Meeting eNews: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, and More!
Monthly Worship Tip from the M&W Committee:
Our September NEWSLETTER is on the web:
Upcoming forums are listed on the web:
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Of particular interest to first-time visitors and, indeed, all attenders:
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- Chris Stanley, Clerk, and Alice Carlton, Recording Clerk
1. Opening worship and query – Chris Stanley, Meeting Clerk.
Query: In what ways do we support each other in our spiritual journeys?
2. Chris: Welcome, recognition of first-time attenders, review of agenda
3. Alice: Minutes of the August, 2020 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business (MWAB). Consider. Approve the August MWAB minutes?
4. Alice Carlton, PFYM Representative, will present the annual report on the Annual Sessions for Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting. Q&A. Accept the report?
5. Deborah Gibbs, Clerk of the Adult Religious Education Committee, will present the annual report. Q&A. Accept the report?
6. Monteze Snyder, Co-Clerk of the Finance Committee, will present the annual report. Q&A. Accept the report?
7. Tom Munk will present a report from the Chapel Hill Friends Conference on National Legislation (FCNL) Advocacy Team. Q&A. Accept the report?
8. Hank Elkins, Clerk of the Rooftop Solar Subcommittee, will report on their recommended solution. Q&A. Accept the report?
9. Chris: Next Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is planned for 9:00 AM on October 18th, 2020.
A. To send items for the weekly eNews email firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “for eNews” in the subject line. Deadline is each Wednesday at midnight. For the monthly print newsletter, email email@example.com. Put “for Newsletter” in the subject line. Deadline is the last Sunday of the month.
B. We will hold the annual Clerk’s Retreat on Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at 10 AM – Noon via Zoom. Committee clerks, as well as others interested in committee service, are encouraged to join the discussions.
C. Other announcements?
10. Closing worship, virtual circle, preparation for 11:00 AM Meeting for Worship.
Chris Stanley shares with Friends:
We will continue to get together on Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7 PM. There will continue to be no agenda, no plan and no reason you should not join us. All are welcome and we just visit and talk about whatever. My previous Zoom series expired so here is the link for the next 7 weeks. Hope to see you. – Chris
Join Zoom Meeting Every week on Thu, until Oct 1:
Meeting ID: 894 0447 1148
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Many of us on First Day are doing what one Friend called “simultaneous sitting” and could be called *ethereal* worship - that is, we are sitting in our own homes having worship between 11 and 12, calling to mind other Friends, but not taking part in any techno forum. We miss the benefit of wider ministry, but can add that angle in our own way. It can be quite magical.
Sam Leeman-Munk shares with Friends:
Finn and Henry have set up a Minecraft server for us. It is a peaceful server with no player versus player and no monsters, so it is appropriate for young Quakers.
The server is available 24/7, but we particularly encourage people to log in at the same time so we can play together. This event started April 19 and happens every Sunday between 1:30 and 3:00.
We are playing Minecraft: Java Edition
An account costs about $27, but anyone who identifies as a child may reach out to Finn James, Tom Munk and me to get an account. For best results, include all three of us on the email so we can work together. Finn James runs the server, and once you have a screenname you can give it to him and he will give you access. For how to access the server, click here.
We may be Quakers, but what fun is playing with friends if it's all in silence? I have set up a discord server for chatting while we play. This server will be your first lifeline when navigating the vibrant, potentially overwhelming world of MineCraft, so be sure to join!
For more detailed discord instructions, click here.
YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN Virtual Prayers for Healing/Holding in the Light, Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Join us when you can for a long as you wish-from your own home.
Do you have a name or a group of people to add to - or remove from - the list of those we will hold in our hearts and prayers? If so, please send to Lynn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt (email@example.com). We'll send an updated list on Wednesday afternoons. Thank you for joining us!
Kathleen McNeil shares with Friends:
The First Day School Middle POD (the Sloths) will be sharing our Sloth Radio Hour every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8PM. You don’t need to be in the middle pod to join us. All are welcome. We are reading the first book of the Harry Potter series. We will read for 30-60 minutes depending on interest level. The program will continue to be on zoom at the same address.
