9:00 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship
10:15 AM This is Fall Camp weekend. No adult program is planned.
11:15 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: no speaker or musician planned

TODAY

This is Fall Camp weekend. There is no first day school or nursery care today.

Information on both 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.

Muslim Christian Dialogue: Current Relations between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East is today, Oct 21, 7:00 PM, 1401 Gardena Ave NE, Fridley. The recent past has seen dramatic changes in the Middle East. In recent months we have seen images of violent protests against the US. What are the implications for Muslim and Christian relationships in the Middle East and the U.S? Antony Sullivan, Sr Associate for the Middle East at TerraBuilt Corp. Int’l, is the speaker.

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

Friends and others who are discouraged related to unemployment and economic insecurity.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Have something you want to share with others in meeting? Or a discussion you’d be interested in facilitating? Maybe a new project you are involved in that you think meeting members and attenders would like to know about? Or you just read a great article about spiritual practice and want to talk it over with others. Or have a body meditation to share. Adult program time on first Sundays is a time when we encourage a variety of programs. Time to talk about that idea you’ve had for a while and haven’t put out there yet! Contact Sandy or Mary Jean.

Ministry and Counsel is in the process of organizing some new Circle Eight groups for this fall and winter. Groups usually consist of eight people, often a mix of couples and singles, who meet in the homes of the members about every 4-6 weeks at times convenient to the group. Children are welcome, too. Usually there is a potluck meal and a time for fellowship and/or a program agreed upon by the group. If you are interested in forming or being part of a Circle Eight group, please let Pat Jones or a member of Ministry and Counsel know soon.

Lunch Bunch at the Gardens will meet this Wed, Oct 24th at 11:45. RSVP to Barbara by Tue.

MFM will host a special meeting for worship for healing around the marriage amendment this Thursday, October 25th. Worship at 7 p.m. then worship-sharing, discussion, refreshments and social time. All are welcome.

Come see the film “Love Free or Die,” the story of Gene Robinson, the first openly-gay Episcopal Archbishop, at MFM, Sat, Oct 27, 7 pm. Sponsored by MFM and Mayim Rabim. Other faith groups have been invited, all are welcome. Bring family and friends! Free but donations needed to cover costs. Home-made desserts after. Many volunteers needed: bakers, set-up, greeters, ushers, runners, refreshment table and clean-up! For more or to volunteer, call the office, 612-926-6159.

Next Sun, Oct 28th at 10:15: three committee meetings: Death and Memorial in middler classroom; Adult Program in children’s library classroom; Peace and Social Concerns in the conference room – everyone welcome; discussion of the Northern Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice draft chapter on Community in the meetingroom. (Paper copies available on the table by the elevator; on the website, northernyearlymeeting.org/tag/faith-practice-draft-chapters/.)

Volunteers needed for Loaves and Fishes: our next commitment is Mon, Oct. 29th. The meal is served at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 – 18th Ave So. The shifts are: cooking, 2:30-4:30; serving, 4:45-6:45; clean-up, 5:30-7:00. Also needed, 20 batches of cookies (4 dozen to a batch), delivered to the meetinghouse or brought to Holy Rosary by 5:00 on the 28th. (Fruit / cookies or bars on the healthier side encouraged!) We need help in all areas! Sign up sheet on the bulletin table.

The White Envelope Gift is an annual winter offering, contributions often being placed in white envelopes and put in the branches of the meetinghouse Christmas tree. Nominations are being sought for this year’s recipients. Place the name and address of the organization along with a brief description in the White Envelope file of the blue box by November 4th.

MFM has agreed to host NYM Executive Committee’s autumn meeting, Nov 16-17. If you can offer overnight accommodation or help bring food to the meetinghouse, please contact the MFM office, 612-926-6159. Local Friends are invited and encouraged to attend, especially lunch on Sat. Come and see if you would like to be the MFM representative!

Winona Preparative Friends Meeting invites MFMers to their Thanksgiving gathering on Sun, Nov. 18th. Worship will begin at 10 a.m, Thanksgiving potluck to follow. Meet at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Lafayette and Broadway in Winona. On-street parking and a lot behind the church. Worship will be upstairs but we will use the church’s hall and kitchen for our meal. First day school and childcare available.

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!!!

Thank you to Nancy for her faithful attention in keeping our meetinghouse neat and tidy.
Meetinghouse custodian sought to share the job. Estimated two hours per week; flexible schedule.

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 in all manner of ways. A new list of short-term volunteer opportunities is by the offering boxes.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

Neal Hagberg, a social justice musician and MFM attender, will present an evening at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave So, Mpls, this Thurs, Oct. 25, 7 pm. The public is welcome.

All Saints Day: A Day for ALL Families: United we proclaim God’s journey with the saints throughout the ages, we sing out a faith for today, we envision a future where God’s love is known for all. Come gather with people of faith from across MN and Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for an All Saints worship service 7 PM, Thurs, Nov 1 at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Mpls.

Syria: FNVW’s Gail Daneker, Director of Peace Education and Advocacy, will be a panel member discussing Syria and the role of the non-violent movement there in relation to the current struggles. Other panelists are Mazen Halabi, Syrian American and Efdal Elferri, a Lebanese American who recently visited Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Tues, Oct 23rd 6:30 pm at St Luke Presbyterian, 3121 Groveland School Rd, Wayzata.

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