January 31 found a large contingent of our Meeting coming together in a retreat to hear about and further process the dreams that have emerged during our Meeting-wide long-range planning process. We dreamed very big dreams at this retreat, and from this will come the first specific changes towards those dreams. This has been a very exciting process and one that has brought our community closer together.
Many women from our Meeting attended the yearly BYM Women’s Retreat in Front Royal, and a group of committed and energetic women stepped forward to organize the 2010 Retreat! It looks like the dates will be January 29-31, 2010, and the location will move back to Skycroft Retreat Center in Middletown, MD.
The prompting of the Spirit led one member of our Meeting to organize us to contribute food weekly to the food pantry at St. Camillus Catholic Church. Most weeks our food “basket” is quite full, and we are grateful to work together with a church that has a food outreach program to the community.
A long-time member of our Meeting, Esther Webb, age 92, died on March 27th. She was faithful in her attendance at Meeting for Worship and, true to form, she was with us the Sunday before her death. She was very active in organizing and working for peace from World War II all the way through to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Memorial Service was held for her on April 5th.