Letter to Friends

Newsletter of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Third Month 2007

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings! (Isaiah 52:6-7)

 

Calendar of Events

All events take place at the Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road, unless otherwise noted.  Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Child care and First-Day School are provided during the 11:00 a.m. Meeting.

 

Sunday

3/4/07              10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room

12:30 p.m.        Potluck following 11:00 a.m. Meeting

Sunday

3/11/07            9:15 a.m.          Ministry and Oversight Committee, guest apartment.

Friends bringing concerns, please come at 10:00.

10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room

10:00 a.m.        Caring for Earth Committee, Library

Thursday

3/15/07            7:15 p.m.          Spiritual Formation Group

 

Sunday

3/18/07            10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room

10:00 a.m.        Peace and Social Concerns Committee

12:30 p.m.        Potluck (soup provided)Young Adult Friends (18-30ish)

Sunday

4/1/07              10: a.m.            Singing, First Day School room

12:30 p.m.        Potluck following 11:00 a.m. Meeting

 

 

MINUTES OF MEETING FOR WORSHIP WITH ATTENTION TO BUSINESS

 

February 18, 2007

 

Present:  Philip Balcombe, Mary Ray Cate, Bob Gaines, Pam Geyer, David Giltrow, Jane Goldthwait, Rebecca Henderson, John Kretzmann, Peg Martin, Alison Martinez, Audrey Miller, David Vaux, Jennifer Wellington, Beverly Busching—clerk, Peggy Giltrow—recording clerk.

Meeting began with a short reading from the works of John Woolman, taken from page 98 of the IMYM draft “Faith and Practice”, where he quoted the words of a Native American with whom he was meeting:  “I love to feel where the words come from.”  A short period of silence followed.

Ministry and Oversight Committee  The committee reported on their meeting of 2/11/07.  M&O shared their lives and the lives of others since the last meeting, and discussed Worship Groups under the care of the Meeting.  Peg Martin, Ford Robbins, Wyn Lewis and Roland Pool will make a visit to the Taos Worship Group in the near future. 

The Query for Third Month, 2007 will be:  Do we fully embrace life and our experiences, knowing that all things are impermanent?”

M&O discussed Philip Balcombe’s concern about the ability to speak for Meeting at his upcoming trial for civil disobedience and agreed that he could state that his action was endorsed and supported by Meeting because Meeting has endorsed the Declaration of Peace, and that he could also speak about Quaker history.  Otherwise, he would be speaking for himself.

M&O was asked to provide guidance to the Committee on Conscientious Objection regarding its role and function.  Members of M&O, along with other Meeting members if appropriate, will meet with the Committee to review its history and discuss its focus.  M&O felt it was important that the Committee make its activities known to the wider community.  If requested, M&O will assist Meeting committees as tenderly and thoughtfully as they can.

M&O briefly discussed the garage door incident and thanks Peg Martin for her efforts in meeting with the Rodriguez family, and her securing a restraining order from the District Court.  M&O would also like to thank the Building Committee, and others, who came to Peg’s immediate assistance and are following up with the repairs and with the insurance company.  Business Meeting approved the reimbursement to Peg of the costs for obtaining the restraining order.

M&O will re-publish the Eleanor Von Erfa pamphlet regarding worship within the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting.

Treasurer’s Report The report shows a balance of $8,349 in the General Fund and of $7,387.50 in the Maintenance Fund at the end of January, 2007.  Donations were $991 and funds for use of the Meeting House $126.  $646 was spent on operating expenses and $600 on good works commitments, decreasing the amount in the General Fund by $249 during the month.  Donations for use of the guest apartment totaled $650. Maintenance and repair costs were $1,181.  With phone and cleaning costs the Maintenance Fund decreased by $637 during the month.

                Business Meeting asked for clarification on what happens to donations.  Unless gifts are specially earmarked they go into the General Fund.  Occasional gifts are earmarked for the Maintenance Fund or other uses.

