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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 22, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The artist and the Quaker are on the same internal journey. Each is seeking a relationship with the Divine, and each is seeking a way to express that relationship. There are just many different ways of expressing it. For many, the path to the self has to be entered by way of the arts, whether or not we are gifted in that field. That doesn’t seem to matter. As St. Paul says: If we have not love, we are as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And for many of us the pathway to love is through the arts…. The process of working with and forming material things can lead beyond them to the spiritual, and shape of clay or color of paint can be a window into another world. –Janet Mustin, 1992

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: Lilah Saber, update on POWER’s work (see description below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Anthony Stover & Pat Libbey
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Lisa Holgash & Dudley Burdge

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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).

MEETING NEWS

DON’T MISS IT! OPENING RECEPTION FOR GMM ART SHOW, MARCH 23

You are cordially invited to opening night of the Second Annual Germantown Meeting Art Show on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature artwork by a number of artists from Germantown Meeting, displayed in the front hall of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School (GFS). Talented musicians will introduce the show in style, starring Alex Mcphedran on the piano; Dan Jones singing, Tom Sharpless on guitar, Frank Killian on drums; and Isaiah Price and Vienna Enos singing a duet. It’s going to be a very special night, so, if it sparks joy, dress up! The art show may also be seen on Sundays, March 24 and 31, after meeting for worship. For information contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net).

Seeking extra set-up and clean-up help on Sundays, March 24 and 31 (see Candice)
Some of the artists’ work will be for sale. All proceeds will be donated to the GMM general fund. Last year, we raised almost $500!

Refreshments at rise of Meeting for Worship on March 24 will be available in the Front Hall of the Main Building of GFS so everyone can see the Art Show. Grab a hot drink before going across the parking lot; the rest of the refreshments will be over there.

ADULT CLASS ON MARCH 24: UPDATE ON POWER’S WORK

Lilah Saber, coordinator of the Northwest Philadelphia Region of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) will speak at our Adult Class on March 24, at 9 a.m., in the social room. She will update us on POWER’s work on economic justice, climate justice, and criminal justice reform, with suggestions for how we as members of a faith organization that is part of POWER, can get involved.

FILM TO BE SHOWN MARCH 31: QUAKERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTIONARIES

The film Quakers: the Quiet Revolutionaries will show at 1 p.m. in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building on the campus of Germantown Friends School. Janet Gardner and Dick Nurse, co-directors and producers of the film, will talk with us about it. To watch a preview, click here. Sponsored by our Adult Class Committee.

FIFTH SUNDAY (MARCH 31) TO BE WORSHIP SHARING ABOUT VOCAL MINISTRY

This month on Fifth Sunday, March 31, we will hold meeting for worship in the committee room. After 15 minutes of worship with the children, they will go to their First-day School programs, and the adults will hold a worship sharing session on vocal ministry. In preparation, please read pages 8-10 in the new Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and guidelines for worship sharing by Friends General Conference by clicking here. Paper copies of both readings will be available this Sunday, March 24, on the literature counter in the committee room. For the past couple of years, our Worship & Ministry Committee has planned something different for worship on the Fifth Sunday of the month, whenever that occurs

FCNL REQUESTS SUGGESTIONS TO UPDATE “THE WORLD WE SEEK”

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) requests input from Quaker meetings and other groups of Friends for an update of ‘The World We Seek,” the FCNL statement of legislative policy, last revised in 2013. Individual Friends and meeting committees are invited to provide suggestions for changes. Our Meeting will schedule sessions in late March and early April to consolidate our recommendations. Read “The World We Seek” online by clicking here. The other two pertinent documents to consider, FCNL’s update request and recommended changes from members of the PYM Eco-Justice Collaborative, are attached to this BEE. (Questions or suggested changes may be directed to Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu), Germantown Meeting’s FCNL contact person.

DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO MEETING FOR WORSHIP?

If you or someone you know has trouble getting to meeting for worship because of transportation needs, please let Caroline Davidson or Melissa Elliott know, or call the Meeting Office at 215-951-2235. Several months ago, several people volunteered to provide rides, as a result of a notice from our Care & Visiting Committee, but no one expressed a need to have such help. This offer is being opened up again to match drivers with people who need rides. Please speak up to let us know who you are!

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS TO BE MARCH 23 IN READING, PA

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held in Reading on Saturday, March 23. The theme is “Love Thy Neighbor.” Beginning at 10 a.m., the first session will be held at 108 N. 6th St., Reading, PA 19601, and will focus on how we welcome one another in our homes, schools, work, and meeting communities. There will be stories, sharing, art, and music. At 1 p.m., meeting for worship with attention to business will be held at Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, PA 19601. The day will wrap up at 4 p.m. There are lots of additional activities, including the sewing of quilt squares from Meetings throughout PYM, in a program called “One Quilt, One Yearly Meeting.” There will be separate programs for children and young people. To see more details about the program and to register, click here.

STEVEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL, APRIL 1

Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak on “Tumult, Turmoil, and Truth: Quaker Witness Today” on Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. Stephen Cary was a long-time member of Germantown Meeting, where several members of his family continue to be members. This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so register by clicking here. Live streaming is available to registrants.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING IN CHESTNUT HILL, MARCH 23

Bring your cast-off computers, televisions, keyboards, cell phones–anything with a plug–to Electronics Recycling Day this Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, 8891 Germantown Ave., in Chestnut Hill. Materials collected will be recycled by PAR Recycle Works, which adheres to strict recycling regulations. Suggested donation is $10-$20, with a required charge of $30-$65 for older TVs and monitors, $15 each for air conditioners, air purifiers, and dehumidifiers; and $5 each for flat screen TVs and microwave ovens. Charges cover costs of recycling; donations go to the community grants program of Weavers Way’s Environment Committee.

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO HELP AT KELLY LIBRARY

More volunteers are needed at Kelly Library to read to classes and individual students; choose, check out, file, and repair books; and help with special events. Our former clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, who died in June 2018, led a group of community volunteers in reopening the library, which had been closed due to budget cuts. Volunteers cleaned out the space, weeded out the collection books that were damaged and outdated, selected and purchased new books, organized special events, and provided a chance for students and staff members to enjoy books in a safe space. At Penny’s death, nearly $3,000 was donated to the library in her memory. Through the efforts of this volunteer program, the library is open Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Four classes are hosted each morning. If more volunteers sign up, open hours can be extended and more students can be served. Currently, our member Toni Sharp is the contact person from our Meeting. To learn more and/or volunteer, contact her at sharpft@verizon.net.

FILM & DISCUSSION ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., APRIL 5

Everyone is welcome to attend a showing of a showing of the HBO documentary King in the Wilderness on Friday, April 5, at 7:15 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Phila., PA 19144. The film is based on interviews of friends and colleagues in the Civil Rights Movement. It depicts the pressures Martin Luther King, Jr., faced as he addressed problems and endured criticism and doubt from many sides about his core philosophy of nonviolent direct action and his decision to speak out against the Vietnam War. A discussion will follow the film, moderated by Richard Fernandez, who is one of the activists featured in the film. Free. Parking is available in the rear of the building and may be reached from Johnson Avenue.

