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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 18, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Perhaps it is this integrity, the concept of the wholeness of creation, that will jolt humanity onto a course of sustainability, which people may see as threatening at first. Of course, change is often uncomfortable, but change is a must. We need to nurture ourselves and each other, but ultimately we need to nurture the earth–our mother. -Josephine Vallentine, 1991

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 20, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class discussion of Thomas Kelly’s pamphlet, The Gathered Meeting
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Peter Samuel & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Norris & Usha Childs

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

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room for First-day School. (Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.) This week, First-day school children will do work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, making hats and scarfs. They will be cutting, sewing, and adding decorations in the West room. The more people the better. During the coming the month, First-day School children will look at the equality testimony and Quaker history, talking about James Naylor, John Woolman, and the underground railroad.

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

MEETING NEWS

CANCELLED: MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL

Dear Friends, After careful consideration of the weather-related safety risks for our staff and families, we have decided to cancel the GFS on-campus activities planned for Monday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We are conscious of the potentially risky commutes many of our staff members, security guards, and food service employees would experience in order to create safe conditions on campus for our planned activities.

Although we were looking forward to coming together with students, families, friends, and neighbors in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., this will surely not be our last opportunity. Learning about civil rights, social justice, and nonviolent resolution to conflict are all integral to our school mission. I am proud of the thoughtful courses and student activities that take place year-round.

While Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement, and Emma Snope, Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow, will be making an effort to reschedule many of the planned activities, there are still ways you and your family can participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service in a meaningful way:

There is still time to sign up for The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service hosted by Global Citizen at Girard College. GFS volunteers will make flower arrangements and bouquets for homebound or bereaved neighbors in Germantown. If you are interested, please email Felicia Caviezel (fcaviezel@germantownfriends.org).

Holsey Temple CME Church will host a hot lunch on Tuesday, January 22. They would welcome donations of pies and cakes on Tuesday morning, and a GFS class will deliver them in time for lunch for Germantown neighbors.

You can continue to collect and prepare items to support the Parents Association’s community-wide clothing, book, and toy drive for Cradles to Crayons. From Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 25, volunteers will be accepting donations curbside on Coulter Street and in the Pennsbury-Greene lot between 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Watch the film, King in the Wilderness, which chronicles the final chapters of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.

Thank you to Amina Loder, Robyn Felzer, Kim Bynum, Kathy Paulmier, Emma Snope, John Pax, Jes Borkosky, and all of the volunteer parents and staff members who planned this meaningful day. I hope everyone has a safe, long weekend and time to reflect on the important work of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the generations of leaders who have affected positive change in our world.
— In peace, Dana Weeks, head of Germantown Friends School

THIS SUNDAY: ADULT CLASS TO DISCUSS THOMAS KELLY PAMPHLET

On Sunday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., Adult Class will discuss Thomas Kelly’s pamphlet, The Gathered Meeting. To read it online in advance, you may download it by clicking here. Please plan to come. For additional information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

CALLING ARTISTS & MUSICIANS FOR 2019 GMM ART SHOW

Adding a new dimension to last year?s popular art show, musicians from our Meeting are invited to provide accompaniment during the art show?s opening reception on Saturday, March 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Germantown Friends School. If you are willing to perform or would like your art displayed, sign up on sheets provided during coffee hour after worship, beginning this Sunday. Deadline is the end of February. Viewers will be able to see the artwork at any of three times: at the reception on March 23, or after meetings for worship on two Sundays, March 24 and March 31. For questions, contact Moira Duggan (moiracd@icloud.com).

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO TO SHOW ON SATURDAY, JAN. 26

The film Countdown to Zero will be shown on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse, with guest speaker, the Rev. Bob Moore, director of Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, NJ. Free. Everyone welcome. Doors open at 10 a.m. for light breakfast fare. Film presents new ideas from world leaders for abolishing the threat of nuclear weapons, as well as a brief history of the development and use of them. Sponsored by the Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons of Germantown Monthly Meeting, and endorsed by eight regional peace groups. For information, contact Melissa Elliott (puddinriver@sprintmail.com), clerk of the Working Group.

