Announcements for July 2017
On July 30 (a fifth Sunday), we will have a single combined meeting for worship at 10:00, with time for socializing afterward. Friends are encouraged to attend. Activities for children will start at 10:20.
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 July 9, Peggy Daub will lead discussion of “Can’t we all just get along?” We will find out what a religious schism looks like from the inside by reading an article by Margaret Fraser on how the New Association of Friends, which refuses to call itself a yearly meeting, began in 2013.
On July 23, Rick Plewa will lead a discussion of selected poems by the Persian mystical poet Rumi.
Look for readings on the lobby table the preceding Sunday.
The summer schedule for Midweek Meetings for Worship has been decided. The 9:30 a.m. worship will not meet in July or August, but will resume in September. The 7 p.m. worship will continue meeting weekly on Wednesdays over the summer, in the Corner Room, with various people serving as closers. For more information about evening worship, contact Lisa Klopfer (lklopfer at gmail.com).
The Property Committee invites Friends to join them for a Property work party on Saturday, July 15, 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), July 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.
Family Camp at Friends Lake
Saturday, July 15, through Sunday, July 16
WHO: You and any family and friends you wish to bring
WHAT: A camping overnight planned by our Committee for Children and Families
WHERE: Friends Lake Cooperative Community, 5 miles north of Chelsea
WHEN: Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, July 15 & 16
WHY: To deepen and lighten fellowship within the Meeting (i.e., for kids and adults
to have fun together)
Stop by and notice the garden! Pull a weed if you notice one. Eat a sugar snap, a radish or a cherry tomato as they arrive. Everything else will go to Food Gatherers to help feed the hungry!
CCF could use your input in making decisions for programming for our children and families. You are invited to join the team and be on the Committee, which meets the second Sunday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. We are working on simplifying programming to make it easier and more enriching. Beyond giving your input, you can help through small tasks that make a big difference and can be worked into your schedule. We would love to have you join us!
Summer Fun Days at Friends Lake
The second of three Summer Fun Days at Friends Lake Community is the afternoon of Sunday, July 16. All Meeting members and attenders are invited, especially children and families. Activities will include fishing, lounging, boating, building sand castles, swimming, and hiking. The final Fun Day will be Sunday, August 13.
PIAG (our Palestine-Israel Action Group) will next meet on Wednesday, July 19, at 9:45. All are welcome. Contact the convener, Helen Fox (hfox at umich.edu) for more information, including the location.
During the July 23 potluck, the Membership and Outreach Committee will have a discussion table to consider the past and future of the SmallWorld Project. All participants, and those interested in learning more, are welcome to join the discussion.
Save the Date! The Retreat Committee is planning an 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.
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 appear in the spring LEYM Bulletin, in printed copies on the lobby table 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, 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.
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 to 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.
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
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 July. 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.