July 5, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 am  meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, John Stuart and Clifford Goltz

Children and youth are always welcome in meeting for worship. Child care will be made available today in the lower level if there is a need.

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 quakerspeak.com/why-i-don’t-wear-a-tie-in-court.

Friends should be mindful of the presence of young people who might be 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.

Please come to the potluck at the rise of worship today! Enjoy good food and relaxed conversation whether you brought something or not! Look for ways to help the effort before you go home – help clear, wash and dry dishes, wipe tables, put away chairs. If everyone helps, we can all get out and play in the summer afternoon!

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong is the book being discussed at the George and Elizabeth Watson memorial discussion group here, this Thurs, July 9th, at 7:00. No pre-reading required – we will read together. Everyone is welcome – new-comers and old-timers; one-timers and regulars. Questions to Jim H. or John.

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee meets at 7:00 every third Wed of the month – this month, July 15th. Anyone interested is enthusiastically welcome to come!

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.

Join the Garden Party every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening (6:00) from now until October. Meet with F(f)riends and tend the meetinghouse grounds! Contact Clifford for more.

Semi-Programmed Worship Planning Committee arranges planned speakers for semi-programmed worship. Has something been laid on your heart that you feel led to share in a prepared way? Explore the possibility of being a planned speaker by contacting someone on Worship Planning Committee: Clifford, Joanne, Lolly, or Sarah.

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 limited-in-scope but very important service to the Meeting. Sign-up on the yellow sheet on the bulletin table.

CONGRATULATIONS to Diane who received a grant from the Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism. She will be studying the Quaker Meditative Process developed by Rex Ambler in his book, “Light to Live By: An Exploration in Quaker Spirituality” and will include a visit to Woodbrooke in the U.K.

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

The Racial Justice Committee of Twin Cities Friends Meeting, in cooperation with the local office of the American Friends Service Committee, is planning a series of directed conversations about race and privilege, to take place at the TCFM meetinghouse (1725 Grand Ave) this summer on four Thursday evenings: July 23 and 30, and August 6 and 13. All sessions will be at 7 p.m. in the fellowship room.

Old Friends will meet tomorrow, Mon, July 6 at noon at Twin Cities Friends Meeting (1725 Grand Ave.) for a potluck lunch followed at 1PM when Raquel Wood will share memories of Twin Cities Meeting. Those available to come are welcome.

Nettie Smith (of MFM), Claudene Lockridge and four other women are opening a low key, safe hang-out space for north side girls 12-18 years old to be heard, listened to, learn skills and create community. COME CELEBRATE THE OPENING (the first week in August) and learn what we plan to do, give input and encouragement, and consider volunteering. JULY 12, 3pm, 2806 W. Broadway.

Friends are invited to the Nightingales Annual Summer Gathering Fri evening July 24th – Sun lunch, July 26th at the Greenler’s in Stoughton, WI. Mostly Quakers, mostly from WI and MN, gather to sing one weekend, three times a year. Rise Up Singing and Friends Hymnal are favorite songbooks along with songs from many other sources. Singing Fri evening; sharing circle, hiking, work shifts, visiting, eating, and of course, singing Sat. Sat evening is usually the largest and longest singing time. Meeting for worship, lunch and clean-up Sun. Anyone who likes to sing is welcome for all or part of the weekend. Children welcome. Housing options: camp or sleep on the floor inside.  If you need a bed, arrangements can be made. More details, email: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org

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), now through 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.

Celebrate the arts in North Minneapolis the last weekend in July with the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl. 300 artists using a variety of mediums at 25 different studios, galleries, theaters, commercial, indoor, and outdoor vacant spaces. Attendance has grown from 1000 in 2006 to 7,000 in 2014. FLOW Northside Arts Crawl partners collaborate to showcase the artistic, business, and cultural assets of North Minneapolis and the ongoing revitalization of the West Broadway corridor. July 23-25. More at: northmpls.org/flow2015 . Purchase tickets for the July 24th Farm Fresh Feast dinner, created by Le Cordon Blue-trained Chef, Lachelle Cunningham, at: ticketfly.com/purchase/event/897721 .

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be away this week until late Thursday or Friday.
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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