Food for Thought
"…we have realized how far short we ourselves fall of what we ought to be, and yet we believe our Society has something of value to contribute to the life and thought of the (ecumenical) movement. Our witness to the non-necessity of the outward forms, to the essentially inward nature of communion and to our peace testimony are examples."
Friends World Conference (1952), in Oxford, England
September 23 at Stony Run:
8:30 am Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee, in Room 105
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
11:00 am Meeting for Worship, in the Meeting Room
11:00 am Property Committee, in Room 104
11:20 am First Day School classes
12:15 pm Simple Lunch, in the Dining Room
1:30 pm Voices from the Holy Land film series
DETAILS OF EVENTS TODAY
Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting is today, hosted by Annapolis Friends Meeting.
Voices from the Holy Land film series is co-sponsored by the Baltimore Quaker Peace & Justice Committee. This first film in the series is “The Stones Cry Out.” For information about other films in the series and screening locations, see the flyer in the September newsletter or on the hall table.
Tuesday, September 25, at 7 pm: Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (of which Stony Run is a member) hosts Doug Tallamy speaking about Restoring Our Watersheds Using Native Plants. For details, see the flyer in the September newsletter or on the hall table.
Wednesday, September 26, from 7 to 8 pm: Quakers in Recovery meet at Homewood Friends on the last Wednesday of the month. All Friends in recovery are welcome; you don’t have to be in a 12-step program. Texts chosen by Friends are read aloud (round robin), followed by worship sharing; readings can be on recovery or Quaker spirituality as it pertains to recovery. For information, contact Kevin-Douglas Olive (443-930-6277 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday-Sunday, September 28-30: Stony Run’s 2018 camping weekend at Catoctin Quaker Camp, near Thurmont. Come for a day or the entire weekend. Lots of information is on the registration form; it’s available on the hall table, at www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/camping-weekend-registration, or in the September newsletter. Contact Blaine Keener with any questions.
Sunday, September 30, at 2:30 pm: Screening of “Jews Step Forward,” the second film in the Voices from the Holy Land series.
Coming soon – Listening Sessions on Meeting Functions: Meeting has approved the following vision statement: To be a thriving Quaker worship community living our values by embracing pluralism, nurturing individual spiritual journeys, and honoring the Light in all peoples. The ad hoc Vision/Functions/Structure Committee has identified functions critical to realizing this vision and will schedule listening sessions to gain input from the community. Specific dates/times will be announced soon.
Donations of high-protein Ensure: Our housekeeper Allen Norris is in need of some supplemental liquid nutrition. Friends donated large amounts of high-protein Ensure for him while he was undergoing treatment and he could not eat any solid food. Now he needs to supplement the solid food he’s able to swallow. Please leave donations (preferably vanilla or strawberry flavored) on the bench in the photo gallery.
A piano-playing volunteer is needed while our regular pianists are unavailable. This is to accompany hymn singing on First Day mornings between the early and late Meetings for Worship. Please contact Larry if you can help.
Women’s worship on Wednesday mornings: Several women worship together in the Library each Wednesday from 9 to 10 am, and they have found this to be a welcome mid-week opportunity to worship and reflect in a warm and supportive setting. Other women are invited to join the group. Contact Becky Boynton, Elizabeth DuVerlie, Cindy Eyler, or Kathryn Pettus for more information.
A current list (pink paper) of events focused on racial, social and environmental justice is now available on the table in the hallway. Links to further information on the internet are included.
Please support the CARES pantry. Donated items may be left in the upstairs hallway or on the lower level next to the rear staircase. The CARES pantry currently needs peanut butter, jelly, and cereal.
Social Order Box: Donations during September go to Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment), a nonprofit organization that for over 43 years has worked to provide Baltimore's most vulnerable homeless adults with transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services. Project PLASE (www.projectplase.org) has two Baltimore City locations, on Maryland Avenue, 21201 and on Old Frederick Road, 21229. 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.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office hours: The meetinghouse office is open Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Friday from 9 to 11:30 am.
Meeting Facilitator’s schedule: Larry Reid’s work week runs Sunday through Thursday. His hours vary to allow for evening meetings and weekend events. Today he is at Quarterly Meeting.
First Day silent announcements: Items to be included are due by noon on the preceding Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter: Reports, news and articles for the November issue are due October 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.
GIVING TO THE MEETING
Contributions 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.
Dear Fellow Stony Run members and attenders: As of the half year mark on June 30th, Stony Run contributions were down $23,000 from what they were in 2017. 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. Thank you!