Virginia Beach Friends Meeting

November 2019 Newsletter




Dear Friends:

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Contents:


Link to Virginia Beach Friends Meeting Home Page - VBFriends.org


Note:

The purpose of this newsletter is to share our monthly meeting minutes and other news with members, attenders and others interested in the Virginia Beach Monthly Meeting.

The minutes represent the official view of the meeting.

Other announcements and articles relating to the meeting are included and reflect the views of the person submitting the information. The name of the person writing or submitting each article is included to avoid the impression the information represents the opinion of the meeting.



Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Complete Minutes from our November business meeting are posted at this link…



Query #4 - Work of the Meeting:

Do we assume our rightful share in the expenses of our Meeting? Do we regard our time, our talents, and our possessions as given us in trust, and do we use them freely for the needs of others?

Response:

This query encourages us to reflect on our responsibility to respond in a timely manner to our Meeting’s needs as set forth in our budget priorities. We resonate particularly to the phrases “in trust” and “freely for the needs of others.” Let us say also “joyfully”, for we carry with us the joy of our fellowship with all those in this Meeting who share these priorities and commitments, those who came before us and remain in our memories and those who sit with us here today.

Reading of Minutes from Meeting for Business in Tenth Month: Following our pondering of Query #4, Clerk began the business of the Meeting by asking the Recording Clerk to read aloud the minutes from the Meeting for Business in Tenth Month, which had not previously been distributed.

Head of School Report: Mike Barclay highlighted the following matters from his written report:

  • Current enrollment (including students from new Virginia Beach Sports Academy): 105 with 5 in the enrollment start at the new year. This is an increase of 2 students since the last report. 1 VBSA 12th grade and 1 Cottage to begin in January).
  • Development Results as of first of November: Raised to-date: $144,469 Goal is: $270,000 % to Goal: 55%. Mike expressed special appreciation to Mary Pelham White and Lisa Metcalfe for organizing a recent phonathon.
  • Among special visitors to campus was Jane Batten, brought by School Committee member Jim Metcalfe.
  • In response to questions, Mike explained that Friends School was exploring how the Virginia Beach Sports Academy might become an affiliate of Friends School, making it possible to reopen some upper school courses to dual enrollment by students from the Sports Academy. and provide a steady stream of income to sustain the School.

Young Friends: Linda Smith made a report for the young Friends Committee. In spite of a previous decision to lay down the Young Friends First Day programs due to insufficient student demand, the Committee has come up with a new plan, thanks to Galen Hamann, who has committed to leading a series of intergenerational Faith and Play stories over the upcoming six months, with hopes of attracting more children. On each of the proposed dates, following the Faith and Play, two adult volunteers will be needed each week to facilitate a follow-up activity with the children downstairs. There was some discussion of the need to understand our responsibilities for providing adequate background checks on adults providing such supervision.

  • Approved: that the Committee should continue looking into how to obtain background checks for anyone who volunteers with our children and should present more information next month.
  • Approved: the following dates were approved for Faith and Play:
  • December 1 (Gratitude)
  • December 22 (Christmas) – followed by a Holiday Potluck
  • January 26 (service and social justice)
  • February 23 (followed by a potluck)
  • March 29
  • May 17 (followed by a potluck)
  • Request for Membership: Jeanne Crawford reported that a beautiful letter had been received from Kye Jinx Moran requesting consideration for membership in the Meeting.

    • Approved: that a Clearness Committee composed of Nancy Craft, Jeanne Crawford, Andy Young, and Nancy Nixon be established to meet with Kye concerning his request.

    Buildings & Grounds Committee: Dave reported for the Buildings & Grounds Committee, which after much study of alternative means of providing handicapped access to the basement, has recommended that a chair lift be installed down the outside stairway to the kitchen to accommodate those who need assistance accessing the lower floor of the Meeting House. He reported that the estimated cost of equipment, labor and widening of access sidewalk is $20,000. This was recommended by the Committee as the “least costly way” to access the basement. Jean read a letter from one member lobbying for an elevator as the only option. Another member, reminding us of our testimony of equality, pleaded that we need to do some to improve access as soon as possible. Others pointed out complications of all the options which we have been talking about for at least 20 years.

