November 15, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Jeannette Raymond

10:15 AM Peace and Nonviolence, the third in the series based on Doug Gwyn’s book., A Sustainable Life

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): speaker, Ann Luce; Kathy Webster, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next Sun, Nov 22nd at Adult Program at 10:15: Ranae Hanson will explore the connection between racial and global justice and climate challenges. Ranae has done this presentation a number of times and it has been very well-received.

The White Envelope Gift is a once-a-year offering given to a monthly-meeting-determined recipient(s). Please forward any nominations for White Envelope Gift recipients to the Peace and Social Concerns Committee file of the blue box or any committee member BY THIS WEDNESDAY, Nov 18th. These are one-time gifts.

Read and discuss Karen Armstrong’s, “12 Steps to a More Compassionate Life” at the George and Elizabeth Watson discussion group, Wed, Nov 19th at 7. All are welcome first-timers, one-timers, regulars, old-timers. No prep needed.

Thanksgiving at the meetinghouse! 2-2:30 worship; 2:30 set up and meal prep; feasting around 3:00. Afterwards socialize and enjoy games. Questions, contact Nancy. Food sign up is on the elevator table.

Our next time preparing and serving with area Quakers at Loaves and Fishes is at the end of this month! Mon, Nov. 30 (5th Monday) at Holy Rosary Church. Prep starts at 2:00 pm; prep for the serving around 4:00; serving starts at 5:15; clean-up around 6:00, finishing by 7:00. A sign-up sheet with more info will be available soon.

Caring for Creation Tip: Maintain your vehicle. Not only are you extending the life of your vehicle, but you are creating less pollution and saving gas. Clean air filters and properly inflated tires, among other routine maintenance, can greatly improve your vehicle’s performance. And clear out your trunk! The extra weight could be costing the environment – and you at the pump.

Copies of the Ministry and Counsel report on becoming /being a beloved community are on the elevator table.

Copies of the current committee roster are available on the elevator table. Friends are encouraged to take a copy to keep with your directory so you will know whom to contact about different matters. Don’t have a directory? See Pat.

A VOLUNTEER IS NEEDED! The mission: calling volunteers for the Friends for a Non-Violent World Holiday Fair! There is a list of regulars to call upon and schedule. Please consider helping make sure the fair is well-staffed so the work doesn’t fall to a few! Before Nov 18th, call Tom. After the 18th, call Bob.

Friends for a Non-Violent World Holiday Fair will be HERE Fri, Dec 4, 1-9 PM and Sat, Dec 5, 10 AM – 4 PM!

Remember that the books, crafts, and food donated to the FNVW Holiday Fair return a 100% profit! Donate your like-new books or use your talents to create wonderful craft or food items for the craft tables. Start working now or planning what you will donate. And then come for music, lunch, dinner, or a little something in-between, Christmas trees or wreaths, browsing through crafts, books, calendars and baked goods from area Quakers and various vendors. For over thirty years, the Holiday Fair has been a warm and wonderful place for area Quakers to connect. The money raised there has been a significant portion of FNVW’s funding.

Gift Boxes Needed: Ceil Wirth pre-wraps gift boxes for the Children’s Store. If you have any extra boxes with separate lids, bring them to the meetinghouse (there’s box in the entryway,) sooner rather than later! Boxes can be any size or shape.

See MFM’s Kellie Rae Theiss’s art exhibit at the Bell Museum until Dec 6th.

MFM’s John Cutler is appearing in the Guthrie Theater’s A Christmas Carol which opens this weekend.

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

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends for a Nonviolent World will be holding a fundraiser for Syrian refugees here at the meetinghouse TONIGHT at 6:30 PM. Speakers: Congressman Keith Ellison and Dr. Aref Al Khali, a doctor with the Syrian American Medical Society who has done work with Syrian refugees. Silent Auction. Light refreshments. Plan to come!

The Quaker women’s group will meet this Wed, Nov 18th, at 12:30 PM at Twin Cities Meeting (1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul.) The topic: how we keep our equanimity as we follow our own spiritual path with the world the way it is. Bring pot-luck finger food or a bag lunch and a mug for coffee or tea. Disposable plates and cutlery provided.

A memorial service for Emil Slowinski will be Sat, Nov 21st, at 10:00 am at the Weyerhaueser chapel. A light lunch will follow at Twin Cities Friends meetinghouse. His obituary in the Star Tribune can be read at: tinyurl.com/p8t43me.

Song Circle at the home of Dave and Marilyn this Sat, Nov 21st at 7:00. Everyone is welcome to this evening of casual singing. Call for directions. Bring an instrument and a snack if you want to. Song Circle meets every third Saturday, rotating among the homes of its informal members.

Nightingales will have their Fall gathering Nov 20-22 in East Troy WI (SW of Milwaukee). Newcomers and old-timers, young and old, anyone who likes to sing is welcome.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Every Church a Peace Church potluck and meeting Mon, Nov 16th, 6:30 PM at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 Third Ave S, Mpls. The topic: War and the Environment – Why Environmentalists Must Oppose War with Prof Duane Cady. See flyer for more.

Climate Change Reflective Circle meets monthly to seek the seeds of change in ourselves: Sat, Nov 21, 12:30 – 2:30, St. Anthony Pk library, 2245 Como, St. Paul and Mon, Dec 28th, 6:30-8:30, St. Cecilia’s, 2357 Bayless Place, St. Paul. A place to reflect on our global climate crisis, we respond to simple questions exploring the natural and human systems we live in. Please plan to stay for the full two hours. Attend as often as or infrequently as you wish. See Transition ASAP.org for more.

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.

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