Challenging Racism / January 25, 2023

Quakers have a wide reputation as having been leaders in the abolition movement, and there were a good number of Quakers that, indeed, faced threats, financial ruin and even risked their lives for the cause. Other Quaker enslavers took longer to be convinced, and some were eventually read out of meeting for enslaving Africans as yearly meetings began taking a stand that those who owned slaves could no longer call themselves members of the Religious…

News from Religious Education / January 25, 2023

Children are Welcome at Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Wiggles is BACK! All children are invited and encouraged to join us during Meeting for Worship. There is a blanket in the back corner of the meetingroom for children to sit on for Meeting for Wiggles. They are welcome to bring small, quiet toys to play with. Crayons and activity packets are available in the foyer outside the Worship room. Childcare is available beginning at…

Quaker Cupboard Seeking Food & Hygiene Donations for Guilford College Students / January 2023

Hi friends, this update comes from Jack and Quinn Finnegan in relation to our efforts to help those experiencing food shortage at Guilford College. Through our Quaker cupboard program, we are asking for donations of items such as Ramen, pasta and sauce, nut butter, dried fruits, pop tarts, Gatorade, tortillas, chips, KIND bars, alternative shelf stable milks, other non-perishable food items, and hygiene products. The bin for contributions is located in the meeting foyer. Thank…

Friends Committee on National Legislation Spring Lobby Weekend / 2023

March 25-28, 2023 | Washington, D.C. or Online. At Spring Lobby Weekend, our young adult advocacy conference, hundreds of us from around the country will gather to learn advocacy skills and lobby Congress for important policy changes. Together we will take action in support of violence interruption programs: community-centered solutions to address the root causes of violence. To register go to fcnl.org

First Day at New Garden Friends Meeting / January 29, 2023

9:45 a.m. Unprogrammed Meeting for Worship 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Adult Forum (Zoom) 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Spiritual Disciplines (Zoom) 11 a.m. Lightly-Programmed Meeting for Worship* • Worshipful Music: Andy Mock • Welcome: Ashley Wilcox • Announcements: Karen Garraputa • Reading: “Whistling Swans,” by Mary Oliver, read by Ashley Wilcox • Silent Worship • Holding in the Light *Meeting for Worship livestream: Facebook Live: http://www.facebook.com/NewGardenFriendsMeeting 1:00 p.m. Special Called Meeting to review the budget;  …

Red Cross Lifesaving / AED Training / January 2023

New Garden Friends Meeting wants to gauge interest in a Red Cross Lifesaving / AED class given at the Meeting. This includes use of our AED machine (Automated External Defibrillator), in the hall outside of our kitchen, and CPR leading to Red Cross certification for CPR and AED. We will need between 8 and 12 participants for the Red Cross to offer this paid program. Please contact Valerie Harris at the office to add your…

Items Still Needed for the Refugee Parsonage Project / January 18, 2023

We had a great group of Friends come out for a very productive work day at the Parsonage recently. Thank you to everyone for your hard work and donations. The home is almost ready for our first family. We are still in need of some items for the house. If you have any to donate or would be interested in picking these items up, we’d be grateful. The ReStore has proven a wonderful resource for…

Notes from Pastor Ashley / January 18, 2023

Dear Friends, As I prepare my message for this week, I keep thinking about the verse “be knit together in the same mind and the same purpose” (1 Corinthians 1:10). I was curious about the phrase “knit together,” and I learned that in Greek it can mean to repair, restore, or perfectly join together. What knits us together as Friends? What repairs or restores us? Sometimes the things that bring us together are difficult and…