March 7, 2016
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Doug Herron
10:15 AM Doug Herron, the Meeting’s representative to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will get our input regarding FCNL’s priorities for the next legislative session. Come discuss and discern what seven national issues matter most to MFM members and attenders.
11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Frank Wood, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz
Plan to eat and visit at the potluck today at 12:15! To regulars, look for ways to help with this do-it ourselves affair: grab more silverware, plates, glasses and napkins when they are needed; help clear dishes in a timely way; help wash, dry and put dishes away; help wash and put away tables and chairs. Most jobs are more fun when done together.
Terry Hokenson’s workshop, planned for this afternoon, is cancelled
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Minneapolis Meeting is hosting the spring interim session of Northern Yearly Meeting, here, this Friday and Saturday. A few more beds for Friday night and help with food for snacks and simple lunch (soup) on Saturday still needed. Consider attending this time of meeting, greeting, worshiping, eating, and doing a little business. For more or to volunteer, contact Carolyn.
Next Sunday at 9:45 – monthly meeting for business. As we near the end of the fiscal and service year, we are planning the budget and who will do what in the new fiscal and service year. Come be part of the discernment.
Upcoming adult program of particular interest for new(er) members and attenders: March 27 (10:15) – Monthly Meeting for Business and Quaker Process with John Kraft and clerk, David Woolley. Get a taste of Quaker process at its best: quakerspeak.com/why-quakers-value-process-over-outcome
Nominating Committee is working to make sure the Meeting can function ably in the coming year. When someone from Nominating Committee calls you and leaves a message, PLEASE return the call promptly, regardless of your response, so their (our) work can move ahead.
Peace and Social Concerns will hold an OPEN (as always) meeting on Wed, March 16th, 7:00. Everyone interested in the Meeting’s corporate witness to peace and social concerns is encouraged to come. 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.
The George and Elizabeth Watson reading group will meet Tues, March 22nd, 7:00. Finish Karen Armstrong’s book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, and talk about what to read next. First-timers and regulars welcome – no prep needed.
Caring for Creation tip: Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth and you can save up to five gallons of water per day. Daily savings in the U.S. alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons.
A memorial service for Adolph Burckhardt will be held here on Sunday, May 15, at 2 pm.
Minneapolis Meeting Fall Camp is turning sixty! Save the dates Oct 1st and 2nd to trek to Camp Courage and celebrate the years of community, friendship, and fun.
Anyone interested in unused burgundy carpet squares, (think meetinghouse entry-way), currently in the back storage room, or the desk, chair or chair mat in the conference room? Contact the office for details.
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
Northern Yearly Meeting high school retreat at the Duluth meetinghouse (1802 E 1st Street, Duluth). Drop off starting at 6:30 pm Fri, March 18th and pick up Sun, the 20th at noon. RSVP to Brianna by Wed, March 16th rides available: NYMHighSchool(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com Theme: Quaker Values, Ranking our value priorities and putting them into practice.
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 Matanah at lauramatanah(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com . Application deadline is March 15; start the process ASAP as a clearness committee is required of all volunteers.
The School of the Spirit offers Inner Journey, Outer Journey, a contemplative retreat in the manner of Friends next spring, April 21-24 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, WI. Some brochures are available. Or see schoolofthespirit.org
Hear the reading of a new play based on the Minnesota Starvation Experiment (in which Andy Gibas, Allen’s father, participated.) Zach White may be one of the readers. Mon, March 14, 7:00 at Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis. minnesotaplaylist.com/calendar/show/greenhouse-project-reading-of-starved-by-richard-chin
The annual White Privilege Conference will be in Philadelphia, April 14‑17. Friends General Conference provides a significant discount to Quakers who register through FGC, fgcquaker.org/wpc . Registration has begun: whiteprivilegeconference.org .
MN Interfaith Power & Light is looking for people to plan and promote community solar arrays throughout the metro area. The “Just Community” solar program supports faith-based teams to find potential locations for new solar arrays. Teams in several areas around the cities are already in place and could use more help, and new teams are also wanted. To find out more, visit mnipl.org or email communitysolar(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mnipl.org. Also, members of MFM’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee would be like to know of your interest. (Leave a note in the Peace and Social Concerns file of the blue box.)
“A Relationship Transformed: Jewish Gratitude for Catholic Initiative: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate” Sun, April 17th, 4:00 – 5:30, here at the meetinghouse with Yiscah Brachah of the Jewish Community Resource Center. In 1965 the Second Vatican Council passed Nostra Aetate [In Our Times], a Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. This signaled a significant change in attitude toward non-Christian religions, with a special focus on Jews. The document, which could have been relegated to a shelf, was brought it to life with subsequent initiatives.
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