Welcome to New Garden Friends Meeting!

Whether this is your first at a Quaker meeting or you have been coming for years, know that you are welcome. You are welcome whether you attend in person or online. We are glad you are here.

As Friends, we practice a listening spirituality. We listen for the voice of the Spirit through music, readings, prepared messages, and open worship.

In our open worship, we believe that God can speak to or through anyone. We listen in silence for the leading of the Spirit. If you feel led to speak out of the silence, please do!

Blessings, Ashley
[email protected] ngfm.org
Office Hours: 2-4pm on Mondays and by appointment

Meeting for Worship / September 25, 2022

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New Garden Friends Meeting is an inclusive, welcoming faith community in the tradition of the Religious Society of Friends. Our members and attenders represent a wide range of religious backgrounds and traditions. Grounded in more than 250 years of Quaker heritage, New Garden remains a vital Meeting for those who seek that of God in every person.

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Notes from Pastor Ashley / February 2, 2023

Dear Friends, In lightly programmed worship this past week, I read a poem by Mary Oliver called “Whistling Swans.” I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, and some lines from this poem stood out for me. Lines like “don’t worry about what language you use, God no doubt understands them all.” I am grateful to be part of a community that uses different language for God and hears the voice of the Spirit in the whistling swans…

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Welcome Afghan Family / February 2023

New Garden Friends Meeting is sponsoring a new refugee family. A Mom and Dad with 4 kids, ages 3-11. Both parents were professionals in Afghanistan and speak excellent English. They have very impressive resumes and the Dad is very anxious to go to work. Waseem (the Dad) was able to take the driver’s test and get his license and would love to have a car. If anyone has any leads on a used car or…

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Caring Friends Opportunity: Friend Visitation / February 2023

Join Marcy Reid-Smith and Judy Haughee-Bartlett for an introductory session designed to better prepare you to visit a member of our community in their home or care facility. On the schedule: fun, fellowship, role playing, wisdom sharing and guidance! Commitment: After attending the session, volunteers will be paired with an individual to visit once each month. Visits may last 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the needs of the individual. All are welcome! When: February…

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Anti-Racism Resources / February 2, 2023

Where to begin, or where to look for additional resources to aid in your quest to become antiracist? Here is a link published by the University of North Carolina and shared with me by Tina Fisher of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee. This could keep me busy for the rest of my life-long endeavor to become an antiracist: diversity.unc.edu/anti-racism-resources Thank you, Tina! If any of you have resources that have been helpful to you,…

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Quaker Lake Women’s Retreat / March 4, 2023

Women of all ages…the Quaker Lake Camp Women’s Retreat is back! Join us on March 4 for a day of worship, relaxation, and fellowship. The cost is $50 per person, and it includes a light breakfast and lunch. For more information and to complete registration/payment, visit https://www.quakerlakecamp.org/womens-retreat. The registration deadline is February 24.

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Rosenwald Schools Film Premier / February 4, 2023

Dear Friends, Many of you know that I’ve been involved in a documentary film project about Rosenwald Schools for a (very) long time. Several of you have generously supported the non-profit that Jere Snyder and I started (Longleaf Productions) to do this work. Now, at long last, we have something to show for it. “Unlocking the Doors of Opportunity / The Rosenwald Schools of North Carolina” will be screened at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4,…

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Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation / February – March 2023

Moving Medicaid Expansion Forward FCNCL is partnering with Health Action NC (HANC) in support of their “Love Thy Neighbor” themed lobby day on Valentine’s Day February 14. You can help by signing up to participate in a Call Your Legislator Action Hour, 11 am Feb. 7 via Zoom. You can also help by signing up for in-person or Zoom lobbying of your legislators on Feb. 14. email: [email protected] web: fcncl.org Help us gauge our effectiveness:…

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Faith Leaders Lobby Day / February 7 & 28, 2023

Training – February 7th, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. ON ZOOM Lobby Day – February 28th, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. / 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC Dear faith and religious community leaders, Thank you for your interest in and partnership on organizing around issues of abortion and reproductive justice in NC. We all know that this legislative session has the potential to usher in new harsher restrictions for reproductive healthcare in our state AND that…

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Religious Education / February 2, 2023

Hello Friends! There have been several changes at the meetinghouse. Have you noticed? We were fortunate to have Middle and Upper school students from New Garden Friends School spend their service days with us last week and do some major heavy lifting. So if you haven’t already, come check out my new office in Room 109 (right next door to the old Religious Education office). The old RE office is in transition as I continue…

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All God’s Children Got a Place in the Choir / February 2023

Hello, New Gardeners, I hope you’ve been enjoying having the choir back singing again as much as we’ve enjoyed singing for you. I’d like to ask you to take a moment and consider joining our choir. We always welcome more voices and are particularly in need of male voices. Reading music is certainly beneficial, but not mandatory since you can learn your part by rote during our rehearsals. Singing in the choir is great way…

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FUM “Living Letters” Service-Learning Trip to Palestine and Israel / June 2023

