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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 10, 2020

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Quakers from the whole world await a message of hope. But how shall they hear? The presence and work of the Spirit is much more important than our words and forms of worship. That within us should also be transformed outward.
Some of us place special emphasis on the historical Jesus Christ as our personal Savior; others on the Light within everyone, which is interpreted by some of us as the Holy Spirit and by some as the Christ principle; while others emphasize the universal spirit of God. We see these as three aspects of the one God and rejoice in our unity.
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

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SUNDAY, July 12, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
Closer Moira Clare Duggan
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introduction of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We begin with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which focuses on a query or “What is on your heart?” This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

ZOOM TIP

There is a quick way to go to a zoom link you’ve visited recently. The Zoom program stores the last ten meetings you’ve attended, so if you haven’t attended a whole lot of zoom meetings during the week, you can find our Sunday worship in the program without having to look for the email.
· Open the Zoom program.
· On the home page, click on the Join box.
· In the box on the next screen, it will either say Meeting ID or the number of the last meeting you attended, click on the arrow at the right. A drop-down list will come up. Scroll down until you find the name of the meeting you’re looking for, click on it. Then click on Join. Viola!
· Sunday worship is named: Germantown Friends Meeting for Worship.

INVITATION FOR ZOOM WORSHIP WITH GREEN STREET MEETING

While we will not be meeting jointly with Green Street Monthly Meeting in July and August, they have invited us to join them in worship as led on Zoom (I think they’d rather not have all 55 or so of us show up at once). Their practice is similar to ours except that they often have Joys and Sorrows during the last 10 minutes of Meeting, then have introductions and announcements. On some Sundays, there is a virtual coffee hour after that that allows for more informal sharing.

VIDEOS FROM FGC SUMMER GATHERING

There were marvelous events at Friends General Conference Gathering this year, which was held virtually on Zoom last week. I attended and wanted to share with you the videos that were made of the Bible Half Hour and some of the Plenaries. You probably know that I’m not a Christocentric Friend, but I want to tell you that Carl Magruder’s Bible-Half Hour was awesome, as is he. The plenaries were all great, as well. Amanda Kemp and Michael Jamanis were awesome. Valarie Kaur’s Friday plenary wasn’t recorded, so click through to her website and look at the videos there. Her story and the Revolutionary Love Project are something you’ll all appreciate. Here’s the link: https://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering/schedule-glance/gathering-schedule-and-handouts/virtualgathering-videos — Karen Lightner

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

RESOURCES LIST ON ANTIRACISM FROM JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS

As promised, our attender John Colgan-Davis, who serves on our Racial and Social Concerns Committee, has provided a useful list of resources and websites to help people learn more about racism, its effects, and ways to move forward in ending it. His personal list is attached as BOOKS FOR ANTIracism Work.pdf. He also recommends an online list of resources compiled by Project Home, which you can read by clicking here.

BARBARA WYBAR WRITES FROM UGANDA AT OUTBREAK OF CORONAVIRUS

Barbara Wybar’s recent article in The Globe + Mail, a Toronto, Canada, news publication, gives an up-close-and-personal description of living in Uganda: “When news of the coronavirus hit, I was in a village on a mountainside in rural Uganda, living simply, like the villagers, without electricity or running water, eating mostly beans, rice, cabbage, and avocados. I had goats in the garden, chickens in the house, and geckos on the ceiling.” She writes about how living in Uganda changed her perspective and her values. If you know Barbara, you will recognize her humble, thoughtful voice in this piece, in which she shares her admiration for a simple way of life, while working to help people find more economic security. It is a strangely calming read in a time of anxiety and uncertainty in our own complex, privileged lives. See attachment: Barbara Wybar-Globe&Mail 6-3-20.

DEBORAH COOPER LEADS ONLINE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

This Thursday, July 16, at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., our member Deborah Cooper will lead an online Mindfulness Meditation class in a five-part series connected by the online Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). Deborah is a licensed professional counselor in private practice and a member of PYM Counseling Service. She studied Mindfulness Stress Reduction at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and has taught a number of courses in Mindfulness Meditation. This series of classes is a free opportunity to learn more about this practice, from which many people have taken much comfort and help in coping with stresses big and small. Click here to go to Deborah’s website.

MEMORIAL FOR CARL SIGMUND’S GRANDMOTHER, JULY 26

There will be an online memorial service for Vivian Schatz, our member Carl Sigmund’s grandmother, on July 26 at 2 p.m. If you would like to participate, please send an email message to vivianschatzmemorial@gmail.com and ask to be notified when the Zoom link is available.

QUAKER EVENTS

PYM PLENARY SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS ONLINE

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is offering online Zoom meetings of its plenary sessions, keynote addresses, workshops, and mindfulness meditation. To see the entire calendar, with descriptions and online registration, click here. The following list is for plenary sessions and workshops in July.

Plenary Sessions

July 11, at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Climate Change: Re-imagining Our Relationship with the Planet
July 19, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Membership & Belonging
July 21, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Q&A on proposed PYM budget, up for approval on August 1.
July 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Addressing Racism

Workshops

July 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ready or Not–An Unexpected Invitation to Anger, Conflict, and Anxiousness, led by Inspira Williams, Joan Broadfield, and Deborah Wood
July 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Faithfulness Groups, led by Marcelle Martin
July 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sharing Our Faith with Others, led by Chris Stern
July 16, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mindfulness Meditation, led by Deborah Cooper
July 17: Developing a Spiritual State of the Meeting, led by Jean-Marie Prestwidge Barch

ANNUAL SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN, MIDDLE SCHOOL & YOUNG FRIENDS, JULY 29-AUG.2

Young folks will find lots of ways to get to know each other, have fun together, and just hang out at the online Annual Sessions for Quaker youth, July 29-Aug. 2. For a preview of what’s afoot, visit these web pages to see schedules by age group:
Children: http://www.pym.org/children/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2020/06/Children-AS-Schedule-2020-1.pdf
Middle School: http://www.pym.org/middle-school-friends/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/06/MSF-AS-Schedule-2020.pdf
Young Friends (high school):
http://www.pym.org/young-friends/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/06/Young-Friends-AS-Schedule-2020.pdf

PENDLE HILL’S DAILY WORSHIP BY ZOOM

Every morning, Pendle Hill has a half-hour meeting for worship by Zoom, which draws more than 140 people from around the world. It begins at 8:30 a.m EDT. Find out how to connect by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

WEEKDAY VIGILS FOR ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’

Stand in solidarity with others along Lincoln Drive any weekday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the principle of “Black Lives Matter.” This takes place in front of the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. Signs are available and may be purchased for $10, which includes a frame for a lawn stand. You are also welcome to bring your own sign. Quiet, family-friendly action. Please wear your face mask and practice social distancing. Check the Facebook page for photos, comments, and updates in case of bad weather: Standing in Solidarity for Racial Justice. For more information, contact Mary Kalyna, mk382k@yahoo.com

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 3, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It makes me sad when I hear discussions about not introducing children to “God” until they’re old enough to understand. I grew into the Lord’s Prayer, and am still growing into it. All religious language, all devotional books, particularly the Bible, provide growing room for young minds and spirits. Because they have sometimes been used as straitjackets by adults who did not understand, does not mean that they are straitjackets. –Elise Boulding,1975

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SUNDAY, July 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference (instructions below)
Closer Karen Lightner
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care

WORSHIP IN JULY AND AUGUST

We will not be meeting jointly with Green Street Monthly Meeting in July and August. We will continue to worship on our regular Zoom call during those months. It seems unlikely at this point that we will be able to meet in person during that time. Green Street Meeting is feeling that the intimacy they?ve created as a Meeting on the Zoom calls — especially since the murder of George Floyd and the uprisings following — would be hard to maintain with a much larger Zoom group. Meeting with us would triple the size of the meeting. They would like to engage in fellowship with us in a different way and are hoping to participate in a joint anti-racism project with us. They have reached out to our Racial & Social Justice Committee to talk about what that might be. Worship & Ministry will be in touch with them later in July to arrange one joint Green Street/Germantown Meeting for Worship toward the end of the summer. –Karen Lightner, clerk, Worship + Ministry Committee

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 , AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We begin with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which focuses on the query: “What is on your heart?”

This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.
· Please note that this zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

ZOOM TIP

There is a quick way to go to a zoom link you?ve visited recently. The Zoom program stores the last ten meetings you?ve attended, so if you haven’t attended a whole lot of zoom meetings during the week, you can find our Sunday worship in the program without having to look for the email.
· Open the Zoom program.
· On the home page, click on the Join box.
· In the box on the next screen, it will either say Meeting ID or the number of the last meeting you attended, click on the arrow at the right. A drop-down list will come up. Scroll down until you find the name of the meeting you?re looking for, click on it. Then click on Join. Viola!
· Sunday worship is named: Germantown Friends Meeting for Worship.

RESOURCE LISTS FOR ANTIRACISM LEARNING

As promised, our attender John Colgan-Davis, who serves on our Racial and Social Concerns Committee, has provided a useful list of resources and websites to help people learn more about racism, its effects, and ways to move forward in ending it. His personal list is attached as BOOKS FOR ANTIracism Work.pdf. He also recommends an online list of resources compiled by Project Home, which you may read by clicking here.

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF CARL SIGMOND’S GRANDMOTHER

Our Meeting received word of the recent death of Carl Sigmond’s grandmother, Vivian Schatz, who was a loving mentor and presence in Carl’s life. If you would like to send condolences, here is contact information for Carl and his mother Linda Schatz:

Carl Sigmond
carl@sigmond.us
331 Northstar Place, Apt. 2
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Linda Schatz
linda112358@gmail.com

QUAKER EVENTS

PYM PLENARY SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS ONLINE

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is offering online Zoom meetings of its plenary sessions, keynote addresses, workshops, and mindfulness meditation. To see the entire calendar, with descriptions and online registration, click here. The following list is for plenary sessions and workshops in July.

Plenary Sessions

July 11, at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Climate Change.
July 19, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Membership Matters
July 21, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Q&A on proposed PYM budget, which will be up for approval on August 1.
July 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Diversity, Inclusion, and Racism Issues

Workshops (all are at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

July 6: Accompaniment as Anti-Racist Practice for Social Change, led by Lucy Duncan
July 8: PYM Peace Advocacy in the Middle East: Lobby with FCNL
July 10: Ready or Not–An Unexpected Invitation to Anger, Conflict, and Anxiousness, led by Inspira Williams, Joan Broadfield, and Deborah Wood
July 15: Sharing Our Faith with Others, led by Chris Stern
July 13: Faithfulness Groups, led by Marcelle Martin
July 17: Developing a Spiritual State of the Meeting, led by Jean-Marie Prestwidge Barch

PENDLE HILL’S DAILY WORSHIP BY ZOOM

Every morning, you have an opportunity to worship by Zoom meeting through Pendle Hill with more than 140 people from around the world. Time is 8:30 a.m. EDT. Find out how to connect by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 26, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It took a lot for me to speak of my own feelings . . . just a small glimpse of what obedience to the holy is about. If I had been seeking what was comfortable, I would have kept my mouth shut. Once I spoke, I realized I was also speaking for others…. This is where the cross comes in, the cross that is not stuck in theology about salvation from our sins, but rather the living cross. To take up the living cross is to respond to the Divine Voice and set aside self-will. Standing in the cross, we recognize the agony so prevalent in the world, yet are not mired down in it. These concepts spell out the paradox of the cross: it is at once about holy obedience and divine power. –Margery Post Abbott, 2010

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SUNDAY, June 28, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference (instructions below)
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

ZOOM INTO FRIENDLY EIGHTS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27

Remember the fun of Friendly Eights? Now it’s back on Zoom in a “virtual” form, taking place tomorrow, Saturday, June 27, at 4 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. Bring your own tea, lemonade, wine, and snacks, and get ready to have a good time visiting with Friends. This “tea party” is limited to the first eight or ten people who sign in, so, if you want to take part, RSVP to Anthony Stover, who is hosting it, and he will forward the Zoom link to you.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We begin with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which focuses on the query: “What is on your heart?”

This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

RESOURCE LIST DELAYED

The list of resources on racial justice and related background, which was promised to be in this week’s BEE, is temporarily delayed due to an email snafu. It was compiled by John Colgan-Davis, who offered to share it with everyone after last week’s Zoom meeting for worship. From what we are told by people who have seen it, the list is full of enlightening, challenging, and even enjoyable possibilities, so look forward to finding it in next week’s BEE, if everything goes right! -Ed.

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?
Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

WHYY ARTICLE QUOTES MATTHEW COUNTRYMAN

Matthew Countryman, son of our member Joan Countryman, is quoted as one of the sources for students in an online WHYY article about the 1967 student walkout to protest racial injustice in the education system. Matthew is a third-generation native of Germantown and professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. To read the article, go to https://whyy.org/articles/philly-students-secure-historical-marker-commemorating-1967-school-walkout-notorious-for-rizzo-brutality.

QUAKER EVENTS

PYM PLENARY SESSIONS TO BE HELD ONLINE

In addition to the series of online workshops offered by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) as part of the run-up to Annual Sessions, several plenary sessions are planned to be held via Zoom video/teleconference. There will be sessions for worship and discussion of the following topics and on the following dates. Separate registrations are required. Any subsequent decisions will be made during Annual Sessions or Continuing Sessions. For links to the plenary sessions, including registration, click here. These are the upcoming Zoom sessions:

Saturday, June 27: Worship with Attention to Social Upheaval

Saturday, July 11: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Global warming, climate change and related matters. Should it be a PYM wide concern?

Sunday, July 19: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Membership Matters

Tuesday, July 21: Evening Discussion of proposed PYM budget. The budget will be up for approval on August 1.

Saturday, July 25: Diversity, Inclusion, and Racism Issues

COMMUNITY

WHAT’S GOING ON AT AWBURY ARBORETUM

Enjoy a family trip in the outdoors without risking travel from our area at Awbury Arboretum‘s AdventureWoods Natural Materials Playspace. The space features a mixture of structures for climbing and exploring, paths, and loose materials that engage children in imaginative discovery. It is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks are strongly recommended, only 35 people are admitted at a time, and social distancing is observed. No restrooms are available. Visitors are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer, since there are facilities for hand-washing. Click here for more details about Adventure Woods.

Sunday Fun Days, hosted by the Arboretum and the Philly Goat Project, offer opportunities for meeting the resident goats and chickens and taking part in family activities. Wearing masks and proper social distancing are expected.

Try a weekday scavenger hunt, by downloading directions and a list of things to find in the Arboretum, and then visiting the grounds with friends or family to see who can check off the most items. Click here for the scavenger hunt list.

WORTH REPEATING

FOOD DRIVE FOR GERMANTOWN

Here’s a way to help people in our community who are facing hard times during the Covid 19 pandemic.Two groups in Germantown–Face to Face and Men Who Care–are working to provide food to people who need it most, with the goal of raising $5,000. To find out more about their campaign, check out this Go Fund Me page: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/germantown-food-pantries

ONLINE INFO ABOUT COVID-19

Philadelphia City Council members and staff, in collaboration with other agencies of Philadelphia municipal government, the state and private sector, have gathered this collection of resources to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery. To see it, click here.

TAKE ACTION

GERMANTOWN VIGIL & SHOUT-OUT FOR JUSTICE, JUNE 27

For the third week, there will be a Bell-Tolling and Shout Out for Racial Justice this Saturday, June 27, at noon, historic Market Square, corner of School House Lane and Germantown Ave. Signs and banners provided; “No Justice, No Peace,” “Honk for Racial Justice,” and “End White Supremacy; Refuse Fascism, Evict Trump.” Social distancing will be observed, masks are required, and nonviolent discipline will be practiced. For information, call Bob Smith, 484-574-1148 or Melissa Elliott.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 19, 2020

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Do not let us be discouraged because we find the path of silent prayer difficult or because we do not experience that joy of conscious communion given to some. The sunlight shines through the cloud, even when the cloud is so thick that we cannot see the sun at all; its rays carry on their healing work, and it does us good to go out into the open, even on a grey day. The experience of many of the greatest saints points to the traversing of a dark night of the soul before the light of full communion dawns, and to times of dryness of spirit coming at intervals to test the faith and perseverance of the seeker. — T. Edmund Harvey, 1929

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SUNDAY, June 21, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference (instructions below)
Closers Adam & Susan Corson-Finnerty
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We begin with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which focuses on the query: “What is on your heart?”

This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

SUPPORTING GMM QUICKLY, EASILY, SAFELY WITH ONLINE DONATIONS

Our fiscal year ends in just ten days, and, because of current crises, many of us are distracted, so our Meeting is nearly $15,000 short of our goal. However, there’s still time, and you can contribute swiftly AND safely online — in less than a minute! It’s through a secure process on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) website. Go directly to it by clicking on this link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=f0f5fd When you put in your information, you’ll receive instant confirmation by e-mail. Do it now, right after you read this, and you’ll be supporting our Meeting as we prepare for strengthening our community, and witnessing for justice and love in the tumultUous months ahead. (An alternative route to giving online through PYM is http://germantownmeeting.org/wordpress/?page_id=2303). Click on “donate online through the PYM webpage”, then scroll down past the opportunity to give to PYM, and you come to the locus for contributing to monthly and quarterly meetings. It is straight-forward from there. –Janet Kroll for the Fund Raising Committee

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY

Nathaniel Paul Fornadel-Segal was born May 19 in Arlington, VA, to our member Christopher Segal and his wife Christen Fornadel. He joins older brother Alexander George Fornadel-Segal and is the grandson of our members Ed and Mary Segal.

JONDHI HARRELL REFLECTS ON ‘DEFUND THE POLICE’

An article by our member Jondhi Harrell appeared on the WHYY website recently, in which he looks at the concept of “defunding the police.” He says, in part: “As a Black man who did 25 years in federal prison and now works to help people coming home in my North Philadelphia community, you might assume I am on the ‘defund the police’ bandwagon. But I’m not. I believe that the notion of police abolition, as it is stated, has no basis in reality and that the phrase divides people, even people who, like, agree with the call for transformative change…. Understandably. the reactions of many to the phrase have been: If there’s no police, who are you going to call if there’s a burglary, a horrific car accident, a murder, a missing child? … Community activists are calling for first responders who are trained crisis interventionists, mental health professionals, social workers, or conflict resolution specialists. They are calling for a restructuring of how the police function as an entity and how they treat people….” To read the complete article, click here.

ARTICLE FEATURES G’TOWN VIGIL & SHOUT-OUT AT MARKET SQUARE

Last Saturday’s noisy success to support racial justice, organized by our member Bob Smith, was featured on Germantown Info Hub, which provides online news about events and Germantown neighbors. The two striking photos of the event are of our own of Phyllis and Dick Taylor, decked out in masks and hats, and their son Daniel Taylor. Although only a handful of participants were expected, the numbers reached nearly 100, lining both sides of Germantown Avenue between School House Lane and Coulter Street, holding signs, and interacting enthusiastically with passing drivers. Drivers joined in with honking, calling their support out their windows, and giving lots of thumbs up signals, and, in some cases, circling the block repeatedly. Several additional members of our Meeting–Bobbie Horowitz, Carla Childs, Bill Cozzens, and Jack Malinowski– helped participants make signs and offered logistical support. A follow-up demonstration will be held this Saturday, beginning at 12 noon, at the same place: Market Square between School House Lane and Coulter Street. Posters provided, as well as supplies for making your own. Bring your own water and a folding chair, if needed. Call Bob Smith for information at 484-574-1148.

QUAKER EVENTS

PYM PLENARY SESSIONS TO BE HELD ONLINE

In addition to the series of online workshops offered by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) as part of the run-up to Annual Sessions, several plenary sessions are planned to be held via Zoom video/teleconference. There will be sessions for worship and discussion of the following topics and on the following dates. Separate registrations are required. Any subsequent decisions will be made during Annual Sessions or Continuing Sessions. For links to the plenary sessions, including registration, click here. These are the upcoming Zoom sessions:

Saturday, June 27: Worship with Attention to Social Upheaval
Saturday, July 11: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Global warming, climate change and related matters. Should it be a PYM wide concern?
Sunday, July 19: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Membership Matters
Tuesday, July 21: Evening Discussion of proposed PYM budget. The budget will be up for approval on August 1.
Saturday, July 25: Diversity, Inclusion, and Racism Issues

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS WORKSHOPS ONLINE

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is offering a series of online workshops, which will take place two or three evenings a week until July 21. Topics are wide-ranging, and there is something of interest for almost everybody. To view the entire schedule of workshops, get more information, and register, click here. This week’s 6 p.m. workshops are:

June 19: “What We Talk About When We Talk About God,” with presenters Robin Rohr and Melinda Wenner Bradley
June 22: “Growth Dilemma: Economics, Population, and Climate Change,” with presenters Steve Olshevski and Ed Dreby lead a discussion on the systemic causes that drive increasing carbon emissions, indiscriminate consumption, and concentration of wealth in a world of finite resources.
June 24: “Quaker Testimony: Inward Truth, Outward Witness, Giving Spiritual Depth to the Testimonies we sometimes call S.P.I.C.E.S,” with presenters Jim Fussell and Cai Quirk focusing on the history of the Quaker testimonies.
June 25: Mindfulness Meditation by Zoom, led by Deborah Cooper, this is part of a series of five classes sponsored by PYM Friends Counseling Service and will feature a short talk and time for dialogue.

FGC: REGISTRATION OPEN FOR VIRTUAL GATHERING
The annual summer Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) will take place online June 28-July4, with a reduced-price policy called “Pay as Led.” That means you will make your own decision about how much you pay to participate, which has worked well for New England Yearly Meeting and Intermountain Yearly Meeting. It is seen as a way to acknowledge that wealth is not distributed evenly among Friends. It allows more people to attend and has been found financially viable. A number of different packages are available, for workshops, evening programs with speakers and performers, the full program, Bible study, or for these age groups: Adult Young Friends, High School, or Junior Gathering with family activities. Pre-Gathering events are available for Adult Young Friends, and People of Color and Their Families. There are one-day workshops as well as week-long workshops. To check out the workshop topics and leaders, click here. To read the complete information, about the Virtual Gathering, including the schedule and package options, click here.

COMMUNITY

JOHNSON HOUSE TO HOLD JUNETEENTH VIRTUAL CELEBRATION, JUNE 19 & 20

Johnson House In upper Germantown is Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. This weekend it will be part of Philadelphia’s “virtual” celebration of Juneteenth, which begins today (Friday, June 19) at 7 p.m. The part of the celebration involving the Johnson House will take place Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the 19th century and for several generations beyond, the Johnson House was owned by a family of Quaker abolitionists who, with Americans of African and European descent, worked to secure safe passage to freedom along the extensive network of routes and safe houses of the Underground Railroad. To find out more, including a schedule of events and information about getting on the Zoom meeting, click here.

FOOD DRIVE FOR GERMANTOWN

Here’s a way to help people in our community who are facing hard times during the Covid 19 pandemic.Two groups in Germantown–Face to Face and Men Who Care–are working to provide food to people who need it most, with the goal of raising $5,000. To find out more about their campaign, check out this Go Fund Me page: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/germantown-food-pantries.

ONLINE INFO ABOUT COVID-19

Philadelphia City Council members and staff, in collaboration with other agencies of Philadelphia municipal government, the state and private sector, have gathered this collection of resources to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery. To see it, .

