Durham Friends Meeting is a sponsor of the 15th Annual Peace Fair.
Nayler sent this letter to Charles II, who had recently been restored to the throne of England in 1660. (His father, Charles I, had been beheaded during the English Civil War, 1641-1652.)
0 King! God hath in these Nations a People gathered by himself into his Light, who are known to himself better than to Men, and therefore have we suffered by Men under all the Powers that have risen in this Nation ever since God called us toward himself, by his Eternal Light and Spirit.
And though we receive not our Laws from Man, yet we are not without Law as to our God, but have one Law-giver, even Christ Jesus our Lord … from his Laws we may not depart. And by his Law in our Conscience, and the Power of his Spirit in our Hearts, we are ordered and guided to walk holily toward our God, and harmlessly towards Men … however they be minded towards us: and by the Virtue of the Lamb … we are made to give our Goods to the Spoil, and our bodies to the Tortures of cruel Men, rather than defile our Consciences …
[T]his hath God sealed in our Hearts, to seek the Good of all Men, Plot against none; but study peace and live quietly, and Exercise our Conscience faithfully toward whatever Government our God shall set up …
For more on Nayler, see Doug Gwyn (former DFM Pastor), “James Nayler and the Lamb’s War,” Quaker Studies: Vol. 12: Iss. 2, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/quakerstudies/vol12/iss2/2
Nine women met at the home of Dorothy and Ed Hinshaw for a delightful tea prepared by Dorothy and served by Ed. The only thing missing was a white cloth over Ed’s arm. All expressed great appreciation for the tea and fellowship.
Jo-an Jacobus brought the program reading and walked us through an article written by Pam Nafula, a Kenyan with a heart for ministry in Tanzania. The message was based on Lamentations 3 and encouraged us to move forward with faithfulness and endurance despite obstacles.
In our business meeting we signed cards to be sent out to those in need of encouragement and held two of our larger community in prayer —– John Muhanji of the African FUM office and another who has been revisited with cancer, along with Kat Langelier, who will be having cataract surgery soon.
Our work with Tedford meals was discussed and changes suggested will be discussed further next month.
Dorothy Curtis and Marian Baker shared stories on their trip last weekend to Quebec to visit with a Swahili- speaking Quaker women’s worship group. Slides from this trip will be shared at our July meeting.
Marian Baker closed our meeting with a sung prayer of thanks, hope, and blessings. Our next meeting is July 15 at Helen Clarkson’s home. All invited!
— Martha Hinshaw Sheldon
Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, June 16, 2019 with 11 people present. Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading a quote from Marcus Aurelius.
1. The May minutes were approved with the following addition to minute 13 that Falmouth Quarterly Meeting will have “rotating clerks and recording clerks, as led; Marian Dalton and Sarah Sprogell will serve as co-conveners and contact persons for the quarter.”
2. Finance Committee and Treasurer: Katherine Hildebrandt reported that the Tom Fry apartment renovation loan has been repaid to the Bernice Douglas Fund.
The committee is interested in donating an amount from the Charity Fund Account to Craig Freshley for his Make Shift Coffee house events, a program which brings together persons in civil discourse and sharing across political lines.
The meeting has received an additional amount from the Janet Douglas estate. The committee recommends that we designate this money in the same way we did the first amount: 10% to the Charity Account, and the rest into the Capital Account.
Discussion ensued concerning our use of the Charity Fund and social concerns needs that we might more be able to support. It was decided that we would have an all meeting discussion about our priorities and the use of our funds, in consultation with the Trustees concerning the Capital Fund needs, on Sunday, October 27th.
3. The meeting approved the amount of $2000 be granted to Craig Freshley from the Charity Fund for the Make Shift Coffee House events.
4. Ministry and Counsel: Martha Hinshaw Sheldon reported that Ministry and Counsel met on June 9th. They discussed meeting for worship and pastoral cares. They will be appointing a representative to New England Yearly Meeting Ministry and Counsel at sessions this August. They hope to have a ministry and counsel retreat this September. The theme they offer for the meeting in July, August and September is “How do we get our light leadings out into the world?”