Jane and Max Carter will be the co-leaders of a June 23 to July 11 trip to Palestine and Israel sponsored by Friends United Meeting. Accommodations will mostly be at the Ramallah Friends School, where light volunteer work of painting, cleaning, and landscaping will be done. Speakers from both Israel and the Palestinian Territories will share personally about the situation, and further interaction will include meals in the homes of families whose children have attended…

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Notes from Pastor Ashley / January 24, 2023

Dear Friends, One of the fun things about my job as pastor is that I get invitations to speak about Friends at New Garden! On Saturday, I went to High Point Friends Meeting for their annual planning retreat. Someone there had read our newsletter and wanted to learn more about the approaches New Garden Friends are taking to pastoral care. I shared about Caring Friends and our Care Fair, and all of the ways Friends…

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Change of Address? / January 2023

Do you have a new email address, physical address, or telephone number? If so, kindly reach out to Valerie at the NGFM office so we can update our contacts list. We want to make sure that everyone has the latest information that we send out.

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Story Circle for Marcy Maury / January 29

On Sunday, January 29, Friends are invited to join other New Gardeners in an informal story circle to share some of our stories about Marcy Maury and the many ways she was involved with our community over the years. We will meet at 3:00 p.m., following the called meeting to talk about the budget. If we’re a small group, we’ll meet in the parlor, and if the group is larger, we’ll move to the fellowship…

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New Doorbell / January 2023

We now have a doorbell at the connector door! When coming to the meeting during business hours, kindly use our new doorbell underneath the keypad on the right side of the front door.

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Challenging Racism / January 25, 2023

Quakers have a wide reputation as having been leaders in the abolition movement, and there were a good number of Quakers that, indeed, faced threats, financial ruin and even risked their lives for the cause. Other Quaker enslavers took longer to be convinced, and some were eventually read out of meeting for enslaving Africans as yearly meetings began taking a stand that those who owned slaves could no longer call themselves members of the Religious…

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News from Religious Education / January 25, 2023

Children are Welcome at Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Wiggles is BACK! All children are invited and encouraged to join us during Meeting for Worship. There is a blanket in the back corner of the meetingroom for children to sit on for Meeting for Wiggles. They are welcome to bring small, quiet toys to play with. Crayons and activity packets are available in the foyer outside the Worship room. Childcare is available beginning at…

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Quaker Cupboard Seeking Food & Hygiene Donations for Guilford College Students / January 2023

Hi friends, this update comes from Jack and Quinn Finnegan in relation to our efforts to help those experiencing food shortage at Guilford College. Through our Quaker cupboard program, we are asking for donations of items such as Ramen, pasta and sauce, nut butter, dried fruits, pop tarts, Gatorade, tortillas, chips, KIND bars, alternative shelf stable milks, other non-perishable food items, and hygiene products. The bin for contributions is located in the meeting foyer. Thank…

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Friends Committee on National Legislation Spring Lobby Weekend / 2023

March 25-28, 2023 | Washington, D.C. or Online. At Spring Lobby Weekend, our young adult advocacy conference, hundreds of us from around the country will gather to learn advocacy skills and lobby Congress for important policy changes. Together we will take action in support of violence interruption programs: community-centered solutions to address the root causes of violence. To register go to fcnl.org

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Red Cross Lifesaving / AED Training / January 2023

New Garden Friends Meeting wants to gauge interest in a Red Cross Lifesaving / AED class given at the Meeting. This includes use of our AED machine (Automated External Defibrillator), in the hall outside of our kitchen, and CPR leading to Red Cross certification for CPR and AED. We will need between 8 and 12 participants for the Red Cross to offer this paid program. Please contact Valerie Harris at the office to add your…

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Items Still Needed for the Refugee Parsonage Project / January 18, 2023

We had a great group of Friends come out for a very productive work day at the Parsonage recently. Thank you to everyone for your hard work and donations. The home is almost ready for our first family. We are still in need of some items for the house. If you have any to donate or would be interested in picking these items up, we’d be grateful. The ReStore has proven a wonderful resource for…

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Notes from Pastor Ashley / January 18, 2023

Dear Friends, As I prepare my message for this week, I keep thinking about the verse “be knit together in the same mind and the same purpose” (1 Corinthians 1:10). I was curious about the phrase “knit together,” and I learned that in Greek it can mean to repair, restore, or perfectly join together. What knits us together as Friends? What repairs or restores us? Sometimes the things that bring us together are difficult and…

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Challenging Racism / January 18, 2023

My husband invited me to go to a play with him this Thursday night, and I’m excited about it! The play, “Nice White Parents 2016” sounds like a possible help for me as I often find myself struggling between good intention vs actual impact. I could wait until next week and give you a review, but since it will be in Greensboro for such a limited time, I thought I would give you the “heads-up”…

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Quaker Cupboard Seeking Food & Hygiene Donations for Guilford College Students / January 18, 2023

Hi friends, this update comes from Jack and Quinn Finnegan in relation to our efforts to help those experiencing food shortage at Guilford College. Through our Quaker cupboard program we are asking for donations of items such as Ramen, pasta and sauce, nut butter, dried fruits, pop tarts, Gatorade, tortillas, chips, KIND bars, alternative shelf stable milks, other non perishable food items and hygiene products. There is a collection box on a table in the…

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