9:30 AM worship
10:15 AM worship with attention to business: Ranae Hanson, clerk; Terry Hokenson, recording clerk

TODAY

Victory barbeque celebrations! Eat, celebrate, get to know each other and hear a victory story! A Northside neighbor will be at these events to share her story as to how her home was saved from foreclosure. Learn about the financial justice campaign in north Minneapolis that meeting members have been supporting. Be energized and inspired! Have fun! Relax! Main dish and beverages provided. Please bring a simple dish to share. All meeting members, attenders and friends are invited TODAY at 4 p.m. at Phena Shimaka’s, 13560- 87th, Ave, Maple Grove and/or Sat, Aug 18th, 6 p.m., at Nettie Smith and Jim Lovestar’s, 2629 Upton Av. No. Mpls. For questions, directions, call Phena (h): 763-420-8409, (c): 763-957-0804 or Nancy Peterson; or for Sat, questions, directions, and to RSVP, call Jim at 612-588-8984.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

MFM needs a representative to Northern Yearly Meeting! This is a chance to make connections with other Friends and talk about important things – spiritual and other yearly meeting concerns. Meet once in the spring and once in the autumn. If you have questions about the role, Nancy Peterson is willing to answer questions.

Worship in Bloomington is Tuesday, August 14th, at the home of Louise White at 7:00. Everyone is welcome to come.

The Quaker women’s group (Crones) will meet at the Curran’s home near Northfield on Wed, August 15th. Potluck at noon; 1:00, Joanne Esser will read her own poetry.

Diane Randall, Executive Director of Friends Committee on National Legislation, will visit MFM on Sunday, August 26th. She will attend both meetings for worship and be the planned speaker at semi-programmed worship. There will be opportunities to meet with her for coffee or breakfast beforehand, 8:30 at Turtle Bread (buy your own) and/or afterward for a planned lunch at 12:15. Please RSVP to Pat with interest in coming to either and/or helping with the lunch.

MFM will offer special meetings for worship for healing around the marriage amendment the fourth Thurs of each month until Nov 2012 when the amendment comes to the ballot. Unprogrammed worship at 7:00 p.m. followed by worship -sharing, discussion and social time with refreshments. The next worship will be Thurs, August 30th. Barbara Mohr and Connie Jacobs will host. All are welcome.

MAKE SURE YOUR FALL CALENDER HAS ROOM FOR FALL CAMP: October 20-21!

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Jean Port who received a grant from the Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism. Mary Jean’s goal is to deepen her sense of the mystical and to explore how she can bring the mystical into her work in the world (writing and teaching). During her grant year she will do silent retreats and lead a workshop, “Writing from the Silence,” at the Christine Center in WI.

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 July, we received $7,384.00; an average of $1,476.80 per week.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

Gabriel Ehri, Executive Director of Friends Publishing Corp (Friends Journal publisher) will speak at TCFM’s Sept. 9 Adult Ed program (9:45-10:45) on the evolution of the media landscape and the place of the Quaker message in it. All are welcome, 1725 Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

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. Resume and cover letter deadline, TOMORROW, August 13: jobs-afsc.icims.com/jobs/1249/job.

Quaker in Pastoral Care and Counseling Conference will be Sept 13-16 at Quaker Hill Conference Center in Richmond, IN. The conference, “Circles of Trust,” will focus on reconnecting with inner wisdom; rejoining soul and role, a concept developed by Parker Palmer. More at qpcc.us

The Peace Games, TODAY, Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m, are held every August across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Participants learn about Minneapolis’ diverse cultures through dance, art, music, sports and snacks. This program is a partnership with Mpls Park and Rec Board’s Youthline program, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and many neighborhood organizations.

Vote this Tuesday, August 14th, primary election day! There are many candidates running for U.S. Senate, Congress, and local school boards that need your vote to enable them to stand for election on Nov. 6. Make sure candidates you prefer have a chance! A government website to help you get oriented: sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=4

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office 1-5 on Thursday and at other times on Thurs, Fri and Sunday.
Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, the Admin Assistant, will be in Mon and Wed. afternoon. 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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