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“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” –Matthew 7:25

Let Us Worship Together - Sunday, May 28, 2023

 9:00 AM Early Meeting for Worship - In Quaker House & on Zoom. 
By phone: 301-715-8592   Meeting ID: 395 231 896#  Tech: Ann Herzog, (202) 246-5125

10:30 am Meeting for Worship, Meeting Room and online 

Head of Meeting: FMW WIN Core
Online.  Join Zoom. By phone dial: 301-715-8592. Enter Mtg ID: 979 505 413#

6:00 pm Worship

Children’s Programs

Childcare (0-3) 10:00 - 12 noon every Sunday in Decatur Place Room 

First Day School and Young Friends (high school) 1st & 3rd Sundays
- Join 1st 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship, then Quaker House -
For more info, contact RE Committee: Julie Johnson, JulieJenJ@gmail.com 

Friendly Office Presence: Denzell Tyler  /   Sunday “Staffing” Schedule 

Masking is encouraged.

To receive an email copy of Weekly Announcements (every Thursday) email:  admin@QuakersDC.org

On Thursday (today!) - Neighbors for Justice documentary screening “Redemption”, Congressional Cemetery, 7:30 pm.  FMW member and Neighbors for Justice founder Julie Johnson writes: Redemption, Views on Crime and Safety in DC” tells the story of our colleagues who were incarcerated as teens, and now leading efforts to work with justice-involved teens, and to make our communities safer.” 
Flyer and registration.   For more information, contant Julie Johnson, email: JulieJenJ@gmail.com

CaringBridge for Hayden Wetzel:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/haydenwetzel2 

Our dear friend Hayden is ill.  His son, Dave, writes: “He currently is battling Myeloma and could really use some company. Please feel free to sign up to visit a few hours with him throughout the day.”

Hayden is at Sibley now for treatment and will likely be home in a day or two.  Dave Wetzel has set up this CaringBridge page to coordinate updates to his friends, and messages to and support for Hayden.

On Sunday: 

Peace and Social Concerns, Bridge Room and online, 12:15 pm
Join on Zoom.  For more info, contact clerk Barbara Briggs, email: BarbaraHBriggs@gmail.com

Ignatian Prayer Group, on Zoom, 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  Newcomers welcome!
Join by ZoomBy phone, dial:  (646) 876-9923Enter meeting ID: 2025778431# on prompt.
Contact convener Sabrina McCarthy for meeting date and the monthly order of worship.

Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240.778.5234,


Quaker Spiritual Development Programs - Full schedule May 2023.

Interfaith Engagement with the Environmental Crisis, Wednesday, May 31, 6:30-8:45 pm
Webinar sponsored by Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington, Rumi Forum and Washington Theological Consortium.  More information and Registration.

Reading Quakers Together, online, June 4, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. - First Sundays. Newcomers welcome
Join by ZoomBy phone, dial:  (646) 876-9923Enter meeting ID: 2025778431# on prompt.
Contact: Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell: (240) 778-5234.

Work Day & American Chestnut planting at Quaker Camps June 10
Help prepare Quaker camps Catoctin, Shiloh and  Opequon for the summer season, or help plant 100 American chestnut trees to help restore this magnificent species that fed wildlife and human inhabitants of our Eastern forests.  Sign up here!   Contact Ann Honn, camp property manager, email: anhonn@gmail.com for details.

Fibre Party! Library, Sunday, June 18, 12:15 - 2:00 pm - 3rd Sundays
FMW community members gather to share skills and work on fibre crafts.  For more info, contact convener Gene Throwe, Email:  GThrowe@gmail.com

BYM Annual Session, August 1-6:  Scholarships Available for FMW community to participate
Personal Aid Committee makes scholarships available to help cover costs of participating in BYM’s annual session for those who need assistance (especially Young Adult Friends and first time attenders).  Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s week-long annual session, held at Hood College July 31 - August 6, is filled with workshops, discernment and decision making, and opportunities to meet other Quakers from our area. For more info contact Personal aid clerk Hayden Wetzel, email: HaydenWetzel@hotmail.com.  

Other Regular Meetings & Worship Opportunities

Midweek Meeting for Worship at FMW, Wednesdays, 6:00 pm in person 

Friendly Bible Study, 1st & 3rd Sundays, 12:00 pm. 
For more information contact David Etheridge, email: david.etheridge22@gmail.com

Quaker Bible Study, FMW’s Library & online, Thursdays, 7:00 pm
For more information, contact Gene Throwe email: GThrowe@gmail.com

Staying in TouchTo be included in the FMW’s Directory and email lists, or to update your information, send an email with your contact information to: admin@quakersdc.orgIf you would like access to the directory, you can contact Barbara.  Admin@QuakersDC.org or call: 202.483.3310.

Friends Meeting of Washington Masking Policy (May 2023)

In the light of our work to be an anti-racist community and our goals to protect our most vulnerable members,

Recognizing that masking both provides valuable protection against the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne infectious diseases, and presents challenges to communication and community building,

Desiring for our decisions to be informed by science,

Acknowledging that the World Health Organization said on May 5th, 2023 that the pandemic’s downward trend over the last year now allows them to declare  COVID-19 an established and ongoing health issue which no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC),

Further acknowledging that based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department of Health and Human Services allowed the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, to expire on May 11th, 2023,

Recognizing that the COVID-19 Community Level in the District of Columbia has been LOW since July 30, 2022,

Friends Meeting of Washington is updating our masking policy as follows:

When the COVID-19 Community Level in the District of Columbia is LOW:

  • FMW encourages the use of masks, especially while indoors.

When the COVID-19 Community Level in the District of Columbia is MEDIUM:

  • Masking is required in indoor spaces with 20 or more friends, and in smaller groups when any friend requests it.
  • Masking is encouraged in outdoor spaces.
  • Smaller groups may unanimously choose to be unmasked indoors.

When the COVID-19 Community Level in the District of Columbia is HIGH:

  • Masking is required for everyone over 5 years old.

FMW’s co-clerks will monitor COVID-19 community levels and inform Friends when masking requirements change.

New Masking Policy (May 2023)

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Young Adult Friends - Is seeking new co-conveners!  Anyone (aged 18-40) interested in learning more, joining the YAF email list–or taking a role–contact Peter Nye email: p_nye@yahoo.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

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

If you have maintenance concerns, please contact Property Committee co-clerks, Ken Forsberg, KLForsberg@gmail.com, cell: (202) 294-1954, or Michael Wood, michaelhbwood@gmail.com

Links to other Quaker Events and News:

- QuakerBooks - Book Musings

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

- Pendle Hill - Upcoming Events

- QuakerSpeak - 5-minute videos on Quakerism from Friends Journal