Weekly Announcements, 4.29.2018

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"The Quaker concept of ministry means opening up and letting God take over completely, and it’s scary and it’s vulnerable and it’s powerful and it’s messy and it’s not always safe and it doesn’t always make very much sense.” – Emily Provance


Sanctuary Taskforce

North Room

9 am


Climate Science Mtg

Quaker House



Quaker House

9:00 am


Friends Fiduciary



Ctte of Clerks

Decatur Place Room

9:15 am




6:00 pm


Quaker House, Meeting Room

10:30 am







April 29: Forum on Climate Science and the DC Carbon Tax and Rebate Bill, noon, Quaker House Living Room. Learn more about the science of climate change, the risks and opportunities we are facing, and what DC Quakers and people of faith can do right now. We will be joined by climate scientists and activists, and learn about the DC-based campaign to put a price on carbon pollution. Questions? Contact Barbara Briggs (412) 417-9384


May 2: Help make sandwiches for the Grate Patrol to take to our vulnerable neighbors, starting at 5:00 pm. For more information, contact Steve Brooks at sbrooks@uab.edu

May 4 – 6 – Spiritual Formation Program Spring Retreat, Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center (Sharpsburg, MD)  To find out more about the retreat and the Spiritual Formation Program, go to the BYM website at www.bym-rsf.org/events/spiritform/.

May 5:  Help make breakfast for our vulnerable neighbors. Convene at 6:15 am at So Others Might Eat. For more information, contact Tim Schleicher at timothy.c.schleicher@gmail.com

May 5 - 6 – Junior Young Friends Conference, Opequon Quaker Camp (Brucetown, VA For information, check the Young Friends website (http://bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/jyfs/jyfcon.html) or contact contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663)

The Personal Aid Committee invites members and attenders to apply for scholarships to attend Quaker gatherings or other activities that will enrich the individual’s spiritual life and contribute to the meeting's corporate life. Submit request letters to emilie.schmeidler@gmail.com or to the FMW office.

Head of Meeting

April 29: 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.


Meeting for Worship 9:00 AM Sunday. Held in the Quaker House Living Room, this Meeting for Worship tends to have less vocal ministry. Child care is 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.


The Library Committee would like anyone who has read a "Quaker-related" book that has made an impact to submit a review to them.  We would like to display it on the shelves of our Library on second floor.  This would be similar to the "Staff Picks" that you see at commercial bookstores and might point folks to a good read.


Would you be willing to provide a meal—or a ride—to a Friend in need? Personal Aid is looking for such service from time to time. Please contact Emilie Schmeidler at Emilie.schmeidler@gmail.com


A year ago the Peace and Social Concerns committee ran a short survey of the FMW community to determine what programs would be of the greatest interest to the meeting and to help members and attenders who are engaged with projects to find and assist each other.  Thank you to those who participated.  We would like for anyone who did not participate to please do so online. The survey is only 3 questions long and should not take much time.  Click here:https://goo.gl/forms/1IBwjtYzZCcBpNzp1