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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, 215-848-5224.

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 . For information, call Bob Smith, 484-574-1148.

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 of Chestnut Hill Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Phila., PA 19118.

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, 215-848-5224.

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, 215-848-5224.

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, 215-242-6610. 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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