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friends Digest, Vol 78, Issue 1

Posted by admin on Aug 2, 2010 in Meeting Events

Dear Friends,

Next week we will have our monthly meeting for worship with attention to our Meeting’s business. Please plan to attend. In preparation for the meeting, please review the minutes from our sixth month meeting.

http://ashevillefriends.org/newsletter/2010/1006.pdf

Please be sure to submit any committee reports or other matters of concern to the meeting asap so our clerk and recording clerk can prepare for the meeting in a timely manner.

Best wishes,
Steve

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Agenda, Meeting for Business, June 20

Posted by admin on Jun 18, 2010 in Agenda, Meeting Events

Opening Worship

Review of Minutes
4th month
5th month

Finance committee report

SAYMA Aftermath

Pat Johnson – request for eco-information
Katherine – interest in joint worship/fellowship with Swannana Valley Meeting

Other
Review of Schedule Change for next month

Closing Worship

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Friends Digest

Posted by admin on Mar 12, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, Our Friends

Dear Friends,

This coming first day we will have our monthly meeting for worship
giving attention to the business of our meeting. Clerk Katherine Kowal is out of town, so Adrianne Weir will be sitting in as clerk pro tem.
Please direct your committee reports, action items, and other concerns to her, along with our recording clerk Jen Ward as usual (IE, by the end of the day today – sorry this wasn’t posted yesterday, but i couldn’t access website – ed.)

adryana.services@gmail.com
jennifer.rhode.ward@gmail.com

Minutes of the second month meeting for business are posted on our website at

http://ashevillefriends.org/newsletter/2010/1002.pdf

Our dear Friend Sarah Jane Thomas has suffered a couple of debilitating seizures and is now in Memorial Mission Hospital, room 719. Please contact a member of Pastoral Care Committee for further info on her status and what kind of visitation or contact is appropriate.

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Agenda for Meeting for Business

Posted by admin on Dec 11, 2009 in Agenda, Meeting Events, Meeting News

December, 13. 2009

Opening Worship

Request from the Clerks
That we remember that we are all clerks and that all in the Meeting for Business share in the  responsibility for monitoring the process.
That , after being recognized by the clerk, members who can comfortably do so stand to  speak.

11th Month Minutes

Report of Finance Committee

Ministry and Counsel
*  Recommendations for Meeting for Business  Procedure
*  Recommendations re nonmembers serving on  Ministry and Counsel

Nominating
*Nominations for Communications Committee
* (Provisional) Nomination for M&C

Communications
* Public Service Announcement

Spiritual Enrichment Report

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Posted by admin on Dec 10, 2009 in Meeting Events, Meeting News

Dear Friends,

This week after our first hour of worship we will have our monthly
Meeting for Worship for the conduct of our business. Minutes from last
month’s meeting are posted on our website. Our clerk will be posting an
agenda tomorrow, so all reports, action items, and concerns should be in
her hands by now.

Minutes of 11th month 2009 meeting
<http://ashevillefriends.org/newsletter/2009/0911.pdf>

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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Meeting shuts down Ma Bell request

Posted by admin on Aug 9, 2009 in Meeting News

At our monthly Meeting for Worship with attention to our Meeting’s business, Friends were very swift and sure in cutting off any further consideration of the proposal by AT&T to locate a communications structure on our property.

AT&T had approached our House and Grounds clerk about placing the structure on a 15×15 foot concrete slab near the entrance to our driveway,  and had requested an essentially perpetual right to occupy that space and enjoy access to it, in exchange for $5000. When the matter was brought up at Meeting for Business, one Friend quickly rose to stand in the way, and listed a litany of reasons why the proposal did not resonate with our values as stewards of our property. Another Friend joined in standing in the way, while a third Friend who has long been active on House and Grounds Committee expressed grave reservations on both pragmatic and philosophical grounds.

The matter was quickly brought to a conclusion, with the Meeting united in opposing the proposal to locate this structure anywhere on our property.

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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, 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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