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Donations Needed Now for Pine Ridge Reservation (Updated 3/25/19)

Operation Oyate Update and Status of needs and conditions 3-25-19

Please Share and read the entire post – Flooding and Snow melt is still an issue though the water levels are holding.  Over 500 homes are damaged and have been evacuated. There are still a significant number of people trapped in their homes due to flooding and roads that are not accessible, still waiting to be evacuated.  Supplies have been delivered to those still trapped via helicopter, boat, horseback, and even hiked in to them.

Many Districts still do not have potable water and it is not even drinkable after boiling; there are broken water lines everywhere that they are working to repair them.  Many of the roads are closed and dangerous to travel on, and many are completely washed out from flooding. The entire Pine Ridge Reservation is still under a State of Emergency.

For those that want to help but can’t get to any drop off locations you can mail checks made out to Kari Bells or any other donations to Kari Bells at 2641 S. Grant St, Denver, CO80210.

Critical Needs

WATER, cases, gallons, and 5 gallons

Baby Formula, Baby Diapers, Baby Wipes

Dry Beans

Rice

Canned Food, vegetables and fruit

Canned Meats

Soup

Top Ramen

Potatoes

Shampoo and Conditioner 

Laundry Detergent

Soap

5 gallon buckets with lids for hauling things (these are the ones like paint buckets)

Cash Donations to help purchase propane, gas, any other needed supplies and cover transportation costs. Bring cash or check in an envelope to a drop-off center or mail to Kari Bell at address listed above. Or use Pay Pal Account http://Www.PayPal.me/RickyGrayGrass

Drop Off Locations 

Boulder County Drop Off: Unity Church, 2855 Folsom Street, Boulder, CO 80304

Sandy Pierce and Kari Bell will collect at our home and pick up if needed and accept deliveries:2641 S. Grant St,Denver, CO80210. PM me for pick up if you can’t drop off.

Regal Bakery & Cafe Victoria Grotewiel has graciously offered their location as a drop off location.https://www.facebook.com/regalbakeryandcafe/

Julia Bristor. 64 S. Jackson St., Denver, CO 80209. I can also help pick up things as needed.

Arapahoe County Dems 10730 East Bethany Dr, Aurora, Co 80014Call first 303-481-8273

FORT COLLINS:   Larimer County Democrats, , 606 S. Mason St. Fort Collins, Co 80524970-689-6391 Leave a message. Office Hours Tuesday-Friday 11am-1pm. No large loads until loading  day TBD. Thank you , Kate

Alan Gould, 2397 S Eldridge Court, Lakewood, Co 80228 Box in front for Donations

Laura Richards, 159 Crest View Dr, BlackHawk, Co 80422

Drake Law Firm, 2117 Ford Street in Golden, CO 80401.

More information about Pine Ridge – To understand the tragic conditions at Pine Ridge, please read this 3/24/19 article from the New York Times.

Laura Richards, who will be driving supplies from Unity Church, writes: “Pine Ridge is incredibly isolated.  The average income is $1000.00 per month.  The three poorest counties in the United States reside within the Pine Ridge Reservation.  It was rated the worst place to live in the United States because of the poverty and third-world conditions. It is filled with amazing people, and the land is beautiful, but the poverty, health issues, and lack of jobs and resources is beyond anything you have ever experienced. The Reservation is 1.7 million acres.  Gas for tribal members is now $2.50 a gallon.  Those people who do have cars have an average income of $1000.00 per month. Most don’t have cars and walk.”  

 

Western Friend Board Meeting: Hospitality and Potluck Needed, May 10-12

Boulder Meeting will host Western Friend magazine’s Board Meeting May 10-12, and we need hosts for the 10 board members who will be traveling to Boulder then. Hospitality is requested for the nights of Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, as well as breakfast May 11 and 12. Some board members will also need transportation to and from the Meeting House those days. If you can host one or more people, please let Rebecca Morris know at rebecca.d.morris@comcast.net, or 303-478-6154. 

The Western Friend board also plans to make a presentation to our Meeting on a current Quaker issue on the evening of Saturday, May 11, to accompany a potluck supper. We are asked to bring potluck dishes just for that evening. And of course, all are invited to attend the presentation. Details on the presentation will be included in the May Miscellany. Thank you! 

Rebecca Morris for Library Committee 

Threshing Session about TRR: Saturday, March 30 at 9:30

We will be holding a threshing session on the issue of Meeting’s connection with Towards Right Relationship with Native Peoples, and Paula Palmer’s contract. The interim contract is set to expire at the end of April. All are encouraged, even urged, to participate in this threshing session. We need an honest, open and inclusive discussion, getting to the “kernel” of what we agree on and what divides us. 

This is a necessary “coming-together” of our community. To quote Parker Palmer (as Paula often says, “No relation”), “Conflict is not the end of community, but the doorway into it.” 

“Threshing” is liberated from any pressure of decision making. It is meant to help us focus on the issues, to go deeper into our individual truths, to candidly explore the factual, spiritual and communal realities. 