Please spread the word if you have any friends that you think would like to join us!
Pendle Hill Quaker Study, Retreat, and Conference Center is now opening their daily morning worship to everyone, by way of Zoom or phone. A lovely opportunity for gathered worship every morning. “A handful of Pendle Hill residents continue to gather daily in the Barn – from 8:30am to 9:10am Eastern Time – expanding the 90-year-long tradition of daily worship here on campus. Beginning the week of March 16, 2020, we started an experiment of opening the circle of worship to YOU in your home. You can join us here via Zoom.”
Note: The above link takes you not to the meeting but to a page of general instructions. Look for the sentence “You can join us via Zoom here, or by clicking on the image below.”
Faye Stanley shares with Friends:
Friends are encouraged to register and attend this online event sponsored by FlyLeaf Books in preparation for our October 25th forum on the topic of reparations.
"From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty First Century”, September 24th, 6 PM.
Learn more and register at: https://www.flyleafbooks.com/from-here-to-equality
This is an online discussion by authors William Darity and Kirsten Muller of the book by the same title.
The Ministry & Worship Committee supports the spiritual life of the Meeting. How does the committee do this when we can't worship together face-to-face? How do we hold one another in the Light?
The committee would like to ask you about your experience in this challenging time. Please take 5 to 10 minutes to complete a survey. Your answers will be held in confidence. Results will be summarized for the Meeting as a whole and will inform the Spiritual State of the Meeting session in October.
Please take the online survey HERE by September 25.
Jeff Brown, Clerk of Ministry & Worship Committee
The Ministry and Worship Committee and the Meeting Clerk invite you to join us on Saturday, September 26th from 10 AM until noon for our annual Clerk’s Retreat. Everyone is invited to join us this year. We will review the role of clerks in our committees and also plan a wider discussion about the importance of our process of having our committees do the discernment needed to bring clear proposals to our Meeting for Worship With Attention to Business. The work of our Meeting is truly done in our committees and your participation in this conversation can make that more effective. More details and the Zoom link will be provided soon. Please plan to join us.
A new Meeting Directory will be available soon! Has any of your contact information changed? If you are not listed in the current Meeting Directory but want to be included in the next edition, send your name, address, email, and phone number(s) to Dave Curtin (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are listed in the current Meeting Directory but your contact information has changed, email your changes to Dave Curtin.
The Meeting Directory is for Chapel Hill Friends Meeting use only and is not to be shared with or distributed to those not participating in the life of the Meeting. This information is not on the Web. Copies of the Directory will be printed or available as a pdf upon request.
The Shotts Memorial/ Leadership Development Fund Committee is offering financial support to Chapel Hill Friends Meeting participants who want to take advantage of online opportunities. Programs that enhance your participation in Meeting through education, training, service opportunities, leadership, or spiritual development are among those that are encouraged. Information about applying for support from the Shotts Memorial/Leadership Development Funds is available here: https://www.chapelhillfriends.org/assets/PDF/shotts_information.pdf.
Contact the Shotts Memorial/Leadership Development Fund Committee here:
Building and Grounds shares with Friends:
As you know we’ve curtailed use of the meeting house during the pandemic. Occasionally, people have, and needed to, gone into the meeting house to support the few essential tasks of the meeting. We appreciate that those visits have been brief and infrequent. We do ask though that anyone that needs to go into the meeting house to please notify John Hite, by phone or text, prior to going. Thank you.
Last March just before coronavirus hit, our Friend Joyce Sandy was about to show her paintings at the Seymour Center in an exhibition entitled Transitions. And then the show had to be postponed. Now, fortunately, we are able to view her art in a virtual art show online. Following is the announcement:
Joyce Sandy, a self-taught artist from the age of 16 and scholar of the Art Students League in New York City, will introduce her exhibit, “Transitions”. You will enjoy
beautiful acrylics on canvas featuring butterflies and bridges and how in many cultures, they are symbols of transition. If you find an art piece you would like to purchase, please call our main number of the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070 for staff assistance. In addition, our generous senior artists contributes 10% of all sales to help further center programs and operations. Thank you in advance for supporting our Senior Artists Community.
