First Day Meetings for Worship
Sundays, 10 am: Atlanta Friends Meeting, Meeting Room; smaller group in Meetinghouse library
Sundays, 1:30 pm: Stone Mountain Friends Church (Evangelical), at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 5135 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
3rd Sundays, 12:30 pm: Carrollton Friends Worship Group, Saint Andrew United Methodist Youth Center, 1106 Maple St, Carrollton, email@example.com or 678-378-3368 (sites.google.com/site/carrolltonfriendsga/).
Mid-Week Meetings for Worship
Wednesday Morning Worship, 8:30–9am: In the library at Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse. Contact Jonah McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-377-2474.
Wednesday Night Worship, 7pm: This semi-programmed worship includes singing, a prepared message, open worship, and prayer. In the Meeting Room. Contact Ashley Wilcox, email@example.com, 206-300-5836.
1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings, 7pm, Mid-Week Worship: At Jarvis household, 3640 N. Druid Hills Rd. Contact Lynn Leuszler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-974-8001.
Fridays: 9am (school year only): Friends School of Atlanta, 862 Columbia Dr, Decatur, in the Community Meeting Room, 404-373-8746.
Fridays: 11am at East Lake Commons. Contact Bert Skellie, 404-378-5883, email@example.com for directions.
Adult First Day School
The Adult First Day School is studying several different religions and comparing and contrasting them with our own Quaker practices. The basis for our discussions is The World's Religions by Huston Smith. Join us for one session or many sessions as we explore Hinduism, Confucianism, Judaism and many more each First Day at 9:00 AM in the Library. All are welcome.
Bible Discussion Group
On the Road to Emmaus (and other encounters with the Teacher). After Easter morning Jesus’ followers met him in unexpected places and did not recognize him at first. Where and when do we encounter our Teacher, and do we recognize him at the time? How do we know him? How do we, like Peter, respond when he asks, "Feed my sheep?" Join us for our discussion in the Library at 7pm on Thursday. Bring your favorite edition of the Bible. We like to compare translations. For more info, contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Friends Film
Green Friends’ next film screening will be on Sunday, May 14, at 11:45 in the Meeting Room. Snacks will be provided. We will see and discuss several short films, some funny and some not; some on climate change and its contribution to Syria’s disaster; on neat ways Nature can help us deal with climate change; and on vegan diets.
Invitation to Those with Leadings Related to Peace and Social Justice
Have you been wondering how to put your faith into action but are not sure what that would look like? Do you want some Friendly company as you become ready? Would you like to link up with others with similar leadings? Social Concerns Committee is the group in our Meeting where you can get support in following your leadings to work for peace and social justice. Discernment and clearness processes may result in recommendation for a request for funding. We also welcome willing hands and hearts for the leadings currently being pursued by the Social Concerns Committee. Everyone is invited to come to the next meeting on Sunday, May 14, at 11:45 am in the High School classroom. For more info: Chris Kohler (email@example.com or 404-493-0182) or Bert Skellie (firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-378-5883).
Food and Babies!
The Care & Counsel Committee is sponsoring a support group for parents of young children in the meeting. They have met twice and there has been big parent turnout! They will meet three more times this year. Each time they meet we need 5 adults/teens to watch the babies and little ones from 10am–12pm, and 2–3 people to bring snacks for the adults. This is important work because it supports the young families in our meeting. You could be one of those lucky people!!! Email Elizabeth Tolmach <email@example.com> and tell her when and how you would like to volunteer. Thank you! Dates are April 30, July 30, October 29.
Spiritual Nurture Groups
A new Group is forming! Friends have found this a way to get to know others, deepen their own sense of worship, and build community within Meeting. For more information, refer to Pendle Hill Pamphlet #373 “Group Spiritual Nurture: The Wisdom of Spiritual Listening,” available in the Library. If interested in joining this new group, contact Lewis Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships for Spiritual Enrichment
AFM has a limited amount of scholarship assistance for those wishing to attend Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA), Friends General Conference (FGC) and/or other similar opportunities for spiritual enrichment. This year, SAYMA is June 15–18 at Warren Wilson College near Asheville and FGC is July 2–8 at Niagara Univ in New York. Registration information for SAYMA and FGC is available on their websites: fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering and sayma.org. Forms to request scholarship assistance are on the AFM website and in the Ministry & Worship committee folder in the office. The deadline for applying for scholarship assistance is May 14. Contact Bob Lough (email@example.com).
What is Church of Mary Magdalene?
