Weekly Announcements, September 8, 2019

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“I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself to be my master.  I want the full menu of rights.”       
                                      - Archbishop Desmonde Tutu


Quaker House

9:00 am



Meeting Room

10:30 am

Personnel Committee

Terrace Room

9:00 am




10:30 am

Library Committee


9:00 am


Meeting for Business

Meeting Room

12:00 pm

Peace & Social Concerns

Teen Space (3rd fl)

9:00 am




6:00 pm

Child Safety

Decatur Place Rm







A Gaza Testimony with Anas Jnena at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, Friday, Sept 6, 7:30 p.m.
Jnena, born in Gaza, is a writer and poet, currently seeking asylum in the U.S.  He will also be presenting two short films, “Six Miles” about the Israeli blockade’s impact on Gaza’s fishing economy, and “I Want You To Know” about Alas’ own life in Gaza.  For more info contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House:
Phone:  202-882-9649, email: 

FMW’s Monthly Meeting for Business is this Sunday, September 8 at Rise of Meeting.  All are invited!  Bring something for potluck lunch beforehand!

FMW’s new Social Justice Fund:  Members/attenders are invited to apply for small grants (generally up to $1,000) to advance the social-justice work in which you are involved.  First round of applications deadline: 5:00 p.m. on September 14.  For more info & to apply go to:   http://quakersdc.org/node/1071, or contact:  Elaine Wilson, elaineswils@gmail.com or Barbara Briggs, admin@quakersdc.org.

Historic Sandy Spring Bus Tour Sponsored by Friends House Retirement Community,  September 14.  Tour will start at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House with stops at:  Woodlawn Manor Historical Park; Sandy Spring Slave Museum and Sandy Spring Museum.   Start times: Saturday, September 14 at 9 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m. at 17715 Meeting House Rd, Sandy Spring, MD.  For more information, call 301-924-7510.

Pendle Hill Retreat:  Journey Toward Wholeness, September 13-15.   First of 4 seasonal retreats with Valerie Brown and John Baird based on the work of Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal.  Register online or, for more information call Pendle Hill: 610-566-4507, ext. 137

Community Celebration to inaugurate FMW’s newly renovated space! Sunday, September 15 at rise of Meeting.  Share your ideas on how we should celebrate with Meg Greene and Susan Griffin, Co-Clerks of the Capital Campaign Committee,  margaretegreene@gmail.com or suzmgriff@gmail.com

FCNL DC Advocacy team workshop at FMW, Sunday, October 6, 1:00 p.m.  Our new DC team can play an important role in FCNL’s national advocacy strategy while also working for DC statehood.  The DC Advocacy Team can:  Be an “on the ground” presence for distant Advocacy Teams.  Walk the halls of Congress and talk with Congress members during key votes.  Publish letters to the editor and op-eds.  Lobby government agencies.  Register for the FCNL training at http://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams_attend/1093  For more info contact GalinaSergen@gmail.com or  Emilie.Schmeidler@gmail.com

Head of Meeting

September 8:  Child Safety    September 15:  Ministry & Worship


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:  Allen Fawcett, aafawcett@gmail.com, Jacob Ritting, j_ritting@hotmail.com, and Cait Hone at FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com.  Jacob: 202-365-3914.

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 Cait at: FMWYouthProgram@gmail.com.

FMWYouthFMWYouthProgram@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 Library. 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 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 Mary Melchior, email:  mulchness@gmail.com 

If you have maintenance concerns or 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.