Friend to Friend

  Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Concerns, Announcements and Devotional Thought

A Weekly Ministry of Indianapolis First Friends Meeting



As Way Opens

This past Sunday was a glorious delight!  For those of you who are at a distance from Meeting, we shared together in our Labor Day custom… ‘Worship in the Woods’.  We gathered under the spread of trees, with birdsong and the splash of the nearby fountain.  Eric Baker led us in some wonderful songs and hymns, members told us the story of creation, and we reveled in God showing us Godself in how the world was made.  The children had all kinds of answers as to how many days it took God to make the world, and James Weldon Johnson’s poem of creation rounded out the morning, after a deep silence and sharing with his ‘I’ll make me a world.” 


God has blessed our Meeting.  It’s a good thing to rest in the protection and shade of of such a healthy place as this, and see the relationships between us.  We’re not perfect, but we don’t profess to be.  We don’t have all the answers, but we live in the mystery of the questions, and thrive on learning from each other.  We each have our own understanding and experience of God, and instead of holding tightly to them, we eagerly share them with one another, growing stronger and broader as we do.  We love each other fiercely, sad at our losses and gleeful at our gains.  We love to learn, and we remember the lessons we’re taught, workingvery hard to forgive the injustices we may have suffered.  We look to Christ as our example, and give thanks that his teaching lives on in the world through the power of the Holy Spirit – not in some strange mystical way alone, but in practical, everyday actions that we are privileged to take part in. We know what it means to say that Christ speaks to each person directly, and we know what a struggle it is to listen as Christ speaks to us as a group.  But we love to practice, and practice, and practice.  Just like we did this past Sunday, as we gathered together in Meeting for Worship under the spead of the shade trees, and listened for God’s voice.                  




Joys & Concerns

Blessings to Carrie Sample in the death of her father, Jon Phillip Appleby on Wednesday, September 2nd.  His services were held this past Saturday in Lebanon, OH.  Jon was born on April Fool’s Day in 1945, and it just happened to be Easter Sunday.  Carrie said he was a man who loved God and loved a good joke.”  Please hold Carrie and her boys, Elijah and Isaiah, in your prayers.  To send a card their address is: 5046 Evanston Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205.

We are excited to introduce our new youth pastor Hayley Adams.  Hayley is a recent graduate from Butler University, originally from Deerfield, Illinois. This past spring she received her B.A. in History and Literature with a minor in Religious Studies. During her time at Butler, Hayley worked with several religious organizations around Indianapolis for her Honors Thesis, which ultimately led her to Indianapolis Friends. Hayley has been the intern for Christian Education at her home church two times, and has a passion for working and learning with youth. In her free time she loves playing tennis with her father, playing the piano, or watching her beloved Green Bay Packers.  Hayley will be working part time to help create a vibrant youth program this year.  You will get a chance to meet and welcome Hayley into our faith community this Sunday.  She will be meeting with our youth and parents after Meeting for Worship.


Beth Henrick’s brother, Keith Euler, underwent triple bypass surgery last Thursday, September 3.  He is doing well, and thankful for such a great outcome.  Please continue to hold him in your prayers.


Congratulations to Brad Jackson, who has just been named Hamilton Southeast School District’s ‘Teacher of the Year’.  Brad and his wife Naomi attended our meeting some years ago.  This is a wonderful honor!


‘Considering the Queries’ has begun!  Have you found someone to prayerfully visit with about the first query?  Have you considered this first one in your own way?  Watch for these on our website under ‘Ruthie’s Blog – Thoughts from our Pastor’. 


Announcements, Reports, & Opportunities  


Last Week’s Food Pantry Volunteers!  Bill Chapman, Ed Morris, Phil Kitchel, Liz Main, Jade Malott, Connie Rigsbee, Jim Sherer, Carol and Jim Donahue, Beth and Emerson Small.


Are there any Angels out there?  Kitchen Angel Needed! Do you like to organize things?  Do you have a bit of extra time when you’re at the Meetinghouse already?  Would you be willing to help make certain that things are in good order for our Meeting kitchens?  It would be a great help to have a Kitchen Coordinator, as many different people/groups use our Parlor and Fellowship Hall kitchens Contact Ruthie, Beth or the Office if you can serve!


