Weekly Bulletin 2022

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, January 14, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Seek to live in affection as true Friends in your Meetings, in your families, in all your dealings with others, and in your relationship with outward society. The power of God is not used to compel us to Truth; therefore, let us renounce for ourselves the power of any person over any other, and, compelling no one, seek to lead others to Truth through love. Let us teach by being ourselves teachable. –Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018

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NO IN-PERSON MEETING THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, Jan. 16 Germantown Friends Meeting will worship by Zoom–with NO in-person worship in the meetinghouse, which will be closed. The Meeting’s Safety Committee, in consultation with our clerk, Bill Cozzens, and Kate O’Shea, clerk of Worship & Ministry Committee, recommends reverting to Zoom only, due to the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant. Even vaccinations with boosters are only partially effective at preventing infection, and people with the virus can be contagious without showing any obvious symptoms. This combination of factors poses a significant risk to our in-person members and visitors. We very much regret suspending in-person worship and will resume as soon as possible.

SUNDAY, JAN. 16, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Ed Stivender

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 Joys & Concerns

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL will meet in-person at 10:30 a.m. in the West Room this Sunday, even though meeting for worship will be entirely on Zoom. Why? Because we are doing our annual Martin Luther King Day project of sewing hats, scarves, and neck-warmers for people who need warm clothing this winter! There is something for everyone to do, from pre-K on up. Families should contact Carla Childs to let us know whether you will be joining us. Parents are warmly invited to stay and join in. (A lot of adult help is needed for this project!) And if you need to join by Zoom, we will arrange to get you some materials so you can be part of the project while doing it at home. –Carla Childs, First-day School Committee

And a reminder: PYM’S GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING THIS SUNDAY For our younger children (through kindergarten age), Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s monthly Giant Children’s Meeting will be this Sunday, Jan. 16. Begins at 9 a.m. and lasts 30-45 minutes. This Sunday’s theme will be “New Beginnings.” This is an online opportunity for families and younger children to share stories, songs, worship, and fellowship in the Quaker community. For more information and to register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP. As we gather online by Zoom for meeting for worship, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions.

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

MEETING NEWS

DONATIONS FOR KELLY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND At our January 9 meeting for business, we approved supporting the Kelly School Playground Project with a contribution of $10,000. GMM members who wish to contribute to that commitment may send their checks to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144. Please address your check to Germantown Monthly Meeting, with a note designating it for the Kelly Playground Project. Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, will keep track of the donations by amount and by name, in communication with Meeting treasurer Jim Pifer. We will continue this fundraising project through the calendar year or 2022. If there are further questions, contact either Melissa Elliott, or Ed Nakawatase of our Racial & Social Justice Committee.

Note from our Fund Raising Committee. At our monthly meeting on Jan.9, a proposal to raise $10,000 for playground equipment at the Kelly School in Germantown received considerable enthusiasm. Your Fund Raising Committee recognizes this as a worthy project but must advise members that this amount is not currently in our budget. Raising funds to achieve our budget has been a challenge most years, and several generous members died in the last year and will not be repeating their contributions. Your Fund Raising Committee requests that contributions to the Kelly School Playground Project should be over and above what you would give to Germantown Meeting. Such contributions should be clearly labeled as intended for the Kelly School Playground Project so as not to be confused with contributions toward our usual fundraising efforts for the Meeting. Finally, meeting members should be aware that Germantown Friends School is proposing a building project to solve a problem presented by the lunchroom in the basement of the main building, which is inadequate to meet the school’s needs, and also to add some other capabilities. So, you can expect to hear about a major fundraising campaign for GFS before long and may wish to keep this in mind. –Jonathan Rhoads, clerk, GMM Fund Raising Committee

TUITION APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends schools may apply for tuition assistance from Germantown Meeting. Application forms for the 2022-2023 academic year are available from the National Friends Education Fund, through Friends Council on Education. Applications should be completed and returned by Feb. 1 to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Scholarship Committee. Please send these to Faye through the U.S. Mail. Her contact information is in the Meeting Directory, or, to get her address, contact the Meeting office. Here is the link to the scholarship application: Click here to download the 2022-2023 application & guidelines packet.

