Religious Society of Friends
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824
301-986-8681 info@bethesdafriends.org

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June 2015
Query: Stewardship
How do we cherish and protect the beauty and balance of the natural world? How do we demonstrate our belief that our lives, talents, and resources are gifts from God, to be held in trust and shared according to the Light we are given? How do we as individuals and as a Meeting support one another in nurturing those gifts and in our search for a simpler life?

Be still and cool in thy own mindand spirit from thy own thoughts, and then thou wilt feel the principle of God to turn thy mind to the Lord God, whereby thou wilt receive God's strength and power from whence life comes; whereby thou mayest receive God's strength to allay all blusterings, storms, and tempests. -- George Fox

Social Concerns Box
The Social Concerns Box for June is for Jubilee Jobs, which, since 1981, has placed nearly 25,000 people into marketplace employment. Work for sustenance, dignity, and hope describes the common goals Jubilee Jobs shares with those in need, including the homeless, people in recovery, ex-offenders, public welfare recipients, and recent immigrants. It provides continuing support for up to two years for skilled, compassionate job preparation, placement, and retention services, as well as support for advancement toward a living wage.
To learn more and to volunteer visit www.jubileejobs.org.

Welcome to the Bethesda Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). We are a congregation of about 150 families and individuals seeking divine guidance.

Please join us for worship during our regularly scheduled meeting times. We provide child care for infants and toddlers as well as Religious Education for Children (Sunday School) for Pre-K through High School and an Adult Religious Education program. Our Meeting room is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Directions are available for those interested in driving or using public transportation. The calendar contains information about committee activities and events of interest. We regularly update the calendar, so check back often!  

Want more information? Send email to info@bethesdafriends.org or call us at 301-986-8681.

Our Meeting is a one of a group of "monthly" Meetings that make up Baltimore Yearly Meeting. To learn more about that larger association and the component Meetings in this general area, we suggest visiting the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Website.

To learn more about Quakerism in general, we suggest you visit the Friends General Conference Website.

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It is now possible to make a charitable contribution to BFM directly from this Web site.

Selected News & Events!

Catoctin Quaker Camp Saturday
June 6th (optional: Friday PM and/or Sunday through lunch)

We meet for worship each first day (Sunday)
at 11:00 AM.
Important Dates in 2015
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Recent Updaes
Pastoral Care Committee Annual Report
Friends Committee on National Legislation Report
Child Care Committee Annual Report
Recorder's Annual Report
Advancement & Outreach Committee Annual Report
Annual Report for Friends Housing
Religious Education Committee Annual Report
BYM Interim Report
Library Committee Annual Report
Pastoral Care Committee Annual Report
Spiritual State of the Meeting Report
BYM 2013 Epistles

Read about how BFM members and attenders are putting their faith into practice.
A Quaker Response to Mass Incarceration
BFM Peace Epistle
Bethesda Friends in Action!
Immigration Reform
May 2015
Query: Outreach
As the way opens, how do I share Friends' principles with others? In what ways do I make everyone, including newcomers, feel welcome in meetings for worship? How can I find ways to encourage a sense of community within the Meeting?

Ye have no time but this present time, therefore prize your time for your soul's sake. -- George Fox

Social Concerns Box
The May Social Concerns box is for the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, an adult literacy organization that has been serving Montgomery County for 52 years. The Literacy Council teaches functional literacy skills to 1,500 adults through one-on-one tutoring and classroom instruction. Contributions help support LCMC's free and low-cost programs, and enable program expansion so that more Montgomery County residents can improve their English literacy and, thus, their lives. For details visit www.literacycouncilmcmd.org.

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