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Sun., Nov 15, 2015
Its Singing Sunday!  Come ~ 9:40
Silent Worship starts at 10:00 AM

Explorations Academy
1701 Ellis St.  (map)
Second Hour:   Poetry Sharing

Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Virginia H
Key - Don G
Setup help -Wendy G
Greeter - Karen S
Snack -  ?
Kitchen Mark H
Kitchen help - vacant
Children's Teacher - Carole T

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

New Announcements
in this Issue:

Public Hearing on Trans-Pacific Partnership
Friday, November 13  5:30 p.m 
(see Opportunites for Friendly Activists below)

Global Climate March - Nov 29  
Opportunites for Friendly Activists below)

Alternatives to Violence Project Basic AVP Training, Dec 4 -6
(see Opportunites for Friendly Activists below)

Alternatives to Military Service Project volunteers needed:
Volunteers needed to help with High School Alternatives to Military Service project
(see Opportunities for Friendly Activists below)

PNQM Silent Retreat
Jan 22 - 25, 2016

(See Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings below)

Action Workshop from League of Women Voters this Saturday, Nov 14 
(see Announcements from the wider community below)

Joe Hill Commemorative Concert Nov 15, 7 pm  
(see Announcements from the Wider Community below)

Opportunity for Friendly Activists

Public Hearing on Trans-Pacific Partnership
Friday, November 13  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie Street

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, is inviting constituents to join him for public meetings about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and other issues that are important to people in Northwest Washington. Larsen wants to hear constituents’ thoughts and questions about the TPP, a trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries. He also will take questions about other issues that are on constituents’ minds. Click below to find out what these groups have to say about the TPP
Sierra Club        
Friends of the Earth       
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)


Calls for help with Alternatives to Military Service Project

From Whatcom Peace and Justice:  Our Alternatives to Military Service Coordinator, Rowan Peterson, is still looking for a few additional volunteers with midday availability on Mondays to table in Whatcom County High Schools.  Please send him an email if this sounds like it might be you!  He can be reached at 
Thank you! Click here for more information

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop 
December 4-6, 2015 
(Bellingham Friends Meeting is a co-sponsor of this event with WPJ)
Facilitators: Rick & Jan Krouskop & Guest
Cost: is $40-100 and includes three meals and snacks. (A contribution of more than $40 will provide a scholarship for someone)
Location: Explorations Academy - 1701 Ellis St #215, Bellingham, WA 98225
For more information and to register, click here

Global Climate March
November 29, Sunday, 10:00am
Global Climate March - Bellingham (Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly)
Join in solidarity the cities around world marching for climate justice! On Nov. 29th the world will take to the streets to support 100% clean energy. Will you be there? Let's stand up and say NO to coal and oil exports from our community and support climate action from global leaders gathering in Paris for the COP 21 climate summit. We will march from Maritime Heritage Park to the Salish Sea Sanctuary at 1308 Cornwall Ave to watch the Lummi Nation video that will be shown at the Climate Summit in Paris. For those interested, we will carpool to Vancouver to join their 1pm solidarity march! Sponsored by 350 Bellingham facebook event

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings:

PNQM Silent Retreat     Jan 22 - 25, 2016
(may be extended to 1/26)
Camp Huston, Gold Bar, Washington.  For more information and registration forms click here

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
For more information, click here

Native American Events in our Community

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2 pm-7 pm
Huli Ta Tum Uhw:
The Earth is Alive.
Salish Teachings  

(An unforgettable event!)
Wexliem Community Building, Lummi
Free admission, Dinner suggested donation $10

(Benefit for the Lummi Youth Canoe Family Delegation to Paris for Climate Change Summit)  Teachings given by: Hon. Timothy Ballew II, Rev Eugene Harry, Dr. Gwen Point, Jewell Praying Wolf James, Hon. Steve Point. (Natural Law, Matrilineal Law, Power of the Giveaway, Pursuit of Spirit)

Afternoon and evening will include: Speaking from the floor, Music and dance performances, Live Film production, Community dinner and Silent Auction. (The film made at this event will be shared at the 2015 Climate Change Summit in Paris.) 

Setting Sun Productions is making a film called, “Salish Teachings,” which features a group of respected leaders sharing their wisdom about living a good life on this earth. The mission is to share our, “Way of Life,” with the world in hopes of transforming mankind’s treatment of the planet and of each other. The film will be gifted to Oren Lyons, Onondaga Chief who is attending the UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris, France on November 30, 2015.

Saturday, Nov 21 10 an-5pm
Lummi Art and Entrepreneur’s Markets

Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center (formally known as the Lummi Gateway Center)
 4920 Rural Ave, Ferndale (Slater Rd/I-5 Exit 260)  Authentic, hand crafted Native Art work for sale

From Ministry and Counsel:
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.

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.


