Announcements

Before entering the meetinghouse, please be fully vaccinated, exempted by CDC policy, or have a negative home test within 6 hours. Masking is optional, consistent with County guidance.

Upcoming Meeting Events

First Day School Plans: Nov. 28, 10:15 - 11:15

This Sunday, November 28, Marie and Susan will work with the K-3 kids on a lesson about a particular Native Tribe, the Blackfeet. We will read a creation story from those ancient people from the book, “In the Beginning” by Virginia Hamilton. We will also talk about that tribe, which consists of 4 tribes in the US and Canada. We will introduce the concept of “Wampum” a form of Native currency and make wooden beaded necklaces. Please gather in the playground so that we can move into the classroom for our lesson. There will be time for snacks and playtime.

This Sunday the 4th through 8th grade group will consider this month’s theme: World Religions. We’ll talk about commonalities between some of the world’s great religions, especially The Golden Rule, which is practiced across most of these religions. We’ll also talk about what we are grateful for and do a gratitude practice in honor of Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it! 
Warmly, 
Deborah
Crafts Fair: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, and Dec. 18

We will have a small crafts fair in the fellowship room on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, and Dec. 18.  Please stop by after meeting for worship!
Thanks,
Sharon
sreimer849@gmail.com  

Dear Friend Maria Krenz has passed away; Memorial: Dec. 3, 11:00 AM

We will hold a hybrid Meeting For Worship for Maria Krenz on Saturday, Dec.3 at 11. It may well be crowded, so please be advised that we will require everyone to wear a mask in the Meeting Room unless you are giving ministry. Then you may remove it and put it back on when done speaking.

There will also be a reception in the Fellowship Room following the Meeting For Worship. Please bring savory finger foods to share.

Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/96273568620?pwd=TDlDTW1SalJGUzRjT3B1dnkwbnhoZz09

Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand)
Meeting ID: 962 7356 8620 Password: 063025

Meetinghouse Work Day, Rescheduled to Dec. 10, 9:00 – 11:00

Bring rakes if you have them to clear leaves at the meetinghouse. Rescheduled from Nov. 19 because of inclement weather.

Share-a-gift: Dec. 11 Deadline

Share-a-gift (formerly Share the Spirit): Dec. 11 Deadline

Elves, Santa and kids are glad that this year’s workshop will almost return to normal. Of course there are some changes.

Since it has been difficult to coordinate gifts due to ongoing concern about Covid the first request is for funds used to buy popular gifts in bulk. Checks can be made out to Share A Gift and given to Santa (Marty Dick) at meeting. If you are attending meeting virtually, contact marthaddick@gmail.com.

If you love to shop, gifts must be NEW and should focus on reading and science books and kits along with toys. The gifts most requested by the kids are Legos and fingernail polish! These must go under the tree by Sunday, December 11th. No need to wrap them. Gifts from virtual attendees should contact Marty at 303-588-0402. Gift cards cannot be accepted this year. Mittens can be put on the tree later.

Since details aren’t available yet, information on how to contribute online will be provided when it is received.

Last year over 1500 needy kids from Boulder schools believed Santa would come for them. Let’s continue this tradition! Thanks for your support.

Submitted by Marty Dick for Share the Spirit

Christmas Pageant, Dec. 18, 11:30

The annual Christmas Pageant, which has been held on Zoom for the last two years, will be in person this year! It will be held at rise of meeting on December 18. If the weather is pleasant, we’ll have it outdoors, on or near the patio near the Fellowship room. If that is not possible, it will be held in the worship room. We will expect everyone to be masked, as well as vaccinated or tested. There is a lot of singing but yes, you can sing through masks.

As the date gets closer we will let you know more details through the Meeting’s announcement page. For further questions please contact Susan at susan@operant.com.

Submitted by Susan Stephens for Religious Education Committee

Candlelight gathering Christmas Eve: Dec. 24, 5:30

On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, at 5:30 pm there will be the traditional candlelight gathering for all ages at the Meetinghouse preceded by 15 minutes of music on harp, cello and guitar, with Carolyn Kuban, George Banks, and Kevin Slick. Thirty minutes of silent worship will be followed by singing of carols until about 6:30 pm. This will be a hybrid meeting this year on Zoom. Online singers will remain muted throughout. It will be joyous for all to share together this special night.

