October 22, 2017
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 – 10:00 meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Gayle McJunkin; Bill Hendricks (mic)
10:15 – 11:00 Experiment with Light: More than twenty MFMers have participated in Experiment with Light (EwL) meditation groups over the past year. Come learn how Light Groups are evolving and hear from a panel of EwL participants sharing their personal, spiritual and community experiences.
11:15 – 12:15 meeting for worship (semi-programmed): John Kraft, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Lolly Lijewski; Jim Lovestar (mic)
HOLD IN THE LIGHT
Friends / families who are traveling and those who are no longer able to come to the meetinghouse to worship.
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Mid-Morning Program next Sunday at 10:15: Dan Jensen will be sharing the songs he has written based on Pendle Hill Pamphlets. The words are set to familiar tunes, so come ready to sing!
Next Sunday at 11:15: You have a choice! Adults are invited to go downstairs with Meeting kids after the first hymn for an intergenerational activity, answering the question: What does being Quaker mean to you? For those who want a more traditional experience, you may remain upstairs for unprogrammed worship.
The last Loaves & Fishes dinner of the year will be served at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Av. S, Mpls, on Mon, Oct 30th. Volunteers needed to help prepare chili, salad, fruit, rolls (at 2pm); serve Phillips neighborhood guests (at 4:45pm); and clean-up (starting at 5:30pm). Please help if you have a few hours between 2 and 7PM. Come share in this service ministry with other Metro Friends. Fresh fruit donations for dessert are needed, too. Costumes welcome! Sign up on the bulletin table.
Come participate in an Experiment with Light meditation similar to the ones MFM groups have been practicing, based upon early Friends’ experiences with the Light. This particular meditation time will focus on our Meeting and the on-going process of building a beloved community. Gather at 1:45 PM Sat., Nov 4th at the meetinghouse; 2PM start time, ending by 4. For more or if you have questions, contact Diane or Keitha.
Spend Thanksgiving among F(f)riends at a planned potluck, here at Minneapolis Meeting. Worship at 3:30, set-up at 4, eating at 4:30, and clean-up and games after! A sign-up sheet will appear soon. Questions, call Jim.
Spread your musical wings and play in semi-programmed worship! Musicians are needed to play a prelude and accompany hymns on third Sundays. Email Barbara if you want to offer the ministry of music, once or regularly.
Wondering if the time is ripe for your inward feeling of connection to Minneapolis Meeting to be outwardly expressed in formal membership? Curious about the membership “process”? Any attender is welcome to talk about membership with a member of the Ministry and Counsel Committee or the Welcoming and Outreach Committee or anyone who’s been around a while! It can be an informal one-on-one conversation or a more intentional request for a clearness committee. There’s a “how to become a member” sheet on the long bulletin board, opposite the nametags. For more about clearness committees in general, check out the Quaker Speak video on How to Have a Quaker Clearness Committee.
In an effort to make sure members of the Ministry and Counsel Committee are accessible to members and attenders of Meeting, contact information for M&C members are available on the elevator table. Friends are encouraged to keep the list somewhere convenient should you need it.
Anke is going to Turtle Lake Nov 1 and is willing to take donated items for Water Protectors who are camping there. A wishlist can be found at Facebook – Camp Makwa.
The Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair is on the horizon! Plan now to volunteer Dec 1-2 and sign up online at FNVW Holiday Fair (there are important opportunities to help with set up before the 1st too!) And of course, it’s never too early to think of what baked or canned goods or crafts you’d like to donate. Be an active part of this community-building event that benefits a great, local, Quaker-inspired organization!
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
Twin Cities Meeting is having extended meetings for worship on Sat mornings in Oct, from 8:30 – 10:30 AM. These extended meetings for worship are similar in length to that experienced by early Friends.
Plan to support Friends School of MN by attending the annual Gala Silent Auction and Dinner, Sat evening, Nov 4th, held at Kagin Commons of Macalester College, 21 Snelling Ave, St. Paul. More at FSM Gala and Auction.
Nightengales, an informal group which gathers to sing two weekends a year, is meeting in East Troy, WI Fri, Nov 3 (7pm) – after lunch, Sun, Nov 5. Open to anyone interested. Email office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org for details.
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 or ask Doug who is going!
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, Las Vegas to DACA. See action alerts at FCNL Action Alerts.
Mayim Rabim is hosting the Twin Cities premiere of “The Chosen People? A Film about Jewish Identity” on Sun, Oct 29th, 3-5 PM, here at the meetinghouse. Following the film, a panel of five Reconstructionist Rabbis will wrestle with the question: Does the idea of chosen-ness make it harder or easier for Jews to engage in today’s critical dialogues about cultural and religious pluralism, equality, and racism? Friends welcome!
Healing MN Stories Dakota Sacred Sites Tour: October 28, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Church of St. Peter, St. Paul. Visit sites located around confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or “meeting place of rivers,” including: Fort Snelling State Park, Dakota Internment Camp following the The Dakota-U.S. War, Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground. Many Friends have gone and highly recommend it! Register ahead: healing-minnesota-stories/sacred-sites-tour .
The Iraq American Reconciliation Project is partnering with the Guthrie Theater to present Birds Sing Differently Here Oct 27-29. Birds Sing Differently Here is a theater piece based on the true stories of twelve Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants. Inventively performed in both English and Arabic, it weaves together tales of sweetness, sorrow, grief and discovery to tell “the story of a thousand olive pits and seven thousand praises, tokens of love and a chilling escape from the desert of death.” For tickets, call the Box Office 612.377.2224 or or visit guthrietheater.org
OFFICE HOURS: Carolyn VandenDolder will be in the office Wednesday through Friday, 10:30-4:00. Phone messages will be checked daily. 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.