February 7, 2016

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Bill Hendricks

10:15 AM Quaker education and the current state of Friends School of MN with Latrisha Chattin. Latrisha has attended worship here and is the Head of School at Friends School of MN.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Ranae Hanson, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski

“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” – Joanna Macy

Everyone is invited to come downstairs at the rise of semi-programmed worship for a potluck lunch. Come if you can, whether you brought something or not!

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next Sunday at 9:45 – worship with attention to business. Preliminary budgets and nominations along with information about the care of the future process and session scheduled for Feb 27.

Forget buying your honey store-bought goodies for Valentine’s Day. Instead, purchase delicious treats from our first day school children next Sun, Feb 14th! MFM children will offer homemade goodies, kindly accepting cash contributions. 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 session 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, in preparation for Pat Jones’ Director of Ministry performance review, is interested in Minneapolis Meeting members/attenders feedback. Speak with either Suzanne or Barbara.

Minneapolis Meeting is hosting the spring interim session of Northern Yearly Meeting, here, March 11-12. Requests for hospitality have already begun. Consider if you can host overnight guest(s) on Friday night or bring food for snacks and lunch on Saturday. And plan to come to this time of meeting, greeting, worshiping, eating, and doing a little business. For more or to volunteer, contact Carolyn.

The George and Elizabeth Watson discussion group will meet Tues, Feb. 16th at 7 pm. We will continue to read and discuss Karen Armstrong’s book on compassion. No prep necessary. New discussers welcome!

Loaves and Fishes: Mon, Feb 29th is the next opportunity for MFM to help serve dinner to the people of the Phillips neighborhood at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Av. S. Please help if you have a few hours between 1:30pm and 7pm that day.

Care of Creation tip of the week: The DVD series “Years of Living Dangerously” is now in our library. The nine-hour documentary explores the human impact of climate change—from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the carbon released from burning peat in Indonesia. Check out the series from the library, choosing to watch just one or two episodes or all nine. It’s a great way to become more informed about this important topic.

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

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends for a Non-Violent World will be holding its annual meeting on Sunday, February 21 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul.

Aimee, of Twin Cities Friends Meeting, attended the Friends World Committee for Consultation, section of the Americas gathering in Cusco, Peru and is posting about her time: vicarioustravelblog.blogspot.com.

Apply by Feb 15 for year-long, paid work for peace and justice with Friends Committee on National Legislation’s year-long Young Fellows program. For more information and application instruction, see: futureadvocate.org/program/young-fellows/

“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 and 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 annual White Privilege Conference will be in Philadelphia, April 14-17. Friends General Conference provides a significant discount to Quakers who pre-register through FGC, fgcquaker.org/wpc . Registration has begun; info at: whiteprivilegeconference.org .

El Salvador Yearly Meeting, with whom Northern Yearly Meeting has a relationship of inter-visitation, is seeking two volunteers to help teach English for a month this summer in its Soyapango and San Ignacio schools. For more and how to apply, contact Laura. Application deadline is March 15; start the process ASAP as a clearness committee is required of all volunteers.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Days Off the Hill: Feb 23, North Metro at the Islamic Center of MN, , 6-9 pm or March 8, South Metro in Burnsville, 5;30-8:30. JRLC will not hold the usual Day On the Hill 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 or see flyer posted.

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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