Sunday, February 25, 2023
SUNDAYS AT BETHESDA FRIENDS MEETING
Head of Meeting: Today, Georgianna Ziegler. On March 3, Bernie Benson
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 our Friendly Ear, a member of the Pastoral Care Committee. The person's name and contact info is announced after worship, or you can ask via our Contact Us form.
The Social Concern for February is the Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism (QCUR) which is working to accelerate the movement for, and capacity to create, racial justice among and beyond Friends. QCUR leads a nine-month cohort program which will include Bethesda Friends Meeting participants in 2024. Details and information on how to donate are at the end of this bulletin.
Meeting for Worship: Bethesda Friends worship together each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Friends can participate in person at the Meeting House or remotely via Zoom.
Participating in worship at the Meeting House. Friends are invited to gather in person at 11:00 a.m. for Meeting for Worship at the Meeting House. We are currently in COVID Risk Level 1. The policies for Risk Level 1 are included at the end of this bulletin.
Participating in worship via Zoom. To join using Zoom, you can obtain the link in your weekly Bulletin or use our Contact Us form.
First Day School (FDS) for children 5 years of age and older is offered on the first and third Sunday of each month. Childcare for this age group is offered on non-FDS Sundays.
Childcare and Youth-care during Meeting for Worship: Childcare is available on non-holiday weekends during Meeting for Worship from 10:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. for children under 5 years of age. Paid caregivers provide this service. Youth-care is also available on non-holiday weekends for children over 5 years of age on non-First Day School Sundays (i.e., the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of a month) during Meeting for Worship. Two volunteers are needed from 10:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on non-FDS Sundays so that care for these older children remains available. There will be a signup sheet at the Meeting House and you may also sign up at this link.
Spiritual State of the Meeting Reminder: If you haven't already, please consider providing feedback to the Ministry and Worship Committee for the Spiritual State of the Meeting. You can view the queries and respond at this link through February 25. We truly appreciate all feedback from everyone!
EVENTS AT BETHESDA FRIENDS MEETING THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Introduction to Quaker Faith & Practice: The Ministry & Worship Committee's Intro to Quaker Faith and Practice series will meet this Sunday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. This will be in-person, with Zoom access at this link for those unable to attend in person. All are welcome, even if you haven't attended prior sessions. Please register by using our Contact Us form. Childcare is provided.
Experiment with Light is a meditative and centering practice. There will be a session this Sunday February 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can follow the prompts at this link at home and write or draw responses you have experienced during those prompts. We 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 please use our Contact Us form.
EVENTS COMING UP SOON (FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 5)
AFSC Action Hour for a Ceasefire in Gaza: Join American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) staff every Friday at 12:00 p.m. to hear updates from Gaza. Then, take action with us as we contact our elected officials and call for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. Our elected officials need to keep hearing from us. To attend, please register at this link.
The Bayard Rustin Legacy Forum: Presentations on the remarkable legacy of Bayard Rustin, followed by an audience Q & A, will take place online on Saturday, February 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. BFM's Lauren Brownlee will be on the panel along with other Quaker scholars. This event is presented by the BlackQuaker Project and Swarthmore College’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Advance viewing of the 2023 biopic, Rustin, is suggested. To register, please click on this link.
Comparative Religions: Introduction to Judaism. The Comparative Religions class is called Introduction to Judaism, which includes 24 lectures by Professor Shai Cherry of Vanderbilt University through The Great Courses. We meet weekly on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. for a half-hour lecture followed by a half-hour discussion. All are welcome. Please contact Alex B. for details or use our Contact Us form for the Zoom link.
Bethesda Friends Meeting’s stay-at-home Mid-Week Worship by e-mail is on Wednesdays, from 8:00 p.m. 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. Friends wishing to join, please use our Contact Us form.
AFSC Meeting for Worship re: Peace in Israel and Palestine: The violence in Palestine and Israel has impacted the AFSC community in many ways, all of them tragic and heartbreaking. Please join us every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a Meeting for Worship via Zoom, gathering in solidarity and holding those most impacted in the Light. All are invited. Please register at this link to receive the Zoom link to attend. Please note that the date and time have changed from prior gatherings.
Memorial Service for Bob Coe: On Saturday, March 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a memorial service for Jane Coe’s husband Bob, at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, where he was a member. Although Bob did not participate directly in the life of Bethesda Friends Meeting, he was an important contributor behind the scenes, proofing our newsletters and directories for 30 years. Some BFM people knew him through his volunteer efforts with the ACLU and through the Osher Lifelong Learning in Retirement Institute at American University (OLLI). He taught 49 courses (mainly history) at OLLI after his retirement from the Foreign Service. He was a kind and gentle man.
Meeting for Healing: On Sunday, March 3rd, at 12:15 p.m., the Pastoral Care Committee will host a Meeting for Healing at the rise of Meeting for Worship. The intent is to listen deeply to one another, holding our community and each other in the Light following the efforts for the minute "An Urgent Call to Protect Human Life and Bring a Just Peace to Palestine and Israel." For details, place use our Contact Us form.
FUTURE EVENTS TO PLAN AHEAD FOR
Lenten Arts & Crafts for Children: During Meeting for Worship on March 17, children in the Childcare Room will engage in special arts and crafts (egg painting and decoration) activities celebrating the Lenten season and simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship - our core Quaker values. Get excited and join us!
SUPPORTING BFM & THE SOCIAL CONCERN OF THE MONTH
Committee Nominating Season: Quaker meetings are run by and for members and attenders. Each year, the BFM Nominating Committee seeks to match people's talents with their interests. During the Spring 2024 cycle, happening now, we seek to fill positions on the Pastoral Care, Ministry & Worship, Stewardship & Finance, Religious Education, Fellowship & Hospitality, Library, Book Table, Child Care, and Outreach & Communication committees. Descriptions of committee activities can be found in the directory and on our website. Committee members serve between two to four years generally.
The Social Concern for February is the Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism (QCUR), a collaboration between six Quaker organizations: American Friends Service Committee, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends Council on Education, Friends General Conference, Pendle Hill, and Quaker Voluntary Service. QCUR is working to accelerate the movement for, and capacity to create, racial justice among and beyond Friends. QCUR leads a nine-month cohort program, which will include BFM participants in 2024, that allows racial justice changemakers in Quaker communities to learn and experiment with actions together, empowering them to support the racial justice work of their home communities. In 2023 QCUR developed a guide on "Racial Wounding and Racial Justice in Quaker Communities." To sign up for the QCUR newsletter, please visit this link. QCUR relies on the financial support of individuals and communities that are committed to its mission.
To donate to this Social Concern, please go to www.bethesdafriends.org/Donate-Online-Now. Clearly designate that your contribution is for this month's Social Concern. If you prefer, you may send your check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to David M., Assistant Treasurer (see address in the BFM Directory, or use our Contact Us form). You are also welcome to donate to Bethesda Friends Meeting directly to support all Meeting activities via the same methods (online or by check).
Click here for current rules and BFM's full Covid-19 information and policy.