February 19, 2017

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Lin Butler and Jackie Barrett (mic)

10:15 AM Cynthia Bartoo, Brianna McMicheal, Ed Souther on our membership in Northern Yearly Meeting and Friends General Conference

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): John Stuart, speaker; Stephen Snyder, musician; care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Next Sunday at the 10:15 mid-morning program: Small group discussion of how people are feeling in regard to the political climate; coordinated by Mary Snyder.

Ross Hennessey, Assistant Director of Quaker Volunteer Service (QVS) will be visiting the Twin Cities Feb 21- 26. There will be a potluck and opportunity for Friends to meet and visit with Ross THIS Wed, Feb 22, 6:15 here at the meetinghouse. Friends are encouraged to find out more about this exciting, monthly-meeting-approved initiative of starting a QVS house in the Twin Cities area. Questions, contact Tom or Carolyn.

Beyond the Divide will be shown at the meetinghouse on Wed, March 22nd, at 7:00. The film is about a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate who together forge a path to healing old wounds from the Vietnam era in Missoula, MT. Received the top Showcase Award from the MN/WI Flyway Film Festival and several other awards when released in 2014. A discussion focusing on the ways we might cross today’s political divide will follow. Refreshments will be served.

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee is accepting nominations for recipients of the Meeting’s 2016-17 carbon tax contribution ($1470.00). This contribution is intended for organizations or actions that help off-set our fossil carbon use.

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.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

CHANGE OF ADDRESS FOR the Young Adult Friends, (ages 18-35,) dinner and worship to be THIS Thurs, Feb 23rd at 6:00 pm at the home of Matthew and Hillis. 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 Hillis.

Friends for a NonViolent World Annual Meeting, next Sun, Feb 26th, 1:00 – 3:00PM at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul. Hear about the new Police and Community Initiative; programming updates from Alternative to Violence Project, People Camp, and Peace Education and Advocacy; meet new board members; and more!

Northern Yearly Meeting spring interim session (a gathering of NYM reps from NYM Meetings, presiding clerks, and other interested NYM Friends,) will be March 24-25, in Madison, WI. Mpls Meeting currently does not have a representative. If you would like to go and wish to stay in a home of Madison Meeting Friends contact the office by March 15th. Requests should include whether pet free, stairs-free housing, etc.

Iowa Yearly Meeting’s mid-year meeting, Quakers and Quaker Schools, March 25 – 26, near Earlham, IA. More posted.

Registration is starting for summer sessions at Friends School of MN! Programs available for ages 4-14, starting June 14th. See a list of classes on the long table in the east hallway or go to fsmn.org/summer-camp/summer-programs .

Play with other musical F(f)riends (ages 10-18) at Friends Music Camp, musical growth in a caring community, July 9 – Aug 16, Earlham College, Richmond, IN. More at friendsmusiccamp.org

Friends World Committee for Consultation is having a Section of the Americas meeting in Stony Point, NY, March 23-26. Speakers from Pacific, Cuba, and New England Yearly Meetings. Search for ways to bridge the divergences in the Quaker spectrum, seeking pathways to an attitude of both/and rather than either/or. More at fwccamericas.org under “events”. Help with travel costs may be available from the Meeting. Registration has begun. A list of speakerit is on the elevator table.

Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Conference, “Centered in Wholeness: Body & Spirit,” will be held at Quaker Hill Conference Center in Richmond IN, March 23-26. The schedule will include daily sessions with discussions and exercises as well as ample time for recharging / reconnecting with F/friends, God, and yourself. Massage, yoga, aromatherapy, centering prayer, time in nature, and other self-care opportunities included. More at: qpcc.us/annual-conference

Pendle Hill’s winter and spring programs are now accepting registrations, including: Serve and Protect: Who? From What? The Role of Police in a Free Society; Our Life is Love: A Quaker Wisdom School. More posted and at pendlehill.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/.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Showing Up for Racial Justice is for white people who want to address racism in MN, support people at risk, and be part of widespread change. Come to a SURJ MN TODAY, Feb. 19th, 2:30-5:00 pm. First Universalist Church, 3400 DuPont Ave S., Mpls. Come be energized even if you are new to exploring whiteness or getting involved in justice work!

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition’s Day on the Hill, is THIS Thurs, Feb 23rd, 8:30-3:30. The JLRC is a voice of 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! Register at: JRLC.org/day-on-the-hill-registration . Keynote speaker, Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners in DC. Pat is going if you are interested in carpooling.

Help plan site improvements a Bde Maka Ska (aka Lake Calhoun)! The Mpls Park and Recreation Board has $225K in funding from the Mpls Art in Public Places Program for the site. The final meeting for public input to plan design is Mon, Feb 27, from 6-8 PM at the Mpls American Indian Center Auditorium (1530 E Franklin Ave.)

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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