Announcements for June 2017
The June Meeting for Worship for Business, on June 18 at 9 a.m., is our Annual Meeting, at which officers of the Meeting for the coming year are approved. Officers nominated for 2017–18 are Lynn Drickamer as clerk, Nancy Taylor as assistant clerk, Peggy Daub as recording clerk (continuing) and Karla Taylor as treasurer (also continuing). We encourage Friends to attend this meeting—and all Meetings for Worship for Business.
Reading and Discussion
Reading and Discussion meets on second and fourth Sundays in Quaker House Living Room from 10:05 to 10:55. All are welcome.
On June 11, Rick Plewa will lead a session on a brief article by Omid Safi entitled "Tending Our Inner Life to Make the World Whole." We will share personal disciplines and practices of self-care that we use to maintain health and sanity in difficult times.
On June 25, Thomas Taylor will lead discussion of "Getting to Know Our Cousins: Un-Othering.” The short readings are about communicating with people and species different from us, and we will share how we learn to hear and understand the others' point(s) of view.
Look for readings on the lobby table the preceding Sunday.
Friends are invited to Midweek Meetings for Worship and Sharing on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Corner Room. These will run through June 28, when we’ll decide whether to continue this experiment. If you need childcare, please contact Nancy Taylor for the morning worship (netaylor at comcast.net) or Lisa Klopfer for the evening worship (lklopfer at gmail.com).
Lawn Clean-up with Ypsi's Bell, Kramer and Briggs Neighborhood Association
The Environment and Social Concerns Committee invites Friends to a lawn clean-up with the Ypsilanti's Bell, Kramer and Briggs Neighborhood Association on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. Projects include picking up litter and general landscape clean-up. Bring work gloves, drinking water and, if you have them, hedge trimmers. Meet at the corner of Kramer and Bell streets off of S. Huron.
The Carbon Footprint Interest Group will meet on Sunday, June 4, in the Corner Room, at 12:40 to update ourselves on individual efforts and discuss how to apply learnings to the Meetinghouse and Quaker House.
Meeting for Canoeing on the Au Sable River
Friends are invited to the Au Sable River Excursion (an extended “Meeting for Canoeing”) from Thursday, June 8 to Sunday, June 11, near Mio. Plan to tent at the nearby State Forest campground, and bring your own canoes and kayaks or rent for $40 per day. Gas and food costs will be shared, as will be the cooking. For more information, contact Thomas Taylor (995-6803 or tftaylor37 at comcast.net) or Judith Becker (665-0803 or beckerj at umich.edu). The sign-up sheet and a flyer are on the lobby table.
Friends are invited to a Forum on Congregational Sanctuary on June 11, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Room. For childcare needs, contact Su Hansen (ccfassistant at gmail.com).
Eston Griffin, Director of Business Development and Constituent Relations at Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC), will be visiting Ann Arbor in June, and is happy to meet with Friends to share news from FFC and answer questions. All interested Friends are invited to meet with Eston on Wednesday, June 14, at 1 p.m., in the Corner Room.
The Property Committee invites Friends to join them for a Property work party on Saturday, June 17, starting at 9 a.m. Weather permitting, we will tackle yard work and possibly painting.
Summer Fun Days at Friends Lake
The first of three Summer Fun Days at Friends Lake Community is the afternoon of Sunday, June 18. All Meeting members and attenders are invited, especially children and families. The theme of the first Fun Day is fishing; other activities will include lounging, building sand castles, swimming and hiking. The other Fun Days will be Sundays July 16 and August 13.
News from the Committee for Children and Families (CCF), June 2017
Closing Celebration for This Year’s First Day School
On Sunday, June 11, at 11 a.m. we will meet in the Fireplace Room and then, weather permitting, go outside. Everyone is welcome, especially parents and those who have worked with the children this school year. We will review our year together, celebrate our community and look forward to the lazy, fun, summer days. The children will join Friends in the Meetingroom at 11:50, and will sit together as a group.
Starting June 18 and continuing through the summer, First Day School classes will be replaced by activities for children ages 3-12. Come to the Fireplace Room at 11:20. Many of the activities will be outdoors. The nursery continues through the summer from 9 a.m. until end of the 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship.
We will have Family Camp at Friends Lake Community in Chelsea on Saturday, July 15, starting with lunch around noon or 1 p.m. We will share meals together, free-form fun, a bonfire with s’mores, singing and storytelling and meeting for worship by the Lake. If you are up for it, you can camp overnight and then stay on for the AAFM Fun Day (see above) on Sunday. Come for the whole time or for as long as you can! Everyone from Meeting is welcome if you have had a family, still do, or have wanted one. Children are invited to bring their friends to join in the fun!
AAFM wants parents to be able to participate in all areas of the Meeting, so when committees and Friends are planning activities please arrange for childcare. For instructions on how to do this, contact Su Hansen at suhan722 at gmail.com. Then, when submitting a handout or newsletter announcement, please indicate either a) "call by a certain date” if you are seeking to determine whether childcare is needed, or b) "childcare is provided” if you will be providing childcare and do not need to ask Friends.
LEYM Annual Meeting: July 27 to 30 in Bluffton, Ohio
“Quakerism into the New Millennium” is the theme of this year’s meeting, and the plenary talk, on Friday evening, is by Greg Woods, who has a leading to work with college students on behalf of Friends. Program highlights will include ten workshops, worship-sharing sessions, an excellent children’s program and a talent show on Saturday night. The site is the friendly campus of Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, less than two hours south of Ann Arbor, just off I-75.
