Weekly Bulletin 2021

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Friday Bee (Weekly Bulletin)

Published weekly on Friday afternoon. To subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin, please contact the Meeting Office, gmm@germantownfriends.org
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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Use your capabilities and your possessions not as ends in themselves but as God’s gifts entrusted to you. Share them with others; use them with humility, courtesy, and affection. Guard against contentiousness and love of power; be alert to the personalities and the needs of others. Show loving consideration for all creatures, and cherish the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. Attend to Pure Wisdom, and be teachable. –from Section II of the Advices, Faith & Practice of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018 edition
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SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2021

9 a.m. Adult Class (see below*)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Margie & Ted Spaeth
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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

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MEETING NEWS

ADULT CLASS: THREE FRIENDS SPEAK ON RACIAL & SOCIAL QUERIES, JAN. 17

The Anti-Racism Discussion Group will host an Adult Class by Zoom on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m., looking at ways social and racial testimonies play out in the lives of Meeting members. We will hear from Phoebe Jones, Anders Fetterman, and Anthony Stover, who will each talk about how their work and volunteer efforts are informed by these testimonies. There will be a topic for worship sharing and questions/discussion. If you are interested in being part of this discussion and personal reflections, contact John Colgan-Davis. The link to the Zoom meeting will be the same as the link to meeting for worship, as found above.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL HAS RESUMED!

Last Sunday, Jan. 17, our First-day School met, attended by seven students, “That’s a good turnout even by pre-pandemic standards,” says Carla Childs. It is a reading group for children in first through eighth grades, who will meet on the second Sunday of each month, from 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The next meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 14. If you or your child would like to receive an invitation that contains more detailed information, please contact one of the First-day School teachers:

Carla Childs,
Kelley White,
Mary Louise Hill

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

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 now 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.

OUR YOUNGEST KIDS TO JOIN PYM GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING, JAN. 24

The children ages pre-K through third grade are invited by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to join its GIANT Children’s Meetings on the fourth Sunday of each month. The program includes a story, sharing time, and a craft project. The next meeting will be Sunday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Here is the link to register for the meeting: https://www.pym.org/event/giant-childrens-meeting-2/2020-11-22

REMINDERS

NEXT MEETING OF ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP: TUESDAY, JAN. 19

The next meeting (by Zoom) of the Germantown Meeting’s Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, Jan. 19. It will continue to focus on political changes as a result of the presidential election. In addition to the resources listed below, two articles are attached to this email message: Biden’s Mtg w Civil Rights Ldrs.pdf and MinWage-Affmtv Action.pdf. The following resources are recommended for reading before the Jan. 19 meeting:

https://www.slowboring.com/p/minimum-wage-wins-affirmative-action

10 enormously consequential things Biden can do without the Senate

National Urban League Offers The Biden-Harris Administration An Agenda For Racial And Economic Justice | National Urban League

The roadmap to Democrats’ long-term political power? A multiracial coalition | Ian Haney López and Kristian Ramos

How Your Computer Reinforces Systemic Racism

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2021-2022 are available online. Go to the National Friends Education Fund by clicking here for information about the process and to get the application. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Faye Steacy, clerk of the Meeting’s Scholarship Committee. Please either hand-deliver your application to her or send it to her by U.S. Mail.

HELP AVAILABLE FOR FRIENDS IN NEED

In this uncertain time of pandemic and economic upheaval, the Assistance Committee of Germantown Meeting would like to remind Friends that help is available. Please contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

DONATION ADVISORY

In December your Fund Raising committee advised you of the opportunity to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions from your income tax, even if you took the standard deduction under the CARES Act, and is unique to 2020. At the time it was not apparent where that would be entered on the tax forms. Form 1040 for 2020 has a line 10b for that deduction, with the admonition to “see the instructions.” If you would like to make an online donation to Germantown Meeting, you may do so at pym.org/donate. First, you will see the opportunity to donate to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. If you scroll past that, you come to the opportunity to donate to monthly and quarterly meetings. –Jonathan Rhoads, Clerk, Fund Raising Committee

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PLAYDATE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, JAN. 16

This Playdate, an online event sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will give children a chance to talk about their feelings, helped along by a puppet named Aura, presented by Joy Meikle of New York Yearly Meeting. The age range for children is from the smallest through fifth grade. Parents are encouraged to come, too. This event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. To find out more and register, click here.

ADDRESSING ANTI-BLACKNESS (PYM THREAD GATHERING), JAN. 23

This online gathering will call upon participants to unlearn and be accountable for past and present anti-Black ideologies, institutions, and behaviors. The purpose is to move forward in our journeys of understanding and action, with an effort to share where each person is coming from, learn from each other and unlearn entrenched ideas and behaviors, and accompany one another with understanding, shared commitment, and our spiritual roots. Takes place on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Cosponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting. To learn more and register, click here.

WINTER HANGOUT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS, JAN. 23

Middle School Friends are invited to join a virtual Winter Hangout on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will share a cooking activity of hot chocolate, respond to queries about Martin Luther King Day, and have a chance to talk to each other. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET JAN. 24

The first 2021 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting is on Sunday, Jan. 24, hosted by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM), and taking place by Zoom. Meeting for business begins at 1 p.m., followed by an interactive presentation on ministries for racial healing, equity, and justice within and beyond monthly meetings. Everyone is also invited to CPMM’s Frist-day activities: hymn singing, worship, and fellowship from at 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Advance registration is required: click here. Your registration will be confirmed by an email message containing separate zoom links for morning activities as well. See the schedule, agenda, previous minutes, and zoom links at PQM Jan. 24 2021 Event Page. Final updates will be posted by Jan. 22. For more information, contact L. Lanza, PQM administrative coordinator, at pqmcoordinator@gmail.com, or call 215-990-3196.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

FILM BY ANDRE ROBERT LEE BEING SCREENED ONLINE

You may remember Andre Robert Lee as the videographer extraordinaire of our Meeting’s online Christmas Pageant two weeks ago. Or you may recognize him as a regular attender of our Zoom meetings for worship. Or maybe you have the good fortune of knowing him personally. Now you can view a piece of his work online until Feb. 3. His film Virtually Free is being screened at https://watch.eventive.org/virtuallyfree/play/5fd9232993c1cf008f990c77/5fd9232993c1cf008f990c7a and is, as the web address suggests, free. It is a documentary “about unlikely allies in Richmond, VA, who partner to transform the juvenile justice system and to stop mass incarceration.” Andre also wrote, directed, and produced the feature documentary The Prep School Negro (2012), which has been widely viewed and acclaimed.

