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June 2024 Newsletter

June 2024 Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

No First Day School in June and July of 2024. Next FDS will be Sun. Aug. 25.

Sunday June 2 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details

  • Discussion of cottage update proposals, with cottage tour, 11:30 am; at the Meeting House and cottage (details).

Sunday June 9 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details

Wednesday June 12 – Zoom Embodying the Light, 10-11 am (details)

Thursday June 13 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 7 to 8:30 pm (details)

Sunday June 16 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details)

Thursday June 20 – In-Person Brown Bag Lunch (Third Thursday), 12 noon (details)

Sunday June 23 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details)

  • Vegetarian Potluck, 11:30 am (details)

Tuesday June 25 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion 7-8 pm (details)

Wednesday June 26 – Zoom Embodying the Light, 10-11 am (details)

Other Important Dates

July 4-7 – Our affiliate Pacific Yearly Meeting is sponsoring wilderness adventures for Young Adult Friends (18-35) including a July 4th – 7th backpack in the Tahoe Forest.  Register for more information on the PacYM Young Adults page (under “Events”): https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/wordpress/young-adult-friends/ .

July 19th – 24th Pacific Yearly Annual Session in person in Whittier, CA and on Zoom. (details)

Announcements

We hold online meetings, spiritual discussions, book discussions and yoga on Zoom throughout the year. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

Reno Friends Meeting Event Details & Other Notices

Join Us for Silent Worship in the Meeting House Every Sunday, or for Zoom Hybrid Worship, 1st and 3rd Sundays

Reno Friends Meeting holds Silent Worship in the Meeting House every Sunday at 10 am, with fellowship afterwards. On First and Third Sundays, we hold Hybrid Worship — and you may join us either in person or online via Zoom. You can read more about our setup here. In the case of poor weather or air quality, we may move Silent Worship to Zoom only; watch your email for an alert.

Here is the recurring Zoom link for Hybrid Silent Worship:

https://zoom.us/j/98305205938?pwd=cDZseGdLbWMyYWZsZDdiN00rMjRUZz09

If you cannot attend Silent Worship with us, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the Light to ministry(at)renofriends.org. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Silent Worship.

COVID Updates

If you are not feeling well – even if you think it’s just a cold or allergies – we ask that you stay home. Masks are optional but welcome at all our events. You can read more about our COVID policy here.

Special Meeting about our Cottage, June 2nd 11:30 am after Silent Worship

Members of the Buildings and Grounds committee invite members and attenders to tour our rental cottage and discuss possible updates to the cottage. Its imperative that this meeting result in clear decisions on the remodel plan that Business Meeting can address on June 13. The remodel plan will firmly establish the floorplan of the kitchen and appliances as well as the layout for the bathroom and remaining space, so that we can move forward.  

First Day School: NO FDS in June and July, 2024

Our First Day School students finished out the school year by painting the interior walls and kitchen cabinets in the First Day School, and then gathering for an overnight in the Meeting House under the watchful eyes of their parents. The students reported that they worked hard and had fun completing the painting project (which included using Quaker process to select the colors), and later getting a chance to hang out, share snacks and play games during the overnight. Despite a small mishap with the lawn sprinklers coming on while the cabinet doors were drying, the First Day School now feels fresh and lively, thanks to the kids and the small army of adults who helped out. First Day School will come back into session on Sun. Aug. 25, 10 am.

During the school year, our First Day School holds class once a month, on fourth Sundays, which is also potluck Sunday. Children attend their class in the First Day School building and then join their parents for the last ten minutes of Silent Worship. Please email firstdayschool(at)renofriends.org if you are interested in bringing children to the First Day School for the first time. 

Embodying the Light: Wednesdays on Zoom, June 12 & June 26, at 10 am

Rhonda Ashurst leads our “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. The class is usually held on Zoom from 10-11 am, on second and fourth Wednesday mornings. The Zoom link will be sent in the Weekly Update. See our website for more about the practice.

Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs., June 20, at 12 noon

Join hosts Peg McCall and Melanie Scott for an in-person Brown Bag Lunch at the Meeting House on June 20 at 12 noon. Anyone who wants to share lunch and fellowship with other Reno Friends is welcome.

Spiritual Discussion: “Ways to Connect with the Divine,” Tues. Jun. 25, 7-8 pm

We hold our Spiritual Discussions every-other-month on Fourth Tuesdays from 7-8 pm on Zoom, and the next meeting is Tues. June 25 with Cliff Smith leading a discussion on Ways to Connect with the Divine. At each gathering, we will consider a different topic, with brief readings or online videos, and a volunteer facilitator to summarize the material and pose queries for discussion. If you can, please read the assigned readings or watch the videos and come prepared to discuss the material.

