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"The word “sacramental” has been defined as meaning “the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace,” and according to Quaker belief, that “outward and visible” sign of a life lived in absolute obedience to God, a revelation of His indwelling Spirit in the heart."
 
Elfrida Vipont Foulds, in A Faith to Live By
 
 

January 17:

9:30 am     Meeting for Worship, on the front porch
11:00 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship, via Zoom
11:00 am   Meetings for Worship, via Zoom and outside the meetinghouse
1:30 pm      Change Group, via Zoom
 
 
 
   

 


 

The meetinghouse remains closed, but outdoor unprogrammed Meetings for Worship will be held at 9:30 and 11 am on First Day.  The 11 am worship is also available via Zoom, so if you have any reservations about being in a large, outdoor group, you can participate in the 11 am worship from home using Zoom or a telephone.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) can help you determine if you have Covid-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) and/or whether you should take extra precautions (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html).
 
To participate in the 11 am UNPROGRAMMED worship via Zoom, browse to this address:  https://zoom.us/j/4437032591?pwd=eTZGVlZibkJZM1B3NE9BM3hneUlHdz09
Those who will have an audio‐only connection can call 301‐715‐8592.
The meeting ID is 443 703 2591 and the password is 5116.
 
For f/Friends choosing to participate in outdoor worship, please bring your own chair or blanket, maintain six feet of separation, and wear a cloth face covering.  Worship at 9:30 is on the front porch.  For the 11 am worship, we move downhill and away from Charles Street.  Please look for signs outside the meetinghouse and remember – downhill and away from Charles Street.  If you bring very young children, please have things to entertain them as there will be no childcare.  At 11:20, children attending kindergarten and older are invited to join a multi-age group activity outdoors.  Please talk with your children ahead of time about the importance of six feet of separation.
 
To participate in the 11 am PROGRAMMED worship via Zoom, browse to this address:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2191246811?pwd=SXdDcERuWStCOGt0alBTTndGSFg1Zz09
Those who will have an audio‐only connection can call 301‐715‐8592.
Meeting ID: 219 124 6811 and the password is 546780.
Programmed worship is preceded by a children’s program from 10 to 10:45 am.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Every Thursday, at 8 pm:  Bible Study via Zoom.  The meeting ID and password are the same as for programmed worship on First Day.  For information, contact Pastor Ronald Moyia.
 
Thursday, January 14, from 7 to 9 pm:  Coming to the Table (CTTT) – Baltimore Group will meet via Zoom.  CTTT groups provide a forum for the transformative work of undoing racism by meeting regularly for truth-telling, deep dialogue, building relationships, healing, and taking action to dismantle inequitable systems and structures based on “race.”  RSVP for this meeting to CTTTBaltimore@gmail.com.  If you have not participated previously, please include the following in your email – full name, phone number, city/county and state from where you will be participating, and (if you wish) the pronouns you prefer to use.  A link for the Zoom gathering will be sent the afternoon before the meeting to those who have RSVP’d.
 
Sunday, January 17, from 1:30 to 3 pm:  Change Group meeting.  Discussion will continue about what we can do as individuals and as a meeting to build greater trust and to create an environment of trust for a diverse group of people.
 
Monday, January 18:  Car caravan through the city to celebrate Black Lives Matter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sponsored by the Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition.  Covid-19 can’t stop our witness in this BLM car caravan.  Volunteers are needed to be part of the caravan and to stand at intersections along the route (including at Northern Parkway and Charles Street) to guide and encourage the caravan.  See the flyer (including the route map) for details; there’s a link on the email message from which these announcements are accessed.  Contact Brian Gamble for more information or to volunteer.
 
Saturday, February 6, from 10 am to noon:  Women’s Retreat worship and connection.  Mark your calendar!  Go to https://www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/women21.html for information and to register.  The Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date of the retreat.
 
Friday through Sunday, February 12-14:  Washington Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, entitled White Privilege:  Naming It and Its Complex and Confronting It to Build an Equitable Society.  Go to https://www.fcrp-quaker.org/wfcrp for information and to register.
 
Sunday, February 14, at 1 pm:  Bible study from a Quaker perspective, with an emphasis on fellowship.  Sponsored by the Religious Education Committee and held on the second Sunday of the month.  Use the same Zoom link as for unprogrammed worship.  Contact Paul Isayi for more information.
 