TAKE ACTION

POWER HOLDS VOTER FORUM FOR CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES, MARCH 24

Take part in a nonpartisan voters’ forum featuring candidates for Philadelphia City Council on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m., at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123. Candidates will clarify their positions on issues of racial, social, and economic justice, and citizens will have a chance to ask questions. To see a map to Rodeph Shalom and to RSVP, click here. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the forum ends at 5 p.m.

HORSHAM PROTESTS RESUME TO OPPOSE DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, MARCH 30

After a two-month, midwinter break, the monthly protest of the drone war command center will resume at the Horsham Air Guard Station on Saturday, March 30, at noon to 2 p.m. Banners and signs provided. Join this interfaith community to stop the U.S. policy of endless war and to end U.S. drone warfare and drone war command center in Horsham. Speakers, music, and drumming. Demonstration takes place at the intersection of Route 611(Easton Road) and County Line Road. This protest is entering its seventh year. For more information, contact Bob Smith, coordinator, Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin)

Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 15, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

God is never far away. God’s Spirit is always so close–closer than breath. But unless we stop and listen, we might not notice. We practice listening. We listen with our whole selves–with our bodies, our minds, our hearts, our imaginations, our souls. –Faith & Play Working Group, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2008

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: Vanessa Julye (see below for description) in social room
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Norris Childs & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Deb Frazer & Jack Malinowski

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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)

MEETING NEWS

VANESSA JULYE TO SPEAK ON FGC ASSESSMENT OF RACISM AMONG FRIENDS, MARCH 17

Vanessa Julye, co-authur of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship and coordinator of Ministry on Racism for Friends General Conference (FGC), travels under a concern for addressing racism and is a member of Central Philadelphia Meeting. She served on FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Racism Task Force. At our Adult Class this Sunday, March 17, at 9 a.m., she will lead us in a discussion on the document that came from that assessment. Please read the summary by clicking here and the report itself by clicking here. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

OPENING RECEPTION FOR GMM ART SHOW, MARCH 23

You are cordially invited to Opening Night of the Second Annual Germantown Meeting Art Show on Saturday, March 23rd, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature a number of artists from Germantown Meeting in the front hall of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School. Talented musicians will introduce the show in style, starring Alex Mcphedran on the piano; Dan Jones singing, Tom Sharpless on guitar, Frank Killian on drums; and Isaiah Price and Vienna Enos will sing a duet. It’s going to be a very special night, so, if it sparks joy, dress up! The art show can also be seen on Sundays, March 24 and 31, after meeting for worship. For information contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net).

Artists: please bring your art to the front hall of GFS on Sunday, March 17, after Worship.
Seeking extra set-up and clean-up help on Sundays, March 24 and 31 (see Candice)
Some of the artists’ work will be for sale. All proceeds will be donated to the GMM general fund. Last year, we raised almost $500!

POWER TO MEET AT GMM ON MARCH 21

Germantown Meeting will host the NW Cluster of POWER, meeting here on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m., in our social room. POWER is an interfaith organization committed to building communities that work for all, and it represents more than 50 faith organizations. Germantown Meeting has been a member for more than one year. POWER’s focus is on issues of education, economic justice, criminal justice reform, and health care. Your are warmly invited to come to the Thursday meeting. for more information, please contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

UPDATE ON POWER’S WORK PRESENTED IN ADULT CLASS, MARCH 24

Lilah Saber, coordinator of the Northwest Philadelphia Region of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) will speak at our Adult Class on March 24 at 9 a.m. in the social room. She will update us on POWER’s work on economic justice, climate justice, and criminal justice reform, with suggestions for how we as members of a faith organization that is part of POWER, can get involved.

QUAKERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTIONARIES TO BE SHOWN MARCH 31

The film Quakers: the Quiet Revolutionaries will show at 1 p.m. in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building on the campus of Germantown Friends Scool. Janet Gardner and Dick Nurse, co-directors and producers of the film, will talk with us about it. To watch a preview, click here. Sponsored by our Adult Class Committee.

FCNL REQUESTS SUGGESTIONS TO UPDATE “THE WORLD WE SEEK”

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has requested input from Quaker meetings and other groups of Friends for an update of ‘The World We Seek,” the FCNL statement of legislative policy, last revised in 2013. Individual Friends and meeting committees may provide suggestions for changes. We will schedule meetings in late March and early April to consolidate our recommendations. Read “The World We Seek” online by clicking here. The other two pertinent documents to consider, FCNL’s update request and recommended changes from members of the PYM Eco-Justice Collaborative, are attached to this BEE. (Questions or suggested changes may be directed to Bill Cozzens, Germantown Meeting’s FCNL contact person.

FEBRUARY MINUTES ATTACHED

The approved minutes from our Feb. 10 meeting for business are attached as APPVD Minutes 2-10-2019.pdf.

DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO MEETING FOR WORSHIP?

If you or someone you know has trouble getting to meeting for worship because of transportation needs, please let Caroline Davidson or Melissa Elliott know, or call the Meeting Office at 215-951-2235. Several months ago, several people volunteered to provide rides, as a result of a notice from our Care & Visiting Committee, but no one expressed a need to have such help. The offer is being opened up again to match drivers with people who need rides. Please speak up to let us know who you are!

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS TO BE MARCH 23 IN READING, PA

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held in Reading on Saturday, March 23. The theme is “Love Thy Neighbor.” Beginning at 10 a.m., the first session will be held at 108 N. 6th St., Reading, PA 19601, and will focus on how we welcome one another in our homes, schools, work, and meeting communities. There will be stories, sharing, art, and music. At 1 p.m., meeting for worship with attention to business will be held at Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, PA 19601. The day will wrap up at 4 p.m. There are lots of additional activities, including the sewing of quilt squares from Meetings throughout PYM, in a program called “One Quilt, One Yearly Meeting.” There will be separate programs for children and young people. To see more details about the program and to register, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

STEVEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL, APRIL 1

Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak on “Tumult, Turmoil, and Truth: Quaker Witness Today” on April 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. Stephen Cary was a long-time member of Germantown Meeting, where several members of his family continue to be members. This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so register by clicking here. Live streaming is available to registrants.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘A CELEBRATION OF LIFE’ WELCOMES EVERYONE TO FOOD & FUN AT FUMCOG, MARCH 17

Join in a community celebration at FUMCOG (First United Methodist Church of Germantown) this Sunday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. It’s a potluck, so please bring food to share. You’re also invited to bring a poem, story, or song to share at the program. It is free, but your are asked to RSVP because seating is limited to 200 people. Do so by clicking here or calling 215-438-3677. FUMCOG is located at 6001 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144.

VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO HELP AT KELLY LIBRARY

More volunteers are needed at Kelly Library to read to classes and individual students; choose, check out, file, and repair books; and help with special events. Our former clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, who died in June of last year, led a group of community volunteers to reopen the library, which had been closed due to budget cuts. Volunteers have cleaned out the space, weeded out of the collection books that were damaged and outdated, selected and purchased new books, organized special events, and provided a chance for students and staff members to enjoy books in a safe space. At Penny’s death, nearly $3,000 was donated to the library in her memory. Through the efforts of this volunteer program, the library is open Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Four classes are hosted each morning. If more volunteers sign up, open hours can be extended and more students can be served. Currently, our member Toni Sharp is the contact person from our Meeting. To learn more and/or volunteer, contact her at sharpft@verizon.net.

