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"Marriage is to be taken seriously, but not always in grim earnest; its problems take perspective from fun, adventure, and fulfilment; and joy and sorrow are mixed together."
 
London Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice
 
 

November 29:

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
 
 
 
   

 


 

The meetinghouse remains closed, but outdoor unprogrammed Meetings for Worship will be held at 9:30 and 11 am this coming 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, November 26, at 10 am:  Thanksgiving Day worship, jointly with Homewood Friends Meeting.  This year it’s Stony Run’s turn to be the host.  The Zoom address is the same as for unprogrammed worship.
 
Wednesday, December 2, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm:  Friends Bible Study – The Jesus Movement, via Zoom.  Sponsored by Adelphi Friends Meeting.  The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/95778646552?pwd=STJvNENabkt4QWd5M2w0VVNoTW9rZz09.  For more information, contact Douglas Vaughn.
 
Sunday, December 6, from 7 to 8 pm:  Carol Sing!  This is a beloved holiday tradition we can maintain despite the pandemic, even if we have to do it via Zoom.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
Tuesday, December 8, at 7 pm:  Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR).  Learn about MAJR’s Prison Progress Plan and what you can do in the 2021 session of the General Assembly.  Register for this Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrc-qtpzkjGdV48zyiKlZvoSoJsyJ...  
Thursday, December 10, from 6 to 8 pm (for those age 40 and older), and Saturday, December 12, from 1 to 3 pm (for those under age 40:  Baltimore Yearly Meeting Reparations Working Group Black Caucus Healing Space, via Zoom.  For Black f/Friends and f/Friends of Color only.  To register, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMkOYfAToHYTeIobR4lUAMoExleg_a... For information, contact Nikki Richards at nikkirichards1993@gmail.com
 
Thursday, December 10, 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, December 13, 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.
 
Sunday, December 13, from 7 to 8 pm:  Carol Sing!!
 
Sunday, December 20, from 7 to 8 pm:  Carol Sing!!!
 
Announcements
 
Did you miss Stony Run’s annual concert?  Or perhaps you’d like to hear and see the show again.  Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5_jnJMwOkc&feature=youtu.be and enjoy!!  Please note that you can also see the written audience ‘chat’ as it occurred during the live event.
 
Friends at Stony Run have generously supported the Kamenge Women’s Clinic in Burundi, making it possible to have a second doctor so that the clinic can be open full time.  Please consider helping to ensure that this important work of the Friends Women’s Association continues.  For $400 a month, we can make it possible for a doctor to be available daily.  For more information, contact Sandi Morton.  To donate, checks should be made out to Stony Run Friends, with ‘Burundi doctor’ on the memo line; you can also donate at www.stonyrunfriends.org, but please notify the office of the intended recipients of your gift.
 
Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC) Holiday Gift Bag Project:  The Meeting is again collecting donations to provide new winter hats, gloves, and scarves, as well as various toiletries, to fill holiday gift bags for the clients of the Women’s Housing Coalition.  Student groups will NOT be able to participate this year, so we especially need the support of individual Friends.  [Young Friends’ Thanksgiving Pie Sale will be sorely missed.  In prior years it raised enough money to pay for the toiletries, while providing Friends with fresh-baked holiday desserts.]  The pandemic is forcing us to collect only checks, so please be as generous as you can.  Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with WHC on the memo line, and mail them to the meetinghouse.  For more information, contact Denise Wible.
 
The Religious Education (RE) Committee is organizing activities for children, both in person and virtually, for the fall.  The theme will be "We Care," focusing on a service project to raise awareness of the need to donate food to CARES.  Please contact Martha Johnson if you have ideas or suggestions.  For the rest of the fall, there will be RE volunteers attending the 11 am worship to help with outdoor multi-age activities for children.  If you are interested in helping for a week or two, please let Martha know.  In-person attendance is expected to be low.
 
Holiday gifts for children at McKim:  Due to the pandemic, we will not be able to donate toys and other gifts.  Instead, McKim will give gift cards to the children’s families so that they can purchase the gifts.  You can support this annual gift giving to children at the McKim Community Center with a check made out to the McKim Community Center (NOT to Stony Run), with ‘children’s gifts’ on the memo line; please mail your check to Stony Run by December 12.
 
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.
 
Stony Run’s continued support of GEDCO’s CARES food pantry is greatly appreciated by the staff and volunteers, and the pantry continues to need our support.  Most needed currently are peanut butter, grape jelly, and baked beans, plus bags for groceries (paper, plastic or reusable).  [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 donations of non-perishable food are delivered to CARES every week.  A collection box for your donations is outside the lower level double glass doors.  [Freeze alert:  Please be aware of current and predicted weather when donating items that could be affected by freezing temperatures.  If in doubt, come to the meetinghouse when a staffer is in the office so that your donated items can be kept indoors.]  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 limited funds available for grants between now and the end of December 2020.  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.
 
Weekly announcements are published each Wednesday afternoon.  Items to be included are due by noon on Wednesday.  Earlier submission, to allow time in case the office needs clarification or additional information, is recommended.
 
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for the January Newsletter are due by December 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