August 30, 2015
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
10:00 am meeting for worship (unprogrammed with queries): John Kraft, reader; care of meeting, Pat Jones
Children and youth are always welcome in meeting for worship. Child care will be available today in the lower level if needed.
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 park at a distance if walking is easy for you and leave spaces close to the mtghouse for those with mobility challenges.
An informal group meets at the picnic table, 9 AM for Quaker discussion, (Turtle Bread if raining). Today, “What if Wall Street were honest?” from Quaker Speak: quakerspeak.com/history-quaker-plain-speech
The Ministry and Counsel Committee, in acknowledgment of the importance of discernment around vocal ministry, is offering some written pieces on that process. Newcomers and seasoned Friends alike are encouraged to read and consider these offerings.
DIRECTORY BITS AND PIECES
* 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.
* ONLINE MEETING DIRECTORY is active. Emails with your household’s password should have arrived/will arrive soon. A link to the online directory is available at two places on the Meeting website, under Contact and Directions on the main menu and in the News and Business sidebar. You can also Login at www.connections.lifetouch.com/?orgLogin=21901
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Fall Camp will be here soon! Do you know which Friend is most likely to do stand up comedy? Do you know who likes to sit by the fire? Do you know who is most likely to don a tin foil hat? Which Friends get lost on trails? Queries answered at Fall Camp! Camp offers such a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better. Plan to attend Friends Fall Camp, Oct. 10th – 11th, for all or part of the weekend., at Villa Maria in beautiful Frontenac, MN. Brochures and registration forms available TODAY. Pick yours up and save the meeting postage costs. Anyone with dietary restrictions should turn in their registration by September 20th. All other registrations are due by September 27th.
Caring for Creation: Driving – Don’t drive aggressively. Avoid aggressive starts. Drive at the speed limit. All vehicles lose fuel economy at speeds above 55 mph. Driving 65 instead of 75 mph reduces fuel cost 13%. Driving 55 would save 25%.
There will be no Lunch Bunch in August. The group is planning to meet quarterly now except for winter. Sue will be calling participants to see whether Weds or Thurs work better. Oct, Apr, and July are likely months.
Loaves and Fishes: IS TOMORROW! MFM is helping serve a Loaves and Fishes dinner at Holy Rosary Church in Mpls. Work along side area Friends to prepare, serve and clean up. Prep at 2. Prep for the serving line at 4; serving at 5:15; clean-up at 6 p.m., usually finishing by 7. Many hands are needed during each of these times. Children may help, but are not allowed in the kitchen. If you are unable to help on site, you can provide fruit for dessert. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin table.
Planning process for Care of the Meeting”s Future: Dates for next steps- Sept 13th at monthly meeting, (business meeting runs 11:00-12:30 or so) and Sat afternoon, Oct. 10, at Fall Camp at Villa Maria. A report from the Aug. 1 Visioning Session and draft vision statements are posted on the Meeting website. There is a website link to a survey where you can respond to those draft vision statements: surveymonkey.com/r/zlkbxtv . Paper copies are also available at the meetinghouse.
Help garden every 1st and 3rd Tues, 6 pm. Be together and tend the meetinghouse grounds!
Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors.
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
Kellie Rae Thiess, of MFM, has an art show at the Bell Museum, University of MN, until December.
Northern Yearly Meeting’s High School Clerk’s planning retreat is Fri, Sept 4th – Sun, Sept 6th at Twin Cities Meeting. Could you help out as a Kindly Adult Presence?
Mayim Rabim invites Minneapolis Friends to hear mystical interpretations of Yiddish music played on stringed instruments. Introspective music will invite us to quiet our minds in stillness, contemplation, and devotion. Violinist Judith Eisner and her ensemble, here, Sept 20th, 2:00. A meditation rather than concert, no commentary or applause. Free. A light lunch after worship available to Friends wishing to stay. RSVP needed for lunch.
Friends Committee on National Legislation: Support Historic Iran Deal. A lot of money is being spent to influence this upcoming vote. Contact undecided legislators and representatives! See yellow flyers at the mtghse or fcnl.org/issues/iran.
For a taste Camp Woodbrooke, sponsored by NorthernYearly Mtg, attend Family camp there Sept. 4-7. campwoodbrooke.org
Prayer and Connection: a Retreat for Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Thurs, Sept 17th – Sun, Sept 20th, Quaker Hill, Richmond, IN. Led by Jennie Isbell, Quaker spiritual director, facilitator, and author: Finding God in the Verbs: Crafting a Fresh Language of Prayer and Leading Quakers: Disciple Leadership, A Friends’ Model. For details and registration: qpcc.us.
Join Quaker EarthCare Witness and an interfaith coalition in Washington, DC, Sept 21-25, for the Moral March for Climate Action – coinciding with Pope Francis’ address to Congress. moralactiononclimate.org
Donations Needed: This Sept, Refugee Services expects at least 60 new refugees to MN. Pots, pans, and deodorant needed as well as twin bedding and toothpaste. Please donate these urgently needed items – Minnesota Church Center (122 W Franklin Ave, Mpls). Questions to rsvolunteers(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mnchurches.org or (612) 230-3219.
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.-