There are three ways to participate in weekly worship and centering down — attend indoors (for those who have been vaccinated-see attached guidelines), attend outdoors on the meeting grounds, or attend via Zoom. Below are the guidelines from the Public Health Committee to ensure the safety of those in attendance.
I’m happy to announce that the Public Health Committee would like to welcome back the Cincinnati Friends Meeting community to in-person Meeting for Worship. There are three ways to participate in weekly worship and centering down—attend indoors, attend outdoors on the meeting grounds, or attend via Zoom. Childcare will not be provided at this time.
Here are the guidelines from the committee to ensure the safety of those in attendance:
Indoor Worship - A minimum of the first injection of one of the COVID-19 vaccinations plus two weeks are required at this time for indoor worship. Detailed CDC information on vaccine protection is below. Tape and ribbon on the benches in the sanctuary will assist in maintaining social distance between family units. Masks are required except when engaging in vocal ministry or if medical conditions necessitate their removal.
Outdoor Worship - All Friends and attenders are welcome regardless of vaccination status for outdoor worship. Masks and social distancing between family units are required for those in outdoor worship. Please bring your own chairs and devices to access Zoom. There are outdoor locations in proximity to the CFM office that may meet Wi-Fi signal strength requirements to be able to stream Zoom. If the signal is not adequate for the device, streaming Zoom will require a cellphone data plan.
Outdoor Fellowship - Fellowship will gather outdoors on the meetinghouse grounds following Meeting for Worship. Bring your own chairs if seating is desired.
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From the CDC: COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. People are considered fully protected two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated.
Cincinnati Friends Meeting Sunday Worship – Zoom sign on information
Every Sunday you can join us using Zoom.
We encourage you to read Jim's Centering Down before 10:00 AM, EST on Sunday by going to: cincinnatifriends.org/education/centering-down
The Zoom invite from Sunday, September 4 will be the same login information until further notice.
10:00 AM, EST, Virtual Centering Down - email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom invite, before 10:50 AM on Sunday.
11:00 AM, EST, Virtual Meeting for Worship - email email@example.com for Zoom invite, before 10:50 AM on Sunday.
Dear Friends: Ministry and Counsel has discussed the issue that was raised in our Zoom Worship a few weeks ago, concerning how we present ourselves on or off-camera. Some have chosen not to join us via the use of the camera, and some have chosen to be on camera. Ministry and Counsel is grateful for your participation whether you choose to be on camera or appear with just your name. This is an individual choice, and we support whatever choice that is made. Here is our statement:
The Question of Video on Zoom Meetings
What is our protocol for enabling video — allowing yourself to be seen — as we meet via Zoom? Well, there isn’t any. Rather than mandate particular behaviors, we trust each individual to decide as prompted by the Inner Guide. As we gather for worship, you may want to ask, “Is it better for me and those gathered here for me to show myself or not?”
“God doesn’t usually tell us what to do in so many words. But it’s amazing how the world offers nudges once we ask!”— Plain Living
Marriage in the Manner of Friends
As in 2020, this year’s Festival of Faiths is going to be a virtual event. To focus on the joyful and celebratory, the organizers have asked several faith communities—including Cincinnati Friends Meeting—to put together a 5–7 minute presentation that describes their religious tradition’s wedding ceremonies.
Past presentations of this nature have typically included a video, and since community is one of our testimonies, I’d love to involve our beloved community in assembling this video! Were you married in a Quaker ceremony (either a traditional one or one of your own improvisation)? Please send me any photos that you might be willing to share! Do you still have your marriage certificate? Send me a photo of that, too! Would you be willing to be interviewed on video describing your wedding day, or do you have vivid memories of attending someone else’s Quaker wedding? Let me know, and we’ll set it up!
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-939-6670.
Many thanks for your assistance!
Whole-house Starter Kit Drive for Bethany House
In recent years Cincinnati Friends Meeting has generously supported Bethany House Services through monetary donations from the meeting, and from the members and attenders, holiday gift cards and cleaning supplies. Our past springtime project “Buckets for Bethany House” focused on donating cleaning supplies to be given to the families as they left the shelter to move into their own places. This year Bethany House is asking larger groups like ours to fill an entire home starter “kit” that includes basic items for the bedroom, kitchen, bath, and cleaning supplies.
The Peace & Social Concerns Committee has taken on the challenging goal of providing one complete whole home kit for a family in need by May 15, 2021. If you would like to help us reach our goal, please consider one of the following actions:
- Sign up to purchase a specific item or items from the list. Add your name to the sign-up sheet in the entryway at the meetinghouse or on the online sign-up sheet. We will keep this link available until the end of the drive. Feel free to come back any time to see what items still need to be purchased or to change your donation to something else. (As this is a shared document, only add your information, do not change any other text.)
- Send in a monetary donation and a committee member will shop for you! We will use your donation to fill in the remaining needs from the list. Write “Bethany House Kit” in the check memo line or the comment section when giving online via our website.
(Note: Due to storage issues and direction from Bethany House, we will only be collecting items from the list. No clothing or other household goods please.)
We are excited to support a family as they prepare for a new beginning! To learn more about Bethany House Services go to bethanyhouseservices.org.
~The Peace & Social Concerns Committee
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Walking Meditation Welcomes You
Walking Meditation will be every other Thursday evening from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM, now that Spring
has brought better weather.
You are invited to join us for the next meeting:
4-22-21 at the Meetinghouse at 5:30 PM
It is a combination of silent worship and being present in nature. We will meet at 5:30 at the Meetinghouse on Keller Rd. and walk outdoors, taking in the life around
us, experiencing it together, open to the divine presence.
After walking meditation, we have worship sharing on a theme such as gratitude, or finding peace.
Everyone is welcome to join in. Learn as you go; all levels of ability benefit.