Virginia Beach Friends Meeting

December 2019 Newsletter




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Contents:


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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 December business meeting are posted at this link…



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?

Meeting united in the following response:

This query is a very strong part of our faith, our Quaker way. It challenges us to take on difficult matters and to be willing to state our respective truths, even when we disagree at first. We do attend business meeting, with a rising attendance in the past year, and also we have had complicated and occasionally contentious business in recent months. We are concerned that at times we may be attending more to this business than to worship and that some of our members do not remain with us after the business for the worship afterward. Who are the “we” who answer this query? The same people seem to attend the business meeting each month. Perhaps we need to reconsider this early hour. The words unity and love stand out for us as the reasons we come together. Also we hear the words “right course of action,” which we are never able to achieve without deep listening. Each of us is given a certain measure of truth, and those measures may not arrive at the same moment. Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is one of the few times when we come together to articulate what and who we are, and can become, together. We feel we need to be more creative in the ways that we engage in this humbling, patient, important search for truth and unity in the Light of Divine Guidance.

The Clerk’s Corner:

Clerk read aloud a recent letter from the November Forum of Friends Journal, commenting on a September article by Ann Jerome about the difference between niceness and kindness:

"Modern Friends have a common praxis: we ask to be led; we open ourselves to leadings; we work at fully experiencing those leadings; and we take action based on those leadings. Our diverse theological perspectives inform us as individuals. We are free to bring our own names and understandings of the source of our leadings, which we broadly call Spirit. Our common praxis turns that cacophony of theologies into a rich harmony of everyday mysticism in our lives, at best. “At best” because the “necessity of niceness” often prevents us from going wherever Spirit leads."

"Niceness from leading enriches the giver and the recipient. Niceness from middle-class habit deadens the soul of both giver and recipient. Those of us raised in the middle class would do well to remember, perhaps revisit, Sinclair Lewis now and then. The middle class seeks to avoid upsetting or offending. We’re good at comforting the afflicted and conflicted about afflicting the comfortable, especially in our meetings. Niceness is a useful symbol for the lack of spontaneity and integrity we exhibit in our lives and in our meetings."
(Letter from Hank Fay of Berea, Kentucky, Friends Journal Forum, November 1, 2019)

Head of School and School Committee Report: Mike Barclay highlighted the following matters from his extensive written report, which members of meeting are encouraged to read in full:

  • The spirit of Thanksgiving has been kind to the School. We launched our annual fund on Monday after Thanksgiving and brought in a matched $7500 gift and another for $25,000. We have received 100% participation from the members of our School Committee and 70% participation from our faculty.
  • Mary Pelham and Lewis White and Garland Waller have been selected as the honorees for Founders & Alumni Day, scheduled for February 22.
  • Alex Dworetsky and Nina Ruffin have agreed to split the duties of School Committee Alumni Representative. They are working with Jason Weast, Athletics and Special Program Director, to coordinate an Alumni Basketball game on Saturday, December 21 with a social at a local restaurant to follow. Nina has become the assistant women’s basketball coach for the Virginia Beach Sports Academy.
  • Currently, the School enrollment sits at 103 total students, down from 106 students, as a result of three students making mid-year moves. However, there is a strong likelihood of 116 students by February 2020. As of February we will have 15 toddlers enrolled in the Cottage program.
  • Our basketball team is competing with great enthusiasm and getting in great shape, as there are only six members on the team to share in the rotation.

Peace, Earthcare & Social Justice Committee: Tom Bertrand presented the written report of the Peace, Earthcare & Social Justice Committee, with two recommendations, which were both approved after discussion.

Action: The following budget lines for 2020 were approved as recommended by the Peace, Earthcare & Social Justice Committee:

Line item Budgeted 2019 Recommended 2020
PESJ general activities 200 200
JCOC 600 100
Norfolk Catholic Worker 50 250
Quaker House Fayetteville 100 100
Quaker UN Office 50 50
Steady Footsteps 350 350
Virginia Interfaith Center (VICPP) 100 100
American Friends Service Comm. 100 100
Ramallah Friends School 100 100
Quaker Earthcare Witness 100
FCNL 200 200
Friends School Trip to FCNL 500 500
Friends School Teacher Conf at Guilford College 500
Local Asylee Support 250
TOTAL REQUEST 2350 2850

Action: The Meeting agreed to co-sponsor and support the Holy Week Pilgrimage of Pax Christi and the Norfolk Catholic Worker by making the Meeting House available as a base of operations for the Pilgrims April 5-8, 2020 and by helping broker solutions to any scheduling conflicts that might arise with Friends School and other organizations which utilize our Meeting House. Tom Bertrand will be the Meeting’s liaison to the pilgrimage planners.


