October 2018 Newsletter

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Reno Friends’ October Schedule

Every Sunday – Meeting for Worship, 10:00-11:00 am

Every Sunday – First Day School, 10:10-11:00 am

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30 am

Sunday Oct. 14 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday Oct. 28 – Spiritual Discussion Class 8:45-9:45 am (4th Sunday)

Sunday Oct. 28 – Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Music before Meeting: Come and Sing!

The Meeting is now offering singing before Meeting for Worship for the next three months to see if that is something we all enjoy. Singing will start at 9:30 am and we will use the song books we have in our library. When there are adult education programs scheduled from 8:45-9:45, we will sing after Silent Worship.

World Quaker Day Sun. Oct. 7

Friends are invited to celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Pacific Yearly Meeting invites us to join with Quakers around the world from Alaska to Bolivia to Kenya to Great Britain to Japan to New Zealand to honor our common heritage. Quakers make up a world-wide fellowship that includes a diverse population both ethnically and theologically. Check out the World Quaker Day website www.worldquakerday.org for cool videos and ideas for Quaker Day activities.

Spiritual Discussion/Worship Sharing Program led by Beatrice Hamilton, Sun. Oct. 28, 8:45 to 9:45 am

A program of spiritual discussions and worship sharing continues in October on Sunday the 28th with a session led by Beatrice Hamilton on “The Wisdom of Living in Community through the words of Matthew 18.” It meets in the Meeting House before worship, from 8:45 to 9:45 am.  The series of classes will meet every fourth Sunday of the month through February.

Dinner for the Homeless and Christmas Party Will be Sat. Dec. 1 – Put it on Your Calendar!

On Sat. Dec. 1, Reno Friends will serve food at the RISE Dinner for the homeless at 5 pm, then convene for the annual Christmas Party afterwards, either back at the Meeting House or at the home of a Reno Friend.  Put the date on your calendar and stay tuned for more details!

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip Report from Joan Graham

The gathering at Grover Hot Springs in late September was at a time when the weather remained beautiful and warm. The pool opened on Saturday after two weeks of maintenance, and one person took advantage on Sunday for a soaking. There were two who joined us from Reno and seven from Carson City with the addition of three Carson City dogs. We were grateful to the three hardy Quakers who went up late Friday night to set up campsites for the rest of us to make use of the next day.

After a day of visiting, we had a worship sharing time led by Betsy before our potluck. She read from Miracles, a beautifully illustrated book on the celebration of life by Walt Whitman. It helped us reflect and share from questions she prepared on Creation. The setting was perfect as we sat under the trees, surrounded by the beauty of the forest, with Cliff’s chicken dish cooking over the open campfire. Before dinner, we had time to sing several hymns from the Quaker hymnal accompanied by Beatrice on her accordion.

Our potluck was a wonderful mix of several salads and other tempting offerings. Our conversations were entertaining and enriching, and as we gathered around the picnic table, we were able to share on a variety of topics. Sunday morning, all of us but John and Yurie (who had to return home the night before) found a great wooden bench at the side of the meadow. We gathered there for Worship in the presence of “the ancients” (the grand, old trees), as one Quaker said. Our three four-legged friends settled into the spirit of quiet meditation without a problem. After Worship as we said our goodbye’s and expressed how sorry we were that the wonderful experiences of the weekend had come to an end. But we finished on an uplifting note by starting to talk about plans for next year.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project, which started over twenty years ago, helps countless poor women in developing countries through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy recipients in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and India. To support the Stamp Project, please save and send in all your new and canceled foreign and domestic stamps, including Forever, flag and non-profit stamps, plus stamps in sets and series issued after 2000. Please leave 1/8″ to 1/4″ of paper around stamps when cutting them off.  Send stamps to:  Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220.  Your support of this project is much appreciated.  You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

An FCNL Advocacy Group is being started here in the Reno/Carson area, and anyone interested is invited to join the effort. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our Quaker values of integrity, simplicity and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group is putting together a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators, to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to the Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group to decide what our policy priorities will be. Anyone interested please contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

Want to help those in need? Donate new FOREVER stamps to be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Put stamp donations in the little drawer under the bulletin board in the Meeting House. You can make a difference!

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. CCL meets in the Quaker Meeting House every 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm (except for December). For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali (at) sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. The group gathers for a peace vigil in Reno every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm in front of the Federal Building at Virginia and Liberty Streets. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. Everyone is welcome to attend!


“As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.”

- The Upanishads

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light all those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting
Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, California, Fri. Oct. 19 to Sun. Oct. 21

Coming together for Quarterly Meeting is a way to revitalize our faithfulness to God, Divine Spirit, to love.  It is a way to learn more about and strengthen our spiritual disciplines.  What are we longing for in our gathering?  Do we seek deepening in God’s presence in our ‘well of hope’ in these troubled times? Please join other Quakers for a fun and interesting Fall Quarterly in the beautiful Sierra foothills. Registration information can be found at collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org or contact eesabelman(at)gmail.com or at 650-322-2455.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

A Weekend with Isaac Penington, Oct. 5–7, with Brian Drayton

Come to know “the mystery of life within” and leave feeling challenged and strengthened in living that mystery. Through meditative reading of a selection of his works, we will reflect upon and examine our own inward conditions, spiritual practices, life in our meetings, and outward witness.

Rise Up and Sing! Oct. 26-28, with Annie Patterson and Peter Blood

Renew your spirit with songs out of the songbook Rise Up Singing and Rise Again.  If you think you can’t sing, join in and surprise yourself! Singing is an act of love, joy, and courage, not of talent. All ages are welcome.

Why Be A Quaker? Nov. 16-18, with Sally Kingsland and Diego Navarro

Early Friends railed against empty forms and sought to strip away anything except the direct connection to God. We are eager to consider queries like: What do we need to understand about the “faith” and “practice” that we inherited in order to live in the power and life of the Spirit? We will also explore the potential of the Quaker faith tradition.

For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops and camps go to www.quakercenter.org.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

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