FILM & DISCUSSION ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., APRIL 5

Everyone is welcome to attend a showing of a showing of the HBO documentary King in the Wilderness on Friday, April 5, at 7:15 p.m., at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Phila., PA 19144. The film is based on interviews of friends and colleagues in the Civil Rights Movement. It depicts the pressures King faced as he addressed problems and endured criticism and doubt from many sides about his core philosophy of nonviolent direct action and his decision to speak out against the Vietnam War. A discussion will follow the film, moderated by Richard Fernandez, who is one of the activists featured in the film. Free. Parking is available in the rear of the building and may be reached from Johnson Avenue.

TAKE ACTION

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN TO DELIVER DEMANDS IN HARRISBURG, MARCH 19

Rides are available to join the PA Poor People?s Campaign (PPC) on a trip to Harrisburg, which, with more than 35 other campaigns in Pennsylvania, will deliver a Poor People’s Moral Agenda to lawmakers on Tuesday, March 19, at 2:30 p.m. The Agenda demands elected officials be held accountable to the needs of five million people who are struggling for economic survival in our state. It draws on work of more than 60 organizations that participated in the Poor People’s Campaign in 2018. Organizers say it could be used as a blueprint for lawmakers in crafting policies to support poor and dispossessed people and set expectations for the 2019 legislative agenda and beyond. If you would like to go and need a ride, please contact our member Phoebe Jones Schellenberg (phoebejs@allwomencount.net), who will connect you to the rides coordinator. For information about the Poor People’s Campaign, click here. To read the demands, click here. To read PPC’s facts from “Souls of Poor Folks,” click here.
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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 8, 2019

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SPRING FORWARD 1 HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT & WELCOME DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!
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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 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

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Business, social room (agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Becky Johnson & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Jondhi Harrell & family

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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.) During February, First-day School children will look at the equality testimony and Quaker history, talking about James Nayler, John Woolman, and the underground railroad.

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

AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

March 10, 2019

Query No. 7
Worship
February 2019 minutes
Care & Visiting report
Child Care Committee
Trustees report
Fundraising Committee
PYM Multicultural Audit update
FCNL update
Burial Grounds Committee
Worship & Ministry Committee
Correspondence & Announcements
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

LOIS VOLTA TO TEACH ZEN & THE ART OF CLEANING, MARCH 12 AT GFS

How do you balance work, family, and home with a healthy perspective? Our member Lois Volta will teach a workshop with the answers on Tuesday, March 12, at 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School. She will offer tips on how to talk to your family about sharing responsibilities and valuing work that may be treated as trivial. Lois operates a private cleaning business, as well as a home with three children and two adults. Her holistic, environmental friendly approach to cleaning uses spiritual reflection, partnership, gender equality, and cooperation. This workshop is free, and light refreshments will be served.

UPDATE ON ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH

There are several changes to our Adult Classes in March. The revised schedule is printed below. All classes begin at 9 a.m., except the movie, which will play at 1 p.m. in Yarnall Auditorium. All others will be held in the social room, with light refreshments beforehand. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

March 17 Vanessa Julye, coordinator of Ministry on Racism for Friends General Conference (FGC), travels under a concern for addressing racism and is a member of Central Philadelphia Meeting. She served on FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Racism Task Force and will lead us in a discussion of that document. Beforehand, please read the report summary by clicking here and the summary by clicking here.

March 24 Lilah Saber, coordinator of the Northwest Philadelphia Region of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) will update us on POWER’s work on economic justice, climate justice, and criminal justice reform, with suggestions for how we, as members, can get involved.

March 31 The film Quakers: the Quiet Revolutionaries will show at 1 p.m. in Yarnall Auditorium in the Sharpless Building on the campus of Germantown Friends School. Janet Gardner and Dick Nurse, co-directors and producers of the film, will talk with us about it. Watch a preview: https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi2957621273

April 28 James Davis will lead a discussion on Friends Journal’s January 2019 issue, A Racially Diverse Society of Friends? Joanne Sharpless will have printed copies of the Journal available on Sundays while the supply lasts. Read it online by clicking here.

GERMANTOWN MEETING ART SHOW PROMISES TALENT, SURPRISES & FUN! OPENS MARCH 23

You are cordially invited to the Second Annual Germantown Meeting Art Show. We have 18 GMM visual artists and several GMM musical artists for the opening reception. Some of the same incredible artists from last year will exhibit new pieces, along with several amazing new artists. Talented musicians will serenade you with their beautiful songs! Opening night is Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the front hall of the Main Building of Germantown Friends School. Refreshments will be served. It’s going to be a special night, so, if it sparks joy, get dressed up! The show can also be seen on Sundays, March 24 and 31, after meeting for worship. For information, contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net).

DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO MEETING? LET US KNOW!

Several months ago, our Care & Visiting Committee put out a notice asking to hear from members and attenders who have trouble getting to Meeting on Sundays because of transportation needs. At that time, several people expressed interest in offering rides, but no one expressed the need to have such help. We are opening up the offer again, to match drivers with people who need drivers, and would welcome hearing from anyone who would like such a partnership. If you are someone who would welcome a ride to Meeting, or if you know of someone who might like this help, please communicate the information to Caroline Davidson or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF MARION WILDER

Marion Wilder, aunt of Carla, Norris, and Marion Childs, died at Foulkeways on Sunday, March 3, at age 99. Marion taught kindergarten at Germantown Friends School for many years.

WILLIAM SMITH IS FOCUS OF NEWS ARTICLE IN JAMESTOWN, RI

Our member William Smith, III, who lives in Jamestown, RI, is the focus of a newspaper profile about his lifelong work to abolish nuclear weapons. It appeared in The Jamestown Press in Rhode Island, on Thursday, March 7. Here is an excerpt: Smith’s property stands out from his neighbors. While there is nothing unique about the year, make and model of the 2001 Toyota Tundra parked in his yard, the white truck is distinctive. Scrawled across its body, in bold red and black letters, is a message in all caps: “Honk to ban n-weapons.” Smith, 72, painted those words because he understands the consequences of a worldwide war in which nuclear power is unleashed. Those forces, he said, would result in the Earth embarking on a nuclear winter that would dim the sun, halt farming and, ultimately, exterminate his species. The only answer, Smith said, is prohibition. “It has been an actual miracle that we have not blown ourselves up over the past 60 years,” he said. Below is a photo of his pickup, with him inside (by Andrea Von Hohenleiten). To read the entire article, click here.

MARCH 15 IS DEADLINE FOR MEETING DIRECTORY CHANGES, ADDITIONS

Please send any changes needed by you or your family members in the new Meeting Directory to Melissa Elliott, GMM secretary. She would also like to hear from you if you are a regular attender and would like to be in the new directory. This is what is needed: name, address, phone number, email address by March 15. You may include your cell phone number, too, if you wish. It is anticipated that the new Directory will go to press by the end of March, with copies available in late April. Thank you to all those who have already submitted their changes, as well as to Rob Clayton and members of GMM’s Care & Visiting Committee who are helping compile updates.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GFS PRESENTS THE CRUCIBLE TONIGHT & TOMORROW NIGHT, MARCH 8 & 9

The classic Arthur Miller drama The Crucible will be presented onstage at the Loeb Performing Arts Center, by the Theater Department of Germantown Friends School on March 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. Written during the McCarthy era, the setting for the play is the Salem witch trials, which serves as an allegory of political and public life in the United States. Admission is free, and the talented staff and crew would be heartened by a good audience!

