Price, Joanne Ford, Joseph Evans, Jr., Deborah Frazer, Ruth Seeley. –Ed

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 12, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The true warrant for prayer is the sense of need. The blessing is still for the poor, for the mourners, for them that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Let none allow the rush of engagements or the hurry of business to crowd their opportunities for private retirement and waiting upon God. The more our engagements multiply, the greater is the call to watch unto prayer. He who is a stranger to prayer … finds, to his unspeakable loss, that a life without prayer is a life practically without God. –London Yearly Meeting, 1877, 1888

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business,* social room

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closers Jondhi Harrell & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments

Greetings & Refreshments Rebecca Hoenig and Nancy Tyson

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

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

This Sunday … all of the classes and Young Friends will work together on a project making hats and scarves for Martin Luther King Day. Many hands will make lots of hats and scarves, so everyone is welcome to help!

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.

*AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Query reading and opening worship

December’s minutes

Care and Visiting Committee

Racial and Social Justice Committee — approval of the GMM proposed minute in support of the UN’s ban on nuclear weapons*

Marriage Committee report

Report from FCNL

Report from the meeting of Philadelphia Quarter

Correspondence and Announcements Closing worship

*GERMANTOWN MEETING STATEMENT ON THE TREATY
ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

On July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly, by a vote of 122 to 1, approved a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The comprehensive scope of this treaty is heartening and unprecedented. But the obstacles to the treaty’s full implementation are enormous. No country with nuclear weapons supported the treaty. The United States and other nuclear powers have been hostile to it as they maintain the dangerous logic of nuclear deterrence and the possibility of nuclear devastation. This important UN action has received too little publicity. It is clear that the treaty needs to be widely publicized in this country and throughout the world.

We, members of Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, strongly support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We applaud the initiative of Multnomah (OR) Friends Meeting in alerting Friends to the importance of this international instrument. We are guided on this issue by the Quaker Peace Testimony, which calls on us to live in the virtue of that life that takes away the occasion of all wars. We affirm the longstanding work of Friends and others in calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, which, like chemical and biological weapons, deserve to be singled out for their particularly horrifying nature. We strongly support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and call upon the United States and all nations to sign and ratify it. We ask others to walk with us as we seek all nonviolent methods for achieving the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons and a more peaceful world.

Summary of the treaty: http://www.icanw.org/the-treaty/

The treaty: http://undocs.org/A/CONF.229/2017/8

FCNL perspective: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/taking-it-home-736

MEETING NEWS

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL

Everyone is invited to join in the Martin Luther King Day of Service at Germantown Friends School this Monday, Jan. 15. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a speaker in Poly Auditorium at 9 a.m. Participants go to their choice of service projects at 9:30 a.m. A free luncheon is provided at 11:45 a.m. This year’s theme focuses on the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign and Dr. King’s effort to gain economic justice for poor people in this country. For more information, click here.

COLLECTING HATS, GLOVES & SCARVES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is collecting hats, gloves, and warm scarves throughout January for returning citizens (people who are returning to society after being in prison), their families, kids in TCRC’s after-school neighborhood program, at-risk youth, and any kids seen walking past the TCRC office without gloves, hats, or scarves. Clothing need not be expensive–just warm, clean, and in like-new condition. There will be a box for donations located in the social room this Sunday and throughout January. For information, contact our member Jondhi Harrell, director of TCRC, 215-791-0645.

ADULT CLASSES IN JANUARY

These two Adult Classes are planned for January, with details to come later:

January 21, 9 a.m. Presentation of Germantown Friends School’s Campus Master Plan

January 28, 9 a.m. Christie Duncan-Tessmer, General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Report on the National Council of Churches meeting in Beirut, Cairo, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members of Germantown Monthly Meeting who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to http://www.frindseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2018-2019 should be turned in no later than Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

QUAKER EVENTS

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT ARCH STREET, JAN. 17

There will be a midweek meeting for worship on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Arch Street Meetinghouse, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia.

