Weekly Announcements, 9/23/2018

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"Friends, we ask you to remember that our words in worship and in our daily lives can heal or hurt, liberate or subordinate, as we name and refer to other people as well as to the Divine…Inclusive language for the Divine offers us the opportunity to speak creatively, invitingly and healingly of our visions and faith. We encourage, in particular, the use of the many traditional Quaker terms which are inclusive: Inner Light, God Within, Seed.” – Friends Meeting of Washington, 1987



Quaker House

9 am


Friendly Bible Study

Terrace Room

12 pm


Quaker House, Meeting Room

10:30 am


YAF brunch

Meet up in Assembly Room

12 pm

BYM Visitation


12 pm




6 pm

Ministry & Worship


12 pm







Today: Baltimore Yearly Meeting Q&A with Ann Venable and Ned Stowe! They will be happy to speak with F/friends about BYM and how you can best connect with them. They’ll be available to talk in the Assembly room from 12:00 to 1:30pm.


Sept. 29: Workshop: Listening to the Bible, presented by Joy Newhart. Using Bible stories as fodder for role play, we will practice deep listening and reflecting skills. Workshops will be held on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to register. We request a $20.00 donation for each workshop. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available throughout. For more information, contact Marsha Holliday, hollidaymsd@yahoo.com


Sept. 28-30:  Opequon Quaker Camp 40th and 20th Reunion, Opequon Quaker Camp (Brucetown, VA) This summer marks the 40th year since the first summer of Camp Opequon on the Pigeon Property. And we will be entering the 20th Year of the Opequon Quaker Arts Camp!! JOIN US FOR THIS HISTORIC CELEBRATION! Cost to attend is $45.00 for the weekend or $10.00 per meal. Go to www.bym-rsf.org/events/ymevents/oqcalumni.html for more information and registration.

October 7: For World Quaker Day, tell us where you’ve been!  First Day School would love to know where you’ve attended Meeting and what it was like.  We’ll use your descriptions and photos in class on October 7th to honor World Quaker Day.  Email fmwyouthprogram@gmail.com or drop off in the Office.

Head of Meeting

Sept. 23: Capital Campaign; Sept. 30: Finance & Stewardship



First Day School begins at 10:30 each Sunday. If you come later than 10:30, please stay a moment with your child to help them settle into the class. Children in FDS are reunited with their parents in the final minutes of Meeting for Worship.


Points of Contacts for First Day School:  Shannon Hughes (shannughes@gmail.com) and Michael Beer at FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com or 703-655-5655.

Child Care is available for parents needing a respite during worship. Children age 0 to 4 will be lovingly tended in the Decatur Place Room from 10:20 am to Noon on Sunday. Please contact Michael Beer at FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com for any child care related questions. Child Care is also available for all ages of children during events on our campus upon request.

FMW is pleased to offer an opportunity to families who would like to have the Meeting officially welcome their children into our community. Anyone interested in such a welcoming, please contact Gray Handley, handleygr@niaid.nih.gov



Meeting for Worship 9:00 AM Sunday.  Held in the Quaker House Living Room.  This Meeting for Worship has a special invitation to silence seekers. "Quietness enough not only to know our own minds, but to listen to the still small voice."  Child care not available.  


Meeting for Worship 6:00 PM Sunday. Held in the Decatur Place Room, this Meeting for Worship offers a sustaining opportunity for worship at the end of the weekend. Child care is not available.


Mid-Week Meeting for Worship, Wednesday, 6:00 PM in the Parlor. Persons seeking to worship during the week should consider this Meeting. Child care is not available.



The FMW webpage is available at www.quakersdc.org  To access the non-public pages, the log-in ID is FMW– the password is Discern. To join the FMW Listserv, or to be included in the Meeting’s Online Directory, send an e-mail to: admin@quakersdc.org  To phone the Meeting Office, call 202.483.3310.    To use WiFi in the Meetinghouse, the network is FMW and the password is simplicity. The Meeting’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/FriendsMeetingOfWashington.


Young Adult Friends - Anyone interested in learning about Young Adult Friends at FMW or who would like the join the YAF list-serve, please contact Erin Murphy (murph23e@mtholyoke.edu) and Rebecca Nelson (rebecca@americasolidaria.org). Young adults are between the ages of 18 and 40ish.


Martha’s Table needs nonperishable food items on an ongoing basis.  Donations are collected in the basket near the Meeting House Decatur Place. Pam Callard (202) 829-9577.


Personal Aid is looking for gift cards for grocery stores, Target, etc. These will be given to our vulnerable members and attenders as needed. Please contact Emilie Schmeidler at Emilie.schmeidler@gmail.com


If you have maintenance concerns about the FMW campus or identify accessibility issues, please contact Property Committee co-clerks Brian Lutenegger (734-255-6829 brian.lutenegger@gmail.com) and Merry Pearlstein (202-244-8777 or merrypearlstein@gmail.com). They will work with you to identify potential solutions.