September 6, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 am  meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Terry Kayser and Judith James.

You are welcome to the potluck at the rise of worship today! Please come even if you didn’t bring food to contribute!

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. 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 meetinghouse for those with mobility challenges.

An informal group meets at the picnic table, 9 AM for Quaker discussion, (Turtle Bread if raining). Today, Quaker Speak: quakerspeak.com/history-quaker-plain-speech Next Sunday: quakerspeak.com/quakers-racism-blessed-community/  .

The Ministry and Counsel Committee, acknowledging the importance of discernment around vocal ministry, is offering some written pieces on that topic. Newcomers and seasoned Friends alike are encouraged to read and consider these offerings

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

MONTHLY MEETING FOR BUSINESS will be held next Sunday, Sept. 13, at 11 am.  Among other things, monthly meeting will consider the vision statements, generated by preceding sessions and revised based on survey feedback, which describe a variety of aspects of our desires for the future of MFM. These vision statements have been posted on the website.
Members of the Meeting community have an opportunity to give feedback on these statements via an online or paper survey. Submit feedback surveys online (surveymonkey.com/r/zlkbxtv) by Tues, Sept. 8, or leave a paper copy at the meetinghouse today in order to be considered by the committee. The vision statements will be refined based on the feedback.
At monthly meeting, we will consider and, if possible, affirm some or all of these revised vision statements so they can be used as we develop activities to move us towards the future Minneapolis Meeting that we want to create together.

The FALL SCHEDULE begins Sept 20th:
-two weeks from today-
9:00 worship (unprogrammed)
10:15 adult program
11:15 worship (semi-programmed) and first day school for children.

First day registration forms are available. If you have a child or children who will be participating in first day school or other children or youth activities at Meeting, please fill one out per child.

This Fall’s adult program schedule includes: three programs (of four, total) on Quaker testimonies using Doug Gwyn’s A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation; two programs led by men helped by the Alternatives to Violence Project; a report on a visit with and the work of the Quaker Council on European Affairs; a Welcome for new members; and a session on Climate Crisis and Justice, disparities in hardships.

Fall Camp will be here soon! Do you know which Friends are night owls? Ever heard of a duo called “Basso Brasso”? Do you know who is most likely to knit? Which Friends get excited about popcorn? Queries answered at Fall Camp! Camp offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other! Plan to attend Oct. 10th-11th, for all or part of the weekend, at Villa Maria in beautiful Frontenac, MN.  Brochures and registrationsare on the bulletin table. Pick yours up to save on postage costs. Anyone with dietary restrictions should turn in their registration by Sept 20th.  All other registrations are due by Sept 27th.

Reading Group will meet Thurs, Sept. 17th, 7 pm, at the meetinghouse, reading and discussing Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. No pre-reading required. Everyone is welcome – new-comers and old-timers; one-timers and regulars.

Caring for Creation: Switch one trip a week to climate-friendly modes of transportation. Go to metrotransit.org or call 612-373-3333 for help planning a trip by bus or train or finding a car pool. One person in a family switching a daily 10-mile commute to public transit would decrease the family’s carbon output by 8%.

DIRECTORY BITS AND PIECES
* NOTE OF CORRECTION: the new directory had an incorrect phone number for the meeting office. If your directory is not corrected, 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. 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 connections.lifetouch.com/?orgLogin=21901

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Mayim Rabim invites Minneapolis Friends to hear mystical interpretations of Yiddish music played on stringed instruments. Quiet our minds in stillness, contemplation, and devotion. Violinist Judith Eisner and her ensemble, here, Sept 20th, 2:00. A meditation – no commentary or applause. Free.

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. 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

The American Friends Service Committee is co-hosting a local We Are All Criminals presentation and reflection on October 8. Please save the date for this valuable presentation! Registration will be available soon. More at WeAreAllCriminals.org.

North Point Health and Wellness Ctr, where both Heidi and Paul work, is hosting Fit 4 Fun Sat, Sept 12th at 1313 -1315 Penn Ave N, Mpls. Ways that you (and other folks that you know) can be a part of the day: • 2K & 5K Bike/Run/Walk for Justice – bringing the community together to network and promote health equity from a social justice viewpoint. And just for fun! • Volunteer  – registration, course marshalling, helping out with activities and more. Information at northpointhealth.org • There will be health screenings, food sampling and fitness activities all day!  All activities are FREE. Email northpointvolunteer(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or call 612-367-6819 with interest or questions. Spread the word!

Andy and Elizabeth invite Friends to a Show Up for Racial Justice MN (in cooperation with Black Lives Matter) neighborhood canvassing project. Volunteers will talk with white people about ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement and distribute Black Lives Matter signs. 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm (rain or shine). Training (required), door-knocking, conversation and debriefing. Meet at Folwell Rec Center (1615 N Dowling Ave, Mpls,) Sept 12th or 19th. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a clipboard if you have one! More at facebook.com/events/106504156370011

See MFM’s Kellie Rae Theiss’s art exhibit at the Bell Museum til December.

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. and Fri. afternoons.   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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