TAKE ACTION

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN HOSTS PRAYER & INTERFAITH SERVICES, JAN. 17 & 18

You are invited to join the Poor People’s Campaign for two connected, live streamed events under the theme “A National Call of Love, Light, & Leadership.” as listed below. For more information,, click here.

Sunday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. Prayer for Beloved Community in the Midst of Covid & Chaos, a 30-minute prayer service
Monday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. A National Interfaith Service of Love, Light & Leadership

HISTORIC FAIR HILL HOLDS MLK DAY OF SERVICE, JAN. 18

This Monday, Jan. 18, Historic Fair Hill is inviting everyone to its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which will be an outdoors work day with social distancing. It will include a time of fellowship around a fire pit, with reading from King’s sermons and letters and enjoying hot chocolate. Face masks are required. All covid 19 precautions will be enforced. The workday begins at 10 a.m., and workers will gather around the fire pit at 12:30 p.m. It will take place at the Burial Ground of Historic Fair Hill, and it is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133. For information, click here.

POWER CALLS FOR AN END TO HOLDING DOWN MINIMUM WAGE, JAN. 18

The interfaith group POWER will hold an online press conference on Monday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., to call for an end to preemption, which prevents Pennsylvania municipalities from raising the minimum wage. This call is open to everyone and will be on Facebook Live. You do not have to be a Facebook member to participate. Register by clicking here. After the press conference, participants will be encouraged to call their lawmakers to demand repeal of preemption.

OBSERVE MLK DAY BY CHALLENGING LOCKHEED MARTIN, JAN. 18

You are invited to a thoughtful observation of Martin Luther King Day at Lockheed Martin (now called “L3) on Monday, Jan. 18, at noon to 1:30 p.m., on the sidewalk outside the headquarters, which is behind the King of Prussia Mall, at 230 Mall Blvd., which is near the intersection of Mall & Goddard Blvds. This event will uplift Dr. King’s lifetime of work for racial equality and nonviolent action and will celebrate the United Nations’ recent enactment of a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons. Wearing masks and observing social distancing are mandatory. Signs provided. For more information, go the website of the Brandywine Peace Community by clicking here, or contact Bob Smith.

CELEBRATE ENACTMENT OF UN TREATY TO BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JAN. 22

Join the worldwide celebration next Friday, Jan. 22, the day nuclear weapons officially become illegal by international law. The Philadelphia announcement will be made in front of the Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St., in downtown Philadelphia, at 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. The United Nations Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was ratified in late 2020, and it will now go into effect. The world has waited 75 years for this historical announcement. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was behind the worldwide campaign that finally resulted in ratification of this treaty. Nuclear powers such as the United States refused to ratify it, but many smaller countries signed it with enthusiasm. Much work is left to be done to bring pressure in countries where nuclear weapons are still held. To read more and find out ways you can help, go to the ICAN website.

REMINDER: HOW TO HELP OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED

For Friends who are looking for ways to support our neighbors in Germantown and North Philadelphia who are struggling:

Face to Face Germantown, 123 East Price St. Providing hot meals five days a week. https://facetofacegermantown.org
Germantown Mutual Aid Fund,
https://www.greatgtown.org/mutual-aid
Whosoever Gospel Mission, 101 East Chelten Ave. provides a home, health care, education, and career counseling to homeless men. The Mission lost much of its income from its two thrift stores during the lockdown. https://www.whosoevergospel.org/wp.
Germantown Community Fridge, 20 W. Armat St.. (in front of Greene Street Friends School)
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba9a72da0fac25-germantown
The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), 3609 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (267) 324-5217 tcrcphilly.org (Director: J. Jondhi Harrell) Paypal account: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/tcrcphilly?fbclid=IwAR0f8Du18ntrgSBmFiZT4XnR1NNTv81_R0auykcT4-1SvdIXTV4MafyjPus
Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 5501 Germantown Ave., is trying to continue paying its staff and keep the children?s programs going. http://historicfairhill.com.

From Ruth Seeley

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
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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. –PYM Faith & Practice, 2018 edition, Advice No. 1, p. 107,

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SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2021

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (Agenda below), virtual online
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Tom & Ellie Elkinton
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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

AGENDA

Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Jan. 10, 2021, at 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Query – David Mettler, followed by worship
Corrections to the Minutes from the December 13 Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
(Members are respectfully requested to review the minutes and identify any required corrections BEFORE meeting.)
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Nominating Committee – David Mettler
School Committee & GFS Annual Report – David Feldman, clerk, and Dana Weeks, head of school
Racial & Social Justice Committee – Ed Nakawatase
Announcements
January 17 adult class: Social Justice Commitment
First-day School Plans
Closing Worship

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MEETING NEWS

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

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 now 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.

NEXT MEETING OF ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP: TUESDAY, JAN. 19

The next meeting (by Zoom) of the Germantown Meeting’s Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, Jan. 19. It will continue to focus on political changes as a result of the presidential election. In addition to the resources listed below, two articles are attached to this email message: Biden’s Mtg w Civil Rights Ldrs.pdf and MinWage-Affmtv Action.pdf. The following resources are recommended for reading before the Jan. 19 meeting:

https://www.slowboring.com/p/minimum-wage-wins-affirmative-action

10 enormously consequential things Biden can do without the Senate

National Urban League Offers The Biden-Harris Administration An Agenda For Racial And Economic Justice | National Urban League

The roadmap to Democrats’ long-term political power? A multiracial coalition | Ian Haney López and Kristian Ramos

How Your Computer Reinforces Systemic Racism

ADULT CLASS: THREE FRIENDS SPEAK ON RACIAL & SOCIAL QUERIES IN THEIR LIVES, JAN. 17

The Anti-Racism Discussion Group will host an Adult Class by Zoom on Jan. 17, at 9 a.m., looking at ways social and racial testimonies play out in the lives of Meeting members. We will hear from Phoebe Jones, Anders Fetterman, and Anthony Stover, who will each talk about how their work and volunteer efforts are informed by these testimonies. There will be a topic for worship sharing and questions/discussion. If you are interested in being part of this discussion and personal reflections, contact John Colgan-Davis. The link to the Zoom meeting will be the same as the link to meeting for worship.

