A      LETTER       TO       FRIENDS

Newsletter of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting       10th Month 2006           

Calendar of Events

All events to be held at the Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, unless otherwise noted.

Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

Childcare and teen First-Day School are provided during the 11 a.m. service.


Sunday, Oct. 1          10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    10:10 - 10:45 a. m. Meeting for Worship for Healing

                                    12:10 a. m.  Potluck following 11 a.m. Meeting


Sunday, Oct. 8             9:15 a. m. Ministry and Oversight Committee, guest apartment.  Friends with

                                       concerns to bring before the committee, please come at 10:00

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


Sunday, Oct. 15           10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room                               

                                    12:10 p. m.  Meeting for Worship for Business 


Sunday, Oct. 22           10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

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

                                    12:10 p. m.  Pot-luck (soup provided) for Adult Young Friends (loosely 18-35, but                                                     we aren't fussy) for fellowship


Sunday, Oct. 29           10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    10:10 - 10:45 a. m. Meeting for Worship for Healing

                                    12:10 p. m. Olive Rush Appreciation Day.  Potluck and activities at rise of 11:00

                                                a. m. Meeting (see below) 


Sunday, Nov. 5                        10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    10:10 - 10:45 a. m. Meeting for Worship for Healing

                                    12:10 a. m.  Potluck at rise of 11 a.m. Meeting


Attention All Committee and Group Members:  Please send calendar items to the newsletter editor at katemoses at earthlink.net.  The editor is not aware of committee meetings, events, etc., unless you make her aware.  Help get the word out!  Please include date, time, place, and description of events.  Thanks.  --ed.


Today, like e
very other day, we wake up empty
and frightened.  Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading.  Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we lo
ve be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and touch the ground.


We will celebrate our first Olive Rush Appreciation Day Sunday, Oct. 29, at rise of 11:00 a.m. Meeting in the Meeting house.  There will be a potluck and activities for all ages on the theme of the history and importance of her bequest to our Meeting (this year 40 years ago).


Minutes of Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Third First Day, Ninth Month, 2006


Meeting opened with a reading followed by a period of silence.

Attendees:  Rebecca Henderson, Frank Hirsch, David Vaux, John Kretzmann, Audrey Miller, Philip Balcombe, Wilbur Forwood, Ann Anthony, Peg Martin, Kate Whitefield, Nina Sammons and Ford Robbins, (Clerk).


Minutes for the Eighth Month Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business were approved by Friends.


Treasurer's Report

The General Fund balance was $7,109.54 at month's end, with disbursements totaling $426.57.  The Maintenance Fund balance was $7,980.93. Recent repairs on the ramada totaled $1,176.50. The Suffering Fund currently stands at $1,300.00. The report was accepted by Friends with thanks. The insurance coverage on the Meeting House was discussed. Friends agreed that the premium for the current policy should be paid for the next six months. Trustees, members of Ministry and Oversight, Finance and Building Committees will be queried as to the type of future coverage for the buildings, and explore the meaning and history of Olive Rush's gift. A report will be prepared for the tenth month.


A request has been made that Building, Finance and Residence Committees, along with representation from M & O, consider whether to increase current rental charges for use of the guest apartment and any upgrades necessary to support such increase. A request for DSL subscription has been forwarded to the Finance Committee for investigation.


Nominating Committee

Friends approved the nomination of the following Friends on a second reading: Audrey Miller (Finance); Beverly Busching and Kate Whitefield (Peace and Social Concerns); Howard Schulman (Draft Counseling and Conscientious Objection); Audrey Miller and Roland Pool (Residence); Pamela Geyer (Fellowship); Shelley Cohen, John Kretzmann and Wyn Lewis (Worship Group Contacts).


Friends accepted the nomination of the following Friends on a first reading: Greg Cliburn (Finance); David Vaux (Peace and Social Concerns); Marty Carroll (Residence); Roxanne Seagraves and Jesse Bertran (Fellowship); Beverly Busching and Ford Robbins (Good Works); Frances Shileca and Beverly Weiler (Young Friends); Ann Anthony (FCNL); Ford Robbins and Caroline Rackley (Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts); and Marty Carroll (Pendle Hill representative). The following Friends are nominated to fill IMYM positions- Greg Cliburn (AFSC); Rebecca Cecil (Joint Service Project Representative); and Roland Pool (Faith and Practice). There are vacancies on the following committees: Draft Counseling and Conscientious Objection; and the Nominating and Continuing committees for IMYM.


Ministry and Oversight Committee

M&O set the query for the Tenth Month.  Members and attenders under the care of the Meeting were considered. M&O will schedule a workshop titled Share the Care that will be open to all who are interested in attending.  The committee will prepare a list Things to Consider for those who convene care committees.  M&O will obtain Santa Fes community referral list of resources available to the SF community and make the same available to Meeting.  Friends accepted the report.


