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January 2012 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

First Month 2012

Calendar of Events

Meeting for Worship at the Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road is held every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. First Day School is during the 11:00 a.m. Meeting. Singing is at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday.

The South Santa Fe Worship Group holds Meeting for Worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on the top floor of 1730 Camino Carlos Rey.


Sunday, 1/1 9:15 12:30 p.m. Potluck
Sunday, 1/8 10:10 2nd Sunday Discussion; 1:30 Ministry and Counsel Committee
Sunday, 1/15 12:30 Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 1/22 12:30 Adult Education Committee Discussion
Sunday, 1/29 10:10 Meeting for Muffins

The Monthly Query for the 1st month, 2012

“Do I put my trust in the still small voice that I may hear?”

 

Announcements

Jan. 1 – Monthly Potluck will take place at the rise of the 11:00 am meeting.
Jan. 4 – People for Peace meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Meetings are held at the Commons Co-Housing, 2300 W. Alameda St. Questions to Linda Hibbs, 983-3906.

Jan. 8 – The Second Sunday Discussion topic for January 8 is the August 2003 FJ article Quaker Spiritual Disciplines for Hard Times by Patricia McBee. We will specifically consider two disciplines,"Keeping Low" and "Discernment". Copies of this article will be available next to the birdhouse in the library beginning Christmas Day, to allow plenty of time for reflection. On January 8, we will begin at 10:10 and conclude at 10:50. Everyone is invited to attend! Friends are encouraged to suggest FJ articles for future consideration. Questions? Call Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) or Howard Shulman (984 - 9908.)

Jan. 8 – Peace & Social Concerns Committee will meet at the rise of meeting.

Jan. 15 – Meeting for Worship for Business will meet at the rise of the meeting.

Jan. 22 - The Adult Education Committee discussion will be announced in the weekly digest.

Jan. 29 – Meeting for Muffins will convene at the rise of the 9:00 meeting around 10:10 am. All are invited to join the 9:00 worship group in sharing muffins and fellowship.

General Announcements to the meeting

On Sunday, December 11th at 1:30 p.m. Quakers gathered for a Meeting for Worship at the Railyard Park where Occupy Santa Fe has an encampment. A large number of Occupy Santa Fe people were there, including several who live in camp, as well as various community members and activists. About ten of Quakers attended. That was enough to ground the meeting and prepare the space needed. The silence was fruitful; the vocal ministry was deep and meaningful. The small Railyard Park meeting building was light and warm and it easily held the thirty people who attended. The Meeting for Worship in support of Occupy Santa Fe was organized by the Santa Fe Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee on behalf of the Santa Fe Meeting. If anyone wishes to have a copy of the welcome message we prepared, plus some information on what other Quakers are doing regarding the Occupy movement, send an email to www.rebeccahenderson4@hotmail.com

Peace and Social Concerns Accomplishments in 2011

During 2011 Friends participating in Peace and Social Concerns kept the following FCNL mission before us: “We seek a world free from war and the threat of war. We seek a society with equity and justice for all. We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored.”

 P&SC Friends wrote several letters-to-the-editor including connecting the MLK, Jr. commemoration with the "Witness for the People" rally as well as a letter on the Conservation Voters web site to rank our state legislators.

 We sponsored several events including the "Witness for the People" rally at the Rotunda at the start of the 2011 January Legislative session. SFFM also sponsored a Meeting for Worship in Support of Occupy on Sunday, December 11 at the Railyard Park.

 Santa P&SC Fe Friends sent personal letters to Bradley Manning’s commanding officers demanding that Manning’s human rights be respected. P&SC organized letter writing sessions four times during the year and letters were sent from our meeting to our congressional representatives as well as our state legislators.

 P & SC wrote several drafts of a Minute on Climate Change for discussion and critique. The following Minute was approved by SFFM in September 18, 2011:

We of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends are deeply concerned by the diminishing biological diversity, resource depletion, and environmental pollution caused by corporate greed coupled with excessive political influence and rapid growth in population. These events are leading to climate change, poverty, malnutrition and wars waged over resources. The indiscriminate deployment of technology and excessive expansion of industry that are reflected in the collective economic choices we make illustrate our shared complicity. We believe that our lives must speak in harmony with all creation: in our households, our community, and in our larger society.

 P&SC Friends met with Senator Udall’s staff. We asked that Senator Udall sign onto the CLEAR Act http://cantwell.senate.gov/issues/CLEARAct.cfm when it is reintroduced.

