July 21, 2013

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

TODAY

Minneapolis Friends for Climate Stability will host a discussion after the rise of worship until about noon. The topic: How have you (or people you know) been affected by climate change? All are invited. A special welcome extended to those who resist thinking about the topic. Meet downstairs; light refreshments offered.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Lunch Bunch will meet this Wednesday, July 24th, 11:45 at Presbyterian Homes, 10030 Newton Ave So, 11:30. RSVP to Barbara by Tues, July 23rd. If you are available in the middle of the day, consider coming! It’s a great opportunity to deepen relationships with and bring news to those not able to come to worship every Sunday.

Friends are needed to help prepare and serve the Loaves and Fishes dinner on fifth Monday, July 29th. The meal is served at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 – 18th Ave So. The shifts are: 2:30-4:30, cooking (5 needed); 4:45-6:45, serving (10 needed); 5:30-7:00, clean-up (5 needed). Also needed, 20 batches of cookies (4 dozen to a batch), delivered to the meetinghouse on the 28th, or brought to Holy Rosary by 5:00 on the 29th. (Fruit / cookies or bars on the healthier side encouraged!) Help needed in all areas! Sign up on the sheet by the bulletins.

Save the date – Sun, Sept. 8, for a half-day preliminary Quaker Quest session from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm! Regular meetings for worship will be suspended that day. The session is for everyone and promises to be fun and personally enriching. It will strengthen our community and prepare us for the public sessions we will offer in the fall. Child care and lunch provided. Not sure what Quaker Quest is all about? See minneapolisfriends.org/qq or contact Sandy.

There is a new video – a compilation of interviews about Quakers and the spark of the Divine – on the Quaker Beliefs page of the website: minneapolisfriends.org/quaker-beliefs/ . Thanks David Woolley!

The International Friends Church sends its thanks to MFM for loaning chairs to their Meet Jesus in the Park worship, and for David Woolley’s leadership in that worship: “ It is great that I [Pena] can reach out to my good Friends for help. This is what makes Minneapolis Friends Meeting unique. You do so well serving different needs in different communities. You are there for a reason. May God bless you!!!”

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Average contributions of $9,725 per month ($2431 per week) are needed to meet our budget. In June, $5941.32 was contributed to the general budget; an average of $1485.33 per week. If you would like to consider automating your contributions, ensuring a more regular flow of funds to meet the Meeting’s operating expenses, please talk to Suzanne, receiving treasurer.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

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, children’s program, recreation, education. Years ago many Mpls Friends attended. Want to go again? Or try it for the first time? Registration form and brochure available: fnvw.org . If you have never attended, take a look at the brochure and go this year!

Nightingales Annual Summer Gathering: Fri, July 26 – Sun, July 28, at the home of Susan and Lee Greenler in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Nightingales are mostly Quakers, mostly from WI and MN, who gather to sing over a weekend three times a year. Anyone who likes to sing is welcome – it’s okay to come for part of the weekend. Food will be potluck – meals prepared from everyone’s food contributions.

Our Muslim neighbors are preparing for Ramadan and will host a series of open houses at area mosques. Ramadan is the month in which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset to learn compassion, self-restraint and generosity. Each evening the fast is broken with an Iftar meal. To attend an Iftar dinner and conversation, register at: mnchurches.org, (click on “Register to Attend Taking Heart Ramadan Dinners”.) Dates: July 22, 24, 25 and August 1.

American Friends Service Committee seeks a Midwest Regional Director, headquartered in Chicago and covering twelve states; one of four regions that together oversee all AFSC activities in the U.S. Submit resume and cover letter by Sun, July 28th. Details posted on the long bulletin board or at: jobs-afsc.icims.com/jobs/1274/regional-director.

Frac sand mines, as well as moving the product, can scatter silica dust into the atmosphere. The dust, if inhaled over a long period of time, can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, bronchitis and lung cancer. Frac sand mining also has long-term impacts on unique landscapes. There is a petition to the MN House, the MN Senate, and Governor Mark Dayton, which says: “Protect our water, our air, our health, our home. Ban all fracing and frac sand mining in MN.” Find the petition at petitions.moveon.org/sign/gov-dayton-call-statewide?source=s.icn.em.mt&r_by=386458 .

Take in the Northside FLOW Arts Crawl next weekend, Friday, July 26th, 5-10 PM; Saturday, July 27th, 1-7 PM and Sunday, July 28th, 12-6 PM. Details at FLOWnorthside.org. Come for art, a parade, food, marketplace, live music, cultural performances and children’s activities. FLOW is an arts crawl that shines a light on the Northside community through the arts. It unites, celebrates and transforms in collaboration with the broader communities that surround us.

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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