Outreach Committee Annual Report

The Outreach Committee (Jeanne Halpin, Pete Howell, Henry Lane, Mary Yancey) focuses on increasing our visibility in the wider community and supporting our Meeting in sharing our perspectives as Friends. We do this through a variety of methods: hosting public events, letting the wider community know about us, and helping newcomers feel welcome. Our activities and initiatives over the past year include the following:

Hosting public events:

Letting the wider community know about us:

Welcoming and retaining newcomers:

Effective outreach involves more than publicity or public events; it also involves the willingness of individuals to identify themselves as Friends and to give voice to their faith and practice. We are grateful to the many committees and initiatives here at Third Haven which support us all in walking our talk and talking our walk. In particular, we are grateful to the Worship and Ministry Committee for providing a wealth of opportunities to speak of our faith amongst ourselves and learn more about our Quaker ways. These opportunities prepare us not only to more fully participate in the life of our Meeting, but also to feel comfortable expressing our faith and practice when participating within the wider community. We are also grateful to the Testimonies and Concerns Committee for their initiatives and their willingness to present our views to our government and to collaborate with other initiatives outside our Meeting. And we are especially grateful to the First Day School Committee for their outreach efforts. Their innovative efforts in partnering with like-minded organizations have brought us much joy and many new faces here at Third Haven.

There are many other activities and initiatives our Meeting sponsors which provide us the opportunity to put our faith into practice and make ourselves known. We encourage you to check them out: Marilla's lunches, the Talbot County Detention Center library project, P.E.A.C.E. vigils, the Talbot Interfaith Shelter (Third Haven provides dinner for guests of TIS every other month on the 17th day of the month), the Immigration Task Force, and the Climate Crisis Action Group are just some of them.

We will need to fill the role that Pete Howell executed so well, advertising Quaker events in the community.

If you have suggestions for or concerns about our outreach activities, please let us know; we welcome your input. We thank you all for showing up as you do and making Third Haven the nurturing community that it is.

Effective outreach is the meeting members letting people in the community know who and what we are. Speaking that truth is what the world needs.

Third Haven Friends Monthly Meeting is a member of Southern Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends General Conference of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Meetings for Worship: Sundays 10:00AM, Wednesdays 5:30PM

Childrens' program: 1st and 3rd Sundays 10:00AM

Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business: 2nd Sunday of the Month following Meeting for Worship (except for the months of July and August)

Contact: 405 S. Washington St., Easton, MD 21601; (410) 822-0293; 3rdhaven@gmail.com; Find Us on Facebook


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