  • Approved: that Buildings & Grounds solicit a solid quote for a chair lift and gather more information about this option for Meeting to consider, even though we are not yet in unity.
  • The Committee will postpone a decision about permitting the Alcohol Anonymous Group to purchase and install a window Air Conditioning Unit for the basement. Other options were discussed, including portable air conditioners and fans. The Committee believes parking for the Meeting is adequate for the near future; needs may change following impending road construction. The Committee tentatively proposes a Second Month 1 date for the next Work Day.

    Faith & Practice Committee: Dave French explained that yearly meeting F&P committee has sent out a new section discussing the term “conservative” in the name of our yearly meeting. He also reported that Yearly Meeting has gone forward without accepting our recommendations on the Introduction to the Queries.

    Communications Committee: The written Report from the Communications Committee was accepted, though no actions were recommended.

    Treasurer/Finance Committee Report: Dave French presented the written Report of the Treasurer and Finance Committee. He requested that the various committees submit their requests for budgetary support for the upcoming fiscal year. In his review of income items in the current budget, he noted special income included the Meeting’s share ($56,500) of the payment from VDOT that had shared with Friends School as well as a payment of $11,839.14 for the permanent easement. Income included a $10,000 contribution from Bob Clapp’s estate. Income also includes $1100 in memorial contributions for Barbara French. Dave reported that at last month’s business meeting, we approved asking Yearly Meeting to support the school’s teacher development workshop next April. This request was not approved by the Interim Body, which suggested seeking contributions from individuals in the various Meetings.

    Peace, Earthcare & Social Justice Committee Report: Tom Bertrand presented the report of the Peace, Earthcare & Social Justice Committee, with two recommendations. The report summarized the Committee’s process of revising its mission statement following its change of name.

  • Approved: the revised mission statement and description of the work of the Committee on Peace, Earthcare, & Social Justice was approved as recommended by the Committee.
  • Approved: to ask the Clerk to send a letter of appreciation to the clerk of Somerton Friends Meeting, expressing appreciation for the hospitality and fellowship showed to Virginia Beach Friends during our recent field trip Somerton to worship, eat, and learn about the history of the Friends involvement in the Underground Railroad.
  • Foodbank & Meals at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center: Dave has asked PE&SJ to consider carrying on Bob Clapp’s concern to solicit individual cash contributions to local food banks. He also reported that due to diminished enrollment and staffing in the School, both the School and the PE&SJ Committee had reluctantly decided that they do not have the volunteer support necessary to continue the past work of fixing meals for the JCOC.

  • Approved: the recommendation from PE&SJ that funds remaining in the current year’s budgetary item for JCOC meals be sent by the Treasurer directly to JCOC.
  • Interim Body Meeting: Nancy Craft reported news from the Interim Body Meeting at Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, NC 26th day of Tenth Month, at which Nancy, Dave French and Tom Bertrand had served as our Meeting’s Representatives. She noted the following:

    • The Yearly Meeting Program Committee has selected “Living Faithly in a Fractured World” as the theme for the next Yearly Meeting.
    • Due to the resignation of the Yearly Meeting MEO Clerk, MEO has scheduled a meeting in Fourth Month to identify its next clerk.
    • Tom Bertrand, Melidy Poole (Fayetteville), Charlie Ansell (Friendship), and Kristin Olsen-Kennedy (Davidson) have agreed to work together as a steering committee for the Yearly Meeting’s engagement with the Poor People’s Campaign.
    • Lauri Langham of Durham Meeting, the Yearly Meeting’s representative to Quaker Earthcare Witness, proposes to travel to several monthly meetings to lead an informal program/discussion on how we as Quakers are feeling about our current environmental and climate situation and reflect on our personal and corporate response.
    • The expenses of the last summer’s Yearly Meeting were considerably higher than anticipated. $7000 will be moved to the budget to cover these expenses. As new finance committee chair of Yearly Meeting, Dave French will meet with Ray Treadway and Susan Lees to anticipate expenses for the coming Yearly Meeting sessions and evaluate alternative Yearly Meeting locations.