Announcements
 
To Stony Run Parents:  Registration for Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) summer camps begins January 15, and BYM is implementing a sliding scale fee structure rather than set fees.  For details, please see the Firecircle newsletter at https://indd.adobe.com/view/4835f012-346d-4d81-ac76-2ca094f9e511 .  In past years, Stony Run's Religious Education Committee (RE) offered BYM camp scholarships to families from the Meeting community.  After RE learned about the new BYM fee structure, they decided to make a lump-sum donation to support BYM camp fees and encourage families to engage with BYM's sliding scale.  However, RE remains committed to sending eager children from our Meeting community to summer camp.  If you need support for your BYM sliding scale fee, please contact any member of RE and we will find the funds to support the fun.  Contact Martha Johnson, Annemiek Wilms Floet, Trudy Rogers, Tanza Aliberti, Paul Isayi, RoJamie Oyenuga or Blaine Keener.
 
Your advocacy efforts with members of the Maryland General Assembly are needed to strengthen and support police reform.  Please contact your representatives in Annapolis about police reform using this site:  https://secure.everyaction.com/sVa9HmGqpEmNemre5Ses_g2.  Using this link, with one click you can email all your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly and urge them to support key bills in the upcoming session. For the legislative recommendations of the Maryland coalition on police reform, see https://www.aclu-md.org/en/campaigns/now-time-impactful-police-reforms-m... Together, we can reimagine policing in Maryland and increase accountability.
 
Marylanders can opt-in to #MdReady, a texting program that allows them to receive updates, tips, and alerts about COVID-19 and other threats and hazards.  To opt in, text "MdReady" to 898211.
 
Souper Bowl 2021:  We usually gather at a Friend’s house to watch the game and share food – and add a donation to the basket for GEDCO’s CARES.  We can’t do that this winter, but CARES needs our help more than ever.  What might the pandemic version of Souper Bowl look like?  Please send your ideas/suggestions to Janet Daley at janet@stonyrunfriends.org
 
Social Order Box:  Donations during December and January go to the Texas Civil Rights Project.  The TCRP is working to help get legal advice and translation services to families detained at the U.S. border. The organization also works to interview families to document what is happening to ensure they are reunited as quickly as possible.  Checks for the Social Order Box can be mailed to the meetinghouse.  Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line. 
 
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry continues to need our food donations.  Most needed currently are peanut butter, grape jelly, sugar, and cooking oil.  CARES now has plenty of grocery bags, so please no more bags until further notice.  [Please note that the CARES pantry cannot give away products that are past their “use by” or “best by” date or that have been opened.]  Your food donations are delivered to CARES every week.  Now that we’re well into winter weather, please protect your food donations from freezing by bringing them to the meetinghouse when a staffer is present.  If buying and then bringing groceries to the meetinghouse is too problematic during these difficult times, you can send a financial contribution to the meetinghouse, made out to Stony Run Friends and with CARES on the memo line.  
 
Many of us have donated magazines for distribution by the Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center.  The center’s clients would also appreciate 2021 calendars that you receive but which you do not need.
 
The Meeting’s Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) has funds available for grants in 2021.  Categories for grants include Nurture, Discretionary Outreach, Community Service and Eldercare.  To start the request process, print out and complete the application form, available online at http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/frauc-grant-request-form.  Questions?  Contact Alice Cherbonnier, Clerk of FRAUC.
 
From the Office
 
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is semi-closed Monday through Thursday, with some staff working from home and (usually) at least one person in the office.  The office is closed on Friday.  If you need to contact Larry, Cindy or Janet, please use email, if possible; they will also periodically check for voice messages.  The office will be closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
 
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for the February Newsletter are due by January 15.
 
Giving to the Meeting
 
Contributions toward the Meeting’s operating budget can be mailed to the meetinghouse, or you can choose the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution.
 
Stony Run Friends Meeting • 5116 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210 • www.stonyrunfriends.org
 
Meeting Facilitator Larry Reid • larry@stonyrunfriends.org • 443-703-2591
Office Manager Cindy Eyler • sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org • 443-703-2590, ext. 3
Assistant Office Manager Janet Daley • janet@stonyrunfriends.org