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"The best type of religion is one in which the mystical, the evangelical, the rational and the social are so related that each exercises a restraint on the others…In Quakerism the optimum is not equality in rank of the four elements.  The mystical is basic.  The Light Within occasions the acceptance or rejection of a particular authority, reason or service."
Howard H. Brinton, in Friends for 300 Years

March 11 at Stony Run - Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting (CQM):

8:30 am     Nominating Committee, in Room 202
9:00 am     CQM gathering and light refreshments, in the Dining Room
9:15 am     Child care, until 12:15 and again at 1:00, in the Roberts Room
9:15 am     CQM Program:  Workshop on strategic nonviolence, in the Dining Room
9:30 am     Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
10:30 am   Juice and time to visit, in the Library
10:35 am   Hymn singing, in the Meeting Room
11:00 am   Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
11:20 am   First Day School
12:00 pm   Lunch, in the Dining Room
12:00 pm   Pi Day Pie Sale, in the Dining Room
1:15 pm     Quarterly Business Meeting, in the Dining Room
2:00 pm     Programmed worship with Kenyan Quakers, in the Meeting Room



Stony Run hosts Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting today.  Copies of the CQM flyer are on the hall table (bright pink paper).
Pi Day Pie Sale benefits the Stoneman Douglas High School activists.  These pies were made on Saturday by our high school and middle school Friends.
Programmed worship:  Everyone is invited to this monthly worship with Kenyan and Evangelical/ Orthodox Quakers from the Baltimore area.
Wednesday, March 14, from 7 to 9 pm:  Panel discussion on challenges women face in Maryland prisons and in returning to the community, sponsored by Interfaith Action for Human Rights, at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, in Pikesville.  See the flyer on the hall table.
Sunday, March 18, at 1 pm:  Workshop on spirit-based child-raising, sponsored by the Religious Education Committee.  Friends have expressed a wish to receive input and support for spirit-based child-raising, and this is a requested second session.  Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are especially invited to attend this session, but everyone is welcome.  Child care will be provided.
Sunday, March 18, at 1 pm:  Discussion of funding for Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM).  BYM’s Development Director and the clerk of BYM’s Development Committee will be at Stony Run at our request to tell us about the fund-raising activities of BYM and how these relate to apportionment and BYM’s budget.  Apportionment formula changes have increased the amount requested of Stony Run, and the Meeting needs to better understand the BYM’s budget, fund-raising, and apportionment.
Tuesday, March 20, from 7 to 9 pm:  Second session in a series about the experience of Meeting for Worship, sponsored by Ministry & Counsel.  Explore the subtleties of how we prepare for worship, center in worship, and speak in worship.  Additional sessions on April 3 & 17; attend one or more as you are led.  For information, contact Paul Phillips.
Thursday, March 22, at 7 pm:  “Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion,” presented by Freeman Hrabowski III, president of UMBC, in the Broadmead auditorium.
Saturday, March 24:  March for Our Lives – a student-led march against gun violence, in Washington.  There are now only a few seats remaining on the bus we chartered.  To reserve and then confirm seats, you need to 1) email the Meeting office (sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org) to reserve one or more seats, and then 2) pay for those seats (with a check for $40/person, made out to Stony Run Friends and with “3/24 bus” on the memo line).  We cannot guarantee seats that are not paid for.  A Friend has offered to pay for two bus seats for persons under the age of 30; contact the office if you want to use those seats.
Sunday, March 25, from 9 to 10:30 am:  All-Meeting breakfast!  Everyone is invited to attend and share in what is always very good food!  This annual event is a rich opportunity for social time with each other, plus we get to hear from three members about their path to SRFM – this year it’s Henry Apencha, Linda Leonard and Kathryn Pettus.
Sunday, March 25, at 1 pm:  Planning meeting for the Men’s Retreat.  Contact Blaine Keener for information.
Sunday, April 1, at 11:20 am:  Egg Hunt for the younger students in our First Day School, hosted by the high school and middle school students.  To be held outside the sunporch, weather permitting, or inside the sunporch and dining room.
Sunday, April 8, at 9 am:  A discussion of how and when to downsize living arrangements, sponsored by the 70+ Club.  Come learn from the experience of Friends who’ve been through it.
Sunday, April 22, at 1 pm:  All-Meeting budget discussion, an opportunity for us to explore our spending and fundraising priorities and provide guidance for the development of the next budget.
Friday to Sunday, April 27-29:  The 17th annual men’s retreat at Camp Catoctin.
Sunday, April 29, at 9 am:  Friends Journal Executive Director, Gabriel Ehri, joins us for a discussion of Friends Journal's past, present, and hopes for the future.
The newest listing of Racial Justice Events in the Baltimore area is now on the hall table.  It contains many events to choose from, including plays, book talks, speakers, and conversations.
Zawadi Dance is assisting two refugee families who need help with home equipment and furnishings.  See the current list of needed items, updated on February 28; it’s on the hall table (goldenrod paper) and includes contact information for Zawadi.
Social Order Box:  Donations this month go to Baltimore Ceasefire 365, a grassroots movement of Baltimore residents that’s a hub for citizens and organizations to work together and share resources to see an end to murder in Baltimore City.  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.
Office hours:  The Meeting office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm; on Fridays, the office is open until 11:30 am.  The office will be closed on Friday, March 16.
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 are due by the 15th of the preceding month.
Paper copies of the current 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 at the meetinghouse:  Contributions by check or in cash can be placed in the wall-mounted box near the elevator; checks can also be mailed to the meetinghouse.  Please make checks payable to Stony Run Friends.