    Approved: that the following four children of Jane Volckhausen, once active in our Meeting when the family lived in Hampton Roads, be removed from our membership list now that the mother has passed away:

    • Janet Volckhausen
    • Jim Volckhausen
    • Paul Volckhausen
    • Tom Volckhausen

    Ministers, Elders & Overseers: will meet on 4th first day next month to plan for the next open meeting to discuss how to sort out the respective responsibilities of the new Counsel & Care and Spiritual Life Committees.





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    Announcements


    Friends School Friendsgiving
    Submitted by Kristen Barclay


    Dear VBFS Community,

    Starting Monday, December 2nd, through Sunday, December 8th we are kicking off our Friendsgiving Week to support our Annual Fund. We are asking that each member of our community participate in supporting the Annual Fund for the benefit of our school. Below are some helpful pieces of information that will explain what the Annual Fund is and why it plays a pivotal role in the School's present and future.

    As with every independent school, Virginia Beach Friends School does not receive support from local, state and federal agencies and instead relies on the generosity of the community to sustain the school financially. The Annual Fund is the lifeline of the school and the most important of all the school’s fundraising initiatives. For the 2019-20 academic year, while we are re-growing enrollment for the school, tuition revenue and fees only cover 50% of VBFS operating costs; the remaining is covered by generous donors.

    As a Quaker school, it is important that we instill the value of giving for the greater good. With asking for 100% participation to the Annual Fund from everyone in our community, we are ensuring that everyone has a part supporting and sustaining our School.

    What does the Annual Fund support?
    Academic Programming: Tools, books, and equipment for teaching and student learning. Experiential Education: Build and enhance an excellent experiential education program Campus Enhancement: Maintenance of the Facilities &; Grounds Student Assistance: Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Why is 100% participation important?
    The school’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all members of its constituency. Participation sends a strong message of support for the school and our students as well as our governing bodies (Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools). In addition, many grants that the school applies for requires a proof of 100% participation among their community.

    How much should I give?
    You are the only one who knows how much you can give, and we ask only that you give to the best of your ability. Every gift is important (no matter $5 or $5,000) and sends a message of strong support for the school and our students. While your children are enrolled at VBFS, we do ask each family to make the school a philanthropic priority.

    How can I give?
    During this week only, we have a matching gift being offered from members of our School Committee of $7,500. We would love to be able to take advantage of that $7,500 and raise a total of $15,000 with 100% participation from our community.

    Donations are accepted in the main office; checks can be made out to Virginia Beach Friends School. You can also donate online at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/friendsgiving-week. During this time, we call upon you to reflect on what our School and our Community means to you. This action of giving is an important step in helping our school to flourish and prosper. We thank you all for being a part of our Community, and for putting your trust in us to make this School the best it can be.

    With Gratitude,

    Kristen,
    Kristin Barclay, Director of Development





    December 2nd - Immigration Forum
    Submitted by Sally Gudas

    Date: Monday December 2
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
    809 S. Military Highway, Virginia Beach
    Contact: Sally Gudas seatide1@gmail.com, (804)399-8342
    Flyer: Click Here...


    From Sally Gudas:

    On behalf of the Hampton Roads Chapter of Virginia Interfaith Center (VICPP), I am assisting in organizing what promises to be a helpful educational forum about Immigration with a focus on legal and Constitutional rights and issues concerning undocumented immigrants.  

