March 26, 2017
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): Stephen and Mary Snyder
10:15 AM Guest speaker, grief educator, Ted Bowman, on Adaptive Caring: Care for Self and Others When Responding to Disruptive Changes – the first of two programs on grief that the Ministry and Counsel Committee is coordinating in response to Monthly Meeting’s request to help the Meeting deal with the grief around the retirement of Director of Ministry, Pat Jones. The second program will be on May 7 at 10:15
11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed):Jeannette Raymond, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Judith James
There is a clerks’ meeting downstairs TODAY at the rise of semi-programmed worship.
THANK YOU: The end of March is the close of the Meeting’s business and fiscal year. Any time is a good time to say thank you to one another for the work and ministry Friends do within and on behalf of the Meeting. Many Friends are finishing terms of service now, or have agreed to continue terms of service. For your time and care and lending of your gifts, we thank you. Thank you also for your contributions of money to support the work and life of the Meeting. Other types of giving too, often done in unrecognized ways, make the Meeting what it is, and we are grateful for those many, often unseen acts.
If you have reimbursement requests for this budget year, please fill out a reimbursement form, (available in the top of the blue file box in the long hall,) attach your receipt, and place in the appropriate committee file (in the blue box.) Committee clerks, please check your file often, approve appropriate reimbursement requests, and place forms in the reimbursement request file of the blue box. Our fiscal year ends this Friday, March 31. Thank you Friends!
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Budget numbers at week 51 of our fiscal year: contributions – $100,466; budget for the year – $118,300. Our fiscal year ends March 31. Actual expenses may be somewhat less than budgeted.
You are welcome to the potluck at the rise of semi-programmed worship next Sunday! To regulars, bring lots, so we feel confident inviting visitors to stay!
Also next Sunday, come for a light breakfast (provided) with Angelika and Jon Shafer, from Northern Yearly Meeting’s Advancement and Outreach Committee, at 8:00. Angelika and Jon will visit during the potluck at 12:15 as well.
Mid-Morning Program next Sunday, April 2nd, at 10:15 – Spiritual Deepening: Silence and Expectant Waiting. Try out interactive, multi-generational activities from Friends General Conference’s new spiritual deepening program. This session will focus on experiencing the silence and will help us think about how we might use the new program in our Meeting.
Young Adult Quakers (YAQs – ages 18-35,) will be gathering for a potluck THIS THURS, March 30th at 6:30pm, here. RSVPs to Elizabeth are appreciated but not required. Want to be added to the email list? Contact Elizabeth.
Zephyra and Roland Shepherd Scholarship applications and eligibility criteria are available on the long table in the east hall and are due April 1st. This scholarship, for post-secondary education of members or member’s children, was started by the Shepherds in 1977. Applications should be mailed to the meetinghouse or put in the Shepherd Scholarship file in the blue box.
Peace and Social Concerns Committee would like to sponsor someone from MFM to represent our community at the DC People’s Climate March April 29th, covering the $280 cost. Bus transportation organized by MN350.org; (dates vary depending on travel needs.) Let the office or P&SC know if you are interested.
Jim invites Friends to join him for Good Friday worship at 6:00 PM on April 14th. Semi-programmed worship – reading of St. Matthew’s passion and planned music of spirituals – with a simple meal to follow. RSVP helpful so Jim can plan, but not necessary for participation.
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
Northern Yearly Meeting’s newsletter submission deadline, April 2nd. Have you read something that was spiritually meaningful to you? Had some insight that you want to share? Want to let Friends know about an upcoming event, or movements of the Spirit in your Meeting? Write it up and send it to Elizabeth with “NYM Newsletter” in the subject line.
It’s not too early to plan for the Friends School Plant Sale, May 12-14. Volunteer are signing-up: FriendsSchoolPlantSale.com
Friends Committee on National Legislation invites friends to a national conference call on Changing the Congressional Dialogue on Immigration: Why Your Voice Matters THIS Wed, March 29, 7 PM (central). Examine the immigration policies, including recent executive orders, being enacted by the Trump administration. Hear FCNL’s perspective on what is happening with immigration policy – on Capitol Hill and locally – and opportunities for action. RSVP and more at fcnl.org/immigrationcall
“Advancing Our Justice Journey,” a program presented by Jenn Hamrick, Executive Director of Friends for a Non-Violent World and Liz Oppenheimer, Quaker and participant in Auburn Seminary’s Justice Ministry Education program, will be offered Fri, April 7, 6:30-9 pm and Sat, April 8, 9:30am-5 pm at SpringHouse Ministries Center, 610 W 28th Str, Mpls. Come for one or both days. Register at bit.ly/registrationJusticeJourney . $10 donation requested. Build partnerships and develop strategies to work without competing for resources; explore, identify, and strengthen connective pathways; gain additional skills, knowledge, and resources for how to collaborate and how to keep going. Open to FNVW members, the Quaker community, and friends of Friends. Plan to bring a bag lunch and beverage.
A new coordinator is being sought for the Northern Yearly Meeting middle school program. See more at northernyearlymeeting.org/article/job-opening-for-nym-middle-school-coordinator. Application deadline is April 1.
Twin Cities Meeting is looking for a new resident caretaker. See posted information for more.
FNVW is partnering with the Barbara Schneider Foundation to host a training about de-escalating situations where someone is having a mental health crisis. This will be a shorter version of the training that police officers receive around the state. Sat, April 1st, 10:00am-4:00pm; lunch provided; Twin Cities Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, Saint Paul; cost: $35 to the Barbara Schneider Foundation. To register and for scholarship info: Contact Danielle at (218) 260-9047 or Kiminski.BSF(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com, or register online: mentalhealthcrisis.org/catalog/i6.html
Northern Spark 2017 is a free, all-night art event exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects in neighborhoods along Metro Transit’s Green Line. Friends are invited to join the TransitionNOW artist team for a Community Art Making Party at MN Center for Book Arts, Open Book Building, Sun, April 2, 2-5 pm (1011 Washington Ave, Mpls,) so we can share, at Northern Spark, what we are doing to reduce climate change. Screen-print t-shirts, cut out paper leaves, and print tiny mementos on the letterpress, all ages welcome, no experience necessary. Drop by for a while or stay the whole time!
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine is running until Apr 2 at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls. A searing representation of the current American zeitgeist, Citizen is a boundary-bending work of poetry/prose/criticism adapted for the stage. The performance challenges audience perceptions as it examines the ways racism pervades daily life in America – from highly-visible news account to the daily micro-aggressions that render certain citizens invisible in our culture.
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 the office on 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.