Saturday, May 30, 9 am to noon: A rally/march/picnic to keep Cove Point Dominion-free. This six mile walk will begin with a rally on the Solomons Island boardwalk, stop at Patuxent Monthly Meeting for refreshments, and then continue to Cove Point Park for the picnic. Walkers who want a shorter distance can do just the first or second leg of the march. See the flyer on the hall table or call Karie Firoozmand. Participants are encouraged to car-pool from Baltimore.
Sunday, May 31, 9 am: The Working Group on Racism welcomes Mohammad Taghi Arefnia, speaking on “How does the current mental health community acknowledge race?” See the half-page flyer and NYT article on the hall table.
Sunday, May 31, at 11 am: At our beautiful 301-year-old Friends Burial Ground – Worship for all ages (for 45 minutes, with volunteers available to care for babies and toddlers), pot-luck lunch and ivy-pulling. [At Stony Run that day, child care for ages 6 and younger will be provided during worship, and we will have simple lunch, but there will be no First Day School.] The Burial Ground is at 2506 Harford Road, just north of 25th Street; look for the tall, dark stone wall on the west side of Harford Road, with iron gates at the driveway. Please park on the street unless you need handicapped parking.
Sunday, June 7, 9 am: Discussion and discernment on living in right relation to creation, in response to Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s request that local meetings undertake discernment on climate change, environmental degradation and resource depletion. More information is on the hall table.
Sunday, June 7, at noon: First Day School’s end-of-year pot-luck picnic, sponsored by the Religious Education Committee. Bring blankets to spread on the lawn!
Sunday, June 14: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, at Little Falls. A flyer on the hall table has details.
Friday to Sunday, September 25–27: Camping Weekend. Plan now to attend all or part of Stony Run’s annual camping weekend at Catoctin Quaker Camp in Thurmont. See the May Newsletter for more information or contact Blaine Keener.
First Day School summer assemblies (instead of age-based FDS classes) begin June 14, and more volunteers are needed. The theme this year is Listening— to ourselves, each other, nature and everything else. No experience is required to lead an assembly, and the Religious Education Committee will gladly help you plan a class if that would be helpful. Don’t pass up this opportunity to give back to the Meeting, to get to know our younger friends and share with them. You can sign up just outside the office or contact Rebecca Snyder or Marcie Brennan for more information.
Do you live near Union Memorial or Good Samaritan Hospital? Could you rent a room to a Nepalese physician beginning his residency training here in Baltimore? We’ve been contacted by a member of Blacksburg Monthly Meeting, who will be in the same residency group here in Baltimore, asking for our assistance. Contact the office if you might be able to help.
Friends Peace Teams in Nepal: When the huge quake struck on April 25, Friends Peace Teams’ Asia West Pacific Initiative already had a team in Kathmandu, conducting AVP (Alternatives to Violence Program) training. Our Friends are OK, but since that first quake they have been busy helping survivors, providing families with relief packs that include food, cooking oil, a mosquito net, detergent soap, and bathing soap. If you would like to help, please send checks directly to Friends Peace Teams, 1001 Park Ave, St Louis MO 63104, with Nepal relief on the memo line. Stony Run is an annual contributor to Friends Peace Teams.
Stony Run Committees: Will your committee have a new clerk or co-clerks going forward? If so, please notify the office!
Stony Run’s contributions are very important to the CARES food pantry. Please consider donating nonperishable food this week and every week. Donations may be left in the upstairs hallway or downstairs next to the rear staircase.
Social Order Box: Donations during May will help pay the funeral expenses for Freddie Gray. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway, next to the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The office is usually open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 am. The office will be closed on Monday, May 25.
Meeting Coordinator’s schedule: Adrian Bishop’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday, but his hours vary to allow for evening meetings and weekend events. He is in the office as much as possible on Mondays and Wednesdays so that Friends can drop in as needed, but appointments are helpful. Adrian is out of town, through and including Tuesday, May 26.
First Day silent announcements for May 31: items are due by noon on the preceding Thursday.
Newsletter deadline for the combined July/August issue: Reports, articles and news are due to the office by Monday, June 22. The July/August Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be held on July 19.