November 22, 2022

Tuesday Updates

Tuesday updates are limited to events that are coming right up and new items.  For "all the news" please check the Silent Announcements from the preceding Friday.


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 Zoom links.
On Sundays:
8:45 am               
   - Meeting for worship in Memorial Garden 
9:50 am                  - Listening to music (indoors) or singing along (on Zoom) 
10 am                     - Blended Meeting for Worship + Outdoor Worship 
10:20 am                - First Day School classes - Grades 1 to 5 & Young Friends
At rise of meeting   - Pot luck lunch in person or with random small groups on line
12:15 pm                - (Often) a "Second Hour" discussion, or meeting for business
7 pm                       - Meeting for Worship via Zoom

On Wednesdays:
Noon                       - 
Meeting for worship for healing a broken world, via Zoom
7:30 pm                   - Bible Study via Zoom - focusing on the Book of John
For those attending virtually, check here for Zoom links and more details,
including information on the activities of Takoma Park Preparative Meeting.
    ---------------------------------------------Special ----------------------------------------------

November 24:      - Thanksgiving Potluck in Social Hall at Meetinghouse 
at 6:30 (or so) pm

November 27:      - Junior Meeting for Worship for first through fifth grades 
at 10:00 am

December 4:      - Second Hour offered by Continuing Quaker Education 
at 12:15 pm

December 9:      - "First" Friday Movie Discussion of the film "Gather" 
at 7:00 pm

And for Next Generations... 

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 more volunteer for the Nursery.  Here is the job description for the paid position.  

Coming Right Up...

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Meetinghouse

Will Kastens is hosting a Thanksgiving potluck dinner in the AFM social hall, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday, November 24.  Everyone is welcome whether you bring a dish or just yourself.  Vegan tofurkey roast provided.  Looking for someone who can provide some turkey or ham. RSVP to if you can help out.  

Thanksgiving Address

Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday -- a gathering of family and friends to celebrate the harvest (for those of us descended from colonists) and a day to memorialize the arrival of the colonists and colonization, for those of us who are descended from the people who were already here. And perhaps for descendants of those who arrived here in slave ships to serve the purposes of colonization.  

But thanksgiving can be a healing practice at all times of the year, as it grounds in a reality beyond ourselves.  Many of the Indigenous nations share a practice of giving thanks throughout the year for the earth we live on and all its creatures.  Celebrations, events, and even business meetings often begin with the Thanksgiving Address, addressing and thanking each of the gifts of creation. 

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer devotes a chapter of her book to a recitation of the Thanksgiving Address by the small third grade class of the Onondaga school near her home in upstate New York. This 8-minute blessing grounds the reader in a quiet celebration of all that surrounds us and supports our lives.

In and Around Adelphi Meeting

Next "First" Friday Film Discussion - on December 9

December 9 will be the "honorary first Friday" for our discussion of the film Gather at 7 pm. This film is an intimate portrait of a growing movement among Indigenous Americans to reclaim their spiritual and cultural identities by re-asserting sovereignty over their ancestral food systems, and battling against the historical trauma brought on by centuries of genocide. "Gather" is available on Hoopla (Montgomery County Public Libraries), Kanopy (Prince Georges County and DC Public Libraries), Netflix, I-Tunes, Amazon Prime ($4) and others.  See the trailer here


Grace—gifts given without being earned and with no expectation of return—
is, as the old hymn says, amazing.
Because you can neither earn nor pay back the gift, your heart fills with gratitude.
And the power of that emotion
transforms the way you see the world and experience life.  
~ Diana Butler Bass

Friends Community School

Application Season Underway

Now in its fourth decade, Friends Community School is a K-8 Quaker progressive school that thoughtfully guides young children through adolescence, instilling compassion, curiosity, and confidence. Located on 17 acres in nearby College Park, 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. FCS students are lifelong learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers who matriculate to rigorous independent, parochial, and public magnet schools.

If you are interested in considering FCS for your child, join FCS students, parents, teachers, and administrators for an upcoming admissions event to learn more about the school’s academic program, Quaker values, “green” campus, and application process

Click here for further details, including dates for on-campus open houses, virtual information sessions and virtual "admissions coffees."


It's Cold Out There - Got Coats to Share?

The children and parents of the Afghan family - the Lodins -  our meeting supports are in need of warmer jackets, hats, gloves, and even boots.  The sizes range is from 4T to adult medium.  If you have something to offer that is in very good condition, please email or call Marcy Seitel, via contact info in Breeze

Got Coffee? 

Please bring your coffee grounds and eggshells to the meetinghouse on any Sunday* for Ruby Steigerwald's ongoing compost project. She will collect them from you after meeting, or you can leave them on the lost and found table downstairs in the fellowship hall. (*Please don't bring anything on Sunday, December 4 - Ruby won't be able to collect them that week.)

The Wider World of Quakers

Rising from the Ashes:

A BYM Programmed Meeting Toward
Connection and Repair of the Harms of Racism

Friends will gather on December 3rd from 12 to 4 pm to acknowledge and honor the pain of racism experienced by Friends of Color within our Yearly Meeting, to help White Friends see their complicity in that pain, and to take the next steps on the road to repair of our beloved community. The gathering will be at Stony Run Meeting and on Zoom.  Learn more and register here. 

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Announcements

Announcements from the Yearly Meeting Office are available here. They include:

  • A link to a Friends Journal Quaker Speak video by Sabrina McCarthy: "Making My Own Quaker-Adjacent Community."
  • An opportunity to update your address for the BYM Yearbook which will be produced at the end of this year, and
Get this: 
  • Got Books? The bookstore at the 2023 annual sessions will offer used books as well as new. If you have used books in good condition that may be of interest to Friends, this is your chance!  Box them up and bring them to any interim meeting next year, or to the BYM office in Sandy Spring.


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 Clerk ( 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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