Bellingham Quaker E-News, Aug 26, 2015                           View this email in your browser 
Sun., August 30, 2015
Silent Worship: 10 AM at the

1430 N Garden St.   map
Second Hour:  
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business - at Explorations Academy
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Joanne C.
Key - Wendy G.
Setup help - Don G.
Greeter - Larry T.
Snack - Mary Ann P.
Kitchen - Carole T. +Jeanine H.
Kitchen help - Dorothy D.
Children's Teacher - Carole T. 
Child care - Kendra H.
Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.
Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Wed, Sept 2, 7– 9pm 

Midweek Worship

Mary Ann P.'s home

One hour worship + one hour worship sharing/ check-in. Friends gather for midweek worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month.
Sat. Sept 12, 2pm -
Sun Sept 13, 2 pm

Annual Retreat

Camp Lutherwood 

See more information at the bottom of the newsletter.
click here for tentative schedule
click here for registration form (you may need to save to your computer in order to read it)
From Ministry and Counsel:
We ask Friends to hold our whole Meeting in the Light. We are already a few weeks into a 120-day contract within which we hope to discern whether purchasing the Bell Tower building is a Spirit-led choice.

Please honor our shared silence in worship by planning to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallways outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cell phones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you, Friends.
Opportunities for Friendly Activists
From your Social and Environmental Concerns Committee

A huge vote on war and peace is right around the corner. 
And our legislators are crucial to this vote!
click here
and follow the instructions (very easy) so that
Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL)
can help you send a message to our legislators. 

Special Request for
Baked Goods

Whatcom Peace and Justice Center's
International Day of Peace

On Sept 19th at 7 pm
(see large pink announcement at bottom of newsletter)

Please consider bringing baked goods, savory or sweet for our bake sale at the International Day of Peace Event and Fundraiser on September 19 at the Majestic.  Anything easily portionable would be most welcome!  If you would like to help, please contact Janet Marino at
Seeking one or two more teachers for
Fall Quarterly Meeting. 
Wanted: fun-loving, playful adults to teach, worship and learn with our next generation this Fall at Quarterly Meeting, September 25-27th in Ellensburg WA.

Teachers receive a full waiver for attending and a stipend. Help is available for planning activities and volunteers will assist during the weekend. 
For questions, or to volunteer, please contact Polly Jirkovsky Gual at
Experience FGC - the Gathering from the comfort of your own home!

You can view all the 2015 FGC Plenary sessions including

Parker Palmer

Click here
for access to all 2015 FGC gathering Plenary sessions
August Metamorphosis is out! 

Click here 

to find it online
The second installment of the feature article on the Elders  and a wonderful poem are highlights of the August issue.


Friday Peace Vigil

Every Fri, 3:45pm – 4:45pm
104 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)
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.
AFSC Suggested Action on Immigration Reform
and weekly video

Each week for the few several weeks, the E-News will post a link to a short video recommended by  AFSC on immigration.
Here is this week's video:

Critics of US Immigrant Detention Center Go In to Support Detainees
VOA News
Click here to access this video on youtube
Several additional AFSC-suggested youtube videos on immigration (including last week's) are available here

Announcements from the Wider Community

Last Chance!
Concert in Elizabeth Park
Thursday, 6 pm

Bellingham's Columbia neighborhood at Elizabeth Park.
Every Thursday through Aug. 27.
6:00 pm - 8 pm
Free concerts sponsored by The Eldridge Society, in partnership with Bellingham Parks and Recreation. Hot dogs will be available for purchase, and all are encouraged to recycle and compost. Donations to enable The Eldridge Society to continue to pay the performers will be gratefully accepted at the concerts.


Listen to
 Speak Up! Speak Out! 

In Whatcom on KMRE 102.3 FM Sunday at 11 PM
A half hour weekly locally produced radio show committed to community, peace, justice and non-violence issues. Topics and interviewees change weekly. Schedule subject to change.
Check out our archives at
Announcements from the Wider Community


Whatcom Museum

June 27 - October 11, 2015, Lightcatcher Building

Helmi’s World presents 65 artworks—paintings, drawings, prints and ceramics—drawn from the Whatcom Museum’s collection of her work, which numbers 250 objects. Some of her finest pieces are highlighted, including paintings of petroglyphs from Central Washington, watercolors of Lummi masked dancers, and linocut prints based on the Makah Wolf Dance experienced at Neah Bay. The exhibition suggests the complexity of Helmi’s vision by displaying some of her most unusual artworks, where images and symbols from a variety of cultures converge. The influences of Mark Tobey, Pablo Picasso, Scandinavian Folk Art, and Judeo-Christian and Buddhist iconography are also explored


August 29th 

Lummi Youth Academy Benefit Dinner and Variety Show

Lummi Gateway Center: 4920 Rural Ave., Ferndale (I-5 Slater Rd Exit)
Bar-B-Q Salmon Dinner (Lummi Style), Mallards Ice Cream
$35 per dinner:
Reception 6:00, Dinner 6:30

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or call Lummi Youth Academy

Brought to you by Setting Sun Productions
Singing, Comedy, Skits, Poetry, Drumming, Silent Auction
Venues for Meeting Activities this Sunday, August 30

Meeting for Worship
Bell Towers Studios
This Sunday we will meet for Worship in the  Bell Towers Studios at  
1430 N Garden St  (click for map)
This building that has been suggested as a possible new meeting house for Bellingham Friends.  Worshiping in this space will contribute to our process of discerning whether we are led to purchase the building and make it our new spiritual home.

