Weekly Bulletin 2024

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Friday Bee (Weekly Bulletin)

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting

April 19, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Simplicity is closely 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 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. 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, 1961, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
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Sunday Schedule, April 21, 2024

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Closer Karen Lightner

Greeters Margie & Ted Spaeth

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments by Anna Burke & T.J. Rafferty, with Toby & Harper

12 noon Food Giveaway in front of meetinghouse

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PROTOCOL FOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP (Zoom, hybrid, or in person) Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends can center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements. Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, April 21, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they will leave and go to the committee room and then the kindergarten. The lesson this week will be an introduction to the Greek alphabet, led by Jim Fiorile, father of Lucia and Antonio. We will learn about how the New Testament was written in Greek, and we will all learn how to write our names in Greek. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)
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MEETING NEWS

PLAN AHEAD: MT. AIRY LETTER WRITING CLUB, MAY 19 The April Get-Out-the-Vote letter writing party at Adrienne McDonnell’s home was a success, and she and her husband Mike plan to continue the letter writing parties from now until the November elections. They provide all the letter-writing supplies, accompanied by snacks. The next party will be on May 19, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Get more information and sign up here. If you can’t make it on May 19 but want to stay updated, you can sign up for our mailing list. Contact person: Adrienne McDonnell.

HANDS NEEDED FOR FOOD GIVEAWAY THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Many hands and helpers are needed to give out food to neighborhood folks this Sunday, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Please come a few minutes early to help move the food supplies from the delivery truck to the tables on the sidewalk in front of the meetinghouse. We have developed a clientele of regulars, as well as getting a number of newcomers every time. This event takes place every third Sunday of the month and is coordinated by our member Jondhi Harrell, with help from his friends at The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC). Pitching in is a good way to meet new people–both behind the tables and in front of them! In addition, by joining in, you help people and will probably lift your own spirits, too.

HELP MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT MEETING RETREAT 2025! A few folks are needed to explore the idea and plan the return of our beloved Germantown Monthly Meeting Retreat in spring 2025.These are some of the questions to be discussed: Is Camp Swatara (Bethel, PA), where the Meeting previously held its retreat, the right location, or should we look at other possible places? Also on the list of topics: Take the temperature of interest in the meeting, figure out costs, adult and children programming, meals and activities. These topics were all discussed in planning previous retreats, so there is a template. If you are interested in helping, please contact either David Mettler or Sam Angell.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 28 It is time for the spring session of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, which will take place Sunday, April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Green Street Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The speaker will be Gabriel Ehri, executive director of Friends Journal and member of Green Street Meeting. His talk will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on “Advancing and Sustaining Quaker Outreach.” Meeting for business will immediately follow the speaker. Also, everyone is welcome to join Green Street Friends at their hybrid meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 12 p.m. To register, click here.

REMINDERS

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MAY and JUNE Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

May 26
June 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

April 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

NEWS OF FRIENDS

ADRIENNE’S BANANA OAT MUFFINS This is what happens when you serve something everyone loves at fellowship hour. Everybody wants the recipe! Adrienne McDonnell, who had that experience several weeks ago, has kindly provided us with her recipe for Banana Oat Muffins. It makes approximately 36 mini muffins or ten regular-size muffins. This recipe originally came from the website Food In Jars, which Adrienne highly recommends, saying, “These muffins are the best way to use up overripe bananas.” They keep in the fridge for about a week before beginning to dry out, and they freeze well. To see the recipe and save it, open the attachment Banana Oat Muffins.

RUTH SEELEY’S ART IN EXHIBIT Several of Ruth Seeley’s paintings are on display at Center on the Hill, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave, Phila., PA 19118. They are part of an exhibit by the Thursday Painters from Howard Watson’s last class at Woodmere and feature vibrant and colorful watercolors. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through April 26.

REMINDER: MEMORIAL FOR KARIN LOEWY, APRIL 27 The memorial service for Karin Loewy, former attendee of our Meeting and former member of our Peace & Social Concerns Committee, will be held in our meetinghouse at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. To read an obituary of her fascinating life, click here. The memorial service is open to all.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

GERMANTOWN AS ‘FREEDOM’S BACKYARD,’ APRIL 22 This presentation at Friends Free Library of Germantown Friends School will focus on three centuries of Germantown history, highlighting extraordinary stories and events, such as being home to America’s first paper mill and oldest Mennonite congregation, as well as the site of the first written protest against slavery. Hear about what’s being done to preserve and share these stories today. Dennis Pickeral will give the presentation. He is the director of the Stenton historic house and grounds in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia. It will take place Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. This program is organized by Germantown Science & Art Club. For information, contact Kate Garrity, GFS Director of Library Services, 267-323-3469

REGISTER NOW FOR FGC GATHERING, JUNE 30-JULY 6 The Gathering, sponsored by Friends General Conference (FGC), will be at Haverford College this year from June 30 to July 6. It’s an easy commute for Friends in the Philadelphia area, which makes it much cheaper than going to the Gathering when it’s out of state. Friends will find it a worthwhile conference to attend. This year the Gathering offers 75 workshops, plus afternoon activities, field trips, and evening programs that include speakers and a concert. Our own Ayesha Imani is the featured speaker on the evening of July 1. More information and a registration link are available by clicking here. Registering early offers the best chance to get into popular workshops. If you have questions, talk to Karen Lightner or Sam Angell, who are members of the Local Arrangements Committee for the conference.

TAKE ACTION

FCNL: TRUTH & HEALING ON INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS, APRIL 24 This online event, hosted by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will feature a conversation about the trauma inflicted by Indian boarding schools and its effect on Native American communities for generations. Quaker activists Buffy Curtis and Liseli Hanes will speak about the Truth & Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act (S. 1723/H.R. 7227). Discussion will focus on how faith has led Quakers to act on this issue, what we have learned along the way, and how we can avoid the mistakes of the past, when Quakers operated 30 Indian boarding schools. The call will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. You may register by clicking here.

SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN TRANSIT SYSTEM, APRIL 25 The group Transit Forward Philadelphia calls for increased subsidy of our local public transit system, as well as a low-income, zero-fare program, expansion of student passes, and funding for an intercity bus terminal. On Thursday, April 25, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a roundtable discussion in the Caucus Room at Philadelphia City Hall. Transit Forward is sponsoring a sign-up for participants who would like to speak in support of these goals. You may sign up for a speaking slot on this or other days and receive suggested talking points by clicking here.

REMINDER: EQAT TRAINING TO COACH ACTION PLANNERS Are you an experienced organizer or activist who would like to learn how to coach others to plan on-the-ground events? EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) is building toward doing larger actions in new places to stop Vanguard from investing in things that harm the earth and destroy the climate. The training program will last from May to October, with in-person meetings and actions in the Philadelphia region. The program is free. Applications are due by May 7, and you are encouraged to apply early. To find out more and apply, click here.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting

April 12, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one. –George Fox, 1656
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Sunday Schedule, April 14, 2024

9 a.m. Meeting for Business Agenda* below. (Zoom link same as for hybrid worship)
10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Closer Lois Volta
Greeter David Mettler

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Refreshments by Jondhi Harrell & friends from The Center for Returning Citizens
12 noon Continuation of Meeting for Business
12:15 p.m. Food Giveaway in front of meetinghouse

AGENDA, Meeting for Business

All members are encouraged to attend. Regular attenders are invited to observe but must alert the Clerk beforehand of their interest in attending by sending the clerk an email inquiry. This meeting is not open to the public.

9 a.m. – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

In person in the Committee Room and on Zoom, using the meeting for worship log-in below.

Query
Opening Worship
Germantown Friends School Report, by Dana Weeks and David Feldman
Closing Worship

Because we want to have adequate time for the report from GFS, unless we finish early, we plan to continue meeting for business after worship. Members will be sent the following two reports in advance.

12 noon – Continuation

Consideration of Spiritual State of the Meeting report and FCNL priorities

Closing Worship

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PROTOCOL FOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP (Zoom, hybrid, or in person) Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends can center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements. Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.d

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, April 14, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they will leave and go to the committee room and learn about the story of David. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)
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MEETING NEWS

HANDS NEEDED FOR FOOD GIVEAWAY THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Many hands and helpers are needed to give out food to neighborhood folks this Sunday, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Please come a few minutes early to help move the food supplies from the delivery truck to the tables on the sidewalk in front of the meetinghouse. The high-quality food comes in a wide variety. We have developed a clientele of regulars, as well as getting a number of newcomers every time. This event takes place every third Sunday of the month and is coordinated by our member Jondhi Harrell, with help from his friends at The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC). Pitching in is a good way to meet new people–both behind the tables and in front of them! In addition, by joining in, you help people and will probably lift your own spirits, too!

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET APRIL 16 The topic for this month’s Anti-racism Discussion Group on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., will be a continued discussion of the Black Quaker Project’s presentation in February at Pendle Hill. The discussion group meets via Zoom. If interested in joining or attending the group, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

HELP MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT MEETING RETREAT 2025! A few folks are needed to explore the idea and plan the return of our beloved Germantown Monthly Meeting Retreat in spring 2025.These are some of the questions to be discussed: Is Camp Swatara (Bethel, PA), where the Meeting previously held its retreat, the right location, or should we look at other possible places? Also on the list of topics: Take the temperature of interest in the meeting, figure out costs, adult and children programming, meals and activities. These topics were all discussed in planning previous retreats, so there is a template. If you are interested in helping, please contact either David Mettler or Sam Angell.

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 28 It is time for the spring session of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, which will take place Sunday, April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Green Street Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The speaker will be Gabriel Ehri, executive director of Friends Journal and member of Green Street Meeting. His talk will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on “Advancing and Sustaining Quaker Outreach.” Meeting for business will immediately follow the speaker. Also, everyone is welcome to join Green Street Friends at their hybrid meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 12 p.m. To register, click here.

REMINDERS

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MAY and JUNE Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

May 26
June 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

April 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

NEWS OF FRIENDS

RUTH SEELEY’S ART IN EXHIBIT Several of Ruth Seeley’s paintings are on display at the Woodmere Art Museum at the Center on the Hill, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave, Phila., PA 19118. They are part of an exhibit by the Thursday Painters from Howard Watson’s last class at Woodmere and feature vibrant and colorful watercolors. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through April 26.

REMINDERS

We will not be putting corrections for the Meeting Directory in the BEE, for privacy reasons. Moira Duggan will prepare a page of corrections and additions, which she will hand out at social hour from time to time.

MEMORIAL FOR KARIN LOEWY, APRIL 27 The memorial service for Karin Loewy, former attendee of our Meeting and former member of our Peace & Social Concerns Committee, will be held in our meetinghouse at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. To read an obituary of her fascinating life, click here. The memorial service is open to all.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WORKSHOP: LIVING THE PEACE TESTIMONY, APRIL 13 In this afternoon workshop tomorrow at Pendle Hill, participants will explore ways Quakerism has influenced parts of society to champion peace and how Quakers to continue to bring this approach to current situations, large and small. The workshop will explore Martin Luther King, Jr.’s witness of nonviolence and ways it can deepen understanding and commitment to the peace testimony of Friends. It will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Standard cost is $100, and, if you cannot afford that, the subsidized cost is $75. To find out more about the workshop, financial assistance, and online registration, click here.

WEEKLY WORSHIP FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL, APRIL 18 Join others every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for meeting for worship with attention to peace in Palestine and Israel. Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, fellow worshipers come from across the United States. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.

PLAN AHEAD

QUAKER INSTITUTE: LIVING OUR TESTIMONIES, MAY 2-5 This conference at Pendle Hill is a gathering of Friends and representatives of Friends organizations to explore how to meet the current political moment, individually and collectively. The underlying question will be, “How do we live our testimonies with integrity today?” Participants will choose between workshops each day and join together for plenary sessions. Cost is $250 for commuters, or $450 for a shared room and meals, or up to $750 for a private room with meals. Learn more and register by clicking here. (If cost is a barrier, look into financial assistance here before registering.)

TAKE ACTION

EQAT TRAINING TO COACH ACTION PLANNERS Are you an experienced organizer or activist who would like to learn how to coach others to plan on-the-ground events? EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) is building toward doing larger actions in new places to stop Vanguard from investing in things that harm the earth and destroy the climate. The training program will last from May to October, with in-person meetings and actions in the Philadelphia region. The program is free. Applications are due by May 7, and you are encouraged to apply early. To find out more and apply, click here.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, April 5, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness, and bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand. –Isaac Penington, 1667

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Sunday Schedule, April 7, 2024

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Closer Peter Samuel

Greeter Deborah Cooper

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments by Teresa Maebori & Barbara Wybar

PROTOCOL FOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP (Zoom, hybrid, or in person) Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends can center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements. Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, April 7, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they will leave and go to the committee room. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

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MEETING NEWS
NONVIOLENCE & BUDDHISM, APRIL 9

Anam Thubten will speak on “The Practice of Nonviolence in the Buddhist Tradition,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and began to practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at an early age. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Foundation and teaches widely in the United States and abroad. This event is sponsored by our Adult Religious Education Committee in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation to explore the teachings of nonviolence. Refreshments will be served. Area-wide audience is expected to attend, so be sure to come on time or earlier to get a seat.

RETREAT. ADVANCE. RETREAT. (Meeting Retreat Planning) We are looking for a few folks willing to explore the idea and plan the return of our beloved Germantown Monthly Meeting Retreat in spring 2025. These are some of the questions we will discuss: Is Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA, where we held the retreat before, the right location, or should we look at other possible places? Also on the list of topics: Take the temperature of interest in the meeting, figure out costs, adult and children programming, meals and activities. We have done this many times before, so there is a template. If you are interested in helping, please contact either David Mettler or Sam Angell.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET APRIL 16 The topic for this month’s Anti-racism Discussion Group on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., will be a continued discussion of the Black Quaker Project’s presentation in February at Pendle Hill. The Discussion Group will meet via Zoom. If interested in joining or attending the group, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

PLAN AHEAD: PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING, APRIL 28 It is time for the spring session of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, which will take place on Sunday, April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Green Street Meeting, 45 W School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The speaker will be Gabriel Ehri, executive director of Friends Journal and member of Green Street Meeting. His talk will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on “Advancing and Sustaining Quaker Outreach.” Meeting for business will immediately follow the speaker. Also, everyone is welcome to join Green Street Friends at their hybrid meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided at 12 p.m. To register, click here.

REMINDERS

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MAY and JUNE Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

May 26
June 16, 23, 30

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

April 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW GRANDSON FOR BARBARA WYBAR The new life of Michael Jonathan Wybar began on April 2. He is the grandson of our member Barbara Wybar, and the son of Barbara’s son Jonathan Wybar and his wife Joanna Munhos Wybar. He weighed 7lbs 7 ozs. at birth and is the sister to Joy Wybar, aged 2 1/2. All are doing well. From happy, proud Granny, Barbara Wybar, who reports that life since Michael’s arrival “has been all consuming.” Congratulations to everyone and a big welcome to wee Michael!

REMINDERS
We will not be putting corrections for the Meeting Directory in the BEE, for privacy reasons. Moira Duggan will prepare a page of corrections and additions, which she will hand out at social hour from time to time.

