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, Oct. 22, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

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 greetings 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.
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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QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

QUARTERLY MEETING ON OCT. 24; KAREN LIGHTNER TO SPEAK

Dear Friends, We hope you will be able to participate in the conversation on October 24, as Karen Lightner will lead us in deepening our understanding of meeting for worship. You may register for the conversation and for Quarterly Meeting by clicking here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-qgqDMoGdBV9qRFErgYul6fA51B8zhR –Your representatives to Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting: Joann Sharpless, Kelley White, John Hickey

QUAKER PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS BY ZOOM

Starting in mid-November, small groups of Quaker parents will meet for one hour every two weeks on Zoom. The purpose is to provide Friends who are parenting children with a space for conversation and support. To register, click here.

FRIENDS NEEDED FOR QUAKER GRANTING COMMITTEES

If you are interested in working on a Quaker granting group in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, now is the time to speak up. Yearly Meeting is currently seeking Friends with a specialized interest or experience in historical Quaker buildings to serve on Quaker Buildings & Programs Granting. The Yearly Meeting’s granting committees cover a range of topics: Aging Assistance, Friends Education, Greenleaf Fund, Fund for Sufferings, Indian Committee, Quaker Buildings & Programs, Travel & Witness, and Willits Granting Group. To find out more about these groups, their purposes, and contact information, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, NOV. 5-7

Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will take place by Zoom on Nov. 5-7. It will begin Friday with intergenerational singing at 7 p.m., led by Molly Hicks of Old Haverford Meeting. Saturday morning sessions begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a break for lunch on your own. At 1 p.m. our member Deborah Cooper will lead a Mindfulness Meditation, followed by meeting for worship with attention to business. The intergenerational session on Sunday will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with special guest Anastasia Higgenbotham to lead a workshop about love and belonging for all ages. For more detailed information and to register online, go to
pym.org/sessions.

MEETING REMINDERS

FRIENDLY FALL FELLOWSHIP TO BEGIN WITH SMALL GATHERINGS

Longing to reconnect with other GMM folks in person? Would you enjoy hosting or attending a Friendly Fall Fellowship gathering? Here’s your chance.

What is this? Small gatherings of members and attenders of Germantown Meeting (GMM) anywhere — in your backyard, on your front stoop, inside your home, or at a park, etc. Maybe it?s a brown bag lunch, or coffee and donuts, or wine and cheese, or tea and cookies! It doesn?t have to involve food at all (and removing masks) — if that feels more comfortable for some. It could be a small group that goes for a walk in the Wissahickon or apple picking! Let?s take advantage of reconnecting in the milder weather (to be outside or have open windows/doors) before we all retreat inside again this winter!

Hosting a gathering? For anyone who would like to host one of these get-togethers, the GMM Fellowship Committee will help promote and coordinate small, safe gatherings this fall. Hosts may determine the size, location, safety specifications (e.g. require vaccine?), etc.

If you are interested in hosting, please contact Moira Duggan or Anne Stassen so we can chat about it.

Interested in attending? Keep your eyes open for announcements in upcoming Friday BEEs!

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. Here are three 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.

For information about signing up, volunteer training, COVID precautions, and clearances, contact Corinne Brady at bradycorinne@gmail.com or John Colgan-Davis

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.

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.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 15, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

My sunrise meditation means more to me now than ever. At dawn it is easier to feel the universe is one organic whole, held together by that Radiating Power of Love that flows through everything—including thee and me…. By using the power of mature, redemptive love, we can show each individual that we need his or her uniqueness to make us whole. We will then see that we have something to give others and that others have something to give us. –Rachel Davis DuBois, 1978

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SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Pamela Williams
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

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 greetings 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.
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

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL MEETS THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 17

First-day School will meet this Sunday, Oct. 17, and from now onward. This Sunday’s session will meet in the kindergarten tent, which is behind the East Kindergarten and the Cottage, at 10:30. Younger children (up through third grade) are invited to join Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Giant Children’s Meeting on Zoom this Sunday at 9 a.m. The theme is “Let’s Celebrate Peace & Making Change … Together.” Click here to join the Zoom (passcode: PYMkids). Bring something that makes you think of peace or helps you feel peaceful, such as a drawing, a peace rock, or a peace crane you folded. To learn how to fold a paper crane, click here for a simple, online tutorial.

QUARTERLY MEETING* ON OCT. 24; KAREN LIGHTNER TO SPEAK

Dear Friends, We hope you will be able to participate in the conversation on October 24, as Karen Lightner will lead us in deepening our understanding of meeting for worship. You may register for the conversation and for Quarterly Meeting by clicking here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-qgqDMoGdBV9qRFErgYul6fA51B8zhR. –Your representatives to Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting: Joann Sharpless, Kelley White, John Hickey

*Details about Quarterly Meeting: Germantown Monthly Meeting will host Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 24, by Zoom. The theme is “Spirit’s Alive,” and it will feature a talk by our member Karen Lightner on “Vocal Ministry–What’s It All About?” Everyone in the Quarter–which includes Central Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Frankford, Germantown, Arch Street, Unity, and Green Street Monthly Meetings, and West Philadelphia Preparative Meeting– is invited to join us for meeting for worship by Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Karen’s talk will begin at 1 p.m., and the Quarter’s Meeting for Worship for Business will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is required; click here to register online. For questions, contact Lanza, PQM administrative coordinator, at pqmcoordinator@gmail.com or by calling 215-990-3196.

360 DEGREE PHOTO OF PORCH PAINTING

This panoramic view, photographed by our member Tom Sharpless, shows part of the meetinghouse porch while in process of being painted. To take a look for yourself, click here:
paniniperspective.com/MyPanos/PorchBeingPainted

FRIENDLY FALL FELLOWSHIP TO BEGIN WITH SMALL GATHERINGS

Longing to reconnect with other GMM folks in person? Would you enjoy hosting or attending a Friendly Fall Fellowship gathering? Here’s your chance.
What is this? Small gatherings of members and attenders of Germantown Meeting (GMM) anywhere — in your backyard, on your front stoop, inside your home, or at a park, etc. Maybe it?s a brown bag lunch, or coffee and donuts, or wine and cheese, or tea and cookies! It doesn?t have to involve food at all (and removing masks) — if that feels more comfortable for some. It could be a small group that goes for a walk in the Wissahickon or apple picking! Let?s take advantage of reconnecting in the milder weather (to be outside or have open windows/doors) before we all retreat inside again this winter!

Hosting a gathering? For anyone who would like to host one of these get-togethers, the GMM Fellowship Committee will help promote and coordinate small, safe gatherings this fall. Hosts may determine the size, location, safety specifications (e.g. require vaccine?), etc.
If you are interested in hosting, please contact Moira Duggan or Anne Stassen so we can chat about it.
Interested in attending? Keep your eyes open for announcements in upcoming Friday BEEs!

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET OCT. 19

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group will take place by Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at p.m. We will discuss suggestions for anti-racist actions that Meetings can do, drawing from a 2015 White Privileges Conference in Minnesota. For information about the assignment connected to that reading, please contact John Colgan-Davis: j.colgan-davis@att.net

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. Here are three 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.

For information about signing up, volunteer training, COVID precautions, and clearances, contact Corinne Brady at bradycorinne@gmail.com
or John Colgan-Davis at j.colgan-davis@att.net.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BABIES, BABIES …

Welcome to this world, little ones! In the process of contacting Friends and attenders to update information for our new Meeting Directory, we keep turning up new babies that haven’t yet been announced to you. Here are two recent ones:

Abigail Renee Juram, born Sept. 18, 2021, to our member Matthew Juram and his wife Amanda in Fort Wayne, IN. Abigail is the granddaughter of our late member Richard Juram and his wife Emma Jean Juram.

Zoey Anne Metteer, born Sept. 22, 2021, to our member Samuel L. Metteer and his wife Claire McGuiness Metteer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Zoe is the first grandchild of our former member and current regular attender (by Zoom), Mary Louise Hill.

MEETING REMINDERS

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.

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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

AFSC RAISING MONEY TO HELP HURRICANE IDA VICTIMS

Hurricane Ida left almost 1 million people without power, and five weeks later, many are still trying to recover from damage to their homes and belongings. Much remains to be done to reach full recovery. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is working with community partners in New Orleans to offer help through food giveaways, cleaning debris off properties, and helping people pay their utility bills. If you would like to help, click here to go to an online donation page.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING TO BE ONLINE, OCT. 17

This month’s Giant Children’s Meeting will take place online on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., focusing on “Creating Peace Together.” This 30- to 45-minute program is for preschool and elementary-age children and their families. Facilitators lead the group through grounding exercises, exploring, wondering, and creating. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s (PYM) children’s program. To find out more and register online, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENT

VERNON PARK BAZAAR & FLEA MARKET, OCT. 16

Come to the annual Bazaar & Flea Market at Vernon Park on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the fun, see your friends and neighbors, and find some great stuff and good eats!
Vernon Park is smack in the middle of Germantown at 5800 Greene St. Sponsored by Friends of Vernon Park. Everyone welcome. Rain date: Oct. 23 at same place.

HOW TO HELP AFGHANI REFUGEES

HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY RAISES MONEY FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

Our member Faye Steacy sends this recommendation for a reputable place to donate for helping Afghani refugees: The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. Today, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and social services to low-income and at-risk immigrants and refugees and currently assists Afghan refugees. During the last four years, I have seen HIAS’s impressive work while I worked with a student who is a Syrian refugee and was studying at Germantown Friends School. Since February 2016, HIAS supported the student’s family in ways that exceeded the goal of providing housing, employment, and access to medical care. HIAS closely monitored the children’s progress in school for more than four years. For two years, they guided the oldest child in the family through every step of the college admissions process until he enrolled at Penn State, Abington. You can donate to HIAS by going to: hiaspa.org. To learn about HIAS volunteer opportunities, click on the Volunteer link. Opportunities are listed under headings including: Social Services, Pro Bono Attorney, Temporary Housing, and Special Opportunity: Afghan response –Faye Steacy

Our member Nancy Tyson sent this recommendation for a reputable group that aids newly arriving Afghanis to Philadelphia: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/nationalities-service-center-of-philadelphia/stock-a-refugee-s-home. This is the online donation page for Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, which provides comprehensive services, such as legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to learn English. Nancy reports that this recommendation came to her from a personal friend, Betsy Smith, who works for Nationalities Service Center, has extensive experience living abroad and working with immigrants, and used to teach at Penn Charter School.

Ed Note: If you have additional suggestions for a reputable organization that is working with Afghani immigrants, please send them to Melissa Elliott at gmm@germantownfriends.org. It is helpful to provide a brief background about the organization, including a website, so Friends can learn about it for themselves.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Oct. 7, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Friends found that even the proper functioning of the Quaker business meeting depended upon a strong sense of community or caring in the group. Decisions were reached without a vote, by “gathering the sense of the meeting.” But this would happen only when those taking part respected and cared for one another. It was one of the happier discoveries of the early Friends not only that individuals endeavoring to follow the Light of Christ Within would be led to a unity, but that the caring group could be led as well, and might even be given a higher insight than any individual –George Selleck: Quakers in Boston, 1656-1964

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SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 2021

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

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Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

NO FIRST-DAY SCHOOL YET
We are not yet able to resume First-day School or childcare for younger children. Plans for meeting these needs will be addressed at this Sunday’s meeting for business.

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 greetings 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.
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.

*How to join Meeting for Business
Oct. 10, 2021, at 9 a.m.
Our Meeting for Business will be hybrid: in the meetinghouse Committee Room and over Zoom. Vaccinated members are invited to participate in the meetinghouse, wearing masks and maintaining social distance. There will be no coffee, tea, or other refreshments.

*AGENDA

Query: Read by Faye Steacy, followed by worship

Minutes: Becky Johnson, recording clerk. (Please read September minutes in advance so you will be ready with your corrections.)
Care & Visiting: Caroline Davidson, co-clerk
Nominating Committee: David Mettler
Property Committee: Tom Sharpless
Fundraising update: Jack Rhoads
Worship & Ministry and Outreach: Faye Steacy
Announcements
Closing Worship

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MEETING NEWS

FRIENDLY FALL FELLOWSHIP TO BEGIN WITH SMALL GATHERINGS

Longing to reconnect with other GMM folks in person? Would you enjoy hosting or attending a Friendly Fall Fellowship gathering? Here’s your chance.

What is this? Small gatherings of members and attenders of Germantown Meeting (GMM) anywhere — in your backyard, on your front stoop, inside your home, or at a park, etc. Maybe it’s a brown bag lunch, or coffee and donuts, or wine and cheese, or tea and cookies! It doesn’t have to involve food at all (and removing masks) — if that feels more comfortable for some. It could be a small group that goes for a walk in the Wissahickon or apple picking! Let’s take advantage of reconnecting in the milder weather (to be outside or have open windows/doors) before we all retreat inside again this winter!

Hosting a gathering? For anyone who would like to host one of these get-togethers, the GMM Fellowship Committee will help promote and coordinate small, safe gatherings this fall. Hosts may determine the size, location, safety specifications (e.g. require vaccine?), etc.
If you are interested in hosting, please contact Moira Duggan or Anne Stassen so we can chat about it.
Interested in attending? Keep your eyes open for announcements in upcoming Friday BEEs!

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET OCT. 21

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group will take place by Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at p.m. We will discuss suggestions for anti-racist actions that Meetings can do, drawing from a 2015 White Privileges Conference in Minnesota. For information about the assignment connected to that reading, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

MEETING REMINDERS

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.

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.

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

SIGN UP FOR A TABLE AT OCT. 16 COMMUNITY BAZAAR IN VERNON PARK

Here’s a chance to experience what’s going on in our community and help raise some money by having a table of merchandise, personal creations, or information at the Oct. 16 Community Bazaar & Flea Market at Vernon Park in the heart of Germantown. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date is Oct. 23.) Charge for a space for your goods is $12. This is the sole fundraiser for Friends of Vernon Park for the year. It supports clean-ups, tools, plantings, and helping community groups with permits and expenses for their events in the park. For more information and to register for a table, click here.

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. Here are three ways to get involved:

Reading stories to students at the in-person library morning 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 a selection for students for the Virtual Storytime Program.
Helping with organizational and support work.

For information about signing up, volunteer training, Covid precautions, and clearances, contact Corinne Brady or John Colgan-Davis.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

AFSC RAISING MONEY TO HELP HURRICANE IDA VICTIMS

Hurricane Ida left almost 1 million people without power, and five weeks later, many are still trying to recover from damage to their homes and belongings. Much remains to be done to reach full recovery. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is working with community partners in New Orleans to offer help through food giveaways, cleaning debris off properties, and helping people pay their utility bills. If you would like to help, click here to go to an online donation page.

“SPIRIT’S ALIVE” AT PHILA. QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 24

Germantown Monthly Meeting will host Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 24, by Zoom. The theme is “Spirit’s Alive,” and it will feature a talk by our member Karen Lightner on “Vocal Ministry–What’s It All About?” Everyone in the Quarter–which includes Central Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Frankford, Germantown, Arch Street, Unity, and Green Street Monthly Meetings, and West Philadelphia Preparative Meeting– is invited to join us for meeting for worship by Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Karen’s talk will begin at 1 p.m., and the Quarter’s Meeting for Worship for Business will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is required; click here to register online. For questions, contact Lanza, PQM administrative coordinator, at pqmcoordinator@gmail.com or by calling 215-990-3196.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING TO BE ONLINE, OCT. 17

This month’s Giant Children’s Meeting will take place online on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., focusing on “Creating Peace Together.” This 30- to 45-minute program is for preschool and elementary-age children and their families. Facilitators lead the group through grounding exercises, exploring, wondering, and creating. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s (PYM) children’s program. To find out more and register online, click here.

YOUTH-LED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, OCT. 17

Every third Sunday of the month, there is an evening meeting for worship from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hosted by PYM Youth Programs staff members, with input from young people from grades six through twelve. This month, it will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17. Everyone is welcome. To find out more and register online, click here.

HOW TO HELP AFGHANI REFUGEES

HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY RAISES MONEY FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

Our member Faye Steacy sends this recommendation for a reputable place to donate for helping Afghani refugees: The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. Today, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and social services to low-income and at-risk immigrants and refugees and currently assists Afghan refugees. During the last four years, I have seen HIAS?s impressive work while I worked with a student who is a Syrian refugee and was studying at Germantown Friends School. Since February 2016, HIAS supported the student’s family in ways that exceeded the goal of providing housing, employment, and access to medical care. HIAS closely monitored the children’s progress in school for more than four years. For two years, they guided the oldest child in the family through every step of the college admissions process until he enrolled at Penn State, Abington. You can donate to HIAS by going to: hiaspa.org. To learn about HIAS volunteer opportunities, click on the Volunteer link. Opportunities are listed under headings including: Social Services, Pro Bono Attorney, Temporary Housing, and Special Opportunity: Afghan response –Faye Steacy

Our member Nancy Tyson sent this recommendation for a reputable group that aids newly arriving Afghanis to Philadelphia: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/nationalities-service-center-of-philadelphia/stock-a-refugee-s-home. This is the online donation page for Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, which provides comprehensive services, such as legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to learn English. Nancy reports that this recommendation came to her from a personal friend, Betsy Smith, who works for Nationalities Service Center, has extensive experience living abroad and working with immigrants, and used to teach at Penn Charter School.

Ed Note: If you have additional suggestions for a reputable organization that is working with Afghani immigrants, please send them to Melissa Elliott at gmm@germantownfriends.org. It is helpful to provide a brief background about the organization, including a website, so Friends can learn about it for themselves.

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

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Rebecca Hoenig
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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)
Vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 12)
Masks required for all > age 2.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

NO FIRST-DAY SCHOOL YET

We are not yet able to resume First-day School or childcare for younger children. Plans for meeting these needs will be addressed at this Sunday’s meeting for business.

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 greetings 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.
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 REMINDERS

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.

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.

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

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. Here are three ways to get involved:

Reading stories to students at the in-person library morning 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 a selection for students for the Virtual Storytime Program.
Helping with organizational and support work.

For information about signing up, volunteer training, Covid precautions, and clearances, contact Corinne Brady or John Colgan-Davis.

SIGN UP FOR A TABLE AT OCT. 16 COMMUNITY BAZAAR IN VERNON PARK

Here’s a chance to experience what’s going on in our community and help raise some money by having a table of merchandise, personal creations, or information at the Oct. 16 Community Bazaar & Flea Market at Vernon Park in the heart of Germantown. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date is Oct. 23.) Charge for a space for your goods is $12. This is the sole fundraiser for Friends of Vernon Park for the year. It supports clean-ups, tools, plantings, and helping community groups with permits and expenses for their events in the park. For more information and to register for a table, click here.

CELEBRATE GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY & PROTEST DRONE WAR STRIKES, OCT. 2

You are invited to a demonstration in Horsham tomorrow (Oct. 2), that connects remembrance of Gandhi’s birthday with a call to end U.S. war drone strikes in Afghanistan and elsewhere, causing violent deaths of innocent people; for example, the Aug. 29 drone strike that killed a family of ten in Afghanistan as they were fleeing the country. The Horsham Air Guard command center in Montgomery County is one of 12 command centers in the United States, any one of which could have generated the fatal strike. This Saturday’s demonstration begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Banners and posters provided. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and perhaps bring a folding chair, which you can put six feet away from other participants. The Horsham Air Guard entryway is at the intersection of Route 611 (Easton Road) and County Line Road in Horsham, PA. For more information, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

LECTURE ON ‘MYTHS OF GENDER’ AT PENDLE HILL, OCT. 4

We are trained from an early age to believe myths about gender, including proper roles and stereotypes of men and women. Cai Quirk will speak Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., from Pendle Hill, on the myths of gender, by using storytelling and history to refresh and open our minds to other possibilities. Cai is a lifelong Quaker whose recent book Transcendence uses photography to connect spirituality, mythology, and gender diversity. Free, but registration is required. To learn more and register online, click here.

‘SPIRIT’S ALIVE’ AT PHILA. QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 24

Germantown Monthly Meeting will host Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 24, by Zoom. The theme is “Spirit’s Alive,” and it will feature a talk by our member Karen Lightner on “Vocal Ministry–What’s It All About?” Everyone in the Quarter–which includes Central Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Frankford, Germantown, Arch Street, Unity, and Green Street Monthly Meetings, and West Philadelphia Preparative Meeting– is invited to join us for meeting for worship by Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Karen’s talk will begin at 1 p.m., and the Quarter’s Meeting for Worship for Business will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is required; click here to register online. For questions, contact Lanza, PQM administrative coordinator, at pqmcoordinator@gmail.com or by calling 215-990-3196.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING TO BE ONLINE, OCT. 17

This month’s Giant Children’s Meeting will take place online on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., focusing on “Creating Peace Together.” This 30- to 45-minute program is for preschool and elementary-age children and their families. Facilitators lead the group through grounding exercises, exploring, wondering, and creating. Sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s (PYM) children’s program. To find out more and register online, click here

YOUTH-LED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, OCT. 17

Every third Sunday of the month, there is an evening meeting for worship from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hosted by PYM Youth Programs staff members, with input from young people from grades six through twelve. This month, it will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17. Everyone is welcome. To find out more and register online, click here.

HOW TO HELP AFGHANI REFUGEES

HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY RAISES MONEY FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

Our member Faye Steacy sends this recommendation for a reputable place to donate for helping Afghani refugees: The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. Today, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and social services to low-income and at-risk immigrants and refugees and currently assists Afghan refugees. During the last four years, I have seen HIAS?s impressive work while I worked with a student who is a Syrian refugee and was studying at Germantown Friends School. Since February 2016, HIAS supported the student’s family in ways that exceeded the goal of providing housing, employment, and access to medical care. HIAS closely monitored the children’s progress in school for more than four years. For two years, they guided the oldest child in the family through every step of the college admissions process until he enrolled at Penn State, Abington. You can donate to HIAS by going to: hiaspa.org. To learn about HIAS volunteer opportunities, click on the Volunteer link. Opportunities are listed under headings that include: Social Services, Pro Bono Attorney, Temporary Housing, and Special Opportunity: Afghan response –Faye Steacy

Our member Nancy Tyson sent this recommendation for a reputable group that aids newly arriving Afghanis to Philadelphia: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/nationalities-service-center-of-philadelphia/stock-a-refugee-s-home. This is the online donation page for Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, which provides comprehensive services, such as legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to learn English. Nancy reports that this recommendation came to her from a personal friend, Betsy Smith, who works for Nationalities Service Center, has extensive experience living abroad and working with immigrants, and used to teach at Penn Charter School.

Ed Note: If you have additional suggestions for a reputable organization that is working with Afghani immigrants, please send them to Melissa Elliott at gmm@germantownfriends.org. It is helpful to provide a brief background about the organization, including a website, so Friends can learn about it for themselves.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 24, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It has been my experience that if I come to meeting in a state of strong emotion and follow an easy impulse to talk about it, I–and the meeting?–are left with a sense of emptiness. But if I trust that there’s a reason why I’m here, now, in this state, but that it’s God’s reason, not mine, and my part is to wait in holy expectancy–strange things happen. Messages that speak to my condition are given by people who couldn’t possibly know of it. The meeting ministers to my needs and uses my state to minister to others–quite without my willing it. I believe that there’s an explanation for the phenomenon. Strong emotion can make us what the early Friends called tender; vulnerable to the workings of the Spirit. I suspect that the presence of one such person in our midst can cause the meeting to gather. –Esther Murer, 1988
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see agenda* below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Jonathan Busser
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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)
Vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 12)
Masks required for all > age 2.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

NO FIRST-DAY SCHOOL YET
We are not yet able to resume First-day School or childcare for younger children. Plans for meeting these needs will be addressed at this Sunday’s meeting for business.

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 greetings 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.
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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

FRIENDS’ HOME BURNS DOWN; GO FUND ME ACCOUNT CREATED

The home of our member Elizabeth Ann (Fisher) Kontz and her husband Gary Kontz burned to the ground in August while they were away. Their daughter, Winona Kontz Sebree, has created a Go Fund Me page for donations to help them get back on their feet. The family has been largely self-sufficient during their lifetimes, but have almost nothing in the way of financial resources. Their home is (was) in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Elizabeth is the daughter of Tom and Anna Fisher, long-time a part of our Meeting. She has a brother Ebon Fisher and sister Rebecca Schneider who continue to be members of our Meeting. Here is the web page for their Go Fund Me campaign, including photos and descriptions.

UJIMA PEACE CENTER’S FREEDOM SUMMER SCHOOL

This past summer, Ujima Friends Peace Center launched Friendly Spaces, an outdoor version of the Center’s annual Freedom Summer School. Emphasis was placed on providing “friendly spaces” for neighborhood children to explore while engaging in activities that were good for the mind, body, and spirit. Ayesha Imani, head of the Center’s board and member of Germantown Meeting, says the program grew from seeking divine guidance about healing the hurts children endured as a result of the pandemic. After a school year of virtual learning, many children experienced anxiety, depression, and various forms of abuse. Ayesha says, “In worship, the Spirit revealed that there needed to be an opportunity for children to disconnect from their computers and be outside.” To learn more about this year’s success with Friendly Spaces, read the interview with Ayesha, published on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website, by clicking here.

DEATH OF RICHARD GOLDMAN

Dick Goldman, long-time staff member at Germantown Friends School (GFS), recently died. He came to GFS in 1972 to serve as Associate Headmaster for Finance and Development. In addition to his skills in finance, he was an academic with a passion for theater, literature, and the arts, and he had a firm background in writing, teaching English and journalism. and serving as editor of Studies in Education. A kind and compassionate person, he had a wonderful sense of humor and was a proud and devoted husband and father. For more information, contact Hannah Caldwell Henderson, member of Germantown Meeting and GFS Chief Advancement Officer.

MEETING REMINDERS

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

Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

INVITATION TO JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

Membership and participation in our Environmental Concerns Committee is open to meeting members and attenders. After being out of action for many months, the Committee is reconvening this month and will focus on climate change, helping Friends address this challenge: from reducing our personal and meeting’s carbon footprint, to spending and investment decisions, to encouraging action to reduce use of fossil fuels. If you would like to be involved, please send an email message to Bill Cozzens, and you will receive an announcement of the initial Zoom meeting.

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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PLAYDATE AT LINVILLA ORCHARDS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, OCT. 2

An afternoon of fellowship, play, and apple picking at Linvilla Orchards will take place on Oct. 2. Families with children younger than kindergarten are invited to the Community Playdates, and friends are always welcome! Cost is $7 per person over one year of age. Families should arrive by 1:30 p.m. to gather in a group, share introductions, and play a couple of ice-breaking games. You must register to join the event by clicking here. Please purchase timed tickets for 2 p.m. by going to the Linvilla website.

RETREAT FOR YOUNG, BLACK INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR, OCT. 8-10

Young Adult Friends are holding a retreat for Black Indigenous People of Color between the ages of 18 and 35-ish from anywhere in the world who are Quaker, Quaker-leaning, or Quaker-curious. There will be some virtual and some in-person opportunities for building community, support, and fun. It will take place on Oct. 8-10. More details about the program are coming. To get connected to the source of information, check out pym.org/event/bipoc-yaf-retreat.

HOW TO HELP AFGHANI REFUGEES

HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY RAISES MONEY FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

Our member Faye Steacy sends this recommendation for a reputable place to donate for helping Afghani refugees: The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. Today, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and social services to low-income and at-risk immigrants and refugees and currently assists Afghan refugees. During the last four years, I have seen HIAS?s impressive work while I worked with a student who is a Syrian refugee and was studying at Germantown Friends School. Since February 2016, HIAS supported the student’s family in ways that exceeded the goal of providing housing, employment, and access to medical care. HIAS closely monitored the children’s progress in school for more than four years. For two years, they guided the oldest child in the family through every step of the college admissions process until he enrolled at Penn State, Abington. You can donate to HIAS by going to: hiaspa.org. To learn about HIAS volunteer opportunities, click on the Volunteer link. Opportunities are listed under headings that include: Social Services, Pro Bono Attorney, Temporary Housing, and Special Opportunity: Afghan response –Faye Steacy

Our member Nancy Tyson sent this recommendation for a reputable group that aids newly arriving Afghanis to Philadelphia: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/nationalities-service-center-of-philadelphia/stock-a-refugee-s-home. This is the online donation page for Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, which provides comprehensive services, such as legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to learn English. Nancy reports that this recommendation came to her from a personal friend, Betsy Smith, who works for Nationalities Service Center, has extensive experience living abroad and working with immigrants, and used to teach at Penn Charter School.

Ed Note: If you have additional suggestions for a reputable organization that is working with Afghani immigrants, please send them to Melissa Elliott at gmm@germantownfriends.org. It is helpful to provide a brief background about the organization, including a website, so Friends can learn about it for themselves.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 17, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The first gleam of light, “the first cold light of morning,” which gave promise of day with its noontide glories, dawned on me one day at meeting, when I had been meditating on my state in great depression. I seemed to hear the words articulated in my spirit,”Live up to the light thou hast, and more will be granted to thee.” Then I believed God speaks … by spirit. I strove to lead a more Christian life, in unison with what I knew to be right, and looked for brighter days, not forgetting the blessings that are granted to prayer. –Caroline Fox, 1841

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2021

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (see agenda* below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Jeff Powers
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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Germantown Monthly Meeting resumed hybrid meetings for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sept. 12. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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)
Vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 12)
Masks required for all > age 2.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

NO FIRST-DAY SCHOOL YET
We are not yet able to resume First-day School or childcare for younger children. Plans for meeting these needs will be addressed at this Sunday’s meeting for business.

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 this health attestation form. The Safety Committee recommends anyone in the meetinghouse be vaccinated and will present this issue at meeting for business this Sunday, Sept. 19.

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 greetings 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.
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.

*DRAFT AGENDA

MEETING FOR BUSINESS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, at 9 a.m. to 10:15 A.M.
Our meeting will be hybrid – in the meetinghouse Committee Room and over Zoom. Vaccinated members are invited to participate in the meetinghouse. We will wear masks and maintain social distance. There will be no coffee, tea, or other refreshments.

Query – Sam Angell, followed by worship
Corrections to June Minutes – Becky Johnson. Members, please review the attached minutes and identify corrections BEFORE meeting for business.)
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel – Births, deaths, marriages, and other matters
Marriage Committee – if a report on the Kali Schellenberg / Brian Bersh wedding is available
Nominating Committee – Moira Duggan
Safety Committee – Recommendations for in-person meeting for worship
First Day School – Carla Childs
Child Care – Peter Yeomans

IF TIME PERMITS …

Fundraising update – Jack Rhoads
Property Committee – Tom Sharpless

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting – Oct. 24, Germantown Meeting hosts– John Hickey
Anti-racism Book Group resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 21 – John Colgan-Davis
Reactivation of Environmental Concerns Committee – Bill Cozzens

Closing Worship

TOP O’ THE NEWS

FRIEND SEEKS HOUSE-SITTING OR HOUSING

Barbara “Shulamith” Clearbridge is seeking to house-sit or rent an inexpensive place for living and quietly working, with occasional bursts of song when it won’t bother anyone. Shulamith is a longtime Quaker who teaches workshops, writes, and is an interfaith spiritual director. She needs reliable wifi and a quiet home environment in order to work. She needs to be within a reasonable distance of Swarthmore and, if not a temporary house-sit opportunity, would like to find housing in a suburban or rural location.You may email her at clearbridge@fastmail.com.

