August 17, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Singing Sunday - ~ 9:30 ish
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour: – Forgiveness video (Lorina H)

Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St   Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting:  Judy H
Key / setup: Don G
Setup Helper: Wendy G
Greeter: Ced M
Snack: Lisa F
Kitchen setup: Sharon T
Kitchen setup Help: Lisa F
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: vacant
Children's teacher: Virginia H

If you can fill a currently-vacant position, please contact Don G.
Upcoming Second Hours:

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

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 

Monday, Sept 12, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group
at Mary Ann P's home

"Discussing Chapter 2 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy plus experiential exercise.  Please come even if you missed the August meeting."
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


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​.  Please contact Mary Ann if you plan to do so as the first person to arrive needs to pick up the key to the locked gate​.
  • 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 Aurora Fox ______

Note:  This will also be the September Concern of the month from SEC


Maple Alley Inn - Kitchen Improvement Fund

Maple Alley Inn serves healthy and sustaining meals in a comfortable and welcoming environment to Whatcom County residents experiencing hunger. Every week we serve breakfast on Tuesday morning and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, focusing on nutritious high quality foods. A Maple Alley Inn community garden, grows organic vegetables that are a core part of the prepared meals. In 2015, Maple Alley Inn served 19,622 meals to 1,675 unduplicated guest, an 18% increase from 2014.

Due to this growing demand in our community, the current residential kitchen at Faith Lutheran Church is not adequate to keep up with demand. The Kitchen Improvement Campaign hopes to raise funds to replace the stovetop, oven, and refrigeration with upgraded commercial appliances and improve ventilation in the kitchen area. These improvements will significantly improve kitchen efficiency and safety for staff and volunteers.
They have have reached over 67% of the fundraising goal to improve the Maple Alley Inn kitchen, donate today to increase our capacity to serve people experiencing hunger in our community. #maikitchen

___________From Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting__________
A Call for Teachers
from Jared Hopkins

Dear Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting attendees,
I am serving as the PNQM Teacher Recruiter. Teachers get to attend the session for free and receive a small teaching stipend.
If you wish to teach this Fall (September 23-25th, 2016)., please let me know if there is a particular age group you'd like to work with.
Activity groups within the Children's Program are: Infants and Toddlers (roughly, ages 0-2), Preschool (roughly, ages 3-5), Early Elementary (roughly, grades K-2), Upper Elementary (roughly, grades 3-5), and Central Friends (roughly, grades 6-8). In recent times, Infants/Toddlers/Preschool have been combined into one group due to lowish turnout among this age group. Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions for curriculum or programming,
I am hoping to put together a virtual scrapbook by age group of ideas so that teachers would have a resource to seed their curriculum. Games that work well, toys or equipment to bring, expeditions to take, friendly books, etc. NPYM requires a simple online background check for all teachers. PNQM covers the fee.
We currently have the following teacher needs: 
  • Infants and Toddlers (roughly, ages 0-2): one teacher needed
  • Preschool (roughly, ages 3-5): two teachers needed
  • Early Elementary (roughly, grades K-2): both teacher slots are filled
  • Upper Elementary (roughly, grades 3-5): one teacher needed
  • Central Friends (roughly, grades 6-8): two teachers needed

___________From Interfaith Coalition via Sharon Trent___________
 Learn How You Can Help Homeless Children

According to school district figures, approximately one of every 32 Whatcom County students experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year.  These children, our neighbors, do not know where they will sleep on any given night.
There is a way we can help. 
On Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 pm, Interfaith Coalition is sponsoring a community meeting about Family Promise to discuss how congregations are exploring networking together to provide overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families.  Active in over 200 communities nationwide, including Skagit County, Family Promise is a successful and creative way to harness the strengths of congregations and serve our children and parents in need.
The meeting will be held at Assumption Catholic Church Gym at 2116 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham.  Please come to this meeting to hear about ways to get involved in this important ministry.

___________From Joan Ofteness____________ 
Recommended Reading:  
"I thought that this Letter from Jim Winkler of NCC was a very thoughtful look at a nuclear threat."  

Two Overlooked Anniversaries by Jim Winkler
Two of the overlooked anniversaries in the United States are those of the atomic bomb attacks made by our country against the Empire of Japan on August 6 and 9, 1945. At the time of this writing, these anniversaries have come and gone. As in prior years, I lament that very little reflection on the role and place of nuclear weapons has taken place.
Recently, President Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima. While he did not formally apologize for the attacks which killed tens of thousands of civilians, he did hold out the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.
click on picture for full article

________From Webmaster John Hatten________
Photos for Website
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

Click on the "Ad"  to read the July 26, 2016 Crosscut article "Reminder: Puget Sound has a ton of nuclear weapons"
by Martha Baskin
 Then visit the Golden Rule and Learn how to fight nuclear proliferation

August 20-22,  2016

as it sails into Bellingham Bay
TOURS AND RIDES (~ 1 hr each) SATURDAY, SUNDAY, and Monday -  AUGUST 20 -22

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, at 6 PM enjoy a 
 at the Unitarian Fellowship (BUF),  1207 Ellsworth St.
Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and its local, Chapter 111 and Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
Click below for coverage of the Golden Rule visits in the
 Bellingham Herald
Northwest Citizen
Children's Program Committee

LOVE NATURE AND KIDS? Virginia will be leading the kids on a nature walk during worship at the campout, Aug. 28. Please contact Virginia at virginiafherrick at gmail dot com, if you'd like to join us!

