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We worship via Zoom and concurrently under

outdoor tents on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.


Bethesda Friends has resumed a restricted outdoors meeting for worship each 

Sunday at 11:00 a.m. 

Please join us at home (via Zoom) or concurrently outdoors under the tents

at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Bethesda, MD. 

Outdoor worship requires advance registration.

To register and to see our Covid-19 regulations, please click here 

Scroll down to see our activities for the coming week. 



  


Sunday~April 11, 2021

Saturday,

April 10

3:00

p.m.

Memorial Meeting for Jack Inman

Sunday,

April 11

9:00

a.m.

Meeting for Business (via Zoom)

11:00

a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)

4:00

p.m.

Pendle Hill: Fierce Biblical Women Speak Power Today

6:00

p.m.

Spring Fling Meeting

7:00

p.m.

Quakers, AFSC, and Abolition: Then & Now Webinar

7:30

p.m.

Experiment with Light (via phone/email, Zoom sharing)

Monday,

April 12

8:00

p.m.

AFSC: Free Them All (Ending Mass Incarceration)

Tuesday,

April 13

6:00

p.m.

Mid-week Meeting for Worship with FMW (via Zoom)

8:00

p.m.

AFSC: Pursuing Freedom for Palestine: Children’s Rights

8:30

p.m.

Deadline for the May Newsletter

Wednesday,

April 14

4:00

p.m.

AFSC: Global Migrant Justice

8:00

p.m.

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

8:00

p.m.

AFSC: Restorative Justice in Our Communities

Thursday,

April 15

1:30

p.m.

AFSC: Making New Worlds: Care & a Solidarity Economy

7:30

p.m.

AFSC: Nyle Fort on Momentum & the Way Forward

Friday,

April 16

7:00

p.m.

Young Friends Conference (via Zoom)

Saturday,

April 17

1:30

p.m.

Spiritual Formation Gathering (via Zoom)

Sunday,

April 18

9:00

a.m.

Committee Day: Pastoral Care

9:15

a.m.

Committee Day: Ministry & Worship, Stewardship & F.

11:00

a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom) & Outdoor First Day Class

12:00

noon

Reflections on Quaker Committees for Clearness

4:00

p.m.

Divine Springtime Spiritual Unity Feast

Head of Meeting:  Stephanie K. 

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, Rick M.--see the paper copy of your Directory) or the Pastoral Care Committee (co-clerks Jane M.C. or David W.)


If you'd like to join us for outdoor Meeting for Worship, you must register here in advance.

  • Friends participating in this in-person worship must wear a face mask at all times and maintain social distancing. There is a cap on how many can register and attend. 

The Social Concerns Box in April is for Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR). RSWR is a Quaker micro-credit organization that supports grassroots income-generating pro-jects led by women, many of whom are making less than a dollar a day. Their mission statement reads: God calls us to the right sharing of world resources, from the burdens of materialism and poverty into the abundance of God’s love, to work for equity through partnership with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. In 2019, RSWR made 41 grants totaling $453,550 to fund groups which supported 1,092 women to start small businesses in India, Kenya and Sierra Leone. To learn more, see: www.rswr.org

To donate online to the Social Concerns Box or to make a general contribution to the Meeting, you can go to: https://www.bethesdafriends.org/Donate-Online-Now. This provides you with a choice whether to designate the contribution for the social concerns box or as 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 address in the BFM Directory). You can write the designation on the memo line.

Memorial Meeting for Worship to Celebrate the Life of Jack Inman. On Saturday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. You can join the Meeting using the Zoom link in the weekly email Bulletin, or send us a note via our Contact Us form

9:00-10:45 on Sunday  Meeting for Business. Bethesda F(f)riends will consider various business items via Zoom. How the Spirit will lead us in discernment of issues both large and small is part of the mystery that is the Religious Society of Friends. We will hear the final version of our Spiritual State of the Meeting report, have a second reading of the Racial Justice Donations Committee’s recommendation, the preliminary budget, and a report from Baltimore Yearly Meeting Interim Meeting. All who come to Meeting for Worship are welcome and encouraged to participate in our worshipful sharing of Meeting for Business. For more details and the Zoom link, see the Sunday Bulletin in your email.


11:00 - 12:00 on Sunday  Meeting for Worship Bethesda Friends continue worship together each Sunday.  Friends can (a) participate by videoconference using Zoom, or (b) join a physically distanced group outside under a large tent on the Sidwell Friends Lower School campus. (Advance registration is required.)  Simultaneously, Friends who wish to worship in other settings or individually at home should do so knowing that others are sharing in worship.

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 30 minute chat time at the Rise of Meeting at about 12:15.  

  • See the most recent email Bulletin for access information and a current Zoom link. 

At noon we will share joys and sorrows via Zoom and also via the BFM list-serve. If you have trouble joining the list-serve, please use our "Contact us" form.  It has been a real joy to see so many people, including out-of-town Friends, joining us each week.  

         Opportunity to worship outside. Friends have the option to worship together outside under a large, open-sided tent at the Sidwell Friends Lower School. Friends participating in this in-person worship must wear a face mask at all times and maintain social distancing. If you would like to participate in person, you must register in advance at this link. 

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.      

  Fierce Biblical Women Speak Power. For five Sunday afternoons, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. from April 11 to May 9, there will be workshops on Fierce Biblical Women Speak Power Today. In the Hebrew and Christian Bible, many women use their strength to challenge systems and claim justice. Whether covert and quiet or bold and public, most seem fearless! What made them fierce and how did they ground their power? Here is the link or https://pendlehill.org or John Meyer, the Communications and Outreach Director at 610-566-4507, ext 129.