HEBREW IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY RAISES MONEY FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

Our member Faye Steacy sends this recommendation for a reputable place to donate for helping Afghani refugees: The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. Today, HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and social services to low-income and at-risk immigrants and refugees and currently assists Afghan refugees. During the last four years, I have seen HIAS’s impressive work while I worked with a student who is a Syrian refugee and was studying at Germantown Friends School. Since February 2016, HIAS supported the student’s family in ways that exceeded the goal of providing housing, employment, and access to medical care. HIAS closely monitored the children’s progress in school for more than four years. For two years, they guided the oldest child in the family through every step of the college admissions process until he enrolled at Penn State, Abington. You can donate to HIAS by going to: hiaspa.org. To learn about HIAS volunteer opportunities, click on the Volunteer link. Opportunities are listed under headings that include: Social Services, Pro Bono Attorney, Temporary Housing, and Special Opportunity: Afghan response –Faye Steacy

REMINDER

Our member Nancy Tyson sent this recommendation for a reputable group that aids newly arriving Afghanis to Philadelphia: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/nationalities-service-center-of-philadelphia/stock-a-refugee-s-home. This is the online donation page for Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, which provides comprehensive services, such as legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to learn English. Nancy reports that this recommendation came to her from a personal friend, Betsy Smith, who works for Nationalities Service Center, has extensive experience living abroad and working with immigrants, and used to teach at Penn Charter School.

Ed Note: If you have additional suggestions for a reputable organization that is working with Afghani immigrants, please send them to Melissa Elliott at gmm@germantownfriends.org. It is helpful to provide a brief background about the organization, including a website, so Friends can learn about it for themselves.

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MEETING REMINDERS

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.

NEXT ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP MEETING, SEPT. 21

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group is Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. The group will finish its discussion of the book Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson, sharing reactions to it. Also on the agenda will be consideration of possible actions the group and/or the Meeting can take in being more active in opposing racism and its effects. If you have questions, please send an email to John Colgan-Davis, group leader.

INVITATION TO JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

Membership and participation in our Environmental Concerns Committee is open to meeting members and attenders. After being out of action for many months, the Committee is reconvening this month and will focus on climate change, helping Friends address this challenge: from reducing our personal and meeting’s carbon footprint, to spending and investment decisions, to encouraging action to reduce use of fossil fuels. If you would like to be involved, please send an email message to Bill Cozzens, and you will receive an announcement of the initial Zoom meeting.

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.

FOR THE YOUNG

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING ON SEPT 19: ‘WELCOMING’

Join Friends and families from through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the first “Giant Children’s Meeting,” a 30- to 45-minute program featuring a different theme each month. This month, the Giant Children’s Meeting will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m., with the theme “Welcoming All.” To learn more about the program and to register and receive the Zoom link, click here. Upcoming meetings will be on the third Sunday of each month, with the following themes:

October 17: Creating Peace Together
Nov. 21: Extending the Table
Dec. 19: Celebrating in the Light

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO ASSIST AT PEACE FAIR, Sept. 18-19

High school-age youth are invited to join Young Friends for a day of service at the Peace Fair, sponsored by Bucks Quarter and hosted at Buckingham Friends Meeting. This will occur on Sept. 18-19. Young Friends will have their own program, with the option to stay overnight. After orientation, Young Friends will help vendors with setup and cleanup, as well as each working two 1-1/2-hour shifts, leading games for kids, and helping with other activities. The rest of their time is free for hanging out, walking around Peddler’s Village, and taking part in light programming. Each Young Friend will be given $10 to spend at the Peace Fair. Cost of registration is $40, with partial and full scholarships available from PYM. For detailed information and to register, click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING AT RINGING ROCKS PARK, SEPT. 25

At Ringing Rocks Park, Middle School Friends will gather on Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to explore the rocks, eat lunch together, and talk about plans for the coming year. They are asked to wear masks and be prepared to observe Covid safety measures. Bring a sack lunch and a hammer (to hit the ringing rocks). Also needed is permission form from your parent or guardian. You are welcome to bring a friend. Please register in advance by clicking here. Adults are welcome to stay and hike in the area, or check out other attractions nearby.

PLAYDATE AT LINVILLA ORCHARDS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, OCT. 2

An afternoon of fellowship, play, and apple picking at Linvilla Orchards will take place on Oct. 2. Families with children younger than kindergarten are invited to the Community Playdates, and friends are always welcome! Cost is $7 per person over one year of age. Families should arrive by 1:30 p.m. to gather in a group, share introductions, and play a couple of ice-breaking games. You must register to join the event by clicking here. Please purchase timed tickets for 2 p.m. by going to the Linvilla website.

RETREAT FOR YOUNG, BLACK INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR, OCT. 8-10

Young Adult Friends are holding a retreat for Black Indigenous People of Color between the ages of 18 and 35-ish from anywhere in the world who are Quaker, Quaker-leaning, or Quaker-curious. There will be some virtual and some in-person opportunities for building community, support, and fun. It will take place on Oct. 8-10. More details about the program are coming. To get connected to the source of information, check out
pym.org/event/bipoc-yaf-retreat.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 10, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closers Margie & Ted Spaeth
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP RESUMES SEPT. 12

Germantown Monthly Meeting will resume hybrid meeting for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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)
Vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 12)
Masks required for all > age 2.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

NO FIRST-DAY SCHOOL YET

We are not yet able to resume First-day School or childcare for younger children. Plans for meeting these needs will be addressed at our September meeting for worship with attention to business.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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.

TOP O’ THE NEWS

‘SORROW BECOMING SOLIDARITY,’ REMEMBRANCE OF 9/11, ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 11

Here is an opportunity to join our Jewish neighbors in a Zoom gathering to commemorate the sadness of 9/11 that occurred 20 years ago. Hosted by The Shalom Center, it will take place tomorrow night–Saturday, Sept. 11–from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is an excerpt from the invitation from Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center: This Saturday evening on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are gathering on Zoom to turn our sadness 9/11’s destruction and the desolation of the was that followed it into a renewal of human solidarity for growing seeds of peace. The great wave of death and destruction among Iraqis and Afghans–and among American and other soldiers heedlessly sent to “liberate” them–plus the resulting wave of Islamophobia in the United States, have led to varied efforts to strengthen solidarity and friendship between peace-growing Muslims and peace-growing Americans of other spiritual traditions. Now, as the 20th anniversary of that act of destruction approaches and the “forever war” that multiplied the destruction is at last ended, we will join in memory, sorrow, and a muted joy in the processes of peace-growing. We invite you to join us.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 19

Our September meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. This month, meeting for business is the third Sunday, rather than the usual second Sunday, delayed due to the Labor Day holiday. Our clerk Bill Cozzens, the Worship & Ministry Committee, the Safety Committee, and Rob Smith, who provides our in-meetinghouse Zoom support, are working out the details for how best to conduct this meeting. Our desire is to combine in-person with Zoom access for Friends unable or uncomfortable with traveling to the meetinghouse. However, there are still some technical challenges we need to resolve. Stay tuned for more information in next week’s BEE and for announcements after meeting for worship on September 12.

GOOD PLACE TO DONATE FOR HELPING AFGHAN REFUGEES

After last Sunday’s meeting for worship at which many Friends voiced concern for helping Afghan refugees, our member Nancy Tyson sent in this recommendation for a reputable group that aids newly arriving Afghanis to Philadelphia: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/nationalities-service-center-of-philadelphia/stock-a-refugee-s-home. This is the online donation page for Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, which is our city’s leading immigrant and refugee service center, providing comprehensive services, such as legal protections, community integration, access to health and wellness services, and opportunities to learn English. Nancy reports that this recommendation came to her from a personal friend, Betsy Smith, who works for Nationalities Service Center, has extensive experience living abroad and working with immigrants, and used to teach at Penn Charter School.

Ed Note: This background information on the organization and source of the recommendation is provided to help you make solid decisions about where to send donations, if you are so inclined. Several other organizations were mentioned by Friends last Sunday, and the editor would welcome receiving that information and any other good suggestions about ways to help Afghani refugees and reliable groups that are taking donations. Please send them to Melissa Elliott at gmm@germantownfriends.org.

NEXT ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP MEETING, SEPT. 21

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group is Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. The group will finish its discussion of the book Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson, sharing reactions to it. Also on the agenda will be consideration of possible actions the group and/or the Meeting can take in being more active in opposing racism and its effects. If you have questions, please send an email to John Colgan-Davis, group leader.

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MEETING REMINDERS

INVITATION TO JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

Membership and participation in our Environmental Concerns Committee is open to meeting members and attenders. After being out of action for many months, the Committee is reconvening this month and will focus on climate change, helping Friends address this challenge: from reducing our personal and meeting’s carbon footprint, to spending and investment decisions, to encouraging action to reduce use of fossil fuels. If you would like to be involved, please send an email message to Bill Cozzens, and you will receive an announcement of the initial Zoom meeting.

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.

HELP AVAILABLE 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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CALL TO SHARE NEWS ABOUT WORK ON CLIMATE CHANGE

You are invited to join a Zoom event on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., to share what you, your meeting, or your quarter are doing about climate change. Sponsored by the Eco Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). Participants are asked to email slides or a Word document describing current projects and projects you would like to do. This is a chance to find out what other Friends are doing and to make connections with them. To find out more and to register, click here.

VANESSA JULYE TO SPEAK AT STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE, SEPT. 13

Vanessa Julye, author of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice and member of Central Philadelphia Meeting, will deliver the Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture this year on Monday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Her topic is “Radical Transformation: Long Overdue for the Religious Society of Friends.” Vanessa, the sister of our member Kent Julye, is of African and Indigenous descent who lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lenni Lenape Nation, called “Lenapehoking.” She speaks widely at Quaker meetings, schools, and Quaker and secular organizations and conferences. The late Stephen G. Cary was a member of Germantown Meeting, and this Memorial Lecture was endowed by Norval and Ann Reece and established at Pendle Hill in 2004 in concert with publication of his memoir The Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace. The lecture is free and open to the public, with registration click here.

GUITAR CONCERT BY KEITH CALMES, SEPT. 19

You are invited to attend in person or via Zoom a concert by acclaimed guitarist Keith Calmes on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. Calmes, who has performed at several Quaker events in recent years, is performing at no cost to the host, Barnegat Monthly Meeting, which would welcome donations for supporting future events. If you choose to attend the concert at Barnegat Meetinghouse, it is located at 614 East Bay Ave., Barnegat, NJ 08005. (For directions, click here.) To receive the Zoom link, send an email to events@barnegatquakers.org.

GREENLEAF DEADLINE FOR GRANTS TO OLDER FRIENDS: OCT. 31

The Greenleaf Granting Group provides financial aid to elderly Quakers and those in sympathy with Quakers for housing and ongoing costs. Individuals who are 62 years of age or older are eligible to apply. There are two deadlines every year for applications: May 1 and Nov. 1. (To make sure your application is received on time this fall, please have it in by Oct. 31.) To learn more about the Greenleaf fund and get an online application, click here.

FOR THE YOUNG

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING ON SEPT 19: ‘WELCOMING’

Join Friends and families from through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the first “Giant Children’s Meeting,” a 30- to 45-minute program featuring a different theme each month. This month, the Giant Children’s Meeting will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m., with the theme “Welcoming All.” To learn more about the program and to register and receive the Zoom link, click here. Upcoming meetings will be on the third Sunday of each month, with the following themes:

October 17: Creating Peace Together
Nov. 21: Extending the Table
Dec. 19: Celebrating in the Light

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO ASSIST AT PEACE FAIR, Sept. 18-19

High school-age youth are invited to join Young Friends for a day of service at the Peace Fair, sponsored by Bucks Quarter and hosted at Buckingham Friends Meeting. This will occur on Sept. 18-19. Young Friends will have their own program, with the option to stay overnight. After orientation, Young Friends will help vendors with setup and cleanup, as well as each working two 1-1/2-hour shifts, leading games for kids, and helping with other activities. The rest of their time is free for hanging out, walking around Peddler’s Village, and taking part in light programming. Each Young Friend will be given $10 to spend at the Peace Fair. Cost of registration is $40, with partial and full scholarships available from PYM. For detailed information and to register, click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIENDS GATHERING AT RINGING ROCKS PARK, SEPT. 25

At Ringing Rocks Park, Middle School Friends will gather on Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to explore the rocks, eat lunch together, and talk about plans for the coming year. They are asked to wear masks and be prepared to observe Covid safety measures. Bring a sack lunch and a hammer (to hit the ringing rocks). Also needed is permission form from your parent or guardian. You are welcome to bring a friend. Please register in advance by clicking here. Adults are welcome to stay and hike in the area, or check out other attractions nearby.

PLAYDATE AT LINVILLA ORCHARDS FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, OCT. 2

An afternoon of fellowship, play, and apple picking at Linvilla Orchards will take place on Oct. 2. Families with children younger than kindergarten are invited to the Community Playdates, and friends are always welcome! Cost is $7 per person over one year of age. Families should arrive by 1:30 p.m. to gather in a group, share introductions, and play a couple of ice-breaking games. You must register to join the event by clicking here. Please purchase timed tickets for 2 p.m. by going to the Linvilla website.

RETREAT FOR YOUNG, BLACK INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR, OCT. 8-10

Young Adult Friends are holding a retreat for Black Indigenous People of Color between the ages of 18 and 35-ish from anywhere in the world who are Quaker, Quaker-leaning, or Quaker-curious. There will be some virtual and some in-person opportunities for building community, support, and fun. It will take place on Oct. 8-10. More details about the program are coming. To get connected to the source of information, check out pym.org/event/bipoc-yaf-retreat.

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FRIDAY BEE (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Sept. 3, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Sometimes I come to meeting for worship tired and weary, and I hear the words of Jesus, “Come unto me, all that labour and are weary, and I will give you rest.” And, having laid down my burden, I feel refreshed both physically and spiritually. This leads me on to wholehearted adoration and thanksgiving for all God’s blessings…. My heart overflows with a desire to give God something in return. I have nothing to give but my own being, and I offer God my thoughts, words, and actions of each day, and whisper, “Please take me as I am.” –Tayeko Yamanouchi, 1980
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 5, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Joan Countryman
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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.

HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP RESUMES SEPT. 12

Germantown Monthly Meeting will resume hybrid meeting for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is still 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)
Vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 12)
Masks required for all > age 2.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting.

We are not yet able to resume First-day School or childcare for younger children. Plans for meeting these needs will be addressed at our September meeting for worship with attention to business.

On Sunday, Sept. 5, Rob Smith will be in the meetinghouse testing the Zoom setup in preparation for meeting for worship on Sept. 12. Friends who are eager to worship in the meetinghouse may join him on an informal basis, but please wear your mask and maintain social distance.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 19

Our September meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. This month, meeting for business is on the third Sunday, rather than the usual second Sunday, delayed due to the Labor Day holiday. Our clerk Bill Cozzens, the Worship & Ministry Committee, the Safety Committee, and Rob Smith, who provides our in-meetinghouse Zoom support, are working out the details for how best to conduct this meeting. Our desire is to combine in-person with Zoom access for Friends unable or uncomfortable with traveling to the meetinghouse. However, there are still some technical challenges we need to resolve. Stay tuned for more information in next week’s BEE and for announcements after meeting for worship on September 12.

INVITATION TO JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

Membership and participation in our Environmental Concerns Committee is open to meeting members and attenders. After being out of action for many months, the Committee is reconvening this month and will focus on climate change, helping Friends address this challenge: from reducing our personal and meeting’s carbon footprint, to spending and investment decisions, to encouraging action to reduce use of fossil fuels. If you would like to be involved, please send an email message to Bill Cozzens and you will receive an announcement of the initial Zoom meeting.

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MEETING REMINDERS

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.

HELP AVAILABLE 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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BIRTHS

Marina Paraska Barrera Tybinko, born June 6, to our member Anna Catherine Tybinko and her husband Alejandro (Alex) Barrera in North Carolina. Marina is the granddaughter of our member Helen Mangelsdorf and Roman Tybinko.

Zinnia Liesl Nyce, born July 28, to our member Victoria Spaeth Nyce and her husband Andre Nyce in Philadelphia, joining her big sister Naomi. Zinnia is the third grandchild of our members Ted and Margie Spaeth.

Sam Alexander Slawski, June 23, to our member Katia Emlen Rhoads Alexander and her partner Thomas Slawski in Baltimore, MD. Sam is the grandson of our member Mary Rhoads Alexander and her husband Troy. Sam is the great-grandson of our late member Marianne (Nancy) Shipley Rhoads, who died Aug. 2. Nancy was able to spend some time with Sam during her final days.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

VANESSA JULYE TO SPEAK AT STEPHEN G. CARY LECTURE, SEPT. 13

Vanessa Julye, author of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice and member of Central Philadelphia Meeting, will deliver the Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture this year on Monday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Her topic is “Radical Transformation: Long Overdue for the Religious Society of Friends.” Vanessa, the sister of our member Kent Julye, is of African and Indigenous descent who lives and works on the traditional territory of the Lenni Lenape Nation, called “Lenapehoking.” She speaks widely at Quaker meetings, schools, and Quaker and secular organizations and conferences. The late Stephen G. Cary was a member of Germantown Meeting, and this Memorial Lecture was endowed by Norval and Ann Reece and established at Pendle Hill in 2004 in concert with publication of his memoir The Intrepid Quaker: One Man’s Quest for Peace. The lecture is free and open to the public, with registration required (click here).

YOUNG FRIENDS INVITED TO ASSIST AT PEACE FAIR, Sept. 18-19

High school-age youth are invited to join Young Friends for a day of service at the Peace Fair, sponsored by Bucks Quarter and hosted at Buckingham Friends Meeting. This will occur on Sept. 18-19. Young Friends will have their own program, with the option to stay overnight. After orientation, Young Friends will help vendors with setup and cleanup, as well as each working two 1-1/2-hour shifts, leading games for kids and helping with other activities. The rest of their time is free for hanging out, walking around Peddler’s Village, and taking part in light programming. Each Young Friend will be given $10 to spend at the Peace Fair. Cost of registration is $40, with partial and full scholarships available from PYM. For detailed information and to register, click here.

RETREAT FOR YOUNG, BLACK INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF COLOR, OCT. 8-10

Young Adult Friends are holding a retreat for Black Indigenous People of Color between the ages of 18 and 35-ish from anywhere in the world who are Quaker, Quaker-leaning, or Quaker-curious. There will be some virtual and some in-person opportunities for building community, support, and fun. It will take place on Oct. 8-10. More details about the program are coming. To get connected to the source of information, check out pym.org/event/bipoc-yaf-retreat.

COMMUNITY NEWS

GERMANTOWN MUTUAL AID FUND TO END IN OCTOBER

After much deliberation, organizers of Germantown Mutual Aid Fund have decided to sunset the project. The Fund started in April 2020 to help people through the worst of the economic impact of Covid-19. More than 700 donations came in, helping more than 150 families and totalling more than $150,000. Currently, the bank account is exceptionally low, with a balance of only a couple of thousand dollars. Organizers of the Fund will continue to review new requests for assistance in September and anticipate needing more donations to support last-minute applications. In October, they plan to send a message to donors and others who are interested, offering suggestions of other places to seek and give financial support, invitations to stay connected, and giving an overview of this project’s impact. To learn more, keep up-to-date on this closure process, request financial support, or make additional donations, go to the website: www.greatgtown.org/mutual-aid.

TAKE ACTION

CONFERENCE CALL ON HELPING AFGHAN REFUGEES, SEPT. 9

Join a conference call on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m., about collaborating with other churches to support incoming Afghan refugees. It is sponsored by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which has invited representatives from Church World Service, the PYM Middle East Collaborative, and other groups. For more information and to register, click here. To read more about this subject and find links to many resources, click here.

EVENT ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS & CLIMATE CHANGE, SEPT. 9

Both the use of nuclear weapons and climate change pose threats to the survival and existence of humanity. Neither can be resolved solely at national levels but require international cooperation and building common security. A hybrid seminar on Sept. 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will address the connections between nuclear weapons and climate, featuring intergenerational speakers, with legislators, experts, officials, and others. Cosponsored by Kazakh Embassy in London, Nursultan Nazarbayev Foundation, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and Youth Fusion. To learn more and register online, click here.

SHARE NEWS WITH QUAKERS WORKING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

You are invited to join a Zoom event on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., to share what you, your meeting, or your quarter are doing about climate change. Sponsored by the PYM Eco Justice Collaborative. Participants are asked to email slides or a Word document describing current projects and projects you would like to do. This is a chance to find out what other Friends are doing and to make connections with them. To find out more and to register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 23, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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REMINDER: MEETING OFFICE CLOSED IN AUGUST

As is our usual practice, the Meeting Office will be closed during August, although email messages will be picked up and briefly answered, and the U.S. mail will be checked periodically. This will allow the Meeting secretary to get some much-needed vacation. In next week’s BEE, emergency contact information will be provided for situations that can’t wait. Thank you for your patience and consideration.

NEXT FRIDAY, JULY 30, WILL BE THE LAST BEE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 3.

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SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship – virtual online
Closer Karen Lightner
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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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TOP OF THE NEWS

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 28-AUG. 1

Lots of choices await you when you register for PYM Annual Sessions, which will unfold online from July 28-Aug. 1. Come to any or all of it! There are keynote speakers, worship sessions, plenary sessions, programs for youth by age groups, and times to be together and have fun. But, most importantly, this is a chance for Friends to take time to deepen their spiritual lives, broaden their knowledge and understanding, take inspiration from each other, and gather together as a community of fellow travelers. Don’t miss it! For more information, schedules, and online registration, click here.

RUNWAY TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

PYM COLLABORATIVE FAIR, JULY 24

Learn about the work and witness of the Collaboratives of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) in a Zoom session on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Collaboratives are yearly meeting-wide groups that work on specific issues, such as anti-racism, eco-justice, Native American interests, legislative policies, Middle East situation, nuclear disarmament, and spiritual formation. This session is a chance to hear from clerks of these groups before breaking into small groups to visit with people working on these issues. To register, click here.

PYM REPS TO QUAKER ORGANIZATIONS, JULY 24

Here’s a chance to find out what’s going on in other Quaker organizations by listening to PYM representatives talk about their work with Quaker Peace Teams, Friends General Conference (FGC), Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC), Arch Street Meeting House (ASMH), and Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW). This Zoom session will take place on Saturday, July 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.. To register, click here.

YOUTH & FAMILIES VISIT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JULY 25

Young folks of all ages and their families are invited to kick off their part in PYM Annual Sessions with an in-person visit to Historic Fair Hill on Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This Quaker burial ground is a hub of community activity these days, bringing together past and present. Staff of PYM’s Youth Programs will lead the morning activities, which include fellowship, a scavenger hunt, gardening, and worship–and maybe even a run through the sprinkler. Families are invited to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy in a shady spot after the program. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave. There is street parking, and it is also accessible by public transportation.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION RETREAT, JULY 27 & 28

The Spiritual Formation Collaborative will hold its Fourth Annual Sessions Retreat by Zoom this year, on “Deep Listening: Loving Humbleness, Kindness, Mercy & Justice.” It will take place on Tuesday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continue on Wednesday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The leader will invite everyone to enter a deep, still place from which sacred insights may emerge. To read more and register, click here.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ED STIVENDER IN STORY DEBUT, JULY 25

Here is a new form of storytellers’ performance, with new stories debuting this Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m. Ed Stivender, a loyal attender of Germantown Meeting, is one of three featured storytellers who will each tell a story they are debuting in its first public telling. The program will be presented online and costs $12. It is billed as “a fusion of storytelling and play.” Each story will begin with the motto, “There is beauty in the beginning,” and take off in its own innovative direction, using improvisational play under the guidance of storytelling coach Kevin Cordi. To read more and register online, click here.

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MEETING REMINDERS

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.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP: SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER & EARLY FALL

At our June business meeting Kate O’Shea presented the recommendations of the Worship & Ministry Committee for Summer and early Fall worship which were accepted by the Meeting.

From July 4 -Sept. 5 our worship will be by Zoom only, and the meetinghouse will be closed. This reflects our pattern of lower summer attendance and the need to give Rob Smith, our in-the-meetinghouse Zoom tech master, a well-deserved break.

The resumption of worship in person at the meetinghouse presumes continuation of the current optimistic COVID trends.Our Safety Committee and Worship & Ministry Committee will continue monitoring the pandemic situation over the Summer. We will confirm or modify the plan as necessary and give everyone plenty of notice if there are any changes.

On Sept. 12 we will resume worship in the meetinghouse, with the Zoom option for Friends at a distance or those unable to make it to the meetinghouse. Plan to join us in person!

September Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be Sept. 19. We will decide late in the summer whether this meeting will be in the meetinghouse, by Zoom exclusively, or hybrid.

Your clerk appreciates everyone?s support, flexibility, and contributions during what has been a particularly challenging time. Our immediate community has so far at least remained relatively unscathed. Many others are not so fortunate. We should not forget that in many countries, especially in the global South, the pandemic still rages. Our country should share its wealth and privilege by supporting the rapid vaccination of people worldwide.

–Bill Cozzens, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

HELP AVAILABLE 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.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL PROMOTES PETITION TO DEMILITARIZE THE POLICE

To pass The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is circulating an online petition to help citizens’ voices be heard. The bill would limit the types of military-grade equipment and weapons of war that are given to state and local law enforcement agencies. It would also take steps to hold officers accountable and make law enforcement less violent. To read more and sign the petition, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 16, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

True worship may be experienced at any time; in any place–alone on the hills or in the busy daily life–we may find God, in whom we live and move and have our being. But this individual experience is not sufficient, and in a meeting held in the Spirit, there is a giving and receiving between its members, one helping another with or without words. So, there may come a wider vision and a deeper experience. –Revision Committees, London Yearly Meeting, 1925 and 1994
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SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship — online virtual Meeting
Closer: Anthony Stover
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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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TOP OF THE NEWS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JULY 18

Tonya Thames Taylor will speak on “Searching God as a Biocitizen: Environmental Justice, Class, & Faith in the Religious Society of Friends” at this summer’s online meeting of Philadelphia Quarter on Sunday, July 18. Hosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, it will begin with Dr. Taylor’s talk at 9 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. with Green Street Friends, a break for lunch, and, at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Meeting for Worship for Business. To read more about the speaker and even, and to register, click here.

HURRAY! WE REACHED OUR FUND RAISING GOAL!

Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to Germantown Meeting’s annual fund drive. Some reached deep into their pockets for our Meeting. We made our budgeted goal of $100,000.
–Jonathan Rhoads, clerk, Fund Raising Committee

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 28-AUG. 1
Lots of choices await you when you register for PYM Annual Sessions, which will unfold online from July 28-Aug. 1. Come to any or all of it! There are keynote speakers, worship sessions, plenary sessions, programs for youth by age groups, and times to be together and have fun. But, most importantly, this is a chance for Friends to take time to deepen their spiritual lives, broaden their knowledge and understanding, take inspiration from each other, and gather together as a community of fellow travelers. Don’t miss it! For more information, schedules, and online registration, click here.

RUNWAY TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON PYM BUDGET, JULY 20

At this Zoom session, Friends who have questions about Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s (PYM) budget will have a chance to talk with the Yearly Meeting’s treasurer, Andrew Anderson, about the budget being proposed for FY 2020-2021. It will take place on Tuesday, July 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register, click here.

PYM COLLABORATIVE FAIR, JULY 24

Learn about the work and witness of the Collaboratives of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in a Zoom session on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Collaboratives are yearly meeting-wide groups that work on specific issues, such as anti-racism, eco-justice, Native American interests, legislative policies, Middle East situation, nuclear disarmament, and spiritual formation. This session is a chance to hear from clerks of these groups before breaking into small groups to visit with people working in these issues. To register, click here.

YOUTH & FAMILIES TO VISIT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JULY 25

Young folks of all ages and their families are invited to kick off their part in PYM Annual Sessions with an in-person visit to Historic Fair Hill on Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This Quaker burial ground is a hub of community activity these days, bringing together past and present. Staff of PYM’s Youth Programs will lead the morning activities, which include fellowship, a scavenger hunt, gardening, and worship–and maybe even a run through the sprinkler. Families are invited to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy in a shady spot after the program. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave. There is street parking, and it is also accessible by public transportation.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

Below is pictured Alexandra Claire Machiz, daughter of our member Julietta Bekker and her husband Kevin Machiz, who live in Portland, OR. Julietta writes: This adorable, messy eater is ten months old today. She’s pretty sure she wants a phone already (nope), though she still prefers to be sung to rather than hear streaming music. She flips, wriggles, kicks, crawls, and rolls like a land-porpoise and can also sit and examine the smallest detail of a toy, illustration, book of fabric for minutes, with an expression either of her bookworm grandpas. She said ‘boo-k’ several weeks ago, and it felt like Christmas for this mom!

TAKE ACTION

WRITE CONGRESS TO STRENGTHEN VOTING RIGHTS

Voter suppression continues to be a serious problem throughout the United States, especially for people of color, those living in poverty, and college students. Recent efforts by state legislatures to make voting more difficult for those groups and others include purging voter rolls and stricter voter ID laws. These changes are advanced under the guise of addressing voter fraud, a virtually nonexistent problem. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks us all to make the effort to call or write to our Congressional representatives, asking them to pass the For the People Act (H.R.1/S.1). To send your Congress people an email message, click here, which will take you to FCNL’s click-through service that provides a suggested message and a direct route to each of your senators and your representative. There is plenty of background information at https://www.fcnl.org/issues/voting-elections/democracy-under-threat, for you to use in refreshing your knowledge of the issue and talking to friends about it.

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MEETING REMINDERS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS JULY 20

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group is Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. This session will continue the discussion of the book Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson. We have read pt 5:The Consequences of Caste (p 261-398) There are also readings from articles and opinion pieces. to read before the meeting. If you are interested and have questions, contact John Colgan-Davis, the group facilitator. The Google Docs for readings can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RCkJnYWnea8WO587xqeikO76PrdZnzFwWq86gz2gBy0/edit

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.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP: SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER & EARLY FALL

At our June business meeting Kate O’Shea presented the recommendations of the Worship & Ministry Committee for Summer and early Fall worship which were accepted by the Meeting.

From July 4 -Sept. 5 our worship will be by Zoom only, and the meetinghouse will be closed. This reflects our pattern of lower summer attendance and the need to give Rob Smith, our in-the-meetinghouse Zoom tech master, a well-deserved break.

The resumption of worship in person at the meetinghouse presumes continuation of the current optimistic COVID trends.Our Safety Committee and Worship & Ministry Committee will continue monitoring the pandemic situation over the Summer. We will confirm or modify the plan as necessary and give everyone plenty of notice if there are any changes.

On Sept. 12 we will resume worship in the meetinghouse, with the Zoom option for Friends at a distance or those unable to make it to the meetinghouse. Plan to join us in person!

September Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be Sept. 19. We will decide late in the summer whether this meeting will be in the meetinghouse, by Zoom exclusively, or hybrid.

