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FSRM Fall Gathering - Saturday, September 18

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Mark your calendars! Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting Fall Gathering will be a day-long, virtual/Zoom meeting to be held on Saturday, September 18.  Registration forms will be released, via email, early next week. 

FSRM Events Planning Committee


Worship at Hector this morning.

Tommy Brown
 

Worship at Hector will be inside this morning due to likely rain.  Please bring a mask and feel welcome to join us.
Tom


Hybrid Meeting for Worship Tomorrow Sept 5

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

We welcome you to join us for Meeting for Worship with Ithaca Monthly Meeting tomorrow, Sunday Sept 5 at 10:30 am.

You have a 3 options. You can worship with us in person at Third Street Meetinghouse, or Hector Meetinghouse, or you can join us on online via Zoom for hybrid Meeting for Worship hosted from TSMH.


To join us by Zoom, click below, or on the link in the September Newsletter that arrived via email while I am typing this, or by going to our website www.ithacamonthlymeeting.org and clicking on the link on the Calendar page


Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09 Meeting ID: 372 632 479 Password: friends One tap mobile +19292056099,,372632479# US (New York) +12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles) Dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles)


Looking for a greeter at TSMH tomorrow (9/5)

Bronwyn Mohlke
 

Friends, 

I am looking for a greeter for the Third Street Meetinghouse for tomorrow morning, September 5.

I will get in touch with you later today with details if you write to let me know that you are interested and have time to do that. 

Bronwyn  


Annual gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent

Nancy Riffer
 


This is an invitation for Friends of African descent to gather virtually Sept. 10-12, 2021. Here is a brief announcement and a link to their website for more information.

We gather annually to reflect and give attention to the presence of Spirit in our lives; individually and in community as our ancestors would ordain. To get a sense of our Gatherings please click here! http://www.friendsofad.org/ The 2021 annual gathering of FOFAD will be virtual from September 10, 2021 to September 12, 2021. Theme: FOFAD 2021 and Beyond: Identity and Purpose The annual is a time to reflect and give attention to the presence of spirit in our lives. http://www.friendsofad.org/our-gatherings/


Zoom Midweek Meeting for Worship Today

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

Join us for online midweek Meeting for Worship via Zoom from 6:00pm to 6:30pm with a few minutes of socializing afterwards.

I have attempted to put the link below, but does not always work when I cut and paste it.

If this link does not work, please go to www.ithacamonthlymeeting.org, click on the Mid-week Meeting for Worship.

If you are interested in midweek Meeting for Worship, but this time doesn’t work for you, please contact Gina or I.

Barbara Chase








September newsletter

Marin E. Clarkberg
 

Friends, if you have items for the September newsletter of IMMRSF, please send them to me by Thursday evening.

 

Stay safe,

 

Marin

 

Marin Clarkberg, IMM Newsletter editor

150 Giles Street, Ithaca 14850  607.279.4722

 

 


Quaker Bruh Meet-up Thursday, 6:00 @ Ithaca Bakery

Pat Sewell
 

The monthly Quaker meet-up for men or those who don’t mind talking with them is meeting this week, Thursday, Sept. 2nd at *6PM* at Ithaca Bakery on Meadow Street.  


There will even be an option for Trivia hosted by a familiar face : )  


Hope to see you there! 


Pat 

 


Zoom Mid-Week Meeting for Worship this Evening

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

Join us on  Zoom  for an online only Meeting for Worship this evening, August 25 from 6:00pm to 6:30pm with a few minutes of socializing afterwards.  The link is below or on the IMM calendar at www.ithacamonthlymeeting.org 

If you are interested in an online mid week Meeting for Worship, but Wednesdays at 6 pm doesn’t work for you, let Gina or Barbara Chase know.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/372632479?pwd=czFvVlhLVFZTazM0TzdRZEQrWWtYdz09 Meeting ID: 372 632 479 Password: friends One tap mobile +19292056099,,372632479# US (New York) +12133388477,,372632479# US (Los Angeles)


IMM outside work party - Saturday, September 11, 10:00 AM

patricia pingel
 

The Third Street Meeting House Committee (TSMC) has planned an outside workday at the Meeting for cleaning up gardens, parking lot and patio areas, and possibly window-washing.   Please come and help as you are able!  Work will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday, Sept. 11, and refreshments will be provided.  Bring your own gardening gloves and hand tools (trowels, weeders, pruners etc.) if you have them.  Contact me with any questions.

Hope to see you there!

Pat Pingel


Worship at Hector today

Tommy Brown
 

As of now, we will start worship outdoors but there is a 40% chance of rain.  Please bring a mask in case we have to move indoors.
Tom


August '21 Business Meeting Minutes

Blair Jennings
 

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

August 8, 2021

 

Clerk: Gina Varrichio

Recording Clerks: Marin Clarkberg, Blair Jennings

 

(The @ signifies that the minute has been read and approved during Meeting. Copies of all written reports are on file with and available from the Clerk or Recording Clerk.)

 

2021.8.1 Opening Worship

Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends met on-line, via Zoom remote for Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on August 8, 2021.

