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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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