Welcome Friends!!

Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)
Friendship Friends Meeting

1103 New Garden Road - Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
Susan Carlyle - Clerk
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Weekly Meeting for Worship at 10:30 am each First Day. Child care available for Worship and Business Meetings.
  
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Meeting/Meeting Member Activities (all new or altered items throughout George appear in blue)

This week

Thursday, 6:30–8:00 PM: Men’s Group

Sunday, 9:00 AM: Worship and Ministry and Peace and Social Concerns Committees meet

10:30 AM: Meeting for Worship

Next week

Tuesday, 12:00–4:30 PM: Quiet Tuesday—brown bag lunch, followed by silent opportunities for deepening spiritual practice

Wednesday, 7:00 PM: Midweek meeting for worship: Prayer Room, 7th floor Woolman Hall, Friends Homes Guilford

Thursday, 7:00 PM: Bible Study

Sunday      10:30 AM: Meeting for Worship

                     Potluck meal follows

                     12:30 PM: Meeting for Business

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From Deborah Shaw and Susan Wilson: the annual Progressive Dinner for new Guilford students, faculty, and staff will take place on Friday, August 25th. All Friends are invited to provide a dessert(chocolate is always welcome!) at 7 PM. The meetinghouse will be OPEN at 4 PM to receive your goodies. If you need to bring them earlier, please call Maureen Burns (336-254-5434) and she will come unlock the meetinghouse for you. AND please plan to come that evening at 7 PM to meet and welcome the new students.

From Jeff Brown and Marian Beane via Susan Carlyle:

Dear Friends

This is a reminder of the scheduled joint meeting of PFF representatives and PFYM Interim Meeting on Saturday, August 26th at New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro. We will be meeting in the fellowship room & parlor.

The schedule & program, similar to that of 2016, is as follows:

9:00 AM (or as you arrive) – Fellowship & Refreshments (coffee/tea provided)

10:00 AM Settle into worship & introduction to the day

Consideration of PFF/YM shared & separate programs and concerns

Lunch time – opportunities for conversation & networking around common concerns and interests;

weather permitting a stroll among departed Friends in the NGFM Cemetery

            Note:  Bring your own lunch; coffee & tea available

1:00 PM PFF Representatives & PFYM Interim Meeting meet separately 

2:30 PM Rejoin for brief reports/reflections

Settling out worship and concluding by 3:00 pm

Proposed agendas for the joint and separate meetings will be sent out during the week of August 21st.

As clerks, we note that the first joint PFF/YM meeting, held on August 20th, 2016, proved to be a fruitful time of worship, getting acquainted and considering areas of common concerns. We anticipate a similar rich experience this August 26th and invite each of you to be present. If you are unable to attend please let your respective clerk know (PFF-Jeff Brown; PFYM- Marian Beane).

Jeff Brown, clerk PFF and Marian Beane, clerk PFYM

From Lynn Graham: SEEKING HOUSE-SITTING OPPORTUNITY for Jan-March (dates somewhat flexible), 2018 in/near Greensboro. Retired Quaker couple, responsible stewards of heating, plant and pet care. Please contact lynneg@epix.net or 570-376-5176.

From Gwen Gosney Erickson (NCYM-C ncymc.clerks@gmail.com)This message is to NCYM-C monthly meeting clerks and interim body members. Several timely items have come to the NCYM-C e-mail in recent days. Some of you may already be seeing these individually but sharing in case you have not. This forwarded message is the Southeastern Yearly Meeting e-newsletter which neatly compiles several items of interest, including the Baltimore Yearly Meeting response to the events in Charlottesville that we also received directly from Baltimore. Additionally, Friends may wish to see the statement posted today by New England Yearly Meeting: https://neym.org/news/such-time-response-hate-and-violence.

I know that some members of Durham Friends Meeting have been directly involved with the events this week surrounding the recent removal of the Confederate statue in Durham and likely many of us have been and/or will be actively engaged as individuals within our own communities in the coming days and weeks. At this time, I am not aware of NCYM-C monthly meeting responses or actions taken since our yearly meeting sessions but will share if any are brought to my attention.

From Kate Hood via Susan Carlyle: Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to participate in a time of worship for women on September 6th from 2-4 PM at New Garden Friends Meeting. It will be held in the Parlor.

