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November 2018 Library News

By Dorothy Hinshaw Most of you may know that New England Yearly Meeting was the first yearly meeting organized in the Society of Friends, even established before London Yearly Meeting. For more information about NEYM, check out one of the … Continue reading

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Woman’s Society Report, November 19, 2018

By Nancy Marstaller Six “hardy souls” met at Dorothy Curtis’ home. We sent cards to several folk. Dorothy Curtis led the business meeting. The November Tedford Shelter meal included chili, hot dogs, and macaroni salad. The December meal will be … Continue reading

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My Experience at Yearly Meeting Summer Sessions, 2018

By Sarah Sprogell For those who are not familiar with Summer Sessions, it is a time of year that Friends from across New England gather to attend to business, learn from each other in workshops, share meals, art, music and … Continue reading

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Donation Requests: Mittens! Legos! Christmas Boxes!

Mitten Tree! By Nancy Marstaller The Woman’s Society is collecting new or gently used hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves, which will be donated to local places (such as Head Start or homeless shelters) to warm those in need. Please pin … Continue reading

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Newsletter Committee Updates, December 2018

By Liana Thompson Knight, Clerk The Newsletter Committee has a few updates and reminders this month: 1. Newsletter Deadline: We are changing the deadline for submissions to the newsletter to 5pm on the Wednesday after Monthly Meeting. 2. Newsletter Submissions: … Continue reading

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Listening, Being Bold, and Looking for the Divine in Everyone, by Nancy Marstaller

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, November 11, 2018 I want to share some thoughts about listening, being bold, and looking for the Divine in everyone. I’ll open by reading Dwight Wilson’s psalm 13 in Modern Psalms in Search of Peace … Continue reading

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Janet Douglas, Memorial Minute

Janet Douglas, a long-time member of Durham Friends Meeting and mother of member and former pastor Jim Douglas, passed away on September 10, 2018. A memorial service was held in the Meetinghouse to celebrate her life on November 10 with … Continue reading

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December 2018 Family Events at Durham Meeting

By Wendy Schlotterbeck, Youth Minister We will have our Annual Wreath Making Party on Sunday, December 2 after a potluck following worship. Materials will be provided, but live greens of any kind are welcomed! On Saturday, December 15 we will … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, November 16, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, November 18, 2018 with 15 people present. Clerk, Susan Rice, opened the meeting by reading from the Pendle Hill Pamphlet #453 by Elizabeth Meyer: A … Continue reading

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Christmas Program, Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Christmas Program will be on Saturday, December 15, gathering for worship and a turkey dinner. Come at 4:00 to help prepare the meal and set up. Worship, sharing of poems, songs or personal stories will be at 5:30 with … Continue reading

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Strengthening Durham Friends Meeting – November 2018

November 16, 2018 The final report of the Paid Position Working Group will be presented to Monthly Meeting this Sunday, November 18.  The members of the Working Group, which has focused on the larger question of Strengthening Durham Friends Meeting, … Continue reading

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Talking Points from New England Yearly Meeting Sessions 2018

Please share the news and joy from NEYM Sessions 2018 with Friends at home. Consider posting these talking points and making a report to your local meeting for business. The theme for this year’s Annual Sessions was In Fear and … Continue reading

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Stamp Collecting for Friends’ Work

By Nancy Marstaller My mom (Clarabel) and I are still collecting commemorative stamps. A group of Friends collects them and prepares them for sale to collectors. Money raised goes to various Friends organizations. There is a box on the library … Continue reading

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Book Review: Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart

By Nancy Marstaller For the last couple years, I’ve been reading to understand how racism has affected the attitudes and actions of myself and others. It’s been a saddening and sometimes shocking journey to learn of the experiences of many … Continue reading

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“Acceptance,” By Craig Freshley, October 21, 2018

A message given at Durham Friends Meeting on October 21, 2018 by Craig Freshley. About this message, Craig Freshley says “This message is mostly a story – Acceptance was the answer – from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous.” Craig records all … Continue reading

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Kakamega Orphans Care Centre Pot Luck Dinner, November 5, 2018, 6:00p.m.