Church of Mary Magdalene is the new semi-programmed worship on Wednesday nights at 7pm in the meeting room. It is a place where women preach, and the worship includes singing, 20–30 minutes of open worship, and prayer. Come experience a different kind of worship that Quakers all around the world practice! Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/churchofmarymag, and contact Ashley Wilcox, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-300-5836.
QVS Fellows Share at 2nd Hour Forum
Each year, we have a group of QVS Fellows join our AFM community—incredible young adults dedicating themselves to a year of service, community, and exploration of the "Quaker Way." Come hear from these eight Fellows share about their social justice work at local non-profits, lessons from community living, and growth in this radical and transformative year. Share + Q&A on Sunday, April 30, at 11:45am!
Friends House Moscow Talk and Crafts
On Sunday, May 14 during Adult First Day School at 9am, Julie Harlow, who has been traveling to the USSR and Russia since 1984, will share her experiences of the citizen diplomacy of the 1980s, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the problems left by the Soviet regime, how Russians addressed those concerns and how Friends around the world developed and maintain Friend House Moscow to help them achieve their goals. Her talk is titled, "Friends House Moscow: Current Conditions in Russia and the Work of Friends in the Region." (See flyers at the meetinghouse for more details.) Russian Crafts will be available for purchase.
Gathered Meeting Retreat
AFM's Gathered Meeting Retreat is May 5–7 at beautiful Charlie Elliot Retreat center, 1.25 hours east of Atlanta. Come enjoy community and discover wider, deeper Friendships in this inter generational weekend. Laura MacNorlin will be our facilitator as we explore our retreat theme: "Deeper, wider waters, discerning who we want to be in this moment in time." Family registrations and scholarship requests are due April 23. Adult registration deadline is April 30. Hope you can make it! Questions? Dwight.email@example.com
People's Climate March
Come and join the Decatur Local Food and People's Climate March Saturday, April 29. Gather at Holy Trinity Parish (515 East Ponce de Leon) at 10:30. There will be music and speakers. We will walk to the Decatur Farmers Market at Commerce and Clairemont. Bring signs and march with us.
Alternatives to Violence (AVP) Basic/First Level Workshop
All facilitators at AVP workshops are unpaid volunteers.
More detailed information:
On the Web: Facebook at “AVP Atlanta” and www.avpusa.org
By Phone: Call Karen at 404-797-8079
To Register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why: To learn how to respond nonviolently to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration, and anger can lead to violent behavior.
What: Learn proven strategies and methods for implementing nonviolent alternatives in your life.
How: Two day workshop where participants learn via interactive exercises, games and role-plays new ways to find alternatives to violence.
Who: Open to all aged 18 and over.
Cost: Requested contribution: $30. Lunch is provided both days. No one excluded due to lack of funds.
SAVE THE DATES! AVP 2017 Community Workshop Calendar
May 20–21, Columbia Theological Seminary, Basic/First Level, open to all aged 18 +
June 10–11, Kennesaw State University, Advanced/Second Level, open to participants who have completed the Basic/First Level workshop
- All workshops take place Saturday and Sunday 9am–6pm
Social Justice Camp for Ages 14–18
UUCA Youth Leadership and Social Justice Camp is a week-long program that provides teens ages 14 to 18 with a unique summer opportunity to interact with a diverse group of youth who come together to build a community based on inclusivity, respect, and understanding. The camp brings together diverse young people to explore the challenges and rewards of building community among people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Young people become leaders in service to the mission of fighting bias, bigotry, and racism by promoting understanding between all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, relationship building and education. Brochure: http://tinyurl.com/UUCA-Youth-Camp-Brochure-2017 Application: http://tinyurl.com/UUCA-Youth-Camp
Georgia Tech's G.I.R.L.S. Registration Open
This program is for girls rising 7th–9th grades who are interested in rapidly learning STEAM. Monday–Friday, July 17–21, 9am–3pm. For more information and to register, to to www.ceismc.gatech.edu/ceismc-summer-peaks.
Jessi Heneghan, LCSW, RPT-S, has partnered with Atlanta Mindfulness Institute to offer a half-day Family Mindfulness Retreat for families with children 5–9 on April 29. The retreat will be at Atlanta Friends Meeting. Learn more by visiting her website or that of Atlanta Mindfulness Institute.
Double Food Stamp Values
Do you count on SNAP/food stamps, or know anyone who does, to have enough to eat? Did you know that food stamp users can get double their dollars (up to $50) at the Decatur Farmers Market and 20 others in the metro Atlanta area? A stamp user just presents the card at the information booth at a WWG farmers market. Visit the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta (RCCA) website for the full list and more info.