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"Experience, then, is the Quaker’s starting point.  This light must be my light, this truth my truth, this faith…my very faith.  The key that unlocks the door to the spiritual life belongs…to the individual soul that finds the light, that discovers the truth, that sees the revelation of God and goes on living in the demonstration and power of it."
Dwight Spann-Wilson, in a talk at New England Yearly Meeting entitled The Cost of Quakerism (1976)

June 18 at Stony Run:

9:00 am    Ministry & Counsel Committee, in Room 102
9:00 am    Funds Review & Use Committee (FRAUC), in Room 203
9:00 am    Library Committee, in the Library
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 assembly, in Room 102


Monday, June 19, at 11 am:  Meeting for Worship for Healing for Tamara Clark, who will undergo a second surgical procedure since the birth of her son Elliott.  For information, contact her mother Marilyn.

Monday, June 19, from 7 to 8:30 pm:  “Tips and Strategies” workshop for teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL).  Open to high school students and adults interested in tutoring refugees/asylum seekers/asylees.  Please send an email to quakerimmigration@gmail.com if you plan to attend, so that sufficient materials can be prepared.
Tuesday, June 20, from 7 to 9 pm:  From the Ashes, a National Geographic documentary film about the ‘war on coal.’  The screening and a follow-up discussion, endorsed by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee, will be held at Homewood Meeting.  See the green flyer on the hall table.
Saturday, June 24, from 2 to 4 pm:  Building a Grassroots Movement for a Peaceful and Just Global Community, at Friends House in Sandy Spring.  See the flyer (blue paper) on the hall table.
Sunday, June 25, at 9 am:  Worship Sharing.  Are you troubled by current events and want to talk about it?  And are there parallels to events of the 1930s that worry you?  The Working Group for the Holocaust Remembrance has heard such concerns from some Stony Run members and attenders.  Accordingly, we are offering a time when our Meeting community can come together to share thoughts, fears, hopes or other related feelings in a setting of worship.
Sunday, June 25, at 12:15 pm:  Summer brunch.  Do you miss sharing simple lunch with F/friends?  Are you new to Friends Meeting?  Join with the Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming (WGNW) for a simple summer brunch.  Bring food to share, or not, but please do come and enjoy the conversation and community.  Contact Bob Breyer if you have questions.
Sunday, July 2:  Summer schedule for First Day begins, with Meetings for Worship at 8:30 & 10 am and First Day School assembly at 10:20 am, and will continue to the end of August.
Sunday, July 9, from 11 am to 1 pm:  Planting our rain gardens.  Come help as we add more plants to, and increase the effectiveness of, our rain gardens.  Please bring gloves and tools.
Our meeting room is a larger space than where most of us are accustomed to speaking.  Please remember to speak so that all can hear when you are giving a message or making an announcement.
First Day School summer assemblies:  In lieu of First Day School classes, a weekly summer assembly for children of all ages will be held through Labor Day weekend.  The Religious Education Committee has selected “Stewardship” as the theme this summer – to include the environment, foods we eat, and caring for ourselves.  Any adult who would like to lead or assist with any of the assemblies is welcome; you can sign up on the sheet outside the office door, email Rebecca Snyder, Annemiek Wilms Floet, or Bob Breyer.
Committees and Working Groups:  Please contact the office (sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org) about your summer meeting schedule, to confirm if and when you plan to meet.
Social Order Box:  Donations during June and July go to Safe City Baltimore, an immigrant education and defense fund of the Open Society Institute–Baltimore, to support “know your rights” outreach, including helping families develop safety plans; documentation of feasible legal claims to stay in the country; and legal assistance to those in detention and facing deportation.  For information about the fund, go to osibaltimore.org/safecitybaltimore.  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.
Please include items for GEDCO’s CARES pantry when you are shopping.  You may leave donated items in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase.  Most needed now are soup, canned tuna, canned salmon, spaghetti sauce, and pasta.
Office hours:  The Meeting office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm; the office is closed on Fridays.  Cindy Eyler is working from home for the next few weeks; telephone calls to her at Stony Run will be automatically forwarded, and she will have access to Stony Run’s computer system, including email.  The office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.
Meeting Facilitator’s schedule:  Larry Reid’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday.  He will generally be in the office from 9 am to 5 pm while Cindy is working at home.
First Day silent announcements:  Items are due by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for the July/August issue are due to the office by Friday, June 23.
Monthly Giving:  Stony Run can accept contributions online through Paypal or a credit card.  Go to www.stonyrunfriends.org and click on the yellow “Donate” button.  You can authorize a one-time contribution or recurring donations.
Giving Committee members:  Margaret Allen, Janet Daley, Lynn Jordan, John Merrill (clerk), Sandi Morton, Rebecca Snyder, Beth Wells