Weekly Announcements, April 25, 2019

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"In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”

- Ecclesiastes 11:6



Quaker House

9:00 am




10:30 am

Hospitality Support & Strategy

Decatur Pl

9:00 am


Clearness Meeting

Terrace Room

12:00 pm

WIN Bus Tour Debrief

Terrace Room

9:15 am




6:00 pm


Meeting Room

10:30 am






Bethesda Friends Meeting Spring Fling Fundraiser for Ramallah Friends School Scholarship Fund, Sunday April 28. 12:30-2:00 p.m.  Rummage sale, perennials, olive oil, Silent Auction, Middle East Buffet, Music.  Location: Sidwell Friends Lower School Campus, 5100 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda
Contact: Sara Anderson, climbthestairs@gmail.com, tel: 301-908-1226

Hospitality Support & Strategy Meeting, April 28, 9:00am:  The coffee, cookies and snacks our Hospitality Committee provides every Sunday after meeting for worship plays a vital role in welcoming visitors and fostering fellowship in our meeting.  If you value this fellowship, have ideas about volunteer recruitment and management, or are looking for a new way to contribute to the vibrant life of our meeting, please join us in this brainstorming session to better support the committee.  Anyone is welcome! Contact Betsy Bramon betsy.bramon@gmail.com for more info.

Visit to Clagett Farm, April 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm for FMW families.  Cow and lamb visits, vegetable fields, potting seedlings on this 284 acre working farm operated by Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Bring lunch, dress for weather.  Clagett Farm, 11904 Old Marlboro Pk, Upper Marlboro MD 20772. 
For more info call Rob Vaughn, t:  301-646-0281, email: vaugnr17@gmail.com

Voices from the Holy Land film series
- “1948: Creation & Catastrophe,” Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. 
Riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis.  Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave.
- “Imprisoning a Generation,” Saturday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m.
follows the stories of four young Palestinians detained and imprisoned. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave.
- “Imprisoning a Generation,” Sunday, June 23, 12:30 p.m.
follows the stories of four young Palestinians detained and imprisoned.  Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Avenue, Washington, DC.   For more info go to:  voicesfromtheholyland.org

BYM Interim Meeting at FMW on June 15:  Volunteers needed!—to contribute food, help with meal prep and clean-up (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and host guests from further away.  If you can help, please contact Gene Throwe, gthrowe@gmail.com or Barbara Briggs, admin@quakersdc.org, tel: 202-483-3310

Calling all FMW parents!  The Religious Education Committee would like to meet you and talk about what's happening, all the exciting new changes on the committee, and our plans for the Spring and Summer.  This meeting will occur on May 5 at noon in the Quaker House (or outside in Mitchell Park, if weather in nice).  Food and childcare will be provided.  Contact:  Jake Ritting, j_ritting@hotmail.com

Friends Historical Association Walt Whitman Bicentennial, May 5, Camden NJ:  Each year Friends Historical Association arranges a spring tour to a Quaker site interest.  We invite you to join us in celebrating Walt Whitman's Bicentennial.  Meeting for worship at 10:30 a.m. The outing begins at 11:30 a.m. with a tour of Newton Meetinghouse, followed by a Whitman presentation by poet Rocky Wilson. Reception at 1:00 p.m.—bring lunch.  Dessert and drinks provided. This event is free and open to the public.  Space is limited.  RSVP to (484) 471-7169 or fha@haverford.edu.

Catoctin Quaker Camp - FMW Retreat Weekend, May 10-12.  Share meals and fellowship in the lodge, hiking, canoeing.  Cabins and tent sites available.  Catoctin Camp address:  12611 Tower Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788 (near Cunningham Falls State Park). For more info contact Anita Drever: anita.drever@gmail.com.  Phone:  307-399-4238

Pastoral Care Work Group meeting, Sunday, May 26 from 9:15 a.m.  – New members welcome!

We will be discussing an essay, “Quakers and Complementary Medicine/Healing,” by Marthajane Robinson, a healer in private practice in Philadelphia.  The essay appears in Out of the Silence: Quaker Perspectives on Pastoral Care and Counseling, edited by J. Bill Ratliff, available from Pendle Hill.   

For more info contact Sabrina McCarthy, email: sabrinaamccarthy@gmail.com

The Asylum Seeker on Your Doorstep:  Friends, one of our beloved tenants is the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project (The Asylum Seeker Assistance Project), which offers assistance in their Carriage House office to asylum seekers from all over the world. The Peace & Social Concerns committee is offering an opportunity to get to know them and their work better. You will meet staff members and asylees, learn their stories and how you can help. Meet at their office on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be offered. For information & to RSVP, contact: Debby Churchman, email: dchurchm@yahoo.com

Head of Meeting
April 28:  Sanctuary Taskforce      May 5: Clerks


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.