February 2019 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 – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Sunday Feb. 3 – Spiritual Discussion on the Spiritual Life, led by Rhonda Ashurst and Wendy Swallow, 8:45-9:45 am (1st Sunday)

Sunday Feb. 10 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday Feb. 17 – Spiritual Discussion on “The Wisdom of Living in Community,” led by Beatrice Hamilton, 8:45-9:45 am (3rd Sunday)

Sunday Feb. 24 – Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Spiritual Discussion Class with Beatrice Hamilton, Sun. Feb. 17, 8:45-9:45 am

Beatrice Hamilton’s spiritual discussion class on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet: “The Wisdom of Living in Community, through the Words of Matthew 18” will continue this month with a session on Sun. Feb. 17. The last class in this series will be Sun. Apr. 28. Both sessions will meet from 8:45 to 9:45 am. If you would like a copy of the pamphlet, please contact Beatrice at beabundant(at)sbcglobal.net.

Guided Worship Sharing “Healing the Meeting,” Sun. Mar. 17, 11:30 am

Many of us in Meeting are saddened and concerned that two important members recently resigned. Reno Friends will, therefore, gather to discuss how to listen to each other with more empathy and consideration, while also honoring each other’s ideas, contributions and concerns. Our gathering will be a Guided Worship Sharing on Sun. Mar. 17, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. For background, please read the February RFM Blog “What is Worship Sharing?” and put the date on your calendars. We hope many will attend, so that the Meeting may heal and find a way forward.

Linger with Friends for Coffee Hour after Silent Worship

Starting Feb. 3, we will now hold a short “coffee hour” in the Meeting House after Silent Worship. Peg McCall is organizing our effort and welcomes additional help, if you are interested. We will serve coffee, tea and a simple cookie.

Pancake Breakfast!  Sun. March 3, 8:30 to 9:45 am

Join us for pancakes (gluten and nongluten) in the Meeting House on Sun. March 3 to chase away the winter blues. Our clerk Steve Wolgast will be wielding the spatula, and there will be plenty of maple syrup. If you would like to help cook or bring offerings for the breakfast, contact Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com.

Come Sing Before Meeting 

The Meeting is now gathering to sing before Silent Worship, from 9:30 to 9:50 am.  (Singing is cancelled if there are spiritual discussions/classes before Silent Worship.)

RISE Dinners for the Homeless, the 2019 RFM Schedule

Reno Friends will serve food for Reno’s hungry one Saturday evening every other month, including: Jan. 25, Mar. 16, May 25, July 20, Sept. 28 and Nov. 30. To participate, cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station on the east side of the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center at 335 Record Street. You can either carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the CAC at 5 pm. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable side dishes, biscuits/rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. For more information on RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality), or to make a donation, check out their website at www.renoinitiative.org.

RISE Director to Speak at RFM March 24 Potluck, 11:30 am

Benjamin Castro, the Executive Director of the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, will speak with Reno Friends at potluck Sun. Mar. 24. This is our chance to learn more about Reno’s homeless, the RISE programs, and how we can get more involved.

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!

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.

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, 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!

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. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. For more information, contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com. 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!


“It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning in this broken world.”

 Mary Oliver

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, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light Sharonlee Souza, Beatrice Hamilton, Dawn Hammond and Giles Marion, and 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

On Saturday, Jan. 19, over a hundred Friends gathered in Santa Rosa at the Family Bible Church for our Winter Quarterly Meeting to worship and consider our theme “Prophetic Witness and Hope in Difficult Times.” We were hosted by Redwood Forest Friends Meeting and Friends House. The one-day gathering was brief but filled to the brim with worship, reports, worship-sharing, Quaker author Brent Bill’s keynote talk, interest groups, and many conversations with old and new Friends. Several Friends even attended via Zoom, a videoconferencing solution we are experimenting with to help those unable to be present to be part of at least some of the gathering.

Our children focused on the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the teens went for a hike, joined the adults for the keynote talk, and then made a delicious dinner for Quarterly attenders. Our Recording Clerk will ensure that our full minutes are posted to the CPQM website, collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org. We look forward to being gathered together again at our Spring Quarterly Meeting at Quaker Center in Ben Lomond May 17-19, 2019.

– Submitted by Janet Leslie, Assistant Clerk, College Park Quarterly Meeting

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Faithful Living in Challenging Times, Feb. 22-24, with Marty Grundy and Connie Green

Have you been asking yourself, what does a “faithful life” look like in 2019? To get glimpses of hope and joy, we will tell stories – ours, yours, radical Jesus, and early Friends. We will explore the importance of personal spiritual disciplines and try one on for size. Can we discover what hinders our faithfulness, and what empowers it?

Quaker Revival, Mar. 19-24, with Paul Buckley

Have you wondered how Friends might live a life of faithfulness and invite others to live in right relationships? We will consider how Friends today are called to model a covenant community. We’ll look at which outward behaviors speak to today’s conditions and what Quaker practices might need to be scraped away and discarded.

For more info or to register for Quaker Center workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Job Opportunities at Ben Lomond Quaker Center

Quaker Center is now accepting applications for a Director to begin work during the summer of 2019 providing spiritual leadership to Friends in the west; developing workshops; managing staff, finances and facilities; fundraising; and working closely with the spirit-led Board in support of Quaker Center’s mission. Compensation includes: salary, benefits and housing in the glorious California coastal redwoods. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Quaker Center is also seeking applications for the position of Associate Director. This individual will support the BLQC Director to maintain a vital, spirit-led organization, which speaks to the spiritual condition of Friends and others. Compensation includes: salary, benefits and housing in the California coastal redwoods. This position will remain open until filled. Job descriptions and details are at http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/.

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

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