    It will be held Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 7 PM at Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists, 809 S. Military Highway, in Virginia Beach.

    We are so fortunate to have the following speakers who will also participate in a general Question & Answer session, for which we will have a translator:

    • Jennifer Healey, Pro-bono Immigration Attorney with Just Neighbors in Annandale, VA
    • Sheila Marble, Immigration Counselor and Dept.-of-Justice Accredited Representative with Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Newport News
    • Luis Oyola, Organizer, Legal Aid Justice Center
    • Jase Hatcher, Immigration Organizer, Virginia Interfaith Center (VICPP)

    Click here for a flyer that we hope you will print out and post.

    Information will also be available about local groups in Tidewater providing assistance to undocumented immigrants (including TITA, Ohef Sholom Temple Immigration Task Force, etc.)

    If you have any questions please feel free to email seatide1@gmail.com, or call me at (804)399-8342, or contact Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill, chair of the Hampton Roads Chapter of VICPP at rabbicantorejg@gmail.com.

    I hope you will come, bring a friend, and share this information about this important forum.

    All the best,
    Sally





    December 2 - Virginia Organizing Annual Holiday Party Fundraiser
    Submitted by Meghan McNamara

    From Meghan:

    Friends,

    Wear your ugly sweater to our Virginia Organizing annual holiday party fundraiser! Bring family and friends for a fun night out! You can buy food and drinks, and we will have games, raffles, and an auction. The ugliest sweater gets a prize! Cover is $20 at the door. All proceeds go to support Virginia Organizing.

    Please see the flyer below.

    Please respond if you plan to attend. Thanks!

    Take care,
    Meghan
    847-922-1213
    meghan@virginia-organizing.org






    18th Annual Fair Trade Festival
    Submitted by Whit Peace

    Dates: Saturday December 7, 12-8 pm
    Sunday December 8, 12-5 pm
    Location: 211 W. 24th Street, Norfolk VA

     


     





    Lynnhaven River Now Environmental Film Festival
    Submitted by Whit Peace

    The very first Lynnhaven River Now Environmental Film Festival will take place at Zeiders American Dream Theater (4509 Commerce Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462) in Town Center every Sunday at 2pm from January 19th- February 16th. Tickets are $12 each or all 5 Sundays for $50.

    Skip the wrapping paper and help reduce waste this holiday season. These film fest tickets would be the perfect gift for friends and family. Your ticket purchase will help us continue our work to make Virginia Beach the cleanest and most sustainable city on the East Coast! We hope to see you there.

    Tickets can be purchased through the LRNow office, office@lrnow.org or 757-962-5398.

    Films:

    • January 19 – Short: Oyster Farmers on the Lynnhaven; Feature: Biggest Little Farm
    • January 26 – Short: Greta Thunberg; Feature: Paris to Pittsburg
    • February 2 – Two Short Features: Takayna and Fishpeople
    • February 9 – Short: The Environmental Cost of Valentine’s Day; Feature: Inventing Tomorrow
    • February 16 – Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry




    Meeting to Sell Inherited Silver Bullion
    Submitted by Tom Kennedy

    If you might be interested in buying a small silver investment from Meeting, contact me, Tom Kennedy, Convener of Finance Cmte, soccer2@gmail.com or 757-567-0968. I will explain the form of the silver and the fair market selling price which is what we would get from the reputable web dealer https://www.providentmetals.com/.





    Articles


    Adventures In Quaker History #1: Somerton Meeting House and Lake Drummond
    Submitted by April Megginson and Tom Bertrand

    What a grand day we had for our first ever combined / co-sponsored event between Somerton Friends Meeting (Suffolk) and Virginia Beach Friends Meeting - Adventures In Quaker History #1: Somerton Meeting House and Lake Drummond.

    Rich Square and Up River Friends Meetings, both in North Carolina were also represented.

    We sang hymns, prayed and waited in the Silence together.

