Bethesda Friends Meeting

Contact Information
Mailing address: PO Box 30152, Bethesda, Maryland 20824
Meeting place address: Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road, Bethesda, Maryland (on the campus of Sidwell Friends School Lower School
Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Hearing Assistance: Hearing assistance available
Telephone: 301-986-8681
Website: Bethesda Friends Meeting
First Day: Worship: 11:00am
Religious Education: First Day School: 11:20am
Business Meeting: First First Day: 9:15 am (except July and August)
Officers and Clerks
Clerk: Ralph Steinhardt and Elizabeth "Lee" Ingram
Treasurer: Gregory "Greg" Ingram
Assistant Treasurer: Marion Ballard
Recording Clerk: Ronald "Ron" Akins
Recorder: Margaret Plank
Adult Religious Education: Stephanie Koenig and Dorothy Patterson Lin
Advancement and Outreach: Travis Gallagher and Gale Thompson
Ministry and Worship: Ronald "Ron" Akins
Nominating: Douglas "Doug" Smith and Karen Banks
Pastoral Care: Alexandra "Alex" Bell and Jane Meleney Coe
Peace and Social Justice: Deborah Friese
Religious Education:  
Stewardship and Finance: Arlene Rodenbeck
Newsletter Editor: Jane Meleney Coe
Interim Meeting Representatives: Elizabeth "Liz" Hofmeister and Alexandra "Alex" Bell
Travel Directions

Bethesda Friends Meeting is located on the campus of Sidwell Friends Lower School at Beverly Road between Edgemoor Lane. Parking is ample.

From the Red Line Metro Bethesda Station: At the top of the long escalator, at the bus depot level go to the side where buses enter (at the corner of Edgemoor and Commerce Lanes). Go straight ahead (west) one short block on Edgemoor to cross Woodmont Avenue (with a traffic light). Continue two more blocks, crossing Arlington Avenue (with a traffic light) to the Sidwell Friends Lower School gate. Turn left and the Meeting House is a half block on the right.

From the North: Use Beltway Exit 36 south to Old Georgetown Road (Route 187) for 2.2 miles. Move into the right lane at the Auburn Avenue traffic light and then move to the new right lane at Cordell Avenue. At the next light, a five-way intersection, take the soft right onto Arlington Road. Turn right at the second light onto Edgemoor Lane, then left onto Beverly Road. The Meeting House is mid-block on the right.

Alternatively, from Rockville, come south on the Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355), turn right on Commerce Lane, cross Old Georgetown Road, and then turn right onto Edgemoor Lane. From East-West Highway (Route 410), cross Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355), onto Old Georgetown Road (Route 187) take the first left onto Edgemoor Lane. Follow it around to the right. Cross Woodmont and Arlington Avenues (with traffic lights), turn left onto Beverly Road. The Meeting House is mid-block on the right.

From Washington, DC: Go north on Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355) and turn left Old Georgetown Road (Route 187). Turn left at first traffic light, Edgemoor Lane (bearing right at the Metrobus center to stay on Edgemoor). Cross Arlington Road. At the first intersection, turn left onto Beverly Road. The Meeting House is mid-block on the right.

Spiritual State of the Meeting Reports
Interchange Reports

Visioning Project Report

In 2010 and 2011, Baltimore Yearly Meeting undertook a project to consider the vision of the Yearly Meeting community. As a part of that project, members of the ad hoc Visiting Ministers Committee led a visioning session at each Meeting. The report of the visioning session at Bethesda Friends Meeting is available here.

Holidays and the New Year at Bethesda Friends Meeting

Shortly before Christmas Day each year, the First Day School children at Bethesda Friends Meeting perform their Pageant. The retelling of the Christmas story is accompanied by an orchestral concert. The orchestra includes members of the Meeting as well as members of the Montgomery County Symphony Orchestra and musicians from St. Columba's Episcopal Church.

In addition, on the Tuesday (Third Day) before Christmas Day, there is a candlelight Meeting for Worship at 8:00 pm.

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