June 19, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM Today’s picnic table conversation: Undoing the Damage of Violence
10:00 AM meeting for worship, unprogrammed.

Children and youth are always welcome in meeting for worship. Please be mindful of their presence.. Pray for vocal ministry that might be meaningful to them, and be sensitive to the inappropriate nature of some subjects. Children will remain in worship for about 15 minutes and may, at the announced time, go to the park (or downstairs in case of rain) with two adults who have gone through a clearness process for working with children. Or they may choose to stay in worship. Younger children may choose to go to the nursery at that time, if they do not want to go outside with others. Friends who have been through the clearness process for working with children are encouraged to help with this summer program. Express interest to Pat Jones. If you would like to work with Meeting children but have not had a clearness process to do so, please contact Scott Chapman, Robert Raymond or Pat Jones.

Today at the rise of worship: stay for refreshments and visiting with one another.

Help make these times of connecting possible by helping to host one (or two)! A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin table.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Caring for Creation: Support Citizens Climate Lobby’s annual conference in Washington, DC, with three short phone calls to your Congressional representatives— to your House of Representatives member and to each U.S. Senator. CCL has an easy resource to get the phone numbers and a short, simple script you may wish to use: http://cclusa.org/callcongress. Please make your call before 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, June 20, so your Congressional representatives register the calls that day. The calls will support hundreds of CCL citizen lobbyists who will be meeting with l House members and Senators the following day.

The Watson Reading Group will meet here this Tues, June 21st, 7:00 pm, to start reading Thich Naht Hanh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ. All are welcome—first-timers and regulars. There is NO PREP needed, we read out loud and talk as we go along.

Next Sunday at the rise of worship: Plan to stay to welcome Scott Chapman to membership in the Meeting.

And, after that– Help make the meetinghouse sparkle! Plan to linger to help wash windows and chairs and doors. Supplies provided – or bring your own vinegar, rag, and willing spirit

Every Sunday in the summer, there will be 9 AM picnic table discussion (inside if raining,) dealing with topics in contemporary

Quakerism or Quakers in history. A list of topics is by the bulletins – next week’s topic: Quaker Spiritual Discipline.

FALL : School year schedule will resume the third Sun. in Sept, the 18th. Fall Camp will be Oct 1st and 2nd at Camp Courage.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends for a Non-Violent World board members, staff, volunteers, enthusiasts, and those curious about the organization (surely you fit in one of these categories!) please come to the June 23rd Picnic for the FNVW Community! Como Park Picnic Shelter; mingle 4-5pm; activities and food 5-9pm. Free brats, burgers, vegan burgers, and cookies; potluck items: salads, side dishes and desserts appreciated but not required. RSVPs appreciated for planning: 651-917-0383, or fnvwjenn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

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 now be charged. And, consider volunteering! There are jobs immediately before, during, and after the Gathering. Email FGC2016(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com for a list of opportunities. Take advantage of the Gathering coming to our neighborhood! July 3-9 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.

Local Quakers can attend the following Friends General Conference evening plenary session without registering for the Gathering, as room permits (it probably will). All evening speaker events begin at 7:00 pm: Mon, Rex Ambler; Thurs, Nakima Levy-Pounds; Fri, Peggy Senger Morrison. See speaker descriptions on the elevator table.

There are four pre-Gathering events available to Friends, even if you are not planning to attend the entire Friends General Conference Gathering: Adult Young Friends Retreat; Is Your Meeting Online?; Quakers and Business Conference; and Retreat for People of Color and Their Families. A brief description of the events and registration info is on the elevator table.

Annie Patterson and Peter Blood will host a release concert for the new Rise Again songbook at Twin Cities Friends Meeting on July 9th, 6:30. Suggested donation, $20, proceeds benefit Pete and Toshi Seegers’ Carry It On Fund https://carryiton.org

Alice and Richard, both of Twin Cities Meeting, are interested in exploring Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy, by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone with area Friends on Thurs. evenings, July 21 – August 25. Please let the office (office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org) know if you are interested!

Laughing Waters Preparative Meeting is once again open to the public. Affiliated with Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative, meets two times a month, on Sunday afternoon. More at laughingwatersfriends.org.

Pendle Hill Quaker Studies Online, offering an increasing number of all-online courses in Quaker faith, practice, and history. For more information about the online program, contact Steve Chase, Pendle Hill’s Director of Education, at 484-234-4490 or schase(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)pendlehill.org.

Earlham School of Religion leadership conference, Holy Experiments: Risk, Courage and the Entrepreneurial Spirit, August 12-14 for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, ministers (especially non-traditional ones,) business professionals, students, life-long learners, and kindred spirits. More at www.esr.earlham.edu/news-events/events/leaders16

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Join members of the Iraqi community and learn what Ramadan means to them at a Ramadan Iftar meal at sunset on June 25th. Discussion at 8:30. Ramadan is a month of prayer, fasting, and charity.. Fasting is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity. Iftar is the evening meal, breaking a Ramadan fast. The Green Valley Buffet, 6540 University Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432. Tickets $20, please RSVP to jessy(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)reconciliationproject.org

MN Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society of MN offer Taking Heart Ramadan Iftar. Non-Muslims are invited into mosques to observe prayer and share a meal now through the first week of July. Taking Heart was started in 2005 to bring Christians and Muslims together to get to know each other over a meal and conversation. Sign up and more: mnchurches.org/respectfulcommunities/interfaithprogramming/takingheart/registration.html

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 out of the office until July 12th.

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