POSTPONED: PYM FAMILY OVERNIGHT TILL FEB. 19-20 The family overnight event for Jan. 15-16 at Camp Onas has been postponed until Feb.19-20. If you registered for the January date, you will need to re-register for the February date. This event is for parents, and for children K-5th grade. Hosted by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Children & Family staff, it is a weekend for Quaker families to get together in a cozy setting, with hot chocolate, stories by the fire, and, weather permitting, time outdoors. Space is limited for Covid safety, so register right away to ensure a spot. For information about the get-together, including a suggested packing list, Covid safety guidelines, and to online registration, click here.

REMINDERS

REGISTER NOW FOR PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JAN. 23 “Quaker Worship in Time of Covid” will be the topic of a panel discussion by Zoom at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) on Jan. 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be hosted by the Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia from the Arch Street Meeting House. Everyone is invited to join Zoom worship with Arch Street Friends at 10:30 a.m. Panel speakers represent monthly meetings in our Quarter: Bruce Birchard of Central Philadelphia Meeting, Carol Clark of Unity Meeting, Rebecca Heider of Chestnut Hill Meeting, Rob Smith of Germantown Meeting, and Walter Hjelt Sullivan of Green Street Meeting. Moderator will be Nancy Love of the Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia (Arch Street). There will be time for asking questions, airing concerns, and sharing tips. The program will be followed by the Quarter’s meeting for business. You must register in advance to receive the internet link for this event. Click here to see the schedule, read more information, and register.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. The discussion will be about ways Germantown Meeting can be more directly involved in addressing issues of systematic racism and working more with the Germantown Community. If anyone would like to find out more about the group, contact the leader, John Colgan-Davis.

HELP FOR FRIENDS IN NEED If you need help during this time of pandemic and economic upheaval, the Assistance Committee of Germantown Meeting wants to remind you that help is available. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 7 P.M. Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We hope you’ll join us in corporate worship and hold our city and country in the Light. The format is 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting.

Please note that this Zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.
Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

TAKE ACTION

PERSONAL CHOICES & CLIMATE CHANGE, JAN. 16 Providence Meeting’s Climate Crisis Committee holds an online meeting every month. This Sunday, Jan. 16, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., this meeting will focus on how individual households can reduce their carbon footprints most effectively. The guest will be Liz Robinson, member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, former executive director of Philadelphia Energy Coordinating Agency, and current executive director of Philly Solar Energy Association. She has practical expertise and experience to share about steps to take to lower our carbon footprint by “electrifying our lives;” for example, by purchasing renewable electricity, choosing energy-efficient appliances and cars, and by making choices for greatest energy efficiency and impact. This presentation will be followed by the regular meeting of the Climate Crisis Committee, and everyone is welcome to attend.

POWER’S MLK DAY: ‘WHERE WE GO FROM HERE,’ JAN. 17 Everyone is invited to join POWER Interfaith for a Zomm observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and life message. Called “Where We Go from Here: A Moment of Reflection and Call to Action,” it will feature a time of reflection, prayer, and connecting with each other in this challenging time. Participants will reflect on the teachings of Dr. King, which will lead into a call to action. It will take place on Monday, Jan. 17, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. To sign up for this online event and get the link, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1426858884378822/?active_tab=about and click on the box entitled “Details,” which is directly below the headline and photo of Dr. King.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE ON JAN. 17 Philadelphia is home to the nation’s largest and most varied observance of the Martin Luther King day of Service. For information about options throughout the city, both in person and virtual, go to this website: https://volunteer.globalcitizen365.org/?layoutViewMode=tablet.

DAY OF SERVICE AT HISTORIC FAIRHILL, JAN. 17 Honor Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate the value of service at Historic Fair hill Burial Grounds on Monday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will help with clean up of the burial grounds from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. At 12;30 p.m., you are invited to join together for reading of Dr. King’s sermons and letters, singing freedom songs, and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. To let organizers know you’re coming, send an email to info@historicfairhill.com. For more information, use the same email address.