REMINDERS

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2021-2022 are available online. Go to the National Friends Education Fund by clicking here for information about the process and to get the application. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Faye Steacy, clerk of the Meeting’s Scholarship Committee. Please either hand-deliver your application to her or send it to her by U.S. Mail.

HELP AVAILABLE FOR FRIENDS IN NEED
In this uncertain time of pandemic and economic upheaval, the Assistance Committee of Germantown Meeting would like to remind Friends that help is available. Please contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

DONATION ADVISORY

In December your Fund Raising committee advised you of the opportunity to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions from your income tax, even if you took the standard deduction under the CARES Act, and is unique to 2020. At the time it was not apparent where that would be entered on the tax forms. Form 1040 for 2020 has a line 10b for that deduction, with the admonition to “see the instructions.” If you would like to make an online donation to Germantown Meeting, you may do so at pym.org/donate. First, you will see the opportunity to donate to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. If you scroll past that, you come to the opportunity to donate to monthly and quarterly meetings. –Jonathan Rhoads, Clerk, Fund Raising Committee

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PYM STATEMENT ON THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

The events in our nation’s capital this past week are deeply concerning. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) has published and distributed a statement in response to this crisis. It begins with the above quotation from Faith & Practice. To read the complete statement, click here.

WEBINAR ON PALESTINE & WHITE SUPREMACY, JAN. 10

A webinar on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m., will examine the dynamics of systemic racism across a range of problems, such as police brutality, detention of immigrant families, and military occupation in Palestine. A panel, composed of people from Black, Palestine, and Jewish backgrounds, will speak. Hosted by the PYM Middle East Collaborative. For details and to register, click here.

LECTURE EXPLORES QUAKERS’ ROLES IN WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT, JAN. 14

Author Angela P. Dodson will give a lecture by Zoom on the prominent role members of the Religious Society of Friends played in the women’s rights movement. The lecture will take place this Thursday, Jan. 14, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Angela Dodson is the author of Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box. The lecture is presented by Historic Arch Street Meeting House. To find out more and to register, click here.

PLAYDATE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, JAN. 16

This Playdate, an online event sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will give children a chance to talk about their feelings, helped along by a puppet named Aura, presented by Joy Meikle of New York Yearly Meeting. The age range for children is from the smallest through fifth grade. Parents are encouraged to come, too. This Playdate will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16, beginning at 10 a.m. To find out more and register, click here.

THREAD GATHERING: ADDRESSING ANTI-BLACKNESS, JAN. 23

This online gathering will call upon participants to unlearn and be accountable for past and present anti-Black ideologies, institutions, and behaviors. The purpose is to move forward in our journeys of understanding and action, with an effort to share where each person is coming from, learn from each other and unlearn entrenched ideas and behaviors, and accompany one another with understanding, shared commitment, and our spiritual roots. Cosponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting. To learn more and register, click here.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING, JAN. 24

For the Giant Children’s Meeting this month, bring something to share that reminds you of winter or helps you in the winter. This online event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. It is free and intended to build a spiritual community of Quaker children and their families, with leaders who are experienced in grounding, exploring, wondering, and creating. For details and registration, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET JAN. 24

The first 2021 gathering of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting is on Sunday, Jan. 24, hosted by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM), and taking place by Zoom. Meeting for business begins at 1 p.m., followed by an interactive presentation on ministries for racial healing, equity, and justice within and beyond monthly meetings. Everyone is also invited to CPMM’s Frist-day activities: hymn singing, worship, and fellowship from at 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Advance registration is required: click here. Your registration will be confirmed by an email message containing separate zoom links for morning activities as well. See the schedule, agenda, previous minutes, and zoom links at PQM Jan. 24 2021 Event Page. Final updates will be posted by Jan. 22. For more information, contact L. Lanza, PQM administrative coordinator, at pqmcoordinator@gmail.com, or call 215-990-3196.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

FILM BY ANDRE ROBERT LEE BEING SCREENED ONLINE

You may remember Andre Robert Lee as the videographer extraordinaire of our Meeting’s online Christmas Pageant two weeks ago. Or you may recognize him as a regular attender of our Zoom meetings for worship. Or maybe you have the good fortune of knowing him personally. Now you can view a piece of his work online until Feb. 3. His film Virtually Free is being screened at virtuallyfreemovie.com and is, as the web address suggests, free. It is a documentary “about unlikely allies in Richmond, VA, who partner to transform the juvenile justice system and to stop mass incarceration.” Andre also wrote, directed, and produced the feature documentary The Prep School Negro (2012), which has been widely viewed and acclaimed.

FOR THE YOUNG

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ONLINE PEACEBUILDERS CAMP

Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm is holding its first winter online session for 12- to 14-year-olds on Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., from Jan. 20 to Feb. 24. Deadline for registration is Jan. 11. Kids learn the basics of human rights and discover how to work for change in their communities. They also have a chance to make new friends, share ideas, and meet inspiring people who are creating hope and standing up for justice. For more information, click here. [Ed note: This camp comes highly recommended by our member, Margie Spaeth.]

TAKE ACTION

INVITATION TO JOIN A LOUD VIGIL IN GERMANTOWN, JAN. 9

Bob Smith and Melissa Elliott invite you to join them tomorrow (Saturday), Jan. 9, at noon, for a joyful vigil at Market Square, Germantown Ave. and School House Lane, featuring the message “Oust Tump! HONK! Heal Our Nation!” The historic bell of the Brandywine Peace Community will toll, and car horns will honk, and demonstrators will get the chance to joyfully interact with drivers and passersby. Posters provided. For more information, call Melissa or Bob at (215) 843-4827.