GMM WISSAHICKON FUN DAY: SEVERAL LEADERS STILL NEEDED

The First Annual GMM Wissahickon Fun Day, in lieu of the Camp Swatara retreat, will take place on a Saturday in May, date to be arranged. Join in the all-day fun and multi-generational fellowship, ending with a potluck picnic at Blue Bell field. We have leaders for a bike adventure on the trails, a kid-friendly art project, a hike, a birding expedition, and a tour of historic sites. Needed: leaders for a multi-generational team game, Young Friends activity, spiritual workshop or worship in the forest, and a kids? activity. Sign-up sheets will be available in the social room after meeting for worship. Questions? Contact Moira Duggan (moiracd@icloud.com).

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS NEEDED MONTHLY BY UJIMA PEACE CENTER

The Ujima Friends Peace Center, a ministry of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, distributes food to people on the last Saturday of each month. To help, bring donations to our meetinghouse of canned food, cereals, and other non-perishable staples and leave them in the plastic bins under the big table in the kitchen. Your support will be much appreciated. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless, 215-843-9226.

TIME TO APPLY FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members with children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2019-2020 are available online. Go to http://www.friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application and Timeline.” They should be turned in no later than Febuary 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

READ GMM’S 2018-2019 WINTER NEWSLETTER ONLINE

Germantown Meeting’s 2018-2019 Winter Newsletter is ready to read and view online, featuring many articles by members and photos of Meeting events. Thanks go to the many contributors: Ruth Seeley, Ada Yeomans, Barbara Wybar, Candice Price, Lindsay Stolkey, and Rob Smith; and to Candice Price for putting it together. To read it, online, click here. –Laura Seeley, clerk, Communications Committee

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ALAN & ELENOR WOODRUFF BURNED OUT OF HOME

A house fire on Friday, Jan. 11, destroyed the home of our member Alan Woodruff and his wife Elenor Hunt Woodruff. At 4:30 p.m. they were both in the house and smelled smoke. Upon going outside to look, they saw smoke billowing from the attic, called the fire department, and went back in to rescue their pets: two dogs, two cats, and a parrot. Alan says they are safe and sound, temporarily living in a two-room apartment on Main Street in Manayunk, which a friend offered them for shelter. Alan reports they do not need anything at this time because they fortunately have excellent insurance to cover living expenses, including replacement of their clothing. Their home of 32 years is a near-total ruin, and it may take up to a year to repair or rebuild it. If you wish to call Alan, he has given permission for his cell phone number to be given out from the Meeting Office. Their mailing address remains the same, for, as Alan puts it, “Our mailbox is still standing.” We send them our concern and best wishes for things to work out well in coming months. Alan will let the Meeting Office know if they need any help from Friends.

DEATH OF SAM SNIPES, QUAKER PEACE & CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST

Samuel Snipes, a Quaker peace activist and white lawyer who held off a mob of protesters while representing the first black family to move into the all-white development of Levittown, Pa., died on Dec. 31 at his family farm in Morrisville, Pa. He was 99 and was a conscientious objector during World War II. After the war, he worked for the United Nations in Germany, helping relocate refugees and escorting trainloads of displaced people returning from ghettos and concentration camps to their homes in Poland and Hungary. To read his Jan. 10 obituary in The New York Times, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

READ ABOUT ‘TOP 10 QUAKERS IN FICTION’

“Mention the Quakers, and often the image that springs to mind is the face of porridge oats: a white-haired man in a wide-brimmed hat. Modern Quakerism, it goes without saying, doesn’t feature many people who look like that–although we still retain a reputation as trustworthy, unpretentious, wholesome, and unthreateningly eccentric.” So begins an article by Bridget Collins, published online by The Guardian on Jan. 9. Written in the first person, her article, “Top 10 Quakers in Fiction,” describes ten Quaker characters who appear in novels. Read this fascinating list, which ranges from Ruth and Edward Paxmore in James Michener’s Chesapeake to Captain Bildad in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, by clicking here.

