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“Hearing Leadings,” by Doug Bennett

From a message given at Durham Friends Meeting, February 3, 2019 In the Bible, Samuel is a boy who has been apprenticed to old Eli, the priest at Shiloh.  One night Samuel hears a voice calling him, and he goes to Eli, but … Continue reading

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Vassalboro Quarterly Meeting, February 2, 2019

All Friends are warmly invited to come together for Vassalboro Quarterly Meeting hosted by Midcoast Friends on February 2. The afternoon program will focus on climate change. Schedule 8:30 am          Welcome with coffee, tea, and light snacks 9:00 … Continue reading

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No Meeting Sunday, January 20, 2019

There will be no Meeting for Worship, Sunday School classes, or Monthly Meeting at Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, 2019. They have been canceled due to the severe weather expected.    

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1782 Map Shows Durham Friends Meeting

Portion of a 1782 map showing Quaker Meetings in New England.  Among the Meetin gs shown is Royaltown or Durham.  It is on a road 25 miles north north east of Presumpscot or Falmouth Meeting, and 17 miles west north … Continue reading

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“The Practical Benefits of Prayer,” by Craig Freshley

On January 6, 2019, Craig Freshley brought a message on The Practical Benefits of Prayer.  You can listen to this message on Craig’s website. On his website you can also see some of Craig’s favorite prayers. Next week (January 13), … Continue reading

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Men’s Meeting, January 14, 7pm

By Scott Barksdale There will be a gathering of men on Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m.  Location: 64 Birch Point Road, Freeport (Scott’s house).  Topic: justice.  We’ll have a reading or two beforehand that we’ll be discussing, so please … Continue reading

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Report of the Woman’s Society Meeting, December 17, 2018

By Angie Reed Eight women met at the Meetinghouse for our December Meeting. The program was presented by Angie Reed on “How do we keep Christ in Christmas?” from the Blueprint book for 2017-2018. The secretary and treasurer reports were … Continue reading

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Seeds of Peace, January 4, 7pm, Curtis Library (Brunswick)

Seeds of Peace Leadership Development Friday, January 4th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library The Durham Friends Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee will host an event about the Seeds of Peace Youth Leadership program. We expect to show … Continue reading

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Durham Friends Meeting 2019 Budget

Prepared by Finance Committee; approved by the Meeting, December 18, 2018. DURHAM FRIENDS MEETING – 2019 BUDGET OPERATING REVENUE      Contributions 31,600.00      Investment Income 9,215.00      Other Sources – gifts, use of meetinghouse, etc. 300.00      Cell Tower 2,500.00 … Continue reading

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Discernment Around AFSC Program Focus

Peace & Social Concerns Requests Durham’s Discernment, Hosting a Meeting January 6 By Bob Eaton Monthly Meeting for Business has endorsed the Peace and Social Concerns Committee request for a special meeting to take place after regular meeting for worship … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, December 16, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with 13 persons present. Clerk, Susan Rice, opened the meeting by reading a quote by Howard Brinton from the Pendle Hill Pamphlet … Continue reading

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Family Game Night, January 12, 3 p.m.

By Tess Hartford We will have our next Family Game “Night” on Saturday, January 12 beginning at 3 p.m. Please join us. Durham Friends of all ages have enjoyed these nights. As part of Durham Meeting’s efforts at outreach, we … Continue reading

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“To What Burning Issue Should I Give My Energy?” by Wendy Schlotterbeck

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, March 18, 2018 Like many of you, I wake up grateful for a new day and a desire to treat others with love and respect. The past few days I have heard birds singing … Continue reading

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Standing with Migrants

Diane Dicranian will speak at Durham Friends Meeting on “Walls: Why We Build Them,” December 30 during Meeting for Worship, and afterwards (with a potluck meal) from the Brunswick Times Record, December 28, 2018

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Where Are We Being Led: Theme for January through March, 2019

For January-February-March 2019 the theme Ministry and Counsel proposes is “where are we being led?” One of the Advices (number 9) from NEYM tells us “Attend to the Spirit at work in the ordinary activities and experiences of your daily … Continue reading

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Themes in Worship

December 12, 2018, from the Committee on Ministry and Counsel Our past two years it has been rich and challenging to have Sunday messages brought by various people. This has also deepened our connections to one another. Many of us have … Continue reading

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Diane Dicranian to speak on “Walls: Why We Build Them,” December 30

On Sunday, December 30, Diane Dicranian (Midcoast Friends Meeting) will bring the message.  She’ll speak about “Walls: Why we build them; what they are for.” Diane Dicranian recently spent time at the militarized border between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico … Continue reading

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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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