August 10, 2014

10:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Connie Archbald and Tom White

11:00 AM worship with attention to business: Ranae Hanson, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk

TODAY

Child care today is in the lower level with Susie Kanemitsu.

Sophia Naylor will give the last performance of her solo show in the MN Fringe Festival tonight at 5:30 PM, 3037 Lyndale Ave. “Boxed” is the humorous, poignant, occasionally raw, and not-so-unautobiographical play she wrote about the constraints a young woman faces in a life filled with doubts, epilepsy, and love (and even a strange French movie). Tickets, $12 plus a $4 festival button. Promo cards are posted and on the elevator table.

MEETING MATTERS/CALENDAR

Two more people are needed to host/bring snacks for coffee and conversation next Sun (Aug 24th) and one more on the 31st. There is a sign-up sheet near the bulletin table. Sign up TODAY to support this time of conversation and connection!

Worship in Bloomington will be this Tues, August 12th, 7:00, at the home of Louise at Gideon Pond, 9901 Penn Ave So. All are welcome this small, 45-minute, time of unprogrammed worship.

There will be a meeting for those interested in religious education for Meeting children this Wed, August 13th, 7:00. Planning for the coming year needs to start in earnest. Lend your insight, wisdom, experience and creativity to the endeavor!

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee encourages Friends to read Befriending Creation, (hanging in the long hall and online at: quakerearthcare.org/publications); especially the article akerearthcare.org/article/fcnl-moral-call-conscience-climate

Save the date! August 27: Four Rivers Friends (formerly known as the Metro Friends Coordinating Committee) picnic will be held at the Minnehaha Falls Wabun B picnic area (4655 46th Ave) at 5 p.m. Join Friends from around the metro area for fun, food, and to learn about Four Rivers Friends (and why the name was changed!) and to hear from the founder of a new Quaker church in the north metro area, started a few years ago. Wonderful play area for children, with playground and wading pool; a waterfall, and volleyball set-up and disc golf (bring your Frisbees).

“Do you participate regularly in meetings for business, discharging faithfully your committee responsibilities and assume your share of financial support of the Meeting?” (Baltimore Yearly Meeting Advices and Queries) “. . . all are called to minister in some capacity. It is the responsibility of each member to contribute to the life of the Meeting and to the Society of Friends as the Spirit leads . . . includ[ing] providing financial support . . .” (Northern Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice.) As part of MFM, your financial support is essential to the continuing health and viability of this Friends faith community. Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able.

OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

American Friends Service Committee’s Executive Director, Shan Cretin, has short clip on You Tube to help put the violence in Gaza into perspective. Google “You tube Understanding the scale of violence in Gaza”. She also has an article available online about Gaza at afsc.org/RightToExist .

See the personal side of immigration through the eyes and stories of children in the film “Which Way Home”. Wed, Aug 13th, 7:00 pm at Cherokee Park United Church, 371 W. Baker, St Paul. After the film there will be responses from: a former El Salvadoran priest and a St Paul attorney with work experience with refugee children detained at the border and representative from MN Immigration Rights Action Committee. *Up to date action opportunities *Expressions of Solidarity and Support. Event sponsored by Communidades Construyendo Esperanza, a collaboration between Cherokee Park United Church and friends from the El Salvador MN Conference United Church of Christ Immigration Team.

The Movement Center for Deep Democracy is hosting conversations on how and why to address climate disruption with a climate justice framework at Gandhi Mahal restaurant (3009 – 27th Ave. S) every third Wed of 2014. The dialogues will be between 7 – 8:30PM in a designated space within the restaurant. Come join the discussion, any third Wed, of how climate disruption and climate justice matter in your day to day work for a better world, and how we ensure Minnesota adopts and leads with a climate justice framework. August 20th, it’s Movement for Deep Democracy: Dinner and Dialogue on Climate Justice. Evenings will include music, art, celebration of work being done by some of our local organizations AND 10% of dinner proceeds that night will be contributed to MN Interfaith Power and Light, 350.org and Movement Center for Deep Democracy.
For information about MN Interfaith Power & Light-related events, see the MNIPL web site calendar at mnipl.org/calendar.html.

David Cobb recently spoke about Move to Amend at the First Unitarian Society on July 29. A similar talk he gave is available at: youtube.com/watch?v=PZKBsM232Zk (It runs a little more than 1 hour in length.)

Join the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept 21st! Buses are being organized by MN Interfaith Power and Light and MN350. Information and tickets at mnipl.org/people-s-climate-march.html. Or people can navigate to that page by going to MNIPL.org. Terry has already purchased a ticket on bus #2 – the MNIPL-sponsored interfaith bus!

SAVE THE DATE: The next Racial Justice Gathering by American Friend’s Service Conmmittee’s St. Paul Healing Justice program will be Wed, Oct 22, 5:30-8:30 pm, at the AFSC office, 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. The meeting in April brought together 17 people from four Quaker communities along with other community members. The top three areas of interest at that meeting were: convening again for support, insight and coordination; more education about the ways in which systemic / institutional white privilege operates; and development of some action steps. More details coming in the early fall. For more, contact Sharon Goens-Bradley sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org; 651-789-3852.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office 2-5 on Wednesday and at other times on Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sunday.
Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, the Admin Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri. Bulletin deadline, noon Thurs. Bulletin items can be phoned in to the office, emailed or written and placed in the bulletin file in the blue box.

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