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“The first unmistakable fact about many present-day members of the Society of Friends…is that (they) must share with all white Americans the very deep distrust that most Black Americans have of them.”
Richard Stenhouse

December 11, 2022:

9:30 am     Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship, in person
11:00 am   Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship, in person & Zoom
11:00 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship (Friends Church Baltimore), in person at Friends School & Zoom
12:15 pm   Simple Lunch, in the dining room
7:00 pm      Carol Sing, in person & Zoom
See below for details.



UNPROGRAMMED Meeting for Worship is held in the meeting room at 9:30 and 11 am on First Day. Participation via Zoom is available at the 11 am meeting. Childcare is provided from 9:15 to 12:15 pm.  Children aged 5 years and older are encouraged to participate in worship from 11 to 11:20, followed by First Day School.
To participate in the 11 am UNPROGRAMMED worship via Zoom, browse to this address: https://zoom.us/j/4437032591?pwd=eTZGVlZibkJZM1B3NE9BM3hneUlHdz09.  Those who will have an audio-only connection can call 301-715-8592.  The meeting ID is 443 703 2591 and the passcode is 5116. 
PROGRAMMED worship is held by Friends Church Baltimore at 11 am.  Worshippers can participate in person at Friends School or via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2191246811?pwd=SXdDcERuWStCOGt0alBTTndGSFg1Zz09
Those who will have an audio‐only connection can call 301‐715‐8592. The meeting ID is 219 124 6811 and the passcode is 546780.
Upcoming Events
Every Tuesday at 8 pm via Zoom:  Bible Study.  The Meeting ID and password are the same as for programmed worship on First Day.  For information, contact Pastor Ronald Moyia of Friends Church Baltimore.
Sunday, December 11, from 1 to 2 pm:  Bible Study with Paul Isayi, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship.  Held on the second First Day of the month.  Contact Paul if you have questions.
Sunday December 11 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm: BYM’s STRIDE’s Winter Caroling Fundraiser. Simply submit your song request and the email address or phone number of the person you’d like to receive it using this form. We’ll record a special message for them. Recommended donation: $10 per song(via  Venmo: @laura-g-2; Paypal:laura.e.grothaus@gmail.com) with form.
Sunday December 11 at 7:00 pm: Carol Sings (Week 2). Those who participate via Zoom (use the link for unprogrammed worship) will be able to request songs and listen. 
Monday, December 12 at 7:00 pm: Generous Congregations: Best Practices in Financial Stewardship and Generosity, a Zoom workshop presented by Friends United Meeting. Register at 
We have been asked by the Standiford family to hold a memorial service in remembrance of Dr. Willard Standiford, however, it is to be scheduled for December 26( 10:30 am-2:30 pm), when the office will be closed. The office is in search for one more host for that day. Please email Najah ASAP if you are interested in volunteering.
There will be no Simple Lunch, Child Care or First Day School on December 25 and January 1.
Worshiping longer allows a deeper experience of sitting with others in LOVE and being open to new awareness because of that. Stony Run Meeting is hosting an extended Meeting for Worship on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (December 17 is the next).  Some of the group will meet in the Meeting Room at Stony Run, but it will be hybrid, so Friends everywhere can participate.  Bring a lunch if you wish. Zoom participants should use the link for unprogrammed worship.
The Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) is looking for suggestions of how the Meeting should distribute approximately $33,500 from a bequest we have recently received. For more information, please see the Comly Tithe Proposals documents found at http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/meeting-documents.
The Meeting’s Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) has funds available for grants in 2022. Grants are available from the Meeting's Nurture, Discretionary Outreach, Community Service and Eldercare funds. To start the request process, print out and complete the FRAUC application form, available online at http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/meeting-documents. Requests should be submitted, preferably in PDF or Word format, by email to Gail Breyer. NOTE: There may be a delay in FRAUC decision making when applications are submitted by mail.
PLEASE don’t forget about the CARES food pantry.  CARES has the highest priority need of tuna, canned fruit, canned pasta meals, and jelly [Please place donations that might attract mice in the plastic storage box on the bench just inside the downstairs entry; mouse-proof items can go into the open box on the bench.]  CARES could also use paper grocery bags, especially those with sturdy handles.  
A volunteer will take your donations to CARES – or you can send a financial contribution to the meetinghouse, with the check made payable to Stony Run Friends and with ‘CARES’ on the memo line. Many thanks from GEDCO to all who continue to support CARES.
Social Order Box:  Donations for December go to the Southern Law Poverty Center. The Southern Poverty Law Center is a legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, it is known for its legal cases against white supremacist groups, for its classification of hate groups and other extremist organizations, and for promoting tolerance education programs. Its priorities are monitoring and exposing activities of hate groups, children's rights, economic justice, immigrant justice, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice reform and voting rights.
Donations for the Social Order Box can be mailed to the meetinghouse or placed in the box standing at the entrance to the library; you can also select the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution.  Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line.
From the Office
Weekly announcements:  The deadline to submit events or announcements to Najah is noon each Wednesday.  Earlier submission, if possible, is recommended in case additional information is needed.
Submissions for the January newsletter are due by December 15th.
Giving to the Meeting
As of today, we need $58,035 in contributions by the end of December to reach our budgeted goal for the year.
Contributions toward the Meeting’s operating budget can be mailed to the meetinghouse or placed in the wall-mounted box next to the elevator; you can also select the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make online contributions.