October 7, 2022

Shared Sacred Space

Your Editors

 Your (usual) editor wishes to express deep appreciation to Judith and Charlie Goedeke for taking over as editors for the month of October. Expect wonders!


If you are participating in an indoor event at Adelphi Meeting,
please consult these UPDATED COVID-related requirements. Although we encourage Friends to keep their boosters up to date, the requirement of a booster within the last 6 months is lifted.

If you are connecting to a meeting online, please 
click here to find links
On Sundays:
At 8:45 am           
   - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
At 9:50 am              - Listening to music (indoors) or singing along (on Zoom) 
At 10 am                 - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
At 10:20 am            - First Day School classes - Grades 1 to 5
At 7 pm                   - Meeting for Worship via Zoom

On Wednesdays:
At noon                   - 
Meeting for worship for healing a broken world, via Zoom
At 7:30 pm              - Bible Study via Zoom - focusing on the Book of John
---------------------------------------------Special ----------------------------------------------

On October 8:           
10 am to 6 pm
        - BYM Women's Retreat at Adelphi

On October 9:       - Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business

October 22:           - Fall Workday at AFM (see below)
10 am to 4 pm 

For those attending virtually, check here for Zoom links and more details, including information on the activities of Takoma Park Preparative Meeting.  
"In a world of noise, confusion and conflict,
it is necessary that there is a place of inner silence and peace,
not the peace of more relaxation
but the peace of inner clarity and love."
~ Thomas Merton 

First Day School is Open!

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

Children in 1st through 5th grades worship with their families (and all of us) from 10 to 10:20 and then go to their classes with their teachers. 

We are still looking for one paid worker and one volunteer for the Nursery.  Here is the job description for the paid position.  Otherwise, our classes are fully staffed!

Coming Right Up

First Friday Film Discussion

October 7 at 7:00 pm

Please join the discussion of the critically acclaimed film Killer of Sheep available on Kanopy streaming platform. Find out more about the film here.  The film builds on vignettes from the life of one man, a slaughterhouse worker in Watts (Los Angeles), to create a mosaic of an austere working-class existence, in which the key figure feels unable to affect the course of his life. This is the recurring link for the film discussion group.

Poem as Portal

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10 to noon

on Zoom

"What you seek is seeking you.” ~ Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Friends create a space in which whatever we are seeking may find us.  We take a single poem where we need it to go, and from that new perspective discover what had been hidden.  Join thoughtful, respectful seekers in new explorations, and share in the harvest.  If you are not already on Judith Goedeke's monthly mailing list, contact her through Breeze to receive this month's poem, queries, quotes and Zoom link.  Everyone joining in should bring a journal or other materials to use during time for quiet reflection.  You are warmly invited.  

Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business

Sunday, October 9 at 12:15 pm

This is where we gather in the presence of Spirit to address issues within our community and beyond.  Your presence is important.  Please read and reflect on the agenda and the documents available here.

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

Peace Testimony

A Continuing Quaker Education Series

Last Sunday the Continuing Quaker Education team provided an overview of this year’s topic: the many aspects of our lives impacted by our Peace Testimony.  Michael Levy presented different historical perspectives and ventured into some of the rich questions we encounter everyday.  If you missed it, here is a recording of the presentation

AFM Fall Work Day

Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 4 pm  

Friends of all ages are encouraged to come and share the joy of working with your hands, taking care of the grounds, and enjoying the fellowship of the day!  We need many hands to do these tasks:  

  • Power washing stairs, walkways and plastic playground equipment
  • Cutting back brush with clippers, pulling ivy off trees with gloves
  • Trimming bushes with hand tools
  • Edging sidewalks with weed whacker
  • Raking and sweeping driveway
  • Picking up sticks, trash and moving wheelbarrows around
  • Fence repair
  • And more!

New! Kids can get up to 2 SSL hours. Under age 14 should be fully supervised by parent/guardian.  Ages 14 and over can be supervised by House and Grounds committee member.

There will be a potluck lunch as usual!  Bring a dish to share if you feel so inclined.  If you have any questions you can contact Patrick Mulvey through Breeze.

Friends Community School Announcements

... are here. The school is having its Fall Fair in person this year, Sunday, October 16 from noon to 4 pm. The fair will include raffles, games, activities, and food. The Fall Fair takes place each October and is run by the Parent Association to share fall-themed fun, and to raise funds for the Wish List which supports teacher-requested activities. See all the information here and get ready to buy your pumpkin!

The Wider World of Quakers

Baltimore Yearly Meeting News 

A Sacred Space 

Supporting Spiritual Gifts Informed by Oppression

This Friends Journal article, by Thistle Hofvendahl and Diego Navarro, provides thoughtful insight for Meetings to open more readily to the spiritual gifts of those who have suffered from one or more forms of oppression.  These Friends’ offerings and perspectives may differ from others’ and can deeply enrich our Meetings.

Learn - Advocate - Act

From the New Adelphi Climate Action Group

Our group has just started up, and as part of our early work we plan to focus on educating ourselves and the community.  We have the intention of taking action, both personal and Meeting-wide, toward solutions.  

And by the way, we are still open to new members.  If you are interested, please contact Ruby Steigerwald or Carole Hoage, via Breeze, for more information.

Our first request is that each of you familiarize yourself with the 2007 Sustainability Minute passed by our Meeting.

The Secret Handshakes  ...

  • To find approved minutes of past meetings, look here for 2022 minutes, and here for earlier years.
  • Submit a Silent Announcement: To submit an item for Silent Announcements, send a message to the editor at this link. For events, please include date, time, place (if in person), and how to register. 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: There's a small form on our webpage (, at the bottom left corner.  You can use that form to subscribe to request Silent Announcements or change the address where the announcements go. To change your address - virtual or otherwise - for all purposes, see "edit your own entry in Breeze," below.
  • Get involved in meeting activities? Check out this list of committees and opportunities, and get in touch with a member of the Nominating Committee about your interests.
  • Get a log-in to access Breeze (our online meeting directory)?   If you need help with Breeze, contact Mackenzie Morgan or Reuben Snipper at (webservent, with an “e,” is correct.)
  • Edit your own entry in Breeze: Just go to your page and click on the little pencil icon at the start of any one section of information.
  • Find out who serves on various committees? In Breeze, click on tags and then choose "committees." You'll find up-to-date lists there.
  • 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.
  • Schedule a Zoom meeting: Send an email  to  Here are some details that you'll need to provide in order to reserve a Zoom "line" through the meeting.  
  • Find the Zoom link for your committee meeting: Go to Breeze at this link, and click on “Events.”  The Zoom info should be there. 
  • 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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