DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Newcomers’ Discussion Group: Our first Newcomers gathering of the new year will be a good opportunity to talk about where we are in our understanding of Quaker practice, and where we want to go, both individually and as a group. For more information, please contact Janet Daley.
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.
Souper Bowl potluck party to raise funds for GEDCO’s CARES food pantry: Our host is Annamiek Wilms Floet. Please bring a food or beverage to share plus some cash or a check (made payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘food pantry’ on the memo line) for the CARES pantry.
Thursday, February 11, Noon: Quaker Lunch at Broadmead. We gather on the second Thursday of the month for lunch with Friends living at Broadmead. Call Bob & Susie Fetter (443-578-8228) by the preceding Wednesday to make your reservation. The cost is $8 per person.
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm: Conversations About Faith – Jesus, Avatars & Saints. Come share in a discussion of our various beliefs and explore what this means for our Quaker community. Contact Paul Phillips for more information.
Other sessions: Wednesday, February 24, 7 pm – Sin & Evil
Sunday, February 28, 1 pm – Life After Death
Tuesday, March 8, 7 pm – Miracles & Mountaintop Experiences
Sunday, February 28, 9 am: Screening of the film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. A major influence on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rustin was an ‘outsider’ in multiple ways – a black, Quaker, openly gay man in mid-20th century America. A second session, for discussion of the film, will be on Sunday, March 6, and copies of a reading will be available in advance of that discussion. For more information, contact Karie Firoozmand.
Quaker Camp Scholarships: Application forms (yellow paper) are on the hall table. Completed forms are due in the Religious Education Committee’s mail cubby by February 20.
Friends School classes in Meeting for Worship at Stony Run: Each week, class groups of Friends School students come into our meeting room for periods of worship. The school would appreciate having Friends from Stony Run attend, holding the students in the light. See the February class schedule in the February Newsletter or on the hall table (salmon-colored paper).
Thank you for your generous donations of rugs, bean bag chairs and lamps for the McKim Center’s new reading room. The children are really enjoying the quiet space. Amy Schmaljohn is looking now for a gently used TV/DVD combination for McKim. Thank you for any leads on this.
The Library Committee points out two new opportunities for our community. One is a large display of old books available for adoption in return for a free-will donation towards the Meeting. More explanation is on the table with the books. Secondly, please note the selections available for in-library browsing during February in the display case under the large portrait. You'll find also a query you might want to consider while reading. These books will again circulate after February.
The Working Group on Unaccompanied Minors requests donations to fund gift cards to help Esperanza's medical clinic patients pay for needed medications. Checks should be made out to Stony Run Friends, with ‘Esperanza’ on the memo line.
The CARES food pantry needs our ongoing support. While grocery shopping, please also purchase 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. Canned fruit is especially needed.
Social Order Box: Donations this month support the International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Baltimore. IRC–Baltimore has resettled more than 10,000 refugees and asylees in central Maryland, providing initial housing, furnishings, food and clothing, as well as employment assistance, health and social services, and English-language class referrals. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway, next to the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
The Seafarers Center is a faith-based ministry at the Port of Baltimore, offering hospitality to the crews of vessels that transport our imports and exports. It can be a lonely life for the crews. Jane Parker has undertaken to collect used magazines in good condition for the Center, and you are invited to add your used publications to her collection basket in the Library.
Clerks of committees and working groups, PLEASE consult with the office regarding committee schedule additions or changes so that space can be reserved for you, and so that our published building use calendars can be relied upon. [Building use calendars, for the current and next month, are posted just outside the office.]
Volume 3 of Arthur Dannenberg's booklet series "Experiencing God" is now available, with copies on the literature sales table downstairs. The price for this booklet is whatever you would like to pay.
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. The office will be closed on Monday, February 15. Please note that when Friends School is closed due to a winter weather event, the meetinghouse office is also closed; you can check on this at www.friendsbalt.org.
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 March issue are due by February 10.