July 15, 2022

Summer Storms - Summer Healing 

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Meetinghouse Grounds

A Pick-Up-Stix game! The meetinghouse grounds survived Tuesday's wind storm with very little damage, but there are many sticks and some larger branches littering the property that need to be picked up. If you can donate some time on Saturday the 16th between 10:00 and noon, everyone will be grateful.

With enough hands it will be light work to get the property cleaned up and ready for Sunday. Any questions? Contact John Bassert for House and Grounds Committee.

Surely You've Registered by Now?

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Sessions

BYM Annual Sessions will be held on line and in person, August 1 - 9 at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Find information here about the events, meetings, and workshops and how to register.  Many events are also offered via Zoom. Hood College now requires advance registration for anyone who will be on campus, so if you'll be attending in person you must register by today, July 15, at 11:59 p.m.

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

July Events

(Special ones in bold)
Click here to find links for virtual Meetings for Worship, Meetings for Business, and other virtual or blended events.

July 17 at 8:45 am             - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
July 17 at 10 am                - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
                                          - Children's Summer Program
July 17 at 7 pm                  - Meeting for Worship via Zoom
July 20 at noon                  - Meeting for worship for healing a broken world
July 20 at 7:30 pm             - Bible Study - focusing on the Book of John

July 24 at 8:45 am             - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
July 24 at 10 am                - Blended Meeting for Worship and 
                                             Outdoor Worship behind meetinghouse
                                           - Junior Meeting for children in grades 1 - 5
July 24 at 7 pm                   - Meeting for Worship via Zoom
July 27 at noon                  - Meeting for worship for healing a broken world
July 27 at 7:30 pm             - Bible Study - focusing on the Book of John

July 31 at 8:45 am              - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
July 31 at 10 am                 - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
                                            - Children's Summer Program
July 31 at 7 pm                   - Meeting for Worship via Zoom

For those attending virtually, check here for links and more details, including information on the activities of Takoma Park Preparative Meeting.

And for the Children ...

Children's Summer Program -  On the 1st through 3d Sunday each month, children of grade-school age will have their own program, with games, crafts and perhaps some surprises.  Usually, the children join their families for about the first 20 minutes of meeting, and then leave with their adult leaders for their program. They will be returned to their parents at the rise of meeting.

Junior Meeting - On the 4th Sunday each month, there's a treasured opportunity for children in grades 1- 5 to meet together in worship, accompanied by a few adult Friends.  Meeting begins at 10:00, either in the memorial garden, or in the white house if needed for inclement weather.

For the younger children, ages 0 through kindergarten, the Nursery opens from 10 a.m. to 11:30 each Sunday in the white house. 

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”     
~ Mohandas Gandhi

Peace and Social Concerns Committee
Launches Working Groups

Peace and Social Concerns Committee is hosting and launching two working groups and they hope you will join one or both.  One group will focus on developing a minute and actions for Reproductive Rights and Privacy, and another will focus on climate action.

The first meeting of the Reproductive Rights group will meet on July 25, and the Climate Action group will meet on July 26.  Much more information is available here

If you are interested please contact Connie Meyer or Charlie Goedeke,  and they will send you additional information and the Zoom link.  (Please click on their names above to see their contact information in Breeze.)

What Happened in Meeting for Business on Sunday?

Here are the draft minutes of the meeting last Sunday, in case you had to miss it. Please send any corrections in the minutes to

The Wider World of Quakers

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Announcements

It's not all about Yearly Meeting Sessions -- there's quite a bit of other news too, including

  • an urgent call to Friends to do what we can to protect our democracy,
  • a new book by BYM's own Pat Powers:  Respect and Justice for Indigenous Peoples,
  • a new Quakerspeak video by Carl Magruder, speaking as a hospice chaplain on Quaker Deathways, and
  • a paid gig as a graphic designer for BYM's yearbook.  Check it out here.

Learn - Advocate - Act

Couch Potato Activists' Alert

The July alert for Couch Potato Activists is now available here.  As usual, the range of action opportunities is wide, including several earth and water protecting events, couch-potato support needed for a Truth and Reconciliation bill in Congress, education on reproductive rights, support for trans people in hostile states, and direct help requested by Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP).

Friends Journal Book Review 

Laura Brownlee of Bethesda Friends Meeting offers this review of a new book on the interrelationships between Christianity and the spiritual Indigenous traditions of the Potawatomi: Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God, by Kaitlin B. Curtice.   Raised as a devout Christian, Curtice began to explore her Potawatomi spiritual roots as an adult. In the experience of those Indigenous traditions, she sees a place of healing for the church that "wants what is white in me, but not what is Native in me.”