You are invited to a pot-luck dinner to join Pastor Ida, Administrator of the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre on Monday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the meetinghouse. After the meal, Ida will bring us up to date with changes happening with the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Indigenous Peoples Day – October 8, 2018

By Linda Muller I am glad to recognize the continuing debt we owe to the original people of our area; Casco Bay and beyond. I am relieved not to recognize C. Columbus, who practiced severe genocide and never stepped foot … Continue reading

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Celebration of the Life of Janet Douglas, November 10, 2018

Member Janet Douglas, the mother of Jim Douglas, a member and former pastor here at Durham, passed away on September 10. Her life will be celebrated in a memorial service at the Meetinghouse of Durham Friends on Saturday, November 10 … Continue reading

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Fall 2018 Social Justice Films at Durham Friends Meeting

By Cindy Wood Social justice film and discussion series: November 16  It’s Criminal, film with discussion led by Paul Miller.  Light refreshments.  Durham Meetinghouse 7 pm. December 7  I Am Not Your Negro, — discussion to follow. Light refreshments.  Durham Meetinghouse 7 … Continue reading

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Adult Sunday School News, November 2018

By Martha Hinshaw Sheldon, Adult Sunday School Coordinator The adult Sunday School class is looking at the following books to read and discuss for the months of November and December.  If one is of particular interest to you and you … Continue reading

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2018 Epistle of New England Yearly Meeting

Sep 21, 2018 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for … Continue reading

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Sending Love to Ralph and Twila Greene

By Martha Sheldon Ralph Greene has played a pivotal role of guidance, grounding, and encouragement for many, many Friends in New England and beyond! Now, it is our turn to help Love circle back around to Ralph and Twila, his wife! … Continue reading

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Woman’s Society Report, October 15, 2018 Meeting

By Angie Reed On the date above, 9 women gathered at the Meetinghouse for our first meeting of this year. The program was presented by Kitsie Hildebrandt from this year’s Blueprint Program book. The programs this year center around the … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, October 21, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, October 21, 2018 with 10 people present. Clerk Susan (Sukie) Rice opened the meeting with spoken prayer, expressing gratitude. The September minutes were approved. Ministry … Continue reading

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Meeting Wide Discussion, October 28, Noon to 1:30 pm

After Meeting on Sunday, October 28, 2018, we will have a Meeting-Wide Discussion on Strengthening Durham Friends Meeting. For nearly a year, Durham Friends Meeting has had an Ad Hoc Committee working on developing ideas for strengthening the Meeting. After … Continue reading

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Family Game Night, Friday November 3, 5:00 to 7:30

There will be be a Family Game Night, Saturday, November 3 from 5-7:30 at Durham Friends Meeting.  It will be a potluck followed by games.  All are welcome.

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Halloween Party, October 26, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

There will be a Halloween Party, Friday October 26 from 5:30-8pm at the Durham Friends Meetinghouse. Creative costumes are encouraged. We will have snacks, bobbing for apples, donuts on a string and pumpkin carving. A fun time for all ages! … Continue reading

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“Our True Colors,” by Doug Bennett

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, October 14, 2018 Driving to Meeting this morning through the reds and yellows brought on a different message than I had anticipated. “True Colors” was the phrase that rose and settled in my mind. … Continue reading

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Love Your Meetinghouse Day Coming October 19 & 20

Trustees have scheduled a “Love Your Meetinghouse Day” for Friday night and Saturday, October 19 and 20, 2018. The chore list includes window washing, cleaning pews and cushions, prep and painting of parsonage porch, and priming and painting the replacement … Continue reading

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“Dawnland,” October 4 at Curtis Memorial Library

By Linda Muller Peace and Social Concerns Committee wants all of Meeting to know that “Dawnland” a new film from an excellent group – Maine Wabanaki-REACH – will be shown at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Thursday, October 4 … Continue reading

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