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"Friends have been able to keep luxuries at a near reasonable minimum, but the simplicity testimony has cost less than some others because we obey it less."
Dwight Spann-Wilson, in a talk at New England Yearly Meeting entitled The Cost of Quakerism (1976)

January 26 at Stony Run:

8:30 am     Peace & Justice Committee, in Room 105
9:00 am     Library Committee, in the Library
9:00 am     Finance Committee, in Room 203
9:15 am     Child care, until 12:15, in the Roberts Room
9:30 am     Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
10:00 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship, in Friends School’s choral 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
12:15 pm   Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
1:00 pm     Change Group, in the Library



Programmed Quaker Worship in the Kenyan tradition is now a weekly event.  Everyone is invited to worship with Kenyan Quakers living in the Baltimore area.  Contact Gilbert Imbayi at gilbert.imbayi@gmail.com for information.  There are copies of directions to the choral room on the hall table nearest the entrance to the meetinghouse.
Change Group meeting:  Are you ready to make our Vision of Embracing Pluralism happen?  Join the Change Group for a planning session.  All are welcome.  Let's create a community that is a safe space for all peoples.  Contact Brian Gamble with any questions.
Sunday, February 2, 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.
Sunday, February 2, at 6 pm:  Souper Bowl fundraiser for the CARES pantry, at the home of Annemiek Wilms Floet (214 Witherspoon Road).  It won’t be the game that Ravens fans wanted, but it’s still a great opportunity for us to have social time together and support CARES.  Please RSVP to the meetinghouse office by Saturday.  Then, please join the party with a dish to share and a donation for the Souper Bowl basket to benefit the CARES pantry.
Thursday, February 6, at 9:30 am:  Meeting for Worship for Healing.  See the flyer (lilac paper) on the hall table or contact Dellie James for information.
Thursday, February 13, at noon:  Quaker Lunch with Friends living at Broadmead is held on the second Thursday of the month.  Contact marilynrothstein@comcast.net by the preceding Tuesday evening to be included in the headcount.  Cost is $10.
Thursday, February 13, from 7 to 9 pm:  Coming to the Table (CTTT) – Baltimore Group.  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.”  For more information and/or to get on the Baltimore group's email list, visit https://comingtothetable.org/organizer/md-baltimore/.
Sunday, February 16:  Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, at Little Falls Monthly Meeting in Fallston.  See the flyer (blue paper) on the hall table.
Sunday, February 16, at 11:20 am:  Adult First Day School.  The Religious Education Committee offers a monthly adult class covering the faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends.  Head across the hall to the library when the children leave the meeting room for their classes.
Sunday, February 16, at 12:30 pm:  Brainstorm ideas about Stony Run as a welcoming meeting.  CCC (the Community, Care & Clearness committee) is forming a sub-committee to explore the ways in which we are welcoming, or maybe are not sufficiently welcoming and could become more so.  No ongoing commitment is required, though that would be welcome.  For more information contact Karie Firoozmand.
Sunday, February 16, at 1 pm:  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.
Saturday, February 29, from 9:30 am to 3 pm:  Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s 2020 Religious Education Retreat at Adelphi Friends Meeting.  See the flyer (goldenrod paper) on the hall table.
The Structure in Transition (SIT) Committee wants to know – What is it about the Stony Run community that is important to you?  Please send your email response to SIT@stonyrunfriends.org or respond via a paper form available on the lecterns outside the meeting room.
Friends seeking financial aid from Stony Run for their children to remain enrolled at Friends School of Baltimore must have their applications to the Stony Run office not later than noon on Monday, February 3.  The application must include any award notification from the school.  Application forms are on the hall table.
BYM’s 2020 Quaker Summer Camp Program
- Registration is now open for all campers.  Go to www.bymcamps.org for information and to register.
- Applications for Quaker camp scholarships from Stony Run are due to the meetinghouse office by Friday, February 14.  Copies of the form (pink paper) are on the hall table, or you can contact the office (sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org) to have the form emailed to you.
GEDCO’s CARES pantry is running low on the following items:  canned fruit, canned pasta, jelly, cereal, and grocery bags (paper, plastic or reusable).  Non-perishable groceries may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase.  The volunteers at CARES have expressed their heartfelt thanks to Stony Run Meeting for our consistent support of their work.
Social Order Box:  Donations during December and January 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.  See the flyer on the hall table about MAJR’s Lobby Day in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 26.  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.
A few of the simple, beautiful 2020 Scull calendars are available on the hallway table downstairs.  They are $9 each.
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm.  The office is closed on Friday.
Reminder:  Friends School provides snow and ice removal for Stony Run, so when we experience bad winter weather the meetinghouse office follows the school’s announcement (if any) of a delayed or cancelled opening.  Such announcements will be at www.friendsbalt.org.
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 March issue are due by February 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.
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.
About 40% of the donations for our operating budget come from Friends who make monthly contributions directly from their checking accounts.  Monthly contributions help to smooth out our income during the year.  If you would like to enroll to make monthly Direct Support contributions, please fill out an enrollment form (available online at www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/meeting-documents or use one of the green forms on the hall table); don’t forget to attach a voided check.