Introducing Ashley Wilcox, Interim Pastor

Dear Friends,

I am so happy to be joining you as the Interim Pastor of New Garden Friends Meeting! It has been wonderful to start getting to know you, and I look forward to our work together over the next year. Thank you all for your warm welcome.

Here is a little about me: I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and I lived in many places before moving to Greensboro a year ago. I first came to Friends in a semi-programmed meeting, so that style of worship feels like home for me. I have been active as a Quaker minister for fourteen years, and my meeting in Oregon recorded me as a minister in 2013. I am a graduate of Candler School of Theology (Emory) and Willamette University College of Law. I also recently published a book, The Women’s Lectionary: Preaching the Women of the Bible throughout the Year.

This interim will be a time of deep listening and discernment about who you are as a community and what you are seeking in a settled pastor. I look forward to learning more about you and how you feel God calling you as a community. It is an honor to accompany you as we listen together.

Blessings,

Ashley

Meeting for Worship / September 25, 2022

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Upcoming at New Garden
Sat 08

Breakfast 4 Our Friends

October 8 @ 7:45 am - 8:30 am
Sat 08

Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation

October 8 @ 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
Sun 09

Meeting for Worship / Un-Programmed

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sun 09

Adult Forum

October 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Sun 09

Spiritual Disciplines

October 9 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Sun 09

Meeting for Worship / Semi-Programmed

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 10

Local Quaker History Tour

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Calling on Friends to Take Action / October 2, 2022

World Quaker Day took place on 2 October, 2022 with the theme “Becoming the Quakers the World Needs.” World Quaker Day is an annual event where we celebrate the diversity of Quakerism around the world and build connections to make our community stronger. This year, every Friends Church and Quaker Meeting was encouraged to send or receive visitors to or from another Quaker group, to bring greetings, build relationships and share ideas. Quaker groups in…

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Bivalent Covid Vaccine / October 2022

Friends are advised that Bivalent Covid vaccines are now available to improve immunity to Covid including variants which have been recently more predominant. These vaccines are available with little or no wait at your local pharmacy and can be given at the same time as your annual Influenza booster. Vaccinated persons, according to recent studies, are ten times less likely to suffer severe repercussions from Covid. Influenza is unfortunately anticipated to be more severe this…

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Community Housing Solutions Will Join Adult Forum / October 16

Come in person or on Zoom to the Adult Forum on October 16 th (9:30) to hear Gene Brown, director of Community Housing Solutions. Friends may remember that we donated $30,000 to this organization as a part of our Solar Panel project. Learn about the work this organization does for people in our community who need assistance remaining safely in their own homes. Karin Heller will send out the Zoom connection in an upcoming “Religious…

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You Can Help Recycle Styrofoam in Greensboro! / October 2022

Did you know you can recycle foam (better known by its trademark Styrofoam) in Greensboro? Since mid-2020 the Triad Foam Recycling Coalition has been working to keep foam out of our landfills where it lasts hundreds of years. Coalition partners (Greensboro Beautiful, Tiny House Community Development, Emerging Ecology, and Environmental Stewardship Greensboro) opened a drop-off site at 1310 West Gate City Boulevard near UNCG. Since then the coalition has added trailers at 4 more sites…

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Explore THE QUAKING OF AMERICA with Friends / October 2022

More than a few New Gardeners have read Resmaa Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands. Even if you have not, you may find his The Quaking of America , published in 2022, even more compelling, filled with insights on the perils facing our fragile democracy. With practices to confront ‘White Body Supremacy’ and build resilience, the book’s subtitle calls it ‘an embodied guide to navigating our nation’s upheaval and racial reckoning’. It is that and much more,…

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Dream.org Brings Regenerative Agriculture to Under-served Communities in the Triad / October 2022

Matthew Armstrong, Director of the Institute for Regenerative Design and Innovation is launching Renew Forsyth, a campaign sponsored by Dream.org to bring regenerative agriculture to underserved communities in the Triad. Long story short, we’re trying to address poverty and climate through education (living labs) and by creating “food innovation districts” in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Much of our work has already begun. If you’d like an introduction through an essay I recently published, check out “Renew…

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Religious Education Update / October 5, 2022

