Weekly Bulletin 2022

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Friday Bee (Weekly Bulletin)

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, December 2, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

If worship does not change us, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Resentments cannot be held with the same tenacity when we enter God’s gracious light. As Jesus said, we will need to leave our gift at the altar and go set the matter straight (Mat. 5:23). In worship an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary; an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change. –Richard Foster, 1978

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Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closer Anthony Stover

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

12 noon Refreshments (social room)

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse, so that Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served afterward in the social room, with the option to take your refreshments to the porch, if you wish.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

– Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

– Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

– Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

– Social hour will be held in the social room.

MEETING NEWS

FIRST DAY SCHOOL: This Sunday, Dec. 4, First Day School will meet in the social room at 10:50 a.m., when students come out of meeting for worship. CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN will start at 10:30 a.m, in the committee room if it is chilly or rainy, and outdoors if the weather is more pleasant. If parents can let Carla Childs know whether they will be attending, it would help with the planning. Contact Carla.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PROVIDE REFRESHMENTS Dear Friends, It is wonderful to see so many of us back in the Meetinghouse for worship and social hour. It feels like a rebirth of in-person fellowship in our community. (I also appreciate seeing and hearing from those who join us for worship via Zoom!) Speaking of social hour, we have now moved refreshments indoors, and it seems to be working well. (We are still encouraging masking indoors when people are not actively eating or drinking.) Before COVID (BC) we always had a schedule set up ahead of time for Friends volunteering to serve refreshments. Now that we are back to having significant numbers attending (40-50), I would like to start organizing this again for 2023. It would be wonderful for everyone who is able to volunteer. Let’s begin with January, February, and March. Please let me know if you are able and willing to serve refreshments on any of these Sundays:

Jan. 1, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29

Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27

March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27

Doing refreshments involves bringing juice and snacks (coffee, tea, etc., are already supplied in the kitchen), coming early to set up your food and drink and a table or two, attending worship, leaving worship a few minutes early to get the coffee brewing and put food out, cleaning up (others will help you). Includes running dishes through the dishwasher and putting them away, and possibly a little vacuuming. I can provide more instructions and orientation, if needed, when you sign up. Doing this job is a great way to contribute to our GMM community, get to know other Friends, and receive a lot of appreciation! Thank you for considering this. I hope everyone will take a turn a couple of times a year. To sign up, please email me. Thank you! — Becky Johnson

SUGGESTIONS TO HELP MEETINGS LOOK AT RACISM Our Anti-Racism Discussion Group is asking Friends to read the attached document from the 2015 White Privilege Conference, talk with one another about the ideas it contains, and consider where our Meeting is in relation to these ideas. The document (2015 White Priv Conf.pdf) contains a list of suggestions for Meetings to consider in response to White Privilege, as well as unconscious or systematic racism in their midst. You are encouraged to take your questions to John Colgan-Davis, leader of the Anti-racism Discussion Group, and he will relay them to the discussion group.

MEETING FOR BUSINESS, DEC. 11 The focus of our December meeting for worship with a concern for business will be the Germantown Friends School and School Committee report. David Feldman, School Committee clerk, has indicated that the report and our discussion on December 11 will focus on the following areas:

Finances of the School
Enrollment
Status of the All-School Commons project
Quaker Self Study

David Feldman indicates that reports by Religious Life, Facilities, and other subcommittees of the School Committee will be addressed at another meeting later in the year. The report is promised for distribution and review by this coming Monday, Dec. 5. If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the report when it is available please email Melissa in the Meeting office at gmm@germantownfriends.org. –Bill Cozzens, clerk of Germantown Meeting

REMINDER: ED STIVENDER GIVES CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING SHOW, DEC. 4 Friends, he’s back at last for another Christmas storytelling show, the first since the rise of the Covid 19 pandemic nearly three years ago! Ed Stivender, a faithful attender of Germantown Meeting, will present “Home for Christmas: One Man’s Revels” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the committee room of our meetinghouse. Everyone is invited. There is no admission; however, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit Project HOME. Reservations for the live show may be made by contacting Ed. If everything goes right, the program will also be available on Zoom. Reserve your free Zoom tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-for-christmas-stories-of-light-tickets-464145059367. If you would like to make a donation to Project HOME but cannot attend the show, click here.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY BORN TO RANKIN FAMILY Callum William Rankin was born on Nov. 20, at 1:10 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 10 oz., and measuring 19.5 inches in length. His parents are our member Zoe Rankin and her husband Mathew Rankin, and his delighted grandfather is our member, Peter Samuel.

BURIAL OF ELIZABETH SCATTERGOOD’S ASHES, DEC. 10 Our Burial Grounds Committee is burying our late member Elizabeth Scattergood, wife of Roger, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. Anyone who is interested in attending is invited, as no memorial service is planned. Betty died in 2016 at Crosslands retirement center in Kennett Square, PA, where I believe a memorial service was held. She donated her body to medical research, and her ashes were returned to Germantown Meeting this year. Betty and Roger had no children. Their niece, our member Anne S. Fogg (daughter of Henry and Sara and executor of all four estates), is in a retirement community in Maryland and cannot attend. This is the first burial in our experience where there will be no family present and the Meeting is burying her. –Randal Whitman, for the Burial Committee.

QUAKER EVENTS

AFSC HOLIDAY FLEA MARKET, DEC. 3 Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 3, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will hold its biggest sale of the year with lots of housewares, clothing, shoes, holiday decore, and much more. You may find this to be a good place to find a few special gifts for people on your holiday list. Proceeds benefit the AFSC. To learn more about its programs for peace, human rights, and climate justice, click here.

REMINDER: ‘HOPE LEANS FORWARD,’ DEC. 5 This interactive virtual lecture at Pendle Hill Conference Center will explore ways to deal with personal loss and life-altering transitions. Author Valerie Brown will lead this event, drawing from her recent book Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way Toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace. She is a Buddhist-Quaker teacher in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and a coach and facilitator specializing in leadership development and mindfulness practices. The author of several popular Pendle Hill pamphlets, she is a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania. The format will begin with an overview to set the context, followed by a large-group discussion and breakout rooms. No charge, although donations are welcomed. To find out more and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

REMINDER

UPCOMING POWER EVENTS

On Monday, Dec. 5, the Public Utilities Commission Working Group (organizing to hold the Public Utilities Commission accountable) will meet virtually from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More information may be found here. POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to our Meeting representative, Jeff Powers Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, November 25, 2022
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

For, when I came into the silent assemblies of God’s people, I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart; and as I gave way unto it, I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up; and so I became thus knit and united unto them, hungering more and more after the increase of this power and life, whereby I might feel myself perfectly redeemed. –Robert Barclay, 1678

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Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closer Moira Duggan

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

12 noon Refreshments (social room)

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse, so that Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

– Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

– Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

– Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

– Social hour will be held in the social room.

MEETING NEWS

FIRST DAY SCHOOL: This Sunday, Nov. 27, First Day School will meet in the social room at 10:50 a.m., when students come out of meeting for worship. CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN will start at 10:30 a.m, in the committee room if it is chilly or rainy, and outdoors if the weather is more pleasant. If parents can let Carla Childs know whether they will be attending, it would help with the planning. Contact Carla.

ED STIVENDER TO GIVE CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING SHOW, DEC. 4 Friends, he’s back at last for another Christmas storytelling show, the first since the rise of the Covid 19 pandemic nearly three years ago! Ed Stivender, a faithful attender of Germantown Meeting, will present “Home for Christmas: One Man’s Revels” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the committee room of our meetinghouse. Everyone is invited. There is no admission; however, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit ProjectHOME. Reservations for the live show can be made by contacting Ed. If everything goes right, the program will also be available on Zoom. Reserve your free Zoom tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-for-christmas-stories-of-light-tickets-464145059367

QUAKER EVENTS

LECTURE: ‘HOPE LEANS FORWARD,’ DEC. 5 This interactive virtual lecture at Pendle Hill Conference Center will explore ways to deal with personal loss and life-altering transitions. Author Valerie Brown will lead this event, drawing from her recent book Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way Toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace. She is a Buddhist-Quaker teacher in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and a coach and facilitator specializing in leadership development and mindfulness practices. The author of several popular Pendle Hill pamphlets, she is a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania. The format will begin with an overview to set the context, large-group discussion, and breakout rooms. No charge, although donations are welcomed. To find out more and register online, click here.

REMINDER

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK NOV. 27 Teacher, author, Quaker, and lifelong peace activist George Lakey will speak Sunday, Nov.27, at 2 p.m. on Zoom. He will draw from his new book Dancing with History, as a part of the Know Thy Neighbor Lecture Series of Merion Monthly Meeting, which is composed of conversations to share our history and discussions about community engagement. (To see the archive of recorded presentations, click here.) To learn more about George Lakey and register for this online event, click here.

TAKE ACTION

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PEACE PILGRIMAGE, DEC. 10 Join the ten-mile walk from Nazareth, PA, to Bethlehem, PA, on Saturday, Dec. 10, and reflect on the nonviolent life of Jesus as you take this symbolic journey of Mary and Joseph. Bring your family and friends. The Pilgrimage follows PA Highway 191, and participants may join at any point along the way. Support vehicles will be present to assist those not able to walk the entire route. Dress appropriately for the weather; pilgrims walk in sun, wind, rain, or snow. The destination is the United Church of Christ, Market and Center Streets, in Bethlehem; expected arrival is approximately 5:30 p.m. for a short closing gathering. For details on where to meet to start from the beginning of the route, to see a route map, and to register online (to help planners), click here.

REMINDERS

‘DEFUSE NUCLEAR WAR’ VIGIL IN CHESTNUT HILL, NOV. 26 A vigil, Defuse Nuclear War, will take place in Chestnut HIll on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 12 noon, at the intersection of Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane. This is an opportunity to reach out to our community in Northwest Philadelphia on the first weekend of the Christmas shopping season with a message of peace. This low-key, friendly event is located to catch the eyes of passing motorists. Banners and posters provided. Bring a folding chair if you wish to sit. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For more information and directions, click here.

UPCOMING POWER EVENTS

On Monday, Dec. 5, the Public Utilities Commission Working Group (organizing to hold the Public Utilities Commission accountable) will meet virtually from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More information can be found here. POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, November 18, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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Sunday, Nov.20, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closers Tom Grabe

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

12 noon Refreshments (social room)

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse, so that Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

· Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

· Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

· Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or makk
ing an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

· Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

· Social hour will be held in the social room, beginning Nov. 20.

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED INDOORS!

Message from the Safety Working Group

This Sunday, Nov. 20, as recommended by our Safety Working Group (SWG) and approved at last Sunday’s monthly meeting for business, we will start a trial of serving refreshments indoors during social hour after worship… just in time for us to retreat from the cold weather! As we did before the pandemic, we will serve hot and cold drinks at the serving windows by the kitchen and food on a table in the social room. We ask that Friends continue to wear masks indoors unless actively eating or drinking, and that we all be mindful of social distancing. There will also be some seating and a table outdoors for those who prefer that option for eating and drinking. We trust everyone to gather and partake where they feel safe. The SWG will monitor the ventilation and air quality during these refreshment times. In coming weeks we will see how this plan goes, re-evaluate, and re-adjust as necessary. Looking forward to seeing you in the social room!

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SUPPORT THE JULYE FAMILY AT COURT HEARING, NOV. 21

Our member Kent Julye has asked for our support. The preliminary hearing regarding the July 2 murder of his teenage son Zachariah is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m. Would you be able to attend, to give support to Kent and his wife, Tracy Mills? Kent believes a large number of people present will have an impact on the proceedings. Our prayerful presence will certainly make a difference, too. The hearing, Commonwealth v. Dorsey, Nathaniel, will be in the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St., Room 306. Everyone must go through the court security system, which can take 20-plus minutes, so plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. Get off the elevator on the third floor, turn right, continue to turn right until you come to the room at the end of a long, winding hallway.

Transportation

SEPTA: Get off at Jefferson Station, exit towards 12th and Filbert, walk west one block on Filbert Street.

Parking: There is a parking lot immediately east of the building, across 13th Street.

Not able to attend in person? Members of Germantown Meeting are invited to join Westtown Meeting Friends online for extended silent worship, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday.

MEETING NEWS

FIRST DAY SCHOOL: This Sunday, Nov. 20, First Day School will meet in the social room at 10:50 a.m., when students come out of meeting for worship. This week they will prepare a Thanksgiving tree and bring it into meeting for worship during announcements so adults can contribute to it, as well as the children. CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN will start at 10:30 a.m., in the committee room if it is chilly or rainy, and outdoors if the weather is more pleasant. If parents can let Carla Childs know whether they will be attending, it would help with the planning.

GOODS FROM UGANDA FOR SALE, NOV. 20 Handmade goods from Bududa, Uganda, will be for sale in the committee room of the meetinghouse this Sunday, Nov. 20 at rise of worship. These are things brought back to the United States by our member Barbara Wybar when she recently returned from a visit to the Bududa Learning Center. The items include wooden birds, wooden salad servers, gift cards made with African batiks, lots of paper beads, aprons, napkins and placemats, bags, and some raw honey from Bududa. In past years, Friends have discovered these items make nice holiday presents, as well as creating bright spots of color and usefulness in one’s own home. The sales benefit Budada Learning Center, where local Africans learn trades and business skills.

GFS PRESENTS FALL CHORAL CONCERT THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 20
The Upper School Choir of Germantown Friends School will present its Fall 2022 Concert, “Such We Dream,” this Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in our meetinghouse. The concert explores that which inspires: the extraordinary and mundane, the resilience and power of the human spirit, the world that surrounds us, and the divine spark that lives in all human beings. The music spans five centuries, originates from three continents, and includes pieces in six languages and many genres. The choir is led by interim director Anne Hess.

REMINDER

MEETING HOUSE BY CANDLELIGHT, DEC. 2 Arch Street Meeting House will hold its third annual winter program of Meetinghouse by Candlelight on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The address is 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. Find out more and register by clicking here.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WALTON BURWELL, NOV. 19 The memorial service for our member Walton Burwell will be on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. Cookies would be gratefully accepted; please bring them a few minutes before the service. Two old friends of Walt’s need rides to and from the service. One lives in Center City and the other in North Philadelphia. If you can volunteer to do this, please contact Katy Hineline. To read the obituary about Walton Burwell that ran in the Thursday, Nov. 17, Inquirer, open the attachment Walton Burwell 1-17-2022 obituary.pdf

ED STIVENDER TO GIVE CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING SHOW, DEC. 4 Friends, he’s back at last for another Christmas storytelling show, the first since the rise of the Covid 19 pandemic nearly three years ago! Ed Stivender, a faithful attender of Germantown Meeting, will present “Home for Christmas: One Man’s Revels” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the committee room of our meetinghouse. Everyone is invited. There is no admission; however, a free-will offering will be taken to benefit ProjectHOME. Reservations for the live show can be made by contacting Ed. If everything goes right, the program will also be available on Zoom. Reserve your free Zoom tickets here.

TAKE ACTION

‘DEFUSE NUCLEAR WAR’ VIGIL IN CHESTNUT HILL, NOV. 29 A vigil to “Defuse Nuclear War” will take place in Chestnut HIll on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 12 noon, at the intersection of Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane. This is an opportunity to reach out to our community in Northwest Philadelphia on the first weekend of the Christmas shopping season with a message of peace. This low-key, friendly event is located to catch the eyes of passing motorists. Banners and posters provided. Bring a folding chair if you wish to sit. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For more information and directions, click here.

UPCOMING POWER EVENTS

On Monday, Dec. 5, the Public Utilities Commission Working Group (organizing to hold the Public Utilities Commission accountable) will meet virtually from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More information can be found here. POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, November 11, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In prayer, the seeds of concern have a way of appearing. Often enough, a concern begins in a feeling of being personally liable, personally responsible, for someone or some event. With it there may come an intimation that one should do some little thing: speak to some person, make an inquiry into a certain situation, write a letter, send some money, send a book. Or it may be a stop in our minds about some pending decision, or a clear directive that now is not the time to rest, or an urge to stay home when we had been meaning to be away; it may be that no more than this will be given us. But this seed is given us to follow, and if we do not follow, we cannot expect to see what may grow from it. Seeds, not fruit, are given in prayer, but they are given for planting. –Douglas V. Steere, 1962

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Sunday, Nov.13, 2022

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business (Agenda below)

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closers Lois Volta & one daughter

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse, so that Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

– Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

– Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

– Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

– Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice.

AGENDA

Meeting for Business will be hybrid (in the meetinghouse Committee Room and Zoom).

Query–Faye Stacey, followed by worship

Corrections to October Minutes (Members are requested to review the minutes and identify needed correction BEFORE Meeting for Business.)

Care & Visiting Committee — Peter Samuel

Worship & Ministry Committee — Ted Spaeth, Karen Lightner, Rob Smith

Safety Working Group — David Mettler

Fiscal Committee — Jonathan Rhoads — Scholarships and PYM support

Discernment: Holiday meeting plans (To consider: Pageant, Potluck & Carol Sing, Meeting for Worship on Christmas, childcare)

Communication received: Lancaster Meeting’s Minute of Concern

Announcements

Memorial services Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. — Walton Burwell; Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.,–Adele Berardi, mother of our member Elissa Berardi, by Zoom only, from Lancaster Friends Meeting

Meeting for business in December (12/9) — GFS School Committee report

FCNL Annual Meeting & Quaker Public Policy Institute — Nov. 17-20, in Wash., DC, and virtual

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) Annual Conference — Nov. 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Brossman Center, theme: “Environmental Justice & Human Resilience”

Closing Worship

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SUPPORT KENT JULY & TRACY MILLS AT HEARING, NOV. 21

Our member Kent Julye has asked for our support at the preliminary hearing regarding the July 2 murder of his son Zachariah, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m. Would you be able to attend, to give support to Ken and his wife, Tracy Mills, parents of Zachariah? Kent believes a large number of people present will have an impact on the proceedings. Our prayerful presence may make a difference, too. The hearing will be at the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St., Room 306. When you get off the elevator on the third floor, turn and continue to turn right, and you will find Room 306 at the end of a long, winding hallway.

Upon entering the building, you must go through the court security system, which can take 30 or more minutes, so plan to arrive by at least 8:30 a.m. If you come by SEPTA, get off at Jefferson Station, use the exit toward 12th and Filbert Streets, and walk west one block on Filbert Street to get to the Criminal Justice Center. If you drive, parking is available in a lot immediately east of the building, across 13th Street.

To read the docket summary in advance, go to the website, search by docket number, and enter MC51CR00159952022. Click “D” and the court symbol on the far right of the listing. You will be able to read the list of charges in this case, as well as a few details about the accused person.

MEETING NEWS

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL… will meet in the social room, starting at 10:50 p.m., when the students come out of meeting for worship. They will continue to learn about William Penn.

CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN… will start at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 13, in the committee room if it is chilly or rainy, and outdoors if the weather is more pleasant.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP, NOV. 15 Election results is the topic to be considered at our Anti-Racism Discussion Group’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Also, participants will look at things the group can do in the future. For the Zoom link, contact leader John Colgan-Davis.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WALTON BURWELL, NOV. 19 The memorial service for our member Walton Burwell will be on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. Cookies would be gratefully accepted; please bring them a few minutes before the service. Two old friends of Walt’s need rides to and from the service. One lives in Center City and the other in North Philadelphia. If you can volunteer to do this, please contact Katy Hineline.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ADELE BERARDI, NOV. 20 There will be a memorial service by Zoom for Adele Berardi on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., from Lancaster (PA) Meeting. She was the mother of our member Elissa Berardi.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

GEORGE LAKEY TO SPEAK AT FREE LIBRARY, NOV. 15 Quaker activist, author, and sociologist George Lakey will speak at the Philadelphia Free Library on the downtown Parkway this Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. His talk is entitled “Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice,” in which he will explore his lifelong commitment to engaging in nonviolent direct action for peace, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor justice, and the environment. An activist for 70 years, a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and recently retired from teaching at Swarthmore College, his many honors include the Peace Educator of the Year Award, the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award, and the Martin Luther King Peace Award. Format of this talk will be a conversation with Varshini Prakash, a prominent author and executive director of Sunrise, a youth-led political nonprofit organization for stopping climate change. Admission to this talk is free, but, since seating is limited, tickets are required. To arrange for a ticket, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: MEETINGHOUSE BY CANDLELIGHT, DEC. 2 Arch Street Meeting House will hold its third annual winter program of Meetinghouse by Candlelight on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The address is 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. Find out more and register by clicking here.

REMINDER
FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & QUAKER PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 16-20 Hundreds of advocates and supporters of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will gather on Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., to work for policy change and to strengthen collective work for peace, justice, and an earth restored. They will worship, learn, and advocate together. Lobby training and visits to legislators will take place Nov. 16 and 17. You are invited to participate in person or online. To learn more and register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

FRIENDS IN POWER’S MONTHLY MEETING will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Matthew Arlyck, the NW Philly organizer for POWER, will give an interactive talk featuring a report on the Listen with Love campaign, as well as his time with the Freedom bus. All Quakers are welcome.

UPCOMING POWER EVENTS may be found on the Power Interfaith Calendar, which includes information about the Public Utilities Working Group and POWER’s 10th anniversary gala. POWER is also currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to our Meeting representative, Jeff Powers.

IPL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & HUMAN RESILIENCE, NOV. 13 This annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m., simultaneously in four locations throughout Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, and Scranton. There will be a shared, virtual keynote address with panel response and local, in-person workshops. The Philadelphia location will be at the Brossman Center on the campus of the United Lutheran Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave. The keynote address by Joylette Portlock, executive director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, will be live-streamed by Zoom from Pittsburgh. Workshops in Philadelphia will be about Local Environmental Resilience and Local Environmental Advocacy. For more information, registration, and the Zoom link, go to https://paipl.us/2022-philadelphia-se-pa-sessions.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, November 4, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Dig deep, … carefully cast forth the loose matter and get down to the rock, the sure foundation, and there hearken to the divine voice that gives a clear and certain sound.

–John Woolman, 1770

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TURN BACK YOUR CLOCKS ON SATURDAY NIGHT!

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closers Karen Lightner

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse, so that Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

– Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

– Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

– Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

– Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice.

MEETING NEWS

CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN… will start at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 6, in the committee room if it is chilly or rainy, and outdoors if the weather is more pleasant.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP, NOV. 15 Election results is the topic to be considered at our Anti-Racism Discussion Group’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Also, participants will look at things the group can do in the future. For the Zoom link, contact leader John Colgan-Davis.

ARTICLE RECOMMENDED ON WHITE PRIVILEGE The Germantown Meeting Anti-Racism Discussion Group, which has been meeting for more than two years, would like to share some of the intriguing and thought-provoking things they have read and discussed. The first article they would like to share is by writer and activist Peggy Mackintosh and is “The Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege,” which is attached as White Privilege_Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. The hope of the Discussion Group is that Friends will read the article and discuss it with other people.

FRIENDS ENCOURAGED TO VOTE THIS TUESDAY The Racial & Social Justice Committee of Germantown Meeting reminds us all that election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, adding: If you have voted already, Thank You, as this is one of the most, if not the most important election in many of our lifeties. If you have not voted yet, we strongly urge you to vote on Tuesday and to encourage friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and acquaintances to vote as well.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WALTON BURWELL, NOV. 19 The memorial service for our member Walton Burwell will be on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. Cookies would be gratefully accepted; please bring them a few minutes before the service. Two old friends of Walt’s need rides to and from the service. One lives in Center City and the other in North Philadelphia. If you can volunteer to do this, please contact Katy Hineline

LETTER FROM BARBARA WYBAR This week, our member Barbara Wybar writes to us again from Bududa, Uganda, where she is visiting the learning center she founded: I have been here for ten really action-packed days, but there is still time to relish living in this beautiful spot, with the perfumes of its tropical flowers, its cheerful, friendly people, and the delicious avocados and exotic fruits. Last night, my visitors and I even went outdoors to gaze in wonder at the inky black night sky and the brilliant stars. I think the best way to describe my life here is to review one particular day…. To read Barbara’s colorful letter in its entirety, open the attachment A Day in Bududa-Barbara Wybar 11-2022.pdf.

REBECCA HOENIG’S ARTWORK IN SOULS SHOT PORTRAIT PROJECT The Souls Shot Portrait Project Exhibition, in which our member Rebecca Hoenig has a painting, is opening today (Friday, Nov. 4) with a reception for the artists at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This project pairs artists with families and friends of victims of gun violence. The artists create portraits using a variety of approaches, emphasizing the individuality of each victim portrayed. Seeing it is said to be a powerful experience. It is showing at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19118. To learn more about the Portrait Project, click here.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ADELE BERARDI, NOV. 20 There will be a memorial service by Zoom for Adele Berardi on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m., from Lancaster (PA) Meeting. She was the mother of our member Elissa Berardi.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

SAVE THE DATE: MEETINGHOUSE BY CANDLELIGHT, DEC. 2 Arch Street Meeting House will hold its third annual winter program of Meetinghouse by Candlelight on Friday, Dec. 2. Details will be forthcoming.

REMINDERS

PYM’S FALL CONTINUING SESSION, NOV. 4-7 Join Friends of all ages from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on Nov. 4, 5, and 6 for its hybrid Continuing Sessions. The theme, “Living communally with our neighbors, seeking to build a beloved community,” calls Friends to come together in weaving a web of connections. Join an online worship sharing group on Friday evening; attend an in-person/Zoom meeting for business and panel discussions on Saturday; and/or gather with Friends online to worship on Sunday at 9 a.m. Register by clicking here.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & QUAKER PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 16-20 Hundreds of advocates and supporters of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will gather on Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., to work for policy change and to strengthen collective work for peace, justice, and an earth restored. They will worship, learn, and advocate together. Lobby training and visits to legislators will take place Nov. 16 and 17. You are invited to participate in person or online. To learn more and register, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

INVITATION TO FIND OUT ABOUT SCOUTING This message came to the Meeting this week from Ann B. Perrone, a local Scoutmaster and former teacher at Germantown Friends School: Scouting is alive and growing in Germantown! There is a Cub Pack for boys and girls (K-5) and a troop for girls and separate troop for boys (11 yrs. to 17 yrs.), located at First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG), 6001 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. We are looking for families who enjoy the outdoors, believe in community service, and want to get their children off the couch! Please contact Ann Perrone for information.

TAKE ACTION

DEFUSE NUCLEAR WAR: A PRESENCE IN CHESTNUT HILL, NOV. 5 Tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 5), the Brandywine Peace Community invites you to take part in calling for abolition of nuclear weapons by standing with banners at Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact our member Bob Smith.

POWER’S WORK ENGAGES FRIENDS There are still a few texting/phone banking opportunities before Election Day this Tuesday, Nov. 8. Registration and additional information for these opportunities can be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar. The next meeting of Friends in POWER (Quakers who are or would like to be involved with POWER) will be Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is open to all Quakers and meeting attenders. POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to our Meeting representative, Jeff Powers.

CALL TO RECLAIM ARMISTICE DAY, NOV. 11 Join the Brandywine Peace Community in a Call to Reclaim Armistice Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Federal Building, 601 Market St., Phila., PA 19106. More than 100 years ago, the United States celebrated peace with the rest of the world after World War I ended. Nations were mourning their dead and collectively calling for an end to all wars. November 11 was declared Armistice Day, a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be celebrated in years to come. After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to change the name to Veterans Day, and honoring our warriors quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. The Call to Reclaim Armistice Day returns us to an aspiration to peace and honoring its principals. Banners and signs will be provided. For more information, click here.

IPL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & HUMAN RESILIENCE, NOV. 13 This annual conference of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m., simultaneously in four locations throughout Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, and Scranton. There will be a shared, virtual keynote address with panel response and local, in-person workshops. The Philadelphia location will be at the Brossman Center on the campus of the United Lutheran Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave. The keynote address by Joylette Portlock, executive director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, will be live-streamed by Zoom from Pittsburgh. Workshops in Philadelphia will be about Local Environmental Resilience and Local Environmental Advocacy. For more information, registration, and the Zoom link, go to https://paipl.us/2022-philadelphia-se-pa-sessions.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, October 28, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The important thing about worldly possessions, in fact, is whether or not we are tied to them. Some, by an undue love of the things of this world, have so dulled their hearing that a divine call to a different way of life would pass unheard…. The essence of worldliness is to judge things by an outward and temporary, and not an inward and eternal standard, to care more about appearances than about reality, to let the senses prevail over reason and affections. –London Yearly Meeting, 1958

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Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closer Ed Stivender

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter Zoom worship or the meetinghouse, so that Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

– The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

– Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

– Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

– Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

– Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice.

MEETING NEWS

FIRST DAY SCHOOL: WILLIAM PENN This Sunday, Oct. 30, First Day School will meet in the social room at 10:50 a.m., when the students come out of meeting for worship. This week they will learn about William Penn and his coming to North America. CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN will start at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Oct. 30, in the committee room if it is chilly or rainy, and outdoors if the weather is more pleasant. If parents can let us know whether they will be attending, it would help us with our planning. Contact Carla Childs.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF WALTON BURWELL Sadly, our beloved Friend and member Walton Burwell died Sunday, Oct. 23, at the age of 83. He lived at The Pinnacle retirement center in Plymouth Meeting. Walton and his wife Crettie, who died in 2000, joined Germantown Monthly Meeting in 1977. For many years, he was an educator in vocational and special needs education in the Philadelphia School District. He is survived by his daughters Robin Burwell-Romito and Holly Burwell Sabo, who are members of our Meeting and attended Germantown Friends School. His family is making plans for a memorial service for him at Germantown Meeting, with details to come later. If you would like to get in touch with Robin or Holly, please send a request by email to the Meeting Office, or call the office at 215-951-2235, and the contact information will be furnished for you.

ANTHONY STOVER: LETTER FROM BUDUDA I write to share my experience after one week in Uganda. First, the weather and country are so beautiful and lush…. The children that attend the Bududa Vocational Academy are amazing. Some walk up to five miles to and from school but are very appreciative that they are being certified in such skills as computer work, tailoring, brick laying, carpentry, hairdressing, motor mechanics, and nursery teaching…. I humbly share this as my witness, and this is my testimony. I look forward to returning to Meeting and sharing pictures…. To read Anthony’s letter in its entirety, open the attachment Anthony Stover ltr 10-26-22.pdf.

REBECCA HOENIG’S ARTWORK IN SOULS SHOT EXHIBIT The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill will again present the Souls Shot Portrait Project Exhibition next Sunday, Nov. 6. Our member Rebecca Hoenig will have a portrait in the exhibit, which pairs artists with families and friends of victims of gun violence. The artists create portraits using a variety of approaches and emphasize the individuality of each victim. Many viewers have found this to be a truly moving tribute to these lives. The opening reception and program will be Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:45 p.m., with an additional program on Sunday, Nov. 6, to begin at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. The address is 8855 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19118. To learn more about this project, go to Souls Shot Portait Project.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

TALK ON ‘RAISING ANTI-RACIST CHILDREN,’ Nov. 3 What does it mean to raise anti-racist children, and how does one accomplish it? That is the question to be addressed on Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Greene Street Monthly Meeting, by authors Sonja Cherry-Paul and Britt Hawthorne. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone who works with kids play important roles in raising our children’s consciousness about justice.The talk will be moderated by Tricia Ebarvia, director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Greene Street Friends School. This event begins at 6 p.m. with the opening of Armat Learning Commons. The talk will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., with time afterward for questions. For more information, to see an online video about this, or to find out more about the authors, click here.

COLONIAL LINKS BETWEEN CHURCHES IN PHILLY & CARIBBEAN, NOV. 6 In this talk, historian Katharine Gerbner will look at links between Quakers and Anglicans in Philadelphia and the Caribbean during the early colonial period. The talk will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N American St., Phila., PA 19106. Although Pennsylvania was founded as a Quaker colony, slavery was foundational to its early success, with many links between Philadelphia and Barbados. The speaker will look at this within the context of colonial Christians, who were trying to reconcile their beliefs with slavery, rather than trying to end it. Katharine Gerbner will talk about the emergence of racism and White supremacy, why it’s important to remember this uncomfortable history, and ask what we can learn from it. Free. Presented in partnership by Arch Street Meeting House and Christ Church Preservation Trust. To register, click here.

‘EMBRACING SPIRITUAL GIFTS,’ LECTURE, NOV. 7 Pendle Hill’s First Monday Lecture will be given by Adria Gulizia at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. She will talk about how our many and diverse spiritual gifts–such as organizing, praying, working, caring, innovating, and healing–fit together like pieces of a puzzle to benefit the whole of our spiritual community. She says, “This fitting together is at the heart of what it means to be a covenant people, a people given to the care of one another and charged with building the kingdom of God on earth.” Her presentation is a version of the 2019 Weed Lecture given at Beacon Hill Friends House in Boston. Lecture is free; registration is required: click here.

REMINDERS

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GREENLEAF GRANTS: NOV. 1 The Greenleaf Granting Group makes grants and loans to elderly Quakers, and those in sympathy with Quakers, who are of modest means and in need of assistance to meet their housing needs and other costs of living. Eligible individuals must be 62 years of age or older to apply. Grants are not made to organizations. The next deadline for applications is Nov. 1; the other biannual deadline is May 1. To find out more and get the links to the application guidelines and form, click here.

