Local Meeting and Committee Events
September 2017 Events
September 23 – Kenyan Quakers in America Gathering
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)
This announces a gathering, beginning at 4pm, of "Kenyan Quakers in America", all the Kenyan Quakers we can find in the area. Lifegate Chuch, the Kenyan Quaker Church which met for a while at Stony Run, has reached a point where attendance is very low, and some of them think this is the right time to start afresh, laying down the existing structure, and coming together to work at developing a church structure much more similar to what they are familiar with from Kenya. The concern arises from the hundreds of Kenyan Quakers who are now in this area, who are not comfortable in the local unprogrammed Quaker worship service. We all know that some have persisted with us and have become valued members of the local Quaker community. But many more have not. There is no immediate expectation that a new Kenyan-based Friends Meeting or Church would necessarily become part of or affiliated with Stony Run. That will be up to the new group and its agreements with existing Meetings. It is hoped that we can support Kenyan Friends' aspirations, similar to the way that we might support a preparative meeting. For more information, contact Adrian Bishop. (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are a Kenyan Friend or if you know Kenyan Friends, please invite them. And bring food, so we can break mandazis together!!
September 24 – 30 Years of Letting Our Light Shine
Midlothian Friends Meeting (Midlothian, VA)
Midlothian Friends Meeting is enjoying the next few months preparing for our 30th anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 24th at our Meeting House at 900 Preservation Road, Midlothian, VA 23113. We hope Friends everywhere will consider joining us for this event while also enjoying our park-like grounds, located within a one-hundred-acre Preserve neighborhood. Directions can be found at MidlothianFriends.org. Here are the activities we will enjoy:
- 10:00am - Sharing memories, experiences, and advice about starting a Quaker Meeting. Alternatively, Friends may prefer to visit our meeting library while this discussion is in earshot. It is located just above our worship room in our balcony and contains many historical displays, pictures, and information about Quakerism; and Midlothian Friends Meeting’s historical ancestry in particular. For kids during the adult session: A nature walk that includes a visit to an adjacent Llama farm after walking over a running creek.
- 11:00am - Worship in the manner of Friends. “First Day” (Sunday) School will be held in our Religious Education Building for toddlers and elementary/middle school kids.
- 12:15pm - Potluck lunch, followed by a wonderfully delicious Ice Cream Social. Seating and tables will be on the large front porch of the meetinghouse and on the back deck. Indoor seating for dining will also be available. Picnic tables and benches for dining are plentiful on the four acre grounds surrounding the Meeting House.
- 1:15pm – Burial of a Time Capsule with artifacts on the grounds under a granite marker - for opening every 30 years in order to add future artifacts that future Quakers can enjoy - for hundreds of years to come!
Please come for any or all of the above events. If you would like to come but need overnight accommodations at the Meeting House in order to do so (indoors or camping in a tent/camper), please email Quaker_Town_Crier@msn.com.
September 24 – Homecoming Day
Alexandria Friends Meeting (Alexandria, VA)
Please plan to be with the Friends of Alexandria Meeting and “come home” for a day of worship and fellowship. The theme for the day is There is no way to peace; peace is the way. For more information, contact Judith Riggin. (email@example.com)
October 2017 Events
October 6 – 8 – WV Quaker Fall Gathering
Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center (Huttonsville, WV)
Charleston Friends Meeting (LEYM) will be hosting the annual gathering of Friends from across West Virginia. The speaker will be Michael Birkel of the Earlham School of Religion, speaking about Letter Writing of Early Quakers. He will also do a breakout session on meditative reading of Scripture. For more information and the registration forms, contact Steve Wellons. (304-941-6837 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 21 - Goose Creek Meeting House Bicentennial Celebration
Goose Creek Friends Meeting (Lincoln, VA)
Join Goose Creek Friends from 10am to 3pm in their celebration of 200 years of the Meeting House. There will be a pot-luck lunch and other activities.
October 28 – Fall Retreat
The Clearing (Richmond, VA)
Richmond Friends Meeting invites you to attend their fall retreat at The Clearing. The theme is Responding to Challenging Times, Inwardly and Outwardly. Rita Willet will lead the two-hour workshop Sabbath for Everyone: A Radical Practice for Challenging Times. In the afternoon, there will be sessions on mindfulness and group singing. To indicate your plan to attend and arrange overnight hospitality, please contact Julia Hebner. (804-615-7529 or email@example.com) For more information about The Clearing, see the website. (www.richmondfriendsmeeting.org)
October 28 – The Lao Tizer Trio Concert
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)
Join us for a dynamic concert by the renowned Lao Tizer Trio from Los Angeles, featuring an electrifying mix of jazz, rock, classical and jam band influences infused with Afro-Cuban and World Rhythms. Tickets are $25.00 at the door, $20 in advance ($10 for kids 12 and under). Call Stony Run for tickets (443-703-2590 x3) or online at www.stonyrunfriends.org.
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March 24 - Peace and Social Concerns Networking Day
Sandy Spring Friends School (Sandy Spring, MD)
Save the date. More details will be provided as the date approaches.
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