We are using one joining link for almost all of our BFM meetings.
Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:
https://zoom.us/j/96273568620?pwd=TDlDTW1SalJGUzRjT3B1dnkwbnhoZz09
Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand)
Meeting ID: 962 7356 8620 Password: 063025

No Formal 10:00 Worship Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, there will not be a formal 10:00 AM Meeting for Worship. Instead, the building will be open for people to use for Meeting for Worship on their own. There will also be a 10 am Zoom Meeting for Worship on Christmas morning for those who wish to worship online.

Meditative Music Hour: Jan. 8, 11:30-12:30

On Sunday, January 8 from 11:30-12:30, Carolyn Kuban and George Banks will offer their harp and cello music for an hour of ‘meditative music’. It will be in-person in the worship room at the Meetinghouse. This music is meant to help bring in the New Year with peace, joy, and harmony—waiting and listening in stillness. Feel free to bring a pillow to lay on the floor or bench. All are welcome, including friends and family members.
–Submitted by Carolyn Kuban

Program hour – Encouraging New Attenders: Sun., Jan. 15, 12:00-1:00

Our membership and attendance is down, which impacts our ability to keep up with committee work and also impacts our finances.

Plans are being made for a program hour on this topic that would include brief presentations followed by discussion. Fran has offered to present about how BFM has historically dealt with declining enrollment. Web Committee will share ideas about using Facebook to let people know about our meeting. If you have an idea that you want to present, please contact Margaret Wallace. Most of the hour will be devoted to discussion.

New Boulder Meeting Announcements

Scholarship Application Deadline: Jan. 6

The Higher Education Scholarship Committee (HESC) awards scholarships to full-time, degree-seeking college students with an ongoing, active personal or parental relationship with Boulder Friends Meeting. The deadline for Spring 2023 is coming up soon!

The five students who were awarded scholarships in the Fall, who will be continuing in the scholarship program, need to submit Fall 2022 transcripts and a brief letter stating their intention to continue in their full-time studies in the Spring semester to Marilyn Powell at mpskyblue@comcast.net by January 6, 2023.            

The scholarship amount remains $650 per semester.  Students must carry 12 credit hours (or the equivalent) per semester, to be considered a full-time, and scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of 4 years or 8 semesters (or the equivalent of study). 

Also contact Marilyn Powell at mpskyblue@comcast.net to receive a new application and detailed criteria for applicants.  Applications must be completed and returned January 6, 2023, for the Spring semester of the 2023 school year.

Submitted by Rebecca Morris for HESC (Lydia Bickell, Rebecca Morris, Marilyn Powell, and Perry Sailor)

How to Submit Announcement, Bulletin and Calendar Items

For a printable version, please click here.

Announcements:

  • Please include the following information:
  • Short title, including date and time (of an event)
  • Body of the announcement (Can be short or lengthy)
  • Links are welcome (I can embed them)
  • Photos, if essential (Difficult to post, but possible)
  • Short “save-the-date” statements okay if full announcement not ready
  • Add: “Submitted by” (Committee or Individual Friend)
  • Submit announcements in final form if possible

Bulletin:

Send a brief (1 – 2 sentence) version for the Friday Bulletin. Include links if available.

Calendar:

Meeting events will be added to the Calendar.

How to Submit:

Send all postings to announcements@boulderfriendsmeeting.org.

What Not to Send:

Please do not include me in committee email strings. I count on you to finalize your wording.

Gratefully,

Margaret Wallace for Web Committee

 

Learn and Take Action

2022 Gilbert F. White Lecture: Dec. 8, 2:30-3:30

Energy Justice and Justice40: Made for this Moment

Join the Honorable Shalanda H. Baker, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy, for a conversation on how to ensure the clean energy transition benefits underserved communities. Register here.

