New Garden Friends Meeting is Gradually Resuming In-Person Activities

Please join us for Semi-Programmed Meeting for Worship on First Day, either in the Worship Room, Friendship Hall, by Zoom or by Facebook Live. Note: A link for Zoom will be sent by email, or it can be requested from the office through Friday.

Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship will be held in the Worship Room from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on First Day.

We will have childcare for youngsters through age 4. Preregistration is required; contact Karin Heller ([email protected]) for details.

 

Whenever gathering inside the Meeting House, please follow these guidelines:

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of illness.
  • Reserve meeting room(s) in advance by calling the NGFM office at (336) 292-5487 or emailing [email protected]; 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.

 

NGFM COVID Medical Advisors

Meeting for Worship / June 27, 2021

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Upcoming at New Garden
Wed 18

Wednesday Readings & Queries

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat 21

Breakfast 4 Our Friends

May 21 @ 7:45 am - 8:30 am
Sun 22

Meeting for Worship / Un-Programmed

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Sun 22

Adult Forum

May 22 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Sun 22

Meeting for Worship / Semi-Programmed

May 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 25

Wednesday Readings & Queries

May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat 28

Breakfast 4 Our Friends

May 28 @ 7:45 am - 8:30 am

Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Equity Calendar / May 2022

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month May 1 – May Day May 2 – World Ukulele Day May 3 – Natl Teacher Day May 5 – Cinco de Mayo May 8 – Mothers’ Day May 30 – Memorial Day: National Military Appreciation May 31 – Anniversary of Tulsa Massacre — (submitted by AntiRacism Group)

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Important Message from Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation (FCNCL) / May 15, 2022

Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation (FCNCL) is seeking participation by Friends in North Carolina in developing legislative priorities to guide our advocacy in the 2023 – 24 state legislative session.  We hope that a large cross-section of New Garden Friends will participate in this discernment process. Please carefully consider state legislative issues to which we can apply Quaker values as we interact with our legislators.  You may send a list of your top priorities…

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Piedmont Friends Fellowship (PFF) and Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting (PFYM) / June 3-5, 2022

Piedmont Friends Fellowship (PFF) and Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting (PFYM) will hold the Annual Spring Retreat June 3, 4, and 5. The theme is “Radical Hospitality–Welcoming the Light of Others.” Friday, June 3, 7-8:30 p.m. (Zoom). Roll Call/”Ice Breaker.” Saturday, June 4 In-Person at the Community Center, Guilford College. 9 -10 a.m. Arrival and Fellowship; 10-11:30 a.m. Plenary Session led by Leah and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. 12-2 p.m. Lunch-Bring or order from Jerusalem Market. 1-2 p.m.…

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Challenging Racism / May 10, 2022

When Bryan Stevenson, Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks he notes how important “proximity” is, if we really want to understand racism and to dismantle it. He is talking about being physically close to people and their situations. As I think about my anti-racism work I realize that this is a challenge for people like me, who live, work and worship in majority white areas and have fostered primarily white relationships. I am trying…

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Broader Concerns Proposals / Due by June 19, 2022

The Peace & Social Concerns Committee requests one-page-proposals on how the committee should spend grant money in the “Broader Concerns” portion of our budget. We award $250- $500 grants to projects and organizations that normally do not receive much financial support, and reflect Quaker values, including our commitment to becoming an antiracist community. If you have questions/wish to submit a proposal, contact Janet Inmon or Patricia Gutzwiller  by June 19. Proposals should briefly describe the…

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Religious Education / May 10, 2022

Recognition Sunday is Sunday, May 22 during 11 a.m. semi-programmed Meeting for Worship. Do you know a rising 2nd grader, 4th grader, or graduating Senior that you would like to see recognized? If so, please contact Karin Heller. For graduating high school seniors, please include the student’s name, high school, and plans for next year in your email. Summer Program is June 13-17, 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. This week long, cooperative program takes on a different…

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Meeting on Ministry & Council Update / May 10, 2022

Margaret continues to be out on medical leave until at least May 16, and Ministry and Counsel clerk Karen Garraputa will coordinate with Margaret about her return. Margaret’s work cell phone is being carried by members of MMC, and pastoral care needs are triaged and handled. Deborah Seuss will be serving New Garden in a limited, contract-basis, capacity for the month of May, and will assist with pastoral care needs. MMC is delighted to share…

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It’s Scholarship Time Again / May 10, 2022

