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Announcements by Members & Attenders

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Join ONLINE MEETING FOR WORSHIP while meeting house is closed

For the health and protection of our Meeting community and the public in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, Boulder Friends Meeting has closed our physical doors to the Meetinghouse and is experimenting with ‘virtual’ community during this time.

As an alternative to physical worship, we are using the Zoom conferencing service to gather in worship online on Sunday mornings.  We begin gathering online at 9:45 AM, with worship beginning at 10:00 AM.  For directions, see our Online Worship Page.

Zoom hacking has been in the news recently: unauthorized users post inappropriate and offensive material during a meeting. It’s rare but upsetting. If that were to happen to us, we would immediately shut down that meeting. 

Please regularly check this website to make sure you’re staying up to date. We will continue providing updates by Friday Bulletin.

If you have a concern, please contact Bill Moninger, co-convener of Oversight and Membership Committee (O&M), at 720-989-1336 or moninger@alumni.coloradocollege.edu.  You may also contact any member of Ministry & Worship or O&M to share a concern or need.  Their contact information is in every Miscellany inside the front cover.

Looking forward to joining you in our virtual community,

Barb Stephens,
Clerk

*** Western Friend supports a variety of worship groups over the internet, if you’d like to check in with them at https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

Summer First Day School – Please volunteer for activities around the theme of plants

The theme for this summer is “Plants and how People Relate to them.” Usually by this time I have a big poster in the lobby with slots to sign up to lead or assist in an activity during the months of June, July and most of August. Since the building is closed for now, I would like to appeal to all potential leaders to consider signing up virtually for a Sunday lesson. The subject of plants has so many possibilities. I will probably lead the first lesson on June 7th by encouraging kids and their parents to start a vegetable and/or flower garden. Hopefully throughout the summer we’ll check in on how their garden grows. Other ideas that can become lessons, on Zoom or hopefully in person, include: herbs and plants used as medicine and flavor; kinds and uses for mushrooms and other fungi; plants that make you healthy; trees and all their uses; plants as a subject for art, music and poetry; and the list is only limited by your imagination and creativity.

If you find yourself wanting to work with our meeting’s children on this fascinating topic, please e-mail Susan: susan@operant.com or call her at 303-554-6312.

Submitted by Susan Stephens, REC convener

IPC Recommended Video on Quaker Indian Boarding Schools

Many people are taking the opportunity of a less hectic life to listen to podcasts or read up on items that we had put off until “I have more time”. The Indigenous People’s Concern Committee (IPC) offers a suggestion that you take this opportunity to listen and reflect upon “The Quaker Indian Boarding Schools: Facing our History and Ourselves” by Paula Palmer with Jane Westberg and Jerilyn DeCoteau. The video includes a 10-minute 2016 Interview with Jerilyn DeCoteau, Chair of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, and a 50-minute slide presentation on the history and legacy of the Quaker Indian Boarding Schools. If interested in participating in a Zoom call to discuss the video, please contact Caroline Himes at caroline-finch@comcast.net.

Zoom Quaker Check-in

Ministry and Worship and Oversight and Membership are offering check in sessions via Zoom in order to help the community stay connected and possibly offer ideas and support to one another during this time of coronavirus isolation.

Three sessions are offered with a limit of 10 persons per session in order to give participants the time to express themselves. Sessions last about 1 hour each.  Each session will use the same process and questions:  check with each participant how and what they are doing, ask each participant about their short and long term concerns, offer short suggestions and responses. 

The check ins will be hosted by Tom Bache-Wiig, Rebecca Morris, and Lisa Toko-Ross.

If you would like to participate, send a brief email with the Subject line QUAKER CHECK IN to one of the following :  Tombw44@gmail.com, rebecca.d.morris@comcast.net, libero1010@gmail.com.   Email should include your name, email, and phone numbers and, and list each of the sessions that you could participate in. You will only be invited to one session.  We will sort the emails into appropriate group sizes and send out invitations for a zoom conference.  

