Sept 28, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, October 2, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour:  Potluck 
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Sharon T
Key / setup: Lorina H
Setup Helper: Wendy G 
Greeter: Don G
Snack: Potluck
Kitchen setup: vacant
Kitchen setup Help: Jean B
Kitchen cleanup: Dave H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Judy H
Children's teacher: Aurora F

Upcoming Second Hours:

October 9 - MfWfB
October 16 - Meetinghouse worship discussion (M&C)
October 23 – Play reading (Don G facilitating)
October 30 – “Active Hope for Bellingham”  Mary Ann Percy 
Nov 6 - Potluck
Nov 13 - MfWfB
Nov 20
Quaker Ways: Discernment (Dusty)  
Nov 26
Dec 4 - Potluck
Dec 11 - MfWfB
Dec 18 - Intergenerational Holiday sharing  
Dec 25
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., Sept 28, 7 – 9 PM  Tonight
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Thurs, September 29, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "Community"  (pages 7-26) in the new draft chapter 4 from NPYM's "Faith and Practice".  See announcement below for link to obtain the material.

Monday, Oct 17, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group
at Mary Ann P's home

Discussing Chapter 3 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy plus experiential exercise. 
All are welcome, including newcomers!​

Tuesday, Oct 18, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
at Sharon T and Don R's
Book:  The Good Rain, by Timothy Egan (library book kit, copies available from Susan Richardson)

A Message from Ministry and Council

“Based on a report from the Adhoc Retreat Committee, M&C is of the belief that there is unity about relocating from Explorations Academy. M&C will be hosting a worship discussion at 2nd hour on October 16 to confirm that there is unity and what qualities are most important in another rental."

Bellingham Friends Announcements

Visit our Facebook Page 
It has some awesome posts!

_______From Eastside Friend Lynn Fitz-Hugh via Don Goldstein______

Faith and Climate Action Conference

(Note:  Quakers are working with many other Faiths to present this amazing conference)

 Click here for a full (13 page) program with details of all the amazing workshops  

Keynote speaker Jay O'Hara is a Quaker and one of the co-founders of the Climate Disobedience Center.   You may have heard of the Lobster Blockade; Jay and his friend Ken Ward drove a lobster boat into a bay to block a barge delivering coal to the biggest east coast coal terminal.  After the judge ruled to allow the necessity defense, the prosecutor dropped all changes against them, saying the government was not doing enough to stop climate change.  Jay will talk about faithfulness in a time of climate change.
Click here to order tickets  (sliding scale - free if you need it!).  Tickets include an organic, vegetarian lunch.

_____________ From Nan Macy _______________

Quaker singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer  is coming to WA

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater
Address: 4916 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: 206-722-3009
Tickets: $25.00
Time: 7:00 PM
Website for event

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Freeland, WA - Trinity Lutheran Church
Time: 3:00 PM
Address: 18341 State Route 525, Freeland, WA 98249
Tickets: TBD
Phone: 360-331-5191
Website for event: 


Our own Mary Ann Percy will present this workshop on
November 11th and 12 on Lopez Island
Friends will have a preview / mini version on October 30!


From North Pacific Yearly Meeting

A Call for Art Work


The NPYM Committee on the Discipline (Faith and Practice) is issuing a call for art work to be used in the revised volume of our Faith and Practice. 

We are looking for black and white images, such as line drawings or block prints.  We seek images reflecting Quaker values and the geography and spiritual life of our Yearly Meeting.
An outline of the new Faith and Practice is included below to help with deciding what might fit.

We encourage submissions from all age groups.

You may submit your work electronically to the Faith and Practice Committee, ( or you may send a hard copy to NPYM, Committee on the Discipline, 3311 N. W. Polk Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330  
They will also be able to provide guidelines for submissions and other materials to help you.  

Announcements From Committees and Representatives
Spirit Group - September 29th 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.  
FCNL - This Week in the World 9-26-16
FCNL Conference Calls: a series of events to prepare us for Spirit-led action in the weeks and months ahead. Mark your calendars!
**TONIGHT! Wednesday, 9/28, 5 pm PT** 
Parker J. Palmer on Healing the Heart of Democracy
click on title to listen 
Join the call by dialing 1-888-585-9008 and entering
access code 690-783-748

Conference calls in October:

October 4 at 5 pm PT: Executive Secretary Diane Randall on opportunities for action this year.  RSVP Now 

October 19 at 5 pm PT: FCNL’s Amelia Kegan and Julia Neumann on how to lobby.


Social and Environmental Concerns

Voter Registration Deadlines:
Oct 10:  mail-in and online registration and address changes
Oct 31: In-person registration for new WA voters. 
Children's Program Committee

Art-loving kid alert! When Aurora is teaching (October 2 and 23 this month!) there will be ART PROJECTS! Exploring the testimony of being in community while creating art, Aurora's lessons will focus on hands-on creative projects, rather than discussion or games. Come join the fun!

