February 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, February: Meeting for Worship for Business  (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.)


Reno Friends’ February Schedule

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

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

Every Sunday (Except Third Sunday) – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Sunday Feb. 2 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Thursday Feb. 6 – First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon (see details below)

Sunday Feb. 9 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Wednesday Feb. 12 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Feb. 16 Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see details below)

Sunday Feb. 16 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Sunday Feb. 23 Potluck, 11:30 am (Berkeley Quaker Genie Stowers to speak about FCNL)

Wednesday Feb. 26 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

News from Jan. 12 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

RFM Co-Treasurer Charlie Shepard reported that the Meeting is in decent shape financially, but that donations for the year were down considerably from 2018. No serious immediate concerns were raised, but he suggested we should consider increasing our donations to Meeting during this 2020 year to keep on track. He will provide a full end-of-year financial report for 2019 at the February Meeting for Business. Some Friends have asked about automatic transfers for donations, and Charlie said interested parties should talk with him about setting them up.

The Meeting adopted the 2020 Nominating Slate, which is attached with the official minutes sent by email. The Meeting decided to hold another Pancake Breakfast on Sun. Mar. 1 before Silent Worship. The Meeting also discussed what we can do as a Meeting to support some of our younger attenders. M&O agreed to take up the issue and will involve the attenders themselves.

First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Feb. 6, 12-1:30 pm

Reno Friends is starting a new tradition: Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship. This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup. Just bring your own brown bag lunch. We hope to see you there!

Embodying the Light Class Wed. Feb. 12 & 26, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst will lead the “Embodying the Light” class from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection. 

Help Feed the Homeless: Next RISE Dinner is Sat. Feb. 15

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Feb. 15 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station, which has moved to 1905 4th St., where there is parking. You can still carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the site. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates.

Meeting for Business has also approved a new RISE schedule for the next five months: Reno Friends will provide meals for the homeless every third Saturday, including Feb. 15, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16 and June 20. In April, Meeting for Business will assess how this is working and decide on the schedule for the second half of 2020.

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Feb. 16, 8:45-9:45 am “The Peace Testimony,” led by Peg McCall

Reno Friends now holds an open Spiritual Discussion every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us!

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

Pancake Breakfast, Sun. Mar. 1, at 8:30 in the First Day School

Join us for a reprise of our popular Pancake Breakfast, with Meeting Clerk Steve Wolgast at the spatula. Steve provides a multi-grain batter, and everyone else is invited to bring toppings (syrup, yogurt, fruit, toasted nuts). If someone could bring a non-gluten alternative, like muffins, that would be great. For more info, or to coordinate what you are bringing, email Wendy at wswallow54(at)gmail.com.

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!

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

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!


“Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.”

 Vaclav Havel

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, 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. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting Quick Notes

College Park Quarterly Meeting met January 18 at the Palo Alto Friends Meeting and spent the day in worship and discernment on the theme “Harmony with Creation: What is Our Witness?” The Ad-Hoc Committee to Draft a Climate Minute brought two proposed minutes and a heartfelt report on their work and the urgency they feel for Quakers to find a way to engage with climate crises taking concrete steps. Their report was gratefully accepted, and a minute was approved later in the day. The FASE (Friends Association for Services for the Elderly) board gave an encouraging report about their satisfaction with the new management company (Covia) working with them to manage Friends House.

Teens had a full program, including going to the Palo Alto Farmers Market to purchase salad makings for an intergenerational dinner. There they talked with farmers and vendors to learn more about how far the food had traveled before getting to us.

There was a panel moderated by Shelley Tanenbaum (Strawberry Creek), in which each of the three panelists spoke of their personal and organizational engagement with the climate crisis and shared the spiritual impetus that brought them into this work.

College Park Quarterly Meeting approved a call for reflection and engagement on environmental crises, inviting our twenty Monthly Meetings to reflect and engage upon the following, and to report back at Spring Quarter.

– Barbara Babin, Clerk, CPQM

How We Win: Nonviolent Direct Action for Climate Justice, Feb. 5
Free Workshop with George Lakey

Sponsored by Grass Valley Friends Meeting, Woolman, & the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

This workshop will present effective grassroots strategies and tactics for climate justice and building coalitions. George Lakey is the author of How We Win: A Guide to Direct Action Campaigning. For six decades he has been active in many social movements—working with the civil rights movement, U.S. and Canadian unions, the LGBTQ community, and a successful Quaker direct action campaign against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/664966610914160/?active_tab=about

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

How Then Shall I Live? Feb. 21-23, 2020, with Lucretia Humphrey

Through the use of silence, meditation, discussion, poetry and nature, this retreat offers participants opportunities to discern their way forward in this time of change.

God is Calling Us to be More Than We Know, Mar. 24-29, with Marcelle Martin

In this 5-day retreat we’ll help each other pay attention to the divine presence within, explore what blocks our whole-hearted response, and offer support for following the leadings of the Spirit. There will be opportunities for individual reflection as well as time in pairs and small groups for listening one another into new discovery and fresh expressions of the truth that resides in our hearts. We’ll explore practices that include evoking questions, mirroring, extended worship, expressive movement, and the Faithfulness Groups format. This program is suitable for adults of all ages who seek a deeper grounding in the life of the Spirit and are able to give loving attention to support others in doing the same. Marcelle Martin, author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, is a member of Swarthmore Meeting. She has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States.

Register at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

To register, 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

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