July 26, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 am  meeting for worship, (semi-programmed): Diane Barrett, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser and Roland Barrett

“Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life.”
Britain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice “Advices and Queries” 1.02

“Probably the only real hope of people today is our certainty that we are rooted in the Earth and at the same time in the Cosmos.  This awareness endows us with the capacity for self transcendence.”
Vaclav Havel

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.

NOTE OF CORRECTION: the new directory has an incorrect phone number for the meeting office. Directories waiting to be picked up have been corrected. If you already have your directory, change the number on the first page to 612-926-6159.

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, QuakerSpeak, Every Murder is Real: youtube.com/watch?v=9uZ_W3qTQPw. Next week, Peace: fgcquaker.org/resources/quakers-consider-peace

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

Those attending Iowa Conservative Gathering, among them, Stephen, Mary, Jim and Clifford.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

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.

Help develop a set of vision statements to frame our hopes for the Meeting in the next 15 years. NEXT 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).

Caring for Creation: Your cloth shopping bag isn’t just for the grocery store or farmer’s market. Use your cloth bag at other stores – like drug stores and Target – where the cashiers immediately drop your purchases into a plastic bag. Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. These, not bio-degradable bags, are making their way into our oceans and, subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.

A list of resources about solar energy – at the meetinghouse or your home – is available on the elevator table.

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.

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

Prospect Hill Meeting meets for worship Sun afternoons at 4 at Twin Cities Meeting. There is a program after worship at about 5:00 TODAY, the program is a discussion about what Friends have been reading. Facilitated by Michael Russelle.

Hildegard House is the project that Judy, a recent MFM attender, started. A Hildegard House, Catholic Worker newsletter is posted on the long bulletin board. Check out Judy’s article, “Around the House” and her photo! Hildegard House was a 2014 recipient of MFM’s White Envelope Gift.

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 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 sessions 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 plans to go.

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 to set priorities for an improvement plan for Lakes Calhoun and Harriet: 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

Healing Minnesota Stories, an initiative of the St Paul Interfaith Network, invites you to tour 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. 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. She will be in the office Wed. from 2:00-5:00 and other times Wed through Sun.
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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