January 29, 2017
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Mary and Stephen Snyder
10:15 AM Jenn Hamrick, Executive Director of Friends for a Non-Violent World, will tell us of her spiritual journey and how it led her to this place in her life. There will be time for discussion and questions.
11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Nettie Smith, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Barbara Mohr
You must give yourself to love if love is what you’re after. / Open up your hearts to the tears and laughter
And give yourself to love. / Give yourself to love
We are obliged to call forth and to encourage the differences in our companions along the way This is the essence of our being. This is the nature of leadership properly understood. This is the work of the one who makes peace. To be who we are – creators in the image of the Creator – we must be actively engaged in the setting free of every other person to be who she or he is intended: someone different from who we are, someone who will see the world from a different perspective, someone who will not agree with us. Anything short of such liberation is suppressive and destructive and ultimately death producing.
– Caroline A. Westerhoff
Individual year-end statements, listing all your financial contributions to the Meeting in 2016, are available in envelopes on the table by the elevator. Please pick up yours today to save the cost of postage.
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Next Sunday mid-morning program at 10:15: Is there a quotation that is meaningful to you? Song lyrics that resonate with your experience? A poem that speaks to your condition? Once again there will be an opportunity to share something important to you and to hear those things dear to others. Please come willing to share and willing to listen. Jeannette Raymond will facilitate this interactive session.
Nominating Committee is preparing nominations for committee membership and leadership roles. An updated list of committee descriptions is on the Meeting website under the “News and Business” section, then click “Committees”. Also available on the elevator table. Please let committee members (Ed, Mary, Annamary, Gayle, or Doug) know your gifts, knowledge, experience, and leadings as they pertain to Meeting work and ministry.
Loaves and Fishes: TOMORROW, 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. Sign up on the bulletin table.
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
A Northern Yearly Meeting high school retreat is this coming weekend at Twin Cities Meeting; theme: Climate Change and Eco-Justice. Kindly Adult Presences are sought. If you have been through the MFM clearness process to work with children and are interested, please contact the office: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org. The NYM high schoolers are an engaged, insightful, vibrant part of our area Quaker family!
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 in Falcon Heights. Call/text when you arrive to be let in. 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. Questions? Contact Riise. Want to carpool from Minneapolis? Contact Hillis.
Northern Yearly Meeting is in the middle of its nominating season. Friends are being sought for the Advancement and Outreach Committee (traveling to visit and worship with far-flung Meetings and worship groups); Ministry and Nurture Committee, (responsible for caring for worship and a welcoming, worshipful atmosphere at NYM gatherings); Communications Committee (responsible for newsletter oversight and inter-Meeting communication); and Finance Committee. If you feel led to consider taking up any of these responsibilities, contact the office: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org
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/.
Join the Anti-War Committee in sending a loud message of NO to President Trump and of solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers in response to a media report on Jan 25th that President Trump is circulating a draft executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” The draft order says that the U.S. will temporarily ban entries from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, and bars all refugees from coming to the US for several months. THIS Tues, Jan 31st, 4:30, Mpls Federal Bdg, 4th and 4th in downtown Mpls.
Capri Theater (2027 W Broadway, north Minneapolis) is showing is Spike Lee’s Malcolm X THIS Thurs, Feb 2nd, at 7 pm. Admissions is $5; discussion afterwards! This is an opportunity for interracial dialog and for watching a great film. Free parking. If you’d like to go together or if you have questions, call Nettie.
Help create self-organized structures for community-building, individual and collective healing, and shared solutions, in the form of one of humankind’s most ancient—and deceptively simple—rituals. More at: 100days100dinners.us .
Mayim Rabim invites Friends to hear Odeh Muhawesh, an Adjunct Professor of Theology at the U of St. Thomas, speaking on: What are the origins of extremism and radicalization in the world’s Islamic communities? on Sun, Feb. 12th, from 3:00-4:30 PM, here at the meetinghouse. Free.
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!
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. Items can be phoned in to the office, emailed, or written and put in the bulletin file of the blue box.