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"In the true marriage relationship, the independence of husband and wife is equal, their dependence mutual, and their obligations reciprocal." 
 
Lucretia Mott, as cited by Margaret Bacon’s Valiant Friend
 
 

July 12:

8:30 am     Meeting for Worship, on the front porch
10:00 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship, via Zoom
10:00 am   Meetings for Worship, via Zoom and on the front porch
 


 

The meetinghouse remains closed, but outdoor unprogrammed Meetings for Worship will be held at 8:30 and 10 am on the front lawn this coming First Day.  The 10 am (but not the 8:30) worship is also available via Zoom, so if you have any reservations about being in a large, outdoor group, you can participate in the 10 am worship from home using Zoom or a telephone.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) can help you determine if you have Covid-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) and/or whether you should take extra precautions (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html). 
 
To participate in the 10 am UNPROGRAMMED worship via Zoom, browse to this address a few minutes before the start of the meeting:  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 password is 5116. 
 
For F/friends choosing to participate in outdoor worship, please bring your own chair or blanket, maintain six feet of separation, and wear a cloth face covering.  We will start on the front porch and see how far down the hill six feet of separation takes us.  If you bring very young children, please have things to entertain them as there will be no childcare.  At 10:20, children 6-ish and over are invited to join the typical summer assembly.  Please talk with your children ahead of time about the importance of six feet of separation. 
 
During July and August, unprogrammed worship is at 8:30 and 10 am. The July/August Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business is at 12 noon on July 26. 
 
To participate in PROGRAMMED worship, browse to this address a few minutes before the start time:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2191246811?pwd=SXdDcERuWStCOGt0alBTTndGSFg1Zz09 
Those who will have an audio‐only connection can call 301‐715‐8592. 
Meeting ID: 219 124 6811 and the password is 546780 
 
Upcoming Events 
 
Every Thursday, from 7 to 8 pm:  Social Hour via Zoom.  This is an informal time to share what's going on in our lives or just enjoy seeing each other's on-screen faces.  Please join in, for a little while or the full hour.  To participate in Social Hour, use the same Zoom information as for unprogrammed worship. 
 
Thursday, July 9, from 7 to 9 pm:  Coming to the Table (CTTT) – Baltimore Group will meet via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82143161907?pwd=UXEzUnpTOTR0cEwvTjBmS1RXSVFlQT09
Meeting ID: 821 4316 1907
Password: 283825 
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/. 
 
Tuesday, July 14, at 7 pm:  Outdoor Worship at the Burial Ground, at 2506 Harford Road.  The plan is to meet every other Tuesday at that time, weather permitting.  [Worship will be cancelled in the event of rain or the prediction of rain as of 5 pm.]  **Please bring a chair (or pick up one at the shed), park on the street (unless mobility issues require parking on the loop), bring bug spray (and be mindful it may disturb others), and a water bottle.  Masks and social distancing apply**  This event was organized by Homewood Friends, and everyone from Stony Run is invited. 
 
Thursday, July 16, at 6:30 pm:  STRIDE hosts an all-ages screening of A Bug’s Life.  Join in using this using this Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85793956891.  This event is a fundraiser (no one turned away for lack of funds!). STRIDE is collecting donations to support genuine diversity at Baltimore Yearly Meeting summer camps. 
 
Saturday, July 18, at 2:30 pm:  Meeting of the new Working Group on Police Reform.  Everyone is welcome to this Zoom meeting, using the same link as for unprogrammed Meeting for Worship. 
 
July 27 – August 2:  Courage, Faith and Hope to Love Across our Differences.  Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session will be held virtually in 2020.  For information, go to https://www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/ 
 
Announcements 
 
Unified Efforts needs tutors to work with summer program students during virtual workshops on Wednesday, July 29, and on Wednesday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The July 29 workshop will focus on creating a resume, and the August 5 workshop will be on writing a magazine article. Tutors are needed to work with students one-on-one after a general presentation. Please contact Jennie Sherwin if you can help. 
 
