May 22, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed)

10:15 AM First day school children will be serving breakfast in the lower level

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): John Cutler, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski

“The readiness is all.” — Hamlet, Act V, scene ii

At 10:15 this morning, 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.

The Linden Hills Festival is TODAY 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. Stop by the table (adjacent to the playground and two booths away from the Co-op,) and see if they need additional MFMers to represent the Meeting!

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Today is the last day of the school year schedule and the last day of first day school until next Sept. Thank you to the teachers who nurtured, taught, and enjoyed the Meeting’s children and to Meeting families who have shared their children. And thanks to the children who make each first day school class and gathering an adventure! A special thanks to Allen, the faithful lead teacher most Sundays and Bill, Sue, and Rae, coordinators, event planners and chaperones!

Starting next Sunday, May 29th, we will begin our summer schedule with one, joint 10:00 worship. Worship on first and third Sundays will be unprogrammed. Worship on second and fourth Sundays will be semi-programmed. The all-Meeting potluck will be at the rise of worship on first Sundays. On second Sundays, worship with attention to business will follow 10:00 worship and will begin at 11:00.

In June, there will be 9 AM picnic table discussion every Sunday, dealing with topics in contemporary Quakerism or Quakers in history. Also starting in June, we will have coffee and conversation following worship on the 3rd and 4th Sundays, if we have volunteers to support that effort (sign-up sheets on the bulletin table.)

The school year schedule will resume on the third Sunday in Sept, the 18th.

Northern Yearly Meeting 2016: Spiritual Deepening – Bringing the Full Depth, Joy and Fire of Quaker Faith into Our Lives is NEXT 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.

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!

Caring for Creation tip: Receipts made of thermal paper can NOT be recycled. Thermal paper can contain chemicals not easily removed in the recycling process. Receipts that have a slight shine or turn dark when wrinkled or rubbed are likely thermal paper. If this sounds like your receipt, trash it (or try to avoid it altogether).

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 (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.

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 small class sizes, students are able to have intimate learning opportunities with their teachers, K-8

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.

Laughing Waters Preparative Meeting worship and business meetings are once again open to the public. Laughing Waters, affiliated with unprogrammed, socially progressive Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative, meets two times a month, on Sunday afternoon. More at .

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

A piece of legislation, Bill HF430; SF498, is before the Minnesota House. The American Civil Liberties Union describes the bill as one “that regulates the use of body cameras or portable recording systems worn by law enforcement officers and does not balance privacy rights of individuals with the need for police accountability and transparency. This bill tips the scales in favor of police. It gives the police unlimited access to the videos and severely restricts public access. It also fails to prohibit police from turning the cameras on and off whenever they want.” The local NAACP has grave concerns about the current bill as well, (house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=10221). The bill has passed in the Senate and is expected to pass in the House. Next is the Governor’s desk. A script for urging the governor to veto the bill can be found at: http://bit.ly/MNbodycamPhoneScript An ACLU petition is at: http://bit.ly/ACLUonSF498DataPracticesBodycams

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