REMINDER: HOW TO HELP OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED
For Friends who are looking for ways to support our neighbors in Germantown and North Philadelphia who are struggling:

Face to Face Germantown, 123 East Price St. Providing hot meals five days a week. https://facetofacegermantown.org.
Germantown Mutual Aid Fund, https://www.greatgtown.org/mutual-aid.
Whosoever Gospel Mission, 101 East Chelten Ave. provides a home, health care, education, and career counseling to homeless men. The Mission lost much of its income from its two thrift stores during the lockdown. https://www.whosoevergospel.org/wp.
Germantown Community Fridge, 20 W. Armat St.. (in front of Greene Street Friends School) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba9a72da0fac25-germantown
The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), 3609 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (267) 324-5217 tcrcphilly.org (Director: J. Jondhi Harrell) Paypal account: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/tcrcphilly?fbclid=IwAR0f8Du18ntrgSBmFiZT4XnR1NNTv81_R0auykcT4-1SvdIXTV4MafyjPus
Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 5501 Germantown Ave., is trying to continue paying its staff and keep the children’s programs going. http://historicfairhill.com.

From Ruth Seeley

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Work of Christmas
by Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

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OFFICE REMINDERS

1. The Meeting Office will be open regular hours, starting Monday, Jan. 4: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a good idea to send an email message to me before coming to the office so I can make sure to be there and not out running an errand, such as getting the mail or going to the bank.

2. The telephone is still out of order in the Meeting Office, but you can call and leave a message. It will appear in my email, and I will call you back from my cell phone as soon as possible. The telephone cable into the office has been replaced, but the telephone itself is worn out and will be replaced after the holidays, when Germantown Friends School reopens and technicians are back at work.
–Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, virtual
Closer Jonathan Rhoads, Jr.
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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

MEETING NEWS

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.
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 now 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, former clerk, Worship & Ministry Committee

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 the Meeting Office if you have any questions.

NEXT SUNDAY, JAN.9, IS MEETING FOR BUSINESS

We will meet in worship for the purpose of doing business next Sunday, Jan. 9, at 9 a.m., by Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided for you in next Friday’s BEE (Jan. 7). If you are not a member of Germantown Meeting but would like to visit Meeting for Business, please contact our Clerk Bill Cozzens beforehand.

DONATION ADVISORY

In December your Fund Raising committee advised you of the opportunity to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions from your income tax, even if you took the standard deduction under the CARES Act, and is unique to 2020. At the time it was not apparent where that would be entered on the tax forms. Form 1040 for 2020 has a line 10b for that deduction, with the admonition to “see the instructions.” If you read this before the end of 2020 and have not yet contributed to the support of Germantown Meeting, you may do so online at pym.org/donate. First you will see the opportunity to donate to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. If you scroll past that, you come to the opportunity to donate to monthly and quarterly meetings. –Jonathan Rhoads, Clerk, Fund Raising Committee

NEXT MEETING OF ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO BE TUESDAY, JAN.5

The next meeting (by Zoom) of our Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be January 5, which will focus on discussing the articles below about political changes that may happen or are happening as a result of the summer’s protests and the presidential election. For the Yahoo articles, click on the word “Yahoo” to get to the actual articles.

https://www.slowboring.com/p/minimum-wage-wins-affirmative-action

10 enormously consequential things Biden can do without the Senate

National Urban League Offers The Biden-Harris Administration An Agenda For Racial And Economic Justice | National Urban League

The roadmap to Democrats’ longterm political power? A multiracial coalition | Ian Haney López and Kristian Ramos

Yahoo (Biden Meets with Civil Rights Leaders)

Yahoo (Philadelphia City Council Action)

How Your Computer Reinforces Systemic Racism

REMINDERS

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2021-2022 are available online. Go to the National Friends Education Fund by clicking here for information about the process and to get the application. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Faye Steacy, clerk of the Meeting’s Scholarship Committee. Please either hand-deliver your application to her or send it to her by U.S. Mail. To get her home address, contact her by email or find it in the Meeting Directory.

CALL TO EXPLORE RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE QUERIES, JAN. 17

The Anti-Racism Discussion Group will host an Adult Class by Zoom, looking at ways social and racial testimonies play out in the lives of Meeting members. This discussion will focus on ideas expressed in Quaker testimony and queries on social justice and how what we do in the world reflects our beliefs. We will hear from our members Phoebe Jones, Anders Fetterman, and Anthony Stover, who will each talk about how their work and volunteer efforts are informed by the testimonies. There will be time for worship sharing and questions/discussion. If you are interested in being part of this discussion and personal reflections, contact John Colgan-Davis of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group and the Racial & Social Justice Committee.

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

INTERNSHIP & TRAINING PROGRAMS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR NATURAL LANDS

Natural Lands, an organization that encourages open space, restoration of habitat, native plant gardening, and community outreach in the Philadelphia region, is taking applications for two chances to give back to the community: volunteers in the Force of Nature program who learn land stewardship techniques and support for special events, and ambassadors to serve as greeters and tour guides of the 42-acre public garden in Villanova. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, Jan. 6. Training is a comprehensive, hands-on experience with experts. Following training, volunteers commit to giving back a minimum of 20 hours per year to Natural Lands. Many volunteers find that their lessons not only give them skills to be used for Natural Lands, but also in their home and community gardens. Training sessions will be online on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with three in-person Saturday afternoon sessions, following safety protocols that include mask-wearing and social-distancing. To learn more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

REMINDER: HOW TO HELP OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED

For Friends who are looking for ways to support our neighbors in Germantown and North Philadelphia who are struggling:

Face to Face Germantown, 123 East Price St. Providing hot meals five days a week. https://facetofacegermantown.org

Germantown Mutual Aid Fund, https://www.greatgtown.org/mutual-aid

Whosoever Gospel Mission, 101 East Chelten Ave. provides a home, health care, education, and career counseling to homeless men. The Mission lost much of its income from its two thrift stores during the lockdown. https://www.whosoevergospel.org/wp.

Germantown Community Fridge, 20 W. Armat St.. (in front of Greene Street Friends School) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba9a72da0fac25-germantown

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), 3609 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (267) 324-5217 tcrcphilly.org (Director: J. Jondhi Harrell) Paypal account

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

From Ruth Seeley

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
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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 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 pleased.” Luke 2:8-14, RSV

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OFFICE REMINDERS

1. The Meeting Office will be closed next week, Dec. 21-27. It will be open Dec. 28 -30 (closed Dec. 31 and Jan.1), and will reopen with normal hours on Jan. 4, 2021.