Treasurer/Finance Committee: Nancy Craft called attention to the posted reports of the Treasurer and Finance Committee.

Action: The amended budget for 2020 was approved, with additions from the report of the Peace, Earthcare & Social Justice Committee, as approved above. There will be a few additional amendments to the budget before it becomes final.

Ministers, Elders and Overseers: Nancy Craft reported that MEO has received two requests relating to use of our Meeting House, but is not prepared to act on them at this time. MEO’s annual budget request for 2020 was submitted to the Treasurer. MEO strongly encourages everyone to review the lists we have compiled of potential “MEO” work from a few of our meetings within our YM so we can begin to sort out responsibilities to be divided among two to three committees, provide feedback and suggestions, and plan to join us for the First month First Day meeting on 1/5/2020 9 am.

Nominating Committee: Andy Young reported that the Nominating Committee had canvassed the active membership of the Meeting and identified several folks who were willing to job-share the clerk’s duties for a part of the coming two years. The Committee had asked these folks to meet among themselves as a “clerking committee” to decide how to share the job over the next two years. Jeanne Crawford has agreed to help to guide this clerking committee and provide continuity, and there will be a mentoring committee made up of former clerks within our meeting who will support those who will be sharing these duties. The Nominating Committee is comfortable with the work being done by the recording clerks. It invites people to step forward to work with Young Friends, Communications, and Library committees, as well as the emerging Spiritual Life and Care and Concern Committees. The Nominating Committee will meet again in February.

Communications Committee: Whit Peace presented the Communications Committee’s report, which noted that the Meeting’s website had been updated to change the name of the now “Peace, Earthcare & Social Justice Committee” and to update the PE&SJ webpage content as previously approved by Meeting for Business. Whit and Linda Smith explained the complexity of the work of tracking, recording and following through on the various actions of the Meeting for Business.

Action: The Meeting approved the Communications Committee’s proposed new process, detailed in its report, for proceeding with scheduling and website maintenance work that is often required in order to follow-up on actions by the Meeting for Business. The various committees are reminded to alert Whit, the meeting’s Scheduler, of requests for the use of the Meeting House.

Action: The Meeting accepted the Communications Committee’s standard written report of past and upcoming events requiring support from the Committee as well as its tally of bulk emails and newsletters initiated by the Committee during the prior month.

Meeting Recorder: Nancy Craft presented a revision of the duties of the Meeting Recorder.

Action: Meeting approved the revised statement of duties of the Meeting Recorder for posting on the website.

Young Friends: Linda Smith made a report for the young Friends Committee, noting the success of the Intergenerational Program focused on theme of Advent led by Galen Hamann on Twelfth Month 1st Day. She asked for volunteers to help with food and table settings for the Intergenerational Holiday Program and Potluck scheduled for Twelfth Month 22nd Day, when children will join Meeting for Worship at 11:15 to share the Christmas story and lead us in a song, with accompanying musicianship of Andy Young. She also explained the need for volunteers to help with other intergenerational programs and potlucks scheduled through May. She emphasized that for child safety we must always have two adults with the children.

Action: : Pat Phelan Young, Jeanne Crawford, Kathy Garner, Nancy Craft, Nancy Nixon volunteered to help with the December 22 program. The Meeting noted the request from the Young Friends Committee for volunteers from other committees (1) to take the lead in organizing and providing programming during potlucks and (2) to help with the children’s activity following the Faith and Play stories. Patrick Goold volunteered to follow up on exploring what other small Friends Meetings in Virginia to meet local and state requirements for Child Safety Guidelines and background checks and to report next month.