MLK TIME OF NONVIOLENT ACTION This peaceful vigil on Monday, Jan. 17, will be held at noon in front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s number one weapons producer and war profiteer, located at 230 Mall Blvd, behind the King of Prussia Mall. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, this event is part of a history of resistance to Lockheed Martin (and before that, General Electric) since 1976. The words of Dr. King in his Riverside Church address one year before his assassination, will be broadcast, in which King names “America’s evil triplets: racism, militarism, and materialism.” Also, a brief ceremony will uplift the now-ratified UN Nuclear Ban Treaty. Banners and posters provided. Bell tolling and crime -scene tape will mark the entrance to Lockheed Martin. Everyone is welcome. Pandemic safety measures will be observed: masks are required, with vaccinations encouraged. For more information, go to www.brandywinepeace.com.

CELEBRATE LEGACY OF HARRIET TUBMAN, THRU MARCH 31 A constellation of events in Philadelphia for the next 2-1/2 months will celebrate the 200th birthday of Harriet Tubman. The series began this week with unveiling of a 9-foot sculpture entitled Harriet Tubman–The Journey to Freedom, which is located at City Hall. Through March 31, there will be more than 30 programs that celebrate Tubman’s legacy, reflecting themes of activism, role models, heroes, human rights, freedom, resilience, determination, contributions of strong women, equality, and more. Featured programs include a historical timeline of Harriet Tubman’s life and an exhibit of textile art at City Hall; screenings of the movie Harriet with introductions by local activists; music, dance, and theater performances; a conversation between local artists on the power of public art; historical tours, art-making activities; author and artist discussions; and many other things. For more listings and a calendar or events, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, January 7, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In this humanistic age, we suppose that we are the initiators and God the responder. Buthe Living Christ within us is the initiator, and we are the responders. God the lover, the accuser, the revealer of light and darkness presses within us. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” And all our apparent initiative is already a response, a testimonial to God’s secret presence and working within us. –Thomas Kelly, 1941

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IMPORTANT UPDATE. NO IN-PERSON MEETING THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, Jan. 9, Germantown Friends Meeting will worship by Zoom–with NO in-person worship in the meetinghouse, which will be closed. The Meeting’s Safety Committee, in consultation with our clerk, Bill Cozzens, and Kate O’Shea, clerk of Worship & Ministry Committee, recommends reverting to Zoom only, due to the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant. Even vaccinations with boosters are only partially effective at preventing infection, and people with the virus can be contagious without showing any obvious symptoms. This combination of factors poses a significant risk to our in-person members and visitors. We very much regret suspending in-person worship and will resume as soon as possible.

SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2022

9 a.m. Meeting for Business* (Use same link as for worship, shown below.)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Mary Louise Hill

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

*AGENDA, Meeting for Business

This month’s business meeting will be on Zoom only, due to COVID resurgence.

Query – Jean Sharpless, followed by worship
Minutes from December – Becky Johnson
(Members are asked to review the minutes beforehand and be ready with corrections.)
Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel
Nominating Committee – David Mettler
PYM Continuing Sessions & PYM Participation – Anthony Stover
Racial & Social Justice Committee – Ed Nakawatase; includes proposal (attached) for Meeting support of Kelly School
Two requests for Germantown Meeting- Bill Cozzens:
– “State of the Meeting” report, request from PYM
– Legislative priorities, request from Friends Committee on National Legislation

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL First-day School will meet this Sunday, Jan. 9, by Zoom. This is a change of plans, because the meetinghouse is closed, and meeting for worship will be virtual, too. Our lesson will be on: “Jesus teaches about love.” This topic is one to which Quaker families should be able to relate easily, so we hope to see a good turnout! First-day School students can join at 10:50 a.m. using this link:

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP. As we gather online by Zoom for meeting for worship, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions.

