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Announcements after Worship 5-7-23

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Meeting Announcements

Links in announcements below are to webpages, not Zoom links.

From the Religious Education Committee:

  • Monday May 8, 7:00 PM on Zoom, worship-sharing on the testimony of Integrity.   Click HERE for 2 two statements about integrity from Faith and Practice. Come deepen your understanding of and appreciation for this vital Quaker testimony tomorrow evening at 7.       

  • Monday May 22, 7:00 PM on Zoom, Sharing Spiritual Journeys:  Mac Broussard will share about his.

  • Monday May 29, 7:00 PM.  Pendle Hill Pamphlet discussion on Zoom:  Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Us: Using Family Systems Therapy to Understand and Dismantle Oppression by Janaki Spickard Keeler. Copies are at the Meetinghouse. Call Judy Mott if you’d like one mailed to you. Click HERE for passages to whet your interest.

  • Sunday June 4, 10:30 AM Children's Program Resumes. For safety reasons a second adult must be present. Contact Judy Mott, Susan Adams, or Charlie Finn to sign up for a Sunday morning. It’s a great way to get to know our children!

May 15 (3rd Monday), 6:30 pm, Quaker Reading Group, on Zoom. We are discussing the last five pages of John Woolman's Journal Chapter 9 (Moulton edition: 149b-154). If you’d like a zoom link or a copy of the reading, contact Mike Heller.

From Online Communication: We need your help! We have to design a new website soon.  You can help by visiting and exploring our current website and sending us feedback: What is helpful to you? What else do we need?  Send feedback to

Thursday May 25, 6:00 pm Pastors For Peace, Potluck and Program at the Meetinghouse: co-sponsored by our Quaker Meeting and the Plowshare Peace Center to support and learn more about their annual Caravan to Cuba, taking humanitarian supplies to the Cuban people.

Sunday, June 4, First Sunday Meeting potluck is resuming after rise of Meeting for Worship, Friends will gather for a potluck, the first in over three years. Bring a dish to share if you are able.  If not, please come anyway!  Just don't miss it!

From Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business:  Click HERE for Revised Covid Policy

Mac Broussard, who is a BYM Indian Affairs Committee Member recently visited the Monacan Nation Museum in Amherst, VA. Mac reflects on learning more about the Monacan Nation people, their history, and current struggles HERE. Quaker Meetings were first established in the area of the Monacan people in the 1750s, and the museum is nearby to several present-day BYM Monthly Meetings and BYM's Teen Adventure Quaker Camp. 

From the Announcement Team:  Please continue to send submissions to these announcements to by Saturday if they are to be included in Sunday’s announcements. 

Other Announcements

Carolina Friends School (Durham, North Carolina) is offering the Beloved Community Journey June 27-July 2. With other thoughtful adults, explore civil rights history and contemporary human rights issues in Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Tuskegee, and Atlanta. More Information 

Friday May 12, 6:00 pm, NAACP Award Banquet and Annual Fundraiser: The Roanoke Branch NAACP invites you to the annual fundraiser banquet at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood. It would be great if a group of Quakers can attend. If you are interested, contact Mike Heller by Tues 5/9 (

School of the Spirit is now taking applications for its second version of Participating in God's Power. This year-long program, which starts in February, is an opportunity for Friends who hunger for a deeper spiritual connection to go deep with other Friends who share that hunger. For more information about this program you can click here and read all about it. Our Meeting has funds available to help Friends take courses like this.

PLAN AHEAD for the 2023 Friends General Conference Gathering in Monmouth, Oregon: Regular registration is now open.  Register Here This year’s Gathering will be at Western Oregon University, July 2-July 8.  All workshops still have space!    For more information click here or go to the FGC website. Don’t be dismayed by the cost! Our Meeting has funds available to help Friends travel to conferences.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting committee members needed: The BYM Nominating Committee would very much like Friends, especially from southwest Virginia,  to contact them if they are interested in serving on a committee. Some of the committees are Camping Program, Development, Faith & Practice, Program, Stewardship & Finance, and Youth Programs. For more information, contact Mike Heller ( A wonderful way to get to know Quakers from across our region).

Joys and Concerns, Gratitude & Requests


  • Warm weather enabling us to plant summer gardens!


  • Tony’s first cousin Marilyn lost her husband Jim this week.


  • How important it is to stop judging.

Please Hold in the Light:

  • Charlie and Zoe Katz while he receives radiation treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

  • Tony & Patsy’s brother-in-law Lance, and Tony’s sister Barbara, as Lance continues to recover from serious illness.

  • Elise’s son  who is going through a hard time.


  • Gifts of song, poetry, spoken word 


Worship Opportunities

  • Saturday Quaker Worship at 10:30 am: All are welcome each Saturday at Highland Park, beside the Alexander-Gish House parking lot on Walnut Avenue SW just off Fifth Street. Please bring a chair if you have one.  

  • Midweek Quaker Worship: the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month at 7:00 pm.  The next one will be Wednesday May 10 on Zoom (see link in calendar above).

  • Worship on Zoom and In-Person continues every Sunday at 10:30: We are so pleased that we can continue to worship either on Zoom or in-person in the meetinghouse on Sunday mornings! Masks are no longer required. Unvaccinated participants are welcome and are encouraged to wear a mask. Masks are available in the Meetinghouse. Social distancing is recommended.

Shared After Meeting

  • Charlie Finn’s poem - 

“Double Blinded”

Blinding, we are told it will be,

the beatific face-to-face vision.

Blinded we already are

if we miss God in the next face. 

~~from his latest book of poetry Blue Plums on a Mat of Leaves:  Ponderings at Break of Day

Meeting Links: * Link to Roanoke Friends Meeting WebsiteFacebook PageFacebook Group

Submitted by Patsy Martin and Mike Heller