                The availability and use of scholarship money was discussed.  The 2007 budget includes $1000 for scholarships.  Meeting agreed that requests for scholarship funds for members and attenders to go to IMYM in June would be considered by the Treasurer, Clerk of Finance Committee and Clerk of Meeting.  Please see boxed announcement in this newsletter about availability of scholarship funds and deadline for requests (April 1).  Meeting stressed the importance of assuring that Worship Groups know of the availability of scholarships. Meeting agreed that requests for scholarships to attend Quaker events which occur separately from IMYM will be addressed as needed.

Finance Committee Report  The Finance Committee reported on their meeting of 2/6/07, at which it considered the charges from Business Meetings of 1/21/07 and 12/17/06.  Discussions included how to better manage the Maintenance Fund and how to sustain it.  With the cooperation of Building, Residence and Garden Committees they would like to move toward a realistic annual Maintenance Fund budget, realizing that one necessary line item will be for emergencies.  Needs identified and approved by the January Business Meeting total about $11,000.  Based on previous years anticipated revenues to the Maintenance Fund will total about $6,000.  The shortfall will draw down the fund considerably.

                Last year 14% of the income for the General Fund was received in the first quarter, 17% in the 2nd  quarter, 18% in the 3rd quarter and 50% in the final quarter.  Assessments to IMYM of $4,455 and possible scholarship requests for $1,000 occur in the first two quarters, as well as regular monthly operating expense commitments.  This makes it difficult to fund good works commitments in a timely manner.

                Meeting approved Finance Committee’s request for a letter to be sent to Friends and friends in the next two months giving a financial state of the meeting summary at the beginning of the year.  The letter will be sent over the signatures of the Clerk of the Meeting and the Clerk of the Finance Committee.  Discussion included many helpful suggestions on form and content.  Friends are asked to submit ideas to the Finance Committee on how best to inform our community of the financial commitments we have made as a Meeting.  People need to know how much money Meeting needs, when, and why.

                Meeting approved Finance Committee’s request that the responsibility for looking into changing the requested donation for use of the Guest Apartment after it is refurbished be given to the Building and Residence Committees.  They will report back to the Meeting with their recommendation.

                After long and thoughtful discussion, Meeting approved the creation of a Special Advisory Committee on Stewardship and Long-term Funding.  M&O was asked to make recommendations to Meeting for the charge to and formation of the committee within larger consideration of the ongoing process of future planning in the meeting.

Request by Philip Balcombe for Meeting funds to bring special witnesses to the trial of the Elevator 9.  Discussion focused on the difference between personal witness and informing the public, as well as the purpose of the Sufferings Fund.  Meeting approved a sum of $200 from As Needs Arise to bring nationally known speakers for the trial of the Elevator 9, so that they can speak at public meetings to raise awareness as well as testify at the trail.  The purpose is to support Meeting’s August endorsement of the Declaration of Peace, rather than to take the place of Philip’s individual testimony.  Individuals are also encouraged to pledge donations of money and air miles for this purpose.  Please contact Philip Balcombe at 466-2982 or pgbalcombe at cybermesa.com.  All donations are contingent upon trial developments.  Ford will look up M&O’s August discussion of appropriate uses of the Sufferings Fund.

Communications Committee asked Meeting to consider policy guidelines in requests to forward items to the 136 persons subscribed to Meeting’s e-mail list.  Meeting approved the following guidelines: "In general, posts to the list should be limited to messages which must be disseminated before the next issue of the newsletter, such as Meeting or committee announcements or requests by members or attenders for assistance or to offer goods or services to others in the Meeting. Announcements of events of other organizations may be posted if they are directly related to issues or concerns with which the Meeting is currently engaged.  Items which are not urgent may be posted, but will be collected into a weekly digest of announcements.  Meeting members and attenders wishing to get messages that address their broader concerns might consider subscribing directly to the email lists of organizations such as AFSC, FCNL, or Amnesty International.  The Communications and Peace and Social Concerns Committees will periodically provide a list of organizations which may be of interest to the Meeting."