2. There will not be a Friday BEE next week, Dec. 25.

3. The telephone is still out of order in the Meeting Office, but you can still call and leave a message. It will appear in my email, and I will call you back as soon as possible. The telephone cable into the office has been replaced, but the telephone itself is worn out and will be replaced after the holidays, when Germantown Friends School reopens and technicians are back at work.
–Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Ed Stivender
11:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Pageant*
12 noon Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
6:30 p.m. Christmas Potluck & Carol Sing**

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

MEETING NEWS

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

This year’s Christmas Pageant will feature 14 young people in all sizes, with a real baby as Baby Jesus. It will take place at rise of worship, approximately 11:35 a.m. The pageant will be via Zoom, with a combination of prerecorded video, live action, and audience participation. Curious about how this will all work out? Be there. This is an extra-special, one-of-a-kind event, put together by a talented team of Carla Childs, Kelley White, and Andre Lee. To get into the Zoom meeting, use the same link, meeting ID number, and password as for meeting for worship, given above.

ZOOM INTO CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING, DEC. 20

All are cordially invited to our first Zoom Christmas Potluck Supper and Carolling event, which will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, at homes everywhere our families live. The hour will be divided about equally between fellowship, which will be experienced in small groups in breakout rooms, and singing, accompanied by our usual carolling pianist, Caroline Davidson. The gathering will open with fellowship, where you will be placed in a group and have about a half hour to chat and compare holiday notes, details of food you are planning to prepare, family news, etc. At this point, nobody needs to be muted, and all can participate freely without a “director.” Bill Cozzens will direct us to our groups and then to the singalong, where we’ll be placed in the big-gathering format, and the piano will take over. Sadly, everyone will be muted, as the Zoom platform doesn’t do a good job of allowing distanced singers to stick together, and a nasty jumble of sound results! You’ll be able to sing along at home to the sound of the piano. Words for the songs will be shown in the Chat area of the screen. Your old favorites will be featured, and the challenge of learning a carol entirely new to us will provide some fun! Please join us and contribute to the fun of community.

HOW TO ENTER CHRISTMAS POTLUCK & CAROL SING
Use the same Zoom link, meeting ID, and password as for Meeting for Worship.

WELCOME NEWS! WE CAN ALL SAVE WHILE GIVING!

It is always a good time to contribute to the support of Germantown Meeting. Although we have been meeting for worship by Zoom, and quite successfully, our expenses and obligations continue. For some, December is an especially good time of year to give. This calendar year, the CARES Act allows individuals who take the standard deduction to also deduct up to $300 in charitable giving. You can give by mailing a check to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W. Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or online at pym.org/donate. (Scroll past the section for contributing to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and donate online to a monthly or quarterly meeting, such as Germantown Meeting.) Your Fund Raising Committee does not explicitly solicit for PYM and Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, but does encourage supporting them, as well. –Jack Rhoads, clerk of GMM Fund Raising Committee

CHARITABLE GIVING FROM RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS

People who are 70-1/2 years old or older may make a qualified cash distribution, known as “QCD,” from a retirement account to a charity such as Germantown Meeting without tax consequences. Ordinarily, withdrawals from such accounts are taxable income. For individuals who itemize deductions, funds withdrawn from a retirement account and contributed to a charity would have no tax consequence: the deduction cancels out the income. If one takes the standard tax deduction, charitable contributions are not usually deductible, except this year when up to $300 of charitable contributions may be deducted. For such taxpayers, a QCD could facilitate giving without tax on the income that supports the gift. Keep in mind that organizing a QCD could take some time. –Jack Rhoads

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

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 now 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, clerk, Worship & Ministry Committee

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 the Meeting Office if you have any questions.

REMINDERS

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2021-2022 are available online. Go to the National Friends Education Fund by clicking here for information about the process and to get the application. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Faye Steacy, clerk of the Meeting’s Scholarship Committee. Please either hand-deliver your application to her or send it to her by U.S. Mail. To get her home address, contact her by email or find it in the Meeting Directory.

CALL TO EXPLORE RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE QUERIES, JAN. 17

The Anti-Racism Discussion Group will host an Adult Class by Zoom, looking at ways social and racial testimonies play out in the lives of Meeting members. This discussion will focus on ideas expressed in Quaker testimony and queries on social justice and how what we do in the world reflects our beliefs. We will hear from our members Phoebe Jones, Anders Fetterman, and Anthony Stover, who will each talk about how their work and volunteer efforts are informed by the testimonies. There will be time for worship sharing and questions/discussion. If you are interested in being part of this discussion and personal reflections, contact John Colgan-Davis.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ED NAKAWATASE IS FRIEND IN RESIDENCE AT HAVERFORD

Our member Ed (Mas) Nakawatase is Friend in Residence this year at Haverford College. The purpose of this program is to bring gifted and experienced Friends to the Haverford campus to interact with students, staff, and faculty members to enrich the educational experience and deepen the school’s Quaker roots. Ed, a human rights activist and organizer, is a Japanese American who was born in an internment camp in Poston, AZ, during World War II when the U.S. government detainedAmerican citizens with Japanese ancestry. Ed worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1964-1965 in Atlanta, GA. He worked for many years for the American Friends Service Committee, helping found the Third World Coalition and then as senior staff for Native American programs throughout the United States. To read more about him, go to the Haverford web page https://www.haverford.edu/quaker-affairs/friend-residence.

ROB SMITH INTERVIEW ON PYM WEBSITE

Rob Smith, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania, an amateur genealogist, and a member of our Meeting, is interviewed in an article on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website. Although we know him as a man of many talents–from playing the recorder to gardening, to knowing computers inside and out, and much more–in this article he answers questions in depth about his Quaker ancestors and why he pursues this ever-expanding search to know about his family. To read this article, click here.

QUAKER EVENTS

CHRISTMAS EVE MEETING FOR PRAYER & HEALING

Open to everyone, a Christmas Eve Meeting for Prayer & Healing will take place via Zoom on Thursday, Dec, 24, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friends will be led through a guided meditation and prayer, opening to divine love and healing. This will be followed by small group sharing of experience and knowledge. Cosponsored by Swarthmore and Chester Monthly Meetings as part of a monthly series. For information about the Zoom link, click here.

