THIS SUNDAY, there will be parkway closings for the City of Lakes 25K and 5K (6:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.): Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun Parkways and William Berry Parkway.

September 8, 2013

9:00 – 9:25 coffee and light refreshments downstairs (wear a nametag!)
9:30-10:00 meeting for worship (unprogrammed)
10:30-3:15 Quaker Quest program – all welcome; lunch provided

TODAY

*** Next Sunday is the Minneapolis Bike Tour: Road closings include all of Grand Rounds, all Lake Harriet Parkway, all Lake Calhoun Parkway, all Lake Nokomis, all Theodore Wirth Parkway, Webber-Victory Memorial, all West River Parkway/Road, all Lake of the Isles Parkway 7:00am to 2:00pm.

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

MEETING MATTERS/CALENDAR

A memorial service for Rusk Anderson, a vital part of a dedicated core of members that carried the Meeting for more than half a century, will be held next Sun, Sept. 15, here at the meetinghouse at 2:00.

A memorial service for Nancy Peterson, beloved F/friend and poet who was a tender member of the MFM community and the wider community of Friends, will be held on Fri, Sept. 20th, here at MFM at 2:00.

Quaker memorial services are called meetings for worship and all members and attenders are encouraged to come, learn about Rusk and Nancy and through them, better know Minneapolis Friends Meeting.

The fall schedule begins next Sun, Sept. 15th:
9:00 – unprogrammed worship
10:15 – adult program
11:15 – first day school and semi-programmed worship

First day school begins next Sun, Sept. 15! This community of learners is open to any child or young adult, age 5 – 15. The time will be the same as last year, during the 11:15 semi programmed worship. Registration forms are available on the table by the elevator.

Adult program next Sun at 10:15: Reflections on all-Meeting summer worship. Small sharing circles. Queries: How did it feel? Did you deepen your acquaintance with people in the Meeting you didn’t ordinarily connect with before? Did this help you develop more trust and intimacy in the Meeting? Do you think this experience benefited the Meeting overall? Did this experience open other ways of worship to you or deepen your spiritual life?

Come to Fall Camp! Fall Camp is for everyone – please come for all or part of the weekend, Oct. 19-20. There are addressed brochures on the hall table. Any remaining after Sept 22nd will be mailed so pick up yours to save postage! If you don’t see one with your name, take a blank one. The brochures that were put out on Sept. 1st inadvertently left the registration form out. So please pick up a registration form if you took an “empty” brochure! Completed registration forms should be returned by Thurs, Oct. 3rd (there’s a box on the hall table or mail to the meetinghouse.) Let’s have the biggest turn-out EVER for this new Fall Camp experience!

Adult program Sun, Sept. 22nd at 10:15: Singing. Bring musical instruments if you like as we nourish ourselves, mourn, and celebrate the gift of our community and the Life that we share together. All ages and stages welcome.

The Twin Cities Friends Meeting White Privilege Self-Study Group plans to reconvene on Mon Sept 23, 7:00-9:00 pm. It will meet monthly on fourth Mondays, beginning with a focus on systemic racism. This group is open. Place TBA.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Average contributions of $9,725 per month ($2,431 per week) are needed to meet our budget. In August, $3,894.00 was contributed to the general budget; an average of $973.50 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 the receiving treasurers.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

THIS IS THE WEEK TO PREVENT WAR WITH SYRIA – Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges people to contact – visit, write, phone – your Congresspeople (House and Senate). Keith Ellison is swayable and has an influential vote in Congress. Even progressive representatives are under enormous pressure from the White House so it is important to make your voice heard. Contact numbers are attached; more at: fcnl.org/actionsyria

Cause for celebration! The MN Public Utilities Commission just voted to require a contested case hearing on Enbridge’s request to pump significantly more tar sands oil through their pipeline across northern MN. MN350, a local climate activist group, lobbied for this hearing. There is a demonstration in Duluth TOMORROW, Sept. 9th, and MN350 may be sending a bus (leaving at 1 p.m.). Let’s fill it with Quakers! http://www.mn350.org/tar-sands-and-water-dont-mix/ or Google: Resist Tar Sands! (Twin Ports) Facebook.

“Shared Security: An Invitation to Re-imagine U.S. Foreign Policy” materials have been put together by Friends Committee on National Legislation and American Friends Service Committee to start a conversation about a new vision for U.S. foreign policy grounded in shared security as a global community. Review, debate, and responses to the draft statement are sought. Document and a study guide and also comment, at http://sharedsecurity.wordpress.com.

Quaker EarthCare Witness Steering Committee sessions will be October 24-27 in Chicago. This meeting will cover three areas: the impact of population growth on climate change, national climate change policy and politics, and dealing with climate change at the local level. All Friends are invited for some or all of the planned sessions. Climate change discussions will be Fri evening, Sat afternoon, and Sat evening. Prepared addresses and round-table discussion both. Registration opens at the end of August. Learn about QEW and join Friends who share a deep concern for the Earth. Please come! See the website for details: quakerearthcare.org/event/qew-steering-committee-annual-meeting-gathering.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office 2-5 on Wednesday and at other times on Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sunday.
Carolyn VandenDolder, the Admin Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri. morning 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.

Congressional Phone Numbers
(Representatives Nolan, Bachmann and Peterson oppose U.S. military strikes against Syria)

If you don’t see your Senator or Representative listed here, you can call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
202.224.3244
612.727.5220

Sen. Al Franken
202.224.5641
651. 221.1016

Rep.Tim Walz
202.225.2472
507.206.0643

Rep. John Kline
202.225.2271
952.808-1213

Rep. Erik Paulsen
202.225.2871
952.405.8510

Rep. Betty McCollum
202.225.6631
651.224.9191

Rep. Keith Ellison
202.225.4755
612.522.1212

Rep. Michele Bachmann
202. 225.2331
763.323.8922

Rep. Collin Peterson
202.225.2165
507.537.2299

Rep. Rick Nolan
202.225.6211
218.464.5095

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