Matt D’Agostino took photos at Stony Run’s Juneteenth vigil:  Go to https://www.dagfoto.co/gallery/20200619-Juneteenth-Solidarity/G0000I0966... and use Juneteenth as the password. 
 
The Library and Religious Education Committees have arranged for our library to have open hours for the selection and borrowing of children’s books.  Bob Breyer and Emilia Vizachero are the hosts for open library hours every Tuesday from 1 to 2 pm and every Friday from 6 to 7 pm.  The library can also be open, by appointment, at other times.  Contact Bob for more information. 
 
Baltimore Yearly Meeting is renting cabins at Catoctin Quaker Camp this summer.  The cost is $300 for a five-night stay (Tuesday afternoon through Sunday afternoon).  Go to www.bymcamps.org/summer-cabin-rentals/ for information. 
 
Friends of all ages are invited to submit letters, essays, prayers, journal entries, poems and pictures that reflect how this troubled time is affecting you.  Submissions can be focused on any facet of anti-racism or the impact of Covid-19 – or anything else that’s on your mind.  You can email our writings and art to sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org or mail them to Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210.  We’ll publish as many as we can in either the weekly announcements or the monthly newsletter.  Here is a video created by Debbie Ramsey’s grandson, Clayton, whose photography/video/drone piloting business is paying his way through college:  https://youtu.be/8cEc8qjNAsA 
 
Anti-Racism Reading Recommendations from Friends Journal:   
Also, an older review of The Third Reconstruction, by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is also on the FJ site. Rev. Barber is the co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, which held a virtual assembly and march on Washington that 2.5 million people attended on June 20.  Another book, one that didn't get reviewed but is universally praised, is My Grandmother's Hands, by Resmaa Menachem. 
 
Donations Needed:  Zyad, a refugee from Sudan and then Egypt, will be an eleventh grader at Archbishop Curley in the 2020-2021 school year.  Friends have generously supported him during his first two years of high school, and now we need to raise the funds needed for the coming year, to close the gap left after financial aid from the school and an anticipated BOOST scholarship from the State. The need is even more acute this year, because Zyad’s parents have been laid off due to Covid-19 business closures.  Donations for the benefit of a specific individual are not tax deductible, but Zyad and his family very much appreciate your generosity!  Please make checks payable to Stony Run, with Zyad's tuition in the memo line.  
 
GEDCO’s CARES pantry:  CARES is experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for food to distribute.  Especially needed right now is peanut butter!  Even though the meetinghouse is closed, your donations for CARES continue to be delivered to CARES every Wednesday morning.  A collection box for your donations is outside the lower level double glass doors.  If buying and then bringing groceries to the meetinghouse is too problematic in these days, please consider making a financial contribution to the Meeting, designated for CARES. 
 
Social Order Box:  Donations during June and July go to the Maryland Food Bank.  Checks for the Social Order Box can be mailed to the meetinghouse.  Make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with ‘S.O. Box’ on the memo line. 
 
Teach for America social studies teacher is looking to rent a temporary home in Baltimore.  If you could provide him with his own bedroom and bathroom, plus wifi and access to a kitchen, contact Cindy at sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org for details. 
 
From the Office 
 
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is closed, with staffers working from home Monday through Thursday.  If you need to contact Larry, Cindy or Janet, please use email, if possible; they will also periodically check for voice messages. 
 
Weekly announcements are published each Wednesday afternoon.  Items to be included are due by noon on Wednesday.  Earlier submission is recommended, to allow time in case the office needs clarification or additional information. 
 
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for the September Newsletter are due by August 15. 
 
Giving to the Meeting 
 
Contributions toward the Meeting’s operating budget can be mailed to the meetinghouse, or you can choose the ‘Donate’ option at www.stonyrunfriends.org to make an online contribution. 
 
 
Stony Run Friends Meeting • 5116 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21210 • www.stonyrunfriends.org 
Office Manager • sroffice@stonyrunfriends.org • 443-703-2590, ext. 3 
Meeting Facilitator • larry@stonyrunfriends.org • 443-703-2591