PYM’S FALL CONTINUING SESSION, NOV. 4-7 Join Friends of all ages from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on Nov. 4, 5, and 6 for its hybrid Continuing Sessions. The theme, “Living communally with our neighbors, seeking to build a beloved community,” calls Friends to come together in weaving a web of connections. Join an online worship sharing group on Friday evening; attend an in-person/Zoom meeting for business and panel discussions on Saturday; and/or gather with Friends online to worship on Sunday at 9 a.m. Register by clicking here.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & QUAKER PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 16-20 Hundreds of advocates and supporters of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will gather on Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., to work for policy change and to strengthen collective work for peace, justice, and an earth restored. They will worship, learn, and advocate together. Lobby training and visits to legislators will take place Nov. 16 and 17. You are invited to participate in person or online. To learn more and register, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

OPEN HOUSE AT CROSSROADS WOMEN’S CENTER, NOV. 4 All are invited to the Fall Open House at the new Crossroads Women’s Center, 5011 Wayne Ave., Phila., PA 19144. It will take place Friday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tables, food, rummage, children’s activities, an archives display, ceremonial tree planting, and a survey on what mothers and other caregivers want. Information will also be available about benefits and legal help, how to get out the vote, and how to claim a child tax credit. HELP NEEDED TO GET READY FOR THIS EVENT: If you can volunteer to help this coming week with cleaning dust off furniture, getting rummage items ready for sale, and setting up tables and chairs, please contact GMM member Phoebe Schellenberg to volunteer. She is also looking for someone to bake oatmeal or other healthy snacks.

TAKE ACTION

POWER’S WORK ENGAGES QUAKERS Friends in POWER met recently, and currently members are addressing the following issues in addition to existing POWER campaigns: public banking, collaboration with local organizers, and ending gun violence. The next meeting of this group will be Saturday, Nov. 12, and is open to all Quakers and meeting attenders who would like to join. One of the primary focuses of POWER right now is to get out the vote. There are numerous texting/phone banking opportunities in the coming weeks. Registration and additional information for these opportunities can be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar. POWER is also engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to our Meeting representative, Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, October 21, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Earth Is Held in Trust

Together, the world’s people have been granted stewardship over the Earth, to enjoy it briefly, then to surrender it to succeeding generations. The Earth is not a possession but a trust. Those dramatic photographs from the moon showed us all what is ours to care for — a green and blue jewel shining in the blackness of space. What steward would risk turning such a gem into a radioactive cinder? –Friends World Committee for Consultation, Statement to United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly on Disarmament, June 12, 1978

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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closers Margie & Ted Spaeth

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter Zoom or meetinghouse, so that Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

– Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

– Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

– Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

– Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice.

MEETING NEWS

FIRST DAY SCHOOL TO LEARN ABOUT JOHN WOOLMAN This Sunday, Oct. 23, First Day School will meet in the Social Room at 10:50 a.m., after the kids come out of meeting for worship. This week they will learn about John Woolman, his visit to the Lenni Lenape chiefs at Wayaloosing, and his way of handling business at his shop.

CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN… will start at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Committee Room if it is chilly or rainy, and outdoors if the weather is more pleasant.

CHILDCARE UPDATE Our member Lois Volta is the new clerk of our Childcare Committee. The newly hired childcare worker is Maalik Reynolds, who is an assistant in the second grade of Germantown Friends School (GFS), works in the after-school program, and coaches sports. He will be assisted each week by one of Lois’s daughters Madeline, Penelope, or Jane Weaver.

‘WELCOME GFS FAMILIES & STAFF’ REPORTS BIG SUCCESS Five new GFS families and a number of other new people came to our “Welcome GFS Families & Staff” on Sunday, Oct. 2, reports Jonathan Busser, of our Outreach Committee, which organized the event. Many Meeting members also attended to help welcome visitors, bringing the number of people worshiping in the meetinghouse to more than 50, plus those who joined worship by Zoom. Most people who attended worship in the meetinghouse stayed for lunch on the porch, despite bad weather brought by Hurricane Ian. An introductory presentation explained meeting for worship to the newcomers. Jonathan would like to thank the many Meeting folks who helped pull together the event: Anne Stassen, Becky Johnson, Janet Kroll, Anna Burke, John Hickey, Sam Angell, Bill Cozzens, Lois Volta, and her daughters Madeline, Penelope, and Jane, and Carla Childs, Kelley White, and others, who worked on the food, First Day School program, childcare, and presentations. Congratulations to everybody for a successful get-together!

NEWS OF FRIENDS

LETTER FROM BARBARA WYBAR This past week, Germantown Meeting received a letter from our member Barbara Wybar, who traveled to Uganda with fellow member Anthony Stover. She shares the bustle and novelty of her long trip to reach their destination in such a way that the reader can almost feel the bumps in the road. Her entire letter is attached to this BEE as Letter fm Bududa 10-19-2022.pdf. Here is a taste of her observations: Travel is still fascinating to me. The sights and sounds of Africa definitely have an impact on this road trip across southern Uganda. Is it the masses of boda-boda (motorcycle) drivers, or is it the car and bus drivers playing chicken with each other as we go around round-abouts, or the buses with dozens of chickens on their roofs, being transported for slaughter? You definitely know you are in Africa as you drive along these busy roads, and there are always plenty of people footing and many with their goods on their heads. I love it and take it all in as I knit in the backseat and chat with the guys up front…. I have not mentioned the peculiar sounds that come with life here. The cock crowing at sunrise, the huge bumble bees humming as they seek nectar, … or the ubiquitous, luscious, enormous avocados, or the sweetness of the pineapples and mangos. Life is good!

RESCHEDULED MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CHRIS NICHOLSON, APRIL 8, 2023 The current plan for Chris Nicholson’s postponed memorial service is to hold it on April 8, 2023, in Germantown meetinghouse. This is rescheduled from the original date of Sept. 24, when the service was put off due to Covid-19 illness in the family. More information will be forthcoming as the date nears.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR EDWIN SEGAL, OCT. 22 A memorial service for Edwin Segal will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This will not be a ‘hybrid’ (Zoom) service. Reception on the porch will follow. We welcome contributions of cookies, brownies, or other baked goods. (Ed loved choc chip cookies.)

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

REMINDERS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 23 “Spreading the fire of fearlessly faithful Friends through modern media,” presented by John Watts, is the title of the talk to be given at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM) on Sunday, Oct. 23. He will address the question: “How do we use modern communication technology to publish the Quaker message today in a relevant way?” The meeting will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting and will take place in person and by Zoom. John Watts founded and for six years directed QuakerSpeak on YouTube. You are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends for worship at 11 a.m. in the meetinghouse at 15th & Cherry Streets. John’s talk begins at 1 p.m., followed by PQM’s meeting for business at 2 p.m., ending at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To register for the Zoom link, click here.

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GREENLEAF GRANTS: NOV. 1 The Greenleaf Granting Group makes grants and loans to elderly Quakers, and those in sympathy with Quakers, who are of modest means and in need of assistance to meet their housing needs and other costs of living. Eligible individuals must be 62 years of age or older to apply. Grants are not made to organizations. The next deadline for applications is Nov. 1; the other biannual deadline is May 1. To find out more and get the links to the application guidelines and form, click here.

PYM’S FALL CONTINUING SESSION, NOV. 4-7 Join Friends of all ages from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on Nov. 4, 5, and 6 for its hybrid Continuing Sessions. The theme, “Living communally with our neighbors, seeking to build a beloved community,” calls Friends to come together in weaving a web of connections. Join an online worship sharing group on Friday evening; attend an in-person/Zoom meeting for business and panel discussions on Saturday; and/or gather with Friends online to worship on Sunday at 9 a.m. Register by clicking here.

FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & QUAKER PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 16-20 Hundreds of advocates and supporters of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will gather on Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., to work for policy change and to strengthen collective work for peace, justice, and an earth restored. They will worship, learn, and advocate together. Lobby training and visits to legislators will take place Nov. 16 and 17. You are invited to participate in person or online. To learn more and register, click here.

COMMUNITY NOTES

REMINDER: VERNON PARK FLEA MARKET & BAZAAR, OCT. 22 Everyone is invited to the Annual Flea Market & Bazaar at Vernon Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: Oct. 29). Bring your family and friends to support Vernon Park and shop the bargains, feast on the food, and enjoy the free entertainment. This annual event raises money for Vernon Park’s other programs during the year, including the summer reading program, “Under the Shady Old Tree,” which takes place in August. If you would like to be a vendor at the Flea Market & Bazaar, get more information or register at www.friendsofvernonpark.org. Ruth Seeley welcomes donations of lightly used children’s books for a variety of ages, which she uses to stock a Little Free Library year round. Contact Ruth or add the books yourself to the Little Free Library in the park.

TAKE ACTION

POWER’S WORK ENGAGES FRIENDS Friends in POWER met recently, and currently members are addressing the following issues in addition to existing POWER campaigns: public banking, collaboration with local organizers, and ending gun violence. The next meeting of this group will be Saturday, Nov. 12, and is open to all Quakers and meeting attenders who would like to join. One of the primary focuses of POWER right now is to get out the vote. There are numerous texting/phone banking opportunities in the coming weeks. Registration and additional information for these opportunities can be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar. POWER is also engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to our Meeting representative, Jeff Powers.

PROTEST WAR DRONES AT HORSHAM, OCT. 22 You are invited to join a demonstration at the Horsham Air Guard Station to protest the United States’ use of killer drones in foreign countries. The demonstration will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the corner of Rte.611(Easton Rd.) and County Line Rd., in Horsham, PA. Banners and posters provided. In 2016, the Horsham site became one of our country’s 12 drone war remote command centers, where operators use computers to target drone strikes against people across the world and thousands of miles away. For more information and directions, contact our member Bob Smith.

REMINDER: DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE: OCT. 24 Members of our Racial & Social Concerns Committee remind everyone that the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is Oct. 24 if you want to vote in the Nov. 8 election. John Colgan-Davis, a member of the Committee says, “One of the ways Friends can take an active role in the larger community is to exercise our rights to vote in our participatory democracy. Check your registration status and ask friends and family members to check theirs. Then vote and encourage family, neighbors, and friends to vote also. This will be one of the most consequential elections; we need to vote and make our voices heard.” Register to vote, check your registration, and/or find the location of your polling place at the PA Department of State website.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, October 14, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath had different names. It is however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms or religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity. In whomsoever this takes root and grows, of what nation soever they become brethren in the best sense of the expression. –John Woolman, Journal and Major Essays, ed., Phillips P. Moulton, 1971

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Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closers Leanna & Randal Whitman

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom room or meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

– Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

– Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

– Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

– Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice

MEETING NEWS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR EDWIN SEGAL, OCT. 22 A memorial service for Edwin Segal will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This will not be a ‘hybrid’ (Zoom) service. Reception on the porch will follow. We welcome contributions of cookies, brownies, or other baked goods. (Ed loved choc chip cookies.)

NEWS OF FRIENDS

PETER SAMUEL’S CERAMICS IN EXHIBIT Lucretia’s Garden Gallery is presenting an art exhibit and sale, which includes ceramic creations by our member Peter Samuel. The exhibit opens this Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 705 Wyndmoor Ave., Wyndmoor, PA. For more information, contact Peter.

PHOTO OF BABY ANNA JONES BERSH, born Sept. 24 to our member Kali Jones Schellenberg and her husband Brian Bersh. Anna is the first grandchild of our member Phoebe Jones Schellenberg. (Announcement appeared without this photo in last week’s BEE.)

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

PRINCIPAL OF QUAKER SCHOOL IN LEBANON TO SPEAK OCT. 16 David Gray, principal of Brummana Friends High School in Lebanon, will speak at Chestnut Hill Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m., about his experiences of hope at the only Quaker institution in Lebanon. He calls the school “A beacon of light for nearly 150 years, standing strong like its 250-year-old mother tree, in all weathers, oblivious to the turmoil swirling around it.” He will invite his audience to consider how to form a supportive relationship with the school, its students, and faculty during the unfolding economic crisis in Lebanon. The talk will be in person, and masks are required to attend. There will be Middle Eastern pastries afterward. For more information, contact Mary Day Kent, of Chestnut Hill Meeting’s Refugee Support Group.

NATURE WALK AT PENDLE HILL, OCT. 16 Join a walk to explore the natural and social ecosystems of Pendle Hill’s campus with John Bruber and Lloyd Guindon on Sunday, Oct. 16. Everyone is welcome. John Gruber is a science teacher and researcher at Friends Central School, and Lloyd Guindon has tended Pendle Hill’s campus and trees for more than 30 years. Learn about the rich, interconnected layers of human, animal, and plant life in this beautiful location. Pay as you are led and able. For information, click here.

QUAKER PARENT POSTLUDE, OCT. 16 This is a space for people who are engaged in bringing up children to come together for worship, reflection, and connection to one another. The focus of the Quaker Parent Postlude is to have 30 minutes of quiet time together at the end of Sunday before a new week begins. It will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. and will be entirely by Zoom. It will begin with a reading and end with a short piece of music. In between will be the quiet of Quakers waiting in worship, with freedom to share as led. This is the first of a three-month experiment. The next two meetings will be Nov. 20 and Dec. 18, and, depending on response, it may be continued in 2023.There is no cost.

FALL RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, OCT. 21-23 All Young Adult Quakers and fellow seekers, ages 18-35ish, are invited to join the annual fall retreat for them on Oct. 21-23. The theme is storytelling. The retreat will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. on Zoom, with introductions, fellowship, and games. On Saturday, the group will gather in person (masks required) at Green Street Meeting, 45 W School Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The day will be filled with worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship. Bring your favorite short stories, camping bags, a pillow, a musical instrument, and a friend or two for an overnight sleepover at the meetinghouse. In the morning there will be breakfast, more time together, worship, and saying of goodbyes. Attenders at the in-person retreat must show Covid vaccination records, wear masks indoors, and plan to eat outdoors. To register online, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 23 “Spreading the fire of fearlessly faithful Friends through modern media,” presented by John Watts, is the title of the talk to be given at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 23. He will address the question: “How do we use modern communication technology to publish the Quaker message today in a relevant way?” The meeting will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting and will take place in person and by Zoom. John Watts founded and for six years directed QuakerSpeak on YouTube. You are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends for worship at 11 a.m. in the meetinghouse at 15th & Cherry Streets. John’s talk begins at 1 p.m., followed by meeting for business at 2 p.m., ending at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To register for the Zoom link, click here.

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR GREENLEAF GRANTS: NOV. 1 The Greenleaf Granting Group makes grants and loans to elderly Quakers, and those in sympathy with Quakers, who are of modest means and in need of assistance to meet their housing needs and other costs of living. Eligible individuals must be 62 years of age or older to apply. Grants are not made to organizations. The next deadline for applications is Nov. 1; the other biannual deadline is May 1. To find out more and get the links to the application guidelines and form, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM’S FALL CONTINUING SESSION, NOV. 4-7 Join Friends of all ages from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on Nov. 4, 5, and 6 for its hybrid Continuing Sessions. The theme, “Living communally with our neighbors, seeking to build a beloved community,” calls Friends to come together in weaving a web of connections. Join an online worship sharing group on Friday evening; attend an in-person/Zoom meeting for business and panel discussions on Saturday; and/or gather with Friends online to worship on Sunday at 9 a.m. Register by clicking here.

PLAN AHEAD: FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & QUAKER PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 16-20 Hundreds of advocates and supporters of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will gather on Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., to work for policy change and to strengthen collective work for peace, justice, and an earth restored. They will worship, learn, and advocate together. Lobby training and visits to legislators will take place Nov. 16 and 17. You are invited to participate in person or online. To learn more and register, click here.

COMMUNITY NOTES

VERNON PARK FLEA MARKET & BAZAAR, OCT. 22 Everyone is invited to the Annual Flea Market & Bazaar of Vernon Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: Oct. 29). Bring your family and friends to support Vernon Park and shop the bargains, feast on the food, and enjoy the free entertainment. This annual event raises money for Vernon Park’s other programs during the year, including the summer reading program, “Under the Shady Old Tree,” which takes place in August. If you would like to be a vendor at the Flea Market & Bazaar, get more information or register at www.friendsofvernonpark.org. Ruth Seeley welcomes donations of lightly used children’s books for a variety of ages, which she uses to stock two Little Free Libraries year round. Contact Ruth or add the books yourself to one of the Little Free Libraries.

TAKE ACTION

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE: OCT. 24 Members of our Racial & Social Concerns Committee would like to remind everyone that the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is Oct. 24 if you want to vote in the Nov. 8 election. John Colgan-Davis, a member of the Committee says, “One of the ways Friends can take an active role in the larger community is to exercise our rights to vote in our participatory democracy. Check your registration status and ask friends and family members to check theirs. Then vote and encourage family, neighbors, and friends to vote also. This will be one of the most consequential elections; we need to vote and make our voices heard.” Register to vote, check your registration, and/or find the location of your polling place at the PA Department of State website.

TAKE ACTION ON FARM BILL Right now, Congress is working on the 2023 Farm Bill, which is authorized by Congress every five years and includes nearly $1 trillion in spending. The bill determines what food is grown, how it’s grown, and how affordable it is. It funds vital nutrition programs that help tens of millions of people every day and includes SNAP, the government’s grocery assistance program. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is calling for policies to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system and is asking people to contact Congress to urge making the end of hunger a top priority, including action to cope with climate change. The AFSC provides a convenient way to do this online; to go to the web page, click here.

SAY NO TO NUKES, OCT. 16 Join a demonstration this Sunday, Oct. 16, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., calling to abolish nuclear weapons and the threat they pose to people and our planet. The demonstration will take place at one of the most well-traveled areas in Philadelphia: on the corner of City Line and Monument Avenues, in front of WPVI-ABC headquarters. Large banners and signs provided. Tolling of the Peace Bell, which is made from a missile casing. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. For more information, visit the website or call Bob Smith at 215-843-4827.

POWER UPDATE One of the primary focuses of POWER right now is to get out the vote. There are numerous texting/phone banking opportunities in the coming weeks. Registration and additional information for all of these may be found on the POWER Interfaith Calendar. The next meeting of Friends in POWER (the monthly meeting of Quakers who are involved with POWER or interested in being involved) will be Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m. POWER is also engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to our Meeting representative, Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, October 7, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Reverent simplicity in respect to the outward practices attending death … we earnestly commend to Friends everywhere. The funerals of Friends should be held in a spirit of quiet peace and trust. Natural sorrow there will be, especially for friends taken away in youth and in the strength of their days, but often our thought may be one of great thankfulness for lives which have borne witness to the upholding power of Christ. –London Yearly Meeting, Christian Faith & Practice, 1960

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Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closers Joanne & Tom Sharpless

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom room or meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

· Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

· Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

· Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

· Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

· Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice.

MEETING NEWS

URGENT! HELP NEEDED WITH CHILD CARE ON FIRST DAY GMM is in critical need of help with child care on Sundays, especially in the short term. Pennsylvania law requires all child care providers, paid or volunteer, to obtain a Child Abuse History Certification from PA Department of Human Services (DHS) and a criminal background check from the state police. If you are interested in helping out now and again with childcare but do not have these clearances, you can obtain them quickly online. They are free for volunteers. Apply to the State Police at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp and to DHS at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home The latter site requires you to create an individual account; detailed instructions can be found on the Philadelphia School District’s volunteer site at: https://www.philasd.org/face/volunteer/fill-out-the-child-abuse-history-clearance. If you need additional assistance, or live (or have lived in the past 10 years) outside of Pennsylvania, feel welcome to contact Moira Clare Duggan for assistance in obtaining your certifications.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY FOR SCHELLENBERG-BERSH FAMILY Anna Jones Bersh was born Sept. 24 to our member Kali Jones Schellenberg and Brian Bersh, who were married under the care of our Meeting last year. Brian is department head of the Music Department at Germantown Friends School. Anna is the first grandchild of our member Phoebe Jones Schellenberg. Best wishes may be emailed Kali and Brian.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JOANNE FORD: Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. Masks are required. The reception afterward will be held on the porch, so please dress warmly.

DEATH OF EDWIN SEGAL A memorial service for Edwin Segal will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This will not be a ‘hybrid’ (Zoom) service. Reception on the porch will follow. We welcome contributions of cookies, brownies, or other baked goods. (Ed loved choc chip cookies.)

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 23 “Spreading the fire of fearlessly faithful Friends through modern media,” presented by John Watts, is the title of the talk to be given at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 23. He will address the question: “How do we use modern communication technology to publish the Quaker message today in a relevant way?” The meeting will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting and will take place in person and by Zoom. John Watts has spent six years founding and directing QuakerSpeak on YouTube. You are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends for worship at 11 a.m. in the meetinghouse at 15th & Cherry Streets. John’s talk begins at 1 p.m., followed by meeting for business at 2 p.m., ending at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To register for the Zoom link, click here.

PLAN AHEAD: PYM’S FALL CONTINUING SESSION, NOV. 4-7 Join Friends of all ages from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on Nov. 4, 5, and 6 for its hybrid Continuing Sessions. The theme, “Living communally with our neighbors, seeking to build a beloved community,” calls Friends to come together in weaving a web of connections. Join an online worship sharing group on Friday evening; attend an in-person/Zoom meeting for business and panel discussions on Saturday; and/or gather with Friends online to worship on Sunday at 9 a.m. Register by clicking here.

PLAN AHEAD: FCNL ANNUAL MEETING & QUAKER PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, NOV. 16-20 Hundreds of advocates and supporters of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will gather on Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C., to work for policy change and strengthen collective work for peace, justice, and an earth restored. They will worship, learn, and advocate together. Lobby training and visits to legislators will take place Nov. 16 and 17. You are invited to participate in person or online. To learn more and register, click here.

COMMUNITY NOTES

VERNON PARK FLEA MARKET & BAZAAR, OCT. 22 Everyone is invited to the Annual Flea Market & Bazaar of Vernon Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: Oct. 29). Bring your family and friends to support Vernon Park and shop the bargains, feast on the food, and enjoy the free entertainment. This annual event raises money for Vernon Park’s other programs during the year, including the summer reading program, “Under the Shady Old Tree,” which takes place in August. If you would like to be a vendor at the Flea Market & Bazaar, get more information or register at www.friendsofvernonpark.org. Ruth Seeley welcomes donations of lightly used children’s books for a variety of ages, which she uses to stock two Little Free Libraries year round. Contact Ruth or add the books yourself to one of the Little Free Libraries.

TAKE ACTION

POWER UPDATE One of the primary focuses of POWER right now is to get out the vote. There are numerous texting/phone banking opportunities in the coming weeks. Registration and additional information for all of these may be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar. The next meeting of Friends in POWER (the monthly meeting of Quakers who are involved with POWER or interested in being involved) will be Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m9. POWER is currently also engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to our Meeting representative, Jeff Powers.

REMINDER: REGISTER TO VOTE NOW! Members of our Racial & Social Concerns Committee would like to remind everyone that the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is Oct. 22 if you want to vote in the Nov. 8 election. The Committee says, “One of the ways Friends can take an active role in the larger community is to exercise our rights to vote in our participatory democracy. Check your registration status and ask friends and family members to check theirs. Then vote and encourage family, neighbors, and friends to vote also. This will be one of the most consequential elections; we need to vote and make our voices heard.” Register to vote, check your registration, and/or find the location of your polling place at the PA Department of State website.

INFO & SUPPORT FOR ART MUSEUM WORKERS The workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) have been on strike since Monday, Sept. 26, after fighting for a fair contract for more than two years. To support these arts workers, write a letter to PMA management demanding it negotiates with workers in good faith. Other supportive actions would be to donate to the strike fund, and by not crossing the picket line and not visiting the museum until workers have received a fair contract. More information from the union may be found at these links: Letter-writing campaign: click here. Strike fund: click here.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, September 30, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

How Ministry Comes

Out of this “gathering” of the meeting, some vocal ministry often develops…. One never brings anything to meeting with the certainty of giving it there, but one tries not to come empty. Under the influence of the quiet prayer and this sense of unity in the meeting, what light one brought is often completely set aside, or one feels that this should be reserved for another occasion, or it is made over, or new illustrations, new simplifications are effected. The mind is often drawn to an entirely fresh seed that unfolds itself there in the consciousness of the worshiper. –Douglas V. Steere, “A Quaker Meeting for Worship,” 1941

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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closers Anna Burke & T.J. Rafferty

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom room or meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

· Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

· Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

· Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or making an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

· Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

· Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice.

MEETING NEWS

COME ONE & ALL THIS SUNDAY, OCT.2 Germantown Friends School families, faculty, and staff have been invited to visit Germantown Meeting this Sunday, Oct. 2. Please come to join in welcoming them! After worship we will have a hoagie lunch with hot and cold drinks. You are invited (not required) to bring cold salads/sides/desserts. If possible, please let us know if you are bringing something. The lunch will take place outdoors on the meetinghouse porch, so please dress accordingly. Questions or responses? Contact any of these three event organizers: Anne Stassen, Becky Johnson, Jonathan Busser.

URGENT! HELP NEEDED WITH CHILD CARE ON FIRST DAY GMM is in critical need of help with child care on Sundays, especially in the short term. Pennsylvania law requires all child care providers, paid or volunteer, to obtain a Child Abuse History Certification from PA DHS and a criminal background check from the state police. If you are interested in helping out now and again with childcare but do not have these clearances, you can obtain them quickly online. They are free for volunteers. Apply to the State Police at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp and to DHS at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home The latter site requires you to create an individual account; detailed instructions can be found on the Philadelphia School District’s volunteer site at: https://www.philasd.org/face/volunteer/fill-out-the-child-abuse-history-clearance. If you need additional assistance, or live (or have lived in the past 10 years) outside of Pennsylvania, feel welcome to contact Moira Clare Duggan for assistance in obtaining your certifications.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JOANNE FORD: Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. Details will be in next Friday’s BEE (Oct.7).

REMINDER: REGISTER TO VOTE NOW! Members of our Racial & Social Concerns Committee would like to remind everyone that the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is Oct. 22 if you want to vote in the Nov. 8 election. The Committee says, “One of the ways Friends can take an active role in the larger community is to exercise our rights to vote in our participatory democracy. Check your registration status and ask friends and family members to check theirs. Then vote and encourage family, neighbors, and friends to vote also. This will be one of the most consequential elections; we need to vote and make our voices heard.” You can register to vote at the PA Department of State website, check your registration, and/or find the location of your polling place.

LAST WEEKEND FOR SHAKESPEAREA-PALOOZA PLAY! This is the final weekend of Shakespearea-Palooza at the Old Academy Players in East Falls. Directed by our member Carla Childs , and featuring our First-day School student Serena Lemos-Stein as one of the Fairies, it is a tribute to Shakespeare. You will be treated to some of your favorite scenes, along with songs, insults, and jokes for your entertainment. The play will be performed this Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 per student with valid ID, and may be purchased online by clicking here or by calling 215-843-1109 for reservations. The theater is located at 3540-3544 Indian Queen Lane, Phila., PA 19129. Free parking. To see the flyer for the event, including a photo with Serena Lemos-Stein in it, open attachment Shakespearea-Palooza 2022.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MOLLY WEISBERG, who grew up in our Meeting, daughter of our member Rebecca Johnson and her husband Lawrence Weisberg, was married Sept. 10 at Awbury Arboretum to Lisa Schilansky in a ceremony that combined Quaker, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist traditions. Although the marriage was not under the care of Germantown Meeting, GMM members Ellie and Tom Elkinton generously provided counsel to the couple and clearness according to Friends marriage tradition, attended the wedding, and carefully facilitated the signing of Molly and Lisa’s wedding certificate. The ceremony was beautifully officiated by Rev. Abbey Tennis, a Unitarian Universalist minister. The photo below pictures the couple, with Molly on the left. [If you can’t see this photo here, try opening the attachment: Molly Weisberg & Lisa Schilansky 9-10-2022.]

DEATH OF EDWIN SEGAL Our longtime member Edwin Segal died on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Wyndmoor, PA, at the age of 95 after a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife Mary; five children: Peter, Hillary Felton, Charles, Christopher, and Robert; a sister Susan McCosker,; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Hugh. A memorial service will be held at Germantown Meeting on Oct. 22; the time is to be determined. (If you would like to get in touch with his family, please contact the Meeting Office by calling 215-951-2535 or sending an email to gmm@germantownfriends.org.)

PLAN AHEAD: RUTH SEELEY invites everyone to the Annual Flea Market & Bazaar of Vernon Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: Oct. 29). You are welcome to bring your family and friends to support Vernon Park and shop the bargains, feast on the food, and enjoy the free entertainment. This annual event raises money for Vernon Park’s other programs during the year, including the summer reading program, “Under the Shady Old Tree,” which takes place in August. If you would like to be a vendor at the Flea Market & Bazaar, get more information and register at www.friendsofvernonpark.org. Also, Ruth welcomes donations of lightly used children’s books for a variety of ages, which she uses to stock two Little Free Libraries year round. Contact Ruth or add the books yourself to one of the Little Free Libraries.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, OCT. 23 “Spreading the fire of fearlessly faithful Friends through modern media,” presented by John Watts, is the title of a talk to be given at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 23. He will address the question: “How do we use modern communication technology to publish the Quaker message today in a relevant way?” The meeting will be hosted by Central Philadelphia Meeting and will take place in person and by Zoom. John Watts has spent six years founding and directing QuakerSpeak on YouTube. You are invited to join Central Philadelphia Friends for worship at 11 a.m. in the meetinghouse at 15th & Cherry Streets. John’s talk begins at 1 p.m., followed by meeting for business at 2 p.m., ending at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To register for the Zoom link, click here.

POWER UPDATE One of the primary focuses of POWER right now is to get out the vote. There will be numerous texting/phone banking opportunities in coming weeks. Registration and additional information may be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar. The next meeting of Friends in POWER (the monthly meeting of Quakers who are involved with POWER or interested in being involved) will be on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 a.m. POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, September 23, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Vital ministry is not abstract and doctrinal; it is charged with insight for the meaning and significance of life. It answers back to specific human need. It “speaks to the condition” of souls. It correlates with concrete reality. It sets hearts beating. It quickens drooping spirits. It restores waning faith. It fortifies the wills of those who hear. It makes the world look different. That means that it must come out of life, and, if it is to have value, it must refresh life. –Rufus M. Jones, “The Trail of Life in the Middle Years,” 1934

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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closer Barbara Wybar

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom room or meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Meeting has adopted these safety measures for the Meetinghouse:

· Check in at the Welcome Desk before entering the meetinghouse (no pre-registration necessary).

· Fully vaccinated people only, regardless of age or vaccine eligibility, are permitted in the Meetinghouse.

· Masks required at all times while indoors, except when addressing the group during Meeting for Worship, or maa
king an announcement, or sharing a Joy or Concern after worship. Replace mask after speaking, please.

· Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

· Social hour will be held on the porch until further notice.

MEETING NEWS

POSTPONED: MEMORIAL MEETING FOR CHRIS NICHOLSON The Nicholson family deeply regrets that Christopher Nicholdon’s memorial service, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, must be postponed due to Covid-19. They are very sorry that plans are interrupted so late and will announce the date of the rescheduled service soon.

POSTPONED: WELCOMING GFS FAMILIES TO OUR MEETING The date to welcome families of Germantown Friends School to our Meeting has been changed from this Sunday, Sept. 25, to Sunday, Oct. 2. Stay tuned for more details!

URGENT! HELP NEEDED WITH CHILD CARE ON FIRST DAY GMM is in critical need of help with child care on Sundays, especially in the short term. Pennsylvania law requires all child care providers, paid or volunteer, to obtain a Child Abuse History Certification from PA DHS and a criminal background check from the state police. If you are interested in helping out now and again with childcare but do not have these clearances, you can obtain them quickly online. They are free for volunteers. Apply to the State Police at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp and to DHS at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home The latter site requires you to create an individual account; detailed instructions can be found on the Philadelphia School District’s volunteer site at: https://www.philasd.org/face/volunteer/fill-out-the-child-abuse-history-clearance. If you need additional assistance, or live (or have lived in the past 10 years) outside of Pennsylvania, feel welcome to contact Moira Clare Duggan for assistance in obtaining your certifications.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JOANNE FORD: Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BARBARA WYBAR sends this message: I am heading back to Uganda on October 11, and Anthony Stover is coming with me. He has bought his ticket. We are finding that the costs of making this trip have increased because of the costs of the shots needed for Uganda, (yellow fever, being one of four), which will cost more than $900, and there are more costs involving a hotel and taxi from Entebbe to Bududa and return. An anonymous member of our Meeting has pledged to give $500 to assist Anthony with his travel expenses, but I know there are others who might help. So, I am putting it out there. Our registered charitable organization, Bududa America Foundation here in the USA can give tax receipts for any donation, if required. If you wish to help with Anthony’s travel expenses, please send a check to Bududa America Foundation, 111 Rex Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118. If we bring in more than Anthony needs, we will put this money to our orphans’ program, and attend to some of their many needs. —Barbara Wybar

CARLA CHILDS is directing Shakespearea-Palooza! at Old Academy Players. The play presents scenes from Shakespeare’s greatest hits — complemented by songs, insults, jokes, and vocabulary introduced into the English language by the Bard. It opened last week. Next shows will be Sept. 23, 24, 30, and Oct.1 and 2. Tickets are $20. Call 215-843-1109 or go to the website: https://oldacademyplayers.org to reserve tickets.

