Weekly Announcements 11.16.2023

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“So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual building up.” 
-Romans 14:19

Let Us Worship Together - Sunday, November 19, 2023

 9:00 AM Early Meeting for Worship - In FMW’s Library & 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 
Head of Meeting: Alternatives to Violence
Join on Zoom. By phone dial: 301-715-8592. Enter Mtg ID: 979 505 413#
Friendly Office Presence: Jim Bell

6:00 pm Worship 
Convener: Steve

Children & Youth Programs 1st & 3rd Sundays

Programming for children (First Day School) and youth (Young Friends and Grate Patrol) meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Families are encouraged to bring their children and youth to Meeting for Worship on non-RE Sundays.
Childcare: Every Sunday (year-round), 10:30, Decatur Room. 

For more info, contact RE Committee: Julie Johnson, JulieJenJ@gmail.com 

Head of 10:30 Meeting: Nov 26-Personal Aid;  Dec 3-Religious Education
Sunday “Staffing” Schedule 

Masking encouraged.  See FMW’s full masking policy here.

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

On Sunday: 

Special Called Meeting to Discuss FMW “Minute” on Israel/Palestine, Quaker House, 9:00 am

Following last Sunday’s Meeting for Business, there have been many discussions to move toward language that reflects our shared values.  Here is the new draft minute.  We hope it will be possible to come to unity.  Join on Zoom.  By phone dial (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID 821 3109 3471 on prompt.

FMW Committee Fair, Assembly Room, November 19 at Rise of Meeting
FMW Committees will be at tables in the Assembly Room to chat about what they do with FMW members and attenders.  FMW’s Committees are the lifeblood of our community.  Membership in most committees is open to attenders as well as meeting members, and it’s a great way to develop deeper relationships in the Meeting. For more info, contact Nominating Committee clerk Michael Beer (MikeBeerDC@gmail.com

Deeper Dive into Quakerism, Bridge Room, Sunday, November 19 12:15 pm
The Deeper Dive into Quakerism study group will discuss the final chapter of "A Sustainable Life" on November 19.  At our December 17th session we will discuss and decide upon our next book on Quakerism.  Join on Zoom.  By phone dial 301-715-8592 and enter Meeting ID 8310 9307 422# on prompt. For more info, contact convener Joe Izzo (jizzo4102@gmail.com)

Anti-Racism Friendship Group, Quaker House Living Room 12:00 pm
For more information contact Debby Churchman, email: dchurchm@yahoo.com 


Quaker Spiritual Development Programs - Full schedule November 2023

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Ceasefire in Gaza, Lafayette Square, Nov 20, 6:00 pm
Our hearts continue to break for all those impacted by the horrifying violence being carried out in the Israel-Gaza war. As Quakers, we believe in the sacred worth of each person. At this time of immense pain and grief, we are compelled to use our voice to advocate for an immediate ceasefire. We pray for all those living under siege and bombardment, grieving the loss of loved ones, or awaiting the return of family members held hostage.  Join Friends Committee on National Legislation, Churches for Middle East Peace and people of faith in front of the White House in prayer and vigil for a ceasefire.  

Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20
1.) At 7 pm, Baltimore Yearly Meeting's  Working Group on Welcoming Trans and Non-binary Friends will be having a meeting for worship/vigil online.  You can join on zoom here
2.) The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has created a Digital Memorial for Transgender Day of Remembrance.  (More info on this is below.)
3.)  Information about the 320 people killed in the last year can be found on Trans Murder Monitoring 2023

Thanksgiving Meeting for Worship, FMW Lobby, November 23, 11 am
For more info on this special holiday worship, contact Debby Churchman (DChurchm@yahoo.com)

Volunteers needed! Shoebox (Backpack) Project at FMW, December 9-10 - SAVE THIS DATE!
Each year our FMW community and friends come together to prepare useful holiday gifts (warm hats, gloves, socks etc.) for 1,000+ men, women and kids in DC shelters. Help will be needed Saturday 9:00-5:00 and Sunday.  For more information, contact CJ Lewis (202-704-4430) or Eric Nothman (202-483-5915)

Pendle Hill 1st Monday Lecture, Clearness Committees: An Introduction to Spiritual Discernment in Community for Personal and Social Transformation, Online, Monday, December 4, 7:30-9:00 pm

The journey toward transforming limiting beliefs takes courage, a growth mindset, a vision of a just and equitable society and a supportive community. The Quaker Clearness Committee is a unique process of individual and communal spiritual discernment that can support people on this journey.
Free!  More information and registration here.

Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Study of Exodus, Fridays Jan 19 - Feb 23, 10:00-11:15 am
Using a fresh experiential approach to personal contemplation, Rabbi Berner explains rabbinic perspectives that have illuminated the stories in Exodus and suggests questions for contemplation and meditation, interspersed with chants  and silence. Students must commit to all six sessions. Tuition is $150 for six sessions. For more information and to register, contact Sabrina McCarthy, sabrina.mccarthy@verizon.net, cell 240-778-5234. 

“The Color Purple” with FMW Change Committee & Friendly Quaker Film Club, Dec 14 & Jan 7
FMW’s Friendly Film Club and the Change Committee for Racial Equity offer two opportunities to discuss Alice Walker's classic work, The Color Purple:
God is Within Her: Quakers Experience The Color Purple, on Zoom, December 14, 8:00 - 9:30 pm.
  Register here, read the book and join this FGC-wide book discussion with Nova George and friends. 
FMW Field Trip to view The Color Purple new musical, Regal Theatre, Sunday, January 7
  We will take a field trip to the Regal Theatre at Gallery Place to see a new, musical, and use our Quaker queries for the film discussion afterward. For more information contact Debby Churchman (DChurchm@yahoo.com), Bill Parker (WParkerCRA@gmail.com)

Other Regular Meetings & Worship Opportunities

Midweek Meeting for Worship at FMW, Wednesdays, 6:00 pm in person 
[November 22 suspended] 

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 

Other Points of Contact: 

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.

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 - New books 

- 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