Resources Available about Coronavirus
For links to articles about easing the effects we feel from the new coronavirus outbreak go to the RESOURCES section of this website.
Friends Emergency Fund

Your Oversight and Membership committee wants to remind friends during this difficult time that the Meeting has a long-standing Friends Emergency Fund that can provide funds to those closely connected to the Meeting who are faced with emergency situations involving severe short-term financial need.

Information about the fund — how to apply for it, and limitations to it — are on the Meeting’s website.  Login on the website, then click Procedures, Policies, and Finances.  (You must be logged in to access that page.)  For more information, please feel free to contact any member of O&M:

Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM): June 18 – 21

  See IMYM.org for updated information on the 2020 IMYM Annual Gathering, previously planned for June 14-21 in Durango. 

Caregiver Support Group meets 9-10:30 AM every Saturday on Zoom

 

 Caregiver Support Group meets 9-10:30 AM every Saturday, via Zoom. The group is for any Friend who is doing care for another person, Covid19 or not. It’s drop-in, come whenever you can; no need to come every week. We do not give un-requested advice. Instead, we listen to each other with compassion. To receive a Zoom invitation, call, text or email Lessie Myers well before the meeting time: 720-539-0258 lesliemyers4u@yahoo.com If you need coaching on how to use Zoom, let Lessie know. And, if you haven’t see it yet, here’s the link to CDC guidelines for caring for someone sick with Covid19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

 

Submitted by Service Committee

Directions to Make Your Own Face Mask

Use this CDC link to make your own face mask, and send this to people you know. It is highly recommended that all people wear face masks when outside to protect other people. People spread it who have no symptoms. Also, recommend that you buy supplies on line and not go to a store. I use old cotton sheets for my masks.  I add an extra piece of flannel inside the two layers of sheeting, and add a pipe cleaner inside the top for snug nose fit, and use 100% tight-woven sheeting – can be old or used. Please call Sandy Bierman with questions: 720-725-7000.

FRIENDS ONLINE PROFILES – Please help us build community
  • Have you ever spoken with someone during Fellowship and later wanted to contact them but you couldn’t remember their name? 
  • Do you sometimes wish you knew a little more about some of the people in our Meeting? 

Tada! Soon these and similar kinds of issues will be a thing of the past, due to a new feature on our website added by the Web Committee, called Friends Online Profiles! Friends Online Profiles is a community builder, a way for all of us to get to know one another better. 

To view this new feature after you have logged into the website, from the far right Members drop-down menu, choose “Friends Online Profiles”. You will see all of the members and attenders listed who currently have a login to our website. You can click on “View Profile” for anyone to see details. 

Currently there is not much information visible for most people. That’s where you come in! We all need to fill in some details for ourselves. Here’s how to update your own profile: 

From the website’s Members drop-down menu at far right, look for “Update your Online Profile”. 

Once there, upload a digital picture of yourself. Head shots are best, because the image will be very small and we want to recognize you. Then continue to fill in as many fields as you like and are comfortable with. 

When done, click “Submit”. That’s it! 

You can make changes at any time. 

Note that these profiles are secure — they are only visible to people within our Meeting who have logged into the protected pages of our website. 

The Web Committee would like to help. We will have someone in Fellowship Hall, computer in hand, after Meeting for Worship most Sundays in April to help anyone who would like some help with this. And we’ll help after April too. 

It will take all of us to make it work. We invite you to be a part of it. Thank you. 

— Judi Dressler for the Web Committee 

Going Into the Light: Death and Dying Support for Boulder Friends Meeting

Molly Greacen of the Grief and Bereavement Committee (303.931.6367)  has copies of the new book Going Into the Light: Death and Dying Support for Boulder Friends Meeting available for purchase. There are two copies available in the library for check out as well. 

Section One can be used to create Advanced Directives and to help you think about and plan how you would like to be supported as you are dying. Section Two is for families who are dealing with a family member who is dying, including spiritual support, Hospice Care, and suggestions about how our community can be of support during this time. Section Three focuses on what needs to be done after death. There are very practical suggestions such as ideas for home funerals, memorial services, green funerals, and cremation. How to lovingly care for the body of a loved one after death is described, the grieving process is addressed, and ideas from local Hospice are included.

