Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Great Waters 2008?

Yes, there will be a Great Waters Pagan Friends Gathering in 2008. Several folks who were at the Gathering this weekend have agreed to serve on the Planning Committee. Watch this space for details, especially if you might be interested in helping to plan next year's Great Waters.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Weather for Great Waters

Forecast from the National Weather Service:

Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. West southwest wind between 8 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. North northwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. East wind between 7 and 11 mph.

Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Memorial Day: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Great Waters - what to bring? (part II)

If you do handwork -- crochet, knitting, beading, basket-making, quilting, sewing, or anything else I'm leaving out -- feel free to bring your work. It's always good during Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business and discussions, and sometimes during workshops; and there may also be a workshop specifically about handwork, magic, and ministry.

Great Waters - what to bring?

Hello Friends!

As the Great Waters Gathering approaches, I wanted to remind everyone to bring games, such as board games and card games, with you as we will have time to play Sunday evening. Do you have a song book? Bring it for the No-Talent-Needed Show and community sing on Saturday evening.

Friends from out of town will be especially interested in sharing meals at the Meeting House. Local Friends are welcome to join in the sharing, too, of course. Please be sure to talk to Jen and Stasa about this Saturday morning or when you arrive. Cash contributions towards the purchase of food are welcome!

Almost all of the workshops and other activities take place at Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor. However, our semi-programmed worship will take place in a nearby park and there is an opportunity to visit the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, so bring your walking shoes.

Some Friends can only join us for part of the weekend or for certain workshops. This is OK. However, we ask that every participant nonetheless contribute $45 because we still have not raised the necessary $500 towards the cost of renting the Meeting House. Ann Arbor Friends Meeting is not sponsoring the Gathering.

I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Jen Chapin-Smith
Huron Valley Pagan Friends Circle
Great Waters Pagan Friends Gathering

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Info on Workshop with Ann Arbor Friends

Ann Arbor Friends are specially invited to join the participants of Great Waters Pagan Friends Gathering, who are renting space from the Meeting over Memorial Day weekend, at a workshop-- "The Quaker Pagan Community: What is the experience of Quaker Pagans in the larger faith community?" The workshop will take place Sunday, May 27, in the Meeting Room, 2:00-4:00 pm, after the potluck. Ann Arbor Friends are also welcome to register to attend other parts of the Gathering.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Great Waters financial update

Dear folks,

As you know, this is the first year for Great Waters. We expected to have some bumps in the road this first year, and yes, we've had a few. :) With support, magic, Quaker process, and community, we've met them all so far.

We are hoping for your help in meeting our most immediate challenge right now. We are running into a "bump" concerning finances and meeting our rent:

~ Renting the space is going to be app. $500 for the weekend.
~ We expected that if ten people registered for Great Waters, we'd break even on the rent.
~ Because a number of people who wanted to come have scheduling conflicts (one of the disadvantages of Memorial Day weekend), we have fewer people registered than we expected, and consequently have less money in registration fees than expected.
~ We are about $160 short.

We'd appreciate it if you'd consider a gift of any amount of money to help ensure that the Gathering takes place and meets its financial obligations. Any amount we receive over what we need for rent will be put toward reimbursement for postage, photocopying, and supplies.

Gifts should be made out to our Treasurer, Stasa Morgan-Appel, and sent to our registrar, Jen Chapin-Smith, 2758 Canterbury Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. At this time, gifts are not tax-deductible.

We are hoping that Quaker Pagans who can't come, as well as those who can, recognize that the Gathering is an important part of building our community, and will help support Great Waters. We wouldn't have come this far without the support of everyone who has contributed in so many different ways. We are confident that because of our community -- because this is essential work which is supported by a wonderful community -- Great Waters Pagan Friends Gathering will have what it needs to be successful.

Thank you.

Yours in Friendship,
Blessed be,

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Workshop with Ann Arbor Friends

At Great Waters, we are offering a workshop to which we are specifically inviting members of the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting community. We have scheduled it tentatively for Sunday, May 27, from 2:00-4:00 pm (after the Meeting potluck), in the Meeting Room.

Important: Please check this page for confirmation of time and location.


Monday, May 7, 2007

Deadline extended!

We still have space, so if you're thinking of coming but haven't sent in your registration, it's not too late.

If you'd still like to register, please email great-waters at hotmail dot com asap, or call Stasa or Jen, so we can plan accurately.

Looking forward to seeing you!