                The newsletter survey received 46 responses.  Results will be posted on the kiosk. A more detailed report will be given at a future business meeting.

                The updated Directory will be distributed after March 1.  Thanks to friends for responses to both newsletter and Directory information requests.

Residence Committee provided Meeting with a revised Resident Job Description.  Friends are asked to look at the copy available on the Kiosk or to ask Audrey Miller, Clerk of the Residence Committee, for a copy (424-1208 or audrey88 at clovermail.net.)  Our Resident takes care of an agreed-upon list of tasks for Meeting.  We are extremely lucky that she does so with love and concern for Meeting and members, well above the letter of the agreement.  If you have concerns about any items in the job description please contact the Residence Committee. 

The Guest Apartment occupancy rate for January was at 50%.  Peg is currently spending about 15 hours per week on Meeting business.  She will give a presentation at the March potluck (1st Sunday, March 5) entitled “Everything You Wanted to Know about Peg Martin but Were Afraid to Ask”.   Peg is available Thursday afternoons for spiritual companionship.

Building Committee held no formal meeting last month, but did respond to the crisis of the destruction of the garage doors.  Repairs have been discussed with the Historic Santa Fe Foundation and the insurance adjuster.  The rough estimate for repairs is $2,500.  Meeting has a $1,000 deductible.  Temporary plywood doors will be installed at the far end of the garage while the original doors are repaired.  That should happen this week.

                Concerns were voiced for the safety of the Resident and of other Meeting members who might be on the property alone.  Meeting feels that safety of persons is a priority matter.  Please convey safety concerns directly to Bettina Raphael, Clerk of the Building Committee (988-2487 or bettinaraphael at msn.com) or Audrey Miller, Clerk of the Residence Committee (see above). 

Earth Care Committee held its first meeting February 11.  The goals of the committee are education about the environment, political and personal action to protect the earth, and activities to increase our appreciation of the natural world as a Meeting community, including our children.  The committee came up with a list of 11 projects which people volunteered to coordinate.  One possibility is a revival of an old tradition, a Meeting camping trip in July or August.  Are people interested?  The committee report is available on the Kiosk.  Please contact Mary Ray Cate if you have questions or want to be involved (989-1630 or sunlitart at hotmail.com.)  The next meeting of the Earth Care Committee will be on the 2nd first Day of March.

IMYM Continuing Committee  Bob Gaines reported on his first meeting as Santa Fe Monthly Meeting’s representative to IMYM Continuing Committee in Colorado last month.  He was impressed by the dedication of the people and the amount of work involved.  The three queries sent to Meetings last fall were addressed by individual groups who looked at the responses of individual Meetings.  Unity seems near for IMYM to join FGC.  Further conversation will be held at IMYM in June about Quaker Earth Care Witness and Border Concerns. 

                New Mexico Regional Meeting, to be held in Albuquerque April 14 and 15, will focus on the topic of Migrant and Border Concerns.

Meeting closed with silence.

Respectfully submitted, Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk

 

Creating a Culture of Peace is Feeling Groovy, by Sarah Cutler

Two quotes have been floating through my head this week.  One is the old and familiar gem from Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  The other is a child’s memory of a Simon and Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song: “Slow down, you move too fast, got to make the moment last…” (For historical accuracy, it turns out that the lyrics are really “morning” not “moment”.)  Strangely, both inform and give context to the adventure of living my understanding of Peace and Simplicity.

Daily, I see the inherent business of our world even as I choose a life dependent on the slower and more body-focused methods of bike and foot travel.  I feel my own peace shatter as I move too fast.  Coming to Friends’ Meeting grants me the support and encouragement of community as I seek to remember this law of motion. The Second Month Query—“How does your faith inform your life?  How does your life inform your faith?”—the growing network of “Adult Young Friends,” the Earthcare group working to help arrange carpooling, and so many other small seeds stirring at SFMM certainly sustain me as I pedal uphill or sink gratefully into Silence.

