New Garden Friends Meeting is Gradually Resuming In-Person Activities

As we gradually resume in-person activities, we continue to prioritize safety and inclusiveness for all users of our Meeting House, both New Gardeners and visitors.

We are opening the building to small groups according to the capacity limits we set previously.  Group leaders can contact Sharon (336.292.5487) to make reservations. All visitors should remain masked and socially distanced and follow other guidelines provided by COVID advisors.

We will continue to hold semi-programmed meetings for worship at 10:00 am on Sundays outdoors. This remains the safest way for a large group of people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to be together.

We will provide live Zoom and Facebook connections for those who prefer to participate from home; those participants should also note the time change to 10 a.m. and the other changes in schedule, below.

Adult Forum and Spiritual Disciplines will meet thru July 2021, by Zoom at 11:15 a.m. You can participate as a small group on the grounds, if you prefer. Just bring along your computer.

Those attending unprogrammed meetings for worship on Sundays from 9 – 9:45 a.m. are welcome to use the meeting room.

Please follow the guidance below;

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of illness.
  • Meet outdoors, if feasible, regardless of group size; please bring your own chairs.
  • Reserve meeting room(s) in advance by calling the NGFM office at (336) 292-5487 or emailing office@ngfm.org ; note the capacity of room(s) you will be using and do not exceed maximum occupancy.
  • Optimize ventilation according to the instructions posted by the door of each room.
  • If your group size exceeds the capacity of available indoor space (posted by the door of each room), meet outdoors.
  • Mask and socially distance 6 feet from others, regardless of location or group size.
  • Do not sing or eat together indoors: (least safe activities for unvaccinated people, even if they are masked.)
  • Use restrooms one individual or family group at a time.

In case of threatening weather, we will send out a notice by email early Sunday morning, canceling outdoor activities. In this case, Zoom and Facebook live will take place according to the new schedule: 10 a.m. Semi-programmed Meeting for Worship; 11:15 a.m. Adult Forum and Spiritual Disciplines.

Thank you for your care and patience.

NGFM COVID Medical Advisors

Meeting for Worship / June 27, 2021

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July 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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August 1 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Meeting for Worship / Semi-Programmed

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Mondays for Marcus Vigil

August 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Aug 04

Wednesday Readings & Queries

August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Aug 07

Playground Revival

August 7 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Aug 08

Meeting for Worship / Un-Programmed

August 8 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Friends World Committee for Consultation / October 13-17, 2021

Friends World Committee for Consultation will hold its Executive Committee Meeting at New Garden Friends Meeting (October 13-17). New Garden meeting was to host this meeting in the fall of 2020, but the in-person meeting was cancelled due to the virus. The committee is composed of approximately 16 members. These members will need housing, meals,…

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Covid Advisory Update / July 27, 2021

Cases of COVID and hospitalizations continued to significantly increase in the last week, with the more infectious Delta variant now constituting about 80 % of the cases. There was a nearly 66% increase in cases since last week and a doubling of hospitalizations in the last two weeks. The state’s positivity rate of COVID tests…

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Interim Contact Information / July 27, 2021

New Garden Friends Meeting is welcoming Deborah Suess as interim pastoral minister while Margaret Webb is on maternity leave. Margaret’s leave will likely begin sometime in early August. Deborah Suess can be reached at: (deborah@ngfm.org) or 336-338-1986 (cell) or 336-292-5487 (office). Communications sent to Margaret Webb (to her email address or by phone or text)…

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Addressing the Climate Crisis with Dale Evarts / August 1, 2021

Charlotte Friends Meeting invites you to a virtual forum addressing the Climate Crisis: to bring hope and unity to Friends. with presenter is Dale Evarts (from Durham Friends Meeting) August 1, at 11: 30 a.m. Contact Mary Jo Klingel (mjklingelftlq@comcast.net) to register. The zoom link will be e-mailed to you. Our Presenter is Mr. Evarts,…

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The 2021 North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Annual Gathering will be on ZOOM

The 2021 NCFF Annual Gathering will be on ZOOM.  With the increasing numbers of COVID cases arising especially from the Delta Variant, even in fully vaccinated individuals, we felt it best to hold a virtual annual gathering. Please register: https://www.ncfriends.org/meeting/ so that we might send you the Link for the ZOOM gathering. I’ll send additional…

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Mondays for Marcus Vigil

This vigil to honor the homeless young man killed by police is held every Monday, 12 to 1 p.m. on Washington Street, in front of city council and police depts. We stand silently in masks, holding signs, which are there to use, if you have none of your own. Call CH Holcombe for more info.…

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Challenging Racism / July 27, 2021

From the New York Public Library African American Desk Reference (1999), and The Melanin Project, another (probably unknown to most of us) fact about an African American who gave us something very useful for our kitchens: Willis Johnson of Cincinnati, Ohio, patented and improved the mechanical (rotary) egg beater (U.S. pat# 292,821) February 5, 1884.…

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Young Friends Families Meeting / August 1, 2021

Sunday, August 1, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (during Adult Forum) please join us for a Young Friends families interest meeting. If you have, or know a youth in grades 5-12 who might be interested in attending Young Friends in the fall, we’d love to have you join us!

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How to join Zoom worship online

Are you interested in joining online Meeting for Worship via Zoom? If so, please contact Sharon Burton in the Meeting office for details. You may send email to office@ngfm.org or call 336-292-5487.

