DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Meeting for Worship for Healing is held on the first Thursday and the second First Day of the month. For information, see the lilac-colored flyer on the hall table.
First Day Forum: Rachael Neill, Program Director of GEDCO CARES, will update us on CARES, Stadium Place and other GEDCO programs. Friends are especially encouraged to bring donations for the CARES food bank on this day.
The Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee will have a petition at Simple Lunch today, urging an end to prolonged solitary confinement in Maryland prisons. We are approaching 350 signatures already; when we have 500, we will take the list to the Governor's office to urge him to address this issue. See the flyer (blue paper) in the hall.
Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business: Attenders considering membership are encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Childcare will be provided.
Carol Sing! Join in for an hour of fun and music for all ages.
Baltimore-Area Working Group on Racism meets to consider issues around racial justice, share personal experiences, and plan and host special events. Everyone is welcome.
Friday, December 13, 5-6 pm: Vigil to press for an end to prolonged solitary confinement, in observance of Human Rights Day 2013 (December 10). Join with the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee in a vigil held in front of the Episcopal Cathedral, at University and St. Paul. See the NRCAT flyer (blue paper) for more information on this issue.
Sunday, December 15 & 22, 7 pm: Carol Sing Evenings. Join in for an hour of fun and music for all ages. After the singing on the final evening, December 22, there will be fresh-baked cookies (made by Stony Run’s Young Friends) and other refreshments.
Friday evening, December 20: Holiday celebration with Homewood Meeting, and we are all invited. See the flyer (pale pink paper) on the hall table for details.
Sunday, December 22, 9:15 am: First Day Forum – Quakers and Christmas, with readings from the Bible and a discussion of what special meaning the Christmas holiday or story may have for Friends.
Tuesday, December 24, 7 pm: All-ages Christmas Eve worship sharing, in front of a fire in the Library. Worship sharing often includes singing carols, stories read or told, and personal Christmas memories. Afterwards, we will share cookies and juice, with all going home by 9 pm.
Ministry & Counsel survey is now online: For members and attenders who have not yet completed the Ministry & Counsel Committee’s brief survey, it is now available via a link on our website, at www.stonyrunfriends.org. M&C thanks everyone who has already completed the questionnaire and encourages the rest of us to please respond.
McKim Center – Holiday Gifts for Kids: We are collecting new, unwrapped gifts for kids ages 5 through 14, or a monetary donation to purchase gifts (make checks payable to the McKim Community Center). A big, red-wrapped box is ready to collect donated toys, games/books, etc., with an attached envelope for checks. Details are on the hall table (bright pink paper). December 15 is the last day to donate.
Musicians for our 2014 concert: The Event Planning Committee is in search of a musical group for next year's fundraising concert. We want local folks of great talent, in any musical tradition, and with a personal following. We are happy to pay them. Give your ideas to Marcie Jones Brennan.
Online registration is open for Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s January 2014 Women’s Retreat. See the flyer (turquoise paper) on the hall table for details. Stony Run members and regular attenders can request partial financial support from Nurture Funds to help them participate in programs like the Women’s Retreat. The "Request for Nurture Funds" form is available at www.stonyrunfriends.org (under Meeting Documents); paper forms (yellow) are in the double-wide Office mailbox. Submit the completed form to any of the committees named on the form.
The Nursery (Roberts Room) needs books and toys appropriate for young children (up to age 5). If you can donate something, please contact Melissa Kitner-Triolo.
Contributions are needed for the CARES food pantry, especially since food stamp benefit amounts have been reduced (and Congress is debating additional cuts). Please bring your food donations to the meetinghouse, and volunteers will deliver them to CARES. You may also want to contact your Federal representatives, House and Senate, and tell them what you think about cuts to food stamp benefits.
November and December donations to the Social Order box support Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières), which provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in more than 60 countries. 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.
Friends Community Garden note cards make lovely and useful gifts. The vivid color photos are of veggies we’ve grown and shared. Make checks payable to Friends School, with ‘garden’ on the memo line; please deposit payment in the manila envelope on the table with the cards. Proceeds benefit the garden.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: Monday through Thursday, the meetinghouse office is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. On Fridays, the office is open from 8:30 to 11:30 am. The office will be closed on Friday, December 13.
Meeting Coordinator’s schedule: Adrian Bishop will be on vacation during the coming week.
First Day silent announcements: Items are due by noon on the preceding Thursday.
Newsletter deadline for the January issue: Reports, articles and news are due by December 10.