11-17-16 Sangha Update


Happy Thanks  Giving!
A Time to Give Thanks
for those who love us and
for this incredible planet and the garden of earthly delights 
in which we live.
And a Time for Giving love and gifts to those who are not as fortunate.
Enjoy Giving Thanks and Giving!
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” ― Kahlil Gibran
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill
Dear Friends,
I hope that you are all well and feeling grateful for every little blessing.
I am feeling grateful for every one of you, for the lovely gathering at the West home last Sunday when we were able to enjoy a super moon meditation together, for the lovely Care Giving gathering we had on Monday evening and feeling all of the love that folks wanted to offer the Sangha, and for being able to experience another miraculous changing of the seasons. We are surrounded by blessings.
Another one will be being able to gather at our home, 725 Matunuck School House Rd.,  on Sunday evening at 6 PM to deepen our practice and enjoy each other's company.. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. Ann M will be inviting the bell and Renee and Ann G have been kind enough to offer to bring refreshments.  I hope you will all be able to be with us. 
We had our Care Giving meeting and lots of good ideas emerged. I will be sending the notes out to this list as soon as they are checked for accuracy by those who were in attendance. One suggestion that emerged was that we offer movie dates...so our first will be on Saturday, November 26 . For starters, we were thinking of showing, "Bill Cunningham: New York" A very delightful as well as uplifting, inspirational film about living in one's integrity and practicing non-attachment. It has no rating, but we would give it a G. We were thinking we could meet at 4 PM see the film and share a meal at 5:30PM for those who would like to stay. For future showings, we would love to have input from the Sangha in terms of films to show and times that might work for most. If you can join us on the 26th please RSVP
One of the other things that came up was the importance of the google group which Cindy set up for us. It is a wonderful way to connect directly with other Sangha members, for announcements, ride sharing, etc. If you would like to be a part of that, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net
In this season when we are reminded to take care of each other there are lots of opportunities to help. Below I am listing some local organizations that do lots of good in our community. Please help if you are able. Also if you are aware of any of our Sangha members who are in need of some assistance or if you yourself are in need, please rsvp to this email. 
At this time of transition in our country, it is also important to stay well informed. I heard Sharon Salzburg share that when she was with her teacher in India they went to the market and he was bargaining fiercely to get a reasonable price for some oranges. Afterwards, his students expressed surprise...they would not have expected him to do that. He responded "Just because one is compassionate does not mean one is stupid." Thay has always instructed us to use our intelligence-  to look deeply to see what to do and what not to do. Although we do not use the Sangha as a political tool and take sides in political conflict, we are instructed to always stand up to injustice. So to speak out against human rights violations is our engaged practice. It is important that we stay informed so that we can be a refuge for and defend those who are being discriminated against.....always. 
It is also critically important to water seeds of joy....here is something that will do that for you...
with much love and gratitude for you,
200 Niantic Avenue
Providence, RI 0290 phone: (401) 942-6325   contactus@rifoodbank.org
JONNYCAKE CENTER - http://www.jonnycakecenter.org   
FOOD PANTRY 1183B Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI ph: 284-0303 Tuesday 1:00-4:30 Wednesday/Thursday 9:30-4:30 Friday 9:30-3:00 Saturday 9:30-2:00
STORE and DONATION CENTER 1231 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI ph: 789-1559 TuesdaySaturday 9:00 – 4:00 is in need of
FOOD - canned vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots) • quick breads and mixes • stuffing • cranberry sauce • pie crust and filling •   Juice  • Cereal • Canned Tuna • Stuffing and gravy 
CLOTHING - Warm winter clothes are appreciated. - 
HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS -  Gift cards can be delivered to our offices or mailed to 1231 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI 02879.  Suggested stores include Pow Science, Wakefield Books, South County Art Supply Store, Benny’s, Game Stop, Olympia Sports, Marshalls, Ocean State Job Lot, CVS and Rite Aid.
