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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We recognise a variety of ministries. In our worship, these include those who speak under the guidance of the Spirit and those who receive and uphold the work of the Spirit in silence and prayer. We also recognise as ministry service on our many committees, hospitality and childcare, the care of finance and premises, and many other tasks. We value those whose ministry is not in an appointed task but is in teaching, counseling, listening, prayer, enabling the service of others, or other service in the meeting or the world. The purpose of all our ministry is to lead us and other people into closer communion with God and to enable us to carry out those tasks which the Spirit lays upon us. –London Yearly Meeting, 1986

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 17, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: Discussion on “What does the Peace Testimony call us to do?” (See description below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Isaiah Price & Vienna Enos
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Mary & Ed Segal

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

FALL POTLUCK DINNER! NOV. 17

GOOD FOOD! GOOD FELLOWSHIP! Come one, come all–and bring FOOD to our festive Fall Potluck this Sunday, Nov. 17, which will take place right after worship in the social room. We’ll warm things up with food and fun! You’ll already be shopping for Thanksgiving, so just plan a little extra to bring to our potluck. We’ll share delicious dishes, cool desserts, and lost of good talk to cheer us all up. If you’d like to help with serving and set-up, contact Anne Stassen (annebillstassen@yahoo.com) or Janet Kroll (janetkroll@earthlink.net) on the Fellowship Team. It’s a great way to get involved for the seasons ahead. –Janet Kroll

ADULT CLASS, NOV. 17: WHAT DOES THE PEACE TESTIMONY CALL US TO DO?

Join us this Sunday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m., for a threshing session to consider what the Peace Testimony means to us today and how our Meeting might respond to it. A threshing session is an opportunity for F/friends to share their feelings, inspirations, and ideas on a topic in a worshipful, open format with no judgment and without drawing conclusions. Often, by getting everyone’s thoughts and feelings on the table, it gives people an idea of how–or whether–to move forward, along with a sense of people’s inspirations and misgivings. Germantown Meeting has not had a Peace Committee for several years, and this Sunday’s threshing session is a way to hear people’s thoughts on the spiritual foundation of the Peace Testimony and what it asks of us today. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Adult Class Committee. Childcare is available. Come early for light refreshments.

TWO ADDITIONAL ADULT CLASSES IN UPCOMING WEEKS

After this Sunday, we will have two more Adult Classes before the end of the year:

Nov. 24 Steve Olshevski & Ed Dreby: The Social & Economic Justice Aspects of Climate Change

Dec. 15 Barbara Wybar: Update on the Bududa Learning Center and its projects with women in development, orphaned and impoverished children, and training in technical skills and trades.

For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee. As usual, childcare is available; you are invited to come early for light refreshments.

GFS PRESENTS SPEAKER ON INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION, NOV. 29

Everyone is invited to a lunchtime speaker on intercultural communications and how to practice it, which will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, in Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS), 5418 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. The speaker will be Molefi Kete Asante, who has published 77 books, created the first doctoral program in African American Studies, and currently serves as head of the Africa American Studies at Temple University, where he is a professor. He is also a poet, novelist, dramatist, painter, and activist. The talk is free; reservations are encouraged by sending an email message to communications@germantownfriends.org.

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO MEET DEC. 1

The discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza will meet at noon on Sunday, Dec. 1, in the East Kindergarten, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse. This session will focus on Chapter 6, parts A and B, pages 107-147. This section covers Advices from 1694 and 1695 (Part A), and Extracts of Writings on Experience and Faith (Part B). The format for the next three sessions on Chapter 6 will be for Friends to bring an extract that particularly speaks to them to discuss. This is a longer reading than usual, so it will meet until 1:30, and, if desired, continue discussion on this section in January. Faith & Practice and Pizza meets at noon on the first Sunday of the month. Pizza and drinks are served. A $5 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the pizza, but please don’t stay away if you don’t have it. All are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

Antonio del Rio, sitting in the middle with his parents, is one of our newer members of our Meeting. His parents, are Bianca White de Rio and Ommar del Rio, who live in Wilmington, DE.

Ed note: If you have photos of members of Meeting to share, please send them as jpg files to gmm@germantownfriends.org, and I’ll share them here, so we can see each other’s faces. –Melissa Elliott

QUAKER EVENTS

PYM THREAD GATHERING: WORKING WITH YOUTH & FAMILIES, DEC. 7

The PYM Thread Gathering on Dec. 7 will explore how we support children, youth, families, and each other in our spiritual formation as Friends. This gathering will take place at Wilmington Monthly Meeting in Delaware, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, it is hoped this gathering will bring together people in meetings who work with youth, members of Religious Education committees, First-day School teachers, and parents and Friends “with a heart for supporting this work.” Free. For lunch, plan to bring your own brown-bag meal; salad will be provided. For details and to register, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

HELP WITH A HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE FOR OLDER ADULTS

Here’s an opportunity to help with a holiday food drive for older adults in Northwest Philadelphia. It is a project of UU (Unitarian Universalist) House Outreach (http://uuhoutreach.org), which supports older adults in meeting their needs through access to other service organizations and programs. Drop non-perishable food off at either Weaver’s Way, 559 Carpenter Lane, in Mt. Airy (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or at Center on the Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., in Chestnut Hill (M-F 9 am. to 4 p.m.). Help is also needed for sorting, packing, and delivering the food, either 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., on the following dates:

Pack items Nov.18-22
Deliver bags in northwest Philadelphia Nov. 25-morning of Nov. 26

To volunteer, contact Erika at 215-843-5881 or by sending an email message to outreach@uuhouse.org.

TAKE ACTION

VIGIL AT BASILICA TO SUPPORT UN NUCLEAR BAN TREATY, NOV. 23

Join others in song, prayer, and reflection for the victims of nuclear weapons–and celebrate our growing, grassroots circle of people who seek peace! The date is Saturday, Nov. 23, noon to 2:30 p.m., in front of Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral Basilica, 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Banners and posters provided. This vigil is sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and cosponsored by Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Granny Peace Brigade. There will be a public reading of the recently adopted Philadelphia City Council Resolution in support of the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. The idea for the resolution was put forward by our Meeting’s working group. This vigil specifically celebrates and supports Pope Francis’s historic visit to the atomic bombing sites of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, which will take place Nov. 23-26. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

PROTEST IN HARRISBURG TO CLOSE BERKS DETENTION CENTER, NOV. 18

Elder Witness will provide a bus from Philly to Harrisburg on Monday, Nov. 18, for a demonstration in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol, calling to shut Berks County Family Detention Center. Gov. Thomas Wolfe has the legal authority to shut down the Detention Center, thus ending the abuses against immigrant families, and especially children. Detention in these centers comes with lack of proper medical care; reports of rapes; lengthy imprisonment, sometimes for more than a year; and a seven-year-old child who tried to commit suicide twice. The protest will feature Spiral Q puppets, street theater, music, and voices of the families. Elder Witness, a group of older folks in the Philadelphia area, is partnering with Shut Down Berks Coalition in sponsoring this event. To arrange for a seat on the bus, contact Art Schmidt of Elder Witness.

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is something sacred in each person. How we relate to people is what we actually believe about them. Words are not the thing; relationship is all. We are the epistles; we are the texts, the manifestations of God. How we treat others is our personal statement about God. If enquirers want to know what Friends are about, they will read the books–perhaps–but they will also read us. –Harvey Gillman, Spiritual Hospitality, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #314.

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 10, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with at Concern for Doing Business, social room (agenda below)*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Norris Childs & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Antonette Berger & Joanna Vaughan

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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
Meeting for Business
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Nov. 10, 2019

Query 1 – Karen Lightner
Worship
Minutes from October Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Philadelphia Quarter Meeting request- Joanne Sharpless
Annual Financial Report – Jim Pifer, Treasurer
FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend (March 28-31): Request for financial support for young Friends to
attend – Bill Cozzens

Announcements:
Passage of City Council Resolution Supporting the UN Treaty – Bob Smith
FCNL Annual Meeting; Lobby Days – Nov,14-17
GMM participation in PYM census
Others?
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

MEETING FOR BUSINESS SET FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 10

All members of Germantown Meeting are encouraged to attend Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Doing Business, next Sunday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m., in our social room. If you are a regular attender, especially if you are interested in becoming a member, and are interested in visiting to Meeting for Business, please speak to our clerk in advance: Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu). (See above agenda.)

FALL POTLUCK! NOV. 17 GOOD FOOD! GOOD FELLOWSHIP!

Welcome to Fall! The time has changed, the weather has changed. So, let’s warm things up with food and fun! We’re having a festive POTLUCK after worship on Sunday, Nov. 17! You’ll already be shopping for Thanksgiving, so just plan a little extra to bring to our potluck. We’ll share delicious dishes, cool desserts, and lost of good talk to cheer us all up. If you’d like to help with serving and set-up, contact Anne Stassen or Janet Kroll on the Fellowship Team. It’s a great way to get involved for the seasons ahead. –Janet Kroll

UPCOMING ADULT CLASSES

Here is the slate of Adult Classes in November and December. Each will be held on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Childcare is available. Come early for light refreshments. Contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Adult Class Committee, if you have any questions.

Nov. 17 What does the Friend’s Peace Testimony call us to do? Together, we will take a new look at this old testimony and talk about spiritual and practical ways our Meeting wishes to respond.

Nov. 24 Steve Olshevski & Ed Dreby: The Social & Economic Justice Aspects of Climate Change

Dec. 15 Barbara Wybar: Update on the Bududa Learning Center and its projects with women in development, orphaned and impoverished children, and training in technical skills and trades.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

INQUIRER RUNS ARTICLE ON PENNY’S LIBRARY PROJECT

Here’s another article about Penny’s Place, the reading corner of Kelly School Library in Germantown. Our late clerk Penny Colgan-Davis led the project that brought the Library back to life with the help of volunteers and donations, and the reading corner was named to honor her. This article ran in last Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer on the front of The Region section. Click here to read it. It features several delightful color photos, including a lovely portrait of Penny and a charming shot of her husband and our attender John Colgan-Davis, who is seen reading a picture book to youngsters. Another article about Penny’s Place appeared in The Chestnut Hill Local, which was announced in the Friday, Oct. 25, BEE. If you would like re-read that article–or read it for the first time, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CELEBRATE ‘LOVE-YOUR-PARK DAY AT VERNON PARK, NOV. 9

Join the citywide Love Your Park Day on Saturday, Nov. 9, by helping clean up our locally at Vernon Park, in the center of Germantown. It’s time to plant and mulch, and tools and gloves will be provided, so just bring yourself and wear clothes you don’t mind gardening in. If you would like to contribute to this garden by dividing up plants from your yard, send an email inquiry to info@friendsofvernonpark.org. To read an article by Ruth Seeley and Angela Miles on the WHYY website about Love Your Park Day in Philadelphia, click here.

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST IN HARRISBURG TO CLOSE BERKS DETENTION CENTER, NOV. 18

Elder Witness will provide a bus from Philly to Harrisburg on Monday, Nov. 18, for a demonstration in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol, calling to shut Berks County Family Detention Center. Gov. Thomas Wolfe has the legal authority to shut down the Detention Center, thus ending the abuses against immigrant families, and especially children. Detention in these centers comes with lack of proper medical care; rapes; lengthy imprisonment, sometimes for more than a year; and a seven-year-old child who tried to commit suicide twice. The protest will feature Spiral Q puppets, street theater, music, and voices of the families. Elder Witness, a group of older folks in the Philadelphia area, is partnering with Shut Down Berks Coalition in sponsoring this event. To arrange for a seat on the bus, contact Art Schmidt of Elder Witness.

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In a world in which we are given free will to accept or reject God’s gifts, the divine wholeness for which we are intended is not forced upon us. We must choose to welcome and surrender to it, relinquishing our fears and lesser desires. We all have resistance to divine love and often find it easier to open up to love from other people. We can become mediators of the love of God for one another, gradually helping ourselves and those we love and pray for to become more directly open to the divine healing love that makes us whole. –Marelle P. Martin, 2006

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Nov. 3, 2019

REMEMBER: TURN BACK YOUR CLOCKS ONE HOUR ON SATURDAY NIGHT TO GO BACK TO STANDARD TIME!

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room

Closers Ed Nakawatase & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room

Greeting & Refreshments Denise DeLaurentis & Marian Moseley

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

NUKE WORKING GROUP CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT CITY COUNCIL

There were signs, rain, and delays, but at the end of the day, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 190841, calling on the US Government to support the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The idea for putting forward the resolution came from Peter Lems, a member of Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and a Friend from Green Street Meeting, and he and other members of the Working Group worked hard on it in cooperation with City Councilmember Helen Gym and her staff. She sponsored the resolution, and it was cosponsored by City Councilmembers Mark Squilla, Cindy Bass, and Derek Green. Yesterday, Ed and Peter testified before City Council in support of the resolution, and, to everyone’s delight, it passed unanimously to claps and cheers! This resolution puts Philadelphia in the company of three states, four major U.S. cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors– a growing list of supporters calling for abolishment of nuclear weapons. For more information on this worldwide campaign, go to nuclearban.us. To read Peter and Ed’s inspiring testimonies, open the attachments Nakawatase Testimony and Lems Testimony. To read Resolution 190841 and a list of endorsing organizations, open Resolution 10–31-2019.

FAITH & PRACTICE DISCUSSION THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 3

The discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza will meet this Sunday, Nov. 3, at noon, in the East Kindergarten, which is the small building across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the Greene Street side. This month the discussion will be about Chapter 5, “Friends and Some of Their Organizations,” pages 96-106. We invite everyone who has been involved with a Friends Organization to come and briefly share their experience. A $5 donation is asked to cover the cost of pizza, but, if you can’t pay, come anyway. Pizza choices include meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free pies. If you have any questions, please call or email Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com)

MEETING FOR BUSINESS SET FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 10

All members of Germantown Meeting are encouraged to attend Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Doing Business, next Sunday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m., in our social room. If you are a regular attender, especially if you are interested in becoming a member, and are interested in visiting to Meeting for Business, please speak to our clerk in advance: Bill Cozzens, (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu). The agenda will be printed in next Friday’s BEE.

UPCOMING ADULT CLASSES

Here is the slate of Adult Classes in November and December. Each will be held on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Childcare is available. Come early for light refreshments. Contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee, if you have any questions.

Nov. 17 What does the Friend?s Peace Testimony call us to do? Together, we will take a new look at this old testimony and talk about spiritual and practical ways our Meeting wishes to respond.

Nov. 24 Steve Olshevski & Ed Dreby: The Social & Economic Justice Aspects of Climate Change

Dec. 15 Barbara Wybar: Update on the Bududa Learning Center and its projects with women in development, orphaned and impoverished children, and training in technical skills and trades.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

REBECCA HOENIG’S ARTWORK INCLUDED IN UPCOMING EXHIBIT

Our member Rebecca Hoenig has a painting in the upcoming exhibit, “Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence,” which opens at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave. The exhibit, which will run Nov. 1-30, features paintings of murder victims created by artists who paired up with the victims’ families. The opening reception on Friday, Nov. 1, will be 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a program at 7:30 p.m. featuring PA Sen. Art Haywood and soprano Veronica Chapman. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sunday: 12 noon to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Closed Nov. 28 and 29. For more information, click here, call 215-247-8855, or send an email message to soulsshotportraitproject@gmail.com.

RUTH SEELEY’S ART WORK IN THEATER EXHIBIT

Ruth Seeley has two paintings included in the exhibit, A Sense of Burning, at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S Broad St. The exhibit will run through November 19 on the second floor of the lobby and is showing in conjunction with the Philadelphia Theatre Company?s production of A Small Fire. The exhibit was organized by Mt. Airy Art Garage. Artists were asked to create artwork in response to the question: What burns in you or haunts you? Is it passion, pain, anger, joy, determination, loss?

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SHOWING OF FAHRENHEIT 11/9 AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, NOV. 1

Michael Moore’s biting documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9 will show on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064. Even more timely now than when it was released in 2018, the film uses Moore’s famous irony and humor to dig beneath our current political climate to talk about the destruction of the environment, entrenchment of endless war, and devastating effects of gun violence and health care crisis. This time, however, his renowned humorous treatment of his subject is infused with his personal anger. The film is rated R for language and disturbing images and runs 120 minutes. Free, with light refreshments and an after-film discussion. For directions to the Peace Center, click here or contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

‘THE LAND REMEMBERS,’ TALK ON NATIVE PEOPLES, NOV. 1

Paula Palmer, a Friend from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will present a talk, “The Land Remembers: Connecting with Native Peoples Through the Land,” at Haverford College in the Sharpless Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. She will be in this area Nov. 1-11, giving talks and presenting workshops, a film, and two slide shows. For more background about Paula Palmer and to see a schedule of her events while she is in this area, open the attachment: Paula Palmer events.pdf.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila. 19106. To see the schedule, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

COMBATANTS FOR PEACE PROGRAM, NOV. 2

Learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian combatants who laid down their weapons in 2006 and established Combatants for Peace, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2017 and 2018. Some of them will speak on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Phila., PA 19128. Combatants for Peace is an egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. It is the only organization in the world in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have chosen to work together for peace and justice. For more information about this organization, visit the website at afcfp.org.

EMPTY BOWL DINNER TO BENEFIT INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK, NOV. 20

This year’s Empty Bowl Dinner will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Brossman Center, Benbow Hall, United Lutheran Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119. This annual event benefits Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, which seeks to end family homelessness by working with local congregations and volunteers, and meets emergency needs, helping people move toward self-sufficiency. There will be three seatings for the dinner: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The menu is an all-you-can-eat feast of soups, breads, and desserts. You receive your own handcrafted bowl to keep as a reminder of people who are hungry and homeless. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children and students. Click here to find out more and get tickets.

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST IN HARRISBURG TO CLOSE BERKS DETENTION CENTER, NOV. 18

Elder Witness will provide a bus from Philly to Harrisburg on Monday, Nov. 18, for a demonstration in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol, calling to shut Berks County Family Detention Center. Gov. Thomas Wolfe has the legal authority to shut down the Detention Center, thus ending the abuses against immigrant families, and especially children. Detention in these centers comes with lack of proper medical care; rapes; lengthy imprisonment, sometimes for more than a year; and a seven-year-old child who tried to commit suicide twice. The protest will feature Spiral Q puppets, street theater, music, and voices of the families. Elder Witness, a group of older folks in the Philadelphia area, is partnering with Shut Down Berks Coalition in sponsoring this event. To arrange for a seat on the bus, contact Art Schmidt of Elder Witness.

PYM CONTACTS FOR YOUTH & FAMILY EVENTS

CHILDREN

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

For information, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Religious Life Coordinator, 215-241-7171

YOUNG FRIENDS (high school)

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS (18-35ish)

For information, contact Meg Rose, Young Adult Engagement Coordinator, 215-241-7075

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 25, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Peace of mind is infinitely desirable, but it is achieved only through discipline and deep desire. Peace of mind is not inertia; it is not closing oneself from contact with reality, which is often desperately grim; there is nothing negative about it. It is a process and a growth. It is achieved, I believe, by exposure, through prayer and meditation, to the serenity and peace, the greatness and the majesty, the loving-kindness and gentleness of God. –Rachel R. Cadbury, 1955

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 27, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Margie & Ted Spaeth
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Susan & Adam Coron-Finnerty
7 p.m. Adult Class showing of Paris to Pittsburgh (see below) in social room

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

ADULT CLASS PRESENTS NAT GEO FILM ON CLIMATE CHANGE, OCT. 27, AT 7 P.M.

Adult Class will present a film on what Americans are doing about climate change, Paris to Pittsburgh, this Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. This is a National Geographic documentary. For a preview and more information, click here. We’ll meet in the social room and enjoy dessert. –Joanne Sharpless, clerk of Adult Class Committee (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

SALE OF BUDUDA GOODS TOPS $450–NEXT SALE TO BE DEC. 15

The proceeds from last Sunday’s sale of goods made in Bududa was more than $450, reports our member Barbara Wybar, director of the Bududa Learning Center. The money will be sent to the Center to support its projects, specifically the Bududa Vocational Academy, Children of Bududa orphans sponsorship program, and Women’s Microfinance program, which helps women start their own businesses. Barbara plans to sell more of these uniquely beautiful handmade goods after worship on Sunday, Dec. 15, just in time for Christmas presents. For information, contact Barbara Wybar (bwybar@yahoo.com)

NEWS OF FRIENDS

‘PENNY’S PLACE’ FEATURED IN CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL

A lovely tribute to our late clerk Penny Colgan-Davis appeared in the Chestnut Hill Local this past week. It tells about the opening on Oct. 21 of “Penny’s Place,” a section of the John B. Kelly School library in Germantown. Beginning in 2015, Penny organized a group of volunteers to revitalize and re-open the library at Kelly School, weeding out old books, purchasing new books and restocking the shelves, reading to students, helping them choose books, and working with teachers to help students with research projects. Nearly $3,000 was given to the project by Penny’s friends in her memory when she died in June 2018 of melanoma. Her husband John Colgan-Davis, who attends our Meeting, attended the opening of Penny’s Place, along with others from our Meeting who were–and are–involved in organizing and volunteering there. To read the article and see the photos, click here.

RUTH SEELEY’S ART WORK IN THEATER EXHIBIT

Ruth Seeley has two paintings included in the exhibit, A Sense of Burning, at the Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S Broad St. The exhibit will be October 18 through November 19 on the second floor of the lobby and is showing in conjunction with the Philadelphia Theatre Company?s production of A Small Fire. The exhibit was organized by Mt. Airy Art Garage. Artists were asked to create artwork in response to the question: What burns in you or haunts you? Is it passion, pain, anger, joy, determination, loss?

COOKIES & BROWNIES NEEDED FOR BARBARA BIRD’S MEMORIAL MEETING, OCT. 26

The memorial meeting for our member Barbara Bird will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Contributions of cookies and brownies for the reception would be gratefully accepted. Please bring them to the kitchen on the day of the service, before the service begins.

LIFE OF BARBARA BIRD

Barbara Baker Bird was a long-time resident of Germantown and a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 1, at her home in Estero, Florida, in the company of her spouse, Donna Anderton. She was eighty-eight. Barbara moved to Philadelphia in 1966 with her husband, Hugh Robert (Bob) Bird, when he went to work for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), counseling conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War. Their three children, Michael Peter Bird, Timothy Lyman Bird, and Elizabeth Rebecca Bird all attended Germantown Friends School. As Barbara’s son Tim recently said, ‘Her family is her legacy.’ She was a lifelong peace and social activist. From 1989 to 1995 Barbara and her spouse Donna Anderton co-directed the AFSC’s international affairs program in Asia. In that capacity they traveled extensively in Southeast and South Asia to help facilitate small meetings and seminars, addressing critically unmet needs in the region. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests contributions to the AFSC, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102; or to Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial St., Bonita Springs, FL 34135. To read more about her life, open the attachment: Barbara Baker Bird bio.pdf.

TOM & ELLIE ELKINTON IN MENDELSSOHN CLUB CONCERT, OCT. 27

Our members Tom and Ellie Elkinton will perform with the Mendelssohn Club Chorus this Sunday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m., in the Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St., Phila., PA 19104. The concert will feature the beautiful All-Night Vigil by Sergio Rachmaninoff, frequently praised as the composer’s finest achievement. Written in 1915 when Russia was on the brink of a revolution, All Night Vigil–which lasts approximately one hour–highlights the big, rich, lush sonorities of Russian music. There is an optional pre-concert discussion of the piece at 3 p.m., a simple reception after the concert, and easy street and garage parking nearby. Tickets are $28-$38 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for children under 12, and may be reserved at mcchorus.org.

REBECCA HOENIG’S ARTWORK INCLUDED IN UPCOMING EXHIBIT

Our member Rebecca Hoenig has a painting in the upcoming exhibit, “Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence,” which opens at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave. The exhibit, which will run Nov. 1-30, features paintings of murder victims created by artists who paired up with the victims’ families. The diverse styles, mediums, and approaches by the artists tell the stories of the souls lost and lives altered by gun violence. The opening reception on Friday, Nov. 1, will be 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a program at 7:30 p.m. featuring PA Sen. Art Haywood and soprano Veronica Chapman. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sunday: 12 noon to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Closed Nov. 28 and 29. For more information, click here, call 215-247-8855, or send an email message to soulsshotportraitproject@gmail.com.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 27

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet this Sunday, Oct. 27, at Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1500 Orthodox St., Phila., PA 19124. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. For information, contact our Meeting representative, Joanne Sharpless. Here is the schedule:

9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. Program: “Arts and Spirituality,” facilitated by Jesse White, clerk of Frankford Monthly Meeting

10:30 a.m. Worship

11:45 a.m. Hospitality and Potluck

1 p.m. ? 4 p.m. Meeting for Business

LUNCHTIME CONCERT AT GFS, OCT. 28

Everyone is invited to enjoy a concern in the Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Monday, Oct. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will feature music performances by teachers in the GFS Music Department, as well as private lessons teachers. Pieces will focus on stories expressed through song, instrumentals, original compositions, and more. Lunch will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own. The concert is free. If you wish to attend, please send an email message to Communications@germantownfriends.org, to help planners provide enough food and seating.

SHOWING OF FAHRENHEIT 11/9 AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, NOV. 1

Michael Moore’s biting documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9 will show on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064. Even more timely now than when it was released in 2018, the film uses Moore’s famous irony and humor to dig beneath our current political climate to talk about the destruction of the environment, entrenchment of endless war, and devastating effects of gun violence and health care crisis. This time, however, his renowned humorous treatment of his subject is infused with his personal anger. The film is rated R for language and disturbing images and runs 120 minutes. Free, with light refreshments and an after-film discussion. For directions to the Peace Center, click here or contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

‘THE LAND REMEMBERS,’ TALK ON NATIVE PEOPLES, NOV. 1

Paula Palmer, a Friend from Boulder (CO) Meeting, will present a talk, “The Land Remembers: Connecting with Native Peoples Through the Land,” at Haverford College in the Sharpless Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. She will be in this area Nov. 1-11, giving talks and presenting workshops, a film, and two slide shows. For more background about Paula Palmer and to see a schedule of her events while she is in this area, open the attachment: Paula Palmer events.pdf.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila. 19106. To see the schedule, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘TRAUMA & SPACES TO HEAL’ AT CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE, OCT. 29

Documentary filmmaker and musician Patrick Mureithi will present “Trauma & Spaces to Heal” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., in the East Parlor, Rotunda, Joseph Hall, of Chestnut Hill College. Born in Kenya, Mureithi has years of experience using his music and storytelling to build awareness and help people who have suffered trauma throughout the world. Sponsored by the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. For information, click here.

