The 2016 Evanston Friends Meeting Silent Retreat

September 30 @ 7:00PM — October 2, 2016 @ 12:00PM
The silent retreat is a time for members and attenders of Evanston Friends Meeting to gather in sustained silence and contemplation. Many find it deeply spiritually enriching. All are welcome.
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Location
Portiuncula Center for Prayer
9263 W. St. Francis Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
portforprayer.org

Schedule:
7:00 Friday, September 30
Arrival
Saturday October 1 – All Day
Silence, contemplation, group meals
Sunday, October 2 – 10:00am
Meeting for worship | breaking of silence

Christmas coat drive

Share The Warmth

From November 29 to December 20, hang new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens on the Evanston Friends Meeting Mitten Tree, which will stand this year in the southwest corner of the Welcome Room.

First Day school and senior high youth ask for your donations of coats, boots and/or money for Care for Real Care for Real is a not-for-profit in the Edgewater area of Chicago that provides food, clothing, and household goods to folks in need, including newly arrived refugees, who are sent to Care for Real by some major refugee support organizations.

The First Day School and the senior high youth are collecting FRESHLY WASHED/DRY CLEANED and GENTLY USED coats for men, women, and children as well as boots.

Please put you coat/boot donations in the big cardboard boxes on either side of the front door. Donated items should be clean and in good condition. Zippers should work, all buttons should be in place, and clothes should not have ripped seams, tears, holes, or fraying edges. If you want to help fund the purchase of new coats to be donated to Care for Real, please put into a meeting contribution box your check (made out to Evanston Friends Meeting but notated for use in the coat drive) or an envelope with your cash contribution similarly noted for the coat drive. The middle schoolers and senior high school youth will be involved in purchasing coats and boots from the donated funds. They will work with Meredith George and members of the religious education committee in delivering all donations.

2017 Inquirers Meetings

Evanston Friends Meeting (Quaker) Inquirers’ Meetings

Each year we hold a series of discussions about the Quaker way. These discussions are intended for newcomers and those who are familiar with the Quaker beliefs and practices but would like to explore them in more depth.

Here are some questions to help you decide if these discussions are for you: Are you a new attender who is somewhat intrigued by Friends although not quite sure what we’re all about? If you have been around awhile, do you still have hazy notions of some Quaker beliefs or practices? Have you been an Inquirer before but missed a few sessions? If you answer “yes” to any of the above, this series is for you! Its purpose is solely informational; and while new attenders are especially encouraged, other Friends are always welcome to attend.

If you would like to help out, or sign up to attend, please contact Mary Theis at 847-677-7022 or marytheis@yahoo.com.

Inquirers Meetings will begin Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 (after Meeting for Learning).
We will meet at Evanston Friends Meeting, 1010 Greenleaf in Evanston in Friendship Hall. A light lunch will be served.

Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 (after Meeting for Learning) Sharing Our Stories and Questions
What spiritual paths vhave led us to the Religious Society of Friends? Where are we now in our spiritual journeys and what are we seeking? What questions about Friends do we hope to have answered in these sessions? How might Meeting support us in our spiritual journeys?

Sunday, February 12 at12:30 (after potluck) What do Quakers believe about the Divine?
What words, images, concepts, and metaphors reflect Friends’ spiritual experiences? Are we “Christian?” How do we regard the Bible? Do we have sacraments like baptism or communion? In the absence of a theological creed, what unites Friends? How are “queries” used? What are participants’ experiences of the Divine?

Sunday, February 26 at 12:30 (with simple meal) Friends’ Testimonies and Queries
What is meant by a “testimony”? What are the traditional testimonies of Quakers and how did they arise? How do Quakers use Queries? How can queries and testimonies further our personal spiritual practices? How can we use Quaker tradition to deepen and sustain our ability to live these principles? What are some ways that we express our commitment to social justice?

Sunday, March 5 at 12:30 (After Meeting for Learning) Worship in the Manner of Friends and Ministry
Why is our worship “unprogrammed,” and what does that mean? How is Meeting for Worship different from meditation? What’s the difference between “giving a message” and “testifying,” “sharing your experience,” “offering your thoughts,” or just talking? How can individuals know if they have “received a message” or if they should share it? Why don’t we use choirs, organ, religious artifacts, or scholarly sermons? What opportunities do we offer for spiritual growth?