PLAY ABOUT BLACK HISTORY AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL , MARCH 9

Historic Fair Hill will present a one-woman drama on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m., about African America women in the abolition movement in Philadelphia. Letters to Aunt Hattie will be performed at St. John’s Memorial Church, 2853 Germantown Ave. (the former Fair Hill Friends Meetinghouse). The play is from Beacon Theatre Productions. It will be followed by Fair Hill School children reading their winning essays about Harriet Purvis. Afterward, there will be a reception and visit to Harriet and Robert Purvis’s graves at the Historic Fair Hill burial ground, 2901 Germantown Ave. For more information, see the Historic Fair Hill website.

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES AT PENDLE HILL THIS SPRING

Pendle Hill, a Quaker conference and retreat center in Delaware County, is a rich resource for learning opportunities for Quakers. It’s offerings cover a multitude of subjects, from arts and spirituality to political issues viewed from a spiritual perspective, to progressive Christianity, and much more. There is often scholarship money available from Pendle Hill, plus the option of commuting to save the cost of housing, as well as the possibility of applying to the Hacker Fund of our Meeting for partial financial assistance. Take a look at Pendle Hill’s spring calendar of offerings, attached to this BEE as “Pendle Hill spring 2019 calendar” or go to the website by clicking here.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS TO BE IN READING, PA, MARCH 23

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will meet on Saturday, March 23, in Reading, PA. The theme is “Love Thy Neighbor.” There are programs for all ages, with special opportunities for children and youth. For details or to register, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

STEVEN G. CARY LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL, APRIL 1

Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak on “Tumult, Turmoil and Truth: Quaker Witness Today” on April 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. Stephen Cary was a long-time member of Germantown Meeting. The lecture is free and open to the public. Register and find out more by clicking here. Live streaming will be available to registrants.

2019 FGC GATHERING, JUNE 30-JULY 6, AT GRINNELL COLLEGE

The annual Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) is a week packed full of Quaker worship, workshops, much-loved programs for children and youth, and living in a community of all ages.This year’s theme is “Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World,” and it will take place June 30-July 6 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. Scholarships are available, and there are no program fees for children and teens, although other costs apply. To find out more, such as the extensive program and workshop choices, click here. Popular workshops fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 1, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As I learned, the Inward Light is unconditional love, yet at the same time, it is a searing of the soul. The Light pierces with total honesty into our behaviors, words, and attitudes. This is not an easy thing to experience! In the refiner’s fire, metal is purified so that it can be made useful, as a tool or a sword. The fire of the Light likewise burns away the dross of life–the foolish or harmful things we have done–to reform us closer to the image of God. –Margery Pot Abbott, 2010

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Yeomans-O’Shea family
12 noon Faith & Practice and Pizza, in East Kindergarten

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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.) During February, First-day School children will look at the equality testimony and Quaker history, talking about James Nayler, John Woolman, and the underground railroad.

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

MEETING NEWS

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO BE THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 3

The Faith & Practice and Pizza reading group will be THIS Sunday, March 3, at noon in the East Kindergarten, across the driveway from the meetinghouse. To be discussed: Chapter 2, Part B, Personal Life, pp. 34-43. There is no need to RSVP; just show up. There’s always been plenty of pizza, including vegan and gluten free pie. The suggested donation is $5 to cover the cost of the pizza, but please don’t stay away if you can’t pay. For more information, contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com).

TWO ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH

We will have two Adult Classes on Sundays in March, topics and dates listed below. Both will begin at 9 a.m. in the social room, with light refreshments beforehand. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

March 17: James Davis will lead a discussion about the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal, with the theme “A Racially Diverse Society of Friends?” Joanne will have printed copies of the Journal available this Sunday, March 3. The electronic copy is attached to this BEE.

March 31: Lilah Saber of the interfaith action group POWER will give us an update on its work for economic justice, climate justice, and criminal justice reform.

READ ABOUT NEW MURAL IN CARY BUILDING LOBBY

Our member Daniel Rouse, second grade teacher at Germantown Friends School and member of the Lower School Quakerism Committee, shared a story about the genesis of the beautiful mural currently adorning the Cary Building’s lobby It appeared in the email newsletter, QuakerEd News, from Friends Council on Education and may be read by clicking here.

REMINDERS: UPCOMING EVENTS

Art Show, late March — Sign up or see Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net), if you would like to have your art displayed at the Art Show or are willing to provide musical accompaniment at the show’s opening reception.

Wissahickon Fun Day, May 18 in Blue Bell Park. Please see Candice Price if you would like to help.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ADDRESS CHANGES

Del Rio, Bianca Marisa White, 1319 Maple St., Wilmington, DE 19805, bianca7white@hotmail.com. Husband: Ommar Del Rio; child: Antonio Vidal Del Rio.
Hicks, Brandyn White, 5245 Downing Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212, hicks.brandyn@gmail.com. Children: Lincoln James Hicks, and Thurgood Junius Hicks.
Schatz, Linda, 6907 Sherman St., Phila., PA 19119, linda112358@gmail.com.
Zivkovic, Brigett White, 6101 Calico Pool Lane, Burke, VA 22015, brwhitedmd@gmail.com. Husband: Alexander Zivkovic; child: Luka Alexander Zivkovic.

SEND IN NAMES &CHANGES FOR NEW MEETING DIRECTORY

We hope the new Germantown Meeting Directory will go to press by the end of March, with copies available in April. Please help by sending any changes needed for you or your family members to Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, who is compiling the Directory. She would also like to hear from you if you are a regular attender and would like to be in the new directory. This is what is needed: name, address, phone number, email address by March 15. You may include your cell phone number, too, if you wish.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PLAY ABOUT BLACK HISTORY AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL , MARCH 9

Historic Fair Hill will present a one-woman drama on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m., about African America women in the abolition movement in Philadelphia. Letters to Aunt Hattie will be performed at St. John’s Memorial Church, 2853 Germantown Ave. (the former Fair Hill Friends Meetinghouse). The play is from Beacon Theatre Productions. It will be followed by Fair Hill School children reading their winning essays about Harriet Purvis. Afterward, there will be a reception and visit to Harriet and Robert Purvis’s graves at the Historic Fair Hill burial ground, 2901 Germantown Ave. For more information, see the Historic Fair Hill website.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS IN READING, MARCH 23

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will meet on Saturday, March 23, in Reading, PA. The theme is “Love Thy Neighbor.” There are programs for all ages, with special opportunities for children and youth. For details or to register, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: STEVEN G. CARY MEMORIAL LECTURE AT PENDLE HILL, APRIL 1

Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak on “Tumult, Turmoil and Truth: Quaker Witness Today” on April 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. Stephen Cary was a long-time member of Germantown Meeting. The lecture is free and open to the public. Register and find out more by clicking here. Live streaming will be available to registrants.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 22, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: Elissa Berardi to teach Tai Chi & Qi Gong techniques,* in social room
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Jarka-Sellers family

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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.) During February, 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

*ELISSA BERARDI TO TEACH TECHNIQUES OF TAI CHI & QI GONG AT ADULT CLASS, FEB. 24

On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m., in the social room, our member Elissa Berardi will share how Tai Chi and Qi Gong have been helpful in her daily life and in Quaker worship. Then she will guide us in learning basic movements and tools from these practices, teaching techniques to increase energy, encourage better balance, and to feel more centered for worship. These will include simple, invigorating ways to connect with, circulate, and store energy, using a varied bouquet of Qi Gong practices. Elissa Berardi is a certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor who has taught since 2006. Learn more about Tai Chi and its benefits by going to her website and opening “About” and “In the News.” Every is welcome and encouraged to come to Adult Class.