TAKE ACTION

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN TOMORROW, JUNE 20

Tomorrow, June 20, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. A global pandemic is exposing even more the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism Register: https://june2020.org

GERMANTOWN VIGIL & SHOUT-OUT FOR JUSTICE, JUNE 20
Celebrate Germantown’s historic commitment to justice and today’s call to end the scourge of racism and white supremacy by joining a nonviolent vigil tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, at noon, at historic Market Square, corner of School House Lane and Germantown Ave. Signs and banners provided on the theme “End White Supremacy; Refuse Fascism, Evict Trump.” Social distancing will be observed, masks are required, and nonviolent discipline will be practiced. For information, call Bob Smith, 484-574-1148 or Melissa Elliott, 215-843-4827.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 12, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We seem to be at a turning point in human history. We can choose life or watch the planet become uninhabitable for our species. Somehow, I believe that we will pass through this dark night of our planetary soul to a new period of harmony with the God that is to be found within each of us, and that s/he will inspire renewed confidence in people everywhere, empowering us all to cooperate to use our skills, our wisdom, our creativity, our love, our faith — even our doubts and fears — to make peace with the planet. Strengthened by this fragile faith, empowered by the Spirit within, I dare to hope. –Pat Saunders, 1987

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SUNDAY, June 14, 2020
9 a.m. Meeting for Business, by Zoom video/telephone conference* (Agenda & instructions below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

*AGENDA
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Doing Business
June 14, 2020

Query – Karen Lightner, followed by worship
Corrections to Minutes from May Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
Worship & Ministry – Karen Lightner: July & August Meeting plans
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Racial & Social Justice Committee – Ed Nakawatase: Recommended Donations for Meeting
Fund Fundraising Committee – Jack Rhoads: Fiscal Year Closeout
Discussion: Meeting Action to Support Black Lives Matter – Bill Cozzens

Announcements
– State of the Meeting Report, submitted to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on June 5
– PYM Virtual Annual Sessions. Workshop series through June and July. Listing at https://www.pym.org/annual-sessions/ Click on “Schedule + Registration”
Closing Worship

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We begin with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which focuses on a query. Last week we considered what we as Quakers are called to do in response to these latest acts of racial violence. This week we would like Friends to consider that query again, as well as What is on your heart?

This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

FUND RAISING UPDATE & PLEA

Our fiscal year ends in two and a half weeks on June 30, and we are more than $20,000 short of our fund-raising budget. Many thanks to everybody who has contributed. The Fund Raising Committee asks everybody to see if you have given as much as you intended to give. Any additional contribution you may be able to make at this time will help the Meeting continue its programs. –Jonathan Rhoads, Jr., clerk, Fund Raising Committee

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE FROM VAL GORSKI ABOUT EVAN GORSKI

Val Gorski, our member and father of Evan Gorski, who was beaten by a policeman in last week’s demonstrations, sent an update on Evan’s situation. “At this point all charges against Evan have been dropped, and he is at his apartment recuperating from the injuries he received during the altercation. He is currently studying Electrical Engineering at Temple University. As a side note, Evan and our daughter Sasha are both Associate Members of the Meeting. We are proud that our son took a stand against injustice in a peaceful and nonviolent protest. In friendship, Val” Evan received hospital treatment, including stitches, for his wounds. Friends may remember Evan as a regular attender at First-day School. He graduated from Germantown Friends School. To read the online article from The Philadelphia Inquirer, go to https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-police-beating-temple-student-evan-gorski-protest-20200604.html.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES

Pamela Williams, who is now in Vermont, has a new email address: pamelawilliaedu@gmail.com.
Ted Spaeth’s email address is now admiraledmundo@gmail.com.
Mary Louise Hill, who has joined us on many Zoom meetings for worship these past three months, is a former member who may be reached at mary.louise.hill@lakeheadu.ca, 491 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 1G8 Canada.
Thomas C. Roby’s email address is troby@getty.edu.

DEATH OF LOVIDA COLEMAN, SR.
Our member Lovida Hardin Coleman, Sr. died May 25, in Alexandria, VA. Originally from New Orleans, she spent many years of her life in Philadelphia. Her children, William T. Coleman III, Lovida H. Coleman, Jr,. and Hardin Colemen were students at GFS. To read her obituary, click here. She was predeceased in 2017 by her husband William T. Coleman, Jr., who was a prominent civil rights lawyer and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; and her daughter Lovida H. Coleman, Jr., also our member, died in 2018. Addresses for Lovida Coleman’s sons and their spouses:

Hardin and Gail Coleman, 96 Bay State Rd., Boston, MA 02215, email: hcoleman52@gmail.com
Bill (William T. III) and Allegra Coleman, 726 Conshohocken State Rd., Narberth, PA 19072

QUAKER EVENTS & INFO

FGC: REGISTRATION OPEN FOR VIRTUAL GATHERING

The annual summer Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) will take place online this year on June 28-July4, with a reduced-price policy called “Pay as Led.” That means you will make your own decision about how much you pay to participate, which has worked well for New England Yearly Meeting and Intermountain Yearly Meeting. It is seen as a way to acknowledge that wealth is not distributed evenly among Friends. It allows more people to attend and has been found financially viable. A number of different packages are available, for workshops, evening programs with speakers and performers, the full program, Bible study, or for these age groups: Adult Young Friends, High School, or Junior Gathering with family activities. Pre-Gathering events are available for Adult Young Friends, and People of Color and Their Families. There are one-day workshops as well as week-long workshops. To check out the workshop topics and leaders, click here. To read the complete information, about the Virtual Gathering, including the schedule and package options, click here.

YEARLY SESSION WORKSHOPS ONLINE

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is offering a series of online workshops, which will take place two or three evenings a week until July 21. Topics are wide-ranging, and there is something of interest for almost everybody. To view the entire schedule of workshops, get more information, and register, click here. This week’s 6 p.m. workshops are:

June 15: “Getting to Know the Majority of Friends” The majority of Friends are pastoral and evangelical. This workshop will introduce the historical background of Gurneyite Friends, Friends United Meeting (FUM), Conservative, and Evangelical Friends Church International. To register: https://www.pym.org/event/annual-sessions-workshop-getting-to-know-the-majority-of-friends/?instance_id=4499
June 17: “Race-based Mascots: A Prime Challenge to Decolonize” People worldwide are awakening to 500 years of colonialism and the impacts on Indigenous Peoples. This workshop will examine imagery of Native Americans as mascots, using historical context, research, and current trends. Led by Sandra Boone Murphy and Arla Patch. To register: https://www.pym.org/event/race-based-mascots-a-prime-challenge-to-decolonize/?instance_id=4514
June 19: “What We Talk About When We Talk About God” This workshop is an opportunity for individual and collective exploration of what you mean when you talk about God. Led by Robin Mohr and melinda Wenner Bradley. To register: https://www.pym.org/event/annual-sessions-workshop-what-do-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-god/?instance_id=4501

BLACK LIVES MATTER: FRIENDS SCHOOLS SHARE MESSAGES

Read reflections from a number of Quaker schools, including Germantown Friends School, about their grief and concern about police brutality and racism, by clicking here.

TALKING ABOUT RACIAL INJUSTICE WITH CHILDREN

In this deeply challenging time, our children are watching, listening, and learning. Families are experiencing the global pandemic that has has changed the shape of home, community, and school life, with economic uncertainty, civil unrest, and widespread hardship. It is also a moment to be present with our kids and talk about what’s going on. To read an article about this, written by Melinda Wenner Bradley, PYM Religious Life Coordinator, click here. The article also contains a list of online resources.

TAKE ACTION

GERMANTOWN VIGIL, BELL-TOLLING & SHOUT-OUT FOR JUSTICE, JUNE 13

Celebrate Germantown’s historic commitment to justice and today’s call to end the scourge of racism and white supremacy by joining a nonviolent vigil tomorrow, Saturday, June 13, at noon, at historic Germantown Town Square, corner of School House Lane and Germantown Ave. Signs and banners provided on the theme “End White Supremacy; Refuse Fascism, Evict Trump.” Social distancing will be observed, masks are required, and nonviolent discipline will be practiced. For information, call Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

TWO EVENTS FOR POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN, JUNE 13 & 14

You are invited to two upcoming events this weekend by the Poor People’s Campaign. These are a lead-up to the June 20 mass People’s Assembly and March on Washington, D.C. (https://june2020.org). Tomorrow, June 13, there will be A National Call for Moral Revival at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., focusing on systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy. For more information, click here. The second event will be Sunday, June 14, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be a car caravan and speakout, taking placing simultaneously across the state. It will advocate against state violence, racism, and poverty and is entitled We Declare Jubilee: Everybody’s Got a Right to Live. To take part in the car caravan in Philly, meet on South Broad St., location to be arranged. it will make stops in Centery City and Upper Darby. You may also participate from home or at elected officials’ offices. For questions, contact Phoebe Schellenberg.

MULTIFAITH VIGILS FOR BLACK LIVES, JUNE 14 & 18

People of all faiths are invited to join two multifaith vigils, online or by car, in support of Black lives. These are organized by Northwest Philly Multifaith Leaders and are co-sponsored by POWER. To find out more, click here. You don’t have to sign up, but you can mark “going” if you would like to receive more information. These are the events:

June 14, at 6 p.m., Oxford Presbyterian Church, 8501 Stenton Ave., at Stenton & Gowen streets
june 18, at 6 p.m., Janes Memorial UMC, 47 E. Haines, between Rittenhouse and Walnut Lane, off Germantown Ave, near old high school

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 5, 2020

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Friends affirmation of the principle of human equality in the sight of God is important and necessary, but not sufficient. Friends must seek to identify those structures, institutions, language, and thought processes that overtly and more subtly support discrimination and exploitation, and then work to overcome them. Friends often work with victimized and exploited groups, including support for the nonviolent efforts of the exploited to achieve self-determination. Friends realize that exploitation impairs the human quality of the exploiter as well as the exploited, and must work with both groups. — Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018, pp. 32-33

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SUNDAY, June 7, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys & Concerns

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

‘PEACEABLE KINGDOM’ IS FOCUS OF FIRST-DAY SCHOOL LESSON

Dear First Day School families,

This week is the last lesson of the school year, and we conclude our study of the Old Testament with Isaiah’s vision of the peaceful kingdom. (Isaiah 11:1-9) Quakers have long strived to bring this vision closer to fruition. In the past week, the reality of how far we have to go has been made starkly clear, and we must redouble our efforts to bring justice and fairness both to our own community and the wider world. We wish we were able to end this year with the usual celebratory picnic, but that isn’t possible; we miss the fellowship in our community. Nevertheless, we look forward to seeing you next fall and would welcome hearing from you in the meantime.

Yours in friendship, Dorothy, Carla, Kelly, Lili, and Kate

[See attachments: Peaceable Kingdom.pdf and peaceable kingdom drawing.pdf. View Edward Hicks’ famous paintings of the Peaceable Kingdom by clicking here.]

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We begin with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which focuses on a query. This week we considered what we as Quakers are called to do in response to these latest acts of racial violence. This week we would like Friends to consider that query again, as well as What is on your heart?

This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.
Please note that this zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

For security reasons please do not share this meeting information on social media or the internet. Feel free to share with individuals who may be interested.

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PAMELA WILLIAMS

Our member Pamela Williams, who is now in Vermont, has a new email address: pamelawilliaedu@gmail.com.

QUAKER EVENTS & INFO

INVITATION TO CELEBRATE WITH QVS, JUNE 7

Everyone is invited to join an online celebration for Quaker Voluntary Service Philadelphia (QVS) on Sunday, June 7, from p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Hear stories from the Philadelphia Fellows about their experience of social justice work. Hilary Burgin, executive director of QVS, will speak about the program and how the Covid-19 era is illuminating certain areas. Dress in a celebratory manner, “whatever that means to you.” Please register here by June 5. You will receive confirmation by email with information on how to log into the online event. Anyone who might be interested is invited to tune in to learn more about QVS-Philadelphia, so feel welcome to pass on this invitation to people you know.

VIEW GFS ART SHOW ONLINE

This spring’s art show by all ages of students at Germantown Friends School is now online. As the pandemic early this spring, art department staff prompted their students and the school community to unite in this creative effort. They drew inspiration from what students were saying about the pain and reality of living in a country that continues to battle for equal human rights for all citizens and to end brutality against Black and Brown people. This was augmented by a project published by The New York Times on April 16, in which illustrators were asked to draw what they saw out of their windows. When you view the show, you will see that artworks are grouped by age and grade groups. The hope is to bring viewers a connection to others, an understanding of the range of experiences, and appreciation for the power of creative works. Viewers are encouraged to use their own creative energies to express love for humanity, outrage at injustice, and a vision for a better world. To see the GFS art show online, click here.

‘SISTER ACT’ GOES VIRAL FOR GREENE ST FRIENDS SCHOOL

The musical “Sister Act”, by kids at Greene Street Friends School, has gone viral (no pandemic here!), according to a recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The initial idea was to record the whole thing on Zoom, but that proved impractical, says music director Denali Gillespie, and so the kids recorded themselves. (Use restrictions for Sister Act bar live streaming of the production.) Cast members in Greene Street’s version of the musical are drawn from middle school classes, and nearly all of them–whatever their gender or other roles in the play–are part of the nuns’ ensemble. It is directed by Nathan Siegel. One of our younger members, Sara Jane McPhedran, is one of the singers. To read the entire article, click here, where a video trailer will show you the kids/nuns singing. It’s not to be missed!

YEARLY SESSION WORKSHOPS ONLINE

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is offering a series of online workshops, which will take place two or three evenings a week until July 21. Topics are wide-ranging, and there is something of interest for almost everybody. To view the entire schedule of workshops, get more information, and register, click here. This week’s workshops are:

Friday, June 4, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: “The Climate Crisis: What Are Friends Called to Do About It?”
Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: “Transformative Conflict”
Thursday, June 11, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: “Historic Fair Hill; 180 Years of Social Justice Work with Diverse Communities”

TAKE ACTION

SILENT VIGIL FOR PEACE IN CHESTNUT HILL, JUNE 7

Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting invites everyone to join Friends for a public Vigil for Justice & Peace this Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., on the sidewalk in front of the meetinghouse, 20 Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118-3505. This is a public witness to mourn the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless others before them and to stand publicly, in solidarity with African-Americans and other people of color. To ensure proper social distancing, there will be chalk markers every six feet; family groups may stand together. All participants must wear masks and are encouraged to bring their own signs. Please be advised that, because the meetinghouse is closed, restrooms will not be available. Parking is available in the meetinghouse parking lot and on the street. You are asked to maintain physical distancing when you exit your vehicle. If thunderstorms occur, the vigil will be cancelled. –Jeff Perkins, Clerk, Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting

SAY IT IN MUSIC

“Stand by Me,” by Playing for Change/Song Around the World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM

“Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” mixed voices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM

“Oh Freedom!” The Golden Gospel Singers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veiJLhXdwn

” You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Virtual Choir/Orchestra, 15 countries, 300 people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gpoJNv5dlQ

“Down by the Riverside,” Mahalia Jackson & Dinah Shore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4blUhPN7c34

“Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), Virtual Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovwbHsKS6gA

“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Music Makes Us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlvHj9w3ZTI

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 29, 2020

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Grieving is a discipline that is good for us and good for the world. As we grieve, we become more able to forgive — both ourselves and others — we can more easily let go of the hurts of the past and put our attention to the possibilities that are before us. As we grieve, we loosen up a hard, tight place to the point that it can dissolve and be gone…. With attention on the need to grieve and the experience of how this process can free our hearts and minds from attachment to the past, new doors open up and more becomes possible. –Pamela Haines, 2012

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SUNDAY, May 31, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
Closers Kelley White & John Hickey
11:45 Joys & Concerns

FIFTH SUNDAY

This week, May 31 is a Fifth Sunday. For several years now, Worship & Ministry has planned something a little different for each Fifth Sunday, such as including singing, encouraging Friends to sit closer together, or worshiping outside or in front of the fire. This week we’ll begin worship with the reading of a Psalm.

We will worship together in a virtual zoom meeting for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.

After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

PLEASE NOTE:

After May 30, all Zoom users will be required to upgrade before joining meetings. Here’s everything you need to know to start updating today:
On a tablet or phone, to see which version of Zoom you are using, open the app and look at the bottom of the Zoom window. If it says 5.0 or later (e.g., 5.0.2), you’re all set.
On a laptop or desktop, if you last downloaded before April 27, you will need to download the new Zoom Client for Meetings.

If you haven’t already, you will be prompted to update when you next open Zoom after May 30, which may lead to delays in joining the session. If you decide to wait, give yourself some lead time before joining a session.
We recommend that you go to https://zoom.us/download to update to Zoom 5.0… now. You can select the appropriate upgrade for the version of Zoom that you have been using.

‘PROPHET ELIJAH & THE STILL, SMALL VOICE:’ FIRST-DAY SCHOOL, MAY 31

This Sunday’s lesson for First-day School students is about the Prophet Elijah, who brought down the anger of the priests of the god Baal when he won a contest with them. He called upon Jehovah to prove he was the one, true god by sending down fire from the heavens. When this took place, it made the king and queen so angry and Elijah, that he had to flee for his life and hide in a cave. After all the excitement and terror, Elijah heard the still, small voice of God. To read the scriptural account, turn your Bible to I Kings, 19:11-13. Find out more about how to hear God’s still, small voice by reading the attachment: Elijah & Still Small Voice 5-31-20, where you will also find a welcoming message from your First-day School teachers, Dorothy Cary, Carla Childs, Liliane Sharpless, and Kelley White, who would love to hear from First-day School kids.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It begins with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query. This week’s query is: Who or what calls me into worship? How do I experience this call?
This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.
Please note that this zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

For security reasons please do not share this meeting information on social media or the internet. Feel free to share with individuals who may be interested.

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

INVITATION TO CELEBRATE WITH QVS, JUNE 7

Everyone is invited to join an online celebration for Quaker Voluntary Service Philadelphia (QVS) on Sunday, June 7, from p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Hear stories from the Philadelphia Fellows about their experience of social justice work. Hilary Burgin, executive director of QVS, will speak about the program and how the Covid-19 era is illuminating certain areas. Dress in a celebratory manner, “whatever that means to you.” Please register here by June 5. You will receive confirmation by email with information on how to log into the online event. Anyone who might be interested is invited to tune in to learn more about QVS-Philadelphia, so feel welcome to pass on this invitation to people you know.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ELKINTONS SINGING IN MENDELSSOHN CLUB’S ONLINE CHORUS

Treat your ears to the beautiful, comforting choral music of Ola Gjeilo’s “Roots,” an online version sung by the Mendelssohn Club, which includes our members Ellie and Tom Elkinton. Look for their faces among the squares of singing choristers by clicking here. If you would like to hear more from this remarkable chorus, tune to WRTI (90.1 FM radio) on Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m., for a June 2017 performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Philadelphia Boy Choir.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

YEARLY SESSION WORKSHOPS START ONLINE TODAY

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is launching a series of online workshops, beginning today, May 29, and ending July 21. Two to three evening workshops will take place each week. Topics are wide-ranging, and there is something of interest for almost everybody. Tonight’s workshop begins at 6 p.m. and features Friends Committee on National Legislation. To view the schedule of worships, get more information, and register, click here.

ARTICLE: ‘QUAKER FARMS, THEN & NOW’

In October 1725, Quaker immigrant Robert Parks and his father purchased a parcel of 500 acres of land in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, and wrote home to his sister in Ireland to tell her about it. Not long ago, a typed transcription of his letter showed up in some files, and the story is now available on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting website. He writes: “We have sowed about 200 acres of wheat & 7 acres of rye this season… I am grown an experienced ploughman & my brother Abell is learning…. This country yields extraordinary increase of all sorts of grain.” He goes on to describe the weather and how to dress, and advises his sister to pack heavily for the trip to join him and others in the family. To read more of this fascinating view of early Quaker farm life in our region, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 22, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the practice of group worship on the basis of silence comes special times when the electric hush and solemnity and depth of power steals over the worshipers. A blanket of divine covering comes over the room, and the worshipers are gathered into a unity and synthesis of life, which is amazing indeed. A quickening presence pervades us, breaking down some part of the special privacy and isolation of our individual lives and blending our spirits within a superindividual Life and Power. An objective, dynamic Presence enfolds us all, nourishes our souls, speaks glad, unutterable comfort within us, and quickens us in depths that had before been slumbering. The Burning Bush has been kindled in our midst, and we stand together on holy ground. –Thomas Kelly, 1945

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SUNDAY, May 27, 2020

9:30 a.m. GMM’s Online & Social Media Presence, with Laura Seeley and Rob Smith*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
Closer Rebecca Hoenig
11:45 Joys & Concerns

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

*Sunday, 9:30 a.m. “GMM’s Online and Social Media Presence”

This Sunday, May 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., on Zoom before meeting for worship, our members Laura Seeley and Rob Smith will reintroduce and demonstrate Germantown Meeting’s Facebook pages and website.They will show us what information is out there for the world to see, how to access it, and how to navigate. There will be time for questions, and Laura and Rob will be interested in members’ and attenders’ reactions, ideas, and suggestions. For those of us who are mostly web and social media naive, this will be a chance to see how we appear to that world. Please join us!

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL

Please check with Dorothy Cary or Carla Childs for information about this Sunday’s First-day School lesson.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It begins with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query. This week’s query is: What do I “do” with messages I hear that speak to my condition? How do I deal with what I do not find helpful?

This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

MESSAGE FROM GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL

Read information about and suggested responses to the COVID 19 pandemic from Germantown Friends School on the attachment Message from Germantown Friends School.

INVITATION TO CELEBRATE WITH QVS, JUNE 7

Everyone is invited to join an online celebration for Quaker Voluntary Service Philadelphia (QVS) on Sunday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Hear stories from the Philadelphia Fellows about their experience of social justice work. Hilary Burgin, executive director of QVS, will speak about the program and how the Covid-19 era is illuminating certain areas. Dress in a celebratory manner, “whatever that means to you.” Please register here by June 5. You will receive confirmation by email with information on how to log into the online event. Anyone who might be interested is invited to tune in to learn more about QVS-Philadelphia, so feel welcome to pass on this invitation to people you know.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

FOOD FOR BODY & SOUL

I just had the best possible experience….I was driving down my street this morning and I saw a food giveaway at 19th and Susquehanna…. I also recognized Tina Russell who is a fellow activist, so I stopped the car and talked to them and they gave me 10 boxes of food (I always know folks who appreciate a box.) So I made a couple phone calls, did a few deliveries, and, as I was getting in the car from the last one, I saw the lady next-door watching me…..So I slid my mask down and said to her, I’m delivering food boxes, would u like one? She said yes, so I pulled my mask back up and took her one. This little old lady says, Son…..I’ve been sick, and I can’t go out and get food, and I was wondering what I was going to do, and here you were at my door…. God must’ve sent you! I said, “Yes, he did, & I’ll be back tomorrow with more.” If that doesn’t make your day….. your heart … ain’t pumping. –Jondhi Harrell

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 15, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Leading and being led: the words are simple enough. But for Quakers, they have their most profound resonance as defining religious experience. Friends speak variously of being drawn to an action, feeling under the weight of a concern, being called or led to act in specific ways. We speak of being open to the leadings of the Light, of being taught by the Spirit or the Inward Christ. Extraordinary claims lie embedded in those phrases. They say that it is not only possible but essential to our nature for human beings to hear and obey the voice of God; that we can be directed, daily, in what we do, the jobs we hold, the very words we say, and that our obedience may draw us to become leaders in all spheres of human life — in the professions, arts, and sciences, but also in discovering the ethical, political, social, and economic consequences of following the will of God. –Paul Lacey, 1985
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SUNDAY, May 27, 2020
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys & Concerns

ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETINGS FOR BUSINESS & WORSHIP

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO STUDY STORY OF DANIEL

Hello, First-day School students. Your First-day School teachers miss you! Please send Dorothy, Kelley, Lili, or Carla a message and let them know how you are doing. You may already know about Daniel and how he was thrown into the lion’s den and survived, but there is a lot more to know about Daniel!

