January 17, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Elizabeth Showalter

10:15 AM Discussion and sharing on Douglas Gwyn’s book, A Sustainable Life, and where simplicity, long-embraced by Quakers, has an important place. Discussion led by Elizabeth Showalter and Sandy Olson.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Jim Haefemeyer, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstien, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser

“What kind of beauty comes from letting go?”
–Kim Alan Chapman, ecologist, in Nature, Culture, and Two Friends Talking (North Star Press)

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Adult program next Sun, Jan 24th at 10:15: sharing quotes that have been meaningful to you in your spiritual journey. Bring a meaningful quote or short poem / reading and take the opportunity to share and hear parts of one another’s spiritual journey. Quotes that are written out will be collected at the end of the time together and posted somewhere in the meetinghouse. Facilitated by Stephen Snyder.

Pat Jones is available to meet with Friends about Meeting business or personal, family, or spiritual concerns Wednesdays through Sundays. Please contact her at the meetinghouse: 612-926-6159 or PatJone(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org . She can meet with you at the meetinghouse, your home or workplace, or other. Pat encourages you to call her at home in cases of emergency such as serious hospitalizations or deaths, but not for regular business or non-emergency concerns.
Carolyn’s work-related contacts should come to the office phone or email, office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org .

Caring for Creation tip of the week: Eat less beef. According to an article published in The Guardian, research shows that beef “requires 28 times more land to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases.”

Friendly Meals sign-up deadline is today. Friendly meals are designed to be mixers. Sign up for all three meals (one each in Feb, March, and April – signing up for all three means agreeing to host once,) or sign up as a substitute / on-call participant. Hosts will email the group assigned to them to set a date, provide an entree and coordinate what others are bringing. Other participants bring salad, drinks, appetizer or dessert. Keitha of Welcoming and Outreach Committee will mix and match those who sign up so it is a new group (as much as possible) every meal. If your family – including children – would like to participate, contact Keitha. Flyers with more and the sign up sheet are on the elevator table. Sign-up TODAY!

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will meet this Wed night, Jan 20th, at 7:00. All of you who are interested are encouraged to come! There will be discussion around the contributions section of the MFM budget and how to use the carbon tax money.

The George and Elizabeth Watson Discussion Group will meet Thurs, Jan 28th at 7 PM. We will read together and then discuss another chapter of Karen Armstrong’s book on compassion. No homework, all are welcome to come!

Northern Yearly Meeting will hold its interim session here at Minneapolis Meeting this coming March 11-12. Plan to come to this time of meeting, greeting, worshiping, eating, and doing a little business. And consider if you can host overnight guest(s) on Fri night or bring food for snacks and lunch on Sat.

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

Northern Yearly Meeting will host a high school retreat Jan 22 – 24 at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St Paul. Drop off starting at 6:30 pm Fri, Jan 22nd and pick up Sun, Jan 24th after worship at noon. The weekend will include: Theme “Understanding Privilege and Identity”, ice skating/winter fun, games and activities, service (tbd), laughter and joy! Kindly Adult Presences are being sought for part or all of the weekend. For more about the retreat, visit http://www.nymyouth.org/.

Friends School of MN seeks an Assistant Front Office Secretary. 25 hours per week, M-F, 1-6 PM. More at fsmn.org/employment/assistant-front-office-secretary . Application deadline: Jan 22nd.

Prospect Hill Meeting gathers at Twin Cities Friends meetinghouse Sunday afternoons from 4-6. An upcoming program on Sun, Jan 31st at 5 PM might be of interest as we recently had an adult program on the same topic: Friends Attitudes about Holidays – worship sharing led by Frank Wood.

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. Check out MFM’s Facebook post of a video about the Gathering (and “like” MFM’s Facebook while you are there!)

QuakerAgingResources.org – resources and information on aging – aging at home, death and dying, emotional care, financial matters, housing, meaningful retirement, and spirituality and aging, among other topics. Take a look! Flyer posted.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Climate is changing. Shouldn’t we? Join the Reflective Circle to seek the seeds of change in ourselves: Sat, Jan. 23, 12:30–2:30 p.m. SAP Branch Library, 2245 Como Ave. St. Paul. A welcoming place to reflect on our global climate crisis, we respond to simple questions that spark our thinking about the natural and human systems we live in. Plan to stay for the full two hours. The group meets monthly. Attend as often as or infrequently as you wish. See Transition ASAP.org for more.

Faithful Voices in the Public Square: The Joint Religious and Legislative Coalition is co-sponsoring an interfaith evening of film and conversation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St, Mpls. View the short documentary “Sisters of Selma” followed by a community conversation about the ways in which Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths continue to call us to the public work of justice. Thurs, Jan 28th, 6:30-8:30pm.

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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