MEMORIAL FOR KARIN LOEWY, APRIL 27 The memorial service for Karin Loewy, former attendee of our Meeting and former member of our Peace & Social Concerns Committee, will be held in our meetinghouse at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. She is survived by her children: Michael, Andy, and Daniel Loewy, and Eva Loewy Best, six grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her former husband Ariel Loewy. She died on Sept. 7, 2020, at the age of 95, and her family waited to hold a memorial meeting for her until the pandemic calmed down and people could safely gather. Karin was born in Nazi Germany and came to Philadelphia after World War II. She was a lifelong pacifist and anti-war activist. To read an obituary of her fascinating life, click here. The memorial service is open to all.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TRAINING, APRIL 6 at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Phila., PA 19103. Michael Gagné will conduct the session. For more information, contact Terry Rumsey. Terry and his wife Robin Lasersohn organize the Fridays at Fetterman’s, which are weekly noon vigils demanding Senator Fetterman call for a ceasefire in Israel/Gaza. The vigils take place in front of Fetterman’s office, 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (U.S. Customs building).

SPRING FAMILY MEET-UP, APRIL 6 Calling all families in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting! You are invited to get together with other Quaker families on Saturday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Old Haverford Friends Meeting. There will be an intergenerational activity, time for parent/guardian worship sharing, children’s activities, play time outside, and dinner as a community. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Families are invited to bring a snack, side dish, or dessert to share. All ages are welcome. Please register by clicking here.

WORSHIP FOR NEWCOMERS & SEEKERS, APRIL 8 This monthly online meeting for worship is especially for newcomers and those who are curious about Quakerism. Monday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is the next date. This repeating event takes place the second Monday of every month. It is a place to worship and learn together and find spiritual companions. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and reflect on their experiences. It is part of the Spiritual Deepening program of Friends General Conference. Free. To register, click here.

ONLINE RETREAT ‘ENCOUNTERING SPIRIT,’ APRIL 12-14 Delve into the heart of Quaker spirituality in a three-day online retreat that will engage with profound questions of Quaker faith, such as: What does encountering Spirit feel like? How do we open ourselves to its guidance in our daily lives? How can these encounters transform us and our communities? A series of workshops and inspiring talks will highlight this journey of listening and sharing about God’s presence in people’s lives. This workshop will introduce you to new ways to deepen your spiritual life and will connect you with a community of seekers. Sponsored by Friends General Conference, the suggested contribution is $75 to $125, with assistance available if needed. To find out more and register, click here.

YAF SPRING RETREAT AT CAMP ONAS, APRIL 12-14 All Young Adult Friends (YAFs) are invited to take part in a spring retreat on April 12-14 at Camp Onas in Ottsville, PA. Registration closes on Friday, April 5. The theme is “Welcoming Your Inner Child.” There will be meals together, activities for fun and fellowship, a meeting for business, and worship sharing. Cost is on a sliding scale of $0-$60. To find out more and register, click here. (Young Adult Friends are 18-35 years of age.)

QUAKER INSTITUTE: LIVING OUR TESTIMONIES, MAY 2-5 This conference at Pendle Hill is a gathering of Friends and representatives of Friends organizations to explore how to meet the current political moment, individually and collectively. The underlying question will be, “How do we live our testimonies with integrity today?” Participants will choose between workshops each day and join together for plenary sessions. Cost is $250 for commuters, or $450 for a shared room and meals, or up to $750 for a private room with meals. Learn more and register by clicking here. (If cost is a barrier, look into financial assistance here before registering.)

TAKE ACTION

ROADMAP FOR ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE The new booklet Creating a Playbook for Climate Action is now available to help Friends develop plans to work together for change. It covers five action areas essential to have an impact on climate change: activism, education, carbon footprint reduction, finances, and mourning loss and instilling hope, which were approved in July 2021 by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The booklet not only covers action areas but encourages meetings, households, and individuals to get started, be persistent, and keep moving. It includes an outline for creating an accountability plan and queries to guide check-ins. To download your own copy, click here.

LOBBYING DAYS FOR CEASEFIRE IN GAZA, APRIL 9-19 To be held in Washington, DC. Organized by Peace Action. In person and by Zoom. Sign up for organizations and for individuals.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 29, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.

Isaiah 2:3-5, New Revised Standard Version

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Sunday Schedule, March 31, 2024

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Closer – Jayson Massey

Greeter – Karen Lightner

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments by Adrienne McDonnell & Mike Pechter

PROTOCOL FOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP (Zoom, hybrid, or in person) Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends can center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE This Sunday, March 3, is Easter Sunday, and our First Day School Children and younger children will gather together at 10:30 a.m.in the meetinghouse kitchen to dye Easter eggs. Then the older children will hide the eggs while the younger children listen to a story.

Parents: Can you please bring a dozen hard-boiled eggs? We want to have a lot! Please contact Carla Childs and tell her whether your family will be there and whether you can bring eggs.

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MEETING NEWS

RETREAT. ADVANCE. RETREAT. (Meeting Retreat Planning)

We are looking for a few folks willing to explore the idea and plan the return of our beloved Germantown Monthly Meeting Retreat in spring 2025. These are some of the questions we will discuss: Is Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA, where we held the retreat before, the right location, or should we look at other possible places? Also on the list of topics: Take the temperature of interest in the meeting, figure out costs, adult and children programming, meals and activities. We have done this many times before, so there is a template. If you are interested in helping, please contact either David Mettler or Sam Angell.

NONVIOLENCE & BUDDHISM, APRIL 9 Anam Thubten will speak on “The Practice of Nonviolence in the Buddhist Tradition,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and began to practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at an early age. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Foundation and teaches widely in the United States and abroad. This event is sponsored by our Adult Religious Education Committee in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation to explore the teachings of nonviolence. Refreshments will be served. Area-wide audience is expected to attend, so be sure to come on time or earlier to get a seat.

REMINDERS

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MAY and JUNE Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

May 26
June 16, 23, 30

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

NEWS OF FRIENDS
We will not be putting corrections for the Meeting Directory in the Bee, for privacy reasons. Moira Duggan will prepare a page of corrections and additions that she will hand out at social hour from time to time.

MEMORIAL FOR KARIN LOEWY, APRIL 27 The memorial service for Karin Loewy, former attendee of our Meeting and former member of our Peace & Social Concerns Committee, will be held in our meetinghouse at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. She is survived by her children: Michael, Andy, and Daniel Loewy, and Eva Loewy Best, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her former husband Ariel Loewy. She died on Sept. 7, 2020, at the age of 95, and her family waited to hold a memorial meeting for her until the pandemic had calmed down and people could safely gather. Karin was born in Nazi Germany and came to Philadelphia after World War II. She was a lifelong pacifist and anti-war activist. To read an obituary of her fascinating life, click here. The memorial service is open to all.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

ISRAEL/PALESTINE: WHAT CAN QUAKERS BRING? APRIL 1 Steve Chase, a longtime Quaker activist, educator, and writer, will give the First Monday Lecture at Pendle Hill at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. He brings this challenge to Friends in his talk, entitled “Pursuing a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine: What Can Quakers Bring to the Table?” He will share his reflections on how we can more effectively engage in self-education and dialogue about root causes of the current crisis and how to mobilize more Friends to speak truth to power in these difficult times. A member of the Quaker Palestine/Israel Network, Steve Chase is author of the Pendle Hill Pamphlet #445, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights. This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required (click here). More information, including how this lecture may be streamed live, is available by using the same link as for registering.

SPRING FAMILY MEET-UP, APRIL 6 Calling all families in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting! You are invited to get together with other Quaker families on Saturday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Old Haverford Friends Meeting. There will be an intergenerational activity, time for parent/guardian worship sharing, children’s activities, play time outside, and dinner as a community. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Families are invited to bring a snack, side dish, or dessert to share. All ages are welcome. Please register by clicking here.

YAF SPRING RETREAT AT CAMP ONAS, APRIL 12-14 All Young Adult Friends (YAFs) are invited to take part in a spring retreat on April 12-14 at Camp Onas in Ottsville, PA. Registration closes on Friday, April 5. The theme is “Welcoming Your Inner Child.” There will be meals together, activities for fun and fellowship, a meeting for business, and worship sharing. Cost is on a sliding scale of $0-$60. To find out more and register, click here. (Young Adult Friends are 18-35 years of age.)

QUAKER INSTITUTE:LIVING OUR TESTIMONIES, MAY 2-5 This conference at Pendle Hill is a gathering of Friends and representatives of Friends organizations to explore how to meet the current political moment, individually and collectively. The underlying question will be, “How do we live our testimonies with integrity today?” Participants will choose between workshops each day and join together for plenary sessions. Cost is $250 for commuters, or $450 for a shared room and meals, or up to $750 for a private room with meals. Learn more and register by clicking here. (If cost is a barrier, look into financial assistance here before registering.)

TAKE ACTION

GOOD FRIDAY CEASE-FIRE DEMO
&
WRAP-UP OF GAZA PEACE PILGRIMAGE
On Good Friday, March 29, at 12 p.m., the Brandywine Peace Community will join the Gaza Cease-fire Pilgrimage at Lockheed Martin, the world’s no. 1 war profiteer. Speakers, banners, signs, flags. To be held at the entrance to Lockheed Martin headquarters, 230 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA 19406.

LOBBYING DAYS FOR CEASEFIRE IN GAZA, APRIL 9-19 To be held in Washington, DC. Organized by Peace Action. In person and by Zoom. Sign up for organizations and for individuals.

EQAT APRIL GENERAL MEETING, APRIL 2, at 6:30 p.m., Friends Center, MLK Room, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102. The in-person monthly gathering is for sharing about activities and learning about EQAT’s campaign calling for Vanguard to invest for the good of our climate and our communities. Everyone is welcome. For more information, go to eqat.org.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin, Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 22, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Early Friends made the discovery that silence is one of the best preparations for communion with God and for reception of inspiration and guidance. Silence itself, of course, has no magic. It may be just sheer emptiness, absence of words or noise or music. It may be an occasion for slumber, or it may be a dead form. But, it may be an intensified pause, a vitalized hush, a creative quiet, an actual moment of mutual and reciprocal correspondence with God. The actual meeting of us with God and God with us is the very crown and culmination of what we can do with our human life here on earth. –Rufus M. Jones, 1937

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Sunday Schedule, March 24, 2024

9 a.m. Threshing Session, members only, in committee room and by Zoom (use link for worship, below.)
Topic: The Meeting, the School, and the School Committee

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Closer Becky Johnson
Greeter Bobbie Horowitz
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Refreshments by Dorothy Cary

PROTOCOL FOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP (Zoom, hybrid, or in person) Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends can center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE Child care starts at 10:25 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, March 24, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they will leave and go to their First Day School class, where we will look at the stories of Ruth and Samuel. Please contact Carla Childs if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.
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MEETING NEWS

CALLED MEETING, MARCH 24 There will be a threshing session for all Meeting members on Sunday, March 24, at 9 a.m., in the Committee Room and by Zoom (link is the same as for meeting for worship). Topic is The Meeting, the School, and the School Committee. The subject will be our Meeting’s relationship with Germantown Friends School.

SPEAKER ON NONVIOLENCE & BUDDHISM, APRIL 9 Anam Thubten will speak on “The Practice of Nonviolence in the Buddhist Tradition,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in our meetinghouse. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and began to practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at an early age. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Foundation and teaches widely in the United States and abroad. This event is sponsored by our Adult Religious Education Committee in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation to explore the teachings of nonviolence. Refreshments will be served. Area-wide audience is expected to attend, so be sure to come on time or earlier to get a seat.

REMINDERS

LAST CALL: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FORMING A book discussion group is forming to talk about Apeirogon, a novel by National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann. The story explores the feelings, histories, and experiences of two fathers–one Palestinian, one Israeli–who each lost a daughter in the conflict of Israel/Palestine. The New York Times says, “Apeirogon is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener…. It achieves its aim by merging acts of imagination and extrapolation with historical fact.” And, from The Guardian, “…the solution to the conflict: something as simple and easy as friendship, as the acknowledgement of a shared experience, as love. …It could have been maudlin, tawdry, exploitative, trite. Instead, it’s a masterpiece, a novel that will change the world.” To read more reviews, click here. If you are interested in participating, contact Joanne Sharpless.

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

March 31 (Easter)
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR EASTER!! (ALSO MAY and JUNE) Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

March 31 (Easter)
May 26
June 9, 16, 23, 30

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

NEWS OF FRIENDS

COMING SOON: WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DIRECTORY CORRECTIONS. (Please submit any needed corrections to gmm@germantownfriends.org.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WEBINAR ON SHAPIRO’S ENERGY PLAN, MARCH 26 Liz Robinson, executive director of Philadelphia Solar Energy Association and former Chestnut Hill Friend, will talk about Governor Shapiro’s Clean Energy Plan. Presented by Quaker Action Mid-Atlantic Region (QAMAR), this event is free and will take place via Zoom this Thursday, March 26, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (QAMAR is a relatively new Friends lobbying and advocacy organization set up by some members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.) Pennsylvania currently lags behind many states in its commitment to using renewable energy sources for generating electricity. The new Clean Energy Plan, announced this month, has two major policies, now in the formative stage. Passage by the state legislature is by no means certain. These are the policies:

PA Reliable Energy Sustainability Standard (PRESS) would raise the current standard for clean energy to 35 percent by 2035. Pennsylvania currently uses less than 3 percent alternative energy, with less than 1 percent solar.

PA Climate Emissions Reduction Initiative (PACER) would set a limit on carbon emissions and require companies that generate electricity and purchase allowances for the carbon dioxide they emit.

The webinar will go into detail about both policies and allow time for robust discussion on how they might be improved. To register for this webinar, click here.

QUAKER INSTITUTE:LIVING OUR TESTIMONIES, MAY 2-5 This conference at Pendle Hill is a gathering of Friends and representatives of Friends organizations to explore how to meet the current political moment, individually and collectively. The underlying question will be, “How do we live our testimonies with integrity today?” Participants will choose between workshops each day and join together for plenary sessions. Cost is $250 for commuters, or $450 for a shared room and meals, or up to $750 for a private room with meals. Learn more and register by clicking here. (If cost is a barrier, look into financial assistance here before registering.)

COMMUNITY

TAX HELP AT CROSSROADS WOMEN’S CENTER On Wednesday, March 27, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., free help with your taxes will be available at Crossroads Women’s Center, 5011 Wayne Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. The help will be provided by the Campaign for Working Families and Philadelphia Legal Assistance. At the same time, there will be food, rummage for sal, raffle, vendors, and kids activities. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Volunteers welcome. (Contact Phoebe Schellenberg.) For more information, see the Facebook page by clicking here.

TAKE ACTION

THIS WEEK’S ACTIONS TO SUPPORT CEASE-FIRE IN GAZA, in part provided by GMM Racism & Social Justice Committee

Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Families for Ceasefire Philly, JVP Philly, and Christian-Jewish Allies, rally and walk to demand City Council pass a ceasefire resolution here in Philadelphia! Meet outside Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., for a short rally, and then march down Germantown Avenue to the Johnson House. Bring pots and pans and be ready to MAKE NOISE for Gaza! After the march, snacks will be provided at Germantown Mennonite Church.

Saturday, March 23, at 7-9 p.m., Families for Ceasefire Philly for Potluck Iftar & Fundraiser for Gaza, at Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA. Guest speaker. Kids craft table. RSVP Required at this link.

Sunday, March 24 through Friday, March 29 Five-day Gaza Ceasefire Pilgrimage starts at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and goes to Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, PA. Participants will walk 20 miles–approximately four miles per day–observing the Stations of the Cross each day. Walkers are encouraged while on the march to reflect on Jesus’ passion and death. This pilgrimage is part of the global Gaza Ceasefire Pilgrimage movement. For more information, click here.

