Weekly Announcements, 9.16.2018

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"We are living in times that challenge our capacity for growth. Our convictions lead us to approach the opportunities and problems of these times in the light of certain religious principles. It has been the deep-rooted belief of our Society, that we are all brothers and children before God, before whom our petty differences fade away. We affirm again our fundamental faith in the worth and dignity of the human soul and our steadfast opposition to systems and to practices which subject the human spirit to indignity.” – Minutes, Friends Meeting of Washington, January 1944


Peace & Social Concerns

Terrace Room

9 am


MIND book



Library Ctte


9 am


Sanctuary Taskforce Bake Sale

Assembly Room



Quaker House

9 am




6 pm


Quaker House, Meeting Room

10:30 am







Today: The Sanctuary Taskforce will hold a bake/craft/silent auction sale in support of the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, which works with local detainees and asylum seekers. Stock your freezer with cakes & pies! Buy beautiful handcrafted scarves and socks! Bid on catered meals, space at an AirBnB, or a decluttering service! For more info, please contact the office, admin@quakersdc.org


Sept. 23: Baltimore Yearly Meeting Q&A with Ann Venable and Ned Stowe! They will be happy to speak with F/friends about BYM and how you can best connect with them. We’ll talk in the Assembly room from 12:00 to 1:30pm.


Sept. 29: Workshop: Listening to the Bible, presented by Joy Newhart. Using Bible stories as fodder for role play, we will practice deep listening and reflecting skills. Workshops will be held on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to register. We request a $20.00 donation for each workshop. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available throughout. For more information, contact Marsha Holliday, hollidaymsd@yahoo.com


October 7: For World Quaker Day, tell us where you’ve been!  First Day School would love to know where you’ve attended Meeting and what it was like.  We’ll use your descriptions and photos in class on October 7th to honor World Quaker Day.  Email fmwyouthprogram@gmail.com or drop off in the Office.

Head of Meeting

Sept. 16: Property Ctte; Sept. 23: Capital Campaign



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:  Shannon Hughes (shannughes@gmail.com) and Michael Beer at FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com or 703-655-5655.

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 Michael Beer at FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com for any child care related questions. Child Care is also available for all ages of children during events on our campus upon request.

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 not available.  


Meeting for Worship 6:00 PM Sunday. Held in the Decatur Place Room, 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, Wednesday, 6:00 PM in the Parlor. Persons seeking to worship during the week should consider this Meeting. Child care is not available.



The FMW webpage is available at www.quakersdc.org  To access the non-public pages, the log-in ID is FMW– the password is Discern. To join the FMW Listserv, or to be included in the Meeting’s Online Directory, send an e-mail to: admin@quakersdc.org  To phone the Meeting Office, call 202.483.3310.    To use WiFi in the Meetinghouse, the network is FMW and the password is simplicity. The Meeting’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/FriendsMeetingOfWashington.


Young Adult Friends - Anyone interested in learning about Young Adult Friends at FMW or who would like the join the YAF list-serve, please contact Erin Murphy (murph23e@mtholyoke.edu) and Rebecca Nelson (rebecca@americasolidaria.org). Young adults are between the ages of 18 and 40ish.


Martha’s Table needs nonperishable food items on an ongoing basis.  Donations are collected in the basket near the Meeting House Decatur Place. 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 Emilie Schmeidler at Emilie.schmeidler@gmail.com


If you have maintenance concerns about the FMW campus or identify accessibility issues, please contact Property Committee co-clerks Brian Lutenegger (734-255-6829 brian.lutenegger@gmail.com) and Merry Pearlstein (202-244-8777 or merrypearlstein@gmail.com). They will work with you to identify potential solutions.