Meeting Schedule

Meetings for Worship:
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (September through June); 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (July and August).

Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business: September through June - First Sunday of the month at 1 p.m.  The July/August meeting for 2013 was held on July 21st.

See bottom of page for address and directions.

APRIL 6 at Stony Run:

9:00 am      Library Committee Work Session, in the Library
9:15 am      Child care, until 12:15, in the Roberts Room
9:30 am      Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
10:30 am    Juice and time to visit, in the Library
10:35 am    Hymn singing, in the Meeting Room
11:00 am    Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
11:20 am    First Day School Classes
12:00 pm    Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
1:00 pm      Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, in the Meeting Room
7:00 pm      Working Group on Racism, in the Dining Room

Using Our Website

Please look over our website. We've added a login feature which will allow us to post information available only to authorized users. We invite Stony Run members and attenders to register on the site. Here's how:

  1. Fill out and submit the username / password request form.
  2. Within a few days the (volunteer) website administrator will create an account for you. You will receive an email with your username and password.

You'll then be able to log into the site and view, among other things, the online directory of names, addresses, and phone numbers! If you have any troubles with the registration process, please email webmaster@stonyrunfriends.org.

Hey teenagers!

The high-school aged people at Stony Run are called "Young Friends". They typically meet on Sunday mornings from 11:00 to noon, but their schedule is dynamic. So to keep up with their activities please see their Facebook group for the latest information.

 


The library committee has given us a catalog of all their books so we can search for things! Take a look at the library page for more details. This was updated Sept. 2013.

Proposal from BYM Fundraising Working Group of Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Friends, Stony Run February 11, 2013:

Creation of a “BYM fundraising Working Group” (FWG) was approved at the September 9, 2012 Monthly Meeting “to examine the issue of cost of BYM’s fundraising as compared to the contributions income and to bring a report with recommended Stony Run Meeting’s response to this issue.” The FWG reviewed published material from Baltimore Year Meeting and drew from personal knowledge of BYM of FWG members. Click here to review the FWG's conclusions, completed in February 2013, accompanied by a proposed letter to be sent to BYM (you need to log in to the site for the link to work). An independent report of BYM's fundraising, called "The Colson Report", is also provided. Friends are invited to review these documents, which will be considered at Meeting for Worship With A Concern for Business on Sunday, March 3 at 1pm.


 

                        Food for Thought

“Vocal ministry should not be lightly undertaken.  It is not the utterance of careless surface thoughts that flit through the mind, not even the sharing of merely intellectual level of riches won from reading and reflection; it is the offering of experience won in thought and in life which through prayer and obedience has led to a deeper vision of God..."

London Yearly Meeting’s Church Government

Although Quaker homes of two or three hundred years ago had no paintings on the walls and although tunes were rarely sung and there was no dancing, life was not dull…When people seek simplicity for its own sake, it becomes severity and leads to dull, ugly lives.  But simplicity, beauty, and happiness go together if they are a by-product of a concern for something more important than ourselves.
Elise Boulding, in My Part in the Quaker Adventure

What's New at Stony Run

DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY

Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business:  Attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to come and learn more about Friends’ decision-making process.  Childcare will be provided.

The Baltimore-Area Working Group on Racism meets to consider issues around racial justice, share personal experiences, and plan and host special events.  All are welcome to attend.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, April 10, noon:  Quaker Lunch at Broadmead.   We gather on the second Thursday of the month for lunch with Friends living at Broadmead.  Call Bob & Susie Fetter (443-578-8228) or Donna Smith (443-578-8206) by Tuesday to make your reservation.  The cost is $7 per person.

Friday, April 11, to Sunday, April 13:  Men’s Retreat at Camp Catoctin in Thurmont.  Men from across BYM are invited to register and gather at Catoctin for dinner on sixth day through lunch on first day, or any portion thereof.  Please register ASAP with John Baer to allow for meal planning.

Sunday, April 13, 8:30 am:  Meeting for Worship for Healing is held on the first Thursday and again on the second First Day of the month and is open to all.  Give the names of those who would like to be held in the light to Suzanne O'Hatnick or Dellie James.  More information is available on the hall table (lilac paper).

Sunday, April 13, 9:15 am:  Viewing and discussion of a Fireside Chat video with John and Ann Michener.  This 2004 video is one of a series, intended to be shown from time to time to help keep us in touch with our Meeting community and its history.  [Coffee/tea and bagels at 9 am]

Sunday, April 13, 11 am:  Little Meeting helps children acclimate to Meeting for Worship, with ideas and practices for settling into the silence.  It’s held once or twice a month; other weeks, the children can practice what they’re learning when they attend Meeting for Worship with their families before First Day School classes begin at 11:20.  For more information, contact Amy Rakusin.

Tuesday, April 15:  Registration deadline for Spiritual Formation retreat May 9 – 11.  See the April Newsletter for details; brochures are on the hall table.

Saturday, April 26, 7 pm:  DanceFree!  Safe, low-cost fun for all ages.  See the April Newsletter; flyers are on the hall table.

Sunday, April 27, 9:15 am:  Perspectives on Meeting for Worship, presented by the Working Group on Newcomers and Welcoming.  A three-person panel will discuss topics such as ways of centering, what members and attenders hear in worship, and how the experience of worship affects what they do in the world.  We expect many questions and a lively discussion. [Coffee/tea and bagels at 9 am]

Sunday, April 27, noon:  CSS invites everyone to enjoy special desserts following Simple Lunch as we gather to honor Stony Run employees.

Sunday, April 27, 1 pm:  An “on the ground” report about AFSC’s unique work in North Korea today.  The American Friends Service Committee began engaging with the DPRK more than 30 years ago. Today, AFSC works with a number of cooperative farms, the Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and an agricultural university to improve rice yield and food productivity through more sustainable agricultural methods.  Sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Children’s Ushers needed for First Day School this spring:  The Religious Education Committee is seeking volunteers to provide support for the FDS classrooms.  For more information, contact Libby Austin.

Friends Burial Ground Committee is double-checking its records, preparing to load data into their new computer program.  Anyone with a Deed of Ownership for a plot at Friends Burial Ground is asked to contact the committee clerk (Alison Webb Schweiger) so the committee can cross-reference the information and scan your document.

Do you love to grow food and flowers?  Our Friends Community Garden is planning soon for the coming growing season (our 6th!)   Your time and interest will be much appreciated.   If this calls to you, let Diane Proctor know.

Please check the lost-and-found corner, just outside Room 214 (near the office).  Our lost-and-found stash has warm scarves, hats and jackets, jewelry, a water bottle, a game component (we think), and more.  Items not claimed TODAY will be donated.

Non-perishable food is needed for the CARES food pantry; some non-food items are also needed (bar soap, dishwashing liquid, toothbrushes & toothpaste, toilet paper, sanitary pads, baby wipes, disposable diapers) .  Please bring your food and non-food donations to the meetinghouse, and volunteers will deliver them to CARES.

March and April donations to the Social Order Box support Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT), which provides comprehensive mental health care and social services to survivors of torture and war trauma, as well as educating the local, national and world community and advocating on behalf of torture survivors.  The Social Order box stands in the hallway, to the left of the Library entrance.  Please consider making a monthly contribution to the S.O. box.

FROM THE OFFICE

Office hours:  Monday through Thursday, the meetinghouse office is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  On Fridays, the office is open from 8:30 to 11:30 am.

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.

First Day silent announcements:  Items are due by noon on the preceding Thursday.
Newsletter deadline for the May issue:  Reports, articles and news items are due by April 10.