Friday, March 29 You are invited to join Fridays at Fetterman’s weekly vigil, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. This vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. Endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, among other groups. Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (U.S. Customs building).

PLAN AHEAD: LOBBYING DAYS FOR CEASEFIRE IN GAZA, APRIL 9-19 To be held in Washington, DC. Organized by Peace Action. In person and by Zoom. Sign up for organizations and for individuals.

REMINDER: WEBINAR: STOPPING MILITARIZATION OF U.S./MEXICO BORDER, MARCH 26, Hear about the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) long-standing work to stop militarization of U.S. borders in this webinar with speakers from the AFSC’s New Hampshire and U.S. Mexico border program staff on March 26, at 7 p.m. Staff will explore conditions facing migrants and border communities, the dramatic differences between the Mexico and Canadian borderlands, and the AFSC’s vision to ensure migrants and immigrants are treated with dignity and respect. Register by clicking here.

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, March 15, 2024
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A Prayer for the World
“”Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges,
the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly,
So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness,
So that we can share the joys and feel the sorrow of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all
people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to
surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.

– Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
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photo: Joanne Sharpless
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Sunday Schedule, March 17, 2024

9:30 a.m. Worship-Sharing about Spiritual State of Society report (See queries* below.)

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Closer — Wendy Wells & Bruce Grant

Greeter — David Mettler

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments by Anthony Stover

*QUERIES FOR STATE OF SOCIETY REPORT

All members and attenders are invited to a worship-sharing on Sunday beginning at 9:30 am to consider the Spiritual State of the Meeting, As part of this year’s report, the Ministry & Care Committee of Quaker Life Council of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting would like to facilitate sharing resources and best practices across all meetings within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Please consider the list of topic areas below. They are looking for success stories, advice for other meetings, or particular concerns for which the Yearly Meeting could offer us support.

Care of Worship (quality and frequency of messages)
Outreach and Inclusion (welcoming newcomers and encouraging diversity)
Adult Education Resources (opportunities to learn and share about our faith outside of worship)
Families and Children (religious education resources )
Youth and Young Adults (creating a welcoming space for youth and young adults in the meeting)
Witness (walking our talk as Friends)
Committees (most helpful committees & structure)
Quarters (the impact of a positive Quarterly Meeting)
General Questions or concerns

PROTOCOL FOR MEETING FOR WORSHIP (Zoom, hybrid, or in person) Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends can center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if you’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE Child care starts at 10:25 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, March 10, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:45 a.m., when they will leave and go to their First Day School class. This Sunday, they will learn about Samson, whose incredible strength depended on his long hair. Please contact Carla Childs if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)
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MEETING NEWS

UPCOMING CALLED MEETINGS MARCH 17 & 24 Two special, or called, meetings are coming up this month. The first one will be this Sunday, March 18, at 9:30 a.m., to discuss ideas for our Meeting’s Spiritual State of Society report, which is being coordinated by our associate clerk, Dorothy Cary. (See above queries.) The second called meeting will be on Sunday, March 24, also before meeting for worship, with exact time to be announced next week. The subject for the second one will be our Meeting’s relationship with Germantown Friends School. Details on format will be in next week’s BEE.

REMINDERS

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE LETTER WRITING BEGINS MARCH 17 With the purpose of getting out the vote for upcoming elections, the first meeting of the Mt. Airy Letter Writing Club will take place on Sunday, March 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The group will use Vote Forward, a data-driven tactic to reach potential voters. Participants are welcome to create a Vote Forward account beforehand, or they will be guided through the process at the letter-writing party by hosts Adrienne and Mike McDonell, attenders of our Meeting. They will provide paper, pens, and envelopes, plus beverages and snacks. You will receive their address when you register online by clicking here. Contact person: Adrienne McDonnell.

LAST CALL: BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FORMING A book discussion group is forming to talk about Apeirogon, a novel by National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann. The story explores the feelings, histories, and experiences of two fathers–one Palestinian, one Israeli–who each lost a daughter in the conflict of Israel/Palestine. The New York Times says, “Apeirogon is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener…. It achieves its aim by merging acts of imagination and extrapolation with historical fact.” And, from The Guardian, “…the solution to the conflict: something as simple and easy as friendship, as the acknowledgement of a shared experience, as love. …It could have been maudlin, tawdry, exploitative, trite. Instead, it’s a masterpiece, a novel that will change the world.” To read more reviews, click here. If you are interested in participating, contact Joanne Sharpless.

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

Mar. 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MARCH 24 and 31!! (ALSO MAY) Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

MARCH 24, 31
MAY 5, 19, 26

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 9 Anam Thubten will speak on “The Practice of Nonviolence in the Buddhist Tradition,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in our meetinghouse. This event is sponsored by our Adult Religious Education Committee in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation to explore the teachings of nonviolence. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and began to practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at an early age. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Foundation and teaches widely in the United States and abroad.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

LOIS VOLTA FEATURED IN PYM’S ONLINE NEWSLETTER Lois Volta, a member of Germantown Meeting, is featured in this week’s online newsletter from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Confessions of a Cleaning Lady, is equal parts self-help guide, feminist manifesto, and handbook for creating cleaner domestic spaces. In this article, in question-and-answer format, she is asked to break down the principles of her method — her approach to domestic care that expands beyond just tidying up and goes well into dismantling consumerism and gender norms. Click here to read this fascinating article online or open the attachment Lois Volta-PYM Profile 3-2024.

DEATHS

Robert Archbald Busser, father of our member Jonathan Busser, died on Feb. 18 in Ambler, PA, at the age of 85. Robert graduated from Germantown Friends School in 1956 and was in the class with our member Jonathan Rhoads. He is survived by his partner Karen Richter and his three sons, Andrew, Jonathan, and Duncan. A memorial service has not been scheduled.

Timothy Daily, father of our member Adam Daily, former husband of our member Deborah Cooper, and grandfather to Roman and Mira Daily, died at the age of 80 on March 10 in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was born in Columbus, OH.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

UPDATE FROM AFSC STAFF IN GAZA & WHAT YOU CAN DO Israeli troops are bombing Rafah and are preparing for a ground invasion. Rafah is the last place in Gaza that has not yet been invaded and is also the key entry and distribution point for humanitarian aid. In a statement from the U.N. Palestinian Rights Committee, the more than1.5 million displaced people in Rafah are now “staring death in the face without access to food, medical care, and safe shelter.” A military incursion “will endanger the lives of countless civilians, many of whom are women and children who have already been displaced multiple times.” Despite being displaced several times themselves, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) staff in Gaza have distributed aid to more than 250,605 people in Rafah, Deir El-Balah, and Khan Younis. The invasion of Israeli forces will disrupt the lifesaving work of humanitarian organizations, as many in Gaza face death due to starvation and disease. To read what AFSC program staff member Serena Awad said on Feb. 12 about her experience in Rafah and what Palestinians are facing on the ground, click here. To learn more about AFSC’s work in Gaza and find out how to donate, click here.

REMINDERS

ONLINE RETREAT FOR INTERRACIAL FAMILIES, MARCH 16-17 This retreat aims to create a space for meaningful conversations, shared experiences, and insights on navigating the dynamics of interracial families within our Quaker community. It will take place online on March 16 and 17. Sessions are sixty to ninety minutes long, with breaks in between. Cost is $60 per person, and checks must be received by March 14. This retreat is for parents from all combinations of interracial families. If you have a question about whether this is right for you, send an inquiry to hanaet@fgcquaker.org. Sponsored by the Ministry on Racism of Friends General Conference. Deadline for registering is March 11. To find out more and register online, click here.

STEPS TO CREATE INCLUSIVITY IN MEETINGS, MARCH 20 What does it mean for a Quaker meeting to be inclusive, and how can it be achieved? This is the focus of an online workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. Ministry consultant Bird Treacy will suggest strategies to make newcomers feel welcome, such as clear communication about community norms and acceptable behavior, information about worship, and ways to support people who may need to move during worship. Also part of this will be a discussion about who is included, who may be inadvertently left out, and what can be done about it. Bird Treacy is a ministry professional who has multiple disabilities and is children’s program coordinator of an Episcopal church in Massachusetts and specializes in supporting youth, children, families, and disabled people. This workshop is hosted by the Program & Religious Life staff of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To find out more and register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

THIS WEEKS ACTIONS TO SUPPORT CEASE-FIRE, by GMM Racial & Social Justice Committee

Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m., Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave. Families for Ceasefire Palestinian Storytime and Art-Making. All ages. Info: familiesforceasefirephilly on Instagram
Saturday, March 16, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Queers for Palestine Rally, March and Noise Demo. Info: queers4palphl on Instagram
Sun March 17, 10:15 a.m., Plains Mennonite Church, 50 Orvilla Rd, Hatfield PA 19440 and live-streamed, Prayers of Grief and Hope for People of Palestine and Israel. Share prayers, listen to Palestinian and Jewish friends, write to elected officials. Organized by If Not Now Philly and the Prayers for Peace Alliance.
Monday, March 18, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Irish Famine Memorial, Front & Spruce St., Ireland Solidarity for Gaza Rally, called by Philly Irish Against Oppression and Philly Palestine Coalition.
Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m., at Brooklyn Bowl, 1099 Canal St., Philly says no to Matisyahu (racist, zionist musician). Call Brooklyn Bowl to tell them to cancel his show: 2156064950. Email bookings: bit.ly/cancelmatis
Every Friday, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Fridays at Fetterman’s vigil outside of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, 200 Chestnut Street, demanding he call for immediate, permanent ceasefire in Gaza. Info: Terry Rumsey: Terry Rumsey.

WEBINAR: STOPPING MILITARIZATION OF U.S./MEXICO BORDER , MARCH 26, 7 P.M. Hear about AFSC’s long-standing work to stop militarization of U.S. borders by tuning in to a webinar with speakers from the AFSC’s New Hampshire and U.S. Mexico border program staff on March 26, at 7 p.m. Staff will explore conditions facing migrants and border communities, the dramatic differences between the Mexico and Canadian borderlands, and the AFSC’s vision to ensure migrants and immigrants are treated with dignity and respect. Register by clicking here.

REMINDERS

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, MARCH 22 You are invited to join this weekly Friday vigil, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. Endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, among other groups. Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (U.S. Customs building).

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, March 8, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Peace IS the Way”

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Sunday Schedule, March 10, 2024

9 a.m. Meeting for Business* in Committee Room (Agenda below)
10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)
Closer Kathy Paulmier
Greeter Peter Samuel

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Refreshments by Jonathan Busser

*AGENDA, MEETING for BUSINESS

March 10, 202
Hybrid and in-person. Please use the Meeting for Worship zoom link.

Query – Faye Steacy, followed by worship
Review of agenda – Karen Lightner
Corrections to Minutes from February 2024 Business Meeting- Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel
Standing Nominating Committee – Moira Duggan
Property Committee Report – Tom Sharpless
Racial & Social Justice Committee – Mas (Ed) Nakawatase
Spiritual State of the Meeting Report worship sharing– decision on when to hold this
Announcements
Closing Worship

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if you’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE Child care starts at 10:25 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, March 10, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:45 a.m., when they will leave and go to the Meeting kitchen. Please contact Carla Childs if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)
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MEETING NEWS

GOODS FROM UGANDA FOR SALE! MARCH 10 Barbara Wybar is freshly back from Bududa, Uganda, and she will bring some goods made at Bududa Vocational Academy to sell this coming Sunday after meeting for worship. There will be placemats, napkins, aprons, folk art birds, elephant salad servers, and lots of paper beads.

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 9 Our adult class will present Anam Thubten, speaking on “The Practice of Nonviolence in the Buddhist Tradition,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in our meetinghouse. This event is in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation to explore the teachings of nonviolence. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and began to practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism at an early age. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Foundation and teaches widely in the United States and abroad.

REMINDERS

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE LETTER WRITING BEGIN MARCH 17 With the purpose of getting out the vote for upcoming elections, the first meeting of the Mt. Airy Letter Writing Club will take place on Sunday, March 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The group will use Vote Forward, a data-driven tactic to reach potential voters. Participants are welcome to create a Vote Forward account beforehand, or they will be guided through the process at the letter-writing party by hosts Adrienne and Mike McDonell, attenders of our Meeting. They will provide paper, pens, and envelopes, plus beverages and snacks. You will receive their address when you register online by clicking here. Contact person: Adrienne McDonnell.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FORMING ON APEIROGON A book discussion group is forming to talk about Apeirogon, a novel by National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann. The story explores the feelings, histories, and experiences of two fathers–one Palestinian, one Israeli–who each lost a daughter in the conflict of Israel/Palestine. The New York Times says, “Apeirogon is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener…. It achieves its aim by merging acts of imagination and extrapolation with historical fact.” And, from The Guardian, “…the solution to the conflict: something as simple and easy as friendship, as the acknowledgement of a shared experience, as love. …It could have been maudlin, tawdry, exploitative, trite. Instead, it’s a masterpiece, a novel that will change the world.” To read more reviews, click here. If you are interested in participating, contact Joanne Sharpless.

NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE The new 2024 Germantown Meeting Directory has been printed, and you can pick one up this Sunday after meeting for worship! If you live at a distance and cannot pick up your copy, please contact Melissa Elliott and ask to have one mailed to you.

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

Mar. 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MARCH 24 and 31!! (also April and May) Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

MARCH 24, 31
APRIL 21
MAY 5, 12, 19, 26

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

HAPPENING NOW! PYM CONTINUING SESSIONS, MARCH 8-10 There’s something for everyone at this weekend’s Continuing Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), which starts today (Friday, March 8). The theme is “Called to Healing:” healing ourselves, our local communities, and our world. This session begins a year-long exploration of what healing means to us as Friends. Tonight and tomorrow will have hybrid, onsite, and online options. Tonight a panel of Friends will share about their ministries of healing in personal, community, global, and environmental pathways. Tomorrow (Saturday), the day begins with meeting for worship, followed by meeting for business, a break for lunch, and an afternoon program that will be a choice of online, or in person at any of six regional locations. Sunday’s program begins at 10 a.m. with an online meeting for worship, followed by chants about healing, led by Paulette Meier, from Community Friends Meeting in Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting. Sunday afternoon, which is online only, will be a final meeting for business. You still have time to register by clicking here.

MUSICIANS TO PLAY AT GWYNEDD COFFEE HOUSE, MARCH 9 Jazz, spiritual/inspiring music, and standards will be performed live tomorrow at 8 p.m. (Saturday, March 9) at Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse. Performers will be Jim Holton (pianist), Warren Cooper (vocalist), Cindy LeBlanc (flutist), and Khary Abdul Shaheed (drums), each an accomplished musician. The meetinghouse is located at 1101 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA 19454. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. An $8 cash donation is requested at the door. After costs are covered, proceeds will be donated to the charity of the evening. Light food and refreshments are available. Wheelchair accessible. Masking is optional.

STEPS TO CREATE INCLUSIVITY IN MEETINGS, MARCH 20 What does it mean for a Quaker meeting to be inclusive, and how can it be achieved? This is the focus of an online workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. Ministry consultant Bird Treacy will suggest strategies to make newcomers feel welcome, such as clear communication about community norms and acceptable behavior, information about worship, and ways to support people who may need to move during worship. Also part of this will be a discussion about who is included, who may be inadvertently left out, and what can be done about it. Bird Treacy is a ministry professional who has multiple disabilities and is children’s program coordinator of an Episcopal church in Massachusetts and specializes in supporting youth, children, families, and disabled people. This workshop is hosted by the Program & Religious Life staff of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. To find out more and register, click here.

