Sunday, September 6: Meeting for Worship returns to the 9:30 & 11 am schedule.
Sunday, September 6, at 1 pm: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business is held on the first First Day of the month. Attenders considering membership are encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care will be provided for children six and younger.
September 25-27: Stony Run’s Camping Weekend. Plan to attend for all or part of our Meeting’s annual camping weekend at beautiful Catoctin Quaker Camp near Thurmont. [Non-camping Friends: come for the day on Saturday and enjoy lots of outdoor activities and extended relaxed social time with others in our community.] See the Newsletter for more information, or contact Blaine Keener. Registration forms are on the hall table, or you can send the needed information to the office via email.
Saturday, October 3, 10 am to 3:30 pm: “We love each other but…” workshop sponsored by Friends Meeting of Washington. How do I stay in community with someone who has hurt me? See the bright pink flyer on the bulletin board at the base of the main staircase.
NEWS OF FRIENDS
A Friend living near 39th & Charles would appreciate a ride to and from early Meeting for Worship. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator, Adrian Bishop, if you could help.
A parent and child in Meeting would greatly appreciate help with housing for the next several months. If you would consider sharing your house with an additional adult and one child on an affordable basis, please contact our Meeting Coordinator (Adrian Bishop) or one of the co-clerks of the Community, Care, and Clearness committee (Joan Thompson and Lynne Bowman).
Nurture Funds are available: Stony Run’s Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) wants all members, committees, and attenders to know that as of 8/18/15 Nurture Funds totaling $965 were still available for this calendar year. Nurture Funds are to sponsor training for individuals in such areas as Quaker faith and practice, spiritual growth, and pastoral counseling, to sponsor Meeting seminars, religious education events, retreats, community-building occasions, and to send persons active in the Meeting to Pendle Hill, Friends General Conference or Yearly Meeting. Nurture Fund request forms are available from the Meeting office or on the website.
Help is needed as Stony Run welcomes FGC’s Executive Committee September 25 & 26, with volunteers needed to host, transport, and help prepare meals for this group of Friends from across North America. If you can provide housing or local transportation, contact Arthur Boyd. If you can help with meals, contact Meg Meyer. Arthur is our event manager, and he would welcome help to coordinate housing and transport.
Do you buy Scull calendars for yourself and/or as gifts? If so, please notify the office of the number of 2016 calendars you plan to purchase so that we can avoid ordering too few or too many. [If you’re not familiar with these simple, beautiful calendars, produced on thick uncoated, recycled paper, there is a sample calendar on the literature sales table downstairs.]
Consider cultivating the practice of purchasing non-perishable food items for the CARES food pantry when you are grocery shopping. Donated items may be left in the upstairs hallway or downstairs by the rear staircase.
Social Order Box: Donations during August and September support the Friend of a Friend program of the Baltimore office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Originally, Friend of a Friend was designed to help long-term prison inmates learn to live more peaceably in prison. It has been extended to support returned citizens as they develop ways to divert young people from ever becoming involved in the legal system. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway, next to the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The meetinghouse office will be closed on Friday and Monday, September 4 & 7. Thereafter the office will be 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 are due by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the October issue are due by Thursday, September 10.