COMBATANTS FOR PEACE PROGRAM, NOV. 2

Learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian combatants who laid down their weapons in 2006 and established Combatants for Peace, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2017 and 2018. Some of them will speak on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Phila., PA 19128. Combatants for Peace is an egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. It is the only organization in the world in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have chosen to work together for peace and justice. For more information about this organization, visit the website at afcfp.org.

TAKE ACTION

ANTI-WAR DRONE DEMONSTRATION AT HORSHAM GUARD STATION, OCT. 26

Here is a chance to show your opposition to the endless wars enabled by use of U.S. drone bomb strikes throughout the world. Join others in a quiet demonstration of opposition at the Horsham Air National Guard Station at 12 noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 26. This is one of the sites from which the pilot-less war drones are directed by computer operators to drop their bombs in the Middle East and elsewhere. Banners and posters are provided. Plenty of free parking nearby. Stand or sit (bring your own chair). Music and brief statements. Site of the demonstration is outside the gates of the Guard Station at Rte. 611 (Easton Rd.) and County Line Road in Horsham. For information, contact Bob Smith, coordinator, Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 18, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Quakerism in spirit and ideal is neither a form of Roman Catholicism nor a form of Protestantism. Protestantism in its original, essential features called for an authoritative creed, specific sacraments, and an authentic form of ordination. Quakerism at its birth was a fresh attempt to recover the way of life revealed in the New Testament, to re-interpret and re-live it in this present world. Its founders intended to revive apostolic Christianity. They did not intend to create a new sect. They carefully avoided calling themselves a “Church.” They were content to be a “Society of Friends.” George Fox said: “The Quakers are not a sect but are [a people living] in the power of God, which was before sects were. –Rufus M. Jones, 1937

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 20, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: The life of Charlie Walker, presented by his daughters (see details below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Deb Frazer & Jack Malinowski
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Peter Samuel & Susan Matyas

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

CHARLIE WALKER’S DAUGHTERS TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 20

The life of Charlie Walker (1920-2004), a renowned Quaker activist in the Civil Rights and Peace Movements, will be the subject of our Adult Class this Sunday, Oct. 20, when his daughters, Brenda Walker Beadenkopf and Valerie Peery, will speak and give a PowerPoint presentation. Brenda will draw from her new biography about him, A Quaker Behind the Dream: Charlie Walker and the Civil Rights Movement. The presentation on this remarkable man will begin at 9 a.m. in our social room. Brenda’s new book will be available for sale. A reprint of Charlie Walker’s handbook Organizing for Nonviolent Direct Action will also be available at a cost of $6. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

ADULT CLASS PRESENTS NAT GEO FILM ON CLIMATE CHANGE, OCT. 27, AT 7 P.M.

Adult Class will present a film on what Americans are doing about climate change, Paris to Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in our social room. This is a National Geographic documentary. For a preview and more information, click here. We’ll meet in the social room and enjoy dessert. –Joanne Sharpless, clerk of Adult Class Committee.

HANDMADE GOODS FROM BUDUDA FOR SALE AFTER MEETING, OCT. 20

Our member Barbara will have handmade goods from her Bududa programs for sale after worship this Sunday, Oct. 20. They include aprons, placemats, notecards, purses, bracelets and necklaces made with paper beads, slingshots, little girl dresses, skirts, cushion covers, baskets, computer bags, and more. The money goes to support these programs in the Bududa Learning Center: Bududa Vocational Academy, Children of Bududa orphans’ sponsorship program, and Women’s Microfinance Bududa to help women start their own businesses. For information, contact Barbara Wybar (bwybar@yahoo.com).

GMM SUPPORTS ANTI-NUKE RESOLUTION BY CITY COUNCIL

At its October 13 Meeting for Business, our meeting approved the following statement in support of the pending Philadelphia City Council Resolution on nuclear weapons: “Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends urges Philadelphia City Council to pass a resolution supporting enactment of the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.” City Councilwoman Helen Gym will present the resolution to City Council on Thursday, Oct. 24, and City Council is expected to vote on it one week later. In addition, the Meeting endorses the Council’s support for a saner, safer U.S. Nuclear policy and more rational control of nuclear weapons, as follows:

rejecting first use of nuclear weapons,
ending the president’s sole authority to launch a nuclear weapon attack,
taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert, and
cancelling a plan to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal.

APPROVED MINUTES FROM SEPT MEETING FOR BUSINESS

The approved minutes are attached from our September meeting for business. [See APPROVED Sept 15 2019.pdf.]

NEWS OF FRIENDS

REBECCA HOENIG’S ARTWORK INCLUDED IN UPCOMING EXHIBIT

Our member Rebecca Hoenig has a painting in the upcoming exhibit, “Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence,” which opens at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave. The exhibit, which will run Nov. 1-30, features paintings of murder victims created by artists who paired up with the victims’ families. The diverse styles, mediums, and approaches by the artists tell the stories of the souls lost and lives altered by gun violence. The opening reception on Friday, Nov. 1, will be 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a program at 7:30 p.m. featuring PA Sen. Art Haywood and soprano Veronica Chapman. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sunday: 12 noon to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Closed Nov. 28 and 29. For more information, call 215-247-8855, or send an email message to soulsshotportraitproject@gmail.com.

COOKIES & BROWNIES NEEDED FOR BARBARA BIRD’S MEMORIAL MEETING, OCT. 26

The memorial meeting for our member Barbara Bird will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Contributions of cookies and brownies for the reception would be gratefully accepted. Please bring them to the kitchen on the day of the service, before the service begins.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TALK ON CARBON PRICING BY TAIYA SMITH, OCT. 24

Solebury Meeting member Taiya Smith will speak on “What will it take to get the U.S. to act on Climate Change?” on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia. She leads the nonprofit Climate Leadership Council’s China Program, where she works with governments and corporations to speed up adoption of a meaningful price on carbon. She is also CEO of Phyllis Technologies, which creates independent assessments of carbon emissions by facilities. Her work in energy, the environment, and eco-partnerships, goes back many years. She is a graduate of Buckingham Friends School and the George School. Her talk is presented by Friends in Fellowship. To RSVP, click here. For more information, contact Grace Sharples Cooke.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 27

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1500 Orthodox St., Phila., PA 19124. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. For information, contact our Meeting representative, Joanne Sharpless. Here is the schedule:

9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. Program: “Arts and Spirituality,” facilitated by Jesse White, clerk of Frankford Monthly Meeting

10:30 a.m. Worship

11:45 a.m. Hospitality and Potluck

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meeting for Business

‘WEAVING A WIDER WELCOME’ TRAINING OFFERED ONLINE

The Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat offers Friends and meetings an online opportunity to explore ways to bring newcomers into the life of the meeting, with special emphasis on welcoming people of color, families with young children, and LGBTQIA folks. This online program runs four weeks, Oct. 27 – Nov. 22, with new materials published each week, such as videos, quotations, and activities. Due to the nature of online study, you’ll be able to engage at your own pace, using time convenient to your own schedule. There are optional conference calls each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., in which participants have a chance to talk with each other. Cost for the series is $35, with a pay-as-led policy. To see a list of weekly topics, description of leaders, and to register, click here.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT AT GFS, OCT. 28

Everyone is invited to enjoy a concern in the Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Monday, Oct. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will feature music performances by teachers in the GFS Music Department, as well as private lessons teachers. Pieces will focus on stories expressed through song, instrumentals, original compositions, and more. Lunch will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own. The concert is free. If you wish to attend, please send an email message to Communications@germantownfriends.org, to help planners provide enough food and seating.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila. 19106. To see the schedule, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

VERNON PARK’S COMMUNITY BAZAAR, OCT. 19

Tomorrow, Oct. 19, is the Community Bazaar & Flea Market of Friends of Vernon Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots of food and vendors, with music and entertainment and fun for all ages. Admission is free; bring pocket money for purchases. Or, just come to hang out where you’re likely to run into friends and neighbors and enjoy some sunshine. If you would like to have a table to sell things (not food without a City license) or distribute information, the cost is $20 on the day of the Bazaar. To read the guidelines for vendors and register online, click here. Otherwise, just come and enjoy yourself! Sponsored by Friends of Vernon Park, in partnership with Germantown Interfaith Power & Light, Tree Philly,

‘TRAUMA & SPACES TO HEAL’ AT CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE, OCT. 29

Documentary filmmaker and musician Patrick Mureithi will present “Trauma & Spaces to Heal” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., in the East Parlor, Rotunda, Joseph Hall, of Chestnut Hill College. Born in Kenya, Mureithi has years of experience using his music and storytelling to build awareness and help people who have suffered trauma throughout the world. Sponsored by the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. For information, click here.

COMBATANTS FOR PEACE PROGRAM, NOV. 2

Learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian combatants who laid down their weapons in 2006 and established Combatants for Peace, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2017 and 2018. Some of them will speak on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Phila., PA 19128. Combatants for Peace is an egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. It is the only organization in the world in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have chosen to work together for peace and justice. For more information about this organization, visit the website at afcfp.org.

TAKE ACTION

CONFERENCE CALL ON GUN VIOLENCE, OCT. 23

Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area are invited to join a conference call on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., to share stories about what they have been doing or would like to do to end gun violence. Two speakers: Bryan Miller, executive director of Heeding God’s Call, and Brad Sheeks of Newtown Meeting, will report on plans for Gun Violence Awareness Day on Nov. 10. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

DEMONSTRATION TO SUPPORT FOR KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES SEVEN, OCT. 21

There will be a demonstration to support the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven on Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m., in front of the Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St., Phila., PA. That is the opening day of the federal trial in New Brunswick, Georgia, for the group of seven people who were arrested on April 4, 2018, for nonviolent resistance at the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base in Georgia. Several of the demonstrators have been in jail for more than a year, awaiting trial. They each face the possibility of 25 years in prison for their faith-based action of nonviolent resistance to the continued threat of nuclear war, as represented by the Kings Bay nuclear submarine base. This Monday’s demonstration of support for them will be a religious vigil, featuring a tableau of banners with a display of an actual nuclear warhead casing, removed in 1982 from behind a General Electric plant in King of Prussia, PA. The vigil will conclude with a short service of readings and bell-tolling. Signs provided. Plan to stand, or bring your own folding chair. For more information, go to the Brandywine Peace Community website or contact Bob Smith, coordinator, 484-574-1148.

FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES

YOUTH PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES AT CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Children and young people of all ages are offered age-appropriate programs, intergenerational worship, and a chance to get to know each other and see old friends at PYM’s Fall Continuing Sessions on Nov. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. For lunch, kids can either bring their own brown bag or pay $10 for a box lunch or pizza. Scholarship money is available to cover the lunch cost. For more information and to register, click here. To speak to a person, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Engagement Coordinator, 215-241-7171.

2019-2010 PYM PROGRAM SCHEDULES FOR ALL AGES OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Here is the list of events planned for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting young people in 2019-2020. To find out more and keep up with developing plans for each age group, click on the blue titles below.

CHILDREN

Fall Continuing Sessions, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting, Phila., PA (See above.)
Quaker Family Meetup, Dec. 14, at Birmingham Meeting, Birmingham, NJ
Winter Family Overnight at Camp Onas, Jan. 11-12, Ottsville, PA
Spring Continuing Sessions, Mar. 2, at Westtown Meeting and Westtown School, West Chester, PA
Quaker Family Meetup, April 18, at Abington Meeting, Abington, PA
Spring Family Overnight, May 2-3, at Camp Darkwaters, Medford, NJ
Annual Sessions, July 29-August 2, at the College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ

For information, contact either of the following:
Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Religious Life Coordinator, 215-241-7171
Kimani Keaton, Children and Families Program Facilitator, 215-241-7171

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS

Fall Gathering, Oct. 18-20, at West Chester Monthly Meeting, West Chester, PA
Fall Continuing Sessions, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting House, Phila., PA (See above.)
Winter Middle School Friends Retreat, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, at Lancaster Meeting, Lancaster, PA
Spring Continuing Sessions, March 21, at Westtown Meeting, West Chester, PA
Camp Swatara Gathering, May 1-3, Bethel, PA
Middle School Friends at Annual Sessions: July 29-August 2, 2020 at The College of New Jersey

For information, contact any of the following:
Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Religious Life Coordinator, 215-241-7171
Elizabeth Croce, Middle School Friends Program Facilitator, 215-241-7171
Colleen Hayes, Middle School Friends Program Assistant, 215-241-7171

YOUNG FRIENDS

Fall Continuing Sessions, Nov.2, Arch Street Meeting House, Phila., PA (See above.)
Christmas Gathering, Dec. 27-30, Woodstown Meeting, Woodstown, NJ
Winter Gathering & Service Trip, Feb. 14-16, 15th Street Meeting & Brooklyn Meeting, New York City, NY
Spring Continuing Sessions March 21at Westtown Meeting, West Chester, PA
Camp Swatara Gathering, May 1-3, Bethel, PA
Annual Sessions, July 29-Aug. 2, The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ

For information, contact Meg Rose, Young Adult Engagement Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS–Locations to be arranged

Fall Retreat, Oct 18-20
Holiday Potluck, Dec. 15
Winter Retreat, January 3-5
Valentine’s Dessert Potluck, Feb. 16
Spring Retreat, May 15-17

For information, contact Meg Rose, Young Adult Engagement Coordinator, 215-241-7075.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 11, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It is quite clear that Quakers need the fine arts. Efforts to make up for the slights that the arts have received from us Quakers are popping up all around, and for good reason. For too long, Quakers viewed the arts as a frivolous pursuit, ignoring the need for artistic self-expression except in journals and “good works.” But the climate was different then. In the 18th and 19th centuries, religion was in the very air one breathed, and spirituality was expressed in lengthy sermons and discourses. Today’s materialistic, rational, secular times offer a sparse diet of spirituality for the hungry. The hunger for religion and the spiritual life finds needed nourishment in the arts. –Janet Mustin, 2002

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 13, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Karen Lightner & Moira Duggan
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Margaret Guerra & Frank Fisher

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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)

*DRAFT AGENDA

Meeting for Business
October 13, 2019

Query 12 (Karen Lightner)
Worship
Minutes from the September Business Meeting (Becky Johnson)
Care & Visiting (Peter Samuel)
Standing Nominating Committee (Dave Mettler), including Annual Incorporation Meeting
Property (Tom Sharpless) Use of Rooms policy. Electric vehicle charger update.
Young Friends update (Tash Kassell)
Nuclear Working Group (Bob Smith)

PYM Meeting “Self Portrait” Request (Bill Cozzens)

Announcements:
· Philadelphia Quarter meeting – Oct. 27 (Joanne Sharpless)
· PYM Continuing Sessions – Nov.2
· FCNL Annual Meeting & Lobby Days – Nov. 14-17
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

MEETING FOR BUSINESS, OCT. 13

Our October meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m., in the social room. (See above Agenda.) Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with our clerk Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.org). Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision.

CHARLIE WALKER’S DAUGHTERS TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 20

The life of Charlie Walker (1920-2004), a renowned Quaker activist in the Civil Rights and Peace Movements, will be the subject of our Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 20, when his daughters, Brenda Walker Beadenkopf and Valerie Peery, will speak and give a PowerPoint presentation. Brenda will draw from her new biography about him, A Quaker Behind the Dream: Charlie Walker and the Civil Rights Movement. The presentation on this remarkable man will begin at 9 a.m. in our social room. Brenda’s new book will be available for sale. A reprint of Charlie Walkker’s handbook Organizing for Nonviolent Direct Action will also be available at a cost of $6. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

ADULT CLASS PRESENTS NAT GEO FILM ON CLIMATE CHANGE, OCT. 27, AT 7 P.M.

Adult Class will present a film on what Americans are doing about climate change, Paris to Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in our social room. This is a National Geographic documentary film. For a preview and more information, click here.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, OCT. 12

The annual Harvest Festival at Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 2901 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19133. This much-loved celebration will feature hayrides, pumpkins, dessert contests, potluck food, a drum circle, and lots of music. It’s famously fun for the entire family and, weather permitting, offers a day together in the autumn sunshine. A special presentation at 1 p.m. will celebrate Historic Fair Hill’s Zone of Peace Award from the Religious Leaders of Greater Philadelphia. To learn more, click here.

SHOWING OF DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY, OCT. 13

The landmark documentary Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code will be shown at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. The film tells the story of the international laws set down by European monarchs to legitimize colonization of lands outside of Europe. This idea allowed Europeans to seize the lands of indigenous peoples under the guise of “discovering” them. The film will be followed by small-group discussions and a work session. Light refreshments. Registration is encouraged to help planners, but it is not required. Sponsored by the First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative, which engages in relationship building with Lenape Tribal Nations who have remained on their ancestral homelands. To learn more and register, click here.

TALK ON CARBON PRICING BY TAIYA SMITH, OCT. 24

Solebury Meeting member Taiya Smith will speak on “What will it take to get the U.S. to Act on Climate Change?” on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia. She leads the nonprofit Climate Leadership Council’s China Program, where she works with governments and corporations to speed up adoption of a meaningful price on carbon. She is also CEO of Phyllis Technologies, which creates independent assessments of carbon emissions by facilities. Her work in energy, the environment, and eco-partnerships, goes back many years. She is a graduate of Buckingham Friends School and the George School. Her talk is presented by Friends in Fellowship. To RSVP, click here. For more information, contact Grace Sharples Cooke (gscooke@pym.org).

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 27

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will meet on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Frankford Monthly Meeting (FMM), 1500 Orthodox St., Phila., PA 19124. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. For information, contact our Meeting representative, Joanne Sharpless. Here is the schedule:

9:15 a.m. Welcome

9:30 a.m. Program: “Arts and Spirituality,” facilitated by Jesse White, FMM clerk

10:30 a.m. Worship

11:45 a.m. Hospitality and Potluck

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meeting for Business

‘WEAVING A WIDER WELCOME’ TRAINING OFFERED ONLINE

The Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat offers Friends and meetings an online opportunity to explore ways to bring newcomers into the life of the meeting, with special emphasis on welcoming people of color, families with young children, and LGBTQIA folks. This online program runs four weeks, Oct. 27 – Nov. 22, with new materials published each week, such as videos, quotations, and activities. Due to the nature of online study, you’ll be able to engage at your own pace, using time convenient to your own schedule. There are optional conference calls each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., in which participants have a chance to talk with each other. Cost for the series is $35, with a pay-as-led policy. To see a list of weekly topics, description of leaders, and to register, click here.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila. 19106. To see the schedule, click here.

PYM THREAD GATHERINGS PLANNED FOR UPCOMING MONTHS

Four Thread Gatherings are planned to take place in the next five months, presented by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). “Thread Gatherings” are opportunities for Friends to share collective wisdom and resources on a topic of Quaker interest, particularly about our faith and spiritual communities. Each Thread Gathering is custom tailored. Here is the link to upcoming Thread Gatherings for this year. Here are the titles, dates, locations, and links for the four upcoming Thread Gatherings:

Religious Education & Youth Work, Saturday, Dec. 7, Wilmington Monthly Meeting, Delaware
Diversity & Equity in Our Meetings and the World, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, PA
Deepening Our Practice in Friends Decision Making, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, Providence Monthly Meeting, Media, PA
Mental Health & Wellness in Community, Saturday, March 7, 2020, Lancaster Monthly Meeting, PA

COMMUNITY EVENTS

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY-PHILLY, OCT. 12

More than an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, the third year of Indigenous Peoples Day in Philadelphia on Oct. 12 raises up the multi-ethnic community of Indigenous Peoples living in the Philadelphia region. It features authentic dancers, drummers, and speakers from Indigenous communities, including two local Lenni-Lenape groups. There will also be displays of artwork by Indigenous artists, interactive programs about traditions and culture, and traditional foods. Philadelphia is located on the homelands of the Lenni-Lenape, who will be acknowledged and honored on this day. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., Phila. 19125. For information, click here.

VERNON PARK’S COMMUNITY BAZAAR, OCT. 19

Just a week from tomorrow on Saturday, Oct. 19, will be the Community Bazaar & Flea Market of Friends of Vernon Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots of food and vendors, with music and entertainment and fun for all ages. Admission is free; bring pocket money for purchases. Or, just come to hang out where you’re likely to run into friends and neighbors and enjoy some sunshine, if the forecast holds for next weekend. If you would like to have a table to sell things (not food without a City license) or distribute information, cost is $12 in advance or $20 on the day of the Bazaar. To read the guidelines for vendors and register online, click here. Otherwise, just come and enjoy yourself! Sponsored by Friends of Vernon Park, in partnership with Germantown Interfaith Power & Light, Tree Philly,

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, OCT. 12

Bring the family, a friend or two, or just yourself for a day of food, fun, and adventure at the Harvest Festival of Awbury Arboretum this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be hayrides to Adventure Woods playground, a chance to meet the goats from the Philly Goat Project, face painting and kids’ activities, live music, cider pressing, fresh-from-the-farm food for sale, a fruit tree giveaway by the Philadelphia Orchard Project (supplies are limited), pumpkins for sale, demonstrations by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, and much more. Admission is free, with charges for food, purchases from vendors, and some activities. Location: Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Village, 6336 Ardleigh St., Phila. 19138. Parking avalailable on Ardleigh Street and Washington Lane. Click here for a map.

‘TRAUMA & SPACES TO HEAL’ AT CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE, OCT. 29

Documentary filmmaker and musician Patrick Mureithi will present “Trauma & Spaces to Heal” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., in the East Parlor, Rotunda, Joseph Hall, of Chestnut Hill College. Born in Kenya, Mureithi has years of experience using his music and storytelling to build awareness and helping people who have suffered trauma throughout the world. Sponsored by the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. For information, click here.

COMBATANTS FOR PEACE PROGRAM, NOV. 2

Learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian combatants who laid down their weapons in 2006 and established Combatants for Peace, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2017 and 2018. Some of them will speak on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Phila., PA 19128. Combatants for Peace is an egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. It is the only organization in the world in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have chosen to work together for peace and justice. For more information about this organization, visit the website at afcfp.org.

TAKE ACTION

SIGN UP TO BE AN ‘ELECTION PROTECTION’ VOLUNTEER

Help ensure a smooth-running and honest election by becoming an Election Protection volunteer on Nov. 5. As a nonpartisan poll monitor, you will assist voters of Election Day should they encounter any problems exercising their right to vote. Help voters navigate confusing voting rules, find polling places, sort out misinformation, and know their rights. Between now and Election Day, you will receive training from professional legal staff, meet other volunteers, and learn how to address problems when they occur. Sign up by clicking here. Sponsored by the Election Protection Coalition of Common Cause-Pennsylvania.

CONFERENCE CALL ON GUN VIOLENCE, OCT. 23

Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area are invited to join a conference call on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., to share stories about work they have been doing or would like to do to end gun violence. Two speakers: Bryan Miller, executive director of Heeding God’s Call, and Brad Sheeks of Newtown Meeting will report on plans for Gun Violence Awareness Day on Nov. 10. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To the present distracted and broken nation: We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government; nor are we for this party or against the other … but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace, and unity with God and with one another, that these things may abound. –Edward Burrough, 1659

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Oct. 6, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Rebecca Hoenig and Friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Becky Johnson & Antonette Berger
12 noon Faith & Practice and Pizza in East Kindergarten

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO BEGIN OCT. 6

The discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza will restart this Sunday, Oct. 6, at noon, in the East Kindergarten. This discussion group, which met every First Sunday after worship last year, is going through the 2018 edition of Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Participants will begin this new season by covering Chapter 4, Historical Background, pp. 80-96. To read it online before class, click here. You may also buy your own copy for $12 in the Meeting office from Melissa Elliott. If you are coming to the class, a $5 donation is asked to cover the cost of pizza, but, if you can’t pay, come anyway. Pizza choices include meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free pies. If you haven’t signed up to be part of this class, please contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com), so she can order enough pizza.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS, OCT. 13

Our October meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m., in the social room. Friends are reminded that all members are expected to participate in Meeting for Business. Attenders are invited to attend as observers, after consulting with our clerk Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu). Those who are thinking about applying for membership are strongly encouraged to attend at least once as they make this decision. The agenda will be printed in the Friday BEE on Oct. 11.

CHARLIE WALKER’S DAUGHTER TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 20

The life of Charlie Walker (1920-2004), a renowned Quaker activist in the Civil Rights and Peace Movements, will be the subject of our Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 20, when his daughter, Brenda Walker Beadenkopf, will speak and give a PowerPoint presentation. She will draw from her new biography about him, A Quaker Behind the Dream: Charlie Walker and the Civil Rights Movement. The presentation on this remarkable man will begin at 9 a.m. in our social room. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

ADULT CLASS PRESENTS NAT GEO FILM ON CLIMATE CHANGE, OCT. 27, AT 7 P.M.

Adult Class will present a film on what Americans are doing about climate change, Paris to Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in our social room. This is a National Geographic documentary film. For a preview and more information, click here. We’ll meet in the social room and enjoy dessert. –Joanne Sharpless, clerk of Adult Class Committee (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

ARTICLES & PHOTOS NEEDED FOR FALL NEWSLETTER

Work is beginning on this fall’s printed newsletter, and articles and photos are needed. If you would like to write something such as news, reflections, or poetry, please talk to the editor Laura Seeley, (laurajseeley@gmail.com). Photos of Meeting events from the past several months would also be welcome contributions. Laura would love to hear your ideas so she can get things moving.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DIRECTORY UPDATES

Back Cover: Clerk of Assistance Committee is no longer Deborah Cooper. These are the co-clerks:

Randal L. Whitman, rlwhitman36@gfmail.com
Marjory Jane Spaeth, marjoriejane2020@gmail.com

Under Fiscal Committee, please note the new email address for Randal L. Whitman: rlwhitman36@gmail.com. It is correct in the list of members & attenders.

Page 6: Rob & Linda Clayton no longer have a land line telephone. Please cross it out and note the following cell phone numbers for them.

REMINDER: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR BARBARA BIRD, OCT. 26

The memorial meeting for our member Barbara Bird will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

QUAKERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTIONARIES AIRS OCT. 6

Observe World Quaker Day this Sunday, Oct. 6, by tuning to WHYY at 6 p.m. to watch Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries. Two Quakers from Princeton Meeting in New Jersey–Janet Gardner and Richard Nurse–produced and directed the film. It portrays Quaker social justice movements, work to end wars, environmental activism, and care for displaced and suffering peoples after World Wars I and II. It was shown at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia in July and drew many enthusiastic viewers. Funded by individuals, a Kickstarter campaign, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and gifts from Quaker Meetings and foundations, the film covers the history of Quakerism from its beginning to modern times. To learn more about the film and those who produced it, click here.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, OCT. 12

The annual Harvest Festival at Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 2901 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19133. This much-loved celebration will feature hayrides, pumpkins, dessert contests, potluck food, a drum circle, and lots of music. It’s famously fun for the entire family and, weather permitting, offers a day together in the autumn sunshine. A special presentation at 1 p.m. will celebrate Historic Fair Hill’s Zone of Peace Award from the Religious Leaders of Greater Philadelphia. To learn more, click here.

