Food for Thought
"Underlying and undergirding the unprogrammed worship of Friends is prayer; the prayerful corporate waiting which takes place in any meeting when it has centered down. As we go deeper and deeper, prayer is our task as individuals and as a group…as those present are stirred and uplifted as a result of the silence or the ministry which comes from it, vocal prayer may provide a focusing point which witnesses to the spirit at work in the meeting. At other times a prayer may instill life into a silence which had previously appeared dead, or bring unity to a meeting whose ministry has seemed scattered and discordant, or gather up and bring into focus a number of fragmentary messages."
Helen G. Hole, in Prayer: The Cornerstone
May 20 at Stony Run:
9:00 am Funds Review & Use Committee (FRAUC), in Room 203
9:00 am Library Committee, in the Library
9:00 am Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming, in the Dining Room
9:15 am Child care, until 12:15, in the Roberts Room
9:30 am Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
9:30 am Religious Education Committee, in Room 104
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 Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
12:45 pm Workshop on spirit-led parenting, in the Library
1:00 pm Working Group on Immigration, in Room 105
Sunday, June 10, from 10 am to 2:30 pm: Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, hosted by Gunpowder Friends Meeting. See the flyer (turquoise paper) on the hall table for details.
Sunday, June 10, from 5 to 8 pm: Potluck supper meeting, to continue discussion of cooperative fundraising and advocacy in support of McKim, Unified Efforts, and the Kamenge clinic in Burundi. Bring a dish to share if you can. Contact Sandi Morton for more information.
Sunday, June 17, at 12:45: Workshop on spirit-based child-raising, sponsored by the Religious Education Committee.
The Working Group on Immigration is seeking financial donations to close the gap between financial aid and tuition costs for a youth in one of the families they're assisting. Zyad is from Darfur (Sudan) and then Egypt, and he has been accepted at Archbishop Curley High School (near where his family lives) for this fall. Donations earmarked to assist specific individuals are not tax deductible, but they are greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to Stony Run Friends Meeting, with "Zyad's tuition" on the memo line. For more information, see the May Newsletter or contact Ann Kehinde.
Unified Efforts’ 2018 summer program for youths age 5 to 17 starts June 25. This year the program includes certified swim lessons. Donations of towels, goggles, swim caps (look for the collection box in the library) and financial contributions are much appreciated. UE is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Financial contributions can be made online at https://unifiedefforts.com, or they can be mailed to Unified Efforts, 200 Cross Keys Road #42, Baltimore 21210. For information, contact Debbie Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zawadi Dance is assisting two refugee families who need help with home equipment and furnishings. See the current list of needed items, updated on May 9; it’s on the hall table (goldenrod paper) and includes contact information (new phone number!) for Zawadi.
The May edition of Racial Justice Events in the Baltimore area is on the table in the hallway. It’s on pink paper, as always, and lists events associated with the next Baltimore Ceasefire, as well as exhibits in three of our major museums. Look it over and find something you would enjoy doing.
Green-thumb volunteers are needed throughout the summer to water, weed and harvest at the Friends Community Garden, and perhaps to deliver vegetables to the nearby CARES food pantry. If you love to garden and can spare an hour – once a week or every other week – please sign up for the dates when you’re available at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054bacaa2fab9-summer1 . For more information, talk with Sharon Beach, Diane Proctor or Andy Spawn.
Quakers in Recovery meet at Homewood Friends on the last Wednesday of each month (May 30), from 7 to 8 pm. All Friends in recovery (from process addictions, chemical addictions, attachments, hurts, habits or hang-ups) are welcome; you don’t have to be in a 12-step program. At each session, texts chosen by Friends are read aloud (round robin), followed by worship sharing; readings can be on recovery or Quaker spirituality as it pertains to recovery. For more information, contact Kevin-Douglas Olive at email@example.com or 443-930-6277.
Women’s weekday worship: A small group of women worship together in the Library each Wednesday from 9 to 10 am. Other women are welcome to join the group, so long as they are willing to commit to regular attendance. See the half-page flyer on the hall table or contact Cindy in the office.
Tuesday worship at Sheppard-Pratt has been suspended until further notice. Attendance has been sparse in recent months, and S-P is using this time to perform repairs at the little ‘meetinghouse’ there.
Please include items for GEDCO’s CARES pantry while you’re food shopping. You may leave donated items in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase. The CARES pantry is low on jelly, pasta, and pasta sauce.
Social Order Box: Donations this month go to Doctors Without Borders, an international medical non-profit which delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. They are currently one of the few humanitarian organizations working in Yemen, where years of grinding conflict have had a devastating effect on the nation’s health system. Please help support their work. 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; on Fridays, the office is open until 11:30 am.
The office will be closed on Monday, 5/28, Memorial Day. It will also be closed on the two following Fridays (June 1 & 8), while Cindy is on vacation from 5/29 through 6/8. If you need assistance, please contact Larry Reid.
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. If you have an event or other announcement to be included for June 3 or June 10, send it to Larry Reid.
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 TO THE MEETING
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 Meeting.
The Hospitality Committee provides simple lunch on First Day during most of the year. The cost is mostly met by donations from those eating lunch, and the Meeting provides an additional $700. In 2018, Hospitality expects to spend $4,500, with donations at lunch providing $3,800.