INVITATION TO FRIENDS OF PETER JAVSICAS TO RALLY FOR SAFE STREETS, FEB. 28

Dear Friends of Peter Javsicas:

Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia (FSSGP) is a new organization for victims of traffic violence and for families whose loved ones have been killed or severely injured by aggressive, reckless, or careless driving. FSSGP confronts traffic violence and its epidemic of tragic injuries and deaths. Through advocacy and social outreach, this group provides support to those affected by deadly crashes in our communities; we seek lifesaving infrastructural and policy changes, and we work to erode the social acceptability of aggressive driving with accountability and legal consequences. During the past year we did groundwork to launch this new chapter of Families for Safe Streets, with abundant help and guidance from members of the original New York City chapter. We are now ready to declare ourselves publicly to get the attention of Philadelphia city officials and the residents.Please join us on February 28, at 8 a.m., at the intersection of Spruce and 11th streets. There will be a press conference at 8:30 a.m., and we will disperse at 9 a.m. –Anne, Aaron, Laura Javsicas

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO MEET SUNDAY, MARCH 3

The next Faith & Practice and Pizza reading group will be held on Sunday, March 3, at noon in the East Kindergarten, across the driveway from the meetinghouse. To be discussed: Chapter 2, Part B, Personal Life, pp. 34-43. There is no need to RSVP; just show up. There’s always been plenty of pizza, including vegan and gluten free pie. There is a suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of the pizza, but please don’t stay away if you can’t pay. For more information, contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CLOSE MEETING

Pairs of people are needed to close meeting for worship on March 3, March 10, and April 7. Closers sit together on the facing bench and break worship by shaking hands at the end of the hour. Then they stand and introduce themselves, encourage visitors to introduce themselves, read the announcements, invite announcements from the floor, ask everyone to join us for refreshments, and remain a few minutes on the facing bench in case there are any questions. You may pick your own partner when volunteering, or you may volunteer as an individual and ask to be paired with another volunteer. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Hoenig (rebeccajanehoenig@gmail.com), who makes these arrangements.

WE’RE INVITED: GFS COMMUNITY WRITERS SERIES, FEB. 28

Writer and editor Meridith Broussard will speak on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., on her book Artificial UnIntelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. It will take place in Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS), 5418 Germantown Ave., and is part of the Library’s Community Writers Series. Meridith Broussard is assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, was a 2018 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, and specializes in research on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with interest in using data analysis for social good. A former features editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, she has also worked as a software developer at AT&T Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab. Her articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Slate, and other news outlets. Book signing will follow her talk. Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Phone the Friends Free Library, 215-951-2355, with questions.

INSULATING WINDOWS IN SOCIAL ROOM

With soap, newspapers, a ladder, and three willing Friends, our social room is taking on a more weather-tight personality. Bill Cozzens and Carla Childs, with help from Richard Harvey, washed the lower windows this week in preparation for installing clear acrylic panels to help insulate our social room from air leaks. Bill plans to install the acrylic panels on the inside of the full-length windows by using wooden strips on the inside frames. This is just one piece in our Property Committee’s ambitious, long-term plan to make our meetinghouse more environmentally friendly–and to reduce the heating bill! Here is a photo of Richard cleaning a window, with a porch pillar and East Kindergarten reflected in the glass. (Photo: Melissa Elliott)

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS FOR UJIMA PEACE CENTER FOOD DRIVE

To donate non-perishable foods to Ujima Friends Peace Center’s monthly food drive, please leave it in the plastic bins under the big table in our meetinghouse kitchen. Friends will pick it up and take it to the Ujima Peace Center, where it will be distributed in local neighborhoods. Suggested donations are canned food, cereals, pasta, beans, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna, soup, and other non-perishable staples. Your support is much appreciated! For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

REMINDERS: UPCOMING EVENTS

— Art Show, late March — Sign up or see Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net), if you would like to have your art displayed at the Art Show or are willing to provide musical accompaniment at the show’s opening reception.

— Wissahickon Fun Day, May 18 in Blue Bell Park. Please see Candice Price if you would like to help.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE OF MEETING DIRECTORY COMING SOON!

Editing our new Germantown Meeting Directory is in full swing, with Rob Clayton helping update addresses and contact information. We hope it will go to press by the end of March, with copies available in April. You can help us by sending any changes needed for you or your family members. We’re also are looking for names and contact information for new people, especially regular attenders who have started coming to Meeting in the last two years. Do YOU want to be in the Directory? Please let me know! This is what we need: name, address, phone number, email address. Send your updates to Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, by email or letter (address at bottom of BEE), by March 15. My sincere apologies for the inconvenience it has been to go without a Directory update for such a long time. Thanks for everyone’s patience while waiting for me to resolve database problems and many delays. — Melissa Elliott

NEW CONTACT INFORMATION FOR FRIENDS

Joan Cary, 922 Montgomery Ave., Apt. E4, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Anne Emlen Rhoads, 2 Lucinda Place, Westford, MA 01886.
Caroline Shipley Rhoads, POBox 78688, Seattle, WA 98178
Nico Rhoads from Arlington, MA should be listed as Nancy Helen Rhoads.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘AGING A FRIENDS’ DAY OF WORKSHOPS, SATURDAY, FEB. 23

A day of workshops on issues of aging will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. Bring a brown bag lunch. Salad and beverages provided. For a list of topics and other details, and to register, click here. For questions, contact George Schaeffer, PYM Care & Aging Coordinator, 215-241-7068. Workshops include: Quaker Advices & Queries to Guide Financial Decisions, Adjusting to Retirement, Care of the Caregiver, Aging with Peace, Living at Home Forever, and Anxiety & Change. To read more about any of these, visit the Quaker Aging Resources website by clicking here.

‘PASTORAL CARE IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY,’ MARCH 9

Friends are invited to a Pastoral Care Thread Gathering, “Pastoral care in Multignerational Community,” on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Princeton Monthly Meeting, 470 Quaker Rd., Princeton, NJ 8540. This gathering will explore ways in which meetings can work to maintain the day-to-day spiritual and emotional health of their community. It will put special emphasis on caring for all ages: children, families, and youth. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To register, click here. For questions, contact Zachary T. Dutton, 215-241-7008.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CODE IN QUILT PATTERNS FOR UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, FEB. 23

Sharon Tindall, advocate and educator of African history as expressed through quilt code, will speak on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., in the Cope House of Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Phila., PA 19138. A hands-on quilting session will follow her talk. Sharon has traveled extensively to research African coded messages in fabric, as well as the history of cotton. This event is part of Awbury Arboretum’s “Year of Natural Fibers,” which features a series of hands-on learning opportunities at a small charge, using a wide range of fabrics and techniques. Sharon Tindall’s lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. To find out more, click here.