They propose the following for meeting for worship order of service slightly revised from the April monthly meeting minutes: hymns, a reading or prayer, children’s story on the first and third Sundays, message (out of waiting worship) joys and concerns, offering, announcements, visitors, final hymn, and handshake. We accepted their report with appreciation in the experiment of a different order of service.
5. Peace and Social Concerns: Cindy Wood has stepped down as clerk for the time being and Ingrid Chalufour will be filling in. Ingrid reports that “we have had two meetings in the past month, making plans for upcoming events.
After the generative discussions at Meeting on April 28, we selected the climate crisis as a focus for our work in the coming year. We have three initiatives in the planning stages at this point. 1) An interactive panel with 3 or 4 youth focused on what they think we should be doing to address the climate crisis. This will be Sunday Sept. 29, after Meeting for worship. We will be inviting other Meetings to participate. 2) Show a film, Pittsburg to Paris, that looks at local community climate activists across the country. We are going to try a “house party” format for showing this film during October and November. 3) We will have regular posts in the newsletter with information about local climate events and state legislation.
There is another christening at BIW on June 22 and Brown will be there. We are hoping others from Meeting will join him.
We discussed the Kakamega fundraiser that we have been organizing in recent years. We are a small committee with a lot planned and we do not feel we can add that to our agenda this year. We are hoping there might be a few others in the Meeting who can take it over.
Finally, we are aware of the many needs of the asylum seekers who are in and coming to Portland. We are requesting Meeting make a $500.00 contribution to support the asylum seekers. The donation can be made up of contributions from friends with the remaining, up to $500.00, from the charity account.” The meeting expressed appreciation for Wendy Schlotterbeck’s involvement in this concern.
6. The meeting approved a donation of $500 from the Charity Fund to the City of Portland in support of the asylum seekers. An article will be included in the newsletter regarding this concern and information on how to contribute to this need.
7. Liana Knight sent a report from the new Communications Committee which met on May 31, 2019. Liana Knight agreed to be clerk. Members are Doug Bennett (maintaining DFM website), Donna Hutchins (control of DFM Facebook account), David Dexter (phone tree initiator), Margaret Wentworth (mailing paper newsletters), and temporarily Sukie Rice (interim newsletter editor and copier). They will meet at noon on the first Friday of September, November, January, March, and May. Sukie is filling in as newsletter editor until a new newsletter editor can be found.
The newsletter comes together as a result of three tasks: collecting information, editing the information submitted, and distributing the newsletter (by email and on paper). Sukie will pass along committee reports submitted by clerks to Doug and Liana. Doug has set up an email address that will forward messages to Sukie, Liana and Doug. The address is DurhamQuakerMeeting@gmail.com.
The web site is intended to be a resource for both members and the general public to get timely information about the meeting. Doug will put any meeting-related information he receives on the website within 24 hours of receiving it. The website currently has several static pages with information, and one blog page where news and messages are posted on an ongoing basis. The communications committee believes that for information to be publicized on the website or on Facebook it should be about Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends-sponsored events.
The committee holds a question about Durham Friends Notes, which were started by Daphne Clement, then handled by Sarah Sprogell and Doug Gwyn, and most recently handled by Jo-An Jacobus. They would like to revisit the topic of Friends Notes at Monthly Meeting and have the meeting determine who should generate a Friends Note. Their recommendation is that as our communication improves, Durham Friends Notes would be reserved for deaths, crises, and any other information of immediacy and importance.
Doug Bennett has also started a “This Week @ DFM” email that goes to local Friends and contains whatever information he has about who is taking on the various roles of Meeting for Worship (greeting, care of worship, message, refreshments) that week. He will also include information about events happening for that week.
The Communications Committee would like a 4th Sunday discussion on September 24th for the meeting to learn about the website, and solicit information from the community about what kinds of information we want in the Newsletter.
8. The meeting approved meeting on September 24th to discuss the meeting’s communication concerns.
9. It was approved that the clerk and Ministry and Counsel clerk serve as supervisors of appropriate Friends Notes.
10. Nominating Committee: Margaret Wentworth reported that it is recommended that Brown Letham be a member of Ministry and Counsel instead of Trustees, and that Donna Hutchins be an official member of Trustees.
