Bulletin: April 27, 2014

April 27, 2014

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Mary Logue

10:15 AM Those who attended the recent White Privilege Conference will speak of their experience and insights. With Nettie Smith, Heidi Flores, Joanne Esser, Nancy Helfrich and Pat Jones

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): John Culter, speaker; Kathy Webster, musician; care of meeting, David Woolley

“…spend the remainder of your life only in worshiping God. He requires no great matters of us: a little remembrance of Him from time to time; a little adoration; sometimes to pray for His grace, sometimes to offer him your sufferings, and sometimes to return Him thanks for the favors He has given you, and still gives you, in the midst of your troubles, and to console yourself with Him the oftenest you can. Lift up your heart to Him, and sometimes even at your meals, and when you are in company; the least little remembrance will be acceptable to Him. You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we are aware of.”
~ From the Seventh letter of Brother Lawrence


Friends are reminded that acronyms can be bewildering or alienating to others. Please be as complete as possible in spoken and written communication: Ministry and Counsel Committee rather than M&C; Peace and Social Concerns Committee instead of P&SC, Friends General Conference, Friends Committee on National Legislation, etc.

There will be a simple breakfast THIS MORNING, 8-8:50 AM, preceding unprogrammed worship. Everyone welcome!

Worship Planning Committee will meet in the conference room at the rise of semi-programmed worship today.

People interested in working on a Transition Workshop will meet downstairs at the rise of semi-programmed worship today.

Terry and Ceile invite you to their art studio for the St. Paul Art Crawl, today from 12-6 p.m.; ACVR warehouse (formerly the Farwell Ozmun and Kirk building) at 106 Water Street West, across from Harriet Island in St. Paul. Free parking and elevators, and many other studios will be open.

Mayim Rabim invites us to an Art Schmooze! Drop-in event TODAY, 12 – 4:00, 3840 – 26th Ave. S. in Mpls. Original art made by Mayim Rabim members will be on display and for sale. Grab a nosh, buy some art, and schmooze!. All proceeds support Mayim Rabim.


The people of Ukraine who are dealing with economic, social and security uncertainty.


Contact Pat Jones, Director of Ministry, this week about anything you want. She will be away May 7th until the 22nd.

Next week, all are welcome to the monthly Sunday potluck at 12:30. To regulars, please bring plenty of food so there will be ample to accommodate visitors and those at the end of the line. Also, please label your pot-luck item/s.

Next Sunday’s Adult Program at 10:15: Doris Tyldesley. Looking back over almost 60 years of singing and over 40 years as a Quaker, Doris will share her journey and reflect on the relationship between the joy of singing and waiting in silence.

Also at 10:15 next Sun: Friendly Philosophers will meet in the conference room. This open discussion group meets the first Sun of the month, here, at 10:15 and every Thurs night, 7 PM, at Bush Terrace Condos: 4014 – 15th Ave. So, Mpls.

Some call it worship sharing, others call it lectio divina (divine reading). Come to this open-hearted study of Quaker quotes, 12-12:30, this Weds, April 30th, Kenwood Isles. Light lunch to follow.

Friends will decide at May’s monthly meeting (May 11) whether to approve this minute proposed by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee: “Minneapolis Monthly Meeting stands with Duluth-Superior Friends and others in opposition to the Gogebic Taconite Mine proposed in northern Wisconsin.” Friends are asked to read this New York Times article (http://nyti.ms/1dBQBJa) and the Duluth-Superior Friends Meeting position (paper copies are on the elevator table.)

Registration for Northern Yearly Meeting’s annual session, “What Canst Thou Say?” (Memorial Day weekend) is MAY 3! A few paper registration and session information packets are available on the elevator table, see northernyearlymeeting.org/ or contact the office for an electronic copy. Northern Yearly Meeting was created to provide support for and between worship groups and monthly meetings in the upper mid-west. Annual sessions offer times of fellowship, relaxation, worship, dancing, talent displays, workshops and interest groups. Those who are going (so far): Pat, Allen, John, Ranae, Jim, Annette, Rick, Carolyn and Thomas. Join the party!

Help everyone get to NYM burning as little fossil fuel as possible – share rides!

The last Sunday of the school-year schedule is May 18th. May 25th, Memorial Day Sunday, is the start of the summer schedule of a single worship at 10:00. We will alternate between unprogrammed and semi-programmed worship, week to week.

American Friends Service Committee would love to have a Minneapolis Friends Meeting liaison – to disseminate information from, provide feedback to and nurture a relationship with AFSC. No travel involved but opportunities to participate in program threshing sessions and seasoning via conference calls and webinars. Contact members of Peace and Social Concerns Committee (Roland, Nancy, Jeff, Ranae) or Carolyn with interest or questions.

Jeremy McAdams (who attends here many first Sundays) is raising mushrooms locally. Supporting small, local food producers is recognized as important to sustainability. Learn more about Cherry Tree House Mushrooms on facebook or the website, cherrytreehousemushrooms.com, including their kickstarter campaign which runs through the end of April.

Read about Neonicotinoids, which kill bees, and the steps the Friends School Plant Sale have taken to ensure bee safety in their plants – an article on page 30 of the plant sale flyer. They also offer a partial list of products that may contain neonics.

Workshop leaders are being sought for this year’s Northern Yearly Meeting session. Workshops and interest groups bring Friends together at NYM to share their passions and interests. Workshops begin with a presentation, often, but not necessarily, related to the theme for the year (What Canst Thou Say?). Ideally, the workshops collectively address issues of personal spiritual growth, building the Meeting community, and social action. They are scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 on Saturday or Sunday. Please send your ideas by May 16.

Northern Yearly Meeting is looking for a new High School Coordinator. Celeste, the current coordinator, is leaving the position after Yearly Meeting to study abroad. The job will start during the summer and requires an average of 40 hours per month (not evenly spread) and pays $6,000 / year.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able.


The “Doctrine Of Discovery”, this Tues, April 29, at 7:00 pm at Sundin Hall, Hamline. The documentary focuses on the incredibly powerful, little-discussed religious justification early explorers used to claim lands from indigenous peoples. A discussion will be led by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild, a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community, along with Steven Newcomb, founder of the Indigenous Law Institute, and Quaker, Howard Vogel, professor emeritus at Hamline Law School.

American Friend’s Service Committee’s Film Series continues on May 8 and June 5. May 8: 500 Years Later, a provocative documentary that won five Best Documentary awards in a number of international film festivals, is a retrospective offering a world-view on systemic inequities that White Americans seldom hear about. Special guests from Ujamaa Place in St. Paul will join us. (On June 5: Anne Braden: Southern Patriot – a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader.) This film series brings L/light to systems that perpetuate racism and our role in disrupting them. After each film, AFSC’s Sharon Goens-Bradley, along with a member of the Quaker community, will facilitate a discussion. No admission fee; donations welcome. More info: sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org or 651-789-3852. Films will be shown at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St. Minneapolis, 6:30-9:00 pm.

Continuing Revolution: A Young Adult Friends’ Conference on Community will be offered next summer, June 6-11, at Pendle Hill Retreat and Study Center in PA. Young adults are particularly well-poised to become the inspired and effective change agents that are needed in the world, and at its core, this conference is about providing the foundational skills and training to inspire revelation – or revolution – as we strive to live in Spirit-led relationship with ourselves, our communities, and the earth. See pendlehill.org/yafcon for more. Flyers about the conference are on the elevator table.

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 late 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.

Bulletin: April 20, 2014

April 20, 2014 9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Dan Homolka 10:15 AM brunch downstairs – please come down! 11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Betsy Lane-Getaz, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Pat Jones “For … Continue reading →