If you have questions, please email them to classes(at)renofriends.org. Rhonda Ashurst is the Spiritual Discussion coordinator, and she welcomes ideas/topics for future discussions and encourages everyone to consider facilitating on a topic of interest.

Next Reno Friends Book Club on Zoom, Tues. August 27, 7-8 pm

The Reno Friends Book Club meets every-other-month on fourth Tuesdays from 7 to 8 pm on Zoom. The Zoom link for the book gathering will be sent out in the RFM Weekly Update email. Volunteers facilitate the discussion, and all are welcome to join our lively debates — even those who have not read or finished the book!

Of interest to those who read Busara Road with us — Thee Quaker Podcast is doing a short podcast series on Quakers in Kenya. The first podcast featured a clip of Kenyan Quaker hymns (terrific!) and discussion of the effects of both colonialism and independence on Quakerism in Kenya. The second podcast focuses on an Easter Sunday Service. The Kenya-related podcasts will eventually be available via all the usual podcast apps, but are first released on the Thee Quaker Podcast website.

Upcoming dates and book selections:
  • August 27th, 2024: Seeking the Light: A Quaker Journey for Quakers and Non-Quakers by Linda Seger ThD The author, Dr. Linda Seger, is a long-time Quaker who has integrated her Quaker values as a professional in the scriptwriting and film industry for 40 years. This practical and accessible book deepens the faith of Quakers and introduces non-Quakers to Quaker testimonies, practices, and values. 329 pages; paperback and Kindle available; 11/23 release.
  • October 22nd, 2024: We plan to discuss Still Forms on Foxfield by Joan Slonczewski in August. “Fleeing the final war that would destroy Earth’s civilization, a small group of Friends–Quakers–found refuge on the uncharted planet they named Foxfield. Somehow they managed to survive, with the aid of the bizarrely gifted native life-form, the Commensals–and, even more extraordinarily, they kept up the practice of their gentle but demanding beliefs. Then, after nearly a century of silence, Earth contacted them–human civilization had miraculously survived the war and had spread out to the stars, flourishing to an undreamed-of richness. And the Friends of Foxfield were a part of it–whether they agreed or not.” Science fiction; published in 1980; available used. No Kindle version available. This book is out of print, so you will need to order a used copy. Most of us have managed to obtain a copy; if you are having difficulty, email bookclub (at) renofriends.org for suggestions.

We are always looking for the next volunteer to lead our book discussions. Is there a Quaker-ish book that you would like to share with us? Take a look at a list of our past and upcoming reads. For the book discussion, you can provide Quaker-style queries, or a few easy discussion questions, or a few quotes or passages from the book we’re discussing. If you have questions, email bookclub (at) renofriends.org.

Donating to Reno Friends in 2024

If you would like to support Reno Friends Meeting, donations can be sent to our Meeting Co-Treasurer Katie Dwyer at her home at 40 Arbor Oak Ct., Reno, NV, 89509. To arrange to make a zelle payment, email the treasurer(at)renofriends.org. Thank you from Reno Friends!

Pacific Yearly Meeting 2024 Annual Session July 19 to 24

We are happy to announce that Pacific Yearly Meeting will be meeting at Whittier College in Whittier, California, July 19-24, 2024. You can read the Clerk’s Call and more about the gathering here. For more information, go to Pacific Yearly Meeting.

You can read about our Quaker affiliates here.

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. Masks are optional at this time. 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. If anyone would like to be connected to the Carson group, just email clerk(at)renofriends.org.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Your canceled stamps are needed!  Read about it here! https://rswr.org/sites/default/files/Newsletters/2022-Q1-Newsletter.pdf  Reno Friends Meeting has been supporting Right Sharing of World Resources for decades. Learn how this Quaker organization helps women in Sierra Leon, Kenya, India and before too long, Guatemala, support themselves, which in turn helps their families and villages.  

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every 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. These groups are open to all.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada works with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. CCL meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8 pm (except for Dec.). For more info, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they are interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Other Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

Ben Lomond Quaker Center has posted its 2024 calendar of programs and retreats. Programs include daily online Silent Worship (7:30-8 am) and Wednesday morning online Worship Sharing (10-11:30 am), go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

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 classes (at) renofriends.org. 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.