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"Our first responsibility is to deal with the evil in ourselves.  This life-long struggle, though, does not exempt us from the social problems that surround us and of which we are a part.  And the attempt to eliminate the evils in our society is far more complex than our struggle with ourselves, difficult as the combatting of our own selfishness and pride must always be."
 
Cecil E. Hinshaw, in Nonviolent Resistance:  A Nation’s Way to Peace
 
 
 

September 20:

9:30 am     Meeting for Worship, on the front porch
10:30 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship, via Zoom
11:00 am   Meetings for Worship, via Zoom and outside the meetinghouse
 
 
 

 


 

The meetinghouse remains closed, but outdoor unprogrammed Meetings for Worship will be held at 9:30 and 11 am this coming First Day.  The 11 am (but not the 9:30) worship is also available via Zoom, so if you have any reservations about being in a large, outdoor group, you can participate in the 11 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 11 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.  Worship at 9:30 is on the front porch.  For the 11 am worship, we move downhill and away from Charles Street.  Please look for signs outside the meetinghouse and remember – downhill and away from Charles Street.  If you bring very young children, please have things to entertain them as there will be no childcare.  At 11:20, children attending kindergarten and older are invited to join a multi-age group activity outdoors.  Please talk with your children ahead of time about the importance of six feet of separation.
 
Unprogrammed worship is at 9:30 and 11 am.  Programmed worship is at 10:30 am.
 
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 Wednesday through December 2, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm:  Friends Bible Study – The Jesus Movement, via Zoom.  Sponsored by Adelphi Friends Meeting.  The link is https://zoom.us/j/95778646552?pwd=STJvNENabkt4QWd5M2w0VVNoTW9rZz09.  For more information, contact Douglas Vaughn at dougevaughn@aol.com.
 
Every Thursday, at 8 pm:  Bible Study via Zoom.  The meeting ID and password are the same as for programmed worship on First Day.  For information, contact Pastor Ronald Moyia at rsikinyi2014@gmail.com. 
 
Saturday, September 19, from 10 am to 12:30 pm: “Grace-filled to the End” is a workshop offered by Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s End of Life Working Group. To receive the Zoom link, email endoflife@bym-rsf.org.  From the Working Group:  The workshop is offered as support for all Meetings and all persons seeking Friendly support addressing issues related to living and dying well as Friends.  Topics will include advanced planning and advanced medical directives, including what happens if there is no planning; the special challenges of dementia care; burial practices, funerals and memorial services; support committees in our Meetings; the role of caregivers; grief work; spiritual journeys in illness and decline; and special considerations in the time of the pandemic.
 
Saturday, September 26, at 10 am:  Called BYM Interim Meeting via Zoom.  This is in addition to Interim Meeting on November 7, so that meetings can be shorter.  Click here to register. Only Friends who have registered will receive the connection link on the evening of the 25th.
 
Thursday, October 1, from 7 to 8 pm:  Social Hour via Zoom.  Social Hour is a monthly (first Thursday of the month) 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.
 
Sunday, October 4, at 1 pm:  Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. Via Zoom.  Attenders who are considering membership are especially urged to experience Quakers’ decision-making process.
 
Tuesday, October 6, at 6 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 is organized by Homewood Friends, and everyone from Stony Run is invited.
 
Thursday, October 8, 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.  Those in attendance will discuss Coming To The Table’s reparations guide and actions the group can take:  https://comingtothetable.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/CTTT-Reparations...
 
Saturday, October 10, from 1 to 3 pm:  Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Reparations Action Working Group (RAWG) presents a three-session workshop to help our yearly meeting understand and embrace reparations in our community. The other sessions will be on October 24 and November 14; please also block out time during the first week of October for review of pre-course self-led materials. Those who register are asked to commit to attending all three sessions, if at all possible. This training is open only to people affiliated with Baltimore Yearly Meeting in some way. This course is free to all Friends of Color and Black Friends; for others, the price is a sliding scale of $150-$300. Please pay at the time of registration. If you cannot afford the fee, please contact Nikki Richards (nikkirichards1993@gmail.com); no one turned away for lack of funds.
 
Saturday, October 24, at 7:30 pm:  Stony Run Friends’ Virtual Benefit Concert and DIY Sweet and Savory Reception, featuring Mark Meadows and the Movement.  Please join the Stony Run Friends community for this year’s annual concert, live streamed to your living room. Not only does it give us an opportunity to gather together, but it provides essential financial support to the Meeting. While the concert is FREE, we encourage you to become a sponsor, or purchase a $20.00 “ticket”, which will benefit Unified Efforts and McKim. See our flyer in the September newsletter, or contact Margaret Allen.
 
Announcements
 
The Religious Education Committee is organizing activities for children, both in person and virtually, for the fall.  The theme will be "We Care," focusing on a service project to raise awareness of the need to donate food to CARES.  Please contact Martha Johnson if you have ideas or suggestions  For the rest of the fall, there will be RE volunteers attending the 11 am worship to help with outdoor multi-age activities for children.  If you are interested in helping for a week or two, please let Martha know.  In-person attendance is expected to be low.
 
Worship and worship sharing for people of color, sponsored by Friends General Conference (FGC), is now offered weekly.  See the September newsletter for details and schedules.
 
Fall retreats for Friends of Color, sponsored by Friends General Conference:  FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program will host two weekend fall retreats for Friends of Color. They will be open to Friends of Color from any region and held virtually.  To ensure that as many people can participate as possible, it will be the same program for both retreats. Mark your calendar now for:
Friday, October 30, to Sunday, November 1
Friday, November 13, to Sunday, November 15
 
FGC’s Ministry on Racism Program is also planning a one-day virtual retreat for youth of color and their families for Saturday, October 10.
 
Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge – ROUND 2 has been postponed.
 
Social Order Box:  Donations during August and September go to the World Health Organization.  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.
 
GEDCO’S CARES pantry really, but really, needs our donations!!  CARES has experienced a dramatic increase in the need for food to distribute, while our contributions to the pantry have seen a dramatic decrease.  The pantry needs everything – cereal, peanut butter, canned fish, pasta, pasta sauce, boxed mac & cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruit – you name it.  Even though the meetinghouse is closed, your donations of non-perishables food will still be delivered to CARES every week.  A collection box for your donations is outside the lower level double glass doors.  If buying and then bringing groceries to the meetinghouse is just too problematic during these difficult times, please consider making a financial contribution to the Meeting, designated for CARES.
 
Donations for Zyad are still 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 on the memo line. 
 
The Meeting’s Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) has limited funds available for grants between now and the end of December 2020.  Categories for grants include Nurture, Discretionary Outreach, Community Service and Eldercare.  To start the request process, print out and complete the application form available online at http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/frauc-grant-request-form.  Questions? Contact Alice Cherbonnier, Clerk of FRAUC.          
 
Here’s a way to get involved this election cycle (even during a pandemic), through Vote Forward, a nonpartisan effort to get unlikely-to-vote citizens to the polls.  Sending letters is one of the easiest ways to increase voter turnout.  Vote Forward will supply the names and addresses and letter templates.  For more information, contact Suzy Filbert.
 
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, to allow time in case the office needs clarification or additional information, is recommended.
 
For the monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news and articles for the November Newsletter are due by October 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
Assistant Office Manager • janet@stonyrunfriends.org 
Meeting Facilitator • larry@stonyrunfriends.org • 443-703-2591