November Minutes & Reports Due, Monday, November 5, 2018
November Business Meeting, 1:15pm, November 11, 2018
November Newsletter Due, Monday, November 19, 2018
Announcement Sheet Due, Mondays at midnight
Sanctuary Coalition – Fall 2018 News Update and Invitation to Join in the Work
Friends Meeting at Cambridge has been part of the 11 congregation Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition since May of 2017. At this point 25 – 30 members of our FMC community participate in the work on a regular basis, and we could use more volunteers. The coalition’s guests, a mother and her two young children, have been living in space provided by University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square for over 15 months due to the current administration’s immigration policies.
Volunteers with the coalition are involved in a variety of ways. Some accompany undocumented immigrants to their court appointments, some attend hearings and engage in other efforts to change legislation, and some spend time, in four-hour shifts twice a month, with our sanctuary family at University Lutheran Church, or help with food purchases and deliveries, or take the two young children on outings.
We very much need more volunteers to help in this work. If you are interested please reach out to Susan Davies or any others of us working with the coalition. We would love to tell you more.
The Common Strummers (FMC Friends from left to right – David Bonner, Molly Watt, Dan Watt and Polly Stevens) played ukulele and lead singing at Midnight Voices (co-sponsored by Peace & Social Concerns Committee) on Thursday, October 18 in the Friends Room. Midnight Voices takes place on third Thursdays at FMC and there are open mic slots for readers and performers each month.
A Procession of Friends
To celebrate World Quaker Day (October 7, 2018) fifty-four Friends (young and older) gathered in the Friends Room or Family Worship where they created a Procession of Friends banner and talked about the contributions of various Quakers through the ages. The group from Family Worship then shared about their banner and their worship with those gathered in the Meetinghouse at the rise of regular Meeting for Worship. The banner (and Quaker biographical info) is on display downstairs in the hall in the First Day School.
First Day School students and some adult volunteers gathered again this year at FMC during All-Meeting for Worship at Raytheon on October 21, 2018 to create this beautiful mandala with found nature objects.
Slippers in Meeting for Worship are Great!
Does curling up next to the fire in your slippers sound appealing? This is a gentle reminder to bring slippers to Meeting to save the wear and tear on our floors and rugs, especially during wet and/or snowy days. We certainly do not wish to cause hardship for anyone, but for those of us able to bring a change of footgear, every little bit helps. Slippers to borrow are available in the Meetinghouse and entryway to the Friends Center. Put your wet/salty/snowy footwear in the plastic trays.