Food for Thought
"This is a list of negatives – no priests, no creeds, no sacraments, no service – yet at the same time each negative rejects a limitation; no one priest, for all are open to the word of God; no defined creed, for each must find his own way of expressing his own experience; no sacramental rites, for all of life is sacramental: no prearranged service, so that all of Meeting is open to God’s message, however it is expressed."
Geoffrey Hubbard, in Quaker by Convincement
8:30 am Meeting for Worship
10:00 am Meeting for Worship
11:00 am Programmed Meeting for Worship, via Zoom
See below for details.
During July and August, unprogrammed meetings for worship are held one hour earlier, at 8:30 and 10 am.
UNPROGRAMMED Meeting for Worship is held at 8:30 and 10 am on First Day. Those who gather for 8:30 worship will decide whether to meet outdoors or in the meeting room. At 10 am, the meeting room and Zoom will merge for worship. Childcare for all ages is provided from 8:15 to 9:45 am. Children age 5 years and older are then encouraged to participate in worship until 10:20, followed by First Day School. Childcare continues for ages four and under until 11:15. 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 10 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.
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, August 7, at 11 am: Memorial Meeting for Worship for Michael Vermehren, who died on May 15. Our worship will be a hybrid of Zoom and in-person participation. A reception will follow outside, under a tent on Friends School grounds.
Volunteers are needed for clean up after the reception. Please contact Larry Reid if you can help.
Sunday, August 8, from 1 to 2 pm: Bible Study with Paul Isayi, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship, held on the second Sunday of the month. Contact Paul if you have questions.
Thursday, August 12, 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.
Saturday, August 14, from 2:30 to 4 pm: Just Peace will meet in person on the front porch of the meetinghouse. 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!
As we approach the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held this November in Glasgow, BYM Unity with Nature has been encouraging Friends to attend a series of free Climate and Sustainability webinars by Dr. Sara Via, Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park.
Wednesdays 4-5:30 PM EDT. Free!
Details and registration at https://climatecorner.org/webinars/
8/4 Your carbon footprint and how to shrink it
8/18 Taming residential food waste
Our Fall Camping Weekend will not be held this year. BYM is not making entire camps available for rental in the fall. Hopefully, we will be back to Catoctin in 2022.
Do you know of a reliable surplus vehicle? LaMontez Mosley is part of the Unified Efforts (UE) program. He is working full-time at Amazon's Baltimore Facility, but the bus is unreliable, and Uber/Lyft are expensive. Does anyone have or know of a reliable vehicle that’s no longer needed and could be donated? Tez is a founding member of the Just Peace Working Group, a 2019 graduate of Connections High School, and an intern at UE’s Baltimore Blast and I Belong Magazine. Please contact Unified Efforts’ Executive Director, Debbie Ramsey, or board President Adrian Bishop. Both are Stony Run members.
The working group behind Quaker Voice Maryland is hoping for input regarding what was accomplished during the 2021 General Assembly. Results from this 5 to 10 minute survey will help shape the future of Quaker Voice. Please go to https://forms.gle/CACYF5Ckx7K2Qued6 . For more information, check out the 2021 Legislative Summary now available online at https://www.quakervoicemd.org/resources.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry would like to express their gratitude for all the jelly and spaghetti noodles contributed by Stony Run Friends. Additional donations of both of these items would be appreciated, as they are in high demand. CARES clients are also in need of cleaning supplies: dish and laundry detergent and household cleaners. 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.
Social Order Box: Donations during August and September will go to the Ramallah Friends School. (RFS) offers children and youth in Palestine an academically rigorous and inclusive learning environment guided by Quaker principles and values. Ramallah Friends School is a non-profit institution, relying on charitable contributions to fund their student financial aid program, teacher salaries, educational projects, and the maintenance of school facilities.
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.
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.
From the Office
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is staffed Monday through Thursday, with (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. Cindy had knee replacement surgery on July 12. When she has recovered enough to do so, she will begin working from home; when she is able to drive again, she will return to the office. During her early recovery, please contact Larry if you need assistance.
Weekly announcements: The deadline to submit events or announcements is noon each Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the September Newsletter are due by August 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.