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Nov
26
Sun
Meeting for Worship @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The meeting for worship is the heart of the Friends’ Meeting.

We invite you to join us in our meeting for worship, which is based in silence–yet we gather in an expectant, waiting worship. Individually and as a community we are attentively listening for the ‘still, small voice of God’. Our worship has no set program or leader, yet we are gathered in a shared spiritual discipline, dependent on God’s active, loving presence in our midst.

For newcomers

 

Quaker Cornerstones @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Nov 26 @ 11:15 am – 11:30 am
This year 2017/18 we will use Advices and Queries from New England Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice (our book of Quaker procedures and stories of our faith)  as a guide for reflection. As we read the Queries, it is important to hear ‘what comes up for you as we read them.’  We have established Cornerstones to keep Quaker values and beliefs present in our lives.  We invite all members, attenders and visitors to Cornerstones.  Please click on the link below to read the Advices and Queries we will explore.
Below is the upcoming Cornerstone.
For November 2017
Peace and Reconciliation

Every human being is a child of God with a measure of God’s Light. War and other instruments of violence and oppression ignore this reality and violate our relation with God. Let us keep primary, therefore, Friends’ concern for removing the causes of war. Let us seek, through God’s power and grace, to overcome in our own hearts the emotions that lie at the root of violence. At every opportunity, let us be peacemakers in our homes, in our communities, and in our places of work. Let us take care that we who declare against war do not nourish the seeds of war in our possessions. Friends are urged to support those who witness to their governments and take personal risks in the cause of peace, who choose not to participate in war as soldiers nor to contribute to its preparations with their taxes. Let us support in all possible ways the development of international order, justice, and understanding.
Finally, dear Friends, let us follow steadfastly after all that is pure and lovely and of good report. Let us be prayerful, be watchful, be humble. Let not failure discourage us. Let our whole conduct and conversation be worthy of disciples of Christ.

The Queries: Peace and Reconciliation
  1. Do you “live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars”?
  2. Do you faithfully maintain Friends’ testimony against military preparations and all participation in war, as inconsistent with the teachings and spirit of Christ?
  3. Do you strive to increase understanding and use of nonviolent methods of resolving conflicts?
  4. Do you take your part in the ministry of reconciliation between individuals, groups, and nations?
  5. When discouraged, do you remember that Jesus said, “Peace is my parting gift to you, my own peace, such the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest, and banish your fears”? John 14:27 NEB
Women’s Group @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Nov 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

All women are welcome. In Women’s Group we wish to create a sacred space for an intimate sharing of our spiritual journeys. Our journeys reflect the multiple roles in our lives including daughter, sister, partner, friend, wife, mother and spiritual being. They also include other aspects of our lives such as our work, our fears, our hopes and our understanding of the Spirit. Women’s Group seeks to nurture and support our individual spiritual growth. We listen carefully to each other, pray for each other and hold each other and the group in the Light.

Dec
2
Sat
Quaker Dinner Church @ The Green Room
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm

I hope that you can join us on December 2nd at 5:30 pm in Somerville for Quaker Dinner Church.  We will share​ a meal of locally sourced foods, singing, queries, conversation, and expectant waiting worship.

Before the meal we will circle round to​ light  candles, sing, and pray. During the meal we will converse, at our tables, over a set of queries ​(focused question on which we can reflect), and extend that conversation to the room.  We will conclude our time in silent waiting worship.

My hope is that we might also begin to dream about where we long to go! Traditionally Quakers don’t “keep days” (celebrate the holidays of the liturgical year), we celebrate that every day is holy. Even so,​ I feel that it is significant that this Gathering is on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, with its emphasis on being watchful, hopeful, and keeping vigil for that New Thing which is to come.   I am hoping that there might be some who are moved to be midwives to a New Thing among Friends in the Boston area – supporting the development of a semi-programmed gathering on a regular basis.

Whatever  your interest – please join us on Saturday December 2nd, 5:30pm, at The Green Room, 62 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143.   

Please RSVP HERE.

In great anticipation and Friendship,

Kristina

Dec
3
Sun
Teen Breakfast @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Dec 3 @ 9:50 am – 11:00 am
Once a month the teens at the meeting have breakfast together during worship time, accompanied by two adults from meeting.  Meet at the Friends School by 9:50 am.
Meeting for Worship @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The meeting for worship is the heart of the Friends’ Meeting.

We invite you to join us in our meeting for worship, which is based in silence–yet we gather in an expectant, waiting worship. Individually and as a community we are attentively listening for the ‘still, small voice of God’. Our worship has no set program or leader, yet we are gathered in a shared spiritual discipline, dependent on God’s active, loving presence in our midst.

For newcomers

 

Meeting for Business @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Our meeting for business is conducted in a manner similar to our worship. We listen carefully for God’s guidance — with mutual care and regard for one another’s wisdom. Ultimately, Quaker decision-making is Spirit-led, for together we seek unity with God’s will for the meeting. The co-clerks are the appointed servant leaders of our meeting.

Dec
5
Tue
Ministry and Worship Committee @ members' homes. (rotates)
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please email the meeting clerks for location, and will also be announced at rise of Meeting.  Open to all members and attenders of Fresh Pond Meeting.

December location: Susan Z’s home.

Freshpond@neym.org

Dec
10
Sun
Meeting for Worship @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The meeting for worship is the heart of the Friends’ Meeting.

We invite you to join us in our meeting for worship, which is based in silence–yet we gather in an expectant, waiting worship. Individually and as a community we are attentively listening for the ‘still, small voice of God’. Our worship has no set program or leader, yet we are gathered in a shared spiritual discipline, dependent on God’s active, loving presence in our midst.

For newcomers

 

Potluck Meal @ Fresh Pond Meeting
Dec 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A monthly potluck under the care of the Worship and Ministry Committee. All are invited to share a potluck meal and join in conversation and fellowship.