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"When one rises to speak in such a (gathered) meeting, one has a sense of being used, of being played upon, of being spoken through."
Thomas R. Kelly, in A Testament of Devotion

December 16 at Stony Run:

9:00 am     Ministry & Counsel, in Room 105
9:00 am     Library Committee, in the Library
9:00 am     Religious Education Committee, in Room 104
9:00 am     Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming, on the Sunporch
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
10:35 am   Hymn singing, in the Meeting Room
11:00 am   Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
11:20 am   First Day School classes
12:15 pm   Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
1:00 pm     Spirit-led Parenting, in the Library
7:00 pm     Carol Sing, in the Meeting Room



Spirit-led parenting:  After a short reading, the group will move into a time when you can raise a parenting issue/concern for discussion.  Everyone is welcome, and childcare is provided.  Contact Lisa Beauvois or Annemiek Wilms Floet with any questions.
Carol Sing continues this evening and again on December 23!   Join in for an hour of fun and music for all ages.  On the 23rd, there will be refreshments after the singing.  Speak with David Macfarlane for information.
Sunday, December 23:  No child care in the Roberts Room, so that our child care staff can have more time with their families over the Christmas holiday.  On December 30, there will be child care as usual in the Roberts Room.
Sundays, December 23 & 30:  No First Day School classes, but quiet toys and crafts will be available in the meeting room during worship.
Monday, December 24, from 7 to 8 pm:  All-ages Christmas Eve fireside worship-sharing and carols, with homemade cookies afterward.
January 25-27:  BYM’s annual Women’s Retreat, at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown.  For information or to register, go to https://www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/women19.html .  Register by December 21 for the best rate. Registration closes January 7; after that, registrants will be placed on a waitlist (in case of cancellations).
Help Set the Tone for Worship:  The Ministry & Counsel Committee has prepared a set of queries to help us set the tone for worship.  There are copies (goldenrod paper) on the lecterns in the hallway.
And, while we’re on the topic of Meeting for Worship:  If you are moved to give a message, please remember that we gather for worship in a large room. You may need to make an extra effort to project your voice so that everyone can hear your message.
This is the last day to donate holiday gifts for children at the McKim Community Center.  There is a decorated box in the Library to collect toys, games and other gifts for McKim’s Christmas party for children ages 5 to 14.  Please do not wrap your gifts, so that volunteers can match an appropriate gift to each child. Gifts could be games, sports equipment, AMC movie tickets, or gift cards for Walmart; for older girls, nail polish sets and hand cream would be appreciated.  If you prefer to donate by check, make it payable to the McKim Community Association and place it in the envelope on the front of the donation box.
Are you a cookie baker?  Please consider sharing several dozen of your cookies with Friends after the final Carol Sing evening on Sunday, 12/23.  Contact Diane Proctor if you can help.  Labeled containers of cookies may left in the meetinghouse freezer in advance.
The Library Committee has a sale table of (mostly) new books for your reading pleasure, with bargain prices in effect through the end of January.  First come, first served!  All proceeds to Stony Run.
Please support the CARES pantry.  Non-perishable grocery items may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase.  Grocery bags – paper, plastic or fabric – are also needed.
Social Order Box:  Donations through the end of this year go to Belize Friends School, where Rosalie Dance and Adrian Bishop are in residence and assisting with development of both the academic program and the physical plant.  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 and on Friday from 9 to 11:30 am.  The office will be closed Monday & Tuesday, 12/24 &12/25, and again Monday & Tuesday, 12/31 & 1/1.
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 can be accepted as late as Monday, 12/17.
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.
Contributions to the Meeting 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.
As of September 30, Stony Run contributions were down $14,000 from what they were by that date in 2017 – and in order to balance expenses and income this year, Stony Run needs to increase contributions by $6000 over last year.  If you have not made your annual contributions for 2018, please do so, and please consider an increase.