Weekly Announcements, February 22, 2019

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“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

- Galatians, 6:9



Quaker House

9:00 am


Fibre Party (& crafts trade)

Decatur Room

12:00 pm



10:30 am


Worship Sharing: Spiritual State of the Meeting

Meeting Room

12:15 pm


Meeting Room

10:30 am




6:00 pm


Ministry & Worship:  Worship Sharing on the Spiritual State of our Meeting, 2/24, 12:15 pm, Meeting Room based on Queries from Baltimore Yearly Meeting (see below, attached)

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

Pendle Hill Workshop on Compassionate Communication, Sat-Sun, March 2-3  provides a grounding in an embodied spirit-led practice of Nonviolent Communication based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg. Led by Stephen Michael Tumolo with Geraldine Scott.  For more info and to register go to https://pendlehill.org/events/compassionate-communication/ or call 610-566-4507 x137

Wm Penn House Vegan Feast by Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals, Sunday March 3, 5:30 pm. Followed by presentation and worship sharing about the effects of our food choices on animals and the environment. All the food will be provided, you need bring only yourself. Meal will be completely peanut-free. Any dishes containing tree nuts will be clearly labeled.
For more info (& to help), contact Margaret Fisher,  1margaret.e.fisher@gmail.com. RSVP on Facebook or sign up Here to let us know you're coming! Wm Penn House is located at 515 East Capitol St, SE

Pendle Hill Lecture:  “Confronting the Role of Antisemitism in Preserving Power Structures” with Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Monday, March 4, 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  More info & to register for livestream go to: https://pendlehill.org/events/confronting-the-role-of-antisemitism-in-preserving-power-structures/

Pendle Hill Radical Faithfulness in Action, Early bird registration deadline: March 15 for May session.  Online & on-campus program in grassroots organizing and radical faithfulness, with three campus residencies for those seeking enhanced spiritual grounding and practices for their ongoing community organizing and justice work.  For more info & to register: https://pendlehill.org/learn/radical-faithfulness-in-action/

Quaker Volunteer Services—Opportunity for young adults (21-30).  Applications due March 15.  Grounded in the Quaker faith tradition and open to people of all backgrounds, QVS provides a Fellowship opportunity, August 2019–July 2020, to live in intentional community and work in professional settings that aim to change unjust social structures.  Service currently in Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Portland (OR).  For more info go to www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/community/interests/ or contact Zenaida Peterson: (770) 710-6432

Head of Meeting
- February 24:  Property Committee     
- March 3:  Capital Campaign


Spiritual State of the Meeting
Queries from Baltimore Yearly Meeting

We will hold Worship Sharing to discuss these queries and the Spiritual State of our Meeting Sunday, Feb 24 at 12:15 in the Meeting Room.  If you prefer to write your answers, please give them to a member of the Ministry and Worship Committee, or send them to fmwssom2019@gmail.com.

  • 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?


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.