August 18, 2013

10:00 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): care of meeting, Joanne Esser and Dan Jensen

TODAY

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

Friends are encourages to linger after the rise of worship – coffee is available in the upstairs hallway.

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

Egypt.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Save the date – Sunday, September 8, for a preliminary Quaker Quest session from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm! Worship is incorporated in the day’s plan. The session is for the whole Meeting – members and attenders – and promises to be fun and enriching, strengthening our community and preparing us for the public sessions offered later in the fall. Child care and lunch provided. Not sure what Quaker Quest is? See minneapolisfriends.org/qq.

The Quaker women’s group will meet Wed, Aug 21 12:30 PM at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Pat McGuire will lead the discussion on writing about family relationships and related topics. Bring cookies or fruit to share and a mug for coffee or tea (provided.) Feel free to bring a bag lunch, if you wish.

**A NEW DIRECTORY UPDATE IS AVAILABLE on the table by the elevator. It includes all the changes/corrections since the current directory’s publication.

There are three (yes, three!) new videos about Quaker worship on the MFM website, minneapolisfriends.org/video/:
* Quaker Meeting for Worship, Part 1: Listening
* Quaker Meeting for Worship, Part 2: Speaking
* Worship at Minneapolis Friends Meeting: From Programmed to Unprogrammed

The Quaker memorial service for Rosalie Wahl will be 2:00, next Sat, Aug 24, at the Weyerhauser Chapel at Macalester, followed by refreshments at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. A public memorial will be 10 AM, Sat, Sept 21 at Central Lutheran Church. A couple of Rosalie’s poems and two speeches can be found: bit.ly/RosalieWahl-FJ

Lunch Bunch will meet Wednesday, August 28th, 11:45 at Presbyterian Homes, 10030 Newton Ave So, 11:30. RSVP to Barbara by Tues, August 27th. 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.

It’s a busy autumn but mark your calendars now for the Northern Yearly Meeting Fall Interim Session – November 1-2 in Eau Claire, WI. More details will follow on how and who to contact for hospitality and agenda.

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 July, $5,544.09 was contributed to the general budget; an average of $1386 per week.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

Pendle Hill courses at a 10% discount! (Register by Aug 31): Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series , late Oct/early Nov; Open Heart, Peaceful Mind: A Retreat for Rest and Reflection, Dec 28-Jan 1; Musical Masterworks of Allure and Transformation, Dec 28-Jan 1. Full list and descriptions at pendlehill.org/workshops/fall .

Mark you calendars for a fund-raising concert featuring Annie and Peter Blood-Patterson, musicians and song-writers, and creators of the widely-known compilation songbook, “Rise up Singing.” At Twin Cities Friends Meeting (1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul) September 7 at 7 PM. First half hour, songs for children. $20 donation, (suggested) Proceeds cover Annie and Peter’s expenses, the balance going to Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW). Great music and fellowship!

Alternatives to Violence Project has created a new Outreach Committee which needs your help to identify and get contact info for organizations and places to share the AVP program or offer a speaker or a specialized mini-session with the hope of providing on-going community workshops. Could you help AVP’s networking efforts? Are you, or someone you know, connected with an organization that routinely utilizes outside speakers, or do you know of a group or a nonprofit that seems like a natural fit for AVP and could benefit from a short focus session on communication skills? If so, please contact Jon Vang (avp.jvang(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com) or Joann Perry (joann(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)black-hole.com) or call (651) 644-5851 with your name and the contact info you have. AVP is a program of Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW).

Coming up: Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, IN will host a Ministry of Writing Colloquium Nov 1-2. More at esr.earlham.edu/content/2013-ministry-writing-colloquium . The workshop in the colloquium is Writing You Memoir.

Mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with a March to Close the Gaps – in education, employment, housing, healthcare, voting rights, and MORE! This is an opportunity for our community to proclaim that ANY gap for another is our gap together. August 24th at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park:
10:30 – Bring your signs and gather at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th Street, for rally and speeches; 11:45 – March to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park 4055 Nicollet Ave. South; 12:30 – Libation Ceremony; 12:40 Reflections from Mahmoud El-Kati – author, lecturer, activist – on the impact of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. King’s dream at 50; 1:15-7:00 – The 12th Freedom Jazz Festival. Bring a blanket and enjoy music, food and activities.

Action alert from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT): Oppose an imminent eviction of more than 1,000 Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills and take action by contacting Sec. of State John Kerry. You can get to the petition directly at org.salsalabs.com/o/641/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13918 or follow the link at the bottom of the CPT article: cpt.org/cptnet/2013/08/03/south-hebron-hills-urgent-action-ask-us-secretary-state-kerry-heed-israeli-jurists .

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office 3-6 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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