DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
The Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee meets this morning, at 8:45, at Homewood’s meetinghouse.
Monday, August 29, and Wednesday, August 31, from 4 to 6 pm: FINAL work to complete our rain gardens. Please, please help if you can. Per our grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, this work must be completed by September 1.
Thursday, September 1, 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, September 4, at 9:30 and 11 am: Meetings for Worship on First Day resume their usual schedule – and Simple Lunch returns!
Sunday, September 4, at 1 pm: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. Attenders who are considering membership are encouraged to attend, to learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care for ages 5 and younger will be provided.
Sunday, September 11, at 12:45 pm: The Hospitality Committee, which provides Simple Lunch each week from September through May, will hold its brief, annual meeting in the dining room as Simple Lunch is winding down. Hospitality could benefit from a few more helping hands, and they hope that Friends will come forward to share in the work of the committee – and take advantage of a marvelous opportunity to get to know Friends and contribute to the life of the Meeting.
Friday to Sunday, September 23 to 25: Camping Weekend. Don’t miss Stony Run’s annual weekend at Camp Catoctin. Come for a day or the entire weekend. See the registration form on the hall table.
Sunday, September 25, 9 am to 3 pm: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, at Friends House in Sandy Spring. See the flyer on the hall table for information.
Members of the Search Committee for an Interim Meeting Facilitator are happy to receive comments (via telephone or email) from Friends regarding the recommendation of Larry Reid to fill the position. The committee members are Deanna Boyd, Susan Hibbs, Paul Jones (clerk), Suzanne O’Hatnick, Kathryn Pettus and Kathy Vizachero. [As noted previously, Larry will be available to speak with individual members and attenders following the rise of Meeting this First Day.]
Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling – Conference in Richmond, Indiana September 15-18: See the flyer on the hall table.
Fulton Baptist Church, host for Unified Efforts’ summer programs, is having a banquet on September 16 to celebrate their pastor’s 5th anniversary. Tickets are $65, and the reservation deadline is August 30. For more information, contact Debbie Ramsey at email@example.com.
Coming to the Table (CTTT) is a national organization working to “provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.” An updated list (pink paper) of upcoming discussions and films focusing on racial justice and inclusion is on the hall table.
Volunteers are needed for the Friends Community Garden until the new school year at Friends School is well underway. Please contact Eric Thompson or Andrew Spawn if you are new to working in the garden; a garden brochure with contact details is available in the upstairs hallway near the stairs. Please schedule when you will water the garden and/or harvest produce for the CARES food pantry by going to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054bacaa2fab9-summer .
Summertime does not mean there’s any less need at GEDCO’s CARES food pantry. Please remember to add non-perishable items for the food pantry to your shopping list. You may leave food contributions in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level near the rear staircase. Items currently most needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, rice, and spaghetti sauce.
Social Order Box: Donations this month will assist Syrian refugees making a new life in Maryland. 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.
Request for donations of clothes and shoes for a Syrian family, from the Baltimore Quaker and Peace Justice Committee: We have been asked to collect school clothes and shoes for the children of a Syrian family new to Baltimore. If you can donate, bring shoes and/or clothes (new or used in good condition) to the meetinghouse on First Day (there will be a box in the library). For clothes, khaki pants and navy shirts/blouses are needed. Contact Ann Kehinde if you have questions.
Age Shoe size
10 yr. old girl 4
8 yr. old girl 1
7 yr. old boy 12
5 yr. old girl 10
4 yr. old girl 10
PLEASE do not re-program the default settings on the thermostats in the meetinghouse. The Property Committee wants them at 78 degrees during summer days when the meetinghouse is not in use; if a room needs to be cooler for a meeting or event, use the down arrow to temporarily change the setting. Re-programming the thermostats to a higher default temperature can lead to unhealthy air quality inside the meetinghouse.
To all who use our pantry: We are fortunate to have a well-stocked pantry and kitchen. The problem is that mice want us to share it with them. Please, use the plastic bins in the pantry to hold ALL food items not stored in the refrigerator or freezer or not in sealed cans or bottles.
FROM THE OFFICE
Summer office hours: Until after Labor Day, the Meeting office is open Monday–Thursday from 8:30 am to 3 pm and closed on Friday. The office will be closed on Monday, September 5.
First Day silent announcements: Items are due to the office by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports/news/articles for the October issue are due to the office by September 10.
GIVING TO THE MEETING
Did you know? In 2016, the Meeting will donate $5,350 from our operating budget to other Quaker organizations: American Friends Service Committee (national and regional), Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s camping programs, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends General Conference, Friends World Committee for Consultation, Friends Council on Education, the Quaker UN Program, Friends Journal, Friends of Ramallah Friends Meeting, Friends Peace Teams, Friends Wilderness Center, and Quaker Earth Care Witness.