GPQM Picnic Potluck August 9 in Quaker Park

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
269-694-2750 (phone)
cmeyerniedzwieki at yahoo dot com

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Invitation to join LEYM’s Spiritual Formation Program

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

Complete information and a registration form

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Invitation to participate in this year’s LEYM Service Project


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.

Complete information and registration form

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Spiritual Discernment Retreat, July 26-30 at Pendle Hill

Spiritual Discernment: Listening to the Spirit, Finding Your Way

July 26-30, 2015

Nancy Bieber

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.

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GPQM Spring Gathering May 16 at MFC

Join us for Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting’s spring gathering 5th Month, 16th Day, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Schedule & Business Agenda

Documents to Read Ahead

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.


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Donate for Nepal throuth Friends Peace Teams

NepalPhotophoto: 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:

Dear Friends,
“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,


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Wooster Meeting & Presbyterians to hold joint worship focusing on US/Mexico border crisis May 17

Wooster Meeting and a local Presbyterian church invite anyone in the area to a joint worship service on Sunday, May 17 focusing on the US/Mexico border crisis, family detention, and how people of faith can respond.

Full information

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Help for meetings & worship groups

From Friends General Conference:

Does your meeting need help strengthening worship and vocal ministry, navigating conflict, or refocusing on the Spirit? FGC’s Traveling Ministries program can help. Traveling Ministries offers meetings guidance with deepening worship, building your faith community, and navigating conflict with love.

Information on the program

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Join Peace Delegation to Israel/Palestine Sept. 14-24

Sister Paulette Schroeder of Project Peace, a program of the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, will lead their annual delegation to the West Bank and Israel to promote understanding, community, and friendship. Sister Paulette has served with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine, and is well known to Friends in Broadmead Meeting.

The group of nine will:

  • Meet with leaders of the nonviolent resistance at Bi’lin
  • Learn about the Israeli Occupation from both sides of the Wall
  • Meet with the Rabbis for Peace and a representative from the Knesset
  • Stay at the Tent of Nations, Bethlehem, to witness settlements
  • Meet with leaders from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths
  • Work with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron

The deadline for sign-up is May. For full information, go to:  Project Peace website

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LEYM Teen Retreat April 24-26

Attention Monthly Meetings! It is almost time for our Spring High School Teen Retreat in Columbus, OH April 24-26, 2015. Registration can be found at the following link or by emailing Robb Yurisko at

A paper medical release will also need to be signed and brought with each teen. It can be found here:

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