SHOWING OF DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY, OCT. 13

The landmark documentary Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code will be shown at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. The film tells the story of the international laws set down by European monarchs to legitimize colonization of lands outside of Europe. This idea allowed Europeans to seize the lands of indigenous peoples under the guise of “discovering” them. The film will be followed by small-group discussions and a work session. Light refreshments. Registration is encouraged to help planners, but it is not required. Sponsored by the First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative, which engages in relationship building with Lenape Tribal Nations who have remained on their ancestral homelands. To learn more and register, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila. 19106. To see the schedule, click here.

FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES
FAMILY PLAY DATE AT SOLEBURY ORCHARDS, OCT. 12

Quaker families from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) are warmly invited to the Autumn Community Play Date at Solebury Orchards, 3325 Creamery Road, New Hope, PA 18938, on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Wagon rides, apple picking, cider & donuts, and selecting pumpkins from the patch. Apples cost $1.50/lb. No charge for parking, admission, or wagon rides. Dogs are not allowed. For more information and to register, click here. To talk to a person, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, PYM Youth Engagement Coordinator.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS’ FALL GATHERING AT WEST CHESTER, OCT. 18-20

Apple picking and a gender workshop with Tara Rubinstein are in store for Middle School Friends at their fall gathering on Oct. 18-20 at West Chester Monthly Meeting. There will be meals together, group games, time for talking and spending time together, and two overnights. Cost: $75; ask about scholarship help, if needed. All youth need to bring a new medical/permission form for 2019-2020 if they did not fill out one for Annual Sessions in July. To register, see a map, download the permission form, and get a list of things to bring, click here.

YOUTH PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES AT CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Children and young people of all ages will be offered age-appropriate programs and a chance to be together at PYM’s Fall Continuing Sessions on Nov. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. Participants will have time for worship, community building, getting to know each other, and seeing old friends. For lunch, kids can either bring their own brown bag or pay $10 for a box lunch or pizza. Scholarship money is available for the lunch cost. For information and to register, click here. To speak to a person, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Engagement Coordinator, 215-241-7171.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY-PHILLY, OCT. 12

More than an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, the third year of Indigenous Peoples Day in Philadelphia on Oct. 12 raises up the multi-ethnic community of Indigenous Peoples living in the Philadelphia region. It features authentic dancers, drummers, and speakers from Indigenous communities, including two local Lenni-Lenape groups. There will also be displays of artwork by Indigenous artists, interactive programs about traditions and culture, and traditional foods. Philadelphia is located on the homelands of the Lenni-Lenape, who will be acknowledged and honored on this day. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., Phila. 19125. For information, click here.

‘TRAUMA & SPACES TO HEAL’ AT CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE, OCT. 29

Documentary filmmaker and musician Patrick Mureithi will present “Trauma & Spaces to Heal” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., in the East Parlor, Rotunda, Joseph Hall, of Chestnut Hill College. Born in Kenya, Mureithi has years of experience using his music and storytelling to build awareness and helping people who have suffered trauma throughout the world. Sponsored by the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. For information, click here.

COMBATANTS FOR PEACE PROGRAM, NOV. 2

Learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian combatants who laid down their weapons in 2006 and established Combatants for Peace, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee in 2017 and 2018. Some of them will speak on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., at Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Phila., PA 19128. Combatants for Peace is an egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. It is the only organization in the world in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have chosen to work together for peace and justice. For more information about this organization, visit the website at afcfp.org.

TAKE ACTION

‘REACH OUT’ TO STOP WAR & PROFITEERING, OCT. 11

Join a “Reach-Out” on Friday, Oct. 11, with signs and flyers, to drivers and pedestrians at rush hour in downtown Philadelphia, urging a stop to endless war and profiting on militarism. This month’s Reach-Out will be at the SEPTA subway entrance at 15th & Market Streets, across from City Hall. Banners, large signs, posters, and leaflets provided. For more information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148, of the Brandywine Peace Community.

CONFERENCE CALL ON GUN VIOLENCE, OCT. 23

Friends in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area are invited to join a conference call on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., to share stories about work they have been doing or would like to do to end gun violence. Two speakers: Bryan Miller, executive director of Heeding God’s Call, and Brad Sheeks of Newtown Meeting, will report on plans for Gun Violence Awareness Day on Nov. 10. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 27, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Sometimes people understand “God’s will” or “God’s plan” as something imposed on us by God, something we must discover and decipher. I understand it differently. I feel that God’s path for our lives is constantly being developed. It rises within us and is something we develop in partnership with God as we learn to see and understand more clearly. With this seeing and understanding, we find the courage to step into the future. –Nancy Bieber, 2010

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Sept. 29, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, to be held outside in Harkins Garden, between Main Building and Lower School Building of Germantown Friends School
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments First-day School children and their teachers, organized by Dorothy Cary*

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

ON FIFTH SUNDAY (SEPT. 29), WE WILL WORSHIP OUTSIDE

We are lucky this month to have a Fifth Sunday, so our Worship & Ministry Committee is planning for us to hold meeting for worship outside in Harkins Garden, weather permitting. Harkins Garden is between the Main Building and the Lower School Building on Germantown Friends School’s campus. There will be signs pointing the way near the Meeting Office. In case of rain, worship will be held in the usual place, the meeting room of our own building. For questions, contact Karen Lightner, clerk of Worship & Ministry (lightnerk@ail.com).

*THIS WEEK IN FIRST-DAY SCHOOL

First-day School teachers and children will do refreshments for after worship this Sunday, Sept. 29. We will be making our famous “Mish-Mash cookies” and setting up other foods. Caleb and Dylan Schodt will be greeting worshipers before meeting, and children are invited to greet, too. This event is part of a commitment to live the Quaker testimonies–in this case, Community. I hope you will be there to help out. The more the merrier! –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

FUND RAISING COMMITTEE TO MEET ON SEPT. 29

The Fund Raising Committee will meet after worship at approximately noon on Sunday, Sept 29. For information, contact Jack Rhoads, clerk of the Committee (jonathan.rhoads2095@gmail.com).

NEW MEETING DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE NOW!

The new 2019-2020 Meeting Directory is hot off the press, and you may pick up one (or more, if needed) after worship this Sunday or from the Meeting Office during the week. If you live at a distance and/or are unable to pick up a Directory in person, contact Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office, 215-951-2235, and she will mail one to you. Because postage is expensive, we hope everyone who can pick up a Directory in person will do so, but we want to be sure Friends at a distance or those who have trouble traveling have Directories if they want them. A digital version of the Directory will soon be available to members and regular attenders by contacting Melissa.

ADDITIONS & UPDATES FOR NEW MEETING DIRECTORY

For a list of updates and corrections to the new 2019-2010 Meeting Directory, please see attached file, Errata 9-27-2019.docx. If you have updates or corrections, please submit them to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office. Here are four changes you should especially note:

William Cozzens, email address should be william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu

Rebecca Johnson, email address should be blam.fam@verizon.net

John Colgan-Davis, email address: j.colgan-davis@att.net

REMINDERS

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO BEGIN OCT. 6

The discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza will restart on Oct. 6 at noon, in the East Kindergarten. This discussion group, which met every First Sunday after worship last year, is going through the 2018 edition of Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Participants will begin this new season by covering Chapter 4, Historical Background, pp. 80-96. To read it online before class, click here. You may also buy your own copy for $15 in the Meeting office from Melissa Elliott. If you are coming to the class, a $5 donation is asked to cover the cost of pizza, but, if you can’t pay, come anyway. Pizza choices include meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free pies. If you haven’t signed up to be part of this class, please call or email Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com), so she can order enough pizza.

CHARLIE WALKER’S DAUGHTER TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 20

The life of Charlie Walker (1920-2004), a renowned Quaker activist in the Civil Rights and Peace Movements, will be the subject of our Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 20, when his daughter, Brenda Walker Beadenkopf, will speak and give a PowerPoint presentation. She will draw from her new biography about him, A Quaker Behind the Dream: Charlie Walker and the Civil Rights Movement. The presentation on this remarkable man will begin at 9 a.m. in our social room. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

ADULT CLASS PRESENTS NAT GEO FILM ON CLIMATE CHANGE, OCT. 27, AT 7 P.M.

Adult Class will present a film on what Americans are doing about climate change, Paris to Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in our social room. This is a National Geographic documentary film. For a preview and more information, click here. We’ll meet in the social room and enjoy dessert. –Joanne Sharpless, clerk of Adult Class Committee (jsharpless@germantownfriend.org).

ARTICLES & PHOTOS NEEDED FOR FALL NEWSLETTER

Work is beginning on this fall’s printed newsletter, and articles and photos are needed. If you would like to write something such as news, reflections, or poetry, please talk to the editor, Laura Seeley (laurajseeley@gmail.com). Photos of Meeting events from the past several months would also be welcome contributions. Laura would love to hear your ideas so she can get things moving.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEBORAH COOPER GIVING FREE MINDFULNESS CLASS AT LOVETT LIBRARY

Our member Deborah Cooper, a professional counselor, is teaching “Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation,” a free class on ways to reduce stress, increase energy, and focus one’s attention. It takes place every Thursday of the month (except the second Thursday), from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19119. Deborah has taught this subject for more than a decade. For more information, contact her at deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR PHIL JONES OF CHESTNUT HILL MEETING, SEPT. 28

A memorial meeting for worship for Phil Jones will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 East Mermaid Lane, Phila. 19118. Phil was a beloved, hard-working member of Chestnut Hill Meeting for many years and died after a brief, sudden illness. Friends in Germantown Meeting may know him as the husband of Anne Jones, who worked as administrative secretary for Richard Wade when he was principal of Germantown Friends School. A light, finger-food lunch will follow the meeting for worship.

REMINDER: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR BARBARA BIRD, OCT. 26

The memorial meeting for our member Barbara Bird will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WOMEN’S MEETING FOR WORSHIP, OCT. 2

The women of Abington Monthly Meeting invite women of all ages to a multi-generational Women’s Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., at Abington Meetinghouse, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Women from all religious affiliations are welcome. Free. For information, contact Wanda K. Wyffels, 267-918-3671.

THE PUBLIC TO SHOW AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, OCT. 4

The film The Public will show at the Peace Center of Delaware County on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., in Springfield Friends Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. It tells the story of homeless people who decide to stay overnight in a public library during a cold snap in Cincinnati because they could not fit into the city’s bursting homeless shelters. The film speaks honestly about society’s difficulty in dealing with homelessness and mental illness, injecting the story with situational humor. For information, contact Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 474-574-1148.

QUAKERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTIONARIES AIRS ON OCT. 6

Observe World Quaker Day on Sunday, Oct. 6, by tuning to WHYY to watch Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries at 6 p.m. Two Quakers from Princeton Meeting in New Jersey–Janet Gardner and Richard Nurse–produced and directed the film. It portrays Quaker social justice movements, work to end wars, environmental activism, and care for displaced and suffering peoples after World Wars I and II. It was shown at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia in July and drew many fascinated viewers. Funded by individuals, a Kickstarter campaign, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and gifts from Quaker Meetings and foundations, the film covers the history of Quakerism from its beginning to modern times. To learn more about the film and those who produced it, click here.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, OCT. 12

The annual Harvest Festival at Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 2901 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19133. This much-loved celebration will feature hayrides, pumpkins, dessert contests, potluck food, a drum circle, and lots of music. It’s famously fun for the entire family and, weather permitting, offers a day together in the autumn sunshine. A special presentation at 1 p.m. will celebrate Historic Fair Hill’s Zone of Peace Award from the Religious Leaders of Greater Philadelphia. (To read the award letter, open attachment: Zone of Peace Award ltr to HRH.) Fair Hill Burial Ground is a historic Quaker site and the final resting place of many early women’s rights leaders and several prominent abolitionists, including Quaker Lucretia Mott. Historic Fair Hill is a neighborhood revitalization organization that teaches peacemaking and provides green space, gardening, and year-round nature experiences for young people. Partnering with nearby elementary schools, it supports school libraries, reading tutors, parent classroom assistants, and parent education. To learn more and see photos, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 2

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila. 19106. To see the schedule, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY-PHILLY, OCT. 12

More than an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, the third year of Indigenous Peoples Day in Philadelphia on Oct. 12 raises up the multi-ethnic community of Indigenous Peoples living in the Philadelphia region. It features authentic dancers, drummers, and speakers from Indigenous communities, including two local Lenni-Lenape groups. There will also be displays of artwork by Indigenous artists, interactive programs about Indigenous traditions and culture, and traditional foods. Philadelphia is located on the homelands of the Lenni-Lenape, who will be acknowledged and honored on this day., which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., Phila. 19125. For information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 20, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

If worship does not change us, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Resentments cannot be held with the same tenacity when we enter [God’s] gracious light. As Jesus said, we will need to leave our gift at the altar and go set the matter straight (Matt. 5:23). In worship an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change. –Richard Foster, 1978

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Sept. 22, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks on criminal justice reform,* in social room.
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Anders Fetterman & Friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Zoe & Matt Rankin

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

NEW MEETING DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE NOW!

The new 2019-2020 Meeting Directory is hot off the press, and you may pick up one (or more, if needed) after worship this Sunday or from the Meeting Office during the week. If you live at a distance and/or are unable to pick up a Directory in person, contact Melissa Elliott in the Meeting Office (gmm@germantownfriends.org), 215-951-2235, and she will mail one to you. Because postage is expensive, we hope everyone who can pick up a Directory in person will do so, but we want to be sure Friends at a distance or those who have trouble traveling have Directories if they want them. A digital version of the Directory will soon be available to members and regular attenders by contacting Melissa.

CORRECTION FOR CLERK’S EMAIL ADDRESS

The first correction for the new Meeting Directory–and it’s an important one–is for our new clerk’s email address. Please note that Bill Cozzens’ email address is william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu (NOT @alumni.upenn.com).

LARRY KRASNER TO SPEAK AT GMM ADULT CLASS, SEPT. 22

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will speak on criminal justice reform at our Adult Class on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

ARTICLES & PHOTOS NEEDED FOR FALL NEWSLETTER

Work is beginning on this fall’s printed newsletter, and articles and photos are needed. If you would like to write something such as news, reflections, or poetry, please contact the editor, Laura Seeley (laurajseeley@gmail.com). Photos of Meeting events from the past several months would also be nice contributions. Laura would love to hear your ideas so she can get things moving.

FUND RAISING COMMITTEE TO MEET ON SEPT. 29

The Fund Raising Committee will meet after worship about noon on Sunday, Sept 29. For information, contact Jack Rhoads, clerk of the Committee (jonathan.rhoads2095@gmail.com).

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO BEGIN OCT. 6

The discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza will restart on Oct. 6 at noon, in the East Kindergarten. This discussion group, which met every First Sunday after worship last year, is going through the 2018 edition of Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Participants will begin this new season by covering Chapter 4, Historical Background, pp. 80-96. To read it online before class, click here. You may also buy your own copy for $15 in the Meeting office from Melissa Elliott. If you are coming to the class, a $5 donation is asked to cover the cost of pizza, but, if you can’t pay, come anyway. Pizza choices include meat, vegetarian, and gluten-free pies. If you haven’t signed up to be part of this class, please contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com), so she can order enough pizza.

FIFTH SUNDAY (SEPT. 29) WILL FEATURE OUTSIDE WORSHIP

We are lucky this month to have a Fifth Sunday, so our Worship & Ministry Committee is planning for us to hold meeting for worship outside in Harkins Garden, weather permitting. Harkins Garden is between the Main Building and the Lower School Building on Germantown Friends School’s campus. There will be signs pointing the way near the Meeting Office. In case of rain, worship will be held in the usual place, the meeting room of our own building. For questions, contact Karen Lightner, clerk of Worship & Ministry (lightnerk@aol.com),

CHARLIE WALKER’S DAUGHTER TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 20

The life of Charlie Walker (1920-2004), a renowned Quaker activist in the Civil Rights and Peace Movements, will be the subject of our Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 20, when his daughter, Brenda Walker Beadenkopf, will speak and give a PowerPoint presentation. She will draw from her new biography about him, A Quaker Behind the Dream: Charlie Walker and the Civil Rights Movement. The presentation on this remarkable man will begin at 9 a.m. in our social room. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

ARTICLE ON CHRISTIAN SLAVERY IN CURRENT FRIENDS JOURNAL

An article on Christian slavery in the September issue of Friends Journal looks at the role of Quakers in the slave trade in Barbados and the original 13 colonies. This recounting begins with the 1688 German Proclamation, which denounced slavery. A copy of it is on the wall in our social room, with a historical description of it. The article in Friends Journal is written by Katie Gerbner, a 2001 graduate of Germantown Friends School. Katie became interested in the 1688 Proclamation years ago and pursued it in her dissertation and a book, and now in this article.To read it online, click here.

NAT GEO FILM ON CLIMATE CHANGE, OCT. 27

Adult Class will present a film on what Americans are doing about climate change, Paris to Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in our social room. This is a National Geographic documentary film. For a preview and more information, click here. We’ll meet in the social room and enjoy dessert. Joanne Sharpless, clerk of Adult Class Committee (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR PHIL JONES OF CHESTNUT HILL MEETING, SEPT. 28

A memorial meeting for worship for Phil Jones will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 East Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118. Phil was a beloved, hard-working member of Chestnut Hill Meeting for many years and died after a brief, sudden illness. Friends in Germantown Meeting may know him as the husband of Anne Jones, who worked as administrative secretary for Richard Wade when he was principal of Germantown Friends School. A light, finger-food lunch will follow the meeting for worship. For more information, contact Joe Byers. To send condolences to Anne and family, her address is 1425 Jericho Road, Abington, PA 19001-2612.

REMINDER: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR BARBARA BIRD, OCT. 26

The memorial meeting for our member Barbara Bird will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 21, WITH YOUTH RETREAT

The Bucks Quarter Peace Fair is a fun and lively gathering on Saturday, Sept. 21, of vendors and performers from throughout the region, supporting work on peace and social justice causes. High school-age Friends provide the people power for running the Fair, and they spend the weekend together–Sept. 20-22, setting up, working onsite, and dismantling. Everyone is invited to attend the Peace Fair on Saturday, and young people are especially invited to come to the work-retreat weekend. Cost for the young people’s weekend is $40, with scholarship money available to make sure finances don’t keep anyone away. For information or to register, click here. The calendar for this year’s events and activities for Young Friends (high schoolers) may be read by clicking here.

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP TO ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE, SEPT. 22

There will be a free introductory workshop to the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) on Sunday, Sept. 22, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19101. It will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a meal provided. AVP began in 1975 as a collaboration between inmates at Greenhaven Prison in New York state and local Quakers. Steve Angell, the father of our member Sam Angell, was one of the originators. AVP has spread throughout the United States and to places of violence in the world, teaching participants ways to reduce violence and bring healing in gang conflicts, war zones, prisons, schools, and communities. To see a flyer for the workshop, click here. For questions, contact Dave Miller, 484-804-3668.

QUAKER MEDIATION WITH NATIVE AMERICANS IS TOPIC OF SEPT. 23 TALK

On Monday, Sept. 23, visiting Scholar Dr. Jennifer Graber will discuss her research on 19th century Quaker mediation between Native Americans and the Federal Government. It will take place at 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in Chase Hall Auditorium at Haverford College in Haverford, PA. The talk is entitled “The Unexpected Outcomes of Peace,” and will begin at 4:30, following a 4:15 tea reception. Dr. Graber is Professor of Religious Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America (2011) and The Gods of Indian Country (2018). For more information and a campus map, click here.

QUAKERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTIONARIES AIRS ON WHYY, OCT. 6

Observe World Quaker Day on Sunday, Oct. 6, by tuning to WHYY to watch Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries at 6 p.m. Two Quakers from Princeton Meeting in New Jersey–Janet Gardner and Richard Nurse–produced and directed the film. It portrays Quaker social justice movements, work to end wars, environmental activism, and care for displaced and suffering peoples after World Wars I and II. It was shown at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia in July and drew many fascinated viewers. Funded by individuals, a Kickstarter campaign, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and gifts from Quaker Meetings and foundations, the film covers the history of Quakerism from its beginning to modern times. To learn more about the film and those who produced it, click here.

TAKE ACTION

URGE SUPPORT FOR UN TREATY TO BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SEPT. 24

Join others this coming Thursday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., to support the UN’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons at a demonstration at the west side of Philadelphia City Hall (15th & Market Sts.). There will be large banners, signs for you to carry, a pictorial display, a tolling of the Peace Bell of Brandywine Peace Community. You are invited to stroll throughout the plaza carrying a sign, while people leave their offices at the end of the workday. For information, click here or call 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 13, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The silence of worship is not just an absence of noise, nor even an outward stilling of the physical; it is a journey within, a “going inside” to a deeply felt but easily reached place of holy relationship. Together, we meet each other in the silence, come together, all focusing on something we share, picking up the same questions in the silence, gathered, before God. We come expectantly and in surrender. We come in hope of we know not what, the hope of faith. We come in the humility of those seeking, those grateful for what we are given, those hungry to hear the call, those eager to work with God to further God’s loving purposes. We come as those who know the world is not as loving as it might be, that humanity hurts itself as well as the planet, that we need to at least try doing our bit to help, and that our faith both requires this of us and helps us to achieve what we discern is best. –Ben Pink Dandelion, 2009

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Sept. 15, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Business, social room (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Lois Volta & family

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

Meeting for Business
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019
Query 11, followed by Worship
Minutes from June Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Worship & Ministry – Karen Lightner: plans for Faith & Practice & Pizza and Fifth Sunday
Property – Tom Sharpless: cottage kitchen completion
FY 2018-19 Fund Raising Report – Jack Rhoads
Bequest announcement – Sam Angell
Marriage – Carla Childs
Welcoming – Janet Kroll
School – Sam Rhoads
Childcare – Peter Yeomans
Philadelphia Quarter report and QVS status- Joanne Sharpless
Closing worship

MEETING NEWS

JOIN GROUP TO SEE DUKES OF DESTINY, SEPT. 14

John Colgan-Davis’S band, The Dukes of Destiny, will play at the Mermaid Inn, 7673 Germantown Ave., in Chestnut Hill this Saturday night. Cover charge is $12, and the set starts at 9 p.m. A group from Meeting will be going. Contact Becky Johnson (blam.fam@verizon.net), for more information, or just come.

LARRY KRASNER TO SPEAK AT GMM ADULT CLASS, SEPT. 22

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will speak on criminal justice reform at our Adult Class on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

CHARLIE WALKER’S DAUGHTER TO SPEAK AT ADULT CLASS, OCT. 20
The life of Charlie Walker (1920-2004), a renowned Quaker activist in the Civil Rights and Peace Movements, will be the subject of our Adult Class on Sunday, Oct. 20, when his daughter, Brenda Walker Beadenkopf, will speak and give a PowerPoint presentation. She will draw from her new biography about him, A Quaker Behind the Dream: Charlie Walker and the Civil Rights Movement. Charlie collaborated on a pamphlet published by Philadelphia Quakers in 1958, A Perspective in Nonviolence, which was praised by Martin Luther King, Jr., In 1949. When Charlie was working for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, he arranged a meeting for his boss, A.J. Muste, in which Muste introduced the young Martin Luther King, Jr., to nonviolence, when King was a student at Crozer Theological Baptist Seminary. Walker helped recruit and train participants in nonviolent action for the freedom rides, sit-ins, and the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. He also wrote the handbook Organizing for Nonviolent Direction, worked in the Peace Movement during the Vietnam War, and co-founded Peace Brigades International. The presentation on this remarkable man will begin at 9 a.m. in our social room. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org).

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR BARBARA BIRD, OCT. 26

The memorial meeting for our member Barbara Bird will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse.

DEATH OF RICHARD JURAM

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, our member Richard D. Juram died at the age of 71 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was raised as a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting and was a “lifer” at Germantown Friends School, graduating in 1966. The son of Harold and Edwina Juram, he was the oldest of five children. A second-generation railroad man, he began his 41-year career at the Reading Railroad, then later at Conrail and Norfolk Southern. He formed deep friendships throughout his life and gave generously of himself to help friends with their projects, from home remodeling to digging a drainage ditch. A conscientious objector, he did his service work at Friends Hospital. Constantly busy, he loved inventing and building things around the house, often to make life convenient for family pets. With a passion for the outdoors, he led his family on hikes, camping trips, kayaking, and mountain climbing. He is survived by his wife Emma Jean, children Peter, Matthew (Amanda) and Tori (Kyle) Seesman, brother William (Lenore), sisters Susan (Robert) McVaugh, Pamela (David) Kuhn and Sarah (Phil) Heinrich, and several nephews and nieces. There will be a Quaker memorial meeting for worship for him on Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., at Covenant United Methodist Church, 10001 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Condolences may be mailed to Emma Jean Juram, 403 Deep Wood Cove, Fort Wayne, IN 46845-9502. To read an obituary with more details about his, open the attachment Richard Juram 9-4-2019. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or Historic Fair Hill, or Fort Wayne Trails.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 21, WITH YOUTH RETREAT

The Bucks Quarter Peace Fair is a fun and lively gathering on Saturday, Sept. 21, of vendors and performers from throughout the region, supporting work on peace and social justice causes. High school-age Friends provide the people power for running the Fair and spend the weekend together–Sept. 20-22, setting up, working onsite, and dismantling. Everyone is invited to attend the Peace Fair on Sept. 21, and young people are especially invited to come to this working-retreat weekend. Cost for the young people’s weekend is $40, with scholarship money available to make sure finances don’t keep anyone away. For information and to register, click here. The calendar for this year’s events and activities for Young Friends (high schoolers) may be read by clicking here.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, SEPT. 28

The Quaker College Fair is an annual free event for students and their families who are engaged in the college search process. This year it will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Philadelphia. Colleges represented at the College Fair offer educations rooted in Quaker values. This is an opportunity for one-on-one personal contact with admissions officers, financial aid experts, and college graduates who can offer insights on the college search process. An interactive panel discussion opens the Fair. For a list of participating colleges, click here. Registration is not required but helps planners and ensures the participant of receiving advance information. To register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

‘WHY YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT CLIMATE WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT RACE,’ SEPT. 18

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, join POWER’s Climate Justice and Jobs Team in looking at climate crisis through an anti-racist lens, in “Why You Can’t Talk About Climate Without Talking About Race.” A generation ago, Black, Brown, and low-income communities alerted the world to environmental racism: more toxins, fewer jobs, more pollution, and less voice from Black and Brown communities. Today, we’re seeing these same disasters multiplied by climate crisis. Come to this evening of shared learning, imagining, and community building to envision an economy that puts people and the planet first. It will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arch St. United Methodist Church, 66 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19107.

