Weekly Announcements, February 8, 2019

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“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”                                                - Colossians 3:13



Quaker House

9:00 am



Meeting Room

10:30 am

Personal Aid

Terrace Room

9:00 am


Meeting for Business

Meeting Room

12:00 pm



10:30 am




6:00 pm


Quoins for Coins!  For the next several weeks FMW’s kids will be holding their annual Coins for Quoins fundraiser for the Building Fund.  So….bring your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, Susan B Anthonies, Spanish Doubloons to Meeting on Sunday.  They are taking all coins—old and new. 

Pendle Hill Workshop: Strengthening Your Inner Wisdom and Silencing Your Inner Critic, February 22-24.  This interactive weekend led by Dana Mitra will expand the range and methods of accessing inner wisdom and differentiating the voice of the Inward Teacher from the inner critic.  Pendle Hill is a Quaker study and retreat center outside Philadelphia. For more information go to Pendle Hill’s calendar or home page, or contact communications director John Meyer, jmeyer@pendlehill.org

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Workshop Proposals—deadline February 22.  The BYM Annual Meeting will be held July 29-August 4.  BYM is now accepting proposals for 2-hour long afternoon workshops on this year’s theme “Quaker Tools for the Journey” and other topics.  For more information and to submit, go to:  http://www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/workshopprop.html

BYM Camp Enrollment for Catoctin, Opequon, Shiloh, and Teen Adventure is open. Why consider sleep-away camp? For most children, at first Quakerism and Meeting for Worship are seen as a “grownup” religion.  At camp, children experience Inner Light in a natural setting, in outdoor, silent worship, and in community with their peers and well-trained counselors, they gain confidence from learning practical life skills, and they make lasting friendships with children from other parts of the country. For details: Jane Megginson (717-481-4870) or: www.bymcamps.org

  • From Ministry & Worship Committee--Queries from Baltimore Yearly Meeting. We are asking Friends to reflect on these queries. If you care to write your answers, please send them to fmwssom2019@gmail.com.  If you want to discuss these queries in a small group setting, come to Meeting House on every Tuesday for the rest of February from 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm.  We will have a bigger Meeting for Worship Sharing to discuss them on Sunday Feb 24 at noon.
    • With fierce winds of political discord and violent expressions of hate swirling in the world around us, what does your community do to strengthen our attention to the Spirit in Meeting for Worship?

    • What do you do to strengthen the Quaker “roots” of your community?

    • We recognize we can be a shining light and healing presence in troubled times, while on the other hand, we value our individual Meeting Community so much we can be unwelcoming to change or discordant voices. What is your meeting’s experience of this? Do you sense a tendency to avoid tension by not discussing differing points of view?  Is your Meeting a diverse community: racially, philosophically/politically, theologically? How is that expressed? In what ways?

Head of Meeting:  February 10:  Religious Education, February 17:  Ad hoc


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 is not available.  

Meeting for Worship 6:00 PM Sunday. Held in the Parlor, 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, Tuesday, 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 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’s Decatur Pl entrance. For more info call 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 Mary Melchior, email:  mulchness@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.