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 Fifth Month

Simplicity

  • Am I aware that the ways in which I choose to spend my time, my possessions, my money, and my energy reflect my most deeply held values?
  • How do we support one another in our search for a simpler life?
  • What am I ready to release so that I can give my attention to what matters most?
  • What in my present life most distracts me from God?
Voices

“I saw that a humble man, with the Blessing of the Lord, might live on little, and that where the hearts was set on greatness, success in business did not satisfy the craving but that commonly with an increase in wealth, the desire for wealth increased. There was a care on my mind so to pass the time, as to things outward, that nothing might hinder me from the most steady attention to the voice of the True Shepherd.”
— John Woolman, c. 1744

“I wish I might emphasize how a life becomes simplified when dominated by faithfulness to a few concerns. Too many of us have too many irons in the fire. We get distracted by the intellectual claim to our interest in a thousand and one good things, and before we know it we are pulled and hauled breathlessly along by the over-burdened program of good committees and good undertakings…[We] learn to say No as well as Yes by attending to the guidance of inner responsibility. Quaker simplicity needs to be expressed not merely in dress and architecture and the height of tombstones but also in the structure of a relatively simplified and coordinated life-program of social responsibilities.”
— Thomas R. Kelly, 1941

“Jesus spoke to the heart of the matter when he taught us that if the eye were single, the whole body would be full of light (Matthew 6:22). Dietrich Boenhoffer, before he died at hands of the Nazis, said, ‘To be simple is to fix one’s eye solely on the simple truth of God at a time when all concepts are being confused, distorted, and turned upside down.”
– Richard J. Foster, 1981



Calendar

Wednesday, May 1
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

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

Wednesday, May 8
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, May 10, to Sunday, May 12
Family Camp Weekend, Opequon Quaker Camp, Brucetown, VA

Sunday, May 12
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, May 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19
BYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Shepherd Spring Retreat Center, Sharpsburg, MD
Family Camp Weekend, Catoctin Quaker Camp, Thurmont, MD

Sunday, May 19
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Book Sunday & Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, May 22
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26
Young Friends Conference, Sandy Spring Meeting, Sandy Spring, MD

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

Save the Date!

Sunday, June 9
11:15 a.m. Meditating on Scripture

Saturday, June 15
BYM Interim Meeting, Friends Meeting of Washington

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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