Current Newsletter - New Garden Friends Meeting

The New Garden Friend
Newsletter of New Garden Friends Meeting
February 4, 2015
Listening Session dates to remember.
Seekers Group Continues:
The Seekers Group got underway last week with
great attendance and even better discussion. Join
us this Sunday as we examine the concept of the
inner light, discerning when to speak in meeting
for worship, and the concept of consensus. Sunday
February 8, 3:00 -5:00 p.m. in
the parlor.
February 4 7:00 p.m. Friends Homes Guilford
[Hinshaw Hall Solarium] Note: Friends attending this session can park in the parking
deck and walk from the top of the deck straight into the
February 15 9:45 a.m. Sessions in the Adult Forum
5:30 p.m. Gathering in the parlor
The Young Friends Have Big News to Share:
Our conversations will center around several queries:
What does past experience suggest is essential to the
character of New Garden Friends Meeting? What have been
watershed events, high and low, in the life of the meeting?
Sunday, February 8: Valentine's Day Race
This is a fund-raiser for the HSYF trip, a running race that
will be run in teams (or by yourself if you want to get a
little marathon practice in). Normally registration is $50,
but only $20 needs to be paid to the registration, and then
any additional amount goes to HSYF. For more information
contact Joanna Flynn for registration information and the
discount code.
Saturday, February 21: Cafe Ami
Save the date and be sure to join us for our second annual
Cafe Ami (Friend Cafe) event. It will be a night of arts,
entertainment, and dessert that will showcase the many
talents of our HSYF! We are also seeking donations to the
silent auction and the dessert table! For more information
contact Alyzza ([email protected])
Saturday, March 21 and 28: The Flea Market
It's that time of the year again, and the spring sale is upon
us! We're now seeking donations that are in good quality to
be sorted and sold by the High School Young Friends to fundraise for their spring trip. We've begun setting up Norvell
Hall, with some slight changes to the layout as a result of the
recent leak that was in the carpeted area. We can't wait for
the sale, so help us make it happen! For more information
contact Alyzza at ([email protected]).
How might we characterize New Garden's theology,
commitments and involvement among Friends in the wider
What is the role of the pastoral minister in leadership?
Where is the Spirit at work among us, and how can we
encourage this? Where would the Holy Spirit want to make
adjustments or corrections in the life of the meeting?
What will be our leadership needs for the future? What
skills and traits do we seek in a new pastoral minister?
Where is the Divine Spirit leading New Garden as we
move into the future?
We hope you Friends will reflect on these queries and
plan to attend at least one of these sessionso give us your
feedback and to listen to others as we discern a way forward
in this important part of our journey together.
FCP Annual Joint Worship Scheduled
There is a new location for our Annual Joint Worship Service
by the Friendship Community Partnership –
• Collins Grove Methodist
• New Garden Friends
• Persimmon Grove African Methodist Episcopal
• Raleigh’s Cross Roads Methodist
• Saint Barnabas Episcopal
This year’s service during Black History Month will be at:
Sunday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Each of the five churches will take a part in the service.
from the TransitionTeam--Bill Eagles, Karen Garraputa,
Donna Allred, Max Carter, Scott Gibson, Charlie White, Mary
Louise Smith, Bill Hamilton, Lizzie Biddle and Judy HaugheeBartlett
New to New Garden ?
If you would like to receive the weekly newsletter by
email, please call or email the office so you can be added
to the list The newsletter contains information about
upcoming events, programs, and opportunities.
Stay in touch with what is happening at New Garden!
Phone: 336-292-5487
Email: ([email protected]).
Contact Cathie Holcombe if you would like to help.
288-7555, ([email protected])
New Garden Meeting Feeds Hungry Neighbors
Recycling in Greensboro,
the Future of Styrofoam and the Planet
New Garden recently received a thank you from
Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) for providing a total of
3,787 pounds of food for the food bank in 2014. Last year
the Social Concerns Committee organized two food drives at
New Garden, one in the summer when donations to the food
bank were especially low, and once during the Christmas
Season when the need was especially great. In addition,
New Gardeners continued to donate boxes of Quaker Oats
throughout the year, as has been our custom for many years.
Another way the Meeting contributed to the food bank was
by providing volunteers to collect food at the Lowes Grocery
on New Garden Road one day in the spring and one day in
the fall.
Val Marshall, office manager for the GUM food bank,
reports that they give families a 25-30 pound bag for each
family member, so approximately 138 people received a
week’s worth of groceries thanks to our efforts.
Apart from the food collections, an ad hoc group of
New Gardeners provides a nutritious supper of stew and
sandwiches to about 100 homeless people at GUM once a
month. New Garden adults make the stew and Young Friends
assemble the sandwiches. A group from the Meeting takes
the food to GUM and serves the dinner. This project has
been ongoing for years.
Anyone who would like to work on this project can email
Happy Rieth at: [email protected]
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to New
Garden’s efforts to feed our neighbors.
New Gardeners recycle a lot, including plenty of Styrofoam.
Where is all this stuff going? What more could we do?
Environmental Stewardship Greensboro (ESG) is hosting a
discussion with Alex Arnett, the City’s recycling coordinator
and representative from Dart and Recycling Management
Resources, two companies in our region that handle
polystyrene (Styrofoam). Come learn what is happening to
all that we recycle, what impact it has on the environment
and what you can do to help save Planet Earth.
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library
1420 Price Park Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410
February 15, 2015, 2:15 p.m.
For more information contact:
Bill McNeil, ESG convener, at [email protected]
Cathie Holcombe
Laine Parker
Roxanne Snider
Bob Benbow
Ben Lassiter
Sharyn Carwile
Christopher Fields
Lizzette Potthoff
Jennifer Bills
Reaching Out is Easy
Weekly scheduled meeting calendar
Wed 02-04
Mon 02-09
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal / Choir Room
HSYF “Whine & Cheese” / Qave
Mindfulness Meditation / Worship Room
Meditation / Parlor
Bring clean, gently used items to include: gym
or walking shoes; hats, scarves, gloves/mittens;
socks for shoe sizes 9 & up; LED flashlights.
Items may be left in "Kicks for Kids" bin in NGFM
Thank you.
Barbara Leland ([email protected])