November 16, 2014

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

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

10:15 AM Doug Herron will lead a discussion of “Shared Security – Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy”, a working paper of Friends Committee on National Legislation and American Friends Service Committee. Its aim is to direct the U.S. Congress away from a militarized foreign policy with a viable alternative; describing ways in which war has been have peaceful, successful, prevented.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Terry Hokenson, speaker; Kathy Webster, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser

Nursery care is downstairs.

Apologies to those who emailed bulletin announcements in this week. Our modem quit and we were without internet.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

The Quaker reading group, will meet to read aloud and discuss the October 2014 issue of Friends Journal, “Experiences of Friends of Color”, Wed, Nov 19, 7 pm., here. Some of the articles are available online: friendsjournal.org .

Next Sunday at 10:15: “To speak, or not to speak?” Join panelists Jeff Naylor, Carolyn VandenDolder and Linda Coffin as we reflect on what it means to be a planned speaker at semi-programmed worship and how it compares to more spontaneous ministry. Moderated by Dave Bostrom and David Woolley.

Help jazz up MFM’s facebook! Do you have photos from fall camp or other Meeting events that could be posted? Please get permission from those included in the photo before sending photos to Anne!

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

There will be no Lunch Bunch in November. The next Lunch Bunch will be Weds, Dec 3.

Winona Friends have again invited MFM Friends 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.

There will be a memorial service for Bill Savage, occasional attender of MFM for decades and cousin to Jane, on Sun, Nov 30th, 6:00 PM. If you expect to attend, please tell or email Pat Jones.

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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! It is a time for Quakers to 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 FNVW, 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.

VOLUNTEER: Lots of volunteers are needed, and volunteering at this event is fun! You can sign for shifts at the FNVW website (fnvw.org, then select “Volunteer” from the Holiday Fair tab on the left).

All Fair proceeds support the work and special programs of FNVW, a Quaker-inspired organization committed to nonviolence, equality, integrity, and community in our world.
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Barbara Mohr, MFM member, will be performing in the Twin Cities Women’s Choir concert, “Illuminations – Ring In the Light”, Nov 22 (at Mayflower Church at 3 PM) and Dec 6 (at Calvary Lutheran Church, Mpls, at 1 and 4 PM). Tickets – see Barbara or TwinCitiesWomen’sChoir.org

Mary Gardner, former MFM member and author of several novels, will speak about her new memoir, A Very Little Cancer, at the Loft Literary Center’s Open Book in Mpls, Nov 21st, 7:00 pm. Presentation title: “The Story of a Book: Mary Gardner.”

Liz Oppenheimer, an area Quaker, wrote an essay about her experience in Ferguson, MO this autumn. You may read it at: http://www.afsc.org/friends/reflections-after-ferguson-october

Parker Palmer, Quaker author, educator, activist, and founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, blogs weekly for Krista Tippett’s “On Being” Read his blog at onbeing.org/tags/parker-palmer.

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. Subjects include: worship – speaking, silent waiting, the gathered meeting; Quaker beginnings; faithfulness; activism; racism; memes and more. Check it out! Quakerspeak.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Paul K. Chappell, is offering a lecture, Is World Peace Possible? The anatomy of War and Peace, TOMORROW, Mon, Nov 17th, 7 pm, Landmark Center. Highly recommended.

Mayim Rabim Congregation will hold its annual fundraiser here, on Saturday night, Nov 22nd, 6:30-9. Friends are invited to this family-friendly event which will feature a cabaret (with all-Mayim Rabim talent!) and silent auction. All proceeds benefit Mayim Rabim’s programming and operations. There is no admission but donations are welcome.

The Call to Conscience on Climate Disruption allows a bipartisan group of Congressional reps to publicly declare that climate disruption is real; is primarily caused by human activities; and is inflicting great harm on present and future generations and on the Earth. Goals, strategy, resources and action steps: fcnl.org/issues/energy/call_to_conscience_on_climate_disruption

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 the office on Fri. only. 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.ages of Friends are welcome.

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