Note to teachers:
We find it helpful to start with a circle time, introductions, and inviting the kids to briefly share something or ask or answer a question about Quakers. (We're developing a set of "Crainium" style cards with questions or facts they can draw if they don't have one of their own!) Because our kids range in age from 2 to 19, you may want to prepare lessons for the middle of the age range (around 10-13). Our childcare workers, Anna and Dora, can take the younger kids aside for a simpler story, games or artwork while the older kids have discussion or work on more complex projects. Kids may some days want to "float" to a group that's different from their chronological age. That's fine!

Join our VOLUNTEER TEACHER team! Most of our volunteer facilitators only teach once in a three-month period! We always welcome one-time volunteers with something special to share. We need someone to teach Nov. 27 -- Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks to our regular team: Dusty Andersen, Rachel Van Boven, Eric Bablinskas, Rob Dillard, Kristen McLewin, Susan Richardson, Aurora Fox, and Virginia Herrick. We also have substitutes: Sharon Trent, Dorothy DeFremery and John Hatten. Many thanks to all, and to our terrific childcare peeps Dora Kovacs & Anna Row!

Here's the upcoming schedule:
Oct. 16: Virginia; Oct. 23: Aurora; Oct. 30: Virginia. November 6: Kristen McLewin.

Want to help but now sure how? Sit in one Sunday as an observer. Open invitation!
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

OWC seeks input from Friends on the question of whether to include identified photos of children in the online photo gallery, which is currently on the public side of our website but contains only adult photos.  Anyone can, of course, opt out if they wish to do so. Options include (a) no child photos; (b) child photos only with parental OK; (c) child photos displayed in private section of website accessible only by those registered to use it.  If you have thoughts on this matter, please send by email to OWC Clerk Don Goldstein (

The OWC will be sponsoring a Second Hour for play reading on October 23rd.  We may have enough volunteer readers 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.  If you're interested in being a standby reader, please contact Don Goldstein (671-1395 or

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,

OWC meets next on Saturday morning, October 29th.  All Friends are welcome but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (see above) if you will be joining us.
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, 2017, at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, near Ellensburg.  The session theme will be "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives".  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or  Next meeting: October 21, 10 am.
Learning and living in the great outdoors:

Sanitary Service Company Stormwater Prevention Tour

Wednesday, September 28th  TODAY
12PM - 1 PM

1001 Roeder Ave, Bellingham (map)

Tour Sanitary Service Company's facility and learn how they prevent stormwater pollution at their site. Learn about their unique source control measures to prevent pollution and the importance of stormwater pollution prevention.  No registration required.


October 1, Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Pacific Crest Trail, Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass

In Washington we have two species of deciduous conifers, Western and Mountain Larch, both of which display beautiful yellows in autumn as they begin to drop their needles. We will hike from Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass to view the fall color of the high elevation Mountain Larch, Larix lyallii, as well as whatever late mountain flowers we can find along the trail. The hike will be five miles long (one way) with an elevation gain of about 2000 feet – if we make it all the way to Cutthroat Pass. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the west side Park & Ride off Fairhaven Parkway.  If you have any questions contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or

October 8, Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Big Beaver Valley

The Big Beaver Valley is one of the most remote and pristine areas in Washington State.  It is recognized as a great place to see old growth trees and perhaps even wildlife.  It also has a significantly different flora than most of the areas we visit in western Whatcom County.  We will hike from the Ross Lake Trailhead on Highway 20, across Ross Dam, and along the west shore of Ross Lake.  The hike is seven miles long one way with minimal elevation gain, but quite a bit of up and down along the trail.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the west side Park & Ride off Fairhaven Parkway.  If you have any questions, contact Jim Davis at 296-5159 or

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

September 28, 2016

Viewing of
The Great Age of Salmon
7 pm

Bellingham Public Library Lecture Room (downstairs)

The Bellingham Public Library and WWIN invite you to a film screening of John Sabella's "The Great Age of Salmon" followed by a panel discussion on the health of our waterways and the history of the fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest.  Contact Suzanne 778-7236 with questions.  

Susan Point
Past Present
Cultural Visions in New Media
 September 22 - December 3, Western Gallery
Hours: M, T, Th, F 10-4; W 10-8; Sa 12-4.
Located in the Fine Arts Building on the WWU Campus
Susan Point is a world renowned artist who seamlessly synthesizes her Musueam, Coast Salish, heritage with contemporary media. This exhibit will highlight Point’s multi-dimensional visions that continually push the boundaries of classic Coast Salish aesthetics and challenge the constraints placed on First Nation artists by academics, collectors, and the art market
Reception: September 29 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
RSVP to join us for the reception
 and presentation by artist Debra Sparrow.


Photographs by Susan Middleton
September 17 – December 31, 2016, Lightcatcher Building

You're invited to see TWO remarkable photographic exhibitions at the Lightcatcher building:
Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates by Susan Middleton and
National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs.
Member Reception: Friday, September 30 | 5 - 7 PM in the Lightcatcher.  Members, enjoy light appetizers, wine, and live music while viewing these two new exhibitions. Photographer Susan Middleton will attend the reception.
Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates by Susan Middleton | Now open to the public!
Showcasing the photographic techniques Susan Middleton has developed over the past three decades in 50 portraits of rarely or never-before-seen ocean dwellers.