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

MEETING NEWS

SCREENING WITH ANDRE ROBERT LEE & LISA LING, JAN. 7 Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be an online screening and conversation with director and producer Andre Robert Lee and journalist Lisa Ling. They will present their episode of the CNN Original Series This is Life with Lisa Ling, about the history of violence in Chicago. Then they will host a discussion about their experience and what they learned in producing the episode. Suitable for 13 and older. Presented by the Alumni of Color Committee of Germantown Friends School. To register, click here.

REPORT & PROPOSAL ON KELLY PLAYGROUND PROJECT The new report on the Kelly School Playground Project, compiled by our Racial & Social Justice Committee, may be read in the attachment: Kelly Playground Report 1-2022.pdf. Our financial support for the project helped build a garden at the school, installing a meadow and creating a small play area of wood stumps. It was carried out by volunteers, working in a community partnership with the school. The Racial & Social Justice Committee is bringing a new request to Germantown Monthly Meeting at this Sunday’s meeting for business, asking us to provide $10,000 as a continuation of our commitment to Kelly School.

REMINDERS

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN FRIENDS SCHOOLS Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. The National Friends Education Fund scholarship application that the Meeting uses is not yet available for the 2022-2023 academic year. It will be updated and published in January. In the weeks to come, look for more information about tuition aid and a link to the scholarship application in the Friday Bee. Families will have adequate time to complete the application and return it to Faye Steacy, clerk of the Meeting’s Scholarship Committee. To contact Faye, please call the Meeting Office, 215-251-2235, for her contact information.

PYM FAMILY OVERNIGHT FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, JAN. 15-17

A family overnight at Camp Onas will take place on Jan. 15-16, for parents, and for children K-5th grade. Hosted by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s (PYM) Children & Family staff, this is a chance for families to get together in a cozy setting, with hot chocolate, stories by the fire, and, if the weather cooperates, a high-velocity snowball exchange. Registration is open, and space is limited for Covid safety. For more information about the get-together–including a suggested packing list, Covid safety guidelines, and online registration, click here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. The discussion will be about ways Germantown Meeting can be more directly involved in addressing issues of systematic racism and working more with the Germantown Community. If anyone would like to find out more about the group, contact the leader, John Colgan-Davis.

HELP FOR FRIENDS IN NEED If you need help during this time of pandemic and economic upheaval, the Assistance Committee of Germantown Meeting wants to remind you that help is available. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 7 P.M. Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We hope you’ll join us in corporate worship and hold our city and country in the Light. The format is 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting.

Please note that this Zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.
Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

TAKE ACTION

POWER INTERFAITH HOLDS ONLINE ORIENTATION, JAN. 13

An online welcome orientation to POWER will be held online Thursday, Jan. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..For the Zoom link, you may register here. There is also a Climate & Jobs meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. You may register here.

POWER URGES SUPPORT FOR PA HB2046

Jeff Powers, our Meeting’s representative to POWER, reports that POWER encourages people to contact their state senators and Governor Wolfe to oppose HB2046. This bill, according to the ACLU website, “would amend current law to redefine bail bondsman in a way that would require community bail funds to function as professional bail bonds companies, with all the attendant licensing requirements. Those requirements aim to fix no discernible problem, but would severely limit what community bail funds can do and would almost certainly put some out of business altogether.” If you have questions, contact Jeff Powers.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE ON JAN. 17 Philadelphia is home to the nation’s largest and most varied observance of the Martin Luther King day of Service. For information about options throughout the city, both in person and virtual, go to this website: https://volunteer.globalcitizen365.org/?layoutViewMode=tablet.