Date: Entire Month of September. You can access the show via the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xUdE24FPiSD_Ej7ZicLcAM0A8uopf-OW/view?usp=sharing
Note: Art show is best viewed in full screen setting. After you start video, click the full-screen icon at bottom right for full screen show experience.
Naveed Moeed shares with Friends:
For those that attended last Sunday's Forum on "What is my right next step?" here is a list of those helpful resources from (Quaker Voluntary Service) QVS, and others:
Here is also a summary guide to asking those repetitive questions to deepen your own thinking on current issues and finding your own next step:
Leslie Bassinger shares with Friends:
If you would be interested in participating in an anti-racism book club (via zoom), please let me know. I’ve read a stack of compelling books on this topic, I’ve learned some important things...and I’d like to learn more. I would appreciate hearing the thoughts and experiences of others on this path. The book we’ll be reading is Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.
Thank you, Leslie email@example.com (if I don’t reply within a couple days, you can text me at 817-995-0345)
The meeting’s IFC committee has devised a plan to make Friends’ donations of food items to the IfC more convenient. You can find a list of recommended food items on the IFC website (and you can purchase food online).
Questions? Contact Carolyn Stuart (919.929.2287 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Betsy Brinson shares with Friends:
One of the ways individuals support the GI Rights Network is by becoming volunteer GI Rights Counselors with one of our member groups and helping to staff the GI Rights Hotline. Becoming a GI Rights counselor takes a significant amount of training in order to be a helpful resource to the people calling the hotline for services.
We are currently planning an online training this fall to bring in new counselors. This virtual training will take place over nine weeks and will be broken down into weekly zoom “classroom” sessions covering commonly sought topics. Following completion of this first phase, trainees who want to continue on and take calls with the GI rights hotline will have the option to begin the second phase of training, which includes working one-on-one with experienced counselors using three-way calling, both listening to and practicing taking hotline calls.
We are planning a one-hour online information session to go over what’s involved in GI Rights counseling, the kind of calls that come into the hotline, and the different things counselors do to support callers and connect them to resources. There will be plenty of time for questions during and after the initial information session, which will be offered at two different times: Sunday, Aug 30 at 3pm ET and Tuesday, Sept 1 at 8pm ET. People who are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a counselor and who want to understand the commitment involved are invited to come to one of these information sessions.
There is no fee for the information session, however there will be a fee for those who decide to take the online training. If this training is something you are interested in, please email Lenore or Steve at email@example.com with “counselor training” in the subject line and indicate the information session you would like to attend. We will send you a Zoom link to join the meeting.
For contact info for GI Rights Hotline training. contact Steve or Lenore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also include the following in your email:
Experience you or family members have had with the military (none required).
Feel free to share this invitation with people you know who may be interested in this opportunity.
The Peace and Justice Committee urges Friends to encourage all citizens to register and vote.
The Brennan Center has documented that since the dismantling of Federal oversight in 2013, in 90 out of 100 NC counties, the Boards of Election have disproportionately removed minorities from voter registration rolls. Therefore, the Committee recommends that Friends particularly encourage Black, and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) to register and to vote.
TO REGISTER is easier than ever:
Naveed Moeed shares with Friends:
The Subcommittee on Threshing a Structure for Racial Justice at CHFM is looking to find out what is on hearts of minds of our Meeting. Please take two minutes (or longer!) to answer the two questions on the form below. The form is anonymous.
Please send items for the weekly eNews email and the monthly print Newsletter to email@example.com.
Note: If you are comfortable with Google Docs, submissions in that format would be most welcome!
Friend in urgent need of housing. Must be moved out of current rental within 30 days. Need low rent or no-cost situation due to recent illness of a child and associated costs. Child is currently out of the home in treatment, so this is for Mom only. I do have a small Pug dog who weighs about 12 lbs. Looking for a temporary situation to last 3-4 months beginning in September/October. Need to stay in the Chapel Hill/Durham area. Please contact Jennifer at 520-302-8568. Please feel free to send this message to anyone you think may be of assistance. Thank you for your kind consideration!