Announcements

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Upcoming Meeting Events

Hybrid IN-PERSON/zoom worship: Sundays at 10:00 (Sign up for in-person)

Boulder Friends Meeting now conducts hybrid in-person/zoom worship for 10 am worship. Because of social distancing requirements, the maximum capacity of the worship room is 35. To ensure that we don’t exceed this, please sign up in advance here. Enter your name, phone number (if not in the directory; for possible contact tracing, if needed), and vaccination status. (You don’t have to indicate your vaccination status, but this information may be helpful as masking and distancing guidelines change. If you want to use an ipad or smartphone to access the sign-up sheet, you’ll need to install the ‘google sheets’ app. This isn’t necessary when you sign up from a desktop or laptop computer.

Worshiping outside on the front lawn of the Meeting House, if capacity is reached indoors or if people prefer, is permitted as long as social distancing and other guidelines are followed.

If you’re unable to access the on-line signup sheet, please call Sharon Reimer (720-643-9649) to be signed up. (Or call any friend with Internet access.)

Outdoor Sunday morning worship in Louisville (note time change)

All are invited to outdoor worship in Cottonwood Park, Louisville, 8:30-9:30 am. The parking lot is on the south side of South Boulder Road between Via Appia and Garfield streets. Please bring a chair. For more info, contact Claudia Johnson, mzcjcj@gmail.com.

 

Boulder Meeting Announcements

Need more Volunteer Feedback for Microphone Demo Listening

The Re-opening Committee would appreciate anyone who was not able to attend our microphone demo, to give us feedback on the two microphones under consideration for our Meetinghouse.  The demo was recorded and is now available as a YouTube video.  Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzbZ-CGDqFk

If you click on “SHOW MORE” under the video, you can skip directly to microphone 2 at 17:17, and listen from then on (and you can also skip directly to microphone 3).

Perhaps you were not available to attend on Monday due to being at work or other, so if you have time now, we would very much appreciate your letting us know which microphone you found better as far as sound quality:  Mic 2 or 3.

Please send your findings and comments to Miriam Sander at magicsilvermiles@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Our Calendar Is Again Boulder Friends Meeting Calendar

Over the past year or so, our calendar evolved from “Boulder Friends Meeting Calendar” to “Zoom Calendar” to “Zoom & Events Calendar,” and now full circle back to “Boulder Friends Meeting Calendar.” The difference is that now our calendar includes in-person, Zoom, and even Building Use information. You will find it in the same drop-down menu that appears at the top of each page of our website at boulderfriendsmeeting.org. Please submit calendar events to calendar@boulderfriendsmeeting.org. Often the same event should also be sent to the Bulletin, bulletin@boulderfriendsmeeting.org and to announcements@boulderfriendsmeeting.org. Thank you for helping us keep our communications current.

Submitted by Margaret Wallace

 

Robin Powelson’s Memorial: August 7, 10:00 AM

Please join us in celebrating Robin’s life.

We would like to invite you to a memorial service on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10am, either at the Boulder Friends Meeting (1825 Upland Ave, Boulder, CO 80304) or across the street at Crestview Park, as Covid guidelines allow.

Obituary

Please be vaccinated, and RSVP to rsvp@powelson.com.
We would love to see you there.

Judy, Ken, Carolyn, and Larry

 

WORK DAY AT MEETING HOUSE: Saturday Aug. 21, 9-11 am

Please join us for Building & Grounds summer work days on the third Saturday of each month –  August 21 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Bring your own gardening tools if you have them.

Sara Williams-Mann, for Building & Grounds

Visit Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Sep. 18

A one day trip is planned for a visit to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads, Colorado on Saturday, September 18, 2021. We will meet at the Broadway and Table Mesa Park-n-Ride located in the Boulder Mennonite Church parking lot at 7:00 am for the four hour trip with a refreshment stop in Limon. We plan to have a picnic lunch on site, tour the site, perhaps stop at the visitor center in Eads on the return. We can caravan together or meet at the site as people prefer. 

