9:30 AM meeting for worship
10:15 AM worship with attention to business: Jeannette Raymond, acting clerk; Terry Hokenson, recording clerk

TODAY

Willing to water plants around the meetinghouse while you are here on Sun (or other times too)? Talk to Susie downstairs.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Storytelling Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00 PM at Walker Place – 3701 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis. All are welcome at this casual gathering – to share or just to listen. It’s a great opportunity to get to know each other!

The Quaker Women’s Group (formerly known as Crones) is hosting a potluck and program Wed, July 18th, 12:00 – 2:15 at Minneapolis Friends Meeting, 4401 York Ave, S. After a healthy potluck lunch, hear about this year’s Friends’ World Conference in Kenya from several women who attended: Connie Archibald, Annette Smith, and Aimee McAdams. Come hear the stories and see pictures about their adventures in Kenya. All are welcome!

The annual Metro Friends picnic will be Thurs, July 26th, 4-10:00 at Wabun Picnic area of Minnehaha Falls Park. This year’s theme is Transition Town. Some local communities are preparing for an era of scarce fossil fuels: urban agriculture, community energy production, town planning and more. Come to meet and learn what your neighbors are creating! Also great wading pools and playground! The Metro Friends Coordinating Committee (MFCC) was created to facilitate networking and friendship building between and among Friends in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

Loaves and Fishes dinner served by metro area Quaker meetings is Monday, July 30th, 2-7 pm. Holy Rosary Church, 2424-18th Ave S, Minneapolis. This is a great opportunity to meet Friends from local meetings while being of service to others. Child helpers welcome. Food prep (2 pm), serving (4:45 to about 6:30 pm) and/or cleanup (6-7 pm). Dessert donations of fruit or baked goods requested. See sign-up sheet on bulletin table.

Canoe/kayak with other Quakers at a Welch Mill Canoeing and Tubing outing on Wed., August 1st! Contact Nancy Helfrich, 612-386-6892, by tomorrow, Mon, the 9th, for reservations. Cost $10-$25. The trip will take the whole day.

Got old watercolor paint sets? Colored pencils? Books your children have outgrown? Joanne Esser is traveling to Kenya in late July on a service trip with a group from Blake School and Wayzata Community Church, working with children at Light of Hope School, a Christian orphanage and school for girls in rural Kenya. She wants to bring simple, paperback children’s books and basic art supplies to use with the girls and donate to the school. There is a bin to collect items near the elevator. THANK YOU!

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. To meet our budget obligations, we need to average $2,204.00 in donations per week. In the month of June, we received $5087.25; an average of $1271.81 per week.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

Every Church a Peace Church will have its potluck tomorrow, July 9th, 6:30, at Twin Cities Friends Mtg (1725 Grand in St. Paul.) The topic, “From Death to Life, A Story of Forgiveness and Reconciliation,” how Mary Johnson came to forgive Oshea Israel, the young man who took her only son’s life. She now claims Oshea as her “spiritual son”. Together they share their inspiring story of healing and reconciliation. You are invited and encouraged to attend.

Friends for a Non-Violent World (FNVW) is offering a training on how to talk about the marriage amendment Tues, July 10, 7:00-9:00 pm at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. The training provides hands-on practice, the newest talking points, and information about why we shouldn’t talk about equality or civil rights. This training will equip you with key skills and confidence for having strategic conversations with the important people in your life. Come and be inspired. For more, contact Judy or Bob at FNVW: 651-917-0383.

The Spiritual Nurture Program for Northern Yearly Mtg is intended to aid those who feel a longing to live a life more centered in the Spirit and who want to experience deeper spiritual community. Two retreats: Sept 7-9, 2012 and April 26-28, 2013 at the Christine Center in Willard, WI. Participants join with small spiritual nurture groups and meet at least Sept through June. For more: Elizabeth Evans, elizabevans(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com . Register by Aug 1. Annamary Herther, from MFM, would love to share rides to the two retreats. Email ajherther(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.com if you’re interested in joining her.

There are two posted part-time positions open at Twin Cities Friends Meeting: a rent exchange Resident Caretaker, 12-15 hours/week and a temporary Office Assistant, 8-12 hours/week. Send resumes to anne-supplee(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)juno.com by August 1.

Friends for a Non-Violent World’s People Camp will be Sun, Aug 12 – Sat, Aug 18 at Northern Pines, near Park Rapids, MN. Founded by Quakers and welcoming everyone, People Camp is an experience of cooperation, community living, and exploration of ideas and issues. All campers help to make camp a safe and supportive place for adults, teens, and children. In the mornings, workshops are offered for adults, while the children’s program offers care, recreation, and educational activities. Visit fnvw.org to register!

The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace and justice organization, is seeking qualified person to be the Healing Justice Program Director in the Twin Cities. Using convening skills, support collaboration among restorative justice workers and volunteers to rebuild the movement for healing justice and advocate for systems and communities that respond to harm primarily with healing practices, not punitive ones. Facilitate training and shared learning about healing justice. Submit resumes along with cover letter by midnight, CDT, August 13, 2012 to jobs-afsc.icims.com/jobs/1249/job.

Sacred Harp singing school at the TCFM meetinghouse, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul, on Sat, July 21 from 1-5 pm. The first half of the school will be a screening of “Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp” documentary, a beautiful introduction to the music, history, and community of the Sacred Harp. In the second half, Gerry Skerbitz and Paul Landskroener will offer basic instruction in shape note singing. Books will be available to borrow or purchase. There is no charge. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t think you can sing.

The Iraqi American Reconciliation Project will honor Sami Rousli at a dinner Tues, July 17, 6:00-8:30 PM at Crescent Moon Banquet Hall, 2339 Central Ave NE, Mpls. The effects of violence in Iraq will be felt for generations. Come acknowledge those who risked much in choosing nonviolence in Iraq. The program at this Middle Eastern dinner will include live music by Arab-American band Amwaaj, presentation of an award to Sami, brief talks by Sami and others, a reception with Sami, and a silent auction featuring local and Iraqi items. Honored guests will also include Iraqi participants in the Songs of Hope performing arts summer camp. To reserve a seat ($40) or table for 8 ($320), mail a check to IARP with “Dinner” in the memo line to 416 E. Hennepin Ave. #116, Minneapolis, MN 55414. All funds raised will support the peace-building work of Sami’s organization in Iraq, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, and IARP.

OFFICE HOURS

Pat Jones will be in the office 2-5 on Wednesday and at other times on Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sunday.

Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, the Admin Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri. Bulletin deadline, noon Thurs. Bulletin items can be phoned in to the office, emailed or written and placed in the bulletin file in the blue box.

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