DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Stony Run’s response to children seeking asylum: The number of unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S. has soared to more than 52,000 since October, and the U.S. is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. These children are fleeing intense crime, violence, and poverty in their home countries. Today, at the rise of the 10 am Meeting for Worship, we will consider together how our Meeting can best respond to this crisis. Child care is available through the end of the session.
Friday to Sunday, September 26 to 28: Stony Run Camping Weekend 2014. Come to Camp Catoctin in Thurmont 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. For more information, contact Blaine Keener. The registration form (green paper) is on the hall table.
Spiritual Formation 2014-2015: It’s not too late to participate in the local Stony Run/Homewood program. Information and a sign-up sheet are on the hall table. Information about the program is also available online at www.bym-rsf.org.
Yoga at Stony Run: 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.
Your help is needed! 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 bring your donations to the meetinghouse; volunteers will deliver them to CARES.
There will be no First Day School Assembly next week, August 31. The children are welcome to stay in the meeting room with their families the entire hour.
Get to know the young people of Stony Run by volunteering to teach a trimester of First Day School. 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.
Social Order Box: Donations during August 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.
First Day mornings, six microphones in the meeting room work cooperatively to deliver the strongest signal to our hearing assistance system. If you have difficulty hearing during Meeting for Worship, please ask the Usher for help selecting the hearing assistance equipment best suited to your situation. In order to properly adjust the volume of the equipment, you should settle in while there is still some movement and background noise in the Meeting room.
What seem like private conversations in the meeting room before or after Meeting for Worship may not be private. Friends should be mindful that such conversations may be picked up by the hearing assistance system.
Property Committee's emergency exit plan: If we should ever need to evacuate the meetinghouse, our 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). Adults 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. Please use the exit doors closest to you; in the meeting room, doors that open directly to the outside (facing Charles Street and onto the front porch) are equipped for emergency exit.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: Through the end of August, 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. The office will be closed on Monday, September 1.
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.
Contributions to Stony Run Friends Meeting can be made as regular monthly deductions from your checking account (Direct Support), online at www.stonyrunfriends.org, or as securities, cash or check. There is a collection box in the hallway, on the wall next to the elevator, for contributions of cash and checks. Please call the Stony Run office and speak to Cindy Eyler for details.