The Meeting opened with gathering silence and a reading from Opening Doors Within by Eileen Cady.
The minutes were read and approved.
The treasurer’s report was read and accepted.
Michele and Deb will plan a fundraising event at the Meeting House in the spring.
Buffy will request from the Keeper of the Calendar, a physical calendar of Meeting House events to be kept at the Meeting House.
Buildings and Grounds Committee:
Gym equipment is being donated to the Meeting. The Equipment needs to be measured and a plan made and brought to Meeting for Business. The Equipment will be available for use by all members of the Meeting. The cost of heating the space will need to be addressed by those using it. It was suggested that painting the walls would be best prior to the machines being brought in. The physical plan will be brought back to March Meeting for Business.
A Meeting house work day is needed before The Interfaith Group meets at the Meeting House May 3rd. The original March 26th date for the indoor clean-up will need to be rescheduled due to a conflict. March 19th will be for indoor clean-up; and April 30th will be the outdoor clean-up and indoor set up for the Group. Buildings and Grounds will provide a written list of things that need to be done.
The roof will need to be replaced this spring and we will get an estimate of the cost to replace the roof from the roofer who tarred and did minor repairs gratis this fall. If enough people can be found who can help with the work, we will still consider replacing the roof with volunteer labor.
The Meeting sent a letter to Witness Coordinating Committee requesting funding for support of members who had gone to support the Standing Rock Sioux. WCC approved the request and the check will be sent back to the Meeting.
We revisited the 10 am start time of the Meeting. The 10 am start time is approved.
Ami has almost finished sewing the curtains for the children’s room and needs help putting up the brackets and rods. Liseli volunteered to do this.
Michele, Liseli and Buffy attended Quarterly Meeting in Oneonta, NY. A thought provoking play on drones was presented with four varied characters speaking from their own perspectives about drones. (A college student, her mother a drone operator, a senator and a peace activist.) Drone operations are taught at MVCC and drones may be built at Griffiths in Rome, NY.
A discussion arose about the possibility of having one Sunday per month one of Worship sharing. It was considered by some to be helpful to have more structure occasionally in Meeting for worship. The Next three months on the 3rd First Day we will have Worship Sharing instead of Meeting for Worship. Friends will bring forth their concerns and leadings and if none presents Ami will present a query. The dates will be February 19th,March 19th, April 16th. February 16th will be a query on the State of the Meeting.
The next Meeting for Business will be March 5, 2017
The Meeting closed with silent worship.