Sometimes someone tries to hand me a halo (which is dreadfully uncomfortable under hat and helmet); it is not that my choice is enlightened or brave or even that it would work for another—it is what brings me closest to being the change I wish to see in the world.  My choice has expanded my community as I seek to share rides to places too far or too dark to travel by bike, simplified my life by anchoring me to a smaller radius inside city limits, and given me intimate knowledge of back roads and bus routes.  Moreover, it stacks functions and guarantees that I don’t have to budget for exercise; it is my health insurance and endorphin rush rolled into daily life.  In brief, that is why I write: to be a voice to encourage Friends to find that which creates Peace in their lives.

Peace begins first of all in the Stillness that connects us to the Light.  From there come our actions.  To this end, I am involved in coordinating a Santa Fe retreat (April 27-29) called “Creating a Culture of Peace (CCP): Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change.”  What first drew me to this group was the curriculum which seeks not only to understand the root causes of violence and the history of nonviolence, but emphasizes the personal and spiritual tools necessary for recreating the world into one of Peace.  In many ways similar in scope to the widely supported Alternatives to Violence Project, the three-day CCP retreat is a deeper chance for personal and world renewal, spiritual growth, and dreaming into being the peace for which we pray.  As spiritual activists, we often forget to renew and expand our tools and to take the time and space to connect, find community, and slow down.  This slowing is vital to our ability to be the change we wish to see in the world.  If such a retreat and nonviolence training calls to you (or if you want to know that best ways to avoid the St. Francis/Cerillos intersection) please be in touch.   After all, when it comes right down to it, I’m “Looking for fun and feelin' groovy.” (Sarah can be reached at 505.216.5219 or via e-mail: laughingtreespace at msn.com)

News from Hadassah Haskale in Israel

 

            We are very happy to hear from Hadassah Haskale, who attended Santa Fe Meeting when she lived here but is now living in Israel.  She writes,

Dear Friends yearning for peace in the Middle East, I'm sending out this message in the hope that you will contribute to this initiative in whatever ways you can—with group endorsements, as volunteers, participants in the march and special events et al.  Wishing you all peace and joy in 2007, SalamShalom,

Hadassah Haskale dashaskale at yahoo.com

June 5, 2007, will mark 40 years since the June 1967 war.  On June 5 the "march for Israeli-Palestinian peace" will take place in cities and towns throughout the world in solidarity with the people of Israel and Palestine who will march, demonstrate and organize for Israeli-Palestinian peace throughout Israel and Palestine. Several main events will be held in key cities such as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Nablus, Gaza, Washington, New York, Chicago, Athens, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, London, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Moscow, Rome, Amman, Cairo, Tokyo, and others. (Do I hear Santa Fe?)

The call for Israeli-Palestinian peace based on the "two-states for two peoples" formula and for ending the conflict will be the uniting force that will bring out millions of people across the globe.   This is a civil society initiative to be launched and supported by civil society organizations including NGOs, political parties, labor unions, universities, churches and other religious groups and organizations, etc.  The private sector is being called to join the initiative and to provide financial support.  All of the events and marches should be covered widely in the media.   Efforts will be made to enlist the active support and involvement of public personalities from politics, the arts, music, and the movie and entertainment industries.  The June 5 initiative will include marches, demonstrations, peace concerts, seminars, study-days, petitions, and more—all supporting Israeli-Palestinian and ending the conflict.

We are beginning to organize all over the world. We hope that there will be an organizing committee in each city.  Each organizing committee will design and implement the activities that are appropriate for that place.  We will try to keep the political messages unified, positive and constructive.  There will be a central web page for publicizing the activities and actions in each community.  The entire operation will be organized by volunteers.  We need to know what you are willing to do—we are open to all of your suggestions, ideas and initiatives. As we receive feedback and emails, we will sign them up by city and then provide the names and contact information to the organizing committee in each city.  If you manage to sign up more volunteers, it is important to transmit that information to us so that we can update the central database.  We will keep the database on the web site.  We need to get the names, location, contact information and what the volunteers are willing to do.

