July 10, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Lolly Lijewski, speaker; care of meeting, Barbara Mohr and Tom Ward

11:00 AM worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk

Today’s picnic table conversation at 9:00: highlights from the Friends General Conference Gathering.

In preparation for today’s business meeting discussion about installing a bike hitching post, please take a look at the paved areas on the York Avenue boulevard as you go into the meetinghouse today. There are currently three concrete walkways between the sidewalk and the street: the ramped access near the main door, and two others further north.

Please submit all announcements for the bulletin to the office. If there are announcements that must be made after worship, please give them to a person with care of meeting (the role previously known as closer) before worship begins. The person with care of meeting will make any necessary announcements and direct people to you if they want further information. Please be sensitive to the need Friends might have to leave meeting with the peace and centeredness of worship and/or be released so they might go on to the planned activities of their day.

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

Those who have lost loved ones through senseless violence this week and our society, which has created and promoted fear and systemic racism.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Meeting Open House, NEXT Sunday, July 17, 11-12:30. Welcoming and Outreach Committee has invited our neighbors in Linden Hills. Please invite a friend, family member, or neighbor to come. If weather permits, refreshments, including ice cream, will be served on the front lawn.

Young Adult Quakers will have a potluck at the meetinghouse this Tues, July 12th at 6pm. Bring a dish to share and any games you want to play. RSVP to Elizabeth is appreciated, but not required.

Lunch Bunch will gather at 11:45 on the third Thurs of July, the 21st, at Presbyterian Homes, 10030 Newton Ave So. RSVP to Sue by Wed, July 20th. If you are available in the middle of the day, consider coming! It is a great opportunity to deepen relationships with and bring news to those not able to come to worship every Sunday.

Every Sunday in the summer, there is a 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: War is not the answer.

The Watson reading group will meet Thurs, July 21st, at 7:00 at the meetinghouse. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ is the book that has just been begun. There is NO prep needed, just read and think and talk. All are welcome.

The use of the microphone in meeting for worship enables vocal ministry to be heard and held by all present. Microphone carriers are needed for a number of worship times this summer. Please consider sign up to provide this limited-in-scope but very important service to the Meeting with Joanne or Carol.

There is a sign up for volunteers to take down and clean up after Sunday coffee hours. On the bulletin table.

After the second Sunday of June, ten weeks into the Meeting’s fiscal year, total contributions were $13,887. To track with the budget $22,759 would have been needed by then. From a weekly standpoint, we are averaging $1389 per week and we need to average $2276 per week

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Four Rivers Friends (previously known as Metro Friends) will host a potluck picnic for all Friends in the area on August 14th at the Wabun picnic area of Minnehaha Park. Activities – a plant sway and music – start at 4:30 p.m. Potluck and ice cream sundaes at 6:00 and Dave Crawford (of Twin Cities Meeting) speaking and answering questions about Plants & Pollinators as well as child activities at 6:30. Bring food to share, a tablecloth, your own eating utensils (dishes, cups, and flatware – this is a zero-waste event!) and plants to swap (please no nicitinoids!)

The next Northern Yearly Meeting newsletter is in the works. Deadline for submissions July 20th. Want to make a report from FGC Gathering and need more time? Contact Elizabeth and she will try to accommodate. Take advantage of this opportunity to share YOUR Quaker insights, news and stories with NYM Quakers!

Friends who attended the Friends General Conference Gathering as well as other interested Friends are invited to pizza and discussion to review together our experiences in how FGC did/didn’t address racism, whiteness, white supremacy, etc. during the Gathering. Ideally, we’ll also consider how to bring our observations and concerns into the life of our own meetings. Tues, July 12th, 6:30-8:30, Gateway Lofts, 2623 N. Broadway, Mpls (Turn left on 27th Ave off Broadway; right on Upton. Park on the street. Enter on the Upton Ave side of the building; someone will let you in. Find your way to the community room.) Pizza provided. Bring fruits, vegetables, or beverages. There will be nuts for vegans. Questions to Jim Lovestar or Liz Oppenheimer.

George Lakey, of Central Philadelphia Meeting, will read from his new book, Viking Economics, at Common Good Bookstore on Tues, July 12th, at 7:00 p.m. The book explores how the economies of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are able to deliver jobs, health care, and security for their people without mega-corporations. commongoodbooks.com/event/george-lakey-discusses-viking-economics-how-scandinavians-got-it-right-and-how-we-can-too

Quakers Without God meet every second Tues at Twin Cities Meeting. Next meeting, this Tues, July 12th, 6-8 PM.

An article about last week’s Friends General Conference Gathering and Quakers appeared in the Star Tribune: startribune.com/minnesota-quaker-conference-draws-1-000-faithful/386090531/

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Every Church a Peace Church potluck supper meeting will be Mon, July 18th, 6:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 29th Street and 32nd Avenue South, Minneapolis. Kathy Hollander of MN<350 will speak on Crude Oil Transportation — To and Thru MN: Addressing climate change by resisting pipelines. For more, visit mn350.org

Hear Jennie Eisert speak about her experience as part of a human rights delegation to Colombia shortly before the recent negotiation of a cease fire. Learn about the impact of US military aid, the situation for labor and human rights activists in Colombia, and their predictions for whether peace is possible. Organized by the Anti-War Committee, (an organization Elizabeth and Andy Showalter are active with.) Thurs, July 21st at 7pm, 4200 Cedar Ave. Minneapolis.

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 the office Wed, Thurs and Fri afternoons. 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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