Scholarship applications can be obtained by email from the meeting office. Completed applications are due May 31. Each year New Garden Meeting awards scholarship assistance to students from several established funds. And this year a new fund has been added for people of color, indigenous people, or members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Applications are available from the Meeting office and are due May 31, 2022. The Scholarship Committee meets in June to make awards. New…

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Queries / May 22, 2022

Friends are asked to consider these queries for a new North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Faith & Practice. On Sunday, May 22, 2022, representatives from NCFF will meet with New Gardeners at the rise of Meeting to discuss the queries. You may send suggestions to the Clerk or the Clerk of NGFM Meeting on Ministry and Counsel. Queries: What do you see as the purpose/role of a written Faith and Practice? What do you think…

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Medical Covid Advisory / Update May 3, 2022

The CDC continues to publish weekly metrics, updated every Thursday by 8 pm ET at CDC.gov or (800-CDC-INFO).   In Guilford County, community level risk of COVID transmission continues to be LOW, and hospitalizations are stable.   The NC Health and Human Services Dashboard is updated weekly on Wednesdays, using updated metrics (including wastewater samples, which are now considered more accurate than case counts).  The dashboard this morning shows that the BA.2 variant currently is present in about 87% of cases that have been checked in…

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How to Help Ukraine / May 4, 2022

Drop donations at Trinity Church: 5200 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. First aid and first aid kits Nonperishable foods Batteries Bandages Women’s hygiene products Diapers, wipes Disposable gloves Pain medicine Antiseptic wipes Gauze pads and rolls Bandages Antibiotic Ointment Burn Aid Sleeping bags Blankets and Bedding Thermal underwear Disposable utensils, tableware Items for newborn babies Clothing and footwear for women, men, children Checks (made out to “Living Water”…

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North Carolina Men Spring Fling / May 5, 2022

Thursday, May 5 at 5:57 p.m. at The Depot at Cody Creek [US 601, 1 mile south of Dobson, NC 27017 Phone: 336.386.8222 Website: https://www.codycreek.org/ Restaurant Meal: $16+ tax Our speakers: Bob and Hope Carter are medical missionaries who began their career in 1985 serving FUM at Friends Lugulu Hospital in Western Kenya. After Bob earned his master’s degree in public health at UNC-Chapel Hill, they returned to Africa in 1997, serving in Zambia with…

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Stew Makers Needed / May 4, 2022

One of our wonderful Cowboy Stew preparers for our monthly meal for Urban Ministries is moving away and will no longer be able to provide us with stew. Thank you to Rick Tunkel and Cheryl Buehler for the gallons of stew and hundreds of brownies they have contributed over the years! We would like to get a few more volunteers (we will provide the recipe) so all cooks get an occasional break! If you would…

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Business Office Note / May 4, 2022

Sharon Burton has submitted her resignation from her position at New Garden effective June 30, 2022. Sharon has offered to help train her successor. In order to ease and speed the transition there will be a called Meeting for Business at the rise of Meeting at 1 p.m. on May 15, 2022 to discuss the Office Manager position. The Personnel Committee will meet beforehand and bring forward recommendations to the called Meeting. New Garden Friends…

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Celebrate Women of Greensboro Picnic / May 10, 2022

The Friendship Community Partnership’s Mother’s Day Tour and Picnic is set for Tuesday, May 10 at 1 p.m. at the Ruth Wicker Center for Women (at Barber Park…follow the road past the amphitheater, etc., to the top of the hill on the right – the Women’s Center building, parking is adjacent. The tour: is short. Bring a personal picnic lunch, we’ll use the tables there to gather and share what we learned. (We can go…

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Challenging Racism / May 4, 2022

An article in the News & Record on Sunday, May 1, 2022 speaks to the challenges of the Black residents of Princeville and their resilience. I was saddened and inspired by this. –KHS

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Religious Education / May 4, 2022

Recognition Sunday will take place on Sunday, May 22 during 11 a.m. semi-programmed Meeting for Worship. Do you know a rising 2nd grader, 4th grader, or graduating Senior that you would like to see recognized? If so, please contact Karin Heller. For graduating high school seniors, please include the student’s name, high school, and plans for next year in your email. Summer Program / Mark your Calendars! Summer Program is set for June 13-17, 9…

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Meeting on Ministry & Council Update / May 4, 2022

Margaret is making progress with her recovery, and will continue to be out on medical leave at least through May 16. MMC clerk Karen Garraputa will check in with Margaret to see when she will be able to return to work, and she may require a reduced or flexible schedule to transition back. Please continue to hold Margaret and her family in the light. Margaret’s work cell phone is being carried by members of MMC,…

