DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
All-Meeting Budget Discussion will lay the groundwork for a plan to achieve a balanced budget by 2020. The Financial Soundness Working Group recommended that this discussion be held, and the Meeting approved that plan. [After the All-Meeting Budget Discussion, planting will continue in our rain garden if the work was not completed on Saturday.]
Sunday, May 29, at 11 am: Meeting for Worship at the Burial Ground, followed by a potluck picnic. This outdoor Meeting for Worship is in addition to our regularly scheduled worship at the meetinghouse, and it will not be held in the event of rain. Everyone is invited. Please park on Harford Road and leave the limited parking area inside for Friends with mobility issues.
Saturday, June 11, at 7:30 pm: Ramadan program and dinner with members of the Turkish American Friendship Association, hosted by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee. Friends are invited to bring vegetarian dishes to share; our guests will bring traditional foods for breaking Ramadan. For more information, see the flyer on the hall table or contact Rich Thayer. Please RSVP to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-703-2590 Ext. 3) by Tuesday, June 7.
Sunday, June 12, 9 am: Climate slide show and discussion with Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Unity with Nature Committee. BYM and many monthly meetings, including Stony Run, have signed the statement, “Facing the Challenge of Climate Change.” The statement’s language calls for action: “We recognize that catastrophic global climate change is not inevitable if we choose to act urgently.” Our lives as Quakers guide us in our responses to the way ‘business as usual’ must change.
Sunday, June 12, 9 am to 3 pm: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, hosted by Patapsco Friends Meeting in Ellicott City. See the flyer (pink paper) on the hall table for details of the day.
Friday, June 17, at 6:30 pm: Retirement Party for Adrian Bishop! The Committee for Support & Supervision (CSS) will host a party, and provide desserts, to celebrate the many contributions of our retiring Meeting Coordinator. It will be a potluck dinner – and more!
This is the final day that the May selection of excess books from our library will be available for purchase. Please take the book(s) of your choice and leave a payment (amount your choice) in the general contribution box hanging on the wall near the elevator. Please earmark your payment as being for "old books."
Stony Run has been asked to help support Dedric Colvin, the boy who was recently shot by police near the McKim Center in Jonestown. Others involved in this effort include Friends School students and Dedric’s neighbors and schoolmates. His mother has asked for help with cab fare to get Dedric to and from his rehab/physical therapy sessions. Donations can be made by check, payable to Stony Run Meeting and with ‘McKim aid for Dedric’ on the memo line.
Art supplies and musical instruments needed for a summer program in Penn-North: Friends School students are collecting art supplies (acrylic & water color paint, sponges, colored or drawing pencils, markers, pens, pastels, poster board, butcher paper, stencils, spray paint, tile pieces, large card stock, wood glue, carving twine) and used musical instruments in any condition. Please leave donated items on the red bench in the upstairs rear of the meetinghouse, by Sunday, June 3.
At our Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business on May 1, Friends approved the following: “Establish an ad hoc committee to consider the Meeting’s vision, functions and structure for the next 5-10 years.” Maria Brown, Meeting Clerk, in consultation with the Nominating Committee, will appoint members to this ad hoc committee and welcomes Friends with passion for this work to contact her about their interest.
On May 15, Burundi Quaker Elie Nahimana, and Adrian Bishop spoke about Quaker peace work in Burundi through HROC-Burundi and the African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams. Right now HROC-Burundi is carrying out hundreds of Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) workshops among young people from differing political factions. You can support this work and the creation of the HROC-Burundi Peace Center with a donation to Friends Peace Teams, marked “Elie’s Tour” on the memo line. Envelopes are on the hall table (Friends Peace Teams, 1001 Park Ave, St. Louis MO 63104).
Leaders and co-leaders are needed for one or more summer First Day School assemblies – 40-minute group activities for our First Day School students. The Religious Education Committee can help you develop your ideas or suggest activities. For information, contact Marcie Jones.
Silent Auction winners: If you have not paid for and/or picked up the item for which you had the winning bid at the Young Friends’ carnival, please do so now. The remaining auction items are on the round table just inside the dining room, with a jar to accept payments.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry needs our ongoing support. While grocery shopping, please also purchase non-perishable foods for CARES and bring them to the meetinghouse; you may leave them in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level near the rear staircase. Canned fruit is especially needed.
Social Order Box: Donations this month support the Maryland Food Bank, which currently distributes more than 120,000 meals per day. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway, by the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
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. The office will be closed on Monday, May 30.
Meeting Coordinator’s schedule: Adrian Bishop’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday, but his hours vary due to 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 can be helpful.
First Day silent announcements: Items are due to the office by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the combined July/August issue are due to the office by Monday, June 27.