Weekly Announcements, April 15, 2021

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The end of a matter is better than the beginning, and a patient spirit is better than a proud one.” 
                                                                                                   --Ecclesiastes 7:8


Let Us Worship Together - Sunday, April 18

 9:00 AM Early Meeting for Worship via Zoom
Click here to join.  By phone: 301-715-8592   Meeting ID: 395 231 896# Password: 738314
Tech: Ann Herzog, (202) 246-5125

Meeting for Worship via Zoom, 10:30 am
Join on Zoom 
To join by phone, dial: 301-715-8592  Meeting ID: 979 505 413# Password:  706188
Head of Meeting: Rob Farr  Tech: Beth Cogswell, cell: (571) 344-8055

In-Person Meeting for Worship!
You must Register here.  Arrive by 10:30 am. Masks required.

1st Day School - Bible Study with Marsha Holliday
For more info, contact  Religious Education Co-Clerks
Allen Fawcett, aafawcett@gmail.com or Jake Ritting,j_ritting@hotmail.com

On Sunday:

Reading Quakers Together, 9:15-10:15 am (3rd Sundays) - Newcomers welcome!
Join on Zoom.  By phone dial:  (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID: 86790906722# on prompt.   Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234.

Friendly Bible Study, - postponed until next week 

“Society” in Progress:  Inside DC’s Black Membership Organizations, 12:00 pm
FMW’s Change Committee for Racial Equity is hosting this conversation with FMW member Rashid Darden and early preview of his book-in-progress, Joining Society: A Survey of the Black Membership Organization Experience in the District of Columbia, 1825-2020.  Following on an earlier discussion about historically black colleges and universities, Rashid will continue the conversation with more on the role of Howard University, UDC, and the many organizations with which Black Washington has aligned. Join on ZoomBy phone dial: (301) 715-8592.  Enter Meeting ID: 82113242899# on prompt.


Opportunity to Support Young Undocumented Immigrants
Movimiento Cosecha Youth coming to DC to protest for their rights
Seeking Housing April 29, 20, May 1  

Cosecha, led by undocumented immigrants, is planning a large May Day protest in D.C. to press for permanent protections for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Their message is urgent.  But given the continued risk of COVID-19, their DC lodgings must not be in large group settings (like FMW’s Meeting House). Cosecha is seeking hosts who can put up out-of-town protesters (all recently tested for COVID) on April 29, 30 and May 1.  If you might be able to host, please fill out this Form.  Peace & Social Concerns supports this effort, referred by FMW member Katie Breslin.  For more information, contact:   Natalie Thielen Helper, email:  nataliethielenhelper@gmail.com

Quaker Spiritual Development Programs sponsored by FMW’s Ministry & Worship Committee.  Full schedule April 2021.  (Also on FMW’s website, www.QuakersDC.org.)

FCNL “Thursdays with Friends”:  “If War is not the answer, what is?” April 22, 4:00-4:30pm  Friends Committee on National Legislation’s bi-weekly discussion series via Zoom.  Register here.

Memorial Service for Pablo Sanchez, Saturday, April 24 at 2:00 pm
FMW attender Pablo Sanchez passed away on February 24 from complications of Covid-19.  Pablo is father of FMW members Jorge Sanchez and Lucia Sanchez Norman and former husband of Lucy Norman.  A memorial service will be held via Zoom on April 24 at 2:00 pm.   Join on Zoom. For more information, contact Jean Capps, jean_capps@hotmail.com 

Prayer Series Part 2:  Rex Ambler’s Experiment with Light, Saturday, April 24, 3:00-4:30 pm. 
Join Zoom Meeting.  By phone dial: (301) 715 8592.  On prompt enter Meeting ID: 893 6559 4910#
“Experiment with Light” is a Quaker practice based on early Friends’ discoveries.  Devised in 1996 by Quaker and theologian Rex Ambler, who discovered a process by which the Light can be accessed.  This workshop will teach you this process and enhance your ability to find greater inner peace in the stillness.  Presenter:  FMW member Joseph Izzo,email: jizzo4102@gmail.com, cell: (202) 425-0496.

