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"I can think with thankfulness of Friends who have brought light into my darkness – perhaps a single sentence, a friendly letter, a walk on the downs; their help was perhaps given unconsciously, but it was because they were sensitive to God’s leadings that they were able to do it."
Edward H. Milligan

November 28, 2021:

9:30 am     Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship
11:00 am   Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship
11:00 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship
See below for details.



UNPROGRAMMED Meeting for Worship is held at 9:30 and 11 am on First Day.  Those who gather for 9:30 worship will decide whether to meet outdoors or in the meeting room.  At 11 am, the meeting room and Zoom will merge for worship.  Childcare for all ages is provided from 9:15 to 10:45 am. Children age 5 years and older are then encouraged to participate in worship until 11:20, followed by First Day School.  Childcare continues for ages four and under until 12:15.  In the meeting room, the overhead fans will be on and windows open; please dress accordingly.
Opening the meetinghouse for worship and other gatherings does not mean it is safe – your safest option is to quarantine. 
At all times and in all places in the meetinghouse, wear a mask and maintain six feet of separation. 
Any persons who come to the meetinghouse will do so because they have decided to accept the attendant risk. 
 Please refer to the Reopening Plan for a complete set of guidelines for when you are in the meetinghouse. See the guidelines here.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) can help you determine if you have Covid-19 symptoms and/or whether you should take extra precautions.
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 password is 5116. 
PROGRAMMED worship will be held at 11 am.  Worshippers can participate via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2191246811?pwd=SXdDcERuWStCOGt0alBTTndGSFg1Zz09
Those who will have an audio‐only connection can call 301‐715‐8592 and use meeting ID 219 124 6811 and the password 546780. 
Upcoming Events
Every Thursday 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.
Thursday, November 25, from 10 to 11 am:  Joint Thanksgiving Day meeting for worship hosted by Homewood Friends, via Zoom.  Connect to Homewood’s Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/255867065?pwd=UD NxVnlVSkZQOHlXWlc3NHpHeHdhZz09 
Saturday, December 4, at 9 am:  Information session in preparation for Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s called Interim Meeting on December 11.  Agenda and information will be provided in advance.  Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pceygqTwsHdKcU82DC9LrsxD8bAA....
Sunday, December 5, from 7 to 8 pm:  The first of three Carol Sing evenings, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship.  Songbooks are available for pickup at Stony Run, just outside the downstairs double glass doors; if you would like to have the songbook in pdf form, send a request to the office.
Thursday, December 9, from 7 to 9 pm:  Coming to the Table (CTTT)–Baltimore Group will meet via Zoom.  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.”  RSVP for this meeting to CTTTBaltimore@gmail.com.  If you have not participated previously, please include the following in your email – full name, phone number, city/county and state from where you will be participating, and (if you wish) the pronouns you prefer to use.  A link for the Zoom gathering will be sent the afternoon before the meeting to those who have RSVP’d. 
Sunday, December 12, from 7 to 9 pm:  Second Carol Sing Evening.
Monday, December 13, at 7:30 pm:  Healing Resistance: The Radical Legacy of Nonviolent Training, a talk by Kazu Haga via Zoom. Explore frameworks on building a movement that has the power to stop injustice while healing relationships.  Stony Run’s Peace & Justice Committee, in support of the Peacebuilders group, invites you to register at https://episcopaldioceseofmaryland.formstack.com/forms/nonviolence.  Please share this announcement with others.  Contact Maria Brown for more information.
Sunday, December 19, from 7 to 9 pm:  Third Carol Sing Evening.
Sunday, December 19, from 6 to 8 pm:  STRIDE Outdoor Caroling Fundraiser.  STRIDE works to increase genuine diversity at Baltimore Yearly Meeting summer camps and access to nature for all.  For information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/622977229117187?active_tab=about or contact Rosie at rosalie.eck@gmailcom
Unified Efforts Out of School Time Program duly informs our Stony Run Friends of its latest forward movement.  Demolition of 2521 Woodbrook is scheduled to occur on Monday, November 29 (time not determined).  Everyone is invited to witness this historic occasion.  UE moves forward because of our F/friends!  Next, the construction of the new out of school time facility.  Thank you all. Debbie B. Ramsey/Friend.
From Maryland Peace Action:  The UN estimates that a million children under the age of 5 in Afghanistan will die of starvation this winter – plus millions more older children and adults. This is entirely preventable and is mostly caused by U.S. actions, including current sanctions and the freezing of all Afghan assets in the U.S.  Send a message to President Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, to unfreeze the money belonging to the people of Afghanistan. The money can be released sequentially and with conditions.  Also, send a message to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, and to your member of the House of Representatives, urging them to pressure the administration to unfreeze these funds.
