January 11, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed)

9:45 AM worship with attention to business: Ranae Hanson, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk

11:15 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, David Woolley

Photos and listings in the new directory: A draft of directory names and contact information is on the bulletin table. Please check your listing, write corrections, and put a check by your name if the info is correct / complete. If you are not listed and would like to be, please fill in a contact information sheet! If you are attending worship regularly – say ten times a year or more – we hope to include you and your contact information. Let us know if you have a photo you would like to submit: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org; 612-926-6159.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next week at 10:15: Worship. What does a gathered worship feel like? Are there practices we can use to help strengthen our corporate worship experience? What is our individual process for centering in the silence and discerning prompts to vocal ministry? Come explore these topics and more. Large and small group discussion – offered by Ministry and Counsel. Friends may find it helpful to watch: quakerspeak.com/quaker-worship-gathered-meeting/;
quakerspeak.com/quaker-worship-pt-2-giving-vocal-ministry/; quakerspeak.com/quaker-worship-challenge-of-sitting-silence/; and/or quakerspeak.com/quaker-silence/

Read aloud and discuss an article on White Narcissism from the Sept issue of Friends Journal. The George and Elizabeth Watson reading group will meet here this Weds, Jan. 14th, 7 pm, (instead of the third Weds. schedule). All are welcome.

Hannah Graf Evans, a Friends Committee on National Legislation program associate, will be visiting the Twin Cities at the end of January and will be speaking here at the meetinghouse on Wed, Jan 28th, at 7 PM. Come hear from this recent Macalester graduate, now contributing to the Quaker lobby effort on Capitol Hill. Doug, MFM’s FCNL liaison, host.

“Instructions and Wishes for Minneapolis Friends Meeting related to end of life” – packets are available on the right-hand side of the long table in the hallway. Pat would be happy to work with you should you want to record your wishes at this time and prefer company in thinking things through.

Would you like to become more deeply involved in the Meeting? The work of the Meeting is largely done by volunteers and mostly through committees. Nominating Committee is now preparing nominations to committee work which will be brought to monthly meeting for business in February. To find out more about Meting committee work, see the brief committee job descriptions posted on the long bulletin board or talk to Pat or a member of the Nominating Committee.

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 $2,171 per week. Copies of the budget are on the long table. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Metro Friends Poetry Jazz Café! Join metro-area Friends for a fun evening of jazz music by Tom Wells and friends and poetry reading – while enjoying drinks and homemade desserts! If you can bring a dessert to share, please contact Jim. Here at MFM, Sat, Jan. 24th from 7:00 to 9:45 pm. See you there! Oui, oui!

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), an experiential intensive series of workshops which offer training in non-violent communication, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships, is offering a first level training HERE, Jan 30th and 31st. Come prepared to help others discover their power to choose alternatives to violence in their lives and discover your own need for these skills. Registration is limited; contact Richard at the Friends for a Non-Violent World office for information and registration, avprichardm(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com, or 651-644-5851. Sliding Scale Fee – suggested tuition of $75-$300. Scholarships are available. Registration includes meals and snacks. More at avpusa.org. Minnesota AVP is sponsored by FNVW.

The local Quaker school, Friends School of MN (FSM) in St. Paul would like to build connections with local meetings and increase the number of Friends participating in school governance. Are you willing to lend their expertise and grouding to the Committee on Trustees (nominating committee)? FSM’s mission statement says: “Our mission is to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.” The school, founded on Quaker principles, is in its 26th year of providing progressive education and community building in the Twin Cities. If you are willing to get involved, please contact the school at 651-917-0636, or speak to John, Bird, or Doug.

Twin Cities Friends Meeting is hosting a forum of queries and responses to the challenges offered in Rex Ambler’s The Quaker Way; 7:00 Thurs. evenings, Jan 22nd – Feb 19th. You will need a copy of the book (available at QuakerBooks.org). You need not attend all of the forums, but are encouraged to try! Some preparation is expected: completing the reading (chpt. one for the first night), marking two or three ideas that you find challenging and using it / them to form a query to offer the group. John Cowan, Lois Yellowthunder, Howard Vogel are leading the sessions. RSVP to stillsittingJohn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Every Church A Peace Church – the next potluck supper meeting is Mon, Jan 19th, 6:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Ave. S. Mpls. Mel Reeves will speak on “Martin Luther King and the Nonviolent Jesus”.

Reporter Reese Erlich Speaks Out about Syria, ISIS and the Middle East, Tues, Jan. 27th from 7-9 at Twin Cities Friends Mtg.

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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