Your contributions to Abington Meeting are needed! Many thanks to the Friends who have already donated to Abington Meeting during 2017, but we ask you to please consider increasing your donation if at all possible. If you pledged a donation, please send it as soon as you are able. Our Finance Committee has determined that we are still below the mark for annual giving if we hope to meet our budget. If you haven’t donated, please remember that, even with pledges considered, we are all responsible for the upkeep and continued vitality of our Meeting and meetinghouse. As a reminder, this basic guideline was distributed earlier this year, with the hope that those who are able to give more generously will do so:
Basic Guidelines for Giving
Household with one adult member/attender: $600
Household with two adult members/attenders: $800
Plus for each child (to a maximum of two): $100
Plus 1% of the amount by which a households adjusted gross income (line 37 of IRS Form 1040) exceeds $125,000.
Children’s Programming for 2017-18: The opening program for First Day School will be September 17th at 10 a.m. in the John Barnes Room. We hope all families with school-age children will attend, as teachers will be introduced during the program. At that time, registrations forms will be available, or click the link below to download a form. A registration form will be needed for each child attending First Day School or Child Care (see below). The calendar for our children’s programming is also below. If you have any questions, please contact any member of our Children’s Religious Education Committee: Tom Dwyer (acting convener), Norman Cotterell, Cherie Gerstadt, Susan Ely Greenwood, Lisa Hohenstein, Kathy Singer, Carol Moore, or Loretta Fox.
2017 Parent Letter
2017-18 Color Coded First Day School Calendar
2017-18 First Day School Registration
2017-18 Childcare Registration Form
Faith & Practice is an essential guidebook for Quaker practice, and it is available at http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with this important publication.
JOIN OUR WOMEN’S COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE – The PerSisters
Held monthly on a Tuesday evening, 7 – 8:30, at Abington Friends Meeting House.
Usually held on last Tuesday, but that sometimes changes.
If interested, you need to be on our group email list.
If you could bring a drum, shaker or any kind of percussion instrument, that’s great.
However, we always have some extra.
For questions, information, directions:
“When we come into a drum circle, we enter a sacred place as community without judgment and mistrust, but with respect and compassion to heal one another and bring into focus the possibilities of who we truly are.” Project-Resiliency.org
All women are welcome
We ask a FREE WILL donation of $10 for space and facilitator
If you would like to make a casserole, pans with recipes and instructions are available in the kitchen and in the vestibule. Casseroles may be prepared at home and dropped off in the large freezer in the meetinghouse kitchen.
Sandwich Making Program
Our Sandwich Making program and Mission Days for Middle School and High School age Friends will resume in November, when Face to Face is moved into its renovated space. They look forward to our sandwich donations at that time.
Our Financial Stewardship Working Group is currently selling gift cards for Giant food markets. The cards are sold at face value, in various amounts. Members or attenders who buy their groceries at Giant are encouraged to buy Giant cards at AMM. You then use the gift card (just as you would use cash) when you shop at Giant. Giant will contribute 5% of what you spend on groceries to the Meeting. See Sarah Lippincott to purchase Giant cards.
Our non-perishable food basket collections are distributed at the InterFaith Food Cupboard located at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. This food bank usually serves 100 families a week. Each family automatically receives a pre-stocked bag with peanut butter, jelly, pasta, sauce, tuna, rice, canned fruit, corn, green beans, tea and bread. Clients also have the opportunity to make requests from a checklist of stocked items, including canned meats and vegetables, cereal, healthy snacks, condiments, soups, and hygiene products. Paper towels and toilet paper are often requested. Highly desired items are coffee, canned meats, mushrooms and collards and smaller bags of flour and sugar. As you continue to generously fill the baskets in the foyer, keep in mind that the Food Bank can only use products within a current expiration date. Our Meeting members have been very generous with weekly donations to our collection baskets for the Interfaith Food Cupboard, but staples are always needed – rice, tuna, canned vegetables and fruit, paper products, mayo, catsup, salad dressing, pork ‘n beans, and coffee. The foyer basket contains paper bags with the request lists. Please take one!