August 10, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour: – Open

Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St   Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Lynne L
Key / setup: Karen S
Setup Helper:   Dusty A
Greeter: vacant
Snack:  Margaret H
Kitchen setup: Mark H
Kitchen setup Help: Rob D
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Margaret H
Children's teacher: vacant

If you can fill a currently-vacant position, please offer to help!
Upcoming Second Hours:

August 21 – Forgiveness video (Lorina)
August 28 – Camping/outdoor worship at Excelsior Group Camp
September 4 – Potluck with OWC activity
September 11 – MfWfB
September 18 – Spiritual Journey: we invite a Friend to share theirs; contact M&C
September 25 – Quarterly Meeting
October 2 - Potluck
October 9 - MfWfB
October 16 - open
October 23 – Play reading (Don G facilitating)
October 30 – open

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Monday, Aug 15, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group
at Mary Ann P's home
Discussing intro and chapter 1 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy

Tuesday, Aug 16, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
at Sharon & Don's home
Discussing LOTTERY by Patricia Wood
Some copies available from Susan R.

Wed., August 24, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Thurs, August 25, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "Integrity" in the new draft chapter 4 from NPYM's "Faith and Practice".  See announcement below for link to obtain the material.

Sat and Sun, Aug 27th - 28th 
Meeting Campout
Excelsior Campground 
Explorations Academy is renovating the "East Classroom"
The east classroom is the room where the children normally meet.  Please enter the kitchen (commons area) through the hallway.  The children will be gathering in the commons area (kitchen) during worship hour for the next few weeks.   

Bellingham Friends Announcements

 Free online course in Quaker history offered by Lancaster University (see details below in
"Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups"


Meeting Campout - Details
Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28

  • On August 28 (Sunday) there will not be a meeting for worship at Explorations Academy. Meeting for worship will be at Excelsior Group Campground just before milepost 40, seven miles east of Glacier on the Mt. Baker Hwy (SR542).  If you are not camping with us please feel free to come Saturday afternoon, for worship or any time you choose.
  • Beginning late Friday afternoon August 26, the campground will be available to BFM Members who wish to come early.
  • There will be a BFM potluck on Saturday evening August 27.  Bring a dish to share with others.
  • If you plan to camp, below is a suggested list of items to bring:
    • Your pot luck dish
    • Food for any other meals
    • Potable water (not available at the site)
    • Camp stove (if you have), dishes, and cooking equipment
    • Tent
    • Sleeping bag
    • Camp Chairs
    • Jackets and raincoats
    • Beverages of your preference as BFM will not be furnishing these

     The BFM will not be furnishing shared equipment.

Important:  Please RSVP to Susan Richardson at with the following info:
  • Names of all attending
  • List of food restrictions for any attendees 
  • We need to have a count of the number of attendees.

____________From Mary Ann P _______________

Check for new opportunities  on Western Friend Website - online conversation this Wednesday  and also one on Sept 14 - scroll down to end of Newsletter in section on "Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups"

____________PHOTOS FOR THE WEBSITE_____________

A note from our website manager, John Hatten:

Thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures and to Wendy Goldstein for taking pictures! We now have 19 photos and it would be great to have more. You can see what we have so far at   If you haven’t already, take a look. If you aren’t yet there, please send in a picture of yourself or ask Wendy to take one the next time you see her at Meeting. If you aren’t happy with your picture, send in a new one or ask Wendy to take another. I love seeing all our lovely faces!
If you already have a digital photo of yourself you would like to use, send it to 

Announcements From Committees and Representatives
For Spirit Group - August 25th and subsequent months

Fiends, please click here to read and/or print the draft of Chapter 4 of NPYM's new "Faith and Practice" which Alice Robb presented during our second hour on June 26th, and which the Spirit Group will discuss over the next several months.  See calendar for location and time.

WARNING - this is a long document (38 pages) - too long to print copies for distribution to everyone.  So you might want to bring an electronic copy to Spirit Group or read ahead and take notes.  
Earthcare Group 

If you're interested in the Earthcare Group but/and unable to attend once or regularly, we invite you to discern how Earth/God/Spirit is calling you to act right now and email it to Mary Ann who will share your intention/commitment with the assembled group, who will then hold you and your intention in the Light!
Social and Environmental Concerns
 August 20-22,  2016
as it sails into Bellingham Bay
 AUGUST 20 and 21
Follow the signs at Squalicum Harbor for one hour or shorter rides on 
The Golden Rule .  Call Helen on the boat to sign up for a sail at 206-992-6364 or show up and the crew will try to get you on
On Sunday, AUGUST 21, enjoy a 
Tour the courageous peace boat that helped stop atmospheric atomic testing!
 at the Unitarian Fellowship (BUF),  1207 Ellsworth St.
Hear stories o the Golden Rule crew and hear of 
Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and its local, Chapter 111

See:   for the full story
Children's Program Committee

OPPORTUNITY! Do you love nature and kids? Virginia will be leading the kids on a nature walk during worship at the campout, Aug. 28. We need at least one more adult volunteer to be at the other end of the line! Please call or email Virginia!

