January 8, 2017

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Roland Barrett and Carol Bechtel (mic)

9:45 AM worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk; Stephen Snyder, recording clerk

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): no planned speaker; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

Those who burdens and sorrows are private.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next Sunday’s mid-morning program at 10:15: Welcoming and Outreach Committee hosts a social hour.

A documentary, “The House I Live In,” will be shown here THIS Weds, Jan. 11th, at 6:30 pm, sponsored by Peace and Social Concerns Committee. The film examines how the war on drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests; cost more than $1 trillion; damaged poor communities; and made the U.S. the world’s largest jailer. It shows how drug laws have affected everyone from the nonviolent user to the grieving mother to the jailer and the federal judge. Come and bring others!

Nominating Committee is preparing a slate of nominations for committee membership and leadership roles. A list of committee descriptions is on the Meeting website. Go to the “News and Business” section, then to “Committees” to see the list. Also available on the elevator table. Please let committee members (Ed, Mary, Annamary, or Doug) know your gifts, knowledge, experience and leadings as they pertain to Meeting work and ministry.

The Welcoming and Outreach Committee is again organizing Friendly Home Meals so we can get to know each other over a relaxed meal in a home. Groups of 5 or 6 people, of different configurations each month, will meet in Feb, March and April. Those who sign up to participate for all three months will be expected to host one meal in their home. Individuals and couples (including significant others) may sign up. If you are an individual who doesn’t have room to host, you are encouraged to find another Friend to sign up and co-host a meal with you. If you can’t participate for all three months, sign up as an “on call” participant to fill in as needed. Sign-up, starting today, on the sign up sheet on the lobby table. Sign-up deadline is NEXT SUNDAY, January 15. For comments or questions, contact Keitha.

Read Living Buddha, Living Christ with F(f)riends at the Watson reading group, Thurs, Jan 19th at 7 PM in the conference room. No need to read ahead – read and discuss together! One-timers and regulars – everyone is welcome!

Want to go with Friends to the local Women’s March? See Community Events on the backside of bulletin.

Loaves and Fishes: Mon, Jan 30th is the next opportunity for MFM 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 Monday. 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.

A Young Adult Friends, (ages 18-35,) dinner and worship will be held on Thurs, Feb 23rd at 6:00 pm at Riise’s apartment (contact the office for more: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriend.org). A 30 -minute unprogrammed worship will be followed by a vegan dinner at 6:30 pm. Ross Hennessy, Assistant Director of Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS), will be there, talking about ways area young adult Friends can get involved in the QVS house, opening in the Cities in the fall of 2018.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Quakers Without God will meet at Twin Cities Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul, on Jan 10, 6:00. All ages and stages of doubt are welcome.

Alternative to Violence Project is offering a Basic Workshop Fri, Jan 20th, Noon-8pm and Sat, Jan 21st from 9am-8pm at Twin Cities Friends Meetinghouse, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul.. AVP workshops offer effective ways to deal with conflicts creatively and explore a variety of nonviolent solutions to many possible situations. Come realize your own power to transform conflicts and create solutions; learn nonviolent communications skills; enrich family and community relationships; practice living peace and justice. To register, contact Hannah at 651-644-5851, fnvwhannah(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com; or register online at surveymonkey.com/r/VTZS9S5 . Cost is $150. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Young adult opportunities through Friends Committee on National Legislation:
Spring Lobby Weekend (fcnl.org/updates/spring-lobby-weekend-30) on March 18-21, 2017 will draw 350 young adults to Washington to be trained and then lobby on income inequality. For those who need it, financial assistance is available.
Young Fellows Program (fcnl.org/updates/young-fellows-program-32) offers paid, full-time positions from late August 2017-July 2018, bringing recent college grads to work full-time in the Washington, DC office, learning how to change the world. Nearly 200 young adults, including Devin Helfrich, have come through this program over the last 40 years, gaining a keen appreciation for the power of effective, principled advocacy – whatever they next pursue. Apply by Feb 15.
Summer Internship Program (fcnl.org/updates/summer-internship-33?utm_medium=email) in June and July, designed for college sophomores and juniors, offers experience working with our Quaker lobby in Washington, DC. Apply by March 6.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Celebrate MLK Weekend with MN’s LGBTA One Voice Mixed Chorus. Out of the Shadows is a concert honoring African-American artists and activists. The concert includes The Man Behind the Dream which honors the life and work of openly gay Quaker civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was pushed to the margins of the movement due to his sexuality. More at OneVoiceMN.org. Use the code, “Faith” for a ticket discount; Sat, Jan 14th, 2 PM and Sun, Jan 15th, 3PM; at the Ordway..
This concert will be FREE on Martin Luther King Jr.Day, Mon, Jan 16th, 7:30 PM at South High School in Mpls.

Doctrine of Discovery will be shown at the First Universalist Church, Cummins Room, 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis, on Jan 15th at 7:00, hosted by the director. Little-known Vatican documents of the 15th century resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization. All are welcome.

Dance for Syria: Dancers and choreographers with diverse styles will join forces of peace to fundraise for Syrian refugee medical care, Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave, Mpls; Jan 19th, 7:00 pm. All proceeds will go to the Syrian American Medical Society, a non-profit, non-partisan medical relief organization. Friends for a NonViolent World is co-sponsoring this event. More at cispos.org .

A Women’s March and Rally will be on Jan 21st. Meet near John Ireland Blvd Bridge at 10 AM. At 11, march to the MN Capitol in solidarity with women in Washington, D.C. and across the country; standing with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families; recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Register at womensmarchmn.com . Friends wanting to carpool or go as a group, sign up on the sheet on the elevator table. EVERYONE WELCOME.

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 Tues, 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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