Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
Fall Meeting September 19th
9ish to 4ish
Friends Center, Chelsea, MI
More information to follow
248 – 547 – 3073
415 – 378 – 6060
The first registration deadline is approaching for the upcoming Friends General Conference Friends of Color Retreat November 6 – 8, 2015.
I will be at our Yearly Meeting and available by email to answer any questions on the Retreat.
Birmingham Friends Meeting
It has been approximately two weeks since Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Friends met for an informal discussion with the Friends School in Detroit board about its five point plan to honor the Quarter’s Minute and lay down the school. Currently, as we discussed in the meeting, we are waiting for a new corporation to be formed and for those members of the current board who are so led, to resign from the board and join the new corporation. When this occurs we will immediately need to fill between eight and ten vacancies on the current board in order to comply with the by-laws that allow the board to conduct the corporation’s business. These appointments are expected to be short term, until the school’s debt is paid and the corporation is dissolved or merged with the new corporation. I would like to be prepared for this need by asking those of you who are interested in serving to let me know. I am recommending that to be considered for appointment, you should be a member of the Religious Society of Friends.
As we discussed at the joint meeting, we are also awaiting a letter securing the James Turrell donation. Once that is in place and the new corporation has formed, we will have a called meeting to address the way forward between the two entities. We may find that having an attorney (as has been recommended by some Friends) will be helpful in working through the legal considerations between the old and new organization. If you have a recommendation for legal counsel, please let me know.
Thank you for your help in working through this difficult and painful time.
Clerk, Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Picnic Potluck
In remembrance of Hiroshima
August 9, 11am – 3pm 2015
Quaker Park, Battle Creek, MI 49017, located at the intersection of Fremont and Groveland Streets
After meeting for worship and before the picnic we will hold a brief meeting for business. The Nominating Committee is bringing forth the name of Geoff Brieger, from Birmingham Friends Meeting, to be clerk of GPQM 2015 – 2016.
This annual picnic is a wonderful opportunity to meet and break bread with folks from various Friends Meetings in Michigan. Children and youth are encouraged to bring adults. There is a play area to run and have fun.
Carol Meyer – Niedzwiecki
cmeyerniedzwieki at yahoo dot com
LEYM’s Spiritual Formation Program is for anyone who longs for a deeper spiritual life. The program provides a flexible structure for spiritual development. It balances the need for enough structure to guide with enough flexibility to be customized to individual needs.
Each year’s program begins with a retreat in the fall and ends with a retreat in the spring attended by Friends from across LEYM. In between the retreats, local groups are encouraged to meet on a regular basis, and participants practice a daily spiritual discipline of their choice.
Retreats for 2015-16:
Sept. 11-3, 2015 at Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI
May 14, 2016, place TBD
Theme: Experiment with Light
Leader: JoAnn Seaver
PARTICIPATE IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT JULY 28-30
Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of the yearly meeting’s service project, July 28-30. As in the past two years, our days of service will immediately precede LEYM annual sessions in Bluffton. This year we will be working with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio (18 miles north of Bluffton) for two full days, midday Tuesday July 28 to Thursday July 30, while using Bluffton as our home base. Our work may include helping with a new build, repairing existing housing, or working in their ReStore, as most needed.
Spiritual Discernment: Listening to the Spirit, Finding Your Way
July 26-30, 2015
Are you feeling nudged by the Spirit but constrained by uncertainty and doubt? Challenged by a thorny question that won’t let you alone? Called to a new path—or just unsure of your next step? Whether perplexed by a burning issue or just wanting to follow the Spirit more faithfully day by day, you will find this retreat helpful in learning and practicing the skills of spiritual discernment. Learn about the Quaker clearness committee and discerning of spiritual gifts. This gently paced retreat provides abundant space and encouragement for individual participants. Expect to see yourself, your situation, your choices, and your calling more clearly.
Join us for Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting’s spring gathering 5th Month, 16th Day, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118
Cost: $10 donation for lunch
Clerk: Ellerie Brownfain
Asst Clerk: Susan Hartman
Recording Clerk: Tom Blackwell
Treasurer: Inge Breiger
Children’s Program: Provided by Ann Arbor Friends
Lunch: Provided by Birmingham Friends Meeting
Walk around Friends Lake Property: Jason Tallant has confirmed that he will be happy to lead a walk around the 90 acre Friends Lake property. Jason is our environmental planning specialist; he’s a landscape ecologist at the University of Michigan and the father of a couple of the young kids in the Friends Lake community. He has prepared two new maps for us: the trails map and the map of the varied ecological niches on the property. After the walk, friends are encouraged to stay and enjoy the weather and friendships.
photo: Subash Katel, Friends Peace Teams Asia-West Pacific
Friends Peace Teams – Asia West Pacific is providing relief in Nepal. With trusted Nepal team members on the ground, they are able to get relief to people who “fall through the cracks” of other relief efforts.
They need our help! Please send relief funds for Nepal to “Friends Peace Teams – AWP/Nepal”
Nadine Hoover, FPT-AWP coordinator writes:
“Please send relief funds for Nepal to Friends Peace Teams-AWP/Nepal…
“Our experience is that in times of disaster, Friends Peace Teams has solid relationships with people on location whose discernment we trust. We have such a relationship with Subhash….”
“Subhash will coordinate our relief support and will share the full story of how the funds get used and how decisions are made, as well as welcome your questions or feedback. The flexibility of our funds allows them to respond to blatant needs that are falling through the cracks of other organizations such as devastated communities that somehow do not receive assistance; particular essential materials or supports that do not get provided by others; or the ability to respond in a timely manner that makes a world of difference. Thank you for your support at this time!
“… We guarantee that 100% of your donation will go for use directly on site.”
In love and faith,