Special Events

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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Portiuncula Center for Prayer
9263 W. St. Francis Road
Frankfort, IL 60423

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


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.