Bethesda Friends Meeting

weekly bfm bulletin and events

Sunday, February 25, 2023

Fri., February 23

12:00 p.m.

AFSC Action Hour: Ceasefire Now

Sat., February 24

1:00 p.m.

The Bayard Rustin Legacy Forum (Zoom Webinar)

Sun., February 25

9:00 a.m.

Introduction to Quaker Faith and Practice (Childcare Provided)

9:00 a.m.

Committee Day: Peace & Social Justice

11:00 a.m.

Meeting for Worship + Child Care

1:00 p.m.

Coordinating Gathering (via Zoom)

7:30 p.m.

Experiment with Light (via phone/email, Zoom sharing)

Tues., February 27

7:00 p.m.

Comparative Religions: Introduction to Judaism

Wed., February 28

8:00 p.m.

Mid-Week Worship (check in by email)

Thurs, February 29

5:30 p.m.

AFSC Meeting for Worship re: Peace in Palestine & Israel

Fri., March 1

12:00 p.m.

AFSC Action Hour: Ceasefire Now

Sat., March 2

2:00 p.m.

Memorial Service for Bob Coe

Sun., March 3

9:00 a.m.

Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

11:00 a.m.

Meeting for Worship + First Day School + Child Care

12:15 p.m.

Meeting for Healing

Tues., March 5

7:00 p.m.

Comparative Religions: Introduction to Judaism


Head of Meeting:  Today, Georgianna Ziegler. On March 3, Bernie Benson


Pastoral Care: If you have concerns about personal issues or questions about membership, Bethesda Friends Meeting, or Quaker faith and practice, please be in touch with our Friendly Ear, a member of the Pastoral Care Committee. The person's name and contact info is announced after worship, or you can ask via our Contact Us form. 

The Social Concern for February is the Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism (QCUR) which is working to accelerate the movement for, and capacity to create, racial justice among and beyond Friends. QCUR leads a nine-month cohort program which will include Bethesda Friends Meeting participants in 2024. Details and information on how to donate are at the end of this bulletin. 

Meeting for Worship: Bethesda Friends worship together each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Friends can participate in person at the Meeting House or remotely via Zoom.

Participating in worship at the Meeting House. Friends are invited to gather in person at 11:00 a.m. for Meeting for Worship at the Meeting House. We are currently in COVID Risk Level 1. The policies for Risk Level 1 are included at the end of this bulletin. 

Participating in worship via Zoom. To join using Zoom, you can obtain the link in your weekly Bulletin or use our Contact Us form 

First Day School (FDS) for children 5 years of age and older is offered on the first and third Sunday of each month. Childcare for this age group is offered on non-FDS Sundays.

Childcare and Youth-care during Meeting for Worship: Childcare is available on non-holiday weekends during Meeting for Worship from 10:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. for children under 5 years of age. Paid caregivers provide this service. Youth-care is also available on non-holiday weekends for children over 5 years of age on non-First Day School Sundays (i.e., the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of a month) during Meeting for Worship. Two volunteers are needed from 10:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on non-FDS Sundays so that care for these older children remains available. There will be a signup sheet at the Meeting House and you may also sign up at this link.


Spiritual State of the Meeting Reminder: If you haven't already, please consider providing feedback to the Ministry and Worship Committee for the Spiritual State of the Meeting. You can view the queries and respond at this link through February 25. We truly appreciate all feedback from everyone! 

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Announcement The BYM Nominating Committee is seeking people who would like to serve on a BYM Committee. This provides an opportunity to get to know people from other monthly meetings and to work together on meaningful projects. For more information on the many BYM committees, please visit this link. Please contact Ramona Buck if interested in serving (, 443-418-0392).


Introduction to Quaker Faith & PracticeThe Ministry & Worship Committee's Intro to Quaker Faith and Practice series will meet this Sunday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. This will be in-person, with Zoom access at this link for those unable to attend in person. All are welcome, even if you haven't attended prior sessions. Please register by using our Contact Us form Childcare is provided.

Peace and Social Justice Committee Meeting: This Sunday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m., the Peace and Social Justice Committee is reviewing the Social Concerns Box recipients. We invite the liaisons for organizations that have received these funds previously to join us to advocate for your organization and bring us up to date on their good works and budgetary needs. If you have an idea for an organization you would like to have designated as a social concern box recipient, please join us and introduce us to your group. For details: use our Contact Us form.

