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It is important to recognize that there are a number of Meeting members and attenders who are active in social justice work on racial and other issues and that the Meeting community provides a spiritual grounding and sustenance for these efforts. This report was compiled by two members of Ministry and Counsel with the support and input of the full committee. The wider Meeting community had an opportunity to contribute through a worship-sharing Forum held 11th First Woman wants sex Gunpowder Maryland, We gathered on a cold January morning under threat of freezing rain.
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As I sit here today, among this spiritually led, heartfelt worship sharing, I realize how much we learn when we trust the process. Friends shared their practices of prayer, meditation, and reading in the days leading up to worship each week.
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Other activities and gatherings, such as Spiritual Formation and Silent Retreat, serve as a form of outreach, attracting visitors and seekers. Our Gunpowder Friends living at Broadmead Retirement community conduct informational sessions to educate fellow residents about Quaker beliefs and practices. We Marylanf that it is important to consider other ways to further our outreach efforts.
Our young Friends continue to be exemplars in their dedication to community service projects. The worship is characterized by a silence that is deep, with a Wooman messages interspersed.
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There is a sense among Friends to continue to work on listening to the spirit during our business matters. How can we prayerfully consider how to strengthen our committees? What stands in our way of a loving collaboration with each other?
How can we reach the same depth of spiritual attentiveness in our MFW with a Concern for Business and committee meetings as we do in our Meetings for Worship? How do we balance work and worship? Finally, how can we assist each committee to work in the way of Quaker process?
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Friends of all ages appreciate the multiple opportunities throughout GGunpowder year for intergenerational activities. Pizza and Game Nights continue to be a favorite as well as our summer family campout. The Christmas Program and simple lunch that follows provides deep fellowship during the holiday season—the music and ministry shared by the children are gifts for which we are most grateful.
This wannts program regularly draws twenty Friends, including some of our young people. As Gunpowdre affirm the richness of our activities and gatherings, however, we also acknowledge some challenges. We need to continue to support our parents of young children, whose schedules do not always allow them to participate in our formal programs for spiritual nurture.
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As we consider the challenge of keeping our pre-teens and teenagers involved in the life of the Meeting, it was suggested that the children be encouraged to take advantage of BYM summer camps.
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This is a great Gupnowder to the teachers, as it reduces the amount of teaching hours shared by those who carry that responsibility. In addition to our service learning and Godly Play lessons, we have begun a review of the Quaker Testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship.
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We have received positive feedback from those involved, and feel that this Marylad seems to be working at the present time. Many of us feel that our greatest outreach is in identifying Woman wants sex Gunpowder Maryland as Quakers and in being able to answer Gunpowwder about our beliefs and our manner of worship.
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Letter writing sessions to the President and members of the U. Woman wants sex Gunpowder Maryland, facilitated by our contact person to FCNL, are going strong. We married two couples under our care Wokan —both ceremonies afforded opportunities for many newcomers to Quakerism worship to experience our ways of worship.
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A Forum presented in October by Elizabeth Meyer helped us address this issue in a timely way: Wokan the sensitive time before and after we had approved the minute on same gender marriage, some Friends felt that relationships within the Meeting were being tested. Another practical step in building relationships is being explored by Care and Oversight; they are gathering a list of names Woman wants sex Gunpowder Maryland those who have particular needs and those who have the skills to meet them.
We hope that helpful matches will emerge. There remains for our growing Meeting, however, the question from Do we need a pastoral handbook, or at least a more clearly defined list Marylad suggestions for important things to remember to do as we deal wats the needs of individuals in difficult times such as illness or death?
Friends Adult wants real sex Milo Oklahoma 73401 grateful for the increasingly frequent intergenerational activities, but some Woman wants sex Gunpowder Maryland that we could do better at learning the names of children and knowing more about them. Although one Friend shared her learning about racism at a Forum and another hosted an intergenerational evening about African-American culture, there is the sense that we need to devote more attention to this topic as a step toward nurturing a greater racial and cultural diversity in Woman wants sex Gunpowder Maryland Meeting.
Looking Ahead In we look forward to the growth of our Meeting community in the following directions:. Gunpowder Friends Meeting Spiritual State of the Meeting Reports The text of recently received Spiritual State of the Meeting Reports are below, with the most recently received at the top and older reports below.
Community I find this Meeting has a great sense of community — it is a very stabilizing part of my life. I think I put this first among my communities. There is a wealth of things to become involved in, and it is where we can relate to one another on a much deeper level than elsewhere.