‘FAITH COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT YOUTH-LED CLIMATE STRIKE, SEPT. 20

On Friday, Sept. 20, more than 1,000 rallies and demonstrations across the world and nearly 500 in the United States will urge global action on the climate crisis. Students and other youth, who have the greatest stake in preventing catastrophic climate change, are the instigators, organizers, and leaders. The demonstrations are in anticipation of the United Nations Climate Change Summit, beginning Sept. 23 in New York City, to demand action from the world’s political leaders. Many faith communities are rallying to support the young people. In Philadelphia, the primary climate strike demonstration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall, 1400 JFK Blvd. Please consider how you can personally support the world’s youth and young adults, many of whom are putting their immediate futures on the line because they know their lives will be affected–or devastated by–what is and isn’t done between now and 2030 to reduce global carbon emissions. To read more, go to the youth-led Sunrise Movement or 350org. –Bill Cozzens, who will be marching as an elder in support of our youth leaders.

REGISTER BY SEPT. 15 FOR CONFERENCE ON NUCLEAR BAN TREATY

Registration deadline is this Sunday, Sept. 15, for “The Nuclear Ban Treaty, the Path Forward,” a conference sponsored by Coalition for Peace Action’s Pennsylvania Chapter. It will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA 19104. Cosponsors include our Meeting’s Working Group on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, among many others. Speakers include William Burke-White, Joe Cirincione, Mary Day Kent, Robert Moore, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Elaine Scarry, Robert M. Smith, Timmon Wallis, and Alyn Ware. There will also be workshops and a panel discussion. Admission, which includes lunch, is $12. Students may attend for free. Registration is requested. For more details and to register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 6, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The highest purpose of prayer is to lift the soul into close companionship with God. Such prayer is not an attitude of the body; is not a formula of words. It is an impulse of the soul that often cannot express itself in words. In the midst of our busiest occupations, when hands and mind and heart are bent upon accomplishing the purpose of the hour, there may come a flash of divine illumination, flooding our souls with light, showing us how God is the center of all things, the life of all that lives. In that moment’s deep revealing comes to us the secret of faith that need not question; of hope that foresees its own fulfilling; of strength that wearies not in the walk with God; of love whose beneficent impulses go out to all the needy and sweeten all life’s relationships; of peace that bears the soul upward to the regions of perpetual calm. –Elizabeth Powell Bond, 1895

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Sept. 8, 2019

10 a.m. Information on Quakerism, by Kathy Paulmier & Daniel Rouse
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Anthony Stover and his daughter Taylor Stover
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

WELCOME GFS FAMILIES TO OUR MEETING NEXT SUNDAY, SEPT. 8

What a great way to start our Fall Season! This Sunday, Sept. 8, our Meeting will host “GFS Welcome Sunday” for children and families from Germantown Friends School (GFS), as we did last year. GFS parents are often curious about Quaker principles underlying their children’s education, and this is their opportunity to learn more. At 10 a.m., we’ll greet these interested families, tell them something about how a Quaker Meeting works, and then they’ll join us for meeting for worship. Their children will join ours for First-day School. Afterward, all of us will enjoy a light brunch where we can socialize and get acquainted. Last year this event was a great success with both Germantown Friends School and our own community. Please come welcome these neighbors. Let’s have a big turnout to fill our meeting room with joy and inspiration! –Janet Kroll, clerk, Outreach Committee

Here is the schedule:

10 a.m. Meet & Greet
10:15 a.m. Briefing for Newcomers
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:45 a.m. Snacks & Socializing

MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 15

Our September meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. This is the third Sunday of the month, rather than the second Sunday, due to Labor Day weekend. If you have questions or concerns, please speak with our incoming clerk, Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.penn.edu).

LARRY KRASNER TO SPEAK AT GMM ADULT CLASS, SEPT. 22

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will speak on criminal justice reform at our Adult Class on Sunday, Sept. 22. It will begin at 9 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO RESUME OCT. 6

The monthly discussion of the Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, published in 2018, will resume on Sunday, Oct. 6. The group meets after worship, with several kinds of pizza available, including gluten-free. A donation of $5 or whatever you can afford is appreciated. The reading selection will be announced beforehand. Copies of the book are available in the meeting office for $15, or you can read it online at pym.org/faith-and-practice/. For information contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com).

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

BUCKS QUARTER PEACE FAIR, SEPT. 2, WITH YOUTH RETREAT

The Bucks Quarter Peace Fair is a fun and lively gathering on Saturday, Sept. 21, of vendors and performers from throughout the region, supporting work on peace, social justice causes. High school-age Friends provide the people power for running the Fair and spend the weekend together–Sept. 20-22, setting up, working onsite, and dismantling. Everyone is invited to attend the Peace Fair on Sept. 21, and young people are especially invited to come to this working-retreat weekend to work and enjoy each other’s company. Cost for the young people’s weekend is $40, with scholarship money available to make sure money doesn’t keep anyone away. For information and to register, click here. The calendar for this year’s events and activities for Young Friends (high schoolers) may be read by clicking here.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2020 FGC GATHERING

Workshop proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) in Radford, Virginia, which will be held June 28-July 4. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 30, 2019. The Workshop Committee is looking for a variety of proposals, some familiar and well-loved, as well as new and innovative ideas. Out of this variety, the aim is to select a variety of workshops that reflect the wide range of needs and interests of our faith community. Workshops should support the Gathering’s effort to be inclusive, build community, and help Friends deepen spiritually. Diverse leaders and topics “that may surprise us” are sought. The theme for the 2020 Gathering is “Way Will Open.” To learn more, click here.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, SEPT. 28

The Quaker College Fair is an annual free event for students and their families who are engaged in the college search process. This year it will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Philadelphia. Colleges represented at the College Fair offer educations rooted in Quaker values. This is an opportunity for one-on-one personal contact with admissions officers, financial aid experts, and college graduates who can offer insights on the college search process. An interactive panel discussion opens the Fair. For a list of participating colleges, click here. Registration is not required but helps planners and ensures the participant of receiving advance information. To register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

‘WHY YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT CLIMATE WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT RACE,’ SEPT. 18

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, join POWER’s Climate Justice and Jobs Team in looking at climate crisis through an anti-racist lens. A generation ago, Black, Brown, and low-income communities alerted the world to environmental racism: more toxins, fewer jobs, more pollution, and less voice from Black and Brown communities. Today, we’re seeing these same disasters multiplied by climate crisis. Come to this evening of shared learning, imagining, and community building to envision an economy that puts people and the planet first. It will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Arch St. United Methodist Church, 66 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19107.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Aug. 30, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

How does a Quaker Meeting work? Its foundation is the conviction that God is not a distant, remote being but a living presence to be discovered in the deep centre of every human being…. The Quaker experience is that, in the silence, as we are open to one another in love, we help each other by sharing our strengths and weaknesses. The Quaker conviction is that as we go deeper into ourselves we shall eventually reach a still, quiet centre. At this point, two things happen simultaneously. Each of us is aware of our unique value as an individual human being, and each of us is aware of our utter interdependence on one another. –George Gorman, 1982

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Sept. 1, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Rebecca Hoenig & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Refreshments & Greeting Val Nehez & Anthony Tyler

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

WELCOME GFS FAMILIES TO OUR MEETING NEXT SUNDAY, SEPT. 8

What a great way to start our Fall Season! Next Sunday, Sept. 8, our Meeting will again host “GFS Welcome Sunday” for children and families from Germantown Friends School (GFS), as we did last year. GFS parents are often curious about the Quaker principles underlying their children’s education, and this is their opportunity to learn more. At 10 a.m., we’ll greet these interested families, tell them something about how a Quaker Meeting works, and then they’ll join us for meeting for worship. Their children will join ours for First-day School, with all of us enjoying a light brunch where we can socialize and get acquainted. Last year this event was a great success with both Germantown Friends School and our own community. Please come welcome these neighbors. Let’s have a big turnout to fill our meeting room with joy and inspiration! –Janet Kroll (janetkroll@earthlink.net), clerk, Outreach Committee

Here is next Sunday’s schedule:

10 a.m. Meet & Greet
10:15 a.m. Briefing for Newcomers
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:45 a.m. Snacks & Socializing

MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 15

Our September meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. This is the third Sunday of the month, rather than the second Sunday, due to Labor Day weekend. The agenda will be printed in the Friday BEE in advance of the meeting. If you have questions or concerns, please speak with our incoming clerk, Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu).

LARRY KRASNER TO SPEAK AT GMM ADULT CLASS, SEPT. 22

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will speak on criminal justice reform at our Adult Class on Sunday, Sept. 22. It will begin at 9 a.m. in the social room of our meetinghouse. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO RESUME OCT. 6

The monthly discussion of the Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, published in 2018, will resume on Sunday, Oct. 6. The group meets after worship, with several kinds of pizza available, including gluten-free. A donation of $5 or whatever you can afford is appreciated. The reading selection will be announced beforehand. Copies of the book are available in the meeting office for $15, or you can read it online at pym.org/faith-and-practice/. For information contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com).

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

BOOK LAUNCH ON MONEY & SOUL, SEPT. 15

Pamela Haines will talk about her new book, Money & Soul, on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1:15 p.m., in the Monthly Meeting Room, Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. Her talk will be followed by a discussion about the place of money and the economy in the spiritual life Friends. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Library, 215-241-7220.

‘UNEXPECTED OUTCOMES OF PEACE’ AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE TALK, SEPT. 23

Visiting scholar Jennifer Graber will talk about her research on 19th century Quaker mediation between Native Americans and the U.S. government.Her talk is entitled “The Unexpected Outcomes of Peace” and will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, in Chase Hall at Haverford College in Haverford, PA 19041. In Quakers’ mediation work with Native Americans in the 1860s and 1870s, they affected Indians’ lives, and their unforeseen religious encounters and moral dilemmas affected their own perception of struggles for justice and the role of allies. Jennifer Graber is professor of Relgious Studies in Native America and Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Free. Parking is available in designated visitor parking lots. To see a map of the campus, click here.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, SEPT. 28

The Quaker College Fair is an annual free event for students and their families who are engaged in the college search process. This year it will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 3 p.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in Philadelphia. Colleges represented at the College Fair offer educations rooted in Quaker values. This is an opportunity for one-on-one personal contact with admissions officers, financial aid experts, and college graduates who can offer insights on the college search process. An interactive panel discussion opens the Fair. For a list of participating colleges, click here. Registration is not required but helps planners and ensures the participant of receiving advance information. To register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

ELDER WITNESS DEMONSTRATION TO DECRY IMMIGRATION POLICIES, SEPT. 4

Elder Witness, a grassroots group of local elders and friends, will hold a demonstration on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 12 noon, at the I.C.E. Office, 114 North 8th St. (between Race and Cherry Streets). They will express their outrage at the current separating of families and detention of children instituted by recent government policies. There will be a symbolic caging of the Statue of Liberty. All are invited to participate and, if you wish, come dressed as the Statue of Liberty. Bring signs with one of these slogans: “Not in My Name;” “Children Belong in School, Not in Detention;” “End Child & Family Detention;” “Human Rights for All;” or “Close the Camps.” Elder Witness advocates for moral and legal immigration policies that represent the will of the American people and reject separation of immigrant children from their families, with detention under inhumane conditions.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 26, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

For just as in a single human body there are many limbs and organs, all with different functions, so all of us, united with Christ, form one body, serving individually as limbs and organs to one another. The gifts we possess differ as they are allotted to us by God’s grace, and must be exercised accordingly: the gift of inspired utterance, for example, in proportion to a person’s faith; or the gift of administration, in administration. A teacher should employ his/her gift in teaching, and one who has the gift of stirring speech should use it to stir his/her hearers. If you give to charity, give with all your heart; if you are a leader, exert yourself to lead; if you are helping others in distress, do it cheerfully
Love in all sincerity, loathing evil and clinging to the good. Let love for one another breed warmth of mutual affection. Give pride of place to one another in esteem. With unflagging energy, in ardour of spirit, serve the Lord. Let hope keep you joyful; in trouble stand firm; persist in prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and practise hospitality. Call down blessings on your persecutors–blessings, not curses. With the joyful be joyful, and mourn with the mourners. Care as much about each other as about yourselves.
–Romans 12:4-16, New English Bible

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 28, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Lois Volta & family
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Refreshments & Greeting Chris Gallagher & Mark Kowit

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

OPENING OF TCRC HEALING CENTER, JULY 26

The grand opening of the new Community Healing & Transformation Center of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) will be this Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Wedge Building, 3609 N. Broad St. Come for food, beverages, and entertainment and to see the new space and learn about the programs to be offered. The center will assist those who need to heal from the trauma of mass incarceration, criminal injustice, and gun violence. The plan is to use a holistic approach to heal not only those who are formerly incarcerated, but also their families. Our member Jondhi Harrell is the founder and director of TCRC. To learn more about this remarkable organization, click here.

REMINDER: JOINT WORSHIP IN AUGUST WITH GREEN STREET MEETING

This Sunday, July 28, is the last Sunday Friends from Green Street Meeting will worship with us in our meetinghouse. Beginning next Sunday, Aug. 4, and continuing through the following four Sundays in August, we will worship with them in their meetinghouse at 45 W School House Lane. We are grateful for this special time of the year when we are brought together for worship with our brothers and sisters from Green Street Meeting.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Annual Sessions, an intergenerational gathering of Friends, is now taking place at The College of New Jersey, in Ewing, which is just north of Trenton. Although it is too late to reserve a room on campus for staying overnight, anyone is welcome to come to activities during the day for no charge. You can buy meal tickets when your get there; preferably as far before the meal as you can manage, to help with planning. Activities include business, worship, collective projects, an array of workshops, and speakers. To see the program schedule, click here.

‘SANITY FOR HUMANITY’: WORKSHOP ON ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JULY 26

Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will give a workshop on Friday, July 26, at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. Speakers will be Timmon Wallis, executive director of NuclearBan.US and author of Disarming the Nuclear Argument, and Jeff Pudlo, program assistant at Friends Committee on National Legislation. The workshop will take place at 3 p.m. in the air-conditioned Social Sciences Building. Timmon Wallis will tell about the worldwide, grassroots campaign to abolish nuclear weapons and support the UN Treaty for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Jeff Pudlo will describe current legislation in the United States. They will give ideas for things people can do as individuals, meetings, and in groups. This workshop will introduce the new PYM Collective to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, founded through the hard work of our own Bill Cozzens.

‘BLACK QUAKER MBONGI’ AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 27

Our member Ayesha Imani will be the leader of a Black Quaker Mbongi (Congolese for “learning circle”), on Saturday, July 27, at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), at The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08618. Specifically for Quakers of African Descent, this mbongi–pronounced Bone-gee– will be a chance to discuss the Friends General Conference audit on racism and how to support the work of racial justice in PYM. A mbongi strives to reduce division, promote unguarded interaction, and inspire respect and joy. For more information, contact Ayesha Imani.

TAKE ACTION

FILL-A-BOOK-BAG SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR EMIR

Help children from families of murder victims prepare for school by donating school supplies to the annual Fill-A-Book-Bag drive for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real). Families of murder victims are devastated and disoriented by losing a family member to violence, and the children may have emotional difficulties with returning to school. In addition, the entire family faces a range of emotional, legal, and financial hurdles. Having new school supplies can lighten the load and brighten the mood somewhat. Green Street Monthly Meeting, which will be worshiping with us in July and August, invites us to join in collecting supplies for the youngsters. There is a big box in our social room for donations, which will be available through July. You can see the wish list online by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 12, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Preparation for worship is essential. Preparation is a continual process of prayer, of reading the Bible and other religious literature, of learning from human experiences, and of daily practicing the presence of God. Some come on Sunday morning expecting to receive God’s revelation with no previous effort on their part. For the cup to overflow on Sunday, however, it must be filled up all through the week. Early Friends came to worship with their cup overflowing, and it was then that the power was given to go out and to share the Truth that had come to them. –Faith & Practice of New England Yearly Meeting, 1985

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 14, 2019
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Karen Lightner & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Refreshments & Greeting Charley McPhedran and Ellie & Tom Elkinton

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

MEETING OFFICE TO BE CLOSED JULY 15-21

Next week–July 15-21–the Meeting Office will be closed so I can take some much-needed time off to work on cleaning and maintenance projects at my house. However, I will be checking phone and email messages from home to keep track of things. Please give me a little extra time to answer you because I will be in and out of the house and not always close to my computer. Thank you for helping me get a few days to “address the mess” where Bob and I live–and maybe get in a little swimming and a train ride to someplace wonderful in New Jersey! –Melissa Elliott, GMM secretary

‘SANITY FOR HUMANITY’: WORKSHOP ON ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JULY 26

Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will give a workshop on Friday, July 26, at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. Speakers will be Timmon Wallis, executive director of NuclearBan.US and author of Disarming the Nuclear Argument, and Jeff Pudlo, program assistant at Friends Committee on National Legislation. Timmon will share heartening information about the worldwide, grassroots campaign to abolish nuclear weapons and support the UN Treaty for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Jeff will talk about current legislation in the United States. There will be lots of tips and suggestions about things people can do as individuals, meetings, and in groups, with time to ask questions and get to know the speakers over dinner afterward. (Reserve a meal ticket by July 14 by going through the PYM registration site.) This workshop will introduce the new PYM Collective to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, founded by members of our Meeting, and Friends from throughout PYM will be invited to join at this time. The workshop will take place at 3 p.m. in the air-conditioned Social Sciences Building. For questions, contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.com).

‘BLACK QUAKER MBONGI’ AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 27

Our own member Ayesha Imani will be the leader of a Black Quaker Mbongi (Congolese for “learning circle”), on Saturday, July 27, at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08618. Specifically for Quakers of African Descent, this mbongi–pronounced Bone-gee– will be a chance to discuss the Friends General Conference audit on racism, focusing on how to support the work of racial justice in PYM. A mbongi strives to reduce division, promote unguarded interaction, and inspire respect and joy. For more information, contact Ayesha Imani (a.imani@sfacs.us).

BOOK DISCUSSION AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST

The Green Street book discussion group, which meets after worship and hospitality, extends an invitation to Germantown Meeting to join them on August 25, when we will be worshiping with them in their meetinghouse. The book to be discussed is Evicted by Matthew Desmond, a nonfiction account of poverty and the lack of decent, affordable housing for four families. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. It is suggested that Friends purchase and read the book in advance.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SUMMER FESTIVAL AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JULY 13

Pony rides, a snake man, music, dancing, a farm stand, and cookout will offer a good time for everyone at this year’s Summer Festival at Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133. It will take place Saturday, July 13, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more, click here. Address email inquiries to info@historicfairhill.com or call 215-870-8348.

APPLICATIONS FOR FWCC’S TRAVELING MINISTRY CORPS DUE BY SEPT 30

Do you feel strongly led to offer the service of ministry: healing, challenging and nurturing the widely diverse Religious Society of Friends? Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is welcoming applications for its 2020 Traveling Ministry Corps. If you are drawn to this work, you are invited to join a Zoom webinar for prospective applicants, with time for questions and answers, on Tuesday, July 16, at 8 p.m. Read more about the FWCC Traveling Ministry Corps by clicking here. Applications are due by Sept. 30.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

The deadline to register for meals and housing for Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is Sunday, July 14. Annual Sessions, an intergenerational gathering of Friends, will take place on July 24-28 at The College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. Friends of every age from more than 100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Click here to register online. Here are several web pages that provide specific information:

Program Schedule: https://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/schedule
Thursday Workshops: https://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/thursday-workshops
Friday Workshops: www.pym.org/annual-sessions/friday-workshops
Children’s Program (K-5th grade): https://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/children-and-family
Middle School Friends: https://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/middle-school-friends
Young Friends (High School): https://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/young-friends
Fees & Financial Aid: https://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/fees-and-financial-aid

TAKE ACTION

HOW TO SUPPORT PROTEST CAMP AT FLORID DETENTION CENTER

Our attender Erin Kelly spoke in meeting for worship last week, encouraging Friends to support the protest camp outside Homestead child detention center in Florida. Many Friends asked for details about how to help, and this week Erin provided the address for the GoFundMe site: https://www.gofundme.com/f/supportwitnesshomestead?member=2516662. The money raised will buy ice bags and food, and provide gas money for the people in the small encampment, who have been there for 145 days and are experiencing fatigue and personal stress. To see a short documentary about them, click here.

FILL-A-BOOK-BAG SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR EMIR

Help children from families of murder victims prepare for school by donating school supplies to the annual Fill-A-Book-Bag drive for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real). Families of murder victims are devastated and disoriented by losing a family member to violence, and the children may have emotional difficulties with returning to school. In addition, the entire family faces a range of emotional, legal, and financial hurdles. Having new school supplies can lighten the load and brighten the mood somewhat. Green Street Monthly Meeting, which will be worshiping with us in July and August, invites us to join in collecting supplies for the youngsters. There is a big box in our social room for donations, which will be available through July. You can see the wish list online by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 5, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our vision of our meetings for worship is of places where God is present, where God brings us into unity, where through corporate worship and the ministry arising out of it, we may be strengthened in our convictions, awareness, work, and faithfulness. Our vision is of the unity of faith and works. We recognize that some come to works only after gaining faith, and some come to faith through working. Ideally, we reach inward to the Spirit that speaks to us and guides us, and outward to the world which needs us and which we need if we are not to drift into empty piety or self-glorification. –“Friends as Leaders: the Vision, Instrument, and Methods,” paper from workshop at Pendle Hill, 1979

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, July 7, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Kate O’Shea & friend

11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Refreshments & Greeting Ed Nakawatase & Charley McPhedran

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

WELCOME, GREEN STREET FRIENDS, TO WORSHIP WITH US IN JULY!

This Sunday, July 1, Friends and attenders from Green Street Monthly Meeting will worship with us and will continue each Sunday in July at 10:30 a.m. In August, they will host us in worshiping with them at Green Street Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, Phila., PA 19144. We welcome this opportunity to be together with our neighbors and f/Friends.

UPDATE FROM FUND RAISING COMMITTEE

The final numbers are not in. We are probably still short of our goal, but thanks to many members who reached deep into their pockets and came to the support of our Meeting at the end of the fiscal year, we are a lot closer. The fund raising committee thanks all the members, attenders, and other supporters who contributed this year and who keep the Meeting functioning from a financial point of view. Some have given for the first time, others repeatedly, and quite a few have increased their contribution. Your committee deeply appreciates the support each has brought to our Meeting. –Jonathan Rhoads, Clerk

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL IS OUT! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER CHILDCARE

First-day School is out and volunteers are needed for childcare in July. Our First-day School teachers work hard nine months of the year and have earned a break for the summer. Volunteers who provide childcare on summer Sundays supervise our First-day School children on the playground (or in the Kindergarten in case of rain). This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the younger Meeting members and attenders. Here are the dates when coverage is needed: July 7, 14, 21, and July 28. Please contact Bill Cozzens to volunteer for one of the open dates at William.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

BOOK DISCUSSION AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST

The Green Street book discussion group, which meets after worship and hospitality, extends an invitation to Germantown Meeting to join them on August 25. The book to be discussed is Evicted by Matthew Desmond, a nonfiction account of poverty and the lack of decent, affordable housing for four families. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. It is suggested that Friends purchase and read the book in advance.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

LOIS VOLTA MAKES CLEANING & ORGANIZING AN EXERCISE OF SPIRIT

Teaching someone to clean can be sacred, says our member Lois Volta in an interview featured in Grid magazine. When talking through the intimacies of a closet or a pile of neglected papers, trust, vulnerability, and humility are exchanged, and habits, fears, and desires can safely surface. “I wanted to flip the script on what it means to be a cleaning professional,” she says. “I don’t clean up people’s trash; I take care of people.” For Lois, teaching someone to take care of their things is the equivalent of teaching them to take care of themselves… “Home doesn’t have to suck,” she says, “but a beautiful life takes work.” To read the entire article about this lovely Friend who lives in our meeting’s cottage with her three daughters and husband Erich Enns, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SHOWING OF MANDELA FILM, FOLLOWED BY AWARD TO BOB SMITH, JULY 5,

The film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be shown tonight, July 5, at 7 p.m., at the Peace Center of Delaware County in Springfield Friends Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064-1212. After the film, our member Robert M. Smith will be presented the Mandela Award, along with Beth Centz, for co-founding the Brandywine Peace Community more than 45 years ago. The Brandywine Peace Community was part of a network of the Atlantic Life Communities, which, under the leadership of Daniel and Philip Berrigan, used nonviolent resistance to protest nuclear weapons and war. Actions, protests, and vigils by the Brandywine Peace Community continue till this day. For directions, click here or call 484-574-1148. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Air conditioned.

VOLUNTEER TO BE ‘FRIENDLY PRESENCE’ IN PYM YOUTH PROGRAM

Here’s a chance to get to know some of our delightful young people firsthand: Volunteers are needed to support and work alongside staff member in programs for young people at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) events throughout the year. To volunteer or get more information, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley (mwennerbradley@pym.org), PYM Youth Coordinator. To see the calendar of youth programs, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Join a multi-generational community of Friends at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on July 24-28 at The College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. This year’s theme is “How do we center ourselves in trust and love?” Friends of every age from more than 100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Click here for information and to register.

‘BLACK QUAKER MBONGI’ AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 27

Our own member Ayesha Imani will be the leader of a Black Quaker Mbongi (Congolese for “learning circle”), on Saturday, July 27, at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08618. Specifically for Quakers of African Descent, this mbongi–pronounced Bone-gee– will be a chance to discuss the Friends General Conference audit on racism, focusing on how to support the work of racial justice in PYM. A mbongi strives to reduce division, promote unguarded interaction, and inspire respect and joy. For more information, contact Ayesha Imani (a.imani@sfacs.us).

CONFERENCE ON SELF-CARE FOR TEACHERS AT POWELL HOUSE, AUG. 16-18

A retreat to help teachers rest, refocus, and prepare for the new school year will take place at Powell House, in Old Chatham, NY, on Aug. 16-18. It is entitled “Self Care in the Craft of Teaching: Tools for Expanding Your Practice.” Leaders will help teachers tap into their passion for their craft and address the stress in their lives with simple ideas for self-care and set goals for developing habits that will see them the school year. Many of the skills involve finding quietness within themselves and looking for like-minded peers to build a community of support. For more information about facilitators and fees, click here. Powell House is the conference and retreat center of New York Yearly Meeting.

TAKE ACTION

READ UP ON IMMIGRANT DETENTION ISSUES & ACTIONS

Would you like to know more about the current situation of detention of immigrant families, plus lots of ways to take steps to help them? Attached is an extensive list of websites that will provide background for you and point you toward specialized interests, reputable organizations, and countless ways to help. The list is compiled from publicly reported information from a variety of media, from print to social networking. The author “believes all sourcing is trustworthy, but has not independently vetted all actions or organizations,” and advises, “Please use all due diligence before committing time or money to the organizations listed.” Thank you to our member Karen Lightner, who forward this useful information to the BEE.

