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 I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8: 38-39

What is the evidence of this in your life and your experience?

TODAY

Nursery care today is downstairs with Susie.

This morning’s prelude, the Andante from Mozart’s concerto No. 21, called the Elvira Madigan theme, was a favorite of George Watson. It was played at both Elizabeth’s and George’s memorial services.

There will be no first day school today. May the youth of the Meeting and their families enjoy the rebirth of this Easter spring together. We will gather next week!

Zephyra and Roland Shepherd Scholarship applications and eligibility criteria are available on the long table in the east hall and are due April 27th. This scholarship for post-secondary education was started by the Shepherds in 1977. Applications should be mailed back to the meetinghouse or put in the Shepherd Scholarship file in the blue box.

TONIGHT: See Dry Season, the next episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a series on climate instability, here at 7:00. Bring hard-boiled eggs and Easter candy to share. Or whatever. Or nothing. Decaf coffee, tea and water provided.

MEETING MATTERS / CALENDAR

From Religious Education: A big thank you to Judith who visited the first day school class last week. We discussed the sadness and hurt many heroin addicts feel due to bad things that happened to them in their childhoods. People use drugs to stop that pain. By seeing the God in each one of them Judith tries to help them see the goodness within themselves. It was a very powerful message about seeking God within each other and perfectly piggybacked on the lessons from Doug, Judy, and Nancy about conflict management through the Alternatives to Violence Program.

Come to storytelling this Thurs evening, April 24th, 7:00, here at the meetinghouse. This informal, engaging evening – for newcomers and old-timers alike – is a delightful way to know and be known. Hosted by Ranae Hanson.

There will be a SIMPLE breakfast next Sun, the 27th, from 8-8:50 AM, preceding unprogrammed worship. Everyone is welcome to come for conversation and community.

Friends will decide at May’s monthly meeting whether to affirm 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.)

Northern Yearly Meeting’s annual session, “What Canst Thou Say?” is coming Memorial Day weekend! 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. (Reg deadline May 3.) 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. Want to know more? Ask Connie, Allen, Pat, Marilyn, Dave, John, Nettie, Jim or Carolyn (recent past attenders.)

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! Include a description, your name and contact info by May 16.

The Quaker Family Band will provide live dance music (Demi Miller calling,) Sat, April 26th at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Doors open at 6:30, music, 7-9:30 PM (with a couple breaks). Treats to share appreciated. Organized for fun and to encourage Friends to be friendly with each other! For all ages! Brought to you by Metro Friends Coordinating Committee.

Terry and Ceile invite you to their art studio for the St. Paul Art Crawl, this Fri – Sun, April 25th (6-10 p.m.), 26th (12-8 p.m.) and 27th (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.

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

Jeremy McAdams, (who attends here many first Sunday mornings,) is raising mushrooms locally. Supporting local, small, food producers is increasingly 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.

Mayim Rabim invites us to an Art Schmooze! This fun, causal, drop-in event is Sun, April 27th, noon – 4:00, 3840 – 26th Ave. S. in Mpls. Original, hand made art/crafts by Mayim Rabim members and their families will be on display and for sale. Grab a nosh, buy some art, and schmooze (chat) with members of the wonderful MR community. All proceeds go to support MR.

The “Doctrine Of Discovery”, 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.

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

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