The Christian Education Committee and your Sunday School class invite all Friends and your guests to a picnic supper and time of fellowship at the Goodrich Park shelter on Monday August 6 starting at 6:30 PM. Christian Ed. members will provide hot dogs, buns, chips, and drinks. Other Friends are welcome to bring favorite “finger foods” to share if you’re able, and some yard or table games if you like. Invite a friend or two — and then bring them in August to join us for worship and Sunday School, too!
Compassion Garden tomatoes have finally begun to ripen! They, along with cucumbers, peppers, squash, and other vegetables are now available in the annex hallway on Sunday mornings. Friends’ donations for the produce will help the Junior Church kids send support to Heifer International’s hunger- and poverty-relief ministries next Christmas. Friends also are welcome to add extra produce to the Compassion table from your home garden, if you’d like to help raise funds to fight hunger. Unsold vegetables are donated to the Churches & Community Food Pantry. Thank you for supporting this project!
The Missions & Social Concerns Committee invites Friends during August to bring donations of unwanted furniture, kitchen items, electronics, clothing, and other household items to the church attic for the Fall Rummage Sale for Missions on Saturday September 15. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit Friends United Meeting’s ministries in Cuba, our fall missions focus (see the newsletter back panel). If you would like to help the Committee conduct this fall’s sale, or if you need assistance in transporting your donated rummage to the meetinghouse attic, please let the church office know.
The church’s committees are asked in August to begin discussing their 2019 budget requests. Committees need to have their proposed budgets returned to the church office in early October so the Stewardship & Finance Committee has time to prepare the overall budget for first presentation at the November Monthly Meeting.
information, and any address/phone/email changes.
to Sheryl Fidler on the July 25 birth of her new granddaughter Caitlynn Anne to Marisa and Nick Mailloux of Decatur, IN
In 2016, Winchester Friends purchased an Automated Electronic Defibrillator that is kept in a special cabinet beside the elevator door on the ground floor of the meetinghouse annex. The AED is an audibly-guided machine used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered cardiac arrest. Familiarization sessions have been held the past two autumns for Friends to learn about the AED and how to use it in a medical emergency. The Missions & Social Concerns Committee has now planned another AED training for Friends on Wednesday evening August 29 at 7:00 PM at the church. All Friends are encouraged to attend.
Quaker Haven’s 2018 Family Camp will be held from Friday August 31 to Monday September 3. The weekend includes fun activities, free time, fellowship with other Friends, and evening gatherings for worship and spiritual input from speaker Bill Quigley. Cost of Family Camp depends on the type of accommodation and number of meals desired. Registration is needed by August 14. For specific information and registration assistance, phone 574-834-4193.
Indiana USFW’s 2018 Fall Retreat will be held at Quaker Haven Camp on September 10-11, with guest speaker Kelly Haemmerle addressing the theme “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The cost is $75 per person; registration as soon as possible will be appreciated. Please see Ellen Craig or Pam Ferguson for details.
USFW Meetings Resume in September All Friends women are invited to this fall’s meetings, beginning on Wednesday September 12 at 1:30 PM at the church.
—to Pat and John Engle mourning the July 14 death of their brother-in-law Jim McClain in Columbus, OH
—to Terry and Sharon Reynard mourning the death of Terry’s stepfather Lee Hendrickson on July 27 at age 102
After the July Monthly Meeting for Business gave approval for the Trustees to proceed with renovation of the meetinghouse dining hall, work has slowly but steadily been underway. Before his surgeries, Shane Hall enclosed pipes and conduits at the south end of the room. Dave Longnecker has installed new wiring and outlets, and Al Groth has prepared the north wall to be sheetrocked. Tony Kritsch and Al enclosed pipes running across the north end of the room. Soon it should be ready for new walls to go up in advance of installation of the suspended acoustic tile ceiling. The Trustees intend to complete the walls and ceiling work before the USFW apple dumpling project begins at the end of September. A new counter, a folding table storage area, and a beverage station are also planned across the north wall of the dining hall. At the proper time and sequence, they then plan to have a new covering applied to the concrete floor. The Trustees are doing as much of the work themselves as possible and will appreciate any assistance Friends can provide. If you have experience or skills that could help, please contact Al Groth or Shane Hall regarding the sequence of tasks to be done and plans for upcoming work sessions. Later this year, new cupboards, countertops, exhaust fans, and backsplash tiling will be installed in the kitchen. Special thanks to Shane, Al, Dave, Tony, and others who already have invested many hours in the early preparatory stages of this big project!