It is important to begin to get public figures enlisted in each city—artists, musicians, politicians, etc. so that we can draw more international and local attention to what we are trying to do.  Let us know where you live and what you can do to move this initiative forward. List name, location, position, telephone, fax, email, what you can do to help. Keep us posted and we will keep you posted.

                Best wishes, in peace, Gershon Baskin and Hanna Sinoira

Gershon at ipcri.org, hanna at ipcri.org Phone: +972-2-676-9460    Fax:  +972-2-676-8011

Spiritual Autobiography of Jeanette Young, Part 2

 

            (Jeanette Young is our most senior member of Meeting.  In an earlier newsletter she told of her childhood and her move to New Mexico after World War II.)

            While I was teaching in Ojo Caliente, (husband) David was home reading Friends literature.  When we moved to Santa Fe, we joined the Meeting here.  This meeting had as members or attenders Olive Rush, Jan Bauman, the Turkle family, Sylvia Loomis, Edith Crosby, Marie ?? Elise Howand, Eleanor Brownell, her sister, Grace Davids, Evelyn and Harry Wills, the Abeyta family, Ina (Mrs. Gerald) Cassidy, Clare Dienan, and Anna Reed.  These are the “regulars” I remember.

            I was teaching.  I’m not a do-gooder, and there are records elsewhere about Meeting obligations and projects.

            The authenticity and authority of the Bible I learned at an early age.  “Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so,” we sang.  “For the Bible tells me so” implies that the Bible is to be believed.  It knows, therefore I know, that “Jesus loves me.”

            “At the Cross, at the Cross, where I first saw the Light and the burden of my sins was washed away” was also very impressive and comforting. I was “born in sin” as I heard from somewhere, then “at the Cross” all that was changed, and I was not a sinful creature any more.  I had a clean slate to start on.  “Go and sin no more.”  (Keep that slate clean!)

            To me sin was not so much a catastrophe as a knowledge of right and wrong and an obligation to observe the right and practice that which was right.  Somewhat simplistic, I found out later in life, since right and wrong are not so clearly defined as they once seemed to be.

Tolerance and such virtues came later.  I did not need tolerance to enjoy the elderly Negro couple we passed and with whom we exchanged greetings as they sat on their small front porch, while we were walking to church a few blocks farther on.  I did not need tolerance to move over and sit by a Negro high school student.  I needed only the observation that I had an assembly songbook and she did not have one.  She needed to see the book in order to join in the singing.  The whole one hundred pupils of the small high school gasped when I moved over beside her to share my songbook.  I thereby learned about INtolerance and what came to be known as discrimination.

In my old age I am observant but not intolerant of skin color and so forth, but I have a very hard time being tolerant—in fact I am not—of the gnawing Rats of Commerce on TV and radio.  I bemoan the misuse of all our wonderful discoveries and inventions, the invasions of privacy, the insidious teaching to children of all the wrong values.  And yes, I am very appreciative of the good families (like mine, therefore good?) the good teaching of our children in Meeting.  I think they would like and should have more acquaintance with “Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so.”

The Lord give me grace enough to be grateful for all that is good.  Give me wisdom, and others give wisdom, that our country may serve as a nation of loving people, believing in Thee, worshiping in whatever form be chosen, but always aware of obligations, knowing right from wrong, loving, caring, taking care of our children, that they may have the traits of civilized, caring, loving individuals.  Cure us of our bestiality, our wants and our lavish dreams of more and more convenience, of this world’s material goods.  Turn our hearts to goodness, love for our neighbor and our family.  Help us to be human again, in the best sense of humanity, soul good, not rich just in things.  Help us to know goodness, Godliness again.

Jeanette Young, will be at home (right up Canyon road at 1139 Camino DeLora) and welcoming visitors for tea and crumpets any day between 2:00 and 5:00.  There’s no need to call ahead; short, sweet visits are fine.

