**Some parkway closures this Sunday, Sept 17, might affect your travel to Minneapolis Friends Meeting. These parkways will be closed for the Minneapolis Bike Tour from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm this Sunday: Grand Rounds – West River Parkway – Nokomis Parkway – Minnehaha Parkway – Lake Harriet Parkway – Lake Calhoun Parkway –Cedar Lake Parkway – Theodore Wirth Parkway – Webber-Victory Memorial Parkway – St Anthony Parkway – William Berry Parkway.
September 17, 2017
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 – 9:45 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Connie Archbald
9:45 – 11:15 AM worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk
11:15 – 12:00 PM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Bill Hendricks, speaker; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz
HOLD IN THE LIGHT
Those who are living with violence – systemic or episodic, natural disasters, personal loss, injustice, anxiety.
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
THANK YOU! Wasn’t last Sunday’s celebration fun? Such a nice time with such positive energy flowing from all sides! Pat’s retirement celebration would not have gone so smoothly without the direction of the committee: Sandy, Tom, Judith, Rae Beth, and Terry; and all those who assisted them in many ways behind the scenes: Mary (flowers), Annamary and Jim (kitchen managers), Sue (pictures), Mike and Lin (set-up), Susan (invitations and food server), and all the kitchen and clean up helpers! And thanks to all who came and participated, contributing to the joy and celebration!
Mid-Morning Program next Sunday, Sept. 24th at 10:15: the first program from Friends General Conference’s Spiritual Deepening Program – How can we support each other in whatever challenges we are facing? Exercises and a discussion. It may be helpful to think of a challenge you are currently facing ahead of time.
Minneapolis Friends Fall Together, at Fish Lake Park Oct 14th, is now only 4 weeks away! Almost everyone was sent an email on Sept 6th with a registration link and an attached brochure. The link is the bold, blue “Yes, I want to register” at the end of the email. Click on the blue words and you’ll be whisked away to a quick and easy registration. Register on or before Sunday, October 8th. Read the attached brochure carefully to see what’s planned and what to bring. Questions, call Wina. Don’t miss the fun!
The Watson reading group will gather Thur, Sept 21st, at 7 to read Out of the Silence: Quaker Perspectives on Pastoral Care and Counseling. No need to read ahead or to own a copy of the book; read aloud and discuss. You are welcome – whether you’re a one-timer or a regular!
SAVE THE DATES Oct 20th and 21st! when the Quaker Voluntary Service board will be visiting the area! Welcome and feed them at a potluck at MFM, 6:30 Fri evening (the 20th) and then attend a getting-to-know-you blow-out (live music, food trucks and speakrs!) on Sat, 4-7 PM at Twin Cities Meeting. Come add your energy and visit with the movers and shakers of QVS! There will be a QVS House opening here in the fall of 2018 with six to eight fellows living, working, and worshiping in the Twin Cities area. For more about QVS, see QuakerVoluntaryService.org.
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
Northern Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice books are available here at the meetinghouse. Please reimburse the Meeting when taking a copy. A free download of the PDF version is available at http://www.northernyearlymeeting.org/
American Friends Service Committee Sanctuary Everywhere! In response to the rising tide of hate and oppression, AFSC is working to create a sense of Sanctuary Everywhere— the sense of fairness and space for all people. AFSC is offering a series of free interactive webinars about how to support and work for Sanctuary Everywhere – from learning how to intervene when you witness public instances of racism and other forms of oppressive violence and harassment to working for sanctuary policies in your school or community. The first webinar, Thurs, Sept 21, 7:30 CDT, will introduce Quaker Social Change Ministry, a model for Meetings to work for social justice using spiritual practices and focusing on accompanying organizations and people most impacted by injustice. Google afsc.org/sanctuaryeverywhere for more information and to register.
Northern Yearly Meeting seeks a high school youth coordinator, starting Jan, 2018. This is a paid position and duties include: leading retreats; helping students find/participate in new experiences related to spiritual development, service, and leadership; being sensitive and intentional in recognizing the need for some issues to be referred to pastoral or professional care. Applications accepted before Sept 23rd. More posted or see northernyearlymeeting.org/article/job-nym-hs-coordinator-2017
Northern Yearly Meeting Fall Interim Session will be held Fri night and Sat, October 6-7, 2017 at Cannon Valley Friends Meeting in Northfield, MN. Come gather with Friends, see the new meetinghouse, discern NYM business and hear committee reports in a lovely autumn setting.
Friends, please come to Friends School of MN to hear Drew Smith, Executive Director of Friends Council on Education (FCE), speak about Quaker Education and its relevance and importance in today’s world; Sun, Oct 15th, 2-4pm (1365 Englewood Ave, St Paul). Drew Smith is visiting as FSM works to strengthen its Quaker foundation, identity and Spirit-led decision-making..
Friends School of MN asks you to save Saturday evening, Nov 4th for the annual FSM Gala Silent Auction and Dinner! This year’s event will be held at Macalester College. Details to follow.
Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Quaker Public Policy Institute (QPPI) and Annual Meeting are Nov. 2-5. This has been a challenging year. Join 350 Quakers and call on Congress to put people before the Pentagon in this nation’s budget. Find out more: fcnl.org/updates/annual-meeting-quaker-public-policy-institute-2017-27
Friends Committee on National Legislation action alerts offer timely information to take action on topics ranging from climate change to North Korea, the federal budget to Iran, Yemen to DACA. See action alerts at cqrcengage.com/fcnl/action?0
The International Criminal Court: Advancing the Global Rule of Law, is being presented in honor of the International Day of Peace Thurs, Sept 21st, 6:45 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Mpls. Though the U.S. had a prominent role in crafting the ICC, it has not signed the Rome Statute which would provide for its creation.
Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association Gathering, Sat, Sept 30th, 9 am – 12 pm: Climate Change and Public Health – What Can We Do? Explore the scientific research on the impact of climate change on public health and the growing momentum of the clean energy movement. Examine practical ideas of what actions we can all take in our personal and professional lives to effectively address this crisis. Minnesota Nurses Association Office, 345 Randolph Avenue, #200, St. Paul. All welcome!
MN Council of Churches offers Sacred Places, Sacred Stories: A Reclamation Journey into Healing and Justice, Oct. 7-9, planned collaboratively by black, Native, white, queer, cisgender, straight, Christian, Jewish, traditional activists, artists, and storytellers from Black Lives Matter, Mpls, the Center for Sustainable Justice, Healing MN Stories, the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice, and Social Transformation, and MN Interfaith Power and Light. More at eventbrite.com/e/sacred-places-sacred-stories-a-reclamation-journey-into-healing-justice-tickets-36164302402
Pat Jones will be in the office 1-4 pm Wed. and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat.
Carolyn VandenDolder will be in Wed. – Fri. afternoons. Bulletin deadline, noon Thur.