October 4, 2022
Tuesday Updates

If you are participating in an indoor event at Adelphi Meeting,
please consult these UPDATED COVID-related requirements 

If you are connecting on line to a meeting for worship or business
or a second hour, 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 & Young Friends
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.  

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 and Young Friends 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.  

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

Meeting for Business on Sunday, October 9

After meeting and after potluck, join with Friends in considering our business together.  The documents you need -- including the agenda -- will be in this folder.  So far, the folder holds the draft minutes of last month's meeting.  More to come.

Homework:  Review Minute on Reproductive Justice

Between the September Meeting for Business and the next one (October 9), we're asked to consider a proposed minute on reproductive justice brought by Peace and Social Concerns Committee. The proposed minute is here for your reference. If you have comments or recommendations, please contact the committee's co-clerk Charlie Goedeke (through Breeze).

Homework:  Review Minutes
from September Meeting for Business

Here are the draft minutes from our September meeting for business.  Do you see some corrections that need to be made?  Please send an email to the recording clerk through Breeze

"When Friends understand the difference
between consensus and sense of the meeting,
 when we have learned the art of listening, 
when we release our ideas into the deep fellowship of the Spirit, 
and when we allow ourselves to be directed to the solution that awaits us,
God gets a voice,
and the business session
becomes a meeting for worship with attention to business.
In this sacred space we are open to transformation."

~Patricia Thomas, Wilmington Yearly Meeting,
"Becoming the Quakers the World Needs," for World Quaker Day 2022.

Quakerism 101?

Quakerism 101, a series usually offered in the fall by Adelphi's Quaker Continuing Education committee, is not being offered this fall.  Instead, Michael Levi will be leading a series called "Silence and Light for Quaker Newcomers" being offered through Friends General Conference.  (See below under "Wider World of Quakers).

Friends Community School Fall Fair

Sunday, October 16 from 12-4 pm

Friends Community School is having its Fall Fair in person this year. The fair will include raffles, games, activities, and food. The Fall Fair takes place each October and is run by the Parents 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!

Considering Friends Community School for Your Child?

Now in its fourth decade, Friends Community School (FCS) is a K-8 Quaker progressive school that thoughtfully guides young children through adolescence, instilling compassion, curiosity, and confidence. FCS offers a diverse and inclusive community, a commitment to educating the whole child, and a curriculum that emphasizes inquiry-based and hands-on learning. 

If you are interested in considering FCS for your child, join FCS students, parents, teachers, and administrators for upcoming admissions events from October 18 to January 12 to learn more about the school’s academic program, Quaker values, “green” campus, and the application process.  There are also several opportunities for on-campus open houses and virtual "coffees" to learn more.  The dates and times are all listed here.

AFM Fall Work Day
Moved to Saturday, October 22 - 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.

The Wider World of Quakers

Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers

October 15 to November 12, 2022

So maybe you’ve been spending time with Quakers recently and are beginning to get a handle on what the Meeting is all about, but you still have questions. What do Quakers believe? How does the community function? What does the unusual vocabulary actually mean?

Come to this introductory workshop offered by Friends General Conference to learn more. Michael Levi, a member of Adelphi, will facilitate five Zoom sessions on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, starting October 15. This program is designed for people who are new to Quakerism and will explore the basics of Friends’ theology and practice. There is a small sliding-scale fee to participate. Assistance from Adelphi Meeting is available if needed; contact the AFM Treasurer to apply. Find more information and registration here.

Our Community

Walk to End HIV

October 22, 2022, 9 am to noon

Randall Ehrbar and daughter Ruth Ehrbar will be participating in the Walk to End HIV coming up on October 22nd.  This is an important fundraiser for the Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center that has special focus on LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.  Whitman-Walker is also one of the few primary care providers in DC's Ward 8. Randall works at Whitman-Walker, and his primary focus there is working with people addressing substance use issues, and with trans people. Here are two links where you can support their walk:

You are also invited to join in the Walk if so led! Sign up here.    

Learn - Advocate - Act

White Awake:  Roots Deeper than Whiteness

Beginning October 9, 2022

White Awake will be hosting their annual online foundations course, Roots Deeper than Whiteness: Building emotional strength and political clarity for collective liberation." Co-facilitated by (Adelphi's own) David Dean, this anti-racism offering is meant to support white folks to develop a greater sense of rootedness in the following areas: emotional resilience for navigating the work of social change and responding to racism; personal identity and connection to one's own history; and political direction for one's life and work.

Learn more and register right away here. There is a sliding scale fee. Watch David share more about the course on Instagram here.  (Social workers and some other professions can also get Continuing Education credit for the course.)

"Entitlement is lethal for the soul."
~ Richard Rohr

"Orange Shirt Day" Was September 30

September 30 is an annual day of remembrance for the Indigenous children who were required to attend "Indian Boarding Schools" and their descendants.  Why "orange"?  There's a story about that. See this message from the Friends Committee on National Legislation.  Nationally, Friends of FCNL have sent 47,000 messages to Congress to support the bill establishing a commission to investigate the schools and the lasting damage they caused. Have you sent your message yet?

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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