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"I think a quiet spirit before the Lord and not always looking out for "concerns," but knowing how to be still, is a very great point in the religious life."
Elizabeth Fry

July 21 at Stony Run:

8:15 am     Child care, until 11:15, in the Roberts Room
8:30 am     Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
9:00 am     Funds Review & Use Committee, in Room 203
9:00 am     Religious Education Committee, in Room 104
9:30 am     Juice and time to visit, in the Library
9:35 am     Hymn singing, in the Meeting Room
10:00 am   Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
10:20 am   First Day School assembly, in the Double Classroom
11:15 am   Summer Brunch, in the Dining Room
11:30 am   Giving Committee, in Room 104




First Day School:  During the summer, the Religious Education Committee holds all-ages assemblies instead of regular classes.  The theme of this year’s summer assemblies is “Put Yourself in My Shoes.”  Assembly leaders are needed; please see the assembly program description and sign-up sheet at the bulletin board outside the office.
The second of three Summer Brunches is sponsored by the Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming.  Everyone is invited.  If you’d like to contribute a salad, fruit, cheese and crackers, or a main dish, please do so.  For more information, email or talk with Bob Breyer.
During July and August, Stony Run’s schedule for First Day shifts one hour earlier – with worship at 8:30 and 10 am and First Day School assembly at 10:20 am.
Sunday, July 28, at 11:30 am:  The final report from the ad hoc Vision, Functions, and Structure Committee will be center stage during Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business.  After opening worship and welcoming, we will begin discernment on hiring two full-time staff.  Background documents will be included in the July/August newsletter. Stony Run attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care is provided.
Thursday, August 1, 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, August 8, at Noon:  Quaker Lunch with Friends living at Broadmead is held on the second Thursday of the month.  Contact Marilyn Rothstein (marilynrothstein@comcast.net) by the preceding Tuesday evening to be included in the head count.  Cost is $10.
Saturday, August 10, at 2 pm:  Memorial worship for Randy Webb, who grew up in this meeting and was the brother of Alison Webb Schweiger.
Sunday, August 11, after 10am Meeting for Worship:  Mobile tour of Unified Efforts’ property in West Baltimore’s Penn-North Community.  To reserve a spot in an eight-seat van, contact Debbie Ramsey at unifiedefforts@comcast.net.
Sunday, August 18, at 3 pm:  Learn about a program for volunteers to visit detainees in Maryland immigration detention centers.  No specific language skills are required.  This effort has been endorsed by Stony Run’s Peace & Justice Committee.  Please email Sue Borchardt for information or to indicate interest in attending this orientation.
Please help identify ways Stony Run could enrich the Young Friends program by completing a short survey.  We want opinions from youth and interested adults.  Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6GJ98DF
Donations are needed for Zyad, a refugee from Sudan and then Egypt, who will be a tenth grader at Archbishop Curley High School in the fall.  Friends generously supported him in his first year of high school, and some have already contributed for the coming year, but we are still in need of funds to close the gap left after financial aid from the school and an anticipated BOOST scholarship from the State.  Donations for the benefit of a specific individual are not tax deductible but Zyad and his family appreciate your generosity!  Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with “Zyad's tuition” on the memo line.
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.  At this time of year, many who can give are out of town, but the need does not lessen during the summer months.  The pantry currently needs dry pasta (especially spaghetti or fettuccine), canned pasta meals, and canned meats.
Social Order Box:  Donations during June and July go to Doctors Without Borders.  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.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is now located in the upstairs entrance hallway, across from the elevator.
Our meeting room benches are being restored, a few at a time, between now and the end of summer.
Moving or downsizing?  See the flyers (pink paper) on the hall table for suggestions about how to dispose of some of your “stuff.”
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 September issue are due by August 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.
In 2018 we spent $5,515 from the Meeting House Capital Reserve for LED lights, replacement of the Library air conditioning motor, and refurbishment of the Library work table and chairs.  At the beginning of 2019 we had a balance of $188,653 in the Meeting House Capital Reserve.
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.