Your clerk appreciates everyone’s support, flexibility, and contributions during what has been a particularly challenging time. Our immediate community has so far at least remained relatively unscathed. Many others are not so fortunate. We should not forget that in many countries, especially in the global South, the pandemic still rages. Our country should share its wealth and privilege by supporting the rapid vaccination of people worldwide.

–Bill Cozzens, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

HELP AVAILABLE 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.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 9, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship — virtual online Meeting
Closer Becky Johnson
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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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TOP OF THE NEWS

QUAKERS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, & THE CIVIL WAR, JULY 14

Quaker author William Kashatus will discuss the influence of Quaker belief and practice on Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s decision-making during the Civil War. The talk will take place on Wednesday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, in Old City, Philadelphia. Kashatus will distinguish between the mythology that has emerged over time and the reality of Lincoln ‘s relationship with Quakers. He will show how Lincoln skillfully navigated his interactions with one of the most vocal and politically active religious groups of the 19th century, and he will relate the practical ways in which the “Doctrine of Necessity” affected the president’s decisions on emancipation, conscientious objection, and aid to former slaves. Cost is $1 to $5.To learn more about William Kashatus, visit the event’s website by clicking here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING TO GATHER ONLINE, JULY 18

Tonya Thames Taylor will speak on “Searching God as a Biocitizen: Environmental Justice, Class, & Faith in the Religious Society of Friends” at this summer’s online meeting of Philadelphia Quarter on Sunday, July 18. Hosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, it will begin with Dr. Taylor’s talk at 9 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. with Green Street Friends, a break for lunch, and, at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Meeting for Worship for Business. To read a schedule with more information about what’s being offered, and to register, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 28-AUG. 1

Lots of choices await you when you register for PYM Annual Sessions, which will unfold online from July 28-Aug. 1. Come to any or all of it! There are keynote speakers, worship sessions, plenary sessions, programs for youth by age groups, and times to be together and have fun. But, most importantly, this is a chance for Friends to take time to deepen their spiritual lives, broaden their knowledge and understanding, take inspiration from each other, and gather together as a community of fellow travelers. Don’t miss it! For more information, schedules, and online registration, click here.

RUNWAY TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

PYM CLERK’S LISTENING SESSION, JULY 13

Here’s a chance to share your concerns, ideas, and what is on your heart regarding Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) by joining a Zoom meeting with the presiding clerk of Annual Sessions. This is intended to give Friends a chance to air things that might not otherwise find time to be shared at Annual Sessions. It will take place on Tuesday, July 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register, click here.

‘RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-LED MINISTRY & CARE,’ JULY 15

Learn more about resources for supporting ministry and pastoral care in meeting at this pre-Annual Sessions online webinar on July 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entitled “Resources for Spirit-led Ministry & Care,” it will explore creative eldership, the pastoral care of deep listening, transforming conflict and division, spiritual discernment and clearness, and fostering beloved community. In short, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of your own ministry and raise up that of others, grounded in Quaker tradition, leadings of the Spirit, and affirmation. To register, click here.

YOUTH & FAMILIES TO VISIT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JULY 25

Young folks of all ages and their families are invited to kick off their part in PYM Annual Sessions with an in-person visit to Historic Fair Hill on Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This Quaker burial ground is a hub of community activity these days, bringing together past and present. Staff of PYM’s Youth Programs will lead the morning activities, which include fellowship, a scavenger hunt, gardening, and worship–and maybe even a run through the sprinkler. Families are invited to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy in a shady spot after the program. Historic Fair Hill is located at 2901 Germantown Ave. There is street parking, and it is also accessible by public transportation.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JULY 20

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group is Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. This session will continue the discussion of the book Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson. We have read pt 5:The Consequences of Caste (p 261-398) There are also readings from articles and opinion pieces. to read before the meeting. If you are interested and have questions, contact John Colgan-Davis, the group facilitator.

TAKE ACTION

RALLY IN GERMANTOWN FOR CHILD TAX CREDITS, JULY 13

Our member Phoebe Schellenberg invites everyone to a press conference with Sen. Art Haywood to support tax credits for mothers and primary caregivers of children. It will take place on Tuesday, July 13, at Maplewood Mall, Greene Street, in Germantown, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., supporting a campaign to make permanent child tax credits of $250 to $300 per child per month, which take effect in July. Sponsored by Senator Haywood and Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike, this rally will also feature a food and clothing giveaway and legal help with paying for utilities, dealing with shut-offs, and accessing benefits. Cosponsors are Community Legal Services, Family Practice & Counseling Network, 99% PA, Perfectly Flawless, and Crossroads Women’s Wellness. For information, call 215-848-1120 or email careincomenow@globablwomenstrike.net

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MEETING REMINDERS

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.

MEETING FOR WORSHIP: SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER & EARLY FALL

At our June business meeting Kate O’Shea presented the recommendations of the Worship & Ministry Committee for Summer and early Fall worship which were accepted by the Meeting.

From July 4 -Sept. 5 our worship will be by Zoom only, and the meetinghouse will be closed. This reflects our pattern of lower summer attendance and the need to give Rob Smith, our in-the-meetinghouse Zoom tech master, a well-deserved break.

The resumption of worship in person at the meetinghouse presumes continuation of the current optimistic COVID trends. Our Safety Committee and Worship & Ministry Committee will continue monitoring the pandemic situation over the Summer. We will confirm or modify the plan as necessary and give everyone plenty of notice if there are any changes.

On Sept. 12 we will resume worship in the meetinghouse, with the Zoom option for Friends at a distance or those unable to make it to the meetinghouse. Plan to join us in person!

September Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be Sept. 19. We will decide late in the summer whether this meeting will be in the meetinghouse, by Zoom exclusively, or hybrid.

Your clerk appreciates everyone’s support, flexibility, and contributions during what has been a particularly challenging time. Our immediate community has so far at least remained relatively unscathed. Many others are not so fortunate. We should not forget that in many countries, especially in the global South, the pandemic still rages. Our country should share its wealth and privilege by supporting the rapid vaccination of people worldwide.
–Bill Cozzens, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

HELP AVAILABLE 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.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 2, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We recognize the power and richness of the historical and cultural heritage that nurtures our African-centered experience among Friends. We gather together out of this common experience: the spiritual experience of the divine Light in everyone regardless of social status, and the cultural experience, not of being born in Africa, but of Africa being born in us.

We celebrate the transformative leading of the divine Spirit, which brought forth the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent in 1990, the Ujima Friends Peace Center in 2017, and which now calls us into an interconnected and independent spiritual community. We affirm our faith as Friends in this spiritual path that lifts up our common humanity, the direct guidance of the Spirit, and the continuing revelation of Truth.

As people of the African diaspora with the Religious Society of Friends, we continue to endure the social insult and practical indifference of the settler colonial enslavement culture, which infects the western religious experience…. We will be vigilant against intrusions motivated by curiosity, the desire to correct or control, or the wish for absolution from ancestral guilt.

With gratitude to God, who has been both Mother and Father, we stand on the shoulders of the spiritual ancestors who came before us, those whose work and whose lives continue to lead us toward this way. Inspired by the teachings of Jesus, we place our time and our resources on the altar of service for others. At the same time, we gratefully acknowledge our own need to be encouraged and supported by this Ujima Friends Meeting community as we travel on the journey of life together.

–Excerpted from the Minute of Declaration & Commitment of the Ujima Friends Meeting, June 20, 2021. Read this remarkable piece of writing and inspiration in its entirety by clicking here.

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SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Rob Smith
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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

MEETING FOR WORSHIP: SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER & EARLY FALL
At our June business meeting Kate O’Shea presented the recommendations of the Worship & Ministry Committee for Summer and early Fall worship which were accepted by the Meeting.

June 27, was our last “hybrid” meeting for worship – combining worship in our meetinghouse with participation over Zoom, until we meet again in the fall.

From July 4 -Sept. 5 our worship will be by Zoom only, and the meetinghouse will be closed. This reflects our pattern of lower summer attendance and the need to give Rob Smith, our in-the-meetinghouse Zoom tech master, a well-deserved break.

The resumption of worship in person at the meetinghouse presumes continuation of the current optimistic COVID trends.Our Safety Committee and Worship & Ministry Committee will continue monitoring the pandemic situation over the Summer. We will confirm or modify the plan as necessary and give everyone plenty of notice if there are any changes.

On Sept. 12 we will resume worship in the meetinghouse, with the Zoom option for Friends at a distance or those unable to make it to the meetinghouse. Plan to join us in person!

September Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be Sept. 19. We will decide late in the summer whether this meeting will be in the meetinghouse, by Zoom exclusively, or hybrid.

Your clerk appreciates everyone’s support, flexibility, and contributions during what has been a particularly challenging time. Our immediate community has so far at least remained relatively unscathed. Many others are not so fortunate. We should not forget that in many countries, especially in the global South, the pandemic still rages. Our country should share its wealth and privilege by supporting the rapid vaccination of people worldwide. –Bill Cozzens, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JULY 20

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group is Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. This session will continue the discussion of the book Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson. We have read pt 5:The Consequences of Caste (p 261-398) There are also readings from articles and opinion pieces. to read before the meeting. If you are interested and have questions, contact John Colgan-Davis, the group facilitator. The Google Docs for readings can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RCkJnYWnea8WO587xqeikO76PrdZnzFwWq86gz2gBy0

HELP AVAILABLE 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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

REGISTER NOW FOR PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 28-AUG. 1

Excitement is building for this year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), and now is the time to register for the wide variety of online events that range from keynote speakers to plenary sessions to youth programs, and opportunities for fun. Our clerk, Bill Cozzens, of Germantown Meeting, says, “‘Annual Sessions’ sounds stuffy and dry — and maybe it once was — but now it is really a gathering of Friends from across eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and parts of Delaware, and Maryland. We worship together. We play together. We are inspired and deepened in our Quaker commitments, practices, and beliefs by hearing outstanding keynote speakers and workshop leaders.” He goes on to describe topics on which this year’s event will focus: how we should address racism and our anti-racism work, definitions of Friends membership, and how best to answer the challenge of climate change. Annual Sessions are five, extremely full days of activities, from which you can pick and choose which ones may capture your fancy or inspire your spirit. For more information, schedules, and online registration, click here.

MAI SPANN-WILSON TO LEAD YOUTH WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL ISSUES, JULY 6

Mai Spann-Wilson, a keynote speaker for PYM Annual Sessions later this month, will lead a multi-part workshop on social justice for Young Friends on Tuesday, July 6, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. He is a mediator, social worker, rapper, singer/songwriter, music producer, and published poet. To read more and to register online, click here.

PYM CLERK’S LISTENING SESSION, JULY 13

Here’s a chance to share your concerns, ideas, and what is on your heart regarding Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by joining a Zoom meeting with the presiding clerk of Annual Sessions. This is intended to give Friends a chance to air things that might not otherwise find time to be shared at Annual Sessions. It will take place on Tuesday, July 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register, click here.

‘RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-LED MINISTRY & CARE,’ JULY 15

Learn more about resources for supporting ministry and pastoral care in meeting at this pre-Annual Sessions online webinar on July 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entitled “Resources for Spirit-led Ministry & Care,” it will explore creative eldership, the pastoral care of deep listening, transforming conflict and division, spiritual discernment and clearness, and fostering beloved community. In short, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of your own ministry and raising up that of others, grounded in Quaker tradition, leadings of the Spirit, and affirmation. To register, click here.

MEETINGHOUSES ARE REOPENING!

Friends meetinghouses are gradually reopening, after months of careful closures due to the covid-19 pandemic. Although many meetings, such as Germantownm, have used Zoom for online worship for many months, it may surprise us to find out that some meetings actually met in person. This was especially true for smaller communities that found ways to meet safely, such as Centre, Quakertown, Little Egg Harbor, Plumstead, Horsham and Third Haven. A recent story on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website about how meetings in our region are handling these back-to-in-person days, click here.

VIRGINIA WOOLF: STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY QUAKERS

Virginia Woolf, renowned author and daughter of Quaker Caroline Stephen, rejected institutional religion but was profoundly influenced by Quakers. Woolf described Stephen as “wise” and “humane,” “a remarkable woman,” and as “tough an old heathen as they make.” Stephen left Woolf an inheritance that helped her embark on a writing career, and Woolf would later say it “unveiled the sky to me.” A recent article in Friends Journal describes this relationship and Woolf’s vision of utopia and can be read online by clicking here.

REMINDER

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING TO GATHER ONLINE, JULY 18

Tonya Thames Taylor will speak on “Searching God as a Biocitizen: Environmental Justice, Class, & Faith in the Religious Society of Friends” at this summer’s online meeting of Philadelphia Quarter on Sunday, July 18. Hosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, it will begin with Dr. Taylor’s talk at 9 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. with Green Street Friends, a break for lunch, and, at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Meeting for Worship for Business. Please register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE: HANDGUN TO H-BOMB, JULY 3

Visit the People’s Plaza at Independence Mall on Saturday July 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., to see a colorful, historic display of banners, reflecting 50 years of peace demonstrations. The theme is “Declare Your Independence; Handgun to H-Bomb.” The banners are drawn from the Brandywine Peace Community’s huge collection of compelling graphics, representing the anti-war and nonviolent resistance movement throughout the past four decades. Passersby are invited to stop and take part by holding a poster and conveying a message of hope on Independence Day, for peace in our communities and the world, with justice among people and the earth. Visitors are welcome to come and go during the display. The People’s Plaza is on Independence Mall, off Market Street, nearth 5th Street, in Philadelphia. For more information, call Bob Smith, coordinator, at 215-843-4827, or visit www.brandywinepeace.com

EQAT ACTION TO OPPOSE PECO RATE HIKE, JULY 20

The Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) invites everyone to join them for an action to oppose the proposed PECO rate hike. The action will take place on Tuesday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Norristown, at the courthouse on Main Street. The purpose is to call attention to PECO’s increasing profits, in spite of its rate hike request, and to apply pressure on PECO to heed EQAT’s continuing call to incorporate more green jobs and priorities in our area’s energy needs. To find out more about EQAT’s ongoing campaign, click here. For questions about the July 20, contact Marc Brier.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 25, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The membership of a Friends Meeting is made up of persons with varying gifts or abilities. Each gift or each type of ability may be a form of ministry, and hence of leadership, and each member is a part of “the body” or the whole. Each member in the exercise of such a gift or gifts of ministry is a nurturing, functioning part of the body…. Some members have gifts of teaching and counseling, or of organization and administration, or of vocal ministry or public speaking, or other similar gifts that identify them as leaders. Members with other gifts are not simply passive followers, but all are co-workers in the care and nurture of the body and its members. And all are coworkers in witness to our faith and in the service of love and justice among people and nations. –from “Friends a Leaders: The vision, instrument, and methods,” report from a workshop at Pendle Hill, 1979

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship — hybrid in person and online Meeting
Closer Jeff Powers
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite 30-35 members and attenders to worship in the Meetinghouse. Please preregister so we can ask a few basic questions about your health and COVID exposure and trace contacts, if needed. Come to Meeting a few minutes early to check in at the door. To attend Meeting by Zoom, see instructions below.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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

DEADLINE NEARS TO MAKE DONATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR

Friends: We are approaching the end of our fiscal year on June 30. Many thanks to those who have already contributed. We still need to raise several thousand dollars more to meet our fundraising budget for FY21. We are responsible collectively and individually for the financial support of our Meeting. Many thanks to those who have already contributed. If you are not among them, now is an important time to fulfill that aspect of membership. For those who have contributed, a supplemental gift would be much appreciated. You may send a check to the Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website by clicking here. –Jack Rhoads, clerk, Fundraising Committee

MEETING FOR WORSHIP: SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER & EARLY FALL

At our June business meeting Kate O’Shea presented the recommendations of the Worship & Ministry Committee for Summer and early Fall worship which were accepted by the Meeting.

This Sunday, June 27, will be our last “hybrid” meeting for worship – combining worship in our meetinghouse with participation over Zoom.
From July 4 -Sept. 5 our worship will be by Zoom only, and the meetinghouse will be closed. This reflects our pattern of lower summer attendance and the need to give Rob Smith, our in-the-meetinghouse Zoom tech master, a well-deserved break.

The resumption of worship in person at the meetinghouse presumes continuation of the current optimistic COVID trends.Our Safety Committee and Worship & Ministry Committee will continue monitoring the pandemic situation over the Summer. We will confirm or modify the plan as necessary and give everyone plenty of notice if there are any changes.

On Sept. 12 we will resume worship in the meetinghouse, with the Zoom option for Friends at a distance or those unable to make it to the meetinghouse. Plan to join us in person!

September Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be Sept. 19. We will decide late in the summer whether this meeting will be in the meetinghouse, by Zoom exclusively, or hybrid.

Your clerk appreciates everyone?s support, flexibility, and contributions during what has been a particularly challenging time. Our immediate community has so far at least remained relatively unscathed. Many others are not so fortunate. We should not forget that in many countries, especially in the global South, the pandemic still rages. Our country should share its wealth and privilege by supporting the rapid vaccination of people worldwide. –Bill Cozzens, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

EMERGENCY HOUSING NEEDED FOR VICTIM OF HATE CRIME

Our member Phyllis Taylor, who works with crime victims, is looking for a place to stay–temporarily and possibly permanently–for a 48-year-old LGBTQ woman who was recently assaulted. The need is urgent for temporary housing, with the possibility of long-term housing for which the woman would pay a minimal amount of rent. If you can help, please contact Phyllis by email at rkpbt@mc.com. There is a continuing need for temporary and permanent housing for victims of crime, so if you cannot help this woman but would like to help in the future, please talk this over with Phyllis.

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 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 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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

A personal invitation from your clerk, Bill Cozzens

Check out and consider signing up for Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions! July 27 ? Aug. 1
This year Philadelphia Yearly Meeting?s so-called Annual Sessions will be held July 27 thru Aug. 1. ?Annual Sessions? sounds stuffy and dry ? and maybe it once was ? but now it is really a gathering of Friends from across eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and parts of Delaware and Maryland. We worship together. We play together. We are inspired and deepened in our Quaker commitments, practices, and beliefs by hearing outstanding keynote speakers and workshop leaders. This year, Annual Sessions is mostly online (no costs for a dorm room, meals or commuting!) but there will be at least one in-person event: on July 25, the Sunday before the actual start of Annual Sessions, there is a visit for Friends of all ages to Fairhill Burial Ground, with an emphasis on games and play for young people.

Annual Sessions includes events and programs for all ages. There is a Spiritual Formation Retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 27 and 28. There are programs for young Friends, organized by age groups, through the week. There are several keynote speakers, bringing different perspectives on Friends? spirit and commitments in the world. I am particularly looking forward to the keynote by Cherise Bock on Saturday afternoon. She delivered a thought-provoking and inspiring talk at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation, and I cannot wait to hear her message almost two years later, addressing environmental activism.

Part of the purpose of Annual Sessions is to conduct the business of the Annual Meeting, and there are important items on the agenda, having a bearing on all our lives as a meeting community and our commitments to each other and to the world. This year the annual meeting is considering definitions of Friends membership, how we should address racism and anti-racism work, and how best to answer the challenge of climate change. It is a very full five-plus days, but you can pick and choose which activities and sessions inspire or capture your interest and spirit. The website for more information, schedules and to register is:
https://www.pym.org/sessions.

PLAN AHEAD

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING TO GATHER ONLINE, JULY 18

Tonya Thames Taylor will speak on “Searching God as a Biocitizen: Environmental Justice, Class, & Faith in the Religious Society of Friends” at this summer’s online meeting of Philadelphia Quarter on Sunday, July 18. Hosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, it will begin with Dr. Taylor’s talk at 9 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. with Green Street Friends, a break for lunch, and, at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Meeting for Worship for Business. Please register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE: HANDGUN TO H-BOMB, JULY 3

Visit the People’s Plaza at Independence Mall on Saturday July 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., to pay tribute to 50 years of peace demonstrations, and view a historic collection of colorful, dramatic banners. The theme is “Declare Your Independence; Handgun to H-Bomb.” The banners are drawn from the Brandywine Peace Community’s huge collection of compelling graphics, representing the anti-war and nonviolent resistance movement throughout the past four decades. Passersby are invited to stop and take part by holding a poster at the display, and conveying a message of hope and an Independence Day cry for peace in our communities and the world, with justice among people and the earth. Visitors are welcome to come and go during the display. The People’s Plaza is on Independence Mall, off Market Street, nearth 5th Street, in Philadelphia. For more information, call Bob Smith, coordinator, at 215-843-4827, or visit www.brandywinepeace.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 18, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite 30-35 members and attenders to worship in the Meetinghouse. Please preregister so we can ask a few basic questions about your health and COVID exposure and trace contacts, if needed. Come to Meeting a few minutes early to check in at the door. To attend Meeting by Zoom, see instructions below.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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

DEADLINE NEARS TO MAKE DONATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR

Friends: We are approaching the end of our fiscal year on June 30. We still need to raise several thousand dollars more to meet our fundraising budget for FY21. We are responsible collectively and individually for the financial support of our Meeting. Many thanks to those who have already contributed. If you are not among them, now is an important time to fulfill that aspect of membership. For those who have contributed, a supplemental gift would be much appreciated. You may send a check to the Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website by clicking here. –Jack Rhoads, clerk, Fundraising Committee

MINUTES FROM MAY 9 & 16

The minutes are attached from our meetings for business on May 9 and 16, which were approved at our June meeting for business.

REMINDERS

AVAILABILITY OF CHILDCARE AS MEETING BEGINS TO REOPEN

As people gradually return to meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, childcare will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The Meeting does not currently have an employee providing childcare, so we are dependent on volunteers from Meeting. Childcare is for children under six years old. It will take place outside on the playgrounds and under a big white tent on the GFS campus to protect against inclement or hot weather. Adults and children must remain masked and need to have passed the screening required of everyone who attends Meeting. Distance from each other will be encouraged, but may not be fully possible, given the nature of child care and child play. If you have current criminal and child abuse clearances, please consider signing up to help supervise children. We need two volunteers to provide childcare each Sunday. If we only have one, we cannot meet state requirements. To volunteer, click here. If you would like to have childcare provided for your children, please email Peter Yeomans at pdy234@gmail.comi, and he will confirm availability.

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 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 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.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH AT HISTORIC FAIR HILL, JUNE 19

Now that Juneteenth is an official federal holiday, there is all the more reason to get out and celebrate this marking of the end of slavery. Tomorrow, June 19, Historic Fair Hill, which includes a Quaker burial ground where several famous abolitionists lie, is hosting an afternoon of local tours and a performance of Meet Jo Ann Robinson by Beacon Theatre Productions. Robinson was a powerhouse behind the Montgomery, Alabama, Bus Boycott, working with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. A dedicated organizer, author, and college professor, she was committed to the long, hard struggle toward equality for all citizens. The afternoon event begins at 1 p.m. with a welcome by Germantown Meeting member Anthony Stover, followed by tours of nearby historical murals about abolition and a tour of gardens with crops from the African diaspora. The play will begin at 3 p.m. For free tickets, click here.

WEBINAR ON BAYARD RUSTIN, JUNE 23

On June 23, at 7 p.m., John D’Emilio will speak at a webinar on the life and activism of Bayard Rustin, Quaker and civil rights pioneer. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Bayard Rustin was a life-long activist for world peace and racial justice. Best known as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin was more responsible than anyone for introducing Gandhian non-violence into the heart of the black freedom struggle. Hosted by Chester County History Center, the webinar is free, although a $10 donation is suggested, which will go toward future programming at the History Center. John D’Emilio is a pioneer in the field of LGBTQ history and the history of sexuality, and is a retired professor of Gender & Women?s Studies & History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.This presentation will be held via Zoom; the link will be sent to registered participants two hours prior to the event. To register, click here.

HISTORY & CARETAKING OF QUAKER BURIAL GROUNDS, JUNE 27

Dennis Montagna, director of the National Park Service’s Monument Research & Preservation Program, will speak about Merion Monthly Meeting’s burial ground and how Quaker cemeteries are similar to but different from other burial places. This will take place on Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m., on Zoom. Usually, modest stones with only essential carved information are used to mark graves. However, these small stones can disappear in weeds or sink into the earth and be tipped or even disappear. Dennis Montagna will talk about measures to preserve grave markers and their place in local history. Hosted by Merion Meeting as part of its “Know Thy Neighbor” series. Free. To register, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING TO GATHER ONLINE, JULY 18

Tonya Thames Taylor will speak on “Searching God as a Biocitizen: Environmental Justice, Class, & Faith in the Religious Society of Friends” at this summer’s online meeting of Philadelphia Quarter on Sunday, July 18. Hosted by Green Street Monthly Meeting, it will begin with Dr. Taylor’s talk at 9 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. with Green Street Friends, a break for lunch, and, at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Meeting for Worship for Business. Please register by clicking here.

REMINDERS

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS SET FOR JULY 27-AUG. 1

The Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will take place online July 27-Aug. 1, with a wide array of speakers, worship, webinars, and workshops. Participants are invited to partake of any or all of the offerings, but most events require registration, which then provides the needed Zoom link. The theme this year is “Uproot Injustice, Root Justice.” There is a different keynote speaker on each day, with two on Saturday, July 31. To see who is speaking, read their bios, and get a taste of their subjects, go to
pym.org/sessions/keynote-presentations.

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH AT PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

Annual Sessions is a great time for families and young people to connect with Friends throughout the yearly meeting community. Activities are scheduled by age groups, with worship sharing for parents, grandparents, foster parents, and guardians. On July 25–the Sunday before Annual Sessions begin–all ages and families are invited to an in-person visit to Historic Fair Hill in North Philadelphia. Sessions for children and youth are not scheduled at the same time as programs for adults, to make it easier for families to share home electronic equipment. To take a look at the offerings and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER DEMONSTRATION FOR FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING, JUNE 21

POWER, the interfaith action group, will hold rallies and marches throughout the state on Monday, June 21, at 12 noon, to pressure the PA legislature for adequate and equitable funding to schools statewide. Research shows that schools in lower income areas and communities of colors receive 33 percent less financial support from the state per student than high income areas, which are predominantly white. (To see a YouTube video explaining this in detail, click here, or, for a written explanation, click here.) Regionally, demonstrations will take place in Philadelphia, on the Main Line, Pottstown, Lancaster, and Allentown. To register for one of these, click here. As a further effort to keep pressure on legislators to vote yes for Fair Funding, take a look at POWER’s social media tool kit for tips on how to approach elected officials.

FCNL PRESENTS ‘HOW TO TALK THROUGH POLITICAL DISAGREEMENT,’ JUNE 23

Does talking to people with whom you disagree feel like an exercise in futility? On Wednesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will host an online presentation on “Talking Through Political Disagreement: Is It Even Worth It?” speakers Karen Tibbals and Val Liveoak will draw from spiritual, theoretical, and strategic Quaker traditions to teach new skills for communicating across political divides, while focusing on seeing that of God in each person. The goal is to build relationships for making change in Congress and in our communities. Moderated by Bobby Trice, FCNL staff member. To register, click here.

BOOK TALK: ISLAMOPHOBIA FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE, JUNE 23

Scholar of Muslim-Christian relations Jordan Denari Duffner, will give a webinar on her new book Islamophobia from a Christian Perspective, on June 23, at 1 p.m. She is a doctoral student in Theological & Religious Studies at Georgetown university and the author of Finding Jesus Among Muslims: How Loving islam Makes Me a Better Catholic. Her writings on Muslim-Christian relations and Islamophobia have appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post, TIME, and America. She is a recipient of a Fulbright research grant in Amman, Jordan. To register and receive the online link, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 11, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (agenda below*) virtual online
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Jondhi Harrell
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite 30-35 members and attenders to worship in the Meetinghouse. Please preregister so we can ask a few basic questions about your health and COVID exposure and trace contacts, if needed. Come to Meeting a few minutes early to check in at the door. To attend Meeting by Zoom, see instructions below.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP & BUSINESS

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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
June 13, 2021

Query: Jondhi Harrell, followed by opening worship

Corrections to May 9 minutes and called meeting on May 16 : Becky Johnson, recording clerk (Please review minutes and submit suggestions before Meeting for Business.)

Care & Visiting: Peter Samuel

Worship & Ministry: Kate O’Shea & Karen Lightner

Fundraising update: Jack Rhoads

Report from the meeting with architects: Bill Cozzens & Jack Rhoads

Funeral Arrangements: Randal Whitman, report on memorial service for Moses Cunningham

Announcements: PYM Annual Sessions, etc.

Closing Worship
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MEETING NEWS

DEADLINE NEARS TO MAKE DONATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR

Friends: We are approaching the end of our fiscal year on June 30. We still need to raise $20,000 more to meet our fundraising budget for FY21. We are responsible collectively and individually for the financial support of our Meeting. Many thanks to those who have already contributed. If you are not among them, now is an important time to fulfill that aspect of membership. For those who have contributed, a supplemental gift would be much appreciated. You may send a check to the Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website by clicking here. –Jack Rhoads, clerk, Fundraising Committee

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JUNE 15

The Germantown Meeting Ant-Racism Discussion Group will meet by Zoom on Tuesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Participants will continue to discuss the book Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Please read to page 261 (Part V), and also read articles in attachment Assignmnts & Resources 6-15-21.doc (also available online at the Discussion Group’s Google Docs site: 2021, 05/18-6/15). For information about linking to the meeting, go to the attachment LINK! (for our meetings).doc.

REMINDERS

AVAILABILITY OF CHILDCARE AS MEETING BEGINS TO REOPEN

As people gradually return to meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, childcare will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The Meeting does not currently have an employee providing childcare, so we are dependent on volunteers from Meeting. Childcare is for children under six years old. It will take place outside on the playgrounds and under a big white tent on the GFS campus to protect against inclement or hot weather. Adults and children must remain masked and need to have passed the screening required of everyone who attends Meeting. Distance from each other will be encouraged, but may not be fully possible, given the nature of child care and child play. If you have current criminal and child abuse clearances, please consider signing up to help supervise children. We need two volunteers to provide childcare each Sunday. If we only have one, we cannot meet state requirements. To volunteer, click here. If you would like to have childcare provided for your children, please email Peter Yeomans at pdy234@gmail.com, and he will confirm availability.

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

MIDWEEK MEETING FOR WORSHIP, WEDNESDAYS, 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 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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MOSES CUNNINGHAM, JUNE 12

The Paulmier/Cunningham family announces a memorial service for Moses Cunningham on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Because seating in the meetinghouse is very limited due to current restrictions, the family has arranged for a Zoom connection to the memorial service. If you are interested in attending the outdoor reception following the memorial meeting, please contact Lisa.

ONLINE MEMORIAL FOR BETH BIRD, JUNE 13

On Sunday, June 13, at 7 p.m., there will be an online Memorial and Celebration of the life of Beth Bird, daughter of our late member Barbara Bird. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be eulogies from family, friends, and colleagues. From 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be a Quaker online memorial meeting with San Francisco Monthly Meeting. To register, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

QVS ANNUAL SUPPORTERS BRIEFING, JUNE 17

You are invited to join the 2nd Annual Supporters’ Briefing of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), which will be presented online on June 17 at 7 p.m. It will center on storytelling, featuring stories of impact from QVS fellows, alumni, and partnered Friends. Reports by QVS board members and staff, giving you an understanding of milestones in 2020, the vision for 2021, and how you can get involved. Register by clicking here.