11. We approved the above recommendations of the Nominating Committee.
12. Clerk Susan Rice has received a letter from Ellis and Merrill Bolshaw requesting funds to attend Friends Camp. We approved that the amount in the budget of $1000 be granted to Ellis and Merrill for camp expenses.
13. Recorder Sarah Sprogell gave the 2018 statistics which are attached. She reports that we have 106 members, gaining one member and losing 2 through resignation and 2 through death. The attendance at worship remained steady, averaging 39 each Sunday.
14. Auditor Sarah Sprogell reported that she has audited the records for 2018 and found them to be well organized and in good order. The job was made easy by the good record-keeping of our treasurer! She has begun auditing the records for 2013 and hopes to complete the additional years up to 2018.
15. We appointed Sarah Sprogell and Martha Sheldon to be representatives to New England Yearly Meeting sessions.
The meeting ended in quiet worship and a thank you from the clerk.
Dorothy Hinshaw, Recording Clerk
Here is all you need to know about our upcoming weekend in Georgetown on the water!
Directions to the Holt-Muench property at 710 Bay Point Road in Georgetown: Take Rt. 127 south from where it crosses Rt. 1 in Woolwich (just across the river from Bath, Maine) and follow it 8.8 miles to Georgetown center. On the right, after you pass the Georgetown Pottery, post office, Country Store and firehouse, Bay Point Road will turn off just before you start down the hill. After about 3 miles Bay Point Road will cross a marsh and make a fairly sharp bend to the left, then start watching for a white feldspar driveway on the left. Our mail box may or may not be out on the right. After you turn in to the driveway a white sign on a tree to the left of the gate says Holt. Follow the driveway down to the end and park on the feldspar circle by the house. Total distance is about 12 miles from Rt. 1. Phone: 371-2237.
What to bring? 1. Bathing suit, towel and sunscreen 2. Change of clothes, jacket for evenings and bug spray 3. Sleeping bag, optional-tent (there are several beds and floor spaces inside) 4. Friends! We welcome your friends Food- --Saturday lunch- bring your own bagged lunch if your arrive at noon. --Sat supper- bring something to grill and a dish to share --Sat campfire time- Snack to share --Sun breakfast- Wendy will bring eggs and bread for toast, still need: coffee, fruit, and other breakfast goodies you and your family desire! --Sun lunch- Potluck, bring something to share (We have left over ice cream from Children's Day; Wendy will bring cones).
Special info: My brother Jay had the lawns and other areas around the house sprayed with peppermint oil on Mondayto kill the ticks.
However that does not do anything against the browntail moths. We didn’t see any around the house last summer or so far this spring but that is not true of further into the woods. General principles: If going into the woods: cover up, wear a large brimmed hat that will keep the hairs off your head and neck. If you see a brown tail caterpillar – KILL IT – and tell me about it. Mosquitoes are out in force due to the cold, wet Spring.
Also because of the Spring weather the Coast Guard has a special warning out to boaters about dangerously cold water. I am imposing a rule this year that no one goes out in a boat floating in water deeper than their own waist without wearing a life preserver. This includes adults. For adults judgement this means life preservers when boating if the tide is up within about a foot of the seaweed line of the white rock island. It also means that the sea breeze will be cold – bring sweaters accordingly.
359TH ANNUAL SESSIONS
AUGUST 3-8, 2019
SESSIONS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
What are the “Annual Sessions” of New England Yearly Meeting?
Each August, more than 600 Friends come together for worship, fellowship and seeking how God will guide us in meeting for business. Having first gathered in 1661, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is the oldest “yearly meeting” in the Quaker world.
While this gathering is large—among the largest Quaker events in North America—there are many opportunities to connect with Friends old and new: vibrant youth programs, adult small groups, variety shows, topical interest sessions and shared meals. In recent years, Sessions has featured plenary addresses, Bible Half-Hours, a contra-dance, and coffeehouse.
Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, April 19, 2019 with 11 people present. Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading from the New England Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice: “Meeting as a Caring Community.”
