DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting is today at Homewood’s meetinghouse. See the flyer on the hall table.
Young Friends’ Pi/Pie Sale today will support the legal needs of the Standing Rock water protectors.
A tour of “Jonestown – The Shared History of the McKim Center and Baltimore Friends” – Friends School student and faculty archivists, historians, writers and artists have partnered with Stony Run archivists to tell the story of connections, past and present, among Baltimore Quakers, the Jonestown neighborhood, and the McKim Community Association. The school's Katz Gallery is on the lower level of the Forbush Building; from our dining room, walk down into the Upper School quad and enter the Forbush building through the door beyond the glass atrium.
Sunday, March 19, at 1 pm: Remembering and upholding the truth of the Holocaust – American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) work before, during and after the Holocaust: Don Gann and Isaac Rehert will discuss AFSC’s work to assist and rescue victims. See the flyer on the hall table. Childcare will be provided.
Saturday, March 25, at 9 am: Annual meeting of the Stony Run money committees – Trustees, Finance, Giving, FRAUC (Funds Review & Use), Support & Supervision, Property, and Burial Ground. Everyone is welcome. Childcare will be provided, if requested by the preceding Wednesday.
Sunday, March 26, at 1 pm: Members of the Working Group on Unaccompanied Children would like to expand their scope to immigration issues generally, with a focus on policy and advocacy, and the group invites interested Friends to join them at this meeting.
Saturday, April 1, from 10 am to 3 pm: Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Peace and Social Concerns Networking Day. This day of workshops, where we can share about creative things our meetings are doing to meet today's challenges, will be at Friends Meeting School in Ijamsville (in Frederick County), MD. For more information, contact Bob Goren.
Sunday, April 9, from 9 to 10:30 am: Annual All-Meeting Breakfast.
Sunday, April 9, at 1 pm: Remembering and upholding the truth of the Holocaust – A survivor speaks. Halina Silber will bear witness and share her experience. Childcare will be provided.
Saturday, April 22, at 9 am: Annual all-Meeting budget discussion, an opportunity for us to explore our spending and fundraising priorities and provide guidance for the development of the next budget. Childcare will be provided, if requested by the preceding Wednesday.
Saturday, April 22, from 2 to 4 pm: Celebrating Earth Day at the Burial Ground. Our Quaker Burial Ground, at 2506 Harford Road, is especially beautiful at this time of year and is well worth a visit. There will be light refreshments. Please park on Harford Road; handicapped parking is available on the circle inside the Burial Ground. If it rains, this event will be canceled.
Sunday, April 23, at 1 pm: A White Historian Confronts Lynching is the second in a series of illustrated talks by Dr. Susan Strasser, with African-American poet Marcia Cole reading her powerful “A Bitter Suite,” winner of the 2010 College Language Association Creative Writing Contest first prize in poetry. Historian and poet both seek to provide perspective to people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism. Following the presentations there will be a Q&A and worship sharing to process this challenging part of history. A flyer with more information is on the hall table. Childcare will be provided.
Friday through Sunday, April 28-30: Men’s Retreat at Camp Catoctin. Contact Blaine Keener for information.
Let our leaders hear what you have to say with Political Action Postcards. They’re on the small table next to the display of Friends Community Garden notecards. Each packet contains 15 postcards, each pre-stamped with domestic postage. Suggested donations of $5 can go in the marked envelope.
Have a meetinghouse entry control card that you no longer need? If so, please return it to the office.
The Quaker Principles Committee of Friends School has expressed how much the students appreciate having a Friendly presence from Stony Run in their meetings for worship. Please worship with them as you feel led. Copies of the schedule for March (bright pink paper) are on the hall table. Contact Rob Ketron for further information.
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…rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.” Copies of a list (pale pink paper) of upcoming Baltimore-area events that support this mission are on the hall table.
The Jonathan K. Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund is administered by Stony Run, and preference goes to members of the BYM community. For the next academic year, up to $15,000 can be allocated among the successful applicants. For more information or to apply by the April 20 deadline, contact Cindy Maier.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry: Please remember to include non-perishable items for the CARES food pantry on your grocery list. You may leave them in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level near the rear staircase. Items most needed: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, rice, spaghetti sauce.
Social Order Box: Donations during February and March go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Please see the February Newsletter for information about the Fund’s work through litigation, advocacy and public education. 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 Meeting office is open Monday–Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 am.
Meeting Facilitator’s schedule: Larry Reid’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday, but his hours vary to allow for evening meetings and weekend events.
First Day silent announcements: Items are due by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports/news/articles for the April issue were due to the office by March 10; any additional submissions need to be received no later than Monday.
GIVING TO THE MEETING – FINANCIAL FACTS
The Trustees’ financial goal is to earn 4% over and above the rate of inflation on our Endowments and Invested Reserves through socially responsible investing. Because they transfer 4% of the Endowments to the operating budget, the Endowments should grow by the rate of inflation over time. In 2016, the Endowments and Invested Reserves grew from $3,186,000 to $3,327,000 after all harvests and fees, an increase of 4.4%, which is much greater than the rate of inflation.