Weekly Announcements, December 23, 2018

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“For you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."           

                                                                                                                    --  Isaiah 55:12


Quaker House

9:00 am




10:30 am


Meeting Room

10:00 am


Friendly Bible Study

Terrace Room

12:00 pm


Meeting Room

10:30 a.m.




6:00 pm

Monday, Dec. 24: FMW Christmas Eve Caroling and Potluck:  Come one and all to the Xmas Eve potluck and worship, starting at 5:30 pm. Please bring a dish to serve 8 or more. Food cannot be reheated, and leftovers will be returned to you in the dish. We eat at 6:00, sing Christmas carols, and hold a candlelight Meeting for Worship, ending by 8:00 pm. All are very welcome.  For more info, contact Debby Churchman, dchurchm@yahoo.com

Tuesday, Dec 25:  FMW Christmas Day Worship  at noon, Quaker House Living Room

Friday, December 28:  Holiday Hike at Friends Wilderness Center:  Start a new family holiday tradition: Join folks from around the region for a reflection hike at the Friends Wilderness Center, located 15 miles from Harpers Ferry. We'll depart shortly after 10 a.m. Directions and details at friendswilderness.org. Greg Robb (gregory.robb@gmail.com) will organize carpool from FMW.

January 25-27 Baltimore Yearly Meeting Women's Retreat. The 2019 BYM Women's Retreat at the Pearlstone Conference Center in Reisterstown MD. The theme is Women's Treasure: Honoring our Time and Talents. Registration is now open through this link: https://womensretreat.bym-rsf.net/ For the best rate, register by December 21. Registration ends January 7

Online course “Mobilizing Friends for Bold Action” begins January 7.  Led by longtime social justice activist Eileen Flanagan, board member of EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team).  For Friends led to learn more about effective social justice organizing, campaign-building and creative tactics.  More info and to register go to:  http://eileenflanagan.com/teaching/

BYM Junior Young Friends Conference, January 12-13.  Middle school-aged youth are invited to Stony Run Friends Meeting (5116 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD) for a weekend with +/- 60 youth from area Meetings.  Registration deadline for guarantee slot is January 5.  For info contact youth programs manager Jossie Dowling: youthprograms@bym-rsf.org or 301-774-7663 

Quaker Bible Study: The Quaker Bible Study on Wednesday nights will go on winter break until January 16. January will finish the Acts of the Apostles and all through February we will read the Song of Solomon in honor of Valentine's Day. For more information, contact Gene Throwe at gthrowe@gmail.com.


Head of Meeting:

- December 23:  Ad hoc          
- December 30:  Ad hoc


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 needi ng 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 is not available.  

Meeting for Worship 6:00 PM Sunday. Held in the Parlor, 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, Tuesday, 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’s Decatur Pl entrance. For more info call 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.