Nineteenth day of the tenth month
Meeting opened with silence at 11:39 followed by the reading of the poem Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver.
Acceptance of minutes:
Tenth month: approved
Ministry and Oversight Committee - The new language for the meeting's brochure was approved. Bill Durland also indicated that the Ministry and Oversight committee will address the issue of decreasing meeting membership.
Meeting House Committee - Ann indicated that the cold weather made cleaning of the gutters infeasible. Additional items on the "to do" list include changing the direction of the fans, obtaining estimates for the front and back doors as well as the downstairs windows, and approaching the current lender to see about refinancing the mortgage. Ann also proposed a co-meeting of the Finance and Meeting House committees.
First Day School - Molly reported that an individual is prepared to teach every week if any children attend the meeting.
Finance Committee - the minutes and financial reports were accepted with many thanks. Sarah Callbeck indicated that it is estimated that expenses will exceed income for 2014 and that the deficit is estimated to be worse in 2015. A final budget will be presented at the December business meeting.
Library - No report.
Nominating Committee: Molly circulated a list of service positions to clarify terms of those positions so that the nominating committee can prepare for year-end needs.
Peace and Justice Committee: Peace and Justice Committee is supporting a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) action next Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in front of the Bed, Bath and Beyond either at the Woodman Road or Southgate location.
Old Business - Formation of adult education book study and discussion group. We are proposing that we start with The Essential Elias Hicks. Bill and Genie will facilitate the discussion. We need to determine who is interested, and when and how often we want to meet. The book is available for $13.50 from Amazon, or $15 from the FGC bookstore. If we are only reading a few chapters at a time, photocopies could be provided to those who prefer not to buy a personal copy.
New Business -
The Meeting accepted (with regret) Martha Lutz's resignation of membership to this meeting.
As per the decision made at the 10th month Meeting for Business, the clerk has filled out and mailed in a form from the American Friends Service Committee stating our support of the New Sanctuary Movement. At this time support involves holding those involved in prayer.
Molly is going to place a box in the meeting house to collect items of clothing such as socks, gloves, boots, hats or other new or slightly used clothing items.
Peace and Justice Committee is supporting a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) action next Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in front of the Bed, Bath and Beyond either at the Woodman Road or Southgate location.
Friends are welcome to use the meetinghouse during the week and to open it for Sunday worship. The key to the building is always available in the lock box on the ladies' room door. Call Molly, Ann Daugherty, Bill Werling, Peter Le Var or the Durlands for the code to open the lock box.
Please put events at the meetinghouse on the paper calendar on the bulletin board and let Molly Wingate and Ann Martin is the calendar keeper for now and she will enter it on Google calendar so the event will be listed on our website. You can subscribe to get reminders and updates automatically.
There will be a gathering at Christmas Eve at the meeting. Details to come.
Meeting was closed with silence at 12:42
Submitted by Bill Werling , Recording Clerk