• First Day School & Nursery, May 22nd from 10:00 to 10:45 AM. This week, Unity with Nature will be leading the lesson. Masks are optional in both the Meeting House and the Nursery.
  • Cannot make it to Meeting? Scroll down to check out some DIY First Day School lessons by Unity with Nature this month.
  • Community Book Read Meeting, Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 PM (virtual). Reading and discussing Mary Snyder’s, Opening Doors to Quaker Religious Education. Contact Maria for more information.
  • Mud Club –Friday, May 27th from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Meeting House. For more information, click here to email Cameron.
  • Quaker Parent Get-Together – Saturday, May 28th at 7:30 PM (Google Meet). Click here to join.
  • Goose Creek Teen Group (ages 13-18) – Sunday, May 29, 7:30 PM (virtual). Click here to join.

For more information, click here to email Cameron, Clerk, Religious Education Committee.

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This week’s lesson: Insects! Insects!

The value of insects in our world & our responsibility to protect them through our Quaker stewardship testimony.

In the lesson, the many benefits of insects will be discussed.

  • To illustrate the foundational role of insects, Jenga Blocks will be used to show what happens when the foundation, insects, is destroyed by letting the blocks tumble.
  • Besides being pollinators, insects benefit the global ecosystems in vital ways.
  • Students will be participating in discussions about what they already know and think about insects.
  • The valuable roles insects play as food sources for animals including humans, pollinators, seed spreaders, decomposers, pest controllers, soil enhancers, disease banishers.
  • We will also talk about the threats to insects. These range from habitat loss to pesticide use
  • We will talk about why Quakers believe that it is important to protect insects as part of our stewardship testimony.
  • Finally, we’ll do an animal riddle game (if time allows, or they can be taken home).

Last week’s lesson: Quakers & Nature

Source: USGS Streamflow and the Water Cycle

This lesson touches on how we humans are connected to the quality of water we drink and stewardship. We will look at some types of human activities that occur on land (the ground) and how those activities might impact our water. We will ask ourselves how we treat the land around us and how we can practice sustainability, caring for the earth and water.

Last week, Patrick Holden mentioned John Snow, the British scientist who discovered that people in London were sickened with cholera that came directly from one neighborhood water pump contaminated by sewage water. This was a prime example of how something harmful, in this case a disease-causing pathogen, was able to cause an epidemic of a deadly disease in an entire city. He also talked about the journey one drop of water takes from the small stream by the cemetery in Lincoln into the Atlantic Ocean. This week, we will explore how humans impact our water.

From Faith & Practice

Holidays, Friends maintain, are no more holy than other days. Some, Are you concerned for responsible use of natural resources and their nurture for future generations? Do you try to avoid wasteful consumption and pollution? Do you seek to preserve the beauty and balance of God’s world? – From Faith and Practice of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1988)

From the Bible

Psalm 104:10-12 From The Holy Bible, New International Version, (1984):

He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
It flows between the mountains.
They give water to all the beasts of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
The birds of the air nest by the waters;
They sing among the branches.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some of the activities we humans do to the soil or earth? Think of as many examples as you are able.
  • Think about how some of these activities might impact or affect water nearby (when it rains/snows and what happens when this water enters streams, creeks, ponds, lakes or marshes).
  • In addition to Stewardship, how do the other SPICES (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship) relate to today’s subject?


  • Discuss what we do on top of the earth (aboveground human activities), ie., in winter, snow plowing, salting and other chemicals on roads; fertilizers for farming and gardening; pesticides to control threats to our crops, herbicides to control weeds, clearing land to build houses or remove trees and brush, emptying marshy areas and swamps. (Discuss impacts from industrial activities/optional.)
  • How do our human activities affect or change the quality of water (usually downhill, but sometimes underground)?
  • Use the list of examples and discuss these human activities to explore the downstream effects and possible outcomes.
  • Visit Stream and/or show video “Impact of Water Run-off…” (below). Depending upon levels of understanding, explain and discuss one or more of the following: erosion and stream flow, erosion/siltation, salt/chemicals on road surfaces and damage to vegetation; fertilizer runoff and pond scum; large-scale algal blooms and fish kills in Florida; stream health near dog parks.
  • Discuss possible solutions for protecting our water and list responses.
  • Tell the story of the creation of the EPA and the Clean Water Act; discuss land use, consider individual/family choices that support healthy groundwater and water runoff.

Video Picks

Collected Favorite Recipes

Here are some of our favorite recipes. Email Us for more information

  • 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
  • 10/03/21, Small Farmer’s Journal’s, Cinnamon Buns, see recipe below.
  • 10/10/21, Quick Pickled Jalapeños, The Washington Post, click here for the recipe.
  • 10/17/21, Vegan Sweet Potato and Kale Soup, From My Bowl, click here for the recipe.
  • 10/24/21, Best Ever Homemade Flour Tortillas, The Cafe Sucre Farine, click here for the recipe.
  • 10/31/21, Pumpkin Soup, Email us for the recipe
  • 11/07/21, Carrot Cake, Email us for the recipe
  • 11/14/21, The Washington Post’s Skillet Caramelized Cabbage, click here for the recipe
  • 11/20/21, The Small Farmer’s Journal’s, Scout’s Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins and Spicy Chicken Bacon Soup (see recipes below)
  • 11/27/21, The Washington Post’s, Stuffed acorn squash with lentils, pecans and brown butter, click here for the recipe
  • 12/05/21, The New York Times’ Classic Potato Latkes, click here for the recipe
  • 12/12/21, Aran Goyoaga’s, Pear and Toasted Miso Upside-Down Cake, see recipe below or at The Washington Post. Click here to see Goyoaga’s cookbook, Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple
  • 12/19/21, The Small Farmer’s Journal, Steamed Quaker Pudding, see recipe below
  • 12/26/21, Holiday Crinkle Cookies, click here for the recipe.
  • 01/02/22, Hoppin’ John! A classic Southern dish to celebrate New Year’s. The black-eyed peas are for good fortune in the coming year. Click here for the recipe.
  • 01/09/22, Buckwheat Crepes With Ham, Cheese and Egg, click here for the recipe.
  • 01/16/22, Polenta With Chickpeas and Tomatoes, click here for the recipe.
  • 01/23/22, Molasses Mocha Cookies from the Small Farmer’s Journal
  • 01/30/22, Easy Vegetable Baked Pasta, from Inspired Taste
  • 02/06/22, The Best Chicken Soup You’ll Ever Eat, click here for the recipe from The Ambitious Kitchen
  • 02/13/22, Chocolate Pound Cake, click here for the recipe from Trisha Yearwood on the Food Network
  • 02/20/22, Borodinski Bread, from Harmony Sveshnikova via the Essex Farm Note
  • 02/27/27, Creamy Forest Pasta With Mushrooms, from “In Minutes,” Clodagh McKenna. Click here for the recipe online.
  • 03/05/22, Oat Flour Sweet Potato Brownies, from Rob & Mo Moutoux. Click here for the recipe.

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