 

At 12:34 PM, 9 Friends settled into worship with 8 more Friends joining during the introductory section.

 

Clerk reviewed the agenda for Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business and recognized Margaret McCasland for holding the Meeting in the Light.

 

2021.8.2 Clerk’s Report

Clerk shared her continued discernment of the message that underlies this report. If and when it clarifies, she will present the resulting report.

 

2021.8.3 Communications Committee (Comm Comm): Improved A/V System

On behalf of the committee, Marin Clarkberg posed the following big question:

Does IMM want an improved audio visual (A/V) system for the meeting room?

 

She then read the report, reviewing the history and current situation related to assisting those with hearing difficulties better access and participate in worship. She reviewed a number of questions, pros, cons and potential costs the committee considered.

 

The question -- Would IMM like Comm Comm to proceed? – was offered for consideration to those in attendance and shared with the following for context & clarity:

·      Comm Comm pulled together the current “make do” A/V setup but does not see the current technology as a long-term solution... while it has worked to some degree for many months, it has been a source of frustration, for both the operators of the technology and the participants

·      Comm Comm sees limited opportunities to make incremental improvements to such a minimal setup

·      If Meeting wants an A/V system as “a tool that supports and enhances communications,” Comm Comm can undertake the work of generating proposals for IMM to consider

·      If IMM wants Comm Comm to move forward, Comm Comm proposes the following minute:

 

IMM charges Comm Comm to undertake the work of developing criteria,

exploring options, and coming up with a proposal for an A/V system

for the meeting room in the Third Street Meetinghouse.

 

Friends settled into a time of worship, after which the clerk invited logistics questions and ministry. Members of the committee responded to questions to provide clarity on equipment considerations, describe the committee’s specific role and process. Friends offered ministry and suggestions related to ongoing discernment about IMM’s desired quality of worship, including considering whether sound augmentation technology is comparable to other common accessibility features (ramp, elevator, etc.) that increase inclusivity in IMM activities.   


Friends approved Comm Comm’s moving forward and the proposed minute.@

 

2021.8.4 Ministry & Worship – Hybrid Worship in September

On behalf of the committee, Barbara Chase described the most recent uptick in COVID-19 infections in Tompkins County as well as the decision made at July’s business meeting to suspend hybrid worship at IMM for the month of August.

 

While it is impossible to know if the recent increase in COVID cases in Tompkins County is a short-term spike, or a longer-term increase, Ministry & Worship has concluded that this spike and the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant around the country, is likely to result in more people who are not comfortable coming to in-person Meeting for Worship.

 

Ministry and Worship believes it is important for IMM to provide an opportunity for all members of the IMM community, including those with impaired immune systems, underlying medical conditions, and other factors, to participate in Meeting for Worship on Sundays. Therefore, IMM will  resume hybrid Meeting for Worship from the Third Street Meeting House for the month of September.

 

Friends settled into worship and shared ministry out of the silence.

 

An addendum to the report was offered: the Communication Committee will not be required to coordinate the technology related to resuming hybrid worship; Barbara Chase has offered to clerk the four Sundays in September freeing Gina Varicchio to coordinate technology.

 

Steve Mohlke volunteered to help with tech management.

 

Friends received the report.@


2021.8.5 Nominating Committee – Resignations and Nominations

Nominating Committee communicated the following to Gina Varicchio, clerk, who reported this information:

·      Nancy Riffer has asked to be released from Ministry and Worship

·      Dreia Spies has asked to be released from Nominating Committee

·      Both requests are effective as of August

 

Nominating would like to nominate Dreia Spies to serve on the newly formed IMMPACCT (Ithaca Monthly Meeting Pastoral Care Coordinating Team) Committee.

 

Friends received the resignation information & approved the nomination.@


2021.8.6 Treasurer’s Report – 2nd Quarter

IMM Treasurer Pat Sewell offered an overview of finances for the quarter, highlighting key points of interest from the balance sheet and budgeted vs. actual expenditures documents. All financial activities (expenditures, donations, etc.) are in line with expectations for the year thus far. He offered a detailed explanation of why it appears as if our insurance costs are significantly higher this year from last; this is related to an accounting change, not a major cost increase. He also reported that the move of 50K of IMM’s savings into the Quaker Green Fund managed by the Friends Fiduciary Fund has been completed.


Questions were invited; none arose.

 

Friends received the report.@

 

2021.8.7 Closing Worship

17 Friends settled into silent worship at 2:16 P.M. before adjourning. Our next regular Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be held via Zoom at 12:30 P.M. on September 12, 2021.

Respectfully submitted,

Blair Jennings


Re: Midweek Meeting for Worship

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Works so much better when I click on the right meeting link. <sigh>
A shorter worship today, but a lovely one.

We will be continuing Wednesday worship for at least the next 2 wks. Join us at 6pm using this link:
Gina

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 6:11:10 PM EDT, Barbara Chase <bgarden99@...> wrote:


Are we having Midweek Meeting for Worship on Zoom?

I get the message “waiting for host to start this meeting.”

Thanks,

Barbara C





Midweek Meeting for Worship

Barbara Chase
 

Are we having Midweek Meeting for Worship on Zoom?