NEXT PHILA. QUARTERLY MEETING TO BE JAN. 27

You are invited to attend all or part of the next meeting of Philadelphia Quarter, which will be Sunday, Jan. 27, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. It begins with worship at 10:30 a.m. with Friends of the Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia. At rise of Meeting at 11:30 a.m., there will be refreshments and fellowship, with a chance to tour the historic building with Lynne Calamia, director of Arch Street Meeting House. At 12:30 p.m., Mike Kachur will give a 15-minute presentation on “Green Burial at Southwest Burial Ground.” At 1 p.m., Jerome Shabbaz, director of Overbrook Environmental Center, will give a one-hour presentation on “Social Architecture for Resilient & Sustainable Communities.” Quarterly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Links for background reading on Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism Within Friends General Conference, Oct. 2018 :FGC Task Force on Instit Racism – Summary; FGC Task Force on Instit Racism – Report.

COMMUNITY EVENT

MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JAN. 21

Weather permitting, there will be a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service at Historic Fair Hill on Monday, Jan. 21. It will feature street clean up and winter garden mulching from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and will take place at two locations: Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 2901 Germantown Ave.; and Semilla Children’s Garden at 4th & Somerset streets, near Julia deBurgos School. Everyone is invited to gather around a bonfire at 12 noon for readings from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons and letters, ending at 1 p.m. Wear warm clothes and work gloves. For information, call 215-844-1683, ext. 107.

AUTHOR TO SPEAK ABOUT LEAVING GUATEMALA, JAN. 23
Northwest Village Network (NVS) will host Liliana Valesquez, author of “Dreams and Nightmares” (Suenos y Pesadillas),and her editor Mark Loyd, speaking on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., at Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119-2189. Liliana’s story, written in both English and Spanish, tells of leaving her family in Guatemala when she was 14 years old and walking to the United States. She now lives in Montgomery County and is a student at Montgomery County Community College. For information, contact our member Anne Javsicas (annejavsicas@yahoo.com).

FOR THE YOUNG

WINTER WEEKEND FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS, JAN. 25-27

Middle School Friends are invited to a winter retreat on Jan. 25-27 at Medford Monthly Meeting, 14 Union St., Medford, NJ 08055. Includes small-group worship sharing, lots of laughter, group games, and new friends, as Young Friends build their own community. There will be a workshop on race, led by Mai Spann-Wilson, Oskar Castro, and Noah White from Social Justice Resource Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This workshop will help young people become more aware of their own cultural identities and views about people from different backgrounds. Cost: $75; inquire about scholarship assistance. For more information and to register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

WOMEN’S MARCH ON PHILADELPHIA, JAN, 19

To participate in the Women’s March on Philadelphia tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 19), meet on the 1700 block of Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 10 a.m. From there, you will march with others to the Philadelphia Art Museum for a rally with speakers. The theme of this year’s march is “We Shall Be Heard.” The event ends at 2 p.m. For details, go to the Facebook page by clicking here.

FCNL CALLS ON FRIENDS TO WRITE LEGISLATORS NOW, WHILE PRIORITIES ARE BEING SET

Right now is an especially effective time to contact your U.S. senators and representatives to influence their priorities for the new year. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) advises that our legislators are in the process of figuring out which bills they might support and talking with colleagues about what they can get done together. Our messages, even before most bills get introduced in the 116th Congress, can have greater influence during this period than after priorities are set. To send email messages to your legislators through FCNL’s convenient website, click here. Or, call your legislators through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. Be sure to leave a message if you don’t get a person in the legislator’s office.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 11, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To love and be loved is a universal human urge. Is it any wonder, then, that we are moved to seek God’s love? … It is to this divine love that we are called. This is the high promise of [our] lives. We are called away from indifference, from meanness, malice, prejudice, and hate. We are called above the earthly loves that come and go and are unsure. We are called into the deep enduring love of God and man and all creation. Worship is a door into that love. Once we have entered it, our every act is a prayer, our whole life a continuous worship. –N. Jean Toomer, 1947, in Faith & Practice 2018, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2019