 

Announcements

Steve Spencer, who worked with Albert Schweitzer in Africa, offers these words from the great humanitarian: "Judging by what I have learnt about men and women, I am convinced that there is far more in them of idealist will-power than ever comes to the surface of the world.  Just as the water of the streams we see is small in amount compared to that which flows underground, so the idealism which becomes visible is small in amount compared with what men and women bear locked in their hearts, unreleased or scarcely released.  To unbind what is bound, to bring the underground waters to the surface: mankind is waiting and longing for such as can do that." Out of My Life and Thought, page 114.

Resident Friend, Peg Martin will be available at the Meetinghouse for spiritual companioning on Thursday afternoons beginning in March.  Anyone desiring to have a listening/reflective presence on the journey may call  983-7241 to reserve a time.

Pledges are requested to bring nationally known speakers to Trial of Elevator 9.

Philip Balcombe, a member of Santa Fe Friends Meeting, is one of the individuals on trial for actions arising from attempting to take the Declaration of Peace to Senator Domenici’s office last September. Meeting has approved the sum of $200 from As Needs Arise to help bring nationally known peace speakers such as Kathy Kelly as witnesses in the trial of the Elevator 9. They would also speak at public meetings to raise awareness about the Declaration of Peace.  Individuals are encouraged to pledge money or air miles to help with this project.  The actual use of the money and miles depends on whether it will be possible for outside witnesses to testify at the trial.  To pledge, please contact Philip Balcombe at 466-2982 or pgbalcombe at cybermesa.com.

Scholarships for IMYM Annual Gathering—applications are due April 1.  Financial need should not prevent anyone from attending the Annual Gathering.  Send the Treasurer a brief letter stating the amount needed no later than April 1.  The 2007 IMYM Annual Gathering will be June 10-17 at Ghost Ranch.  Yearly Meeting sessions begin on the evening of June 13.  Registration materials will be available in the Meetinghouse library after March 1, or contact Bob Gaines at  505-466-1746.  The registration deadline is April 16.  More information, including costs, is at http://imym.org/registrars2007/ earlyannounce2007/.

Marty Carroll is getting together a dream group to meet weekly or every two weeks. The only criteria are that you have dreams that you remember, at least every week or two, that the work people do would be confidential, and that you would be willing to come on a fairly regular basis.  Regarding dream recall, I will say that being in a dream group definitely stimulates dream recall!   The format would mainly be taking turns working on our own dreams, in a supportive group atmosphere.  There would be no charge for this group.  It would begin soon and last until sometime in May.  If interested, contact Marty, 424-1220.

Marty Carroll and Mary Ray Cate also announce, “Again this summer we are offering a dreams and creativity seminar at Ghost Ranch.  It is scheduled for July 9 to 15.  If you want a laid-back week with lots of support and laughter and creativity while delving into the fascinating world of the inner life, please join us!  We meet in the mornings and the evenings.  Afternoons are free for swimming, hiking, reading, or whatever takes your fancy.”  For more information please contact Marty, 424-1220 or Mary Ray, 989-1630.

            Nichoe Lichen shares information about upcoming IMYM/AFSC Joint Service

Projects.  The last full week of March, 2007, features an open project with Moorestown Friends School at Mesa Abajo/Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sonora/Chihuahua

Mexico--painting, gathering, in a beach community in Mexico where

Spanish is useful but not necessary.  Further plans include:

April 7-13 Desemboque de los Seris (Mexico)

Summer Border project in Arizona with details TBA

End of October/Day of the Dead Harvest/Day of the Dead at Thanksgiving at Desemboque TBA

1st weekend Dec - celebration of Native crafts and foods/Heard Museum basket market

            Scholarships are available from JSP and often from home meetings.  All trips begin out of Tucson, AZ. Participants travel in the JSP van with others. Typical cost from Tucson is about $350.00.  Interested?  Sign up!  Because Mike Gray is on sabbatical this year, please contact Barb Luetke, barbls at msn.com, who will direct you to those who can give details.

            Jennifer Wellington passes on information that Annette Kowal of Mountain View Meeting has gathered about Young Friends’ high-energy plans for Yearly Meeting 2007.  Jane Kroesen, current convener, has “all in excellent order” for this year, whether we get 18 kids, as in one recent year, or 40, as in another.  One additional adult is needed to be with Jane at specific times during IMYM 2007 and to be in charge for 2008.