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Guidance for Use of New Garden Friends Meeting House / July, 2021

Friends are reminded that as we resume in-person activities, we continue to prioritize safety and inclusiveness for all users of our meeting house, both New Gardeners and visitors. We are opening the building to small groups according to the capacity limits of each meeting space. Group leaders can contact Sharon (see contact information below) to make reservations.…

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Climate & Clean Energy Meeting / July 22, 2021

This Thursday, July 22, New Gardeners, other Friends and allies will deliver a letter to Rep. Manning’s office in downtown Greensboro, calling on Congress to keep climate justice in the forefront as they draft infrastructure legislation and vote this summer. This resets the time for our visit from last week when Rep. Manning’s office was…

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FWCC Executive Committee Meeting and News / July 2021

Friends World Committee for Consultation will hold its Executive Committee Meeting at New Garden Friends Meeting (October 13-17). New Garden meeting was to host this meeting in the fall of 2020, but the in-person meeting was cancelled due to the virus. The committee is composed of approximately 16 members. These members will need housing, meals,…

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Covid Advisory Update / July 20, 2021

Cases of COVID and hospitalizations continued to significantly increase in the last week, believed to be due to the more infectious Delta variant. According to the Greensboro News and Record Tuesday morning, the portion of people tested for the virus who were found to be positive jumped to 5.8%, above the 5% benchmark at which…

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Playground Revival / August 7, 2021

Please join us for an “Adult play date for playground” Saturday, August 7 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. / Recent discussions on Grounds, RE, MM, and M&C have identified the need to work on groundhog holes, fences and gates, to dismantle unsafe structures, remove trash, fill sandbox, restore mulch ground cover, prune low branches, wash…

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Challenging Racism / July 20, 2021

About a month ago Juneteenth was first celebrated as a federal holiday. This commemorates June 19, 1865, when word finally reached ALL enslaved persons that President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 had set them free. At a celebration of this momentous day in history in downtown Greensboro, it was a real joy to watch a…

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News from North Carolina Fellowship of Friends / July 20, 2021

The Annual meeting for North Carolina Fellowship of Friends is August 21, at Quaker Lake. All New Gardeners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Worship sharing and workshops will be included, in addition to a business session. The planning group asks that you register for this at:  https://www.ncfriends.org/ which includes registration and a brief agenda. Contact:…

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New Garden Friends Meeting Helping a Refugee Family / July 2021

New Garden recently received a request from African Services Coalition to help with a Rohingya family being resettled in Greensboro. We do not have the family’s info nor arrival date yet. We will need a group of New Gardeners to love and support them as they begin their new lives in the United States. They…

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Baby Shower Rescheduled for July 25, 2021

The Baby Shower for the Webbs was rescheduled for this coming Sunday, July 25. Please join us from 12 to 1 p.m. for an outdoor in-person gathering to shower the Webb family with love and blessings as we eagerly await the arrival of Baby Webb! This event will be open to the entire New Garden…

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News from Religious Education / July 20, 2021

Sunday, August 1, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (during Adult Forum) please join us for a Young Friends families interest meeting. If you have, or know a youth in grades 5-12 who might be interested in attending Young Friends in the fall, we’d love to have you join us!

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Challenging Racism / July 14, 2021

As a community of faith, we have come to realize that our commitment to anti-racism requires the proverbial “thinking outside the box” and creating new habits. Thanks to Traci Claywell for providing information in previous newsletters on Black owned businesses! Recently I was looking for a hairdresser and remembered not to simply consult one of…

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AmeriCorps Job Openings / Starting September 1, 2021

Hello- My name is Megan Scales, I am Program Director for AmeriCorps, Partnership to End Homelessness. AmeriCorps brings out the best in America by working directly with nonprofits to take on our nation’s most pressing challenges. Our programs focus is to interrupt and alleviate homelessness and hunger. AmeriCorps, Partnership to End Homelessness is recruiting members…

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Friends Committee on National Legislation Letter Writing / July 2021

Friends Committee on National Legislation is calling on Friends and others to encourage Congress to pass JUST recovery legislation with an emphasis on Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, which could cut child poverty in the U.S. in half. Without congressional action, these tax credits which were included in earlier recovery legislation will…

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends / August 21, 2021

The Annual meeting for North Carolina Fellowship of Friends is August 21, at Quaker Lake. All New Gardeners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Worship sharing and workshops will be included, in addition to a business session. The planning group asks that you register for this at: https://www.ncfriends.org/ which includes registration and a brief agenda.…

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Queries for “How To Be An Antiracist” Book Study / July 15, 2021

7:00 p.m. / via Zoom / We continue conversation centered around Ibram X Kendi’s book, “How To Be An Antiracist” Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. If you would like to join this Zoom group, please contact Sarah Gates who will be leading us and sending the Zoom invitations to participants. The queries associated with…

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Pastor Margaret’s Upcoming Family Leave / August 2021

As Friends know, Margaret and Christopher are anticipating the arrival of a new baby. Margaret is due in early August. Margaret will be taking 10 weeks of maternity leave time and during that time Deborah Suess will be serving as interim pastor. Please know that all calls, texts, emails, and messages regarding pastoral ministry will…

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Webb Baby Shower / July 18, 2021

Please join us on from 12 to 1 p.m. on July 18 (following the Meet & Greet for Deborah Seuss) for an outdoor in-person gathering to shower the Webb family with love and blessings as we eagerly await the arrival of Baby Webb! This event will be open to the entire New Garden community (all…

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