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Goose Creek Friends

Newsletter March 2019


Goose Creek Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Lincoln, Virginia

Queries for Third Month: Outreach


• How does my life witness to my
Quaker faith?
• How do I reach out to new attenders and
encourage their exploration of Quakerism
as a spiritual path?
• How does our Meeting convey Quaker
faith and practice to the wider community?
• Do you find ways to encourage members,
attenders, and all seekers to continue
attending Meeting?

Our nursery school with therapy dog, Teddy, in February


Monthly Meeting for Worship with a
Concern for Business: Third Month
Friends approved Baltimore Yearly Meeting donation in thanks for their use of our
Young Friends’ use of the Meeting House Meeting House each year.
for their weekend conference April 5-7. The Jackie Stilwell from Right Sharing of World
Young Friends also requested the presence of Resources will teach First Day School
Goose Creek friendly adult presence. and give a video presentation at the rise
Friends approved Shiloh Field’s request for of Meeting on May 12. Right Sharing of
use of the Meeting House and grounds for a World Resources is an independent Quaker
yard sale to benefit “Hope for Home.” This organization that empowers women in
will take place on May 10, with May 17 as the Kenya, India, and Sierra Leone through
back-up date in case of inclement weather. microloans and training to help them
Friends approved June 7, 7-9 pm, as the date establish their own small businesses.
and time for Liz Huntington’s poetry reading. Meredith Bean McMath’s play All for the
Donations will go to the Loudoun County Union, previously approved for a production
Literacy Council. at Goose Creek, has been accepted by the
Friends approved the use of the Meeting Capital Fringe Festival. For this reason she
House by the Lincoln Community League is cutting back her schedule and no longer
for community activities on July 4, plans the production here. However, she
September 8, December 18, and December has proposed offering a presentation about
19, 2019. The League gives us a generous the play and the Quaker history it draws
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upon, to take place at the Meeting House on Presentation on Maasai Women by


August 17 or 18. This would be advertised Mimi Westervelt
to the public. Friends approved her request. After meeting on March 17, Miriam
Friends approved use of the Meeting House Westervelt will offer a presentation
on March 5 for a meeting of the Loudoun of the doctoral work she recently
Preservation Society. completed on “Gender dimensions of
Friends approved the annual reports of the land change among indigenous Maasai in
Hospitality Committee and the Membership southern Kenya.” Prolonged drought is
Clerk with thanks. The number of Meeting having severe gender impacts in her study
members remained the same from January area. A local woman will walk 10 miles or
1-December 31, 2018, but we gained three more to find water and carry as much as 45
new members and lost three members to pounds of water home on her back. Mimi will
death. Maria Nicklin helped Membership offer local craft items for purchase to support
Clerk Nancy Uram convert our records to efforts to dig wells. An article Mimi recently
digital form, and Nancy plans to share this published on the topic is available at https://
protocol with other Meetings who would link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10745-
like to use it. 018-0034-7 /
On behalf of the Ministry and Oversight This was rescheduled from the original
Committee, Peggy King read a draft of our snowy date in January.
2018 Spiritual State of the Meeting Report.
The draft was discussed and amendments
made. The amended report will be sent to
Baltimore Yearly Meeting and included with
the newsletter.

Upcoming in First Day School


March 3: Quaker Testimonies in the stories of Dr. Seuss
March 10: Exploring stewardship through the works
of Wendell Berry
March 17: Brainstorming and planning a fundraiser
for the Meeting - possible bake or craft sale.
March 24: Field trip to Friend Chrissie’s quilting studio
in town. All are welcome. Parents are invited and
encouraged to accompany their children. We will
be contacting parents for the needed permission.
March 31: Bible Study with Friend Allen.

Are you passionate about a particular subject? If you would love to share your knowlege and experience with the students please
contact us! We are also seeking additional friendly adult presences (FAPs) and facilitators for a teen First Day School group.
We need you! contact Maria or Cameron, the RE co-clerks: marianicklin@gmail.com and cameron247@hotmail.com.
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From the Unity with April 13, 10:00-2:00 – At Friends


Nature Committee: Wilderness Center:
Interfaith Power and Light, a group our Art and Spirit, an Expressive Art
committee has worked with, invites us to Workshop, led by Lynn Perlik
download and use their Lenten Creation Explore and enjoy the innate connection
Care Calendar during Lenten.  It is hoped between Spirit and creativity through
that, as we partake in the daily readings and art media and practices such as guided
practices, we will grow closer to God and meditation and a brief nature walk. This
to Creation, and have deeper conversations workshop is appropriate for any level of art
about what it means to respond to climate experience. There will be a nominal (< $10)
change as a faith community. May this materials fee for chalk pastels, paper and ink
season serve as a wake-up call to be mindful needed to create your artworks. 
of the ways that our daily choices impact Lunch will be available for $10.  To register
everyone. Download the calendar at: http:// or reserve lunch, please email Sheila Bach,
ipldmv.org/lent/   at snbach@earthlink.net
For more information about the Friends
Quaker Notices Wilderness Center and Directions, go
March 16-17 – BYM Junior Young Friends to  www.friendswilderness.org
Conference at Frederick Friends Meeting A suggested donation of $10 helps the
April 5-7 – BYM Young Friends Friends Wilderness Center to meet expenses.
Conference at Goose Creek Friends Meeting
March 23 – BYM Third Month Interim Meeting News
Meeting at Annapolis Friends Meeting Please hold in the Light Eve Walker, her
Get to know Yearly Meeting Committees parents, Libby and Mark Walker, and all
and Friends from other Meetings! Be of her family. Eve is recovering from a car
a part of important decision making. Join accident that occurred on February 15. She
Friends for morning committee meetings suffered extensive injuries to her lower body
and the afternoon’s Interim Business and is facing a long recovery period. The
Meeting. Annapolis Friends Meeting will Walkers do expect that Eve will be able to
host the Third Month Interim Meeting. come home soon. The family appreciates
Friends will begin gathering at 10:00am. the concern that has been shown by Meeting
Committee meetings will begin at 10:30. members. Notes and cards can be sent to the
Check the Yearly Meeting website for more following address: 18799 Trinity Church
information. (www.bym-rsf.org/events/ Road, Purcellville VA 20132.
interim/third19.html).
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Sundays Facing Bench


Meeting for worship at 9:45 a.m. MARCH
First Day School at 10:00 a.m. Rich Weidner
Fellowship at 10:45 a.m. APRIL
Wednesdays Allen Cochran

Discussion Group at 7:00 p.m.


First Day
Calendar School
MARCH 03/03/19
Quaker Testimonies
3.10 Sunday 11 am Discussion: Quakers and the Bible & Dr. Seuss
3.16 Saturday 10-12 SPICES crankie production 03/10/19
Stewardship &
work morning Wendell Berry
3.17 Sunday 11 am Mimi Westervelt on women and 03/17/19
water in southern Kenya Meeting Fundraiser
Brainstorm & Planning
3.31 Sunday 11 am Ministry & Oversight
03/24/19
Committee meeting Visit to Quilting
Studio in Lincoln
APRIL
03/31/19
4.5-7 Friday - Sunday BYM Young Friends at Goose Creek Bible Study
4.7 Sunday 11 am Meeting for Worship with a Concern
for Business NEWSLETTER
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4.28 Sunday 11 am Ministry & Oversight Lincoln, VA 20160.
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ASSISTANT CLERK
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“Indeed if one has been visited by a direct sense Cochransstone@aol.com
TREASURER
of inward presence, he is driven to tell everyone Brian Burgher
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NEWSLETTER EDITOR
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Inward Light should so timidly hide their own blycox@comcast.net
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