            Peg Martin is organizing a “Quakers in the Arts” concert with Aaron Fowler and Laura Dungan on Sunday, June 10 in the Meetinghouse garden.  Save the date!  Peg promises us a folksinging, hymnswinging good time.

Our Meeting for Worship for Healing, which used to convene once a month, has not been held recently, but if anyone would like to revive it, please call Ann McLaughlin, 995-9655, 955-6617.

Your contributions for the following ongoing service projects are always appreciated.  Please bring to Meeting: 1. Used postage stamps, 2 Lightly used children’s books, 3. Non-perishable teen-friendly foodstuffs for youth shelter, 4. Big brown paper grocery sacks for Food Depot.  Thank you!

The Fellowship Committee is seeking volunteers to close up on Sundays after Meeting. The main responsibilities are tidying up (i.e., washing cups and emptying wastebaskets) and closing up the Meetinghouse.  Most Sundays it probably takes 15 to 20 minutes, less if two people work together.  Potluck Sundays typically take a bit longer, but usually there are more volunteers to help.

Everyone is invited to volunteer, but we would especially like to hear from those who are willing to serve either once a month or every other month. If you are ready to volunteer, or if you need more details before committing, contact Bob Gaines at gaines at comcast.net or 466-1746.  If you can only help intermittently, you can just sign up for an open date on the roster in the kitchen.  We'll give you a reminder call before your Sunday.

Final Affairs Packets: Ministry & Oversight Committee offers a packet of standard information forms on the matter of Final Affairs.  The packets may be found in the library of the Meetinghouse.  These forms with your information may help the Society of Friends, loved ones, and/or others carry out your wishes upon your death.  Santa Fe Monthly Meeting is offering these forms as a voluntary service to anyone who finds them helpful, without the intention to intrude upon any family responsibilities.

Bulbs are pushing up into the early-spring sunlight of the Meetinghouse garden, and so are weeds.  Volunteer gardeners are welcome; you don’t have to wait for an organized work day!

“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord… Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” (Psalm 33:5-8)  Jennifer Wellington reminds us that America uses about 15 times more energy per person than does the typical developing country.  Replacing one incandescent light bulb with an energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb means 1,000 pounds less carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere and $67 is saved on energy costs over the bulb's lifetime, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Alliance to Save Energy.

Jennifer Wellington also passes on information that Annette Kowal of Mountain View Meeting has gathered about Young Friends’ high-energy plans for Yearly Meeting 2007.  Jane Kroesen, current convener, has “all in excellent order” for this year, whether we get 18 kids, as in one recent year, or 40, as in another.  One additional adult is needed to be with Jane at specific times during IMYM 2007 and to be in charge for 2008.

            Nichoe Lichen shares information about upcoming IMYM/AFSC Joint Service

Projects.  The last full week of March, 2007, features an open project with Moorestown Friends School at Mesa Abajo/Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sonora/Chihuahua

Mexico--painting, gathering, in a beach community in Mexico where

Spanish is useful but not necessary.  Further plans include:

April 7-13 Desemboque de los Seris (Mexico)

Summer Border project in Arizona with details TBA

End of October/Day of the Dead Harvest/Day of the Dead at Thanksgiving at Desemboque TBA

1st weekend Dec - celebration of Native crafts and foods/Heard Museum basket market

            Scholarships are available from JSP and often from home meetings.  All trips begin out of Tucson, AZ. Participants travel in the JSP van with others. Typical cost from Tucson is about $350.00.  Interested?  Sign up!  Because Mike Gray is on sabbatical this year, please contact Barb Luetke, barbls at msn.com, who will direct you to those who can give details.

            Peg Martin is organizing a “Quakers in the Arts” concert with Aaron Fowler and Laura Dungan on Sunday, June 10 in the Meetinghouse garden.  Save the date!  Peg promises us a folksinging, hymnswinging good time.