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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Thursday, 2:00–4:00 PM: Celebrate Joan Tillotson’s 90th birthday (details below)

Thursday, 7:00 PM: Bible Study (details below)

Sunday, 9:00 AM: Deepening the Spiritual Life of the Meeting

                10:30 AM: Meeting for Worship

Next week

Monday, 10 AM: Max Carter leads a tour of the New Garden Friends graveyard (details below)

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, 6:30–8:00: Men’s Group

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

                10:30 AM:  Meeting for Worship

                At the rise of meeting, Worship and Ministry Committee will be presenting Bibles and Children’s Bible Stories books to members of the First Day School; this will be followed by a light lunch and ice cream social, conducted by our First Day School.

From Joan Tillotson: I hope everyone will come to the Woolman Building at Friends Homes this Thursday (May 25th) from 2:00 to 4:00 PM to help me celebrate my 90th birthday!

From Lloyd Lee Wilson: Friends! Ascension Day is upon us! Accordingly, our Bible study verses for this week are Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:11-23, and Luke 24:44-53.

From Susan Carlyle: A tour of New Garden Cemetery

A tour of the New Garden Friends graveyard will be held on Memorial Day (as the world calls it) at 10 AM on Second-day, the 29th of Fifth Month. Along with the usual "Decoration Day" homage to those buried there, special emphasis will be given this year to those associated with the work of the American Friends Service Committee on this, the AFSC's centennial year. Come learn about those who have served in both conventional and unconventional ways! The tour is led by Max Carter.

From the H&G Committee: Here is an excerpt from a letter of appreciation our committee sent to New Garden Friends School:

"Thank you for providing the teams of energetic young volunteers who did so much good work at Friendship Friends Meeting during the New Garden Friends School service days of February 23, March 30, and April 20.

"Our recently acquired property was in need of cleanup and maintenance. These volunteers pruned much of the overgrown vegetation on the grounds, bundled it, and hauled it to the street for pickup. They also prepared a neglected fence for painting by scraping and washing it, and finally they finished up by completing the paint job.

"We have received a number of favorable comments from residents of Friends Homes Guilford, which overlooks our property. The have told us how much improved their view has become since all the work has been done.…thanks to all of you at New Garden Friends School. We’ll remember your gift of service for quite some time."

From Care and Counsel: we will be holding a welcoming tea for Judy Williams and Ashleigh Brown on June 17th. Details to follow.

From Peace and Social Concerns: Friendship Meeting will have a special forum on the AFSC theme of “SANCTUARY EVERYWHERE” with a presentation by Lori Fernald Khamala in preparation for the AFSC Centennial celebration, which is being held in early September. This special forum will begin with a potluck at 6 PM on Friday, June 23rd and will include a discussion on how Friendship Meeting can respond to the call for SANCTUARY EVERYWHERE. We hope you can attend. Lori is happy for us to share the flyer in advance, and will also bring copies. If folks visit the websites www.afsc.org/sanctuaryeverywhere and www.afsc.org/sanctuarync that might also give them some food for thought in advance.

From Deborah Shaw and Wess Daniels: In June, the Friends Association for Higher Education will be visiting Greensboro. Our member institution, Guilford College, is hosting our 2017 conference, from June 15th-18th.

Our theme this year is “Global Education, Global Quakerism,” to commemorate the 50thanniversary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation gathering at Guilford. It was a watershed moment for the school, serving as the impetus that contributed to its integration in 1962 and the admittance of the school's first African students. 

Participants from Africa, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the U.S. will present a program that considers the role of Friends and Friends testimonies in higher education and in our increasingly global world.

We hope you’ll join us!  For more information, please visit the conference website

Sincerely,

FAHE 2017 Program Committee
Wess Daniels, Clerk, Guilford College
Paul Anderson, George Fox University
Ben Pink Dandelion, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
Trish Eckert, Earlham College
Jon Kershner, Pacific Lutheran University
Deborah Shaw, Guilford College

 

From Susan Carlyle: Here is the invitation to this summer’s Annual Sessions of NCYM-C. I will make copies of the schedule and registrations forms and put them in the meetinghouse.

Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey

North Carolina Yearly Meeting - Conservative, Seventh Month (July) 12-16, 2017, UNC-Wilmington

Are you curious about “Conservative Quakers” in North Carolina?

Come to Wilmington this summer, connect with Friends from the region, stay in the dorms, attend business sessions, have interesting conversations while sharing meals in the cafeteria, go to the beach, enjoy deep cool thirst-quenching worship and hear thoughtful Quaker speakers.

Children of all ages love the age-appropriate independence of living on campus and participating in their own program (which includes visiting the beach and other sites, Quaker-grounded religious activities, and lots of fun).

For the second year running, a group of young adult Friends is involved in the planning process for yearly meeting sessions. They are organizing some activities that will be open to all and will also be creating opportunities to intentionally support young adults to integrate more fully into the adult program.

Morning Bible Study on Fifth through First Day : led by Marcelle Martin. The title of the Bible Study will be Three Scriptures to be Fulfilled . We will look at some passages of Scripture that helped the first Quakers understand the radical process of inward and outward transformation to which God called them, a transformation that led ultimately to being "joined with" the divine Fountain of Love.

Fifth Day (Thursday) Evening : Panel Discussion, Living Our Love, will include Friends engaged in work with racial justice, immigrants, refugees, transgender issues

Sixth Day (Friday) Evening : Marcelle Martin, Our Life is Love

Seventh Day (Saturday) Evening Talent Show (intergenerational!) All are welcome to showcase their talents! Remember to bring whatever you need, i.e. ukulele,magic tricks, tap shoes. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

Mark your calendars now and watch for registration materials in May.

Registration forms and additional information: www.ncymc.org

From Susan Carlyle: The Handbook for FFM is a document that is constantly undergoing slight additions and changes throughout the year. For the last year our Handbook Committee has worked with a Google doc. and you can view the google doc. by using this link.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-uFJNq0rLAMHy7WY58WCKsqsjS4TsOnD7NHmMj1B4KQ/edit?usp=sharing

It may not work for everyone, so you have another option as well.

The Handbook for FFM also appears on the Friendship Friends Meeting website: www.friendshipmeeting.org 

Our webmaster displays the most recent edition that I send to him when additions or changes have been made. The Handbook Committee also makes a few paper copies available each year, but this form is not kept in constant revision mode, but usually done once a year only. The technology will appeal to some and be bothersome to others. So, use this information as you are led.

From Susan Carlyle: The Planning Committee for the NCYMC Annual Sessions needs to know which Interest Groups are planning to meet this summer, so that we can get that information on the schedule and ensure that we have rooms for the groups. The 2017 Annual Sessions are scheduled to be held in Wilmington, 7/12/17 - 7/16/17.

Please ask folks who wish to schedule an Interest Group to respond to me (Toby Berla, clerk of Planning Committee) at toby.berla@gmail.com with the following information: 

-          name of Interest Group

-          name of person requesting/coordinating the Interest Group

-          email address of person requesting/coordinating the Interest Group

-          preferred day and time (we will try to accommodate those requests)

-          any special requirements (room size, equipment, etc.)

I will send an email acknowledgement when I receive these requests, so that Friends know their messages got through. 

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Query #5: Do we regularly attend our meetings for business, and are they held in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance? Do we seek the right course of action in humble submission to the Authority of Truth and in the patient search for a sense of unity under Divine guidance?

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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.

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

 

From Deborah Shaw and Wess Daniels: In June, the Friends Association for Higher Education will be visiting Greensboro. Our member institution, Guilford College, is hosting our 2017 conference, from  June 15th-18th.

Our theme this year is “Global Education, Global Quakerism,” to commemorate the 50thanniversary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation gathering at Guilford. It was a watershed moment for the school, serving as the impetus that contributed to its integration in 1962 and the admittance of the school's first African students. 

Participants from Africa, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the U.S. will present a program that considers the role of Friends and Friends testimonies in higher education and in our increasingly global world.

We hope you’ll join us!  For more information, please visit the conference website

Sincerely,

FAHE 2017 Program Committee
Wess Daniels, Clerk, Guilford College
Paul Anderson, George Fox University
Ben Pink Dandelion, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
Trish Eckert, Earlham College
Jon Kershner, Pacific Lutheran University
Deborah Shaw, Guilford College