MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, John Stuart and Mary Jean Port
10:15 AM Quaker testimonies with Pat Jones. What is a testimony? What was the lived testimony of Friends 350 years ago? What is the lived testimony of Friends today? What Quaker testimonies have you heard of? Peace, equality, community, simplicity, integrity, others?
11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): speaker, Tom White; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Dave Bostrom

There will be an organizational meeting for clerks of committees TODAY at 12:30. Downstairs.

THANK YOU: The end of March is the close of the Meeting’s business and fiscal year. Any time is a good time to say thank you to one another for the work and ministry Friends do within and on behalf of the Meeting. Many Friends are finishing terms of service now, are continuing with terms of service, or are beginning new ones. For your time and care and the lending of your gifts, we thank you. Thank you also for your contributions of money to support the work of the Meeting. Other types of giving too, often done in unrecognized ways, make the Meeting what it is, and we acknowledge and are grateful for those many, often unseen acts.

If you have reimbursement requests outstanding, please fill out a reimbursement form, (available in the top of the blue file box in the long hall,) attach your receipt, and put in the appropriate committee file (in the blue box.) Committee clerks, please check your file often, approve requests and place them in the reimbursement request file of the blue box. Thank you Friends!

Meeting Finances Alert: The gap between current total receipts this fiscal year and anticipated total spending is $7330. That means we need an average of $3665 per week, today and next Sunday the 29th. To say it another way, we need $7330 in the next ten days to cover our fiscal year expenditures. $4670 came in this past week since the first alert last Sunday. Thank you.

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

Adolph Burckhardt and Rose who are preparing to move to Texas. Adolph will be leaving in two or three weeks. There will be chances to say goodbye to him at Lunch Bunch and on Sunday morning, April 5 (Easter) at 10:15.
Ed Souther who is at Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, CA assisting with a Quaker Quest training.
The many at Minneapolis Friends who are caring for and often traveling to see family members.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next Sunday at 10:15: New Member welcome for Robert Raymond Robert recently transferred his membership from Westfield Meeting in NJ. Robert and his intended, Gwen Williams, will be married under the care of the Meeting in June. Take the opportunity to get to know Robert and Gwen better at this informal reception!

Game Night! There will be a family-friendly game night Sat, April 25th, 7-9:30. Put the date on your calendar and start considering which board game you’d like to bring!

The draft 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/ Take a look. Hold the Meeting’s planning process and its future in prayer and reflection. Opportunities for participation are outlined in the draft. Comments and questions to Jeannette Raymond or Gayle McJunkin. Plan to attend the April 19th and May 17th adult programs that are the next step in the process.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office Wednesday from 4:00-5:00. Her work days are Wednesday through Sunday.
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.

OTHER HAPPENINGS

Lunch Bunch will be this Weds., Mar. 25, at Presbyterian Bloomington. Come at 11:45. It will be Adolph’s last time there. Reservations are necessary, and please rsvp as soon as possible, no later than Tuesday, to Louise White.

Loaves and Fishes, March 30th, Holy Rosary Church 2424 – 18th Ave So. Help is needed in all areas, especially as many regulars are out of town Shifts: 2:30-4:30, cooking; 4:45-6:45, serving; 5:30-7:00, clean-up. Also needed, 20 batches of cookies (4 dozen to a batch) – fruit / cookies or bars on the healthier side encouraged!. Sign up sheet by bulletins.

Chuck Fager, Quaker activist and writer, will speak at a Fri., Apr. 10, 1:30 panel at the Voting Rights Conference (see below). “Reflections on the Struggle in Selma.” Chuck was in Selma 50 years ago and again recently. He was also in jail with Martin Luther King, Jr. and has written books on both topics.

Chuck Fager will speak here at MFM on Sat, April 11th at 2:30. He will tell the story of his time in jail with Martin Luther King and take questions and answers related to the early 60s civil rights work . Please come! Can you make or post flyers?

Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative) mid-year meeting Apr.18 & 19 at Bear Creek meetinghouse near Earlham IA. “Quaker’s Ink: From Broadsides to Blogs – 350 Years of Friendly Wordiness” with Eric Moon. Info on long bulletin board.

Northern Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions will be Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25 at the Lions Camp near Rosholt, WI. The theme is “Earth in the Age of Climate Change.” Interested in leading a workshop? Lauren at leighton(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)hbci.com.

Camp Woodbrooke, offers young Friends a summer camp experience with Quaker values. 3-1 camper-counselor ratio, rustic cabins and solar-heated water for showers. Swimming, hiking, campfires, archery, organic gardening, tending chickens and goats, crafts, including woodworking and pottery, singing, and worship. Young campers or h.s. or college student who want to earn a little money. Financial aid through Northern Yearly Meeting.

Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering will be July 5-July 11, at Western Carolina University in the Smoky Mountains. Lively, rich week of many options in worship, workshops, kids program, speakers, films, art, bookstore, etc. Brochures are on the long table. Or FGCGathering.org. Registr. begins April 1. Financial aid available from FGC, apply early, and from Northern Yearly Meeting. If you are considering helping plan the Gathering in 2016, go this year to learn the ropes.

Conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act hosted by the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Fri, Apr 10, 8am-6pm. Free, open to the public but registration required. Register half or full day: hhh.umn.edu

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