INFO SESSION ON SEPTA’S NICETOWN POWER PLANT, FEB. 25

Join your friends and neighbors on Monday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., to learn about SEPTA’s gas-fueled power plant in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia. Discuss the environmental impact of this plant and changes in air quality in this area, which already has poor air quality ratings and rampant asthma. Presented by Northwest Village Network (NVN). –Anne Javsicas

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 15, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is an unfortunate tendency among some Quakers to separate prayer and action rather than to integrate them….[We can] re-imagine prayer as a kind of inward activism and political work as a kind of outward prayer. Of course, this is a reversal of our usual assumption that prayer is always an inward activity and peace work is always outward…. In considering phrases like “inward activism” and “outward prayer,” we were challenged to bring the best of activism into our inward lives and the best of prayer into our outward action. –Daniel O. Snyder, 2008

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, FEB. 17, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Karen Lightner & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Rob Smith & Pam Pittenger

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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.) During February, 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

ELISSA BERARDI TO TEACH TECHNIQUES OF TAI CHI & QI GONG AT ADULT CLASS, FEB. 24

On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m., in the social room, our member Elissa Berardi will share how Tai Chi and Qi Gong have been helpful in her daily life and in Quaker worship. Then she will guide us in learning basic movements and tools from these practices, teaching techniques to increase energy, encourage better balance, and to feel more centered for worship. These will include simple, invigorating ways to connect with, circulate, and store energy, using a varied bouquet of Qi Gong practices. Elissa Berardi is a certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor who has taught since 2006. Learn more about Tai Chi and its benefits by going to her website and opening “About” and “In the News.” Every is welcome and encouraged to come to Adult Class.

INVITATION FROM GFS: BROADCAST JOURNALIST NYDIA HAN TO SPEAK AT GFS, FEB. 22

Emmy award-winning journalist Nydia Han will speak about the importance of telling our own stories at a lunchtime program on Friday, Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS), 5418 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. Nydia Han is consumer investigative reporter on Channel 6, ABC. She will share the first episode of her documentary series This America. Her hope is to inspire people to get to know each other’s unique American stories, check our own biases, and be positive agents of change and unity in our communities. Her talk is part of GFS’s celebration of its new blog, Irony of A, which offers perspectives on teaching and learning. Food and refreshments will be served, but you are free to bring your own lunch. For questions, contact Michelle Sonsino, GFS Director of Communications & Marketing, 215-475-3040.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CLOSE MEETING

Pairs of people are needed to close meeting for worship on these Sundays: Feb. 24, March 3, March 10, and April 7. Closers sit together on the facing bench and break worship by shaking hands at the end of the hour. Then they stand and introduce themselves, encourage visitors to introduce themselves, read the announcements, invite announcements from the floor, ask everyone to adjourn to the social room for refreshments, and remain a few minutes on the facing bench in case there are any questions. You may pick your own partner when volunteering, or you may volunteer as an individual and ask to be paired with another volunteer. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Hoenig (rebeccajanehoenig@gmail.com), who makes these arrangements.

REMINDERS

SIGN UP NOW FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

Winter Gatherings ? The sign-up period has been extended for the in-home Winter Gatherings (wine and cheese; game night; afternoon tea; supper). Feel free to sign up for more than one event! If the spaces fill up, we will arrange for additional hosts. Questions? Contact Moira Duggan (moiracd@icloud.com).

Art Show ? Please sign up or see Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net), if you would like to have your art displayed at the Art Show in late March, or if you are willing to provide musical accompaniment at the show?s opening reception.

SAVE THE DATE ? Wissahickon Fun Day will take place in Blue Bell Park on May 18! Please sign up or see Candice Price if you are willing to lead a spiritual workshop/worship or a Young Friends activity that day.

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS FOR UJIMA PEACE CENTER FOOD DRIVE

To donate non-perishable foods to Ujima Friends Peace Center’s monthly food drive, please leave it in the plastic bins under the big table in our meetinghouse kitchen. Friends will pick it up before the last Saturday of the month and take it to the Ujima Peace Center, where it will be distributed in local neighborhoods. Helpful donations would be canned food, cereals, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, and other non-perishable staples. Your support is much appreciated! For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEXT NEWSLETTER

Do you have something to share with the Meeting, such as stories of our members as they live their lives, bringing their Quaker faith into the world? No article is too small, no topic too heavy for submission. Bring all of your creative ideas to the table for this publication! The deadline for submissions is the end of February for publication in late March, so please let Laura Seeley know right away if you have questions to ask or ideas or plans to submit.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

REFUGEE BENEFIT ART SHOW, ‘REFLECTIONS OF SYRIA,’ FEB. 16

Tomorrow, Feb. 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a special program of musicians, speakers, and Middle Eastern food to celebrate the Refugee Support Art Show. Cosponsored by Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting and the Cathedral Arts program of Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, it will take place at the cathedral, 3717 Chestnut St., Phila., PA 19104. The exhibit features works by 18 artists and will be on display until March 1, with viewing hours 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Proceeds will benefit UNHCR Lifeline Program for Syrian Refugee families in Jordan. To see a catalog of the art, click here. Off street parking available. For information, contact Jim Victor (jimvictor@verizon.net).

ABOUT FAITH: A PANEL DISCUSSION, FEB. 21

Our member Ayesha Imani will be one of the panelists in “About Faith: A Panel Discussion,” this Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., Pa 19106. Other panelists are David Harrington Watt, Steven Davidson, and Marcelle Martin. It will be moderated by George Schaeffer. This is one in a series called “Friends in Fellowshiop: Bringing Friends Together.” To see other upcoming events, click here.

‘AGING AS FRIENDS’ DAY OF WORKSHOPS, FEB. 23

A day of workshops on issues of aging will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. Bring a brown bag lunch. Salad and beverages provided. For a list of topics and other details, and to register, click here. For questions, contact George Schaeffer (gschaeffer@pym.org), PYM Care & Aging Coordinator, 215-241-7068. Visit the Quaker Aging Resources website by clicking here.

GARDEN MANAGER POSITION OPEN AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL

Historic Fair Hill is looking for someone to fill the part-time position of Urban Garden Manager. Successful candidates will enjoy working with people, organizing work teams, planning gardening projects, and be committed to community-based food programs. The person in this job will manage neighborhood and school gardens, a farm stand, and a summer youth program with volunteers. Historic Fair Hill is a 300-year-old Quaker burial ground in North Philadelphia and is the final resting place of noted abolitionists and early women’s rights leaders. George Fox gave this property in a bequest in 1691. In recent years, volunteers have turned it into a gathering space, urban garden, partner in the community, and an education center. To read the job description and find out how to apply, click here. Deadline for applications is March 7.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CODE IN QUILT PATTERNS FOR UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, FEB. 23

Sharon Tindall, advocate and educator of African history as expressed through quilt code, will speak on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., in the Cope House of Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Phila., PA 19138. A hands-on quilting session will follow her talk. Sharon has traveled extensively to research African coded messages in fabric, as well as the history of cotton. This event is part of Awbury Arboretum’s “Year of Natural Fibers,” which features a series of hands-on learning opportunities at a small charge, using a wide range of fabrics and techniques. Sharon Tindall’s lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. To find out more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

EQAT RALLY TO CALL FOR PECO TO CREATE GREEN JOBS, FEB. 19

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) invites everyone to join them at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for a prayerful action at PECO’s Corporate Office, 2301 Market St., in Center City, Philadelphia. From there, participants will walk to City Hall, arriving by 11:30 a.m., for a rally and speak-out to ask PECO to create green jobs and generate 20 percent of its electricity by 2025. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 8, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

For me, the emblem in the ceiling of the Meetinghouse represents how a Meeting community works. We meet together on First Day to center down in silent seeking, to receive strength from the power of our small, inner voices. Carrying with us the energy we have gained and shared, we radiate out on separate paths during the week, still within the circle of peace, knowing that return to the center is always available–and, wherever we are, that inner voice goes with us. –Jean Sharpless

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Moira Duggan & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Michael Moulton

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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.) During February, 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)

AGENDA

Meeting for Business, February 10, 2019
Query No. 6
Worship
January 2019 minutes
Care & Visiting report
Report: Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting
Correspondence & Announcements
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

WORTH REPEATING

SIGN UP NOW FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

Winter Gatherings — The sign-up period has been extended for the in-home Winter Gatherings (wine and cheese; game night; afternoon tea; supper). Feel free to sign up for more than one event! If the spaces fill up, we will arrange for additional hosts. Questions? Contact Moira Duggan.