9 a.m. Monthly Meeting for Business (Agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Karen Lightner and friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Kelley White and John Hickey

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

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

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

AGENDA

Monthly Meeting for Business
9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Reading of Query No. 5
Worship
December 2018 minutes
Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
GFS School Committee report
Care & Visiting
Worship & Ministry
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

JOIN MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, JAN. 21

Germantown Monthly Meeting and Germantown Friends School (GFS) will host a Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21. This year, you can choose to support local projects on the GFS campus, at local Germantown sites, or head to Girard College to participate in The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation. The guest speaker at the GFS event will be Jonathan H. Feinberg, a civil rights attorney. Martin Luther King’s urgent call for social change, civil rights, and nonviolent resolution to conflict is timely and in keeping with a Friends approach. Participants are invited to observe the day by offering community-building activities, service projects, learning experiences, reflection, and a shared meal. See the attachment (2019 GMM and GFS Observance of MLK Day of Service) for complete details about the GFS event and instructions to register for the Girard College event. For questions, contact GMM member Kathy Paulmier (kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org), who is GFS Director of Community Involvement and invites everyone to come to all or part of the following schedule:

8:15 a.m. Registration opens, front hall of the Main Building

9 a.m. Speaker: Jonathan H. Feinberg, Poley Auditorium in the Main Building

9:45 a.m. Service Projects, Dialogue, and Film Screening, On & Off Campus

11:45 a.m. Luncheon, GFS Cafeteria in the Main Building

READ GMM’S 2018-2019 WINTER NEWSLETTER ONLINE

Germantown Meeting’s 2018-2019 Winter Newsletter is ready to read and view online, featuring many articles by members and photos of Meeting events. Thanks go to the many contributors: Ruth Seeley, Ada Yeomans, Barbara Wybar, Candice Price, Lindsay Stolkey and Rob Smith; and to Candice Price for putting it together. To read it, online, click here. –Laura Seeley, clerk, Communications Committee

ADULT CLASS ON JAN. 20 TO CONSIDER THOMAS KELLY PAMPHLET

On Sunday, Jan. 20, in Adult Class at 9 a.m., we will consider Thomas Kelly’s pamphlet, The Gathered Meeting. Copies are available from Joanne Sharpless or may be downloaded by clicking here. Please plan to come. For additional information, contact Joanne (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS NEEDED MONTHLY BY UJIMA PEACE CENTER

The Ujima Friends Peace Center, a ministry of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, distributes food to people on the last Saturday of each month. To help, bring donations to our meetinghouse of canned food, cereals, and other non-perishable staples and leave them in the plastic bins under the big table in the kitchen. Your support will be much appreciated. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

HOST A WINTER GATHERING TO CHASE THE WINTER BLAHS

Are you feeling bored this Winter? Sluggish? Cold? Isolated? It’s time to shake off the winter blues! Consider hosting a few Friends at your home for food, drink, and fellowship. These popular events, arranged by the Fellowship Committee and previously known as “Wine & Cheese,” included a brunch and an afternoon tea last year. They were a great way to get to know a few folks a whole lot better! If you’re willing to host an event in your home, please locate the sign-up sheets in the social room this Sunday. You’ll be asked to include your name, the general area where you live, a proposed date, and the type of event you’ll host. In the alternative, let Moira Duggan know by emailing her at moiracd@icloud.com. Deadline for signing up as a host is this Sunday, Jan. 13. Once the hosts have identified themselves, the events will be posted, and folks can sign up. (Each event is limited to eight people, or fewer if hosts specify a preference.)