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 26-28

Young Friends will hold their Christmas Gathering online, with sessions scheduled throughout the weekend of Dec. 26-28. There will be a meeting for worship with attention to business, committee time, worship sharing, two late nights to be together online, and workshops on creativity and care. Free. You may also participate in a secret Santa gift exchange, if you desire. If so, you will receive the name and address of your partner at the Christmas Gathering and then will have until Jan. 30 to send the person a surprise package: purchased, hand-made, or re-gifted, with a price limit of $15. To register for the Gathering and the optional secret Santa give-giving, click here.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING, DEC. 27

Everyone is invited to this month’s Giant Children’s Meeting, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., via Zoom. This month’s theme is “The Light in Winter,” and will focus on the many winter holidays that celebrate light, with special appreciation for the Light that is with us all days. Although this meeting is especially for families of preschool and elementary children, all invited, no matter what your age. Click here to register and get the Zoom link.

TAKE ACTION

HOW TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NEED

For Friends who are looking for ways to support our neighbors in Germantown and North Philadelphia who are struggling:

Face to Face Germantown, 123 East Price St. Providing hot meals five days a week. https://facetofacegermantown.org

Germantown Mutual Aid Fund, https://www.greatgtown.org/mutual-aid

Whosoever Gospel Mission, 101 East Chelten Ave. provides a home, health care, education, and career counseling to homeless men. The Mission lost much of its income from its two thrift stores during the lockdown. https://www.whosoevergospel.org/wp.

Germantown Community Fridge, 20 W. Armat St.. (in front of Greene Street Friends School) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba9a72da0fac25-germantown

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), 3609 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (267) 324-5217 tcrcphilly.org (Director: J. Jondhi Harrell) Paypal account: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/tcrcphilly?fbclid=IwAR0f8Du18ntrgSBmFiZT4XnR1NNTv81_R0auykcT4-1SvdIXTV4MafyjPus

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 5501 Germantown Ave., is trying to continue paying its staff and keep the children?s programs going. http://historicfairhill.com.

From Ruth Seeley

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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PLEASE NOTE: The Meeting Office’s telephone is out of order, due to an underground cable that needs to be replaced. It will be a while before that can be done. Please call and leave a message, and it will appear in my email, from which I can listen to it, and I will call you back. Sorry for the inconvenience, but for now we have to make do until it can be fixed. Thank you for being patient. –Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (agenda below*) by Zoom
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer David Mettler
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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

*AGENDA, Meeting for Business

Dec. 13, 2020
Query – Karen Lightner, followed by worship

Corrections to Minutes from the November regular Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
(Members are respectfully requested to review the minutes and identify any required corrections BEFORE meeting.)
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Nominating Committee – David Mettler
Fiscal Committee – Randal Whitman
Annual Financial Report – Jim Pifer, Treasurer
Racial & Social Justice Committee – Ed Nakawatase (report attached as Anti-racism Report & Proposition)

Announcements

Virtual Christmas Pageant and Carol Sing! Sunday, Dec. 20
Plans for Sharing Members? Activism ? January adult class
First Day School Plans
Fundraising reminder
Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

WELCOME NEWS! WE CAN ALL SAVE WHILE GIVING!

It is always a good time to contribute to the support of Germantown Meeting. Although we have been meeting for worship by Zoom, and quite successfully, our expenses and obligations continue. For some, December is an especially good time of year to give. This calendar year, the CARES Act allows individuals who take the standard deduction to also deduct up to $300 in charitable giving. You can give by mailing a check to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W. Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or online at pym.org/donate. (Scroll past the section for contributing to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting [PYM] and donate online to a monthly or quarterly meeting, such as Germantown Meeting.) Your Fund Raising Committee does not explicitly solicit for PYM and Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, but does encourage supporting them, as well. –Jack Rhoads, clerk of GMM Fund Raising Committee

CHARITABLE GIVING FROM RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS

People who are 70-1/2 years old or older may make a qualified cash distribution, know as “QCD,” from a retirement account to a charity such as Germantown Meeting without tax consequences. Ordinarily, withdrawals from such accounts are taxable income. For individuals who itemize deductions, funds withdrawn from a retirement account and contributed to a charity would have no tax consequence: the deduction cancels out the income. If one takes the standard tax deduction, charitable contributions are not usually deductible, except this year when up to $300 of charitable contributions may be deducted. For such taxpayers, a QCD could facilitate giving without tax on the income that supports the gift. Keep in mind that organizing a QCD could take some time. –Jack Rhoads

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

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 now 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, clerk, Worship & Ministry Committee

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 the Meeting Secretary if you have any questions.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEETING DEC. 15

The next meeting (by Zoom) of our Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, Dec. 15. For questions, please contact John Colgan-Davis. Everyone is welcome. The discussion will focus on post-election news, with the following online readings:

Urban League suggestions for the Biden Administration
Matthew Iglesias’ opinion piece on suggested “race-neutral” actions Biden could take and their effect on Blacks and other people of color,
an article from The Guardian about Biden’s cabinet choices
an article about Black reactions to Detroit’s tree give-away program
articles about the Black community’s social and legal situations

TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS

Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for 2021-2022 are available online. Go to the National Friends Education Fund by clicking here. to find information about the process and the application. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year should be turned in by Feb. 1 to Faye Steacy, clerk of the Meeting’s Scholarship Committee. Please either hand-deliver your application to her or send it to her by U.S. Mail. To get her home address, contact her by email or find it in the Meeting Directory.

