Bethesda Friends Meeting


  


Sunday~September 20, 2020

Sunday, 

Sep 20

9:00

a.m.

Committee Day: Pastoral Care (via Zoom)

9:15

a.m.

Committee Day: Ministry & Worship, Stewardship & Finance

11:00

a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)

Tuesday,

Sep 22

6:00

p.m.

Mid-week Meeting for Worship with FMW, via Zoom

Wednesday,

Sep 23

8:00

p.m.

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

Sunday,

Sep 27

9:15

a.m.

Committee Day: Peace & Social Justice (via Zoom)

11:00

a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)

12:30

p.m.

Coordinating Gathering (via Zoom)

7:30

p.m.

Experiment with Light (via e-mail/phone)


Head of Meeting:  Margaret B.  On September 27, Deb F. 

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. or David W. (see the paper copy of your directory).

        

          The Social Concerns Box for September is the Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund, which each year awards college scholarships to DC public school seniors with high potential, who are coping with difficult backgrounds and have very low incomes. This fund is managed jointly by Bethesda Friends Meeting, Friends Meeting of Washington, and Langley Hill Friends Meeting. BFM plays a vital role in mobilizing funding, selecting the awardees, and making decisions about the program’s policies and practices. Since the scholarship fund first began, it has awarded 128 scholarships to graduates from 27 DC Public schools. The amount of each scholarship is now $6,000, and each year the program supports about 20 students through their four years of college.  Please be generous. For details: Margaret P., Tia D., Gloria M., Lee I., and Eluned S. (See Directory)

            To donate to the Social Concerns Box or to make a general contribution to the Meeting, please go to: www.bethesdafriends.org and clearly designate that your contribution is for the social concerns box or is a general contribution. If you prefer, you may send your check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to Marion B. (See her NEW address in the Directory)

  

11:00 - 12:00 on Sunday, Sep 20  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 list-serve. You may want to check the list-serve 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 list-serve as well.  (The list-serve is for active BFM members and attenders. For more information, please use our Contact Us form). 

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] QuakersDC.org" or see information at   http://quakersdc.org/

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.

LOOKING FORWARD and continuing

          

          Coordinating Gathering. Representatives of most BFM committees meet during the week before Meeting for Business to discuss the upcoming agenda. These meetings are open to all who wish to attend. There will be one on Sunday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m., via Zoom, in preparation for the Meeting for Business on October 4. For further information: Lee I. or Jabez M.

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 center-ing practice based upon 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. All are welcome to attend. First-time participants find the process quite easy to follow and, often, richly rewarding. On Sunday, September 27, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., those who wish to participate will listen to the prompts on their own at their own homes. The following link should work to hear the words in audio format: https://www.experiment-with-light.org.uk/modindos.mp3 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: bethesdafm@igc.org.

Can you help write postcards during September? This is a project of the Peace & Social Justice Committee and a number of people in Meeting are already participating. The cards will be mailed to voters who appear to have been made "inactive".  It’s set up by Reclaim Our Vote (https://actionnetwork.org/forms/reclaim-our-vote-signup) as a non-partisan Voter Registration campaign.The postcard gives the voter a link and phone number to check their registration status and get absentee ballot information.  Marion H. (see Directory) will give you the postcards, the addresses, printed labels, and the script. If you have some time, tell her how many you can do before October 10. (It takes about 10 minutes to write each card.)

Bible Study will meet every Thursday in October at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom with the Great Courses series, Understanding the Old Testament. The first five lectures cover Genesis - the Creation story, Noah and Abraham. Please contact Alex B. for questions and the Zoom link. 

A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights with Susan Strasser. The Peace & Social Justice Committee is sponsoring Susan's presentation on two nights via Zoom, Monday, October 5, and Tuesday October 7, at 7:00 p.m.  You must register in advance for this meeting. Please click here for more information. 

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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301-986-8681
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