Weekly Announcements, February 20, 2020

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“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”    
-2 Timothy 1:7


Quaker House

9:00 am


Fibre Party

Quaker House



Meeting Room and Library

10:30 am


Finance & Stewardship

Carriage House Room

12:15 pm

Spiritual Friendships

Terrace Room

11:30 am




6:00 pm


This Coming Saturday (day after tomorrow)

Conversations with the Other:  How to talk with People with Whom You Disagree Politically:  Join FMW member J. E. McNeil, On The Level, LLC for this interactive workshop, Saturday February 22, 4:00- 5:30 PM Location: 410 GoodBuddY, 410 Florida Avenue NW.  Seating Limited.  RSVP by Feb 20: jmcnrick@gmail.com

FMW’s Racial Equity Change Cttee and BYM STRIDE Anti-Racism Series begins February 22.  This 5-part  antiracism series will be led by Khalila Lomax, coordinator of the STRIDE program at FMW on 2/22, 3/28, 4/25, 5, 23 and 6/27.  For information and to RSVP contact STRIDE Coordinator Dyresha Harris at OIC@bym-rsf.org

This Sunday:

Spiritual Friendships.  Feb. 23, 11:30 to 1:30, Terrace Room. You are welcome to join us either for Worship 11:30 to noon or for Check-in at noon, followed by reflections. Inspired by FMW former member Margery Larrabee, we consider the spiritual issues in our lives, explore spiritual disciplines, and share thoughts about readings. Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234.

Next Week and beyond

Spiritual Journey Meditation Group.  Join us Feb. 24, 1 to 2:30, Library for meditation, worship sharing and check-in.  Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234.

Pendle Hill Mindfulness and White Privilege weekend seminar, February 28-March 1 –  led by Deborah Cooper and Pamela Freeman blending mindfulness practices with an engaged exploration of racial conditioning to help white people practice anti-racism with intention and self-understanding.

AFSC Community Consultation, Saturday, Feb 29, 12-2:00 p.m. at AFSC, 1822 R St NW (near Dupont Circle): American Friends Service Cttee’s DC Peace & Economic Justice Program will end in May. We are asking our supporters’ help in determining next steps, especially in transitioning our Human Rights Learning Project which expands access to human rights education in DC Public Schools.  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP Rachel, RBergsieker@afsc.org by Wed, Feb 26, and indicate any special food needs.    

FMW’s Social Justice Fund application deadline is March 14, 5:00 p.m.  The Social Justice Fund offers small grants to strengthen social justice efforts, especially those in which FMW members and attenders are engaged.  More information, instructions on how to apply and the application form can be found here.

FMW Working Group on Clearnesses Threshing Session, Tuesday March 3, 2020, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in  Decatur Room.  Please join to discuss how we can use the Clearness process to better support the spiritual health and wellbeing of our community and its members.  Contact:  Danielle, carnesdanielleg@gmail.com

Greeters on First Day.  The FMW Ministry & Worship Committee seeks volunteer greeters to greet Friends from 10:10  to 10:30 a.m. You can sign up in the main lobby or at the door to the hallway door to Meeting Room.  Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, 240.778.5234 cell. 

Pendle Hill Workshops.  Facing Transitions Together: A Couple Enrichment Retreat with Mike and Marsha Green and Kathy and Jeff Richman, March 20-22
The Sankofa Path: Healing from the Traumas of Racism, weekend retreat with Erva Baden and Isha Vela designed for those who self-identify as U.S.-born African-American/Black Women, March 27-29
For more information, Go to PendleHill.org  or contact Pendle Hill, tel: 610-566-4507, ext. 137 

Groups in Formation:

Share Your Experience!  Have you written a spiritual autobiography?  Committed to Spirit-led giving?  Prepared for the end of life? Would you like to share your experience in a workshop with Friends? To contribute to “Sustaining Each Other in Community: A Year-Long Series on How Our Meeting Can Support Us,” please get in touch with the Ministry & Worship Committee. Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234.

Communicating With Purpose: Listening. Do you want to become a better listener? In this experiential and applied three-session workshop on listening, you will set goals for yourself and build listening skills through practical exercises during and between sessions. Georgetown University Certified Leadership Coach Roseanna Stanton will facilitate. The program is open, on a space permitting basis, to participants who are prepared to make a commitment to doing the work of increasing their listening capabilities, will attend all three sessions, and agree to complete 2-3 hours of practice and homework between sessions. Sessions are 1.25 hrs each and will take place in March-April 2020.  Please go to https://forms.gle/7nWsbBjj793rhg339 to register your interest in this program.

Head of Meeting
February 23:  Nominating Committee    March 1:  Property 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 and Youth Program:  Allen Fawcett, aafawcett@gmail.com, Jacob Ritting, j_ritting@hotmail.com or 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.

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 (aged 18-40) interested in learning about Young Adult Friends at FMW or who would like the join the YAF list-serve, please contact Amanda Nadeau , amanda.l.nadeau@gmail.com or Joe D'Antonio, 89dantonio@cua.edu.

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 or accessibility concerns, please contact Property Cttee co-clerks, Merry Pearlstein (202-244-8777 , merrypearlstein@gmail.com) and Justin Kwong ((202) 215-3891, justinkwong@gmail.com
Want to hold an event at FMW?  Contact Brian Lutenegger, Event Manager, eventspace@QuakersDC.org.

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