our clerk Katherine Kowal has sent word that we should not attempt to hold meeting tomorrow, 1/30/10, due to adverse road conditions, and the problematic state of our parking lot. Wishing you all, just the same, a joyous winter First Day tomorrow.
Our Meeting, in coordination with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, is taking part in an ecumenical service project to serve the homeless in our community. We have agreed to share with them the responsibility of serving breakfast at Pritchard Park on 2/14. Several Friends have already signed up to provide food for this effort. If you would like to contribute food, or your time, please contact Jim Cavener.
In conjunction with this project, we have been invited to join with the UU in a memorial service to honor those homeless people who passed away during the past year. This event will be held at the UU Church at Charlotte Street and Edwin Place, from 2 pm to 4 pm next Saturday, 1/30. The service will be followed by a pot luck. Again, contact Jim Cavener for more info.
This week being fourth Sunday, we will have our Sandwich Sunday shared meal after rise of Meeting. In keeping with our recent practice, we will have guided “table discussions” for those moved to participate, and Ministry and Counsel Committee has asked that we set aside our previously chosen theme and help begin the work of our State of the Meeting Report by responding to one or more of the queries in the document attached to this email. Our responses will provide a jumping-off point for the discussion to be held in the “all committees meeting” on Jan 31.
The following Sunday, Feb. 7, will be our next installment of “Quakerism 101”. The second session was well-attended and both enlightening and enjoyable for the facilitator as well as many of those present.
This Saturday, Jan 23, we will have a Memorial Meeting for Worship to honor Gary Briggs, at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte St. and Edwin Place, at 2 p.m. If you are willing to help the planning committee with setup and/or refreshments, please contact Barbara Esther, Alan Robinson, or Robin Wells.
For more information on these and other news and events, check in with our Meeting website:
David Clements’ father passed away last weekend after a long and
complicated illness. He and his family are traveling to the funeral this weekend. David says that he loved coming to Meeting the day after his father’s death, and feeling the warmth and support of so many Friends. He is grateful for the the many expressions of support and condolence.
This week at Meeting we will have our second edition of Quakerism 101. The theme is “Quakers of the 20th Century”. We will talk about both individual Quakers and the practice of Quakerism in the last century.
Next Saturday, Jan 23, we will have a Meeting for Worship in memory of Gary Briggs, who passed away last Christmas eve after a three week struggle with H1N1 flu and pneumonia. The Memorial Meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte St. and Edwin Place.
Craig Bullock, who was brought to the Meetinghouse last February by the Cowards to facilitate a very well-attended Spiritual Enrichment session, will be back in town next Sunday, Jan 17, to lead a “Christ Consciousness Workshop” at the Unity Church, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd. in Mills River, from 2 to 4 pm. This event is free of charge (love offerings accepted). The workshop will help participants nurture the Christ-Consciousness within through prayerful reflection on Jesus’ mystical teachings, meditative silence, and sacred chanting. For more information, contact Carrie at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Laura M, who has just completed her Master’s Degree program in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities. Laura says she’s “so glad to be done, and not have to work in the evenings and weekends.”
Three events are coming up this week of general interest to Asheville Friends
First, on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be an extended worship experience at the Meetinghouse. Bring a comfy chair or pillow if you want. Participants are free to come and go (quietly) at any time.
For more information, contact Evan Richardson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Then, on Thursday evening, Adrianne Weir will be singing with the MAHEC chorus for a Martin Luther King Jr. awards ceremony. Contact Adrianne for the particulars (email@example.com).
Finally, on Saturday morning, is the annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Prayer Breakfast at the Grove Park Inn, beginning at 8:30. Advance
tickets have been limited this year, so arrive early if you want to get
in. The keynote speaker this year is Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist
Review of 12th Month Minutes
Finance Committee Report
Ministry and Counsel
Recommendations for Meeting for Business
House and Grounds
Call for proposals for SAYMÅ workshops
Memorial Service for Gary Briggs
Celebration of Phil Neal
Ministry and Counsel
This coming Sunday we will have our monthly meeting for worship to give attention to the business of our Meeting. If you have a committee report or a other business to bring to the meeting, please let our clerk, Katherine Kowal, know immediately.
In preparation for the meeting, you may review the minutes of our
previous meeting for business (or any other) at our website.
DR. GARY ALLEN BRIGGS – WEAVERVILLE
Dr. Gary Allen Briggs, 68, of Weaverville, North Carolina, died on Christmas Eve at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville after a three-week struggle with complications from H1N1.
Born in Olney, MD, Gary earned a B.S. in Physics at Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Meteorology at Penn State University. He worked as a research meteorologist for NOAA in Oak Ridge, TN, and for the EPA in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, furthering scientists’ understanding of plume rise and dense-gas dispersion. He is best known for the highly influential Briggs Equations developed early in his career. He retired to Tucson, AZ, before settling in Weaverville.
While weather was always one of his passions, it was hardly his only pursuit. Music was a big part of Gary’s life from a young age, most recently as a member of the Asheville Choral Society. He loved being out in nature—whether in his own garden, climbing a mountain, or making trails down to the creekside from his home. He was also continually looking for ways to improve the homes he lived in—from simple, utilitarian changes to larger, structural modifications. It was a great joy for him to share his experiences with his grandchildren by taking them for hikes, canoeing down the French Broad, or just playing with them.
Gary also had a strong moral compass and was active and vocal in trying to effect change—especially on environmental and gay rights issues.
Underlying many of his pursuits was a constant exploration of his spirituality. A member of the Asheville Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and participant in regional and national Friends organizations, he read widely on many philosophies and theologies. Prior to his arrival in Weaverville, he was active in Pima Monthly Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, Durham Monthly Meeting in Durham, NC, and West Knoxville Monthly Meeting in Knoxville, TN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Mildred Duvall Smith, and Robert and Adele Wenzel Briggs. He is survived by his sons, Allen Briggs and wife Elizabeth of Blacksburg, VA, and Jeremy Briggs, of Asheville; grandsons, Allen and Grayson of Blacksburg; brother, Wayne Smith and husband Paul Del Vecchio, of West Hollywood, CA; sisters Sherry Stanfield and husband Richard, of Yreka, CA, Gale Sexton, of Fremont, CA, Marilyn West and husband Tom, of Arcadia, FL, and Janet Frazee and husband David, of Port Charlotte, FL.
A memorial service after the manner of Friends (Quakers) will be held at 2pm on January 23rd at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville at One Edwin Place, Asheville, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in his name to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, or the Highlander Research and Education Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN, 37820.