FILL-A-BOOK-BAG SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR EMIR

Help children from families of murder victims prepare for school by donating school supplies to the annual Fill-A-Book-Bag drive for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real). Families of murder victims are devastated and disoriented by losing a family member to violence, and the children may have emotional difficulties with returning to school. In addition, the entire family faces a range of emotional, legal, and financial hurdles. Having new school supplies can lighten the load and brighten the mood somewhat. Green Street Monthly Meeting, which will be worshiping with us in July and August, invites us to join in collecting supplies for the youngsters. There will be a big box in our social room for donations, which will be available through July. You can see the wish list online by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 28, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As Friends, we lay upon ourselves the responsibility to live by the Spirit of love and truth in each of us. This Spirit can direct every aspect of our lives if we open ourselves to it. It can enable us to reach out to the same Spirit in others. Thus, Friends strive to live lives that embody the leadings of the Spirit. It is our experience that God can and will call upon any one of us to bear witness in the world in special ways, that occasionally some specific task for bettering the world might be laid upon us. We call such a task a “leading.” Leadings can actually be about any aspect of life, but sometimes they are witness leadings, meaning that we feel called to work toward peace, social, or racial justice, care for the earth,voluntary service, or some action intended to minister to those who suffer, to advocate on behalf of the oppressed, to protect the unprotected, and to right wrongs, where possible. –New York Yearly Meeting, 2019

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, June 30, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship in Harkins Garden (see below)
Closers Joanne & Tom Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Refreshments & Greeting Toni & Francis Sharp

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

THIS SUNDAY: MEETING FOR WORSHIP IN HARKINS GARDEN

This Sunday, June 30, it will be our special delight to worship together outside: in Harkins Garden on the campus of Germantown Friends School. The garden is between the Main Building and Lower School. Just look for the direction other people are going and follow them. Please join us at 10:30 a.m. for this once-a-year experience together.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL IS OUT! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER CHILDCARE

First-day School is out and volunteers are needed for childcare in June and July. Our First-day School teachers work hard nine months of the year and have earned a break for the summer. Volunteers who provide childcare on summer Sundays supervise our First-day School children on the playground (or in the Kindergarten in case of rain). This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the younger Meeting members and attenders. Here are the dates when coverage is needed: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and July 28. Please contact Bill Cozzens to volunteer for one of the open dates at William.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS STILL NEEDED TO MEET OUR 2019 BUDGET GOALS

We are at the end of the fiscal year and still many thousands of dollars short of our fund raising goal to meet our budget. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. –Jonathan Rhoads, Jr., clerk, Fund Raising Committee of Germantown Monthly Meeting [Ed note: To make a donation that legally counts toward this fiscal year, checks must be dated June 30 or earlier, even if mailed after that date. There is still time to donate online by credit card by going through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by clicking here. Be sure to use the section of the donation form entitled “Monthly Meeting or Quarterly Meeting Contribution,” and select “Germantown” in the drop-down menu to designate the recipient meeting.]

RUTH SEELEY’S ARTWORK TO BE IN EXHIBIT OPENING JUNE 29

Our member Ruth Seeley has two paintings in the exhibit Salon Des Refuses at IMPeRFeCT Gallery, 5539 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. It opens tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 29, with a reception for the artists at 7 p.m. Regular summer hours of the gallery at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, or by appointment: contact Roc Molenaar, 917-957-4504. To view some of Ruth’s paintings online, go to her website by clicking here.

WELCOME, GREEN STREET FRIENDS, TO WORSHIP WITH US IN JULY!

Next Sunday, July 1, Friends and attenders from Green Street Monthly Meeting will worship with us and will continue each Sunday in July at 10:30 a.m. In August, they will host us in worshiping with them at Green Street Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, Phila., PA 19144. We welcome this opportunity to be together with our neighbors and f/Friends.

BOOK DISCUSSION AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST

The Green Street book discussion group, which meets after worship and hospitality, extends an invitation to Germantown Meeting to join them on August 25. The book to be discussed is Evicted by Matthew Desmond, a nonfiction account of poverty and the lack of decent, affordable housing for four families. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. It is suggested that Friends purchase and read the book in advance.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR TCHET DORMAN ON TUESDAY, JULY 2

Tchet Dereic Dorman, former Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Germantown Friends School (GFS), died suddenly of a heart attack this past week. A part of Chestnut Hill Meeting, he brought deep Quaker values of equality and integrity to his work in broadening an understanding of privilege related to race, class, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, ability, national origin, and language. He opened hearts and broadened minds of those he touched. Several months ago, he moved from his position at GFS to a role in the American Cancer Society, although he continued to facilitate, with Behnaz Varamini, the Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) program. A memorial service will be held for him this Tuesday, July 2, in our meetinghouse. There will be a viewing at 10:30 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. by the memorial service, with a reception afterward. To read a tribute to Tchet by Dana Weeks, head of GFS, click here.

BOB SMITH, LIFELONG PEACE ACTIVIST, TO BE HONORED JULY 5

Our member Robert (“Bob) M. Smith will be honored with the Mandela Award, recognizing his lifetime of working for peace, on Friday, July 5, at the Peace Center of Delaware County. Beth Centz, who cofounded the Brandywine Peace Community with Bob in the 1970s, will share this honor with him. The Brandywine Peace Community, as part of the Plowshares movement, was founded in the belief of using nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to protest war and nuclear weapons from a Christian perspective. The Catholic priests Daniel and Phil Berrigan were integral to this work, longtime mentors and friends to Bob and Beth, and central figures in the Plowshares Eight action, for which Bob was a key planner and behind-the-scenes figure. Bob has led hundreds of protests and vigils, given many talks and interviews with media, and been arrested and served jail sentences countless times. Beth played the major role of support person for many years, providing transportation, monitoring jail stays, contacting protesters’ families, and other backup services. The Mandela Award, sponsored by local peace activists Lawrence Geller and Bernadette Cronin, will be presented after showing of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center, located in Springfield Monthly Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064-1212. The building is air-conditioned, and light refreshments will be served. For information, call 484-574-1148.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SHOWING OF MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, JULY 5

Nelson Mandela, the man who represented the struggle for freedom for millions in South Africa, is the subject of an inspiring film to be shown on July 5 at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Delaware County, Springfield Monthly Meeting, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064-1212. Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba stars as Mandela in this biopic, following his life from childhood through his long imprisonment to his election as his country’s first black president. Rated PG-13. Free, with light refreshments. Air conditioned. Watch the trailer by clicking here. For information, call 484-574-1148.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Join a multi-generational community of Friends at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on July 24-28 at The College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. This year’s theme is “How do we center ourselves in trust and love?” Friends of every age from the more-than 100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and even separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Click here for more information and to register.

‘BLACK QUAKER MBONGI’ AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 27

Our own member Ayesha Imani will be the leader of a Black Quaker Mbongi (Congolese for “learning circle”), on Saturday, July 27, at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08618. Specifically for Quakers of African Descent, this mbongi–pronounced Bone-gee– will be a chance to discuss the Friends General Conference audit on racism, focusing on how to support the work of racial justice in PYM. A mbongi strives to reduce division, promote unguarded interaction, and inspire respect and joy. For more information, contact Ayesha Imani.

CONFERENCE ON SELF-CARE FOR TEACHERS AT POWELL HOUSE, AUG. 16-18

A retreat to help teachers rest, refocus, and prepare for the new school year will take place at Powell House, in Old Chatham, NY, on Aug. 16-18. It is entitled “Self Care in the Craft of Teaching: Tools for Expanding Your Practice. Leaders will help teachers tap into their passion for their craft and address the stress in their lives with simple ideas for self-care and set goals for developing habits that will see them the school year. Many of the skills involve finding quietness within themselves and looking for like-minded peers to build a community of support. For more information about facilitators and fees, click here. Powell House is the conference and retreat center of New York Yearly Meeting.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATES THE CENTER FOR RETURNING CITIZENS, JUNE 28

TCRC (The Center for Returning Citizens) will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for the new Community Healing &Transformation Center on Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m., at 3609 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140. It will be a safe space where men, women, and children can begin to heal from the impact of mass incarceration on their lives. It will promote case management, service referral, healing approaches such as counseling, mentoring, mediation, yoga, healthy lifestyle, and nutrition management and will open on July 1. For more information about what’s going on at the Grand Opening Celebration, a list of speakers, and to register for this free event, click here. TCRC was founded by our member Jondhi Harrell, who is executive director.

TAKE ACTION

FILL-A-BOOK-BAG SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR EMIR

Help children from families of murder victims prepare for school by donating school supplies to the annual Fill-A-Book-Bag drive for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real). Families of murder victims are devastated and disoriented by losing a family member to violence, and the children may have emotional difficulties with returning to school. In addition, the entire family faces a range of emotional, legal, and financial hurdles. Having new school supplies can lighten the load and brighten the mood somewhat. Green Street Monthly Meeting, which will be worshiping with us in July and August, invites us to join in collecting supplies for the youngsters. There will be a big box in our social room for donations, which will be available through July. You can see the wish list online by clicking here.

PROTEST HORSHAM DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, JUNE 29

The monthly protest at the Horsham Drone War Command Center will take place Saturday, June 29, and will call upon Governor Wolf to end drone war operations in Horsham. According to federal law, the governor of each state has authority over the state’s National Guard units, such as the Horsham Center. There is recent precedent for state governors refusing permission to send their states’ National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to enforce new immigration regulations, and it is with this precedent in mind that the long-running protest in Horsham is calling for Governor Wolf to take action. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community, the protest will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m., at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Rd. and County Line Rd. Banners and signs provided. Bring a folding chair, if you wish. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148, or go to www.brandywinepeace.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 21, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Christ valued children. He told us, “Such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mark 20:14). Through the years, writers have interpreted “such” to mean children’s innocence, their naivete, their dependency, their acceptance. I believe it is their questioning: their wondering how and why and where do I fit in; their seeking to know that this thing slides and this does not; their searching to figure out how to build a castle with a best friend; their attempting to identify all the consequences of using drugs; their broadening their horizons of what is possible…. Viewing people as seekers is an integral component of Quakerism. Our children are fellow participants in that search. — Harriet Heath, 1994

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Ed Stivender & Audrey Tucker
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Refreshments Tom Grabe & Anders Fetterman
Greeting Robert M. Smith & Melissa Elliott

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

THANKS GO TO FIRST-DAY SCHOOL KIDS FOR STRINGING PAPER CRANES

Tsuru is the Japanese word for crane. On Sunday, June 2, Kelley White’s First-day School class helped string 350 tsuru beautifully and efficiently in 45 minutes! The children worked in pairs and individually to select color combinations that spoke to them of a rainbow of peace.The tsuru are for the movement to shut down the Berks County Detention Center, which houses immigrant families and is one of three detention centers for immigrant families in the United States. The documentary Las Madres de Berks revealed inhumane conditions at this detention center. There have been violations of state law, and the PA Department of Human Services has chosen not to renew the detention center’s license. But the center has appealed this decision and continues to operate while the case is under review.

Mike Ishii writes on behalf of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL): “There is a deep sense of outrage that mass incarcerations are happening again in the U.S., and we intend to be the allies that we needed during WWII…. The story of the crane as a symbol of nonviolence and human love is a uniquely Japanese cultural story, and we want to bring it to this struggle.”

We at the JACL thank the students in Germantown Meeting’s First -day School class for stringing these tusuru. JACL will add these cranes to our collection of 3,000 cranes to be taken to families who are detained in Berks County Family Detention Center.

–Teresa Maebori

LETTER FROM RUTH SEELEY: GIVING TO SAFE-KEEP OUR SPIRITUAL HOME

Our Fundraising Committee has brought you reports throughout the year of how much we need in donations to meet our annual budget – currently closing in on the final $23,000, or 22 percent left to raise. Our fiscal year ends June 30. We have mentioned all the good things those funds are spent on: child care, First-day School, adult class, committee work, the meetinghouse (keeping the lights on!), the office, and the special service of our employees. However, as I sat in Meeting for Worship on June 16 listening to wonderful ministry on what Meeting meant to those who were present, I realized that what we really are asking for is support for our Spiritual Home. In the past, Friends left bequests and funds so the Spirit can flourish among us. We need to nourish the Spirit for current and future Friends. So, if you feel that Germantown Monthly Meeting is your Spiritual Home, join us in making sure that warmth and encouragement continues to nourish our souls. –Ruth Seeley, for the Fundraising Committee

To give to the Meeting by using a check, you may drop it off in the Meeting office, mail it to the Meeting (address below), or put it in the wooden collection box on the wall in the social room. To give online by using your credit card through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website, click here.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL IS OUT! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER CHILDCARE

First-day School is out and volunteers are needed for childcare in June and July. Our First-day School teachers work hard nine months of the year and have earned a break for the summer. Volunteers who provide childcare on summer Sundays supervise our First-day School children on the playground (or in the Kindergarten in case of rain). This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the younger Meeting members and attenders. Here are the dates when coverage is needed: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and July 28. Please contact Bill Cozzens to volunteer for one of the open dates at William.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

WANT A NEW PHOTO OF YOURSELF FOR OUR FACEBOARD?

Would you like an updated photo of yourself or your family for the Germantown Meeting “Faceboard” ? Karen Lightner will be happy to take your picture after worship this Sunday, June 23. Find her at coffee hour.

FIFTH SUNDAY IN JUNE: MEETING FOR WORSHIP IN HARKINS GARDEN, JUNE 30

According to our tradition of having a special meeting for worship on the fifth Sunday (if a month has one), we will hold meeting for worship in Harkins Garden on the campus of Germantown Friends School on Sunday, June 30. This outdoor meeting for worship is becoming a favorite occasion before the summer gets too hot, to enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and the rustle of leaves as we worship together. Harkins Garden is between the Main Building of the School and the Lower School. There will be better directions forthcoming and perhaps people to guide you when you get to Meeting that day. Please plan to enjoy this sweet experience together.

BOOK DISCUSSION AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST

The Green Street book discussion group, which meets after worship and hospitality, extends an invitation to Germantown Meeting to join them on August 25. The book to be discussed is Evicted by Matthew Desmond, a nonfiction account of poverty and the lack of decent, affordable housing for four families. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. It is suggested that Friends purchase and read the book in advance.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

REPORT ON POWER TRIP TO HARRISBURG

Shown above are three members of our Meeting, from left to right: Ed Nakawatese, Sydney, Coffin, and Joanne Sharpless, who took part of POWER’s trip to Harrisburg on Wednesday, June 12, to advocate for fair funding for education in the State of Pennsylvania. Laura Seeley, who also went, took this photo. She reports that more than a thousand advocates rallied to ask that 100 percent of our state’s educational funding be put through the Fair Funding formula, which equalizes state funding of schools throughout Pennsylvania. If you would like to help, call or email your state representative and state senator and ask them to support House Bill 961 and Senate Bill 363. The Fair Funding formula is already in place, but only new funds are allocated through it. One hundred percent of the state’s money for education needs to have Fair Funding standards applied to it to create fair funding throughout Pennsylvania. “Students in our schools deserve fair and equal funding, no matter where they live in the State of Pennsylvania,” says Laura. Click here to look up your state representative and state senator go to: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/. To learn more about POWER and find more information on the inequalities in our educational funding, go to: https://powerinterfaith.org/education-apartheid-2019/

KATY HINELINE RECEIVES WISTAR-HAINES AWARD FROM WYCK HOUSE

Congratulations to Katy Hineline (center) for winning this year’s Wistar-Haines Award! This award recognizes current or past board volunteers for their exemplary service to Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm. For information about what’s going on at Wyck this summer, click here.

PHOTO BY REBECCA HOENIG CHOSEN FOR JURIED EXHIBIT

This photo of morning glories by our member Rebecca Hoenig is included in the PHOTOGraphy 2019 juried exhibition at The Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 South Camac St., Phila., PA 19107. Everyone is invited to the reception for the artists this Sunday, June 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. About her artwork, Rebecca says, “Through a wide array of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and mixed media sculpture, I am continually drawn to the spiritual aspects of art and the essential mystery inherent in all natural and artistic creation.” To see an online preview of the exhibitIon, click here.

RUTH SEELEY’S ARTWORK TO BE IN IMPERFECT GALLERY EXHIBIT

Opening June 29, a new exhibit at the iMPeRFeCT Gallery in Germantown will include two paintings by our member Ruth Seeley. The title of the exhibit is Salon Des Refuses Philadelphia, and it will run until July 27. A reception for the artists will take place on Saturday, June 29. Gallery hours in the summer are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, or by appointment: contact Rocio Cabello, 215-869-1001, or Renny Molenaar, 917-957-4504. The gallery is at 5539 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. To view some of Ruth’s paintings online, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TUBING ON THE BRANDYWINE RIVER, JUNE 23

Everyone is welcome to join Friends in Western and Concord Quarter for an afternoon of picnicking and tubing on the Brandywine River this Sunday, June 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tubes, chairs, a volleyball net, and some life jackets will be provided, along with hot dogs and buns, beverages, napkins, and utensils. You are asked to bring a potluck dish to share, favorite drinks, water bottles, sunscreen, towels, swimsuits, tubes and life jackets (if you have them), friends, games, musical instruments, and copies of Rise Up Singing! To go tubing, you should wear old sneakers or water shoes, and shorts. You will be required to sign an agreement at the site to hold harmless the hosts. Children under 18 must have permission slips signed by parents. Forms are available online by clicking here and will be available at the picnic. Parents are responsible for their children and will be asked to help with “creek watching.” Tubing will take place on the opposite side of the creek from the Clendenin family’s home, 1005 Brandywine Creek Rd., Coatesville, PA 19320. For maps of the location, click here. For information, call Lynne Holladay Piersol, 610-864-3802.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Join a multi-generational community of Friends at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on July 24-28 at The College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. This year’s theme is “How do we center ourselves in trust and love?” Friends of every age from the more-than 100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and even separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Plans are being finalized, a detailed program will be available soon, and registration is open now. Click here for more information.

‘BLACK QUAKER MBONGI’ AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS ON JULY 27

Our own member Ayesha Imani will be the leader of a Black Quaker Mbongi (Congolese for “learning circle”), on Saturday, July 27, at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing Township, NJ 08618. Specifically for Quakers of African Descent, this mbongi–pronounced Bone-gee– will be a chance to discuss the Friends General Conference audit on racism, focusing on how to support the work of racial justice in PYM. A mbongi strives to reduce division, promote unguarded interaction, and inspire respect and joy. For more information, contact Ayesha Imani.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATES THE CENTER FOR RETURNING CITIZENS, JUNE 28

TCRC (The Center for Returning Citizens) will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for the new Community Healing and Transformation Center on Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m., at 3609 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140. It will be a safe space where men, women, and children can begin to heal from the impact of mass incarceration on their lives. It will promote case management, service referral, healing approaches such as counseling, mentoring, mediation, yoga, and healthy lifestyle and nutrition management and will open on July 1. For more information about what’s going on at the Grand Opening Celebration, a list of speakers, and to register for this free event, click here. TCRC was founded by our member Jondhi Harrell, who is executive director.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CARILLON RECITALS BEGIN JULY 1

The 2019 Monday evening Carillon Recital Series will begin this Monday, at 7:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. It will continue every Monday evening through July. You are invited to listen to it from the garden of Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Ave. A free-will offering will be taken. For information, call 25-438-3677.

TAKE ACTION

FILL-A-BOOK-BAG SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR EMIR

Help children from families of murder victims prepare for school by donating school supplies to the annual Fill-A-Book-Bag drive for EMIR (Every Murder Is Real). Families of murder victims are devastated and disoriented by losing a family member to violence, and the children may have emotional difficulties with returning to school. In addition, the entire family faces a range of emotional, legal, and financial hurdles. Having new school supplies can lighten the load and brighten the mood somewhat. Green Street Monthly Meeting, which will be worshiping with us in July and August, invites us to join in collecting supplies for the youngsters. There will be a big box in our social room for donations, which will continue through July. You can see the wish list online by clicking here.

PROTEST HORSHAM DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, JUNE 29

The monthly protest at the Horsham Drone War Command Center will take place Saturday, June 29, and will call upon Governor Wolf to end drone war operations in Horsham. According to federal law, the governor of each state has authority over the state’s National Guard units, such as the Horsham Center. However, the federal government finances such centers, controlling the purse strings, which makes it unlikely a state governor would interfere with federal use of a center. However, there is recent precedent for state governors refusing permission to send their states’ National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to enforce new immigration regulations, and it is with this precedent in mind that the long-running protest in Horsham is calling for Governor Wolf to take action. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community, the protest will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m., at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Rd. and County Line Rd. Banners and signs provided. Bring a folding chair, if you wish. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148, or go to www.brandywinepeace.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 14, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We are called to obedient love even though we may not be feeling very loving. Often it is through the performance of loving acts that loving feelings can be built up in us. We may start with small, perhaps very tiny steps. It is only as we begin to allow Christ’s love to act in and through us that it can become a part of us. –Sandra Cronk, 1983

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Rob Smith & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Antonette Berger & Becky Johnson

INFANTS & TODDLERS … go to Kindergarten East, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. A 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. Then an adult will take them to the playground or the Kindergarten until the close of Meeting. (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

$27,000 LEFT TO RAISE TO MEET BUDGET BY JUNE 30

With two weeks left in our Meeting’s fiscal year, ending June 30, we have $27,000 left to raise–or 25 percent of our $105,000 goal to meet our budget. We are grateful to all those people who have given, with special appreciation for those who have dug down in their pockets and given more. Please, please, if you haven’t contributed yet or could help with an additional donation, send a check to Germantown Meeting, 47 West Coulter Street, Phila., PA 19144, or give by credit card online by clicking here.

WANT A NEW PHOTO OF YOURSELF FOR OUR FACEBOARD?

Would you like an updated photo of yourself or your family for the Germantown Meeting ?Faceboard?? Karen Lightner will be happy to take your picture after worship on June 16 and 23. Find her at coffee hour.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL IS OUT! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER CHILDCARE

First-day School is out and volunteers are needed for childcare in June and July. Our First-day School teachers work hard nine months of the year and have earned a break for the summer. Volunteers who provide childcare on summer Sundays supervise our First-day School children on the playground (or in the Kindergarten in case of rain). This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the younger Meeting members and attenders. Here are the dates when coverage is needed: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and July 28. Please contact Bill Cozzens to volunteer for one of the open dates at William.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu or 215-837-0634.

FIFTH SUNDAY IN JUNE: MEETING FOR WORSHIP IN HARKINS GARDEN, JUNE 30

According to our tradition of having a special meeting for worship on the fifth Sunday (if a month has one), we will hold meeting for worship in Harkins Garden on the campus of Germantown Friends School on Sunday, June 30. This outdoor meeting for worship is becoming a favorite occasion, before the summer gets too hot, to enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and the rustle of leaves a we worship together. Harkins Garden is between the Main Building of the School and the Lower School. There will be better directions forthcoming and perhaps people to guide you when you get to Meeting that day. Please plan to enjoy this sweet experience together.

BOOK DISCUSSION AT GREEN STREET MEETING IN AUGUST

The Green Street book discussion group, which meets after worship and hospitality, extends an invitation to Germantown Meeting to join them on August 25. The book to be discussed is Evicted by Matthew Desmond, a nonfiction account of poverty and the lack of decent, affordable housing for four families. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. It is suggested that Friends purchase and read the book in advance.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BABY GIRL BORN IN JONDHI HARRELL’S FAMILY

Royal Jade Montgomer-cropped.jpgOur member Jondhi Harrell and his family celebrate the birth of their newest addition to the family: Royal Jade Montgomery was born June 19 at 8:03 p.m., weighing 9 lbs 4 oz., and measuring 21 inches. Her parents are Lashekah ?Sheka? Montgomery, Jondhi’s daughter, and her husband Matthew Montgomery.To see the birth announcement with more photos, open the attachment: Royal Jade Montgomery birth ancmt.jpg.

DEATH OF SUSAN PETERSON MAXFIELD

Susan Avery Peterson Maxfield, wife of our member William Maxfield, died on May 22 at the age of 75. She was an artist and lover of nature, interests that emerged when she was a small child. She is survived by Bill and their two children, Jamie and Peter, two grandchildren, a sister, and a stepsister and stepbrother. Bill may be contacted at whm5@cornell.edu, or at 89 Walcott St., Stow, MA 01775-1427.There will be a retrospective of Susan’s work at Concord Center for the Visual Arts, June 6-14. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to Concord Center for the Visual Arts, 37 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA 01742 or online by clicking here.

To read a loving memory of Susan, open the attachment: Susan Peterson Maxfield 5-22-2019.

DEATH OF FRANCIS JOSEPH STOKES, III

Our member Francis Joseph Stokes, III, died Jan 31 of this year at the age of 79. This information was received this week from his wife Tegner M. Stokes, who survives him. Her address is 320 Union Blvd., No. 6, St. Louis, MO 63108-1241.

ARTICLES ABOUT JOAN COUNTRYMAN AND JONDHI HARRELL

You may find these articles of interest about two of our members who are the subjects of recent articles:

Joan Countryman, who was the first African American to graduate from Germantown Friends School (GFS), received the Historic Germantown Hall of Fame Award. After graduatig from GFS, she went on to an illustrious career in education, as well as a graduate degree from Yale in Urban Planning, study at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright Scholar, and co-founding the Oprah Winfrey Leadership School for Girls in South Africa. To read the entire article about Joan, which appeared June 7 issue of the Chestnut Hill Local, click here.

Jondhi Harrell, who founded The Center for Returning Citizens in Philadelphia (TCRC) and is executive director, talks about establishing the new Community Healing and Transformation program to help children and families add the trauma of having family members who are incarcerated. This article is on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting website, and you can read it by clicking here.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

PYM COMMUNITY PLAY DATE FOR FAMILIES, JUNE 15

Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum will be the site of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s (PYM) first Community Playdate tomorrow, June 15, at 9:30 a.m. The Museum’s new exhibit is “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Countries Near and Far.” You are welcome to bring friends and to stay for lunch after the guided program ends at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $19 to be admitted to the Museum. with an option to get a scholarship from PYM. To register, click here.

WORKSHOPS ON SHIFTING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY, JUNE 15

“Bringing Light to Dark Times” is an all-day session of workshops about shifting to clean, safe, and renewable electricity and solar power. It will be tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. Free. The morning session will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and feature one workshop on converting Friends Meetings and surrounding communities to renewable energy. The afternoon session will be 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and feature three workshops: Efficiency for Your Meeting & Home, Solarize: How Neighbors Can Work Together to Install Solar, and Community-level Renewable Opportunities. Presented by PYM Eco-Justice Collaborative. To find out more and register, click here.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATES THE CENTER FOR RETURNING CITIZENS, JUNE 28

TCRC (The Center for Returning Citizens) will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for the new Community Healing and Transformation Center on Friday, June 28, at 6 p.m., at 3609 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140. It will be a safe space where men, women, and children can begin to heal from the impact of mass incarceration on their lives. It will promote case management, service referral, a healing approaches such as counseling, mentoring, mediation, yoga, and healthy lifestyle and nutrition management and will open on July 1. For more information about what’s going on at the Grand Opening Celebration, a list of speakers, and to register for this free event, click here. TCRC was founded by our member Jondhi Harrell, who is executive director. (See above article link under News of Friends.)