Anne Marie has made available a DVD of the Sep. 15 program hour on green funeral and burial with speakers from the Natural Funeral in Lafayette along with our committee members.  It is in the library and you can check it out.  Further information from the panelists is available at TheNaturalFuneral.com and a free online magazine at naturaltransitions.org.

Circle of Light – Holding Friends in the Light
 

Circle of Light is up and ready with nine participants; Email Daniel Booth (booth.daniel.j@gmail.com) if you would like to participate in sending Light to those who request it. This supplement to our post-worship Joys and Sorrows appears to have much support from Meeting for several reasons, especially its immediacy. First suggested as a prayer circle, “Circle of Light” seemed a more inclusive name. We hope to surround those in need with Light as soon as it is requested.

If you have a request that you or your loved ones be held in the Light, email Daniel Booth, (booth.daniel.j@gmail.com) or text/call at 303-594-6138 and your request will go out promptly. Should you wish to remain anonymous, just provide whatever details are needed for us to focus on your situation.

Creating a safe, scent-free meeting house

In consideration for our chemically sensitive friends, please refrain from using scented products.  The fewer scented products we all use, the more likely people with respiratory conditions, chemical sensitivities and allergies will be able to enjoy and participate fully in our Meeting.  Products to avoid include: perfumes, aftershave, lotions, body washes, sunscreen, essential oils, shampoos, conditioners, many hair products, scented deodorants, scented laundry soap, dryer sheets, and fabric softeners.

Incense and air fresheners (like plug-ins) infuse chemicals into our clothes and hair. The best way to know if a product has a fragrance is to check the ingredients before purchase.  If the word “fragrance” or an essential oil is listed then they aren’t fragrance free.  Please consider not using them when attending Meeting.

Recommended alternatives:  Safe Products for Chemically Sensitive People.

Business Meeting Email List: Please sign up!
 

A reminder that if you wish to receive the agenda and any documents to be discussed at the up-coming monthly business meetings you can sign up on the special emailing list. Please indicate your desire to receive this mailing, which will come to you by the Thursday before business meeting, to boulderfriendsmeeting@gmail.com.  If any problems or questions, please contact Judi Dressler.

Ongoing Announcements

Meeting for Worship Arrival Time: The Ministry & Worship Committee is grateful for your presence and attendance. When you aren’t here, we miss you. We would like to remind Friends that early Meeting for Worship starts at 8:30 and standard Meeting for Worship starts at 10:00 a.m., whether you are in the worship room or out in the foyer. If you find you can not arrive on time, please be mindful that noise in the foyer carries into the meeting room and can disturb those gathered in worship. Please gather in silence with others in the foyer to prepare yourself to join the larger Meeting for Worship. 

Keeping the Meeting House Fragrance-Free:   To protect our chemically sensitive friends, please avoid using scented products such as perfume, aftershave, lotions, many hair products, laundry soap, dryer sheets and fabric softeners, which infuse chemicals into your clothes and hair.  See Safe Products for Chemically Sensitive People.

Parking: Please remember not to park in front of our neighbors’ homes on Upland. Instead, please park in the Crestview School lot at 19th & Sumac or in the double row of spaces across the street on Upland. 

Contributions: The Boulder Meeting of Friends is a non-profit, religious organization which relies on contributions and volunteer service to support the various service committees. There is a small wooden box for contributions on the table to the left of the door as you leave the Meeting Room. Money may be given at any time to the Treasurer, c/o Boulder Meeting of Friends, P.O. Box 4363, Boulder CO 80306.  Many thanks for your support. 

Create your own log-in to our website by clicking on the right-most link in the navigation bar. It is important that you create your new login with a secure password (i.e., use uppercase, lowercase, number, & symbol) to provide better security for protected pages. The web committee will try to approve your login within 48 hours. 

For further information...

For further information about any of the above activities, contact clerk@boulderfriendsmeeting.org.

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)