September 11, 2016



10:00 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Gib Pellet, speaker; Friendly Voices Choir, musicians; Joanne Esser and Sue Murray, care of meeting

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

“Children gather moonbeams while grown-ups stay inside. Why not believing in God is not an option.”

Today’s picnic table conversation at 9:00 (and the last one of the season): How Quakers got their name.


Next Sunday, Sept 18th, will be the start of the school year schedule: 9:00 unprogrammed worship; 10:15 adult program; 11:15 semi-programmed worship and first day school for children.

The Watson reading group will meet Thurs, Sept 22, at 7:00, reading Living Buddha, Living Christ, by Thich Nhat Hanh. ALL are welcome, and, there is NO HOMEWORK. We read aloud and talk about our own experience, as we go along.

60 Years of Minneapolis Meeting Friendly Fall Camp, now only 3 weeks away. Brochures and registration forms have been mailed. Registrations are due back to the meetinghouse BY THIS Thurs, Sept 15th. Come to camp for as long as you can – a morning, an afternoon, a day, a meal, for the Sat night variety show, the weekend, or any combination in-between! You’ll be glad you did! A rideshare sign-up is posted for part-time attenders.

Your Help Needed at Camp! Three specialized volunteers are needed to make Fall Camp safe and fun: a lifeguard to supervise the pool time, (two hours on Sat afternoon, possibly again Sat evening); one person certified in CPR/AED and First Aid to be our “go-to person” should anyone need medical help at Camp; and someone to help Allen and Nettie lead a dance on Sat night. Share your talents! Contact Wina if you meet any of these needs.

Calling All Musicians: Do you have musical gifts to share at semi-programmed worship? If you play an instrument or would be willing to lead singing, please consider offering preludes, to lead singing, and/or offer accompaniment for hymns. Would you like to be part of an ad hoc choir? Worship Planning Committee is developing a choir for when we are without an instrumental accompanist. Contact Barbara.

The Northern Yearly Meeting high school program’s clerk retreat is at Twin Cities Meeting Sept 17-18, Sat noon until after worship on Sun. If you are interested in being a Kindly Adult Presence and have had a clearness committee for working with children, contact the office (office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) and we will get word to coordinator, Brianna.

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, starting Oct 3rd (enroll any time.) Register with Futurelearn (an easy process) which manages the course operation: Pat, Carolyn, Steve, Tom, and Roland have registered – the course promises to be first-rate as well as free. Please tell Pat if you sign up.

From Friends Committee on National Legislation: President Obama invoked the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to launch airstrikes in Libya. This law has allowed two presidents to take military action around the world. In Jan 2017, it could continue and give our next president the power, alone, to wage war. When Congress has to vote on wars — and are accountable to their constituents — the U.S. is less likely to pursue military action. The president, acting alone, has yielded: special ops in 150 countries; drone strikes with countless civilian deaths; warrantless surveillance of Americans; indefinite detention in Guantanamo Bay. For more, google “FCNL Questions for Candidates: Endless War”.

Friends Committee on National Legislation Annual Meeting and Lobby Day: Join FCNL in Washington, DC Nov 10-13 for the Annual Meeting and Lobby Day. Come participate in this Spirit-led work of setting our legislative priorities for the next Congress, fellowship, and worship. Registration is now open at

Doug Gwyn has a new book which advocates a renewal of the traditional Quaker peace testimony to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Anti-War is available from Inner Light Books.


Mayim Rabim invites MFMers to a book discussion of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, (Michelle Alexander) here, this Wed, Sept 14, 7:00. Discussion informed by the Haggadah (“In each and every generation, a person is required to view the story of leaving slavery as his or her own story,”) and A Jewish Study Guide to the New Jim Crow.

Interested in getting to know Mayim Rabim? Come to their open house, next Sun, Sept 18, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, here at the meetinghouse. Rabbi Sharon Stiefel and the Membership Committee will lead a discussion and answer questions about the fundamentals of Reconstructionist Judaism and the values and practices that make Mayim Rabim a unique, welcoming place.

Native Americans from over ninety tribes have gathered to protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which would travel through lands sacred to the Lakota people and go under the Missouri, Mississippi, and Big Sioux Rivers. A spill would contaminate farmland and drinking water for millions. Google Sacred Stone Camp for more.

United for Peace and Justice has been working to stop US military weapon sales to Saudia Arabia, a human rights violator currently engaged in committing deadly war crimes in Yemen. There is a brief window to stop the most recent sale. See for more and to easily contact your Congresspeople.

Every Church A Peace Church potluck Mon, Sept 19th, 6:30 at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 – 3rd Ave So, Mpls. The program: Human Rights Issues on the US/Mexican Border with Kathleen Ganley who has taught courses on Latino immigration at the U of MN and is very involved with the MN Immigrants Rights Action Committee (MIRAC).

Urgently needed basic supplies for refugees: Warmly welcome new neighbors by donating: shampoo, large pots or sauce pans with lids, brooms, dust pans, and alarm clocks. For more:

OFFICE HOURS: Pat Jones: Wed. 2:00-5:00 and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri. and Sat.; Carolyn VandenDolder: 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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