June 4, 2017



10:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Carol Bechtel and Joanne Esser; John Dunham (mic)

Following the closing handshake, visitors are invited to introduce themselves then there will be a few moments to share joys and concerns. All announcements should be pre-arranged with the closer. Please let the closer know you have an announcement before worship and they will call on you after worship. Announcements should be brief and Meeting-related.

Copies of the ad hoc Transition Committee’s proposal to monthly meeting are available on the bulletin table and are posted on the website at the end of this bulletin. Discussion of the proposal will be held during next Sunday’s worship with attention to business. The Transition Committee welcomes your comments and questions: Jeannette, Roland, Renae, Tom, Maddi, and Evelyn.

Northern Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice print copies (both paperback and hardcover) have arrived at the meetinghouse. (Thank you, Bill!) Reimbursement checks can be made to Minneapolis Friends Meeting ($15 hardcover; $6 paperback,) with F&P in the memo line. A free download is available at: northernyearlymeeting.org .

You are welcome to the POTLUCK TODAY following worship! Take advantage of the summer schedule which allows everyone easy access to share potluck together!

Come for fun and challenging conversation at Daring and Delightful Dialogue across Differences (4-D), TODAY, 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.


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.

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 use of the microphone in meeting for worship enables vocal ministry to be heard and held by all present. Microphone carriers are needed for a number of worship times this summer. Please consider signing up with Joanne Esser or Carol Bechtel to provide this limited-in-scope but very important service to the Meeting.

The Meeting library is a valuable resource for all to share. Some new additions to the library include: The Love of Impermanent Things: a threshold ecology by Mary Rose O’Reille; Lynching in America: confronting the legacy of racial terror by Equal Justice Initiative; Memories [a merging of several documents from 2006 to 2014] by Arne Anderson; Reality of the Spiritual World and The Gathered Meeting by Thomas Kelly; What Jesus Meant by Gary Wills; Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: what it means to be black now by Touré

There are two remaining 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.


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 .

American Friends Service Committee, St. Paul office, is co-sponsoring the next Undoing Racism workshop in conjunction with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, June 22-24 at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Fliers available on the elevator table. Contact Sharon with questions: sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org; 651-383-3505

* Iowa Yearly Meeting’s (Conservative) annual sessions will be at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, IA July 25-30. Program description and registration are posted. Jim and Clifford often attend.
* Friends United Meeting Triennial, gathering Quakers from all over the world, will be at Friends University in Witchita, KS, July 12-16 More at regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1877598
* Iowa Yearly Meeting (FUM) will be in Oskaloosa, IA July 26-29.

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


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

Throughout June and July, UN governments will negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons. The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb, a women-led initiative, will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds to demand a good treaty that prohibits these weapons of mass destruction once and for all! March and rally 12 PM – 4PM Sat, June 17th in New York City! Info about local events tba.

OFFICE HOURS: Pat Jones will be in the office Wed. from 2:00-5:00 and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri. and Sat. Carolyn will be in Wed, Thurs, and Fri. afternoons. Bulletin deadline, noon on Thurs.


Minneapolis Friends Meeting ad hoc Transition Committee – Interim Leadership Structure: Options for Consideration (first draft)

Current role – but in all likelihood, some expanded responsibilities to address pressing concerns

Support and oversight of committees – Assistant Clerk – NEW POSITION
 Check in with committee clerks regularly
 Attend individual committee meetings to provide support as needed,
 Help develop monthly meeting agenda with clerk
Nominating Committee would identify and monthly meeting would approve

Office Administrator – Current role plus
 Communication – addressing or forwarding electronic and phone communication
 Coordinate worship activities
 Coordinate opening and closing of meeting house
Liaison and Review supervises the office administrator

Question: Who should supervise the building cleaning position? – liaison and review, or property committee?

Pastoral Care
Ministry and Counsel – oversight and coordination of pastoral care

Physical Care of the Building Coordination
 Building Cleaning Position
Question: Who should be responsible to the physical care of the building – furnace, air conditioning, other items related to physical care of the building? Property Committee, paid position, other?

Welcoming and Outreach Committee
 Connecting New People to the Meeting

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