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Coordinators and Board Members from Quaker Voluntary Service are in town this weekend! Meet with them, ask questions of them, and learn more about the QVS program and Minneapolis Meeting’s role in a site here at any or all of the following:

Friday night, Oct 28th, 6:15 potluck at Twin Cities Meeting, 1725 Grand in St. Paul;
Sunday morning, Oct 30th, 10:00 Adult Education hour at Twin Cities Meeting;
Sunday morning, Oct 30th, 10:15 Adult Program at Minneapolis Meeting;
Sunday mid-day, Oct 30th, 12:15 potluck at Minneapolis Meeting.

QVS: Boldly and deeply Quaker – grounded in worship, forming leadership for the present and the future of Friends. Passionately engaged in service and social justice – both helping change the world and being transformed together through the experience. Practicing radical hospitality and inclusiveness – with one another and in the community, following the ministry and message of Jesus. This is the vision and the unfolding mission of Quaker Voluntary Service.

Please take advantage of the wonderful opportunity this visit affords us to understand and build enthusiasm for QVS!
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October 30, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Gayle McJunkin and David Downes

10:15 AM Quaker Voluntary Service Coordinator, Christina Repoley, will speak and answer questions about the program and what a Twin Cities site would mean for Minneapolis and other area Meetings

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Sarah Asch, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

**** Please wait for a microphone before you speak so all present will be able to hear. ****

Friends are encouraged to come to the potluck, at the rise of semi-programmed worship today, as we host Quaker Voluntary Service’s Christina Repoley and further the discussion of how Quaker Voluntary Service works and what Minneapolis Meeting can contribute – to the program and to the young adults in it.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

There is a comprehensive (orange) directory update to the summer 2015, blue, photo directory. Take one home today! If your information is still missing or incorrect, please let us know: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org

Next Sunday at 10:15: Linda Coffin will speak about pastoral leadership and paid staff roles at Minneapolis Meeting over the course of our 150+ year history. Pat Jones will then speak about the role of Director of Ministry as it has evolved over the last 40 years. This is the first to two programs sponsored by Liaison and Review to help Minneapolis Meeting as we prepare for Pat’s retirement. The second program will be Nov 20th and will include a few Friends speaking about how various Meetings in the U.S. organize work and ministry, with or without staff, at the monthly meeting level.

Ministry and Counsel Committee will meet here this coming Thursday at 7 in the conference room.

Nominating Committee will meet at the Snyder’s home at Kenwood Isles this coming Friday at 4.

There will be four more opportunities to experience the Experiment with Light meditation based on early Friends’ experiences in the silence and introduced to contemporary Friends by Rex Ambler: Wed. evenings, Nov. 2nd (THIS WED!) and Dec. 7th, starting at 7PM; and Sat. afternoons, Nov. 12th and Dec. 10th, starting at 1:30 PM – all at the meetinghouse. After these four sessions, two on-going groups will form. The groups will then be closed to new members until next summer. Interested? Curious? Have questions? Planning to attend this Wed? Let Diane Barrett know – 612-729-3952; dpbarrett(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)baireid.com

Loaves and Fishes on Halloween – Mon, Oct 31st – is the next opportunity for Mpls Meeting Friends to help serve dinner to the people of the Phillips neighborhood at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Av. S. Please help if you have a few hours between 1:30pm and 7pm that day. Costumes welcome! Volunteers sign up for shifts: chopping veggies or prepping dessert fruit 1:30‑4:30pm; serving food 4:45‑ 6:30pm; clean up 5:30‑7pm. Fresh fruit donations for dessert are needed, too. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin table. People needed for all areas especially since the Ismaili community, generous L&F volunteers, have a conflicting service that night.

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will show Symphony of the Soil, the second in its monthly film series, on Wed, Nov. 9th at 7:00. Come learn how much we depend on this precious resource and how treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems. Trailer at: youtube.com/watch?v=K5QYZ-LRXW4

The weather is cooling and that means Quaker thoughts turn to . . . the Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair! Minneapolis Meeting is again the site for this annual community event / fundraiser on Dec 2nd (1-9 ) and Dec 3rd (10-4). There’s still time to craft items, cull through your personal library for the book loft sale, plan baked goods to sell or for the Friendly Café, and block out time to help with set-up, staffing the fair, or cleaning up afterward! This is a lovely opportunity for community, great music, meeting old friends and making new ones, purchasing beautiful crafts as gifts, and enjoying tasty homemade food – all while benefitting FNVW. Lend your talents then bring a friend and enjoy the ambiance!

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends for a NonViolent World is cosponsoring a SYRIAN REFUGEE FORUM and FUNDRAISER on Sunday, November 6, at 3 PM at Living Table UCC, 3805 E. 40th St., Mpls. Donations benefit the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS, providing medical aid to Syrians in the refugee camps and inside Syria. Syrian American doctors and local nurses will be speaking about their experiences on SAMS medical missions. Somali –American candidate Ihlan Omar and a representative for Congressman Keith Ellison will also speak. Silent auction at 3; program at 3:45. Please come!

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. 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 fcnl.org/annualmeeting.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Celebrate 75 years of Minnesota Fellowship of Reconciliation next Sunday, Nov 6th, 2-4:00 PM at Giddens Learning Center 100E, Hamline University in St. Paul (no Sunday parking lot restrictions!) Fellowship, refreshments, recognize Peacemaker of the Year, Mel Duncan, and converse about the future of MN FOR.

SAVE THE DATE for the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition’s Day on the Hill, Thurs, Feb 23rd, 8:30-3:30. The JLRC is supported by the MN Council of Churches, the MN Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Islamic Center of MN. Let your faith speak by lobbying for justice and dignity for all Minnesotans!

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 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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