Prospect Hill Friends Meeting

an open and welcoming faith community


The current version, which was updated on Third Month (March) 7, 2014, describes certain aspects of Prospect Hill Friends Meeting. A brief, and yet quite complete, description exists in a brochure distributed to visitors and other interested persons. A copy of the text within that brochure has been posted as a separate web page titled About Prospect Hill Friends Meeting. Prospect Hill Friends Meeting also maintains a small library. A listing of the library catalog is also posted; members and attenders of the Meeting are encouraged both to use the catalog to request to borrow books and also to suggest other appropriate titles.

Topics at the current site include, but are not limited to, those in the following list; each is linked to the appropriate section on this web page:

First Day (Sunday) Meetings for Worship

On the first First Day (Sunday) of the each month, the (unprogrammed) Meeting for Worship begins at 4:00 p.m. (doors open by 3:45 p.m. to allow time to settle) and is followed by the Monthly Meeting with Attention to Business at 5:00 p.m. The next Monthly Meeting with Attention to Business is scheduled for March 2, 2014.


On the Second First Day (Sunday) of each month, the programs will start at 4:00 p.m. (doors open by 3:45 p.m. to allow time to settle). This is followed by the (unprogrammed) Meeting for Worship which begins about 4:45 p.m. Potluck begin at 6:00 p.m.


On the other First Days (Sundays) of the month, the programs will start at 4:00 p.m. (doors open by 3:45 p.m. to allow time to settle). This is followed by the (unprogrammed) Meeting for Worship which begins about 4:45 p.m. The programs are varied; usually related topics are spaced about one month apart.


Prospect Hill Friends Meeting meets in the Twin Cities Friends Meeting house,

1725 Grand Avenue, in St. Paul from 4 p.m. – 6p.m.

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For meeting location, driving directions or/and more information please contact: clerk Cynthia Bartoo (651-647-0758), assistant clerk Michael Russelle, recording clerk Ralph Jacobson, and the treasurer is David Coat. If you have a concern, you may speak to the clerks or any of the Spiritual Nurture Committee (SNC): Marie Knowlton, Barbara Simmonds or Frank Wood

Programs scheduled starting on the Third Month (March) 9, 2014 are (or were):




Mar 9

F & P Chapter Faith and NYM Friends

Program is followed by potluck

Frank Wood

Mar 16

Everything Irish

(songs, poetry, and cultural anecdotes)

Marie Knowlton,

Robin Fox, and others

Mar 23

What is the Common Good?

Ket Richter

Mar 30

FCNL & AFSC's Shared Security Topics

Raquel Wood

Apr 6


Meeting for Business

at 1:15 pm at Superior Cottages

Worship at 4 at TCFM



Apr 13


What Can You Say?

John Cowan

 (tba = to be announced     na = not assigned)

                        **  Note that FNVW’s annual meeting will be held at 1:30 on this date at TCFM

                  2014 Program Committee is Betsy Proechel, Nancy Sather, and Frank Wood

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Northern Yearly Meeting and Friends General Conference

Prospect Hill Friends Meeting is a member of the Northern Yearly Meeting. The latter is part of Friends General Conference. More information about Northern Yearly Meeting is available at the Northern Yearly Meeting website. However, please click here if you desire for more information about Friends General Conference.


Friday through Monday, May 23 - 26, 2014……Northern Yearly Meeting. At Rosholt, WI.


Sunday through Saturday, June 29 - July 5, 2014……Friends General Conference. At CALU, south Pittsburgh, PA. Theme will be Let Love be the First Motion.

Northern Yearly Meeting does not have Quarterly Meetings. Some of those functions are met by the Metro Friends Coordinating Committee which has representatives from the four Monthly meetings in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Their programs are listed as appropriate on their own page.

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Third Friday Gathering

These programs enable the members of the Meeting to get to know one another better. The potluck starts at 6:15p.m. (unless otherwise noted) at the outset, serves to produce an informal, friendly aura. A somewhat related function is provided by the social gathering.

Mar 21: Friends Committee for National Legislation: Monthly Meeting Priority-setting Process. Arrive after 6:00; potluck at 6:15; program 7-9; hosted by Raquel and Frank Wood at their home; Betsy Proechel will facilitate discussion; Cynthia Bartoo will take notes.