1. He stuck to his promise to eat only vegetables.
2. His friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stuck to their promises not to worship golden images.
3-a. He interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream even though he knew the king would be angry.
3-b. He interpreted King Balshazzar’s message that was written on the wall, knowing that the king would be angry, too.
4. He did not give up praying to God, even though he knew King Darius would have to throw him into the lions’ den.

Click here to find out where you can find these four stories in the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. You may pick one or all of the stories and look them up in a Bible. (If you don’t have a Bible at home, click here to use an online Bible. There are good questions and some activities for all four of the stories.) Are you as brave as Daniel? Can you tell the truth and do what is right, even though it might get you into trouble?

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It begins with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query. This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

For security reasons please do not share this meeting information on social media or the internet. Feel free to share with individuals who may be interested.

NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP?

Do you have an essential bill you cannot pay during this difficult time? Let us know, and the Assistance Committee may be able to help. If you are an active, contributing, local member and need help with an urgent bill to pay, please contact Margie Spaeth.

MINUTES OF APRIL 19 MEETING FOR BUSINESS

The approved minutes of our April 19 Meeting for Business are attached as APPROVED April 19 2020.pdf.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ONLINE ARTICLE ABOUT DEBORAH COOPER & MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Our member Deborah Cooper, a licensed therapist, has practiced and taught mindfulness and Buddhism for the last 15 years. She studied Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and recounts that journey in an article on the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. “I got involved with MBSR after I suffered a very painful personal loss. And as a good English woman, I had learned that when things are painful, you just have a stiff upper lip and keep on going.” After taking the MBSR course, she “learned that if I allowed myself to come in touch with the depths of my grief, it would not break me. I could bear it. And I think that is what has led me to be so completely committed to this work.” The article includes a link to a 10-minute meditation, taught by Deborah, on mindfulness. To read more and view to the 10-minute meditation, click here.

NEW ADDRESS FOR ASHLEIGH RADER

Ashleigh Boynton Rader, our member, has a new address: 4365 Bel Aire Drive, La Canada Flt. CA 91011-3308. Her email address remains the same: ashleigh.rader@gmail.com.

QUAKER EVENTS & INFORMATION

CHESTNUT HILL MEETING HIRING FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TEACHER

Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting is accepting applications for a First-day School teacher to start in Fall 2020. Interested candidates should send a letter with their teaching philosophy and a resume to recom@chestnuthillquakers.org by June 30. To see the job description and related documents, click here.

AT-HOME SPRING RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

This weekend is the online Spring Retreat for Young Adult Friends (YAFs) (ages 18-35-ish), beginning tonight, Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m., and ending Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The goal will be to collaboratively create something that speaks to a query about how young adult Friends are doing at this time. There will be large-group community time and small-group time when participants divide up according to the medium in which they choose to work, such as visuals, words, or sounds (observing, making, recording). To read more and to register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION
POWER HOLDS ZOOM MEETINGS ON COVID-19 ISSUES

POWER, the interfaith action group, will hold two online meetings on responding to CoVid-19:

Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m., on Facebook Live, an online Town Hall on Race & CoVid-19, with legislators Bob Casey, Dwight Evans, Mary Gay Scanlon, and Susan Wild. To join this Facebook discussion, click here. You do not have to be a member of Facebook to participate.

Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., a Zoom meeting with the POWER Leadership Assembly, on planning a response to CoVid-19.

REGISTER TO VOTE BY MONDAY, MAY 18

This Monday, May 18, is the deadline to register to vote in the June 2 election for presidential candidates. The deadline to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot is Tuesday, May 26. Apply online by clicking here. If you’re sure if you are registered or need to find out your polling place, click here.

FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS REPORT ONLINE
To fill out your census report online, click here. Because of the pandemic, the deadline to respond is now 10/31/20. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 8, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT


Ecclesiastes 3 (New International Translation)
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What do workers gain from their toil?
10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one
can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil?this is the gift of God.

This beloved passage from the Old Testament is the focus of this week’s lesson for our First-day School children.

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SUNDAY, May 10, 2020

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business by Zoom video/telephone conference (Agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
Closer Jondhi Harrell
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys & Concerns

ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETINGS FOR BUSINESS & WORSHIP

If you need zoom meeting information, please contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu).
We will worship together at 10:30 for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

AGENDA

MEETING FOR WORSHIP WITH CONCERN FOR BUSINESS

Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
May 10, 2020, at 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m

Via Zoom video conferencing

Query – Karen Lightner, followed by worship
Corrections to Minutes from the April Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
Worship & Ministry Committee – Karen Lightner, including report on Zoom meetings for worship
Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel
School Committee – Sam Rhoads, update on GFS education in pandemic era
Standing Nominating Committee – Dave Mettler
Fiscal Committee – Randal Whitman, on Proposed 2020-2021 GMM Budget [attached as 2021 PROPOSED Budget May 8 2020.pdf]
Working Group to Support Nuclear Ban – Ed Nakawatase on Support for Global Ceasefire [attached as GLOBAL CEASEFIRE Minute 5-8-2020.docx]
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting – report by Joanne Sharpless

Announcements
– Fundraising status – Jack Rhoads
– GMM’s Legislative Priorities for FCNL, 118th Congress
– Letter submitted to Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas urging release of prisoners

Closing Worship
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FIRST-DAY SCHOOL

Every Mother’s Day for years, the First-day School classes planted flowers and decorated pots to give to their mothers as a gift. I am sad we cannot continue this custom this year; I racked my brain to find a suitable substitute. There really isn’t one, but I settled on Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 as appropriate for our lives now. –Dorothy Cary [Ed note: To read this week’s lesson for First-day School, see the attachment: Ecclesiastes 5-20-2020.pdf.]

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It begins with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query.

This week’s query is: What about meeting for worship is most important to me now? Where do I hope to grow in relation to worship?

This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

· Join the session online

· Please note that this zoom meeting log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com)

“The Courage to Be Alone,” an op-ed piece in The New York Times about the author’s walks with her young daughter during the pandemic.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-parenting-isolation.html?smid=em-share, from Ruth Seeley

“Ten Spiritually Significant Movies,” blog by Amy Ward Brimmer:
https://wayopenswellness.com/blog/2020/1/29/ten-spiritually-significant-movies, recommended by Friends Council on Education

“We Are the World,” 1985 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p34sK9AYQN4; 2020 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxGhXV921jw, from Melissa Elliott

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 1, 2020

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our Religious Society endures as a community of friends who take thought for outward society by first taking care of one another. Friends are advised to maintain love and unity, to avoid tale-bearing and detraction, and to settle differences promptly and in a manner free from resentment and all forms of inward violence. Live affectionately as friends, entering with sympathy into the joys and sorrows of one another’s daily lives. Visit one another. Be alert to give help and ready to receive it. Bear the burdens of one another’s failings, share the buoyancy of one another’s strengths. –Advices II., Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018

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SUNDAY, May 3, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys & Concerns

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.

After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL

To find out about a lesson or craft project for First-day School children, please contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org), or Carla Childs (carlapricechilds@gmail.com).

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It begins with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query and helps us explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.” [See attachment: FGC Guidelines-Worship Sharing.] This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF KARL H. SPAETH

Karl H. Spaeth, uncle of our member Ted Spaeth and graduate of Germantown Friends School, died on April 11 at the age of 91. A man of many accomplishments, he is remembered as a beloved family member, respected professional, and gifted athlete, and talented musician, but also as kind, measured, and knowledgeable on many subjects. He lived at Cathedral Village. We send our sympathy to his family. To read his obituary, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

VIRTUAL VISIT WITH SOUTH AFRICAN FRIEND, MAY 20

You are invited to join an online video conversation with Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a remarkable South African Friend, peacebuilder, activist, and policymaker. This presentation will be Wednesday, May, 20, at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. It is sponsored by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Nozizwe is perhaps the only Quaker and pacifist to be second-in-command of her country’s defense forces. She has served as deputy speaker of the National Assembly, deputy minister of defense, and deputy minister of health of the Republic of South Africa. Bridget Moix, FCNL’s assistant clerk and U.S. executive director of Peace Direct, will moderate the talk. She and Nozizwe will discuss how Friends have lived out the peace testimony internationally. There will be time for questions from the audience, which you may submit by using the registration form. To RSVP, click here.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

IN-HOME SERVICES FOR SENIORS DURING COVID-19 TIMES

Ralston My Way, a nonprofit organization, provides in-home services to senior citizens that, at this time of pandemic, may make sheltering at home less difficult. Here are some of the things that are offered: errand running, grocery shopping, yardwork, handyman services, air conditioner installation, technical support by phone for connecting to social media and manage electronic devices, and transportation to medical and therapy appointments. Charges are reasonable. For questions, contact Eric Wilden, 215-600-1196, ewilden@ralstonmyway.org.

TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS

Ed note: DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING DELIGHTFUL TO SHARE WITH THE REST OF US? Appropriate fare would be: website addresses with short videos, musica, articles; photos of yourself or family members doing activities together; short anecdotes about what you’re doing during the pandemic. Other ideas? Please send to gmm.germantownfriends.org, and you may see your offering(s) in an upcoming BEE and brighten somebody else’s day! (Please let me know if you don’t want your email address included.) Here are several tidbits received this week:

Arts & Culture sites: https://artsandculture.google.com, from John Colgan-Davis

Music: “Love & Mercy” by Brian Wilson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PISkFEzC5XE, from Bob Smith

A cartoon by our member Julietta Bekker, via Patricia Libbey with Julietta’s permission. Julietta has drawn comics almost every day during the COVID-19 epidemic to keep her spirits up, and she hopes they inspire others during this time of crisis. She is a volunteer educational coordinator for The Immigrant Story, an online project that features videos, photos, and stories about immigrants:

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 24, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

[The early Friends] made the discovery that silence is one of the best preparations for communion [with God] and for the reception of inspiration and guidance. Silence itself, of course, has no magic. It may be just sheer emptiness, absence of words, or noise or music. It may be an occasion for slumber, or it may be a dead form. But it may be an intensified pause, a vitalized hush, a creative quiet, an actual moment of mutual and reciprocal correspondence with God. The actual meeting of [people] with God and God with [people] is the very crown and culmination of what we can do with our human life here on earth. –Rufus M. Jones, 1937

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SUNDAY, April 26, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
Closers Ed Nakawatase
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys & Concerns

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 10:30 a.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.

After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM: FIRST-DAY SCHOOL LESSON, APRIL 26

This week, our First-day School students look at the 23rd Psalm. Please see the attachments to this email message: things to think about when reading the 23rd Psalm and two coloring pages. — Carla Childs, First-day School teacher

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It begins with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query and helps us explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.” [See attachment: FGC Guidelines-Worship Sharing.] This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

‘HALLELUJAH CHORUS’ PLAYS ON YOU TUBE!

Here’s the “Hallelujah Chorus” as you’ve never seen it before, just in case you need a reason to rejoice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag6CYY0cbFc&feature=youtu.be Thank you, Pat Libbey, for sending this for everybody to enjoy!

ATTENDERS: WANT TO BE IN TOUCH? LET US KNOW!

During these difficult days, members of our Care & Visiting Committee have contacted local members of our meeting individually, either by phone or by email, to see how things are going and who needs assistance of any kind. Already they’ve helped people with grocery shopping, getting to doctors’ appointments, and even an apartment move. Now the Committee wants to reach out further to any recent attenders who would welcome a friendly “check-in.” Are you a recent attender who would like to touch base with someone from Germantown Meeting, either for assistance or just for a sociable hello? It’s easy, just send an email message to the Meeting Office, gmm@germantownfriends.org, or call 215-951-2235 to speak with Meeting secretary Melissa Elliott or leave a message. Please say whether you would prefer to be contacted by email or telephone, and leave your contact information. She will relay your message to someone, and you will be contacted. We want to know how you’re doing!

ONE DATE CHANGED FOR DISCUSSING FCNL PRIORITIES

There are three remaining Zoom video conferences for Germantown Meeting Friends to discuss legislative priorities for Friends Committee on National Legislation in the 118th U.S. Congress. One of them has changed since last week’s announcement in the BEE: The Wednesday evening call will now take place on Thursday evening so it doesn’t interfere with our Meeting’s Worship/Worship-sharing Zoom meeting, listed above. Information about dates, times, and how to connect is attached as FCNL Priorities-GMM Zoom mtg.pdf.

MINUTES FROM MARCH MEETING FOR BUSINESS ARE ATTACHED: See APVD March 8, 2020.pdf.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

INQUIRER RUNS STORY ABOUT JONDHI HARRELL’S BOUT WITH COVID-19

Our member Jondhi Harrell is now home after spending nine days in the hospital for Covid-19. While there, he kept an online Facebook journal of his experience in an effort to make the danger real to others. Last weekend, The Philadelphia Inquirer published a story about his journey with the coronavirus. In it, Jondhi says, “With the historic losses of lives and jobs, it’s inconceivable to me that anyone still isn’t taking the coronavirus seriously. Even as I write this, I can see it outside my window: people walking around with no masks, standing and walking too close to each other.” To read the entire article online, click here. We send Jondhi our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

DEATH OF HOWARD LESNICK

Howard Lesnick, father of our member Caleb Schodt and a beloved presence at Chestnut Hill Meeting, died Sunday, April 19, three days before his 89th birthday, from recurrence of a twisted colon, which was inoperable. He was a loving husband and father, trusted friend, and a much-respected lawyer who had a long career in the law school of the University of Pennsylvania. He died in hospice care at Foulkeways retirement center, where he and his wife Carolyn Schodt lived. On Tuesday, his family laid him to rest in a private green burial at Plymouth Meeting’s burial ground in a traditional Jewish wicker casket. Chestnut Hill Friends held a memorial service for him Wednesday evening by Zoom video conferencing. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughter Alice Lesnick and her husband Rob Goldberg, and their children Lily and June; son Caleb Schodt and wife Carolyn I. Schodt, and their children Dylan Rose and Lowell; and daughter Abigail Lesnick and husband Jonathan Marvinny. To read his obituary and leave your regards, you are invited to visit the website of Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Directors by clicking here. We send our love and prayers of comfort to his family, with gratitude for the life of this remarkable man. Caleb’s address is 16 W. Johnson St., Phila., PA 19144, and his email address is cschodt@gmail.com.

NEW ADDRESS FOR COLIN & JESSICA SANDBERG

Our members Colin and Jessica Sandburg and their six-year-old daughter Adeline, who left Philadelphia two years ago to live and work in Suzhou, China for a year, moved to Durham, North Carolina, last summer. Jessica works for Duke University, and the couple attends Durham Monthly Meeting. Here is their contact information: 1 Dinara Drive, Durham, NC 27705, Colin’s email address is colinmsandberg@gmail.com.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING BY ZOOM, APRIL 26

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will hold its spring meeting this Sunday, April 26, by Zoom from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To see the agenda and get information about how to connect to the meeting, open the attachment Agenda 4-26-2020.docx.

ESSAY ABOUT QUAKERS & ONLINE WORSHIP ON WHYY WEBSITE

“In the age of social distancing, Quakers have quickly adapted to online worship,” reads the title of an essay by Quaker Robin Mohr, featured on WHYY’s website. Robin attends Green Street Monthly Meeting here in Germantown and works for Friends World Committee for Consultation. She writes of the experience of online worship: “We have found it to be a sacred space together. Whether in our meetinghouse or on my couch, I have the same experience of settling my body and opening my mind; of feeling the divine love gathering us together; and waiting for the movement of the Holy Spirit to direct my words, my actions, my decisions.” To read her entire essay, click here.

JOB OPENING AT FRIENDS SOUTHWEST BURIAL GROUND

Central Philadel[phia Monthly Meeting is inviting applications for managing director of Friends Southwestern Burial Ground. This person will be responsible for overseeing all operations, including managing staff, relationships with outside organizations, contracting grounds maintenance, outreach to Quakers, and conducting burials. The position includes a salary, benefits, and a rent-free three-bedroom house on the burial grounds property. Deadline for applications is May 15. To see a complete job description and how to apply, click here.

TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS

The following (uncensored) websites were shared by Rachel Corey in response to a request at last Sunday’s Zoom teleconference in which people said they were looking for funny and uplifting websites about “sheltering in place.” You may want to sing along or maybe put on your dancing shoes!

BEAUTIFUL

Helplessly Hoping
https://youtu.be/KtX1r0SzxlI

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 17, 2020

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The meeting affects the ministry quite as truly as the ministry affects the meeting. If those who come together do so in expectant faith, and in genuine love and sympathy with one another, striving to put far from them thoughts of criticism and fault-finding, and praying earnestly that the right persons may be led to speak and the right messages be given, they will not go away unhelped. It is in such an atmosphere that the Holy Spirit can work effectively to bring forth the utterances that are needed, and to check those that are not required. On the other hand, the spirit of indifference or of cold and unfriendly criticism injures the whole life of the meeting, and we need not wonder if in such an atmosphere speakers mistake their guidance. –London Yearly Meeting, 1911

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SUNDAY, April 19, 2020

BY ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

9 a.m. Meeting for Business by Zoom video/telephone conference
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom video/telephone conference
Closers Anthony Stover & friend
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys & Concerns

Meeting for business this Sunday will be conducted via Zoom video/telephone conferencing, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 10:15 a.m. Meeting for worship will continue on the same call, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by announcements and then sharing our Joys & Concerns. Your computer needs to have a camera and microphone to participate online, but all you need is a telephone to participate by phone. Please connect a few minutes beforehand so you have a chance to work out technical difficulties without disturbing the meetings. If you have any difficulties connecting, call the contact one of these two Friends: Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu), Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com).

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.
After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives and mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

Please do not post these Zoom meetings and the connection numbers to social media or internet sites. While inviting a personal friend to join us is fine, we do not have the electronic capacity to handle more than a given number of people.

*AGENDA FOR MEETING FOR BUSINESS, SUNDAY, APRIL 19
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. April 19, by Zoom video/telephone conferencing

Query, followed by worship
Corrections to Minutes from March 8 Meeting for Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel
Worship & Ministry – Karen Lightner – Report on Zoom meetings for worship
Fundraising – Jack Rhoads
PYM Update – Jack Rhoads
Standing Nominating Committee – Dave Mettler
Racial & Social Justice – Ed Nakawatase
School Committee – Sam Rhoads: GFS education in the pandemic era, a brief update
Our Facebook and Web presence – Laura Seeley

Announcements

Cancellations: Pathways to Ending Gun Violence workshop on March 21; PYM Continuing Sessions on March 28; Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation on April 22

FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend: 500 young Friends engaged in virtual meetings with Congressional staff

Postponement: Ed Marshall IV wedding, possibly to be summer 2020

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting April 26 to be held at 1 p.m. by Zoom video/phone online ? Joanne Sharpless

FCNL Legislative Priorities Discernment. Period for input extended. [See attachments: FCNL Priorities-Zoom mtg.pdf and Priorities-116th Congress.pdf]

Closing Worship

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MEETING NEWS

DAVID & GOLIATH FEATURED IN FIRST-DAY SCHOOL LESSON, APRIL 19

This week, First-day School returns to the Old Testament and the book of Samuel with the story of David and Goliath. The focus will not be on David as a war hero, but rather on David tackling someone larger and more powerful because he is guided by the Spirit. Please see the attachment to this email message, Dave & Goliath 4-17-2020, which includes links to the first book of Samuel, a Hana Barbera cartoon, a retelling of the story, some queries, an activity, a game, and two coloring pages. — Dorothy Cary, clerk, GMM First-day School

MEETING FOR WORSHIP & WORSHIP SHARING, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a midweek Zoom meeting for worship/worship-sharing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It begins with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query and helps us explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.” This week’s query is: ” What is your understanding of the Divine and how it works in you? [See attachment: FGC Guidelines-Worship Sharing.] This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

ATTENDERS: WANT TO BE IN TOUCH? LET US KNOW!

During these difficult days, our Care & Visiting Committee has been busy, helping support people in our beloved community. Committee members have contacted local members of our meeting individual, either by phone or by email, to see how things are going and who needs assistance of any kind. Already they’ve helped people with grocery shopping, getting to doctors’ appointments, and even an apartment move. Now the Committee wants to reach out further to any recent attenders who would welcome a friendly “check-in.” Are you a recent attender who would like to touch base with someone from Germantown Meeting, either for assistance or just for a sociable hello? It’s easy, just send an email message to the Meeting Office, gmm@germantownfriends.org, or call 215-951-2235 to speak with Meeting secretary Melissa Elliott or leave a message. Please say whether you would prefer to be contacted by email or telephone, and leave your contact information. She will relay your message to someone, and you will be contacted. We want to know how you’re doing!

DISCERNING LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR FCNL

Before the coronavirus epidemic, our Meeting planned to discuss our preferences for legislative priorities for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) to work on in the coming session of Congress (the 118th). In place of gathering in person for this process, process, our clerk Bill Cozzens has arranged six meetings by Zoom video/telephone conferencing to share our thoughts and hear each other’s ideas. He has provided two attachments to help you participate: (1) Dates and times for the Zoom meetings, with information about how to connect [FCNL Priorities-GMM Zoom mtg.pdf], and (2) FCNL’s legislative priorities for the last Congress, so you can see the format and last year’s priorities [Priorities 116th Congress.pdf].

TAKE ACTION

HOW TO HELP LOCAL PEOPLE IN NEED

Friends who are fortunate and do not need their federal stimulus check and are looking for ways to support our neighbors in Germantown who are not so fortunate could consider giving to:

Face to Face Germantown, 123 East Price St., is giving out food packages on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The food is provided by the Jose Garces Group on Monday and by Wawa on Thursday and Friday. For information, click here: https://facetofacegermantown.org.

Whosoever Gospel Mission, 101 East Chelten Ave.) provides a home, health care, education, and career counseling to homeless men. The Mission has lost of its income from its two thrift stores because of the mandatory close-down of businesses. For information, click here: https://www.whosoevergospel.org/wp/.

In Fairhill, Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 5501 Germantown Ave. is trying to continue paying its staff and keep the children’s and garden programs going. For information, click here: http://historicfairhill.com.

There are many others. The need is great. –Ruth Seeley

2020 VIRTUAL PEACE WALK, APRIL 19

The 2020 Interfaith Peace Walk, which was scheduled to depart from Germantown Meeting on Sunday, April 19, will now be conducted online.This year’s theme is “Love and Trust Break Down Walls.” The program includes the renowned spiritual teacher and civil rights activist, Valarie Kaur; master Buddhist lama, Losang Samten; Adan Mairena; Rabbi Yael Levy; Rev. Patricia Pearce; sacred music by an award-winning Sikh youth group, and songs by Nefesh Mountain and Singing City Choir, among others. To find out more and register for this event, go to https://interfaith-peace-walk.ticketleap.com/interfaith-virtual-peace-walk/.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 10, 2020

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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 that 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

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WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY BY ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

This Sunday, April 10, we will again worship together online by using Zoom online video conferencing. We will be able to see each other on our screens and hear each other’s vocal ministry. If you don’t have a computer with a camera and speaker, you may wish to connect to this meeting for worship by listening on the telephone. Meetings for worship by video and phone conferencing are scheduled for every Sunday now through May 3. Instructions are below. Please connect to the meeting 15 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. worship so you can get settled and not interrupt those who are meditating. If you have any difficulties connecting, call the cell phones of these two Friends, who will be available on their cell phones: Bill Cozzens, Karen Lightner.

How to enter the Zoom meeting for worship. You may participate in this Zoom meeting either by computer or phone.

