Heads up:  June 16 – Lake Nokomis Parkway around Lake Nokomis will be closed.

June 16, 2012

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


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

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!


*the Pepin County Board. They will vote this Wed on an ordinance which would protect the Mississippi River in Pepin County from frac sand mining. (There are currently no mines on the river in that county.) The board is split on the issue. Information on how to contact board members is on the long table.


The Quaker Women’s Group will meet at 12:30 on the FOURTH Wed of Jun, the 26th, to accommodate work being done at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Raquel Wood will use two books, (The Making of a Feminist: Early Letters and Journals of M. Carey Thomas, edited by Marjorie Housepian Dobkin and A Quaker Childhood by Helen Thomas Flexner,) as the springboard for a discussion about how our birth order affected our development. Tea and coffee provided; bring finger food to share and/or a bag lunch if you like. Please bring your own cup to reduce the work of cleanup.

Minneapolis Friends for Climate Stability will meet on Tues, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse. Please come for check-in, talk about politics, and discussion of how to do this work as Quakers. Have ideas or interests about addressing climate change? Or what the meeting needs or could do regarding climate work? Please come and share! And please hold the planet, those working to heal the earth, and those struggling to discern what we can do, in the Light.

Save the dates for Fall Camp! Fall Camp is a Friendly retreat for the entire MFM community – October 19th and 20th – at a new venue for us, Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Frontenac, MN.  We have a special  Meeting connection with Villa Maria. Sarah McClellan is the Director and Linda Harding, the Guest Services Coordinator. Camp Committee is already thoughtfully preparing a retreat for all of us to share. Mark your calendars now and plan be a part of it!

The George and Elizabeth Watson Memorial Discussion Group will take a summer break and re-convene in September!

The Friendly Philosophers are now meeting every TUES night, 7 PM at Bush Terrace Condos: 4014 – 15th Ave. So,
Mpls. They also meet at the rise of worship on the first and last Sundays of the month.

Congratulations to Mary Logue whose novel, Giving Up the Ghost, is being run as a serial in the Star Tribune. The series started last Sunday.

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


Villa Maria Retreat Center in Frontenac MN is hosting a Summer Solstice celebration! Come for a campfire, s’mores, drumming, nature and poetry readings, dancing and soaking in the summer night air! The celebration starts at 8 PM this Fri night, June 21st, but come early and stay overnight at the special solstice rate of $25 per room. No cost for the event – to RSVP, phone or email Linda Harding at the Villa 651-345-4582 / info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)villamariaretreats.org .

The International Friends Church invites you to meet Jesus in the park! Next Sun, June 23red, 1-4:00 PM, in Oakgrove Park, Brooklyn Park. There will be food! (donations to cover costs appreciated.)

The next Every Church a Peace Church potluck will be 6:30, Mon, July 8, at St. Albert the Great Church, 29th Str and 32nd Ave S in Mpls. Kathy Kelly, founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, will speak about the persistent and wrongful notion that U.S. wars are protecting and defending people in the U.S. from enemies that threaten our security in her talk, “War Without End and the Courage to Dissent.” Kathy will share her experience of the conditions faced by people who bear the brunt of U.S. wars and US-supported attacks on civilians, and will reflect on ways to practice nonviolent resistance and dissent.

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 – for adults, teens, and children.  Workshops are offered for adults, 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, take a look at the brochure and come this year! Questions? Call Nathan Lien, 612-644-3879.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has come up with a set of principles about immigration reform called “The New Path”. You can view them at afsc.org/document/new-path-short-version.  Consistent with these principles, AFSC and other groups are supporting several opposing many other amendments to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744). Help shape the final immigration reform bill that emerges from the Senate. Encourage Senators Klobuchar and Franken to support these principles during debate and in voting.

Shared Security: An Invitation to Re-imagine U.S. Foreign Policy – Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have been working to start a conversation about what a new, shared national security would look like and require. Your ideas, discernment and development of these ideas are needed to continue shaping the vision and implementing it.  Visit sharedsecurity.org to find out more about the project, view the document and to contribute your thoughts to this conversation.


Pat Jones will be in the office Wed afternoon and at other times on Thurs, Fri and Sunday.

Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, the Admin Assistant, will be in Mon. 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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