Michigan Friends Center (MFC) in Chelsea, Michigan

Current Program Schedule

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LISTINGS BY DATE- (Click on program names for more details)

DATE

PROGRAM

Second Sunday every month Meeting for Worship
Sunday, January 26 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Sunday, February 2 Winterfest! with Gemini
Thursday, March 20 Vernal Equinox Celebration
Saturday, March 22 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Fridays from April 25 through June 20 (no film June 6) Together: The Search for Community Film Series
co-sponsored with Transition Town Chelsea
Saturday, April 26 Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, Mary 10, May 24, and June 7 (3-part series) Active Hope Workshop -- check flyer for additional details

 

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1:30 Sunday, February 2; concert at 3:00
Winterfest! with Gemini
This is a fundraiser for the Michigan Friends Center: $8/person or $20/family suggested donation.

Enjoy a musical celebration for children and the whole family that benefits the Michigan Friends Center.  Outdoor winter fun and warm treats indoors are followed by a Gemini benefit concert. The twin brothers play nearly a dozen instruments and sing original songs and traditional music from around the world. Printable flyer for Gemini Winterfest benefit.

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Fridays from April 25 through June 20 (no film June 6) / 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Together: The Search for Community a film series co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea
All films are FREE [donations welcomed]

Transition Town Chelsea’s spring film series on Community examines a variety of both intentional and traditional communities, covering the internal dynamics of the communities, governance, how communities strive to preserve themselves, and how communities interact with the wider world. Join us in expanding horizons of what community can be. Participate in lively discussion following each thought-provoking film.

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2:00 Saturday, April 26
Earth Day Celebration

Commemorate Earth Day at the Michigan Friends Center with live music and a nature walk. More details available mid-March.

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Sunday, January 26; Saturday, March 22; Saturday, June 28; Sunday, September 21; and Saturday, December 6
One-Day Meditation Retreats 2014
Suggested donation $30 or as able; pre-registration requested.

A one-day retreat is a great opportunity to learn and/or practice deep meditation in a supportive environment. The day includes meditation instructions, sitting and walking meditation, a talk, and a time for questions. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners have morning break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center and Deep Spring Center, both non-profit organizations, led by Carol Blotter. Contact Carol at 734-475-0942 or cb.meditate@gmail.com to register.

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Second Sunday of every month / 10am
Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends
no cost

Under the auspices of Ann Arbor Friends meeting, a Quaker worship group has been meeting in one form or another since the early days of the Friends Lake Community and Michigan Friends Center. In the past it was corrdinated by Isabel Bliss, then Bill Bliss, and John Deikis currently carries on the tradition as coordinator. If you would like to become part of this group, email us.

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Seasonal Celebrations 2014
Donations appreciated, please register in advance if possible

Vernal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and rebirth
Thursday,  March 20, potluck 5:30 p.m.; circle of celebration (bonfire if possible) 6:30-8:30 pm at MFC

We will celebrate the balance of light and dark and the birth of spring by sharing thoughts, poems, stories, songs, and knowledge.  All ages welcome.  Bring something to share -- a verse, story or song, seasonal lore, or a readiness to partake in what others have brought.  What does this season mean to you?  Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 

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Summer Solstice—a multi-generational celebration of the light
Saturday, June 21,  potluck 6:00-7:00 pm; bonfire 7:00-9:00 — at the Friends Lake beach; join us for any part

We will celebrate the longest day with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, stories, and songs.  All ages welcome.  Bring food to share.  We will provide iced tea and plates and silverware. 

Bring something to share for after dinner as well--a favorite outdoor game, a story or song for the bonfire, some Solstice lore, or just your readiness to partake in what others have brought.  Does your family have any Solstice traditions?  Do you know the traditions of the culture(s) your family comes from?  This will be a time to explore various ways of celebrating the light. 

We welcome your spark.  Bring flashlights, and long sleeves for after dark.

Autumnal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and letting go     
Monday, September 22,  potluck 6 – 7 pm;  bonfire 7 – 9 — at the Friends Lake beach ;  join us for any part

We will celebrate the balance of day and night with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, poems, stories, songs, knowledge.  All ages welcome.  Bring food to share.  We will provide water, tea, plates and silverware. 

Bring something to share for after dinner as well-- a verse, story or song you like, seasonal lore, a readiness to partake in what others have brought.  What does this season mean to you? 

Bring flashlights, and long sleeves, and dress for the weather.

Winter Solstice Sing—a reflection of the season in sound and silence
Saturday, December 21, 7 – 9 pm at MFC

We sit quietly in a circle and teach each other rounds, songs, and chants of the season as they occur to us.  The woods around us, our sheltered circle focused on inner light, and our voices are the only elements of this simple celebration of the longest night.  Anyone who enjoys singing and sitting quietly is welcome.  You don’t need to be a singer, or even able to sing--some just enjoy humming or listening.  However most young children do not enjoy this event, and while we encourage family participation in most of our events, this is one for older children and adults.

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