Meeting for worship begins at 10:30 a.m. If you want to participate by video conference on your computer, please connect by 10:15. Your computer needs to have a camera and microphone. Mute your (micro)phone to ensure silence, and unmute it if you wish to speak out of the silence.

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.

After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives. This is a time to mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

Please do not post this Zoom meeting and its connection numbers to social media or internet sites. While inviting a personal friend to join us is fine, we do not have the electronic capacity to handle more than a given number of people.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS BY ZOOM, APRIL 19

Our April meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, April 19, since Easter falls on the second Sunday of the month, our usual date for meeting for business. This will be a Zoom video/phone conference starting at 9 a.m., with sign-ins available on Zoom starting at 8:45 a.m. See instructions above for website, telephone number, and ID number to sign in.

MEETING NEWS

HAPPY EASTER FROM FIRST-DAY SCHOOL!

Traditionally we dye eggs and have a hunt in the graveyard, and we’re really sorry to miss it this year. I’ve attached a fun Easter Bunny Wreath if you’re looking for a craft project. [See attachment: Easter Bunny wreath 4-1-2-2020.pdf] The idea of a living Spirit of Jesus was central to George Fox’s revelation on Pendle Hill. His words describing it were, “There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition, and when I heard it my heart did leap for joy.” Easter should, therefore, be celebrated every day, since we always have access to the spirit. Many see the day as a time to celebrate rebirth. Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming a stage production on You Tube of Jesus Christ Superstar beginning at 2 pm on Friday and continuing for 48 hours. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP STARTS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

Our Worship & Ministry Committee is starting a midweek Zoom Meeting for Worship/worship sharing this Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. It will begin with 20 minutes of worship, followed by 40 minutes of worship sharing, which will focus on a query and helps us explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses and encounter each other in ?that which is eternal.? [See attachment: FGC Guidelines-Worship Sharing.] The query for April 15: How is God/Spirit/the Creator moving in my life today? This midweek session will continue as long as pandemic restrictions are in place.

Please join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m. Contact Karen Lightner (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions. For security reasons please do not share this meeting information on social media or the internet. Feel free to share with individuals who may be interested.

REMINDER: CALL FOR ARTICLES FOR SPRING NEWSLETTER

Do you have an idea for an article for Germantown Monthly Meeting’s printed Newsletter? This is the perfect time to put your ideas into writing and send them to editor Laura Seeley. She would like to hear suggestions on any topic you are thinking about. All ages are welcome to submit things. Photos are also desired. If you have ideas or have already written an article, send an email to Laura at laurajseeley@gmail.com. She is looking forward to reading all submissions!. If you have a younger member who would like to write but is not sure what to write about, let her know, and she will make some suggestions.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

JONDHI HARRELL HOSPITALIZED FOR COVID-19

Our member Jondhi Harrell is in Jefferson Hospital with Covid-19. He is keeping his family and friends posted about his condition on Facebook. You may see him there on video, read his updates, and send him a message by going to https://www.facebook.com/rasj.h1. He reports that he is extremely tired and may not be able to respond to all messages, but he would like to hear from people. You may also send an email message to him at jondhi7@gmail.com. We send him our prayers, surround him with Light, and look forward to seeing him healthy and on his feet again, and we hope it comes soon!

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

LGBTQ WORSHIP ON SATURDAYS

Friends for LGBTQ Concerns holds a Zoom meeting for worship, followed by social time, each Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For security reasons, please do not post this information on social media or the internet. Contact Karen Lightner at lightnerk@aol.com if you have any questions.

TAKE A LOOK AT PYM ONLINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

While many events have been cancelled or postponed, there are lots of opportunities for participating in groups by online conferencing, learning things and hearing speakers, and even enjoying music and doing art projects. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) posts an online calendar of Quaker activities in our area; many events are being converted to online formats. To see what’s being offered and find things that interest you, go to https://www.pym.org/calendar/

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS WILL BE ONLINE THIS SUMMER

Creative online activities, as well as fellowship-filled meetings will be featured at this year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on July 29-Aug. 2. The announcement came this past week. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

JOIN PENDLE HILL’S DAILY WORSHIP BY ZOOM

The daily 8:30 a.m. Pendle Hill meeting for worship is drawing about 100 people from around the world. Residents at Pendle Hill, a Quaker conference center in Delaware County, invite Friends, attenders, and fellow travelers to join their community for meeting for worship by Zoom’s online video conferencing. It takes place every morning from 8:30 to 9:10 in the Barn on the Pendle Hill campus, continuing a 90-year-long tradition of daily worship. Click here to join the Zoom meeting, and follow the cues you are given.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 3, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Family recreation promotes restoration, solidarity, and spiritual well-being. The possibilities include reading aloud, singing or playing music, gardening, taking a walk, engaging in arts and crafts, as well as games and sports. Both competitive and non-competitive games can teach lessons of fairness, sportsmanship, and self-esteem and develop fellowship within the family.


In the loving home and family, everyone learns about equality and its limitations, simple forms of stewardship, integrity in its many forms, simplicity in all its complexities, and how difficult and satisfying it is to be peaceable. Indeed, the family can be the most immediate and basic context in which individuals learn to live Friends testimonies. –Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1918

MEETING FOR BUSINESS BY ZOOM, APRIL 19

Our April meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, April 19, since Easter falls on the second Sunday of the month, our usual date for meeting for business. This will be a Zoom video/phone conference starting at 9 a.m., with sign-ins available on Zoom starting at 8:45 a.m. See instructions below for website, telephone number, and ID number to sign in.

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY BY ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

This Sunday, April 5, we will again worship together online by using Zoom online video conferencing. We will be able to see each other on our screens and hear each other’s vocal ministry. If you don’t have a computer with a camera and speaker, you may wish to connect to this meeting for worship by listening on the telephone. Meetings for worship by video and phone conferencing are scheduled for every Sunday now through May 3. Instructions are below. Please connect to the meeting 15 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. worship so you can get settled and not interrupt those who are meditating. If you have any difficulties connecting, call the cell phones of these two Friends, who will be available on their cell phones: Bill Cozzens, Karen Lightner.

How to enter the Zoom meeting for worship. You may participate in this Zoom meeting either by computer or phone.

Meeting for worship begins at 10:30 a.m. If you want to participate by video conference on your computer, please connect by 10:15. Your computer needs to have a camera and microphone. Mute your phone to ensure silence, and unmute it if you wish to speak out of the silence.
We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements. After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives. This is a time to mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

Please do not post this Zoom meeting and its connection numbers to social media or internet sites. While inviting a personal friend to join us is fine, we do not have the electronic capacity to handle more than a given number of people.

MEETING NEWS

THIS WEEK’S LESSON FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL HOME STUDY

This week’s first-day school lesson is focused on the story of Ruth from the Book of Ruth, which is 4 chapters long. It is a beautiful story of the love between two women from different backgrounds and about how people can welcome “foreigners” into their community. [See attachment: Story of Ruth 4-5-2020.]

CALL FOR ARTICLES FOR SPRING NEWSLETTER

Call for submissions for our Meeting’s Spring Newsletter! Do you have an idea for an article for Germantown Monthly Meeting’s printed Newsletter? This is the perfect time to put your ideas into writing and send them to editor Laura Seeley. She would like to hear suggestions on any topic you are thinking about. All ages are welcome to submit things. Photos are also desired. If you have ideas or have already written an article, send an email to Laura at laurajseeley@gmail.com. She is looking forward to reading all submissions!. If you have a younger member who would like to write but is not sure what to write about, let her know, and she will make some suggestions.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

EMAIL ADDRESS, Dominique Echevarria: echevarriadominique13@gmail.com

DEATHS

Nina Sullivan, 103, died in October 2019. She and her husband, John, were members of Germantown Meeting in the 1970s and 1980s. Upon John’s retirement from the American Friends Service Committee, they relocated to Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Washington. John died a number of years ago. Since his death, Nina lived independently and was mentally sharp past 100.

Mary Clark Haon, who taught at Germantown Friends School for many years, died recently. To contact her family, get in touch with Jay Haon, 846 N. 23rd St., Phila., PA 19130.

CANCELLATION REMINDERS

Suspended: Faith and Practice & Pizza will not meet in April and May but, if possible, will pick up where it left off this fall.
In the immediate future, all gatherings, meetings, and events at Germantown Friends School are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
The annual summer Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) is cancelled. FGC is exploring ways to make online tools available for some of the offerings that were planned for the Gathering. To find out more about this and sign up for updates, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PENDLE HILL ZOOM TALK: ‘LOVE IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS,’ APRIL 6

John Calvi, Quaker teacher and healer, will speak from Pendle Hill via Zoom video conferencing on “Love in a Time of Coronavirus” this Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. Please register here to receive the Zoom hyperlink via email.

JOIN PENDLE HILL’S DAILY WORSHIP BY ZOOM

The daily 8:30 Pendle Hill meeting for worship is drawing about 100 people from around the world. Residents at Pendle Hill, a Quaker conference center in Delaware County, invite Friends, attenders, and fellow travelers to join their community for meeting for worship by Zoom’s online video conferencing. It takes place every morning from 8:30 to 9:10 in the Barn on the Pendle Hill campus, continuing a 90-year-long tradition of daily worship. Click here to join the Zoom meeting, and follow the cues you are given.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FREE FOOD FOR PEOPLE IN NEED

Members who are low income or food insecure due to layoff or who know people in such circumstances should go to the Philadelphia SHARE program website: https://sharefoodprogram.org/our-programs/ Food pantries throughout the city are participating in the SHARE program and can provide emergency food relief, as well as SHARE packages of healthy food. SHARE is a nonprofit organization that provides food for families whose kids usually get free school lunches.

TAKE ACTION

UN SECRETARY GENERAL CALLS TO LAY DOWN ARMS DUE TO COVID 19

In an appeal issued Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties throughout the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind. “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war,” Guterres said. “That is why today I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.” To read the complete, eye-opening story and join the call to lay down arms in this time of pandemic, go to the UN News website by clicking here. Keep your eyes open for notices about actions you can take, which are now developing.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting March 27, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Pandemic
by Lynn Ungar, March 11, 2020

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath?
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another?s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY BY ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

This Sunday, March 29, we will again have an opportunity to worship together online by using Zoom online video conferencing. We will be able to see each other on our screens and hear each other’s vocal ministry. If you don’t have a computer with a camera and speaker, you may wish to connect to this meeting for worship by listening in on the telephone. This is scheduled for every Sunday from now through May 3. Instructions are below. Please connect to the meeting 15 minutes before the 10:30 a.m. worship so you can settle any technical problems beforehand and not interrupt those who are meditating. If you have any difficulties connecting, call the cell phones of these two Friends, who are generously making themselves available.

You may participate in this Zoom meeting either by computer or phone. How to enter the Zoom meeting

If you want to participate in meeting for worship, which begins at 10:30 a.m., please connect at 10:15.

If you have a computer that has a camera and microphone, click on this link to enter the Zoom video conference.

To participate by phone, find your local call-in number by clicking here. Mute your phone to ensure silence, and unmute it if you wish to speak out of the silence.

We will worship together for the customary length of time, followed by introductions of guests and announcements.

After announcements, we will share time for “Joys and Concerns.” In lieu of social hour, this will be a chance to share what is happening in our lives. This is a time to mention people or situations within our community in need of extra care.

MEETING NEWS

CALL FOR ARTICLES FOR SPRING NEWSLETTER

Call for submissions for our Meeting’s Spring Newsletter! Do you have an idea for an article for Germantown Monthly Meeting’s printed Newsletter? This is the perfect time to put your ideas into writing and send them to editor Laura Seeley. She would like to hear suggestions on any topic you are thinking about. All ages are welcome to submit things. Photos are also desired. If you have ideas or have already written an article, send an email to Laura at laurajseeley@gmail.com. She is looking forward to reading all submissions!. If you have a younger member who would like to write but is not sure what to write about, let her know, and she will make some suggestions.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR HOME STUDY

Dear First-day School families,

As you know, we have been working our way through the Old Testament this year, and this week (or rather two weeks ago) should have been one of my favorite stories:God calling the boy Samuel. As a child, I particularly liked this story because God speaks to the child Samuel, and I appreciated the idea that God could speak to me as well as to a grown-up. (I use the word God because that is what I’m comfortable with, but if you’re not, you can view this story as children having as much access to the Truth as adults. I’ve collected some lesson ideas & videos. Yours in friendship, Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee [See attachment Samuel Lesson 3-27-2020.]

CHANGE OF ADDRESS FOR PATTY GERRITY

Our member Patty Gerrity recently moved to Foulkeways and has a new address: Patty Gerrity, 601 Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Rd., Gwynedd, PA 19436.

FGC GATHERING CANCELLED THIS YEAR

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual summer Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) is cancelled. FGC is exploring online tools to make available online some of the offerings that were planned for the Gathering. To read more about this and sign up for updates, click here.

CANCELLATION REMINDERS

Cancelled: Fifth Sunday worship sharing scheduled for March 29 on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet “On Vocal Ministry.” It will not be done with Zoom video conferencing for fear it would leave out too many people.

Suspended: Faith and Practice & Pizza will not meet in April and May but, if possible, will pick up where it left off this fall.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Continuing Sessions on March 28 are cancelled. Necessary business will be conducted by telephone.

In the immediate future, all gatherings, meetings, and events at Germantown Friends School are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

OPPORTUNITIES ONLINE

PYM ALL-AGE ONLINE WORSHIP FOR CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 28

Everyone throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is invited to worship tomorrow morning, March 29, via Zoom video conferencing. This all-ages call refocuses energy from the cancelled Continuing Sessions with a chance to be together online, in observance of social distancing. Friends are encouraged to consider this quotation by theologian James Fowler: “We become true individuals [only in community’, in relation to God and neighbor. in community we discover our gifts and our call.” Please connect at 9:45 a.m. so technical problems can be worked out before the session begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome by new PYM clerk Jonathan Rhoads, Jr. Register online for this opportunity by clicking here, and instructions will be emailed to you about how to connect to the Zoom meeting. To see the agenda, click here.

UPDATES ON PYM PROGRAMS

Due to efforts to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has cancelled many of its programs and public meetings, or postponed them, or converted them to online formats. For status updates, visit http://pym.org/COVID19.

JOIN PENDLE HILL’S WORLDWIDE DAILY WORSHIP BY ZOOM

The daily 8:30 Pendle Hill meeting for worship is drawing about 100 people from around the world. Residents at Pendle Hill, a Quaker conference center in Delaware County, invite Friends, attenders, and fellow travelers to join their community for meeting for worship by Zoom’s online video conferencing. It takes place every morning from 8:30 to 9:10 in the Barn on the Pendle Hill campus, continuing a 90-year-long tradition of daily worship. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

VANESSA JULYE REFLECTS ON FRIENDS VISIT TO GHANA

Vanessa Julye, a member of Central Philadelphia Meeting and sister of our member Kent Julye, led a group of Quakers to Ghana in August 2019 to explore the histories of Ghana and the United States. The trip was part of Vanessa’s 25-year ministry to address racism within the Religious Society of Friends. For Vanessa, leading a group of Friends of all races to Ghana to have in-depth conversations about history is about Sankofa, which is the belief that learning from the past can help us create a brighter future. To read reflections from Vanessa and other members of her group, click here.

PENDLE HILL PAMPHLET AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE TILL MARCH 28

In response to the CoVid 19 pandemic and the fear that comes with it, Pendle Hill is making a pertinent pamphlet available online: Pendle Hill Pamphlet #447, Living in Dark Times, by Rex Ambler. You may read it online until March 28 at no charge

WEEKLY MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASS BY DEBORAH COOPER

Joan a weekly online mindfulness meditation class by our member Deborah Cooper. It takes place Wednesdays, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a Zoom meeting; to enter it online, click here. When requested, enter this Meeting ID: 822513815. Deborah is a licensed, professional counselor in private practice. She has studied mindfulness stress reduction at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and teaches mindfulness meditation. To find out more about her classes and blog, click here. To contact her, send email to deborahcooper125@gmail.com.

LEARNING SITES FOR YOUNGER FOLKS

HISTORY HUNTERS Join your kids in exploring Pennsylvania history online through the History Hunters Workbook. This is the free Youth Reporter Program offered by Stenton Museum and supported by Historic Germantown, which is a partnership of 16 historic Philadelphia houses, destinations, and museums. You will find reading and writing activities, Power Point presentations that follow the workbook chapters, and lots of lessons and activities, covering Native American history, the Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad, art through history, and many more related topics.

ONLINE COLORING BOOK from Native American Wellness Institute offers free pictures to download and color together or by yourself. Get out your coloring crayons, pencils, felt-tip pens, or whatever you’ve got, and share the experience with someone you love. Click here to see the pictures and download the coloring book.

GROCERY STORES OFFER ONLINE ORDERING & DELIVERY

Here is a list of grocery stores in the area that offer online ordering and delivery: https://ralstoncenter.org/covid-19-grocery-store-options

SIGN UP TO VOTE BY MAIL

In this time of avoiding crowds to curb the spread of the coronavirus, many people plan to vote by mail and skip the lines at the polls. If this sounds like a good idea to you, now is the time to request a mail-in ballot by going to PA Voter Services by clicking here. (To request a mail-in ballot, you must be registered to vote; you may find out whether you are registered by clicking here.) Your application for a mail-in ballot must be received by 5 p.m. on April 21. You must return it to the office indicated by 8 p.m. on April 28.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting March 20, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
–attributed to Stephen Grellet, c. 1800

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY BY ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING!

Tune in to the Spirit this Sunday by worshiping online, using Zoom online video conferencing. This Sunday, we have an opportunity to hold meeting for worship together by using our computers and the internet. Several members of our Meeting were invited to join Chestnut Hill Meeting last Sunday for an experimental online meeting for worship, via video conferencing and reported having a good experience and feeling connected to other worshipers. Our clerk William Cozzens has kindly set up a Zoom account for our Meeting to worship this way, starting this Sunday, March 22—at a safe “social distance” that makes it possible to stay in our own homes. We will be able to see each other on our screens and hear each other’s vocal ministry. This is scheduled for every Sunday from now through May 3. Instructions are enumerated below.

This Sunday, if you want to participate in Deborah Cooper’s Mindfulness Meditation Workshop, log in to Zoom at 9 a.m., using these instructions. (She will begin her workshop at 9:30 a.m., so logging into Zoom 30 minutes beforehand will give everyone a chance to work out technical problems.) She will end her class at 10:15 a.m. If you do not participate in the Mindfulness Workshop but want to be part of worship, log in to Zoom between 10:15 a.m. at 10:30 a.m. so you will be ready for worship at 10:30 and won’t disturb those who are already meditating. Here are the instructions from Bill Cozzens, with his contact information listed below, in case you need help: william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu

MEETING NEWS

CHANGES IN UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Karen Lightner, clerk of our Worship & Ministry Committee, shares these updates on Meeting events:

Cancelled: Fifth Sunday worship sharing scheduled for March 29 on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet “On Vocal Ministry.” It will not be done with Zoom video conferencing for fear it would leave out too many people.
Suspended: Faith and Practice & Pizza will not meet in April and May but, if possible, will pick up where it left off this fall.

PYM ONLINE PROFILE OF ANTHONY STOVER

Our member Anthony Stover is featured in a profile in the email newsletter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Quaker News & Events. To read the complete article, click here. Here is a little introduction to whet your appetite: “Anthony Stover was introduced to Germantown Monthly Meeting after enrolling his daughter at Germantown Friends School more than 20 years ago. He has been a member of GMM ever since. He is also a founding member of the Ujima Friends Peace Center, which was formed a few years ago. Anthony has been working as the Community Relations Manager at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House since 1999. His work profoundly speaks to his faith, and that faith is centered in spirituality…. Anthony’s passion for his work is reflected in the way he speaks about it: ‘I’ve got the best job in the world and not for monetary reasons. I work for a non-profit. However, when I’m having a bad day ‘ (I think that) any of these families will take the bad day (in exchange for) for a healthy child. That (thought) keeps me centered and grounded. I’m the luckiest guy around. It is beautiful, and that’s the way I live my life.”

UPDATES ON PYM PROGRAMS

Due to efforts to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has cancelled many of its programs and public meetings, or postponed them, or converted them to online formats. For status updates, visit http://pym.org/COVID19.

JOIN PENDLE HILL’S DAILY WORSHIP BY ZOOM

Ressidents at Pendle Hill, a Quaker conference center in Delaware County, invite Friends, attenders, and fellow travelers to join their community for meeting for worship by Zoom’s online video conferencing. It takes place every morning from 8:30 to 9:10 in the Barn on the Pendle Hill campus, continuing a 90-year-long tradition of daily worship. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

PENDLE HILL PAMPHLET AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE TILL MARCH 28

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fear that comes with it, Pendle Hill is making a pertinent pamphlet available online: Pendle Hill Pamphlet #447, Living in Dark Times, by Rex Ambler. You may read it online until March 28 at no charge.

TAKE ACTION

SIGN UP NOW TO VOTE BY MAIL

In this time of avoiding crowds to curb the spread of the coronavirus, many people plan to vote by mail and skip the lines at the polls. If this sounds like a good idea to you, now is the time to request a mail-in ballot by going to PA Voter Services by clicking here. (To request a mail-in ballot, you must be registered to vote; you may find out whether you are registered by clicking here.) Your application for a mail-in ballot must be received by 5 p.m. on April 21. You must return it to the office indicated by 8 p.m. on April 28.

‘VIRTUAL’ TOWN HALL TO ADDRESS COVID 19 IMPACT ON WORKING PEOPLE
On Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m., join people who work in Philadelphia and City Hall officials for a virtual town hall to find out about the impact of the coronavirus on retail, restaurant, healthcare, education, and domestic workers and proposed solutions to the financial devastation they face. This will be a Zoom video conference from the Mayor’s Office in Philadelphia City Hall. This is a chance to support and speak up for people in Philadelphia in this difficult situation. Sponsored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

CANCELLATION REMINDERS

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Continuing Sessions on March 28 are cancelled. Necessary business will be conducted by telephone.

In the immediate future, all gatherings, meetings, and events at Germantown Friends School are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Most community events previously listed in the BEE have been cancelled. For more information, please contact the organizations or individuals involved.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly, March 13, 2020

MEETING FOR WORSHIP, ADULT CLASS, AND FIRST-DAY SCHOOL ARE CANCELLED THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15, due to the spread of the coronavirus, which is officially designated as a pandemic by national authorities. The decision to temporarily cancel Meeting activities was made by our Clerk Bill Cozzens, after consulting with clerks of our committees. Part of their consideration, as well as wishing to help control the pandemic, is that many people who attend Meeting are in the age range most endangered by this illness.

You may wish to join others of us who will worship at home this Sunday at the usual 10:30 a.m., holding each other in the Light and praying for the safety and well-being of all people on this earth. Watch for more email messages from the Meeting with updates and further information. For now, please be safe and careful and know that we are together in spirit and concern for one another.

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ed. note: The following notices include firm cancellations, as well as plans that will be firmed up as decisions are made and the pandemic situation evolves.

MEETING BUSINESS

The Meeting Office will be open March 16-20 during regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact the office by telephone (215-951-2235) or email (gmm@germantownfriends.org). If you need to stop by the office, please call beforehand so the secretary makes sure to be in the office and not outside, running an errand.

Plans are underway to enable committees and working groups to meet by conference calls. Stay tuned for developments as this is put into place. Committee clerks should contact Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu) if they have questions.

The approved minutes from our Feb. 9 meeting for business are attached as APVD Feb 9 2020.pdf.

Germantown Friends School (GFS) will not hold classes next week, March 16-20. Staff members will be working hard to set up online learning programs for students. Spring break will take place as planned, from March 23-April 3. There is the possibility (not yet decided) that GFS will close the campus and offices during the break. More information will be announced as decisions are made.