Poetry Sharing this Sunday

Upcoming Second Hours:

Nov. 22 -  Advance care planning (Mary Ann P) 
Nov. 29 -  Extended social time 
Dec. 6 
 – Newcomer activity, Potluck, and report from Nan on FGC Gathering
Dec. 13 – MfWfB
Dec. 20 – Holiday Community Sharing?
Dec. 27 – *sprinkling happiness?* (Aurora)


This Sunday, November 15
Share Your Favorite Poetry
Second Hour this Sunday will be an opportunity for Friends (and attenders) to share their favorite poem(s).  You may also share how you found the poetry, how it inspired you, and/or any other personal commentary.  Please limit your total time to about 4 minutes until everyone has had a chance to present.  If you would like to share, please contact Dusty A. 
(360-592-2605 or - OR just show up with your poetry and let facilitator Wendy G., know that you would like to share a poem. Friends are also welcome to just come and listen.  Questions?  Contact Dusty or OWG Clerk Don Goldstein (360-671-1395 or
Calendar for Bellingham Friends
TONIGHT - Wed, Nov 11, 7– 9pm 

Midweek Worship

Mary Ann P.'s home

One hour worship + one hour worship sharing/ check-in.  NOTE the change to 2nd and 3rd Wed this month. The next midweek worship will be on 11/18.

Tue. Dec 8, 7-8:30 pm 

Book Group 

The Richardson's

Book for the month:  More library copies of the book Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood are available - contact Susan R to borrow one.
 Next Sunday, November 22  
Second Hour:

Advance care planning
(Mary Ann P) 
Advanced Care Planning lets our loved ones know how to care for us and us for them when we cannot speak for ourselves. Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love.  This program will include both a presentation/information session and an opportunity to start or complete your Advance Directive.
For additional information, please see:
Something New for Potluck Sundays - beginning December 6th

Getting acquainted with our new attenders and each other

OWG has requested that our first-Sunday Second Hours in December and April include a get-acquainted ice-breaker activity between rise of Meeting for Worship and our monthly potluck.  Our recent new attenders will be especially and individually invited so that we can all get to know a little about them and more about each other at the same time.  If you have an activity to suggest, one that can include up to 35 people and be completed in a half-hour at most, please contact OWG Clerk Don Goldstein (360-671-1395 or  And please plan to participate in the first such event on December 6th!
Announcements from the Wider Community
The LWVWA's Action Workshop
Saturday, Nov 14

 Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Ave.)
Saturday, November 14, 10am-3pm
$25 registration fee includes lunch and materials.

Keynote Speaker: Ross Macfarlane ~ Director of Business Partnerships for Climate Solutions will discuss how to hold "the thin green line" against fossil fuel proliferation, and how to work with unexpected allies.
Special Guest Speaker Representative Kris Lytton ~  will discuss the 2016 education agenda in the state legislature.
League of Women Voters of Washington lobby team brief attendees on the coming legislative session and share effective strategies to promote good policy.
Open to the public and League members!

Click here to Register  by Thursday, please!

Any Quaker who needs assistance with tuition, contact Judy H. 


Joe Hill
Commemorative Concert

November 15, Sunday, 7:00pm
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 
1208 Ellsworth St.  

America's best-known labor songwriter Joe Hill was executed in Salt Lake City in 1915. Visiting musicians David Rovics and George Mann join Bellingham's own Linda Allen and Seattle's Rebel Voices come to Bellingham to commemorate Fellow Worker Hill's music, which stirred America's workers to action and hope. This is one of the last stops on a nationwide tour.   Advance tickets are $15 at Community Food Coop and Village books after October 12. $10-$20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30. Sponsored by Whatcom-Skagit IWW.  For more information click here: Joe Hill 


Whatcom Dispute Resolution Peace Builder’s Awards
Friday, Nov. 20, 5:30 pm
Bellingham Technical College, Settlemyer Hall
Lummi Tribal member, George Guerro is one of 8 recipients
Along with the awards presentations, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by BTC’s award winning culinary arts program, live music, and Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest readings; as well as a silent auction, wine wall, dessert dash, and a grand prize raffle.  Tickets start $50 and can be purchased at , 360.676.0122.  Always an uplifting evening to hear the good news about people and groups who make a difference in our communities in Whatcom Co. Consider attending to show support of George and Lummi Community Service program, and the other recipients of this prestigious award.
Guerro, Community Care Award. Building peace by helping to meet basic needs of the Lummi community through a variety of community services programs.
George is Warehouse Program Manager of all programs connected to Lummi Community Services. (Lummi Commodity Foods, Food Sovereignty, Food Bank, Lummi Energy Assistance, Lummi Elders Wood Program, Lummi Nutrition Education, Lummi Nutrition Education Gardening Project, Holiday Food Baskets, Lummi Bread Give Away, Home Made Bread Make and Take, Lummi TANF/Commod’s Diaper Program, Clothing Give Away, Lummi Angel Tree Program, Food Service)  George not only manages these programs but he actively participates in the work to provide these services.

November Concern of the Month:

Whatcom Land Trust

The mission of the Whatcom Land Trust is to protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship.   Learn more at their website 
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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.

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