July 30, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Nancy Helfrich and John Kraft, readers; care of meeting, Judith James and Carol Bechtel
Take advantage of the lazy, hazy days of summer and linger for a cup of coffee, a nibble, and brief visit today after worship. More hosting help is needed following worship on Aug 27! Sign-up sheet is on the elevator table.
HOLD IN THE LIGHT
Those whose burdens and sorrows are private.
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Loaves and Fishes: Monday, tomorrow, July 31st. Help serve dinner to the people of the Phillips neighborhood at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Av. S. if you have a few hours between 2:30pm and 7pm that day. Volunteers sign up for shifts: chopping veggies or prepping dessert fruit 2:30 4:30pm; serving food 4:45 6:30pm; clean up 5:30 7pm. Fresh fruit donations for dessert are needed, too. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin table.
You are welcome at the potluck following worship next Sunday! To regulars, please bring lots so we can feel confident inviting visitors and guests to stay! Please list ingredients on contributed dishes to help those with allergies / preferences participate.
Pat’s retirement celebrations will soon be here – Sept 10th to be exact! We’re half-way to the goal in designated giving to cover celebration expenses. Please consider contributing to the designated fund sooner rather than later. Make checks for Pat’s retirement celebration payable to Minneapolis Meeting with Pat’s retirement on the memo line.
Pat Jones’ Retirement Video: Pat has touched the hearts and lives of many here at the Meeting. Let’s tell her how much she means to us! Terry will video F(f)riends, individually or in a group, during the potluck next Sun, Aug 6. Thankful, sad, best wishes, the message is up to you. Please keep it short – 30 sec. to one minute. And practice your message beforehand. The compilation will be shown at Pat’s retirement celebration and then will be given to her as a gift. If you are unable to be filmed at potlucks but would like to be included in the video, contact Terry to see if other arrangements can be made.
Welcoming and Outreach will be hosting a neighborhood ice cream social on August 20th. Please come and help make guests feel welcome and invite your friends and neighbors to come too!
Julie Harlow, one of the founders of Friends House Moscow and the current Clerk of the international board will be in Mpls THIS FRIDAY. Come to a potluck dinner Fri, Aug. 4th, 6:30 PM, at the home of Rick and Carolyn to hear about the changing conditions and attitudes in Russia and the response of Quakers. RSVPs helpful.
Check out page 27 of the August Friends Journal to see a familiar face! There is an article about Pat Jones’ retirement.
When OJ Simpson appeared before the board for his probationary release, he mentioned that the Alternative to Violence classes he attended made him a new man, helping him learn what to do with his anger. Friends for a Non-Violent World administers the local AVP program. Originally created by Quakers and imprisoned people in the early 1970s, AVP helps build habits and ways of thinking that make nonviolence a practical way of life. Thank you to Terry, Nancy, Stephen, and Mary for their ministry in AVP.
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
The memorial service for Don Irish will be held next Sat, Aug 5th, 2-4:00 pm at Friends School of Minnesota, 1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul. Donations of chocolate and/or peanut butter cookies (Don’s favorites!) for the reception following welcomed.
The American Friends Service Committee’s Summer Freedom School will be held August 1-5 at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Volunteers are sought, primarily to help out with lunch. If you’re available and interested, please contact Sharon Goens-Bradley at sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org, or 651-383-3505. If you know of anyone ages 16-23 who might want be interested send them to afsc.org/event/twin-cities-freedom-school-1 for more. You can read an article written by Sara Osman and Miraf Kebede, AFSC’s youth leaders, written in response to the Yanez verdict: afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/mn-youth-leaders-respond-to-philando-castile-verdict .
Towards Justice Together! War Tax Resistance and Organizing Against State Violence, this Fri, Aug. 4th at Twin Cities Friends Meeting 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul. Potluck at 6 PM; overview of history, reasons, and practice of war tax resistance including info on redirecting tax dollars to resistance efforts instead of weapons at 7 PM. See flyer on the elevator table for more or call Anne Supplee, 612-715-1705.
From Friends Committee on National Legislation This August, bring your faith and witness to members of Congress while they are back in Minnesota during the congressional summer recess. Recent action alerts: cqrcengage.com/fcnl/action?0 or sign up to receive lobby support this summer at: fcnl.org/updates/your-quaker-summer-911
Register for People Camp, Friends for a Nonviolent World’s 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. Talk with Nancy – in person, via phone, or email – to hear more or go to bity.ly/fnvwPCx .
Friends for a Non-Violent World is co-sponsoring a training led by American Civil Liberties Union’s Jana Kooren to learn about constitutional rights when filming and photographing the police: this Thurs, Aug. 3rd, 6-8 PM, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St, Mpls. A slideshow, put together by the ACLU, gives you a quick preview of the training. aclu.org/know-your-rights/photographers .
March against Keystone XL in Nebraska! August 6th, Lincoln, NE: Give Keystone XL the Boot! The march comes on the eve of a week-long public hearing process where the Public Service Commission will consider approving KXL. A bus from Mpls will leave on Aug 5th. More at: mn350.yapsody.com/event/index/118476/mn-to-nebraska-bus-to-give-kxl-the-boot
Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence, Sept 13-14, will focus on gun violence as an array of inter-related public health problems that can be solved through integrated, community-based responses and will present emerging research and best practices on topics such as mental illness, urban violence, domestic violence, and law enforcement. Hosted by the U of M’s School of Public Health, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the MN Public Health Association, and Protect MN. Courtyard Marriott, Mpls. Early bird reg through Aug 15. protectmn.org/event/northstar-public-health-conference-on-gun-violence
Pat Jones will be out of the office this week and will return to office work Wed, August 9.
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.