PAMELA WILLIAMS has art and text featured in “Quaker Arts,” in the September 2022 Friends Journal. In the online edition can be freely accessed at https://www.friendsjournal.org. She also has artwork in RejuvenART Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts/Tri-Quarter Art Show, which will be Saturday, Sept.24, at 3:30 pm, and Sunday, Sept. 25. from 1 p.m.to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Doris.

PLAN AHEAD: RUTH SEELEY invites everyone to the Annual Flea Market & Bazaar of Vernon Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date: Oct. 29). You are welcome to bring your family and friends to support Vernon Park to shop the bargains, feast on the food, and enjoy the free entertainment. This annual event raises money for Vernon Park’s other programs during the year, including the summer reading program, “Under the Shady Old Tree,” which takes place in August. If you would like to be a vendor at the Flea Market & Bazaar, get more information and register at http://www.friendsofvernonpark.org. Also, Ruth welcomes donations of lightly used children’s books for a variety of ages, which she uses to stock two Little Free Libraries year round. Contact Ruth or add the books yourself to one of the Little Free Libraries.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

‘CEMETERY CRAWL’ INCLUDES HISTORIC FAIR HILL, SEPT. 24 Learn about and explore the burial grounds of Historic Fair Hill on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be tours throughout the time period to learn about the history, trees, and murals on the grounds and in the neighborhood. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested of a gently used book for one of the Little Free Libraries in the Fairhill neighborhood. This event is part of the Living Cemetery Alliance Cemetery Crawl program. To let people know you’re coming, register by clicking here.

POWER UPDATE One of the primary focuses of POWER right now is to get out the vote. There are numerous texting/phone banking opportunities in coming weeks. Additionally, the next “POWER Orientation, pt. II: Collective Libration, Racial Equity, and Healing in Our Organizing” will take place Sept. 29. Registration and additional information and additional information may be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar. The next meeting of Friends in POWER (the monthly meeting of quakers who are involved with POWER or interested in being involved) will be on Saturday, October 1st, at 8:30 am. POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in the meeting or a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers.

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OFFICE NOTES

SECRETARY IS BACK IN OFFICE PART-TIME Melissa Elliott, our Meeting secretary, is back in the Meeting Office, working mornings while her back continues to heal from surgery. She would like to thank the many Friends in our Meeting who helped her and her partner Bob Smith with meals, transportation, and shopping during this difficult time, as well for the cards, phone calls, and loving concern. Thanks also go to members of the Office & Records Committee — Karen Lightner, Moira Duggan, Faye Stacy, and Bob Seeley– for answering phone calls and email messages, taking care of mail, making bank deposits, putting out the BEE, and solving problems as they arose. Melissa notes that these many acts of kindness made it possible for her and Bob to get through the surgery and at-home recovery period, and they are extremely grateful to everyone. Office hours are temporarily 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. but will expand in coming weeks.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, September 16, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Art thou in darkness? mind it not, for if thou do it will fill thee more, but stand still and act not, and wait in patience till light arise out of darkness to lead thee.
~ James Nayler, 1616-1660

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2022

9:00 a.m.-10:15a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Business meeting will be Hybrid (in the Committee Room and via Zoom)

Draft Agenda

Query – Faye Stacey, followed by worship

Corrections to the Minutes from the June Business Meeting – Becky Johnson, recording clerk (Members are respectfully requested to review the minutes and identify any required corrections BEFORE meeting)

Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel

Worship & Ministry Committee – Karen Lightner reporting

Safety Committee recommendations for in person worship and use of rooms – Moira Duggan reporting

Fundraising Committee – Jack Rhoads – 2021-2022 fiscal year final results

Welcome GFS Families Event – Jonathan Busser

Our childcare challenge

Announcements

Summer Activity Follow up

Closing Worship

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closer Bill Cozzens

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom room or meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person:

· Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).

· Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children younger than age 5).

· Masks required for all while indoors.

· Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.

· No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).

· Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

MEETING NEWS

CHILD CARE ON FIRST DAY

The meeting is in urgent need of Friends to supervise the youngest children who come to meeting for worship with their parents. We have approved hiring paid workers, but there is presently no Child Care committee to do that. Please step up and lend a hand so that young families may join us on First Days. If you are interested, please contact Karen Lightner.

THE ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP will meet Tuesday, September 20th at 7PM. We will discuss the prompts shared from the Friends Ant-Racism Cohort, look at some at recent political developments, and discuss some of the articles shared in August to see what possibilities implications, and ideas they contain that might apply to the Meeting. This is a ZOOM meeting, and we are using the same link we used last year.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR CHRIS NICHOLSON

A memorial service for Chris Nicholson will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 pm in the meetinghouse, reception to follow on the front lawn and porch. This will be a hybrid meeting with Zoom.

We hope that members will provide cookies or brownies which you can bring to the meeting kitchen between 12:30 and 1:30.
Masks are required inside the meetinghouse but may be dropped in order to give a message. We expect that anyone who is not vaccinated or who has symptoms suggestive of Covid will not attend.

The reception following will be outside on the front lawn and the meeting porch. In case of rain, please bring an umbrella.

Parking for the family will be at the Pennsbury lot (behind the Smith gym). The Commons lot will be available for members who have mobility issues and those arriving late. Please contact Randal Whitman if you would like to reserve a parking spot in the Commons lot. Parking otherwise will be on Coulter Street, or in the school lots behind the Wade Science Center, Admissions, or in the St. Luke’s lot at the corner of Germantown Ave at Coulter Street.

SAVE THE DATE: All members and attenders are asked to put on their calendars the memorial service for Joanne Ford (2 pm, Saturday, Oct 8).

WORSHIP AND MINISTRY seeks input about Friends’ thoughts regarding the current state of Meeting for Worship at Germantown Monthly Meeting. Look for a short (4 questions) survey in your inbox next Wednesday.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

CARLA CHILDS is directing Shakespearea-Palooza! at Old Academy Players. The play presents scenes from Shakespeare’s greatest hits — complemented by songs, insults, jokes, and vocabulary introduced into the English language by the Bard. Opening night is tonight, with shows 9/17,18,23,24,30, and 10/1,2. Tickets are $20. Call 215-843-1109 or check out the website: oldacademyplayers.org to reserve tickets.

BARBARA WYBAR sends this message: I am heading back to Uganda on October 11th and Anthony Stover is coming with me. He has bought his ticket. We are finding that the costs of making this trip have increased because of the costs of the shots needed for Uganda, (Yellow Fever, being one of four) which will cost over $900, and there are more costs involving a hotel and taxi from Entebbe to Bududa and return. An anonymous member of our Meeting has pledged to give $500 to assist Anthony with his travel expenses but I know there are others who might help. So, I am putting it out there. Our registered charitable organization, Bududa America Foundation here in the USA can give tax receipts for any donation, if required. If you wish to help with Anthony’s travel expenses, please send a check to Bududa America Foundation, 111 Rex Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118. P.S. If we bring in more than Anthony needs, we will put this money to our orphans’ program, and attend to some of their many needs.

PAMELA WILLIAMS has art and text featured in the September 2022 Friends Journal, “Quaker Arts.” In addition to the print edition, the online edition can be freely accessed at www.friendsjournal.org. She also has artwork in RejuvenART Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts/Tri-Quarter Art Show. Saturday, September 24 at 3:30 pm- *:00 pm and Sunday, September 25 1:00-2:30 pm with an Artists’ Reception. YMCA Camp of the Pines, 1303 Stokes Road, Medford NJ. For more information, contact Doris at dpulone@comcast.net.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

FRIENDS IN POWER Tomorrow, Saturday, 9/17, at 8:30 am will be the monthly meeting of Quakers who are active in POWER. The group meets via Zoom.

There are several Voting is Imperative phone banking events over the next several weeks. Additionally, POWER’s Live Free campaign is holding several town hall meetings of their “Voting, Y Bother?” campaign to eradicate voter apathy. Additional information about all these events can be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar page.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers.

QUAKER PARENT MUTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS

The Quaker parent mutual support groups provide a supportive forum in which Quaker parents can talk about their parenting and their faith. Parents celebrate one another’s successes and provide fellowship for one another through difficulties. Registration for the third and final year of the Quaker parent mutual support groups is now open! PYM is one of the organizations supporting the groups.

· Open to Friends currently raising children under age 19

· Free, online, facilitated in English on Zoom

· Meet for one hour every other week for a total of twelve gatherings between November 2022 and April 2023

· Learn more and register: https://tinyurl.com/Quakerparents

. Registration deadline: November 1.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION RETREAT Join Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Spiritual Formation Collaborative for their annual fall retreat, October 14-16 at Pendle Hill Retreat and Conference Center in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. We will explore the practice of spiritual companions and their important role in our spiritual lives. As an experienced companion or someone completely new, you will make new Friends and learn new skills within a loving and courageous community. For more information, click here.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, September 9, 2022
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Love is our true essence. Love has no limitations of caste, religion, race or nationality. We are all beads strung together on the same string of love. To awaken this unity — and to spread to others the love that is our inherent nature — is the true goal of human life.
–Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, The Hugging Saint
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship
Closer Kate O’Shea
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom room or meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person:

· Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration neecessary).
· Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children younger than age 5)
· Masks required for all while indoors.
· Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
· No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).k
· Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.e

MEETING NEWS

SEPTEMBER’S MONTHLY MEETING will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 9 AM. It will be a hybrid meeting — in person in the Committee Room and on Zoom. It is a week later than usual because of the Labor Day holiday.

UPCOMING MEMORIAL MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

All members and attenders are asked to put on their calendars the memorial services for Nancy Rhoads (2 pm, Saturday Sept 10), Chris Nicholson (2 pm, Saturday Sept 24), and Joanne Ford (2 pm, Saturday, Oct 8).

The information below is just for Nancy Rhoads’ service; that for Chris Nicholson’s will appear next week.

We hope all you bakers will find time to make some cookies, brownies, etc., for the reception to follow at the Friends Free Library. Bring your goods to the meeting kitchen either Friday between 1 and 4 pm or Saturday Noon – 1:30 pm. Thank you.

Zoom connectivity will not be available for Nancy Rhoads’ service.

We ask that everyone be vaccinated, and that no one should attend who is symptomatic or with recent exposure to Covid. Wearing masks in the meetinghouse is strongly recommended; masks may be removed before speaking. Masks will be available at the doors.

Parking for the family will be at the Pennsbury parking lot (beyond the meeting house towards Greene Street). Parking for persons with mobility issues is in the Commons lot (between the meetinghouse and the main school building). Parking generally is on Coulter Street or in school lots (behind the Science Building, also at St. Luke’s across Germantown Ave at Coulter St.). Look for signs (“Memorial Service”, or “GFS Event”).

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 25th will be a special day when we will Welcome GFS Families. Details to follow.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

JOANNE FORD Our beloved member Joanne Ford died on Monday, September 5, 2022 of ovarian cancer. A memorial service for her will be held at GMM at 2 pm, Saturday, October 8, 2022. Her husband Ken’s address is 1213 Foulkeways, Gwynedd, PA 19436

JONDHI HARRELL and the TCRC Community Healing Center’s work with food giveaways was profiled in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer: Click Here to see article. He can always use volunteers.

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS has written a new blog post about the sounds of schoolchildren in his neighborhood and his hopes for this schoolyear on the Dukes of Destiny band website http://dukesofdestiny.blogspot.com.

Also The Dukes of Destiny have several upcoming concerts:

1) Sunday, September 25, Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival is from 10 AM-6 PM all along Germantown Ave. The Dukes play from 11 AM-1:45 PM, in Buckley Park, Germantown Ave & Hartwell Lane. [rain date: October 2].

2) Friday, Sept. 30, The Mermaid Inn, Winston Rd at Mermaid Lane, off Germantown Ave, 8-11 PM; $15; 215-247-9797; Double vaxed and boosted required for admission www.themermaidinn.net

The Two Johns gigs: Johnny Never, guitar and vocals; John Colgan-Davis-harmonica: Great acoustic blues at two great places! www.johnnynever.com

1) Friday, Sept. 9, Bellefonte Café, 804 Brandywine Blvd, Wilmington, DE. 7-9 PM:302-761-9175: https://www.thebellefontecafe.com Reservations are highly recommended.

2) Saturday, September 24, Jamey’s House of Music, 32 South Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA. $20.00 Advance, $25.00 Door; Jamey’s House of Music Come on out and hear great Delta and Piedmont blues in a wonderful spot.

JOAN MCILVAINE was interviewed in an article about the year-long closure of the East Falls Post Office, due to flooding a year ago from Hurricane Ida. Read it here.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

QUAKER PARENT MUTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS

The Quaker parent mutual support groups provide a supportive forum in which Quaker parents can talk about their parenting and their faith. Parents celebrate one another’s successes and provide fellowship for one another through difficulties. Registration for the third and final year of the Quaker parent mutual support groups is now open! PYM is one of the organizations supporting the groups.

· Open to Friends currently raising children under age 19
· Free, online, facilitated in English on Zoom
· Meet for one hour every other week for a total of twelve gatherings between November 2022 and April 2023
· Learn more and register: https://tinyurl.com/Quakerparents
· Registration deadline: November 1.

FAMILY CAMPING WEEKEND: HOSTED BY PYM YOUTH PROGRAMS
September 30 @ 5:00 pm – October 2 @ 12:00 pm

PYM will host a weekend at a State Park Campground. There will be a playground, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, Pinchot Lake, disc golf, campfires and s’mores. Enjoy a night under the stars in the campground with friends. More info.

PENDLE HILL

Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture 2022:
Monday, September 12, 7:30-9 PM.
Strategizing for Change ~ Applying Lessons from the Life of Bayard Rustin to Quaker Work at the UN

With the approach of the 75th anniversary of Quaker work at the UN, Sarah Clarke, Director of the Quaker UN Office in New York, will take an opportunity to reflect on those in our community who have taught us valuable lessons about the Quaker traditions of non-violence and direct engagement with those who hold power. The wisdom and life of Quaker civil rights activist Bayard Rustin offers insights and lessons that continue to guide us today and as we look into the future. Information and registration for attending in person or viewing online at the Pendle Hill website.

Opening to the Heart of Worship,

Sept. 30 – Oct 2, 2022 (Friday 4:30pm through Sunday noon.)

An in-person weekend with Christopher Sammond focusing on practical skills that will enhance our ability to enter into deep, transformative worship. Workshop participants will explore how to prepare for worship, how to center down, how to listen to each other with our whole being — body, mind, and spirit — and how to better open to each other and the Divine during worship. We will create a sense of community from which to access our individual and collective wellsprings of the Source. Read more and register here.

POWER

Quaker POWER Group, Saturday, September 17, 8:30 AM. This group, clerked by Sara Palmer of Central Philadelphia Meeting, shares information on the doings at POWER in a spiritual context among the Quakers in the region who participate in POWER. If you would like to participate in this group, email Linda Rosenwein (lrosenwein@gmail.com) to get on the list for Zoom invitations.

AWBURY ARBORETUM

Sunday Fun Days at Awbury Farm, 6336 Ardleigh St

1:00 – 4:00PM, Open to all
This Sunday, Sept 11:
The Tiny House of Happiness Open House
Stop by The Tiny House of Happiness to get a taste of what it would be like to stay in a tiny house. Learn about and practice the habits of happiness that lead to a more sustainable, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Enter a raffle for 50% off a 2-night stay and a free copy of The Workbook of Happiness.
Monarch butterfly release with Julie Kring
Monarchs that emerge from their chrysalides in late summer know they can’t stay here in the northern climate with few flowers to drink nectar from, so for centuries they’ve been making their way down to the highlands of Central Mexico for the winter. You can see these amazing insects, discover the beauty found in every stage of their life cycle, help tag them, and then participate in their release to begin their miraculous, 2,000-mile journey!
Check out their website for all their great programs.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, September 2, 2022
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

10 Facts About Compassion
1. Being compassionate is hardwired from birth.
2. Being compassionate is the survival strategy that allowed our species to flourish.
3. Being compassionate results in increased blood flow to our reward and pleasure centers by the release of oxytocin and other neurotransmitters.
4. Being compassionate shifts us from the stimulation of our stress response (the sympathetic nervous system) to one of openness and inclusion (the parasympathetic nervous system).
5. Being compassionate improves our health by improving cardiac function, lowering blood pressure, boosting the immune system, decreasing the production of inflammatory proteins, and increasing the release of stress hormones.
6. Being compassionate increases the length of our telomeres (a part of our genes) which is associated with an increase in longevity.
7. Being compassionate has more benefits to one’s health than being at one’s ideal body weight or exercising (but you should still do both).
8. Being compassionate has a rippling effect and motivates others to be compassionate.
9. Being compassionate to oneself improves well-being and increases resilience.
10. Being compassionate is associated with increased happiness, well-being and purpose
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship
Closer Karen Lightner
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom room or meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person:
Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children younger than age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

MEETING NEWS

MONTHLY MEETING will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 9 AM. It will be a hybrid meeting — in person in the Committee Room and on Zoom. It is a week later because of the Labor Day holiday.

UPCOMING MEMORIAL MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

All members and attenders are asked to put on their calendars the memorial services for Nancy Rhoads (2 pm, Saturday Sept 10) and Chris Nicholson (2 pm, Saturday Sept 24).

The information here is just for Nancy Rhoads’ service; that for Chris Nicholson’s will appear in a few weeks.

We hope all you bakers will find time to make some cookies, brownies, etc., for the reception to follow at the Friends Free Library. Bring your goods to the meeting kitchen either Friday afternoon before 4 pm or Saturday Noon – 1:30 pm. Thank you.

Zoom connectivity will not be available for Nancy Rhoads’ service.

We ask that everyone be vaccinated, and that no one should attend who is symptomatic or with recent exposure to Covid. Wearing masks in the meetinghouse is strongly recommended; masks may be removed before speaking. Masks will be available at the doors.

Parking for the family will be at the Pennsbury parking lot (beyond the meeting house towards Greene Street). Parking for persons with mobility issues is in the Commons lot (between the meetinghouse and the main school building). Parking generally is on Coulter Street or in school lots (behind the Science Building, also at St. Luke’s across Germantown Ave at Coulter St.). Look for signs (“memorial service”, or “GFS event”).

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 25th will be a special day when we will Welcome GFS Families. Details to follow.

OFFICE ARRANGEMENTS IN SECRETARY’S ABSENCE. Melissa’s surgery went well and she is slowly recovering. Members of the Office & Records Committee are coving for her while she’s out. If you have questions or need help from the office, please call 215-951-2235 and leave a message, or send an email to gmm@germantownfriends.org, or get in touch with Karen Lightner, clerk of the Office & Records Committee.
NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY Kazuo Nakawatase Cabral was born on Sunday, August 21, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Kazuo is the son of Kenzo Nakawatase (GFS ’98) and Leana Cabral, and the sibling of Ella Nakawatase Cabral. He is the fourth grandchild and the first grandson of Meeting member Masaru Edmund Nakawatase. Mother and son are doing well as are the rest of the family.

NEW ADDRESS for Bob Smith and Melissa Elliott : 5720 Wissahickon Ave., Apt. D19, Phila., PA 19144, and their old phone number has been restored.

FROM THE WIDER QUAKER WORLD

QUAKER PARENT MUTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS

The Quaker parent mutual support groups provide a supportive forum in which Quaker parents can talk about their parenting and their faith. Parents celebrate one another’s successes and provide fellowship for one another through difficulties. Registration for the third and final year of the Quaker parent mutual support groups is now open! PYM is one of the organizations supporting the groups.

· Open to Friends currently raising children under age 19

· Free, online, facilitated in English on Zoom

· Meet for one hour every other week for a total of twelve gatherings between November 2022 and April 2023

· Learn more and register: tinyurl.com/Quakerparents

· Registration deadline: November 1.

PENDLE HILL

Stephen G. Cary Memorial Lecture 2022:

Monday, September 12, 7:30-9 PM.

Strategizing for Change ~ Applying Lessons from the Life of Bayard Rustin to Quaker Work at the UN

With the approach of the 75th anniversary of Quaker work at the UN, Sarah Clarke, Director of the Quaker UN Office in New York, will take an opportunity to reflect on those in our community who have taught us valuable lessons about the Quaker traditions of non-violence and direct engagement with those who hold power. The wisdom and life of Quaker civil rights activist Bayard Rustin offers insights and lessons that continue to guide us today and as we look into the future. Information and registration for attending in person or viewing online at the Pendle Hill website.

Opening to the Heart of Worship,

Sept. 30 – Oct 2, 2022 (Friday 4:30pm through Sunday noon.)

An in-person weekend with Christopher Sammond focusing on practical skills that will enhance our ability to enter into deep, transformative worship. Workshop participants will explore how to prepare for worship, how to center down, how to listen to each other with our whole being — body, mind, and spirit — and how to better open to each other and the Divine during worship. We will create a sense of community from which to access our individual and collective wellsprings of the Source. Read more and register here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Staff Writer for Friends Journal. Friends Publishing Corporation, a nonprofit Quaker magazine and web publishing organization, seeks a staff writer to join our team. The Staff Writer will work remotely, though they may occasionally travel to FPC’s Philadelphia office or other locations as needed for all-staff activities or to cover stories. Travel is likely to be less than 2 weeks per year. This position reports to the Senior Editor. More information on the Friends Journal website.

POWER

Quaker POWER Group, Saturday, September 17, 8:30 AM. This group, clerked by Sara Palmer of Central Philadelphia Meeting, shares information on the doings at POWER in a spiritual context among the Quakers in the region who participate in POWER. If you would like to participate in this group, email Linda Rosenwein (lrosenwein@gmail.com) to get on the list for Zoom invitations.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, August 6, 2022
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Vocal prayer, poured out from a humble heart, frequently shifts a meeting from a heady level of discussion to the deeps of worship. Such prayers serve as an unintended rebuke to our shallowness and drive us deeper into worship and commitment. They open the gates of devotion, adoration, submission confession. They help to unite the group at the level at which real unity is sought…. Such prayers not only “create” that unity; they also give voice to it, and the worshipers are united in a silent amen of gratitude. –Thomas Kelly, 1945
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SUNDAY, AUG. 8, 2022

10:30 a.m. In-person (non-hybrid) & separate Zoom Meetings for Worship
Closers In person (non-hybrid): Anthony Stover
Zoom: Ted & Margie Spaeth
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

*This summer there will be in-person worship and worship on Zoom every week. We are experimenting with having hybrid worship on the second and fourth Sundays and non-hybrid worship on the first and third Sundays. The schedule is as follows:

Non-hybrid worship: Aug 7, Aug 21, Sept 4
Hybrid worship: Aug 14, Aug 28

Please maintain silence as you enter the meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person :

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children younger than age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

MEETING NEWS

PAMPHLETS ON RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN QUAKER SCHOOLS & MEETINGS The Meeting has acquired twenty copies of a booklet put out by Friends Council on Education (FCE), entitled “The Care Relationship: Friends Schools and the Religious Society of Friends”. A number of Meeting members have been interested in strengthening and nurturing our relationship with Germantown Friends School and our support for Friends testimonies within the operation of the School. A suggestion was made by Drew Smith, at FCE, that we should read this small publication before getting into discussions. In her introduction, Irene McHenry writes: “This booklet arises from a research study … conducted by a member of Plymouth Monthly Meeting … who was interested in collecting information and ideas about what nurtures and strengthens the relationship between Meetings and Schools….” She goes on to describe what it means to be a school “under the care of a Meeting.” Some of the booklets will be housed in the Meeting Office and may be picked up there next week, Aug. 8- 12, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and others will be delivered to people who have been talking about this subject. Please participate in this exercise and be ready to join in subsequent discussions, times of which will be announced later this month.

MEETING SECRETARY TO BE OUT OF THE OFFICE TEMPORARILY Melissa Elliott, our Meeting secretary, will be out of the office to get back surgery and recuperate, beginning Aug. 15. Basic tasks will be covered by members of the Office & Records Committee until she gets back in four to six weeks. Questions should be directed to the Committee’s clerk, Karen Lightner.

WEEKLY CHILDCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Germantown Monthly Meeting is looking to hire two people to provide childcare to our youngest members and attenders (ages 0-5) on Sunday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a..m. There may be opportunities for longer hours as the Meeting returns to more frequent educational and committee meetings that begin at 9 a.m. Childcare is provided in one of the kindergarten classrooms of Germantown Friends School. Hourly rate for the primary caretaker is $15 to $20 per hour, depending on experience. Hourly rate for the secondary caretaker is $12 to $15, depending on experience. (The latter would be appropriate for a high school student.) Requirements include recent PA state child abuse and criminal clearances and some experience caring for young children. Positions start in September. If interested in learning more, please contact Peter Yeomans.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ESTHER COOPERMAN WILL BE SEPT. 10 at 2 p.m., at Crosslands, a Quaker retirement center near Kennett Square, PA. Mrs. Cooperman died June 21 at the age of 95. A member of Germantown Meeting for many years, she was also a graduate of Germantown Friends School (GFS), a GFS parent, and served on the GFS School Committee, in addition to many professional accomplishments. The family suggests that those who wish to commemorate her life might consider giving to the American Friends Service Committee, Friends Committee on National Legislation, or the ACLU. To read her obituary, click here.

TAKE ACTION

STARTING TIME CHANGED FOR VIGIL ON HIROSHIMA DAY, AUG. 6 “We Shall Not Repeat the Sin,” a vigil and ceremony at Lockheed Martin on Saturday, Aug. 6, will commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which occurred in August 1945. Due to the excessive heat expected tomorrow, starting time for the vigil has been changed to 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. ceremony of remembrance. This will take place in front of the offices of Lockheed Martin, at the intersection of Mall & Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall. Everyone is welcome.Posters and banners will be provided. All are asked to abide by the discipline of “nonviolence of fist, tongue, and heart” of Martin Luther King, Jr. Please bring sunblock, water, and a folding chair for yourself and consider packing an umbrella. Before coming, check www.brandywinepeace.com in case there is a change in time or postponement due to severe weather.

POWER UPDATE Via the Live Free campaign, on Aug. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. at Eastern State Penitentiary, a play called The Box will be presented by The End of Isolation tour, a group of formerly incarcerated performers. The play is about solitary confinement, written by someone who was in solitary confinement as a political prisoner. You may buy tickets and see a short clip by clicking here. If you or a family member has been incarcerated, you may request a no-cost ticket from Val.

There are several Voting Is Imperative events about texting and phone banking, beginning in September. Registration and information may be found by clicking here.

POWER’S CURRENT CAMPAIGNS: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement and Climate Justice. If interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 29, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The catch is, we can’t love God without loving our neighbor: whoever is next to us at this moment in time. We have to love, really love, with that same love we feel pouring into and loving us. Some are easy to love. With some we feel at home. We run to them in joy. But we learn as we go that love is for each other one we encounter: those who are easy to love and those who are difficult….This love is for the lost and the broken; the cantankerous, ugly, and lonely; yes, and even the brutal, the murderous, and cruel. If we are to love God, we must love them as well, not for their cruelties, but for the hidden Seed that would live and grow in them. We, who are loved with a love that will not let us go, are to let that same love flow through us into the world. –Carol Reiley Urner, 1994
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IN-PERSON WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY WILL BE OUTSIDE, IN HARKINS GARDEN (See attached map of campus).

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022

10:30 a.m. In-person & separate Zoom Meetings for Worship* (see below)
Closer In person (outside): Karen Lightner
Zoom: Faye Steacy
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

*This summer there will be in-person worship and worship on Zoom every week. We are experimenting with having hybrid worship on the second and fourth Sundays and non-hybrid worship on the first and third Sundays. The schedule is as follows:

Non-hybrid worship: July 31, Aug 7, Aug 21, Sept 4
Hybrid worship: Aug 14, Aug 28

Please maintain silence as you enter the meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person :

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children younger than age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

MEETING NEWS

APOLOGY FROM EDITOR Please accept my sincere apology for running conflicting and unvetted information about the form of last Sunday’s meeting for worship. And, please help me avoid this kind of error by observing these two guidelines: If more than one person is involved in organizing an event, make sure only one representative submits an announcement to the BEE. Also, please have the courtesy to observe the deadline for BEE submissions, which is Thursday noon. This gives the editor a chance to check for misinformation and unintended factual conflicts. Your help in putting out this weekly newsletter is needed and much appreciated. –Melissa Elliott, editor

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE THIS SUNDAY, JULY 31 Madeline, Penelope, and Jane Keenan, daughters of our member Lois Volta, will be available at the meetinghouse this Sunday, July 31, to provide childcare during meeting for worship.

WEEKLY CHILDCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Germantown Monthly Meeting is looking to hire two people to provide childcare to our youngest members and attenders (ages 0-5) on Sunday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a..m. There may be opportunities for longer hours as the Meeting returns to more frequent educational and committee meetings that begin at 9 a.m. Childcare is provided in one of the kindergarten classrooms of Germantown Friends School. Hourly rate for the primary caretaker is $15 to $20 per hour, depending on experience. Hourly rate for the secondary caretaker is $12 to $15, depending on experience. (The latter would be appropriate for a high school student.) Requirements include recent PA state child abuse and criminal clearances and some experience caring for young children. Positions start in September. If interested in learning more, please contact Peter Yeomans.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SEE KAREN LIGHTNER’S RECENT TALK ON YOUTUBE Our member Karen Lightner, who is retired after working for the Free Library of Philadelphia, gave a talk on Zoom last week called “The Enduring Power of Beatrix Potter’s Art.” The talk was originally prepared for a 2016 Beatrix Potter Society Conference in England. Last week’s talk was recorded, and you can view it on Northwest Village Network’s YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO7s5MQgGQM

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

ANNUAL SESSIONS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY! Dates for Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting are July 26-31. There are countless opportunities for reflection, connection, hearing speakers, learning more about issues, worship, and fellowship. Most events this year are virtual. To see the smorgasbord of choices, with dates, times, and links to register, click here.

SPIRITUAL STATE OF THE MEETING REPORTS … are available on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s website by clicking here. These reports are from monthly meetings throughout PYM’s region and give a glimpse of the broad community of faith that composes our yearly meeting. You will read about the spiritual formation, experience, and witness of our neighboring Friends, all telling about a year of change, challenge, and ways to gather in the Spirit.

TAKE ACTION

COMMEMORATION OF HIROSHIMA DAY, AUG. 6 “We Shall Not Repeat the Sin,” a vigil and ceremony at Lockheed Martin on Saturday, Aug. 6, will commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which occurred in August 1945. The 12 p.m. vigil will focus on the Hiroshima bombing and urge support for abolishing nuclear weapons as codified in the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty. It will take place at the well-traveled intersection of Mall & Goddard Boulevards, on the corner of Lockheed Martin’s property. Posters (provided) will feature the famous photo of the Hiroshima Child. The vigil will be followed by the 1 p.m. ceremony of remembrance and prayer for peace commemorating the bombing of Nagasaki. The ceremony of remembrance will take place at the main driveway to the Lockheed Martin office building and will use incense, water, and a display of large banners. Everyone is welcome. All are asked to abide by the discipline of “nonviolence of fist, tongue, and heart” of Martin Luther King, Jr. You are urged to bring sunblock, water, and a folding chair for yourself. Please check www.brandywinepeace.com before coming in case there is a time change or postponement due to heat or severe weather (storms).

POWER UPDATE Registration and additional information for the following events may be found here.

“The Cookout” Claim Your Right to Vote, Saturday, July 30, 12 p.m- 4 p.m.
Earth Quaker Action Team Action (EQAT) Role Training, Saturday, July 30, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
POWER Metro Voting Summit, Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Thursday, Aug.4, 7 p.m.-9 pm
Lehigh Valley Mass Meeting, Wednesday, August 3rd, 6-8pm

POWER’S CURRENT CAMPAIGNS: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement and Climate Justice. If interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 22, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

What matters is living our lives in the power of love and not worrying too much about the results. In doing this, the means become part of the end. Hence we lose the sense of helplessness and futility in the face of the world’s crushing problems. We also lose the craving for success, always focusing on the goal to the exclusion of the way of getting there. We must literally not take too much thought for the morrow but throw ourselves wholeheartedly into the present. That is the beauty of the way of love; it cannot be planned, and its end cannot be foretold. –Wolf Mendl, “Prophets and reconcilers: reflections on the Quaker peace testimony,” 1974
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SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2022

10:30 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Worship* (see below)
Closer In person: Melissa Elliott
Zoom: Jeff Powers
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

*This summer there will be in-person worship in the meetinghouse and worship on Zoom every week. We are experimenting with having hybrid worship on the second and fourth Sundays and non-hybrid worship on the first and third Sundays. The schedule is as follows:

Hybrid worship: July 24, Aug 14, Aug 28
Non-hybrid worship: July 31, Aug 7, Aug 21, Sept 4

Please maintain silence as you enter the meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person :

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children younger than age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

MEETING NEWS

WEEKLY CHILDCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Germantown Monthly Meeting is looking to hire two people to provide childcare to our youngest members and attenders (ages 0-5) on Sunday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a..m. There may be opportunities for longer hours as the Meeting returns to more frequent educational and committee meetings that begin at 9 a.m. Childcare is provided in one of the kindergarten classrooms of Germantown Friends School. Hourly rate for the primary caretaker is $15 to $20 per hour, depending on experience. Hourly rate for the secondary caretaker is $12 to $15, depending on experience. (The latter would be appropriate for a high school student.) Requirements include recent PA state child abuse and criminal clearances and some experience caring for young children. Positions start in September. If interested in learning more, please contact Peter Yeomans.