CURRICULUM ONLINE! Want to help, but not sure how to facilitate the Children's Program hour?
Check the Meeting website under "Links": There are two lesson plans from the "Friends Through Time" Curriculum, one on William Penn and one on Margaret Fell. If you use this resource, please let Virginia, Dorothy, or Kristen know, and notify us of which children were present. Thank you!

PARENTS: PLEASE LET VIRGINIA KNOW if your kids will be Aug. 28 campout! So far, we're expecting about a half dozen kids. Please let us know if your kids can join in!

Volunteers on the quarterly rotation facilitate one children's program at least once every three months. They are: Eric Bablinkas, Virginia Herrick, Rachel Van Boven, Rob Dillard, Dusty Andersen, Susan Richardson and (starting in the fall) Aurora Fox. If you're on the rotation, but unable to make it, contact Virginia. We do have substitutes available! Thank you all! And a big thanks to our substitutes for standing ready: Kristen McLewin, Dorothy DeFremery, John Hatten, and Sharon Trent.

Our next committee meeting is Aug. 25. Please let Virginia know if you have any concerns for the committee to consider, or would like to attend our meeting.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The OWC will be coordinating representation of Bellingham Friends Meeting at this year's Western Washington University Student Information Fair on Monday and Tuesday, September 19 and 20 from 11 am to 3 pm each day, provided that there are enough volunteers to staff the table (two Friends per two-hour shift) throughout the Fair.  Most organizations with tables also have something to give away to those who stop by, and in the past we have offered home-baked cookies.  If you can volunteer two hours or more to staff the table (when?), and/or provide a couple of dozen cookies, please contact OWC Clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or by the middle of August.

The OWC will also be sponsoring a Second Hour for play reading on October 23rd.  If you're interested in reading a part in one or two short plays (each 15 minutes maximum), please contact Don Goldstein (see above).  We have enough volunteers already but it would be helpful to have one or two more who are willing to stand by in case a current volunteer needs to drop out.

Our documents, "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them" and "A Quaker Glossary" are both available in hard copy on the greeting table and also by download from the "About Us" page of the BFM website,

The next OWC meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, August 20th. Contact Don Goldstein (see above) for details.
2017 Quarterly Meeting Planning Committee (QMPC)

This is an ad hoc (limited term) joint committee including Friends from both Bellingham and Lopez Island Friends Meetings, for the purpose of planning and organizing the adult program for next spring's Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting session, to be held April 21-23 at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, near Ellensburg.  We have selected as the session theme "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives", which has been approved by BFM's MfWfB and by Lopez Friends Meeting.  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or We meet next on Friday, September 9th, at 10 am at the Goldstein residence.
Native Plant Society Field Trips - open to all!
There is something wonderful you can do in the out doors with the Native Plant Society almost every weekend!  click here for a full list of upcoming field trip opportunities. The next one is: 

August 13, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM         Ridley Creek Trail

Rediscover this recently reopened trail, which begins with a safe crossing of the Middle Fork Nooksack River, then wanders through damp woods before climbing to subalpine meadows at Mazama Park. The hike is 2.9 miles and 1800’ elevation gain one-way. Last September we were about 2 miles up the trail in a yellow cedar forest when we were turned back by rain. This trail was the route used in the Mount Baker Marathon in 1911 and in the recent round-trip run from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Baker. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 8:00 AM. Trip limited to 12. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or to sign up.

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

Thursday, Aug 11

Join us in celebrating 75 years of bringing art, nature, and history to the community.  All three of our buildings will be open throughout the day and we'll have a variety of fun activities, from kids' art projects to gallery and building tours, to a sidewalk chalk art contest.  We'll also have food trucks, live music, birthday cake, and a welcome from Mayor Kelli Linville at 3 pm.

WEDNESDAY, August 17
Damsels and Dragonflies

 6:00 PM
All Ages - $5
In the The Encore Room of Mt. Baker Theatre
Buy tickets now
Whatcom Land Trust is proud to present Dennis Paulson, in partnership with Mount Baker Theatre, as a special guest in the monthly Conservation Conversations series.
Dragonflies and damselflies roamed the earth for more than 300 million years before the first human was born. And in our short time together, these swift and mysterious insects have often eluded the odonatologists who have come to specialize in their peculiar life cycles, adaptations, and behaviors. But in recent decades in North America, nobody has deepened and broadened the public awareness of these ancient insects more than Dennis Paulson. Since his landmark dissertation inventorying south Florida’s dragonfly diversity in 1966, Paulson’s nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles and popular field guides have offered a language to appreciate the remarkable complexity and evolutionary persistence of these creatures. He even helped bestow the common names we now find so exact and endearing, including the twelve-spotted skimmer, lyre-tipped spreadwing, chalk-fronted corporal, and cherry-faced meadowhawk. As a teacher in university and adult-education settings, his versatility as a field-based naturalist has inspired countless learners to connect with dragonflies through camera lenses, binoculars, and bug nets. And as a longtime resident of Seattle who is currently Director Emeritus for Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound, Dennis Paulson will surely kindle your curiosity for the dragons and damsels of our region.
Tickets sold via Mt. Baker Theatre. Tip: In-person purchases reduce fees for WLT.
 6:00-7:30pm at Mt. Baker Theatre Encore Room     $5.00 

