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Goose Creek Friends

Newsletter July & August 2018

Goose Creek Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Lincoln, Virginia

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Lincoln, Virginia Queries for Seventh Month: Education • How can we

Queries for Seventh Month:

Education

• How can we most effectively foster a spirit of inquiry with a loving and understanding attitude?

• What effort are we making to be better acquainted with Quaker faith and practices and the beliefs of other faiths?

• Do we take an active and supportive interest in schools, libraries, and other educational resources in our communities and elsewhere?

• Do we also see nature as a teacher and a guide?

• Do I strive to develop my physical, emotional and mental capacities toward reaching my Divinely given potential?

• How do we prepare ourselves and our children to play active roles in a changing world?

Queries for Eighth Month:

Equality

• Do you search yourself for and strive to eliminate prejudices?

• How do we respond, as individuals and as a community, to prejudice and injustice?

• How do we benefit from inequity and exploitation?

• Do you oppose the use of our resources for human exploitation?

• How do we show through our ways of living that love of God affirms the equality of all people?

living that love of God affirms the equality of all people? Monthly Meeting for Worship with

Monthly Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business:

Seventh Month

The Clerk read a note from David Hammond, a member of this Meeting who attended here in the 1970s and 80s. She also read a note from the surviving children of Alexandra Maravel.

Friends approved a visit from and presentation by representatives from Baltimore Yearly Meeting on October 14.

Friends approved a Meeting picnic to be held on August 12.

Meeting approved with thanks the annual report of the Ministry and Oversight Committee. That committee reminded Friends who carry a concern that they are invited to speak with a committee member about forming a clearness committee.

Friends approved with thanks the annual reports of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and the Meeting Cares Committee.

Friends approved the request of A. Nicholas Powers, Curator of Collections at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, to include a photograph of our 18th century Waterford Meeting table in his article, “Friends in High Places: Quaker Furniture Makers in Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley.” The article will be published in the journal of the Museum of Early American Decorative Arts.

Annie Carlson is stepping down as Meeting Treasurer. Friends approved the appointment of Brian Burgher to a six-month term as Meeting Treasurer.

Caroline Pelton reported on a visit to the Meeting House from Paul Janney, a direct descendant of Samuel M. Janney.

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Goose Creek Meeting Picnic on the Lawn

August 12 at 4:00 Barbeque and drinks provided Please bring a side dish or dessert to share Help with setup and cleanup is always appreciated

A Serendipitous Find

From Allen Cochran:

“I found an old letter in a book called ‘The Harmony of the Gospels.’ On the inside cover were the names Mary L. Brown, Ruth C. Brown, and Louella F. Brown … who were Walter C. Brown’s daughters, and my link to the Browns.

“The letter was presumably written around 1920, and I can only assume it was by one of the girls. The handwriting in the letter matches the penmanship of the names in the front of the book.”

This is what the letter said:

“You will find it less easy to uproot faults, than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults, still less of others faults, in every person who comes near you look for what is good & strong, honor that, rejoice in it, & as you can try to imitate it, & your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes."

What a wonderful find! And what good advice!

From the Ministry and Oversight Committee:

If you are planning to attend a Quaker event or conference, such as Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM), and/or Friends General Conference (FGC), there is some funding available to assist with conference fees and/or travel to that conference. If you are interested, please see the Goose Creek Friends Meeting Clerk or Assistant Clerk.

Friends Wilderness Center Picnic

Dear Friends,

On Saturday, September 8, from noon to 3:00 pm, the Friends Wilderness Center will host a regional picnic for Hopewell Centre, Shepherdstown, Goose Creek, and Frederick Monthly Meetings. Of course, Quakers or friends of all stripes are welcome too. You need to bring your picnic lunch and drinks (we suggest you include enough dessert to share), eating utensils, and a folding chair to sit on. Why not come and get to know your closest Quaker neighbors even better? Niles Cabin and its ample surroundings provide the perfect venue to hike, chat, and experience the simple joys of the wilderness Blue Ridge.

Please RSVP by September 5 to Sheila Bach, Director of the Friends Wilderness Center, at snbach@earthlink.net or (304) 728-4820. If it is your first visit to FWC, consider consulting our Directions Page from the website, or use the free WAZE navigation app.