Adult Forum Friends may join us in the parlor, or on Zoom. Zoom links will continue to go out with Religious Education updates and information. October 9: New Garden’s own version of “heART journaling”. Art supplies (paper, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.) will be provided for Friends joining in person, but you are welcome to bring your own. We will continue working with the theme of grief and will begin with a blessing or query, and…

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Housekeeping / October 2022

This is a friendly reminder. Please remember to turn off the lights and make sure all doors are locked when leaving the meeting after hours. We have had several occasions of the basement being unlocked and the lights on after hours, as well as the back door upstairs near the kitchen. Doors and lights are all checked when the office closes at 5p.m. so this is happening after hours. Please be mindful of checking when…

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Guilford County COVID-19 Data Hub

Click here to view Guilford County Covid Status. Scroll midway down the page to check the community spread level; RED = Mask Required YELLOW = Mask Recommended GREEN = Mask Optional If the Guilford County Covid status is Yellow or Green, Meeting will provide a “Mask Required“ space for friends who wish to worship in person each Sunday.

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Quaker Commemorative Trip to Snow Camp / October 22, 2022

Join Friends in a Snow Camp Quaker tour of meeting houses and restored mills on October 22, 2022. This trip brings together our different Quaker branches who have expressed interest in our common roots at this time of celebration of our 350 years of originally being in North Carolina. Snow Camp, first settled by Quakers in 1749, and Cane Creek Friends Monthly Meeting, established in 1751, known as the “Mother of Meetings” in central N.C.,…

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White Voices Against Racism Tours / September & October 2022

Tour 1: September 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Guilford Woods, The Underground Railroad The significance of the woods as a place of refuge has been passed down through the years. Abolitionist Levi Coffin grew up north of the site and references these woods between his home and his New Garden Quaker Meeting as a place of refuge. The case of John Dimery’s escape and quick movement to Indiana in 1819 is the…

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Annual Meeting of Friends Committee on National Legislation Nov. 16-20, 2022

Register & more information • Lobbying in the Quaker Public Policy Institute (11/16-11/17) will focus on increasing funding for environmental justice Programs. • FCNL’s Annual Meeting provides a rich opportunity to gather with F/friends from all over the country, learn more about FCNL and come together to move the world toward the ‘World We Seek.’ • Financial support is available both through FCNL & New Garden Friends Meeting.

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Vote Now for Participatory Budgeting Projects / October 2022

On-line voting has begun for projects in your neighborhood under the City’s Participatory Budgeting Program. Greensboro residents 14 and older will help decide how to spend $500,000 in City funds by voting in Participatory Budgeting (PB) Greensboro until October 15 at www.PBGreensboro.com. Proposed projects on the ballot this year include street sign toppers to identify historically significant neighborhoods (proposed by the New Garden Guilford College Area Alliance), bus shelters, water-bottle filling stations, outdoor fitness equipment, teen…

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Two Local Quaker History Tours / October 10 & 15, 2022

In continuing celebration of 350 years of Quaker community in North Carolina, two historical tours will be offered in Tenth Month (October). On Monday, October 10, a 9:00 – 12:00 noon tour will begin on the new bridge at the west campus of Friends Homes. Overlooking the inadvertent “Pendle Hill” created by earth moved from new construction, Max Carter will share about the beginnings of Quakerism in England and the role Pendle Hill in Lancashire…

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Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation / Oct. 8, 2022

On Saturday, October 8, FCNCL will hold its Annual Meeting from 9:15 am to 12:30 pm. We look forward to your joining us to conduct the business of our Committee! During our Annual Meeting we will hear from a guest speaker, Rob Schofield of North Carolina Policy Watch, on the topic: “Protecting Democracy in North Carolina.” After Rob’s remarks we will break out into discussion groups to generate ideas as to how we can act…

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Ukrainian Dance Invitation / October 6 & 20, 2022

Thurs., Oct. 6 and 20, 2022, 7:45 p.m., 1500 Mill Street, Suite 105 (between Red Collection and Brooks Global Elem School Fred Astaire Guest Night (10+ years ago, FA Executives invited Ukrainian world class dancers to open this studio). If choose to follow with dance lessons: Beginner package includes 3 individual, 2 group dance lessons for $25.00 (waltz, viennese waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, cha cha, rumba, swing; ask instructor what you would like to learn)…

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This Fall at Quaker Lake Camp / 2022

