Bethesda Friends Meeting

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BFM offers two options for worship

    1. Outdoor Meeting for Worship under a tent on the breezeway at SFS Lower School    

    • You must be vaccinated against Covid-19. 
    • Masks, social distancing, and Covid self-screening are required. 
    • There'll be a sign-In sheet for contact tracing.  More details here
    • There’ll be a laptop connection to online “Zoomers”.
    • Fellowship and Hospitality will be informal conversations outdoors.

    2. Zoom Meeting for Worship continues online

    • ·        See the Zoom link in the bulletin emailed to you or use our Contact Us form.
    • ·        Informal chat time at the end of Zoom worship. 

    Technology.  Friends outdoors are connected via laptop with our Zoom worship.

    Meeting for Business and Coordinating Gathering will only be via Zoom for the near future. 

    CLICK HERE for full details (PDF document). 

    Scroll down to see our events for the coming week. 


    Sunday~September 19, 2021

    Sunday, September 19

    9:00 a.m.

    Committee Day: Pastoral Care (via Zoom)

    9:15 a.m.

    Committee Day: Ministry & Worship, Stewardship & F.

    9:30 a.m. 

    Committee Day: Outreach & Communications

    11:00 a.m.

    Meeting for Worship

    4:00 p.m.

    Shalem Contemplative Voices Award: Joanna Macy

    7:00 p.m.

    BFM Virtual Game Night: Come One, Come All

    Saturday, September 25

    3:00 p.m.

    Peace & Social Justice: Book Discussion of The Sum of Us

    Sunday, September 26

    9:00 a.m.

    Committee Day: Peace and Social Justice 

    11:00 a.m.

    Meeting for Worship

    1:00 p.m.

    Coordinating Gathering 

    7:30 p.m.

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

    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 (a member of the Pastoral Care Committee, see your email bulletin).

    The Social Concerns Box for September is the Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund  -- which each year awards college scholarships and mentorship to DC public school seniors with high potential who are coping with difficult backgrounds and have low family incomes.

    • The 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 program policies and practices. 
    • Over the past five years it has awarded 32 scholarships to students from 14 different public and public charter schools. Scholarship amounts are between $2,000 and $2,500 a year. For details, please use our Contact Us form

    To donate online to this Social Concern, you can go to:   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.

    11:00 - 12:00 on Sunday  Meeting for Worship Bethesda Friends worship together simultaneously in two venues.  Friends can (a) participate by videoconference using Zoom, or (b) join a physically distanced group outdoors (on the Breezeway) on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus. 

    In both venues you can arrive at 10:45 to chat informally before settling into silence at 11:00 a.m. There is also an informal chat time on Zoom at the end of Meeting (about 12:15).  

    Worship outside. Friends have the option to worship together outside under the breezeway at the Sidwell Friends Lower School if they are vaccinated and have no Covid symptoms or known exposure. Worship will by hybrid, with a laptop connection to hear and see Friends who are on Zoom. Friends must wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing. Click here for more details. Visitors are welcome. 

    Participating in worship via Zoom. Friends wishing to join meeting for worship remotely can do so via Zoom. See the most recent email Bulletin for Zoom access informationVisitors: If you'd like the Zoom link for online worship with our community, please use our "Contact us" form and tell us about your interest in Bethesda Friends. We welcome your joining us.   

    At noon we will share joys and sorrows and welcome visitors to introduce themselves.  

      Summer Playground Supervision is in session. Summer playground supervision is available for children ages 3 years and up during Meeting for Worship on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Two paid childcare providers will supervise play in the playground or under a large tent. Children should wear masks and bring their own water bottles. 

      Shalem Contemplative Voices Award

      On Sunday, September 19, at 4:00 p.m., Shalem will be honoring Joanna Macy with its
      Contemplative Voices Award. We are invited to join this special fundraising event on Zoom to celebrate this award and to support Shalem’s work and ministry in the world. Joanna Macy PhD, teacher and author, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, Macy has created a groundbreaking framework for personal and social change that brings a new way of seeing the world as our larger body. To learn more, visit Click here to register for the event.

      BFM Virtual Game Night

      On Sunday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m., please join us for a virtual game night (by Zoom)
      sponsored by BFM Outreach & Communication Committee. All ages are welcome for an hour of fun and games. We'll play Pictionary and other games that are easy to play on Zoom. No experience necessary: you can use an i-Pad, mobile phone, or laptop/computer. For questions, contact Isabel M. (See phone and email in Directory).  For the Zoom link, please use our "Contact us" form. 

      Mid-week worship

      6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays     Friends Meeting of Washington Mid-Week Meeting for Worship.   To join via Zoom, please see information at  

      Bethesda Friends Meeting’s stay-at-home Mid-Week Worship by e-mail on Wednesdays, from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.  While some of our regulars prefer to simply join in Spirit at the appointed time, others enjoy the brief connection provided by an email at the 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 reply-all. Contact Dot Lin (see Directory) for more information. 

      Book Discussion of The Sum of Us

      On Saturday, September 25, at 3:00 p.m., please join the book discussion (via Zoom) of The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. The session is sponsored by the Peace & Social Justice Committee and will be led by Jane Meleney Coe. Reading and discussing the book is a way to understand more fully how systemic racism affects us all. In the book, the author looks at obstacles which prevent our dealing with the causes of inequality. For people who haven't read the book and want to follow along and participate in the discussion there are (1) three (2) recommended (3) interviews.

      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 at 1:00 p.m., via Zoom, on Sunday, September 26th. For details: Jillaine Smith (202-903-8236, or Jabez McClelland (, 301-652-2191).

      More events and into the future

      BFM Bulletins are from a new source beginning June 27. There has been a change in the way you receive the weekly bulletin from Bethesda Friends Meeting. This is because, as of the bulletin for June 27, it is being sent via the webmail program associated with the Bethesda Friends website. Please let us know what you think (or if you are not getting it!) by using our Contact Us form

      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.


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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

      We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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