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"The peak experiences we treasure come, if at all, from the hard-to-attain heightened awareness of the present."
Carol R. Murphy, in The Available Mind

May 19 at Stony Run:

9:00 am     Ministry & Counsel Committee, in Room 105
9:00 am     Funds Review & Use Committee (FRAUC), 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
10:30 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 classes
11:20 am   Adult First Day School, in the Library
12:15 pm   Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
1:00 pm     Property Committee, building & grounds inspection, starting on the front porch
1:00 pm     Spirit-led Parenting, in the Library
7:00 pm     Working Group on Racism, in the Dining Room




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 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.
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 childcare is provided.
Also, a memorial worship for Susie Fetter will be held at 3 pm at Gunpowder Meeting.
Wednesday, May 22, at 6:15 pm:  Continuing discussion of the book White Fragility (in the dining room).  Please read chapters 5 & 6.
Can any Friend offer a room for three nights next month?  Gilbert Imbayi requests hospitality for the General Superintendent of the Friends in Kenya while he is visiting Stony Run and meeting with Kenyan Quakers in the area.  He is scheduled to be in Baltimore from Saturday June 8 to Tuesday June 11.  Please contact Gilbert at 443-839-5839 or gilbert.imbayi@gmail.com if you can provide hospitality.
The Working Group on Newcomers and Welcoming is looking for new members.  The working group meets a few times a year and has few responsibilities beyond welcoming visitors and helping newcomers integrate into the community.  For more information, please contact Brian Gamble.
Unified Efforts’ Out of School Time Program is having its annual “Used and Functional” musical instruments drive.  Instruments will be given to students aged 5 to 17 in the 2019 summer program.  Contact Debbie Ramsey at dbramsey@comcast.net.  For more information about Unified Efforts, go to www.unifiedefforts.org.
At our February business meeting, the Meeting approved spending $1,666 to provide institutional support for a member to participate in a spirituality and health care certification program at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute.  As we strive to ensure the growth of our Meeting and to strengthen our Quaker voice and presence in the Baltimore area, a number of members and attenders have expressed a willingness to make individual contributions to replenish the nurture funds that were used.  If you would like to help, the Giving Committee requests that you make your check payable to Stony Run Meeting with “Nurture Fund” on the memo line.
The Friends Community Garden needs your help this summer with watering, weeding and assisting with the harvesting and delivery of our fresh vegetables to the CARES food pantry.  Please sign up for a few days this summer to help continue this joint effort of Stony Run and Friends School.  If you’d like to schedule an orientation regarding watering, weeding and/or harvesting from this special garden, please contact Sharon Beach at sharonb@patchx.com.
Please support the CARES pantry.  Non-perishable groceries may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear stairs.  The pantry currently needs canned pasta meals and meat-based soups (they are well-stocked with tomato-based soups).  CARES has expressed gratitude for Stony Run’s continued support, including the food we donate each week.
Social Order Box:  Donations during May go to the Maryland Food Bank.  See the flyer (pink paper) on the hall table for information about the programs operated by the Maryland Food Bank.  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.
For ALL Friends, about the hearing assistance system:  What seem like private conversations in the meeting room before or after Meeting for Worship may not be private, because they may be picked up by the microphones of the hearing assistance system.
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 and you don’t have a key card, call ahead to be sure that Cindy or Larry will be there.
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 June issue are due by Monday, May 20th.
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 to the Meeting 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.