Announcements for September 2017
Room Changes Starting in September:
Environment & Social Concerns Committe will meet in the ICPJ offices.
Midweek Meeting for Worship will meet in the Fireplace Room (at 7 p.m. on
Reading & Discussion will meet in the Corner Room (most 2nd and 4th Sundays). First Day School: Children will gather in the Living Room by 11 a.m. See the
announcement below, under "News from Committee for Children and Families."
Reading and Discussion
Reading and Discussion meets on second and fourth Sundays in the Corner Room (note new location) from 10:05 to 10:55.
On September 10, Rick Plewa will lead discussion of passages from John
McQuiston's book Christianity Without Superstition: Meaning, Metaphor, and
On September 24, Phil Volk will lead a discussion of the writings of Dorothy Day, a
social activist and advocate for charity and the poor.
All are welcome. Look for the readings on the lobby table the preceding Sunday.
Friends are invited to Midweek Meeting for Worship every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in varying locations; see the weekly Handout. For more information, contact Lisa Klopfer (lklopfer at gmail.com).
The Property Committee invites Friends to join them for a Property work party on Saturday, September 9, starting at 9 a.m. Please bring work gloves and be prepared for garden work and possibly painting.
News from the Committee for Children and Families (CCF), September 2017
~ SEPTEMBER 10 IS START OF THE NEW YEAR FOR FIRST DAY SCHOOL ~
September 10 at 11 a.m. sharp. All children, their families, and (F)friends will gather in the back yard, weather permitting (Fellowship Room if not) to welcome everyone to the start of First Day School. We will have games to invite the children into the program and show them the joy of being in community in Friends Meeting. We will practice the new schedule and generally have a grand time. We will quietly and expectantly enter meeting for worship together at 11:50 a.m.
New Format for First Day School. Starting Sunday, September 17, we will meet in the Living Room of Quaker house by 11 a.m. for fun, energizing, and community-building activities for all ages, including any adults who want to join in. After 10-15 minutes, the elementary-school children (Yellow Group) will go to the Fireplace room and the middle schoolers and high schoolers will go to meeting for worship with the adults. Three-year olds through fifth graders will then have an activity and a lesson. This will be followed by a clean-up and settling routine. The children, and those who have tended them, will then enter meeting for worship at 11:50 in a settled, focused way. They will sit on the benches between the doors to join the rest of meeting.
The Committee for Children and Families (CCF) oversees all concerns about the children and their families, as well as First Day School. We are in the process of moving toward greater simplicity in how we approach our work. If you are led to share your wisdom in this way please join us.
For further information or to volunteer, please contact Sheila Johnson (sheila at johnson-mcloyd.com) or Su Hansen (email@example.com).
The American Friends Service Committee has sent us queries to see how our Meeting is dealing with certain issues. Come to the Corner Room from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 17, to consider queries on migrant-justice issues, immigration actions in Washtenaw County, and how our Meeting can respond.
The queries are, “How are Quakers called to be allies of the ministry justice movement?” and “How can Friends support raising the voice of the migrant and undocumented community within our towns and nation?” For more information, please contact Phil Volk at PhilVolk2004 at yahoo.com.
Meeting for Canoeing Around Harsens Island
A September Meeting for Canoeing around Harsens Island (where the St. Clair River flows into Lake St. Clair) is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. After a 90-minute drive to the ferry in Algonac, there will be a 10-minute crossing to the island. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one on the island. Paddle the channels of Harsens Island alongside migratory birds. Lunch at Sans Souci Restaurant watching lake freighters pass by on the international waterway. For information and to sign up, contact Thomas Taylor at tftaylor37 at comcast.net.
Friends are invited to dinner and a panel conversation with representatives of the Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary Committee and affiliated faith communities on Friday, September 22, from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Fellowship Room. Donations toward the cost of the dinner welcome (as able). Please contact EJ Shelly for childcare needs; her email address is in the Meeting directory.
