Food for Thought
"Now is where we live, now is where the past must be overcome, now is where we meet others, now is where we must find the presence of God."
Carol R. Murphy, in Holy Morality: A Religious Approach to Ethics
September 22 at Stony Run:
8:30 am Peace & Justice Committee, in Room 105
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
11:00 am Property Committee, in Room 103
11:20 am First Day School classes
12:15 pm Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
12:30 pm Quaker Voice Maryland listening session, in the Double Classroom
12:30 pm New photos taken for the gallery
1:00 pm Change Group discussion, in the Library
DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Maryland Quaker Voice listening session: Contact Marc Oliver for information.
Photos for the gallery: Matthew D'Agostino was unable to take photos for the second floor gallery last First Day due to unforeseen difficulties – but he does plan to take photos this week. Meet Matt in the Dining Room during Simple Lunch; he will be taking pictures from about 12:30 to 1:30 pm. He will also take photos on 10/6. For more information, contact Bob Breyer.
Change Group discussion: Contact Carol Currotto for information.
Also today, from 12:30 to 2:30, Homewood Meeting is hosting a native garden celebration and green congregation resource fair. See the flyer on the hall table.
Tuesday, September 24, at 1 pm: Baltimore Municipal Zoning Appeals Board hearing for Unified Efforts’ proposed building in Penn-North. See the flyer on the hall table. Please support UE!
Wednesday, September 25, from 6:30 to 8 pm: The Stony Run Antiracist Book Club is picking up again. Next we will read and discuss Ibram X. Kendi's How to be an Antiracist. Please read at least the first four chapters. We’ll meet in the library, and all are welcome.
Saturday, September 28, from 7 to 10 pm: Clay Pots’ “Fall Flavors” fundraiser. Ticket and art sales (including 20 paintings by Bill Miles) will benefit Clay Pots’ workforce development, education, and art and wellness programs in southwest Baltimore. Go to www.claypotsbaltimore.org/fallflavors for details.
Friday to Sunday, September 27-29: Stony Run’s 2019 camping weekend, at Catoctin Quaker Camp near Thurmont. Come for a day or the entire weekend. There will be hiking, canoeing, night time visits to the campfire ring, cooperative meals, and time to play, relax and share with Friends. The registration form (so that we know how much food to buy) is on the hall table and in the September newsletter. Contact Blaine Keener with any questions.
Friday evening to Sunday noon, September 27-29: BYM Young Friends Con here at Stony Run. High school age Friends from across Baltimore Yearly Meeting will gather here for their fall conference.
Sunday, September 29: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting. The focus will be “Nurturing the Children in our Meetings.” See the flyer (pink paper) on the hall table.
Sunday, September 29, at 1 pm: Parfaite Ntahuba will speak about the Friends Women’s Association in Burundi. See the yellow flyer on the hall table or contact Sandi Morton for information.
Sunday, September 29, at 4 pm: Memorial gathering for Jack Beebe at The Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue). Contributions via check, to help cover the cost of the memorial service, can be made out to Elizabeth Cooper and sent to her at 2726 N. Howard Street, Baltimore 21218.
Thursday, October 3, at 9:30 am: Meeting for Worship for Healing. See the flyer (lilac paper) on the hall table or contact Dellie James for information.
Sunday, October 6, at 1 pm: Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. Stony Run attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care is provided.
Thursday, October 10, at noon: Quaker Lunch with Friends living at Broadmead is held on the second Thursday of the month. Contact Marilyn Rothstein (email@example.com) by the preceding Tuesday evening to be included in the head count. Cost is $10.
Sunday, October 13, at 9:15 am: “White Fragility.” Have you been hearing terms like ‘white privilege’ and ‘white fragility’? Are you curious about what those and other terms mean when people are discussing racism and antiracism? Friends who were involved in the reading and discussion of the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo will lead a discussion of these concepts. Advance reading is not required. Please come if you have questions and curiosity, or if you have experiences, learnings and/or opinions to share. All are encouraged to attend! Contact Karie Firoozmand if you need more information.
Sunday, October 13, at 2 pm: Programmed Quaker Worship in the Kenyan tradition, followed by social time. Everyone is invited to this monthly (on the second First Day) worship with Kenyan Quakers in the Baltimore area. For information, contact Gilbert Imbayi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 20, from 5 to 8 pm: Cooperative Outreach pot luck. The group will again share food and stories about the work Stony Run is doing in the world. The goal is to build connections and to share information and resources. Please bring a dish to share if you can. Contact Sandi Morton for more information.
Please support GEDCO’s CARES pantry. Non-perishable groceries may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear stairs. The pantry is low on canned fruit and canned vegetables, as well as dry pasta and bottled pasta sauces. Items low in sodium or added sugar, and those containing whole grains, are appreciated.
Social Order Box: Donations during August and September go to Baltimore Ceasefire 365. Supporters of Ceasefire are making the commitment to one another to be non-violent in thoughts, words, and deeds, for AT LEAST Ceasefire weekends. Go to www.baltimoreceasefire.com for information and inspiration. 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.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. The office is closed on Friday for the time being. Our office manager, Cindy Eyler, is working from home several days a week while she cares for her mother in home hospice. She can access her Stony Run email from home, and she would prefer email rather than messages left on her office telephone. If you’re coming to the meetinghouse during the week, call ahead to be sure that Cindy or Larry will be here.
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 November issue are due by October 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
Trustees determined the 2019 harvest of Endowments and Invested Reserves to support the operating budget using the formula of 4% of the average of 2015, 2016 and 2017 balances. That three-year average was approximately $3,264,000, and the amount being transferred in 2019 is $132,163.
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.