RUTH SEELEY’S ARTWORK IN EXHIBIT THRU AUGUST at Center on the Hill, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., and on Sundays, before and after the church’s worship service.

EXHIBIT OF PETER SAMUEL’S CERAMICS POSTPONED. Watch this space for dates of exhibit when it is rescheduled.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ZACHARIAH JULYE, ON JULY 23 A memorial service will be held at Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Friends are encouraged to attend in person. At the request of Zachariah’s family, the memorial service will be held in the meetinghouse without Zoom. Following the service there will be a reception at 707 Westview St., Phila., PA 19119. Zachariah, a member of our Meeting, was 19 when he died tragically from a violent gunshot on July 2 as he left a party with friends. He was the son of our member Kent Julye and Tracy Mills, who is a member of Valley Mills Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, and the brother of our member Hadley Julye. Those wishing to make a donation to honor Zachariah’s life may direct them to Delaware Valley Friends School, 19 E. Central Ave., Paoli, PA 19301, https://www.dvfriends.org/gift.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS Parking in the Pennsbury lot (behind the meetinghouse, facing Greene Street) is restricted to family only. Parking for people with disabilities is available in the Commons (between the meetinghouse and school). All other attenders should park on Coulter Street, behind the Science and Admissions Buildings, or across Germantown Ave at Coulter St. (where you will see signs).

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

ANNUAL SESSIONS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY! Coming up quickly are the dates for Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: July 26-31. There are countless opportunities for reflection, connection, hearing speakers, learning more about issues, worship, and fellowship. Most events this year are virtual. To see the smorgasbord of choices, with dates, times, and links to register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER UPDATE (For additional information or to register, click here.)

July 26, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Climate Justice & Jobs meeting
July 30, at 12 noon to 4 p.m. “The Cookout,” claim your right to vote

POWER’S CURRENT CAMPAIGNS: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement and Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 15, 2022
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is an invisible spiritual aspect and a visible material aspect of the same life…. Each aspect has its peculiar function: but the spiritual and the material are inextricably one…. The material is infused with the spiritual. The spiritual is intrinsic to the material. In this scientific age we have tended to think that we could understand the world through the material aspect alone, but this one-sided approach to the real world may well prove disastrous. Many are alienated from the attempt to know the spiritual because to them it seems to be relegated to a world other than, separate from, the one in which we appear to live. Mysticism, the word used to describe the apprehension of the spiritual, is regarded by ordinary men and women as occult, abnormal, and unavailable even if they wanted it. But mysticism is the key to the whole. It is the recognition that there is a point of convergence of the material and spiritual qualities of [humans] and the world. –Daniel Wilson, 1951
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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2022

10:30 a.m. In-person & separate Zoom Meetings for Worship* (see below)
Closer Ed Stivender (in person)
Karen Lightner (Zoom)
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

*This summer there will be in-person worship in the meetinghouse and worship on Zoom every week. We are experimenting with having hybrid worship on the second and fourth Sundays and non-hybrid worship on the first and third Sundays. The schedule is as follows:

Hybrid worship: July 24, Aug 14, Aug 28
Non-hybrid worship: July 17, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 21, Sept 4

This Sunday, our worship will be non-hybrid (no technology in the meeting house). Please maintain silence as you enter the meetinghouse, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person :

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children younger than age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

EXHIBITS

RUTH SEELEY, is a member of a group of former students of Howard Watson at the Woodmere Art Museum. The group is presenting an exhibit in July and August 2022 at Center on the Hill, The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., and on Sundays, before and after worship services

PETER SAMUEL’S ceramic pieces will be included in an upcoming exhibit at Lucretia’s Garden Gallery, 705 Wyndmoor Ave., Syndmoor, PA. The exhibit opening will be this Sunday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MEMORIAL FOR ZACHARIAH JULYE TO BE ON JULY 23 A memorial service will be held at Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Friends are encouraged to attend in person. At the request of Zachariah’s family, the memorial service will be held in the meetinghouse without Zoom. Following the service there will be a reception at 707 Westview St., Phila., PA 19119. Zachariah, a member of our Meeting, was 19 when he died of a gunshot wound on July 13. He was the son of our member Kent Julye and Tracy Mills, who is a member of Valley Mills Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, and the brother of our member Hadley Julye. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to honor Zach’s memory, his family suggests Delaware Valley Friends School, 19 E. Central Ave., Paoli, PA 19301, www.dvfriends.org/gift.

DEATH OF ESTHER LEEDS COOPERMAN Former member of Germantown Meeting, Esther Leeds Cooperman died on June 21 at the age of 95, in Chester County Hospital. She was a lifelong Quaker of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, a graduate of Germantown Friends School, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Born in 1927 in Philadelphia, she married Harris L. Cooperman in 1957, and the couple moved to Maryland, and later to Crosslands, a Quaker retirement community in Chester County, PA, where she was living before her death. Esther served as a member of the School Committee of Germantown Friends School, on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, on a number of other boards, and had a demanding professional career. Her husband preceded her in death in 2016. She is survived by their three children, Emily T. Cooperman (John Dixon Hunt) of Philadelphia; member of Germantown Meeting Morris Cooperman (Genny) of Haddon Township, NJ; and Hannah B. C. Bray (Thomas) of Parkville, MD; a granddaughter, Claire T. Bray; and five step-grandchildren: Katharine S. Thomas, and Elise, Michael, Bernadette, and Becky Trendler. A memorial service will be held at Crosslands this fall. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, or the ACLU. To visit her online memorial, click here. Read her entire obituary in the attachment.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET JULY 17 Join other Friends in Philadelphia Quarter for a business meeting by Zoom at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 17. This is the agenda:

Planning a program for the September Quarterly Meeting to help us understand the new Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) policy on advocacy, looking at how it does and does not affect what we do. Click here to read the PYM policy.

Taking up for approval a minute asking PYM to use the phrase “impending climate catastrophe,” rather than “climate change” in future communications. Click here to read the draft minute.

Bringing forward a nominee, Ellen Sleeter, for service as PQM Treasurer.

For more info and to register, click here.

ANNUAL SESSIONS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY! Coming up quickly are the dates for Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: July 26-31. There are countless opportunities for reflection, connection, hearing speakers, learning more about issues, worship, and fellowship. Most events this year are virtual. To see the smorgasbord of choices, with dates, times, and links to register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST NUCLEAR BLAST, JULY 16 You are invited to join a vigil remembering the 77th anniversary of the first nuclear test blast, which took place at Alamogordo, NM, and was code-named “Trinity.” The vigil will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, July 16, at the corner of 16th & Market Streets, diagonally across from the Liberty Bell Pavilion. There will be large banners and posters, some including the words of J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project: “I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu tries to persuade the prince that he should do his duty. To impress him, Vishnu takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.'” During the vigil there will be readings from Manhattan Project scientists who witnessed the Trinity test. Ending the vigil will be a walk around the Liberty Bell, petitioning the U.S. government to sign and ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. For information, contact Bob Smith, of the Brandywine Peace Community.

POWER UPDATE (For additional information or to register, click here.)

July 20, at 6 p.m. Town Hall on probation and parole, hosted by PA Coalition for Parole Justice. Register here.
July 26, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Climate Justice & Jobs meeting
July 30, at 12 noon to 4 p.m. “The Cookout,” claim your right to vote

POWER’S CURRENT CAMPAIGNS: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement and Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 8, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Christ valued children. He told us, “Such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mark 20:14). Through the years writers have interpreted “such” to mean children’s innocence, their naivete, their dependency, their acceptance. I believe it is their questioning, their wondering how and why and where do I fit in; their seeking to figure out how to build a castle with a best friend; their attempting to identify all the consequences of using drugs; their broadening their horizon of what is possible…. Viewing people as seeks is an integral component of Quakerism. Our children are fellow participants in that search. –Harriet Heath, 1994

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SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship* (see below)
Closer Kate O’Shea
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

*This summer there will be in-person worship in the meetinghouse and worship on Zoom every week. We are experimenting with having hybrid worship on the second and fourth Sundays and non-hybrid worship on the first and third Sundays. The schedule is as follows:

Hybrid worship: July 10, July 24, Aug 14, Aug 28
Non-hybrid worship: July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 21, Sept 4

This Sunday, our worship will be hybrid (in-person and Zoom Meeting together). Please maintain silence as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person :

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children >age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

CHILD CARE THIS SUNDAY This Sunday, July 10, Madeline, Jane, and Penny Keenan will be playing games with our First Day School-age children on the porch of the Meeting cottage.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

TRAGIC DEATH OF ZACHARIAH JULYE One of our younger members, Zachariah Owen Julye, died of a gunshot wound last weekend. Here is an article about his death, signed by his parents, Kent Julye and Tracy Mills, and his younger brother Hadley Julye. Kent and Hadley are members of Germantown Meeting, and Tracy is a member of Valley Mills Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. They report that they are best reached by texting to their cell phones (Tracy: 215-219-6033, Kent: 215-512-7118), sending an email message to kentandtracy23@gmail.com, or dropping by their home at 645 Westview Ave., Phila., PA 19119. Here is their loving memory of Zachariah:

In the early hours of Saturday, July 2, our beloved Zachariah (known to his friends as Zay) tragically lost his life at the hand of a violent gunshot as he left a party with friends.

Zachariah was a loving, thoughtful, and talented young man. He was a competitive athlete, music lover, gifted writer, and friend to all, with a wicked sense of humor and the biggest, most welcoming smile. Zachariah never knew a stranger, building a vast network of friends from his school and basketball communities, having attended Friends Central School, Woodlynde School, Delaware Valley Friends School, and the Phelps School.

Since graduating from high school in 2021, Zachariah had been working, looking forward to a family vacation this summer, and was enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia, with a bright future.

Gone too soon, he leaves behind a loving and extensive family — parents Tracy, Kent, and brother Hadley, two grandmothers, aunts, uncles, countless cousins, and a lifetime of friends.

A memorial service will be held at Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, on Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Following the service there will be a reception at 707 Westview St., Phila., PA 19119.

Delaware Valley Friends School was a very special place for Zachariah. We want to honor that meaningful relationship. Those wishing to make a donation in honor of Zachariah’s life may direct it to Delaware Valley Friends School, 19 E. Central Ave., Paoli, PA 19301; https://www.dvfriends.org/apps/pages/supportDVFriends

Tracy and Kent are best reached by text, but also by email. They welcome visitors at their home.
–Kent Julye, Tracy Mills, and Hadley Julye

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR DONNA ANDERTON, JULY 9 Donna Anderton’s burial and memorial service will be Saturday, July 9. Parking will not be permitted on the Commons but will be available in the Pennsbury Parking lot (between the Cottage and Loeb Auditorium) or on Coulter Street. All are welcome to attend the interment of Donna’s ashes, which will take place in the burial grounds at 12:15 p.m. No masks are required. The hybrid memorial service will follow immediately, at approximately 1 p.m. All who attend in person must be vaccinated, and masks are required for any who enter the meetinghouse. Masks may be removed in order to speak a message. Seating is not restricted. The Safety Committee asks that everyone try to avoid close contacts while inside. Immediately at the rise of meeting, a reception will begin on the porch.

Those who bring donations of cookies or brownies, please deliver them beforehand to the social room or kitchen (with masks on). To read a biographical sketch about Donna, written by Karen Lightner, open the attached document: Donna Anderton program.pdf.

DEATH OF DONNA WILHELM’S GRANDSON Peter Alley, grandson of our member Donna Wilhelm and son of Donna’s daughter, Jennifer Goodwin, died unexpectedly on June 26 in a hospital in Portland, ME. Notes and cards may be addressed to Donna at 406 Foulkeways, Gwynedd, PA 19436. We send Donna and her family our love and prayers.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER TO MEET JULY 17 Join other Friends in Philadelphia Quarter for a business meeting by Zoom at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 17. This is the agenda:

Planning a program for the September Quarterly Meeting to help us understand the new Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) policy on advocacy, looking at how it does and does not affect what we do. Click here to read the PYM policy.

Taking up for approval a minute asking PYM to use the phrase “impending climate catastrophe,” rather than “climate change” in future communications. Click here to read the draft minute.

Bringing forward a nominee, Ellen Sleeter, for service as PQM Treasurer.

For more info and to register, click here.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE LAND ON WHICH WE MEET Here is the statement by Gwynedd Meeting acknowledging the land on which they meet as originally the home and hunting grounds of the Leni Lanape people: The land upon which we gather is part of the traditional territory of the Lenni-Lenape, called “Lenapehoking.” The Lenape people lived in harmony with one another upon this territory for thousands of years. During the colonial era and early federal period, many were removed west and north, but some also remain…. We acknowledge the Lenni-Lenape as the original people of this land and their continuing relationship with their territory. In our acknowledgement of the continued presence of Lenape people in their homeland, we affirm the aspiration of the great Lenape Chief Tamanend, that there be harmony between the indigenous people of this land and the descendants of the immigrants to this, “as long as the river and creeks flow, and the sun, moon, and stars shine.” Gwynedd Meeting was founded in 1699 by Friends who came from Wales the previous year. Meetings for worship were held in settlers’ homes until a log meetinghouse was built in 1700. A second and more permanent stone building was completed in 1712. The current meetinghouse was built in 1823.

PYM BUDGET Q&A SESSION, JULY 21 Join this discussion on the budget for Fiscal Year 2023 of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) before it is presented to Annual Sessions for approval. It will be led by PYM Treasurer, Andrew Anderson, and Linell McCurry, Associate Secretary for Business & Finance. There will be opening worship and a briefing, followed by questions and answers with participants. The budget and notes will be posted in advance on the Annual Sessions web pages. This session will take place on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. To register, click here, and you can fill out the form, and receive a confirmation with information about joining the meeting.

ANNUAL SESSIONS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY! Coming up quickly are the dates for Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: July 26-31. There are countless opportunities for reflection,
connection, hearing speakers, learning more about issues, worship, and fellowship. Most events this year are virtual. To see the smorgasbord of choices, with dates, times, and links to register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER UPDATE Registration and additional information for the following events can be found by clicking here.

“The Cookout” Claim Your Right to Vote, Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Welcome to POWER Orientation, Thursday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..
Climate Justice & Jobs Meeting, Tuesday, July 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
“The Cookout” Claim Your Right to Vote, Saturday, July 30, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

POWER’S CURRENT CAMPAIGNS: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement and Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, July 1, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath had different names. It is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms of religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity. In whomsoever this takes root and grows, of what nation soever they become brethren in the best sense of the expression. –John Woolman

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SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship* (see below)
Closers In person: Anthony Stover
Zoom: Karen Lightner
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

*This summer there will be in-person worship in the meetinghouse and worship on Zoom every week. We are experimenting with having hybrid worship on the second and fourth Sundays and non-hybrid worship on the first and third Sundays. The schedule is as follows:

Hybrid worship: July 10, July 24, Aug 14, Aug 28
Non-hybrid worship: July 3, July 17, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 21, Sept 4

This Sunday, our worship will be non-hybrid (no technology in the meeting house). Please maintain silence as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions, announcements, and the sharing of Joys & Concerns. Simple refreshments will be served on the meetinghouse porch.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person :

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children >age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

MEETING NEWS

STAY TUNED FOR REPORT ON SUCCESS OF OUR FUNDRAISING DRIVE A great big shout out and thank you to all those of you who donated to help our Meeting reach its fundraising goal for this fiscal year, which ended yesterday, June 30. While we know we came very close to the goal and possibly made it, the results are still being compiled. There’s still time to send a check, if it is dated before June 30. Please stay tuned to find out the results! And, thank you, thank you, thank you!

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF DONNA WILHELM’S GRANDSON Peter Alley, grandson of our member Donna Wilhelm and son of Donna’s daughter, Jennifer Goodwin, died unexpectedly on June 26 in a hospital in Portland, ME. Notes and cards may be addressed to Donna at 406 Foulkeways, Gwynedd, PA 19436. We send Donna and her family our love and prayers.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR DONNA ANDERTON, JULY 9 A memorial meeting for worship for our member Donna Anderton, who died May 12, 2022, will be held on Saturday, July 9 th at 1 p.m.. It will be a hybrid meeting with Friends gathered in the meetinghouse and on Zoom. Internment of her ashes in our burial ground will take place at 12:15 p.m. that day (not on Zoom). All are welcome.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

MINUTE OF SUPPORT FOR LGGBTQ+ YOUTH This year, when religious groups and government legislation are fighting to repress queer youth and their families, the Youth Programs Advisory Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting recently celebrated the importance of our LGBTQ+ community with a minute of support. This is the minute in full:

The Youth Programs Advisory Committee expresses deep appreciation and acceptance for all LGBTQ+ youth, staff, families, and Friendly Presence volunteers in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and for all of the work done in the past to bring our Youth Programs to the place of inclusion and allyship, where they are now. We welcome and value inclusion as an integral part of the program. We endorse the continued goal to pursue full inclusion and are open to continue the process of adapting and improving in the spirit of community and continuing revelation. We value building and educating a Yearly Meeting that is responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

WALKING TOUR OF THE QUAKER CITY, JULY 2 Learn about the history of Quakers in Old City, Philadelphia, by taking a guided walk from Arch Street Meeting House on Saturday, July 2. This is a great way to start your celebration of the Fourth of July, stretch your legs, and learn fascinating tidbits of history. The tour begins with a brief exploration of the historic burial grounds at Arch Street Meeting House (ASMH) before continuing on a walking tour of important Quaker sites throughout the neighborhood. It is perfect for visitors who seek a different side of Philadelphia history. For example: Did you know that an estimated 20,000 people were buried on the two acres of land deeded by William Penn to Quakers as a burial ground and site of the Arch Street Meeting House? All participants are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. For information, contact Kayla D’Oyen, ASMH membership coordinator.

ANNUAL SESSIONS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY! Coming up quickly are the dates for Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: July 26-31. There are countless opportunities for reflection, connection, hearing speakers, learning more about issues, worship, and fellowship. Most events this year are virtual. To see the smorgasbord of choices, with dates, times, and links to registration, click here.

TAKE ACTION

DISPLAY OF HISTORIC PEACE BANNERS, JULY 2 Did you know that the basement of our meetinghouse holds a collection of historic peace banners from the last 50 years? The collection goes back fifty years, to the Vietnam War, the two invasions of Iraq, and up to the present day. A cross-section of these banners, most of which are hand-painted by a long line of artists, will be on display in the People’s Plaza at Independence Mall, Market and Fifth Streets. (People’s Plaza faces Market Street, to the left of the Liberty Bell exhibit, and in front of Indepence Hall.) The banners are colorful and expressive, and trace the compelling history of anti-war protest and nonviolent resistance. They belong to the Brandywine Peace Community, headed by our member Bob Smith. Throughout the display, the group’s decades-old peace bell will toll, pealing across the lawns of Independence Park. You are welcome to stroll through the exhibit, come and go during the afternoon, and perhaps hold a poster (provided), with a message of hope and a plea for peace and justice in our communities and the world. The exhibit is Saturday, July 2, and opens at 1 p.m. Bring a folding chair, if you wish to sit, and an umbrella in case of rain. For more information, visit https://www.brandywinepeace.com, or call Bob Smith at 215-843-4827.

POWER UPDATE Upcoming events:

Welcome to POWER Orientation, Thursday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Register here: https://powerinterfaith.org/event/welcome-to-power-orientation-5-2-2-2-2
Climate Justice & Jobs Meeting, Tuesday, July 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Register here: https://powerinterfaith.org/event/climate-justice-and-jobs-meeting-4-2-2-2-2-2

POWER’S CURRENT CAMPAIGNS: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement and Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 24, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The practice of corporate waiting worship requires individual preparation on the part of each worshiper. The Friend who has not prepared for corporate worship brings correspondingly less silence with him/her, and the worship is correspondingly less robust. The prepared worshiper, on the other hand, comes to meeting for worship having already shared his/her “routine” issues with God in times of personal prayer and worship, rather than saving them up for First Day morning, so that the corporate worship is not a cacophony of personal problems, but a quiet group expectancy, a waiting for the presence of God to become manifest. –Lloyd Lee Wilson

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SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship* see below)
Closer John Hickey
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

This summer there will be in-person worship in the meetinghouse and worship on Zoom every week. We are experimenting with having hybrid worship on the second and fourth Sundays; then, on the first and third Sundays, there will be no technology in the meetinghouse. This means that Zoom worship will be separate on those days. This Sunday, June 26, our worship will be hybrid.

Please maintain silence as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship, so that all Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship, we will have introductions, announcements, and
the sharing of Joys & Concerns.

The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person:

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children less than age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
Social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

MEETING NEWS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP, JUNE 28 The June Zoom meeting of the Anti-racism Discussion Group will take place on June 28 at 7 p.m. Participants will continue to look at reparations issues and the work of the Quakers Uprooting Racism Cohort. For more information, contact John Colgan-Davis at John Colgan-Davis

HELP US COVER THIS YEAR’S BUDGET! We have approximately $16,000 left to go to meet our fundraising budget for this fiscal year, and the deadline is June 30. Please help, if you can! Many Friends and attenders have already contributed generously, and we’re grateful to each and every one of you. If you can possibly give a little more, that would be wonderful. If you haven’t given yet, please sit down, write your check, and mail it to Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St, Phila., PA 19114. It’s even easier to give online by using your credit card and going to: https://www.pym.org/donate. Be sure to scroll down to the section entitled “Give to Your Monthly Meeting, and designate your gift for Germantown Meeting.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF FORMER MEMBER, ESTHER COOPERMAN Mother of our member Morris Cooperman and former longtime member herself, Esther Cooperman, 95 died on June 21 at her home in Kendal at Crosslands, a Quaker retirement community in Chester County. She grew up in Germantown Meeting and was a “lifer” at Germantown Friends School (GFS). Her parents also attended our Meeting, and her mother taught at GFS. She is survived by her three children, Emily Cooperman, Hannah B. C. Bray, and Morris Cooperman.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

WALKING TOUR OF THE QUAKER CITY, JULY 2 Learn about the history of Quakers in Old City, Philadelphia, by taking a guided walk from Arch Street Meeting House on Saturday, July 2. This is a great way to start your celebration of the Fourth of July, stretch your legs, and learn fascinating tidbits of history. The tour begins with a brief exploration of the historic burial grounds at Arch Street Meeting House (ASMH) before continuing on a walking tour of important Quaker sites throughout the neighborhood. It is perfect for visitors who seek a different side of Philadelphia history. For example: Did you know that an estimated 20,000 people were buried on the two acres of land deeded by William Penn to Quakers as a burial ground and site of the Arch Street Meeting House? All participants are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. For information, contact Kayla D’Oyen, ASMH membership coordinator.

ANNUAL SESSIONS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY! Coming up quickly are the dates for Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: July 26-31. There are countless opportunities for reflection, connection, hearing speakers, learning more about issues, worship, and fellowship. Most events this year are virtual. To see the smorgasbord of choices, with dates, times, and links to registration, click here.

MONDAY, JULY 29: URGENT CALL TO FRIENDS ABOUT THREATS TO U.S. DEMOCRACY An ad hoc group of 19 Quakers is sending out an “Urgent Call to the Religious Society of Friends” about the current threats to the democratic system of government in the United States. Their statement is attached as Call to Friends on Threat to Democracy.pdf. Here is part of the introductory statement by the steering committee*:

We are led to speak out against the lies, extremist movements, and anti-democratic actions that are the opposite of our Quaker understandings of integrity and Truth…. We encourage your prayerful discernment of this Urgent Call and ask you as individuals, monthly meetings, yearly meetings, and Friends organizations to consider how you might be called to act with integrity in response to these concerns….We are an ad hoc group of Quakers who believe in the power of Truth and who have faith in the witness of Friends. We know that the individual and collective actions of Friends and friends can have a powerful impact in our communities and in our individual faithful journeys….. We welcome your questions, suggestions, and resources at
info@quakercall.net.

The group invites all interested and concerned to join them in the first of a series of conversations to be hosted by the Earlham School of Religion at one of two sessions: Monday, July 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT; or Sunday, July 31, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., EDT. For more details and to register, go to https://www.quakercall.net. [Steering Committee: Bruce Birchard, Sam Caldwell, Gretchen Castle, Mary Ellen McNish, Diane Randall, and Michael Wajda (clerk)]

TAKE ACTION

DISPLAY OF HISTORIC PEACE BANNERS, JULY 2 Did you know that the basement of our meetinghouse holds a collection of historic peace banners from the last 50 years? The collection goes back fifty years, to the Vietnam War, the two invasions of Iraq, and up to the present day. A cross-section of these banners, most of which are hand-painted by a long line of artists, will be on display in the People’s Plaza at Independence Mall, Market and Fifth Streets. (People’s Plaza faces Market Street, to the left of the Liberty Bell exhibit, and in front of Indepence Hall.) The banners are colorful and expressive, and trace the compelling history of anti-war protest and nonviolent resistance, which continues today. They belong to the Brandywine Peace Community, headed by our member Bob Smith. Throughout the display, the group’s decades-old peace bell will toll, pealing across the lawns of Independence Park. You are welcome to stroll through the exhibit, come and go during the afternoon, and perhaps hold a poster (provided), with a message of hope and a plea for peace and justice in our communities and the world. The exhibit is on Saturday, July2, and opens at 1 p.m. Bring a folding chair, if you wish to sit. For more information, visit www.brandywinepeace.com.

POWER UPDATE The Education Justice Campaign of POWER encourages people to call Gov. Wolf once a week between now and June 390 to push for the upcoming State budget. Scripts, background information, and call logging may be found here. Upcoming events:

June 28, at 7 p.m. Climate Justice and Jobs Meeting, Register here: https://powerinterfaith.org/event/climate-justice-and-jobs-meeting-4-2-2-2-2

July 14, at 6 p.m. Welcome to POWER Orientation. Register here: https://powerinterfaith.org/event/welcome-to-power-orientation-5-2-2-2-2

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, and Civic Engagement. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 17, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The silence of worship is not just an absence of noise, or even an outward stilling of the physical; it is a journey within, a ‘”going inside” to a deeply felt but easily reached place of holy relationship. Together we meet each other in the silence, come together, all focusing on something we share, picking up the same questions in the silence, gathered, before God. We come expectantly and in surrender. We come in hope of we know not what, the hope of faith. We come in the humility of those seeking, those grateful for what we are given, those hungry to hear the call, those eager to work with God to further God’s loving purposes. We come as those who know the world is not as loving as it might be, that humanity hurts itself as well as the planet, that we need to at least try doing our bit to help, and that our faith both requires this of us and helps us to achieve what we discern is best. –Ben Pink Dandelion, 2009
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SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship* (hybrid, see below)
Closers In-person worship: Karen Lightner
Zoom worship: Rebecca Hoenig
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending in person :

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meetinghouse door (no pre-registration necessary).
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children >age 5).
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
After Joys & Concerns, social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

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

MEETING NEWS

MEETING FOR WEEDING, TOMORROW, JUNE 18 The Property Committee’s work day to weed and trim plantings outside the meetinghouse, will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bring snippers and weed diggers, if you can. Coffee and donuts will be served.

MIDWEEK WORSHIP SUSPENDED FOR SUMMER Our Worship & Ministry Committee has decided to suspend the midweek (Wednesday) Zoom meeting for worship for the summer. Donna Anderton had recently been the anchor of that meeting, and no one has logged in since her death last month. This decision will be re-evaluated in the fall.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP, JUNE 28 The June Zoom meeting of the Anti-racism Discussion Group will take place on June 28 at 7 p.m. Participants will continue to look at reparations issues and the work of the Quakers Uprooting Racism Cohort. For more information, contact John Colgan-Davis.

HELP US COVER THIS YEAR’S BUDGET! We’ve have approximately $18,000 left to go to meet our fundraising budget for this fiscal year, and the deadline is June 30. Please help, if you can! Many Friends and attenders have already contributed generously, and we’re grateful to each and every one of you. If you can possibly give a little more, that would be wonderful. If you haven’t given yet, please sit down, write your check, and mail it to Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St, Phila., PA 19114. It’s even easier to give online by using your credit card and going to: https://www.pym.org/donate. Be sure to scroll down to the section entitled “Give to Your Monthly Meeting, and designate your gift for Germantown Meeting.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DONNA ANDERTON will be Saturday, July 9, in the afternoon (TBA). Please bring cookies, brownies, or other suitable baked goods for the reception after worship. It is always helpful to bring in your cookie contributions well before the service, so organizers have time to arrange and plate them. Cookies may be brought to the Meeting Office on Thursday or Friday beforehand, preferably between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the Meeting secretary is in the office. More details about the exact time and any other arrangements will be available closer to the date.

QUAKER EVENTS & NEWS

REGISTER FOR PYM WORKSHOPS BY JUNE 20. As part of Annual Sessions, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will host several virtual workshops on Saturday, June 25, which promise to be interesting and relevant for Germantown Meeting. The registration deadline is Monday, June 20. See detailed workshop descriptions and register at Workshop Saturday – Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (pym.org). The workshops include:

Experiment With Light: A Gift from Early Quakers
The Power of Enough: Kinship with All Life
Co-Regulating and Building Relationships Toward Equity and Justice
Climate Change: Hope Through Action
Growing Our Meetings: Two Models and The Resources We Need

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-31 Come as often or as little as you wish to the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held mostly online July 26-31. This annual, intergenerational summer event offers opportunities for spiritual reflection, connecting with others in our Quaker community, learning and action opportunities, and care for the business of PYM. To view the complete schedule and register, online, click here.

PYM’S POLICY ON ADVOCACY Although most of us know that a nonprofit organization can lose its tax-exempt status by advocating for political candidates and causes, we may not know exactly what such political advocacy entails. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) has published a ten-page document describing what is permitted and what is not. It is an important issue for any not-for-profit organization, but is especially tricky for one with such a far-flung membership and many sub-groups, as is the case with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. That is why PYM would like everyone to read its guidelines on appropriate advocacy, because activities by its members–monthly meetings and their committees–can attract the eye of tax authorities. To read PYM’s Policy on Advocacy, click here.

URGENT CALL TO FRIENDS ABOUT THREATS TO U.S. DEMOCRACY An ad hoc group of 19 Quakers is sending out an “Urgent Call to the Religious Society of Friends” about the current threats to the democratic system of government in the United States. Their statement is attached as Call to Friends on Threat to Democracy.pdf. Here is part of the introductory statement by the steering committee*:

We are led to speak out against the lies, extremist movements, and anti-democratic actions that are the opposite of our Quaker understandings of integrity and Truth…. We encourage your prayerful discernment of this Urgent Call and ask you as individuals, monthly meetings, yearly meetings, and Friends organizations to consider how you might be called to act with integrity in response to these concerns….We are an ad hoc group of Quakers who believe in the power of Truth and who have faith in the witness of Friends. We know that the individual and collective actions of Friends and friends can have a powerful impact in our communities and in our individual faithful journeys….. We welcome your questions, suggestions, and resources at info@quakercall.net.

The group invites all interested and concerned to join them in the first of a series of conversations to be hosted by the Earlham School of Religion at one of two sessions: Monday, July 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT; or Sunday, July 31, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., EDT. For more details and to register, go to https://www.quakercall.net. [Steering Committee: Bruce Birchard, Sam Caldwell, Gretchen Castle, Mary Ellen McNish, Diane Randall, and Michael Wajda (clerk)]

TAKE ACTION

POOR PEOPLE’S MARCH IN D.C., JUNE 18 The Mass Poor People & Low Wage Workers Assembly & Moral March on Washington (D.C.) & to the Polls will take place tomorrow, June 18. This is a gathering of poor and low-income people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions, and partners. The march will challenge the interlocking systems of racism, poverty, devastation of the environment, militarism and our war economy, and the falsities advanced by religious nationalism. To register with CodePink, find out about housing and other details, click here.

POWER’S UPCOMING EVENTS Registration and additional information may be found for these events by clicking here.

Orientation, Part II, Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Climate Justice & Jobs meeting, Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, contact our member Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 10, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

There is a way of living in prayer at the same time that one is busy with the outward affairs of daily living. This practice of continuous prayer in the presence of God involves developing the habit of carrying on the mental life at two levels. At one level we are immersed in this world of time, of daily affairs,. At the same time but at a deeper level of our minds, we are in active relation with the Eternal Life. –Thomas Kelly, 1942

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SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2022
If you drive, please park in Pennsbury parking lot or on the street.