REMINDERS

AFSC EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN GAZA The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is distributing to people in Gaza, as well as drinking water and hygiene Kits. The staff has worked with on-the-ground partners to create recreational activities for children in schools, shelters, and tents. AFSC has provided humanitarian relief to nearly 200,000 people since October, with more trucks waiting on the border, poised to bring in medicine, food, and other supplies. Supplies continue to be needed, as well as advocacy for a cease-fire and peaceful negotiations. The AFSC is renewing its plea for help as the crisis deepens. To learn more and find out how to donate, click here.

ONLINE RETREAT FOR INTERRACIAL FAMILIES, MARCH 16-17 This retreat aims to create a space for meaningful conversations, shared experiences, and insights on navigating the dynamics of interracial families within our Quaker community. It will take place online on March 16 and 17. Sessions are sixty to ninety minutes long, with breaks in between. Cost is $60 per person, and checks must be received by March 14. This retreat is for parents from all combinations of interracial families. If you have a question about whether this is right for you, send an inquiry to
hanaet@fgcquaker.org. Sponsored by the Ministry on Racism of Friends General Conference. Deadline for registering is March 11. To find out more and register online, click here.

TAKE ACTION

LENAPE CEREMONY TO BLESS TREES TO BE DEMOLISHED, MARCH 10 The Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania will hold a ceremony on Sunday, March 10, to bless the 441 trees–64 of them heritage trees–scheduled to be demolished at FDR Park. Their removal will pave the way for nine synthetic turf fields, 14 courts, and 170 parking spaces as part of the master plan for the Park, with support of Fairmount Park Conservancy. Chief Chuck Gentlemoon and Clan Mother Shelley DePaul will lead the ceremony. “We acknowledge all creatures as relations. These trees are our elders and deserve respect,” says DePaul. The ceremony, which is open to everyone, will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Meadows, FDR Community Clubhouse, 1954 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19145. There will be a drumming circle, and participants will be invited to make prayer ties to wrap around the trucks of the trees. This is a chance to show your support for protection of this land, the Delaware River, our elder relations, and the habitats they support.

EQAT WEBINAR ON VANGUARD’S INVESTMENTS IN PIPELINE, MARCH 11 Hear about the impact on people’s lives of Vanguard’s investments in the Mountain Valley pipeline at a webinar on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. People on the frontlines of the pipeline will tell about their experiences during more than a decade of resistance, and to give an update about the status of the pipeline. This is the second part of a two-part series by Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT). You do not need to have heard the first part attend this webinar. To register and get the link click here.

AFSC WEBINAR ON APARTHEID IN GAZA, MARCH 14 Guest speakers Ahmed Abofoul and Diana Buttu will talk on March 14 at 1 p.m. about the role played by violent social structures behind Israel’s war on Gaza. Based on extensive research, several international human rights organizations have identified the situation as “Israeli apartheid.” Speakers will also suggest things that could be done. Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). To register and receive the link, click here.

AFSC ACTION HOUR FOR CEASE-FIRE NOW Every Friday at 12 noon, hear updates in this webinar by AFSC staff members in Gaza. In addition to their reports, they encourage everyone to contact their elected officials in calling for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. To register for the webinar and get the link, click here.

REMINDERS

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, MARCH 15 You are invited to this weekly Friday vigil, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. Endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, among other groups. Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (U.S. Customs building).

POWER There will be a POWER meeting featuring Keir Bradford-Grey, Kendra Brooks, Nic O’Rourke, and Chris Rabb, on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m., at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, 260 S 51st St., Philadelphia, PA 19139. Find more information and RSVP 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, Feb. 23, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Prayer, then, is communion, whether it take the form of petition, intercession, thanksgiving, or whether it be just the quiet unveiling of the heart to a trusted friend, the outpouring of the soul to the one who is nearest of all.

–William Littleboy

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Sunday Schedule, Feb. 25, 2024

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Greeter Karen Lightner

Closer Ed Nakawatase

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Mara & Gregg Lemos-Stein & family

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, Feb. 18, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they will leave and go to the committee room. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

SILENT PROCESSION FOR PEACE, FEB. 25 Join this interfaith gathering of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others in a solemn, quiet procession to mourn the loss of life in Israel/Palestine. A number of people from our Meeting plan to join this walk, which will begin promptly at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 25, at Chestnut hill Peace Park on the corner of Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill. Round-trip length of the walk is one mile. Participants are asked to wear dark colors, enter the Peace Park in silence, and refrain from bringing their own signs, banners, flags, or tee shirts with messages. Organizers will provide images of Palestinian and Israeli children killed in the conflict, as well as signs in keeping with the message of commitment to nonviolent solutions. There is plenty of free parking in the lot at Chestnut Hill Meeting on Mermaid Lane. Sponsored by American Friends of Combatants for Peace, a grassroots movement of Palestinians and Israelis, including fighters on both sides of the conflict. The group uses civil resistance, education, and other creative activism to change systems of oppression and build a peaceful future. For more information, contact Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer or Wendy Weingarten. [See attachment: Procession for Peace 2-25-2024.]

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FORMING ON APEIROGON A book discussion group is forming to talk about Apeirogon, a novel by National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann. The story explores the feelings, histories, and experiences of two fathers–one Palestinian, one Israeli–who each lost a daughter in the conflict of Israel/Palestine. The New York Times says, “Apeirogon is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener…. It achieves its aim by merging acts of imagination and extrapolation with historical fact.” And, from The Guardian, “…the solution to the conflict: something as simple and easy as friendship, as the acknowledgement of a shared experience, as love. …It could have been maudlin, tawdry, exploitative, trite. Instead, it’s a masterpiece, a novel that will change the world.” To read more reviews, click here. If you are interested in participating, contact Joanne Sharpless.

SECOND ONLINE MEETING TO DISCERN FCNL PRIORITIES, FEB. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Help us formulate our Meeting’s priorities for legislative action to be taken by Friends Committee on Legislation (FCNL) in the next session of Congress. This is the second meeting in a series, and you are welcome to join, even if you weren’t able to attend the first meeting, for which notes will be made available. Additional times to meet will be determined for future meetings, so those who cannot participate on Monday evenings will get a chance to take part. Friends are encouraged to read FCNL’s Statement of Legislative Policy, The World We Seek. Questions? Contact Bill Cozzens, our Meeting’s representative to FCNL.

CHILI LUNCH! CHILI LUNCH! LET’S EAT TOGETHER SUNDAY, MARCH 3! Come one, come all for delicious food and warm fellowship at our Chili Lunch on Sunday, March 3, at the rise of Meeting! An exciting return of this much-loved event (after a four-year COVID hiatus), brought to you by the Fellowship Committee & First Day School (FDS). There will be several kinds of chili, including vegetarian, as well as salad and other “fixin’s.” And FDS children will provide a yummy, homemade snack to accompany our lunch as well! Questions? Contact Anne Stassen. See you there!

SCREENING & DISCUSSION OF RUSTIN, MARCH 3 Our Anti-Racism Book Discussion Group will host a showing and discussion of the Netflix film, Rustin, on Sunday, March 3, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Committee Room. The film is 1 hour 48 minutes in length, followed by discussion. This is open to Meeting members, attenders, and their friends. For questions, contact John Colgan-Davis.

SAVE THE DATE Our adult class will present Anam Thubten, speaking on “The Practice of Nonviolence in the Buddhist Tradition,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in our meetinghouse. This event is in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation to explore the teachings of nonviolence. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and began to practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhismat an early age. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Foundation and teaches widely in the United States and abroad.

REMINDERS

NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE The new 2024 Germantown Meeting Directory has been printed, and you can pick one up this Sunday after meeting for worship! If you live at a distance and cannot pick up your copy, please contact Melissa Elliott and ask to have one mailed to you. (A donation of $5 would help with the postage but is not required.) A caveat: We know it’s not perfect and that some changes requested by Friends may have been missed. We ask for everyone’s understanding. It’s been quite a process to get the Directory together, and involved a lot of work by many people. Our primary goal was to get it printed as soon as possible, since the last Directory was 2019-2020. The Office & Records Committee is working to streamline the process for future editions, and possibly to add an online version that’s updated in between print editions.

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MARCH, APRIL & MAY! Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

MARCH 24, 31
APRIL 14, 21
MAY 5, 12, 19, 26

To sign up, please see or contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

AFSC EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN GAZA The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is serving fresh food to people in Gaza, as well as distributing meals, drinking water, and hygiene Kits. The staff has worked with on-the-ground partners to create recreational activities for children in schools, shelters, and tents. AFSC has provided humanitarian relief to more than 191,752 people since October, with more trucks waiting on the border, poised to bring in medicine, food, and other supplies. More supplies continue to be needed, as well as advocacy for a cease-fire and peaceful negotiations. The AFSC is renewing its plea for help as the crisis deepens. To learn more and find out how to donate, click here.

PYM SPRING SESSIONS TO BE MARCH 8-10 Friends throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) will gather for worship, fellowship, and business on March 8-10, in a combination of hybrid and in-person activities. The theme is “Called to Healing.” On Friday, March 8, an intergenerational gathering will hear a panel of Friends talk about their ministries of healing in personal, community, global and environmental ways. Saturday’s sessions will feature meetings for business and worship, with afternoon programs offered in person at regional sites, and online opportunities. Sunday will offer intergenerational worship, online from home or at local meetings. From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, there will be a final meeting for business. To view the schedule in detail and register online, click here.

ONLINE RETREAT FOR INTERRACIAL FAMILIES, MARCH 16-17 This retreat aims to create a space for meaningful conversations, shared experiences, and insights on navigating the dynamics of interracial families within our Quaker community. It will take place online on March 16 and 17. Sessions are sixty to ninety minutes long, with breaks in between. Cost is $60 per person, and checks must be received by March 14. This retreat is for parents from all combinations of interracial families. If you have a question about whether this is right for you, send an inquiry to hanaet@fgcquaker.org. This event is sponsored by the Ministry on Racism of Friends General Conference. Deadline for registering is March 11. To find out more and register online, click here.

REMINDERS

BAYARD RUSTIN LEGACY FORUM, FEB. 24 This event will explore the remarkable life and contributions of Bayard Rustin in a series of presentations by a panel of distinguished scholars and activists. There will also be a roundtable discussion led by Sa’ed Atshan, and a question-and-answer period. Hal Weaver will host. It will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. Click here to register.

BOOK TALK ON TASTING FREEDOM, FEB. 25 The authors of the book Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto & the Battle for Equality in Civil War America will give a presentation at Greene Street Meeting after worship on Sunday, Feb. 25. The authors are Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin. Octavius Valentine Catto was an orator who periodically shared the stage with Frederick Douglass. He was also second baseman on Philadelphia’s best Black baseball team, a teacher at the city’s finest Black school, and an activist. Born in the South as a “free” Black, he moved to the North, where he fought for equal rights. Come to the presentation whether you’ve read the book or not, and you will hear interesting information and enjoy a good discussion with a group of our Friendly neighbors. The talk will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the address is 45 W. School House Lane, Phila., PA 19144.

TAKE ACTION

SILENT PROCESSION FOR PEACE, FEB. 25 (See above announcement.)

REMINDERS

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.

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, MARCH 8 Everyone is welcome at the weekly Friday vigil, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community, The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which makes posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (U.S. Customs building).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 16, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As I grow older, I seem to need more time for inner stillness. … This can happen in the midst of daily chores or when walking in a crowd or riding in a train. It means being still, open, reflective, holding within myself the crucible of joy and pain of all the world, and lifting it up to God. Praise comes into it, and thankfulness for all the love I have known and shared, the realization of how much of the time I am carried, supported, upheld by others, and the love of God. [During this process] comes the deep sense of the unity of all being, the intermeshing of the animate and inanimate, the secular and the sacred, the tangible and the intangible. It means just waiting, or just lifting the heart. –Dorothy Steere, 1995

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Sunday Schedule, Feb. 18, 2024

9:15 a.m. FOLLOW-UP Meeting for Business (Agenda* and Zoom link below)

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Greeter Anthony Stover

Closer Melissa Elliott & Friend

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Dorothy Cary

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*AGENDA

Follow-up Meeting for Business

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Feb. 18, 2024

Meeting will be hybrid (in committee room and via Zoom. Use same link as for worship).

Opening Worship

Update from Jim Pifer regarding Treasurer’s report
Prayers for Peace Alliance – request to sign petition calling for ceasefire in Israel/Gaza
Spiritual State of the Meeting Report for PYM – Dorothy Cary
Follow-up on Trustees concern from January – Karen Lightner
Attendance at Triads Conference – Karen Lightner
Announcements
Closing Worship

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if you’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, Feb. 18, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they will leave and go to the committee room. They will learn more about Moses and the crossing of the Red Sea. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

PLEASE HELP US WITH FOOD GIVEAWAY, THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 18 After meeting for worship this Sunday, at approximately 12 noon, join others in helping distribute free food to people in the Germantown community. This is a joint project of our Meeting and The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), directed by member Jondhi Harrell. The food is provided by TCRC, and we distribute it from tables set up on the sidewalk in front of the meetinghouse. Many people find this is a wonderful chance to meet members of our community while working alongside other Meeting members, attenders, and people from TCRC. You would be most welcome to join them and your help is needed. Dress warmly.

FIRST MEETING: FCNL DISCERNMENT OF LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, FEB. 19 As previously announced, Germantown Meeting will provide input to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) on priorities for Quaker lobbying in the next session of Congress. Interested Friends will meet several times between now and early April to discern our policy priorities. The first meeting will be this Monday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. Please join us! If you have any questions contact Bill Cozzens, our FCNL representative.

SCREENING OF KENYATTA AT GFS, FEB. 25 You are invited to join people at Germantown Friends School (GFS) for screening of the film Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Turn” on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., in Yarnell Auditorium, Sharpless Building of the Main Campus. A panel of three speakers will make a presentation before showing of the film: Tim Harris, director of the film; Malcolm Kenyata, Pennsylvania State Representative; and Matt Kenyatta, director of Justice & Belonging at the University of Pennsylvania. This documentary, produced by Al Roker of NBC, is not yet available to the public. It depicts the inspiring story of a self-described “poor, gay, Black man from North Philly” and his historic run for the U.S. Senate. Sponsored by the GFS Alumni of Color Host Committee and the Multicultural Parents Alliance. Free and open to the public

SAVE THE DATE Our adult class will present Anam Thubten, speaking on “The Practice of Nonviolence in the Buddhist Tradition,” on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in our meetinghouse. This event is in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation to explore the teachings of nonviolence. Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and began to practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhismat an early age. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of the Foundation and teaches widely in the United States and abroad.

REMINDERS

STARTS TONIGHT! ONLINE RETREAT ON SPIRITUAL DEEPENING, FEB. 16-19 Especially for new attenders: Learn how spiritual encounters bring energy and purpose into our lives and how to find meaning in a secular world. This online weekend retreat, presented by Friends General Conference (FGC), will draw from experiences of early Friends and the ways they came alive to the Spirit, using prayer, deep listening, learning, and growth. You’ll learn new spiritual practices and hear from others about theirs. Register right away by clicking here, because the deadline is this Thursday, Feb. 15, and the retreat begins the next day. Organizers request that all who are able, pay $125, and those whose income is more limited are asked to pay $75. If you want to participate and can’t afford to pay, contact FGC staff by clicking here to see if there is a way they can help.

