June 1, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, June 5, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:
Welcoming activity followed by Potluck
Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
A note from Ministry and Counsel

Please remember to honor our shared worship by arriving a few minutes before 10:00 each Sunday morning. If you arrive after 10 a.m., you may choose to wait and enter with the greeter at 10:15. Before entering the worship room, please silence cell phones, remove coats, and organize belongings so that noise is minimized as we settle into worship.
~M&C Friends
"And so, dear friends, live in love and unity, and be kind, and courteous, and tender hearted one towards another."
~George Fox

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting:  Sharon T
Key / setup: Don G    
Setup Helper: Wendy G   
Greeter: Mark H
Snack: Potluck!
Kitchen setup:  Mark H
Kitchen setup Help:
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Ginny H 

Children's teacher: Eric B

Upcoming Second Hours:
June 12 - MfWfB
June 19 - All those initiatives! 
Click Here 
for the

proposed guidelines for decision making in Meeting
which are seasoning until next MfWfB.  Friends are asked to review it before the next MfWfB
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Sat., June 4th
Bellingham Friends Annual Retreat
(see details below)

Wed., June 8, 7 – 9 PM
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

Tuesday, June 21, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
Richardsons' home

Discussing "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
Copies available from Susan R.

Thurs, June 23rd, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "A Place Called Community" , Pendle Hill  pamphlet by Parker Palmer
Query of the Month
Take time to learn about other people’s experience of the Light. Remember the importance of the Bible, the writings of Friends and all writings which reveal the ways of God. As you learn from others, can you in turn give freely from what you have gained? While respecting the experiences and opinions of others, do not be afraid to say what you have found and what you value. Appreciate that doubt and questioning can lead to spiritual growth and to a greater awareness of the Light that is in us all.

All Those Initiatives!
A Second Hour from SEC coming June 19th
You may have noticed a number of new petitions out there at the farmers market and around town.  Wondering whether you should sign?  Wondering about the details and how you should vote in November?
SEC has arranged speakers and information to help sort the confusion.  Pros and cons will be presented and questions encouraged for initiatives on minimum wage, gun safety, campaign ethics, Citizens United, and the carbon tax swap.  Petitions will be available for you to sign if you wish.

Bellingham Friends Meeting Annual Retreat

Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
"Where is our Meeting Led, Spiritually and Geographically?"


Please join us in seeking to know
our Right Place

When: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4.
Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church basement, 2117 Walnut, Bellingham (near Eldridge & Broadway). Access from Walnut. Church parking lot across the street is available.
Who: All Bellingham Friends Meeting members and attenders! Children are welcome!
What: Please bring a potluck dish to share (with serving dishes and utensils). Coffee, tea, a morning snack, as well as plates, flatware, cups and napkins, will be provided. We'll share worship and play, small group sharing, and whole group discussion. Hope you can come!

This special time together is an opportunity to hold in the Light the lessons of our experience seeking to purchase a Meetinghouse last year. We hope to build a foundation for understanding our values, our spiritual needs, and our purpose as a worshiping community. We hope to better understand how the space where we meet affects and reflects who we are.

PLEASE REGISTER! A Doodle poll has been sent out. If you are not sure, but hope to be there, please register anyway. This will help us plan the program so everything goes smoothly. Parent and grandparents, when you register, please list in the Comments section, any children (with ages) who will be joining us.

Bellingham Friends Announcements


Kirsten Ebsen from Vancouver, BC

would like to connect with Friends travelling to the FGC Gathering by Amtrak.  

Her train leaves Everett at 5pm June 30th and arrives at St. Cloud, MN at 5:19 AM July 2nd.  Would like to share taxi from St Cloud which is closer to St. Joseph Campus than St. Paul/Minneapolis. Contact:
Her cell # is:  778-837-1746.


Children's Program Survey

Friends, if you haven't had a chance to respond to Children's Program Committee's queries yet, here's an easy survey that will only take a couple minutes. Just click the link, answer the questions, and you're done. Our intention is not necessarily to ask you to teach a lesson based on the results of this survey, although you may feel moved to do so (and that would be lovely!), but more to help us be aware of the resources that are in our community, which might be useful for intergenerational programs, or as background information for someone else's lesson plan. Thank you!  

