January 18, 2015
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Doug Herron
10:15 AM What does a gathered worship feel like? Are there practices we individually 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.
11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Terry Hokenson, speaker; Kathy Webster, musician; care of meeting, David Woolley
There is nursery care available downstairs at 11:15. Earlier care is available as needed.
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’ve made changes / additions in earlier drafts, please check your listing again to make sure we have it right! 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
The draft of a proposed planning process to care for the future of the Meeting is available on the website: minneapolisfriends.org/2015/01/11/care-of-the-future/ Friends are encouraged to take a look and hold the Meeting’s planning process and its future in prayer and reflection. Opportunities for participation along the way are outlined in the draft. Comments and questions for now can be directed to Jeannette, Gayle, Pat or Ranae.
Next week at 10:15: Minneapolis Friends Meeting has two meetings for worship on first day mornings and the twain too-seldom meet. Would you like to get to know folks from the other worship? Or better know the people you worship with? Come for snacks and friendly conversation, gently guided by questions to help us connect. Next Sun, Jan 25th.
Hannah Graf Evans, a Friends Committee on National Legislation program associate, 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 Feb. To find out more about Meeting committee work, see the brief committee job descriptions (they’re green) on the elevator table or talk to Pat or a member of the Nominating Committee.
The Meeting is seeking a custodian to clean the meetinghouse each week, a paid position – approximately 4 hours of work per week. Interested? Contact Joseph or Ed.
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. Average weekly contributions from April 1 to Dec 31: $2,129.27. Copies of the budget are on the long table. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting.
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!
Friends General Conference, a gathering of Friends from across the country, is coming to Minnesota!! A Gathering Committee is being formed to help plan and coordinate the week-long, spiritually-grounded, lovingly inclusive, joyous, challenging, nurturing event. If you are interested in lending your gifts to the endeavor, fill our the Expression of Interest Form online at FGCquaker.or/gathering-committee. More information is posted on the long bulletin board. The first meeting is in St. Paul on May 1 and 2.
Friends School of MN (FSM) in St. Paul seeks a Development Director. Information about the position is posted.
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 starting this Thurs, Jan 22nd – Feb 19th. Book available at QuakerBooks.org. You need not attend all of the forums, but are encouraged to try! Read chpt. one for the 22nd.
There is a four-mile #ReclaimMLK March, part of Black Lives Matter Mpls, is scheduled for TOMORROW, 1:00-5:00 pm. (Look for it on Facebook.) Starting point, University Ave and Snelling. Info on the national Black Lives Matter movement, including Reclaim MLK, can be found at: blacklivesmatter.com; fergusonaction.com; fergusonresponse.tumblr.com .
Every Church A Peace Church potluck supper TOMORROW, Jan 19th, 6:30 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Ave. S. Mpls. Mel Reeves on “Martin Luther King and the Nonviolent Jesus”. Mel Reeves has long been a human rights, anti-war and anti-racist activist, leading or involved in the struggles for workers rights, against South African Apartheid and for justice in police brutality cases. Recently he has worked with Occupy Homes and is advisor to a new young peoples’ alternative party.
Reese Erlich Speaks Out about Syria, ISIS and the Middle East, Tues, Jan. 27th, 7-9 at Twin Cities Friends Mtg, 1725 Grand Ave. St. Paul. Reese Erlich reports regularly for National Public Radio, CBC, ABC (Australia), and Radio Deutsche Welle.
MN Interfaith Power and Light presents “Faith in Action: Aligning Financial Practices with Spiritual Values” on Thurs, Jan 29th, 6:30-8:30 at Mayflower Church, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd, Mpls. As the climate crisis grows and the need for action becomes ever-more evident, faith communities around the world are aligning their financial practices with their spiritual values. You can too! Go to mnipl.org and click on Faith and Action to register. Questions to erin(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mnipl.org or 612-716-3336.
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 out of the office this week. 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.