Sunday, March 12 at 12:30 (after potluck) How Does EFM Function? Business and Decision Making
Why don’t Quakers have paid clergy? How are marriages and memorial services conducted? What are Clearness Committees? What is a “leading”? How does the work of the Meeting get done? How is our local Meeting organized? What is “First Day School?” What committees are open to attenders? What is a Monthly Meeting? How are Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business related? How do consensus, unity, and “sense of the Meeting” differ? How are financial contributions received? What is the membership process?

Sunday, March 26 at 12:30 (With simple meal) – The Wider World of Quakers
What is a “yearly meeting” and what does it do? How do we relate to other Quakers in the Chicago metro area and the nation? What are Friends General Conference, Pendle Hill, Friends Committee on National Legislation, AFSC, Friends World Committee, and QUNO, and what do they offer us? What is Friends Journal? How can you find Quaker Meetings in other locations?

Silent Retreat

Evanston Friends Meeting will be hosting our annual Silent Retreat at Portiuncula Center for Prayer this coming October 16 through 18. This retreat will provide a wonderful opportunity for reflection and renewal. I have been attending this retreat since the week-end after I first found Evanston Friends Meeting. Surrounded by silence and by other quiet Friends, reflection is deepened and the Light seems to be more available.

There will be shared transportation. The fees for the retreat are listed on the registration form. If you would like financial assistance, please talk with Mary Theis or make a note on your registration form. There is a Silent Retreat fund from which you are encouraged to request support if you would like.

To download the Silent Retreat Handout: follow this link

To download the Silent Retreat Registration form: follow this link

New approach to Potluck

In the past we have asked two or three people to sign up to coordinate and host potluck each month. Those coordinating might divide the tasks – one person to set up and prepare the food that is brought, one person to provide a main dish and one person to oversee clean-up.

The last couple of years, we have found it difficult to get enough volunteers sign up. Therefore, the Hospitality and Outreach committee would like to take a new approach to coordinating Potluck Sunday. We will ask each largish committee to take care of potluck one month during the year. The committee can either have three members of their committee host or can ask other EFMer’s to help out. If have assigned your committee to a month that doesn’t work for you, please feel free to switch with another committee.

Committee Assignments:

  • September – Trustees
  • October – Hospitality and Outreach
  • November – Ministry and Counsel
  • December – Religious Education
  • January – Peace Justice and Earthcare
  • February – House and Grounds
  • March – Nominating
  • April – Library
  • May – Handbook
  • June – TBD – should we have a welcoming picnic?

Greeters for Sunday Mornings

Greeting friends at the door is one of the most welcoming things we can do to help everyone feel welcome on First Day. Hospitality and Outreach committee would like to give everyone the opportunity to take a turn at greeting. Please feel free to sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Room. You may sign up for as many days as you would like. Hospitality and Outreach committee will be providing a brief orientation for greeters in the weeks to come.

Friday Movie Nights

Friends are warmly invited to enjoy a movie twice each month, at the meetinghouse, on the second & fourth Friday evenings of each month. We take turns choosing the movie. We gather starting around 7:00PM in Friendship Hall (downstairs) to chat and get our refreshments, then start the movie at 7:30 sharp. Snacks, friends, and movie ideas are welcome.

2011 QUAKER INQUIRERS GROUP

The Inquirers’ Group will be starting soon. This year, the format will change a bit. We will have fewer small group meetings in the evenings and some of the traditional topics will be the subject of Meeting for Learning on Sunday mornings after Meeting for Worship, so that everyone in Meeting is encouraged to attend.

We will most likely have our first small group meeting on a Monday or Thursday evening in mid-February. We will share our stories and questions. New attenders are especially encouraged to attend, but other Friends are always welcome. If you are interested in attending, please contact Joan Pine at joanormichael@yahoo.com or 847-492-0162.

The following are the topics generally covered in the Inquirer’s Group. Some of these topics will be discussed in Inquirers’ Group meetings in the evenings and some will be the subject of Meeting for Learning.

Sharing Our Stories and Questions
What spiritual paths have led us to the Religious Society of Friends? Where are we now in our spiritual journeys and what are we seeking? What questions about Friends do we hope to have answered in these sessions? How might Meeting support us in our spiritual journeys?