    Pastor Richard Wilcox's message was was hard hitting and covered lots of ground. A main point was that the Quakers in America didn't wake up one day, snap their fingers - and decided slavery was wrong. It was a long process and took a lot of hard work before the Quakers in America decided that Slavery was wrong.

    As described below in VB Friend's Clerk Jeanne Crawford letter to Somerton's Clerk Nancy Daughtrey, and shown in the pictures, the event was a special time for all who gathered.



    Virginia Beach Friends Meeting
    Religious Society of Friends
    1537 Laskin Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Eleventh Month 9, 2019

    Nancy G. Daughtrey, Clerk
    Somerton Friends Meeting
    3204 Holland Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Dear Nancy Daughtrey:

    Please convey the hearty appreciation of our Virginia Beach Friends Meeting to the members of Somerton Meeting for the extraordinary hospitality and fellowship you extended to our congregation on Tenth Month 27.

    I am told by the many members of our Meeting who were able to travel to Somerton that it was an especially beautiful fall day. Sharing worship with your congregation, led by Jerry Perry and your gifted organist/pastor, Richard Wilcox, was a true blessing. The feast provided by your hospitality committee was abundant and delicious. The history and deeply discerning teachings shared by Richard in his rich sermon and by Barbara Gosney in her exploration of historic letters concerning the Underground Railroad were priceless. And I am told too that the time shared together later that afternoon at Lake Drummond, with Lewis White’s overview of the ecology of the Great Dismal Swamp and with Richard’s leading of silent worship there, was deeply meaningful. We are grateful for the leadership of Richard, Whit Peace, and April Megginson in bringing this event to pass.

    Grace and Peace to you,
    Jean Crawford, Clerk







    Why Silence?
    Submitted by Nancy Craft

    Quote From the Conservative Friend Tenth month 2019, “Why Silence?“

    The silence is our way of consciously cleansing our palate, putting our daily and personal distractions aside and allowing ourselves the space to be attentive to that Divine Light in ourselves and in others so we can, for a start, better listen and speak to each other in that Light.

    This may seem to some as time consuming when we have so much to do.

    Interestingly though, it is a common experience among Friends that when there is a specially difficult or large amount of work to be done an increased time insilence beforehand often is found to be helpful in allowing business to movealong faster than was expected. All of this happening while deepening ands trengthening our sense of community as we grow together in the Spirit of that Divine Light.

    - Robert Wilber, Member, Stillwater Monthly Meeting





    Dave French's Christmas letter to Family and Friends
    Submitted by Dave French / November 2019

    Dear Family and Friends,

    Barbara died in May, so this year’s letter is much more difficult for me. I want to write it in the spirit of fond memories and moving forward.

    Barb’s memorial service in July was a beautiful event, lifted up by Misti singing and a slide show Tracey prepared. Our family teamed up to make it a wonderful occasion. Fond and kind words were said, along with a laugh or two. But, just as Barb cried throughout most of our wedding 53 years ago, there were lots of tears for me at the memorial service, and I admit I don’t remember much of it. I’m grateful for all the support and kindness shown to me; your notes, calls and visits have been wonderful.

    I’ve kept pretty busy these last few months, as I was prior to Barb’s passing. I’m still singing, volunteering at the court house and the dolphin watching boats, substitute teaching, and active with the local and state Quaker Meeting. I’ve joined a group of others who have recently lost a spouse, and we find ways to help each other deal with it. And so far I’ve stuck with my promise to exercise regularly.

    In December (that’s why this is coming early) I’m taking a trip to Brazil to visit Ana, a gal who stayed with Barb and me back in 1970 as an exchange student. We’ve kept in touch over the past 50 years. Also, I’m going on a cruise from Florida to Rome this coming April, and hope to have an adventure visiting places I haven’t seen before. In June, Maria’s family traveled with me to visit Barb’s nephew Doug Beane in Nova Scotia. Thanksgiving with the family is planned for Alexandria VA at Misti and Karen’s home. And I have a spare room for anyone who wants to see Virginia Beach.