Your presence and speaking your truth will be essential. 

Grace and peace. Stan Grotegut, clerk 

Sign Up for Committees during March

Read about our committees by going to the drop-down menu “Get Involved” at the top of each webpage and finding Committees & Jobs. Consider your talents, skills and interests, then sign up for one or two committees. To learn more about a committee, talk to its Convener or one of its members. Even if you are currently on a committee, you must renew to be included in the slate that will be offered to Meeting for approval.

Colorado Quaker Women's Retreat, April 26-28 - Register by March 25

All women members and attenders are invited.  Visit imym.org/womens-retreat/ for details and registration form. Please register by March 25 to join us April 26-28 at the Highlands Retreat Center in Allenspark. It’s always a wonderful, meaningful time together. This year’s theme: How can we empower ourselves and support other women? Please come for just Saturday if the whole event is too much for your schedule. 

Spring Potlucks: Sign up to host or to attend

 

Sign-up sheets for the Spring 2019 Potlucks are up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Plan to join one of the gatherings, set to take place between March 30 and April 16. A few more hosts may still be needed—please check the bulletin board for this also, or contact Polly Feitler. 

This year’s potluck discussion topic will be “Quality of Worship and Vocal Ministry” with the following two queries for focus: 

– Should vocal ministry speak to the issues of the day? 

– If something in Meeting for Worship makes you uncomfortable, how, specifically would you like it to be different? 

We ask that someone at each meal will take notes from the discussion to forward to M&W Committee. If you have questions, contact any committee member. 

Rebecca Morris for Ministry and Worship 

Toward Right Relationship Events and Resources: March 2019
Saturday, March 16, 1:30-3 pm. Strategy Meeting for Colorado House Bill 19-1185 to abolish the Columbus Day state holiday (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1185). Senator Gonzales’ and Representative Benavidez will meet with citizens who want to support passage of this bill. If you have ideas and want to work on this, please come. Location: Four Winds American Indian Council, 205 W. 5th Ave, Denver (the big church on the corner of 5th and Bannock in Denver), 80204. Feel free to bring food or beverages to share. 
 
Monday, March 18, 5:30-8pm, City Open Space and Mountain Parks department is hosting a community comment meeting to hear residents’ input on the new master plan they have been developing over the past year. This is an important opportunity to urge the City to deed or designate land for exclusive and private use by Native peoples. A strong showing for this might be very powerful. Location: Parks and Open Space Admin Building, 2520 55th St. You can also submit online comments through April 7 at this site: OSMPMasterPlan.org
 
March 19, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Native American poet Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk, hosted by Right Relationship Boulder, free and open to the public. Location: Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder.  Facebook event pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/432394827505930/  
 
March 22-24: 45th Annual Denver March Powwow. This is a very important regional event for Native people, and a great opportunity for everyone to learn about Native cultures and support Native artists and vendors. For information, see: http://www.denvermarchpowwow.org/  To learn about powwows, you might also like to watch these videos:
March 28 and 29: Denver-area screenings/discussion of “Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return,” about the impacts of removing Native children from their families and putting them into foster and adoption with white families. See these Facebook event pages and please help circulate!
 
Monday, April 15, 6-7:45 pm, Monthly meeting of Right Relationship Boulder. Location: Reynolds Branch Library. All are welcome.
 
REQUESTED ACTIONS
  – Show up for the Committee hearing, Wednesday, March 20, 1:30 pm, at the State Capitol, room 357. Offer testimony in favor of House Bill 19-1185, or just be there to demonstrate your support by your presence. 
  – Contact your state senator and urge them to support this bill. Boulder County state senators:
Senator Tammy Story – Senate District 16

303-866-4873
tammy.story.senate@state.co.us
website
Senator Mike Foote – Senate District 17

303-866-5291
mike.foote.senate@state.co.us
website

Senator Stephen Fenberg – Senate District 18 (and Senate Majority Leader)*
303-866-4872
stephen.fenberg.senate@state.co.us
website

  — Write letters in support of the bill, and send them to: Glenn Morris, gtm303@gmail.com. Glenn is organizing strategy meetings in support of the bill.
  — Send letters to the editor of local newspapers
 
Looking forward to seeing you soon, — Jerilyn, Jake, and Paula (RRB Coordinators)
FWCC Section of the Americas gathering in Kansas City, MO, 3/21/2019 – 3/24/2019

All Friends are welcome to attend the FWCC Section of the Americas gathering in Kansas City, MO, March 21-24, 2019.

