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Quaker Notes

The weekly bulletin of the Friends Meeting of Orlando. 

April 16, 2020 Edition
For additional information please contact us. Please also view our website.
316 E. Marks Street, Orlando, Florida, 32803 
(two blocks N. of Colonial, two blocks E. of Magnolia)
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Fourth Month Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business
Fourth Month Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business will be held via Zoom at 4/19/2020 at 11:45 a.m. This will follow our Virtual Worship and Fellowship and a short break for refreshment. 

Click HERE to join the Zoom Meeting.

Worship and Fellowship Options

               for Local Quakers



    Orlando Quakers Weekly Virtual Worship

Worship together with other Orlando Friends from 10:00am-11:00am on Sundays online via Zoom! This is an opportunity for us to remain connected with one another regardless of physical distance. We will also have a thirty minute period of virtual fellowship following worship.


To join this meeting through internet video go to: Follow the short, clear onscreen instructions to allow Zoom to download and run on your device. You can do this in advance of the meeting time. Enter Meeting ID: 759-936-026

To join the meeting through telephone audio dial 646-558-8656. Enter Meeting ID 759-936-026 on your telephone keypad when prompted.

       Daily Virtual Worship From Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill offers online meeting for worship every morning at 8:30am. You can join by phone or by video using Zoom. Visit the PH website for more detailed instructions

Youth and Family Resources
We recognize that this moment poses particular challenges for parents and other family members at home with children and teens. You are not alone!

--For resources and ideas on supporting your kids' spiritual lives while in-person worship and Young Friends Group is suspended, check out the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative's Facebook group "Valiant Together: RE Support During COVID-19." It includes info about online Quaker Family Worship, kid-oriented Quaker YouTube videos, and many more resources.

--For direct support and connection, and to hear about other resources and opportunities as they arise, please reach out to Kody Hersh, SEYM Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

(407) 850-8457)
Conversation to Explore Goes Online
We are continuing our "Conversation to Explore" series online through "Quaker Notes" during the present situation. Let us continue to learn from each other through these virtual conversations. 

The current query is:

"How have you been able to offer or experience solidarity with others during this time of physical distancing?"

Please send your replies HERE by April 23.

Friends' Responses

"Gary and I took folding chairs to Lake Lily and met up with some friends we have gotten to know recently. We placed the folding chairs at a safe social distance from each other and visited for several hours, thoroughly enjoying the beautiful spring weather and admiring the baby ducklings along the edge of the lake. What a lovely day!"
   -Chris L.

"In general, I have found my interactions with others to be gentler than they were prior to the pandemic.  People seem to be going out of their way to cut each other some slack.  I think there is a sense of all of us being in this together.
There is still some judginess, especially around those with children, but overall I think less of it than before.
I have increased my use of technology to connect with people and have been pleased to see the amount of sharing that people are willing to do in the less intimate methods of communication we find ourselves having to use.
That doesn't mean all of this doesn't suck.  It does, but for all of us.  While we aren't all suffering equally, we are all suffering, and that shared suffering itself creates solidarity with our fellow humans.
May we all continue to love each other through this trial and beyond."
    - Greg A.

"I have been spending a lot of time video chatting with anyone who wants to."  - Big Tim M.
"We don't chat very often with our next-door neighbor, Dawn, but she stopped us recently to offer some home-made hand sanitizer. Great stuff! She had mixed careful proportions of rubbing alcohol, aloe vera, and a nicely scented essential oil. Her kind gesture made us feel a new closeness with Dawn and her family."
   - Gary E.

Earth Day is Wednesday, 4/22/2020
from the Care & Community Committee

Sources of help
    Many local organizations are reaching out to help people who have lost necessary income due to the pandemic. Be patient. Benefactors are swamped with phone calls. 
    Sources of help as of my last information include:: 
                - Orange County government, offering one month's rent to Orange County residents.
                - Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida; for various kinds of help with food.
                - Orange County Public Schools: drive-through pick-up of meals and snacks for children who have been provided breakfast and lunch at school.
                - United Against Poverty: described in the March 19 Orlando Sentinel as having a low-cost grocery for the needy.                 
    Where you can donate
    Many organizations reportedly prefer cash donations to avoid  transmitting the virus on items.. Some are seeking volunteers. The situation is of course hanging day by day.
       A few options:
        - Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
        - Christian Service Center (food and other needed items)
        -The Heart of Florida United Way
        - The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools (partnered with Second Harvest)
        Submitted by Martha on behalf of the C&C Committee.
The Day Nurseries