WANT TO HELP BUT NOT A CONFIDENT TEACHER? Feel free to sit in one Sunday as an observer of a more experienced facilitator. Or, if you just need some suggestions, check the Children's Program cabinet at Explorations for materials, including several curriculum packets. Or, 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 a curriculum lesson, please let Virginia, Dorothy, or Kristen know, and notify us of which children were present, so we don't repeat lessons too soon or with the same kids. Thank you!
NEXT MEETING of Children's Program Committee will be at Virginia's house at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25.  We are seeking Friends to join our team of volunteers, many of whom teach one Sunday per quarter. Interested? Please feel free to contact Virginia and/or attend our committee meeting! Our current team includes: Virginia Herrick, Eric Bablinskas, Susan Richardson, Rachel Van Boven, Rob Dillard, Dusty Andersen, and Aurora Fox. We also have a wonderful team of substitutes to fill in on short notice: Kristen McLewin, Sharon Trent, and John Hatten. Thank you all! You're amazing!
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: 

September 10, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Table Mountain North end (side table) Alpine Floral Loop


The slightly lower “side table” is accessed from a historic, well-constructed, but neglected trail ascending the West slope. Expect alpine flora and a far west occurrence of Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine) as we circumambulate the table top. Group A (Annie with acrophobes) return the same route, botanizing subalpine lake and waterfall. Group B (Bob with bolds) continues on the historic route steeply up (exposure) to the more familiar Table Mt. top where botanizing continues, descending via the east end trail. Elevation gains are 650 or 750 ft; distance about 8.4 miles depending on botanical wanderings. Alpine conditions prevail and may lead to weather dictated re-scheduling. Limit 10, therefore pre-registering required. Questions and register with Bob Lemon or (360) 714-8629.

Asters (likely alpine leafybract asters, Symphyotrichum foliaceum) brighten the trailside stone. Table Mountain Trail, August 10, 2015. (photo from

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

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 

Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
Thursday, August 18 from 5:30pm-6pm

Assumption Catholic Church
2116 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham
(360) 733-1380
Bellingham faith communities continue the monthly prayer vigils for peace in the Middle East, which were started in December 2000 at the initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and organized nationally by Churches for Middle East Peace.  
Participating congregations thereby can incorporate the welfare of the people of the Middle East into their Church life and advocacy.
We are  pleased to inform you that the following faith communities have offered to host the monthly prayer vigils:  
·         5:30pm on Sunday, September 18 at Christ Lutheran Church in Ferndale
·         5:30pm on Tuesday, October 18 at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)
We are grateful for all the faith communities who have hosted the prayer vigils in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Thank you for announcing the prayer services in your Church and community.


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:  What does it really mean to love your neighbor? (revised theme!)

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.
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.
On Our Website:
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(our monthly newsletter - with feature articles and poetry and much more!)
Back issues of the E-News
(soon to include this one!)
And much more!
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups

____________Via John Hatten and also recommended by Mary Ann Percy__________

Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling 

There is only a month left until the 26th Annual Conference of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling (QPCC) in Richmond, Indiana. If you register by August 23rd you can still get the Early Bird discount.
We have a great program planned for this year. See more below. Click Here to Register for this Event

QPCC 26th Annual Conference - 2016

Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling 

26th Annual Conference: "Centered in Wholeness: Body & Spirit”

Join Friends / friends in the ministry of pastoral care, counseling, chaplaincy, and care for members of their meetings in our 26th annual gathering in Richmond, IN.  This year Stephanie Ford, former professor of Christian spirituality at the Earlham School of Religion, will lead us in a weekend of learning, reconnecting, and restoration.

Date: Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18

Place: Quaker Hill Conference Center – Richmond, Indiana

After teaching Christian spirituality for a decade at ESR, Stephanie Ford returned to her home state of North Carolina, and in 2011 joined the staff of Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. There, she now serves as Minister of Christian Formation, which includes Christian education, intergenerational offerings, retreat and small group leadership, and preaching. Stephanie also teaches with the Friends of Christ School (a local ecumenical group), as well as with the Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Registration information for our 2016 QPCC conference and updates on the creation of our new QPCC website (Click Here to Register for this Event).


Another Pendle 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)
  • Wedenesday, September 14, 2016 – The Meetinghouse: Buy? Rent? Couch-surf?
  • 6:30 PM Pacific / 7:30 PM Mountain
  • 90 minutes
    Please arrive on time.
  • In the “Workshop Room” of
    Western Friend Connect
  • You will need to download and install some software in advance.  Contact Don G. or Mary Ann P. for details.
  • 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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