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"One never brings anything to meeting with the certainty of giving it there, but one tries not to come empty."
Douglas V. Steere, in A Quaker Meeting for Worship

May 9:

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, see below for details



UNPROGRAMMED Meetings for Worship are held at 9:30 and 11 am on First Day.  Those who gather for 9:30 worship will decide whether to meet outdoors or in the meeting room.  At 11 am, the meeting room and Zoom will merge for worship.  Childcare for all ages is provided from 9:15 to 10:45.  Children age 5 years and older are encouraged to participate in worship until 11:20 and then join First Day School.  Childcare continues for ages four and under until 12:15.   In the meeting room, the overhead fans will be on and windows open; please dress accordingly.
Opening the meetinghouse for worship and other gatherings does not mean it is safe – your safest option is to quarantine. 
At all times and in all places in the meetinghouse, wear a mask and maintain six feet of separation. 
 Any persons who come to the meetinghouse will do so because they have decided to accept the attendant risk. 
Please refer to the Reopening Plan for a complete set of guidelines for when you are in the meetinghouse. 
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) can help you determine if you have Covid-19 symptoms and/or whether you should take extra precautions.
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.
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 and use meeting ID 219 124 6811 and the password 546780.
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.
Saturday, May 8, at 1 pm:  Memorial Meeting for Worship for Michael Boardman, via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/95449068402?pwd=ZnNMQ2N3TnhHZC9nZlhFN05TZmVidz09.  Meeting ID is 954 4906 8402; passcode is 815861.  Note:  This is a unique Zoom address.
Saturday, May 8, from 2:30 to 4 pm:  Just Peace meeting, via the Zoom address used for unprogrammed worship.  Just Peace is a collaboration between Unified Efforts youth and Stony Run Quakers and is focused on police accountability and reform.  The group meets on the second Saturday of each month, and everyone is welcome!
Ceasefire weekend is Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 9.  Please visit the Ceasefire website (www.baltimoreceasefire.com) to find an event you can attend to show your support for a group praying and working for non-violence in Baltimore.  Contact Brian Gamble if you have questions.  Some possibilities…
Friday, from 5 to 6 pm:  Vigil in front of Homewood Friends’ meetinghouse; bring signs (Black Lives Matter, Ceasefire, Say Their Names, etc.) or use one of Homewood’s ‘loaner’ signs.
Saturday, at 11 am:  Maryland Lynching Memorial Project live streaming of a ceremony in remembrance of Howard Cooper, at https://youtu.be/QIcZXhX5zp8.
Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm:  Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition (BLMIC) member organizations [that includes us at Stony Run!] are asked to Make Good Trouble and join a “votercade.”  Meet in Sandtown at 1537 McKean Avenue, at Marvin "Doc" Cheatham Park.  The votercade will be one of 100 across the country meant to make people aware of and build support for the For the People Act, DC Statehood, and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act in the US Senate.  Gather at 1:45 to decorate cars.
Thursday, May 13, 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.
Friday, May 14, through Saturday, May 15:  Spiritual Formation Spring Retreat, via Zoom.  The theme is “Joy & Woe.”  For more information and to register, go to www.bym-rsf.org/events/spiritform or see the article in the May Newsletter.
Saturday, May 15, at 11 am:  Reading and celebration of the publication of Awali Oyenuga’s essay in the “Student Voices” section in the May issue of Friends Journal.  Awali, the daughter of RoJamie Ovenuga, is a middle-schooler at Friends School.  She will read her essay, and we will celebrate together with light refreshments at this outdoor event.  Further details will be available next week.
Sunday, May 16, at noon:  Final of four third-Sunday-of-the-month events, to view and then discuss a short Quaker Speak video.  The topic is “Frequently Asked Questions about Quaker Meeting for Worship.”  This series is presented by Patapsco Monthly Meeting.  Register in advance at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocemurzgrE9ZxjgNDmbCf3T9D7rN... After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Saturday, May 22, at 11 am:  Memorial Meeting for Worship for Pia Massey, via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/99766830536?pwd=ajkxa3dUdTN6c2FjSXRtZ0h4SHRCdz09. Meeting ID: 997 6683 0536; Passcode: 931005.  Note:  This is a unique Zoom address.
Sunday, June 13, at 9 am:  Parfaite Ntahuba and some of her colleagues from Friends Women’s Association in Burundi will join us via Zoom to discuss their work for women’s economic empowerment in Kamenge.  They will also bring us up to date about the Burundi women’s clinic.  For more information, please contact Sandi Morton.
If you are willing to help fund a fence to surround a house on a busy street where a child with cerebral palsy and moderate intellectual disability lives with his Syrian refugee family, for the purpose of keeping that child safe, please send a check to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with “fence project Syrian family” on the memo line.  You can also donate for this purpose on our website.  Total cost for materials is expected to be $6,000.  The family and their friends will supply the labor.  Because this is for just one family, your contribution will not be tax-deductible, but it is likely to give you joy!  The May Newsletter contains more details.
Social Order Box:  Donations during April and May go to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) https://www.splcenter.org/.  The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.  Checks for the Social Order Box can be mailed to the meetinghouse or placed in the box standing at the entrance to the library; you can also select the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution.  Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry especially needs dry boxed pasta (such as elbow macaroni) canned pasta meals, jelly, and toothpaste.  If buying and then bringing items to Stony Run is too problematic, you can send a financial contribution to the meetinghouse.  Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with CARES on the memo line.
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.
Jonathan Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund applications are being accepted.  The fund is administered by Stony Run trustees, and preference goes to members of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting community.  For the 2021-2022 academic year, up to $15,000 is available to be distributed among the successful applicants.  For more information, or to apply by the June 1, 2021 deadline, contact Cindy Maier or Nick Fessenden.
From the Office
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is staffed Monday through Thursday, with some staff working from home and (usually) at least one person in the office.  The office is closed on Friday.  To contact Larry, Cindy or Janet, please use email, if possible.
Weekly announcements:  The deadline to submit events or announcements is noon each Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for the June Newsletter are due by May 15.
Giving to the Meeting
Contributions toward the Meeting’s operating budget can be mailed to the meetinghouse or placed in the wall-mounted box next to the elevator; you can also select the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution.