October 19, 2014

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

Fall Camp is an annual, all-Meeting event and is currently taking place at Villa Maria in Frontenac. Except for worship, there will be no programming at the meetinghouse this morning, including no first day school or nursery care.

TODAY

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

10:15 AM there is no 10:15 program this morning

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): there is no planned speaker or musician; care of meeting, John Kraft

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

The Northern Yearly Meeting (NYM) Interim Session is next weekend, Fri, Oct 24th, 7 – 9pm and Sat the 25th, 9am – 5pm at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. All Friends are encouraged to attend. If you come to this Meeting, you are a part of NYM! Hear preliminary reports to get a glimpse of what NYM is doing and take advantage of the smaller size which makes it easier to mix and get to know people! Afterward, Friends are invited to a potluck dinner (Sat, 6:00) and folk dance (after dinner!), also at TCFM. Those who are able, please bring a potluck dish to share! Even if you don’t dance – it will be fun!

Next Sunday at 10:15: a report from the six Meeting people who went to September’s climate march in DC: Terry, Nancy, Ranae, Stephen, Mary, and Pat.

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. The next meeting will be in November.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

CONGRATULATIONS to Terry Hokenson! His second young adult novel, Leif’s Journey, is now available from Amazon!

Lunch Bunch is this Wed, Oct 22nd, 11:45 at Presbyterian Homes, 10030 Newton Ave So, 11:30. RSVP to Louise by Tues, Oct 21st. If you are available in the middle of the day, consider coming! It’s a great opportunity to deepen relationships with and bring news to those not able to come to worship every Sunday.

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading): Some people call it worship sharing; others call it lectio divina. Come join in open-hearted study of quotes from early Friends, noon – 12:30, Weds, Oct 22 and 29, Apr. Kenwood Isles. Light lunch to follow. For more, phone Steve or Mary.

American Friend’s Service Committee’s Healing Justice program invites you to join its second metro-wide potluck and discussion among Quakers interested in and working for racial justice locally this Wed, Oct 22, 5:30-8:30 pm, at the AFSC office, 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Come and share answers to: What events have caught your attention lately? How have our mistakes strengthened us? How do we use our yearnings to impel us to action? What strategic steps can we take to address systemic change? Contact Sharon Goens-Bradley for more: sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org; 651-78 9-3852.

The St. Paul office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has a survey for Friends in the greater metro area to fill out. Please fill it out online (http://bit.ly/AFSC_TC2014_survey) by this Wed, October 22.

“Finding Strength and Hope as we Transition to a more Just and Sustainable World,” a transition workshop will be offered here, Sat, Nov 1st 9AM – 4AM. Talk with others who are changing their lives to lessen the impacts of global climate change. Get practical information to enable your own changes. Consider the characteristics of a community you want to live in. In the silence and in small groups, consider your personal next steps in moving toward that community, that world.

Peterson Toscano, a Quaker performance artist and Biblical scholar will offer Climate Change: What’s Faith Got To Do With It?, an interactive workshop, on Wed, Oct. 29th, 7 PM, at All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church, 3100 Park Ave S, Mpls. Hear success stories and best practices from other communities; discover roles your faith community can take on; and reflect on our role in this new world.

ALSO – Peterson Toscano will present Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible, Sun, Nov 2nd at 7:00pm, Living Table United Church of Christ, 3805 – 40th Str E, Mpls. Stories of transgender and gender-variant people from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Hilarious and moving, Toscano’s show 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. SPACE IS LIMITED!

“Whitewashed: Unmasking the World of Whiteness” will be shown Sat, Nov 8th, 1:00-4:00 pm, at the American Friends Service Committee’s office, 1671 Summit Ave, St. Paul. Feeling overwhelmed by the news of police brutality and racial disparities in our society? Don’t know how to help or what to do? Come for a heartfelt discussion after the short film.

Friends Committee on National Legislation’s (FCNL’s) Quaker Public Policy Institute Pro-Diplomacy Lobby Day will be November 20-21 in Washington, DC. See ten reasons Kate Gould, FCNL’s head lobbyist on issues in the Middle East, thinks you should go: fcnl.org/issues/middle_east/10_reason_to_come_qppi Doug Herron is attending the institute.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Action Alert: Support the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act! Events in Ferguson, MO have focused attention on what police militarization looks like. Initiatives like the 1033 program and terrorism grants provide military-grade equipment to local police departments. The federal government can help change that by ending transfers of weapons through the 1033 program. Cutting access to these weapons will not, by itself, change the attitude of police officers towards the people they are to protect. But it is an important step to return police to policing, not occupying, their communities. See capwiz.com/fconl/home/ for more and for other alerts.

There’s a Quaker channel on You Tube! Quaker Speak is a project developed by Friends Journal, Friends General Conference, Quaker Volunteer Service and Quaker, Jon Watts. Some of the subjects covered are: Quaker beginnings, faithfulness, activism, racism, and silence, among others. Check it out! http://quakerspeak.com/

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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