REMINDERS

CALL TO EXPLORE RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE QUERIES, JAN. 17

The Anti-Racism Discussion Group will host an Adult Class by Zoom, looking at ways social and racial testimonies play out in the lives of Meeting members. This discussion will focus on ideas expressed in Quaker testimony and queries on social justice and how what we do in the world reflects our beliefs. We will hear from our members Phoebe Jones, Anders Fetterman, and Anthony Stover, who will each talk about how their work and volunteer efforts are informed by the testimonies. There will be time for worship sharing and questions/discussion. If you are interested in being part of this discussion and personal reflections, contact John Colgan-Davis.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

QUIRKY CAT NEEDS HOME

Laura Javiscas writes that her mother Anne Javsicas will be moving out of her house soon and will only be able to take one pet with her to her new residence, leaving one dear, little cat needing a new home. Here is how Laura describes her: Iola is a unique cat: she’s got extra toes, a corkscrew tail, and a squat stature. We assume she’s got some genetic issues, but for a 13-year-old cat, she is in good health and is not on any medications. She has some trouble jumping onto counters. She’s very affectionate to people, but she would do best as an only pet, as she does not reliably do well with other cats. She’s ok but not friendly with dogs. My brother and I have multiple pets, and, unfortunately, we have already established that Iola does not get along with them. If you have room in your life for Iola, or know someone who might, please let me know. We would really like to find her a good home. Please contact me at ljavsicas@gmail.com for more information.

SENDING GREETINGS

Our member Leonard Schwarz sends his greetings to everyone in Germantown Meeting. Leonard lives in Palo Alto, CA.

REMINDERS

ED STIVENDER PRESENTS HIS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM, DEC. 13

Our attender Ed Stivender, storyteller and long-time performer, will present his Annual Christmas Offering online on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. The program will include O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” Ed’s own “Christmas Rapping,” and other holiday fare. Free. Donations will benefit Project HOME, and may be made at https://www.projecthome.org/donate. For information, contact Ed. For reservations, click here.

PETER SAMUEL’S ARTWORK SHOWING AT ALLENS LANE THRU DEC. 12

Our member Peter Samuel is showing pottery and drawings at the annual Allens Lane Art Center exhibition and sale through Saturday, Dec. 12. The gallery and shop hours are 12 noon to 7 p.m. Proceeds from sales will help support the Art Center, located at 601 W. Allens Lane in Mt. Airy. (Masks are required, and there will be a limit on the number of patrons admitted at one time.)

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

ZOOM BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION ON QUAKERS & LENAPES, DEC. 14

Byberry Monthly Meeting invites everyone to a Zoom book discussion and author’s presentation on Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. It will be on the book A Lenape Among the Quakers, featuring the author, Dawn G. Marsh, associate professor of history at Purdue University. To get the Zoom link, send an email request to ByberryQuakers@gmail.com.

QUAKERS & CHRISTMAS, A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, DEC. 17

Learn about the historical relationship between Quakers and the Christmas season, as well as contemporary Quaker practices, individual and corporate, of celebrating Christmas. Dan Zemaitis, a member of Moorestown (NJ) Meeting, will be the speaker at this Zoom event on Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. He graduated from Moorestown Friends School, received a B.A. in history from Haverford College, and holds a Ph.D. in religion and theology from the Quaker Studies Department of the University of Birmingham, UK. He now teaches comparative religion at Rowan College in Burlington County, NJ, and is the secretary at Central Philadelphia Meeting. Event is free. To register (and receive the Zoom link), click here.

PARKING PERMITS AT ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE

There are fifty annual permits available in 2021 for the parking lot at Arch Street Meeting House, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Restricted to members of the Religious Society of Friends and those who work for Quaker organizations. To learn more, click here.

REMINDERS FROM PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

COMMUNITY PLAY DATE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, DEC. 12

Children and families are invited to join a virtual Community Play Date tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a story, a craft to make together, and a chance to share time with other Quaker families. Free. The list of simple supplies you will need, as well as the place to register, may be reached by clicking here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS HOLIDAY HANGOUT, DEC. 12

Young folks in middle school will have a chance to get together online in a virtual community tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Middle School Friends holiday Hangout. Free. There will be an end-of-year period of reflection, with worship sharing, ornament making, and popcorn cooking. To register, click here.

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 26-28

Young Friends will hold their Christmas Gathering online, with sessions scheduled throughout the weekend of Dec. 26-28. There will be a meeting for worship with attention to business, committee time, worship sharing, two late nights to be together online, and workshops on creativity and care. Free. You may also participate in a secret Santa gift exchange, if you desire. If so, you will receive the name and address of your partner at the Christmas Gathering and then will have until Jan. 30 to send the person a surprise package: purchased, hand-made, or re-gifted, with a price limit of $15. To register for the Gathering and the optional secret Santa give-giving, click here.

COMMUNITY

HOW TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN NEED

For Friends who are looking for ways to support our neighbors in Germantown and North Philadelphia who are struggling:

Face to Face Germantown, 123 East Price St. Providing hot meals 5 days a week. https://facetofacegermantown.org

Germantown Mutual Aid Fund, https://www.greatgtown.org/mutual-aid

Whosoever Gospel Mission, 101 East Chelten Ave. provides a home, health care, education, and career counseling to homeless men. The Mission lost much of its income from its two thrift stores during the lock down. https://www.whosoevergospel.org/wp.

Germantown Community Fridge, 20 W. Armat St.. (in front of Greene Street Friends School) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba9a72da0fac25-germantown

The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), 3609 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (267) 324-5217· tcrcphilly.org. (Director: J. Jondhi Harrell) Paypal Account: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/tcrcphilly

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, 5501 Germantown Ave., is trying to continue paying its staff and keep the children?s programs going. http://historicfairhill.com.

From Ruth Seeley

REMINDER

FREE COVID-19 TESTING, DEC. 18

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is offering free Covid-19 testing on Friday, Dec. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is the last in a series of three days of free testing. It will take place at 1939 W. Venango St., Phila., PA 19140. For information, call 267-436-3126.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Hope, peace, and encouragement is not enough to depict my religion. When my spirit is animated by my religion and is aware of the inviolable Truth prevailing, my heart dances for joy and gratitude and sings the praise of God! Every moment is a mystery. Even this body of mine, what a mystery it is, whose heart is beating incessantly without my knowing, and whose lungs breathe ceaselessly without my knowing! This air is God’s. The light is God’s, we are his. I am living with all the universe , and all the universe is living with me, in God. –Yukio Irie, 1957

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PLEASE NOTE: The Meeting Office’s telephone is out of order and is being repaired. However, you can still call (215-951-2235) and leave a message, which will be accessible to me in the Meeting’s email, and I can listen to it there. Sorry for any inconvenience, Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary

SUNDAY, Dec. 6, 2020

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by Zoom
Closer Sam Angell
11:30 Introductions & Announcements
11:45 Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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

MEETING NEWS

WELCOME NEWS! NOW WE CAN ALL SAVE WHILE GIVING!

