Spiritual State of the Meeting – 2010

Hopewell Centre Meeting is thankful to be a part of the larger Friends Meeting — Baltimore Yearly Meeting —and so is grateful to be given the opportunity to address the queries of its Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee. As we ourselves have come to understand the importance of the pastoral responsibility we all hold, we truly know the significance of asking: Continue reading

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Peace Fest And Auction

Please join us in Educating and Celebrating with the Public! Hopewell Meeting invites all Social Justice, Peace, Green, and otherwise of our Testimonies Organizations, to join us on June 18 2011, 12 to 7 PM.

Seeking Educational Booths, Crafts, Games, Wares, Food, All are Welcome. $10 per booth plus a freewill donation from profit. Fundraiser for the Restoration of the Hopewell Meetinghouse. A Silent and Live Auction starts at 4 PM, donations are welcomed. Contact Linda Wilk at 304-279-2295 or linda.j.wilk@gmail.com to participate.

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Interchange – Spring 2011

Hopewell Centre’s recent “Simple Gifts Dinner” was a great success; we raised $2500 toward our goal for the interior restoration of our Clear Brook meeting house. Riley Robinson and Robinne Gray from BYM were among our guests, along with those from Preservation of Historic Winchester, Inc. Everyone enjoyed the candlelit dinner served by our young Friends; fiddle music and shape singing; and a talk by our restorer David Logan that left us all with an intricate understanding of the miracles of limestone. On the final leg of our fundraising is our Peace Fest scheduled for sometime in June (tba). We invite all peace and social justice groups in BYM to attend and participate, if they wish, with a booth and activities. The day’s highlight will be a late-afternoon Live Auction; a silent auction will run throughout the day. This is a start of a new tradition for Hopewell! If you’d like to be involved, contact Clerk Linda Wilk at Linda.j.wilk@gmail.com or 304-279-2295. All else goes well as some of us look forward to attending this May’s FCRP conference; as we continue with our growing interfaith and community outreaches; and as we watch the red buds blossom along our country roads.

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Interchange – Fall 2010

Spring to summer has passed quickly at Hopewell Centre. During that time we witnessed a renewal of marriage vows between Friends Pam and Mike Hambach. Yearly Meeting campers came to worship, and led us in song — always a joyous occasion. Some of us traveled to Frostburg to spend an all-too-brief time at Annual Session, bringing back much to those at home.

We’ve enjoyed rich Religious Ed programs delivered by members on near-death experiences; peace via Thich Nhat Hanh; Rex Ambler’s Experiment with Light meditation; and Friends Conference on Religious and Psychology. Our Seekers’ Group, now a Committee, continues to explore Quaker process and discernment, capping off this last series with a minute written on Same Sex Marriage.

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