DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Your signature will help us reach the goal of 500! The Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee will have a petition at Simple Lunch today and on December 8, urging an end to prolonged solitary confinement in Maryland prisons. We have 300 signatures already; when we have 500, we will take the list to the Governor's office to urge him to address this issue. See the flyer (blue paper) in the hall for more information about why prolonged solitary confinement is such a destructive practice.
The Fells Point store of 10,000 Villages is holding a benefit today for Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT) and will donate 10 percent of all sales to ASTT. The Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee asks that you consider visiting the store today. Located at 1621 Thames Street, it is open from 10 am to 6 pm.
Fridays, through December 13, 5-6 pm: Vigils to press for an end to prolonged solitary confinement, in observance of Human Rights Day 2013 (December 10). Join with the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee to urge an end to this torturous practice, in vigils held in front of the Episcopal Cathedral, 4 E. University Parkway. See the NRCAT flyer (blue paper) in the hall for more information.
Sunday, December 8, 9:15 am: First Day Forum – Rachael Neill, Program Director of GEDCO CARES, will update us on CARES, Stadium Place and other GEDCO programs. Friends are especially encouraged to bring donations for the CARES food bank on this day. [Coffee/tea and bagels at 9:00]
Sunday, December 8, 1 pm: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. Attenders who are considering membership are encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Childcare will be provided.
Sunday, December 8, 15 & 22, 7 pm: Carol Sing Evenings. Join in for an hour of fun and music for all ages. On the final evening, December 22, there will be fresh-baked cookies (made by Stony Run’s Young Friends) and other refreshments after the singing.
Tuesday, December 24, 7 pm: All-ages Christmas Eve worship sharing. We will gather for worship sharing in front of a fire in the Library. Worship sharing often includes singing carols together, stories read or told, and special personal Christmas memories. Afterwards, we will share cookies and juice and much Friendly fellowship, with all going home by 9 pm.
You made a difference! The Senate passed the improved Guantanamo detainee transfer and prosecution provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014. This happened only because so many constituents around the country demanded it.
Women’s Housing Coalition – 100 Holiday Gift Bags: Please donate sets of new, warm hats & gloves for women, or a monetary contribution toward their purchase (with cash, or checks made payable to Stony Run Friends and with WHC on the memo line). Boxes are in the Library to collect your donations. Details are on the hall table (bright pink paper). TODAY is the last day to donate.
Ministry & Counsel survey is now online: For members and attenders who have not yet completed the Ministry & Counsel Committee’s brief survey, it is now available via a link on our website, at www.stonyrunfriends.org. M&C thanks everyone who has already completed the questionnaire and encourages the rest of us to please respond.
McKim Center – Holiday Gifts for Kids: We are collecting new, unwrapped gifts for kids ages 5 through 14, or a monetary donation to provide for gift purchases (make checks payable to the McKim Community Center). A big, red-wrapped box is ready to collect donated toys, games/books, etc., with an attached envelope for checks. Details are on the hall table (bright pink paper). December 15 is the last day to donate.
Online registration is open for BYM’s January 2014 Women’s Retreat. See the flyer (turquoise paper) on the hall table for details. Stony Run members and regular attenders can request partial financial support from Nurture Funds to help them participate in programs like the Women’s Retreat. The "Request for Nurture Funds" form is available at www.stonyrunfriends.org (under Meeting Documents); paper forms (yellow) are in the double-wide Office mailbox. Submit the completed form to any of the committees named on the form.
Musicians for our 2014 concert: The Event Planning Committee is in search of a musical group for next year's fundraising concert. We want local folks of great talent, in any musical tradition, and with a personal following. We are happy to pay them. Give your ideas to Marcie Jones Brennan.
The Nursery (Roberts Room) needs books and toys appropriate for young children (up to age 5), in good condition. If you can donate something, please contact Melissa Kitner-Triolo.
November and December donations to the Social Order box support Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières), which provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in more than 60 countries. The Social Order box stands in the hallway, to the left of the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line. Please consider making a monthly contribution to the Social Order Box.