June 2, 2013

10:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, John Cutler and Carolyn VandenDolder

TODAY

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!

You are welcome to the monthly Sunday potluck brunch/lunch today at the rise of worship. Please come!

Child care today and through the summer is in the lower level with Susie Kanemitsu.

The Friendly Philosophers meet in the conference room at the rise of worship today.

A meeting for all clerks of committees will be TODAY after the potluck – from 12:30-1:30 in the meetingroom.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Monthly meeting in June: Business meeting will follow 10:00 worship. Regular business will be conducted between 11 and 11:30. From 11:30 – 1:00 we will engage in a threshing session to see how the Meeting can best support peace and justice concerns. People are welcome to bring lunches to eat or share during the second part of business meeting.

To prepare for business meeting next Sunday, please take a look at the proposed Minute of Affirmation.

Essence and Form The word is like the nest, / and meaning is the bird: / the body is the riverbed, / and spirit the rolling water. – Rumi. This is the poem that was included in Lisa First’s prepared vocal ministry last week.

Minneapolis Friends for Climate Stability – an open group of meeting people and others working on climate issues – will have their monthly meeting this Tuesday, June 4th, at 6:30 p.m., at the meetinghouse. You don’t have to be a political animal. You are welcome! Come to just one meeting and check it out!

You are welcome at the worship in Bloomington Tuesday night, June 11th, 7:00 at the home of Louise, Presbyterian Homes, Bloomington. Please come to this small, 45-minute open worship.

Anyone planning to go to Friends General Conference in Colorado? Please let the office know – 612-926-6159.

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

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. Weekly contribution average for May: $1149.61. 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

Be a Squeaky Wheel for Peace – Friends Committee on National Legislation: Members of Congress are hearing a lot from Pentagon contractors right now. But congressional staff tell us they’re not hearing enough from other people who are seeing — and in some cases feeling — the effects of deep cuts to human needs programs. The decisions Congress is making over the next few months will impact not just spending for next year, but spending for the next 10 years. Urge your senators to cut the Pentagon, not programs people rely on. Send a new message each day. Remind them that the federal government could buy a home for every homeless veteran in the US with the amount of money that Lockheed -Martin receives in just one year. You can find more of these comparisons at: fcnl.org/issues/budget/shareable_images/ Letter tips and examples of letters can be found at: capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=62688241. A fact sheet about the effects of the sequester in MN can be found at chn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MN_sheet.pdf.

Friends for a Non-Violent World urges President Obama to support diplomatic initiatives in Syria: Earlier this week FNVW sent letters to President Obama and to senators Franken and Klobuchar urging them to oppose sending weapons to the Syrian opposition and to support diplomatic initiatives. FNVW strongly urges each of us to call or write the President and senators Franken and Klobuchar with the same message.

The 2013 Friends General Conference Gathering, “At the Growing Edges of our Faith,” will be in Greeley, CO, June 30-July 6. The Gathering is a dynamic, Spirit-filled week for all ages. 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.

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 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 questions.

OFFICE HOURS

Pat Jones will be in the office 2-5 on Wednesday and at other times on Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sunday.

Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, the Admin Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri. Bulletin deadline, noon Thurs. Bulletin items can be phoned in to the office, emailed or written and placed in the bulletin file in the blue box.

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