For those interested in going, contact Ken Poehner by email at kenpoehner@yahoo.com or by voice mail or text at 720-278-6899.

Submitted by Ken Poehner for Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee

Colorado Regional Meeting Survey - Please respond!

Dave Ireland, our rep from Colorado Regional Meeting is asking us to fill out this short survey to get an idea of how many want to come in person vs remote attendees.   It will take place this fall in Estes Park:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7DGQPLC

USE OF THE MEETING HOUSE BY SMALL BFM GROUPS

From the Ad Hoc Committee on Re-opening the Meetinghouse:

Small groups such as committees and study groups from our Boulder Meeting may begin to meet in person at the Meetinghouse, as long as these procedures are followed:

— One group only can meet at a time.  Dan Booth is our current Building Use Coordinator; please contact him to find out whether your time slot is available: booth.daniel.j@gmail.com, 303-594-6138.

— Only one person at a time may use the bathrooms.

— Masks must be worn at all times, and meetings should be held in the Worship room where there is enough room to social distance.

— Do not use the drinking fountain or the kitchen.

— No food in the Meetinghouse.  Please bring your own water or other drinks from home; do not use mugs from the Fellowship room.

Information on Joys and Sorrows

If you missed the 10 a.m. Sunday Meeting and would like to hear Friends’ Joys and Sorrows, you are welcome to contact someone on Ministry & Worship (M&W) Committee.

Celebration of Life Online Events

It has been a year since we have been able to come together as a community to gather for a memorial service. We want to remember and celebrate the lives of members who have died this past year, as well as family members who have been lost.

There could be a slide show of photos, videos, music, and sharing of stories. If you would like to have such an event, we can provide the tech support to make it happen. You could invite a small group of family and friends, or include the Friends meeting also.

For more information, contact a member of the Grief and Bereavement Committee.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

Did you miss the IPC Program Hour on Fort Chambers – Boulder's Connection with the Sand Creek Massacre?

If you missed the May 2 Program Hour about the history of Boulder’s Fort Chambers and its ties to the Sand Creek Massacre, here are four ways to learn about it: 1) Watch a recording of the May 2 program here, 2) Read a flyer here, 3) Contact Paula Palmer, paulaRpalmer@gmail.com if you would like to request a Zoom presentation about Fort Chambers for another group or organization, and 4) read Margaret Coel’s biography, Chief Left Hand

Tips on Joining Zoom

Are you having trouble joining our Zoom gatherings? Technology can be quirky and what works on one device doesn’t always work on another; try some of these ideas and see what works for you:

  • Our Meeting calendar gives links for joining Zoom meetings. Click on “more details” to get more information, including a blue “live” link that will get you directly to the meeting.
  • If the link to join the meeting, either on the calendar or elsewhere, isn’t blue, and clicking on it doesn’t work, then it isn’t live. Copy the link and paste it into your browser window. (If you’re not sure how to do this, I’m happy to teach you, or perhaps you have a grandchild or young friend who would excel at being your tech teacher.)
  • You can also use your Zoom app to join; It’s called Zoom.us on the computer or just Zoom on a smart phone. Click on it to open it and then it asks for the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. Those are both in the invitation that you received by email or found on our calendar or in Announcements.
  • If you can’t use a computer or a smart phone, you can still dial in for a telephone connection. Our Zoom link invitations give various phone numbers so that you can pick a “nearby” one such as Houston (1-346-248-7799). Dial that number and you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. You will be muted but can unmute and later mute again using *6; you can raise your hand for the host to recognize by using *9. Join a few minutes early and tell the tech host your name so that it can be displayed instead of your phone number.
     
