9:00 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship: care of meeting, Adolph Burckhardt

10:15 AM worship sharing around several biblical quotes that spoke to early Friends. Do these quotes still speak to us today? Is there anything we find disturbing? This deep listening and speaking from the silence around a reading is sometimes called lexio divina. Everyone from first grade on up is encouraged to participate.

11:15 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: Mary Jean Port, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

“The loaves and fishes multiplied the Christians.” – A line from “Reasons to be Happy,” a poem by Tony Hoagland

TODAY

Leah Bolger from Women Against Military Madness will speak today at 4:00 about her recent travels to Pakistan and living with drones – Twin Cities Friends Meeting.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

To meet our budget, (actual spending might be lower,) we need to contribute $23,000 in March – about $4,602 per week. The first week of March, Friends contributed $3,702. Last week, Friends contributed $1,410. Thank you! If you would like to automate your contributions, please talk to Suzanne Ferguson, receiving treasurer. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

The end of March is the close of the Meeting’s business and fiscal year. If you have requests for reimbursement for this fiscal year, please submit them promptly to the reimbursement file of the blue box.

There will be a semi-programmed worship, March 29th, Good Friday 6:00, here at the meetinghouse. Bible reading and music. A simple meal will follow.

The Quaker women’s group (formerly known as Crones) meets the third Wed of each month; the next time, Wed, March 20th, gather after lunch, 12:30 PM, at Twin Cities Friends Meeting for tea and coffee. Please bring cookies or fruit to share. We will get caught up with each other then plan programs for the coming year.

Adult Program at 10:15 on March 24th:
~Open time for committees to meet;
~Death and Memorial Committee presentation, Caring for Yourself, Caring for Loved Ones, in the meetingroom: Reflect on your hopes, fears, values and choices related to medical procedures, pain management and your emotional/ spiritual well-being at end of life. Capture your thoughts and feelings on paper using a health care directive that is becoming the state standard so your loved ones and medical personnel will understand your wishes, (this is different from a living will.) Lin learned these steps during his chaplain residency at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. He continues to do volunteer work with Pathways, Twin Cities Medical Society, and the MN Council of Churches’ Graceful Journey;
~Quaker Quest brainstorming session in the conference room: Are you media savvy? Do you enjoy social media? Would you like more people at Minneapolis Friends Meeting? If so, please come!

Tom Ward will speak on “The Disaster and Disruption of Hurricane Sandy: Is This Our Future?” here on Sun, March 24th, 12:30-2:30. Tom volunteered last fall with the American Red Cross working with Sandy victims and will talk about his experiences. Bring a bag lunch, a mug, and a cloth napkin. If possible, bring one cold lunch item to share.

A Google Group has been formed for those who wish to participate in conversations on climate change and related topics, such as fracking, renewable energy, legislation, etc. Search Google Groups and “Minneapolis Friends for Climate Stability.” Membership is open.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

Northern Yearly Meeting senior high retreat in Milwaukee the next weekend, March 23rd and 24th. Maple syruping (if the sap is running,) conversation about Quakerism, some exploration into world religions, plus a service project, laughter, movies, games and maybe a little fun! Cost is $30, scholarships available. RSVP to nymhighschool(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

Northern Yearly Meeting is searching for someone with a leading to provide guidance and help with programs, activities and coordination for Quaker High School Friends in the upper Mid-West including: leading retreats; helping youth to find/participate in new experiences related to spiritual development, service, and leadership; being sensitive and intentional in recognizing the need for some issues to be referred to pastoral or professional care. A stipend offered. A job description is posted in the middle section of the long bulletin board. Work would begin during the summer of 2013.

Friends School is seeking teachers for next year. Applications due April 1. More posted, middle section, bulletin board.

Cannon Valley Friends plan to build a meetinghouse on property they purchased a year ago. You can see the architect’s designs, developed by Anders Matney, and financial planning at cannonvalleyfriends.org under “Meetinghouse Project.” Betsy L-G would also be happy to talk with potential donors.

A tenth anniversary of the Iraq War observance vigil will be held Wed, March 20, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge. “We Still Say No to War.” Organized by Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign. Co-sponsored by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition.

Iraq Today, An Eyewitness Account: Six Twin Cities people spent ten days in Najaf, Iraq in Nov. Come hear them speak about their experience and the broader political reality in Iraq as they understand it. Wed, March 20, 6:00 pm, pizza and program, St. Albert the Great Church, 29th St. and 32nd Ave So, Mpls (enter Social Hall through door behind statue.)

Friends School of MN Plant Sale is coming. Volunteers are needed: FriendsSchoolPlantSale.com .

OFFICE HOURS

Pat Jones is on vacation this weekend and will be in the office Wed, 2-5:00 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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