Stevens Point Monthly Meeting State of the Society May 2015
Stevens Point Monthly Meeting continues to gather on Sunday mornings at 10, at the Newman Center on the UW Stevens Point campus, 2108 4th Avenue, Stevens Point. We chat after meeting and then, as we have done for several years, migrate to a local coffee shop, Emy J’s, for further conversation.
In the past year, Stevens Point Monthly Meeting has continued to have child care available, with a small children’s group most weeks. For several months, we had two families with small children, until one moved away, with enthusiasm for becoming part of their new Friends meeting. Our First Day School has been studying the Quaker testimonies and making personal applications. Our children’s toys inadvertently joined Newman Center’s donations and so wound up in Haiti; acquiring new toys led to a general cleaning and exciting new play possibilities; meanwhile, the adults are excited about our new sign and the under-construction updated website.
Our core of members and attenders continues to be solid, but small in number, with 6 to 10 adults at meeting most Sundays. One of our longtime attenders has moved to assisted living this year; members of the meeting remain a part of her life.
Last spring, Roger Hansen led our meeting in a daylong spiritual retreat, which proved to be an experience of deepening and connections. From that retreat emerged two ongoing spiritual nurture groups, one which has met each month since, and one which has met intermittently. Several of those who have become part of these groups are people who aren’t able to make Sunday worship often, so our meeting has grown in a new dimension.
Our members and attenders continue to serve NYM and the Stevens Point community. In fact, by the time of the NYM session over Memorial Day weekend, SPMM will have hosted NYM interim meeting. Here are other examples of things we do:
- NYM registrar
- Overall coordinator of NYM session
- NYM recording clerk
- NYM session bookstore coordinator
- Annual Sessions Planning Committee
- NYM Audit Committe
- Hope Center: we provide a meal for the homeless shelter six times a year
- Martin Luther King Day: one member helps to organize this annual event
- Empty Bowls (helps raise money for the hungry and raises community awareness) cookie organizer
- Curriculum Committee Co-Chair for LIFE, an organization for adult mutual education in our community
- Executive Board of Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve
- Parents’ Circle of Tomorrow River Community Charter School
- Christmas basket for a needy family in the community
- Several members attend the FGC Gathering annually
Recorded by Barbara Dixson