Mid-week Worship and Worship Sharing with Mountain View Friends Meeting
We are invited to join Mountain View Meeting’s evening worship and worship sharing on Wednesday evenings: 
Please join us for Mid-week Worship and Worship Sharing on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:15 PM via Zoom.  We will worship in silence for 15-20 minutes before worship-sharing.  Please email me if you’d like a copy of the short reading (not more than 2 paragraphs) and the queries. (Joan Piasecki, drjmpiasecki@comcast.net).
 
Join Zoom Meeting use this Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 880 4502 4318
Password: 867497

 

Ongoing Meeting Announcements

Wise Older Women (WOW) - 4th Thursday each month

We are renewing our Meeting’s lunch group for senior women!  Interested?  Next meeting is Thursday, July 22, at noon in the Meetinghouse Library.  Bring a brown bag lunch and join us!   Call or email  Sharon Reimer for rides.  It used to be for ages 70+, but is now broadened.  If you identify as a Senior, you’re old enough.

Friendly Friends Chat (formerly Zoom Quaker Check-in)

Friendly Friends Chat:  Group meets first and third Thursdays at 3 pm. Come join us! For the Zoom link, contact John Graves at juantumbas@yahoo.com.

Circle of Light – Holding Friends in the Light

Would you 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 try 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 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.

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:

Boulder Friends Meeting's Email Lists
To be added to any of Boulder Friends Meeting’s email lists, please send an email to boulderfriendsmeeting@gmail.com.  In the email, let us know which lists you would like to be added to:
 
– The Friday/Saturday weekly Bulletin list
– The Emergency/Memorial list
– The monthly Business Meeting list
 
You are welcome to join all lists or just one or two.
Please Fill Out Your Medical Durable Power of Attorney

Responding to members’ requests, we are providing a PDF document for preparing a Medical Durable Power of Attorney (from the Boulder Community Hospital website); Click here to download it: medical-durable-power-of-attorney.

A Medical Durable Power of Attorney should be created by everyone, especially since we are living through a pandemic. This document gives one other person the legal authority to speak on your behalf regarding your wishes for medical care in the case that you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. It needs to be signed and witnessed but does not need to be drawn up by a lawyer. It requires  the signature of two witnesses, and getting it notarized is optional.  Please share a copy with your family doctor and the person you are choosing to represent your healthcare decisions when you cannot.

If you want to look at other documents that can help you prepare for end of life, you can also access advanced directive documents from this website under RESOURCES- Death and Dying.  These are contained in our committee’s resource book called Going Into the Light. There are several different documents to choose from there: 5 Choices, The Conversation Project, and MOST.

The Conversation Project in Boulder County is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. MOST (Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) covers CPR, medical interventions, and artificially administered nutrition, and is signed and dated by the provider (MD) and patient (or agent, guardian or proxy-by-statute.

You can also find and download the document Advanced Directive for Medical and Surgical Treatment.  This document does need to be sign and notarized.

These documents are all different from a legal will, which can be done in Colorado without a lawyer, but most people choose to see a lawyer for putting that together.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

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. 

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

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

 

Other Announcements of Interest to Friends

Learn about the Denver AFSC and Immigrant Rights

NEWS FROM THE DENVER AFSC OFFICE

Want to learn about the work of the American Friends Service Committee’s Denver office? Check out their website, https://www.afsc.org/office/denver-co, and sign up there to receive AFSC Denver email communications.

Want to meet other allies working for immigrant rights? Or deepen your knowledge on immigration policy? Maybe meet with elected officials to support the vision and demands of immigrants? We meet every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom – Sign up here to receive meeting information:  https://www.afsc.org/ea/coloradans-immigrant-rights?submit=Subscribe

– Submitted by Paula Palmer, AFSC Rep.

 

 

Take Action

Urging help for Palestinians

Intermountain Yearly Meeting 
Minute Adopted at Annual Gathering, June 2021

Spirit leads Intermountain Yearly Meeting to support the American Friends Service Committee’s No Way to Treat a Child campaign “which seeks to challenge and end Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.”

