The meetinghouse office is closed until Monday, July 14.
Sunday, July 13: Worship and rally/march in D.C. to say “No” to Cove Point. The Meeting for Worship is organized by our own Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting; the rally and march are organized by Chesapeake Climate Action Network. See the flyer on the hall table for details.
Sunday, July 20, at 11:15 am: Combined July/August Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. Attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to come and learn more about Friends’ decision-making process. Childcare is provided.
Sunday, July 27, at 11 am: Summer brunch sponsored by the Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming, at the rise of the second meeting for worship. If you would like to contribute something to the meal – main dish, salad, dessert, or beverage – please do so; if you would like suggestions of foods to bring, or if you have questions, contact Bob Breyer. There will be another such brunch on August 17.
Beginning Monday, July 7, our housekeeper Allen Norris will be cleaning the carpet. On various days during that week, hallways and individual rooms will be cordoned off so that the carpet can dry after being shampooed. Please avoid the upper floor of the meetinghouse from Monday, July 7, until Sunday, July 13.
Would you like to participate in a program that supports deepening spiritual experiences in our worship communities and in our personal lives? Spiritual Formation provides participants with a framework that includes reading, daily spiritual practice, and the support of a community of individuals who share similar goals. There is a summary flyer (on dark pink paper), and a booklet with a full description of the Spiritual Formation Program, on the hall table.
Get to know the young people of Stony Run by volunteering to teach a trimester of First Day School. We need adults who are interested in the unique perspectives of our young Friends. No experience needed! The Religious Education Committee supplies all lesson plans and materials. This is a wonderful way to deepen your own spiritual practice and gain more knowledge of Quakerism. We need teachers and substitutes for various grade levels. Please contact Rebecca Snyder.
Calling for bags!! During the coming weeks we will be harvesting produce from our Friends Community Garden for distribution to CARES’ food pantry and to Meeting and Friends School families. If you can donate clean plastic grocery bags, please bring them to the meetinghouse and place them in the small collection box in the library (at the first window on the left as you enter the library).
CARES food pantry needs non-perishable food and some non-food items (bar soap, dishwashing liquid, toothbrushes & toothpaste, toilet paper, sanitary pads, baby wipes, disposable diapers). Please bring your food and non-food donations to the meetinghouse; volunteers will deliver them to CARES.
Social Order Box: Donations during July support Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma. ASTT provides comprehensive mental health care and social services to survivors of torture and war trauma. Baltimore-based ASTT is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to alleviate the suffering of those who have experienced the trauma of torture, to educate the local, national, and world community about the needs of torture survivors, and to advocate on their behalf. Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with S.O. Box on the memo line. Please consider making regular contributions to the S.O. box.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is closed until Monday, July 14. Then, for the remainder of July and August, the office will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 am on Monday and Friday, and from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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. Adrian is away the weeks of July 6 and July 13.
First Day silent announcements: Items are normally due by noon on the preceding Thursday. Announcements for July 20 are due by noon on Thursday, July 17.
Newsletter deadline for the September issue: Reports, articles and news items are due by August 10.