Transition Team Updates / May 16, 2023

Thank you to all of the New Gardeners who have participated in surveys, forums, focus groups, intergenerational meals, and recorded conversations with Carry-In Meals! Needless to say, we now have a plethora of information and input as we attempt to get a “sense of the Meeting.” We are grateful to Troy Winfrey, Ashley’s partner, who is a professional qualitative research analyst and is not daunted by the task of making sense out of lots of…

Religious People Speak Against Senate Bill 20 / May 16, 2023

The North Carolina Council of Churches invites you to join people from diverse religious traditions across North Carolina, in opposing Senate Bill 20, Care for Women, Children, and Families Act. The hasty passage of this bill demonstrates a lack of careful consideration and seeks to stigmatize those involved in reproductive healthcare. As religious people, we believe that the decision to continue or end a pregnancy is a deeply personal and moral choice, one that should…

Communications Committee Followup / May 2023

June’s Monthly Meeting for Business will have several options to consider as new messages for the streetside sign on New Garden Road. The Communications Committee met May 15 to generate suggestions for future messages for the sign. The meeting, held in response to a request from Monthly Meeting for Business, was publicized beforehand and open to all New Gardeners. More than a dozen persons attended. Considering new messages for the sign, which currently reads “Black…

Religious Education / May 17, 2023

Dear Friends, Please join us next First Day, May 21st, during semi-programmed Meeting for Worship for Recognition Sunday! This is an opportunity for us to recognize some of our dedicated community volunteers, rising second graders, rising fourth graders, and graduating high school Seniors. If you know a child or young Friend who fits one of those descriptions, please email me by May 18th. And don’t forget to register for Summer Program in June! More information…

First Day at New Garden Friends Meeting / May 21, 2023

Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship / 9:00 a.m. Semi-Programmed Meeting for Worship / 11:00 a.m.* • Worshipful Music: Andy Mock • Welcome: Ashley Wilcox • Announcements: Karen Garraputa • Congregational Hymn • Reading: An Excerpt from Parker J. Palmer • Special Music • Message: Recognition Sunday, Karin Heller • Silent Worship • Holding in the Light * Friends are also welcome to join the service online either through Facebook Live (view only) https://www.facebook.com/NewGardenFriendsMeeting or on Zoom.

Right Sharing of World Resources Releases Three New Videos / May 10, 2023

Dear Friend, We are excited to release three videos in our series on the work of Right Sharing. The first video features Sallian Sankoh, Program Coordinator for Sierra Leone. Watch here to learn about her passion for working to amplify the voices of women in her country.The next video features Sathya, a mother in Tamil Nadu, India. “I wish all women who are suffering could be supported to develop their own businesses and livelihood” Every…

All Are Welcome at Committee Meeting to Consider Future Messages for Street Side Sign / May 15, 2023

The Communications Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, May 15, in the Brotherhood Room to consider messages that may one day be mounted on the sign facing New Garden Road. The sign’s Black Lives Matter message has been in place since the sign was erected in 2020. All members and attenders are welcome at this meeting to offer suggestions for future wording. The sign was designed so that the two-sided message board could be…

Notes from Pastor Ashley / May 10, 2023

Dear Friends, One of the joys of being the interim pastor of New Garden Friends Meeting is getting to work with our incredible, hardworking staff. Did you know that we currently have nine people on staff? The meeting employs three people full time and six other part time. A few weeks ago, I highlighted the work of our visitation pastor, Deborah Suess, and today I want to lift up the work of others on the…

Ministry and Council Welcomes Newcomers on Zoom / Starting May 14, 2023

Meeting for Ministry and Counsel is working to extend welcome and support to our Zoom participants, as we do for worshipers in the Meetinghouse. At the rise of our hybrid, semi-programmed Meeting for Worship, Friends and visitors are welcome to stay online and visit with a member of Ministry and Counsel. It’s a chance for our Meeting to welcome and answer the questions of newcomers and people who have questions about the Meeting or Quakers…

Musical Praise and Worship Experience / May 20, 2023

On behalf of the leadership here at Persimmon Grove AME Church, we want to take this opportunity to invite you to our Mass Choir’s Musical Praise & Worship Experience on Saturday, May 20th at 6:30 p.m. We are blessed to have the very talented, Reginald Gillespie, as our guest musician. We also have invited special guests to join in. These have certainly been challenging times of late, but there is nothing quite like the power…