Friends believe that no child should be denied due process or be tortured, and that this work is supported by our testimonies of Peace, Equality, Integrity, and Community. We recognize our own country’s history of settler colonialism, anti-Black discrimination, and our recent separation of families and inhumane detention of immigrant children.

We ask Friends and their Meetings to educate themselves and their communities on these violations of international law, and to join with AFSC’s “No Way to Treat a Child” campaign, in calling on their elected officials to support legislation that protects Palestinian children and eliminates funding that may be used to oppress and violate human rights, especially children’s rights.

Petition to Boulder City Council
From the Peace & Social Justice Committee

Along with many other Boulder residents, we are distressed to learn that out of the $3.8 billion dollars in weapons and military aid that the U.S. provides to Israel each year, we Boulder citizens contribute $1.65 million (https://uscpr.org/militaryfunding)!  We do not wish to fund the killing of Palestinians and would prefer our tax money to go for humanitarian causes.

That amount would fund 20 elementary school teachers, give 1,000 persons food assistance, provide healthcare for 690 children, or provide 22 clean energy jobs in Boulder.  Or, it could go toward ensuring human rights and freedom for Palestinians as well as Israelis.

We ask Boulder City Council to take note of this and send a message of concern to Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper and to Congressman Neguse, asking that our tax monies be spent in a more humanitarian manner.

— Signed by the Peace & Social Justice Committee and 22 Boulder Friends

Palestinian Human Rights Organization Starting in Boulder

A new organization has started in Boulder, called Human Rights for Palestinians. Members of First Congregational Church are mainly involved, and they warmly invite people from other congregations to visit their monthly meetings by zoom.

The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 7-8 pm, with a speaker and discussion.  They send out weekly emails with information or suggestions for advocacy action.

 To attend, Friends may contact BFM member Anne Remley (agr1@me.com) for contact information or contact the group’s conveners, Jane Thomas <jane.thomas@colorado.edu> or Barbara Hanst at bhanst@gmail.com.

                                         

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT – Opportunity to lobby via email

With a new Congress in session, members and attenders of Boulder Meeting may participate in a meaningful way in lobbying our Colorado senators regarding renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which failed to be renewed in last year’s Congress; it has not been renewed since 2013. Such renewal is vital for victims of both sexual and domestic violence throughout the country as a result of COVID-19, with victims having fewer options of escape. Domestic violence victims in Indian Country outnumber victims of other races 9 to 1. Moreover, the majority of perpetrators in Indian Country are non-natives over whom Tribes have no jurisdiction. As a result, Justice is not being done. Please write your senators asking them to support the renewal of VAWA; however, we need you to ask something different of each senator. Senator Bennet co-sponsored the bill last year, so, please ask him to not only make it a legislative priority in the first 100 days of the legislative session, but also to ensure that there are strong tribal provisions in any bill that is passed this year. For Senator Hickenlooper, please ask him to make VAWA a legislative priority, ensuring that it gets passed this year, with strong tribal provisions. For a sample email to send to each senator, email Susan Swihart at: sus.swih@gmail. Contact Senator Bennet: bennet.senate.gov Senator Hickenlooper: hickenlooper.senate.gov.

Submitted on behalf of Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee by Susan Swihart

FCNL Resources on Racial Justice

From FCNL: Quaker Volunteer Service has pulled together a collection of resources to help each of us determine our next right step. Get started using this list of 75 Things White People can Do for Racial Justice. Watch Quaker Speak’s collection of video interviews with Quakers of Color, and read this powerful reflection by Vanessa Julye, which asks: “Are we ready to make the systematic changes necessary in our meetings to remove white supremacy?”

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (friendspeaceteams.org/trr)

Learn about Right Relationship Boulder

Learn more about building relationship with Native Peoples by subscribing to the newsletter for Right Relationship Boulder. Paula Palmer and other members of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns committee can give you more information about this important organization.

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)