If the GFS office and campus are closed during the school’s spring break, the Meeting Office will continue to function anyway, although the secretary may work from home.

RELATED CANCELLATIONS

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Continuing Sessions on March 28 are cancelled. Necessary business will be conducted by telephone.

In the immediate future, all gatherings, meetings, and events at GFS are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

Most community events previously listed in the BEE have been cancelled. For more information, please contact the organizations or individuals involved.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 6, 2020

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 human life. We are called away from indifference, from meanness, malice, prejudice, and hate. We are called above the early loves that come and go and are unsure. We are called into the deep, enduring love of God and humans 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

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 8, 2020

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME RETURNS! TURN YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON SATURDAY EVENING.

9 a.m. Meeting for Business, social room (Agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Chris Nicholson & Kathy Paulmier
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Margie & Ted Spaeth

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org). Parents please note that children are always welcome to stay with them in meeting for worship, as well as being welcome in the First-day School program.

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

AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS

March 8, 2020

Query 5 – Karen Lightner, followed by worship
Minutes from the February Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel
Worship & Ministry – Karen Lightner – Fifth Sunday plans
Standing Nominating Committee – Dave Mettler
Update from the All Clerks meeting
Plans for updating the 2018 State-of-the-Meeting report
Racial & Social Justice – Ed Nakawatase (and Randal Whitman, Fiscal Committee) – Update on recommended Meeting support for Quaker organizations and Bududa Vocational program
Coronavirus Discussion Clerk will set a time limit!
PYM Discussion. Options for raising our concerns to PYM. Clerk will set time limit.
Announcements
FCNL Legislative Priorities Discernment, March 15
Pathways to Ending Gun Violence – Workshop at Gwynedd Monthly Meeting, March 21
PYM Continuing Sessions, Saturday, March 28, Westtown Friends School Campus
Update on FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend
Hosting the Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation – Sunday April 19 2:00 PM
Others-
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

FIFTH SUNDAY: ON VOCAL MINISTRY, MARCH 29

Unprogrammed Quaker worship is mystical, magical, and hard to learn just by osmosis. There is a new Pendle Hill pamphlet, On Vocal Ministry: Nurturing the Community through Listening and Faithfulness, by Barry Crossno and J. Brent Bill, that does a pretty good job of explaining the process of discernment. While the pamphlet may not be perfect, it has many, many good points and we think deserves a close look. We’ve bought 40 copies of the pamphlet and will sell them for $5 (if money is tight for you, we’ll give you one). We encourage everyone to read the pamphlet before March 29, when we’ll have a morning of worship sharing on it. Worship on that day will be in the Committee Room, with silent worship from 10:30 to 10:50 (when the children leave for First-day School). Then we’ll begin a period of worship sharing about the pamphlet. For those with the interest and availability, we’ll also have an earlier period of worship sharing on the pamphlet from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (there is no Adult Class that day.) Child care will be available. I will be selling the pamphlets after worship the next couple of Sundays. Please contact me if you have any questions. –Karen Lightner

ADULT CLASSES IN MARCH

There will be two Adult Classes in March, to which everyone is welcome. Both will be on Sundays, beginning at 9 a.m., in the social room. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless. These are the dates and topics:

March 15 Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) wants us to discern our priorities for the next U.S. Congress, which begins January 2021. Using FCNL’s booklet The World We Seek: Statement of Legislative Policy, we will consider four areas: (1) A world free of war and the threat of war, (2) Equity and justice for all, (3) A community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled, and (4) An earth restored. To read the booklet before the discussion, click here.

March 22 Deborah Cooper will lead us in quiet meditation, reflection, and sharing. Deborah writes, “Most of us long to be peaceful and happy, and yet our lives and the world around us frequently present us with situations that cause anxiety and pain. Two thousand, five hundred years ago, the Buddha discovered the way to live that makes it possible to experience tranquility and joy in spite of various difficulties we encounter day to day. in this class, we will explore some of his teachings and learn ways to help ourselves navigate everyday challenges so we can experience more peace in our world.

REMINDERS

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 28-31

The lobbying topic for this year’s FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend is the climate crisis. Germantown Monthly Meeting is providing financial support for young Friends or Young Adult Friends who would like to participate in this event, which will be held in Washington, DC, on March 28-31. If you or someone you know is interested, please speak to Bill Cozzens. Bill has contacted the Science Department at Germantown Friends School, and Susan Robinson, Science Department chairperson, is promoting it. Parents or grandparents of older high school and college age young people are encouraged to let their young family members know about FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend and urge them to take advantage of this energizing, educational, and possibly life-changing experience.

HOSTING 2020 INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 19

Germantown Monthly Meeting (GMM) will host the 2020 Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation on April 19, which will begin at our meetinghouse at 2 p.m. on April 19. Our meeting is the starting point for the walk, which will proceed to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough and then to its conclusion at Mishkan Shalom synagogue in Manayunk. This event will bring 250 to 500 people to our meetinghouse for a short meeting for worship, with welcoming and announcements for kicking off the walk. Meeting members are needed to serve as hosts and ambassadors, and everyone is invited to join this annual walk, from the beginning or at any point along the way. If you would like to help, contact the Meeting office, 215-951-2235, and your name will be passed on to the organizing committee.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

MUSICAL BOOK READING AT GFS, MARCH 8

A narrated concert will be presented by author and flutist Thomas Wolf this Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., in Yarnall Auditorium, at Germantown Friends School (GFS). The narration will highlight his recently published book The Nightingale’s Sonata, with a reading and performance of Cesar Franck’s dramatic violin sonata, storytelling in word and music. Thomas Wolfe will recount the extraordinary life of his grandmother, and internationally acclaimed violinist, and her remarkable family of musicians, set against the backdrop of revolution. He will be joined by violinist Taia Harlos, chairperson of the GFS Music Department, and Hugh Sung on piano. RSVP by clicking here.

GFS LECTURE FEATURES PROFESSOR OF ANCIENT HISTORY, MARCH 11

Everyone is invited to a lecture by Rebecca Futo Kennedy, professor of ancient history and director of the Denison Museum, this Wednesday, March 11, at 6 p.m., in the Hargrove Center of Germantown Friends School (GFS). This is the evening before the school’s annual Classics Day, which celebrates the heritage and culture of Athens and the classical world. Rebecca Kennedy’s teaching and research focus on the political, social, and intellectual history of Classical Athens; ethnicity, gender, and identity in the ancient Mediterranean cultures, and immigration in antiquity. She is the author and editor of many books and articles. This event is sponsored by the GFS Classics Department and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. To RSVP, click here.

REMINDER: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 28

All Friends and attenders are warmly invited to attend the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held on Saturday, March 28, at Westtown School in Chester County, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll get a chance to worship with a wide group of Friends, hear about what’s going on in the work of “collaboratives”– groups of PYM Friends who are working on specific issues, eat together, and expand your circle of friends. There are separate programs for children, youth, and Young Adult Friends (18-35ish). Child care is available. To see the day’s schedule and register, click here.

SAVE THE DATE

CARY LECTURE TO FEATURE HISTORIAN THOMAS HAMM, APRIL 6

This year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture at Pendle Hill will feature Quaker historian Thomas D. Hamm, on Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn. He is professor of history at Earlham College, occupying the Trueblood Chair in Christian Thought, and is Director of Special Collections at the college. In his talk, he will tell about the complicated route ninety years ago to founding Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and contemplation center in Wallingford, PA. The route to Pendle Hill’s experiment in contemplation and activism began in England and North America. Along the way, it crossed paths with “chocolate, the Salvation Army, Bible colleges, Harvard professors, Quakers behaving badly, and people who lived in communities committed to folk dancing and goat herding, as well as a variety of luminous Friends,” according to a description of Hamm’s talk. He is a member of West Richmond Friends Meeting of Indiana Yearly Meeting, with a long involvement with leading workshops at Pendle Hill, being part of the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, Friends Association for Higher Education, and national and regional library and historical organizations. The Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lectures, named after a much-loved, admired, and well-known member of Germantown Meeting, was established in 2004 with an endowment by Norval and Ann Reece in concert with publication of Cary’s memoirs Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace. To register online, click here. For travel directions to Pendle Hill, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 28, 2020

The Quaker home offers a supreme opportunity for expression of the Quaker way of life. Within this environment, simplicity, integrity, and love can be fostered. The early introduction of family worship and silent waiting can lend a rootedness to the practice of worship in meeting and enrich the family experience. Although we have come to recognize a number of alternative family forms, nothing has changed the basic spiritual experience of Quaker homemaking. Family members are partners with God. In the busy years of home life, family members are upheld and strengthened by their dependence upon God and upon one another. The efficient running of the home, the simple hospitality, the happy atmosphere are all outward signs of this threefold inner relationship. Homemaking is a Quaker service in its own right. It should be recognized as such and a proper balance preserved, so that other activities–even the claims of Quaker service in other fields–are not allowed to hinder its growth. –Faith & Practice, 1950, New England Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 1, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson
12 noon Faith & Practice & Pizza, East Kindergarten (across driveway from meetinghouse)

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. First-day School children are studying the story of Moses. This week they will look at the parting of the Red Sea and the Hebrew people’s period of wandering in the desert. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org). Parents please note that children are always welcome to stay with them in meeting for worship, as well as being welcome in the First-day School program.

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

MEETING NEWS

FAITH & PRACTICE & PIZZA, MARCH 1

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The Quaker home offers a supreme opportunity for expression of the Quaker way of life. Within this environment, simplicity, integrity, and love can be fostered. The early introduction of family worship and silent waiting can lend a rootedness to the practice of worship in meeting and enrich the family experience. Although we have come to recognize a number of alternative family forms, nothing has changed the basic spiritual experience of Quaker homemaking. Family members are partners with God. In the busy years of home life, family members are upheld and strengthened by their dependence upon God and upon one another. The efficient running of the home, the simple hospitality, the happy atmosphere are all outward signs of this threefold inner relationship. Homemaking is a Quaker service in its own right. It should be recognized as such and a proper balance preserved, so that other activities–even the claims of Quaker service in other fields–are not allowed to hinder its growth. –Faith & Practice, 1950, New England Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 1, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson
12 noon Faith & Practice & Pizza, East Kindergarten (across driveway from meetinghouse)

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. First-day School children are studying the story of Moses. This week they will look at the parting of the Red Sea and the Hebrew people’s period of wandering in the desert. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org). Parents please note that children are always welcome to stay with them in meeting for worship, as well as being welcome in the First-day School program.

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

MEETING NEWS

FAITH & PRACTICE & PIZZA, MARCH 1

The discussion group Faith & Practice & Pizza will meet this Sunday, March 1, at 12 noon, in the East Kindergarten, with a discussion of Chapter 7, Part D, pages 219-221, “>There will be two Adult Classes in March, to which everyone is welcome. Both will be on Sundays, beginning at 9 a.m., in the social room. Come a few minutes early for light refreshments. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless. These are the dates and topics:

The Quaker home offers a supreme opportunity for expression of the Quaker way of life. Within this environment, simplicity, integrity, and love can be fostered. The early introduction of family worship and silent waiting can lend a rootedness to the practice of worship in meeting and enrich the family experience. Although we have come to recognize a number of alternative family forms, nothing has changed the basic spiritual experience of Quaker homemaking. Family members are partners with God. In the busy years of home life, family members are upheld and strengthened by their dependence upon God and upon one another. The efficient running of the home, the simple hospitality, the happy atmosphere are all outward signs of this threefold inner relationship. Homemaking is a Quaker service in its own right. It should be recognized as such and a proper balance preserved, so that other activities–even the claims of Quaker service in other fields–are not allowed to hinder its growth. –Faith & Practice, 1950, New England Yearly Meeting

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, March 1, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Barry Halkin & Cindy Hodgson
12 noon Faith & Practice & Pizza, East Kindergarten (across driveway from meetinghouse)

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. First-day School children are studying the story of Moses. This week they will look at the parting of the Red Sea and the Hebrew people’s period of wandering in the desert. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org). Parents please note that children are always welcome to stay with them in meeting for worship, as well as being welcome in the First-day School program.

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

MEETING NEWS

FAITH & PRACTICE & PIZZA, MARCH 1

The discussion group Faith & Practice & Pizza will meet this Sunday, March 1, at 12 noon, in the East Kindergarten, with a discussion of Chapter 7, Part D, pages 219-221, “>March 15 Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) wants us to discern our priorities for the next U.S. Congress, which begins January 2021. Using FCNL’s booklet The World We Seek: Statement of Legislative Policy, we will consider four areas: (1) A world free of war and the threat of war, (2) Equity and justice for all, (3) A community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled, and (4) An earth restored. To read the booklet before the discussion, click here.

March 22 Deborah Cooper will lead us in quiet meditation, reflection, and sharing. Deborah writes, “Most of us long to be peaceful and happy, and yet our lives and the world around us frequently present us with situations that cause anxiety and pain. Two thousand, five hundred years ago, the Buddha discovered the way to live that makes it possible to experience tranquility and joy in spite of various difficulties we encounter day to day. in this class, we will explore some of his teachings and learn ways to help ourselves navigate everyday challenges so we can experience more peace in our world.

REMINDERS

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 28-31

The lobbying topic for this year’s FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend is the climate crisis. Germantown Monthly Meeting is providing financial support for young Friends or Young Adult Friends who would like to participate in this event, which will be held in Washington, DC, on March 28-31. If you or someone you know is interested, please speak to Bill Cozzens. Bill has contacted the Science Department at Germantown Friends School, and Susan Robinson, Science Department chairperson, is promoting it. Parents or grandparents of older high school and college age young people are encouraged to let their young family members know about FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend and urge them to take advantage of this energizing, educational, and possibly life-changing experience.

HOSTING 2020 INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 19

Germantown Monthly Meeting (GMM) will host the 2020 Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation on April 19, which will begin at our meetinghouse at 2 p.m. on April 19. Our meeting is the starting point for the walk, which will proceed to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough and then to its conclusion at Mishkan Shalom synagogue in Manayunk. This event will bring 250 to 500 people to our meetinghouse for a short meeting for worship, with welcoming and announcements for kicking off the walk. Meeting members are needed to serve as hosts and ambassadors, and everyone is invited to join this annual walk, from the beginning or at any point along the way. If you would like to help, contact the meeting office, 215-951-2235, and your name will be passed on to the organizing committee.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

JONATHAN RHOADS, JR. CHOSEN TO BE PYM PRESIDING CLERK

Our member Jonathan Rhoads, Jr. is the new presiding clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). He replaces Chris Lucca, who recently asked to be released from this demanding volunteer position so he could spend more time with his family and on personal health issues. Jonathan, known as “Jack” to most of us, will bring his gracious, clear-minded administrative and people skills to this new and crucial role among Yearly Meeting Friends.

ADDRESS UPDATES

Carl Sigmund, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959; carl@sigmond.us;
Lovina Coleman, Sr., c/o Hardin Coleman, 96 Bay State Rd., Apt. 9, Boston, MA 02215-1986

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SAVE THE DATES

CARY LECTURE TO FEATURE HISTORIAN THOMAS HAMM, APRIL 6

This year’s Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture at Pendle Hill will feature Quaker historian Thomas D. Hamm, on Monday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn. He is professor of history at Earlham College, occupying the Trueblood Chair in Christian Thought, and is Director of Special Collections at the college. In his talk, he will tell about the complicated route ninety years ago to founding Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and contemplation center in Wallingford, PA. The route to Pendle Hill’s experiment in contemplation and activism began in England and North America. Along the way, it crossed paths with “chocolate, the Salvation Army, Bible colleges, Harvard professors, Quakers behaving badly, and people who lived in communities committed to folk dancing and goat herding, as well as a variety of luminous Friends,” according to a description of Hamm’s talk. He is a member of West Richmond Friends Meeting of Indiana Yearly Meeting, with a long involvement with leading workshops at Pendle Hill, being part of the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, Friends Association for Higher Education, and national and regional library and historical organizations. The Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lectures, named after a much-loved, admired, and well-known member of Germantown Meeting, was established in 2004 with an endowment by Norval and Ann Reece in concert with publication of Cary’s memoirs Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace. To register online, click here. For travel directions to Pendle Hill, click here.

REMINDER: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 28

All Friends and attenders are warmly invited to attend the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held on Saturday, March 28, at Westtown School in Chester County, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll get a chance to worship with a wide group of Friends, hear about what’s going on in the work of “collaboratives”– groups of PYM Friends who are working on specific issues, eat together, and expand your circle of friends. There are separate programs for children, youth, and Young Adult Friends (18-35ish). Child care is available. To see the day’s schedule and register, click here

COMMUNITY EVENTS OF INTEREST

EVENING OF STORYTELLING WILL FEATURE ED STIVENDER

Ed Stivender, storyteller extraordinaire and a faithful attender of our Meeting, will be the main storyteller on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., an evening sponsored by the Patchwork Storytelling Guild. It will take place at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Phila. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. This evening is one of two evenings of storytelling programs. The second is Saturday, Feb. 29, same time, same place. On Saturday night, Ingrid Bohn, a favorite regional teller, will share her unique versions of traditional tales. Reservations are requested. For more information and to register, .

PLAN AHEAD: ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT

Bring your no-longer-used computers, televisions, keyboards, cell phones–anything with a plug or that turns off and on–to a recycling day for electronics on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Ave. The entrance is across from the former Trolley Car Diner. Suggested donation: $10-$20. Some items require additional charges to cover the costs of recycling them, and the charges are: $30-$65 for older TVs and computer monitors; $15 each for air conditioners, air purifiers, and dehumidifiers; $10 each for flat screen TVs; and $5 each for microwave ovens. Household batteries will be accepted for $1 per pound. No lithium batteries or lightbulbs accepted. Materials collected will be responsibly recycled by PAR-Recycle Works, which adheres to strict environmental regulations. Money donations will benefit the Weavers Way Environment Committee’s community grants program.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 21, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To be a Quaker is not simply to subscribe to doctrines but to be convinced that one has known an ultimate reality which authenticates doctrines. It is to know oneself capable of being taught now by the living Spirit of Truth, capable of receiving vital direction in what one is to do. It is not only to be a follower of the teachings of Jesus but to have met the inward Christ. –Paul Lacey, 1985

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb. 23, 2020

9 a.m. Adult Class: Bobbie Horowitz tells about her recent trip to Cuba
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Audrey Tucker & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Kelly White & John Hickey

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. After recently finishing the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, First-day School children have moved on to study Moses. Last week they looked at his birth and talked about why the Egyptians felt threatened by the Hebrew people, whom they saw as foreigners who were rapidly multiplying. They also talked about adoption and, as a craft, made baskets with babies. This week they will act out the plagues and the Jews’ escape from the Pharoah. Next week, they will look at the parting of the Red Sea and the wandering in the desert of the Hebrew people. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS ON FEB. 23: BOBBIE HOROWITZ TO SPEAK ABOUT HER TRIP TO CUBA

Come to our Adult Class this Sunday, Feb. 23, to hear our member Bobbi Horowitz tell about her recent trip to Cuba, accompanied by her insights and observations. Everyone is warmly invited to this 9 a.m. gathering in the social room. Light refreshments are served beforehand, and childcare is provided. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of our Adult Class Committee.

YIKES! HELP US REDO THE WINTER GATHERING LIST!

The gremlin that takes all lost things visited our meetinghouse this month and ran off with the sign-up sheet for hosting Winter Gatherings! So, the call is out to everyone who volunteered to host a Winter Gathering to please sign up again–or send your name, proposed activity, and desired date to Moira Duggan, as soon as possible, and she’ll get the show back on the road. She needs the list of hosts, with dates and activities, before she can create sign-up sheets for people who want to be guests.

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA, MARCH 1

Faith & Practice and Pizza will meet on Sunday, March 1, at 12 noon, in the East Kindergarten, with a discussion of Chapter 7, Part D, Pages 219-221, “Queries and Checklist on End-of-Life Matters.” Bring questions the chapter raises in your mind. Pizza and drinks will be 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. Faith & Practice and Pizza meets at noon on the first Sunday of each month. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Lightner, lightnerk@aol.com.

REMINDERS

DISCERNMENT OF FCNL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, MARCH 15

Every two years, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks monthly meetings and other Quaker organizations to provide input on legislative priorities for the next session of Congress. FCNL’s Policy Committee (made up of Friends who are members of the General Committee) takes all these suggestions and melds them into the statement of legislative priorities. To be included, our input must be submitted by April 10. At our Adult Class on March 15, we will divide into four groups to discern priorities related to FCNL’s four policy areas: (1) Peace & War, (2) Equity & Justice, (3) Fulfill Everyone’s Potential, (4) Environment: An Earth Restored. In preparation, please read the recently updated FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek,” and the current legislative priorities for the 116th Congress.

FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 28-31

The lobbying topic for this year’s FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend is the climate crisis. Germantown Monthly Meeting is providing financial support for young Friends or Young Adult Friends who would like to participate in this event, which will be held in Washington, DC, on March 28-31. Our attender David Hamilton has already made plans to go, and others are invited to speak to Bill Cozzens if they are interested. Bill has contacted the Science Department at Germantown Friends School, and Susan Robinson, Science Department chairperson, is promoting it. Parents or grandparents of older high school and college age young people are encouraged to let their young family members know about FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend and urge them to take advantage of this energizing, educational, and possibly life-changing experience.

HOSTING THE 2020 INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 19

Germantown Monthly Meeting (GMM) agreed, at our January Business Meeting, to host the Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation on Sunday, April 19, beginning at our Meeting at 2 p.m., assuming logistical issues with an overlapping school event could be resolved. GMM will be the starting point for the Walk, which will proceed to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough, and then to Mishcon Shalom synagogue in Manayunk. This major annual event will bring 250 to 500 people to our meetinghouse for a short meeting for worship, with announcements for kicking off the walk. This will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce Quakerism and our Meeting to people from around the city. We are looking for Meeting members to serve as hosts and ambassadors, as well as to join the walk.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

STORIES ABOUT THREE BLACK FRIENDS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

February is Black History Month, and there are many Quakers of color who have delivered much to our modern world through their faith and advocacy. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is featuring two African Americans who were Quakers and one who was a close fellow traveler, each of whom made important contributions to the history of African Americans and our country’s struggle for freedom and equality. Needless to say, this struggle goes on today, and Quakers are fortunate to have many African American Friends who continue to make remarkable contributions of courage and care and deep commitment. The three people featured by PYM this month are Bayard Rustin, an internationally known human rights activist and conscientious objector; Vera Mae Green, a pioneer in international human rights and Caribbean anthropology; and Vincent Harding, a theologian, historian, and nonviolent activist who was affiliated with Pendle Hill Retreat Center and often led conferences there. To read about their stories on PYM’s website, click here.

JONDHI HARRELL TO SPEAK AT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN PRINCETON, FEB. 23

Our member Jondhi Harrell, founder and director of The Center for Returning Citizens, will speak on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9:30 a.m., as part of a panel of community leaders whose programs offer hope and support for people caught up in the criminal justice system or seeking to find a way out of poverty. This will take place in the Assembly Room of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. It is part of the church’s adult education program, and there is no charge. For directions to the church and parking, click here.

MINDFULNESS SEMINAR WITH DEBORAH COOPER, FEB. 28-MARCH 1.

