June 2nd found our community out in full force for Strawberry Festival, our largest fundraiser. We were able to have a white elephant sale, clothing sale, silent auction, baked goods and plants, a café for lunch and strawberry confections, a book sale and children’s games. This event is a wonderful one for us and for outreach to nearby neighborhoods where there are a number of immigrants and many different levels of income.
Over the summer our First Day School’s theme was “Friendly Gifts”. This is a time when 1st through 12th graders come together in one group and this year Meeting folks shared their interests and gifts, such as cooking, button-making, crafting duct-tape wallets and drawing. September 9th is the opening of our regular Religious Education classes.
Quaker Earthcare Witness continues to be hard at work and this summer a Sustainability Minute crafted by QEW and reviewed then by Meeting committees, and presented at a Second Hour, was approved by Business Meeting. September’s potluck after Meeting for Worship will focus on local foods, and all participants will be encouraged to include at least one fruit, vegetable, meat or cheese that is locally grown or made. We’ll make a list and see how many different types of food we have.
And finally the much anticipated opening of the new “green” Friends Community School in Greenbelt was achieved. An occupancy permit was issued on August 30th, just in time for the school to open on September 4th! The celebration of this new school will take place in the spring so that the grounds around the school can be restored to non-construction-site status.