SPEAKER ON DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY, JAN. 22

Nancy Webster, a 14th generation Quaker, member of Swarthmore Meeting, and scholar of Native American history, will speak at Pendle Hill on Monday, Jan. 22. Her topic is “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code,” which is about the origins of our nation’s laws in a Christian-based sanction to seize territory and subdue non-Christian people. Free. Pendle Hill’s address is 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. For information, call John Meyer, 610-566-4507, ext. 129, or click here.

EXTENDED MEETING FOR WORSHIP AT GWYNEDD MEETING, JAN. 27

Would you like to have a chance to spend a longer block of time worshiping with Friends? There will be an opportunity on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Gwynedd Meeting, 1101 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA 19454. All are welcome. Attend just a portion of the day or the entire day. It begins at 9:15 a.m. with arrival and gathering, with worship from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a bring-your-own brown-bag lunch at 12:30 p.m., with worship sharing from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Clean-up and departure will be at 3 p.m. If you need childcare, contact Lola Geog by Monday, Jan. 15.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SYDNEY COFFIN TO SPEAK ABOUT TEACHING, JAN. 25

Our member Sydney Hunt Coffin will speak on Thursday, Jan. 25, on “Teaching to the Heart, Teaching to the Mind” at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Sydney teaches English at Edison-Fareira High School in North Philadelphia, is a Yale National Initiative Fellow for improvement of public education, and serves on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council. He will share his methods for fostering students’ creative expression through poetry and art. He will be joined by Chris Bond, an attender at Crosswicks Meeting and a high school social studies teacher. Chris will address the impact of research in neuroscience on the importance of learning standards that involve social and emotional aspects of students. Free. For information, contact Grace Sharples Cooke, 215-241-7115.

QUAKER EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO HOLD MEETING FOR BUSINESS, JAN. 28

The regular Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Friends in the City (FiTC), Riverfront, 22 S. Front St., in Old City, Philadelphia. Meeting for worship begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown-bag lunch. The program at 12:30 p.m. will be “Aging in Place, Quaker Retirement Homes, and Related Issues.” Meeting for business will b 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LEARN TO MAKE SEED BALLS AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, JAN. 18

Help the birds and critters in your yard make it through winter by learning to make seed balls for them at a workshop at Awbury Arboretum on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 pm. To 8:30 p.m. If you don’t have a yard for you seed ball(s), toss it out at Awbury before you leave. This workshop kicks off the Arboretum/s “2018: Year of the Pollinator” series. Free. Registration required. Location: Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138.

TAKE ACTION

HONOR MLK’S BIRTH WITH PEACE ACTION AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, JAN. 25

The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be remembered with nonviolent action at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest weapons manufacturer and profiteer, on Monday, Jan. 25. The demonstration begins at noon and ends at 2 p.m. There will be banners, drums, posters, and tolling of the Brandywine Peace Community’s traditional bell for peace, justice, nonviolence, and love. The option of civil disobedience is available for those who attend an onsite 11 a.m. planning meeting. Dress for the weather. The demonstration will be held in front of Lockheed Martin’s offices on the edge of the King of Prussia Mall, 230 Mall Boulevard (intersection of Mall & Goddard boulevards). For information, click here or contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

MASS INCARCERATION SERVICE DAY, JAN. 15

Help assemble basic hygiene kits for prisoners on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15, for a project by Mennonite Central Committee. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Circle of Hope Church, 1125 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA. The hygiene kits are to meet basic human needs and to help restore hope and dignity for people in prison. A panel presentation will featurr community leaders and former prisoners, sharing stories and discussing the roles of race, poverty, and law in mass incarceration. For information, click here.
OFFICE NOTES

WITH THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Thank you to this week’s contributors: Kathy Paulmier, Jondhi Harrell, Rebecca Hoenig; Becky Johnson, Dorothy Cary, Penny Colgan-Davis,