TIME TO APPLY FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members with children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2019-2020 are available online. Go to http://www.friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application and Timeline.” They should be turned in no later than Febuary 1 to Joanne Ford (joanne.b.ford@gmail.com), clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

SHOWING OF COUNTDOWN TO ZERO ON SATURDAY, JAN. 26

The highly praised 2010 film Countdown to Zero will be shown on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m., in our meetinghouse, with guest speaker, the Rev. Bob Moore, director of Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, NJ. Free and open to everyone. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a light brunch. Unlike climate change, nuclear annihilation can still be prevented–by getting rid of nuclear weapons through support of the UN Treaty of Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and other day-to-day actions. Sponsored by the Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons of our Meeting and endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community, Coalition for Peace Action, and the Peace & Justice Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Germantown (list still in formation). For information, contact Melissa Elliott, clerk of the Working Group.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

AYESHA IMANI TO SPEAK AT CONCORD QUARTERLY MEETING, JAN. 27

Our member Ayesha Imani, president of Ujima Friends Peace Center in North Philadelphia, will be guest speaker at Concord Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 11:15 a.m., which will take place at Goshen Monthly Meeting, 814 N. Chester Road, West Chester, PA. Ayesha will explain the Quaker and African roots behind Ujima, a new and innovative resource center that has blossomed under the direction of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. This gathering will also feature a special youth program by Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Engagement Coordinator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For details about this meeting, click here. If you have questions, please contact Lynne Piersol (concordquarter@pym.org).

TAKE ACTION

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON CLIMATE CHANGE JAN. 15

Here is a chance to talk about implications of climate change with your friends and neighbors at a discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St., Phila., PA 19119. It will be led by Alison Cornish, executive director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA-IPL), which is sponsoring the program. The title is “Can We Talk? Communicating with Friends, Family, Neighbors, Fellow Congregants, Coworkers about Climate Change.” It is based on a national study of people in the United States, which examines people’s understanding of environmental issues based on 130 social values. After an overview and discussion, participants will try out conversations and role plays to practice talking to others who have different perspectives on climate change. Everyone is welcome. RSVPs are appreciated but not required; contact Cheryl Perch.

UPCOMING MEETING DATES FOR EQAT

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) holds general meetings every month that are open to everyone. They are held on the first Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. People share information and learn about EQAT’s campaign to get PECO to Power Local Green Jobs, using nonviolent, direct action to demand PECO shift to locally generated solar power that benefits low-income communities and communities of color. The campaign is cosponsored by POWER, a broad, multifaith network of 60 congregations to address underemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and climate change. Germantown Monthly Meeting is a member of POWER. The meeting dates for the next six months are Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4. For more information, consult the website, www.eqat.org.

CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY WITH NONVIOLENT ACTION, JAN. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr., warned abut the intertwined “evil triplets of American society: Racism, Materialism, and Militarism,” and he lived his life protesting these evils with his words and actions. In this spirit of courage and conviction, come join a decades-old annual protest at Lockheed Martin, the world’s no. 1 war profiteer and purveyor of drone warfare technology and nuclear technology. The demonstration will take place on the corner of Mall and Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall. This is the driveway entrance to Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA, and is across from the multiplex movie theater. Bell-tolling. Banners, signs, and drums provided. Those risking arrest should arrive at 11 a.m. for an on-site meeting. For questions, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 4, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is something about praying that is well beyond the saying of words. There is an intention behind the words of prayer, an attitude of expectancy, a way of being that is integral to prayer. It goes beyond words into the unspeakable language of the heart. Without this deep voice from beyond the words of prayer, our attempts to pray can be shallow and inauthentic.

The authentic desire for a real relationship with a real God is often our entry point to prayer, and our desires are shaped by our prayers. Our values and desires thus shaped by prayer show themselves in actions of humility, love and compassion, and these actions are in themselves a reiteration of the prayers which spark them.


Prayer also arrives as a gift, unannounced, demanding an answer of awe-inspired reverence. It happens when the sun sets, a birth is witnessed, or when a sudden insight turns our mind toward a new direction. Perhaps … it is God who seeks us, rather than the other way around.
–Sheila Keane, 1998, printed in PYM Faith & Practice, 2017

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Anthony Stover & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Moira Duggan & Joan McIlvaine

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Candice Price will meet the youngest children in the kindergarten, where they can play in a loving environment.
CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes and then go to the social room for First-day School. Chi dren are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.

