This month in First Day School: Community

During Ninth Month, we will focus on the testimony of Community, the “C” in SPICES!

Click here to read an article in The Washington Post – it shares an extraordinary example of community in action – The inspiring math of kindness: How one woman turned a 2-day yard sale into a year’s worth of kindness.

From Faith & Practice

The Meeting as Caring Community [continued, paragraph 4]: … “At the same time, it is well for Meetings consciously to cultivate fellowship and unity. The goal, in George Fox’s words, is to “know one another in that which is eternal, which was before the world was.” Religious education programs for Friends of all ages are a primary bond. In the common experience of worship we draw together in a most essential way. The discussion of matters of concern, as well as fellowship based on recreation, intellectual pursuits, music and other aesthetic interests, can help unify the Meeting community. Working together also builds bonds of trust, understanding, and communication. In all things the principle of simplicity suggests that leisure activities, working, and faith be compatible and complementary. (Page 14, Faith and Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1988, 2020 update).

Discussion Questions

  • What does Religious Education mean to you?
  • What are some topics in First Day School that unite us?
  • Are there some that challenge community? Explain.

From the Bible

Matthew 5:44-45 (New King James Version)
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.


Online exclusive: We’d like to put a booklet of our favorite recipes (that we made during the pandemic) together to share with the Meeting! Email Us your favorites.

Weekly Favorite Recipes

  • 07/04/21, Cameron’s favorite: CREPES, click here for the recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, The Food Network (watch video below)
  • 07/11/21, Maria’s favorite: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, click here for the the Joy of Cooking’s recipe.
  • 07/18/21, Summertime favorite: ZUCCHINI BREAD, click here for The Washington Post’s recipe.
  • 07/25/21, Another summertime must-have, MASON JAR ICE CREAM, click here for the very easy recipe! You’ll be hooked.
  • 08/01/21, from Cameron, a simple and yummy favorite with only 3 ingredients, PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, click here for the recipe.
  • 08/08/21, CAMERON’S BIRTHDAY COOKIE DOUGH (vegan, gluten-free), Email us for the recipe
  • 08/15/21, Erin Traub’s BANANA/PUMPKIN BREAD, Email us for the recipe
  • 08/22/21, Joeypick from the BYM camps cookbook, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Email us for the recipe
  • 08/29/21, Aimee Indian Lentil Soup, Email us for the recipe
  • 09/05/21, Emma’s Blueberry Bars, Email us for the recipe
  • 09/12/21, Cris’ Summer Pepper Frittata, Email us for the recipe
  • 09/19/21, Small Farmer’s Journal’s Boston Brown Bread, Email us for the recipe
  • 09/26/21, Diet for a Small Planet’s, Vegan Feijoada, click here for the recipe

Share your recipe! Please send to Cameron and Maria


Book Pick

Mightier Than The Sword by Rochelle Melander. This is an excellent book! It’s written for a young audience but all ages will find it terrific. From the back cover, “Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words – transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it’s your turn!
An excerpt: Write To Know: Qui Jin [Revolutionary, 1875-1907] was an eloquent speaker and wrote bout the benefits of public speaking, including the following: leaders can speak anywhere; many can listen at no cost; anyone could understand; and leaders can motivate and organize listeners. What would you add?


Video Pick


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