Bellingham Quaker E-News, April 15, 2015                                         View this email in your browser 

Sun., April 19 
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour: 
Quakerism: Experience it
Quaker History I: Beginnings through the American Revolution
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Dorrie J.
Key - Don G..
Setup help - vacant 
Greeter - Allen S.
Snack - Wendy G
Kitchen - Mark H.
Kitchen help - Jenny D,
Children's Teacher - vacant

So come early and help set up if you can!  

Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.

Quakerism: Experience It!
April 19, 2015
 Quaker History - Part 1: Beginnings Through the American Revolution

Where have we come from?  
Can a look at the past open the way for the future?  
What do you know about Quaker history?

Suggested Readings

Punshon pp 50-56
Sheeran pp 7-18
Moulton, The Living Witness of John Woolman pp 3-28

Gospel of John: Chapters 16-17:5, 18-20
 Announcements from Friends
Housing Request 
Friend Tom Zylstra

Tom is coming from China to Bellingham in early April for some medical evaluation and treatment for an estimated 3 months.  He needs a place (room, neither big nor modern).  He can pay as much as $200 or $250 per month, and will also pay food costs, and will cook and help with chores.
He also hopes to buy a cheap but dependable car.  
If anyone has or knows of a room and/or vehicle, please contact  Tom at  
Looking ahead to wider Quaker gatherings: 

PNQM Spring Quarterly Meeting – April 24-26, Ellensburg, WA:  Theme: Lift Every Voice – Music & Spirituality

Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering of Friends – July 5-11, Western Carolina Univ., NC 

North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) Annual Session  - July 15-19, Whitworth Univ., Spokane

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Fall Steering Committee Meeting:October 22 - 25  at Ben Lomond Quaker Center near Santa Cruz, CA 

Bellingham Friends are reminded to contact Ministry and Counsel for assistance reaching clearness about attending, and/or availability of financial assistance for attending any  Quaker event.


Query of the Month
"Live adventurously. When choices arise, do you take the way that offers the fullest opportunity for the use of your gifts in the service of God and the community? Let your life speak. When decisions have to be made, are you ready to join with others in seeking clearness, asking for God’s guidance and offering counsel to one another?

Advices and Queries. - #27 in the Little Red Book

(Each month’s Metamorphosis is available on our website ( ) the Wednesday following Meeting for Business. A few of the many offerings in the current issue are: 

  • Friends' Leadings Series:  Hospice work of Lorina Hall and Jeanine Hart-Horner.  
  • Lightcatcher Museum article: 
    • Exhibit: Mingled Visions: Images from the North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis.
    • Speaker:  Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher author, Timothy Egan 
May --  will feature Larry Thompson's leading regarding the jail and mental health needs.

WHEN: May 3, 2015 @ 10 am – 4 pm
COST: Bring a potluck dish to share

March begins at 10am at 
La Gloria Market on Meridian and Laurel

We will march to 
Maritime Heritage Park,
arriving at 
1:30pm for the potlatch!

Farmworker March for Dignity Route

For more information, click here

Celebrate Nature! 

April 18, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Baker River Trail
Join the Native Plant Society for a low elevation hike in the North Cascades. The trail is an easy 3 mile round trip with very little elevation gain. We will see a diverse range of native shrubs, annuals, trees, and ferns. Flowers should be very abundant and pollinators should be active in mid April. It is a beautiful setting with glimpses of high peaks. Bring a lunch and snacks, and dress for the weather. We will likely be back to town after 5. Meet to carpool at the west side Fairhaven Park & Ride at the end of 32nd St at 8:00 AM. Trip will be led by Jim Davis. Contact Jim at 360-296-5159 or with any questions.

Also check out introductory nature walks with the Native Plant Society:
Sun,, April 26, 1:30-3:30 pm: Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve
Thurs., May 7, 6:00 pm to dusk: Hidden Forest Foray at Sehome Arboretum
Sat., May 16, 1:00-3:00 pm: Padden Lagoon
Thurs., May 21, 6:00 pm to dusk: Coastal Ethnobotany at Woodstock Farm
Thurs., May 28, 6:00 pm to dusk: Downtown Plants at Maritime Heritage Park
Click here for more information:
Remember, April 22 is Earth Day!

If you would like to organize a Quaker carpool to an outdoor event, (Meeting for Worship with Attention to Nature) just send a message to the editor !

  Upcoming Second Hours

April 26 - Quarterly Meeting (extended social time)
May 3 – MfWfB
May 10 – Potluck (Mother's Day)
May 17 – QEI – Don Goldstein, Quaker History II: Diversities Among Friends
May 24 – Memorial Day weekend (extended social time)
May 31 – County Comprehensive Plan - visioning workshop

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., April 15 (Tonight), 7-8:30 PM
Midweek Worship

Mary Ann Percy's home
(1 hr worship + worship sharing and/or check-ins).
 Friends gather for midweek worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month.  
Future dates will be on  etc.


May 19 6:00 pm
"Clerk's Supper"
(All are welcome)
Potluck at the Richardson's

RSVP to Susan, please, and speak with Susan to determine what type of dish to bring.

Spring Quarterly Meeting
April 24 - 26
Registration for the Spring 2015 session of Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM) is now open.
The location is Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg.
The theme is:

“Lift every voice: Music and spirituality”.  

To register online, go to  and click on the “Register now” link near the top of the page.  You can download the registration information packet in PDF format, and also a separate document containing the registration forms, in either Word or PDF format, in case you choose to mail in (postally or electronically) your completed registration form.
PNQM has a “pay what you can” policy.  The information packet includes a page listing suggested fees (the average amounts the Quarterly Meeting needs to receive in order to cover expenses).  You can also receive a further discount by registering early, by March 25.  The final registration deadline is April 12, after which there is a late registration fee and neither accommodations on site (other than camping space) nor availability of the children’s program for your children can be guaranteed.
If for some reason you need a printed registration packet, there will be a few available at Meeting beginning March 15th.
--Don Goldstein, BFM’s liaison with PNQM
From Ministry and Counsel:

Maya Hatten-Beck is home!  Please continue to hold Maya, John, Katy and Frieda Hatten-Beck in the Light as she continues her recovery.

Friends are asked to hold Kristen McLewin in the Light as she recovers from a serious fall from her horse. 

To honor and nurture our precious silent worship together, please plan to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallway outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cellphones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you.
Announcements from the Wider Community
April 15, noon-1:20
WWU - Haggard Hall 253

World Issues Forum

“Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security”

Todd Miller, author and journalist
Crisscrossing the borders of our nation, Miller exposes in Border Patrol Nation, the underpinnings of the ever-expanding Homeland Security apparatus that is creating a surveillance state in both the U.S. and abroad.  

April 18
Saturday, 6 - 8 pm
Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall - Rotunda Room

Art depicting Suffragists and the Women's Movement 

Free and light refreshments will e served.  Click here for more information

APRIL 20, 7 PM
More on the Unistoten Camp
at BUF

Monday April 27, 7:00 pm
Mount Baker Theater
Timothy Egan 

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:  
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

Author Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, popular New York Times columnist, National Book Award-winning author, and veteran chronicler of the West. His most recent book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was awarded the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. 

First-come, first-served seating. Doors by 6:30pm. Book sales and signing follow presentation.

The Realities of Advanced
Medical Interventions

Presented by
ICU Nurses Maureen “Koala” RN & Cathy RN, BSN 
1207 Ellsworth Street • Bellingham
360 733 3837
MAY 13, 2015 • 7:00PM
3333 Squalicum Parkway • Bellingham
360 201 7840
MAY 27, 2015 • 1:00

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.
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! 

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