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Announcements


Ministers, Elders and Overseers Realignment
Submitted by Nancy Craft

Next Meeting:

Date: Sunday January 5
Time: 9 am
Location: Meetinghouse


Background:

From September's Meeting for Business minutes:

MEO has spent several months examining the benefits of realigning its duties into two committees: Counsel & Care and Spiritual Life.

From December's Meeting for Business minutes:

MEO strongly encourages everyone to review the lists we have compiled of potential “MEO” work from a few of our meetings within our YM so we can begin to sort out responsibilities to be divided among two to three committees, provide feedback and suggestions, and plan to join us for the First month First Day meeting on 1/5/2020 9 am.


Current Review Documents:

  • Current VBFM MEO Responsibilites
  • Examples of similar MEO-type responsibilites from other NCYM(c) Meetings:
  • Current Status:

    • Written comments should be sent to Nancy Craft - nancydcraft@gmail.com
    • An all-Meeting discussion is called for on 1/5/2020 at 9 am.




    Laskin Rd. Bridge Replacement & Widening Project
    Report from DVOT submitted by Nancy Craft

    Most of you who drive Laskin Road, coming to and from the oceanfront to the Meetinghouse, have noticed lots of construction going on lately!
    Below is a quick summary of the November Virginia Department of Transportation' Laskin Road project report and links for more information...

    Project Overview:

    The Laskin Road (Route 58) Bridge Replacement & Widening Project is in the early phases of construction, currently concentrated between Winwood Drive and Red Robin Road. All work is weather permitting.

    Upcoming construction will focus on replacement of the existing bridge over Linkhorn Bay, which is located one mile east of the First Colonial Road intersection.

    The current bridge was built in 1938 and was later widened in 1956. The bridge is in overall fair condition.

    The bridge will be widened to five travel lanes, with sidewalks on both sides. It will be built to accommodate future expansion to six lanes across. See the expected configuration for the finished bridge.

    Looking ahead:

    Over the next several weeks, crews are planning to begin the following activities:

    • Construction of a retention wall along the north side of Laskin Road (this work is expected to include pile driving).
    • Milling/paving of the asphalt
    • Removal of existing pavement markers


    NOTE: SPEED LIMIT IN THE WORK ZONE IS 35 MPH!



    Click here for more information and to sign up to get Project Updates...





    Articles


    Virginia Beach Friends Meeting Holiday Potluck
    Submitted by Linda Smith and Mary Pelham White
    Pictures by Debbie Reilly and Natalie Bray

    Our Young Friends Present…

    Last Sunday, December 22, 2019, about twelve children gathered in the Friends School Cottage to make stick-puppets for telling the Christmas story.

    Galen Hamann and Natalie Bray Smith developed a lively presentation which, (with lots of adult help) brought the Christmas story to life for the Meeting community. Andy Young, on guitar, and Tom Bertrand, on harmonica, accompanied us singing “This Little Light of Mine”   “GoTell it on the Mountain” and ‘Joy to the World’.   

    Following the program, everyone gathered in our festive dining hall for a delicious potluck.      It is always a joy to gather with Friends to pray, work, eat and sing together.

    Surely we will celebrate with this as an annual Christmas event for years to come.






    Light In The Darkness
    Submitted by Galen Hamann

    This December we have taken the opportunity of Lower School Meeting for Worship to learn more about different holidays and traditions that explore or celebrate Light at this time of year. Like the way in which Light can spread and illuminate this began with one little spark and has spread into many corners of our community.

    I began this exploration during our Meeting for Worship time. I asked the students what they know about this time of year? We talked about how the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, and they shared that the winter solstice is coming. Then I explained that I would be telling different stories about holidays related to Light. I began with telling a Faith and Play story about advent and Christmas. After telling the story I invited students in the school to go home and talk with their parents about what traditions and holidays they have that relate to light. I invited them to draw or write up these traditions to share with their classmates and then to hang in the main building.

    The next day I was stopped by a 4 year old who was so excited to show me her drawing and tell me about the lights on her Christmas tree. A Kindergartener brought in her drawing of the celebrations of Winter Solstice including the delicious Sun bread they make and eat at this time of year. The next week, I was stopped by a 3rd grader at recess, he was carrying a brown bag. “I have something for you Galen.” When I looked inside I saw a Menorah and a box of candles. "I thought you could use it for your story tomorrow." At pick up a 1st grader came up to me, "I have a book about Light I want to show you." We sat down on a bench and read the story of an Angel who brought Light to the sky as her gift for the baby.