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Join a multi-generational community of Friends at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on July 24-28 at the College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. This year’s theme is “How do we center ourselves in trust and love?” Friends of every age from the more-than-100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and even separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Plans are being finalized, a detailed program will be available soon, and registration is open now. Click here for more information.

GMM Quilt Square lorez.jpg This is a photo of Germantown Monthly Meeting’s quilt square, made by Karen Lightner and Carla Childs. It will be sewn into a big quilt, with squares from other Meetings, at the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to be held July 24-28. The quilt will be draped around the table of the presiding clerk during plenary sessions.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION RETREAT TO BE HELD BEFORE PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

A retreat will provide a day of spiritual deepening before PYM Annual Sessions. The retreat will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, and end at noon on Wednesday, July 24, at the same location as Annual Sessions: the College of New Jersey, 2000 Penington Rd., Ewing Township, NJ 08628. Cost is $90 and includes Tuesday dinner and Wednesday breakfast and lunch. To register for this, go through the Annual Sessions registration process and select this retreat as an “add-on,” similar to making a request for a linen package. Sponsored by the PYM Spiritual Formation Collaborative.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

CENTER IN THE PARK TO HOLD COMMUNITY FAIR, JUNE 15

Enjoy food, entertainment, shopping for handicrafts, fitness demonstrations, and running into your friends and neighbors at the Community Fair of Center in the Park on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lots to do for everyone in the family! Vernon Park is located at 5818 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. To learn more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL CONFERENCE CALL ON IMMIGRATION POLICIES, JUNE 18

This coming Tuesday, June 18, at 8 p.m., Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will hold a conference call on how federal immigration priorities are playing out on Capitol Hill. Hannah Evans and Gabriela Viera, FCNL’s Immigration and Refugee Policy team, will summarize the topic and give ideas on how yu can take action to advance political change. There will be a question-and-answer period; please submit your questions in advance. To register for the call and submit questions, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 7, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The success of meetings for worship depends to some extent on preparation during intervening times, and especially the period immediately preceding the meeting. This is not a conscious and deliberate preparation for a specific time and place, but a general preparation of life and character…. One important daily period of prayer, worship, and meditation furnishes food for the nourishment of spiritual life. So also does regular reading of devotional literature. –Howard H. Brinton, 1955

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Karen Lightner & Donna Wilhelm
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Laura Seeley & Chris Santaniello

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

AGENDA

Meeting for Business
June 9, 2019

Query No. 10
Worship
May 2019 minutes
Care & Visiting
Worship & Ministry
Racial and Social Justice
Religious Life of the School Committee
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (See attachment: PQM Statement.3parts 4-2019.pdf)
Bududa Learning Center
September date for Monthly Meeting
Correspondence & Announcements
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

$27,000 LEFT TO RAISE TO MEET BUDGET BY JUNE 30

With three weeks left in our Fiscal Year, ending June 30, we have $27,000 left to raise–or 25 percent of our $105,000 goal to meet our budget. We are grateful to all those people who have given, with special appreciation for those who have dug down in their pockets and given more. Please, please, if you haven’t contributed yet or could help with an additional donation, send a check to Germantown Meeting at 47 West Coulter Street, Phila., PA 19144, or give by credit card online by clicking here.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

LOOKING FOR JUST THE RIGHT HOUSE…

Peter Samuel and family are looking to purchase a house after many years of renting a part of his brother?s house in Mt Airy. He would prefer to be in Mt. Airy, Germantown, Chestnut Hill, or East Falls, but would consider other nearby neighborhoods, as well. So far ,he has been frustrated with the houses he has seen on the market, and is wondering if anyone knows of a property that someone is thinking of selling but hasn?t listed yet. He is looking for a house with 2,500 to 3,000 square feet, on a quiet street, and would love it if it had a small yard, off street parking, and a garage. If you know of anything like this, contact him (peter.samuel@att.net). Approximate price range: $350,000 to 450,000.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR JOHN HARKINS, JUNE 8

A memorial service for our member John Harkins will be held at Germantown Meeting on Saturday, June 8, at 2 pm. John’s daughter Kate and her son will be in attendance. John was the beloved head of the Lower School at Germantown Friends School for many years. After he retired, John and his wife Meg moved to Seattle, WA, to be near Kate. John passed away on May 7. He is survived by Meg, Kate, and his grandson. Kate can be reached at kate.harkins@gmail.com. Donations of cookies would be helpful for the memorial service. Please bring them to the meetinghouse before 4 p.m. on Friday or before the memorial service.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

FILM PREVIEW: ELDER VOICES, STORIES FOR THESE TIMES, JUNE 12

Quaker and Oscar-Award-winning filmmaker David Goodman invites all Friends and attenders to a preview of his new film, Elder Voices: Stories For These Times, on Wed., June 12, at 7 p.m. It will take place at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. Elder Voices addresses the political storm clouds gathering today that uncomfortably mirror those of the past. Told through the stories of Japanese Americans, European Jews, and peace activists who came of age during the Great Depression and World War II, it is a rallying cry for building a better future for our world. This will be an evening of solidarity, reflection, and celebration. Free. RSVP by clicking here. First come, first served. To check out the film online, click here.

WORKSHOP ON TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY, JUNE 15

Find out about opportunities to change your home, your Meeting, and your community to 100 percent clean energy at a workshop on Saturday, June 15, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. Morning sessions begin at 9:30 and will focus on how to encourage action for local clean energy policies. Afternoon sessions, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will address practical matters, such as energy efficiency for your Meeting and home, how neighbors can work together to install solar energy for their homes, and community-level renewable energy opportunities. Free. Presented by the PYM Eco-Justice Collaborative. For more information and to register, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE ANNUAL GATHERING, JUNE 30-JULY 6, will be held at Grinnell College, about an hour east of Des Moines, Iowa. The theme is “Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World,” featuring speakers; with dozens of workshops from which to choose; famously popular programs for adults and all ages of children and young people; music and singing; worship and worship sharing; meals together; and lots of Friends and friends from all over the country. To find out more, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Join a multi-generational community of Friends at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on July 24-28 at the College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. This year’s theme is “How do we center ourselves in trust and love?” Friends of every age from the more-than-100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and even separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Plans are being finalized, a detailed program will be available soon, and registration is open now. Click here for more information.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION RETREAT TO BE HELD BEFORE PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

A pre-session retreat will provide a day of spiritual deepening before PYM Annual Sessions. The retreat will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, and end at noon on Wednesday, July 24, at the same location as Annual Sessions: the College of New Jersey, 2000 Penington Rd., Ewing Township, NJ 08628. Cost is $90 and includes Tuesday dinner and Wednesday breakfast and lunch. To register, go through the Annual Sessions registration process and select this retreat as an “add-on,” similar to making a request for a linen package. Sponsored by the PYM Spiritual Formation Collaborative. Questions? Call Wade Wright. For details, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WORLDWIDE KNIT-IN DAY, LOCALLY AT PA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, JUNE 8

Knitters and crocheters of all levels are warmly invited to bring their yarn and needles to the local event of Worldwide Knit Day on Saturday, June 8. It will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 137 W. School House Lane, across Greene Street from Germantown Meeting. Participants will knit on the porch and in the yard. Chairs will be provided, or bring your own. Please also bring a snack or beverage to share. To help planners, RSVP by clicking here, or just come.

COMMUNITY FAIR AT VERNON PARK, JUNE 15

Enjoy food, entertainment, shopping for handicrafts, fitness demonstrations, and running into your friends and neighbors at the Community Fair of Center in the Park on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lots to do for everyone in the family! Vernon Park is located at 5818 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. To learn more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER’S EDUCATION APARTHEID DAY OF ACTION, JUNE 12

Join POWER supporters on Wednesday, June 12, in Harrisburg, for a noon rally to support fair funding for public schools and to make Pennsylvania’s new school funding formula applicable to the entire state education budget. Free bus transportation will be available at various sites throughout the city. For further information and to sign up, contact POWER’s coordinator, Nathan Sooy, at nsooy@powerphiladelphia.org or Joanne Sharpless or Ed Nakawatase.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 31, 2019
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I have been learning … that when we accept our finiteness realistically and without bitterness, each day is a gift to be cherished and savored. Each day becomes a miracle. I am learning to offer to God my days and my nights, my joy, my work, my pain, and my grief. I am striving to keep my house in order and my relationships intact. I am learning to use the time I have more wisely…. And I am learning to forget at times my Puritan conscience, which prods me to work without ceasing, and, instead to take time for joy. –Elizabeth Watson, 1979

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: worship sharing on racial diversity among Friends (see below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Picnic on Meetinghouse porch
Greeting – Maggie Lockwood & family

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

ANNUAL GMM POTLUCK PICNIC, THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 2!

Welcome to June and to Germantown Monthly Meeting’s Annual Potluck Porch Picnic this Sunday, June 2! Right after meeting for worship, we’ll be feasting on our meetinghouse porch. So bring your favorite dishes to share with the crowd, and come to greet old friends and new attenders. Our grill masters will turn out burgers & hot dogs. Food & fellowship — the perfect way to celebrate the start of Summer…. Please join us, one and all! –Fellowship Committee of Germantown Monthly Meeting.

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA CANCELED THIS SUNDAY

The June meeting of the Faith & Practice reading group is cancelled this Sunday, June 2, because it conflicts with the Meeting picnic. We will start up again in the fall on October 6, with Chapter 4, Historical Background, pp. 80-95. –Karen Lightner, clerk of Worship & Ministry

$40,000 STILL NEEDED TO MEET OUR BUDGET GOAL BY JUNE 30

We have one month left in our Fiscal Year, which ends June 30. Our budgeted annual giving is $105,000 to maintain our property, pay for our secretary, office, and programs. We thank all who have contributed this fiscal year; however, we still need $40,000, or 38 percent more, to meet our budget. Now we have only one month left to do it. We ask members who have not given to do so at this time, either by check to Germantown Meeting, 47 West Coulter Street, Phila., PA 19144, or by credit card online through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by clicking here. If you have already given, an additional gift at this time would be greatly appreciated. –Jonathan Rhoads, clerk of Fund Raising Committee

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR JOHN HARKINS, JUNE 8

A memorial service for our member John Harkins will be held at Germantown Meeting on Saturday, June 8, at 2 pm. John’s daughter Kate and her son will be in attendance. John was the beloved head of the Lower School at Germantown Friends School for many years. After he retired, John and his wife Meg moved to Seattle, WA, to be near Kate. John passed away on May 7. He is survived by Meg, Kate, and his grandson. Kate can be reached at kate.harkins@gmail.com. Donations of cookies would be helpful for the memorial service. Please bring them to the meetinghouse before 4 p.m. on Friday or before the memorial service.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

PENDLE HILL CHORUS: SPRING CONCERT, JUNE 5

“Dreams that You Dare to Dream” is the theme of the Pendle Hill Community Chorus’s spring concert, on Wednesday, June 5, at 8 p.m., in the Barn of Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. Directed by Jacqueline Coren, performances will include a chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists, doing music by Harold Arlen, John Lennon, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Billy Joel, and others. There will be chances for audience participation, and a sing-along concludes the program. Special musical guests will be members of the fifth and sixth grade classes from Lansdowne Friends School. Child-friendly, with refreshments served afterward. Free and open to the public.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO BE ‘FRIENDLY PRESENCES’ AT PYM YOUTH PROGRAMS

Would you enjoy getting to know our Quaker young people and children? Consider volunteering to be a “Friendly Presence” at PYM youth program events. These adult Friends support the program facilitator and assistant facilitator at gatherings for youth, working alongside staff members and young people. Their presence is vital to the Yearly Meeting’s youth programs. In the words of a current volunteer: “As a former Young Friend, it was important for me to give back to the community that helped me shape my identity. Having the opportunity to share joy, love, and kindness with young Quakers gives me hope for the future of the Quaker community and the greater global community.” For more information, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley (mwennerbradley@pym.org), PYM Youth Engagement Coordinator. Upcoming events are posted at www.pym.org/children/events.

PLAN AHEAD

WORKSHOP ON TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY, JUNE 15

Find out about opportunities to change your home, your Meeting, and your community to 100 percent clean energy at a workshop on Saturday, June 15, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. Morning sessions begin at 9:30 and will focus on how to encourage action for local clean energy policies. Afternoon sessions, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will address practical matters, such as energy efficiency for your Meeting and home, how neighbors can work together to install solar energy for their homes, and community-level renewable energy opportunities. Free. Presented by the PYM Eco-Justice Collaborative. For more information and to register, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Join a multi-generational community of Friends at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on July 24-28 at the College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. This year’s theme is “How do we center ourselves in trust and love?” Friends of every age from the more-than-100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and even separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Plans are being finalized, a detailed program will be available soon, and registration is open now. Click here for more information.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION RETREAT TO BE HELD BEFORE PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

A pre-session retreat will provide a day of spiritual deepening before PYM Annual Sessions. The retreat will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, and end at noon on Wednesday, July 24, at the same location as Annual Sessions: the College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing Township, NJ 08628. Cost is $90 and includes Tuesday dinner and Wednesday breakfast and lunch. To register, for this, go through the Annual Sessions registration process and select this retreat as an “add-on,” similar to making a request for a linen package. Sponsored by the PYM Spiritual Formation Collaborative. Questions? Call Wade Wright. For details, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AT EPSOM FARM,’ JUNE 2, a CLIVEDEN CONVERSATION

This Sunday, June 2, Cliveden Conversations presents “The African American Experience at Epsom Farm,” with a talk on history in the 1800s and research about the Chew family and the people–free and enslaved–who worked at Epsom Farm in Baltimore County, MD. The talk will take place at cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. Tickets are $8 and are available by clicking here.

WORLDWIDE KNIT-IN DAY, LOCALLY AT PA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, JUNE 8

Knitters and crocheters of all levels are warmly invited to bring their yarn and needles to the local event of Worldwide Knit Day on Saturday, June 8. It will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 137 W. School House Lane, across Greene Street from Germantown Meeting. Participants will knit on the porch and in the yard. Chairs will be provided, or bring your own. Please also bring a snack or beverage to share. To help planners, RSVP by clicking here, or just come.

COMMUNITY FAIR AT VERNON PARK, JUNE 15

Enjoy food, entertainment, shopping for handicrafts, fitness demonstrations, and running into your friends and neighbors at the Community Fair of Center in the Park on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be lots to do for everyone in the family! Vernon Park is located at 5818 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. To learn more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

EDUCATION APARTHEID DAY OF ACTION, IN HARRISBURG, JUNE 12

You are invited to join people of faith, parents, students, and educators in Harrisburg on June 12 for the “Education Apartheid Day of Action,” sponsored by the interfaith group POWER, of which Germantown Meeting is a member. Make your voice heard at a noon rally in the State Capitol Rotunda to demand equality in education for all students in Pennsylvania, including children of color. After the rally, participants will visit legislative offices to urge support of House Bill 961, which would put 100 percent of education funding through the Fair Funding Formula, distributing state money equally to all state schools. Buses will be going to Harrisburg from locations throughout the state. To register, click here. To read more about racial bias in statewide funding of schools and POWER’s campaign to rectify this, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 24, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I have never lost the joy of sitting in silence at the beginning of Meeting, knowing that everything can happen, knowing the joy of he utmost surprise; feeling that nothing is preordained, nothing is set, all is open. The Light can come from all sides. The joy of experiencing the Light in a completely different way than one has thought it would come is one of the greatest gifts that Friends meeting for worship has brought me. –Ursula M. Franklin, 1979

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 26, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: worship sharing on racial diversity among Friends (see below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Norris Childs & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Rebecca Hoenig & friend

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

ADULT CLASS TO BE WORSHIP SHARING ON DIVERSITY & FRIENDS, MAY 26

This Sunday, May 26, at 9 a.m., Adult Class will feature worship sharing in the social room on ways to make the Religious Society of Friends more diverse. It is a follow-up session on the April 28 presentation by James Davis based on the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal, “A Racially Diverse Society of Friends?” To read it, see the attachment to this email: Friends Journal 1-2019.pdf. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless.

61% RAISED, 39% MORE NEEDED TO REACH OUR FUND RAISING GOAL BY JUNE 31

Our Meeting’s budget calls for raising $105,000 from annual giving. The current fiscal year ends on June 30. As of May 15, we had received $61,000, about 61 percent of our budgeted goal. We have six weeks remaining in the fiscal year. Financial support of the Meeting is an integral part of membership. Your fund raising committee asks each member to reach into his/her pocket and contribute significantly to help the Meeting achieve our goal. Failure to reach our goal may lead to reduced fund raising aspirations in future years and decreased budgeted amounts for our programs. –Jonathan Rhoads, Clerk of Fund Raising Committee

LOWER SCHOOL CONCERT AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, JUNE 7

Friday, June 7, at 9 a.m. Lower School Ensemble Assembly, in Poley Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School, featuring orchestra, chorus, and world percussion. Free. Everyone welcome

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR JOHN HARKINS, JUNE 8

A memorial service for our member John Harkins will be held at Germantown Meeting on Saturday, June 8, at 2 pm. John’s daughter Kate and her son will be in attendance. John was the beloved head of the Lower School at Germantown Friends School for many years. Following his retirement, John and his wife, Meg, moved to Seattle, WA, to be near Kate. John passed away on May 7. He is survived by Meg, Kate, and his grandson. Kate can be reached at kate.harkins@gmai.com. Donations of cookies would be helpful for the memorial service.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

PLAN AHEAD: PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 24-28

Join a multi-generational community of Friends at Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on July 24-28 at The College of New Jersey, just north of Trenton. This year’s theme is “How do we center ourselves in trust and love?” Friends of every age from the more-than-100 monthly meetings in PYM will gather to share fun, business, worship, collective projects, and an array of workshops. Separate programs are available for all ages, with a solid tradition of Quaker community and activities for young people and even separate housing areas for older youth. Come for a day or come for the duration. Plans are being finalized, a detailed program will be available soon, and registration will be opened in the near future, so stay tuned! To learn more and keep track of progress, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WORKSHOP TO ADD VERSES TO ‘AMERICA, THE BEAUTIFUL,’ MAY 25

Our member LucyBell Jarka-Sellers will lead workshop about what makes America beautiful, what is flawed about our country, and our aspirations for our country. Participants will then transform their thoughts into new lyrics for “America, the Beautiful” and end by singing together. The workshop will take place this Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. Tickets are $8 and available online by clicking here.

CELEBRATION OF THE ROSES’ AT WYCK HISTORIC HOUSE, MAY 25

Wyck Historic House & Garden will hold its annual, free “Celebration of the Roses” tomorrow, Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden features more than 50 varieties of heritage roses, with old-fashioned fragrance, bright colors, and abundant blooms. Free tours of Wyck House (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), children’s activities, and light refreshments. You are welcome to bring your art supplies and camera to capture these beautiful images.There is also a program of musical performances and workshops on bees, baking, and boxwood throughout the day. Items for sale will include herb, grapevine, and rose plants. For details, click here.

WORLDWIDE KNIT-IN DAY, LOCALLY AT PA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, JUNE 8

Knitters and crocheters of all levels are warmly invited to bring their yarn and needles to the local event of Worldwide Knit-Day on Saturday, June 8. It will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 137 W. School House Lane, across Greene Street from Germantown Meeting. Participants will knit on the porch and in the yard. Chairs will be provided, or you may bring your own. Please bring a snack or beverage to share. To help planners, RSVP by clicking here, or, just come.

TAKE ACTION

EDUCATION APARTHEID DAY OF ACTION, IN HARRISBURG, JUNE 12

You are invited to join people of faith, parents, students, and educators in Harrisburg on June 12 for the “Education Apartheid Day of Action,” sponsored by the interfaith group POWER. Make your voice heard at a noon rally in the State Capitol Rotunda to demand equality in education for all students in Pennsylvania, including children of color. After the rally, participants will visit legislative offices to urge support of House Bill 961, which would put 100 percent of education funding through the Fair Funding Formula, distributing state money equally to all state schools. Buses will be going to Harrisburg from locations throughout the state. To register, click here. To read more about racial bias in statewide funding of schools and POWER’s campaign to rectify this, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 17, 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, May 19, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Tom & Ellie Elkinton
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Kate Kamen & friend

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

WISSAHICKON FUN DAY IS HERE! SATURDAY, MAY 18

The forecast is calling for a beautiful day tomorrow, a perfect day to spend outdoors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Meeting’s Wisahickon Fund Day! Meet at Blue Bell Field (off Walnut Lane just before the roundabout to go across the Walnut Street Bridge, there is an inlet to the parking lot). If you are coming for the picnic at 12:30 p.m., bring a potluck dish to share, your own plate, utensils, camp chair, water bottle, etc. Please consider bringing an extra plate for anyone who may have forgotten. See full updated itinerary attached for details and times of activities. There are two new activities, and Jondhi Harrell will be face painting at the picnic. Questions? Contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net).

DONATIONS NEEDED TO REACH GOAL FOR FY2019

Our Meeting’s budget calls for raising $105,000 from annual giving. The current fiscal year ends on June 30. As of May 15, we had received $58,000, about 55 percent of our budgeted goal. We have six weeks remaining in the fiscal year. Financial support of the Meeting is an integral part of membership. Your fund raising committee asks each member to reach into his/her pocket and contribute significantly to help the Meeting achieve our goal. Failure to reach our goal may lead to reduced fund raising aspirations in future years and decreased budgeted amounts for our programs. –Jonathan Rhoads, Clerk of Fund Raising Committee

ADULT CLASS ON MAY 26 TO BE WORSHIP SHARING ON RACIAL DIVERSITY

On Sunday, May 26, at 9 a.m., in the social room of our meetinghouse: Adult class will end the year with worship sharing, following up on our April 28 class, a presentation and discussion on ways to make the Religious Society of Friends more diverse. It was based on the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal, which focused on that theme. To read it, see the attachment to this email: Friends Journal 1-2019.pdf. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless.

THANKS, ON BEHALF OF BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER

Barbara Wybar, our member who heads the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda, sends a big thank you to everyone who donated to, purchased from, or just stopped by the yard sale she held last Saturday to benefit the Learning Center. She reports it fetched $430, including money for purchases and donations to the cause.

MINUTES ATTACHED FROM APRIL 14 MEETING FOR BUSINESS

The approved minutes from our April 14 Meeting for Business are attached. See APVD Minutes April 14 2019.pdf

MUSIC EVENTS AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL

Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Chamber Music Concert, in Germantown Meetinghouse. Free. Everyone welcome.
Friday, June 7, at 9 a.m. Lower School Ensemble Assembly, in Poley Auditorium, featuring orchestra, chorus, and world percussion. Free. Everyone welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WORKSHOP ON TAKING ACTION FOR PHILLY SCHOOLS, MAY 20

POWER is hosting a workshop this Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m., on taking action for Philly schools. It will be held at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane, Phila., PA 19144. A panel will feature three guests from local schools, including a parent, a teacher, and a student. Zoe Rooney, parent of a student at C.W. Henry School, and Jessica Way, a Philadelphia teacher and member of First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG). To see the FaceBook page for the event, click here.

‘PICASSO PARTY’ AT KELLY SCHOOL, MAY 23

Come see an amazing sculpture of a pipe organ, created by fourth graders at J.B. Kelly School, as the centerpiece of a celebration featuring breakfast, music, art, and fun. It begins at 9 a.m. sharp. The school’s address is 5116 Pulaski Ave., Phila., PA 19144. If you would like to come, please RSVP to Dana Hoffman at dpagliaro@philasd.org. The rain date is May 28, same time, same place.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL CONFERENCE CALL ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Join an open conference call on Wednesday, May 22, at 8 p.m., to discuss how to advance bipartisan political action to address climate change. Former Congressional Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) will be on the call and will talk about work he has done on this issue. Emily Wirzba, legislative representative for sustainable energy and environment for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will talk about grassroots advocacy for climate solutions and FCNL’s strategy. There will be an extended question and answer period. You are asked to submit your questions ahead of time when you register online. Sponsored by FCNL. To register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 10, 2019

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SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 12, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Bobbie Horowitz & Becca Stumpf
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments TJ Rafferty & Anna Burke

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

CHILDREN …First-day School will be planting at Stapeley Hall (Wesley Enhanced Living) this week. They will go directly to Stapeley at the start of Meeting. At this fun and annual event, children and adults help Stapley begin its garden. The vegetables harvested go onto the table at Stapley. This Sunday is also Mother’s Day, and First-day School children always create plant gifts then, too, so both events will be combined. Everyone is welcome, and it’s always nice to see lots of people there. Carla Childs and Dorothy Cary will drive, but, if you also drive, please let Dorothy (dcary@germantownfriends.org) know. (As a reminder, 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

MEETING FOR BUSINESS, May 12, 2019

Query No. 9
Worship
April 2019 minutes
Care & Visiting
Property Committee
Childcare Committee
Fundraising Committee
Quarterly Meeting Report
Standing Nominating Committee
Correspondence & Announcements
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

SUNSHINE PREDICTED! SIGN UP FOR WISSAHICKON FUN DAY, MAY 18

As of today, fair skies and balmy temperatures are predicted for our Meeting’s Wissahickon Fun Day on Saturday, May 18. So, get ready to enjoy a good time together by signing up this Sunday, May 12, for any or all of the activities, such as bicycle riding, nature walking, building fairy houses, potluck picnicking, mindfulness walking, worshiping, playing board games, or taking part in a sewing project. See the attached document, Wissahickon Fund Day-prelim schedule.pdf, for the official itinerary and list of activities. Home base and picnic site for Wissahickon Fun Day will be Blue Bell Field/Pavilion, off Walnut Lane. Please sign up even if you already did (because some of the sign-up sheets went missing). Help is especially needed for picnic set-up and clean-up. This is a community effort. It’s only a success if you are there! Contact Candice Price (candicegardendesign@verizon.net), for more information.

YARD SALE FOR BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER, MAY 11

Shop the wide selection of items at a multifamily yard sale on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to benefit the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda. It will be held in Barbara Wybar’s front yard at 111 Rex Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. There will be kitchen wares, electrical items, chairs, tables, brass items, china, jewelry, toys, baskets, linens, clothes, books, and much, much more. Questions? Contact Barbara at bwybar@yahoo.com. To see what wonderful things are happening at the Bududa Learning Center, including lots of colorful photos, click here.

