DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Little Meeting helps children acclimate to Meeting for Worship with ideas and practices for settling into the silence. It’s held on two or three First Days each 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.
The first of three monthly Quaker parenting discussions will be held in the Library. See the pink flyer on the hall table for details.
Sunday, February 1, 1 pm: Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business is held on the first First Day of the month. Attenders who are considering membership are encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care is provided.
Sunday, February 1, 6 pm: Souper/Super Bowl Fundraising for CARES Food Pantry. Each year we use the Super Bowl to raise funds for the CARES food pantry, making monetary contributions in addition to the foodstuffs we donate all year long. There are several ways to participate:
• Make a contribution while you are at the meetinghouse on First Day morning.
• Come to a fundraising party during the game, bringing a contribution for CARES and a dish to share with others gathered in Alice Cherbonnier’s new home.
• Mail a contribution for CARES to the meetinghouse.
Checks should be made payable to Stony Run Friends, with CARES on the memo line.
Monday, February 2, Noon to 1:30 pm: Militarism Hits Home. Maggie O’Donnell of FCNL will speak at the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council’s brown bag lunch, at Stony Run this month, focusing on FCNL’s efforts to de-militarize the police. Everyone is welcome.
Thursday, February 5 & Sunday, February 8, 9:30 am: Meeting for Worship for Healing is held on the first Thursday and again on the second First Day of the month. If you cannot be present, give the names of those who would like to be held in the light to Dellie James or Suzanne O'Hatnick. See the lilac-colored flyer on the hall table for more information.
Sunday, February 8, 9:15 am: First Day Forum for Newcomers to share their experiences of becoming involved in the life of the Meeting. Newcomers, attenders, members – all are welcome. Sponsored by the Working Group on Newcomers and Welcoming (WGNW).
Sunday, February 8, 1:15 pm: Tour of the Gibson Museum at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, led by Betsy Forbush. See page 3 of the January Newsletter, or the blue flyer on the hall table, for information. The tour group size is limited, so reservations (contact the Meeting office) are recommended.
Saturday, February 28: @Quakers – Make Stony Run Millennial and #TechFriendly. BYM is sponsoring a day-long workshop at Langley Hill Meeting. Participants will learn how to make their Meeting websites more effective for outreach and use social media to help Millennials find us. No technical skills required. For the workshop outline, visit www.LangleyHillQuakers.org. Register by February 14 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BYM Summer Camp Scholarships: Copies of the form to apply for a scholarship from Stony Run to attend BYM summer camp are available on the hall table (yellow paper). Completed forms are due to the Religious Education Committee by February 13.
Parents with children at Friends School of Baltimore: DEADLINES! Applicants for Supplemental Scholarships from Stony Run must notify Arthur Boyd by January 23 of their intent to apply. Paper applications (forms are on the hall table) are due in the Stony Run office by February 27, along with the award letter from Friends School. A supplemental scholarship from Stony Run would be in addition to whatever amount was awarded by the school.
Weekly gentle/beginner Yoga classes (though all levels of experience are welcome) are held Monday mornings from 10 to 11:15 in the meeting room. The only cost is a suggested donation to Stony Run of $5 per week. Please bring your own mat. Contact Martha McLaughlin with any questions.
Children’s Ushers are needed to provide additional support to teachers and students by directing new students to the appropriate class, circulating through classrooms, and aiding instructors as needed. Please sign up for one or more dates at the bulletin board by the office. Contact Rebecca Snyder for more information.
The Working Group on Unaccompanied Children from Central America has identified three ways to help the children: winter clothes, funding for an ESL teacher, and volunteering with ESL classes. For more information see the goldenrod flyer in the hallway.
Social Order Box: Donations during January and February support the Assistance Fund at Friends House, a Quaker retirement community located in Sandy Spring and under the care of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. The Assistance Fund helps low income residents with uninsured expenses, such as eyeglasses. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway, to the left of the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
A few of the simple, beautiful 2015 Scull calendars are still available on the hallway table downstairs. The price is now reduced to $3.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and on Friday 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 for the weekly silent announcements are due by noon on the preceding Thursday.
Newsletter deadline for the March issue: Reports, articles and news items are due by February 10.