9:00 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship: care of meeting, Mary Gochnauer

10:15 AM Jeannette Raymond will speak in the meetingroom about her experience working in the area of racial and social justice. Lisa First will offer yoga to prepare for worship in the conference room

11:15 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: Ranae Hanson, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Carolyn VandenDolder

“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind”

“I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every living thing, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
– Genesis 8:21-22

TODAY

You are welcome to the monthly Sunday potluck lunch TODAY at the rise of semi-programmed worship. Please come even if you were unable to bring a dish to share!

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

You are encouraged to attend worship with attention to business next Sunday, Feb 10th, 9:45-11:15.

Nominating Committee is meeting often, working on the composition of committees for the new MFM year beginning April 1. Please contact any member of the committee to convey your interest in Meeting work, to ask questions, or to suggest others you consider well-suited for positions. Brief committee descriptions are on the MFM website under “committees.” A copy of the committee list is also posted on the MFM bulletin board.

Looking ahead, Adult Program at 10:15: Feb 17th, Quaker Testimonies led by Pat Jones; Feb 24th, an all-Meeting Peace and Social Concerns session on Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL) priorities.

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) is a method of reading and listening deeply. It draws out ways in which a text may speak to us today. You are invited to a Benedictine lectio based on a Quaker text this Wed, Feb 6th, 11:30-noon at the Snyder’s home. Light lunch to follow.

You are welcome to an informal, 45-minute worship in Bloomington at the home of Louise, Tues, Feb 12th, 7:00.

The George and Elizabeth Watson Memorial Discussion Group will meet Tues, Feb 12th, 7:00 at MFM, discussing The Mind of Christ: Bill Taber on Meeting for Business, a Pendle Hill pamphlet. Copies available from Snyders ($6.00).

SAVE THE DATE: for storytelling! 7:00 PM on Wed, February 20th here at the meetinghouse.

Climate Change presentation, idea-exchanging and support opportunities are beginning, fourth Sundays at the rise of semi-programmed worship. The first one: Sun, Feb 24th, Terry Hokenson will talk about the issues around fossil fuel use and traveling to D.C. to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Terry Hokenson, MFM member, is planning to attend the rally in DC on President’s Day to petition the government to boldly address climate change and phase out fossil fuels – in particular, to turn away from the Keystone XL pipeline project. Are any others are planning to go? He will take the Earth Train departing Feb. 15 and plans to stay at the Wm Penn House in DC. Connecting with Friends along the way and at the rally would be a great spiritual infusion. More about the rally at:350.org/en/node/28935

Congratulations to Nancy Peterson and Judith James who will celebrate the release of their new book, White Women Getting Real About Race, at a book launch at Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave S, Mpls Thurs, March 7th, 6:30 PM. Readings by authors and refreshments. Please come!

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Average contributions of $9,725 per month are needed to meet our 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 for a Non-Violent World annual meeting will be here Sun, Feb.10th, 1-3. Come hear about programs that so many MFM and area Friends and others are involved in! Introduction of new staff; report of 2012 program activity; financial status summary; nomination of new board members; stimulating conversation and more!

Mayim Rabim is offering free study sessions on Reconstructionist Judaism, the fourth and newest major Jewish movement in North America. Remaining sessions: Thurs, Feb 7th, 7:00-8:30; Sat, March 2, 5:00-6:30.

Joint Religious and Legislative Coalition 2013 Day on the Hill, Thurs, Feb 21; 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. State Capitol. Annual policy briefing and lobby day for clergy and lay people from across the state to speak for social justice and to participate in the lawmaking process. Register: jrlc.org/register-for-day-on-the-hill .

Is the chocolate we eat produced with the use of child labor and trafficked children? It may be a hard truth to swallow but it is a reality that can no longer be ignored. Award-winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati investigate the rumor in his compelling documentary, “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” Tues, Feb 12th, 7- 9 pm, Eastside Coop, 2551 Central Ave NE.

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 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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