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

MEETING NEWS

BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY: ‘FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA

The new reading group “Faith & Practice and Pizza” begins this Sunday at 12 noon. Be sure to call or email Karen Lightner, 267-230-1796, by noon Saturday if you plan to attend so she can order enough pizza for everybody. The suggested donation for pizza is $5. The group will meet in the East Kindergarten, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the first Sunday of the month for several months. In preparation for this Sunday’s discussion, please read pages 1-13. If you do not have a copy of the new edition of Faith & Practice, you may read it online by clicking here, or you may buy a copy for $12 from Karen Lightner or the Meeting Office.

HOST A WINTER GATHERING TO CHASE THE WINTER BLAHS

Are you feeling bored this Winter? Sluggish? Cold? Isolated? It’s time to shake off the winter blues! Consider hosting a few Friends at your home for food, drink, and fellowship. These popular events, arranged by the Fellowship Committee and previously known as “Wine & Cheese,” included a brunch and an afternoon tea last year. They were a great way to get to know a few folks a whole lot better! If you’re willing to host an event in your home, please locate the sign-up sheets in the social room this or next Sunday. You’ll be asked to include your name, the general area where you live, a proposed date, and the type of event you’ll host. In the alternative, let Moira Duggan know by emailing her at moiracd@icloud.com. Deadline for signing up as a host is Sunday, Jan. 13. Once the hosts have identified themselves, the events will be posted, and folks can sign up. (Each event is limited to eight people or fewer, if hosts specify a preference.)

WHO HAS JANET KROLL’S PHOTOS OF CHRISTMAS POTLUCK ON THEIR PHONE?

Someone loaned their camera to Janet Kroll at the Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing, and Janet can’t remember who it was! She begs that you please identify yourself by calling her and/or simply send the photos to her at janetkroll@earthlink.net. On that magical night, she didn’t have a camera along, so she borrowed a phone from a helpful Friend to take some lovely candlelit shots of people singing. The photos are meant to be used in the Meeting newsletter for everyone to enjoy. Please give Janet a ring if you are the generous soul who has the camera!

READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR JAN. 20 ADULT CLASS

Looking ahead–On Sunday, Jan. 20, in Adult Class at 9 a.m., we will consider Thomas Kelly’s pamphlet, The Gathered Meeting. Copies are available from Joanne Sharpless or may be downloaded by clicking here. Please plan to join us. For additional information, contact Joanne (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

TIME TO APPLY FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOL

Germantown Meeting members with children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2019-2020 are available online. Go to http://www.friendseducationfund.org/ and click on “Download Application and Timeline.” They should be turned in no later than Febuary 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

SHOWING OF COUNTDOWN TO ZERO ON SATURDAY, JAN. 26

The highly praised 2010 film Countdown to Zero will be shown on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m., in our meetinghouse, with guest speaker, the Rev. Bob Moore, director of Coalition for Peace Action in Princeton, NJ. Free and open to everyone. Doors open at 10 a.m. for a light brunch. Countdown to Zero is made by producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s groundbreaking film about climate change. It lays out the nuclear facts of life, featuring interviews with leaders who see the way toward a world free of nuclear weapons. Unlike climate change, nuclear annihilation can still be prevented–by getting rid of nuclear weapons through support of the UN Treaty of Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and other day-to-day actions. Sponsored by the Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons of our Meeting and endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community, Coalition for Peace Action, and the Peace & Justice Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Germantown (list still in formation). For information, contact Melissa Elliott, clerk of the Working Group.

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS NEEDED MONTHLY BY UJIMA PEACE CENTER

The Ujima Friends Peace Center, a ministry of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, distributes food to people on the last Saturday of each month. To help, bring donations to our meetinghouse of canned food, cereals, and other non-perishable staples and leave them in the plastic bins under the big table in the kitchen. Your support will be much appreciated. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF GAIL WOODBURY’S FATHER

Chuck Woodbury, father of our member Gail Woodbury, died on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2018, at Brookhaven, his retirement home in Lexington, MA. His name was Charles, but he used the name Chuck. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Lexington and at Cambridge Friends Meeting, MA. Please don’t call Gail, due to hearing difficulties. Condolences would be most welcome and appreciated by email, sent to gailwoodbury1@gmail.com, or to Gail’s street address, 231 W. Winona St., 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19144-3923. We surround Gail and her family with our love and prayers at this time of sadness and remembrance.