Artist lecture with Susan Middleton | Saturday, October 1, 2 - 3 PM at Old City Hall
Join photographer Susan Middleton as she shows photos and discusses her artwork and process. She'll share stories about her remarkable findings that led to the creation of her book and this exhibition. 
$5 suggested donation/members free
Docent tours of Spineless | Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 2:30pm
Free with admission/members free. Tours begin in the Lightcatcher lobby and last an hour.
National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs | Opens to public October 1 st!
From Steve McCurry's unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols' iconic image of Jane Goodall with a chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie's view of Mecca, this exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine's most-remembered and celebrated photographs. 
Docent tours of National Geographic | Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 1:30pm
Free with admission/members free. Tours begin October 9th in the Lightcatcher lobby and last an hour.


Bellingham SeaFeast
Sept 30th and
Oct 1st,

Bellingham Waterfront

Eat. Play. Explore. Eat some more... This inaugural event provides education, fun and food fare of the surrounding bay and straights September 30 and October 1.  Admission is FREE.

For event schedule and information visit


Healthcare at the Tipping Point

...a powerful new documentary that reaches across the political and ideological divide to expand support for major healthcare reform.


Bellingham Public Library Lecture Room

210 Central Avenue, Bellingham WA

This documentary film takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens. It explores how a single payer healthcare system would provide health care for all Americans, cut costs, and eliminate medical bankruptcies.

There will be an audience question and answer period after the film moderated by single payer advocates from Health Care for All Washington. You will learn how you can become involved in the single payer movement.

Admission FREE. For more information - 360-398-2295


Whatcom County Election Forums

Forum 1: Saturday, October 15th 9:30 - 11:30 AM

  • 1st District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Suzan DelBene & Robert Sutherland
  • 2nd District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Mark Heinemann & Rick Larsen
  • City of Bellingham Greenways Levy
  • Whatcom County EMS Levy
Forum 2: Tuesday, October 18th, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • 40th Legislative District State Senate Candidates: Daniel Miller & Kevin Ranker
  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 1 Candidates: Sharlaine Clair & Luanne VanWerven
  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 2 Candidates: Tracy Atwood & Vincent Buys
Forum 3: Saturday, October 22, 9:30-11:30 AM
  • Initiative 732: Carbon Consumption Tax. Concerning reducing specific state taxes and creating a carbon tax.
  • Initiative 1433: Raise-Up Washington. Concerning raising the state minimum wage.
  • Initiative 1464: Government Accountability. Concerning campaign finance reform, disclosure and enforcement, and creation of a public campaign financing program.
Location:  All forums held at: Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham WA
The Bellingham Herald is the media partner for these forums.   Forums will be televised and streamed live with rebroadcasts on BTV10


Doctober at the Pickford

A full month of award winning documentaries

Each October, Pickford Film Center presents Doctober, our month long celebration of the art of the documentary featuring some of the most diverse and varied programming offered all year. With over 50 films in the lineup, something for everyone is hardly an exaggeration.

Doctober gives us an opportunity to work with other organizations in Bellingham to bring important issues to the community, frequently with filmmaker visits, special guests, pre-screening receptions and guided discussions.

Join our email list to get weekly updates on Doctober events, films, and newly added encores.

Click here for the 2016 Doctober lineup



Editor's note:  If you have not seen this performance, it is well worth seeing. 

Do not miss this!  Reserve your tickets now.  Both performances will sell out.
Friday, Oct 14 at 7 PM to Saturday, Oct 15 at 7 PM
Whatcom Community College- Syre Student Center 237 W. Kellogg Rd,
The tickets are $10 each day. The 10/15 performance is a fundraiser for Standing Rock (NoDAPL).  Tickets for both performances can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.
“What about those Promises?” is a story about Lummis historical relationship with the U.S. government. Tribes have similar stories, this is our story...  Darrell Hillaire’s Children of the Setting Sun Productions.


Strong Towns Events
Thursday, October 20


Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East

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.  
The following faith communities will host the monthly prayer vigils from
5;30 - 6 PM
·       Tuesday, October 18: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)
Tuesday, November 18:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church



Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

April 21-23, 2017
Spring 2017 session, Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)

Theme:  Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping With Our Lives

Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Bellingham Friends Meeting and Lopez Island Friends Meeting
For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or 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

__________Job Opening: QEW Publications Coordinator_________

Quaker Earthcare Witness is looking for a Publications Coordinator (half time, work from home).
We are looking for someone whose passion for earthcare and environmental justice stems from a grounding in eco-spirituality, who is familiar with the Religious Society of Friends, and who has experience working in print, electronic and social media. A full job description is given below; you can also download the PDF at the bottom of this post.
Applicants, please send a resume and writing sample by October 15.
Click here for more information about this opening

Friends General Conference 
(Offers many resources including the ones listed below)
Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.

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:

  • 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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