November 22, 2015

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed)

10:15 AM Ranae Hanson Amina Farah and Maria Leon will present on climate change related to global and racial justice

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): John Kraft, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

All those whose lives and well-being are disrupted or destroyed by violence – in Minneapolis and throughout the U.S., in France, in Lebanon, in Syria, in Yemen, in Iraq, in Palestine, in Nigeria, in Israel, in Iran, in Ukraine, in Russia, in Mali, in Burundi, in Afghanistan, . . .

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

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

Adult Program next Sunday at 10:15: Letter writing to legislators guided by information from Friends Committee on National Legislation, American Friends Service Committee, etc. Bring stamps, pens, paper, clipboards as able.

Adult Program Sun, Dec 6th at 10:15: Early Quakers and Christmas. Some information presented then small group sharing.

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: Second-hand doesn’t mean second-best. Consider buying items from a second-hand store. Toys, bicycles, roller blades, and other age- and size-specific items are quickly outgrown. Second-hand stores often sell these items in excellent condition since they are used for such a short time.

Copies of the becoming /being a beloved community portion of the Ministry and Counsel report to business meeting last month are on the elevator table. Please take an opportunity to reflect on the Douglas Steere quotes there and the queries.

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 MFM F(f)riends to volunteer 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! Call Bob: 651-357-7140.

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! That’s only TWO weeks away!!

Many volunteers are needed to make the Fair a success. Café preparations, café food donations, greeting, setting up tables upstairs, staffing the children’s store or book loft, helping with clean-up – all these jobs are available for the taking! This event is largely supported by Friends. It can’t be done without you! Google “FNVW Holiday Fair” to sign up.

Books, crafts, and food donated to the FNVW Holiday Fair return a 100% profit so consider what you can 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 and others to connect. The money raised there has been a significant portion of FNVW’s funding.

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, now running.

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

LOOKING AHEAD: The School of the Spirit will offer Inner Journey, Outer Journey, a contemplative retreat in the manner of Friends, next spring, April 21-24, at the DeKoven Center in Racine, WI. Some brochures are available. Or see schoolofthespirit.org

QuakerSpeak, a You Tube video series, covers topics of general interest to Friends and inquirers. Check out the recent video on Quakers in the Traveling Ministry: quakerspeak.com/why-traveling-ministry-is-vital-for-quakers-in-the-21st-century

American Friends Service Committee, besides supporting an office in St. Paul, has some other exciting initiatives: training young people for participation in Youth Undoing Racism projects across the country; hiring support staff for projects that challenge militarism and for documenting the effectiveness of non-violent approaches to conflict; training people as bird-dogs in the Governing Under the Influence Campaign to question and engage with candidates about excessive corporate influence in elections and lawmaking; and another year of the Youth Film Festival. See more at afsc.ofg .

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Several Quakers from Minneapolis Meeting, Twin Cities Meeting, and Laughing Waters have been at the police’s 4th Precinct this week, bringing supplies, food, witness, and our physical presence. Contributions of various sorts, your presence and your prayers are needed. If you are interested in coming out, watch Black Lives Matter Minneapolis on Facebook for large actions or come at any time. Contact Elizabeth and Andy (612-437-7048 or 763-772-2250) if you would like to meet at the precinct.

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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