9:00 AM unprogrammed meeting for worship: care of meeting, Terry Kayser

10:15 AM Worship: Under what circumstances can we as Friends have an inspiring, nurturing and/or tender worship experience? What happens for you during worship? How do you center? How do you attune to the leadings of the Spirit? This program is offered to encourage dialogue and understanding in preparation for a single Sunday meeting for worship this summer. Facilitated by Joanne Esser and Sandy Olson.

11:15 AM semi-programmed meeting for worship: Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, David Woolley. There is no planned speaker today.

TODAY

Friends in both unprogrammed and semi-programmed worship are using the microphone for ministry from the silence. If you are led to speak, please stand as able, or raise a hand and wait for the microphone to be brought to you. There are Friends who otherwise cannot hear the messages.

Today marks the end of the school year schedule and the conclusion of first day school until next autumn. Plan to stay a few minutes after semi-programmed worship to enjoy a light refreshment in celebration of another rich year of living and learning and loving! A special thanks to Allen, Mary, Jane, Kassie,and Rae, our class teachers. Thanks also go out to all Minneapolis Friends members who helped us learn and celebrate community and perform service together: Sigurd, Barb, Tom, Steve, Susie, Bird, Sally, Dick, Betsy, Suzanne, and Sue. And thank you parents for sharing your most wonderful children with us and for all the support you have given us this year. We will hold your children in the light through the summer. First Day School resumes Sept. 15.

Feeling powerless to make a difference in the face of climate disruption? Raising your own vegetables lowers the carbon footprint of your food and promotes the power of the individual! Come to a workshop with Jim Lovestar and an expert from Gardening Matters (gardeningmatters.org) to explore ways in which you can feed yourself a quality diet from an urban plot. Come ready to share your experiences and ideas with urban gardening. Bag lunch, TODAY, 12:30-2:30.

Our Meeting is doing outreach today with a table at the Linden Hills Festival in Linden Hills park, 11:00-5:00.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Friends are reminded that meeting for worship begins when the first Friend enters the room and sits down. Enter the meetingroom quietly and refrain from loud conversation in the hallways outside the meetingroom until after worship. Thank thee kindly!

Our summer schedule begins next week, May 26th. There will be one meeting for worship each Sunday in the summer months, starting at 10 AM. The first and third Sunday worship will be unprogrammed, the second and fourth Sunday worship will be semi-programmed. The one fifth Sunday worship in June will be intergenerational.

Lunch Bunch will meet Wed, May 22nd, 12:00 noon at Presbyterian Homes, 10030 Newton Ave So. If you are available in the middle of the day, consider coming! This is a great opportunity to deepen relationships with, and bring news to, those not able to come to worship every Sunday.

“The Price of Sand”, a one-hour film about the destructive nature of frac sand mining will be shown Wed, May 22, at 7 with discussion of actions we can take following the film. MN and WI are experiencing a mining boom but frac sand mining despoils scenic bluffs and byways and destroys the communities near them. Sand mining consumes huge amounts of water and injects toxic waste into the ground, sterilizing farm land for generations, threatening local water tables and wrecking the lives of small towns and farm families. Please come! Invite your friends, neighbors, relatives! The more people who become aware and active, the more influence we wield. Come early to help set up chairs. Doors open at 6:00.

The Friendly Philosophers meet at the rise of worship on the first and last Sundays of the month in May, June, July and August and every Wed night, 7 PM at Bush Terrace Condos: 4014 – 15th Ave. So, Mpls.

There will be a meeting for all clerks of committees on Sunday, Jun 2, after the potluck – from 12:30-1:30.

Available on occasion to unlock and lock the meetinghouse on a Sunday morning when there is a need? Please call the meetinghouse office if you would be happy to be called on to do this – 612-926-6159.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Our approved budget is $115,523 – requiring contributions of $2,221.60 per week. Contribution total last week: $1,043. Contributions so far this month average $1,373. If you would like to automate your contributions, please talk to Suzanne, receiving treasurer. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

MN Peace Project offers a lecture by Mark Osler on Toxic Politics, Tues, May 21, 7 PM, Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 5440 Penn Ave So, Mpls. Americans are increasingly repulsed by our political processes as the nation becomes increasingly divided. Osler will discuss the roots of this problem – the way in which our values and beliefs create the conversational divide – and possible strategies for effective dialogue. Mark Osler, a Professor of Law at the U of St. Thomas, has been involved in landmark cases challenging federal sentencing guidelines and the death penalty.

The 2013 Friends General Conference Gathering, “At the Growing Edges of our Faith,” will be in Greeley, CO, June 30-July 6. Registration has begun – some workshops fill quickly! The Gathering is a dynamic, Spirit-filled week for all ages – spiritually nourishing and exciting and bringing a fuller sense of what it means to be a Quaker. Scholarships available. Program and registration information is on the elevator table; financial assistance info on the bulletin board.

Quaker Earthcare Witness will offer a “Gathering for Deeper Relationship with Earth” in conjunction with FGC. Meet daily during the FGC morning workshop time to seek, deepen, and clarify leadings toward right relationship and peaceful unity with nature and the planet. Opportunities to share in other contexts too, including activities in the QEW Nature Center. See “secure.quakerearthcare.org/fgc-2013-deeper-relationship-with-earth” for more.

Earlham School or Religion’s 2013 Leadership Conference, Friendly Marketing: Message, Motive and Means – Aug 16-18 in Richmond, IN. Pat Jones may go. You? esr.earlham.edu/news-events/events/2012-esr-leadership-conference

“Continuing Rev_l_tion: Be Brought Low and Back to the Root,” a Young Adult Friends Conference on simplicity will be held at Pendle Hill, June 14-19. Last year, thirty young adults from around North America participated. The focus of the gathering was supporting the spiritual and vocational journeys of the participants, ministry, earthcare and nonviolent social action. As one young participant said “I have a fervent belief that our world has to change drastically . . . I would like to find how my faith as a Quaker and my spirituality with this earth can inform the way I live and walk on our planet.” More at pendlehill.org/yald

People Camp 2013 is coming, Sun, Aug 11 – Sat, Aug 17, Northern Pines Camp, near Park Rapids, MN. People Camp, a program of Friends for a Non-Violent World, founded by Quakers and welcoming all, is an experience of cooperation, community living, and exploration of ideas and issues. Camp is typically equally divided between families and individuals. All campers help to create a safe and supportive place for adults, teens, and children. In the mornings, workshops are offered for adults, while the children’s program offers care, recreation, and educational activities. Registration form and brochure available on the FNVW website, (fnvw.org). If you have never attended People Camp, please take a look at the brochure and come this year! Contact Nathan Lien by email or phone (612-644-3879) with any questions.

OFFICE HOURS

Pat Jones plans to return to work May 29. David Woolley is attending to essential Meeting needs in her absence, finding Friends to respond to ministry and practical needs. Contact David at davidw(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org or leave a message on the Meeting phone. Please contact him through the Meeting office only, except in emergencies.

The Administrative Assistant, will be out of the office until May 29. 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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