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DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting’s spring gathering is today at Homewood Meeting, and flyers (pink paper) with the QM agenda are on the hall table. Please hold Chesapeake QM Friends in the light.
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).
First Day Forum today is a discussion of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Whether or not you’ve read this book, come and learn about what it tells us. A one-page synopsis of a relevant article is on the hall table near the three-panel display.
Thursday, March 13, 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.
Sunday, March 16, noon: FDS Teacher Table Talk. Join the Religious Education Committee and other First Day School teachers at Simple Lunch on the third First Day of the month to discuss issues concerning First Day School.
Sunday, March 16, 1 pm: FCNL priorities for lobbying the 114th Congress. Please share your thoughts about how the Friends Committee on National Legislation should focus its lobbying work on Capitol Hill. [Please note that this is a different date from what was originally announced.]
Sunday, March 23, 9:15 am: Open forum with the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee. This is an opportunity for Friends to discuss their own areas of interest and for the committee to present several projects currently underway, plus related opportunities for participation and engagement.
Sunday, March 30, 9 am: All-Meeting Breakfast! Community, Care, and Clearness (CCC) Committee provides the food, and you provide the company. Part way through our breakfast, we’ll hear brief talks from a few members about their decision to join Stony Run Friends. This is a fun community occasion, and we encourage everyone to pack the dining room. Please come!
Friday, April 11, to Sunday, April 13: Men’s Retreat at Camp Catoctin in Thurmont. Men from throughout BYM are invited to register and gather at Catoctin for dinner sixth day through lunch first day, or any portion thereof. See the March Newsletter for details.
Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee asks that you contact your State Senator and three Delegates to support these bills: SB0861 and HB0787 are identical Senate and House of Delegates bills for a study of the use of segregation (what most of us would call solitary confinement) in Maryland prisons. HB027 would ban prison staff from shackling women prisoners during labor, delivery and post-delivery recovery. More information is on the hall table. You can simultaneously contact all four of your Maryland State legislators via http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frm1st.aspx?tab=home. Scroll down and click on Voice My Opinion, enter your street address and zip code, and type your message.
Non-perishable food is needed for the CARES food pantry, and 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.
Winter Weather: Friends School provides us with snow and ice clearing services, so when the school is opening late or is closed due to bad weather, the Meeting office follows suit. Any delay or closing announcements will be at www.friendsbalt.org.
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 April issue: Reports, articles and news are due by tomorrow (3/10)!