Our member Deborah Cooper will team up with Pamela Freeman to present a seminar on “Mindfulness & White Privilege” next weekend, Feb. 28-March. 1, at Pendle Hill Conference Center in Wallingford, PA. It will blend mindfulness practices with an examination of racial conditioning and is intended solely for white people to wrestle with racism in a supportive place, considering hard issues and finding a way forward. Participants are asked to come with a familiarity in mindfulness meditation practice. If a refresher course is needed, one will be available at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Cost for the overnight seminar is $300-$495, depending on whether one commutes or stays at Pendle Hill. Financial aid is available. For more information, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

INVITATION TO RACIAL HEALING WEEKEND AT FRIENDS CENTER, MARCH 6-7

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting invites all members and attenders of Germantown Meeting to a Racial Healing Weekend on “Witness to Injustice: How to Be an Ally,” which will begin Friday evening, March 6, with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., and continue all day Saturday, March 7 at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. The Saturday morning session will focus on “The Roots of Injustice;” the afternoon session will be “How to Be an Ally;” and in the evening there will be a film screening of Two Rivers, which is about a community that figured out how to work together as allies across racial lines. Please RSVP to let organizers know which meals you will attend and if you have dietary restrictions, by clicking here.

PYM PRESIDING CLERK CHRIS LUCCA RESIGNS

Chris Lucca, presiding clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), has asked to be released from the clerkship to focus his attention on his family and health. Melissa Rycroft, clerk of PYM Nominating Council, said, “Chris has devoted tremendous time and energy to the yearly meeting. He has brought welcome organization and data management skills, an openness to learning and growth, a keen sense of humor, and deep faithfulness to both clerking and the leadership team.” The Nominating Council will be looking for a PYM Friend to fill the role of Presiding Clerk, which is an unpaid, volunteer position.

REPORT FROM PYM THRESHING SESSION ON MEMBERSHIP

An online report is available on the PYM Threshing Session on Membership, which was held on Jan. 26 at Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in New Jersey. To read it, click here.

REMINDERS

PYM THREAD GATHERING: DEEPENING OUR PRACTICE IN DECISION MAKING, FEB. 22

Gain skills in the process of decision making among Friends by attending a Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Providence Monthly Meeting, 105 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. Plans are in formation; however, these are workshops and leaders so far:

Arlene Kelly, leader: The Important Function of Nominating Committees
Steven Davison, leader: The Sense of the Meeting–What It Is, What It Means, and How We Experience It
Kri Burkander and Jim Herr, leaders: The Joy of Serving as Recording clerk
Emily Provance, leader: The Art of Virtual Clerking

To register, click here.

SOUTH AFRICAN QUAKER TO SPEAK AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE, FEB. 24

A Quaker from South Africa who served as that country’s Deputy Minister of Defense and later as Deputy Minister of Health, and her husband will speak on “Race, Power, and Quakerism in South Africa” on Monday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m., at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041. Nozizwe Charlotte Madlala-Routledge is a politician and activist who is founder and executive director of Embrace Dignity, a nonprofit campaign for legal reform to abolish prostitution and to support South African women who want to leave the sex industry. Her husband Jeremy Routledge is a chemical engineer committed to building a society based on nonviolence, gender equality, and environmental justice. He is a founding member of Embrace Dignity, a member of the International Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), and served as director of the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The lecture is cosponsored by Quaker & Special Collections and the Quaker Affairs Office at Haverford. For more information, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 28

All Friends and attenders are warmly invited to attend the Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held on Saturday, March 28, at Westtown School in Chester County, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll get a chance to worship together with a wide group of Friends, hear about what’s going on in the work of “collaboratives”– groups of PYM Friends who are working on specific issues, eat together, and expand your circle of Friends. There are separate programs for children, youth, and Young Adult Friends (18-35ish). Child care is available. To see the day’s schedule and register, click here

COMMUNITY EVENTS OF INTEREST

HOWARD THURMAN TO BE SUBJECT OF FILM AND TALK, FEB. 22

Howard Thurman, a Baptist pastor and theologian who had a close association with Quakers, will be the subject of a film and talk by Will O’Brien on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m., at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Howard Thurman, a grandson of slaves, was a spiritual guide and visionary for Martin Luther King, Jr., and a student of Quaker mystic Rufus Jones. A gifted preacher and prolific writer, his book, Jesus and the Disinherited, was a groundbreaking exploration of the gospel and the oppression of African Americans. The film to be shown, Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, documents his life and legacy. Will O’Brien, coordinator and teacher of The Alternative Seminary (http://www.alternativeseminary.net), will speak and lead a discussion about Thurman’s contemplative spirituality and vision for movements of social change. A light breakfast will be served, with a suggested donation of $10, or whatever you can afford, to cover costs. For more information, contact Will O’Brien (willobrien59@gmail.com). To read an essay about Howard Thurman and his association with Quakers, written by Stephen W. Angell, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 14, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Friends are reminded that our Religious Society took form in times of disturbance, and that its continuing testimony has been the power of God to lead men and women out of the confusions of outward violence, inward sickness, and all other forms of self-will, however upheld by social convention. As death comes to our willfulness, a new life is formed in us, so that we are liberated from distractions and frustrations, from fears, angers, and guilts. Thus we are enabled to sense the Inward Light and to follow its leadings. Friends are advised to place God, not themselves, in the center of the universe and, in all aspects of inward life and outward activity, to keep themselves open to the healing power of the Spirit of Christ. –Advices paraphrased from epistles of the Yearly Meeting of Pennsylvania and the Jerseys, 1694 and 1695, as printed in the 2018 Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting,

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb. 16, 2020

9 a.m. Adult Class: John Bach, Quaker chaplain at Harvard University (see description below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers John Colgan-Davis & Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Moira Duggan & Joan McIlvaine
12 noon John Bach leads discussion group, Kindergarten East

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

MEETING NEWS

QUAKER CHAPLAIN TO TALK ABOUT LINK BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY & ACTIVISM, FEB. 16

What is the critical link between spirituality and activism? Hear John Bach, Quaker chaplain at Harvard University and member of Cambridge Meeting, tell his personal story about how his spiritual journey and historic activism intertwine. He will speak this Sunday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m., at our Adult Class in the social room, and will lead a discussion in the East Kindergarten at noon, hosted by our Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. In the 9 a.m. session, he will begin by explaining the four keys to survival described by a Hungarian priest who survived the Gulag after World War II. John’s commitment to social justice took deep root when he visited the southern United States during the Civil Rights Movement. Then, he followed a spiritual leading to resist the draft during the Vietnam War and has since lived a lifetime of nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars, militarism, and nuclear weapons, serving several prison terms. Come, hear this remarkable Quaker share his joys and sorrows, and the spiritual and moral decisions he made along the way. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served at Adult Class, with childcare available. A simple, finger-food lunch will be served for those who come to the after-worship discussion.

ADULT CLASS ON FEB. 23: BOBBIE HOROWITZ TO SPEAK ABOUT HER TRIP TO CUBA

If you know our dear member Bobbi Horowitz, you know we are in for a delightful morning when she speaks at Adult Class on Feb. 23 about her recent trip to Cuba. Be prepared for Bobbie’s quirky, insightful humor and keen observations about the lives of our Cuban neighbors and the landscapes of their island nation. She will bring her travel tales to life with her own photos. Everyone is warmly invited to this 9 a.m. gathering in the social room. Light refreshments are served, and childcare is provided. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of our Adult Class Committee.

NOTES ATTACHED FROM CALLED MEETING, JAN.19

A draft of the summary (NOT minutes) are attached from our Called Meeting for Business on Sunday, Jan. 19. We discussed our concerns about Germantown Meeting’s annual contribution to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). The wide-ranging discussion covered three areas: (1) Strengths and value of PYM, (2) Issues and concerns about PYM, and (3) Remedies and ways of addressing our concerns. This summary was compiled by our Meeting’s clerk, Bill Cozzens. This was a full and rich discussion, and there was not enough time to address actions to be taken. You may read these unofficial but useful notes to catch yourself up on the conversation, which is likely to be taken up at a later date. The attachment to this email is labeled Called Meeting-NOTES 1-19-2020.pdf.

REMINDERS

GMM WINTER NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE

Our new 2020 Winter Newsletter is now available online, with lots of new articles and photos of things we’ve been doing. To read it, click here. Among the many enjoyable articles is: “A Short History of Germantown Meeting,” by Rob Smith. A corresponding history on “The Settlement of Germantown,” by Randal Whitman, is also available separately on our Meeting’s website and may be read by clicking here. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who contributed their writing and photos to create this fascinating mid-winter read, with special thanks to editor Laura Seeley for another spectacular job.

* DISCERNMENT OF FCNL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, MARCH 15

Every two years, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks monthly meetings and other Quaker organizations to provide input on legislative priorities for the next session of Congress. FCNL’s Policy Committee (made up of Friends who are members of the General Committee) takes all these suggestions and melds them into the statement of legislative priorities. To be included, our input must be submitted by April 10. At our Adult Class on March 15, we will divide into four groups to discern priorities related to FCNL’s four policy areas: (1) Peace & War, (2) Equity & Justice, (3) Fulfill Everyone’s Potential, (4) Environment/an Earth Restored. In preparation, please read the recently updated FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek,” and the current legislative priorities for the 116th Congress.

** FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 28-31

The lobbying topic for this year’s FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend is the climate crisis. Germantown Monthly Meeting is providing financial support for young Friends or Young Adult Friends who would like to participate in this event, which will be held in Washington, DC, on March 28-31. Our attender David Hamilton has already made plans to go, and others are invited to speak to Bill Cozzens if they are interested. Bill has contacted the Science Department at Germantown Friends School, and Susan Robinson, Science Department chairperson, is promoting it. Parents or grandparents of older high school and college age young people are encouraged to let their young family members know about FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend and urge them to take advantage of this energizing, educational, and possibly life-changing experience.

*** HOSTING THE 2020 INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 19

Germantown Monthly Meeting (GMM) agreed, at our January Business Meeting, to host the Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation on Sunday, April 19, beginning at our Meeting at 2 p.m., assuming logistical issues with an overlapping school event could be resolved. GMM will be the starting point for the Walk, which will proceed to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough, and then to Mishcon Shalom synagogue in Manayunk. This major annual event will bring 250 to 500 people to our meetinghouse for a short meeting for worship, with announcements for kicking off the walk. This will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce Quakerism and our Meeting to people from around the city. We are looking for Meeting members to serve as hosts and ambassadors, as well as to join the walk.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

THANK-YOU NOTE FROM MLK DAY

We received the following thank-you note from Kathy Paulmier, who played a major role in organizing the Martin Luther King Day of Service for Germantown Friends School, cosponsored by Germantown Monthly Meeting:

Dear … and all of the members & attenders of Germantown Monthly Meeting, Thank you for all of your help with our GFS MLK Day 2020! It was a great day, thanks to your generosity and contributions of time, space, heat, cleaning, communications, & members & attenders who came out to lead projects, participate in our activities in the manner of Friends!! I’m grateful for your support with this day of service and fellowship. In fellowship, Kathy Paulmier

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PLAY PERFORMANCE AT LBGTQ MIDWINTER GATHERING, FEB. 15

As part of the Midwinter Gathering of Friends for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Queer (LBGTQ), the play Everything Is Connected–An Evening of Stories, Most Weird, Many True, will be presented tomorrow, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118. The play is by Peterson Toscano, a Quaker artist and scholar. The show is open to the public and will be followed by a workshop, giving everyone a chance to respond to the playwright’s work. To learn more about him, click here. Free, with a free-will offering taken to help with expenses.

PARKING PERMITS AVAILABLE AT ARCH STREET MEETING

If you need to have a downtown parking space, it’s once again to get your annual parking permit at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets in Old City Philadelphia. Each year, 45 permits are available to Quakers and employees of Quaker organizations on a first-come, first served basis. The cost, at $475 per year, is considerable but much less than normal parking fees in the city, if you travel to the City very often. To learn more about this option, click here.

THREAD GATHERING: DEEPENING OUR PRACTICE IN DECISION MAKING, FEB. 22

Gain skills in the process of decision making among Friends by attending a Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Providence Monthly Meeting, 105 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. Plans are in formation; however, these are workshops and leaders so far:

Arlene Kelly, leader: The Important Function of Nominating Committees
Steven Davison, leader: The Sense of the Meeting–What It Is, What It Means, and How We Experience It
Kri Burkander and Jim Herr, leaders: The Joy of Serving as Recording clerk
Emily Provance, leader: The Art of Virtual Clerking

To register, click here.

SOUTH AFRICAN QUAKER TO SPEAK AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE, FEB. 24

A Quaker from South Africa who served as that country’s Deputy Minister of Defense and later as Deputy Minister of Health, and her husband will speak on “Race, Power, and Quakerism in South Africa” on Monday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m., at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041. Nozizwe Charlotte Madlala-Routledge is a politician and activist who is founder and executive director of Embrace Dignity, a nonprofit campaign for legal reform to abolish prostitution and to support South African women who want to leave the sex industry. Her husband Jeremy Routledge is a chemical engineer committed to building a society based on nonviolence, gender equality, and environmental justice. He is a founding member of Embrace Dignity, a member of the International Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), and served as director of the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The lecture is cosponsored by Quaker & Special Collections and the Quaker Affairs Office at Haverford. For more information, click here.

SAVE THE DATES

THREAD GATHERING ON TRAUMA & HEALING: MINISTRY & CARE, MARCH 7

Friends are invited to explore ways Quaker meetings can support eldership as it relates to mental health and wellness in individuals and the community. This thread gathering–“Trauma & Healing: Ministry & Care,) will take place on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Lancaster Monthly Meeting, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603. It is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To see the schedule, click here. Registration will open soon.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 28

The spring Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will take place on Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westtown School, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382. There is an overnight gathering for Young Friends. Worship, information about Collaboratives on special issues, youth programs, meetings for business. Everyone is welcome. More information will be forthcoming.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 7, 2020

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 [this] 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, Feb. 9, 2020

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business (Agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Laura Seeley & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Michael Moulton & Tash Kassell

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

Agenda, Business Meeting, February 9, 2020, at 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.,
Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Query 4 – Karen Lightner

Worship

Minutes from January Business Meeting – Becky Johnson

Standing Nominating Committee – Dave Mettler

Committee nominations
All-clerks meeting to consider committee structure
Plans for updating the 2018 State-of-the-Meeting report

Philadelphia Quarter Report – Joanne Sharpless

Request from Barbara Wybar, Support for 1-3 (or more) Students at the Bududa Vocational School – Cost: $175/student/year

Report on the Called Meeting on PYM Relationship & Funding – Moira Duggan

Racial & Social Justice – Ed Nakawatase – Formation of committee to recommend Meeting support for Quaker organizations

Fiscal Committee – Randal Whitman – Recommended PYM support

Announcements (See news briefs below.)

*FCNL Legislative Priorities Discernment, March 15
**Update on FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend
***Hosting the Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation – Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.
Others?

Closing Worship

MEETING EVENTS

GMM WINTER NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE

Our new 2020 Winter Newsletter is now available online, with lots of new articles and photos of things we’ve been doing. To read it, click here. Among the many enjoyable articles is: “A Short History of Germantown Meeting,” by Rob Smith. A corresponding history on “The Settlement of Germantown,” by Randal Whitman, is also available separately on our Meeting’s website, and may be read by clicking here. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who contributed their writing and photos to create this fascinating mid-winter read, with special thanks to editor Laura Seeley for another spectacular job.

ADULT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY

Everyone is warmly invited to the Adult Classes in February. Each takes place in the social room at 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Light refreshments and childcare are provided. For information, contact Joanne Sharpless. These are the speakers and topics:

Sunday, Feb. 16: John Bach, Quaker chaplain at Harvard University, will speak at 9 a.m. and at an open discussion at 12 noon, after meeting for worship (location TBA). John brings a distinctly spiritual orientation to his activism, and this will infuse his talk. His commitment to justice began in the early 1960s, when he visited the southern United States after the murders of the three civil rights workers: Schwerner, Cheney, and Goodman. He served a prison term for draft resistance during the Vietnam War, and then with equal commitment marked by prison terms, resisted nuclear weapons work, which he continues today. John Bach is a member of Cambridge Meeting in Massachusetts and is author of Short Time: A Season’s Prison Journal. The after-worship discussion/lunch will be hosted by the Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Sunday, Feb 23: Bobbie Horowitz recently made a trip to Cuba; she will share her pictures and experience with us in the social room.

* DISCERNMENT OF FCNL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, MARCH 15

Every two years, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks monthly meetings and other Quaker organizations to provide input on legislative priorities for the next session of Congress. FCNL’s Policy Committee (made up of Friends who are members of the General Committee) takes all these suggestions and melds them into the statement of legislative priorities. To be included, our input should be submitted by April 10. At our Adult Class on March 15, we will divide into four groups to discern priorities related to FCNL’s four policy areas: (1) Peace & War, (2) Equity & Justice, (3) Fulfill Everyone’s Potential, (4) Environment/an Earth Restored. In preparation, please read the recently updated FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek,” and the current legislative priorities for the 116th Congress.

** FCNL SPRING LOBBY WEEKEND, MARCH 28-31

The lobbying topic for this year’s FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend is the climate crisis. Germantown Monthly Meeting is providing financial support for young Friends or Young Adult Friends who would like to participate in this event, which will be held in Washington, DC, on March 28-31. Our attender David Hamilton has already made plans to go, and others are invited to speak to Bill Cozzens if they are interested. Bill has contacted the Science Department at Germantown Friends School, and Susan Robinson, Science Department chairperson, is promoting it. Parents or grandparents of older high school and college age young people are encouraged to let their young family members know about FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend and urge them to take advantage of this energizing, educational, and possibly life-changing experience.

*** HOSTING THE 2020 INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, APRIL 19

Germantown Monthly Meeting (GMM) agreed, at our January Business Meeting, to host the Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation on Sunday, April 19, beginning at our Meeting at 2 p.m., assuming logistical issues with an overlapping school event could be resolved. GMM will be the starting point for the Walk, which will proceed to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough, and then to Mishcon Shalom synagogue in Manayunk. This major annual event will bring 250 to 500 people to our meetinghouse for a short meeting for worship, with announcements for kicking off the walk. This will be a wonderful opportunity to introduce Quakerism and our Meeting to people from around the city. We are looking for Meeting members to serve as hosts and ambassadors, as well as to join the walk.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

THANK-YOU NOTE FROM MLK DAY

We received the following thank-you note from Kathy Paulmier, who played a major role in organizing the Martin Luther King Day of Service for Germantown Friends School, which was cosponsored by Germantown Monthly Meeting:

Dear … and all of the members & attenders of Germantown Monthly Meeting, Thank you for all of your help with our GFS MLK Day 2020! It was a great day, thanks to your generosity and contributions of time, space, heat, cleaning, communications, & members & attenders who came out to lead projects, participate in our activities in the manner of Friends!! I’m grateful for your support with this day of service and fellowship. In fellowship, Kathy Paulmier

MARRIAGES

– Elizabeth Spaeth and Juan Vaca Garibay were married in our meetinghouse on Dec, 28, 2019.
– Edward Marshall IV and Barbara Kleine will be married in May 2020 in Iceland, under the care of GMM
– Peter Samuel and Susan Matyas were married on Dec. 19, 2019, by a judge in a civil ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TONI MORRISON FILM AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, FEB. 9

In celebration of Black History Month, the film Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am will be shown in Loeb Auditorium of Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sonia Sanchez and Houston Alfred Baker, Jr., will speak after the screening, moderated by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, professor history at Rutgers University, and author of Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. Sonia Sanchez is a well-known poet, author of many books, and recipient of many awards, as well as poet laureate of Philadelphia. Houston Baker, Jr. is Distinguished Professor of English and African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of many books, articles, and essays and received an American Book Award in 2009. Sponsored by these GFS groups: Alumni of Color Initiative; the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/ the Education Justice student group; and the Multicultural Parents Alliance. Please R.S.V.P. by clicking here.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS BEING ACCEPTED FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

Do you have a useful skill, knowledge, gift, or involvement with an issue you would like to share with other Friends in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM)? If it might make suitable content for a three-hour workshop at PYM Annual Sessions in July, now is the time to submit a proposal. The firm cut-off date for submitting proposals is Feb. 28. Workshops will be offered on Thursday, July 30; Friday, July 31; and Saturday, Aug. 1. They will be three hours long, and may be one or two days long. For information, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

THREAD GATHERING: DEEPENING OUR PRACTICE IN DECISION MAKING, FEB. 22

Gain skills in the process of decision making among Friends by attending a Thread Gathering, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Providence Monthly Meeting, 105 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. Plans are in formation; however, these are workshops and leaders far:

Arlene Kelly, leader: the important function of nominating committees
Steven Davison, leader: the sense of the meeting–what it is, what is means, and how we experience it
Kri Burkander and Jim Herr, leaders: the joy of serving as recording clerk
Emily Provance, leader: the art of virtual clerking

To register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 31, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The first that enters into the place of your meeting … turn in thy mind to the light, and wait upon God singly, as if none were present but the Lord; and here thou art strong. The next that comes in, let them in simplicity of heart sit down and turn in to the same light, and wait in the spirit; and so all the rest coming in, in the fear of the Lord, sit down in pure stillness and silence of all flesh, and wait in the light…. Those who are brought to a pure still waiting upon God in the spirit, are come nearer to the Lord than words are; for God is a spirit, and in the spirit is [God] worshiped…. In such a meeting there will be an unwillingness to part asunder, being ready to say in yourselves, it is good to be here; and this the end of all words and writings –to bring people to the eternal living Word. –Alexander Parker, 1660

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Feb. 2, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Tom & Joanne Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Alan Woodruff & Virginia Spaeth Nyce

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. They they will meet in the social room to sing songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with pianist and retired music teacher Caroline Davidson. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

YOUNG FRIENDS (8th-12th graders) … For information, contact Tash Kassell, 21-407-4535

MEETING EVENTS

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA, FEB. 2

Faith and Practice & Pizza will continue this Sunday, Feb. 2 with a discussion of Chapter 6, Part C, Pages 147-184, Extracts of Friends writings on faith reflected in practice and daily life. Bring a passage from this section that particularly resonates to share with the group. Faith and Practice & pizza meets at noon on first sunday of month east kindergarten. Drinks will be served. A $5 Donation is suggested to cover the cost of pizza, but please don’t stay away if you don’t have it. All are welcome. Any questions, contact Karen Lightner, lightnerk@aol.com.

FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE GATHERING, JUNE 28-JULY 4

A week of workshops, worship, special activities for all ages of kids and adults, and an intergenerational community of Friends: That’s the annual Gathering of Friends General Conference, which will be held this year on June 28-July 4 at Radford University in Virginia. This action-packed and spirit-filled week is loved by Friends of all ages. Financial aid for children and teens is available. See how plans are coming and when to register at FGCgathering.org.

QUAKER JOBS

This list is not meant to be exhaustive but offers a few positions that may be of interest to readers of the BEE, who are encouraged to go to websites of Quaker Organizations to uncover more possibilities.

To read a description below, click on the name of the position, and follow the web address presented.

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

Arch Street Meeting House Executive Director
Youth Program Assistant/Co-Facilitator, Middle School Friends

OTHER QUAKER ORGANIZATIONS

Audience Development Specialist, Friends Journal
Investment Analyst, Friends Fiduciary Corporation
Executive Director, Pendle Hill

COMMUNITY EVENTS

HISTORIAN TO SPEAK ON QUAKERS & SLAVERY, FEB. 5

Katharine Gerbner, historian and 2001 graduate of Germantown Friends School (GFS), will speak on “Quakers and Slavery in Philadelphia and Barbados” on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., in Friends Free Library of GFS. She is the author of Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World and is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Her presentation will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments. This is part of The Friends Free Library Community Writers Series, which features nationally known authors with local ties to Germantown. Free and open to the public. For information, call Friends Free Library, 215-951-2355.

