January 15, 2017

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Sandy Olson and Renae Bonde (mic)

10:15 AM Welcome one, welcome all! Learn how you can connect with others in the Meeting. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Welcoming and Outreach Committee

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

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 on the sign up sheet on the lobby table. Sign-up deadline is TODAY.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next Sunday’s mid-morning program at 10:15: Come share your leadings! Second in a series by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee, hear other F(f)riends discuss their leadings. Queries and more; large group discussion followed by: writing group (led by Jeff Naylor); discussion (led by Ranae Hanson); and drawing (led by Elizabeth Showalter).

Nominating Committee is preparing a slate of nominations for committee membership and leadership roles. An updated 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.

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

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 day. 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.

The Meeting library is a valuable resource for all to share. Currently, dozens of items have been checked out for more than a year. Please check your shelves to see if you have any library materials that can be returned so that others may make use them.

Want to go with Friends to the local Jan 21st Women’s March? Peace and Social Concerns Committee is offering to support a group going from Meeting (men, women, kids.) A Friends Committee on National Legislation banner that says, “Love Thy Neighbor, No Exceptions” has been ordered for the group to march with. Friends wanting to go as a group may sign up on the sheet on the elevator table. More details in Community Events below.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

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.. 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.

Friends Journal seeks a news editor. Position is unpaid, volunteer, working remotely. The time commitment is flexible, to be determined collaboratively. friendsjournal.org/news-editor .

White Privilege Conference will be held in Kansas City April 27-30. Once again, Friends General Conference (FGC) will offer deeply discounted group rates for interested Quakers to attend, and Friends in Kansas City will provide hosting. Receive information as soon as registration opens through FGC by filling out and information form at: fgcquaker.org/register-2016-white-privilege-conference. More on the conference: whiteprivilegeconference.com/.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Elizabeth is looking for housing for a lovely family that recently left Standing Rock after seven months there. Nine in all with children ages 2-16. If you have a couple of spare rooms or a decent-sized basement, our hospitality would be greatly appreciated. Contact Elizabeth.

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: OneVoiceMN.org. Use “Faith” for a ticket discount; TODAY, 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.

TODAY: Keep Your #Eyes on the Pies! Sweet Potato Comfort Pie: A Catalyst for Caring and Building Community. All are welcome at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday of Service. Share authentic stories over sweet potato pie and decide which people in the community to recognize with empathy, gratitude and solidarity. 2:00 – 4:30 PM, Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road 55427.

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; Thurs, 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 . Don’t wait – tickets expected to sell out.

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 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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