Bulletin: November 2, 2014

November 2, 2014

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, John Stuart

10:15 AM Neal Hagberg, of the longtime folk duo Neal and Leandra, will present a “spiritual autobiography” portrayed in songs written and performed over the years, showing changes in his world view, religious views, and personal views, and how music helped clarify what he had to do next.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Joanne Esser, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

All are welcome to the potluck today at 12:30! Like most things at MFM, potlucks are do-it-yourself affairs. Please help restock silverware when needed, clear dishes, wash and dry dishes, wipe tables, put away tables and chairs.

Ministry and Counsel Committee would like feedback about the summer joint worship. Please speak to any member of Ministry and Counsel, put a note in the M&C file in the blue box, or email the Meeting or Judith James. Thanks!

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Our photo directory photo sessions will be Fri, Jan 2nd, 1-8:00 and Sat, Jan 3rd, 10-4:00. Please plan to participate!!

The Quaker reading group, created as a memorial to George and Elizabeth Watson, has chosen to read and discuss the October 2014 issue of Friends Journal, “Experiences of Friends of Color”. Some of the articles are available online: friendsjournal.org . See Pat Jones to borrow a paper copy. We will read aloud and discuss, here, on Wed, Nov. 19th, 7 pm.

Spend your Thanksgiving at the Minneapolis Friends Meeting annual Thanksgiving worship and potluck gathering on November 27th, beginning at 4 pm. Look for the sign-up sheet next Sunday!

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able. To meet our budget obligations, contributions need to average $2171 per week. Through the first half of our fiscal year, (Apr-Sept) donations have averaged $1150. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

The Friendly Philosophers will meet today, here, at 1:00.

Peterson Toscano, a Quaker performance artist and Biblical scholar, will present Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible, TONIGHT, 7 pm, Living Table United Church of Christ, 3805 – 40th St. E, Mpls. Stories of gender-variant people from the scriptures, funny and moving, deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories through an array of characters. Buy tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/888067 or email: tickets(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)tctwentypercent.org to reserve and pay at the door.

Old Friends will meet at Twin Cities Friends Meeting tomorrow, Mon, Nov 3rd at noon for a potluck. Program following: Dennis Kane, retired CIA agent and St. Olaf professor will speak about World War II espionage.

“Whitewashed: Unmasking the World of Whiteness” will be shown this coming Sat, Nov 8th, 1-4 pm, at the American Friends Service Committee’s office, 1671 Summit Ave, St. Paul. This short film can evoke new ways of seeing and thinking about White privilege and systemic racism. In light of events from Ferguson, Missouri this summer, ongoing police brutality and school suspensions involving people of color, this is an opportunity to get connected and engaged with issues of white privilege and racism. Viewing, discussion, and activities focused on pointing the way forward for metro-area Friends on racial justice.To make accessible to people who are chemically sensitive: please avoid perfumes, hairspray, etc. If you need childcare, please let the planners know by Tues. November 4th.

Winona Friends have again invited us to their Thanksgiving potluck on Sunday, Nov. 23rd – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 265 Lafayette Street. Worship at 10 a.m. with the meal to follow at approximately 11:30. There will be childcare, all ages of Friends are welcome. For more, call Lauren and Vernon.

There will be no second Tuesday worship in Bloomington this month, and there will be no Lunch Bunch in November. The next Lunch Bunch will be Weds, Dec 3.

Save the Date: Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair, Fri, Dec 5th, 1-9 and Sat, Dec 6th, 10-4! Please come – and invite family, friends, neighbors, strangers on the street to this yearly, major, festive, affair! The Holiday Fair is an annual event, created as an FNVW fundraiser which has become much more – a special holiday gathering place for Twin Cities Quakers and FNVW constituents. It is a time for Quakers connect with Friends throughout the area AND it remains the major fundraiser for FNVW.

~Great vendors, scrumptious meals, and wonderful live music. FNVW receives 100% profit on all donated books, crafts, and Values Board items. Think creatively about what you can contribute!

~CRAFTS: Food items tend to sell well, but sew, knit, or paint to your heart’s content! No plants, please.

~BOOKS: The Book Loft sells used books in good shape. Call the FNVW office, 651-917-0383, for dropoff times and places.

~VALUES BOARD: Donate or solicit gift certificates from stores, restaurants, or theaters you patronize. One quick trip and FNVW gets 100% of the selling price! Call Nancy Helfrich, 612-386-6892, for details.

~All Fair proceeds support the work and special programs of FNVW, now in its 39th year as a Quaker-inspired organization committed to nonviolence, equality, integrity, and community in our world.

A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation, a new book by Douglas Gwyn, explores qualities of Quaker faith and practice that contribute to living sustainably in the world today. An excerpt of the new offering from QuakerPress, is posted.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE this TUESDAY or BEFORE …..VOTE!

Protect the lakes this fall by raking the leaves off your curbs each week. When leaves are driven over or rained on they release phosphorous which can cause excessive algae growth in our lakes. From Alliance for Sustainability.

“Beyond the Divide,” a documentary about war and peace and finding common ground, will show at the Parkway Theater, 2PM, next Sunday, Nov. 9th. Highly recommended by Linda Harding, the film maker will be there for discussion afterwards.

Paul K. Chappell, Waging Peace in Difficult Times, a workshop Sat, Nov 15th, 9-5, at First Unitarian Society, and a talk Mon, Nov 17th, 7 pm, Landmark Center. See posters for more info on these highly recommended events.

Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an age of Backlash with Tim Wise, author of White Like Me, at North Hennepin Community College this Mon, Nov 3rd, 12-1. Two hour training following from 2-4. $15.

Overcoming Racism annual conference, “Cultivating Transformation,” is at Metro State Univ. Nov. 14-15.

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 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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