DEATH OF LILLIAN PAULMIER’S MOTHER

Geraldine Leak, mother of our attender Lillian Paulmier and mother-in-law of our member Gregory Paulmier, died on Dec. 21, 2018, at Bishop Neumann Nursing Home in Philadelphia. Lillian and Greg may be reached at 221 Winona St., Phila, PA 19144. We send our sympathy and care to the entire family.

THANK-YOU NOTE FROM PHILLY QVS FELLOWS

Our Meeting received this lovely thank-you note today from the fellows in Philadelphia Quaker Voluntary Service:
Dear Germantown Meeting, Thank you so much for making our new house feel more like home. We sincerely appreciate all of the cleaning, decorating, and hard work that went into making our move to Philadelphia easy and enjoyable. We are excited to be here and are looking forward to getting to know you all better. Love & Light, Lucas, Sophia, Emma, Nicole, Trevor, Luriel, and Liz

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CONVERSATION ON RACE BY FRIENDS COUNCIL ON EDUCATION, JAN. 8

View a video and take part in a discussion about housing inequities and the segregation that results at “Community Conversation on Race,” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jenkintown Public Library, 460 Old York Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Sponsored by the Race Institute of Abington Friends School and Friends Council on Education. Everyone welcome. RSVP by clicking here to help planning, or simply come.

FGC FUND OFFERS TRAVEL GRANTS FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR TO FGC EVENTS

The Bayard Rustin Fund makes grants to people of color to attend events for faith and fellowship organized by Friends General Conference (FGC). Launched by a generous gift from Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC), the fund originally helped Friends of color travel to the annual FGC Gathering in the summer. It has now been expanded to include other FGC-sponsored events, including committee meetings. Learn more about using The Bayard Rustin Fund by clicking here.

ONLINE TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MEETINGS IN UNITED STATES & CANADA

When you are traveling in the United States and Canada and want to find the closest Quaker meeting, turn to the Quaker Finder online directory from Friends General Conference (FGC). This is also useful if you are planning a move. The Quaker Finder’s listings of Quaker meetings may be searched by using zip code or name of the meeting, or by viewing a list of Quaker meetings in each state/province. Here is the online address: https://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/quaker-finder.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

INFO SESSION FOR WISSAHICKON TRAIL & CREW LEADERS, JAN. 9

Recruiting is underway for trail ambassadors and crew leaders by Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW). An information session will take place this Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Phila., PA 19144. FOW was formed in 1924 and uses a volunteers for conservation work and stewardship, which forms a community of people who are concerned about and involved in the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. If you are interested in learning about becoming part of this, you may register by clicking here.

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON CLIMATE CHANGE JAN. 15
Here is a chance to talk about implications of climate change with your friends and neighbors at a discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St., Phila., PA 19119. It will be led by Alison Cornish, executive director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA-IPL), which is sponsoring the program. The title is “Can We Talk? Communicating with Friends, Family, Neighbors, Fellow Congregants, Coworkers about Climate Change.” It is based on a national study of people in the United States that examines understanding of environmental issues based on 130 social values. After an overview and discussion, participants will try out conversations and role plays to practice talking to those who have different perspectives on climate change. Everyone is welcome. RSVPs are appreciated but not required; contact Cheryl Perch (cpyrch@summitpres.net).

TAKE ACTION

EQAT TO SHARE INFO ON POWER’S GREEN JOBS CAMPAIGN, JAN. 6

Learn more about EQAT’s Power Local Green Jobs campaign at a general meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, of EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team). It will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Center City, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Everyone is welcome. Click here for more information about this campaign. Cosponsored by the interfaith group P.O.W.E.R., of which our Meeting is a member.

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