9 a.m. Meeting for Business* (See agenda below and get link.)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship** (hybrid, see below)

Closers Ted & Margie Spaeth
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

**GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
After Joys & Concerns, social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

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

AGENDA

Meeting for Business

June 12, 2022

This month our business meeting will be hybrid (in the meetinghouse committee room and via Zoom).

Query –Faye Stacey, followed by worship

Minutes (Please read the May 8 draft minutes beforehand and be ready to identify needed corrections.)

Standing Nominating Committee –David Mettler
Diversity Survey Results — David Mettler
Difficult Conversations Project — Bill Cozzens
Care & Visiting Committee — Peter Samuel
Summer Childcare Requirement
Fundraising Committee — Jack Rhoads
PYM policy on political advocacy — Bill Cozzens

Announcements:

Summer worship schedule
Planned memorial services: Nancy Rhoads, Sept. 10, and Chris Nicholson, fall date TBD
Architect meeting regarding cottage access

Closing worship

MEETING NEWS

MIDWEEK WORSHIP SUSPENDED FOR SUMMER Our Worship & Ministry Committee has decided to suspend the midweek (Wednesday) Zoom meeting for worship for the summer. Donna Anderton had recently been the anchor of that meeting, and no one has logged in since her death last month. This will be re-evaluated in the fall.

MEETING FOR WEEDING will be on Saturday June 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Property Committee work day, announced after meeting for worship last week turned out to conflict with a memorial service for this Saturday, so the work day has been rescheduled for a week later. Please join the Property Committee for some light gardening around the Meetinghouse. Bring snippers and weed diggers if you can. Coffee and donuts will be served.

DATE CHANGE FOR ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP The June Zoom meeting of the Anti-racism Discussion Group will take place on June 28 at 7 p.m. Participants will continue to look at reparations issues and the work of the Quakers Uprooting Racism Cohort. For more information, contact John Colgan-Davis.

HELP US COVER THIS YEAR’S BUDGET! We are inching toward our fundraising goal of $105,000 to cover the coming year’s budget. But we’ve still got a long way to go. Won’t you help us out, please? We need to raise $36,000 by June 30, which is the end of our fiscal year. Many members have already contributed, and thank you so much if this includes you. Needless to say, a supplemental gift would thrill us!) If you haven’t contributed yet, don’t be shy! Your participation is badly needed and is easy to do. Just mail a check to Germantown Meeting, 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144, or donate online by using your credit card at pym.org/donate. (Be sure to scroll down to where you can select a monthly meeting.) We would love to hear from you! –Many thanks from your Fund Raising Committee.

QUAKER EVENTS

PLAY TELLS STORY OF BAYARD RUSTIN’S IMPRISONMENT Chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and an openly gay civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin was nearly written out of the history books. This world premiere play, Bayard Rustin Inside Ashland, at People’s Light & Theatre offers a glimpse into a transformative moment for young Rustin –This 1944 prison sentence in Ashland, Kentucky. While incarcerated and targeted for his sexuality, Rustin puts his faith in nonviolent resistance to the test, illuminating what it means to be branded a “troublemaker” within a system stacked against you. Runs through June 12. To find out more and buy tickets, click here.

FWCC SEMINAR ON WOMEN & FINANCES, JUNE 14 Here is an opportunity for women to learn where to find answers about financial planning that fit their spiritual and practical goals. This free, online workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 14, at two times: 1 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. It is presented by Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC) and Everence, a faith-based financial service company. Speakers will be Mackenzie Snader, an Everence financial consultant who helps clients set financial goals and identify solutions; Cara Palladino, a fundraising and communications professional who serves FWCC; and Colin Saxton, who is the national liaison among Quakers on behalf of Everence and has served as general secretary of Friends United Meeting. To register for the 1 p.m. session, click here. To register for the 8 p.m. session, click here.

FGC GATHERING 2022, JULY 3-9 The multigenerational 2022 Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) will be virtual again this year, taking place on July 3-9. With a wide variety of speakers, workshops, programs, and events, there is something for everyone–and for every age level. To read more about the schedule and offerings, and to register early and secure a spot in a workshop of your choice, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-31 Come as often or as little as you wish to the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held mostly online July 26-31. This annual summer event offers opportunities for spiritual reflection, connecting with others in our Quaker community, learning and action opportunities, and care for the business of PYM. To view the complete schedule and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

RIDE THE BUS TO POOR PEOPLE’S MARCH IN D.C., JUNE 18 Register now for a bus ride to the June 18 Mass Poor People and Low Wage Workers’ Assembly & Moral March on Washington (D.C.) & to the Polls. This will be a gathering of poor and low-income people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions, and partners. The march will challenge the interlocking systems of racism, poverty, devastation of the environment, militarism and our war economy, and the falsities espoused by religious nationalism. Find out about booking your bus ride by clicking here. To register with CodePink and find out about housing, click here.

POWER’S UPCOMING EVENTS Registration and additional information may be found for these events by clicking here.

10th Anniversary, Noir et Rouge Virtual Gala, Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Climate Justice & Jobs meeting, Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Orientation, Part II, Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement. If you’re interested in a specific campaign,
contact Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, June 3, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We earnestly advise all who attend our meetings to lift their hearts to God immediately on taking their seats. The avoidance of distracting conversation beforehand is a great help to this end, and the walk to meeting may often prove a true preparation for divine worship…..The meeting affects the ministry quite as truly as the ministry affects the meeting. If those who come together do so in expectant faith, and in genuine love and sympathy with one another, striving to put far from them thoughts of criticism and fault-finding, and praying earnestly that the right persons may be led to speak and the right messages be given, they will not go away unhelped. It is in such an atmosphere that the Holy Spirit can work effectively to bring forth the utterances that are needed, and to check those that are not required. –Revision Committees, London Yearly Meeting, 1911

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SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2022

MEETING PORCH PICNIC! SUNDAY, JUNE 5

To celebrate the beginning of Summer and our emergence from the worst of COVID, Germantown Friends Meeting will have its Annual Potluck Picnic on the meetinghouse porch and grounds after the rise of meeting for worship on Sunday, June 5. We will grill turkey dogs and veggie burgers, and everyone should bring salads, side dishes, and desserts to share. Please make plans to join us! If you are coming, please click on this link to answer a few questions that will help with our planning for the event: https://forms.gle/rxjP7TM8NN6nH6Cp7. If you don’t get a chance to respond, come anyway!

SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY

If you drive, please park in Pennsbury parking lot or on the street.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship* (hybrid, see below)

Closer Marion Heacock

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

12 noon PORCH PICNIC!!!

*GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
After Joys & Concerns, social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL, JUNE 5 This Sunday, June 5th, is our last First Day School class! We will learn why the real name for Quakers is “The Religious Society of Friends.” And this Sunday is also our annual Meeting Picnic! We will gather after Meeting for Worship on the meetinghouse porch for a potluck picnic. We learned about the loaves and the fishes. What can you bring to share?

If parents could please let us know if your children will be attending, it would be very helpful! If you can’t make it, but would like to tune in by Zoom to see what is going on, let us know and we will open up a laptop and start a Zoom meeting. — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

MEETING NEWS

PORCH PICNIC! SUNDAY, JUNE 5 (See above for details.)

PLEASE HELP US COVER THIS YEAR’S BUDGET Friends: Germantown Meeting is slowly moving toward normal worship. Our Care & Visiting Committee has been active, as well as other important committees. Our expenses and obligations continue. We need to raise $36,000 more to reach our fund raising budget of $105,000. We are approaching the end of our fiscal year, which will conclude on June 30. Many members have already contributed generously. If you have not, now is a good time. If you have already contributed, a supplemental gift would be very welcome. You may mail a check to Germantown Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA. 19144, or donate with your credit card online at pym.org/donate (be sure to scroll down to where you give to a monthly meeting). Many thanks, from your Fund Raising Committee.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

SAMUEL ANGELL RECEIVES HAVERFORD AWARD Our member and past clerk Sam Angell received the Haverford Award last weekend at his college reunion. The award goes to an alum of Haverford College whose life “supports and demonstrates the College’s concern for the application of knowledge to socially useful ends. It recognizes alumni who best reflect Haverford’s concern with the uses to which they put their knowledge, humanity, initiative, and individuality.” Sam has devoted more than 22 years of his legal career to defending clients on death row. Six of his clients won completely new trials, and four of those have been released from prison. Eight other clients have had their death sentences vacated and are no longer on death row. Sam graduated from Haverford in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in music and went on to Cornell where he received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1988.

DEATH OF DONNA ANDERTON Sadly, our member Donna Anderton died on Sunday, May 12, in Florida, of coronary complications. Although no more details are available to us at this time, we do know there will be a memorial meeting for worship for Donna at a future date, and you will all be notified. Her ashes will be buried in Germantown Meeting’s burial ground in the same plot as the ashes of her beloved partner Barbara Bird, who was also our member. We have not received word of any surviving family members. The date and time for a memorial meeting for worship to celebrate Donna’s life will be announced at a later date.

QUAKER EVENTS

LECTURE ON PRISON ABOLITION, JUNE 6 Lewis Webb, Jr., will give the First Monday Lecture at Pendle Hill on June 6. It will be on “Illuminating Our Paths to Abolition,” in which he will look at how slavery morphed into incarceration and became embedded in our prison system. Lewis Webb will show how abolition of slavery in the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution included an exception for those convicted of a crime. He will talk about next steps toward creating a society that honors each person and is committed to the well-being of the community. Lewis Webb, Jr., is program director of the Healing Justice Program in the New York Office of the American Friends Service Committee. The Zoom lecture is free and open to everyone. To register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

PLAY TELLS STORY OF BAYARD RUSTIN’S IMPRISONMENT Chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and an openly gay civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin was nearly written out of the history books. This world premiere play, Bayard Rustin Inside Ashland, at People’s Light & Theatre offers a glimpse into a transformative moment for young Rustin–his 1944 prison sentence in Ashland, Kentucky. While incarcerated and targeted for his sexuality, Rustin puts his faith in nonviolent resistance to the test, illuminating what it means to be branded a “troublemaker” within a system stacked against you. Runs through June 12. To find out more and buy tickets, click here.

FWCC SEMINAR ON WOMEN & FINANCES, JUNE 14 Here is an opportunity for women to learn what questions they should be asking and where to find answers about financial planning that fit their spiritual and practical goals. This free, online workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 14, at two times: 1 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. It is presented by Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC) and Everence, a faith-based financial service company. Speakers will be Mackenie Snader, an Everence financial consultant who helps clients set financial goals and identify solutions; Cara Palladino, a fundraising and communications professional who serves FWCC; and Colin Saxton, who is the national liaison among Quakers on behalf of Everence and has served as general secretary of Friends United Meeting. To register for the 1 p.m. session, click here. To register for the 8 p.m. session, click here.

FGC GATHERING 2022, JULY 3-9 The multigenerational 2022 Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) will be virtual again this year, taking place on July 3-9. With a wide variety of speakers, workshops, programs, and events, there is something for everyone–and for every age level. To read more about the schedule and offerings, and to register early and secure a spot in a workshop of your choice, click here.

PYM ANNUAL SESSIONS, JULY 26-31 Come as often or as little as you wish to the Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which will be held mostly online July 26-31. This annual summer event offers opportunities for spiritual reflection, connecting with others in our Quaker community, learning and action opportunities, and care for the business of PYM. To view the complete schedule and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

WAKE-UP CALL TO END NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JUNE 7 You are urged to join thousands of people across the country on Tuesday, June 7, to sign the Statement on the Existential Threat of Nuclear Weapons and on the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The local signing will take place at 8 a.m., in front of the Federal Building, 6th & Market Streets, in downtown Philadelphia. The Statement urges the world’s nine nuclear-armed states to take immediate steps to engage the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, attend the First Meeting of States Parties, and sign, ratify, and implement the Treaty. The full statement will be released on June 7; for more on this campaign, click here. Local event organized by the Brandywine Peace Community, with bell-tolling and display of colorful banners and hand-held posters. For more information, go to www.brandywinepeace.com or call Bob Smith, 215-843-4827. (See the resolution passed by the Philadelphia City Council in October 2019, by clicking here. It was created and passed with efforts by Germantown Monthly Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.)

GET A BUS RIDE TO THE POOR PEOPLE’S MARCH IN D.C., JUNE 18 Register now for a bus ride to the June 18 Mass Poor People and Low Wage Workers’ Assembly & Moral March on Washington (D.C.) & to the Polls. This will be a gathering of poor and low-income people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions, and partners. The march will challenge the interlocking systems of racism, poverty, devastation of the environment, militarism and our war economy, and the falsities espoused by religious nationalism. Find out about booking your bus ride by clicking here. To register with CodePink and find out about housing, click here.

POWER UPDATE With the vote for the final budget in a few weeks, the Live Free campaign is asking all who can to sign the attached letter and send it to Mayor Kenney, asking him for full funding in the city budget for increased voter accessibility and equity in the Philadelphia City Budget. Upcoming events include:

Public Meeting on Redevelopment of PES Refinery Site, Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Education Justice Day of Action, Tuesday, June 7
Welcome to POWER Orientation, Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
POWER 10th Anniversary Noir et Rouge Virtual Gala, Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Climate Justice and Jobs Meeting, Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice
If you’re interested in a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 27, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Quaker way of trying to invite and be open to divine guidance is to begin with a time of silence. This is not the “moment of silence” that is a mere nod in passing to the Divine. Nor is it a time for organizing one’s thoughts. This is a time for what has been called recollection: for an intentional return to the Center to give over one’s own firm views, to place the outcome in the hands of God, to ask for a mind and heart as truly sensitive to an accepting of nuanced intimations of God’s will as of overwhelming evidences of it. It is possible that someone designated or undesignated may offer vocal prayer for the joint undertaking. Spoken or not, it is understood that each person present will be holding the undertaking in the Light in his or her own way. –Patricia Loring, 1992

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022

If you drive, please park in Pennsbury parking lot or on the street.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closers Lisa Holgash & Dudley Burdge

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Refreshments on Porch

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
After Joys & Concerns, social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL, MAY 29 This Sunday, May 29, we will learn about the Resurrection and the meaning of Easter. If parents could please let us know if your children will be attending, it would be very helpful! If you can’t make it, but would like to tune in by Zoom to see what is going on, let us know and we will open up a laptop and start a Zoom meeting. — — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

Next Sunday, June 5, is our annual Meeting Picnic! We will gather after meeting for worship on the meetinghouse porch for a potluck picnic. (See below.) We learned about the loaves and the fishes. What can you bring to share? And we are planning two field trips! Parents should read their email or contact Carla Childs.

MEETING NEWS

MEETING PICNIC! SUNDAY, JUNE 5

To celebrate the beginning of Summer and our emergence from the worst of COVID, Germantown Friends Meeting will have its Annual Potluck Picnic on the meetinghouse porch and grounds after the rise of meeting for worship on Sunday, June 5. We will grill turkey dogs and veggie burgers, and everyone should bring salads, side dishes, and desserts to share. Please make plans to join us! If you are coming, please click on this link to answer a few questions that will help with our planning for the event.

REMINDER

PLEASE HELP US COVER THIS YEAR’S BUDGET Friends: Germantown Meeting is slowly moving toward normal worship. Our Care & Visiting Committee has been active, as well as other important committees. Our expenses and obligations continue. We need to raise $39,000 more to reach our fund raising budget of $105,000. We are approaching the end of our fiscal year, which will conclude on June 30. Many members have already contributed generously. If you have not, now is a good time. If you have already contributed, a supplemental gift would be very welcome. You may mail a check to Germantown Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA. 19144, or donate with your credit card online at pym.org/donate (be sure to scroll down to where you give to a monthly meeting). Many thanks, from your Fund Raising Committee

QUAKER EVENTS

‘SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER IN VIOLENT TIMES,’ MAY 29 The events of the past several weeks, as well as the past several months and years, have overwhelmed many of us with emotions from fear to fury, from despair to a deep desire to renew our society’s well-being. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is offering an online event for people to respond to queries and spend time together for consolation and comfort. This will take place tomorrow, Saturday, May 29, from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. To learn more about this event and discussion topics, click here.

‘CONTINUING REVOLUTION’ FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS,’ JUNE 3-7 Young Adult Friends (YAFs) and seekers, ages 18-35) will gather online and in person at Pendle Hill on June 3-7 for an annual conference. Entitled “Continuing Revolution: Experiments in Spiritually Grounded Abolition,” the gathering will offer a vision of living one’s values through a restructured societal systems. It will be guided by Mariame Kaba who says that abolition is not a static or singular thing but is a word used for a variety of issues. Specifically, she wishes to envision a way to eliminate prisons, policing, and surveillance and instead “create true safety, health, and well-being.” Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 25. Financial assistance is available. To find out more details and apply online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

‘REMEMBER ALL WAR DEAD,’ ON MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 28 Join others in advocating to ‘Remember All War Dead” tomorrow at Lockheed Martin, the world’s number one war profiteer. This will take place tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m. The location is at the driveway to Lockheed Martin’s headquarters, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Banners and posters provided. Open to everyone. For more information, call coordinator, Bob Smith, at 215-843-4827.

MONTHLY POWER MEETING, MAY 29, AT 8:30 A.M. :
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84419241881?pwd=MG45UG9LUStlakd5OXlpVTF6MFQzdz09

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 20, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The roots of war can be taken away from all our lives, as they were long ago in Francis of Assisi and John Woolman. Day by day, let us seek out and remove every seed of hatred and greed, of resentment and of grudging, in our own selves and in the social structure about us. Christ’s way of freedom replaces slavish obedience by fellowship. Instead of an external compulsion, Christ gives an inward authority. Instead of self-seeking, we must put sacrifice; instead of domination, co-operation. Fear and suspicion must give place to trust and the spirit of understanding. Thus shall we more and more become friends to all … and our lives will be filled with the joy that true friendship never fails to bring. Surely this is the way in which Christ calls us to overcome the barriers of race and class and thus to make of all humanity a society of friends. –All Friends Conference, London, Devonshire House, 1920

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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022

If you drive, please park in Pennsbury parking lot or on the street.

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closers Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Refreshments on Porch

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
After Joys & Concerns, social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL, MAY 21 This Sunday, May 22, we continue to learn about Jesus, finding out what happened at Jesus’ trial and crucifixion and at the resurrection. If parents could please let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful when we gather supplies! If you can’t make it, but would like to tune in by Zoom to see what is going on, let us know and we will open up a laptop and start a Zoom meeting.

The Annual Walk for Peace and Reconciliation, with people from all over the city, is this Sunday, May 22! (Please see the notice below.) If you can join us, you will have a chance to walk and talk with people of many different faiths. People will start gathering at 1:15 p.m. Before we set out at 2:20 p.m. with our police escort, we will be cheered on by speakers and by the rhythms of the GFS Middle School World Percussion Ensemble.
We are looking ahead to Sunday, June 6, when we will gather after meeting for worship on the meetinghouse porch for a potluck picnic. Start thinking about what you can bring! — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless.

MEETING NEWS

PEACE WALK–THIS SUNDAY AT 2 P.M.! The 19th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk will kick off from Germantown Friends Meeting on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. Participants should gather at 1:30 p.m. on the Commons and on the meetinghouse’s front lawn. Opening ceremonies will include welcoming remarks from Meeting Clerk Bill Cozzens and Dr. Dan Wolk, speaking on ” healing=”” our=”” bodies,=”” awakening=”” minds,=”” restoring=”” earth,”=”” the=”” theme=”” of=”” walk.=”” walkers=”” will=”” step=”” out=”” to=”” drums=”” gfs=”” middle=”” school=”” world=”” percussion=”” ensemble,=”” directed=”” by=”” shawn=”” hennessey.=”” friends=”” are=”” encouraged=”” join=”” walk,=”” which=”” proceed=”” from=”” meeting=”” st.=”” timothy’s=”” episcopal=”” church=”” in=”” roxborough=”” and=”” then=”” mishkan=”” shalom=”” manayunk,=”” where=”” refreshments=”” be=”” served.=”” for=”” more=”” on=”” history=”” go=”” HOME | Interfaith PeaceWalk. Germantown Friends are encouraged to volunteer as greeters and hosts, by contacting Bill Cozzens.

PLEASE HELP US COVER THIS YEAR’S BUDGET Friends: Germantown Meeting is slowly moving toward normal worship. Our Care & Visiting Committee has been active, as well as other important committees. Our expenses and obligations continue. We need to raise $39,000 more to reach our fund raising budget of $105,000. We are approaching the end of our fiscal year, which will conclude on June 30. Many members have already contributed generously. If you have not, now is a good time. If you have already contributed, a supplemental gift would be very welcome. You may mail a check to Germantown Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA. 19144, or donate with your credit card online at pym.org/donate (be sure to scroll down to where you give to a monthly meeting). Many thanks, from your Fund Raising Committee.

REMINDERS

READ HISTORY OF GFS ONLINE Walk through more than 100 years of history of Germantown Friends School (GFS) and discover why the school was founded. This online tour, compiled by Kate Stover and Tim Wood, is based on a narrative written by Bill Koons, an Upper School history teacher. He mined GFS’s archives and then spent hours at the Quaker Archives at Haverford College, reading more than a century of School Committee minutes and researching the early Quakers who founded the school. Click here to find links to articles and chapters, including historic photographs. One chapter is about Master Stanley (Stanley Yarnall), one of the most influential figures in GFS history. Other chapters lead you through the issues and characters who shaped events and made decisions. To read more articles about this background, go to ironyofa.medium.com. (With thanks to Robert G. Smith for providing this information.)

A CAPPELLA CONCERT AT GFS, MAY 24 Germantown Friends (GFS) will present its final a cappella concert on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m., in our meetinghouse. (This concert is separate from the GFS Choir concert on May 15.) For more information, call the front desk of GFS, 215-951-2300.

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 (lightnerk@aol.com) if you have any questions.

QUAKER WORSHIP IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE Here are two opportunities to join Friends in worshiping with and in support of people of Ukraine:

A group of Quakers in Kyiv meet for worship two times on Sundays and invite others around the world to join them. If you are interested in offering support, click here.

A daily, global, online meeting for worship holds in the Light all those who are involved in the war in Ukraine, including people on both sides. It is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship is held for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon. Here is the Zoom connection: https://tinyurl.com/fhm-zoom-for-peace.

QUAKER EVENTS

FRIENDS CONFERENCE ON RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY, MAY 27-29 Friends and others with an interest in psychology–particularly Jungian–are invited to attend this year’s Friends Conference on Religion & Psychology (FCRP). It will be held virtually and in person at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA, on May 27-29. To find out more about the conference, call 717-896-5553 or send an email message to registrar@fcrp-quaker.org.

UNVEILING OF OUTDOOR EXHIBIT AT ARCH ST. MEETINGHOUSE Everyone is invited to the celebration of a new outdoor exhibit at the Fourth & Arch Street Meeting House on Friday, May 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. This is an evening for the whole family, with complimentary refreshments and new stories about historical figures, such as Lucretia Mott, Francis Watkins Harper, Elizabeth Drinker, and Samual Nicholas. The address is 320 Arch St., Phila., PA 19106. Registration is not required.

‘CONTINUING REVOLUTION’ FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS,’ JUNE 3-7 Young Adult Friends (YAFs) and seekers, ages 18-35) will gather online and in person at Pendle Hill on June 3-7 for an annual conference. Entitled “Continuing Revolution: Experiments in Spiritually Grounded Abolition,” the gathering will offer a vision of living one’s values through a restructured societal systems. It will be guided by Mariame Kaba who says that abolition is not a static or singular thing but is a word used for a variety of issues. Specifically, she wishes to envision a way to eliminate prisons, policing, and surveillance and instead “create true safety, health, and well-being.” Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 25. Financial assistance is available. To find out more details and apply online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES

In Harrisburg on Tuesday, May 24, there will be a rally for Whole Home Repairs with Sen. Nikil Saval. Additionally, the CADBI (Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration) rally scheduled for May 25 has been postponed until September 20. The next POWER orientation, part II, will be this coming Thursday, May 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Zoom.
Registration and additional information for these events can be found here.

This month’s Friends in POWER meeting will be Saturday, May 28, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. (this meeting is usually on the third Saturday of the month but got pushed back this month due to the POWER Energy Summit taking place this weekend).

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns:
Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice.
If you’re interested in a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers

The POWER Week of Action will be May 16-20, with events happening every day/night that week. Registration and additional information for these events can be found here.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice.
If you’re interested in a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers.

‘REMEMBER ALL WAR DEAD,’ VIGILS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND While the world’s eyes are focused on Ukraine, two Memorial Day vigils encourage us to “Remember All War Dead” and do our best to prevent future wars and their causes. Included in this remembrance are the victims of street violence here at home, who have lost their lives in a hurt and troubled society at war with itself. Banners and posters provided. Open to everyone. For more information, contact the coordinator, Bob Smith, of the Brandywine Peace Community, at 215-843-4827. These are the vigils:

The first vigil will be a “Reach-Out” on Friday, May 27, at 4 p.m., at 30th Street Station, 30th & Market Streets, in Philadelphia. In a “reach-out,” participants hold signs and banners and distribute informative leaflets, engaging with passersby.
The second vigil will be on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m., at Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, King of Prussia, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 13, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Earth Is Held in Trust. Together, the world’s people have been granted stewardship over the Earth, to enjoy it briefly, then to surrender it to succeeding generations. The Earth is not a possession but a trust. Those dramatic photographs from the moon showed us all what is ours to care for — a green and blue jewel shining in the blackness of space. What steward would risk turning such a gem into a radioactive cinder? –Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), Statement to UN Special Session of General Assembly on Disarmament, June 1978

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022

If you drive, please park in Pennsbury parking lot or on the street.

9 a.m. In-person only Meeting for Worship, outdoors if weather permits*

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closer Jeff Powers

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Refreshments on Porch

4 p.m. GFS Choir Spring Concert, in meetinghouse

*9 AM OUTDOOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP The 9 a.m. in person-only Meeting for Worship this Sunday will be held outdoors if the weather allows; otherwise, worship will be in the Social Room. Signs will be posted on the door if there’s an alternate location. For more information, contact Karen Lightner.

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
After Joys & Concerns, social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL, MAY 15 This Sunday, May 15, we continue to learn about Jesus, finding out what happened in the garden of Gethsemane and at Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. If you can�~@~Yt make it to First Day School in person, but would like to tune in by Zoom to see what is going on, let us know, and we will open up a laptop and start a Zoom meeting. — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING, MAY 15 Join Friends and families from throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) for a monthly religious education on May 15 at 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. It is “giant” because everyone is invited. It is a “children’s meeting” because it makes a space to nurture the spiritual lives and Quaker identity of young people. This Sunday’s theme is “Growing Feelings,” as part of the year’s theme, “Building the Quaker Community We Want to Be,” To find out more and register, click here.

MEETING NEWS

PLEASE HELP US COVER THIS YEAR’S BUDGET Friends: Germantown Meeting is slowly moving towards normal worship. Our Care & Visiting Committee has been active, as well as other important committees. Our expenses and obligations continue. We need to raise $40,000 more to reach our fund raising budget of $105,000. We are approaching the end of our fiscal year, which will conclude on June 30. Many members have already contributed generously. If you have not, now is a good time. If you have already contributed, a supplemental gift would be very welcome. You may mail a check to Germantown Meeting at 47 West Coulter St., Phila., PA. 19144, or donate with your credit card online at pym.org/donate (be sure to scroll down to where you give to a monthly meeting). Many thanks, from your Fund Raising Committee.

READ HISTORY OF GFS ONLINE Walk through more than 100 years of history of Germantown Friends School (GFS) and discover why the school was founded. This online tour, compiled by Kate Stover and Tim Wood, is based on a narrative written by Bill Koons, an Upper School history teacher. He mined GFS’s archives and then spent hours at the Quaker Archives at Haverford College, reading more than a century of School Committee minutes and researching the early Quakers who founded the school. Click here to go to the opening page, where you will find links to chapters, including historic photographs. One chapter is about Master Stanley (Stanley Yarnall), one of the most influential figures in GFS history. Other chapters lead you through the issues and characters who shaped events and made decisions. To read more articles about this background, click here. (With thanks to Robert G. Smith for providing this information.)

YARD SALE FOR BUDUDA & UKRAINE, MAY 14 Come, see all the practical and lovely things for sale at the multi-family yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held in the yard of our member Barbara Wybar, who lives at 111 Rex Ave., in Chestnut Hill, zip code 19118. All proceeds will go to benefit the Bududa Vocational Academy & the Children of Bududa Sponsorship Program, and the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. In the case of rain, the yard sale will be postponed until Saturday, May 28. If you have items to donate, call Barbara at 267-774-6368 or send her an email message at bwybar@yahoo.com.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS MAY 17 The next meeting of the Anti-racism Discussion group will take place by Zoom call on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Discussion will continue about articles, with sharing of different approaches to reparations and what approaches our Meeting might consider. Since this will be on the night of the primary election, the call will end by 8:15 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please contact the leader, John Colgan-Davis, at j.colgan-davis@att.net

GERMANTOWN MEETING HOSTS WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, MAY 22 The 19th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk will kick off from Germantown Friends Meeting on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. Opening ceremonies will include welcoming remarks from Meeting Clerk Bill Cozzens and Dr. Dan Wolk, speaking on “Healing Our Bodies, Awakening Our Minds, Restoring Our Earth,” the theme of the Walk. The walkers will step out to the drums of the GFS Middle School World Percussion Ensemble, directed by Shawn Hennessey. Friends are encouraged to join the Walk, which will proceed from our Meeting to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough and then to Mishkan Shalom in Manayunk, where refreshments will be served. For more on the history of the Walk: HOME | Interfaith PeaceWalk. More information will be forthcoming. Germantown Friends are encouraged to volunteer as greeters and hosts, by contacting Bill Cozzens.

A CAPPELLA CONCERT AT GFS, MAY 24 Germantown Friends (GFS) will present its final a cappella concert on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m., in our meetinghouse. (This concert is separate from the GFS Choir concert on May 15.) For more information, call the front desk of GFS, 215-951-2300.

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.

QUAKER WORSHIP IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE Here are two opportunities to join Friends in worshiping with and in support of people of Ukraine:

A group of Quakers in Kyiv meet for worship two times on Sundays and invite others around the world to join them. If you are interested in offering support, click here.

A daily, global, online meeting for worship holds in the Light all those who are involved in the war in Ukraine, including people on both sides. It is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship is held for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon. Here is the Zoom connection: https://tinyurl.com/fhm-zoom-for-peace.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

FRANCIS DAVID RILEY, grandfather of our members Elise Riley and Andrea Thiel Riley, died April 28 at the age of 90 in Madison Heights, Michigan. Memorial services were May 4, followed by burial on May 5.

‘THANK-YOU’ FROM JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS Five hundred dollars was raised by our member John Colgan-Davis for the Walk Against Hunger of Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry. He would like to thank all those from Germantown Meeting who donated to his efforts. The money will go toward helping Germantown residents meet food, clothing, and housing needs.

ZOOM MEMORIAL FOR DICK BANSEN, JUNE 4 The memorial meeting for worship to commemorate the life of Dick Bansen will be held by Zoom on Saturday, June 4, at 1:45 p.m.; with worship sharing to begin at 2 p.m.

AMENDED VERSION OF CHRIS NICHOLSON’S DEATH NOTICE The family of Christopher Nicholson would like to share an amended version of the notice of his death that ran in last week’s BEE. It is attached as Chris Nicholson 5-2-22.pdf and contains an expanded list of family members’ names.

TAKE ACTION

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES

The POWER Week of Action will be May 16-20, with events happening every day/night that week. Registration and additional information for these events can be found here.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice.
If you’re interested in a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, May 6, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

On Meeting for Business: Friends should endeavor to work with one another in a humble and loving spirit, each giving to others credit for purity of motive, notwithstanding differences of opinion. They are cautioned, however, to exercise mutual forbearance and, having expressed their views, to refrain from pressing them unduly when the judgment of the meeting obviously inclines to some other view. –George A. Selleck, in “Principles of the Quaker business method.”

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SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2022

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (Agenda* below)
10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closer Anthony Stover

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

Refreshments on Porch

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
After Joys & Concerns, social hour will be held on the porch with simple refreshments.

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY This Sunday, May 8, we will gather to put flowers into pots for Mothers Day! (We will also learn about the parable of the mustard seed. If parents could please let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful when we gather supplies!) If you can’t make it, but would like to tune in by Zoom to see what is going on, let us know, and we will open up a laptop and start a Zoom meeting. — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless.

*AGENDA

Meeting for Business

This month, business meeting will be hybrid (in the meetinghouse Committee Room and via Zoom)

Query – Karen Lightner, followed by worship

Corrections to April Minutes from Business Meeting – Becky Johnson (Members are respectfully requested to review the minutes and identify corrections BEFORE meeting.)

Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel

Worship & Ministry – David Mettler, updated proposal for worship during summer months, including consideration of childcare

Discernment re. appropriate follow up to GFS School & School Committee report

Fundraising Committee – Jack Rhoads, status of current fiscal year fundraising

Racial & Social Justice – Ed Nakawatase, GMM Giving Fund recommendations for 2022

Environmental Concerns – Jack Rhoads, Impending Climate Catastrophe Minute

Volunteers Needed!