1. The April 21, 2019 minutes were approved.
2. Ministry and Counsel: Martha Hinshaw Sheldon reported that Falmouth Quarterly Meeting has sent a letter of transfer of membership from Lewiston Friends to Durham Friends Meeting for Renee Cote of
Auburn, Maine. Ministry and Counsel recommends we approve this transfer. Other business included conversations about the worship hour, pastoral care, and a support group.
3. We heartily approved the transfer of membership of Renee Cote from Lewiston Friends Meeting to Durham Friends Meeting.
4. Finance Committee: Nancy Marstaller reported that the Capital Account has been moved from a savings account to a money market account.
10% ($1810) of the Janet Douglas bequest has been put into the Charity Account, and the balance ($16,200) has been added to the Capital Account.
They agreed to move $25,000 from the checking account into an 18th mo. CD with interest of 2.l%. Someone from the committee will attend Trustees’ meetings for communication purposes.
5. Nancy Marstaller reported for the ad hoc care committee for Ralph and Twila Greene financial support. As noted in last month’s monthly meeting minutes, additional funds are required for renovation of their house. It was suggested that we give an amount from the Charity Fund, and that persons are encouraged to donate to the Charity Fund. A full report concerning this project is attached.
6. The meeting approved donating $600 from the Charity Fund to help with the Greene house renovation with the understanding that they will be able to stay there indefinitely. People who wish to personally contribute to this fund are encouraged to do so (checks made to Durham Friends Meeting).
7. Christian Education Committee: Wendy Schlotterbeck reported that they encourage “baby” noise in meeting for worship; it is waiting worship, not necessarily silent.
Sanitary stations were added to the bathrooms.
The Sunday School Godly Play teachers are “retiring,” and new teachers will be needed for September.
Upcoming events will be advertised in the newsletter or Friendly Notes: June 2: Children’s Day;
June 8: Yard and Plant Sale; June 15-16 Georgetown Campout; July 12-15: Wabanaki support circle.
8. Youth Minister: Wendy Schlotterbeck reported that she participated in a racial justice event, and the climate change panel. She attended the All Maine Gathering. She is making plans for next year’s children and youth activities and Sunday School. We expressed appreciation for her work with children and youth.
9. Nominating Committee: We approved the nomination of Brown Letham and Bob Eaton to Trustees.
10. Trustees: Leslie Manning reported that Trustees met on May 5, 2019. The Cemetery Accounts were reported by Donna Hutchins to have $4.837.95 in checking, $4225.12 in savings, a CD of $22,339.92 as well as the Pratt Fund of $2,645.00. They will combine the Pratt Fund with the CD upon maturity of the CD if there is no restriction on the Pratt Fund. They recommend that the CD be renewed for a longer period of maturity.
They approved the sale of two plots in Lunt Cemetery to a new neighbor, James Holland. They viewed the standards for headstones and markers in the sale agreement.
On-going projects were listed which are included in the attached detailed report.
We were reminded that the current meetinghouse building will be 200 years old in 2029. They hope to have it in good condition for that anniversary.
Leslie Manning confirmed that she will be stepping down from Trustees. Donna Hutchins has offered to serve as clerk.
11. We expressed our appreciation for Leslie’s diligence and care as clerk of Trustees.
12. Peace and Social Concerns Committee: Cushman Anthony reported briefly on past activities and Ingrid Chalufour reported that on April 27 approximately 6 people from meeting participated in the protest at the destroyer christening at Bath Iron Works. The Durham Friends Meeting banner was prominently displayed. On April 28 Linda Muller delivered the message at meeting followed by a discussion on the possibility of the meeting adopting a corporate concern. On May 10 the meeting co-sponsored an event titled “What Can We Do About Climate Change?” with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick. Approximately 100 people attended this panel discussion.
13. Falmouth Quarterly Meeting met during the All Maine Gathering of Friends held at the Friends School of Portland on May 4, 2019. Martha Sheldon reported that Falmouth Quarterly Meeting met with 26 Friends from throughout the Quarter in attendance. Co conveners were Marian Dalton and Sarah Sprogell. A proposal was presented and approved that the Quarterly Meeting:
-have business meetings twice a year; May and October for the purpose of reading state of society reports, memorials, pastoral care and other business that promotes, encourages, and supports caring and mutuality among area monthly Meetings,
-have rotating clerks and recording clerks, as led (Marian Dalton and Sarah Sprogell will serve as co-conveners and contact persons for the quarter),
-continue the present treasurer,
-notes that with fewer gatherings pastoral care can be informal with the help of Ministry and Counsels in Monthly Meetings taking on some of the concerns that arise,
-programs would occur when and if possible,
-worship would be a vital part of the Quarterly Meeting agenda.
