DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
There is no First Day School Assembly today. Children are welcome to stay in the meeting room with their families the entire hour.
Thursday, September 4, 9:30 am: Meeting for Worship for Healing, held on the first Thursday and the second First Day of the month, is open to all. Give the names of those who would like to be held in the light to Suzanne O'Hatnick or Dellie James. See the lilac-colored flyer on the hall table.
Sunday, September 7:
· Religious Education teachers’ orientation, 9 am, for new and returning First Day School teachers. The RE Committee will provide guidance and support and will bring teachers up to date on FDS-related initiatives.
· Meeting for Worship returns to the usual schedule of 9:30 and 11 am.
· Age-based First Day School classes resume, from 11:20 am to noon. Parents are asked to come for young children (3rd grade and younger) as soon as possible after the conclusion of Meeting for Worship.
· Simple Lunch returns, this week featuring the annual First Day School ice cream social.
· Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business is held on the first First Day of the month. Attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to come and learn more about Friends’ decision-making process.
Thursday, September 11, 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) or Donna Smith (443-578-8206) by the preceding Tuesday to make your reservation. The cost is $7.
Friday to Sunday, September 26 to 28: Stony Run Camping Weekend. Come to Camp Catoctin in Thurmont for a day or the entire weekend – for hiking, canoeing, nighttime visits to the camp fire ring, cooperative meals, and time to play, relax and share with other Friends. For more information, contact Blaine Keener. The green registration form is on the hall table.
Sunday, September 28: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, hosted by Sandy Spring Friends Meeting at Friends House. Join Friends for singing, speakers, worship, and corn pudding. For more information, contact Sarah Bur, Clerk of Chesapeake Quarter, at 410-426-9584 or email@example.com.
Spiritual Formation Program for 2014-15: If you are ready to commit to this nine-month program, please contact Laura Kinsey. The first local meeting is on Monday, September 15, at 6:30 pm; participants will share a pot-luck meal, organize the local program, and worship together. Subsequent meetings will be on the first Monday of each month, through May 2015. Information about the Spiritual Formation Program is on the hall table.
Friends, you can help save the lives of children with a simple phone call – but we all must do it! President Obama is expediting hearings for illegal immigrant children, but such haste means these children, who generally speak no English, often have no representation in court – and thus they are quickly deported. News coverage has reported that some of them have been killed upon return to their gang-infested country. Please call the White House comment line (202-456-1414) and insist that President Obama insure that all of these children have representation for court appearances. (From the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee of Stony Run and Homewood Meetings)
First Day School volunteers needed:
· Co-teacher during the spring trimester, for the pre-1st/1st grade class. No experience is required; the Religious Education Committee supplies all lesson plans and materials.
· Teacher substitutes, for the 2nd/3rd grade class.
· Children’s ushers – Please sign up for one or more dates at the bulletin board outside the office.
Contact Rebecca Snyder for more information.
Yoga at Stony Run on Mondays: Beginning on September 8, Martha McLaughlin is offering a weekly Gentle/Beginner Yoga class on Mondays in the meeting room, from 10 to 11:15 am. This format is ideal for those brand new to yoga, but individuals with all levels of experience are welcome. The only cost is a donation to Stony Run, a suggested $5 per week. Please bring your own mat. Contact Martha with any questions.
Hospitality needed: The Religious Education Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting is holding a weekend retreat October 18 & 19 for all Friends concerned with religious education. The retreat will be here at Stony Run, and hospitality is needed Saturday night (October 18) for out-of-town Friends. Please call Gail Gann if you can help.
The CARES food pantry has been very low on supplies in recent weeks, especially pasta, pasta sauce, rice (brown or white), peanut butter, canned fish or meat, and soup. Please help to build up and maintain the pantry’s reserves. Bring your donations to the meetinghouse, and volunteers will deliver them to CARES.
Social Order Box: Donations through the end of September support Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma. Baltimore-based ASTT provides comprehensive mental health care and social services to survivors of torture and war trauma, and advocates on their behalf. Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with S.O. Box on the memo line. Please consider making a monthly contribution to the Social Order Box.
FROM THE OFFICE
The meetinghouse office will be closed on Monday, September 1. Otherwise, the office is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 to 11:30 am 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. 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 to be included are due by noon on the preceding Thursday.
Newsletter deadline for the October issue: Reports, articles and news items are due September 10.