HELP DISCERN FCNL’S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES Every two years Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks Friends meetings, churches, and other Quaker organizations throughout the country to help decide its lobbying priorities for the next session of Congress. Germantown Meeting has participated in the past and will do so again this year. In the next several weeks, members and attenders of our Meeting are invited to participate in several sessions, on Zoom and in person, to winnow out our top five priorities by discernment. The dates for these sessions will be published in the BEE. Our results will be submitted to FCNL in early April. In preparation for this process, you are encouraged to read FCNL’s Statement on Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek,” (click here). If you want to be sure you are included in our Meeting’s discernment sessions, contact Bill Cozzens. To learn more about FCNL’s priorities process, click here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP, FEB. 20 Please bring your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas for readings, films, activities, and so forth to the Anti-Racism Discussion Group’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The group will consider their next endeavors, and your input is needed. For questions and the Zoom link, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE The new 2024 Germantown Meeting Directory has been printed, and you can pick one up this Sunday after meeting for worship! If you live at a distance and cannot pick up your copy, please contact Melissa Elliott and ask to have one mailed to you. (A donation of $5 would help with the postage but is not required.) A caveat: We know it’s not perfect and that some changes requested by Friends may have been missed. We ask for everyone’s understanding. It’s been quite a process to get the Directory together, and involved a lot of work by many people. Our primary goal was to get it printed as soon as possible, since the last Directory was 2019-2020. The Office & Records Committee is working to streamline the process for future editions, and possibly to add an online version that’s updated in between print editions.

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

Feb. 25
Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MARCH, APRIL & MAY! Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

MARCH 24, 31
APRIL 14, 21
MAY 5, 12, 19, 26

To sign up, please contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.) THANK YOU! –Becky Johnson

NEWS OF FRIENDS

RUTH SEELEY ON PLANET PHILADELPHIA TODAY Our member Ruth Seeley is one of three community leaders being interviewed today (Feb. 16) at 4 p.m. on Planet Philadelphia, 92.9 FM. The three speakers represent three groups in Philadelphia who organize in their communities to help residents live better and healthier lives. Ruth represents Friends of Vernon Park, an intergenerational group of volunteers who tend Vernon Park, located in the center of Germantown. Besides taking care of the park, the group uses hands-on education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy to connect local people to nature. [Due to the late notice of this broadcast, many who receive the BEE may not be able to hear it in real time. If a tape is made of it, Ruth will let us know, and it will be announced in a subsequent BEE.]

ART EXHIBIT FEATURES PIECE BY REBECCA HOENIG An art exhibit celebrating Black History Month includes a painting by our member Rebecca Hoenig, depicting Makai Lewis, a young, Black Philadelphian, with a brief story about him. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in City Hall and is entitled “Philadelphia Black: The People’s Stories.” To see Rebecca’s painting online and read his story, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

BOOK TALK ON TASTING FREEDOM, FEB. 25 The authors of the book Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto & the Battle for Equality in Civil War America will give a presentation at Greene Street Meeting after worship on Sunday, Feb. 25. The authors are Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin. Octavius Valentine Catto was an orator who periodically shared the stage with Frederick Douglass. He was also second baseman on Philadelphia’s best Black baseball team, a teacher at the city’s finest Black school, and an activist. Born in the South as a “free” Black, he moved to the North, where he fought for equal rights. Come to the presentation whether you’ve read the book or not, and you will hear interesting information and enjoy a good discussion with a group of our Friendly neighbors. The talk will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the address is 45 W. School House Lane, Phila., PA 19144.

WEEKLY MEETING FOR WORSHIP FOCUSES ON PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE You are invited to join an online meeting for worship with Friends across the United States, which takes place every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (EST). It focuses its attention on establishing peace in Israel and Palestine, and on ending the current violent conflict. To register and get the link, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER INTERFAITH CONVENTION, FEB. 19 Join clergy and people of faith from throughout Pennsylvania for POWER’s first-ever Interfaith Convention on Monday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at Presidential Caterers, 2910 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton, PA 19401. Activities will focus on setting an agenda for priorities in the 2024-2025 state legislative session. Participants will hear from key state lawmakers on how they will champion POWER’s agenda, and participants will create a roadmap for justice for the year ahead. Suggested registration fee is $10, with help for people who can’t afford it. To register, click here.

REMINDERS

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.

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, FEB. 23 Everyone is welcome at the weekly Friday vigil, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which makes posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 9, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

When Friends take care of our meeting’s business, we are holding the whole meeting in the Light. We enter into worship and we listen. We listen for God, we listen in our own hearts, and we listen to one another to know what to do…. Friends go out into the world to continue God’s work. They take with them hearts that know love, peace, and unity. Faith & Play Working Group, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 2008

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Sunday Schedule, Feb. 11, 2024

9 a.m. Meeting for Business (Agenda* and Zoom link below)

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Greeter – Wendy Wells

Closer – Anthony Stover

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Jondhi Harrell & family

*AGENDA

Meeting for Business
Feb. 11, 2024
Meeting will be hybrid; use same link as for worship.

Query –Faye Steacy, followed by Worship
Review of agenda –Karen Lightner
(Report from Germantown Friends School [GFS] to be presented in April)
Corrections & Approval of Minutes –Becky Johnson
Care & Visiting Committee –Peter Samuel
Treasurer’s report — Jim Pifer
Softball team proposal –Kathy Paulmier
Reading to GFS Lower School classes –Teresa Maebori
FCNL Legislative Priorities –Bill Cozzens
Clerk Items –Karen Lightner
Prayers for Peace Alliance petition calling for Ceasefire in Israel/Gaza
Spiritual State of the Meeting Report for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Follow-up on Trustees concern from January
Attendance at Triad Conference
Announcements
Closing Worship

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse, on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, Feb. 11, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they will leave and go to the committee room. They will learn about the ten plagues of Egypt, when the Pharaoh kept refusing to let the people of Israel go. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

ONLINE RETREAT ABOUT SPIRITUAL DEEPENING, FEB. 16-19 Especially for new attenders: Learn how spiritual encounters bring energy and purpose into our lives and how to find meaning in a secular world. This online weekend retreat, presented by Friends General Conference (FGC), will draw from experiences of early Friends and the ways they came alive to the Spirit, using prayer, deep listening, learning, and growth. You’ll learn new spiritual practices and hear from others about theirs. Register right away by clicking here, because the deadline is this Thursday, Feb. 15, and the retreat begins the next day. Organizers request that all who are able, pay $125, and those whose income is more limited are asked to pay $75. If you want to participate and can’t afford to pay, contact FGC staff by clicking here to see if there is a way they can help.

HELP DISCERN FCNL’S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES Every two years Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) asks Friends meetings, churches, and other Quaker organizations throughout the country to help decide its lobbying priorities for the next session of Congress. Germantown Meeting has participated in the past and will do so again this year. In the next several weeks, members and attenders of our Meeting are invited to participate in several sessions, on Zoom and in person, to winnow out our top five priorities by discernment. The dates for these sessions will be published in the BEE. Our results will be submitted to FCNL in early April. In preparation for this process, you are encouraged to read FCNL’s Statement on Legislative Policy, “The World We Seek,” (click here). If you want to be sure you are included in our Meeting’s discernment sessions, contact Bill Cozzens. To learn more about FCNL’s priorities process, click here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP, FEB. 20 Please bring your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas for readings, films, activities, and so forth to the Anti-Racism Discussion Group’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The group will consider their next endeavors at this meeting, and your input is needed. For questions and the Zoom link, please contact John Colgan-Davis.

REMINDERS

NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE The new 2024 Germantown Meeting Directory has been printed, and you can pick one up this Sunday after meeting for worship! If you live at a distance and cannot pick up your copy, please contact Melissa Elliott and ask to have one mailed to you. (A donation of $5 would help with the postage but is not required.) A caveat: We know it’s not perfect and that some changes requested by Friends may have been missed. We ask for everyone’s understanding. It’s been quite a process to get the Directory together, and involved a lot of work by many people. Our primary goal was to get it printed as soon as possible, since the last Directory was 2019-2020. The Office & Records Committee is working to streamline the process for future editions, and possibly to add an online version that’s updated in between print editions.

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

Feb.18, 25
Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MARCH, APRIL & MAY! Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

MARCH 24, 31
APRIL 14, 21, 28
MAY 5, 12, 19, 26

To sign up, please see or contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.)

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

TALK ON SEEKING JUSTICE IN HOLY LAND This Sunday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., Steve Chase will give an online talk about his recent journey to Israel/Palestine and his insights about the area and its prospects of achieving peace. He is a Quaker from Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C., with a lifelong interest in the Holy Land, and author of a Pendle Hill pamphlet “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights.” He visited the area in June 2023 as part of a Quaker service-learning delegation sponsored by Friends United Meeting. To register for the talk, click here.

WEEKLY MEETING FOR WORSHIP FOCUSES ON PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE You are invited to join an online meeting for worship with Friends across the United States, which takes place every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (EST). It focuses its attention on establishing peace in Israel and Palestine, and on ending the current violent conflict. To register and get the link, click here.

FCNL OFFERS ONLINE BRIEFING ON “HOPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST,” FEB. 15 Bridget Moix, general secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and Hassan El-Tayyab, FCNL legislative director for Middle East policy, will give an online briefing, “Glimmers of Hope in the Middle East,” this Thursday, Feb. 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both speakers recently visited Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lebanon, and Jordan, with other faith leaders. In this online briefing, they will discuss their major takeaways from their trip and next steps toward a sustainable peace. To register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE: PHILLY TO D.C., FEB. 14-21 Faith leaders, activists, and artists will march from Independence Hall in Philadelphia to the White House in Washington, D.C., to urge President Biden to call for an end to violence in Palestine. The American Friends Service Committee is among a wide variety of religious organizations that support this Pilgrimage. You may join for the entire route or any part of it. To find out more and RSVP, click here.

POWER INTERFAITH CONVENTION, FEB. 19 Join clergy and people of faith from throughout Pennsylvania for POWER’s first-ever Interfaith Convention on Monday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at Presidential Caterers, 2910 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton, PA 19401. Activities will focus on setting an agenda for priorities in the 2024-2025 state legislative session. Participants will hear from key state lawmakers on how they will champion POWER’s agenda, and participants will create a roadmap for justice for the year ahead. Suggested registration fee is $10, with help for people who can’t afford it. To register, click here.

REMINDERS

POWER UPDATE The monthly Live Free meeting will be Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. Zoom attendance is available.

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.

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, FEB. 16 Everyone is welcome at the weekly Friday vigil, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Feb. 2, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To live under siege, with the equilibrium and tranquility of peace, to prevent the spring of my being from being polluted by the bitter fruit of the climate of violence, to hold and re-hold the moral initiative of my own action, and to see the experience of community, all of this, to whatever extent it has been possible to achieve it, is to walk through a door that no one can shut. –Howard Thurman

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Sunday Schedule, Feb. 4, 2024

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Greeter Anna Burke & TJ Rafferty

Closer Ed Stivender

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Becky Johnson & Anna Weisberg

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse, on the side of the burial ground. This Sunday, Feb. 4, older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:45 a.m., when they will join the other children in the kindergarten to make Valentines. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

RESOURCE LIST ON ISRAEL/PALESTINE ISSUES Jonathan and Melissa Graf Evans, our speakers in last Saturday’s forum on the situation in Israel/Palestine, have provided us with a beautiful, annotated, digital list of resources to further one’s knowledge and understanding. It is attached to this newsletter as: Resource List on Israel/Palestine.pdf.

A CAPPELLA FEST AT GFS, FEB. 2-3 This weekend is the renowned A Cappella Fest at Germantown Friends School, with the first concert tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Ave., Phila., PA 19144. The second concert, which is sold out, will be on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., also at St. Luke’s. The concerts feature a variety of guest choirs and vocal ensembles, including groups from GFS. To get tickets for tonight’s concert, click here. Cost is $19.90.

REMINDERS

NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE The new 2024 Germantown Meeting Directory has been printed, and you can pick one up this Sunday after meeting for worship! A caveat: We know it’s not perfect and that some changes requested by Friends may have been missed. We ask for everyone’s understanding. It’s been quite a process to get the Directory together, and involved a lot of work by many people. (Special thanks to Melissa Elliott, Becky Johnson, Caroline Davidson, Joanne Sharpless and Carla Childs). Our primary goal was to get it printed as soon as possible, since the last Directory was 2019-2020. The Office & Records Committee will be working to streamline the process considerably for future editions, and possibly to add an online version that’s updated in between print editions. Stay tuned. –Moira Duggan, clerk, Office & Records Committee

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

Feb. 11, 18, 25
Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR MARCH &, APRIL! Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

MARCH 3, 17, 24, 31
APRIL 7, 14, 21, 28

To sign up, please see or contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.)

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR AFSC YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM “Emerging Leaders for Libration” is a hands-on learning program for young adults (ages 13-22) with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Applicants must have a relationship with an AFSC program, a Quaker meeting or church, or a Quaker college or organization. The cohort will begin meeting in April,, and applications will close on March 1. Cohort members will be required to complete an action learning project in their communities, such as gentrification, migrant rights, human rights violations in prisons, unequal access to education, institutional racism, and many more. To find out more details and to apply online, click here.

WINTER FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP ONAS, FEB. 10-11 Friends, food, fun, and a fire! Hot chocolate, stories, and games! All families with children in eighth grade and younger are invited to go to a family weekend overnight stay at Camp Onas in Ottsville, PA, on Feb. 10-11. The focus is on sharing meals, intergenerational worship and fun, and getting to know each other. Sleeping space is limited, so register soon. For more details and to register, click here.

SPEND A YEAR WITH QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE! Applications are now open to become a Fellow in Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) for the 2024-2025 cohort. You are eligible if you are a young adult, aged 21-30, who is interested in living in an intentional community, engaging in social justice work with local agencies, and exploring Quaker spirituality. QVS programs are located in four different cities: Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; or Minneapolis, MN. To find out more about the program and to apply online, click here.

PENDLE HILL EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

LECTURE ON RACIAL CHALLENGES TO TODAY’S QUAKERS, FEB. 5 “If Quakers were so active in the Abolitionist movement, then why are there so few African American Quakers today?” is the question to be addressed by Harold (Hal) Weaver this Monday, Feb. 5, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m, .at Pendle Hill. This First Monday Lecture will open Black History Month at the Quaker study and retreat center in Wallingford, PA. Hal Weaver is founding director of the Black Quaker Project and will draw from his experiences in this ministry to suggest a path forward for Quakers in the 21st century. This would emphasize healing historical injustices and responding with anti-violence to an understanding of systemic violence. He will also expand upon knowledge shared by Friends and non-Friends from various ethnic backgrounds, such as African, Asian, European, Latinx, and Middle Eastern. This lecture is free and open to the public. To learn more and register, click here.

PENDLE HILL ART STUDIO REOPENING, FEB. 15 To celebrate the reopening of Pendle Hill’s Art Studio after a long hiatus, there will be an evening of poetry and fellowship on Feb. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Pendle Hill Artist in Residence, Rhetta Morgan. Free, with no registration required. To see a map of the way to get to Pendle Hill, open pendlehill.org and go to the bottom of the page.

DISCUSSION ON MARRIAGE FOR GAY & STRAIGHT COUPLES, FEB. 21 Friends and others are invited to join a reading discussion group of the Pendle Hill Pamphlet #308, “Marriage: A Spiritual Leading for Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Couples.” It will take place by Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is free. Open to everybody, this discussion will also be used as a lead-up to the intergenerational weekend retreat “LGBTQ+ Dreaming Sanctuary., on Feb. 23-25, also at Pendle Hill. See next announcement for details.