 In August, following the devastation caused by the Los Conchas fire, P&SC offered help to the Santa Clara Pueblo and the Community Farm.

Opportunities for 2012

I. P&SC, working with the Continuing Committee, supports bringing environmental issues to IMYM for one or possibly two afternoon interest groups. We will help promote the workshop(s) in advance in other Meetings in order to increase attendance. We also will help to:
b. Offer environment related videos for viewing at IMYM in the evening.
c. Greening the Yearly Meeting itself
d. Writing a Minute to be presented as an action item for business meeting.
e. Developing a youth-produced media

II. SFFM to consider ways we may support the asylum seekers sheltered by the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Arrange for Sipriana Girado to speak to us.

III. Form a working group considering Sabbath/moral economics.

Members/Attenders are reminded the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting accepts Automatic Contributions for donation; most banks and credit unions now offer a service -- typically free -- which allows you to set up an automatic payment on any frequency you desire.  There are two ways you might be able to set up an automatic payment: 1. Your bank or credit union will mail a check to the Meeting at 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501; or 2. Your bank or credit union will transfer the money electronically to the Meeting's account at Guadalupe Credit Union (contact the treasurer for the Meeting's account number and GCU routing number). More information at http://sf.imym.org/autocontribution

Members are reminded to go to www.fcnl.org for current action information from the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group: Quaker House, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey #209 Santa Fe NM 87507 (505) 471-2288. Meeting is held in a rust-red building on the short end of Camino Carlos Rey, northwest of Cerrillos Road. Worship is every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Please send newsletter comments or suggestions to Marcy Pompei @ marcypompei@comcast.net.

 

Minutes of Meeting for Worship for Business:

 

Twelfth Month, 18th day, 2011

 

Present: Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk), David Henkel, Rebecca Henderson, Mary Ray Cate, Dave Wunker, Marcy Pompei, Shelley Cohen, Philip Balcombe, David Giltrow, Ann E. Beauchamp, Pamela Geyer, Wyn Lewis, Ted Pomeroy.

 

Are our monthly meetings held in the spirit of a meeting for worship in which we, in love and mutual respect, seek divine guidance? - IMYM Faith and Practice, Queries, p. 120.

 

The meeting for worship for business began at 12:40 p.m. with silence.

 

(1.) Friends approved the Minutes of the eleventh month.

 

(2.) Friends acknowledged the called meeting on December 11, 2011 to approve the new Resident Friend, Dave Wunker. Dave attended the Meeting for Worship for Business on the 18th day of the twelfth month, and he shared some of his interests and background with the recording clerk for the monthly minutes:

 

Dave Wunker grew up in the SW Ohio countryside until his family moved to Albuquerque when he was ten. He has always been a lover of nature and likes outdoor activities, particularly mountain hiking. He is also a spiritual seeker and defines himself as a Quaker-Buddhist-Hindu. Dave is an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation and looks forward to using the Ramada as his hermitage. He has attended Quaker Meetings since about 2002 when he was impressed with Friends’ public stand against the brewing war in Iraq. In the process of searching about how to live in a spiritual community and answer his questions about Jesus and Christianity, Dave attended Earlham School of Religion; he graduated this past May. He looks forward to serving the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting as the Resident Friend and caretaker.

 

(3.) Naming Committee: Friends approved the Clerk’s suggestion of Peggy Giltrow and Allen Winchester to serve on the Naming Committee. They will present candidates for the 2012 Nominating Committee to a future business meeting.

 

(4.) Treasurer’s Report: Friends accepted the Treasurer’s Report with thanks as read by treasurer Shelley Cohen who explained that a more detailed report will be presented in the first month of 2012. See the appendix to these minutes for the current report. The monthly report reveals that SFMM took in a little more money than at this same time last year, and the Meeting has spent a little less for the year. However, to meet our budget, 14 percent of the anticipated donations must come in before the end of 2011. Friends approved Shelley’s draft of a reminder letter to Friends about donating before the end of the year. This followed considerable discussion about whether or not SFMM would break even, as is anticipated; the letter will be sent by email. The Good Works Committee recommended that since the available funds for “As Needs Arise” were not spent, that it be donated to Friends Mountain Camp and Adelante. Friends agreed.

 

(5.) Finance Committee: Friends approved the proposed 2012 budget with changes and acknowledgment of the work associated with preparing these documents. The increase of $2,980 over 2011 reflects increased insurance coverage for the art in the Meeting House, a higher cost for child care during worship, and an increase in Good Works for Adelante, a public school program for homeless children. The IMYM assessment per member has also been increased to $40 per year.

