Connections, our adult religious education, is offered from 9:45-10:45 on Sundays during the academic year. Child care is provided in the Community Room.
Dec. 3 VONNIE CALLAND and ALICE ANDERSON Bible Study: Part 2 of “Floods, Fires and Pharaohs: Encouragement for Facing Hard Times.”
Dec. 10 ALICE ANDERSON Spiritual Journey
Dec. 17 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COMMITTEE “Christmas Pageant.”
Dec. 24 A Christmas Eve Conversation: What does Christmas mean to us this year? What have we learned from 2017? How will that inform how we walk forward?
STRIDE CHILI AND OPEN MIC NIGHT!
STRIDE of Charlottesville will be holding a fundraiser December 8th from 6-8:30 pm at the meeting house! There will be a home cooked Chili dinner (vegan & gluten free options will be available) and musical entertainment in the form of an open mic night! Please sign up by emailing Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be willing to preform something (a song or two or three, or a poem, or a story, or whatever you like!). There will also be instruments available for open play after our scheduled talents! Chili & cornbread will be hot and ready to eat at 6pm & music will start at 6:30. There will also be a few items local artisan products on Silent Auction including paintings by Steve Keach and handmade wreaths by Shiloh’s own Chelsea B! There will be a suggested donation of $5-$20 and cards available to “Give the gift of Quaker camp” in someone’s name just in time for the holidays! In case you aren’t familiar with the organization, STRIDE (Strengthening Transformative Relationships in Diverse Environments) is an organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeking to increase inclusion and diversity in the camping program. Your participation in our fundraiser would be very meaningful to our organization, and 100% of donations will go to tuition for underrepresented Charlottesville youth to attend Shiloh Quaker Camp!
Our annual housing of homeless women under the auspices of PACEM will be January 6-20. If you can help by coordinating our cooks or cleaning (essentially encouraging people to volunteer and answering questions) please let me or Shelley Marshall (email@example.com) know. The PACEM sign up site is now live!
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
We will also have the ever popular clipboard sign up sheets beginning this Sunday
November 24 – 26 – Young Friends Conference Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)
Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website (www.bym-rsf.org/what_we_do/yfs/yfcon.html) or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Please remember that the deadline to register and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (November 10). Any one registering after that date will be placed on a waiting list and may not be able to attend.
I was greatly moved by the movie Serenade for Haiti, which I saw in the film festival this past weekend. It is about a music school in Haiti which has been going since the 1950’s. It has maintained its presence through both civil unrest and the earthquake, providing stability for students and their families. There are children of all ages in the school, and some of them are very fine musicians. During questions and answers with the producer of the film, I asked if the school needed instruments and music. There was a resounding yes.
It turns out that the film’s producer is the cousin of my vet’s wife. My vet was excited about my question, and we talked about the possibility of doing a large collection here in Charlottesville. He will contact his cousin to see if he can facilitate getting them to Haiti, and we will reconnect after Thanksgiving. I said I’d get a sense of interest amongst my friends. If anyone has instruments that they’d be willing to donate, please email me with details, including the instrument size. Also, if you have gently used classical music parts or scores, please include that information as well. I will let you know how and if we might collect everything, after I know if it is feasible.
From our Clerk, November 22, 2017
Rev. Dr. Susan Minasian, Pastor of Sojourners United Church of Christ, Charlottesville, has invited us to a free screening of “Under the Gun,” a 2016 documentary produced and narrated by Katie Couric that examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.