GFS PRESENTS PETER PAN SATURDAY, MAY 11

Come see a stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story, Peter Pan, presented by the Class of 2022 of Germantown Friends School in the Loeb Center for the Performing Arts. It will be Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to our community.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BILL COZZENS BIKES TO D.C. TO LOBBY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Our member Bill Cozzens left today (Friday) on a bike ride with other members of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA-IPL) for Washington. DC, to urge congressional representatives to take action on the greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels that causes climate change. Bill asks Germantown Friends to hold him in the Light and in their prayers during the five-day ride, and during the riders’ talks with members of Congress on Wednesday, May 15. Friends who would like to read Bill’s bicycle rider profile or donate to support the ride and the work of PA-IPL can do so by clicking here.

NEW GRANDSON FOR ANN CARY SAMPSON & FAMILY

Nicholas Teeling Luciano, the fourth grandson of our member Ann Cary Sampson and her husband Frank Lucianio, was born April 11, 2019. He is the great-nephew of our member Dorothy Cary.

DEATH OF CLAIRE KUNKEL

Claire Holm Kunkel, a former member of Germantown Meeting, died on April 27 at the age of 88 in North Carolina, where she and her husband Jiggs lived since 1987. A celebration of her life will be held on July 6, at 10 a.m., at Carol Woods Retirement Community, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Her family invites people to come, if they can, and send thoughts, stories, or poems. Claire and Jiggs met in 1952, married the following year, and moved to Philadelphia, where they became members of our Meeting. They had four children, all of whom attended Germantown Friends School, where Claire worked as secretary to the dean of faculty and dean of students. The family later moved to Maplewood, NJ, in 1979 and became members of Chatham Meeting. They retired in 1987 to Chapel Hill, and became members of Chapel Hill Meeting. Claire was preceded in death by Jiggs and their son Joshua. She is survived by three of their children: Job, Lise, and Nathan, and many loving members of an extended family. A more detailed biography of her life is attached to this email: Claire Kunkel Bio.pdf. You may reach her children at these email addresses: Job at Jobi747@gmail.com, Lise at Liseclairek@gmail.com, and Nathan at NathanKunkel@gmail.com. We send our loving sympathy to her family.

DEATH OF JOHN HARKINS

Our member John Harkins died Tuesday, May 7, at his home in an assisted living care apartment in Seattle, WA. He would have been 83 on May 31. He is survived by his wife Meg Harkins and daughter Kate; he was preceded in death by his son Andrew thirty years ago. Beginning in 1969, John served as principal of the Lower School of Germantown Friends School (GFS), until he stepped in as acting head of school in 1986, when Fred Calder left the position. John moved on to head Mullica Hill Friends School in 1989. He was a much-loved part of GFS, encouraging innovative teaching and blessing each interaction with his relaxed presence. Diane Mallery, GFS Class of 1980 and current Director of Alumni Relations, remembers John: “He was such a formative part of my lower school experience at GFS–and for so many, many GFS alums, too. He gave the whole lower school such kind and thoughtful guidance, always warm, always so positive and encouraging. He seemed to intuitively know how to set the perfect tone or mood, leading by purposeful, quiet example. He remains a vivid memory for me, one of those key touch-points from Lower School that I often look back on fondly and gratefully.” Details of his memorial service will be shared as they become available. We extend our prayers and appreciation to his family for this remarkable member of our Meeting. Kate Harkins may be reached by email at kate.harkins@gmai.com.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

VERNON PARK PLAY AND PICNIC DAY, MAY 11

Bring your own picnic lunch and your own blanket and join the fun at Vernon Park on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a panoply of activities, such as games, arts & crafts, walking tours. Or, just relax under a tree with a book in this lovely green space. This is a great place to run into your neighbors, learn about Vernon Park, and celebrate our local community. Everyone is welcome. Rain date: May 18, same time.

GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY, MAY 12

Local faith communities are partnering with Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence to honor those lost to gun murders and to demand stronger and more effective gun laws and regulations. The event begins at 4 pm with a call to action at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 West Washington Lane, followed by a witness walk down Germantown Avenue to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Avenue for a brief service of remembrance at the Memorial to the Lost. At St. Luke’s, there will also be advocacy opportunities, a Souls Shot exhibit, and refreshments and fellowship.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 3, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

At one point in my life I became acutely aware of the internal effects of a significant resentment toward another person, generated by a deeply hurtful experience…. One of my spiritual mentors advised me to pray for that person whose actions had caused me to feel this deep anger and resentment. She said that I did not even have to mean it but should ask that this person be given everything I would hope to have myself for a happy, full life… I did as instructed. Within two short weeks I found myself softening…. Eventually I was able to feel true compassion for him. It was, for me, a miraculous transformation. This prayer became an indispensable tool in my life and the basis for reconciliation as a spiritual practice. –Connie McPeak Green, 2008

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, May 5, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Rebecca Hoenig & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Teresa Maebori & Katy Hineline
12 noon Faith & Practice and Pizza, led by Karen Lightner, meets in East Kindergarten (See announcement below.)

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

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA THIS SUNDAY, MAY 5

The next Faith & Practice and Pizza reading group will be held this Sunday, May 5, at noon in the East Kindergarten. The discussion will be on Chapter 3, Our Organization, Part B, Quarterly Meeting, Yearly Meeting, etc, pp. 67-79. 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.

SIGN UP NOW FOR WISSAHICKON FUN DAY, MAY 18

Our Meeting’s Wissahickon Fun Day Retreat will take place on Saturday, May 18, rain or shine. Blue Bell Field/Pavilion, off Walnut Lane, will be the home base and picnic site. Last Sunday, unfortunately, there was confusion and missing sign-ups. It is important that leaders of the four activities are aware of who is participating ASAP. See the attached document, Wissahickon Fund Day-prelim schedule.pdf, for the official itinerary and list of activities. New sign-ups will be available on Sundays, May 5 and 12. Please sign up even if you already did and please sign up for picnic set-up and clean-up. This is a community effort. It’s only a success if you are there! Please contact Candice Price for more information.

MAY 4: SEE THE FORGOTTEN BOMB ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, The Forgotten Bomb will show at 10:30 a.m. in the social room of Germantown Meeting. It depicts the story of nuclear weapons and how the world might learn to live without them, told through survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an interview with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, researchers and writers, and others. The film will be followed by a discussion with members of Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, with news about the developing movement in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and how you can get involved. Open to everyone but especially intended for members and attenders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Free. For information, contact Melissa Elliott, clerk of the working group, 215-951-2235.

MAY 6: COMMUNITY HEALING CEREMONY ON MORAL INJURY FOR VETS

Peter Yeomans has once again invited us to take part in the Moral Injury Community Healing Ceremony for Veterans, which will be Monday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., in the third-floor chapel of the VA Medical Center in West Philadelphia. This ceremony is in part based on the premise that veterans can find some relief if they can give testimony about their experiences of war and service to a public audience, such that their burden will be shared, and such that their trauma and moral injury from warfare can help the public to deepen their compassion, increase their solidarity, and grow wiser about the realities of warfare. That is why the success of this event depends on a sizable and engaged audience. Whether you have attended before or not, you are urged to come to support the six veterans whose words will be at the center of the event. Enjoy music performed and selected by veterans. Bring a friend and encourage others to attend. The last few ceremonies have been at capacity so you will need to RSVP by clicking here to be sure you have a seat.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FOLK DUO PRESENTS MUSIC WORKSHOP & CONCERT, MAY 11

The folk duo Simple Gifts will present a free music workshop from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Yardley Friends Meeting, 65 N. Main St., Yardley, PA 19067. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon from Central Pennsylvania comprise the duo. Between them, they play 12 instruments, performing folk and world music from Romania, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, as well as Klezmer music. Donations accepted. For reservations, send an email message by clicking here or calling 215-208-5389.

FRIENDS CARING FOR EACH OTHER IN EXTREME WEATHER, MAY 18

How can we protect our community and serve our neighbors in times of disaster? This will be explored at an all-day workshop on May 18 at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. The program will cover developing a preparedness plan, managing the recovery process, and providing for spiritual needs in time of disaster. It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone is welcome, but the content will be especially useful for members of property committees and care & concern committees, as well as for staff members of Friends schools. Members of other faiths are welcome to attend. Free to those who bring their own lunch; cost is $11 for those who wish to purchase a lunch on site. Sponsored by the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To learn more or register, click here.

TWO JOBS OPEN AT CHESTNUT HILL MEETING

Chestnut Hill Rentals and Office Administrator The Rentals and Office Administrator supports the work and workings of Chestnut Hill Meeting in many ways. In managing the office and communicating with a wide variety of contacts, the Administrator plays a vital role in keeping Meeting operations running smoothly. In addition to being a public face of the Meeting to other users of the meetinghouse, the Administrator facilitates communication within the Meeting, remaining alert to who should know what, when. Click here to read the job description. Interested applicants, please send a letter, a resume, and three references by mail to the meetinghouse or by email to the Office & Administration Committee.

Property Committee is looking for an individual to direct cars to offsite parking at events when the meeting parking lot is full. This could be a teenager or an adult who is willing to put out some signs, talk to people in the driveway, and prevent people parking on the lawn. The hours would be in the early evening of weekdays and typically limited to two hour sessions.Pay is $15 / hour with a minimum of two hours paid per event. The events are put on the calendar by the meeting secretary and are not predictable beyond a few days? notice. If you are interested, please email the Property Committee.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

JANE’S WALK IN GERMANTOWN, MAY 4

The next Jane?s Walk in Germantown will assemble at the Battle of Germantown monument in Vernon Park this Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. The walk will be led by our member Robert Seeley, vice president of Friends of Vernon Park. The walk will follow Rittenhouse Street from Germantown Avenue to Wissahickon Avenue, ending at Saylor?s Grove near Lincoln Drive. Rittenhouse Street was part of a proposed four-lane highway, the Belfield-Rittenhouse Bypass, in the mid-1960s. Most of the buildings on Rittenhouse Street would have been demolished to make way for the highway. Citizen pressure forced planners to abandon the Bypass proposal, but uncertainty about the highway?s effect on the neighborhood contributed to the decline of the shopping district and caused great anxiety for residents of Rittenhouse Street. The walk will look at buildings and businesses that might have been demolished or might never have been built if the Bypass had been completed. Walkers are invited to assemble at Ultimo?s Coffee, Wayne Ave. and Rittenhouse St, after the walk, to discuss issues raised by the walk and enjoy refreshments. There is no charge, and participants need not register in advance. Children and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information about the Belfield Bypass, click here, or read the attachment Janes Walk Background.pdf

VERNON PARK PLAY AND PICNIC DAY, MAY 11

Bring your own picnic lunch and your own blanket and join the fun at Vernon Park on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a panoply of activities, such as games, arts & crafts, walking tours. Or, jut relax under a tree with a book in this lovely green space. This is a great place to run into your neighbors, learn about Vernon Park, and celebrate our local community. Everyone is welcome. Rain date: May 18, same time.

GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY, MAY 12

Local faith communities are partnering with Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence to honor those lost to gun murders and to demand stronger and more effective gun laws and regulations. The event begins at 4 pm with a call to action at Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 West Washington Lane, followed by a witness walk down Germantown Avenue to St. Luke?s Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Avenue for a brief service of remembrance at the Memorial to the Lost. At St. Luke?s, there will also be advocacy opportunities, a Souls Shot exhibit, and refreshments and fellowship.

TAKE ACTION

POWER’S TRAINING TO MOBILIZE, MAY 7

How do you connect people with events and actions they are passionate about? What are the steps leading to ?I?ll be there?? Learn how to successfully turn folk out at Mobilizing 101 training on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the POWER office, 1429 N. 11th St., Phila.,PA 19122. The training will broadly apply to community organizing but, in particular, will prepare participants for POWER’s June 12 Education Day of Action in Harrisburg. Pizza will be served at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. POWER is an interfaith organization, of which Germantown Meeting is a members, which works on building strong communities. RSVP here.

REACH OUT TO STOP WALLS OF HATE & ENDLESS WAR, MAY 10
Stand with other concerned citizens at the corner of 30th and Market Streets to voice your opposition to our government’s current policy of endless war and building walls of hate. Signs, banners, and leaflets provided. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Call Bob Smith at 484-574-1148 for information.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 26, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As we love one another, we find unity and become peacemakers. The barriers that separate us are broken, as Jesus broke the barrier between the Samaritans and the Jews through the conversation between him and the Samaritan woman. We should support each other in the diversity of our witness. We are one world trying to live our lives as Christ did. — Mable Lugalya, 1991

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 28, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: James Davis leads discussion on making Society of Friends more diverse (See below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Chris Coxe & Kathy Regele

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

JAMES DAVIS TO LEAD DISCUSSION ON RACISM, APRIL 28

At our Adult Class on April 28, James Davis will lead a discussion about the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal, with the theme “A Racially Diverse Society of Friends?” To read it beforehand, open the below attachment entitled: Friends Journal 1-2019.pdf. Everyone is warmly invited to attend and is invited to come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Questions? Contact Joanne Sharpless.

SIGN UP NOW FOR WISSAHICKON FUN DAY, MAY 18

Our Meeting’s Wissahickon Fun Day Retreat will take place on Saturday, May 18, rain or shine. Blue Bell Field/Pavilion, off Walnut Lane, will be the home base and picnic site. To read the schedule and activity descriptions, open the attachment to this email: Wissahickon Fund Day-prelim schedule.pdf. You are encouraged to sign up for any and all activities and consider helping with set-up or clean-up at the picnic. Sign-up sheets will be available after worship this Sunday, April 28. In the words of Candice Price, who is organizing this event: “This is a community effort!. It’s only a success if you are there!” Please contact Candice (candicegardendesign@verizon.net) for more information.

CHILDCARE UPDATE

Candice Price has resigned her position as childcare provider for Germantown Meeting. Candice has served the Meeting faithfully and provided a safe and nurturing environment for countless children during Meeting for Worship, Adult Class, and Meeting for Business. She has played a critical role as her service helps us engage younger families, as thanks to her, parents are able to participate in Meeting without worrying about childcare. We are grateful for her service of approximately 20 years and wish her well with all future employment. Haley Joyce will be our primary childcare provider between now and the end of July when she leaves for college. Haley is a senior at Penn Charter and also works as a lifeguard. We continue to seek volunteers (who have their clearances) to assist the paid childcare provider so that we ideally always have two adults in the room. Haley will be there from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the volunteer can come at 10:30 a.m., which is most often when children arrive. Please let Peter Yeomans (pdy234@gmail.com) know if you are able to assist.

WORTH REPEATING

MAY 4: SEE THE FORGOTTEN BOMB ON HISTORY & FUTURE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Next Saturday, May 4, The Forgotten Bomb will be shown at 10:30 a.m. in the social room of Germantown Meeting. It depicts the true story of nuclear weapons and how the world might learn to live without them, told through survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an interview with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, researchers and writers, and others. Followed by a discussion with members of Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, with news about the developing movement in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and how you can get involved. Open to everyone but especially intended for members and attenders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Free. For information, contact Melissa Elliott, clerk of the working group, 215-951-2235.

MAY 6: A COMMUNITY HEALING CEREMONY ON MORAL INJURY FOR VETS

Peter Yeomans has once again invited us to take part in the Moral Injury Community Healing Ceremony for Veterans, which will be Monday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., in the third-floor chapel of the VA Medical Center in West Philadelphia. This ceremony is in part based on the premise that veterans can find some relief if they can give testimony about their experiences of war and service to a public audience, such that their burden will be shared, and such that their trauma and moral injury from warfare can help the public to deepen their compassion, increase their solidarity, and grow wiser about the realities of warfare. That is why the success of this event depends on a sizable and engaged audience. Whether you have attended before or not, you are urged to come to support the six veterans whose words will be at the center of the event. Enjoy music performed and selected by veterans. Bring a friend and encourage others to attend. The last few ceremonies have been at capacity so you will need to RSVP by clicking here to be sure you have a seat.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

HEALTH UPDATE FROM WALT BURWELL

Our member Walt Burwell called this week to update people about a health crisis he is undergoing. He has a spot on his lung that is cancerous and is receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Because the problem was identified early, his doctors are hopeful it can be cleared up. Walt is now living with his daughter, Robin Burwell-Romito, 510 Martingale Lane, Arnold, MD 21012. He is taking things one day at a time, keeping a positive outlook, and would love to hear from people, either by note or by email: wcburwell@comcast.net.

LOCATION FOR MARION CHILDS WILDER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, MAY 11

The memorial service for Marion Childs Wilder will be Saturday, May 11, at 3 p.m., in the auditorium of the Community Center at Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436. She died at the age of 99 at Foulkeways. She was the sister of our late member Virginia (Dinnie) Childs; the aunt of our members Carla Price Childs, Marion Crawley Childs, and John Norris Childs, III; and the great aunt of their children. We send our sympathy to her family and friends.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PROVIDENCE MEETING CELEBRATES ‘SPIRIT OF OUR ANCESTORS,’ APRIL 27

A grand celebration will take place at Providence Meeting in Media, PA, tomorrow, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Entitled “Spirit of Our Ancestors: A Celebration of History & Human Spirit,” it will feature speakers about the underground railroad and courageous abolitionists and free Black people who help others escape slavery. Quaker historian Nancy Webster will talk about that remarkable period, and Quaker writer Sam Lemon will share recollections about his family’s stay in Providence Meetinghouse when they fled slavery to seek their freedom. There will be a Harriet Tubman re-enactment, and Lincoln University Choir, with recording artist Dani Ocean, will perform. Providence Meeting is located at 105 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. Limited onsite parking is available. For directions, click here.

WORTH REPEATING

FAMILIES NEEDED TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The International Student Program at Germantown Friends School (GFS) is looking for families to host students from other countries who wish to attend GFS. This remarkable experience for those involved reaches out to the broader school community by encouraging and nurturing connections with other cultures. GFS supports host families by providing a monthly stipend for room and board, all necessary legal contracts, periodic reports on student progress, and a liaison for international students’ and parents’ concerns. The School supports the international students by providing medical insurance, funds for transportation, academic support, and a cafeteria meal plan. For more information, contact Penka A. Slavova, GFS Coordinator of International Student Life, 215-951-2305.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PLAY AND PICNIC DAY AT VERNON PARK, MAY 11

Bring your own picnic lunch and your own blanket and join the fun at Vernon Park on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a panoply of activities, such as games, arts & crafts, walking tours. Or, jut relax under a tree with a book in this lovely green space. This is a great place to run into your neighbors, learn about Vernon Park, and celebrate our local community. Everyone is welcome. Rain date: May 18, same time.

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST AT HORSHAM DRONE WAR COMMAND CENTER, APRIL 27

Protest the drone war command center and the policy of endless war at the Horsham PA Air National Guard Station tomorrow, Saturday, April 27, at noon to 2 p.m., at Route 611/Easton and County Line Roads, in Horsham. Banners and posters provided, free parking nearby. Stand, or bring your own chair to sit, holding a sign. You are welcome to share a song or take an opportunity to speak out. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, call 484-574-1148.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 28

This year’s theme is Seeking the Light in All. Following an optional pre-walk gathering at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Avenue, Peace walkers from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities will depart from Society Hill Synagogue in Old City at about 1:45 pm for Arch Street United Methodist and Friends Center in Center City. Buses will be available to transport Peace Walkers from Al-Aqsa to Society Hill Synagogue — and to the remaining venues for those needing vehicular assistance. More information available online.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 19, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore, consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays. Luke 11:33-36

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 21, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: Bill Cozzens to lead discussion on FCNL legislative policy (see below) in social room
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Kelley White & John Hickey
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Marion Childs & John Burns

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

MEETING NEWS

MEETING OFFICE CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19

BILL COZZENS TO LEAD DISCUSSION ON FCNL POLICY PRIORITIES, APRIL 21

At our Adult Class this Sunday, April 21, at 9 a.m., Bill Cozzens will lead a discussion on updating FCNL’s Statement of Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek.” FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation) periodically sets priorities for the issues on which it works by consulting Friends meetings and churches throughout the United States. Its Statement of Legislative Policy expresses the spiritual underpinnings and practical approaches of this work. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. This is our chance as a Meeting to give our input on this visionary document, the preamble of which states: Our legislative policy rises out of our belief that there is that of God in every person and that all creation has worth and dignity. Facing profound global challenges and great opportunity, we speak from our faith for a new vision of how the world community can live together more peacefully and justly and with greater care for each other and our shared world. Depending on the number of people who attend this class, participants will be divided into four groups to examine the four sections of the document, as follows:

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war.
We seek a society of equity and justice for all.
We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled.
We seek an earth restored.

Friends with limited time before adult class should review the section they care about most, and come with suggestions if they feel the section should be modified in any way. To read the document, click here.

JAMES DAVIS TO LEAD DISCUSSION ON RACISM, APRIL 28

At our Adult Class on April 28, James Davis will lead a discussion about the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal, with the theme “A Racially Diverse Society of Friends?” To read it in advance, open the below attachment entitled: Friends Journal 1-2019.pdf. Everyone is warmly invited to attend and is invited to come a few minutes early for light refreshments. Questions? Contact Joanne Sharpless.

SIGN UP NOW FOR WISSAHICKON FUN DAY, MAY 18

Our Meeting’s Wissahickon Fun Day Retreat will take place on Saturday, May 18, rain or shine. To read the schedule and activity descriptions, open the attachment Wissahickon Fun Day-prelim schedule.pdf. You are encouraged to sign up for any and all activities and consider helping with set-up or clean-up at the picnic. Sign-up sheets will be available on Sundays, April 21 and 28. In the words of Candice Price, who is in charge of organizing this event: “This is a community effort!. It’s only a success if you are there!” Please contact Candice for more information.

$400 RAISED FOR CHARLES COLE & HIS FAMILY

People at Germantown Meeting gave $400 to help Charles Cole and his family after their home burned down in early April. Charles is a long-time security guard at Germantown Friends School, and the house was his family home since 1966. His granddaughter is a fifth grader at GFS. Our member Caroline Davidson, a retired GFS teacher and member of our Care & Visiting Committee, took a collection for him and his family after Meeting for Worship on April 7, and our members and attenders gave generously. Deb Mateffy, GFS Director of Security & Operations, sent us this update: “Charles and his wife are staying temporarily with his older daughter, who lives not far from GFS. His support from the community has helped tremendously with day-to-day living expenses. They are working with their insurance company to get the house back to where it was before so they can return to their home. Charles has been coming to work everyday, too.”

APPROVED MINUTES ATTACHED

The approved minutes from our March 10 Meeting for Business, are attached to this email: APVD Minutes 3-10-2019.pdf.

WORTH REPEATING

GMM SPRING NEWSLETTER READY TO READ ONLINE!

The Spring 2019 Meeting Newsletter features a profile of Gail Woodbury by Moira Duggan, a report on our Meeting’s finances by Jonathan Rhoads, a reflection on the discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza by Karen Lightner, and “When and How to Speak in Meeting” by John Norris Childs, III, among other contributions and lots of photos of Meeting activities. Read it on our Meeting’s website by clicking here. Many thanks to everyone who helped put it together by writing, taking photos, or providing information! –Laura Seeley, newsletter editor

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON SUNDAYS

Volunteers are needed to provide child care for our youngest children during Meeting for Worship on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. You do need to have criminal and child abuse clearances from the last five years. Peter Yeomans would be happy to start that process for you at no expense to you. Please contact Peter if you are interested .

MAY 4: SEE THE FORGOTTEN BOMB ON HISTORY & FUTURE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

This is an opportunity to see The Forgotten Bomb, the true story of nuclear weapons and how the world might learn to live without them on Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. for light breakfast fare. The 94-minute documentary traces the history of nuclear weaponry, told through survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an interview with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, researchers and writers, and others. Followed by a discussion with members of Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, with news about the developing movement in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and how you can get involved. Open to everyone but especially intended for members and attenders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Free. For information, contact Melissa Elliott, clerk of the Working Group, 215-951-2235.

MAY 6: A COMMUNITY HEALING CEREMONY ON MORAL INJURY FOR VETS

Peter Yeomans has once again invited us to take part in the Moral Injury Community Healing Ceremony for veterans, which will be Monday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., in the third-floor chapel of the VA Medical Center in West Philadelphia. This ceremony is in part based on the premise that veterans can find some relief if they can give testimony about their experiences of war and service to a public audience, such that their burden will be shared, and such that their trauma and moral injury from warfare can help the public to deepen their compassion, increase their solidarity, and grow wiser about the realities of warfare. That is why the success of this event depends on a sizable and engaged audience. Whether you have attended before or not, you are urged to come to support the six veterans whose words will be at the center of the event. Enjoy music performed and selected by veterans. Bring a friend and encourage others to attend. The last few ceremonies have been at capacity so you will need to RSVP by clicking here to be sure you have a seat.

APPROVED MINUTES ATTACHED

The approved minutes from our March 10, 2019, Meeting for Business, are attached to this email: APVD Minutes 3-10-2019.pdf.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BIRTH

Hudson Fisher Low Williams was born March 21, 2019, to Jenny Low and Sean Wiliams. He is the grandson of our member Kelley White. Congratulations and best wishes to the entire family!

ADDRESS UPDATE

Carl Sigmond’s address is now 252 Prospect St., Plainfield, MA 01070. His email address and phone number remain the same: carl@sigmond.us.

DEATH

Marion Childs Wilder died recently at the age of 99 at Foulkeways. She was the sister of our late member Virginia (Dinnie) Childs; the aunt of our members Carla Price Childs, Marion Crawley Childs, and John Norris Childs, III; and the great aunt of their children. Marion Childs Wilder was an alumna of Germantown Friends School and taught kindergarten there as an adult. In her retirement years, she became a much-loved member of the Foulkeways community. We send our sympathy to her family and friends.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FAMILIES NEEDED TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The International Student Program at Germantown Friends School (GFS) is looking for families to host students from other countries who wish to attend GFS. This remarkable experience for those involved reaches out to the broader school community by encouraging and nurturing connections with other cultures. GFS supports host families by providing a monthly stipend for room and board, all necessary legal contracts, periodic reports on student progress, and a liaison for international students’ and parents’ concerns. The School supports the international students by providing medical insurance, funds for transportation, academic support, and a cafeteria meal plan. For more information, contact Penka A. Slavova, GFS Coordinator of International Student Life, 215-951-2305.