 

Friends also agreed to add $600 to the budget to pay for a clerk training. It would be preferable to hold such a training in New Mexico, rather than sending someone to Pendle Hill; it’s possible that other NM meetings would be interested. The proposed 2012 budget is included in the appendix to these minutes, with notes relative to the changes.

 

Marcy Pompei reminded Friends that the 2012 budget relies on SFMM bringing in the anticipated annual revenue. In related discussion, Friends raised issues about funds for Young Friends, of which there are three active individuals who serve the Meeting in various positions. IMYM maintains a fund for young Friends who wish to attend IMYM. Also, the fund for Sufferings has not had any withdrawals over the past few years. It was pointed out that this could change due to circumstances associated with war tax resistance.

 

(6.) Good Works: Friends approved the Good Works 2012 budget as presented by the Finance Committee “with gratitude.” David Henkel spoke for the Good Works Committee and explained that the committee relies on members and attenders to provide information to the GW committee about the specifics of recipient organizations’ programs. David Henkel noted, for example, that 1300 young people in Santa Fe are homeless every night. There’s a considerable response by organizations in the city, but it is not well coordinated. The question was raised: Could we do more in addition to donating money? Individuals cases fall through the cracks, as one recent case demonstrated; this case may be referred to Peace and Social Concerns. The possibility of SFMM holding an information meeting on the subject of homelessness was suggested. A location for GW mail has been designated at the Meeting House. And letters from various organizations with thanks for donations will be read at the close of worship, when appropriate.

 

(7.) Ministry and Counsel: Friends accepted the report of Ministry and Counsel with appreciation that was read by Rebecca Henderson; it appears in the appendix to these minutes. The query for January 2012: Continuing in the Worship Section of IMYM Advices and Queries, “Do I put my trust in the still small voice that I may hear?”

 

(8.) Peace and Social Concerns: Friends accepted the report prepared by Rebecca Henderson which highlighted the Meeting for Worship held in conjunction with Occupy Santa Fe on December 18th. The full report is included in the appendix to these minutes.

 

(9.) Building Committee: David Giltrow made an oral report for the Building Committee which hasn’t met for some time, but will do so soon. Issues of concern include the gas heat in the Ramada, looking into replacing the cushions in the meeting room, a Gus Baumann print donated to SFMM, appraisals of property, and a possible permanent repository for records. Friends accepted the report of the Building Committee and wished David Giltrow a happy birthday.

 

(10.) Resident’s Report: Friends accepted the report of resident Ted Pomeroy with thanks which is included in the appendix to these minutes.

 

(11.) Announcements:

 

Mary Ray Cate reported on the Meeting House decorations, completed by the business meeting, and reminded us of the loving care Shirl Olmstead devoted to holiday greens in previous years.

 

New Mexico Regional Meeting will be held April 13-15 in Albuquerque this year.

 

The Quaker Women’s Retreat is scheduled for April 20-22 in Las Vegas. The theme is: “Weaving the Fabric of our Lives.”

 

And two young Friends will represent SFMM on the IMYM continuing committee.

 

The twelfth month Meeting for Worship for Business ended at 2:30 p.m. with silence.

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APPENDIX TO THE MINUTES

FOR THE TWELFTH MONTH:

 

(1.) Treasurer’s Report

(2.) Finance Committee Report and Proposed 2012 Budget

(3.) Good Works budget report for 2012

(4.) Ministry and Counsel

(5.) Peace and Social Concerns

(6.) Resident’s report

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(1.) Treasurer’s Report

For January 1 to December 12, 2011

Prepared December 15, 2011

 

12 Dec. 2011 to 14 Dec. 2010

General Fund income to date $24,238 $26,155

Percentage of budgeted income received 86% 107%

General Fund expenses to date $21,785 $23,892

Percentage of budgeted expenses paid 77% 93%

Maintenance Fund income to date $11,083 $9,355

Percentage of budgeted income received 123% 104%

Maintenance Fund expenses to date $12,311 $18,522

Percentage of budgeted expenses paid 137% 97%

Total cash in bank $32,094 $21,241

Checking $11,804 $8,081

Money market $8,446 $1,432

CDs (3 and 6 month) $11,743 $11,627

Share $101 $101

General Fund $16,018 $11,125

Maintenance Fund $5,704 $6,641

Olmstead Fund $162 $162

Sufferings Fund $1,600 $1,500

Turkle Fund $383 $583

Adult Education Fund $242 $242

Young Fund $250 $200

New Meetinghouse Fund $4,698 $688

New Meetinghouse: Bricks and Mortar $3,029 $0

Emergency Assistance $200 $100

 

