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Friends Digest, Vol 80, Issue 4

Posted by admin on Oct 23, 2010 in Meeting Events

Dear Friends,

This week after rise of Meeting, please join with Friends on our second Gray Briggs Memorial Hike. We can’t help but call it a Gary Briggs Memorial Hike, because we can’t help but remember that Gary was such an avid hiker and outdoorsman, and always a joy to share a trail with. This hike will take us down a stretch of the Mountains To the Sea Trail near Mt. Pisgah, offering splendid views of the mixed forest in the upper Mills River valley. It’s only a mile and a half, a very gentle (though sometimes narrow) trail, mostly downhill. We’ll leave from the Meetinghouse at about 1 p.m. And carpool up. Don’t forget, this week is also our “Sandwich Sunday”, so please plan to share a noonday meal with Friends, whether you’re hiking or not.

Best wishes, Steve

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First Gary Briggs Memorial Hike

Posted by admin on Apr 6, 2010 in Meeting Events

A dozen Friends journeyed out to the NC Arboretum for a warm, pleasant hike after Meeting last weekend. A good time was had by all! Photos have been posted on our Meeting’s Facebook page.

Asheville Friends on Facebook

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friends Digest, Vol 74, Issue 1

Posted by admin on Apr 2, 2010 in Children's Activities, Meeting Events

Dear Friends,

This week after rise of Meeting, we will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Please contact Robin W if you want to participate (eggs or children!).

Immediately following, we will have our Gary Briggs Memorial Hike at the NC Arboretum. This will be a very easy, family-friendly one-mile interpretive trail around the grounds. The Arboretum’s facilities will be open as well, so this will be a good opportunity to become acquainted with one of our area’s great natural treasures. There is an $8 per vehicle fee. We will plan to be back at the Meetinghouse by 3:45.

Also coming up on third Sunday, 4/18, is a potluck-party to celebrate how we love and value our f/Friend Phil Neal who is moving his membership to Swannanoa Valley Meeting. Food and festivities will begin around 11:30 a.m. after announcements and rise of Meeting. You may have special experiences with Phil to share aloud with him and assembled Friends. We’ll also have a scrapbook for giving Phil pictures, mementoes, or notes which express our personal connections and appreciation. These can be brought with you or mailed in advance to Joy Gossett, 15 Westwood Road, Asheville, NC 28804.

Best wishes,
Steve

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Friends Digest

Posted by admin on Jan 16, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, Passages

Dear Friends,

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.

Best wishes,
Steve

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Friends Digest 12/10/09

Posted by admin on Dec 10, 2009 in Meeting News

Dear Friends,

As many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, our beloved Friend Gary
Briggs is in the hospital with pneumonia complicated by H1N1 flu. He is
in serious condition, on a respirator, heavily sedated. Margaret Farmer
and Ellen Frerotte went to visit him last Sunday after Meeting and found
him obviously in need of immediate medical attention. They took him to
Urgent Care, and from there he was transported by ambulance to St. Joe’s.

The good news is that the attending physicians have seen fit to begin
reducing the level of his respirator, surely a sign that he has begun to
improve. We have word that he will be on the respirator for at least
several more days.

It is possible to visit him, if you are so moved. He told Margaret on
Sunday that if he was to be in the hospital for any length of time, he
would appreciate seeing a Friendly face or two. You can find out more
about visiting by calling the hospital switchboard at 213-1111.

Please hold Gary, and his family, in the Light.

Best wishes,
Steve

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