February 2023
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
(New International Version)
Last Chance to Register for Workshop: Opening to the Heart of Worship 

You are invited to to participate in Ithaca Meeting’s Opening to the Heart of Worship workshop coming up on Friday evening February 3 and on Saturday, February 4 from 9am to 4pm.  Thursday, February 2, is the last day to register for this workshop. We have a few more openings with an upward limit of 40. If we reach 40 we will start a waiting list and will include you if we get cancellations. The workshop will be offered in a hybrid format so you may attend in-person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or on Zoom. The workshop will be facilitated by well known Quaker Workshop leader Christopher Sammond.

During the workshop we will explore how to prepare for worship, how to center down, how to listen to each other with our whole being - body, mind, and spirit - and how to better open to each other and the Divine during worship. We will create a sense of community from which to access our individual and collective wellsprings of the Source. Our work together will be experiential, immediate, and will draw us into a deeper experience of our rich practice as Friends.

Click this link to register:

— Carol Clarke, on behalf of M&W Committee
IMM Inclusion

On Friday February 24, at 7:00 pm, the second meeting of IMM Friends to consider how to make our Meeting more welcoming, will be held via Zoom. We are calling these meetings "IMM Inclusion." All are welcome!

This effort started with a concern for racial justice and has developed into a way to deepen our sense of community and become more inclusive. We think IMM is not inclusive, especially of people of color.  

This is not a study group. We are hoping this group actively considers how we may help IMM become more inclusive. We would like this group to stay grounded in who we are and who we would like to become. We invite Friends who would like to engage in this ongoing effort to support each other and follow leadings of the Spirit for how we can have courageous conversations with respect and love.  

If you would like to join this zoom meeting, please contact Carol Clarke and she'll send you the zoom link.  We request this so that we may know how many to expect at the meeting.  Carol can be reached at firetendercarol@yahoo.com


— Carol Clarke, Nancy Gabriel, Ruth Yarrow
Printed Newsletters Available

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the Communications Committee (Comm Comm) laid down the paper version of our IMM newsletter and transitioned to an electronic version that is emailed to Friends every month. As more people are returning to worship in person we have heard requests to have a paper version available at Meeting for Worship. Beginning this month, paper copies of this e-newsletter will be available at the Third Street Meetinghouse. Upon request, copies can also be mailed to Friends.

Comm Comm plans to make printed copies available for a trial period of a few months. After that we'll evaluate how it's going. Are copies being taken? How many copies should be printed each month? Is the process of printing and making copies of the e-newsletter working in a reasonable manner?
Dish-to-pass: Family and Potluck Sundays

Ministry and Worship will continue potlucks on the last Sunday of the month. We will also provide childcare on these Sundays, to encourage family participation in both worship and potlucks. Our next potluck will be on Sunday, February 26 and we will be prepared to offer childcare during Meeting for Worship that day.  We invite Friends to continue to join this Ministry of sharing food together.
Where are Monthly Meeting minutes?

The minutes from Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business can be found on the right-side column of our website.
February Calendar of Ithaca Monthly Meeting
Meeting for Worship
Sundays, 10:30 am

Ithaca Friends gather for unprogrammed Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, in-person at our Third Street Meetinghouse and remotely via Zoom, for a hybrid Meeting for Worship.
Mens Fellowship
Thursday, February 2, 6p

First Thursdays, Friends, join us at Ithaca Bakery! Quaker men—and anyone who wants to hang out with Quaker men—are warmly invited.
QuakerSpeak
Sunday, February 5, 9:15a

Join Friends to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched. In person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or through Zoom. You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID when prompted.
  • Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975
  • Passcode: friends

Earthcare Committee
Sunday, February 5, 12:30p

This committee meeting is open to all who would like to attend. Please feel free to come and bring your own concerns or interests. At this time we are meeting via Zoom; use the gray button below or:
Meeting ID: 891 7172 6300
Passcode: earthcare

You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID when prompted.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Sunday, February 12, 12:30p

Please send agenda items to the Clerk by the preceding Monday. (Contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.)
  • Meeting ID: 372 632 479
  • Password: friends
QuakerSpeak
Sunday, February 19, 9:15a

Join Friends to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched. In person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or through Zoom. You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID when prompted.
  • Meeting ID: 825 8985 5975
  • Passcode: friends

Peace and Social Justice Committee
Sunday, February 19, 12:30p

This is an open committee, meaning that all are welcome; participation does not go through the Nominating Committee process. Please feel free to come and bring your own concerns or interests. At this time we are meeting via Zoom; use the gray button below or: 
  • Meeting ID: 874 5684 8390
  • Password: peace

You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID when prompted. If you have any questions, please call Garry Thomas at 607-273-7567.
Womens Fellowship
Friday, February 17, 6:30 p

Bring your knitting, wear your best sweatpants, and join us for an informal hangout. We'll be meeting online during the colder months.
Dish-to-Pass Brunch
Sunday, February 26, 12:30p

All are welcome to join in food and fellowship. Food contributions are welcome but stay even if you forgot.
IMM Inclusion
Friday, February 24, 7:00 p

On Friday February 24, at 7:00 pm, the second meeting of IMM Friends to consider how to make our Meeting more welcoming, will be held by zoom. Please contact Carol Clarke to receive the zoom link. We are calling these meetings "IMM Inclusion." All are welcome!
120 Third Street • Ithaca NY 14850
Barbara Chase, Clerk
clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
607-272-3601

Pat Sewell, Treasurer
treasurer@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
Melissa Travis Dunham,
Newsletter editor
mtravisdunham@gmail.com