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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 Second 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 requires of me in each new stage of my life?
  • 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?

From Baltimore Yearly Meeting “Advices.”

Aging begins the moment we are born, and cells within us keep growing until we die. We need to approach old age with courage and hope, with receiving and giving, and with forgiving and being forgiven. Aging is a natural part of human life. At no time should people be on the periphery of society because of their age…Friends have long tradition of appreciating the gifts of older members, and our Meetings should continue to encourage participation of all ages in Meeting activities.

A Meeting will be rewarded by a mutual relationship in which younger Friends are able to appreciate the presence and worth of the older Friends in their midst. We should help older Friends know that they are needed, cared for, loved, and will be remembered.

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 if 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

“We may grieve as we resign ourselves to giving up the desires and ambitions of our youth, but as we give up those desires, we become more open to accept God’s will, including accepting the service that God would have us do. Then God may call us to a ministry that we never thought possible for ourselves.”
— Elizabeth F. Meyer, 2004



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 online gatherings listed in the calendar, please request link at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 1
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, February 5
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, February 8
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Saturday, February 11
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Nature Writing Workshop – online

Sunday, February 12
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Clerking Workshop followed by soup & bread lunch

Wednesday, February 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, February 19
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, February 22
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Quakerism series “What do Quakers believe?” – online

Thursday, February 23
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Online guided nature meditation

Saturday, February 25
2 p.m. Johns Hopkins University presentation on Johns Hopkins and slavery (at Goose Creek)

Sunday, February 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Wednesday, March 1
7:00 p.m. Discussion group
11:00 p.m. Friends Wilderness Center – Star Gazing

Sunday, March 5
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, March 8
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Saturday, March 11
9 a.m. Scholarship-writing day at Goose Creek
9 a.m. 11 a.m. Nature Writing Workshop – online
10 a.m. Friends Wilderness Center – Salamander Shuffle

Sunday, March 12
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Second Hour: Presentation & Discussion led by the Antiracism Committee, followed by soup & bread lunch

Wednesday, March 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, March 19
8:45 a.m. Unity with Nature Committee meeting
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Guided birdwatching session

Wednesday, March 22
7:00 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, March 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Worship Committee meeting

Wednesday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Quakerism Series: “What do Quakers Believe?” – online

Thursday, March 30
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Online guided nature meditation

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Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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