9:00 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship: care of meeting, Connie Archbald
10:15 AM adult group options (three this month- see below under “Today”)
11:15 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: Joanne Esser, speaker; Joe Chen, musician; Jim Lovestar, care of meeting,

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
-Marianne Williamson

TODAY
Options at 10:15:
1.) There will be an orientation meeting for the new George Watson Memorial Reading and Discussion Group. Open to all interested (15 so far) or maybe interested; will meet in the conference room, up the ramp and to right, with John Stuart .
2.) Journaling will meet in the middle classroom downstairs. Usually led by Nancy Peterson, this open group has been going for years.
3.) Friends experiences working for racial justice. This time Heidi Flores will speak, in the meetingroom, about her work at North Point Clinic, the reservation, and MCTC.

Nursery care today is downstairs with Susie Kanemitsu.

This First Day, we will start to get acquainted with Isaiah as the start of a series on Puppets and Prophets in our wonderful all-ages First Day School. Mary Snyder and Allen Gibas will be lead facilitators.

Pot-luck Lunch today! Please come!

Thank you to Ed Souther and Roland Barrett who worked for countless hours (and days, weeks) preparing the trellis for painting and for the Wednesday crew that did the final painting: Roland Barrett, Sue Kearns, Steve and Mary Snyder, Barbara Ziegenhagen, Patrick Higgins, and Pat Jones. Thank you to Jim Haefemeyer and other members of Property Committee who often use their days off to attend to overflowing toilets and preventing them, researching furnaces and code requirements, painting, etc. Thank you to Clifford Goltz, Pat Lanners, and Susie Kanemitsu who tend our yard and gardens, pruning, pulling, watering…Help watering in the next few weeks is seriously needed- gardens and trees. Sign up by the south door bench or see Susie or Pat.

Tom Wells is running in the Twin Cities Marathon today as part of his fundraising/instrument-acquiring effort “Band on the Run”, for Roosevelt High band students. Go to Facebook page “Minneapolis Friends Meeting” and see the news clip WCCO did on this! While there, will you “like” MFM?!?

Voter registration materials and information on the marriage amendment and the voter ID amendment are on the counter near the upstairs sink. Help yourself to the materials and make sure you understand what is at stake this election day!

HOLD IN THE LIGHT
Friends and others who are discouraged related to unemployment and economic insecurity.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) is a way of reading and listening deeply for the ways in which a text may speak to us today. You are invited to join with us in lectio based on a Hebrew text. All ages are welcome. 7-8pm, this Wednesday, Oct. 9, Apt. 109 Kenwood Isles at Hennepin and 28th. Mary and Stephen Snyder

Fall Family Folk and Contra Dance for area Quakers, here at MFM this Sat, Oct 13, sp. by Metro Friends. Quaker Family Band will provide live music. Potluck at 5:00; program (Friends School video on the marriage amendment along with a few words from Liz Oppenheimer) at 6:15; dance 7:30.

Come one, come all, to FALL CAMP! Brochures were mailed at the beginning of October. Please register ASAP, so sleeping arrangements can be planned. Our Meeting has enjoyed nigh on 60 years of this wonderful tradition. We will be gathering at Camp Courage on Oct. 20 and 21 for fellowship and refreshment, staying in beautiful cabins in the Lakeside area. Whether you’ve come many times or never, it will be a new experience! Enjoy Quaker Quest as well as old favorites – swimming, campfire, variety show, nature walk, stargazing, hymn sing – AND, meals are now prepared (and cleaned up!) by Camp Courage staff. It’s like spa treatment! Everyone is welcome for all or part of camp – just don’t miss this only-once-a-year event! If you make up your mind at the last minute, please come to camp anyway, and bring your registration form with you. Thank you, Friends, and SEE YOU AT CAMP! Come one, come all, to Fall Camp!

Come see the film “Love Free or Die” at the meetinghouse on Sat. night, October 27, at 7 p.m.. The story of Archbishop Gene Robinson of the American Episcopalian Church, a man who is openly gay. Co-sponsored by MFM with Mayim Rabim, invitations have gone out to other faith groups, and all are welcome. Invite your family and friends! Free, but donations welcome and needed to cover costs. Homemade desserts after. For more info, or to volunteer to bake or otherwise help, contact the meetinghouse office.

Fifth Monday Volunteers needed to help serve Loaves & Fishes dinner Oct. 29 at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Ave, S Mpls. Sign up at TCFM or check with Laël Gatewood at lael(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)umn.edu

MFM needs a representative to Northern Yearly Meeting Executive Committee! Meets once in spring, once in fall. Also, MFM has agreed to host NYM Executive Committee’s autumn meeting, November 16-17. If you can offer overnight accommodation or help bring food to the meetinghouse, please contact Carolyn, 612-920-6001, Suzanne, 651-686-7361 or Betsy, 952-881-1473. Local Friends are invited and encouraged to attend these NYM Executive sessions. Come and see if you would like to commit to on-going participation on the E.C.

