May 15, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

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

10:15 AM Come and celebrate the membership of Elizabeth and Andy Showalter! Hear some of their journey which brought them to MFM and enjoy light refreshments and visiting.

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

“God setteth the solitary in families.” Psalm 68:6 (KJV)

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

Sue will have her camera here today to take photos of the Andy and Elizabeth’s welcoming party. This offers an excellent opportunity for regular attenders/members who are not on the ID board to get your photo taken! Sue will be available from 10:00 – 11:15 and 12:15 – 12:40.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

At 10:15 next Sunday, May 24th, the final Sunday of the school year schedule, 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.

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 northernyearlymeeting.org/article/2016-annual-session-may-27-30 . Questions, ask Pat, John, Carolyn, or Elizabeth.

The Linden Hills Festival is next Sunday, May 22nd at the Linden Hills Park. MFM will have a booth there, 11 AM – 4 PM, so neighborhood people can associate a (F)friendly face with the brown building on the corner. Sign up with Andy by Friday, May 20th, to represent Minneapolis Meeting!

Caring for Creation tip: Used coffee grounds headed for the trash would find a better home in your garden compost. According to gardeningknowhow.com, composting coffee grounds helps add nitrogen to your compost. Used coffee filters can be composted as well. Coffee grounds are green compost material (like food scraps, grass clippings, and manure) and should be balanced with brown compost material (dry leaves, wood chips, and straw).

Loaves and Fishes will not be served on Memorial Day. Anyone planning to help out on that day, many thanks, but you are at liberty! Our next opportunity to serve is on Monday, August 29th. Put it on your calendar!

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends General Conference 2016 Gathering registration – online (Google: 2016 FGC gathering advance program) or via phone, 215-561-1700. A $60 late registration fee will be charged for registrations received after June 1. Most workshops have space and some financial aid is available, but workshops and aid are first come first served, so the sooner you register the better your chances of getting what you want / need. Once you have registered, consider volunteering! There are opportunities, large and small, immediately before, during, and after the Gathering. Email FGC2016(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com for a list of volunteer opportunities. The Gathering doesn’t come to our neighborhood very often, so take advantage of it this year!
The FGC Gathering is from July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. Contact Pat Jones about funds available. Find paper copies of the advance program on the elevator table.

The Quaker Women’s Group will meet Wed, May 18th at 12:30, Twin Cities Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul. Discussion topic: reincarnation. Bring snacks to share and a mug if you want tea or coffee. Bring a bag lunch to eat if you wish.

Friends School of Minnesota has three open positions for the fall: Two teaching assistant position and a library manager – fsmn.org/employment/teaching-assistant-exceptional-students ; fsmn.org/employment/teaching-assistant ; fsmn.org/employment/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)pendlehill.org.

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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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: metroblooms.org; 651-699-2426.

The Northside Achievement Zone will host a community celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun! The positive transformation that is happening in N. Mpls 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: 2016-naz-community-celebration-tickets

Support Just Community Solar: MN Interfaith Power and Light is working to simultaneously address racial, economic, and environmental injustice by building Just Community Solar gardens. Learn more 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.

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