August 25, 2016
Hold the date for:


 San Juan Island - Pe’pi’ow’elh Friday Harbor, WA 98250 


COME EARLY TO PREPARE TO SING, LAUGH, DANCE, AND SHARE THE STORIES OF OUR SACRED CONNECTION TO THE REEF NET, SALMON, AND ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS ! COME TOGETHER WITH ONE MIND TO BE WITH THE ANCESTORS IN A GOOD WAY AS WE PROVIDE COMMUNITY HEALING IN THE SALISH SEA! WASHINGTON CANOES WILL BE MAKING A 2ND CANOE 8/14 –8/19 he carver of the Reef Net Captain pole is Temosen Charles Elliott, a member of the WSANEC Nation and a UVIC ĆELÁNEN Advisory Council. He lives in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. The carver of the two Salmon Story Boards is Jewell Praying Wolf James -- a lifelong activist towards preserving native cultural sites, inherent rights and master Lummi carver. 

VOLUNTEER/ SUPPORT:   more info at sxwole 




September 24th
Bellingham Food Bank Community Event,

Food For Thought
Deep in the Dirt
and Loving It
(excerpted from an article by Mike Cohen, executive director of the Bellingham Food Bank.  
To read the full story, Click here and open the latest newsletter from the Bellingham Food Bank )

"I remember the board meeting when we decided to figure out ways to give food bank families access to local fruits and veggies. It was really an aspiration, not a plan. "We should do more work with anything that relates to dirt and vegetables," said Suzanne, former board member, farmer, and artist. That's how it all started, with a simple stated interest in doing more.

Our first opportunity came from the then editor of the Bellingham Business Journal. He and his son had a garden that was growing more than they could eat. He called to ask if we would take donated veggies, and we said of course. Soon he followed up with a lesson in branding and marketing and our Victory Gardens program was born. The more we let the community know we wanted donated produce, the more donations we received. Home gardeners now donate 45,000 pounds of produce each year."


Now the Community event: 
Bellingham Food Bank Fundraiser: 
September 24th at Civic Stadium (map)


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

September 23-25, 2016
Fall 2016 session- Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)

Theme:  Gender, Difference, and Spirituality
Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Salmon Bay Friends Meeting and Pullman-Moscow Monthly Meeting
For more information or to register, click here .   

Quaker special events, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.

Aug 13 - 17, 2016
Friendly Water for the World -Training in BioSand Filter Fabrication
Quaker Cove Camp, Anacortes, WA
cost: $395.  Partial scholarships available.
(Graduates are planning to to to Tanznia, kenya, Uganda, and Gutemala and elsewhere)
Call 360 918-3642 or e-mail:
Friday Peace Vigil - started by Rosemary and Howard Harris
Celebrates 50 years in 2016!  Longest continuous peace demonstration in the United States!  
When:  Every Fri, 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where:  104 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)
Description:  The Nation's oldest weekly Peace Vigil. Paricipants gather weekly at 4:00 pm with signs in front of the Federal Building on the Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall Streets.
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Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups
Another Pendel Hill on-line course (NOT FREE - cost is $500):

“A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation”

A Pendle Hill Quaker Studies Online Course

September 5 through November 20, 2016

click here for more information

Friends General Conference 
(Offers many resources including the ones listed below)
Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.
You can also sign up for updates on the Spiritual Deepening Program, which will launch in the fall.

Pendle Hill
Offers Quaker Studies Online courses
(as well as amazing on-site retreats and workshops!)

click the link below for more inforamtion about on-line courses:


Offers on-line Meetings and Resources
(as well as a wonderful Quaker magazine)
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 -Inviting, Welcoming, and Supporting Newcomers to Our Meetings
  • September 14, 2016 – The Meetinghouse: Buy? Rent? Couch-surf?
  • 60 minutes of worship every Thursday
  • 11:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Mountain
  • Come when you can, leave when you must. 

On-line Quaker Meetings for Worship - with two Quaker Groups

Ben Lomond Quaker Center  
offers on-line worship Every Morning
7:30 - 8:00 AM
Click here for morning worship

Western Friend 
offers Lunch-hour Worship on Thursdays
11:30 AM -12:30 PM
Click here to enter "Family Room" for worship

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