Tuesday, December 1: Planting the Rain Garden. Friends are invited to join with students from Friends School to plant shrubs in our Rain Garden during one (or both!) blocks of time – 10:15 to 12:15, or 1:30 to 3:30. Bring gloves, a shovel, and heavy-duty scissors if you can. If rain threatens our plans, contact the meetinghouse office (443-703-2590, Ext. 3) that morning to find out if we had to reschedule.
Thursday, December 3, 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.
Sundays, December 6 & 13, 9:15 am: Roundtable discussion of the writings of Thomas Kelly. Copies of a detailed flyer and an advance reading are on the hall table. Kelly’s books can also be checked out from the Meeting library. [Tea and coffee at 9 am]
Sunday, December 6, 1 pm: 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 will be provided.
Sundays, December 6, 13 & 20, 7 pm: Carol Sing Evenings. Join in for an hour of fun and music for all ages. On the final Carol Sing evening, December 20, there will be refreshments (including cookies baked by Young Friends) after the singing.
It’s not too late to observe November as Peace Awareness Month by visiting the Library Committee’s peace-themed display. It consists of handouts and archival books on George Fox, a printed catalog of the Norman Morrison Collection, and an opportunity to write about your own experience with our peace testimony and then pin that on a poster board.
Holiday gift bags for Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC) clients: The Meeting is coordinating the creation of 100 gift bags full of toiletries and a warm hat, scarf and gloves for WHC clients. A decorated box is in the Library – until next First Day, December 6 – to accept in-kind contributions, cash and checks (checks should be made payable to Stony Run Friends, with WHC on the memo line).
A decorated box to collect toys for McKim’s Christmas party, for children ages 4 to 15, is in the library until December 20. Please especially consider donating gifts for teens; in past years, most of the gifts donated have been for younger children. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to the McKim Community Center. There is an envelope for checks and cash on the front of the collection box.
Volunteer opportunities at the McKim Community Center: The afterschool program at McKim would benefit from having volunteers to help the children with homework and enrichment activities. McKim is located at 1120 E. Baltimore Street, and the program operates Monday through Thursday beginning at 3:30 pm. Contact Joan Thompson to share your interests and skills, after which Amy Schmaljohn will arrange an orientation visit.
The McKim Community Center will hold a fundraising dinner in Little Italy on Wednesday, December 9. Please see the flyer on the bulletin board at the base of the main staircase.
The CARES food pantry needs our support. While grocery shopping, please also purchase some non-perishable food items 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.
Social Order Box: Donations today support Amnesty International USA. 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 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 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.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the January issue are due to the office by Thursday, December 10.