9:30 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship: Sandy Olson, care of the meeting
11:00 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: Annette Smith, speaker; EarthQuakers, musician; Allen Gibas, care of the meeting

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . .”
– Matthew 5:38-44

TODAY

Child care today is in the lower level with Susie Kanemitsu.

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

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

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. Another great opportunity to meet Friends from area 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.

Next Sunday’s potluck, a do-it-ourselves, simple affair; suggested cold dishes only – salads, sandwiches, fruit, raw veggies, desserts, etc. There will be no one in the kitchen to heat dishes or do any last-minute preparations. (Actually, even when someone from Social Committee is here, that is not their role!) Start thinking now about what delicious, easy item you could bring. Plan to help with clean-up. If you can help set up at 10:30, that would be great!

Journaling will meet next Sunday, August 5th, at 9:30 in the conference room. All are welcome.

George Watson loved to read and discuss social issues with Friends. If you would you be interested (this fall) in a “George Watson Memorial Friends’ Reading & Discussion Group”, please call John Stuart at (612) 920-1735 or e-mail john.stuart(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mnpd.us If a few names come in, John will organize an organizational meeting.

MFM is looking for a part-time, part-time custodian (about 2 hours / week); someone to assist Nancy Helfrich in keeping the meetinghouse sparkling, starting in September. Contact Sue Kearns with interest or leads: 612-724-2214.

Congratulations to Nettie Smith who recently had an article published online at the Spokesman Recorder. See it at: spokesman-recorder.com/?p=15275

Sarah McClellan (MFM) is Director at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Frontenac MN (15 miles south of Red Wing). MFM Friends are welcome to overnight accommodations at the Villa in exchange for gardening and painting help in July and August; one overnight for four hours of labor. Call Sarah, 651 345 4582, for more.

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. If you would like to consider automating your contributions, ensuring a more regular flow of funds to meet the Meeting’s operating expenses, please talk to John Kraft or Suzanne Ferguson, receiving treasurers.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

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. Small spiritual nurture groups form, meeting Sept through June. For more: Elizabeth Evans, elizabevans(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com . Register by Aug 1.

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: 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 for people of all ages. This year: raising awareness and skills regarding local food self- sufficiency. We will prepare our own meals and plan our own menus (as always) – and we will look ahead to a time when it may be necessary for us to produce the food we eat! Workshops on production, harvesting, and preserving food in our own yards and communities and preparing, menu- planning, and cooking with local, seasonal produce. Tai Chi, music, singing, board games, nature, campfires, folk, contra, and swing dancing, tie-dye, swimming, and talent show. Register at: fnvw.org !

The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace and justice organization, is seeking a 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 to jobs-afsc.icims.com/jobs/1249/job.

Pendle Hill Touching the Earth, Giving a Gift (August 12-16); Free Flow, Creativity as a Spiritual Practice (August 17-19); What’s Your Story? Uncover Hidden Stories from Your Life Experiences (August 31-Sept 2). Faithful Listening, Faithful Living (September 16-20); Inquirers’ Weekend (Sept 21-23); Deep Transition – Catalyzing the Emergence of Community Resilience and Self-Reliance (October 11-14). See posted flyers for more and descriptions.

Join the Minnesota Council of Church’s Taking Heart program – open houses at local Mosques and Islamic Centers during Ramadan. Mosques around the Twin Cities invite you to share in the Iftar dinner. Register online to let them know you’re joining the conversation and Iftar dinner. For more and to find a date and location near you, visit mnchurches.org .

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office 3-6 on Thursday 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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