Bulletin: January 31, 2016

January 31, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

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

10:15 AM Furthering Our Quaker Quest: Inviting and Welcoming new people to Meeting

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Harv Busta, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser

Please pick up your 2015 statement of financial contribution to Minneapolis Friends Meeting and save the Meeting some postage costs! Statements are on the elevator table.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Adult program next Sun, Feb. 7: The history of Friends in education from founding public schools to private Quaker schools of today with Latrisha Chattin. Latrisha attends worship here and is the Head of School at Friends School of MN.

Forget buying your honey store-bought goodies for Valentine’s Day. Instead, purchase delicious treats from our first day school children on Sun, Feb 14th! MFM children will offer you special homemade goodies, kindly accepting any and all donations. Funds raised will go to Feed My Starving Children. Bring your empty tummies and full pocketbooks to Meeting this Valentine’s Day!

A Care of the Future planning meeting will be Sat, Feb. 27, 9:30- noon, downstairs. Everyone in the Minneapolis Meeting community is encouraged to attend as we envision how to work toward the future we yearn for. Plan to attend!

The Liaison and Review Committee will be conducting the annual review for Pat Jones, the Director of Ministry, over the next four weeks. L&R members will speak with each committee clerk. Minneapolis Meeting members/attenders are invited to give feedback and share their perspectives with either of the L&R co-chairs, Suzanne or Barbara.

Caring for Creation tip of the week: It’s ice season but chloride is a big problem for Minnesota waters. Salt that we use on sidewalks and roads ends up in lakes and creeks. And, it doesn’t take much salt to cause problems there. As little as 1 teaspoon of salt in five gallons of water can harm aquatic life. Shovel or scrap your sidewalks and use grit or sand for slick spots. If you must use salt, sweep up salt that is left after the ice melts (and any grit, too, for that matter) to use again!

THANK YOU to Kathy for her ministry of music, so graciously, generously and energetically shared with us for many years. Kathy’s new employment means that she will not be available to play at semi-programmed worship here. If you are willing to play a prelude and accompany hymn-singing on Sun morning, contact Linda.

Northern Yearly Meeting is holding the spring interim session here at Minneapolis Meeting this coming March 11-12. Plan to come Friday evening to share worship and an activity and Saturday to do some business or eat lunch together. And consider if you can host overnight guest(s) on Friday night or bring food for snacks and lunch on Saturday. Requests for accommodation have started coming in. For more or to volunteer, contact Carolyn.


OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Prospect Hill Meeting gathers at Twin Cities Friends meetinghouse Sun afternoons from 4-6. This afternoon at 5 PM, Frank Wood will lead worship sharing on: Friends Attitudes about Holidays.

Link Vostok (Lisa’s non-profit organization and once a recipient of Envelope Gift money), participant and Quaker, Oleg Soulimenko, will perform a piece he has developed, “Slow Dance With Katya,” TONIGHT, Sun, Jan 31st at Bedlam Lowertown. Performance at 8pm followed by a dance party.

“Undoing Racism” workshop sponsored by American Friends Service Committee (St. Paul) and the People’s Institute for Survival. March 3rd evening and all day on March 4th – 5th. Meals provided. Space is limited to 40. Register asap to ensure you have a spot. Nettie is going. If MFM has a group of four who attend an then help the Meeting move forward with a plan of action, there will be a discounted fee of $200 per person. Questions to: Sharon Goens-Bradley, Healing Justice Program Director, American Friends Service Committee 651-789-3852; Sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org .

The Friends General Conference Gathering will be July 3rd-9th in St Joseph, MN. More than a thousand Friends of all ages from across North America are expected for a week of worship, workshops, recreation, fellowship, and much more. Arrange for vacation time now so you can attend!

The annual White Privilege Conference will be in Philadelphia, April 14-17. Friends General Conference is providing a significant discount to Quakers who pre-register through FGC, fgcquaker.org/wpc . Registration has started. Info at: whiteprivilegeconference.org .

Northern Yearly Meeting (NYM), of which MFM is a member, is seeking a Middle School Coordinator. Time commitments include leading two weekend retreats a year for Quaker middle schoolers and leading the morning Middle School program at NYM annual sessions over Memorial Day weekend. Info is posted. Application deadline, March 1.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Jim Wallis will be speaking on America’s Original Sin: Racism and White Privilege at a Westminster Town Hall Forum on Feb 4th at noon. Jim Wallis is editor of Sojourners magazine and author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, among other titles. Forums are free and open to all. Music precedes at 11:30 AM, and a reception and book-signing follows. For more, visit westminsterforum.org or contact Susan McKenna, 612-332-3421; smckenna(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)wpc-mpls.org.

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Days Off the Hill: Feb 18, Feb 23, Feb 25, March 8, March 10 and March 15. JRLC, the legislative coalition of the Minnesota Council of Churches, Minnesota Catholic Conference, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota, will not hold the usual Day On the Hill, one-day social justice advocacy event at the State Capitol this year due to construction. Instead, there will be regional days OFF the hill throughout the state. Learn when and where your region’s event will be held at: jrlc.org/day-on-the-hill

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.