Underneath it All: First Friends Eighth Annual Underwear Drive

August 26th through September 27th Toddler to Adult Sizes!

Socks, T Shirts, Bras, too! Babies, Children, Preteens, High School Students— all need underwear and socks. Please Donate New Underwear

Cash or checks to First Friends - designate for ‘Underneath it All’

Contact Linda Lee with questions.

Please place underwear donations in the labeled box in Fellowship Hall.  



The Eco-Film Series this Fall will be hosted by All Souls Unitarian Church, 5605 E. 56th Street. 

The first film, A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, will be shown on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 pm.  This film chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st.  It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them.  It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, and the future – and succeeding against all odds.  Admission is free.  Subsequent films are: Friday, Oct-9 at 7 pm – Switch; and Friday, Nov-13 at 7 pm. – Damnation.  This film series is sponsored by All Souls Unitarian, Cross and Crown Lutheran, First Friends Meeting, Epworth United Methodist, and Heartlands Group of the Sierra Club.  Hope you plan to attend.


Shari Wagner’s poetry delighted the First Friends poetry group when she read twice from her recent books. She sent the following invitation.  The Mennonite Writers Group is presenting Saturday,  September 12th at 7:00 pm, at Shalom Mennonite Church (on the East side of the city). My dad and I will be reading from our new book: ‘Making the Rounds: Memoirs of a Small-Town Doctor’.  You’re welcome to come! 


This Sunday September 13th is our kick off to Fall and the return of our Children and Youth Sunday School classes.  Breakfast for everyone will be provided at 8:30 in Fellowship Hall and Sunday School will start at 9:00.  We encourage everyone to wear their pajamas that day.  Kathy Rhyne and Kathy Farris will co-lead the PreK - 2nd grade class, Carrie Sample and Ann Rodino will co-lead the 3rd - 5th grade class and Jed Kay and Dan Lee will co-lead the 6th - 12th grade class.    Please mark your calendars and plan to join us that day.



September 13, 21, and 27: All regular adult Sunday School Classes will be brought together for three weeks in September, as we open discussion around Quaker decision making, discernment and process.  We invite everyone to join Eric Tinsley and members of Ministry and Counsel, whether you’ve been a part of Sunday School in the past, or not, as we learn together. This is especially important to our Meeting, as we consider decisions regarding marriage equality. What process do Quakers use that stands out from other faith communities?  Why do we do things the way we do?  What is our individual responsibility toward the process?  How is that different from our responsibility as a group? 


            Session One:  Thursday, September 10 at 7:00; repeated Sunday, September 13 at 9:00

Session Two: Thursday, September 17 at 7:00; repeated Sunday, September 20 at 9:00

Session Three: Thursday, September 24 at 7:00; repeated Sunday, September 27 at 9:00


PEACEFEST: Sunday, September 13th

 Join with our fellow historic peace churches, MENNONITES, CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, and QUAKERS in our annual PeaceFest gathering.  This year PeaceFest will be held at Northview Church of the Brethren, 5555 E. 46th St., Indianapolis, 46226, on Sunday, Sept.13, from 12:30 – 2:15 pm.  There will be a pitch-in lunch.  Please bring a salad, side dish and/or dessert to share.



Scott Russell Sanders is coming to First Friends, September 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m...Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope and A Conservationist Manifesto. His most recent books are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012) and Divine Animal: A novel (2014). A collection of stories titled “Dancing in Dreamtime” will be published in 2016, along with a new edition of his documentary narrative, Stone Country. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, and the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.  Environmental author Scott Russell Sanders will be here for a conversation on the future of earthcare in Indiana. This event is a fundraiser for the Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the event. Please join us! 


