The Menallen Monthly Meeting, in preparation for the annual report on the spiritual state of the Meeting, decided to use a questionnaire to involve as many of the members possible. The members were asked to consider a variety of questions having to do with the different aspects of the Meeting’s life. The questionnaire was an imperfect tool, as not all members responded, so the opinions were limited to those who did. The afternoon set aside to collate the answers proved to be bad timing for most members, so we did not have the hoped for worship sharing exercise to discuss the questionnaire. Continue reading
Menallen Monthly Meeting is in its 260th year. A casual observer, on any given First Day, would see Menallen Monthly Meeting as a gentle, joyful, nurturing community. The members and attenders are openly respectful and affectionate toward one another. Friends who trust enough to make their needs known are met with generous assistance and tender guidance. We all have periods of transition in our lives and the support of the Meeting is invaluable. We have welcomed three new members and another transferring Friend who is retiring to the area of his ancestors. Our membership is 44 adults and of that number there are about 20 contributing households. We have a wonderful greeter who does outreach to area families. Plans are underway to present a program at Huntington Meetinghouse for a group of Mennonite school children whose teacher repaired the slate roof without charge. We are also blessed by the fact that so many of the members are willing to care for the buildings and properties in their own time and at their own expense. Also, by the time this is published our web site will be up and running.
The 890th Meeting of the Warrington Quarter will be held on May the 16th at Menallen Monthly Meeting. In 2011, the Meeting House at Redlands will be 200 years old; a picnic, tours, quilt presentation and other activities are planned. Huntington Meeting House will be open for worship on first First days starting in April till November.
For this year’s State of the Meeting Report we will list some of our blessings and problems, so that the reader can assess for him/herself, the spiritual state of Menallen Monthly Meeting.
We are blessed that all three of the historic meetinghouses under our care, are located in a beautiful valley of south central ‘Penn’s woods’. This rural beauty enriches us and continually inspires our vigilance on behalf of the planet.