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friends Digest, Vol 80, Issue 2

Posted by admin on Oct 7, 2010 in Meeting Events, minutes

 Dear Friends, This coming weekend we will have our monthly meeting for worship with attention to our Meeting’s business. Please be sure that all reports, concerns, and other business items are posted to Katherine K and to Barbara E who will be sitting in as recording clerk this month. Also please prepare for the meeting by reviewing the minutes of last month’s meeting, which have been posted on our website:
http://ashevillefriends.org/newsletter/2010/1009.pdf

There are numerous opportunities for Friends to practice compassion and generosity, as there are many people in need, both near and far. Our Meeting has an ongoing collection for Manna Food Bank, and you will find a collection box in the foyer where you can donate non-perishable food items. Also Susan O continues to collect small kitchen and household items to help formerly homeless people transition back to independent living.

In Haiti, there is still a tremendous need for material and medical support, as the $1 Billion aid promised by the U.S. Government many months ago has been stalled by a stubborn Senator. Fortunately there are several worthy non-governmental organizations on the ground in Haiti doing the work that our tax dollars ought to be helping with, such as Mercy Corps, Partners in Health, and Doctors Without Borders. Please consider making a donation to one of these organizations, or if you want your donation specifically to help Haiti, there are two other worthy organizations that will allow that: Bill Clinton Foundation – Haiti relief (be sure to earmark your donation) J/P Haitian Relief Organization (working strictly in Haiti)

Best Wishes, Steve

 
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Friends Digest, Meeting for Business, Minutes of Last

Posted by admin on Jan 7, 2010 in Meeting Events, minutes

Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday we will have our monthly meeting for worship to give attention to the business of our Meeting. If you have a committee report or a other business to bring to the meeting, please let our clerk, Katherine Kowal, know immediately.

katherine kowal

In preparation for the meeting, you may review the minutes of our
previous meeting for business (or any other) at our website.

http://ashevillefriends.org/minutes/

Best wishes,
Steve

 
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Called meeting for business for special item

Posted by admin on Aug 21, 2009 in Meeting Events, minutes

We had a called meeting for worship to attend to one special item of business, on 8/23/09. After rise of meeting, we reconvened to discern what our first day structure should be. The ad hoc committee considering our first day structure proposed three possible changes to our existing structure. After deliberation, it was decided that we would, on trial basis, return to holding First Day School for children simultaneous with Meeting for Worship, which will begin at 10 AM. This new schedule will begin 9/13/2009. This decision will be re-examined in about six months time.

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Minutes, Second Month 2009

Posted by admin on Mar 4, 2009 in minutes

Barbara Esther, Clerk
Jen Rhode, Co-Recording Clerk

Present
Gary Briggs, Bobby Carter, David Clements, Gjeorge Gjelfriend, Kristi Gjelfriend, Joy Gossett, Rylin Hansen, Pat Johnson, Katherine Kowal, Steve Livingston, Phil Neal, Rob Waskom, Adrianne Weir

Worship commenced at 12:16 p.m.

Reading:
Creeds are milestones, doctrines are interpretations. Truth, as George Fox was continually asserting, is a seed with the power of growth, not a fixed crystal, be its facets never so beautiful.
John Wilhelm Rowntree, 1904
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Minutes, First Month 2009

Posted by admin on Feb 4, 2009 in minutes, Uncategorized

Barbara Esther, Clerk

Jen Rhode, Co-Recording Clerk

Attendance

Gary Briggs, Bobby Carter, Jim Cavener, David Clements, Tom Edelston (visiting from Raleigh Monthly Meeting), Gjeorge Gjelfriend, Kristi Gjelfriend, Rylin Hansen, Pat Johnson, Katherine Kowal, Steve Livingston, Rusty Maynard, Phil Neal, Kitti Reynolds, Alan Robinson, Adrianne Weir

Opening Worship at 12:24 p.m.

Reading

Effective prophecy energises and encourages people. It acknowledges their failures and inadequacies, but it doesn’t blame – it comforts and consoles. It believes in people. It is an invitation to return to God. . . So what do we need in prophecy that will enable people to hear the voice of God? It is very simple. Jean Leclerq, a Benedictine, has said:

We must love the age we live in. From the point of view of faith, the best age for each of us is the one God has placed us in, the one he has given us, and which we must give back to him.

We must love the age we live in. Sometimes this is very hard to do, but it is our task.

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (1 Cor. 13)

Effective prophets work from a place of love. They nurture us, they inspire us to engage with our faith in deeper and deeper ways. We are inspired, we lead committed lives which return us always to our spiritual core. It is circular. Our outward lives are shaped from within, our actions bring us closer to God, and we live God’s truth in the world.

From An Orientation to Prophecy by Marion McNaughton
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Minutes, 12th month, 14th day 2008

Posted by admin on Dec 14, 2008 in minutes

Clerk: Barbara Esther

Co-Recording Clerk: Jen Rhode (jmrhode@yahoo.com)

Friends Present: Bobby Carter, Jim Cavener, Ellen Frerotte, Joy Gossett, Rylin Hansen, Pat Johnson, Katherine Kowal, Steve Livingston, Rusty Maynard, Kitti Reynolds, Alan Robinson, Sarah Jane Thomas, Adrianne Weir.

Opening Worship (12:15 p.m.)