(1) Rehearsals for the weekly Worship Choir begin on Wednesday September 5 (and each Wednesday evening thereafter) at 7:00 PM at the meetinghouse. New singers (junior high and older) are always welcome, whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician.
The Ministry & Oversight invites everyone to Friendship Sunday and the Fall Picnic on Sunday, September 23, at the 4-H fairgrounds south of Winchester. The M&O’s goal for Friendship Sunday each year is for every Friend to bring at least one friend (preferably one who currently has no church family) to come enjoy a relaxed morning of worship and fellowship together. Dress is casual, the lunch always good (hosted this year by the Fabulous Friends and Parsonage classes), and the fellowship rich. Please start inviting your friends, and plan to join us on September 23!
In July 2018, the pantry served 394 households. For comparison, 340 households were served during the previous month June 2018, and 369 were served a year ago in July 2017. Thank you to the many Friends who have so faithfully donated food, money, time, and effort to support and staff the pantry as a tangible expression of Christ’s love!
In late July, the Missions & Social Concerns Committee made a $400 microloan to a 24 year-old Palestinian refugee named Muhammad. He lives with his family in a refugee camp near Ramallah, West Bank, where he has opened a grocery store to provide basic goods for other residents and to earn income to support his family. He requested a KIVA loan to expand his store’s grocery stocks and increase his sales in order to earn more income. KIVA stresses that such loans are important because they benefit refugees who have been marginalized and disadvantaged in the current West Bank situation.
Starting with $3000 of Best Special Projects money, the Committee now has made 78 microloans totaling $27,625 in the general regions of Friends United Meeting missions (Jamaica, Cuba, Belize, East Africa, Palestine).
To learn about all our past and current loan partners and see their progress, go to <KIVA.org>. Click on “Teams” beneath “Community” at the bottom of the page, then type Winchester Friends into the “Search Teams” box and click “search.” Click on the photo of our meetinghouse, then on the “Loans” tab at the top of the next page to see all our loan partners.
The Christian Education Committee in July approved sending Deborah Lilly and Pam Ferguson to Powell House in Old Chatham, New York, from August 17-19 to participate in the 5th annual meeting of the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative. QREC is “a grassroots network of Friends holding a sense of stewardship for lifelong Quaker faith formation through religious education.” People from all the American branches of the Society of Friends participate in QREC. This year’s conference will focus on the local Meeting’s use of education ministries for spiritual outreach and strengthened parenting, among other topics. Both Deborah and Pam have written curriculum for Barclay Press and other Quaker publishers. The Christian Education Committee approved sending them in part to benefit other Friends with their experience and knowledge, in part for them to bring back ideas from other Friends for sustaining Christian education at a time when it has been laid aside by many people and churches, and in part to network and build relationships with “weighty Friends” in the field of religious education across the Quaker spectrum. Deborah and Pam plan to visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame Museum at Seneca Falls, NY, while en route to the conference. Please pray for their safe travel, spiritual enrichment, and effective ministry to others on this trip.
During the latter half of each year, the Missions & Social Concerns Committee asks Friends to focus on one Friends United Meeting international missions location. For July-December 2018, that focus will be upon Quaker ministry since 1900 on the Caribbean island of Cuba.
(sources: www.friendsunitedmeeting.org; FUM summer missions project mailing)
for people struggling against substance abuse and addiction, and for the people working to help them
The Lord’s Table, Not Ellen’s
The very best “face time” is around an old maple table of mine that now sits in the dining room of the parsonage. That table began as a tree in a north woods and stood there far longer than it has been a table. I first saw it in a furniture store in Minot, North Dakota, in 1967. I was convinced that it should stand in a dining room on Tangley Rd at Minot AFB where Dale and I lived at the time. That was the last time it stood in a dining room in my home — it has always shared a spot in the living room with whatever other furniture had to be moved when it was needed as a table. Its drop-leaf feature allowed me to keep it in several homes through 30 years. (That same feature requires anyone sitting at this table to fight with its legs.) When Ron and Pam arrived in Winchester almost 20 years ago with a waterbed and little else, I quickly decided that the maple table had a new home. As you may have guessed, I have had a 50-year (and 50-pound) relationship with this table. It has been the bearer of many good meals and the center of many good conversations. But blessings even greater than those come from being face to face with people around this old table. On Wednesday evenings we gather around that table to pray for members of our Meeting, our community, and for many other concerns. And oh yes, we have Prayer Soup or Intercession Salad. There always seems to be room for more people around “Ellen’s Table.” Perhaps you should come and see.