Worship in the Manner of Friends
Why is our worship “unprogrammed,” and what does that mean? How is Meeting for Worship different from meditation? What’s the difference between “giving a message” and “testifying,” “sharing your experience,” “offering your thoughts,” or just talking? How can individuals know if they have “received a message” or if they should share it? Why don’t we use choirs, organ, religious artifacts, or scholarly sermons? What opportunities do we offer for spiritual growth?

Beliefs of Friends
What do Quakers believe about the Divine? What words, images, concepts, and metaphors reflect Friends’ spiritual experiences? Are we “Christian?” How do we regard the Bible? Do we have sacraments like baptism or communion? In the absence of a theological creed, what unites Friends? How are “queries” used? What are participants’ experiences of the Divine?

Business and Decision Making
Why don’t Quakers have paid clergy? How are marriages and memorial services conducted? What are Clearness Committees? What is a “leading”? How does the work of the Meeting get done? How is our local Meeting organized? What is “First Day School?” What committees are open to attenders? What is a Monthly Meeting? How are Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business related? How do consensus, unity, and “sense of the Meeting” differ? How are financial contributions received? What is the membership process?

Friends’ Testimonies
What is meant by a “testimony”? What are the traditional testimonies of Quakers and how did they arise? How were they practiced in the past, and how do contemporary Friends try to demonstrate them today? How can these testimonies further our personal spiritual practices? How can we use Quaker tradition to deepen and sustain our ability to live these principles?
What are some ways that we express our commitment to social justice?

The Wider World of Quakers
What is a “yearly meeting” and what does it do? How do we relate to other Quakers in the Chicago metro area and the nation? What are Friends General Conference, Pendle Hill, Friends Committee on National Legislation, AFSC, Friends World Committee, and QUNO, and what do they offer us? What is Friends Journal? How can you find Quaker Meetings in other locations?

Documents & Downloads

Follow the links below to retrieve a document

Our Library Collection of Books – sorted by author
Our Library Collection of Books – sorted by title


2008 State of Society Report

2007 State of Society Report

2006 State of Society Report


Meetinghouse Use Form

Check back later for info on the next silent retreat

2016 EFM Handbook


“When Friends Attend to Business” by Thomas S. Brown

“An Introduction to Quaker Business Practice” by Eden Grace


Guidelines for Offering Spoken Ministry in Quaker Meetings

Quaker practice and electronic media

Renewable wind energy statement

Potluck Dinner Instructions

If you have an asterisk by your name it means you are responsible for contacting the rest of the group. If you cannot keep this commitment please find someone to substitute for you, but please let us know if you have done so.

Your Responsibility:

  • Bring a dish to share
  • Set up for potluck
  • Serve dishes provided by attenders
  • Clean up after potluck

Dinner Supplies: Hospitality Committee will provide basic supplies of milk, a loaf of bread, butter and 2 cheese pizzas which you will find in the Meeting House refrigerator. (Birthday cake will now be served First Sunday at rise of Meeting.)

Coffee: Directions for making coffee are posted near the coffee maker. Don’t make more coffee until you check on what returns from post Meeting coffee time. Usually there is enough.

Set Up: Turn on ovens to keep things warm depending on what comes in. Turn on power button for dishwasher to warm up before we eat. Directions are on front of dishwasher. Fill plastic silverware basin with sudsy water and place on dirty-dish pass-through. Set out plates, forks, knives, spoons, napkins, glasses, mugs. Clean tables and put tablecloths on tables. Salt and pepper can go on tables.

Serving: Before serving hold hands and ask someone to give blessing.

Clean up: Small children are to be kept out of the kitchen for safety’s sake; kitchen door can be closed. Please clean up thoroughly, leaving NO leftovers in the fridge or dishes on the drainboards. Tables need to be wiped. Dish towels and tablecloths need to be taken home to be washed and brought back the next week. Empty the coffee grounds, and UNPLUG THE COFFEE MAKER. Turn power off on dishwasher. Turn off exhaust fan over the stoves. Make sure exterior doors are locked and secure.

Donated Money should be put in an envelope or napkin and placed in the collection box with a note that these are donations from Potluck Dinner.

Thanks for all your help.