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

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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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