December 17, 2017
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 – 10:00 meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Terry Kayser; Renae Bonde (mic)
10:15 – 11:00 Rooble Adan, a Somali-Minnesotan, and Derartu Berhanu, an Oromo Ethiopian-Minnesotan, both students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, will talk about their experience of being an immigrant in MN.
11:15 – 12:15 meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Lolly Lijewski, speaker; Stephen Snyder, musician; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz
Directory Updates are on the bulletin table. Contact information forms as well as the current directory are on the elevator table. Note corrections to the directory or update sheet and place in the bulletin file of the blue box or send them to Carolyn at the office: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org. If you are not in the directory or listed in the update and wish to be, fill out a contact information form. Thanks, Friends.
HOLD IN THE LIGHT
The family and friends of Dick Magraw. Dick, a loved member of the Meeting with his wife and family since the 1950’s, died on Nov 30th. He was 98. A memorial service will be held at the meetinghouse on January 6 at 1:00. If you are able to help with arrangements and / or the reception following the service, please contact Tom or Nancy.
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Mid-Morning Program next Sunday at 10:15: Carol Sing! Come sing carol favorites and share potluck treats of the season (fingerfood only please, to help keep it simple.) Join the pick-up orchestra / band and bring an instrument of your choice!
The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will meet here this Wed night at 7 pm. Everyone interested is encouraged to come!
The Nominating Committee will soon begin work for the upcoming year. Please help forward the work of the committee by responding to phone calls and emails inviting you to be part of the Meeting’s work and life. If you would like to become more involved in Minneapolis Meeting, participating in committee work is an excellent way to meet people and learn more about how the Meeting functions. If you would like to know more about committees or the work they do, questions or interests may be directed to Doug, Annamary, Gayle, or Ed. Thank you for your commitment to MFM.
Celebrate the New Year in a meaningful way with a potluck after semi-programmed worship (around 1) on Sun, Dec 31st at Susie’s home just a few blocks from the meetinghouse! Susie lived in Japan for many years and wishes to share some of the special ways the New Year is celebrated there, including beautiful decorations, noodle soup (believed to give you a long life!), a fun poetry game, music, and lovely wooden plaques where wishes for the New Year are written. Enjoy food, Japanese culture, and each other and share your wishes for the New Year. RSVP by Sun, Dec 24th, by phoning. Leave a message if you get no answer. Adults only, please.
Some call it worship sharing, others call it lectio divina or divine reading. You are invited to try this path to wisdom. Come to the home of Mary and Stephen at Kenwood Isles, Hennepin and 28th THIS Wed, Dec 20th from 12:00-1:00 pm. We will spend a half-hour worship sharing around a passage; a light lunch will follow. Please RSVP to Mary.
Interested in trying Experiment with Light meditations with a small group from the Meeting? Let Diane. On-going groups will be configured in Jan.
Pledge a bed: Quaker Earthcare Witness has expressed interest in coming to the Twin Cities in April of 2019 for its spring gathering. Hosts for out-of-town guests are being sought now to see if there is adequate local support to extend an offer to host the gathering. If your living situation would allow you to offer bed(s) and breakfast(s) to out of town Quaker Earthcare Witness Friends from Thurs to Sun in mid-April, 2019, please let Carolyn know. We currently have 19 beds – 12 from Twin Cities Meeting and 7 from Minneapolis Meeting. Hosting visiting Quakers is a wonderful way to build connections across the country, gain new insights into Quaker life, and nurture the corporate body of Friends! See more about QEW at: quakerearthcare.org
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
Come to the Young Adult Friends dinner! The vegan dinner will be at Matthew and Hillis’s (of TCFM) cat-filled house at 6:30 p.m. on Fri, Jan 5th. In a break from tradition, we will not be hosting worship, but simply a dinner. We’re excited to have you come! We have a NEW address, close to both the blue and green lines and very accessible by bus, but difficult to find from the street. Call if you can’t find it. Our house is now a sober space, so please do NOT bring any alcohol. RSVPs heartily encouraged. Questions? Contact Hillis.
Northern Yearly Meeting (NYM) continues to search for someone with a leading to be the High School Coordinator, coordinating and providing programs (three retreats and programming at annual sessions) and helping NYM High School youth to find/participate in new experiences related to spiritual development, service, and leadership. This is a paid, part-time position. Because no applications have been received to date, individuals are encouraged to consider if they might be led to share this position. There could be a variety of ways accomplish this, including having one person handle the bulk of the administrative duties and another leading the actual retreats. Details and application information at fgcquaker.org/cloud/northern-yearly-meeting/announcements/job-opening-nym-high-school-coordinator
American Friends Service Committee is offering free webinars to help communities across the country create Sanctuary Everywhere so that refuge from violence and oppression is not needed anywhere. The series offers skill-building and analysis that you can use in your community, from learning how to intervene when you witness public instances of racism and other oppressive violence and harassment to working for sanctuary policies in your school or community. Join AFSC staff, other experts, and community members to learn how everyday people (including you!) can keep each other safe. Discuss strategies and approaches for communities to protect targeted groups from state violence—including immigrants, people of color, religious groups, or LGBTQ folks. The next webinar, Creating Sanctuary Policies in Schools and Cities, will be Thurs, Jan. 18th, 7:30 to 9 pm. Google afsc.org/sanctuaryeverywhere for more information and to register.
Carolyn VandenDolder, the interim Meeting Coordinator, will be in the office Wednesday and Thursday afternoons this week. 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.