Weekly Announcements, May 9, 2019

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“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”                       
--Proverbs 31:25


Quaker House

9:00 am



Meeting Room

10:30 am

Library Committee




Meeting for Business

Meeting Room

12:15 pm



10:30 am




6:00 pm


Sunday, May 12 and before
Quaker & African American Burial Ground Commemoration “Saying Their Names, Telling Their Stories,”  Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m., Walter Pierce Park in Adams Morgan (north of Calvert St, just east of Duke Ellington Bridge).  Sponsored by the Kalorama Citizens Association. Contact Mary Belcher, 202-390-9069, maryjbelcher@comcast.net. If it rains, the event will be cancelled. For updates: walterpierceparkcemeteries.org.

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

Voices from the Holy Land film series:  “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 NW.      For more info go to:  voicesfromtheholyland.org

Meeting for Business is this Sunday at 12:15 – Please attend!


Benefit Concert for Congregation Action Network and CAIR Coalition, Friday MAY 17th
'Lilo Gonzalez y los de Mount Pleasant' cumbia and latinx songs of social protest.  Free and family friendly.  Donations welcome.  At First Church UCC.  For more info, go to Eventbrite:

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.

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

Muslims for Progressive Values annual interfaith Iftaar (breaking of fast) dinner, Fri May 31, 7:45pm.
Join Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) DC & the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) at our annual iftar dinner to be keynoted by Khizr Khan, Kazi Mannan, and Ani Zonneveld.  MVP has reached out to FMW, inviting us to join them, and appreciating our interfaith work together, including use of the meeting for prayer and event space. Interested joining a small FMW delegation?  Contact Elaine Wilson, elaineswils@gmail.com

Pendle Hill Quaker Institute: Deepening Our Quaker Practice, May 30-June 2: An institute for Quakers concerned with strengthening and vitalizing their meetings, with worship, worship-sharing, workshops, and plenary speakers on central aspects of meeting life and opportunities for reflection and informal discussion. (Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch).  Contact: lblount@pendlehill.org, tel: 610-566-4507, ext. 137

Head of Meeting:
May 12:  Nominating Committee     May 19:  Peace & Social Concerns


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:  Jake Ritting, email: j_ritting@hotmail.com and Allen Fawcett, email: aafawcett@gmail.com

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.