MLK TIME OF NONVIOLENT ACTION This peaceful vigil on Monday, Jan. 17, will be held at noon in front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s number one weapons producer and war profiteer, located at 230 Mall Blvd, behind the King of Prussia Mall. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, this event is part of a history of resistance to Lockheed Martin (and before that, General Electric) since 1976. The words of Dr. King in his Riverside Church one year before his assassination, will be broadcast, in which King names “America’s evil triplets: racism, militarism, and materialism.” Also, a brief ceremony will uplift the now-ratified UN Nuclear Ban Treaty. Banners and posters provided. Bell tolling and crime -scene tape marking the entrance to Lockheed Martin. Everyone welcome. Pandemic safety measures will be observed, and masks are required, with vaccinations encouraged. For more information, go to brandywinepeace.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, December 31, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Ever since Jesus challenged us, “Be ye perfect,” the basis of our personal living has been laid deeper than mere respectability, deeper than the observance of some moral minimum based on the old law of “thou shalt not.” Yet, beset by weakness and temptation, we have learned that lives of purity, integrity, purpose, and joy are beyond our abilities, except as we are open to permit God’s Spirit in us to rule our lives. Our individual leadings will vary, as will our responses to them, yet we would make the testimony of our daily lives clear. In a world in need of people whose yea is yea and whose nay is nay, we pray that our lives may make it easier for all to believe in God. –Faith & Practice of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, 1985

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There will be NO in-person worship in the meetinghouse this Sunday or next, Jan. 2 and 9, due to the rising numbers of Omicron infections.

SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (by Zoom only)

Closer Karen Lightner

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL will meet this Sunday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m., by Zoom to learn about how Jesus called his disciples.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

If you would like to attend meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, you must fill out this health attestation form. The Safety Committee recommends anyone in the meetinghouse be vaccinated.

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP. As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, we (including worshipers on Zoom) will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after meeting for worship. Before our official start time of 10:30 a.m., Bill Cozzens will display a message on his shared Zoom screen so those coming into the virtual meeting are reminded that silence is expected.

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

MEETING NEWS & REMINDERS

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN FRIENDS SCHOOLS Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. The National Friends Education Fund scholarship application that the Meeting uses is not yet available for the 2022-2023 academic year. It will be updated and published in January. In the weeks to come, look for more information about tuition aid and a link to the scholarship application in the Friday Bee. Families will have adequate time to complete the application and return it to Faye Steacy, clerk of the Meeting’s Scholarship Committee. To contact Faye, please call the Meeting Office, 215-251-2235, for her contact information.

PYM FAMILY OVERNIGHT FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, JAN. 15-17
A family overnight at Camp Onas will take place on Jan. 15-16, for parents, and for children K-5th grade. Hosted by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s (PYM) Children & Family staff, this is a chance for families to get together in a cozy setting, with hot chocolate, stories by the fire, and, if the weather cooperates, a high-velocity snowball exchange. Registration is open, and space is limited for Covid safety. For more information about the get-together–including a suggested packing list, Covid safety guidelines, and online registration, click here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. The discussion will be about ways Germantown Meeting can be more directly involved in addressing issues of systematic racism and working more with the Germantown Community. If anyone would like to find out more about the group, contact the leader, John Colgan-Davis.

HELP FOR FRIENDS IN NEED If you need help during this time of pandemic and economic upheaval, the Assistance Committee of Germantown Meeting wants to remind you that help is available. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 7 P.M. Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We hope you’ll join us in corporate worship and hold our city and country in the Light. The format is 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

Please note that this Zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.
Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

REMINDERS: COMMUNITY OUTREACH

CONTINUING NEED TO SUPPORT GERMANTOWN CRISIS MINISTRY Germantown Crisis Ministry is committed to serving at least 100 households. The cost of providing a family meal is estimated at $45. All donations are appreciated. Checks should be made payable to “GACM” and, if possible, delivered in a reusable grocery bag. For hours of collection, details, and directions, call the Ministry at 215-843-2340.

