September 27, 2015



9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Keitha Herron

10:15 AM Alternative to Violence Project: Three men who have been helped by the Alternatives to Violence Project will speak of their experience

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Jeff Naylor, speaker; Kathy Webster, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser


Get your Fall Camp registration turned in! All registrations due TODAY. If you forgot yours, there are some extra ones on the elevator table. Fall Camp, a weekend retreat for Minneapolis Friends Meeting members and attenders, offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know one another. You can come for all or part of the weekend at Villa Maria in beautiful Frontenac, MN, Oct. 10th-11th. Anyone with dietary restrictions should have turned in their registration already. Please come if you are able! It’s neat!

David and Pat Jones will soon meet with a consultant about the online directory. If you have had questions, problems, or suggestions to make it more useful, please email office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) Your input would be helpful!

A remembrance gathering will be held at the meetinghouse on Sun, Oct 25th, for Friends who have lost loved ones the since the last remembrance gathering. There will be a simple lunch at 12:45 and a memorial worship at 1:30. If you have questions, speak to Pat Jones or anyone on the Death and Memorial Service Committee: Nancy, Barbara, Ralph, Lin, Jim, Tom, or Gayle. An RSVP, to the meetinghouse phone or email, by Oct 18th will help with the food and other planning.

Caring for Creation Tip: Unfortunately, some shiny, laminated gift wrap or all gift wrap is not recyclable, depending on the center. Non-recyclable gift wrap in your recycling bin may make the entire load unrecyclable. Instead of recycling, re-use wrapping paper. If made with soy-based ink and processed without chlorine, it is safe for the compost pile. Or wrap packages in fabric – a scarf or tea towel. Use shredded magazines instead of tissue paper as box fillers. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and have your child or grandchild go to town with stamps, markers, or crayons. Use your imagination!

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

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. If you would like to automate your financial contributions, please talk to Roland Barrett, clerk of Stewardship.


Interested in being challenged to think deeply / differently about Quakerism; to describe “the experience that takes us beyond all words to an encounter with life in the silence”; “to attempt to describe the experience, and to try to explain why it is important, how it can be gained, and what difference it makes to our lives and to our engagement with the world”? A study of Rex Ambler’s The Quaker Way will begin at 7:00, Oct 15th at Twin Cities Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave. and will continue through six Thurs evenings, Oct 15 – Nov 19th. Space is limited.

Friends of Jesus: Is friendship with Jesus a part of your spiritual path? Something you are curious about? Gather in a space to share how you relate to Jesus and unprogrammed worship with attention to Jesus. TOMORROW, Mon the 28th, Twin Cities Friends Mtg, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul, 7-8:30.

Share a simple supper and meet the 2016 Friends General Conference Gathering Planning Committee Fri, Oct 2nd, 6 pm at Twin Cities Mtg, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul. Friends from Northern Yearly Meeting and beyond, including Ruth Rebar, the FGC Conference Coordinator from Philadelphia, will be present. Get to know the Gathering Committee and catch some of the excitement around having the 2016 FGC Gathering in MN (July 3 – 9 at the College of St. Benedict). Supper from 6-6:45 followed by welcome, introductions and a closing worship concluding by 8:30 pm Donations of finger food, (requiring no dish-washing after,) happily accepted.

The American Friends Service Committee is co-hosting a local We Are All Criminals – the consequences of having a criminal record – dinner, presentation, action planning, networking – Oct 8th, 5:00 – 9:00 PM. One in four people in the US has a criminal record. This project looks at the other 75%; those of us who have had the lucky luxury of living without an official reminder of a past mistake. Come for an evening of stories, reflection, challenge and solidarity. Hennepin Ave United Methodist, 511 Groveland Ave, Mpls. Tickets $15. FFI Register:

Save the evening of Sat, Nov 7th to Paint the Town . . . and All that Jazz with the Friends School of MN’s annual Gala for the Children. Enjoy a night out at International Market Square with a jazz trio and a buffet by D’Amico catering. More soon!

Become more bold, effective, and spiritually grounded in activist work for peace, social justice, and sustainability. Pendle Hill has a new online/on-campus program, Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness. It includes four short training residencies at Pendle Hill, weekly readings, online learning activities, and fieldwork projects in each participant’s community. There remain a few spaces for the upcoming session starting in Oct. Does this program interest you? Is it a fit for others you know who are called to spiritually prophetic activism and organizing? If so, visit for more. Or contact Steve Chase, the program director, at schase(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) or 610-566-4507, x123. Scholarships are still available.

Other upcoming offerings from Pendle Hill: Journey to Wholeness series (four weekends, Oct – July), Inquirer’s Weekend (Oct 30-Nov 1), Beyond Diversity (Nov 1-5), Clerking (Nov 20-22), Waiting on the Spirit (Nov 27-29) Descriptions with additional information are posted.


Mayim Rabim is hiring an opening/closing helper one Fri evening and one Sat morning per month plus occasional special events on a different day. Details are posted. Contact office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) for more or with interest. Spread the word!

Move to Amend Event, Every Voice Counts: A facilitated discussion with Sen. John Marty follows a showing of the short documentary, Legalize Democracy, from Move to Amend, 7 PM, Mon, Oct. 5th, at New Life Presbyterian Church, 965 W. Larpenteur Ave, Roseville. A look at how Citizens United and like decisions are impacting the voice of citizens in elections and legislative process, and consider the effects of “corporate personhood” and “money as free speech” on democracy. Free.

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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