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"George Fox was not a systematic theologician but more of a free verse poet in the power of the Lord."
Jack Kirk, in The Church in Quaker Thought and Practice

November 17 at Stony Run:

9:00 am     Ministry & Counsel Committee, in Room 105
9:00 am     Funds Review & Use Committee (FRAUC), in Room 203
9:00 am     Library Committee, in the Library
9:00 am     Religious Education Committee, in Room 104
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
10:30 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     Spirit-led Parenting, in the Library




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 on the third First Day of each month.  Head across the hall to the Library when the children leave the meeting room for their classes.  The topic this month is Quaker testimonies.
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.
Sunday, November 24, at 9 am:  Forum on Growing Meetings and Theological Diversity.  The BYM Growing Our Meetings Working Group has requested feedback from monthly meetings on two topics.  Regarding growth, is it better to have many small monthly meetings or a few large ones?  Regarding theological diversity, are there benefits to having a statement of theological diversity?  Growing Our Meetings has also requested feedback on a draft statement.  The forum will start with coffee and bagels.  If you’d like to see the BYM documents prior to the forum, contact Blaine Keener.
Sunday, November 24 at 1 pm:  Change Group discussion.  Help decide how to shepherd change within the meeting, including through forming a “Change Group,” as prompted by Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Working Group on Racism (WGR) and its Growing Diverse Leadership (GDL) committee.  Several Friends have met twice to talk about this; everyone is invited to join in the next conversation.  Packets with background information, including the BYM “Change Group” invitation, are on the hall table.  For more information, contact Elizabeth DuVerlie. 
Thursday, November 28, at 10 am:  Thanksgiving Day worship, jointly with Homewood Friends Meeting.  This year it’s Homewood’s turn to be the host.
Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29:  Meetinghouse office is closed.
Sunday, December 8, at 1 pm:  Rosalie Dance and Adrian Bishop report on their experiences with Friends in Belize.
Sundays, December 8, 15 & 22, at 7 pm:  Carol Sing Evenings!  Join in for an hour of fun and music for all ages. On the final Carol Sing evening, there will be refreshments after the singing.  Speak with David Macfarlane for information.
Let us see what dessert can do!!  Junior Young Friends’ and Young Friends’ Pie Bake on Saturday, 11/23, and Pie Sale on Sunday, 11/24, will raise funds for Women’s Housing Coalition Client holiday gift bags.  You won't want to hide these pies under a bushel basket!  Vegan & gluten free options available.  Pre-order forms are on the hall table.  As George Fox said, "Oh the Light it was shining when the pie was pecan..."
Women’s Housing Coalition holiday gift bags:  There is a decorated collection box in the library this month, with lots of room for donated sets of a hat, scarf & gloves.  For those who prefer to donate funds for the purchase of these sets or toiletries, there is a compartment attached to the collection box for cash and checks (make checks payable to Stony Run Friends, with “WHC” on the memo line).  Contact Denise Wible for more information.
FRAUC funds for 2019 are still available — Nurture, Community Service and Elder Care – and request forms can be found at www.stonyrunfriends.org.
Nurture funds assist individuals active in the Meeting to attend conferences, workshops, retreats, seminars or similar gatherings that are spiritually nurturing.
Community Service funds are intended to support local projects aligned with Friends’ testimonies, and with which members and attenders are involved.
Elder Care funds can be used to support services, individual needs, or projects for elderly people for which adequate resources are not otherwise available.
Quaker Voice of Maryland (QVM), the fledgling Quaker state-wide advocacy effort, wants to hear YOUR voice!  Please go to www.quakervoicemd.org and register your legislative concerns and hopes for the next session of the Maryland General Assembly.  [click on the ‘Get Involved’ tab and select ‘Provide input on issues’]
BYM Women’s Retreat:  Registration is open for Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s 2020 Women’s Retreat, February 7-9.  Go to www.womensretreat.bym-rsf.net/ for information and a link to register.
Please support GEDCO’s CARES pantry.  Non-perishable groceries may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase.  The pantry is low on almost everything!  They especially need canned fruit, canned vegetables, soups, canned tuna and meats, condiments and canned pasta meals.  Items low in sodium or added sugar, and those containing whole grains, are appreciated.
Social Order Box:  Donations during October and November will go to Friends Peace Teams’ work in Central and South America.  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.
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm.  The office is closed on Friday.
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 January issue are due by December 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.
Each year, the Meeting has funds available to support the spiritual growth of members and attenders.  The presiding clerk of Meeting and the clerks of CCC, Ministry & Counsel, Religious Education, and Peace & Justice can approve up to $300 to help you attend a conference or course of study.  Please ask!  [FRAUC keeps track of all approvals so that we don’t overspend the budget.]
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.