December 7, 2014

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed)

10:15 AM Mary Leikvold is an artist and arts educator. She will speak about her spiritual journey and how it informs her art, and vice versa.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Jeremy McAdams, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein and Kate Coon, musician; Joanne Esser, care of meeting

Nursery care today is downstairs with Betsy Souther.

THANK YOU to all who helped with the Friends for a Non-Violent World Holiday Fair this weekend! The many hands which created such a lovely space, good food, and clever crafts were so very vital and tremendously appreciated!

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

You are welcome at the potluck lunch TODAY at the rise of semi-programmed worship. Please prominently label your pot-luck item/s “VEGAN,” “ VEGETARIAN,” or “MEAT” and list ingredients. Like most things here, potlucks are do-it-yourself affairs. Look for ways to help the effort, especially clearing, washing, drying and puting away dishes, and wiping and putting away tables and chairs!

Do you ever see people at Meeting and not know their names? This is a common ailment and the reason behind the Meeting’s decision to contract with Lifetouch to produce an MFM pictorial directory. There is no cost to the Meeting or to you to have your photograph taken and included, and you will receive a free 8 by 10 photo and a directory for participating. You can view your images electronically immediately after being photographed and can purchase additional photos if you wish.

Our photo sessions are fast-approaching: Fri., Jan 2nd, 1-8:00 and Sat, Jan 3rd, 10-4:00.

Many of the Friday openings are already taken. Don’t wait any longer! Sign up now, mark your calendar, and alert family members who might be in town to come in for a family photo! You are welcome to bring family members, friends, dogs, cats, musical instruments- whomever and whatever you would like to be photographed with. You can get a separate photo for the directory and others for whatever purpose you would like.

We need help between now and January – assisting with sign-ups, hosting during the sessions, setting up coffee or bringing treats! Call or email the office to volunteer or for details.

Next Sunday at 9:45 is monthly meeting for business. Among other items, we will be deciding the recipients of this year’s White Envelope Gift – an annual Christmas-time gift. Come be part of the worship and discernment.

The Quaker reading group, created in memory of George and Elizabeth Watson, is reading and discussing the October 2014 issue of Friends Journal, “Experiences of Friends of Color” together. Some of the articles are available online: friendsjournal.org . See Pat Jones to borrow a paper copy. The next meeting will be Wed, Dec 17th, 7 pm, here.

Barbara Coffin was the planned speaker in mid-October. A printed copy of her words is available from the office or online on the MFM website: minneapolisfriends.org.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able. The Meeting’s budget is $112,875. Copies are on the table. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Some call it worship sharing, others call it lectio divina. Come to an open hearted study of Quaker and biblical quotes, 12-12:30, Weds, Dec. 10th and 17th, at Kenwood Isles. Light lunch to follow. For more, call Steve or Mary.

Worship in Bloomington will be this Tues evening, Dec 9th, 7:00 at the home of Lousie at Gideon Pond, 9901 Penn Ave So. All are welcome at this small, 45-minute, time of unprogrammed worship. Please come!

The Quaker women’s group will meet this Wed, Dec 10th at Becketwood Chapel, (the building to the left as you enter the main drive off West River Road,) at 12:30 PM. Bring a favorite poem or Christmas season reminiscences to share. Tea and coffee provided – bring a mug and cookies or other finger food to share.

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 Johnson are hosting a mid-day potluck dinner for MFM members / attenders 20-45 years old NEXT Sun, Dec 14th, 2-5pm. (Sorry for the date confusion!) RSVP: k.johnson000(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.com.

Quaker historian, Douglas Gwyn, has a new book, A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith And Practice In The Renewal Of Creation addressing how Friends might live in a world of changing climate. Highly recommended by Stephen Snyder. Richard Fuller is thinking of a book study group. More at quakercofe.ning.com. Richard has copies on hand for sale, or go to Quakerbooks.org

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 covered are: worship – speaking, silent waiting, the gathered meeting, Quaker beginnings, faithfulness, activism, racism, Quaker Volunteer Service and more: http://quakerspeak.com/


COMMUNITY EVENTS

Middle East Peace Now will offer: “Jewish Voices Against the Occupation” this Sat, Dec 13th, at Southdale Library, 70th and York, Edina. 9:30 AM, refreshments; 10:00, presentation and discussion. Eight MN Jewish activists will talk about their relationship with Israel/Palestine, and how their attitudes and those of American Jews, have changed during their lifetime. More at mepn.org

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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