Food for Thought
"It has been said that Friends have not so much abolished the clergy as they have abolished the laity."
Rachel R. Cadbury, in The Choice Before Us
November 18 at Stony Run:
9:00 am Ministry & Counsel Committee, in Room 105
9:00 am Religious Education Committee, in Room 104
9:00 am Funds Review & Use Committee (FRAUC), in Room 203
9:00 am Library Committee, in the Library
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
11:00 am Property Committee, in Room 203
11:20 am First Day School classes
12:15 pm Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
12:15 pm Pie Sale, in the Dining Room
7:30 pm Working Group on Racism, in the Dining Room
DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Junior Young Friends’ and Young Friends’ Pie Sale helps to finance the purchase of toiletries to go into holiday gift bags for clients of the Women’s Housing Coalition (see text under “Announcements” for more information). Don’t miss out on one – or more – of these delicious, freshly-made pies.
Thursday, November 22, at 10 am: Thanksgiving Day Meeting for Worship, jointly with Homewood Friends. This shared worship is held each year, alternating between the two meetinghouses, and this year it’s our turn to be the hosts.
Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC) holiday gift bag project: Again this year the Meeting is collecting new, warm hat/gloves/scarf sets to go into 100 gift bags for clients of the WHC. Some Friends prefer to support the purchase of these items with cash or checks (made out to Stony Run Friends, with ‘WHC’ on the memo line), and there is a decorated box on the bench in the Library, until December 9, to accept clothing, cash and checks. The gift bags will also contain toiletries. Contact Denise Wible for information.
Read-A-Thon to benefit Unified Efforts: It’s easy! Get pledges – Read books – Collect pledges and donate the total to Unified Efforts! See the flyer/pledge sheet on the hall table or in the November Newsletter.
Holiday gifts for children at the McKim Community Center: Beginning November 25 and through December 16, there will be a decorated box in the Library to collect toys, games and other gifts for McKim’s Christmas party, for children ages 5 to 14. Please do not wrap your gifts, so that volunteers can match an appropriate gift to each child. Gifts could be games, sports equipment, AMC movie tickets, or gift cards to Walmart; for older girls, nail polish sets and hand cream would be appreciated. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to the McKim Community Center and place it in the envelope on the front of the donation box; McKim volunteers will do the shopping for you.
Guli Fager and the pastor of St. Luke's Church in Hampden are providing hospitality and syringe exchange to those in need. Many of those impacted by opioid addiction also experience homelessness. Donations of nutrition drinks (Ensure, Boost, etc., any flavor) as well as toothbrushes and travel-size toothpaste are greatly appreciated. There is a paper bag for donations in the library.
Our long-time housekeeper, Allen Norris, is still having difficulty swallowing food in the aftermath of his cancer treatments, and so he needs to supplement his diet with nutrition drinks. Friends can leave donations of high-protein Boost or Ensure for Allen on the bench in the photo gallery.
Please support the CARES pantry. Non-perishable grocery items may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase. Grocery bags – paper, plastic or fabric – are also needed.
Social Order Box: Donations during the remainder of 2018 will go to Belize Friends School, where Rosalie Dance and Adrian Bishop are in residence to assist with development of both the academic program and the physical plant. 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.
The Burial Ground Committee is verifying current data against Burial Ground records and would like anyone having documentation of ownership to please share that information with the committee. Contact Julie Craft.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Friday from 9 to 11:30 am. The meetinghouse office will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23.
Meeting Facilitator’s schedule: Larry Reid’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday. His hours vary to allow for evening meetings and weekend events.
First Day silent announcements: Items to be included are due by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the January issue are due December 15.
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.
GIVING TO THE MEETING
Contributions to the Meeting by check or in cash can be placed in the wall-mounted box near the elevator; checks can also be mailed to the meetinghouse. Please make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting.
As of September 30, Stony Run contributions were down $14,000 from what they were by that date in 2017 – and in order to balance expenses and income this year, Stony Run needs to increase contributions by $6000 over last year. If you have not made your annual contributions for 2018, please do so, and please consider an increase.