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"Through sharing personal spiritual experiences with others, our own insights are clarified and our convictions undergirded. Meetings can help each of us to gain spiritual strength for the good ordering of our lives and the right direction of our energies."
Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice (1988)

March 17 at Stony Run:

9:00 am     Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC), in Room 203
9:00 am     Library Committee, in the Library
9:00 am     Religious Education Committee, in Room 104
9:00 am     Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming, in the Dining Room
9:15 am     Child care, until 12:15, in the Roberts Room
9:30 am     Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
10:30 am   Juice and time to visit, in the Library
10:35 am   Hymn singing, in the Meeting Room
11:00 am   Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
11:20 am   First Day School classes
11:20 am   Adult First Day School class, in the Library
12:15 pm   Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
1:00 pm     Spirit-led Parenting, in the Library
7:00 pm     Baltimore area Working Group on Racism, in the Dining Room



Adult First Day School Class:  New to Friends but too old for First Day School?  Not anymore!  On the third First Day of each month between now and June, the Religious Education Committee is offering an adult class covering the faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends.  Head to the Library when the children leave the meeting room for their classes.
Spirit-led Parenting:  Following a short reading, the group will move into a time when individuals can raise parenting issues/concerns for discussion.  Everyone is welcome to this monthly session, and childcare is provided.
The Baltimore Area Working Group on Racism (WGR) meets to consider issues around racial justice, share personal experiences, and plan and host special events.  Everyone is welcome.
Sunday, March 24, at 1 pm:  How should the FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation) statement of legislative policy be revised?  Entitled “The World We Seek,” this policy guides FCNL’s work on Capitol Hill, and FCNL periodically reviews it with input from meetings around the country.  For information, go to www.fcnl.org/policystatement.  Copies of a flyer and the policy booklet are on the hall table. 
Sunday, March 31, from 9 to 10:30 am:  All-Meeting breakfast!  Everyone is invited to attend and share in what is always very good food!  This annual event is a rich opportunity for social time with each other, plus we get to hear from three members about their path to Stony Run Friends Meeting – this year it’s Jack Beebe, Marilyn Clark and Paul Isayi.  [If you’d like to contribute a favorite dish to the breakfast, please do so!]
Sunday, April 7, at 9 am:  Quakers in Palestine – Ramallah Friends School.  Under military occupation in Palestine, a Quaker school is thriving.  How are Quaker values providing hope and building a foundation for a peaceful, just future?  How does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affect daily life in Israel and Palestine?  What might the future hold for this troubled region?  Meg Meyer and Arthur Boyd will report on their six months in residence at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine.
Friday to Sunday, April 12-14:  Men’s Retreat at Catoctin Quaker Camp, an opportunity to join together as a community of men for a loosely programmed weekend with plenty of time to relax, work cooperatively, hike (or nap), talk, tell stories, play and have fun.  Come for a day or for the entire weekend.  See the green flyer on the hall table.  This Stony Run event is open to men throughout Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
Help set the tone for worship.  The Ministry & Counsel Committee has prepared a set of queries to help us set the tone for worship.  There are copies (goldenrod paper) on the hallway table.
The March list of racial and social justice events in the Baltimore area is now on the hall table (pink paper).  Find something that interests you and may take you to a new venue or open your eyes to all that is happening in Baltimore.
The January 2019 issue of Friends Journal – titled "A Racially Diverse Society of Friends?" – is of special relevance to Stony Run as we discern whether to create a Change Group, as are some other local meetings within Baltimore Yearly Meeting.  Several Stony Run members have donated extra copies of the January issue; find them on the literature table in the downstairs foyer – and when you have finished reading the issue, please consider returning it to the literature table for others to pick up.  You may also access the digital edition at https://www.friendsjournal.org/2019/racially-diverse/.
Please support the CARES pantry.  Non-perishable grocery items may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear stairs.  The pantry is running low on canned tuna and canned fruit.
Social Order Box:  Donations during March and April go to the Maryland Food Bank.  See the flyer (pink paper) on the hall table, or the March issue of Stony Run’s Newsletter, for information about the programs operated across the state by the Maryland Food Bank.  The Social Order Box stands in the hallway by the Library entrance; make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm.  The office is closed on Friday for the time being.
Our office manager, Cindy Eyler, is working from home several days a week while she cares for her mother in home hospice.  She can access her Stony Run email from home, and she would prefer email rather than messages left on her office telephone.  If you’re coming to the meetinghouse during the week and you don’t have a key card, call ahead to be sure that Cindy or Larry will be there.
Meeting Facilitator’s schedule:  Larry Reid’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday.  His hours vary to allow for evening meetings and weekend events.  Larry will be out of town from Wednesday, 3/27, through Friday, 4/5.
First Day silent announcements:  Items to be included are due by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for the April issue were due by March 15; if you have something more for that issue, please get it to sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org by Monday. 
Paper copies of the current Newsletter issue are available in the upstairs rear hallway, just past the photo gallery.  Contact the office to have the newsletter (and First Day silent announcements) emailed to you.
Contributions to the Meeting by check (payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting) or in cash can be placed in the wall-mounted box near the elevator.  Checks can also be mailed to the meetinghouse.