VOLUNTEERS FOR READING NEEDED AT KELLY SCHOOL The John B. Kelly public elementary school is looking for volunteers to participate in the 2021-2022 school year program. For information about signing up, volunteer training, COVID precautions, and clearances, contact Corinne Brady or John Colgan-Davis. Here are four ways to get involved:

Reading stories to students at the in-person library program on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Working one-on-one with students in the Reading Buddies program on Thursdays from 1:08 p.m. to 1:53 p.m. This will be both virtual and live.
Video taping volunteers reading selections for students for the Virtual Storytime Program.
Helping with organizational and support work.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, December 24, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy, which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among people with whom he is well pleased.” Luke 2:8-15 (RSV)

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SUNDAY, DEC. 26, 2021

9 a.m. Fireside meeting for worship is cancelled for this Sunday, Dec. 26,
because there were not enough people to host the meeting and do people’s health screening.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Jondhi Harrell

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

NO FIRST-DAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY, DEC. 26 There will be no First-day School this Sunday, Dec. 26. Please enjoy your Christmas and your families! We will meet again via Zoom on Sunday, Jan. 2. The link will be sent out next week. –Carla Childs

SAFETY FOR HYBRID MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 are a significant threat, our Safety Committee strongly urges us to follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person:

Continue to use the attestation/screening questions before meeting (a link will be provided).

Fully vaccinated people only.

Masks required for all.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

Following approval at November’s monthly meeting for business, we are experimenting with having simple refreshments out on the porch at rise of meeting for those who attend worship in person. Please join us!

If you would like to attend meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, you must fill out this health attestation form. The Safety Committee recommends anyone in the meetinghouse be vaccinated.

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP. As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, we (including worshipers on Zoom) will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after meeting for worship. Before our official start time of 10:30 a.m., Bill Cozzens will display a message on his shared Zoom screen so those coming into the virtual meeting are reminded that silence is expected.

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

MEETING NEWS & REMINDERS

PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS BY END OF YEAR Our Meeting needs your help to reach its fundraising goal before the end of 2021, so, if you haven’t given yet, please consider giving something now and help us out. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Donations may be made by check and mailed to the Meeting Office or made online with a credit card through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by clicking here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP WILL NOT MEET IN DECEMBER The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. There will be no meeting of this group in December. For information, contact John Colgan-Davis.

HELP FOR FRIENDS IN NEED If you need help during this time of pandemic and economic upheaval, the Assistance Committee of Germantown Meeting wants to remind you that help is available. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 7 P.M. Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We hope you’ll join us in corporate worship and hold our city and country in the Light. The format is 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

Please note that this Zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.
Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, December 17, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Isaiah 11:28-30 (KJV)

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SUNDAY, DEC. 19, 2021

9 a.m. We will not be having a fireside, in-person meeting for worship at 9 a.m. The next one will take place a week later, on Dec. 26.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Barbara Wybar

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

At approx. 11:35 a.m. Christmas Pageant

This will be a hybrid pageant at rise of meeting with some of our older fully vaccinated children performing in the meetinghouse, and remote children and younger children performing on Zoom (including – we think– for a world first, several stars of Bethlehem). Don’t miss this chance to meet our children, some of whom you have never seen before! Attend in person or participate by Zoom (same Zoom ID as our Sunday meeting for worship–see instructions below.).

6:30 p.m. Virtual Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing

Back by popular demand after great success at Christmas 2020, we will gather on Zoom at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. Supply your own food and beverage. From 6:30 to 7 or so we will enjoy visiting and holiday conversation, perhaps breaking into smaller groups for more personal visiting. A little after 7 p.m., Caroline Davidson will play many of everyone’s favorite carols on her piano, inviting all of us to sing along (muted, of course!). We will use the same Zoom ID that we use for Sunday morning meeting for worship.

SAFETY FOR HYBRID MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 are a significant threat, our Safety Committee strongly urges us to follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person:

Continue to use the attestation/screening questions before meeting (a link will be provided).
Fully vaccinated people only.
Masks required for all.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

Following approval at November’s monthly meeting for business, we are experimenting with having simple refreshments out on the porch at rise of meeting for those who attend worship in person. Please join us!

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

If you would like to attend meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, you must fill out this health attestation form. The Safety Committee recommends anyone in the meetinghouse be vaccinated.

