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Sunday~March 7, 2021


Mar 7



Meeting for Business (via Zoom)



Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)


Mar 9



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


Mar 10



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


Mar 11



Before Abolition: Quakers & Slavery in the 1700s (Zoom)



Bible Study (via Zoom)


Mar 13



Junior Young Friends (Middle School) Conference



Quaker Book Group



Nominating Committee (via Zoom)



April Newsletter Deadline


Mar 14



Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)



Library Committee (via Zoom)



Shalem Special Event: Crisis Contemplation (via Zoom)



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

Head of Meeting:  Bernie B. 

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 (announced at the end of our Zoom Meeting) 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 March is for Bethesda Help. Hunger in our community comes in many forms and is probably more wide-spread than most of us realize. Approximately 63,000 of our neighbors in Montgomery County are not always sure where their next meal is coming from. The pandemic and lockdowns have greatly increased the need. Bethesda Help offers immediate short-term food and financial assistance for rent (to prevent eviction), utility bills (to prevent service interruption), and prescription medicines (as needed) to residents in southern Montgomery County. For details and volunteer opportunities, see:

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 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.

Meeting for Business. On Sunday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m., 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 draft of our Spiritual State of the Meeting report and an update from our Treasurer. All who come to Meeting for Worship are welcome and encouraged to participate in our worshipful sharing of Meeting for Business. For more details, contact: Lee I. or Jabez M.

11:00 - 12:00 on Sunday  Meeting for Worship Bethesda Friends continue worship together each Sunday.  Friends can participate by videoconference using Zoom. 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.  

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). 

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, March at 7:00 p.m. Bible Study.  A Bible Study will meet on Thursdays in March 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. 

Before Abolition: Quakers and Slavery in the 1700s. On Thursday, March 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Sandy Spring Museum is hosting a talk by Elizabeth Cazden on the fact that before 1780, many Quakers enslaved Blacks to work in their households, farms, and plantations, with the notion that it was okay to enslave people as long as you treated them well. To register, click here,

          Quaker Book Group. The Quaker Book Group meets monthly on second Saturdays, via Zoom, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. We will meet on Saturday, March 13. The book is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Newcomers are always welcome, even if you have not read the book. We read a mix of books by Quakers, books about Quakerism, and books that speak to Quaker values and concerns. The group is invited to share announcements, summaries, and thoughts about the readings through an online mailing list. To join the group and receive information about the book that is selected, please contact Leslie S. (see Directory).

Junior Young Friends Conference. Baltimore Yearly Meeting hosts a gathering of 6th to 8th graders 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 virtual gathering on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14. Please register as soon as possible. For more details: The next one will be April 30 to May 2.


          Shalem Special Event. On Sunday, March 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Shalem will be presenting the Contemplative Voices Award to Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes, well-known author, spiritual teacher, activist, and scholar focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology, and culture. Note that this is the first day of Daylight Saving's Time. She will talk about her forthcoming book, Crisis Contemplation. Donate whatever amount you feel led to donate. Click here for link to register.

          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, March 14, 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: 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 below (remember to "unmute" your device). We anticipate that part of the gathering could go until 9:15 p.m. For Zoom link, use our Contact Us form.

into the future and Extra information   

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, 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.

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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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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