Reading

The tendency is to overburden ourselves with the amount of work we try to do. Matthew 6:22 is instructive here: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (KJV) The life of simplicity is the focused, disciplined life in which we do not take on more than we can reasonably handle. This means uncomplicating our overscheduled and overburdened lives. It means having a clear sense of what is most important and learning how to leave aside those things that detract from and clutter up our lives – the excess baggage. In short, the testimony of simplicity calls for a reordering of our lives so that we become spiritually centered and focused.

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Minutes, 11th month 9th day 2008

Posted by admin on Nov 9, 2008 in minutes

Clerk: Barbara Esther

Co-Recording Clerk: Jen Rhode (jmrhode@yahoo.com)

Present: Jim Barton, Lynnora Bierce, Gary Briggs, Bobby Carter, Christy Gjelfriend, George Gjelfriend, Joy Gossett, Rylin Hansen, Pat Johnson, Katherine Kowal, Steve Livingston, Phil Neal, Kitti Reynolds, Alan Robinson, Rob Waskom, Adrianne Weir, Nicholas Wells (baking cookies for us), Robin Wells.

Opening Worship at 12:15

We began with a short period of silent worship.

The Clerk shared the following reading:

To read the Scriptures is to look in a mirror and find our own inner life, both as individuals and as a community, reflected in the lives of our spiritual forebears. Reading the Scriptures is an experience of growing self-knowledge. The life experiences of Biblical characters are analogous to our own; their spiritual conditions are ours. Reading the Bible is therefore an event of self-discovery, as we are taught by the same Spirit that inspired the written words of Scripture.

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Minutes, 10th month 12th day 2008

Posted by admin on Oct 12, 2008 in minutes

Clerk: Barbara Esther

Recording Clerk: Lynnora Bierce

Attendance: Rusty Maynard, Phil Neal, Steve Livingston, Alan Robinson, George Gjelfriend, Raelin Hansen, Joy Gossett, Robin Wells, Rob, Pat Johnson, Jim Cavener, Ellen Frerotte, Kristi Gjelfriend

Reading:

Those of us known as ‘activists’ have sometimes been hurt by the written or spoken implication that we must be spending too little time on our spiritual contemplative lives. I do know many atheists who are active to improve the lot of humankind; but for those of us who are Friends, our attendance at meeting for worship and our silent prayerful times are what make our outer activity viable and effective – if it is effective.

I have similarly seen quieter Friends hurt by the implication that they do not care enough, because they are not seen to be ‘politically active’. Some worry unnecessarily that they may be doing things of a ‘less important’ nature, as if to be seen doing things by the eyes of the world is the same thing as to be seen doing things by the eyes of God. . . I suggest that we refrain from judging each other or belittling what each is doing; and that we should not feel belittled. We cannot know the prayers that others make or do not make in their own times of silent aloneness. We cannot know the letters others may be writing to governments, similarly. . . We were all made differently, in order to perform different tasks. Let us rejoice in our differences.

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Minutes, 9th month 14th day 2008

Posted by admin on Sep 14, 2008 in minutes

Clerk: Barbara Esther

Recording Co-Clerk: Jennifer Rhode

Present: Bobby Carter, Barbara Esther, Ellen Frevotte, George Gjelfriend, Joy Gossett, Rylin Hansen, Pat Johnson, Katherine Kowal, Steve Livingston, Laura Maynard, Jennifer Rhode, Adrianne Weir, Robin Wells.

Opening Worship at 12:15

Reading:

I felt as though I led a double life. All week I interacted with folks for whom it was glaringly obvious that the end was near, and that it was the fault of gay marriage and pornography and liberals. Then on Sundays I went to meeting and interacted with people who also thought we were going to hell in the proverbial handbasket, but who were sure it was the fault of the Religious Right and the Republicans. I came up with a name for it: worldview whiplash! . . . As anyone who wears bifocals can attest, while they are an improvement over single lens glasses or no glasses at all, they are still an imperfect solution to flawed vision. . .I learned that there is a single lens. It is not the lens of the “Religious Right” or “Liberal Quakerism.” It is not a lens that has received the exclusive seal of approval from any denomination. It is a lens formed through a deeper prayer life and deeper dependence on the Holy Spirit than most of us manage. My vision is not yet adapted to this lens – I am full of spiritual astigmatisms, and suspect I always will be. But the headaches and sense of whiplash are much diminished, so maybe I am on the right path.

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Minutes, Eighth Month 2008

Posted by admin on Aug 12, 2008 in minutes, Uncategorized

Clerk: Barbara Esther, Recording Co-Clerk: Jen Rhode

Present: Katherine Kowal, Kitti Reynolds, Raelin Hansen, Phillip Neal, Peter Buck, Margaret Normile, Ellen Frerotte, Pat Johnson, Satchel Loftis, George Gjelfriend, Gary Briggs, Alan Robinson, Steve Livingston, Jim Cavener, Bobby Carter, Joy Gossett, Adrianne Weir

Opening Worship We began with a period of worship in silence at 12:08 p.m.

Clerk’s Reading

August.
The opposing
of peach and sugar,
and the sun inside the afternoon
like the stone in the fruit
The ear of corn keeps
its laughter intact, yellow and firm
August.
The little boys eat
brown bread and delicious moon.

Federico García Lorca
from Earth Prayers from Around the World
Edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
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