Bellingham Quaker E-News, July 29, 2015                                              View this email in your browser 

Note - please scroll all the way down - There is important news at the bottom of the newsletter

Sun., August 2, 2015
Meet at Fairhaven Park
Silent Worship at 10 AM
Then Potluck Picnic in the Park!

See details below.  Also note:  The
Pysanky Memorial Asparagus Patch  
is right next door to the park!
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Dorrie J.
Key - Lorina H.
Setup help - vacant
Greeter - Kristen M.
Snack - Sharon T. + Potluck!
Kitchen - Mark H.
Kitchen help - Judy H.  
Children's Teacher - Susan R. 
Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.
Friendly Notes
Holding in the Light
  • Carole T.  -  as she recovers from knee surgery
  • All Bellingham Quakers - as we undertake a 120 day period of discernment to determine whether or not purchasing the building under consideration is a Spirit-led choice our Meeting. 
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Thursday, July 30
SEC Film night
"The Harvest"
7 pm - light refreshments
At the Hopkinson's
This is the 2nd in a series of films on Farmworkers.  Stimulating and meaningful discussion followed last month's film, and this one promises to be equally informative!

Please RSVP by clicking here

> 400,000 children work in American fields to harvest the food we eat.
Children working in agriculture endure lives of extreme poverty
To read more about the film and the issue, click here

Sun Aug 2
Annual Picnic 
see information above right.


Wed., Aug 5,
7-9:00 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.  

Tues, Aug 11
Aug 11
at Joanne C.'s home

The upcoming book is the Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, which is a fictionalized account of the story of Sarah Grimke and a slave she was given as a child , her becoming Quaker and her role in abolition. It's a Library kit and a wonderful read, and the book that inspired Joan to present The Grimke sisters as a QEI biography. To get a copy, contact Susan R.

Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm -  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm
Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see more information below)

From Ministry and Counsel:
Honor Our Shared Silence
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.
Opportunities for Friendly Activists
From your Social and Environmental Concerns Committee



A huge vote on war and peace is right around the corner. 

Take action when it
Matters Most

click here
and follow the instructions (very easy) so that Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL) can help you send a message to your legislators. 


Support Low Income Housing Residents
Residents of Washington Square Housing are mounting a campaign to ask our Senators to use their influence to pass HR 233: Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015
H.R.233 reduces the burden on persons living in low-income housing, on public housing authorities, and on the United States government by requiring that tenant recertification (Income Verification) need only be completed once every three years instead of once every year.  The cost savings to the public housing authorities in both materials and necessary labor to process the verification is substantial.  Additionally, the reduction of stress on low-income residents is very significant.  (Currently, residents must file a 27 page application every year in order not to loose their homes.) The cost savings to the government, while perhaps inconsequential when compared to the national debt, would be significant to agencies such as Housing and Urban Development.
A Petition will be available for your signature at Meeting for Worship for the next several weeks. .

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.
Annual Bellingham Friends' Outdoor
Meeting for Worship 
and Picnic

This Sunday,
Aug 2 10 am - 2 pm

  • Where? Fairhaven Park in large shelter  on right (when entering from Chuckanut Drive); across from tennis courts which are on left
  • What to bring?  Potluck dish to share (food or beverage) with serving utensils, Chairs if you prefer that to the picnic tables/benches,  your own utensils, plate, cup, napkin,
  • Extra Utensils to share and extra tablecloths, napkins, plates
  • Games frisbees, other outdoor games you enjoy
  • Offer to help?  We will need more than 1 person for childcare; please sign up!  (at meeting)

Upcoming Second Hours:

Aug. 9 - MfWfB
Aug. 16 - Proposal for BFM Decision-making Process/F&P Draft Chapter on Discernment

Experience FGC - the Gathering from the comfort of your own home!

You can view all the 2015 FGC Plenary sessions including

Parker Palmer
 (this one will be available a little longer)

Click here
for access to all 2015 FGC gathering Plenary sessions
Looking ahead to wider Quaker gatherings:  

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


if you are thinking about attending these or other Quaker meetings and are deterred by the expense, don't forget many Quaker gatherings offer financial aid and the Meeting has our own scholarship fund as well. Contact clerk of Ministry and Counsel, Virginia Herrick, for more information. 

Announcements from the Wider Community

Transportation Equity Discussion
at WPJ
Wed, July 29, 7pm – 10pm
The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center (map)
This discussion is not organized by WTA. We are inviting you to participate in a small starter conversation about Transportation Equity and WTA service in our community. The goal is to pull together the voices of both existing bus riders, as well as those that could use WTA’s buses if they were more equitably allocated. Information and data will be shared to assist the community’s participation in WTA’s upcoming strategic planning. We want WTA to hear from a variety of voices on this topic before their public input process is closed. We will decide at this meeting if people would like to form a more formal advocacy group for bus riders. Please feel free to extend this invitation to other bus riders! Seniors, teens, veterans, county residents, riders with access needs. Thank you!


Just a few days left to fund the Totem Pole Journey!  
Help meet a $10,000 fund drive for the 2015 Totem Pole Journey. Please consider making a donation at whatever rate is comfortable for you.  Just go to .  

It is an all or nothing campaign. 
If the goal is not reached in 9 days your card will not be charged.  Logistical help for this journey is being supported by volunteers from ReSources, Whatcom County and State Sierra Club, Columbia River Keepers, Earth Ministry, and the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, under the leadership of Lummi Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office.


 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 picnickers 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.
The July Metamorphosis is out!  

Click here 

To read it now.  
You should have received an email copy.  If you did not, email the editor and ask to have your name added to the list!
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 twice. 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.
Nature Appreciation Opportunity

Seattle Author and Photographer Paul Bannick Shares Striking New Images and Stories in "The Owl & The Woodpecker Revisited"
The Whatcom Museum, North Cascades Institute and North Cascades Audubon Society present author and photographer Paul Bannick for a slideshow and lecture in the

Rotunda Room of Old City Hall
Tues., Aug. 11, 7pm 
 "The Owl & the Woodpecker Revisited."
Bannick brings the inter-relationships between these two birds into fresh focus with dozens of new images and stories, including many never presented before.
Bellingham Friends Meeting Annual Retreat 2015

September 12 - Sept 13
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.
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