Take Action for Justice for Palestinian Children

Take action for justice for Shadi Khoury of Ramallah Friends School and all Palestinian children:    Shadi, age 16, is in military detention, even though no charges are announced. Israeli soldiers have again beaten Shadi, as with many other detained children.  Please click here with AFSC to urge Congressman Neguse to demand the release of Shadi and all Palestinian children in Israeli detention. This action supports our Minute on Support for Palestinian Children and Families, approved 10/10/2021 by Boulder Friends Meeting. Click here to read that minute.

(Submitted by Anne Remley for PSJ on 11/12/2022)

Speak Up for Peace in Ukraine

We passed our minute on Ukraine in July. You can view it here. Let’s continue to let our legislators and the white house know that our meeting supports diplomacy and peace.

Submitted by Anne Remley for PSJ on 11/12/2022

Friends Peace Team is Working with Ukrainians

Friends Peace Teams has been working with Ukrainians since 2014 supporting internally displaced people, communities, and youth and spreading the message of peace through Power of Goodness stories, classes, and workshops. Friends currently support Olha Lychko-Parubocha, who visits with people in the IDP camps in Lviv. Together they discern what’s needed — from managing basic needs to counseling and social supports. Once stable, they find Power of Goodness offers very needed skills and insights on how to recover from war. Read more about Olha’s work hereTo receive ongoing news, subscribe for e-news in the bottom banner of friendspeaceteams.org (Europe).  

Our Community

These announcements are not necessarily endorsed by Boulder Friends Meeting but are provided as a service to members and attenders.

Please Submit Announcements for Our Community

This section lets us share our greatest joys and sorrows.

Regular Worship, Child Care, and First Day School Schedules

Hybrid IN-PERSON/Zoom Worship: Sundays at 10:00

Boulder Friends Meeting conducts hybrid in-person and Zoom worship every Sunday at 10 AM. You are welcome to come to the meetinghouse or join us online. Friends often gather for coffee and fellowship after in-person Meeting. Optional participation in fellowship breakout rooms immediately follows Meeting for Worship on Zoom most Sundays.

To join by Zoom:

We are now using one joining link for all of our BFM meetings.

Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/96273568620?pwd=TDlDTW1SalJGUzRjT3B1dnkwbnhoZz09

Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand)

Meeting ID: 962 7356 8620 Password: 063025

Early Worship in the Meetinghouse: Sundays 8:30 – 9:30

Our Early Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse (no Zoom) usually attracts a handful of Friends who generally worship in silence. No announcements or group sharing of Joys and Sorrows as in the 10:00 Meeting. You can greet friends arriving for the later meeting if you stick around afterwards. All are welcome.

Outdoor Sunday Morning Worship in Louisville: 9:00 AM

All are invited to outdoor worship in Cottonwood Park, Louisville, 9:00-10:00 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 Alyson Crabtree, alyson.hedgerow@nym.hush.com, or text 303-415-0585.

Meeting for Worship in Arvada on 1st Sundays: 10 AM – 11 AM

A Meeting for Worship is held monthly at the Stephens’ home in Arvada at 8467 Chase Drive. Call Barb at 303-918-9065 with questions. All are welcome!

First Day School (Sunday School): 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:15 – 11:15

First Day School (Sunday School) meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:15 – 11:15. One class serves grades K – 3, and the other class includes grades 4 and up. Check here or on our calendar for details, or join Susan‘s email list.

Do you feel called to teach our children or teens? Check our website for more information, towards the bottom of this page.

Our Nursery is Open Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30

The nursery in the New Horizons portion of our meeting house will be open every Sunday, between the hours of 10:00 and 11:30. If you have a baby or a young child up to five years old, please consider bring them to our nursery. Our excellent childcare provider, Constantine Mingoube, will be happy to meet you and find out what your baby or young child needs, such as dietary restrictions. You may contact her in advance at 720-323-7778.

 

Ongoing Meeting Announcements

Sign Up to Cook and Serve at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

We will be cooking and serving at The Homeless Shelter on the third Saturday evening of each month beginning May 21. Please contact Miriam Sander at magicsilvermiles@gmail.com or (720) 645-3630 to be included in the schedule. It isn’t necessary to participate every month; the cooking schedule can work with your personal schedule. Come work with friends to provide this critical service to our homeless community.