SESSIONS OF PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

Leading up to this year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (July 27-Aug. 1), a “Runway” of online workshops and gatherings are underway. This week’s events are:

June 11, 7 p.m. We Are the Radical Monarchs, multigenerational film viewing and discussion, hosted by PYM’s Youth Program staff. Chronicles the Oakland-based social justice Scout troop that affirms people of color who identify in a range of gender roles. Follow-up discussion on Sunday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Register for the Zoom sessions by clicking here.

June 17, 6 p.m. “Wrestling with Israel-Palestine: Equality, Rights, Justice & the Future,” workshop focuses on moving toward peace with justice and equality. Begins with worship-sharing in which attendees may share their connections to the region. Followed by a short film and discussion. Facilitated by Sandy Rea and the Middle East Collaborative. To register for this Zoom session, click here.

FGC GATHERING: REGISTRATION DEADLINES

Friends General Conference’s Gathering will take place online June 27-July 3, with the theme “Way Will Open.” Registration deadline for the junior and high school programs has been extended from June 13 to June 20. Registration deadline for the pre-Gathering Retreat for Friends of Color is June 22. For information, go to the FGC website by clicking here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, JULY 18 (ONLINE)

Tonya Thames Taylor will be the speaker at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting’s online gathering Sunday, July 18, at 9 a.m. Her topic will be “Searching God as a Biocitizen, a class on environmental justice and faith in the Religious Society of Friends.” Her talk will be followed by an online meeting for worship with Green Street Friends. Meeting for Business will take place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To see the agenda, advance documents, and register online, go to http://philadelphiaquarter.org. For more questions, email PQMcoordinator@gmail.com.

TAKE ACTION

HOW TO TALK THROUGH POLITICAL DISAGREEMENT, JUNE 23

Does talking to people with whom you disagree feel like an exercise in futility? On Wednesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will host an online presentation on “Talking Through Political Disagreement: Is It Even Worth It?” speakers Karen Tibbals and Val Liveoak will draw from spiritual, theoretical, and strategic Quaker traditions to teach new skills for communicating across political divides, while focusing on seeing that of God in each person. The goal is to build relationships for making change in Congress and in our communities. Moderated by Bobby Trice, FCNL staff member. To register, click here.

BOOK TALK: ISLAMOPHOBIA FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE, JUNE 23

Scholar of Muslim-Christian relations Jordan Denari Duffner, will give a webinar on her new book Islamophobia from a Christian Perspective, on June 23, at 1 p.m. She is a doctoral student in Theological & Religious Studies at Georgetown university and the author of Finding Jesus Among Muslims: How Loving islam Makes Me a Better Catholic. Her writings on Muslim-Christian relations and Islamophobia have appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post, TIME, and America. She is a recipient of a Fulbright research grant in Amman, Jordan. To register and receive the online link, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 4, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
What was perhaps most characteristic of early Friends was that they thought of their testimony, not in terms of words or propositions, but in terms of what they did, the way they lived their lives…. Testimony for them was to “do truth.” What we now call “the testimonies” were early Friends’ actions in the world, bearing witness to the truth they had experienced. Their testimony was an outward and visible manifestation of an inward transformation. This truth affected all aspects of their lives. –Thomas Gates, 2015
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SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship – virtual online
Closers Dan Jones
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite 30-35 members and attenders to worship in the Meetinghouse. Please preregister so we can ask a few basic questions about your health and COVID exposure and trace contacts, if needed. Come to Meeting a few minutes early to check in at the door. To attend Meeting by Zoom, see instructions below.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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

CRUNCH TIME IS CLOSE AT HAND FOR MEETING DONATIONS!

Friends: We are approaching the end of our fiscal year on June 30. We still need to raise several thousand dollars more to achieve our fundraising budget for FY21. We are responsible collectively and individually for the financial support of our Meeting. Many thanks to those who have already contributed. If you are not among them, now is an important time to fulfill that aspect of membership. For those who have contributed, a supplemental gift would be much appreciated. You may send a check to the Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website by clicking here. –Jack Rhoads, clerk, Fundraising Committee

BILL COZZENS STILL PEDALING FOR CLIMATE ACTION!

Bill Cozzens is 60 percent through his 100-mile bicycle ride for climate action, with donations to his efforts going to Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. He and nearly 100 other bike riders are pedaling across Pennsylvania, advocating for state policies to tackle climate change and supporting clean, renewable energy. If you would like to be one of his sponsors, click here. Below is a photo of Bill as he takes off on his bike for the 2019 ride for climate action.

INVITATION TO SEE GFS SENIORS IN DRIVE-BY GRADUATION PARADE, JUNE 5

Our Meeting is invited to come to the Meeting grounds on Saturday, June 5, to watch the Car Processional of graduating seniors at Germantown Friends School. It begins at 11:30 a.m. and is a joyful celebration of achievement and promising futures, with lots of cheering and color. The cars, with seniors inside them and driven by family members, use the driveway that loops around the meetinghouse, with entry from Coulter Street. There is plenty of room on both sides of the driveway for enthusiastic viewers. This celebration grows out of a similar one held last year during the Covid 19 pandemic, when graduation ceremonies could not be held indoors, and it was so popular, it is being repeated. Jonathan Busser, member of our Meeting and parent of graduating senior Grace Busser, is the source of our invitation to view the car processional. To read more about graduation festivies and link to the YouTube live video tomorrow, click here. (This year’s graduating class will be holding an outdoor ceremony tomorrow afternoon at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park, which will be by personal invitation.)

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JUNE 15

The Germantown Meeting Ant-Racism Discussion Group will meet by Zoom on Tuesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Participants will continue to discuss the book Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Please read to page 261 (Part V), and also read articles in attachment Assignmnts & Resources 6-15-21.doc (also available online at the Discussion Group’s Google Docs site: 2021, 05/18-6/15). For information about linking to the meeting, go to the attachment LINK! (for our meetings).doc. Questions? Contact Discussion Group leader John Colgan-Davis.

AVAILABILITY OF CHILDCARE AS MEETING BEGINS TO REOPEN

As people gradually return to meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, childcare will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The Meeting does not currently have an employee providing childcare, so we are dependent on volunteers from Meeting. Childcare is for children under six years old. It will take place outside on the playgrounds and under a big white tent on the GFS campus to protect against inclement or hot weather. Adults and children must remain masked and need to have passed the screening required of everyone who attends Meeting. Distance from each other will be encouraged, but may not be fully possible, given the nature of child care and child play. If you have current criminal and child abuse clearances, please consider signing up to help supervise children. We need two volunteers to provide childcare each Sunday. If we only have one, we cannot meet state requirements. To volunteer, click here. If you would like to have childcare provided for your children, please email Peter Yeomans at pdy234@gmail.com, and he will confirm availability.

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

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 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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MOSES CUNNINGHAM, JUNE 12

The Paulmier/Cunningham family announces a memorial service for Moses Cunningham on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Because seating in the meetinghouse is very limited due to current restrictions, the family has arranged for a Zoom connection to the memorial service. If you are interested in attending the outdoor reception following the memorial meeting, please contact Lisa.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SEARCH IS ON FOR THE NEW HEAD OF FCNL

Would you or someone you know make a good head of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)? Potential candidates are encouraged to apply, and Friends are encouraged to nominate candidates and circulate the job description widely. You can download the position description and application by clicking here. To submit nominations, click here. Deanne Butterfield, clerk of the Search Committee, says, “We envision the next FCNL General Secretary as a Spirit-led, seasoned, and strategic Quaker leader who brings vision, inspiration, and executive experience to lead the biggest faith-based lobbying organization in Washington, DC.” Review of applications will begin August 1, with the goal of presenting a candidate at the Nov. 18-21 annual meeting of FCNL.

RUNWAY TO ANNUAL SESSIONS OF PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

Leading up to this year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (July 27-Aug. 1), a “Runway” of online workshops and gatherings are underway. This week’s events are:

June 8: “Faith, Hope, and the Witness Within,” facilitated by Chris Stern and Middleton Monthly Meeting . Click here to register.

June 10: “Using Your Power: Change-making and the Future of Quakerism,” facilitated by Shannon Isaacs and Janaki Spickard-Keeler. Click here to register.

TAKE ACTION

8 BILLION ANGELS FILM SCREENING ONLINE, NOW THROUGH JUNE 8

An exclusive presentation of the newly released, award-winning documentary 8 Billion Angels will take place via on-demand virtual screening through June 6. You may view it any time during that five-day period. On Monday, June 7, at 7 p.m., our member Bill Cozzens will moderate a live, online panel with Q&A, featuring Terry Spahr, maker of the film and executive director of Earth Overshoot; Dan Cosacchi, director of Justice & Peace Studies at Marywood University; and Patricia DiMarco, biologist, author, and environmental activist. The event is hosted by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL), with support from St. Martin-in-the Fields Episcopal Church. Screening is free, but donations are encouraged to support the work of PA IPL in addressing climate change in Pennsylvania. To register to watch the film, click here. Register to participate in the online live panel and discussion by clicking here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 28, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

‘True silence … is to the spirit what sleep is to the body: nourishment and refreshment.’ These are the words of William Penn in 1699, a Quaker leader from London who established the province of Pennsylvania in America…. Silence is an essential part of Quaker worship. This can feel unusual because we are surrounded by noise, which pulls our attention this way and that… When sitting with others in a meeting for worship, the silence becomes a presence that is more powerful than when sitting alone. There is nourishment that refreshes ‘the parts that others cannot reach,’… The precious silence in a meeting can be carefully punctuated by those present…. Whatever is spoken, it is not a preaching of platitudes. It comes from the Spirit within the speaker. This is called ministry…. All are equal ministers in a Quaker meeting, and the ministry often stirs the souls of those listening….Every meeting is spontaneous, with food for thought even when no ministry is given. This is because the silence makes room for the spirit to speak to and through us. — from the Henley Standard in England: https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/thought-for-the-week/162224/silence-makes-room-for-the-spirit-to-speak.html

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SUNDAY, May 30, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship — virtual online meeting

Closers Tom & Ellie Elkinton

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite 30-35 members and attenders to worship in the Meetinghouse. Please preregister so we can ask a few basic questions about your health and COVID exposure and trace contacts, if needed. Come to Meeting a few minutes early to check in at the door. To attend Meeting by Zoom, see instructions below.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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

FUND RAISING: PLEASE PITCH IN!

Friends: We are approaching the end of our fiscal year. We still need to raise several thousand dollars more to achieve our fund raising budget for FY21, which ends June 30. We are responsible collectively and individually for the financial support of our Meeting. Many thanks to those who have already contributed this fiscal year. If you are not among them, now is an important time to fulfill that aspect of membership. For those who have contributed, a supplemental gift would be much appreciated. You may send a check to the Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting website by clicking here. –Jack Rhoads, clerk, Fund Raising Committee

AVAILABILITY OF CHILDCARE AS MEETING BEGINS TO REOPEN

As people gradually return to meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, childcare will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The Meeting does not currently have an employee providing childcare, so we are dependent on volunteers from Meeting. Childcare is for children under six years old. It will take place outside on the playgrounds and under a big white tent on the GFS campus to protect against inclement or hot weather. Adults and children must remain masked and need to have passed the screening required of everyone who attends Meeting. Distance from each other will be encouraged, but may not be fully possible, given the nature of child care and child play. If you have current criminal and child abuse clearances, please consider signing up to help supervise children. We need two volunteers to provide childcare each Sunday. If we only have one, we cannot meet state requirements. To volunteer, click here. If you would like to have childcare provided for your children, please email Peter Yeomans at pdy234@gmail.com or text him at 215-694-4022, and he will confirm availability.

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 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.

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

CHANGES OF ADDRESS

Changes of addresses are published to help Friends keep up-to-date on how to contact other members and attenders. Phone numbers are not published but are available by calling or emailing the Meeting Office (see below) and saying who you are and whom you wish to contact. This is to prevent wide distribution of phone numbers on the internet.

WRITINGS BY FRIENDS

Often our Friends share things in writing that prove useful elsewhere, and two of these are below. If you see something worth sharing from one of our members or attenders, please send it in so others can read it, too.

John Colgan-Davis: “The Glories of the Sky,” is an online essay in which he writes about the beauty and inspiration of the recent Super Moon. To read this, open the attachment John Colgan-Davis essay on Spring Moon 2021.pdf. [With thanks to Chris Robinson of the Green Party of Philadelphia for forwarding this piece.]

Melissa Elliott: An excerpt from her 1991 article in Friends Journal, “You Can Get There from Here,” about inspiration that emerged from a fractious worship group in Kenya, is the basis of an editorial by Bryan Garman, head of Sidwell Friends School. It ran in the Fall 2020 Sidwell alumni magazine and is attached to this email as Sidwell-We Can Get There from Here. [With thanks to Katy Hineline for providing this connection.]

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 28-30

This year’s Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP) will be held online by Zoom this weekend, May 28, 29, and 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and ending at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. This organization began with the study of similarities between the spiritual nature of Quaker worship and the mystical nature of C.G. Jung’s in-depth psychology. This year’s conference is on “The Alchemy of an Extraordinary Year and Its Potential for Transformation. It will feature Jungian analysts and authors Marian Dunlea and Monika Wikman. The weekend is divided into four plenary sessions and three break-out group meetings. For more information and to register, click here.

RUNWAY TO ANNUAL SESSIONS OF PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING

Leading up to this year’s Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, a “Runway” of online workshops and gatherings are underway. This week’s events are a workshop on Building a Sustainable Future (Tuesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and a program on Community Safety Beyond Policing (Thursday, June 3, at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register by clicking here. PYM Annual Sessions will be held online July 27-Aug. 1.

TAKE ACTION

IGNITE PEACE & REMEMBER ALL WAR DEAD, AT HORSHAM, MAY 29

Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember U.S. military personnel who have died in war. However, many more millions of people have died in wars worldwide, and their lives are important, too. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 29, you are invited to a Memorial Day peace demonstration in Horsham, PA, at 12 noon to 2 p.m. to remember all the ves lost in war. This will take place in front of the PA Air National Station at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Roads in Horsham. This base houses one of more than a dozen command centers from which drones are piloted by remote control to hit targets in countries overseas. At the demonstration, colorful banners will be provided, as well as posters, a bell to ring, and drums to beat. Masks are required. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and other local groups, the theme is “Ignite Peace!” For more information, including directions, click here. For information, contact Bob Smith, 215-843-4827.

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SCREENING, JUNE 2-8, OF 8 BILLION ANGELS

An exclusive presentation of the newly released, award-winning documentary 8 Billion Angels will take place via on-demand virtual screening, beginning June 2 through June 6. You may view it any time during that five-day period. On Monday, June 7, at 7 p.m., our member Bill Cozzens will moderate a live, online panel with Q&A, featuring Terry Spahr, maker of the film and executive director of Earth Overshoot; Dan Cosacchi, director of Justice & Peace Studies at Marywood University; and Patricia DiMarco, biologist, author, and environmental activist. The event is hosted by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL), with support from St. Martin-in-the Fields Episcopal Church. Screening is free, but donations are encouraged to support the work of PA IPL in addressing climate change in Pennsylvania. To register to watch the film, click here. Register to participate in the online live panel and discussion by clicking here.

UNITARIAN VIGILS RESUME FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

You are warmly invited to join others in celebration of “Black Lives Matter” at daily (Monday-Friday) vigils, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. The vigils take place in front of the Unitarian Society church, 6511 Lincoln Drive. This is a resumption of the “Standing in Solidarity for Racial Justice” vigils, which were a regular occurrence earlier this year. Black Lives Matter signs are available for a $10 donation, including a metal lawn stand. Everyone is welcome at this family friendly event. For information, send an email message to solidarity@usguu.org.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 21, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Meeting for worship can be more than just an occasion at which one’s private religious needs are satisfied. Silent devotion should lead to an awareness that the meeting is less and less a place we choose ourselves, and more and more a place to which, out of love, God has called us. To understand this is to sense the meaning of those lovely phrases about the community of faith being the body of Christ. — John Punshon, 1987

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SUNDAY, May 23, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship — online virtual meeting
Closers Parvin & Jean Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns
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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite 30-35 members and attenders to worship in the Meetinghouse. Please preregister so we can ask a few basic questions about your health and COVID exposure and trace contacts, if needed. Come to Meeting a few minutes early to check in at the door. To attend Meeting by Zoom, see instructions below.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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.
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

YARD SALE FOR BUDUDA LEARNING CENTER, MAY 22

Looking for some bargains and beautiful treasures? Check out this multi-famly yard sale tomorrow (Saturday, May 22) at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at our member Barbara Wybar’s house, 111 Rex Ave., in Chestnut Hill, zip code 19118. The money will go to the Bududa Learning Center and its array of projects. Barbara says there are at least 500 items of beautiful baby and toddler clothes, some baby equipment, and approximately 50 gorgeous placemats and napkins, plus lots of new things that she brought back from her recent trip to Uganda. If it rains tomorrow, the yard sale will be held next Saturday, May 29. Do you have items to donate? Call Barbara at 267-774-6368 or email her at bwybar@yahoo.com. Bududa Learning Center helps young adults get skills for jobs.

FUND RAISING: PLEASE PITCH IN!

Friends: We are approaching the end of our fiscal year. We still need to raise $40,000 to achieve our fund raising budget for FY21, which ends June 30. We are responsible collectively and individually for the financial support of our Meeting. Many thanks to those who have already contributed this fiscal year. If you are not among them, now is an important time to fulfill that aspect of membership. For those who have contributed, a supplemental gift would be much appreciated. You may send a check to the Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting website by clicking here. –Jack Rhoads, clerk, Fund Raising Committee

AVAILABILITY OF CHILDCARE AS MEETING BEGINS TO REOPEN

As people gradually return to meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, childcare will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The Meeting does not currently have an employee providing childcare, so we are dependent on volunteers from Meeting. Childcare is for children under six years old. It will take place outside on the playgrounds and under a big white tent on the GFS campus to protect against inclement or hot weather. Adults and children must remain masked and need to have passed the screening required of everyone who attends Meeting. Distance from each other will be encouraged, but may not be fully possible, given the nature of child care and child play. If you have current criminal and child abuse clearances, please consider signing up to help supervise children. We need two volunteers to provide childcare each Sunday. If we only have one, we cannot meet state requirements. To volunteer, click here. If you would like to have childcare provided for your children, please email Peter Yeomans, and he will confirm availability.

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 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.

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

TONIGHT: ED STIVENDER IN ‘HUMOR US’ STORYTELLING PROGRAM, MAY 21

Catch a laugh or two and tune in tonight (Friday, May 21) at 9 p.m. to “Humor-Us,” and evening of “stories of wit well told.” Our attender, Ed Stivender, is one of the featured storytellers, and if you’ve ever seen him perform, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see him again, along with a passel of other storytellers. To learn more about this event and the people who will be appearing, and to register for it online, click here.

BILL COZZENS TO RIDE AND RIDE IN SUPPORT OF CLIMATE ACTION

Our member Bill Cozzens will ride his bicycle this spring with nearly 100 other bike riders, crossing Pennsylvania and advocating for state policies to tackle climate change and support clean, renewable energy. To support him and be part of his effort, you may wish to help sponsor his ride by clicking here. Donations will go to Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s work to mobilize people and communities of faith to call for state and federal action on climate.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 23

This Sunday, May 23, is the last Giant Children’s Meeting until the fall. The theme this month is “Standing in the Light.” It begins at 9 a.m. and lasts 30 to 45 minutes. It is for preschool and elementary-age children and their families and is held at a time intended to allow folks to also attend worship in their own meeting later in the morning. This month, everyone is asked to bring something to show and share that reminds you of LIGHT, such as lights in nature, the Light in all of us, fire, and so forth. To register and receive the link, click here.

READING THE QUR’AN AS A QUAKER

Quaker Speak recently featured Quaker author Michael Birkel, who felt people weren’t hearing the whole truth about Islam, so he plunged into a project of speaking with Muslims about their holy book. He says, “There is within Islam a sacred saying in which God was speaking, and said, ‘I was a hidden treasure and desired to be known.’ If that deep desire is imprinted on the very fabric of the universe, then our coming to know one another across religious boundaries is a sacred task and a holy opportunity.” Watch this insightful and inspiring–and short–video online by clicking here. Quaker Speak, a project of Friends Journal, features weekly personal interviews with Friends from different backgrounds, asking them the core questions of their faith. New videos come out every Thursday; subscribe by clicking here.

QUAKER GROUPS WORKING WITH POWER TO MEET SUNDAY, MAY 23

In this meeting of local Quaker groups that work with the interfaith action group POWER, Sarah Palmer, clerk, leads Friends in supporting each other, discussing experiences, and sharing what is going on in POWER. It will take place this Sunday, May 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. If you would like to get emails about the group and/or participate, contact Linda Rosenwein.

FOLLOW THE RUNWAY TO PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS

This year, in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s “Runway to Annual Sessions,” a number of online workshops and gatherings will be offered through July 24 in a lead-in to Annual Sessions, which is July 27-Aug. 1. This year’s theme is “Uproot Injustice, Root Justice,” which will be woven into all aspects. To see the complete schedule of activities from now until Annual Sessions begin, click here. The following workshops take place in May; all will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are free:

‘WHEN THE SPIRIT CALLS: ENGAGING THE CHALLENGES OF MINISTRY,’ MAY 25

This workshop explores the challenge of discerning what God calls us to do when we experience the inner stirring and restlessness that marks a summons. Facilitator: Jay Marshall. To register, click here.

‘FRIENDS IN UNLIKELY PLACES: ENGAGING WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU,’ MAY 27

How does one talk with legislators who do not agree with you? In this workshop, you will learn to talk to legislators who have differing views, and you will discuss how to have those conversations faithfully and effectively. New skills will help you communicate across political divides, seeing that of God in each person and building relationships to make change in government. Facilitators: Bobby Trice and Alicia McBride of Friends Committee on National Legislation. To register, click here.

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR TRAINING BY HAVERFORD QUARTER, JUNE 12 & 19

Learn about how to become a conscientious objector to war and advise individuals in this at a two-part training session on June 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The first session is specifically for 18- to 26-year-olds. The second session is on how to advise and assist people who wish to become conscientious objectors, and it is followed by a separate four-hour training session. For information, contact Winnie Shaw Hope at
whope2@verizon.net.

REMINDER

GARDENING WITH FRIENDS AT ARCH STREET, MAY 22

Join others to build raised garden beds and plant vegetables and flowers on the historic grounds of Arch Street Meeting House. This will take place on May 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The meetinghouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours. You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Sponsored by Arch Street Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), and PYM Youth Programs. To register, click here:

TAKE ACTION

UNITARIAN VIGILS RESUME FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Germantown Friends are warmly invited to join others in celebrating the verdict in the murder of George Floyd at the weekday (Monday-Friday) vigils at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. The vigils take place in front of the Unitarian Society church, 6511 Lincoln Drive. This is a resumption of the “Standing in Solidarity for Racial Justice” vigils, which were a regular occurrence earlier this year. Black Lives Matter signs are available for a $10 donation, including a metal lawn stand. Everyone is welcome at this family friendly event. For information, send an email message to solidarity@usguu.org

FCNL VIDEO CONFERENCE: QUAKERS WORKING IN LEGISLATURE, MAY 26

Find out firsthand what it’s like to be a Quaker working in legislatures and opportunities for people who would like to work in legislative policy making. This opportunity is going to made available in a video conference on May 26 at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). This is one episode in FCNL’s Quaker Changemaker series of stories about Friends lobbying, working with advocacy groups, holding public office, and more To find out more and register online, click here

IGNITE PEACE & REMEMBER ALL WAR DEAD, MAY 29

Join the remembrance of ALL war dead and pray to Ignite Peace on Saturday, May 29, of Memorial Day weekend, at the PA Air National Station in Horsham. It will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The National Guard Station is at the intersection of Route 611/Easton Road and County Line Roads in Horsham, PA. This remembrance will also call to end war drone operations from Pennsylvania. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, go to brandywinepeace.com or call Bob Smith, coordinator, at 215-843-4827.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 14, 2021
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the years immediately following the First World War, the Quakers worked in Poland distributing food and clothing. One of the workers who served a cluster of villages there became ill with typhus, and, in twenty-four hours, he was dead. in this village there was only a Roman Catholic cemetery, and by canonical law it was quite impossible to bury one not of that confession in its consecrated ground. So they laid their cherished friend in a grave dug just outside the fence of the Roman Catholic cemetery. The next morning they discovered that in the night the villagers had moved the fence so that it embraced the grave.

This moving outwards of every type of fence so that it may embrace but not erase the unique spiritual witness of different religious groups comes very close to the heart of what we really mean by the new ecumenism. We want to try to learn, even if with many painful mistakes along the way, how this creative interpenetration can be carried out in such a way that fences can be moved, but, at the same time, the fresh unique witness of each group, actively operating in the whole, may be kept. –Douglas Steere in Pendle Hill pamphlet no. 1753, “Mutual irradiation–a Quaker view of ecumenism,” 1971

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SUNDAY, May 16, 2021

9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Called Meeting for Business*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Karen Lightner
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

*Attention Members, Special Called Business Meeting: There will be a special called meeting for business this Sunday, May 16, at 9:45 a.m., to address an item we were not able to cover at our May meeting for business. Several members are concerned that Germantown Friends School’s plans for expansion and conversion of the Smith Gym will have an adverse impact on the Meeting. We will meet to hear these concerns and consider what we as a Meeting should do in response. All Meeting members are encouraged to attend. Please use the same Zoom link below as for meeting for worship. Thank you, Bill Cozzens, clerk

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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite 30-35 members and attenders to worship in the Meetinghouse. Please preregister so we can ask a few basic questions about your health and COVID exposure and trace contacts, if needed. To preregister, click here. Please come to Meeting a few minutes early to check in at the door. To attend Meeting by Zoom, see instructions below.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP & BUSINESS

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your Clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings 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 will have a gentle reminder that silence is expected.

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

FUND RAISING: PLEASE PITCH IN!

Friends: We are approaching the end of our fiscal year. We still need to raise $40,000 to achieve our fund raising budget for FY21, which ends June 30. We are responsible collectively and individually for the financial support of our Meeting. Many thanks to those who have already contributed this fiscal year. If you are not among them, now is an important time to fulfill that aspect of membership. For those who have contributed, a supplemental gift would be much appreciated. You may send a check to the Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting website by clicking here. –Jack Rhoads, clerk, Fund Raising Committee

AVAILABILITY OF CHILDCARE AS MEETING BEGINS TO REOPEN

As people gradually return to meeting for worship in the meetinghouse, childcare will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. The Meeting does not currently have an employee providing childcare, so we are dependent on volunteers from Meeting. Childcare is for children under six years old. It will take place outside on the playgrounds and under a big white tent on the GFS campus to protect against inclement or hot weather. Adults and children must remain masked and need to have passed the screening required of everyone who attends Meeting. Distance from each other will be encouraged, but may not be fully possible, given the nature of child care and child play. If you have current criminal and child abuse clearances, please consider signing up to help supervise children. We need two volunteers to provide childcare each Sunday. If we only have one, we cannot meet state requirements. To volunteer, click here. If you would like to have childcare provided for your children, please email Peter Yeomans at pdy234@gmail.com, and he will confirm availability.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET MAY 18

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group is Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The topic is the book Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson, along with past readings, which include articles from newspapers and magazines. The link for documents is https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b-6OG0GvvDH-DqrLRkrgD85z9r2kjMW-uyS5TYg-b0c/edit. If you are interested or have questions, contact John Colgan-Davis, the group facilitator.

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

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

REMINDER: HIRING CLEANERS & ORGANIZERS FOR HOLISTIC COMPANY

Our member Lois Volta, who runs her own cleaning and household organizing business, is looking to hire several hardworking people “with an artistic eye.” She says, “We are in need of creative, interesting folks who want to spend their time caring for other people by making their houses look and feel wonderful.” Lois uses all-natural cleaning products. Pay is $15/hour. Position is part-time, probably 10 to 15 hours per week, with potential for more hours and room to grow into a management position. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand, kneel, etc. For a comprehensive job description, including a list of needed skills, open the attachment Lois Volta hiring cleaners.pdf.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

TWO GMM FRIENDS SPEAK ON EDUCATORS PANEL

Our members Joan Countryman and Ken Aldridge were featured in a recent panel discussion with four heads of color in Friends schools, as part of celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Friends Council on Education. Ken was one of the panelists, who spoke about their leadership journeys, why they choose to be leaders in Friends schools, and what having leaders of color might mean for the future of Friends education. “What resonated with me was to be in a faith-based school,” said Ken. “I grew up in an AME/Baptist household. There was no question of how faith would guide my life….. Quakerism resonated with me to the point I became a convinced Friend. I feel called to lead because I feel this is a phenomenal way to educate children.” Joan, one of the first heads of color in Friends schools, moderated the panel, saying that she has many fond memories of Friends Council meetings during her time as head of the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island. To read the entire article, click here.

MENDELSSOHN CHORUS TO SING OUTDOORS

Our members Tom and Ellie Elkinton will be among the singers in an outdoor “recorded sound installation” of the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia this Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16. It will be presented at The Rail Park in Center City, which is between 11th and 12th streets, and between Callowhill and Noble Streets. It features the world premiere of “Fetter & Air,” composed by Dominick Diorio, using original text compiled by the composer from statements by members of the chorus. The words are spoken and sung by members of the chorus, who share their hopes, worries, dreams, fears, anxieties, and joys. It is described as “expressing both grief and hope,” and is an “uplifting, ethereal, looping 25-minute virtual chorus performance.” Created from 562 audio files that were mixed, edited, mastered, and designed for this sound installation. It will be presented both days between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free. To find out more, click here.

THANKS GO TO MAILING HELPERS!

A big, appreciative round of applause goes to Ruth Seeley and Bob Smith for their expert efforts in folding, stuffing, and labeling all the appeal letters that went out this past week to raise money for our budget before June 30. You should be getting yours in the mail any day. Thanks, too, go to Janet Kroll for her lively, informative writing of the letter and to Jack Rhoads, clerk of our Fund Raising Committee, who gently keeps things on track.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GARDENING WITH FRIENDS AT ARCH STREET, MAY 22

Join others to build raised garden beds and plant vegetables and flowers on the historic grounds of Arch Street Meeting House. This will take place on May 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The meetinghouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours. You are invited to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Sponsored by Arch Street Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), and PYM Youth Programs. To register, click here.

DEADLINE FOR TRAVEL & WITNESS GRANTS: JUNE 1

The next deadline is June 1 to submit proposals to the Travel & Witness Granting Group of PYM. These grants support international travel to further understanding, peace, and other Friends concerns; to help individual Young Friends in PYM in ministry, service, witness, to support events for Young Adult Friends; and to pay transportation expenses of PYM Friends who are traveling in religious service. There are four proposal deadlines in the course of a year: March 1, June 1, Sept. 1, and Dec. 1. To see more detailed descriptions of eligible categories and how to apply for a grant, click here.

PYM’s ‘RUNWAY TO ANNUAL SESSIONS’ EVENTS IN MAY

This year, in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s “Runway to Annual Sessions,” a number of online workshops and gatherings will be offered from May 4 through July 24 in a lead-in to Annual Sessions, which is July 27-Aug. 1. This year’s theme is “Uproot Injustice, Root Justice,” which will be woven into all aspects. To see the complete schedule of activities from now until Annual Sessions begin, click here. The following workshops take place in May; all will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are free.