Children's Program   Explorations Academy.  
Because our 10 a.m. Meeting for Worship will be at the Bell Tower Studios, where there is no appropriate space for Children's Program at present, parents will need to drop their kids off at Explorations Academy (1701 Ellis St.) before coming over to the Bell Tower building (1430 N. Garden St., about four blocks away.) Children are always welcome to stay with their parents in silent worship if they prefer.  Kendra Herrick and Carole Teshima will provide child care, Friendly activities, and child-centered social time during the worship hour at Explorations. Kendra is also available to babysit during MfWfB. 
Social Time and Second Hour  Explorations Academy   
After worship, sharing of joys and sorrows, and announcements at the Bell Tower Studios, Friends will return to Explorations for social time and Meeting for Worship for Business. (No lunch will be provided, so please BYO Brown Bag!)

Upcoming Second Hours:

Sept. 6 – Labor Day Weekend, extended social time (OR TBD) 
Sept. 13 - BFM Annual Retreat (with potluck  supper Saturday)
Sept. 20 -  Open
Sept. 27 - Quarterly Meeting, extended social time
Oct. 4 - Potluck
Oct. 11 - MfWfB
Oct. 18 – “39 Questions for White People” (SEC)
Oct. 25 - “39 Questions for White People” (SEC)

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings:

Pacific Northwest
Fall Quarterly Meeting
September 25th - 27th

Theme: “Encounters with Quakerism”
Online registration and related documents for the Fall 2015 session of Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting are now available.  To register and/or download the documents go to  and click on the link(s) displayed near the top of the page.
(The information packet and registration forms are also available as attachments from Don Goldstein, or 671-1395.  A few hard copies will be available at meeting as well, beginning August 23rd.  The early registration deadline is (or was, actually) August 23rd and the final registration deadline is September 13th.  Call or email Don for further information or if you need assistance in registering.
Pacific Northwest Quaker Women's Theology Conference
July 15-19, 2016

Canby Grove Christian Center
Canby Grove, Oregon
Theme: Naming the Gifts of the Living Presence
Messages from Friends:

From Dorrie Jordan

September 1,  7 pm

Assumption School Library

2116 Cornwall Ave
Pax Christi, a Catholic peace and justice organization, invites you to join us in reflecting on 

Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change.
We will meet monthly on the first Tuesday for 9 months in a program designed by Interfaith Power and Light and the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Prayer, study and action choices
will be incorporated in each meeting.
We begin Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm  in the Assumption School Library and we will close promptly at 8:30. Looking forward to gathering!

From Joan Ofteness

Volunteer with CAST
 a new Interfaith Coalition program   
Interfaith Coalition's mission is to fill gaps in essential human services and to meet the needs of our marginalized neighbors. When CAST, Coffee and Sandwiches Together, food outreach needed a new partner, Interfaith and St. John's Lutheran responded with  enthusiasm for the opportunity to help.
CAST began over a decade ago and has faithfully delivered simple meals of soup, sandwiches and hot drinks four evenings a week, prepared and served by committed volunteers. Many of the guests -often more than 50 each night- appreciate the simple fellowship as well as the meal.

Needed: Volunteers to help us make sandwiches on a regular basis. 
Shifts are available Monday through Thursday afternoons, from 3 to 4pm.
To become involved in this marvelous program, please contact volunteer coordinator
Mary Ann O'Hara by calling 360-325-2613 or emailing her at
Or Contact Joan Ofteness


From Karen Steen

 Transition Whatcom and Inspiration Farm present:

An Evening with Toby Hemenway
September 14th

6:30pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.
6:30 PM: Book sale,  7PM – Presentation
8:15 Q&A,  8:30 Book signing
Join us for inspirational examples of ecological design in cities and towns across the continent as award-winning author Toby Hemenway introduces his new book, The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience. Be a part of a lively discussion on ways to apply nature’s wisdom to urban, suburban and town life. Permaculture’s approach to understanding natural systems can do more than improve how we grow, make, or consume things; it can also teach us how to cooperate, make decisions, earn a secure livelihood, and arrive at good solutions. 
Donations accepted to cover local organizer’s expenses.
Co-sponsored by BUF Climate Justice Team and more co-sponsors to be announced.
See more details and RSVP on Transition Whatcom


