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…the character of Jesus Christ, the tone of his voice over the centuries, so to speak, has made a tremendous appeal to me.  I think it very likely that a great deal of legend has gathered round the story of his life; and yet many of his sayings ring so true today that they – to use an old-fashioned Quaker phrase – “speak to my condition.”
Kathleen Lonsdale, in A Scientist Tries to Answer Some Questions About Religion

January 16, 2022:

9:30 am     Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship, in person
11:00 am   Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship, in person and Zoom
11:00 am   Programmed Meeting for Worship, in person and Zoom
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.  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 is held at 11 am.  Worshippers can participate in person at Friends School or 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 Tuesday 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.
Sunday, January 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm:  Black Lives Matter Interfaith Coalition rally in the 200 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  Please bring warm hats, scarves, socks, etc. for the homeless on MLK Blvd. and at the Helping Up Mission.
Thursday, January 20, at 6:30 pm:  BYM’s Working Group on Racism recommends Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, speaking at Loyola University’s MLK convocation.  Live streamed and free to the public.  Register at https://www.loyola.edu/join-us/mlk-convocation.
Sunday, January 23, from 1 to 2 pm:  ‘Quaker Basics’ sponsored by the Religious Education Committee.  Whether you're new to Stony Run Meeting or feeling the need of a refresher course, please join in via Zoom, using the same address as for unprogrammed worship.  Starting with what to do in Meeting for Worship, we will look at the basic beliefs, practices, and structure of unprogrammed Friends on the 4th Sunday of each month, at least through May.  For more information, contact Trudy Rogers, the presenter.
Wednesday, January 26, in the evening:  Book discussion of Healing Resistance – A Radically Different Response to Harm by Kazu Haga.  As a follow up to his talk in December, Friends are beginning a book discussion via Zoom.  Subsequent sessions will be on February 2 & 16, and March 2.  For more information, contact Maria Brown.
Sunday, February 6, at 1 pm:  Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, via Zoom and using the same address as for unprogrammed worship.  Attenders who are considering membership are especially encouraged to attend and learn about how Quakers conduct business.
Sunday, February 13, from 1 to 2 pm:  Bible Study with Paul Isayi, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship.  Held on the second Sunday of the month.  Contact Paul if you have questions.
Mission Kentucky:  A grassroots effort is collecting items to send to survivors of the tornados that destroyed Mayfield, Kentucky.  What’s needed?  Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, school supplies, toiletries, non-perishables, slippers, shoes, boots, new clothing for adults and children (including socks, pajamas, and coats), tarps for damaged roofs, and new/used bicycles.  Please bring contributed items to Stony Run no later than Saturday, January 22.  Please place them in Room 214; this is the pre-primary classroom to your right as you go up the three steps to the meetinghouse offices.  Contact Marilyn Clark if you need more information.
You are warmly invited to join others from the Meeting in trust circles.  A trust circle consists of six to ten participants, meeting monthly for 90 minutes.  We gather to share views in response to queries about social justice, othering, being an effective ally, and similar issues.  But perhaps more importantly, we seek to become less judgmental, to listen more deeply to others, and to focus on building trust by being trustworthy.  Trust circles are currently forming to meet on the third Sunday of the month at 7 pm or the third Tuesday at 7 pm – beginning Sunday 1/16 and Tuesday 1/18.  For now, meetings will be held via Zoom.  Please contact Erin Roth if you are interested.  For more information about trust circles, go to www.friendsfuture.org. 
Quaker Voice Maryland does not currently have a liaison with Stony Run Meeting. and they are seeking someone to make that connection.  A liaison is someone who receives regular updates from Quaker Voice Maryland by email and shares that information with their Meeting.  If you are interested, contact Molly Finch at quakervoicemd@gmail.com or 410-693-3631 for more information.
Young Adult Programs at Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL):  see this flyer for information:  YAP 21-22 Flyer FULL.pdf (fcnl.org),
Religious Education (RE) Committee needs your help in the nurturing of and building relationships with the children of the Meeting.  Consider volunteering one hour on occasion to be with the children for First Day assemblies.  RE Committee will offer you guidance and ideas and welcomes you to observe a session.  Please e-mail Martha Johnson if you are interested.
GEDCO’s CARES pantry needs: bar soap, laundry soap pods, dish soap, individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars and crackers, toddler size diapers, and baby wipes.  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 December and January go to Baltimore Safe Haven, a non-profit that provides opportunities for a better quality of life for transgender people in Baltimore City living in survival mode.  Baltimore Safe Haven provides compassionate harm reduction and upward mobility services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency. Programs include community outreach, drop-in, and housing services.  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.
The Meeting’s Funds Review and Use Committee (FRAUC) has funds available for grants in 2022.  Grants are available from the Meeting's Nurture, Discretionary Outreach, Community Service and Eldercare funds.  To start the request process, print out and complete the FRAUC application form, available online at http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/frauc-grant-request-form. Requests should be submitted, preferably in PDF or Word format, by email to Alice Cherbonnier, Clerk of FRAUC.  NOTE: There may be a delay in FRAUC decision making when applications are submitted by mail.
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.  The office is closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Weekly announcements:  The deadline to submit events or announcements is noon each Wednesday.
Monthly Newsletter:  Reports, news, and articles for Stony Run’s February Newsletter are due by January 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.