From The Concert Planning Committee:  Thanks to everyone who supported our Annual Concert!  It was a huge success, raising over $70,000 for Stony Run and our community partners.  The concert has been viewed more than 300 times and is still available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIwk71ZtP7E. If you’ve not already sent in your pledged support for the concert, please do so as soon as you can.
Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting (CQM), comprised of eight Monthly Meetings in central Maryland, last met in February 2020.  The program planning/support team for CQM – known as the Nuts and Bolts – is considering when, where, and how CQM might resume in 2022.  To gauge interest in and potential support for resuming CQM, the Nuts and Bolts team has developed a short survey.  Please consider taking the survey by Friday, December 3. Here is a link to the CQM survey:  https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/TGMpmzWD .  If you have questions about Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting and the effort to resume these gatherings, please contact John McKusick at John.ca.mckusick@verizon.net or 410-830-9225.
We are privy to Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s campaign to name a toilet in the new bathhouse at Catoctin Quaker Camp in honor of Scotty Scott and Lamar Matthew.  Please help to raise the final $1325 needed.  You can donate at https://www.bym-rsf.org/giving/give-to-support-bym-camp-properties.html.  Please indicate that your donation is for the toilet for Scotty and Lamar.
Ann Tarbell, who has been part of the Stony Run community for more than 20 years, is currently in transition and looking for a couple or family with whom she could live, preferably in Baltimore City.  If you’re interested, please contact her at 410-435-8435.
The Meeting’s Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) has funds available for grants in 2021. Grants are available from the Meeting's Nurture, Discretionary Outreach, Community Service and Eldercare funds. Friends seeking support from these grant categories in 2021 are encouraged to apply for end-of-year funding that may still be available. To start the request process, print out and complete the application form, available online at www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/frauc-grant-request-form. Requests should be submitted, preferably in PDF or Word format, by December 12 for consideration at FRAUC‘S December 19 meeting. Send applications Alice Cherbonnier. NOTE: Consideration of applications sent by mail may be delayed.
Donations are needed for Zeyad, a refugee from Sudan and then Egypt, who is a twelfth grader at Archbishop Curley this year. Thank you to all of those who have generously supported him during his first three years of high school!  We need funds to close the gap (a little over $1,700) remaining after financial aid from the school and a BOOST scholarship from the State.  Donations to benefit a specific individual are not tax deductible, but Zeyad and his family appreciate your generosity!  Make checks payable to Stony Run and write Zeyad's tuition in the memo line.
The Stony Run McKim Working Group is again this year collecting unwrapped holiday gifts for youths age 7 to 13.  Friends who prefer to make a monetary contribution and have McKim do the shopping may write a check payable to the McKim Center (NOT to Stony Run) with “Children’s Gifts” on the memo line.  Gift items may be left in the decorated box in the Library; there is an envelope in the box for checks.  The deadline for donations is Sunday, December 5.
Women’s Housing Coalition Gift Bag Project:  Regardless of the pandemic, we are again collecting donations of new hats, gloves, and scarves or cash donations to purchase these items, together with various toiletries, to go into gift bags for the clients of the Women’s Housing Coalition. There is a box in the Library until December 5 to collect donations of these items or cash or checks (made payable to Stony Run Friends with “WHC” on the memo line) towards their purchase.  Checks can also be mailed to the Meeting office.  We are uncertain as to whether our other groups of students will be able to assist this year. That fact, coupled with increasing prices, means that we especially need Friends to be generous. Contact Denise Wible for more information.
GEDCO’s CARES food pantry needs jelly (they never seem to have enough!) and baked beans/pork & beans.  CARES is also running low on toiletries such as soap and toothpaste. You can bring donated items to the meetinghouse, and a volunteer will take them 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.
Social Order Box:  Donations during October and November will go to the Baltimore American Indian Center.  Checks 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.
2022 Scull calendars:  Friends who wish to order one or more Scull calendars should contact the office with their orders, no later than Wednesday, December 1.  As before, the exact price will depend on the number of calendars ordered.
From the Office
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is staffed Monday through Thursday, with (usually) at least one person in the office.  The office is closed on Friday.  To contact Larry, Cindy or Janet, please use email, if possible.
Weekly announcements:  The deadline to submit events or announcements is noon each Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news, and articles for Stony Run’s January Newsletter are due by December 15.
Giving to the Meeting
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 an online contribution.