Sunday, July 27, at 11 am: Summer brunch sponsored by the Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming, at the rise of the 10 am meeting for worship. Contributions of food or beverages are welcome; if you would like suggestions of what to bring, or if you have questions, contact Bob Breyer. There will be another such brunch on August 17.
Sunday, August 3, at 11:15 am: Come to a Library Committee work day and see how interesting and fun the committee’s work is!
Friday to Sunday, September 26 to 28: Stony Run Camping Weekend 2014. Come to beautiful Camp Catoctin for one day or the whole weekend, for hiking, canoeing, nighttime visits to the camp fire ring, cooperative meals, and time to play, relax and share with other Friends. If you have questions or would like to serve on the planning committee, contact Blaine Keener.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Spiritual Formation Program has extended its annual invitation to monthly meetings and their members and attenders to participate in a program that supports deepening spiritual experiences in their worship communities and in their personal lives. Visit the BYM website for the program description and sign-up information. Print materials are available on the table in the hallway. The deadline for registration to attend the opening retreat is August 10.
Get to know the young people of Stony Run by volunteering to teach a trimester of First Day School. We need adults who are interested in the unique perspectives of our young Friends. No experience needed! The Religious Education Committee supplies all lesson plans and materials. This is a wonderful way to deepen your own spiritual practice and gain more knowledge of Quakerism. We need teachers and substitutes for various grade levels. Please contact Rebecca Snyder.
Calling for bags!! During the coming weeks we will be harvesting produce from our Friends Community Garden for distribution to CARES’ food pantry and to Meeting and Friends School families. We will need clean plastic grocery bags for this purpose; if you can donate some bags, please leave them in the small collection box in the library (first window on the left.
CARES food pantry needs non-perishable food and some non-food items (bar soap, dishwashing liquid, toothbrushes & toothpaste, toilet paper, sanitary pads, baby wipes, disposable diapers). Please bring your food and non-food donations to the meetinghouse; volunteers will deliver them to CARES.
Social Order Box: Donations during July support Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma. ASTT provides comprehensive mental health care and social services to survivors of torture and war trauma. Baltimore-based ASTT is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to alleviate the suffering of those who have experienced the trauma of torture, to educate the local, national, and world community about the needs of torture survivors, and to advocate 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
Office hours: For the remainder of the summer, the office will be open from 8:30 to 11:30 am on Monday and Friday, and from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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 September issue: Reports, articles and news items are due by August 10.