LGBTQ+ INTERGENERATIONAL GATHERING, FEB. 23-25 An intergenerational retreat for all ages of LGBTQ+ people will take place on the weekend of Feb. 23-25 at Pendle Hill (address above). People of all spiritual backgrounds are welcomed. High schoolers will have a designated housing area and will meet as a peer group, with additional support throughout the weekend. This retreat is an opportunity to break bread together, recenter and open to the Spirit, create new connections, and celebrate what nourishes us across generations. Costs are subsidized by a grant from the Carpenter Foundation, with funds from Friends General Conference to help people of color with expenses. Capacity is limited and filling fast. For information, click here.

PENDLE HILL CHORUS BEGINS SPRING REHEARSALS, FEB. 28 New members are invited to join the Pendle Hill Chorus for the spring season. The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The spring concert will be May 8, at 8 p.m. The repertoire includes sacred and secular music from all over the world, made accessible to everyone, whether you can read music or not, through audio/visual learning. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to more experienced singers. The director is Jackie Coren, and the manager is Joan Broadfield. For more details, click here.

REMINDERS

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, FEB. 9 Everyone is welcome at the weekly Friday vigil, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

POWER UPDATE

The monthly Live Free meeting will be Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

On Monday, Feb. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a POWER Interfaith Convention, entitled “Roadmap for Justice.” RSVP 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, Jan. 26, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Sometimes … the prayer following meditation leads to an inner silence, a stillness in the depths, which is the peace of God, passing all understanding. It cannot be commanded at will for it is the gift of God, a blessing given only to those who can cease from anxious striving and desiring. Some of us, alas, have known it only on a few occasions, but these are our richest memories, the real grounds for our faith in the reality of the realm of Spirit…. We should always go to meeting expecting this tremendous thing to happen, but never be discouraged if it does not. — Thomas F. Green, 1952.

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Sunday Schedule, Jan. 28, 2024

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Greeter Deborah Cooper

Closer Becky Johnson

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Sam Thacker & Sarah Kaufman

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse, on the side of the burial ground. Older children stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they take part in First Day School. This Sunday, Jan. 28, they will learn about Moses, his birth, and being found floating in a basket by the Pharaoh’s daughter. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

ISRAEL/PALESTINE: DEEPENING OUR UNDERSTANDING, SPEAKERS ON JAN. 27

Jonathan Evans and Melissa Graf-Evans, who have deep experience working in the Middle East, will speak at a Germantown Meeting Forum on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., in our social room. The talk will also be available on Zoom. To attend by Zoom or in person, please email Joanne Sharpless to register. Include in your message your name, email address,and Meeting affiliation. Jonathan and Melissa request that, before attending this forum, you watch the YouTube video of Jim and Deb Fine’s interview at Fallsington Meeting to review the history of Friends in the Middle East (click here). Speakers’ backgrounds: Jonathan served as country representative for Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, and on the Ramallah Friends School (RFS) Board. He has also been advisor to the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Committee on National Legislation. Melissa taught English to fifth graders at RFS. In 2010-2019, they organized and led 10 Westtown School education trips to Israel/Palestine. In their talk, they will share their insights from working for human rights, justice, and peace in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

NEW MEETING DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE The new 2024 Germantown Meeting Directory has been printed, and you can pick one up this Sunday after meeting for worship! A caveat: We know it’s not perfect and that some changes requested by Friends may have been missed. We ask for everyone’s understanding. It’s been quite a process to get the Directory together, and involved a lot of work by many people. (Special thanks to Melissa Elliott, Becky Johnson, Caroline Davidson, Joanne Sharpless and Carla Childs). Our primary goal was to get it printed as soon as possible, since the last Directory was 2019-2020. The Office & Records Committee will be working to streamline the process considerably for future editions, and possibly to add an online version that’s updated in between print editions. Stay tuned. –Moira Duggan, clerk, Office & Records Committee

WEBINAR ON SETTING OUR LOBBYING PRIORITIES FOR FCNL, JAN. 31 It is once again time for Friends meetings and churches to provide input on legislative priorities to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a process that takes place every two years. Germantown Meeting will be participating in this discernment process this spring. At this stage, FCNL is offering a webinar this Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m., for Friends all over the country to learn more, get inspired about working with their Meeting, and find out how their discernment will shape FCNL’s work in coming years. There will be a moderator and three speakers, including Amerlia Kegan, FCNL Associate General Secretary for Policy & Advocacy, and there will be time for questions. Our member Bill Cozzens is a representative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on the FCNL General Committee and can help find answers to any questions you might have. For more information on setting FCNL priorities and to register for the webinar, click here.

HELP GIVE AWAY FOOD THIS SUNDAY After meeting for worship this Sunday, Jan. 28, at approximately 12 noon, join others in helping distribute free food to people in the Germantown community. This is a joint project of our Meeting and The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), directed by our member Jondhi Harrell. The food is provided by TCRC, and we distribute it from tables that are set up on the sidewalk in front of the meetinghouse. Many people find this is a wonderful chance to meet members of our community while working in fellowship with other Meeting members, attenders and people from TCRC. You would be most welcome to join them and your help is needed.

CLOSERS FOR WORSHIP NEEDED Thanks to everyone who has served as a closer in the past. I hope you experienced comfort and peace during our weekly meeting for worship. I am scheduling as many closers as I can in advance. Please take a look and let me know if you are able to close on any of the dates listed below. Thank you for your past and future service. It is much appreciated. Sincerely, Rebecca Hoenig.

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

REMINDERS

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE JAN. 29 Germantown Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications should be completed and returned to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Scholarship Committee, by Monday, Jan. 29. Please deliver these to Faye in person, since the deadline is so close. Get her contact information from the Meeting office at 215-951-2235 or by sending an email message. To obtain the 2024-2025 application & guidelines packet, click here.

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL! Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

FEBRUARY 18, 25
MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
APRIL 7, 14, 21, 28

To sign up, please see or contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.)

NEWS OF FRIENDS

NEW BABY BORN TO SPAETH-VACAS Juan Carlos Vaca-Spaeth was born to our member Elizabeth Spaeth-Vaca and her husband Juan Vaca Baribay on Oct. 31, 2023, in Chicago, IL. He joins his 2-1/2-year-old brother Edmund (Teddy) and is the fourth grandchild of our members Ted and Margie Spaeth.

KAREN LIGHTNER’S BOOK IN ART EXHIBIT An exhibition at University of the Arts, opening tomorrow, Jan. 27, includes a fine art book by our member Karen Lightner, who will be at the opening reception Saturday, taking place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entitled “Books as Life,” the exhibit features books representing the impact of art and creativity as people move through their daily lives. Light refreshments will be served at the reception. Free and open to the public. Guests are required to show identification and sign in with campus security. The exhibit will be held in Gallery 224, University of the Arts, 333 S. Broad St. (between Spruce and Pine Sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19106.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

SERIES BEGINS ON ‘WHY PALESTINE MATTERS,’ FEB. 1 Hosted by the Middle East Collaborative, “Why Palestine Matters” is a six-week online series that begins this Thursday, Feb. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and continues on Thursdays through March. It will present perspectives and histories to put news headlines in a broader context and point out ways to learn more and to be an advocate. To register, click here. The Collaborative is part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

GATHERING ON FRIENDS MEETINGS & SCHOOLS, FEB. 3 This gathering is for Friends involved in the meeting-school care relationship and will have a panel and plenty of time for sharing joys and concerns, ideas and inspiration. It is co-hosted by Friends Council on Education and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and will be held at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, in Philadelphia. It begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration and light refreshments; followed by welcome and opening worship; a panel of school leaders, students, and clerks; small-group discussion of queries; lunch, and an afternoon of small-group work on directions to take. Cost is $30, which covers breakfast and lunch. If you don’t have the money, contact Deborra. To see the day’s schedule and find out more, click here.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is accepting applications for a hands-on learning program, Emerging Leaders for Liberation. Applicants must be 18 to 22 years old as of April 1, 2024, and have a relationship to an AFSC program, a Quaker college or organization, or a Quaker meeting. The cohort will begin meeting in April 2024. Applications close on March 1. Apply by clicking here.

FAMILY OVERNIGHT AT CAMP ONAS, FEB. 10-11 All families with children in the eighth grade and younger are invited to join others at Camp Onas for an overnight event. It will focus on building community, sharing meals, worshiping together intergenerationally, and having fun. Space is limited, so register soon. Cost is $15 per adult and $10 per child. For more information and to register, click here.

REMINDERS

PHILADELPHIA QUARTERLY MEETING ON JAN. 28 Come hear a Quaker planner speak about the Quaker tradition and its current possibilities at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. Karen Lautzenheiser, who has 30 of years experience in corporate communications, will draw from a wide range of Quaker thinkers for her presentation, which will begin at 1 p.m. in the Rufus Jones Room. Everyone is invited to begin the day by joining Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for worship at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch at 12 noon. After Karen gives her talk, there will be a meeting for business at 2:15 p.m., ending with farewells at 4 p.m. Please register by clicking here, where you can also sign-up to bring a potluck dish to share and indicate if you need childcare. Limited onsite parking is available; get a placard at the front desk and place it in your windshield. Paid parking is available in the lot at 15th and Cherry Streets, and a sticker for a partial discount is available at the front desk. Wearing masks is welcome, and social distancing is encouraged.

TAKE ACTION

VIGIL FOR PEACE, JAN. 27 The monthly Vigil for Peace in Chestnut Hill will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location is across from the Saturday Farmers Market, at Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane. Peace flags, large banners, and signs provided. The focus is “The Only Side Is Peace,” calling for a cease-fire in Israel/Palestine and ending the threat of nuclear war there and in the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For information, call organizer Bob Smith, 215-843-4827 or see details by clicking here.

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, JAN. 19 Everyone is welcome at the weekly Friday vigil from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

REMINDER: POWER UPDATE

Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., Climate Justice and Jobs Whole Team Meeting
Additional upcoming events can be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar
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, Jan. 19, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

At one point in my life I became acutely aware of the internal effects of a significant resentment toward another person, generated by a deeply hurtful experience…. One of my spiritual mentors advised me to pray for that person…. She said that I did not even have to mean it but should ask this person be given everything I would hope to have myself for a happy, full life…. I did as instructed. Within two short weeks I found myself softening…. Eventually I was able to feel true compassion for him. It was, for me, a miraculous transformation. This prayer became an indispensable tool in my life and the basis for reconciliation as a spiritual practice. –Connie McPeak Green, 2008

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Sunday Schedule, Jan. 21, 2024

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship

Greeter Bill Cozzens

Closer Lois Volta

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Kate O’Shea & Peter Yeomans

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if you’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse, on the side of the burial ground. Older children stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m., when they take part in First Day School. This Sunday, Jan. 21, the children will continue with the story of Joseph, learning what happened to him after he was sold as a slave in Egypt. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

ISRAEL/PALESTINE: DEEPENING OUR UNDERSTANDING, SPEAKERS ON JAN. 27

Jonathan Evans and Melissa Graf-Evans, who have deep experience working in the Middle East, will speak at a Germantown Meeting Forum on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., in our social room. The talk will also be available on Zoom. To attend by Zoom or in person, please email Joanne Sharpless to register. Include in your message your name, email address,and Meeting affiliation. Jonathan and Melissa request that, before attending this forum, you watch the YouTube video of Jim and Deb Fine’s interview at Fallsington Meeting to review the history of Friends in the Middle East (click here).

Speakers’ background: Jonathan served as country representative for Catholic Relief Services in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, and on the Ramallah Friends School (RFS) Board. He has also been advisor to the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Committee on National Lelgislation. Melissa taught English to fifth graders at RFS. In 2010-2019, they organized and led 10 Westtown School education trips to Israel/Palestine. In their talk, they will share their insights from working for human rights, justice, and peace in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

QVS FELLOWS TO VISIT US SUNDAY, JAN. 21 Let’s give a big welcome to the QVS fellows who will join us for worship this Sunday. These will be our visitors: Kat Kastrong, working at Pendle Hill; Emma Fee, working with ACHIEVability in Philadelphia; and Shay Pilot, working with Fair Hill Burial Ground. Sarah Bluet, a previous fellow who is again living in the QVS house, may join them, as may Rachael Carter, the Philadelphia co-ordinator.

HELP GIVE AWAY FOOD THIS SUNDAY After meeting for worship this Sunday, at approximately 12 noon, join others in helping distribute free food to people in the Germantown community. This is a joint project of our Meeting and The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), directed by our member Jondhi Harrell. The food is provided by TCRC, and we distribute it from tables that are set up on the sidewalk in front of the meetinghouse. Many people find this is a wonderful chance to meet members of our community while working in fellowship with other Meeting members, attenders and people from TCRC. You would be most welcome to join them and your help is needed. Dress warmly.

REFRESHMENT PROVIDERS NEEDED FOR FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL! Many thanks to all who have served us during the past months. You have added so much to the fellowship of our community and visitors! We hope everyone will volunteer for refreshments a couple of Sundays a year. We are in need of refreshment volunteers for:

FEBRUARY 18, 25
MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
APRIL 7, 14, 21, 28

To sign up, please see or contact Becky Johnson, or look for the sign-up sheet in the social room after worship. (Please note: You are welcome to submit your receipts to Melissa Elliott if you would like to be reimbursed for your refreshments purchases. Or, you may count them as a tax deductible contribution to the Meeting by turning in your receipts and getting an acknowledgement letter from Melissa.)

UPDATE: HEARING ON MURDER OF ZACHARIAH JULYE In a hearing this past Wednesday, Judge Charles Ehrlich of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, decided that Nathaniel Dorsey, the defendant accused of murdering Zachariah Julye, will remain in jail pending his trial, scheduled to begin June 3, 2024. His potential release had been of clear concern to Zachariah’s parents, Kent Julye and Tracy Mills. Jury selection for the trial will commence on June 3, with the trial to begin on June 4. The case is expected to go to the jury on or before June 7. The presence of Friends and friends during this first week in June is most important. Twenty-six supporters of the family went to the preliminary hearing on Nov. 21, 2022, and it would be helpful if this level of support could be repeated for the trial phase. Please consider putting these dates on your calendar. Closer to the time, a schedule will be created so someone from Meeting is always present. Kent and Tracy are extremely appreciative of our continued support. —Karen Lightner

REMINDERS

MOTTO CALENDARS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! There are a few Quaker Motto calendars left for sale at $1 apiece. The calendar is small, 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, with a hole for hanging it on the wall. Each month has a number of short, insightful quotations. Although there’s not room for making notes, many people find it a nice daily reminder of what’s important in life. The calendars were developed by the Scattergoods, a local Quaker family, and the calendars have been used and loved by Quakers all over the country for generations. If you would like to pick up one or more calendars, see Moira Duggan during the social hour this morning.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE JAN. 29 Germantown Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications should be completed and returned to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Scholarship Committee, by Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Please send these to Faye through the U.S. Mail. Get her contact information from the Meeting Office (215-951-2235). To obtain the 2024-2025 application & guidelines packet, click here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JAN. 23 The monthly meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group in January will be moved back a week because the leader John Colgan-Davis will be out of town earlier in the month. Participants are asked to finish reading the book 1619, as well as the two articles distributed in December, and to see the film Rustin on Netflix, if you have access to it. The meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. For details about location, contact John Colgan-Davis.