Art Show — Please sign up or contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net), if you would like to have your art displayed at the Art Show in late March, or if you are willing to provide musical accompaniment at the show’s opening reception.

SAVE THE DATE — Wissahickon Fun Day will take place in Blue Bell Park on May 18! Please sign up or see Candice Price if you are willing to lead a spiritual workshop/worship or a Young Friends Activity that day.

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS FOR UJIMA PEACE CENTER FOOD DRIVE

To donate non-perishable foods to Ujima Friends Peace Center’s monthly food drive, please leave it in the plastic bins under the big table in our meetinghouse kitchen. Friends will pick it up before the last Saturday of the month and take it to the Ujima Peace Center, where it will be distributed in local neighborhoods. Helpful donations would be canned food, cereals, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, and other non-perishable staples. Your support is much appreciated! For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless(jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEXT NEWSLETTER Do you have something to share with the Meeting, such as stories of our members as they live their lives, bringing their Quaker faith into the world? No article is too small, no topic too heavy for submission. Bring all of your creative ideas to the table for this publication! The deadline for submissions is the end of February for publication in late March, so please let Laura Seeley know right away if you have questions to ask or ideas or plans to submit.

GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL EVENTS

FILM SCREENING OF QUEST AT GFS, FEB. 10 The powerful documentary, Quest, on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Loeb auditorium at Germantown Friends School (GFS). It is a moving portrait of an African-American family in North Philadelphia and vividly illumines issues of race and class in the United States and is a testament to love, healing, and hope. Parents, students, faculty, alumni, and neighbors are invited. A discussion will follow the film’s showing, and director Jonathan Olshefski will be in attendance. Light refreshments. Sponsored by these GFS groups: Multicultural Parents Alliance, Alumni of Color Initiative, International Students Program, Education Justice Club, and Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. RSVP by clicking here.

DIALOGUE & POTLUCK SERIES AT FRIENDS FREE LIBRARY, FEB. 12, 19, 26 Tchet Dereic Dorman and Kate Gerrity of GFS invite everyone to join a dialogue and potluck series at the GFS Free Library on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 12, 19, and 26, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entitled “Real Talk Gender Dialogue Series,” it will focus on bringing people together to share thoughts and feelings about gender as it relates to male-female relationships, regardless of gender identity. Tchet is GFS Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Kate is GFS Director of Library Services and has led group discussions for students and adults. Participants are asked to commit to all three sessions and bring a potluck dish for dinner to each session. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Learn more about Real Talk Dialogue by clicking here. For questions, call Friends Free Library, 215-951-2355.

NYDIA HAN TO SPEAK ON GFS, FEB. 22 Emmy award-winning journalist Nydia Han will speak about the importance of telling our own stories at a lunchtime program on Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the GFS Friends Free Library, 5418 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. Nydia Han is consumer investigative reporter on channel 6, ABC. She will share the first episode of her documentary series “This America.” Her hope is to inspire people to get to know each other’s unique American stories, check our own biases, and be positive agents of change and unity in our communities. Her talk is part of GFS’s celebration of its new blog, Irony of A, which offers perspectives on teaching and learning. Food and refreshments will be served, but feel free to bring a lunch of your choice. For questions, contact Michelle Sonsino, GFS Director of Communications & Marketing, 215-475-3040.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WILLIE WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY TONIGHT AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE Watch the 1971 Gene Wilder classic, Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, find out what chocolate has to do with Quakers, and enjoy munching on treats at a candy smorgasbord tonight, Feb. 8, at The Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.; the movie begins at 6 p.m., and the evening ends at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and include the candy smorgasbord, a chance to decorate your own candy bag, and viewing of the film. Family friendly. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, beverages, and picnic blanket and will be able to sit on the floor or in comfortable chairs. Sponsored by Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, this is the first event in “Movies at the Meetinghouse” series, which will combine a little bit of Quaker history and a classic movie. To get your tickets in advance and find out more, click here.

REGISTER BY TOMORROW FOR MIDWINTER GATHERING OF FLGBTQC, FEB. 15-16 Tomorrow, Feb. 9, is the deadline to register for the regional, mini Midwinter Gathering of FLGBTQC (Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns), taking place on Feb. 15-16. It will begin Friday evening and run all day Saturday at Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118. There will be worship and worship-sharing, really great people, and good food. George Lakey will give a workshop on activism, the subject of his new book; Kerr Mesner will facilitate worshipful, playful community-building work in the style of Theatre of the Oppressed. Cost is $95, covering one lunch, two dinners, and honoraria for the speakers. Basic childcare is available if you register yourself and your children by the end of the day tomorrow. The meetinghouse is wheelchair accessible. See the attachment schedule, LGBTQC Midwinter Gathering, and register by clicking here. If you have questions or problems with the registration process, contact the registrar, Johanna Riordan (jlriordan@gmail.com). For more information about FLGBTQC contact Germantown Meeting member, Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com).

PYM OUTREACH THREAD GATHERING, FEB. 9

Collaborate with other Friends to share and learn ways to reach out to newcomers at an Outreach Thread Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Abington Meeting. Holly Baldwin from Friends General Conference (FGC) will talk about the Welcoming Friends Project, Jon Watts from QuakerSpeak will present new videos on outreach, and Friends from the Membership Development Granting Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will discuss new opportunities for financial help. For more details and to register, click here. Sponsored by PYM.

WORKDAY & BONFIRE AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, FEB. 9

Work in the winter garden and enjoy a bonfire and marshmallow roast afterward at Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133, on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dress warmly, bring a friend if you wish, and meet at the picnic table.

MIDWEEK WORSHIP AT ARCH STREET TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED Word is, from Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street), that its midweek 6 p.m. meeting for worship is on hiatus. However, a 9 a.m. meeting for worship continues on Wednesdays at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, 6300 Greene St., with Quaker residents and some Friends from Chestnut Hill Meeting, and everyone is welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR INTERFAITH FREEDOM SEDER IN APRIL Early registration is advised for those wishing to attend the 50th Annual Interfaith Freedom Seder, which takes place April 7, at Masjidullah, an African American mosque, 7401 Limekiln Pike, Phila., PA 19138. The text for this seder ceremony is specially written by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, founder of The Shalom Center in Northwest Philadelphia and creator of the original Freedom Seder, which took place at an African-American church in Washington, D.C., on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. This year’s seder text will interweave the liberation of Israelites from slavery with the struggles today to free ourselves from racism, materialism, militarism, and sexism.Tickets are selling fast, and space is limited. To learn more about the event, see a list of prices, and register, if you wish, click here.