‘A RIGHTLY ORDERED LIFE; THE SIMPLICITY TESTIMONY, THEN & NOW,’ MAY 18

This workshop focuses on the Quaker testimony of simplicity: how early Friends understood it as a way to rightly order one’s priorities, and how the testimony is understood today. Facilitator: Claire Hannapel. To register, click here.

‘HUMBLE WALK BEARS FRUIT,’ MAY 20′

Presented by the First-contact Reconciliation Collaborative of Yearly Meeting, this workshop will identify concerns of equity and accountability in establishing right relations with Lenape people. UsingMicah 6:8 as a springboard, it will examine the challenge of walking humbly with that of the Divine through actions of justice and kindness. Facilitator: Sandra Boone Murphy and Rev. J.R. Norwood. To register, click here.

‘WHEN THE SPIRIT CALLS: ENGAGING THE CHALLENGES OF MINISTRY,’ MAY 25

This workshop explores the challenge of discerning what God calls us to do when we experience the inner stirring and restlessness that marks a summons. Facilitator: Jay Marshall. To register, click here.

‘FRIENDS IN UNLIKELY PLACES: ENGAGING WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU,’ MAY 27

How does one talk with legislators who do not agree with you? In this workshop, you will learn to talk to legislators who have differing views, and you will discuss how to have those conversations faithfully and effectively. New skills will help you communicate across political divides, seeing that of God in each person and building relationships to make change in government. Facilitators: Bobby Trice and Alicia McBride of Friends Committee on National Legislation. To register, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR TRAINING BY HAVERFORD QUARTER, JUNE 12 & 19

Learn about how to become a conscientious objector to war and advise individuals in this at a two-part training session on June 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The first session is specifically for 18- to 26-year-olds. The second session is on how to advise and assist people who wish to become conscientious objectors, and it is followed by a separate four-hour training session. For information, contact Winnie Shaw Hope at whope2@verizon.net.

RESOURCES

PYM ECO-JUSTICE NEWSLETTER

To subscribe, contact Patricia Finley or Ruth Darlington, co-clerks of the Eco-Justice Collaborative, or visit the Eco-Justice Collaborative website.

NEWSLETTERS FROM PYM FOR SPECIFIC INTERESTS

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting provides email newsletters on a variety of interests, such as Yearly Meeting activities for children and young people, Governance & Stewardship, Ministry & Care, Outreach & Communications, Peace & Social Justice, Religious Education, and Weekly News & Updates. All are free. To sign up to receive your choices, click here.

YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS

SPRING RETREAT, MAY 14-15

All Young Adult Friends and fellow seekers, ages 18 to 35-ish, are invited to take part in a virtual Spring Retreat this weekend, May 14-15, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and ending at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

TAKE ACTION

PRAYER WALK WITH POLICE

“Putting our feet to our prayers,” is the motto of a prayer walk on Thursday, May 20, at 6 p.m., to voice concern for the rash of gun violence in our city. It is a joint effort by Philadelphia Police and the 14th District Chaplains. It will start at 5600 Chew Avenue. So far this year, at least 1,250 people have been shot in Philadelphia, and five more people were killed in shootings last night (Thursday, May 13). For information, call Frank Crangle, 215-868-7313, or Bill Speakes at 267-246-8677. Rain date is May 27.

JOIN IPL’s WORK TO ESTABLISH CLEAN ENERGY & JOBS

Join Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) in asking legislators to approve a nationwide plan to deliver clean energy to all communities and create jobs. IPL, a group centered on creating a religious response to global warming, provides an online avenue for sending a message to your U.S. senators and representatives, which you can reach by clicking here. For a complete description of IPL’s current actions, with links to make your voice heard, click here.

GERMANTOWN MUTUAL AID FUND HELPS WITH HARDSHIPS

Here is another worthy, local organization that helps people in the Germantown community to cope with financial hardships caused by Covid-19: Germantown Mutual Aid Fund. Any Germantown resident may request a financial gift at any time (there is no deadline) by going to greatgtown.org/mutual-aid. You may ask for help with basic expenses such as rent, property taxes, utilities, medical care, and emergency home repairs. Run by volunteers for the good of the community. Donations are also needed, welcomed, and carefully used.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 7, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Remember that to everyone is given a share of responsibility for the meeting for worship, whether through silence or through the spoken word. Be diligent in attendance at meetings and in inward preparation for them. Be ready to speak under the leadings of the Light. Receive the ministry of others in a tender spirit and avoid hurtful criticism. In meetings for business, and in all duties connected with them, seek again the leadings of the Light, keeping from obstinacy and from harshness of tone or manner; admit the possibility of being in error. In all the affairs of the Meeting community, proceed in the peaceable spirit of Pure Wisdom, with forbearance and warm affection for each other. 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. –Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2018

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SUNDAY, May 9, 2021

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (agenda below*)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Jonathan Rhoads, Jr.
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting: we would like to invite up to 30-35 members and attenders to come worship in the Meetinghouse; if you would like to attend please make every effort to preregister; this allows us to record all participants in case of the need for contact tracing, and to ask a few basic questions regarding your health and COVID exposure. Please use the following link prior to Sunday Morning. Also please come early as check in will take a few extra minutes. Of course, attending Meeting by Zoom will also be available.

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP & BUSINESS

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your Clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings and sharing during Joys & Concerns, after meeting for worship. Before our official start time of 10:30, Bill will display a message on his shared Zoom screen so those coming into the virtual meeting will have a gentle reminder that silence is expected.

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

May 9, 2021, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Join Zoom meeting, use same link as for worship.

Query – Sam Angell, followed by worship

Review of April Minutes – Deb Frazer, alternate recording clerk (Please review minutes beforehand and be ready with your suggestions.)

Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel – memberships

Fundraising – Jack Rhoads

Child Care – Peter Yeomans

Racial – Social Justice – Ed Nakawatase – recommendations for corporate giving

Funeral Arrangements – Randal Whitman – Katy Hineline – plans for Moses Cunningham memorial

Use of Rooms & Safety Working Group – David Mettler or Joanne Sharpless – meetinghouse use recommendations

Worship & Ministry – Karen Lightner – decision framework for vocal ministry

Announcements

Summer First Day School childcare
Hybrid meeting continues!

Closing Worship
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MEETING NEWS

HIRING CLEANERS & ORGANIZERS FOR HOLISTIC COMPANY

Our member Lois Volta, who runs her own cleaning and household organizing business, is looking to hire several for hardworking people “with an artistic eye.” She says, “We are in need of creative, interesting folks who want to spend their time caring for other people by making their houses look and feel wonderful.” Lois uses all-natural cleaning products. Pay is $15/hour. Position is part-time, probably 10 to 15 hours per week, with potential for more hours and room to grow into a management position. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand, kneel, etc. For a comprehensive job description, including a list of needed skills, open the attachment Lois Volta hiring cleaners.pdf.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET MAY 18

The next meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group is Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The topic is the book Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson, along with past readings, which include articles from newspapers and magazines. The Google Docs for readings, as well as the ZOOM link can be found at LINK ! (for our meetings) If you are interested and have questions, contact John Colgan-Davis, the group facilitator.

PLEDGE DRIVE NETS $800 FOR CRISIS MINISTRY

John Colgan-Davis wants to thank all the people in Meeting who generously supported his walk to raise money for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry. He had hoped to raise $150, but was surprised and delighted to raise a total of $808.46. The total raised by all walkers in this effort was $9,000, which will help the Ministry continue its work of providing information and resources to help people help themselves. A team of social workers and trained volunteers work with people in crises on finding creative options. To find out more about the Ministry, click here.

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 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.

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. Contact Margie Spaeth to talk over your situation, and she will help you explore options.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PYM’s ‘RUNWAY TO ANNUAL SESSIONS’ EVENTS IN MAY

This year, in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s “Runway to Annual Sessions,” a number of online workshops and gatherings will be offered from May 4 through July 24 in a lead-in to Annual Sessions, which is July 27-Aug. 1. This year’s theme is “Uproot Injustice, Root Justice,” which will be woven into all aspects. To see the complete schedule of activities from now until Annual Sessions begin, click here. The following workshops take place in May; all will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are free:

‘THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT AS A GLOBAL ISSUE OF INJUSTICE,’ MAY 13

Recent events in Lebanon and the surrounding area have left the country in distress, lawlessness, and bankruptcy and has deeply affected the Friends school and Quaker meeting. This online workshop will explore a just solution to problems in the Middle East that threaten world peace and order. Facilitators: Tony Manasseh and Leila Barclay. To register, click here.

‘A RIGHTLY ORDERED LIFE; THE SIMPLICITY TESTIMONY, THEN & NOW,’ MAY 18

This workshop focuses on the Quaker testimony of simplicity: how early Friends understood it as a way to rightly order one’s priorities, and how the testimony is understood today. Facilitator: Claire Hannapel. To register, click here.

‘HUMBLE WALK BEARS FRUIT,’ MAY 20′

Presented by the First-contact Reconciliation Collaborative of Yearly Meeting, this workshop will identify concerns of equity and accountability in establishing right relations with Lenape people. UsingMicah 6:8 as a springboard, it will examine the challenge of walking humbly with that of the Divine through actions of justice and kindness. Facilitator: Sandra Boone Murphy and Rev. J.R. Norwood. To register, click here.

‘WHEN THE SPIRIT CALLS: ENGAGING THE CHALLENGES OF MINISTRY,’ MAY 25

This workshop explores the challenge of discerning what God calls us to do when we experience the inner stirring and restlessness that marks a summons. Facilitator: Jay Marshall. To register, click here.

‘FRIENDS IN UNLIKELY PLACES: ENGAGING WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU,’ MAY 27

How does one talk with legislators who do not agree with you? In this workshop, you will learn to talk to legislators who have differing views, and you will discuss how to have those conversations faithfully and effectively. New skills will help you communicate across political divides, seeing that of God in each person and building relationships to make change in government. Facilitators: Bobby Trice and Alicia McBride of Friends Committee on National Legislation. To register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

GERMANTOWN MUTUAL AID FUND HELPS WITH HARDSHIPS

Here is another worthy, local organization that helps people in the Germantown community to cope with financial hardships caused by Covid-19: Germantown Mutual Aid Fund. Any Germantown resident may request a financial gift at any time–there is no deadline–by going to greatgtown.org/mutual-aid. You may ask for help with basic expenses such as rent, property taxes, utilities, medical care, and emergency home repairs. Run by volunteers for the good of the community. Donations are also needed, welcomed, and carefully used.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 30, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

… And let us remember that true prayer begins when we put aside spasmodic, erratic, and irregular efforts, when we take ourselves in hand and subject ourselves to a discipline, when we order our existences according to the principles that will deepen the life of prayer, knowing that the right relationship with God is of prime importance and that prayer is at the heart of it. Gradually, irrevocably, we find as we walk the path that every part of our lives calls for revision: routine, recreation, relationships with others, perhaps even our vocation — all be brought together so as to operate from the center. –Helen Hole, Prayer, Pendle Hill Pamphlet no. 123

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SUNDAY, May 2, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, online zoom meeting
Closers Randal & Leanna Whitman
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

This Sunday’s Hybrid Meeting we would like to invite up to 30-35 members and attenders to come worship in the Meetinghouse; if you would like to attend please make every effort to preregister; this allows us to record all participants in case of the need for contact tracing, and to ask a few basic questions regarding your health and COVID exposure. Please use the following link prior to Sunday Morning. Also please come early as check in will take a few extra minutes. Of course, attending Meeting by Zoom will also be available.

SILENCE, PLEASE, AS YOU ENTER MEETING FOR WORSHIP As we resume meeting for worship including Friends in our meetinghouse, it seems appropriate to your Clerk that we all (including worshipers on Zoom) 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 greetings and sharing during Joys & Concerns, after meeting for worship. Before our official start time of 10:30, Bill will display a message on his shared Zoom screen so those coming into the virtual meeting will have a gentle reminder that silence is expected.

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 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.

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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PYM’s ‘RUNWAY TO ANNUAL SESSIONS’ BEGINS MAY 4

This year, in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s “Runway to Annual Sessions,” a number of online workshops and gatherings will be offered from May 4 through July 24 in a lead-in to Annual Sessions, taking place July 27-Aug. 1. This year’s theme is “Uproot Injustice, Root Justice,” which will be woven into all aspects. To read more information and to register for “Runway” activities, click here. These are the two workshops taking place in the coming week:

GATHERING ON REOPENING MONTHLY MEETINGS, MAY 4

The first online workshop in PYM’s Runway to Annual Sessions will be “Gathering on Reopening Our Monthly Meetings” on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This will be a place to generate ideas, sharing what meetings are doing about reopening, and supporting one another. The goal is to understand what tools could be helpful to your meeting community, revisit notes on hybrid meetings, sharing experiences, and considering possibilities for the rest of the year. Free. For more information and to register, click here.

FCNL WORKSHOP: ROOTS & BRANCHES OF QUAKER ADVOCACY, MAY 6

Early Friends worked to influence government decisions and actions. They built public education, founded the Pennsylvania Prison Society, created the American Friends Service Committee, and founded Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). In this workshop by FCNL, Margery Post Abbott will talk about her work and the relationship between lobbying and Friends spiritual practice. Learn about the impact of Friends–yesterday, today, and tomorrow–on the critical issues of our time. This is the second online workshop in PYM’s ‘Runway to Annual Sessions,” and it takes place on Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. To learn more and to register online, click here.

REMINDER

REGISTER FOR 2021 GATHERING OF FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE

Early registration is now open for this year’s gathering–whether in-person or virtual–or Friends General Conference (FGC). Registering early makes it more likely you will get your first choice of workshops. The FGC Gathering is held in early July, filled with living in community with Friends (if the Gathering is in person), evening speakers, good food, and the well-known panoply of workshops. The separate but congruent gatherings of youngsters of all ages are much-loved opportunities for Quaker kids to form their own community of Friends, and many go back year after year. For a description of the Gathering and all it offers this year, as well as to register early, go to FGCgathering.org.

TAKE ACTION

WEBINAR: CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO BAN WAR DRONES, MAY 2

This Sunday, May 2, at 10 a.m., a webinar will present new information about the expansion of drone warfare, and will announce the beginning of the Campaign to Ban Killer Drones. Panelists include Brian Terrell, Kathy Kelly, David Swanson, and Leah Bolger. To read about the panelists and register for this webinar, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 23, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The membership of a Friends Meeting … is made up of persons with varying gifts or abilities. Each gift or ability may be a form of ministry, and hence of leadership, and each member is a part of “the body,” or the whole. Each member in the exercise of such a gift is a nurturing, functioning part of the body…. Some members have gifts of teaching and counseling, or of organization and administration, or of vocal ministry or public speaking, or other similar gifts that identify them as leaders. Members with other gifts are not simply passive followers, but all are coworkers in the care and nurture of the body and its members. And all are coworkers in witness to our faith and in the service of love and justice among people and nations. –“Friends as leaders: The vision, instrument, and methods,” report from a workshop at Pendle Hill, 1979

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SUNDAY, April 25, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship – online virtual meeting
Closer Kellley White & John Hickey
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

REGISTER FOR HYBRID WORSHIP TEST ON SUNDAY IN MEETINGHOUSE

On Sunday, April 25 there will be a trial run of a hybrid meeting for worship in our meetinghouse. There is room for 15 people. If you would like to be one of them, pre-register by clicking here. The link will stop working after 15 people have signed up. This trial run is to help our Safety Working Group make sure everything works smoothly, with the prospect of opening it up next week to everyone who is interested. Questions? Contact David Mettler, clerk of the Safety Working Group.

WE’RE GOING ON AN EXCURSION TO FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND, APRIL 25

As a follow-up to last Sunday’s Zoom presentation on Historic Fair Hill, our First-day School coordinators have set up a trip to Fair Hill Burial Ground on April 25 at 2 p.m. We’re all invited, too! … Young Friends, families with younger children, and adult members and attenders. Come and see the burial sites of Lucretia Mott and other famous activists of the abolition movement, as well as a community garden, a beautiful neighborhood mural, and much more in this historic outdoor space. Plus, you will get to see for yourself the things you heard about in last Sunday’s Adult Class. For those who want to participate, there will also be a scavenger hunt and a project picking up sticks. Jean Warrington, a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting, has kindly made the arrangements for us. If you would like to come, please reply to Carla Childs, so she can let Fair Hill folks know how many of us will be coming.

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 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting. Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS STILL WALKING FOR PLEDGES!

John Colgan-Davis will walk at least a mile each day until Monday, April 26, to raise funds for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM). It is a joint project of several Germantown congregations, which provide a food cupboard and other needed services for neighborhood residents. If you are interested in pledging for John’s walks or donating to GACM, please write to John at j.colgan-davis@att.net.

QUAKER EVENTS

PQM TO HOLD SPRING SESSIONS ON APRIL 25 BY ZOOM

Join Friends throughout the Philadelphia Quarter for a spirit-led, online gathering on Sunday, April 25. It will be hosted by West Philadelphia Friends Meeting, which will present a program describing how it supports individuals and groups engaged with the world. West Philadelphia Friends Meeting is a preparative meeting under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting. Its community-based work includes a Demolishing White Supremacy group, a Spiritual Nurture program, clearness committees, and support for individual leadings. The sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with a virtual meeting for worship with West Philadelphia Friends. At 1 p.m., the program is presented by the hosts, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friends will hold meeting for worship with a concern for business. Click here to preregister.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 25

Families with children in preschool through second grade, Happy Earth Day! Celebrate together this Sunday, April 25, by attending this month’s Giant Children’s Meeting, with the theme “Caring for Our World.” You’re invited to bring something to show that measures one inch in some way. If you want to invite a friend, that’s awesome! Just be sure to send the friend to https://www.pym.org/event/giant-childrens-meeting-2/2021-04-25 to register.

‘QUAKER NEWCOMERS E-RETREAT’ BEGINS APRIL 25

Are you new to the Religious Society of Friends? Or, would you just like to learn more about Quaker spirituality? Here’s a nice opportunity coming your way via the internet, sponsored by Friends General Conference. The Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers e-Retreat will start Sunday, April 25, with the first weekly call on Saturday, May 11. It continues until May 25. For an expanded description and to register, click here.

‘RUNWAY TO ANNUAL SESSIONS’ BEGINS MAY 4

This year, in PYM’s “Runway to Annual Sessions,” a number of online workshops and gatherings will be offered from May 4 through July 24 in a lead-in to Annual Sessions, taking place July 27-Aug. 1. This year’s theme is “Uproot Injustice, Root Justice,” which will be woven into all aspects. To read more information and to register for “Runway” activities, click here.

REMINDERS

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2021 GATHERING OF FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE

Early registration is now open for this year’s gathering–whether in-person or virtual–or Friends General Conference (FGC). Registering early makes it more likely you will get your first choice of workshops. The FGC Gathering is held in early July, filled with living in community with Friends (if the Gathering is in person), evening speakers, good food, and the well-known panoply of workshops. The separate but congruent gatherings of youngsters of all ages are much-loved opportunities for Quaker kids to form their own community of Friends, and many go back year after year. For a description of the Gathering and all it offers this year, as well as to register early, go to FGCgathering.org.

TAKE ACTION

BUILDING SUPPORT FOR UN NUCLEAR BAN TREATY, APRIL 24

A webinar tomorrow (Saturday, April 24) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. will feature speakers, panels, and discussion about how to build support in the United States for the UN Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The webinar is hosted by ICAN–the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing the Treaty before the United Nations. It was adopted by the UN on July 7, 2017, and after being ratified by the required number of nations, entered into force on Jan. 22 of this year. (The United States was one of the nuclear powers that did not ratify the Treaty.) In this webinar, participants will learn background about the Treaty and discuss how to get more members of the U.S. Congress to sign a pledge to support it. In October 2019, the Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution supporting the Treaty; the resolution was brought to the City Council by council member Helen Gym, after being proposed by Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Ban Nuclear Weapons. To view the schedule and topics covered in tomorrow’s webinar, and to register for it, click here.

FCNL ZOOM CALL ‘HOW QUAKERS ARE WORKING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE,’ APRIL 28

Many Quakers are among those working toward care for the environment and a vision of climate justice. You are invited to join a Zoom call, hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), on Wednesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., with speakers who will talk about their experiences, goals, and concerns in pursuing “an Earth restored.” For more information and to register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 16, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

God gives gifts to each one of us, young and old, and God gives gifts to our meeting community, too. Now, a gift is not exactly the same as a skill or a talent. A skill can be used in different ways, but a gift is something God gives us to help us live a whole life, make a whole family, or be a whole meeting community. Our gifts are special parts of who we are. People young and old bring gifts to our meeting community. If we pay attention and care for one another, we can discover them. We can help each other understand how to use those gifts wisely. –Faith & Play Working Group, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2008

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SUNDAY, April 18, 2021

9 a.m. Adult Class*
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Marion Heacock
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

ADULT CLASS, APRIL 18: HISTORIC FAIR HILL

Everyone is invited to join a Zoom presentation on April 18 at 9 a.m. about the work of Historic Fair Hill. The speakers will include Carolyn Singleton, history educator at Fair Hill who is a lawyer and trainer; Neury “Tito” Caba, the lead gardener, who will talk about their garden program, and Jean Warrington, director of Historic Fair Hill, who will describe its neighborhood public school literacy program. The Zoom link will be the same as for meeting for worship. For more information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

WE’RE GOING ON AN EXCURSION TO FAIR HILL BURIAL GROUND, APRIL 25

As a follow-up to this Sunday’s Zoom presentation on Historic Fair Hill, our First-day School coordinators have set up a trip to Fair Hill Burial Ground on April 25 at 2 p.m. We’re all invited! … Young Friends, families with younger children, and adult members and attenders. Come and see the burial sites of Lucretia Mott and other famous activists of the abolition movement, as well as a community garden, a beautiful neighborhood mural, and much more in this historic outdoor space. Plus, you will get to see for yourself the things you will hear about in this Sunday’s Adult Class. For those who want to participate, there will also be a scavenger hunt and a project picking up sticks. Jean Warrington, a Quaker from Chestnut Meeting, has kindly made the arrangements for us. If you would like to come, please reply to Carla Childs, so she can let Fair Hill folks know how many of us will be coming.

REMEMBER TO FILL OUT SURVEY ON RETURNING TO MEETINGHOUSE FOR WORSHIP

If you have not had a chance to respond to our Meeting’s survey about returning to worship in the meetinghouse, please take a moment right now to fill it out (online) and return it. This will help our Safety Working Group to determine Friends’ interest and concerns on the subject and help them move forward with plans. Click here to go to the online survey, which you can return online, as well. For questions, contact David Mettler, clerk of the Safety Working Group.

SPIRITUAL STATE OF THE MEETING REPORT

Thanks to the work of a many people in our Meeting, the Spiritual State of the Meeting Report is finished and available for reading. It reflects the practical and spiritual progress we’ve made throughout the past year, with activities, searching together, the experiment of online worship, and many other undertakings. It will be sent to Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To read this final version, open the attachment: Spiritual State of the Meeting 2020.pdf.

UJIMA PEACE CENTER LOOKS FOR OUTDOOR MEETING SPACES

Ujima Friends Peace Center is launching its Freedom Summer program for 2021 and is looking for several more outdoor spaces for young participants to visit. Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground has extended an invitation, and at least more sites are needed. The sites need to have outdoor space and bathroom facilities (indoor or outdoor). Especially desirable would be Friends schools, camps, retreat centers, and meetinghouses with spacious outdoor areas, and places that offer swimming. The Freedom Summer program engages children with African social justice literature to cultivate a love for reading, peace, and justice. To read the complete request with more details, see the attachment: Ujima Report 4-5-21.

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 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

REMINDERS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET APRIL 20

The Anti-Racism Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. by Zoom. Participants will discuss the book Caste up to page 165, with additional readings from the Smithsonian Magazine about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, as follows:
“The Unrealized Promise of Oklahoma”; “Looking Back at the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 Years Later”; “Who gets Cherokee citizenship has long been a struggle between the tribe and the US government.” For questions, contact John Colgan-Davis, group facilitator.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEEDED FOR VERNON PARK

About a year ago I appealed for gently used children’s books for the Little Free Library in Vernon Park. I was so happy to get four boxes of donated books! We’ve kept the library well-stocked with those books and some new ones throughout this pandemic year. Spring is here, park use is up, and we’d love to keep filling it through the summer and fall. If you have gently used children’s books, we’d welcome them. Call me about a good time to drop them off at my house.Ruth Seeley.

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS TO WALK FOR PLEDGES

John Colgan-Davis will walk at least a mile each day from now till Monday, April 26 to raise funds for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM). It is a joint project of several Germantown congregations, which provide a food cupboard and other needed services for neighborhood residents. If you are interested in pledging for John’s walks or donating to GACM, please write to John.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MOSES CUNNINGHAM, beloved son of our member, Emily Paulmier and beloved grandson of our late members Marge and Lou Paulmier, passed away unexpectedly on April 5, at age 25. Moses loved everyone. His wish would be that: we all get along and love one another. Moses leaves behind his twin sister, Keziah Sage (Kizzy), older brother Isaiah Louis (Ike), his mother, Emily Marie Paulmier, his father, Timothy Cunningham (Tim), eight first cousins, and many aunts, uncles, and other relatives. Plans for a memorial service are in process. For those who wish to reach out, the family may be contacted c/o Chris Paulmier, 5321 Baynton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144; or c/o Paulmier’s Blueberries, 17 Radar Road, Sedgwick, Maine, 04676.

JOANNE FORD had major surgery on her cervical spine to relieve pressure on nerves, which had been causing weakness in her hands. Joanne is slowly recovering at Foulkeways, where she and her husband Ken live, andis hoping to see gradual and steady improvement in her condition. Her email address is joanne.b.ford@gmail.com, and her mailing address is 1213 Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436.

BOB SMITH received the second part of his treatment on Monday, April 12, to place stents in his arteries to relieve blockages to his heart. Unlike the first procedure, which did not go well, this time went well, and he is feeling a bit better already. Recovery will be gradual, but life is looking much better, he says. He and his partner Melissa Elliott are grateful for all the kindness they received during this difficult time and would like to thank people for the many expressions of caring and prayer. Bob’s email address is brandywine@juno.com

ADDRESS CHANGES

Beverly Ann Davenport, 400 Gypsy Lane, Unit 528, Phila., PA 19129, bev.davenport.518@gmail.com

Ashleigh Boynton Rader, 4380 Beulah Drive, LaCanada Flintridge, CA 91011, ashleigh.rader@gmail.com

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WORTH REPEATING: ARTICLE: ‘HOW YOUNG CAN ELDERS BE?’

Friends in Britain Yearly Meeting made a startling discovery when they turned over leadership of a family-oriented meeting for worship to three of its youngest participants, who were six years of age and under. Oliver Robertson, author of the online article “How Young Can Elders Be?,” says, “I had expected them to last a couple of minutes before getting bored…. But they held the silence and held us to it. In fact, they held it for longer than we adults did…. They even ended with the same standard phrases the adults used to gently bring us out of the stillness.” He concludes, “People sometimes think that elders need to be the most spiritual people in the room. Actually, they are responsible for the spiritual care of the Quaker Community. It is a role that is more about nurturing the gifts of others than about having all the spiritual insights yourself…. By letting children lead worship, we not only make our virtual community close and more equal, but we also gain new insights into the nature of eldership and spiritual support.” To read this short article in its entirety, click here.

ARCHITECT TO GIVE ZOOM TALK ABOUT MERION MEETINGHOUSE, APRIL 18

Architect Daniel Campbell, who has 30 years of experience in architecture and historic preservation, will give a talk about 15 years of historic preservation of Merion Meetinghouse. It will take place this Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. The meetinghouse is one of the oldest buildings in its township, with a remarkable 325-year history. Free and open to the public. Register at www.merionfriends.org, and the Zoom link will be forwarded to you prior to the talk, which is part of a series about history, called “Know Thy Neighbor.”

REMINDERS

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2021 GATHERING OF FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE

Early registration is now open for this year’s gathering–whether in-person or virtual–or Friends General Conference (FGC). Registering early makes it more likely you will get your first choice of workshops. The FGC Gathering is held in early July, filled with living in community with Friends (if the Gathering is in person), evening speakers, good food, and the well-known panoply of workshops. The separate but congruent gatherings of youngsters of all ages are much-loved opportunities for Quaker kids to form their own community of Friends, and many go back year after year. For a description of the Gathering and all it offers this year, as well as to register early, go to
FGCgathering.org

‘QUAKER NEWCOMERS E-RETREAT’ BEGINS APRIL 25

Are you new to the Religious Society of Friends? Or, would you just like to learn more about Quaker spirituality? Here’s a nice opportunity coming your way via the internet, sponsored by Friends General Conference. The Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers e-Retreat will start Sunday, April 25, with the first weekly call on Saturday, May 11. It continues until May 25. For a more expanded description and to register, click here.

RECORDING CLERK WORKSHOP PRESENTED ONLINE, APRIL 17

Here is a chance to learn more about being a good recording clerk: An online workshop, led by Jim Herr, will be offered on Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. It is open to Friends throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), as well as to those in Philadelphia Quarter. Jim Herr, a member of Lancaster Monthly Meeting, recording clerk for PYM, and clerk of Caln Quarter, brings his joy of recording and years of spiritual experience to this cornerstone of Friends’ practices. Open to all levels of experience. To find out more and to register, click here.

PQM TO HOLD SPRING SESSIONS ON APRIL 25 BY ZOOM

Join Friends throughout the Philadelphia Quarter for a spirit-led, online gathering on Sunday, April 25. It will be hosted by West Philadelphia Friends Meeting, which will present a program describing how it supports individuals and groups engaged with the world. West Philadelphia Friends Meeting is a preparative meeting under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting. Its community-based work includes a Demolishing White Supremacy group, a Spiritual Nurture program, clearness committees, and support for individual leadings. The sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with a virtual meeting for worship with West Philadelphia Friends. At 1 p.m., the program is presented by the hosts, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friends will hold meeting for worship with a concern for business. Pre-registration will open on March 30; click here for more information.

FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES

REMINDERS

YOUNG FRIENDS TO MEET VIRTUALLY AT PENDLE HILL, APRIL 16-18

A Pendle Hill week for high school-age young folks, known at ‘Young Friends,” will take place online from Pendle Hill, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, and ending at 12 noon on Sunday, April 18. It is entitled “Living Authentically: Finding Your Space in the World by Exploring Your Values.” For more information, click here. Financial help may be available from the Youth Programs of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; contact Melinda Wenner Bradley at 215-241-7171, to find out about scholarships for this program.

ONLINE FAMILY CAMP WEEKEND, MAY 1-2

In conjunction with Caln Quarter’s online weekend at Camp Swatara, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Youth Programs will host online “camp” themed events for all three age groups of young people: Children & Families, middle School Friends, and Young Friends. Virtual activities will include a hike, story time, campfire, and a Saturday night talent show. Read a more description and register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL ZOOM CALL ‘HOW QUAKERS ARE WORKING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE,’ APRIL 28

Many Quakers are among those working toward care for the environment and a vision of climate justice. You are invited to join a Zoom call, hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), on Wednesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., with speakers who will talk about their experiences, goals, and concerns in pursuing “an Earth restored.” For more information and to register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS BY POWER

POWER Statewide Political Education Symposium, April 29, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the third part of a three-part series where participants are developing a theory of change for Pennsylvania moved to take action. Register on the POWER website to receive the Zoom link.

