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Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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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 Seventh Month

Outreach

  • Do you, as the way opens, share Friends’s principles with non-Friends?
  • Do you witness to your Quaker faith by letting your life speak?
  • Do you make non-Friends welcome in your meetings for worship?
  • Do you find ways to encourage their continued attendance?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

What does it mean when Friends are admonished to “Let your life speak”? This simple sentence reminds us that it our lives, not our words, that speak most reliably about who we are and what we believe. Our lives are our ministry, not the specific acts we think of as “official” ministry, such as speaking in meeting, following leading, or carrying out our roles on committees. Jesus teaches us not hide our lights, but to let them shine every day, in every way. Outreach in this broad sense is not something we think about and plan; rather it simply happens as we walk our paths in the world, lighted by “that of God” within us.

Outreach is not a monologue, but a dialogue… Take time to learn about other people’s experiences of the Light and, as you learn, give freely from your own. Respect the experiences and opinions of others, but do not be afraid to say what you value and to speak with conviction. Welcome the diversity of culture, language, and expressions of faith among Friends, as well as members of other faiths.

Voices

“Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every person has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
— 1 Peter 4:9-10

“Outreach is simply the process of making Quakerism available to those who are seeking, to those who may find value in its process. Whether these people become Quaker is of no consequence to the person who conducts true outreach. True outreach is an act of spiritual hospitality. It is an act of service to others to find and take what they need so they can find that of God in themselves and others.”
Barry Crosno, 2005

“Outreach is the natural result of the second great commandment that we love our neighbors as ourselves. It grows out of the spiritual attitude of caring and can take many forms, limited only by our imagination.”
— Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1986

“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Hebrews 13:1 – 2



Calendar

The Goose Creek meeting house is open for in-person worship. Masking is optional. We are also continuing to offer Meeting for Worship via Zoom. Please use the link below to join us at 9:45 a.m. if you prefer to worship online.

Link for Meeting for Worship:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83350737205?pwd=Z0pNM2xZRTBpSDQwa2ZaMmRiRHM0UT09

Meeting ID: 833 5073 7205
Passcode: 061785

For all other virtual gatherings listed in the calendar, please request link at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 3
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, July 6
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, July 10
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Anti-racism Committee presentation: “Segregation by Design” + potluck.

Wednesday, July 13
6:00 p.m. Religious Education Committee meeting (virtual)
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, July 17
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Nominating Committee meeting

Wednesday, July 20
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, July 24
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, July 27
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Friday, July 29
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Unity with Nature guided meditation (Zoom)

Saturday, July 30
7:30 p.m. Quaker parent get-together (virtual)

Sunday, July 31
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting
6:00 p.m. Goose Creek teen get-together (virtual)

Wednesday, August 3
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 7
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, August 10
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 14
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, August 17
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 21
9:00 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, August 24
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, August 28
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Wednesday, August 31
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

To request an email announcement or addition to the calendar, please contact us at goosecreeknews@gmail.com. Please read our Goose Creek Email Protocol for further guidance.

Goose Creek COVID-19 Protocols [GOOSE CREEK IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP.)
If you choose to join us for worship in the meeting house, please note the following:
All Friends are asked to wear a mask until further notice, regardless of vaccination status, and observe physical distancing while in the meetinghouse.
Children may participate in in-door Meeting for Worship, masked.
— Those who aren’t comfortable indoors may remain on the porch.
— Those attending other events in the meeting house, such as memorials, will be asked to follow the same procedures.


Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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