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"The silence of worship is not just an absence of noise, or even an outward stilling of the physical; it is a journey within, a '"going inside" to a deeply felt but easily reached place of holy relationship. Together we meet each other in the silence, come together, all focusing on something we share, picking up the same questions in the silence, gathered, before God. We come expectantly and in surrender. We come in hope of we know not what, the hope of faith. We come in the humility of those seeking, those grateful for what we are given, those hungry to hear the call, those eager to work with God to further God's loving purposes. We come as those who know the world is not as loving as it might be, that humanity hurts itself as well as the planet, that we need to at least try doing our bit to help, and that our faith both requires this of us and helps us to achieve what we discern is best."
 
Ben Pink Dandelion, 2009

June 26, 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 merge for worship.  Childcare for all ages is provided from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm.  Children aged 5 years and older are encouraged to participate in worship from 11 to 11:20, followed by First Day School.
 
Reminder from Ministry & Counsel for those attending the 11 am unprogrammed meeting for worship:  Please honor the quiet as we settle into worship, saving socializing for after the rise of meeting.  Thank you!
 
Everyone is invited to attend Meeting for Worship in person.   In the meeting room, overhead fans and air filtering machines will be on, so please dress accordingly.   Use the meetinghouse for as many community activities as possible. Remove your mask as you feel comfortable doing so; be respectful of the comfort of others.  Get vaccinated, take precautions, and stay home if you have symptoms.  Our most recent guidelines for the full opening of the meetinghouse are 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.
 
Every Thursday at 7 pm in the meetinghouse library:  Deepening meditation and your connection with the Divine.  Led by Lowell Harden.  No meditation session this week (June 23).
 
Saturday, June 25, at 3:00 pm:  Memorial gathering for Gary Schoppert in the meeting room.  Please contact the office if you would like to attend so we can inform his family.
 
Thursday to Sunday, June 30 to July 3:  Friends Global Ministries 3rd annual conference, in Plainfield, Indiana.  Go to http://friendsglobalministriesmissionsoutreach.org/news--events.html for information.
 
Sunday, July 3, through Saturday, July 9:  FGC Gathering 2022.
and 
Wednesday, July 6, through Sunday, July 10:  YAY! (Young Adult & Youth) FGC Gathering
Go to https://www.fgcquaker.org/fgcprograms/the-gathering/ for information about either or both.  Registration for YAY ends this coming Sunday.  Nurture funds from Stony Run may be available to help cover your cost to attend; see the information about FRAUC near the end of these announcements.
 
Sunday, July 10, from 1 to 2 pm:  Bible Study with Paul Isayi, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship.  Held on the second First Day of the month.  Contact Paul if you have questions.
 
Sunday, July 24, at 12:00 noon:  Summer Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, via the Zoom address for unprogrammed worship.  This is in place of holding business meeting on the first First Day in July and August.
 
Monday through Sunday, August 1 to 7:  Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session, based at Hood College in Frederick.  Go to https://www.bym-rsf.org/ for information and to register.  Nurture funds from Stony Run may be available to help cover your cost to attend; see the information about FRAUC near the end of these announcements.
 
Announcements
 
Simple Lunch will resume in the fall.
 
The June issue of Baltimore Magazine includes a full-page donated advertisement for Unified Efforts (UE), and the placement of this ad is particularly significant.  It would be helpful if Friends would contact the magazine to express thanks for this support of UE (and perhaps buy a copy of the June issue).
 
The life and work of Stony Run Friends happens through our committees.  There are openings for new committee members on Religious Education, Ministry & Counsel, Community, Care & Clearness, Ushers, Burial Ground, Finance, FRAUC (Funds Review & Use Committee), Hospitality, and Library.  If you’re interested in any of these, contact Maria Brown, Nominating Committee clerk. Stony Run Friends happens when everybody serves.
 
The Culture & Outreach Working Group, recommended by the Structure in Transition ad hoc committee, is being formed.  If you would like to participate in this effort of outreach and inclusion, contact Erin Roth or Bob Breyer.
 
Support the resettlement of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in the Baltimore area by donating to our Afghan Assist Fund.  You can send a check to the meetinghouse, made out to Stony Run Friends and with ‘Afghan Assist Fund’ on the memo line.  You can also donate on the Meeting’s website; go to http://www.stonyrunfriends.org/srcms/content/donate-1, click on the yellow ‘donate’ button, and then select Afghan Assist Fund from the dropdown menu.  
 
Please continue Stony Run’s support for the Ntaseka Clinic in Burundi.  The new maternity ward opened on April 8 with joyous celebrations that included Burundian officials and Friends from all over the world.  The maternity ward will greatly support the work of Friends Women’s Association in improving women’s reproductive health.  For $560 a month we can ensure that there will be a doctor at the clinic full time.  Make contribution checks out to Stony Run Friends, with ‘Burundi Clinic’ on the memo line.  For more information, contact Sandi Morton. 
 
Trust Circles are open to everyone and will expand or add new times depending on demand.  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 meet on the third Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm and at 7 pm, and on the third Tuesday at 7 pm. For now, meetings are held via Zoom. Please contact Erin Roth if you are interested.  For more information, go to www.friendsfuture.org. 
 
Interested in helping to grow fresh vegetables for the CARES food pantry?  Want to learn how to plant and tend a garden?  Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4aa9a828aafc1-spring1 to be added to the Friends Community Garden email list.  For more information, email FriendsCommunityGarden@gmail.com.
 
Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) summer camping program needs additional volunteers at all three camps this summer, but especially at Catoctin (which is the camp closest to Baltimore).  Go to https://bymcamps.org/work-at-bym-camps/interns-volunteers/ for information or contact Meg Meyer.
 
PLEASE don’t forget about the CARES food pantry this summer.  CARES is in dire need of snacks (granola bars, small packages of crackers or cookies, small packages of raisins, etc.), canned pasta meals and cereal.  [Please place donations that might attract mice in one of the plastic storage boxes on the bench just inside the downstairs entry; mouse-proof items can go into the open box on the bench.]  CARES could also use paper grocery bags, especially those with sturdy handles.  A volunteer will take your donations 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.  With the school year ended, families with children need food assistance even more.  Many thanks from GEDCO to all who continue to support CARES.
 
Social Order Box:  Donations during June and July go to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, confronting the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and militarism and the war economy.    Donations 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/meeting-documentshttp://www.stonyru... Requests should be submitted, preferably in PDF or Word format, by email to Alice Cherbonnier, clerk of FRAUC; there may be a delay in FRAUC decision making when applications are submitted by mail.
 
Could you use a wheeled holder for the cpu of a desktop computer?  The office has one available to go to a new home.  You can see it parked just outside of the Pre-primary classroom (room 214).
 
From the Office
 
Our new Operations Coordinator, Najah Bayyan, will be on board beginning this coming Monday, June 27!  Cindy and Janet will still be in the office for a transition period, but Najah will be responding to calls and emails to the office.
Office hours:  The meetinghouse office is staffed Monday through Thursday; the office is closed on Friday.  Najah’s schedule may evolve over time as she identifies when she is most needed in the office.
Weekly announcements:  The deadline to submit events or announcements to Najah is noon each Wednesday.  Earlier submission, if possible, is recommended in case additional information is needed.
Summer (July/August) Newsletter:  Reports, news, and articles for the summer issue are due to Najah by Tuesday,  July 5.
 
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 online contributions.