    The second week, I told the story of Hanukkah using the Faith and Play message. As someone who does not practice Judaism I was nervous I might not get it just right. But the beauty of the Faith and Play method is that everyone can help with the story. At the end of the story I wondered with them was missing from their anything missing from this story? One of our Jewish students raised her hand “You did not start with the candle in the middle, the Shamash. When we light the menorah at our house that is the one we use to light all the other candles” “What does Hanukkah mean?” another student asked. I did not have the answer. But after a little pause one of our teachers who speaks Hebrew shared, “I think I might know, in Hebrew the word means Candelbra maybe it comes from that.”

    That evening I had our Spiritual Life committee and one of Upper School students shared that as a Quaker Youth Leader he and his fellow leaders had decorated the Wilson Center entryway with decorations from various holidays- an annual tradition. He shared, “The coolest thing happened I was setting up the candle holder for Kwanzaa and putting the different colored candles in. A little girl saw what I was doing and she told me I was doing it wrong. Then she taught me that the black candle goes in the middle and the red ones on the left and the green ones on the right.” He shared that this is one of his favorite things about Friends School that younger students and older students interact and teach each other. Both students' experiences in this exchange reaffirmed for me why it was so important to tell the story of Kwanzaa on the third week. And I borrowed the Kinara from the Wilson Center to do this.

    This week one of our new 1st grade parents asked if she could come in and help the students create a luminary. A bag filled with sand with a candle in it. A tradition they have in their household at this time of year. Of course our teacher, Katie said yes. And every student created a luminary to take home.

    This simple unit that evolved out of my faith in play stories is what I think is so important about Friends Education - teaching about spirituality, culture and beliefs; ensuring every family’s spirituality and culture is honored and respected; and empowering our students to share their voice in meeting, in school and out into the world. May the Light continue to spread within and among us and our communities.

    Galen Hamann,
    Assistant Head of School





    Piano Recital at the Meetinghouse
    Submitted by Whit Peace

    Martha Giles has taught music in the Friends Community for many years.

    If anyone is interested in music lessons you may contact Martha at marthagiles@yahoo.com.

    The picture below is from the Martha's students' Christmas recital:





    At the College of William and Mary
    Submitted by Liana Fleming

    For years I happily drove daily the 70 miles (113 kilometers) from my Virginia Beach home to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the second oldest College in USA, where I taught full time.

    My classroom was the intimate great Hall of the Wren Building.

    Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the author of Saint Paul Cathedral in London, (I am told) this is the first and oldest existing academic site still standing.

    Not heated after over 330 years, it forced me to wear coat and gloves in the winter semesters. But I did not mind this at all. Its silence, beauty and history inspired me. I never feared the famous dead people buried in the crypt under the Chapel, either.

    Instead, I felt humbled and energized by the thought that Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, George Washington and other distinguished North Americans had studied there.

    During the years of teaching at this College I connected with thousands brilliant students who never disappointed me. We formed lifelong friendships.

    They went ahead to become some of the best diplomats, United Nations and Foreign Service Officers, Human Rights Leaders, Attorneys and Judges, Writers and Educators in the USA and abroad. We have stayed in touch.

    I never expected to be a professor there. I had never applied. Actually, at the time, I had been taking advantage of my MBA and was lecturing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where a retired Ambassador and a couple of us had opened a Center for Global Business and Intercultural Relations, preparing post-graduate business people for their adventures in the new global market. So, when the call came from the Dept. Head of Linguistics, Modern Languages and Literature, by the sweet name of Dr. Anemore, I was speechless, and accepted without even thinking of the logistics.

    And I became very happy there.

    My profession had changed from the world of statistics and economics to Machiavelli’s Renaissance philosophy, and Rousseau's political Romanticism.

    While there, I was called in to start a new Language and Civilization Program at CNU, Christopher Newport University, the youngest, public, liberal arts college in Newport News, Virginia. And I would go there from 4 PM on...