Coordinating Gathering Representatives of most BFM committees meet during the week before Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business to discuss the upcoming agenda, season issues before the Meeting, and discuss committee challenges if any. These meetings are open to all. There will be one this Sunday, February 25, at 1:00 p.m., via Zoom at this link, in preparation for the Meeting for Business on March 3. For details: use our Contact Us form.

Experiment with Light is a meditative and centering practice. There will be a session this Sunday February 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can follow the prompts at this link at home and write or draw responses you have experienced during those prompts. We use the meditation on the individual in modern language, full length, 37-minute version. Then around 8:30 p.m., if you would like to worship-share from your meditation experience please use our Contact Us form.


AFSC Action Hour for a Ceasefire in GazaJoin American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) staff every Friday at 12:00 p.m. to hear updates from Gaza. Then, take action with us as we contact our elected officials and call for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. Our elected officials need to keep hearing from us. To attend, please register at this link.

The Bayard Rustin Legacy ForumPresentations on the remarkable legacy of Bayard Rustin, followed by an audience Q & A, will take place online on Saturday, February 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. BFM's Lauren Brownlee will be on the panel along with other Quaker scholars. This event is presented by the BlackQuaker Project and Swarthmore College’s Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Advance viewing of the 2023 biopic, Rustin, is suggested. To register, please click on this link

Comparative Religions: Introduction to Judaism. The Comparative Religions class is called Introduction to Judaism, which includes 24 lectures by Professor Shai Cherry of Vanderbilt University through The Great Courses. We meet weekly on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. for a half-hour lecture followed by a half-hour discussion. All are welcome. Please contact Alex B. for details or use our Contact Us form for the Zoom link.

Bethesda Friends Meeting’s stay-at-home Mid-Week Worship by e-mail is on Wednesdays, from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. While some of our regulars prefer to simply join in Spirit at the appointed time, others enjoy the brief connection provided by an email at the start and end of worship. At rise of meeting, those on that session's email list who are moved to do so may share experiences by reply-all. Friends wishing to join, please use our Contact Us form

AFSC Meeting for Worship re: Peace in Israel and Palestine: The violence in Palestine and Israel has impacted the AFSC community in many ways, all of them tragic and heartbreaking.  Please join us every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a Meeting for Worship via Zoom, gathering in solidarity and holding those most impacted in the Light. All are invited. Please register at this link to receive the Zoom link to attend. Please note that the date and time have changed from prior gatherings.

Memorial Service for Bob Coe: On Saturday, March 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a memorial service for Jane Coe’s husband Bob, at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, where he was a member. Although Bob did not participate directly in the life of Bethesda Friends Meeting, he was an important contributor behind the scenes, proofing our newsletters and directories for 30 years. Some BFM people knew him through his volunteer efforts with the ACLU and through the Osher Lifelong Learning in Retirement Institute at American University (OLLI). He taught 49 courses (mainly history) at OLLI after his retirement from the Foreign Service. He was a kind and gentle man.

Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business: On Sunday, March 3, at 9:00 a.m. Bethesda F(f)riends will consider various business items at its hybrid (in person+ Zoom) Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business. How the Spirit will lead us in discernment of issues both large and small is part of the mystery that is the Religious Society of Friends. All who come to Meeting for Worship are welcome and encouraged to participate in our worship. Meeting for Business will include a report from the BFM Treasurer and the draft Spiritual State of the Meeting.  To attend, place use our Contact Us form

Meeting for HealingOn Sunday, March 3rd, at 12:15 p.m., the Pastoral Care Committee will host a Meeting for Healing at the rise of Meeting for Worship. The intent is to listen deeply to one another, holding our community and each other in the Light following the efforts for the minute "An Urgent Call to Protect Human Life and Bring a Just Peace to Palestine and Israel." For details, place use our Contact Us form


March Young Friends Con: There will be a Young Friends Conference (Con) Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 17 for high school-aged Quakers at Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting in Maryland.  Registration is open now. For details and to register please visit this link or contact Sunshine Klein at

Lenten Arts & Crafts for Children: During Meeting for Worship on March 17, children in the Childcare Room will engage in special arts and crafts (egg painting and decoration) activities celebrating the Lenten season and simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship - our core Quaker values. Get excited and join us!

