Bethesda Friends Meeting


  


Week beginning Sunday~April 5, 2020

Sunday, 

April 5

9:00

 a.m.

Meeting for Business (via Zoom)

11:00

 a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom & list serve)

1:00

 p.m.

Bible Study (via Zoom)

7:30

 p.m.

Experiment with Light (via e-mail)

Tuesday, 

April 7

6:00

 p.m.

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

8:00

 p.m.

Online Bible Study (via Zoom)

Wednesday, 

April 8

8:00

 p.m.

Worship (Sharing afterward via e-mail)

Thursday, 

April 9

7:00

 p.m.

STRIDE Screening of “When They See Us” (via Zoom)

Sunday, 

April 12

11:00

 a.m.

Meeting for Worship (via Zoom & list serve)

Monday, 

April 13

8:30

 p.m.

May Newsletter Deadline

Head of Meeting: Margaret 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 the Pastoral Care clerks (David W. or Marika C., see Directory).


The Social Concerns Box for April is for scholarships to the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank (Palestine). RFS, founded by American Quakers in 1869, is a co-ed K through 12 school that provides a first-class, peace- oriented education to children of all faiths. Because we are unable to have Spring Fling at the end of April, where most of the money for scholarships has been raised in the past, please send a check to Marion B.(see Directory). This is an opportunity for us to help build peace in the Middle East. You may also donate via the website at www.bethesdafriends.org


Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be held via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 5. This meeting is restricted to members of the BFM community. See the most recent Bulletin for access information and pertinent documents.


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.

See the most recent Bulletin for new access information and an updated 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 a bit about your interest in Bethesda Friends.

Bible Study. A Bible Study class is using the Great Courses lecture entitled "Understanding the New Testament." On the first Sunday of the month, participants discuss the lectures of the previous month (using Zoom while the Meeting House is closed). The Bible Study is designed to allow for maximum participation by offering a variety of times, places, and learning modes. Please join anytime. For more details, contact Alex B. (see Directory). Lecture notes are distributed.

Experiment With Light. 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. This is an invitation to a session from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, April 5. For copies of the prompts, please e-mail Jane C. (see Directory). If you let us know ahead of time, we will try to call to remind you a few minutes before we start. At approximately 8:30 p.m., we encourage your sharing of reflections with the rest of the group via the invitation e-mail.

Mid-Week Meeting for Worship via Zoom with Friends Meeting of Washington. For information, go to http://quakersdc.org/

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.

Mid-Week Meeting on Wednesdays. New people are joining the group virtually from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday and then sharing afterward. Please contact either Dot L. or Ruth N-J. (see Directory) to be added to the list of people who are meeting and sharing.

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 (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.

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 little more than three months left in our financial year, we have received less than half the funds we need 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 $60,000 by June 30th. 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. (see Directory).



 




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 of the Religious Society of Friends

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

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