Karen Lightner, Joanne Ford; Joanne Sharpless, Grace Sharples Cooke, Hollister Knowlton, Bob Smith. –Ed.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 5, 2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Dialogue with Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O Gracious One, according to your steadfast love;
According to your abundant kindness,
forgive me where my thoughts and deeds have hurt others.
Lead me in the paths of justice; guide my steps on paths of peace!
….
You have placed your truth in the inner being;
therefore, teach me the wisdom of the heart.
Forgive all that binds me in fear, that I might radiate love;
cleanse me that your light might shine in me.
Fill me with gladness; help me to transform weakness into strength.
Look not on my past mistakes but on the aspirations of my heart.

–Nan C. Merrill

SCHEDULE, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Donna Wilhelm & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments
Greetings & Refreshments Toni Berger and Becky Johnson

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

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

Volunteers appreciated: We have a great team of teachers, but we’re always looking for help.

MEETING NEWS

NEXT SUNDAY IS MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Reminder: Next Sunday, Jan. 14, we will hold Meeting for Business at 9 a.m. in the social room. The agenda will be printed in next Friday’s BEE (Jan. 12). For questions, contact our clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis. Below are the text and three informational links for the proposed minute supporting nuclear disarmament, which we will consider for approval. Once approved, the minute will go to Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting to be considered for approval by all monthly meetings in the Quarter, with the goal of taking it to Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in July.

GERMANTOWN MEETING STATEMENT ON THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

On July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly, by a vote of 122 to 1, approved a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The comprehensive scope of this treaty is heartening and unprecedented. But the obstacles to the treaty’s full implementation are enormous. No country with nuclear weapons supported the treaty. The United States and other nuclear powers have been hostile to it as they maintain the dangerous logic of nuclear deterrence and the possibility of nuclear devastation. This important UN action has received too little publicity. It is clear that the treaty needs to be widely publicized in this country and throughout the world.

We, members of Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, strongly support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We applaud the initiative of Multnomah (OR) Friends Meeting in alerting Friends to the importance of this international instrument. We are guided on this issue by the Quaker Peace Testimony, which calls on us to live in the virtue of that life that takes away the occasion of all wars. We affirm the longstanding work of Friends and others in calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, which, like chemical and biological weapons, deserve to be singled out for their particularly horrifying nature. We strongly support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and call upon the United States and all nations to sign it. We ask others to walk with us as we seek all nonviolent methods for achieving the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons and a more peaceful world.

Summary of the treaty
The treaty
FCNL perspective

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR POP-UP WINE & CHEESE EVENTS
Friends, this is your last chance to sign-up for the winter Pop-Up Wine & Cheese gatherings (and there will be tea at one of them). Just a few spots remain for each date. This is a great opportunity to get to know people outside of Meeting. Contact Paige Carter by email or call her to RSVP. All Pop-Ups will start promptly at 3 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. The host(s) will email you with the exact address once you RSVP. Here are the dates, hosts, and neighborhoods:

Jan. 20 Peter & Kate Yeomans, Germantown — kid friendly
Jan. 27 Paige & Sam Carter, Fairmount — kid and dog friendly
Feb. 3 Karen Lightner, Mt. Airy — tea & tea sandwiches, with no wine & cheese!
Feb. 10 Jess & Colin Sandberg, Germantown — kid, dog, and cat friendly
Feb. 17 Moira Duggan, Roxborough
Feb. 24 Dan Jones, Jenkintown

