Saturday, November 23

Pie Baking

9 children and 10 adults made and baked 43 pies. The flavors were apple, cherry and pumpkin. Then the next day, we sold them at Coffee Hour. We raised $813 with half going to the meeting as a donation and half going to the Friends International Bilingual Center in La Paz, Bolivia. Earlier this year the First Day School communicated with Bolivian Youth through a series of letters in an exchange set up by the center.

LAST WEEK, November 24

Last week, the younger children read the book In Search of Happiness by Juliette Saumande, while the older youth continued talking about simplicity.

Questions for home:
What does your family value the most about the holiday season?
How can you as a family make sure these values stay in the forefront and don’t get lost in the “hustle and bustle” of the season?

Sunday, December 1
Family Worship

Sing! Play! Worship! Join us as we build community among Friends of all ages. Everyone is invited even if you aren’t able to come with a child. Theme: Beginning the Journey of Advent. Leader: Holly Lapp.

Saturday, December 14, 6:00pm

Singing by the Fireplace

Join us in the Meetinghouse to sing songs of the holidays and enjoy the company of others in front of a roaring fire. Open to all! Sponsored by the First Day School/Youth Programs Committee.

Sunday, December 15

Christmas Pageant

Our annual Christmas pageant written by our own Ruthanna Kern will take place at the end of morning Meeting for Worship on Sunday Dec 15th. Ruthanna will also direct. There are speaking and non-speaking roles for all the youth who want to participate. We will also have our orchestra playing for the pageant. Adults can participate in a number of ways: acting, supporting, playing musical instruments and/or singing, helping the day of the pageant with costumes, etc. If you are interested in participating, please contact Greg Woods, at youthministries@fmcquaker.org.

Attached is the schedule for the 2019-2020 First Day School year.

And here is the FDS Curriculum for 2019-2020.

THINKING ABOUT SUMMER?

Check out Quaker Summer Camps within New England! Registration is now open for these two camps!

Friends Camp BoatsFriends Camp in Maine, under the care of New England Yearly Meeting:
https://www.friendscamp.org/

Farm & Wilderness Camp in Vermont, independent and run with Quaker
values: https://farmandwilderness.org/

Children and youth from FMC have attended these camps in years past and they have had great experiences!

QUAKER PARENTING VIRTUAL DISCUSSION

Invitation to Join a Virtual Quaker Parent Discussion Group

As Quakers have you ever wondered:
How your Quaker faith can give support and guidance to your parenting?
How your parenting is part of your spiritual journey?
What guidance does Quakerism give to knowing how to deal with behavior challenges, from toddlers to teens?

The Quaker Parenting Initiative, with support from New England and New York yearly meetings, is offering an opportunity to explore these questions in a 5-week online series starting on September 25.

See Attached Flyer for more information!

PARENTS’ LISTSERV
Something that come up at the Parents’ Meeting is a desire for parents to be able to communicate with each other as a group. To facilitate this, I have set up a listserv through Google. https://groups.google.com/d/forum/fmc-parents. If you have an Google account, you can request access. If you don’t have an Google account,please let me know and I can add you.

Volunteers Are Still Needed to Help with Childcare
Our nursery is booming with children and they are wonderful. Several of our regular teen workers and regular volunteers cannot work as much as they used to and there is more of a demand for weekday evening volunteers while parents are in various FMC meetings.

Helping with childcare is one way to contribute towards the meeting community in order to alleviate childcare costs for the meeting and keep our children in a safe, loving environment. Plus our little children at meeting are pretty adorable.

If you are interested, please let me know. The process to get screened is pretty simple and easy. Please contact Greg Woods at youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512.

Greg Woods Greg Woods, Youth Ministries & Education Coordinator
youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512

Watch this new Quaker Speak video starring Greg “My Spiritual Journey with disability” here. In reconciling his disability with his understanding of the nature of God, Quaker Greg Woods stopped questioning “what God did or did not do” when he started seeing himself as a part of the body of Christ.