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350th Anniversary of Quaker Communities in the Carolinas / May 28-30, 2022

Saturday, May 28, 2022 In conjunction with the New Garden/Guilford College Community Alliance, there will be a 9 a.m. visit to the graves of John, Mary, and Waldo Woody in the New Garden graveyard to share about their history and their involvement in establishing the African American community of Woodyside. Following that presentation, participants will drive to Woodyside (at Hibler off of Guilford College Rd.) for a brief walking tour. At 11 a.m., the program…

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Help End the War on Yemen / April 26, 2022

March 26, 2022 marked seven years since the bombing and war started on Yemen. Unfortunately, this winter has been one of the deadliest periods in the war. While it has fallen off the national discourse, media, and frankly awareness of Americans, Quakers and like-minded individuals across the U.S., led by Friends Committee on National Legislation, are lobbying Congress to end U.S. involvement in the war. We are now weeks into a two-month cease-fire – huge…

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Shepherd’s Center News / April 26, 2022

Spring ZOOM and in-person classes will begin in May. Go to the Shepherd’s Center website, scroll to the bottom , and sign up for the latest newsletter . You will then receive descriptions of the classes, dates, and times. Registration is $45.00.  

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Challenging Racism / April 26, 2022

Before the NCFF Antiracism Working Group monthly Zoom meeting on Thursday, April 28, here is one more quote from Robin DiAngelo, author of Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm, which is the focus for that discussion; “Black people expect us to manifest our racial conditioning at times, and are less concerned about that than about how we respond when this is pointed out, what we are willing to do to repair, and…

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Working Group Invitation / April 28, 2022

All are welcome to join the Antiracism Working Group of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends in a Zoom meeting on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The book “Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm” by Robin DiAngelo will be the focus. Having read the book is not a requirement. There will also be a time for worship at the end, led by Lia Scholl, the new pastor at First Friends Meeting.…

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Medical Advisory Covid Update / April 26, 2022

The CDC continues weekly metrics, updated every Thursday by 8 pm ET at CDC.gov or (800-CDC-INFO).  In Guilford County, community level risk of COVID transmission is currently LOW. There are  spots in the US, as well as the rest of the world,  that are  experiencing surges with the BA.2 Omicron variant.  The NC Health and Human Services Dashboard is updated weekly on Wednesdays.   The NC dashboard now reflects metrics more likely to reveal an imminent surge in different ways, since reported testing is not…

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Religious Education / April 26, 2022

Childcare on Sunday Morning Are you planning to attend in-person, Semi-programmed Meeting for Worship with a child/children this week? Childcare is available for children ages 4 and under in the nursery beginning at 10:30 a.m.. Because this age group is currently not eligible for the vaccine, we ask that families enter the building through the porch door (next to the kitchen and Fellowship Hall) and take their children directly to the nursery. The capacity in…

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Queries / April 26, 2022

Friends are asked to consider the following queries for a new NCFF Faith & Practice. On Sunday, May 22nd, representatives from NCFF will meet with New Gardeners at the rise of Meeting to discuss these queries. If you are unable to attend, you may send suggestions to the Clerk or the Clerk of New Garden Meeting on Ministry and Counsel. Queries: What do you see as the purpose/role of a written Faith and Practice? What…

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Meeting on Ministry & Council Update / April 26, 2022

Margaret continues to manage her recovery, and will be out on medical leave at least through May 1. MMC clerk Karen Garraputa will check in with Margaret to see when she will be able to return to work, and she may require a reduced schedule to transition back. Please continue to hold Margaret and her family in the light. Margaret’s work cell phone will be carried by members of MMC, and pastoral care needs will…

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Refugee Support Update / April 26, 2022

New Garden continues to co-sponsor a number of Afghan households – join us! Activities include transportation to the grocery store, medical appointments, family outings to a local park, helping a family set up a bank account, etc. There are lots of individuals and households that can still benefit from the help of a dedicated team or small group! Email Cindy Knul if interested ([email protected]). We are still collecting funds in support of these efforts that…

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Books for Anti-Racism Library / April 26, 2022

We are accepting book donations for the upcoming Little Free Anti-Racism Library! As many of you know, Peace & Social Concerns is working on setting up a Little Free Anti-Racism Library at NGFM. The committee is accepting book donations that would be appropriate for an anti-racism library. As you come into the Connector/breezeway of the Meeting house, there is a table with pamphlets to the immediate left. There will be a big box underneath that…

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First Day Events

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