Click here to take this very simple survey

___________________ From MfWfB ____________________

All Friends are asked to hold in their hearts and reflect worshipfully on
the following statement from the retreat Planning Committee:

"Our focus in this special time together will be on building a foundation for understanding our values, our purpose, our spiritual needs as a worshipping community, and how the space we meet in affects and reflects who we are. Our intention is to ground the Meeting in a foundation of meaning and intention out of which a sense of the meeting can grow."

________________From Don Goldstein_________________

Interested in carpooling to/from Spokane for second half of
North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session in July?

I'm hoping to connect with a Friend to share transportation with, going to Spokane on Friday, July 15th and returning on Sunday, July 17th.  If at all interested, contact me at 671-1395 or  Thanks!

_________Call for Pictures for New Photo Gallery on Website ________
 From John Hatten and Don Goldstein
A new photo gallery ( ) accessible from our website’s “About Us” page ( ) has been started.  Please submit a photo of yourself that you would like shared on the website to and our web person, John Hatten, will post them. Any questions, contact John.  If you don't already have a digital photo of yourself that you like, contact Wendy G. at meeting and she will take your photo and, if you like it, will send it to John for you.

Announcements From Committees
Social and Environmental Concerns

Earth Stewardship - Friends, here are two opportunities to express our testimony of stewardship:
  • County Comprehensive Plan:  Attend workshops and offer comment to the County Council to get solid planning for protection of critical resources into our County Comprehensive Plan.  (See more information in Announcements from the Wider Community below) .
Children's Program Committee

Children's Programming for the June 4 Retreat, "Where is our Meeting led, spiritually and geographically?", will be enriched by your DONATIONS of old newspapers and the cardboard tubes from inside paper towels, wax paper, or gift wrap, and the like. You can bring donations this Sunday, May 29, or you can just bring them to the Retreat. Thank you!

Be sure to take the next few opportunities to wish a "Bon Voyage" to Monique Vandenbroucke, our wonderful childcare provider and friend, will be taking six months to study abroad, much of that time in Ghana! We look forward to hearing all about her adventures and learning upon her return in January 2017. She has been such a blessing to our Meeting Community!

Also, please get ready to welcome Anna Row (yes, our very own Anna, Adrienne's daughter and Tom and Maddie Solenberger's granddaughter!) and WWU psychology major Dora Kovacs as childcare providers starting in mid-June. One of these smart, patient, fun-loving people will be here every Sunday this summer to support volunteer facilitators, and to care for kids during second-hour programs. (Monique and Anna Row will be providing children's program and childcare at the retreat!)

Speaking of volunteer facilitators -- also starting in June will be our new rotation of volunteers for Children's Program during Worship Sunday mornings! Eric Bablinkas has volunteered to do music with the children on First Sundays of each month through the summer! Virginia Herrick will be working with the kids monthly on Quaker Testimonies, and a bunch of inspired, interesting adults (you know who you are!) will be taking turns offering children a variety of learning opportunities all the other Sundays this summer! We hope kids will hear how much fun we're having, and start pestering their parents to bring them to Meeting! ;-)

If you would like to get involved, please contact Virginia Herrick or Kristen McLewin.

We're very happy to report that Dorothy DeFremery has been able to participate more in Children's Program lately, and hopes to be more involved as time allows. We look forward to hearing Aurora Fox's tales of a taxi-driver in Alaska when she returns in the fall.  :-) In her absence, Laura Howrey has agreed to temporarily join the committee and help out! Thank you to all our wonderful Children's Program committee members and volunteers. It's going to be an amazing summer!
Outreach and Welcoming Group
OWG will present another getting-acquainted activity after announcements and before our usual first-Sunday potluck on Sunday, June 5th.  Wendy Goldstein will again facilitate and all are encouraged to participate for fun and getting to know each other a bit better.

The document "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them", is available on the greeting table at meeting.  It's also posted on our website and can be downloaded by clicking here .

OWG has presented a new job description that if approved this month will make us an independent standing committee of BFM.  If you want to read it, please request a copy from committee clerk Don Goldstein ( or 671-1395).

