November 5, 2017
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 – 10:00 meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Andy Showalter; Elizabeth Showalter (mic)
10:15 – 11:00 introducing the Meeting’s Peace and Social Concerns focus on embracing diversity – understanding our own racial identity
11:15 – 12:15 meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Barbara Ziegenhagen, speaker; Tom Wells, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser
When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you’re drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Each act must be carried out in mindfulness.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
You are welcome at the potluck TODAY at the rise of semi-programmed worship – whether you brought something or not! Potlucks are this do-it-yourself affair so look for ways to help the effort: replenish silverware or plates; help clear and wash tables and dishes; put away tables and chairs. Many shoulders to the wheel make the going easy!
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Next Sunday at 9:45: worship with attention to business. “The care with which we conduct our decision-making is often critical to the enduring harmony of the entire Meeting. At its best, the result reflects the transforming power of the love of God, an exhilarating and joyful experience.” (Northern Yearly Meeting, 1999). Come be part of the process!
Sunday, Nov 19th at 10:15: warmly welcome to new member, Julie, with a time to get to know her and a reception!
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! Come for one, two or all parts of the celebration. A sign-up sheet is on the elevator table. Questions, call Jim.
The Envelope Gift is a one-time contribution, outside the general budget, that the Meeting makes to selected organizations. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee receives nominations from members and attenders and makes recipient recommendation(s) to monthly meeting for approval. Friends then make contributions to the Envelope Gift through December. Please send your nominations to Roland or Debbie or put them in the Envelope Gift file of the blue box. Include the organization’s name, address, and description of work. P&SC will consider nomination at their next open meeting at 7 PM Nov 15th.
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.
Some call it worship sharing, others, lexio divina. Either way, join Mary and Stephen at their home, Kenwood Isles, Mpls, , this Wed, Nov 8th, noon – 1:00 to sit with a passage from the Bible or the writing of an early Friend (for 30 minutes) with a light lunch following. RSVP to Mary or Stephen.
The Watson reading group will gather at 7 PM Tues, Nov 14th, to read Out of the Silence: Quaker Perspectives on Pastoral Care and Counseling. No need to read ahead or to own the book; read aloud and discuss. One-timers and regulars welcome!
The Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair is getting closer! Sign up now to help Dec 1-2: fnvw.org . 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!
Have you recently had a spiritual opening that you want to share with Friends? Something the Meeting has done or is planning to do that excites and inspires you? A topic or query you think important for Friends to wrestle with? The next Northern Yearly Meeting Newsletter deadline is Nov 7th! Send submission to Elizabeth.
Three powerstrips have gone missing from the pass-through counter in the kitchen. Mayim Rabim even labeled the last one they purchased. If you have put them “away”, please let Carolyn in the office know where they can be found. If you have borrowed one for use elsewhere, please return it so we can have coffee and hot water available for potlucks and other events.
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. Minneapolis Meeting is part of Northern Yearly Meeting. A free download of the PDF version is available at northernyearlymeeting.org
FROM FRIENDS FOR A NONVIOLENT WORLD: Bridging the Divides: Policing that works for everyone training series – Transparency and Accountability in Policing, presented by Jason Sole, Criminal Justice Educator, President NAACP Minneapolis.
When: Tuesday November 14th 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Macalester College Campus, Leonard Center. 125 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN, 55105. Free parking lot and street parking. Close to several 84 bus stops.
What: In recent local and national news stories there has been discussion about the need for transparency in policing and for mechanisms to exist to hold officers accountable.
Join with other citizens who are concerned about policing and ready to take action towards policing that works for everyone. For questions or more information check out fnvw.org or contact Jenn Hamrick FNVWjenn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com
American Friends Service Committee is working toward Sanctuary Everywhere, creating a sense of fairness and space for all people by offering a series of free interactive webinars – 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 next webinar, Nov. 16, 8:30 – 10 PM (ET) will be Bystander Intervention Training. Learn how to intervene in public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-Trans, and other forms of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment. See afsc.org/sanctuaryeverywhere for more information and to register.
Friends Committee on National Legislation action alerts offer timely information to take action on topics ranging from climate change to US support of Saudi Arabia’s war of starvation in Yemen, the federal budget to Iran, the ACA to DACA. See action alerts at fcnl-action-alerts
World Population Balance is hosting a number of events while Executive Director, Dave Gardner, is in town including a film festival at MCTC next Sat, 1-4 PM and a potluck dinner, here, at 5:30 on Sun, Nov 12th. F(f)riends are welcome! More at worldpopulationbalance.org .
Quaker singer / songwriter, Carrie Newcomer, will perform next Sat, Nov 11th, 7 PM at Hamline United Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Info at brownpapertickets.com
Benefit Concert for Refugees Inside Syria Nov 12 at 3 PM, Our Lady of Grace Church, 5071 Eden Ave, Edina. FFI: minnesota-orchestra-musicians-organize-another-benefit-for-syrian-refugees
OFFICE HOURS: Carolyn VandenDolder, the interim Meeting Coordinator, will be in the office Wed afternoon and Thur and Friday, 10:00-2:00. Phone messages will be checked daily. Bulletin deadline, noon Thur.