May 8, 2016



9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Connie Archbald

9:45 AM worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk

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

Friends School of MN annual plant sale continues TODAY at the St. Paul fairgrounds.


Sunday, May 15th at 10:15 – Come and celebrate the membership of Elizabeth and Andy! Hear some of their journey which brought them to MFM and enjoy light refreshments and visiting.

At 10:15 on the final Sunday of the school year schedule, May 24th, first day school children will be serving breakfast in the lower level. There will be discussion topics offered for each table.

For the summer schedule, starting May 29th, there will be one, joint 10:00 worship, followed by coffee and conversation (if there are volunteers to support that effort.) In the summer, an all-Meeting potluck will be at the rise of worship on first Sundays. On second Sundays in the summer months, worship with attention to business will follow 10:00 worship and will begin at 11:00. Worship on first and third Sundays will be unprogrammed. Worship on second and fourth Sundays will be semi-programmed. Worship on fifth Sundays will be determined at May’s business meeting.

Caring for Creation tip: Adopt a drain and clear leaves and trash from it regularly –

A memorial service for Adolph Burckhardt will be held here next Sunday, May 15, at 2 pm. Friends are welcome to bring a bag lunch and eat together after worship and before the memorial service.

The George and Elizabeth Watson Reading Group will meet at 7:00 on Tues, May 17th. We are starting some readings from Thomas Merton. All are welcome — no preparation needed, just come and read and ponder and talk.

Northern Yearly Meeting 2016: Spiritual Deepening – Bringing the Full Depth, Joy and Fire of Quaker Faith into Our Lives is over Memorial Day weekend. The registration deadline is past but Friends can still take advantage of this opportunity for connection and enrichment. Register online at . Questions, ask Pat, John, Carolyn, or Elizabeth.

Loaves and Fishes: Mon, May 30th is the next opportunity for MFM to help serve dinner to the people of the Phillips neighborhood at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Av. S. This is the weekend of Northern Yearly Meeting annual session and Memorial Day. Many usual volunteers will not be available, giving an opportunity for new volunteers! Take a look at your calendar and reserve two hours between 1:30pm and 7pm on the 30th if you can! Volunteers sign up for shifts: chopping veggies or prepping fruit 1:30‑4:30pm; serving food 4:45‑ 6:30pm; clean up 5:30‑7pm. Fresh fruit donations needed, too.


Friends General Conference 2016 Gathering registration – online or via phone. Financial aid is available but often as a matching grant for funds received from monthly or yearly meetings. There are also some work grants available. Contact Pat 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.

The Quaker Women’s Group will meet Wed, May 18th at 12:30, Twin Cities Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul, for light desserts and discussion.

Friends School of Minnesota has three open positions for the fall: Two teaching assistant position and a library manager – ; ; . Friends School of MN provides students with a progressive education rooted in Quaker values. With a commitment to small class sizes, students are able to have intimate learning opportunities with their teachers from kindergarten through eighth grade. FSM teachers and staff strive to see the Inner Light in every child.

Pendle Hill is offering Quaker Studies Online, offering an increasing number of all-online courses in Quaker faith, practice, and history. The first all-online course in the Quaker Studies Online series will be “Exploring the Quaker Way,” a ten-week course starting in June. A Fall course on “Quaker Faith, Sustainability, and the Renewal of Creation” is also being planned and will be taught by Doug Gwyn. For more information about either of these new programs, contact Steve Chase, Pendle Hill’s Director of Education, at 484-234-4490 or schase(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Camp Woodbrooke, a Quaker-inspired camp in southwestern Wisconsin, offers a community experience of Quaker traditions – simplicity, harmony, peace, responsibility, and equality – integrating these values into daily activities from the rising bell to the fall of night. See more at .

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 .

Embracing Our Young Women, an organization started by Nettie Smith and others to support young women living on the North Side, is 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.


An observance of Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) this Fri, May 13th, 7:00 pm at Twin Cities Mtg, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul. A talk on the rescue efforts by Quakers in Nazi Germany will be followed by yiddish music for meditation, similar to the music offered here last autumn. Free will donations at the door – proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.

Amy Goodman will be speaking at the Parkway Theater tomorrow, Mon, May 9th. VIP and general admission tickets and book signing. Google “KFAI Welcomes Amy Goodman to Minneapolis” .

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


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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