WORTH REPEATING

APRIL 26-28: YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS’ SPRING RETREAT AT HAVERFORD MEETING

Haverford Friends Meeting is the site for the Spring Retreat of Young Adult Friends on April 26-28. They will reflect on the March 23 action they led outside Berks Detention Center about refugee and immigration policies, and they will consider how to carry this forward. Also on the agenda is an opportunity to talk to Chris Lucca, clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, about membership and the potential obstacles it presents to young adults. As usual, the retreat will provide lots of time for rejuvenation, relaxation, and deepening connections with one another and the Spirit. Cost is on a sliding scale. The location is accessible by carpooling and public transit. To register, click here. The age range of Young Adult Friends is 18-35.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

STAR PARTY AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 26

View the night sky and its array of sparkling beauty through a telescope at the Star Party at Awbury Arboretum on Friday, April 26, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event is part of the city-wide Philadelphia Science Festival, and this is one of man Star Parties throughout the Philadelphia region on the same date. There will be hands-on activities, snacks, and stargazing for the whole family. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, telescopes, blankets, and chairs. In the event of rain or clouds, click here for information. The Awbury Star Party will take place at the Awbury Agricultural Village & Education Center, 6336 Ardleigh St., Phila., PA 19119. Click here for map; please park on Ardleigh Street. No registration required.

MAINTENANCE JOB OPEN FOR VERNON PARK

Vernon Park is taking applications for a 20-hour-per-week seasonal maintenance person, which would start right away. Pay is $12.40/hour. This position is with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, although it will be located at Vernon Park. To apply, send an email letter, describing your interest and work experience, to PPRstewardship@phila.gov. For questions, call 215-683-3679.

TAKE ACTION

GOOD FRIDAY VIGIL: ‘A PRAYER FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY,’ APRIL 19

This year, the Brandywine Peace Community’s annual observance of Good Friday and the start of Passover will declare the most revolutionary thing possible in this time of hatred and violence against the “other.” It will declare “A Prayer for the Love of Humanity.” As usual, there will be protest and nonviolent resistance against Lockheed Martin, the No.1 nuclear weapons contractor in the Philadelphia area. The Good Friday ceremony will focus on poverty and denial of the poor, the desecration of the earth, and the potential devastation of nuclear weapons. The observance will take place on Friday, April 19, at noon, outside the headquarters of Lockheed Martin at Mall & Goddard Boulevards, in King of Prussia, behind the King of Prussia Mall. There will be an onsite meeting at 11 a.m. for those thinking of doing civil disobedience. Bring an umbrella and dress appropriately since there may be rain. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 22

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primary election is Monday, April 22. Every voter, regardless of party affiliation, is eligible to cast a ballot in the primary election, which includes races for Mayor, City Council and City Commissioner. If you are not sure your registration is up-to-date, check online by clicking here. To read the Voter’s Guide compiled by the Committee of Seventy, click here. The Committee of Seventy is a nonpartisan civic leadership organization that works toward representative, ethical, and effective government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania through citizen engagement and public policy advocacy.

POWER SPONSORS VOTER FOLLOW-UP SESSION, APRIL 24

A panel of experts will explain the voting process from registration to polls and connect it to the important work of the upcoming census on Wedneday, April 24, at 7 p.m. “I Voted, Now What?” will be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Phila., PA. This is a nonpartisan event sponsored by the interfaith organization, POWER, of which our Meeting is a member. The panel will explain ways to hold elected officials accountable. No ticket is required to attend, but an RSVP is appreciated (click here). For information, call 215-686-5392.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 28

This year’s theme is Seeking the Light in All. Following an optional pre-walk gathering at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Avenue, Peace walkers from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities will depart from Society Hill Synagogue in Old City at about 1:45 pm for Arch Street United Methodist and Friends Center in Center City. Buses will be available to transport Peace Walkers from Al-Aqsa to Society Hill Synagogue?and to the remaining venues for those needing vehicular assistance. More information available online.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 12, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The woman who lost her silver found it at home after she had lighted her candle and swept her house. Do you so, too, and you shall find what Pilate wanted to know: Truth. The Light of Christ is within, who is the Light of the world, and so a light to you that tells you the truth of your condition, leads all that take heed unto it out of darkness into God’s marvelous light; for light grows upon the obedient. –William Penn, 1694

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 14, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business (See agenda below.)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Ed Nakawatase & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson

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)

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AGENDA

Meeting for Business, April 14, 2019

Query #8
Opening Worship
Consideration of Minutes from March 10, 2019
Care & Visiting
Trustees
Fiscal Committee
Property Committee
Marriage Committee
Standing Nominating
Racial & Social Concerns
Adult Class
Nuclear Abolition Working Group
Correspondence & Announcements
Closing Worship
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MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASSES ON APRIL 21 & 28

There will be two Adult Classes in April. Each will begin at 9 a.m., with light refreshments beforehand. Please contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), if you have questions.

APRIL 21 — Bill Cozzens, our representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will lead a discussion on updating FCNL’s Statement of Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek.” Friends are encouraged to read the document before the class by clicking here.

APRIL 28 — James Davis will lead a discussion on the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal, which had the theme “A Racially Diverse Society of Friends?” [See attachment to this email: Friends Journal 1-2019.pdf.]

GMM SPRING NEWSLETTER READY TO READ ONLINE!

The Spring 2019 Meeting Newsletter features a profile of Gail Woodbury by Moira Duggan, a report on our Meeting’s finances by Jonathan Rhoads, a reflection on the discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza by Karen Lightner, and “When and How to Speak in Meeting” by John Norris Childs, III, among other contributions and lots of photos of Meeting activities. Read it on our Meeting’s website by clicking here. Many thanks to everyone who helped put it together by writing, taking photos, or providing information! –Laura Seeley, newsletter editor

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP CANDICE PRICE ON SUNDAYS

At meeting for business recently, there was strong consensus that the Meeting needs to better prioritize the “best practice” of having two people providing childcare at any time. Candice Price, who is our childcare worker, does an outstanding job in caring for the children, yet this standard enhances safety for children and protects Candice as an employee. Please consider volunteering for a shift from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on a Sunday. You do need to have criminal and child abuse clearances from the last five years. Peter Yeomans would be happy to start that process for you at no expense. Please contact Peter (pdy234@gmail.com) if you are interested .

PLAN AHEAD

MAY 4: SEE THE FORGOTTEN BOMB ON HISTORY & FUTURE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

This is an opportunity to see The Forgotten Bomb, the true story of nuclear weapons and how the world might learn to live without them. The 94-minute documentary traces the history of nuclear weaponry, told through survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an interview with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, researchers and writers, and others. The showing will take place Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. in our social room; doors open at 10 a.m. for light breakfast. Followed by a discussion with members of Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, with news about the developing movement in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and how you can get involved. Open to everyone but especially intended for members and attenders of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Free. For information, contact Melissa Elliott (gmm@germantownfriends.org), clerk of the Working Group, 215-951-2235.

MAY 6: TAKE PART IN A COMMUNITY HEALING CEREMONY ON MORAL INJURY FOR VETS

We are once again invited to take part in the Moral Injury Community Healing Ceremony for veterans, which will be Monday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., in the third-floor chapel of the VA Medical Center in West Philadelphia. This ceremony is in part based on the premise that veterans can find some relief if they can give testimony about their experiences of war and service to a public audience, such that their burden will be shared, and such that their trauma and moral injury from warfare can help the public to deepen their compassion, increase their solidarity, and grow wiser about the realities of warfare. That is why the success of this event depends on a sizable and engaged audience. Whether you have attended before or not, you are urged to come to support the six veterans whose words will be at the center of the event. Enjoy music performed and selected by veterans. Bring a friend and encourage others to attend. The last few ceremonies have been at capacity so you will need to RSVP by clicking here to be sure you have a seat.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ADDRESS CHANGE FOR WALT BURWELL

Our member Walton Burwell has moved to 503 Martingale Lane, Arnold Merlin, MD 21012, to be near his daughter Robin Burwell-Romito. His mailing address is P.O. Box 503, Arnold Merlin, MD 21012. His email address is now waltonburwell@gmail.com, but his phone number remains the same.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

ARCH ST. MEETING HOUSE NAMED ‘INTERNATIONAL SITE OF CONSCIENCE’

The Arch Street Meeting House was recently named an International Site of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and initiatives that connect past struggles with today’s movements for human rights. The announcement describes the Meeting House as follows: “It is a hub of Quaker though, inspiration, action, and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2011. Built in 1804 in Philadelphia, it is an active place of worship, historic site, and supports social justice work and community engagement.”

NOW IS THE TIME TO PROPOSE EXHIBITS & WORKSHOPS FOR ANNUAL SESSIONS

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is now accepting proposals for exhibits and workshops at Annual Sessions, which will take place July 24-28, at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, NJ 08628. If you belong to a Quaker group or a cause that might be of interest to Friends, this is your opportunity to share information with Friends throughout Yearly Meeting and possibly expand your community or encourage action. [See attachment to this email: Exhibit Guidelines-Annual Sessions 2019.docx.]

Exhibits must fit on half of a 6’x2′ table. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no power source or wall space for posting things; the space would be appropriate for a trifold display with literature or other giveaways. Click here to find out specifications and apply online to have an exhibit. [Guidelines attached: “Exhibit Guidelines-2019 PYM Annual Sessions]
Proposals for workshops will be judged on usefulness of the topic to Friends; clarity, purpose, and outline of the intended presentation; and experience of the leader, among other things. No all workshop proposals are approved. Click here to learn more and apply online to propose a workshop.

PROGRAM ON WILLIAM PENN AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE, APRIL 16

Author Andrew Murphy will speak about his book, William Penn: A Life, on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. Despite Penn’s exalted place on the top of City Hall, Penn himself remains a mystery to many of us. In this presentation, Andrew Murphy will bring his research and writing to bear in exploring significant aspects of Penn’s extraordinary life. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Tickets: $10, available online by clicking here.

WORTH REPEATING

APRIL 19: DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR QUAKER YOUTH AT CAMP SWATARA

The deadline to register is Friday, April 19, for for the Camp Swatara gathering, May 3-5, of Young Friends (high school) and Middle School Friends. Cost is $135, with full and partial financial aid available. The gathering opens Friday evening with games and worship sharing. On Saturday, there is an opportunity to hike up to the rock pile, where there is a spectacular view. For non-hikers, there will be workshops in the camp. The day will finish with a bonfire and singing. On Sunday, young people will begin the day together, later joining meeting for worship with Caln Quarter Friends, who are meeting at the same time. For more information and to register online, click here. To speak with someone, call Melinda Wenner Bradley, 215-241-7171.

APRIL 26-28: YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS’ SPRING RETREAT AT HAVERFORD MEETING

Haverford Friends Meeting is the site for the Spring Retreat of Young Adult Friends on April 26-28. They will reflect on the March 23 action they led outside Berks Detention Center about refugee and immigration policies, and they will consider how to carry this forward. Also on the agenda is an opportunity to talk to Chris Lucca, clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, about membership and the potential obstacles it presents to young adults. As usual, the retreat will provide lots of time for rejuvenation, relaxation, and deepening connections with one another and the Spirit. Cost is on a sliding scale. The location is accessible by carpooling and public transit. To register, click here. The age range of Young Adult Friends is 18-35.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PROGRAM ON SLAVERY IN NORTHERN UNITED STATES, APRIL 12

Tonight, April 12, at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation by Mark Ross on his new book, Slavery in the North: Forgetting History and Recovering Memory, at Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. Professor Emeritus at Bryn Mawr College, he will explore the history of slavery in the northern United States and how it became it became known as a strictly southern issue. Tickets: $8, may be ordered online by clicking here.

EMILY BAZELON TO SPEAK ON ENDING MASS INCARCERATION, APRIL 18

Author Emily Bazelon will speak Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine St., Phila., PA 19103. Free. Her topic is “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.” She is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, a former senior editor at Slate, and a lecturer at Yale Law School, where she is also the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law. In her new book Sticks & Stones, she offers a critique of the U.S. criminal justice system, arguing that prosecutors have vast and unchecked power over charges against defendants and the sentences they receive. For information, click here.

STAR PARTY AT AWBURY ARBORETUM, APRIL 26

View the night sky and its array of sparkling beauty through a telescope at the Star Party at Awbury Arboretum on Friday, April 26, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This event is part of the city-wide Philadelphia Science Festival, and this is one of man Star Parties throughout the Philadelphia region on the same date. There will be hands-on activities, snacks, and stargazing for the whole family. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, telescopes, blankets, and chairs. In the event of rain or clouds, click here for information. The Awbury Star Party will take place at the Awbury Agricultural Village & Education Center, 6336 Ardleigh St., Phila., PA 19119. Click here for map; please park on Ardleigh Street. No registration required.

TAKE ACTION

PYM CONFERENCE CALL ON REFUGEE & MIGRANT JUSTICE, APRIL 16

Friends from all meetings and communities in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to join a conference call on refugee and migrant justice on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30-7:30 pm. There are two goals: (1) Share updates on work Friends are doing in refugee resettlement efforts. ( 2) Hear from a talk by a representative from Church World Service, of which Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is a member. Church World Service has programs related to refugee and migrant justice in which Friends meetings can be involved. RSVP for the call by clicking here.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 28

This year’s theme is Seeking the Light in All. Following an optional pre-walk gathering at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Avenue, Peace Walkers from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities will depart from Society Hill Synagogue in Old City at about 1:45 pm for Arch Street United Methodist and Friends Center in Center City. Buses will be available to transport Peace Walkers from Al-Aqsa to Society Hill Synagogue?and to the remaining venues for those needing vehicular assistance. If you’re interested in this beautiful event, ask a past walker: Amey Hutchins, Phil Lord, or Marlea Santoyo. More information available online.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 5, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Spirit of Christ can lead parents to wise counsel for their children in education, reading, recreation, and social relationships, while it can also lead children to wise counsel for their parents in these and other aspects of life. If counsel is unwelcome and if difficulties arise, persevere both in prayer and in a sense of humor. Friends are advised in all things to trust in the Light and to witness to it in daily living. –Faith & Practice, 2018, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, April 7, 2019

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

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

GMM SPRING NEWSLETTER READY TO READ ONLINE!

The Spring 2019 Meeting Newsletter features a profile of Gail Woodbury by Moira Duggan, a report on our Meeting’s finances by Jonathan Rhoades, a reflection on the discussion group Faith & Practice and Pizza by Karen Lightner, and “When and How to Speak in Meeting” by John Norris Childs, III, among other contributions and lots of photos of Meeting activities. Read it on our Meeting’s website by clicking here. Many thanks to everyone who helped put it together by writing, taking photos, or providing information! –Laura Seeley, newsletter editor

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO MEET THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 7

The next Faith & Practice and Pizza reading group will be held this Sunday, April 7, at noon in the East Kindergarten. The discussion will be on Chapter 3, Our Organization, Part A, Friends Meetings, pp. 44-66. [To read it online, click here.] 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 of $5 is to cover the cost of the pizza, but please don’t stay away if you can’t pay. For information, contact Karen Lightner.

DONATIONS NEEDED TO HELP GFS SECURITY GUARD & FAMILY

We heard sad news from Germantown Friends School (GFS) this week: One of the security guards, Charles Cole, suffered the loss of his house and everything in it in a fire last week. It was his family home since 1966, and he has been a long-term employee at school. His granddaughter is currently in fifth grade and was among the family members living in the house while she and her parents were in the process of moving. If any members or attenders would like to help this family, we will be taking a collection for them in the social room after the rise of Meeting this Sunday, April 7. (We are advised that the family needs money right now, not “stuff,” because there is nowhere to put things.) –Caroline Davidson

GFS WRITERS SERIES HOSTS SPEAKERS ON APRIL 6

We are invited to hear Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve speak on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m., in the Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School as the library’s Spring Community Writers Series event. These authors co-authored the book Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dare to Run Away, Young Readers Edition. It is written especially for middle grade readers. Book signing will follow their presentation, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by clicking here. For information, contact Kate Gerrity,

BARBARA WYBAR TO SELL HANDMADE ITEMS FROM BUDUDA ON APRIL 7

Our member Barbara Wybar is back from the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda and has brought many lovely, handmade things to sell. She will display them on tables after meeting for worship next Sunday, April 7. The proceeds go to benefit the Learning Center.

ADULT CLASSES ON APRIL 21 & 28

There will be two Adult Classes in April. Each will begin at 9 a.m., with light refreshments. Please contact Joanne Sharpless (jsharpless@germantownfriends.org), if you have questions.

APRIL 21 Bill Cozzens, our representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will lead a discussion on updating FCNL’s Statement of Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek.” Friends are encouraged to read the document before the class by clicking here.

APRIL 28 James Davis will lead a discussion on the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal, which had the theme “A Racially Diverse Society of Friends?”

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP CANDICE PRICE ON SUNDAYS

At meeting for business recently, there was strong consensus that the Meeting needs to better prioritize the “best practice” of having two people providing childcare at any time. Candice Price, who is our childcare worker, does an outstanding job in caring for the children, yet this standard enhances safety for children and protects Candice as an employee. Please consider volunteering for a shift from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on a Sunday. You do need to have criminal and child abuse clearances from the last five years. Peter Yeomans would be happy to start that process for you at no expense. Please contact Peter if you are interested .

PLAN AHEAD: MORAL INJURY COMMUNITY HEALING CEREMONY, MAY 6

We are once again invited to take part in the Moral Injury Community Healing Ceremony for veterans, which will be Monday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., in the third-floor chapel of the VA Medical Center in West Philadelphia. This ceremony is in part based on the premise that veterans can find some relief if they can give testimony about their experiences of war and service to a public audience, such that their burden will be shared, and such that their trauma and moral injury from warfare can help the public to deepen their compassion, increase their solidarity, and grow wiser about the realities of warfare. That is why the success of this event depends on a sizable and engaged audience. Whether you have attended before or not, you are urged to come to support the six veterans whose words will be at the center of the event. Enjoy music performed and selected by veterans. Bring a friend and encourage others to attend. The last few ceremonies have been at capacity so you will need to RSVP by clicking here to be sure you have a seat.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF MARK APPLEBERRY

Mark Appleberry, former husband of our member Maureen Carr and father of our young members Doulin and Cara Appleberry, died this week after a serious illness. A memorial service is planned, with reception, for Tuesday, April 9, at 7 pm., in our meetinghouse.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS’ TO SHOW AT PEACE CENTER OF DELAWARE COUNTY, APRIL 5

Tonight, April 5, there will be a free showing of A Man for All Seasons at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Delaware County in Springfield Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19164-1212. This Oscar-award-winning film of 1966 is a classic tale of conscience, faith, and political power, told through the story of Sir Thomas More, chancellor to King Henry VIII. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. For directions, click here. For information, call Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

QUAKER FAMILY MEET-UP IN PRINCETON, NJ, APRIL 6

If you have children from infancy through teens, you are invited to a get-together of Quaker families on the afternoon of Saturday, April 6, at Princeton Friends Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. It will take place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and offers fellowship, worship sharing, snacks, and spiritual refreshment. Childcare is provided for the kids, so they can get acquainted with each other you can have some time with other Quaker adults. You’re welcome to come with or without your kids. Free. For information and to register, click here. To talk to someone, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, 215-241-7171.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS TO HOLD SPRING RETREAT, APRIL 26-28

Haverford Friends Meeting is the site for the Spring Retreat of Young Adult Friends on April 26-28. They will reflect on the March 23 action they led outside Berks Detention Center about refugee and immigration policies, and they will consider how to carry this forward. Also on the agenda is an opportunity to talk to Chris Lucca, clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, about membership and the potential obstacles it presents to young adults. As usual, the retreat will provide lots of time for rejuvenation, relaxation, and deepening connections with one another and the Spirit. Cost is on a sliding scale. The location is accessible by carpooling and public transit. To register, click here. The age range of Young Adult Friends is 18-35,

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR QUAKER YOUTH AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 3-5

Early bird registration closes Sunday, March 31, for the Camp Swatara gathering, May 3-5, for Young Friends (high school) and Middle School Friends. Cost before the deadline is $120. After that, cost is $135, and registration closes April 19. Full and partial financial aid is available. The gathering opens Friday evening with games and worship sharing. On Saturday, there is an opportunity to hike up to the rock pile, where there is a spectacular view. For non-hikers, there will be workshops in the camp. The day will finish with a bonfire and singing. On Sunday, young people will begin the day together, later joining meeting for worship with Caln Quarter Friends, who are meeting at the same time. For more information and to register online, click here. To speak with someone, call Melinda Wenner Bradley, 215-241-7171.

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION AND PSCYOLOGY MAY 24-27 2019

The Mystical and Spiritual Dimensions of Trauma and Healing, with Plenary Speaker, Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst. Held at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. Please visit the web site: http://fcrp. quaker.org/ for more information and/or to register. Space is limited.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TALK ON QUAKERS & SLAVERY AT MUSEUM OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION, APRIL 10

Historian Katharine Gerbner, professor at the University of Minnesota, will speak on “Slavery in the Quaker World: Philadelphia & Barbados” on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 p.m., at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S Third St., Phila., PA 19106. Although Quakers were heroes of the abolitionist movement, this is only part of the story. George Fox was radical in his vision that blacks and whites were equal, but he never argued for abolition. William Penn, who founded the colony of Pennsylvania, was among other Quaker merchants who relied on trade from Barbados, including trade in enslaved people. Katharine Gerbner will explore this complex and contradictory history as it relates to development of our modern concept of race, which is the subject of her recent book, Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. For information, click here.

TAKE ACTION

PYM CONFERENCE CALL ON REFUGEE & MIGRANT JUSTICE, APRIL 16

Friends from all meetings and communities in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are invited to join a conference call on refugee and migrant justice on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30-7:30 pm. There are two goals: (1) Share updates on work Friends are doing in refugee resettlement efforts. ( 2) Hear from a talk by a representative from Church World Service, of which Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is a member. Church World Service has programs related to refugee and migrant justice in which Friends meetings can be involved. RSVP for the call by clicking here.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 28

This year’s theme is Seeking the Light in All. Following an optional pre-walk gathering at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, 1501 Germantown Avenue, Peace Walkers from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities will depart from Society Hill Synagogue in Old City at about 1:45 pm for Arch Street United Methodist and Friends Center in Center City. Buses will be available to transport Peace Walkers from Al-Aqsa to Society Hill Synagogue?and to the remaining venues for those needing vehicular assistance. If you’re interested in this beautiful event, ask a past walker: Amey Hutchins, Phil Lord, or Marlene Santoyo. More information available online.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 29, 2019

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I have been learning … that when we accept our finiteness realistically and without bitterness, each day is a gift to be cherished and savored. Each day becomes a miracle. I am learning to offer to God my days and my nights, my joy, my work, my pain, and my grief. I am striving to keep my house in order and more wisely…. And I am learning to forget at times my puritan conscience, which prods me to work without ceasing, and instead to take time for joy. –Elizabeth Watson, 1979

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Isaiah Price & Vienna Enos
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Tom & Ellie Elkinton
1 p.m. Film: Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries in Yarnall Auditorium, Sharpless Building, GFS (See announcement below.)

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

SEE GMM ART SHOW AFTER WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 31

Last chance to see the Germantown Meeting Art Show is this Sunday, March 31. Opening night last Friday was a tremendous success, raising more than $400 for the Meeting’s general fund. Come and celebrate our artists one last time this Sunday after rise of meeting in the Front Hall of the Main Building of GFS, and support our community. Refreshments will be served.

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.

THIS SUNDAY: WORSHIP SHARING ABOUT VOCAL MINISTRY

This Sunday, March 31, is the Fifth Sunday of March, and our Worship & Ministry Committee is treating us to a different worship format, which will be held in the committee room, rather than in the big meeting 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 and Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, plus Friends General Conference’s guidelines (click here). It is a two-year tradition that our Worship & Ministry Committee plans something different for worship on the Fifth Sunday of the month, whenever that occurs.

GFS WRITERS SERIES HOSTS SPEAKERS ON APRIL 6

We are invited to hear Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve speak on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m., in the Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School as the library’s Spring Community Writers Series event. These authors co-authored the book Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dare to Run Away, Young Readers Edition. It is written especially for middle grade readers. Book signing will follow their presentation, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by clicking here. For information, contact Kate Gerrity,

BARBARA WYBAR TO SELL HANDMADE ITEMS FROM BUDUDA ON SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Our member Barbara Wybar is back from the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda and has brought many lovely, handmade things to sell. She will display them on tables after meeting for worship next Sunday, April 7.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

RIDE OFFERED TO MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARY MANGELSDORF, MARCH 30

Becky Johnson will be going to the memorial service tomorrow for Mary Mangelsdorf, mother of our member Helen Mangelsdorf. It will take place at 2 p.m. at Swarthmore Meeting in Delaware County. Becky is leaving at 1 p.m. and is offering a ride to anyone who might like to attend. You may contact her by email (blam.fam@verizon.net).

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

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.

QUAKER FAMILY MEET-UP IN PRINCETON, NJ, APRIL 6

If you have children from infancy through teens, you are invited to a get-together of Quaker families on the afternoon of Saturday, April 6, at Princeton Friends Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. It will take place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and offers fellowship, worship sharing, snacks, and spiritual refreshment. Childcare is provided for the kids, so they can get acquainted with each other you can have some time with other Quaker adults. You’re welcome to come with or without your kids. Free. For information and to register, click here. To talk to someone, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, 215-241-7171.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR QUAKER YOUTH AT CAMP SWATARA, MAY 3-5

Early bird registration closes Sunday, March 31, for the Camp Swatara gathering, May 3-5, for Young Friends (high school) and Middle School Friends. Cost before the deadline is $120. After that, cost is $135, and registration closes April 19. Full and partial financial aid is available. The gathering opens Friday evening with games and worship sharing. On Saturday, there is an opportunity to hike up to the rock pile, where there is a spectacular view. For non-hikers, there will be workshops in the camp. The day will finish with a bonfire and singing. On Sunday, young people will begin the day together, later joining meeting for worship with Caln Quarter Friends, who are meeting at the same time. For more information and to register online, click here. To speak with someone, call Melinda Wenner Bradley, 215-241-7171.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

READING OF MLK’S RIVERSIDE SPEECH, APRIL 4

Exactly one year before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr., made his historic speech at the Riverside Church in New York City, in which he announced his opposition to the Vietnam War. This year on the fifty-first anniversary of his assassination,Thursday, April 4, there will be a public reading at noon of his speech. It will take place in Center City, Philadelphia, on the West Plaza of City Hall, 15th & Market streets. An excerpt from his original speech will be broadcast over a public address system so the public can hear his actual voice. His historic and timely words resonate in our lives today, with his famous plea to resist “the evil triplets of American society: racism, materialism, and militarism.” Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Bob Smith, coordinator, Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

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

Everyone is welcome to attend 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 and criticism Martin Luther King, Jr., faced 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 can be reached from Johnson Avenue.

TAKE ACTION

PROTEST OF DRONE WARFARE TAKES NEW TACK AT HORSHAM, MARCH 30

After seven years of protesting the drone war command center in Horsham, demonstrators will expand the effort, appealing directly to Gov. Tom Wolf to exercise his authority to stop PA drone war operations. Tomorrow’s interfaith demonstration (Saturday, March 30) resumes the monthly protest, which took midwinter break. It will begin at noon and end at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham. Banners and signs provided. Speakers, music, and drumming. For information, contact Bob Smith, coordinator, Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

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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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