December 2018 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, December: Meeting for Worship. (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’ December 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

Saturday Dec. 1 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 5-6 pm (details below)

Sunday Dec. 2 – RFM Christmas Party, 4-8 pm (details below)

Sunday Dec. 23 – Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

NOTE:  There is NO Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business in December

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

RISE Dinner for the Homeless Sat. Dec. 1, 5-6 pm

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and help serve Reno’s homeless on Sat. Dec. 1 from 5-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station on the east side of the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center in Reno at 335 Record Street. Gather with us there at 5 pm. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, meats, biscuits/rolls or crates of fruit. No soup; everything must be suitable for serving on a plate.

RFM Christmas Party at Charlie and Wendy’s, Sun. Dec. 2 from 4-8 pm

Please join us for our annual Christmas Party, being hosted this year by Charlie Shepard and Wendy Swallow. Please bring a dish to share for a potluck supper, or just drop by if that is the most you can manage. We lean vegetarian, but not exclusively. All are welcome!

Guided Worship Sharing on the Meeting Community

Many of us in Meeting are saddened and concerned that we have recently had two important members resign from the Meeting. Business Meeting agreed last month that the Meeting should come together to discuss how we can do better in the future. One Friend has suggested we look to our testimonies for guidance, and others have said we need to learn to listen to each other with more empathy and consideration. Business Meeting agreed we need to work on honoring each other’s ideas, contributions and concerns while also relying on Quaker process to guide us as we evolve and grow. To have this conversation, we will hold a special worship sharing/guided discussion sometime in the next few months. If anyone would like to help develop questions or help lead the discussion, please contact Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)

Come Sing with Us Before Meeting! 

The Meeting is now gathering to sing before Meeting. Singing starts at 9:30 am, and we use the song books we have in our library. We finish at 9:50.

Spiritual Discussion/Worship Sharing Continues Sun. Jan. 20, 2019

A program of spiritual discussions/worship sharings led by Beatrice Hamilton will start up again on Sun. Jan. 20 from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House.  The class is discussing the Pendle Hill Pamphlet “The Wisdom of Living in Community through the words of Matthew 18.” The last two sessions will be Sun. Feb. 3 and Sun. Feb. 17 at the same time, same place. Please join us for these interesting conversations about our faith and our Meeting community.

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 ( 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)

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)

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) Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to

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)

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: Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at)

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!


“Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.”

- Paul Brunton

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Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All 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; the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light all who worship in synagogues, churches, mosques, temples and other houses of worship, as well as 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 Winter Quarterly Meeting, Sat. Jan. 19

Join norther California and Nevada Friends in Santa Rosa, CA, for a one-day meeting hosted by Redwood Forest Friends Meeting.  Quaker writer Brent Bill will be the guest speaker, and there will also be worship, worship-sharing, interest groups, optional participation in the Women’s March, children and teen activities and lunch. For more information, go to

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

Deep Wells – Living Water Dec. 27-Jan. 1, with Deborah Shaw

Are you ready to press the pause button and seek to sink into a time of reflection, refreshment and renewal? Deborah Shaw will facilitiate our experience of spiritual practices as we seek to refill and refresh our own spiritual wells. In cultivating and nurturing our spiritual selves, the Living Water can restore us to wholeness and balance. This retreat will speak to those who enjoy contemplative, reflective practices as we engage in worship, individual and group reflection, writing and sharing.

For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops and camps go to

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

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