DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
The Library Committee would benefit from having more people involved – whether for one or two work sessions or as members of the committee. Come to today’s work session, or contact Deepti Scharf. If you’re interested in a short-term project, the committee needs assistance to organize a large number of loose pamphlets; contact Nancy Moore.
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; other weeks, the children can practice what they’re learning when they attend Meeting for Worship with their families before First Day School classes begin at 11:20. For more information, contact Amy Rakusin.
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business is 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. Infant and toddler care is provided.
Wednesday, March 4, 7 pm: Praying and Standing Up for Justice in Baltimore, a weekly series of Lenten gatherings hosted by local congregations (including Stony Run) who meet together as the Loch Raven Ministerium. This week’s event is at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd.
Thursday, March 5, and Sunday, March 8, 9:30 am: Meeting for Worship for Healing is held on the first Thursday and again on the second First Day of the month. Give the names of those who would like to be held in the light to Dellie James or Suzanne O'Hatnick. See the flyer (lilac) on the hall table for details.
Thursday, March 5, 12 to 1:30 pm: Linked in Justice – a study and discussion series on non-violence meets weekly through March 19 at the Episcopal Diocesan Center, 4 E. University Parkway (parking off Charles Street). Sponsored by the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, of which our Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting is a member organization.
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 pm: Fundraiser for the Baltimore Asylum Seekers Housing Network, an evening of classical music and a dessert reception at the North Baltimore Mennonite Church. For details, including child care and advance ticket purchase, go to www.ashnetwork.org.
Sunday, March 8, 9 am to 2:45 pm: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting at Stony Run. Meetings of our Quarter are held at Stony Run only every three years, so don’t miss this opportunity! See the turquoise flyer on the hall table, or the inside cover of the March Newsletter, for the day’s events. And please help expand Simple Lunch that day by bringing a pot luck dish to share. Contact Carol Seddon if you have questions about the food.
Thursday, March 12, 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 per person.
Saturday, March 14, 9 am to 3 pm: Joyful Clarity at Stony Run. What do you mean, Quakers don't dance? Surely Thee jests? What are these people talking about? Did you know that Quakers ‘invented’ solitary confinement? Where to from here? Join us as we figure this out! Save the date!!
Sunday, March 22, 9:15 am: Increasing Racial Diversity in BYM’s Camping Program, presented by Alison Duncan, BYM’s Youth Programs Manager. Alison is also clerk of the Camp Diversity Working Group, camp alumni who have been sending children of color to Catoctin over the last five years, preparing these youths for camp and then evaluating the campers’ experiences. Come listen to Alison reflect on what the working group has learned over the past five years.
Sunday, March 22, at noon: Spring is coming! Everyone is invited to help ready our Friends Community Garden for the upcoming growing season. The garden is located at the front of the Friends School campus, at the bottom of the hill down from the meetinghouse. In case of rain, this planting prep session will be rescheduled. Hope you can help! It’s great fellowship and makes a big difference.
The Working Group on Unaccompanied Children from Central America urges you to assist these children by contributing to help pay for an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teacher and/or by volunteering to assist with ESL classes. For more information see the March Newsletter.
Needed: Substitute pianist(s) to accompany Friends who love to sing hymns in the meeting room between the 9:30 and 11 am meetings for worship. If this sounds like you, please do join the singers.
File cabinets for the Religious Education Committee: RE is looking for two 2-drawer file cabinets, one with a lock. Please contact Gail Gann if you have one available.
Social Order Box: Donations during March and April support Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, which provides emergency medical aid to people caught in crises in more than 60 countries – people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care. The Social Order Box stands in the hallway, to the left of the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
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.
Winter weather events: To find out if the meetinghouse office will be open at a time of bad winter weather, check the Friends School website – www.friendsbalt.org. The school provides us with snow and ice clearing services, so when the campus is closed due to a winter weather event the meetinghouse office is also closed, and when the campus is opening late the meetinghouse office does likewise.
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 for the weekly silent announcements are due by noon on the preceding Thursday.
Newsletter deadline for the April issue: Reports, articles and news items are due by March 10.