Hosts and greeters for the May 22 Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation

Organizing committee for June 5 Meeting picnic

Announcements

Meeting with architects on the Smith Gym / Student Center project

Charla Okewole, GFS Director of DEI, and your clerk will be participating in a Difficult Conversations project sponsored by Westtown Meeting and Westtown Friends School

Power Interfaith hosting an Energy Summit, May 20-22.

Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

YARD SALE FOR BUDUDA & UKRAINE, MAY 14 Come, see all the practical and lovely things for sale at the multi-family yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held in the yard of our member Barbara Wybar, who lives at 111 Rex Ave., in Chestnut Hill, zip code 19118. All proceeds will go to benefit the Bududa Vocational Academy & the Children of Bududa Sponsorship Program, and the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. In the case of rain, the yard sale will be postponed until Saturday, May 28. If you have items to donate, contact Barbara.

GERMANTOWN MEETING HOSTS WALK FOR PEACE & RECONCILIATION, MAY 22 The 19th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk will kick off from Germantown Friends Meeting on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. Opening ceremonies will include welcoming remarks from Meeting Clerk Bill Cozzens and Dr. Dan Wolk, speaking on “Healing Our Bodies, Awakening Our Minds, Restoring Our Earth,” the theme of the Walk. The walkers will step out to the drums of the GFS Middle School World Percussion Ensemble, directed by Shawn Hennessey. Friends are encouraged to join the Walk, which will proceed from our Meeting to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Roxborough and then to Mishkan Shalom in Manayunk, where refreshments will be served. For more on the history of the Walk: HOME | Interfaith PeaceWalk. More information will be forthcoming. Germantown Friends are encouraged to volunteer as greeters and hosts, by contacting Bill Cozzens.

A CAPPELLA CONCERT AT GFS, MAY 24 Germantown Friends School (GFS) will present its final a cappella concert in our meetinghouse on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. For more information, call the front desk of GFS, 215-951-2300.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF CHRIS NICHOLSON On Monday, May 2, our longtime member Christopher Nicholson died suddenly at the age of 94. He leaves behind four children: Stephen, Richard, Thomas Nicholson, and Kathleen Paulmier; eight beloved grandchildren: Katharine, Christopher, Nathan, Carter, Eric, Malia, Sasha, and Neil; three great-grandchildren: Iris, Leo, and Ezra; and 17 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place at Germantown Monthly Meeting, date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Germantown Friends School, The Neighborhood Gardens Trust (an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society), or the American Civil Liberties Union. For those who wish to reach out, the family may be contacted c/o Kathy and Chris Paulmier, 5321 Baynton St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

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.

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS: RACE AGAINST HUNGER John Colgan-Davis is walking again this year to help raise money for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM) in the Race Against Hunger. GACM is a community-based social service agency that provides legal counseling, utility, and housing assistance. It also offers the community a food cupboard that provides packages of fresh foods, veggies, and other items to make nutritious meals. The Race Against Hunger is an important fundraiser for them. This year the fundraising goal for the Race is $10,000. Click here to make a donation to John’s effort.

QUAKERS WORSHIPING IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE Here are two opportunities to join Friends in worshiping with and in support of people of Ukraine:

A group of Quakers in Kyiv meet for worship two times on Sundays and invite others around the world to join them. If you are interested in offering support, click here.
A daily, global, online meeting for worship holds in the Light all those who are involved in the war in Ukraine, including people on both sides. It is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship is held for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon. Here is the Zoom connection: http://tinyurl.com/fhm-zoom-for-peace.

GMM’S INFO ON FACEBOOK & WEBSITE To keep up with what’s going on in Germantown Monthly Meeting, take a look at the following websites:

Germantown Meeting website: https://gmm.gfsnet.org/wordpress
Germantown Meeting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/germantown meeting

TAKE ACTION

FCNL HOSTS ‘ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR ALL,’ MAY 4 Hear from young advocates for environmental justice on a webinar hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). It will take place on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. The speakers are from FCNL’s Young Adult Program and Advocacy Corps, and from the American Friends Service Committee. They will discuss action in Congress on the Environmental Justice for All Act, share advocacy stories, and offer best practices for advocating for environmental justice in your own community. To register, click here.

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES Registration and additional information for the following events may be found by clicking here.

POWER is conducting “Voting Is Imperative” phone/text banking events on May 10, and 12.
On Wednesday, May 11, there will be a Popular Education Session, with Sen. Nikil Saval, about Whole Homes Repair.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 29, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It may surprise some of us to hear that the first generation of Friends did not have a testimony for simplicity. They came upon a faith that cut to the root of the way they saw life, radically reorienting it. They saw that all they did must flow directly from what they experienced as true, and that if it did not, both the knowing and the doing became false. In order to keep the knowledge clear and the doing true, they stripped away anything that seemed to get in the way. They called those things superfluities, and it is this radical process of stripping for clear-seeing that we now term simplicity. –Frances Irene Taber, 1985

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SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closer Randal & Leanna Whitman

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY In our First Day School class on Sunday, May 1, we will learn about the Last Supper. (The following Sunday, May 8, we will gather to do potting of flowers for Mothers Day.) If parents could please let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful! — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless.

MEETING NEWS

FILM SCREENING OF YOUTH v GOV, APRIL 29 Our Meeting’s Environmental Concerns Committee and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is hosting the second virtual screening of the documentary YOUTH v GOV, tonight, Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The film is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Armed with a wealth of evidence, 21 courageous youth leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted through six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering the youths’ rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, but they will change the future. To watch the trailer for YOUTH v GOV, click here. The screening will take place on Zoom. Viewers are required to pre-register, according to the producer’s terms. To view the film, complete the registration form, and you will be sent the Zoom link prior to the screening.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF EMILY WOODRUFF Our member Emily Martin (Hitch) Woodruff died Sunday, April 24, at her home in Mt. Airy, at the age of 91. She was in hospice care for a short period of time at the end of her life. At the age of 91, she was still reading The New York Times daily until three days before her death. Emily Woodruff was the mother of our members Allen Woodruff, John Marshall Woodruff, and Matthew Woodruff, and the grandmother of Marshall Woodruff and John Justice Woodruff. We send our sympathy and prayers to her family.

BRIAN BERSH CHOSEN TO BE GFS MUSIC DEPT. HEAD The new head of the Music Department of Germantown Friends School (GFS) is Brian Bersh, husband of our member Kali Jones Schellenberg and son-in-law of our member Phoebe Jones Schellenberg.He and Kali were married under the care of Germantown Meeting last summer. They have been living in Arlington, VA, where Brian worked in the public schools, conducting band, jazz, percussion, marching, and string ensembles, and taught courses in songwriting, digital audio, and music theory. To read the announcement from GFS, which includes an impressive list of Brian’s achievements, open the attachment: Bersh named to GFS Music Dept.pdf.

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.

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS: RACE AGAINST HUNGER John Colgan-Davis is walking again this year to help raise money for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM) in the Race Against Hunger. GACM is a community-based social service agency that provides legal counseling, utility, and housing assistance. It also offers the community a food cupboard that provides packages of fresh foods, veggies, and other items to make nutritious meals. The Race Against Hunger is an important fundraiser for them. This year the fundraising goal for the Race is $10,000. Click here to make a donation to John’s effort.

QUAKERS WORSHIPING IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE Here are two opportunities to join Friends in worshiping with and in support of people of Ukraine:

A group of Quakers in Kyiv meet for worship two times on Sundays and invite others around the world to join them. If you are interested in offering support, click here.

A daily, global, online meeting for worship holds in the Light all those who are involved in the war in Ukraine, including people on both sides. It is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship is held for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon. Here is the Zoom connection: http://tinyurl.com/fhm-zoom-for-peace.

GMM’S INFO ON FACEBOOK & WEBSITE To keep up with what’s going on in Germantown Monthly Meeting, take a look at the following websites:

Germantown Meeting website: https://gmm.gfsnet.org/wordpress
Germantown Meeting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/germantown meeting

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SCREENING OF FIGHTING INDIANS, MAY 1 The documentary Fighting Indians chronicles one of the most contentious struggles to get a public school in Maine to drop its use of a mascot portraying an offensive stereotype of Native Americans. The film will be shown online this Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Skowhegan High School, known for four decades as “The Home of the Indians.” Is homogeneously white in composition. This screening is sponsored by the First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which seeks to uncover historic truths about Native Americans and reconcile the impact on them by white settlers. To learn more about the film and register for the showing, Click here to get more information and to apply.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL HOSTS ‘ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOR ALL,’ MAY 4 Hear from young advocates for environmental justice on a webinar hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). It will take place on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. The speakers are from FCNL’s Young Adult Program and Advocacy Corps, and from the American Friends Service Committee. They will discuss action in Congress on the Environmental Justice for All Act, share advocacy stories, and offer best practices for advocating for environmental justice in your own community. To register, click here.

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES In coming weeks, POWER will conduct phone and text banking events (May 3, 5, 10, and 12.) There will also be an Energy Summit Art Make-in on Saturday, May 7. On Wednesday, May 11, there will be a Popular Education Session about Whole Homes Repair, with Sen. Nikil Saval. Registration and additional information for these events may be found by clicking here.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you’re interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 22, 2022

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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,k meekness, temperance, peace, and unity with God and with one another, that these things may abound. –Edwar Burrough, 1659

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022

9 a.m. In-person Fireside Meeting for Worship (social room)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closer Ed Nakawatase

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

FIRST DAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY In our First Day School class on Sunday, April 24, we will learn about Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. If parents could let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful! — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless.

MEETING NEWS

MONTHLY FIRESIDE MEETING FOR WORSHIP TO BE APRIL 24 Our monthly in-person, fireside, 9 a.m., meeting for worship, which normally takes place on the second Sunday of the month, will be postponed till the third Sunday of the month–April 24, because of this month’s Easter holiday.

FILM SCREENINGS OF YOUTH v GOV, APRIL 24 AND 29 Our Meeting’s Environmental Concerns Committee and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light are hosting two virtual screenings of the documentary YOUTH v GOV on Sunday, April 24, and Friday, April 29, both at 7 p.m. The film is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Armed with a wealth of evidence, 21 courageous youth leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted through six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering the youths’ rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, but they will change the future. To watch the trailer for YOUTH v GOV, click here. The screenings will take place on Zoom. Viewers are required to pre-register, according to the producer’s terms. To view the film, complete this registration form, and you will be sent the Zoom link prior to the screening.

REMINDERS

GMM’S INFO ON FACEBOOK & WEBSITE To keep up with what’s going on in Germantown Monthly Meeting, take a look at the following websites:

Germantown Meeting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/germantown meeting
Germantown Meeting website: https://gmm.gfsnet.org/wordpress

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

JOHN COLGAN-DAVIS: RACE AGAINST HUNGER

John Colgan-Davis is walking again this year to help raise money for Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry (GACM) in the Race Against Hunger. GACM is a community-based social service agency that provides legal counseling, utility and housing assistance. It also offers the community a food cupboard that provides packages of fresh foods, veggies, and other items to make nutritious meals. The Race Against Hunger is an important fundraiser for them. This year the fundraising goal for the Race is $10,000. Click here to make a donation to John’s effort.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

FCNL: SIX NONVIOLENT WAYS CONGRESS CAN HELP UKRAINE Quakers have long opposed war, supported the right to conscientious objection, and actively worked for peace in our communities and throughout the world. Our Peace Testimony calls us to reject violence in all its forms, persistently seek peace, and promote nonviolence to break cycles of conflict and reduce suffering. What does this mean for us in the situation in Ukraine? Bridget Moix, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), in an online article, gives six ways Friends can encourage Congress to approach the situation in Ukraine to press for practical yet nonviolent solutions to the cruelty and carnage taking place in Ukraine. To read the suggestions, click here.

DEADLINE FOR GRANTS TO DEVELOP OUTREACH & MEMBERSHIP Grants are available for up to $1,000 to monthly and quarterly meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). They will be awarded to projects to strengthen outreach, attract new attenders, and increase membership. The deadline for applications is May 2 this year. The grants are made by PYM’s Membership Development Granting Group. The money comes from a portion of unrestricted bequests left each year to PYM. Established as a five-year experiment in 1997, the program continues to help meetings reach out to newcomers by increasing visibility and communications. For more information, including a list of past projects that have been funded, click here, where you can also find out how to apply.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 24 Friends from meetings in Philadelphia Quarter will hold a hybrid gathering on Sunday, April 24. Melissa Rycroft, rising clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will lead a discussion on how regional meetings foster community. The theme is “Celebrating the Possibilities: Quaker Life in the Yearly Quarterly, Monthly Meetings. For those who wish to attend in person, the location will be Chestnut Hill Meeting. Everyone, including both in-person participants and those who attend by Zoom, is asked to register online by clicking here.

QUAKERS WORSHIPING IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE Here are two opportunities to join Friends in worshiping with and in support of people of Ukraine:

A group of Quakers in Kyiv meet for worship two times on Sundays and invite others around the world to join them. If you are interested in offering support, click here.

A daily, global, online meeting for worship holds in the Light all those who are involved in the war in Ukraine, including people on both sides. It is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship is held for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon. Here is the Zoom connection: http://tinyurl.com/fhm-zoom-for-peace.

TAKE ACTION

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR MORAL REVIVAL, APRIL 25 The Rev. William J. Barber, II, and the Rev. Liz Theoharis will speak Monday, April 25, at 6 p.m., as part of “National Call for Moral Revival,” of the Poor People’s Campaign.The event will be held at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. It will follow the 5 p.m. Moral Monday March on Philadelphia, for which participants will begin to gather at 4:30 p.m. on the north side of Philadelphia City Hall. These events are part of a ten-state mobilization tour that builds toward the Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers Assembly & Moral March on Washington and to the Poll on June 18.There is no charge to hear the speakers, but you are asked to pre-register at tinyurl.com/phlmoralmarch . The Unitarian Church is handicapped-accessible, and there will be interpretation in Spanish. No large tote bags or umbrellas will be permitted.

DEMOS TO STOP LOCKHEED MARTIN, APRIL 23 The Brandywine Peace Community will host two more events this week as part of the Global Mobilization to Stop Lockheed Martin (April 21-28). The weapons manufacturer makes $54 billion a year from such things as war drones and nuclear weapons, giving it a central position in the war economy of our country. Both events are free and open to the public. Participants are required to observe the discipline of nonviolence. For more information, call coordinator Bob Smith.

Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Lockheed Martin complex at 230 Mall Boulevard (main intersection of Mall & Goddard Boulevards) at the rear of King of Prussia Mall.
Thursday, April 28, at 2 p.m., at the Lockheed Martin AEGIS Naval Weapons Center, 230 Marne Hwy. & Young Ave., Moorestown, NJ 08057.

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES Below are the upcoming events for POWER activities. Registration and information for these events can be found by clicking here.

Climate Justice and Jobs Meeting, Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
POWER Orientation Part II: Collective Liberation, Racial Equity, and Healing Within Our Organization, Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (You do not need to have attended POWER Orientation Part I to attend this.)

Below are links to POWER’s current campaigns. If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers, jeffpowers26.2@gmail.com, or call 804-725-8868.

Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform

Education

Economic Dignity

Civic Engagement

Climate Justice

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 15, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Now is where we live; now is where the past must be overcome; now is where we meet others; now is where we must find the presence of God. –Carol Murphy, 1993

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SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closers Jack Rhoads

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

FIRST DAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY On April 17, our first Day School Students and Young Friends will celebrate with our annual Easter Egg Hunt. NOTE: We will start at 10:30 a.m. by gathering in the Meeting kitchen to dye eggs and share a story. A laptop computer will be set up in the kitchen so students who want to dye eggs at home can listen to the story, too, as they dye their own eggs at home. The plan is for the older students to hide the eggs so the other students can go hunt for them at the rise of Meeting at 11:30 a.m. If parents could let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful! — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless.

MEETING NEWS

MONTHLY FIRESIDE MEETING FOR WORSHIP TO BE APRIL 24 Our monthly in-person, fireside, 9 a.m., meeting for worship, which normally takes place on the second Sunday of the month, will be postponed till the third Sunday of the month–April 24, because of this weekend’s Easter holiday.

FILM SCREENINGS OF YOUTH v GOV, APRIL 24 AND 29 Our Meeting’s Environmental Concerns Committee and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light are hosting two virtual screenings of the documentary YOUTH v GOV on Sunday, April 24, and Friday, April 29, both at 7 p.m. The film is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Armed with a wealth of evidence, 21 courageous youth leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted through six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering the youths’ rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, but they will change the future. To watch the trailer for YOUTH v GOV, click here. The screenings will take place on Zoom. Viewers are required to pre-register, according to the producer’s terms. To view the film, complete this registration form, and you will be sent the Zoom link prior to the screening.

REMINDERS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET APRIL 19 There will be a continuing discussion on reparations and about several articles and a video about specific types of reparation plans. People who are interested in joining the committee, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

GMM’S INFO ON FACEBOOK & WEBSITE To keep up with what’s going on in Germantown Monthly Meeting, take a look at the following websites:

Germantown Meeting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/germantown meeting
Germantown Meeting website: https://gmm.gfsnet.org/wordpress

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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

AFRICAN FRIEND, MIRIAM WERE, NOMINATED FOR NOBEL The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) nominated Kenyan Quaker Miriam Were for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Were has worked for 50 years to promote trust between governments, health authorities, and African citizens. After graduating from the University of Nairobi with a medical degree, she earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She led an illustrious career of founding and directing health programs for the United Nations in Kenya, Ethiopia, and East, Central, and West Africa. “Peace and health are the foundation for the well-being of humanity and the planet. I believe in … promoting both peace and health by empowering individuals and communities to lead in solving their problems” by using sustainable development goals, she says. The AFSC is allowed to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize because it was a co-recipient itself in 1947, sharing it with its British counterpart, Friends Service Council, for the work of Quakers worldwide to help people after both world wars. The AFSC welcomes suggestions for nominees from Quaker meetings, organizations, and individual members of the Religious society of Friends. For information about the qualities sought in candidates, go to https://quakernobel.org/criteria. Nominations may be submitted here: www.afsc.org/action/submit-nobel-peace-prize-nomination”. At this time of the year, nominations received by June 10 will be considered for the 2023 nomination.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GREEN STREET FRIENDS TO GIVE $500,000 FOR REPARATIONS TO BLACK NEIGHBORS Starting with a legal clinic this weekend, Green Street Meeting begins an initiative to return $500,000 to Black Germantown residents over the next decade as reparations for Quaker involvement in American slavery. The legal clinic is part of a monthly series to help preserve the wealth of Black homeowners in the neighborhood by providing $50,000 in real estate and legal services to address problems such as tangled titles, wills, and deed transfers. This is only a taste of the in-depth and lengthy article that appears today (Thursday, April 13) in BillyPenn, an online newsletter for the Philadelphia area. The article goes on to describe in detail the background of the Meeting’s decision and how it addresses the issue of reparations on a local and personal level. To read the entire story, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 24 Friends from meetings in Philadelphia Quarter will hold a hybrid gathering on Sunday, April 24. Melissa Rycroft, rising clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will lead a discussion on how regional meetings foster community. The theme is “Celebrating the Possibilities: Quaker Life in the Yearly Quarterly, Monthly Meetings. For those who wish to attend in person, the location will be Chestnut Hill Meeting. Everyone, including both in-person participants and those who attend by Zoom, is asked to register online by clicking here.

REMINDER

QUAKERS WORSHIPING IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE Here are two opportunities to join Friends in worshiping with and in support of people of Ukraine:

A group of Quakers in Kyiv meet for worship two times on Sundays invite others around the world to join them. If you are interested in offering support, click here.

A daily, global, online meeting for worship holds in the Light all those who are involved in the war in Ukraine, including people on both sides. It is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship is held for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon.

TAKE ACTION

EQAT LAUNCHES ‘VANGUARD’S BIG CLIMATE PROBLEM WALK,’ APRIL 18-22 The Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is organizing a five-day walk, starting in Chester, to Vanguard’s southeastern Pennsylvania headquarters in Malvern, PA. It will begin on Monday, April 18, and conclude on Friday, April 22, which is Earth Day. Vanguard is one of the biggest asset management companies in the world, as well as one of the largest global investors in coal, oil, and gas, which frequently violates Indigenous rights. Vanguard is also one of the foremost investors in weapon productions such as Lockheed Martin. EQAT’s action calls for Vanguard, in the short run, to vote for climate-friendly shareholder resolutions, and, in the long run, to move its investments out of fossil fuel and forest-destroying companies. To read more about the route of the walk, how to join it, and learn about EQAT’s ambitious action plan, click here.

GLOBAL MOBILIZATION TO STOP LOCKHEED MARTIN, APRIL 21-28 Plans are underway for three local events in the Philadelphia area: (1) at Lockheed Martin offices in King of Prussia; (2) at Lockheed Martin weapons plant in Moorestown, NJ; and (3) at one additional location in Philadelphia, TBA. Details for these events will be announced on Easter Monday, April 17 on the website of the Brandywine Peace Community, www.brandywine peace.com, telephone 215-843-4827. You may contact the event coordinator, who is Bob Smith, member of Germantown Monthly Meeting, by clicking here.

REMINDERS

WITNESS & RESISTANCE ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 15 Make part of your observance of Good Friday a demonstration for peace In front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s No. 1 war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor. This day on which Christians worldwide observe the sacrifice made by Jesus for a better world, do your part to educate passersby to the hateful war economy created by weapons manufacturing and sales. Hold one of the signs or banners that will be provided, listen to the litany and tolling of the Peace Bell, and pray for all those dying and separated by the war in Ukraine, as well as for the earth, humanity, and a world free of violence. If you are interested in nonviolent resistance and willing to face arrest, call 215-843-4827 beforehand, and attend an on-site meeting at 11 a.m. Adherence to the discipline of nonviolence is mandatory. The demonstration begins at 12 noon and concludes by 2 p.m. It is sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and is an annual event going back several decades. For more information, click here.

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES The monthly meeting of POWER will take place by Zoom this Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. All members and attenders are welcome. Additional upcoming events for POWER activities are listed below. Registration and information for these events can be found by clicking here.

Climate Justice and Jobs Meeting, Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
POWER Orientation Part II: Collective Liberation, Racial Equity, and Healing Within Our Organization, Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (You do not need to have attended POWER Orientation Part I to attend this.)

Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform

Education

Economic Dignity

Civic Engagement

Climate Justice

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 8, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It is a bold and colossal claim that we put forward — that the whole of life is sacramental, that there are innumerable “means of grace” by which God is revealed and communicated –through nature and through human fellowship, and through a thousand things that may become the “outward and visible sign” of an “inward and spiritual grace.” –A. Barrett Brown, 1932

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2022

9 a.m. Meeting for Worship with concern for Business (Agenda below*)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closers Marge & Ted Spaeth

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

*Agenda, Meeting for Business

Query — Presented by a member of Worship & Ministry, followed by worship

Corrections to the Minutes from March — Becky Johnson, recording clerk (Please review the DRAFT minutes and identify corrections BEFORE meeting.)

Care & Visiting Committee — Peter Samuel

Safety Committee — concerning meetinghouse use and COVID procedures

Worship & Ministry — proposal for worship during summer months

Fiscal Committee — Randal Whitman

Racial & Social Justice — Ed Nakawatase, Kelly School Playground update

Environmental Concerns — Bill Cozzens, Minute in support of the PA Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (Please read attachments: DRAFT Minute-Environmental Concerns.pdf and Amicus Brief.pdf)

Meeting priorities for FCNL lobbying

Announcements

May 22 – Host congregation for the Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation
June 5 – Meeting picnic on the porch after meeting

Closing Worship

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

FIRST DAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY In First Day School on April 10, we will learn about some of Jesus’ famous miracles, adding some origami for illustrations. In-person students will meet in the committee room of the meetinghouse, after spending 20 minutes in meeting for worship. A laptop computer will be set up in the committee room, and students can tune in from home via Zoom at 10:50 a.m. And next week, April 17, will be our Easter Egg Hunt! If parents could let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful! — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless.

MEETING NEWS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET APRIL 19 There will be a continuing discussion on reparations and about several articles and a video about specific types of reparation plans. People who are interested in joining the committee, please contact John Colgan-Davis

GMM’S INFO ON FACEBOOK & WEBSITE To keep up with what’s going on in Germantown Monthly Meeting, take a look at the following websites:

Germantown Meeting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/germantown meeting
Germantown Meeting website: https://germantownmeeting.org

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. [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.]

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

TERESA MAEBORI: A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, ONLINE, APRIL 12 Our member Teresa Maebori will be the subject of a webinar on Tuesday, April 12, at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Friends in the City (FitC). Entitled “A Journey of Discovery: From a Japanese-American Concentration Camp to Philadelphia,” the webinar focuses on Teresa’s experiences as a child born in a camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Located at Tule Lake in northern California in 1942, the armed camp allowed its Japanese American prisoners–who were American citizens– to only leave by volunteering to work in a labor camp in Idaho, harvesting sugar beets. Teresa survived the camps and later became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia and a teacher for 36 years at Germantown Friends School. To register for the webinar, click here.

DEATH OF CAROL CORSON, PLYMOUTH MEETING FRIEND A former teacher at Germantown Friends School, Plymouth Meeting Friends School (PMFS), and a member of Plymouth Meeting Friends, Carol Corson died on March 30. She was known for her kindness, generosity of spirit, love of teaching, and creative methods. At a time when public schools could deny entry to children with special learning needs, many such students went to PMFS. To help them, Carol got her M.Ed. in the psychology of reading from Temple University and used this training to help her figure out new ways to reach her students. To read about Carol’s life in more detail, click here, which will take you to the Alumni Profile in the PMFS magazine.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

QUAKERS WORSHIPING IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE Here are two opportunities to join Friends in worshiping with and in support of people of Ukraine:

A group of Quakers in Kyiv meet for worship two times on Sunday invite others around the world to join them. If you are interested in offering support, click here.

A daily, global, online meeting for worship holds in the Light all those who are involved in the war in Ukraine, including people on both sides. It is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship is held for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon. Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/fhm-zoom-for-peace.

REMINDERS

SPRING RETREAT FOR FRIENDS OF COLOR, MAY 13-15 All Friends of color are invited to join, virtually or in person, the Spring Retreat for Friends of Color on May 13-15 at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon. Deadline to register to attend in person is April 18, and the deadline to register for virtual attendance is May 9. This is a program of Friends General Conference. To register online, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 24 Friends from meetings in Philadelphia Quarter will hold a hybrid gathering on Sunday, April 24. Melissa Rycroft, rising clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will lead a discussion on how regional meetings foster community. For those who wish to attend in person, the location will be Chestnut Hill Meeting. Everyone, including both in-person participants and those who attend by Zoom, is asked to register online by clicking here.

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, APRIL 30-MAY 1 Here is a chance for Quaker families with young children to spend time together at an overnight campout at Camp Dark Waters in Medford, NJ. It begins on April 30, Saturday afternoon, with greetings, welcome, and a chance to explore the area. After preparing and eating dinner together, everyone will gather around a campfire. On Sunday, May 1, there will be a “Giant Children’s Meeting,” held in person, and a wrap-up that leaves plenty of time for families to get home and prepare for the coming week. To find out more–including safety measures to prevent Covid transmission–and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

RESPONDING TO CRISIS IN UKRAINE While we read and watch the news about war in Ukraine, our spirits cry out for ways to help and alleviate the suffering. Here are three practicals to donate to organizations that provide food and/or support services to Ukrainians and refugees in the surrounding region:

World Central Kitchen is a group that several people in our Meeting have recommended, and you can read about it and donate to it online by clicking here.

Another good one is UNHCR/USA, which has staff on the ground in the region surrounding Ukraine and works closely with local authorities in Ukraine. You may be familiar with their work with Syrian refugees in the United States, to which some people in Germantown Meeting gave donations a couple of years ago. UNHCR’s latest delivery of supplies was on April 6 to people in eastern Ukraine, where shelling, coupled with shortages of basics like water, gas, and electricity, hygiene supplies, and baby formula continue to endanger lives. To get firsthand information and/or donate, click here.

Quakers in Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, and Poland are supporting people escaping from Ukraine, and they need resources to sustain their work. The Quaker Central European Gathering and Friends of Quaker Council for European Affairs are working together to raise money. Read examples of the work that is going on, sample costs, and donate at the website of the Europe and Middle East Section of Friends World Committee on Consultation.

WITNESS & RESISTANCE ON GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 15 Make part of your observance of Good Friday a demonstration for peace In front of Lockheed Martin, the world’s No. 1 war profiteer and nuclear weapons contractor. This day on which Christians worldwide observe the sacrifice made by Jesus for a better world, do your part to educate passersby to the hateful war economy created by weapons manufacturing and sales. Hold one of the signs or banners that will be provided, listen to the litany and tolling of the Peace Bell, and pray for all those dying and separated by the war in Ukraine, as well as for the earth, humanity, and a world free of violence. If you are interested in nonviolent resistance and willing to face arrest, call 215-843-4827 beforehand, and attend an on-site meeting at 11 a.m. Adherence to the discipline of nonviolence is mandatory. The demonstration begins at 12 noon and concludes by 2 p.m. It is sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community and is an annual event going back several decades. For more information, click here

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES Upcoming events for POWER include the following:

PA Climate Equity Table, Wednesday, April 13, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Climate Justice and Jobs Meeting, Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
POWER Orientation Part II: Collective Liberation, Racial Equity, and Healing Within Our Organization, Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (You do not need to have attended POWER Orientation Part I to attend this.)

Registration and additional information for these events can be found here.

Below are links to POWER’s current campaigns. If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers.

Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform

Education

Economic Dignity

Civic Engagement

Climate Justice

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 1, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I have been learning … that when we accept our finiteness realistically and without bitterness, each day is a gift to be cherished and savored. Each day becomes a miracle. I am learning to offer to God my days and my nights, my joy, my work, my pain, and my grief. I am striving to keep my house in order, and my relationships intact. I am learning to use the time I have more wisely…. And I am learning to forget at times my puritan conscience, which prods me to work without ceasing, and, instead, to take time for joy. –Elizabeth Watson, 1979

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SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closers Karen Lightner

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

FIRST DAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY In First Day School on April 3, we will learn about some of Jesus’ famous miracles, adding some origami for illustrations. In-person students will meet in the committee room of the meetinghouse, after spending 20 minutes in meeting for worship. A laptop computer will be set up in the committee room, and students can tune in from home via Zoom at 10:50 a.m. If parents could let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful! — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

MEETING NEWS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET APRIL 19 There will be a continuing discussion on reparations and about several articles and a video about specific types of reparation plans. People who are interested in joining the committee, please contact John Colgan-Davis

GMM’S INFO ON FACEBOOK & WEBSITE To keep up with what’s going on in Germantown Monthly Meeting, take a look at the following websites:

Germantown Meeting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/germantown meeting
Germantown Meeting website: https://gmm.gfsnet.org/wordpress

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. [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.]

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

WORSHIP SHARING ON PEACE TESTIMONY, APRIL 2 Your are invited to join Quaker House in North Carolina for an online worship sharing session on the Peace Testimony, to take place tomorrow, April 2, at 4 p.m. Friends will share their thoughts and discernment about the Testimony and how events in Ukraine have affected them. The worship sharing will be unprogrammed, with waiting for messages to rise from the silence. An announcement is attached (Quaker House worship sharing on Peace Testimony.pdf). If you wish to participate, send an email message to wayne.finegar@quakerhouse.org or call 910-323-3912, and the connection information will be sent to you. About Quaker House: Based in Fayetteville, NC, home of Fort Bragg, Quaker House provides counseling and support to service members who are questioning their role in the military; educates them, their families, and the public about military issues; and advocates for a more peaceful world.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MARCH 31-APRIL 10 For students interested in Quaker values-based higher education, the annual Quaker College Fair will take place by Zoom this year, featuring a series of conversations and panels, with chances to ask questions of staff from various Quaker colleges.Topics cover a wide range of issues that affect incoming college students, such as available resources to support students, how to engage in groups advocating for social change, lessons learned from virtual learning, paying for college, and what makes a Quaker college education unique. To find out more, see the detailed schedule and register, click here.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS DUE APRIL 15 FOR ANNUAL SESSIONS Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is accepting proposals for workshops to be given on “Workshop Saturday,” June 25, as part of Annual Sessions. Deadline for submitting proposals is April 25. Five workshops will be chosen to take place simultaneously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Successful applicants will attend a practice session to assess the technical and logistical needs for the workshop. Subjects should be simple, direct, and grounded in Quaker faith and practice, and respond to the theme “Across the generations, as we repair broken foundations, we become unified in our beloved Quaker community.” Every workshop should relate to at least one of the following topics: inclusion and belonging, embracing new people, climate change, equity and justice, or support for local Quaker meetings. Skill building, relationship building, and concrete ideas to take back to participants’ communities should be the focus. To find out more and apply online, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 24 Friends from meetings in Philadelphia Quarter will hold a hybrid gathering on Sunday, April 24. Melissa Rycroft, rising clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will lead a discussion on how regional meetings foster community. For those who wish to attend in person, the location will be Chestnut Hill Meeting. Everyone, including both in-person participants and those who attend by Zoom, is asked to register online by clicking here.