Quaker POWER Group, April 25, at 9:30 a.m. Quakers involved with POWER meet monthly by Zoom to discuss how they interact with POWER and learn about the various campaigns of POWER. Currently this group’s members are mostly from Chestnut Hill and Central Philadelphia monthly meetings, but members from other meetings are warmly welcomed to join them. This group is an excellent way to find out what is happening in POWER in more detail than what appears on the website, as well as to get to know other Quakers working for social and racial justice and change. To receive the Zoom link, contact Linda Rosenwein of Chestnut Hill Meeting at lrosenwein@gmail.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 9, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As Friends, we believe that love is the unifying force in human relations….Love is not self-seeking; it is self-giving. Love does not try to make up a deficiency in that of God in another from an overabundance of divinity in ourselves; it opens us to the divine Light in the other person and rejoices in it. Love does not mean agreeing on all questions of belief, values, or rules of conduct; it means accepting with humility and forbearance such differences as cannot be resolved by open and patient give-and-take. Love does not recreate our brother or sister in our image; it recreates us both in relation to each other, united like limbs of one body yet each distinctly oneself. –Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1969

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SUNDAY, April 11, 2021

9 a.m. Meeting for Business, agenda below, virtual online
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Ed (Mas) Nakawatase
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, Meeting for Business, April 11, at 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Query – Karen Lightner, followed by worship
Corrections to Minutes from March Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
(Members are respectfully requested to review minutes and identify any required corrections BEFORE meeting.)
Standing Nominating – David Mettler
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Marriage Committee – Carla Childs
Fiscal Committee – Randal Whitman
Spiritual Self-Assessment Report – Karen Lightner
Meetinghouse Reopening – David Mettler (Status of Planning, Safety Committee Guidelines, “Test” Meeting)
Child Care Committee – Peter Yeomans

Announcements

Today, 2 p.m.: Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation
April 20: Anti-Racism Discussion Group: Reading Elizabeth Wilkerson?s book, Caste
April 25: Philadelphia Quarter Meeting April – John Hickey

Closing Worship
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MEETING NEWS

MEETING FOR BUSINESS THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, April 11, at 9 a.m., using the same Zoom link as our meetings for worship. Our meetings for business are for members, but if you are an attender and would like to join us, please contact our clerk, Bill Cozzens, beforehand for permission at william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

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 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

ADULT CLASS, APRIL 18: HISTORIC FAIR HILL

Everyone is invited to join a Zoom presentation on April 18 at 9 a.m. about the work of Historic Fair Hill. The speakers will include Carolyn Singleton, history educator at Fair Hill who is a lawyer and trainer; Neury “Tito” Caba, the lead gardener, who will talk about their garden program, and Jean Warrington, director of Historic Fair Hill, who will describe its neighborhood public school literacy program. The Zoom link will be the same as for meeting for worship. For more information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET APRIL 20

The Anti-Racism Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. by Zoom. Participants will discuss the book Caste up to page 165, with additional readings from the Smithsonian Magazine about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, as follows: “The Unrealized Promise of Oklahoma”; “Looking Back at the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 Years Later”; “Who gets Cherokee citizenship has long been a struggle between the tribe and the US government.” For questions, contact John Colgan-Davis, group facilitator.

REMINDERS

CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEEDED FOR VERNON PARK

About a year ago I appealed for gently used children’s books for the Little Free Library in Vernon Park. I was so happy to get four boxes of donated books! We’ve kept the library well-stocked with those books and some new ones throughout this pandemic year. Spring is here, park use is up, and we’d love to keep filling it through the summer and fall. If you have gently used children’s books, we’d welcome them. Call me about a good time to drop them off at my house.Ruth Seeley.

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS TO WALK FOR PLEDGES

John Colgan-Davis will walk at least a mile each day from now till Monday, April 26 to raise funds for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM). It is a joint project of several Germantown congregations, which provide a food cupboard and other needed services for neighborhood residents. If you are interested in pledging for John’s walks or donating to GACM, please write to John at j.colgan-davis@att.net.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BARBARA WYBAR LEAVES FOR UGANDA, APRIL 14

Our member Barbara Wybar will go to Uganda on April 14 for a three-week visit to the Bududa Learning Center. She will be accompanied by her good friend Lyn Buchheit. They will be taking lots of supplies to the people there, who have been financially devastated by the Covid pandemic after a long, severe lockdown. “People have not been able to work and earn the little money that they usually get to put food on the table for their families. A community that was already poor is now destitute,” she says. She and her friend are taking clothes, second-hand laptops, used cell phones, and whatever money they can “for dire cases, but I am bracing myself to practice what i learned when I lived there, to just say ‘No.'” Additional requests from the staff at Bududa are to bring magnifying reading glasses of all strengths, flash disks or memory sticks, second-hand cell phones, and crayons for the orphans program. If you would like to donate any of these things, please contact Barbara at bwybar@yahoo.com, You can read Barbara’s newsy good-bye letter in its entirety in the attachment Barbara Wybar article-Returning to Uganda.pdf.

DEATH OF BETH BIRD

Sadly, Beth Bird, the daughter of our late member Barbara Bird, died March 28 at the age of 54. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1985. She was a scholar, filmmaker, and activist, whose life and achievements were shaped by Quaker values and Buddhist practices. She was a lifelong Friend. She is survived by her wife Betti-Sue Hertz, 13-year-old son Mateus Zacharia Hertz-Bird, brother Timothy Lyman Bird, and two nieces. To read her complete obituary, open the attachment Beth Bird 3-28-2021.pdf.

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT… NEW SON ARRIVES IN SPAETH FAMILY!

In last week’s BEE, we announced the birth of Juan Vaca Gariby to our member Elizabeth Spaeth and her husband Juan Vaca Garibay, on March 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana. We mistakenly announced that he is the first grandchild of our members Ted and Marjorie Spaeth. However, is not their first grandchild; he is the first grandson. Congratulations to all!

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2021 GATHERING OF FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE

Early registration opens April 15 for this year’s gathering–whether in-person or virtual–or Friends General Conference (FGC). Registering early makes it more likely that you will get into your first choice of workshops. The FGC Gathering is a week in early July, filled with living in community with Friends (if the Gathering is in person), evening speakers, good food, and the well-known panoply of workshops. The separate but congruent gatherings of youngsters of all ages are much-loved opportunities for Quaker kids to form their own community of Friends, and many go back year after year. For a description of the Gathering and all it offers this year, as well as to register early, go to FGCgathering.org.

‘QUAKER NEWCOMERS E-RETREAT’ BEGINS APRIL 25

Are you new to the Religious Society of Friends? Or, would you just like to learn more about Quaker spirituality? Here’s a nice opportunity coming your way via the internet, sponsored by Friends General Conference. The Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers e-Retreat will start Sunday, April 25, with the first weekly call on Saturday, May 11. It continues until May 25. For a more expanded description and to register, click here.

REMINDERS

WORKSHOP ON ENDING GUN VIOLENCE, APRIL 10

A virtual workshop on “Pathways to Ending Gun Violence: Legislative Solutions” will take place on Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature a keynote address by Peter Murchison, a member of Wilton Friends Meeting in Connecticut, whose nephew was one of the first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School eight years ago. He is author of an article in the February 2020 issue of Friends Journal, “A Quaker Response to Gun Violence.” In it, he shared the impact of gun violence on his family and the wider society and how Quaker voices can help provide a pathway to ending gun violence. This is the annual workshop sponsored by the Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Register by clicking here.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE, APRIL 11

Next Sunday, April 11, the annual Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation will take place virtually, adapted for a Zoom presentation, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bill Cozzens, our member and Meeting clerk, will speak briefly at 2:44 p.m. This year’s program will include reflections, music, and prayers from various cultures and faith traditions. There will also be breakout sessions for small group conversations. To register and view the complete program, click here.

RECORDING CLERK WORKSHOP PRESENTED ONLINE, APRIL 17

Here is a chance to learn more about being a good recording clerk: An online workshop, led by Jim Herr, will be offered on Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. It is open to Friends throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), as well as to those in Philadelphia Quarter. Jim Herr, a member of Lancaster Monthly Meeting, recording clerk for PYM, and clerk of Caln Quarter, brings his joy of recording and years of spiritual experience to this cornerstone of Friends’ practices. Open to all levels of experience. To find out more and to register, click here.

PQM TO HOLD SPRING SESSIONS ON APRIL 25 BY ZOOM

Join Friends throughout the Philadelphia Quarter for a spirit-led, online gathering on Sunday, April 25. It will be hosted by West Philadelphia Friends Meeting, which will present a program describing how it supports individuals and groups engaged with the world. West Philadelphia Friends Meeting is a preparative meeting under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting. Its community-based work includes a Demolishing White Supremacy group, a Spiritual Nurture program, clearness committees, and support for individual leadings. The sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with a virtual meeting for worship with West Philadelphia Friends. At 1 p.m., the program is presented by the hosts, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friends will hold meeting for worship with a concern for business. Pre-registration will open on March 30; click here for more information.

FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES

YOUNG FRIENDS TO MEET VIRTUALLY AT PENDLE HILL, APRIL 16-18

A Pendle Hill week for high school-age young folks, known at ‘Young Friends,” will take place online from Pendle Hill, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, and ending at 12 noon on Sunday, April 18. It is entitled “Living Authentically: Finding Your Space in the World by Exploring Your Values.” For more information, click here. Financial help may be available from the Youth Programs of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; contact Melinda Wenner Bradley at 215-241-7171, to find out about scholarships for this program.

ONLINE FAMILY CAMP WEEKEND, MAY 1-2

In conjunction with Caln Quarter’s online weekend at Camp Swatara, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Youth Programs will host online “camp” themed events for all three age groups of young people: Children & Families, middle School Friends, and Young Friends. Virtual activities will include a hike, story time, campfire, and a Saturday night talent show. Read a more description and register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

UPCOMING EVENTS BY POWER

POWER Statewide Political Education Symposium, April 29, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is the third part of a three-part series where participants are developing a theory of change for Pennsylvania moved to take action. Register on the POWER website to receive the Zoom link.

Quaker POWER Group, April 25, at 9:30 a.m. Quakers involved with POWER meet monthly by Zoom to discuss how they interact with POWER and learn about the various campaigns of POWER. Currently this group’s members are mostly from Chestnut Hill and Central Philadelphia monthly meetings, but members from other meetings are warmly welcomed to join them. This group is an excellent way to find out what is happening in POWER in more detail than what appears on the website, as well as to get to know other Quakers working for social and racial justice and change. To receive the Zoom link, contact Linda Rosenwein of Chestnut Hill Meeting at
lrosenwein@gmail.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 2, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

What kind of approach to the Bible leads to … discovery? An intelligent, analytical, and critical approach has its rightful place…. We then approach the Bible not mainly to criticize, but to listen; not merely to question, but to be challenged, and to open our lives penitentially both to its judgments and to its liberating gospel. Pathways to God are many and varied. Friends, however, along with a great company of other seekers, have been able to testify that this receptive, personal response to the biblical message, and especially to the call of Jesus, leads to joyous self-fulfilling life and to a redemptive awareness of the love and glory of God. –George Boobyer, 1988

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SUNDAY, April 4, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, online virtual meeting
Closer: Sam Angell
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

EASTER EGG HUNT TO TAKE PLACE SUNDAY, APRIL 4

This Sunday, April 4, the Young Friends, First-day School students, and younger children will gather at 10:30 a.m.– masked and socially distant outside the meetinghouse– to hide and find Easter treats, read a story, and play some outdoor games. If you are at home that day, enjoying meeting for worship via Zoom, you may see a few of the children’s parents seated in the meetinghouse, as Rob Smith continues to test our new video and audio setup. For information about the Easter egg hunt, please contact Carla Childs at carlapricechilds@gmail.com.

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 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.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Our next meeting for worship with a concern for business will be Sunday, April 11, at 9 a.m., using the same Zoom link as our meetings for worship. Our meetings for business are for members, but if you are an attender and would like to join us, please contact our clerk, Bill Cozzens, beforehand for permission at william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

ADULT CLASS, APRIL 18: HISTORIC FAIR HILL

Everyone is invited to join a Zoom presentation on April 18 at 9 a.m. about the work of Historic Fair Hill. The speakers will include Carolyn Singleton, history educator at Fair Hill who is a lawyer and trainer; Neury ?Tito? Caba, the lead gardener, who will talk about their garden program, and Jean Warrington, director of Historic Fair Hill, who will describe its neighborhood public school literacy program. The Zoom link will be the same as for meeting for worship. For more information, contact Joanne Sharpless, clerk of the Adult Class Committee.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS NEEDED FOR VERNON PARK

About a year ago I appealed for gently used children?s books for the Little Free Library in Vernon Park. I was so happy to get four boxes of donated books! We?ve kept the library well-stocked with those books and some new ones throughout this pandemic year. Spring is here, park use is up, and we?d love to keep filling it through the summer and fall. If you have gently used children?s books, we?d welcome them. Call me about a good time to drop them off at my house. –Ruth Seeley.

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS TO WALK FOR PLEDGES

John Colgan-Davis will walk at least a mile each day from Monday, April 5 until Monday, April 26 to raise funds for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM). It is a joint project of several Germantown congregations, which provide a food cupboard and other needed services for neighborhood residents. If you are interested in pledging for John’s walks or donating to GACM, please write to John at j.colgan-davis@att.net.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY ARRIVES IN SPAETH FAMILY!

Congratulations to our member Elizabeth Spaeth and her husband Juan Vaca Garibay, who welcomed their first child into the world on March 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana! They named their new son Edmund Joseph Vaca Spaeth. He is the first grandchild of our members Ted and Marjorie Spaeth.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PRESENTATION OF UPDATED GFS CAMPUS MASTER PLAY, APRIL 6

This Tuesday, April 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., there will be an online presentation of the updated master plan for the campus of Germantown Friends School (GFS) for Germantown Meeting members. The presentation will be made by David Feldman, clerk of the School Committee, and representatives from GFS. Phase 1 of the master plan includes conversion of Smith Gym to a student commons, expanded creative and performing arts spaces, and connection of the commons to the Loeb Performing Arts Center. Thinking underlying the master plan will be shared, as will the vision for this repurposed and expanded facility. Preliminary sketches of the plans will be shown. Meeting members will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the plans.

WORKSHOP ON ENDING GUN VIOLENCE, APRIL 10

A virtual workshop on Pathways to Ending Gun Violence: Legislative Solutions will take place on Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature a keynote address by Peter Murchison, a member of Wilton Friends Meeting in Connecticut, whose nephew was one of the first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School eight years ago. He is author of an article in the February 2020 issue of Friends Journal, A Quaker Response to Gun Violence. In it, he shared the impact of gun violence on his family and the wider society and how Quaker voices can help provide a pathway to ending gun violence. This is the annual workshop sponsored by the Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Register by clicking here.

INTERFAITH WALK FOR PEACE, APRIL 11

Next Sunday, April 11, the annual Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation will take place virtually, adapted for a Zoom presentation, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bill Cozzens, our member and Meeting clerk, will speak briefly at 2:44 p.m. This year’s program will include reflections, music, and prayers from various cultures and faith traditions. There will also be breakout sessions for small group conversations. To register and view the complete program, click here.

DEATH OF DANA WEEKS’ FATHER

Friends who are acquainted with Dana Weeks, head of Germantown Friends School, may want to know that her father died recently. No more information is available at this time. You may send email messages to Dana at dweeks@germantownfriends.org.

REMINDERS

RECORDING CLERK WORKSHOP PRESENTED ONLINE, APRIL 17

Here is a chance to learn more about being a good recording clerk: An online workshop, led by Jim Herr, will be offered on Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. It is open to Friends throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), as well as to those in Philadelphia Quarter. Jim Herr, a member of Lancaster Monthly Meeting, recording clerk for PYM, and clerk of Caln Quarter, brings his joy of recording and years of spiritual experience to this cornerstone of Friends’ practices. Open to all levels of experience. To find out more and to register, click here

PQM TO HOLD SPRING SESSIONS ON APRIL 25 BY ZOOM

Join Friends throughout the Philadelphia Quarter for a spirit-led, online gathering on Sunday, April 25. It will be hosted by West Philadelphia Friends Meeting, which will present a program describing how it supports individuals and groups engaged with the world. West Philadelphia Friends Meeting is a preparative meeting under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting. Its community-based work includes a Demolishing White Supremacy group, a Spiritual Nurture program, clearness committees, and support for individual leadings. The sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with a virtual meeting for worship with West Philadelphia Friends. At 1 p.m., the program is presented by the hosts, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friends will hold meeting for worship with a concern for business. Pre-registration will open on March 30; click here for more information.

TAKE ACTION

WEBINAR ON MARTIN LUTHER KING’S RIVERSIDE CHURCH SPEECH, APRIL 4

Hear the powerful online reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic Riverside Church speech, given on April 4, 1967, in which he denounced the Vietnam war and articulated its relationship to the struggle for civil rights. The speech will be read in a webinar at 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 4, by an international line-up of luminaries who, 54 years later, continue the work for peace and justice. Dr. King’s address was highly controversial at the time and was considered by some to draw attention away from his focus on civil rights. It drew intense criticism from institutions ranging from The New York Times to the Washington Post to the NAACP. In it, Dr. King named the evil triplets of American society: “racism, materialism, and militarism.” Among the readers will be Alice Walker, Jane Fonda, Rosanne Cash, Arlo Guthrie, Bill McKibben, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Col. Andrew Bacevich (Ret.), Medea Benjamin, and many others. Click here for the program, additional resources, and the link to register.

EASTER MONDAY WITNESS AT LOCKHEED MARTIN, APRIL 5

In this Easter Monday demonstration in front of the offices of Lockheed Martin, the world’s no. 1 war profiteer, the Brandywine Peace Community brings a message of re-awakening to the struggle for justice and peace. Lockheed Martin is among the leading war drone contractors and the no. 1 weapons contractor in the United States. On this day, 52 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you can reflect on his visionary words, hold a poster or a banner, and help spread the seeds of re-awakening to justice and peace. The demonstration will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Mall & Goddard Boulevards, King of Prussia, which is directly behind the king of Prussia Mall. For a map and more information, click here or contact Bob Smith, director, Brandywine Peace Community.

UPCOMING EVENTS BY POWER

POWER Finding Grounding From the Inside Out: Cultivating Trust, April 7, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Through meditation, movement, deep listening and storytelling, explore what giving and receiving trust means to each of us and what trust makes possible. Register on the POWER website to receive the Zoom link.

POWER Statewide Political Education Symposium, April 8 and April 29, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. These are the second and third parts of a three-part series where participants are developing a theory of change for Pennsylvania and will be moving from there to take action. Register on the POWER website to receive the Zoom link.

Quaker POWER Group, April 25, at 9:30 a.m. Quakers involved with POWER meet monthly by Zoom to discuss how they interact with POWER and learn about the various campaigns of POWER. Currently this group’s members are mostly from Chestnut Hill and Central Philadelphia monthly meetings, but members from other meetings are warmly welcomed to join them. This group is an excellent way to find out what is happening in POWER in more detail than what appears on the website, as well as to get to know other Quakers working for social and racial justice and change. To receive the Zoom link, contact Linda Rosenwein of Chestnut Hill Meeting at
lrosenwein@gmail.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 26, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Simplicity, when it removes encumbering details, makes for beauty in music, in art, and in living. It clears the springs of life and permits wholesome mirth and gladness to bubble up; it cleans the windows of life and lets joy radiate. It requires the avoidance of artificial or harmful social customs and conventions, but it opens wide the door to cultivate and express to all sincere cordiality, kindness, and friendliness…. Simplicity is closely akin to sincerity — a genuineness of life and speech in which there is no place for sham or artificiality…. We need also to speak the simple truth in love, when occasion requires it. Such an attitude does not exclude sincere cordiality and kindness. A life of simplicity and sincerity may be full of activity, but it must be a life centered in God. –Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice, 1961
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SUNDAY, March 28, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, virtual online meeting
Closers Joanne & Tom Sharpless
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.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DAILY VIGILS FOR BETH BIRD

Dear Friends, It is with sadness that I share that my sister Beth Bird, daughter of Barbara Bird, is losing her battle against cancer. She is at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. Beth is a graduate of Germantown Friends School and a long-time attender of Germantown Meeting. Please help us hold Beth in the light. There will be Zoom vigils for Beth every day, organized by San Francisco Monthly Meeting. All are welcome to join. These daily vigils will take place at the following times: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EDT, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. EDT, 1 a.m.-2 a.m. EDT. –Tim Bird

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

BEGINS TONIGHT: PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS ONLINE

Tonight, an all-ages, interactive gathering begins this spring’s online Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). This first evening will be a celebration of renewal from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with fellowship, sharing of stories, and song. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 27, activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and more. For a schedule of the day’s activities, click here. On Sunday, there will be two opportunities for worship: (1) the Giant children’s Meeting for K-5 kids and families at 9 a.m., and (2) a Youth-led (6-12 graders) Meeting for Worship at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

READ PHILADELPHIA QUARTER’S NEWS IN ONLINE BLAST!

Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting ‘s online newsletter, the PQM News Blast!, by signing up to receive it in your email. It is chock full of news about other monthly meetings in our Quarter, as well as announcements about activities for adults, families, young people, and children. To read the March issue, click here. To get your own subscription so you don’t miss anything in the future, sign up by clicking here.

ARTICLE: ‘HOW YOUNG CAN ELDERS BE?’

Friends in Britain Yearly Meeting made a startling discovery when they turned over leadership of a family-oriented meeting for worship to three of its youngest participants, who were six years of age and under. Oliver Robertson, author of the online article “How Young Can Elders Be?,” says, “I had expected them to last a couple of minutes before getting bored…. But they held the silence and held us to it. In fact, they held it for longer than we adults did…. They even ended with the same standard phrases the adults used to gently bring us out of the stillness.” He concludes, “People sometimes think that elders need to be the most spiritual people in the room. Actually, they are responsible for the spiritual care of the Quaker Community. It is a role that is more about nurturing the gifts of others than about having all the spiritual insights yourself…. By letting children lead worship, we not only make our virtual community close and more equal, but we also gain new insights into the nature of eldership and spiritual support.” To read this short article in its entirety, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

RECORDING CLERK WORKSHOP PRESENTED ONLINE, APRIL 17

Here is a chance to learn more about being a good recording clerk: An online workshop, led by Jim Herr, will be offered on Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. It is open to Friends throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), as well as to those in Philadelphia Quarter. Jim Herr, a member of Lancaster Monthly Meeting, recording clerk for PYM, and clerk of Caln Quarter, bring his joy of recording and years of spiritual experience to this cornerstone of Friends’ practices. Open to all levels of experience. To find out more and to register, click here.

PQM TO HOLD SPRING SESSIONS ON APRIL 25 BY ZOOM

Join Friends throughout the Philadelphia Quarter for a spirit-led, online gathering on Sunday, April 25. It will be hosted by West Philadelphia Friends Meeting, which will present a program describing how it supports individuals and groups engaged with the world. West Philadelphia Friends Meeting is a preparative meeting under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting. Its community-based work includes a Demolishing White Supremacy group, a Spiritual Nurture program, clearness committees, and support for individual leadings. The sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. with virtual meeting for worship with West Philadelphia Friends. At 1 p.m., the program is presented by the hosts, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friends will hold meeting for worship with a concern for business. Pre-registration will open on March 30; click here for more information.

REMINDER

WORKSHOP ON ENDING GUN VIOLENCE, APRIL 10

A virtual workshop on “Pathways to Ending Gun Violence: Legislative Solutions” will take place on Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature a keynote address by Peter Murchison, a member of Wilton Friends Meeting in Connecticut, whose nephew was one of the first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School eight years ago. He is author of an article in the February 2020 issue of Friends Journal, “A Quaker Response to Gun Violence.” In it, he shared the impact of gun violence on his family and the wider society and how Quaker voices can help provide a pathway to ending gun violence. This is the annual workshop sponsored by the Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

URGE U.S. SENATORS TO SUPPORT SB1

U.S. Senate Bill 1 (SB1) is the voting rights bill (passed in the House as HR1) to facilitate voting in future elections. Currently, there are more than 200 bills in many state legislatures to make it difficult to vote. SB1 would negate the adverse, undemocratic effects of most of those bills. If you agree with facilitating voting, call our senators to request they support and vote for SB1: Senator Casey (202)224-6324; Senator Toomey (202)224-4254. Without support from the populace, SB1 may have a hard time prevailing against Republican senators. –Jonathan Rhoads

UPDATE ON GERMANTOWN MUTUAL AID FUND

Here are the latest statistics for help provided by the Germantown Mutual Aid Fund: Number of households that have received financial assistance gifts: 91. Amount distributed: $95,560. Last month, several solidarity partners who received gifts during the first couple months were notified they could request a second gift. In response, more than double the usual number of requests came in, showing that the need for financial support has not gone away. To continue accepting requests for second-time gifts, there is a need to generate new donations. Abundance of money going into the Fund helps abundance flow back into the community. Check this link to donate or request aid: https://www.greatgtown.org/mutual-aid. –Ruth Seeley

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 19, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

True worship may be experienced at any time; in any place–alone on the hills or in the busy daily life–we may find God, in whom we live and move and have our being. But this individual experience is not sufficient, and in a meeting held in the Spirit there is a giving and receiving between its members, one helping another with or without words. So there may come a wider vision and a deep experience. –Revision Committee, London Yearly Meeting, 1925 and 1994
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SUNDAY, March 21, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Ed Stivender
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 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.

FEBRUARY MINUTES ATTACHED

The minutes are attached from our Feb. 14, 2021, Meeting for Business, with gratitude once again to our excellent recording clerk, Becky Johnson. See attachment: APVD Feb 14 2021.pdf.

REMINDERS

JONDHI HARRELL TO SPEAK, MARCH 21

Our member Jondhi Harrell will give a Zoom talk at Fallsington Meeting on Sunday, March 21, at 10 a.m. The topic is “Rebuilding Black America in a Post-Trump World.” Free. Send an email request to fallsingtonquakers@gmail.com to get the Zoom link

LINK TO CAROLINE DAVIDSON’S PIANO PRESENTATION

If you would like to revisit or experience for the first time Caroline Davidson’s piano presentation from May 6, here is the link:https://youtu.be/sHCAxi4-62c. The title is “Caroline Davidson’s Echoes of Musical Childhood.” In it, she talks about the musical life in her family that encouraged her to become a musician, and plays several pieces of music that are favorites she has loved and performed her entire life. This online presentation is a gift to us from Caroline, and Karen Lightner made it possible by doing the editing and putting it on the internet.

LINKS TO MENDELSSOHN CHORUS PERFORMANCES

Ellie Elkinton sent the links to three online pieces by the Mendelssohn Chorus, which Friends requested several weeks ago after an online meeting for worship. Each piece is approximately three minutes long. “Hold On” was created last spring at the beginning of the pandemic. “Roots” was created last fall, and “A Slice of Pie” was made for the Christmas holidays. “It’s a real challenge to record and put together these short videos, but the results are fun!” says Ellie. Here are the links:

Hold On: https://youtu.be/Ltsr8UEOXgw
Roots: https://youtu.be/22-NPzetHPw
Slice of Pie: https://youtu.be/wU7MR7KWbb8

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF THOMAS SCATTERGOOD

Our member Thomas B. Scattergood died on March 6. at the age of 72. Tom was a long-time resident in Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. He graduated from Germantown Friends School and taught there for many years. Tom is survived by his wife Kate Flynn and his children, Joseph and Abigail Scattergood. Kate’s address is: Kate Flynn, 4 Awbury Road, Philadelphia, PA 19138. Here is a link to Tom’s obituary: https://donahuefuneral.com/obituaries.

ROBIN BURWELL-ROMITO SEARCHING FOR HOUSE IN CHESTNUT HILL

Do you know of a house for sale in Chestnut Hill? Robin Burwelll-Romito, daughter of our member Walton Burwell and previous attender of Germantown Meeting, wants to move back to Philadelphia, bring Walt with her, and find a house for both of them in Chestnut Hill. She would like to find a fairly large space, with 4,000 to 6,000 square feet. She would be open to taking on a place that needs some fixing. She and Walton have lived in separate apartments close to each other in Arnold, Maryland, for the past several years.

HEALTH UPDATE: BOB SMITH

Our member Bob Smith came through the first half of his heart repairs to clear blocked arteries and implant stents, and he is recovering at home. He will go back to the hospital in three weeks for removal of blockage in a major artery and insertion of another stent at that site. He has been bolstered at this critical time by calls and notes from many friends, and he would like to thank people in our Meeting who have reached out to him and held him in their thoughts and prayers. If you would like to get in touch with him, his email address is brandywine@juno.com.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

JOIN PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS ONLINE NEXT WEEKEND

Opportunities aplenty await you to meet new Friends and greet old ones at this spring’s Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be online beginning Friday, March 26. The first session will be an all-ages celebration of renewal from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with fellowship, sharing of stories, and song. On Saturday, March 27, activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities, click here. On Sunday, there will be two opportunities for worship: (1) the Giant children’s Meeting for K-5 kids and families at 9 a.m., and (2) a Youth-led (6-12 graders) Meeting for Worship at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

ARTICLE ON QUAKERS & SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

“Quakers in England and Pennsylvania played a large role in the introduction of isolation as an alternative to the mayhem that was prevalent in prisons,” says an article on the website of The CT Mirror. While this story is familiar to many Friends in Philadelphia, this article brings it to life with additional information about the evolution of the prison system to what we know today. Read it in its entirety by clicking here.

A QUAKER IN BEIRUT: INTERVIEW WITH TONY MANASSEH

This week’s PYM website article about an extraordinary Friend is about Tony Manasseh of Central Philadelphia Meeting. He grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, and his life’s story serves as the vehicle for a quick history of Quakers in the Middle East, including the founding of Ramallah Friends School and the Brummana High School. Read this fascinating piece by clicking here.

REMINDERS

NBC NEWS WOMAN TO SPEAK, MARCH 23

Kristen Welker, NBC News chief and White House correspondent, will be featured speaker in a virtual conversation hosted by Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. The event is part of the School’s 175th anniversary celebration. Kristen is a 1994 GFS grad who began at her job at NBC in 2011. Her reports appear in “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” on MSNBC, and “Today,” where she is a weekend anchor. She received wide accolades for her moderation of the third presidential debate in October 2020. She attended Harvard University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. To RSVP for this event, click here.

