Apologies for the late mailing this week. Not much to report but I know that some of you may consult your inboxes to see if you need to come for the 9:30 hour before worship. This answer is YES, at least if you'd like to know more about ProNica and Nicaragua. Hear first hand reports from Kathy and Teresa. And don't forget to bring a little something for the potluck after meeting.
Ft Lauderdale Friends now have a website at quakerevents.eu.pn to promote their screening of the environmental film, A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet on Saturday, February 15, at 6 PM. Miami Friends are sponsoring by helping to promote this event.
SEYM Interim Business Meeting is this weekend, the 18th and 19th, in Orlando. The flyer for this event is available here. Includes the annual Michener Lecture, this year featuring Deborah Fisch on "Growing the Beloved Community and Sharing it With the World."
Quaker Bible Reading
Those who are not away in Orlando are invited to open their Bibles to the Book of Acts and continue reading along as John Dorschner leads us in thoughtful discussion in the 9:30 hour.
Environmental Movie Screening
Ft. Lauderdale Friends are sponsoring a screening of the new environmental film, A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. It's billed as "the first big picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism, both history and successes."
The list of proposed committees for the new year has been posted on the Members and Attenders page of the website (login required). If you'd prefer to have a copy emailed to you just reply to this newsletter with your request. Looks like Nominating did a great job, but if you have any corrections to make now is the time to let them know.
State of the Meeting
This Firstday the 12th we will devote the 9:30 hour to a worship sharing on the subject of the spiritual state of our meeting. This is in preparation for our annual state of the meeting report, but it should also be an interesting opportunity to share thoughts on how our meeting is doing.
American Friends Immigrant Services
We were so impressed with last week's presentation from the local staff of the AFSC on their work to assist immigrants that we've added a prominent banner on our Quaker Sites page to make it easier for visitors to find and contact them. Thanks to Lucio, Marie, and the rest of the staff for their good works.
In this first month of the new year we have three special meetings for learning scheduled. This week, on the 5th, a representative from our local AFSC office will talk to us about the work they are doing on immigration issues.
Next, on the 12th, in place of our usual consideration of the Queries on this day we will meet to consider the spiritual state of our meeting in preparation for the annual state of the meeting report.
And on the the 26th, Kathy Hersh and Teresa Campos will share the experience of their recent trip to Nicaragua and the work that ProNica is doing.
Our regularly scheduled worship sharing on the Queries will resume next month, and Quaker Bible reading will also continue throughout the new year on the third Firstday.
Winter Interim Business Meeting
It's time for WIBM, which includes the annual Michener Lecture. Documents in Advance are available to download from the SEYM home page. This year's lecture by Deborah Fisch is titled "Growing the Beloved Community and Sharing It with the World."
Faith and Practice