Bulletin: May 29, 2017

May 28, 2016



10:00 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Joanne Esser, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski and Sandy Olson; Sue Kearns (mic)

“For it is life we want. We want the world, the whole beautiful world, alive – and we alive in it. That is the actual God we long for and seek. Yet we have already found it, if we open our senses, our whole bodies, thus our souls. That is why I have written and intend to continue until someone among you takes up the happy work of keeping the chain letter of the soul moving along into whatever future will come.” -Bill Holm

Copies of the ad hoc Transition Committee’s proposal to monthly meeting are available on the bulletin table.


Those whose burdens and sorrows are private.

Friends at Northern Yearly Meeting and their travel to and from.


Children and youth are always welcome in meeting for worship. Friends should be mindful of the presence of young people who might be in worship in the summer months. Pray for vocal ministry that might be meaningful to them, and be sensitive to the inappropriate nature of some subjects.

You are welcome to the potluck next Sunday following worship! Take advantage of the summer schedule which allows everyone easy access to share a potluck! To regulars, bring lots so we feel confident inviting visitors to stay!

Monthly meeting for business approved the 2016-17 contributions to the Trustee Building Fund and to other organizations which MFM supports – a total expenditure of $14,785. Along with approving the expenditures, monthly meeting encouraged members who are able to increase donations for several months to make up the resulting $6,190 deficit for the fiscal year.

Sign up to bring food for coffee and conversation following worship this summer. The sheet is on the elevator table.

Property Committee’s clean-up day has been rescheduled for June 25th following worship. Rags and cleaning solutions supplied – bring willingness and some elbow grease as we wash windows and tend to other annual tasks. Tackle a window or two before you leave the building to help make the work manageable! Refreshments offered to help keep up your strength!

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! Some new additions to the library include: The Essential Elias Hicks by Paul Buckley; Jesus & Buddha: the Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg; Jesus: a Revolutionary Biography by John Dominic Crossan; Lessons for Dancing the Long Good-Bye: Seven Steps to Making Peace with Alzheimer’s [pamphlet] by Ellen E. Swanson; Light to Live By: an exploration in Quaker Spirituality by Rex Ambler.

There are gorgeous wooden children’s chairs waiting for a good home. The chairs were once used in the nursery but have not been needed for some time. Available for inspection downstairs.

Come for fun and challenging conversation at Daring and Delightful Dialogue across Differences (4-D), next Sun, June 4, around noon, after pot-luck. Practice and prepare for “Living Room Conversations” where two small groups on opposite sides of an issue or a political spectrum, talk it out. Practice ways to listen attentively and to break through communication barriers with curiosity, respect, and authenticity in order to connect, understand, find common ground, and seek transformation with others who happen to feel differently. For Quakers and non-Quakers alike. Questions: Nettie or Jeff.


A free download of Northern Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice is available at: northernyearlymeeting.org . Print copies (both paperback and hardcover) will be coming from Northern Yearly Meeting to the meetinghouse soon via Bill.

Friends School of Minnesota is accepting applications for a variety of positions including a permanent Head of School beginning July 1, 2018. Please check the school’s website for more information about the positions and application: fsmn.org .

Pendle Hill’s Young Adult Friends (18-35) Conference, Continuing Revolution: Peace and Justice will strengthen these networked, effective, spiritually-grounded change agents! June 2-7. pendlehill.org/events/continuing-revolution-peace-justice

Pendle Hill offers Quakers in the World but Not of It: Faith and Citizenship Yesterday and Today June 19-23. How can we support each other as we face daily temptations that draw us away from our center in the Spirit. Led by Ben Pink Dandelion and Deborah Shaw. More at pendlehill.org/events/quakers-world-not-faith-citizenship-yesterday-today

There’s still room to 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

Diane Randall is one of the featured speaker at Earlham School of Religion’s Leadership Conference August 11-13th. Diane will speak about how being a Quaker has helped her cultivate and nurture entrepreneurial leadership within and outside an organization. Using her own story of leading Friends Committee on National Legislation, she will offer ideas on how we sustain our sense of calling and community in a challenging environment. More at esr.earlham.edu/news-events/events/leaders17

Register to go to People Camp, a program of Friends for a Nonviolent World, for a week-long experience of cooperation, community living, and exploration, Aug 13-19 at a comfortable and accessible facility on a lake. Theme: “What Do We Do Now: Organizing for Resistance in a Changing Political Climate.” Workshops and children’s programming in the morning; interest groups, music, recreation and fellowship the rest of the day. Great for all ages! Shared tasks make camp work. More at bity.ly/fnvwPCx .

First day school teachers, parents, coordinators, and interested others: The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is having its annual gathering August 18-20 at Quaker Hill in Richmond, IN. Karen from Madison Meeting attended last year but isn’t able to this year. She recommends the program – with musical programs by Annie Patterson, (of Rise Up Singing,) workshops, an outing to the Levi Coffin House, a panel discussion of the role of the Bible in religious education and much more. Registration, flyers and detailed information available at quakers4re.org .


Attend a Taking Heart Iftar this May–June. Mosques from all over the Twin Cities are partnering with MN Council of Churches to help people get to know their Muslim neighbors. Google “taking heart registration” to register for a meal or go to: mnchurches.org/respectfulcommunities/interfaithprogramming/takingheart/registration

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 will be in the office 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.

Bulletin: May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017 MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM TODAY 9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Jeannette Raymond and Renae Bonde 10:15 AM American Friends Service Committee’s 100th Birthday! Jeannette Raymond 11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Tom Hoey, … Continue reading →