WORKSHOP ON ENDING GUN VIOLENCE, APRIL 10

A virtual workshop on “Pathways to Ending Gun Violence: Legislative Solutions” will take place on Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature a keynote address by Peter Murchison, a member of Wilton Friends Meeting in Connecticut, whose nephew was one of the first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School eight years ago. He is author of an article in the February 2020 issue of Friends Journal, “A Quaker Response to Gun Violence.” In it, he shared the impact of gun violence on his family and the wider society and how Quaker voices can help provide a pathway to ending gun violence. This is the annual workshop sponsored by the Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

WHERE TO SEND HELP FOR PEOPLE IN TEXAS

Here are three reliable organizations that are taking donations to help people in Texas. (Supplied by Ruth Seeley)

Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/red-cross-responds-to-winter-storms.html

World Central Kitchen: https://wck.org/news/wck-activates-in-texas

The Texas Organizing Project: https://organizetexas.org

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, March 12, 2021

PLEASE NOTE – CHANGE TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!
RESET YOUR CLOCKS SATURDAY NIGHT SO YOU CAN MAKE IT TO BUSINESS MEETING AT 9 A.M.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In all our fervor–in all my fervor–to be doing, have I paid too little attention to the power that lies in being? Do we remember that it is the spirit of our service, the aura that surrounds it, the gentleness and the patience that marks it, the love made visible that compels it, that is the truly distinctive quality that lifts Quaker service above lobbying, above pressure, above coercion that inspires the doubtful, and reaches to the heart of the adversary? –Stephen G. Cary, “The Quaker Proposition,” Friends Journal, Nov. 1979

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SUNDAY, March 14, 2021

9 a.m. -10:15 a.m. Meeting for Business (Agenda below*)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship — virtual zoom conference
Closer Deb Frazer
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

Meeting for Business

March 14, 2021, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Use same Zoom link as Meeting for Worship (above)

Query – Karen Lightner, followed by worship
Corrections to February Minutes from Meeting for Business – Becky Johnson
(Members, please review the minutes and identify needed corrections before Meeting for Business.)
Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel
Marriage Committee – Carla Childs
-Spiritual Self-Assessment- Progress Reports: Worship & Ministry, Care & Visiting, Racial & Social Justice Committees
Discernment on Reopening the Meetinghouse

Worship & Ministry’s discernment – David Mettler
Reflection & discernment

Announcements

Anti-Racism Work by Meeting Committees
Anti-Racism Discussion Group: Reading Elizabeth Wilkerson’s book, Caste
Philadelphia Quarter Meeting in April – John Hickey
Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation, April 11

Closing Worship

YOUR VOICE NEEDED IN STATE OF THE MEETING REPORT
What has it been like as a Quaker in Germantown this past year?
We Want to Give Everyone A Voice

Each year Philadelphia Yearly Meeting seeks to better understand the spiritual state of the yearly meeting. To contribute, Germantown Meeting will report on the spiritual state of our meeting in 2020. To make that ethereal task somewhat more concrete, the Yearly Meeting has proposed these thought-provoking queries:

1. How have we sustained our commitment to staying in faithful relationship with Spirit or God during this past year?

2. What have been the joys and the learnings of this past year, and where have we encountered challenges?

3. How has our faith supported our social witness?

4. How have our community members supported one another?

Several of our Germantown Meeting committees are responding to the queries, but we would also love to have YOUR INPUT. If, after reading the queries, you feel moved to share something of your experience as a member or attender of Germantown Meeting in 2020, we would love to hear from you. This could be in terms of your personal experience and/or your view of how we have fared as a community of Friends. Since we need to complete our report by early April, the deadline for submitting your thoughts is March 19. Please email your responses to Bill Cozzens and Karen Lightner. Our report writers may wish to quote from the comments and observations offered. Please let us know if you would rather have your contribution, if quoted, be anonymous. Thanks! –Bill Cozzens, clerk, and Karen Lightner, assistant clerk

MEETING NEWS

LINK TO CAROLINE DAVIDSON’S PIANO PRESENTATION

If you would like to revisit or experience Caroline Davidson’s piano presentation from last Saturday, Here is the link to it: https://youtu.be/sHCAxi4-62c. The title is “Caroline Davidson’s Echoes of Musical Childhood.” In it, she talks about the musical life in her family, which encouraged her to become a musician, and plays several pieces of music that are favorites she has loved and performed her entire life. This online presentation is a gift to us from Caroline, and Karen Lightner made it possible by doing the editing and putting it on the internet.

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 60 minutes of worship. –Karen Lightner, assistant clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting. Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

LINKS TO MENDELSSOHN CHORUS PERFORMANCES

Ellie Elkinton sent the links to three online pieces by the Mendelssohn Chorus, which Friends requested several weeks ago after an online meeting for worship. Each piece is approximately three minutes long. “Hold On” was created last spring at the beginning of the pandemic. “Roots” was created last fall, and “A Slice of Pie” was made for the Christmas holidays. “It’s a real challenge to record and put together these short videos, but the results are fun!” says Ellie. Here are the links:

Hold On: https://youtu.be/Ltsr8UEOXgw
Roots: https://youtu.be/22-NPzetHPw
Slice of Pie: https://youtu.be/wU7MR7KWbb8

REMINDERS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET MARCH 16

The next Zoom meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. It will focus on political changes and challenges with the new administration and an opening discussion about the book, Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson. If you have questions about the group, contact John Colgan-Davis.

DEBORAH COOPER TO LEAD PYM’s MINDFULNESS SERIES

Our member Deborah Cooper will lead a virtual series on mindfulness meditation for Friends on Thursdays at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The series began March 4 and continues through April 22, and you are welcome to join at any time. Participants are exploring the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and ways in which the practice can enrich and deepen experience in meeting for worship. Each class will offer a brief talk, a time of meditation, and time for questions or comments. Open to all; no experience necessary. Join for one session or all eight. All sessions will be held online by Zoom, and the link will be sent out a few hours prior to the meeting on the same day. Suggested contribution is $10 per session, but you may pay whatever you can, and, if you cannot contribute financially, you are welcome anyway. To register, click here.

JONDHI HARRELL TO SPEAK, MARCH 21

Our member Jondhi Harrell will give a Zoom talk at Fallsington Meeting on Sunday, March 21, at 10 a.m. The topic is “Rebuilding Black America in a Post-Trump World.” Free. Send an email request to fallsingtonquakers@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

TUNE IN TO HEAR CARL SIGMOND’S RADIO RAP SHOW

Our member Carl Sigmond hosts a monthly radio show in California called “Disability Rap.” His March show was on the topic of vaccine advocacy. A recording is available at this link: https://freed.org/2021/03/01/disability-rap-2021-03-01

ADDRESS FOR DOMINIQUE ECHEVARRIA

Our member Dominique Echevarria is now living in the Mennonite Home in Germantown. Here is her email address, and her mailing address is 6135 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

NBC NEWS WOMAN TO SPEAK, MARCH 23

Kristen Welker, NBC News chief and White House correspondent, will be featured speaker in a virtual conversation hosted by Germantown Friends School (GFS) on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. The event is part of the School’s 175th anniversary celebration. Kristen is a 1994 GFS grad who began at her job at NBC in 2011. Her reports appear in “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” on MSNBC, and “Today,” where she is a weekend anchor. She received wide accolades for her moderation of the third presidential debate in October 2020. She attended Harvard University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. To RSVP for this event, click here.

REMINDERS

TOUR SITES FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, MARCH 13

Come, see where Lucretia Mott and Mary Ann M’Clintock are buried in Fair Hill Burial Ground, by joining a tour of the area on Saturday, March 13. There will be two departure times: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lucretia Mott and Mary Ann M’Clintock were two of the five organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention on the Rights of Women in 1848. The convention began the international campaign for equal rights for women, and, in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote. Fair Hill Burial Ground is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133. To register for the tours, click here.

FWCC’S ANNUAL MEETING, MARCH 12-21

The annual meeting of the Section of the Americas of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will be held online on March 12-21. This is a time for Friends to meet people from across the spectrum of Friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Gretchen Castle, retiring General Secretary of the FWCC World Office will give the welcome. To learn more about the work of FWCC and how to connect to the online gathering, click here.

SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 26-28

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold its Spring Continuing Sessions online the weekend of March 26-28. On Friday, March 26, Friends will gather at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for all-ages fellowship, sharing, stories, and son. On Saturday, March 27, activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities, click here. On Sunday, there will be two opportunities for worship: (1) the Giant children’s Meeting for K-5 kids and families at 9 a.m., and (2) a Youth-led (6-12 graders) Meeting for Worship at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

PLAN AHEAD

WORKSHOP ON ENDING GUN VIOLENCE, APRIL 10

A virtual workshop on “Pathways to Ending Gun Violence: Legislative Solutions” will take place on Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature a keynote address by Peter Murchison, A member of Wilton Friends Meeting in Connecticut, whose nephew was one of the first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School eight years ago. He is author of an article in the February 2020 issue of Friends Journal, “A Quaker Response to Gun Violence.” In it, he shared the impact of gun violence on his family and the wider society and how Quaker voices can help provide a pathway to ending gun violence. This is the annual workshop sponsored by the Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT AWBURY: ‘STREAMKEEPERS’ TO GATHER DATA ON WATER QUALITY

Would you like to help gather information on water quality in Wingohocking Creek? Volunteers are invited to become “Streamkeepers,” a project to measure the impact of Awbury Arboretum’s newly completed pond and wetlands restoration project. There will be two training presentations on Saturday, March 20, with one at 10:30 a.m. and a second at 11 a.m. Each time slot is limited to 10 registrations, and you may register as an individual or as a family/party of several people. There will be hands-on water-related activities for children. Location: Park on East Washington Lane and meet along the stream bed at The Farm at Awbury. Face masks are required. No restrooms are available. Streamkeepers at Awbury will be led by Ryan Neuman, upstream conservation leader at Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership. Free. Registration is required. To register, click here. Questions? Contact Nancy Pasquier.

JOIN QUAKER PEN PALS TO LEARN ABOUT WORLDWIDE CLIMATE ACTION

Learn more about the human impact on the worldwide climate crisis by corresponding with a Quaker in another country. Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) and Britain Yearly Meeting are connecting Quakers around the world as pen pals to discuss the commitments their governments are making at the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and explore how Quakers can urge governments to do this. All ages welcome. To read more about this and how to get involved, go to the FWCC World Office’s website by clicking here.

WHERE TO SEND HELP FOR PEOPLE IN TEXAS

Here are three reliable organizations that are taking donations to help people in Texas. (Supplied by Ruth Seeley)

Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/red-cross-responds-to-winter-storms.html

World Central Kitchen: https://wck.org/news/wck-activates-in-texas

The Texas Organizing Project: https://organizetexas.org

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, March 5, 2021
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government; nor are we for this party nor against the other … but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom, that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace, and unity with God, and with one another, that these things may abound. –Edward Burrough in “The memorable works of a son of thunder,” 1672

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SUNDAY, March 7, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, virtual online
Closer Joan Countryman
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.

YOUR VOICE NEEDED IN STATE OF THE MEETING REPORT

What has it been like as a Quaker in Germantown this past year?
We Want to Give Everyone A Voice

Each year Philadelphia Yearly Meeting seeks to better understand the spiritual state of the yearly meeting. To contribute, Germantown Meeting will report on the spiritual state of our meeting in 2020. To make that ethereal task somewhat more concrete, the Yearly Meeting has proposed these thought-provoking queries:

1. How have we sustained our commitment to staying in faithful relationship with Spirit or God during this past year?

2. What have been the joys and the learnings of this past year, and where have we encountered challenges?

3. How has our faith supported our social witness?

4. How have our community members supported one another?

Several of our Germantown Meeting committees are responding to the queries, but we would also love to have YOUR INPUT. If, after reading the queries, you feel moved to share something of your experience as a member or attender of Germantown Meeting in 2020, we would love to hear from you. This could be in terms of your personal experience and/or your view of how we have fared as a community of Friends. Since we need to complete our report by early April, the deadline for submitting your thoughts is March 19. Please email your responses to Bill Cozzens and Karen Lightner. Our report writers may wish to quote from the comments and observations offered. Please let us know if you would rather have your contribution, if quoted, be anonymous. Thanks! –Bill Cozzens, clerk, and Karen Lightner, assistant clerk

MEETING NEWS

ECHOES OF A MUSICAL CHILDHOOD, MARCH 6

In reminiscing how her family, and in particular her grandfather, helped to make her into a musician, our member Caroline Davidson will play two groups of short pieces she has loved since she was a teenager: Bach’s 5th French Suite and Schumann’s Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood). You are invited to join this hour of musical memories.

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 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.

MAIRE MORIARTY TO SPEAK ON QVS ALUMNI PANEL

Our member Maire Moriarty will be one of four speakers on a panel of alumni of Quaker Volunteer Service (QVS) on Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the QVS Support Committee of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, the panel features young adults who served in QVS and currently live and work in the Philadelphia area. They will share some of the transformational experiences they had in QVS and their spiritually grounded service while living in community with other QVSers. The panelists are Olivia Chalkley, Paloma Collazo-Vargas, Andrew Huff, and Maire. You may watch the panel on Zoom, and it will also be recorded and made available afterward. To register, click here.

DEBORAH COOPER TO LEAD PYM’s MINDFULNESS SERIES

Our member Deborah Cooper will lead a virtual series on mindfulness meditation for Friends on Thursdays at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The series began this week and continues through April 22, and you are welcome to join at any time. Participants are exploring the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and ways in which the practice can enrich and deepen experience in meeting for worship. Each class will offer a brief talk, a time of meditation, and time for questions or comments. Open to all; no experience necessary. Join for one session or all eight. All sessions will be held online by Zoom, and the link will be sent out a few hours prior to the meeting on the same day. Suggested contribution is $10 per session, but you may pay whatever you can, and, if you cannot contribute financially, you are welcome anyway. Deborah Cooper is a licensed professional counselor in private practice and a member of the PYM Counseling Service, which is sponsoring this series. Deborah has studied Mindfulness Stress Reduction at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and has taught several courses in mindfulness meditation. To register, click here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET MARCH 16

The next Zoom meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. It will focus on political changes and challenges with the new administration, and an opening discussion about the book, Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson. If you have questions about the group, contact John Colgan-Davis.

JONDHI HARRELL TO SPEAK, MARCH 21

Our member Jondhi Harrell will give a Zoom talk at Fallsington Meeting on Sunday, March 21, at 10 a.m. The topic is “Rebuilding Black America in a Post-Trump World.” Free. Send an email request to fallsingtonquakers@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

TUNE IN TO HEAR CARL SIGMOND’S RADIO RAP SHOW

Our member Carl Sigmond hosts a monthly radio show in California called “Disability Rap.” His March show was on the topic of vaccine advocacy. A recording is available at this link: https://freed.org/2021/03/01/disability-rap-2021-03-01.

ADDRESS FOR DOMINIQUE ECHEVARRIA

Our member Dominique Echevarria is now living in the Mennonite Home in Germantown. Her email address is dominique80@gmail.com, and her mailing address is 6135 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144.

HEALTH UPDATES

Pat Libbey underwent a heart test on Thursday and was delighted to hear her doctor say, “You have the heart of an 18-year-old!”

Bob Smith is waiting to be scheduled for heart surgery to alleviate a serious blockage. His situation is complicated by having Parkinson’s disease, and he will have a consultation with his doctors next week. He reports that he has appreciated the prayers, healing thoughts, and caring inquiries he has received from Friends and says it helps keep up his spirit.

Donna Wilhelm, who broke her hip this past winter, is recovering well and is able to walk with a walker, enjoying the many nature paths at Foulkeways, where she lives. She has deeply appreciated all the notes, emails, and good wishes she has received from Friends, and she looks forward to springtime and being able to see flowers, birds, and plants once again.

Patricia Gerrity is recovering from knee replacement surgery in her apartment at Foulkeways. She reports that she is coming along well and looks forward to taking her dog for a walk when she is stronger. Notes and emails are much appreciated.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TOUR SITES FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, MARCH 13

Come, see where Lucretia Mott and Mary Ann M’Clintock are buried in Fair Hill Burial Ground, by joining a tour of the area on Saturday, March 13. There will be two departure times: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lucretia Mott and Mary Ann M’Clintock were two of the five organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention on the Rights of Women in 1848. The convention began the international campaign for equal rights for women, and, in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote. Fair Hill Burial Ground is located at 2901 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19133. To register for the tours, click here.

VIRTUAL TOUR OF UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MURAL ON YOUTUBE

Join Carolyn Singleton, a guide at Historic Fair Hill in North Philadelphia, on a YouTube tour of the mural about the underground railroad across the street from Historic Fair Hill. It’s easy; just put on your travelin’ shoes and click here!

PYM CARE & AGING COORDINATOR ON SABBATICAL

George Schaefer, Care & Aging Coordinator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will be on sabbatical from March 15 to June 14. He has worked at Yearly Meeting since early 2009 and is a deeply knowledgeable Friend and trained social worker.

REMINDERS

THREAD GATHERING: “ENGAGEMENT & FUNDRAISING,” MARCH 6

Skills, tools, information, and resources will be available through an online PYM Thread Gathering on “Engagement & Fundraising: Building Community & Philanthropy,” which will take place on Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the art of cultivating giving and a sense of belonging in Quaker communities. Panel discussion followed by break-out groups to allow deeper conversations with panelists. Free; registration required by clicking here.

FWCC’S ANNUAL MEETING, MARCH 12-21

The annual meeting of the Section of the Americas of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will be held online on March 12-21. This is a time for Friends to meet people from across the spectrum of Friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Gretchen Castle, retiring General Secretary of the FWCC World Office will give the welcome. To learn more about the work of FWCC and how to connect to the online gathering, click here.

SPRING CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 26-28

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold its Spring Continuing Sessions online the weekend of March 26-28. On Friday, March 26, Friends will gather at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for all-ages fellowship, sharing, stories, and son. On Saturday, March 27, activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities, click here. On Sunday, there will be two opportunities for worship: (1) the Giant children’s Meeting for K-5 kids and families at 9 a.m., and (2) a Youth-led (6-12 graders) Meeting for Worship at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 15 FOR QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Applications are now being accepted from young adults (ages 21-30) who would like to become fellows in the 2021-2022 program of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS). The deadline is March 15. QVS is a year-long fellowship program in which young adults live in an intentional community, work full-time at social service and social change agencies, and explore spiritual and personal growth with local Quakers. Fellows are placed in one of five program cities: Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia, or Portland (OR). Work sites address a wide range of social and environmental issues, including but not limited to economic justice, racial equity, housing and homelessness, education, immigration, environmental sustainability, human rights, mental and physical disability, and youth justice. The program year runs from late August through the end of July. Applicants should bring commitment to work in a diverse community, a willingness to explore and practice spirituality, and preparation to work in a professional setting. They should be prepared to live simply, with integrity and justice in community with one another, and engage in meaningful work. For information and to apply online, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

WORKSHOP ON ENDING GUN VIOLENCE, APRIL 10

A virtual workshop on “Pathways to Ending Gun Violence: Legislative Solutions” will take place on Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature a keynote address by Peter Murchison, A member of Wilton Friends Meeting in Connecticut, whose nephew was one of the first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School eight years ago. He is author of an article in the February 2020 issue of Friends Journal, “A Quaker Response to Gun Violence.” In it, he shared the impact of gun violence on his family and the wider society and how Quaker voices can help provide a pathway to ending gun violence. This is the annual workshop sponsored by the Legislative Policy Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Register by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

Several Friends have asked about good places to send help for people in Texas. Here are three suggestions from Ruth Seeley:

Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/red-cross-responds-to-winter-storms.html

World Central Kitchen: https://wck.org/news/wck-activates-in-texas

The Texas Organizing Project: https://organizetexas.org

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Hill and valley and still water, mountain and canyon and deep are the work of one creation; and why have I been placed in it? And what do I do in it, with such a little while before I am gone? The valley stays, and the hills I climb now, and the still waters run, and I will be laid somewhere beneath them all. Yet in time they, too, will be gathered up in some mighty motion of fire or flood or ice. Therefore, all valleys are shadowed with death, yet they live in beauty. And the shadow, as in painting, is what gives roundness and ripeness to shapes and colors that would otherwise have little beauty at all. Death rims life with the beauty of tranciency. It is because beauty is always passing — clouds moving, waters flowing, leaves scattering, youth aging — that it so pierces our hearts. — Bradford Smith

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SUNDAY, Feb.28, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, virtual zoom meeting
Closers Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott
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.

YOUR VOICE NEEDED FOR STATE OF THE MEETING REPORT

What has it been like as a Quaker in Germantown this past year?
We Want to Give Everyone A Voice

Each year Philadelphia Yearly Meeting seeks to better understand the spiritual state of the yearly meeting. To contribute, Germantown Meeting will report on the spiritual state of our meeting in 2020. To make that ethereal task somewhat more concrete, the Yearly Meeting has proposed these thought-provoking queries:

1. How have we sustained our commitment to staying in faithful relationship with Spirit or God during this past year?
2. What have been the joys and the learnings of this past year, and where have we encountered challenges?
3. How has our faith supported our social witness?
4. How have our community members supported one another?

Several of our Germantown Meeting committees are responding to the queries, but we would also love to have YOUR INPUT. If, after reading the queries, you feel moved to share something of your experience as a member or attender of Germantown Meeting in 2020, we would love to hear from you. This could be in terms of your personal experience and/or your view of how we have fared as a community of Friends. Since we need to complete our report by early April, the deadline for submitting your thoughts is March 19. Please email your responses to Bill Cozzens and Karen Lightner. Our report writers may wish to quote from the comments and observations offered. Please let us know if you would rather have your contribution, if quoted, be anonymous. Thanks! –Bill Cozzens, clerk, and Karen Lightner, assistant clerk

MEETING NEWS

ECHOES OF A MUSICAL CHILDHOOD, MARCH 6

In reminiscing how her family, and in particular her grandfather, helped to make her into a musician, our member Caroline Davidson will play two groups of short pieces she has loved since she was a teenager: Bach’s 5th French Suite and Schumann’s Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood). You are invited to Zoom in on Saturday, March 6, at 2 p.m., to join this hour of musical memories.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET MARCH 16

The next Zoom meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. It will focus on political changes and challenges with the new administration, and an opening discussion about the book, Caste,by Isabel Wilkerson. If you have questions about the group, contact John Colgan-Davis at j.colgan-davis@att.net.

MINUTES FOR JANUARY MEETING FOR BUSINESS

Please find attached the approved minutes from our January 10 Meeting for Business: APVD Jan 10 2021.pdf.

JAMAICAN FAMILY NEEDS LOW-COST HOUSING

Robin Friedman, an Upper School teacher at Germantown Friends School, writes to ask for help finding low-cost housing for a Jamaican family who have been in sanctuary for more than two years at the First Methodist of German and then at Tabernacle United Church. “Happily, they are no longer in sanctuary. However, they are waiting for their green cards and looking for a place to live. I was wondering whether any meeting member might have a low-cost apartment or carriage house that they might be willing to rent to this very wonderful family of four.” Robin invites anyone with suggestions to call her at 347-489-2552.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MAIRE MORIARTY TO SPEAK ON QVS ALUMNI PANEL

Our member Maire Moriarty will be one of four speakers on a panel of alumni of Quaker Volunteer Service (QVS) on Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the QVS Support Committee of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, the panel features young adults who served in QVS and currently live and work in the Philadelphia area. They will share some of the transformational experiences they had in QVS and their spiritually grounded service while living in community with other QVSers. The panelists are Olivia Chalkley, Paloma Collazo-Vargas, Andrew Huff, and Maire. You may watch the panel on Zoom, and it will also be recorded and made available afterward. To register, click here.

DEBORAH COOPER TO LEAD PYM’s MINDFULNESS SERIES

Our member Deborah Cooper will lead a virtual series on mindfulness meditation for Friends on Thursdays, March 4-April 22, at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. In this eight-week series, participants will explore the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and ways in which the practice can enrich and deepen experience in meeting for worship. Each class will offer a brief talk, a time of meditation, and time for questions or comments. Open to all; no experience necessary. Join for one session or all eight. All sessions will be held online by Zoom, and the link will be sent out a few hours prior to the meeting on the same day. Suggested contribution is $10 per session, but you may pay whatever you can, and, if you cannot contribute financially, you are welcome anyway. Deborah Cooper is a licensed professional counselor in private practice and a member of the PYM Counseling Service. She has studied Mindfulness Stress Reduction at Thomas Jefferson Hospital and has taught several courses in mindfulness meditation. To register, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Applications are now being accepted from young adults (ages 21-30) who would like to become fellows in the 2021-2022 program of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS). The deadline is March 15. QVS is a year-long fellowship program in which young adults live in an intentional community, work full-time at social service and social change agencies, and explore spiritual and personal growth with local Quakers. Fellows are placed in one of five program cities: Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia, or Portland (OR). Work sites address a wide range of social and environmental issues, including but not limited to economic justice, racial equity, housing and homelessness, education, immigration, environmental sustainability, human rights, mental and physical disability, and youth justice. The program year runs from late August through the end of July. Applicants should bring commitment to work in a diverse community, a willingness to explore and practice spirituality, and preparation to work in a professional setting. They should be prepared to live simply, with integrity and justice in community with one another, and engage in meaningful work. For information and to apply online, click here.

PROPOSALS FOR ANNUAL SESSIONS WORKSHOPS DUE MARCH 1

Would you like to share an interest or area of expertise with Friends through a virtual workshop at Annual Sessions this summer? Better hurry and submit your proposal to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by Monday, March 1. This year’s theme is “Uproot Injustice & Root Justice,” and workshop proposals should be centered around that theme. Workshops will be presented online in the weeks before Annual Sessions, which will be July 27-Aug. 1. For more information and apply online, click here.

THREAD GATHERING: “MINISTRY & CARE,” FEB 27

The online Thread Gathering “Ministry & Care: Truth & Transformation in Community” will explore ways to create space within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for people to be heard about experiences of oppression, including racism. It will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will provide time for Friends to share stories and suggest ways to respond. Presented by the Ministry & Care Committee of PYM’s Quaker Life Council. Free; registration required by clicking here.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING ON FEB. 28

The next Giant Children’s Meeting will be this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. by Zoom. The theme will be “Giving Love Everywhere.” It is especially intended for children and families, but everyone is welcome. The program is 30 to 45 minutes in length. Participants are invited to bring something they have made with their hands. To register, click here.

CONSULTATION ON LEADERSHIP IN MONTHLY MEETINGS, MARCH 2

People who serve in leadership roles in monthly meetings are invited to take part in a Zoom call on Tuesday, March 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Formerly for meeting clerks, this group is expanding its scope to include more Friends who wish to explore topics about meeting leadership. The March 2 gathering will look at implementing spiritual self-assessments requested by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), connecting to one another through PYM channels of communications, and topics proposed by participants. Sponsored by PYM. To register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

THREAD GATHERING: “ENGAGEMENT & FUNDRAISING,” MARCH 6

Skills, tools, information, and resources will be available through an online PYM Thread Gathering on “Engagement & Fundraising: Building Community & Philanthropy,” which will take place on Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the art of cultivating giving and a sense of belonging in Quaker communities. Panel discussion followed by break-out groups to allow deeper conversations with panelists. Free; registration required by clicking here.

FWCC’S ANNUAL MEETING, MARCH 12-21

The annual meeting of the Section of the Americas of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will be held online on March 12-21. This is a time for Friends to meet people from across the spectrum of Friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Gretchen Castle, retiring General Secretary of the FWCC World Office will give the welcome. To learn more about the work of FWCC and how to connect to the online gathering, click here.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 27

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will hold its Spring Continuing Sessions online on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities and additional information, click here.

FOR THE YOUNG

YOUTH-LED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, FEB. 28

Young people in grades six through twelve are invited to worship together in a youth-centered, online space for 30 minutes. Young people will lead the meeting, and two staff members from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will host the Zoom call. This youth-led meeting for worship is continuing and will take place on the last Sunday of each month from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To register and receive the link, click here.

UPCOMING RETREATS FOR YOUTH OF COLOR

Retreats will be held for youth of color on April 3, June 26, and October 2 this year. Sponsored by Friends General Conference (FGC) Ministry on Racism, these retreats are held quarterly, except for the period in which FGC holds its annual gathering in the summer. Each retreat is held in three or four 90-minute segments on Saturdays and will be accessible from time zones across North America. Young people will have a chance to meet kids of color all over the country. Designed for youth through high school age. To find out more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

SUPPORT NEEDED FOR LEGAL SERVICES FOR RENTERS & PROPERTY OWNERS

Face to Face, a service organization in Germantown, is launching a new initiative to provide legal assistance to low income renters and homeowners, focusing on evictions and habitability issues for renters, and tangled titles and property tax adjustments for homeowners. Last month, Face to Face provided legal help to renters for bug infestation, broken windows, missing doors, eviction threats, and illegal evictions. Moratoriums on rent and utilities expire at the end of March, with an expected surge in help needed. To support Face to Face Germantown, 123 E Price St., click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To love and be loved is a universal human urge. Is it any wonder, then, that we are moved to seek God’s love? … It is to this divine love that we are called. This is the high promise of our lives. We are called away from indifference, from meanness, malice, prejudice, and hate. We are called above the earthly loves that come and go and are unsure. We are called into the deep enduring love of God and … all creation. Worship is a door into that love. Once we have entered it, our every act is a prayer, our whole life a continuous worship. –N. Jean Toomer, 1947

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SUNDAY, Feb.21, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship
Closer Becky Johnson
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

SLEDDING TOMORROW AT FAIR HILL!

Everyone is invited to go sledding on the icy snow at Fair Hill Burial Grounds tomorrow, Feb. 20, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Dress warmly, wear your mask, and bring your own sled. There will be an outdoor fire to gather around. The address is 2901 Germantown Ave. in North Philadelphia. Social distancing and mask wearing are required.

JAMAICAN FAMILY NEEDS LOW-COST HOUSING

Robin Friedman, an Upper School teacher at Germantown Friends School, writes to ask for help finding low-cost housing for a Jamaican family who have been in sanctuary for more than two years at the First Methodist of German and then at Tabernacle United Church. “Happily, they are no longer in sanctuary. However, they are waiting for their green cards and looking for a place to live. I was wondering whether any meeting member might have a low-cost apartment or carriage house that they might be willing to rent to this very wonderful family of four.” Robin invites anyone with suggestions to call her (ask at GMM office).

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.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF CAROLINE DAVIDSON’S SISTER FROM COVID-19

Our member Caroline Davidson would like you to know the sad news that her older sister, Theresa Barnett, died in England early Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, of complications from Covid-19. Caroline says: “She was living in assisted housing and became sick about three weeks before her death. Theresa was a lively and unusual person who studied textile design in college, but her chief career was in heading a training program for Bank Managers of Barclays Bank. For this work she wrote and made short videos with actors playing out scenarios in which customers consulted managers about various banking matters. The trainees would then discuss answers and solutions.” She is survived by her son Nicholas, her granddaughter Charlotte, and her three younger sisters, Caroline, Helena and Penny. We send Caroline our love and prayers.

