January 14, 2018
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 – 9:40 meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Tom Hoey; Terry Kayser (mic)
9:45 – 11:15 worship with attention to business: David Woolley, clerk; Stephen Snyder, recording clerk
11:15 – 12:00 meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Nancy Helfrich, speaker; care of meeting, Clifford Goltz; Ed Souther (mic)
Save the Meeting the cost of postage! If you made contributions to the Meeting in 2017 via check, stock transfer or direct deposit, your Annual Contribution Statement is now available. Please pick up yours by the elevator TODAY. Thank you!
TODAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY TO SIGN UP FOR FRIENDLY HOME MEALS! Participate in this series of meals during February, March and April to build community and to help us get to know each other, including those relatively new to the Meeting! If you are able to participate fully, you will host one meal in one of the three months. For the other two meals/months, you are assigned to two different groups. If you want to participate without committing to all three months, you can sign up to be “on call,” to fill in for others not able to attend a meal.
~ You may sign up as a couple or as an individual. If desired, two individuals from different households may sign up to participate and host together. A more detailed description is on the elevator table near the sign-up sheets.
~There are two sign-up sheets: one for 3-month participants, and one for “on call” participants.
The deadline to sign up is TOMORROW.
~Call or email Keitha with questions.
Sign up today and encourage others to sign-up, too! Let friendly conversations and good food warm and brighten the winter!
HOLD IN THE LIGHT
those who are suffering.
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Up-coming Mid-Morning Programs. All programs run from 10:15 – 11:00.
~ Next Sunday, Jan. 21st, a representative of Friends School of MN will describe the exciting conflict resolution program it uses.
~ Jan. 28th: Linda Coffin on the Lakewood Cemetery. Brought forward by the Death and Memorial Service Committee.
~ Feb. 4th: Hallowing One’s Diminishments. Whether it is our own physical diminishment or diminishments in those we love; the loss of a personal dream or the loss of the expected health of our society or the Earth, explore and discover the grace we can gain in diminishment. Based on Pendle Hill pamphlet; brought forward by the Ministry and Counsel Committee.
The ad hoc Transition Committee wants to hear about your experience of the Meeting during this time of leadership transition. This might include your experience with pastoral care, worship, committee work, community or something else. Currently, there is an interim leadership structure. The committee wants to learn from the community’s experience during this time so that we can offer options for a long-term leadership structure at the March monthly meeting for business. There are a number of ways you can share your experience: during the January and February monthly meetings for business, at a listening input session (late Feb / early March – date TBD), and in conversation with any of the ad hoc Transition Committee members: Tom, Roland, Maddie, Renae, Jeannette and Evelyn. Contact a committee member directly or leave a message on the Meeting office phone and someone will get back to you.
The Nominating Committee has begun its work for the upcoming year. Please help forward the work of the committee by considering where you feel drawn to contribute to the work and life of the Meeting and by responding to phone calls and emails from Nominating Committee members. If you wish to become more involved in Minneapolis Meeting, participating on a committee 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.
The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will meet this Wednesday at 7 in the conference room. All interested are welcome!
Loaves and Fishes: Monday, Jan 29th is the next opportunity for MFM to help serve dinner to the people of the Phillips neighborhood at Holy Rosary Church, 2424 18th Av. S, Mpls. Please help if you have a few hours between 1:30 pm and 7 pm that day. Volunteers sign up for shifts: chopping veggies or prepping dessert fruit 1:30-4:30 pm; serving food 4:45-6:30 pm; clean up 5:30-7 pm. Fresh fruit donations for dessert are needed, too. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin table.
Quaker Voluntary Service is entering the next phase! Minneapolis Meeting, Twin Cities Meeting, and Prospect Hill Meeting will nominate members to the Local Support Committee which will work with the Mpls/St. Paul Quaker House and the first class of Fellows, arriving in Sept. Area Friends will also be matched to each Fellow as nurturers. If you are interested in either serving on the Local Support Committee or being a spiritual nurturer for a Fellow, or if you want to explore what other support you could offer QVS, save the weekend of Feb 10th when Mike Huber, new national QVS Program Director, will meeting with local Friends.
~ Mike will gather with those interested in the spiritual nurture part of QVS on Sat, Feb 10, at 2:00 at Twin Cities Meeting
~ Mike will talk with Friends about all QVS supporting roles on Sun, Feb 11, at a simple potluck following semi-programmed worship here at Minneapolis Meeting.
Feel free to ask questions of or start the conversation about how you can participate in supporting QVS by speaking with members of the working group – Tom, Carolyn, Judith, Lin, or Ed.
Some call it worship sharing, others call it lectio divina or divine reading. You are invited to join Mary and Stephen at their home in Kenwood Isles at Hennepin and 28th this Wed, Jan 17 from 12-1 pm. We will spend a half-hour with a passage and enjoy a light lunch following. RSVP to Mary.
A Northern Yearly Meeting high school retreat is scheduled for the weekend of Jan 26-28 in Duluth. Details posted on the bulletin board in the long hall. Request to have details emailed to you at office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org.
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
Northern Yearly Meeting (NYM) continues to search for a High School Coordinator to offer three retreats and programming at annual sessions and to help NYM High School youth find/participate in new experiences related to spiritual development, service, and leadership. This paid, part-time position could be shared. Details and application information at northern yearly meeting 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 webinar, Creating Sanctuary Policies in Schools and Cities, will be THIS Thurs, Jan. 18th, 7:30 to 9 pm. See more at Sanctuary Everywhere.
Friends for a NonViolent World’s Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone is hosting a community event, Police Use of Force: Laws and Practice, on Tues, Jan. 23rd, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1636 w. Van Buren Ave in St. Paul. For more, visit fnvw.org.
Song Circle meets next Sat, Jan 20th at the home of Chris and Tom in Edina. Song Circle is a friendly, open group for those who enjoy singing and making music. Direct questions to Marilyn or Dave.
Pay Taxes or Fund Peace? MN War Tax Resisters will host a discussion of the various methods and consequences of tax resistance and ways to redirect refused taxes to peaceful endeavors. Sun, Jan 21st, 3:30-5 pm at the Wedge Table, 2412 Nicollet Ave, Mpls FFI: Paying4Peace(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or see Paying4Peace on Facebook.
Carolyn VandenDolder, the interim Meeting Coordinator, will be in the office Wednesday and Friday, 10:30-4:00 and Thursday, noon -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.