November 27, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Bill Hendricks

10:15 AM An update from Standing Rock with Terry Hokenson who recently visited. See the recent report from American Friends Service Committee about Standing Rock at afsc.org/story/afsc-stands-solidarity-standing-rock ; and a report from an AFSC group that visited earlier this autumn: afsc.org/story/we-are-our-own-medicine-report-afsc-delegation-to-standing-rock

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Phil Lund, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Judith James

PLEASE HELP STACK ALL CHAIRS IN PREPARATION FOR THE HOLIDAY FAIR THIS COMING WEEKEND.

Please remember to wear nametags! Nametags are hanging in the long hallway (to the left immediately past the sink.) They are now mostly in alphabetical order; spouses paired. Is your nametag missing? Do you need a new on? Never had one and would like one? Sign up at the elevator table.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next Sunday at 10:15: Finding Your Social Justice Leading – large group discussion and small group discernment, presented by Jeff Naylor and Elizabeth Showalter from the Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

Liaison and Review Committee, in preparation for Pat Jones’ retirement, is planning a threshing session for Sat., Jan 7th at 10 am. Please plan to participate.

The Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair is THIS COMING FRI AND SAT! Minneapolis Meeting is again the site for this annual community event / fundraiser Dec 2nd (1-9 ) and Dec 3rd (10-4). Bring craft items, baked goods, books to donate to the book loft sale to the meetinghouse THIS WED and THURS. The Holiday Fair 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. Bring a friend – or many – to browse, shop for Christmas trees, wreaths, crafts, books, calendars, foods, and enjoy the ambiance!

Sign up to volunteer for the Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair online on at: fnvw.org. There remains one spot for musicians (Fri night) and great need for Friendly Café volunteers and clean up folks. Interested in bringing food items for the café? They are all listed under Nov 29th.

The Holiday Fair will host a Quaker Treasures Boutique. Items included will be (1) small objects (no clothing or furniture), (2) ideally holding some special meaning or memory, and (3) good potential gifts to give others. Donations can be brought to the meetinghouse. Please attach a note giving the story of the item: where it came from, what memories it has for you. All the better if the item has some Quaker connection.

The values board allows donated goods and services to be purchased at the Holiday Fair. A weekend at the family cabin, a specialty meal, massage, wills, custom handwork – all can raise money for FNVW. For more, see the yellow sheets on the bulletin table. Have something you would like to offer? Let Nancy know by Nov 29.

Ruth Erickson will be selling her pottery this year as a Holiday Fair vendor and the talented Sue will again offer lovely photograph portraits – for purchase or for the Meeting bulletin board.

The Envelope Gift is a designated wintertime offering. This year’s recipients will be Doctors Without Borders work in Haiti, Standing Rock, and Urban Homeworks (working in No Mpls to provide dignified housing opportunities, create space for construction training, intentionally weave together a network of engaged neighbors, and to mobilize volunteers. Envelope Gift checks should be made out the Minneapolis Meeting with “Envelope Gift” in the memo line.

There will be two more opportunities to experience the Experiment with Light meditation: Wed. evening, Dec. 7th, starting at 7PM; and Sat. afternoon, Dec. 10th, starting at 1:30 PM– both at the meetinghouse. After these sessions, two on-going groups will form. The groups will be closed to new members until next summer. Interested? Curious? Have questions? Planning to attend? Let Diane know.


OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Friends School of Minnesota is seeking an Interim Head of School. For more: fsmn.org/employment/friends-school-seeks-interim-head-school. Applicants need to provide a letter of interest and resume to: interimheadsearch(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)fsmn.org.

American Friends Service Committee is developing work on Islamaphobia, and offers Five Things your Congregation Can Do to Stop Islamophobia at: afsc.org/5-things-your-congregation-can-do-to-stop-islamophobia

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Art Illuminating Human Rights Series: Muslim in Minnesota will be at the Minneapolis Institute of Art this Thurs, Dec 1. Free but advanced reservation required. Today’s rhetoric around religion feels particularly divisive. A panel of multidisciplinary artists will explore what it means to be Muslim in Minnesota.

Middle East Peace Now presents Colleen Rowley, speaking at Southdale Library on Sat, Dec 3 (9:30 coffee; 10:00 program) on “What Foreign Policy Can We Expect from a Trump Presidency?” Colleen Rowley is a retired FBI agent and former legal counsel who taught law and ethics to FBI agents and police. She became a whistle-blower after 9-11, testifying in two different congressional inquiries as well as testifying in the DoJ Inspector General’s investigation of the FBI’s pre 9-11 failures.

Hear Bill Fletcher, Jr., labor, racial justice, and internationalist activist speak on the crisis in Syria and its relevance to Black Internationalism in the new Trump era. Presented by St Peter’s African Methodist Episcopal Church of Mpls and the MN Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria. Sun, Dec. 4, 1 pm at St Peter’s AME Church, 401 E. 41st St, Minneapolis.

OFFICE HOURS

Pat Jones will be on vacation until Dec 15th. In case of emergency, Friends may call Tom Ward, David Woolley, or Carolyn VandenDolder.
Carolyn VandenDolder, the Administrative Assistant, will be in the office Wed. Thurs. 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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