    But, after that my precious 5 years old granddaughter and her little girlfriend were killed by a reckless Pizza delivery man I promised my daughter to stay off the dangerous highway.

    And, eventually, after witnessing more and more road rage accidents and multiple vehicle crashes, unwilling to relocate to this small College town, I regretfully resigned my position.

    But I will never forget my time there, the beauty of the place, the people I met, the delightful walks in the park on Campus where we often held classes in the Spring, the intellectual challenge of the arts, the Kimball Theatre, the camaraderie and pride of the Tribes Football Team, the Exhibitions at the small, fine, new Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Language Houses Parties...

    Most of all, I still treasure the dynamism, talent, and energy of my students.

    But what about me after I left? Was that normal? Have I ever been normal?

    Maybe not, but thankful and blessed by the experience, yes. Certainly.





    Christmas Day letter to the editor - Love in action
    Written by Steve Baggarly, submitted by Tom Bertrand

    This letter was published in the Virginian-Pilot on December 25, 2019:

    Another Christmas is upon us, and many political, commercial, and religious interests continue to invoke Jesus as justification for their accumulated wealth and power. I am not convinced that they understand the import of their devotion.

    Jesus was born to an unwed, soon-to-be-refugee mother. He was born impoverished, a feed trough for a crib, unarmed in a world bristling with weaponry. He would live simply, among dispossessed and exploited people, announcing, “Blessed are you who are poor, God’s kingdom is yours; “You cannot serve both God and money”; and “Lend without expecting repayment.” He manifested God’s unabashed siding with the poor.

    He did this because justice is what love looks like in public. For Jesus, God’s love for every living being was the bottom line, which also left no room for violence of any kind: “Treat others as you would have them treat you”; “love your neighbor as yourself”; and to be crystal clear, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

    He relentlessly confronted the wealth and power of the politicians, captains of industry and clerics of his day, armed only with an outraged love for oppressed people. But rather than killing those who came to kill him and his friends, he demonstrated to his followers that liberation meant putting away the sword and taking up the cross.

    For Jesus, the voluntary redistribution of wealth and unilateral disarmament were love in action, the signs of God’s kingdom.

    Steve Baggarly, Norfolk

    Click here for a link to the letter on the Virginian Pilot's website...

    Note from Steve, "They printed the whole thing except for Jesus' saying 'Woe to the rich.' I guess that crossed a line for the Pilot."
    peace, Steve





    Sharing and giving and loving other people is not a seasonal thing...
    Submitted by Whit Peace

    I was rooting around in my house the other day, looking for Christmas wrapping paper, when I came across a newspaper that I had saved. It appeared on the first page of the Virginia Pilot on Christmas Eve morning, 2016 - with my daughter Tara and my niece Tabitha appearing top-of-the-fold!

    - Whit Peace


    This article was published in the Virginian-Pilot on December 24, 2006:



    VIRGINIA BEACH — A resounding spectacle of sermon, song and pageantry awaits at many a church service this evening. But at the Virginia Beach Friends Meeting House, Christmas Eve is a silent night.

    With no minister, no program and no choir, the Quaker congregation will sit quietly in a room lit by a fireplace and candles. Some might speak, if the divine spirit moves them. But the entire four-hour service could pass without a sound.

    “With the spontaneity of our faith, there’s no plan to make it special,” said Andy Young, a Quaker elder. The evening’s only Yuletide touches will be caroling before the service, and fake evergreen sprigs on the meeting room’s windowsills.

    Quakers are Christian, but their faith as well as their approach to Christmas is guided by principles such as simplicity and equality rather than religious doctrine.

    The movement, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, was founded in the 1650s in England by George Fox, who said God placed a spiritual “inner light” in every person.

    During worship services at the Virginia Beach church, or meeting house, the silence is broken only when members share messages prompted by what they consider the spirit of God.

    The congregation has about 150 members.

    There are other Quaker groups in Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, including some that have pastors and organized worship rather than the classic unscripted, silent services.

    Quakers are free to follow their own conscience in how they observe Christmas. But with its emphasis on simplicity and quiet worship, classic Quakerism typically breaks the Christmas season’s frenzy of glitter and consumerism.