RUNNING ON EMPTY AT DELCO PEACE CENTER, FEB. 7

The Oscar-nominated 1988 film Running on Empty will show at the Peace Center of Delaware County on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. The film centers on a family of four who have lived underground in the wake of the Vietnam war, for which the parents were involved in a protest that resulted in violence. Their family’s life has been one of constant moving so they can’t be located by authorities. However, with their musically talented son coming into his own as a teenager, they are faced with decisions about letting him step into the spotlight or pulling back into the safety of anonymity with the rest of the family. Stars Christine Lahti and Judd Hirsch. Free; free-will donation taken. Come at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

TONI MORRISON FILM AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, FEB. 9

In celebration of Black History Month, the film Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am will be shown in Loeb Auditorium of Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sonia Sanchez and Houston Alfred Baker , Jr., will speak after the screening. It will be moderated by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, professor of history at Rutgers University and author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. Sonia Sanchez is a well-known poet, author of many books, and recipient of many awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts, American Book Award, and Langston Hughes Poetry Award. She is Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, appointed by former Mayor Michael Nutter. Houston Baker, Jr., is the Distinguished Professor of English and African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of many books, articles, and essays and received an American Book Award for 2009 for his book Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era. Sponsored by these GFS groups: Alumni of Color Initiative, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the Education Justice student group; and the Multicultural Parents Alliance. Please R.S.V.P. by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

IPL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AS A MORAL ISSUE, FEB. 9

The Annual Conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) will explore the theme “The long Journey: From Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future” on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave. Colette Pichon-Battle of the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy will speak about her experience with communities that are resisting the use of fossil fuels and rebuilding toward a sustainable future. She will draw parallels between the extraction histories of Pennsylvania and Louisiana, emphasizing what can be learned and applied to future efforts. Two break-out workshops will address Philadelphia issues, and an additional break-out session will be led by Malinda and Mark Clatterbuck of Lancaster Against Pipelines. The keynote talk will be live-streamed to Pittsburgh, Scranton, and other conference locations. For more information and to register, click here. Conference cost for pre-registration is $15; cost at the door is $20.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 24, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We seem to be at a turning point in human history. We can choose life or watch the planet become uninhabitable for our species. Somehow, I believe that we will pass through this dark night of our planetary soul to a new period of harmony with the God that is to be found within each of us, and that S/He will inspire renewed confidence in people everywhere, empowering us all to cooperate to use our skills, our wisdom, our creativity, our love, our faith–even our doubts and fears–to make peace with the planet. Strengthened by this fragile faith, empowered by the Spirit within, I dare to hope. –Pat Saunders, 1987

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 26, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Peter Samuel & friend
11:30 a.m. Winter Potluck in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Sam Rhoads & Nicole Juday

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. Then go to the social room to continue study of Joseph, learning about Pharaoh’s dreams and Joseph’s brothers coming to Egypt for food. Also continue to make more dream-illustrations on fabric, to be turned into a banner. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

MEETING EVENTS

WARM UP WITH OUR WINTER POTLUCK, JAN. 26

Let’s gather for a heartwarming, soul-satisfying Winter Potluck on Sunday, Jan. 26, right after meeting for worship. Bring your family and friends and your delicious, hearty dishes to share, as we say goodbye to January with lunch and laughter! There will be special tables with games for those who like to compete while they eat, such as Bananagrams, Apples to Apples, and other silly stuff for fun while we feast. Come one, come all! –Janet Kroll

UPCOMING PLANS FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL

On Sunday, Jan 26, First-day School children will continue their study of Joseph, learning about Pharaoh’s dreams and Joseph’s brothers coming to Egypt for food. They will also continue to make more dream-illustrations on fabric, which will be turned into a banner. On Sunday, Feb. 2, they will sing songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with the help of pianist and retired music teacher Caroline Davidson. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

TIME TO SIGN UP FOR HOSTING A WINTER GATHERING

It-s time for Winter Gatherings! Are you interested in hosting an afternoon tea, a wine- and-cheese, a game night, a dinner, or some other social event for up to 8 people? The Gatherings are a great way to get to know friends better — a few at a time! Those interested in hosting a gathering are asked to fill out the sign-up sheet that will be available during the social hour after meeting for worship for the next two weeks. Alternatively, email Moira Duggan at moiracd@icloud.com to advise her of your interest. After hosts have identified themselves, a sign-up sheet will be posted for each event.

REMINDER: DUE FEB. 1–TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2020-2021 are available online. Go to the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education. The link to the guidelines and application pack are beneath the first paragraph, or simply click here. Applications for the school year 2020-2021 should be turned in by February 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JAN. 26

“Why Keep Records?” is the question addressed by Pat O’Donnell, archivist at Friends Historical Library, at the 9:30 program this Sunday, Jan. 26, of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM). The transformation of early Quakers into a Society of Friends was in part enabled by record-keeping. Pat will explain how the rules surrounding record-keeping evolved; then she’ll look a little closer at some of the documents that early Quaker leaders believed were important. It will be held at Green Street Monthly Meeting, 45 School House Lane, Phila., PA 19144. Participants are invited to join Green Street Friends for meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m., and PQM’s meeting for business from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you wish, you may slip over to Germantown Meeting for our own potluck at 11:40 a.m. and then go back to Quarterly Meeting at 1 p.m. for the afternoon session.

REMINDER: PYM THRESHING SESSION ON MEMBERSHIP, JAN. 26

This threshing session will explore issues related to membership as have been raised by Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in their recent Epistle. It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Haddonfield Monthly Meeting, 47 Friends Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, and will probe layers of concerns, identifying them for discernment by the community of PhiladeLphia Yearly Meeting. The threshing session will begin after worship with Haddonfield Meeting and a brown bag lunch. Worship: 10 a.m.; lunch: 11 a.m.; Threshing Session: 12 noon to 2 p.m. To RSVP, click here. Direct questions to Zachary Dutton, zdutton@pym.org, 215-241-7008.

REMINDER: THREAD GATHERING ON DIVERSITY, FEB. 1

There will be a Thread Gathering on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Quaker Communities,” Saturday, Feb. 1, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. This is a day-long workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., using experiential exercises, deep listening, and sharing. Participants will practice these techniques, share resources, and build connections and support with one another. The aim is to move forward with racial healing and wholeness in our meetings and communities. Free. It is sponsored by the Peace & Social Justice Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Facilitators are members of Central Philadelphia Meeting and are O, Dana Reinhold, and Francis Elling.To find out more about the facilitators and to register, click here. To talk to someone in person, contact Zachary Dutton, 215-241-7008.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FUMCOG CONCERT TO BENEFIT SANCTUARY FAMILY, JAN. 26

Germantown Friends School Choir will be among the performers at a benefit concert on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m., for a family living in sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. Jazz, folk, rock, and African drumming will also be featured. There is a $10 suggested donation, which will go toward helping the family with legal fees. Jamaican food and baked goods will be served. No reservations needed.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 17, 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 19, 2020

9 a.m. Called meeting to discuss relationship with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting*
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 Deb Frazer & Jack Malinowski

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. Then they will meet in the social room to make hats and scarves for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (See brief below for plans on upcoming Sundays.) Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

MEETING EVENTS

CALLED MEETING THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 19 ON RELATIONSHIP WITH PYM

Germantown Monthly Meeting will hold a called meeting for business this Sunday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m., to discuss its relationship with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which is the organization that links us to 100-plus Quaker meetings in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Maryland. In addition PYM provides services and resources that all meetings can use, including Germantown. Through collaboratives, “sprints,” and a shared calendar, PYM provides ways for Friends from its monthly meeting to address common spiritual and social justice concerns. A significant portion of Germantown Meeting’s annual budget supports PYM. At this called meeting, we will discuss the following questions: Are we getting what we need from PYM? Does PYM represent us well in the wider Quaker and non Quaker world? If we are unhappy with the services provided or with other aspects of PYM, how should we respond? What are the most effective ways to shape PYM to become the organization it could be? Please, come to our called meeting to share your perspective and insight! For questions, contact Bill Cozzens, our Meeting clerk (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu).

UPCOMING PLANS FOR FIRST-DAY SCHOOL

This Sunday, Jan. 19, in First-day School, the children will make hats and scarves for Martin Luther King Jr., Day. On Sunday, Jan 26, they will continue their study of Joseph, learning about Pharaoh’s dreams and Joseph’s brothers coming to Egypt for food. They will also continue to make more dream-illustrations on fabric, which will be turned into a banner. On Sunday, Feb. 2, they will sing songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with the help of pianist and retired music teacher Caroline Davidson. –Dorothy Cary, clerk, First-day School Committee

WARM UP WITH OUR WINTER POTLUCK, JAN. 26

Let’s gather for a heartwarming, soul-satisfying Winter Potluck on Sunday, Jan. 26, right after meeting for worship. Bring your family and friends and your delicious, hearty dishes to share, as we say goodbye to January with lunch and laughter! There will be special tables with games for those who like to compete while they eat, such as Bananagrams, Apples to Apples, and other silly stuff for fun while we feast. Come one, come all! –Janet Kroll

TIME TO SIGN UP FOR HOSTING A WINTER GATHERING

It?s time for Winter Gatherings! Are you interested in hosting an afternoon tea, a wine- and-cheese, a game night, a dinner, or some other social event for up to 8 people? The Gatherings are a great way to get to know friends better ? a few at a time! Those interested in hosting a gathering are asked to fill out the sign-up sheet that will be available during the social hour after meeting for worship for the next two weeks. Alternatively, email Moira Duggan at moiracd@icloud.com to advise her of your interest. After hosts have identified themselves, a sign-up sheet will be posted for each event.

DEC. 8 MINUTES ATTACHED

The approved minutes are attached from our Dec. 8, 2019, meeting for business. To read them, open attachment APVD December 2019.pdf.

REMINDER: THREAD GATHERING ON CLIMATE CRISIS MEETS AT GMM, JAN. 18

A Thread Gathering on Climate Crisis & Environmental Justice will take place in Germantown Meetinghouse on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This gathering will explore the intersection of climate crisis, economic inequality, and racism. Participants will share ideas on how individuals and faith communities can address the climate crisis and will explore whether to advance a minute establishing the climate crisis as a corporate witness in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Lunch is “brown bag,” with salad, bread, and cookies provided. Sponsored by the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details about the Thread Gathering, click here. To register, click here. For questions about the Eco-Justice Collaborative, contact Pat Finley, finleyp2932@gmail.com.

REMINDER: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE AT GFS & GERMANTOWN MEETING, JAN. 20

All are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Germantown Friends School (GFS) and Germantown Monthly Meeting. Take part in a range of planned activities for the community. Look at the list of projects by clicking here or by opening the attachment: GFS MLK Day 2020 Schedule & Project List.pdf. Would you like volunteers to help you with one of your committee projects? Email our member Kathy Paulmier at kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org or Robyn Felzer at rellen1234@gmail.com.

REMINDER: DUE FEB. 1–TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS Germantown Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2020-2021 are available online. Go to the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education. The link to the guidelines and application pack are beneath the first paragraph, or simply click here. Applications for the school year 2020-2021 should be turned in by February 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW ADDRESS FOR BEVERLY DAVENPORT

Our member Beverly Davenport, who formerly lived in Denton, TX, is now living in East Falls, and her address is Gypsy Lane, Phila., PA 19129.

DEBORAH COOPER TO CO-LEAD SESSION ON MINDFULNESS & WHITE PRIVILEGE

Our member Deborah Cooper will pair with Pamela Freeman to lead a Pendle Hill Conference on Mindfulness and White Privilege on the weekend of Feb. 28-March. Their approach will blend mindfulness practices with an exploration of racial conditioning to help white people practice antiracism with intention and self-understanding. Participants will learn how U.S. racial history and government policies have shaped laws that resulted in systemic oppression of people of color. In a supportive environment, they will also learn how to lessen the grip of anger, fear, and guilt and face their discomfort. and how to counteract the oppression of people of color. This conference is intended for white people who are familiar with mindfulness meditation practice. If you need a refresher on that practice, there will be a brief session at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, before the conference begins. Cost: $300-$495, with financial assistance available. For more information and to register online, click here, or call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

NEW FILM ON ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JAN. 19

The new film The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons will be shown at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Phila., PA 19103, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. This 56-minute documentary tells about efforts to bring a nuclear weapon ban treaty into international law and is told through the voices of leading activists. It shows what can be done to bring the treaty into force and eradicate nuclear weapons. Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Greater Philadelphia Branch of WILPF. Sponsored by the Germantown Monthly Meeting Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Brandywine Peace Community, and other area peace groups. For information, click here.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND, JAN. 20

Winter gardening tasks are on the agenda for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fair Hill Burial Ground, 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133. Dress warmly for working outside. For questions, send an email to info@historicfairhill.com. These three locations need volunteers:

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 2901 Germantown Ave.Task: mulching young trees
Potter Thomas School Garden, 6th & Task streets. Task: edging long perennial beds
Semilla Children’s Garden, 4th & Somerset streets. Task: repairing beds and fence

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR QUNO PROGRAM ASSISTANT: JAN. 24

The deadline to apply to be a program assistant positions at the Quaker United Nations (QUNO) in New York City is Jan. 24. This is for the 2020 to 2021 year. There are two positions available. These are paid, entry-level positions for recent college graduates who are interested in international affairs and the United Nations and have a commitment to Quaker principles of peace, nonviolence, and equality. Duties are split between program work and office work. Program work varies, but generally involves monitoring world news and developments about specific issues, attending UN meetings, planning events, and conducting research. Office tasks involves coordinating publications, preparing mailings, answering the phone, organizing meetings, and clearing up afterwards. English proficiency is required; other languages are helpful, especially Spanish or French. For a job description and to apply, click here.

PYM THRESHING SESSION ON MEMBERSHIP, JAN. 26

This threshing session will explore issues related to membership as have been raised by Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in their recent Epistle. It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Haddonfield Monthly Meeting, 47 Friends Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, and will probe layers of concerns, identifying them for discernment by the community of PhiladeLphia Yearly Meeting. The threshing session will begin after worship with Haddonfield Meeting and a brown bag lunch. Worship: 10 a.m.; lunch: 11 a.m.; Threshing Session: 12 noon to 2 p.m. To RSVP, click here. Direct questions to Zachary Dutton, zdutton@pym.org, 215-241-7008.

THREAD GATHERING ON DIVERSITY, FEB. 1
There will be a Thread Gathering on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Quaker Communities,” Saturday, Feb. 1, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19102. This is a day-long workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., using experiential exercises, deep listening, and sharing. Participants will practice these techniques, share resources, and build connections and support with one another. The aim is to move forward with racial healing and wholeness in our meetings and communities. Free. It is sponsored by the Peace & Social Justice Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Facilitators are members of Central Philadelphia Meeting and are O, Dana Reinhold, and Francis Elling.To find out more about the facilitators and to register, click here. To talk to someone in person, contact Zachary Dutton, 215-241-7008.

PENDLE HILL CONFERENCES OFFER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

For a listing of upcoming conferences, speakers, and workshops at Pendle Hill, please see the attachment PH Winter Calendar 2020.pdf.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

ORGAN & BRASS CONCERT AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, JAN. 19

A free concert to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be given at The First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave., Phila., PA 19144, on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. Marvin Mills will perform on the pipe organ, and the Philadelphia Brass will also perform. A free-will offering will be taken. This concert is part of the McLean Memorial Organ Centennial Concert Series, which is supported by the American Guild of Organists and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information, call 215-843-8811.

FUMCOG CONCERT TO BENEFIT SANCTUARY FAMILY, JAN. 26

Jazz, folk, rock, and African drumming will be featured at a benefit concert on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m., for a family living in sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. The choir of Germantown Friends School will be among the performers. There is a $10 suggested donation, which will go toward helping the family with legal fees. Jamaican food and baked goods will be served. No reservations needed.

VOLUNTEER TO BE A READING BUDDY IN JULIA DE BURGOS PUBLIC SCHOOL

Frederick Douglas said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Every week, 35 mostly retired volunteers come to Julia deBurgos School in Fairhill to read with children in K-4th. The volunteers are consistent and encouraging. The children are eager, bright, and friendly but only 25 percent are reading on grade level. The teachers are hard working and appreciative of the support from volunteers. Reading Buddies complete an application, get state clearances, visit, interview and are trained and assigned to a classroom. They have monthly meetings for further training and support. For more information, info@historicfairhill.com, or 215-844-1683 x 107. Want to be a Reading Buddy? Visit our Volunteer page by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

MLK DAY OF NONVIOLENT ACTION AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, JAN. 20

There will be a demonstration with nonviolent action on Monday, Jan. 19–Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia to protest the production and use of nuclear weapons and to support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It begins at noon; if you are interested in participating in nonviolent civil disobedience, please come at 11 a.m. to meet with others. Martin Luther King, Jr., known for use of and belief in nonviolent direct action in the Civil Rights Movement, said, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” (Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, Dec. 10, 1964) For more information, click here. Coordinated by the Brandywine Peace Community. To speak to a person, contact Bob Smith, director, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 10, 2020

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, Jan. 12, 2020

9 a.m. Meeting for Business, social room (Agenda below*)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Peter Yeomans & friend
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Pam Pittenger & Rob Smith

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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. Then they meet in the social room to go to activities. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriend.org)

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

AGENDA

Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business, January 12, 2020

Query 3–Bobbie Horowitz
Worship
Minutes from December Business Meeting–Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting–Peter Samuel
Marriage Committee–Carla Childs
Child Care Committee–Peter Yeomans
School Committee (Campus Master Plan Update)–Sam Rhoads
Friends Oral Histories–Leanna Whitman
Racial & Social Justice (Meeting support for Quaker organizations)–Ed Nakawatase
FCNL (Updating Legislative Priorities for 117th Congress)–Bill Cozzens
Walk for Peace & Reconciliation (Invitation to host)–Bill Cozzens

Announcements:

Jan. 18: Thread Gathering, Quaker (and PYM) Stance on Climate Change
Jan. 19: Called Meeting on PYM Relationship & Funding
Others?

Closing Worship

MEETING EVENTS

THREAD GATHERING ON CLIMATE CRISIS MEETS AT GMM, JAN. 18

A Thread Gathering on Climate Crisis & Environmental Justice will take place in Germantown Meetinghouse on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This gathering will explore the intersection of climate crisis, economic inequality, and racism. Participants will share ideas on how individuals and faith communities can address the climate crisis and will explore whether to advance a minute establishing the climate crisis as a corporate witness in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Lunch is “brown bag,” with salad, bread, and cookies provided. Sponsored by the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. For more details about the Thread Gathering, click here. To register, click here. For questions about the Eco-Justice Collaborative, contact Pat Finley, finleyp2932@gmail.com.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE AT GFS & GERMANTOWN MEETING, JAN. 20

All are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Germantown Friends School (GFS) and Germantown Monthly Meeting. Take part in a range of planned activities for the community. Look at the list of projects by clicking here. Would you like volunteers to help you out with one of your committee projects? Email our member Kathy Paulmier at kpaulmier@germantownfriends.org or Robyn Felzer at rellen1234@gmail.com. The next planning meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the GFS cafeteria.

REMINDER: DUE FEB. 1–TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2020-2021 are available online. Go to the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education. The link to the guidelines and application pack are beneath the first paragraph, or simply click here. Applications for the school year 2020-2021 should be turned in by February 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

NEW FILM ON ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JAN. 19

The new film The Beginning of the End of of Nuclear Weapons will be shown at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Phila., PA 19103, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. This 56-minute documentary tells about efforts to bring a nuclear weapon ban treaty into international law and is told through the voices of leading activists. It shows what can be done to bring the treaty into force and eradicate nuclear weapons. Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Greater Philadelphia Branch of WILPF. Sponsored by the Germantown Monthly Meeting Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Brandywine Peace Community, and other area peace groups. For information, click here.

PYM THRESHING SESSION ON MEMBERSHIP, JAN. 26

This threshing session will explore issues related to membership as have been raised by Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in their recent Epistle. It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Haddonfield Monthly Meeting, 47 Friends Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033, and wil probe layers of concerns, identifying them for discernment by the community of Philadephia Yearly Meeting. The threshing session will begin after worship with Haddonfield Meeting and a brown bag lunch. Worship: 10 a.m.; lunch: 11 a.m.; Threshing Session: 12 noon to 2 p.m. To RSVP, click here. Direct questions to Zachary Dutton, zdutton@pym.org.

TAKE ACTION

ANTI-WAR ‘REACH OUT’ TODAY AT 30TH ST. STATION

Join others today (Friday, Jan. 10) to reach out to the public with leaflets and signs, opposing U.S. war with Iran. This is an opportunity to have gentle conversations with people passing by on foot, while sharing your message with dozens–if not hundreds–of downtown drivers. Reach Out takes place at afternoon rush hour–4 p.m. to 5 p.m.–at 30th Street Train Station, on the corner of 30th and Market Streets. Banners, posters, and leaflets provided by Brandywine Peace Community. Especially urgent this month, Reach Out is a low-key, monthly event on every second Friday, alternating between 30th Street Station and the SEPTA entrance in Center City at 15th & Market Streets (across from City Hall). For information, call Bob Smith, director of the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

RESPONSE TO GLOBAL WARMING: ONCE-A-WEEK VEGAN DIET

This helpful suggestion comes from our member Deborah Cooper: In response to the concern about global warming, my 13-year-old granddaughter has made a commitment to follow a vegan diet every Wednesday. She has enlisted some others from her school to do the same. I have made a similar commitment. Will you join us? –Deborah Cooper (deborahcooper125@gmail.com)

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 3, 2020

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 spiritual practice. –Connie McPeak Green, 2008

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Jan. 5, 2020

10:30 a.m. – Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers TBA
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in Social Room
Greeting & Refreshments – Caroline Davidson & David Mettler
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 will play in a loving environment.

CHILDREN … join meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. Then they meet in the social room to go to activities. Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent. For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

MEETING EVENTS

FAITH & PRACTICE AND PIZZA TO MEET THIS SUNDAY, JAN. 5

Faith & Practice and Pizza will continue its discussion of Chapter 6, parts A and B, after worship this Sunday, Jan. 5, noon to 1:30 p.m., in the East Kindergarten, which is across the driveway from the meetinghouse. The reading is pages 107-147, which covers Advices from 1694 and 1695 and Extracts of Writings on Experience and Faith. Please bring an extract that particularly speaks to you for discussion. If you don’t have your own copy of “Faith & Practice”, you may read it online by clicking here. Pizza and beverages will be served. We ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of the pizza, but please don’t stay away if you don’t have it. All are welcome. For questions, contact Karen Lightner, lightnerk@aol.com. This discussion group meets on the first Sunday of each month

REMINDER: TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2020-2021 are available online. Go to the Friends Education Fund (https://www.friendscouncil.org/resources/nfef) of Friends Council on Education. The link to the guidelines and application pack are beneath the first paragraph, or simply click here. Applications for the school year 2020-2021 should be turned in by February 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott (gmm@germantownfriends.org) in the Meeting office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ADDRESS CHANGES & UPDATES

– After downsizing his home, David Elder has a new street address at Kendal-at-Longwood Retirement Center in Chester County. It is now #161 Kendal Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (instead of 162). The rest of his contact information remains the same. He officially completed the move on Thursday, Dec. 19, and writes: “My new quarters are piled high with things on their way to some other end use, such as Goodwill or libraries. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all, and I think very fondly of the pre-Christmas potluck and carol sing that was always such a wonderful event at GMM.” Best wishes to you in your new apartment, David. May the mountains of stuff disappear quickly and leave you with a beautiful place to live!

– Our member Jeffrey Liu Evans, whose name was left out of our new Meeting Directory last year, has two new bits of information to add that were missing in the update in Dec. 20 Friday BEE. Here is his complete information: Jeffrey Liu Evans, 1358 Oldfield Rd., Decatur, GA 30030-4549, jeff@jeffesq.com.

