March 13, 2016
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed)
9:45 AM worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk
11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Evelyn Ronning, speaker; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz
The end of March marks the end of the Meeting’s fiscal year. If you have outstanding reimbursements for expenses incurred in the 2015-16 fiscal year, please submit your receipts and a completed reimbursement request form (available in the lid of the blue box) to your committee clerk for approval. Clerks, please place approved request forms in the Reimbursements folder.
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Adult program next Sunday at 10:15: Rabi Sharon Stiefel of Mayim Rabim will speak about Reconstructionist Judaism and the Mayim Rabim congregation. Mayim Rabim rents the meetinghouse for their services.
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 what is at the heart of Quaker process: processquakerspeak.com/why-quakers-value-process-over-outcome
Peace and Social Concerns will hold an OPEN (as always) meeting this 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, or 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: If your car is dirty, take it to a car wash. Car washes use high-pressure water nozzles that use water more efficiently. According to the International Car Wash Association, on average, washing a vehicle at home uses a whopping 80 to 140 gallons of water, as opposed to the 45 typically used at a car wash.
A few Friends General Conference 2016 Gathering advance programs have arrived. View the schedule online by googling: 2016 FGC gathering advance program.
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
Jim Bruener invites Friends to a semi-programmed worship at the meetinghouse 6 PM on Good Friday, March 25th – African American spirituals, the passion of Christ according to Matthew, and silence. A simple meal after. Contact Jim with questions.
A meeting for worship with attention to racial justice will be on Friday, March 18th and every third Friday of the month, 6:30, at Twin Cities Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul.
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.
Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) Mid-Year Meeting, Understanding Islam, Overcoming Fear, will be April 9 and 10 in Iowa. A schedule and registration information is posed. Jim, Clifford, Steve, and Mary usually attend.
Healing Minnesota Stories (HMS) Sacred Sites Tour Sat, April 30th, 11 – 3. Visit sacred sites in the vicinity of B’dote, the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. Tours offer an opportunity to learn, from Native story-telling perspectives, parts of Minnesota history too-often ignored. Register at: spinterfaith.org/healing-minnesota-stories/educational-events.html Six people from Minneapolis Friends have registered. Questions to Nettie.
Hear the reading of a new play based on the MN 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 W Broad-way, Mpls. minnesotaplaylist.com/calendar/show/greenhouse-project-reading-of-starved-by-richard-chin
Every Church A Peace Church bimonthly potluck supper meeting Mon, March 21st, 6:30 PM, St. Joan of Arc, 4537 – 3rd Ave S, Mpls. Speaker: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on “Nonviolence in an Era of Endless War”
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 will be on vacation after today until March 30.
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.