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Sunday~January 24, 2021


Jan 24



Peace & Social Justice Committee (via Zoom)



Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)



Anti-Racism, Social Justice, & Good Food (via Zoom)



Experiment with Light (via e-mail/phone, Zoom sharing)


Jan 26



Mid-week Meeting for Worship with FMW, via Zoom


Jan 27



Mid-week Worship (Check in by via e-mail)


Jan 28



Bible Study (via Zoom)


Jan 31



Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)



Coordinating Gathering (via Zoom)

Head of Meeting:  Georgianna Z. 

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 today's Friendly Ear (Susie C.) or the Pastoral Care Committee (co-clerks Jane M.C. or David W.--see the paper copy of your directory).

           The Social Concerns Box in January is for CCAN, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. CCAN has only a few paid staff (and a lot of volunteers), yet they do an impressive amount of organizing, lobbying, and legal work to promote the vital switch to clean energy, and related programs. Their major fundraiser for years has been donations to people who take a plunge into the Chesapeake Bay in the midst of winter. This year, Travis Gallagher will take a “brrr-tual” (virtual) plunge at home on Saturday, February 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event will begin by hearing from some inspiring speakers via Zoom, and then all take the plunge at home. Participants choose how to participate: jumping into an icy cold kiddie pool, dumping a bucket of ice water over themselves or going to a nearby body of water. The most important thing is that participants and icy water come together for a brief moment on February 13. Perhaps others in addition to Travis would like to join the plunge this year. If so, here is the link: This is about protecting the home of all life. Please support the effort.

To donate online to the Social Concerns Box or to make a general contribution to the Meeting, you can go to: This provides you with a choice whether to designate the contribution for the social concerns box or is a general contribution to BFM meeting and budget.  You can also send a check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to Marion B., Assistant Treasurer, Bethesda Friends Meeting (using her new address in the BFM Directory). You can write the designation on the memo line.

11:00 - 12:00 on Sunday  Meeting for Worship Bethesda Friends continue worship together each Sunday.  Friends can participate by videoconference using Zoom, or we will have a small group who have registered to meet outside under a tent on the Lower School campusSimultaneously, 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.  

Friends joining via Zoom are invited to log in at 10:45 to chat before settling into silence around 10:55 a.m. There is also an informal chat time at the Rise of Meeting at about 12:15.

See the most recent email 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 at about 12:00 noon 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 BFM members and attenders. For more information, please use our Contact Us form). 


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, January 24th at 7:30 p.m., you can follow the prompts at home and write or draw responses you have experienced during those prompts. Here is the link to the prompts:   We usually use the meditation on the individual in modern language, full length, 37 minute version. Then around 8:30 p.m., if you would like to worship-share from your meditation experience and want to join in a Zoom gathering, please use the link in the weekly bulletin or Contact Us.  We anticipate that part of the gathering could go until 9:15 p.m. 

      Anti-racism, Social Justice, and Good Food. Please join this Zoom event at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. Naijha Wright-Brown and Crystal Forman from the Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland will give a presentation followed by discussion on the interconnectedness between social justice movements, including resisting food colonialism; the vegan movement in African-American culture; and adopting a plant-based diet. Register here for the Zoom link. The event is sponsored by two Baltimore Yearly Meeting committees: the Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals and the Working Group on Racism.

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.

Thursdays, January at 7:00 p.m. Bible Study.  A Bible Study will meet on Thursdays in January at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom with the Great Courses series, Understanding the Old Testament. The lectures cover Samuel, Kings, Ruth, Esther, and Amos. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Alex B. for information and the Zoom link.  

          Coordinating Gathering. Representatives of most BFM committees meet during the week before Meeting for Business to discuss the upcoming agenda (via Zoom). These meetings are open to all who wish to attend. There will be one on Sunday, January 31, at 1:00 p.m., via Zoom, in preparation for the Meeting for Business on February 7. For more details & the Zoom link, contact Lee I. or Jabez M. (see Directory). 


Extra information        

BYM Camping Program. One of the most popular programs of Baltimore Yearly Meeting is the camping program at Catoctin, Opequon, Shiloh, and Teen Adventure Quaker Camps. Kids have a wonderful time in the natural world and getting to know one another. Enrollment for Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping programs began on Friday, January 15. The camps are residential for children ages 9 to 17. Anyone may apply online (please do!). Spaces are available first come, first serve. Please register as soon as you can if you need a particular session. For details: Brian Massey (301-774-7663, Our Meeting would like to support our children going to camp to the extent of $500 each, on a first come first served basis. When you apply, please contact the co-clerk of Pastoral Care, David Whitford (301-385-9192, Parents may also offset tuition by volunteering at one of the camps during the summer. For details about Quaker camps, see

Please Contribute to Bethesda Friends Meeting. Financial support for our Meeting’s routine activities, as well as for our contributions to Quaker organizations and others, comes almost entirely from our members and attenders. Contributions both large and small are appreciated. All contributions help us maintain our practical, as well as spiritual, connection to the Meeting and all it represents. Please donate as generously as possible either online at: or by check. Checks should be made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting and mailed to Marion B. (See Directory).

A Recommended Resource for Understanding Diversity and Inequity in Washington DC. Following up on the discussion at Meeting for Business, here is the link to an important opening to understanding the relationship of Bethesda/NW DC to issues of diversity and inequity:

2021 Quaker Motto Calendars. The calendars have been produced by the Scattergood family since 1884. The small calendars are filled with words to live by from a whole variety of people, ranging from the Bible, to Gandhi to Quakers to Native Americans and many others. They cost $16 for 10 calendars and $28 for 25 for the calendars only. If you want the envelope, $17 for 10 and $31 for 25. Please go to this link to see a sample, the cost, and where to send a check. 

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.


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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

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