New this year: The registration fee ($55) is waived for young adult Friends (ages 19–35).
Other discounts continue: Free registration and lodging and two-thirds discount on meals for children (ages 3–18); one-third off all costs for first-time attenders, which may be matched by Ann Arbor Meeting (and can be combined with the YAF discount). Program details and registration forms will appear in the spring LEYM Bulletin, in printed copies coming to the Meeting and on leym.org.
Financial Assistance to Attend Yearly Meeting: Members of the AAFM community can apply for assistance through our Post Enabling Fund. Individuals or families seeking such support should submit an application to the Committee on Ministry and Counsel by Sunday, June 11 (or, for a decision in July, by July 9). Click here to download AAFM’s financial assistance form; completed forms should be placed in the M&C mailbox in the lobby or sent to Nancy Taylor at netaylor at comcast.net.
Peace & Social Concerns Committee writes:
Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators
Activists of all political stripes recommend calling legislators, not just emailing — and certainly not just venting on social media. Several lawmakers, along with those who work for them, said so in interviews, according to Daniel Victor in the New York Times last November. A phone call from a constituent can, indeed, hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post or a tweet. To understand why, it helps to know what happens when someone answers the phone at a legislator’s office. Even if you don’t speak directly to the lawmaker, staff members often pass the message along in one form or another.
Emily Ellsworth, whose jobs have included answering phones in the district offices of two Republican representatives, said the way your points reach a lawmaker depends on how many calls the office is getting at the time and how you present your story. In some cases, it’s a simple process. When a caller offered an opinion, staff members would write the comments down in a spreadsheet, compile them each month and present reports to top officials, she said. But a large volume of calls on an issue could bring an office to a halt, sometimes spurring the legislator to put out a statement on his or her position, Ms. Ellsworth said. She recommended the tactic of a series of tweets shared thousands of times. “It brings a legislative issue right to the top of the mind of a member,” she said. “It makes it impossible to ignore for the whole staff. You don’t get a whole lot else done.”
While scripts found on the internet can be useful for people uncomfortable talking on the phone, she suggested making the phone calls as personal as possible. In some cases, if she was moved by a call, she would pass on the comments to her district director, she said. “What representatives and staffers want to hear is the individual impact of your individual story,” she said. “I couldn’t listen to people’s stories for six to eight hours a day and not be profoundly impacted by them.”
Let Them Hear From YOU!
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Sen. Gary Peters
Rep. Debbie Dingell
Rep. Tim Walberg
Rep. Mike Bishop
U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 866-220-0044
White House Comment Line: 888-225-8418
Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG) News
PIAG will next meet on Wednesday, June 21, at 9:30. All are welcome. Contact the convener, Helen Fox (hfox at umich.edu) for more information, including the location.
In January 2009, AAFM established a Travel Fund for Witness in the Middle East for F/friends wishing to learn firsthand about the conflict in Israel/Palestine. Originally inspired by a Friend whose own travel experiences led to a deeper understanding of Palestinian life in the West Bank and Gaza, the fund provides a unique opportunity to experience the joys and sorrows that affect all who are involved in the conflict.
Many wonderful guided trips are available through various recommended organizations. To explore them, check out www.quakerpi.org/QActivism/TRIPS.htm. If you wish to apply to AAFM for partial funding, click here to read the AAFM Minute that details the application procedures.
Most Sundays a limited amount of Palestinian olive oil (Free Trade, Certified Organic, produced by farmer cooperatives) is available on the lobby table for purchase at $12 per 500 ml bottle. Sale of this high quality oil supports Palestinian farmers who face great challenges getting their produce to markets.
Quaker Bible Study – involving a close reading of a short Bible passage followed by individual responses – takes place every Wednesday morning at 8:30 in the Corner Room. All are welcome. Questions? Ask Rebecca Hatton(rebecca.hatton1 at gmail.com).
Want to Keep Up with MQEA? The Environmental and Social Concerns Committee has begun a group called Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action, which is intended to promote better environmental policy and legislation in the state. If you would like to join MQEA and receive occasional updates, please contact Peggy Daub (peggydaub at hotmail.com).
Karen Vigmostad is the newsletter and handout editor. Please send announcements for Sunday handout to kvigmostad at icloud.com no later than noon on Thursdays. Newsletter announcements are generally due by the 25th of the month. See exact date in the calendar. We expect to move to a new website system soon.
Friends can make donations to the Meeting online. Clicking here will link you to a page that enables donations through PayPal (which takes 1.9% plus 30˘ per transaction). Contributions to the Meeting are tax deductible. You can also contribute by leaving cash or a check in the contributions basket on the lobby table or sending a donation c/o Treasurer, Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Copies of the Meeting Handbook are available in the lobby. A contribution of $4 to cover printing costs is requested.
The Meeting’s wheelchair is stored in the outer lobby for the lift. Friends may borrow it for use between the parking lot and the lift or inside the Meetinghouse and Quaker House.
The Chelsea Worship Group has meeting for worship at Michigan Friends Center on most second Sundays (June 11) at 10am. The contact is John Deikis (395-7414); please check with him before attending, to confirm that worship is taking place that day.
For information about programs at Michigan Friends Center, click here.