Sunday, May 6: Second Hour on Quakers and Civil Rights. Were you aware that a small school district in rural Virginia was one of the cases included in the famous landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision: Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed school segregation in the US? Or that Quakers were instrumental in efforts to send black high school children to schools in other states to complete their education when their own public schools were ordered to close in a desperate effort to stave off public school integration? It’s a civil rights story set in Virginia’s Prince Edward County, and Adult Religious Education (ARE) is proud to invite two prominent civil rights activists of the time, John Stokes and Ed Peeples – to tell it. Mr Stokes, 19 at the time, was one of the principal organizers behind the 1951 student walkout at RR Moton High School to protest deplorable conditions there that set the stage for the 1954 US Supreme Court school desegregation ruling. Mr. Peeples became involved as a member of the Richmond Committee of Volunteers who would help organize recreational activities on weekends for the black children in 1959 when the Prince Edward County School Board ordered all public schools closed rather than comply with Federal court orders on school integration. Peeples also chronicled the situation and events of that time in his Master’s thesis: “A Perspective of the Prince Edward County School Issue”.  The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) responded to the closing of the Prince Edward County schools (1959 – 1964) by arranging to place 70 children in families and schools in 8 states, including Scattergood Friends School in Iowa and Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey. Most of the “Quaker” children went on to graduate from high school, go on to college, and have successful careers. This case – and in particular the active role of Quakers – has gone largely unreported.

In the second part of our session, we would like to invite Adelphi members who choose to do so, to tell us their civil rights stories. Deborah James and Jolee Robinson have volunteered so far.  Eyes On The Prize.  Do you have stories of Friends involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, or know someone who does?  The Adult Religious Education Committee is planning a Second Hour on this topic and would like to hear from you.  Please contact Grant Schmick, [email protected], 301-890-8480.

May 26-28 Catoctin Weekend

Saturday June 2- Strawberry Festival!  It’s not too early to begin sorting and tossing and thinking about what you might donate to the White Elephant Sale or to…. (shark attack) Silent Auction at the Strawberry Festival!  Think beautiful things your simple lifestyle no longer needs (silver platter; crystal set; stunning jewelry).  Think services you can offer (garden help; organizing; cooking).  It will soon be time for the shark to announce Silent Auction, and we need your goods and services!

JOYS AND CONCERNS:

 Please continue to hold Joan Clement’s mother, Ruth Petersen, in the Light as she continues recovery from her recent hip and knee replacement surgeries.

 COMMUNICATIONS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY

Looking for a few good ad-hoc committee members to help formulate Adelphi’s camping and conference aid policy. If you’re willing to take on this short-term assignment, or would like more information, please contact Karen Cunnyngham, 410-798-0503, [email protected] or Martha Gay, 301-474-3305, [email protected]

Paid position for Adelphi Summer Program:  The Religious Education Committee is seeking recommendations/applications for someone to lead First Day Classes for Children in our 3 – 5 year-old program.  We need one adult to plan and facilitate weekly sessions for this group from June 24 through September 2, 2007.  The adult will be paid $15. per hour for two hours each week.  This could be an ideal position for a returning college student, a current teacher of this class, an interested parent or other meeting attender.  If you have been attending meeting for at least 6 months and are interested in this position, please contact a member of the RE committee:  Lynn Brown: 301-585-0007, [email protected], Joanna Axtmann: [email protected], Beth Anderson: [email protected], or Angela Toda: [email protected]

Sustainability Minute: Adelphi Earthcare Witness has begun a process of developing a Sustainability Minute that recognizes our relationship with Creation as a spiritual issue and witnesses our commitment to living more sustainably. We hope to bring it to Business Meeting for further seasoning and possible approval in the coming months. We welcome feedback from members and attenders and committees. Copies of the minute are in the lobby. A second hour will be scheduled – date to be announced soon. For more information and to give feedback, contact any Earthcare Witness member: Cathy and Esther Webb, Joe Robinson, Kate Prager, Mary Leonard, Jade Eaton, Dave Diller, Carole Hoage, Joan Clement or Maggie Cahalan.

Wednesday April 18, 7-9 pm: The support committee for the Annie Storr /Joel Greer family would like to invite you to the first monthly  pot luck at Annie and Joel’s house, 8411 Queen Anne’s Dr., Silver Spring,  this coming Wednesday, April 18th.  Please drop by with a dish to share, or just drop by, any time between 7 and 9 PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support Annie and Joel, enjoy the company of friends, and share a meal.  If you know ahead of time that you are coming, please contact Karen O’Brien (301-588-3287 or [email protected]).  If not, please come anyway!

