Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Welcome


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oose Creek is a warm and welcoming community where we support each other in our shared journeys of the Spirit. We believe, in the words of the Quaker writer Thomas Kelly, that “deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return.” In our worship and in our daily lives we seek to remain always with our hearts turned toward that Divine Center.

Quakerism is not defined by creeds or doctrine. Rather it is a lived spiritual practice where we seek God in our experiences and live out our faith in our shared world. We believe that there is that of God within each and every human being – adults and children – regardless of faith, race, nationality, sexual orientation, or life experiences. We are called to answer that Divine spark, that Light Within, both in ourselves and in others.

We welcome all seekers, find deep kinship in our shared humanity, and value our differences.



Queries for Tenth Month

Aging

  • Do we welcome the approach of old age, both for ourselves and for others, as an opportunity for wisdom, for detachment from turmoil, and for greater attachment to the Light?
  • How might I attend to what love requires of me in each new stage of my life?
  • Have I arranged the practical matters regarding possessions, location of documents, burial, etc., that will arise when I die or am unable to communicate so my family is not unduly burdened?
  • Am I comfortable with the relationships I will leave behind?
  • How can we support that of God in one another in the face of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges?
  • How do we support caregivers who may be overwhelmed by the chronic needs of the one receiving care?
Voices

“They that love beyond the World,
cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies.
Nor can Spirits ever be divided
that love and live in the same Divine Principle,
the Root and Record of their Friendship.
If Absence be not Death, neither is theirs.”
— William Penn, 1682

“I am convinced it is a great art to know how to grow old gracefully, and I am determined to practice it… I always thought I should love to grow old, and I find it is even more delightful than I thought. It is so delicious to be done with things and to feel no need any longer to concern myself much about earthly affairs… I am tremendously content to let one activity after another go, and to wait quietly and happily the opening of the door at the end of the passageway that will let me into my real abiding place.”
— Hannah Whitall Smith, 1903

“Those of you who are kept by age or sickness from more active work, who are living retired lives, may in your very separation have the opportunity of liberating power for others. Your prayers and thoughts go out further than you think, and as you wait in patience and in communion with God, you may be made ministers of peace and healing and be kept young in soul.”
— London Yearly Meeting, 1923



Calendar

Friday, October 4, to Sunday, October 6
Family Camp Weekend, Opequon Quaker Camp, Brucetown, VA

Saturday, October 5
12 noon – 4 p.m. Fall Handmade Craft and Bake Sale

Sunday, October 6
World Quaker Day!
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, October 9
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, October 11, to Sunday October, 13
Family Camp Weekend, Catoctin Quaker Camp, Thurmont, MD

Sunday, October 13
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, October 16
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, October 19
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fall Retreat — Turning Towards Compassion: Conversations of Hope in Troubled Times.

Sunday, October 20
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Tuesday, October 22
2 p.m. Spiritual Formation Group

Wednesday, October 23
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, October 27:
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting

Wednesday, October 30
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Save the Date!
Saturday, November 2: Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Eleventh Month Interim Meeting at Stony Run Monthly Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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