It is always a good time to contribute to the support of Germantown Meeting. Although we have been meeting by Zoom, and quite successfully, our expenses and obligations continue. For some, December is an especially good time of year to give. This calendar year, the CARES Act allows individuals who take the standard deduction also may deduct up to $300 in charitable giving. You can give by mailing a check to Germantown Monthly Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or online at pym.org/donate. (Scroll past the section for contributing to Philadelphia Yearly meeting [PYM], and donate online to a monthly or quarterly meeting, such as Germantown Meeting.) Your Fund Raising Committee does not explicitly solicit for PYM and Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, but does encourage support them, as well. — Jack Rhoads, clerk of GMM Fund Raising Committee

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 P.M.

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. We will have a few minutes to chat/check in at the beginning, followed by worship until 8 p.m. Please note that this Zoom log-in is different from the one for Sunday worship.

PLAN AHEAD

EXPLORING RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE QUERIES IN OUR LIVES, JAN. 17

How do the Quaker testimony and queries on social and racial justice play out in your life? On Sunday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m., there will be an Adult Class by Zoom on how what we do in the world reflects our beliefs. [To read a more detailed description, as well as the Social Justice Testimony and accompanying queries, open this attachment: Social Justice 11-17-2020.] If you are interested in being part of this discussion and sharing your personal reflections, contact John Colgan-Davis of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group and the Racial & Social Justice Committee. The Zoom link will be the same as the one for Meeting for Worship.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ED STIVENDER PRESENTS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM, DEC. 13

Attender Ed Stivender, storyteller and long-time performer, will present his Annual Christmas Offering online on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. The program will include O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” Ed’s own “Christmas Rapping,” and other holiday favorites. Tickets are free, and donations for Project HOME will be accepted at https://www.projecthome.org/donate. For more information, contact Ed at (610) 623-8546 or storystive@aol.com. For reservations, click here.

PETER SAMUEL’S ARTWORK SHOWING AT ALLENS LANE

Our Member Peter Samuel is showing pottery and drawings at the annual Allens Lane Art Center exhibition and sale this year. The gallery and shop hours are December 4-12, noon to 7 p.m. daily. Proceeds from sales will help support the Art Center, located at 601 W. Allens Lane in Mount Airy. (The center will limit the number of masked patrons allowed in at any one time.)

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

A great, big Thank You goes to Bob Smith, who helped stuff the appeal letters and get them in the mail this week! Bob, who is a lifetime organizer of peace protests and events, has decades of experience doing mailings, and he lent his practiced skills to helping Germantown Meeting get out its Christmas mailing, thankfully! –Melissa Elliott, GMM secretary

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TONIGHT! HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON YOU TUBE WITH ARCH STREET MEETING HOUSE (DEC. 4)

Tonight, you have a chance to celebrate the holidays from home, via a YouTube presentation by Arch Street Meeting House. Experience Arch Street’s historic West Room by flickering candlelight, accompanied by Germantown Friends School Orchestra. This will provide a magical look into the past in this historic worship space, just as 19th Century Quakers experienced it. It is free and will take place tonight, Friday, Dec. 4, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. You must request a ticket online before 6 p.m. today by clicking here, and will then receive an email with the YouTube link so you can log into the event.

TOUR MERION FRIENDS MEETINGHOUSE BY ZOOM, DEC. 6

Here is an opportunity to tour the historic Merion Friends Meetinghouse by Zoom this Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., led by Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Haverford College professor and Quaker Historian. Merion Meeting has been part of Lower Merion for 325 year, and its meetinghouse is a National Historic Landmark. Emma Lapsansky- is professor emerita of history and a visiting professor in the writing program and Quaker Studies of Haverford College. This event is free and open to the public. To register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS MEETS TUESDAY EVENING, DEC. 8

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Continuing Sessions for business will be Tuesday evening, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, see the full agenda and register at https://www.pym.org/continuing-sessions. (Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.) As you may recall, Friends meetings were asked to provide discernment on three concerns on which PYM is determining its way forward: racism, climate change and membership in the Society of Friends. These will be taken up in some form at Continuing Sessions. After consultation with several of our members and based on the called meeting we held in October, which focused on membership, our Clerk Bill Cozzens, drafted the attached statement and submitted it to the PYM clerks and the General Secretary. [See attachment: PYM-Discernment-Three Questions]

FOR THE YOUNG

PLAYDATE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, DEC. 12

Families are invited to join a virtual Community Playdate next Saturday, Dec, 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. This free activity will be a story, a craft to make together, and a chance to share a fun time with other Quaker families. It will be led by Crystal Hershey, acting Children & Families Facilitator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The list of simple supplies you will need, as well as the place to register, may be reached by clicking here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS HOLIDAY HANGOUT, DEC. 12

Young folks in middle school will have a chance to get together online in a virtual community next Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Middle School Friends Holiday Hangout. Free. There will be an end-of-year period of reflection and worship sharing, ornament making, and holiday popcorn cooking. It will be led by three staff members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s middle school staff. To register, click here.

YOUNG FRIENDS CHRISTMAS GATHERING, DEC. 26-28

Young Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold their Christmas Gathering online this year, with sessions scheduled throughout the weekend of Dec. 26-28. There will be a meeting for worship with attention to business, committee time, worship sharing, two late nights to be together online, and workshops on creativity and care. Free. You may also participate in a secret santa gift exchange, if you desire. If so, you will receive the name and address of your partner at the Christmas Gathering and then will have until Jan. 30 to send the person a surprise package–purchased, hand-made, or regifted, with a price limit of $15. It is optional as to whether to take part in the secret santa part. To register for the Gathering, and the optional secret santa gift-gift giving, click here.

COMMUNITY

FREE COVID-19 TESTING, DEC. 18

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is offering free Covid-19 testing on Friday, Dec. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is the last session in a series of three days of free testing. It will take place at 1939 W Venango St., Phila., PA 19140. For information, call 267-436-3126.

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