Two letters of transfer from Lewiston Friends Meeting were read and accepted, one to Durham Friends Meeting and one to Portland Friends Meeting.
Memorial minutes, Treasurer’s and State of the Society reports were read and accepted.
The following minute regarding Lewiston Monthly Meeting of Friends was read:
“Thankful for the prayers, guidance and fellowship of Falmouth Quarterly Meeting and New England Yearly Meeting, members of Lewiston Monthly Meeting attended a called Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business at The Center for Wisdom’s Women in Lewiston on 12th Day, First Month, 2019.
In sadness, but with appreciation of our many years of worshipping together, and after prayerful discernment, we agreed to dissolve Lewiston Monthly Meeting, which began in 1972 as a Worship Group under the care of Durham Monthly Meeting and became a Monthly Meeting in 1980. We further agreed that our remaining funds of just under $2,200 be allocated as follows: $1,000 to New England Yearly Meeting, whatever amount is necessary for the administrative costs of dissolution, and the remainder to Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston, Maine. Approved 12th Day, First Month, 2019 Christine Holden, Recording Clerk.”
Four immigrant students are asking for support to attend Friends Camp. Approval was given for Falmouth Quarterly Meeting to allocate $100 for this purpose and to encourage individual donations.
The next meeting will be October 26, 2019 at Durham Friends Meeting.
14. We approved a request brought by Kitsie Hildebrandt that two of her Muslim friends use the meetinghouse for a wedding.
15. We approved a request that the Wabanaki Youth Group utilize a portion of our meeting garden.
The meeting ended in quiet worship.
Dorothy Hinshaw, Recording Clerk
Seven women gathered together at the home of Martha Hinshaw Sheldon on the 20th of May. After signing cards to be sent out for encouragement and birthdays Kat Langelier brought the program. She invited us to look at how we welcome children into our meeting. This conversation was inspired by a concern shared from Kathleen Wooten, a traveling Friend within New England Yearly Meeting. Kathleen had visited meetings that were discouraging to children being in Meeting for worship. How can we be welcoming to all? How can we creatively imagine ways to be with differing opinions about worship? How can we be careful not to unintentionally alienate others? How can we elder nicely?
Business matters. Minutes were read and approved. Treasures report was given and accepted with appreciation. Prayers were shared for Oscar Mmgali, a Kenyan who recently started ministry work in Belize. Tedford meals were discussed to make sure all is well. All officers renewed their positions for the next year: President – Dorothy Curtis, Treasurer – Nancy Marstaller, Recording clerk – Martha Hinshaw Sheldon, Cards ministry – Margaret Wentworth and Vice President – Kitsie Hildebrandt. The June meeting will be at Dorothy Hinshaw’s home at 5:00 with Jo-an Jacobus giving the program. If you are interested in carpooling meet at the Meeting parking lot at around 4 to drive to Sumner.
We closed with a poem on Kind hearts and a moment of silence.
Humbly submitted by Martha Hinshaw Sheldon
Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, April 21, 2019 with 14 people present. Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading a verse from a hymn, “Christ Be Our Light.”
1. The March 17, 2019 minutes were approved.
2. Ministry and Counsel: Martha Hinshaw Sheldon reported for the committee. At their April meeting they discussed a proposal for a change in the order of worship: Hymns – Call to worship – Children’s message (1st and 3rd Sunday) – The message – Open worship – Joys and Concerns – Offering – Final Hymn – Handshake – Announcements. They also discussed a concern shared from New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM). More information will be posted in the Newsletter with further discussion planned in following weeks. Pastoral care concerns were shared. One was a report on the housing upgrades for Ralph and Twila Greene. Nat Shed sent a second request to Obadiah Brown Fund for funds for renovations on the house the Greens moved to recently. While it is better than the previous house it still needs a few repairs to make it more comfortable. If you are led to help financially with this project or want to help with the renovation work, contact the team who have been working on this concern – Nat Shed, Edwin Hinshaw, Dorothy Hinshaw, and Nancy Marstaller. There are other such pastoral care teams throughout Durham Friends Meeting who have been laboring tirelessly to share ministry and support for many who have been in need in the past few months. “As clerk I am very appreciative of these individuals and groups as they shine the light and love of God to many in our meeting,” Martha added.