TOTAL $32,286 $21,241

 

(2.) Finance Committee and Proposed Budget for 2012

 

Budget Request for 01/2012 to 12/2012

Santa Fe Friends Meeting 2011 Approved 2012 Budget Difference

Budget Request

Emergency Assistance Fund $100 $100 $0

Sufferings Fund $100 $100 $0

FDS staff $3,796 $3,796 $0

FDS supplies $500 $500 $0

Child Care $125 $400 $275

Teen Programs $125 $125 $0

Young Adult Friends $0 $50 $50

Adult Education $750 $600 -$150

Library Subscriptions $100 $100 $0

Library books $200 $100 -$100

Communications $250 $250 $0

Conscientious Objection $100 $100 $0

Earthcare $25 $35 $10

Finance $100 $100 $0

Garden $750 $750 $0

History $25 $25 $0

M & O $100 $100 $0

Peace & Social Concerns $100 $100 $0

Future Planning $500 $0 -$500

Cleaning $1,020 $1,400 $380

Insurance $2,600 $4,000 $1,400

MH Supplies $800 $800 $0

Utilities $4,500 $4,500 $0

Advertising $450 $450 $0

IMYM travel $50 $50 $0

Miscellaneous $100 $100 $0

IMYM Assessment $3,185 $3,800 $615

Good Works Committee $7,965 $8,365 $400

Clerk Training (non-recurring) $0 $600 $600

$0

$28,416 $31,396 -$2,980

 

(3.) Good Works

 

Good Works Detail & IMYM Assessment

2011 Approved 2012 Budget

Budget 2012 Request

IMYM Assessment $3,185 $3,800

Good Works: Quaker Community

Emergencies $350 $350

Scholarships $1,500 $1,500

Sufferings $100 $100

Broader Quaker Concerns

AFSC $800 $800

Alternative to Violence $400 $400

FCNL $800 $800

FWCC $150 $150

Friends Journal $150 $150

Friends Peace Teams $300 $300

Pendle Hill $100 $100

QEW $150 $150

QUNO $100 $100

RSWR $100 $100

Local Community Needs

As Needs Arise $540 $540

Adelante-SF Public Schools $125 $500 $375 budget increase

Bienvenidos Outreach $125 $125

Community Farm $125 $125

Esperanza $175 $175

Faith at Work $225 $0

Food Depot $175 $175

Interfaith Community Shelter $225 $225

Interfaith Leadership Alliance $125 $125

La Familia $75 $75

Open Hands $225 $225

St. Elizabeth Shelter $225 $225

Solace Center $125 $125

Somos Un Pueblo Unido $225 $225

Villa Terese Clinic $175 $175

Youth Shelters $125 $125

Friends Mountain Camp $200 $200 new donor

$11,200 $12,165 $965

(4.) Ministry and Counsel:

 

Report to Business Meeting

Twelfth Month 4th 2011

1:30 p.m., First Day School Room

Present: John Kretzmann, (Co-clerk), Pam Gilchrist, Njoroge Tho-Biaz, Rebecca Henderson (Co-clerk), Greg Cliburn, Ann Beauchamp, Bob Gaines (ex-officio).

 

November Minutes: Approved, but Ann will close Meetings during December. We note that our suggestion in the November report to business meeting to change the name of our committee to Ministry and Counsel was quickly approved.

 

Check-Ins: We had thoughtful consideration of our various situations.

 

Observations of the Spiritual Life of the 9:00 and 11:00 Canyon Road Meetings. Things seem to be going well in both Meetings. One week at 11:00 Meeting we had a meeting with precious vocal ministry, followed by a completely silent Meeting the next week. Both were very deep.

 

Meeting Closings for January: Rebecca with Greg as back-up. We discussed ways in which the person who closes meeting is also the first responder in case of disruptions.

 

Query for January: Continuing in the Worship Section of IMYM Advices and Queries, “Do I put my trust in the still small voice that I may hear?” Rebecca will send a notice of this to Marcy Pompey for the digest. John continues to be the one to post the query in the Meeting room.