WELCOME HOUSE ; http://www.welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org/contact_us.html  8 North Rd, Peace Dale, Rhode Island, 02879
Always needed:
  • Prepared entrees for twenty people
  • Any kind of fish, fowl, or meat for twenty servings
  • Milk, margarine or butter
  • Fresh fruit and veggies
  • Canned and dry goods of any kind
  • Flour, baking soda, corn starch, salt
  • Paper towels, napkins, and plates
  • Laundry soap/fabric softener/bleach
  • Cleaning solutions -- any kind
  • Small dust mop
  • Small(1or2gal.) plastic bucket with wringer and small mop
  • Wall mounted coat hooks (2 four hook and 3 three hook)
  • Six or eight inch doilies(cream or sage colored)
  • Small dresser scarves
  • 4 salt and pepper sets
  • An apartment size refridgerator for the guest dining area
COAT EXCHANGE - every year for 20 years now there has been a Coat Drive on Black Friday it used to be at the State House, but has expanded to sites in all different towns...they are listed below.
2016 Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange
Sites and Schedules
Coat Drive Date: Friday November 25th, 2016
Providence: State House Lawn - Across from the Mall
RAIN LOCATION: Gloria Dei Church 15 Hayes Street
Coats given away and collected November 25 from 9 AM to 1 PM
Greg Gerritt: 331-0529 gerritt@mindspring.com
Phil Edmonds philwhistle@gmail.com
Lauren and Pam Testoni – lmtest5189@gmail.com
Drop off only locations
Bell St chapel    5 Bell Street   Coats can be dropped off between 9:30 - 1:30 M-F at the house next to Chapel and on Sundays from 8:30-12:00. There will also be a box on the porch for drop off coats. 
Rochambeau Library  708 Hope St.    Coats may be deposited in the collection box in the Library during regular hours until November 22.  
Participating Sites around the state:
Cumberland: St. Patrick’s Church Lawn - 301 Broad Street
Coats given away and collected November 25 from 9 AM to 11 AM
Contact Molly Cabatingan at (401) 334-9639 or at troop415cumberland@gmail.com
Newport: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church - 12 Marlborough Street
Coats given away and collected November 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM
Contact: Office Administrator: Ralph Petrarca 401- 846-0966 stpaulnpt@gmail.com
Office hours are 9AM – Noon, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Pawtucket:    Salvation Army 102  High St  Multipurpose room
Coats collected and given away Friday, November 25 10AM -2PM
Coats accepted at many other locations in Pawtucket all through November during business hours including: 
  • St. Paul's Church, 50 Park Place
  • City of Pawtucket, City Hall- Mayor's Office and Slater Park Office 
  • Pawtucket Library, 13 Summer Street
  • Pawtucket Credit Union-all Pawtucket branches 1200 Central Ave, 727 Central, Broadway, Smithfield Ave. 
  • Ama's Variety Store, 957 Main Street
  • Woodlawn Community Center, 210 West Avenue
  • Ahlers Designs, 999 Main Street- Studio 707
  • Providence Yarn, 50 Division St
  • Wintertime Farmers Market @999-1005 Main St- Nov-Wednesdays 4-7pm/ Saturdays 9-1pm until 11/23                                                                  
Drop-off sites in other communities to be distributed in Pawtucket
  • Brown University Campus- Collecting November 1-18th ONLY 
  • Camera Werks -  766 Hope Street Providence, RI
  • Gent's Barbershop/Spa – Cranston, RI
  • Home and Hospice Care of RI - 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI
  • It's Your Body's Symphony – Johnston, RI
  • Villa at St. Antoines –North Smithfield, RI
Wakefield: St. Francis Assisi Church - 114 High Street
Coats Collected and given away November 25 10AM to Noon
Contact: Dana Hawkins danahawk10@gmail.com   
Warwick: Woodbury Union Church - 58 Beach Avenue Conimicut Village
Coats collected and given away November 25th from 10am to 12 noon
Good condition winter coats, jackets, vests, gloves, mittens, and scarves. Winter wear for all ages available to pick-up.
Church phone number: 401-737-8232. E-mail contact: jtarring@verizon.net.