April 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, April: Harmony with Creation. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting is closed for gatherings through April, 2020, but we are offering some activities online through the web app Zoom, and we will be handing out sack lunches for the RISE Dinner. There will be no First Day School or Singing in the Meeting House this month. For details on everything, including using Zoom, see below.

Reno Friends’ April Schedule

In lieu of gathering for Silent Worship in our Meeting House, please consider sitting for Silent Worship in your own home Sunday mornings from 10-11 am, as many of us will be doing. If you care to share afterthoughts or joys & concerns, please email them to Rhonda at: rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. We will then compile them in the new RFM Weekly Inspiration Update, which we will send to everyone on Wednesdays.

Thurs. Apr. 2 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1:30 (details below)

Wednesday Apr. 8 Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 6:30-7:30 pm (details below)

Thurs. Apr. 16 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1:30 (details below)

Saturday Apr. 18 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 4:45-6 pm (details below)

Sunday Apr. 19 – Zoom Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Wednesday Apr. 29 Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 6:30-7:30 pm (details below)

NB: The Spring Cleanup has been POSTPONED for now.

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

How to Participate Through Zoom: Guidelines

Join us on Zoom as we share fellowship, lunches and spiritual discussions this month from our own homes. Zoom is a web-conferencing program that works on a computer, or an IPhone or IPad. It is designed for school classes and business meetings, which means it works best if someone manages the discussion, especially if many people participate.

Therefore, we have decided that when we hold Meeting for Business on Zoom, the Clerk will manage the discussion and call on people to talk. This will also work for the Spiritual Discussions we have scheduled. For the Thursday Zoom Noon Lunches, however, we believe using Zoom will work best if we split the participants into two separate Zoom “tables,” basically a Friendly Six Zoom Noon Lunch. That means that if you want to participate in one of the Zoom Noon Lunches, you will need to RSVP to Wendy beforehand, and she will set you up for a “table” hosted by either herself or Jana Dunn. It’s not ideal, but it will work better than having twelve people talking over each other if we try to do it all as one.

For the Spiritual Discussions and for Business Meeting, Wendy will send a Zoom meeting invitation to everyone in the Meeting one day before the event. The invitation includes a link to the scheduled meeting.

To join the meeting from your computer, just click on the link. Zoom will want to download its program, which costs you nothing. Just let it do that—you can delete it later if you like.

To join the meeting through your IPhone or IPad, you will have to download the free ZoomCloud app from the Apple app store ahead of time, then you can just click on the link and it will connect. If you have any questions, just email Wendy at wswallow54@gmail.com or Jana Dunn at jldnvjld@gmail.com.

We hope to see you online!

Zoom Noon Lunch, Thurs. Apr. 2 and 16, 12-1:30 pm

Join us on Zoom as we lunch from our own homes. To get assigned to a “table,” you must RSVP to Wendy at wswallow54(at)gmail.com beforehand. (See note above on How to Participate Through Zoom.) We will have two separate lunch “tables.” Everyone who RSVPs will get a Zoom link from either Wendy or Jana Dunn, our two hosts. Read the Zoom guidelines above for more detail. If you have any questions, just email Wendy.

Zoom Spiritual Discussions Wed. Apr. 8, 6:30-7:30 pm on “Stewardship of People and Relationships,” and Wed. Apr. 29, 6:30-7:30 pm on “Trails”.

In lieu of our Sunday morning Spiritual Discussions, Reno Friends will now hold our discussions online on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 twice a month for the foreseeable future. Please join us on Zoom (see above for details) on April 8th to discuss “Principles of Stewardship in our Personal Relationships.” Then join us again on April 29th to discuss “Trails,” led by Rhonda Ashurst, which will examine the paths we make through the difficult decisions of today and how the Simplicity Testimony can help. There is no need to RSVP for these events. Wendy will send out a Zoom invite and link to everyone in the Meeting the day before. 

Help Feed the Homeless: Next RISE Dinner is Sat. Apr. 18

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Mar. 21. For now, RISE has asked us to prepare only bagged lunches or snacks, as we can no longer serve casseroles, etc., because of the coronavirus. To participate, prepare 20-40 bagged lunches or snacks (with 3-4 items each), and put them in a box with a large-type sign on the front of the box that says what is in the bags. Rhonda and other Reno Friends will pick up the boxes at the Meeting House on Sat. Apr. 18 at 4:30 pm, and take them to the RISE site for us. Good things for the bags are sandwiches, muffins, cheese sticks, hard-boiled eggs, bags of nuts, granola bars, fruit, etc. ALSO, please include a small water bottle if you can.

Zoom Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, Apr. 19, 11:30 am

Please join us for Meeting for Business by Zoom on Third Sunday, Apr. 19 at 11:30 am, the usual time. An agenda and Zoom invite will be sent out beforehand. 

Embodying the Light Classes Currently on Hiatus, but Stay Tuned!

Rhonda is working on written and video instructions so you can Embody the Light at home, which she will post on her website as soon as possible. Reno Friends will provide a link when it’s ready. 

Sew Hospital Masks for Renown

For those who would like to make and donate hospital masks, here is information about how to participate from Renown:

https://www.renown.org/donations-covid-19/

Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), which was previously known as Unity with Nature, is the largest network of Friends working on the earth’s care today. They work to inspire and promote spirit-led action toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice. They also provide inspiration and resources to Friends throughout North America by distributing information in their newsletter, BeFriending Creation; on their website, www.quakerearthcare.org; through workshops and forums presented to Monthly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Over the next few months, more about QEW will be shared in the Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner. Look for it!

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.

Carson City Worship Group:  ON HIATUS

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.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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!

Inspiration

“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”

 Howard Thurman

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 are sick or fearful or concerned about loved ones during this time of the coronavirus, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury.  In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury, and offer prayers for Stephen Matchett, that many of us know from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center and PYM, who will be having a biopsy of his brain tumor Monday, April 30th, so that they can determine the best approach to treatment. Then continue to hold him in the Light after that, too, please.

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk at clerk(at)renofriends.org.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting May 15-17 ONLINE

The officers and clerks of College Park Quarterly Meeting recently made the decision to cancel our reservation at Ben Lomond Quaker Center for our in-person, residential Quarterly Meeting. Instead we will meet online for worship, plenaries, interest groups, worship-sharing, and other activities via virtual platforms such as Zoom.

To help us prepare for the decision, we made an informal inquiry to an epidemiologist Friend. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all Friends, and both our own instincts and this Friends’ response lead us to believe that meeting in person seems risky for the indefinite future. Since we want to connect with one another, undertake the work of the Quarter, and provide a space to share how Spirit is moving among us, a planning team will organize a schedule of activities that will allow us to interact with one another and with Spirit. We anticipate holding several sessions throughout the weekend so that people can choose which sessions to attend, leaving Sunday morning free so that Friends can attend their own meetings for worship. There will be activities for children and teens, as well as opportunities to gather in regional groups.

Although we are sad to miss the opportunity to be in the same physical space together, we are very excited about exploring new ways of being together in community. We hope you will join us! If you are interested in attending all or part of Quarterly Meeting, please set aside the weekend of May 15-17 on your calendars. We will send more details after Ministry and Oversight Committee meets on April 4, 2020.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops: ON HIATUS 

To check out future workshops, go to http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400.

Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

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