Join WIN to hold DC accountable on promises of affordable housing!  Sat, April 24, 10 am-12 noon
Join the Washington Interfaith Network and FMW’s WIN team, in-person or via zoom, for an action at Reservation 13 to let the Deputy Mayor’s office know that we will hold them accountable to developing affordable housing at this site.  This will be a joyous and spirit-led event including giant kites to be flown on this huge area of open land.  (Reservation 13 is bounded by Independence Ave, 18th St, and Massachusetts Ave SE).  Register here.   For more info, contact Elaine Wilson elaineswils@gmail.com, tel: (734) 276-2191.

Friendly Bible Study, April 25, 12:00-1:00 pm (bi-weekly)
Join on ZoomBy phone, dial:  (646) 876-9923.  On prompt enter meeting ID: 2025778431# 
Contact: David Etheridge, david.etheridge@verizon.net, cell 202.577.8431

WIN Workshop:  “Race, Wealth and Power” with Rev. William Lamar, Metropolitan AME Church
Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm via Zoom.  This is an opportunity to hear the brilliant and charismatic pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  Those of us who have been involved with WIN for the past 2 years have been deeply impressed by this man. This event is open to all, and will be very useful to anyone interested in working with WIN.   Register here.  Questions?  Contact Elaine Wilson elaineswils@gmail.com.


FMW’s Personal Aid Committee is in a position to help members and attenders who are struggling in Covid-times. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to us. No need is too great or too small. All discussions will be kept confidential. Email Mary Melchoir at mulchness@gmail.com or call Greg Robb at (202) 257-6646

Funding Opportunity:  
FMW Social Justice Fund’s Spring Application Deadline is April 24

FMW’s Committee on Peace & Social Concerns invites members of the FMW community to apply for Peace and Social Justice Fund Grants to assist, expand or strengthen the social justice work in which they are involved.   Learn more and apply here. For more information, contact P&SC clerk Barbara Briggs, BarbaraHBriggs@gmail.com, or any member of the Committee.

Other Regular Meetings & Worship Opportunities

“Midweek Meeting for Worship, Tuesdays, 6 pm
Join by Zoom.  Meeting ID: 202 577 8431       Password:  254224
Other phones, dial 1-646-876-9923, when prompted enter Meeting ID:  202-577-8431.

Young Adult Friends (YAF) Zinner get-together, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00.  
Join via Zoom.  For more information contact Joseph d’Antonio, JDAntonioDC@gmail.com

Quaker Bible Study will be held online on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.  
Join via Zoom.  For more information, contact Gene Throwe, gthrowe@gmail.com

Staying in Touch

To access the Member Directory from FMW’s website:  Log-in ID is FMW, the password is Discern. To join the FMW-Quaker listserv (for announcements only) &/or the FMW-Forum listserv (for discussion), and to be included in the FMW’s Online Directory, send an e-mail including your contact information to: admin@quakersdc.org 

FMW’s office is officially closed.  Staff are coming in to do necessary work on-site, and working from home to the extent possible in alignment with CDC and Mayor Bowser’s guidelines.  Contact the Administrative Secretary by emailing: Admin@QuakersDC.org or leave a message on FMW’s office phone: 202.483.3310.     


Young Adult Friends - Anyone (aged 18-40) interested in learning about Young Adult Friends at FMW or who would like to join the YAF listserv, please contact co-conveners Joe D'Antonio, JDAntonioDC@gmail.com and Alayna Kennedy, Alayna.A.Kennedy@gmail.com

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, please contact Property Committee co-clerks, Ken Forseberg, KLForsberg@gmail.com, cell: (202) 294-1954, Todd Harvey, HarveyFolklife@gmail.com, cell: (202) 689-5886

Want to plan a future event at FMW?  Contact Brian Lutenegger, Event Manager, eventspace@QuakersDC.org.

Links to other Quaker Events and News:

- QuakerBooks from FGC - BookMusings, April 2021 “Meeting House Bookshelf”

- Friends United Meetings (FUM) video series “Walking in the Way,” (4 min each)
  Released Thursdays on FUM’s FaceBook page, YouTube channel, Instagram feed

- BYM Peace & Social Concerns Com. - Spring 2021 newsletter