Food for Thought
"Experience, then, is the Quaker’s starting point. This light must be my light, this truth my truth, this faith…my very faith. The key that unlocks the door to the spiritual life…belongs to the individual soul that finds the light, that discovers the truth, that sees the revelation of God and goes on living in the demonstration and power of it."
Rufus M. Jones, in Faith and Practice of the Quakers
August 20 at Stony Run:
8:15 am Child care, until 11:15, in the Roberts Room
8:30 am Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
9:00 am Library Committee work session, in the Library
9:30 am Juice and time to visit, in the Library
10:00 am Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
10:20 am First Day School assembly, in Room 102
11:15 am Hymn singing, in the Meeting Room
11:15 am Summer brunch, in the Dining Room
12:00 pm Spiritual Formation information session, in Room 102
12:15 pm Funds Review & Use Committee (FRAUC), in Room 203
DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Summer brunch: Do you miss sharing simple lunch with F/friends? Are you new to Friends Meeting? Join with the Working Group on Newcomers & Welcoming (WGNW) for a simple summer brunch. Come and enjoy the conversation and community.
Information session about the Spiritual Formation program: Do you want to explore and deepen your spiritual path, while connecting with others doing the same? Check out www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/spiritual-formation, and come learn more about the program at this information session.
Wednesday, August 23, at 7:30 pm: Second (alternate date) information session about the Spiritual Formation program.
Saturday, August 26, from 1 to 5 pm: International Soccer Festival – with a soccer game, live music, children’s activities, and international food sellers from Syria, Eritrea and Sudan – sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee and the Working Group on Immigration, to benefit Stony Run’s fund to assist refugees, asylees and immigrants. The game will be played on Friends School’s field, with the other activities at the meetinghouse. Rain date is Sunday, August 27; if the Saturday date is rained out, the change to the following day will be announced by Saturday morning at www.stonyrunfriends.org. Don’t miss this fun festival!!
Sunday, September 3, at Noon: Simple Lunch returns after summer hiatus! Many thanks to members of the Hospitality Committee for this weekly opportunity to enjoy a meal together. It’s a very big job to prepare and then clean up after lunch, so any help that Friends can provide would be appreciated.
Sunday, September 3, at 1 pm: Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. Attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to come and learn about Friends’ decision-making process. Child care is provided.
Friday to Sunday, September 8-10: Spiritual Formation program fall retreat. Join with Friends from Stony Run and other meetings to renew your Spirit. Flyers are on the hall table, and registration is at https://www.bym-rsf.org/events/spiritform/ Deadline to register is August 28. For more information contact Marilyn Rothstein (of Gunpowder Meeting) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday to Sunday, September 22-24: Stony Run’s 2017 Camping Weekend at Catoctin Quaker Camp in Thurmont. Come for one day or the whole weekend. Contact Blaine Keener (443-414-9103 or email@example.com) for information. The registration form is available on the hall table.
Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 pm: Stony Run’s 2017 concert fundraiser, with the Lao Tizer Trio playing a mix of jazz, rock, classical and jam band influences infused with Afro Cuban and world rhythms. Mark your calendar for this special event!
In seeking a simple way for people in Stony Run Meeting to communicate with each other, we have started a Facebook group. It’s a forum where community members can share, request, or discuss information on just about any subject. Items posted are visible only to other members of the group. If you use Facebook and would like to be part of this group, please request to join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/srfmcommunity/.
Social Order Box: Donations during August and September go to Amnesty International. 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.
Please include items for GEDCO’s CARES pantry when you are shopping. You may leave donated items in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level by the rear staircase. Most needed now are soup, canned tuna, canned salmon, spaghetti sauce, and pasta.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The Meeting 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 October issue are due to the office by September 15.
GIVING TO THE MEETING
The Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) controls four line items in our budget. In 2017, FRAUC will
• donate $2,000 to organizations with social goals similar to ours,
• make community service grants totaling $3,000 for events or activities supported by Meeting members and active attenders that benefit the wider community,
• offer $2,500 in Nurture Funds for the spiritual growth and development of Meeting members and active attenders, and
• make available $11,600 for small grants to elderly Friends in need.
FRAUC also allocates supplemental scholarships funds donated specifically to assist children of Stony Run attending Friends School of Baltimore.
Giving Committee members: Margaret Allen, Janet Daley, Lynn Jordan, John Merrill (clerk), Sandi Morton, Rebecca Snyder, Beth Wells