All Friends Regional Meeting (AFRM) yearly pot-luck picnic will be held at Dover-Randolph Meeting on August 25. This small Meeting dates from 1758 - it's lovely, and so are the grounds. AFRM is our region of Meetings, comprised of Rockland and the four Meetings in Northern NJ. We like to get together from time to time! Everyone is welcome; bring some food if you can.
Worship is at 11:00 a.m., with the picnic following. If it rains, we just hold it inside, though space is limited.
190 Quaker Church Road
Randolph, NJ 07869
"Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Learn how to build relationships with our Members of Congress so that they can be champions for justice and peace in the current "gridlock" environment.
The workshop will be led by Maiya Zwerling, the national field organizer for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest (www.fcnl.org), located in Washington, DC. We know that Congress is not making enough progress on the issues that matter most. But FCNL has an amazing track record of taking strategic steps every day to move Congress in the right direction. And that can't be done without strong grassroots work. This is an opportunity to get involved and advocate for what matter most to you with other faith-based folks. At the workshop, you will also learn basic skills in working with the media.
From this workshop, an FCNL Advocacy Team (made up of people of faith, Quakers and non-Quakers) will be launched to join with the dozens of other Advocacy Teams working all over the country to advocate regularly on a particular strategic issue (to be announced by FCNL on Jan. 4). You don't have to join the Advocacy Team to attend the workshop but after the workshop, you will be invited to consider it.
Join us for a late afternoon of music, merriment, and wholesome food in the company of Friends. Please bring a dish to share. It's going to be a fun time.
Do RSVP and let us know what dish you plan to bring (that way we don't have 10 pasta dishes!). Also, help setting up or cleaning up would be much appreciated.
Join us as we travel about an hour north of RFM (close to the outlets in Woodbury Commons) as we roam and marvel the 500 acres of the renowned Storm King Arts Center. This will be our last opportunity to go before the SKAC closes for the winter. If you're interested, please contact Alice C for more details.
A few of us will spend part of the long Columbus Day weekend in fellowship with each other and with Members who have moved away from Rockland County but still maintain an affinity to RFM. The annual retreat will take place at Powell House, NY Yearly Meeting's Quaker retreat center.
MFB is usually celebrated on the second Sunday of each month, but because of our participation in the Nyack Street Fair, we will postpone it to the third Sunday of September. Please join us as we hear reports from the various committees that make up the Meeting. As is our custom, potluck after MFW is suspended when MFB is convened. If you plan to attend, feel free to bring lunch with you to the Meeting.
RFM will join the other five monthly Meetings in the area to gather for Meeting for Worship at Dover-Randolph Friends Meeting (NJ) and for a late-summer picnic. You are welcome to join us at this historic Meetinghouse and are encouraged to contribute something for the luncheon-picnic. We hope to see you there.
A delegation of RFM members will be joining other Friends from other Meetings that make up New York Yearly Meeting for the annual week-long summer retreat called Summer Sessions near Lake George in upstate NY.
We hold them in the Light for safe travels and a Spirit-led time of reflection, rest, and relaxation among Friends. We look forward to hearing about their experiences there. Check out the blog soon to hear their stories...
We help feed the homeless by participating in the program Helping Hands. Both adult member and our young people of the First Day School set up, cook, serve and clean up for the people who come to the meeting house for shelter and food.
February 29, March 1, 2
March 27, 28, 29
If you would like to help cook, serve or be an overnighter, please contact Sylke Jackson at email@example.com.
This will be an opportunity for new, experienced, and potential clerks of Friends' meetings and committees to meet and think together about the role of presiding clerk. It is expected that each person will leave the weekend with new energy and enthusiasm for being a clerk, feeling well grounded in both the theoretical and the practical. There will be handouts, exercises, and opportunities for experience sharing.
Facilitated by Arthur Larrabee