March 16, 2014

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Don Homolka

10:15 AM Terry Hokenson will speak about and demonstrate climate conversations under development by Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Diane Barrett, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, David Woolley

“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return. Eternity is in our hearts, pressing upon our time-torn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself.”

“Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene.”

– Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion


While parking restrictions are in effect, please park further from the meetinghouse if you are able, leaving spots close to the building for those with mobility challenges.

First Day School students, parents, and teachers will host a bake sale for Feed My Starving Children today after 11:15 worship. We packed 648 meals on Sat, March 1st, at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen and decided to have another bake sale to support the great work this organization does in feeding hungry children all over the world. $20 raised = $100 in food and essentials. Please considering donating while you savor our delicious, healthy goodies!

Mayim Rabim invites us to celebrate Purim with them! Come for games, food and fun, today, March 16, here! Party games (come in costume if you wish) at 4:00; pizza dinner at 5:00; Purim play together (no rehearsal!) at 6:00. Suggested donation, $8 / $20 per family.


Adult Program next week, Sun, Mar. 23rd, at 10:15: Bruce (Harv) and Julie Busta will talk about two aspects of their stay in England last year: Woodbrooke Quaker Center in Birmingham where they lived and worked as staff; and Harv’s sabbatical project learning about “Sustainable Accounting”, figuring environmental costs into the practice of accounting.

Adult Program March 30th at 10:15: If you are currently a newcomer at Minneapolis Friends Meeting, what puzzles or concerns you about being here? If you are not a newcomer, how did you find your way when you were new to a meeting or to Quakerism? Your candor is needed and will be appreciated in a small group discussion format facilitated by Sandy Olson and Nettie Smith.

A memorial service for Mark Bostrom, David’s brother, will be held here at the meetinghouse on Fri., Mar. 21, at 2 p.m.. Friends are welcome to join with the Bostrom family and others.

Dig poetry? How about jazz? Come to the Metro Friends Poetry Jazz Café! Tom Wells, some of his former students, as well as John Kraft will be offering the lively jazz; you and other F(f)riends will bring original and/or favorite poems of and for all ages. Here at MFM, Sat, March 22nd, 7 – 9:30! Greet old friends and make new ones! What could be better?

It is our turn to help prepare and serve a meal with other metro area Friends through the Twin Cities Loaves and Fishes, on the fifth Mon, March 31st, at Holy Rosary Church 2424 – 18th Ave So. Shifts: 2:30-4:30, cooking; 4:45-6:45, serving; 5:30-7:00, clean-up. Also needed, 20 batches of cookies (4 dozen to a batch). Fruit / cookies or bars on the healthier side encouraged! Help is needed in all areas! A new salad bar is coming. Look for a sign up on the sheet by the bulletins.

The Quaker women’s group will meet this Wed, March 19th, at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1 PM. There no longer is a potluck, but you bring cookies, fruit or other snacks to eat while we talk. Bring a mug for coffee or tea,, (provided). Input from as many as possible would be great as Wed we will discuss our past year and plan for this year. This group is open to all Quaker women.

Members of MFM are invited to join Mayim Rabim Congregation for a class on “Preservation of Photographs”, Sun, March 30th, 2:00-4:00 PM, here. Mayim Rabim member, David Kopperl, will share examples of degraded photos, what caused the damage, and how to restore them. Attendees are welcome to bring damaged family photos to the session for advice on what happened and how to preserve or restore them.

While national attention is focused on the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry is quietly sending more and more tar sands oil across northern MN by pipe, through our forests and under our lakes and streams. Enbridge, the Canadian company that owns the MN pipelines, has applied to dramatically increase the flow of oil through their newest line, the Alberta Clipper. A hearing on this increase will be held Thurs, April 3, at 3 p.m. in front of the MN Public Utilities Commission. Quakers, let’s turn out! Background sheets on the elevator table, contact Mary Jean Port at slipstream3(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) for more or to carpool.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Three weeks remain in our current fiscal year. In order to meet our budget, (which may be more than our actual expenses,) contributions need to average $9368 per week. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways, including a particular thanks today, to those who are extending themselves to others who are grieving, ill, or unable to come to meeting.


Minnesota Historical Society Press is celebrating a new book of interest to Friends, Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement by Lori Sturdevant, foreword by Amy Klobuchar, this Tues, March 18th, 7 pm at William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

See the face of climate change in the posters and presentations at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s “Climate Empowerment Fair” March 18th and 19th. Students will be near their presentations in the main public area, as they are able, from noon on Tues the 18th until about 6 PM on Wed the 19th. Learn about how climate change is already affecting people, communities and countries around the world and get suggestions for what we can do. Main building, the T building, at 1501 Hennepin Ave, second floor, skyway level.

Lonely Soldiers – Women at War in Iraq, Thursday, March 20 Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project Night at The History Theatre, St. Paul. Show at 8:00 pm, meet the actors after! Reserve tickets ($22) at info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


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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