August 14, 2016



10:00 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Mary Gochnauer, speaker; care of meeting, Judith James and Mary Snyder

11:00 AM worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk; Stephen Snyder, recording clerk

Today’s picnic table conversation at 9:00: How are Quaker Cemeteries Different?

POTLUCK PICNIC FOR ALL AREA FRIENDS TODAY at the Wabun picnic area of Minnehaha Park. Activities – a plant swap and music, nice playground and kid pool adjacent – 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, (previously known as Metro Friends,) who have created the event. Please come if you are able!

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 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 or be released to their planned activities of their day.


Please alert the office (office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) / 612-926-6159) if you have recently stopped receiving e-bulletins.

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: Who Is John Woolman?

Read Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Living Buddha, Living Christ with Friends at the (George and Elizabeth) Watson Reading Group, next meeting on Thurs, Aug 25th at 7:00. All are welcome – new-comers and oldies; one-timers and regulars! Read aloud and talk as we go along, so NO homework! Please come!

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.

Minneapolis Meeting Fall Camp is turning sixty! Celebrate 60 Years of Fall Camp, now only 7 weeks away, in the best way possible: be there! If you’ve never come before, if you haven’t come for years, if you come every year—please plan to come for at least part of the wonderful weekend, October 1st and 2nd, at Camp Courage (a fully accessible facility, with an indoor pool!) in Maple Lake, MN. The Fall Camp brochures and registration forms will be available on the table by the elevator NEXT SUNDAY. Please pick yours up then. Camp Courage needs to order the food by Sept. 16th, so registrations are due Thurs, Sept 15th. Plan to come to camp this year!

The school year schedule will resume on the third Sunday in Sept, the 18th: 9:00 worship (unprogrammed); 10:15 adult program; 11:15 worship (semi-programmed) and first day school for children.

Loaves and Fishes needs three sets of volunteers to serve dinner to folks living in the Powderhorn/ Little Earth area of Mpls. at Holy Rosary Church on Mon, August 29. One set of volunteers helps with prep (cutting veggies, washing fruit, buttering bread, etc) from 2:00-4:00 pm, (4-6 people needed); another set prepares and serves and starts clean-up from 4:45 – 6:15, (20 people needed); the last crew cleans up: doing dishes, putting leftovers away, cleaning the stove, cleaning tables and chairs and the floor, (8-10 people needed). Please help with this meal if you are available! If you cannot come on the 29th, bring a batch of 3 dozen pieces of whole fruit to the meetinghouse on the 28th or to Holy Rosary before 4. Signup on the bulletin table.

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


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

Friends General Conference 2016 Gathering Plenary speakers can now be heard online: Rex Ambler ( and Nekima Levy-Pound (


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.

Song Circle Sat, Aug 20th at 7pm – hosted by Lynn Lockhart/Gerry Semmler at Walker Place Senior Apartments, 3701 Bryant Ave S, Mpls. Come for singing and for fun. Bring “Rise Up Singing” and/or “Rise Again” if you have it and snacks to share if you’d like. All singing abilities welcome; location is accessible. Contact Lolly Lijewski or Barbara Ziegenhagen with questions.

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