    “We do observe it in our family, but very simply; we’re not big shoppers,” Louise Rothrock said. The Virginia Beach congregant converted to Quakerism about 30 years ago after being raised Lutheran.

    Rothrock has a Christmas tree in her home, but simply decorated. “We don’t go in for lights that flash on and off,” she said.

    She gives simple presents of homemade goodies, including fudge prepared according to her grandmother’s recipe. “That just has a very special quality about it, instead of going to the mall,” she said.

    Patrick Goold, a Quaker from Portsmouth who teaches philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan College, said he wrestles with how to give his young children gifts at Christmas without endorsing materialism.

    “That’s a struggle,” he said. “You want it to be simple. You don’t want to teach your children that it’s about consumption.”

    “Christmas is just another day, because every day is a celebration of the birth of Jesus,” said Gerald Bray of Elizabeth City, N.C.

    “I want to live my faith life every day and not just at Christmas,” said Janis Ansell, a 22-year member of the Virginia Beach meeting. “Sharing and giving and loving other people is not a seasonal thing.”

    At the Quakers’ service tonight, open-backed benches will be arranged to face the fireplace at one end of the brick meeting house at 1537 Laskin Road.

    “You can come 15 minutes, or an hour,” said Louise Wilson, who co-founded the congregation in 1955. “Some people come for two or three hours. We practice waiting upon the Lord, and that sounds sanctimonious, but isn’t that what church is for? To worship, and wait upon the Lord,” she said.





    Let your Christmas tree retire to the beach and help with erosion
    Submitted by Nancy Craft

    This article was published in the Virginian-Pilot on December 22, 2019.

    I know it’s not Christmas yet, but I need to ask you this question. What will you do with your tree when the holiday is over?

    I realize you’re probably rushing around with last-minute shopping and gift-wrapping duty, but I had to ask. I’m assuming you’re responsible and will dispose of wrapping paper and gift boxes in the recycle bin, right?

    Well, before your tree loses its fresh pine scent and needles, make a plan to upcycle that bush to a waterfront view. Who doesn’t like an oceanfront home?

    Your tree can have a second life or greater purpose by acting as a natural sand fence while helping to build up sand dunes. The wood and branches help with erosion control, and the nutrients are beneficial for the beach grass. Last year, Chicho’s Pizza held its first annual tree drive. The restaurant partnered with Skimmunity House, a group that promotes skimboarding, and collected more than 500 trees and delivered them to the Outer Banks in an effort to help beach and dune erosion.

    It took 12 trailers to transport the trees to the parking lot of the Islander Motel in Nags Head, North Carolina, and Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

    Matt Potter, owner of the Oceanfront Chicho’s, said it was a sight to see all the trees traveling in trailers to the Outer Banks. Potter said he expected to collect 100 trees last year and ended up receiving 500. He hopes to double that amount this year.

    Chicho’s partnered with Better Beaches OBX, which has been collecting trees since 2013 for use in dune restoration projects. Better Beaches OBX founder Donny King said his organization promotes beach maintenance and dune stabilization.

    “Chicho’s did a great job last year,” King said. “Any amount of trees collected are appreciated.”

    Chicho’s second annual tree drive runs from Dec. 26-Jan. 16. Trees can be dropped off at the Oceanfront Chicho’s, at 2820 Pacific Ave. Anyone who drops off a tree can also get a large cheese pizza for $7.99. If you need your tree picked up, email info@chichospizza.com.

    If you want to keep the Christmas spirit, don’t let your beloved Christmas tree end up in a landfill. Let it retire in an oceanfront community.

    Lee Belote, jlbelote@verizon.net




    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

    MEO Realignment Meeting

    Date: Sunday January 5
    Time: 9 am
    Location: Meetinghouse

    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 - #6 / Growth of Our Children:

    Do we endeavor by example and precept to cultivate in our children a sense of openness and expectancy about life, and to aid them in their growth in spiritual understanding and moral discernment? Do we share with them the faith that guides the practice of Friends, while encouraging them to develop their religious insights as the of the Spirit of God may lead them?

    Next Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is Sunday January 12, 2020, 8:30 am in our Meetinghouse.


     


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    Updated: Monthly