DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
What Do Friends Mean by God’s Will? As Friends’ understanding changes over time, so do the meanings that Friends attach to traditional words and phrases. Explore the present meanings attached to language used by Friends when discussing their spirituality.
Little Meeting helps children acclimate to Meeting for Worship, with ideas and practices for settling into the silence. For more information, contact Amy Rakusin.
Young Friends’ May Day Carnival includes games, a photo booth, caricatures, a bake sale, and a silent auction. The proceeds will help Young Friends (high school teens) to attend Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session this summer.
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business: Attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to attend, to learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care for ages 5 and younger is provided. This is a very important meeting; we will consider CSS’s plan for how we will function after our Meeting Coordinator retires at the end of June.
Tuesday, May 3, at 7 pm: Imagining Justice in Baltimore, sponsored by the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies. Friends who attended the first two sessions in the series encourage our attendance at this final session, featuring Najeeba Syeed giving a Muslim perspective on peace and justice. To register for this free event, go to www.icjs.org/programs/imagining-justice-baltimore.
Thursday, May 5, at 9:30 am: Meeting for Worship for Healing is held on the first Thursday of the month. See the flyer (lilac paper) on the hall table for information.
Sunday, May 15, at 1 pm: Burundian Elie Nahimana will speak about Quaker efforts to promote peace amid the deadly conflict that threatens his country and the African Great Lakes region. See the flyer (blue paper) on the hall table for more information about our guest.
Sunday, May 15, at 4 pm: GEDCO fund raiser – “Love Mission” theatrical. See the flyer on the downstairs bulletin board.
Sunday, May 22, at 1 pm: All-Meeting Budget Discussion, to lay the groundwork for a plan to achieve a balanced budget by 2020. Please review the Queries and Scenarios published in the April and May Newsletter issues. The Financial Soundness Working Group recommended that this discussion be held, and the Meeting approved that plan.
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.
Friday, June 17, 6:30 pm: Retirement Party! Hold this date! CSS (Committee for Support & Supervision) will host a party (and provide the desserts) to celebrate the many contributions of our retiring Meeting Coordinator, Adrian Bishop. It will be a potluck dinner – and more!
The Event Planning Committee is seeking performers for our October musical fund raising evening. We want to support a local group of very high quality, possibly with social concerns connections. We are open to blues, jazz, classical, Latin . . . If you have a suggestion, please contact John Merrill.
Leaders and co-leaders are needed for one or more summer First Day School assemblies – 40-minute group activities for our primary-grade students. The Religious Education Committee can help you develop your ideas or suggest activities. For information, contact Marcie Jones.
The Working Group on Unaccompanied Minors from Central America is requesting donations to fund $20 gift cards to help Esperanza Center clinic patients purchase prescribed medications. Donation checks should be made payable to Stony Run, with ‘Esperanza’ on the memo line. Thank you!
Friends School classes at Stony Run: Each week, Friends School classes come into our meeting room for periods of worship. The school would like Friends from Stony Run to attend, holding the students in the light. See this month’s schedule in the May Newsletter or on the hall table (salmon paper).
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 aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long-term ways to reduce hunger statewide. The Maryland Food Bank 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.
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.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the June issue are due to the office by May 10.