BFM Hosting BYM Interim Meeting: In March, BFM has the opportunity to welcome and host Friends from across Baltimore Yearly Meeting as they hold their Saturday, March 23, Interim Session at our Meeting House, and the chance to experience their Business Meeting without having to travel. BFM Friends will provide them with a warm welcome, lunch, and hospitality in the Groome Building from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and folks may then choose to join them for business in the Meeting House. Childcare is available with advance registration. The day ends at 4 p.m. As the day draws nearer, look for further information on how to volunteer to make this day a success.

Easter Egg Hunt and Story for Young Friends: The Bethesda Friends Meeting Childcare Committee invites BFM children of all ages (and those who are young at heart if not in years) to an Easter Egg Hunt and Story for Friends, during Meeting for Worship on March 31. Join us in celebrating the Eggcellence of Easter! Please RSVP to let the Childcare team know if your child(ren) can attend.


Committee Nominating Season: Quaker meetings are run by and for members and attenders. Each year, the BFM Nominating Committee seeks to match people's talents with their interests. During the Spring 2024 cycle, happening now, we seek to fill positions on the Pastoral Care, Ministry & Worship, Stewardship & Finance, Religious Education, Fellowship & Hospitality, Library, Book Table, Child Care, and Outreach & Communication committees. Descriptions of committee activities can be found in the directory and on our website. Committee members serve between two to four years generally. 

Committee work is an excellent way to become closer to BFM and become more of a part of our community. It is a joyful way to participate in BFM committee work while also understanding how BFM functions. If you cannot commit to a committee, please consider being on a volunteer list (a low-key way to participate in BFM's activities). Please reach out to anyone of us if you wish to serve on committees/join a volunteer list. Our members are Eluned Schweitzer, Joe Hiatt, Susan Maniatis, Rob McGarrah, David McClelland, and Ron Akins. 

Supporting BFMBethesda Friends Meeting depends on our generosity to support its publications, religious education, childcare, and its “apportionment” payment to Baltimore Yearly Meeting—all of which connect us to each other and link us to the broader Quaker community.  Our contributions also support Quaker organizations and advocacy, education, and community groups attuned with Quaker values.  As of the first week in December, we have raised just less than 30 percent of contributions budgeted for the fiscal year ending in June 2024.  Needs are pressing, and contributions in any amount are deeply appreciated.  

The Social Concern for February is the Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism (QCUR), a collaboration between six Quaker organizations: American Friends Service Committee, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends Council on Education, Friends General Conference, Pendle Hill, and Quaker Voluntary Service. QCUR is working to accelerate the movement for, and capacity to create, racial justice among and beyond Friends. QCUR leads a nine-month cohort program, which will include BFM participants in 2024, that allows racial justice changemakers in Quaker communities to learn and experiment with actions together, empowering them to support the racial justice work of their home communities. In 2023 QCUR developed a guide on "Racial Wounding and Racial Justice in Quaker Communities." To sign up for the QCUR newsletter, please visit this link. QCUR relies on the financial support of individuals and communities that are committed to its mission.

To donate to this Social Concern, please go to designate that your contribution is for this month's Social Concern. If you prefer, you may send your check, made payable to Bethesda Friends Meeting, to David M.,  Assistant Treasurer (see address in the BFM Directory, or use our Contact Us form). You are also welcome to donate to Bethesda Friends Meeting directly to support all Meeting activities via the same methods (online or by check).

COVID-19 Rules for In-Person Meeting for Worship - Risk Level 1:   

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended.
  • Face masking is optional. Food and drink are allowed.
  • You must self-screen based on COVID symptoms or exposure. You may not attend in-person Meeting for Worship if you have a fever, have COVID symptoms, have tested positive for COVID, or have been exposed in the past 10 days to an individual testing positive for, or displaying symptoms of, COVID.
  • You must sign in on a simple sign-in sheet.
  • Prompt notification of a positive Covid test after attending required. Please send any positive test notification via email to  BFM will provide notice to others who attended the same meeting (but will not identify the person testing positive)

Click here for current rules and BFM's full Covid-19 information and policy.  

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Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

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