The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival will be held at Quaker Lake Camp from 2 until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Admission is $4 per person and includes inflatables, live music, and games (with prizes) for children of all ages. There’s an additional cost for food and other activities that include hayrides, pumpkin painting, pumpkin smashing, cake walk, and more! Additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, is available at www.quakerlakecamp.org/pumpkin-festival. We expect over 2,500 people to…

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(Quaker) Pilgrims’ Progress – Part II / September 28, 2022

A continuation of the account of our September Quaker Pilgrimage. . . The Quaker Pilgrimage, which began at New Garden Meeting on Friday, September 16, was planned as part of a celebration of the 350 years that followed the visits to America of English Friends William Edmundson and George Fox. A bus was chartered and paid for by our meeting’s Blaylock Fund and carried about 30 of us Friends (from several NC meetings/yearly meetings) to…

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Religious Education Update / September 28, 2022

Adult Forum Hybrid Adult Forum went well! Moving forward, Friends may join us in the parlor, or on Zoom. Zoom links will continue to go out with Religious Education updates and information. Contact Karin Heller if you would like to receive links. [email protected] Join us October 2, and October 9 for New Garden’s own version of “heART journaling”. Art supplies (paper, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.) will be provided for Friends joining in person, but you…

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“It is Unchristian to Enslave Africans…,” William Edmundson

From Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship by Donna MacDaniel and Vanessa Julye: “The first Quaker voices against the enslavement of Africans were raised in the late 1600s. . . In 1676 William Edmundson was the first Friend of European descent in the British Empire to write of his conviction that it was unchristian to enslave Africans. [He] spent many years traveling to and living in Quaker communities in the British Caribbean and North American…

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Listening in Tongues / October 15, 2022

Being able to hear other Friends express themselves in the vocabulary most meaningful to them while hearing their meaning in one’s own vocabulary is the essence of listening in tongues. This may have been the real miracle of Pentecost: the speakers told their story in the language familiar to them, but those listening were able to hear in a new way, translating unfamiliar vocabulary into their own words. Why this is important and how to…

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Special Worship Service to Honor Margaret Webb / October 2, 2022

On October 2, we will have a special worship at New Garden Friends Meeting to thank and bless former Pastor Margaret Webb. This will take place during the 11am Semi-Programmed Worship. Friends are invited to share stories about Pastor Margaret Webb’s ministry and to thank her for her care for the meeting. These stories will be shared with the meeting. You are welcome to bring your story to the office or to submit it online…

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Piedmont Friends Fall Retreat / October 1, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. / Friends will gather at Mendenhall Homeplace 603 W. Main Street, Jamestown, NC 27282 for fellowship and a bring-your-own picnic lunch. In the afternoon, Friends will be able to tour the historic Quaker homeplace, which was an active location of the Underground Railroad. A flyer will be attached to the newsletter with more details and registration information. Please save the date!

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(Quaker) Pilgrim’s Progress – Part I / September 20, 2022

The Quaker Pilgrims set out on Friday, September 16 on a bus driven by Friend Tommy Hayes of Marlboro Meeting (Friends Church of NC). They visited Cedar Grove Meeting (NC Yearly Meeting-Conservative), Piney Woods Meeting and Upriver Friends Meeting (un-affiliated), and concluded their journey at Somerton Friends Meeting in Suffolk, VA (North Carolina Fellowship of Friends). The Pilgrims themselves belonged to seven meetings and three yearly meetings in North Carolina: New Garden, First Friends, Jamestown…

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Religious Education Update / September 21, 2022

Adult Forum / September 25 Hybrid Adult Forum went well! Moving forward, Friends may join us in the parlor, or on Zoom. This week, Friends are invited to bring queries for discussion. Queries may be obtained wherever is most convenient. However, the Britain Faith and Practice is available in its entirety here: https://bit.ly/3R3XC8N Zoom links will continue to go out with Religious Education updates and information. Contact Karin Heller if you would like to receive…

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Reflecting on Reversing Wrong Practices, Past and Present / September 21, 2022

Those of us on the Quaker Pilgrimage to eastern North Carolina and Virginia heard an inspirational message from Pastor Richard Wilcox of Somerton Meeting (VA) on Sunday, September 18. He very effectively made the case that it is much easier to look at practices in the past, such as slavery, and agree that they were evil and wonder how they could persist. It is much more difficult to recognize current evils, such as institutional racism,…

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