So many things are happening that some of them were left off the calendar and the last newsletter. Here they are:
This Firstday is the annual Tri-County Picnic especially for Friends from Miami through Palm Beach. The location is the Fern Forest Nature Preserve in Broward. Please see all the details in this flyer and on the calendar page.
Registration has opened for the 2015 yearly gathering at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park (NE of Orlando). All the details and registration here on the SEYM website.
Paul Buckley and Elias Hicks
In addition to the welcome potluck on Friday 2/27 and the workshop of Saturday 2/28 Paul Buckley will continue the conversation about Elias Hicks during the 9:30 hour on 3/1. Check the calendar links and the News page on the website for more information.
Miami Friend to be Honored
We're pleased to hear that Eduardo Diaz will be receiving a Clergy Medallion from the Miami Conference of Christians and Jews (MCCJ) at their annual gala on March 7. This year's theme is "Building a More Inclusive Community" which is certainly something that Friends are in agreement with. You can read about it here on the Community Newspapers site. We want pictures!
The past two weekends have revolved around memorial services for Friends who are no longer among us. It seems like the natural order of things that we turn next to the joy of welcoming new Friends into the meeting.
Next month there will be a Welcome Potluck for Elaine Petrella and Kristen Merino on Saturday, March 14 at 6pm at the Hersh residence, 9051 SW 69th Court, 33156. (Map) Kathy says, "We will serve spaghetti marinara and garlic bread. We welcome salads, vegetable sides, and desserts.Anyone who can play piano is welcome to tickle the ivories and singing might spontaneously happen. After dark, children might enjoy a game of hide and seek. There are great places to hide in our yard."
Paul Buckley and Elias Hicks
But first, on February 28, Paul Buckley will be here to conduct a workshop about Elias Hicks. Registration is required for this event, with a suggested donation of $20 to help cover expenses. However, scholarships are available to insure that all may attend. To sign up, contact clerk Andrea Hoskins. More information available on the event page of our calendar.
There is also a welcome potluck for Paul on Friday evening the 27th at 6:30 at the Levenson residence.
Quaker Bible Reading
The series continues this Firstday at 9:30 in the book of Mark.
Our New Bank
The finance committee and bookkeeper are pleased to announce that our account with Dade County Federal Credit Union has finally been opened. We will now begin the transition away from Bank of America.
There will be a memorial service for our beloved Doris Emerson this Saturday, February 7, at 3:00pm.
Due to the large attendance anticipated we are encouraging car pooling and parking at Bartram or at a little distance from the Meeting House, so as to reserve the Meeting's parking area for the people who are less able bodied.
Note - this event has been canceled due to illness.
In the 9:30 hour on February 1st Karen Putney and Lou Putney will present “The World We Seek,” where we shall carefully consider the FCNL statement of policy which embodies FCNL's beliefs and provides the foundation of their/our witness in Washington. You can read the full statement here on the FCNL website.
Then after rise of meeting, from 12 to 1:30, they will lead a workshop titled ”Friendly Persuasion - Lobby Training,” offering basic skills on building relationships with lawmakers based on a model called the ladder of engagement.
Elias Hicks Workshop
A reminder that we are now accepting registrations to attend Paul Buckley's upcoming workshop on Elias Hicks on February 28th. Refer to the calendar event for details and a flyer. Contact clerk Andrea Hoskins to register.
Reminder: the memorial service for Steve Mendoza will be held this Saturday, January 31, beginning at 2:30pm at the Miami Friends meeting house. Music and refreshments to follow.