DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Little Meeting helps children acclimate to Meeting for Worship with ideas and practices for settling into the silence. It’s held on two or three First Days each month during the school year; other weeks, the children can practice what they’re learning when they attend Meeting for Worship with their families before First Day School begins at 11:20. For more information, contact Amy Rakusin.
RE Teacher Table Talk: Join the Religious Education Committee and other First Day School teachers at Simple Lunch to discuss issues concerning First Day School.
Today and on April 26, join the Working Group on Racism for reading/discussion on issues of race, segregation, and the role Quakers have played in both constructing and dismantling structures of segregation and oppression. We will examine these issues through the lens of an article from The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations" – see www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/36... Copies of the article are available on the hall table or from the meetinghouse office.
Saturday, April 25, 10 am to 4 pm: Training for new Friendly Adult Presence (FAP) volunteers for youth events and programs, hosted by Friends Meeting of Washington. Contact Alison Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive advance materials.
Sunday, April 26, 9:15 am: Spiritual Aspects of Our Food Choices. Margaret Fisher has been ‘embraced’ by Herndon Meeting in her leading to stimulate discussion about the relationship between Friends’ dietary habits and our testimonies. She will present her thoughts and pose queries for worship sharing.
Sunday, April 26, at Simple Lunch: Chat with Baltimore Yearly Meeting staffers Riley Robinson, General Secretary, and Ann Venable, Development Secretary, over Simple Lunch (and with dessert provided by BYM).
Sunday, April 26, 1:00 pm: Quaker Parenting discussion, on the topic of Integrity. Child care will be provided with advance notice (number and ages of children) to Marcie Jones Brennan. See the (bright pink) flyer on the hall table.
Saturday, May 2, 7 to 10 pm: DanceFree is all-ages, free-form dancing – and lots of fun. See the flyer on the hall table. Contact Paul Phillips if you can volunteer for the snacks, decorations or DJ committees.
Sunday, May 3, 9:15 am: Current gender vocabulary and thinking. Alison Duncan, BYM Youth Programs Manager, will discuss issues related to people who do not conform to traditional gender expectations. Issues of gender are important to younger Friends, and staying informed is a way to maintain connections with the future of Friends.
From Lucy Walker, a senior at Friends School and member of Amy Schmaljohn’s Social Justice Seminar: Our class recently visited Health Care for the Homeless’ clinic and learned that they assemble ‘survival kits’ for people living on the street. I am inviting you to help by donating items for these kits: socks (all sizes), rain ponchos, reusable water bottles, energy bars/trail mix, toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, wet wipes and hand sanitizer, combs, feminine products. A collection bin is in the hallway through next Sunday, April 26. Thanks for your help!
The Seafarers Center is a faith-based ministry within the Port of Baltimore, offering hospitality to the crews of vessels that bring goods to the U.S. and transport our 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. Watch the Newsletter for more information.
Young Friends will host a carnival Sunday afternoon, May 17, including booths/tables for those who would like to sell crafts or artwork, set up a massage chair, etc. Young Friends also need silent auction contributions. See the colorful flyer on the hall table. If you would like to have a booth, or you have a contribution for the silent auction, please contact Paul Phillips or one of the Young Friends. The carnival is a fundraiser for the BYM Annual Session Scholarship Fund.
“Listen” will be the theme for First Day School assemblies this summer. The Religious Education Committee is considering a blend of poetry writing and nature, with a splash of music and visual arts, to explore how each of us hears the call of the spirit. There will be ten 40-minute assemblies, from June 14 through August 23, with all the children in one group. If you are interested in leading a session or contributing in any way, please contact Kathy Vizachero.
Our support is important to the CARES food pantry, but Stony Run contributions have plummeted in recent weeks. Since hunger in Baltimore has not diminished, please consider increasing your gifts of nonperishable food this week and every week. Donations may be left in the upstairs hallway or downstairs next to the rear staircase.
Social Order Box: Donations during April support Doctors Without Borders, which provides emergency medical aid to people caught in crisis in more than 60 countries – people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care. 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.
Our ‘Lost & Found’ is overflowing! Please check to see if something there belongs to you; items not claimed will be given away. The Lost & Found is just outside Room 214, the pre-school classroom.
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 Thursday.
Newsletter deadline for the June issue: Reports, articles and news items are due by May 10.