MAIRE MORIARTY TO SPEAK ON QVS ALUMNI PANEL

Our member Maire Moriarty will be one of four speakers on a panel of alumni of Quaker Volunteer Service (QVS) on Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the QVS Support Committee of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, the panel features young adults who served in QVS and currently live and work in the Philadelphia area. They will share some of the transformational experiences they had in QVS and their spiritually grounded service while living in community with others QVSers. The panelists are Olivia Chalkley, Paloma Collazo-Vargas, Andrew Huff, and Maire. You may watch the panel on Zoom, and it will also be recorded and made available afterward. To register, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

ECO-JUSTICE WORKSHOP ON FINANCIAL REFORM, FEB. 23

How can our country pay for the looming needs to rebuild our society and create an equitable, inclusive, and ecologically sustainable economy in our future? This will be the focus of a free webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Speakers will be Ellen Brown, founder and current chair of the Public Banking Institute, and Walt McRee, her long-time colleague and chair emeritus of the Institute. They will explain and answer questions about three reform bills introduced in the outgoing Congress that would help pay for needed public investments. They will also describe an essential reform to create an economy that will help us survive and thrive on Planet Earth. To register for the event, click here. For questions or help, send an email inquiry to Pat Finley, clerk of the Eco-Justice Collaborative. To read more, see the attachment EcoJustice Webinar 2-23-21.

DRAMA ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS CONVENTION IN WEST CHESTER, FEB. 23

Residents of Kendal and Crosslands retirement centers will present an online drama, or “readers’ script” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:15 p.m., about the 1852 women’s rights convention that was held in West Chester, PA. The proceedings of that conference are held in the Library of Congress and have been used in several books. The script for this production adapted words from the conference as a “readers’ script” that was performed by faculty at West Chester University. It was written by Bill Morehouse and Saundra Hall. This online production is directed by Larry Kirwin and uses light period costuming. Friends and relatives of Kendal and Crosslands residents are welcome to join the online viewing but must register at kendal1852women@gmail.com to receive the link for the Zoom meeting. Deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 20.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING ON FEB. 28

The next Giant Children’s Meeting will be next Sunday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. by Zoom. The theme will be “Giving Love Everywhere.” It is especially intended for children and families, but everyone is welcome. The program is 30 to 45 minutes in length. Participants are invited to bring something they have made with their hands. To register, click here.

CONSULTATION ON LEADERSHIP IN MONTHLY MEETINGS, MARCH 2

People who serve in leadership roles in monthly meetings are invited to take part in a Zoom call on Tuesday, March 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Formerly for meeting clerks, this group is expanding its scope to include more Friends who wish to explore topics about meeting leadership. The March 2 gathering will look at implementing spiritual self-assessments requested by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), connecting to one another through PYM channels of communications, and topics proposed by participants. Sponsored by PYM. To register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

UPCOMING PYM THREAD GATHERINGS (virtual)

Feb. 27, “Ministry & Care: Truth & Transformation in Community,” presented by PYM’s Ministry & Care Committee of Quaker Life Council, will explore a way to create space within Yearly Meeting for people to be heard about experiences of oppression, including racism. There will be time for Friends to share stories, as well as ways to respond. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

March 6, “Engagement & Fundraising: Building Community & Philanthropy” will explore the art of cultivating giving and the sense of belonging in Quaker communities, including a set of skills, tools, information, and resources. Panel discussion, followed by breakout groups. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

FWCC’S ANNUAL MEETING, MARCH 12-21

The annual meeting of the Section of the Americas of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will be held online on March 12-21. This is a time for Friends to meet people from across the spectrum of Friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Gretchen Castle, retiring General Secretary of the FWCC World Office will give the welcome. To learn more about the work of FWCC and how to connect to the online gathering, click here.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 27

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is planning an online meeting for its Spring Continuing Sessions on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities and additional information, click here.

FOR THE YOUNG

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS HOLD ACTIVISM HANGOUT, FEB. 20

Friends in middle school can provide leadership in social witness and activism. On Saturday, Feb. 20, they will hold an online “activist hangout” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a global-themed cooking project and sharing from young activists in our community of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). Emphasis will be on immigration justice and youth-led witness. For more information and to register, click here.

YOUTH SUMMIT FOR 6TH-12TH GRADERS, FEB. 20 & 21

This online gathering for youth in grades six through twelve is part II of “The Quaker That Rocked the Continent,” and will feature interactive workshops, worship, and hang-out time. There are three sessions: Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 p.m.to p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come to one or all of them. Hosted by Friends General Conference and cosponsored by PYM and Illinois Yearly Meeting. To register, click here.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, FEB. 26-27

Young Adult Friends and fellow seekers ages 18 to 35 are invited to an online winter retreat Feb. 26-27. There will be worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship. This is a gathering for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen connections with one another and Spirit. For more information, click here.

YOUTH-LED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, FEB. 28

Young people in grades six through twelve are invited to worship together in a youth-centered, online space for 30 minutes. Young people will lead the meeting, and two staff members from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will host the Zoom call. This youth-led meeting for worship is continuing and will take place on the last Sunday of each month from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To register and receive the link, click here.

UPCOMING RETREATS FOR YOUTH OF COLOR

Retreats will be held for youth of color on April 3, June 26, and October 2 this year. Sponsored by Friends General Conference (FGC) Ministry on Racism, these retreats are held quarterly, except for the period in which FGC holds its annual gathering in the summer. Each retreat is held in three or four 90-minute segments on Saturdays and will be accessible from time zones across North America. Young people will have a chance to meet kids of color all over the country. Designed for youth through high school age. To find out more, click here.

TAKE ACTION

ECO-JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE CALLS FOR LETTERS TO PA LEGISLATORS

Friends in Pennsylvania are encouraged to contact their state legislators and urge them to support Governor Wolf’s initiative to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Every northeastern state from Maine to Virginia–except for Pennsylvania–is part of this successful program to reduce emissions and provide funding for green initiatives. To read an online article by Philadelphia Friend Bruce Birchard about this initiative, which gives more detail and interpretation, click here, which also provides a link for sample letter to use in writing to your legislators.

KATHY KELLY & JIM FOREST TO SPEAK ON FINDING HOPE, FEB. 20

Activists Kathy Kelly and Jim Forest will speak tomorrow, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at a Zoom meeting on the topic “Finding Hope in Turbulent Times.” It is sponsored by Sacred Heart Church in Camden, NJ. Kathy Kelly is a longtime peacemaker, pacifist, author, and cofounder of Voices in the Wilderness, which developed campaigns around the world that brought together people to end military and economic warfare. Jim Forest has a lifetime of experience in working for peace and reconciliation. A conscientious objector to war, he worked with Daniel Berrigan, Dorothy Dat, and at the Catholic Worker House in New York City. Both are excellent, faith-based speakers. To register, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the years immediately following the First World War, Quakers worked in Poland distributing food and clothing. One of the workers who served a cluster of villages there became ill with typhus, and in 24 hours he was dead. In this village there was only a Roman Catholic cemetery, and by canonical law it was quite impossible to bury one not of that confession in its consecrated ground. So, they laid their cherished friend in a grave dug just outside the fence of the Roman Catholic cemetery. The next morning they discovered that in the night the villagers had moved the fence so that it embraced the grave. –Douglas Steere, “Mutual Irradiation: A Quaker View of Ecumenism,” Pendle Hill pamphlet no. 175, 1971

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SUNDAY, Feb.14, 2021

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Doing Business (agenda below*) by online zoom conference
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship by online zoom conference
Closers Jeff & Joey Powers
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.

*Draft Agenda

Business Meeting
Feb. 14, 2021
Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Query – David Mettler, followed by worship
Corrections to Minutes from the January Business Meeting – Becky Johnson
(Members are respectfully requested to review the minutes and identify corrections BEFORE meeting.)
Care & Visiting – Peter Samuel
Fund Raising Report – Jack Rhoads
PYM Request: Meeting “Spiritual Self-Assessment”: Discussion of Approach
Anti-Racism Work of Our Meeting: Discussion of Approach

Announcements

Participation in virtual Interfaith Walk for Peace Reconciliation April 11
“Guest Book” form

Closing Worship

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MEETING NEWS

REMINDERS

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL TO READ A PLAY ABOUT WILLIAM PENN, FEB. 14

This Sunday, Feb. 14, First-day School students and teachers will read and discuss a short play about William Penn and his father. Their relationship was strained! This class is aimed at students who know how to read, but tagalongs are welcome, too. The session will be 10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. First-day School is for children in first through eighth grades. If your child would like to receive an invitation that contains more detailed information, please contact one of the First-day School teachers:

Carla Childs, carlapricechilds@gmail.com
Kelley White: kelleywhitemd@yahoo.com
Mary Louise Hill: mlhill@lakeheadu.ca

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET FEB. 16

The next meeting (by Zoom) of Germantown Meeting’s Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. It will continue to focus on political changes as a result of the presidential election, and participants will have a chance to share how being in the group has affected them during their time together. If there are any questions, please email John Colgan-Davis at j.colgan-davis@att.net

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

Join the Zoom meeting and settle into worship a few minutes before 7 p.m.
Contact Karen Lightner if you have any questions.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF CYNTHIA HOFFMAN’S MOTHER

This week, we received notice of the death of Anna (Nancy) Evans Post from our member Cynthia Hoffman:

Dear Friends, On behalf of my family I sadly pass along the news of my mother’s passing on January 25 at the age of 93. Her health had been declining since becoming ill with covid-19 in May last year. She recovered from covid-19 and was able to return to her home where her nearest relatives visited as often as lockdown conditions permitted. It was a difficult time, and she spoke of being ready to let go. It is no less sad for those of us who loved her, but we can also be glad her suffering is over. She left no instructions, and, with the pandemic, we have no definite plans about a memorial service. I do, however, feel very confident that donations to the Awbury Arboretum in her name would be something she would like, if anyone should feel so moved. In peace, Cynthia Hoffmann.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MURAL TOUR IN FAIRHILL, FEB. 13

In honor of Black History Month, Historic Fair Hill will offer half-hour tours tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 13, of the Underground Railroad mural, the Female Anti-slavery Mural, and the graves of Black abolitionists Robert and Harriet Purvis. Carolyn Singleton will be the history guide. Tito Caba, gardener and neighbor of the Fair Hill Burial Grounds, will tell visitors about the crops grown at the burial ground. He will describe those that hold significance for African-American culture and the Fairhill neighborhood. Wearing masks and observing social distancing required. Tours will leave on the half-hour between 12 noon and 3 p.m. For information, including a virtual tour of the route, click here.

ECO-JUSTICE WORKSHOP ON FINANCIAL REFORM, FEB. 23

How can our country pay for the looming needs to rebuild our society and create an equitable, inclusive, and ecologically sustainable economy in our future? This will be the focus of a free webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Eco-Justice Collaborative on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Speakers will be Ellen Brown, founder and current chair of the Public Banking Institute, and Walt McRee, her long-time colleague and Chair Emeritus of the Institute. They will explain and answer questions about three reform bills introduced in the outgoing Congress that would help pay for needed public investments. They will also describe an essential reform to create an economy that will help us survive and thrive on Planet Earth! To register for the event, click here. For questions or help, send an email inquiry to Pat Finley, clerk of the Eco-Justice Collaborative. To read more, see the attachment EcoJustice Webinar 2-23-21.

PROFILE OF QUAKER EDUCATOR MAURICE ELDRIDGE

Quaker educator Maurice Eldridge is profiled this week in an online article on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website. Known for his graceful warmth and courtesy as well as his knowledge and professional accomplishments, he is a retired Swarthmore College administrator, lifelong educator, and serves as assistant clerk of Swarthmore Monthly Meeting and the Pendle Hill Board. Here are a few words from a speech he gave, in which describes his beginnings as a bright, young Black child: “I was born 75 years after the Emancipation Proclamation in the sleepy, southern, segregated town you know as Washington, D.C. — our nation’s capital. My first and most powerful memory of an act of Jim Crow comes from the third year of my life there in my hometown.” To read the article, click here.

HARRIET TUBMAN, QUAKERS & THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

In an article from the Bay City Banner, a publication from Boston, 18th-century Quakers were key in creating the Underground Railroad, on which slaves traveled from the southern United States to freedom in the North. Harriet Tubman was one of the most well-known and courageous conductors of the secret network, collaborating with many Friends along the way. Once a slave herself, she escaped to freedom in 1849 before leading hundreds of prisoners and family members to freedom. In her own words, she said, “I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.” To read the article, click here.

AD SALES POSITION OPEN AT FRIENDS JOURNAL

Friends Journal has an opening for an advertising sales representative, which is a part-time, three-day-per week position. The job is fully remote (work at home) and provides benefits. For more information and to apply, click here.

REMINDERS

FLGBTQC IS HOLDING MID-WINTER GATHERING ONLINE

The Virtual Mid-Winter Gathering of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC) begn on Feb. 7 and 8, with primary events taking place on Feb. 13 and 14, and wrap-up on Feb. 20 and 21. This time together is planned to be “a playful, open, virtual space to connect with each other, …a source of joy in challenging times.” To see the draft schedule, go to http://bit.ly/m-w-schedule. If you are interested in joining for worship, fellowship, and connection, please register at this link:http://bit.ly/m-w-registration. The gathering is free. Since the early 1970s, FLGBTQC members have celebrated the intersections of their lives and Quaker faith. Their members draw support for each other and the Spirit, with radical love and inclusion. It is intergenerational, and all who share the group’s values of affirmation and connection are welcome to attend. For questions, contact Karen Lightner.

DRAMA ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS CONVENTION IN WEST CHESTER, FEB. 23

Residents of Kendal and Crosslands retirement centers will present an online drama, or “readers’ script” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:15 p.m., about the 1852 women’s rights convention that was held in West Chester, PA. The proceedings of that conference are held in the Library of Congress and have been used in several books. The script for this production adapted words from the conference as a “readers’ script” that was performed by faculty at West Chester University. It was written by Bill Morehouse and Saundra Hall. This online production is directed by Larry Kirwin and uses light period costuming. Friends and relatives of Kendal and Crosslands residents are welcome to join the online viewing but must register at kendal1852women@gmail.com to receive the link for the Zoom meeting. Deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 20.

UPCOMING PYM THREAD GATHERINGS (virtual)

Feb. 27, “Ministry & Care: Truth & Transformation in Community,” presented by PYM’s Ministry & Care Committee of Quaker Life Council, will explore a way to create space within Yearly Meeting for people to be heard about experiences of oppression, including racism. There will be time for Friends to share stories, as well as ways to respond. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

March 6, “Engagement & Fundraising: Building Community & Philanthropy” will explore the art of cultivating giving and the sense of belonging in Quaker communities, including a set of skills, tools, information, and resources. Panel discussion, followed by breakout groups. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

COMMUNICATIONS JOB OPEN AT PENDLE HILL

The position of Communications & Outreach Coordinator is being filled at Pendle Hill. Anyone interested is invited to read the job description by clicking here and following the instructions for submitting an application.

PLAN AHEAD

FWCC’S ANNUAL MEETING TO BE MARCH 12-21

The annual meeting of the Section of the Americas of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will be held online on March 12-21. This is a time for Friends to meet people from across the spectrum of Friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Gretchen Castle, retiring General Secretary of the FWCC World Office will give the welcome. To learn more about the work of FWCC and how to connect to the online gathering, click here.

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 27

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is planning an online meeting for its Spring Continuing Sessions on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities and additional information, click here.

FOR THE YOUNG

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS HOLD ACTIVISM HANGOUT, FEB. 20

Friends in middle school can provide leadership in social witness and activism. On Saturday, Feb. 20, they will hold an online “activist hangout” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a global-themed cooking project and sharing from young activists in our community of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). Emphasis will be on immigration justice and youth-led witness. For more information and to register, click here.

YOUTH SUMMIT FOR 6TH-12TH GRADERS, FEB. 20 & 21

This online gathering for youth in grades six through twelve is part II of “The Quaker That Rocked the Continent,” and will feature interactive workshops, worship, and hang-out time. There are three sessions: Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 p.m.to p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come to one or all of them. Hosted by Friends General Conference and cosponsored by PYM and Illinois Yearly Meeting. To register, click here.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, FEB. 26-27

Young Adult Friends and fellow seekers ages 18 to 35 are invited to an online winter retreat Feb. 26-27. There will be worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship. This is a gathering for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen connections with one another and Spirit. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, Feb.7, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, virtual online
Closers Moira Duggan
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

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL: MAKING VALENTINES, READING A PLAY

On Sunday, Feb. 7, from 10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m., our kids will be making Valentines for the 75-and-older set of Friends in our Meeting. Their first session, which took place last week, was a big success, with lots of creativity and delight in the project. Although some students weren’t able to meet with the rest of the group last week, some have already completed their assigned number of Valentines. All students are welcome to join this project, which includes hanging out and learning about the people who will be receiving these Valentines.

On Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m., First-day School children and teachers will read and discuss a short play about William Penn and his father. Their relationship was strained! This class is aimed at students who know how to read, but tagalongs are welcome, too.

First-day School is meant for children in first through eighth grades. If your child would like to receive an invitation that contains more detailed information, please contact one of the First-day School teachers:

Carla Childs, carlapricechilds@gmail.com
Kelley White: kelleywhitemd@yahoo.com
Mary Louise Hill: mlhill@lakeheadu.ca

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET FEB. 16

The next meeting (by Zoom) of Germantown Meeting’s Anti-Racism Discussion Group will be Tuesday, Feb. 16, at It will continue to focus on political changes as a result of the presidential election. Participants will also have a chance to share how being in the group has affected them. If there are any questions, please contact the leader, John Colgan-Davis by email at j.colgan-davis@att.net

DO YOU HAVE A JANUARY ISSUE OF FRIENDS JOURNAL TO SHARE?

With the current problems in local mail service, the January 2021 issue of Friends Journal did not arrive at Germantown Meeting’s office. Our member, Tom Grabe, would like to borrow a copy to read the excellent articles about Friends and racism. If you have that particular issue and wouldn’t mind sharing it with Tom, please let him know by phone call.

REMINDERS

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.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

UPDATE ON DONNA WILHELM’S RECOVERY

Our member Donna Wilhelm, who fell and broke her hip last month, had a hip replacement and is recovering comfortably. She reports that she is walking now with help of a walker, and is looking forward to being able to take nature walks again, come spring. If you would like to send her a note, you can send her an email by clicking here.

DEATH OF JOHN EMERSON

Our former member John Emerson died suddenly on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Hartford, CT. His son Parker reports that John had no pre-existing condition, and his death was “unexpected and devastating.” He was with family members and a good friend, did not appear to have much pain, and passed away quickly. John’s wishes were to have no memorial service. His family suggests that those who feel so inclined could make donations in his honor to The Alzheimer’s Association at Alzheimer’s Association | Donate to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, or to the ACLU at Donate to the ACLU | American Civil Liberties Union. Here are the names and contact information for three family members:

Andi Emerson: andiemerson@gmail.com, 900 Park Ave., Apt. #9E, New York, NY 10075
Parker Emerson: parker.emerson@yale.edu, 63 Giles St., Hamden, CT 06517
Eleanor Emerson: healeyemerson@gmail.com, 4646 Mueller Blvd., Apt. #1009, Austin, TX 79723

QUAKER NEWS & RESOURCES

FLGBTQC IS HOLDING MID-WINTER GATHERING ONLINE

The Virtual Mid-Winter Gathering of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC) begins on Feb. 7 and 8, with primary events taking place on Feb. 13 and 14, and wrap-up on Feb. 20 and 21. This time together is planned to be “a playful, open, virtual space to connect with each other, …a source of joy in challenging times.” To see the draft schedule, go to http://bit.ly/m-w-schedule. If you are interested in joining the event for worship, fellowship, and connection, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/m-w-registration. The gathering is free. Since the early 1970s, FLGBTQC members have celebrated the intersections of their lives and Quaker faith. Their members draw support for each other and the Spirit, with radical love and inclusion. It is intergenerational, and all who share the group’s values of affirmation and connection are welcome to attend. For questions, contact Karen Lightner.

DRAMA ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS CONVENTION IN WEST CHESTER, FEB. 23

Residents of Kendal and Crosslands retirement centers will present an online drama, or “readers’ script” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:15 p.m., about the 1852 women’s rights convention that was held in West Chester, PA. The proceedings of that conference are held in the Library of Congress and have been used in several books. The script for this production adapted words from that conference as a “readers’ script” that was performed by faculty at West Chester University. It was written by Bill Morehouse and Saundra Hall. This online production is directed by Larry Kirwin and uses light period costuming. Friends and relatives of Kendal and Crosslands residents are welcome to join the online viewing but must register at kendal1852women@gmail.com to receive the link for the Zoom meeting. Deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 20.

FWCC’S ANNUAL MEETING TO BE MARCH 12-21

The annual meeting of the Section of the Americas of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will be held online on March 12-21. This is a time for Friends to meet people from across the spectrum of Friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Gretchen Castle, retiring General Secretary of the FWCC World Office will give the welcome. To learn more about the work of FWCC and how to connect to the online gathering, click here.

COMMUNICATIONS JOB OPEN AT PENDLE HILL

The position of Communications & Outreach Coordinator is being filled at Pendle Hill. Anyone interested is invited to read the job description by clicking here and following the instructions for submitting an application.

PLAN AHEAD

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 27

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is planning an online meeting for its Spring Continuing Sessions on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities and additional information, click here.

REMINDERS

UPCOMING PYM THREAD GATHERINGS (virtual)

Feb. 27, “Ministry & Care: Truth & Transformation in Community,” presented by PYM’s Ministry & Care Committee of Quaker Life Council, will explore a way to create space within Yearly Meeting for people to be heard about experiences of oppression, including racism. There will be time for Friends to share stories, as well as ways to respond. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

March 6, “Engagement & Fundraising: Building Community & Philanthropy” will explore the art of cultivating giving and the sense of belonging in Quaker communities, including a set of skills, tools, information, and resources. Panel discussion, followed by breakout groups. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I have wasted a great deal of my life waiting to be called to some great mission that would change the world…. I have wanted to make a big and lasting contribution to the causes I believe in. I have been too ready to reject the genuine leadings I have been given as being matters of little consequence. It has taken me a long time to learn that obedience means doing what we are called to do even if it seems pointless or unimportant or even silly. The great social movements of our time may very well be part of our calling. The ideals of peace and justice and equality that are part of our religious tradition are often the focus of debate. But we cannot simply immerse ourselves in these activities. We need to develop our own unique social witness, in obedience to God. We need to listen for the gentle whispers that will tell us how we can bring our own lives into greater harmony with heaven. –Deborah Haines, “Living in harmony with heaven on earth,” 1978
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SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, virtual online
Closers Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott
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

THIS FIFTH SUNDAY, ANSWERING A QUERY, JAN. 31

This Sunday, Jan. 31, is the fifth Sunday of the month, and our Worship & Ministry Committee has planned something special for our meeting for worship. After the first minutes of worship, someone from the committee will read a two-sentence query: Has there been a moment when a personal or social event has challenged my spiritual life? Has overcoming adversity ever led me to an enriched connection with the GMM community? Friends will be invited to share from the spirit of worship, with no conclusions and no responses. For information, contact Kate O’Shea, clerk, Worship & Ministry Committee.

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL HAS RESUMED!

First-day School has resumed. It is aimed at children in first through eighth grades and 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, with a reading of a play about William Penn and his difficulties communicating with his father. 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, carlapricechilds@gmail.com
Kelley White: kelleywhitemd@yahoo.com
Mary Louise Hill: mlhill@lakeheadu.ca

REMINDERS

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.

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 our 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.

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MOTHER OF PHOEBE SCHELLENBERG DIES

Anita Bills Jones, mother of our member Phoebe Jones Schellenberg, died early this morning, Friday, Jan. 29. Born in Evanston, IL, to a Quaker family, she lived 90 years and is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. One of her grandchildren, Kali Jones Schellenberg, is a member of our Meeting. To read a loving tribute to Mrs. Jones and learn more about her full and fascinating life, open the attachment Anita Bills Jones – Tribute 1-29-21. We send our love and sympathy to Phoebe and her family. Cards and email messages would be welcome, addressed to Phoebe Jones Schellenberg, 2024 Upland Way, Unit 206, Phila., PA 19131-1234.

QUAKER NEWS & RESOURCES

WAYS TO OBSERVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH CHILDREN

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) offers an online page of ideas and resources for adults and families to celebrate Black History Month, which is February. From historical background to questions for discussion, activity books and coloring books, and a variety of suggested fiction, this collection will stimulate you and your children to discuss our country’s history of slavery and racism, as well as conveying insights about Black lives today. Go to https://www.pym.org/black-history-celebrate-in-february-include-all-year.

STORY OF A QUAKER POET & CODE BREAKER

Elizebeth Smith Friedman, born in 1892 to a Quaker family in Huntington, IN, was the first woman to lead the U.S. Coast Guard’s cryptanalytic unit, deciphering 4,000 messages during World War II. She was known for her gift in recognizing patterns and was a linguist who studied English literature as an undergraduate. Her first assignment at Riverbank Laboratories was decoding ciphers in William Shakespeare’s writing. She became a code breaker in World War I, working with her husband William. PYM features a story about her online at https://www.pym.org/elizebeth-smith-friedman-a-quaker-poet-and-first-female-cryptanalyst.

PYM YOUTH-LED MEETING FOR WORSHIP, JAN. 31

Quaker youth in grades 6-12 are invited to worship together in an online session this Sunday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. This 30-minute worship will be hosted by young people and staff members of the yearly meeting’s youth programs. This youth-centered worship will continue to take place on the last Sunday of each month until further notice. For more information and to register and receive the Zoom link information, click here.

HAVERFORD OFFERS FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2021-2022

Applications are now being accepted for Haverford College’s Quaker & Special Collections Fellowships, 2021-2022. These two positions are for scholars at any stage of their careers. Projects should engage with Haverford’s special collections in unique and creative ways. One position is the Gest Fellowship for research on religion, historical religious practices, history, literature, culture, Quakerism, or other topics supported by the college’s collections. The second is the Scattergood Fellowship for research in the history of mental health. Applications are due Feb. 8. For information, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 27

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is planning an online meeting for its Spring Continuing Sessions on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. For a schedule of the day’s activities and additional information, click here.

REMINDER

UPCOMING PYM THREAD GATHERINGS (virtual)

Feb. 6, “The Seasons in the life of a Meeting” will encourage participants to envision their meetings as dynamic and constantly undergoing change. They will hear from meetings that have successfully met challenges, and they will consider how to listen for the Spirit and work in unity with it through times of change. Free; requires registration. Much more information is available by clicking here.

Feb. 27, “Ministry & Care: Truth & Transformation in Community,” presented by PYM’s Ministry & Care Committee of Quaker Life Council, will explore a way to create space within Yearly Meeting for people to be heard about experiences of oppression, including racism. There will be time for Friends to share stories, as well as for building ways to respond. Free; registration required. For more explanation, click here.

March 6, “Engagement & Fundraising: Building Community & Philanthropy” will explore the art of cultivating giving and the sense of belonging in Quaker communities, including a set of skills, tools, information, and resources. Panel discussion, followed by breakout groups. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The resurrection, however literally or otherwise we interpret it, demonstrates the power of God to bring life out of brokenness; not just to take the hurt out of brokenness but to add something to the world. It helps us to sense the usefulness, the possible meaning in our suffering, and to turn it into a gift. The resurrection affirms me with my pain and my anger at what has happened. It does not take away my pain; it still hurts. But I sense that I am being transfigured; I am being enabled to begin again to love confidently and to remake the spirit of my world. –S. Jocelyn Burnell, 1989

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SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2021

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship, virtual online
Closers Jondhi Harrell
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12:15 p.m. Joys, Sorrows & Concerns

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MEETING NEWS

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL HAS RESUMED!

First-day School has resumed. It is aimed at children in first through eighth grades and 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, with a reading of a play about William Penn and his difficulties communicating with his father. 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, carlapricechilds@gmail.com
Kelley White: kelleywhitemd@yahoo.com
Mary Louise Hill: mlhill@lakeheadu.ca

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 this Sunday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., with the theme “Sharing Winter with Friends.” Bring something to share that reminds you of winter or helps you in the winter! Here is the link to register for the meeting: https://www.pym.org/event/giant-childrens-meeting-2/2020-11-22

REMINDERS

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.

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 our 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.

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

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF MOIRA DUGGAN’S MOTHER

The mother of our member Moira Duggan died peacefully at age 96 last Thursday, Jan. 14, in Frederick, MD. Her name was Mary Jane Duggan, nee Eichelman. She married William Duggan and took great joy in being a wife and mother. She graduated from Strayer’s Business College and worked as a medical secretary and office manager. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, where she served in many roles and played the organ and piano. She is survived by a sister, sister-in-law, four daughters (including Moira), three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services are private due to the coronavirus pandemic, and she will be buried in St. John Cemetery. To read her obituary, including two suggestions for places to make donations in her memory by click here. We send our condolences to Moira and her family.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FCNL SUPPORTS IMPEACHMENT OF TRUMP

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is supporting the second impeachment of Donald J. Trump. In a statement last week by Diane Randall, FCNL General Secretary, she said,” Donald Trump … and his allies, including members of Congress, must be held accountable for inciting white nationalists and extremist to revolt and try to overthrow the duly elected 46th president, Joseph Biden…. The fact that Pres. Donald Trump refused to accept his loss in the November 2020 presidential election and that he incited his followers to use force against Congress to prevent the certification of the election is seditious and treasonous. The U.S. Constitution is clear on this as a basis for impeachment…. As Quakers, we do not come to this conclusion easily, neither do we take joy in calling for Trump’s second impeachment. We supported Congress’s first effort to impeach Donald Trump. Our call for the second impeachment of Donald Trump stems from the same core belief: ‘We hold our government institutions and officials to a rigorous ethical standard of fairness, honesty, openness, and avoidance of even the appearance of conflicts of interest. We expect our government to abide by the U.S. Constitution, national and international law, and international treaties.’ (The World We Seek, FCNL Policy Statement, 2019)”

GERMANTOWN’S HISTORIC JOHNSON HOUSE

An article on the website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting tells about the Johnson House in Germantown, which belonged to the ancestors of our member Becky Johnson. The house is Philadelphia’s only documented, accessible, and intact Germantown stop on the Underground Railroad, and it is open to the public. Built in 1768, it belonged to the Johnson family, who were Quaker abolitionists who worked with free and enslaved people to secure safe passage to freedom. To read the rest of this fascinating story, click here
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UPCOMING PYM THREAD GATHERINGS (virtual)

Feb. 6, “The Seasons in the life of a Meeting” will encourage participants to envision their meetings as dynamic and constantly undergoing change. They will hear from meetings that have successfully met challenges, and they will consider how to listen for the Spirit and work in unity with it through times of change. Free; requires registration. Much more information is available by clicking here.

Feb. 27, “Ministry & Care: Truth & Transformation in Community,” presented by PYM’s Ministry & Care Committee of Quaker Life Council, will explore a way to create space within Yearly Meeting for people to be heard about experiences of oppression, including racism. There will be time for Friends to share stories, as well as for building ways to respond. Free; registration required. For more explanation, click here.

March 6, “Engagement & Fundraising: Building Community & Philanthropy” will explore the art of cultivating giving and the sense of belonging in Quaker communities, including a set of skills, tools, information, and resources. Panel discussion, followed by breakout groups. Free; registration required. For more information, click here.

REMINDERS

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.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FOR SENIORS & PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University’s TechOWL is a lending library that sends iPads and laptop computers and provides internet connections (via hotspots) to seniors and people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. This technology would allow Friends to take part in online community activities, including worship, webinars, and other online sessions. It would also help people stay connected with family and attend online medical appointments. For more information, click here.

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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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