August 4-9: Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) Annual Session in Frostburg. BYM includes 50 local meetings and worship groups, and each year all of these Friends are invited to BYM’s multi-day Annual Session. There are workshops, plenary speakers, interest groups, and programs for children and youth. Please consider attending for one or more days. For registration and detailed information, go to www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/ashome.html.
Thursday, August 6, at 9:30 am: Meeting for Worship for Healing is held on the first Thursday of the month. See the flyer (lilac paper) on the hall table for information.
Thursday, August 13, at 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 Tuesday to make your reservation. Cost is $7 per person.
Thursday, August 20, at 1 pm: Friends who are led to be members of the support group for Unified Efforts, Inc. Youth Violence Prevention Center/Penn-North will meet at the Village of Cross Keys Club House (5100 Falls Road). For more information, contact Debbie Ramsey.
Sunday, August 23, 11:15 am: Summer brunch. Do you miss sharing simple lunch with F/friends? Are you new to Friends Meeting? Join with the Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming (WGNW) for a simple summer brunch. If you are led to bring food to share please do so, but that is not necessary. Come and enjoy the conversation and our community.
September 4-6: Fall Retreat, to start off Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s 2015-2016 Spiritual Formation Program. This program is for you if you want to deepen your spiritual life, strengthen your ties with our spiritual community, and participate in a spiritual support group. See the July/August Newsletter for information; go to https://bym-rsforg.presencehost.net/events/spiritform/spiritform.html to enroll. The registration deadline is August 10. Stony Run has Nurture funds to assist with the cost of the retreat. For information about our local group, contact Larry Reid.
September 25-27: Stony Run’s Camping Weekend. Plan to attend all or part of our meeting’s annual camping weekend at beautiful Catoctin Quaker Camp in Thurmont. [For non-camping Friends, come for the day on Saturday and enjoy lots of outdoor activities – or perhaps not much activity but good, unhurried conversation.] See the July-August Newsletter for more information, or contact Blaine Keener.
Do you buy Scull calendars for yourself and/or as gifts? If so, please notify the office of the number of 2016 calendars you plan to purchase so that we can avoid ordering too few or too many.
Summer Reading: A Sustainable Life, Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation is available from www.quakerbooks.org in paperback ($14.95) or as an e-book ($6.50). Highly recommended, and an excellent preparation for Friends planning to attend Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session in early August.
Please don’t forget about the CARES food pantry during this vacation season. Friends who usually donate every week to the food pantry may not be able to do so, which makes it even more important for each of us to regularly donate non-perishable foods. Items may be left in the upstairs hallway or downstairs by the rear staircase.
Social Order Box: Donations during August support the Friend of a Friend program of the Baltimore office of American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). 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.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: Until after Labor Day, the office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and closed on Friday.
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. This coming week, Adrian will be at Yearly Meeting in Frostburg.
First Day silent announcements: Items are due by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the September issue are due by Monday, August 10.