ADVOCACY FOR THE LONG HAUL
Friends are invited to the FCNL (Friends Committee for National Legislation) Advocacy Teams Launch
Saturday, September 23, from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Meetinghouse
People across the country are asking the same question: “What can I do to change what’s happening in the world?” FCNL's 75 years on Capitol Hill have shown that your voice can make an important impact on federal policy. In-person meetings with your members of Congress are the most effective way to influence policy makers.
Change in Washington starts with you.
Please join FCNL for an advocacy workshop:
- Influence your members of Congress and their staff through face-to-face
- Drive the media coverage you want to see
- Build a strategic team in your community that lobbies as part of a powerful
national advocacy network
- Join our 2017 campaign: prevent increases in Pentagon spending that would
come at a cost to social safety net programs that millions of Americans
Learn more at fcnl.org/advocacyteams.
An Invitation from the Committee on Ministry and Counsel:
QUAKERS AND RACE: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
A Retreat for Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21
Saturday lunch provided. Donations welcome.
Friday evening, October 20, 7 to 9 p.m. (Light refreshments at 6:30)
TOWARD RIGHT RELATIONSHIP:
QUAKERS AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN BOARDING SCHOOLS
Facilitated by Helen Fox and Jim Crowfoot
THE COLORS OF US: GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER
Facilitated by Rita Simpson-Vlach
Childcare will be provided for pre-K and younger children.
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
QUAKERS AND RACE: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
An interactive program investigating race and racism, with the intention of
promoting learning, community building, awareness, and openings.
Facilitated by Morghan Williams and a Lori Saginaw
THE COLORS OF US: ACTIVITIES & QUAKER PERSPECTIVES
ON IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, JUSTICE, AND ACTION
Using picture books, stories, games, role play, and art, the children's program (K–12) will explore concepts of identity, fairness, stereotype, and privilege in light of the Quaker testimonies of equality and community. Activities will broaden children’s vocabulary for social justice, provide a safe space to reflect on their own identities, and engage them in discussions of how they can make a difference as anti-racist allies.
Facilitated by Rita Simpson-Vlach
Childcare will be provided for pre-K and younger children.
Ministry and Counsel encourages everyone to attend the full program.
Please sign up by Sunday, October 8, so we can plan food and the children’s program. Sign-up sheets are on the lobby table.
For more information, please contact Nancy Taylor (netaylor at comcast.net).
Meeting Library News
The printed author and title catalogs in the notebook on top of the cabinet in the Library have been updated to reflect the holdings of the Library through August 2017. In addition to listing books acquired since the last printed update, this version provides more accurate and consistent entries as well as subject descriptors for many more books.
Whenever new books are cataloged, both author and title catalogs are updated on the computer in the cabinet in the Library; thus the most current information is available there.
New, and available only on the Library computer, is a detailed subject catalog. Jeff Cooper, Meeting librarian, writes: “This is my first attempt at a subject catalog, so it is far from perfect. It should be useful particularly for finding books on specific topics, but I hope that it will also guide readers toward good sources for broad topics. Please try it out, and tell me how it can be improved.”
Printed instructions for using the Library computer are placed next to it, and you are welcome to ask Jeff for assistance.
Fall Quarterly Meeting
The fall gathering of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) has been rescheduled from Saturday, September 16, to Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at our Meetinghouse. In addition to the meeting for business, Thomas Taylor will lead us in song, and we will discuss Greg Woods' plenary speech on outreach at the recent LEYM Annual Meeting.
Raelyn Joyce, clerk of GPQM, is looking for a few Friends from different Meetings who may be interested in taking part in a panel discussion reflecting on Greg Woods' message and its application to us and our Meetings. If you are interested in being on the panel, or know of other Friends who might be, please let Raelyn know (269-345-0489 or raejoyce10 at gmail.com). She is looking forward to reflecting and sharing ideas on how we can enliven our meetings! Please plan on joining the fall gathering on Saturday, October 14!
Peace & Social Concerns Committee says "Let Them Hear From YOU!"
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.”
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 Tuesday, September 26, 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. The deadline for the October newsletter is Sunday, September 24, at 1 p.m. 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.
For information about programs at Michigan Friends Center, click here.