A recording of Noah Baker Merrill’s “Living Waters” talk is on our website: minneapolisfriends.org/2012/09/11/noah-baker-merrill/. His visit, presence, and message had a big impact and is effecting the Meeting. If you missed it, please listen. Some who heard it are listening a second time. A few who were here had trouble hearing and will probably find the recording clearer. Also, a copy of Noah’s “Minute of Release for Ministry” is posted on the MFM bulletin board above the blue plastic committee file box in the long hall. Friends who have not seen a Quaker document like this might want to take a look. What is written in the minute connects with Noah’s message. You can also see on it short messages back to his Meeting from clerks of Meetings Noah has visited recently.

Mary Jean Port will be teaching a workshop “Writing from the Silence” on Nov. 2-4 at the Christine Center in WI. Mary Jean received a grant from the Anna Elizabeth Bogert Fund for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism (administered by FWCC) to develop this workshop. All are welcome. Info from Mary Jean at slipstream3(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mac.com or see the Christine Center website.

Friends for a Non-Violent World Holiday Fair – Fri, Dec 7th, 1 – 9 p.m. and Sat, Dec 8th, 10 – 4. Start those pots simmering, needles knitting, machines sewing, and ideas percolating. Crafts bring in 100% profit to FNVW. Fall-clean your books, another 100% profit. Plan on attending! 100% fun for a 100% worthy cause – peace!!!

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Average contributions of $9,725 per month are needed to meet our budget. First quarter contributions were 6% lower than projected. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

“Quakers for Marriage Equality” t-shirts are now available, $12. Call John Stuart to order, 612 920-1735.

Paul Landskroener will lead a course in Quakerism 101 in five session on Thurs evenings from Oct 11 through Nov 8 at 7 pm. The course will cover basic Quaker doctrines, worship and ministry, witness and testimonies, and history and organization. The course is designed to be useful to those new to or exploring Friends as well as for long-time Friends who want to know more about Quaker basics. All area Friends are invited. Enrollment limit is 40. To enroll, please contact Mary Ann Crolley maryanncrolley(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)hotmail.com or 612-722-1545.

TCFM, 9:45 program on Oct14: Quaker Pastor Silas Wanjala will speak about violence and his peace-building work in Kenya. Silas has experienced violent interfaith conflicts since childhood. His experiences led him to learn more about the Quaker Peace Testimony and work with the Friends Church peace teams in Kenya. He recently received a masters degree from Earlham School of Religion and has continued his studies at Pendle Hill this year.

The African Great Lakes Initiative is offering a Friends Peace Teams workcamp opportunity, Sat, June 22 to Sat, July 27, 2013 in Mutaho, Burundi. Mutaho is the second largest city in Burundi. The Peace Team workers will stay with local host families and will build guest rooms for the Mutaho Women’s Group Center. Info and applications: aglifpt.org.

Madison Friends Meeting is hosting a Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) “Let the Living Waters Flow: Friends Serving God’s Purposes” event on Nov. 10 and 11. The message will be given by Brian Young, pastor of Berkeley, CA Friends Church. Some hospitality is available. Pat may go. Please talk to her if you also are interested.

Neal Hagberg, a social justice musician and MFM attender, will present at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Thurs., Oct. 25, 7 p.m..Public is welcome.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) invite us to the first FCNL Quaker Public Policy Institute, Nov. 15-16. In the midst of the post-election lame duch session, there will be a unique window to lobby Congress for a more moral federal budget. Your voice at this time will have maximum impact as members run up against two critical deadlines: making cuts to Pentagon spending mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, and the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy Americans. More at fcnl.org/QPPI

Jeanne Burns and Liz Oppenheimer, along with Grant Stevensen from MN United for All Families, were interviewed about the proposed marriage amendment by NYM Friend Mark Helpsmeet for his radio show Northern Spirit Radio. The 50-minute broadcast can be found online at http://bit.ly/radio-interview-defeat-marriage-amendment

Earlham School of Religion will offer the annual colloquium, The Ministry of Writing , November 2 and 3 in Richmond, IN. Sharman Apt Russell, award-winning nature and science writer, will give the keynote address, “The Scripture of Snail and Fern.” See posted flyer for more or go to esr.earlham.edu/news-events/events/writers2012

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office Wednesday from 11-2 and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat., and Sun.
Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, the Administrative Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri. Bulletin deadline, noon Thur. Bulletin items can be phoned in to the office, emailed or written and put in the bulletin file of the blue box.

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