Bulletin: December 1, 2013

December 1, 2013

9:00 AM    meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Lin Butler
10:15 AM    Judith James will talk about how she uses Quaker pastoral care and counseling in her work with heroin and opiate addicts. Friendly Philosophers will meet in the conference room.
11:15 AM    meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Gayle McJunkin, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser

TODAY

All are welcome to the monthly Sunday potluck lunch at the rise of semi-programmed worship. Please label your pot-luck item/s with ingredients or your name so those with allergies, salt restrictions, vegetarians, etc can participate. Particularly to be noted, peanuts (walnut, cashew, etc), salt, meat, poultry, milk, soy, onions, garlic, eggs, fish, shellfish, corn, corn products and wheat.

Mayim Rabim invites us to a Chanukah party today, December 1, 4:30 – 7:00 PM, here. Delicious vegetarian Chinese food, games and menorah lighting. Candle lighting and songs will begin at 4:45;  dinner is at 5:00 followed by fun and dreidel games. Requested donation is $8 per adult, $2 per child, max of $20 per family. For further information, contact office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mayimrabim.org or 612-247-5490.

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

and congratulations to Betsy and Ed and their family. Ed and Betsy and great-grandmother Louise welcomed the arrival of a new grandson on Thanksgiving day.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

Friends for a Non-Violent World Holiday Fair this Friday, December 6, 1:00 – 9:00 & Saturday, December 7, 10:00 – 4:00 here at the meetinghouse! Handmade quilts, tables overflowing with selections from over 20 vendors, tables with our own craft items, holiday trees and wreaths, organic farm food, scrumptious low cost meals plus musicians playing for your shopping enjoyment all make the Friends for a Non-Violent World a Holiday Fair not to be missed! Invite your friends. Make a purposeful shopping adventure with your dollars supporting the peace and social justice programs of FNVW. Visit fnvw.org for links – Cafe Menu, Vendor Lists, Musician Schedule, Quilts and Silent Auction, Used Books, Wreaths and Trees, Business Sponsors, and Volunteer Sign up. It’s all  at your fingertips!

FNVW receives 100% profit on all books, crafts, photos, and Value Board items!
CRAFTS: Food items tend to sell well, but sew, knit, or paint to your hearts content! No plants please.
BOOKS: The Book Loft is a huge success each year and needs used books in good shape. Call FNVW offices, 651-917-0383, for drop off times and places.
VALUES BOARD: Donate or solicit gift certificates from stores, restaurants, or theaters you patron. One quick trip and FNVW gets 100% of the selling price! Call Nancy Helfrich, 612-386-6892, for details.
PHOTOS: they are 100% profit and… it’s a good time to get a picture taken for the Meeting ID board, (no charge.)

Monthly Meeting next Sunday (the 8th at 9:45) will consider and likely decide where Fall Camp will be held next year.

The White Envelope Gift, a long tradition at Minneapolis Friends Meeting, is a special Christmastime offering that is designated for one-time gifts. We are celebrating this gift the Sunday before Christmas, December 22.

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) is a method of reading and listening deeply. It draws out ways in which a text may speak to us today. You are invited to join in worship sharing lectio based on a biblical text at 11:30-noon on Wednesdays, December 4 and 11, Kenwood Isles. Light lunch to follow. For more information, phone Stephen or Mary.

At 6:30pm, Monday, December 9, anyone interested in what we, as a meeting, might do next regarding climate change is invited to Kenwood Isles. The agenda will be wild, unfocused discussion over a soup supper followed by a lengthy silence. We will make offerings of what we might do out of the silence.  Need more information?  Call Mary or Stephen.

The George and Elizabeth Watson Memorial Discussion Group will meet on Wed, Dec 11, at 7:00 at the meetinghouse.  ALL are welcome. There is no homework. We are reading Letters to a Young Seeker by Steve Chase.

Two requests from Peace and Social Concerns: 1) a willing volunteer to investigate the Duluth/Superior Meeting’s request that we join them in protesting the new taconite mine in Wisconsin, and 2) someone willing to explore the opportunity to be the meeting representative to Right Sharing of the World’s Resources… Anyone interested in either of these can contact  Nancy,  Roland, or Ranae.

The Friendly Philosophers meet every first Sunday of the month (like today), here, at 10:15 and every Thursday night, 7 PM at Bush Terrace Condos: 4014 – 15th Ave. So, Mpls.

Mayim Rabim Congregation will hold its fourth annual Human Rights Shabbat on Fri, Dec 13, from 6:00-8:30 PM.  All are welcome to attend and join in the dialogue. The program will include a brief service welcoming the Sabbath as well as a participatory conversation about how we can maintain hope in a world in need of much healing and how to choose where to focus our energy toward change. Members of both congregations will share their own stories and journeys as a preface to this important discussion. A dairy vegetarian potluck dinner and continued conversations will follow. Bring a dish to share if you can; regardless, please stay and share the meal.

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 November, $8,164.30 was contributed to the general budget; an average of $2,041.08 per week. The winter quarter contributions historically have covered 40% of the budget. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones is on vacation until through Saturday, December 16.
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.