Announcements for August 2017
August Schedule Changes
- There is no scheduled meeting for worship for business.
- Early meeting on third Sunday will be at 9 a.m.
- There will be no Reading & Discussion on August 27.
- The Care and Visitation Committee will not meet.
- Scheduling of the Finance Committee meeting is tentative. The convener will let
members know if a meeting is needed.
- The Chelsea Worship Group will not meet.
Reading and Discussion
Reading and Discussion usually meets on second and fourth Sundays in Quaker House Living Room from 10:05 to 10:55, but this month will meet only on second Sunday.
On August 13, Friends who attended either the Friends General Conference Gathering or Lake Erie Yearly Meeting's Annual Meeting are invited to share their experiences and impressions. Rick Plewa will convene. All are welcome.
Forum on “Buying Green Energy” ~ Sunday, August 20
Did you know that research shows buying green power is one of the five best ways for Americans to reduce their carbon footprint? A Forum sponsored by the Environment and Social Concerns Committee, at 12:40 on Sunday, August 20, in the Meetingroom, will give us all a chance to learn more about this topic and determine if it would be a good way for the Meeting to cut its carbon footprint significantly. We will share information on green sources for purchasing electricity, including Arcadia Power (specializing in wind power) and Green Power from DTE (including solar and wind). Topics will also include power distribution on the grid, RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates), and costs. There should be ample time for questions and discussion as well.
With the reduction of our carbon footprint being understood more and more as a matter of spiritual stewardship, this seems like a good time to consider these alternatives carefully, both for the Meeting and for our homes. Peggy Daub and Debs Roush are organizing this forum and happy to answer any questions. If you would like to attend this event and require childcare, please notify Peggy Daub (668-8063 or peggydaub at hotmail.com) ahead of time.
Solar Q&A Session
Friends are invited to a question and answer session with Homeland Solar on Monday, August 21, from 6:30 to 8:00, in the Meetingroom. Friends can ask questions of experts as we refine the solar-power generation options on our grounds. Homeland Solar has the questions raised at business and threshing meetings and other information to share. If you wish to submit a question or need childcare to attend, please contact Harry Sheehan in advance at h.sheehan.a2 at gmail.com. All are welcome.
Friends are invited to Midweek Meetings for Worship every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Corner Room. For more information , contact Lisa Klopfer (lklopfer at gmail.com). The 9:30 a.m. midweek worship will resume in September.
The Property Committee invites Friends to join them for a Property work party on Saturday, August 19, starting at 9 a.m. Bring work gloves and be prepared for garden work and possibly painting.
News from the Committee for Children and Families (CCF), August 2017
Through the summer, First Day School classes are 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 during 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Meetings for Worship.
Big Changes for First Day School
The Committee for Children and Families, in cooperation with Ministry and Counsel, is trying a new format for First Day School starting this fall. First Day School will start with children of all ages (except nursery) gathering together in the Living Room promptly at 11 a.m. every Sunday. We will start with invigorating and welcoming community-building activities.
Then the yellow group (grades 1 to 5)will move into the Fireplace Room, where they will be learning about Quaker practice. Once a month an adult from the Meeting will be interviewed about their journey as a Quaker and how it has impacted their life, and will engage with the children in an activity that they can enjoy together.
The red group (ages 3 through kindergarten) will remain in the Living Room to learn Quaker practice through an inviting curriculum developed by Friends General Conference and adapted for our particular children.
We are looking into how to best meet the needs of the middle schoolers for First Day School and will let you know about that soon. Some videography may be involved.
At 11:40, each group will clean up their area and begin settling and focusing activities in preparation for going into meeting for worship at 11:50. Once in the Meetingroom, all children and adults involved in First Day School that day will sit together on the benches between the doors. The flow of First Day School is designed to energetically lead the children toward settling in for meaningful worship.
We have designed First Day School to interface with the rest of the Meeting. We are making it much easier for the adults of the Meeting to come in and teach one to four sessions a year without a lot of preparation. We have developed ways of supporting you as you support the spiritual growth of our young people. Please ask any CCF member how you can contribute to First Day School!
Summer Fun Days at Friends Lake
The final Summer Fun Day at Friends Lake Community takes place the afternoon of Sunday, August 13. All Meeting members and attenders are invited, especially children and families. Activities will include fishing, lounging, boating, building sand castles, swimming, and hiking.
Save the Date! The Retreat Committee is planning a Meeting Retreat focusing on “Quakers and Race: A Spiritual Journey,” starting on Friday evening, October 20, and continuing during the day on Saturday, October 21. The retreat will be at the Meetinghouse and there will be a children’s program. Further details are forthcoming.
Summer Quarterly Meeting
The Summer Gathering of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting is a meeting for worship and picnic potluck in remembrance of Hiroshima, held outdoors at Quaker Park in Battle Creek. This year the gathering is scheduled on Sunday, August 6, starting at 11:00. This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to meet and break bread with folks from various Michigan Meetings. Quaker Park is on the northwest corner of Fremont and Groveland Streets.
FORGIVENESS ~ Theme of the 2017-18 Spiritual Formation Program
The theme of this year's Spiritual Formation Program, under the care of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, is "Practicing Forgiveness as a Spiritual Discipline." A weekend retreat on this theme on September 15-17 will be led by Sue Regen, who has felt a concern on this topic for 15 years and has led similar workshops annually at the FGC Gathering and in other groups. "Anger, fear, hurt, and pain hinder us from feeling connected with Spirit and our own healing energies. Choosing to practice forgiveness can move us closer to Spirit and inner peace and renew our relationship with self and others. Our focus will be on using tools and techniques for doing forgiveness work, not on therapy." The full flyer and a registration form are available on the LEYM website https://leym.org/spiritual-formation, and there are flyers on the lobby table.
Creating Cultures of Peace
Saturday, August 5 , 7 TO 9 p.m., at the Meetinghouse
For People of Love and Conscience to:
• Meet people creating cultures of peace in our private and public lives
• Enjoy an evening of stories, activities, insights, and art
• Learn an ecology of activities that universally preserve peace
• Create peace with the Earth and with each other
Facilitated by Su Hansen, Nadine Hoover, and Autumn Star
Free! Opportunities to Invest and Donate! Bring Snacks to Share; Drinks Provided
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, August 23, at 9:45. 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, but will not meet in August. 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.