Food for Thought
"Any group, like the Society of Friends, that is composed almost altogether of the fortunate, must ask itself as John Woolman did, what its own responsibility is toward any form of misfortune that is caused by society’s indifference to, if not exploitation of, certain of its elements."
Mildred B. Young, in What Does the Lord Require of Thee
December 15 at Stony Run:
9:00 am Ministry & Counsel Committee, in Room 105
9:00 am Funds Review & Use Committee, in Room 203
9:00 am Library Committee, in the Library
9:00 am Religious Education Committee, in Room 104
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
10:30 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 Monthly Adult First Day School, in the Library
12:15 pm Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
1:00 pm Spirit-led Parenting, in the Library
7:00 pm Carol Sing, in the Meeting Room
DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Adult First Day School: Are you new to Friends, but too old for First Day School? Not anymore! The Religious Education Committee is offering an adult class on the third First Day of each month. Head across the hall to the Library when the children leave the meeting room for their classes. The topic this month is Quaker worship.
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, and child care is provided.
Carol Sing! Join in for an hour of fun and music for all ages at the second of three carol sing evenings this month. Speak with David Macfarlane for information.
Sunday, December 22, at 7 pm: Third and final week of Carol Sing, followed by refreshments. [Are you a cookie baker? Please consider sharing several dozen of your cookies with Friends this evening. Contact David Macfarlane if you can help. Labeled containers of cookies may be left in the meetinghouse freezer in advance.]
Tuesday, December 24, at 7 pm: Fireside on Christmas Eve. This gathering in the library, with a fire in the fireplace, is held every year. It’s a time for stories and songs for young and old, followed by cookies and cider in the dining room. Contact Nancy Moore for information.
Tuesday, December 31, from 6 to 9 pm: New Year’s Eve at Homewood Meeting. We are invited to a coffee house at Homewood. Share a potluck dinner, poetry, music, games and fellowship. Call Megan Shook (410)419-0099 with questions.
Interested in building a deeper sense of community at Stony Run? CCC (the Community, Care & Clearness committee) is forming a sub-committee focused on community building, and anyone who’s interested is invited to attend a meeting on January 19 after simple lunch. We'll brainstorm ideas like friendly eights/eats and other activities to foster fellowship and deepen inter-connectedness. For more information contact Paul Phillips.
Holiday gifts for McKim Community Center children: There is a decorated box in the Library to collect gifts for McKim’s Christmas party, for children ages 5 to 14. Please do not wrap your gifts; volunteers will match an appropriate gift to each child. Suggested gifts are games, sports equipment, puzzles, and arts & crafts materials. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to the McKim Community Center – NOT to Stony Run, and place it in the envelope on the front of the donation box. Today, December 15, is the deadline!
Unified Efforts (UE) needs your help to continue serving youths in Penn-North, especially during the upcoming holidays when schools are not in session. Your support during the past four years has made a difference in quality of life for UE students. Please make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with Unified Efforts on the memo line.
With our assistance, the Kamenge Clinic in Burundi was able to hire a second doctor and now has the clinic open five days a week – and the number of patient visits has quadrupled! Please consider supporting the continuation of this good work of the Friends Women’s Association. For information, contact Sandi Morton.
Please support GEDCO’s CARES pantry. Non-perishable groceries may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase. The CARES pantry especially needs canned fruit, canned vegetables, soups, canned tuna and meats, condiments and canned pasta meals. Items low in sodium or added sugar, and those containing whole grains, are appreciated.
Social Order Box: Donations during December and January will go to the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR), a bipartisan alliance that advocates for evidence-based, humane laws & policies in Maryland's correctional facilities. For more information, go to www.ma4jr.org. 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 prison pen-pal program of Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) has a backlog of pen-pal requests from incarcerated persons. IAHR is seeking volunteers to correspond monthly with a pen-pal. For more information, contact IAHR board member John List (email@example.com or 703-624-1467).
A few of the simple, beautiful 2020 Scull calendars are available on the hallway table downstairs. They are $9 each.
Stony Run is accepting applications for a temporary 10 hour per week contractual office assistant. This individual will work with the office manager. Tasks include greeting visitors, answering telephone and e-mail, scheduling use of the meetinghouse, preparing announcements and newsletters, preparing requisitions for paying bills and check requests, assisting the bookkeeper, and other tasks. Office experience, including office computer software, required. The position will last approximately one year. Please submit a resume and names of two references to Meg Meyer. Applications will be received until December 30, 2019.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. The office is closed on Friday.
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 usually due by noon on the preceding Wednesday. Announcements for 12/22 and 12/29 will be combined into a single issue; items to be included are due at the office by noon on Wednesday, 12/18.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the January issue are due today, 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 – FINANCIAL FACTS
Contributions toward the Meeting’s operating budget, either 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.
If you wish to donate stock to Stony Run, notify Cindy Eyler in the office. She will provide you with the necessary broker-to-broker transfer information, and she will alert the Meeting’s investment account manager to expect the transfer.