    Orlando Meeting supports both Orlando Day Nursery and Winter Park Day Nursery, which offer reduced-cost child care for working parents.
    Both day nurseries are temporarily closed due to the virus. However, the needs are ongoing.
    Clerk Liz was able to speak with a representative of Orlando Day Nursery. They seek money donations, through their website, so that they can purchase diapers and canned food to help their families in need right now. They are also attempting to keep paying their staff, so that those people do not join the ranks of the unemployed. More information about both programs and easy buttons for donation can be found at:  or 

        Submitted by Martha on behalf of the C&C Committee
Food Safety Video
The video linked below is very helpful in understanding the risks of bringing food home from the food store or a food restaurant.

submitted by Cindy Kwalwasser
    Alleviating stress
    We are all under tension and are concerned about the future. To help cope, consider:
        - physical exercise, indoors or outdoors,  maintaining social distance and following local governmental directions for hours, location, etc..
        - spiritual practices, such as, yoga, meditation and centering prayer. Now might be a good time to increase your coping skills, perhaps by seeking instructions online.
         Submitted with love by Martha.
Stay in Touch, Even When We Can't Touch!
Quakers of Orlando is an inclusive religious community and we do not want any member or attender to feel "out of touch" during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19. Please leave a message for us at 407-476-4369 or email if you would like to hear a friendly voice and speak to a Friend. 
A website providing Friends with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Florida:

Spiritual Formation Groups
Sign up is continuing--but most groups won't start until we come out of the Corona concerns. So far, it looks like we have one group before Sunday worship, one group before Tuesday worship and a weeknight group--but they could all use a couple more participants. We could also start an email group with Jerry and/or a zoom group; these two could start soon. For more information,click HERE.
After you've read that information you can contact Steven and/or Jerry with questions, concerns, etc. or

Many of these reflections occurred in the course of Meeting for Worship but did not seem to rise to the standard of vocal ministry.  They are offered here for what they are and everyone is invited to add to them.

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.
-Thomas Merton

  Send items for Reflections to

"Quaker Earthcare Witness: A Panorama"
"Quaker Earthcare Witness: A Panorama" is a new twenty-minute film from our Quaker Earthcare Witness organization. Visit to download the film and find a worship-sharing guide and supplemental resources. You are invited to watch and share.

Our SEYM Field Secretary for Earthcare, Beverly G. Ward, can be reached at and through You can follow and support Bev's work through Bev also serves on the steering committee for Quaker Earthcare Witness.
Contributions to Earthcare Notes are welcome. Click here to contribute by Email.

In general, Friends interested in finding out more about Quaker Earthcare Witness can find useful information here: Quaker Earthcare Witness also has social media accounts you can follow for updates:

Friends In Publishing
  • Quaker Earthcare Witness - supports the work and efforts of other organizations publishing materials related to Friends' work on behalf of the Earth.
  • Quaker Institute of the Future (QIF): publishes research-based documents on a variety of Earthcare topics.  Visit the QIF publications page by clicking here:

Supporting Gifts

   Supporting Gifts to the Orlando Monthly Meeting are very important. They provide the basis for our financial support and for our continued existence as a Quaker Meeting. While it is true our community has the great benefit of a financial legacy provided to us from the generous and wise Friends of the past, we nevertheless have a duty to protect the legacy for the future. Your support gifts, of any size, will add to the effort to preserve our legacy and enable the Orlando Monthly Meeting of The Religious Society of Friends to continue serving Friends now and beyond our time.
   Gifts may be made in person at the Meeting House or by mail. To use credit cards, debit cards or Paypal, simply click on the DONATE image below, or go to where any menu page, such as "About Us," will have a DONATE button for making a single or recurring contribution. Checks made out to “Quakers of Orlando” can be mailed to: Orlando Monthly Meeting, 316 E. Marks St., Orlando, FL 32803-3921. 
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