Welcome Friends!!

Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)
Friendship Friends Meeting

1103 New Garden Road - Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
Lloyd Lee Wilson - 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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This week

Thursday, 7:00 PM: Bible Study

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

10:30 AM: Meeting for Worship

Next week

Tuesday, 12:30-4:30 PM: Quiet Tuesday

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

Thursday, 7:00 PM: Bible Study (Fifth Thursday)

Sunday, 9:00 AM: Worship and Ministry and Care and Counsel Committees meet

10:30 AM: Meeting for Worship

12:30 PM: Peace and Social Concerns Committee meets

                          

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From Janet Nagel: On the third Sunday in February—February 17th–-after meeting for worship I will lead a discussion of Greensboro tap water safety questions and how they may relate to the water we use in meeting hospitality for children and adults. Here are some additional resources Friends may wish to consult. Item 1 is a general summary. The additional items provide more detail for those who might want it.

Chloramination:  Adding Ammonia to Reduce Toxins Caused by Chlorine

In the summer of 2011, without public discussion, Greensboro and its water sharing partners--Archdale, Burlington, Jamestown, High Point, Randleman, Reidsville, and Piedmont Triad Water Authority-- changed their secondary water disinfection process from chlorine disinfection to chloramine disinfection.  This was the lowest cost means of complying with new EPA regulation of chlorine Disinfection By-Products (DPBs). Chloramination is neither required nor disallowed by the EPA.

1--This Clean Water Greensboro article on the drawbacks of Chloramine disinfection is based on information from water treatment engineer Robert Bowcock who works with Erin Brockovich. It was modified and approved by Steve Drew, Director of Greensboro Department of Water Resources.  Note that the alternative to chloramine--Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filtration--addresses both the problem of the perfluorinated contaminants PFOA and PFOS in Greensboro's water source (referenced in this newsletter on Jan. 8) and the problem of chlorine disinfection byproducts (DPBs).

2--Why Charlottesville, VA, chose Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filtration Instead of Chloramine https://www.c-ville.com/carbon-copies-nearly-30-million-water-filtration-system-works/

3--This article by a water testing company provides further information:  The Role and Risks of Chlorine and Chloramine As Water Disinfectants 

4--The website of the San Francisco group, Citizens Concerned About Chloramine  provides extensive links to chloramine references.

5--This is a scientific paper on the toxicity of chloramine DPBs compared to chlorine DPBs.  EPA puts limits on chlorine DPBs but not on chloramine DPBs:  Haloacetonitriles [from chloramine]  vs. Regulated Haloacetic Acids [from chlorine]: Are Nitrogen-Containing DBPs More Toxic?   [Answer:  yes]

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es0617441

The Raleigh Friends Meeting newsletter is attached to this newsletter.

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Query 1:  Do we faithfully uphold our testimony for worship which is based on silent waiting, and for a free and unprogrammed ministry that may be shared by all? Is there a living silence in which we feel drawn together by the Light of Christ, the power of God in our midst; and is this inspiration carried over into our daily lives? Do we come to meeting with hearts and minds open and ready to worship in silence or in vocal ministry or prayer as the Holy Spirit leads us? Does our Meeting encourage those who may have a gift in the spoken ministry?

 

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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.

Agenda and meeting for business reports can now be found at:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1POB2YD8aZMBhafJS8DEobzuHhjQf9P-q?usp=sharing  

The monthly meeting calendar is at:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=ZmZtbGlicmFyeWNvbW1pdHRlZUBnbWFpbC5jb20

The Meeting library catalog is at:

https://www.librarything.com/catalog/FriendshipFLibrary  
The meeting website is: friendshipmeeting.org.

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

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Lloyd Lee Wilson has established a Google docs folder which will contain the tentative agenda for the month’s Meeting for Business and any reports received in advance. You can access the folder by clicking on the following link:  

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1POB2YD8aZMBhafJS8DEobzuHhjQf9P-q?usp=sharing