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.
Ministry and Counsel:
Martha Hinshaw Sheldon
reported that Falmouth Quarterly Meeting has sent a letter of
of membership from Lewiston Friends to Durham Friends Meeting for
Renee Cote of
Maine. Ministry and Counsel recommends we approve this transfer.
Other business included conversations about the worship hour,
pastoral care, and a support group.
We heartily approved the transfer of membership of Renee Cote from
Lewiston Friends Meeting to Durham Friends Meeting.
reported that the Capital Account has been moved from a savings
account to a money market account.
($1810) of the Janet Douglas bequest has been put into the Charity
Account, and the balance ($16,200) has been added to the Capital
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.
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.
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).
Schlotterbeck reported that they encourage “baby” noise in
meeting for worship; it is waiting worship, not necessarily silent.
stations were added to the bathrooms.
Sunday School Godly Play teachers are “retiring,” and new
teachers will be needed for September.
events will be advertised in the newsletter or Friendly Notes: June
2: Children’s Day;
8: Yard and Plant Sale; June 15-16 Georgetown Campout; July 12-15:
Wabanaki support circle.
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.
We approved the nomination of Brown Letham and Bob Eaton to
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
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.
projects were listed which are included in the attached detailed
were reminded that the current meetinghouse building will be 200
years old in 2029. They hope to have it in good condition for that
Manning confirmed that she will be stepping down from Trustees.
Donna Hutchins has offered to serve as clerk.
We expressed our appreciation for Leslie’s diligence and care as
clerk of Trustees.
Peace and Social
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),
the present treasurer,
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,
would occur when and if possible,
would be a vital part of the Quarterly Meeting agenda.
letters of transfer from Lewiston Friends Meeting were read and
accepted, one to Durham Friends Meeting and one to Portland Friends
minutes, Treasurer’s and State of the Society reports were read and
following minute regarding Lewiston Monthly Meeting of Friends was
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.
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,
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.
next meeting will be October 26, 2019 at Durham Friends Meeting.
We approved a request brought by Kitsie Hildebrandt that two of her
Muslim friends use the meetinghouse for a wedding.
We approved a request that the Wabanaki Youth Group utilize a
portion of our meeting garden.
meeting ended in quiet worship.
Hinshaw, Recording Clerk