Prudence and abundant caution
require continuing restrictions
on in-person activities

When will it be safe to resume holding Meeting-related activities in person?

The answer, according to New Garden’s COVID-19 medical advisors, is not yet. And it remains unclear when it will be safe to do so.

After signs that North Carolina’s cases of COVID-19 were leveling off, the state experienced a surge of new cases last week.  Governor Cooper’s decision to proceed with Phase 3 reopening, the arrival of cooler temperatures, and the return of children to school classrooms likely will have adverse effects on containing the disease. More worrisome is one study that suggests that the virus is undergoing genetic mutation that makes it even easier to transmit from person to person.

For this reason, our COVID-19 medical advisors recommend that New Garden Friends Meeting not sponsor any in-person activities until state and local statistics indicate that the risk of viral transmission in Guilford County is significantly lower.

Until such time as we can resume more normal activities, the Meeting on Ministry & Counsel urges members and attenders to take part in virtual meetings for worship, committee meetings and Religious Education activities. Consider taking part in Friend to Friend, a program that encourages weekly conversations, by phone or other electronic means, between two households  over a 4- to 5-week period.   The next series will begin in mid to late October.  See the October 13 newsletter for more information.

All New Gardeners must consider for themselves the risks and benefits of in-person contact with non-household members.

To assist our community in making these decisions, our COVID-19 medical advisors have put together a range of fact-based precautionary recommendations.  These recommendations represent the most current scientific and medical thinking on coping with the pandemic and limiting its spread. Those recommendations are available here.

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Looking Ahead

News you need to know

Friends Committee on National Legislation / March 20-22, 2021

Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Annual Spring Lobby for young adults will be virtual, March 20-22. Join hundreds of students, recent grads, Quakers, and young adults who will gather to learn and lobby. This year, we’ll be calling on Congress to demilitarize the police and end police violence. There will be scheduled programming on Saturday,…

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Piedmont Friends Spring Retreat / April 9-11, 2021

Piedmont Friends Spring Retreat 2021 / April 9, 10, 11 / “Cultivating the Garden of Diversity and Inclusion” Registration opens March 1, 2021 / Sessions (via Zoom) REGISTRATION: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/jdlZ0t0dW4 (Opens March 1) INFORMATION: Piedmont Friends Spring Retreat Webpage (https://www.fgcquaker.org/cloud/piedmont-friends-fellowship-and-yearly-meeting/events/2021-pff/pfym-spring-retreat-and-pfym) Friday evening, April 9; 7:00-8:30 / Friends Gathering The Friday evening session includes a ROLL CALL of…

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The Friends World Committee for Consultation Section Meeting / March 12-21, 2021

The Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas Meeting is next month. This is the first time to meet virtually. There will be workshops and interest groups, music and worship, small groups and pastoral counseling, English speakers and Spanish speakers. Join this diverse group of Quakers. The deadline to register for the Section…

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It’s Time for “Pick-Up-Sticks” / February 24, 2021

Do you have time for a game of Pick-up-Sticks? Help is needed at your leisure to pick up sticks along our front and side yards of both the Meetinghouse and parsonage grounds. There are two large plastic skids to load and pull to the pile already established in the parking lot. The skids can be…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information / February 24, 2021

On checking the web sites for Cone Health and Guilford County, they both have messages stating that all their appointments are currently filled. The Cone Health site allows persons to sign up for their wait list. All the information we have previously shared is still true and repeated below. NC did announce that they will…

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Peace & Social Concerns Notes / February 24, 2021

Anti-Racist Actions You Can Take Now: Tuesday, February 23 you can participate in an Education Webinar focusing on School Resource Officers, 6 – 7 p.m. This webinar is a free ZOOM event. “With many questions about the changing expectations of law enforcement and ideas about its role in our democracy, this webinar series offers in-depth…

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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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Alternatives to Violence Project Workshop / March 19 – 21, 2021

Alternatives to Violence Project is doing an online Advance Workshop in March 19 through Sunday March 21 on ZOOM. Join us if you’ve already taken a Basic Workshop. While we aren’t able to offer traditional weekend workshops in person, we’ve come up with a way to offer a similar experience online using Zoom. If you…

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“Let’s Talk: COVID-19, the Vaccine, the Pandemic” / February 23, 2021

There will be a Virtual Townhall by the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative. “Let’s Talk: COVID-19, the Vaccine, the Pandemic”  A virtual town hall with Dr. Michelle Laws, Dr. Sandra Echeverria, and Rev. Robert Campbell. Tuesday, February 23, at 6 p.m. You can register at: https://tinyurl.com/84rznyzg The Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative uses a racial analysis and…

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Invitation / February 23, 2021

Please join us on Tuesday, February 23, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. when we begin our spring programming on antiracism. We will continue these discussions on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May and will send out the Zoom link to anyone who participated in the fall or who requests it in an email…

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Peace & Social Concerns Notes / February 17, 2021

Anti-Racist Actions You Can Take Now: On February 16th, Participate in an Education Webinar on local Police/Community Relations, from 6 – 7 p.m. This webinar is a free ZOOM event and is hosted by the Greensboro History Museum, stating “With many questions about the changing expectations of law enforcement and ideas about its role in…

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Project Warmth / Every Saturday thru March 2021

Friends may help those in need by hanging coats, scarves, gloves, hats, etc. under the bridge at 300 Spring Garden Street. This project, sponsored by 16 Cents Ministry, will be available through March. All donated items should be hung on the fence instead of dropping off bags, as organizers try to keep the area neat.…

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Ministry & Council Request / February 20, 2021

As part of our community reflection on the long term relationship between NGFM and the wider Quaker community, we would like feedback. To find a survey go to:https://tinyurl.com/4odoyjtc This survey will end Friday, February 19. We will gather the responses and share them with Monthly Meeting so that we can better understand the impact our…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information / February 15, 2021

Guilford County advised today that they have 3400 doses of vaccine available by allocation this week and eligible persons may sign up for vaccine appointments starting Tuesday February 15 at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eligible persons are still health care providers, long term care residents and those 65 years of age or older. Sign…

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Foreign Links Across the Globe / Host Homes Needed / February 9, 2021

Hello, I am Roni Samaras Sutton, the daughter of Betty Keener Samaras, granddaughter of Claud and Violet Keener and cousin of Gertrude Beal. I currently live in Roanoke, VA and am employed by Foreign Links Across the Globe, also known as FLAG. FLAG brings high school aged students from all over the world to study…

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North Carolina Fellowship of Friends Invitation / February 23, 2021

Please join us on Tuesday, February 23, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. when we begin our spring programming on antiracism. We will continue these discussions on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May and will send out the Zoom link to anyone who participated in the fall or who requests it in an email…

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Ministry & Council Request / February 9, 2021

As part of our community reflection on the long term relationship between NGFM and the wider Quaker community, we would like feedback. To find a survey go to: https://tinyurl.com/4odoyjtc This survey will be available for the next two weeks. We will gather the responses and share them with Monthly Meeting so that we can better…

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Peace & Social Concerns Notes / February 12, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month History Lunch Break – More Than Just a Home James Baldwin. James Brown. Satchel Paige. These are just a few of the notable Black travelers to stay at Greensboro’s Historic Magnolia House. But the Green Book hotel was also home to the Gist family for decades. Dr. Torren Gatson and Liz…

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