Most Quaker Meetings are Small . . . But

My meeting is small - perhaps an average of just 12 to 25 Friends at worship each Sunday.  Yet we sponsor one of the major ministries in our suburban community - in a very public way.  Take a look at what it's about:

The Thrifty Quaker

I thought it would be fun and interesting to hear from others about the ministries of your meetings.  It might help the rest of us to get ideas of how we can "seek that of God in everyone" in the greater community.

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Comment by William F Rushby on 10th mo. 2, 2015 at 9:34pm

Hello, Howard!  Impressive witness and outreach.

My wife Darlene and I were not what one might call "high livers."  One of our favorite pastimes was going to Gift & Thrift in Harrisonburg VA, a thrift shop run by Mennonite Central Committee supporters.  I still stop there regularly when I go to the city.

Thrift stores are a valuable service.  They recycle items that otherwise might get thrown away.  They make available valuable goods to the public.  They support significant charitable and public service activities.

I applaud your meeting's thrift store initiative!  For a meeting as small as yours, "The Thrifty Quaker" seems like a major effort.

Comment by Olivia on 10th mo. 18, 2015 at 5:55am

""Peacemaker of the Year" award given to The Thrifty Quaker in 2015"

That's great!   

My meeting is not small so I'll skip personal sharing about this mega meeting.  You guys have done a lot "with what has been entrusted to you."  Thank you and thanks to your meeting for sharing that ministry with others.

Comment by Mackenzie on 10th mo. 26, 2015 at 7:59pm

My Meeting is large (~75 people on a given Sunday), and we have an annual "strawberry festival" that includes a thrift sale for just the one day (also a bake sale, little cafe, etc). Like yours, a dozen or so other non-profits receive the proceeds. Whatever doesn't sell that day goes to one of the large, established thift shops.

Comment by Howard Brod on 10th mo. 26, 2015 at 8:09pm

I think I read about this annual event somewhere, Mackenzie.  I thought to myself, "what a wonderful community building event!".  I am think it was in the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Interchange newsletter - but I can't recall what meeting it is.  Do you mind refreshing my memory of what meeting this is?

Comment by Mackenzie on 10th mo. 26, 2015 at 9:11pm

Howard: It's Adelphi Friends Meeting, and yes, BYM Interchange would be a likely place to hear about it.

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