          AFSC Annual Meeting Presentations. The Bethesda Friends community is invited to join the AFSC’s annual meeting, a virtual program exploring different dimensions of “Making New Worlds: Pursuing Peace with Justice,” from Sunday, April 11 through Thursday, April 15.

Sun, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. a panel on “Quakers, AFSC, and abolition: Then and Now.”

Mon, April 12, 8:00 p.m. Free Them All: Ending Mass Incarceration

Tue, April 13, 8:00 p.m. Pursuing Freedom for Palestine: Children’s Rights.

Wed, April 14, 4:00 p.m. Global Migrant Justice: Manifesting the joint Quaker statement.

Wed, April 14, 8:00 p.m. Restorative Justice in Our Communities

Thu, April 15, 1:30 p.m. Creating a Society Based on Care and a Solidarity Economy

Thu, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Nyle Fort on Momentum and Where Do We Go From Here?

          For details and to register, click here.

        Experiment with Light Session. 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 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. On the evening of Sunday, April 11, we will be having an Experiment with Light session. Starting 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: https://experiment-with-light.org.uk/meditations/. We usually use the meditation on the individual in modern language, full length, 37 minute version. Then around 8:30 p.m., you can join in a worship-share from your meditation experience via a Zoom gathering. For more information, see your email Bulletin or 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.

Young Friends Conference.  Baltimore Yearly Meeting hosts a gathering of high school folks from Friends Meetings in this area three or four times per year. This is a fun way to see friends from other Meetings or camp, make new friends, and retreat from the pressures of teenage life, while still developing skills around living in community and having a lot of fun. There will be a conference from Friday, April 16 to Sunday, April 18, probably virtual. Please register as soon as possible:  https://www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/yutes/yfs/yfcon.html For more details: Sunshine Klein (301-774-7663, youthprograms@bym-rsf.org)


Saturday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. Spiritual Formation Program Gathering. The current Spiritual Formation program at Bethesda Friends will hold its seventh gathering on Saturday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. by Zoom. The group selects a reading each month to share in preparation. (Prior readings have included Meditations of the Heart by Howard Thurman; Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, by William Taber; and Love Poems from God: Twelve sacred voices from East and West, ed. by Daniel Ladinsky.) Smaller friendship circles of program participants meet between the gatherings to share personal support on the spiritual journey. We welcome new members! The program is led by Margaret B. For details, please be in touch with Leslie S. (see Directory).

          Pendle Hill Weekend Workshop on Mutual Accompaniment. On the weekend of April 9 to 11, there will be a weekend workshop on Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons Online. If you are interested in working to uproot oppressive systems in a way that reweaves human connection and a sense of belonging to one another and to the earth, please sign up. For details, click here or https://pendlehill.org or contact John Meyer, the Communications and Outreach Director at 610-566-4507, ext. 129.

          Youth Peace Conference. The 5th Annual Youth Peace Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, April 10, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Youth from grades 8 to 12 are welcome to register at: http://www.youthpeaceconferencemd.org

The Sandy Spring Friends Meeting Peace Committee supports this student-run social justice and community building summit in honor of the legacies of Lee Stern and Bayard Rustin. A team of teens in Howard County are organizing this year’s conference. The theme is “Resistance and Radical Reform.” For details, contact Uma Ribeiro, lead organizer, (umalovestowrite@gmail.com) or Bette Hoover (bettehoover@icloud.com)


into the future and Extra information   

Divine Springtime Spiritual Unity Feast. The Baha's of Montgomery County have invited us to join them in a celebration of spring, civic renewal for God's Creation, and call to action. It will be on Sunday, April 18 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Susan Rich of our Meeting is part of the program. Please register here for the Zoom link.

Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m.          Memorial Meeting for Worship for David Zarembka and Gladys Kamonya to honor the life of David and his wife Gladys, who both died within a week of each other in western Kenya of COVID. For the Zoom link for the BFM memorial, please see your weekly Bulletin or send us a note via our Contact Us form.


What is My Role in Meeting? We are entering the season in which those of us on Nominating Committee seek to understand how community participants are led by Spirit and/or interests to contribute your talents and skills to the life of the Meeting.
  • Please give some thought to where and how you wish to engage, from wherever you may be, to supporting the well-being and work our BFM Meeting which might include, but not be limited to, committee participation.
  • For those of you who are newcomers to our Quaker community, we are – with guidance from Spirit - self-led, self-governing, and self-sustaining so who we are is what all of us make us. We encourage you to drop your thoughts (with BFM in the title line) to France P. and Ron A., or if you’d like to have an exploratory conversation, please reach out to Gale T. (See Directory or use our Contact Us form.)

Looking for Liaisons to FWCC and FGC. The Stewardship & Finance Committee is looking for people who would be willing to be liaisons to Friends General Conference and the Friends World Committee for Consultation. The role involves responding to questions if S&F happens to have them. For details: Ralph S. (see Directory).


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, brianmassey@bym-rsf.org) 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 W. (see Directory). Parents may also offset tuition by volunteering at one of the camps during the summer. For details about Quaker camps, see http://quakersdc.org/node/912

          Urgent Plea to 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. It is one of the ways that we give material reality to the movements of the Spirit. The Stewardship & Finance Committee reports that in the first half of this fiscal year, unrestricted contributions were the lowest in twelve years and covered only 40 percent of projected total actual expenses. The consequence is that we as a community now have four months to raise approximately $60,000. Contributions both large and small are always appreciated. Please donate as generously as you can and are led either online at: https://www.bethesdafriends.org/Donate-Online-Now 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.

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. or David W., 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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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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