Curtice believes that “the church has to see its complicity in white supremacy throughout the centuries,” and that “if we are to believe that the inclusive love of God is real, we’d better start building a bigger table.”

Consequently injustice, racism, exploitation, oppression are to be opposed
not as a political task but as a response to a religious, a spiritual imperative. 
~Desmond Tutu

Climate Refugees - Reel and Meal

Monday, July 18, 2022, 7:00 pm

The evening's discussion will follow two films about climate refugees: 
(1) “Fleeing Climate Change,” focusing on Indonesians, who must abandon their homes because of flooding and Cameroonians whose arable land has become a desert, where crops do not grow, and (2) “The Expanding Desert” which shows the devastation caused by the decision to cut down trees during the Ceausescu era in Romania.  The films will be screened live at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Greenbelt, July 18, 7 p.m. and via zoom.   Zoom registration is required.

The Peace Testimony and the Ukraine War:
A Webinar for Friends

Monday, July 18, 2022, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

The BYM Working Group on U.S. Militarism and War brings us an excellent panel to talk about how the peace testimony leads us in considering the war in Ukraine. The panel includes Helena Cobban, Bob Dockhorn, and Michael Beer, all of whom have deep experience, not just with the peace testimony, but specifically with Ukraine and Russia. There's more information and a link to register on this flyer.


An Update on the Lodin Family

Our meeting continues to support the Lodin family from Afghanistan.  This is a big family so support is needed!  Donations can be sent to Marcy Seitel (email and physical address are in Breeze), who will then give the funds to the Lodins.  Funds will be used to supplement their food budget and cover utility costs.  They also need help with tutoring this summer, visiting and socializing for friendship and language skills, applying for jobs online, and more.  Please be in touch if you are able to help.  

Far Flung Adelphian Turns Poet

Our former clerk, Paul Jolly, moved to California and became a poet. (No causal relation to be inferred.)  Enjoy Paul's latest edition of his (almost) monthly poetry blog, which features his poem, "One room school house hall pass"

Need More Covid Tests?

The US Postal Service will send out tests, free for the asking.  You can request a total of 3 orders, including any orders that you have placed previously.  Each order contains 8 tests.

In Montgomery County, residents may pick up to two Rapid Antigen tests (and a bag of masks) per day at any county library.  The PCR tests - the kind that is analyzed by a lab - can be picked up and dropped off at most county recreation centers, and at the Dennis Avenue health center. Results are e-mailed to the tester within a day or two.

In Prince Georges County, residents can be tested for free at a number of testing sites.  Free tests can also be ordered on line for free at

In DC, self-test kits are available at 36 locations throughout the District

How We Do Other Things ...

  • Get involved in meeting activities and outreach? Check out this updated list of committees and opportunities, and get in touch with a member of the Nominating Committee about your interests.
  • Donate on line or at a distance?  Mail to Adelphi Meeting Treasurer, 2303 Metzerott Rd., Adelphi, MD 20783. Or donate securely on our website. To make or change a pledge to support renovations of the meetinghouse, click here.
  • Get a log-in to access Breeze?   If you need help with Breeze, contact Mackenzie or Reuben at (webservent, with an “e,” is correct.)
  • Silent Announcements:
    • Submit an item for the bi-weekly Silent Announcements? For now, please respond to this email or send a message directly to the editor, Ruth Flower, at  For events, please include date, time, place (if in person), and how to register (if on Zoom). Silent Announcements are prepared each Friday morning, with brief updates on Tuesdays.
    • Find a recent issue of Silent Announcements?  The last two months' editions are listed at this link.
    • Sign up to receive Silent Announcements or to change the email address where you receive them? On our webpage, bottom left corner of the "splash" (main) page, there's a small form to  subscribe or change your address. If your email has changed for all purposes, please enter the change on your page in Breeze.  
  • Zoom Meetings at Adelphi
  • Schedule an in-person meeting at Adelphi (whether indoors or outdoors, recurrent or one-time) send an email to our resident Joseph Ndayisenga ( requesting the use of that space.  Review these guidelines prepared by the Clerk when we started opening the meetinghouse grounds to outdoor use. 
  • Advocate with others on an issue you are concerned about? Sign up here for the Couch Potato Activists list serve and report your activities here.
("New Normal") Sunday Schedule
    9:50–10 10–11 11:15–?
    singing worship "virtual potluck"

Business meeting: noon, second Sunday of the month
Additional Meetings for Worship:  Wednesdays at noon, Sundays at 7 pm

Bible study: Wednesdays, 7:30pm

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