NEWS OF FRIENDS

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JAYSON MASSEY’S MOTHER, JAN. 20 The memorial service for my Jayson Massey’s mother will be held at Germantown Friends Meetinghouse, 47 W Coulter St., on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. To reach him, send an email message.

DEBORAH COOPER TO OFFER MINDFULNESS CLASS Starting Monday, our member Deborah Cooper will lead a five-week Zoom class on Mindfulness, a Buddhist practice to quiet our own minds and bring compassion and peacefulness to our lives and to others. In using mindfulness, one learns to manage the mind, watch one’s thoughts and emotions, and acknowledge one’s own suffering with compassion, while holding the suffering of others with kindness. Deborah Cooper is a licensed counselor in private practice. She has practiced mindfulness and Buddhism for the last 15 years and studied Mindfulness-based stress reduction at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. This series is sponsored by Friends Counseling Service of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It will run every Monday from Jan. 22 through Feb. 26, with no program on Feb. 19. Friends are invited to make a donation, as led and able, to the Arlene Kelly Fund of PYM, which provides operating expenses for the Friends Counseling Service. To find out more and to register, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

REGISTER NOW FOR QUARTERLY MEETING ON JAN. 28 Come hear a Quaker planner speak about the Quaker tradition and its current possibilities at Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., in downtown Philadelphia. Karen Lautzenheiser, who has 30 of years experience in corporate communications, will draw from a wide range of Quaker thinkers for her presentation, which will begin at 1 p.m. in the Rufus Jones Room. Everyone is invited to begin the day by joining Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting for worship at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch at 12 noon. After Karen gives her talk, there will be a meeting for business at 2:15 p.m., ending with farewells at 4 p.m. Please register by clicking here, where you can also sign-up to bring a potluck dish to share and indicate if you need childcare. Limited onsite parking is available; get a placard at the front desk and place it in your windshield. Paid parking is available in the lot at 15th and Cherry Streets, and a sticker for a partial discount is available at the front desk. Wearing masks is welcome, and social distancing is encouraged.

REMINDERS

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR HAVERFORD FELLOWSHIPS Haverford College is accepting applications for its 2024-2025 short-term fellowship programs. The Gest Fellowship in particular provides money for scholars at any stage of their careers to use Haverford Library’s Quaker & Special Collections, which documents history, faith, and practice of the Religious Society of Friends from its founding to the present, including materials on the history of abolition, health and environment, relief work, and much more. Haverford Libraries encourages members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply for these fellowships, as well as members of the dominant culture. Deadline for applications is Feb. 12. To learn more about this and other fellowships, click here.

THREAD GATHERING ON GOVERNANCE & STEWARDSHIP, JAN. 27 This gathering will focus on property and burial ground issues of Quaker Meetings. Workshops will cover: greening our meetings, safety & security, burial grounds maintenance, risk management, planning for future, and steps you can take, from small to large. It will take place at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. To learn more and see the schedule for the day, click here.

TAKE ACTION

POWER UPDATE

Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., Climate Justice and Jobs Whole Team Meeting
Additional upcoming events can be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar
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.

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, JAN. 19 Everyone is welcome at the weekly Friday vigil from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 12, 2024

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

I believe there is something in the mind, or in the heart, that shows its approbation when we do right. I give myself this advice:

Do not fear truth, let it be so contrary to inclination and feeling. Never give up the search after it: and let me take courage,

and try from the bottom of my heart to do that which I believe truth dictates, if it leads me to be a Quaker or not.
~ Elizabeth Fry, 1780-1845

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Sunday Schedule, Jan. 14, 2024

9 a.m. Hybrid Meeting for Business* (In meetinghouse and via Zoom. Use same link as for worship.)

10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)

Closer David Mettler

Greeter Jonathan Busser

11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements

11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Usha & Norris Childs

*AGENDA

Meeting for Business

Query – Faye Steacy, followed by worship
Corrections to Minutes of Dec. 2023 Meeting for Business- Becky Johnson, recording clerk

(Members are respectfully requested to review the minutes and identify any needed corrections BEFORE meeting.)
Worship & Ministry Committee – David Mettler
Care & Visiting Committee – Peter Samuel
Report from Trustees – Bill Stassen
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting – Joanne Sharpless & Karen Lightner

Worship sharing on a set of queries from PQM’s clerk, Steve Elkington
– What would draw you to participate in PQM?
– How can we involve children and families?
– Can we support each other through coordinated intervisitation, especially to
nurture the smaller meetings in the Quarter?
– How can we become a “fellowship forum” to support each other better?
– Should we organize fellowship events such as a poetry evening, a singing fest.
field trips, potluck gatherings, or historic tours?
– Are there projects we could take up together as a band of meetings?
– Can we serve as a “voice for Quakers” regarding Philadelphia’s key social issues?
– Is PQM even needed in today’s fast-paced world?
– If not, should PQM be laid down?

Announcements
– Clerk to attend Friends Schools-Friends Meetings Triad Gathering on 2/3
– Support for Julye/Mills family for court hearing Wed, 1/17, at 10 a.m.
– Steve Chase speaking at CPMM Sunday 1/21 at 1 p.m. on “Seeking Justice on the Holy Land”
– Jonathan Evans & Melissa Graf-Evans speaking at GMM Saturday, 1/27, at 3 p.m.,
on “Israel/Palestine: Deepening our Understanding”

Closing Worship

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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.

Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

· Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish. We have a supply if yo’ve forgotten yours.

· If you have a fever or are feeling unwell, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN This Sunday, Jan. 14, young children will start out with Maalik in the kindergarten at 10:30 a.m. Older children will stay in Meeting until 10:45 a.m., when they will go over to the Sharpless building to work on their Martin Luther King Day project: making hats, scarves, and neck-warmers for people who need warm winter clothes. If any parents want their younger children to be part of this project, you are most welcome to join us. You can come out of Meeting at 10:45 a.m., pick up your children at the kindergarten, and bring them over to the Sharpless building. (You will be needed to stay and help supervise!) We plan to finish and clean up around 11:40 a.m., and will bring the children back to the meetinghouse then. Parents who want to pick up their children before that time should go to the Sharpless Building and call or text one of us to let you in.

Young Friends are strongly encouraged to join in on this project. We could really use your skills!

MEETING NEWS

MLK DAY OF SERVICE AT GERMANTOWN FRIENDS SCHOOL, JAN. 15 Everyone is invited to join students, staff, families, and friends at Germantown Friends School (GFS), Monday, Jan. 15, at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year, the Day of Service honors Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A variety of workshops are led by GFS faculty and students. Please see the choices and sign up online by clicking here, where you can also view the schedule for the day.

SUPPORT KENT JULYE & TRACY MILLS ON JAN. 17 There will be another pre-trial hearing on Jan. 17 for Nathaniel Dorsey, the young man who is accused of killing Zachariah Julye in July 2022. His lawyer is trying to get him released on home arrest. Several members of Germantown Meeting have attended the hearings to support Zachariah’s parents, Kent Julye and Tracy Mills, and it really makes a difference to them. The hearing will be at 10 a.m. in a courtroom on the third floor of the Criminal Justice Center, Filbert St., downtown Philadelphia. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Lightner, and she’ll email the details when she gets them. The last hearing was changed three times and then postponed to Jan. 17. This hearing is reliant on the ballistics report being completed.

Germantown Meeting Forum: Israel/Palestine: Deepening Our Understanding, with Jonathan Evans & Melissa Graf-Evans, Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., in GMM social room. Jonathan Evans and Melissa Graf-Evans moved to Jerusalem in summer 1992 with one child and left five years later with three children. While there, Jonathan served as the Catholic Relief Services Country Representative for Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza. Melissa taught English to fifth graders at Ramallah Friends School. The family attended Ramallah Friends Meeting, where Jonathan served on the Board. Jonathan has since returned to the Middle East on short-term assignments with the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Committee on National Legislation. The two of them organized and led ten annual Westtown School educational trips to Israel/Palestine between 2010 and 2019. They volunteered for two months in early 2022 with the Siraj Center, a Palestinian alternative travel non-profit in Beit Sahour, participated in a 2022 Combatants for Peace trip organized by a rabbi from Mt. Airy and co-led, with Jim and Deb Fine, a March 2023 trip for educators from Quaker schools sponsored by Friends Council on Education. They have also lived and worked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. On Jan. 27, they will share with us some of their insights, gleaned from working for human rights, justice, and peace in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

REMINDERS

A FEW MOTTO CALENDARS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! There are a few Quaker Motto calendars left for sale at $1 apiece. The calendar is small, 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, with a hole for hanging it on the wall. Each month has a number of short, insightful quotations. Although there’s not room for making notes, many people find it a nice daily reminder of what’s important in life. The calendars were developed by the Scattergoods, a local Quaker family, and the calendars have been used and loved by Quakers all over the country for generations. If you would like to pick up one or more calendars, see Moira Duggan during the social hour this morning.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE JAN. 29 Germantown Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications should be completed and returned to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Scholarship Committee, by Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Please send these to Faye through the U.S. Mail. Get her contact information from the Meeting office. To obtain the 2024-2025 application & guidelines packet, click here.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JAN. 23 The monthly meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group in January will be moved back a week because the leader John Colgan-Davis will be out of town earlier in the month. Participants are asked to finish reading the book 1619, as well as the two articles distributed in December, and to see the film Rustin on Netflix, if you have access to it. The meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. For details about location, contact John Colgan-Davis.

HOW OUR CHILDREN HEAR MESSAGES Before our children proceed to First Day School, they are present in meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. The first question students are asked after leaving meeting for worship is, “Who spoke in meeting and what did they say?” This always prompts a discussion: first about who the speaker was, and then about the message. What was it? What was important to the person who spoke? How does it relate to you and the world around you? Our children endeavor to understand the messages, their meaning and their relevance, just as the adults do, and they benefit greatly when there are messages that are appropriate for them and to which they can relate. –from the Worship and Ministry Committee

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

WOOLMAN CENTER TRANSFERS LAND TO LOCAL TRIBE In a move to address the need for reparations, Woolman Center (College Park Friends Educational Association) joyously announces it has entered into escrow with California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) to transition the Woolman property to CHIRP. This is designated for the benefit of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe, on whose ancestral homeland the Woolman property sits. It is expected to take several months to resolve legal contingencies. Members of the Woolman Board are excited about CHIRP’s vision for the Nisenan’s ancestral land, which includes youth programming. More information about this project, including links to background about the Nisenan Tribe, can be found at
https://www.woolman.org.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR HAVERFORD FELLOWSHIPS Haverford College is accepting applications for its 2024-2025 short-term fellowship programs. The Gest Fellowship in particular provides money for scholars at any stage of their careers to use Haverford Library’s Quaker & Special Collections, which documents history, faith, and practice of the Religious Society of Friends from its founding to the present, including materials on the history of abolition, health and environment, relief work, and much more. Haverford Libraries encourages members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply for these fellowships, as well as members of the dominant culture. Deadline for applications is Feb. 12. To learn more about this and other fellowships, click here.

THREAD GATHERING ON GOVERNANCE & STEWARDSHIP, JAN. 27 This gathering will focus on property and burial grounds issues of Quaker Meetings. Workshops will cover: greening our meetings, safety & security, burial grounds maintenance, risk management, planning for future, and steps you can take, from small to large. It will take place at Arch Street Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. To learn more and see the schedule for the day, click here.

TAKE ACTION

UPDATE ON AFSC RESPONSE IN GAZA The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is providing emergency relief to displaced people in the Khan Yunis and Rafah regions of Gaza and has distributed food to more than 13,000 people since October. It has also delivered more than 2,000 hygiene kits and 3,000 liters of drinking water, working with partners on activities for displaced children. In the weeks ahead, these efforts will continue, reaching tens of thousands more people with hot meals, food parcels, water, blankets, and clothing. Kerri Kennedy, associate general secretary for International Programs at the AFSC, urges us all to contact Congress and demand a cease-fire and humanitarian access in Gaza to those who need help. The AFSC gladly accepts donations for its relief efforts in the region by using this link: click here.

DEMONSTRATION AT LOCKHEED MARTIN ON MLK DAY Beginning at noon this Monday, Jan. 15, there will be a Time of Nonviolent Action at Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA. Participants will adhere to the discipline of nonviolence “of fist, tongue, and heart” (Martin Luther King, Jr.). The demonstration will include vigiling with banners and posters, bell-tolling and readings from King at the well-traveled corner of Marne and Goddard Boulevards, in front of Lockheed Martin’s offices, which are behind the King of Prussia Mall. At the end of the service, some participants will take part in nonviolent civil disobedience by crossing onto corporate premises. Lockheed Martin’s war profits are soaring, not coincidentally at the same time the United States is heavily supporting wars in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine. In fact, Lockheed Martin maintains a separate weapons manufacturing division in the state of Israel, the only nuclear armed power in the Middle East and is now starting construction on a large addition to its King of Prussia complex. Since January 1977, the Brandywine Peace Community has honored the birth, life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., by protesting and nonviolently resisting war, racism, and injustice. For more information on the Monday demonstration, click here or call our member, Bob Smith, 215-843-4827.

POWER UPDATE

Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., PGW Just Transition Campaign Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., Climate Justice and Jobs Whole Team Meeting
Additional upcoming events can be found on the POWER Interfaith calendar
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.

REMINDERS

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, JAN. 19 Everyone is welcome at the weekly Friday vigil from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Jan. 5, 2024
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors…. For [God’s] sun rises on the bad and the good, he rains on the just and the unjust. If you love those who love you, what merit is there in that? … And if you greet your brothers [and sisters] only, what is so praiseworthy about that? Do not pagans do as much? In a word, you must be made perfect as your Father is perfect. –Matt. 5:44-48

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Sunday Schedule, Jan. 7, 2024

9 a.m. Adult Class (see below)*
10:30 Hybrid Meeting for Worship (Zoom link below)
Closer Kathy Paulmier
Greeter Anthony Stover
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
11:45 a.m. Refreshments, by Valerie Nehez & Anthony Tyler
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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.
Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish.
If you have a fever or are feeling unwell with a cold, flu, or Covid 19, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.
You are no longer required to sign in when you arrive at meeting for worship.
Vaccinations against Covid are no longer required to attend meeting for worship.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse, on the side of the burial ground. Older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

SEND YOUR CORRECTIONS FOR THE DIRECTORY RIGHT AWAY The Meeting’s long-awaited new Directory will soon go to press. Please review your listing in the draft that was distributed by email from the Office on Dec. 27. Send any last-minute corrections to Moira Duggan rather than to Melissa. This will help streamline our process. Thank you. –Moira Duggan

*THIS SUNDAY: VIDEO OF JIM & DEB FINE ON MIDDLE EAST Adult class this Sunday, Jan. 7, at 9 a.m., will feature a video of Friends Jim and Deb Fine discussing the situation in Israel/Palestine. They worked in the Middle East, Israel, and Palestine for many years as staff members of the American Friends Service Committee. This video was taped on Oct. 11, 2023, at Fallsington Monthly Meeting. It will provide background information for an in-person talk by Jonathan Evans at our adult class, planned for Sunday, Jan. 27. (See next announcement.)

