June 21, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 am  meeting for worship, (unprogrammed); care of meeting, Barbara Ziegenhagen and Marilyn Johnson

Child care will be made available today in the lower level if children are present.

Throughout June there is an informal group meeting at 9 AM for Quaker education and discussion at the picnic table, or at Turtle Bread in event of rain. QuakerSpeak videos, Quaker Pastoral Care newsletters and other brief starting points will be provided. Today, the topic is American Friends Service Committee’s Questions to consider when acting on justice and prison issues: afsc.org/document/questions-consider-when-taking-action-justice-issues

Friends should be mindful of the presence of young people who might be joining us in worship in the summer months. Pray for vocal ministry that might be meaningful to them, and be sensitive to the inappropriate nature of some subjects.

Stay after worship and welcome Roland into membership TODAY at 11:15. Refreshments and greeting in the hallway.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Following the closing handshake at worship this summer, Friends will be invited to share joys and concerns, visitors and new people will be invited to introduce themselves, and pre-arranged (with the care of meeting / closer before 10 am) announcements may be made by the closer or the person who has prearranged to make one. (Preference and general practice, however, is that people submit all announcements to be in the bulletin instead). We would like this closing time to be brief so that Friends can move on to potluck, business meeting, coffee/tea and visiting, or other plans for their day.

Join the informal group gathering at 9 AM for Quaker education and discussion at the picnic table, or at Turtle Bread in event of rain, during the month of June. Suggestions for topics – contact Elizabeth. Next Sun, June 28th: an article from Quaker Earthcare Witness: quakerearthcare.org/article/ecological-integrity-and-light-within .

Lunch Bunch on Wed, June 24th has been cancelled. The July Lunch Bunch will be on the 22nd.

The plan for the Care of the Future process including lists about Meeting strengths, challenges, opportunities and risks, is now on the MFM website (minneapolisfriends.org). You can access the material by clicking “Care of the Future” in the sidebar. Save the morning of Sat. Aug 1st, when we will develop a set of vision statements to frame our hopes for the Meeting in the next 15 years. Those unable to attend will be able to share ideas via an on-line survey (if approved by monthly meeting).

CARING FOR CREATION (from Peace and Social Concerns Committee): Prayer from Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment:– “Bring healing to our lives / that we may protect the world and not prey on it / that we may sow beauty / not pollution and destruction.”

Sharon and Betsy invite MFM Friends to join them in a worship to celebrate their legal marriage June 27th, 2 pm, Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse, 512 Washington St. Northfield. Reception to follow at their house. RSVP for worship and/or reception.

Plan to work along side area Friends to prepare, serve and clean-up a meal for our Philips neighborhood neighbors through Loaves and Fishes, Monday, June 29th at Holy Rosary Church in south Minneapolis. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin table.

The use of the microphone in meeting for worship enables vocal ministry to be heard and held by all present. Microphone carriers are needed for a number of worship times beginning August 9th. Please consider offering this simple, limited-in-scope but very important service to the Meeting. Sign-up on the yellow sheet on the bulletin table.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able. Copies of the Meeting’s 2015-16 budget are available on the table in the long hall.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Anna Fritz, a Quaker cellist and folksinger, will perform on Sat, June 27th at 7:00 pm at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, (1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul). Anna is from Multnomah Meeting in Portland and will share her musical ministry, performing original songs for cello and voice. Themes of gender, justice, spirit, and connection to the natural world. Hear samples at annafritz.com. Anna’s tour of Friends Meetings is partially supported by a grant from the Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership.

Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering, this July 5-July 11, at Western Carolina Univ. in the Smoky Mts. From Sue: Do you know the extraordinary beauty of North Carolina where the conference will take place? I just returned from the mountains there and I can tell you they’re well worth the time and travel to visit.” Majestic, tranquil, glorious.

From Friends Committee on National Legislation: Act Now: Vote on the War Legislation Concerning ISIS. In the next two weeks, the House of Representatives will finally debate the war on ISIS. Urge your representative to take the opportunity to go on the record and vote against the war. There are signs that Congress may be questioning endless war. Congress let key spying powers in the Patriot Act expire last week and more than a third of the House voted against the president’s blank check for war yesterday. We need to build on that momentum. See more at http://fcnl.org/updates/isis_war_vote

John (of MFM) is appearing in the Guthrie Theater production of Music Man, running through August 23.

Fellowship of Friends of African Descent’s conference for Friends of Color and families, Aug 21 – Aug 23,  Philadelphia. To join the mailing list and receive information: deborahsaunders1(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)aol.com with: last name – first name – phone – street address – city, state – zip code – email address. Info also on FB – Fellowship of Friends of African Descent.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Mulsim neighbors invite you to join a Ramadan Iftar dinner in your area (free of charge), June 20 – July 10. Minneapolis Council of Churches’ Taking Heart was started in 2005 and help build bridges of friendship and understanding and erase ignorance between different religions and cultures. Google “Taking Heart registration” for more info and to register.

Nancy and Sydney highly recommend “The Gospel of Lovingkindness” by Marcus Gardley at the Pillsbury House Theatre. Excellent, meaningful, moving, powerful and poetic story about two black mothers and their sons whose lives are shattered by gun violence. Running through June 28th . See pillsburyhousetheatre.org for more.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones’ work week is Wed-Sun. She will be in the office Wed. 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 morning.   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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