December 2017 Newsletter

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Announcements

Reno Friends’ December Schedule

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

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

Saturday Dec. 3 – Christmas Party 4-8 pm (see details below)

Sunday Dec. 4 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (1st Sunday)

Saturday Dec. 24 – Homeless Clothing & Food Giveaway, 8:30 am (see details below)

Sunday Dec. 31 –  Potluck (5th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Reno/Carson Friends Potluck Christmas Party Sat. Dec. 2, 4 to 8 pm

Please join us for good food, laughter and Christmas carols at the home of Ivan, Jana and Luca Correa. People should feel free to drop by or stay for the duration.  For the potluck supper, please bring one dish to serve eight, either an appetizer/finger food, or a casserole, side dish, salad or dessert.  Items that can easily be eaten with plastic utensils and from our laps are best.  Please attach a list of ingredients so that those with allergies will know what they are getting, and bring your own serving utensils.

Getting There: Nut Tree Lane is located near the intersection of Lakeside Drive and West Peckham Lane. From that intersection, go west on Peckham — the street narrows here and is marked with a yellow No Outlet sign. After 1/10 of a mile, turn left onto Nut Tree, a short, gravel road with two houses at the end. Your destination, #3915, is the last house on the right. There will be a number of parking spaces near the house. If those spots are full, you can park along the fence on the west side of Nut Tree, or out on West Peckham. (Note: you cannot access Nut Tree coming from Plumas Street, even if your navigation software indicates otherwise.) Hope to see you there!

Share Food and Clothing with Reno’s Neediest, Dec. 24 8:30-9:45 am

Please donate new thermal socks or other gently-used warm clothing for the homeless. (There is a box in the Meeting House for donations.) Then, on Christmas Eve morning, please join Reno Friends and the family of Dave Humphrey and Kulani Mahikoa in sharing what we have collected, along with food and fellowship, with the needy at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. The mission is part of the Community Assistance Center at 355 Record Street, just five minutes from the Meeting House. We will distribute 175 sack lunches (already donated) along with the clothes, as well as other personal items that may be useful to the community members. The Gospel Mission will provide us with tables and hot cider. We will set up just outside the dining hall, so dress warmly. Those who participated in this event last year said the best part is sharing fellowship with the community. Things you may consider bringing to give: warm socks, coats, hats, snacks, gifts, etc. (No canned food, though, as the homeless have no way to cook it.)

The Next RISE Dinner to Help Feed the Homeless is Sat., Jan. 20 5-6 pm

Reno Friends will gather on Saturday Jan. 20 to bring dishes to the RISE dinner served at the Community Assistance Center and help feed the hungry in the Reno community.  We had fifteen Friends when we did this in October, and all were moved by the experience. There may be an opportunity to cook together before the event, and also the possibility of going out for a bite together afterwards.  Stay tuned for more information, or email Jana at corhar(at)mac.com.

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

Doug Smith plans to start an FCNL Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson, probably beginning early next year. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends, FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group will initially need a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants, then will set up a 3-hour training with someone from FCNL. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to Reno/Carson Friends to decide what our priorities will be. Las Vegas set up an advocacy group last year, and has offered to help us get started and to coordinate efforts. This will be particularly helpful with our Senators. Anyone interested please stay tuned, or 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.

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.

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. 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.

Inspiration

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”

- Thomas Merton

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 those in who continue to suffer from hurricane and fire damage in California, Houston, Florida and the Caribbean; all who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, 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 nation 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 Sharonlee Souza in the Light, as well as 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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
8th Annual Music and Dance Retreat, Dec. 1-3

Come for a weekend of celebrating multi-generational community with our Music and Dance Retreat. We will enjoy a variety of different ways to sing, dance and make music together that will be facilitated by participant volunteers who will lead activities they know and love. The one professional leader we’ll have is a caller for our family friendly community dance on Saturday night. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person to encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids or just yourselves for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing interspersed by a few dancing opportunities.

Year-End Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness, Acceptance, Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

Join us for our Year-end Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness and Acceptance, facilitated by David and Trish Johnson, former Co-Directors of the Silver Wattle Quaker Center in Australia. We will be exploring Quaker writings, the Bible and your Inner Guide for ‘walking in the Light’. Whatever happened in 2017, let our hearts be opened so each of us may better understand and undertake what God is asking of us. Please register by December 15th.

Lucretia Mott and Levi Coffin, Jan. 26-28, 2018

Please join Stephen Angell to explore the theology, spirituality, and activism of two Quaker human rights radicals, nearly contemporaneous in their long lives, and consider their contributions both to America and to Quakers. We will examine the lives of Quaker Abolitionists such as Coffin and Mott, and the theological ideas that inspired them (and that they in turn used to inspire others). Stephen Angell and Carole Spencer wrote articles relevant to this workshop that we hope you’ll read before you come. You can access them (and a number of other articles on Quakers) with this link: https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/issue/quakers/

Finding Our Quaker Voice, Feb. 23-25, 2018

Join Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, in large and small group discussions as well as time in worship, to reflect on the intersection of personal faith journeys and public life—particularly for those who want to be politically active but who are frustrated by partisanship.

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

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Woolman Semester School is suspended for the foreseeable future, but there are still exciting things happening at Sierra Friends Center.

Go to https://woolman.org for more information.

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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