Leading Voice for Israeli-Palestinian Peace to Visit Indianapolis

On September 20, 2015, the Rev. Elias Chacour, a former Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church in Israel, will explain how peace is still possible between Israelis and Palestinians. His address, “A Life of Peacemaking in the Holy Land,” is scheduled for 2:30 PM at Indianapolis’ North United Methodist Church, located at 38th Street and Meridian.  


Named a “Peacemaker in Action” by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Chacour is founder of the Mar Elias schools, which have educated tens of thousands of Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze children in the Galilee region of Israel. Born 1939, Elias Chacour grew up in the Palestinian village of Biram. In 1947, his childhood home was confiscated by the nascent Israeli state. Though dispossessed, Chacour became an advocate for non-violence and peaceful reconciliation between Jews and Arabs. Chacour describes himself as a “Palestinian-Arab-Christian-Israeli.” Chacour is author of two best-selling books, including We Belong to the Land and Blood Brothers, which has been translated into twenty languages. He is the recipient of several peace awards and honorary degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. “This may be Hoosiers’ last chance to hear from one of the world’s most powerful voices for peace,” said Rev. Dotti Gerner, leader of Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, the event’s sponsor. The event is free and open to the public. Further information is available from Charlie McDonald,


Poetry Group will resume on September 22 at 2:00 in the Parlor of the Meetinghouse.  More details coming soon!  ~ Ursula Roberts


Religion, Race and Culture: The first of four public seminars to be held this year regarding this important concern is set for Tuesday, September 29, 7:00-9:00 pm at Schrott Center – Butler Univ. “Religion and Race in the African-American Experience”: ‘The tragic events of Ferguson, MO in 2014 sparked a national conversation about race. Join us as we hear reflections on religion and racial justice from two noted religious scholars and activists: Rev. Pamela Lightsey - Boston Univ School of Theology, and Rev. Starsky D. Wilson – Pastor of St. John’s Church St. Louis, Co-Chair Ferguson Commission, advancing policies to strengthen the region following the death of Michael Brown Jr, and the subsequent community uprising.



What Are Quakers Doing In the World Today?

                                      World Quaker Day

First Friends Meeting Indianapolis

Sunday, October 4, 2015


9:00 Breakfast with Our Friends; portrayals of

George Fox, John Woolman, Lucretia Mott

Join these Friends from the past, as they speak into the present day.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast during the discussion!


                      10:15 Meeting for Worship with Colin Saxton

General Secretary of Friends United Meeting

God continues to speak and act in the lives of Quakers around the world!


                     11:30 Fellowship Hour ~ World Quaker Exhibits

Enjoy hot and cold beverages, treats, and great company while viewing displays of Quaker organizations from near and far!



Time To Recycle

On behalf of the Shalom Zone, First Friends is to host a recycling event on Saturday, Oct. 10, at First Friends from 10 am – 2 pm.  Electronic items of all types are welcome.  Simply stop by on Oct. 10 and drop off the items you would like to recycle.  If you are not able to make it on Oct-10, you can arrange to drop off your items ahead of time.  Please call Bill Chapman (317 255-4739) or the office to arrange the drop off. 




 Please plan to join with others of First Friends to participate in the 36th annual Greater Indianapolis CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct-18 at 1:45 pm. 

Walkers from First Friends will meet at 1:45 p.m. at CTS, 42nd St. and Michigan Road near the registration tent.  The walk is a scenic walk near the Butler campus and a little over 3 miles.  The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of worldwide hunger and to raise funds to help alleviate hunger both locally and globally.  Please consider a donation for this worthwhile cause.  Checks can be written to “First Friends” with a notation of “Crop Walk” and placed in the basket in the front hallway. There will also be a sign up if you would like to join our group of walkers.    Thanks for your consideration



Save the Date: Say "Cheese!"
Did you know that First Friends publishes a directory every 4 years that includes pictures to make it easier to get to know the names and faces of the members and attendees of our Meeting? It's also a great opportunity on a deal for a family portrait.  We will have sign up, registration information and all the details for our picture days by early September, but put the dates of November 4th-7th, 2015 at First Friends on your calendar!  Expect the new directory to be available in early 2016. More detailed information coming soon.


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