– In case you missed seeing this announcement during the hectic days before Christmas, Kelley Jean White has a new address: 455 West Harvey St., Phila., PA 19144. Her email address is still: KelleyWhiteMD@yahoo.com.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TONIGHT: THE BEST OF ENEMIES SHOWS AT SPRINGFIELD MEETING

“The Best of Enemies,” a film based on the true story about the unlikely relationship between an African American civil rights organizer and a regional head of the Ku Klux Klan, will show tonight, Jan. 3, at the Peace Center of Delaware County (http://delcopeacecenter.org/directions.html) in the Springfield Meetinghouse, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064. Although the film is filled with the complexities one would expect, it underlines a simple truth: A group is easy to hate, but it’s harder to hate a person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments. A free-will donation is taken. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community <brandywinepeace@juno.com>. For information, call Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.</brandywinepeace@juno.com>

THREAD GATHERING ON CLIMATE CRISIS MEETS AT GMM, JAN. 18

A Thread Gathering on Climate Crisis & Environmental Justice will take place in Germantown Meetinghouse on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This gathering will explore the intersection of climate crisis, economic inequality, and racism. Participants will share ideas on how individuals and faith communities can address the climate crisis and will explore whether to advance a minute establishing the climate crisis as a corporate witness in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To learn the details, click here.

FILM ON ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JAN. 19

The film “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” will be shown at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S Rittenhouse Square, Phila., PA 19103, on Saturday, January 19, at 2 p.m. This 56-minute documentary film tells about efforts to bring a nuclear weapon ban treaty into international law and is told through the voices of leading activists. It shows what can be done to bring the treaty into force and eradicate nuclear weapons. Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Greater Philadelphia Branch of WILPF. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, and Germantown Monthly Meeting Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. For more information, click here.

KEEP UP WITH QUAKER EVENTS ON PYM WEBSITE

With the holidays over and the new year opening up before us, you should see all things going on for local Quakers in coming weeks! Take a look at Calendar of Events of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by clicking here.

REMINDER: DISCUSSION WITH CLIMATE SCIENTISTS, JAN. 4

Everyone is invited to “Climate Up Close: Talk with a climate scientist face-to-face,” on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2:30 p.m., in Friends Center, 1501 Race St., Phila., PA 19102. This is a panel of climate scientists who are trying to spread accurate information about the vital concern of climate change. There will be time to ask questions. Sponsored by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. Free and open to the public. For more information about the group Climate Up Close, click here. Presenters will be four scientists from Princeton, most of whom are Quakers. For more information, contact Bruce Birchard (brucebirchard45@gmail.com).

REMINDER: AUTHOR TO SPEAK ON LIVING AN ABUNDANT LIFE, JAN. 5

Quaker author Brent Bill will speak Sunday, Jan. 5, at 12:15 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Meeting, on living an abundant life based on four ideals: beauty, truth, life, and love, but not materialism. He has been described as “…a substantial spiritual guide, but never in a flashy way.” He will read from his book and invite people to look at the places of beauty, truth, life, and love in their own lives. For information, contact Storm Evans <storm@evans-legal.com> of Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118.</storm@evans-legal.com>

TAKE ACTION

DEMONSTRATION TO OPPOSE WAR ON IRAQ OR IRAN, JAN. 4

Tomorrow, Jan. 4, at noon, there will be a demonstration to oppose a U.S. war on Iran or Iraq. It will take place on the west side (15th & Market Streets) of Philadelphia City Hall. It is cosponsored by Refuse Fascism, Answer, Code Pink, World Beyond War, and many other peace organizations. The Brandywine Peace Community will provide banners and posters. Others throughout the United States are holding similar demonstrations. For information, call Bob Smith of the Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148.

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

And in that region there were shepherds out living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” –Luke 2:8-13 (NKJV)

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 22, 2019

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Bobbie Horowitz & Becca Stumpf
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Anthony Stover & Taylor Stover
6 p.m. Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing

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 they go to the kitchen to make cookies. (Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.) For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org)

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

MEETING NEWS

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 22 , 6 p.m.

Our joyful, magical, musical, and utterly delicious Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing is this Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. We will once again gather by candlelight, bringing our best Christmas food to share with everyone, along with our healthy voices and happy spirits. After dinner, Caroline Davidson will accompany us on the piano and lead us in singing our favorite carols, with Carla Childs managing the projector that casts the words on the wall. So, get ready to feast and sing and greet old and new Friends and folks in town for the holidays. Come one, come all!

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FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO MAKE COOKIES THIS SUNDAY

Our children will be making cookies in the kitchen this Sunday, although there is no word yet about whether there will be any cookies left for adults to eat after meeting for worship. We’ll just have to take our chances, Friends!

NO FRIDAY BEE NEXT WEEK: MEETING OFFICE CLOSED DEC. 24, 25, 26, 27

There will not be a Friday BEE next week, Dec. 27, because the secretary will be out of the office, taking several vacation days. The Meeting Office will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Dec. 27. If you have an important message, please send it by email to gmm@germantownfriends.org, where messages will be checked regularly. Thank you for your help.

HOW THE EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS TAX CREDIT (EITC) WORKS

The Pennsylvania State government allows contributions to suitable organization(s) to be taken as a credit against (up to 90 percent of) state income tax obligations. The funds are then given to private schools and used for such things as financial aid. Friends Collaborative (FC) is such an organization. A gift to FC will be distributed to a number of Friends schools, but the donor can specify a school to receive a major portion of it. If money is given two consecutive years, 90 percent qualifies as a tax credit each year. If money is given only one year, 75 percent is available as a credit. FC looks for a minimum contribution of $3,000 each year, which generates a tax credit of $2,700: this is the state tax liability on $88,000 of income subject to PA taxation. It is an attractive way to channel money to private (Friends) schools. Germantown Friends School (GFS) has received substantial amounts in recent years, which has helped keep tuition from rising faster than it otherwise might. I would be pleased to discuss it further with anyone who is interested. Hannah Henderson, director of advancement at GFS, can help interested individuals participate in this program. –Jonathan Rhoads, member of our Meeting and of the GFS School Committee

REMINDERS

FUND RAISING NOTE

As we approach the end of the year, your Fund Raising Committee reminds you that it is a propitious time to contribute to our Meeting’s financial support–support for all the Meeting’s programs, to keep the heat and lights on and the office staffed so we can worship together each week, and host the students from GFS for midweek Meeting for Worship. All times are good to contribute to the Meeting; for those whose circumstances allow a gift to be tax deductible, December is particularly appropriate. You recently received a written appeal letter with a return envelope for your convenience. You were also recently invited to share your thoughts about financial support of the Meeting by an online questionnaire, to which we encourage you to respond to help us understand the strength of financial support for the Meeting among its members and attenders. Now is an important time to contribute to. Germantown Meeting. –Jonathan Rhoads, clerk, Fund Raising Committee

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2020-2021 are available online. Go to the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education. The link to the guidelines and application pack are beneath the first paragraph, or simply click here. Applications for the school year 2020-2021 should be turned in by February 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ADDRESS CHANGE: KELLEY WHITE

Our member Kelley White has moved to 455 W Harvey St., Philadelphia, PA 19144. and her email address is still KelleyWhitemd@yahoo.com.

ADDITION TO DIRECTORY

Through an error due to quirks of fate, cyberspace, or human error, our longtime member Jeffrey Liu Evans was omitted from our new Directory. Please add him to yours:

Jeffrey Liu Evans, 1358 Oldfield Rd., Decator, GA 30030-4549, email: jeff@thisisconstructionlaw.com. Our apologies to you, Jeff!

QUAKER EVENTS

DISCUSSION WITH CLIMATE SCIENTISTS, JAN. 4

Everyone is invited to “Climate Up Close: Talk with a climate scientist face-to-face,” on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2:30 p.m., in Friends Center, 1501 Race St., Phila., PA 19102. This is a panel of climate scientists who are trying to spread accurate information about the vital concern of climate change. There will be lots of time to ask questions. Sponsored by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. Free and open to the public. For more information about the group Climate Up Close, click here. Presenters will be four scientists from Princeton, most of whom are Quakers. For more information, contact Bruce Birchard.

QUAKER AUTHOR TO SPEAK ON LIVING AN ABUNDANT LIFE, JAN. 5

Quaker author Brent Bill will speak Sunday, Jan. 5, at 12:15 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Meeting, on living an abundant life based on four ideals: beauty, truth, life, and love, but not materialism. He has been described as “…a substantial spiritual guide, but never in a flashy way.” He will read from his book and invite people to look at the places of beauty, truth, life, and love in their own lives. For information, contact Storm Evans of Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

AWBURY ARBORETUM’S ANNUAL BIRD COUNT, JAN. 4

The mid-winter season of bird counts is upon us to keep tabs on how our feathered friends are faring among us. Awbury Arboretum will hold its annual Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To take part, gather at the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd., Phila., PA 19138, where you will learn about birds. Featured will be educational bird activities for kids, an introduction to the popular and easy-to-use “eBird” app, and a hike to practice observing, identifying, and recording birds. Light refreshments. Free. To register, which will help planners, click here. This event is part of Awbury’s 2020 series: The Year of Citizen Science, designed to increase scientific understanding, help with research, and care for our earth and fellow species.To find out more about upcoming events, click here.

TAKE ACTION

CHRISTMAS VIGIL AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, DEC. 21

There will be an annual Christmas vigil on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer. The vigil will take place on the corner of Mall & Goddard Boulevards behind the King of Prussia Mall, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast of the United States. The theme is “Pierce the Darkness of Our Times: Send a Joyous Noise unto the People.” Dramatic banner display, with posters provided. Music, along with tolling of the Brandywine bell, used for 42 years in this annual Christmas vigil and in countless nonviolent actions for peace. Stand or sit (bring your own folding chair.) Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, coordinator, 484-574-1148.

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

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did ? for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him. -Frederick Buechner

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, Dec. 15, 2019

9 a.m. Adult Class: Barbara Wybar on Bududa Learning Center
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Pageant, in meeting room
12 noon Fellowship & Refreshments, in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Leanna & Randal Whitman

2 p.m. “Holiday Stories,” a program of storytelling and music by Ed Stivender

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 they go to the social room, where they will rehearse for the Christmas Pageant. (Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.) For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

MEETING NEWS

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 22 , 6 p.m.

Our joyful, magical, musical, and utterly delicious Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing is little more than a week away! On Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m., we will once again gather by candlelight, bringing our best Christmas food to share with everyone, along with our healthy voices and happy spirits. After dinner, Caroline Davidson will accompany us on the piano and lead us in singing our favorite carols, with Carla Childs managing the projector that casts the words on the wall. So, get ready to feast and sing and greet old and new Friends and folks in town for the holidays. Come one, come all!

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CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EXPECTED TO BE THIS SUNDAY, DEC. 15, AT 11:30 A.M.

BARBARA WYBAR TO SPEAK ON BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER, DEC. 15

Our member Barbara Wybar, founder and director of the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda, will talk about projects there at Adult Class on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m., in our social room. The Center runs programs for women in development, orphaned and impoverished children, and training in technical skills and trades. Barbara will also bring handmade crafts from Bududa to sell after meeting for worship, and the money will be sent back to Uganda to help with the programs.For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee. Childcare is available during Adult Class.

ED STIVENDER PRESENTS ‘HOLIDAY STORIES’ AT GMM ON DEC. 15

Our attender Ed Stivender, and internationally known storyteller, will present a family program of Holiday Stories on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., in our social room. Admission is free; however, a good-will offering will be taken to benefit Project HOME. Known for his witty renditions of classic stories, Ed has entertained audiences of all ages across the country since 1980. This performance will include “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Juggler of Notre Dame,” and the audience participation piece “Christmas Rapping.” He is the winner of the Circle of Excellence Storytelling Award and several prizes in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. Light refreshments will be served. For information, click here.

FUND RAISING NOTE

As we approach the end of the year, your Fund Raising Committee reminds you that it is a propitious time to contribute to our Meeting’s financial support–support for all the Meeting’s programs, to keep the heat and lights on and the office staffed so we can worship together each week, and host the students from GFS for midweek Meeting for Worship. All times are good to contribute to the Meeting; for those whose circumstances allow a gift to be tax deductible, December is particularly appropriate. You recently received a written appeal letter with a return envelope for your convenience. You were also recently invited to share your thoughts about financial support of the Meeting by an online questionnaire, to which we encourage you to respond to help us understand the strength of financial support for the Meeting among its members and attenders. Now is an important time to contribute to Germantown Meeting. –Jonathan Rhoads, clerk, Fund Raising Committee

ADDITIONAL VERSION OF DONOR SURVEY

Many readers of the Bee (members and longtime attenders) recently received an e-mail from our clerk, William Cozzens. It attached a survey from our Fund Raising Committee, asking for opinions and suggestions on Germantown Friends’ funding appeals to support our annual budget. Recipients were told they could fill out the form and return it online to our office. However, it was offered only in PDF format, and some people can only complete the survey in a Word Document. The Committee apologizes for this oversight, and the Word version is attached here. Those who want to participate may return it online as an attachment, or print it out to mail or bring to Meeting. And as stated before, paper copies are available at the Welcome Table. The Committee looks forward to your input! –Janet Kroll, on behalf of the Fund Raising Committee

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2020-2021 are available online. Go to the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education. The link to the guidelines and application pack are beneath the first paragraph, or simply click here. Applications for the school year 2020-2021 should be turned in by February 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

NOVEMBER MINUTES ATTACHED

The approved minutes are attached from our Nov. 10 Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business [APVD November 10 2019.pdf], with thanks and appreciation to our recording clerk Becky Johnson for another great job.

PETER SAMUEL’S ARTWORK AT ALLENS LANE CENTER

Our Member Peter Samuel will be showing his artwork at ?The Artful Gift,” the third annual Holiday Exhibition & Sale, at Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W Allens Lane in Mt. Airy. The opening reception will be tonight, Friday, Dec. 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with live accordion music, light hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. Offerings include fine pottery, tiles, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and ornaments. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Dec. 21. Weekend hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Come see Peter’s amazing drawings and ceramic vessels!

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, JAN. 3-5

Young Adult Friends (18-35ish) will gather for their Winter Retreat on Jan. 3-5, at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118. It will focus on developing practical life skills with a skill-sharing session on Saturday in which anyone can share knowledge on such things as cooking, mending clothes, making a budget, negotiating a salary–the possibilities are endless! To sign up in advance to share your expertise, click here. There will also be a “PowerPoint Party,” in which participants are invited to present three minutes on a topic about which they’re passionate. To find out more about the PowerPoint Party and sign up to do a presentation, click here. There will also be lots of time built into the gathering’s schedule for games, conversations, and spiritual deepening. No drinking is allowed. Cost is on a sliding scale. To find out more, click here.

THREAD GATHERING: CLIMATE CRISIS & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, JAN. 18

This gathering will explore the intersection of the climate crisis, economic inequality, and racism. Participants will share ideas on how we can address the climate crisis, including whether to put forward a minute establishing this as a corporate witness. The gathering will be held here at Germantown Meeting on Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Free. Please bring your own brown bag lunch. Salad, bread, and cookies provided. For information about getting involved with the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, contact Pat Finley, finleyp2932@gmail.com. To find out more details and register, contact Olivia Brangan, PYM Community Engagement Coordinator, obrangan@pym.org.

QUAKER YOUTH & FAMILIES

QUAKER FAMILY MEET-UP, DEC. 14

This is a special gathering for families of infants, children, and teenagers in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to get acquainted and have fun together. There will be fellowship, play, snacks, and spiritual refreshment. Friends will share parenting experiences and support one another in the stresses of the holiday season. It will take place Saturday, Dec. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Birmingham Friends Meeting, 1245 Birmingham Rd., West Chester, PA 19382. Free. Child care and a program for young people will be provided. Adults are welcome to attend with or without their kids.Grandparents and other family caregivers are welcome, too. To RSVP and see the schedule, click here.

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, Dec. 27-30

Young Friends (high schoolers) will explore “Change Within Ourselves” at their Christmas Gathering at Woodstown Meeting on Dec. 27-30. There will be workshops relating to identity and exploring ways in which we are all superheroes. An ice skating trip is planned at a local rink. To register and learn about financial aid, click here. Full cost is $95; partial and full scholarships are available, and donations to help others attend are especially welcome.

WINTER FAMILY OVERNIGHT, JAN. 11-12

Families with children from kindergarten to fifth grade are invited to the Winter Family Overnight, sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will take place Jan. 11-12 at Camp Onsas 609 Geigel Hill Rd., Ottsville, PA 18942. Families are welcome to bring friends to this joyful time together, where participants cook meals, do crafts and activities, and worship together. In the evening, everyone sits in front of a fire, eats s’mores, an enjoys stories. The gathering ends at 12 noon on Sunday so everyone has time to get home and prepare for the coming week. There are lots more details to be discovered by clicking here. There is a charge for registering, with availability of work scholarships: click here. If you have questions, contact Melinda Wenner Bradley, 215-241-7171.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

AWBURY ARBORETUM’S ANNUAL BIRD COUNT, JAN. 4

The mid-winter season of bird counts is upon us to keep tabs on how our feathered friends are faring among us. Awbury Arboretum will hold its annual Backyard Bird Count on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To take part, gather at the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd., Phila., PA 19138, where you will learn about birds. Featured will be educational bird activities for kids, an introduction to the popular and easy-to-use “eBird” app, and a hike to practice observing, identifying, and recording birds. Light refreshments. Free. To register, which will help planners, click here. This event is part of Awbury’s 2020 series: The Year of Citizen Science, designed to increase scientific understanding, help with research, and care for our earth and fellow species.To find out more about upcoming events, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER RALLY TO SAVE OUR SCHOOLS, DEC. 18

This Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., the interfaith group POWER will hold a rally in Harrisburg to urge state legislators to provide emergency funding for Pennsylvania schools to remove toxic wastes from school buildings. PA Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler will be part of the rally. Transportation to Harrisburg is available. To find out more and RSVP, click here.

CHRISTMAS VIGIL AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, DEC. 21

There will be an annual Christmas vigil on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer. The vigil will take place on the corner of Mall & Goddard Boulevards behind the King of Prussia Mall, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast of the United States. The theme is “Pierce the Darkness of Our Times: Send a Joyous Noise unto the People.” Dramatic banner display, with posters provided. Music, along with tolling of the Brandywine bell, used for 42 years in this annual Christmas vigil and in countless nonviolent actions for peace. Stand or sit (bring your own folding chair.) Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, coordinator, 484-574-1148.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 6, 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 nor 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, Dec. 8, 2019

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Doing Business, social room (Agenda below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, in meeting room
Closers Antonette Berger & Ed Stivender
11:30 a.m. Fellowship & Refreshments in social room
Greeting & Refreshments Parvin & Jean Sharpless

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 they go to the social room, where they will rehearse for the Christmas Pageant. (Children are always welcome to stay in meeting for worship with a parent.) For information, contact Dorothy Cary (dcary@germantownfriends.org).

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

AGENDA

Meeting for Business

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

Query 2 – Karen Lightner
Worship
Minutes from the November Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Standing Nominating Committee – David Mettler
FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend (March 28-31). Request for financial support for young Friends to attend – Bill Cozzens
School Committee Report (attached) – Sam Rhoads, clerk, David Feldman, asst. clerk, and Dana Weeks, head of school
Fiscal Committee Report – Randal Whitman
Friends- Oral Histories – Leanna Whitman

Announcements
– December 22 Holiday Potluck and Carol Sing
– December 29 “Fifth Sunday” – Karen Lightner
– Others?
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

SAVE THE DATE: CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 22 , 6 p.m.

CALLING YOUNG ACTORS… CHRISTMAS PAGEANT NEEDS YOU!

The First-day school is in need of young actors and actresses. We hope to put on our annual Christmas pageant, based on the King James Version of the Christmas story, but a number of our families are traveling on the proposed date of 12/22 If you know a young person willing to participate, let us know as soon as possible. We’re considering moving the date up a week to suit the needs of the families. We are really excited that Cara Appleberry and her mother Maureen Carr have agreed to direct the play this year. –Dorothy Cary, clerk

MEETING FOR BUSINESS SET FOR THIS SUNDAY, DEC. 8

All members of Germantown Meeting are encouraged to attend Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Doing Business, next Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m., in our social room. If you are a regular attender,thinking about becoming a member, and interested in visiting to Meeting for Business, please speak to our clerk in advance: Bill Cozzens (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu). The agenda is printed above.

GFS SCHOOL COMMITTEE REPORT

The 2018-2019 Annual Report on Germantown Friends School is attached to this email message.

BARBARA WYBAR TO SPEAK ON BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER, DEC. 15

Our member Barbara Wybar, founder and director of the Bududa Learning Center in Uganda, will talk about projects there at Adult Class on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m., in our social room. The Center runs programs for women in development, orphaned and impoverished children, and training in technical skills and trades. Barbara will also bring handmade crafts from Bududa to sell after meeting for worship, and the money will be sent back to Uganda to help with the programs.For information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee. Childcare is available during Adult Classe, and you are invited to come early for light refreshments.

ED STIVENDER PRESENTS ‘HOLIDAY STORIES’ AT GMM ON DEC. 15

Our attender Ed Stivender, and internationally known storyteller, will present a family program of Holiday Stories on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Admission is free; however, a good-will offering will be taken to benefit Project HOME. Known for his witty renditions of classic stories, Ed has entertained audiences of all ages across the country since 1980. This performance will include “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Juggler of Notre Dame,” and the audience participation piece “Christmas Rapping.” He is the winner of the Circle of Excellence Storytelling Award and several prizes in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 610-623-8546 or click here.

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Meeting members who have children in Quaker schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2020-2021 are available online. Go to the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education. The link to the guidelines and application pack are beneath the first paragraph, or simply click here. Applications for the school year 2020-2021 should be turned in by February 1 to Joanne Ford, clerk of the Scholarship Committee, or to Melissa Elliott in the Meeting office.

REMINDER: PLEASE FILL OUT AND RETURN YOUR DONOR SURVEY

To help our Fundraising Committee appraise ways to make donating easier, please return the Donor Survey before Christmas. It is attached (Survey.pdf) to this email message, as it was last week. You can also pick up a copy from the literature counter in the social room, where there is a box for returning completed surveys. Or, simply mail it to the Meeting Office, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144. A big thank-you goes to those people who have already returned theirs! We need to hear from the rest of you now.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘TEMPESTRY’ EXHIBIT ILLUSTRATES CLIMATE CHANGE WITH HANDICRAFTS

Come see an exhibit of handmade “temperature tapestries,” or Tempestries, at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. This will be a long-term educational display, with an opening reception for the artists on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our member Rebecca Hoenig is one of the 37 knitters and crocheters who created this collection, with handmade pieces showing daily high temperatures for a given year. The exhibit is billed as an “intersection of craft and activism” and is part of a global climate change visualization project through fiber arts. To date, hundreds of Tempestries have been made by crafters around the world. For more information about this fascinating project, click here.

TAKE ACTION

REACH OUT TO SAY ‘CHRISTMAS MEANS PEACE’ ON DEC. 13 IN CENTER CITY

Reach out to fellow Philadelphians on Friday, Dec. 13, with the message of peace, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the SEPTA entrance, 15th & Market Streets, in Center City. “Christmas Means Peace” is the message, expressed with large signs, banners, posters, and leaflets (provided) to hand out to passersby. This demonstration, which takes place on the second Friday of every month, has a special purpose this month with the message of love for humankind and a call for living together in peace. It’s a nice opportunity to greet and speak to people, too. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, contact Bob Smith, 484-574-1148. To see the December Calendar of Brandywine peace events, open the attachment.

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