Weekly Announcements, November 7, 2019

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“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.           - Dalai Lama  


Quaker House

9:00 am




10:30 am

Personal Aid Committee

Terrace Room

9:00 am


Meeting for Business

Meeting Room

12:00 p.m.

Library Committee


9:00 am



Quaker House

6:00 pm


Meeting Room

10:30 am





FMW Meeting for Business, November 10 at rise of meeting.  All are invited to participate in FMW’s 2nd Sunday meeting discussions, updates and decision-making.  Contributions to a potluck lunch beforehand are also needed and welcome! 

Washington Interfaith Network-FMW Team Building meeting/supper, FMW, November 11, 6:30-8:30
If you are interested in our partnership with the Washington Interfaith Network, please come for a hey howdy team building meeting—to get to know each other and understand why each of us is drawn to this work for social justice and walking with our vulnerable neighbors in DC. For more info and to RSVP contact Debby Churchman, dchurchm@yahoo.com 

Shoebox Project, December 14-15 (& Collecting old greeting cards now!).  Each year, FMW friends come together over 1,000 packages of useful gifts for homeless men, women and children.  For many, the weekend has become a most meaningful way to mark the holidays.  The packages are decorated with donated greeting card fronts.  Please bring yours to FMW.  Leave them in the box by the bench on Sunday, or bring them to the office during the week.   For more info, call or text CJ Lewis at 202-704-4430

Day Retreat at FMW, Saturday, November 23, 10:00 to 2:30.  The holidays are approaching, and the end of the year is almost upon us. Where has the year gone!? Friends will gather together for a partial day of silence, reflection and worship sharing to take stock individually and collectively on our experience of 2019 and what is before us in the new year. Please RSVP to Malachy Kilbride, malachykilbride@yahoo.com

Pendle Hill Workshop, Clerking: Serving the Community with Joy and Confidence, November 22-24.   Register soon for our annual clerking workshop with Arthur Larrabee and Steve Mohlke to secure a spot. For more information contact Pendle Hill: 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

No plans for Thanksgiving? FMW will host a Thanksgiving Potluck on Thursday, November 28 starting at 2 pm. Please RSVP by Monday, November 25 and let Gene Throwe (gthrowe@gmail.com) know what kind of dish you are bringing. Someone has already volunteered to bring the turkey, so sides and desserts are welcomed! We will also need assistance with set-up and clean-up!

BYM Women’s Retreat, February 7-9 and registration is open now!  For more information and to register go to: https://womensretreat.bym-rsf.net/


Pendle Hill Quaker Study and Retreat Center is conducting a nationwide search for an Executive Director. Please pass the word along among Friends!

US Census:  Participate!  Census data is used to allocate federal dollars back to DC through programs including Medicaid, Education Grants, and school lunch programs? The DC government has asked houses of worship to spread the word this Sunday, that the upcoming 2020 Census matters.  When the census takers contact you, please participate!  For more information to do: https://dccensus2020.dc.gov

Head of Meeting
November 10:  Membership Committee    November 17: Personnel Committee


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:  Allen Fawcett, aafawcett@gmail.com, Jacob Ritting, j_ritting@hotmail.com, and Cait Hone at FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com.  Jacob: 202-365-3914.

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 Cait at: FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com.

FMWYouthFMWYouthProgram@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 Library. 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 Member Directory, 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). Yng 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. 

If you have maintenance concerns or accessibility issues, please contact Property Committee clerk, Merry Pearlstein (202-244-8777 or merrypearlstein@gmail.com).

Want to hold an event at FMW?  Contact Brian Lutenegger, Event Manager, eventspace@QuakersDC.org.