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Items To Donate For Refugee Relief Kits
- Peace & Earth Committee is collecting supplies for school kits and hygiene kits for refugees on August 7 and August 14. P&E reminds Friends that all donations should be new, unopened items.
89,958 shipped last year to Jordan, Syria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Haiti, U.S., Serbia, Honduras and more.
Contents (NEW items only)
- • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks (8 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 in and 70 sheets)
• 8 unsharpened pencils
• 1 ruler (flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 30 cm and 12 in)
• 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
• 1 large pencil eraser
Thank you for limiting your generosity to the items listed.
- RELIEF KITS
14,507 shipped last year to Jordan, Syria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Lebanon, Ukraine and Serbia.
Contents (NEW items only, in original packaging)
- • 4 large bars bath soap
• 1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
• 4 large bars laundry soap (Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
• 4 adult-size toothbrushes
• 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
• 2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
• 1 fingernail clipper (good quality)
• 1 box adhesive bandages (minimum 40 count, assorted)
• 1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi)
Due to strict regulations some countries have on the expiration date of toothpaste, MCC no longer asks for toothpaste to be donated with the kits. Instead, we will provide toothpaste with the kits when they ship from our warehouse. The kit will be re-packed in a new 5-gallon plastic pail with lid.
Soap specifications: New bars of bath or laundry soap: All sizes and brands of bar soap are welcome. Please leave in wrapper.
Towel specifications: NEW bath towels: Good quality, dark or bright colors, medium weight preferred. Washcloths are not needed.
Thank you for limiting your generosity to the items listed,
THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUT WITH THIS EFFORT!!!
Asheville Friends’ Statement On Police Violence
- At a called meeting for business on Sunday 7/17/2016, Asheville Friends united on the following statement addressing our concerns about police violence against people of color, especially in our own community:
Our hearts are cracked open by the excessive use of force by police in our nation and in our own community, against people of color, especially young black men, and Jerry Williams in particular. We acknowledge that this long history of institutionalized violence has repeatedly broken the hearts and shattered the lives of people in our community. We recognize that our silence makes us complicit. If we fail to speak now, our silence will be deafening. Therefore, we are called to take the following actions:
To bear Quaker witness and speak “Truth to power” in our community;
To support the family and community most impacted by racial violence: to stand with them, believe in them, and affirm their vital importance to this city.
Asheville Friends will be undertaking specific actions, as a community, to bear witness to this statement, beginning with (but not limited to) disseminating this statement far and wide.
State Of the Meeting
- After some deliberation and revision, our State Of the Meeting 2015 was approved at our 3rd month business meeting and submitted to the Yearly Meeting for wider distribution this summer. The report is also posted here on our website:
What Is “White Supremacy?”
- Our Meeting’s newly formed Racial Justice Committee encourages Friends to more fully acquaint themselves with the meaning of the term “White Supremacy” in preparation for our threshing session this coming Sunday. To that end, Friends are offered the following readings:
- In response to the Minute on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Steve L has been led to obtain products made in the West Bank and marketed by a women’s cooperative in northern Israel. These products include award-winning organic olive oil, traditional Za’atar spice mixture, and handmade olive oil soaps. Purchasing these products helps empower women and promote peace and reconciliation between Jews and Palestinians, and provides income to Palestinian entrepreneurs.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please email Steve
Asheville Friends Public Statements
- Almost all of the worship and discernment of meetings for worship with attention to business concern the spiritual and temporal life of the meeting community only, but every once in a great while, the Meeting is moved to broadcast its discovered truth to a wider audience, or as the Friendly expression goes, “speak truth to power.” Friends refer to such statements of discovered truth as “minutes”. Our Meeting has been led to publish the following “minutes”:
Statement on the 9/11 Attacks
Statement concerning war against Iraq
Statements on sexual identity and sexual orientation
Statement in support of religious freedom for Muslims in America
Minute Of Concern and Action Regarding Police Violence Against People Of Color
Meeting for Worship
- Every First Day (Sunday)
- 9:30 a.m. Singing
- (no later than) 9:55 a.m. Transition to silent worship
- 10:00 a.m. Silent worship
- 10:15 a.m. First Day School for children
- 11:00 a.m. Sharing of joys & sorrows
- 11:15 a.m. First Day School ends
- 11:30 a.m. Fellowship
We sing many traditional hymns (with some wording adjustments for inclusiveness and universality) as well as contemporary. All a cappella of course! We use the well-known green hardcover Quaker Hymnal, as well as “Rise Up Singing” and our own little booklet of favorite hymns.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Our Business
There is a saying among Friends that we did not abolish the clergy, we abolished the laity. Join us after rise of Meeting for Worship to experience the aspect of Quaker practice that most sets us apart from other religious faiths, as we seek to discern Divine leadings in our work and discover Divine truth for our community.
- Each Second First Day (Sunday) of the month
- Supervised play for children
- Begins at 12 noon
- Ends by 2 p.m.
- Each Fourth First Day (Sunday) of the month
- Begins after rise of Meeting
- “Loaves, fishes, and fellowship” – everyone welcome!
- Healthful, homemade dishes encouraged
- Be mindful of dietary restrictions and list ingredients of your offerings
- Ends when cleanup is completed
Adult Spiritual Enrichment
- First, third, and fifth First Day (Sunday) of the month
- Begins at 12 noon
- Supervised play for children
- Ends by 2 p.m.
Care & Nurture
- Looks after Friends with special needs
The Asheville Friends Meeting is an unprogrammed meeting.
Unprogrammed worship is the more traditional style of worship among Friends and remains the norm in Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and parts of the United States and Canada. During an unprogrammed meeting for worship, Friends gather together in “expectant waiting” for divine leadings. Sometimes a meeting is entirely silent, sometimes quite a few people speak. Meeting for Worship generally lasts about an hour.
A member will rise and share a message (give “ministry”) with the gathered meeting when they feel they are led by the spirit. Typically, messages, testimonies, ministry, or other speech are unprepared, and members are expected by the community to discern the source of their inspiration—whether divine or self.
Unprogrammed worship is generally deemed to start as soon as the first participant is seated, the others entering the room in silence. The Meeting for Worship ends when one person (usually predetermined) shakes the hand of his or her neighbor. All the members of the assembly then shake hands with their neighbors, after which one member usually rises and extends greetings and makes announcements. Many meetings serve coffee or tea after meeting, which gives everyone an opportunity to catch up with friends and chat with visitors.
A Visitor Reflects On Her Experience At AFM
Midweek Meeting for Worship
Our Midweek Meeting is currently on hiatus.