Bethesda Friends Meeting


  


Week beginning Sunday~May 31, 2020

Sunday,

May 31

11:00

a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)

1:00

p.m.

Coordinating Gathering (via Zoom)

Tuesday,

June 2

6:00

p.m.

Mid-week Meeting for Worship with FMW, via Zoom

8:00

p.m.

Online Bible Study (via Zoom)

Wednesday,

June 3

8:00

p.m.

Mid-week Worship (Sharing afterward via e-mail)

Sunday,

June 7

9:00

a.m.

Meeting for Business (via Zoom)

11:00

a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom)

1:00

p.m.

Online Bible Study (via Zoom)

Head of Meeting:  on May 31, Eric S.

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 David W. or Jane M.C. (see Directory).

            The May Social Concerns box is for the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project (ASAP). To donate online, please go to www.bethesdafriends.org and clearly designate that it is for the May social concerns box.  If you prefer, you may send your check (with a note for ASAP in the memo line but made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting) to Marion B. (use her OLD address in the Directory).

            Founded in 2016, ASAP’s office is located at Friends Meeting of Washington. ASAP helps in three areas: 1) Social work provides emotional support and identifies resources for finding a job and starting a life in this new location; 2) com-munity engagement connects people with other asylum seekers; and 3) employment assistance delivers 30 hours of sessions to write a resume, participate in mock interviews, practice networking and receive coaching. This year, ASAP served nearly 300 asylum-seeking men, women, and children from 35 different countries. In recent weeks, nearly 70% of ASAP clients have lost the jobs they’ve worked so hard to secure. Their legal status means they will not benefit from emergency measures enacted by the state or federal government. Because ASAP is a small and young organization, our support can have a great impact. For details:  www.asylumprojectdc.org  


11:00 a.m. to 12:00 on Sunday, May 31 Meeting for Worship. There will be a Zoom meeting for worship from 11:00 a.m. to noon. 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.  At 10:45 a.m., we will open the link for Friends who may want guidance in the use of Zoom.   See the most recent Bulletin for access information and a current link to the Zoom Meeting for Worship.   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.


1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 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, May 31. For details: Lee I. or Jabez M.


6:00 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 p.m. on Tuesdays          Bible Study. A Bible Study class using Great Courses lectures on Understanding the New Testament began in February. Every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., there will be an on-line Zoom meeting with a new lecture. Lecture notes will also be distributed. For more details, contact Alex B. (see Directory). This Bible Study is designed to allow for maximum participation by offering a variety of times, places, and learning modes. Please join anytime.


8:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays BFM Mid-Week Meeting for Worship. Held virtually 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 reply-all.  Contact Dot L. (see Directory) for more information.

LOOKING FORWARD and continuing


9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 7          Meeting for Business. On Sunday, June 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. All who come to Meeting for Worship are welcome and encouraged to participate. On the agenda this month are a report from the Library Committee and the appointment of the ad hoc Committee to Nominate the Nominating Committee. For details, contact: Lee I. or Jabez M. (see Directory).

1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 7         Bible Study. A Bible Study class using Great Courses lectures on Understanding the New Testament began in February. On the first Sunday of the month, at 1:00 p.m., we meet via Zoom to discuss the lectures of the previous month.  Lecture notes will also be distributed. For more details, contact Alex B. (see Directory). This Bible Study is designed to allow for maximum participation by offering a variety of times, places, and learning modes. Please join anytime.


          Urgent BFM Spring Appeal. When the Stewardship and Finance Committee met on Sunday, March 15, by video-conference, one member likened our financial situation to that of a house on fire. With only two months left in our financial year, we still need funds to cover this year’s operating expenses and commitments to our philanthropic partners. These costs remain, whether or not we enjoy the security of the meetinghouse roof each Sunday. We also feel honor-bound to continue payments to our hourly wage-earners in child care during the hiatus of our in-person meetings. We must secure an additional $15,000 by June 30th. To donate online, please go to:  https://www.bethesdafriends.org/Donate-Online-Now.  If you prefer, you may send your check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to Marion B. (use her OLD address in Directory).

          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 and will soon do so again. In the meantime, please be in touch with one another by phone and e-mail and let the clerks of Pastoral Care (David W. and 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.



 




Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
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

www.bethesdafriends.org
301-986-8681
info@bethesdafriends.org

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