Monday, April 23, from 6:15-7:45 pm: The next introductory series of yoga classes in the Iyengar style begins Monday, April 23, from 6:15-7:45 pm and runs for 4 weeks at Riverdale Presbyterian Church.  Classes also on Monday mornings, afternoons, and Thursday mornings and evenings.  Teens interested in a class on Tuesday afternoons, please contact me!  Anna Rain at [email protected]; 240 645 8482

Saturday, May 5th from 6:30–9:00 pm: Thornton Friends School, one of our community Quaker Schools, warmly invites all the members and attenders of Adelphi Meeting to our “Spring Into The Future” celebration on Saturday, May 5th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the Paint Branch Unitarian Church in Adelphi.  There will be food, fellowship, music and a live and silent auction in support of music programs for our students.  For information and invitations, please call Barbara Wille at Thornton Friends School at 301-384-6672, e-mail us at [email protected] and visit our website at www.thorntonfriends.org.  We look forward to a wonderful evening and hope you will join us!

Sunday, May 6th, from 5:30-7:30 pm Quaker Hymnal Sing-Along and Potluck DinnerAll are welcome at the Hoekmans (Sally, Scott, Jenny and Gabe) on Sunday, May 6th, from 5:30-7:30 pm for a potluck dinner and a Quaker Hymnal Sing-Along.   Friends Judy Brown and Cheryl Morden will be joining us and sharing their piano-playing talents.  Children are especially welcome.   If you can, please RSVP by email to [email protected], so that we have a general count.    Please bring a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Refreshments will be provided.  8021 Barron Street, Takoma Park, Directions from AFM:  Take Metzerott Road west to New Hampshire Ave.  Turn left on New Hampshire .   Get into right lane quickly, and make a right at the next light at Piney Branch.  Make the next left at the light at Carroll.   Cross University Blvd. , pass the Adventist schools, pass Chester Street , and turn right on Barron Street .  8021 is the last house on the right.  Phone:  301-445-5313.

Sunday, May 6, 5:00-8:30 pm: Chears Arts Fest will be held at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt. Program includes dinner, arts performances, silent auction on exhibited art created along the theme “Healing the Chesapeake Watershed”. Tickets for dinner and program are $15 ahead of time and $17 at the door. Artist reception from 7:00-8:30 is free.  For further information, contact Joan Clement or Maggie Cahalan, or go to http://chears.org .

Sunday May 13: Wendy Oliver and Christine Lucas invite other women, particularly those who have had breast cancer, to accompany them on this fundraising walk to be held on Mothers’ Day, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Park in Centrevelle, Va.  You can register online at www.y-me.org or call them at 877.YME.7223.   This is a 3-mile walk and participants are encouraged to raise $100 to support Y-ME’s programs and services benefiting women who have or have had breast cancer.  There are two other sponsoring walks/runs which give their proceeds to research.  One is a -3-day event, the other coincides with Strawberry Festival.

SUMMER ART WORKSHOPS at Joanna Axtmann’s Studio starting June 7th.  Four classes exploring sources for images in June and three to draw the figure in late July & August.  Sign up for one session or both.  Look for the Red flyer in the foyer of the Meeting House.  Call for info:(202)723-4428 or e-mail [email protected]  Reserve space by 5/1/07.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, April 22, 2007, Noon to 5 PM: A message from Laura Holliday: I am a member of Live Oak Friends Meeting in Houston, Texas.  I am participating in The International Day of the Book, Sunday, April 22, 2007, Noon to 5 PM, Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington, www.dayofthebook.com  as the author of a book titled Mediation Within which is available at http://www.quakerbooks.org/mediation_within.php.  I would like to invite Friends to this affair.

Opening for Director of Quaker Affairs at the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA.  Summary of Responsibilities:  An essential position at AFSC to build enhanced initiatives to connect with and engage Quakers to join in and support AFSC’s work.  Work with directors and program staff across AFSC’s regions and units and in close collaboration with the General Secretary’s Office, in particular the Assistant General Secretary of Quaker Affairs.  Any person interested in applying should send a letter and resume to Willa Streater in the Human Resources Department by June 15, 2007, or email [email protected] for the full announcement.

May 19, 2007, Save the Date: Friends Wilderness Center near Harpers Ferry, WV holds its annual Open House that Saturday. Free.  Come for tours, hikes, yummy lunch, kids’ activities and meet people as interesting as you!  Bring a group or bring a sleeping bag and stay the night if you like in treehouse, yurt or your tent.  www.friendswilderness.org.

We need sweepers, painters, cooks, ditcher’s, concrete mixers, trail clearer’s as well as carpenters and handy people.  Work weekends are held on both Saturday and Sunday; you may come just for the day or you may spend the night on Saturday night. We will provide simple breakfasts and lunches on Saturday and Sunday as well as the evening meal on Saturday night.  Bring bedding (we do not always have enough suitable mattresses), flashlights, and anything else you may want.  Cabins are generally available or you may bring a tent.  Please visit the Website before you come to make sure everything is on schedule.  Young people (0 to 18 years of age) should always bring their parents or a Friendly Adult Presence (FAP).  Parents or FAPs will be responsible for supervising the young people under their care.  Please visit:  http://www.bym-rsf.org/camping/WorkWeekends/work.html

for more information and send an e-mail to [email protected] if you plan to attend.

Opequon Quaker Camp                    April 28 – 29, 2007
Catoctin Quaker Camp                     May, 5 – 6, 2007

Shiloh Quaker Camp                         May 19 – 20, 2007
Opequon Quaker Camp                    June 2 – 3, 2007