July 19, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 am  meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Jeannette Raymond and Andy Showalter

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.

An informal group meets at 9 AM for Quaker education and discussion at the picnic table, ( Turtle Bread if raining). Brief starting points provided. Today, community: northernyearlymeeting.org/article/testimony-of-community.  Next week, QuakerSpeak, Every Murder is Real: youtube.com/watch?v=9uZ_W3qTQPw

Following the closing handshake, visitors and new people are invited to introduce themselves, Friends are invited to share joys and concerns, and pre-arranged announcements may be made by the closer or the person who has made the prearrangement. (Preference and general practice is that all announcements be submitted for the bulletin.) Please help this closing time be brief so that Friends can move on to potluck, business meeting, coffee/tea and visiting, or other plans for their day.

TODAY Explore solar energy at the meetinghouse. Continuing our interest in action for climate stabilization, Terry has arranged an informational meeting after worship TODAY about solar energy at the meetinghouse. Come and hear about the possibilities, benefits and challenges that embracing solar energy here would present.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Help develop a set of vision statements to frame our hopes for the Meeting in the next 15 years. Sat., Aug. 1st, 9-noon.  ( Those unable to attend will be able to share ideas via an on-line survey.) The plan for the Care of the Future process including lists about Meeting strengths, challenges, opportunities and risks, is on the MFM website (minneapolisfriends.org).

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!

Lunch Bunch will meet this Wed, July 22nd, 11:45 at  Presbyterian Homes, 10030 Newton Ave So. RSVP to Louise by Tues, July 21st. If you are available in the middle of the day, consider coming! It’s a great opportunity to deepen relationships with and bring news to those not able to come to worship every Sunday.

The Peace and Social Concerns committee will bring you a Caring for Creation tip each week on how you can help eliminate waste and reduce your carbon footprint. Caring for Creation: Rethink bottled water. Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA’s standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA’s standards for bottled water.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends who attended the Friends General Conference 2015 Gathering are invited to compare notes and share experiences TODAY, July 19th, at Paul and Marybeth’s home. Others who are interested in hearing about the Gathering are invited, too. Early potluck supper 4:30, discussion begins at about 5:30.

Friends for a Non-Violent World is co-sponsoring a community Eid – end of Ramadan dinner TODAY, 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 – at this end 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.

The Racial Justice Committee of Twin Cities Friends Meeting, in cooperation with the local office of the American Friends Service Committee, is holding a series of directed conversations about race and privilege at TCFM  (1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul) on Thurs evenings: July 23 and 30, and August 6 and 13, at 7 p.m.. Watch the film Whitewashed  with sharing and reflection after: about our own identities, White privilege and systemic racism in American life and history. Learn to speak plainly about what privilege is in your life, Meeting,  community. Attendance at all  not required; any who want to share this work are welcome, but conversations will build upon previous ones, so come to as many as you can! Nettie Smith plans to go.

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 from WI and MN, they gather one weekend, three times a year. Singing, sharing circle, hiking, work shifts, visiting, eating, meeting for worship. You are welcome, children also, for all or part of the weekend. Housing : camp or sleep on the floor inside.  If you need a bed, please call Robin or Susan. For more, 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.

Friends Committee on National Legislation: Support Historic Iran Deal. Many members of Congress will be speaking out today and tomorrow, and everyone will vote in the coming weeks. What they hear right now from their constituents will influence their position going forward. For more, fcnl.org/issues/iran/

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Mpls Park and Recreation Board is holding public meetings and open houses to set a vision and priorities for an improvement plan for Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet: Tues, July 21st, 6:30 and Tues, July 28th, 6:30 at Jones-Harrison; Thurs, July 30th, 6:30 at St. Mary’s Lake Calhoun Event Center. Details at: minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects

Celebrate the arts in North Minneapolis the last weekend in July: the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl. 300 artists, a variety of mediums, 25 different studios, galleries, theaters, commercial, indoor, and outdoor vacant spaces. Attendance has grown 7-fold in 8 yrs.. Showcases the artistic, business, and cultural assets of North Mpls. and the ongoing revitalization of the West Broadway corridor. July 23-25.  northmpls.org/flow2015 . Contact Nettie Smith if you would like to meet with her Sat. and attend some of the events together!

Healing Minnesota Stories, an initiative of the St Paul Interfaith Network, invites you to join a tour of Dakota sacred sites led by HMS founder, Jim Bear Jacobs, and Bob Klanderud: Sat, August 22nd, 10 am to (approx.) 2 pm and Sat, Sept. 19th, 4 pm to (approx.) 8 pm. The tour centers around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or “meeting place of rivers.” Tour stops include Ft Snelling, the site of the Dakota internment camp following the Dakota-U.S. War, and Pilot Knob Hill, a burial ground. The tour offers an opportunity to learn parts of MN history, long-ignored, from a Native perspective. Free. Register at spinterfaith.org/healing-minnesota-stories/educational-events.html

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones’ work week is Wed-Sun. This week, she will be be working on Wed. and Thurs., then vacation til Wed, July 29th.
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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