    The family continues to thrive. As the grandkids get older, more of them are either in or approaching college, and none are still in elementary school except a couple of Mary’s children.

    I don’t want to live alone for the rest of my life, and I’m in the earliest stages of relearning how to ask a woman out on a date – something I hadn’t done except with Barb in the last 54 years. Happily, my kids think it’s more or less OK.

    Barb’s death was also a huge loss for our children, grandchildren, extended family, and for her many friends. For all of you, my condolences. We have lost a magical bit of humanity. She was such a special person to so many of you, and to me.

    Fondest good wishes,
    Dave French



    Related Newsletter Links:

    Dave French Interview (March 2018)

    Barb French Interview (April 2018)





    NOEL: From Reims to Virginia
    Submitted by Liana Fleming

    Reims, northeast of modern day Paris, is known as the site of the first Noel.

    From the Middle East, via the Romans, Noel came to France in 496 B.C., when King Clovis, religious leader of the Franks, received the Baptism with his 3,000 soldiers.

    (500 years later, on the same day, Charlemagne was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Leo III).

    Later, in Strasbourg, directly East of Paris, people decorated the first Christmas Tree with flowers and fruits, symbolizing the Garden of Eden. That is the biblical Paradise described in the Book of Genesis, and in the Book of Ezekiel.

    It was only in the 16th century when devout Christians brought in their homes evergreen trees, and began decorating them with candles and fruit as their choice.

    La Creche, the three-dimensional representation of the Nativity, appeared first in the 12th century at Saint Benoit-sur Loire, in North- Central France.

    This was followed in the 13th century by Saint Francis of Assisi Nativity, or Presepe, in Central Italy, North of Rome.

    Today, artistic Nativity Scenes are all around us, in homes, churches of various denominations, malls, or markets.

    A bearded Joseph in red gold, a young Mary in a blue cloak and a red chemise, Jesus, wrapped in swaddling clothes, appear surrounded by a Star, angels, shepherds, animals, the Three Kings, each carrying, respectively, Myrrh (anointing oil symbolizing death), frankincense (divine perfume), and gold (symbolizing kingship on this earth).

    As children, we were told that their names were Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Matthew mentions them in his Gospel, calling them the Three Wise Men, The Magi.

    Every year our French speaking friends here in Southern Virginia open their lovely homes to us to celebrate Noel.

    Not long ago, it was Brenda, a retired French teacher and supervisor of the Languages and Arts Dept. in Chesapeake Schools. Peter, her husband, was the designer and restaurateur of their home. He beautifully choreographed a multicolored blend of indoor and outdoor glowing lights and other Noel decorations around the home. Peter told me he had recently retired after 40 years from Christian Broadcast Network. His passion, he said, was designing glowing lights for the Holidays.

    Marc, our forever musician, delighted us with the lovely tune of his keyboard.

    Oh, those Carols reminding us of times past!

    Beau Sapin, the French variant of O' Tannenbaum, was among them. And those of us who could not follow all the lyrics, hummed along anyway.

    With one wing each, Robert and I will first be with family in D.C. and then fly home for the upcoming Holidays.

    We wish Friends, and the World, Feliz Navidad y Prospero 2020!

    - Liana






    Spotlight: Quaker House
    Submitted by Whit Peace

    We have decided to use our Newsletter to give focus on the organizations that our Meeting supports.

    This month we will focus on Quaker House.


    Quaker House is a manifestation of the Friends’ Peace Testimony. Based in Fayetteville, NC, home of Ft. Bragg, Quaker House provides counseling and support to service members who are questioning their role in the military; educates them, their families, and the public about military issues; and advocates for a more peaceful world.

