November 23, 2014

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

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

10:15 AM “To speak, or not to speak?” Reflect on what it means to be a planned speaker at semi-programmed worship and how it compares to more spontaneous ministry. Panelists: Jeff Naylor, Carolyn VandenDolder and Linda Coffin; moderators: Dave Bostrom and David Woolley.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Tom Ward, speaker; Kathy Webster, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are a really wise man. -Euripides

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Woo-hoo! Monthly Meeting approved creating a new photo directory and our photo sessions are fast-approaching: Fri, Jan 2nd, 1-8:00 and Sat, Jan 3rd, 10-4:00. Save space in your calendar now and alert family members who might be in town to come in for a family photo! Sign-up sheets are out. A draft directory will be available soon for you to double check your contact information. We need help between now and January – entering sign-ups into the computer, hosting sessions, setting up coffee or bringing treats! Call or email the office to volunteer or for details.

Are you between the age of 20 and 45? Would you like to get to know Minneapolis Friends Meeting people your age? Kyle and Heather are hosting a mid-day dinner for MFM members / attenders 20-45 years old next Sun, Nov 30th, 2-5pm. Email k.johnson000(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.com for details and to RSVP.

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 Wed, Dec 3. RSVP to Louise by Tues, Dec. 2nd. And be aware there has been a price increase since the last meeting!

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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Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair is only three weeks away! Fri, Dec 5th, 1-9 and Sat, Dec 6th, 10-4! Bring your friends, relatives, strangers from the street! This year there will be a special Rosalie Wahl Collection of selected books, pottery, paintings, drawings and pictures. The fair starts at 1:00 Fri. so come early to avoid traffic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of browsing and shopping amid live music! Dan Newton and Dean Magraw will perform Fri. at 4:00 and 5:00! The Friendly Café will be open and, this year, takeout meals will be available! Sleep in a little on Sat. morning then head over to the Fair for shopping and lunch. It’s a weekend of great holiday gifts, wonderful food, delightful live holiday music, and excellent company of Friends.

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 up 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”, Dec 6th, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Mpls, at 1 and 4 PM. Tickets – see Barbara or TwinCitiesWomen’sChoir.org

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.

Wonder what U.S. Meetings are reading? Ten Meetings tell you: friendsjournal.org/book-clubs-friends-meetings/

Save your stamps for Right Sharing of World Resources! Most cancelled stamps still have value, and domestic Forever stamps as well as foreign stamps are especially valuable! Send stamps to Quaker Missions West and they will sort, package and sell the stamps, donating proceeds to Right Sharing and other Quaker organizations: Earl Walker / Quaker Missions West, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. Full instructions along with a list of other collectibles posted.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Iraq – American Reconcilliation Project and Macalester Helping Open Peaceful Exchange (MacHOPE) will show a series of short documentaries directed by new MN Iraqis on Tue, Dec 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. Through the films, these new residents introduce themselves to their communities here in MN, telling their story and giving us an opportunity to learn something about life in Iraq since 2003, and what it is like to arrive in the Twin Cities as a newcomer. Campus Center, Macalester College, Snelling and Grand Aves, St Paul. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served during conversation with filmmakers after the screening.

A West Broadway Pop-Up Boutique will be open Friday, December 12th 4:00-8:00pm and Saturday, December 13th 10:00am-6:00pm at 1101 West Broadway, Mpls. Affordable, unique, locally-produced gifts for purchase – art, clothing, books, scarves and hats, specialty foods, flower arrangements, household decorations, accessories, baskets, jewelry, cards!

Messiah Sing Along: Sun, Dec 14th, 3-5 pm, at Como Park Lutheran Church, 1376 Hoyt Ave W, St Paul (near the Fair Grounds). No ticket required. Bring your own score or purchase one there. Ask Roberta for more details or to car-pool.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office Wednesday from 2:00-5:00 and other times Wed, Fri. and Sat.
Carolyn VandenDolder, the Administrative Assistant, will be in the office on Monday afternoon 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.

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