UPTOWN ART FAIR THIS WEEKEND MEANS ROAD CLOSURES – be aware and plan accordingly! Information about other construction closures.

August 7, 2016



10:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Robert Raymond and Judith James

Today’s Adult Program Committee’s picnic table conversation at 9:00: A Quaker call to action on Israel Palestine

You are welcome to the potluck at the rise of worship today! To regulars, please bring ample food so there is plenty for guests! Potlucks are do-it-together affairs. Look for ways to help the effort by clearing and washing tables, washing and drying dishes, and keeping plates, silverware, glasses and napkins stocked and available. Thank you!

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.


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.

Calling All Musicians! Worship Planning Committee is looking for people with musical gifts to share at semi-programmed worship. If you play an instrument or would be willing to lead group singing, please consider offering your talents for preludes, leading acapella hymn singing, and/or playing piano accompaniment for hymns. Contact Barbara with interest. Thank you!

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.

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!) Minneapolis Meeting is one of the largest components of Four Rivers Friends. Please come if you are able!

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


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, Carolyn, and Stephen have registered for this course which promises to be first-rate as well as free. Please tell Pat if you register too.

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, email the office: 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 are going. Ask Nancy about it!

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)


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 . The three candidates participated in a forum which can be viewed online: nwsccc-plymouth.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=859152f5-54de-11e6-8170-f04da2064c47. Absentee ballot accepted anytime before August 9. Congressional candidates are also on the August 9 primary ballot.

Mayim Rabim, in collaboration with Jewish Community Action, is hosting presentations and discussion on the current US criminal justice system. MFMers are invited to join, first on Wed, Aug 31, 7 – 8:30 PM. Topics will include; racism and mass incarceration, historical perspectives, how Jewish sources can guide us and how we can help to improve the system. On Wed, Sept 14, 7 – 8:30 PM, the conversation will continue with a book discussion of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. The discussion will be informed by the Haggadah,, the book containing the passages dealing with the theme of the Exodus, which states: “Whoever expands upon the story of the Exodus from Egypt is worthy of praise,” and “In each and every generation, a person is required to view the story of leaving slavery as his or her own story.” Also referenced in the book discussion will be A Jewish Study Guide to the New Jim Crow.


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 Wed and Thurs afternoons and Fri. 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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