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP DARK WATERS, APRIL 30-MAY 1 Here is a chance for Quaker families with young children to spend time together at an overnight campout at Camp Dark Waters in Medford, NJ. It begins on April 30, Saturday afternoon, with greetings, welcome, and a chance to explore the area. After preparing and eating dinner together, everyone will gather around a campfire. On Sunday, May 1, there will be a “Giant Children’s Meeting,” held in person, and a wrap-up that leaves plenty of time for families to get home and prepare for the coming week. To find out more–including safety measures to prevent Covid transmission–and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

ANNIVERSARY OF KING’S ASSASSINATION, APRIL 4 On the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, there will be a gathering to honor his legacy at 4 p.m. at 30th Street Station. There will be a public reading of Dr. King’s historic speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered at Riverside Church in New York City one year before he was assassinated in Memphis, TN. In addition, the observance will feature bell-tolling, posters about peace and justice with photos and quotations, and leafleting to let passersby know more about Dr. King’s life and legacy. For information, click here or contact Bob Smith, Brandywine Peace Community co-founder and organizer.

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES Below are links to POWER’s current campaigns. If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers, or call 804-725-8868.

Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform

Education

Economic Dignity

Civic Engagement

Climate Justice

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 25, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Quakers are clear on their obligation to wage peace, serve those in need, and pursue diplomatic channels, no matter how narrow they might be. But what happens when diplomacy fails, justice is breached, aggression persists, and lives are endangered? … The ways of the world complicate the practice of the peace testimony, calling Friends to develop deep and nuanced knowledge about specific conflicts and compelling them to examine their consciences. To understand the situation in the Ukraine, we must not simply cling uncritically to the peace testimony. We must also understand the dynamic geopolitical and historical forces at play.

There can be … multiple truths. The peace testimony provides a moral touchstone and calls us to act according to the leadings of our conscience. It enables us to recognize that faith must be tested in real time and on rugged terrain where change accelerates toward unforgiving and potentially irreversible circumstances. The testimony’s archaic language calls us to do our best to arrest time and wrestle with eternity, so that we might discern truth with discipline, so that we might act to save the best of humanity for the future. This way of being in the world is not infallible, but it may well offer us the best chance we know to seek peace, to pause so that we can see the divine even in our enemies, and to weigh competing truths. –Bryan Garman, “The Peace Testimony & Ukraine,” Friends Journal, March 2022

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closers Ellie & Tom Elkinton

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

GERMANTOWN MONTHLY MEETING HAS RESUMED HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). Silence, please, as you enter either the meetinghouse or Zoom worship. As we gather online by Zoom and in person in the meetinghouse to worship together, we will adopt the pre-pandemic practice of silence upon entering the meeting space. This will allow all Friends to center and settle into worship. There should be adequate time for greeting and sharing during Joys & Concerns after worship and introductions. The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person.

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL TO BE HYBRID THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 27 In-person students will meet in the committee room of the meetinghouse after 20 minutes in meeting for worship. A laptop computer will be set up in the committee room, and students can tune in from home via Zoom at 10:50 a.m. We will continue learning about the life of Jesus. If parents can let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful! — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

MEETING NEWS

GMM’S INFO ON FACEBOOK & WEBSITE To keep up with what’s going on in Germantown Monthly Meeting, take a look at the following websites:

Germantown Meeting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/germantown meeting
Germantown Meeting website: https://gmm.gfsnet.org/wordpress

MEETING ON FCNL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, MARCH 30 There will be another meeting to refine to finalize our Meeting’s recommendations to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) about its legislative lobbying priorities for the next session of Congress. It will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, March 30, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friends attending GMM’s Wednesday evening worship can join for the first hour. If you cannot participate on Wednesday but would like to have input on these priorities, please contact Bill Cozzens, at william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu.

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. [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.]

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

DEATH OF SALLY KENNEDY Our member Sally Kennedy died Tuesday morning, March 22, at the age of 88, after a long illness. There will be a small, private interment of her ashes on Saturday, March 26. Plans for an occasion of remembrance are under consideration by her family but not yet available. Her husband Paul Davis Harvey survives her, as well as other family members. Please contact Melissa Elliott at the Meeting Office if you would like to be notified of additional information if it becomes available, or to be put in touch with her family.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTs

FCNL LOOKING FOR ASSOC. SECRETARY A new position is opening at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and the search is open for applications. The position is Associate General Secretary for Community & Culture. The person chosen will lead efforts to build a culture of belonging and shared values within FCNL, working to expand the organization’s network. For a full description, click here.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 25, 26, 27 All ages of Friends and attenders in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) are invited to gather for worship, fellowship, and business at Continuing Sessions, March 25, 26, and 27. Friday’s session will be hybrid and will feature musician Molly Hicks at Art Street Meeting House. A member of Old Haverford Meeting, Molly is a music therapist, and songwriter. She will bring her gift of song to the opening of this weekend gathering. Saturday’s events will be online, beginning with meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m.; followed by a presentation by Francisco Burgos of Pendle Hill, “Exploring the Theological Roots of Social Justice;” a lunch break; and an afternoon meeting for worship with attention to business. To find out more and register, click here.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MARCH 31-APRIL 10 For students interested in Quaker values-based higher education, the annual Quaker College Fair will take place by Zoom this year, featuring a series of conversations and panels, with chances to ask questions of staff from various Quaker colleges.Topics cover a wide range of issues that affect incoming college students, such as available resources to support students, engaging in groups advocating for social change, lessons learned from virtual learning, paying for college, and what makes a Quaker college education unique. To find out more, see the detailed schedule, and register, click here.

PROGRAM ON QUAKERS & PRISONS, APRIL 1 Matt Murphy, from Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, will speak on April 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets, in Philadelphia. From Alcatraz Island to Independence National Historical Park, he has worked as a cultural heritage interpreter and appeared on media such as The Washington Post and the Travel Chanel. This program is hosted by Arch Street Meeting House in partnership with Eastern State Penitentiary. To find out more and register, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 24 Friends from meetings in Philadelphia Quarter will hold a hybrid gathering on Sunday, April 24. Melissa Rycroft, rising clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, will lead a discussion on how regional meetings foster community. For those who wish to attend in person, the location will be Chestnut Hill Meeting. Everyone, including both in-person participants and those who attend by Zoom, are asked to register online by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

PEACE VIGIL FOR UKRAINE You are invited to join a peace vigil for Ukraine this Sunday, March 27, at 7 p.m., on the front lawn of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., 19118. For further information, contact Eric Hungerford at erichungerford@stpaulschestnuthill.org.

‘WAGES FOR HOUSEWORK’ EXHIBIT & PROGRAM, MARCH 27 You are invited to a historic event on Sunday, March 27, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to launch a community archives at the new Crossroads Women’s Center, 5011 Wayne Ave. The event features an exhibit and virtual program of the first decade (1972-1981) of the Wages for Housework Campaign, which turns 50 this year. The campaign is one of the groups that works out of the Center. The event will also feature a reception, children’s activities, and speakers, including founder Selma James and others who were there from the beginning. For information, call 215-848-1120 or send an email inquiry to philly@allwomencount.net. –Phoebe Jones, Joanne Sharpless, Ed Nakawatase.

ANNIVERSARY OF KING’S ASSASSINATION, APRIL 4 On the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, there will be a gathering to honor his legacy at 4 p.m. at 30th Street Station. There will be a public reading of Dr. King’s historic speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered at Riverside Church in New York City one year before he was assassinated in Memphis, TN. In addition, the observance will feature bell-tolling, posters about peace and justice with photos and quotations, and leafleting to let passersby know more about Dr. King’s remarkable life and legacy. For information, click here or contact Bob Smith, Brandywine Peace Community co-founder and organizer.

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES

The Live Free campaign of POWER works to end gun violence, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of people of color. This takes place in partnership with thousands of community-based organizations, and faith leaders to build a new system of public safety and bring peace to our cities. The campaign has recently published online an updated Primer on Mass Incarceration, which is available on the Live Free website: https://livefreeusa.org.

POWER has two events coming up this week, which are open to everyone, with online registration required:

Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., a Climate Justice and Jobs meeting will be held. Details and registration information can be found here.

Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Live Free Campaign (criminal legal system reform) will hold a town hall regarding gun violence in Philly. Details and registration information can be found here.

Below are links to POWER’s current campaigns. If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers, or call 804-725-8868

Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform

Education

Economic Dignity

Civic Engagement

Climate Justice

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting

March 18, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Simplicity is clearly akin to sincerity — a genuineness of life and speech in which there is no place for sham or artificiality. The care given by early Friends to avoid flattering titles and phrases and to aim for rectitude of speech undoubtedly has done much to turn attention to honesty in the spoken and the written word. Care is needed to avoid and discourage the insincerities and extravagance that are prevalent in the social world. 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. –Faith & Practice, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting,, 1961

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2022

9 a.m. Fireside Meeting for Worship in social room of meetinghouse

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship (hybrid, see below)

Closer Barbara Wybar

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

Germantown Monthly Meeting has resumed hybrid meeting for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person:

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

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

On the third Sunday in March (March 20) there will be an in-person meeting for worship without Zoom in front of the fireplace in the Social Room from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We will still have our regular hybrid (in-person and Zoom) meeting for worship on March 20 at the regular time of 10:30 a.m.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL TO WORK ON PEACE CRAFTS, MARCH 20 In First Day School this Sunday, March 20, Liliane Sharpless will lead a craft project having to do with Peace.

In-person students will meet in the committee room of the meetinghouse after 20 minutes in meeting for worship. There will be a laptop computer set up, and students can tune in from home via Zoom at 10:50 a.m., if they wish. –Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

MEETING NEWS

IN-PERSON WORSHIP BY FIREPLACE, MARCH 20 To offer another option for worship, our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a 9 a.m. meeting for worship on Sunday, March 20, in front of the fireplace in the Social Room of the meetinghouse. This will be an in-person only meeting. Our regular COVID-19 guidelines apply (vaccination, masks, and social distancing required). The usual hybrid worship will follow at 10:30 a.m.

MINUTES AVAILABLE FOR FEB 13 MEETING FOR BUSINESS Please open attachment: APVD Feb 13 2022.pdf to read the approved minutes from our Feb. 13 meeting for worship with a concern for business.

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

SAFETY IN MEETINGS: ZOOM PANEL, MARCH 23 How can we be open and welcoming to all people? How do we establish clear boundaries and address community expectations? How do we recognize dangerous situations before the unthinkable happens? And, how do we heal? A Zoom panel will talk about these issues on Wednesday, March 23, at 1 p.m. It is sponsored by Friends Journal and Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling, with speakers drawn from both organizations. To find out more and sign up to be part of the audience, click here.

CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 25, 26, 27 All ages of Friends and attenders in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) are invited to gather for worship, fellowship, and business at Continuing Sessions, March 25, 26, and 27. Friday’s session will be hybrid and will feature musician Molly Hicks at Art Street Meeting House. A member of Old Haverford Meeting, Molly is a music therapist, and songwriter. She will bring her gift of song to the opening of this weekend gathering. Saturday’s events will be online, beginning with meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m.; a presentation by Francisco Burgos of Pendle Hill, “Exploring the Theological Roots of Social Justice;” a lunch break; and an afternoon meeting for worship with attention to business. To find out more and register, click here.

QUAKER COLLEGE FAIR, MARCH 31-APRIL 10 For students interested in Quaker values-based higher education, the annual Quaker College Fair will take place by Zoom this year, featuring a series of conversations and panels, with chances to ask questions of staff from various Quaker colleges.Topics cover a wide range of issues that affect incoming college students, such as available resources to support students, engaging in groups advocating for social change, lessons learned from virtual learning, paying for college, and what makes a Quaker college education unique. To find out more, see the detailed schedule, and register, click here.

QUAKER PACIFISM IN THE CONTEXT OF WAR Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many Friends have struggled to make sense of their pacifism and the morality of their nonviolent stance, and, for some, to question whether Quakers should be pacifists at all. Emma Hulbert, the program assistant for Quaker Outreach at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), writes in an online article, “Since the 1660s, when English Quakers decided to abstain from wars, Quakers have used nonviolence as a powerful tool for seeking peaceful solutions to conflict. This doesn’t mean that Quakers are passive in situations of injustice. Instead, Quakers resist with nonviolent tools rather than outward weapons.” To read the entire article, click here.

TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT RUSSIA’S WAR ON UKRAINE Resources and events for talking to children about ways to create peace are featured in an online article by Melinda Wennter Bradley, Youth Religious Life Coordinator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She refers to an article that says, “We don’t have to protect children from difficult feelings, but we must not leave them alone with them.” Melinda offers activities for youngsters, including a template for making prayer doves for peace, coloring sheets, and a link to a graphic novel that explores faith, conscience, history, and war. To read the article and find related links, click here.

TAKE ACTION

‘WAGES FOR HOUSEWORK’ EXHIBIT & PROGRAM, MARCH 27 You are invited to an exciting and historic event on Sunday, March 27, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to launch a community archives at the new Crossroads Women’s Center, 5011 Wayne Ave. The event features an exhibit and virtual program of the first decade (1972-1981) of the Wages for Housework Campaign, which turns 50 this year. The campaign is one of the groups that works out of the Center. The event will also feature a reception, children’s activities, and speakers, including founder Selma James and others who were there from the beginning. For information, contact philly@allwomencount.net. –Phoebe Jones, Joanne Sharpless, Ed Nakawatase.

POWER INTERFAITH UPDATES

Saturday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m. Friends in POWER will meet by Zoom. All members and attenders are invited.
Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, POWER Orientation Part 2: “Collective Liberation, Racial Equity, and Healing in Our Organization.” You do not need to have attended Part 1 to attend this. More information and registration here.

Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., a Climate Justice and Jobs meeting will be held. Details and registration information can be found here.

Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Live Free Campaign (criminal legal system reform) will hold a town hall regarding gun violence in Philly. Details and registration information can be found here.

POWER’ current campaigns:
Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform
Education
Economic Dignity
Civic Engagement
Climate Justice
If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 11, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To most of us are given some common little jobs every day of our lives. To a very few comes the call to do something extraordinary, some great task. The world abounds in men and women who find happiness and opportunities for self-expression in being faithful in the humble stations of life that are theirs at a given time. If we are loyal to the truth as we see it, and respond with our might in the “common” situations in day-to-day living as we face them, the glow of the grace of God deepens and nurtures our faculties for insight and for recognition of the true worth of things and of people. –Ranjit Chetsingh, 1975

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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME!! … and it’s time to “Spring forward.”
Please remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night so we’ll all be on time for meeting Sunday morning.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2022

9 a.m. Meeting for Business* (agenda below)

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Jonathan Busser

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

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*AGENDA, Meeting for Business

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!

This month business meeting will be Hybrid (in the meetinghouse Committee Room and via Zoom)

Query – Sam Angell, followed by worship

Corrections to January Minutes – Becky Johnson, recording clerk (Please review minutes beforehand to identify corrections.)

Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel

Standing Nominating Committee – Proposed appointments to the committee – Bill Cozzens

Worship & Ministry – Sam Angell, Spiritual State of the Meeting report

School Committee – David Feldman, clerk, and Dana Weeks, head of school – Report on the 2020-2021 school year

Announcements

FCNL Legislative Priorities – Bill Cozzens – Next meeting: Monday, March 14 at 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Kelly School Playground donation report

Diversity Survey reminder

Environmental Concerns Committee – Minute in support of RGGI

Closing Worship
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HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

Germantown Monthly Meeting has resumed hybrid meeting for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person:

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

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

On the third Sunday in March (March 20) there will be an in-person meeting for worship without Zoom in front of the fireplace in the Social Room from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We will still have our regular hybrid (in-person and Zoom) meeting for worship on March 20 at the regular time of 10:30 a.m.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL TO BE HYBRID This Sunday, March 13, First Day School will be hybrid again. In-person students will meet in the committee room of the meetinghouse after 20 minutes in Meeting for Worship. We will have a laptop set up, and students can tune in from home via Zoom at 10:50 am. The subject will be: “What happened to John the Baptist?” Looking ahead to Sunday, March 20, we will have a craft project: making paper flowers! If parents can let us know if your children will be attending this Sunday, it would be very helpful! – Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

MEETING NEWS

SEE INTO THE WOODS AT GFS THIS WEEKEND Young thespians at Germantown Friends School (GFS) will put on the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods this weekend in the Loeb Auditorium. Tonight’s performance (Friday, March 11) is sold out, but, if you get on the waiting list for tomorrow’s performance (Saturday, March 12), you have a decent chance of getting in because capacity restrictions may be lifted before the 7:30 p.m. curtain time. This free production will be presented in person, not by Zoom. You are required to register online ahead of time by Sloane Kearny.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP BY FIREPLACE, MARCH 20 To offer another option for worship, our Worship & Ministry Committee is sponsoring a 9 a.m. meeting for worship on Sunday, March 20, in front of the fireplace in the Social Room of the meetinghouse. This will be an in-person only meeting. Our regular COVID-19 guidelines apply (vaccination, masks, and social distancing required). The usual hybrid worship will follow at 10:30 a.m.

NEXT MEETING TO SET FCNL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, MARCH 14 All meeting members and attenders are welcome to provide input on our priorities for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) legislative agenda for the next session of Congress, which starts in January 2023. Climate change? Racism? Economic inequality? Nuclear war? Mass incarceration? What should our national government do to address these and other challenges? Please join us Monday evening at 6:30. If you can’t make it but want to be involved, contact Bill Cozzens.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS MARCH 15, AT 7:30 P.M., continuing to look at issues about community involvement and reparations. There will be discussion of the video of Philadelphia’s meeting of the Interfaith Commission on Reparations and implications the video may have for Germantown Meeting. The group will also look at articles about ways Quaker Meetings are involved with their communities. People who are interested in joining the committee, please contact 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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

NEW COORDINATOR WELCOMED TO PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING. Ruth Reber is the new coordinator for Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. She has a background in conference organizing and agency management, is a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and intermittently attends Green Street, Chestnut Hill, and Red Cedar Meetings. She enjoys walking her dog, visiting with friends and family, and is looking forward to engaging with Friends in the Quarter. You may reach her at PQMCoordinator@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE: CONTINUING SESSIONS OF PYM, MARCH 25, 26, 27 All ages of Friends and attenders in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) are invited to gather for worship, fellowship, and business at Continuing Sessions, March 25, 26, and 27. Friday’s session will be hybrid and will feature musician Molly Hicks at Art Street Meeting House. A member of Old Haverford Meeting, Molly is a music therapist, and songwriter. She will bring her gift of song to the opening of this weekend gathering. Saturday’s events will be online, beginning with meeting for worship at 9:30 a.m.; a presentation by Francisco Burgos of Pendle Hill, “Exploring the Theological Roots of Social Justice;” a lunch break; and an afternoon meeting for worship with attention to business. To find out more and register, click here.

FWCC SECTION MEETING TO BE ONLINE, MARCH 12 Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will host an online day of Quaker-interest sessions on Saturday, March 12. The theme is “Hope & Resilience: Drawing Strength from Our Quaker Faith.” Participants come from countries in FWCC’s Section of the Americas, which includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba. It is a chance to meet from Friends from near and far in our Western Hemisphere. Online sessions will include a morning devotional, midday fellowship, business meeting, Bible study, and evening worship and fellowship. To learn more and register online, click here.

SERIES ON ALTERNATIVES TO POLICE EMERGENCY RESPONSES, MARCH 12-JUNE 18 Join an eight-week online workshop about how communities are responding to emergencies without involving the police. This series of webinars, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, will give concrete examples and help participants assess the needs and issues in their own communities. It will also provide training in de-escalation of threatening situations, crisis response, and developing a plan to move toward community-based justice. Click here to find out more and register.

TWO FILMS ON QUAKERS OF COLOR, MARCH 12 & 26 The Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival will screen two films this month about notable Quakers of color. On March 12 at 1 p.m., the film will be about Mahala Ashley Dickerson, a Quaker legal pioneer in Alaska and Alabama. On March 26, at 1 p.m., the film will be Brother Outsider: The life of Bayard Rustin. Both screenings will be followed with online discussions led by director Hal Weaver. To find out more and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER INTERFAITH EVENTS

Tuesday, March 15, at 6-8 p.m., workshop: “We Don’t Have to Choose: Uniting to Transform Our Energy Systems.” More information and registration by clicking here.

Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.-9 p.m., “Telling Your Justice Story” training. For more information and to register, click here.

Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m.-8 p.m, POWER Orientation Part 2: “Collective Liberation, Racial Equity, and Healing in Our Organization.” (You do not need to have attended Part 1 to attend this.) More information and registration here.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns:
Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform
Education
Economic Dignity
Civic Engagement
Climate Justice

If you are interested in a specific campaign, reach out to Jeff Powers, or call 804-725-8868.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 4, 2022

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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 a 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 transiency. It is because beauty is always passing — clouds moving, waters flowing, leaves scattering, youth aging — that it so pierces our hearts. –Bradford Smith, Dear Gift of Life

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer John Hickey

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

Germantown Monthly Meeting has resumed hybrid meeting for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person:

– Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
– Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
– Masks required for all while indoors.
– Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
– No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
– No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

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

On the third Sunday in March (March 20) there will be an in-person meeting for worship without Zoom in front of the fireplace in the Social Room from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We will still have our regular hybrid (in-person and Zoom) meeting for worship on March 20 at the regular time of 10:30 a.m.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL TO BE HYBRID, This Sunday, March 6, First Day School will be hybrid again. In-person students will meet in the committee room of the meetinghouse. We will have a laptop set up, and students can tune in from home via Zoom. We will start at 10:50 am. How was Jesus’s teaching different from what had come before? (If parents can let us know if your children will be attending, it would be very helpful!) — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

MEETING NEWS

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP MEETS MARCH 15, AT 7:30 P.M., continuing to look at issues about community involvement and reparations. There will be discussion of the video of Philadelphia’s meeting of the Interfaith Commission on Reparations and implications the video may have for Germantown Meeting. The group will also look at articles about ways Quaker Meetings are involved with their communities. People who are interested in joining the committee, please contact 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.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING’S RESPONSE TO CRISIS IN UKRAINE A recent news statement from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) says, “Quakers around the world are in anguish and deeply concerned with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine and Quakers in the affected areas in this dark time. As a historic peace church, we join our call for peace in the world to their cries for peace and help.” The statement is followed by ways to help and statements of faith from other denominations. To read them, click here.

WEBINAR ON WORKING WITH MIGRANTS, MARCH 7 Pedro Rios, staff member of the American Friends Service Committee, will speak about his lifelong work with U.S. border residents and migrants who cross our southern borders. He will explain how his experiences differ from the public narrative about this area, and he will share his personal stories. He is a defender of human rights and is committed to using the power of love to overcome borders. His talk will take place at 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 7. For more information or to register, click here.

FWCC SECTION MEETING TO BE ONLINE, MARCH 12 Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will host an online day of Quaker-interest sessions on Saturday, March 12. The theme is “Hope & Resilience: Drawing Strength from Our Quaker Faith.” Participants come from countries in FWCC’s Section of the Americas, which includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba. It is a chance to meet from Friends from near and far in our Western Hemisphere. Online sessions will include a morning devotional, midday fellowship, business meeting, Bible study, and evening worship and fellowship. To learn more and register online, click here.

SERIES ON ALTERNATIVES TO POLICE EMERGENCY RESPONSES, MARCH 12-JUNE 18 Join an eight-week online workshop about how communities are responding to emergencies without involving the police. This series of webinars, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, will give concrete examples and help participants assess the needs and issues in their own communities. It will also provide training in de-escalation of threatening situations, crisis response, and developing a plan to move toward community-based justice. Click here to find out more and register.

TWO FILMS ON QUAKERS OF COLOR, MARCH 12 & 26 The Black Quaker Lives Matter Film Festival will screen two films this month about notable Quakers of color. On March 12 at 1 p.m., the film will be about Mahala Ashley Dickerson, a Quaker legal pioneer in Alaska and Alabama. On March 26, at 1 p.m., the film will be Brother Outsider: The life of Bayard Rustin. Both screenings will be followed with online discussions led by director Hal Weaver. To find out more and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

RESPONDING TO CRISIS IN UKRAINE (from Chestnut Hill Meeting’s March 3 email newsletter)

The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) in Jenkintown is collecting humanitarian aid for those impacted by the invasion of Ukraine. The Center is located at 700 N. Cedar Road in Jenkintown. News from UECC is that it has collected, packed, and shipped 1,450 boxes of supplies. Lists of needed supplies, drop-off times, and times to volunteer for packing are all available on the UECC website, which also has links to other organizations providing aid.

A daily global virtual meeting for worship holds in the Light the situation in Ukraine, the decision makers, the soldiers, the citizens — all people whose lives are in danger and disrupted by fear, as well as Friends in Moscow and everyone in Russia who is speaking out for peace. The meeting for worship is organized by U.S. supporters of Friends House Moscow, of Pacific Yearly Meeting. Worship will be held every day for one hour simultaneously throughout the world. In Philadelphia, the start time is 12 noon. If you feel moved, please participate when you are able. Link for the Zoom meeting for worship: http://tinyurl.com/fhm-zoom-for-peace.

‘NO-WAR PHILLY REACH OUT FOR PEACE,’ MARCH 4 Today’s reach-out (a vigil with leafleting) will begin at 4 p.m. at the corner of City Line and Monument Avenues, in front of WPV-TV (Channel 6). Everyone is welcome. Banners and posters provided. Organized by the Brandywine Peace Community. A bell of peace wil toll for all war dead in Ukraine, and for children, the earth, humanity, and our future. It will sound an appeal that the United States may be forgiven for its history of war-making, nuclear weaponry, greed, and militarism. And, ultimately, the bell will toll for the victims of Vladimir Putin’s vicious invasion of the Ukraine, the bombing, threats to unleash nuclear war, and for the countless refugees seeking safety. The bell of peace continues to intone a steadfast commitment to peacemaking, voicing a tribute to Russians and Ukrainians who resist this war with courage and their hope for world peace. Come join this vigil and hear the bell speak for our hearts. For information, call Bob Smith at 215-843-4827.

GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE RALLY, MARCH 6 A rally in support of the people of Ukraine will take place this Sunday, March 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Peoples Plaza on Independence Mall, 5th & Market Streets. The rally is part of the International Day of Action called by Code Pink and World Beyond War, demanding that Russia stop the invasion of Ukraine and calling our government to opt for negotiation and humanitarian aid. Participants are encouraged to wear light blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Cosponsors are Brandywine Peace Community, Coalition for Peace Action NJ & PA, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) of Philadelphia, and Code Pink. For more information, click here.

POWER INTERFAITH EVENTS

March 10, Welcome to POWER Orientation, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn about POWER’s history, vision, current issues, approach to organizing, and how you help. Register here.

March 19, Monthly Meeting for POWER, at 8:30 a.m. This meeting is typically on the third Saturday of the month, and all are welcome. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84419241881

Current campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you are interested in a specific campaign, contact Jeff Powers, our Meeting representative to POWER.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, February 25, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end or under any pretence whatsoever. And this is our testimony to the whole world. The spirit of Christ, by which we are guided, is not changeable, so as once to command us from a thing as evil and again to move unto it; and we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ, which lead us into all Truth, will never move us to fight any war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world. –George Fox, in a declaration presented to King Charles II, 1661 [as edited and abridged by John L. Nickalls in the 1952 edition of George Fox’s Journal]

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SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Rebecca Hoenig

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

Germantown Monthly Meeting has resumed hybrid meeting for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse). The Safety Committee requests that we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person:

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 5)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

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

Clarification: On the third Sunday in March (March 20) there will be an in-person meeting for worship without Zoom in front of the fireplace in the Social Room from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We will still have our regular hybrid (in-person and Zoom) meeting for worship on March 20 at the regular time of 10:30 a.m.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL TO BE HYBRID, FED. 27 This Sunday, Feb. 27, First Day School will be hybrid. In-person students will meet in the committee room of the meetinghouse. We will have a laptop set up, and students can tune in from home via Zoom. We will start at 10:50 a.m We will try to keep quiet as we learn about some of the things Jesus did that were loud or shocking. (If parents can let us know if your children will be attending, it would be very helpful!) — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelly White, Liliane Sharpless

MEETING NEWS

GERMANTOWN MEETING BASKETBALL FANS! A block of 10 seats has been reserved for Germantown Friends Meeting for the March 14 game between the playoff between contending Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets. The tickets are $39 each. If you’re interested, contact Ed Nakawatase.

NEXT MEETING ON FCNL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, MARCH 1 We will hold the second meeting to work on the Meeting’s priorities for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) lobbying in the next session of the U.S. Congress. The meeting will be by Zoom on Tuesday, March 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please join us! “Now is the time for all good men (AND WOMEN!) to come to the aid of their country.” If you have questions, contact me. –Bill Cozzens

REMINDERS

DID YOU GET YOUR DIVERSITY SURVEY FROM MEETING? The online Diversity Survey for our Meeting recently went out to members and attenders who have email addresses. Did you receive yours? If not, please contact David Mettler of our Worship & Ministry Committee, which is managing the survey for Germantown Meeting at the request of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). The survey is part of PYM’s ongoing effort to address racism, and the answers will be compiled and interpreted accordingly.

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 Peter Samuel or Randal Whitman to talk over your situation and 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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

DEATH OF ADELE BERARDI Adele Berardi, mother of our member Elissa Berardi, died Thursday, Feb. 17, at her home in Lancaster, PA. She was 100 years old. We send our loving prayers to Elissa, her husband Bruce Bekker, and daughter Julietta Bekker, and we hold them in the Light.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

‘WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER’ ON QUAKERSPEAK If “War is not the Answer” what is? Diane Randall, retired executive director of Friends Committee on National Legislation, talks about Quaker pacifism, Pentagon spending, and the military industrial complex. To watch it online and read the transcript in these troubled times, click here.

FWCC PRAYS FOR PEACE THIS WEEKEND, FEB. 26-27 Join Friends this Saturday and Sunday to pray for peace about conflict in the Ukraine. These two online meetings for worship are sponsored by Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), Europe & Middle East Section. Tomorrow, Feb. 26, the meeting will be in Russian at 10 a.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 27, it will be in English at 1 p.m. To get the link for either, contact Michael Eccles.

TAKE ACTION

SUPPORT RUSSIAN PEACE ACTIVISTS & CALL FOR NO WAR IN UKRAINE, FEB. 28, MAR. 2 & 5 Stand with Friends and fellow peace advocates at any or all of three events next week to support people in Russia who are also calling for no war in the Ukraine. These events, called “reach-outs,” will be a time to hold posters and banners, hand out leaflets to passersby, and listen and talk with people. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, all posters and banners will be provided. Please dress for the weather, wear a mask, and bring a folding chair if you wish to sit down. Each day’s reach-out will be held at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at a different busy location, as follows:

Monday West side of City Hall, 15th & Market Streets

Wednesday 30th Street Station on Market Street side (2955 Market St.)

Friday 4100 City Line Ave. (corner of City Line & Monument Ave.), in front of WPVI-TV

To sign a statement and add your own comment about solidarity with antiwar activists in Russia, click here.

POWER INTERFAITH EVENTS

March 2, Collective Healing Space, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Subject: “Finding Grounding from the Inside Out: Honoring Our Boundaries. Register here.

March 10, Welcome to POWER Orientation, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn about POWER’s history, vision, current issues, approach to organizing, and how you help. Register here.

March 19, Monthly Meeting for POWER, at 8:30 a.m. This meeting is typically on the third Saturday of the month, and all are welcome. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84419241881?pwd=MG45UG9LUStlakd5OXlpVTF6MFQzdz09

Current campaigns: Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Economic Dignity, Civic Engagement, Climate Justice. If you are interested in a specific campaign, contact Jeff Powers, our Meeting representative to POWER.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, February 18, 2022

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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 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, 2017

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SUNDAY, FEB. 20, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Bob Smith & Melissa Elliott

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S HYBRID MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

Germantown Monthly Meeting will resume hybrid meeting for worship (a combination of Zoom and in-person in the meetinghouse) on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Even though the infection rate for the Omnicron variant of COVID-19 is decreasing, our Safety Committee requests we follow these guidelines when attending meeting in person:

Someone from the Safety Committee will ask attestation/screening questions at the meeting house door (no pre-registration necessary)
Fully vaccinated people only, for those eligible for the vaccine (adults and children > age 12)
Masks required for all while indoors.
Maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups.
No handshaking at the end of worship (except within a family group).
No social hour and no food or drink after meeting (until it gets warmer).

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

On the third Sunday of each month, beginning March 20, we will worship in person only in the Social Room.

GIANT CHILDREN’S MEETING, FEB. 20 This Sunday’s Giant Children’s Meeting, beginning at 9 a.m., will be focused on the theme “Following Dreams.” This 30-45 minute online program is for preschool and elementary-age children and their families. Seasoned facilitators lead the group through grounding, exploring, wondering, and creating. To register and receive the Zoom link, click here.