I get the message “waiting for host to start this meeting.”

Thanks,

Barbara C


Information about Martin Jolles' health

Michael E Simkin
 

Hi All,
The message below from Karina Jolles Walsh was sent to the Men's Cancer Group on Saturday relating to the condition of Martin, her father. I pass it along, with her permission, for your information. Please keep Martin in your thoughts and prayers. 

Kirina has been sending and responding to Martin's email address: martinjolles@...

Mike Simkin

On 8/14/2021 3:46 PM, Martin Jolles wrote: (Karina wrote):

This is Karina Walsh, Martin Jolles’ daughter. I wanted to give you a brief update on Martin. My father has taken a turn for the worse. At the end of July he was hospitalized and then in residential rehab for about 3 weeks. He was suffering from sever malnutrition and dehydration. He was discharged a week ago Friday due to insurance no longer covering his rehab. My brother, Peter, picked him up in Ithaca and brought him to VA. Since he has gotten to VA he seems to be slipping into a depression. Peter took him to the hospital yesterday and they said he has high levels of calcium and possibly 2 fractured vertebrate. Part of why he initially went to the hospital in Ithaca was due to a fall, he also fell in rehab and once in VA. He is not eating much of anything and when I spoke to him last night he said he was giving up.

We are a bit at a loss of what to do. Peter and his girlfriend, Terri, do have an appointment set up for Monday with an oncologist in VA. We will see what happens after this. My father has not been checking his email for a few weeks now, and is spotty with the phone.

I know this group has meant a lot to him over the years and we as a family certainly appreciate the support.

Thank you, Karina

Bob Riter
Patient Advocate
Cornell Physical Sciences Oncology Center
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Peace & Social Justice Meeting Sunday 8/15 at 12:30

Margaret McCasland
 

Dear Friends,
The Peace and Social Justice Committee will be meeting this Sunday, August 15 at 12:30pm. Currently we are meeting via Zoom (link below).
This is an "open committee" -- meaning that participation is open to everyone.  Please come, hear what we are doing and bring your ideas and concerns. 
This week we will:
 --discuss the OAR program for driving people to visit family members in the county jail,
--have a "good news" update on the Gayogohono (Cayuga Nation) community in Seneca Falls, and
--have an introduction to Right Sharing of World Resources: https://rswr.org/

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Schneider at 607-351-0057 or at neschneid@....


Hybrid Meeting for Worship in September

Barbara Chase
 

Friends,

For those of you who weren’t at Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on August 8, I thought I would give you information regarding plans for Sunday Meetings for Worship for the month of September.

As you know, due to much lower COVID cases in June and early July, more people coming to in-person worship, and burnout among people doing tech, we took a break from hybrid Meeting for Worship in August.

However, there has been a significant spike in COVID-19 cases in late July and early August in Tompkins County. We understand that with this spike in cases, some people who felt comfortable coming to in-person worship may no longer be comfortable doing do.

Ministry and Worship believes it is important to provide a way for as many people as possible in the IMM community to participate in Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings. Therefore for the 4 Sundays in September, we will have hybrid Meeting for Worship from the Third Street Meetinghouse using our existing tech setup. You may also participate in worship in-person at TSMH or at the Hector Meetinghouse.

Ministry and Worship will continue discernment regarding choices for Meeting for Worship beyond September.

I am the new clerk of the Ministry and Worship Committee and would be happy to hear from anyone in the Meeting who wishes to discuss these matters.

Barbara Chase


Re: August 29 Bridget Bower speaks about Quaker schisms part II

aleta weaver
 

I would like to go and can offer a ride if someone needs it from downtown.
We can mask and open windows.
Thanks Aleta

On Aug 12, 2021, at 11:35 AM, Antonia Saxon <tonia@iecc.com> wrote:

Dear Friends,

Bridget Bower's last talk at Perry City about Quaker schisms and how they played out in western New York (and in Perry City in particular) was well-attended.

She will give the second part of her talk in person at Perry City meetinghouse on August 29th. The talk will begin at the rise of their meeting after 11am.

There is no hybrid attendance option as Perry City has no wifi.

Those who are able might consider coming at 10am and worshiping with Perry City. They are a small meeting (four Friends in regular attendance) and they have let us know that they welcome the presence of Ithaca Friends whenever they'd like to attend.

http://perrycityfriends.org/ <http://perrycityfriends.org/>

Antonia








August 29 Bridget Bower speaks about Quaker schisms part II

Antonia Saxon
 

Dear Friends,

Bridget Bower's last talk at Perry City about Quaker schisms and how they played out in western New York (and in Perry City in particular) was well-attended.

She will give the second part of her talk in person at Perry City meetinghouse on August 29th. The talk will begin at the rise of their meeting after 11am.

There is no hybrid attendance option as Perry City has no wifi.

Those who are able might consider coming at 10am and worshiping with Perry City. They are a small meeting (four Friends in regular attendance) and they have let us know that they welcome the presence of Ithaca Friends whenever they'd like to attend.

http://perrycityfriends.org/ <http://perrycityfriends.org/>

Antonia


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