MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
TODAY

9:00 AM    meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Roland Barrett

10:15 AM    report from visit with Quaker Council on European Affairs with Diane Barrett.

11:15 AM    meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Pat Jones, speaker; Kathy Webster, musician;    care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski;    first day school class for children downstairs after the first hymn in meeting: Allen Gibas and Barb Mohr,  teachers.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Attention: Monthly meeting for business in September approved the use of the meetinghouse by an FGC Gathering planning subcommittee without specific members having assumed responsibility for hosting the group. To comply with our building use policy and our hosting policy, we need members to staff this. The group will be meeting this coming Friday, Oct. 30, 3-8 pm, Saturday, October 31, 9 am til 8 pm, and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1. Locking, unlocking, assistance with any heat needed, or other building questions, are minimal requirements. Being present while the group here is the norm. Preparing coffee and hot water, maybe other beverages, and snacks would be hospitable and appreciated. Providing a dinner Friday and a lunch and dinner Saturday were originally requested, but we have said that the Sunday pot-luck is the only food we are sure we can offer. If you can host or help host, please email or call the meetinghouse office. Saturday is the day help is most needed.

Next week, all are welcome at the MONTHLY POTLUCK.  To regulars, please bring plenty of food so there will be ample to feed visitors and guests (there may be up to eight from an FGC Gathering planning subcommittee which is meeting here this weekend) and those at the end of the line.  Also, please label your pot-luck item/’s’ ingredients or give your name so those with allergies, vegetarians, etc can participate.  Particularly to be noted, peanuts, tree nuts (walnut, cashew, etc), animal products, meat, poultry, milk, soy, onions, garlic, eggs, fish, shellfish, corn, corn products and wheat.

Next Sunday at 10:15 Adult Program: Welcome new members, Lindy Venustus and Rae Beth Cornelius. Arrive on time as the short program time will begin at 10:20. Following the program there will be refreshments.

MFM’s Tom Wells, Dean Magraw (Dick’s nephew), and a visiting Nigerian violinist are giving a benefit concert for Guyana Lutheran Music Academy this Fri, Oct 30th, 8 PM at Walker West Music Academy, 760 Selby Avenue in St. Paul. Free-will donations, and please come even if you are not able to make a contribution.  Go to GLMA.GY to learn more about this school where Tom mentored music teachers last winter. Anyone want to carpool?

Northern Yearly Meeting Interim Session, open to all, will be held Fri., Nov. 6 and Sat., Nov. 7, at Madison Friends Meeting, Wisconsin. Call or email the office if you are planning or interested in going.

Northern Yearly Meeting high school retreat dates are set: Nov 6 – 8, in Eau Claire, WI; theme: What is humility and what does it look like in the age of social media? Jan 22 – 24 in Twin Cities, MN; theme: Understanding Privilege and Identity. March 18 – 20 in Duluth, MN; theme: Quaker Values, Ranking our value “priorities” and putting them into practice. For more, visit nymyouth.org

Caring for Creation tip: Bring your own coffee mug to the coffee shop. A reusable cup not only cuts down on waste, but keeps your beverage hot for a much longer time. Most coffee shops will happily fill your own cup and many even offer you a discount in exchange!

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able. If you would like to automate your financial contributions, please talk to Roland Barrett, clerk of Stewardship. Thank you for generous contributions of all sorts- time, money, talent, heart, spirit- to Meeting.

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. 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.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Sat, Nov 7th  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. An invitation is posted; RSVP by October 30th. For more: http://fsmn.org/news-events/annual-events/gala

Friends for a Nonviolent World will be holding a fundraiser for Syrian refugees on Sat., Nov. 15 in the evening, here. This will be a simple affair in terms of refreshments and focus on speakers including Dr. Aref Al Khali, a doctor with the Syrian American Medical Society who has done work with Syrian refugees. Stay tuned for more info and save the date.

Save the Date: Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair, Fri, Dec 4, 1-9 and Sat, Dec 5, 10-4!  (Start planning now what you can donate, and plan to come for holiday cheer and shopping!)   For any who are new to MFM, a benefit holiday sale the first weekend in December is a long tradition. People come for the community, for music, for lunch or dinner, sometimes for Christmas trees or wreaths, for browsing and buying crafts, books, calendars and foods, some made by area Quakers, others brought by various vendors. For thirty years or so the money raised from this effort has been a significant portion of FNVW’s funding.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Jesus in Islam, a talk by a top international scholar, Mon., Nov. 9, 3:30, St. Thomas Univ. Free. www.stthomas.edu/jpc/programs/public-events/jesus-in-islam.html

Arab Film Festival schedule: http://miznablog.org/arabfilmfest15/

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