9:00 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship: care of meeting, Doug Herron

10:15 AM Nancy Peterson will speak on her experience and work in the area of racial justice.

11:15 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: Barbara Ziegenhagen, speaker; Kathy Webster, musician; care of meeting, Mary Leikvold

TODAY

You are welcome at the potluck lunch today at the rise of semi-programmed worship. Please come, even if you didn’t bring anything to share!

Death and Memorial Service Committee and Quaker Quest Committee will both meet over the potluck today.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

You are welcome at the worship in Bloomington this Tuesday night, 7:00 at the home of Louise. Please come to this small, 45-minute open worship.

Nominating Committee will meet this Thursday, Jan 10th, 7 PM at the meetinghouse.

Monthly Meeting for Business will be next Sunday, Jan 13 at 10:15. Everyone in the Meeting community is encouraged to come and participate in this discipline of corporate listening and discernment.

Adult Program at 10:15 Jan 20th is sponsored by Ministry and Counsel: What do we mean when we say we are “holding you in the Light”? What is our experience of doing or receiving that?

A Remembrance Meal will be held on Sun, Jan 20th after semi-programmed worship. Death and Memorial Service Comm is offering this occasion to members of the Meeting in acknowledgment of the losses by death they have experienced. If someone close to you has died in the last year or so, or if you feel unresolved about a death, you are invited to come. A served lunch and program will run until 2 or 2:30. Please ask questions of any D&MSC member or Pat Jones. RSVP to the office by phone or email to help planning.

You are invited to a Benedictine lectio, a method of reading and listening deeply which draws out ways that a text may speak to us today, on a Quaker text this Wed, Jan 9th, 11:30-noon at the Snyder’s home. Light lunch to follow.

The George and Elizabeth Watson Memorial Discussion Group will discuss Stephen Cave’s Immortality this Wed, Jan.9th, 7 pm at the meetinghouse. All are welcome!

Metro Friends is sponsoring another poetry jazz cabaret – an evening of music, poetry reading by kids and adults, and homemade desserts – on Sat, Jan 26, at MFM. Tom Wells and friends will play jazz between poetry selections throughout the evening. The event was a smashing success last year!

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 the receiving treasurer. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

Friends School of MN will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, “Simplicity, Stewardship, and Water,” 7 p.m. on Fri, Jan 18 at the O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine’s. More information at (651) 917-0636 or fsmn.org.

From Friends Committee on National Legislation: The tragedy in Newtown gives new weight to the continuing debate on gun control. It reminds us of the human cost of laxly regulated and overused guns. But we cannot forget that the 28 who died there represent less than one one-thousandth of the deaths from gun violence every year.
President Obama and Congress need public support to act. Join FCNL in calling for stricter gun control – contact your members of Congress today. FCNL makes this easy at: fcnl.org/resources/pubs/enews/121812/

FCNL’s Climate Briefing included members of Congress, faith leaders and environmentalist Lester Brown. FCNL Executive Secretary Diane Randall stated, “The solutions will be difficult, but I’m convinced that if we start from a position of faith, of agreeing that we need to address the threat to God’s creation, we can and will act in 2013.” For more on FCNL’s climate change work: fcnl.org/issues/energy . Information on FCNL initiatives, resources, and opportunities, including Program Assistant applications (and 11-month intern program – deadline Jan 31) and registering for FCNL’s Spring Lobby Weekend, March 16 – 19: fcnl.org/resources/pubs/enews/121812.

Every Church A Peace Church: Mon, Jan 14th, at Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave. Mpls. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Program (about 7) will feature Dr. Charles Amjad-Ali, the MLK, Jr. Prof. of Justice and Christian Community at Luther Seminary, speaking on “Peace from Below – Martin Luther King’s Legacy and our Vocation.” Peace seen from the perspective of the poor and disenfranchised is different from that seen by those who are rich and powerful. Martin Luther King’s take on the Viet Nam War, militarism and violence in general will be examined. Time for discussion too.

Seminary of the Streets, this Thurs, Jan 10th, 5:15-8 p.m, Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave, Mpls. Mark the eve of Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day with an interactive workshop with Amy Hartman (Cherish Our Children) and others who work to end human abuses. Learn to recognize signs of human trafficking and some actions we can take to help end human trafficking in MN today. A meal will be served by Mt Olive’s Neighborhood Ministries Team at 5:15; workshop at 6 p.m. To register: endtrafficking.eventbrite.com.

Talk and Learn about Justice Issues in the Native American Community, this Sat, Jan 12, 8:30am- 4:00pm, MN American Indian Center, Mpls. Free and open conversation on Native American life-justice issues of tribal sovereignty and racism. Call Martha Fast Horse, (612) 619-6797 with questions; Rev. Dr. Ron Letnes (763) 291-4003 to register. An ‘Indian Taco’ lunch provided for a free will donation. Organized by the Native American Justice Task Force of the Joint Peace with Justice Committee of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Synods of the ELCA and endorsed by the MN Council of Churches.

OFFICE HOURS
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 late 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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