Warmest regards,

R. Dixon Bell, for Hopewell Centre and the Friends Wilderness Center Board

for Hopewell Centre and the Friends Wilderness Center Board Moonlit in the Sun A Corona Concert

Moonlit in the Sun

A Corona Concert with Carla Deniz (viola), Frank Peracchia (violin), & Meghan Hickman (cello)

Including the works of Mozart and Dohnanyi

Goose Creek Meeting House Sunday, July 15, 4:30 pm

Donations will be accepted, with funds going to the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and Mobile Hope

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From Baltimore Yearly Meeting:

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session 2018:

Radical Listening, Rooted in Love

Some of us come to feel at home with Friends through worship first, some through social activism, and some through community. As we continue on our path with Friends, we inevitably encounter the other two and perhaps integrate all three into our Quaker experience. What has your experience been? Have you discovered how all three of these interact with each other as essential elements of the Quaker way? Join us at Annual Session this year to share in our exploration of this question. This year, the theme of our Annual Session is Radical Listening, Rooted in Love. Through a truly exciting variety of plenaries, workshops, interest groups, Junior Yearly Meeting, through fellowship at meals, worship sharing, and other times, and also through our business sessions, we will have an opportunity to live out all three of these core elements of our faith. Go to www.bym-rsf. org/events/annualsession/ for all of the information and online registration.

Summertime First Day School

Over the summer we will be offering storytelling, discussions and play! Other activities include a scavenger hunt for history clues around the Meeting House and the burying grounds on July 8th and a lesson on sign language on August 19th.

Stay tuned to the list serv each week! We will post more information about the books, games and crafts for each lesson.

Meeting News

Carolee and David Chamberlin, we wish you all the best in your new home in Lexington (VA). But we miss you!

Bobbie Cochran’s sister Helen Cook recently celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday at the Meeting House.

Happy summer days to all Goose Creek Friends! There will be no August newsletter, but don’t let that make you forget to come to the Meeting picnic on August 12.

make you forget to come to the Meeting picnic on August 12. This photo, taken by

This photo, taken by Friend Cory, is of a poster that First Day School created together in June.

In each “shoe” is an inspiring quote. For example:

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

– Dalai Lama

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Sundays

Meeting for worship at 9:45 a.m. First Day School at 10:00 a.m. Fellowship at 10:45 a.m.

Calendar

JULY

7.8

Sunday

8:45 am

Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting

7.15

Sunday

4:30 pm

Concert – “Moonlit in the Sun”

7.30

Sunday 11:00 am Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting

AUGUST

 

8.5

Sunday

11:00 am Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

8.12

Sunday

4:00 pm Goose Creek Friends picnic

8.26

Sunday

11:00 am Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting

SEPTEMBER

Facing Bench

JULY

Catherine Cox

AUGUST

Ed Devinney

First Day

School

07/01/18

Respect & Kindness

07/08/18

Scavenger Hunt!

07/15/18

Quiltmaker’s Gift

07/22/18

Reluctant Dragon

07/29/18

Travel Stories

9.2 Sunday 8:45 am Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting

Change of Address

Carolee and David Chamberlin 101 Rebel Ridge Road, Lexington, VA 24450

David Chamberlin 101 Rebel Ridge Road, Lexington, VA 24450 “The last reaches of religious education are

“The last reaches of religious education are not attained by carefully planned and externally applied lessons, taught to people through the outward ears. The fundamental religious education of the soul is conducted by the Holy Spirit, the living voice of God within us. He is the last and greatest teacher of the soul. All else is but pointings to the inward Teacher, the Spirit of the indwelling Christ. Until life is lived in the presence of this Teacher, we are apt to confuse knowledge of Church history and Biblical backgrounds with the true education of the soul that takes place in the listening life of prayer.” – Thomas R. Kelly, 1942

the listening life of prayer.” – Thomas R. Kelly, 1942 NEWSLETTER The Goose Creek Friends Newsletter

NEWSLETTER The Goose Creek Friends Newsletter is published monthly by the Goose Creek Friends Meeting, 18204 Lincoln Road, P.O. Box 105, Lincoln, VA 20160.

CLERK Debbi Sudduth, 540.338.3363 dfsud@comcast.net

ASSISTANT CLERK Rich Weidner, 540.554.2747 richard_weidner@hotmail.com

TREASURER Brian Burgher goose.creek.treasurer@gmail.com

NEWSLETTER EDITOR Catherine Cox, 301-471-5330 blycox@comcast.net

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