Our next meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, June 11th. 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.  Our recent first meeting tentatively selected as the session theme "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives", and this will be presented to MfWfB for seasoning on June 12th.  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or  
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups

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:

Western Friend
Offers on-line Meetings and Resources
(as well as a wonderful Quaker magazine)
  • 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

Native Plant Society Spring/ Summer Field Trips - open to all!

Note:  click here for a full list and description  of the field trip opportunities with the native plant society.  There is something wonderful you can do in the out doors almost every weekend from April through the summer and beyond!

Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm - South Fork Valley Plant Survey
June 11, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Salal Native Plant Garden
June 29, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Sauk Mountain

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

Yes, Shirley Osterhaus is 'retireing'

"Beyond Borders, Walls and Marginalities: Solidarity Forever"

Shirley Osterhaus, educator and activist

Wednesday, June 1st, noon-1:30

Fairhaven College Auditorium

What does it mean to have solidarity with people oppressed and marginalized by government policies that separate, suppress or cause suffering? Drawing on many years of human rights activism, Shirley will share interconnections among solidarity movements she has been deeply involved with: from the Sanctuary movement with Central American political refugees during the 1980s, to No More Deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border and campaigns for Palestinian rights today. Commonalities of resistance and resilience, courage and nonviolence, signal effective strategies for the many challenges we face today. For more information, call 360.650.2309 or visit the Fairhaven College website for the World Issues Forum


Earth Stewardship - Whatcom County Style:

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities hosts comment workshops on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan.  

This critical document defines how we will, or will not, plan for protection of our portion of this earth.

At the workshops, citizens will learn how to turn their ideas for management of natural resources into policies.  4 workshops are planned on 4 topics. They will be held in 4 places in the county: Lynden, Deming, Bellingham and Ferndale.  Two are done, two remain!

  • Bellingham: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities Sustainable Living Center, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham. This comment workshop will focus on policies creating clean energy jobs and preventing fossil fuel export projects from Cherry Point.
  • Ferndale: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 7, at Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St, Ferndale. This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing urban sprawl, water availability and the health of the Nooksack River.

Click here for more information on the Comprehensive Plan.  




Terry Tempest Williams,
Author of The Hour of Land

Jun 15th
7:00 PM
plus applicable fees
Full - $5

Coming in JULY from Whatcom Land Trust:

Conservation Conversations:  Faith and Nature, with Charis Weathers  

Thursday, July 28, 6:00-7:30pm at the WLT offices, 412 N Commercial St
In July, Rev. Charis Weathers will introduce a “spin-off” to WLT’s Conservation Conversations. Charis will host a series of guided discussions on nature and conservation, each featuring two guests from different spiritual or religious traditions. Stand by for more details, but save this date for the inaugural episode of what promises to be a fascinating and lively conversation series.  

Photo: Joshua Eastland                                   

Eventbrite - Conservation Conversations: Faith & Nature, Ep. 1


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

July 3 - 9
Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends for 2016
College of St. Benedict
St. Joseph, Minnesota
Evening speakers will include Rex Ambler from Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center in England.
Details and online registration are available at

July 13 - 17
North Pacific Annual Session
Whitworth University
Spokane, WA
Friend in Residence will be Diane Randall, FCNL

Registration is now open at

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

Theme:  to be announced (likely related to Simplicity)
Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Salmon Bay Friends Meeting and Pullman-Moscow Monthly Meeting
For more information, click here .  Registration will open shortly after August 1st. 

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

June 3-5, 2016 
Let's Go! Growing the Quaker Movement the World Needs Now 
Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California
with Nia Thomas and Hilary Burgin 

June 15-19, 2016
Pacific Northwest Quaker Women's Theology Conference
Canby Grove Christian Center
Canby Grove, Oregon
Theme: Naming the Gifts of the Living Presence
For more information, click here

July 20 - August 3:
Pine Ridge Workcamp
This Workcamp carries on the long-standing William Penn commitment to fair and just relations with native people, as well as the personal ministry of the amazing Mike Gray. For two weeks we live in community and service with people on this Lakota reservation, exploring the history - including Wounded Knee - while honoring sacred traditions and building to the future.
Mary Ann Percy is happy to answer any questions you may have about the experience.

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)
Cll 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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