9:00 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship: Phil Simard, care of meeting

10:15 AM Concerns for peace, justice, the world; survival and well-being for people and peoples; and survival and well-being of our physical home on Earth – come to share your convictions. What do you need from the Meeting, or from others in the Meeting, related to your work? How, and on what, do we want to work together? Facilitated by Phil Simard and Jim Lovestar

11:15 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: Jim Haefemeyer, speaker; Kathy Webster and Dave Bostrom, musicians; Steve Snyder, care of meeting

“The Miracles of the Church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.”
–Fictional character Bishop Latour, in Willa Cather’s novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop


Next week, all are welcome to the monthly Sunday potluck lunch. Please bring plenty of food so there will be ample to accommodate visitors and those at the end of the line. Also, please label your pot-luck item/s with ingredients or your name so those with allergies, vegetarians, etc can participate.

Minneapolis Friends Meeting recorded a minute at monthly meeting urging Congress to cut the Pentagon budget by one trillion dollars over the next 10 years and to prevent devastating cuts to the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict and domestic programs that could address climate change and human needs. Friends are encouraged to send the minute to national representatives: (minneapolisfriends.org/2012/11/12/recorded-minute-to-reduce-pentagon-spending/). The direction of this lame duck session and the new Congress will shape our federal budget for years to come.

Lunch Bunch will meet this Wed, Nov 28th, at Presbyterian Homes Bloomington, 10030 Newton Ave So, 11:30. Call Barbara by Tues the 27th to make a reservation. Please come! There will be no Dec. gathering.

Next Sunday, Dec 2, at 10:15:
Ranae Hanson will speak in the meetingroom about what she and others are doing with students at MCTC around the issues of race and inequity. Any who would like to read an article in preparation, “White Privilege: A Mild Critique” by Lawrence Blum, can pick up a copy today.
Lisa First will offer a yoga session in the conference room to help open your body in preparation for meditation in semi-programmed worship.

Three questions concerning your support of the Friends for a Non-Violent World Holiday Fair, Dec 7th and Dec. 8th:
1. Did you remember to volunteer either at fnvw.org?
2. Did you make a craft or food to sell? Did you find books to donate? Remember donations like these generate 100% profit!
3. Did you invite or tell friends about the event, especially the great dinners?

Kid’s Store at the FNVW Holiday Fair: Kid’s can buy gifts for the whole family for just $1 or under. Some are even free! We need items for the store that are potential gifts to teenage and adult members of the family. If you have any jewelry, men’s accessories, etc, you would be willing to donate, please bring them to primary classroom, marked Kid’s Store. THANK YOU!

Human Rights Shabbat – Mayim Rabim again invites us to participate in their human rights service, in recognition of Human Rights Day, this coming Fri, Nov 30, 6-8:30. Service, study session and vegetarian / dairy potluck.

White Envelope Gift recipients were approved at monthly meeting last week: Messiah Lutheran Mission and Link Vostok, East/West International Arts Exchange. Envelopes will be out for this special offering on December 16th.
Messiah Lutheran Mission serves the community in the Philips neighborhood, one of the poorest in Minneapolis. Besides coordinating with other churches to offer meals, a food shelf, a community garden, book drives and free store for clothes, Messiah has a thriving children’s ministry. A van collects neighborhood children for after school and summer activities and for Sunday school. The bus has broken down and as a result, the children, whose parents are often not involved at all in Messiah, have not been able to participate. The WEG will hopefully cover the expenses of bus repair so these children can again enjoy this ministry.
Link Vostok promotes open and stable relationships between international arts communities by fostering creative, cross-cultural exchanges between North America, Europe, Russia and other countries previously separated by the Cold War. Most recently, Link Vostok has been working with abled and disabled artists in dance and community work to raise awareness of accessibility issues in Russian and Siberian towns over 1000 years old. Often the prevailing attitude there is that the disabled should stay out of sight – and they do simply because there is no accessibility. Having abled and disabled together in public workshops and performances not only gives residents a new perspective but gives those with disabilities a sense of value and possibility. The organization, founded in 1993 by MFM member, Lisa First, has lost a major operational funder. Our WEG will help bridge the gap as new, on-going funders are put in place.

First day school children continue work on giant puppets and peacemaker signs, (thank you for donating supplies!) The Prophet Puppet Play will take form on Sun, Dec 16 during first day school. A performance will be offered at the rise of semi-programmed worship also on the 16th. This is an all-ages, all-Meeting event! Please stay an extra 15 minutes!

Journaling will meet in the conference room Sun, Dec 16th, after the Prophet Puppet Play.

The MN Arms Spending Alternatives Project (ASAP) Resolution that was approved by MFM passed unanimously in the St. Paul City Council. It is now being introduced to the Mpls City Council by Cam Gordon. The resolution calls for the MN Congressional Delegation to shift federal funding priorities from military operations to meeting the essential needs of our local communities. Contact you Minneapolis City Council person to encourage their endorsement of the resolution.

An unprogrammed worship in NE Minneapolis is being held on the fifth Fri evenings – the next one November 30th at 6:45 followed by a community meal at 7:30; Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 – 6th Str NE.

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 and second quarter contributions have covered only 30% of our approved budget. If you would like to automate your contributions, please talk to Suzanne Ferguson, receiving treasurer. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support in all manner of ways. A list of short-term volunteer opportunities is by the offering boxes. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

Pat Jones will be in the office Wednesday from 2:00-5:00 and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri. and Sat.
Carolyn 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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