July 31, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

10:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Terry Kayser and Rick VandenDolder. Reading, John Kraft.

Today’s picnic table conversation at 9:00: How Quakers can help end mass incarceration

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.

OFFERING BOXES are located on small tables near both meetingroom doors.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Every Sunday in the summer, there is a 9 am picnic table discussion (inside if raining). A list of topics is by the bulletins – next week’s topic: A Quaker call to action on Israel Palestine.

Next Sunday, you are welcome to the potluck at the rise of worship. To regulars – bring ample so there is plenty for guests!

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.

Additional hosts are needed for coffee hours following worship on August 21 and 28. There is a sign up for volunteers on the bulletin table.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Ranae will be performing next weekend with Bollywood Dance Scene at the Rarig Theater as part of the Fringe Festival. Details at fringefestival.org/show/?id=20160598

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!)

Susie is interested in finding others in the Meeting who are working or would like to work on gun violence issues. Please contact her if you can help her find a useful way to connect to these efforts…If there are others in Meeting who want to find Friends to collaborate on a concern, please let Pat know.

The AFSC office is seeking volunteers for this summer’s Freedom School! This year’s Freedom School is this Tuesday-Friday, from 10am -4pm at TCFM. We primarily could use help with lunches- picking up food, setting it out and helping with clean up. There may be some transportation needs as well. If you have time and are interested or would like more information, please call Sharon Goens-Bradley at 651-789-3852.

Ben Pink Dandelion is offering a free online, three-week course on the beginnings of Quakerism. The course starts Oct 3rd but people can enroll at any time. Friends will need to register with Futurelearn (an easy process) which manages the course operation. Register and more information at futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1 Pat and Steve are already registered for this course which promises to be first-rate as well as free. Please tell Pat if you are also taking it.

There is a Google Group set up for Twin Cities-area Quakers to alert and coordinate with one another about participating in racial justice action. To be added to the list, express interest to office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org .

People Camp, a program of Friends for a NonViolent World, founded by Quakers and welcoming all, is a weeklong experience in peacemaking and community living, Sun, Aug 14 to Sat, Aug 20 in Northern Pines, near Park Rapids, MN. In the mornings, workshops are offered for adults, while the children’s program offers care, recreation, and educational activities. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/jzqqyst. Nancy and Camille are going. Ask Nancy about it!

Earlham School of Religion will offer a 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

Pendle Hill is offering Quaker Studies Online, increasing the number of all-online courses in Quaker faith, practice, and history. A Fall course on “Quaker Faith, Sustainability, and the Renewal of Creation” will be taught by Doug Gwyn, (author of the book with that title.) For more, contact Steve Chase, Director of Education: (484)234-4490; schase(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)pendlehill.org.

Friends General Conference 2016 Gathering Plenary speakers can now be heard online: Rex Ambler (http://www.fgcquaker.org/blog) and Nekima Levy-Pound (http://bit.ly/FGCNekima)

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Vote in the primary election for a Minnesota Supreme Court judge on Tuesday, August 9th. Three candidates registered for MN’s Supreme Court in the category of Associate Justice 6. The primary enables voters to eliminate one of those candidates from the ballot in November. Candidate names can be found at: myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us . Two candidates are linked to their websites for easy research. Vote for only one judge candidate; the top two vote-getters will then be on the November ballot. Absentee ballot accepted anytime before August 9. Congressional candidates are also on the August 9 primary ballot.

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 Mon, Tues,.and Thurs 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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