How does the Spirit prosper among you? How does your meeting ensure that ministry is nurtured & members & attenders feel valued and cared for?
Life in the Meeting continues to be meaningful on many levels. As with any human institution, there’s always work to be done, always room for improvement.
Vocal ministry has been rich and spiritual. New friends’ leadings to speak have been enriching. New families continue to contribute energy to Meeting in ways that enrich the life of the Meeting. It is evident that the Spirit doesn’t recognize political and other boundaries. Continue reading
The Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) provided us with six queries which have proven helpful in considering the state of our monthly meeting. They address : 1.) Meeting for worship; 2.) Gatherings and First Day School; 3.) Committees and Meetings for Business; 4.) Relationships within the community; 5.) Outreach; and 6.) Looking ahead. It may be said that by understanding the first five of these, we will be better able to understand and acknowledge right response to the sixth. On January 17, 2010 we devoted our adult forum time to discussion of these queries. The following paragraphs reflect input gathered from this and other sources.
2008 saw its share of blessings and challenges.
Many young families are attending meeting, some of whom have joined as members. Many have young children attending First Day School. The children join us in worship for the last few minutes of worship; their scuffling and quiet whisperings are a welcome addition. A “learn about how to become a member” breakfast sponsored by advancement and outreach committee was well attended. In the fall, a Quakerism 102 workshop was held at the State College Friends School.
The State College Friends Meeting continues to be very active, but the attendance at Meeting for Worship has been down a little. Attendance will improve when the local schools and the Penn State University resume classes.
We have held Meeting for Worship on the lawn twice this summer. Both days the sun was shining, but on the third Sunday it rained.
Members of the Meeting attended both the Baltimore Yearly Meeting and the Philadelphia Yearling Meeting, and reported to the Monthly Meeting.