DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
First Day Forum: 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.
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 times, 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.
Chat with Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s General Secretary Riley Robinson and Development Secretary Ann Venable during Simple Lunch – with dessert provided by BYM.
A memorial service will be held this afternoon for Elizabeth Randolph, wife of Louisa Peartree and mother of Lyla Randolph and Finn Peartree, who died on April 17 after a long illness. The memorial, with a reception following, will be at the Evergreen Museum carriage house, 4545 N. Charles Street. Please plan to arrive early and consider car-pooling from Stony Run.
Rescheduled to a future date:
• Part 2 of the Working Group on Racism’s discussion on race, segregation, and the role Quakers have played in both constructing and dismantling structures of segregation and oppression. Copies of the article -- "The Case for Reparations" – are available on the hall table.
• This month’s Quaker Parenting discussion, on Integrity.
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.
Sunday, May 3, 1 pm: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business is usally held on the first First Day of the month. Attenders who are considering membership are encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care is provided for children six and younger.
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 pm: Islamic State in Iraq. Jim and Deb Fine, who worked for the Mennonite Central Committee in Iraq, will talk about what needs to change to bring about the end of the Islamic State. This event, in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Library’s central branch on Cathedral Street, is sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee.
Sunday, May 17, noon to 4 pm: Carnival hosted by Young Friends, who are offering booths/tables to 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. Contact Paul Phillips or one of the Young Friends. The carnival is a fundraiser for the BYM Annual Session Scholarship Fund.
From Lucy Walker, a senior at Friends School and member of Amy Schmaljohn’s Social Justice Seminar: Our class recently visited the 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. The collection bin in the hallway will be removed after today. 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 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.
Stony Run contributions to the CARES food pantry have plummeted in recent weeks – but 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-primary classroom.
Emergency exit plan: If we ever need to evacuate the meetinghouse, First Day School and child care teachers will escort the children to the nearest exit and then to the Friends School playground (near the swings). Others in the building will leave via the exits closest to them and proceed to the same location. The entire Meeting community will gather at the playground, eliminating confusion for family members trying to find each other.
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.