PHILLY PARKS & REC HIRING 400 LIFEGUARDS If you have a young swimmer in your family who’s looking for a summer job, this opportunity may be of interest to you. With summer coming up quickly, the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation is hiring 400 lifeguards. Starting wage is $13.65 per hour, with a salary cap of $15.92. Lifeguard screenings and certification courses are underway. To find out more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER ACTION TEAM MEETING, FEB. 12 The next action team meeting for POWER, the interfaith action group of which Germantown Meeting is a member, is Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the POWER office, 1429 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. There will updates on specific campaigns and strategies. POWER is running five campaigns: Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Health Care, and Climate Justice. Volunteers are always welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner available at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. RSVP here. Free childcare by certified personnel is available by contacting Operations Manager Yvette Giminez.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 1, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In contrast with early Friends, not all Friends today consider themselves to be Christians or even theists. Friends come from very diverse religious backgrounds and experiences and apply their different perspectives as they encounter the Light Within. Regardless of the journey that brings individuals to explore the Quaker way, the invitation to enter into an unmediated, inward relationship with the Divine continues to be at the heart of Quaker experience.– Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Isaiah Price & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Lois Volta & Erich Enns

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. Our childcare worker 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.) During February, 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

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO MEET THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 3

The Faith & Practice and Pizza monthly reading group will meet for the second time this Sunday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1:15 p.m., in the East Kindergarten. The discussion will cover pages 14-33 of chapter 2, “Faith Reflected in Practice and Daily Life – Community Life.” To read online, click here. Please RSVP if you plan to come so there will be enough pizza. Either use this Doodle poll by clicking here or call the meeting office. Faith & Practice and Pizza meets the first Sunday of each month.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEXT MEETING NEWSLETTER

Do you have something to share with the Meeting, such as stories of our members as they live their lives, bringing their Quaker faith into the world? No article is too small, no topic too heavy for submission. Bring all of your creative ideas to the table for this publication! The deadline for submissions is the end of February for publication in late March, so please let Laura Seeley know right away if you have questions to ask or ideas or plans to submit.

SIGN UP NOW FOR IN-HOME WINTER GATHERINGS

Several Friends have offered to host small group gatherings this winter, such as for wine and cheese, afternoon tea, game night, or other event. This is a great fellowship opportunity! Sign up during social hour after meeting for worship on Sunday to be a guest at one or more of these gatherings. Or, send an email message to Moira Duggan (duggan@bbs-law.com). Don’t miss out! These events were hugely successful last year. (Maximum number of guests at each gathering is eight.)

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 on Sunday. Deadline for signing up 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 March 24 and March 31. For questions, contact Moira Duggan (duggan@bbs-law.com).

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 (duggan@bbs-law.com).

NON-PERISHABLE FOODS CONTINUE TO BE NEEDED BY UJIMA PEACE CENTER

To donate non-perishable foods to Ujima Friends Peace Center’s monthly food drive, please leave it in the plastic bins under the big table in our meetinghouse kitchen. Friends will pick it up before the last Saturday of the month and take it to the Ujima Peace Center, where it will be distributed in local neighborhoods. Helpful donations would be canned food, cereals, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, and other non-perishable staples. Your support is much appreciated! For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL FOR JOHN BOLES, MARCH 23 IN CALIFORNIA

Our member Jenny Elder, who lives in Walnut Grove, CA, reports that the memorial service for John Boles, a former member of our Meeting, will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m., in the library of Friends House, 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa, CA. (The BEE reported in October 2018 that his memorial would take place on Feb. 2.) John Boles died Sept. 17, 2018, at the age of 92.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK ON NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION, FEB. 3

Quaker peace activist and author George Lakey will speak on nonviolent direct action at Radnor Meeting this Sunday, Feb. 3, at 11:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join Radnor Friends at meeting for worship at 10 a.m. His latest book is How We Win, a Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. Radnor Meeting is at 610 Conestoga Road, Villanova PA 19085. For information, contact Steve Olshevski, clerk, 610-283-1153.

‘HEALING POWER OF TELLING TRUTH ABOUT PAST,’ FEB. 4

Quaker educator and author Sam Lemon will speak at Pendle Hill on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., about Alexander McClay Williams, the youngest person executed in Pennsylvania for a crime he did not commit. Entitled “The Healing Power of Telling the Truth About the Past,” Sam’s presentation stems from research on the history of Native Americans and African Americans and the deep memories of genocide, slavery, and cruel treatment. Sam Lemon is a member of Providence (PA) Monthly Meeting. To register for the lecture or to live-stream it, click here.

PYM OUTREACH THREAD GATHERING, FEB. 9

Collaborate with other Friends to share and learn ways to reach out to newcomers at an Outreach Thread Gathering on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Abington Meeting. Holly Baldwin from Friends General Conference (FGC) will talk about the Welcoming Friends Project, Jon Watts from QuakerSpeak will present new videos on outreach, and Friends from the Membership Development Granting Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will discuss new opportunities for financial help. For more details and to register, click here. Sponsored by PYM.

WORKDAY & BONFIRE AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, FEB. 9

Work in the winter garden and enjoy a bonfire and marshmallow roast afterward at Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133, on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dress warmly, bring a friends if you wish, and meet at the picnic table.

MINI-MIDWINTER GATHERING OF FLGBTQC, FEB. 15-16

There will be a small, informal midwinter gathering of FLGBTQC at Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16. Organizers say, “It will be a more DIY gathering than usual, but we’re committed to making it happen and would love to have you join us.” Registration is open until the end of the day on Feb. 9. If you register, you are also invited to help with planning. If you have questions or problems registering, contact the registrar, Johanna Riordan. For questions about the gathering, contact Lucinda Reichley.

DIALOGUE & POTLUCK SERIES AT FRIENDS FREE LIBRARY, FEB. 12, 19, 26

Tchet Dereic Dorman and Kate Gerrity of Germantown Friends School (GFS) invite everyone to join a dialogue and potluck series at the GFS Friends Free Library on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 12, 19, and 26, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entitled “Real Talk Gender Dialogue Series,” it will focus on bringing people together to share thoughts and feelings about gender as it relates to male-female relationships, regardless of gender identity. Tchet is GFS Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Kate is GFS Director of Library Services and has led group dialogue discussions for students and adults. Participants are asked to commit to all three sessions and bring a potluck dish for dinner to each session. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Click here to register. Learn more about Real Talk Dialogue. For questions, call Friends Free Library at 215-951-2355.

MIDWEEK WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Here are two opportunities to worship with Friends any Wednesday:

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, 6300 Greene St., with Quaker residents and some Friends from Chestnut Hill Meeting, and
6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street Meeting House), 4th & Arch streets in Old City, Philadelphia.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

BOOK DISCUSSION AT G’TOWN MENNONITE CHURCH IN FEBRUARY

We are invited to join people at Germantown Mennonite Church for weekly discussions on the book White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo. Discussions will take place every Wednesday in February at 6:30 p.m. at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W Washington Lane, Phila., PA 19144. Light refreshments. Ends promptly at 8 p.m. Books available for $16 from Dasha Saintremy, Interim Pastor, 215-843-5599, or order your own online.

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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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