Kate Hood '76

Outreach Coordinator, Friends Center &

From School of the Spirit: School of the Spirit Ministry will again be offering its contemplative retreat, Opening to Grace, this October 12-15 (2017) at the Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC. The retreat facilitators will be Jan Blodgett of Davidson Friends Meeting (NC) and Catherine Cox of Goose Creek Meeting (VA). As before, this retreat is a time to simply be with God, attending to divine stirrings and opening to grace. Its distinctively Quaker way of enjoying solitude in community, grounded in silence, includes time alone and time together. While the retreat format will be mostly the same as before, each retreat experience is a fresh one, with different qualities.

We don’t want your financial situation to be a barrier to attending. School of the Spirit Ministry offers a flexible fee schedule, so that attendees who feel the need can pay a lower fee without asking for a scholarship, and other attendees can contribute more.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, please come and join us! Please spread the word, too, and invite others to attend.

Registration is open now. To register, go to schoolofthespirit.org and click on the right for Contemplative Retreats online registration. If you would like paper brochures to share with others, please let us know and we will send you some.

Blessings,
Jan and Catherine

How Do Quakers Make Decisions?

You are invited to Learn about Quaker Process in a workshop on September 30th with special guest Arthur Larrabee. The workshop will consist of a morning session open to members of New Garden, a catered lunch, and an afternoon session open to the wider Quaker community. Donations will be accepted.

To register for lunch please email Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org) or call 366-292-5487 as soon as possible but no later than September 15th. Registration and lunch reservations are required.

This is a chance for all Quakers, not just clerks, to learn the theory and practice of clerking and Quaker decision-making from an experienced Quaker. Arthur’s workshops are practical and fun, and he teaches by example.

About the speaker: Arthur Larrabee is a lifelong Friend and member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. He has led many workshops on clerking, including annually at Pendle Hill. He has served as clerk of his meeting, the Committee in Charge of Westtown School, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which he also served as General Secretary.

From Wess Daniels: Friends, as part of the AFSC's 100th anniversary celebration, we have invited Nancy Haines to speak about her book, We Answered With Love: Pacifist Service in World War I. The reading will take place at Scuppernong Books in downtown Greensboro on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 7 PM.

From David Brown: We have a three bedroom 2 bath home for rent at 1208 Pinewood Drive (near Guilford College).

If you know of someone who might be interested in seeing the home please let me know or have them call or email me. 336-312-4090       davidhbrown@gmx.com.

From AFSC: Saturday, September 9th5:30–8:00 PM

Guilford College Art Gallery, Hege Library

Please RSVP to BFritz@afsc.org

Join us for a gala to celebrate the American Friends Service Committee’s centennial and to recognize 100 years of service. We are blessed with a long history of proven work, successful actions, and policy victories. Thank you to all the AFSC staff members, alumni and supporters who continue to work for Peace!

AFSC’s Waging Peace Exhibit will be at Guilford College on display, with additional North Carolina spotlights, featuring stories of AFSC programs that have helped create opportunities for communities to prevent violence and overcome oppression.

Donations welcome ($1–$10,000) to help us enter our next century.

For more information about other local centennial events: www.afsc.org/office/greensboro -nc  

From David Parsons: Beginning this Fall 2017, the General Assembly has authorized the UNC Board of Governors to establish rules permitting those who have attained the age of 65 to audit courses tuition-free on a space available basis (see below).

Senior citizens 65 and older who wish to take advantage of this tuition-free opportunity and audit a class must submit a completed Visiting Auditor Registration Form to UNCG Online. The UNCG Online staff verifies that space is available and obtains instructor permission for the audit.

SECTION 10.12.(a) Chapter 115B of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

§ 115B-2.2. Senior citizens may audit classes. Any person who is at least 65 years old may audit courses offered at the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and the community colleges as defined in G.S. 115D-2(2) without payment of any required registration fee or tuition for the audit provided the audit is approved in accordance with policies adopted by the Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges for their respective institutions, and there is no cost to the State. A person shall be allowed to audit a class under this section only on a space available basis. Persons auditing classes under this section shall not be counted in the computation of enrollment for funding purposes. This section does not apply to audits of courses provided on a self-supporting basis by community colleges."

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Query 8: Do we observe simplicity and honesty in our manner of living? Are we careful to live within the bounds of our circumstances, punctual in keeping promises, prompt in the payment of debts, and just in all our dealings? Do we choose those activities which will strengthen our physical, mental, and spiritual life; and do we avoid those harmful to ourselves and others?

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Don’t forget donations for First Friends Food Bank (please no boxed items such as pasta, because they attract bugs and other nasties). FEMAP would greatly appreciate donations of baby washcloths and adult toothpaste and toothbrushes, adult and baby shampoo, and hand towels.

 

Please send items for this electronic weekly newsletter by Tuesday afternoon to friendship.meeting@gmail.com