The meeting thanked Ministry and Counsel (M&C) for their careful consideration of our worship hour and suggested that we try their changed format during the months of May and the first two weeks of June, with further discussion on this new plan at the June Monthly Meeting.
3. Christian Education: Wendy Schlotterbeck reported that an egg hunt was held this morning for Easter Day, and we enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by Katherine Langelier, Dorothy Curtis, and Kim Bolshaw, with other tasty donations by attenders. They announced that the annual yard sale will be June 1.
4. Peace and Social Concerns: Four members of the committee met on April 9 at Brown Letham’s apartment: Linda Muller, Cush Anthony, Brown Letham and Ingrid Chalufour. They discussed upcoming events. Linda and Ingrid reported that the group planning the climate panel had their third meeting at the UU church, and Ron Turcotte, the moderator of the panel, attended. The group outlined an agenda and talked through all the details of the evening. Brown volunteered to get a climate change banner and to be on the clean-up crew. All will distribute posters.
Ingrid reported on her first Brunswick Area Interfaith Council meeting, where she passed out a preliminary flier about the climate panel.
They discussed the April 27 Bath Iron Works vigil. They will car pool from Brunswick and hope others will join them. Brown has printed a handout showing research on the costs of war.
Plans were made concerning the message and potluck discussion on April 28. Linda will deliver the message planned by the group and Ingrid will organize small and large group discussions.
5. Trustees: Kitsie Hildebrandt reported for the Trustees. Katherine Langelier has asked that parents of home school children schedule the meetinghouse and grounds for a regular Gentle Parenting Meeting.
Trustees have asked Rick’s Pump Service to make recommendations to update our water system; Dan Henton will carry out a “dump run” with trash from the horse shed; and they will begin having a trash pick-up at the meetinghouse.
6. We approved the scheduling of the Gentle Parenting Meeting group using the meeting house social room area partitioned off from the library.
7. Finance Committee: Kitsie Hildebrandt handed out the first quarter financial report (attached) which we accepted with gratitude. The parsonage pellet boiler damage was repaired, and the insurance payment received. We were reminded that the Ralph and Twila Greene fund is a project of the NEYM, but that Durham Friends Meeting is a conduit of financial contributions received for their house repair. More information may be gained from the ad hoc “Greene Care Team” mentioned above in the M&C report.
We are very thankful for a generous donation from Janet Douglas’ gifts and memorials. It was suggested that 10% of this fund be added to the Charity Account, and that the remainder be used for the capital account for upkeep of buildings and grounds.
8. We approved the above use of the Janet Douglas Fund: 10% be added to the Charity Fund account, and the rest for buildings upkeep.
The meeting closed with a short period of worship.
Dorothy Hinshaw, Recording Clerk
On the morning of April 27th at 8:30 a coalition of peace groups including the Durham Meeting of Friends gathered at the Bath Iron Works to witness their opposition to the military buildup represented by the “Christening of another Zumwalt destroyer. Approximately 75 vigilers proposed the conversion of this powerful facility to peacetime production, especially on renewable energy sources and away from the wasteful and redundant defense budget. This budget represents a clear threat to the serious environmental and human resource needs of this country and the world. To address this urgency, 25 protestors were arrested for civil disobedience.
Here is an article by one person who was involved:
For the whole article, click here.
Because New England Yearly Meeting’s Permanent Board will be at the Meetinghouse all day, this Intergenerational Game Night will begin at 5pm, with a potluck supper at 5:30 pm. These game nights have been a lot of fun for everyone whether playing games or getting a chance to hang out and visit. Hope to see you there!
Juli Fogg was a beloved member of Durham Friends Meeting.
Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, March 17, 2019 with 20 people present. Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading from the 1985 New England Faith and Practice, “The Quaker Method of Making Decisions,” paragraph 2.
1.The February 17, 2019 minutes were approved.
2. Ministry and Counsel: Martha Hinshaw Sheldon reported that they met in March to share pastoral care concerns and discuss possible changes to meeting for worship. A few new modalities will be introduced over the next few months to get a sense of what if any changes might be made. Feel free to share concerns and responses with the committee. The opening theme of “Leadings” will continue through March shared by the Care of Worship person at the beginning of worship in the form of a reading or prayer. The theme for April through June will be “Attending to the Light.” More information on this theme will be included in the Newsletter.
A welcoming dinner happened with Cush and Maureen Anthony and Bruce Ludders. Other dinners will occur as needed.
The State of Society Report was shared, and we expressed appreciation for this report.
3. The State of Society Report was approved with revisions; it is attached.
4. Christian Education and Youth Minister: Katherine Langelier sent her report and reported that the committee met on March 3rd. The intergenerational game night and potluck supper on March 9th was very enjoyable. They thank everyone who came: 19 in attendance. Wendy Schlotterbeck reported that there will be a Ukrainian egg painting on April 6 at 2:00, and an Easter breakfast with children’s activities on April 21.
5. Trustees: Leslie Manning reported that they met with Kim Bolshaw, our custodian and with Kitsie Hildebrandt our treasurer to get caught up on recent events at the parsonage and expressed gratitude for all the work done to handle the freeze up and problems with the pellet boiler. The tenants are concerned about energy use and Kitsie’s son, Willis Beazley, who does this for work, has agreed to look at the parsonage with an eye toward weatherization. Things seem stable now. They will be looking at alternatives for the laundry pipes placement soon.
The water filtration system in use at the Meetinghouse is 15 years old and obsolete. The installer, who is still in the business, will come to consult and make a recommendation. The water is safe but does contain minerals and has a brackish taste. We are using a Brita filter and continue to use water jugs brought from home to keep us supplied. We hope to have this all resolved later this year.
The lock on the front door has been replaced by Dan Henton; if you need a key, please see Kim.
They are pleased with the repair work on the ceilings and will get an estimate from the same painter for the painting of the walls of the meeting room, which they will have done this spring, after Easter.
They appreciate that everyone is cooperating with the closing of the Meetinghouse at the end the day or meeting. Please keep it up so that we can continue to reduce our heating costs.
They ask the Nominating Committee to name replacements for Trustee vacancies.
Everyone expressed satisfaction and gratitude for the custodial work being done by Kim Bolshaw and the plowing and sanding being done by Andy Higgins who continues to donate his services.
6. Finance Committee: Sarah Sprogell brought the year-end report for 2018: revenue income for the year, expenses listed by category totals, a breakdown of designated accounts, and a breakdown of our savings and investments. A second page listed detailed expenses line by line for each category. We ended the year with total income of $57,047.79 and total expenses of $45,409.96. Attached are these reports. We expressed gratitude for this detailed report.
7. Nominating Committee: We approved the appointment of Margaret Copeland to serve on the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Board.
8. Peace and Social Concerns Committee: Brown Letham reported for the committee. Upcoming events were announced for April: April 27 – vigil at BWI at the christening of a destroyer; April 28 – the committee will bring the message, have a finger food potluck, and following worship a discussion on the meeting’s corporate discernment for the committee’s direction. Brown brought a brochure regarding the call for a conversion to peacetime production at Bath Iron Works. The committee recommends that Durham Friends be a co-sponsor of the vigil for conversion of BIW to peacetime production at the warship christening.
On May 10, the committee is cooperating with the Brunswick Unitarian Church to hold an event on climate change and how congregations can get involved on different levels of action.
Details and information about these events will be included in the Newsletter.
9. We approved supporting the April 27 vigil at Bath Iron Works as a co-sponsor, including our meeting name on a flyer, and possibly displaying a banner.
10. We approved the following persons to be representatives at Falmouth Quarterly Meeting which is meeting on May 4 in conjunction with the All Maine Gathering: Sarah Sprogell, Wendy Schlotterbeck and Betsy Muench.
