Weekly Announcements, December 5, 2019

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“Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry.

– Francis of Assisi



Quaker House

9:00 am



Meeting Room

10:30 am

Library Committee


9:00 am




10:30 am

Pastoral Care Working Group

Carriage House

9:15 am


Meeting for Business

Quaker House

12:00 pm

Membership Committee

Bridge Room

9:15 am



Quaker House

6:00 pm


* Potluck Lunch and Meeting for Business, this Sunday, December 8, 12:15, Quaker House Living Room Lunch contributions will be very welcome—and your presence and participation in FMW’s once-monthly meeting to discuss issues and plans for our community is even more important!

Changing the Way We Do Business, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2:00 pm.  FMW’s Change Committee on Racial Equality will hold a threshing session to consider adopting 5 queries to be used as we make Meeting decisions, to help us ferret out any implicit or institutional racism which may be keeping us from being the best anti-racist community we can be. Copies of the queries are available here, on our listservs and in the Meeting House. For more information, contact Debby at dchurchm@yahoo.com 

Pastoral Care Working Group, Dec 8, 9:15 a.m. in Carriage House Room.   All are welcome.  We will discuss whether to read together Charles Vogl’s book, The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging; to co-sponsor a workshop on clearness committees; and whether to organize a workshop on listening as a spiritual discipline.  Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mcarthy@verizon.net, 240.778.5234.

Piano Salon, this Sunday, Dec 8 at 4:00 pm:  Join Bob and Susan Meehan at their home for music, poetry, conversation and shared refreshments, at their home, 1740 Corcoran St, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Wedding of Carla Salgado and Guy Martorana under care of the Meeting will be held Saturday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Quaker House Living Room.  Members and attenders are invited to join.

Shoebox Project, December 14-15.  Please join us in preparing useful gifts for homeless men, women and children in DC area shelters.  (Collecting old greeting cards now!).  Please bring yours to FMW--the box by the bench or give to the office.   For more info on Shoebox Project, text CJ Lewis at 202-704-4430

Kenyan Crafts Sale, December 22, Assembly Room at Rise of Meeting:  Jean Smith is bringing beautiful crafter made by Kenyan AIDs widows to FMW again this year.  Great holiday gifts! 

Christmas Eve potluck and worship, December 24, 5:30 pm. All are welcome at our annual Xmas Eve gathering. We open the doors at 5:30 and start eating at 6:00. This is followed by Carol Singing, and a short but meaningful Meeting for Worship. You should be home in plenty of time for Santa. Please bring food for at least 8 people (along with a serving utensil), and be prepared to take your (unwashed) dish back home that evening. For more information, contact Martha (soltdozier@gmail.com) or Debby (dchurchm@yahoo.com). Merry Christmas!

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/ 

Head of Meeting
December 8:  Religious Education    December 15:  Hospitality


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). 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.

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.