September 22, 2013

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Anne Lawton

10:15 AM Singing Sunday – instruments welcome!

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Tom Ward, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musicians; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

Music was my refuge. / I could crawl into the space between the notes / and curl my back to loneliness.
~ Maya Angelou
After silence, / that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible / is music.
~ Aldous Huxley

TODAY

Friends are invited to the Minneapolis Friends for Climate Stability discussion TODAY at 12:30, after the rise of 11:15 worship. Come work on climate issues from a Quaker perspective. The group began meeting when climate stability concerns arose in worship. Do you carry a concern for this issue? All are welcome. Light refreshments provided.

The carpets have just been cleaned (at great expense!) Please notice messes that occur and attend to them quickly!

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Come to Fall Camp! Fall Camp is for everyone – come for all or part of the weekend, Oct. 19-20! There are addressed brochures on the hall table. Any remaining after TODAY will be mailed so pick up yours to save postage! If you don’t see one with your name, take a blank one. Brochures put out on Sept 1st left the registration form out. So pick up a registration form if you took an “empty” brochure! 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!
SPECIAL PRESENTATION AT FALL CAMP: “Hands in the Rice Paddy” 20 yrs. of humanitarian work in Vietnam, with Mike Boehm, Sat. at camp, 4:15pm. Mike and others from Madison Friends Meeting created Madison Quakers, Inc. which has overseen the completion of three large school buildings in My Lai; drilling water wells; art exchanges between children in WI and My Lai and more. He visits Vietnam at least once a year. Mike will be staying overnight with us.

Volunteers needed for Loaves and Fishes: Mon, Sept. 30th Served at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 – 18th Ave So. Shifts: 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/ nutritious desserts donations (fresh fruit, peanut butter bars, oatmeal raisin cookies – 4 dozen to a batch), delivered to the meetinghouse on the 29th, or brought to Holy Rosary by 5:00 on the 30th. Help is needed in all areas!

Friends are welcome at the Quaker Quest sessions this fall but you should not feel obligated to come. The primary goal of Quaker Quest is to introduce MFM and Quakerism to new people.
If you are new to the Meeting and Quakerism, we hope you will be able to attend the three sessions!

Friends are invited to the wedding of Bill Hendricks and Michael Reid on Sat, Oct. 26th at 3:00; reception following. RSVP by Oct 4th.

Northern Yearly Meeting retreats for older Quaker youth have been scheduled: the first Middle School retreat (for grades 6, 7 and 8) is planned for Oct 4-6 at Camp Woodbrooke, Richland Center, WI; the first High School retreat will be Oct 25-27 at Camp Woodbrooke, Richland Center, WI.

Exploring Together: Quaker Meetings and Friends Schools is a new pilot program to guide Meetings in ways to welcome newcomers – parents, faculty, students – from a Friends school community. There will be a workshop at Twin Cities Friends Meeting on Saturday, October 12th, 9:30-3:30. We need MFM members and attenders to be part of the effort of welcoming Friends School families.

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.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

The Twin Cities Friends Meeting White Privilege Self-Study Group (open) plans to reconvene on Mon, Sept 23, 7-9pm at TCFM. Meets monthly on fourth Mons, (perhaps in homes after Sept.) beginning with a focus on systemic racism.

Prospect Hill Friends Meeting invite Friends to a discussion on “Climate Disruption: What Can Quaker Meetings Do?” Fri, Oct. 18th at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Suzanne Joy Curran will share from the workshop she attended at Friends General Conference this summer. All area Quakers are invited. Potluck at 6:15 followed by discussion.

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. All are welcome!

US Troops and drones Out of Afghanistan NOW: after twelve years, the US war in Afghanistan is now the longest war in US history. Despite statements of withdrawing troops by the end of 2014, plans are being made to leave thousands of US troops, contractors and drones in Afghanistan for many years to come. Mark twelve years of war with a call for US troops and drones to be brought home NOW – Sat, Oct 5, 1-2 PM, Lake Street and Hiawatha Ave. Bring signs and banners!

“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.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office Wednesday from 2:00-5:00 and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri. and Sat.
Carolyn VandenDolder, the Administrative Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri. Bulletin deadline, noon Thur. Bulletin items can be phoned in to the office, emailed or written and put in the bulletin file of the blue box.

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