COLLECTING HATS, GLOVES & SCARVES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) is collecting hats, gloves, and warm scarves throughout January, due to this frigid weather. These items will be given to returning citizens (people who are returning to society after being in prison), their families, kids in TCRC’s after-school neighborhood program, at-risk youth, and any kids seen walking past the TCRC office without gloves, hats, or scarves. Jondhi Harrell, director of TCRC and a member of Germantown Meeting, says the clothing need not be expensive — just warm, clean, and in like-new condition. There will be a box for donations located in the social room this Sunday and throughout January. If you would like to take things to the TCRC office, contact Jondhi Harrell (jondhi7@gmail.com) or call 215-791-0645. The TCRC office is at 3850 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia PA 19140.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Members of Germantown Monthly Meeting who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms are available online. Go to http://www.frindseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application & Timeline.” Applications for the school year 2018-2019 should be turned in no later than Feb. 1 to Joanne Ford joanne.b.ford@gmail.com, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

SAVE THE DATES FOR JANUARY ADULT CLASSES

These two Adult Classes are planned for January, with details to come later:

January 21, 9 a.m. Presentation of Germantown Friends School’s Campus Master Plan

January 28, 9 a.m. Christie Duncan-Tessmer, General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: Report on the National Council of Churches meeting in Beirut, Cairo, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.

INVITATION TO RUN A SERVICE PROJECT ON MLK DAY AT GFS, JAN. 15

Plans are underway for the Martin Luther King Day of Service at Germantown Friends School (GFS). Organizers would like to invite anyone in our Meeting to propose a project, dialogue, legislative letter writing, etc. If you are interested, contact our member Kathy Paulmier. 215-951-2325, by Tuesday, Jan. 9. The next planning meeting will be this Monday, Jan. 8, from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., in the GFS lunchroom. All are welcome. Breakfast will be provided. Kathy says they are “looking for people who would like to join with others to observe this day in a spirit of open learning and understanding across differences.” One topic for reflection is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PQM CALLED MEETING, JAN. 6, 2018

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold a called meeting on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to continue discussion of facing racism among us, white privilege among Friends, and often-unknowing oppression of others. Come at 9:45 a.m. for coffee and bagels. It will take place at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill, zip code 19118-3505. Kenyatta James will facilitate. This called meeting follows up on responses from the eight monthly meetings in the Quarter to a draft minute sent to them from the Quarter last summer. The responses were shared at the Quarter’s Oct. 22 meeting for business. For an agenda, click here.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2018-2019 QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Quaker Voluntary Service is a year-long fellowship program (August 2018 through July 2019) in which young adults 21-30 years of age live communally, work full time at social service and social change agencies, and explore themes of spiritual and personal growth with local Quakers. The application deadline is March 15. More information, including the application form, is available by clicking here.

DOCUMENTARY ON PERSECUTION OF GIRLS, JAN 13

The documentary I Am a Girl will be shown on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m., at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, in Germantown, zip code 19144. The film shows what it is like to grow up female in the twenty-first century. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty, and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. Film will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. Free admission, parking, and childcare. For directions, click here.

REGULAR PQM BUSINESS MEETING ON JAN. 28

The regular Meeting for Business of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Friends in the City (FiTC), Riverfront, 22 S. Front St., in Old City. Meeting for Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch. There will be a program at 12:30 p.m. on “Aging as Quakers.” Meeting for Business will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please note: this is a change in date from previous PQM communications. For more information, click here.

YOUNG FRIENDS

Young Adult Friends (YAF) Weekend, Jan. 5-7, at Swarthmore Meeting

Young Adult Friends (YAF), ages 18-35ish, will come together from across the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region for rejuvenation, relaxation, and deepening their connections to one another and the Spirit. The theme is ‘Empowering Our Inner Leaders.’ YAFs will gather Friday evening for dinner, opening games, get-to-know-you activities, and worship sharing. Saturday will feature workshops, free time, group time, and meeting for business. On Sunday morning, participants will join Swarthmore Monthly Meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m.

OFFICE NOTES

WITH THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Thank you to this week’s contributors: Nina Merrill, Becky Johnson, Rebecca Hoenig, Dorothy Cary, Penny Colgan-Davis, Karen Lightner, Paige Carter, Jondhi Harrell, Joanne Ford, Joanne Sharpless, Hollister Knowlton. –Ed.

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