February 21, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

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

10:15 AM Quaker Women Speak. Some Minneapolis Friends women will offer words from women Friends of times past

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Gayle McJunkin, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstien, musician; care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski

All this hurrying soon will be over.
Only when we tarry do we touch the holy.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

A Care of the Future planning session will be THIS 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!

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

Adult Program at 10:15 next Sun, Feb. 28: Carolyn VandenDolder and Alan Ware have worked at World Population Balance for over ten years. Hear about their experience working on the issue of overpopulation and join a discussion of why overpopulation matters to your work in the world – no matter what that work is.

Please refer any ideas for recipients for Meeting’s climate tax funds to any member of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee: Jeff, Ranae, Debbie, Roland, Terry, and Elizabeth.

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.

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.

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 (Mpls-331-5104, terryhokn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)visi.com). 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.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! First day school students, staff, and parents thank you for your tremendous generosity in purchasing goodies during our bake sale. All $394.90 collected was pure profit which will be donated to Feed My Starving Children, buying 1,795 meals! WOW!!! You are an amazing, supportive Meeting. Again, thank you!

Caring for Creation tip of the week: When the gas igniter failed, a Friend discovered that his dryer would dry clothes just fine without added heat. He never scorches his elastic bands or polypro longjohns anymore, and in the winter, he can vent the dryer into the basement through a fine mesh bag since it contains no combustion products. That saves pumping heated household air outside and gets a little extra moisture in the air to boot. If you want to vent your dryer indoors, it takes some skill to do it. Also, you may get some vapors from your detergent. (He uses biodegradable unscented detergent.) The igniter can be disconnected or the natural gas valve can be shut off. Hang-drying clothes in the basement or a spare closet works too!

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. Thank you for your generous support of the Meeting in so many varied ways.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends for a Non-Violent World’s annual meeting: TODAY from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at Twin Cities Friends Meeting.

“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, Jim, Nancy Helfrich and John Stuart are going so there will be a discounted fee of $200 per person. Questions: Sharon Goens-Bradley, Healing Justice Program Director, AFSC 651-789-3852; Sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org

Friends School of MN, a K – 8 Quaker school in St. Paul, offers opportunities for local Quakers to participate in Friends School governance. Currently needed, 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? Speak with 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.

Rex Ambler’s Quaker Way will be explored over seven Thurs evenings beginning at 7:00, April 7th at Twin Cities Meeting (1725 Grand Ave in St. Paul.) A copy of the text and advance reading and preparation necessary. Attending all sessions is recommended but not required. Attending the first session is most useful. Participation is limited. Flyers available.

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.

Racial Unity: Opening the Door dinner (provided) and discussion will be Sun, Feb 28th at 5 pm in the Sojourner Truth Academy Gym. St. Bridget’s will host the forum in collaboration with other neighborhood congregations, pastors, and members of the community to discuss racism and living in peace. 3820 Emerson Ave N, Mpls. More at stbridgetnorthside.com/news-events/racial-unity

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones is on vacation and will back at work this Friday.
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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