Our Mission: Answering God’s call to universal love, Friends World Committee for Consultation brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the world. Bring a Friend.Choose a workshop. Lead an interest or affinity group. Find the Quakers who care about the same things you do. Meet new Friends from another country or another yearly meeting. Practice cross-cultural communication. Connect with Friends in your home group. Worship together every morning. Eat, laugh, sing, hike, pray with Friends. Interested in joining us? Come to the FWCC Section Meeting. 215-241-7250    FWCCAMERICAS.ORG Submitted by Chris Allan

Caregiver Support Group: First Saturday Each Month, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

For those of us who are caring for elderly parents, or caring for people of any age with special needs, there will be a monthly, drop-in support group in the Senior Young Friends’ Room across from the restrooms. We meet from 9 AM to 10:30 AM on the first Saturday of each month. Lessie Myers will be the initial facilitator for the group. Lessie is a retired RN and Psychologist, and her background includes facilitating mutual support groups. Lessie’s mom recently passed at the age of 97. For this group, “drop-in” means there is no need to come every month; just come as you find time and feel led.  Contact Lessie Myers at 720-539-0258 or lesliemyers4u@yahoo.com with questions. 

Colorado Regional Meeting Spring Gathering: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Seeing the Light in Those We Find Hardest to Talk to: Sharing with the Youngest to the Oldest 

How can we better listen to and ask questions of those around us that we find hard to talk to? Come to this intergenerational gathering of Colorado Quakers to share and learn from each other—while mixing with all ages!  We will be using various activities, such as mural-making, writing, collage-making, and discussion to help us find ways to see the Light in those we find hardest to talk to. 

Schedule: 

First-day school for children, 10:15 am 

Meeting for worship, 10:30 am 

Potluck, 12:00 noon—bring a dish to share if you can. 

Program, 1:15–4:00 pm 

Two intergenerational groups will meet: ages 6 through adult and ages teen through adult groups will meet the first part of the afternoon, followed by an informal time with separate elementary and teen-age activities. 

Two all-adult small groups will also meet at this time to write about and/or discuss the theme. 

An all-group summary time together will close our gathering. 

Submitted by Carolyn Kuban 

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Director and Associate Director Needed

Ben Lomond Quaker Center are hiring a Director and Associate Director. Learn about the positions here.

Friends General Conference: June 30 – July 6

Information about FGC is now available here.

Donations for California’s Camp Fire

Chico Friends Meeting has established a special fund to receive donations for California’s Camp Fire.  To donate, send an email to the clerk of their meeting at janderson@csuchico.edu for details.  You can also find more information on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChicoQuakers/ . 

Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM) Registration Information

IMYM will be June 6 – 16, 2019, at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, New Mexico

MARCH 5 – Online registration will open at www.IMYM.org . Credit cards will be accepted. Many adjustments have been made to make this a clearer and simpler process.

APRIL 28 – Final day for regular registration. Registrations after April 28 cause extra work for the registrars, and housing at Ghost Ranch may not be available. We ask for a $50 late fee.

MAY 7 – Final day for payment of registration. Final day for registrations, unless you are commuting. The online link will be removed. Anyone wishing to register after May 7 must contact the registrars.

About Pay as Led

We are continuing to use Pay as Led to finance our annual gathering. There is no need for members or attenders to ask monthly meetings or the yearly meeting for financial support. Friends are asked to register for the accommodations they need and then prayerfully consider how much they are led to pay in support of attendance at the annual gathering – either less or more than the real cost which will be provided by the registrar.

Monthly meetings are asked to continue to support attendance at the annual gathering. However, instead of awarding scholarships for attendance to individuals, meetings are asked to send the amount they would spend on scholarships directly to the yearly meeting. In this way, no one must ask for a scholarship, and everyone will be provided for.

This method of financing the annual gathering worked last year, and the yearly meeting has decided to use it unless if quits working. We had more attendance last year, especially among young adult Friends. We want to remove as many barriers to participation as we can, so that more can contribute to the fellowship and discernment of business at the annual gathering.

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 Dave Lohman davelohman@gmail.com , or Stan  stangrotegut@gmail.com .
Computer and technology help available

The Service Committee found some resources for Friends wanting help with technology. Many classes are offered through Senior Services at either of the Senior Centers or a few at the library. Many of these classes are given by Diana DeBrohun of Silver Surfers, and she also offers one-on-one training for $40 – $45/hour. Often the Senior Center has teens come in to help seniors with their devices. Friends who want individual help with solving tech problems at home might call Mike McDaniel of MacAssist; This isn’t a discount service, but several of us have worked with him and like him a lot. (There are many other competent computer tech people around Boulder who can come out to your home to problem-solve.) Speak with Margaret for more details: mewalace@comcast.net, 303-579-6573.

Incident Report Form

Please use this Incident Report Form to report an accident, injury or incident that impacts our meeting house or the people in it.  Email it to the addresses on the form.

 
Current Needs

Food Donations to EFAA:  Bring non-perishable food items for Emergency Family Assistance, put them in the white barrel in the lobby.

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. 

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. 

Grocery Cards benefiting the American Friends Service Committee are sold regularly during Fellowship times, after Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Meetings for Worship. Your purchases are a convenient way for Friends to support Quaker Good Work in the wider world. 

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. Donations may also be made online via PayPal links at www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org. 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)

Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM)

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