Germantown Meeting Forum

Israel/Palestine: Deepening Our Understanding
Jonathan Evans & Melissa Graf-Evans
Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., in GMM social room

Jonathan Evans and Melissa Graf-Evans moved to Jerusalem in summer 1992 with one child and left five years later with three children. While there, Jonathan served as the Catholic Relief Services Country Representative for Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza, and Melissa taught English to fifth graders at Ramallah Friends School. The family attended Ramallah Friends Meeting, and Jonathan served on the Board of Ramallah Friends School. Jonathan has since returned to the Middle East on short-term assignments with the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Committee on National Legislation. The two of them organized and led ten annual Westtown School educational trips to Israel/Palestine between 2010 and 2019. They volunteered for two months in early 2022 with the Siraj Center, which is a Palestinian alternative travel non-profit in Beit Sahour, participated in a Combatants for Peace trip in October 2022, organized by a rabbi from Mt. Airy and co-led with Jim and Deb Fine, a March 2023 trip for educators from Quaker schools, sponsored by Friends Council on Education. They have also lived and worked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. On Jan. 27, they will share with us some of their insights, gleaned from working for human rights, justice, and peace in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

REMINDERS

MOTTO CALENDARS AVAILABLE NOW! If you would like to send Quaker Motto Calendars to friends or family members, there is a supply available in our Meeting Office for $1 per copy. The calendar is small, 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, with a small hole for hanging it on the wall. Each month has a number of short, insightful quotations. Although there is not room for making notes, many people find it a nice daily reminder of what’s important in life. The calendars were developed by the Scattergoods, a local Quaker family, and the calendars have been used and loved by Quakers all over the country for generations. If you would like to pick up one or more calendars, speak to Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, on Sundays, or call her at 215-951-2235 to make sure she is in the office before you drop by.

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JAN. 23 The monthly meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group in January will be moved back a week because the leader John Colgan-Davis will be out of town earlier in the month. Participants are asked to finish reading the book 1619, as well as the two articles distributed in December, and to see the film Rustin on Netflix if you have access to it. The meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. For details about location, contact John Colgan-Davis.

HOW OUR CHILDREN HEAR MESSAGES Before our children proceed to First Day School, they are present in meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. The first question students are asked after leaving meeting for worship is, “Who spoke in meeting and what did they say?” This always prompts a discussion: first about who the speaker was, and then about the message. What was it? What was important to the person who spoke? How does it relate to you and the world around you? Our children endeavor to understand the messages, their meaning and their relevance, just as the adults do, and they benefit greatly when there are messages that are appropriate for them and to which they can relate. –from the Worship and Ministry Committee

TIME TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS Germantown Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications should be completed and returned to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Scholarship Committee, by Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Please send these to Faye through the U.S. Mail. Get her contact information from the Meeting Office at 215-951-2235 or gmm@germantownfriends.org. To open the 2024-2025 application & guidelines packet, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

QUAKER DISCUSSION GROUP BEGINS, JAN. 8 How do we Friends minister, steward, and witness? These are our three jobs when we follow the Quaker path, says Nadine Hoover, leader of “Walking in the World as a Friend: Essential Quaker Practices.” This free discussion group meets monthly, opening with worship and a message from Nadine’s book by the same name as the group. This is followed by worship sharing, discussion, questions, reflections, and implications for each person. Practice to be used in between discussions are journaling, working with a spiritual companion, and scripture study. The book may be purchased or an online version used for free. To register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

REMINDERS

POWER CITY-WIDE MEETING, JAN. 7, at 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 21st and Chestnut Streets. 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.

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, JAN. 12 You are invited to a weekly Friday vigil from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. This will continue every Friday at the same time until the senator publicly supports an immediate, permanent cease-fire in Gaza in accordance with U.S. House Resolution 786. The vigil is rooted in traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 29, 2023

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Perhaps it is this integrity — the concept of the wholeness of creation — that will jolt humanity onto a course of sustainability, often uncomfortable, but change is a must. We need to nurture ourselves and each other, but ultimately we need to nurture the earth — our mother. –Josephine Vallentine, 1991
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Sunday Schedule, Dec. 31, 2023

10:30 a.m. Two separate meetings: In person at the meetinghouse in front of the fireplace, and online. (Zoom link below)
Closer Faye Steacy online and Melissa Elliott in-person
Greeter Karen Lightner
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12 noon Refreshments, by Joanne & Tom Sharpless
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This Sunday, Dec. 31, we will have separate meetings for worship: One in person, in front of the fireplace in the social room of the meetinghouse, and one online by Zoom (use the below link).

Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.
Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish.
If you have a fever or are feeling unwell with a cold, flu, or Covid 19, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.
You are no longer required to sign in when you arrive at meeting for worship.
Vaccinations against Covid are no longer required to attend meeting for worship.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse, on the side of the burial ground. Older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

VIDEO OF JIM & DEB FINE ON MIDDLE EAST, JAN. 7 Adult class on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 9 a.m., will feature a video on Friends Jim and Deb Fine in our committee room, discussing the current situation in Israel/Palestine. They worked in the Middle East, Israel, and Palestine for many years as staff members of the American Friends Service Committee. This video was taped on Oct. 11 this year at Fallsington Monthly Meeting. It will provide background information for an in-person talk by Jonathan Evans, planned for later in January .

LAST THREE DAYS TO DONATE BEFORE END OF CALENDAR YEAR! Friends, we are at the end of the calendar year. For those who itemize deductions, now is the time to contribute to Germantown Meeting. Checks dated this year and online contributions made before midnight Sunday will count. To get your donation in the Meeting quickly, drop it in the locked donation box in the social room of the meetinghouse, donate online at pym.org (click on “Donate,” and scroll down to designate it for Germantown Meeting), or date your check before Dec. 31 and pop it in the mail. We do not pass a contribution plate in meeting for worship, and we send out only two mailings a year. Funds are needed to heat and maintain the meetinghouse, run the Meeting office, pay our covenants to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, support Friends’ children in Friends Schools, and all our other programs. Financial support is an integral part of membership in the Meeting, and raising the necessary funds is the collective and individual responsibility of the membership. Please donate as generously as you can at this time. –Jonathan Rhoads, clerk, Fundraising Committee

ANTI-RACISM DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET JAN. 23 The monthly meeting of the Anti-Racism Discussion Group in January will be moved back a week because the leader John Colgan-Davis will be out of town earlier in the month. Participants are asked to finish reading the book 1619, as well as the two articles distributed in December, and to see the film Rustin on Netflix if you have access to it. The meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. For details about location, contact John Colgan-Davis.

REMINDERS

MOTTO CALENDARS AVAILABLE NOW! If you would like to send Quaker Motto Calendars to friends or family members, there is a supply available in our Meeting Office for $1 per copy. The calendar is small, 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, with a small hole for hanging it on the wall. Each month has a number of short, insightful quotations. Although there is not room for making notes, many people find it a nice daily reminder of what’s important in life. The calendars were developed by the Scattergoods, a local Quaker family, and the calendars have been used and loved by Quakers all over the country for generations. Here’s a sample quote for January: “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending,” by Carl Bard. If you would like to pick up one or more calendars, speak to Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, on Sundays, or call her at 215-951-2235 to make sure she is in the office before you drop by.

HOW OUR CHILDREN HEAR MESSAGES Before our children proceed to First Day School, they are present in meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. The first question students are asked after leaving meeting for worship is, “Who spoke in meeting and what did they say?” This always prompts a discussion: first about who the speaker was, and then about the message. What was it? What was important to the person who spoke? How does it relate to you and the world around you? Our children endeavor to understand the messages, their meaning and their relevance, just as the adults do, and they benefit greatly when there are messages that are appropriate for them and to which they can relate. –from the Worship and Ministry Committee

TIME TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS Germantown Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications should be completed and returned to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Scholarship Committee, by Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Please send these to Faye through the U.S. Mail. Get her contact information by email from the Meeting Office or at 215-951-2235. To open the 2024-2025 application & guidelines packet, click here.

QUAKER NEWS & EVENTS

QUAKER DISCUSSION GROUP BEGINS, JAN. 8 How do we Friends minister, steward, and witness? These are our three jobs when we follow the Quaker path, says Nadine Hoover, leader of “Walking in the World as a Friend: Essential Quaker Practices.” This free discussion group meets monthly, opening with worship and a message from Nadine’s book by the same name as the group. This is followed by worship sharing, discussion, questions, reflections, and implications for each person. Practice to be used in between discussions are journaling, working with a spiritual companion, and scripture study. The book may be purchased or an online version used for free. To register, click here.

TAKE ACTION

REACH-OUT FOR PEACE & DEFUSE NUCLEAR WAR, DEC. 30 In this time of war, as the threat of nuclear war looms like no other time in decades, it is more important than ever to convey the message to the public that peace is truly a choice. How do we reach such a lofty ideal? With negotiation and a cease-fire, and by worldwide defusing of nuclear arsenals. And by believing it is possible and acting like it is. On Saturday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you are invited to lend your voice and presence to a “Reach-Out for Peace” at the corner of Germantown Ave. and Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill, across from the Peace Park. Flags, large banners, and signs will be provided. Come, join like-minded people to reach out to others in care and concern and say these things that need to be said. Bring a folding chair if you wish to sit. For questions or more information, call Bob Smith, director of the Brandywine Peace Community, at 215-843-4827.

POWER UPDATE

The quarterly Philly Friends in POWER meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7pm. Zoom information.

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.

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, JAN. 5 You are invited to a weekly Friday vigil from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. This will continue every Friday at the same time until the senator publicly supports an immediate, permanent cease-fire in Gaza in accordance with U.S. House Resolution 786. The vigil is rooted in the traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (click here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (the U.S. Customs building).

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Friday Bee (Bulletin), Germantown Monthly Meeting, Dec. 22, 2023

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Message from Ramallah Friends School & Meeting

A touching musical message was the response from Ramallah Friends School to a letter from Plymouth Monthly Meeting conveying love and concern for all the people of Palestine and Israel. Set to the tune of “The Little Drummer Boy,” the students pictured above sing their own words. To listen to the choir, click here (and ignore the YouTube ads). Their written message says, “May our shared prayers echo for peace and justice, weaving a tapestry of hope that goes beyond borders, embracing the shared humanity we all hold dear.” (from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’sWeekly News & Events)
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and, in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
–Luke 1:78-79, Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version

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Sunday Schedule, Dec. 24, 2023

10:30 a.m. Hybrid meeting for worship. Zoom link below.
Closer TBA
Greeter Joanne Sharpless
11:30 a.m. Introductions & Announcements
12 noon Refreshments, by Jillian Galle & Aaron Wunsch
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Please maintain silence as you enter the Zoom meeting or the meetinghouse so Friends may center and settle into worship. At the rise of worship we will have introductions and announcements.
Our current covid-19 safety measures for the meetinghouse are as follows:

Masks are optional. Feel free to wear one if you wish.
If you have a fever or are feeling unwell with a cold, flu, or Covid 19, please stay home and join our worship on Zoom.
You are no longer required to sign in when you arrive at meeting for worship.
Vaccinations against Covid are no longer required to attend meeting for worship.

FIRST DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS & CHILD CARE CHILDREN Child Care starts at 10:30 a.m. in the kindergarten building, across the driveway from the meetinghouse, on the side of the burial ground. Older children will stay in meeting for worship with their parents until 10:50 a.m. This Sunday, Dec. 24, Joanne Sharpless will stand up at 10:50 to take the older children out of meeting. Please contact Carla Childs, if you have any questions. (Children of any age are always welcome to join their parents in meeting for worship.)

MEETING NEWS

FROM THE FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE As we approach the end of the calendar year, your Fundraising Committee wants to remind members and attenders of the need to support Germantown Meeting financially. We do not pass a contribution plate in meeting for worship, and we send out only two mailings a year. Funds are required to heat and maintain the meetinghouse, run the Meeting office, pay our covenants to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting, support Friends children in Friends Schools, and all of our other programs. Financial support is an integral part of membership in the Meeting, and raising the necessary funds is the collective and individual responsibility of the membership. Please donate as generously as you can at this time. –Jonathan Rhoads, clerk, Fundraising Committee

THANK YOU FROM KELLY SCHOOL LIBRARY In these days of troubling news, the Meeting received a heartening message this week from Corinne Brady, program coordinator of library volunteers at Kelly Elementary School. Germantown Meeting sent a donation to Kelly School Library, as we have done for many years. Here is an excerpt from her thank-you note, which lets us know how our donation will be used: “… your $500 donation check has arrived…. I’m so grateful for this donation and for your persistence in getting it to us. We most likely will be putting the funds toward a second table and four chairs set in a section of the library designated for students’ research, quiet study, and make-up test-taking. We so appreciate your continuing to think of us.”

MOTTO CALENDARS AVAILABLE NOW! If you would like to send Quaker Motto Calendars to friends or family members, there is a supply available in our Meeting Office for $1 per copy. The calendar is small, 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, with a small hole for hanging it on the wall. Envelopes are available for mailing. Each month has a number of short, insightful quotations at the top to hearten the soul. Although there is not room for making notes on the calendar, many people find it a nice daily reminder of what’s important in life. The calendars were developed by the Scattergoods, a local Quaker family, and the calendars have been used and loved by Quakers all over the country for generations. Here’s a sample quote for January: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step,” by Martin Luther King, Jr. If you would like to pick up one or more calendars, speak to Melissa Elliott, Meeting secretary, on Sundays, or call her at 215-951-2235 to make sure she is in the office before you drop by. (She is working part-time this coming week.)

REMINDERS

HOW OUR CHILDREN HEAR MESSAGES Before our children proceed to First Day School, they are present in meeting for worship for the first 20 minutes. The first question students are asked after leaving meeting for worship is, “Who spoke in meeting and what did they say?” This always prompts a discussion: first about who the speaker was, and then about the message. What was it? What was important to the person who spoke? How does it relate to you and the world around you? Our children endeavor to understand the messages, their meaning and their relevance, just as the adults do, and they benefit greatly when there are messages that are appropriate for them and to which they can relate. –from the Worship and Ministry Committee

TIME TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS Germantown Meeting members who have children in Friends Schools may apply for tuition assistance from the Meeting for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications should be completed and returned to Faye Steacy, clerk of our Scholarship Committee, by Monday, Jan. 29, 2024. Please send these to Faye through the U.S. Mail. Get her contact information from the Meeting Office at 215-951-2235. To open the 2024-2025 application & guidelines packet, click here.

TAKE ACTION

FRIDAYS AT FETTERMAN’S VIGIL FOR PEACE, DEC. 29 You are invited to a weekly Friday vigil from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in front of Sen. John Fetterman’s office, calling on him to support an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. This will continue every Friday at the same time until the senator publicly supports an immediate, permanent cease-fire in Gaza in accordance with U.S. House Resolution 786. The vigil is rooted in the traditions of radical nonviolence, and vigil participants are expected to refrain from violent actions, words, or messages, either verbally or on signs and banners. These vigils are endorsed by the Brandywine Peace Community The Simple Way, and the American Friends Service Committee, which is making posters available for downloading from its website (clicREk here). Senator Fetterman’s office is at 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, which is the U.S. Customs building.

REMINDERS

FIVE WAYS TO HELP THE HOMELESS Thousands of people in Philadelphia are homeless, and hundreds are without shelter. In Philadelphia, people die every year from exposure to cold. Although this is a relentless, hard-to-get-rid-of problem, there are concrete things you can do to help, from giving money to giving clothing and everyday necessities, to working in soup kitchens. One especially effective approach is to get to know homeless people personally and find out what kind of help they want. Maybe it’s a hot meal or a pair of warm gloves or socks. Maybe it’s access to community services. To find out more ways to really help people–and things you can do that fit your beliefs and capacities, click here to read an article from a WHYY podcast and Temple University’s Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting.

POWER UPDATE

The quarterly Philly Friends in POWER meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7pm. Zoom information.

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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