Summaries from Workshops on Revitalization

M&W sponsored three program hours on the question of revitalizing the meeting in terms of making the number of committee slots more consistent with the current number of active participants in the Meeting. These workshops have been summarized by members of the ad-hoc Revitalization task force. These documents are notes–not organized, official minutes–and are offered here as possibly helpful background information to friends who are interested in this topic. View the summaries here: Workshop 1, Workshop 2, Workshop 3

Using our Meeting House as we Re-open after Covid

This policy was approved by business meeting on April 10:

  1. To be in the Meeting House, you have to be fully vaccinated against COVID or exempted per CDC guidelines, OR, have a negative covid test within the past 6 hours.
  2. No sign-up is needed.
  3. The half of the Worship Room away from the entrance door is reserved for individuals or groups who want to maintain social distance from others. Signs indicate this area.
  4. In addition, the quarter of the worship room nearest the TV is also reserved as a scent-free section (signs so indicate), although we request that ALL worshipers minimize the use of scents.
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.

Tai Chi Yoga Combo Class

An easy-does-it tai chi and yoga combo class will be led in person and on Zoom on most Sundays following meeting in the worship room at the Boulder meetinghouse at 1825 Upland Ave. 50304. Sometimes it will be canceled if another in-person event or program hour conflicts. If in doubt, please contact Makaan by text (303-257-8219) to find out whether the class will be held. You can also contact Makaan to be added to his email list.

Makaan Michael Burt will be conducting a 45-minute experience of moving and sitting meditation. Class will start in a chair and transition into standing flow, then settling into chairs with an uplifting thought or contemplative reading; we will end with Q and A. Moving meditation will last 30+ minutes. Some participants may do the whole class sitting if more comfortable. If you’re a tall person, over 5’8″, please bring a thick pillow so that your knees are not higher than your hips while sitting in the chair.

Makaan Michael has been trained in Yoga therapy and taught it for 20 years. After 30 years of fooling around with tai chi, he recently trained in the TaijiFit method of flow training with Master David Dorian Ross.

(This method was designed over a 40-year period by Master D.D.R. to let us experience intuitive grace. These movements’ purpose is to bring peace and balance to our daily lives. Each class will be customized to the fitness level of participants.

In-person class is limited to 15 participants. Covid vaccinations or a negative test within 6 hours are required.  The Zoom link will be available in Announcements and the calendar on our website.

Makaan: 303-257-8219 for texting only please

(The Zoom joining link is not the one used for most meetings.)

Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84394258264?pwd=dmVBU3VpRDd1elBMOUZQU012M01pZz09

Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand, # to leave breakout room)

Meeting ID: 843 9425 8264  Passcode: 945634

New Membership Information Packet

A new “Member Packet” of information for people considering membership in Boulder Friends Meeting has been developed by the Oversight and Membership (O&M) committee.  They would like feedback and suggestions from current members and attenders.  Please read and send comments to Chris Braider (Christopher.Braider@colorado.edu).

EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) Food Donations Are Badly Needed

Please bring non-perishable food donations for EFAA. The white barrel is at the meetinghouse year round waiting to be filled, and Friends have offered to deliver the food to EFAA. Other donations can be taken or sent to EFAA at 1575 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, 80304, just a few blocks from the meetinghouse!

– Submitted by the Service Committee

Easy Access to the Calendar, Announcements, and Zoom Links

Having trouble finding the calendar, Announcements, or Zoom links? Download this document by clicking on it and put it on your computer desktop for easy access. Useful Links for Quaker Friends

 

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:

Online Quaker Studies Syllabus Available

An online Quaker Studies class focusing on Quaker Spirituality was offered during the winter of 2022. All of the resources, consisting of online articles and short videos, were linked from the syllabus. The syllabus also contains a number of queries for reflection. The syllabus is now available on our Boulder Quaker Meeting website for those who may be interested in working through the materials as a self-study. The syllabus is available at http://bit.do/QS-2022-syllabus. 

We may offer a similar–but not identical–class in the Winter of 2023, with a combination of in-person and online meetings. If you are interested in participating in such a class, please email Bill Moninger and Arlene Brownell.

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

BFM Pages

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