Notes from Pastor Ashley Wilcox

Dear Friends,

In this week of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about all of the things I am thankful for at New Garden Friends Meeting. Here are just a few of the things I am thankful for:

• The Care Fair. Thank you to everyone who planned, volunteered, and signed up at the Care Fair! It was wonderful to see you all caring for each other.

• A cleaner meetinghouse. Have you noticed how nice the carpets look? That we no longer have dust in the corners? Thank you to everyone who helped to coordinate the deep cleaning and carpet cleaning! It makes the meetinghouse so much nicer as a place to work and worship.

• The tech team. Thank you to everyone who keeps all the tech going for worship, education, and memorials. It is a huge job, and you make it possible for us to connect across distances and to care for grieving families.

• All of you. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me, shared your stories, and dreamed about ways that we can grow together as a meeting. You are the heart of New Garden Friends Meeting, and I am grateful for all of you.

Advent and Christmas are right around the corner, but I am grateful for this moment to pause, breathe, and give thanks.

Blessings, Ashley
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Care Fair Held on November 20, 2022

New Gardeners enjoyed fellowship at the Care Fair at the rise of meeting. Tables were staffed by volunteers explaining opportunities to care for each other organized through Caring Friends. Cookie give aways, fiddle music and a chance to enjoy each other’s company added to the fun! Thank you to all the volunteers who made the fair possible and to all the New Gardeners who signed up to become a Caring Friend. If you were unable to attend,…

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Honor Cards at New Garden Friends Meeting / 2022

Honor cards are a different way for you to give a present to your friends, neighbors or loved ones. Instead of a physical object, you give a card that reflects a gift to a nonprofit of your choice. The gift to the non-profit is in the name of your friend or loved one, so they know that a local organization has been supported in their honor. At New Garden Friends Meeting, we have selected multiple…

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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together / November 22, 2022

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee, mentioned in this space earlier, is a big book, which I am still reading, in advance of placing it in our Little Free Anti-racist Library. I am led to share this quotation from page 205 in the chapter entitled The Same Sky today: Perhaps it makes sense, if you’ve spent a lifetime seeing yourself as the winner of…

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Religious Education Update / November 22, 2022

Friends are reminded that all Religious Education updates and information will now be included in the newsletter. Karin will not send out an additional email later in the week. Zoom links for hybrid programming will be included in the same email as the Zoom link for Meeting for worship. Simple Christmas / Mark your calendars! Simple Christmas will take place on Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be model trains, stories, crafts, music,…

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Parents Night Out / Friday, December 9, 2022

Our next “Parents Night Out” is Friday, December 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Parents, please register with an email to [email protected] by noon on Thursday. Include your name and cell phone number, another emergency contact, your child’s name and age and any information you want to add about the child. Caregivers will be Marcy Maury and Susan Dorn. Contact Susan with questions at [email protected] or 336-312-2225.

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Legislative Priorities From Friends Committee on National Legislation / November 22, 2022

These FCNL Legislative Priorities for the 2023-24 Congress were approved by the General Committee of FCNL on November 19, 2020. They provide the framework for FCNL advocacy in 2023 and 2024. The order in which they are presented here does not represent a priority order. Each priority provides a framework for lobbying as way opens. ● Promote peace building and confront the paradigm of global militarism at home and abroad. ● Work towards nuclear disarmament…

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Notes from Pastor Ashley / November 16, 2022

Dear Friends, Did you get a chance to see the Faith and Play story that Karin Heller shared in worship? If not, I recommend watching it online! It was lovely to see an example of the story telling that we will have in Intergenerational First Day School. Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the training this weekend! Lately, I have been thinking about how we care for each other at New Garden…

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Squirrels Go Nuts Over Solar Panels / November 16, 2022

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31st Annual Feast of Caring / November 17, 2022

Every year, on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, the Greensboro community comes together to fight hunger by participating in the Feast of Caring. During the holiday season, many face hunger and cannot sit down to a holiday feast. They will be alone, hungry, and in crisis. At the Fest of Caring, guests can make a donation and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread. All donations will support Greensboro Urban Ministry programs that fight hunger,…

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Honor Cards at New Garden Friends Meeting / November-December, 2022

Honor cards are a different way for you to give a present to your friends, neighbors or loved ones. Instead of a physical object, you give a card that reflects a gift to a nonprofit of your choice. The gift to the non-profit is in the name of your friend or loved one, so they know that a local organization has been supported in their honor. At New Garden Friends Meeting, we have selected multiple…

