Bethesda Friends Meeting


Sunday~August 9, 2020


 Aug 9



Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)



Spiritual Coffee House (via Zoom)


 Aug 11



Mid-week Meeting for Worship with FMW, via Zoom


 Aug 12



Mid-week Worship (Sharing afterward via e-mail)


 Aug 13



September Newsletter Deadline


 Aug 16



Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)



Experiment with Light (via e-mail/phone)

Head of Meeting: Margaret B. On August 16, Jackie D

Pastoral Care: If you have concerns about personal issues or questions about membership, Bethesda Friends Meeting, or Quaker faith and practice, please be in touch with Jane M.C. (see Directory).

          The Social Concerns Box for July and August is 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 those who are homeless, in recovery, ex-offenders, public welfare recipients, and recent immigrants. It provides continuing support for up to two years. China J. and June B. from BFM have been involved in different ways. See to learn more and to volunteer.

To donate, please go to: and designate that it is for the June social concerns box.  If you prefer, you may send your check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting with a "designation note" on the memo line, to Marion B. at her NEW Washington DC address in the Directory.          


11:00 - 12:00 on Sunday, August 9  Meeting for Worship. There will be a Zoom meeting for worship from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Simultaneously, Friends who wish to worship in other settings or individually at home should do so knowing that others are sharing in worship. At noon, all are welcome to open the BFM list serve and share their messages, joys and sorrows, and announcements.  It has been a real joy to see so many people, including out-of-town Friends, and some families with kids, joining us each week.  

See the most recent Bulletin for access information and a current link to the Zoom Meeting for Worship.  We will share joys and sorrows via Zoom and also via the BFM List-serve after Worship. If you have trouble joining the List-serve, please use our "Contact us" form.

Visitors: If you'd like to worship with our community, please use our "Contact us" form and tell us about your interest in Bethesda Friends. We welcome your joining us. 

Joys and Sorrows
:     For those Bethesda Friends worshiping by Zoom, there will be an opportunity to share joys and sorrows with one another in the Zoom meeting.  For Bethesda Friends worshiping at home on their own, without connecting to Zoom, there will be sharing of joys and sorrows on the listserve. You may want to check the listserv after the Zoom meeting is over and see what other Friends have said; you might want to add your own joys and sorrows to the listserve as well.  To join the listserve, please use our Contact Us form. 

12:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 9          Spiritual Coffeehouse. On Sunday, August 9, at 12:30 p.m., Bethesda Friends Meeting will host a spiritual coffeehouse in which you will have an opportunity to share poems, songs, and artwork which move your spirit and might inspire others as well. To join in, see the Zoom link in the Bulletin that BFM attenders and members get via email or use the "Contact Us" link. For information, Bernie B. (see Directory). 

6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays     Friends Meeting of Washington Mid-Week Meeting for Worship.   To join via Zoom, please email "admin [AT]" or see information at

8:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays     BFM Mid-Week Meeting for Worship. Held virtually (with email) each week. While some of our regulars prefer to simply join in Spirit at the appointed time, others are enjoying the brief connection provided by an email at start and end of worship. At rise of meeting, those on that session's email list who are moved to do so may share experiences by using reply-all.  Contact Dot L. (see Directory) for more information.

August 5-9  Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic BombingsThere are multiple events between August 6 and August 9, the details of which are available at  Of special note is that Leslie Sussan of our Meeting will be speaking at a virtual event on August 6 that will include a showing of a Japanese documentary including the original footage her dad's crew filmed and interviews with survivors. To register for the virtual event visit:

Noon-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 8         Peace Ribbon Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings. On Saturday, August 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., people will gather with ribbon panels at the Capitol Reflecting Pool directly adjacent to the US Capitol. Bring your ribbon panels to be tied together with others. For or  For further questions, contact Andrea, a member of Frederick Friends Meeting, at andibonita [AT]

LOOKING FORWARD and continuing


7:30-9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16           Experiment with Light. How do we quiet our brains enough to hear the still, small voice within us? How might we deepen our experience of meeting for worship? Experiment With Light is a meditative and centering practice based on Rex Ambler’s book Light to Live By, which describes early Quaker meditative habits and translates them into a highly accessible process of clearness and understanding. On Sunday, August 16, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., people will listen to the prompts on their own at their own homes. The folllowing link should work to hear the words in audio format: There will be a phone call or e-mail reminder at about 7:15 p.m. followed by a phone or e-mail check-in at about 8:30 p.m. For details: Jane M. C. (see Directory)

Pastoral Care (PC) formulated a plan to provide loving outreach, caring assistance of many kinds, and practical and spiritual support during this time of physical distancing and isolation for many Friends. Personal Friendly Ears have been calling people in the BFM community to touch base. In the meantime, please be in touch with one another by phone and e-mail and let the clerks of Pastoral Care (Jane M.C, see Directory) know if anyone in our Meeting community has contracted the virus or is quarantined from contact with an infected person. This information will allow us to provide help and to hold this person and their family in the Light.


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 organization of the Religious Society of Friends

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