February 14, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

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

9:45 AM monthly meeting for business: David Woolley, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Mary Snyder, speaker; care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski

“We are called to see what love can do; to love our neighbor as ourselves, to aid the widow and orphan, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, to appeal to consciences and bind the wounds . . . ”
from Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice approved 24 April 2012 at the World Conference of Friends in Kenya

Purchase delicious treats from the first day school children today! MFM children will offer homemade goodies, kindly accepting cash contributions. Funds raised will go to Feed My Starving Children.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

When Nominating Committee calls and leaves a message, PLEASE call back promptly regardless of your response.

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

There will be an open (as usual!) Peace and Social Concerns committee meeting this Wed, Feb 17, 7:00.

Adult Program at 10:15 next Sun, Feb. 21, Quaker Women Speak. Some Minneapolis Friends women will present words from women Friends of times past. Feb. 28 at 10:15, Carolyn VandenDolder and Alan Ware on The Unacknowledged Crisis.

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!

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

Terry Hokenson will conduct a workshop after the potluck (1:30-3:30) on Sun, March 6th, to grapple with the painful emotions that arise–and often paralyze–when we or people we meet–confront overwhelming specters such as climate crisis. (Similar cases could be racism or endless war.) Attendance will be limited to 20. Please call or email to reserve a place. This workshop will serve secondarily as a planning pilot for Terry’s workshop series at the Friends General Conference Gathering in St. Joseph this summer. Feedback from Friends will be valuable.

Minneapolis Meeting is hosting the spring interim session of Northern Yearly Meeting, here, March 11-12. Requests for hospitality are coming in fast and furious! 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.

Caring for Creation tip of the week: Skip rinsing your dishes before putting them in your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you’ll save time and the energy used to heat the additional water.

A memorial service for Adolph Burckhardt will be held here on Sunday, May 15, at 2 pm.

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

“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. 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

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/

Friends for a Non-Violent World’s annual meeting: next Sun, Feb 21 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at Twin Cities Friends Meeting.

Friends School of MN, a K – 8 Quaker school in St. Paul, offers opportunities for local Quakers to participate in Friends School governance. Currently they need Friends on the Committee on Trustees (nominating committee). Meets once a month during the school year, charged with drawing diverse skills and perspectives into the school’s governance structure. Inspired to get involved or learn more about Quaker education in the Twin Cities? Please reach out to John.

Quaker author Parker Palmer and Quaker musician Carrie Newcomer are featured at “Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good” from Prairie Oaks Institute, Sat, Feb 27th, 2-3 PM. The concert will encourage a new kind of political conversation – one that bridges our divides and helps restore civic community, creating “a politics worthy of the human spirit.” More at HealingDemocracyPOI.eventbrite.com. Tickets to this free event in Belle Plaine are required.

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.

NYM is also looking for someone to be liaison to the Friends Peace Teams in east Africa, which NYM has committed to financially supporting. A new position, serve as an informational link between NYM and the Friends Peace Teams, then make up the role as you go.

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 Day On the Hill at the State Capitol this year due to construction. Instead, there will be regional days OFF the hill. More at: jrlc.org/day-on-the-hill or see flyer posted.

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office Wed. from 2:00-5:00 and will leave for a week’s vacation on Thurs.
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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