Weekly Announcements, April 29, 2021

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And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,”    --Acts 2:46


Let Us Worship Together - Sunday, May 2
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 Indoors and Outdoors at FMW
You must: Register here to attend indoors OR outdoors!  
Please arrive by 10:30 am. Masks required.
Join on Zoom
To join by phone, dial: 301-715-8592  Meeting ID: 979 505 413# Password:  706188
Head of Meeting: Virginia Avanesyan, Nominating Committee
Tech: Joe D’Antonio, cell: 610-620-5048

1st Day School - Drawing Natural Objects w/Elaine Wilson
(Rock Creek Picnic Area #6)
For more info, contact  Religious Education Co-Clerks
Allen Fawcett, aafawcett@gmail.com or Jake Ritting,j_ritting@hotmail.com


Religious Education, 9:00 am
Join on ZoomBy phone dial: (301) 715-8592.  Enter Meeting ID: 8656 5461 947# on prompt.
Contacts:  Co-clerks Jacob Ritting, J_Ritting@hotmail.com and Allen Fawcett, AAFawcett@gmail.com 

Library, Records & Handbook Committee, 12:00 pm 
Join on ZoomBy phone dial:  (301) 715-8592.  Enter Meeting ID: 81979751532# on prompt.
For more information contact clerk, Gene Throwe, email: GThrowe@gmail.com

Friendly Bible Study, 12:00 pm (every two weeks)
Join by Zoom.  By phone, dial:  (646) 876-9923On prompt enter meeting ID: 2025778431#
Contact: David Etheridge, david.etheridge@verizon.net, cell 202.577.8431

FMW Peace & Social Concerns Committee, Sunday May 2 at 12:15 (1st Sundays)
Newcomers welcome!   This Committee focuses on bringing social justice issues to FMW, and strengthening our Meeting’s presence in diverse struggles for social and economic justice, human and civil rights and upholding democracy in DC and beyond.  Join on ZoomBy phone dial: (301) 715-8592.  Enter Meeting ID 84883680922# on prompt. For more information contact committee clerk Barbara Briggs, BarbaraHBriggs@gmail.com

Ministry & Worship Committee, 12:15 pm
Join on ZoomBy phone dial: (301) 715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 831 0128 5997# on prompt.
For more info contact co-clerks Sabrina.McCarthy@verizon.net or JoeDAntonioDC@gmail.com

Mayor Bowser has announced walk-in vaccination sites for all DC residents 18 & older
beginning on Saturday, May 1

April 28 press release & vaccination site locations.


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

Imagining a Just Green Future, Thursday, April 29, 6:30 pm
Washington Interfaith Network and Sierra Club members get to know each other and explore what future we want to win through organizing in partnership.  FMW is an active member of WIN and FMW’s Peace & Social Concerns Committee is supporting Sierra Club’s campaign to transition DC from burning fossil fuels to clean renewable energy.  Join us as we begin to build this powerful new partnership!  Register here.  For more info contact Elaine Wilson, ElaineSWils@gmail.com or Barbara Briggs, BarbaraHBriggs@gmail.com

Property Committee, Monday, May 3, 12:00 noon
Join on ZoomBy phone dial: (301) 715-8592.  Enter Meeting ID 85406340070# on prompt.
Contact: co-clerks Todd Harvey HarveyFolklife@gmail.com and Ken Forseberg KLForsberg@gmail.com

Personal Aid Committee, Monday, May 3, 5:00 pm
Join on Zoom.  By phone dial: (301) 715-8592.  Enter Meeting ID 8754 9382 060# on prompt.
For more info, contact clerk Mary Melchior, email: Mulchness@gmail.com

Alternatives to Violence Project Taskforce, Wednesday, May 12, 7 pm (2nd Wednesdays)
For more info contact coordinator Zephyr Williams, email: seuilceleste@gmail.com 

Spiritual Formation Group, Thursday May 6, 6:30 p.m. (& 1st Thursdays)
Join via zoomIn a sacred circle, Friends explore spiritual issues in their lives to deepen the spiritual connection within themselves, the Meeting and the community.  The program is sponsored by Baltimore Yearly Meeting.  Contact: John Bluedorn, johnbluedorn@gmail.com

Pastoral Care Working Group Check-in, Sunday, May 9, 9:45 - 10:15am (2nd Sundays).
Newcomers welcome. Join on Zoom: By phone, dial:  (646) 876-9923. On prompt, enter meeting ID: 2025778431#  Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234.

Friends Work in Africa, May 15, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
Join Zoom Meeting.  By phone dial: (301) 715-8592.  Enter meeting ID on prompt: 8744 1817 683#

Lifelong friends from Oregon, Shawn and Katrina McConaughey will share an overview and photos of their work among Friends in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, and describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted life and ministry in their part of the world. 

Memorial Service for Harry Massey, May 16, 3:00 pm
Former FMW member Harry Massey passed away in Greensboro, NC on April 2.  Harry was a lifelong Quaker and active member of FMW.  In 2018, he transferred his membership to Jamestown Friends Meeting in North Carolina.  Friends are invited to join the virtual Memorial Service for Harry, convened by Jamestown Friends Meeting, on Sunday, May 16, 3:00 pm.  Join on Zoom here. By phone dial: (301) 715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 856 5994 8124# on prompt.

Friends are asked to share their stories about Harry Massey with Jamestown Friend Kathy Adams, kfadams53@gmail.com, who is writing his memorial minute.  

Take Action!
Faithful Democracy:  Action Needed to Protect Elections
(For the People Act, HR1 / S1) 

Faithful Democracy, a multi-faith coalition has issued a call to action to support the For the People Act (HR1/S1).   Friends Meeting of Washington has joined Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and many other faith organizations in endorsing this effort.

FMW members and attenders can provide critical support for this effort.  Here’s how! 

The Act has been called “transformational” in supporting democratic rights, especially the right to vote. The For the People Act has been formally introduced as the top priority of the Senate. Now an uphill battle to passage begins. The "mark-up" and passage out of committee will likely happen before the end of April.  Once S.1 moves out of committee, the path to passage will be challenging and could be blocked by filibuster.  Public awareness and support will be critical.

A Faithful Democracy partner offers trainings on how to organize virtual lobby visits with Senators and in-district (socially distanced) visibility actions to gain media coverage and build momentum for the For the People Act.  (One of these trainings had 50,000 participants!) Watch the training on FaceBook here.

To learn more and take action go to:  FaithfulDemocracy.us/take-action/


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

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