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Concerns, Announcements and Devotional Thought

A Weekly Ministry of Indianapolis First Friends Meeting

As Way Opens  by Beth Henricks

I have become a big fan of Thomas Merton the great mystic writer and monk (  The following quote is posted on my bulletin board and speaks to my condition.  "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.  And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.  Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem lost and in the shadow of death.  I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."

As we approach Valentine’s Day, isn't it amazing to contemplate the immense and glorious love of God?  It is this unconditional love of God that cries with us through our perils, laughs with us through our funny moments and beams with us through our joys.  I encourage all of us to wrap ourselves in this knowledge this week and feel this Love.

Announcements, Reports, & Opportunities

Be an Usher in 2015! A great way to serve and meet people at Indianapolis First Friends Meeting is to become a Sunday usher. Ushers only need serve once a month. This duty is so beneficial, not only to the meeting each Sunday but also to the usher as well. An Individuals or an entire family that would like to usher or simply know more can sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway or contact Dan Linginfelter at for more information.

The next Poetry Group gathering is at 2pm on Tuesday, February 17th. Ruthie Tippin will present ‘Quaker Poets, Past and Present’. All are welcome to join this discussion-style group.

Join us for an Eco-Film Series here at First Friends, at 7p.m. on the second Friday of each month from February- April. The first one is Friday, February 13th at 7p.m. called “Silent Spring”. It is the story of Rachel Carson and the battle over her groundbreaking work “Silent Spring”.  Carson and her research were savagely attacked by the chemical industry but Carson would not be silenced. A powerful story that sparked a revolution in environmental policy and inspired a generation to activism. (55 minutes.  

Get comfort at First Friends with comfort food. Join us for a “Seasoned Friends” Luncheon (for retirement age or older!) on Tuesday, February 24th at 11:30am! Bill & Kathy Farris will be providing meatloaf sandwiches, tomato soup and macaroni and cheese; feel free to bring a dessert to share if you’d like! Also, bring your favorite game and stay after lunch to play games. Please RSVP to the Meeting Office at 255-2485 by Thursday, February 19th. We'd love to see you!

It’s Time to Retreat!  Have you ever been to Quaker Haven?  Many of us have, and we all have a chance to go next month… for the Western Yearly Meeting Retreat, March 6 & 7.  Friends will gather from all parts of Indiana and Western Illinois for an overnight stay, worship, fun, and the challenges that Jim Griffith* will bring as our speaker.  Vision and Vitality will be served generously!  Come and join Beth and Ruthie… we hope to have a great crowd from First Friends. Register now for best prices.  See the brochure, found at!  Send it in pronto!

Church Women United: Every year, on the first Friday of March, women around the world join together to pray for the peoples of the world.  It is a worldwide ecumenical event that focuses on prayerful action in the world. The service is written by women of a different country each year – this year, by the World Day of Prayer group of the Bahamas. WDP gatherings promote justice and equality for women through prayer, service, scripture, worship and celebration.   Men and women – all people – are invited to join together in prayer. Friday, March 6th, Union Chapel United Methodist at 10:00 am in English and Friday, March 6th, Allisonville Christian Church at 7:30 pm in Spanish and English

Picture yourself as the artist seated at our newly-refurbished Steinway piano in the Meetingroom!  That opportunity has now presented itself!  If you relish the chance to minister to Meeting for Worship through music, the Music Committee is seeking musicians to play the Steinway either for special music or the offertory. If this speaks to your condition, contact Mindy Sommer by email at She will want to know the date you’d like to play, as well as whether you would like to play during the offering or as special music. Amanda from the office will contact you subsequently for the name of the piece you will play and to confirm the date.

Save The Date!  Saturday, March 21st! First Friends Meeting Talent Show! Vicki Wertz and Beth Henricks are our “Talent Scouts”.  Susan Rains is our “Hostess with the Mostest”.  Start polishing those dancing shoes, and warming up your vocal cords… or preparing whatever talent you may have!

The Preschool Co-op is hosting a Rummage Sale here at First Friends on April 18th!!! They are organizing and hosting the event themselves, but we will share in the proceeds. We are asking our members/attenders to bring in items for sale as they are cleaning out closets, cupboards and garages.  We will accept all items (except no drop side cribs, car seats or bumbo seats).   Please start bringing in your items and place them in the unused Sunday School room with the sign that says Rummage Sale.