11. New England Yearly Meeting Permanent Board has asked to meet at our Durham Meeting on May 11, and we approved. Sukie Rice will be the point person for arrangements for our hosting them.
12. It is with sadness that we report that our member Julianna Fogg died at age 56 on February 22, 2019.
The meeting closed with expressions of love and appreciation for our time together.
Dorothy Hinshaw, Recording Clerk
By Brown Letham
April Lenten Saturday vigils at Bath Iron Works
April 27 Vigil at BIW for the christening of a destroyer
April 28 P&SC give message, and sponsor potluck and discussion at Durham Friends Meeting
May 10 Co-sponsoring a panel discussion of climate change action at the Brunswick Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church
May 11 New England Yearly Meeting Permanent Board will meet at Durham Meetinghouse
May 11 Game Night to follow
May 17 Peter and Annie Blood concert at Portland UU church
Ingrid Chalufour reports that she will be attending meetings of the Brunswick Interfaith Council. Cush Anthony is involved with the Maine Council of Churches.
Planning of the Friday, May 10 climate change action panel discussion: Panelists will be Sen. Brownie Carson, Rev. Sylvia Stocker, and Ann D. Burt. There might also be a Bowdoin student. The purpose of the panel and the activity below is not to describe climate change or debate its existence but to talk about actions that people can take on an individual, legislative , and most importantly, organizational level.
Sunday April 28 Worship, potluck and discussion: The P&SC committee is generating queries to prompt thinking and discussion about corporate witness as a Meeting. A short First Day message may spring out of the queries that will be brought into worship. Finger food potluck followed by discussion.
Peace vigils at BIW: Brown mentioned that the next destroyer christening at BIW was planned tentatively for April, as well as the remaining Saturday Lenten vigils there. He brought a pamphlet about a call for a conversion to peacetime production at BIW and asked if Durham Friends would consider endorsing/sponsoring it.
The Minute reads: “Peace and Social Concerns Committee recommends to Monthly Meeting that Durham Friends be a co-sponsor of the vigil for conversion of Bath Iron Works to peacetime production at the upcoming warship christening.”
Sponsorship would entail permission to print our name in the flyer, display the banner at the vigil, but no financial obligation.
[Editor’s note: the destroyer’s christening has been scheduled for April 27 at BIW.]
By Dorothy Hinshaw
Hal Tucker was an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister and a mentor to many students at Bangor Theological Seminary (BTS) and in the UCC tradition. He was one of “Bee’s Boys” and learned to love our Quaker way during his years at Bowdoin College while rooming with Bernice (Bee) Douglas. He also served our meeting as a pastor while a student at BTS. He and his wife, Bettina, have given us many valuable Quaker books from their collection.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading one of these donated books, Living in a Larger World, the Life of Murray S. Kenworthy, who grew up in the Midwest (as did I). Kenworthy became a well-loved Quaker pastor, teacher at Earlham College, and served with the American Friends Service Committee. This book gives an insight into the development of the Quaker pastoral system and programmed meetings, and the AFSC feeding program in Russia. His son, Leonard, was a prolific writer about Quaker subjects; several of his pamphlets are on the pamphlet shelf.
“Check out” these valuable books and pamphlets!
By Nancy Marstaller
Saturday, April 6, at the Meetinghouse from 2-5 PM
Please RSVP so I can set up appropriately: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207 725-4294.
I’ll lead/teach egg decorating using the Ukrainian wax resist method. This process creates beautiful, colorful eggs AND takes patience and fine motor skills, so is for older children and adults. There will be other activities scheduled for younger children during this time.
I have dyes, tools, and directions for my own and traditional Ukrainian designs, or you can do your own thing. Bring a small donation for dyes if you wish.
I will bring extra eggs and candles, but if you can please bring a one or two eggs (raw, not blown out) and a candle in a holder. Take your eggs out of the refrigerator the night before. If eggs are store-bought, rinse with a solution of about 1 TBSP white vinegar in 1pint water, then rinse with clear water and gently pat dry to remove any commercial cleaner residue. If they are newly laid at your place or locally, just wash gently with water, and know that they may not take the dyes evenly until they are at least a few days old.
I hope you’ll join me!