    The Quaker House Website is: https://quakerhouse.org/

    Quaker House has four main focus areas:

    GI Rights Hotline

    The GI Rights Hotline takes calls from active-duty, reservist, and National Guard service members anywhere they are stationed in the world. Quaker House provides two counselors to the Hotline, answering over a third of all calls that come into the Network.

    Click here for more information on Quaker House's GI Rights Hotline.

    Peace, Conscience, and Moral Injury

    Peace

    Quaker House is involved in advocating for peace, accountability for and prohibition of torture, and incorporation of nonviolent methods of interaction. You will find our past activities on our News and Blog pages. Following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, will keep you up to date on upcoming efforts.

    Call of Conscience

    Quaker House is active in teaching young adults about understanding conscientious objection as well as the organizations and meetings that support them. We have published a Resource Guide for working with young adults on discerning whether they are led in this direction and, if so, how to create a file of documentation. The Resource Guide is available for purchase from Quaker House as well as on Amazon. Our PowerPoint presentation on conscientious objection is freely available. Please contact Quaker House if you would like us to email it to you.

    Moral Injury

    Quaker House does presentations on moral injury, how it is distinguished from PTSD, and advocates for better understanding of this isolating and devastating injury to the soul. Psychologist Cecelia Yocum has also published a book through us on helping individuals with moral injury, which is available through Quaker House and on Amazon.

    Individual Counseling

    Quaker House provides no-cost, confidential, individual counseling with a licensed clinical social worker at our peaceful location for issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and moral injury.

    Click here for more information on Quaker House's Individual Counseling.

    Advocacy Team

    The Fayetteville Advocacy Team meets at Quaker House the first Tuesday after the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm (the national conference call with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is the first Wednesday of the month, and we incorporate portions of the recorded call into our local meeting).

    Currently, the Advocacy Team's main focus is the repeal of the Authorizations for Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 and 2002, although some of us also foccus on other issues such as immigration reform and treatment with dignity.




    Save The Dates!

    Listed below are events that Virginia Beach Friends Meeting is supporting/promoting for the next three months - as recorded on our website at the time this month's Newsletter was published.

    Frequently check our Virginia Beach Friends Meeting Upcoming Events webpage as event details are worked out and new events are added.


    Regenerative Yoga Therapy

    Dates: Thursdays
    Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
    Location: Meeting house
    Cost: $12 per session
    Contact: April Megginson, yoga.illuminations@gmail.com

    December 2nd - Immigration Forum

    Date: Monday December 2
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
    809 S. Military Highway, Virginia Beach
    Contact: Sally Gudas seatide1@gmail.com, (804)399-8342
    Flyer: Click Here...

    18th Annual Fair Trade Festival

    Dates: Saturday December 7, 12-8 pm
    Sunday December 8, 12-5 pm
    Location: 211 W. 24th Street, Norfolk VA

    Virginia Beach Friends Meeting Holiday Potluck

    Date: Sunday December 22
    Time: None
    Location: Meetinghouse

    Christmas Eve - Singing and Caroling and Open Worship

    Date: Tuesday December 24
    Time: 7pm to Midnight
    Location: Meetinghouse



    2020 Dates




    Quaker Women Epiphany Gathering

    Date: Sunday January 5
    Time: 3 pm
    Location: Home of Elizabeth Waitikus
    669 Fort Raleigh Dr Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    RSVP: 757-428-5522

    Coastal Friends Gathering

    Date: Saturday January 18
    Time: 11 am worship followed by potluck
    Location: TBD

    VICPP Day for All People

    Date: Wednesday January 22
    Time: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Centenary United Methodist Church
    411 E Grace St. Richmond, VA 23223




    Next Meeting for Business Query - #5 / Meeting for Business:

    Do we regularly attend our meetings for business, and are they held in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance? Do we seek the right course of action in humble submission to the Authority of Truth and in the patient search for a sense of unity under Divine guidance?

    Next Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is Sunday December 8, 2019, 8:30 am in our Meetinghouse.


     


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