Weekly Announcements, January 9, 2020

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Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

― Anne Frank


Quaker House

9:00 am




10:30 am

Pastoral Care Working Group

Terrace Room

9:15 am


Meeting for Business


12:00 pm


Meeting Room

10:30 am




6:00 pm


Memorial Service for Alex Matthews, Saturday, January 11, 2 pm, Meeting Room followed by a reception. The service is organized by Alex’s friends.  RSVP to Karen at sollazzo70@gmail.com or 301-412-7259.

FMW Meeting for Business is next Sunday, January 12 at noon.  All are welcome to attend!  Parents:  Your voice is important!  Child care will be provided until 1:30 pm. 

Pastoral Care Working Group,  this Sunday, Jan 12, 9:15 a.m., Terrace Room. All are welcome, as we consider whether to hold sessions on deep listening as a spiritual discipline.  Reading: The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging by Charles Vogel.  Contact: Sabrina.Mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234.

Reading Early Quakers Together, Carriage Room, Sunday, Jan 19, 9:30.  All are welcome to this new reading group, which will meet 3rd Sundays.  1st reading:  Pgs 211 to 224 of Hidden in Plain Sight: Quaker Women’s Writings 1650-1700.  https://pendlehill.org/product/hidden-plain-sight-quaker-womens-writings-1650-1700/
Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234.

Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am, National Harbor!  Peace & Social Concerns is raising money for climate and social justice work by joining the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s Plunge into the Potomac River! Please join the FMW Quakers team, or donate to support CCAN and P&SC’s climate work.  Go to www.KeepWinterCold.org.  Click Donate.  Find the FMW Quakers team!  For more information contact co-clerks Elaine Wilson, ElaineSWils@gmail.com or Barbara Briggs, BarbaraHBriggs@gmail.com , 412-417-9384

Spiritual Friendships,  January 26, 11:30, Terrace Room.  All are welcome.  The Spiritual Friendships Program is inspired by FMW former member Margery Larrabee.  Friends consider the spiritual issues in their lives, to explore spiritual disciplines, and readings.  Contact: Sabrina.McCarthy@verizon.net.

Gun Control--What Can Friends Do?-Meeting with Friends Committee on National Legislation, February 2 at 12 p.m.  Peace and Social Concerns will host a meeting with FCNL representatives to discuss  gun violence:  what is happening nationally, FCNL’s strategy, and Friends can do. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Chad Dobson at cdobson56@gmail.com

Spiritual Formation mini-retreat, February 2nd, 2020 from 12:00-2:00pm.  Experienced BYM retreat leaders Amy Schmaljohn and Alan Evans will facilitate.  Experience the power of spiritual friendship in a Sacred Circle and learn more about FMW's active Spiritual Formation program.  A simple meal will be served prior to the retreat. For more information or to RSVP contact John Bluedorn, john.bluedorn@gmail.com.

Head of Meeting
January 12:  Child Safety      January 19:  Ad hoc (holiday)



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

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.


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 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

Office Phone: 202.483.3310.   Administrative Secretary email: admin@QuakersDC.org 

Wifi:  FMW, Password: simplicityWebsitewww.QuakersDC.org.

To access the Member Directory from website:  Log-in ID is FMW, the password is Discern. To join the FMW Listserv, or to be included in the FMW’s Online Directory, send an e-mail to: admin@quakersdc.org 

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