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"My sunrise meditation means more to me now than ever.  At dawn it is easier to feel the universe is one organic whole, held together by that Radiating Power of Love that flows through everything -- including thee and me.... By using the power of mature, redemptive love, we can show each individual that we need his or her uniqueness to make us whole.  We will then see that we have something to give others and that others have something to give us."
 
Rachel Davis DuBois, 1978
 

October 24, 2021:

9:30 am     Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship
11:00 am   Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship
11:00 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship
 
 
See below for details.
 
   

 


 

UNPROGRAMMED Meeting for Worship is 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 am. Children age 5 years and older are then encouraged to participate in worship until 11:20, followed by 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. See the guidelines here.
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. 
 
PROGRAMMED worship will be held at 11 am.  Worshippers can participate via Zoom at 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 via Zoom:  Bible Study.  The Meeting ID and password are the same as for programmed worship on First Day.  For information, contact Pastor Ronald Moyia.
 
Saturday, October 23, at 2 pm:  Memorial Meeting for Worship for Lois Sexton at Gunpowder Friends Meeting, 14943 Priceville Road, Sparks MD.
 
Saturday, October 23, from 4:30 to 8 pm:  The Religious Education Committee invites everyone to the rain date for a light hike on Stony Run trails, followed by meeting for worship around a fire circle and then a light dinner and yummy fall treats.  Meet on the front steps of the meetinghouse; bring a chair and a flashlight if you’d like.  Please RSVP to RoJamie Oyenuga by Thursday, October 21.
 
Sunday, November 7, at 1 pm:  Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, via Zoom.  Stony Run attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to attend and to learn about Friends’ decision-making process.  The Zoom address is the same as for unprogrammed worship.
 
Thursday, November 11, 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, November 13, from 2:30 to 4 pm: Just Peace will meet via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship.  Just Peace is a collaboration between Unified Efforts youths 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! 
 
Sunday, November 14, from 1 to 2 pm:  Bible Study with Paul Isayi, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship is held on the second Sunday of the month.  Contact Paul if you have questions.
 
Announcements
 
Interested in ways to refresh and improve Stony Run’s website?  Brian Gamble is collecting ideas and suggestions.  Contact her to schedule a convenient time to meet with her.
 
Ann Tarbell, who has been part of the Stony Run community for more than 20 years, is currently in transition and looking for a couple or family with whom she could live, preferably in Baltimore City.  Ann is hoping to hear from someone during the coming week.  If you’re interested, please contact her at 410-435-8435.
 
Donations are needed for Zeyad, a refugee from Sudan and then Egypt, who is a twelfth grader at Archbishop Curley this year. Thank you to all of those who have generously supported him during his first three years of high school!  We need funds to close the gap (a little over $2,000) remaining after financial aid from the school and a BOOST scholarship from the State.  Donations to benefit a specific individual are not tax deductible, but Zeyad and his family appreciate your generosity!  Make checks payable to Stony Run and write Zeyad's tuition in the memo line.
 
Debbie Ramsey was interviewed for a recent production of Quaker Speak from Friends Journal.  It’s called Serving Outside the Quaker Community.  Watch it at https://quakerspeak.com/video/serving/.
 
As we approach the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held this November in Glasgow, Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Unity with Nature committee is encouraging Friends to review a series of free Climate and Sustainability webinars by Dr. Sara Via, Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park.  Details and registration are at https://climatecorner.org/webinars/.
Women’s Housing Coalition Gift Bag Project:  Regardless of the pandemic, we are again collecting donations of new hats, gloves, and scarves or cash donations to purchase these items, together with various toiletries, to go into gift bags for the clients of the Women’s Housing Coalition.   There is a box in the Library until December 5 to collect donations of these items or cash or checks (made payable to Stony Run Friends with “WHC” on the memo line) towards their purchase.  Checks can also be mailed to the Meeting office.  We are uncertain as to whether our other groups of students will be able to assist this year.  That fact, coupled with increasing prices, means that we especially need Friends to be generous. Contact Denise Wible for more information.
 
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry needs jelly (they never seem to have enough!) and baked beans.  CARES clients are also in need of dish and laundry detergents and household cleaning supplies. You can bring donated items to the meetinghouse, and a volunteer will take them to CARES – or you can send a financial contribution to the meetinghouse, with the check made payable to Stony Run Friends and CARES on the memo line.
 
Social Order Box:  Donations during October and November will go to the Baltimore American Indian Center.  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 Committee for Support and Supervision requests the assistance of the meeting community in preparing the annual evaluation for our Meeting Facilitator, Larry Reid.  If you would like to give input on your experience with Larry in that role, please send your comments to Rebecca Snyder by Monday, November 1.  To help you frame your thoughts as appropriate feedback on the Facilitators role, you may wish to see the duties of the position, taken from the job description; if so, please request them from Rebecca.
 
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.
 
Weekly announcements:  The deadline to submit events or announcements is noon each Wednesday.
 
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for Stony Run’s December Newsletter are due by November 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.