 

Guidelines for Support Groups: Rebecca distributed copies of Guidelines for Support Groups being considered by the Albuquerque Meeting. We will discuss these and opportunities for how we organize our support/care groups when there is a need. Pam Gilchrist will purchase (reimbursed from M & C funds) the Third Edition of Share the Care, by Cappy Capossela and Shiela Warnock. The second edition is also available for each of us to become familiar with. Bob will also email us a scanned copy of Multnomah’s Pastoral Care brochure and a sample of their bulletin.

 

Report about Multmomah Monthly Meeting: Pam enthusiastically reported on her recent visit to Multnomah Meeting. Their Meeting is half again as large as ours and has renovated a large house for their use, with much meeting space, kitchen, library, first day school rooms etc. She was impressed by how forty people worked well in business meeting to tweak a proposed minute in support of Occupy. She noted that they have wonderful space, teachers, and coordinators for their youth program. We appreciated her report.

 

Care of Individuals: We talked about the situations of the fifteen individuals we are holding under our care. We see an approaching need to help individuals and the Meeting organize ourselves to provide various levels of assistance related to people’s health care needs.

 

Visitation Dates for Worship Groups:

John and Bob attended the Los Alamos Worship Group the 4th Sunday in November. They had a good visit and stayed for potluck.

 

Rebecca sent an email to contacts for the Taos (Clearlight) Worship Group to see what their wishes are for us to visit. She sent the email to both Pat Habitch and Anna Pacheco.

We have no news from Las Vegas Worship group.

Southside has begun their Wednesday evening soup suppers again.

 

First Day School:

An email from Jan-Willem Jansens indicates that results of a parent’s survey have come back in and there is a strong wish for more Quaker content for the curriculum. Ann will let Jan-Willem know about some of the resources available from Friends General Conference.

 

The First Day School Committee has also expressed hope for perhaps a Quakerism 101 type discussion for parents and teens and the Meeting. This will be explored gently, in some way, with the Adult Education Committee.

 

How to Be In Touch with Absent Members: Of our approximately 90 members, 40 are outside of Santa Fe (in the three worship groups or living elsewhere). Fifty reside in Santa Fe, with about 25 quite active. About 15 members and attenders regularly come to business meeting. About 40 regularly come to the 11:00 Canyon Road Meeting. Bob will send us the list of members as it was recently updated by Beverly Busching, meeting recorder. We will each print out a copy to bring for discussion at our next meeting. Bob will also send us Jan-Willem’s letter about his concern for absent members.

 

One thought is to send a letter conveying our greetings, with a friendly “how are you doing? We’d like to keep in touch with you.” Another thought is to ask them to think about their relationship to the Meeting, do they get the digest and the newsletter, would they like to, etc. We discussed yearly meeting per person assessment and we are clear that getting people to contribute to the meeting to cover that amount is not our purpose. We simply wish to keep in touch and current. We note that a fund appeal may be coming out from the finance committee. Our letter would go out after that in January or before spring.

We will continue discussion on this.

 

On behalf of Ministry and Oversight,

Rebecca Henderson, Co-Clerk

 

(5.) Peace and Social Concerns

On Sunday, December 11th at 1:30 p.m. we gathered for a Meeting for Worship at the Railyard Park where Occupy Santa Fe has an encampment. Several occupy people were there as well as various community members and activists. About ten of us were Quakers. That was enough to ground the meeting and prepare the space needed. The silence seemed fruitful; the vocal ministry was deep and meaningful. The small Railyard Park meeting building was light and warm and it easily held the thirty of us. The Meeting for Worship in support of Occupy Santa Fe, was organized by the Santa Fe Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee on behalf of the Santa Fe Meeting. If anyone wishes to have a copy of the welcome message we prepared, plus some information on what other Quakers are doing regarding the Occupy movement, send an email to rebeccahenderson4@hotmail.com.

 

(6.) Resident’s report:

 

The resident and Bettina Raphael replaced the hot plate in the Guest Apartment. Thank you Bettina for doing the shopping and delivery of this. The previous one was three years old, per conversation with Kathleen, the former Resident. Resident worked an average of 12-14 hours per week, gardening, cleaning, laundry, shopping and reservation work.

 

Guest Apartment: 13 guest nights out of 30.

 

Income: $440.00 (deposits and/or payments)

 

A copy of "Who We Are" and "630 Canyon Road" were added to the Guest Apartment welcome book. These can be found on our web site, www.santa-fe.quaker.org.

 

Submitted, Ted Pomeroy, Resident Friend as of November 1st, 2011

 

 

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