Announcements

Covid 19 Guidelines – Updated 9/4/2022

As of 12/2/2022, In Hamilton County, Ohio, the community level is Medium. (CDC Community Levels Website)

If the level is Medium we recommend that masks be worn while entering the building and in small groups such as Centering Down. Masks may be removed in the sanctuary with proper social distancing. 

Half-Day Retreat on “Spiritual Gifts, the Beloved Community, and Covenant”

THE JOY OF BEING...TOGETHER
Saturday, December 10 • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
When we shine together, we light up even the darkest skies.

Please email office@ cincinnatifriends.org if you’d like a copy of the Pendle Hill pamphlet Spiritual Gifts, the Beloved Community, and Covenant, which we suggest reading prior to the retreat. And please consider yourself welcome, pamphlet or no pamphlet.

Plan on a playful, intentional and refreshing gathering as we seek together the aliveness that creates a vibrant faith community.

To register, email office@cincinnatifriends.org. Questions or comments? Please get in touch with one of us facilitating the retreat.

Gladly and gratefully,

Carole Barnhart (carole.barnhart@gmail.com)
Cathy Barney (cathybarney@hotmail.com
Kathy Stewart (kathysuestewart@gmail.com)

Bethany House Holiday Outreach

Friends,

The Peace & Social Concern Committee holiday outreach this year will again be collecting Wal-Mart and Target gift card donations in the amounts of $10, $15, or $20. Bethany House takes their families to these two stores to shop. Your gift cards will go to teenagers and mothers at Bethany House so they, too, can celebrate the holidays. Younger children receive gifts from other sources, but teenagers and mothers are too often forgotten.

Please bring in your gift cards between now and December 11, 2022. There is a box marked on the table in front of the library for placement of the cards. Kristin will gather these cards weekly and the P&SC Committee will deliver the cards to Bethany House by December 15.

If you wish, you can make a donation to CFM/P&SC with the designation "Bethany House Holiday Outreach". Gift cards will be purchased from your donations to be distributed in December.
May our spirits overflow with care and concern for those whose lives are woven with ours during this holiday season.

Thank you.
The Peace & Social Concerns Committee

Bethany House Services provides homeless and at-risk families with emergency shelter, shelter diversion services, permanent housing, case management, life skills education, post shelter support, and affordable housing.

Seed-Scattering Celebration

Sowing seeds is often a spiritual metaphor, but after fellowship on December 18, we’re taking it literally! Come join the members of the Ad Hoc Native Plant Committee as we scatter seeds for our pocket prairie between the parking lots! The seeds we sow at this 15-minute event will sprout next spring, and we’ll be on our way to having a lovely native plant garden!

About Our Pocket Prairie
Last June, with the support of Trustees, the Ad Hoc Native Plant Committee purchased two 100-square-foot Pocket Prairie Kits from the Cincinnati Nature Center. Each kit included plugs for two species of native grasses (which have already been planted) along with seeds for 20 species of prairie flowers, including purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and butterfly weed. Most of the plants are perennials, but some are annuals that will reseed themselves and be a permanent part of the garden. When our pocket prairie is fully established, different flowers will bloom throughout the growing season. These plants will support pollinator insects, caterpillars, and other wildlife. It’s all part of our Quaker commitment to being good stewards of the earth!

 

 

Book Talk Schedule

This fall and winter, Cincinnati Meeting will be showcasing the authors in our midst. The plan is to have an author share about his or her work after worship and fellowship, in the library, on the first or third Sundays each month after fellowship. Many within our membership and many of our attendees have written, or are writing books, and CFM wants to celebrate their authorship, as well as learn about what they have written or are writing. Please let the CFM Office know if you would like to participate in this program. We want to hear about your work!

Schedule - One author talk per month

12/04/2022 - Cathy Barney, "A Place Called Artsy Fartsy Saturdays: Building Creative Community in Your Neighborhood" plus a showing of our companion film.

01/01/2023 - Eric Hatch, “You Wouldn’t Believe It Anyhow” a memoir

02/05/2023 - Bill Williams

3/05/2023  - Heidi Bright

April or May - Kathleen Smythe, "Whole Earth Living"

Caring for One Another

Loving care is not something that those sound in mind and body ‘do’ for others but a process that binds us together. God has made us loving and the imparting of love to another satisfies something deep within us.
~ 12.01 British Quaker Faith and Practice

The Covid-19 pandemic has been difficult in so many ways but there have also been gifts. One of those is a renewed awareness of how much we value our connection as a community. In support of our Testimony on Community, Ministry and Counsel has begun an initiative called We Care that allows us to be more intentional in maintaining our connections and providing support when wanted. This could include visits, phone calls, notes, and cards. It could also take the form of providing meals during health challenges or after the loss of a loved one.

We know many of you are already reaching out to others. This isn’t meant to replace what’s already happening, it’s meant to encourage those efforts. Debbie Miller, Kathy Stewart, and Vicki Culler have begun to reach out with good results. We invite all of you who want to join us in this rewarding effort to please let us know. Your participation is welcome.

We Care is in its early stages. We’ll stay in touch as we get clearer about our call. Meanwhile, please share your thoughts and suggestions with us. And please, let us know if there are ways we can provide care for you.
You can reach We Care at wecare@cincinnatifriends.org. All emails will be received by Kristin who will then forward them to Debbie Miller, Kathy Stewart, and Vicki Culler for follow-up. Requests and conversations will be kept confidential unless sharing has been agreed upon.

Please hold us in the Light as we proceed with these efforts.

Amazon Smile

If you're looking for a simple, automatic way to support Cincinnati Friends Meeting, you can start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com. You shop as you normally would on the site, at no extra cost to you, and you don't need to make a separate account.

Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CFM. You can search for “Cincinnati Monthly Meeting of the” (This matches how we are registered as a non-proft. There was a limit to the number of characters.) or you can click enter this link smile.amazon.com/ch/31-6045408. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee disperses these funds to local organizations supported by the Meeting.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Kroger pays up to $1,250,000 on a quarterly basis to participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Rewards Organizations.

To support Cincinnati Friends Meeting through your Kroger purchases, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and choose Cinti Monthly Meeting/Religious Society of Friends, code: pi373.

Once a household member enrolls their card, all linked Kroger Plus Cards within that household begin earning rewards. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee disperses these funds to local organizations supported by the Meeting. Feel free to share our Kroger number with friends and family. Every time a member, attender, family, family friend, or neighbor of our Meeting shops at Kroger and uses their Kroger Plus Card, we earn rewards!

Sunday Hospitality Information

On the first and third Sundays of each month we welcome all to join together in the Fireside Room for fellowship and a potluck lunch after meeting for worship. Feel free to bring any type of "potluck" food to share (prepared dishes you can readily set out). Please join us!
~ The Hospitality Committee