MEETING NEWS

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETS SUNDAY, FEB. 21

Members and attenders interested in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges are invited to participate in the Meeting’s Environmental Concerns Committee which has been inactive for some time. We will be meeting via Zoom this Sunday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We will discuss plans for the coming year, including environmental education, approaches to greening our meetinghouse, and advocacy for public policy changes. If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please email Bill Cozzens or Jack Rhoads. We will give you the Zoom meeting ID, which has not yet been set up. –Bill Cozzens

REQUESTS FOR INPUT ABOUT SPIRITUAL STATE OF MEETING

The Worship & Ministry Committee is answering the queries from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the Spiritual State of the Meeting report. We are also getting input from the Outreach Committee, Racial & Social Justice Committee, and Environmental Concerns Working Group. If any members or attenders have additional comments we should consider, please send them to Sam Angell by Friday, Feb.25. (from Kate O’Shea, clerk of Worship & Ministry)

Guiding queries:

— In July 2021 PYM approved minutes of action to be taken on anti-racism and climate change. How has your meeting been called to address these issues? What other concerns and initiatives has your meeting been led to address this past year?
— How has your meeting evolved as a spiritual community given the ongoing opportunities and challenges of the pandemic?
— What practices and strategies are employed by your meeting to help members and attenders of all ages prepare for worship — whether in meeting for worship or in meeting for business?
— What is most needed to strengthen the communal witness of the meeting to the local community and beyond?
— Is there a query or are there queries that your meeting would like to respond to that have not been included here? Please share it/them and your response.

DID YOU GET YOUR DIVERSITY SURVEY FROM MEETING? The online Diversity Survey for our Meeting went out this week to members and attenders who have email addresses. Did you receive yours? If not, please contact David Mettler of our Worship & Ministry Committee, which is managing the survey for Germantown Meeting, at the request of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM). The survey is part of PYM’s ongoing effort to address racism, and the answers will be compiled and interpreted accordingly.

$1,000 NEEDED TO REACH OUR GOAL FOR KELLY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND We’ve raised nearly $9,000 toward our pledge to contribute $10,000 to Kelly School for playground equipment. That means we have $1,000 left to raise, and donations of any amount would be gratefully received. Please address your check to Germantown Monthly Meeting, earmark it by writing in the lower left hand corner (Kelly School Playground,) and mailing it to the Meeting at 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144. To the many people who have already given generously, thank you!

MINUTES AVAILABLE FROM JANUARY MEETING FOR BUSINESS To read the approved minutes from our Jan. 9 meeting for business, please see the attachment: APVD January 9 2022.pdf.

REMINDERS

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 Peter Samuel or Randal Whitman to talk over your situation and 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.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES

Sam Angell: Samuel_Angell@fd.org
Erica Siate: ericacsiate@gmail.com

DEATHS

Alexander McPhedran, uncle of our member Charley McPhedran, died on Dec. 17, 2021, at age 91, in Maine. Alexander was born in Germantown to Maurice and Janet McPhedran (Many GFS alums remember his father, “Dr. McPhedran,” speaking during school meetings for worship.) Alexander attended Germantown Friends School. He was a physician who studied, practiced, and taught in a number of states, most recently in Maine. [See attached obituary: Alexander McPhedran 2-2022.pdf..]

Eleanor ‘Ellee’ Lee Simons, sister of our members Ted Spaeth and Suzanne Marinell, died Feb. 5 at the age of 77 in Philadelphia from complications of cancer and Covid-19. Eleanor graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1962. She devoted her life to helping her family, friends, and community, and she worked as a specialist in affordable housing, was a lifelong advocate for civil rights, and was Philadelphia’s press secretary for Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to Ted and Suzanne and their children, she is survived by her husband Charles Beury Simons, and five stepchildren.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

REMINDERS

SPEAKER ON QUAKER BOOKS FROM FGC, FEB. 19 Here is an opportunity to find out more about Quaker books that are published by Friends General Conference (FGC), which has an extensive line of publications for sale. On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m., Audrey Greenhall of FGC will talk about these books and read from one that deals with anti-racism. She will also talk about books to help new Friends understand Quakerism, recent FGC publications, and books written by members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM). There will be time for questions and answers. This is the first presentation in a series arranged by CPMM’s Library Committee. A Zoom link will be available closer to the date. Please let Greg Barnes, know you would like to receive the link.

CONVERSATIONS ON POLICE, PANDEMIC, AND PEOPLE BEGIN FEB. 19 A series of conversations, hosted by Arch Street Meeting House, begins Saturday, Feb. 19, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The series will bring together a wide range of community members– including police officers, city council members, activists, educators, artists, and students, and others– to discuss challenges facing our city and ways to work toward peaceful solutions. These free webinars will have time for questions from the audience, and they will continue for six months. To find out more and register, click here.

QUAKERS & LENAPES IN EARLY NEW JERSEY, FEB. 22 Jean Soderlund, professor emeritus of history at Lehigh University, will give an online presentation, “From Shackamaxon Island to Haddonfield: Quakers and Lenapes in Early New Jersey,” on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The Lenapes resisted full-scale colonization for decades. They remained sovereign, protecting personal and religious liberty while avoiding violence by using conflict resolution. Jean Soderlund’s presentation will draw from her upcoming book Separate Paths: Lenapes and Colonists in West New Jersey, to be published this summer. This program is part of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting’s 300th anniversary celebration. For more details and to register, click here.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, FEB. 25-27 Young Adult Friends (YAFs) will gather by Zoom for their winter retreat on Feb. 25-27. It begins Friday at 7 p.m. with introductions, a game, and exploration of the theme “Chill Vibes, Rest, Restoration.” On Saturday, there will be yoga at 9 a.m., meeting for business at 12 noon, and workshops in the afternoon. In the evening, there will be a family-friendly movie via Zoom at 8 p.m. Sunday morning will begin with yoga at 9 a.m., followed by meeting for worship. The retreat ends on Sunday at 1 p.m. Young Adult Friends are 18 to 35-ish. To find out more and register online, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HIRING PART-TIME COORDINATOR This position will average 10 hours per week. Most of the hours are highly flexible, with one evening meeting and one weekend meeting per quarter that have fixed meeting times. Read the posting for the job by clicking here, and find out more about the organization, position, and how to apply. To read the position description, click here. If you would like to set up a time to talk with a person from Quarterly Meeting about the position, contact Kathleen Karhnak-Glasby.

PYM TRAVEL & WITNESS GRANTS are available for the coming year. The next deadline is March 1.Some funds are available for Young Friends, and other funds are for everyone. To find out more, click here. For any questions, please reach out to our member Ruth Seeley.

TAKE ACTION

P.O.W.E.R. EVENTS

Friends in POWER will have its monthly meeting tomorrow, Saturday, Feb, 19, at 8:30 a.m. This meeting is typically on the third Saturday of the month. All are welcome. The Zoom link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84419241881?pwd=MG45UG9LUStlakd5OXlpVTF6MFQzdz09.

The Climate Justice and Jobs meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sign up by clicking here.

POWER Orientation Part 2: Collective Liberation, Racial Equity, and Healing in our Organization will be Thursday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Note that you do not need to have attended POWER Orientation Part 1. You can sign up here.
POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns:

Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform
Education
Economic Dignity
Civic Engagement
Climate Justice

If you’re interested in a specific campaign, please reach out to Jeff Powers.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, February 11, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The spirituality that is real to us finds its inner strength in the mystical experience of connectedness with each other and with the whole of creation. This is the deep, still, and vibrant centre that transcends time. From that dynamic place it is possible to turn outwards and work in one’s own available and chosen action spaces to help make manifest the harmony that is already known. –Jillian Wychel & David James, 1991

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SUNDAY, FEB. 13, 2022

9 a.m. Meeting for Business See agenda below.*

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Anthony Stover

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

Meeting for Worship continues to be Zoom-only at this time.

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

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

FIRST DAY SCHOOL This Sunday, Feb. 13, First Day School will meet via Zoom at 10:50 Aa.m. We will learn more about how people reacted to Jesus and his preaching. (If parents can let Carla know if your children will be attending, it would be very helpful!) — Carla Childs, Mary Louise Hill, Kelley White, Liliane Sharpless, First Day School Committee

AGENDA

Meeting for Business

Feb. 13, 2022

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

Query – Faye Stacey, followed by worship

Corrections to the January 2022 Minutes – Becky Johnson (Members are respectfully requested to review the minutes and identify any required corrections BEFORE meeting.)

Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel

Worship & Ministry and Safety – Recommendations for restarting hybrid meeting for worship

Treasurer – Jim Pifer – Financial report on 2020-2021 fiscal year

Audit report – Randal Whitman – Review of 2020-2021 financial report

Fundraising Committee – Jack Rhoads, Update on 2021-2022 fundraising

FCNL Legislative Priorities – Bill Cozzens, Update and request for participation

Announcements:

–“Spiritual State of the Meeting” report
–School report postponed until March meeting for business
–Distribution of Diversity Survey

Closing Worship

MEETING NEWS

NEARING GOAL: UPDATE & THANK FOR KELLY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND DONATIONS We’ve raised $8,600 of the $10,000 we’ve committed to giving to Kelly School for playground equipment. Would you like to help put us over the top? There’s still time, and you will always be able to think back on being part of this project to improve a local public school and enrich the lives of the kids who go there. Members of our Racial & Social Justice Committee would like to thank the people who have contributed so far, and with much hope and enthusiasm. Any size of donation would be gratefully received and put to good use. To make a contribution, address the check to Germantown Friends Meeting and designate “Kelly Playground” in the lower left section of the check. Then, mail it to Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144. Please keep in mind that this project is not currently in our Meeting’s budget, so contributions should be in addition to your donation to cover our Meeting’s operating expenses. If there are further questions, contact either Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, or Ed Nakawatase, clerk of our Racial & Social Justice Committee.

WATCH FOR YOUR DIVERSITY SURVEY & FILL IT OUT — During December’s monthly meeting for business, the idea of a diversity survey was approved. The origins of this survey came from several sources including:

Charla Okewole, Germantown Friends School’s (GFS) director of diversity, equity, and inclusion,
A Quaker self-study, through Friends Council on Education, and
GFS’s initiative, “Actions for Equity,” the school’s mission to sustain anti-racism in all aspects of the school’s culture, teaching, and curriculum.

During the process of tailoring this survey for our Meeting, many excellent questions were raised. The survey was subsequently reviewed and refined through the kind assistance of Bill Cozzens, John Colgan Davis, Moira Duggan, Ellie Elkinton, Melissa Elliott, John Hickey, Karen Lightner, David Mettler, Kate O’Shea, Jack Rhoads, and Leanna Whitman. The questionnaire is to be filled out anonymously and will include topics regarding:

Membership
Attendance and proximity to Meeting
Other religious affiliations
How we self-identify in terms of culture, race or ethnicity
Gender identity
Age

The survey will soon be emailed to members and attenders of Germantown Meeting as a google.doc and, for some, by U.S. mail. If you do not receive a survey and wish to fill one out, please contact David Mettler. Thank you.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET FEB. 15, at 7 p.m. to discuss the idea of reparations and look at activities other meetings have undertaken to be more involved with their communities. For information about the group, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

REMINDERS

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 Peter Samuel or Randal Whitman to talk over your situation and 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

SPEAKER ON QUAKER BOOKS FROM FGC, FEB. 19 Here is an opportunity to find out more about Quaker books that are published by Friends General Conference (FGC), which has an extensive line of publications for sale. On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m., Audrey Greenhall of FGC will talk about these books and read from one that deals with anti-racism. She will also talk about books to help new Friends understand Quakerism, recent FGC publications, and books written by members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM). There will be time for questions and answers. This is the first presentation in a series arranged by CPMM’s Library Committee. A Zoom link will be available closer to the date. Please let Greg Barnes, gbarnes01@gmail.com, know you would like to receive the link.

CONVERSATIONS ON POLICE, PANDEMIC, AND PEOPLE BEGIN FEB. 19 A series of conversations, hosted by Arch Street Meeting House, begins Saturday, Feb. 19, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The series will bring together a wide range of community members– including police officers, city council members, activists, educators, artists, and students, and others– to discuss challenges facing our city and ways to work toward peaceful solutions. These free webinars will have time for questions from the audience, and they will continue for six months. To find out more and register, click here.

QUAKERS & LENAPES IN EARLY NEW JERSEY, FEB. 22 Jean Soderlund, professor emeritus of history at Lehigh University, will give an online presentation, “From Shackamaxon Island to Haddonfield: Quakers and Lenapes in Early New Jersey,” on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The Lenapes resisted full-scale colonization for decades. They remained sovereign, protecting personal and religious liberty while avoiding violence by using conflict resolution. Jean Soderlund’s presentation will draw from her upcoming book Separate Paths: Lenapes and Colonists in West New Jersey, to be published this summer. This program is part of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting’s 300th anniversary celebration. For more details and to register, click here.

WINTER RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULT FRIENDS, FEB. 25-27 Young Adult Friends (YAFs) will gather by Zoom for their winter retreat on Feb. 25-27. It begins Friday at 7 p.m. with introductions, a game, and exploration of the theme “Chill Vibes, Rest, Restoration.” On Saturday, there will be yoga at 9 a.m., meeting for business at 12 noon, and workshops in the afternoon. In the evening, there will be a family-friendly movie via Zoom at 8 p.m. Sunday morning will begin with yoga at 9 a.m., followed by meeting for worship. The retreat ends on Sunday at 1 p.m. Young Adult Friends are 18 to 35-ish. To find out more and register online, click here.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HIRING PART-TIME COORDINATOR This position will average 10 hours per week. Most of the hours are highly flexible, with one evening meeting and one weekend meeting per quarter that have fixed meeting times. Read the posting for the job by clicking here, and find out more about the organization, position, and how to apply. To read the position description, click here. If you would like to set up a time to talk with a person from Quarterly Meeting about the position, contact Kathleen Karhnak-Glasby.

PYM Travel and Witness Grants are available for the coming year. The next deadline is March 1.Some funds are available for Young Friends, and other funds are for everyone. To find out more, click here. For any questions, please reach out to our member Ruth Seeley.

TAKE ACTION

RALLY TO STOP U.S./NATO INTERVENTION IN UKRAINE, FEB. 12 Join others tomorrow in a rally to stop U.S. and NATO military intervention against Russia in the Ukraine. This rally will take place at 2 p.m. in Love Park, 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, downtown Philadelphia. Signs and banners provided. Hosted by the Green Party of Philadelphia, Black Alliance for Peace, Workers World Philadelphia, and supported by many local groups, such as the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, click here.

‘LOVE TO AFGHANISTAN’ VIGIL, FEB. 17 Take part in a national appeal to the federal government from faith communities, peace groups, and people of conscience, asking to unfreeze assets and relax U.S. sanctions against the people of Afghanistan who, after decades of war, are facing nationwide famine. This vigil will take place on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., at LOVE Park in downtown Philadelphia, 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. For more information, contact David Gibson at Peace, Justice, Sustainability NOW.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, February 4, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The habit of turning instinctively to God at any moment of life is of immeasurable benefit to the mind and spirit. The entreaty of the moment may be for one’s own strength, forgiveness, courage, or power to endure. It may be a petition for the wellbeing of another. It may be an involuntary expression of gratitude for joy or peace in one’s own or another’s life. Whatever the need, longing, or aspiration, this instinctive prayer may take the form of silent communion, of petition in words, or something akin to intimate conversation –Agnes L. Tierney, 1930

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SUNDAY, FEB. 6, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Becky Johnson

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Joys & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

Meeting for Worship continues to be Zoom-only at this time.

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

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

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL will meet in person this Sunday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m., in the West Room to make Valentines with Jody Hobbs. The Valentines will be mailed to members of our community who are 80 years of age and older, or just in need of a little extra love. (Since meeting for worship will be Zoom-only this Sunday, parents of First Day School students are invited to stay with the children in the West Room to assist their children or to just chill.)

MEETING NEWS

FCNL LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES: FIRST MEETING, FEB. 10

On Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Members and attenders interested in participating in identifying Germantown Meeting’s policy priorities for the next session of the U.S. Congress are encouraged to attend this Zoom session. For those who are interested, a description of the FCNL process for setting its legislative priorities can be found here: https://www.fcnl.org/about/world-we-seek/legislative-priorities. We will have several more meetings during February and March. If you can’t attend Thursday’s meeting but wish to be involved going forward, please let Bill Cozzens know (william.cozzens@alumni.upenn.edu) so we can find meeting times that accommodate as many of us as possible.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET FEB. 15, at 7 p.m. to look at activities and projects other meetings have done in exploring ways to be more involved with and impactful in their communities. For information about the group, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

KELLY PLAYGROUND: DONATIONS UNDERWAY To make a contribution, address the check to Germantown Friends Meeting and designate “Kelly Playground” in the lower left section of the check to avoid any confusion. Then, mail it to Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144. We will continue this fundraising project through the year of 2022. Friends are reminded that the $10,000 approved by our Meeting to be contributed to the Kelly School Playground project is not currently in our budget. Therefore, contributions to it should be in addition to your donation to covering our Meeting’s operating expenses. If there are further questions, contact either Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, or Ed Nakawatase, clerk of our Racial & Social Justice Committee.

REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTER HIRING PART-TIME COORDINATOR This position will average 10 hours per week. Most of the hours are highly flexible, with one evening meeting and one weekend meeting per quarter that have fixed meeting times. Read the posting for the job by clicking here, and find out more about the organization, position, and how to apply. To read the position description, click here. If you would like to set up a time to talk with a person from Quarterly Meeting about the position, contact Kathleen Karhnak-Glasby.

PYM Travel and Witness Grants are available for the coming year. The next deadline is March 1.Some funds are available for Young Friends, and other funds are for everyone. To find out more, click here. For any questions, please reach out to our member Ruth Seeley.

THREAD GATHERING ON RESTORATIVE RACIAL JUSTICE A Thread Gathering entitled “Restorative Racial Justice; From the Personal to the Systemic” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., by Zoom. This will offer a time for deepening transformation, opportunities for involvement, and opening open pathways to repair relationships. Participants will support one another and work toward healing of racism at the personal and systemic levels. The approach will use deep listening, taking feedback with a minimum of defensiveness, being mindful of one’s thoughts and feelings, and developing new skills. Offered by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To find out details and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

JOIN LOCAL OBSERVANCE OF NATIONWIDE PEACE VIGIL, FEB. 5. A local event connected to tomorrow’s nationwide Peace Vigil Calling for No War with Russia will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the corner of 6th & Market Streets, within sight of the Liberty Bell and a few steps from the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community, the local vigil is part of CodePink‘s national network of more than 100 such events. Posters will be provided, saying “YES! to Peace; NO! to War on Russia over Ukraine.” There will be tolling of the Brandywine’s peace bell. The point of the nationwide vigils is to increase visibility of opposition to U.S. military action against Russia. Frigid cold with sunshine is forecast for tomorrow, so dress warmly. Bring a folding chair if you wish to sit. The vigil will be followed by a walk around the Liberty Bell Pavilion. The vigils and Day of Action are supported by numerous national and local peace groups.

POWER: UPCOMING EVENTS
PA Climate Equity Table Top Education Workshop will be Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Welcome to POWER Orientation (AKA POWER Orientation Part I) will be Thursday, Feb. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns:
Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform
Education
Economic Dignity
Civic Engagement
Climate Justice

If you’re interested in a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers, jeffpowers26.2@gmail.com. Jeff is our meeting’s representative to POWER.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, January 28, 2022

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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 the heart of the adversary? –Stephen G. Cary, 1979

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SUNDAY, JAN. 30, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Jack Rhoads

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 Joys & Concerns

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP
Meeting for Worship will continue to be Zoom-only through the end of January.

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

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL This Sunday, Jan. 30, First Day School will meet via Zoom. We will learn more about Jesus — his work and how people felt about him. Looking ahead to Sunday, Feb. 6, we will meet in person in the West Room and make Valentines with Jody Hobbs to send to members of our community who are over 80 years old or just in need of a little extra love.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

BARBARA WYBAR WRITES ABOUT BUMPY TRIP TO UGANDA Traveling is often as much a story about getting there and back as it is about the destination, as this recent story illustrates from our member Barbara Wybar. In her note introducing the article, Barbara writes: I am doing this because so many of the Meeting members help me in so many ways with my travels and my work here. I am so very grateful to all of you for this support and interest and kindness. The phones, laptops, shoes, clothes, reading glasses, and much more have all come from my friends in the Meeting, and it means so much to the people here. It is not just me who is grateful, but all of this community. Much love from sunny and warm Bududa, Barbara. She is founder and executive director of the Bududa Learning Center. Barbara thanks Kenneth Ford for editing the article. He is an occasional attender of Germantown Meeting and is husband of our member Joanne Ford. Read her article, “Traveling to Africa is not for the faint of heart,” by opening the attachment: Barbara Wybar-My Trip to Bududa.pdf.

MEETING NEWS

KELLY PLAYGROUND: DONATIONS UNDERWAY Please contribute as you can to the Kelly School Playground project, noted in last week?s BEE. To make a contribution, address the check to Germantown Friends Meeting and designate ?Kelly Playground? in the lower left section of the check to avoid any confusion. Then, mail it to Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144. We will continue this fundraising project through the year of 2022. Friends are reminded that the $10,000 approved by our Meeting to be contributed to the Kelly School Playground project is not currently in our budget. Therefore, contributions to it should be in addition to your donation to covering our Meeting’s operating expenses. If there are further questions, contact either Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, or Ed Nakawatase, clerk of our Racial & Social Justice Committee

DEADLINE FOR TUITION AID FOR CHILDREN IN QUAKER SCHOOLS: FEB. 1 Germantown Monthly Meeting members who have children in Friends schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting. Application forms for the 2022-2023 academic year are available from the National Friends Education Fund through Friends Council on Education. Applications should be completed and returned to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Meeting?s Scholarship Committee, by February 1. Since the deadline is looming, please hand deliver these to Faye at her home. Her contact information is in the Meeting Directory.Click here to download the 2022-2023 application & guidelines packet.

WHAT ARE GERMANTOWN MEETING’S NATIONAL POLICY PRIORITIES? Every two years, prior to the start of a new session of the U.S. Congress, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks Friends meetings, churches, schools, and other Quaker organizations to weigh in on what FCNL?s lobbying priorities should be for the new Congress. Based on a discernment process, Germantown Meeting has submitted its priorities in several recent cycles. The FCNL Policy Committee then sifts and weighs this diverse input, eventually drafting a statement of priorities, which is submitted to the FCNL General Committee for review, perhaps modification, and then approval at the FCNL Annual Meeting in November. This document provides guidance to the FCNL lobbyists and volunteers during the new session of Congress. The deadline this year for submissions to FCNL is April 10. We will schedule several Zoom-based worship sharing and discussion sessions in February and March to get input from everyone who is interested. Our challenge will be that FCNL has asked us to limit our submission to seven top priority policies. So, as we go through our discernment, we will need to consider carefully what objectives are most important. Friends interested in delving into the FCNL policy process can check out this link: https://www.fcnl.org/about/world-we-seek/legislative-priorities. Attached to this email message are FCNL’s priorities for the current (117th) Congress. (See FCNL 2020 Statement.pdf.) –Bill Cozzens, clerk, Germantown Monthly Meeting

REMINDERS

FOOD DRIVE AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL A community food drive to help local people in need will be held at Germantown Friends School on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb. 8; Thursday, March 10; Tuesday, April 12; and Thursday, May 12. These non-perishable food donations support the food distribution programs of three missions in Germantown: Holsey Temple, St. Luke’s Food Pantry, and Whosoever Gospel Mission. All donations may be dropped off at the meetinghouse porch between 7:45 a.m. and 3;15 p.m.

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

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

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

QUAKER EVENTS

THREAD GATHERING ON RESTORATIVE RACIAL JUSTICE A Thread Gathering entitled “Restorative Racial Justice; From the Personal to the Systemic” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., by Zoom. This will offer a time for deepening transformation, opportunities for involvement, and opening open pathways to repair relationships. Participants will support one another and work toward healing of racism at the personal and systemic levels. The approach will use deep listening, taking feedback with a minimum of defensiveness, being mindful of one?s thoughts and feelings, and developing new skills. Offered by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To find out details and register online, click here.

BLACK LIVES MATTER FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS IN FEBRUARY Sponsored by the Black Quaker Project and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Black Lives Matter Film Festival begins February 12. Its selections will focus on the importance and contribution of Quakers of Color. Those celebrated include Mahala Ashley Dickerson, Howard Thurman, and Bayard Rustin, African American Friends who are featured in Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights, as well as Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Paul Robeson. The first screening will feature a dialogue between Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, and Joyce Ajilouny, general secretary of AFSC and Palestinian Quaker. To learn more and register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

power: UPCOMING EVENTS
Welcome to POWER Orientation (AKA POWER Orientation Part I) will be Thursday, Feb. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

POWER is currently engaged in the following campaigns:

Live Free Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform
Education
Economic Dignity
Civic Engagement
Climate Justice
If you’re interested in a specific campaign, you can reach out to Jeff Powers, jeffpowers26.2@gmail.com.

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FRIDAY Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, January 21, 2022

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our vision of our meetings for worship is of places where God is present, where God brings us into unity, where, through corporate worship and the ministry arising out of it, we may be strengthened in our convictions, awareness, work, and faithfulness. Our vision is of the unity of faith and works. We recognize that some come to works only after gaining faith, and some come to faith through working. Ideally, we reach inward to the Spirit that speaks to us and guides us, and outward to the world that needs us and guides us, and which we need if we are not to drift into empty piety or self-glorification. –“Friends as Leaders: the Vision, Instrument, and Methods,” from a Pendle Hill workshop, 1979

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HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP
Meeting for Worship will continue to be Zoom-only through the end of January.

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

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

SUNDAY, JAN. 23, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Jeff Powers

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 Joys & Concerns

FIRST-DAY SCHOOL This Sunday, Jan. 23, First Day School will meet via Zoom. We will learn more about the life and teachings of Jesus. Families should think ahead to Sunday, Feb. 6, when we will meet in person in the West Room and make valentines with Jody Hobbs to send to members of our community who are 80 years old or older or just in need of a little extra love. –Carla Childs, First-day School Committee

MEETING NEWS

KIDS STITCH UP BIG SUCCESS IN WARM HATS, SCARVES As the product of joyful hard work, 42 cold-weather hats, scarves, and neck warmers went out this week to people who need them. And who were the good elves who whipped these up? Why, our own First Day School kids, that’s who! Last Sunday the children, with the guidance of members of our First Day School Committee and parents, sewed up a rainbow of color and fleecy warmth, with plenty of scissors action and finishing touches in beadwork. The photo below, by Carla Childs, is one of several that tell the whole story. We’re hoping the rest of them can be posted on the Meeting’s website soon, since adding photos here can make it hard fo rsome readers to open the BEE. Congratulations, everybody, for a job well done!

FOOD DRIVE AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL A community food drive to help local people in need will be held at Germantown Friends School on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb. 8; Thursday, March 10; Tuesday, April 12; and Thursday, May 12. These non-perishable food donations support the food distribution programs of three missions in Germantown: Holsey Temple, St. Luke’s Food Pantry, and Whosoever Gospel Mission. All donations may be dropped off at the meetinghouse porch between 7:45 a.m. and 3;15 p.m.

REMINDERS

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

KELLY PLAYGROUND: DONATIONS UNDERWAY Please contribute as you can to the Kelly School Playground project, noted in last week’s BEE. To make a contribution, address the check to Germantown Friends Meeting and designate “Kelly Playground” in the lower left section of the check to avoid any confusion. Then, mail it to Germantown Friends Meeting, 47 W Coulter St., Phila., PA 19144. We will continue this fundraising project through the year of 2022. Friends are reminded that the $10,000 approved by our Meeting to be contributed to the Kelly School Playground project is not currently in our budget. Therefore, contributions to it should be in addition to your donation to covering our Meeting’s operating expenses. If there are further questions, contact either Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, or Ed Nakawatase, clerk of our Racial & Social Justice Committee.

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

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

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

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

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

QUAKER PARENTING INITIATIVE HELPS PARENTS LEARN SKILLS AND PURPOSE. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Quaker Parenting Initiative is dedicated to helping parents find direction and spiritual meaning in guiding their children. Currently, it provides many online resources at https://quakerparenting.org, as follows:

Conversations create an online space to share ideas and look for new ones, raise concerns, and respond to those of others. Tea-and-Chat with Quaker Parents takes place Thursday at 8 p.m.

Workshops offer an opportunity to explore with others the ways our Quaker faith can guide us in nurturing our children. Currently all workshops are offered online.

Events provide online opportunities to learn tips about Quaker parenting, as well as a chance to socialize with other parents during these socially isolating times.

Resources list books and articles, workshops, and an online collaborative and link to a Facebook group.

BLACK LIVES MATTER FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS IN FEBRUARY Sponsored by the Black Quaker Project and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Black Lives Matter Film Festival begins February 12. Its selections will focus on the importance and contribution of Quakers of Color. Those celebrated include Mahala Ashley Dickerson, Howard Thurman, and Bayard Rustin, African American Friends who are featured in Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights, as well as Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and Paul Robeson. The first screening will feature a dialogue between Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, and Joyce Ajilouny, general secretary of AFSC and Palestinian Quaker. To learn more and register, click here.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ELISE RILEY TO GIVE WORKSHOP ON HISTORICAL RECORDS Our member Elise Riley, who lives in Boston, MA, will co-lead a workshop for New England Yearly Meeting on maintaining a monthly meeting’s historical records and archives. Elise is the outreach archivist for New England Yearly Meeting. Although the workshop specifically pertains to the process used in New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM), it will also give useful information for Friends outside NEYM about which records to save, why they are important to keep, and practices used by other meetings. It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m. till noon. Register here: https://lu.ma/Quaker_archives

TAKE ACTION

SUPPORT UN TREATY TO BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, JAN. 22 Join others who will demonstrate their support for the UN Treaty on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons at the Federal Courthouse, 6th & Market Streets, in Philadelphia. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of when the Treaty came into force after being ratified by more than 50 countries worldwide. The United States and other nuclear powers were not among the signers. This demonstration is part of a nationwide movement calling upon the United States to sign and comply with the Treaty. People will read statements, hold banners and posters, and walk around the nearby Liberty Bell Pavilion. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing. Be sure to check the website before leaving, in case of cancellation.

EFFECT OF NUCLEAR THREAT ‘FROM NEW MEXICO TO MARSHALL ISLANDS,’ JAN 25. In this free online webinar, speakers and artists will talk about the experiences of people across the globe who are most affected by the threat of nuclear war. Aside from the hardware of nuclear weapons, communities worldwide are adversely affected by the hidden dangers of uranium mining; nuclear testing, production, and use; and the deadly waste produced that will last for generations to come. Entitled “Nuclear Colonialism in the Age of the Ban Treaty: From New Mexico to the Marshall Islands & Across the Pacific,” this webinar is part of the observance of the first anniversary of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (see preceding brief). It is broadcast from Portland, OR, and will air at 1 p.m. Eastern time. To register, click here.

EVENTS CELEBRATE LEGACY OF HARRIET TUBMAN A constellation of events in Philadelphia for the next 2-1/2 months will celebrate the 200th birthday of Harriet Tubman. The series began earlier this month with unveiling of a 9-foot sculpture entitled Harriet Tubman–The Journey to Freedom, which is located at City Hall. There will be more than 30 programs from now through March 31, celebrating Tubman’s legacy, such as a historical timeline of her life and an exhibit of textile art at City Hall; screenings of the movie Harriet with introductions by local activists; music, dance, and theater performances; a conversation between local artists on the power of public art; art-making activities; author and artist discussions; and many other things. For more listings and a calendar or events, click here.

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

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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NO IN-PERSON MEETING THIS SUNDAY

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

SUNDAY, JAN. 16, 2022

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Ed Stivender

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 Joys & Concerns

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

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

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

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

MEETING NEWS

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

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

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

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

REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

TAKE ACTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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IMPORTANT UPDATE. NO IN-PERSON MEETING THIS SUNDAY

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

SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2022

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

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Mary Louise Hill

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

*AGENDA, Meeting for Business

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

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

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

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

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

MEETING NEWS

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

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

REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TAKE ACTION

POWER INTERFAITH HOLDS ONLINE ORIENTATION, JAN. 13

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

POWER URGES SUPPORT FOR PA HB2046

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

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

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

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

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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

SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022

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

Closer Karen Lightner

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

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

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

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

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

MEETING NEWS & REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMINDERS: COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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

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

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

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

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, DEC. 26, 2021

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

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

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

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

SAFETY FOR HYBRID MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

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

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

Fully vaccinated people only.

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING NEWS & REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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

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SUNDAY, DEC. 19, 2021

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

10:30 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Closer Barbara Wybar

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

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

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

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

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

SAFETY FOR HYBRID MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP

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

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

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

HOW TO ENTER SUNDAY’S ZOOM MEETING FOR WORSHIP

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

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

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

MEETING NEWS & REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR THE YOUNG

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

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

TAKE ACTION

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

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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

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

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

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