April 24, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed)

10:15 AM Sharon Goens-Bradley, director of the American Friends Service Committee’s St. Paul office, will talk about the Restorative Justice work being done

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Susan Hoch, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

A memorial service to honor our losses and extinctions due to climate change will be held here TODAY at 1:15. Come to grieve, hope, celebrate, be present. You might want to bring a lunch to tide yourself over.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Caring for Creation tip: It’s coming up on vacation time! You can make any hotel stay greener by requesting that your sheets and towels not be changed every day, taking short showers, turning off the air-conditioner (or using the fan instead), forgoing the hair dryer, and switching off the lights when you’re not in the room. You can also choose to stay in hotels that have more sustainable practices, such as harvesting rainwater and not air-conditioning rooms or spaces that are unoccupied. To find them, check out a site like www.greenhotels.com.

Death and Memorial Committee will meet this Wed, April 27th, 7:30, in the conference room.

Northern Yearly Meeting 2016: Spiritual Deepening – Bringing the Full Depth, Joy and Fire of Quaker Faith into Our Lives is over Memorial Day weekend. Find schedule and registration information on the elevator table. Questions, ask Pat, John, or Elizabeth.

Anyone interested in unused burgundy carpet squares, (think meetinghouse entry-way), currently in the back storage room, or the desk, or chair mat in the conference room? Contact the office for details.

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.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends General Conference 2016 Gathering registration, online or via phone, is now open. Financial aid is available but often as a matching grant for funds received from monthly or yearly meetings. Contact Pat Jones about funds available. View the information online by googling: 2016 FGC gathering advance program. Find paper copies on the elevator table. The FGC Gathering is from July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.

Friends Music Camp has deep Quaker roots and strong dedication to the arts. For young people ages 10-18, it is held at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, July 10-August 7, and offers the pursuit of musical excellence while participating in a caring community – inspiring growth, both musical and spiritual. For more, visit friendsmusiccamp.org .

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: Nettie.

Embracing Our Young Women, an organization started by Nettie Smith and others to support young women living on the North Side. They are looking for gifts of fabric- bright colors and patterns. They are making sofa pillows and other things. Donations of batting would also be useful. Contact Nettie for more.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The American Studies Department at Macalester is hosting a Vietnam Anti-War Symposium. Events in the evening Thurs, Fri, and all day Sat, April 28-30. More info at: events.macalester.edu/browse.cfm?by=sponsor&select=1390

Climate is changing. Shouldn’t we? Join the Reflective Circle to seek the seeds of change in ourselves: Mon, April 25th, 6:30-8:30, St. Cecillia’s Church, 2357 Bayless Place. A welcoming place to reflect on our global climate crisis, we respond to simple questions that spark our thinking about the natural and human systems we live in. Plan to stay for the full two hours. The group meets monthly. Attend as often as or infrequently as you wish. See TransitionASAP.org for more.

A series of rain garden workshops will be offered by the City of Minneapolis – to help keep lakes and rivers clean and recharge groundwater while creating a beautiful and pollinator-friendly habitat: April 28 at Audobon Park; May 18 at Pearl Park; May 21 at North Regional Library. Space is limited. Register or more: metroblooms.org; 651-699-2426.

Support Just Community Solar: Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light are working to simultaneously address racial, economic, and environmental injustice by building Just Community Solar gardens. There are active campaigns in St Peter, St Cloud, Arrowhead, the Metro Area, and Xcel and CenterPoint territory. Learn more about taking action at mnipl.org/calendar-new/faith-climate-action-week/take-action.html and be in touch if you would like to run a campaign in your faith community! Contact julia(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)mnipl.org for more.

The Northside Achievement Zone invites you to a community celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun! The positive transformation that is happening in North Minneapolis and the amazing families leading this change will be spotlighted and celebrated. Thurs, May 26, 6-8 Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave N. RSVP at 2016-naz-community-celebration-tickets

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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