Bethesda Friends Meeting



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COVID-19 Meeting Information

Bethesda Friends are worshiping together

on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in three venues

      1. Indoors at the Sidwell Friends Lower School Meeting House
      2. Outdoors on the breezeway at the Sidwell Friends Lower School, 
      3. Online via Zoom. 
  • Click here for more details about the worship choices, some Covid restrictions, the week's activities, and opportunities to communicate in Spirit with each other
  • Children's playground supervision is available for ages 3+ during 11:00 a.m. worship.  


Welcome to Bethesda Friends Meeting

We're Quakers who meet every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Our meetinghouse is on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.
We are now worshiping via Zoom as well as two in-person venues.  

We strive for:

SIMPLICITY - Learning to discern the essential from the non-essential.

PEACE - Living in a spirit that takes away the occasion for all war.

INTEGRITY - Being who we truly are and truly meaning what we say.

COMMUNITY - Knowing that we need one another in order to be whole.

EQUALITY - Knowing that everyone, everywhere is equally precious to God. This includes people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, races, ethnicities, levels of resources, and theological perspectives.

STEWARDSHIP - Caring for the environment and using time and resources wisely, not wastefully.

We are a welcoming community.
We believe there is that of the Divine
in every person.

See more videos and learn more about Quakers at quakerspeak.com

The Social Concerns Box for July is AsylumWorks (formerly Asylum Seekers Assistance Project).

  • AsylumWorks (AW) provides holistic services and support for asylum seekers and their families living in the DC Metro region. The focus is on helping asylum seekers regain confidence and control of their lives. AW clients are dramatically more likely to win their legal cases as a result. In 2020 they served 273 adults and 98 children from 42 countries, mostly in Africa.
  • Ineligible for government assistance and with few relationships to draw upon for support, asylum seekers have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. By April 2020, nearly 70% of AW clients had lost their jobs and no longer had the means to buy food, pay rent, and purchase essential medications. Equally troubling, many clients who had previously achieved self-sufficiency returned for assistance, further straining staff capacity. 
  • While many nonprofits were forced to shut their doors, AW stepped up to rapidly leverage their resources, volunteers, staff, and board members to address urgent needs in their community. For details: https://asylumworks.org/
  • To donate online to this Social Concern, you can go to: https://www.bethesdafriends.org/Donate-Online-Now.   Be sure to designate that your contribution is for the social concern.  You can also send a check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to Assistant Treasurer, 3050 Military Rd, NW, Washington, DC 20015. Please write the designation on the memo line.


COVID-19 AND END OF LIFE ISSUES
  • BFM has formed an End of Life Group to provide legal, spiritual, and practical resources to help our community cope with the uncertainties and fears surrounding the end of life. 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly elevated concerns about the health of family and friends, and the possibility that they could become gravely ill and die. 
  • Although conversations with our loved ones about such a possibility are difficult, it’s important to prepare.
  • Please click here to see more details and resources. 


Upcoming events

Black Lives Matter walk in Bethesda, MD

Resource: How to Calculate your Carbon Footprint

To follow up on this past event

Use our Carbon Footprint Resources (pdf)

RECURRING EVENTS

Sunday Meeting for Worship

(Please click here to see BFM's worship schedule

11:00 AM Every Sunday 


Visitors are welcome.

BFM Book Group

Via Zoom while our Meetinghouse is closed.

Please contact Leslie S. [see Directory] for an update.

1:30 - 3:15 PM
2nd Saturday of each month

Please click here to find the event on our calendar.

Wednesday Mid-Week Worship

While the Meeting House is closed, our mid-week Worship on Wednesdays is meeting virtually.

If you wish to join the  group, please read the weekly announcement here. After the virtual Meeting there is a sharing time afterwards. 

8:00-8:30 PM
Every Wednesday


Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

We are a member of the Religious Society of Friends

www.bethesdafriends.org
301-986-8681
info@bethesdafriends.org

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