July 12, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 am    meeting for worship, (semi-programmed): Barbara Mohr, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician;  care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski and Tom Ward

11:00 am    worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk, Tom Ward, recording clerk

“Any real hope for the world depends upon people in all their variety converging at the point of their own direct experience of God, who teaches them in whatever idiom ‘speaks to their condition.'”
– Douglas Gwyn, A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation

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. Brief starting points will be provided. Today, the topic: Quakers Consider Simplicity – fgcquaker.org (click on Quakers Consider at the bottom of the pg) Next wk, community: northernyearlymeeting.org/article/testimony-of-community

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

The Friends General Conference Gathering in North Carolina – the presenters, attenders, facilitators, children, programs, worship times, and the travel of so many.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee meets at 7:00 every third Wed of the month – this Wed, 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.

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.

Explore solar energy at the meetinghouse: in continuing our interest in action for climate stabilization, Terry K. has arranged an informational meeting about solar energy at the meetinghouse, July 19th, after worship (around 11:30).  Please come and hear about the possibilities, benefits and challenges that embracing solar energy here would present.

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

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), learn what we plan to do, give input and encouragement, and consider volunteering. TODAY, JULY 12, 3pm, 2806 W. Broadway.

Friends for a Non-Violent World is co-sponsoring a community Eid – end of Ramadan dinner: next Sun, July 19th, 5 PM at Living Table UCC, 3805 E 40th Str, Mpls. Break bread and socialize with others of our community – MN-Syrian Americans, Muslims, Christians, Jews and others –  as we end the month of Ramadan. Honor Syrian and other refugee families who celebrate Eid in the midst of war and devastation. Dinner tickets: $10 Adult  $5 Child.  Text or call 612-401-3154 for tickets. Sponsored by: Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria, Friends for a NonViolent World, Living Table United Church of Christ, First Unitarian Society of Mpls, St. Peter’s African Methodist Episcopal Church

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. Watch the film Whitewashed with reflection and sharing after – about our own identities, White privilege and systemic racism in American life and history. Build your ability to speak plainly about what privilege is in your life, in your meeting, in your community. Attendance at all sessions not required and any who want to share this work are welcome – but conversations will build upon previous ones, so please come to as many as you can!

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, please email: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org

Friends School of MN is seeking a full-time assistant teacher. Application deadline, July 24th. See fsmn.org for more.

The American Friends Service Committee offers a Midwest Digest to tell about all its activities in the area. Take a look! afsc.org/sites/afsc.civicactions.net/files/documents/Midwest%20Digest%206-20-15.pdf. Also, AFSC posted a message in response to the killings in Charleston: afsc.org/story/arresting-hate-throughout-our-culture .

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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’ 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.   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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