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP. As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, we (including worshipers on Zoom) will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after meeting for worship. Before our official start time of 10:30 a.m., Bill Cozzens will display a message on his shared Zoom screen so those coming into the virtual meeting are reminded that silence is expected.

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

MEETING NEWS & REMINDERS

CHRISTMAS: A TIME TO BE GENEROUS Our Meeting needs your help in the next two weeks to reach its fundraising goal, and we’re sure hoping folks out there who haven’t given yet will open their checkbooks and be generous! That’s because we’ve got a long way to go, and donations are coming in slowly right now. A great, big “Thank You” to everyone who has donated so far–It’s heartening and enormously appreciated. How about the rest of you? You don’t have to send us a fortune to earn our gratitude, but we do need everyone’s participation. If you’re here with us in spirit, whether near or far away, we need to hear from you. Besides, it might actually make you feel good and Christmasy inside to know you’re part of the effort to keep our boat afloat! Donations may be made by check and mailed to the Meeting Office or made online with a credit card through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by clicking here. And here is some good news: If you draw money from your retirement account and use it for a charitable contribution to Germantown Meeting, it will count toward your federally required minimum distribution and will not be taxed. The Meeting’s address is 47 W. Coulter St., Phila., Pa 19144.

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a 9 a.m. fireside meeting for worship this Sunday, Dec. 19. The next one will be on Sunday, Dec. 26.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP WILL NOT MEET IN DECEMBER The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. There will be no meeting of this group in December. For information, contact John Colgan-Davis.

HELP FOR FRIENDS IN NEED If you need help during this time of pandemic and economic upheaval, the Assistance Committee of Germantown Meeting wants to remind you that help is available. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 7 P.M. Our Worship & Ministry Committee sponsors a midweek Zoom meeting for worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We hope you’ll join us in corporate worship and hold our city and country in the Light. The format is 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

Please note that this Zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.
Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

FOR THE YOUNG

Saturday, Dec. 18, Young Friends Christmas Gathering Program includes a climate justice workshop, team-building activities, worship sharing, and time for committees to meet. Optional opportunity to stay overnight in the historic Arch Street Meeting House. Find out more and register online by clicking here.

Sunday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. GIANT Children’s Meeting. Theme is “Celebrating in the Light.” To find out more and register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

WINTER SOLSTICE VIGIL, TUESDAY, DEC. 21 Come, celebrate the return of the sun, according to the solar calendar, and the birth of a Son in the Christian tradition at a Solstice Vigil on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m., on the corner of 15th and Market Streets, across from Philadelphia City Hall–the side with the laser light show. With the theme “Christmas Means Peace: End the Violence… from Handgun to H-Bomb,” the vigil will feature large banners, signs, and leafleting to passersby. Send out your message in the company of others to herald the promise of longer days and new beginnings. Banners and posters provided. Bring a folding chair if you wish to sit. Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. For more information, click here or contact organizer Bob Smith at 215-843-4827.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

FOOD BASKET COLLECTION AT GERMANTOWN CRISIS MINISTRY Chrstmas baskets will be given to families who have requested help and document their family size and financial need. Germantown Crisis Ministry is committed to serving at least 100 households. The cost of providing a family meal this year is estimated at $45. All donations are appreciated. Checks should be made payable to “GACM” and, if possible, delivered in a reusable grocery bag. For hours of collection, details, and directions, call the Ministry at 215-843-2340.

VOLUNTEERS FOR READING NEEDED AT KELLY SCHOOL The John B. Kelly public elementary school is looking for volunteers to participate in the 2021-2022 school year program. For information about signing up, volunteer training, COVID precautions, and clearances, contact Corinne Brady or John Colgan-Davis. Here are four ways to get involved:

Reading stories to students at the in-person library program on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Working one-on-one with students in the Reading Buddies program on Thursdays from 1:08 p.m. to 1:53 p.m. This will be both virtual and live.
Video taping volunteers reading selections for students for the Virtual Storytime Program.
Helping with organizational and support work.

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