TODAY
9:00 AM Meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Sandy Olson
10:15 AM Meeting for worship with attention to business: Clerk, Ranae Hanson; recording clerk, Tom Ward
11:15 AM Meeting for worship (semi-programmed): care of meeting, Marilyn Johnson

Nursery care is available. Please inquire (Pat Jones or Jeannette Raymond) if it is needed at unprogrammed meeting. Later in the morning, just go straight to the nursery downstairs where Betsy Souther will be ready to receive children. First day school runs concurrently with semi-programmed meeting. Children begin in worship and then leave with their teachers after the first hymn. Teachers this week are Allen Gibas and John Kraft. Next week Nettie Smith will be leading with Godly Play on a Genesis creation story.

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 listed and do not wish to be, or wish to have some of your info withheld, please so mark your listing. 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

Liaison and Review Committee oversees the work of the Director of Ministry, as well as has an eye to general personnel process in the Meeting. Periodically they ask for feedback on the perceived duties and performance of the Director of Ministry. There is currently a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MFM_Directory_of_Ministry_Survey that Friends are asked to fill out. Or pick up a paper copy of the survey and return it to Suzanne Ferguson, Gayle McJunkin, Barbara Ziegenhagen, or Ranae Hanson. The results of the survey may help in developing goals for the Director of Ministry in the coming year and will aid in anticipating the some of the future needs of MFM. Deadline for submitting paper or online surveys is February 28.

Next Sunday at 10:15 Minneapolis Friends will participate in a Quaker version of Interfaith Power and Light’s “Preach-In”. Expect queries and small group discussions in this climate-related program brought to you by Peace and Social Concerns and Ministry and Counsel Committees.

Northern Yearly Meeting draft Faith and Practice chapter on Equality, at adult program on Sunday, February 22, at 10:15.Equality is a historic testimony of Friends, and this chapter is a contemporary upper midwestern attempt at articulating the testimony. We will read through it together and compile our comments to send on to the Faith and Practice Committee. Copies of the draft chapter are online at www.northernyearlymeeting.org, and paper copies are available on the bulletin table.

The George and Elizabeth Watson Memorial Discussion Group will meet Weds, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.. We will read aloud and discuss Will Taber’s article, “The Lamb’s War and Climate Change,” from the current Friends Journal.

Fall Camp is scheduled for October 10 and 11 this year at Villa Maria. We changed weekends to avoid the conflict with MEA. We will arrange for an alternate time for October meeting for business if it is crucial that we hold one.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. If you would like to automate your financial contributions, please talk to Roland Barrett, clerk of Stewardship

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Lectio Divina, or, as Quakers call it, worship sharing on a text from Scripture or Quaker Faith and Practice. We are invited to join a group at Snyders for this, then a simple lunch, Thursdays. Feb. 12, 19, 26, and/or Mar. 5 at noon.

FNVW’s annual meeting: reviewing the past year’s accomplishments, providing a look forward and electing new members to the board of directors. It’s a great opportunity for its constituents, including Minneapolis Friends, to learn more about what FNVW is doing and to participate in FNVW’s future. February 22., 1:30, at Twin Cities Friends Meeting in St. Paul.

AFSC Freedom School debrief, Tues., Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m., at the AFSC office, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Some of the youth leaders and youth who participated in the December Freedom School will talk about their experience at the recent pilot program.

Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering will be held July 5-July 11, 2015, at Western Carolina University in the Smoky Mountains. The Gathering is a lively and rich week of many, many options in worship, workshops, kids program, keynotes, films, art, bookstore, etc. Friends come from all over the U.S. and Canada. Info at FGCGathering.org. Registration begins April 1 and financial aid is available, especially to Friends who apply early.

Friends General Conference Gathering of, is coming to Minnesota in 2016! 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Women’s Prison Book Project Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale, this Sat., Feb. 14, 8 a.m. to noon, Walker United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Ave. S.. See poster or Annamary Herther for more info.

Twin Cities Women’s Choir with a Ghanian music and dance group, this Sat., Feb. 14, 4 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St., St. Paul. See “Unite” poster or Barbara Mohr for more info.

John Cutler is performing in “The Woman in Black” at YellowTree Theatre in Osseo through March 8. Info at www.yellowtreetheatre.com.

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