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Care Fair / November 20, 2022

Would you like to find a way to deepen your connection to the New Garden Friends Meeting community? Would you like to be part of a group that grows community through showing care to one another? Becoming a Caring Friend might be for you! Find out more at the Care Fair. When: November 20th, 12:00 at the rise of meeting Where: outside the meeting room or on the front porch, weather permitting. Opportunities to learn…

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Pastoral Care With Deborah Suess / November 16, 2022

I am so glad to join in collaborating with your Interim Pastor, Ashley Wilcox, to assist with pastoral care and visits. Ashley and I worked together for a summer several years ago at First Friends Meeting – so it’s a joy to share again in ministry. I also look forward to reconnecting with many of you. For those of you who live at Friends Homes Guilford, please know that I may do “drop in” visits.…

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New Books Challenge Racism / November 16, 2022

Friends are welcome to stop by the New Garden Library and check out new books that will further our efforts to become an anti-racist faith community. Thanks to the Library Committee for all they are doing to spruce up and make more relevant and diverse our book collection at the meeting house! ––Kate Hood Seel

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Religious Education Update / November 16, 2022

Friends are reminded that all Religious Education updates and information will now be included in the newsletter. Karin will not send out an additional email later in the week. Zoom links for hybrid programming will be included in the same email as the Zoom link for Meeting for worship. Simple Christmas Mark your calendars! Simple Christmas will take place on Saturday, December 10th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be model trains, stories, crafts, music, fellowship,…

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“Parents Night Out” Friday, November 18, 2022

Our next “Parents Night Out” is Friday, November 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Parents, please register with an email to [email protected] by noon on Thursday. Include your name and cell phone number, another emergency contact, your child’s name and age and any information you want to add about the child. Caregivers will be Marcy Maury and Susan Dorn. Contact Susan with questions at [email protected] or 336-312-2225.

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Join the New Garden Friends Meals on Wheels Team / November 16, 2022

Would you like to join a team that makes a big difference in the lives of others and strengthens your relationships with other Friends? If so, please join the NGFM Meals on Wheels Team. This is a project initiated by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee. Other faith communities in Greensboro have teams, and this is a great time for New Garden Friends Meeting to get on board! If you would like to volunteer, all…

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Art Committee and Anti-racism Committee / November 16, 2022

At the November gathering, Monthly Meeting reviewed the recommendations of the Art Curation and Anti-racism Committees and made the following recommendations: I. A Guiding Committee should be formed with representatives from the Art Curation and Anti-racism Committees that would include an interior design expert from Guilford College or UNC-G, to help plan and to guide the work of the following Committees: II. The Art Curation and History Committee will continue to identify the provenance of…

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Small Grants Available / November 16, 2022

Peace and Social Concern Committee is seeking proposals for small grants to support programs or projects that reflect our Quaker Values. Usually, grants are awarded in the $250 – $500 range. You may apply on behalf of an organization or project by submitting a one-page description of the work being done, specifically what the grant would be used for, contact information including name, address and how a check should be written, should the proposal be…

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Check Out New Titles in the NGFM Library / November 16, 2022

• From Slave Ship to Freedom Road by Julius Lester • A House in the Albemarle: English Settlers, Quakers, and the 1730 Newbold-White House, edited by Philip S. McMullan, Jr. and JH. John Ernst, III • Historic Architecture of Perquimans County, North Carolina by Dru Haley and Raymond H. Winslow, Jr. • Ram Dass: Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying by Ram Dass • Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of…

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Notes from Pastor Ashley / November 9, 2022

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Pastoral Transition Team / November 9, 2022

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George Lakey: Lessons for Today from a Lifetime of Nonviolent Activism / November 20, 2022

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Meeting / Nov. 12th

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Equity Calendar / November 2022

November 2022 Native American Heritage Month 08 Election Day 11 Veterans Day 16 International Day for Tolerance 20 World Children’s Day 24 Native American Heritage Day 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – from the NG Antiracism Working Group

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Book Recommendation; The Sum of Us / November 9, 2022

Here is a book I am recommending: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. (Hint – Soon it will be found in our Little Free Anti-racist Library.) There is a great summary from the book jacket. “The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. McGhee marshals economic and sociological…

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My Experience as a Young Adult Quaker / November 9, 2022

Our own Calliope George was recently featured on QuakerSpeak sharing her experiences as a young adult Quaker. https://quakerspeak.com/video/YAF/ Calliope currently resides in NYC at the William Penn house where she is pursuing acting roles and working in television production.

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