April 18: Game Night hosted by Lyn and David Egolf Grider in the Fellowship Hall at TCFM(confirmed!). Arrive after 6:00; potluck at 6:15; games 7-9; clean-up begins about 8:30. Please feel free to bring your favorite parlor/board game to teach, or plan to join a game organized/brought by another (Scrabble, Charades, who knows what else?).



Examples of past Third Fridays:


Friday, February 21   This will be a specially called Meeting for Business. The Russelles will host potluck supper. This is called to draft and approve a letter on the Poly Met Mining issue to be sent to the MN DNR, which is accepting comments until mid March.


Examples of Third Fridays - during 2013:


Friday, May 17 – Meeting & Growing Through Life’s Challenges. Facilitator: Sigrid Coats


Friday, June 22, all-day Slumgullion at Wood’s Pine River cabin. Save the date; more info will follow.


Friday, September 20   Creativity and Spirituality. Facilitators: Betsy & Cynthia


Friday, October 18 – Climate Change: What Can Meeting Do?  Presenter is Suzanne Joy Curran who will share from the workshop she took at FGC earlier this year.


Friday, November 15 – We’ll watch the film, The Girl from Birch Creek.


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Prospect Hill Meeting uses the calendar year as its fiscal year. All Meeting appointments are also scheduled for the calendar year. The clerk for calendar year 2014 is Cynthia Bartoo, the assistant clerk is Michael Russelle, the recording clerk is Ralph Jacobson; and the treasurer is David Coat. Appointments to other organizations and committee assignments include the following:


Ad Hoc Committees

Audit and Budget Committee

FCNL Representative

QEW Representatives

Metro Friends Representatives

Newsletter Editors

Nominating Committee

NYM Representatives

Program Committee

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Social Gathering

Saturday, March 1st, 2014    PHFM Retreat Hospitality Place in Circle Pines. Plan to arrive 9:30 AM and spend the day. Lunch will be provided. Costs will be around $20 per person – pay what you can. Bring snacks for coffee hour in the morning and a dish for potluck supper early in the evening following our program.

The Twin Cities Metro Friends Coordinating Committee sponsors events through out the year. Look here for future events.




Friday, December 6th, 2013, 1 – 9 and Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 10 – 4.

At Minneapolis Friends Meeting House, 4401 York Avenue South, Minneapolis

Visit to find out more about this year’s events. Volunteer Sign Up is here also.

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Activism and Links

The members and attenders of Prospect Hill Friends Meeting have been active in a number of Quaker related organizations. These include:

  • Metro Friends Coordinating Committee (MFCC)
  • Twin Cities Friends Meeting (TCFM)
  • Minneapolis Friends Meeting (MFM)
  • Cannon Valley Friends Meeting (CVFM)
  • St. Croix Valley Friends Meeting (SCVFM)
  • Northern Yearly Meeting (NYM)
  • Duluth-Superior Friends Meeting (DSFM)
  • Friends General Conference (FGC)
  • Friends for a Non Violent World (FNVW)
  • Friends School of Minnesota (FSMN)
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  • Northern Spirit Radio (         These programs, produced for radio, are prepared by Mark Judkins Helpmeet under the care of Eau Claire Friends Meeting as a

                                                                                           Northern Spirit Radio Project. The intent of these programs is to provide religious and spiritual radio programming with an aim to

                                                                                           identify and nurture progressive living, to create a culture of mutual growth for those working hard to heal the world, and the

                                                                                           religious communities who support such work. They intend to shine the Light where folks too seldom look, and encourage joy and

                                                                                           energy for the physical work bringing Divine Love to the planet.

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New Driving Directions

The location of Prospect Hill Friends Meetings for Worship and Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business:

                                                                                Twin Cities Friends Meetinghouse, 1725 Grand Avenue in St. Paul

Our Meeting can be reached by driving on I-94 and taking the Snelling Avenue exit and then heading south. At Grand Avenue turn right (west) and drive for two long blocks. The building is located on the right, first building west of the school playground. Parking is available on the street or in the parking lot in back.

                                                      If you are away from home, check out the locations of other meetings at (Quakerfinder).

Please send email to: regarding any comments or questions about this web site.

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