M & O approved an emergency request from the Building Committee for a $500 increase in its ramada renovation budget to cover additional incurred costs.  The matter could not be held over for Business Meeting.


Residence Committee

Peg Martin has taken up her residency. Friends welcome her. She has painted the interior of the ramada and sealed numerous interior holes. Peg expressed her gratitude for those who have given her a hand in the move.  Friends accepted the report.


Building Committee

Jim Valente installed cabinetry, fixed plumbing, leaking windows and roof.  A security door has been installed over the front entrance.  Purchase of a security system will be investigated.  The committee recognizes the need to make improvements on the guest apartment.  Friends accepted the report.


Young Friends Committee

Beverly Weiler and Nina Sammons are helping Young Friends with monthly service projects.  Betsy is coordinating First Day School activities. Friends accepted the report.


Las Vegas Worship Group

Five Friends visited the Las Vegas Meeting for Worship. They greatly enjoyed the fellowship and a potluck.


The meeting closed with silence.

Respectfully submitted, Nina Sammons




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 (see “Moms” below), 3. Non-perishable teen-friendly foodstuffs for youth shelter.  Thank you!


Young Friends need a volunteer to lead First Day School on October 29 and November 26, 2006. Please call Betsy Bartels if you can help. (Editor’s note: No phone number accompanied this announcement & I was unable to find one).


Moms Read to Kids: Young Friends are collecting lightly used children’s books to contribute to a reading program at NM women’s prisons. Mothers read books onto audio tapes for their daughters and sons who are learning to read. The book and tape are sent to the child. Please check your book shelves and closets for age appropriate children’s literature. The Young Friends thank you for your contribution to their service project.  Books can be deposited in a colorful box located in the library.


The Draft and Military Counseling Committee is now called the Committee on Conscientious ObjectionCOCO now meets on a needs basis.  To get information on the committee / meeting time and place please call Howard Shulman at 984-9908.

Interested Friends are welcome to Ste
ve and Joan Spencer's house on Tuesday evenings. On September 19 we started watching a series of discussions of the Book of Genesis. Our pattern is to first watch a 55 minute stimulating video with Bill Moyers talking with very well informed participants.  Then we have a turn to talk!  Bob Gaines is our discussion leader. To get to Spencers' house drive to the  intersection of Old Pecos Trail and Zia Road, turn east on Zia and go one block, turn left on Calle de Sebastian and stop at the first house on the left (2154). We gather at 7:00 p.m.


Our most senior member of meeting, Jeanette Young, will be at home and welcoming visitors for tea and crumpets any day between 2:00 and 5:00 (no need to call ahead; short sweet visits are fine). 


Would you like to receive a paper copy of our new Meeting directory?  Telephone Molly Vaux at (505)

988-9545 to arrange to receive it via the US Mail. 



Peace and Social Concerns invites YOU to join us in "speaking truth to power."  We meet at the Meetinghouse the 4th Sunday of each month indoors or out in good weather. There are so many "concerns—crises, in fact--that we need to strategize on what would be most effective and speak to the concerns of our members.  Log on http://www.fcnl.org/index.htm (Friends Committee on National Legislation) to find out what our representatives in Washington suggest.  This wonderful organization keeps watch on Congress and lets us know when letters are needed to spur action on important bills.  They have sample letters you can use, or just sign the ones provided and they are delivered to our representatives' mail boxes.


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 e
very 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.

Some Key Meeting Contacts


Santa Fe Monthly Meeting Website: http://santa-fe.quaker.org/index.html


Ministry and Oversight Committee: (to whom you bring personal or meeting-wide concerns and needs for pastoral counseling) Ford Robbins, Clerk, 466-7665, mail to: fordrobbins at earthlink.net; Joan Spencer, 984-2217, mail to: ssspencer at pol.net; Dimitri Mihalas, 661-7414; Anne McLaughlin, 995-9655, mail to: caunteton at cs.com; Philip Balcombe, 466-2982, mail to: pjbalcombe at cybermesa.com; Beverly Busching, 984-8742,mail to: bbusching at mindspring.com; Roland Pool, 983-7241, mail to:RolandPoole at aol.com; Reuben Hersh, 983-5044


Meeting Clerk: Beverly Busching, 984-8742, bbusching at mindspring.com


Meeting Resident: (to schedule use of building, guest apartment, report building problems, etc.) Peg Martin.  (505) 983-7241


Newsletter: Kate Moses, editor, 988.2709, please email submissions, preferably as Word docs, to katemoses at earthlink.net, by the Friday before Business Meeting (held each third First Day).


Recorder: Marguerite Kearns Culp, marguerite at owlmount.com, 505-753-9760 home, 505-670-3124 cell


Treasurer: Frank Hirsch, 466.0109.  Please mail financial contributions to: Treasurer, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM  87501


(All Committees and members, attenders and their contact information are listed in the Meeting Directory.)