From John Hatten

3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Where: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
A presentation featuring
● Phyllis Shacter’s TED Talk: Not Here By Choice –a personal story with new/updated information
● Barbara Green, MSW- an overview of Compassion & Choices of Washington’s  Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive
● Josselyn Winslow – a personal story about caring for an elderly mother and the difficult decisions related to her Alzheimer’s Disease
● Tresa Marriato, Executive Director of Woodway Assisted Living – the last 18-24 months of life for an Alzheimer’s patient
Followed by a panel discussion addressing audience questions & comments
There is no cost for the presentation or documents. Open to the public.
Make your reservation today by calling:
Compassion & Choices of Washington at 206.256.1636
or emailing
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Update on work of the Ad Hoc Meetinghouse Committee
At Meeting for Worship for Business on July 12, the Meeting set out several benchmarks related to the possible purchase of a meetinghouse. One was that the purchase price be less than $595,000. A second was that the meeting could proceed to make a non-binding offer to purchase a building at 1430 N. Garden St provided the contingent contract allowed at least 120 days for discernment and study. The third was that Allen Stockbridge was “appointed” to represent the meeting in the transactions and a committee was set up to work with Allen.
Since that date a committee consisting of Larry Thompson, Allen Stockbridge, Sharon Trent, Dorothy de Fremery, Susan Richardson and Joanne Cowan was set up and has met several time. This ad hoc committee has identified a multitude of questions and issues for further study and has divided this work up among the members. 
On July 24, our contingent offer was accepted. This gives us 120 days to discern whether this purchase is both feasible and desirable for our Meeting. It is important to stress that no irrevocable decisions have been made.Your ad hoc Committee is taking its job very seriously and recognizes the huge importance of this matter in the future of the Meeting.
We have decided to set in motion a number of communications opportunities that hopefully will allow all Meeting Members and attenders to make their own discernment of the right course of action on this matter.  One part of these communications is the Post-It Board, kept up by Dorothy, which you will see at most Meetings for Worship. Additionally, the Committee will host a number of special meetings to allow members to dialogue and seek clarity. In the meantime, feel free to work with Allen, Larry, or any Ad Hoc Committee member as you build your own clearness on the Meetinghouse matter.
Bellingham Friends Meeting Annual Retreat 2015

September 12 - Sept 13

Registration Deadline = Sept 4th
The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat will take place at Camp Lutherwood, on Lake Samish just south of Bellingham, beginning about 2 pm on Saturday, September 12th and ending about the same time on Sunday, September 13th.  Most, if not all, of us will be staying overnight in one of two modern lodges with beautiful lake views and cozy kitchens/small meeting areas.  Camping space is also available.   
This year’s annual retreat includes time for several simultaneous interest groups from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Saturday evening.
Indoor sleeping accommodations for the retreat will mostly be church-camp-style bunks (bring your own sleeping bag and pillow) in one of two lodges with beautiful lake views.  Tenting sites are also available, plus two small cabins with overflow indoor bunks, if needed.  The retreat will include a potluck supper on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, plus meeting for worship at 10:30 am on Sunday.  Other activities will include a plenary session with keynote speaker Christine Hall, worship-sharing, interest groups, sacred circle dancing, meditative walking, and spiritual collage-making, with an overall retreat theme of “Spiritual Deepening”.
To read and/or print the tentative retreat schedule, click here.
To download the registration form (deadline is September 4th), click here.   (Note that you may need to save this one to your computer in order to read it.)
Request for Proposals
Interest Groups at 2015 BFM Retreat
The Retreat Planning Committee (Mary Ann Percy, Carole Teshima, Wendy Goldstein, Mark Hersh, and Don Goldsteininvites Friends to develop short proposals (1-2 paragraphs) for interest groups that somehow connect with our overall retreat theme of “Spiritual Deepening” and submit them to the committee not later than August 15th.  Depending on the number and nature of the submissions, we expect to select between 3 and 6 proposals for inclusion in the retreat, and will announce the list of interest groups selected by about September 5th.  The assumption is that you are willing to facilitate any interest group that you propose.

Interest group activities could be either individual (e.g., sharing a poem to express your experience of spiritual growth) or something requiring a group process (e.g., improvisation exercises).  Your proposal should include a sentence or two explaining how your activity or subject matter relates--for you--to Spiritual Deepening.

Send proposals by email to committee clerk Don Goldstein or deliver them in hard copy to any committee member. 
Contact committee clerk Don Goldstein at
or 671-1395.
General Information:

Ways to connect with Friends:   click on the links below for

  1. Bellingham Friends Facebook Page 
  2. Bellingham Friends Meeting website
  3. Bellingham Friends listserve
  • Please contact Allen Stockbridge by email if you have any trouble connecting to either the Facebook account or to the Yahoo group.
  • See the October 2014 Metamorphosis for more information.

Bringing snack? You may make this a contribution to Meeting, or, if you would like to be reimbursed, please write your name and "please reimburse" on your receipt/s and put in the Donations box. Thank you! 

Posting items  to the website calendar? Contact Virginia Herrick ( if you need help